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Jesse Jackson Deems California

Shooting a Hate Crime
TORRANCE, Calif. The Rev. Jesse Jackson called the shooting of an
unarmed driver by sheriffs deputies "a hate crime" after meeting with
the man and his family.
Jackson said he visited Winston Hayes, who is still in the hospital
recovering from four gunshot wounds, to offer spiritual, emotional and
legal counseling and called on the FBI to investigate the incident.
"This is in fact a hate crime," Jackson said. "It is a violation of Mr.
Hayes' civil rights."
Deputies fired more than 120 rounds at Hayes' SUV Monday night at
the end of a brief pursuit. A deputy also was wounded.
The shooting, caught on videotape, sparked anger in the Compton com-
munity. The deputies have expressed their remorse to residents, but not to
Some deputies thought Hayes matched the description of a suspect who
had shot two deputies, while others thought he was trying to ram them,
according to a preliminary investigation by the sheriffs department.
Officials later said Hayes did not shoot at any deputies.

AL School Changes Name from
One Confederate Hero to Another
A city school board in Alabama has voted to stop using the name of
Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan founder Nathan Bedford Forrest
as part of a consolidation plan, a move that ends a long-simmering dis-
pute. In August 2006, the school has been given the new name Emma
Sansom High School, after a woman who showed Forrest's Confederate
forces where to cross a creek as they chased federal troops in the area.
Black leaders have long objected to having a school named for Forrest,
who was the firti grand wizard of the Klan, although he later left it. The
school is about 35 percent black. Jacksonville also has a school named
after the Confederate hero.
The city school board's vote to keep Sansom's name instead of Forrest's
followed the recommendation of an advisory panel appointed to help set-
tle a 42-year-old discrimination case.
"That name in no way lends to the city or school environment that we
seek," said Richard Edwards, the panel's co-chairman.
School Superintendent Bob Russell said the name change had nothing
to do with the panel's objections.
"They can claim credit," Russell said, but the consolidation "took care
of that situation."

High Court Won't Revive

Tulsa 1921 Race Riot Lawsuit
TULSA, Okla. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to revive
a lawsuit filed by hundreds of people affected by a 1921 race riot that
reduced the city's then-thriving black community of Greenwood to ashes.
The refusal, which came without comment, left intact the 10th U.S.
Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that it was too late for victims and their
descendants to sue the city and the state of Oklahoma.
"I guess we just have to except whatever they do," said riot survivor
Otis Clark, 102, who lost his home in the fires that erupted during the
incident. "It would have been a good case if they would have done some-
thing about it. We never did get nothing for the place and the property
they took from us."
Charles Ogletree, the Harvard law professor representing survivors, said
the fight would continue
"The justice s sitem has oInce. again denied the survivors of the 1921
Tulsa Race Riots \%hat the\ so richly deserve ... their da\ in court." he
said. "We will continue this ficht in every venue imaginable."
The lawsuit arose from recent attempts to document the devastation of
the riot, which was sparked by an accusation that a black man assaulted
a white female elevator operator.

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Links Put Rhythm Back in Old School
The Bold City Chapter of Links delighted over 400 guests with their
2nd Annual Old School Jam. Held in the Terrace Suites of Alltell stadium,
guests, dined, danced and fellowshipped the night away to the tunes of
everything from golden oldies to doo wop. Shown above are two dance
contest participants. For photo highlights of the festivities, see page 14.

Atty. Shantrel Brown, daughter of
Cong. Corrine Brown recently
announced her engagement to
Tyree Fields of Philadelphia, PA at
a party in her honor at her mothers
waterfront home. The couple will
marry on September 3, 2005 at
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church.

Nelson Mandela Still Leading African Fight
Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela met with President Bush at
the White House to champion the causes of Africa while on his U.S. tour.
The two leaders discussed the importance of combating AIDS in Africa
and debt forgiveness for developing countries in Africa." The two did not
discuss they're differing views of Iraq.

Vincent Taylor Brings Cornbread to Life for Area Youth
TriEclipse Publishing entrepreneur Vincent Taylor teamed with local philanthropists in the community to bring
an exciting free evening of fun to over 100 local youth. Dubbed "Cornbread's Skate Jam" after the star of the
Cornbread children's book series, the three hour fun and informative session included skating and educational
games. It was held at the Skate Station in Orange Park. Shown above at the event are Sen. Tony Hill (yellow shirt)
with Cornbread author Vincent Taylor to his right surrounded by many of the kids attending. Each participating
youth received a t-shirt, book and refreshments.

UF Study Shows Black Students

With Exotic Names Face Barriers

What's in a name? Quite a lot of
black students with exotic names
who do not make the grade in
school and are often overlooked by
gifted programs, a new University
of Florida study finds.
Da'Quan or Damarcus, for exam-
ple, are more likely to score lower
on reading and mathematics tests
and are less likely to meet teacher
expectations and be referred to gift-
ed programs than their siblings with
more common names such as
Dwayne, said David Figlio, a UF
economist who did the research.
"This study suggests that the
names parents give their children
play an important role in explaining
why African-American families on
average do worse because African-
American families are more
inclined than whites or Hispanics to
give their children names that are
associated with low socio-econom-
ic status," Figlio said.
Such boys and girls suffer in
terms of the quality of attention and
instruction they get in the class-
room because teachers expect less
from children with names that
sound like they were given by par-

ents with lower education levels,
and these lower expectations
become a self-fulfilling prophecy,
he said.
"When you see a particular name,
like David or Catherine, you inter-
nalize it in a different way than a
name such as LaQuisha," said
Figlio, whose findings appear in a
working paper for the National
Bureau of Economic Research.
"And it could be that teachers start
to make inferences about a student's
parents, the parent's education level
and the parents' commitment to
their children's education based on
the names the parents give their
To measure a name's socio-eco-
nomic status, Figlio studied birth
certificate data to determine the
most frequent name attributes given
by mothers who were high school
dropouts. Most commonly, these
names began with certain prefixes,
such as "lo," "ta," and "qua." They
ended with certain suffixes, such as
"isha" and "ious," included an apos-
trophe or were particularly long,
with several low-frequency concon-
sonants Continued on page 10

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to Highlight Diversifying Your Network

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The second is the participation of
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Alliance that will be on hand to of-

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... Core City.Business Recruitment
Doing Business With the Government
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Benefiting thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners each
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Gary to Pay $6 Million in Child Support
According to, a Fulton County judge has
ordered prominent Florida trial lawyer Willie E. Gary
to pay $6 million in child support payments. Gary, who
claimed in court papers to have a net worth of $60 mil-
Slion, was denied a request to have the case sealed.
.._ The child support judgment, signed April 29th by
Fulton Superior Court Judge Cynthia D. Wright, orders
Gary to pay $28,000 per month -- for 16 years -- to an
Atlanta woman, Diana Gowins, whom he'had twins
with after their brief romantic relationship five years ago. Gary.agreed to
pay $175,000 for "support and maintenance of the children" and for a
down payment on a home in Georgia for the mother and twins. He is also
obligated to pay for the children's medical, dental and hospitalization in-
surance, life insurance and prepay college tuition for the twins. The
agreement also calls for Gary to pay $30,000 to Alston & Bird to cover
attorney fees.
The case is Gowins v. Gary. No. 2004CV88406. (Fult. Super. filed July
15, 2004).
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Mocombein Strategy Reveals Reason

Blacks Fail Capitalist Education

The Reason for and Answer to Black
Failure in Capitalist Education
ISBN 1-4134-7786-0
By Paul Mocombe
Is black academic failure caused
by unequally funded schools?" Or
is it engendered by the class
stratification produced by the rules
governing capitalism? In this
brilliant new book the latter is
argued. Mocombe maintains that
the black underclass produced buy
capitalism is the reason blacks are
doing poorly in school.. At the
same time, through his curriculum
design for The Russell Life Skills
and Reading Foundation, he offers
a solution to remedy the problem.
Identifying that black students
exhibit lower educational achieve-
ment and attainment than do whites
not because of their distinct cultural
or normative processes, but
because of either the lack of
inherent ability or the structural
differentiation engendered by the


educational system as an ideo-
logical apparatus for the capitalist
social relation of production. This
gives rise to a sociolinguistic com-
munity, i.e. the black underclass,
which has come to serve as the
bearers of ideological and linguistic
domination for the majority of
black students.
The'Mocombeian Strategy of-
fers a -sociolinguistic under-
standing of black failure in
education as an ideological appa-
ratus for today's dominant bourge-
ois capitalist class. It accomplishes
this by re-interpreting Noam
Chomsky's "deep structure" con-
cept in sociolinguistic terms that
diametrically opposes William
Labov's conclusion that black
academic failure is solely a result
of the cultural and political
conflicts in the classroom brought
on by the structural differentiation
of the racist and capitalist social

structure rather than a "mismatch in
linguistic structure" between Black
English Vernacular (BEV) and
Standard English (SE)

