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Percy Sutton, 89 Eunice Johnson, 93
Two American legends have left, Percy Sutton, origi-
nally from San Antonio, Texas and Eunice Johnson,
widow of John Johnson of Johnson Publishing Co.
(Ebony & Jet). Mrs. Johnson was the founder of Ebony
Fashion Fair and Mr. Sutton was the first black owner
of a New York radio station. He was also the owner of
the Appollo Theater and attorney for Malcolm X. He
Mrs. Johnson, whose husband died in 2005, was 93.
Keith Sweat -The Sweat Hotel and now,
The Quiet Storm
The Sweat Hotel is the No. 1
nationally syndicated urban radio
show, hosted by singer, Keith
Sweat. Now he is replacing
Vaughn Harper on "The Quiet
Storm" but do not worry, he will
continue the Sweat Hotel, solving
problems and playing your
Keith Sweat requested music.
Missing After $40M Win
A Lakeland, Florida truck driver's
in 2006. Some months ago, Abraham
Shakespeare, 43 disappeared and his
mother thought that he was getting
away from all of the beggars and bor-
Abraham rowers. Now, since she has not heard
Shakespeare from him for months, not even for
Christmas, she is worried. He had met a female and it
has been learned that she does not have a 'clean'
record. She too claims she is worried. Lakeland police
fears Shakespeare has been killed.
Owner and Founder of First
Black Owned Course Dies
William Powell, is a golf legend. He
built and owned the first black golf
course in the U.S. It has nine holes. The
Clearview Golf Club was built in 1948
when many courses did not allow black
A few weeks after Tiger's troubles, William 'Bill'
Powell died. He was 93. His Course is Powell, 93
listed on the National Historic Register.
Now Tiger Woods is Black?
SThey say he is nude in this
picture but with so much
^ B going on regarding his many
A relationships, the many writ-
ings, guessings, telling, oh
ow well. Even though he has
never considered himself a
,. (black man, he is finally get-
ting an opportunity as his
skin is darken in this photo
while wearing a skull cap as
Tiger Woods considered by some as black
attire. Tiger calls himself
Calabanasian (Caucasian, black, Native American and
Asian) so I guess there are many Calabanasians in the
black community. Vanity Fair, in this news story with
pictures, refer to him as black. What heritage traits
are they considering?
Crime Down Black Murders Up
Jacksonville and Brunswick Pastors Meet to Discuss and Organize
.Sheriff Rutherford, in
s.,or a talk show conversa-
tion with Florida Star's
Crime in Jacksonville
Dropped about 20%
S/ below what occurred in
oic", 2008. And even though
4 he did not have the sta-
tistics for black on
'black murders, specifi-
Pastors and Community Leaders from Jacksonville, Brunswick and surrounding areas, held a press conference on cally amon black men, it
black men murdering black men around the U. S., led by Pastor Ken Adkins of Jordan Grove Baptist Church of cally among black men, it
Brunswick, Georgia. was reported on PBS that
the black murder rate, of
black men killing black men increased. There were 111 homicides in 20009 in Jacksonville and 144 in 2008.
Police shootings in Jacksonville decreased in 2009 from 28 in 2008 to 15 in 2009.
The pastors joined hands in one of the highest crime areas of Jacksonville to announce their joint effort to bring
healing, peace, safety and more importantly a drop in crime to many of the neighborhoods where their churches
are located. In Jacksonville and Brunswick, the churches are getting together. Crime Continued on A-7
People to Watch in 2010
As the year ends we begin to think of what will happen in the next year regarding our life, the lives of our chil-
dren, our families and our friends. We expect changes and work, hope and pray that all of the changes we expe-
rience will be positive, We know that we can't do it all alone and that there are people around us that may be of
beneficial to our daily lives such as politicians, doctors, preachers and lawyers, as well as our environment such
as our stores, our living conditions. Below are people we can watch and call on for help, comfort and motivation.
President CongCorrine ndrick Fl State Sen Rep Mia Jones, Betty Davis, JWN Glorious Denice Lee, Jax
Barack Obama Brown M Tony Hill &FLJax, Rep Audrey Gibson Johnson, City City Council
Police Chief Commissioner
ilaer uonala Richard Danford -"',ya
Foy, MAD Urban League Williams,
DADS River Region
David Gerrard, Harold Hair, Bill Lester. Rep. Jennifer Jackie Perry, Dr. Claudette E
Jaguars Negro League NASCAR Carroll Beaver Street Williams,
Enterprise Pres., EWC
Seniors Dazzling Diamond Dancers Preparing to dance in Washington, D.C.
Rosalyn Isiah Rumlin,
Phillips, COJ NAACP
Bishop Rev. Ken
McKinley Adkins, Jax
Young, AME and Brunswick
uarryl Mnal, renl Jeneison
Stage Aurora JSO
Ruth Waters tourney
LINKS Bivens, Esq.,
Clara Deborah Tonyaa Sherri Fine, Terrance
McLaughlin, Maiden, Weathersbee, FM 92.7, Patterson, Ritz
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The Civil Rights Movement in
the United States has been a
long, primarily nonviolent
struggle to bring full civil
rights and equality under the
law to all Americans. The
movement has had a lasting
impact on United States socie-
ty, in its tactics, the increased
social and legal acceptance of
civil rights, and in its exposure
of the prevalence and cost of
Many people who were active
in the Civil Rights Movement,
with organizations such as
NAACP, SNCC, CORE, and
SCLC, prefer the term
Movement" because the strug-
gle was about more than just
civil rights under law; it was
also about fundamental issues
of freedom, respect, dignity,
and economic and social equal-
The NAACP was formed in
1909 in response to the 1908
race riot in Springfield, capital
of Illinois and birthplace of
President Abraham Lincoln.
Appalled at the violence that
was committed against blacks,
a group of white liberals that
included Mary White Ovington
and Oswald Garrison Villard,
both the descendants of aboli-
tionists, issued a call for a
meeting to discuss racial jus-
tice. There were some 60 peo-
ple, only 7 of whom were
African American (including
W. E. B. Du Bois, Ida B. Wells-
Barnett, and Mary Church
Terrell), signed the call, which
was released on the centennial
of Lincoln's birth. Following
Du Bois's Niagara Movement,
the NAACP's goal was to
secure for all people the rights
guaranteed in the 13th, 14th,
and 15th Amendments to the
United States Constitution,
which promised an end to slav-
ery, the equal protection of the
law, and universal adult male
Combining the white philan-
thropic support that character-
ized Booker T. Washington's
tions with the call for racial jus-
tice delivered by W. E. B. Du
Bois's militant Niagara
Movement, the NAACP forged
a middle road of interracial
cooperation. Throughout its
existence it has worked prima-
rily through the American legal
system to fulfill its goals of full
suffrage and other civil rights,
and an end to segregation and
In 1910 African Americans
were just over a generation out
of enslavement, but the number
of successful black enterprises,
social and civic organizations,
and educational institutions in
cities such as Atlanta was
already impressive. Among the
most remarkable were strings
of barbershops and insurance
companies owned by former
slaves. Black institutions of
higher learning such as Atlanta
and Clark Universities, Morris
Brown, Morehouse, and
incubators for black leadership.
When the 60's began, two main
groups, the National
Association for the
Advancement of Colored
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The Other Side of Jacksonville
The Florida Star has been asked by some Jacksonville citizens to allow some
views to be presented weekly. We have agreed to do so with the understanding
that the articles written would not promote violence or hate. Let it be known that
the views and opinions expressed are not those of The Florida Star owner or staff
It is being accepted because some writers and readers feel their feelings and fears
are not being heard.
Lack of Accountability in the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
No one has to be a rocket scientist to see that there is a lack of accountability in
the Jacksonville Sheriff office in many areas. We can look at Police Officer shoot-
ings; use of tasers, funding requirements, the internal review board process may
be correct, but the outcomes based in the way Police Officers write up reports is
criminal. In short other people around the country appear to get it. But do the
JSO, legislatures or the State Attorney's office get it? Recently, the federal appeals
court on December 28, 2009 in a case out of San Diego County, 9th US Circuit
Court of Appeals criticized officers who, without warning, shot an emotionally
troubled man with a Taser when he was unarmed, yards away, and neither fleeing
nor advanced on the officer. This is called EXCESSIVE FORCE. Sounds famil-
iar IN JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA! Click, this is a taser, do you recall recent-
ly the JSO shot an unarmed WHITE man in car, did not pose any serious threat
and what happen to shooting the tires out, excessive force with a lethal weapon.
Wait, click..., NYPD was forced to release the racial breakdown of those injured
by police gunfire by the Manhattan Supreme court Justice Joan Madden. Have you
tried to get this type of data from the JSO lately? There must be a victory given
for the principle of open government and accountability to the public. Now wait,
click...Who is our Sheriff accountable too? Is it the Mayor? No. Is it the City
Council? No. Is it the People of Duval County? No. Is it a totalitarian system
which is defined as authoritative, dictatorial, oppressive, autocratic, despotic
and/or tyrannical, no not in America but Jacksonville? Wait, click..., our State
Legislature passed a law that says we cannot have a citizen review board nor
demand that any of the offices testify is called to do so in a short synopsis of the
law. But once again, some body got the picture, it was in Charleston, West
Virginia, "state lawmakers are starting to look into the issues of police accounta-
bility." When do we get accountability in Jacksonville, once again the Other Side
of Jacksonville? Next week, is Audrey Gibson, Terry Fields, or Reggie Fullwood
the right people for our future? Should we re-elect our current City Council
Representatives? Who are they accountable too, the people, the attorney's, or spe-
cial interest groups. Report card time.
