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Florida star
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Florida star (Jacksonville, Fla.)
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Florida star news
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Vol. 12, no. 13 i.e. 39 (Jan. 6, 1962)-
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"Florida's statewide black weekly."
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Publisher: Eric O. Simpson, Feb. 14, 1981- .

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serving you since 1951. Rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau An Award Winning Publication Read The Florida and Georgia Star Newspapers.thefloridastar.comListen to IMPACT Radio Talk Show. The people s choice The Florida Star P. O. Box 40629 Jacksonville, FL 32203 NORTHEAST FLORIDAS OLDEST, LARGEST, MOST READ AFRICAN AMERICAN OWNED NEWSPAPER Presorted Standard U.S. Postage Paid Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 3617 The Florida Star, The Georgia Star!(904) 766-8834Still The Peoples Choice! STRIVING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE! www.thefloridastar.com JUNE 14 JUNE 20, 2014 VOL. 64 NO. 9 STILLONLY 50 CENTS Looking for customers to patronize your business or utilize your services? If you answered YES, then you need to place an ad in The Florida or Georgia Star! CALL 904/766-8834 to place your ad TODAY!! Check, Money Order, Or Credit CardsAccepted Wish to give us a News Story? Call (904) 766-8834 or Send it to: info@thefloridastar.com ad@thefloridastar.com Cant Get to the Store Have The Star Delivered Editorial...............................1 Church..........................2 Youth News...............................3 Talk of the Town...........................4 Columns..............................5 Crime and Justice........................6 Local-Florida................................7 Local-Georgia........................8 Sports........................9 Community.....................10 Classified...............11 Business........ ............................12 I N S I D ESee Inside Church Talk of the Town Local Florida-Georgia Sports Community Have you graduated?Are you a newlywed?Has your organization done something worthy of recogntion? Email us at info@thefloridastar.comand lets share your story!RUBYDEE DEADATMISSINGCHILDREN Camden County is mourning the loss of a talented athlete who was already making a name for himself nationally. According to the St. Marys Police Department, talented football player Braxton Sullivan died while walking on St. Marys Road near Exit 1 Saturday with his brother. Grief counsellors were dispatched to assist staff and students in the wake of his death. Adding to the tragedy is the fact that the 15 year-old was in the process of being adopted. David and Sue Murrell told media that they had taken him out of the boys home were he lived for the weekend and he was to be back on Monday. As for the cause of the accident, Rubin O'Neil Mainor of Jacksonville, who was the driver of the car that hit the teen, told cops he had been reaching for his cell phone to reset it to play music. Within seconds of being distracted t is said that the next thing he heard was his windshield breaking. Sullivans funeral was held on Friday. The teen was an A/B Honor Roll student, excelling especially in writing, social studies, math and science and he had hoped to become a criminal lawyer one day. He was also an FCAparticipant who represented his church at the Congress Education rally. There have been countless tributes expressed to the Camden County Middle School Cougar online, with many stating that he was a young man they had all hoped to see grow to be successful. Sullivan had been featured in several media outlets during his brief time playing football including as the August 2013 Rising Star for In The Game high school sports magazine. Community Mourns Teen AthleteBROWN BLASTS SCOTTS INAPPROPRIATE LAWSUITDrowning victim indentified The Jacksonville Sheriffs Office is confirming that no foul play is suspected in the death of Maurice Percell, 20 The 29 year-old of Beachwood Boulevard drowned at Little Talbot Island on June 10th. Congresswoman Corrine Brown has expressed her grave concern to Florida Governor Rick Scott over the employees of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. The Congresswoman wrote a letter to the Governor pointing out what she felt was inappropriate in his dealings of the matter. She said that staff at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facilities in Florida were questioned. Neither you as the Governor, nor any of your state agency personnel, have any authority over our nations federal agencies or activities.she said. Your failure to acknowledge and respect the separate role of state and federal government is inappropriate, unprecedented, and could be a violation of the law. She went on to say: Ironically, the same agency you directed to make these unauthorized visits, purportedly out of a concern for the quality of healthcare being provided to our veterans, has failed to provide health services to 900,000 deserving Floridians. Even more troubling, the $55 Billion dollars being provided by the federal government to expand Medicaid to uninsured Floridians is made up of taxes Floridians have already sent to Washington. Yet just like the federal funds for high speed rail that were refused by the governor and quickly disbursed to other states, this funding for Medicaid expansion will eventually be accepted by other states who choose to provide health coverage to their residents. Brown noted that the majority of Floridas nearly one million uninsured citizens would continue to go without insurance. Additionally, she cited, the changes to the Medicaid program instituted through your requested waiver are harming patients care. My office has heard from both local elected officials and providers that patients are not being provided proper transportation, and this inadequate transportation is jeopardizing the safety and health of the Medicaid patients. said Brown. In fact, my congressional offices have even heard reports of people being dropped off at incorrect addresses, patients being driven by drivers who are unprepared or lack knowledge of their specific health needs, and even cases where patients have been lost and their families subsequently had to file a missing persons report just to locate them again -because of the disastrous implementation of the transportation portion of your Medicaid waiver program. According to Brown, this coupled with the continued problems at the Department of Children and Families, including their repeated failure to protect vulnerable children, Enterprise Floridas failure to create jobs or account for funding, the Department of Economic Opportunitys failure to provide jobless benefits for Florida citizens, and the repeated scandals at the Orlando Expressway Authority, make it clear that there are serious oversight issues at Governor Scotts own state agencies. Congresswoman Brown concluded: I would recommend that you and the state agencies you oversee focus on the many serious problems facing the citizens of Florida due to the dangerous budget cuts implemented by you and your allies in the state legislature, and your refusal to accept $55 Billion in federal funds that would provide health services for the working poor while bringing down overall healthcare cost for the state.GEORGIAMAN WANTEDFOR COUNTS OF THEFT Camden County police are seeking the whereabouts of Antwain Dominique Baker, 27. He is described as Black male, 5'9" 170lbs brown eyes, black hair. Baker is wanted for Theft by Deception (17 Counts). His last known address was 11919 Coleraine Road, St. Marys, GA 31558. Contact the CCSO at (912) 729-1442 or Crimeline at (912) 510-5163.The iconic Ruby Dee died on June 11 at her home in New Rochelle, New York. Born 91 years ago on October 27, 1922 she was an American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist and activist. Her career spans over 70 years. She is perhaps best known for co-starring in the film A Raisin in the Sun (1961) and the film American Gangster (2007) for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Ruby Dee was the recipient of Grammy, Emmy, Obie, Drama Desk, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Awards as well as the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honors. She was married to actor Ossie Davis until his death in 2005. Dee was a breast cancer survivor of more than three decades. Dee and Davis were well-known civil rights activists. She was also a member of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), the NAACP, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Delta Sigma Theta sorority and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Dee and Davis were both personal friends of both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, with Davis giving the eulogy at Malcolm X's funeral in 1965. In 1970, she won the Frederick Douglass Award from the New York Urban League. Coincidently, her final film was focused Betty and Coretta (2013) on their widows. Dee was awarded along with her late husband the Lifetime Achievement Freedom Award, presented by the National Civil Rights Museum located in Memphis. Dee, a long-time resident of New Rochelle, New York, was inducted into the New Rochelle Walk of Fame which honors the most notable residents from throughout the community's 325 year history. She was also inducted into the Westchester County Women's Hall of Fame on March 30, 2007, joining such other honorees as Hillary Rodham Clinton and Nita Lowey Whitney Houston Life Story Casts Lead Role Look for a job and visit Wealth Watchers, Room 106 Get up to $42,000 in mortgage assistance as an unemployed homeowner Prime Osborn III Convention Center, 1000 Water St., Jacksonville 2014 Job and Resource Fair Monday, June 16 from 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 1225 W. Beaver Street, Suite 110 Jacksonville Florida 32204 Former Top Model contestant Yaya DaCosta, has been cast to play Whitney Houston in the upcoming Lifetime movie about the pop singers life and career. Now an actress, DaCosta has had roles on All M y Children, Ugly Betty, and House, and hit the big screen in movies like L ee Daniels The Butler and Tron: L egacy Whitney Houston is set to air in 2015 and will be directed by Oscaraward winning actress and director Angela Bassett. Bassett costarred with Houston in Waiting To Exhale The movie will also chronicle the singers personal life with her husb and Bobby Brown. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday Friday.1-866-838-8239 (TTY: 711)Turning 65? Call us today! Keeping the HEALTH in health care.www.CarePlusJacksonville.comCarePlusisanHMOplanwithaMedicarecontract.EnrollmentinCarePlusdependsoncontractrenewal. Asalespersonwillbeansweringthephoneandwillrespondtoanyquestions.H1019MKFNPR413GAccepted