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Summer School is available to
600 High School Students through
the partnership of Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church ard Florida
Community College for a third
consecutive year, since Duval
Public Schools discontinued its
summer school program. It is an
opportunity for students needing
another opportunity to obtain
passing grades in order to graduate
or advance to the next grade level.
Specialized lab courses will be
available'at both locations down-
town. Student attainment of compe-
tencies will be verified by testing
and/or portfolio assessments.
The following courses will be
available: Algebra I and II,
Geometry, English I, II, III and IV;
Biology, chemistry, Earth Science,
Space Science and Physical
Science; American and World
History, and American Govern-
ment; FCAT Reading Endorsement
is also offered.

The David H. Dwight Sr.
Memorial Committee for Scouting
continues the work of Mr. Dwight
by providing supplement funding to
expand the availability of Scouting,
by providing the opportunity, skills
and adventure that will have a
positive and lasting effect on youth
as they grow into manhood.
Established in 1984, the David
H. Dwight Sr. Memorial Commit-
tee is committed to expanding the
Scouting program in our communi-
ties, and seeks to provide a
scouting opportunity to all young
people as a milestone in the
deterrence to violence and drugs.
Funds with which they accom-
plish this goal are raised through
sponsoring the annual David H.
Dwight Sr. Memorial Banquet.
The banquet will be held at 7:30
p.m. on Friday, June 5, 2005 in the
Grand Ballroom at the Prime
Osborn Convention Center. Set this
date aside now to assure your space
at this worthy affair.
The David H. Dwight Sr.
Memorial Banquet also honors
members of the community who
have made significant contributions
to the Scouting program. The 2005
honorees are: Mrs. Beverly Brown,
Mr. Freddie Brown and Mr. Joseph
Proceeds from the Memorial
Banquet are used to provide
leadership training, summer camp-
erships, and registration for needy
David H. Dwight Sr. (1882-
1959), was a pioneer for the
development and organization of
Scouting among Jack-
sonville. In 1936, he became the
first Black person to receive
Scouting's highest council award,
the Silver Beaver Award.

FCAT Enhancement is offered
to 12th graders who failed the
FCAT but have completed all other
graduation requirements. Students
will also participate in weekly
motivational and study skills
activities, including presentations
by guest life-skills speakers.
Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church is located at 215 Bethel
Baptist Street (behind FCCJ Down-
town), and FCCJ Downtown is
located at 101 West State Street.
Information can be obtained by
calling Bethel at 354-1464, or the
College at 632-5094.
BIG Sponsors Dance
and Fashion Show
The Bold City Chapter of (Bi3)
Blacks in Government is spon-
soring a Spring Dance and Fashion
Show at 9 p.m. on Saturday, May
21st at the Scottish Rites Cathedral,
29 W. 6h Street (at Main St.). For
ticket information, call 998-3932.

Individual tickets, as well as,
tables of ten are available to clubs,
fraternities, sororities, churches,
corporations, and other groups. For
reservations and ticket information,
please call the North Florida
Council, Boy Scouts of America, at
(904) 388-0591; or you may obtain
tickets from the BSA Council at
1521 S. Edgewood Avenue, 32205.

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American Life Insurance Company
Audubon Life Insurance Company
Bankers National Insurance Company
Commercial National Life Insurance Company
Conger Life Insurance Company
Delta National Life Insurance Company
Dixie Security Life Insurance Company
Fireside Mutual Insurance Company
Fireside Commercial Life Insurance Company
Geesey & Ferguson
General Reserve Insurance Company
Guaranty Savings Insurance Company
Guarantee Reserve Life Insurance Company
Gulf States Life Insurance Company
Independence Life Insurance Company
Independence Mutual Life Insurance Company
Kentucky Central Life and Accident Insurance Company
Kentucky Central Life Insurance Company
LaFond Life Insurance Company
Liberty Life Insurance Company
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Life Insurance Company of the South

Bethel Baptist Institutlonal Church and
FCCJ Sponsor Summer High School

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Louisiana Life Insurance Company
Magnolia Life Insurance Company
Professional and Business Men's
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Rabenhorst Industrial Life Insurance Company
Rio Grande Life Insurance Company
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Westem National Life Insurance Company
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Stop to Sign His Books

The Tennessee native who hails
from Memphis who has become a
familiar name to those who like to
read, especially for entertainment,
is making a stop in Jacksonville
next week, for a booksigning.
Eric Jerome Dickey is the author
of eleven novels including the best
selling Drive Me Crazy, Naughty o
Nice, The Other Woman, and
Thieves' Paradise. Another popular
Dickey novel is Between Lovers.
The New York Times profiled
Dickey as "one of the few kings of
popular African American fiction
for women." He currently lives in
Southern Calif.
His latest release is Genevieve.
In this new novel Dickey has
crafted a masterfully twisted tale of
intrigue, hidden identities, and self-
discovery. It's the tale of a man
torn between the love of his
beautiful wife and the sudden
arrival of his wife's sister, a
mysterious and provocative woman
who offers him the passion he
craves, but at a steep price.
Both women harbor secrets, the
answers to which appear to lie in a
small Southern town filled with
darkness, danger and the promise
of pain. Soon nothing is as it seems
and no one is who they claimed to
be, including the man caught in-the
middle. As the truth bubbles closer
to the surface, everyone's world
threatens to fall apart.
This novel is full of new
revelations at every turn as Eric
Jerome Dickey -takes you on a
journey filled with deception,
careening down a highway bound
for destiny, and disaster.

too, if requested) at Books-A-
Million, in Regency Park, 9400
Atlantic Blvd. (between Southside
Blvd. and Arlington Expressway).
Dickey is scheduled to be there
at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27th.

Bestselling Author Makes

Summer Means Family Reunion

Time, Are You Planning One ?
Planning a family reunion is not most appeal to the majority, as well "goodbye" gathering, held at the
like planning your usual social as the type of accommodations home of the host (hostess).
affair where your main concerns desired. In planning meals, children must
are usually location, menu, mode In our location, most people be considered and although a well
of dress, entertainment, and of want to enjoy the beach locations, rounded meal is our choice,
course, the food. My personal family's "leaders" children usually prefer hot dogs or
As summer approaches many of now consist of mostly first cousins, hamburgers, which should be
us turn to the thought of attending several with young grand children, considered. Buffets work well
or planning a family reunion. others with barely grown children, with large groups as selections are
When we were young, it was left and some still raising children, varied and everyone is sure to find
up to the adults. Now, we are the Some are long married couples, several items to their liking. A
adults. One of the first areas of some are single, some are relatively salad bar is a must.
concern is the age factor which can newlyweds. The most important thing to
easily run from 6 to 60, sometimes The question is "how to please remember is the reason for a
with even greater gaps. This is one everyone?" Forget it. reunion. It's a time for coming
of the most important factors, for Usually our host plans a "get together as family, a time for
the age factor has strong bearing on together or reception" on the first getting to know each other again in
any/all food, activities etc. night (Friday) and Saturday is a a time of joy. As so often families
What's the best way to handle free day. Saturday evening, a nice only get to see each other at
the whole thing? After one reunion dinner or banquet with entertain- weddings or funerals. If this is the
to my credit, I can only say the ment provided by family members. main focus, somehow, the rest will
experience....helps. In selecting a And Sunday, because of relatives come together.
suitable hotel for out of owners the with "different" religious prefer-
main consideration is cost. The ences, we usually gather after each Aeashope works aga!
best way to handle this is to inquire has attended their own services. -a e
to find out the price range that will Sunday brunch is usually the

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It's a "must read" for all of
Dickey's fans, one you don't want
to miss.
Eric Jerome Dickey is scheduled
to be signing copies of his newest
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Teen Pregnancy
Rates Begin Decline
The National Center for Health
Statistics show that teen birth rates
continue to decline reaching his-
toric lows for teens in each age
group. Charted through 2003, the
rate of 41.7 births per 1,000
females 15-19 was 33% lower than
the 1991 peak rate of 61.8%. The
2003 birth rate for teens aged 15-17
(22.4) was 42% lower than the
1991 rate, and the rate of 70.8 for
18-19 year olds represents a 25%
decline from 1991. Yet, based on
age-specific birth rates, an
estimated 17% of current 15 year-
old girls will give birth before they
reach age 20.
The 2003 data indicates there
were 421,626 births to teens in the
United States. Almost one-half
million children having children.
This decline is positive whether
it is a result of counseling, contra-
ceptives use, or fear of contacting
the HIV/Aids virus, or abstinence,
all of which should continue to be
emphasized to our teen children.

