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News and Eve its from

Jax's Own HBCU
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Condoleeza Rice

Speaks Out On

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for a White

House Bid
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Do or Die for

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Elections Near
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Melee Follows Neo-Nazis March

Through Black Neighborhood
Toledo, Ohio appeared calmed after weekend violence triggered by a
white supremacist group's march along the sidewalks of a Ohio neighbor-
hood. A melee broke out Saturday when protesters confronted members
of the National Socialist Movement who had gathered at a city park.
"'They do have a right to walk on the Toledo sidewalks," said Mayor Jack
An angry mob, some of them gang members, threw baseball-sized rocks
at police, vandalized vehicles and stores, and set fire to a bar. More than
100 people were arrested and one officer was seriously injured.
The march was called off after the rioting started.
Much of the anger erupted because residents were upset that city leaders
allowed about a dozen white supremacists to walk through the neighbor-
hood and shout insults.
Police arrested 114 people on charges including assault, vandalism, fail-
ure to obey police, failure to disperse and overnight curfew violations.
The disturbances were confined to a 1-square-mile area, police said. At
one point, the crowd grew to about 600 people.

Supreme Court Declines Stanley

"Tookie" Wiliams Case
.I T he Supreme Court refused last weekto
Ij I take the case of California death row
inmate Stanley "Tookie" Williamns, a
o founder of the Crips street gang whose
later w ork for peace won him Nobel
Peace Prize nominations.
"-' Williamis, \\ ho has been praised for his
S children's book.; and efforts to curtail
L. f],_ m. Clece liIely will be exe-
3.- cuted in December if Go\. Arnold
_- .. Schwarzenegger does not grant clemen-
cy. The 5 I-) ear-old former gang member
claims Los Angeles prosecutors i\ olated his rights \when the% dismissed all
poteiitil black jurors.
He \ as condemned tor killing four people in I S1 and claims jailhouse
informants fahncated tesrimorn\ that he confessed to the murders.
"\\e feel \er\ strongl that this is an appropriate case for clemency
because of what Stan has accomplished." said Andrea Asaro, one of
While in prison, Williams has been nominated five times for a Nobel
Peace Prize and four times for the Nobel Prize for literature for his series
of children's books and international peace efforts intended to curtail youth
gang violence .
Last year. "Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story" aired on tele-
vision, prompting thousands of e-mail messages from young gang mem-
bers ho said his life story helped them turn their lives around and gar-
nered it's star, Jamie Foxx, another Academy Award nomination.

Georgia's Voter Photo ID Law Barred
A federal judge blocked Georgia from enforcing a new state law requir-
ing voters to show photo identification at the polls.
In issuing the preliminary injunction, U.S. District Judge Harold Murphy
said the law amounts to an unconstitutional poll tax because the state is not
doing enough to make ID cards available to those who cannot afford them.
The requirement "is most likely to prevent Georgia's elderly, poor and
African-American voters from voting," Murphy wrote. "For those citi-
zens, the characier and magnitude of their injury ihe loss of their right to
\ote is undeniably demoralizing .nd extreme."
So far, the law has been used onl\ for local elections. The injunction
could prevent its use during municipal elections Noi. 8.
A driver's license with a photo is sufficient under the la3\. But those \\ho
do not have a license must obtain a state ID card. which h can cost up to $35.
The g'i ernor said such cards would be gix en free to those \ ho cannot
afford the fee.
The GOP-backed measure heightened racial tensions during the legisla-
tive session. hMost of Georgia's black la makers walked out of the Capitol
when it passed in MNarch. some loudl. singing a civil rghts-eia protest
song. The \ idov of the Rev. NMartin Luther King Jr.. Corena Scott King.
called on the governor to veto the bill.

Organizers Vow Mardi Gras Will

Return on Time to New Orleans
Mardi Gras organizers have
promised to roll out the city's
signature celebration in .
February despite the destruc-
tion caused by Hurricane
Tourism officials, float
builders and parade hosts
appeared before the City
Council to insist that the
annual celebration return this winter.
Mardi Gras organizers said about 25 groups are planning to stage their
parades, about a half-dozen fewer than normal. Besides that, they offered
no specifics on scaling back the celebration.
Mardi Gras generates as much as $1 billion in economic activity and
draws an estimated 1 million people each year.

