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The Jacksonville free press

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The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
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Jacksonville, FL
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Rita Luffborough Perry
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September 14, 1916
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English
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v. : ill. ; 58 cm.

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African American newspapers -- Florida ( lcsh )
African Americans -- Newspapers -- Florida ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Jacksonville (Fla.) ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Duval County (Fla.) ( lcsh )
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United States -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville
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30.31944 x -81.66 ( Place of Publication )

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Available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
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Also available on optical disc from Ethnic newswatch.
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Vol. 4, no. 36 (June 28, 1990)-
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"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."
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Funded in part by the University of Florida, the Library Services and Technology Assistance granting program of Florida, the State Library and Archives of Florida, and other institutions and individuals.

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Local ew Black Panther Party Lectures at FAMU By Nyasha Baly History has been robbed from your mind. This country is the United Snakes of America.Ž said James Muhammad as he helped lead a lecture on Black on Black love not being a crime, which he believes is an accusation that was created in this country. Coordinated by the Pan African Heritage Institute Associate Fellows and the Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honor Society at Florida A&M University, representatives of the New Black Panther Party shared some ideas concerning Black love with FAMU students during Black History Month. New Black Panther Party representatives Minister James Muhammad and Minister Mikhail Muhammad both of Jacksonville explained that their organization believes in the promotion of love, security and respect within the Black community. Both emphasized the importance of knowing Black history and being educated through literature. James, the Minister of Education, blatantly vocalized the need for Black people to love each other unconditionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. The need for unity in the Black community is constantly challenged when people deviate to using anger as a form of expression. The Black woman has been taught to hate the Black man, and the Black man has been taught to not touch the Black woman,Ž James said. The NBPP strives to teach the youth how to properly mate with one another and respect the Black woman. The organization is a safe haven for Black brothers and sisters to learn about themselves and enhance their individuality by joining and becoming an active affiliate in the local chapter. We come out of love, we do not create hate groups, we create love group.Ž Mikhail said. Mikhail, a minister of self-defense, spoke on men treating Black woman with the respect for their internal significance and not physicality. He advocated for Black men to acknowledge Black woman, building with her to expound upon Black excellence. Volume 31 o. 15 March 1-7, 2017 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 75 Cents Jacksonville Instructor Says Dance for Boys Opens Doors Beyond the ArtsPage 6 Floridas Felony Voting Law is Bias and RacistPage 4Meet the First Driver of Color to Race in the Daytona 500 in early 50 YearsPage 12 Mavericks Hire Black Woman CEO Amidst Former Presidents #METOO ScandalPage 9 75c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED Black Jobless Rate Drops, but its Still Twice That of WhitesPresident Trump celebrated the milestone on Twitter and in his State of the Union address. The unemployment rate for black Americans had hit its lowest point on record, a sign that the recovery was at last reaching groups that had been left behind. But the achievement was bittersweet: Black joblessness was still roughly twice the rate for whites. Even at the low of 6.8 percent recorded in December „ it climbed back to 7.7 percent in January „ the unemployment level for black Americans would qualify as a near crisis for whites. And the relative gains have not erased disparities in opportunity and pay.Golden State Warriors to Visit Local D.C. Schools In Lieu of White HouseEver since winning the 2017 NBA championship, the Golden State Warriors have been vocal in their disinterest in meeting President Trump at the White House. After both Steph Curry and Kevin Durant confirmed they wouldnt be attending, Trump withdrew the invitation. Head coach Steve Kerr left it up to his all-star team to determine how theyd spend their time in the nations capital, with the crew of ballers choosing to visit local schools instead of the oval office, according to ESPN. Its their championship. They got dis-invited to the White House, so its up to them what they wanted to do. So they made their plans,Ž Kerr told ESPN. I want the players to have a good day and to do something positive and to enjoy what theyre doing.Ž At the end of the day, its about us celebrating a championship, so theres no point in getting into the political stuff and all that,Ž forward Draymond Green told the sports site. Its about something we did great. Why make it about [politics]?ŽSouth Carolina Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Ban Saggy PantsSoon, wearing your pants below your hips will be illegal in South Carolina, if the state Legislature gets its way. Violators of this proposed law, which has received bipartisan support, would have to pay $25 for a first offense; $50 or three hours of community service for a second offense; and $75 or six hours of community service for a third or subsequent offense,Ž according to the article. Rep. Joe Johnson, a Democrat whos a sponsor of the bill says that this isnt about race, but about looking professional. Its unbecoming, its unprofessional,Ž Johnson told WLTX 19. It is not just targeting African-American men. I see men of all races walking around with this same problem. It is just disingenuous, we should not have this.Ž Johnson told the network that violators would still be able to go to college, receive grants and get loans. This is just to prevent these fellas and giving them at least an obligation to realize that theyre walking around and theyre convincing others to follow them,Ž he said.YU Cafeteria Celebrates Black History Month With Offensive MenuA New York University student was appalled upon discovering how one of the schools dining halls was celebrating Black History Month. Sophomore Nia Harris entered the Weinstein Passport Dining Hall and learned they were serving ribs, mac and cheese, and collard greens as part of their Black History Month-themed menu. All of that was fine until the 19-year-old noticed they were also serving Kool-Aid and watermelon-flavored water. The beverages, which Harris noted arent typically served in the cafeteria, were being offered alongside the soul food selections. The student took to social media with her outrage and eventually garnered an apology from NYU President Andrew Hamilton and an apology from food provider Aramark. Aramark said one of its employees ignored company protocol by not consulting anyone before running the menu and the food director was suspended.Trump Reportedly Wants to Sentence Drug Dealers to DeathThis is not fake news. In one of the many destructive policies running through Donald Trumps brains, he allegedly has a bright idea to stop drug crime: give drug dealers and users the death penalty. According to Axios.com, According to five sources whove spoken with Trump about the subject, he often leaps into a passionate speech about how drug dealers are as bad as serial killers and should all get the death penalty.Ž Trump is allegedly inspired by how Singapore, China, and the Philippines punish drug dealers, which is often by death. For example, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has executed 10,000 drug dealers and users in the past two years „ on the street. The police are killing more people than the criminals. Allegedly, Trump believes the government has got to teach children that theyll die if they take drugsŽ and tells confidants a softer approach to drug reform „ the kind where you show sympathy to the offenders and give them more lenient sentences „ will never work.Ž Darnell Cookman Black History TeamAnnual Black History Brain Brawl Honors Youth Historians Gala Promotes the B.E.S.T. of Jacksonville By Mike Bonts A February tradition, the James Lee Coon Jr. African American History Brian Brawl competition was held last weekend at Edward Waters College. Elementary, middle school and high schools from across North Florida turned out to compete in a day-long competition emceed by Jacksonville City Councilman Samuel Newby and Judge Brian Davis. Garden City Elementary, Darnell Cookman Middle / High School took top honors. Sharon Coon began the annual event in honor of her son James Lee Coon, Jr. A Jacksonville native, Coon was tragically kidnapped and slain in 1995 when he was a sophomore at the University of North Florida. When Coon was 15 years old, he established the Brain Brawl Academic Competition as a way to bring a positive light to the black community. Founder of Tots N Teens Theater, Sharon Coon has devoted more than 50 years to her passion making a difference in the lives of youth in economically deprived communities. During the competition, teams of students work in a timed, high pressure atmosphere to correctly answer Black History questions. Winners receive bragging rights and a trophy in honor of their efforts. Shown with organizer Adrianne Martin (left) is LTanya Salley winner of the Best Social Service Award The Black Entrepreneur SisTer Society USA (B.E.S.T.) held its inaugural gala in Jacksonville last weekend at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. The gala was an event honoring local African American female entrepreneurs. Forty-eight gifted and talented women were honored for their hard work, sacrifices and commitment to their visions and contributions to this community. Under the banner of A Salute to Excellence,Ž B.E.S.T. Society USA was founded by Jax native Adrienne Martin. Honorees, who ranged in 25 different categories from the legal field to photography were selected by a social media campaign. Shown L-R are balck panther party representatives Ministers James Muhammad, Mikal Muhammad and Lindsey X. 2018: The Year of the Black Woman By Monica Simpson There is a reckoning afoot in this country. On one side, Trump has emboldened and embodied a virulent and reckless hate that targets women, Black people, and immigrants (among many others). Each day brings a new outrage. On the other side, #MeToo has followed #BlackLivesMatter as a hashtagturned-movement, led by courageous truth-tellers who are sick and tired of a violent and largely ignored status quo. The conversation about race and gender in this country has broken open, and now we must all contend with the truth of who we are as a nation. While this may feel like scary and unfamiliar territory to some, in reality, the U.S. is just catching up to an understanding and analysis that Black women in this country have had for a long time. Black women have never had the luxury of ignorance„not to police violence, not to the rampant sexual harassment and assault that women experience at home, school, and work. In 2018, we should look to the work of Black women to see the path forward for a troubled and divided nation. In a way, Black women scholars and organizers have left breadcrumbs for us to follow to liberation, if well only pay attention. In 1989, legal scholar Kimberl Crenshaw coined the term intersectionalityŽ in her paper for the University of Chicago Legal Forum to explain how Black womens oppression on the basis of gender combined with oppression on the basis of race to create something altogether new, an experience of discrimination did not match what either white women or Black men experience. This concept would lay the groundwork for social justice organizing that now spans the globe, and provided a vocabulary Continued from page 2

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Ashley Bell by Adedamola Agboola Ashley Bell has taken the reins of the Small Business Administrations Southeast Region as its new director. The Georgia native, who was sworn in last month, will be President Donald Trumps first minority appointment to an SBA regional position. The SBA plays a critical role in helping to start and grow businesses,Ž said Bell in a statement. Now, more than ever, the economy is growing and we must do our part to help Americas small businesses.Ž Bell, a former Georgia politician, will serve as one of 10 regional directors leading the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. His responsibility is to ensure small businesses thrives in the areas he serves. Prior to the 2016 election, Bell was a senior strategist at the Republican National Committee, creating and implementing strategic initiatives, communications plans, and media buy to engage minority communities. He also served as a key surrogate for the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. As national director of African American Engagement for the RNC, he managed and provided strategic direction to 200-plus RNC field employees and thousands of volunteers in all 50 states. He currently serves as an associate director at the Peace Corps, providing coordination and support for the Peace Corps external engagement with other agencies and partners, the media, and Congress. Bell has served as the youngest general counsel and special counsel for the National Conference of Black Mayors, National Association of Black County Officials, and National League of Cities … Black Caucus„in total serving over two-thirds of black elected officials across America. He is an alumnus of the Congressional Black Caucus Internship program, first serving as an intern and later as a congressional staffer for Congressman Sanford Bishop of the 2nd District of Georgia. Page 2 Ms. Perrys Free Press March 1-7, 2018 If you have mortgage problems, call 888-995-HOPE for one-on-one expert advice from this free government program.Youre not alone. What will happen to us if we lose the house?Ž Trump Administration Appoints Its First Minority Director to the Small Business Administration Black Construction Companies Working on $350 Million Obama Presidential CenterNow that Barack Obama is out of the White House, hes making a statement on support for Black businesses with a huge deal for the Obama Presidential Center. The OPC is set to cost about $350 million, and an alliance of minority firms is set to get a large chunk of that. Powers & Sons Construction, UJAMAA Construction, Brown & Momen, andSafeway Construction, all part of the Presidential Partnersconsortium, have all come together as part of the Lakeside Alliance working on the presidential center, according to Black Enterprise. The minority companies will be getting a 51% stake, while Turner Company, which is one of the nations largest construction companies, will have a 49% stake. Its a historic move, not just because of the companies involved but because most minority firms will be hired on as subcontractors and not given majority stakes like this. The Obama Foundation believes in creating opportunities for diverse and local businesses and building pathways to meaningful jobs for minorities and other underrepresented populations,Ž said David Simas, CEO of the Obama Foundation. The development of the Obama Presidential Center gives us an opportunity to make a major, unprecedented impact on the South Side in terms of hiring talented, local businesses and individuals. We look forward to working with Lakeside Alliance to achieve our goals, set new benchmarks and make the Obama Presidential Center a landmark that our neighbors can be proud of.Ž Its a big win not just for the companies but the communities, because the alliance of minority companies has promised that they will be employing minority workers and people who live in the surrounding area for the massive project. That way, the companies will be giving back to the community and the presidential center will be a boon to Chicagos South and West sides. Ground will be broken for the project later on this year. Continued from page 1 for something Black women experience on a daily basis. While intersectionality risks dilution as an increasingly popular buzzword, the analysis it provides is a crucial tool to cut through the noise and understand the Trump administrations policies and their impact on different communities. Take for instance the recent Jane Doe case, and similar cases, of the Trump administration blocking young immigrant women from getting reproductive healthcare. The mistreatment of the JanesŽ (as theyve come to be called) at the hands of the Trump administration targets them both as women and as immigrants, and the two identities cannot be pulled apart. IntersectionalityŽ provides an analysis that explains why their treatment is so much more extreme, and its impact so severe. Just five years after Crenshaws groundbreaking work, the reproductive justice movement was founded by Black women who, like Crenshaw, saw that their perspectives and experiences were being, once again, left out of the equation. Reproductive justice brought intersectionality and a global human rights framework together with a nuanced understanding of U.S. policies of reproductive coercion. The founding mothers of reproductive justice rejected White feminisms focus on the birth control and the legality of abortion as too narrow, and described a vision for a world, where we can all prevent pregnancy if we want to, end a pregnancy if we need to, and have and raise children in healthy environments and without fear of violence. When Trump was first elected, Black women were the least surprised. We saw Trump coming from a mile away and we already knew how deep this countrys anti-woman and anti-Black sentiment ran. Now, more than a year later, the work of Black women will help us understand and combat Trumps agenda, with Black women leading the fight. This framework is crucial to connect the dots among Trumps reproductive policies. Let 2018 be the year of the Black woman. Let 2018 be the year Black womens brilliance, leadership, and analysis are heeded at last. Let 2018 mark the beginning of a new era of listening to, respecting, and trusting Black women. Just stop for a moment and imagine what might happen, if we actually made those words a reality.----------2018: The Year of the Black Woman -----------Pictured Ellis Hodges (Okaloosa County), Jill Lewis (Okaloosa County), James J. Morton (Duval County) and Christina Forrest (Santa Rosa).Thousands Rally in Tally for Gun ReformWinter Park businessman Phillip Levines campaign helped organize a rally for gun law reforms that took place in Tallahassee called Rally in Tally for Gun Reform. Buses came from all around the country for the rally joining protesters to the reaction to Valentines Day mass-shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, which killed 17. Thousands of students and parents from around the state ascended on the capital protesting gun reform and stricter gun laws. This rally is important for gun reform laws, we will not be bullied,Ž said James Morton. Others taking part in Mondays Rally in Tally included members of the League of Women Voters, Womens March Florida and Democratic Black Caucus executives.