I-A 0 L A -Z A I 1 A -
People (NAACP) and Martin
Luther King's Southern
Conference (SCLC) had
already been hard at work on a
variety of desegregation efforts
in public facilities, transporta-
tion, and schools. The decision
by students of North Carolina
A&T to desegregate the lunch
counter at the local Greensboro
Woolworth's store precipitated
a new form of student protest in
the South which highlighted
local official compliance in the
violence of an outraged south-
ern white population. Attacks
on segregation continued to
spread through the efforts of
new groups such as the
Congress on Racial Equality
(CORE) and the Student
A landmark year-long black
boycott of public transportation
in Montgomery Alabama was
victorious after Rosa Parks
refused to move to the rear of
the bus, but full equality under
the law has yet to be universal-
ly recognized in the United
States. Even after such land-
mark cases as Brown vs. the
Board of Education produced a
legal basis for ending school
segregation, and school inte-
gration became the official law
of the land, the process still was
far from complete. The 50's,
60's, and 70's did, however, see
the struggle for black civil
rights reemerge publicly as the
most significant social issue the
country ever faced. Now, in the
early years of the 21st Century,
while continuing progress
toward common decency is
increasingly visible, prejudices
In past years civil rights organ-
izations showed and expressed
an interested in addressing the
concerns and needs of African
Americans at all levels of the
socio-economic taader. iney
even held yearly conferences
that were often free and afford-
able for those who needed
assistance. The views and voic-
es of the poor and dis-enfran-
chised could be heard from
Selma to Birmingham, New
York City to Philadelphia,
Chicago to Detroit to
This type of advocacy and care
has slowly decreased or ceased,
with many mainstream civil
rights organizations placing
more emphasis on the middle
class and upper middle class
African Americans as well as
money to fund their programs,
dinners and fashion shows.
This has occurred at the same
time that more and more
African Americans are home-
less, living in poverty, unem-
ployed, in prisons, and with
HIV/Aids. It is obvious to me
that when our churches, civil
rights, political and grassroots
organizations had less, our
care, and advocacy was greater.
Brothers and Sisters, with will-
ing hearts and social concern-
ment, its time to set a civil and
human rights agenda in 2010 to
address poverty and its side
effects. Those that speak with a
hidden agenda or forked tongue
will continue to cause hardship
on disproportionate numbers of
African American and poor
I have walked among the des-
perate, rejected, and angry
young men and women, in pris-
ons, on street corners, and
homeless camps. I have tried to
offer them my deepest compas-
sion while maintaining my con-
viction that social change
comes most meaningfully
through education. I allow
them to know that drugs, guns
and violence will not solve
their problems. It's a new year
and a new season.
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\ Schedule of Events and Services f
THE GOSPEL CAVALIERS of Jacksonville First
Anniversary 2010, Saturday, January 16 at 5:00 p.m.
Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church, 2407 S. L. Badger
Jr. Circle E., Jacksonville with Rev. Anderson, Pastor.
Featuring: Rev. Robert Jackson and Spiritual Travelers,
The Singing Trumpets, Melissa McCarthan, Sunbeam
Gospel Singers, New Creation Gospel Singers, and
Mistress of Ceremony Sister Doris Wilson. For more
information, call (904) 356-9371.
FIRST QUARTERLY REVIVAL OF HOLY TAB-
ERNACLE CHURCH 6416 Miriam St. The church
is extending an invitation to the public to come and
worship with them in their quarterly revival. The speak-
er will be Prophetess Carolyn Clark Lathers. She is a
woman sent by God. Come and hear her for yourself,
January 15 17, 2010. Friday and Saturday nights 7:30
p.m. ad Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. For more infor-
mation contact Min. Horace Bell at (904) 708-5331 or
the church at (904) 764-3754.
GREATER BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH, 401
Stockton St., Rev. Darryl E. Edwards, II, Pastor. Kizzy
Walker presents "The Release Experience" A Night of
Praise & Worship, Saturday, January 9, at 7:00 p.m.
Special Guest: Sisters-In-Christ Dance Ministry, Wade
Garner & Deliberate Parke, Ava Hill, and Vera J.
Goodman and Anointed Praise.
CITY WELCOMES GRAND SHRINE CONVEN-
TION -The Saint Christopher Grand Temple and Kora
Grand Court of International Free & Accepted Modern
Masons and Order of Eastern Stars will hold its Annual
Grand Shrine Convention in Jacksonville on January 15
17. The Convention will be held at the Holiday Inn &
Convention Center on Baymeadows Rd. The Shrine
Department's goal is to help people who are in need.
The organization continues to go above and beyond the
call of duty in their pursuit of making the lives of oth-
ers more livable. For additional information contact Sis.
Ruth A. Pearson at (904) 765-0175.
NEW FOUNTAIN CHAPEL AFRICAN
METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH 737 Jessie
St., Jacksonville with Rev. Louis C. Kirkland, Pastor
and its members cordially invite you to the Fountain's
Family and Friends Day, Sunday, January 10 at 9:00
a.m. Church School and 10:45 a.m. Morning Service.
Come join us for a Spirit filled Worship Experience!
For more information call (904) 358-2258. Sister Pat
Lockett Felder Chairperson, and Sister Jessie B.
Kirkland Co. Chair.
THE SIXTH ANNUAL SOUTHERN MARYLAND
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. PRAYER BREAK-
FAST will be held Monday, January 18, 2010, in the
Great Room of St. Mary's College of Maryland's
(SMCM) Campus Center. The program will feature
William Yoast, the high school football coach portrayed
in the film "Remember the Titans," Lieutenant
Christiliene Whalen, who graduated from Great Mills
High School during the desegregation era, and John W.
Franklin, of the new Smithsonian National Museum of
African American History. A full breakfast will be
served, starting at 7:00 a.m. The program will begin at
8 a.m. Tickets are $7 and are available at the door. Early
arrival is recommended as space is limited; advance
registration .is not required. For more information, con-
tact Marc Apter at 301-904-3690.
Baptist Ministers' Conference of Duval and
Adjacent Counties Presents: DR. MARTIN
LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION SERVICES
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MEMORY OF REV. S.L. BADGER, JR. -12th
Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Services, Friday, January 15th, 7:00 p.m. at First
New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 4835 Soutel
Dr. Jacksonville, FL, Rev. Dr. James B. Sampson,
Pastor. Speaker: Mr. Alvin Brown, Candidate for
Mayor; Monday, January 18th, 7:00 p.m. at St. Johns
Missionary Baptist Church, 135 Brickyard Rd.,
Middleburg, FL, Rev. Dr. C.E. Preston, Pastor. Speaker:
Rev. Richard Curry, Pastor of Mt. Ararat of Lake City.
11TH ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
PRAYER BREAKFAST -Saturday, January 16th, 8:00
a.m. at Emanuel Multi-Purpose Center, 2407 S. L.
Badger Jr., Cir. E., Jacksonville, FL. Speaker:
Congressman Kendrick Meeks, Candidate for U.S.
TILLMAN VALENTINE CONSISTORY #22 to
Honor one of their own for a Lifetime of Masonic &
Civic Services Illustrious
SPrince, Alto W. Bell, 320
m to be Honored at Tillman
I37th Annual Election
Illustrious Peer, Carl L.
Adams, Sr., 330 -
Il. AltoW Bell, 32 announced today that
Illustrious Prince, Alto W. Bell, 320 will be honored
during their 37th Annual Election Banquet to be held
on January 16th at 7:30 p.m. at the Wilbur Fernander
Scottish Rite Center located at 29 West 6th St. in
Active in his community, Bell is a member of the
Second Missionary Baptist Church where he joined in
1967, has served faithfully as a deacon for more than
30 years, and co-chaired their 123rd Anniversary in
1970. Bell was a member of the "Jacksonville
Community Posse" a volunteer police force in the late
60's early 70's and completed training in criminal jus-
tice at Florida Community (now State) College.
His Masonic Career is equally impressive, having
served as Worshipful Master for North Jacksonville
Lodge #387 Free & Accepted Masons, PHA, and High
Priest of A. J. Junius Chapter #70 Holy Royal Arch
Masons, PHA. As a member of Tillman Valentine
Consistory #22, Ill. Prince Bell has served as the
"Minister of State," and was awarded the honor of
"Prince of the Year."
For more information regarding the service of Ill.
Prince, Alto W. Bell, and the Election Banquet of
Tillman Valentine Consistory #22, please contact. Ill.
Peer, Arther J. Mincey, 330, Election Banquet
Chairman at 904-813-5288.
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Almighty God, Father of all mercies and giver of
all comfort: Deal graciously, we pray thee, with
those who mourn, that casting every care on thee,
they may know the consolation of thy love,
through Jesus Christ our LORD.
ALLEN, Isabell, 84, died
January 1, 2010.
BENJAMIN, Naomi P.,
died January 1, 2010.
BILLUPS, Henry, died
January 4, 2010.
BOGGS, Charles died
January 3, 2010.
Rosemarie T., 39, died
January 1, 2010.
DIXON, Ms. Catherine
W., 80, died January 2,
DORSEY, Mrs. Lillie
Mae, died January 2,
2010. Alphonso West
died December 31, 2009.
HAMM, Curtis L., Jr.,
53, died December 31,
Sandra, died December
JOHNSON, Ms. Thelma,
94, died January 2, 2010.
LIMBRIC, Rev. Willie
D., 88., died January 1,
died January 1, 2010.
PERRY, Juanita S., died
January 1, 2010.
died January 1, 2010.
SCOTT, Amois, died
January 2, 2010.
SENIORS, Vera died
January 3, 2010.
SHAVERS, Eddie L., Jr.,
died January 2, 2010.
WHITE, John L., died
January 2, 2010.
YOUNG, Mr. T. L., 85,
died January 4, 2010.
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New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church
1824 Prospect Street Jacksonville, FL 32208
Sunday School ................... ...............9:30 a.m .
Sunday Morning ..
Intercessory Prayer.... ............. 10:45 a.m.
M morning W orship ..... ................ 11:00 a.m. ,
2nd & 3rd Sundays (Old Sanctuary) i. "
Tuesday Pastoral Bible Study ................ 7:00 p.m. ,' l
Bishop Eric Lee, Pastor I -
Rev. Joe Calhoun, Pastor Emeritus .
(904) 764-5727 Church "u .
Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church
W orship Service . . . . . . . . . 10:00 a.m.
Church School .................................... 8:30 p.m .
"Glory Hour" Bible Study .................... . . 10:00 a.m.