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talk show host Les Brown giving
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Mt. Ararat to

Host Gospel

Festival May 15
The Mt. Ararat Baptist Church,
2503 North Myrtle Avenue, where
Pastor David A. Lattimore Jr., is
Pastor; will present a Gospelfest
Musical, sponsored by the Pastor's
Anniversary Committee, at 4 p.m.
on Sunday, May 15, 2005.
The Gospelfest will feature Bro.
Walter Ponder, "The Thunderbolt
of the South"; Sis. Scherell Kemp,
the Rise Up Mission, Evangelist
Bessie Brown, Sis. Deborah
Limbric-Rasheed, the Good Shep-
herd Mass Choir, the Mt. Ararat
Mass Choir, the Bold City Mass
Choir, the Sons of Harmony, Sis.
Cora Lee Parker, and many other
local talents.
The public is cordially invited to
enjoy the "spirit of this evening" of
Gospel Music.

The Worship

Place to Host

Health Fair
The Worship Place Church,
2627 Spring Glen Road, Harold
Rollinson and Victor Martin,
Elders; is conducting a health fair
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June
18, 2005. Marsha Rollinson, R.N.
and Pamela Smith, R.N., B.S.N.,
are Healthcare Ministry Leaders .
The health fair will target the entire
family, children to adults. The
Wodrshp Place'Church endeavors to
serve the coihinuffity's health and
spiritual values.
Services will be free to the
public, and will be provided by St.
Vincent's Hospital, Duval County
Health Dept., the Hospice, River
Region, and Visiting Physicians.

New Hope AME
Church Fellowship
is Set for May 29th
Mark your calendars now to
Fellowship with the Greater New
Hope African Methodist Episcopal
Church, 17th & Davis Streets, under
the pastorate of Rev. Mary F.
Davis, for a Special Outdoor
Worship Service that will begin at
10 a.m. on Sunday, May 29, 2005.
Dinner will 'commence at the
close of the Worship Service.
Women's Ministry
of First AME
Church, Palm Coast
Prayer Breakfast
The Women's Ministry o: First
AME Church of Palm Coast, will
have a Prayer Breakfast at 9. a.m.
on Saturday, May 21, 2005.
First AME Church, under the
pastorate of Rev. Dr. Gillard S.
Glover, is located at 91 Old Kings
Road North, in Palm Coast.
Everyone is invited.

Greater Israel United
Missionary Baptist Church
to Present Summer Gospel
Extravaganza June 11"
The Greater Israel United Mis-
sionary Baptist Church, 6901 North
Main Street; will host the Summer
Gospel Extravaganza at 6 p.m. on
Saturday, June 11th.
The Summer Gospel Extrava-
ganza will feature: Walter Ellis &
The Country Boys, of Montgom-
ery, Ala.; the New Holy Lights of
Sycamore, Ga.; The Florida Gospel
Travelers and Ms. Deborah Lim-
bric Rasheed, both of Jacksonville.
For ticket information, please call:
(904) 254-0786.

Saint Paul AME Schedules Summer Camp

and Vacation Bible
Saint Paul African Methodist
Episcopal (AME) Church, 6910
New Kings Road, where The Rev.
Marvin Zanders II, is Pastor; has
scheduled "Camp Whoolp There It
Is" for 2005. The first session will
begin on Monday, May 31st and
will end on June 24th. The second
session takes place June 27th thru
July 22nd.
Sponsored by Hope Community
Economic Development, "Camp
Whoop There It Is" promises to be
a unique, superior and fun filled
camp with many activities.
Certified teachers will be available
to assist students with strategies to
score high on the FCAT. The hours
will be from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.,

St. Andrew Missionary
Baptist to hold Annual
FMily Mand Friends Day
St. Andrew Missionary Baptist
Church, 2600 West 45th Street,
Rev. A. B. Coleman, Pastor: invites
the community to their Annual
Family and Friends Day Celebra-
tion at the 11 a.m. Service on
Sunday, May 29, 2005.
The speaker will be Ms. Elaine
Stewart of the Salvation Army

Bishop T. D. Jakes
Schedules Cruise
Bishop T. D. Jakes, has
announced a summer cruise en-
itled, "Taking Care of Business in
Deep Waters." The Empowering
Session will be sailing July 16-23,
2005. The incomparable Vickie
Winans is the first guest to be
announced. For more information,
please call (972) 851-SAIL.

Institute for 2005
Monday thru Friday.
For camp registration informa-
tion, please contact the church
office at (904) 764-2755.
Vacation Bible Institute
The Vacation Bible Institute is a
"family affair" for youth and
adults. Beginning at 6 p.m. on
Monday evening, June 6th, a family
Spaghetti Dinner will be held in the
J.M. Proctor Center.
This year's theme is "Spotlight
On Jesus" for youth and "God's
Vision or Television" for adults.
The Institute will end on
Wednesday, June 8th. Friends,
family members and neighbors are
invited to share in this enriching
and Spiritual renewal.

New Bethel Spring
Glen AME Church
to Celebrate Family
and Friends Day
New Bethel Spring Glen
African Methodist Episcopal
(AME) Church, 5031 Halls Drive,
under the leadership of Rev:
Richardo Bright, is celebrating
Family and Friends Day on
Sunday, May 22, 2005.
You, your family, neighbors and
friends, are invited. Sunday School
begins at 10 a.m.
Pastor Bright has invited two
dynamic speakers to proclaim the
Gospel for the occasion.
Presiding Elder Rev. Joseph
Sanchez of the Central District of
the 11th Episcopal District of the
African Methodist Episcopal
Church, will be the speaker at the
11 a.m. morning service.
Rev. Sharon King of Mother
Midway AME Church, will be the
speaker for the 4 p.m. evening
worship service.
The Church is located off Beach
Blvd. at 1-95. Anyone needing
transportation should call (904)
Historic Mount Zion
SAME to Present
Lay Day Program
Historic Mount Zion African
Methodist Episcopal (AME)
Church, 201 East Beaver Street,
Rev. Frederick D. Richardson Jr.,
Pastor; will present their annual
Lay Day Program at 10 a.m. on
,-Sunday, May 2, -2005;: .... -* .
Rev. Theopulus Robinson,
Pastor of Saint Lawrence AME
Church in Historic Eatonville,
Florida, will deliver the message.
You, your family, friends and
neighbors, are invited!

Rev. Dr. Jerry
Dailey Is Revival
Speaker at Saint
Joseph M. Baptist
Rev. Dr. Jerry Dailey, son of the
late Dr. C. B. Dailey; renowned
Pastor of Macedonia Missionary
Baptist Church in San Antonio,
Texas; will be the evangelist for St.
Joseph Missionary Baptist
Church's Annual Spiritual Revival
that begins Tuesday, May 24th and
will continue thru Thursday, May
26, 2005. Services will be held
nightly at 7:30 p.m.
Rev. Dr. Dailey is a member of
the National Baptist Convention of
America (NBCA), Dr. Stephen J.
Thurston, president. He serves as
Chairman of the Chaplaincy Com-
mission of the NBCA, and is an
instructor in the NBCA Congress
of Christian Workers.
Everyone is invited to come and
be blessed in the revival services.
Prior to the revival, the Evangelism
Ministry of St. Joseph will canvas
neighborhoods in the community in
efforts to win lost souls for Christ.
During the services, we anticipate
God to thoroughly revive the Saints
of St. Joseph and other local
assemblies, as we continue to move
to higher level of Kingdom

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Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464

Weekly Services

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 3:30p.m.
Wednesday Noon Service "Miracle at Midday" 12 noon 1 p.m.
Pastor Rudolph Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Dinner and Bible Study at 6:30p.m. Pastor Rudolph

McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor

Radio Ministry -
WCGL 1360 AM
Thursday 8:15 8:45 a.m.
AM 1400
Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.