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GET READY, GET READY, GET READY-Annual Father's Day Program Date: Sunday June 15th, 2014 Time: 6:00 p.m. Where: Revelation Prayer House Location: 1725 W. 28th Street Jacksonville, Florida 32209 (Elder Grady Dicks Pastor) Appearing on program: The New Miracles, The Spiritualistics, New Creation Gospel Singers, The Vickers Family, Victory Gospel Singers, Dea. Willie Kirkland, The Scott Family, The Gospel Tones. This program is sponsored by Little Jessie & the Miracles. Come One, Come All!!! Let Us Have A Good Time In The Name of the Lord! For More Information, contact Sis. Jasmine Bullock @ 352-708-0277. This event is FREE to the public! CAMP RESTORATION FOR YOUTH SUMMER CAMP 2014 (Ages 5-15) is June 16th through August 25th from 8a.m. to 5p.m. at the NEW LIFE FELLOWSHIP A.M.E. CHURCH, 1451 Mount Herman St., Jacksonville, FL 32209. Serving Hot Breakfast and Lunch. Activities include Academic Enhancement, Arts & Craft, Youth Development, Crime Awareness & Bullying, Field Trips, Games, Charter Building (Self Respect), Sports, Exercise Activities, Etc. Hurting Families with Children in Crimes, Inc. 6th Annual Camp. For detailed information, contact Site Dir. Linda Dayson at 904-755-9863. THE EL-BETH-EL DEVELOPMENT CENTER Officers and Board Members will host its Fifth Annual Stop the Violence Recognition BanquetŽ on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. To be held at the Community Rehabilitation Center Banquet Hall located at 623 Beechwood Street in Jacksonville, Florida. Since 2010 we have honored dedicated individuals from the community for outstanding achievements, leadership and their contributions in helping Jacksonville build a stronger and healthier community. 2014 Stop the ViolenceŽ Honorees : € Attorney Michael Sharrit € Attorney Stephen A. Smith € Paul Martinez-Intra-Governmental Services Director € Jacqueline A. DavisCaterer and Community Activist € Doug Sovich, President of San Jose Rotary Club € Doctor Miguel RosaDa € The Honorable Circuit Judge Mallory D. Cooper of the Fourth Judicial Courts, Duval, Clay and Nassau Counties € Chuck Ward … C.E.O. of Forgotten Fruit Inc. € Percy GoldenChaplain for the Jacksonville Fire Fighters € Ms. Joan D. Barr … School Teacher at Sallye B. Mathis Our Guest Speaker for the evening will be Rabbi Joshua Lief from The Temple Ahavath Chesed. € A/B honor roll € Good Citizenship & Character € Positive Leadership Corporate tables of ten (10) are available for $500.00 each (includes your ad in our souvenir journal). Individual tickets are $50.00. Please complete and submit the enclosed form by June 15, 2014, along with your check payable to: El-Beth-El Divine Holiness Church For ticket information, sponsoring a section in our evening program or one of the above youth organizations, please contact Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall at (904) 710 -1586 or email: Gospell75@aol.com We look forward to seeing you this year. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ TICKET ORDER FORM El-Beth-El Development Center 2013 4th Annual Stop The Violence Annual BanquetŽ Thursday, June 19, 2014 Community Rehabilitation Center Dining Hall … 623 Beechwood Street Please make checks payable to: El-Beth-El Development Center,P. O. Box 3575 Jacksonville, Fl 32206 Ticket $50.00 Each____Table of Ten (10) ______ $500.00__________ Company/Sponsor Name_________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________ City_______________________State_____Zip_______ Code______________ Telephone__________________ JACKSONVILLE, FL AFRICANO Betty A., 72, died June 6, 2014. ANDREWS, William Danny,Ž 56, died June 4, 2014. ARRINGTON, James E., 41, died June 5, 2014. BARNUM Lorna, 93, died June 6, 2014. BENIQUEZ Felix, died June 2, 2014. BROWN, Samuel A., 73, died June 8, 2014. BURTON, Minnie Lee, died June 9, 2014. CAMPBELL, Harvey Franklin, 65, died June 4, 2014. CONNELL L. Jerry, 65, died June 5, 2014. EDWARDS, Austin Jay Mack, 32, died June 5, 2014. EDWARDS, Curtis Guy, 81, died June 7, 2014. EDWARDS Priscilla D., 66, died June 5, 2014. FLEMING, Penny Ann, 51, died June 7, 2014. GRIFFIS James, 68, died June 8, 2014. HARRIS Leon, died June 7, 2014. HARVEY Dorothy, 49, died June 6, 2014. HUNTER Stanley Randall, 65, died June 8, 2014. HURST, George, 72, died June 4, 2014. JAY, David, 77, died June 7, 2014. JOHNSON Priscilla, 59, died June 2, 2014. JOHNSON Thomas, died June 4, 2014. LANG Charles, died June 6, 2014. LEE, Jaunita G., died June 3, 2014. LEWIS Rose L., 67, died June 7, 2014. MANN, Francis G., 87, died June 7, 2014. MILLER Dorothy Baty, 90, died June 4, 2014. NEWMAN John P., 78, died June 6, 2014. NORMAN, Bridgett Ann, 15, died June 8, 2014. PARKS David, 73, died June 9, 2014. PHILLIPS Tommy D.L., 74, died June 6, 2014. POWERS, Patricia Pat,Ž died June 7, 2014. RADABAUGH Samuel, 97, died June 6, 2014. RAVNELL, Alana Joi, died June 4, 2014. ROGERS Clinton, died June 8, 2014. SIMS, John Norris, Jr., 69, died June 7, 2014. STILES Joseph Edward, 57, died June 8, 2014. STRICKLAND, Beatrice, died June 8, 2014. STRIGGLERS, Erma G., died June 4, 2014. The Church DirectoryCome and Worship With UsŽ Faith In Our CommunitySchedule of Events and ServicesPage 2 THE STAR June 14, 2014 CHURCH DEATH NOTICES DEATH NOTICES ANNOUNCEMENTS Listings are due the Tuesday before the next issue. Email submissions preferred. Send to: Info@TheFloridaStar.com Come join Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall, Sr.every Wednesday and Thursday from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM for Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at The Greater El-Beth-El Divine Holiness Church, located at 723 W. 4th Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209. New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church1824 Prospect Street Jacksonville, FL 32208Sunday School ƒ..............ƒƒƒƒƒƒ..9:30 a.m. Sunday Morning Intercessory Prayer...............ƒ..10:45 a.m. Morning Worship ......................11:00 a.m. Youth Church 2nd & 3rd Sundays (Old Sanctuary) Tuesday Pastoral Bible Study ................ 7:00 p.m. Rev. Dr. Marion A. Wise, Senior Pastor Rev. Joe Calhoun, Pastor Emeritus (904) 764-5727 Church GREATER EL-BETHEL DIVINE HOLINESS CHURCHThe Church Where Everybody Is SomebodyŽBishop Lorenzo Hall., Pastor Street Address: 723 W. 4th St. Jacksonville, Florida 32209 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3575, Jacksonville, Florida 32206Church Telephone: (904) 359-0661 Home: (904) 358-8932 Cell: 710-1586Sunday School.......................................................................................9:30 a.m. Morning Worship.................................................................................11:00 a.m. Tuesday................................................Prayer Meeting & Bible Study,7:00 p.m. Thursday...............................................................................Joy Night,7:00 p.m.Email: Gospell75@aol.com Website: Greaterelbethel.org Tune In To WCGL AM RadioForIMPACT IMPACTTuesday and Thursday from 8:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.AtWCGL1360.comThe Florida Star and Impact Striving To Make A Difference! Clara McLaughlin Leath Host Yvonne Brooks Co-Host Lion of the Tribe of Judah Ministries, Inc. PASTOR Dr. Sirretta Williams (Temporary services held) 623 Beechwood St., Jacksonville, FL 32206 Sunday School.......10:00 a.m. ~ Sunday Worship .......11:00 a.m. Every 5th Sunday Friends and Family Day Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m. Direct Phone: 904.866.7047 Office Phone: 904.356.4226 Seeing Beyond The Lifestyle To Save A Life Website: www.lottojm.com 281 East 44th Street, Jacksonville, FL 32208 UnityMissionaryBaptist@aol.com Funeral Services, Wakes, Repass, Weddings, and Banquets Available For more information, please contact Mrs. Homes at: (904) 402-2816 or (904) 444-9143 ONE ACCORD MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL2971 Waller Street, Jacksonville, FL(904) 389-7373Bishop, Dr. Jan D. Goodman, Sr. PastorSunday School . . . . . . . . . Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Worship Service . . . . . . . . Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Bible Study . . . . . . . . . . . Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. NEW LIFE OUTREACH CENTER 5640 Timaquana Rd. Ste 6 Jacksonville, FL 32244 Dr. Beatrice House Apostle/Consultant/Mentor Making A Difference, One At A Time ŽServices : Sundayƒ... 10:00am Tuesday ƒƒ. 7:00pm Prayer Ministry : 2nd Saturdayƒƒ.....10:30am Leadership Training : 3rd Tuesdayƒƒƒƒ.7:00pm For more information call: 904.778.7651 ~ ALL ARE WELCOME ~ Ask Us About OurALPHONSO WEST MORTUARY, INC.4409 Soutel Dr. Jacksonville, FL 32208 Tel: (904) 766-9671 Fax: (904) 766-2354 DIRECTORSDeborah West Alphonso West Jacqueline Y. Bartley If there had been a death in your family yesterday, what would you be doing today?FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED Since 1988Pre-Need Fore-Thought Funeral Planning ProgramIm sorry to have to tell you this...Ž 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.

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June 14, 2014THESTARPAGE 3 YOUTHs PAGE ExperiencesLife is full of experiences. Experiences give us five lessons: how to live, love, learn, feel, and react. A new experience can teach you how to live with a better attitude or love with more intention. Experiences help you learn forgiveness and give you the ability to release the feeling of guilt after you have been forgiven. With age, wisdom, and experience your reaction to different scenarios will improve. Then, you will be quick to listen and slow to speak. Not every experience has to be grand in order for you to learn something, and you can learn several small lessons from one big experience. I had the opportunity to travel to New York City recently and I would consider it a rather grand experience. My New York City getaway definitely taught me the fundamental five lessons of experiences. This trip taught me how to live life on the edge and try new things like authentic Chinese food from Chinatown and brie berry pancakes. I went on my fabulous trip with my mother and aunt, and I must say I fell in love with my family all over again. We had a great time being together and bonding in the Big Apple. I soaked in so much knowledge from my trip to NYC. While I was in New York City I had the opportunity to watch the Tony Award winning revival play, A Raisin in the Sun, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway. Earlier this year I acted in our school production of A Raisin in the Sun at Camden County High School in Kingsland, GA. I portrayed the character Beneatha in my high school play, and I had the privilege to meet the talented Anika Noni Rose who portrayed Beneatha in the Broadway show. I learned so many incredible things from her on and off stage such as how to be believable as a character and how to be gracious even when youre a Tony Award winning actress as well as a Disney Princess. The vibe in New York City is phenomenal. New York has a fast paced rhythm that surges through your body and into your soul that makes you want to do something and go somewhere in life. Everyone in the city has a hustle, whether its to put a dollar in their pocket or make mega millions on Wall Street. You can feel the assertiveness and self-sufficiency of the people in the city. I had the opportunity to attend an after party for an event with my mother, aunt, and a family friend while we were on our trip. While we were at the party I was asked to sing a solo by one of the biggest names in the theatre entertainment business, George Faison. In that moment, I was forced to not only react, but to react quickly. I sang my solo, and all the party guests cheered. However, that moment wasnt about singing in front of important performers, directors, and producers it was about being ready to cease the moment. I will never forget my experience in New York and all the lessons that I learned from it. Kicking Back with Kelsey readers, you dont have to travel in order to gain experiences. All you have to do is open your mind. Talk with new people, watch positive things on television and on the internet, and dont be afraid to use your imagination. I have a challenge for you. Think back to an experience that you have had and list how it taught you to live, love, learn, feel, and react. Then, reflect on your lessons and put them to use in other areas of your life. I hope that writing down these lessons will improve other aspects of your life and rememberƒ..experiences only require an open mind. Experience is the teacher of all things …Julius Caesar Stay tuned for Kelsey Coffey, a freshman at Camden County High School is a dedicated gifted student who enjoys dancing, singing and writing. Kelsey and Pattie LaBelle, backstage After Midnight Breakfast at Le Petite Caf in Brooklyn Heights with our gracious host, NY fashion designer, Brenda Brunson Bey Kelsey does split on Broadway stage at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre Kelsey, Anika Noni Rose, Keenya (Mom), Backstage, A Raisin In The Sun Kelsey and LaTonya Richardson Jackson Keenya, Kelsey, Denzel Washington, Auntie Roz Broadway Marquee Kelsey and Opera Diva, Jesse Norman Victor Trent Cook, Singer/Actor/Conductor Auntie Roz and Fantasia Barrino Following show After Midnight Kelsey and Bobby Day backstage …Brooks Atkinson Theatre Following show After Midnight Desmond Richardson, Kelseys Master Class Dance Instructor and lead dancer in After Midnight Kelsey and International jazz singer Clare Bathe Joseph Joubert Conductor, Motown, The Musical Keenya, Director/Choreographer, Kenneth Roberson, Kelsey Kelsey and Bryce Clyde Jenkins (stars as Travis in A Raisin In The Sun) at a dress rehearsa l for the new Broadway show, Holler If Ya Hear Me … Palace Theatre A ctress/Director Tamara Tunie, L aw and Order Actor, Rueben Santiago Hudson Kelsey and Mom Keenya Actress, Venita Evans Savion Glover, Master Tap Dancer Singer/ Actress, Natasha Williams Kelsey and Choreographer, Michelle Robinson Broadway Conductor, Composer Linda Twine Dule Hill, Host After Midnight To the right : Sean Patrick Thomas, Kelsey Backstage, A Raisin In The Sun K elsey, Capathia Jenkins, S inger/Actress Tony award winning Director/Choreographer, Actress/Director George Faison

