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The Jacksonville Brotherhood of Police Officers Inc., a nonprofit charitable organization comprised of 98% minority law enforcement officers, recently awarded thjree scholarships to young Black male students. The organization is funded solely by contributions made by its members. The students were chosen based on written essays for scholarships ranging from $1000 to $2,500. DeMarius plans to attend St. Leo College and both Carleton and Brian will attend FSCJ. High School Seniors and college freshman who are not older than 21 and unmarried are eligible to apply for this scholarship each year in February. Please mail all inquiries to the Jax Brotherhood of Police Officers, P.O. Box 40693 Jacksonville, Fl. 32203. Volume 27 o. 35 June 3-9, 2014 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 50 Cents The Truth Behind Fake EyelashesPage 7 Will Bill Clinton be the Key to Hillarys Presidential Race?King Family Accepts Congressional Gold Medal on Behalf of ParentsPage 10 Are You Really Ready to Become a Landlord?Page 2 50c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED Minorities Will Gain Ground in Homeownership Rates A study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University found that by 2025, one-third of all households will be owned by minorities. Also, almost half of all first-time buyers will also be minorities, many of which will be ages 25 to 34. The study does warn that the numbers depend importantly on mortgage availability, given the limited incomes of many minorities, according to Reuters. Overall, the number of households is believed to increase to 122 million by 2025, according to the study. The change predicts that the millennial generation will leave their parents homes and become homeowners themselves.Jason Kidd hired to Coach Milwaukee BucksThe Milwaukee Bucks hired Jason Kidd as head coach this week after completing a deal with the Brooklyn Nets. The Bucks sent the Nets two second-round picks for Kidd, who went 4438 in his only season as Brooklyn coach. Milwaukee fired Larry Drew after reaching the deal for Kidd. Drew went 15-67, the worst record in the league, in his only season guiding the Bucks. Kidd became available after seeking greater power within the Nets, the organization he led to its greatest NBA success as a player. When that was denied, the team granted him permission to speak to other teams. The Nets could move quickly to replace Kidd. General manager Billy King met with former Memphis coach Lionel Hollins on Monday and planned to talk to him again Tuesday.Facebook Report Reveals Company's Lack of Diversity Following in the footsteps of Google, Yahoo and LinkedIn, Facebook recently released an employee diversity report showing the companys predominantly male, white and Asian workforce. Males make up 69 percent of Facebooks worldwide offices, while 57 percent of U.S. employees are white and 34 percent are Asian. Latinos and Blacks only constitute 4 percent and 2 percent, respectively. The report also provided breakdowns for ethnicity and gender across technical jobs, non-technical jobs and senior level jobs at the online social network company. The report also outlined a number of strategies and programs currently in development to help increase the overall pool of employees from underrepresented communities. Facebook will provide unconscious bias training to its employees, expand its Facebook University internship program aimed at college freshman of color and females, and partner with diversity pipeline programs like Girls Who Code, Code 2040 and the National Society of Black Engineers.Activists Call on U to Aid Detroit's Water Crisis A coalition of welfare rights groups and activists are appealing to the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights to help Detroiters whose water service has been shut off due to unpaid bills. The controversial move was announced in March to help the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department tackle its $5 billion debt. According to the Detroit Free Press, nearly half of Detroit residents more than 150,000 people who use the utility are delinquent and, combined with commercial customers, owe a total of $118 million. The bankrupt citys average monthly water bill is almost double the national average of $40. Last week, the Detroit City Council voted to raise water rates by an additional 8.7 percent. The department rejected accusations of delinquent business entities receiving a special pass. Last month we shut off about 3,600 accounts, both businesses and residential. Everybody is getting cut off who is $150 or 60 days in arrears. That is our policy and were ramping up our enforcement of that policy. said DWSD spokesman Bill Johnson.Singer Bobby Womack Dies at 70Soul crooner and songwriter Bobby Womack passed away last week at the age of 70. Womack was a stirring singer and guitarist in his own right and a powerful songwriter whose hits like Across 110th Street, If You Think Youre Lonely Now and I Wish He Didnt Trust Me So Much captured the imagination of future stars in rock n roll and R&B. Womacks death comes as something of a surprise. Though he was diagnosed with Alzheimers disease two years ago and overcame addiction and multiple health issues, including prostate and colon cancer, recently, he seemed in good health and spirits when he performed earlier this month at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. Womack was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and sang gospel music at a young age, performing with his brothers in The Womack Brothers. Under the influence of gospel and R&B legend Sam Cooke, who signed the group to his personal label, Womack moved into secular music. In the early 1960s his group recorded Its All Over Now, which was covered and by the Stones and became the bands first number-one hit. In 2009 a group of concerned citizens got together to talk about the educational disparities of the Black male. In the meeting the vision of Valor Leadership Academy was birthed. On Thursday, June 26th Valor Leadership Academy of Leadership, a tuition free, single gender public charter school held a community meeting and celebration at the Legends Center on Soutel Dr. The meeting was held to discuss the vision of the school and the next steps to formulate an impact on the Jacksonville school system while providing a college prep education to the youth of the city. The goal of the new school is to assist the students in becoming critical thinkers and life-long learners. Their listed priorities are a direct response to community concerns and the meeting shared their vision and informing the community at large about the vast plans underway. Targeted enrollment of the charter school is 175 students with a maximum enrollment of 225 students and their school schedule will mirror the Duval County academic calendar year Valor 9th grade students will attend school from 8 a.m. 3 p.m. and elementary students will be on campus from 8:30 to 3:30 p.m. Valor Academy Director of Community Engagement Ywana Allen welcomed the community to the event and advised, Valor Leadership Academy staff will promote a holistic approach to learning and individual performance. Staff will be involved with the parents. We will visit the students homes and sit with the students and the parents to gage their long-term educational goals, she said. Instilling ethics early on, Valor students will participate in a trailblazers ceremony where students will understand the importance of the trailblazer jacket which they can earn based on accountability, pride and responsibility. Also, over time extracurricular programs will be added to the schedule. Valor Academy is currently holding openenrollment for grades 6th and 9th grades. Down the road Valor will enroll 7th and 10th graders and eventually will become a K-12 school. The school is located at 4819 Soutel Dr. For more information call 469-8195 or visit www.valoracademyjax.org. Deborah K. Thompson Ms. Senior Jacksonville Deborah K. Thompson was crowned Ms. Senior Jacksonville last weekend at Florida State College in Jacksonville, The pageants purpose is to inspire and recognize women aged 60 and above giving them a platform to dispel the myths of aging, increase their visibility in our community and create and build new friendships. For the next year, Ms. Senior Jacksonville will connect with nursing homes, senior centers and businesses sharing her platform to inspire women to exercise daily as they age. A successful entrprenuer, this years winner is owner of Deborah K. Thompson, Consultants where her company forges alliances between small and minority owned businesses and larger corporations and government entities. During Deborahs reign as Ms. Senior Jacksonville 2014, she will connect with nursing homes, senior centers and businesses sharing her platform to inspire women to exercise daily as they age. Deborah K. Thompson Crowned 2014 Ms. Senior Jacksonville Brotherhood of Police Officers Honor Deserving Students with Scholarships Valor Academy Aiming to Change the Path of Young Black Males Shown (L-R) are Carleton Jenkins II, Brian Jefferson II and DeMarius Potts Pictured at the meeting left to right are Osa Lampley, Zion Lampley, John Taylor, Rico Dawson, Paul Cook, Cameron Johnson, Alton Massaline, Alberta Bowden, Sharika Dawson, Jennifer Smith, Darnell Robertson, Valor Academy Chief Executive Officer Tunji Williams and Valor Dean of Scholars Rashid Williams. CBC Leads Effort in Voting Rights Amendment Not even the Supreme Court can stop the Congressional Black Caucus from moving forward in its mission to protect AfricanAmerican voters and others at the polls. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), led a contingent of caucus members and several minority groups in a public plea to Republicans on June 18 to take up legislation that would restore the voting rights protections shot down last year by the nations highest court. Voter discrimination is real in America, said Fudge, 61. We have a voting rights bill that has been sitting in the House for months and months and its being held up by Chairman Bob Goodlatte. The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and other Democrats have urged lawmakers to update the 1965 Voting Rights Act. In 2013, the High Court voted to strike down key components of the law, including allowing nine states to change their voting requirements without advance approval from the federal government. Fudge and other Democratic legislators said Goodlatte, (R-Va.), who serves as the House Judiciary Chairman, has blocked efforts to get a bill passed that would restore portions of the law that the Supreme Court struck down. Democrats are seeking greater protection for minority voters and they want to ensure that individuals arent turned away from the polls because they dont have proper identification or for other reasons. Goodlatte, 61, has vowed to protect voting rights. I fully support protecting the voting rights of all Americans, he said. As Congress determines whether additional steps are needed to protect those rights, I will carefully consider legislative proposals addressing the issue. However, with June quickly coming to a close and legislators preparing to return to their home states for summer break, without a resolution Congress would be hard pressed to pass a bill prior to the November midterm elections.
