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Teens Shot While Paying Tribute,One Dies
It t \as thought to be a teen club so former Lee
High School ninth grader, Ken Townsend, 16, had
his mother to drop him off at the facility in the 8900
block of Lem Turner.
Hundreds of teens were there to pay respect to
S I Dejuan Graham, 15, who was shot and killed last
year on a Panama Park basketball court.
According to witness in the area, many at the party
were wearing T-shirts in memory of Dejuan Graham.
It was reported by observers that those entering the
club were searched by the security guard.
Ken "Bo" Townsend, 16, mur- It was further reported that a fight broke out in the
Ken "Bo" Townsend, 16, mur-
dered Sunday club and moved out to the parking lot. A witness
said he heard about nine'shots and observed about 80
teens running from the building. According to Townsend's. mother, her son had
nothing to do with the fight and was shot in the back of the head. She said, accord-
ing to reports, he was normally a "homebody" and did his best to keep people out
The second teen shot, was sixteen and was shot in the shoulder. He has been
released from the hospital. So far, no one has been charged for the murder.
Woman's Hair Weave Saves Her Life
A Kansas City, Missouri woman was in her car at a market on Wednesday when a
man came up to her to tell her that her boyfriend still loves her. She told the man,
"I don't love him." At that time she heard gunshots, saw her ex-boyfriend walking
toward the back of her car firing a handgun. She quickly droveaway as her back
The woman complained of a headache Thursday morning and a bullet was found
in her tightly-woven weave. It was the weave that likely saved her life.
A Cleaner Jacksonville
Through Ash Removal
Jackson\ ille officials announced that the cit, is on its
way to becoming a cleaner city bh partnering vw ith the
U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and
+launching Project New Ground.
Project Newv Ground is a long-term cleanup project
that calls for the city to test and. where necessary.
remoe up to two feet of soil from properties that ha'e
ash deposits. which ma\ contain lead. The process %\ ill
include relandscaping the properties \\where cleanup
To begin the process, the soil must be scientifically
tested. The contractors v ill need permission from land
owners in the areas where the ashes \were dumped or
used as fill in areas such as the Forest Street area, Fifth
and Cleveland Streets, Lonnie C. Miller and Brown's
Dump. Citizens in the areas noted will receive a pack-
et in the mail that includes an access agreement begin-
ning this week, to allow the testing. After the packet
has been received, a city representative will contact the
landowner to discuss the project, answer questions and
During the first week of March, Project New Ground
will host a series of public information fairs. Dates,
times and locations will be provided at a later date.
For questions or concerns, residents and business
owners should call (904) 630-CITY, or visit
Crime Scene Items and
Home Items Matches
According to reports, evidence that was found in the
woods where Caylee Anthony was found in December
matches items, found in the house where she lived.
The Orlando, Florida toddler was missing for a month
before her mother, Casey Anthony reported her miss-
ing. She has now been charged with her daughter's
murder but has pleaded not guilty.
Caylee's skull had duct tape over the mouth. Similar
duct tape was found at the home of the Anthonys.
There were other similar items found at the home and
in the woods.
Angry Amnericans wants
Criminal Chargs Filed
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Duval County Public Schools
Approved for Accreditation
Duval County Public Schools .has
received unanimous approval for district
accreditation by the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools
Council on Accreditation and School
Improvement (SACS CASI).
District Accreditation is the highest level
of accreditation that a school system can
receive, and is for a period of five years.
Brunswick to Receive
Increase in Trash and Cell
Brunswick city commission approved
an increase in trash collection fees from
$16.50 per month to $222 a year.
Homeowners will pay a $50 deposit for
a city-issued 95-gallon trash can with a
monthly charge of $23 for homes. Those
with dumpster will pay $23-$25 each
time it is emptied. There will be an
increase of $6 per year for cell phones.
The fifty cents a month increase will go
toward the 911 service.
Man Dropped Phone
Glynn County Police were called to a
burglary on Blythe Island Highway
and found a cell phone outside of the
store. The thief kicked in the door
of the business, received $25 in pen-
nies and tobacco products and appar-
ently left in a hurry when the alarm
The cell phone was found, the number
traced and the thief, Mitchell Banks,
22, was apprehended and arrested.
Some Duval County teachers truly
believe in making sure their students
get a good education, and have been
spending their own money 'to pay for
many classroom items monthly.
Such monies are spent on classroom
supplies, including hand sanitizer and
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founder, Mrs. Joanne Mitchell Martin a Yulee native, is bring-
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"'There 's Always Something IHappenring On The First Coast
An Elegant Viewing of
By Brenda Robinson Simmons, Ph.D.
Three generations enjoyed an elegant view of the inau-
guration with as much vim and vigor: excitement and ener-
gy; anticipation and activity as the throngs who poured into
the Mall. With seven family members ranging from 85 to
16, (seven in Biblical terms is a perfect nurnber) the
Robinsons boarded the Corrine Brown Express on Sunday
evening, January 19th.
The ride to the DC area was smooth and carefree,
affording the family ample time to catch up on life.events.
view movies, enjoy delectable food, and of course, talk
with the folks back home by phone Ben II and Ben Ill
who made sure we were safe and well.
When we arrived at the hotel around noon on Monday
afternoon, the frigid air of Baltimore could not match the
warmth and happiness we felt as we checked into our spa-
cious and comfortable rooms. After enjoying a relaxing
lunch and resting a bit, we prepared for the Congressional
Everything we hoped for in such an event took place.
The food was marvelous and the entertainment lively, loud
and lovely!!! We "danced the night away," while greeting
many old friends from Jacksonville, Orlando and bumping
into older friends from all over the country. The entertainer
- Chuck Brown and his band brought the house to its
feet as he fashioned unique songs with the narbe Obama.
The surprise artist of the night was Betty Wright -' famous
from the sixties with her song "Clean Up Woman." She
added a twist to it confirming that Barack Obama is the
"'Clean Up Man" who will bring restoration to America.
The event was bodaciously GRAND!!! Thank you -
Special kudos are extended to her staff members from
the Jacksonville office. Carolyn, Ken, Jackie, Alice,
Mary and Dee Dee. They are troopers who are dedicated
their time energy and talent to the comfort and care of the
travelers. This is one family that is eternally grateful to all
The next day, the Robinsons made a veiy, tactical deci-
sion as to the best way to \ iew the inauguration. Since we
enjoy each other's company so well, we decided to create
our own private viewing. We chose to enjoy our breakfast
at the hotel's Diamond Cafe and there, in the coziness of
this culinary venue, along with two other families from
Baltimore and Ohio. we shared the poignant moment. On
a scale between extraordinary and awesome, the event was
as close to awesome as can be experienced on earth.