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Todays article in the series, Look ing Back on Sugar Hill 1914-1964 with Ron ald C. Brinkleys nos talgic views from 604 W. 8th Street, provides a glimpse into the ex tended family of a Sugar Hill matriarch, Mrs. Au gustas Gussie Wise Calhoun Tucker. Sugar Hill is the name of a bygone grand neighborhood that adjoined downtown Jacksonville from the north side. Hill was an all-black upper, middle and blue collar working class community. Sugar Hill was platted along the Jefferson Street corri dor from north to south between 8th and 4th Gussie and her second husband, Thomas D. Tucker, who was employed at the Caddy Shop at the citys Golfair Golf Club, purchased the stately home at 604 West 8th Street from her sister, Alice Wise Gordon. In 1934 Mrs. Gordon became the widow of prominent AME minister, Rev. Robert T. Gordon, a noted grocer, restaurant owner, supreme commander of the Royal Lions of America and chairman of the Masonic Relief Association. Mrs. Gordons aunt and her sis ters family moved in with her after the death of Rev. Gordon. Alice Wise Gordon who taught music at Edward Waters College, re signed from teaching in 1944 when she mar ried Dr. Thomas R. Vickers, a widower, and moved to West Palm Beach. Thomas and Gussie Calhoun Tucker along with her daughters, Annie Murhle Cal houn and Theodosia Calhoun as well as their aunt, Anna Calhoun Hayes, a teacher at Davis Street School, all remained in the enormous home at 604 W. 8th Street on the south west nished two story frame home was next door real estate developer, Joseph H. Blodgett,526 W. 8th Street, and Afro American Life Insur ance Company magnate, A. L. Lewis at 504 W. 8th, was directly across the street from the homes of Charles Henry Anderson, 519 W. 8th Street, president and founder of the Anderson Tuck er Bank, and James Henry Lewis, 515 W. 8th Street, executive vice-president and the heir apparent of the Afro American Life Insur ance Company. enormous home built in the 1920s included a ran the width of the house, a lattice enclosed back porch upstairs and downstairs and a was the entrance foyer, living room, dining room, parlor, library and two bed rooms. The kitchen, with a walk in butlers pantry, was equipped with an electric stove and refrig gas heating and indoor plumbing was in few homes. Other luxuries of the home were three bathrooms inside the house including the one on the back porch. The home was gas heated While there were dirt streets bricks. Sidewalks in the neighborhood, privately installed and paid for by hom eowners, were laid with 12 inch sextant concrete stones. Matriarch Gussie Tucker had the draperies and cornice boards changed seasonally. Duval Laundry at 9th and Walnut Streets picked up and delivered laundry to the Tucker household weekly. And though they lived in Florida the la dies in the family all wore mink coats, stoles, collars, hats, and muffs that were placed in cold storage at the beginning of the spring season. Ronald Brinkley, the only child in the home at 604 W. 8th Street, claims that the Tucker, Brinkley and Speights families werent richnevertheless wealth. Owners of these palatial homes had to have sanction, class, style and money to build their home in the Sugar Hill Corridors 8th Street and the 1700 and 1800 blocks of Jefferson Street and Calhoun Street. From way back, theirs was a musi cally talented family. Gussie Wise Calhoun Tucker and her sister, Alice Wise Gordon, called Plunk, taught both of the Calhoun girls to play the piano and organ. Annie Murhle was a virtuoso and she was frequent ly sought for her creative and professional talents. Throughout the Sugar Hill com munity, pianos, organs, string instruments, percussions and other instruments were as commonplace as living room sofas and table lamps For over thirty years, Mrs. Tucker and her daughter, Annie Murhle, served as or ganist and pianist for Central Baptist Church. Parents called upon Mrs. Tucker to give piano lessons to their children in her home. Even from the far-away Mandarin neighbor hood, families made arrangements for their children to receive piano lessons from Mrs. Tucker. In the 1920s the Calhoun girls attended grade school at Davis Street. Their neighbor, Isaiah Blocker, was the principal of the school, and his wife Mary White Blocker, taught there. Additionally their paternal aunt, Anna Calhoun Hayes, was a teacher at this school. When they reached high school the Calhoun girls attended Edward Waters College. Annie Murhle graduated from the Edward Waters College African Methodist Episcopal Colleges high school department in 1929 and furthered her education in Tallahassee where in 1933 she graduated from Florida A & M College. Annie Murhle Calhoun began a teaching career in 1933 which spanned over 40 years with the Duval County School System. Her classroom teacher at Oakland Elementary School #102. Here Annie Murhle also served as the pianist for assembly programs and for the students entrance march at the beginning of each day into the school building. Theodosia Calhoun, the younger daughter of Rev. Harvis Charles Calhoun, also attended and graduated from Edward Waters College, where their aunt, Alice Wise Gor don taught music. Even though their father was a shop teacher at Stanton High School it was more convenient for the Calhoun girls, who lived with their mother, to ride with Aunt Alice to Edward Waters College. Upon graduation from high school in 1933 Theo A view from Calhoun Street of the home.PAGE 4 THE STAR JUNE 14, 2014 A 1940s view of the Gordon/Tucker home at the corner of 8th and Calhoun Streets. School teachers on summer vaca tion in Los Angeles, California, 1950, Genetha Battle Mott, Emily Russ Rut ledge and Annie Murhle Brinkley. Gussie Wise Tucker makes a state lamp on the newel post is a prestigious symbol that the homes mortgage has been paid. Story by MAR S HA DEAN PHELT S The Florida/Georgia Star Photos from the Collection of RONALD C. B R INKLEY Looking Back on Sugar Hill 1914-1964 Marsha Dean Phelts N ostalgic Views from 604 W. 8th StreetSeries 2 of 3 Gussie Wise Tucker on the concrete border around the home that added an aesthetic appeal to further en hance the architectural splendor of the property rather than a subliminal Keep Out wall. Theodosia Calhoun on graduation day, September 11, 1939 from Brewster Hos pital. Theodosia is in the far left of top row. 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dosia continued her education. Theodosia Calhoun graduated from the Brewster School of Nursing. She became a registered nurse at Brewster Methodist Hospital and because she lived only two blocks from school she would walk to and from work more quickly than the time it would take for her to drive and park. Theodosias career spanned 50 years before she retired in the 1980s. On January 5, 1943, Theodosia became the World War II bride of Otis Speights. Otis was a well known tailor, who with his two brothers, Eddie and James, owned Speights Tailor Shop at 506 Broad Street in LaVilla. Otis Speights also taught tailoring at Stanton Vocational School. In the 1940s on a visit to the dentists by her mother, Annie Murhle Calhoun, met Albert Brinkley, a man who enchanted her. Mr. Brinkley, a charismatic Pullman Car Porter wooed the young schoolmarm, and before long Ann became his bride. Upon leaving the Pullman Company, Albert Brinkley, a consummate entrepreneur, went into business for himself. Throughout the 1950s until his death in 1989, Al Brinkley owned a range of hot spots in the epicenter of the black belt corridor. He owned and operated the Brinkleys Hosiery Shop at 957 W. 8th Street and Johnson, where he and Annie Murhle sold ladies stockings and garters, mens socks, shaving powders, supplies and other sundries. They called Albert Brinkley Brink, perhaps because he also was employed at the Florida National Bank as a coin wrapper. In the 1960s, Brinkley, a member of the Club Barons, operated the swanky El Dorado Night Club that Club Barons owned on Moncrief Road north of Rowe Avenue. From time to time Albert Brinkley owned restaurant businesses at strategic locations around the major gathering spots and crossroads, such as the Brinkleys Snack Bar at 1191 W. 13th Street, next door to New Stanton High School at 1149 W. 13th Street. Students had to, and wanted to, walk pass Brinkleys in order to get to the New Stanton High School. Approaching Brinkleys, hit songs blared from the piccolo combined with aromas of chicken being fried, piping hot French fries, hot dogs on a roating grill, sizzling hamburgers all accompanied by a throng of peers drew swarms of students into the establishment constantly. In the 1960s and the 1970s, Albert Brinkley operated the Tigers Den, a restaurant on the corner of Kings Road and Pearce Street. The Tigers Den was one of three structures in the block of Edward Waters College Campus Lee Hall Administration Building and the Hansel Y. Tookes Library. A popular party man and socialite, Albert Brinkley covered the entertainment venues, while opting out of drinking and smoking the intoxicating fumes of the era.Today as Albert Brinkleys son, Ronald, who grew up at 604 W. 8th Street, looks back on Sugar Hill, he reminisces about his favorite spots. Ronald recalls his early fascination with cars and wanting to drive. Ronalds grandfather, Tom Tucker, owned two cars; and while his grandfather drove the new model Desoto to work, Ronald remembers sneaking to teach himself to drive by shifting gears and backing the old 1947 Plymouth from the garage to the edge of the street from the west side of the home at Calhoun Street. Ronald practiced his car driving fantasies while his grandmother, Gussie gave piano and organ lessons to her students. Though there were close calls, Ronald was lucky that he was never caught coasting the old Plymouth up and down the driveway. His favorite location in the home was the upstairs sun porch, there he watched a drove to and from the business epicenter where 8th Street, Davis Street and Moncrief Road all merged at the 5 star point crossroads and where a variety of shops, Kozy Korner, Sunshine Grocery, Esquire Bar, Johnsons Barber Shop, Heards Shoe Shop and other blocks of these streets at every intersection. When Ronald climbed the stairwell to the attic he could see all the way downtown from the window on the south wall. The sights from 8th journeys into his future. Looking to the east from his second story bedroom window, Ronald watched the beautiful girl next door, Marvyne Betsch, (who years later became widely known as the American Beach Lady) eight years his senior, as she drove up in her 1953 model English Ford. Ronald enthusiastically watched for Marvyne as he walked Buttons, the English Terrier dog. Buttons was a house dog and rode in the front seat of the car between his masters, Thomas and Gussie Tucker. Ronalds additional duties included sweeping both the sidewalks along 8th Street and the Calhoun Street side of the house every morning including Sunday. For his chores, Ronald, received a $2.00 a week allowance. Living in Sugar Hill seemed like Gershwins lyrics, Summer time and the living is easy. Then all too soon, after a half century, life in Sugar Hill came to a screeching halt with the City of Jacksonvilles Housing and Urban Developments master plan for Urban Renewal. Backed up by the laws of eminent domain, the major arteries of Sugar Hill were eradicated. By 1964 an EXODUS of the once grand Sugar Hill neighborhood had begun. The 1970 census shows that the community affectionately called Sugar Hill had succumbed to the wrecking balls of Urban Renewal. Sugar Hill was replaced by the massive University Hospital, aka Shands complex-today known as University of Florida Health on 8th W. Street, from Jefferson Street westward to Mars. Next weeks article will feature Sugar Hill from the bottom as we spotlight the extraordinary life of Charlie Hoss Singleton whose 200 lyrics such as: Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean Strangers in the Night Spanish Eyes are classics. Charlie Hoss Singletons songs have been recorded by Pat Boone, Ruth Brown, Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, Billie Daniels, Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams and many other noted singers. They have carved his name in the Songwriters Hall of Fame. PAGE 5 THE STAR JUNE 14, 2014 alottery.com Must be 18 or older to play. Play responsibly. 2014 Florida Lottery With an education, Florida students can reach for the stars. Its why weve contributed more than $26 billion to education over the past 26 years. Thats more than a billion dollars to education every year. We dont just believe in the future of our state. Were investing in it. Visit alottery.com/education.do to learn more about our commitment to education. Floridas future is only as bright as theirs. Graduation ceremony on the lawn at Brewster Hospital in 1939. Tom Thumb Wedding of Ronald C. Brinkley and June Glass in 1949. Looking Back on Sugar Hill 1914-1964 Marsha Dean Phelts Nostalgic Views from 604 W. 8th StreetStory continued from page 4Otis Speights on leave to marry Theodosia V. Calhoun in 1943. Albert Brinkley in the vault at the Florida National Bank. At home with Thomas D. Tucker, Ronald Brinkley, Annie Murhle Brinkley & Buttons the English Terrier, circa 1952.