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NMLSR ID 399801 .Annual Percentage Yield for months Fixed Rate CD .Interest rate for months Platinum Savings Account .Annual Percentage Yield € New deposits of € Wells Fargos highest savings interest rate € Funds are FDIC-insured up to the maximum allowable limits € New deposits of € Funds are FDIC-insured up to the maximum allowable limits Black Hearts Matter at Johnson Branch YMCA: The Silver Sneakers Classes, consisting of local senior fitness buffs, demonstrated during Heart Month that Black hearts matter by wearing red every Friday when they visited the YMCA. Statistics show that heart disease is more prevalent among African Americans than whites. African American women (49%) and African American men (44%) have higher rates of heart disease than their white counterparts. Under the direction of Mrs. Linda White, the class members were reminded of the risks of heart diseases daily with a focus on healthy lifestyles to help reduce the risks. Pictured is the weekly 8:00 a.m. class. Jacksonville Urban League Celebrates 70 Years of Progress The Jacksonville Urban Leagues (JUL) 70th Anniversary Gala was celebrated at the Jacksonville Public Main Library with more than 300 in attendance. The diverse community supporters included volunteers, elected officials and community trustees. The festive atmosphere was the perfect environment for the presentation of the JUL Equal Opportunity Awards (EOA) and the celebration for 70 years of service to the Jacksonville community. Dr. Richard Danford, Jr., CEO and President of Jacksonville Urban League, presented the five EOA awards to recipients who have demonstrated a commitment to the Jacksonville community. This year the Urban League added a new category, the Women of Power Award. The JUL EOA categories and recipients were: Women of Power Awardees : Honorable Anna Lopez Brosche and the Honorable Paula D. Wright; Clanzel T. Brown Humanitarian Award : Hallie Williams-Bey and Reginald M. Lawrence; Whitney M. Young ational Leadership Award : Damien Haitsuka, President of the Northeast Florida Region of Wells Fargo Bank. After awards were presented, Grammy-Award winning singer Regina Belle mesmerized everyone in attendance with her luminous vocals, adding excitement to the already festive atmosphere. Ms. Belle musical talented serenaded the audience with melodies celebrating the Leagues 70 years of service. Shown (L-R) Kay Williams, Esq. Vice Chair Jax Urban League Foundation, Derrick Bryant JUL Chairman of the Board, Paula Wright, Duval County School Board and JUL President Richard Danford SUBSCRIBE TODAY Only $40.50 a year News designed to inspire, educate and inform!Call 634-1993 White Teen Who Lied About Being Raped By 3 Black Men Found Guilty One Texas teen has taken a plea deal after admitting that she lied about her sexual assault at the hands of three Black men. Breanna Harmon walked into her church last March, claiming that she had been raped by three black men. Today, she had to admit that she made the whole attack up. According to Star Telegram, Harman pleaded guilty to four counts of tampering with physical evidence and government documents, which are felony charges. Weve had major crime before, but nothing like this,Ž Denison, Texas, Police Chief Jay Burch said in a press conference. Last year, she came into her Denison church looking battered, wearing nothing but her undergarments and a shirt. She had been reported missing just hours earlier. Harmon claimed that shed been kidnapped by three Black men in ski masks and that two of them raped her while the third held her down. At first, She told authorities that the assault occurred in a field near the church. She was later charged with a misdemeanor for lying to authorities. She was later hit with felony charges when Grayson County prosecutors found that the extent of her lies required more serious charges. For example, Harmon admitted that she cut herself out of depression. She hurt herself and lied about the violent episode to avoid upsetting heHarmon will be sentenced on March 20, and it is expected that she will either be given probation or a deferred adjunction arrangement under the terms of her plea deal.

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Although Florida is known as The Sunshine State,Ž there is nothing sunny about the way the governor and legislature has treated voting rights … especially the rights of those who committed crimes and served their time. As Jesse Jackson used to always say, Its taxation without representation.Ž Florida removes a felons right to vote at a higher rate than any other state, banning more than 10% of its overall adult population „ including 21.5% of African-Americans „ from the polls, according to the Sentencing Project. Oliver Wendell Holmes, once wrote, The freeman casting, with unpurchased hand, The vote that shakes the turrets of the land.Ž The right to vote should be cherished and well guarded by us all, however that fundamental right continues to be withheld from those of us who have made mistakes, but paid a debt for that mistake. Earlier this month a federal judge ruled that Floridas felon voting law was unconstitutional and said the disenfranchisement of felons who have served their time is "nonsensical" and a violation of the First and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. If anyone is familiar with the process, you know how ridiculous and asinine the Governor has made the voting restoration process. One of the first official policy changes Gov. Rick Scott made was rewriting the rules surrounding clemency after taking office in 2011, which made Florida the toughest state in the country for felons to regain their voting rights. This is how utterly foolish the felony voting law is, Florida is the only state where felons must wait an additional five to seven years after completing their sentence, which includes parole and probation, before theyre eligible to apply to have their rights restored. Its political and racist. If a person serves their time whether its prison or parole … their right to vote should be restored automatically. While nearly every state bans incarcerated criminals from voting, only Florida and three others (Iowa, Kentucky and Virginia), dont automatically restore voting rights at the completion of a criminal sentence. Hmmmƒ. I wonder why the Republican lead Governors Office and Legislature doesnt want to make the process for restoring rights easier? Could it be because traditionally blacks vote overwhelmingly for Democrats, and because such a large percentage of African American men have lost their right to vote it in essence takes away from the strength of the black voting base? Traditionally, Republican leadership has been in favor of convicted felons permanently losing their rights to vote. The demographics of the felon population may explain why. An estimated 6 million Americans are affected by felony voting restrictions. Black males account for about 8 percent of the U.S. population and 40 percent of the prison population, studies show. But again, how ridiculous is the notion that a person serves time for his or her crime and gets out and attempts to live a normal life, and is required to pay taxes and make a positive contribution to society and his family, but doesnt have the right to vote? Not only is it not fair, but also as Judge Mark Walker ruled … it clearly violates the U.S. Constitution. Jesse Jackson also said, If you don't have your vote restored, it's a life sentence." There is an old Haitian proverb that says, A stumble is not a fall.Ž By not restoring voting right, it sends the wrong message about our corrections system. We should be encouraging felons who have served their court mandated time to acclimate themselves back into society and live normal respectable lives. Just because we stumble or even fall, doesnt mean we do not deserve the opportunity to get our lives back on track. And of course this is nothing new, voter disenfranchisement is as old as the Constitution, but the enforcement of these felony voter laws intensified after the Reconstruction era, when former slaves asserted their right to vote. I dont think I need to say that in South there was a tremendous effort put fort to stop those freed slaves from voting. One of the most ridiculous stories I ever heard was that the 1901 constitution in Alabama selectively disenfranchised African Americans for crimes they were supposedly prone to commit. It almost sounds to outrageous to be true, but it is. But back to todays reality, "[Elected], partisan officials have extraordinary authority to grant or withhold the right to vote from hundreds of thousands of people without any constraints, guidelines, or standards," said Judge Walkers ruling. He added, "Its members alone must be satisfied that these citizens deserve restoration. ... The question now is whether such a system passes constitutional muster. It does not.Ž Thanks to groups like Florida New Majority, ACLU, Southern Poverty Law Center and The Fair Elections Legal Network, Florida elections officials approved a November ballot measure to return to the pre-Rick Scott policy that would automatically restore voting rights to people convicted of felonies who have completed their sentences, with exceptions for murder and serious sex offenses. There is tremendous value in restoring voting rights to all who have paid their debt to society. With mid-term elections a few months away and another presidential election right around the corner, I will leave you with a quote from John F. Kennedy, The margin is narrow, but the responsibility is clear.Ž Signing off from precinct 9S, Reggie Fullwood by Dr. E. Faye Williams What happened in Parkland, FL is too horrible to ignore. Yet weve tolerated too many of all kinds of evils, including murders. Too many did nothing to stop more destruction of Native Americans and theft of their land, lynching and enslavement of Black people, slaughtering of people at Pulse Nightclub and in Las Vegas and elsewhere. Too many soon forgot the murdering of our children at Columbine, Aurora, Sandy Hook. Now there is Douglas High School. How much more do we have to endure before sensible gun regulations are passed? Im proud of the young people doing what they can to drive home the message that something must be done to stop all horrific acts. We hear that the Parkland young people are articulate and courageous. But what is it that keeps elected officials from being articulate and courageous? As we again deal with tragedies and lament the horrific things happening to our people--especially with military style weapons-are we now ready to make gun regulation happen? After every tragedy, we hope something will be done, but nothing is done because money for re-election means more to too many of our leaders than the lives of human beings. As we concern ourselves with whats happened in each of these cases, I want to include all people and what our ancestors went through to vote, to enjoy basic human rights, to live free and safe. I want us to remember the young people who worked on civil rights and faced skin piercing fire hoses, were bitten by snarling dogs and jailed while fighting for basic human rights. I want us to remember all the other articulate and courageous people who suffered when they took the right action. Lets stop complaining about young people and what they do or dont do. We must be there for them„and tell all of their stories and what theyve gone through. Too many parents in my community have buried too many of their children because of the easy access to all kinds of guns without even a simple background check. As we deal with this latest gun tragedy, lets include the good work and safety of all our people. Whats happening in Florida, makes the case why all of us should be concerned about human rights for all and not wait until problems directly impact us before were ready to take action. Fannie Lou Hamer, Amelia Boynton, Jimmie Lee Jackson were articulate and courageous, too„even though they didnt have the right to the kind of education that many young people have today. Lets strongly support the young people today. Im crushed about what happened to their classmates and teachers. Many of us have worked to strengthen the rights of all to be safe. Like others, Ive been burned by the unreasonableness of the NRA when I ran for Congress, but Ill never give up trying to make America safe and fair for all. Ill march. Ill protest. Ill resist evil, but lets pray that all involved now dont end the caring about all of us when the gun problem is resolved. Although we can never get back the lives lost, we can work together to save other lives. Let's care about fair voting rights, women's rights, immigration justice, poverty and all the areas in which America still has work to do when it comes to love for the life and well-being of all human beings enough to work for their rights, too. As Al Green has said, "Let's Stay Together" until America is safe, fair and great for all of us. Let us truly be there for the current courageous people on gun regulations because thats an issue that affects all of us.