Joining the throngs of African Americans and people all
over the world who thought they would never see this in
their lifetime, Daddy said, (preceded by his usual clearing
of the throat). Ahem...I am just happy!" (Roxwell
Robinson, Jacksonville). Mama said, "I know that the only
awesome being is God, but I have to say this is "awe-
some."' (Mrs. Janie Robinson. Jacksonville). I said,
"while calling Ben II and Ben IlI. "I am seeing history
being made, and history is seeing me!! (Brenda R.
Simmons, Jacksonville). Zack said "Ha. Ha....Man, this is
great!" (Arthur Zackery brother-in-law -Orlando).
Cheryl said, with a look of wonder and bliss, "This is
incredible." (Cheryl R. Hawkins-Zackery sister
Orlando). Kendall, I WILL be sharing this with my stu-
dents (Kendall Hawkins niece .Orlando). Kyle, who
asked questions about the history of Blacks in America all
during the trip. said "I am just glad to be here." (Kyle
Zackery- niece -Orlando)
We are now thrust into the Obama era. This is an age
and time in this world where we all will witness unprece-
dented transformational change. Mindful of our turbulent
past. we all have renewed interest in shaping a future that
will pass on a rich inheritance to generations yet to be born.
From what has been revealed, Obama has the vision and
leadership ability to move America ever so methodically
and relentlessly toward the future that some can see, others
have the faith to see, while still others will be the benefici-
aries of the change that will surely come. q
This is a great time to be alive and a fulfillment of our
collective hope to be able to say that the leader of the free
world is President Barack Hussein Obama.
Cost of the trip: Minimal. Opportunity to share history-
in-the-making with three generations: BEYOND PRICE-
A Special Surprise
Acquaintances and nearest and dearest kin met. at the
Wine Bar recently to surprise Dr. Geraldine Williams
Smith for a very special birthday. The surprise party
planned by Dr. Smith's daughter Ms. Karen Estella Smith
was enjoyed by all. especially the honoree!
A Surprise Birthday Gathering
for Dr. Geraldine Williams Smith
Photos courtesy of Dr. Brenda Robinson Simmons
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In the ne". T\ler
Perr,, Mo\ ie .\ladtaO
Goes To Jail. an up
and coming Assistant
DA comes to her res-
cue along with other
inmates to gel her out
of the clinks The
\ young DA named
Chuck in the film is
played b\ RunRcR'i o
Lee \ ho as of late has
begun to attract a lot
of attention i especial-
ly from the ladies for
his sex\. suaxe looks
and his female melt-
ing swagger. Lee is
easil) in the front
running pack of
young sex symbol
black leading men in
Lee may best be
known as "Ty" the
mechanic on the
Mowery twins sitcom
"Sister Sister." He
has had recurring
roles on "The
"Girl friends "
numerous guest roles
on "Monk," "Boston
H o m e
recently a recurring
role on "Worst
) Lee Hell
\\Week This spring
Lee stars as Jadson on
the ne\, ABC midsea-
son corned\ series "In
with Megan Nlullall\
and Cher\ I Hines.
tow ard the future in
the film business Lee
thoughts. "The main
thing now is that more
and more \ ouIng
are taking the imita-
tj% e to create their
own a' enues as
opposed to waiting
for the right script
and wait for that right
audition. We are start-
ing to write and start-
ing to produce and I
think that is going to
be the key. Tyler
Perry kind of opened
it up and let every-
body know that if he
can do it, anybody
can do it."
Lee secured the
role of Chuck last
year after a change
meeting with Tyler
Perry through a mutu-
al friend who had
worked on Perry's
stage shows. Perry
was in town for last
years NAACP Image
Awards and set up a
table read with poten-
ps To Spring Madea
trial cast members and Americans can readi-
Lee \as in, .ited to 1I identifN w ith. I
attend. As hIe puts it. \as part of a sho-w for
"1 got a phone call to
do the table read
Derek Luke. Keshia
and of course Perr\
\\as there After\wards
lie shook my hand and
said good job I'\e
learned to kind of
take those comple-
menCts iin stride
beca use some ime s
they mean good job
but you'ree not going
to get it. It \ias proba-
bly about a month
before I heard that
they \\ere actually
going to offer
role. I \\as
who aspire to
because it has
be in a
an exclusive club.
How does Lee feel
about being apart of
that status? He
reflects, "This has
kind of become a rite
of passage for a lot of
American actors out
here to do a Tyler
Perry movie and think
that says a lot .about
his movies. I'm
of anything that our
community as African
a couple of years in
the late 90's i"Sister
Sister" ) and that \\as
the thing that people
usually\ recognize me
from especially a lot
of younger kid>. It's
one of those things
\ here w hen you are
doing it, \ou don't
think about the impact
that it is having on the
He continues, it is
not until \ou. finish it
and you start meeting
those parents that
come up to you and
say you knowwhat, it
was one of the very
few shows that I
could watch with my
kids and not have to
worry about rough
language or any trick
situations and you
start feeling really
honored. So for me it
is just an honor to be
apart of something
that is really revered
in our community. If
Tyler Perry called me
today and said I need
you to be in Atlanta
tonight and we are
working tomorrow, I
would be there!"
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By Rych McCain
The NAACP Image
Tyler Perry and
Halle Berry co-hosted
The 40th Annual
NAACP Image Awards
held at the famed
Shrine Auditorium in
LA. It was broadcast
live on the Fox-TV
February 12, 2009. The
show was part of the
kickoff to a year long
celebration of the
100th anniversary of
The NAACP's found-
ing in Niagara Falls,
Ontario, Canada on
Feb., 12, 1909. Big
ticket winners included
Muhammad Ali (The
Russell Simmons (The
Nobel Peace Prize
Laureates former VP
Al Gore and Dr.
Wangan Muta Maath;
Mora, Jonathan Green
and Sam Gilliam (The
Key of Life Awards).
For a complete list of
all the winners go to
w w w .,n a a c p i m -
A.K.A. Kilo who
gained fame with his
hit "Lean Like A
Cholo," will execu-
tively produce and star
in the urban comedy
film "Lean Like A
Cholo," that is based
on his rap song and is
directed by Demetrius
Gridhouse Film Fest
which is currently
underway in LA, will
honor film maker
Jamaa Fanaka. The
cast from his 1982
"Penitentiary H" will
be on hand including
Eugina Wright, Leon
Issac Kennedy, Ernie
Hudson, Mr. T, Irene
Momma Stokes and
J.D. Hall. The fest will
also honor the late,
great Rudy Ray Moore
with a screening of his
70's classic "Petey
vets Jerry Jones and
Sy Richardson are
scheduled to appear.