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JUNE 14, 2014 THE STAR PAGE 7 Florida LOCALBy WILLIAM JACKSON Special to The Florida/Georgia StarFathers are important to their chil ( ships their children will have in life. ( The world renowned schol ar, and African American ( activist, Mal colm X, notes; any man can make a baby with ( a woman, but a father is responsible for the growth and ( development of HIS children. ( Events like Celebrating Fathers are important for ( men of all ages, cul tures and generations to be actively ( in volved in. Relationship Building for Fathers ( Fathers Day looms closer, many fa thers are determined ( to show their children that they love them, support their ( educational, spiritual, social, men tal and emotional growth ( and develop ment. ( Traditionally men display affec tion in the way they / we do ( things for our children and families. It is not about giving ( money, buying expensive gifts and spoiling them, it is about ( sharing wisdom, modeling respect, build ing a foundation ( that is just, ethical and moral, teaching is more impor tant ( than spending money. Foundations of LL ove ( Children love their daddies, the love that is shared is a ( foundation for future relationships that will either blossom ( into healthy and stable interaction between boys and girls or ( become unhealthy and chaotic. A fathers relationship with their ( children is built on trust and communication (verbal and ( nonverbal), a trust that daddy will be there to provide, to shelter, ( to comfort and be strong in sickness and health. Daddies ( make a non-verbal vow just as a wedding vow to support ( their chil dren so they can grow strong in mind and spirit. ( Just as there are wedding vows there are vows for fathers ( unspoken, emotionally far reaching. Too many fathers are not ( aware of the impact they have on their childrens future emotionally, ( psy chologically and self-esteem development. Look at the boys ( that are angry, are their fathers active in their lives, look at the ( girls that are lonely and have low self-esteems, are their fathers ( nurtur ing and supportive? The foundations of rela tionships ( can be developed from involved and active fathers. ( No lies, no deceit, no cover-ups, just open and honest truth ( about love and ex pectations for what fathers should be ( doing. Fathers: history will judge you as a father by the behavior of ( your children and what their choices are in life. Many girls choose ( some one like their father for a potential boyfriend and husband, ( so what kind of father are you going to be, what kind of role model ( are you? ( Experts agree that a girls future relationships with men are ( often shaped by both her relationship with her father and her ( fa thers relationship with the daughters mother. In simple terms, ( girls who see their mothers being treated disrespect fully sometimes ( come to tolerate that treatment from future boyfriends, hus bands, ( even male colleagues. Boys will imitate their fathers in how they ( treat women, how they interact and how they express their feelings. Trips of the Heart ( Fathers create chances when father and children go out ( together; go to the park, get ice cream, to the beach, to church, ( go for walks to talk. Dont expect your chil dren to develop ( a relationship with you, as a father you have to develop what type ( of relationship you want es tablished. This is not always natural ( and takes work; it is well worth the effort in the coming years. ( There will be times when your children re ( ( ( ( ( be involved and active. ( What way do you want your child to go and who do you want ( her / him ( independent and ( self-reliant, but teach compassion, sympathy and empathy with ( wisdom. William Jackson with his mentees Responsibility and AA ccountability ( Fathers be responsible and accountable for your actions and take ( responsibility to help raise your daughter or son. In the home ( or not you helped create that child, if you are a step parent you have ( an added responsibility to show that non-biological fathers can be ( good fathers with ( ( ( girl or boy may not say it, but they ( need to know you are there today, tomorrow and the next ( ( William Jackson and children.. Diversity of Fatherhood ( Many families have diverse back grounds, it is not uncommon ( today to have Christian and Muslim families, Hispanic and Haitian, ( Mexican and Hispanic, Irish and Jamaican, Native American and ( Black, Jewish and nonJewish, African American and oth er ( ethnic backgrounds either married or living in the same household. ( Each family growing as one and working to ( create a light that shines on the goodness of the ( family. That light casts away the darkness of strife and struggle. ( Mal each other. Light creates ( understanding, understanding creates love, love cre ( ( communities and in the na tion. ( Dads are like the threads to multicul tural and multiethnic tapestry. ( Keeping the family connected even with cultural or religious challenges. ( Respecting ones differences and loving their individual ity, united in love. ( The 21st century has blended cultures, heritages and races. ( It has transcended to creating a true rain bow coalition of ( humanity under di verse family units. Family will guide and build ( the respect, patience and un derstanding that is needed to make ( a diverse family strong. The father is the corner stone, the foundation ( of this love, the rock that weathers the storms of life.L L arry Henderson with Grandson..C C onclusion ( The world creates distractions in parental relationships and fosters ( interferences with sex, drugs, violence, complacency and lowering of ( morals and values. Fathers must be dili gent to keep the lines of ( communication open between themselves and their children. ( Children need and require a close relationship with their fathers, in ( some cases they do not know how to ask for it. Fathers your job is to ( show your child that they are great just the way they are and that you ( have high expectations for them. Fathers, pray for your children and ( anoint them with love, praise; speak power in their lives and protection. ( God hears fathers prayers, a father sometimes needs to be humble, ( quick to praise, slow to anger and consistently available to his children. &A Fa A THERS ACCOUNTa A BILITY Fathers Day Angela Hughes and her two children, Devin Batiste 7, De Jon Batiste 13, won tick ets from The Florida Star, to the Shrek Musical Alhambra Dinner Theater in Jacksonville.

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PAGE 9 THE STAR JUNE 14, 2014 SPORTS Walmart wants to match Publix ad prices. Think about it.Theyll do it, tooif you ask. Or you could save yourself some trouble and enjoy shopping more than 35 BOGOs every week at Publix. By MIKE BONTS Florida Sports Wire goals of 2014 as the U.S. Mens National Team defeated Nigeria 2-1 in front of a Florida-record crowd of 52,033 at EverBank Field. With the start, goalkeeper Tim Howard became the 15th U.S. MNT player to reach 100 caps while also picking up the victory to break Kasey Kellers all-time goalkeeper wins record for the United States. A fantastic series of passes down the right side set up Jozy Altidore to break the deadlock. the right wing and spied Fabian Johnson making a darting run into the penalty area. He cut a short pass to the overlapping right back who slide a cross on the ground into the six-yard box where Altidore was unmarked for the tapMichael Bradley played a beautiful ball from alty area. Altidore settled, cut inside to evade ball past Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama inside the near left post. His second tally of the match was his 23rd international goal. With the game wide open in waning minute minutes and both teams attacking with fervor, Nigerias Victor Moses drew a penalty against U.S. defender Matt Besler and took the subsequent penalty kick. Moses took a slow approach on the kick before placing his rightfooted shot into the lower left corner as Howard went the opposite direction. The USA is 2-0-0 in the all-time series against Nigeria.The USA is 17-16-9 all-time in games based in Florida and 4-0-1 in Jacksonville.Altidore scores twice as U.S. MNT of World Cup send-off series United Statess Jozy Altidore (17) moves the ball against Nigeria during the second half of an international friendly soccer match in Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday, June 7, 2014. By MIKE BONTS Florida Sports Wire This past weekends Jacksonville Grand Prix of the Sea saw the P1 SuperStock and AquaX race series come together in the USA time in 30 years that Jacksonville has hosted a race on the St. Johns River. cluding the Visit Jacksonville craft and more than thirty AquaX riders too to the water in a double bill of top class sport and entertainment. game in the opening AquaX race of the season at the end of April in the high surf of Daytona Beach. Making the headlines were Stuart Rasmussen, Eric Lagopoulos and Ron Greenwald, who travel to Jacksonville as class leaders knowing that they will face intense competition from the likes of Eric Francis, Tim Mckercher and Kelly Belval. Series Administrator Michelle Petro is exways exciting to visit new venues and it is bring back Powerboat racing to Jacksonville after all these years, this weekend will be a mini version of what we hope will become an annual event of white water, adrenaline and speed. The city are right behind us and it looks set to be an awesome weekend.ITS DESTINATION JACKSONVILLE FOR P1 RACERS AND AQUAX RIDERS ida wide receivers coach Joker Phillips has resigned his position with the UF football program and Chris Leak will assume the wide receiver coaching responsibilities immediately for the 2014 season, head coach Will Muschamp announced on Wednesday, June 11. University of Florida and Will Muschamp provided to me and my family, but at this position on the UF coaching staff for personal reasons, said Phillips. program and wish him and his wife, Leslie, nothing but the best in the future, said Coach Muschamp. the Florida staff in December of 2012 and spent one season coaching Floridas wide receivers. Prior to Florida, Phillips was the head coach at Kentucky for three years (2010-12). Leak, the captain of UFs 2006 National Championship team, ended his career as the schools all-time leading passer in (11,213 yards, 895 completions and 1,458 attempts) He served as a graduate assistant during the 2103 season.Joker Phillips Resigns from Gators; Chris Leak to assume WR Coaching Responsibilities

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FORD CRIME &JUSTICE KEVIN KIM GEORGIA / CARIBBEAN ARTHIA NIXON TALK OF THE TOWN FRANCES BRADLEY, VOLUME BURKS SPECIAL SECTION TIA AYELE SPORTS MIKE BONTS LAURENCE GREENE GEORGIA MARKETING and NEWS ANGELA FAVORS MORRELL AUDITIONS FOR UPCOMING PRODUCTIONS WITH GOLDEN ISLES ARTS & HUMANITIESGolden Isles Arts & Humanities will hold auditions on Saturday, June 14 and Tuesday, June 17 for productions in the 20114/15 season. Whether you are new to the stage and want to give it a try or are an old hand at trodding the boards, you are encouraged to come out and audition for the following productions: Ritz Radio Theatre: Roles for men and women 16 and up (some youth roles may be available) December 2014 Its A Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol May 2015 The Wizard of Oz Special project for the 2014-15 season: Details available at the auditions The auditions will be held from 11 am to 1 pm on Saturday June14 and from 6 pm to 8 pm on June 17 at the Historic Ritz Theatre in downtown Brunswick. A second round of auditions and callbacks will be scheduled in August 2014. Cold readings will be held, so no need to prepare anything. Just come with a positive and enthusiastic attitude! In addition to actors, we are seeking people who are interested in backstage work on the upcoming shows, including props, costumes, stage management, set design and construction, and other technical aspects of production. Those who are interested in auditioning or working backstage, should reserve an audition time by either calling 262-6934 or email info@goldenislesarts.org (please put "Auditions" in subject line.) If you are unable to attend on either of these dates but still have an interest, or simply need more information, please contact Golden Isles Arts & Humanities at the contact information listed above. 8th Stanton Alumni Gala Deadline Approaching The deadline to place ads in this years Gala booklet an d purchase tickets is approximately 15 days away. There are still tickets available for you to come and fellowship with classmates and schoolmates. Please call Kenneth Reddick at 764-8795 to request a ticket request form. Dont miss this GALA opportunity. 