The Trump administration is rescinding Obama-era guidance that encouraged schools to take a studentÂs race into account to encourage diversity in admissions. The shift would give schools and universities the federal governmentÂs blessing to take a race-neutral approach to the students they consider for admission. Such guidance does not have the force of law, but schools could use it to help defend themselves against lawsuits over their admission policies. The action comes amid Supreme Court turnover expected to produce a more critical eye toward schoolsÂ affirmative action policies. The high courtÂs most recent significant ruling on the subject bolstered collegesÂ use of race among many factors in the college admission process. But the opinionÂs author, Anthony Kennedy, announced his resignation last week, giving President Donald Trump a chance to replace him with a justice who will be more reliably skeptical of affirmative action. The guidance from the Obama administration gave schools a framework for Âconsidering race to further the compelling interests in achieving diversity and avoiding racial isolation.ÂŽ In a 2011 policy document, the administration said schools have a Âcompelling interestÂŽ in ensuring a diverse student body, and that while race should not be the primary factor in an admission decision, schools could lawfully consider it in achieving diversity. The administration issued a similar guidance document in 2016 aimed at giving schools a framework for Âconsidering race to further the compelling interests in achieving diversity and avoiding racial isolation.ÂŽ The Obama approach replaced Bush-era policy from a decade earlier that discouraged affirmative action programs and instead encouraged the use of race-neutral alternatives, like percentage plans and economic diversity programs. The Trump administration signaled Tuesday that it planned to reinstate the Bush administrationÂs philosophy. Civil liberties groups immediately decried the move, saying it went against decades of court rulings that permit colleges and universities to take race into account. In 2016, the Supreme Court, in an opinion written by Kennedy, granted affirmative action policies a narrow victory by permitting race to be among the factors considered in the college admission process. Continued on page 3 Volume 31 o. 32 July 5 11, 2018 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 75 Cents It Takes a Village:Dedicated Volunteers Celebrate Work of Giving At Risk Youth a Second ChancePage 3 We Must Ask Ourselves if Affirmative Action is Still eeded?Page 4Rappers Using Millions to Reinvest in Their Old eighborhoodsPage 9 DCLaunches Black Womens Outreach Initiative to Change the Face of Fall ElectionsPage 2 75c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED Kappa Alpha Psi Sues Hotel Denying Service to ÂAll Black GroupsÂAn Alabama restaurant has found itself in legal hot water after declining service to a Black fraternity, the latest in a string of racist incidents nationwide at restaurants. Kappa Alpha PsiÂs Alabama chapter filed a racial discrimination lawsuit on June 27 against TuscaloosaÂs Cypress Inn. It stems from the restaurant canceling the KappasÂ reservation in February to rent a pavilion after learning that the fraternity is an Âall Black group.ÂŽ A restaurant representative returned the fraternityÂs $1,500 registration fee after citing security concerns, the lawsuit stated. In response, the fraternity offered to cover expenses for additional security, obtained insurance and showed photos of past fraternity events. The restaurantÂs owner, however, was unmoved, citing problems with the fraternityÂs ÂkindÂŽ in the past. The federal discrimination lawsuit alleged that Cypress Inn refused services that it has provided to white customers. It asks the court for compensatory damages, punitive damages, and an injunction that would stop the restaurant from racially discriminating against others.West Point Gets First Black SuperintendentU.S. Army Lieutenant General Darryl A. Williams has been named the 60th superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point, making him the first African American to command the school, which was founded in 1802. General Williams assumed command during a ceremony in Jefferson Hall. A 1983 graduate of West Point, he holds mastersÂ degrees in Leadership Development, Military Art and Science and National Security Strategic Studies. He succeeded Lieutenant General Robert L. Caslen, Jr., who retired from the Army after 43 years. In 2015, West Point, which is based in West Point, N.Y., erected cadet barracks, honoring Four-Star General Benjamin O. Davis, who was the fourth African American and the first in the 20th century to graduate from the Academy. General Williams served as Deputy Chief of Staff of the United States Army in Europe, which is located in Wiesbaden, Germany. He also was Deputy Commanding General for Support for the 2nd Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea. In addition, he was Commanding General for the United States Army Warrior Transition Command and Assistant Surgeon General for Warrior Care and Transition. Williams is a native of Alexandria, Virginia.Senators Introduce Bill to Make Lynching a Federal CrimeThree African-American U.S. Senators have introduced a bill in Congress that if passed and signed into law would make lynching a federal crime. It is similar to legislation introduced earlier this month in the House by U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush. Senators Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Tim Scott introduced the ÂJustice for Victims of Lynching Act 2018.ÂŽ The legislation would make lynching punishable as a hate crime. Gov Track, which keeps track of legislation, does not have a record of the legislation. The proposed law also does not have a Senate bill number. The lawmakers introduced the legislation after The National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum opened in April. The museum, which is based in Montgomery, Alabama, is a memorial to the 4,400 black men, women and children lynched between 1877 and 1950 in 12 Southern states. Lynchings didnÂt just include hanging people without benefit of a trial, they also involved burning blacks at the stake. And as victims pleaded for mercy, happy onlookers cut off their fingers, hands, heads and in the case of men their genitals. reported that the main years of lynching occurred between 1890 to 1937.Super Bowl White House Visit AxedIn a series of events that the Trump White House has become known for, a visit by the 2018 NFL Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles was cancelled after they informed the White House that a small team delegation of about ten players was planning to attend. The White House Press Office sent out a statement from President Trump that in part read that the Philadelphia Eagles Âwere unable to come to the White House with their full teamÂŽ and that. ÂThey disagree with their President, because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country. The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better.ÂŽ In response to the cancelled White House event, former Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith tweeted, ÂItÂs a cowardly act to cancel the celebration because the majority of the people donÂt want to see you. To make it about the anthem is foolish.ÂŽ In a statement about the cancelled visit, the White House said, ÂWe will honor our great country, pay tribute to the heroes who fight to protect it, and loudly and proudly play the National Anthem.ÂŽ Plans to End Obama-Era Affirmative Action Initiatives on PresidentÂs Menu Volunteers Join Forces to Brighten eighborhoods Shown is Christian Harrell constructing an robotic car As the American workforce continues to evolve, areas of study like science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) have become critical as we prepare students for the jobs of the future. A nonprofit summer camp sponsored by Great Expectations Educational Resources and Support (GEERS) Kidzxtreme Fun Camp is charged with instilling that desire in area youth. For the past three years, the camp has focused on providing a fun-filled project-based learning environment for youth in kindergarten through eighth grade. Over 120 campers explore unique activities daily in literacy, art, science and robotics. The camp is housed at the SAL Tech Charter High school building on Walgreen road. The organization is committed to narrowing the achievement gap and developing the next generation of innovators. Comedian Brings Star Power to Jax to Bring Together Community Free STEM Camp Prepares Youth for Opportunities in Life Last week, Northwest Jax Community Development Corp. held their annual ÂPaint the TownÂ neighborhood improvement project focusing on the Magnolia Gardens and Old Floradale neighborhoods. Over the course of five days, volunteers assisted in the painting and beautification of eight homes belonging to elderly or disabled residents. Beautification effots included trash removal, painting, landscaping and cleaning at each home selected for the iniaititive. ÂThis is the first time my home has been painted in 40 years,ÂŽ said longtime resident Ruth Roberts sighting economic reasons for her homes lack of upkeep. Her home was among those selected for the makeover, which she cited as a life changing event for her. ÂI canÂt tell you how good it feels to walk outside now,ÂŽ she said. Shown are volunteers painting a home in Old Floradale Shown at the free July 4th event are Yolanda Hightower, comedian Lil Duval, Andre Bens and Titiana Bens Jacksonville native Roland Powell better known by his comedic stage name, ÂLil DuvalÂŽ, held his annual come together day Independence Day Street Festival in the heart of the city on Myrtle Ave. and Kings Rd. Lil Duval chose his stage name to pay homage to his Jacksonville roots. Playing to sell out crowds, Powell returns to the city ever year to give back to the community. Duval motivates youth at the festival, while having fun showcasing his Jacksonville roots on his social media platforms. Attendees enjoyed a buffet style dinner and refreshments. Duval attended First Coast High School before moving to Atlanta to pursue his dream of becoming an international comedian. HeÂs been a finalist on BET's comedy competition series Coming to the Stage and has starred on MTV shows, Guy Code and Hip Hop Squares KFP Photo
The Democratic National Committee has launched a new initiative, the Seat At the Table Tour, a Black women outreach tour designed to Ârebuild relationships, restore trust, and strengthen infrastructure within communities to champion Democratic values and build towards electoral victories.ÂŽ Black women have been the Democratic PartyÂs most reliable voting bloc since the 1990s. Doug JonesÂ win over Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate special election in December especially highlighted Black womenÂs power; they were largely credited to lifting Jones to victory through on the ground organizing and voter registration efforts. Despite this, however, the Democratic Party has been criticized for neglecting the needs of Black women and not adequately supporting Black women who are running for office. Many Black women candidates, particularly in Alabama, have been operating with little institutional support, as Refinery29 reported in June. According to the DNC, the tour, in collaboration with the Congressional Black Caucus and Black female mayors, will consist of listening and training sessions for Black women. ÂThis is the Democratic PartyÂs opportunity to show that we want more than just Black WomenÂs votes. We also need and want Black WomenÂs input, ideas, and organizing power,ÂŽ Waikinya Clanton, the DNCÂs director of African American outreach, told Refinery29. ÂWe want to hear from Black Women across this country about what keeps them up at night and what we can do to help fix it. Whether itÂs training candidates on how to address certain issues, training organizers on how to advocate on issues locally or connecting Black women Democrat. We want to connect and work with Black women to help move this country forward in a real and meaningful way.ÂŽ The tour officially kicked off June 16 in Brooklyn, where the late Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to Congress, was honored. According to Black Women In Politics, a database of Black women running for office, there are 603 Black women candidates this year. ÂThis is our chance to invest in more than just candidates and state parties but opportunity to invest in infrastructure and people who help sustain communities,ÂŽ Clanton said. Page 2 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press July 5 11, 2018 If you have mortgage problems, call 888-995-HOPE for one-on-one expert advice from this free government program.YouÂre not alone. ÂWhat will happen to us if we lose the house?