TV Ministry -
WTLV Channel 12
Sunday 6:30 a.m.

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"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
TUESDAY & THURSDAY 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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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"
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.

Evangel Temple Assembly of God

Sunday Worship Services

8:25 a.m. 10:45 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
"Have you Received the Holy Spirit Since you Believed?"
Acts 19:2
The Infilling of the Spirit is Available to All.
The Holy Spirit Teaches, Comforts, Edifies
& Empowers.

The Crabb Family live on Sunday, May 29, 2005

Pastor Garry and Kim Wiggins
5755 Ramona Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32205


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McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church Experienced Senior's Old Fashioned Day,

Mattie Thomqs, Wilhemenia Ebron, Mary Smith and Verdell Cope-

Re\. \ airer Jordan. Joyce George andPasior Murray
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Vickie Winans, gospel s aist and 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."

Mattie Thomas and Wilhemenia Ebron,

JACKSONVILLE Friday after-
noon, May 13, 2005, St. Thomas
Missionary Baptist Church, located
at 5863 Moncreif Road, where Rev.
Ernie L. Murray Sr. is Pastor;
experienced "Senior's Old Fashion-
ed Day".
The occasion was one to
remember. Sister Mattie Thomas
presided over the program.
Devotion was administered by sis.
Rosa Lee Smith, Sis. Dora West,
and Bro. Jack Young: Following
Devotion, Sis. Virginia Holcomb
gave the Welcome. The "Experi-
enced Seniors" gave a selection,
Sand Sis. Corine Jordan introduced
the Speaker, Reverend Walter
Jordan. The "Experienced Seniors"
rendered another selection and the
program.adjourned for all to enjoy
a delicious luncheon. Sis. Wil-
helmenia Ebron and Sis. Barbara
Fayson gave personal remarks
following lunch. Pastor Ernie L.
Murray Sr. gave Closing Remarks
and the Benediction.
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Faith Deliverance
Ministries to hold
Youth Revival
Faith Deliverance Tabernacle
Ministries, 220 Mill Creek Road,
will have a "Family Affair,
S Churche'rbritfeelthg Together'Am"1
One" with "Youth Revival 2005"
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday,
May 23-25"'. Services will begin
nightly at 7:30 p.m.
The Guest Speaker will be Elder
Kenneth H. Moales Jr. of Prayer
Tabernacle Church of Love,
located in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

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Westside Church of Christ

Celebrates Homecoming
The Westside Church of Christ, day "Maintaining Christian Stan-
23 West 8th Street (comer Main St.) dards in the New Millennium";
is celebrating Homecoming. A Thursday "How to Study the
Formal Dinner at 7 p.m. on Friday, Bible with Your Family"; and
May 20th at the Hilton Riverfront .Friday "Talking to non-Christian
Hotel, will kickoff the celebration Relatives about the Church".
activities. For ticket information, A "Homecoming Picnic" that
please call 353-5063 or 739-2338. starts at 10 a.m. in the A. Philip
A Money Management Work- Randolph Park on Saturday; will be
shop will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 followed by the "Homecoming
p.m. on Saturday, May 21st. The Sing-out" at 6 p.m. at the Church.
workshop will include Debt Sunday, May 29th is Home-
Management, Estate Planning, and coming Sunday. .
information on the Millionaire Each night during workshop
University. sessions the Jacksonville Streng-
On Saturday evening, May 21st thening Families Network will
at 7 p.m., the Westside Singers will facilitate the Seven Habits for
present a Reunion Concert. Successful Families and Character
Sunday Services on May 22nd Counts for Teenagers and Young
will address "The Keys to Making Children.
Your, Martiage a Total. Quality, Westside Church of Cyi sts
MaNrtageR/wat the M6rning"S-rvio e inviting families- throughout .the
and "The Role of the Man and city to participate in all
Woman in the Home and Church" Homecoming Classes and events.
at the Evening Workshop. PUBLIC NOTICE
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for your church, call 1-800.422-6237

Medicare Rights Seminar
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on May 18 & 19 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
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Dressed Up Deli Delights the Whble Family

Face it. Food tastes better served outside. This summer, outdoor eating is easier than ever with a
stop at the deli counter. There you 'II find a selection of items to help you produce portable food at
its best, whether it's a simple meal served steps awaj from the kitchen on the deck or patio, or an
g Ak jpae in basket and then spread out at a bea.hor p.arkFeo..nal.salads

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Slice and Serve Summer Favorites Nothing says summer like fresh melon paired with savory Boar's
Head Prosciutto. Tender chicken breast, sweet grapes, almonds and garden-fresh vegetables combine to
create a refreshing summer salad.

Mendocino Chicken Salad
6 ounces Boar's Head Golden
Classic Chicken Breast, or Hickory
Smoked Chicken Breast, cubed .
1 cup seedless grapes, halved
/2 cup diced red onion
3 stalks celery, diced

/4 cup fresh basil leaves, cut into
thin strips
1 cup blanched sliced almonds
?/, cup mayonnaise
In large bowl, combine chicken,
grapes, red onion, celery, basil,
almonds and mayonnaise. Mix

well; chill and serve.
Yield: 4 servings

Prosciutto and:MIelon Salad
6 wedges fresh peeled honeydew
melon, about 1 1/2 inches thick
6 wedges fresh peeled

cantaloupe, about 1 V2 inches thick
Salt and pepper
12 thin slices of Boar's Head
Extra virgin olive oil, optional
4 to 6 lemon wedges
Season melon with salt and
pepper. On serving platter, arrange
cantaloupe, melon and prosciutto
slices, drizzle with extra virgin
olive oil (optional) and garnish
with lemon wedges.
Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Mini Cheesecakes
% cup graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons sugar
4 tbsp butter or margarine,
8 ounces Boar's Head
Cream Cheese
/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons lemon juice
6 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
1.large egg yolk
Fresh berries
Preheat oven to 3750F.
Line 24 mini muffin cups with
paper liners, or use foil cups with
paper liners. Toss. crumbs, sugar
and butter together. Spoon 1

Made ahead of time, these mini cheesecakes easily pack in a cooler
until ready for serving.

teaspoon crumb mixture into each
paper liner and press down with
finger. Place muffin pans, or paper-
lined foil cups, on cookie sheet,
position on center oven rack and
bake until shells are crisp and
golden, about 8 minutes. Cool.
Place cream cheese, sugar, sour
cream, vanilla and lemon juice in
food processor bowl and process
until smooth, about 15 seconds,
scraping once or twice with rubber
spatula to make sure mixture is
completely smooth.
Place milk in small saucepan,
sprinkle gelatin over it and allow to
soften 3 to 4 minutes, then stir with
whisk. Heat over medium heai.

stirring constantly with whisk about
1 minute, until mixture begins' to
boil. Remove from heat.
In small bowl, beat egg yolk with
whisk until frothy. Add a little milk
mixture to warm eggs and prevent
scrambling. Add remainder of milk
to egg. Heat over medium heat,
stirring constantly, just until
mixture begins to simmer: Remove
from heat and pour through strainer
into cream cheese mixture. Process
until blended.
Fill each crust-lined cup. with
filling. Refrigerate until set, about 2
hours: Garnish each with a berry
and serve.
Yield: 24 mini cheesecakes

Secret to Savory Steaks

Start your grills, it's steak
season! Crowned king of the
"barby," steak is still America's
favorite grilled entr6e, according
to the Cattlemen's Beef Associa-
tion. Beef also reigns supreme
when it comes to protein, and is
packed with B vitamins and iron.
So what's the secret to mak-
ing a mouthwatering, restaurant-
style steak on your own backyard
grill? First, choose the right cut.
With its lean, tender meat, top
sirloin is an excellent steak to
please just about everyone, and a
perfect candidate for marinating.
Marinades like new Lawry's
Steak & Chop Marinade make it
easy to bring the robust flavor of
your favorite steakhouse home,
with a blend of garlic, black pep-
per, coriander, mustard, caraway
seed and a splash of lemon juice
to tenderize. The easiest way to
marinate is in a resealable plastic
storage bag. Simply place your
meat and marinade in the bag and
seal, turning occasionally. After

marinating, just
discard the used
bag and marinade.
Remember to
always marinate
in the refrigerator.
To know when
your steak is
properly cooked,
using an instant-
read thermometer,
check for the fol-
lowing tempera-
tures: medium-
rare, 145'F; me-
dium, 160'F; well-
done, 1700F.
Never stab your
steak with a fork -
always use tongs
to turn while on
the grill.
So celebrate
steak at your next
"backyard soiree"
with this simple
yet savory chop-
house recipe.