50 Cents

Volume 19 No. 40 Jacksonville, Florida October 20 -26 2005

Estimated 500,000 Answer Call for Unity

by Stephanie Lambert
WASHINGTON "Her pilgrim-
age," "his beauty," "it's electricity,"
"my rededication," "your history."
These are the words men and
women from all over the nation
used to describe the Oct. 15
Millions More Movement assem-
blage in the nation's capital for the
masses that arrived by planes, trains
and automobiles..
A crowd of at least 500,000 by
some estimates gathered at the
National Mall to participate in the
march designed to ignite a move-
The gathering, hosted by Minister
Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of
Islam marked the 10th anniversary
of the Million Man March.
The event brought men, women
and youths of all walks of life, and
was a significant moment for black
leadership as young entertainers
joined forces with Farrakhan and
other leaders to promote unity and
The renowned lineup of speakers
were met with cheers as dozens of
prominent speakers academics,
activists, artists and media pundits -
spoke, recited poetry and sang
songs in the 12-hour program on
the National Mall.
Pointing to the broad spectrum of

Congress to Consider 1965

Voting Rights Act Again
The House Judiciary Committee aspects of the Voting Rights Act -
this week holds the first two of which forbids literacy tests and
what could be more than a dozen other impediments for minorities -
congressional hearings into will never expire.
extending key provisions of the But other key provisions will
1965voting rights law for another expire in 2007 without congres-
25 years. While congressional sional action. One requires states
approval may seem inevitable, with a history of racial discrimina-
advocates insist exhaustive hear- tion, mostly in the South, to get
ings are necessary to ensure the federal approval before changing
extension stands up in court. their election laws. Another man-
The Constitution's 15th dates bilingual election assistance
Amendment guarantees people of for those who do not speak
all races the right to vote, and most English.

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Shown above are Bethel members Kenneth Reddick and Howard
Duncan loading boxes enroute to the Gulf. R. Silver photo

Bethel Continues Hurricane

Katrina Relief Efforts

Over a month has passed since jR
Hurricane Katrina and it's after-

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Shown above are youth from West Union Missionary Baptist Church enjoying F &F activities.

West Union Hosting Old and New Time Religion

with Two Day Family and Friends Day Celebration

Church members of West Union
Missionary Baptist Church
observed it's fourth Annual Family
and Friends Day with a weekend
celebration of spiritual and self
enrichment. Activities kicked pre-
ceded the special Sunday service

with informational workshops on
personal safety and a health fair. In
addition, family fun and games
along with the Jacksonville Jaguars
"Catmobile" were on hand to add to
the fun along with free ice cream.
Sunday services were delivered

with a profound message by guest
pastor Rev. Percy Jackson of Mt.
Moriah Baptist Church entitled, "I
should have checked out if he had-
n't checked in" followed by a tradi-
tional fellowship dinner for the
entire congregation. T Austin photo

The semi was loaded from top to
bottom when items were deliv-
math devastated the lives of the
Gulf Coast region and shocked the
nation. Nationally, everyone from
celebrities to Girl Scouts began
donating, collecting and becoming
inventive with ways to help.
Many churches in the
Jacksonville area, answered the call
as Christians to aid in the natural
disaster, and for some the work
continues. The congregation of
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
rolled up their sleeves recently to
help load their SECOND semi
truck load of aid. In addition to tens
of thousands of dollars of financial
donations that have already been
contributed, the truckload carried a
variety of non-perishable items
such as food, water, books, toys,
clothing, and toiletries.
Members have vowed to continue
collecting until their pastors' have
said "Enough!".

addressing the crowd. vWIilsonphoto
participants, Farrakhan said the
march included an "unprecedent-
ed" array of black leaders of organ-
izations "coming together to speak
to America and the world with one
"This tells us that a new day is
dawning in America," he said.
Ten years ago, Farrakhan urged
black men to improve their families
and communities women, whites

and other minorities had not been
invited. On Saturday, all were wel-
come at the Millions More
Movement, which organizers said

would build on the principles of
1995 and push people to build a
movement for change locally and
nationally. Continued on back page.

An estimated 500K converged on Washington D.C.s Mall for the 10th Anniversary of the Million Man
March. Shown above center is Min. Louis Farrakhan, the events convener, flanked by two of his sons

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Five Ways to Boost Your Credit Score

Unfortunately, most consumers
still do not know basic facts about
credit scores and their financial sig-
nificance. In fact, according to a
recent poll conducted by Opinion
Research Corp., only 27 percent of
consumers understand that scores
measure credit risk.
The truth is, your credit score,
sometimes called a FICO score, is a
number based on the information in
your credit file that shows how like-
ly you are to pay a loan back on
time -- the higher your score, the
less risky you are.
There are three major credit
bureaus: Experian, Equifax and
TransUnion. The credit bureaus
write up your report based on any
information they received about
you from companies that gave you
credit in the past, such as your pay-
ment history, the length of your
credit history, the types of credit
you have and amounts owed.
From that report, a credit score is
derived -- which ranges from 300 to
a perfect 850. That score is a quick
way for lenders to assess how risky

you are as a borrower. The higher
your score, the less risk you pose to
lenders and the more likely it is that
you'll get their best available rates.
Consumers with scores above 700
are usually charged relatively low
rates, and those with scores above
760 are charged the lowest rates.
Consumers with scores below 600
are typically charged relatively high
loan rates, and if your credit score is
really bad, you may be not be able
to borrow at all.
Any late payments made will
lower your score, but establishing
or re-establishing a good track
record of payments on time will
raise your score. Ideally, you want
your score to be well above 620,
that's a drawing line. (The median
U.S. credit score is 723.)
It is estimated that consumers
with an average score would reduce
finance charges by $76 annually if
they raised their score by 30 points.
Once you know your score, you
can follow these tips from myFICO
to improve your rating:
1. Pay your bills on time.