ÂŽ Democratic ational Committee Launches ÂSeat at the TableÂŽ Tour, a ew Black Women Outreach InitiativeLabor leaders, elected officials and others were quick to react to the recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that says public sector unions cannot charge fees to employees who decline to join a union but are covered by its collective bargaining agreement. In a 5-4 decision in Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the court ruled the fees are unconstitutional, and, reverses a 40-year-old precedent that overturns laws in 22 states. Analysts and labor experts said the decision will have a disproportionate impact on Black workers, particularly female. ÂWhile the outcome of the case will affect about 17 million public-sector workers across the country, Black women in particular could be hurt by Janus, as they are disproportionately represented in public sector jobs,ÂŽ said the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) before the ruling. ÂThey make up 17.7 percent of public-sector workers, or about 1.5 million workers.ÂŽ That fact did not sway the nationÂs highest court. Ruling on the last day of the its term, Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion with the courtÂs conservatives joining him. ÂUnder Illinois law, public employees are forced to subsidize a union, even if they choose not to join and strongly object to the positions the union takes in collective bargaining and related activities,ÂŽ Alito wrote. ÂWe conclude that this arrangement violates the free speech rights of nonmembers by compelling them to subsidize private speech on matters of substantial public concern.ÂŽ The decision has the potential to decimate the financial coffers of locals across the country at a time when collective bargaining, pension security and workplace violence is at an all time high. ational College of Probate Judges Educating Communities Under First President of ColorTamara Curry of Charleston, S.C. is the first African-American president of the National College of Probate Judges. She is an associate judge for the Charleston County probate court. Educating the public about the importance of estate planning has been a priority for her. "Sometimes when people think of estates and wills they also think of death. It's really about preparation," she said. Having someone already designated to make financial and health care decisions if that becomes necessary avoids the additional expense and time associated with going to court to establish guardianship. "It's important that you make whatever your desires are known," she said. In Charleston County, she presides over the management of estates, trusts, guardianships and conservatorships. She hears cases in the adult and juvenile drug courts and in mental health court. The probate court also issues marriage licenses. The drug and mental health courts help those charged with non-violent offenses avoid jail time through programs focused on problem solving that aim to prevent repeat offenders. The National College of Probate Judges is the only organization dedicated exclusively to improving probate law and probate courts. It was established in response to concern about the time and costs involved in estate administration. Before becoming a probate judge, Curry worked at The Curry Law Firm of North Charleston with her husband, Eduardo Curry. She is a graduate of South Carolina State University and earned her law degree at the University of Tennessee. Supreme Court Deals Blow to Labor, Black WorkersThe Chicago City Council has awarded a $2.5 million settlement to the family of Davianna Simmons after concluding that the Chicago Police Department violated the familyÂs civil rights when police officers raided their house and ultimately pointed a gun at then 3-year-old Davianna, causing her severe trauma. On August 29, 2013, Davianna had to witnesse police breaking into their house, pointing a loaded gun at her chest, holding a gun to her grandmotherÂs head, and beating her handcuffed mother, Aretha Simmons. To make it much worse, the police, who had a warrant for drug dealer Alonzo McFadden, raided the wrong house after receiving a false tip from an informant. The warrant mistakenly stated that he was related to the Simmons family and was living at their residence. Neither of those statements was true. DaviannaÂs family filed a lawsuit in November 2014 in connection to the raid. Their attorney, Al Holfeld Jr. argued that the police do not consider children during arrests, noting that Âit is not even on CPDÂs radar.ÂŽ However, on June 27, the Chicago City Council agreed on a $2.5 million settlement from the lawsuit. $1 million of that money will go directly to Davianna, mostly for her treatment. Her mother will receive $238,000 while two of her grandparents will divide $238,000. Another $1 million will be paid to the law firm that assisted in the case. ÂWe fought like hell against the City of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department all throughout this lawsuit,ÂŽ said Attorney Hofeld. ÂTwo of the officers involved even lied in court about being suspended.ÂŽ Amidst all that, Davianna, now 8years old, still fears sirens, often has nightmares and wakes up screaming. Dr. Niranjan Karnik, a pediatric psychiatrist at Rush Medical Center says that it was Âone of the worst cases of child Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [heÂs ever seen].ÂŽFamily of 3-Year Old Girl Who Had Gun Pointed at Her by Police is Awarded $2.5 Million Settlement Davianna Simmons Judge Tamara Curry
Tennis great, Billie Jean King, once said, ÂSports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose-it teaches you about life.ÂŽ An excellent example of the value of sports is found in the Jacksonville Police Athletic LeagueÂs (PAL) Road Runners Track and Field Team. Spearheading the program is Officer Elliott VanDyke and several inspiring volunteer coaches. Through the hard work of the coaches and youth, the team has won over 230 medals this season compared to 64 in 2017. Currently, 20 of the hardworking student athletes have qualified to compete in the 52nd Athletic Amateur Union (AAU) Junior Olympic Games that will be held from July 28th to August 4th. JaxPAL's track team has been motivating young track and field athletes for more than 15 years, with several of its participants going on to compete in collegiate level sports and some at the professional level, including Chicago Bears cornerback Kevin Tolliver III. Track season runs from March through August of each year. For interested youth or parents, registration begins in December and goes through April. Participants compete in an average of ten meets per season including the AAU Regionals and Club Championships. You can catch the JaxPAL Road Runners in action next at the AAU Club Championships in Orlando FL, from July 8th through 14th. For more information visit www.jaxpal.com. Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 3 July 5 11, 2018 Offering you a full range of quality services that includes a full range of accounting services (audits, reviews, compilations,and nontraditional engagements) for small businesses and tax services for individuals, corporations, partnerships, and estates and trusts. Darryl Jackson, CPA provides extensive professional experience with a wide variety of industries and clients Enterprise Center 101 East Union Street, Suite 400 Jacksonville, FL32202 904-633-8099 www.drj-cpa.com DARRYL R. JACKSON, C.P.A., P.A. ALTON BOX MAXWELL HOUSE Special trusts have been set up by vendors and suppliers of the Alton Box and Maxwell House plants to pay asbestos victims: either of these plants before 1982 asbestos either of these plants diagnosed with Lung Cancer ( even if you are a smoker) or Esophageal, Laryngeal, Pharyngeal, Stomach, Colon, Rectal Cancer or Mesothelioma, or know someone who died from one of these cancers call 1-800-478-9578Free Claims Analysiswww.getnorris.com/asbNationwide Service It Takes a Village : Dedicated Volunteers Celebrate Giving Youth a Second Chance By C.B. McIntosh A group of dedicated Stanton graduates, one of JacksonvilleÂs most historic institutions, recently gathered to commemorate its founding principal and African American icon, James Weldon Johnson. Representing several generations, the group of 26 former students witnessed the dedication of the marble memorial to Johnson outside of Old Stanton High in Historic LaVilla on Ashley Street. The graduates represented Old Stanton High, Stanton Vocational, and New Stanton High schools. It is the fourth structure erected on the site. In 1868, a hand full of freed slaves purchased this Duval County property for $800 and directed the development of its first school in 1869. This was the first time in a half decade graduates of the school have had the opportunity to formally visit the building. Local alum, Kenneth Reddick, organizes an annual gala for all Stanton grads as an opportunity to fellowship and commemorates the schoolÂs rich history. Reddick remarked, ÂThis is a great opportunity for graduates to see the potential for development of the site, especially those who live out of town.ÂŽ Out of town graduates visiting the site were Gwen and Bill Williams of Hampton, VA; Francena Hardwick Calhoun of East Orange, NJ; and Nathaniel Jackson of St. Augustine, FL. The Historic Stanton Board of Trustees was delighted with the idea according to 1943 alumnus Dr. C.B. McIntosh, who manages the property and 1947 alumnus Priscilla M. Williamson, board secretary. ÂThere should be more of this type of activity on the part of the board to fully involve the graduates in the future of this property.ÂŽ said Williamson. During the event, Dr. McIntosh mentioned the dire need for additional alumni contributions in order to meet the seven million dollar renovation/construction goal. The grads discussed strategies for fundraising and planning associated with events like the September 17th Building Rededication. The group also had the chance to see the occupied tenant areas of the 18,000 square feet school, which now houses the Jacksonville Centre of the Arts, a pre-professional preparatory school for dance art, and Pampered Prodigy, Early Learning Center for Infants and toddlers. Stanton Grads Attend Marker Dedication at Historic Landmark Shown are the volunteers (l-r) Annie McCaleb Smith, Richard & Van Grace, Tim & Marilyn Duncan, Jasmine Duncan, Sylvester & Do lores Williams, Clifford & Patricia Martin, C. J & atalie Reed, Johnnie Mae Shaw, Andre Lee Jr, Margaret Anderson, Diane Weaver, Jim mie Washington, Pamela Perkins, David Washington, Deborah Dickerson. Seated (l-r) Sarah Dowdell, Rochelle Hamm, Herlena Washington, Jackie Bartletto and Anita Sanders. The Duval Academy Advisory Board held their annual Volunteer Appreciation luncheon to honor the volunteers that annually support the organization. The board meets monthly to discuss volunteer opportunities for the young men. Activities typically include participation in area health walks, various community-based events, feeding the homeless, and fundraisers aimed at giving to those in need. The board's goal is to demonstrate and reinforce a positive way of life for the young men in the program. The vision is to simply change one life at a time. The Duval Academy is a residential treatment program that serves 28 males, ages 14 to 18, who have been adjudicated through juvenile courts. Youth receive individual and group mental health services in addition to substance abuse counseling services. Select youth participate in the "Thinking for Change" (T4C), curriculum that addresses cognitive and emotional needs. The program also provides the "Character Counts" curriculum, which addresses life skills, "Impact of Crime," and restorative justice. These areas of focus help youth understand the impact criminal activities have on individuals, families and communities. All youth admitted have approved judicial consent permitting off-site activities, which allows participation in job searches and community restoration activities. The Duval County School District administers the educational component of the program, which allows students to remain in the public school system. The academic setting is a Type 2 program, offering English, Math, Science, Social Studies and one elective course. The elective course is typically used to provide remediation in the areas of reading and math. Continued from page 1 Kennedy wrote that the University of TexasÂ admission plan was in line with past court decisions that allowed for the consideration of race to promote diversity on college campuses. The ruling bitterly disappointed conservatives who thought that Kennedy would be part of a Supreme Court majority to outlaw affirmative action in education. Justice Antonin Scalia died after the court heard arguments in the case but before the decision was handed down. Eight states already prohibit the use of race in public college admissions: Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Washington. The Wall Street Journal first reported the move. End of Affirmative Action Shown are the amateur athletes at Mallison Park practicing for the Orlando Championship games. Attached photo: L-R Row 1: DeJuan Palmer, Gabrielle Jackson, DeWayne Palmer; Row 2: Audrey Ellis, Zachary Burney, Tyler McDaniel, Kyla Coleman, Arryon Bookins, Kai Dawkins; Third Row: Zion Watson, Michelle Jackson, Jaden Cooley, Jasmine Genyard, Janiyah Cooley, London Dawkins. T. Austin photo PAL Sports Amateurs Qualify for AAU Games