"Jehovah Jireh" Bible Study ........................ 6:30 p.m.
2nd & 4th Thursday "Young at Heart Ministry .......... .10:00 a.m.
Joy Explosion M ministry .............................. 6:30 p.m.
201 East Beaver St. (904) 355-9475
Rev. F.D. Richardson Jr., Pastor
GREATER EL-BETHEL DIVINE HOLINESS CHURCH
"The Church Where Everybody fs Somebody"
Bishop Lorenzo Hall., Pastor
Street Address: 723 W. 4th St. Jacksonville, Florida 32209
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3575, Jacksonville, Florida 32206
Church Telephone: (904) 359-0661 Home: (904) 358-8932 Cell: 710-1586
Sunday School......... ......... .......................... 9:30 a.m .
M morning W orship..................................... ................................. 1 :00 a.m .
Tuesday............................................ Prayer Meeting & Bible Study,7:00 p.m.
Thursday.......................................... Joy Night,7:00 p.m.
PENTECOSTAL CHURCH of GOD
"Jesus Loves Sinners Church Folk Don 't"
Elder Joseph Rice
Sunday School --------------------------------------------10:00 a.m.
Sunday Worship -------------------------12:00 Noon & 7:00 p.m.
Bible Study ---------------------Tuesday & Friday------ 7:00 p.m.
(912) 267-6395 (912) 996-4864 Cell
2705 MLK Blvd., Brunswick, GA 31520
Paynes ChapelA.M.E. Church
2200 Albany Street, PC) Box 759. Brunrs ick. GA 31520
Rei Richard Hich person, Pastor
Sunday Church School
SA Life Changing E\peni'ce" 9:15 10:55 a.m
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"There's Always Something Happen
Douglas Anderson Celebrates
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carpetnter b\ trade and a Farmei b\ choice But he \\a.i
more than that. is i ability, to sec thing- thilt needed to be
impro'.ed and the DRIVE to accomplish Iis igoas -se
hini aip rt '!
Perhap-, this inclination t)o er'e \% as spaix ned b\ hi-
dad. Samuel Anderson. \\ho introduced the "Bill to
fence the iailroad tracks," a hill uhIch .as sent to the
state Iceinlatiire because loose and roaming cattle slept.
stood and were slaughtered by trains, often causing acci-
dents. But, as Douglas was building homes, tending his
fields and flocks, he was keenly aware of the children of
the Southside, who walked miles in the early morning
darkness along dangerous roadways where some people
went out of their way to run them into ditches!
He went into action by picking up all the children
that he could in his truck, returning to get others, and
carrying them to school. At the same time he attended
political meeting and rallies where his true racial identi-
fy was not known. There he gathered information that
all citizens needed, but there some were not allowed to
attend. He then shared his findings with friends and
neighbors, making them aware and putting them on
In this manner, during the depression of the 39's and
the recovery afterward, he garnered building contracts
and hired workers of color, who would not have been
hired at that time by other companies
During this bleak period, he and his very supportive
wife Ether, shard food items from their farm of 22 acres.
We are told that at least three (3) families, of consider-
able size, along with Douglas and Ethel Anderson, sur-
Our family, with an advanced pregnancy, delivered
at the home site, stayed weeks, and named the baby girl-
Our grandfather, Douglas was a jolly fellow who
enjoyed hunting and gatherings of friends and neigh-
bors. He hauled in clay, built a tennis court for our
mother and her friends and provided hayrides for them.
I remember the men gathered around the large floor
radio when Joe Louis and other men fought, while the
ladies worked at the quilting frames. (Yes I am at old!!!)
When time came to acquire land for the present
school, he and Mr. Walter Thorpe were instrumental in
the land acquisition! Granddaddy's interest grew, as he
was actively involved in the PTA and all of the school's
needs. There fore when the School Board decided to
name the South Jacksonville School #107, it was not
just his PTA work or input in land acquisition, or his part
in construction of the school building, but his solid citi-
zenship of helping neighbors, political activism and
years of providing free transportation to endangered
children-that lead local South Jacksonville citizens to
select his name for our school. The school's name was
changed nine years after his death in 1945 at the age of
52. He succumbed from a diabetic coma.
Enough cannot be said for his wife, Ethel Stevens
Anderson, who continued to drive the school bus, work
in PTA up to the state level, and assisted in organizing
Southside ladies into Home Demonstration Clubs in
every pocket of the Southside and the Beaches.
Leonard Baker asked me to tell you how I feel
about our family's legacy. I am humbled, honored and
feel as my ancestors did, that I can never do enough for
To Coach Nathaniel Washington and the untiring
committee; thank you for actively showing that you feel
the same way!
We the children, grands, and great grands thank you
for your efforts and your loving support of this school.
This school belongs to all of us.
And to the generations to come, WE THANK
YOU!" The Occasion given by Mrs. Barbara Joyce
Lawson, former Douglas Anderson Faculty Member,
Dean of Girls and Granddaughter of the Honorable
The Douglas Anderson Alumni Association,
Incorporated celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the
Class of 1959 at their 31st Grand Reunion recently in
conjunction with the unveiling of the Florida Heritage
Site Marker at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.
Steve Smith, First Coast News was the Master of
Ceremony for the affair. He was joined on the program
by: Mrs. Afredia Thompson Lyons-Class of 1964;
Pastor Larry Brown, Sr., Class of 1969; Samuel
Davis, Jr. Class of 1966 and Chairman, Douglas
Anderson Alumni Association, Inc.; Mrs. Hazel Brown
Martin, Class of 1960; Wolfson High School JROTC;
Ronald Brazer, Class of 1964; Garry Merritt, Class
of 1968; Mrs. Essie Wiggins Davis, Class of 1961;
Mrs. Deloris McMillon, Class of 1961; Leonard
Baker, Class of 1959 and Vice Chairman, Douglas
Anderson Alumna Association, Inc.; John Gadson,
Class of 1965; and Mrs. Barbara Joyce Lawson, who
gave the Occasion.
Dinner followed the awe-inspiring program. There
were door prizes, the Roll Call of Classes, Special
Recognition of the Class of 1959 and the Douglas
Anderson Faculty, Dancing and an after party at the
hotel's Topsider Room.
It was a fabulous evening indeed!
Coach Edwin 'Butch' Lawson with Douglas Anderson graduates.
Mesdames Mary Crumley Doris Parsons and Myrtle Turner.
Former Douglas Anderson Faculty Members
Mesdames Elizabeth Guyton Hunter and
Pauline Exson Davis.
lt BB *-'- I Former Douglas Anderson Faculty Members that
---- -I included Mesdames Esther Barton and Grace Young
The Leonard Baker Family. Brown.
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Jones Named Athletic Director at
Dr. Tamica Smith Jones
By Mike Bonts, Sports
Dr. Tamica Smith
Jones, a native of Atlanta,
Ga. was appointed Liaison
to the Office of the
President for Athletics in
January 2008 after serving
in the role of Senior
W o m a n
e since her arrival to CAU
in 2002. In December
2008, she was promoted
to Interim Director of
Athletics. She accepted
the President's confirma-
tion to serve the
University as the Director
of Athletics, effective Jan.
Jones oversees 11
teams (six women's teams
and five men's teams)
more than 200 student-
athletes and 30 staff mem-
bers. During her leader-
-ship, the Panthers have
success in the classroom,
community, and on the
playing fields. It has been
noted that retention and
graduation rates have
steadily been on the rise.
been established through-
out the metro-Atlanta
community, which has
received a 2008 NCAA
Award), enhanced the stu-
dent-athlete and game day
through sponsorship pro-
leadership has soared
through graduate assist-
antships and the emergent
Student Athlete Advisory
Committee. In the Spring
2008, the Women's Tennis
team was crowned
In Fall 2008, Football
recorded its first winning
season since 1978 (6-5).
The 2008-09 Men's
Basketball had its first
consecutive winning sea-
son in 20 years (2007-08
The Women's Basketball
team was the 2008-09
ups, receiving the sixth
seed in the NCAA
Division II Regional
Championships, and in
October 2009, the
University won its first
ever Women's Cross
several CAU student-ath-
letes and staff members
have received Conference
and National recognition
throughout the program.
Jones is a member of
organizations such as
National Association of
(since 2001) and a gradu-
ate of the
Institute (2006); National
Association of Collegiate
Directors of Athletics, and
National Association for
She has served as the
Athletic Conference SWA
chair and Regional
Committee designee for
volleyball, presented for
Education, facilitated at
the NCAA CHAMPS/Life
Skills Orientation and par-
ticipated in the NCAA
Division II Leadership
Her recent and most
ments include the NCAA
Leadership Institute for
Ethnic Minority Females
(Class of 2007), a two-
year appointment to serve
on the NCAA Committee
for Women's Athletics, the
NCAA Division II
Committee. Jones was
also asked to serve as a
panelist at the 2010
Prior to her arrival at
CAU, Jones served as
Senior Associate Athletics
Director and Senior
along with several coach-
ing assignments at Morris
Brown College, Atlanta,
She began her career
in intercollegiate athletic
University, where she was
appointed interim head
women's volleyball and
basketball coach, while
obtaining her Master's
Jones earned her B.S.
Degree in Business
University in 1997,
Master's of Public
from Savannah State
University in 1999, and
her Doctorate Degree in
University in 2005.
As an author (2006
phy "A Ball and A
motivational speaker, life
skills coach, business pro-
fessional, and consultant,
Jones, is a spirit-filled
enthusiast who enjoys
letes in their pursuit of
Dr. Jones is married to
T'Michael Jones, a gradu-
ate of Morris Brown
College. They are the par-
ents of two wonderful
children, T'Micah Jordan
and T'Miyah Jourdan.
Legacy Lives On at HBCUs
FAIRFAX, VA (January
4, 2010)-UNCF-the United
. Negro College Fund-the .
nation's largest and most
* effective minority education
organization, today |
announced that the Benny
Andrews Foundation select-
ed UNCF to receive 128
pieces of his art collection |
and to assist with the exhi-
bition of his art in the col-
lections of UNCF's histori-
cally black colleges and
universities, African American museums, and other places where people come
together to learn about culture and American life. The art donation includes his
famous work "The Graduate" and "Young Artist"-Pictures for Miss Josie Series.