(Dr. E. Faye Williams is ational President of the ational Congress of Black Women, Inc. 202/678-6788. www.nationalcongressbw.org.) othing Stands In The Way Of Gun Reform But Lack of Courage and Political WillThe Teens of Parkland Have Bothby Marc Morial This is our first task, caring for our children. Its our first job. If we dont get that right, we dont get anything right. Thats how, as a society, we will be judged. And by that measure, can we truly say, as a nation, that were meeting our obligations? Can we honestly say that were doing enough to keep our children, all of them, safe from harm? … President Barack Obama, prayer vigil for victims of Newtown shooting, 2012. Nearly 20 years ago, in the wake of what was then the worst school mass shooting, I led a bipartisan group of mayors urging Congress to pass major gun reform legislation. The Gun Violence Task Force of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, of which I was President, called for reforms including raising the minimum age for purchasing and possessing a handgun from 18 to 21, requiring background checks at guns shows and limiting gun purchases to one a month per individual. As horrified as we were then, just after the Columbine shooting in 1999, we could not have imagined the next 19 years would bring not reforms, but even more lenient gun laws; another 200-plus school shootings, and more than 122 students, teachers and coaches slain. The Everytown for Gun Safety coalition, to which National Urban League belongs, has tallied the number of school shootings so far in 2018 at 17. The number is disputed by those who believe accidental gunfire should not be counted, but what a tragic statistic over which to haggle. Mass shootings garner headlines but gun violence kills an average of 96 Americans every single day. We need reform at every level. The National Urban League supports: a criminal background check for every gun sale. States that require € background checks for all handgun sales see about half the rate of firearm deaths among domestic violence victims, law enforcement in the line of duty and suicides, and about half as much gun trafficking in cities. renewal of the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use € Protection Act, commonly known as the assault weapons ban. The AR-15 rifle, used in many of the deadliest recent mass shootings, uses 30-round magazines, allowing a shooter to fire about a hundred rounds per minute. keeping guns out of the hands of convicted domestic abusers. Half the € women killed with guns in the U.S. are murdered by their partners … about 50 women every month. More than half of mass shootings involved the killing of a partner or relative. education, technology and laws that keep guns out of the hands of € children. American children are 16 times more likely to die via gunshot than in other developed countries, usually as a result of playing with a gun in their own homes. a strong federal trafficking law to crack down on illegal gun traffick€ ing networks. Ninety percent of the guns found at crime scenes in New York City were originally bought out of state and brought to the city illegally. The current law that prohibits selling guns without a federal license,Ž carries the same punishment as trafficking chicken or livestock. For those of us whove long been engaged in the fight to reform our nations gun laws, the movement that has arisen in the wake of last weeks Parkland, Florida, shooting has brought both inspiration and hope. Nothing stands in the way of common sense reform but our own lack of courage and political will. The teenagers of Parkland have both. Page 4 Ms.Perrys Free Press SUBSCRIBE TODAY SUBSCRIBE TODAY Yes, Id like to subscribe to the Jacksonville Free Press!Enclosed is my check __ money order __for $40.50 to cover my one year subscription.AME _________________________________________ ADDRESS_______________________________________ CITY____________________STATE____ZIP________ DISCLAIMERThe United State provides opportunities for free expression of ideas. The Jacksonville Free Press has its view, but others may differ. 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Edgewood Ave. Jacksonville,FL32208Email: JfreePress@aol.com TELEPHONE (904) 634-1993 Fax (904) 765-8611 Sylvia PerryPUBLISHER Rita PerryPublisher Emeritus CONTRIBUTORS: Lynn Jones, Charles Griggs, Camilla Thompson, Reginald Fullwood, E.O.Huthchinson, WilliamReed, Andre X, Brenda Burwell, Marsha Oliver, Marretta Latimer, Phyllis Mack, Tonya Austin, Carlottra Guyton, Brenda Burwell, Rhonda Silver, Vickie Brown, Rahman Johnson, Headshots, William Jackson. City Chronicles Diatribes on life in the African-American Diaspora by Reggie Fullwood EDITORIALMay 1-7, 2018 Floridas Felony Voting Law Unconstitutional and Racist Before the Parkland Massacre and Now

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March 1-7, 2018 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 5 M E N S 2 0 1 7 1 8 B L A C K C O L L E G E B A S K E T B A L L (Standings and Top Players) W O M E N S 2 0 1 7 1 8 B L A C K C O L L E G E B A S K E T B A L L (Standings and Top Players) EEK WTHE ORF 5, 2018ARCH 27 MY EBRUAR FF O EEK CCIAANTERCOLLEG IENTRAL TE A AT I NTERCOLLEGM ED IMEAC M E N S 2 0 1 7 1 8 B L ASTERNESIACNTERCOLLEG IOUTHERNS A E G E B L C K C O L A M E N S 2 0 1 7 1 8 B L TE A AT I NTERCOLLEG AC SW WA OUTHWESTERNS (Standings and T L L A S K E T B A OUTHWESTERN op Players) (Standings and TINDEPENDENTS INDEPENDENTS CCIAA1 State Winston-Salem 3 State Fayetteville 5 Livingstone 5 s Augustine Saint 8 Johnson C. 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Md. 5 State Coppin 6 Howard 6 SC State 7 A&M Florida 7 Morgan State 8 North Carolina Central 1 1 Norfolk State 1 1 Savannah State 1 1 Hampton 1 1 Bethune-Cookman 1 1 Carolina A&T North W CONFMEAC ONFERENCECASTERNESIAC27 3 14 24 7 13 25 5 10 22 9 9 20 10 9 23 8 8 17 1 1 8 15 14 7 17 13 4 16 14 4 14 16 4 13 17 4 12 18 4L W L ALL CONFC I THLETANTERCOLLEG IOUTHERNS5 uskegee T 6 Miles 7 State Kentucky 9 Hill Spring 1 1 Central Statex1 1 LanexWEST DIVISION4 Paine 7 State Albany 9 alley State Fo rt V Va 12 Benedict 16 Atlanta Clark x18 MorehousexW DIVISION EAST CONF FINAL ONFERENCEC TE A AT I NTERCOLLEG AC SW WA 21 7 14 19 7 13 18 8 12 16 12 10 14 14 8 12 13 8 21 6 15 20 7 12 15 12 10 9 19 8 4 22 3 1 24 1L W LALL CONFI THLETAOUTHWESTERNS ourney T To AC x Ineligible for SW WA 2 A&M Alabama x 4 alley State Miss. V 7 Alabama State 7 Alcorn State 9 Jackson State 10 exasSouthern T Te 10 iew A&M V Prairie 10 Southern 1 1 f Arkansas PineBluf ff 1 1 Grambling Statex W DIV ONFERENCECC OUTHWESTERN27 2 14 26 4 13 21 7 9 18 1 1 9 17 12 7 19 10 6 17 13 6 15 14 6 20 1 1 6 14 15 5L W L ALLINDEPENDENTS and dished out 7 assists in loss to NW Missouri. 6 assists in two losses last week. Scored 20 points veraged 20 points and A LINCOLN Maurice Mason YER PLA AY YERS OF THE WEEK P L A AY 2 Cheyney 7 UDC 12 a. State V W 15 e nn essee S t a t e T Te 15 Lincoln (Mo.)W INDEPENDENTS and dished out 7 assists in loss to NW Missouri. 6 assists in two losses last week. Scored 20 points veraged 20 points and23 2 20 7 15 12 14 15 13 15L W B'MINGHAM CHARL TIP IN OURNEY T; MEAC, SW Y TURDA AY SA AT AND CIAA SIAC national tournament. play and the Div who goes on to regional ourneys to de T To Basketball CIAA and TIM OURNEY Y TB'MINGHAM TTE, O CHARL S N E Y YS T SIAC and CIAAO THE WIRE AC RACES GO T EAC, SW WA O CROWN HOOPS CHAMPIONS T AA A national tournament. II play and the Div who goes on to regional ourneys to determine Basketball SIAC TIME:. at 9-1. (13-3) and top seed from N. Div best (23-3), record overall best ing rojans T Led VSU ., Jr r. 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F F ., 6-6, Sr illiams esmond W D YER PLA AY YERS OF THE WEEK P L A AY A&T rebounds and 3 blocks in loss to NC rebounds and 1 block in win over SSU, 9 points, 7 9 points, 13 B-CU in win over Savannah State with 19 points, 10 assists triple double A&T NC Got 16 points, 6 as in win over SCSU and got 22 points and 5 rebounds s w i t h 15 re b oun d s T Ts allied 24 T 23.0 points and 10 rebounds in two wins. veraged A AMU F., national ranking. to 24-1 record, 1st in E. Div Led MHC y Brewer r, rad G ACH CO ppg., 2.6 rpg. atson-Gayle W Jelani FRESHMAN ppg., 8.0 rpg. 6-8, Jr Chris Scott NEWCOMER Scored 15.9 ppg., led SIAC & Div 6-7, Jr Ash Kendarius DEFENSIVE per game (1.9), made 55 3-pointers (2.2 pg., 6th). (7th), tied for 1st in steals (8th), shot 81.1% from FT SIAC at 23.7 ppg., also got 3.4 assists per game 6-1, Sr YER PLA AY YEAR Y ER S O F THE PL A AY x Clinched top seed to tournament5 LeMoyne-Owen 5 uskegee T ., national ranking. igers T Maroon Led 12.5 BEN atson-Gayle 17.6 CSU ., C, 6-8, Jr II at 12.7 rpg. Scored 15.9 ppg., led SIAC & Div LANE ., F 6-7, Jr per game (1.9), made 55 3-pointers (2.2 pg., 6th). (7th), tied for 1st in steals SIAC at 23.7 ppg., also got 3.4 assists per game Led MHC ., G, 6-1, Sr17 10 14 21 7 14ASU, 9 vs. A&M. Had 8 3s vs. ASU, 4 vs. attempts, 17 of 25 3-pointers with 8 rebounds vs. A&M. Made 25 of 40 FG Alabama 35 in win over transfer had 37 points in win over wins. two in points 36.0 veraged A TEXAS SOUTHERN ., G, 6-3, Jr NEWCOMERAlso had 6 assists vs. 3-point range. in two wins. Shot 21 of 38 including 7 of 14 from Alabama State, 28 vs. 34 points vs. two in assists 8.0 and ppg., 31.0 So., F 5-7, Demontrae Jefferson, YERS PLA AY YERSOFTHEWEE PLA AY BCSP A&M. ASU, 9 vs. attempts, 17 of 25 3-pointers with 8 rebounds vs. A&M. Made 25 of 40 FG Alabama State, transfer had 37 points in win over State Oregon wins. TEXAS SOUTHERN A&M. ASU, 10 vs. Also had 6 assists vs. in two wins. Shot 21 of 38 including 7 of 14 from A&M Alabama Alabama State, 28 vs. in Threw games. two veraged A TSU So., FYERS OF THE WEEK Hampton @ Norfolk State A&M Bethune-Cookman @ Florida Howard @ Coppin State @ NC Central A&T NC Morgan State @ Delaware State Savannah State @ SC State MEAC TERFINALS QUAR OURNAMENT T & SIAC CIAA THUR., MARCH 1HOOPS SCHEDULEUNDER THE B iew @ Southern Prairie V @ Alabama A&M State Jackson alley State @ Miss. V exas Southern @ T Grambling State @ AC SW FINALS OURNAMENT T SIAC FINALS OURNAMENT T CIAA ., MARCH 3 T SA AT SEMIFINALS OURNAMENT T & SIAC CIAA FRI., MARCH 2 @ Alabama A&M State Grambling exas Southern @ Southern T Alcorn State iew @ Prairie V Alabama State Jackson State @ AC SWANNER UNDER THE B as play favorites clear feated conference enter their tournaments this week with unde or SIAC No Editor BCSPLUT WILLIAMSCIAA, SIAiew @ Southern @ Alabama A&M f Ark.-Pine Bluf alley State @ Alcorn State Alabama State Grambling State @ FINALS FINALSANNER week in goes down all as play records but there are some feated conference enter their tournaments this week with unde will teams basketball CIAA or LUT WILLIAMSC enter their second seasons CIAA, SIA week in records but there are some will C enter their second seasons C enter their second seasonsthe North's second seed. gion's top ten. gion, the only CIAA tional poll and was C enter their second seasonsthe North's second seed. gion's top ten. to make the re men steam e only CIAA A Atlantic Re second in the tional poll and was C enter their second seasons to make the re Atlantic Re AND T S GO IN G O N IN WH A AT UNDER THE B AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPOR AND ANNER UNDER THE B ehouse Mor day Centre Spectrum Arena before switching to the downtown jangles T begins C IA A A the Crossplex the at Saturday T The SIAC Birmingham (SIAC) and Charlotte (CIAA). as play favorites clear TS AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORANNER week's men's last in was ninth SIAC MEN Satur through Thursday from Arena before switching to the downtown Bo at ednesday W We uesday and T Tu while Birmingham in Crossplex ourney runs Monday through T To Birmingham (SIAC) and Charlotte (CIAA). week in goes down all as play Arena before switching to the downtown while ourney runs Monday through week in 3N V 4S S 4N Lincoln vs. 5S Fayv 2W Lane vs. 7E Paine OPENING ROUND 2/27 Benedict 72, LeMoyne-Owen 69 alley State 88, Miles 82 o rt V Va F 2/26 OUND R PENING O MENFeb. 26 March 3SIAC Bowie seeds Arena will better conference record (12-4 to 1 was awarded the top seed by virtue of a JCSU day to for Shaw the North's second seed. TERFINALS 2/28 QUAR irginia Union vs. 6S WSSU 3N V OPENING ROUND 2/28 Augustine's vs. 5N Chowan t. 4S S State 4N Lincoln vs. 5S Fayv 2/27 OUND R PENING O MENFeb. 27 March 3CIAA Shaw (7 and p.m.) (5 State Bowie VSU play the top seeds with feature Arena will 1-5). better conference record (12-4 to 1 was awarded the top seed by virtue of a ge a tie for the South Division lead. day to for beat Shaw the North's second seed. p.m.) Shaw (7 VSU play 1-5). was awarded the top seed by virtue of a ge a tie for the South Division lead. defensive awards. Lane earned the women's award. of the year while -best 24-1 record was named the men's player to a league house enior guard S2017-18 ALL-SIAC a V Va W (12.7 rpg.) won the junior Lane tine's teammate alen V Va earned the women's award. 