2014 Second Annual Job and Resource FairFrom: Mayor Alvin Brown On behalf of the entire city, I would like to extend my appreciation to you for your companys continued support of Jacksonvilles economic growth and prosperity. Yours is the kind of service that acts as a catalyst for innovation and success, and I am grateful for your presence in the greater Jacksonville area. It is my pleasure to join with The Honorable Corrine Brown, United States Representative for the 5th District of Florida, in hosting the 2014 Second Annual Job and Resource Fair. As in years past, we want to ensure that employers across the city have an opportunity to participate in this citywide event as job openings are presented to an eager, potential workforce. Several resource agencies will be available to offer support services to augment each individuals search for meaningful employment. I am encouraged by the attendance of more than 14,000 job seekers last year and the active engagement of more than 150 vendors. Please accept this invitation to join us for the 2014 Second Annual Job and Resource Fair, and become a vital part of this muchanticipated opportunity. When: Monday, June 16 Where: The Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water Street What time: 9 a.m. 2 p.m. Join us by completing the attached Vendor Registration form and return as indicated. Thank you in advance for your participation. For more information, call 904630-3498 or 630-3625 FSCJ ARTIST SERIES, SPONSORED BY CHASE & THE NATHAN H. WILSON CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENT THE 9th ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER MUSICAL THEATRE EXPERIENCE: FAME THE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE DATES: JULY 25 & AUGUST 1 at 8PM, AUGUST 3 at 2PM WILSON CENTER FOR THE ARTS 11901 BEACH BLVD. JACKSONVILLE, FL FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by Chase and The Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts are proud to present the 9th Annual High School Summer Musical Theatre Experience! This program provides theatre opportunities to 7th-12th graders in the First Coast area and allows them to work hands-on with some of the highest recognized local and regional theatre professionals. This year, participants will perform FAME THE MUSICAL on July 25-26 and August 1-2 at 8PM and August 3 at 2PM for five performances only at the Wilson Center for the Arts on Florida State College at Jacksonvilles South Campus (11901 Beach Blvd). More than 80 student performers and technicians are training with professional theatre artists in preparation for the production of FAME THE MUSICAL. Set during the last years of New York City's celebrated High School for the Performing Arts on 46th Stree t (1980-1984), FAME THE MUSICAL is the bittersweet, but ultimately inspiring, story of a diverse group of students as they commit to four years of grueling artistic an d academic work. With candor, humor and insight, the show explores the issues that confront many young people today: issues of prejudice, identity, self-worth, literacy, sexuality, substance abuse and perseverance. The performance schedule for FAME THE MUSICAL is: Friday, July 25th at 8:00PM Saturday, July 26th at 8:00PM Friday, August 1st at 8:00PM Saturday, August 2nd at 8:00PM Sunday, August 3rd at 2:00PM Tickets for FAME THE MUSICAL cost: $25 for Reserved Seating $20 for seniors (60+), Military (with valid ID), and nonFSCJ students $15 for Florida State College at Jacksonville students and employees (with valid ID) For tickets to FAME THE MUSICAL, call the Wilson Center for the Arts Box Office at (904) 646-2222 o r the FSCJ Artist Series Box Office at (904) 442-2929. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.artistseries jax.org Discounts are available for groups of 10+ by calling (904) 442-2947 or emailing groupsales@fscj.edu. FAME THE MUSICAL contains language that may no t be suitable for children under 13. Follow Summer Musical Theatre Experience (SMTE) on Facebook! Please contact Sarah Roy at saroy@fscj.edu or (904) 4422933 for show materials and interview opportunities fo r SMTEs production of FAME THE MUSICAL. The History BehindJ U N E T E E N T HToday, June 19th, marks the Juneteenth holiday, which celebrates the day in 1865 that slaves in Galveston, Texas were told that slavery had ended. President Abraham Lincoln had actually ended slavery two and a half years prior to the Texas slaves being notified. Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger delivered the good news to those in captivity through General Orders No. 3 which stated: The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts, and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere. Many legends were told in regards to why it took so long for the slaves in Texas to be informed about the end of the war. Some say that the messenger who was to deliver word that the Confederate lost the war was killed along the way. Others believed the plantation owners withheld the information, waiting for the next cotton harvest before saying a word. Unfortunately, there were written witness accounts of slaves who immediately tried to flee their plantations after receiving the news and were killed on sight or hung. Some slaves continued to work in servitude, undergoing the same punishments prior to the Emancipation Proclamations issuance or their knowledge of the decree. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. On January 1, 1980, Juneteenth became an official state holiday through the efforts of Al Edwards, an African American state legislator. The successful passage of this bill marked Juneteenth as the first emancipation celebration granted official state recognition. Today, people all over the country celebrate Juneteenth with rodeos, fishing, barbecues and picnics with an emphasis on education and self-improvement. Institutions such as the Smithsonian and the Henry Ford Museum have begun sponsoring Juneteenth-centered activities. Juneteenth Celebration 54th Anniversary Emancipation Proclamation 1865

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Call (904) 766-8834 or Send it to: info@thefloridastar.com ad@thefloridastar.com Cant Get to the Store Have The Star Delivered Editorial...............................1 Church..........................2 Youth News...............................3 Talk of the Town...........................4 Columns..............................5 Crime and Justice........................6 Local-Florida................................7 Local-Georgia........................8 Sports........................9 Community.....................10 Classified...............11 Business........ ............................12 I N S I D ESee Inside Church Talk of the Town Local Florida-Georgia Sports Community Have you graduated?Are you a newlywed?Has your organization done something worthy of recogntion? Email us at info@thefloridastar.comand lets share your story!RUBYDEE DEADATMISSINGCHILDREN Camden County is mourning the loss of a talented athlete who was already making a name for himself nationally. According to the St. Marys Police Department, talented football player Braxton Sullivan died while walking on St. Marys Road near Exit 1 Saturday with his brother. Grief counsellors were dispatched to assist staff and students in the wake of his death. Adding to the tragedy is the fact that the 15 year-old was in the process of being adopted. David and Sue Murrell told media that they had taken him out of the boys home were he lived for the weekend and he was to be back on Monday. As for the cause of the accident, Rubin O'Neil Mainor of Jacksonville, who was the driver of the car that hit the teen, told cops he had been reaching for his cell phone to reset it to play music. Within seconds of being distracted t is said that the next thing he heard was his windshield breaking. Sullivans funeral was held on Friday. The teen was an A/B Honor Roll student, excelling especially in writing, social studies, math and science and he had hoped to become a criminal lawyer one day. He was also an FCAparticipant who represented his church at the Congress Education rally. There have been countless tributes expressed to the Camden County Middle School Cougar online, with many stating that he was a young man they had all hoped to see grow to be successful. Sullivan had been featured in several media outlets during his brief time playing football including as the August 2013 Rising Star for In The Game high school sports magazine. Community Mourns Teen AthleteBROWN BLASTS SCOTTS INAPPROPRIATE LAWSUITDrowning victim indentified The Jacksonville Sheriffs Office is confirming that no foul play is suspected in the death of Maurice Percell, 20 The 29 year-old of Beachwood Boulevard drowned at Little Talbot Island on June 10th. Congresswoman Corrine Brown has expressed her grave concern to Florida Governor Rick Scott over the employees of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. The Congresswoman wrote a letter to the Governor pointing out what she felt was inappropriate in his dealings of the matter. She said that staff at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facilities in Florida were questioned. Neither you as the Governor, nor any of your state agency personnel, have any authority over our nations federal agencies or activities.she said. Your failure to acknowledge and respect the separate role of state and federal government is inappropriate, unprecedented, and could be a violation of the law. She went on to say: Ironically, the same agency you directed to make these unauthorized visits, purportedly out of a concern for the quality of healthcare being provided to our veterans, has failed to provide health services to 900,000 deserving Floridians. Even more troubling, the $55 Billion dollars being provided by the federal government to expand Medicaid to uninsured Floridians is made up of taxes Floridians have already sent to Washington. Yet just like the federal funds for high speed rail that were refused by the governor and quickly disbursed to other states, this funding for Medicaid expansion will eventually be accepted by other states who choose to provide health coverage to their residents. Brown noted that the majority of Floridas nearly one million uninsured citizens would continue to go without insurance. Additionally, she cited, the changes to the Medicaid program instituted through your requested waiver are harming patients care. My office has heard from both local elected officials and providers that patients are not being provided proper transportation, and this inadequate transportation is jeopardizing the safety and health of the Medicaid patients. said Brown. In fact, my congressional offices have even heard reports of people being dropped off at incorrect addresses, patients being driven by drivers who are unprepared or lack knowledge of their specific health needs, and even cases where patients have been lost and their families subsequently had to file a missing persons report just to locate them again -because of the disastrous implementation of the transportation portion of your Medicaid waiver program. According to Brown, this coupled with the continued problems at the Department of Children and Families, including their repeated failure to protect vulnerable children, Enterprise Floridas failure to create jobs or account for funding, the Department of Economic Opportunitys failure to provide jobless benefits for Florida citizens, and the repeated scandals at the Orlando Expressway Authority, make it clear that there are serious oversight issues at Governor Scotts own state agencies. Congresswoman Brown concluded: I would recommend that you and the state agencies you oversee focus on the many serious problems facing the citizens of Florida due to the dangerous budget cuts implemented by you and your allies in the state legislature, and your refusal to accept $55 Billion in federal funds that would provide health services for the working poor while bringing down overall healthcare cost for the state.GEORGIAMAN WANTEDFOR COUNTS OF THEFT Camden County police are seeking the whereab outs of Antwain Dominique Baker, 27. He is described as Black male, 5'9" 170lbs brown eyes, black hair. Baker is wanted for Theft by Deception (17 Counts). His last known address was 11919 Coleraine Road, St. Marys, GA 31558. Contact the CCSO at (912) 729-1442 or Crimeline at (912) 510-5163.The iconic Ruby Dee died on June 11 at her home in New Rochelle, New York. Born 91 years ago on October 27, 1922 she was an American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist and activist. Her career spans over 70 years. She is perhaps best known for co-starring in the film A Raisin in the Sun (1961) and the film American Gangster (2007) for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Ruby Dee was the recipient of Grammy, Emmy, Obie, Drama Desk, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Awards as well as the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honors. She was married to actor Ossie Davis until his death in 2005. Dee was a breast cancer survivor of more than three decades. Dee and Davis were well-known civil rights activists. She was also a member of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), the NAACP, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Delta Sigma Theta sorority and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Dee and Davis were both personal friends of both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, with Davis giving the eulogy at Malcolm X's funeral in 1965. In 1970, she won the Frederick Douglass Award from the New York Urban League. Coincidently, her final film was focused Betty and Coretta (2013) on their widows. Dee was awarded along with her late husband the Lifetime Achievement Freedom Award, presented by the National Civil Rights Museum located in Memphis. Dee, a long-time resident of New Rochelle, New York, was inducted into the New Rochelle Walk of Fame which honors the most notable residents from throughout the community's 325 year history. She was also inducted into the Westchester County Women's Hall of Fame on March 30, 2007, joining such other honorees as Hillary Rodham Clinton and Nita Lowey Whitney Houston Life Story Casts Lead Role Look for a job and visit Wealth Watchers, Room 106 Get up to $42,000 in mortgage assistance as an unemployed homeowner Prime Osborn III Convention Center, 1000 Water St., Jacksonville 2014 Job and Resource Fair Monday, June 16 from 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 1225 W. 