Page 2 Ms. Perrys Free Press July 3-9, 2014 JASMINE GREENMonitor Support Technician, Shands HospitalJOB RESOURCES at EmployFlorida.com helped Jasmine choose a career path and nd a job she loves. IF YOURE FACING FORECLOSURE, TALK TO YOUR GRANDMA SECOND. CALL THE HOPE HOTLINE FIRST AT 888-995-HOPE. By Jason Alderman If you're among the millions of Americans expecting an income tax refund this year, you've probably already filed your 2011 return and are eagerly awaiting the money. But if you haven't already mentally spent your refund on a guilty pleasure, here are several great ways to better put that money to work for you: Pay down debt. Beefing up credit card and loan payments can significantly lower your long-term interest payments. Suppose you currently pay $120 a month toward a $3,000 credit card balance at 18 percent interest. At that pace it'll take 32 months and $788 in interest to pay off, assuming no new purchases. By doubling your payment to $240 you'll shave off 18 months and $441 in interest. Start an emergency fund. To protect your family against the impact of a layoff or other unexpected financial crisis (e.g., medical emergency, major car repair, theft), set aside enough cash to cover six to nine months of living expenses. Seed the account with part of your refund and then set up automatic deductions from your paycheck or checking account. Boost retirement savings. Beef up your 2012 IRA or 401(k) contribution, especially if your employer offers matching contributions; a 50 percent match corresponds to a 50 percent guaranteed rate of return something you won't likely find in any investment. Spend now to save later. Reap long-term savings on things you'll eventually pay for anyway: Replace older appliances with energy-efficient models that will pay for themselves through lower utility bills. For example, replacing a 1980s refrigerator with an Energy Star model will save over $100 a year. The Energy Star website (www.energystar.gov) can help you find Energy Star products and estimate savings. Switching from traditional light bulbs to energy-efficient alternatives like CFLs and LEDs, while initially more expensive, can save about $6 per bulb in annual energy costs. Just make sure they are Energy Star-qualified models, which exceed minimum standards. Schedule routine car maintenance. According to AAA, simply changing your car's air filter once a year can save over $270, while replacing older spark plugs can save $540 in wasted fuel. Ask whether your utility offers free or subsidized home energy audits. An audit will reveal which investments such as increasing home insulation and replacing drafty windows and doors will lower both winter and summer energy bills. Finance education. Strengthen your career prospects and earnings potential by adding new skills through college courses or vocational training. Ask if your employer will help pay for job-related education. You can also set money aside for your children's or grandchildren's education by contributing to a 529 Qualified State Tuition Plan or Coverdell Education Savings Account. Bonus: Your contributions will grow tax-free until withdrawn. Prepay bills. If you expect major expenses later this year (e.g., insurance premiums, orthodontia, college tuition), start setting money aside now so you won't rack up interest charges later. Also, paying slightly more each month toward your mortgage principal can save thousands of dollars in interest over the life of the loan. And finally, if you regularly receive large tax refunds, you're probably having too much tax withheld from your paycheck you're essentially giving the government an interest-free loan. Ask your employer for a new W-4 form and recalculate your withholding allowance. 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. Protect Yourself from Tax Evasion SchemesThe Internal Revenue Service is cautioning the public about tax schemes that create "sham" trusts to evade federal taxes. In the last few years the IRS has detected a proliferation of abusive trust tax evasion schemes. The promotions, which are in some instances distributed by a national network of promoters, promise taxpayers substantial tax reduction and asset protection. In reality, these promotions are nothing more than complex tax evasion schemes. Generally, a trust is a form of ownership that separates responsibility and control of assets from the benefits of ownership. The duties, powers and responsibilities of the parties in a trust are determined by state statute. Promoters of abusive trust arrangements typically promise greatly reduced tax liabilities without any change in the taxpayer's control over-or benefit from--income and assets. The promised benefits may include: Reduction or elimination of income subject to tax; Deductions for personal expenses paid by the trust; Deductions of an owner's personal expenses paid by the trust; Depreciation deductions of an owner's personal residence and furnishings; A stepped-up basis for property transferred to the trust; The reduction or elimination of self-employment taxes; and, The reduction or elimination of gift and estate taxes. All income a trust receives, whether from foreign or domestic sources, is taxable to the trust, the beneficiary, or the taxpayer unless specifically exempted by the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). In many cases, however, a legitimate trust is allowed to deduct distributions to beneficiaries from its taxable income. Therefore, trusts can eliminate income by making distributions to other trusts or other entities as long as they are named as beneficiaries. In the abusive schemes, bogus expenses are charged against trust income at each trust layer. After the deduction of these expenses, the remaining income is distributed to another trust, and the process is repeated. The result of the distributions and deductions is a decrease in the amount of income ultimately reported to the IRS. Taxpayers should be aware that abusive trust arrangements will not produce the tax benefits advertised by their promoters and that the Internal Revenue Service is actively examining these types of trust arrangements. Furthermore, taxpayers and/or the promoters of these trust arrangements may be subject to civil and/or criminal penalties. For further information, visit the Criminal Investigation web site at: http://www.ustreas.gov/irs/ci/ or the IRS web site at: www.irs.gov.Put Your Tax Refund to Work Percentage of African Americans over the age of 25 in 1940 who were high school graduates: 7.7%. Percentage of African Americans over the age of 25 in 2009 who were high school graduates: 84.2%. Percentage of African Americans over the age of 25 in 1940 who held a four year college degree: 1.3% Percentage of African American over the age of 2 in 2009 who held a four year college degree: 19.4%. Number of African Americans enrolled in degree granting educational institution in 1990: 1,247,000. Number of African American enrolled in degree granting educational institution in 2008: 2,584,500. Black percentage of all students enrolled in degree granting educational institutions in 1990: 9.0%. Black percentage of all students enrolled in degree granting educational institutions in 2008: 13.5%. Percentage of all 18 to 24 year old African Americans in 1988 who were enrolled in higher education: 21.2%.VITAL SIGNS : by Diane Cooper, Realtor Sometimes things appear to look easier than they really are, especially if you are on the outside looking in. We see the benefits of certain things, but may not necessarily pause to think that more often than not those benefits come with a price. In this instance, I am referring to potential clients I meet on a regular basis who inquire about purchasing rental property. The logic behind the question is reasonable enough because after all rental property is suppose to provide income. However the more logical question is, are you sure youre ready to become a landlord? Managing and maintaining a home is no easy feat. Some handle it better than other because they have certain personality traits such as good organizational skills or keen attention to detail that makes the household run a little smoother.. Multiply one house by two or three, and you may find yourself pulling your hair out when problems arise (and problems always arise). Unless you plan on hiring a property manager you will personally be dealing with various personalities. If the rent becomes past due, you have to be ready to take actions, because if you have more of a passive nature tenants may play on your weakness and try to take advantage. You will have to try to keep your personal feelings separate from business because the mortgage on the property still has to be paid regardless of the situation at hand. This may prove to be difficult for some, particularly if you also live on the property and have developed somewhat of a relationship with your tenants. Evicting someone is akin to firing them from a job. It is not a pleasant experience especially if they are elderly, disabled or have children. However some unsuspecting buyers do not anticipate some of the issues they may