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Dillard's Wants Black Judge
Taken Off Discrimination Case
Dillard's has asked the Mi.,issippi Supreme Court to block a Black trial
judge from presiding over racial-protiling lawsuits against the depart-
ment store chain.
The Little Rock, Ark. Based company argued that comments by Hinds
County Circuit Judge Tomie T. Green in a Jackson television station's
story on racial profiling put her impartiality in question.
Dating back to 1998, Dillard's has been the target of lawsuits that
alleged the company, in general terms, discriminated against Blacks and
suspected Black customers of shoplifting. The plaintiffs have alleged
they were unreasonably searched, questioned or denied service at stores
across the South.
Dillard's has denied the allegations.
The plaintiffs also contend off-duty police officers employed as securi-
ty "harass and victimize patrons who they think might not be the ideal
and desirable customer to shop in their store."
The first lawsuit was filed in Mississippi in 2000 and sought unspeci-
South African Court Finds Two
Guilty of Feeding Co-Worker to Lion
A South African court ruled that two men one black and the other \white
were guilty of feeding a black farm worker to lions in a gruesome case
that shocked the nation and highlighted the plight of many black laborers
in rural areas.
Justice George Maluleke said Mark Scott-Crossley, 37, a white building
contractor, and black co-accused Simon Mathebula, 43, were found guilty
of the murder of Nelson Chisale on Jan 31 last year.
The serntenicie, ill be pjs, on Aug 10.
Justice Nlaluleke recounted how Chisale. a former worker who had been
fired two months earlier apparently for running a personal errand during
work hours, had returned to collect his belongings but was savagely beat-
He was then tied to a tree and transported to the lion enclosure where he
was thrown, the judge said, drawing heavily on the testimony of a fourth
Police recovered Chisale's skull, finger. pieces of leg and bloodied clothes
more than a week later, when he was reported missing after last being seen
entenng the farm. -
NAACP Settles Bike Week Suit
When restaurants and shops in Myrtle Beach. S.C. opted to close dur-
ing the city's Bike Week last year, which attracts mostly. African
Americans, the NAACP filed a lawsuit. Last week, several of the busi-
nesses agreed to keep their establishments open for bike riders during the
Memorial Da\ weekend eent The business ill post signs welcoming
riders. "This settlement is a positive sign that all parties. consumers.
advocates and businesses can w ork together to ensure that the rights of
African-American tourists are respected.' said the NAACP's Angela
Ciccolo. The law suit is still pending for some of the plaintiffs.
PFAW Set to Counter GOP
Campaign Over Judicial Nominees
WASHINGTON -- A costly advertising war erupted Monday over
President Bush's controversial court nominees, with opposing groups
vowing to spend at least $1 million each over the next two \weeks.
Responding swiftly to advertising from a group that supports Bush's
nominees, People for The American Way said it would launch counter
"We're working with the masters of deception and distraction that
brought us the Swift Boat smears," he added in a reference to last year's
campaign attacks on Democratic presidential candidate John Kerr).
Neas, whose group has strong Democratic ties. said it would air its com-
mercial in the same media markets. He said the group would spend more
than $1 million over two weeks on television, radio and newspaper adver-
NAACP Slates Leadership Summit -
While Soul-Searching About its Own
The NAACP, in an unprecedented effort to identify black leaders of the
future, is hosting a first-ever conference next month with black profes-
sionals between 30 and 50 years old to help set a progressive agenda for
the 21st century.
As the NAACP approaches its 100th anniversary in 2009, the nation's
oldest civil rights organization is looking to increase the cadre of black
leaders in America and encourage more black professionals to become
socially and politically active.
The Leadership 500 summit, which will be held on May 26 through 29
at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Florida, is themed
"Reaching In and Pulling Back." The brainchild of NAACP Vice
Chairman Roslyn Brock, the four-day gathering is designed to attract "the
next generation of leaders," she said -- professionals and entrepreneurs in
the areas of health, religion, politics, law, media, entertainment, econom-
ic development and education who will help shape the future direction of
social justice advocacy eftcons in America.
NAACP leaders say the last time the organization hosted this type of
ambitious gathering was 96 years ago, when Americans interested in
forming the NAACP gathered to light for civil rights and to stop a wave
of lynchings and race riots in ith country,
Its Time to
U ALITY BLACK WEEKLY
Volume 19 No. 16 Jacksonville, Florida May 5 11, 2005
Gov. Jeb Bush Asks
E U for 1964 Killing Review
Shown above is former D.C. Mayor and current councilman Marion
Berry, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Min. Louis Farrakhan.
A Million More Movement?
Minister Louis Farrakhan joined
by other leaders revealed plans this
week for a rally commemorating
the 10th anniversary of the Million
Man March, calling it the start of a
broad social movement he says will
jump-start the civil rights move-
ment and help the poor and disen-
franchised, regardless of color.
Unlike 1995, Farrakhan said the
anniversary rally on The Mall in
Washington on Oct. 15 is open to
all. It will also mark the start of the
Millions More Movement, a
"worldwide" effort to unify the
poor and call attention to social
issues, including wage and health
care inequalities and reparations.
The press conference at the
National Press Club in Washington,
included Mayor Anthony Williams,
Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al
Sharpton, economist Julianne
Malveaux and Dr. Dorothy Height.
Organizers are promoting a Day
of Absence from work and school
on Friday, Oct. 14, followed by a
march in Washington on the 15th,
and religious services the next day.
Gov. Jeb Bush has asked state law
enforcement authorities to take
another look at a 1964 race-riot
slaying of Johnnie Mae Chappell, -
a case in which charges against
three white men were eventually
It is the second time he has asked
the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement to review the notori-
ous 41-year-old case.
Bush, in a letter to FDLE
Commissioner Guy M. Tunnell,
asked for "a review, investigation
and determination" whether there is
enough evidence to support charges
against the three who were indicted
- and allegedly confessed but were
never tried for the slaying of
Johnnie Mae Chappell outside
"We don't need another investi-
gation. We need to move forward
and prosecute," said Shelton
Chappell, youngest of Johnnie Mae
Chappell's 10 children, who lives in
Bush spokesman Jacob DiPietre
said the governor's legal office had
reviewed thousands of documents
and done hundreds of hours of
interviews. "He is asking them to
reopen the case to determine
whether additional evidence exists,"
Chappell was shot during the
March 1964 riots as black protest-
Continued on page 7
Phi Delta Kappa Presents Debutantes Shown above are Debutantes Loreal
Lewis, Givana Parker, Tiffany Joyner, Ashleigh Harrell, Tori Lawrence, Chantel Hatton, Morgan Parker
and Kevicia Brown. Junior Debutantes shown are Mi'ya Walton and Mi'kayla Walton. R.SILVER PHOTO.
Phi Delta Kappa sorority presented eight beautiful young ladies for their 6th Debutante Cotillion at the Ramona
Pavillion. Completing a five month Deb season, the girls were escorted by their fathers and completed the rite into
society with the traditional bow. For more photos see page 11.
Six Black College Players
Drafted by NFL Teams
NEW YORK Last year, two only HBCU football players (Hampton
DE Isaac Hilton and Southern DB Lenny Williams) were picked in the
NFL Draft. The pair went in consecutive picks (Williams at 252nd over-
all to Tampa; Hilton at 253 by the Giants) in last year's seventh round.
While the first two HBCU selections in the 2005 NFL Draft would again
be in consecutive picks, four other standouts would also get the call in
day two on Sunday.
In the second round, MEAC defensive backs Ronald Bartell of Howard
and Nick Collins of Bethune Cookman were the 50th and 51st picks
overall. Bartell, who finished with 39 tackles (29 solos), an interception,
14 pass deflections and a fumble recovery for the Bison in 2004, was
chosen by the St. Louis Rams.
Shown above is Links Southern Area Director Margaret Thompson
Johnson with Michael Jones of Jones Enterprises. Jones, a
Jacksonville entrepreneur, facilitated the Technology Workshop pro-
viding information to Links on how each chapter can have a web site.
Links Convene Southern Area Conference
Over 600 Links from throughout the south converged on Orlando Florida
for their 38th Southern Annual Conference. The four day conference, con-
sisting of workshops, luncheons and business sessions were designed to
inspire, inform and invigorate the organization's many members. The
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Winn Dixie Employees Take Kids to Work
Akeem Hughey, age 10 and a student at Christian Heritage Academy, strains
to get a better view of Chef Robert during a morning presentation of "Take
Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day" at Winn-Dixie's corporate headquar-
ters. Akeem spent the day with his father, Lester Hughey, an associate in the
company's computer operations department.
Nearly 200 children got an up-
close look at their parents' jobs on
April 28, when they accompanied
their parents to work at Winn-
Dixie's Jacksonville headquarters.
It was part of "Take Our Daughters
and Sons to Work Day," a national
effort through which adults can
show girls and boys opportunities
they may have otherwise never
The company's aim was to pro-
vide a realistic view for children
about their parents' careers, work
teams, and the grocery industry, as
well as allowing them to have fun
while learning about the workplace.
Participants attended a job fair and
toured the headquarters complex
before having lunch with their par-
ents and then assisting their parents
in the jobs during the afternoon.
Winn-Dixie President and CEO
Peter Lynch welcome participants
and spoke about the changes going
on in the world and the importance
of education. Lynch explained that
while his career has led to jobs in
different states across the U.S.,
those in attendance would probably
have careers with jobs in countries
throughout the world.
Chef Robert Tulko, Winn-Dixie's
corporate chef and goodwill ambas-
sador, quizzed the children on
choosing healthy foods, explained
how math and science are a big part
of preparing meals, and used a rub-
ber chicken as a pointer during one
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members of the organization's two
local chapters, the Jacksonville and
the Bold City.