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GET READY, GET READY, GET READY-Annual Father's Day Program Date: Sunday June 15th, 2014 Time: 6:00 p.m. Where: Revelation Prayer House Location: 1725 W. 28th Street Jacksonville, Florida 32209 (Elder Grady Dicks Pastor) Appearing on program: The New Miracles, The Spiritualistics, New Creation Gospel Singers, The Vickers Family, Victory Gospel Singers, Dea. Willie Kirkland, The Scott Family, The Gospel Tones. This program is sponsored by Little Jessie & the Miracles. Come One, Come All!!! Let Us Have A Good Time In The Name of the Lord! For More Information, contact Sis. Jasmine Bullock @ 352-708-0277. This event is FREE to the public! CAMP RESTORATION FOR YOUTH SUMMER CAMP 2014 (Ages 5-15) is June 16th through August 25th from 8a.m. to 5p.m. at the NEW LIFE FELLOWSHIP A.M.E. CHURCH, 1451 Mount Herman St., Jacksonville, FL 32209. Serving Hot Breakfast and Lunch. Activities include Academic Enhancement, Arts & Craft, Youth Development, Crime Awareness & Bullying, Field Trips, Games, Charter Building (Self Respect), Sports, Exercise Activities, Etc. Hurting Families with Children in Crimes, Inc. 6th Annual Camp. For detailed information, contact Site Dir. Linda Dayson at 904-755-9863. THE EL-BETH-EL DEVELOPMENT CENTER Officers and Board Members will host its Fifth Annual Stop the Violence Recognition Banquet on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. To be held at the Community Rehabilitation Center Banquet Hall located at 623 Beechwood Street in Jacksonville, Florida. Since 2010 we have honored dedicated individuals from the community for outstanding achievements, leadership and their contributions in helping Jacksonville build a stronger and healthier community. 2014 Stop the Violence Honorees : Attorney Michael Sharrit Attorney Stephen A. Smith Paul Martinez-Intra-Governmental Services Director Jacqueline A. DavisCaterer and Community Activist Doug Sovich, President of San Jose Rotary Club Doctor Miguel RosaDa The Honorable Circuit Judge Mallory D. Cooper of the Fourth Judicial Courts, Duval, Clay and Nassau Counties Chuck Ward C.E.O. of Forgotten Fruit Inc. Percy GoldenChaplain for the Jacksonville Fire Fighters Ms. Joan D. Barr School Teacher at Sallye B. Mathis Our Guest Speaker for the evening will be Rabbi Joshua Lief from The Temple Ahavath Chesed. A/B honor roll Good Citizenship & Character Positive Leadership Corporate tables of ten (10) are available for $500.00 each (includes your ad in our souvenir journal). Individual tickets are $50.00. Please complete and submit the enclosed form by June 15, 2014, along with your check payable to: El-Beth-El Divine Holiness Church. For ticket information, sponsoring a section in our evening program or one of the above youth organizations, please contact Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall at (904) 710 -1586 or email: Gospell75@aol.com We look forward to seeing you this year. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ TICKET ORDER FORM El-Beth-El Development Center 2013 th Annual Stop The Violence Annual Banquet Thursday, June 19, 2014 Community Rehabilitation Center Dining Hall 623 Beechwood Street Please make checks payable to: El-Beth-El Development Center,P. O. Box 3575 Jacksonville, Fl 32206 Ticket $50.00 Each____Table of Ten (10) ______ $500.00__________ Company/Sponsor Name_________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________ City_______________________State_____Zip_______ Code______________ Telephone__________________ JACKSONVILLE, FL AFRICANO Betty A., 72, died June 6, 2014. ANDREWS, William Danny, 56, died June 4, 2014. ARRINGTON, James E., 41, died June 5, 2014. BARNUM, Lorna, 93, died June 6, 2014. BENIQUEZ, Felix, died June 2, 2014. BROWN, Samuel A., 73, died June 8, 2014. BURTON, Minnie Lee, died June 9, 2014. CAMPBELL, Harvey Franklin, 65, died June 4, 2014. CONNELL, L. Jerry, 65, died June 5, 2014. EDWARDS, Austin Jay Mack, 32, died June 5, 2014. EDWARDS, Curtis Guy, 81, died June 7, 2014. EDWARDS Priscilla D., 66, died June 5, 2014. FLEMING, Penny Ann, 51, died June 7, 2014. GRIFFIS, James, 68, died June 8, 2014. HARRIS Leon, died June 7, 2014. HARVEY, Dorothy, 49, died June 6, 2014. HUNTER, Stanley Randall, 65, died June 8, 2014. HURST, George, 72, died June 4, 2014. JAY, David, 77, died June 7, 2014. JOHNSON, Priscilla, 59, died June 2, 2014. JOHNSON, Thomas, died June 4, 2014. LANG, Charles, died June 6, 2014. LEE, Jaunita G., died June 3, 2014. LEWIS, Rose L., 67, died June 7, 2014. MANN, Francis G., 87, died June 7, 2014. MILLER, Dorothy Baty, 90, died June 4, 2014. NEWMAN, John P., 78, died June 6, 2014. NORMAN, Bridgett Ann, 15, died June 8, 2014. PARKS, David, 73, died June 9, 2014. PHILLIPS, Tommy D.L., 74, died June 6, 2014. POWERS, Patricia Pat, died June 7, 2014. RADABAUGH Samuel, 97, died June 6, 2014. RAVNELL, Alana Joi, died June 4, 2014. ROGERS, Clinton, died June 8, 2014. SIMS, John Norris, Jr., 69, died June 7, 2014. STILES, Joseph Edward, 57, died June 8, 2014. STRICKLAND, Beatrice, died June 8, 2014. STRIGGLERS, Erma G., died June 4, 2014. The Church DirectoryCome and Worship With Us Faith In Our CommunitySchedule of Events and ServicesPage 2 THE STAR June 14, 2014 CHURCH DEATH NOTICES DEATH NOTICES ANNOUNCEMENTS Listings are due the Tuesday before the next issue. Email submissions preferred. Send to: Info@TheFloridaStar.com Come join Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall, Sr.every Wednesday and Thursday from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM for Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at The Greater El-Beth-El Divine Holiness Church, located at 723 W. 4th Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209. New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church1824 Prospect Street Jacksonville, FL 32208Sunday School ................9:30 a.m. Sunday Morning Intercessory Prayer.................10:45 a.m. Morning Worship ......................11:00 a.m. Youth Church 2nd & 3rd Sundays (Old Sanctuary) Tuesday Pastoral Bible Study ................ 7:00 p.m. Rev. Dr. Marion A. Wise, Senior Pastor Rev. Joe Calhoun, Pastor Emeritus (904) 764-5727 Church GREATER EL-BETHEL DIVINE HOLINESS CHURCHThe Church Where Everybody Is SomebodyBishop Lorenzo Hall., Pastor Street Address: 723 W. 4th St. Jacksonville, Florida 32209 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3575, Jacksonville, Florida 32206Church Telephone: (904) 359-0661 Home: (904) 358-8932 Cell: 710-1586Sunday School.......................................................................................9:30 a.m. Morning Worship.................................................................................11:00 a.m. Tuesday................................................Prayer Meeting & Bible Study,7:00 p.m. Thursday...............................................................................Joy Night,7:00 p.m.Email: Gospell75@aol.com Website: Greaterelbethel.org Tune In To WCGL AM RadioForIMPACT IMPACTTuesday and Thursday from 8:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.AtWCGL1360.comThe Florida Star and Impact Striving To Make A Difference! Clara McLaughlin Leath Host Yvonne Brooks Co-Host Lion of the Tribe of Judah Ministries, Inc. 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June 14, 2014 THESTAR PAGE 3 YOUTHs PAGE ExperiencesLife is full of experiences. Experiences give us five lessons: how to live, love, learn, feel, and react. A new experience can teach you how to live with a better attitude or love with more intention. Experiences help you learn forgiveness and give you the ability to release the feeling of guilt after you have been forgiven. With age, wisdom, and experience your reaction to different scenarios will improve. Then, you will be quick to listen and slow to speak. Not every experience has to be grand in order for you to learn something, and you can learn several small lessons from one big experience. I had the opportunity to travel to New York City recently and I would consider it a rather grand experience. My New York City getaway definitely taught me the fundamental five lessons of experiences. This trip taught me how to live life on the edge and try new things like authentic Chinese food from Chinatown and brie berry pancakes. I went on my fabulous trip with my mother and aunt, and I must say I fell in love with my family all over again. We had a great time being together and bonding in the Big Apple. I soaked in so much knowledge from my trip to NYC. While I was in New York City I had the opportunity to watch the Tony Award winning revival play, A Raisin in the Sun, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway. Earlier this year I acted in our school production of A Raisin in the Sun at Camden County High School in Kingsland, GA. I portrayed the character Beneatha in my high school play, and I had the privilege to meet the talented Anika Noni Rose who portrayed Beneatha in the Broadway show. I learned so many incredible things from her on and off stage such as how to be believable as a character and how to be gracious even when youre a Tony Award winning actress as well as a Disney Princess. The vibe in New York City is phenomenal. New York has a fast paced rhythm that surges through your body and into your soul that makes you want to do something and go somewhere in life. Everyone in the city has a hustle, whether its to put a dollar in their pocket or make mega millions on Wall Street. You can feel the assertiveness and self-sufficiency of the people in the city. I had the opportunity to attend an after party for an event with my mother, aunt, and a family friend while we were on our trip. While we were at the party I was asked to sing a solo by one of the biggest names in the theatre entertainment business, George Faison. In that moment, I was forced to not only react, but to react quickly. I sang my solo, and all the party guests cheered. However, that moment wasnt about singing in front of important performers, directors, and producers it was about being ready to cease the moment. I will never forget my experience in New York and all the lessons that I learned from it. Kicking Back with Kelsey readers, you dont have to travel in order to gain experiences. All you have to do is open your mind. Talk with new people, watch positive things on television and on the internet, and dont be afraid to use your imagination. I have a challenge for you. Think back to an experience that you have had and list how it taught you to live, love, learn, feel, and react. Then, reflect on your lessons and put them to use in other areas of your life. I hope that writing down these lessons will improve other aspects of your life and remember..experiences only require an open mind. Experience is the teacher of all things Julius Caesar Stay tuned for Kelsey Coffey, a freshman at Camden County High School is a dedicated gifted student who enjoys dancing, singing and writing. Kelsey and Pattie LaBelle, backstage After Midnight Breakfast at Le Petite Caf in Brooklyn Heights with our gracious host, NY fashion designer, Brenda Brunson Bey Kelsey does split on Broadway stage at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre Kelsey, Anika Noni Rose, Keenya (Mom), Backstage, A Raisin In The Sun Kelsey and LaTonya Richardson Jackson Keenya, Kelsey, Denzel Washington, Auntie Roz Broadway Marquee Kelsey and Opera Diva, Jesse Norman Victor Trent Cook, Singer/Actor/Conductor Auntie Roz and Fantasia Barrino Following show After Midnight Kelsey and Bobby Day backstage Brooks Atkinson Theatre Following show After Midnight Desmond Richardson, Kelseys Master Class Dance Instructor and lead dancer in After Midnight Kelsey and International jazz singer Clare Bathe Joseph Joubert Conductor, Motown, The Musical Keenya, Director/Choreographer, Kenneth Roberson, Kelsey Kelsey and Bryce Clyde Jenkins (stars as Travis in A Raisin In The Sun) at a dress rehearsa l for the new Broadway show, Holler If Ya Hear Me Palace Theatre A ctress/Director Tamara Tunie, L aw and Order Actor, Rueben Santiago Hudson Kelsey and Mom Keenya Actress, Venita Evans Savion Glover, Master Tap Dancer Singer/ Actress, Natasha Williams Kelsey and Choreographer, Michelle Robinson Broadway Conductor, Composer Linda Twine Dule Hill, Host After Midnight To the right : Sean Patrick Thomas, Kelsey Backstage, A Raisin In The Sun K elsey, Capathia Jenkins, S inger/Actress Tony award winning Director/Choreographer, Actress/Director George Faison