Chophouse Steia-lWTh Ranch Dipping Sauce
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Marinate Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 16 minutes
1 1/2 pounds favorite steak cut
1 (12-ounce) bottle Lawry's Steak & Chop
Marinade With Lemon Juice, divided
'/ cup Lawry's Steak Sauce
'/4 cup Ranch or Blue Cheese Dressing
In resealable plastic bag, combine steak and I
cup marinade. Marinate in refrigerator for 1 hour,
turning several times. Remove steaks, discarding
used marinade. Grill steaks over medium-high heat
to desired doneness, turning and brushing often
with remaining marinade.

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Churches Help Women 'witness'

About Life, Cancer and Jesus

By Marlene Rivera & Katherine
The health of black women is
alarmingly at risk. Statistics from
the American Cancer Society re-
cently showed that black are more
likely to develop and die from cap-
cer, than any other racial or ethnic
population. Breast cancer mortality
rates among black women of all
ages have exceeded those in white
women in the United States by
about nine percent from 1997-2001.
In an effort to combat these mor-
tality and morbidity rates in Florida,
the H Lee. Moffitt Cancer Center &
Research Institute, created the Wit-
ness Project, a faith-based breast
and cervical cancer education pro-
gram. The program features a group
of black women who each "witness"
about their triumph over breast or
cervical cancer. They meet in
churches and other community cen-
ters. The focus of the educational
message is: "early detection of can-
cer saves lives."
The Witness Project helps
women take responsibility for their
health needs and to overcome some
of the fatalism so often found
among black women. Witness role
models (breast and cervical cancer

survivors) or health advisers will
challenge women to take care of
their health, as well as the health of
their friends and loved ones. They

will help people develop behaviors
that focus on preventative health
through early detection of cancer
and appropriate medical care.
A significant contributing factor
explaining these statistics, is that
black women tend to be diagnosed
at a later stage of their disease, giv-
ing them fewer life-extending treat-
ment options. The Witness Project
have extended witnessing to include
schools, state agencies, businesses,
health fairs and other civic club
meetings. Each program takes about
two hours and begins with a spiri-
tual devotion. The program provides
training materials, and there is no
fee charged. Moffitt's program is
one of two in Florida and is part of
33 total Witness Project Programs
in 22 states. For more information
about this program, or starting one
at 'your church please call (813)

The truth

about cancer
While black women and white women had approximately equal mor-
tality rates in the early 1980's mortality rates among black women are
now 30 percent higher than those among white women. In addition,
black women have:
* Slightly lower incidence of breast cancer among black women
(119.9) compared to white women (141.7)
* Higher mortality rate from 1997 2001 of breast cancer for black
women (35.4) compared to white women (26.4)
* Higher mortality rates of cervical cancer among black women (5.6
percent) compared to white women (2.6 percent)
* Higher incidence of large tumors and disease that has spread
* Lower five-year survival rate for disease that has spread (15 percent
versus 25 percent of white women)
* Lower five-year survival rate (1995-2000) of breast cancer in Afri-
can American women (75 percent) compared to white women (89 per-
* Lower five-year survival rate (1995-2000) of uterine cervix cancer
in African American women (66 percent) compared to white women
(74 percent)
*** Rates are per 100.000

Relative Interest
Relative Interest is about a woman who has
lost almost everyone important in her life, and
is now ready to fight for the one meaningful
person she has left-her niece, Vicky.
Kira Forester has already lost her parents. '
and her only sister, her twin, to untimely deaths.
When she returns home after an assignment in
Africa, Kira finds out that her niece Vicky's
foster mother has passed away and Vicky is
about to be placed in a permanent adoptive
home.'The family wanting to adopt her is a
powerful white mayoral and his wife, Helen. Kira believes they want
to adopt her purely to beat the African-American mayoral candidate-
the first to run for office-by carrying the African-American vote. Kira
decides she has to stop this adoption, and the only way to do that is get
the state on her side. This means enlisting the help of Evan Conley,
the director of the adoption agency. Unfortunately, he doesn't agree
with her about the adoption, but they do agree on one thing-they really
like each other. As Kira fights for her right to be a part of her niece's
life, she finds support from a most unlikely source and discovers that
beyond the issues of race and biology lays a heart-breaking, long hid-
den secret.

-,' : '' Living W ater
--'e---:_-"- Living Water by Obery Hendricks is a grip-
ping and lyrical portrayal of a young woman's
search for her own identity, redemption and the
ultimate source of love. Bringing to life one of
the most mysterious figures in the New Testa-
ment, this extraordinary novel is an African-
S American retelling of the story of the "woman at
r t the well" whose life is transfigured by a chance
meeting with a remarkable stranger from Galilee.
Yet it is Living Water's timeless emotional insights into the rela-
tionships between men and women that give the novel its power. With
candor and empathy, Living Water examines the miscommunication,
the societal pressure and prejudices, and the divergent dreams that too
often pull men and women apart-in short, the novel explains why we
do what we do in relationships, why we treat the people nearest to our
hearts with the least love. It strips off the emotional masks that men
and women present to ewch other, revealing our true faces. Living Wa-
ter sensitively explores issues ranging from spousal abuse to our strug-
gles to attain real emotional intimacy, to finding the profound and
lasting spirit-led love we all seek.

Kuumba Festival
The Kuumba Festival will be
held on May 28-29, 2005 at the
Clanzell Brown Park. For more
information call 353-2270

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Traditionally "White" Eating Disorders

Working It's

By Kamille D. Whittaker
Pamela Franklin
binged, she purged and
she's black. Thought the .-
common perception is that
an eating disorder is a
"whites only" issue, -
Franklin's daily struggle
with bulimia proves other-
"It was eating away at
my soul, to be a black
woman and know I had an
eating disorder," recalls
Franklin, a New Jersey'
native who resides in the -"
District of Columbia.
'Black women are sup-
posed to have a little meat
on our bones and be proud Black we
of it, but the problem was sizes and
very real to me." being thil
The stigma surround-
ing blacks and eating disorders -
where black women were thought to
be less likely to develop anorexia
and bulimia because more voluptu-
ous physiques are generally consid-
ered attractive and desirable led
Franklin to suffer in silence.
But she did not suffer alone.
According to the National Women's
Health Information Center, African-
American women like Franklin have
been flying under the radar when it
comes to diagnosing, eating disor-
ders. Studies show otherwise; we
also have repeated episodes of binge
eating and purging.
Black women also have another
vice to contend with. Because they
have the highest risk of becoming
obese, they are at the greatest risk of
developing disordered eating habits
in order to control weight gain such
as binging and purging.
The Center for Disease Control
reports that a strong correlation ex-
ists between obesity and eating dis-
orders. To date, 66 percent of black
women are overweight, 37 percent
are technically obese and the inci-
dents of blacks with eating disorders
are steadily on the rise.
Stephen Tomas, director of the
Center for Minority Health at the
University of Pittsburgh, attributes
the rise in black eating disorder
cases to the nation's obsession with

SWay Into Black America

omen who have long ago become known for a wide variety of shapes,
colors are now becoming more susceptible to the American ideals of
ng. Event to the point of anorexia and bulimia.