Headquarters for the confab was
the luxurious Rosen Center Hotel
adjacent to Orlando's Convention
The conference opened with a
call to convene by Area Director
Johnson which was met with a re-
sponse from nine states and 77
chapters. The organization was
presented with a key to the city by
a City Commissioner and greetings
from Connecting Links (husbands
of Links). The highlight of the
opening events were financial con-
tributions on the Links behalf to
nine historically Black colleges and
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This year's event, themed Seasons of Change Taking Risks, Embracing
Opportunities Texas and is expected to draw up to 2,000 entrepreneurs
and business leaders. For more information, call 800-543-6786.
universities in the southern area
whose presidents were there to re-
Throughout the day, the industri-
ous ladies had their choice of work-
shops to attend outside of their Ple-
nary sessions, depending on the
area of service they work in for
their respective chapters. The well
organized luncheons focused on the
chapter's service with recognition
of 25 and 40 year links and awards
for exceptional chapter programs.
Another highlight of the event
were performances by Jacksonville
-based Ritz Chamber Players who
wowed the Conference attendees
with classical favorites and creative
improvisations. The selections
ranged from James Weldon John-
son's "Lift Every Voice" to Mo-
zart's "La Clemenza di Tito".
The Conference culminated with
the formal White Rose banquet.
Complete with a gourmet menu and
candlelight, the Links and their
spouses installed new officers and
enjoyed a gala evening.
The conference is not only for
the Links but for their spouses
(Connecting Links) and children
(Heir-o-Links). Pre-arranged activi-
ties for Connecting Links include
receptions, golf outings, city tours,
site seeing and a gaming cruise.
The Area Conference is held bi-
annually in conjunction with the
national conference. The next Area
Conference will be held in 2007 in
Mobile, Alabama preceded by a
national convention next year in
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by Charles Griggs
PARENTS, 'S TIME TO GET o
A GRIP ON YOUR CHILDREN '
There used to be a time when a situation like this
would have been handled without fanfare.
"There is a pervasive tendency to treat children as
adults, and adults as children. The options of children
are thus steadily expanded, while those of adults are
progressively constricted. The result is unruly children
and childish adults."
I'm sure by now everyone has heard about the five
year old little girl who pitched a fit in class and ended
up in handcuffs.
Even though it's been a few weeks since the hoopla
has subsided, the issue still burs in the minds of par-
In March an unidentified girl, a student at Fairmount
Park Elementary, was video taped swinging at the prin-
cipal, Nicole Dibenedetto. The videotape clearly shows
the.girl ripping papers off of a desk and bulletin board
and jumping on and off a table.
All because she didn't want to participate in a class-
room math exercise.
For about an hour the little girl is caught breaking
stuff and attempting to swing at others in addition to
the principal. It's at that point where three officers from
the St. Petersburg Police Department arrive, approach
the five year old and handcuff her.
The tape obviously shows the little girl under duress
due to the trauma off being disciplined by uniformed
"From what I saw with the teachers, they were trying
to help her verbalize the fact that she was angry. The girl
really did a number on the office," said Melvin Oatis,
M.D., assistant professor of clinical psychiatry with
New York University's Child Study Center, pointing to
the broken ceramic object and attempts at pulling
thumbtacks off a wall he witnessed from the videotape.
"[Children] do have tantrums, but they don't quite con-
tinue as long or escalate to that degree," he said.
While many of us sympathize with the little girl for
being handcuffed, it didn't have to turn out that way.
Rewind to the late sixties when I was five years old,
simply put, the principal would have whipped my behind.
Not chase me around the room.
Not try to talk me down.
Not even call my mother.
They would have taken care of the discipline busi-
ness right there on the spot.
Maybe if school officials were able to do the same,
things might have ended without all of the public ran-
cor, or grown to the level of discord that it did.
In fact. the first thing I would tried to'do (e\en as" a
five year old) was destroy the tape. Because if my
mother had seen it, there would be nothing anyone
could have done to keep me from losing two or three
layers of bootie.
Back then a little spanking went a long way.
You see when the teacher tells you to sit down and
shut up, that's what you do.
Not throw a tantrum.
It disrupts the classroom education process and it
undermines teacher authority.
In other words, that little girl needed have her butt
whipped a long time ago to avoid the possibility of
being put into handcuffs down the road.
Sure there are plenty of experts that say corporal
punishment' is bad for children. They say that spanking
is a form of abuse. But I'm here to tell you that I got
plenty of spankings when I was a kid and for the most
part, I'm thankful for it.
I knew better than to disrespect my elders because
the nearest adult had complete authority to discipline
me at anytime.
I knew that if my mother and grandmother found out
that I had to be disciplined by another adult, especially
a non-family member, the punishment would be even
worse than that of the outsider.
As a parent in 2005, sometimes it is difficult to get
your arms around what is considered acceptable disci-
pline methods. I've always preferred to trust school
officials whenever discipline challenges occurred as it
related to my own children. However, we are only kid-
ding ourselves if we think kids don't know they have
the upper hand in pretentious situations that involve
discipline. Perhaps kids can sense the emotional advan-
tage they sometimes enjoy over adults during tricky
moments of decisive authority.
But it's not like we didn't see this day coming over
the foothills of societal change. We've been headed
down this road for a while now, with children kicking
and screaming their way towards eventual authorata-
So before we begin to condemn those who thought
they were doing their best in a tough situation, we
should remember what got them there in the first place.
It could be characterized as a disciplined lack of discipline.
Something that parents have let go on for far too long.
Something that is now coming home to roost.
You can send us an e-mail with your comment to.
griggorama @aol com.
When my grandfather was grow-
ing up in Jacksonville his goal was
to get a good job and start a family.
At the time, making $1.75 an hour
was pretty good money. It was a
livable wage back in the 40s and
50s back then a good blue-collar
job could pretty much pay the bills
and put food on the table.
Of course most black folk were
not living "high on the hog" as the
old folks say, but we made it. Fast
forward to 2005 and of course
things have changed drastically, but
have they really?
Some 12 years ago in high school
I was a bag boy at the Winn Dixie
on McDuff Avenue. My best friend
and I were happy to make about
$5.50 an hour. We still lived with
our parents, and basically utilized
money for clothes, shoes, an occa-
sional date and other miscellaneous
things. So I guess we were living
high on the hog.
That is why it's so amazing con-
sidering the fact that the federal
minimum wage is still only $5.15 an
hour. I cannot think of one single
job that should be paying employees
a minimum wage. It's absolutely
ludicrous that there are people being
paid such a low hourly rate.
I don't care if you work in the fast
food industry, janitorial services,
digging ditches or watching paint
dry surely our American corpora-
tions can afford to pay their employ-
ees a true "living wage."
Going back-to my grandfather for
a moment, a job should be a bridge
out of poverty, an opportunity to a
make a living from the work or ser-
vices you provide. But for minimum
wage workers, especially those with
families, it is not.
According to The AFL-CIO, "The
inflation-adjusted value of the mini-
mum wage is 24 percept lower to-
* day than it was in 1979 and in real
dollars, $5.15 an hour minimum
wage is worth just $4.75. If the
* wage had just kept pace with infla-
* tion since 1968 when it was a $1.60
an hour, minimum wage would be
S$8.46 an hour in 2003."
At least we Floridians can say that
we are closer to that figure than the
federal minimum wage. On Monday
of this week, the state's minimum
wage changed to $6.15 an hour, a
dollar above the federal figure.
There are an estimated 400,000
workers less than five percent of
the state's 8.5 million-person work
force that will benefit from the
minimum wage increase.
So on the surface one could easily
say that it's not that big of a deal
because only five percent of the
workforce will be affected, but I
would argue that it is a big deal.
Hopefully, by changing the mini-
mum wage bar it will have a ripple
effect and cause public and private
sector companies to adjust their low
wage salaries accordingly.
The minimum wage was first en-
acted in 1938 as part of the Fair
Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Ini-
tially just 25 cents per hour, it has
been raised several times in the dec-
ades since. It was raised to its cur-
rent amount in 1997.
One would think that the Feds
would follow Florida and the 13
other states that have increased their
minimum wage's lead, but of course
there is and has been opposition
from you know who. The Bush ad-
ministration and Republican con-
gressional leaders have successfully
blocked attempts to pass legislation
to raise the minimum wage.
Again, the federal minimum wage
is $5.15 per hour, and the federally
proposed Fair Minimum Wage Act
would raise the minimum wage to
$5.90 per hour 60 days after enact-
ment and to $6.65 per hour one year
This measure would put addi-
tional money into the hands of an
estimated 10-12 million low-wage
workers, which would give the
economy a real boost unlike to the
President's tax cuts, which most of
us normal folks don't see. The only
part of this proposed act that the
President does support is allowing
states to "opt out" of the minimum
Another ridiculous notion, I cer-
tainly feel that all politics is local
and states should have certain
rights, however in matters dealing
with human rights issues (i.e. Civil
Rights Act, Voting Rights Act, etc.)
the Feds should definitely trump
state and local governments.
And our labor issues are not get-
ting better, but worse. Not only are
we paying low wages to workers,
the country is still losing jobs at an
I am amazed that more people are
not up in arms regarding this issue.
A 2001 U.S. Conference of Mayors
study found that 37 percent of adults
seeking emergency food. aid were
employed. Officials in 63 percent of
the cities surveyed identified low-
paying jobs as a primary cause of
How do you buy food for your
family, pay rent, childcare, car in-
surance and provide clothing for
members of your household making
a minimum or low wage? There are
four-member families that make
over $100,000 a year and still strug-
gle to make ends meet, so I know
that it is extremely hard for some of
our low income families.
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May 5-11, 2005
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May 5-11, 2005 Mrs. Perry's Free Press Page 5
African Woman Denied U.S. Asylum
Wins Suit Against the Government
Sen. Barack Obama praised the
courage of America's civil rights
pioneers and urged younger gen-
erations to find the same boldness
in addressing the future of educa-
tion at the 50th anniversary De-
troit NAACP Freedom Fund din-
ner. The civil rights group pre-
sented the first-term Illinois sena-
tor with its lifetime achievement
award. He thanked the group for
the award but said he felt unwor-
"Sometimes, when I reflect on
that movement, I wonder where
they found that courage," the De-
mocrat told about 10,000 people
at an NAACP fundraiser. "Fifty
years from now, what kind of
courage will our kids look back
and see that came from us?"