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Todays article in the series, Look ing Back on Sugar Hill 1914-1964 with Ron ald C. Brinkleys nos talgic views from 604 W. 8th Street, provides a glimpse into the ex tended family of a Sugar Hill matriarch, Mrs. Au gustas Gussie Wise Calhoun Tucker. Sugar Hill is the name of a bygone grand neighborhood that adjoined downtown Jacksonville from the north side. Hill was an all-black upper, middle and blue collar working class community. Sugar Hill was platted along the Jefferson Street corri dor from north to south between 8th and 4th Gussie and her second husband, Thomas D. Tucker, who was employed at the Caddy Shop at the citys Golfair Golf Club, purchased the stately home at 604 West 8th Street from her sister, Alice Wise Gordon. In 1934 Mrs. Gordon became the widow of prominent AME minister, Rev. Robert T. Gordon, a noted grocer, restaurant owner, supreme commander of the Royal Lions of America and chairman of the Masonic Relief Association. Mrs. Gordons aunt and her sis ters family moved in with her after the death of Rev. Gordon. Alice Wise Gordon who taught music at Edward Waters College, re signed from teaching in 1944 when she mar ried Dr. Thomas R. Vickers, a widower, and moved to West Palm Beach. Thomas and Gussie Calhoun Tucker along with her daughters, Annie Murhle Cal houn and Theodosia Calhoun as well as their aunt, Anna Calhoun Hayes, a teacher at Davis Street School, all remained in the enormous home at 604 W. 8th Street on the south west nished two story frame home was next door real estate developer, Joseph H. Blodgett,526 W. 8th Street, and Afro American Life Insur ance Company magnate, A. L. Lewis at 504 W. 8th, was directly across the street from the homes of Charles Henry Anderson, 519 W. 8th Street, president and founder of the Anderson Tuck er Bank, and James Henry Lewis, 515 W. 8th Street, executive vice-president and the heir apparent of the Afro American Life Insur ance Company. enormous home built in the 1920s included a ran the width of the house, a lattice enclosed back porch upstairs and downstairs and a was the entrance foyer, living room, dining room, parlor, library and two bed rooms. The kitchen, with a walk in butlers pantry, was equipped with an electric stove and refrig gas heating and indoor plumbing was in few homes. Other luxuries of the home were three bathrooms inside the house including the one on the back porch. The home was gas heated While there were dirt streets bricks. Sidewalks in the neighborhood, privately installed and paid for by hom eowners, were laid with 12 inch sextant concrete stones. Matriarch Gussie Tucker had the draperies and cornice boards changed seasonally. Duval Laundry at 9th and Walnut Streets picked up and delivered laundry to the Tucker household weekly. And though they lived in Florida the la dies in the family all wore mink coats, stoles, collars, hats, and muffs that were placed in cold storage at the beginning of the spring season. Ronald Brinkley, the only child in the home at 604 W. 8th Street, claims that the Tucker, Brinkley and Speights families werent richnevertheless wealth. Owners of these palatial homes had to have sanction, class, style and money to build their home in the Sugar Hill Corridors 8th Street and the 1700 and 1800 blocks of Jefferson Street and Calhoun Street. From way back, theirs was a musi cally talented family. Gussie Wise Calhoun Tucker and her sister, Alice Wise Gordon, called Plunk, taught both of the Calhoun girls to play the piano and organ. Annie Murhle was a virtuoso and she was frequent ly sought for her creative and professional talents. Throughout the Sugar Hill com munity, pianos, organs, string instruments, percussions and other instruments were as commonplace as living room sofas and table lamps For over thirty years, Mrs. Tucker and her daughter, Annie Murhle, served as or ganist and pianist for Central Baptist Church. Parents called upon Mrs. Tucker to give piano lessons to their children in her home. Even from the far-away Mandarin neighbor hood, families made arrangements for their children to receive piano lessons from Mrs. Tucker. In the 1920s the Calhoun girls attended grade school at Davis Street. Their neighbor, Isaiah Blocker, was the principal of the school, and his wife Mary White Blocker, taught there. Additionally their paternal aunt, Anna Calhoun Hayes, was a teacher at this school. When they reached high school the Calhoun girls attended Edward Waters College. Annie Murhle graduated from the Edward Waters College African Methodist Episcopal Colleges high school department in 1929 and furthered her education in Tallahassee where in 1933 she graduated from Florida A & M College. Annie Murhle Calhoun began a teaching career in 1933 which spanned over 40 years with the Duval County School System. Her classroom teacher at Oakland Elementary School #102. Here Annie Murhle also served as the pianist for assembly programs and for the students entrance march at the beginning of each day into the school building. Theodosia Calhoun, the younger daughter of Rev. Harvis Charles Calhoun, also attended and graduated from Edward Waters College, where their aunt, Alice Wise Gor don taught music. Even though their father was a shop teacher at Stanton High School it was more convenient for the Calhoun girls, who lived with their mother, to ride with Aunt Alice to Edward Waters College. Upon graduation from high school in 1933 Theo A view from Calhoun Street of the home.PAGE 4 THE STAR JUNE 14, 2014 A 1940s view of the Gordon/Tucker home at the corner of 8th and Calhoun Streets. School teachers on summer vaca tion in Los Angeles, California, 1950, Genetha Battle Mott, Emily Russ Rut ledge and Annie Murhle Brinkley. Gussie Wise Tucker makes a state lamp on the newel post is a prestigious symbol that the homes mortgage has been paid. Story by MARs S HA DEAN PHELTs S The Florida/Georgia Star Photos from the Collection of RONALD C. Br R INKLEY Looking Back on Sugar Hill 1914-1964 Marsha Dean Phelts NN ostalgic Views from 604 W. 8th StreetSeries 2 of 3 Gussie Wise Tucker on the concrete border around the home that added an aesthetic appeal to further en hance the architectural splendor of the property rather than a subliminal Keep Out wall. Theodosia Calhoun on graduation day, September 11, 1939 from Brewster Hos pital. Theodosia is in the far left of top row. 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dosia continued her education. Theodosia Calhoun graduated from the Brewster School of Nursing. She became a registered nurse at Brewster Methodist Hospital and because she lived only two blocks from school she would walk to and from work more quickly than the time it would take for her to drive and park. Theodosias career spanned 50 years before she retired in the 1980s. On January 5, 1943, Theodosia became the World War II bride of Otis Speights. Otis was a well known tailor, who with his two brothers, Eddie and James, owned Speights Tailor Shop at 506 Broad Street in LaVilla. Otis Speights also taught tailoring at Stanton Vocational School. In the 1940s on a visit to the dentists by her mother, Annie Murhle Calhoun, met Albert Brinkley, a man who enchanted her. Mr. Brinkley, a charismatic Pullman Car Porter wooed the young schoolmarm, and before long Ann became his bride. Upon leaving the Pullman Company, Albert Brinkley, a consummate entrepreneur, went into business for himself. Throughout the 1950s until his death in 1989, Al Brinkley owned a range of hot spots in the epicenter of the black belt corridor. He owned and operated the Brinkleys Hosiery Shop at 957 W. 8th Street and Johnson, where he and Annie Murhle sold ladies stockings and garters, mens socks, shaving powders, supplies and other sundries. They called Albert Brinkley Brink, perhaps because he also was employed at the Florida National Bank as a coin wrapper. In the 1960s, Brinkley, a member of the Club Barons, operated the swanky El Dorado Night Club that Club Barons owned on Moncrief Road north of Rowe Avenue. From time to time Albert Brinkley owned restaurant businesses at strategic locations around the major gathering spots and crossroads, such as the Brinkleys Snack Bar at 1191 W. 13th Street, next door to New Stanton High School at 1149 W. 13th Street. Students had to, and wanted to, walk pass Brinkleys in order to get to the New Stanton High School. Approaching Brinkleys, hit songs blared from the piccolo combined with aromas of chicken being fried, piping hot French fries, hot dogs on a roating grill, sizzling hamburgers all accompanied by a throng of peers drew swarms of students into the establishment constantly. In the 1960s and the 1970s, Albert Brinkley operated the Tigers Den, a restaurant on the corner of Kings Road and Pearce Street. The Tigers Den was one of three structures in the block of Edward Waters College Campus Lee Hall Administration Building and the Hansel Y. Tookes Library. A popular party man and socialite, Albert Brinkley covered the entertainment venues, while opting out of drinking and smoking the intoxicating fumes of the era.Today as Albert Brinkleys son, Ronald, who grew up at 604 W. 8th Street, looks back on Sugar Hill, he reminisces about his favorite spots. Ronald recalls his early fascination with cars and wanting to drive. Ronalds grandfather, Tom Tucker, owned two cars; and while his grandfather drove the new model Desoto to work, Ronald remembers sneaking to teach himself to drive by shifting gears and backing the old 1947 Plymouth from the garage to the edge of the street from the west side of the home at Calhoun Street. Ronald practiced his car driving fantasies while his grandmother, Gussie gave piano and organ lessons to her students. Though there were close calls, Ronald was lucky that he was never caught coasting the old Plymouth up and down the driveway. His favorite location in the home was the upstairs sun porch, there he watched a drove to and from the business epicenter where 8th Street, Davis Street and Moncrief Road all merged at the 5 star point crossroads and where a variety of shops, Kozy Korner, Sunshine Grocery, Esquire Bar, Johnsons Barber Shop, Heards Shoe Shop and other blocks of these streets at every intersection. When Ronald climbed the stairwell to the attic he could see all the way downtown from the window on the south wall. The sights from 8th journeys into his future. Looking to the east from his second story bedroom window, Ronald watched the beautiful girl next door, Marvyne Betsch, (who years later became widely known as the American Beach Lady) eight years his senior, as she drove up in her 1953 model English Ford. Ronald enthusiastically watched for Marvyne as he walked Buttons, the English Terrier dog. Buttons was a house dog and rode in the front seat of the car between his masters, Thomas and Gussie Tucker. Ronalds additional duties included sweeping both the sidewalks along 8th Street and the Calhoun Street side of the house every morning including Sunday. For his chores, Ronald, received a $2.00 a week allowance. Living in Sugar Hill seemed like Gershwins lyrics, Summer time and the living is easy. Then all too soon, after a half century, life in Sugar Hill came to a screeching halt with the City of Jacksonvilles Housing and Urban Developments master plan for Urban Renewal. Backed up by the laws of eminent domain, the major arteries of Sugar Hill were eradicated. By 1964 an EXODUS of the once grand Sugar Hill neighborhood had begun. The 1970 census shows that the community affectionately called Sugar Hill had succumbed to the wrecking balls of Urban Renewal. Sugar Hill was replaced by the massive University Hospital, aka Shands complex-today known as University of Florida Health on 8th W. Street, from Jefferson Street westward to Mars. Next weeks article will feature Sugar Hill from the bottom as we spotlight the extraordinary life of Charlie Hoss Singleton whose 200 lyrics such as: Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean Strangers in the Night Spanish Eyes are classics. Charlie Hoss Singletons songs have been recorded by Pat Boone, Ruth Brown, Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, Billie Daniels, Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams and many other noted singers. They have carved his name in the Songwriters Hall of Fame. PAGE 5 THE STAR JUNE 14, 2014 alottery.com Must be 18 or older to play. Play responsibly. 2014 Florida Lottery With an education, Florida students can reach for the stars. Its why weve contributed more than $26 billion to education over the past 26 years. Thats more than a billion dollars to education every year. We dont just believe in the future of our state. Were investing in it. Visit alottery.com/education.do to learn more about our commitment to education. Floridas future is only as bright as theirs. Graduation ceremony on the lawn at Brewster Hospital in 1939. Tom Thumb Wedding of Ronald C. Brinkley and June Glass in 1949. Looking Back on Sugar Hill 1914-1964 Marsha Dean Phelts Nostalgic Views from 604 W. 8th StreetStory continued from page 4Otis Speights on leave to marry Theodosia V. Calhoun in 1943. Albert Brinkley in the vault at the Florida National Bank. At home with Thomas D. Tucker, Ronald Brinkley, Annie Murhle Brinkley & Buttons the English Terrier, circa 1952.