obesity. "We must be aware of the
unintended consequences," Thomas
"We don't want to create condi-
tions to contribute to eating disor-
ders in our zeal to address obesity."
It may already be too late. In the
late 1990, Essence magazine con-
ducted an eating disorder study that
sampled 600 African-American
Sixty-six percent of the respon-
dents reported excessive dieting
behavior, 39 percent claimed that
food controlled their lives, and 54
percent were at risk for an eating
disorder. Franklin knows about that
from first hand experience.
"For three days or so, I would
eat so much that I felt I was going to
burst, and then I would feel so
guilty and scared to gain weight that
I would just make myself throw it
up and then not eat for the next
three days. It was so unhealthy, but
after a while it became routine,"
Franklin said.
According to Diane Harris, a
spokeswoman for the National Eat-
ing Disorder Association, Franklin
is not atypical. "People who suffer
from bulimia experience episodes of
binge eating and purging that occurs
an average of twice a week for at
least three months," she said.
Following a binging episodes, it

is typical of a bulimic to feel an
overwhelming, uncontrollable sense
of guilt that propels them to the next
stage purging.
Harris explains, "Binge eaters
devour an excessive amount of food
- a pint of ice cream, a bag of chips,
cookies, and large quantities of soda
and water in a brief period of
time, then they purge in order to get
rid of the excess calories that they
took in."
And vomiting is not the only
way to "purge." A study by the Bu-
limia Nervosa and Related Eating
Disorder Association revealed that
African-American women are more
likely than white women to use
laxatives, diuretics and fasting to
avoid weight gain instead of vomit-
"This would explain why Afri-
can-American eating disorder cases
are going largely undetected," said
Georgiaria Arnold, a Florida based
health instructor who specializes
eating disorders in African-
He adds, "An eating disorder
manifests itself in more unique
ways with .black women than with
any other group," said Arnold.
"However, the longer the disorder -
goes untreated, the more it could
become a chronic problem leading
to death."

Study Shows Black Students With Exotic Names Face Barriers

Continued from front
and were given overwhelmingly
by poorly educated black women,
he said.
Using information on 5,046 chil-
dren from 24,298 families with two
or more children enrolled in a large
Florida school district from 1994-95
through 2000-01, Figlio studied
national reading and mathematics
test scoresand grade transcripts to
determine who was promoted to the
next grade or referred to gifted pro-
grams. Comparing pairs of siblings,
Figlio found teachers treat children
within the same family differently
depending on academic perform-
A boy named Damarcus, for ex-
ample, was 2 percent less likely
than his brother Dwayne to be re-
ferred to a gifted program, even
with identical test scores, he said.

"The black-white test score gap
has been a persistent issue in
American education for decades,
despite the fact that African-
Americans and white children are
receiving increasingly similar edu-
cation," he said. "Our study shows
that names are partly to explain for
this gap."
Although giving a child name
associated with low socio-economic
status accounts for only about 15
percent of the black-white test score
gap, this is a more significant
amount than the effect of dramatic
reductions in class size found in
other studies, teachers' years of
experience or whether teachers have
bachelor's or master's degrees, Fig-
lio said.
The opposite results were found
with Asian names, Figlio, who pre-
sented his paper to the American

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phia In January. Students with
Asian sounding names were more
likely to be recommended for gifted
programs than siblings with com-
mon American names and similar
test scores, he said.
Names are important because
they can reveal a parent's educa-
tional level and parental aspirations,
and help to mold a person's iden-
tity, becoming information that peo-
ple use in forming expectations
about a child, Figlio said. On one
level people are aware of this be-
cause the No. 2 segment of the book
sales market is baby name books,
after Bibles," he said
In the African nation of
Ghana, people recognize the power
of names and take the choice away
from parents' altogether, Figlio
said. Children receive one of only

seven boys' or girls' names, de-
pending on the day of the week they
were born, He said.
David Autor, an economics pro-
fessor at the Massachusettes Insti-
tute of Technology, said Figlio's
research is provocative and persua-
"While other prominent research-
ers have argued that children who
are given exotic names do not suffer
for their parent's choice, it is hard
to dismiss the finding that even
among sibling pairs, children with
exotic names fare worse in school
and are less likely to be classified as
bright and gifted," Autor said. "This
suggests that value-neutral cultural
choices, such as baby name, may
have important economic conse-

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Oprah Presents Black & White Ball of Legendary Women

Shown (I-R) Tina Turner, Ashanti, Patti LaBelle, Tom Cruise and date Katie Holmes, Naomi Campbell and Iman.
(Middle) Janet Jackson, Coretta Scott King, Tyra Banks, Diana Ross, Mariah Carey, and Halle Berry. (Bottom) host-
ess Oprah Winfrey, Dionne Warwick and Sanita and Rev. Jesse Jackson.

Winfrey rolled out the carpet for a lavish
tribute to pioneering black women, then
strolled it herself in a red Vera Wang ball
Guests including Usher, Illinois Sen.
Barack Obama, Tom Cruise and Katie
Holmes were on hand for the ball this
past weekend at the seaside Bacara Re-
sort and Spa.
The talk show host joked with friends
and praised the 25 honorees, including
Coretta Scott King, Diana Ross, Maya
Angelou and Cicely Tyson.
,,,Tese are women who, when'l was

growing up, made a difference for me,"
Winfrey told reporters. "The first time I
saw Diana Ross and the Supremes on the
Ed Sullivan Show, it changed my life."
Winfrey also linked the older black
stars with their younger counterparts in a
more intimate gathering Friday night at
her Montecito home.
"There was nobody hating on nobody,"
said singer Patti LaBelle, who attended
the party along with Mariah Carey and
Alicia Keys.
Others included Gladys Knight, Missi
Elliott, Halle Berry, Ashanti and Califor-
nia First Lady Maria Shriver.

Eighty cases of champagne were flown
in from France, 120 pounds of tuna ar-
rived from Japan, and 20,000 white peo-
nies were sent from Israel and Ecuador.
Michael McDonald and a 26-piece classi-
cal orchestra entertained. Each of the
honorees was put up in a suite at Win-
frey's expense. "I saw Diana Ross this
afternoon standing on the balcony in her
bathrobe," said Winfrey.
"Oprah told me this has been one of the
most extraordinary events of her life,"
said her best pal Gayle King. "We never
could have anticipated such a love fest
between the generations."

Gate City P1

TO Host
Players Duplicate Bridge Club,
Mrs. Marion Gregory, president;
will host a "Grade A" Bridge
Tournament at the Clarion Airport
Hotel, the weekend of May 27th to
May 29, 2005. Mmes. Demetral
Webster and Doris Swinton, are the
tournament cho-chairs.
The Gate City Club is a member
of the American Bridge Associ-
ation Inc. (ABA), which is
headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
The national president is Richard
Bowling of Greensboro, NC; the
Southern Section President is Dr.
Gwen Middlebrooks of Atlanta.
This event is one of many such
tournaments which take place
nationwide at local levels, drawing
participants from within the Section
and the Nation. Jacksonville
visitors will include players from
other Florida locations, Georgia,
North and South Carolina, Tennes-
see, Alabama and the Grand
Bahamas. Winners will not only
garner bridge points, but trophies
and other awards will be awarded.
The tournament director will be
Andrew Echols of Macon, Georgia.

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Ribault Club Seeks
Volunteer Greeters
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
First Coast
Writers Festival
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 consist of seminars,
workshops, one on one session with
authors, agents and editors. Over
30 presenters will be in attendance.
For more information, please call
Improv Jax
Wine Tasting
The Improv Jacksonville
Comedy Theater will host a wine
tasting every other Friday night
beginning May 20, 2005 from
6:00-8:00 p.m. After the wine
tasting, attendees will enjoy free
admission as ImprovJacksonville
takes the stage at 8:00p.m. for the
Prime Time Comedy Show. The
theater is located at 140 W. Monroe
St. at Hemming Plaza. Reservations
are recommended. For more
information, please call 535-0670.
Nefertiti's Grand
Reopening & Book
Nefertiti's Books & Gifts will
have a Grand Re-Opening
Celebration on Saturday, May 21,
2005 from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Festivities will include a poetic
parenting workshop and book
signing by Hamima Shabazz. The
store is located at 7640 Lem Turner
Rd. For more information, please
call 766-3830.