I can just picture The Donald, oops I meant President Trump, sitting around the table with some of his most devious and cunning advisors Â… what can we do to keep our base engaged and fired up? We need to keep the ÂTake America BackÂŽ and ÂBuild a WallÂŽ contingent of bigots and uninformed motivated. What issues other than Mexicans, Hilary Clinton and Muslims can we use to our benefit? HmmmÂƒ. Our base hates anything that seems as if minorities are being favored over good old white guys Â… thatÂs it. LetÂs go after those admissions guidelines that Obama sent to all public colleges and universities. No, they didnÂt really say use Âaffirmative actionÂŽ in your admissions policies, but they did say that race can be considered when trying to promote diversity amongst students and faculty. This week, the Trump administration announced that it is moving to rescind Obama-era guidance to colleges and universities on how they can use race in admissions decisions to promote diversity. By the way, the Supreme Court has been consistent over several decades in its rulings on the lawful use of race in affirmative action at colleges and universities. Again, Trump is nothing more than a magician. Give me all the attention I desire while I trick you into thinking that I know what I am doing. But back to affirmative action, is it still needed? Without any kind of scientific survey I can tell you that traditionally blacks say that we still need the policies and the majority of whites say we do not. This may be a news flash to some, but America is still a nation that is divided when it comes to race relations and perceptions of who we are as a nation. The great diversity of cultures and races that has made America so exceptional in the past is now seen in a negative context to some. There are actually Americans that believe we should ban Muslims and feel that the Black Lives Matter organization is a terrorist group. I am not sure what America we live in today. So how exactly do we make America great again? No, I am not going there this week. So why does such a necessary initiative like affirmative action in education have such a negative connotation to so many? Through years of propaganda and false marketing, the American public has been lead to believe that affirmative action is all about taking away opportunities for white males and simply giving jobs to unqualified minorities and women. That certainly has not been the case, and although conservatives have attacked the practice of affirmative action for years,the Supreme Court has upheld raceconscious college admission practices as recently as 2016.. Affirmative action goes back to 1961 when in response to the civil rights movement, President John F. Kennedy created a Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity and issued Executive Order 10925, which used the term "affirmative action" to refer to measures designed to achieve non-discrimination. In 1965, President Johnson issued Executive Order 11246 requiring federal contractors to take affirmative action to ensure equality of employment opportunity without regard to race, religion and national origin. In 1968, gender was added to the protected categories. But the bigger and more obvious question is if there is still a need for affirmative action? In the past it was crystal clear that discrimination existed in hiring practices and educational opportunities despite dramatic Civil Rights victories like Brown v. Board of Education. Even after the passage of civil rights laws beginning in the 1960s, the road to equal opportunity for minorities and women was like climbing the rough side of mountain, and many programs Â… even affirmative action efforts generate very slow progress. But for affirmative action programs at major colleges around the country, many blacks would not have been admitted despite their academic credentials. After slavery ended, most African Americans attended predominantly black colleges, many established by churches and states as segregated institutions. A few went to predominantly white institutions, in which by 1954, about one percent of entering freshman were black. Only in the wake of affirmative action measures in the late 1960s and early 1970s did the percentage of black college students begin to climb steadily (in 1970, 7.8 percent of college students were black; in 1980, 9.1 percent; and in 1990, 11.3 percent). So there were many compelling arguments for affirmative action in the past. The only difference in present day society is the form of discrimination that exists. Today thereÂs still a lack of equality in government contractors, education, housing financing/loans and hiring practices. One would think that I would not have to convince minorities of the need for affirmative action, but the reality is that for some who are blind, they canÂt comprehend that all minorities have benefited from some sort of affirmative action program. And as African Americans fight to hold on to initiatives that attempt to provide a level playing field, the number of people who object to affirmative action programs continues to grow. With a Supreme Court that grows more conservative with every new appointment and a White House being led by a man that isnÂt afraid to use race politics and fear to appease his base, programs like affirmative action are certainly doomed. Signing off from two floors beneath the glass ceiling, Reggie Fullwood byDr. Julianne Malveaux I've never met Alexandria OcasioCortez, a 28-year old New York activist, but I am surely looking forward to it. This giant-slayer of an organizer (she worked for Senator Bernie Sanders during the 2016 campaign) was out-spent, but certainly not out-worked, by her opponent, Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY). Crowley had served in Congress for ten terms and was the fourth-highest ranking Democrat in Congress, one who had openly coveted Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi's position as Minority Leader in Congress. He spent $1.5 million in his first primary race since 2004, while Ocasio-Cortez spent just a fraction of that. Congresswoman-elect Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (wow! It feels good to type that, and she is a shoo-in because the district is mostly Democratic) won because, despite fewer funds and less name recognition, she had a ground game that did not quit. The day after her election, she told CNN that her team "knocked on doors that had never been knocked on, reaching voters who had been dismissed." Lacking money for the television ads Crowley spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on, Ocasio-Cortez used social media to get the word about her candidacy out. She didn't mind being sharply critical of Crowley, highlighting his disconnection from the New York district that includes parts of the Bronx and Queens, and focusing on the demographic mismatch between a 50 plus white man representing a district that is majority minority. OcasioCortez's hard work paid off Â… she had more than 57 percent of the vote, hardly a nailbiter. In some ways, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez sounds something like Stacey Abrams, the Democratic powerhouse who made history when she became the first-African American woman to win a primary party nomination for governor and in the South, at that. When Abrams first declared her candidacy she was met with skepticism, and especially from some in the Democratic Party establishment. But she had been registering some of the voters that the party had ignored, and if she can get about 100,000 more registered and voting, she has an excellent chance of being elected governor. Unfortunately, the national Democratic Party and some state parties have done a poor job of dealing with the nation's shifting demographics, and with the demand from younger, browner, and more focused voters to dispense with business as usual. In Washington State, for example, Tirzah Idahosa is a candidate for the 30th Senate District. The union member, volunteer lobbyist, former correctional officer and foster parent is a founder of Democrats for Diversity and Inclusion and a precinct captain. In a primary race with another Democrat, she tells me that she has been advised to "wait her turn" or to run for something "lesser" like the school board. Don't these mainstream Democrats get that advising folks to "wait their turn" is what is turning so many away from the polls? President Barack Obama didn't wait his turn when he was advised to, and he beat Hilary Clinton soundly and out of turn! Mainstream Democrats didn't get the Bernie memo, but Senator Bernie Sanders had a good night on Tuesday, June 25. Not only did he have the Ocasio-Cortez victory to savor, but another of his acolytes, former NAACP President Ben Jealous, won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Maryland. His opponent, Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker, was in many ways both the superior candidate and the one better poised to beat Republican governor Larry Hogan. But Jealous had the Bernie machine and the enthusiasm of younger people who saw Baker as "business as usual." In Boston, City Councilor Ayanna Pressley has challenged incumbent Representative Mike Capuano (D-Ma) for his congressional seat. Capuano has used the power of his incumbency to persuade members of the Congressional Black Caucus, including civil rights icon, Congressman John Lewis, to support him, a colleague, instead of Councilor Pressley. If some of the CBC representatives spent time with Ayanna Pressley, they'd like her and wish they had someone with her passion as a colleague. But Capuano thinks his seniority (he has only been in office 5 years) should be persuasive and dismissed Pressley's candidacy by telling the Boston Globe "if we decide to send junior people, good luck." His rank will yield his a key subcommittee chairmanship in Congress if Democrats can take the House back. Or, if Democrats can win the house, it will put Pressley in line to be a committee chair just a few years from now. Capuano forgets that demographics have shifted in his Congressional district, which is now majority-minority. He also ignores that fact that not so long ago he, too, was a junior person in Congress. Younger, more progressive Democrats like Ocasio-Cortez and Pressley aren't trying to "wait their turn," they are trying to turn our country around. The Democratic Party ought to look at these candidacies as a second wake-up call. The first happened when Senator Bernie Sanders nearly beat Senator Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination and lit a fire among young change agents that won't be contained by the power of incumbency or the condescending rhetoric that folks should "wait their turn."Julianne Malveaux is an author and economist. Her latest book ÂAre We Better Off? Race, Obama and Public PolicyÂŽ is available via www.amazon.com for booking, wholesale inquiries or for more info visit www.juliannemalveaux.com Inhumane Immigration Policy is an Inapt Solution to an Imaginary CrisisÂ The facts set forth before the Court portray reactive governance -responses to address a chaotic circumstance of the Government's own making. They belie measured and ordered governance, which is central to the concept of due process enshrined in our Constitution. This is particularly so in the treatment of migrants, many of whom are asylum seekers and small children ÂŽ. -U.S. District Judge Dana M. Sabrow, June 26, 2018 The images of weeping children housed in chain-link cages has horrified the nation. The Trump AdministrationÂs Âzero toleranceÂŽ policy of imprisoning asylum seekers and wrenching families apart has proved so toxic that it has been forced to abandon it Â… at least officially Â… and has been ordered to reunite those already separated. Meanwhile, the House of Representatives failed to pass a broad immigration bill that would have addressed family separations at the border and the status of Dreamers Â… another Âchaotic circumstance of the GovernmentÂs own makingÂŽ resulting from cancellation of the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. ItÂs hard to imagine what kind of crisis would justify the trauma being inflicted on refugee families and Dreamers. But the fact is, there is no crisis. Illegal crossings of the southern border have steadily declined over the last decade, last year reaching its lowest level in nearly 50 years. Writing in The Atlantic, City University of New York Professor Peter Beinart points out that, despite a slight uptick this year, drastically falling birth rates in Mexico mean there simply is a far smaller pool of potential migrants. A higher percentage of those crossing the southern border now are fleeing violence-plagued Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. It is these refugees who make up the overwhelming majority of children who have been separated from their parents. What effect do these illegal border crossings have on American society, that such drastic measures should be taken in response? Claims of an immigrant-fueled crime wave are blatantly false. According to a study by the National Academy of Sciences, "Immigrants are in fact much less likely to commit crime than natives, and the presence of large numbers of immigrants seems to lower crime rates." The study added that "This disparity also holds for young men most likely to be undocumented immigrants: Mexican, Salvadoran, and Guatemalan men." The study concluded, "Today, the belief that immigrants are more likely to commit crimes is perpetuated by Âissue entrepreneursÂ who promote the immigrant-crime connection in order to drive restrictionist immigration policy." What of the economic effects of immigration? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last year found that refugees brought in $63 billion more in government revenues over the past decade than they cost. The Trump Administration rejected the findings. With falling rates of illegal border crossings, relatively low crime rates among immigrant communities and a net positive economic benefit from refugees, what could possibly be fueling the AdministrationÂs brutal crackdown on immigrants? One clue may lie in the fact that negative views about immigrants was a significant factor in determining how people voted in the Presidential election. The so-called immigration crisis is a classic case of inventing a disease in order to sell the cure. But instead of losing a few dollars to gain a bottle of useless snake oil, we are losing our soul as a nation and gaining the destructive force of fear. 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July 5-11, 2018 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 5 KNOX NAMED CoSIDA PRESIDENT: NATIONAL HARBOR, MARYLAND Rob Knox a Lincoln (Pa.) University graduate who also served stints in sports information at his alma mater and at Coppin State University, ascended to the position of president of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) during the organization's annual meeting last week here just outside of Washington, D.C. Knox, who now serves as Athletic Media Relations Associate Director at Towson University took the gavel from outgoing CoSIDA President Rob Carolla last Friday. Carolla is the Director of Communications at College Football's 150th Anniversary and will transition to Past President as he completes his An award-winning communications professional, Knox brings over 15 years of media experience to his new role. A 1996 Lincoln graduate, Knox is one of the most nications professionals in the country. He will serve as the 64th president of CoSIDA for a dent during this past academic year. He becomes the second HBCU alum and second African-American president in the history of the organization. Knox is the third ethnic minority to serve in the CoSIDA presidency, following Bob Smith (Rutgers,1987-88) and African-American president of CoSIDA since 1987. Smith is also an alum of Lincoln (Pa). He and Knox are also members of Lincoln's Athletics Hall of Fame. A native of Chester, Pennsylvania, Knox was inducted into The Lincoln University Athletic Hall of Fame in September 2015. "It's a tremendous blessing to serve as CoSIDA's president for the 2018-19 academic year. I am standing on the shoulders of giants as I transition into this prestigious role," noted Knox. "I want to thank Towson for its support of me in this esteemed leadership position. It is a humbling honor to represent our dedicated, talented and wonderful professionals who have a passion for communicating the story of intercollegiate athletics. while building off of the foundation established by our illustrious past presidents, we will continue the tremendous work of empowering, educating and advocating for our membership during this challenging evolution in our profession." Knox graduated from the distinguished NCAA Leadership Institute and completed the NCAA's Effective Facilitation Workshop training program in 2016. He was honored in October 2017 with the Lincoln Alumni Service Award. He also received a community service award from his hometown of Chester in May 2018. He served as Lincoln's Sports Information Director from 2004-09 helping the program with its transition from Division III to Division II by assisting campus administrators with preparing information packets. a sportswriter for Delaware County Daily Times. Before arriving at Towson, Knox worked at nearby Coppin State and for ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut as a Statistics Manager in the Statistics & Analysis department for two years. As a student, Knox earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in journalism and was the public address announcer of the Lincoln men's and women's basketball teams where he earned the name, "the voice of Lincoln." He also had a weekly sports show on LincolnÂs student radio station, WLIU. Knox was also a tour guide, student leader and a resident advisor. Â’TEXAS SOUTHERN HIRES JONES; KNOX TO LEAD CoSIDA; CIAA GETS COORDINATORS AZEEZ Communications, Inc. Vol. XXIV, No. 49 WHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTSUNDER THE BANNERNEW MEN AT THE TOP Morehouse Sports PhotoWALKER: SIAC player of the year at Morehouse one of four HBCU players on NBA Summer League rosters.FOR THE WEEK O F JUL Y 3 9, 2018 KNOX: Becomes second HBCU alum and AfricanAmerican president of SID organization. Towson Sports PhotoHBCU stars on 2018 NBA Summer League teams Look for four former outstanding HBCU hoopsters on NBA summer league teams as play begins this week. Zach Lofton the 2017 SWAC Player of the Year at Texas Southern former Morgan State standouts Tiwian Kendley and Phillip Carr and Morehouse 2018 SIAC Player of the year Tyrius Walker have impressed NBA brass enough in tryouts to earn summer league roster spots. Lofton, who played at five college programs before finishing his career this season at New Mexico State, signed with the Detroit Pistons after not being selected in last weekÂs NBA Draft. He played at San Jacinto Junior College before playing at Illinois State. He had a short stint at Minnesota but did not play there before playing his final two seasons at TSU and New Mexico State. He was a double-figure scorer at each stop, averaging 16.7 points in the 2016-17 season playing for Mike Davis at TSU while earning the league's player of the year award. In his final year of college eligibility, he averaged a career-best 20.0 points at NMSU. The 6-4, 180pound combo guard shot 45.6% from the field and 38% (87 of 229) on 3-pointers this season. Kendley, a 6-5 shooting guard, and Carr, a 6-7 forward, formed a dynamic duo for head coach Todd Bozeman and both put together very nice careers. They were both scouted at the MEAC Tournament by Washington Wizards' executive Ed Tapscott and both were invited to tryout for the Wizards. Kendley is on the Wizards' summer league roster while Carr appears on the roster of the Philadelphia 76ers. Kendley, who missed the first ten games of the 2017-18 season, finished the year averaging 26.1 points per game. That figure would have been tops in the MEAC and second in the nation to Oklahoma's Trae Young had Kendley played in the requisite number of games. In his two years with the Bears, Kendley became the fastest Morgan State player to reach 1,000 career points in MSU's Division I history, finishing with 1,032 points in just 44 career games. Kendley reached double figures in all 44 games at Morgan State, including 20-plus in 30 games and reached 30 points or more seven times. An All-MEAC first team selection during his senior campaign and preseason player of the year pick, Carr became one of only seven players in Morgan State history to score over 1,000 points and grab over 700 rebounds. He became the 19th member of MSU's 1,000point club, scoring 1,165 points in 87 games and ranks sixth on the school's charts with 741 career rebounds, totals that he accumulated in just three seasons. Walker, who finished his career at Morehouse this season leading the Maroon Tigers to a 25-3 record, signed a contract to play on the New York KnicksÂ summer league team. The squad opens play July 7 when they take on the Atlanta Hawks. Walker recently had a tryout with the Knicks, where former Morehouse basketball great Harold Ellis is the director of player personnel, and is on the summer league roster. Walker finished his Morehouse career with a slew of awards, including being named the Stewart GreenwoodSouthern Intercollegiate Athletic ConferenceÂs Player of the Year, NABC All American, Division II All-South Region team, and AllDistrict first team. Walker led the SIAC in scoring (22.8 points per game) and steals, and was ranked in the Top 10 in 3-point shooting, free throw percentage, assists, and assist-to-turnover ratio.Holloman named interim AD at Fort Valley State FORT VALLEY, GA Â„ Anthony Holloman Fort Valley State University vice president for advancement, will assume the additional role of interim athletics director effective immediately. Holloman succeeds Dr. Darryl Pope who had served as AD since August, 2016. In this role, Holloman will focus on growwhile continuing to increase operational effectiveness in the division. He will also implement additional focus on student services. dual role, having served as athletics director at Tuskegee University in addition to senior advancement positions at a variety of colleges including Tuskegee Jackson State University Stillman College South Carolina State University Tennessee State University North Carolina A&T State University Johnson C. Smith University and Wiley College Holloman has a master's degree in sports administration and previously coached teams in track, football, and basketball. Under his leadership, fundraising for the university has increased by more than sixty percent.CIAA gets new basketball officials coordinators Charlotte, NC Â… The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) has named Taiqua Stewart and Reggie Greenwood as Coordinators of Basketball Officials for the conference. Stewart assumes the Women's Basketball Coordinator of Officials position with over 20 years of officiating experience while Greenwood beings over 37 years of experience officiating and supervising as Men's Basketball Coordinator of Officials. "The CIAA is honored and fortunate to have Ms. Stewart and Mr. Greenwood back home to build on the legacy and foundation of Mr. James T. Burch ," said CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams "We have secured two individuals who are highly respected nationally, regionally and locally in the basketball officiating community. We look forward to the passion they bring to recruit, train, and retain some of the best officials in the country and the CIAA." Stewart is a former NCAA Division I, II, and III official, having called games in nearly a dozen conferences including the CIAA, Big South Conference, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). In 2006, she was selected to officiate the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, Final Four, and National Championship Games. Most recently, Stewart has served as the Coordinator of Women's Basketball Officials for the MEAC and as a NCAA Regional Evaluator. Greenwood began his officiating career in 1981 and is no stranger to the CIAA, having worked 15 CIAA Basketball Tournaments from 1994-2009. In 2011, he was inducted in to the CIAA Basketball Officials Hall of Fame. Greenwood has spent 20 years officiating at the Division I level including working the NCAA Tournament for 12 years. His background includes over 30-years of on-court officiating experience. In 2009, Greenwood was named the Supervisor of Officials for the Ivy League and the Patriot League and deals with more than 120 basketball officials between the two leagues. From 2011-2014, he also served as the Supervisor of Officials for the Atlantic Ten Conference.Facility upgrades at three HBCU stadiums Florida A&M University (FAMU), Norfolk State University (NSU) and Clark Atlanta University (CAU) have announced facility upgrades entering the 2018-19 athletics season. FAMU has announced that it is installing Astroturf in Bragg Memorial Stadium in time for the September 1 home opener against Fort Valley State Fellow MEAC member Norfolk State has announced that contractor R.A.D. Sports will install a new top-of-the-line artificial turf field at William "Dick" Price Stadium for the 2018 football season. The current scoreboard at the CAU Panther Stadium will be coming down and a new, stateof-the-art video board will be erected in its place. The LED video screen is 27 x 42 feet with a versatile display that can be configured as a scoreboard or as a complete video board. At FAMU, the turf being installed in Bragg Stadium is the same that is currently installed at Boston College, Oklahoma State and Camping World Stadium in Orlando, to name