17.9 ppg.) of -best 24-1 record was named the men's player BASKETBALL: 2017-18 ALL-SIAC Johnson avis D alentine team from the East Division and No. tournament rs the ente and a week ago. (22-4) was No. 20 in the national CAU lanta neighbor and co-tournament Thursday at play men's favorite after wrapping up regular season II national NABC Div ehouse Mor(12.7 rpg.) won the 17.9 ppg.) -best 24-1 record was named the men's player e Mor BASKETBALL:Johnson 1 team in team from the East Division and No. No. 1 seeded as the tournament poll (22-4) was No. 20 in the national Clark At favorite neighbor and co-tournament over 72-67 win a 24-1 with Thursday at men's favorite after wrapping up regular season ranking and is the SIAC II national week's men's last in was ninth 1 team in No. 1 seeded poll over men's favorite after wrapping up regular season 2N Bowie State vs. LIV/ECSU1S J. C. Smith vs. FSU/LINC 8:50 p 1N V llStt45 Mil66FtV V 2/26 OUND R PENING O WOMEN 7 p.m. 3/3 CHAMPIONSHIP 3:15 p.m. & 7:45 p.m. SEMIFINALS 3/2 Atl. vs. KSU/ASU 7:45 p 2E Clark us 3:15 p Lane/Paine vs. Claf/T TERFINALS 3/1 QUAR 1W Central State vs. 4E Benedict alley St. 1E Mo r ehouse v s 5E F t. V Va TERFINALS 2/28 QUAR Albany St. 3W Kentucky St. vs. 6E gion into the tournament this week. No. 1 and cord, No. 4 national at 7 p.m. The men's championship p.m. Spectrum Centre. owie St. vs. 5S Shaw 4N B 2/27 OUND R PENING O WOMEN 7 p.m. 3/3 CHAMPIONSHIP 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. SEMIFINALS 3/22S Shaw vs. VUU/WSSU 2N Bowie State vs. LIV/ECSUTERFINALS 3/1 QUAR1S J. C. Smith vs. FSU/LINC 8:50 p a. State vs. SAU/CHOW 6:40 p 1N VTERFINALS 2/28 QUAR The Lady gion into the tournament this week. Atlantic women's the in ranking No. 1 WBCA ranking in the cord, No. 4 national brings its 25-2 overall W O MEN C IA A A at 7 p.m. game is Saturday The men's championship Spectrum Centre. The Lady Re Atlantic poll W BC A A re brings its 25-2 overall game is Saturday EAR Y THE OF RESHMAN F Y THE OF EWCOMER N : Kendarius POY EFENSIVE D R: EA Y THE OF YER LA AY P ., G, CSU Fr SPRHILL; Sheldon F/C, ., Jr Fischer ., C, CLAF; Jef Austin Lawton, R-Jr THIRD TEAM alter Foster TUS; W ., G/F Jr M'HOUSE; Reshun F/G ., Alston, Jr Omar EAM T ECOND S ., C, CSU; Brandon Morris, Sr Jr LANE; F ., Ash, Jr Kendarius EAM T IRST F MEN ff atson-Gayle, BENEDICT : Jelani W EAR : Chris Scott, CSU EAR Y Ash, LANE : Kendarius MOREHOUSE alker yrius W T R: MILES; Davone G, ., Sr right, W SPRHILL; Sheldon ., G, MILES; Brandon frey Dockett, Sr CLAF ; J e f CAU ., F Akil Douglas, Sr FVSU; ., F Sr alter Foster LOC; James Eads, G, ., Ellis, Sr M'HOUSE; Reshun CLAF ., F BEN; Jaleel Charles, Sr ., F ., C, CSU; Brandon Morris, Sr Chris Scott, M'HOUSE, G, ., Sr alker yrius W T LANE; both Morehouse and Clark defeat (21-6, 14-5), the only SIAC fs. tional playof ff II South Region and is likely also in for the na this week ranked CAU entered No. 2 is the and fs regardless of o f ff igers are sure to get a berth in the national play T II's South Region. Div the NCAA A Daniels, MILES; Davone ., G, MILES; Brandon CAU LOC; James Eads, CLAF Chris Scott, is the Atlanta, both Morehouse and Clark to team (21-6, 14-5), the only SIAC II South Region and is likely also in for the na Div fourth in the this week ranked East. the from team seeded No. 2 fs regardless of its tournament outcome. igers are sure to get a berth in the national play The Maroon II's South Region. is the to East. The Maroon 2S J. C. Smith vs. LINC/LIV 3 p 2N VSU vs. WSSU/ECSU 1 p 3N Lincoln vs. 6S Livingstone 4 p.m. 3/3 CHAMPIONSHIP 1 p.m. & 5 p.m. SEMIFINALS 3/2Albany St. vs. KSU/Paine 5:30 p 2E 2W LeM.-Owen vs. Claf/Lane 1p TERFINALS 3/1 QUAR 1W Central State vs. 4E Benedict Atlanta vs. Miles 1E Clark TERFINALS 2/28 QUAR 3W Kentucky St. vs. 6E Paine OPENING ROUND 2/27 uskegee 69 T Benedict 80, alley State 45 Mil es 66 F or t V Va 12-4 CIAA, 6-4 N) The conference The South. State Joining them sion by virtue of their 9-1 divisional record. Panthers are the top seed from the North Divi1 p.m. 3/3 CHAMPIONSHIP 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. SEMIFINALS 3/2 2S J. C. Smith vs. LINC/LIV 3 p 2N VSU vs. WSSU/ECSU 1 p TERFINALS 3/1 QUAR St. vs. BSU/Shaw 1S Fayv a U ni o n v s S A U/C h o w 1 N V Va TERFINALS 2/28 QUAR 3S WSSU vs. Eliz. City St. Aug's vs. 5N Chowan 4S St. 3N Lincoln vs. 6S Livingstone Johnson C. North and the in 12-4 CIAA, 6-4 N) are seeds second The e W We VUU plays in play conference Broncos (16-9) were Lady The as a top seed is Joining them sion by virtue of their 9-1 divisional record. Panthers are the top seed from the North Divi Johnson C. (24-4, ednesday's 1-5 in 1 Broncos (16-9) were sion by virtue of their 9-1 divisional record. Panthers are the top seed from the North Divi EAR Y THE OF OACH C EA Y THE OF RESHMAN F Y THE OF EWCOMER N : Jewell Hill, SHC POY EFENSIVE D EAR Y THE OF YER LA AY P ,G, CLAF CAU; Brooke Spaulding, Fr ., G/F Sr ., G, CSU; Naomi Holloway Sr Sierra Harley SECOND TEAM CAU ., G, LOC; Elesha Foster tis, Jr al ent i ne, R S o., fany V Va if ff T TEAM FIRST WOMEN : Grady Brewer EAR Y THE OF OACH C EAR Y THE OF RESHMAN F ldMCAU Y Y CAU R: Naomi Holloway EA CAU : Naomi Holloway EAR Y : Jewell Hill, SHC al ent i ne, SHC fany V Va if ff T : ., PG, CSU; Domonique Williams, Sr CAU; Brooke Spaulding, Fr ., G, CAU; Lauren Fr ., G, CSU; Naomi Holloway ; Marissa Mandeldov ALBST T; ., F Jr ., G, LOC; Elesha Foster ., G, SPRHL; Dana Get SPRHL; Jewel Hill, Sr alentine, R-So., F MOREHOUSE : Grady Brewer atson-Gayle, BENEDICT : Jelani W EAR W dd W W seed. 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Albany State est and LeMoyne-Owen are seeds top Division East with tied record and is the only team has the best overall from the East. LeMoyne-Owen top record and is the only team the await First round byes vannah State also plays at and Hampton is at Norfolk State. N. C. Central plays at A&T NC Thursday's season-ending On week's tournament (March 5-10) in Norfolk. who earns top billing towards determining season-ending rivalry games will go a long way season for each. regular the … with just one game left in and Just two A&M Saturday travels to At 9-7, corn State Saturday Alcorn State at Thursday and Prairie ern UAPB schedule. tied tually in teams three top the Sa and Hampton is at Norfolk State. Flor B-CU is at N. C. Central menu, rivalry Thursday's season-ending week's tournament (March 5-10) in Norfolk. for next who earns top billing season-ending rivalry games will go a long way traditional ngly Fitti … with just one game left in SW the A&M Saturday Thursday and a State on Alabam travels to a game is just At 9-7, corn State Saturday exas Southern is at T Thursday Alcorn State iew Saturday V Vi Thursday and Prairie ex T Te Southern hosts has only Saturday's game hosting UAPB schedule. Thurs. and Sat. left with games tied ACldi W WA Alabama Thursday and as it back a game Al exas Southern is at plays PV iew Saturday exas South has only Saturday's game hosting on the Thurs. and Sat. left YEAR: THE COACH OF YEAR: Shareka McNeill, VUU THE ROOKIE OF YER&DEFENSIVE PLA AY La'Zarea Bowens, JCSU; VUU; Shareka McNeill, Shameka EAM T OOKIE -R LL A Smith, VSU; Chantel Roberts, CHOW BSU; Shareka McNeill, VUU; Jalyn Brown, ECSU; Kyah Proctor T OUR C ACK B WSSU; Kaaliya Williams, SAU Alexis Johnson, VUU; Michelle ; CHOW Pecota, VUU; Chrisanna Rachael T OUR C RONT F AnnMarie Gilbert, VUU YEAR: Shareka McNeill, VUU Alexis Johnson, VUU : YER & DEFENSIVE POY eara Johnson, WSSU T Te La'Zarea Bowens, JCSU; Perkins, LIV aylor T Ta VUU; McNeill, VUU; Shareka Smith, VSU; Chantel Roberts, CHOW BSU; Shareka McNeill, VUU; Jalyn Brown, ECSU; WSSU; Kaaliya Williams, SAU Fitzgerald, LINC; Kandace Alexis Johnson, VUU; Michelle Green, VSU; Dyhamond Pecota, VUU; Chrisanna at 4 p.m. with Friday p.m. CCIAA4 6 State irginia V 9 irginia Union VW DIVISION NORTH DIV FINALAC I THLETANTERCOLLEG IENTRAL; Perkins, LIV Alexis BSU; Shareka McNeill, VUU; Jalyn Brown, ECSU; ate, T Ta Fitzgerald, LINC; Kandace Crenshaw game pionship cham Saturday's 4 22 4 12 4 2 25 1 15 1L W L W LALL CONFON I T A AT I SSOCA TE A AT I NTERCOLLEGM CC I T HLE T A AT ED I14 A&T Carolina North 14 Bethune-CookmanW CONFMEAC W O M E N S 2 0 1 7 1 8 B L game ONFERENCECASTERNESIAC8 19 1 5 22 1L W L ALL CONFC I THLETANTERCOLLEG IOUTHERNS12 State Albany 15 Atlanta Clark W DIVISION EAST CONF FINAL E G E B L C K C O L A W O M E N S 2 0 1 7 1 8 B LBethune-Cookman handed On the women's side of the MEAC, the standings. ONFERENCEC TE A AT I NTERCOLLEG AC SW WA 1 1 17 5 8 17 3L W LALL CONFI THLETAOUTHWESTERNS13 SouthernW DIV (Standings and T L L A A S K E T B A A E G E B and Prairie Just two its Bethune-Cookman North On the women's side of the MEAC, ONFERENCECC OUTHWESTERN1 1 14 3L W L ALL o p Pl ayers ) gs and T To INDEPENDENTS6 Stt T T 13 a. State V WW1-5. iewat1 V Vi and Prairie SW top the separate games Just two INDEPENDENTS21 6 15 13L W AC l a di es W WA SCORESf 58 Ark.-Pine Bluf Jackson State 51, A&M 58 Alabama iew 71, Prairie V alley St. 79, Grambling State 74 Miss. V AC SW WA Benedict 72, LeMoyne-Owen 69 alley State 88, Miles 82 ort V F OUND R PENING O OURNAMENT T SIAC NC Central @ Savannah State Morgan State 69, Coppin State 56 Savannah State 85, NC Central 75 A&M 74 SC State 76, Florida Md.-E. Shore 59, Delaware State 47 86, Bethune-Cookman 80 A&T NC Norfolk State 79, Howard 74 MEAC MON., FEB. 26 73, Florida A&T NC Hampton 63, Morgan State 60 Beth.-Cookman 75, Savannah State 54 Howard 78, Delaware State 70 MEAC-Salem State 83, Livingstone 77, OT W Bowie State 68, Elizabeth City State 44 J. C. Smith 79, Shaw 51 irginia Union 58, Chowan 56 V Fayetteville State 87, St. VIrginia State 64, Lincoln 56 CIAA ., FEB. 24 T SA AT exas Southern 76, T Arkansas-Pine Bluf iew 84, Prairie V MON., FEB. 26 WOMEN Aquinas 79, UDC 72 Thomas St. ennessee State 59 T Belmont 84, INDEPENDENTS A&M 71 Alabama exas Southern 106, T Te f 75, Grambling State 66 Ark.s-Pine Bluf Alcorn State 89, Southern 85 alley State 59 Jackson State 60, Miss. V Alabama State 74 iew 80, Prairie V AC SW WA Miles 80, Spring Hill 77 SIAC SC State 102, NC Central 79 Norfolk State 74, Md.-E. Shore 63 77 A&T A&M 83, NC Florida ff (2nd), 9.0 rpg., (4th), 3.2 bpg. (1st), shot 51.1% from A VUU ., F Sr lexis Johnson A Y E R Y ER & DEFEN S IVE PL A AY P L A AY YEAR YERS OF THE P L A AY CIAA1 Livingstone 2 Shaw 3 s Augustine Saint 7 State Winston-Salem 7 Johnson C. Smith 10 State FayettevilleSOUTH DIVISION10 0 Elizabeth City State 5 5 Lincoln 5 5 State Bowie 5 5 Chowan 4 6 State irginia VA&M 52 73, Florida Hampton 63, Morgan State 60 Beth.-Cookman 75, Savannah State 54 Howard 78, Delaware State 70 MEAC-Salem State 83, Livingstone 77, OT Bowie State 68, Elizabeth City State 44 J. C. Smith 79, Shaw 51 irginia Union 58, Chowan 56 Augustine's 52 Fayetteville State 87, St. VIrginia State 64, Lincoln 56 CIAA ., FEB. 24 Alabama State 48 exas Southern 76, f 66, Jackson St. 60 uf A&M 73 Alabama iew 84, (2nd), 9.0 rpg., (4th), 3.2 bpg. (1st), shot 51.1% from veraged 17.0 ppg., YER20 6 15 1 9 22 6 13 3 8 18 7 12 4 7 12 13 8 8 3 9 18 6 10 3 9 16 5 1 1 0 19 9 14 2 10 10 16 6 10 5 8 17 6 10 5 8 18 6 10 5 4 22 4 12 4Also had 13 points in win over F MEAC loss. A&T NC G, So., 5-8, Foy Coriea C' YER PLA AY YERS OF THE WEEK MEAC PLA AY 1 State Savannah 4 State Delaware 4 A&M Florida 5 State Coppin 5 SC State 7 Md. E. Shore 7 North Carolina Central 7 Howard 8 Morgan State 1 1 Hampton 1 1 State Norfolk 14 A&T Carolina North AMU. Also had 13 points in win over F Ag Lady Led A&T YERS OF THE WEEK23 4 14 23 5 1 1 22 6 1 1 21 6 10 17 10 10 18 10 9 19 9 8 17 1 1 8 13 15 7 13 15 4 9 8 4 8 19 1SPRING HILL ., F 6-1, Jr alentine iffany V T YER PLA AY YEAR YERSOFTHE PLA AY x Clinched top seed to tournament5 uskegee T 5 Lane 5 Miles 8 State Kentucky 1 1 LeMoyne-Owen 15 Hill Spring x15 State Central xWEST DIVISION0 Paine 4 State alley V Va Fort 9 Benedict 12 State Albany ver A SPRING HILL1 6 13 21 5 12 20 9 13 17 9 10 10 15 7 6 22 3 5 21 3 23 1 17 23 4 13 16 10 8 1 1 17 5is now second in the nation in scoring at 24.5 ppg. Alabama State. She A&M, added 28 points in win over Threw in 31 points with 3 assists in win over TEXA G, ., Jr 5-4, on, rs nne Ke e Joyc YER PLA AY Y ER S O F THE WEEK PL A AY 2 alley State Mississippi V 5 f Arkansas PineBluf ff 5 Alabama A&M 6 Alabama State 7 Alcorn State 8 Jackson State 1 1 iew A&M V Prairie 12 Grambling State 12 e x as Sout h e r n T Te 13 Southern is now second in the nation in scoring at 24.5 ppg. Alabama State. She Alabama Threw in 31 points with 3 assists in win over ERN TH SOU S TEXA27 2 15 20 7 12 17 10 1 1 19 8 10 16 1 1 9 12 13 8 14 13 5 12 15 4 10 17 4 1 1 14 3win over Concord. Charleston, 16 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds in 28 points, 4 assists and 2 rebounds in win over V W G, 5-6, Sr Aurreshae Hines, YER PLA AY YERS OF THE WEEK PLA AY 3 Lincoln (Mo.) 4 UDC 6 Cheyney 6 ennesseeState T Te Charleston, 16 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds in 28 points, 4 assists and 2 rebounds in win over Had TE A AT A ST TA V VA 22 3 24 4 22 6 21 6 ommunications Inc. V C A Z EE Z Morgan State 0 ForfeitHampton 2, Bethune-Cookman 121, Savannah St. 92 Howard 93, Delaware State 74 MEACLivingstone 84, Winston-Salem State 82 Bowie State 85, Elizabeth City State 71 Shaw 78, J. C. Smith 75 irginia Union 90, Chowan 51 V Augustine's 67, Fayetteville State 48 St. VIrginia State 55, Lincoln 53 CIAA ., FEB. 24 T SA AT Alabama State 77 exas Southern 95, T Te No. 3 1 ol. XXIV V ommunications Inc. VAquinas 84, UDC 60 Thomas St. ennessee State 42 T Belmont 84, INDEPENDENTS exas Southern 60, T Grambling State 73, Southern 75, Jackson State 68, Miss. V iew 69, Prairie V SW Spring Hill 73, Miles 54 SIAC NC Central 81, SC State 63 Norfolk State 63, Md.-E. Shore 53 alley State 55 Grambling St. 64, Miss. V AC SW WA uskegee 69 T Benedict 80, alley State 45 iles 66, Fort V M OUND R PENING O OURNAMENT T SIAC NC Central 74, Savannah State 61 Morgan State 73, Coppin State 59 NC Central 74, Savannah State 61 A&M 49 SC State 82, Florida Md.-E. Shore 76, Delaware State 56 62, Bethune-Cookman 55 A&T NC Norfolk State 59, Howard 53, OT MEAC including top seed in North with 9-1 mark. CIAA national ranking, and record Led Lady Panthers to 25-2 AnnMarie Gilbert, VUU COACH 2.6 rpg., 2.0 assists per game and 1.6 steals. A VUU ., G, Fr ROOKIEAquinas 84, UDC 60 ennessee State 42 INDEPENDENTS A&M 43 Alabama exas Southern 60, f 63 Ark.-Pine Bluf Grambling State 73, Alcorn State 55 Southern 75, alley State 67 Jackson State 68, Miss. V Alabama State 63 iew 69, AC SW WA Spring Hill 73, Miles 54 SIAC NC Central 81, SC State 63 Norfolk State 63, Md.-E. Shore 53 including top seed in North with 9-1 mark. record 15-1 best CIAA Led Lady Panthers to 25-2 2.6 rpg., 2.0 assists per game and 1.6 steals. veraged 12.7 ppg., A AMU. in win over F B-CU, 7 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks and 1 steal points, 10 rebounds, 1 block and 2 steals in win over NC C, ., Sr 6-3, Lessears lexus A DEFENSIVE NA ROOKIE Also had 13 points in win over F MEAC loss. B-CU, 7 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks and 1 steal points, 10 rebounds, 1 block and 2 steals in win over 1 1 Had A&T NC AMU. Also had 13 points in win over F overall mark, 15-3 to lead East Div Lady Led CAU Moore, ol an d a Y Yo COACH veraged A CAU Holloway Naomi NEWCOMER & FRESHMAN in steals (2.8 spg.). Shot .377 from 3-point range. (7th), shot .826 from the line (1st) and was third pulled down 6.4 rpg. (14th), handed out 2.9 apg. Led SIAC at 18.4 ppg., Jewel Hill, SPRING HILL L DEFENSIVE (12th), rpg. 7.1 (3rd), ppg. 17.5 aged ., F 6-1, Jr iffany V overall mark, 15-3 to lead East Div 17-8 to Panthers (4th) ppg. 16.1 veraged in steals (2.8 spg.). Shot .377 from 3-point range. (7th), shot .826 from the line (1st) and was third pulled down 6.4 rpg. (14th), handed out 2.9 apg. Led SIAC at 18.4 ppg., from .531 shot (12th), State. over Alabama including 20 added s, FT Ts 16 of 14 A&M including canning Alabama 29 points in win over PRAIRIE VIEW ., G 5-6, Jr s bbin a Do al Sh NEWCOMER is now second in the nation in scoring at 24.5 ppg. win in s FT Ts 1 1 of 10 including A&M including canning Scored PRAIRIE VIEW is now second in the nation in scoring at 24.5 ppg.