encounter when becoming a landlord. Not all tenants are a problem hope for the best but prepare for the worse. Next there is the issue of maintenance, expenses, and repairs in which a portion of those rent checks should be allotted toward. Even if the property is in good condition, problem always arise. If a baseball from the kids playing in the neighborhood beaks one of your tenants windows, guess who has to pick up the hill? Also factor in regular lawn maintenance, plumbing and water, yes the landlord is typically responsible for paying the water bill whether they live on the property or not and those expenses could cut into your rental income or leave you in the red. Furthermore, extended periods of vacancies could potentially wipe out your bank account as well. These are just some of the reasons why you need the advice and guidance of a knowledgeable realtor if you are contemplating purchasing rental property. I usually will not advise a client who has never owned a home to purchase rental property because it is best to have some experience handling common issues that come with homeownership. However, if you find a well priced property that is either vacant or has tenants paying market rents and you have the disposition to deal with people then becoming a landlordAre You Ready to Become a Landlord? QUICKTIPSFOR YOURNEWTENANT Before a new tenant moves his or her belongings in, arrange a walk-through of the rental property. Use a checklist to note the condition of everything in the apartment or house: walls, flooring, ceilings, bathroom fixtures, plumbing, appliances, light fixtures, doors and windows, locks, doorknob and hinges, blinds and everything else in each room. Take photos, as well. Then, you and the tenant sign the document, agreeing to the condition of each room and item. After you receive notice that the tenant is moving, arrange another walk-through. Schedule this for about two weeks before the last day of tenancy. Take a look at each item on the move-in checklist, and give the tenant notes about the current condition. Two weeks will give the tenant time to clean, replace broken or missing items (such as broiler pans, window blinds or door handles), and generally get the place ready for your final inspection. Dear Jacksonville Community:To recognize Fair Housing Month, JALAs Fair Housing Unit hosted its first Civil Rights Bus Tour on April 23, 2014. The event was an overwhelming success and crowds of people attended to learn about the past, present, and future issues of fair housing and civil rights in our community. The tour emphasized solutions for those affected by housing discrimination. The tour began at the Ritz Theatre and Museum where participants watched a short civil rights movie and ate breakfast. Historian, Dr. Brenda Simmons-Hutchins, and other knowledgeable guides provided insightful historical information as the busses cruised through different sections of Jacksonville. Our first stop was at Durkeeville Historical Society where we learned about the Durkeeville area civil rights history. ext, we visited Bethel Baptist Institutional Church to learn about its remarkable history. Our last stop was at Clara White Mission where we were treated to a delicious meal by candlelight that was prepared by culinary students of the Mission. We had the opportunity to hear presentations from Congresswoman Corrine Brown, JuCoby Pittman, the CEO and President of Clara White Mission, and Dr. Alesia Scott-Ford, HUDs Jacksonvilles Field Office Director. Because of this years big turnout, JALAs Fair Housing Unit is hoping to host another Civil Rights Bus Tour next year. The success of this years Civil Rights Bus Tour would not have been possible without the support of all the individuals who attended the event. JALA would also like to send its appreciation out to the people, businesses, and institutions that sponsored this event. The sponsors of this years Civil Rights Bus Tour included Cronin & Maxwell, P.L., Edwards & Ragatz, P.A., Spohrer & Dodd, P.L., Delegal Law Offices, P.A., Law Offices of Archibald Thomas, III, Ashley Street Catering, Ritz Theatre and Museum, Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, Durkeeville Historical Society, Clara White Mission, the City of Jacksonville, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. JALA also thanks the individuals who volunteered their time to give presentations or assist us to make this an unforgettable experience. These individuals include Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Dr. Alicia ScottFord, Bill Bright, James Kowalski, Jr., Dr. Brenda SimmonsHutchins, JuCoby Pittman, Angela Spears, Terrance Johnson, eil Stagner and David Cronin. We hope you help us in recognizing Fair Housing Month again next year by joining us for yet another successful Civil Rights Bus Tour.Very truly yours, David Cronin Fair Housing Unit
Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 3 July 3-9, 2014 Lillie McTeer (1958), Annie Washington-Cook (1968), Shirley Jones-Porter (1958) and Shirley Robinson-Jones (1958) Stanton Blue Devils Celebrate 8th All Class Reunion Stantonians, spanning 5 decades, came together this past weekend for the Stanton Alumni Gala. Events began with a social on Friday night consisting of Trivia, scrabble, and a dance contest. Lana Suggs and Malcolm Champion were victorious in the final round of competition. Over 400 guests enjoyed hors d' oeuvres and fellowship at the headquarters located at the Hyatt Hotel. Saturday night consisted of the recognition of the 50th Year Reunion Class of 1964. The class marched in to the banquet hall with the music "I'm so glad I'm from Stanton High." Former majorettes Anethette Singleton Durham, Congresswoman Corrine Brown, and Saundra Christie Waldrop entered the Banquet Hall marching and twirling their batons as the other classmates followed them in. A memorial tribute was performed by Walter Barnes, III and Betty Powell Drain sang a special arrangement titled "Classmates We Miss You." The highlight of the evening was the "Roll Call" of classes. Judge Brian Davis really roused the attendees when he had DJ Moses Henry play favorite songs form each class era. Classes stood on their feet, sang, cheered and danced to the music as their class years were called. Classes from 1936 to 1978 were in the 620 who paid tribute to their alma mater. This was the 8th year of the Stanton, New Stanton, and Stanton Vocational All Class Alumni Gala. Kenneth W. Reddick, Class of 1963, remains the visionary behind the Gala and has been the Chairman of the event since its' inception. Class of 1949: Jacquelyn Odol, Dorothy Ambiester, Dorothy Griffin and John Hall Susie Sheppard (1964), Ruby Dorsey (1964) and Lillie Fountain (1961) Class of 1961: Cynthia Anderson, Vivian Chapman and Sondra Dukes Class of 1959: Betty Donald, Lillie Vereen and Joann Suggs Class of 1968: Robert Bias and Josephine Frazier Class of 1959: Bennie Warren, Jeanette Anthony and Henrietta Barrington Class of 1959: John Diggs, Frances Diggs, Shawsandge Hill and Jimmy Lunsford Harvey (1954) and Jimmie Pearl Harper (1951) Japtha Jackson (1953) and Priscilla Williams (1947) Jackie Carter (1966), Joe Morrison (1968), and Jackie Carter (1968) Ethel Davis-Maxwell (1954) and Lola Bowman (1960) Class of 1964: Deno Davis and Betty Davis Ida Shellman (1952), Al Logan (1944) and Juanita Wyatt (1943) Class of 1959: Leonella Williams and Alexander Smith
By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist Last weeks election results infuriated me and not for the reasons you might suspect. My anger has less to do with the outcomes of the various elections, but more to do with the means of getting to the outcome. The most watched election of this year was the Mississippi Senate race between Tea Party favorite Chris McDaniel and six term incumbent Senator Thad Cochran. Cochran was forced into a run off last week, which typically doesnt bode well for an incumbent. According to Professor Larry J. Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, In 37 of 40 Senate primary runoffs conducted since 1980, turnout had decreased from the initial primary to the runoff. In these 40 races, the combined turnout dropped by about a third from the primary to the runoff. And yet, this time [Miss. senate race], turnout went up by 18 percent, jumping from about 319,000 in the initial primary to about 375,000 in the runoff. Astonishingly, there were more votes cast in the runoff than in the June 3 primary. McDaniel went from 155,000 votes to 184,000 votes; Cochran went from 153,654 votes to 191,508 votes. Without question, the Black vote saved Cochran. There is universal consensus on that point liberal and conservative; Black and White; Democrat and Republican. But the analysis of how the Black vote led to Cochrans win has been totally misunderstood. Make no mistake about it, Haley Barbour was the brains behind Cochrans resuscitation. Haley is like a son to me. He is the former governor of Mississippi and former head of the Republican National Committee. A political genius, Haley knows how to win; and is a helluva guy to get a drink with. Haley knows how to operate without leaving fingerprints. But his DNA was all over Cochrans campaign. He is definitely ol school. What saved Cochran was the Republicans use of the reverse Southern Strategy. The Southern Strategy was created by Kevin Phillips, a former Nixon aide, in the 1960s to sacrifice the Black vote (who were staunchly Republican) in order to pick up the vote of the White Southern Democrats opposed civil rights. To this day, that keeps Blacks aligned with the Democratic Party. The Cochran campaign did the exact opposite. They sacrificed the conservative White Tea Party vote to pick up the Black vote. They made a political calculation that they had maxed out on their White support and their only way of winning was to expand their base of support. The only option was to go after Black Democrats who had not voted in the 3 primary. It was a stroke of genius. What angered me about this lastditch effort when, in fact, it should have a conscious development. Why did it take desperation to get the party and the campaign to do what was and has always been in its own best interestcultivating the Black vote? I was further angered that prior to the