a few venues. In addition to the new turf surface at NSU, a new drainage system for the stadium will be put in place during construction. Electrical and data conduits will also be placed underneath the field. Spike Zone Pro 1.75ÂŽ with Envirofill infill, a hybrid turf product from Shaw Sports Turf, will be installed during construction. The video board is just one of the more than 30 facility improvements across the CAU athletics landscape. L.S. Epps Gymnasium has a new floor, bleachers, new, weight room, team room and locker rooms. Coming up will be the resurfacing of the track surrounding the CAU Panther Stadium football field; upgrades to the adjacent Lady Panthers softball field; enhancements of the football locker room, along with a new weight room. New brick and iron fencing around the stadium is also scheduled, as is a new entry way design for the stadium.BCSP Notes HOUSTON Texas Southern basketball coach to continue its dominance in the Southwestern Athletic Conference The school announced last Wednesday that Johnny Jones, the former head coach at LSU of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), will be the man to replace Mike Davis who departed TSU after six years to become the new head coach at Detroit Mercy. Davis, who led the Tigers to four regular season, SWAC Tournament titles and NCAA Tournament berths in six years, had been the head coach at Indiana of the Big Ten, replacing coaching legend Bobby Knight, before becoming head coach at Alabama-Birmhingham. Administrators at TSU hope Jones can be just as successful. Prior to arriving at Texas Southern, Jones served as associate head coach at the University LSU where he compiled a 90-72 record. LSU hired Jones after a successful 11-year run at North Texas where he took the Mean Green Jones new Texas Southern hoops coachto two NCAA tournaments while compiling a 190-146 overall record. In his lone year at Nevada, Jones helped guide the program to a Sweet Sixteen appearance in the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. "I can't tell you how excited I am to be here today and be the 15th head basketball coach at Texas Southern University," said Jones in his opening remarks. He went on to speak about the challenges that come with the success TSU has had and how TSU Athletics Director Dr. Charles McClelland and President Dr. Austin Lane impressed that upon him. "Those guys really grilled me and acted like they had never seen my resume when we had an opportunity to sit down and talk," Jones said. "But I think because of the seriousness of this program and what they were looking for going forward, they wanted to make sure I understood that. And I think I was able to articulate that I had a great understanding of what this program is about." During a 17 year career in which he has amassed a 295-234 overall mark, Jones also spent one year as interim head coach at Memphis where his team went 15-16 prior to him taking the head coaching job at North Texas. Jones played at LSU from 1980-84 and was an assistant coach under Dale Brown for a total of 13 seasons. His 90 victories at the university was the most of any coach at he concluded his career there as the fourth-winningest coach in the programs' storied history.INTO THE FIRE: Former LSU head coach Johnny Jones was announced last Wednesday as the new head basketball coach at Texas Southern, replacing successful former TSU head coach Mke Davis who left to take over at Detroit Mercy. Jones is a 17-year coaching veteran with a 295-234 record as a head coach. Texas Southern Sports Photo Lofton Kendley Carr
Mount Sinai Hosts Historical Civil Rights Bus TourMount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, 2036 Silver Street will sponsor a Historical Civil rights tour July 9th 15th. Travel from Jacksonville to Selma, Montgomery and Birmingham, AL to Memphis, TN and New Orleans, LA by luxury coach. Visit the National Civil Rights Museum, shopping, tours and more! Pastor Reverend R. L. Gundy and congregation are waiting on your call to ride with them on this historical tour. For more details call the church office at (904) 354-7249.Greater El-Beth-El Divine Holiness Church Community Come Together Day CelebrationThe Greater El-Beth-El Divine Holiness Church and El-Beth-El Development Center invites the community to their ÂCommunity Come Together Day Celebration: We Can Do Better Together,ÂŽ Sunday July 15th, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The church is asking for 50 men dressed in black and white and 50 women dressed in white to show unity. As crime peaks, the church is asking that everyone work together! Morning speaker is the Reverend Emanuel C. Quinones, pastor of House of Hope Fellowship Church and evening speaker is Gary Thomas, president of Martin Luther King Foundation. The church is located at 723 W. 4th Street. For further info contact Bishop Lorenzo Hall Sr. at (904) 710-1586 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.Mt. Olive Summer BazaarMt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church Summer Bazaar will be held Saturday, July 7th from 9 a.m. 3 p.m. Enjoy a day of fun, food, games and give-aways. Bring the entire family and enjoy food, fun and excitement for all! The church is under the leadership of Pastor Lee Harris and located at 1913 N. Myrtle Avenue. For more info contact the church office at (904) 3550015.Southside Church of God in Christ PastorÂs AnniversaryCelebrate Southside Church of God in Christ PastorÂs Anniversary recognizing Bishop Edward Robinson and Lady Cynthia Robinson 39 years in Ministry, July 19th 21st at 7:30 p.m. This yearÂs theme is "A Pastor after God's Own Heart.ÂŽ Enjoy the BishopÂs famous BBQ, fellowship with friends, family and the congregation. All activities will take place at Southside Church of God in Christ is located at 2179 Emerson St. To preorder your dinner and for more information call (904) 398 1625.Musical Extravaganza Honoring Reverend Mary F. DavisAttend the musical extravaganza honoring Greater New Hope A.M.E. Church Pastor Mary F. Davis, Sunday, July 8th at 5 p.m. Guest artist include Pastor Alexie R. Kelly and the Worshipers and Sabrina Denmark Walker. Greater New Hope A.M.E. Church is located at 2708 N. Davis St. For more info contact the church office at (904) 356-2121.OTICE:Church news is published free of charge. Information must be received in our office 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. Page 6 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press July 5 11, 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 ÂMiracle at MiddayÂŽ 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 There are a lot of times that you hear people give credit to other people for their successes. It might be a coach, a teacher, a parent or just a friend who not only believed in them, but also, pushed them, encouraged them, would not accept their overtures of failure. These people were always the foundation that allowed their ideas to flourish, their goals to seem reachable and their potential to be realized. One tends to hear about these special folk at awards ceremonies, usually when trophies are handed out. I come to you now asking the question, what event needs to take place where you choose to acknowledge God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit for your successes of the day? Do you need a special time and place to acknowledge the only reason youÂre here today is because the Lord saw you through? Is there a special outfit youÂve been saving to show the best side of you to those who might be wondering how in the heaven did you, of all people, reach that certain pinnacle? How did you even survive the b.s. you got yourself into and then seemingly miraculously got out of? IÂm a cancer survivor, and believe me I had absolutely nothing to do with still being here so many years after the initial diagnosis. How have you or someone you know survived this long with their disease, addiction, affliction, broken heart or devastated spirit? And when he or she may have succumbed, you knew they were indeed in a better place in the best hands possible. WhereÂs the ceremony to shine and let the world know, you could not have done it, you could not have gotten through it, without that special someone who was always there encouraging you, holding you up, feeding you the breath of life, whispering to your spirit that things would indeed be alright? Like the little engine who could, one thing led to another and even you started to believe ÂI think I can.ÂŽ If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and smells like a duck, then guess what. ItÂs testimony. That means you. No pomp. No circumstance. That thing between you and God needs no reward, no trophies no glitz, no glamour. But there is a price to be paid. You got to tell somebody about the greatness and the goodness of God. ÂGo to your house, to your friends and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you.ÂŽ Â„ Mark 5: 19. I am just making a point that the only thing God requires for the blessings He bestows upon us is to share the good news with others. We are compelled to do so. We donÂt have to dress up, make a speech, have a party. We simply just need to testify as we go through the lives we lead that it is by His grace, by His unconditional love that we endure. We live and breathe. We are because He is. Share your salvation with someone you know. Let them know it was never about you being good, talented, strong, determined or focused. If the truth be told you were scared, worried and afraid to admit that to anyone. But God got you through it and He deserves all the credit in this world and the next. Your life is a living testament to His greatness. ÂÂƒFor by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.ÂŽ Â„ Ephesians 2: 8. May God bless and keep you always. Let Life be a Testament to God's Goodness 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 Mega church Crenshaw Christian Center Pastor Fred Price Jr. returned to the helm of the church on Sunday July 1, 2018 a year after stepping down over "serious personal misjudgments."Pastor Fred Price Jr. Returns to Pulpit, Says He is 'o Longer Sleeping in the Valley of the Shadow of Death' More than a year after he left his pulpit due to "serious personal misjudgments," Pastor Fred Price Jr. of the Crenshaw Christian Center in Los Angeles returned to his teaching duties Sunday, declaring that he is no longer "sleeping in the valley of the shadow of death" and thanking his church for not "needing to know all of the details." "I really want to say thank you to those that have stood with me and stood by me and those that have interceded, those that have stood in the gap. You didn't know much. You just knew that I was away and I appreciate you not needing to know all of the details. Just know I've pretty much been sleeping in the valley of the shadow of death and well I'm no longer there," Price said to congregants during a worship service that was broadcast on Facebook Live. Price shocked his congregation last June when he announced that he would be stepping down from ministry due to "serious personal misjudgments" without elaborating on what the "misjudgments" were. "I have struggled with and am correcting and making amends for serious personal misjudgments which have affected my life and my family and which I deeply regret. I have betrayed the trust of God, my family and you my church, and for that I am so sorry. Therefore, I'm gonna step down as pastor at this time," he said at the time. The announcement had come just over eight years after his father, Dr. Frederick K.C. Price, handed over the reins of the megachurch to him in 2009. Lynne Williams, CCC's pastoral executive assistant, told The Christian Post last week that a part of Price's restorative process included him and his wife, Angel, and children attending services weekly during the time he was not in the pulpit and taking time to mend his strained family life which resulted from his personal "misjudgments." With his return on Sunday, his mother, Betty Price, said, "And now my beloved son in whom I am well pleased," in a nod to Matthew 3:17 as he walked onto the stage holding his wife's hand in a show of unity. "Good morning Crenshaw Christian Center. We are so excited to be back. We love you guys and we just want to thank you for all the love that you have shown us. And we are home," Angel Price declared. "I'll say ditto to what my wife said, what my sister said. What my mother said," Pastor Price told the audience before leading his wife to her seat and parting with a kiss. Price further explained that he was also humbled by the church that would allow him to preach to them despite the year he had. "I haven't taught the Word in 13 months but I've been teaching sermons in my head every day for the past year," he said. "Once again, I just want to say thank you to all of you. Truly, I have felt in a tangible way, I have felt your love. I have felt your care and I have felt your concern. And it means the world to me that you still are OK with seeing me in this position."