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Page 6 Ms. Perrys Free Press March 1-7, 2018 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 Dr. 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. 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 MiddayŽ 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 Get Energized by God's Promise by James Washington For some reason, the phrase rejuvenated in the spirit is resonating with me right now. My reference point, however, is the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, if you can believe that. I have been revisiting Christs last experience on earth and was struck by the fact that Gods Christ had to be excited, if not relieved to be going home. I mean, think about it this way: He humbled himself by putting on human skin to fulfill the new covenant under which we all now live. Now, some of yall might think Im being a little sacrilegious here, but I promise you I am not. After the beatings, stabbing, thorns, and nails, after the praying to not have to go through the save the world ordeal and that father forgive them they dont get it thing, I am sure Jesus was ready to get up out of here. Job well done! Mission accomplished! Lets go be God again. What a rush! Can you imagine the celebration in heaven at the return of this Son? Now if you remember before He left, He spent a little more time hanging out, letting folk see touch and feel His redemption of us. I cant help but sense His expectancy of being a member of the Godhead again, as He continued to fulfill His calling. I know many of you can attest to a special feeling at knowing youre going home for Thanksgiving, Christmas, family reunions and other infrequent anniversaries and celebrations which bring sheer joy just at the thought of seeing loved ones soon. There are many families waiting at airports today for servicemen and women returning from war. There are children about to burst with unbridled enthusiasm because they know in a few minutes, mommy or daddy will be coming down that runway right there. That anticipation is what I am describing as rejuvenated in the spirit. I just believe if we could view the cross as a symbol of our eternal life after death, then maybe we could look upon death a little differently than we currently do. I mean, really? If you call yourself a believer, then thats what this is all about. The party for Christ had to be incredible. If the truth be told, that party is still going on and everybody is anticipating when you walk through the door. Thats what Jesus thing again. I find it illuminating that after death, Christ walked among us without the disfigured body on the cross, except for enough to make believers out of the doubting Thomases. Thats proof that when you get to the party, you too will be perfect in your form and perfect in your reception. This may not be a typical column but, based on the cross event, you too are transformed from glory unto glory. If you can feel what I feel today, then you understand being rejuvenated. I am because He is. I will because He fulfilled the Word and Ill see you when you get there. I just know thats a welcome to look forward to. May God bless and keep you always. S S P P I I R R I I T T U U A A L L L L Y Y S S P P E E A A K K I I N N G G ALCAM AwardsAttend the 2nd annual Ava and Lavern Community Action Motivators (ALCAM) Awards presentation celebrating the theme: Walking Out on Gods Word Friday, March 30th at 7 p.m. Location is Greater Hill Temple Faith United Church of the Living God, Inc. located at 825 W. Monroe St. Featuring Prophetess April Washington, Latasha Platt, Ben Frazier, Darryl Reuben Hall, The Finley Sisters and Dr. Verna Bradshaw. For more info contact Dr. Hill at (904) 945-0056.Unity Church Presents John StringerThe Unity Church of Jacksonville located at 634 Lomax Street is proud to present singer/songwriter, speaker, healer, and author John Stringer with a passion for music and community in concert Saturday, March 3rd, at 7 p.m. For tickets and more info contact Asher Brown at (646) 639-0345.orthside Church of Christ Let the Bible Speak Spring RevivalThe Northside Church of Christ where Charlie McClendon is presiding pastor presents Let the Bible Speak Spring Revival scheduled for March 3 8th, 7 p.m. nightly. This years theme is: Preparing for the FutureŽ. Enjoy a praise concert, family and friends day, bible school, family dinner and nightly revivals. Guest Minister is Marcus T. Watkins, Northside Church of Christ, Hartford, Ct. Free transportation and childrens nursery available nightly. For local transportation and more info call the church office secretary Tisha Rock at (904) 765-9830.St. Simon Baptist Church to Celebrate Womens History MonthMarch is Womens History Month and St. Simon Baptist Church of Orange Park, FL will celebrate Womens History each Sunday of the month during Sunday School and Morning Worship with special presentations by the women of the church. All ladies residing in Clay County, Jacksonville and the surrounding communities are cordially invited to attend as we celebrate the many accomplishments of women. Sunday School begins at 9:30a.m. and the Sunday Worship Service begins at 11 a.m. Also, the next monthly meeting of the Women of Purpose Ministry will be held March 17, 2018 at 10 a.m. Rev. Adela George is the Director of the Womens Ministry. Come bring a friend and enjoy a time of enrichment, encouragement and empowerment in the Word of God. St. Simon Baptist Church is located at 1331 Miller Street in Orange Park, FL. The Rev. W.H. Randall is the Pastor and Founder. For more info call (904) 215-3300. 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 your information to 904-765-8611, e-mail to JFreePress@aol.com or bring by our offices located at 1122 WestEdgewood Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32208. Jacksonville Instructor Says Dance for Boys Opens Doors Beyond the Arts By Lindse Kilbride Getting boys into ballet will open doors for them beyond the arts „ thats the belief of one Jacksonville instructor whos taking dance into middle school classrooms. Jacksonville native Savery Morgan was a professional ballet dancer in New York. Morgan is teaching dance in an empty classroom Tuesday at the Young Mens Leadership Academy (YMLA) at Eugene Butler Middle School, west of downtown. Its a small class, just four students opted in. Once a week they come to me instead of going to gym,Ž Morgan said. The dance program, called Breaking the Barrier for Boyz Only, is in four Duval schools with a total of 32 boys taking part. The middleschoolers at YMLA are practicing for a March showcase. Seventhgrader Trevon Richardson said its his second year, and he likes dance because its good exercise. My favorite [dance move] is when we have to run, we got to turn back around. We have to do a slice and come back over here," Trevon said before promptly demonstrating it by running across the room and finishing with a sharp spin. Morgan said its a contemporary modern move. Hes teaching them genres ranging from ballet to hip hop to jazz. Morgan himself used to go to this school. He said he got really good at dance as a teen because he had mentors. And he worked his way up to dancing professionally with the Dance Theatre of Harlem. I try to be a sort of a role model, a beacon of light,Ž Morgan said. I think that kids arent exposed to stuff because they dont have people that do that thing that they havent been exposed to around them.Ž Morgan said dance can lead to opportunities like world travel and free college tuition. Working with him, he said the boys now know, an AfricanAmerican male classical ballet dancer in Jacksonville, Florida that they can actually talk to and relate to.Ž YMLA Principal Truitte Moreland remembers when Morgan first came to pitch the program, which is an offshoot of the Florida Ballet and funded by the PNC Bank Foundations Arts Alive program. There were some struggles there finding kids that were first brave enough to kind of step outside of the cultural norm for this environment and to try something different,Ž he said. But Moreland said one of Morgans students even auditioned to go to the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and may want to pursue dance professionally. Douglas Anderson guidance counselor Shaneka Ferrell said scholarships could be in the future for the schools male dance students. When it comes to male dancers, theres such a large shortage,Ž she said. I would say that it is really common for those kids to receive financial assistance because theyre pretty much the minority in the dance field.Ž She said over three years, advising some 1,200 students, shes had maybe 10 male dancers in her caseload. But Principal Moreland said even if the students just do it for fun, thats OK too. Kids that are in the arts, our kids that are in dance tend to do better in their classes because of this outlet for creativity and expression,Ž he said. Currently the YMLA are focused on their next performance slated for Thursday, March 15th, 6:30 p.m. at the LaVilla School of the Arts, 501 N Davis Street. SMART Couples Workshops with UF/IFAS ExtensionCouples wanting to take their relationship to the next level and improve their relationship should participate in a series of free classes offered by the UF ExtensionService. Two classes are available including Before You Tie the Knot A dynamic premarital program for couples who are striving to start their marriages out right. Elevate : Take It to the ext Level A powerful relationship enrichment program for couples who want to improve their communication skills and to strengthen their relationship. The relationship education workshops will be held on March 25th. SMART Couples Florida classes are a series of FUN, FREE relationship strengthening classes designed to teach you how to communicate your needs, listen to the needs of others, successfully resolve conflicts, and maintain happy and healthy relationships with those in your life. Couples will receive a light meal and incentives for participation. For more information or to register, please visit the SMARTcouples.org Students enjoy freestyle dance