runoff, there was absolutely no mention of the Black vote by either candidate. Neither campaign had any Blacks on their campaign staffs or as consultants in decision making positions. Normally, I blast the Republican Party for doing the right thing even if its the wrong way (Rand Pauls visit to Howard University); but in this case, they did the wrong thing the right way. The Cochran campaign has spent more time and spent more money with Black Democrats than they have with Black Republicans. Go figure. Over the years, I have had heated discussions with conservative and Tea Party members of the Republican Party over the issue of race. I have been told that sometimes I can be hyper-sensitive on the issue of race; I am overreacting; or we just have a different view on this issue than you. Really? Some unknown group created a robo-call targeting Black voters that said in part, Hello neighbors. Its time to take a stand against the Tea Party. The time has come to say no to the Tea Party. No to their obstruction, no to their disrespectful treatment of the first African American president If we do nothing, Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel wins and causes even more problems for President Obama Both campaigns deny any involvement in the making and distribution of the recorded call. The McDaniel campaign and the Tea Party are furious about the robo-call. Now that you have experienced the race card being played against you, maybe, just maybe you will be more understanding of my views the next time we have a discussion about race. Raynard Jackson is president & CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC., a Washington, D.C.-based public relations/government affairs firm. He can be Seeing former President Bill Clinton give the keynote address at the Florida Democratic Leadership Gala last weekend reminded me just how popular the man still is. Although he was clearly preaching to the choir he fired up the raucous crowd of donkeys. And of course for various reasons black folk still love Bill Clinton. Yeah, I know that it is a broad statement to say, but Clinton was and still is to a great extent the first President that African Americans felt a close bond to since JFK. To say that 90 percent of African Americans like Bill Clinton would not be a ridiculous statement. We used to even jokingly saying that Clinton was the first black president. But as my former City Council colleague Pat LockettFelder likes to say, A lot of truth is told through jokes. Nobel prizewinner Toni Morrison wrote in the 1998 New Yorker essay, "He displays almost every trope of blackness: singleparent household, born poor, working-class, saxophone-playing, McDonald's-and-junk-food-loving boy from Arkansas." Maybe thats the key, Clinton radiated a certain style and African Americans can generally tell when a white person truly is sincere and understands. Clinton understands, and it is mostly because of his genuine interest in black culture, but it also has to do with his poor Southern roots. He was just a different kind of president. I remember in 1992 when Clinton was running against incumbent President George Daddy Bush. He was able to relate to everyday citizens in a way that no other candidate had done. His working-class upbringing appealed to people that never felt connected to anyone who had run for the office of President. DeWayne Wickham wrote in his book titled, Bill Clinton and Black America, that What makes Clinton special is that he found a way to connect with us that was personal and up close. Clinton was a different kind of candidate and different kind of President. We saw him on late night talk shows, including The Arsenio Hall Show, which is its prime was the black version of Jay Leno or David Letterman. And not only was Governor Clinton on the show, but he brought his saxophone and played along with the band. What... a presidential candidate who is actually cool. It was new, refreshing and original. It was Bill Clinton doing what he does best, reaching out and appealing to people in ways only he can. My favorite Clinton line is was when speaking in front of an all African American audience he said, People always ask me why black people love me so much, I just tell them, because I love black people. Fast forward to 2014 and Hilary Clinton is primed to be the next Democratic nominee for President in 2016. Well, I know that I am making a big assumption considering the fact that she was a sure thing back in 2008 as well. Hillary Clinton not only is the front-runner, but also seems to be poised to be the first female President of the United States. But the reality is that while she is savvy politician, she will definitely need her still popular hubbie to win the election. Much like the last two election cycles minority voters will once again be critical to winning the White House. The obvious advantage that Hilary will have is the female vote. According to Edison Research, a gender gap was evident in the 2012 presidential election, with women favoring Barack Obama by 10 percentage points over Mitt Romney. The discrepancy between women voters was even worse in 2008 when Obama had a 56 to 43 percent gap over John McCain. This data proves that women and minorities will decide the next President of the United States. It will be interesting to see just how Bill is used during the campaign, but as Barack Obama figured out a couple of years ago it is foolish not to use President Clintons charisma and political skills. He is extremely intelligent and still widely admired. The Clintons will run a much smarter campaign than they did the first time around, and I am sure that they will not be counting any chickens before they hatch. 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Bush Marched Us Off to War While Cutting V.A. Benefits By Bill Fletcher, Jr. In 2003, we were lied into a war with Iraq. Just about everyone now admits that. At the same time that we were being lied into the war, the then Bush administration was cutting benefits to veterans. This was such an odd set of circumstances. At a point when the U.S. was preparing for war, at a point when one must expect casualties, the Bush administration cut benefits. The current crisis in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which has been described as a situation of long waits, in some cases allegedly leading to the deaths of patients, cannot be understood in the absence of a discussion of funding cuts, insufficient funding, and retaliation against workers who have identified the depth of the problems at the VA. In fact, it is fair to say that many of the most vocal critics of the VA, on the Republican side of the aisle, were equally unwilling to fund the VA to the extent that it has needed funding. Why? The VA gets very high marks from veterans for the actual service that it delivers. Their expertise with physical, emotional and psychological wounds and injuries simply cannot be matched in the non-VA health care systems. It is, in effect, one stop shopping. This, however, is an anathema to many conservatives who wish to see all healthcare privatized. It is for that reason that in the midst of the current VA crisis, there are those who are suggesting a voucher-like system for veterans rather than actually fixing the problems. These critics would rather dismantle the VA and hand out vouchers, than repair a system that has worked for thousands of veterans. In order for the VA to be repaired, however, the career managers have to be punished for retaliating against whistleblowers within the workforce. VA workers, many of who are represented by the American Federation of Government Employees, have spoken up to identify some of the problems that are currently coming to light, only to face various forms of retaliation from management. One must ask the question of whether career managers who have watched the juggernaut of privatization proceed down the tracks since the time of the Bush administration, are more interested in preparing their own nests in the private sector over ensuring that veterans receive the service to which they are entitled. How else can one explain retaliating against workers who speak up? The VA needs to be repaired, rather than dismantled. Veterans need improved and prompt service. But this also means that the atmosphere of panic that has been spread by both the Republicans and many people in the media must halt. Here is an example of why. Part of the reason for delays in care was the direct result of the expansion in VA service to veterans facing disabilities that had previously not been fully covered, e.g., Agent Orange; Gulf War Syndrome. Yet, this has not been discussed in the mainstream media, most likely because to raise the fact that the VA was now serving additional veterans would beg a simple question: Why is the VA not receiving additional resources in order to accomplish its mission? It makes you wonder Bill Fletcher, Jr. is a racial, labor and global justice writer and activist. He is an employee of the American Federation of Government Employees but this column does not necessarily represent their views. Follow Bill on Facebook and at www.billfletcherjr.com. In order for the VA to be repaired, however, the career managers have to be punished for retaliating against whistleblowers within the workforce. GOPs Reverse Southern Strategy