LACUNA COIL -
Italy's most popular
rock band will release
their much anticipated
new album titled
"Shallow Life" on
April 20, 2009 in
Europe and April 21,
2009 in the U.S., fol-
lowed with the
"Weapon IV" North
American Tour for the
first half of 2009.
I have 5 DVDs of
Deon Taylor's Nite
Tales horror shows
hosted by Public
Enemy's Flavor Flay
and 5 DVDs of the
movie Noah's Arc
(Jumping The Broom)
based on the hit TV
show. Just hit me with
an e-mail first at feed-
et and I will mail your
McCarroll with Kelly
Cutrone, Nancy Kane,
Jason Low, Omahyra,
Michael Rucker, Eve
Whipple III. Directed
and Produced by
Michael Selditch and.
Rob Tate. This is a
documentary about the
year long journey of
clothing designer Jay
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together his first run-
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reality TV's "Project
Runway" and was
dubbed "the next great
Four years later he was
still struggling. This .is
a great film for young
designers. Every fash-
ion student should see
The Pink Panther 2;
MGM Pictures and
present a Robert
Panther films of Blake
Edwards. Based on the
character created by
Maurice Richlin and
Blake Edwards. This
film is funny with a
good plot and a sur-
prise ending that will
keep you laughing,
intrigued and enter-
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(Love and work)
Starring Steve Martin,
Jean Reno, Alfred
Rai Bachchan and
Andy Garcia with Lily
Tomlin and John
Cleese. Directed by
Produced by Robert
by Scott Neustadter,
Michael H. Weber and
Steve Martin. Story by
Scott Neustadter and
Michael H. Weber.
Based on the Pink
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""A Letter to the Editor
REVIEW BOARD WOULD HELP
The public which live in the tale of two cites who are American of African,
Hispanic and Asian descent are equally frustrated by the violence that is
plaguing the streets or our city. We are also equally frustrated by the poor
education provided to our children, the economic depravation that is a direct
result of many who are part of the Republican party that is exclusive rather
inclusive when it comes to equal justice for all in Jacksonville.
The criminal element which you speak of is direct products of the report of
1947 injustices that plagued our city then and continue in 2009. It is appar-
ent that you and others just do not get it. When there is not hope in the mist
of poverty and unfair housing practices, unfair economic opportunities,
unfair health practices, unfair justice in the court system and unfair tactics in
the community by some police officers, it creates what we have.. We have
what we have because a lack of investment in the past of equal justice for
everyone and corruption in the processes of those in charge.
To speak to the issue of Officer-involved shootings which are unfortunate,
we want them to go home safe to their families just like others and they are
commended for their efforts in these dangerous times. Criminals should be
arrested, and dealt with accordingly, as they commit crimes, but it is appar-
ent that there are some discrepancies in the fact that in 2008 of the28 killed,
all were minorities. It is a tragic that any have to die, regardless of their race.
However, there is no justification for an 80 year old man to be dead; no jus-
al tification for a mental health person to be dead and certainly no justification
for a man to die who was handcuffed behind his back, picked up, head
slammed to a concrete side walk to be dead, even our Mayor agreed to that.
Yes, the role of the Sheriff Office is to protect our children,, families and
',J property but they have an equal role to be equally just in their, taser and
rVluders shooting incidents. When it is apparent that something was wrong, they
should also make sure that the reports they write on the case is correct, their
tactics of harassing witnesses is in check and that the fox not inspect its own
hen house. Now you may never agree that another independent body is
needed to bring credibility to the Sheriff Department, but be assured, their
credibility is in question in our community, no matter how many or who you
get to say otherwise. The current process is flawed
In closing, we do need to concentrate on Education, but since you and your
party believe in economic empowerment, you did not bother-to mention that
in your article. So since we do not trust the process and since the majority
of the City Council and the Republican Party refuses to seek accountability
and bring trust in the process in the Sheriff Department, it only leaves three
alternatives one; for the citizens of Duval County to ask intervention from
the Governors Office and/or impeach the Sheriff, two; ask the Justice
Department to investigate what the Sheriff Department have failed to prop-
early themselves nd three, seek a consent decree against the Sheriff
Department that can be modeled after the Pittsburgh Consent Decree. We as
citizens wholeheartedly support our rights to justice for all as we work to
make Jacksonville's neighborhoods safe forall of our children and adults.
SHopefully the Republican Party will seek to do the same. May I borrow
From Mr. Littlepage for a moment, click, it is apparent that politics is already
S in the process at JSO, they inspect themselves and you just endorsed them.
R. L. Gundy
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It's Black History Month!
For decades, Black
Colleges and Universities
have been recognizing
Their duties to represent
the schools are so reward-
ing. The victory party: the
crowning, and the many
activities they are involved
in throughout the year.
It was only years ago
when the Black Queen was
allowed to win crown over
White female students,
such as the First African
Queen at Northeastern
University...It was home-
coming week', 1972. cul-
minated in students,
administrators and family
members attending the
Homecoming Day football
game. While students
hoped that Northeastern's
team would defeat
College, they also eagerly
awaited the halftime
announcement of the win-
ner of the Homecoming
Queen Contest. On
"October 14. 1972. the uni-
versity's African American
students were joyous when
Linda Brown became
African American home-
coming queen. During the
Brown, a sophomore nurs-
ing major, was crowned
which broke the racial bar-
Aliss Howard I 'niversir' Queen 2008-09
iMulim homecoming queen at North Carolina .& T
State Universior.in 2005-06
To the lefi: .Noriheastern nitversitl''s Homecoming
Queen 19"2-"3 and her escort.
Presenting Miss Tennessee State University Queen 2008-09
The Anniversary Celebration
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Fraternities and sororities (from the Latin words frater
and soror, meaning "brother" and "sister" respective-
ly) are fraternal social organizations for undergraduate
students, present mainly at colleges and universities in
Zeta Phi Beta
S, BeS orori& was founded
Ze Beta January 16, 1920 on
the campus of Howard
Washington, D.C. by five distinguished collegiate women.