Members of The Jacksonville (FL) and Bold City (FL) Chapters of The Links, Incorporated joined thousands of their sisters from around the globe in Indianapolis, IN, last week for their 41st National Assembly. The Links Incorporated is an an international service organization comprised of professional women of color. The Assembly kicked off with a Community Health and Safety Fair that provided free dental screenings, water and bike safety sessions and accident prevention tips for the elderly among other activities. ÂAs a volunteer service organization, we wish to leave a piece of our legacy in every community that we touch,ÂŽ said immediate past national president Dr. Glenda NewellÂ…Harris. Throughout the week members attended workshops and panel discussions designed to further enhance the efforts of the nearly 15,000 members globally. The theme for this yearÂs assembly was ÂLinking our Legacy, Owning our Future.ÂŽ The LinksÂ motto is ÂLinked in Friendship, Connected in ServiceÂŽ and as one of the nationÂs oldest and largest volunteer organizations, the group does just that. ÂOur sisters provide more that one million documented hours of community service each year,ÂŽ said Jacksonville (FL) Chapter President Kenyonn Demps. ÂWe energetically infuse our time, talent and treasure domestically as well as in areas like Jamaica where we have invested significantly in schools. We also interject fun events designed to increase bonding and friendship.Who could ask for more!ÂŽ July 5 11, 2018 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 7 DARRYL R. JACKSON, C.P.A., P.A. 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The annual awards recognize individuals who have made exemplary contributions to FloridaÂs traditional culture. Folk heritages includes a wide range of creative forms such as arts and crafts, dance, language, music and ritual. These cultural traditions are transmitted in various ways and shared within community, ethnic, occupational, religious and regional groups. Nominees should be individuals whose art or advocacy has embodied the best of traditional culture in their communities. Nominations should describe the accomplishments and background of the nominee, and explain why he or she deserves statewide recognition for preserving a significant facet of the stateÂs cultural heritage. Supporting materials such as photographs, slides, audio-visual samples and letters will assist the stateÂs Florida Folklife Council in evaluating nominees. Each nomination also requires at least two letters of support from community members, colleagues, peers, cultural specialists or any other individuals who can confirm the details of the nomination and attest to the nominee's qualifications. Award recipients will be announced in January 2019. Nominations must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2018 and mailed to: Florida Folklife Program, Bureau of Historic Preservation, 500 South Bronough Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0250. Nominations can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Florida Folk Heritage Awards or the Florida Folklife Program, contact State Folklorist Amanda Hardeman at 850.245.6427. For guidelines and other information, visit www.flheritage.com/preservation/floridafolklife-program/folk-heritageawards/. ominations Sought for Florida Folk Heritage Awards Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville recently partnered with Feeding Northeast Florida, a hunger relief organization and food bank to combat local hunger needs. The partnership entails Feeding Northeast Florida providing nutritional food items each week, providing further supports Ronald McDonald House Charities of JacksonvilleÂs health and wellness program. Each year, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville supports the health and wellbeing of more than 1,000 families of critically ill children seeking care at local medical treatment facilities. Families are provided three nutritious meals, including a home cooked dinner every day of the week. With an estimated 283,000 people in Northeast Florida relying on area food pantries and charitable organizations for food assistance each year, a number that has not changed much since the 2008 recession Â… FNEFLÂs mission is even more critical today. To learn more about Feeding Northeast Florida, visit www.feedingnefl.org. Shown (l-r) Jack Corey (Driver, Feeding ortheast Florida), Vernetta Stewart, (Chef/Kitchen Manager, Ronald McDonald House Charities) and Rafael Febus (Driver, Feeding ortheast Florida) following the first delivery of the new community partnership.on-profits Join Forces to Help Battle Hunger eeds Dear Rusty: I would like to ask for your help again for my son (age 61) who has been battling throat cancer for about six months and had to have his voice box and larynx removed so is unable to speak. He is a handyman, so it is difficult to communicate with customers or potential customers. One of the medical people suggested he sign up to get help from Social Security so he tried communicating with them on the computer but couldnÂt get through to someone who could help him. He tried the local office and there were over 100 people waiting! We have been helping him financially, but he doesn't like taking aid from us. You answered my questions before in a few days that I had been trying to get done with others for over 3 months, so I was really impressed! Consequently, I thought of you when thinking about my sonÂs medical problems, and the difficulty communicating with Social Security. Any advice or assistance you can offer will be greatly appreciated. Signed: Concerned Father Dear Concerned Father: IÂm sorry to hear of your sonÂs battle with throat cancer, and I'm happy to help however I can. From what you've described to me and assuming your son has worked in Social Security covered work long enough, he should apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits because he is unable to work in his trade due to his throat cancer and permanent vocal disability. Since heÂs lost his ability to speak your son can apply for SSDI benefits online, and the best place to start is at this link. This will take him to a "disability starter kit" which includes a checklist of information your son will need to have available to complete the online application (including and especially his medical information) as well as a link to fill out and submit the application online. When starting the online application, he'll be given a "reentry" number, so he can start/stop and re-enter as many times as necessary before finally submitting the application. Once the application is received by Social Security they will review it and notify him either by mail, electronically or by phone to arrange an interview. On the application, your son should specify that he is unable to speak and request an in-person interview. When submitting the application, be sure to use a phone number for someone who can speak with the SSA agency representative and explain your son's situation that he needs an appointment for an in-person interview. Don't be discouraged if the application is at first denied, because about 2/3rds of all initial applications are. If initially denied, appeal the decision immediately, multiple times if necessary, including appealing to an independent Administrative Law Judge. You may even want to consider engaging an attorney who specializes in SSDI cases. SSDI attorneyÂs fees are governed by Federal law so they cannot charge you a fee (except a small administrative fee) unless they win the disability case, and even then, their fees are limited to only a portion of any back SSDI benefits they are able to secure for you. To find an SSDI attorney in your area, do a Google search for "SSDI Attorneys in my area." By using the online process your son can submit the disability application and get the process started without needing to speak to anyone at Social Security, and he can also have someone accompany and represent him with Social Security, if needed. Finally, depending upon your sonÂs financial situation, he may also be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSI provides financial assistance for disabled people with few assets and low income. ASKRUSTY Social Security Q&A Benefits for an Disabled Adult Son Shown are members of local Jacksonville area LinksÂ Chapters in attendance: (L-R) Melissa Adama, Dr. Elizabeth Yates, Kenyonn Demps, Sylvia Perry, Pam Prier, Terri Stepter, Ruth Waters and Lisa Moore.Local Links Convene in Indy for Annual Confab WWII Veteran Becomes an Officer 76 Years After Being Denied An African American man who was denied officer status in the U.S. Army was commissioned as a second lieutenant on Friday Â„ 76 years later. John Edward James Jr., 98, completed his officer training in 1942 but was denied his bars because of his race, WHYY-FM reported. James attended officer candidate school at Fort Benning, Georgia, but the day before he was to receive his commission, he was told him he wouldnÂt be made an officer and was being transferred. It was common during World War II for black soldiers to be denied commissions if they were to be assigned to a predominantly white unit. At the time, it was against Army regulations for white soldiers to be subordinate to blacks. James spent the war as a corporal, serving as a typist with a quartermaster battalion supplying frontline combat units in North Africa and Italy for three years. After the war, he married and worked for the post office. He never told his children about being a non-commissioned Army officer until his daughter, Marion Teresa Lane, discovered his class photo from Fort Benning, WHYY said. He told her to throw it away. But she said, ÂTenacity is my middle name,ÂŽ and began working through the red tape to get her father commissioned, including have her application denied multiple times by the Army Review Board for insufficient evidence. Some of her fatherÂs records were destroyed in a fire. Finally, with the help of Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, JamesÂ commission was secured. ÂAlthough not awarded the commission owed to him, he bravely rose to face one of our most challenging times in history,ÂŽ said Casey. ÂHe was denied recognition of his service to his country simply because of his race, because of the color of his skin.ÂŽ John Edward James Jr. attended officer candidate school at Fort Benning, Ga.