July 3-9, 2014 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 5 FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 1 7, 2014COACHING LEGEND ED TEMPLE FETED; NEW ADs AT HAMPTON, ALCORN STATEDOUBLE DIPS: HBCU products Jeffery Henderson (top, Stillman) and Francena McCorory (bottom, Hampton) win USA Track & Field titles.NATIONAL CHAMPSUSATAF Photos BCSP NotesNorfolk State's Pendarvis Williams on Houston Rockets Summer League team NORFOLK, Va. Former Norfolk State guard Pendarvis "Penny" Wlliams will play for the Houston Rockets' summer league team in Las Vegas in mid-July after signing a free agent contract with the Rockets organization after last week's NBA Draft. one of at least nine players who will compete for the Rockets' team in Las Vegas from July 12-21. in one of the two NBA summer leagues the other taking place in Orlando. Kyle O'Quinn competed with the Orlando Magic in 2012 MARSHALL NEW HAMPTON AD: HAMPTON, Va. Eugene Marshall Jr. has been named the Director of Athletics at Hampton University He will begin on July 1. He takes over for Novelle Dickenson who had served as Interim AD for the past two years. Marshall brings well over two decades of athletic administration experience to the Pirates. Most recently, he was the interim deputy athletic director at Queens College, where he reported to the Assistant Vice President of Athletics and worked in an athletic program that boasted 18 teams. Prior to that, Marshall spent two years as the Director of Athletics at Iona College, overseeing some of the Gaels' most successful moments including two NCAA Tournament appearances for men's basketball, including earned a bachelor's degree in business administration. He later completed his Master's degree in sports leadership. While an undergraduate at Northeastern, Marshall was a member of the Huskies' men's basketball team under Jim Calhoun. Dickenson, who had also served as Faculty Athletics Representative for the previous 12 years, made a request to return to Academic Affairs, where he has spent 36 years of his life in academics. Prior to his departure, Dickenson of Athletics.INTERIM AD AT ALCORN STATE: LiJuna Weir has been named the Interim Athletics Director at Alcorn State University The president Dr. Alfred Rankins, Jr. and is effective July 1. Weir has been a part of the Aland has helped change the athletics department in various ways. ciations including the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and National Association of Collegiate Women and Master's degrees from Alcorn. Rankins describes Weir as a leader who understands the day-to-day operations of Alcorn athletics and has established positive working relationships with coaches, staff and students. "I am grateful for another opportunity to serve Alcorn," said Weir as she discussed plans to continually advocate for student-athletes and positively position the athletic program. "I believe in Alcorn athletics," she said Weir as she highlighted the strength of collaboration. "Working together, we can and will accomplish more. I believe in the power of members of the athletic familyour athletes, coaches, employees, student workers and alumni." Candidate screening will begin immediately.MEAC TOPS SWAC IN REVENUE: Kenn Rashad Mid Eastern Athletic Conference once again topped the Southwestern Athletic Conference reported $7,722,159 in total revenue, up from $6,641,773 revenue, a slight improvement from the $6,045,980 in total than the conference earned in revenues. In contrast, the receiving $455,000 in membership dues, compared to Duer Sharp was paid a base salary of $240,000, while Dennis Thomas commissioner UNDER THE BANNERWHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS and '13 after the Magic selected him in the second round of the 2012 Draft. Williams, a native of Philadelphia, earned honorable mention and participated in the ReFour. He averaged career highs of 15.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and points and is only one of two players to tally at least 1,600 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists, 100 steals and 50 blocks.Marshall Stillman College trackster Jeffery Henderson and former Hampton sprinter Francena McCorory Track & Field Championships here last week at Henderson jumped a personal best, windaided 8.52m (27'11.5") to capture the national long jump title. His performance set a new adidas Grand Prix record in the men's long jump. McCorory ran 49.48 to capture the 400 meters national title. Her time ranked among the topHenderson, the 2013 NCAA D2 long jump champion, established a personal record (PR) on his fourth jump of the day, outdistancing his nearest competitor, Arkansas' Jarrion Lawson, by over a foot. "I think I did really well today," said Henderson. "My coach and I were focusing on my approach and my knees getting up. I feel really loved the crowd and I loved every single bit of the event." Championships, Henderson won the silver medal in the long jump with a 8.22 m (26'11.5") jump World Championships in Athletics in Moscow. son set a stadium long jump and personal record of 8.43 m (27 ft., 73/4 in.) earlier in the competition. The accolades for McCorory continued Outdoor Championships in the BMW 400 meters. The race came down to the last 100 meters as reigning World Indoor champion McCorory before McCorory kicked in an extra gear for a Ross, the American record holder, had a seasonbest 49.66 in second. McCorory won the 2014 national indoor 400 meters title with a time of 50.85 and the and Olympic Gold Medalist (2012) and World meter relay. Former Bethune-Cookman hurdler Ron-Henderson, McCorory win titles, set records at USA Track Championships Pendarvis Williamsnie Ash the world since 2012 to break the 13-second barrier in the 110 hurdles as he ran 12.99. He ended it on a golf cart being driven slowright ankle and left wrist, with two big bags of ice secured tightly around his right knee and left shoulder. the hurdles just when it appeared he was pulling away from the pack. "It's bittersweet," Ash said. "I was trying to be so consistent in what I was doing. Once the race started surging on I rushed my dive and I hit underneath my lead hamstring, and the combination with my trail bashing into the hurdle ... I hit dead smack onto the track." Ash's time of 12.99 was the fastest time in onds since Aries Merritt set the world record of 12.80 in 2012. Former Howard hurdler and reigning world champion David Oliver the hurdles in a time of 13.23. Devon Allen won the event in 13.16. Former Saint Augustine's 400 meter hurdles standout Bershawn Jackson, coming back off an injury from last season, also had the best time in the preliminaries of his event (49.48) but Take long jump and 400 meters titles Jeffery HendersonFrancena McCorory Weir Track & Field honored the accomplishments and contributions of the legendary Edward Stanley Temple cant impact on the Tennessee State Tigerbelles legacy and in the lives of dozens of Olympians. He was recognized at Hornet versity. nual Legend Coach Award from the Field Association, and the Coaches ATF. The Coaches Advisory Committee established this award to recognize coaches whose athletes have won medals at the Olympics and/or World Championships. Temple, who will turn 87 on to the Olympic Games in Melbourne. Willye B. White won a silver medal in the broad jump. Mae Faggs Margaret Matthews Wilma Rudolph and Isabelle Daniels won bronze in the 4x100 meter relay. Rome, Rudolph won three gold medals, one in the 100 meters, one in the 200 meters and one as a member of the 4x100 meter relay. Also on that relay team, and coached in the Olympics by Temple were Tigerbelles Martha Hudson Barbara Jones and Lucinda Williams kyo, Wyomia Tyus won the gold medal in the 100-meter dash and fellow Tigerbelle Edith McGuire won the silver. McGuire won gold in the 200 meters. Mexico City, Tyus won the gold in American to win back-to-back gold in an event, and fellow Tigerbelle Madeline Manning won gold in woman to win that Olympic race. Chandra Cheeseborough won a silver medal in the 400-meter dash and a gold medal as a member of both the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams. Temple coached 23 Olympic medalists, 30 medalists in the PanAmerican Games, as well as eight National Hall of Fame Inductees. His commitment was true not only to the athletic accomplishments of those he coached, but also to the value of education, which is evident in that 39 of his 40 Olympians who have one or more college degrees. The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, native was also a great athlete in his own right. He earned the distinction of All-City in track, football and basketball at John Harris earn undergraduate and graduate ucation from Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State College Temple was at the helm as Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games and was named assistant coach for the Moscow 1980 Games among many other international team appointments. His international leadership gained recognition, but Temple is best regarded as the legend who led program for 44 years before retiring after the 1993-94 academic year. In the 1980s, he was a member of became chairman of the Amateur member of the International Women's Track and Field Committee. Among his many honors are inductions into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, the Tenrisburg Central Area Chapter Hall Hall of Fame, the Ohio Valley Conference Hall of Fame and the ComFame. Temple, a devoted husband for 57 years before his wife's passing, is also a devoted father to two chilED TEMPLE FALLING SHORT Former Bethune-Cookman hurdler Ronnie Ash (l.) clips the hurdle and eventu110-meter hurdles at the USA Track & Field Championships Sunday in Sacramento. Ash had run 12.99 seconds in 12.99 time is the 14th-fastest i110-meter hurdles time n history.TSU's Temple receives Legend Coach Award