These five women chartered Zeta Phi Beta Sorority to
encourage the highest standard of scholarship through scien-
tific, literary, cultural and educational programs; promote
service projects on college campuses and in'the community,
foster sisterhood and exemplify the\ ideals of Finer
Delta Sigma Theta
Sororit was founded on
Si gmaa Theta January 13, 1913 by 22
young collegiate women
at Howard University
who envisioned an organization of college women who
believe in serious and strong community endeavors. These
students wanted to use their collective strength to promote
academic excellence and to provide assistance to persons in
The first public act performed by the Delta Founders
involved their participation in the Women's Suffrage March
in Washington, D.C., March 1913.
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. Inc. was founded at Howard
University in Washington, D.C., January 9, 1914, by three
Ho The founders,
Leonard F. Morse, and Honorable Charles I. Brown, wanted
to organize a Greek letter fraternity that would truly exem-
plify the ideals of brotherhood, scholarship, and service.
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. was founded on
September 19, 1963, at
Morgan State College
(now Morgan State
IOlO 0ta University), by 12 students
of what is now the nation's
fifth largest, predominate-
social service fraternity: The Iota Phi Theta Fraternity,
American college students. Due to the prejudices of the
time, seven visionary founders known as the 'Jewels'.
Alpha Phi Alpha.The Fraternities many national pro-
grams date back as far .as
A- ph 1919 when Alpha intro-
Alph3Ph*,h pha duced it's "Go to High
school, Go to College" cam-
paigned to increase the edu-
cation level of the African
American Community and "A Voteless People is a Hopeless
People", an effort to register African American voters.
The Fraternity initially served as a study and support
group for minority students who faced racial prejudice edu-
cationally and socially at Cornell. Alpha also recognized the
need to help correct the educational, economic, political, and
social injustices faced by African-Americans.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is the oldest
-. Greek letter organiza-
S.tion established by
S African American col-
lege women. She was
-. founded on January 15,
""^ 1908 in Minor Hall on
the campus of Howard University. Alpha Kappa Alpha
chronicles itself in the growth from a group of nine college
women in 1908.
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By Ulysses W. Watkins, Jr., M.D.
~ Hidradenitis Suppurativa ~
DEFINITION: A skin disorder characterized by nodules
in the armpit.
BODY PARTS INVOLVED: Armpits. It appears rarely
in buttocks, groin or under breasts.
SEX OR AGE MOST AFFTECTED: Both sexes, but more common in females
(13 to 16 years).
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS: Nodules with the following characteristics:
Nodules are firm, tender and domed. "* Nodules are Icm to 3 cm in diameter.
Larger nodules soften in the center and become painful. When pressed, they
feel like an overfilled inner tube. Nodules open and drain pus spontaneously.
Individual nodules heal slowly over. 10'to 30 days. Nodules leave scars.
Nausea and vomiting. Severity of the disorder varies from a few lesions per
year to a constant succession of lesions that form as old ones heal. Lesions frequently
recur at the same site.
CAUSES: Hormonal influences that activate the apocrine glands under the arms.
Secretions in these glands enlarge the gland. The outlets become blocked, probably by
heat, sweat or incomplete gland development. The secretions that are dammed in the
glapds force sweat and bacteria int6 surrounding tissue, which becomes infected.
RISK INCREASES WITH: Obesity. Exposure to environmental heat and
moisture. Genetic factors. This disorder is most common in black females.
S HOW TO PREVENT: No specific preventive measures.
WHAT TO EXPECT
APPROPRIATE HEALTH CARE: Self-care after diagnosis. D o c t o r s
treatment. Surgery to open and drain abscesses or to remove involved skin (sever
DIAGNOSTIC MEASURES: Your own observation of symptoms. Medical
history and physical exams by a doctor. Laboratory culture of the discharge from the
POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS: Scarring.
PROBABLE OUTCOME: This disorder may last many years from puberty
through the following 10 to 20 years.' Symptoms can be controlled with treatment.
HOW TO TREAT
GENERAL MEASURES: Don't use commercial underarm deodorants. *
Minimize heat and sweating. Avoid constrictive clothing and clothing made of syn-
thetic fibers. Lose weight, if you're overweight. Wash with antibacterial soaps. *
Use soaks to relieve. itching and hasten healing. Warm-water soaks are usually more
soothing for pain or inflammation. Cool-water soaks feel better for itching.
MEDICATION: Your. doctor may: Inject cortisone drugs directly into the
lesions. Prescribe antibiotics to fight infection. Prescribe hormones to help subdue
inflammation. Provide instructions for acceptable deodorant protection. Prescribe
pain medication. For minor discomfort, you may use non-prescription drugs such as
ACTIVITY: Restrict your activity to hot weather, and avoid hot jobs if possible.
Swimming is excellent, especially swimming in the ocean.
DIET: No special diet unless you need to lose weight.
CALL YOUR DOCTOR IF: You have symptoms of hidradenitis suppurativa.
*Lesions don't improve after 5 days of treatment. Your temperature rises to 404F.
*Lesions appear that become soft and seem to have pus, but don't drain spontaneously. *
Now, unexplained symptoms develop. Drugs used in treatment may produce side affects.
Dr. Watkins can be heard live Sundays at 7:05 pm EST on www.KCOHRadio.com. He is
a 33 Mason and Grand Medical Director for the United Supreme Council. S. J. and
Imperial Council (Black Shriners Nationwide) 713-433-4536.
Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community events
schedided in Jacksonville and the surrounding area.
ART & CRAFT FESTIVAL AT ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH PIER A1A Beach
Blvd. February 21-22, 2009,. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.,
4.p.m. An array of fine art, fine crafts, food, free admission, free parking. For
more information call 352-344,0657 or www.tnteventsinc.com.
It's Time to Roll Out The Red Carpet! for The Onyx Awards -This year as
America celebrates the accomplishments of Barack Obama, our country's first
African American president, Florida ha's the distinct honor of recognizing 6ut-
standing individuals who have made valuable contributions in the categories of
.education, business, performing arts and sports-to name a few. In a historic
effort, Blue' Cross and Blue Shield takes great pleasure in saluting the Presidents
and the legacy. of Florida's Historically Black Colleges and Universities, to
include, Bethune-Cookman University, Florida Agricultural Mechanical
University, Florida Memorial and Edward Waters College, the oldest of Florida's
African-American educational institutions. Kick-Off Reception is Friday, March
13, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. at The Status Lounge .located at 912 West
Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL. The Onyx Awards is Saturday, March 14, 2009.