Comedian Rod ManRod Man past winner of "Last Comic Standing," and was featured in BET's "One Mic Stand," will take the stage July 5th 8th, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows at the Comedy Zone located at 3130 Hartley Rd. For tickets and more info visit www.comedyzone.com.Jaguars Job FairThe Jacksonville Jaguars job fair will take place July 8th 9th at TIAA Bank Field, One TIAA Dr. Held by the guest services department, the event will help the team and its stadium partners fill more than 1,000 part-time positions for 2018 home games and other events. Free parking in lots C and D. For more info visit www.jaguars.comSmart Couples Relationship WorkshopSmart Couples Relationship Skills Workshops are scheduled for July 12th, 19th, 26th from 6 8:30 p.m. at the UF/IFAS Extension Duval County Office, 1010 N. McDuff Ave. Enjoy food, fun, gift cards and workshop entitled: ÂBefore You Tie the Knot: Premarital Workshop.ÂŽ To register and for more info visit www.smartcouples.org.P.R.I.D.E. Book Club MeetingThe next People Reading for Inspiration Discussion and Enjoyment (P.R.I.D.E.) is scheduled for Friday, July 13th at 7 p.m. The host is Gwen Lee Green, 1658 Lauder Avenue. Book for discussion is ÂSing, Unburied, SingÂŽ by Jesmyn Ward. For additional information contact Felice Franklin at (904) 389-8417.Edith Marie Cancer Foundation GalaThe 2nd annual Edith Marie Cancer Foundation Fundraising Gala, will be on Saturday, July 14th, 7 p.m. 11 p.m. at Queens Harbor Yacht and Country Club located at 1311 Queens Harbor Blvd. Enjoy catered cuisine, live auction and entertainment celebrating the life of cancer patient Edith Marie Cooper. For more info call (904) 586-1958.Photography WorkshopLocal photographer Dave White of Through My Eyes Photography will present an ÂIntroduction to Nature PhotographyÂŽ Saturday, July 14th at 10 a.m. at Camp Chowenwaw County ParkÂs Kiwita Nature Center Cove, 1517 Ball Road, Green Cove Springs, Florida. Pre-registration required for the photography workshop. For more info call (904) 529-8058 ext. 3Angel M. Sumler Book SigningAngel M. Sumer author of the book, ÂThe Flight with GodÂŽ book signing is scheduled for Saturday, July 14th 5 7:30 p.m. at Gourmet Punch Family Cafe located at 4978 Soutel Dr., Suite 101. To register visit https://theflightwithgofbooksigning.evenbrite.com.Comedian Chris ReddComedian Chris Redd recently joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live." and will take the stage July 12-15th 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows at the Comedy Zone located at 3130 Hartley Rd. For tickets and more info visit www.comedyzone.com.MAZE is back!The ÂThis is ItÂŽ concert with Maze featuring Frankie Beverly and the Whispers, hosted by comedian Cheryl Underwood will be at the Times Union Center, 300 Water St., Saturday, July 14th at 7 p.m. For tickets visit www.ticketmaster.com.Press Club MeetingThe Northeast Florida Press Club July summer mixer is scheduled for Tuesday, July 17th, from 4:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. at the TPC Clubhouse, 110 Championship Way, Ponte Beach, FL. For more info call (904) 273-3235.Rutledge Pearson Post Office DedicationCong. Al Lawson will dedicate the Rutledge Pearson Post Office Building on Friday, July 20th at 10 a.m. Location is the United States Postal Office located at 1100 Kings Rd. For more info email Lawson.email@example.com. WFA MeetingThe WomenÂs Food Alliance next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 24th, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Casa Marina Hotel located at 691 1st Street North, Jacksonville Beach, FL. To become a member and for more info visit www.WomensFoodAlliance.com.Cirque du SoleilÂs ÂCorteoÂŽCirque du SoleilÂs ÂCorteo,Â A ugust 1st 5th, at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A. Phillip Randolph Blvd. Corteo is a festive parade imagined by a clownÂs world of fun, comedy and spontaneity in a mysterious space between heaven and earth. For more info visit www.ticketmaster.com.TSZ Back to School EventThe New Town Success Zone Back to School event will take place August 4th, 9 a.m. 1 p.m. at Edward Waters College Sports complex, 1859 Kings Rd. Over 60 vendors will provide immunization for children, physicals, vision, speech and hearing screenings, healthy snacks and more! For more info contact call (904) 470-8899.Lauryn Hill in ConcertSinger, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and actress Lauryn Hill in concert at DailyÂs Place, One Everbank Field, Thursday, August 2nd at 6:30 p.m. For tickets visit www.daileysplace.com.PAW Patrol Live PAW Patrol Live! ÂThe Great Pirate Adventure,ÂŽ August 1112, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Times-Union Center, 300 Water St. Join the Pups for a Pirate-Themed Mission! For tickets visit www.ticketmaster.com.Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd in concert!Dazed & Blazed Summer tour featuring hip hop superstars Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd will coheadline DailyÂs Place on Wednesday, August 15th at 6 p.m. The multi-platinum selling artists will be joined by hip hopper Lil Skies. For tickets visit www.dailysplace.com.Comedian Gary OwenCatch comedian Gary Owen at the Comedy Zone August 23rd 26th for two shows at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Gary recently released his new special, ÂI Got My AssociatesÂŽ on Showtime and starred in his own docuseries ÂThe Gary Owen ShowÂŽ on BET. The Comedy Zone is located at 3130 Hartley Rd. For more info visit www.comedyzone.com Stage Aurora Golf TournamentThe Stage Aurora 18th annual invitation golf tournament is scheduled for Saturday, August 25th for an 8 a.m. shotgun start for 18-Holes at Deerfield Lakes Golf Club, 54002 Deerfield Country Club Rd, Callahan, FL. Entry fee includes green fee, cart fee, lunch bar-b-que chicken and ribs, gift bags and door prizes. For more info contact Stage Aurora call (904) 765-7373.Marcus Garvey Family Culture WeekendThe 4th annual ÂMarcus GarveyÂŽ lecture by Dr. Jamil Toure. Featuring Sister Aat KaMaat Bey, Demetrius Senior and keynote speaker Queen Neith with musical guest include D.J. Outlaw, will be held on Sunday, August 19th 12 6:30 p.m. ItÂs a family culture weekend, with vendors focused on black love! Recreational activities bring your grills and chaise lounges, hosted by Masjid ElSalaam. For more info contact call (904) 359-0980CI Golf TournamentThe Northside Community Involvement 13th Annual Golf Tournament will be held August 25th at 7 a.m. at the Omni Resort located at 39 Beach Lagoon Rd, Amelia Island, FL. Meet new friends for a round of golf, food, fun and scholarship presentation. For more info call (904) 660-2157.A Symphonic Celebration of PrinceA Symphonic Celebration of ÂPRINCE,ÂŽ Curated, produced and directed by Ahmir ÂQuestloveÂŽ Thompson, featuring the Jacksonville Rock Symphony Orchestra is scheduled for Saturday, October 6th, at 8 p.m. at the Florida Theatre located at 128 E Forsyth St. For tickets and more info visit www.floridatheatre.com.Diavolo Fresh from its recent success as a top 10 finalist on NBCÂs AmericaÂs Got Talent, Diavolo will be bringing its acrobatics and architectural artistry to the Thrasher-Horne Center located at 283 College Dr, Orange Park. The national tour will stop in Orange Park on Friday, ovember 16th at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and more info visit www.thcenter.org.Monster Jam is back!Monster Jam will be back in Jax, Saturday, September 1st, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium, 300 A Philip Randolph Blvd. Enjoy customized high-powered vehicles and more! For tickets visit www.ticketmaster.comSee the Girls SummitGet ready for the 5th annual ÂSee the Girl SummitÂŽ taking place October 18th 19th. Attend workshops focused on creating safe spaces for difficult conversations. tFor tickets visit www.seethegirl.org/summit.Southern WomenÂs ShowThe Southern WomenÂs Show is back October 18th 21st at the Prime F. Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St. Shop, sample and share the fun while perusing boutiques, gourmet treats, health and beauty, fashion shows, top chefs, and celebrity guests. For more info visit www.southernshows.com/wja.Civic Cinema The Florida Theatre located at 128 E. Forsyth Street, new project ÂCivic CinemaÂŽ next screening is Tuesday, September 19th, 7 p.m. featuring the movie ÂPhiladelphia ÂŽ followed by a discussion on the state of LGBTQ rights and relations in Jacksonville. For free tickets and more info visit www.floridatheatre.com. QuiltFestQuilt Fest will take place September 20th 22nd, 10 a.m. at the Prime F. Osborn Convention Center located at 1000 Water St. For more info visit www.quiltfest.com.Throwback FestivalThe Throwback Festival is back featuring Cameo, Michelle, Klymaxx and Ruff Endz at the Morocco Shrine Grounds located at 3800 St. Johns Buff Rd, Saturday, September 22nd at 5 p.m. For tickets and more info visit www.throwbackconcert.com.Howie Mandel & Preacher Lawson ShowTwo amazing stars, one great night of comedy with Howie Mandel Live and Preacher Lawson at the Thrasher-Horne Center, 283 College Dr, Orange Park, on Saturday, September 29th at 8 p.m. For tickets visit www.THcenter.org.Sesame Street Live! You're invited on Elmo's amazing journey to discover the "power of yet" in Sesame Street Live!, Sunday, October 28th, at the Times-Union Center, 300 Water St. For tickets and more info visit www.ticketmaster.com. BBBSEFL Margarita Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida is bringing the island flare and fun of Duval Street in Key West for their annual Margarita JÂVille fundraiser event, Friday, November 9th, from 6 10 p.m. at Casa Marina Hotel, 2429 3rd St S. Come enjoy margaritas, island-inspired cuisine, live music, live and silent auctions, raffles and more! To learn more visit www.bbbsnefl.org/events/margaritajville. 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July 5 11, 2018 Page 9 Mrs. PerryÂs Free Press Get your Free Press on the go! Seach for us on Facebook at T h e J a c k s o n v i l l e F r e e P r e s s o r v i s i t u s o n t h e w e b a t w w w j a c k s o n v i l l e F r e e P r e s s c o mP P H H O O T T O O S S | | N N E E W W S S C C O O M M M M E E N N T T A A R R Y YStop by our offices located at Stop by our offices located at 1122 West Edgewood Avenue 1122 West Edgewood Avenue Jacksonville, Florida 32208 Jacksonville, Florida 32208 BGCEFL Representatives Rickie Simon Director of Community Relations, Fl player Jalen Ramsey and the BGCEF President of the Board of Governors Michael L. HuyghueJaguar Jalen Ramsey Donates $10K to Boys & Girls Clubby Jay Johnson It may not be December, but the Jacksonville Jaguars have continued to makes summer a season of giving throughout this month of June with various donations. Star cornerback Jalen Ramsey was the latest player from the Jags roster to do his part in the community, recently donating $10,000 to the Northeast Florida division of the Boys and Girls Club. Ramsey held a fundraising event at Topgolf of Jacksonville last weekend where he spoke on his memories of attending the Boys and Girls Club as a child, which looks to have played a key part in him helping their cause. ÂI grew up in the Boys and Girls Club and my dad and brother are still actively doing something for the Boys and Girls Club back home in Tennessee,ÂŽ Ramsey said. ÂSo IÂm taking after him (by growing) as a man not just on the field, but outside the field as well to not only make my family proud but the whole city of Jacksonville and Duval County proud.