"I don't feel like I made his-
tory. I won an election, and there's
much work to do," Obama said to
The son of a white mother from
Kansas and black father from
Kenya, Obama became the third
black U.S, senator since Recon-
struction after beating Republican
Alan Keyes in a landslide in No-
He. reminded donors at the din-
ner of the "discipline and inner
dignity" of protesters of segrega-
tion and racism in the 1950s and
'60s, and said parents, teachers,
students and community leaders
must recapture that discipline to
help children lead better lives.
Civil rights lawyer and U.S.
Supreme Court justice-to-be
Thurgood Marshall was the
event's first speaker at their inau-
gural dinner in 1956.
The U.S. government agreed to
pay $87,500 to settle a lawsuit
brought by a Kenyan refugee who
was denied political asylum in the
The Lawyers' Committee for
Civil Rights, which handled the
woman's case, said it is the first
time an arriving refugee has re-
ceived a settlement in a lawsuit
accusing the government of negli-
Rosebell Munyua, 35, claimed
the government was negligent be-
cause it sent her back to Kenya,
even though she said she told im-
migration officials she feared for
The U.S. Attorney's Office said
the settlement, filed Wednesday in
federal court in San Francisco, was
not an admission of wrongdoing,
but declined to comment further.
Munyua arrived with her 2-year-
old daughter at the San Francisco
airport in 2001 seeking political
asylum. Munyua claimed she and
her husband were members of an
opposition party in Kenya and had
been beaten and tortured by Ken-
yan authorities. Munyua said her
husband had gone into hiding in
She said immigration officers
interrogated her at the airport and
refused her asylum request, forcing
her to board the next plane back to
Kenya, where she claimed to have
gone into hiding for more than six
months, according to court docu-
'"If there was a window next to
where I was, I would have jumped
out," the 35-year-old refugee said
at a news conference Thursday,
holding back tears.
Soon after, she again escaped
Kenya and returned to the United
States, this time through Houston,
where she was granted asylum in
"I wanted to be in a safe coun-
try, where my family was,"
Mdnyua said. "In Africa, it's a big
thing that America is the land of
Munyua sued the U.S. govern-
ment in 2003, initially seeking $1
"It wasn't about the money, it
was to say justice was done," said
Munyua, who now lives with her
extended family and two children
in Santa Rosa, Calif., and works as
a nursing assistant. She plans to go
to college to become a registered
A judge threw out five other
allegations in the lawsuit, includ-
ing accusations of assault, emo-
tional distress and false imprison-
Munyua's attorneys called the
settlement a precedent-setting vic-
tory for all future immigrants seek-
ing political asylum in the United
Gary Representing Handcuffed 5 Year Old
E. Gary has an-
nounced that he
I and his partners
five year -old
Atty. Gary who was hand-
cuffed and shackled by the St. Pe-
tersburg County Police Department
after having a temper tantrum at
school. According to Gary, he and
his legal team "plan to expose the
blatant cruel and unusual punish-
ment suffered by their cli-
ent." They also plan to call for the
police department and the Pinellas
County School District to undergo
significant reform so that no other
child will be handcuffed and
shackled for behavioral chal-
lenges. It is their goal to appeal to
police departments nationwide to
address police brutality against
"This type of oppression forces
us to reflect on the values of this
country and the civil rights Rosa
Parks fought for," said Gary. "We
are seeking justice.. It's not right
and we intend to do something
about it." he said.
The controversy centers around
the videotaped altercation of the 5-
year-old girl who was hauled off in
handcuffs following an extended
tantrum at her school. The first
attorney hired by the family was
recently let go.
The incident occurred March 14,
and was captured on videotape
because her Fairmount Park Ele-
mentary School teacher had set up
a camcorder in her classroom. She
wanted to record herself teaching
so she could study her methods and
learn how to improve.
Jacksonville Jaguars Host First Ever All
Star Weekend to Benefit Local Charities
NFL Players Kiwaukee Thomas
and Marcus Stroud will take their
talents from the field to the commu-
nity. These professional athletes will
be hosting an event-filled weekend
June 9-12, 2005 with proceeds to
benefit the Thomas Children's Foun-
dation, Wolfson's Children's Hospi-
tal and the I. M. Sulzbacher Center
for the Homeless.
Several celebrities and athletes
have been invited to help the profes-
sional athletes light up the town for
the kids. The 4th Annual All-Star
Weekend will open with a Yacht
Party and will include a Celebrity
Basketball Game, Bowling Party,
Drill Team Competition, Celebrity
Auction, Pool Party, Comedy Roast
(hosted by Lil'Duval), charity bene-
fit parties and of course the beaches
Two-time Pro Bowl Starter, Mar-
cus Stroud is considered one of the
most dominating interior linemen in
the NFL. In just four years, this for-
mer University of Georgia star has
blossomed into one of the league's
outstanding young stars. Marcus
believes in being an impact on and
off the field which is why he is ada-
mant about giving back to the com-
munity and helping kids in a posi-
"The kids in our communities are
precious commodities and they hold
the key to the future, so we want to
do everything we can to help them
flourish and grow up to be positive,
productive citizens. We want to
make sure we set the right exam-
ple," said Thomas.
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First M. B. Church
Set for May 11-13t
The Women's Ministry of First
Missionary Baptist Church, 810 Third
Avenue, South Jacksonville Beach;
will sponsor their annual Women's
Conference at 7 p.m. nightly, Wed-
nesday, Thursday and Friday, May
11-13, 2005: Dr. E. C. Smith from
The Gates of Deliverance Temple of
Jacksonville will be the conference
This year's Theme: "Christian
Women Raising a Standard of
Evangelist Brenda Wims will
deliver the message at 11 a.m. on
Sunday, May 15"'.
Seeing you, when I look at myself
I'm just another you
Inside a different shell.
I am a person too;
But we're all passers through,
You're more a part of me
Than words can ever tell.
I think of dreams you had.
I think of things you said.
I think of things I did
That used to make you mad.
Now I understand....why
Perhaps now that I have children,
Sometimes I look in their eyes and
See us both,
And see hope, that
As good as this life has been
Maybe theirs will be better.
Thanks for wanting that for me.
Now I see, what you mean.
PROVERBS 1:8 "Listen my son, to
your father 's instruction and do not
forsake your moher"s teachintg. .
Dedicated to Ms. Lorraine (Kelle)
Spraggins in the book, Get the
Picture 2 by Rhonda Silver.
(To get a copy of the book, please
call (904) 874-0591 or 353-9463.
Northside Church of Christ Women's
Ministry Sponsor "Sisters Only" Weekend
"Sisters Only" Weekend, spon-
sored by the Women's Ministry at
the Northside Church of Christ,
4736 Avenue B, will make
Mother's Day Weekend really
special this year! ,This special
invitation is to all God's Divine
Women for this 25th Annual Lady's
Inspirational Weekend, and 7th
Annual Mother's Day Brunch.
Christian Women, mark your
calendars now. A "Meet and Greet"
Reception will begin at 6 p.m. on
Friday, May 6h.
Saturday's events begin with a
Continental Breakfast at 7:30 a.m.
followed by a program. At 12 noon
the Northside Church of Christ
(NCOC) Brothers will present the
7th Annual Mother's Day Brunch.
Sunday Worship with the theme
"Am I The Woman? God's Divine
Woman?" will feature Sis.
Rhashonda Morgan, Sis. Debra
Evans, Sis. Nicola Thompson, and
Sis. Mable Morris-Dozier, all of
The Keynote Speaker will be
Sis. Donna Thompson, of the
Stage Aurora to
A Gospel Musical
Stage Aurora is bringing a great
Mother's Day Gift to Jacksonville:
"Mahalia" A Gospel Musical.
This powerful play, written by
Tom Stolzt, tells the life story of
the acclaimed Mahalia Jackson,
who was voted the "best gospel
singer" in the entire world.,
The play. will Jl ,p.r.seiuted
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April
29-May lt; and May, 6-8,th in the
Ezekiel Bryant Auditorium at FCCJ
North Campus. For ticket informa-
tion, please call (904) 765-7373.
Linwood Church of Christ, Detroit,
This special "Sisters Only" only
weekend and all events are FREE
to all, please call and reserve your
space with Jerry Harper, Chair
(904) 743-7488; or Sarah Washing-
ton, Co-Chair (904) 357-9440; or
the Church Office (904) 765-9830.
Mt. Sinai's Women's
Ministry to host
Breakfast May 7"1
The Women's Ministry, Sister
,Wallette Gundy, leader; of Mt.
Sinai Baptist Church, 2036 Silver
St., R. L. Gundy, Pastor; will host
their Annual Mother/Daughter
Breakfast at 9 a.m. on Saturday,
May 7, 2005, B. J. Lane Fellowship
Hall. This year's theme is "Mot-
hers, Priceless Pearls from God".
Sister Anne Barr of Mt. Sinai
Swill be the speaker for the occasion
and Sister Emma Holmes of Bethel
Baptist Institutional will be the
guest soloist. The public is invited.
For reservations, call 354-7249.
Available to Seniors
Wishes on Whoels makes
Electric Wheelchairs available to
non-ambulatory Senior Citizens, 65
years old & up, usually at no out-of
pocket expense, if they qualify.
The electric wheelchairs are
provided to those who cannot walk
and can not self-propel a manuel
wheelchair. This service may also
be available to permanently
disabled persons of any age.
For more information, please
call 1 (800) 823-5220, or visit the
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Sunday Morning Worship 7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church School 9:30 a.m.
1st Sunday Holy Communion 4:50p.m.
3rd Sunday The Preached Word from the Sons and Daughters
of Bethel 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday Noon Service "Miracle at Midday" 12 noon 1 p.m.
Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Dinner arid Bible Study at 6:30 p.m.
Radio Ministry -
WCGL 1360 AM
Thursday 8:15 8:45 a.m.
Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
WTLV Channel 12
Sunday 6:30 a.m.
Local Churches Push for Action on Abandoned
Houses, Education and Health Concerns
JACKSONVILLE Several hundred leaders of the
Interchurch Coalition for Action, Reconciliation, and
Empowerment (ICARE) will meet with city officials
including members of the City Council, School Board,
Sheriffs Office, and the city's Property Safety
Department, at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 9, 2005, at the
Historic Mt. Zion AME Church, E. Beaver at Newnan
Street, downtown Jacksonville.