General Reception: 5:30 p.m.; VIP Reception: 5:30 p.m.; Gala Dinner: 7:00 p.m.;
Awards Show: 8:00 p.m.; Post Reception: 10:00 p.m. to be held at the Rosen Plaza
Hotel, 9700 International Dr., Orlando, FL.
LUCIUS GANTT'S: DEAD MAN WRITING -God is good. The devil can't stop
the TRUTH. I will autograph any and all books purchased during February 2009.
Send them to me or when I see you, I'll sign. Thank you in advance for your sup-
port. I am so proud. The book is beautiful! On sale right now for order/purchase at
Barnes & Nobles, Books-A-Million, Target, Amazon.com, eBay.com,
AuthorHouse.com, my site allworldconsultants.net or wherever fine books are
sold. Thanks in advance for your purchase.
NATIONAL GREAT BLACKS IN WAX MUSEUM EXHIBIT -In recognition
of Black History Month, pieces from THE 'NATIONAL GREAT BLACKS IN
WAX MUSEUM will be on exhibit at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center, 1200
Elm Street, Fernandina Beach, Florida. Exhibit tours will be offered on February
26 27 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on February 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission:
Adults, $5.00; Students, ages 4 to 18, $3.00 (with valid Student ID); free to chil-
dreni ages 3 and under. Group tours are encouraged. The exhibit will feature promi-
nent figures of the HarlemRenaissance. For more information about the National
Great Blacks in Wax Museum, visit their website at www.ngbiwm.com. Proceeds
from the exhibit will benefit the Dare 2 Dream Tour 2009, which is sponsored by,
Solid Rock Church of God by Faith in collaboration with First Baptist Church of
Yulee. The tour this year will journey to Atlanta, Georgia to visit the Martin Luther
King Jr. historical sites, the Georgia Aquarium and several colleges in the Atlanta
LOCAL COMMUNICATION CLUB HOSTS A FREE -SPEECH WORK-
SHOP-In times of low economic growth and high unemployment statistics, many
people seek more education and new skills. The Lillian R. Bradley Toastmasters
Club is doing its part to help people improve an important skill in a two day work-
shop on public speaking. Toastmasters International is a nonprofit organization
that helps people become more competent and comfortable in front of an audience.
The club, which is named after a Duval County school teacher, will be holding the
workshops February 21st and 28th from 12:00 pm-3:00 pm at Mount Zion Baptist
Church, 2825 San Diego Road. For more information, visit www.toastmasters.org.
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Public Meeting Notice
JTA is conducting the BRT North Corridor study to evaluate
options for bus rapid transit north of downtown Jacksonville.The
study area extends north of downtown Jacksonville along Boulevard
Street to the Gateway Mall,continuing north along Norwood
Avenue/Lem Turner Road, ending south of Armsdale Road (near 1-295).
The purpose of this meeting is to provide project updates, and seek
public comments about the north corridor study project features,
station alternatives and potential, impacts.
Monday, March 9 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Gateway Shopping Center
5258-12 Norwood Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32208
The meeting will be conducted as an open house. There will be a
continuous loop slide show and other study materials available for
review. Citizens are invited to view the study materials, discuss the
project with staff and provide comments.
Comments can be submitted at the meeting or mailed to
Mrs.Wirova Hart-Mayer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority,
100 North Myrtle Avenue Jacksonville Fl 32204
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone requiring special accommodations should contact
Winova Hart-Mayer at (904) 630-3185 or email email@example.com
no later than seven days prior to the meeting. Public participation
is solicited without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national
origin, disability, or familial status.
-41 Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Regional Transportation Solutions
100 North Myrtle Avpnue, Jacksonville Florida 32204
Telephone: (904) 630-3185 Fax: (904) 630-3166 www.jtafla.com
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Wiley College -Named in honor of Bishop Isaac T. Wiley, an outstanding min-
ister, medical missionary and educator, Wiley College was founded in 1873 during turbu-
lent times for Blacks in America. Wiley College opened its doors just south of Marshall
with two frame buildings and an overwhelming desire to succeed in a climate fraught
with racism and Jim Crow laws. So entrenched was their desire to succeed that in 1880,
rather than moving Wiley College farther out of town, the founders of the College moved
nearer to Marshall on 55 acres of wooded land where the College stands today. Land was
cleared and four additional buildings were constructed as student enrollment soared to
160 students with seven full-time, faculty members. Wiley College had effectively
become the first Black college west of the Mississippi River.
.The success of the 1935 Wiley College debate team, coached by professor and poet
Melvin Tolson, was the subject of the 2007 movie The' Great Debaters, directed by and
starring Denzel Washington. In 1935, the Wiley College debate team defeated the reign-
ing national debate champions, the University of Southern California. In 2007, Denzel
Washington announced a donation of $1 million USD to Wiley so the team could be re-
Wiley, along with Bishop College, was instrumental in the Civil Rights Movement in
Wiley and Bishop students launched the first sit-ins in Texas in the rotunda of the Old
Harrison County Courthouse. James L. Farmer, Jr., son of James L. Farmer, Sr., graduat-
ed from Wiley and became one of the "Big Four" of the Civil Rights Movement, togeth-
er with Roy Wilkins, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Whitney M. Young Jr.. They
organized the first sit-ins and Freedom Rides in the United States.
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Booker T. Washington
'Hampton University- The campus overlooking the northern edge of
the harbor of Hampton Roads was founded on the grounds of "Little Scotland", a for-
mer plantation in Elizabeth City County not far from Fort Monroe and the Grand
Contraband Camp, each tangible symbols of freedom for former slaves shortly after the
end of the American Civil War.
First led by former Union General Samuel C. Armstrong, among the school's famous
alumni is educator Dr. Booker T. Washington. Under what is now called the
Emancipation Oak tree, Mary Smith Peake taught the first classes on September 17,
1861, in defiance of a Virginia law against teaching slaves, free blacks and mulattos to
read or write, a law which had cut her own education short years earlier. Several years
later, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was read to local
freedmen under the same historic tree, which is still located on the campus today, and
also serves as a symbol for the modem City of Hampton.
Among Hampton's earliest students was Booker T. Washington, who arrived from West
Virginia in 1872 at the age of 16. He worked his way through Hampton, and then went
on to attend Wayland Seminary in Washington D.C. After graduation there, he returned
to Hampton and became a teacher. Upon recommendation of Sam Armstrong to founder
Lewis Adams and others, in 1881, Washington was sent to Alabama at age 25 to head
another new normal school. This new Institution eventually became Tuskegee
University. Embracing much of Armstrong's philosophy, Washington built Tuskegee
into a substantial school and became nationally famous as an educator, orator, and fund-
raiser as well. He started work which ultimately caused over 5,000 small community
schools to be built for the betterment of black education in the South.