ÂŽ Rappers Using Milllions to Reinvest in Their Old eighborhoods by Daryl Nelson. ABS Rapper T.I. is on a mission, and it has to do with rebuilding his old neighborhood in the Center Hill section of Atlanta. In 2017 he started a real estate company called Buy Back the Block, and considering what heÂs accomplished already the name couldnÂt be any more fitting. In a recent interview, Tip said that heÂs partnered with fellow Atlanta rapper Killer Mike and bought the Bankhead Seafood building, a beloved eatery that closed earlier this year after five decades of being in business. On top of that, he purchased a number of lots in his old neighborhood and bought six buildings as well. So far Tip has spent over $2 million out of his own pocket, without any outside assistance and it seems heÂs just now getting started. ÂI grew up in the 1980s and Â90s in the Center Hill section of Atlanta, just off Bankhead Highway,ÂŽ he told Inc. ÂBack then that part of town was considered the lower end of the middle class. After the crack era the community stalled, and from 1994 to 2012 it became an extremely desolate area for business. ThereÂs no major grocery store chain, thereÂs no fresh produce, thereÂs no CVS, there are liquor stores.ÂŽ But the rapper said he doesnÂt want to improve the area then make it so expensive that people canÂt afford it. He wants to do the opposite, so those whoÂve always been there donÂt have to move. ÂNow, with the BeltLine and Mercedes-Benz Stadium a stoneÂs throw away, thereÂs an incentive to redevelop,ÂŽ T.I. explained. ÂBut I didnÂt want it to be one of those situations where luxury condos go up, and people who are native are pushed out to the fringes because they canÂt afford to live there. I wanted to provide development that would allow people from the area who love the community to be able to afford to stay.ÂŽ Tip also said heÂll turn a lot of the buildings that he purchased into Âmixed-useÂŽ housing, and itÂs possible that two of the properties will be ready by the close of 2019. One building will have over 100 units and the other will have less. In addition, the Grand Hustle founder is ensuring that housing costs are kept affordable, and heÂs doing other things like beautifying the neighborhood. ÂGreen spaces and gardens are incredibly important,ÂŽ said T.I. ÂWe want a movie theater, bowling, laser tag, stuff I didnÂt have. IÂm trying to build a community where the people within it can be proud. If theyÂre proud theyÂll have more of a sense of wanting to maintain it.ÂŽ ÂIÂd love to see children walk and play and live in green spaces,ÂŽ he added. ÂI want to see senior citizens excited about the next generation. The only way to do that is to invest. Why wait for someone else to come into a community where I went to elementary school, where I rode my bike and played?ÂŽ It seems a number of rappers share T.IÂs theory since others are investing in their neighborhoods too. Dr. Dre, for example, gave $10 million to build a performance arts center in his hometown of Compton, Calif. And Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle invested heavily in his Crenshaw neighborhood and opened Vector 90, a co-working space for young people, entrepreneurs and creatives of all types. The rapper Slim Thug has given back to his Houston community as well by launching Boss Life Construction, a company that builds quality, affordable homes in low-income neighborhoods. According to T.I, he doesnÂt want people in the Black community to equate success with escaping local problems, and heÂll try to be an example. ÂSo many times our answer to fixing things is ÂIÂm gonna make some money and leave all these people behind,'ÂŽ he stated. ÂThereÂs rarely an intent to get rich and make where you came from better for generations to come. ItÂs extremely ambitious, but IÂve worked myself to a place where I should be the one leading the charge. In my mind, thatÂs what it means to be king.ÂŽ Between East Atlanta and Kirkwood, new housing row aims to make colorful splash according to rapper T.I. (inset) Jimmie Walker, who played J.J. on the Â70s sitcom ÂGood Times,ÂŽ sat down recently for a tell-all interview where he served up the scoop on antics that went on behind the scenes. The 71-year-old threw some serious shade at his former cast mates, John Amos, who played his father James Evans, Esther Rolle, who played his mother, Michael and Thelma played by Ralph Carter and Bern Nadette Stanis and JaÂNet DuBois, who played Willona. According to Walker, in real-life, the cast wasnÂt close at all and he didnÂt speak to his TV mother and father when they left the set. ÂI will honestly say, I donÂt remember ever speaking a word to Ester the whole time she was there,ÂŽ remembered Walker. ÂI think the same basically goes for John. We talk more now but very, very little. We were never friends, never talked. If you said at that time ÂCall Esther and ask her about [something],Â I wouldnÂt even have her number,ÂŽ he added.ÂŽ I couldnÂt have called John. I wouldnÂt have had his number Âƒ We never spoke to each other. Only on the set Âƒ We never did anything together.ÂŽ Walker also suggested that his former castmates werenÂt appreciative of being on a hit television series. ÂI think that they killed the goose that laid the golden egg,ÂŽ he stated. ÂThese people, anytime you said anything, they get crazy, they get upset. I said ÂThey donÂt get it, man.ÂÂŽ Walker revealed that Amos caused a lot of friction on the show because he thought it was beneath him. The actor was fired from ÂGood TimesÂŽ after the third season and the series went on without him. ÂJohn is a good actor, a solid actor,ÂŽ said Walker. ÂAnd I think it was just this show, this situation, that was against anything and everything he believed in. He never been a problem on any other show.ÂŽ As far as his TV brother Michael, played by Ralph Carter, Walker said he became disinterested in the show once he realized his role wouldnÂt be bigger, as Carter initially expected. Walker also believes Stanis, who played Thelma, failed to capitalize on her Âsex symbolÂŽ image. In fact, when Walker suggested to series creator Norman Lear and Amos that she do a pinup poster like actress Farrah Fawcett Â„ which sold millions of copies in the Â70s Â„ he got blasted for it. Norman Lear and John Amos came to me and said ÂHow dare you put our girl in a position like that?ÂŽ he recalled. ÂSheÂs not a h-e. You keep your illicit mind off of that and never bring that up again Âƒ They came down so hard on me.ÂŽ He then addressed DuBois and her Willona character and said that she complained to the writers a lot, mainly about her character not doing enough. So much so, they eventually expanded her role and thatÂs how the Penny character (Janet Jackson) was created. ÂWithout JaÂNet, I donÂt think Janet Jackson wouldÂve ever gotten on our show,ÂŽ said Walker. ÂBecause she laid out her side of whatever so much, that the writer said ÂWeÂve got to do something to get her off our backs.ÂÂŽ None of WalkerÂs former cast mates have responded to his interviewÂƒ.yet. Jimmie Walker Disses ÂGood TimesÂ Cast: ÂWe Were ever FriendsÂ Good Times cast with Jimmie Walker to the far right.
Page 10 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press July 5 11, 2018 ItÂs Publix. easy family dinner s n Â Âs t I t a s u j e r to s t o s n y n t a n a br e d n e r to s P Â It n a br e i bl P d n p ood e g o b s t a h h t ug o n e ood g y he e t k a M ood mi a f y as e x i bl u P d e l l a e c o b h t ner n i d y l Growing up in an era of segregation in Jacksonville, and being raised by parents who were sharecroppers, retired Professor Emeritus Dr. Annie B. Henry always believed in the African proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child." Because of her upbringing, she learned the values of sharing, giving and the power of education. Recently, Dr. Henry reunited with Edward Waters College (EWC), the school that she graduated from in 1964 and donated $8,000 to the sports program. Inspired by her love for helping young people, she began volunteering at her alma mater after meeting one of the schoolÂs coaches at a local gym. Dr. Henry also earned her Masters degree from FAMU and a Doctorate from Florida State University. She has traveled the world educating students on the importance and impact of black history, and spent a significant amount of time in the Virgin Islands and Bemidji, Minnesota. Through her volunteerism, she learned that many of the football players at EWC had dealt with gun violence. ÂThese killings left me with many questions and I did not want these young men to become another statistic,ÂŽ said Dr. Henry. ÂWe want them to be the best they can be and with excellent study habits and work ethics they can realize their dreams and goals.ÂŽ She added, ÂThese young men are now my nephews and IÂm auntie, together we will succeed. Cause I definitely canÂt take the money with me. And giving back to an HBCU is the right thing to do.ÂŽ One of her most prominent achievements was the introduction of Black History Month to Bemidji State University where she lived and worked as a professor for twenty-seven years. During her tenure, Dr. Henry created African American History events to educate the college and the community on black pride and success. She eventually created the Africa-American Scholarship program during her twenty-year tenure at the college from 1987 until 2007. Dr. Henry also penned the book, "The Girl from Jacksonville Who Dared to Dream, Hope and Believe." After returning to Jacksonville in 2014, she wrote her second book "Feeling like a Stranger in Your Hometown?ÂŽ Money from book sales was dedicated to the Dr. Annie B. Henry Scholarship fund. After calculating the funds from the scholarship account, Dr. Henry politely presented an $8,000 check to the EWC Sport department showing her commitment to Âthe village.ÂŽ Donor and alumni Dr. Annie B. 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