All clergy, ministers, pastors and interested parties
are urged to attend this important meeting. ICARE
invites all to push for action on problems affecting their
neighborhoods, churches and communities.
Community Problems to be Addressed include:
Abandoned Homes (which are havens around the city
for drug dealers, and sexual predators), All Children
Reading at Grade Level (City Children's Commission
Report April 2005), Health Care for the Workers who
The Jacksonville Children's Commission report
stated that more than half of the children in Duval
County, grades 3 thru 10 scored below grade level in
FCAT Reading in 2004. ICARE recognizes that reading
is essential to success in school and life, and without
the ability to read at grade level, children fall through
the cracks. ICARE wants to make sure that the School
Board hires the right person for the job; a.person with
proven success using research-based reading
curriculums and a track record of working with the
ICARE wants a commitment from the Property
Safety Division to follow up on ICARE's list of the
most dangerous houses in our neighborhoods, and for
the Division to'meet with ICARE periodically to update
the status of the identified houses and inform ICARE of
actions taken, or to be taken.
One ICARE Pastor tells the story about a friend who
died because she could not afford the health care that
she needed. JaxCare is a program providing needed
health coverage to businesses and their uninsured
employees. ICARE is pushing for area business leaders
and officials to support JaxCare, and recognizing those
CityGouncilimembers that pushed for benefits for the,
city's overlooked "temporary" full-time employees.
There are about 100,000 uninsured persons in Duval
County, about 70% of those persons work (JaxCare
2003). There are about 500 city employees in long-
term "temporary" full-time positions with no health
benefits, yet, they are full-time workers, and many have
been in those positions for decades, but because they
are considered "temporary," have receive no health
JaxCare needs support so that it can serve thousands
of uninsured in Duval County. We must have a
successful pilot at full capacity to show our city
officials that this program needs to be expanded to
include more of the working uninsured.
What Has ICARE Done?
ICARE was instrumental in helping JaxCare, a
nationally recognized public-private partnership
between the city, hospitals and local businesses that
provides health coverage to the working uninsured,
receive funding from the City Council as a pilot
program in 2003.
The JaxCare pilot is funded through 2006 and has
the capacity to provide health coverage for 1,500
people. However, due to lack of awareness and lack
of participation from larger businesses, JaxCare's
rolls are currently just over 200 people. ICARE is
endeavoring to enroll several large businesses.
Through ICARE's work on the Living Wage as part
of the Living Wage Coalition, the City Council became
aware of the problem of "temporary" full-time city
worker problems. An ordinance was passed by the City
Council that was designed in part to place "temporary"
full-time workers into full-time jobs with health
insurance benefits. However, it was found after
implementation that the ordinance was not effective,
and hundreds of long-term "temporary" workers stayed
on the rolls with no benefits.
Over 100 ICARE leaders and pastors met on April
25, 2005 to prepare for May 9th. All clergy, pastors and
concerned persons are urged to attend on May 9th. For
information, please call (904) 633-9340.
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St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church
5863 Moncrief Road Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 Phone (904) 768-3800- Fax
"The Church That Reaches Up To God And Out To Man"
JOIN US FOR OUR SERVICES
Tuesday 7:30 p.m. (Prayer Meeting and Bible Study)
Wednesday 12:00 noon (Noon Day Worship)
Thursday 7:30 p.m. (Bible Study)
St. Thomas Bible 4:00 p.m. Training Ministry (4th Sunday)
Early Morning Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
The Lord's Supper 3:45 p.m. (First Sunday)
Pastor Ernie L. Murray, Sr.
GREATER MACEDONIA BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor----andonx Li. WTilltimmw Sr., D. MiMnm
1880 WestJEdgewood Avenue Jacksonvrille, Florida 32208
"Seeking the lost for Christ" Matthew 28: 19-20
8:00 a.m.-Early Morning Worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m.-Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m.-Prayer Service Wednesday 6:30-7 p.m. Bible Study
"FREE TUTORING IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE, HISTORY & MATH*
TUESDAY & THURSDAY 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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Evangel Temple Assembly of God
Jtb TJime JOl Vbiit Wit& U.
Mother's Day Celebration
Sunday, May 8, 2005
8:25 10:45 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
SSpecial Ministry to Strengthen and Encourage.
SEmpowering You as a Woman of God.
Pastor Garry and Kim Wiggins
5755 Ramona Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32205
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Thousands Brave Weather for Shrimp Festival
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Chief (Ret.) Jerome Spates
Former Jacksonville Police Officer
The Jacksonville Chapter of the
Southern Region of the National
Black Police Association Inc. will
honor seven local community
leaders at its Community Awards
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Honorable Pat Lockett-Felder
33rd Annual Education and
Training Conference at the Hyatt
Regency (Adam's Mark) Hotel on
the Jacksonville Riverfront.
The Jacksonville Chapter of the
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Saturday., N1a) 7, -2005, during its will honor 'Rev. Rudolph' W.-
Shown above at the Festival are (top left) : sitting: Glenita
Mitchell, Mildred Ford, Lois Pugh, Rev. Teny L Pugh, Pastor Elm
St Church of God (Fernandina) and Jainien Harper, Latasha
Mitchell and Lovery Mitchell surrounded by their kids on the steps;
The Stafford Family: Ashley, Linda and Ronald and (bottom) Felix
Jones on his bike surrounded by friends. FMPowellPHOTO
Thousands of northeast Florida residents and tourists braved inclem-
ent weather for the annual Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach. The
event offered a variety of events ranging from a parade and the crown-
ing of a queen to live entertainment throughout the 1st weekend of May.
In addition to a wide variety of shrimp delicacies for sale, participants
had the opportunity to indulge their shopping fetishes with a variety of
craftsmen. Antique dealers, artists, jewelry makers and a host of other
vendors were on hand to sale their wares. The Festival also hosted com-
munity service and local celebrity meet and greet booths.
Dr. Arnett Giradeau
Former State Senator F Dentist
McKissick Sr., Dr. Arnett Gira-
deau, Councilperson Pat Lockett-
Felder, Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins Sr.,
Dr. Charles Dailey, posthumously;
and Retired Police Officers L.
Jerome' Spates and Christopher. A
Dr. Rudolph W. McKissick Sr.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
Individual tickets and tables of
ten are available for churches,
fraternities, sororities and other
organizations. For reservations and
ticket information, please call
Anthony Rogers at 334-7447. '
Surprise 79th Birthday Party Held
for Mrs. Annie Bell Council
Friends and relatives of Mrs. Annie Bell Council gathered for a pre
Mothers day birthday surprise party (shown seated). The surprise lunch-
eon affair was organized by her daughter, Sharon Coon at the Omni Ho-
tel. Special guests included members from her church St. Paul A.M.E.,
and members from Central Metropolitan C.M.E. She was truly surprised
when Rev. Kennita Carter took her out after serving communion at her
home. In addition to a host of gifts and well wishes, she received 79 +
roses in honor of the 79th Birthday.
Governor Seeks Review
Continued from front
-ers demonstrated at hotels and
restaurants demanding equal rights.
She was not taking part in the pro-
She had been walking home
from her job as a maid for a white
family when she allegedly was
struck by shots fired from a pass-
ing car carrying four white men.
The Southern Poverty Law Center
lists Chappell as a civil rights-era
The four suspects were indicted
but only one went to trial. A jury
convicted the confessed shooter,
J.W. Rich, of manslaughter, and he
spent three years in prison.
Last year, in response to Bush's
first request for -'
a review, the -
FDLE deter- r -4
mined further .
not warranted :
and no prosecu-
tion would be
of the time that Shelton Chappelle
of the time that
had elapsed and scarcity of physi-
cal evidence. The state prosecutor
"We will examine all reports
and documents and evidentiary
material that is available and we
will take any appropriate action
that may be required," the FDLE
said in a statement.
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i"Curches across the nation
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Vickie Winans, gospel artist ahd national Body & Soul spokesperson
"Body & Soul is a program designed for African American churches
to embrace and celebrate good health through healthy eating.
As stewards, we have a duty to encourage the people we
love to eat a healthy diet that can help reduce the risk
of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke
and many types of cancer.
Many churches have successfully used Body & Soul
to inspire members to nourish their bodies as well as
their souls. And what better place to start than in
the church, where so many changes begin."
To request a copy of the Body & Soul program guide
S for your church, call 1-800-422-6237.
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the local station
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Jacksonville Chapter Black Police Assoc. to Honor 7 Local
Community Leaders at 33rd Annual National Conlerence
May 5-11, 2005
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Medicare Screening Benefit Is
Good News For African Americans
A new screening program from
Medicare may offer good news for
older Americans at risk for cancer.
The screening benefits are also
good news to African Americans,
whose cancers are often diagnosed
later and at an advanced stage,
when they are harder to treat and
Beginning January 1, 2005, all
new Medicare beneficiaries are
able to get an initial physical.
Cancer disproportionately affects
the elderly. Last year, more than
two million Medicare beneficiaries
were actively treated for cancer,
and over 380,000 are thought to
have died from the disease.
Some of the specifics of the visit
The one-time visit must be per-
formed within six months of a
beneficiary's enrollment in the
The exam will include measure-
ment of height, weight, and blood
pressure, and an electrocardio-
gram, as well as education, coun-
seling and referral for other pre-
ventive services already covered
under Medicare, including breast,
cervical, colon and prostate cancer-
* Medicare beneficiaries will also
be eligible for cardiovascular
blood-screening tests, medical nu-
trition therapy and bone mass
measurements, and beneficiaries at
risk for diabetes will be eligible for
diabetes-screening tests, glaucoma
screenings, and diabetes outpatient
The concept was that the visit
would allow patients an opportu-
nity to talk with their health care
provider about health risk factors,
screening and other cancer preven-
To learn more about cancer
screenings and prevention, call 1-
800-ACS-2345 or visit www. can-
Education through the Arts. Join The Cultural Center and
Dionne Warwick in raising funds for their Children's Outreach Program
in underserved communities, May 7. Volunteer Positions include: Event
Set-Up; Event Take Down, Table Busing, Bar6tenders, Will Call tickets
and runners. Minimum age: 15 Contact: Mary Marx, 280-0117
First Annual Poker Run to Benefit Cerebral Palsy Join the fun in
this motorcycle ride fund raiser event to be held in St. Nicholas area Sat-
urday, May 7. Help with registration 8:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m., silent auc-
tion and lunch 11:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m. and various other duties. Minimum
age: 18. Contact: Patricia Thornton 396-1462 x113.