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Era Ends With Release of Running-Back Taylor
Special to the Florida Star "
(Florida Star photos by Nancy Beecher)
The Jacksonville Jaguars "'
released veteran running back Fred .
Taylor this week. Taylor, the club's
first round pick in 1998, started 136
of 140 games in 11 seasons with the _.- ------- .P.'
Jaguars and led the team in rushing -
in eight of his 11 seasons.F .E
"Fred Taylor's place in Jaguars Former Jaguars running back Fred
history has been clearly estab- Taylor, No. 28, ranks 16th in NFL his-
lished," Jaguars Owner Wayne tory for most rushing yards with career
We rs aid "es not olye totals of 2,428 carries for 11,271 yards.
Weaver said. "He is not only the
standard-bearer for many team
records, he is and has been a leader
and one of the most important peo-
ple in the 15-year history of this
franchise. Fred came to us as a I
promising, talented and soft-spoken ,
rookie from Florida, and today he
cln look back at his 11-year career
with pride in all that he accom-
plished both on the field and off the
field. I want to thank Fred for all that
he has contributed to this franchise Fred Taylor started the first 13
and this city. He is a true profession- Last season Maurice Jones- games of the 2008 season before
al and a champion." Drew, No. 32, took the team being% placed on in ured reserve
"This was a difficult decision to rushing lead away front Fred for te first time in is career.
come to, but a decision that had t Taylor. Jones-Drew rushed for (this photo by Frank M. Powell)
come to, but a decision that had to 824 yards and 12 touchdowns.
be made despite how we all feel
about Fred," general manager Gene Smith said: "We all respect and appreciate what Fred has
done, and we feel that he can still play in the NFL, but in our current situation we believe this
is the right move at this time."
"I have nothing but love and respect for Fred Taylor," head coach Jack Del Rio said. "In
the six years that we've been together he has been a pro, a leader and a great teammate. Out of
respect for Fred we went to meet with him face-to-face this morning in south Florida. He made
it clear that he wants to continue playing, and we are making this move now so that he can
continue his career."
"I want to thank Wayne Weaver and the coaches and the Jaguars organization for 11 great
years," Taylor said. "I feel healthy and I'm determined to continue my career. I understand the
team's decision to move on, and I have nothing but warm feelings for the Jaguars organiza-
Taylor ranks 16th in NFL history for most rushing yards with career totals of 2,428 car-
ries for 11,271 yards and 62 rushing touchdowns in 140 games. Taylor is the Jaguars career,
single-season (1,572, 2003) and single-game (234, 117/19/00 at Pittsburgh) rushing leader. He
trails only Arizona's Edgerrin James (12,121) and San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson (11,760)
among active running backs in rushing yards. In addition, Taylor ranks third in franchise his-
tory with 286 receptions for 2,361 yards. He holds the franchise record for total touchdowns
(70), yards from scrimmage (13,632) and all-purpose yards. He has played in seven of the
club's 11 playoff games.
Taylor started the first 13 games of the 2008 season before being placed on injured reserve
for the first time in his career after his injuring his thumb on December 7 at Chicago. Taylor
ranked second on the team with 556 yards on 143 carries along with one rushing touchdown.
He surpassed 11,000 career-rushing yards on November 9 at Detroit and set a franchise record
with his 70th career touchdown on December 1 at Houston.
In 2007, Taylor earned the first Pro Bowl trip of his career as he ranked fifth in the AFC
with 1,202 rushing yards and was the only player in the NFL to record five consecutive 100-
yard rushing games.
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Uixm ersitr of Geoliia tileshinan sprinted Torrin ,
La% rence hias been named the Southeastei i
Conference NMale Runner of the \\eek.
Lawrence, a 6-1 native of Jacksoin ille. FL .\on ,
the 400-nieter da.Th \ ith an NC.A pro isional qual- '
ft ing time of 4h 18 at the T\son In.itational on Febh Feb
13. His finish \%as the second best indoor tine in
school history and put him .atop both the SEC and
NCAA performance I sts'for tins season. La\%rence's -
time is one of the fastest times in thie world d in 2009
Later in the evening, Lax\rence returned to
Arkansas' Randal Tyson Track Center with teammates
Justin Gaymon, Michael Proctor and Phillip Adams
for the 4x400 relay. Lawrence was the anchor leg for _
the winning squad as they clocked a provisional qual- n -
Andrew Jackson graduate Torrin
ifying time of 3:07.96. This time also ranks second in Lawrence won the 400-meter dash with an
school history and is No. 2 on the SEC list and No. 3 NCAArovisional qualifying time of 46.18
at the Tyson InvitationaL (Photo courtesy
on the NCAA list this season. UGA Communications)
Lawrence has won at least one event- at all five
meets he has competed in this season and also has an NCAA automatic qualifying and a
nationally leading time in the 200 (20.77).
He was also named the SEC Male Runner of the Week on Jan. 20 arid was the SEC
Male Freshman of the Week on Jan. 27. He graduated from Andrew Jackson High
GATORS TAKE FIELD HONORS: A pair of UF jumpers Shara Proctor and
Christian Taylor earned weekly track and field honors from the SEC. Proctor was named
the Female Field Athlete of the. Week, while Taylor was named the Male Field Athlete of
the Week. Both earned the honors for their strong performances at the Tyson Invitational
in Fayetteville, Ark., this past weekend. The distinctions are the first indoor weekly hon-
ors for either athlete in his/her career.