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JUNE 14, 2014 THE STAR PAGE 7 Florida LOCALBy WILLIAM JACKSON Special to The Florida/Georgia StarFathers are important to their chil ( ships their children will have in life. ( The world renowned schol ar, and African American ( activist, Mal colm X, notes; any man can make a baby with ( a woman, but a father is responsible for the growth and ( development of HIS children. ( Events like Celebrating Fathers are important for ( men of all ages, cul tures and generations to be actively ( in volved in. Relationship Building for Fathers ( Fathers Day looms closer, many fa thers are determined ( to show their children that they love them, support their ( educational, spiritual, social, men tal and emotional growth ( and develop ment. ( Traditionally men display affec tion in the way they / we do ( things for our children and families. It is not about giving ( money, buying expensive gifts and spoiling them, it is about ( sharing wisdom, modeling respect, build ing a foundation ( that is just, ethical and moral, teaching is more impor tant ( than spending money. Foundations of LL ove ( Children love their daddies, the love that is shared is a ( foundation for future relationships that will either blossom ( into healthy and stable interaction between boys and girls or ( become unhealthy and chaotic. A fathers relationship with their ( children is built on trust and communication (verbal and ( nonverbal), a trust that daddy will be there to provide, to shelter, ( to comfort and be strong in sickness and health. Daddies ( make a non-verbal vow just as a wedding vow to support ( their chil dren so they can grow strong in mind and spirit. ( Just as there are wedding vows there are vows for fathers ( unspoken, emotionally far reaching. Too many fathers are not ( aware of the impact they have on their childrens future emotionally, ( psy chologically and self-esteem development. Look at the boys ( that are angry, are their fathers active in their lives, look at the ( girls that are lonely and have low self-esteems, are their fathers ( nurtur ing and supportive? The foundations of rela tionships ( can be developed from involved and active fathers. ( No lies, no deceit, no cover-ups, just open and honest truth ( about love and ex pectations for what fathers should be ( doing. Fathers: history will judge you as a father by the behavior of ( your children and what their choices are in life. Many girls choose ( some one like their father for a potential boyfriend and husband, ( so what kind of father are you going to be, what kind of role model ( are you? ( Experts agree that a girls future relationships with men are ( often shaped by both her relationship with her father and her ( fa thers relationship with the daughters mother. In simple terms, ( girls who see their mothers being treated disrespect fully sometimes ( come to tolerate that treatment from future boyfriends, hus bands, ( even male colleagues. Boys will imitate their fathers in how they ( treat women, how they interact and how they express their feelings. Trips of the Heart ( Fathers create chances when father and children go out ( together; go to the park, get ice cream, to the beach, to church, ( go for walks to talk. Dont expect your chil dren to develop ( a relationship with you, as a father you have to develop what type ( of relationship you want es tablished. This is not always natural ( and takes work; it is well worth the effort in the coming years. ( There will be times when your children re ( ( ( ( ( be involved and active. ( What way do you want your child to go and who do you want ( her / him ( independent and ( self-reliant, but teach compassion, sympathy and empathy with ( wisdom. William Jackson with his mentees Responsibility and AA ccountability ( Fathers be responsible and accountable for your actions and take ( responsibility to help raise your daughter or son. In the home ( or not you helped create that child, if you are a step parent you have ( an added responsibility to show that non-biological fathers can be ( good fathers with ( ( ( girl or boy may not say it, but they ( need to know you are there today, tomorrow and the next ( ( William Jackson and children.. Diversity of Fatherhood ( Many families have diverse back grounds, it is not uncommon ( today to have Christian and Muslim families, Hispanic and Haitian, ( Mexican and Hispanic, Irish and Jamaican, Native American and ( Black, Jewish and nonJewish, African American and oth er ( ethnic backgrounds either married or living in the same household. ( Each family growing as one and working to ( create a light that shines on the goodness of the ( family. That light casts away the darkness of strife and struggle. ( Mal each other. Light creates ( understanding, understanding creates love, love cre ( ( communities and in the na tion. ( Dads are like the threads to multicul tural and multiethnic tapestry. ( Keeping the family connected even with cultural or religious challenges. ( Respecting ones differences and loving their individual ity, united in love. ( The 21st century has blended cultures, heritages and races. ( It has transcended to creating a true rain bow coalition of ( humanity under di verse family units. Family will guide and build ( the respect, patience and un derstanding that is needed to make ( a diverse family strong. The father is the corner stone, the foundation ( o f this love, the rock that weathers the storms of life.L L arry Henderson with Grandson..C C onclusion ( The world creates distractions in parental relationships and fosters ( interferences with sex, drugs, violence, complacency and lowering of ( morals and values. Fathers must be dili gent to keep the lines of ( communication open between themselves and their children. ( Children need and require a close relationship with their fathers, in ( some cases they do not know how to ask for it. Fathers your job is to ( show your child that they are great just the way they are and that you ( have high expectations for them. Fathers, pray for your children and ( anoint them with love, praise; speak power in their lives and protection. ( God hears fathers prayers, a father sometimes needs to be humble, ( quick to praise, slow to anger and consistently available to his children. &A Fa A THERS ACCOUNTa A BILITY Fathers Day Angela Hughes and her two children, Devin Batiste 7, De Jon Batiste 13, won tick ets from The Florida Star, to the Shrek Musical Alhambra Dinner Theater in Jacksonville.

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PAGE 9 THE STAR JUNE 14, 2014 SPORTS Walmart wants to match Publix ad prices. Think about it.Theyll do it, tooif you ask. Or you could save yourself some trouble and enjoy shopping more than 35 BOGOs every week at Publix. By MIKE BONTS Florida Sports Wire goals of 2014 as the U.S. Mens National Team defeated Nigeria 2-1 in front of a Florida-record crowd of 52,033 at EverBank Field. With the start, goalkeeper Tim Howard became the 15th U.S. MNT player to reach 100 caps while also picking up the victory to break Kasey Kellers all-time goalkeeper wins record for the United States. A fantastic series of passes down the right side set up Jozy Altidore to break the deadlock. the right wing and spied Fabian Johnson making a darting run into the penalty area. He cut a short pass to the overlapping right back who slide a cross on the ground into the six-yard box where Altidore was unmarked for the tapMichael Bradley played a beautiful ball from alty area. Altidore settled, cut inside to evade ball past Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama inside the near left post. His second tally of the match was his 23rd international goal. With the game wide open in waning minute minutes and both teams attacking with fervor, Nigerias Victor Moses drew a penalty against U.S. defender Matt Besler and took the subsequent penalty kick. Moses took a slow approach on the kick before placing his rightfooted shot into the lower left corner as Howard went the opposite direction. The USA is 2-0-0 in the all-time series against Nigeria.The USA is 17-16-9 all-time in games based in Florida and 4-0-1 in Jacksonville.Altidore scores twice as U.S. MNT of World Cup send-off series United Statess Jozy Altidore (17) moves the ball against Nigeria during the second half of an international friendly soccer match in Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday, June 7, 2014. By MIKE BONTS Florida Sports Wire This past weekends Jacksonville Grand Prix of the Sea saw the P1 SuperStock and AquaX race series come together in the USA time in 30 years that Jacksonville has hosted a race on the St. Johns River. cluding the Visit Jacksonville craft and more than thirty AquaX riders too to the water in a double bill of top class sport and entertainment. game in the opening AquaX race of the season at the end of April in the high surf of Daytona Beach. Making the headlines were Stuart Rasmussen, Eric Lagopoulos and Ron Greenwald, who travel to Jacksonville as class leaders knowing that they will face intense competition from the likes of Eric Francis, Tim Mckercher and Kelly Belval. Series Administrator Michelle Petro is exways exciting to visit new venues and it is bring back Powerboat racing to Jacksonville after all these years, this weekend will be a mini version of what we hope will become an annual event of white water, adrenaline and speed. The city are right behind us and it looks set to be an awesome weekend.ITS DESTINATION JACKSONVILLE FOR P1 RACERS AND AQUAX RIDERS ida wide receivers coach Joker Phillips has resigned his position with the UF football program and Chris Leak will assume the wide receiver coaching responsibilities immediately for the 2014 season, head coach Will Muschamp announced on Wednesday, June 11. University of Florida and Will Muschamp provided to me and my family, but at this position on the UF coaching staff for personal reasons, said Phillips. program and wish him and his wife, Leslie, nothing but the best in the future, said Coach Muschamp. the Florida staff in December of 2012 and spent one season coaching Floridas wide receivers. Prior to Florida, Phillips was the head coach at Kentucky for three years (2010-12). Leak, the captain of UFs 2006 National Championship team, ended his career as the schools all-time leading passer in (11,213 yards, 895 completions and 1,458 attempts) He served as a graduate assistant during the 2103 season.Joker Phillips Resigns from Gators; Chris Leak to assume WR Coaching Responsibilities

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A second round of auditions and callbacks will be scheduled in August 2014. Cold readings will be held, so no need to prepare anything. Just come with a positive and enthusiastic attitude! In addition to actors, we are seeking people who are interested in backstage work on the upcoming shows, including props, costumes, stage management, set design and construction, and other technical aspects of production. Those who are interested in auditioning or working backstage, should reserve an audition time by either calling 262-6934 or email info@goldenislesarts.org (please put "Auditions" in subject line.) If you are unable to attend on either of these dates but still have an interest, or simply need more information, please contact Golden Isles Arts & Humanities at the contact information listed above. 8th Stanton Alumni Gala Deadline Approaching The deadline to place ads in this years Gala booklet an d purchase tickets is approximately 15 days away. There are still tickets available for you to come and fellowship with classmates and schoolmates. Please call Kenneth Reddick at 764-8795 to request a ticket request form. Dont miss this GALA opportunity. 2014 Second Annual Job and Resource FairFrom: Mayor Alvin Brown On behalf of the entire city, I would like to extend my appreciation to you for your companys continued support of Jacksonvilles economic growth and prosperity. Yours is the kind of service that acts as a catalyst for innovation and success, and I am grateful for your presence in the greater Jacksonville area. It is my pleasure to join with The Honorable Corrine Brown, United States Representative for the 5th District of Florida, in hosting the 2014 Second Annual Job and Resource Fair. As in years past, we want to ensure that employers across the city have an opportunity to participate in this citywide event as job openings are presented to an eager, potential workforce. Several resource agencies will be available to offer support services to augment each individuals search for meaningful employment. I am encouraged by the attendance of more than 14,000 job seekers last year and the active engagement of more than 150 vendors. Please accept this invitation to join us for the 2014 Second Annual Job and Resource Fair, and become a vital part of this muchanticipated opportunity. When: Monday, June 16 Where: The Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water Street What time: 9 a.m. 2 p.m. Join us by completing the attached Vendor Registration form and return as indicated. Thank you in advance for your participation. For more information, call 904630-3498 or 630-3625 FSCJ ARTIST SERIES, SPONSORED BY CHASE & THE NATHAN H. WILSON CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENT THE 9th ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER MUSICAL THEATRE EXPERIENCE: FAME THE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE DATES: JULY 25 & AUGUST 1 at 8PM, AUGUST 3 at 2PM WILSON CENTER FOR THE ARTS 11901 BEACH BLVD. JACKSONVILLE, FL FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by Chase and The Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts are proud to present the 9th Annual High School Summer Musical Theatre Experience! This program provides theatre opportunities to 7th-12th graders in the First Coast area and allows them to work hands-on with some of the highest recognized local and regional theatre professionals. This year, participants will perform FAME THE MUSICAL on July 25-26 and August 1-2 at 8PM and August 3 at 2PM for five performances only at the Wilson Center for the Arts on Florida State College at Jacksonvilles South Campus (11901 Beach Blvd). More than 80 student performers and technicians are training with professional theatre artists in preparation for the production of FAME THE MUSICAL. Set during the last years of New York City's celebrated High School for the Performing Arts on 46th Stree t (1980-1984), FAME THE MUSICAL is the bittersweet, but ultimately inspiring, story of a diverse group of students as they commit to four years of grueling artistic an d academic work. With candor, humor and insight, the show explores the issues that confront many young people today: issues of prejudice, identity, self-worth, literacy, sexuality, substance abuse and perseverance. The performance schedule for FAME THE MUSICAL is: Friday, July 25th at 8:00PM Saturday, July 26th at 8:00PM Friday, August 1st at 8:00PM Saturday, August 2nd at 8:00PM Sunday, August 3rd at 2:00PM Tickets for FAME THE MUSICAL cost: $25 for Reserved Seating $20 for seniors (60+), Military (with valid ID), and nonFSCJ students $15 for Florida State College at Jacksonville students and employees (with valid ID) For tickets to FAME THE MUSICAL, call the Wilson Center for the Arts Box Office at (904) 646-2222 o r the FSCJ Artist Series Box Office at (904) 442-2929. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.artistseries jax.org Discounts are available for groups of 10+ by calling (904) 442-2947 or emailing groupsales@fscj.edu. FAME THE MUSICAL contains language that may no t be suitable for children under 13. Follow Summer Musical Theatre Experience (SMTE) on Facebook! Please contact Sarah Roy at saroy@fscj.edu or (904) 4422933 for show materials and interview opportunities fo r SMTEs production of FAME THE MUSICAL. The History BehindJ U N E T E E N T HToday, June 19th, marks the Juneteenth holiday, which celebrates the day in 1865 that slaves in Galveston, Texas were told that slavery had ended. President Abraham Lincoln had actually ended slavery two and a half years prior to the Texas slaves being notified. Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger delivered the good news to those in captivity through General Orders No. 3 which stated: The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts, and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere. Many legends were told in regards to why it took so long for the slaves in Texas to be informed about the end of the war. Some say that the messenger who was to deliver word that the Confederate lost the war was killed along the way. Others believed the plantation owners withheld the information, waiting for the next cotton harvest before saying a word. Unfortunately, there were written witness accounts of slaves who immediately tried to flee their plantations after receiving the news and were killed on sight or hung. Some slaves continued to work in servitude, undergoing the same punishments prior to the Emancipation Proclamations issuance or their knowledge of the decree. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. On January 1, 1980, Juneteenth became an official state holiday through the efforts of Al Edwards, an African American state legislator. The successful passage of this bill marked Juneteenth as the first emancipation celebration granted official state recognition. Today, people all over the country celebrate Juneteenth with rodeos, fishing, barbecues and picnics with an emphasis on education and self-improvement. Institutions such as the Smithsonian and the Henry Ford Museum have begun sponsoring Juneteenth-centered activities. Juneteenth Celebration 54th Anniversary Emancipation Proclamation 1865

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