"UNCF is honored that the Benny Andrews Foundation selected UNCF to
receive this precious gift," said Michael L. Lomax, UNCF president and CEO. "The
work of this accomplished and visionary artist has been exhibited in some of the
world's most important permanent collections. He will be remembered for genera-
tions, both for his art and for his generosity and belief in UNCF's mission and edu-
Born in rural Georgia in 1930, Benny Andrews grew up picking cotton with his
family, but his mother insisted that her family get the education they would need to
get ahead, and Andrews graduated from Fort Valley State College, a Georgia HBCU
and the world-famous Chicago Art Institute.
An artist, activist and educator, Andrews used his art to teach a new generation
about the life he had lived in Georgia, about the jazz clubs and musicians that were
enriching the culture and about the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. His paintings
hang in major museums including the Art Institute of Chicago, Atlanta's High
Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art,
both in New York. He was director of visual arts for the National Endowment for the
Arts and was instrumental in helping form the National Arts Program, the largest
coordinated visual arts program in the nation's history. Andrews died in Brooklyn,
New York on November 10, 2006.
Experts including leadership and staff of the High Museum in Atlanta, GA, The
Smithsonian Institute National Museum of African American History and Culture in
Washington DC, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLP and Nene Humphrey, Andrews'
widow, president of the Benny Andrews Foundation and accomplished artist in her
own right will serve as partners to assist in the development of criteria for accept-
ance, protection and distribution of the collection as well as promotion and program-
About UNCF -the United Negro College Fund--is the nation's largest and most
effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the
nation, UNCF supports students' education and development through scholarships
and other programs, strengthens its 39 member colleges and universities, and advo-
cates for the importance of minority education. UNCF institutions and other histori-
cally black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 18 percent of
African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 pro-
grams, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrich-
ment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports
more than 60,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities across the country.
Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized
motto, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste." Learn more at www.UNCF.org.
A Whole Lot of Love -
Give Personalized Real Manatee Adoptions
on Valentine's Day!
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gifts ones that come straight from the heart like
"'green" manatee gift adoptions from Save the
Take for example, elementary school teacher
Heather Herendeen from New York, who, this past
Valentine's Day, decided to adopt Margarito from the
Club's Adopt-A-Manatees program for her husband,
Jim, a music teacher at the same school as his wife.
"Jim has everything, and he feels most gifts are
just a waste of money" said Heather. "Since Jim
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Jim has Margarito's photo and adoption certificate hanging up in his garage which
the couple has transformed into their own "Margaritaville/Key West" themed-room for
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other manatee paraphernalia adorn the room. "I specifically chose Margarito for Jim as
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a big bonus!"
Funds from the adoption program help Save the Manatee Club protect endangered
manatees and their aquatic habitat for future generations. To accomplish this, the Club
raises public awareness; educates; sponsors research, rescue, rehabilitation, and release
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There are only about 3,800 manatees left in Florida waters. Manatees face ever-increas-
ing threats mostly from watercraft-related mortality and loss of winter warm-water habi-
This Valentine's Day, people will be connecting with loved ones, and many will
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bestow on one another.
"The manatee adoption gift was special because it showed that my wife Heather
shares the same compassion and concerns that I do about the welfare of manatees," said
Save the Manatee Club, a national nonprofit advocacy organization, was founded in
1981 by Jimmy Buffett, world-renowned singer/songwriter, and former Governor of
Florida and U.S. Senator Bob Graham.
For more information about manatees, and to adopt one for Valentine's Day, contact
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AJ NUARY 9 2010
FACY A-bItI"r- 1/- 1
JANUARY 09. 2010
MAKING HISTORY WHILE MAKING' MISCHIEF!
BY RYCH MCCAIN/ FEEDBACKRYCH)SBCGLOBAL.NET
PHOTOS COURTESY OF WALT DISNEY PICTURES
With more than 150 film, television and
stage credits to his name; actor/singer Keith David
has made history with his role as the villianist Dr.
Facilier in the new Walt Disney Pictures movie
"The Princess and The Frog." This is the first time
ever that a major film studio has made an animat-
ed fairy tale with
a Black Afrikan
leading female as
the star. An
added plus is the ,.
fact that the
Disney studio is
the original when
it comes to ani- "'
mated fairy tales
(voiced by Anika
Noni Rose) is the
first ever Black
in a long line of
is also a first in
terms of a key
happens to be a
David's rendition of the evil, slick and cunning
voodoo master Dr. Facilier raised the bar extreme-
ly high for any actor coming behind hirn to play
this character either on the Broadway Stage or
any sequels that may be made should David not
play the part.
When asked about all of the hoopla, pre-release
hype and expectations of this project and the
pressure (if any) it may have presented to him
from any other project he has done, David chuck-
les, "Well, this is the first time that I've played a
major character in a Disney animated budget and
the promotion has been wonderful. I think they
have really gone out of their way to promote Tiana
and the whole movie and I've been a part of that
process which is great"! The Princess and The
Frog have already cemented itself with a spot in
Hollywood cinema history as a first. What was
David's reaction when he learned the part of Dr.
Facilier was his? He responds, "I was trilled,
absolutely, fantastically thrilled." What kind of a
precedent does David think this film has set for the
WASSUP IN HOLLYHOOD
By Rych McCain/ email@example.com
TV: Starring Zachary Levi, David Cross, Jason Lee, Justin Long, Matthew
According to our sources, Tyra Banks is ending her talk show Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris and Christina
after the 5th season to stick with "America's Next Top Model" and form Applegate. Directed by Betty Thomas. Screenplay by Jon Vitti. Written
a new production studio to produce movies, by Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger. Produced by Janice Karman and
VIDEO: Ross Bagdasarian. This is yet another saga of the chipmumks long, ongo-
Actor turned director; Richard McGregor AKA Richie Mac directed ing successful hit history. The children will love the movie, the soundtrack is
the "Back It Up" video for singer Colette Carr which has been #1 for sev- hip and the storyline is easy to follow while being entertaining.
eral weeks at MTVMusiccom surpassing both Beyonce and Lady Gaga! It's Complicated; Universal Pictures, Relativity Media, A Waverly
"Back It Up" is currently the top ten most viewed video on mtvmusic.com Films/Scott Rudin Productions. Starring Meryl Streep, Steve Martin,
behind Michael Jackson's "Thriller." These exploits have caught the atten- Alec Baldwin and John Krasinski. Written and Directed by Nancy
tion of Nick Cannon and his company Ncredible Entertainment. As a Meyers. Produced by Nancy Meyers and Scott Ruddin. Here is an odd
result, Mac is slated to direct the next video for Cannon's new artist Fresh. situation where a divorced couple becomes secret lovers behind the back
MUSIC: of the one who is re-marred. The film has plenty of twists and quirky goings-
The Zac Brown Band, Grammy@ nominees for Best New Artist on. This project may stroke the fancy of married couples who are on the
Debuted the music video for their latest single "Highway 20 Ride" in a brink of divorce or looking to test the waters of creeping or straying on the
world premiere this week on CMT.com and itunes. This is the fourth single side and the consequences that type of activity brings.
from the band's Atlantic Records, platinum debut country album titled Thank You For Another Eventful Year!
"The Foundation." Steve Martin received a Grammy nomination for I personally would like to thank you the readers of this weekly column
"Best Bluegrass Album." He was also named Billboard's #1 Top for another eventful year bringing you my little corner of Hollywood. I
Bluegrass artist and CD for the year for "The Crows" which has been #1 enjoyed hearing from many of you at firstname.lastname@example.org and
on the Billboard chart for 25 weeks straight. would love to hear from many more of you in 2010. God Bless and Have a
Movies: happy and prosperous new year!
Alvin and The Chipmunks The Squeakquel; Twentieth Century Study, Observe and Win!
Fox Film Corp. in association with Bagdasarian Production, LLC. Rych
future of films like it? He ponders, "I hope that
from this film, the bar is set so that things will go
further up and not go down. There is no looking
back after this when you see what we are capable
of and let's keep moving forward. I'm not a mind
reader. My character (Dr. Facilier) might have
some viewing of the
future but I don't. I take
one day at a time and I
don't know what the
future holds. I believe
that the future is
brighter because we
have the beacon of a
new princess to lead
This statement holds
true for all of the indi-
vidual characters in this
film. What were the
preparations that David
went through to make
his portrayal of Dr.
Faciliar so outstanding-
ly unique, attention get-
ting and entertaining?
He is humbled, "It
always starts on the
page. He was on the
page and I saw what
the character looked
like and it was fascinat-
ing. Then I just had the spin on the story which
was great!" Was David satisfied with the finished
product? He laughs, "Satisfied doesn't begin to
describe. Like I said, I was trilled and continue to
be trilled by how he came out." David stays busy
and is finishing his debut album of traditional jazz
and his personalized brand of a hip-hop/jazz
hybrid and has a new movie coming out.
n A fi7 A
JANUARY 9, 2010 THE FLORIDA AND GEORGIA STAR PAGE A-7
Crime Continued from A-1
In Philadelphia, known now, as Killadelphia, thousands lined up, including more
than 100 on motorcycles, on a Sunday morning in a call to join a new movement
against violence. They were young and middle-aged. They were volunteers, profes-
sionals, working class, men and women. It has been reported that murders in sever-
al cities that had dropped during the 1990s rose in 2009. In New Jersey, homicide
rated jumped 50 percent during the past four years.
The Jacksonville-Brunswick organizers say their goal is to bring violence down
throughout the cities, specifically in the low-income black communities, and bring
up the school grades, job opportunities and economic development.
The group asked the police officers to begin to do their reports in the parking lot of
a church in the high crime areas to let the community know the partnership between
church and JSO. They also requested Sheriff Rutherford and Mayor Peyton to com-
mit to visit churches within these communities that are being affected throughout the
year of 2010.