Florida's First Coast Nature Festival May 12-15. Help promote
interest in birding, wildlife and eco-tourism in St. John's County by as-
sisting with registration, ticket, and provide information, etc. Minimum
age: 16. Many shifts to choose from. Contact: Erin Masters, 829-
Teach an Adult How to Read and Help Make Jacksonville the City
that Reads! Tutor Training dates are as follows: May 14'h and 21' from
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Continental breakfast is'provided. Registration
and completion of both Classes (l&2) is required to receive Tutor Certi-
fication. Minimum age: 18. Contact: Learn to Read, Heather Corey 399-
Tr88 '4B tbAN'cThe Jacksovillek Humane Soclety on ig'Wr
celebrating the only black tie event in Jacksonville that you can attend
with your pet! Serve as a "pet butler", monitor silent auction, register
guests, or assist in pet lounge. Location of the event is the UNF ballroom
and volunteer shifts are from 5 p.m. to '?. Minimum age: 21. Contact:
Kim Rolfe 725-8766x206
AARP Urges You to Contact
Your Members of Congress
The solution should 't be worse than the problem
No private accounts with Social Security dollars!
Social Security has always been a binding obligation between
generations for decades. Social Security has kept the promises
made to current and future retirees that the system they paid into
all their working lives would be there for them when they retired
or faced an unforeseen disability or death in the family. And,
despite the doom and gloom emanating from many in
Washington, there's no reason to believe that Social Security
can't continue to keep those promises for generations tb come.
Social Security needs to be strengthened now for our children
and grandchildren. But the solution shouldn't be worse than the
Private accounts that drain money out of Social Security
clearly are a "solution" that is far worse than the problem.
Private accounts will inevitably lead to cuts in guaranteed Social
Security benefits, while passing a huge bill on to future
By making reasonable changes now we can honor our
obligations to all generations. And the sooner we turn to a
national debate about what changes best meet the needs of all
generations, the sooner we can get to a solution that meets the
needs of all Americans.
But we'll never get to that national solution until we dismiss
the idea that private accounts created out of Social Security are a
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FACES (Facts for Adolescents
about Choices, Education & Sexual-
ity) is seeking Teen Advocates for its
2005-06 program that includes work-
ing as teen advocates with teens who
visit Planned Parenthood at the
clinic, pro iding health education
workshops and training as peer edu-
cators, and performing in the FACES
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tween 2000 and 3000 young people,
educators and parents. Middle and
high school students are selected
after open recruitment and a compre-
hensive interview and/or audition
process. Advocates must complete a
30-hour training at the start of their
employment. Other requirements
include a cumulative grade point
average of 2.5 or higher, access to
reliable transportation, and being,
capable of dedicating an average of
nine hours per week after school
during the school year.
The FACES Theatre Program has
been in operation since September
2000. The teens involved with
FACES are available for "Rap Ses-
sions" or one-on-one peer counseling
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educate. Most performances are
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all information is medically accurate
and age-appropriate. Parents are
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their teens when possible and scripts
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Mental Health & The
Conference at EWC
JACKSONVILE The 23rd Annual
Mental Health and The Black
Community Conference will be
held Thursday Saturday, May 5, 6
i&. 7, 2005i oii the Campus of
S'Histofi6al' Edward \'aters' College,
1658 Kings Road, Jacksonville.
Sponsored by the Northwest
Behavioral Health Services Inc. in
collaboration with The Community
Partnership for the Protection of
Children and the Association of
Black Psychologists, the confer-
ence is entitled, "Rekindling the
Love that Works, In the Family, In
the School, In the Church, and On
This 23''d Annual Conference is
dedicated to the memory of Felita
Conference sessions on May 50
will celebrate Elders, Children and
Family, 6 p.m. 9 p.m. A Prayer
Breakfast at 8 a.m. will kick off
Friday, May 6th, with Forums and a
Job Fair scheduled through 9 p.m.
A Youth Rally will highlight
Saturday's session which also will
feature an FCAT Seminar, and a
Parents Symposium, 9 a.m. 4 p.m.
Meals will be served each day.
For more information please call
the NBHS at (904) 781-7797.
Simmons andloyner Pediatrics
Charles E. Simmons, III, M.D.
James A. Joyner, IV, M.D.
Specializing in the Diseases
of Infants, Children
P.H.E.O. Medical Center, Suite 1
1771 Edgewood Avenue, West
Jacksonville, FL 32208
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South Carolina Gearing Up
for Annual Black BikeFest
Shown above is the honoree with her family (L-R) Reginald Brown Jr., Eric Brown, Reginald Brown, Sonya Brown-Webb, Marjorie
Meeks-Brown, Deronia Meeks, Michelle Steele, Gabriel Brown, Karston Steele and Braxton Webb.
Hundreds Celebrate Retirement of Marjorie Meeks Brown
Among the Jacksonville contingency in attendance were: Sylvia
Levy, Doris Bell and Sarah Hawkins
Former Jacksonville resident five friends and relatives.
Marjorie Meeks Brown, formally Jacksonville's own Marjorie
retired from the United States Meeks Brown made history as the
Postal Service following a trailblaz- first female postmaster of Atlanta,
ing twenty-eight year career. Over Georgia when she assumed the
400 well wishers attended the gala position in 1996. Her career with
fete held in Atlanta, Georgia at the the USPS began in Jacksonville
Mariott Marquis. The afternoon where she was hired to work as a
program included a luncheon, live clerk in the Parcel Post division and
entertainment, words of inspiration, was soon promoted as Supervisor
well wishes and presentations. The of the Computerized Forwarding
contingency in attendance from Unit. She held several positions
Jacksonville included over seventy- including station manager before
NAACP Presenting Annual Pearson
Life Membership Luncheon
The Jacksonville Branch Na-
tional Association for the Ad-
vancement of Colored People will
sponsor the 39th Annual Rutledge
H. Pearson, Jr. Honor Guard Affair
on Saturday, May 14,;,2005 at;,
12:00 noon at The Bethelite Con-
ference Center, 5865 Arlington
Expressway. The speaker will be
Mr. Leon W. Russell, a member of
the National Board of Directors,
Executive Committee, NAACP.
Mr. Russell, has served on nu-
merous committees throughout his
tenure in the organization in addi-
tion to serving as President of the
Florida State Conference of
Branches, NAACP. The, event is
chaired by Dr. C.B. McIntosh and
Mary Ann Pearson Tickets are may
be secured from the Branch Office, Rutledge Pearson Sr.
5422 Soutel Dr., 764-7578.
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knowledge of various computer software packages and their operation.
Fax Resume to: (904) 791-9299 or Apply in person: NFCAA 421 W.
Church St., Ste 705, Jacksonville, FL 32202.
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relocating to Orlando. In 1986, she
became a postal executive when
she was selected as Director of
Marketing and Communications,
returning to her native of Jackson-
ville and held that position in other
cities as well including Miami,
Florida. After a four year career
move to new York as District Man-
ger of Customer Service and sales,
she returned back to the south to
Atlanta, Georgia as its postmaster.,
leading a team of thirty-three man-
agers and directing the efforts of
more than 2,400 employees in fifty-
Brown is a member of the
Northwestern Class of 60', at-
tended Edward Waters College,
Duke University, Emory University
and the University of Virginia. She
is the daughter of a former postal
employee and the proud mother of
three sons, two daughters and
grandmother of seven. Following
her retirement, she plans to spend
times traveling and spend time with
"I've had some tough jobs and
some difficult challenges in my
career, but my philosophy is that
anyone can do the easy jobs.. it is
the tough jobs that separate excel-
lence from mediocrity", she said.
Don your helmets as the 25th
annual Black Bike Week gang
hits the highway full speed
ahead to Myrtle Beach, South
Carolina during Memorial Day
Weekend, May 27-29, 2005.
Black Bike Week is an annual
gathering of sports bikers
throughout the United States and
beyond who have grown in num-
ber to approxi-
400,000 par- "
ticipants and ,n
attendees since 1
its inception.' .
who range in
age from 21-
in a myriad of
ties throughout this week.
The main action at the Black
Bike Fest takes place at North
Myrtle Beach Drag strip. The
festival grounds, which encom-
pass a drag strip, concert areas,
vendors and food courts, will
open at 8 am daily and the Blacd
Bike Fest will include car shows
bike shows and other special
events, as well as a fireworks
celebration and day-long game:
and prizes for all ages. Adult
club life and after parties, spon-
sored by The Bent Sombrero
Inc., and latola Inc., will take
place at different venues in the
local area [TBA].
Visitors to the Black Bike Fest
will be able to attend concert
performances by various well-
known R&B, Reggae and Rap/
Hip Hop recording artists, in-
cluding West Coast stars Yo Yo
and Guerilla Black, reggae stars
Tonto Metro, Devonte and Sugar
Prince, as well as The Inc. /Def
Jam vocalist Lloyd, among many
others. Step-shows featuring
Greeks from neighboring univer-
sities are also an added attrac-
tion. For more information on
activities, check out the site
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A Smile to Make Any Mother Proud
As Mother's Day approaches and families are readying to celebrate their
matriarchs, mothers have much to be proud of. Shown above is fourteen
year old Cody Floyd, son of Ms. Tonya Austin. Austin, a single mother
and catering entrepreneur will proudly tell you that Cody is the star of her
show. And not with reason. The young Master Floyd shown above, is an
honor roll student at Northwestern Junior High School and is the only Af-
rican-American bat boy for the Jacksonville Suns. Cody has been attend-
ing baseball games since the age of four and a part of the Suns since early
"I look forward to every game that I get the chance to come back to the
baseball grounds.' he said.
Dates Set for City Summer Camps
Registration for the City of Jacksonville's summer camp and learn-to--
swim programs begins' at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 7. Saturday
registration will continue until noon. After that, registration will be first
come, first served until all camps are filled. Parents may register at the
community center or pool thev wish their child to attend. The programs
are run by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Entertainment.