Page 6 Ms. Perrys Free Press July 3-9, 2014 Greater Macedonia Baptist Church1880 West Edgewood Avenue The doors of Macedonia are always open to you and your family. If we may be of any assistance to you in your spiritual walk, please contact us at 764-9257 or via email at GreaterMac@aol.com. Seeking the lost for ChristMatthew 28:19 20 Pastor Landon Williams 8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m. Morning WorshipTuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m. Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m. Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM Sunday 2 PM 3 PM **FREE TUTORIG FOR YOUTH I EGLISH, SCIECE, HISTORY AD MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M. 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 bounce house for the kids, vendor products and presentations by leading health experts. For more information call 210-5393.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.Camp Restoration Youth Summer CampCamp Restoration for Youth Summer Camp (ages 5-15) is running 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.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 email@example.com. SCOGIC 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.orthside Community Involvement Jamboree on Avenue B Carnival The Northside Community Involvement Inc. is making it happen at their 1st Jamboree on Avenue B Fundraising Carnival, Saturday, July 26th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the NCI Community Resource Center, 4990 Avenue B. The event will include carnival games, free carwash, garage sale, food, water slides, raffles, health screenings, mini-golf course, dunk tank, bingo, prizes, and some good old school music and more! This fantastic event has something for the whole family to enjoy. Take a pause for a worthy cause and have some fun!!! For more information contact Rhynett Chatman at 314-3521. 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 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. Lyndia Grant Sometimes the problems of life, or lets call them hits, just keep coming; this column reminds us how to make it against all odds! We are living in very challenging times today. Pressured in the workplace, stressed out at home, people are trying to make sense of their lives. 2 Corinthians 4:13-18 promises, Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day; for our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. When we release our struggle to a Higher Power, we not only survive, we plant roots that will keep us strong forever. While theres tension on one hand theres introspection and exploration on the other. How do you keep on going when life knocks you down? Its one thing to be positive when things are going well. But it is something altogether different when youre blindsided, when the following happens: When someone you love is taken away either by death or some other reason; When a debilitating illness strikes you or a family member; and all you can do is depend on God. When your lifetime job is suddenly downsized, and after 15 or 20 years of quality service you receive a pink slip; you feel devastated. When you go through the emotional torment of a divorce and especially when children are involved. When grown children refuse to grow up, and they continue to depend on you for shelter, for food, clothing, and they even need money from you for their personal needs. When your teenagers decide they are adults, and they no longer listen to what you have to say, but they live under your roof. When the doctor gives you a diagnosis that sounds like the end of life as you know it; you are shattered. Sharon Lechter wrote a new book entitled, Think and Grow Rich for Women, but this prayer she included in her chapter on Faith will work for anyone men, women or children. It reads: As I begin this journey, I know I will feel excitement and energy as well as fear and frustration. I trust that your Divine love is encouraging and forgiving. I believe that true success starts with a richness of spirit. Please enter my heart and help my faith to grow stronger every day. When it is as small as a mustard seed, show me how this tiny treasure can create a forest. When my faith is as huge as a mighty oak tree, help me have the humility to see every small, helpless creature in its shadow and offer nourishment, shelter, and shade. Growing successful is my earthly goal, but growing in faith will remain my spiritual mission. One of my lowest points took place a couple of years ago; I was sick with diabetes, weak; work wasnt steady and I couldnt make ends meet; I had to use a food stamp card for six months, a first for me at age 60; I got help from my sons regularly however, food stamps had always been considered an embarrassment in my family! During my tough times, I kept my faith strong, and read my Bible daily, woke up early each day and prayed and meditated, picturing my life as a working woman again and in good health. I turned my television off, and instead listened to Les Brown, Zig Ziglar, Wayne Dyer, Joyce Meyer, Bishop T.D. Jakes, and Louise Hay. I had to strengthen myself from within. It worked, Im no longer a diabetic; and my finances have greatly improved. You can make it against all odds as well. The Religion Corner: Making It Against All 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.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 email@example.com 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. Bishop Edward Robinson Sr. and Lady Cynthia Robinson Walk in my Shoes Communitywide Shoe DriveWalk in my Shoes is a Communitywide Shoe Drive to collect 3,000 Bags of gently worn shoes for needy families. You or your organization can help by collecting at least one plastic bag containing 25 pairs of gently worn shoes per bag. All sizes, styles and color shoes for men, women, boys, girls will benefit the Adolescents Choosing Excellence Youth Programs. The Shoe Drive is July 1st to September 1st. For more information and bag pick-up call the Women of Color Cultural Foundation at 683-1757 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 3-9, 2014 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 7 by Gemma Greene As yet another birthday rolls around, you probably worry more about the visible parts of your body, and not so much the ones you cant see, like your heart. Blacks still suffer and die more from heart-related diseases, and recent research has found that each decade of your life is a crossroads, with new health concerns to worry about as you continue along. Be aware of what you need to know and ask your doctor about to better enjoy that path that you're on. Your 20s & 30s: Get Smart You know that fries and burger do not qualify as heart-healthy, as well as all the other fat-filled arteryclogging fare that youre probably tempted with every day. But your biggest heart hazard may be in your head, not on your plate. People in their 20s and 30s often think they're too young for heart disease, even though they've already developed serious risk factors," says Sarah Samaan, M.D., a cardiologist at Legacy Heart Center in Plano, TX. In fact, as many as 60 percent of people under 40 have at least one high-risk factor, such as smoking, elevated cholesterol, or obesity which triples their heart attack odds. But almost 20 percent of people have never had a blood cholesterol test. Make an appointment with your doctor to review where you stand; then get serious about quitting smoking, losing weight, eating right and exercising. Hidden Heart Risks At 20 & 30 Missed periods. Just about everyone skips from time to time, but women with long histories of irregular cycles at age 35 have a 50 percent greater chance of eventually having a heart attack, a large Harvard study reported. It may be because erratic cycles are frequently linked with obesity. They're also a sign of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a common hormonal disorder that raises the risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes, as well as infertility and acne. Medication and weight loss (if needed) can get symptoms under control and should reduce your heart risk, says Anuja Dokras, M.D., an ob-gyn at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Still, to be on the safe side, she advises her PCOS patients to get cholesterol and blood sugar checks every other year. Low vitamin D. In a large Finnish study, adults over age 30 who had the lowest blood levels of vitamin D were 25 percent more likely to die from cardiovascular disease later in life than those with the highest levels. "Vitamin D may keep the muscle cells that line the artery walls healthy and flexible, helping to maintain good blood flow to the heart and brain," says Michal Melamed, M.D., of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. What's a "good" level? Experts aren't sure what number is ideal, but agree it should be at least 30 nanograms per milliliter. As for supplements, current guidelines recommend 200 IUs of D daily for people ages 19 to 50, 400 IUs for ages 51 to 70, and 600 IUs for those over 70, but most experts think 1,000 IUs is more in line with what you really need. 20s and 30s Checkup Checklist Basic Vital Tests: Have your blood pressure, pulse, waist circumference, and BMI analyzed at least every two years. Fasting Cholesterol Test: Let your doctor know that you want to take a fasting cholesterol test. Get this test every two years, unless instructed otherwise by your doctor. Vitamin D Level Evaluation: Ask your doctor to check your Vitamin D level. Family History: Update your family history at every doctor's visit. Your 40s: Get Moving Theres just so much going on, and its hard to take care of yourself, especially when it comes to working out. Even if you're not constantly carpooling or in meetings, it can be hard to fit in workouts between your job, your kids, caring for aging parents, and checking in with your husband once in a while. But exercise is particularly important in these years: it not only helps to counteract the slowdown of your metabolism, which tends to start in your 40s, but it helps you avoid weight gain and control stress. Research suggests exercise may also be enough to protect your heart. A study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that overweight adults who maintained their weight, gaining no more than five pounds over 15 years, were less likely to have unhealthy changes in their glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure than those who put on more. Hidden Heart Risks At 40 Hysterectomy. Until recently, women who were having this surgery because of problems like uterine fibroids often chose to have their ovaries taken out along with their uterus, as protection against ovarian cancer. But a recent study of almost 30,000 women found that those who had both ovaries removed before age 50 and who never used estrogen therapy had up to a 98 percent higher risk of heart disease than those who kept them. Ovaries continue to make small amounts of hormones for years after natural menopause, guarding against heart disease as well as stroke. The exception: If you have a relative a mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, or cousin who's had ovarian or breast cancer, especially before menopause, then it might make sense for you to have your ovaries out. Breast calcifications. If your mammogram shows specks of calcium deposits in the arteries of your breast, you might not have to worry about cancer, but you do need to pay more attention to your cardiovascular health: you may have more than triple the risk of heart disease of a woman without these deposits, a recent University of Missouri School of Medicine study found. During your next mammogram, ask if vascular calcifications were noted, and if they were, ask if your heart health needs to be looked at differently. 