Quantum 05'
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,
call 355-5551.
Raines Class Of
1970 Reunion
The Raines Class of 1970 will
hold a 70's Costume Dance on
Friday, May 20, 2005 at the Elks
Lodge Maceo Lodge, 712 3W.
Duval St. at 9:00 p.m. The 35th
class reunion will be held the
weekend of June 10-12, 2005 at the
Hyatt Regency Hotel. For more
information, please call 765-154 or
Spring Dance and
Fashion Show
The Bold City Chapter of
Blacks in Government is
sponsoring a Spring Dance and
Fashion Show on Saturday, May
21, 2005, at the Scottish Rites
Cathedral, 29 W. 6th St. from 9:00
p.m. 1:00 a.m. For further
information, please contact
Josephine Butler at 998-3932.
Fund Raiser Gala
A fund raising gala will be held
for the Raines High School Class of
1986 on Saturday, May 21, 2005
from 7:30 p.m. 1:00 a.m. The
theme for the event will be a white
linen affair featuring jazz, funk and
R & B Band, Cliche. The public is
invited to spend an evening of
elegance & style with the senior
class of 1986. The all adult affair
will be held at Magic City, 4750
Soutel Dr. Tickets can be
purchased by calling 904-765-
4160. Or you can email
proceeds from benefit are to be
allocated to provide scholarships to
the class of 2005-2006.
Poetry Slam
Check out Taalam Acey, with
special guest Life and Shawana at
Soul Release Poetry, Saturday,
May 21, 2005. The Slam will begin
at 7:30p.m. In The Boomtown
Theater and Restaurant, 1714 N.
Main St.

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someone else's needs before their own, a friend that
goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer? Nominate
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Sunday at The
The Cummer Museum of Art &
Gardens will be buzzing with
activity and excitement on Sunday,
May 22, 2005 from 1:00 p.m.-3:30
p.m. with an old-fashioned ice
cream social in the Gardens
celebrating the opening of Picturing
Jacksonville: 150 Years of
Photography exhibition and
Jacksonville Film Festival's event
featuring nationally renowned film
critic Molly Haskell presenting The
Changing Image of Women in
Film. There will be a lecture and
exhibition presentation at 2:00 p.m.
For more information 899-6025.
Program for Women
Business Owners
On Monday, May 23, 2005
Women Business Owners of North
Florida will host a program for
potential, new and emerging
business owners. The name of the
program is "So you want to be an
Entrepreneur! Wit, Wisdom, and
Reality". The objective is to
educate and inspire attendees on
the many facets of
entrepreneurship. The panel
discussion will be at the Omni
Hotel, 225 Water St. Networking
begins at 6:00 p.m. The program is
from 7:00 -8:00p.m. Attendees will
receive a package of essential
reference materials for educational
and business resources. For more
information, please call 278-9290.

Awards Dinner
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-
Comedy in Da
No Joke Entertainment presents
Comedy in Da Basement stand up
comedy featuring national
comedians from Comedy Central,
BET's Comic View, Apollo & Def
Jam. The next event will be on
May 26, 2005 from 9:30 p.m.-
11:00 p.m. at ImprovJacksonville
Comedy Theatre, 140 W. Monroe
St. For more information, please
call 765-8880 or 399-4550.

Stanton Class
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
Bride Tournament
The Gate City Players
Duplicate Bridge Club will host a
Grade "A" bridge tournament at the
Clarion Airport Hotel from May 27
29, 2005. The Club is a member
of the American Bridge
Association, Inc. Winners will not
only garner bridge points, but
trophies and other awards will be

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
call 630-3690.

Kuumba Festival
The 18th Kuumba Cultural
Arts Festival will be held on
Saturday, May 28, 2005 from
10:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m. The Festival
will be held in the Clanzel T.
Brown Park. Food, Arts, Poetry,
Drama, Dance, Educational
Workshops, Community Forum for
more unity and fun with
excitement! Kickoff your Saturday
morning at the 10:00 a.m. with the


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Jax Short
Film Screening
Fresh Ministries and NCCJ
invite the Jacksonville community
for a short film screening. The film
is "Bridges of Peace" which
premiered during Super Bowl
Week that recognizes the
Jacksonville community's unity
through appreciation of our
diversity. The screening and
reception will be held at 6:00 p.m.
on Thursday, June 2, 2005 at
Henrietta's at 9th and Main. For
more information, email
Alphabet Affair
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.
"Designing a Florida
Friendly Landscape"
The Duval County Extension
Office located at 1010 N. McDuff
Ave., will have a class on
"Designing a Florida Friendly
Landscape" on June 2, 2005 from
10:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. Participants
will learn landscape design with
hands-on activities. See how a rain
garden design fits into your plan
with native and drought tolerant
plants. There will also be
demonstrations on water-saving
methods for your shrubs and
ornamentals. Refreshments and
door prizes included. For more
information or to register, please
call 387-8850.
An Elegant
Evening of Jazz
On June 3, 2005 from 6:30
p.m. to 10:30 p.m., enjoy an
evening of jazz. The James Weldon
Johnson Arts & Culture Festival
featuring international jazz artist
Alice Day will have a Gala
Reception starting at 6:30 p.m.
followed by a concert at 8:00 p.m.
Festivities will be held at the Modis
Bldg., 2nd Floor, Independent Dr.
For more info, please call 353-

Club Meeting
PRIDE Book Club will hold
their next meeting on Saturday
June 4, 2005 from 2:00-4:30 p.m.
at the home of Rena Smith in
Middleburg. The book for
discussion is Hard Left: Straight
Talk About the Wrongs of the
Right by Tavis Smiley. For more
information or driving directions
call 291- 4931 or 630-2940. The
next meeting will be held on July 8,

Church, Social and Community
News Deadline is 5PM on Monday
each week. News may be faxed to:.
(904) 765-3803, emailed to JFree or brought to the
office: 903 W. Edgewood Avenue.

Revive Your
Home Luncheon
There will be a luncheon at the
Ramada Inn Mandarin, 3130
Hartley Rd. on Tuesday, June 7,
2005 from 12:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m.
on the topic of "Revive Your Home
With What You Own." Participants
will learn how to create innovations
for a fresh new look with home
decorator Trish McCrary. Free
child care is available with a
reservation. The event is sponsored
by the Mandarin Christian
Women's Club and is open to the
public. For more information,
please call 230-3355 or Mary at
Juneteenth Celebration
Join the Chamber at Celeb's
Corner, 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
25th Anniversary
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.
Savannah State
Alumni Meeting
Savannah State University
Alumni Association will hold their
monthly meeting on Thursday,
June 22, 2005 from 6:00 p.m.-7:45
p.m. at the Walker Law Offices,
625 Union St. For more
information, please call Tourea
Robinson at 632-3239.
Gallery Talk
Gallery Talk will present Living
with Your Collection on June 23,
2005 from 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.
Join interior designer Jacqueline
Williams, ASID and museum
curator Lydia Stewart for a peek
inside the homes, interiors, and
corporate collections of some of
Jacksonville's most inventive art
patrons. Explore ways to showcase
your art at home or at work.
Admission is free. The forum will
be held at the Ritz Theatre &
LaVilla Museum, 829 N. Davis St.
For more information, please call

Summer Slam
COOJI, the Carnival
Organization of Jacksonville Inc.,
will present Summer Slam show
and party on Saturday, June 25,
2005 featuring live The Calypso
King of the world, the Mighty
Sparrow and others. The Slam will
be held at the Bishop Kenny,
Knights of Columbus Club, 1501
Hendricks Ave. The fun will take
place from 9:00 p.m. 2:00 a.m.
For more information, please call