In addition to the Enrichment camps for children ages 6 through 12, the
city offers specialty camps for children interested in environmental
education, art, fine arts and tennis. JaxParks Kids Kamp is a uniquely
designed program for children ages 4 and 5. Additional information on
camps and learn-to-swim programs is available by calling 630-4100.
NAACP Helping'Youth ACT-SO Good"
The Jacksonville Branch NAACP recently held their 20th youth ACT-SO competition with 42 youth participating. Their next event will be June
17-18 where they will showcase their talents in Orlando FL with other Florida branch winners and then on to the national conference in Milwaukee. At
the local event, awards were presented by Angela Spears of First Coast News and local businessman and ACT-SO supporter Dr. Wendell P. Holmes.
Winners, who competed in the areas of art, oratory, dance, vocal, photography and music, were chosen by a panel ofjudges. Shown above (left) are the
winners who will go on to the next level and musician Charles Griggs who placed 2"d for his original musical composition with Dr. Holmes.
EWC Graduates 158 Students
Shown above is Elder Donald Foy, President, Jacksonville Chapter,
MAD DADS and the Honorable Glorious Johnson, Member, Jack-
sonville City Council President, Jacksonville Chapter, MOMS Divi-
sion MAD DADS.
Make a Difference With MAD DADS
You may have seen them on tele-
vision touting their signs, marching
through the streets. They are Mad
The organization in partnership
with other agencies, recruit local
menand women to get involved by
addressing the out-of-control crime,
drug abuse and neighborhood vio-
lence, which has become the norm,
rather than the exception.
Once becoming a member of the
chapter, citizens may be chosen to
speak to Neighborhood Associa-
tions schools colleges and
churches on issues of crime youth
gangs violence drug abuse /
sales and parental intervention
and responsibility. The chapter
also addresses community safety
programs; community service pro-
jects, such as cleaning neighbor-
hood streets; assisting seniors with
light maintenance; youth mentor-
ing; and school truancy. In short,
MAD DADS works with the com-
munity to establish new and posi-
tive standards of living within Jack-
MAD DADS is a national organi-
zation founded in 1989 by a group
of fathers in Omaha Nebraska.
Their community had started to
decay as a result of drugs, gangs,
and crime. These men decided that
they could no longer sit by and
watch this happen. They took a
stand and got involved in order to
change what was happening in their
neighborhoods. Sixteen years later,
there are more than 50 chapters in
16 states across America.
The organization's signature pro-
gram is Neighborhood Street Pa-
trols where volunteers walk the
streets in selected neighborhoods to
identify unsupervised youth, draw-
ing them into local program activi-
ties. As part of the street patrol
program in Jacksonville, the group
has already confronted crime and
criminals. They have completed 52
weeks of prayer on Friday evenings
across the city blessing families,
businesses, and neighborhoods.
For more information regarding
MAD DADS and its leadership,
please contact their office at 904
388-8171. They can be reached by
email at: jax(Amaddads.com. The
organization website is:
In 1852, several black families
joined a wagon train bound for what
they thought would be a better life,
but their destination brought only
blistering work and hardship. In his
new book The Way It Was: How It
Was, Elwood Ware shares his fam-
ily's painful history of life on a
southern cotton plantation. Ware
begins his story through the eyes of
a young black girl, Moellen
Jankens, who travels with her par-
ents, Tom and Maggie, and her two
brothers on the wagon train to Mis-
sissippi. The difficult journey
threatens to shatter their spirits, but
the family remains strong, focusing
on the opportunity ahead. What they
'find is bitter disappointment when
Mr. Macket, the plantation owner,
put all black families to work in the
fields and provides only one-room
shacks as homes.
Ware tells the
plight of his
on the planta-
tion with a sim-
ple style that
goes straight to
The Way It
Was, Ware changes viewpoints
from which the story is told. For
examples, Moellen describes how,
at the age of 15, she is traded for a
pig and some chickens to be the
wife of an abusive man. In another
part of the story a young black man
witnesses the rape and murder of a
white girl by her teenage boyfriend.
He is later blamed for the crime and
sentenced to death. These are only
two of a collection of snapshots that
ultimately link together to provide a
heartbreaking past that took extreme
courage to survive and to eventually
Various members of the graduating class of 2005 lifted classmate David Martinez to demonstrate the message of the
commencement speaker. These students also represented the various nationalities that are a part of EWC.
Over 2,000 persons witnessed one
of the largest graduating classes for
Edward Waters College as students
were awarded bachelor's degrees
this past Saturday. One hundred
fifty-eight students received bache-
lor's of arts and bachelor's of sci-
ence degrees in an impressive com-
mencement program held at Bethel
'Baptist Institutional Church.
"This is one of the largest crowds
ever assembled at Bethel," stated
Rev. Dr. Rudolph McKissick, Sr.,
pastor of the historic church. Rev.
McKissick is also the chaplain for
the EWC Board of Trustees.
In his commencement address,
Keith L. Brown, professional moti-
vational speaker, encouraged stu-
dents to "be first-class graduates
and don't fly coach. Dress like
first-class because the way you
dress will determine how you are
Brown added, "You need to learn
how to network and seek careers,
opportunities and ownership. Al-
ways choose knowledge over mate-
rialism and give to God, family, the
community and especially, give to
Earlier Bishop McKinley Young,
chairman for the EWC Board of
Trustees, addressed the graduating
class during the baccalaureate pro-
gram, also held at Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church. Young told
the graduates to "get ready and be
courageous. You are not here by
providence but by the hand of
Young, the bishop for the IIth
Episcopal District of the AME
Church, continued, saying, "You
are on the threshold and your aca-
demic degree training has prepared
you for service and for making a
contribution. You have been hon-
ored with a vision, dreaming the
dream and making the big reach."
Young reminded the graduates that
EWC is still an accredited institu-
tion and likened the accreditation to
the Civil Rights movement.
"We've not always gotten justice
from the mainstream. We have had
to resort to the judicial system to
seek judicial relief to preserve our
status, but however God gives it
[accreditation status] to us, we will
Young reminded the graduates to
"remember the bridge that brought
you over. When you get your ca-
reers, find a church and tithe, and
write a check yearly to Edward Wa-
ters College to help people just like
you, and to improve pay for the
faculty and encourage work of the
staff. Make sure that opportunities
are expanded and are large for those
coming after you."
Former president Dr. Jimmy Jen-
kins spoke briefly to the students
about the harsh realities of life and
encouraged them to continue to do
well in their endeavors.
May 5-11, 2005
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National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa Inc. Delta Delta Chapter Presents
"A Night ofEnchantment" 6th Biennial Debutante Cotillion
Debutantes presented by their fathers are pictured (top row) left to right: Tiffany Joyner and Mr.
Edward Joyner (Mother: Ms. Danita Lee; escort, Michael Smith) Kevicia Brown and Mr. Victor
Brown (escort, Kenny Anderson); Morgan Parker and Mr. Ronnie Smith (escort, Bryan Evans); and
Giavana Parker and Mr. John Parker (escort, Nick Carter). Second Row: Tori Laurence and Mr.
Gregory Lawrence; (escort, Raymond Dailey); Chantel Hatton and Mr. Dwayne Brooks; Ashleigh
Harrell and her uncle, Mr. Hazikiah Gross (escort, Walter S'ervance); and L'oreal Lewis and Mr.
Lonnie Lewis (mother, Mrs. Betty Rhone; escort, Cequest Law). Ms. Angela Spears, News Anchor
for First Coast News at WTLV-TV 12, served as the commentator.
their magnanimous efforts, that
helped to make this event a
cherished memory for all who
The 6th Biennial Debutante
Cotillion Committee included:
Flora L. Parker, Basileus; Olester
Pat Williams, Chairperson; Curlue
Huger, Advisor; Ozetta Gaffney,
Choreographer; Sandra Milton and
Lillian Porter, Decorations; Betty
R. Burney, Souvenir Book/Finance;
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Delores Woods, Finance; Jacquline
McKinney, Chairperson; and Betty
Delta Delta Chapter members
include: Brenda Brown, Alice Den-
son, Betty M. Donald, Helen Felix,
Linda Garner, Thelma Geiger,
Ruby George, Carol Goodwin,
Donna Hamm, Geneva Hilliard,
Jeanette Jelks, Anne Kendrick,
Joanne Kitchen, Callie Merri-
weahcir. Elizabeth \litch'll Beat-
rice C. Moore, Joanne Parks, Ruth
E. Poole, Barbara Sanders, Loretta
Sanders, Sheila C. Sims, LaRue
Stephens, Verree Stormes, Jakkie
Stubbs, Lola Thompson, Deloris
Williams, Leonella Williams, Mary
C. Williams, Shirley A. Willis,
Mary Winfrey and Barbara Young.
Delta Delta Chapter Founding
Members are: Fannie Bellamy, Eva
Lamar, Mittie Lightsey, Doris M.
Rutledge, and MarvaJ. Salary.
Mrs. Olesta Pat Williams, Chairperson, 6th Biennial Debutante
Cotillion Chairperson; and Mrs. Flora Parker, President, National
Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa Inc., Delta Delta Chapter.
Photos and Text by Rhonda Silver
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- "A Night
of Enchantment" the 6th Biennial
Debutante Cotillion presented by
the National Sorority of Phi Delta
Kappa Inc. Delta Delta Chapter,
kicked off without a hitch at 7 p.m.
on Friday evening, April 29, 2005,
at the Ramona Pavilion.
As the evening progressed, it
became a lifetime memory for the
eight beautiful young ladies that
were presented by their fathers. Ms.
Angela Spears elegantly comment-
ed throughout the presentation. It
was indeed, a fest for the eyes, soul
and stomach, in an elegant setting.
The debutantes beautifully
attired in traditional white gowns
were: Kevicia Brown, who attends
First Coast; Ashleigh Harrell, A.
Phillip Randolph; Chantal Hatton,
Mandarin; Tiffany Joyner, Sandal-
wood; L'oreal Lewis, Edward H.