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March 1 7, 2018 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 7 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 5Ws of media: who, what, when, where and why. in addition to a phone number for more information.Call 634-1993 for more information! UNCF helps thousands of deserving students. But we have to turn away thousands more. So please give to the United Negro College Fund. Your donation will make a difference. Visit uncf.org or call 1-800-332-8623. by Susan Owens You get up achy, stiff and tired. You check the obituary listings to see who is still around. You meet with friends and everyone complains about being ignored by family, former business associates, and the few friends that are still around. Your opinions are never taken seriously and you feel your relatives are resenting you for living too long and spending what would have been their inheritance. Sounds familiar and depressing, doesn't it? It needn't be that way. The examples cited are never going away. But we can change, even slightly, and prove to ourselves that we are still vital and productive seniors. Now is the time to update our own personal ten commandments. Here are ten ways in which senior citizens, or anybody, can change for the better. 1. Get up and force yourself to exercise every morning. Anything that you do will make you feel both mentally and physically better. 2. As long as you don't see your own name in the obituary list, you are better off than those who are listed, and you can begin to challenge the new day. 3. Instead of always complaining about your family, recall how great they really are and what the both of you have accomplished and achieved. You should be proud of them, but more important, they should be proud of you. 4. Your opinions and view points are important to you and you should not be ashamed to express them regardless of how outlandish. It shows you are thinking and trying to stay up with the world. 5. Try traveling to see different parts of this country as well as foreign countries. There are many organizations that cater to seniors--Elderhostels, Tauck Tours, Cruises, to name but a few. 6. Go to movies in the afternoon (popcorn is free on Tuesday). For hearing problems, look for foreign films that have English subtitles. 7. Take chartered bus tours to parks, museums, theatres, and casinos. Take little money to the casinos and always look for the free or inexpensive buffets. The ride is relaxing with beautiful scenery. 8. Check out books in the libraries that have a big selection of books in large print. The most current fiction and non-fiction books are now both in regular and large print. 9. Recognize and accept that you are a senior. When driving your car becomes dangerous, turn in your license and keys before your children start to pressure you. 10. You should always regard yourself as number one. Your children will respect you for your independence. So get off you duff, and live each day to the fullest. Enjoy your wife or husband, find a friend, a partner or, yes even a new spouse to share your life. If you don't have one, keep on looking, It is never too late. The Jacksonville Children's Commission (JCC) is now accepting applications from civic and faith-based organizations interested in serving summer lunches and snacks to children 18 and younger through its Summer Lunch Program. This year's program begins May 29 and ends August 17. Potential Summer Lunch Program site sponsors must apply by Friday, April 27. Applications are available by visiting the JCC's Web site, www.jaxkids.net (click on "Summer 2007") or by calling (904) 630-6400. To qualify as a Summer Lunch Program sponsor, sites must be in an area where there is a school with at least 50 percent of its students enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program. Nutritionally balanced meals will be provided to all children regardless of race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin during summer vacation whe n school breakfasts and lunches ar e not available. Each year, the JCC and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA ) partner to provide nutritious snack s and lunches to more than 12,00 0 Duval County children each day a t no cost to parents through th e Summer Lunch Program. Any Duval County child unde r the age of 18 can receive a lunch b y visiting one of the Summer Lunc h sites across the city. A"Free Lunc h Served Here" banner is posted a t each site with the meal times indi cated. Children do not need to b e enrolled at the site (for example, i f it is a club, etc.) to receive a lunc h or snack they just need to show u p during meal times. For more information, call th e Jacksonville Children' s Commission at (904) 630-6400. Although headaches are rarely life threatening, they can make work more difficult or take the enjoyment out of your favorite leisure activity. While painful and sometimes debilitating, the majority of headaches encountered by sufferers do not indicate a more serious problem. With all the different headache types and the variety of symptoms out there, the National Headache Foundation recommends seeing a doctor as the first step in dealing with persistent headaches. The good news is that help is available and treatment options are increasing. Unfortunately, many headache sufferers don't know about treatment options, or fail to see a healthcare provider for diagnosis. According to a recent American Migraine Study II: Fifty-two percent of the people whose headaches fit the medical definition of migraine remain undiagnosed. Nearly six out of 10 (57 percent) people with migraine continue to rely solely on general overthe-counter pain relievers or on no medications at all to relieve pain. Migraine is misdiagnosed as sinus or tension-type headache almost as often as it is correctly diagnosed. There is no single cause of headaches. However, headaches are legitimate neuro-biological disorders. Science is rapidly progressing to better understand the cause of primary headaches. Armed with more education about headache types, their causes and available treatments, people with headaches no longer have to suffer needlessly. T ension-T ype Approximately 78 percent of adults experience a tension-type headache at some point in their lives, making it the most common. The pain is often described as pressing or tightening, of mild to moderate intensity and occurs on both sides of the head. There are two general classifications of tension-type headache: episodic and chronic, differentiated by frequency and severity. Chronic tension-type headache can be the result of anxiety or depression. Changes in sleep patterns or insomnia, early morning or late day occurrence of headache, feelings of guilt, weight loss, dizziness, poor concentration, ongoing fatigue and nausea occur. As common as tension-type headaches are, the causes and symptoms of these headaches are more complicated and unique than many might realize. Often people do not seek medical attention when they should because they assume that the cause of their headache is "just" tension. Migraine More than just a "bad headache" migraine pain and associated symptoms affect 29.5 million Americans. Both men and women experience migraines, although women are three times as likely to suffer from them. Migraine is characterized by throbbing head pain, usually lon one side of the head, often accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and sound. Most migraine occurs episodically; however, 10 million Americans have chronic headache (15+ days per month). Many of these people experienced episodic migraine that evolved over time to chronic migraine. Many things may trigger a migraine. Triggers may include one or more of the following categories: diet, stress, environment, odors/perfumes, emotions, medications and hormonal fluctuations. With proper diagnosis and treatment, migraine can be effectively managed. Cluster There are an estimated one million cluster headache sufferers in the US; about 90% of these sufferers are male. Cluster is one of the least common types of headache, and the cause is unknown. Cluster headache refers to the characteristic grouping or clustering of attacks. The headache periods can last several weeks or months and then disappear for months or years. Sufferers are generally affected in the spring or autumn, and, due to their seasonal nature, cluster headaches are often mistakenly associated with allergies. With typical cluster headaches, the pain is almost always one-sided, usually localized behind the eye or in the eye region and may radiate on the same side to the face or neck. The eye lid may droop and the sinus become congested on the side of the head where the pain occurs. Cluster sufferers report that even small amounts of alcohol or smoking will precipitate an attack during a cluster cycle but not during cluster-free times. If you are experiencing headache pain that affects your life, make an appointment with your healthcare provider specifically to discuss your headache problem and seek accurate diagnosis and treatment. Childrens CommissionAccepting SummerLunch SponsorApps William L. Cody, M.D. B. Vereen Chithriki, M.D. St. Vincents Division IV 1820 Barrst Street, Suite 521 Jacksonville, FL32204 (904) 387-9577www.nfobgyn.com C o m p l e t e O b s t e t r i c a l & G y n e c o l o g i c a l C a r e Comprehensive Pregnancy Care Board Certified Laser Surgery Family Planning Vaginal Surgery Osteoporosis Menopausal Disorder Laparoscopy Menstrual Disorder Ten Ways SeniorCitizens Can Change N O R T H F L O R I D A O B S T E T R I C A L & G Y N E C O L O G I C A LA S S O C I A T E S P A "Before You Tie The Knot" Marriage Preparation Class OfferedAwedding is a day, but the relationship is forever. Before You Tie The Knot, a marriage preparation class, is offered monthly at the Duval County Cooperative Extension Office. The couple must attend together to receive a certificate of completion. The Extension classes fulfill the requirements of Florida Statute 741.0305 and 741.04, Marriage Preparation and Preservation Act, that became effective Jan. 1, 1999. A$32.50 discount on the marriage license is given to couples who have completed approved premarital classes and the waiting period required upon applying for a license is waived. The Extension classes have been approved by the Circuit Court of Duval County for licenses issued in this county. The next class will be held April 27, 2007, from 9:00-2:30. To get a registration brochure, call Stephanie or Sandra at the Cooperative Extension Office at 387-8855. Please note that if a religious ceremony is planned, it is important that the couple contact their minister, priest, or rabbi. Although the University of Florida Extension course fulfills the state requirement, additional classes may be required by your religion. Is i t Just a Hea d ac h e or S omet hi ng E l se? by Dr. Brian Davis You are supposed to eat to live, not live to eat, but that doesnt mean you cant enjoy food and a healthy manner. Food nourishes us, but it also satisfies us, soothes us and helps us celebrate. Put that together with the fact that food is just about everywhere, and often in lavish amounts, and you have a perfect recipe for overeating. But just as we are hard-wired and conditioned to associate food with comfort and relief from anxiety, nervousness, depression, anger and loneliness, we can undo that conditioning -or at least eliminate the most destructive aspects of it. Its not easy, but its also not nearly as hard as you might think. And, like most new habits, it generally takes no more than 21 days if practiced on a regular basis. Overeating triggers are chains of events. It can start with a stressful argument with your boss or child, for example, which leads to feelings of helplessness or anger, which in turn results in a hunt for large amounts of something sweet .This chain of events, however, usually happens unexpectedly and completely unconsciously; think of a smoker feeling stressed out and immediately reaching for a cigarette. The answer is simple. You need to short circuit the chain. Like the Christmas lights, one break in the circuit means that the remaining bulbs can't fire up. Though it takes some doing, you too can curb the progression of your overeating triggers. The first step requires a little reflection. Think back to your five most recent eating sprees. Then consider what triggered the binge. It might be as simple as "movies equals popcorn" or as emotionally charged as "arguments equal ice cream." Or it might be the mere physical presence of certain trigger foods like cookies or nuts (the "Becha can't eat just one" syndrome). Write it all down. This way, you'll be aware of your triggers before you reach for that pint of ice cream. Now comes the action step, where you put a "kink in the link." What you're trying to do here is substitute a new, positive activity for the old, destructive activity. Try any one of these simple activities next time you hit one of your triggers: 1. Change yoursurroundings. Ashift in setting has the power to change your mood„and keeps you away from the refrigerator. 2. Take five. Afive-minute break, whether its a walk around the block, a sprint up-and-down the stair or a deep-breathing pause, has a similar effect. 3. Fake out yourmouth. If you're craving something sweet, try a pickle, hot pepper or any other completely different taste sensation. And if salty snacks are your weakness, go for something spicy. 4. Reward yourself. Treat yourself to a relaxing activity you normally wouldn't do: a warm bath, a surprise call to your college roommate in London or uninterrupted reading of gossip magazines! 5. Get physical. Go for a stroll, run or do any physical activity at all.The endorphins released will often balance the chemistry of a "craving brain"). How To Stop Overeating