40s Checkup Checklist Routine Screens: Follow the above schedule for your 20s 30s. Glucose Test: Have this done every three years starting at 40s. A "Global Risk Estimation: This is a mathematical formula used to calculate your odds of having a heart attack in the next 10 years, based on such factors as your age, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, whether you have diabetes, and other risks. Repeat this test every five years. Stress Echocardiogram/Nuclear Imaging Stress Test: Both done as you walk on a treadmill, can provide key warnings about your heart's health. Your 50s: Know The Symptoms Although the transition through mid-life changes, such as menopause, can be rough, the relative "peace" you finally achieve afterwards may be pretty nice. But there is one sour note: Your risk of heart disease doubles or even triples. This may be due to many issues, including age and other risk factors finally catching up with you. You need to know what a heart attack feels like. People often delay dialing 911 because they doubt their symptoms signal a heart attack. And that hesitation can cost you your life," says Dr. Goldberg. Aside from the classic warning signs a bursting chest pain that spreads to jaw, neck, and shoulder look for these subtler symptoms, which can build in intensity over days or weeks: unusual fatigue, nausea, dizziness, shortness of breath, heaviness in the chest, or upper abdominal pain. Hidden Heart Risks At 50 Loneliness. If an empty nest or early retirement leaves you feeling isolated, the heartache may be more than emotional. In a 19-year study, people who reported feeling lonely most of the time had a 76 percent increased risk of heart disease. The connection? Chronic loneliness, like stress, may trigger inflammatory and hormonal changes that promote cardiovascular disease. It may also lead to poorer health habits that increase your risk. Nurture your friendships and forge close social connections by volunteering at a local charity, joining a book club, or undertaking any other social activities that appeal to you. Misdiagnosis. Here's a scary (and common) scenario. A woman in her 50s complains to her doctor about persistent chest pain. He sends her for a stress test, but even if that's abnormal, as long as testing reveals no major blockages, he assures her nothing's wrong. The reality: Almost 50 percent of women with abnormal stress testing and open coronary arteries have microvascular coronary dysfunction, in which the heart's smallest arteries don't dilate properly and blood flow is restricted. It can increase your risk for sudden cardiac death, heart attack, or other serious problems by 2.5 percent each year. "Your doctor may dismiss your symptoms as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or anxiety," says Dr. Bairey Merz, "especially if initial tests come back borderline." So insist on getting a full evaluation that could reveal micro problems. 50s Checkup Checklist Routine Screens: Follow the above schedule for your 20s and 30s. Prediabetes: Have your doctor perform a fasting glucose test to check for signs of prediabetes. Aspirin: Ask your doctor to help you weigh the pros and cons of taking baby aspirin. Ask If More Tests Are Needed: Ask your doctor about more frequent tests, new research and special exams that you may benefit from, especially if youre at a higher risk of heart disease. In your 50s and beyond, remember to have routine screenings done at least every two years; more often if you have multiple risk factors. Also ask you doctor to redo a "global risk estimation" every time a risk factor, such as your blood pressure or weight, changes. Dr. Chester Aikens305 East Union Street in Downtown Jacksonville The Jacksonville Free Press would love to share your event with our readers. GUIDELINES 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. OEXCEPTIOS. 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! North Florida Obstetrical & Gynecological Associates, P.A. Morris, pictured here, seems to have also been the recipient of some rear-enhancing surgery. The transgender woman was arrested after injec t ing an unidentified patient with a mixture of cement, super glue, minera l oil, and Fix-A-Flat tire mender.Fake Florida Doctor Arrested Afte r Injecting Woman with Fix-a-flat A transgender woman in South Florida faces charges of practicing cosmetic surgery without a license, after police say she injected an unwitting patients buttocks with a handful of unsafe substances, including tire mender Fix-A-Flat, NBC reported. The botched butt implant sent the unidentified woman to the hospital, and landed Oneal Ron Morris, who is legally identified as a man, in cuffs. Miami Gardens Police arrested Morris, 30, on Friday, following an investigation by the Florida Department of Health. Sgt. William Bamford said the illegal procedure took place in May 2010, after the woman and Morr i met to discuss details, according t o ABC. They agreed on the price o $700 for the procedure, which w a intended for cosmetic purposes, h said. The injection took place in a re s idential setting, where Morris shot mix of cement, glue, mineral o i and tire sealant into the woman buttocks, ABC reported. [A] short time later, she deve l ops very serious pains, abdome n throughout her body, Bamford tol d the network affiliate. She kno w somethings wrong. The woman rushed to Tamp General Hospital, where she w a treated for infection and pneum o nia, but would not divulge Morri s name, according to the report. Hospital officials contacted t h Dept. of Health, but it took invest i gators months to track dow n Morris. Police suspect there are other vi c tims, and urge them to come fo r How to Keep Your Heart Stronger at Every Age 30 40 50 DARRYL R. JACKSON, C.P.A., P.A. 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While most nail shop offer quick and easy lash thickening services, there are a few things that should be taken into consideration before making that appointment. Experienced lash technician Tiffany Landing of Posh Lash and Beauty Bar in Downtown Chicago is sharing details about how to make the right decisions when deciding to wear false lashes. One of the most common mistakes women make when deciding to get their lashes done is by going to any old nail shop to get the service done, said Tiffany, who has been applying lashes for over three years. Nail shops typically use hair glue to create full lash looks, but this type of glue is harmful for the health of not only your eyelashes but the pores on the eyelid as well, she cautions. The bonding glue clogs the pores of the eyelid, which can lead to a staph infection and the loss of eyelashes when the lashes are removed. The technicians at nail shops may charge an affordable price, but they dont have the health of womens eyes and eyelashes in mind, states Tiffany, who recommends women invest in quality eyelash application. There are high quality lash adhesives and lashes that are applied to each individual lash to give a natural look that doesnt damage the lashes. This procedure can usually get pricey starting at $150 and these looks typically last 3 weeks depending on the growth cycle of your natural lashes. Tiffany states that any woman who wants to feel beautiful and enhanced is the ideal client and will be satisfied with her look once it is complete. Eyelash extensions are a great way to brighten eyes and create an alluring look, but one must invest in quality service to ensure the health of the eyes is kept in mind while achieving the ideal look. There are a plethora of lash technicians around the country. 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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.Jax Branch AACP July MeetingThe Jacksonville NAACP's July General Membership Meeting will take place Thursday, July 10th at 7:15 p.m. at the NAACP office located at 1725 Oakhurst Ave. The Jax NAACP meets every 2nd Thursday of each month. For more information call 764-7578.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.Congressman James Clyburn Book SigningMayor Alvin Brown and Congresswoman Corrine Brown are inviting the community to a reception honoring Cong. James Clyburn, (D-SC, 6th District), for a book signing of his book, Blessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black. The free event will be held Sunday, July 13th at 4 p.m. at the Ritz Theatre. There will also be a Q&A. For more information call 630-3690 to reserve your spot or email ASpears@coj.net.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.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.Stage Aurora Presents The Wiz, Arts FestivalStage Aurora presents Frank Browns classic play The Wiz, July 18th though July 19th. The weekend will also feature Stage Auroras 7th Annual Jacksonville Black Arts Festival that includes visual arts, children activities and food! For more information visit www.stageaurora.org or call the box office at 765-7312 or email email@example.com.Cheryl Underwood Comedy ShowComedian Cheryl Underwood will host the License 2 Laugh comedy tour featuring Lavell Crawford with special guest comedians Lavar Walker and Tim Murray whose comedic antics will have you gasping for air from gut busting laughter! The date is Saturday, July 19th at 8 p.m. at the Moran Theater-Times Union Center, 300 W. Water St. For more information call 633-6110 or visit www.jaxevents.com. High School Golf CombineCome be a part of the Bluegrass High School Golf Combine. Show your skills in front of college scouts and coaches, July 24th and 25th at the University Club of Kentucky, 4850 Leestown Road, Lexington Kentucky. You can register online at www.kjgf.com or locally contact the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour, 2907 Spring Glen Rd at 379-2697 or visit www.hjgt.