Angela Spears, Anchor
First Coast News TV 12
White; Giavna M. Parker, Nathan
B. Forrest; and Morgan B. Parker,
School of Success Academy.
"The Waltz" with the Debutante
and her Father, Escort and Mother,
began and ended with the Father
and Mother, Debutante and escort
Dinner followed and afterwards
a Special Award was presented to
"Miss Congeniality", and "Miss
Golden Blossom, Runner-up 1999"
made an entrance, followed by the
Crowning of "Miss Golden
Blossom 2005" and special tributes
to the Debutantes.
Delta Delta Chapter President,
Mrs. Flora Parker commented, "We
are still striving for excellence as
we soar to new heights." Mrs.
Olesta Pat Williams, Debutante
Cotillion Chairperson, thanked the
entire committee and chapter, for
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
Ribault Club Seeks
The grand historic Ribault Club
located at Fort George Island
Cultural State Park is in need of
courteous people with out going
personalities, who enjoy working
with the public, and have an
interest in history and cultural
resources. Training will be
provided to help volunteers
interpret them Club's rich cultural
past. The park requests a minimum
commitment of 16 hours per
month. Please contact the Talbot
Islands State Parks Volunteer
Coordinator- 251-2320 for more
The next PRIDE Book Club
meeting will be held on May 6,
2005 at 7:00 p.m. at the home of
Goddy Efeizeme in Springfield.
The book for discussion will be
Church Folk by Michele Andrea.
For more information or directions,
please call 598-9579. The next
meeting will be held on June 3,
2005. The book for discussion will
be Hard Left: Straight Talk about
the Wrongs of the Right by Tavis
Spring Gardening Class
On Friday, May 6, 2005 from
10:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. the
Mandarin Garden Club, 2892
Loretta Rd. will host a class on
"Spring Gardening". Participants
will learn what to do for spring,
choosing native plants, how to
identify and control invasives,
composting demonstrations, and
everything about' spiders in the
landscape. Plants will also be for
sale. There is a $5 charge to attend,
plus an optional $5 optional make-
your-own worm bin. Pre-.
registration is required by May 3rd.
For more information call 387-
SGrow Your Herbs
The Duval County Extension
Service will hold a class on Grow
Your Herbs and Eat Them Too, on
Wednesday, May 11, 2005 from
10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. at the
Urban Gardening Field Office,
(1007 Superior St.). There is an
$8.00 fee at the door and seating is
limited to 24 people.
Spring Bike Bar-B-Q
The first annual Spring Bike
Bar-B-Q, designed to "Bring Unity
in the Bike Community", will
feature food, fun and entertainment.
It will be held at W.M. Raines High
School on Saturday, May 7, 2005
from 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. For
further information regarding the
picnic please email
JCCI Forward will present a
Workshop dubbed "Tap Into Your
Entreprenurial Spirit" on
Wednesday, May 11, 2005 from
12:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. at WJCT,
100 Festival Park Ave. The
workshop will inspire participants
regardless of position, profession or
industry and will include local
successful entrepreneurs and CEOs.
To R.S.V.P. or for more
information, please call 396-3052.
with the DOT
The Florida Department of
Transportation will host a
workshop to identify the range of
products and services purchased by
District Two of the DOT. The
workshop will be held on Tuesday,
May 10, 2005 from 6:00 p.m. -
8:00 p.m. at the Ben Durham
Business Center. Participants are
encouraged to register early. For
more information or to register call
The Jacksonville Branch of the
NAACP will sponsor its 39th
Annual Rutledge H Pearson, Jr.
Honor Guard Affair on Saturday,
May 14, 2005 at 12 noon at The
Bethelite Conference Center, 5865
Arlington E\presaJ d. The speaker
will be Mr. Leon W. Russell, a
member of the National Board of
Directors, Executive Committee,
NAACP. The event is chaired by
Dr. C.B. McIntosh and Mrs. Mary .
Ann Pearson. Tickets may be
secured from the Branch Office,
.5422 Soutel Dr. or for more
information, please call 764-7578.
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The Orange Park Christian
Women's Club will meet on
Thursday, May 12, 2005 from 1:30
a.m. 1:00 p.m. at the Eagle
Harbor Golf Club, 2217 Eagle
Harbor Parkway in Orange Park.
The meeting will feature fashions
by Round Robin and speaker
Marsha Wilkins will share a story
that will inspire you and encourage
you. For reservations, please
contact Elaine Townsend at 215-
There will be an Gardening
Workshop on Thursday, May 12,
2005 from 10:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
Topics include Adding Color to
Your Landscape, Propagating
Plants from cuttings, and Tips to
Care for the Spring Landscape. The
program is at the office on 1010 N.'
McDuff Ave. and the cost is $5-to
attend. Please call 387-8850 to
register or for more information.
White Linen Affair
The 100 Black Men of
Jacksonville presents their 2nd
White Linen Affair at the
Downtown Hyatt Hotel. The event
will take place on Friday, May 13,
2005 from 6:00 p.m..- 2:00 a.m.
The evening will consist of dining
and entertainment complete with
live jazz by Sax of Soul featuring
Party Time DJs. White linen attire
is required for entrance. For more
information, please call 924-2545
On Saturday, May 14, 2005 the
Carnival Organization will present
its Annual Carnival full of
Caribbean flavor such as food,
music and atmosphere at a
Barbeque Block Party at Ribs on
Wheels. The venue is located at
626 May St., off Roselle St next to
Blue Cross Blue Shield. The
Caremnial will begin at 9:00 p.m.
and end at 2:00 a.m. For more
information, please call 294-2898.
The Jacksonville Chapter of the
FAMU Alumni Association will
host its monthly meeting on May
14, 2005 at the Northwest Library
on Edgawood Ave. from 10:00 a.m.
- 12:00 p.m. For more information,
please call 910-7829.
The Kuumba Festival will be
held on May 28-29, 2005 at the
Clanzell Brown Park. For more
information call 353-2270
Spending more time worrying
about your parents?
It's natural to worry about aging parents. And
hard to know where to look for help, or even how
to begin. That's where we come in. We're here to
help you find local resources, support services,
and solutions that work for your folks-and for
you. Call our toll-free number and talk to a real
person. Or visit www.eldercare.gov.
There's a way for older
Americans and caregivers to
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Links Old School Jam
The Bold City Chapter of
Links, Inc. will present their 2nd
Annual Old School Dance Party.
The event will be held in the
Terrace Suites of Alltel Stadium on
Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 8:00
p.m. Attendees will participate in a
diverse musical selection of hits
throughout the decades and
delicious cuisine. You are also
requested to dress in your favorite
era. For ticket information, please
call 634-1993 or any member of the
Bold City Chapter of Links.
Bestselling author Daaimah S.
Poole will be in Jacksonville to talk
about her new book, What's Real at
Books-A-Million at Regency,
(9400-015 Atlantic Blvd.) on
Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 2:00
The general meeting of the
First Coast C.A.R.E.S. (Consortium
for AIDS Resources, Evaluation
and Services) will be held on
Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at
Smith Auditorium in the Duval
County,Health Department, 515 W.
6th St. at 5:00 p.m. For more
information, please call 394-5733.
The Annual First Coast
Writer's Festival will be held May
19-22, 2005 at The Sea Turtle Inn
in Atlantic Beach. The mini festival
will consis: of seminars,
workshops, one on one session with
authors, agents and editors. Over
30 presenters will be in attendance.
For more information, please call
Jacksonville Centre of the Arts
will present "Quantum 05'", their
annual benefit concert at LaVilla.
School of the Arts on Friday, May
20, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. proceeds will
benefit the school's programs. For
more information and/or tickets,
The Jacksonville Free Press
will print your Church, Social
and Community news at no cost.
There is a small charge for all
photographs, without exception.
NEWS DEADLINE is 5pm each
Monday. News may be faxed to
(904) 765-3803, brought to 903
W. Edgewood (across from Lake
Forest Elementary) or emailed
Check out Taalam Acey, with
special guest Life and Shawana at
Soul Release Poetry, Saturday,
May 21, 2005. The Slam will begir
at 7:30p.m. in The Boomtown
Theater and Restaurant, 1714 N.
Main St. Fore more information,
NCCJ will have' their annual
Humanitarian Awards Dinner on
Thursday, May, 26 2005. The 6:45
p.m. dinner will be preceded by a
6:00 p.m. reception. This year
honorees are Dr. Guy Benrubi,
Toni Crawford, Ronnie Ferguson
and the late Tillie Fowler who will
be lauded for their community
service and receive the
organization's Silver Medallion
Award. For more information about
the dinner or for tickets, call 306-
Of 45' Reunion
All members of the Stanton
High School Class of 1945 are
urged to participate in their
upcoming celebration on May 26-
29, 2005. Class members are urged
and invited to participate in
planning meetings and all ideas and
suggestions are welcome. For more
information about planning
meetings and activities, call
Dorothy Lucas at 764-1649 or
George Bustamante at 751-2229.
Florida Folk Festival
The Florida Folk Festival
offers something for everyone, with
activities ranging from ghost stories
and ancient Laotian hymns to a
demonstration of primitive tool use
by U.S.D.A. Forestry Service
employees. The festival will be
held on May 27-29, 2005 at
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center
' State Park (near intersections of..I-
10 and I -75). More than 300
performers will be present,
including musicians, dancers,
storytellers, crafters and vendors
selling traditional and ethnic food.
For more information, please call
Spring Music Festival
The City of Jacksonville will
present their annual Spring Music
Festival on Saturday, May 28,
2005 at Metropolitan Park. This
year's Memorial Day Weekend free
concert will feature the Godfather
of Soul James Brown and Macy
Gray. For more information, please
Nautical Flea Market
The 6th Annual Northeast Florida
Nautical Flea Market will be held
on Saturday, April 30, 2005 -
Sunday, May 1, 2005 at Beach
Marine on Beach Blvd. Come meet
Blackbeards Crew while you shop
for a boat load (100 booths) of
everything nautical. It's all here
new & used fishing equipment,
water sports, diving, jewelry,
clothing, furniture and much more.
For more information, please call
Karen or Bill Just at 992-9555 or
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prenatal care and ask
your doctor for an HIV
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medical treatment can
help you have a healthy
for more information.