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Tommy Davidson is back in concertComedian Tommy Davidsons will appear at the Comedy Zone located at 3130 Hartley Rd., March 1st 3rd at 7:30 p.m. From stand-up comedy and acting to versatile music, Davidsons reputation as an extraordinary performer and his visibility has allowed him to become a household name! For tickets and more info visit www.comedyzone.com. AIOJ Awards DinnerAtlantic Institute of Jacksonville awards dinner celebrating the nonprofit organization whose goal is to facilitate dialogue and bridge cultures to encourage pluralism, Thursday, March 1st, from 6.30 … 9 p.m. at the University of North Floridas Adam W. Herbert University Center, 1 UNF Dr. For tickets and more info visit www.atlanticinstitutejax.org.Bee Gees in ConcertStayin Alive: One Night of the Bee Gees will be on stage Thursday, March 1st at 7:30 p.m. at the Thrasher -Horner Center located at 283 College Drive, Orange Park, FL. For tickets and more info visit www.thcenter.org.The IllusionistThe worlds best-selling touring magic show, The IllusionistŽ will play the Times-Union Center located at 300 Water St., March 2-3rd at 7 p.m. The show is full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder! For tickets and more info visit www.theillusionistslive.com. Junior League Whale of A SaleThe Junior League of Jacksonville (JLJ) is gearing up for its 27th Annual Whale of a Sale,Ž fundraiser scheduled for March 23rd at 8 a.m. at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds and Expo Center located at 510 Fairground Place. For info email: whaleofasale@jljacksonville.org. World of ations CelebrationCome travel through the World of Nations Celebration and experience the cuisine, artistry and customs from lands near and far. Grab your event passport and join the adventure at the 26th annual World of Nations Celebration, March 2-4th, 10 a.m. at Metropolitan Park located at 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd. For tickets and more info visit www.jaxhappenings.com.Lyfe Jennings in ConcertEnjoy First Fridays Ladies Night with R&B superstar Lyfe Jennings featuring Joy Dennis, Friday, March 2nd at 5 p.m. at Truth Entertainment Complex located 11000 Beach Blvd. For more info call (407) 227-8460.Tim Tebow Celebrity WeekendTim Tebow will join with celebrity friends from around the country on March 2-3rd, 2018 for his 8th annual fundraising gala and golf tournament in support of the Tim Tebow Foundations mission to bring faith, hope and love. Featured guests include, Marcus Allen, Bobby Bowden, and more! For more info contact John Carter at www.timtebowfoudnation.org.Power SaturdaysEnjoy Power Saturdays at the Truth Entertainment Complex located 11000 Beach Blvd with a concert Saturday, March 3rd featuring Trick Daddy, Winsquad Artist Young Cash and special guest Keeve. For tickets and more info visit (407) 227-8460.Bill Maher in Jax!Comedian Bill Maher will be in town, Saturday, March 3rd at 8 p.m. Mahers unflinching honesty has earned him big laughs, and numerous Emmy nominations as the host of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher. The concert will be at the Florida Theatre, 128 E Forsyth St. For tickets and more info visit www.floridatheatre.com.Jax Book FestThe 2nd annual Jax Book Fest will take place, Saturday, March 3rd 10 a.m. 3p.m. at the Main library located at 303 N. Laura St. Meet and mingle with over 100 local authors. This is a great event for book lovers, writers, educators and children! For more info visit www.jaxpubliclibrary.org.DASOA Writers FestivalDouglas Anderson School of the Arts Writers Festival will take place Saturday, March 3rd at 9 a.m. The festival provides hands-on craft-oriented workshops with professional writers and scholars for both seasoned and emerging writers. Location is DASOA located at 2445 San Diego Rd. For more info visit www.dawritersfest.com. Spirit Tasting and Cigar SamplingClub 70s Disco, Spirit Tasting and Cigar sampling will take place Saturday, March 3rd at 6 p.m. at 927 Events located at 927 W. Forsyth St. Dig out your bell bottoms, channel your inner John Travolta and come boogie the night away to benefit the nonprofit Florida Theatre. For more info visit: www.927events.com.ortheast Florida Veg FestNortheast Florida Veg Fest is happening Saturday, March 3rd, at 9 a.m. at Riverside Park at 753 Park St. The day-long event will feature various healthy and sustainable foods, cooking demonstrations, live music, informed speakers and movie screenings. For more info visit www.nfvegfest.org.JHS Mutt MarchJoin the Jacksonville Humane Society Saturday, March 3rd at 9 a.m. at the Jacksonville Landing, 2 W Independent Drive as they march to raise more than $100,000 for pets in the community! To register and for more info visit www.jaxhumane.org/muttmarch.MOO-VE IT 5KThe Cowford Chophouse 2nd annual MOO-VE IT 5K and onemile fun run race to benefit the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center will be held Saturday, March 3rd. Run begins at Cowford Chophouse, located at 101 East Bay Street. Runners can register at 1stplacesports.com/mooveit.Tierney Sutton BandA 7-time Grammy nominee, Tierney Sutton has received 6 consecutive nominations for Best Jazz Vocal Album,Ž she released After Blue, a jazz-inspired re-imagining of the legacy of Joni Mitchell will appear Sunday, March 4, at 8 p.m. at the Ritz Theatre, located at 829 N. Davis St. For tickets and more info call 632-5555.Movie Screenings & Panel on Black FilmsSun-Ray Theater and the Jacksonville Public Library presents: African Surrealism and Action/Adventure movies: The Famished RdŽ and Panther,Ž screening and panel, Sunday, March 4th at 12 p.m. location is the Sun-Ray Theatre located at 1028 Park St. For more info call (904) 359-0049.JSCA ReceptionThe Jacksonville Sister Cities Association Nelson Mandela Bay Committee Library Project is inviting the community to a reception honoring Jacksonville authors for their book donations to the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Africana Library, Tuesday, March 6th, 4:30 … 6:30 p.m. at the Jacksonville Main Library Conference Room located at 303 North Laura Street. For more info contact Marsha Dean Phelts at (904) 261-0175.Anna Kingsley the MusicalEmancipation Majigeen,Ž an original musical drama honoring the life of Anna Kingsley … also known as Anta Majigeen Njaay of Senegal. The musical is a story of female empowerment through historical and contemporary lenses, premieres March 8 16th at 8 p.m. at FSCJs Kent Campus located at 3939 Roosevelt Blvd., Room F128 For tickets and more info visit www.fscjartistseries.org.Comedian DC CurryDC Curry who played Uncle Elroy in Next FridayŽ and Friday After Next,Ž will return to town March 8th 10th at 7:30 p.m. at the Comedy Zone located at 3130 Hartley Rd. For tickets and more info visit www.comedyzone.com. Comedians Steve Martin and Martin ShortLongtime comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short will perform a one-night only show at the Times-Union Center, Friday, March 9th at 8 p.m. at the Times Union center, 300 Water St. The show, "An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life," includes stand-up, film clips, musical numbers and conversations about their lives in show business. For tickets visit ww.ticketmaster.com.Earth, Wind & Fire!R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock, Latin, and African music group Earth Wind and Fire in concert at the Florida theatre located at 128 E. Forsyth St., Saturday, March 10th at 8 p.m. For tickets and more info visit www.floridatheatre.com.Motown the Musical is Back!Work Light Productions and the FSCJ Artist Series are proud to announce the return of Motown the MusicalŽ in Jax, March 10-11, at 7 p.m. at the Times-Union Center located at 300 Water St. For tickets and more info visitwww.MotownTheMusical.com/tour.Wyclef Jean in ConcertA Night of Symphonic Hip Hop featuring Wyclef Jean Saturday, March 10th, 8 11 p.m., at Dailys Place Amphitheater located at One Everbank Field Dr. For tickets visit www.dailysplace.com.Wizard of OZ on Stage!The Wizard of OZ will be on stage, Saturday, March 10th, for two show times: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto, and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man, and the Scarecrow! Location is the Thrasher Horne Center located at 283 College Drive, Orange Park, FL. For tickets and more info visit www.THcenter.org.Jumbo Shrimp/Jax Chamber Under The LightsŽ Beer FestivalJumbo Shrimp Suds Craft Beer Festival Under The LightsŽ is set for, Saturday, March 10th, 6 9 p.m. at the Baseball Grounds located at 301 A Philip Randolph Blvd. Guests will be able to enjoy unlimited free samples of craft beers, including those from Northeast Florida's local breweries. For more info visit www. jaxshrimp.comP.R.I.D.E. Bookclub MeetingPeople Reading for Inspiration, Discussion and Enjoyment (P.R.I.D.E.) next book club meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 10th at 3 p.m. at the Highlands Regional Library, 1826 Dunn Avenue. Book for discussion is  Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House ,Ž by Donna Brazile. For more info call (904) 261-0175.The Marvin Gaye ExperienceWhat's Going On: The Marvin Gaye Experience takes the stage Sunday, March 11th at 7 p.m. at the Thrasher-Horne Center, 283 College Drive, Orange Park, FL. The concert is a tribute to the legendary artist and includes music selections that span Gayes musicmaking career. For tickets and more info visit at www.THcenter.org. Bob Hayes Invitational Track Field Meet WeekThe Hayes Invitational Track and Field Meet will take place March 11 March 17 at Earl Kitchings stadium at Raines Ribault High school located at 3663 Raines Ave. Attend worship services, scholarship golf tournament, workshops, press conference, development clinic, middle school and field meet and the highly anticipated Officials, Coaches and VIPs cook out! For more info call at (904) 502-9348. 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It looks like the Dallas Mavericks are trying to win again after several women called fouls off the court. The NBA team has hired new Interim CEO Cynthia Marshall, the first Black woman to be in the position in the 300-team league. The powerful move comes as a nasty sexual misconduct scandal involving former team president Terdema Ussery has rocked the franchise and shed more light on the #MeToo movement. But rest assured: Marshall, who was previously AT&Ts vice president of human resources and chief diversity officer, has a plan. The process failed somewhere,Ž Marshall, who retired from AT&T last May with more than 30 years of telecommunications experience, said during a press conference with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.. I dont know why it failed. And so thats what we have to dig out. So I will be meeting oneon-one every single employee of the organization. Im calling it my own March Madness.Ž The Mavericks have surely picked a strong CEO in Marshall, who was recently cited by Black Enterprise as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Corporate America. Marshall has a lot of work to do with the Mavs, first addressing the strong talk of a hostile culture for women within the organization, The Associated Press reported. Ussery, who was the team president for 18 years, was at the center of conversations about a pattern of misogyny and predatory sexual misconduct,Ž a shocking and scathing Sports Illustrated report said last week. Several serious allegations, including that Ussery told a woman that she would be gangbangedŽ and put his hands on another womans thigh without consent, were made. Ussery was even investigated for the allegations in 1998, but somehow stayed on with the team until recently. The team plans to start a counseling and support services hotline for past and current employees, and Cuban has said he is mandating sensitivity training for all employees including himself. It seems only time will really tell if the Mavericks culture and treatment of women will really improve for the better. Marshall sounds as if she is ready to lead the fight for all women. Dash This week CluelessŽ star Stacey Dash filed paperwork to run for a congressional seat in California, confirming previous rumors that she intended to run for office. According to The Hill, Dash submitted official documents to the Federal Election Commission with the slogan Dash to DC.Ž As expected, the former Fox News host will run on the Republican ticket to represent Californias 44th Congressional District, which is currently run by Rep. Nanette Barragn. Barragn was the first Latina to hold the position when she won the seat in 2016. Compton, Watts, San Pedro and North Long Beach inhabit the 44th Congressional District which is home to a largely Hispanic and Black population. Out of the total population (723,685), 511,063 identify as Hispanic, while 110,038 identify as Black, the U.S. Census reports. 108, 467 people ranging from ages 25-34 make up the largest age demographic in the district…notifying significant change could be made if the people over the age of 18 show up to the polls in November. The area largely swayed Democratic in the last presidential election. Dash posed the question to her Twitter audience in early February…prompting many opinions in support and in opposition of the idea. In the past the actress has been a vocal opponent of former President Barack Obama and supported Donald Trump in the 2016 election. If Dash wins the upcoming November race, she would become the fourth Black woman in the House of Representatives who currently represent the state of California, alongside tenured Representatives Barbara Lee, Karen Bass and Maxine Waters. March 1-7, 2018 Page 9 Mrs. Perrys Free Press Mavericks Hire Black Woman CEO Amidst #Metoo Scandal Snoop Dogg has tackled several genres of music over his 25-year career. From rap to reggae, the Long Beach, California native has never been afraid to express himself as he chooses. Fans can now look forward to the more sanctified side of the rapper, as the BeautifulŽ artist is set to debut new music from his upcoming gospel album during the 2018 Stellar Awards. The Doggfather will premiere tracks from new album, Songs of Love, during the ceremony, and he isnt the only big name hitting the stage. Performers will also include Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Travis Greene, Tye Tribbett, Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Kierra Sheard, KeKe Wyatt, Jonathan McReynolds, Tasha Page-Lockhart, Todd Dulaney, Koryn Hawthorne and Ricky Dillard & New G, as well as others. Kirk Franklin is set to host. The gospel favorite is excited to be at the helm of this years ceremony, sharing in a statement, Since my first step onto the Stellar Awards stage as a 23-year-old kid from Texas, Ive lived, breathed and committed all Ive had to this incredible genre called gospel.