They further made a request to other pastors to focus their sermons on "Preaching
Talking To An Attorney
By Burney Bivens, Esq., LFD
FLORIDA COURTS ACTUAL CASE
Previous articles have discussed the role that is played by trial courts and appellate courts
in the criminal justice systems. This article will discuss the facts of an actual case to fur-
ther illustrate those points. Actual names will not be used and the facts will be slightly mod-
ified to protect the privacy of those involved. However, the fact pattern will illustrate the
points being made.
A few years ago on a summer day an individual that was walking down the street in
Jacksonville which had been described as a dangerous high crime area, as he was
approached by a slow moving automobile with tinted windows. The individual later testi-
fied that he thought he was being approached by robbers. Shots were fired by the individ-
ual, unknown to him, the slow moving automobile contained undercover police officers
who shot the individual 18 times and he was later arrested and charged with attempted mur-
der of a law enforcement officer. The individual claimed self-defense, because he was in a
high crime area and was approached by a slow moving vehicle with dark tinted windows.
The police claimed that they clearly identified themselves as police and the individual fired
on them anyway. A trial was held in circuit court, where the individual defendant called
various witnesses to illustrate his point, that the area was indeed a high crime area and to
illustrate his thought process that he thought he was being fired on and therefore he believes
he was justified and acting in self defense. The prosecution and the police called witness-
es claiming that the individual was unjustified in shooting and that they clearly identified
themselves as police officers and that they were wearing their police vest clearly marked as
JSO. (Writer's comment: why would an undercover police officer in an unmarked car be
wearing a vest that clearly identifies themselves as JSO and then clearly identifies them-
selves as police as he approached a suspect walking down the street?)
As you can see, when the case went to trial, there was conflicting testimony and after all
the evidence was entered, the jury believed the police and therefore, they found the individ-
ual guilty and convicted him of attempted murder of a police officers. It is interesting that
throughout the trial the primary issue was whether the police officer had identified them-
selves so that the individual knew that he was being approached by police and therefore,
they claimed that he was unjustified on shooting at them. At the trial, during the closing
arguments, approximately 75 police officers came and filled the front rows of the court-
room, while wearing their police vest clearly marked as police officers. The defendant and
his attorney objected to this, but the trial judge did not exclude them and claimed that the
police like any other citizen had a right to sit in a courtroom. The defendant was found
An appeal was taken to the appellate court and the argument by the defendant was that the
judge acted improperly by allowing the police officers to fill the courtroom and that they
were sending a message to the jury that they wanted a conviction and further, that this con-
duct amounted to testimony by the prosecution to which the defendant was denied the
opportunity to cross examine. Please note that when a case goes on appeal, the purpose of
the appellate court is not to review the evidence and decide to believe one group of witness
as opposed to another group. Instead, the appellate court reviews the case to see if the judge
made any errors in the administration of justice.
When the appellate court reviewed the case they concluded that the trial judge indeed acted
improperly in allowing the 75 police officers to fill the courtroom and that this conduct
could be sending a message to the jury that they wanted a conviction and further that this
conduct by the prosecution amounted to further testimony to which the defendant had no
opportunity to cross examine. Because the trial judge committed an error of law, the case
was reversed and sent back for a new trial.
The facts of this actual case should give a better understanding of the relationship between
the trial where evidence is taken and the appellate court where the conduct of the trial is
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The group advised that a three-day conference will be held on January 20-22
aimed at rallying pastors, community leaders, and churches on the importance of
"life changing" churches. They said they realize that much of the crime is located in
communities where there are a lot of churches. They said they understand that they
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'a^ -,;" . i Douglas Anderson School of the Arts has a rich history. The school was built in 1922 *..
^^^K?-"^ H. .' i as The South Jacksonville School for grades 1-9 serving African-American students. With '' .
S this history Douglas Anderson School # 107 has been designated as a Historic Site in the ,'
State of Florida through the untiring efforts of committed individuals. This historic site
designation is approved by the Bureau of Historic Preservation, The Florida Department
of State. The unveiling of the Heritage Marker was held recently during the School's 31st
S Grand Reunion Celebration.
"Mr. Douglas Anderson, for whom the school was later named, was born on March 7,
1884 in Jacksonville and attended the local public schools, completing his education in the
carpentry division of Tuskegee Institute. While in Alabama he met and married Miss Ethel
Stevens in 1906. They had one daughter, Mary Gwendolyn Anderson, who was born on
December 31, 1908. Mr. Douglas Anderson, along with Mr. W. R. Thorpe, played an active -
role in spearheading the allocation of the present school site and construction of the original Coach Nathaniel Washington with Former Douglas
Mr. Douglas Anderson school buildings. Douglas Anderson's interest in the school never ceased. He served as PTA Anderson-NFL Players Calvin Holland and Reverend
president for many years. He was, at the time, best known for his successful and untiring Edward Hayes.
efforts in acquiring free transportation for black students. For many years, "
he operated the only bus service for black students in Duval County. He was --- -'" -- -
also a respected member and official of the Bethel Baptist Institutional -
Church and a leader in the Southside area. On December 18, 1936 Douglas
Anderson died at the age of 52. Nine years later, in 1945 The South scoo w
Jacksonville School was renamed Douglas Anderson School. "
Between the years of 1955 and 1959, the grade 1-9 School expanded s
to become a high school, with the Fiery Dragon as its mascot. The class Z'.
of 1959 became the school's first graduating senior class. Douglas '
Anderson School closed in 1968 to become the San Diego Campus of *.
Florida Junior College. In 1971, it reopened as Douglas Anderson*..
Seventh Grade Center.
Douglas Anderson School of the Arts opened in August 1985 as an arts school which brought faculty and students Above right: Local Historian Jim Crooks, Douglas
together with a common bond a love for the arts. The Douglas Anderson facilities have undergone two major reno- Anderson Alumna Reverend Ed Hayes and former
nations. The first, in 1991, provided the school with a new state-of-the-art theatre, dance studios, black-box, theatre Douglas Anderson Coach, Coach Nathaniel Washington
shop, and instrumental music suite. The second major renovation was a $12.8 million construction project completed Top left: Descendants of Douglas Anderson
in 2002. This construction project renovated many of the school's class- .
room spaces and included a new building for Film/Video, a new Vocal .i .
Music suite, rehearsal rooms, a recital hall, art gallery, and the school's ig- .
nature atrium. What began as a mandate from the Duval County School -
Board has in the twenty-something years since, turned a dream into a reaIl-
ity. Students audition for placement and the school is dedicated to trainn : '
both the students who will pursue a career in the arts, as well as the student :-
who will be committed to the support of art in the community "v
(Information from the school's website http://www.da-arts.org
It's principals during the years 1922-1968 include: Messrs. James N.
Wilson, Dr. H. James Greene, Maurice Barnett, H.R. Jerkins, Mlaxie
Wilson, Fred King, Henry W. Jenkins, Jr., A. W. Pollack, Saint Clair
Evans, Charles D. Brooks and Chester R. Cowart. Mrs. Joan Turner joins fellow alumni singing Douglas Anderson Alumni at Historic Site Unveiling.
their school song. -1 .- ...1.-.--
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Ask Deanna! Is an advice column known for its
fearless approach to reality-based subjects! -
I'm married but often go on weekend trips with my friends.
My husband issued an ultimatum to adjust my schedule but I
chose not to. He threatened me and said he would leave if I .
chose my friends instead of going with him to his family
reunion. I went on my trip. When I returned, he was gone, the
house was empty and utilities disconnected. He won't talk to me and now wants a
divorce and I don't know what to do?
Tamara Louisville, KY
It's hard to imagine a girlie trip that's so good it would make you forsake your mar-
riage, unless you're cheating. Perhaps your friends can give you a cozy couch to
sleep on since you put them before your husband. Your decision was foolish, imma-
ture and disrespectful. Reach out to your husband and invite him to a friendly loca-
tion for a huge apology, an explanation and much needed counseling to help with
issues you both obviously have.
I'm an older woman dating a younger man. Our relationship is happy and healthy
but his mother has an issue because she and I are the same age. Her son is very
mature, we get along well and everything is balanced. We're starting to have argu-
ments because his mother tries to interfere. We aren't going to make it unless he
stops listening to his mother so much. How do I handle this?
Rose Mary Dallas, TX
Dear Rose Mary:
You handle it by not robbing the cradle and date men your own age. This is still her
baby boy and she's simply not willing to accept him being with someone her age.
She may feel as if she's being disrespected, you're taking advantage of her son and
most importantly, she's losing him. You and her son should work together and help
her understand your relationship, become friends and if she doesn't respond, then
too bad and keep it moving.
My father is causing a lot of pain in my family. I made the decision to date and have
interracial children. He calls my children horrible racial slurs and makes jokes about
them to his friends. My family has now split against me because I choose not to go
around my father or participate in things if he's around. Is there a friendly way to
resolve this issue without causing more pain to my children and family?
Derrick J. New York, NY
Your father is acting like a racist. He should realize that your children have his blood
and he should be ashamed of himself. You're doing the right thing because no one
including your family has the right to disrespect you or your children. To make a
long story short, your father needs a good man-to-man visit from you. Firmly let
him know you will not tolerate this behavior and if he wants to see you or the chil-
dren he needs to stop this rudeness immediately.
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TILLMAN VALENTINE CONSISTORY #22 will honor Illustrious Prince,
Alto W. Bell, 320, for a Lifetime of Masonic & Civic Services during their 37th
Annual Election Banquet on January 16, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. at the Wilbur
Femander Scottish Rite Center located at 29 West 6th Street.
The Milions More Movement,Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee
Inc., a non-profit organization is in the process of gathering children, women,
men, shoes, jackets, shirts, suits, dresses, skirts, blouses all sizes, etc. for our
next 'Clothes Give-A-Way'. If you have the items listed above, and are in the
process of cleaning out your closets, give them to us. We need them. We also
accept cash donations. Call us for pickups, or bring them to 916 N. Myrtle
Avenue., Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visit our website:
www.jaxloc.org or call us at 904-240-9133.