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go forth to sere and its mediated Consent Decree, agreed upon by trial court continued the case for six
mono. "Think. Work. Ser\e." all parties. tas ordered by the court on Jan. months to allow the state time to create
Though it 'tas organized as 4. 20011. The Consent Decree effectively a law school for blacks.
theAgricultural and Indtstrial ended the lawsuit initially filed in 1968. As a result, the state founded Texas
State Nonnal School in 1l09 The university. %as to receive $40 million Southern University under Senate Bill
and began ser \ing students. on oxer fi\e .Nears as part of the closing settle- 140 by the Fiftieth Texas Legislature on
June 19. 1912. its status as minent announced on Thursday, Sept. 21, March3, 1947 as a state university to be
raised to a four-Near teachers' 211106
college in122 It %as then Most Notable Alumnini of TSU is Oprah located in Houston. Originally named
elevated to fill-fledged land- 11infrey. She \on an oratory contest, Texas State University for Negroes, the
Srant uni ersil' ,ta tus b the uhich seemed a full scholarship to school was established to serve African
Tennessee State Board of Tennessee State Unitersity, where she stud- Americans in Texas and offer them
Educantion in 195X Since ied communication fields bf study comparable to those
"Cpyrihted teri it has been operated available to white Texans. The state
"Conrichted Material under the auspices of the Texas Southern took over the Houston Independent
STennessee Board of Regents UniverSitv- School District (HISD)-run Houston
The pre.ent-Ja. Tennessee College for Negroes as a basis for the
Available from Commercial News Providers" StateL Unimerst. e\ists as a is one of the largest historically black new university. At the time, Houston
result of the merger on .hl. I. uvniersities in the United States.Cnewauner perment buston
1979. of Tennessee State Located in Houston, Texas, the univer College had one permanent building,
Ser tNand the former si as estabshedon March N i but, more importantly, an existing facul-
Unersit and as established on March 3, 1947
UnLiersitr of Tennessee at by the Texas Legislature. Itwas initial- tents. The new university was
Nash lile Thi resulted in a named Texas State Universityforcharged with teaching "pharmacy, den-
do\i mt hiivn canmpsti it tistry, arts and sciences, journalism edu-
The Geier desegregation egroes. Prior to becoiUng a state cation, literature, law, medicine, and
case Geier se Texas Southern University was otherprofessionalcourses."The legisla-
In 106S. Rita Sanders. then a owned by the Houston Independent ture stipulated that "these courses shall
TSLi facul member, along School District iHISD) and had been be equivalenthto those offered at other
1be equivalentto those offered at other
with other Tennesseans, sued known as Houston College for Negroes. institutions of this type supported by the
Tennessee State the state, demanding that the dual educa- In February 1946, Heman Marion State of Texas."
U n ro s ity tional system be dismantled and made fair Sweatt, an African American man, Given the differences in facilities an
University for all its citizens. The law suit is now applied to the University of Texas Given the differences in facilities and
S intangibles such as the distance of the
is a comprehensive, urban, coeducational known as the Geier case. The Geier vs. School of Law.. He was. denied admis- new school from Austin and other law
land-grant university founded in 1912. TSU Tennessee case went on for 32 years. TSU sion because of race, and subsequently students, the Supreme Court ruled it did
is the only state-funded historically black professors Ray Richardson and H. Coleman filed suit. (See Sweatt v. Painter ,t
university in Tennessee. McGinnis intervened as co-plaintiffs in the (1950).) The state had no lawschool fornot satisfy "separate but equal" provi-
TSU projects itself to its students, faculty, lawsuit, as ,did the U.S. Department of rican Americans. Instead of granting sions, and that African Americans must
and alumni and to the citizens of the State Justice. After numerous court ordered-plans African Americans. Instead of granting also be admitted to the University of
through the school's charge "Enter to leam, failed to produce progress n the matter, a Texas Law School at Austin.
En Vogue:Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron, Maxine Jones
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Prairie View A&M University is a
historically black university located in Prairie View,
Texas and is a member of the Texas A&M University
System. PVAMU offers baccalaureate degrees in
50 academic majors, 37 master's degrees and four
doctoral degree programs through nine colleges
Founded in 1876, Prairie View A&M University is
the second oldest state-sponsored institution of
higher education in Texas.
In 1876, the Fifteenth Texas Legislature, consis-
tent with terms of the federal Morrill Land-Grant
Colleges Act, which provided public lands for the
establishment of colleges, authorized an
"Agricultural and Mechanical College for the Benefit
of Colored Youth" as part of the Agricultural and
Mechanical College of Texas (now Texas A&M
University). Governor Richard Hubbard appointed a
three-man commission, including Ashbel Smith, a
long-time supporter of public education. The
Commissioners bought Alta Vista Plantation, near
Hempstead in Waller County, Texas for $15,000,
and turned the school over to the A&M board. Texas
A&M President Thomas S. Gathright selected L. W.
Minor of Mississippi as the first principal, and on
March 11, 1878, eight young African-American men
enrolled in the short-lived Alta Vista Agricultural
College. They were charged tuition of $130 which
included nine months of instruction, board, and one
uniform. In 1879, as the institution was struggling to
find resources to continue,. Governor Oran Roberts
suggested closing the college. But Barnas Sears,
an agent for the Peabody Fund, persuaded the
Sixteenth Texas Legislature to issue charters two
normal schools for the training of teachers, one of which would be called
Prairie View Normal Institute. The Texas A&M College board met at
Hempstead in August 1879, and established thirteen elementary and sec-
ondary subjects, and founded the coeducational institution. Women were
housed in the plantation house, now called Kirby Hall, and boys were
housed in a combination chapel-dormitory called Pickett Hall. Among the
first faculty appointed to the new normal school was E. H. Anderson. In
1882, a strong storm damaged Pickett Hall. This came at the same time as
state funds ran out. State Comptroller William M. Brown refused to contin-
ue paying the school's debts from the state's university fund, so Governor
Roberts had to solicit money from merchants. E. H. Anderson died in 1885,
and his brother L. C. Anderson became the principal of Prairie View. A long-
standing dispute as to the mission of the school was resolved in 1887 when
the legislature added an agricultural and mechanical department, thus
returning the college to its original mission.
Notable Alumni-- Terry Lynn Ellis (born September 5, 1966 in Houston,
Texas, U.S.) is an African-American R&B singer. Graduated from Worthing
High School. After receiving a degree in Marketing from Prairie View A&M
University, she joined 90's R&B girl group En Vogue.
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Fisk University is a
historically-black university in
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
In 1952, Fisk was the first
historically-black college or
A, p university to earn a Phi Beta
Kappa charter. The world-
famous Fisk Jubilee Singers
started as a group of stu-
s Udents who traveled to earn
enough money to save the
school and to raise funds to
build the first permanent
structure in the country built
for the education of newly-
freed slaves. They succeed-
ed and funded construction
of the renowned Hall. On March 12, 2008, Nashville's Metro Council
passed a resolution declaring March 19th Fisk University Day.
Fisk University was established by John Ogden, Reverend Erastus Milo
Cravath, and Reverend Edward P. Smith. It was named in honor of
General Clinton B. Fisk of the Tennessee Freedmen's Bureau. Fisk
opened to classes on January 9, 1866. Fisk heralded its first African-
American president with the arrival of Charles Spurgeon Johnson in 1947.
Johnson was a premier sociologist, a scholar who had been the editor of
Opportunity magazine, a noted periodical of the Harlem Renaissance.