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Comedian Earthquake in ConcertComedian, actor and voice artist Earthquake will shake the Comedy Zone with laughter July 25th and 26th. For tickets and more details call the Comedy Zone at 292HAHA or visitwww.comedyzone.com. The Comedy Zone is located at 3130 Hartley Rd.Master Gardener ProgramRegister for the Master Gardeners class and receive in-depth training in horticulture. Training topics include: basic plant science, entomology, plant pathology, nematology, vegetable gardening, fruit culture, woody ornamentals, lawn management, plant propagation and more. Classes are on Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m. starting July 30th Oct. 1st. Classes are at the Duval County Extension Office and in Nassau County. You must live in Duval County to apply. For more details call Becky Davidson at 2557450 or email email@example.com to request an application packet. The deadline to apply is June 20th. Ritz Jazz Jamm Calendar of Events!Dont miss Jazz Jamm at the Ritz Theater! Tickets on sale now for the following performances: August 2nd its saxophonist and flute player Jackiem Joyner. For more information access www.ritzjacksonville.com or call 632-5555. The Ritz is located at 829 N Davis St.Maxwell Summer Soulstice TourRetro and Neo soul artist Maxwells Summer Soulstice Tour is scheduled for Sunday, August 3rd at 7:30 p.m. Concert location is the Times-Union Center, 300 Water St. For more information call 6336110 or visit www.musze.com. Eastside Love Vendor FairThe Eastside community will receive a whole lot of love Saturday, August 16th at the Eastside Love Arts and Vendors Market from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at A. Philip Randolph Park, 1096 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. Local business owners and area non-profits, artists and performers will come together to expose their various talents, products and services. For more information contact Angie Nixon at 610-7103.Jax Sister Cities Association Mandela Celebration EventThe City of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Sister Cities Association (JSCA) will celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela by sponsoring a fundraising banquet in support of health programs for the citizens of Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality in South Africa,. South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool will be the keynote speaker Thursday, August 21st 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hyatt Hotel. For further information visit www.jsca.org or call Betzy Santiago at 630-4710. 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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July 3-9, 2014 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 9 Flipping Through the Free Press Files Clara White Mission Friend for life Coby Hayes 1995 TPC winner Calvin Peete speaking at the First Tee Ida Ross Johnson reciting poetry Betty Holzendorf presenting former Edward Waters College President Jimmie Jenkins with a $10,000 check. Helen Jackson, Dr. Julie McKay, Betty Holzendorf, Cheryl Grant-Parker, Dr. Janis Dorsey, Lois Diamond, Leslie Mays and Gwen Moore Tom Joyner receives the key to the city from Willye Dennis, Congresswoman Corrine Brown and Terry Fields Charles Griggs with daughter Cydney smiling with pride as Don King visits Jacksonville Martin Luther King Elementery School Bethel Baptist Institutional Churchs Reverend Rudolph McKissick, Jr., First Lady Estelle McKissick, Rudolph McKissick, Sr. and grandaugther celebrating 32 years of ministry. Lucious Jackson, Patricia Wallace and Brittany Jackson Adewale Omawale Kulemele, Rahman Johnson, Omawale and Dr. Adetukumbo Borashade Shadidi Amma, Corlis Sinclair, ongongoma Majova and ellie Tunsill celebrating Kwanza. Tony Hill and Ray Alfred on the run! Singer and florist Gerald Desue Leslie Jackson and aunt Thelma Jackson Councilman Warren Jones being worn in as wife Vanessa Jones looks on Emma Lou Adams Max Anderson, Angelique Proctor-Anderson and Attorney oel Lawrence Antina Stafford and Spring Park Elem. Principal Verdell Benefield In 2002, the ILAelected officers included (L-R)Charles Spencer, Robert Mingo, George Spencer, Ernest Smith and Vince Cameron
Page 10 Ms. Perrys Free Press July 3-9, 2014 Weekly ad in hand. Coupons in pocket. BOGO-vision on. Its time to save.publix.com/save In His ew Book, Marion Barry Says His Story Is One of Second Chances Marion Barry, the four-time mayor of Washington, D.C., and current city councilman, doesnt shy away from the best-known scandal of his life. In fact, he speaks about it directly and forthrightly in his new book, Mayor for Life, discussing the event that catapulted him into international celebrity, when he was videotaped in 1990 smoking crack cocaine and subsequently arrested by FBI officials. It wasnt difficult to write that in the book, Barry said, in an interview with BET.com. I decided to tell the truth and the truth doesnt hurt anybody. Barry added, I felt very comfortable. I felt that, if I told my story of what I was going through for those two years of alcohol and drugs that I could be an inspiration to thousands and millions of Americans who are going through the same thing. More than anything, Barry describes his life, particularly after his high-profile troubles at the Vista International Hotel, as a story of redemption. After his legal problems, he was elected to the Washington City Council in 1992 and was elected again as the citys mayor and served from 1996 to 1995. Since 2002, he has served again on the city council of Washington. I have apologized to Effi, Cora, he said, referring to his ex-wife Effi Slaughter and his current wide Cora Masters. I have apologized to my son, Christopher. I apologized to the people of the District of Columbia. This is a city and a country of second chances. The people of Washington have forgiven me. They know about my good deeds and therefore Im loved by a lot of folks in this city. In the interview, and in the book, the onetime mayor who was born in Itta Bena, Mississippi, speaks proudly of the economic transition that has come to much of the nations capital, much of it under his mayoralty. Specifically, he said he is particularly proud of the fact that African-American owned businesses received 3 percent of D.C. contracts when he came into office. When he left the mayors office, he said, that number had risen to 47 percent. He said he is proud of a number of his accomplishments in office, too many to name. Im proud of the programs for our seniors and young people. But the big one is the development of downtown, he said, adding that he spoke with the largely white business leaders and developers to bring new life to downtown. Downtown is developed now. When I came in 1965, it was a complete southern town." The main purpose of the book, he said, is to provide facts about his life. This book is to set the record straight about the things I have done. The Vista is just one aspect of my life. I did a lot of fantastic things and overcame a lot before the Vista and after the Vista. Last week Congress presented the Congressional Gold Medal to the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Coretta Scott King, posthumously honoring the nation's most prominent civil rights hero with Congress's highest civilian honor. The ceremony took place in the Capitol rotunda, where Congress's top leaders expressed their admiration the first family of the civil rights movement for dedicating their lives to fighting injustice. Reps. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the House minority leader, and Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), head of the Congressional Black Caucus, both used the stage to urge GOP leaders to consider legislation updating the Voting Rights Act, which the Supreme Court gutted last summer. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), himself a hero of the civil rights movement, also spoke at the event highlighting the message of nonviolence underlying the Kings revolution of ideas. The ceremony, which also marked the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act the Kings' advocacy had helped to pass, was a long time coming. A decade ago, Congress passed legislation presenting the Congressional Gold Medal to the Kings. The honor was posthumous for King, who was assassinated for his activism in 1968; his wife, Coretta, was expected to accept the award on the couple's behalf but became ill before the ceremony could take place. She died in 2006. An updated bill, sponsored by Lewis, was passed unanimously by both chambers of Congress earlier this year. President Obama signed it into law this month. They were my friends, Lewis said, my brother and my sister. All of the King children were in Washington to receive the Congressional Gold Medal and to recognize their parents role in the landmark Civil Rights Act that was signed into law on July 2, 1964, by President Lyndon B. Johnson. It will be transferred to the Smithsonian Institution. Martin Luther King III said his parents would be pleased with their receiving the medal. I think they would be deeply honored, he said. In an interview, he also added his parents more dominant feeling would be their frustration over what has happened with voting rights in the United States and the wave of new voter identification laws and efforts to make it more difficult for people of color to cast ballots. As we are observing this anniversary and receiving these awards, which are wonderful, my focus is on the larger issues, said Martin Luther King, III. Im sick of singing 'We Shall Overcome.' I want us to be able to sing, 'We Have Overcome.' When we fix our voting system, that will help. We can and we must do a better job. Kings Posthumously Awarded Congressional Gold Medal Martin Luther King III and his daughter shakes hands with a senator as Dexter King looks on at the medal ceremony Pictured left to right are comedians Lady AJ, Jason Granger, Dee Wilcox (Executive Director of the AnnieRuth Foundation), Ozrick Cooley, Ms. Gin and AJ Jackson.Comedians Tickle Funnybones for a CauseThe Kings & Queens of Clean Comedy show took place Saturday, June 28 at Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church. Hundreds were entertained by local and world renown comedians. Proceeds benefited the AnnieRuth Foundation, a non-profit organization whose vision is to be a catalyst of positive change in underserved communities.