HEALTH FAIR!!! Free Cholesterol and Diabetes Screenings offered from
12:00 pm 5:00 pm January 19 at Winn-Dixie Pharmacy, 11380-8 Beach Blvd.,
Jacksonville, FL., For more information call Cholestcheck: 800-713-3301 (No-
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ED. NATIONAL INFLUENZA VACCINATION WEEK JANUARY 10 -
16, 2010 -GREEN COVE SPRINGS Next week is National Influenza
Vaccination Week and the Clay County Health Department will be holding two
H1N1 shot clinics at the Bear Run Clinic in Orange Park. "Clay County resi-
dents, their friends and families are invited to walk in and get protected against
H1N1 flu with no charge and no appointment needed," said Nancy Mills,
Health Department Administrator. "It is important not to let down our guard
against the flu as children return to school and residents return home from hol-
iday travels out-of-state." Ms. Mills referred to a December 31st letter from
Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the U.S. Health and Human Services agency. In
that letter, Sebelius stated, "We are at a critical moment in the fight against the
2009 HIN1 influenza. Between April and mid-November, we saw approximate-
ly 47 million cases of 2009 HINI flu, more than 200,000 hospitalizations, and
nearly 10,000 deaths, with the vast majority of deaths occurring in children and
non-elderly adults. While we are fortunate that flu activity has declined in
recent weeks, flu activity caused either by the 2009 HIN1 virus or regular
seasonal flu viruses is expected to continue for months. Flu experts warn that
we should prepare for a possible third wave of H1N1 flu." The Health
Department Clinics will be held Friday, January 15 and Saturday, January 16.
H1N1 flu vaccine will be available to all people over the age of 6 months old.
No appointments are necessary, but people can call Health Department's HIN1
flu line at (904) 529-2900 if they have questions. Location: Bear Run Health
Department, Building B, 3229 Bear Run Blvd, Orange Park, FL Dates/Times:
Friday, January 15, 9:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 16, 9:00 a.m. -
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COMNI ON DANGER SIGNALS
DEFINITION As a general precaution against disease and as a measure that
I you will probably take most commonly for the rest of your life to preserve your
health, it is important that you become familiar with some common danger sig-
nals of disease so that you will not do what many people have done, that it is
put off having these checked out until it's too late.
The following are the signals that you should watch for:
1. PAIN. Persistent or sharp pain anywhere in the body, whether it is chest,
abdominal, head or limbs, particularly if it occurs over and over. Special men-
tion needs to be made of abdominal pain (or stomach ache as it is commonly
1 2. FATIGUE. "That tired feeling" without immediately obvious cause
(such as a late party the night before).
3. WEIGHT CHANGE, unexplained.
4. PERSISTENT RECURRENT HEADACHE.
5. FEVER of unknown cause.
6. BLEEDING (hemorrhage) from the skin, nose, rectum or any other body
opening except for a women's monthly periods.
7. INDIGESTION, recurrent, unexplained.
8. INSOMNIA (sleeplessness).
9. SKIN CHANGES.
10 PERSONALITY CHANGES.
11. VISION CHANGES.
12. SWELLING, anywhere on the body.
13. LUMPS (or growth).
15. COUGHING and HOARSENESS.
16. SORE THROAT, which hangs on for more than a day.
17. LOSS OF APPETITE, or difficulty swallowing.
18. EXCESSIVE THIRST, especially when accompanied by excessive or
painful urination (wetting).
19. DIZZINESS, giddiness or vertigo.
20. BOWEL, HABIT CHANGES Bowel movements that look black and
21. RED OR SMOKY-LOOKING URINE.
22. IN MEN, DISCOMFORT OR DIFFICULTY WHEN URINATING,
23. IN WOMEN, BLEEDING 0 UNUSUAL DISCHARGE FROM
24. IN WOMEN, VAGINAL BLEEDING OR "SPOTING" that occurs
: between usual menstrual periods or after menopause.
a Dr. Watkins can be heard live Sundays at 7:05 pm EST on
www.KCOHRadio.com. He is a 330 Mason and Grand Medical Director
' for the United Supreme Council. S. J. and Imperial Council (Black
Shriners Nationwide) 713-433-4536.
Blacks and World Businesses
Happy New Year to all the readers of The Gantt
Report. It's 2010, a new year and time for new attitudes
If you didn't know it last year, you should know it now. The dollar is on life
support if it is not dead already.
America's and the world's economies are in dire straits. As the Last Poets said
years ago, paper money is like a bee without honey with no stinger to back it up.
What the people in the United States have been told is a trillion dollar deficit,
in reality is at least a ten trillion dollar deficit!
The assets you have, like your home value, is not nearly worth what it was a
few years ago.
Personal debt like credit cards is increasing automatically even if you pay on
time and never use your card because banks and other card companies are being
allowed to raise interest rates and fees at will.
Unemployment rolls are sky rocketing and benefits for the jobless are drying
up like waterless deserts.
I added a commodity aspect to my business, All World Consultants, because
I'm smart enough to know that multinational and industrial conglomerates that
deal in commodities are companies that continue to generate revenue despite the
failing world economy.
No matter what people still need gas and other petroleum products, people
need cement and steel to construct houses, roads and almost anything durable and
the people of the world need to be fed rice, corn, sugar, soy and other food stuffs.
Hedge funds and other individuals and groups with money are hoarding com-
modities, pumping the prices up and still making billions of dollars per day sell-
Of course I don't make that kind of money right now because I don't have
any aviation fuel, Portland Cement or Icumsa 45 sugar or the money to buy those
commodities but I do have contacts all over the world and hope to swing me a
retirement deal one day for millions of dollars in commodity trade commissions.
African Americans must get out of the devils box and seek to make money on
the worldwide stage if we are to survive in these hard economic times.
ommodity trading has always been a white man's world but ifBarack Obama
hasn't done everything, he has done one thing and that is to show the world that
Black Americans are capable of holding their own and doing politics and busi-
ness on the international level.
If you have some commodities to sell, or buy, holler at a brother. Holler at
me! -- Lucius Gantt, ALL WORLD CONSULTANTS, Box 2071, Tallahassee,
Florida 32316 850-222-3475
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From Actual Police Reports
Did You Hear About?...
A dispatch was made to 8072 S Old Kings Rd (Shell Gas) in reference to a
robbery that occurred. Upon arrival, Officer met with the victim. Victim had picked
up her listed firearm this afternoon from the JSO property room as it was recovered
at an abandoned house, Victim had the gun in the passenger door of her vehicle and
it was still in the sealed, unmarked envelope that was given to her this afternoon.
Victim stated she went to the gas station to meet a friend of hers she knows
as Mike Brown. Victim stated the suspect was seated in the front passenger side of
her vehicle when she went inside to get a drink.
When she came back outside and got into her vehicle, she noticed an opened
envelope sitting on the passenger side floorboard of her vehicle. Victim asked the
suspect about the envelope and why it was opened. The suspect stated he didn't open
the envelope and he didn't know what she was talking about.
The victim pulled onto S Old Kings Rd and drove north. She asked Mike
Brown if he had taken her gun out of the envelope. Mike Brown got agitated and put
the car into park while it was moving and in the middle of the road. Victim grabbed
the suspect's shirt and the suspect hit her in the face with an unopened bottle of
liquor. The suspect jumped out of the top of the top-down convertible and ran
towards S Old Kings Rd. The victim turned her car around and went back to the Shell
station to call the police.
The victim stated she knows the suspect as Mike Brown and gave his cell
phone number. The victim described the suspect as a black male with a tattoo of the
state of Florida on his left temple and braided hair that was in several pony tails. The
victim stated the suspect was wearing a white shirt, jeans, and a black jacket with a
hood and multi colored panels on the back. The victim stated she had met the sus-
pect only once before at the Shell and believes he lives in the Raven Apartments.
Using the Southeast LINX program, Sgt. Morgan ran the suspect's phone number and
was able to retrieve a name of Avery B. A JPICS photo of Avery B fits the descrip-
tion of the suspect and also shows the distinctive tattoo of the state of Florida on his
left temple as described by the victim; Avery B's residence is at Raven Apts.
Two officers and a K9 unit attempted to make contact with the suspect at his
residence. The suspect's mother answered the door and stated he was not home. The
suspect's mother allowed officers to search the residence, but the suspect was not
inside. Officer asked the suspect's mother to call the suspect's cell phone to see if he
would turn himself in and she dialed the same number given by the victim.
The stolen firearm is a black semi-automatic 380CAL with a magazine.
Officer saw a large red mark with some swelling on the victim's right cheek. Patrol
efforts continuing due to pending contact with the suspect. If contact cannot be made,
officer will seek an arrest warrant.
A response was made to a Domestic Dispute located at W. 45th St. Bldg. K.
Upon arrival Officer spoke with the victim.
The victim stated that at 2230 hours she and the suspect (boyfriend) arrived at the
listed address and got into a heated argument. The victim stated that the suspect
punched her in the left side of the face then grabbed her around the neck and choked
her. The victim stated that the suspect then left the scene on foot eastbound on 45th
Officer observed a small bruise on the left side of her face near the corner of
her mouth and she also had multiple scratches/cuts on both sides of her neck. The
victim refused medical treatment.
At 0030 hours. Officer was contacted by dispatch that the suspect had
returned to the listed address and was detained by the witness.
The witness stated that the suspect returned and that he detained him at the listed
address in front of Bldg. L. Officer then spoke with the suspect who stated that he
got into a heated argument with the victim over a cell phone.
The suspect stated that when the victim took his phone from him he grabbed
the victim by her hair. The suspect stated that the victim then jumped on top of him
and started punching him in the head. The suspect then stated that he punched the
victim in the face in self-defense and possibly might have scratched her neck during
the scuffle. The suspect stated that when he freed himself, the victim pulled out a
razor knife and told him to "hit her some more" so she could cut him. The suspect
stated he left the area to cool off and to get away from her. Case cleared by arrest.
Officer was dispatched to Ernest St. in reference to a dispute and battery
Upon arrival, he was met by the victim, Raul. The victim stated he was argu-
ing with the suspect, Walker, who he has known for approximately 10 years, because
the suspect was not getting his own place with his family.