Ž He went on, To find myself now still blessed to serve the community I love so dearly as their host of the 2018 Stellar Awards, that young kid feels alive again, and more grateful than ever. Were working hard to bring to the world the best and the brightest along with the icons and legends, the greatest night of Gods music at a time when the country needs our melody the most. Thank you and Ill see you in Vegas.Ž The Stellar Awards telecast will premiere on TV One Friday, March 30, at 9 p.m. ET. BLACKHISTORYBlack Americas First Department StoreBy Erick Johnson It had something for everyone and it was located in downtown Chicago. During segregation and hard times, this one had spunk and a lot of soul. It was called the South Center Department Store. When the Black multimillionaire S.B. Fuller added the store to his business empire decades after it was founded, the store became the nations largest Black-owned department store. For decades it stood at the corner of 47th Street and South King Drive. Bronzeville had its own bustling downtown that was stacked with three times the number of businesses that exist today. Located at the intersection of 47th Street and South King Drive, it had a national reputation as Black Americas busiest business district, one that rivaled Harlems 125th Street with its exclusive shops and upscale restaurants. For more than forty years, the store made headlines because of its merchandise and services, but South Center was often in the spotlight because it was the only department store in the country that catered specifically to Blacks. Shoppers didnt have to be treated like second hand citizens to get the best money could buy. Founded in 1928, South Center was connected to Neisner Brothers five-cent-to-a-dollar chain, Golde Clothes Shop and a Walk Over Shoe Company. It was started by two ambitious Jewish brothers, Harry and Louis Englestein. The building also housed two other prominent institutions that the Englesteins also founded, the Regal Theatre and the Savoy Ballroom. When it opened on March 17, 1928, the three-story 100,000 sq. ft. South Center had 50 departments that sold everything from jewelry, hats, shoes and handbags to paint, washing machines and canary birds. One entire floor became the training ground for Madame C.J. Walker, whose school became a fixture in the community. In 1935, the prominent Black scholar W. E. B. Dubois wrote a letter to the accounts payable department to clear up whereabouts of a lost check. The 250,000 sq. ft.building also held offices for Black professionals. Americas first 12 Black certified public accountants had offices in the building in addition to a free employment service and the Cosmopolitan Chamber of Commerce. South Center made history in 1963 when it became the nations largest Black-owned department store. S.B. Fuller, then believed to be the nations wealthiest Black businessman, purchased South Center for $1,157,000 after a union strike shut down the store for 42 days. South Center clerks demanded a weekly raise of $4.20, but according to Jet magazine, South Center offered just $2.00, plus an additional 50 cents a week in six months. For Fuller, the department store would add to his collection of 13 flourishing business enterprises that made him worth $10 million or $82 million by todays standards. In addition to owning the Black newspapers, The Pittsburg Courier the defunct Chicago Courier and ew York Age Fuller owned the cosmetics giant Boyer International Laboratories and scores of beauty product company lines that made him a fortune. In his lifetime, Fuller mentored two other giants in Black history: Ebony and Jet founder John H. Johnson and George E. Johnson, founder of Johnson Products. By 1964 it had 76 departments and 110 employees. He later purchased the Regal Theater and the Savoy Ballroom. By 1966, the South Center Department Store and Fullers fortunes began dwindling after several bad business decisions. Southern whites, who made up 60 percent of Fullers customers from his cosmetic products, boycotted his cosmetics line after learning that Boyer International Laboratories was Black-owned. Black leaders called for a boycott after Fuller said at a national convention that lack of action rather than racial barriers keeps the Black man from succeeding. A deal to sell his Jean Nadal cosmetic line for $1 million to a whiteowned firm fell through and business at the Regal Theater and Savoy Ballroom continued declining as integration became the focal point. To keep the South Center Department Store afloat, Fuller reportedly lowered the quality of merchandise to cater to customers on a budget. Fuller gave customers on welfare the opportunity to charge $100 worth of goods for only $30. The practice was illegal and when social administrators learned of it, they did not honor the purchases. Fuller was left with over $1 million in unpaid bills. He filed bankruptcy in 1968 and remerged with a plan to pay back the stores creditors. It was an uphill battle that Fuller lost. The bank, Talman Federal Savings and Loan foreclosed on the property. In 1970, the South Center Department Store and the grand building that housed it, was demolished. Snoop Dogg Snoop Dogg to Debut Gospel Song at Stellar Awards Oprah Responds to egative Energy From President Trump & Moique While promoting the film A Wrinkle in Time Oprah Winfrey took the time to address why she chooses to take the high roadŽ when confronted by fellow celebrities in the media, with Global Grind asking about President Donald Trump and MoNique, specifically. Oh, my gosh. Its impossible. Its a law that if you meet negative with negative, you will just have a combusted negative force and negative energy,Ž she said. You cant meet negative energy where it is. You have to rise above it. You have to transcend it.Ž Trump recently called the talk show legend insecure,Ž and sarcastically encouraged her to run for president, while MoNique has accused Winfrey and others of contributing to her being unjustly blackballed within the entertainment industry. Still, the OWN creator chooses to dismiss what she feels is negative energy.Ž You cant meet negative energy where it is. You have to rise above it,Ž she said. You have to transcend it. You have to be the light. It only takes a little bit of light to banish the darkness ƒ so I would never stoop to try to meet somebody where they are negatively. Dont care who they are.Ž MoNique has since responded via Twitter, saying while her actions may be perceived as negative, shes done nothing but tell the truth. Actress Stacey Dash to Run for Congress in California Cynthia Marshall at the press conference announcing her new role with the Dallas Mavericks

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Page 10 Ms. Perrys Free Press March 1-7, 2018 Choose from hundreds of options. Pick up when youre ready. publix.com/order The only hard part: deciding what to get. Florida Shooting Survivors Stage Protest in Tallahassee by Shantell Jamison Several student survivors of the tragic mass shooting that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, rallied alongside hundreds of students from other schools in an effort to call on their peers around the nation to demand action. The crowd was armed with signs that read, Keep our schools safeŽ and I will not stand idly by,Ž as they swarmed around the state Capitol chanting, Never againŽ and Shame on you!Ž The south Florida shooting claimed the lives of 14 students and 3 school staff members. On Wednesday, the protesters demanded an end to gun violence from lawmakers. No longer can I walk the halls I walked a million times before without fear and sadness,Ž 17-year-old Florence Yared said. All because of the damage that a single AR-15 rifle caused.Ž The rally comes just one day after state legislators rejected a ban on man semiautomatic rifles and largecapacity ammunition magazines. Many Parkland students have recently voiced support for such a ban. Lawmakers have also expressed some support for other proposals from the students. The proposals include deeper background checks and stricter gun rules for people with mental health issues. The mass shooting has also sparked a wave of rallies elsewhere in Florida and in other states in an attempt force local and national leaders take action to prevent such attacks. Mothers from across Georgia converged on the state capitol in Atlanta to attended a Moms Demand Action advocacy group rally. The rally's purpose is to advocate for responsible gun ownership and not ban guns. More than 200 students at Montgomery Blair High School in the Washington suburb of Silver Spring, Maryland walked out of school to attend a planned protest for gun control at the U.S. Capitol. Protest organizers said student from two other suburban Maryland high schools, Richard Montgomery and Bethesda-Chevy Chase, are also participating in the demonstration. The Stoneman Douglas students began taking buses over the past couple of days to Tallahassee to take part in Wednesday's rally and to meet with legislative leaders. "We (students) are the ones most involved in this," student Ariana Ortega told VOA before boarding one of the buses. "We are the ones who lived through this whole tragic experience, and we are going to be the future leaders of America." Students are also planning a March 24 rally in Washington and other major cities called "March for Our Lives." Meet the First Driver of Color to Race in the Daytona 500 in Nearly 50 Years Darrell BubbaŽ Wallace Jr. recently hit the tracks in Daytona as the first black driver since 1969. But that is just one of the many records he set in history that day. October of last year, Wallace was announced to be a full-time driver for Petty in 2018, and it made him the first full-time African-American driver at the sports top level since Wendell Scott in 1971. And when he raced last Sunday, he also became the first black driver in the Daytona 500 since 1969. In his tweet last November, hes proud of it. He said, There is only 1 driver from an African American background at the top level of our sport. I am the 1. Youre not gonna stop hearing about the black driver for years. Embrace it, accept it and enjoy the journey.Ž The 24-year-old from Mobile, Alabama, fearlessly drove the legendary No. 43 Chevrolet for Richard Petty Motorsports that The KingŽ Petty himself drove to seven wins in the Daytona 500. And with a breathtaking last moment, he finished second to Austin Dillon and with a .002 edge over third placer, Denny Hamlin. He marked the highest ever finish by a rookie full-timer in the race. It was also the best finish by an African-American driver in race history, breaking Scotts 13th place finish in 1966. After his record-breaking finish, his mother embraced him for long and said, Im so proud of you, baby.Ž Wallace, still stunned and ecstatic, said in the press conference, I just try so hard to be successful at everything I do. And my family pushes me each and every day, and they might not even know it. But I just want to make them proud.Ž Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BubbaWallace Daughters of Africa Sweep in Pyeong Chang 2018Leave it to the Women to pull off the first "sweep" in the Winter Olympics. All three medalist teams in the 2 women Bobsled in Pyeong Chang 2018 Winter Olympic Games contain a daughter of African Ansentry.for the first time in the Winter Olympic history. The Winter Olympic Games have long been set for snowy nations. The amazing challenge from Africa's Diaspora Athletes is present now and clear to enjoy for the next Winter Games set for Bejing 2022. The 2 Women Bobsled Medalist Teams were made up of Lauren Gibbs and Elana Meyers Taylor of the Americans silver medalist (pictured on left). The Gold Medalist Mariama Jamanka of the German Team in the middle was born to a Gambian father attended the Technical University in Berlin,Germany and she is in the Armed Forces in Germany. Phylicia George of the Bronze Medalist Team Canada is studying Biology and physiology at the University of Connecticut has competed in the Olympic 2012and 2016 Summer Olympic Games is on your far right. A point of note the Nigeria Team trailed the Jamaica Team in this event, so some experience does count. And yes, the race was very close at the top with point zero seven seconds between the American and German Team. For those of you keeping score,This time the Nigerian Team finished seven minutes and fifteen seconds behind the Gold medalist Team. And the Jamacia Team beat Team Nigeria. So much for inter country rivalry. Michelle Obamas Memoir to Arrive in ovemberMichelle Obamas highly anticipated memoir is almost here. On Sunday, the former first lady announced on social media that her new book, Becoming, will hit bookstores on Nov. 13. Writing BECOMIG has been a deeply personal experience,Ž she wrote. I hope my journey inspires readers to find the courage to become whoever they aspire to be.Ž Penguin Random House imprint Crown Publishing Group released a statement about the book, that said, in part: Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her„from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the worlds most famous address.Ž st March, news broke that the Obamas signed a joint deal with the publisher to release their memoirs to the tune of $65 million, according to the Financial Times.