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Everyone is invited to attend the
First Annual Alphabet Affair on
Friday, June 3, 2005. Join Learn to
Read as they travel through the
letters of the alphabet celebrating
literacy. This will be the first of
many Friday events. Beginning
with the letter "A", affairs will be
started with an Aloha Luau. For
more information, please call 399-
8894, ext 12.
Join the Chamber at Celeb's
Corer, 736 A. Phillip Randolph
Blvd. on June 17, 2005 from 6:00
p.m. 10:00 p.m. for a celebration
of fellowship and remembrance
with community business partners
for the annual Juneteenth
Delta Sigma Theta
Delta Sigma Theta Omnicron
Beta Chapter will celebrate its 25th
Anniversary during the weekend of
June 18, 2005. The weekend will
begin with a morning public
service from 8:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m.
beginning in front of Andrew
Jackson High School. A picnic will
convene at Metropolitan Park. The
sisters will worship together at
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church.
For more information, please call
Yvonne Mitchell at 994-5145.
Free GED Classes and
Applications are now being
accepted for the spring semester
GED and ABE classes at
Lewis Center, 3655 Ribault Scenic
Dr. GED Classes are held on
Monday and Wednesdays from
9:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. and ABE
classes are held on Tuesdays and
Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until
1;00 p.m. This is a free program
._which offers--individual in-depth
instruction. Free childcare is
available to parents with children
from age six weeks to three years
old. Also, transportation is
provided for persons in 06, 08, and
09 zip codes areas. For additional
information, please call 764-5686.
All poet, lyricists, singers and
musicians are invited to attend She
Speaks. The event will be each
Wednesday from 8:00 p.m. 10:00
p.m. at the Fuel Caf6 (1037 Park
St.) Poets get 1st Drink Free! For
more information, please call 502-
Join a Study Circle
The public is welcome to join
open dialogue and ethnic relations
by joining one of the City of
Jacksonville's sponsored Study
Circles. Each group meets for five
weeks in two weekly sessions to
share stories, experiences and
insights. The participants begin to
see new possibilities and answers
for more inclusive and satisfying
relationships within their
neighborhoods and across our
community. The groups are
forming now. For more
information, contact Bill Davis at
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him." Dre will play "someone
magical powers, who come
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premiered Thursday. The hour-long biography was CONFIRMED: Mama
interspersed with separate interviews with several A source in Whitney Ho
group members (including Bobby). magazine that the singer's
Bell says that during N.E.'s heyday, it was quite ally petitioned a Geotgia cc
obvious to fans that Bobby had some serious issues, drug reha
"It wasn't something he was trying to hide," Bell The
says. "You'd see the mood swings and the change in Antigua,
But Bell adds that when Brown wasn't drinking, by musi
"We (would) see that he's a sharp individual, a talented spending
individual, a family man." ney report
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on his upcoming eight-episode reality series for Bravo undisclosed Caribbean loca
"Being Bobby Brown," scheduled for a June 30 debut. A rep for the artist tell
As previously reported, the show will also feature his is "entering the second pha
wife of 13 years, Whitney Houston. Meanwhile, Whit's hus
CASTING COUCH: 'Dija" Denzel; Latifah's "Being Bobby Brown"
'Fiction' details; Andre 3000's 'Magic.' l Brown's relationships with
Denzel Washington is in talks to star Bobbi Kristina, among ot
in Touchstone's romantic thriller 'Dija' premiere on June 30.
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dered. Washington, currently on Broad- A musical based on the
way starring in "Julius Caesar," will re-team with his non premiered last week ir
"Man on Fire" director Tony Scott and "Crimson Tide" man featured as one of 27
producer Jerry Bruckheimer for the film, reportedly "Lennon," which plans
budgeted at close to $75 million. Washington recently uses the late artist's solo
signed on to star in "Inside Job" for director Spike Lee. employs 27 male and femr
More details have surfaced regard- portray a warts-and-all
ing the intricate plot of Queen Lati- Beatle. The musical was 1
fah's new film "Stranger Than Fic- Yoko Ono, who told the
tion," which began shooting yester- that she dug the idea of a
day in Chicago. The comedy from John."
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Harold Crick, an IRS Agent whose know?" she said. "John a
world is turned upside-down when he begins to hear black voice to sing blues.'
his life being chronicled by a narrator only he can hear. days the world is hip. Tl
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asked court to step in.
ouston's camp told "People"
mother Cissy Houston actu-
ourt to order her child into a
bilitation center last March.
diva, 41, was ferreted off to
West Indies to enter the
ds treatment center founded
cian Eric Clapton. After
about a month inside, Whit-
tedly left the facility in late
d rejoined her family in an
nation, reports "People."
s the magazine that Houston
se of her treatment."
band's Bravo reality show
promises to "demystify
Houston" and their daughter
:her things. The Show will
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New musical features black
life and death of John Len-
n San Francisco with a black
actors in the title role.
a New York bow in July,
songs to tell his story and
ale actors ofvarious races to
account of the legendary
blessed by Lennon's widow
"San Francisco Chronicle"
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always said, 'I wish I had a
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Recently E! Online ranked their
Top 10 TV Moms and Esther Rolle,
who played Florida Evans on the
1970s sitcom 'Good Times,' came in
at No. 9. Mrs. Evans shared billing
with other notable TV moms includ-
ing June Cleaver ('Leave It to Bea-
ver'), Marion Cunningham ('Happy
Days') and Marge Simpson (the
voice of Julie Kavner, 'The Simp-
sons'). Interestingly enough, a man,
Mr. French (Sebastian Cabot,
'Family Affair') made the cut but
Claire Huxtable (Phylicia Rashad,
'The Cosby Show') did not.
The role of caretaker certainly
marked many earlier television por-
trayals of black women. It may not
seem so now, but it was quite revo-
lutionar to show black women
caring for their own children -- as
opposed to a playing mammy or
nanny to white children.
Certainly Florida --- 1-
Evans makes us _,n
proud. When it
comes to values and
reigned supreme. "
While we never
really saw the Ev-
ans family go to church, we never
doubted that the spirit was with
Florida. Even though her family
lived in the projects, she never
chose money over pride and. dignity.
In fact, she was proof that poor peo-
ple had values too. So whenever she
broke into her signature 'Damn,
Damn, Damn!' you knew things had
gotten really bad because this mama
preferred smiling to cursing any
day. In the end, what continues to
endear us to Florida Evans is the
complete and self-
less love that she
had for her family .
But she's not the
mama. We have to (
give Diahann Car-
roll her props. -
When 'Julia' debuted in 1968,
America, white or black, had never
seen a young, beautiful and profes-
sional black woman portrayed on
television. She was poised and hard-
working. First of all, she was a
widow raising a son. Second of all,
Ms. Carroll didn't check her glam-
our at the door. Even as a nurse, she
showed a flair for fashion. She
couldn't help it. If there is one thing
that defines the fabulous Ms. Car-
roll, glamour is definitely it. So she
must have been overjoyed when she
could give it to us as Dominique
Deveraux on 'Dynasty' in the deca-
dent '80s. Black mothers as ridicu-
lously rich villainesses are not ex-
actly overrunning Hollywood, even
now. And, of course, \when it was
time to cast Whitley Gilbert's
(Jasmine Guy) mother on 'A Differ-
ent World,' Diahann Carroll was the
Vivian Banks, aka Aunt Viv on
'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,' was
for television as
well. The origi-
S nal character.
I, played by Janet
is a classic.
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poster child for girl-from-the-hood-
mansion? Money definitely suited
the classy Aunt Viv, a mother of
three and a professor of black his-
tory and black literature. I'm not
hating on Daphne Maxwell Reid
(who portrayed Aunt Vi\ from 1993
to 1996), but the Aunt Viv we re-
member most is still Janet Hubert-
Now the quintessential television
mother of the century is Phylicia
Rashad as Claire Huxtable on 'The
Cosby Show.' Taking care of busi-
ness was her specialty. A black doc-
tor-lawyer partnership with five
children was questionable to some,
but there are countless couples in
our community who met at college
and supported each other through
graduate school and went on to suc-
cessful professional careers, espe-
cially in the generation Claire and
Cliff represented. What is great
about this mama is that she did-all
this without sacrificing motherhood.
We're not used to seeing this kind of
super-mother on television, black or
white, especially in a sitcom. Claire
Huxtable is in a class of her own.
Honorable mentions: Nikki
('The Parkers), handled ably by co-
median Mo'Nique, Mabel King on
'What's Happening!,' Maria Gibbs
on '227, and Thea Vidale on 'Thea,'.
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May 5-11, 2005
BET Films Premieres Urban Drama Back in the Day
Emmy Award winner Ving Rhames and platinum-selling rapper Ja Rule (shown above) will star together in the
complex urban drama Back In the Day, making its worldwide premiere on BET on Friday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m.
ET/PT. Directed by James Hunter, this gritty tale of love and redemption features an all-star ensemble cast includ-
ing Pam Grier, Frank Langella, Tatyana Ali, Giancarlo Esposito, Tia Carrere and Joe Morton.
In the film Ja Rule portrays Reggie Cooper, a young man from the rough side of the tracks who lives with his
divorced, affluent father (Esposito) in order to avoid the gang activity that almost claimed his teenage life in his
mother's neighborhood (Grier). When Reggie reconnects with a recently paroled friend from his past (Rhames), he
slips back into a life of crime with fatal consequences. Reggie becomes involved in the murder of a local preacher
(Morton) and in aftermath of this crime, he falls in love with the preacher's daughter (Ali). Ultimately, he must
choose between losing everything he cares about and his lifelong loyalty to his oldest friend. BACK IN THE DAY
chronicles the powerful story of one man's search for personal redemption.
Remembering Favorite Television Mothers
Who can forget Claire Huxtable
Page 14 Mrs. Perry's Free Press May 5-11, 2005
You are unconditional love that comforts.
Strong enough to hold an entire family together,
yet gentle enough to smile and warm each individual heart.
Whether old or young, the miracle of motherhood is
like none other in the world. Publix celebrates you.
Happy Mother's Day.
S T'S BEEN OUR PLEASURE.
May 5-11, 2005
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