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Hollywood gossip Scoop
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Comedian responds to recent drug and
mental rumors in 'Time.'
"I'm not crazy, I'm not smoking
crack ,"comedian Dave Chappelle tells _
"Time" magazine in an interview, ad-
dressing "Entertainment Weekly's" re-
port last week that the entertainer had
checked himself into a mental health facility in South
The 31-year-old said he was "definitely stressed out"
and decided to stay with friends in Durban because he
wasn't happy with the direction of his Comedy Central
series "Chappelle's Show," which recently saw the de-
but of the third season postponed indefinitely.
In describing the reason for his South African
"spiritual retreat," Chappelle says: "You hear so many
voices jockeying for position in your mind that you
want to make sure that you hear your own voice," he
said. "So I figured, let me just cut myself off from eve-
rybody, take a minute and pull a Flintstone stop a
speeding car by using my bare feet as the brakes. ...
There's a lot of resistance to my opinions, so I decided,
'Let me remove myself from this situation,'" Chappelle
FILM/TV BITS: Usher, Foxx cast in 'Dream
.^ girls;' FOX's reality dance show.
I' 1 Usher and Jamie Foxx will join
r Beyonce in the cast of "Dreamgirls,"
I a based on the Broadway musical
loosely based on The Supremes'
rocky road to superstardom. Foxx
will play talent manager Curtis Taylor Jr., who guides
the career of the Dreamettes, while Usher will take on
the role of their choreographer CC White. The filmmak-
ers are considering Eddie Murphy for the role of a
Marvin Gaye-esque womanizing R&B star who gives
the Dreamettes their first big break when he offers them
a gig as his background singers. Production on the
movie is scheduled to begin in January.
AIR: Jesse calls for a line drawn on dignity
While visiting New York's WBLS (107.5 FM), Rev.
Jesse Jackson called for radio stations to
stop airing songs that spew the N-word, as
well as tracks that refer to women as "b..s"
and "hos."
"I'm distressed when I go to a club and
see people dancing to songs that use these
words," he told Paul Mooney, Ellen Cleghorne, Ann
Tripp and Mark Jordan of the morning show. "We
should never dance to degradation. It's diminishing the
worth of our life."
He equated the entertainment industry's blind eye
to these words with the state of college athletics, where
black athletes often have a low graduation rate. Both
situations add up to exploitation, Jackson said.
"When you leave school with no diploma and a few

clippings, you have wasted a great opportunity," he said.
Calling for the renewal of the 1965 Voting Rights
Act, Jackson also promoted a petition in support of re-
taining important clauses in the law. He stressed that the
public's ambivalence about the law reflects a larger,
perhaps misguided complacency with equality in the
Jackson also talked about the disproportionate num-
ber of lower-income people fighting the Afghan and
Iraqi wars.
"For people at Yale and Columbia, this war is aca-
demic," he said. "For us, it's bloody."
But Jackson also said black people need to take
more responsibility for their own lives. "We need to
respect ourselves," he said. "We must maintain our own
Blair Underwood, Boris Kodjoe Henry
Simmons, Lynn Whitfield, Jennifer
Lewis, and Tangi Miller are set to star in
Sthe "Diary of a Mad Black Woman"
Sequel entitled "Madea's Family Reun-
ion," based on the 2002 stage play from
/ Tyler Perry. Shooting begins in July and
centers around The infamous gun-toting
grandma Madea as she tries to hold a family reunion, a
funeral for her sister and a wedding for her granddaugh-
ter all on the same weekend." Perry will make his direc-
torial debut and reprise his three roles as Madea, Uncle
Joe, and Brian.
James Earl Jones and Phylicia Rashad have each been
nominated for a 2005 Tony Award. M
The statues will be handed out during '
a ceremony to be held June 5 at New
York's Radio City Music Hall. Jones.
earned a best Leading actor nod for -
"On Golden Pond," while Rashad
picked up a best actress nomination
for August Wilson's "Gem of the
Ocean," which was also nominated for best play. Left
out of the supporting actor category was Denzel Wash-
ington, whose play "Julius Caesar" has not had good
reviews. The full list of nominees can be viewed at
Teri desperate for John Salley
S- The scene of the crime was L.A.
hotspot Chi, co-owned by Justin. Tim-
S berlake. Last week witnesses told the
New York Post's Page Six that
"Desperate Housewife" star Teri
Hatcher and former NBA star John
10 Salley got liquored up on a bottle of
Grey Goose vodka in a back booth.
When the DJ threw on Beyonce's "Crazy in Love," they
took their drunk behinds to the dance floor and started
dirty dancing which slowly grew out of control.

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Queen Latifah talks with Cathy Hughes on the set

Cathy Hughes Boes One on One with Queen Latifah

First Lady of hip-hop, award-
winning actress and acclaimed pro-
ducer Queen Latifah talks about her
life, career, politics, values and
faith in a broad-ranging interview
with Catherine Hughes, host of TV
One's interview series, TV One on
One, that premieres on Sunday,
May 22 at 10 PM. The special re-
peats on Monday, May 23 at 8 PM,
Tuesday, May 24 at 11 PM and
Friday, May 27 at 9 PM.
In speaking about her early ca-
reer, Queen Latifah, born Dana
Owens, says she adopted African
dress and called herself Queen at a
time when apartheid was on the
verge of breaking up in South Af-
"I felt like all black women are
queens. And it was really just about
a sense of pride of self-pride,"
Queen Latifah said.
She tells Ms. Hughes that she
worked almost as hard to get the
role in Chicago that landed her an
Oscar nomination as she did on the
film itself because she had to audi-
tion three times
"I really did [want the role], be-

cause rarely do you get an opportu-
nity to work with a a film studio
that really enjoys the process of
creating something great. And then
with a director who is known for
Broadway, you just know you're
going ot get to sing. You're going
to get to dance. You're going to get
to act. You don't often get to show
those three abilities, those three
skills in one film," Queen Latifah
When Ms. Hughes suggests
Queen Latifah would be as good at
portraying Pearl Bailey as Jamie
Foxx was as Ray Charles, Queen
Latifah said she was exploring that
possibility, along with some other
renowned African American
women life stories, including
Bessie Smith, Etta James and Sarah
She discusses her box-office hit
with Steve Martin, Bringing Down
the House, which she executive
produced and other movie projects
in the pipeline, as well as her plans
for her production company.
Queen Latifah also talks about
something close to her heart her

family foundation, the Lancelot H.
Owens Scholarship Foundation,
created after her brother, a young
police officer, was killed in a mo-
torcycle accident in 1992 at the age
of 24. Created by Queen Latifah
and her mother, a schoolteacher,
the foundation provides scholar-
ships but also requires that scholar-
ship recipients return and serve as a
mentor in their community to help
spread further the good works of
the scholarship program.
In a surprise visit that's become
the hallmark of TV One on One,
Queen Latifah is joined by attorney
Evans Onyanwu, an early Lancelot
Owens scholarship recipient from
her hometown who talks about how
much this scholarship program
changed his life.
" was not like a program
where you're given a scholarship
and they're on your own,"
Mr. Onyanwu said. "The
[Foundation] works with you, and
they continue to work with you
throughout, and its really helped
me become the person that I am

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400+ Attend Bold City Links 2nd Annual Old School Gala

Thomas Waters, Glory Dixon, Tracee & Eric Manson

The Bold City Chapter of Links

Ezekiel Bryant, William Scott with Carolyn and Simone Joyner.

Karen Patterson,

Karen Jenkins,

Sharon Patterson and Godfrey


R.L. Mitchell, Deloris Mitchell, Gwendolyn Mitchell, Freddie L.
McLendon and Dennis McLendon.

Johnna Daniels, Craig Daniels, Vanessa Hernandez, LeMorris Prier,
Pamela Prier, Earnest Maiden, Delphone Maiden, Ava Parker, Cheryl
and Darnease Houston.

Richard & Joyce Danford, Chester & Jean Aikens, Thelma Lewis,

Catherine Hill. FMP PHOTOS
The Bold City Chapter of The
Links, Incorporated hosted its 2nd
Annual "Old School" Gala, a back-
in-the-day theme fund raiser, at
Alltel Stadium's Terrace Suite.
Over 450 guests dined on a menu
of tasty dishes, including pound
cake laced with strawberry sauce
and sweet potato pie for the deserts.
The crowd danced and thrilled to
the old school sounds played by DJ
Charles Scantling. Most of the
guests wore attire reminiscent of
the 50s, 60s, 70,s and 80s. Guests

filled the dance floor to capacity
dancing to the diverse range of hits
that spanned the ages doing current
line dances as well as the famous
Soul Train Line. Prizes were given
to the best-dressed male, female,
and couple. There also were prizes
to the dancers with the most crowd
appeal and a few door prizes for
ticket holders.
The Bold City Links are under the
directives of Chapter President
Norma White. The event was
chaired by Link Ruth Waters.


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