The victim stated the suspect threatened to hit him. Then the suspect struck
him in the face with his right hand, closed fist. The suspect then fled the scene.
There were no independent witnesses to the incident. Officer observed a
small cut on the victim's face left cheek. The victim stated he did not need rescue.
The victim does not know how to get a hold of the suspect and does not know where
the suspect fled to. A Case Card was given to the victim. Case suspended. State
Attorney Card issued.
January 4, 2010 January 10, 2010
Try not to be too emotional
with those around you. You
can get the attention of impor-
tant individuals but it might
not be the time to get them to
help or to back your ideas.
Refrain from arguing with
your mate. Get together with
those you find men tally stim-
Use your charm, but don't be
phony. Secret affairs will
come back to haunt you. Your
stability will aid you in get-
ting support from your fellow
workers. You can easily wrap
up overdue personal legal
matters that have caused
problems for you.
You will be best suited to
doing things around the house
or inviting friends over for a
visit. Try to make your lover
understand that you need to
do things with your friends.
You will have additional dis-
cipline that will aid you in
Make changes regarding
your friendships. Do not
get involved in joint
financial ventures. Don't
rely on others to do your
work. Uncertainties about
your personal life are
You'll find it easy to deal with
government agencies or large
institutions. Make arrange-
ments to spend quality time
together. Put your energy into
behind the scenes activities.
Pleasure trips will turn out to
be better than anticipated.
Do your best, but don't
make too many promises or
you may exhaust yourself.
Overindulgence may cause
conflicts. Go to the top if
you're being harassed or
held back. You always seem
to spend more than you
Your competitive nature will
enable you to win any contest
you enter. Sudden changes oI
heart may cause disruptions in
your domestic scene. Make
changes that will enhance your
appearance. You need an ener-
getic outlet that will help you
dissipate your anxiety.
Mingle with those who can
help you get ahead.
Uncertainty regarding your
mate may emerge; reevalu-
ate what you see in each
other. Do things for them
but don't allow them to
requests. You may be over-
reacting to a situation at
You will take on too much if
you aren't careful. Stick to
basics. Try to channel your
energy into professional
endeavors. You should expect
to have changes in your home.
Don't overspend on children or
on large purchases.
You need to be around friends
and family. Go out with
friends. Don't be shy; show
your abilities! Don't blow sit-
uations out of proportion.
Your lucky day this week will
You may have difficulties
with someone who lives
with you. Older relatives
may make unreasonable
demands. Don't let your
partner get away with
spending too much of your
money. Your knowledge
and good sense will help
more than you think.
Any intimate relationships
with colleagues will lead to
gossip that could easily affect
your position. Avoid any has-
sles. A new image can be the
result if you change your
look. Social activity with
friends and relatives will be
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A
FIREARM ORA CRUEL JOKE?
Officer responded to Easton River Drive to serve an arrest warrant for
Upon arrival he knocked on the door and identified himself. The suspect
opened the door. Officer was able to identify the suspect and he identified himself
by stating his full name.
The suspect was taken into custody and read his Miranda rights via card by
Officer Forster. The arrest warrant was confirmed as active through the Records
and Identifications unit.
Arrest warrant reads as follows:
Suspect committed the crimes) of AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A
Affiant contacted Victim at Check*N*Go at South Old Kings Road in reference to
an aggravated assault. She stated that at 5:50 pm suspect walked into the business
wearing all black clothing, black gloves, and a white mask. Suspect approached the
counter stationed by Victim, told her this was a robbery and to give suspect all the
money. Victim attempted to press the silent alarm but suspect told her to step back
and suspect pointed a shotgun, black with a brown handle, at her. With the gun
pointed at her, Victim began taking money from the drawer and placing it up onto
the counter in front of suspect, along with checks. Suspect then began to sort
through the money. Victim stated suspect told her that he wanted the money in the
safe as well. Victim explained to the suspect that she would have to call a manag-
er in order to get the safe open. At this time, suspect pulled off his mask and told
her that It was just a joke and that he was only trying to scare her. When suspect
was told he was being recorded, he ran out the exit door. He returned approximate-
ly five (5) minutes later and apologized, telling Victim it was a joke and he was
sorry: Suspect then left in an unknown direction in a gold SUV. Victim recognized
suspect as a regular customer who has cashed checks numerous times in the past.
Victim provided affiant with detailed suspect information. Victim provided a writ-
ten statement and surveillance video captures the incident.
The suspect was transported to the PTDF.
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The~ Florida ( Geori,'ia Star
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FL QB Tebow rushing in
for a TD.
At the Louisiana
Superdome on January 1st,
2010 at 8:30 PM, the unde-
feated 12-1 and 5th ranked
team in the country
University of Florida Gators
declawed the number 3
ranked and undefeated
Cincinnati Bearcats 51-24.
The Gators were smart-
ing from the loss to
Alabama in the SEC
Championship game that
ended the Gator quest to
potentially repeat as nation-
al champions. In Tim
Tebow's swan song playing
in his last game in a Gator
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In the 2nd piuriter, lthe
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cessive touchdowns cour-
tesy of a Tebow to Deonte
Thompson 7-yard strike
and a 6-yard scamper by
Emmanuel Moody. The
Bearcats finally got on the
scoreboard with 3:11 left in
the quarter with a Jake
Rogers 47-yard field goal.
On the next Gator offensive
possession, Tebow con-
nected with Riley Cooper
on an 80-yard bomb that
took all of nine seconds to
complete the first half scor-
ing and Gator dominance of
the Bearcats. At the half,
the score was: Gators 30;
The Gators opened up
the second half with a
Moody 2-yard touchdown
dive with 11:13 on the
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Chris Rainey added another
through the final quarter
with a 6-yard dash. With
3:43 left in the game, the
Bearcats completed the
scoring in the Sugar Bowl
with a 6-yard pass from
Pike to Kazeem Alli for the
game final: Gators 51;
In every Gator game
this season, Tim Tebow and
the 23 Gator seniors have
been setting records. In
fact, this Gator senior'class
has won more games than
any other in SEC history
(46-6) and includes a
Heisman Trophy winner
and a national defensive
play of the year.
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quarterback, Tony Pike.
Senior Gator linebacker
Brandon Spikes probably
summed up the attitude of
the defense best with this
quote: "Guys were anxious
to get it done. That game in
Atlanta hurt. I told the guys
we would get another
opportunity to play like we
know how to play, and I
think we did that today."
As the sunset on the
Sugar Bowl, both teams
face challenges for the
2010 season. Gator Coach
Urban Meyer announced
his retirement before the
Sugar Bowl, and then
rescinded that decision in
favor of a medical leave of
absence. Cincinnati lost its
head coach in December
and interim coach Jeff
Quinn was pressed into
duty with only three weeks
of preparation for the Sugar
It's likely that both
teams will have significant
changes and dare say, a
rebuilding year in 2010.
For the Gator nation, this
was bittersweet vindication
of sorts after a dismal
showing against Alabama.
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At 1:00 PM on New
Year's Day, the unranked
Florida State University
Seminoles shocked the
number 16th ranked West
Virginia Mountaineers with
a Seminole win 33-21 in
the Gator Bowl in
It was a fitting way for
the Seminoles to usher in
the New Year with a win
and usher out the old year
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as it was their legendary
coach Bobby Bowden's last
college game. Bowden
finished his 57 year coach-
ing career today with 33rd
consecutive winning sea-
sons in spite of the early
falling rain and his team
being the underdog in this
West Virginia began the
scoring in the 1st quarter
with a 32-yard burst by
Jarrett Brown for a touch-
down and with the Tyler
Bitancurt extra point kick
good, the Mountaineers
took an early lead. The
yard field goal
quarter. On the
Bowen with Noel Devine
touchdown on a 1-yard
plunge and Bitancurt added
the extra point so the quar-
ter ended with the score:
Seminoles 3; Mountaineers
The FSU offense struck
twice in the 2nd quarter
with a 12-yard scamper for
a touchdown by
Jermaine Thomas (extra
point was good) and as time
was running out in the first
half; Hopkins booted a 42-
yard field goal. The half
time score: Seminoles 13;
Early in the 3rd quarter,
the Seminole offense con-
tinued its scoring machine
ways with a 22-yard field
goal boot by Hopkins and
the second touchdown by
Thomas on a 19-yard burst.
The scores put the
Seminoles ahead for the
first time 23-14 at the end
of the quarter.
West Virginia scored
seconds into the 4th quarter
with Ryan Clark crossing
the goal line on a 5-yard
rush. Halfway through the
final quarter, the Seminole
offense added seven more
points to their lead with a 2-
yard quarterback keeper by
E.J. Manuel. The last score
of the game was a 37-yard
field goal by Seminole
Hopkins for a game final:
Bowden finishes his
career with a record of 389
wins, 129 losses and 4 ties.
When asked about any
regrets, he said, "I wanted
400 so bad. I wanted 400 so
bad because I felt like, well,
Joe (sic Paterno, head
coach of Penn State) is
going to beat me -- when
they took away those
games, Joe is going to beat
me. And if I could just get
to 400, it would be me and
him. I could hang around
with him and follow him
around a little bit. But I
wanted 400 but didn't get a
shot at it."
More than 350 former
FSU players were on the
sidelines to watch their for-
mer mentor finish his
career. Players such as
Greg Jones, Derrick
Alexander, Deion Sanders,
Warrick Dunn, Derrick
Brooks, Chris Weinke, and
former defensive end coach
In a circle of life
moment, Coach Bowden
fought through a wall of
photographers post game to
shake the hand of West
Virginia coach Bill Stewart.
This is the same Bill
Stewart that was a 177
pound walk-on when
Bowden was a rookie coach
at West Virginia in 1970.
That said, losing to Bowden
per Stewart is not an easy
pill to swallow. "I don't
like to lose," Stewart said.
"He taught me that."
Coach Jimbo Fisher
succeeds Bowden next year
as the FSU head coach.
The Seminoles end their
season with a record of 7-6;
their record identical for the
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third time in the last four
years. West Virginia ended
their year with a 9-4 mark.