Fisk University is directed by its 14th president, the Honorable' Hazel
O'Leary, former Secretary of Energy under President William Jefferson
Clinton. She is the second woman to serve as president of the university.
On June 25, 2008, Fisk announced that it had successfully raised $4 mil-
lion during the fiscal year ending June 30, thus ending nine years of budg-
'et deficits and qualifying for a Mellon Foundation challenge grant.
In 1888 W.E.B Du Bois (pictured above) earned a degree from Fisk
University, a historically black college in Nashville, Tennessee. During the
summer following graduation from Fisk, Du Bois managed the Fisk Glee
Club. He was also a sociologist, scholar, and first African-American to
earn a Ph.D. from Harvard.
Fisk Jubilee Si gers
College, located in Nashville,
Tennessee, is a graduate and pro-
fessional institution affiliated with
the United Methodist Church
whose mission is to educate health-
care professionals and scientists.
Founded in 1876 as the Medical
Department of Central Tennessee
College, it was the first medical
school in the South for African
Americans. It was chartered sepa-
rately in 1915. It is currently the
largest private historically black
institution in the United States sole-
ly dedicated to educating health-
Sipcare professionals and scientists.
A young Scots-Irish immigrant
named Samuel Meharry, who was a
salt trader, was traveling through the rough terrain of Tennessee when his wagon sudden-
ly slipped off the road and fell into a swamp. Meharry sought, and found, help from a fam-
ily 'of freedmen, whose names are unknown. This family of freed slaves. gave Meharry
food and shelter in the night. The next morning they helped him to recover his wagon.
Meharry is reported to have told the former slave family, "I have no money, but when I
can I shall do something for your race."
In 1875, Samuel Meharry, together with four of his brothers, donated a total of $15,000 to
assist with the e~stabhslunent of a medical department at Central Tennessee College. With
the contribution of the Freedman's Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church North,
George W. Hubbard axid John Braden, an English Methodist cleric, were able to open the
Medical Department of Central Tennessee College in 1876. The first class had one gradu-
ate. The second class, which had its commencement in 1878, had three graduates. In 1886,
the. Dental Department was founded, followed by a Pharmacy Department that was found-
ed in 1889.
Among the second class of graduates was Lorenzo Dow Key, the son of Hillery
Wattsworth Key. Key, together with Braden, was one of the founding members of the
Tennessee Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, North. The church had split
intoregional conferences on the issue of slavery and was not reunited until 1939.
In 1900, Central Tennessee College changed its name to Walden University in honor of
John Morgan Walden, a bishop of the Methodist Church who had ministered to freedmen.
In 1915, the medical department faculty of Walden University received a separate charter
as Meharry Medical College. It included the departments of pharmacy and dentistry. The
Medical College remained in its original buildings, and Walden University moved to
another campus in Nashville. Hubbard served as Meharry Medical College's first president
until his death in 1921.
Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda, President of the Republic of Malawi, studied medicine at
Meharry Medical College in Tennessee, from which he graduated in 1937.
i Influential Graduates Of Historically
Black Colleges And Universities
BENEDICT COLLEGE was founded in 1870 on an 80-acre
plantation in Columbia, South Carolina. Under the auspices of the
American Baptist Home Mission Society, Mrs. Bathsheba A. Benedict of
Pawtucket, Rhode Island, provided the amount of $13,000.00 to pur-
chase the land to open Benedict Institute on December 12, 1870. This
new school was established for the recently emancipated peo-ple of
Benedict's first class consisted of ten recently emancipated people of
African descent and one teacher, the.Reverend Timothy L. Dodge, D.D.
He was a college-trained preacher from the North, who became presi-
dent of the Institute. Benedict Institute set out from humble beginnings in
a dilapidated former slave master's mansion to prepare men and women
to be "powers for good in society." The dilapidated mansion, built in 1839,
served as the first schoolhouse where grammar school subjects, along
with Bible and theology, were taught. Eventually other subjects were
added to the curriculum to address the original objective of the school: to
train teachers and preachers.
Dr. LeRoy T. Walker received degrees from ,Benedict College and
Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. in biomechanics at New York
University. He went back to Benedict College to begin a track and field
collegiate coaching career. He was the first black president of the United
States Olympic Committee. In the 1996 Olympics, Dr. Walker was dele-
gated to lead a 10,000 member group of the most talented athletes in the
Central State University 's history begins with their parent
institution, Wilberforce University, named in honor of the great abolition-
ist William Wilberforce. Established at Tawawa Springs, Ohio, in 1856, it
is affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church and is
one of the oldest Black-administered institutions of higher education in
In 1887, the Ohio General Assembly enacted legislation that created a
Combined Normal and Industrial Department at Wilberforce University.
The objectives of this new state-sponsored department were to provide
teacher training and vocational education and to stabilize these pro-
grams by assuring a financial base similar to that of other state-support-
The statute establishing the Combined Normal and Industrial
Department declared that .the institution was."open to all applicants of
good and moral character," thereby indicating no limitations as to race,
color, sex, or creed. It was clear, however, that the Department and its
successors were designed to serve the educational needs of African
Although this department operated as part of Wilberforce University in
most respects, a separate board of trustees was appointed to govern the
state-financed operations. In 1941, the department expanded from a
two- to a four-year program, and in 1947, it legally split from Wilberforce,
becoming the College of Education and Industrial Arts at Wilberforce.
The name was changed in 1951 to Central State College, and in 1965,
the institution achieved university status.
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If you are over 65 and enrolled in Medicare, you
should know that you have already paid for care
from Community Hospice of Northeast Florida.
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7664 N Melissa Ct
Offered At $ 75,000 Sales Price
Or Rental Terms
When facing the challenges of
advanced illness, you and your
family should be able to focus on
comfort and quality of life without
worrying about paying for end-of-
life care. For the majority of
Community Hospice patients, the
cost of their hospice care is fully
covered by the Medicare Hospice
Benefit, with no out-of-pocket
expenses for the patient or family
What services are included?
* Physician and nursing care
S' Medications for pain relief
and symptom control
i Medical equipment and
* Certified nursing assistants
to help with personal care
* Physical, occupational and
speech therapy, as well as
* Emotional and spiritual
support and counsel
* Bereavement support for
Contact us today for a
free information packet fully
explaining our services and
coverage under the Medicare
Hospice Benefit by mailing
or by calling 904.407.6500. We
want to help you understand your
options and ease your concerns.We
want to help you live better with
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Watson Realty Corp
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