GEORGIA SPORTS ROUNDUP
UGA's Wallace Receives National Coaching Award
FROM THE GEORGIA.- ST-IR SPORTS
University of Georgia women's tennis coach Jeff Wallace received the 20 \Vilson ITA National
Coach of the Year award recenti, at thie 25th annual ITA contention in Naples. Fla.
Wallace is the first-e\er four-time recipient of the national coaching honor for w omen's tennis after
also earning it in 199 1. 1994 and 2i001 Georgia posted a 2'-3 record in 21i0N and ad\ anced to the NCAA
tennis "Final Four" for the Iith time in his 2-1 seasons at the helm i
The 2009 Bulldog squad captured the Southeastern Conference title, their third straight SEC
Tournament title. reached the finals of the National Team Indoors and made their 23rd consecumtie
appearance in the NCAA Tournament Wallace's career record is 52"-12"' "ith tr\ o NCAA titles and three
National Team Indoor crow ns.
There has onl', been one men's coach to be honored four times b\ the ITA -- former Stanford coach
The 2009 ITA event featured four legends of the game in Dennis Ralston. Jose Higueras. Emilio
Sanchez and Stan Smith. Ralston, who was the keynote speaker at the awards banquet, presented \\allace
with his latest honor. Ralston was a former U.S. Davis Cup player and captain i196.--l1'2 and head I
coach at SMU.
He was inducted to the ITAHall of Fame in 1983 and to the International Tennis -all of Fame in 1 ,. S .
Also during the convention, Wallace was a part of the workshop program regarding team practices.
The 2010 Bulldogs will be back in action Jan. 15-17 when they play host to the Georgia In' itational
An indoor round-robin singles and doubles event, the field includes student-athletes from the Ulnin ersitN '
of Texas, Troy, Kansas State, Georgia State and the host Bulldogs. *IJJ h allace and Dennis Ralston
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Galtor Chris Rainey's turn to score TD.
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The Star JANUARY09, 2010
r PREP RAF
MIKE DAVIDSON FORD PRESENTS $1,920
CHECK TO SANDALWOOD HIGH SCHOOL'S
PARENT TEACHER STUDENT ASSOCIATION
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MIembers of Sandalwood High School's Parent Teacher Student Association and Rob Henry, General Manager of Mike
Davidson Ford (on far right).
Despite difficult economic times, Ford
Motor Co. continues investment in local
communities through the Drive One 4
UR School program
Jacksonville, FL Mike Davidson Ford
presented a check for $1,920 to Sandalwood
High School's Parent Teacher Student
Association on Monday, December 14, 2009 as a
result of the fundraising efforts during the Drive
One 4 UR School event hosted by Mike
Davidson Ford earlier this fall. Ford's Drive One
4 UR School program gives high schools the
opportunity to raise money for programs within
the school by partnering with local Ford dealer-
ships. The school or dealership will then host an
event and for every test drive taken during the
event, $20 is raised for the school or specific pro-
gram of the school's choice.
Drive One 4 UR School, which launched
in 2007, demonstrates Ford Motor Company's
commitment to supporting local communities in
good times and in bad. During the past two years,
Ford Motor Company has provided more than
$1.3 million to high schools that have participat-
ed in the program, with further plans to continue
this fun, engaging way to help high -schools raise
money to support their sports and extracurricular
"We were thrilled with the turnout from
the community and glad we could give the dona-
tion," said Sybil Turner, Internet/Customer
Service Director at
Mike Davidson Ford. "We know that the
funds will be put to good use, and we are excited
over the buzz at the event surrounding our vehi
cles especially the Ford Edge."
"Drive One 4 UR School is an excellent
program, and I am so glad that Mike Davidson
Ford was able to help our community and school
system," said Michelle Sanders, Parent Teacher
Student Association President at Sandalwood
High School High School. "We thank Ford Motor
Company tremendously for giving schools across
the country such a great opportunity."
After accumulating 96 test drives during the Drive One
4 UR School event, Rob Henry, General Manager of
Mike Davidson Ford presents the check worth $1,920
to Michelle Sanders, President of Sandalwood High
School's Parent Teacher Student Association. Michelle
Sanders is also presenting Rob with a plaque of appre-
ciation for the fundraising efforts Mike Davidson Ford
helped with during the Drive One 4 UR School pro-
Monday, January 18, 2010 at 6:00 pm in
Jacoby Hall at the Times Union Center for the Performing Arts
WTLV12 First Coast News Anchor, Joy Purdy
Renowned music composer, Grayson Warren Brown
Featuring the Voices of The Jacksonville Children's Chorus, the UNF Chorale. JU Concert Choir,
The Ritz Chamber Players, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Chorale, Shiloh Metropolitan
Baptist Church, and Bethel Institutional Baptist Church Choir.
Tickets are $15 General Admission & $25 Reserved Box Seating
For more information and ticket purchasing, visit us online at
www.jaxchildrenschorus.com or call 904.353.1636.
JAC KS.ONVI LLE
I HE ROOTS OF
YOUNG AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITER-
ARY PRODIGY LIKENED TO ALEX
HALEY; PUBLISHES HISTORICAL SLAVE
NARRATIVE THAT WAS COMPLETED AT
Noni Carter's Good Fortune, released by Simon &
Schuster on Jan. 5, was inspired by her ancestor's real-life
Twelve-year-old Noni Carter listened intently one day
as her great aunts shared their ancestors' true stories. Those
stories inspired a critically-acclaimed, historical fiction slave
narrative that was finished by Noni's 15th birthday and is being
published before her 19th. Now, the Harvard University fresh-
man's debut novel, Good Fortune, is poised to inspire 21st
century youth to appreciate their black history just as Alex
Haley's Roots inspired his generation.
Good Fortune is thestory of an African-American slave
woman in the early 19th century, Ayanna Bahati.
The narrative traces one girls' journey from slavery to libera-
tion, and details how she finds her true self and true love along
Ayanna Bahati's story is inspired by the real-life experi-
ences of Noni's great-great-great-great grandmother, Rose
Caldwell. Noni was so moved by the story of Rose Caldwell
that she embarked on a three-year journey during her adoles-
cent years to research and write a book that would inspire
other youth to embrace and learn from their history. Released
nationwide by Simon & Schuster today, Good Fortune earns
Noni a slot as one of the publisher's youngest authors.
"My passion is to inspire an appreciation of history,
ignite a stronger sense of identity and reinforce the importance
of lifelong learning, among youth in general and black youth in
particular," says Noni Carter, author of Good Fortune. "I had a
kitchen table experience with my elders that confirmed for me
the value of my history and my identity and I'm hoping that,
through Good Fortune, that experience will do the same for
youth all over the nation."
About Good Fortune
Brutally kidnapped from her African village and shipped
to America, Good Fortune's heroine Ayanna Bahati struggles
to come to terms with her new life as a slave, fights her way to
find love and freedom and discovers her homeland is
engrained into her soul through her name: BAHATI, or Good
Fortune. Through this account of Ayanna's journey through
slavery; through her dreams of honest freedom; through her
aspirations; and through her love, sorrow, pain, joy, Good
Fortune inspires and stimulates many to keep the memory of
these ancestors alive.
Good Fortune has received glowing reviews from such
writers and publishers as Tananarive Due, American Book
Award-winning author of The Black Rose and Joplin's Ghost.
"Noni Carter was only a child when she first conceived of this
story...but her debut novel is written with wisdom and heart far
beyond her years. Well researched and delightfully well-writ-
ten, Good Fortune is an empowering testament to history that
will move readers both young and old," said Due.
For more information about Noni Carter and Good
Fortune, visit www.nonicarter.com.
PAGE B-6 THE STAR JANUARY 09, 2010
The Jacksonville Children's Chorus presents our First Annual Martin
Luther King, Jr.
"Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" Concert on Monday, January 18, 2010 at
6:00 p.m. in Jacoby Hall at the Times Union Center for the Performing Arts.
The concert will feature The Jacksonville Children's Chorus, the UNF
Chorale, JU Concert Choir, the Ritz Chamber Players, Douglas Anderson
School of the Arts Chorale, Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church Choir, and
Bethel Institutional Baptist Church Choir.
WTLV12 First Coast News Anchor Joy Purdy and renowned music
composer Grayson Warren Brown will be serving as guest MCs for the event.
Brown is an internationally known liturgical composer, author, recording artist
"This is about us trying to elevate the celebration of the King Holiday
to a new leve lof significance and vibrancy through music in Jacksonville." -
Darren Dailey Artistic and Executive Director
The Jacksonville Children's Chorus provides a high-quality choral
music education for children of diverse backgrounds, fostering teamwork,
self-discipline, accomplishment and pride while filling an important cultural
need in the community and sharing the beauty of the choral art form through
artistically excellent performances. Each year our programs teach vocal
music to more than 450 children representing more than 100 schools,
through weekly classes offered after school and annual outreach programs.
Tickets for the event are $15 General Admission, $25 Reserved Box
In addition to the concert, the Jacksonville Children's Chorus will be
hosting a pre-concert dinner at the Times Union Center from 3-5:30pm pro-
vided by Ruby Tuesday. Tickets for the dinner are $14 Adult and $10 Child 12
and under and must be purchased in advance by January 14th, 2010.
Tickets may be purchased online at jaxchildrenschorus.com or by
phone at 904-353-1636.
Proceeds from the concerts will benefit The Jacksonville Children's
Chorus's ongoing programming and scholarship funds.
JAXPARKS HOSTS FREE M.L.K.
First Coast families are invited to Mary Lena Gibbs Community Center
to enjoy a dance commemorating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The celebration will offer free music, dancing, fellowship and fun. Parents
are encouraged to attend with their children. Free refreshments will be
available while they last.
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6 9:30 p.m.
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Winter Break Proves Productive For Business Majors Home For The
Representative Mia Jones (D- Jacksonville) awarded four students from
District 14 with $500 scholarships on Tuesday, December 29 at 11 a.m. in
conference room B of the Highlands Branch Jacksonville Public Library at
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"The Florida Conference of Black State Legislators is committed to
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