Delinquent payments can have a
major negative impact on your
score and the longer you pay your
bills on time, the better your score.
2. Keep balances low on credit
cards. High outstanding debt can
affect your score. Maxing out your
credit cards could lower your aver-
age score by as much as 70 points.
3. Don't open a number of new
credit cards that you don't need.
New accounts will lower your aver-
age account age, which could lower
your score by up to 10 points.
4. Have credit cards but manage
them responsibly. In general, hav-
ing credit cards and installment
loans (and making timely pay-
ments) will raise your score.
5. Closing an account doesn't
make it go away. A closed account
will still show up on your credit
report and factored into the score.
Under the Fair and Accurate
Credit Transactions Act you can
obtain one annual free copy of your
credit report. For more information
or call 877-322-8228.


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Smiley Convening Wealth Building Conference In Chicago

Talk Show Host Tavis Smiley
Popular television and radio host
and social commentator Tanis
Smile% \\ill premiere his branding
and \wealth building conference in
Chicago on Fnrda,. October 2S

from :0(.1 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and
Saturday, October 29 from 8:00
a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Lakeside
Center, McCormick Place. The
conference ill feature eight icons
of success for a series of business
Poet/author Maya Angelou,
entrepreneur Ear in "Magic"
Johnson, financial expert Suze
Orman. author'lifestyle coach
lyanla \anzant, U. S. Senator
Barack Obama, "fl\ jock" Tom
Joner, and restaurateur lifestyle
expert B. Smith will join Smiley as
the', share their knowledge of busi-
nes;. and finance, along \\ith their
personal success stories.
During the conference. SmileN
%ill honor the late publisher John

H. Johnson, founder of Ehbon\ nnd
Jet magazines at the Saturday
SuccesSoul Tribute Luncheon and
Braintrust A\uction. S, indicated
radio disc jockey Tomn .lJoynei will
host the salute to Mr. Johnson's life.
and legacy and \%ill lead the cele-
bration of the 60th annniersa.r of
Ebon\, the most m ell read Africain-
American publication in the \o a Id.
The Braintiust Auction allows
anendees to bid on a one-lhour con-ii
sultation itih industn pow el hous-
es, including Smile.N. .Jo ner, and
Linda Johnson-Rice. CEO oIf
Johnson Publishing Cumnp.iin.
Proceeds from the auctionn \. ill pro-
vide scholarships to 1 outh aliend-
ing the Taxis Smile', Foundation
Leadership In-stiute in 2000.

rnmile', -- an at.ard-v'innim' talk
sho, host, political colnmmentatoi,
author, and :'outh mentor says.
"Succes;s Soul \\ill teach partici-
parts how toi shdia e their souls ;\ ith-
out selling their souls. The impoi-
tance o' building ;; \airenes of a
neN product or developing a strate-
;. tfo: ,oIt snill business is one of
the most iimpirtant kci:s to longe-
tiift and \eeailthl building in
roda. 's marketplace. It is inpeia-
ti\e tha e e erentrepreneur, Corpo-
ratiln aind .nsmll business lhatje the
tools to compete."
The conference is designed to
help attendees s nma.imize olpportu-
nities for success while e learning
secrets tfioim inspirational brand

Means Appointed Chair of

Jacksonville Housng Authority

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Elizabeth Means
Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton
has appointed Elizabeth G. Means,
R.N., M.S.H.A., C.N.A., as the
chair of the Jacksonville Housing
Authority (JHA).
"Ms. Means is an accomplished
individual with a passion for this
community's people, and her drive
and energy will complement the
vision of the Housing Authority,"
said Peyton.
Means has served the JHA as an
Executive Committee member,

Section 8 Committee chair, and as a
hearing officer for the agency's five
year and annual plan. With this
new appointment, she begins the
final year of her second board tenn.
Among her many accomplish-
ments, Means has contributed
heavily to the development of the
Shands Outreach Center in
Durkeeville and to an upgraded
facility that is currently under con-
struction in the new Brentwood
Park Apartments project.
Means has served as the Shands
Jacksonville Community Affairs
Department vice president since
1994. She earned her bachelor's
degree in nursing at Florida
Southern College and her master's
in health administration from
Central Michigan University. She
serves on numerous boards and
advisory councils and has received
many awards and honors for her
work in the community.
Means replaces William
Sulzbacher, who has served on the
board two four-year terms, and as
chair for the past two years.

Do You Have Enough Insurance?

In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina
and Rita, many insurance carriers
have upped the prices of their poli-
cies, especially for flood insurance.
The cost of homeowner's insurance
in Louisiana and Mississippi is
expected to jump 3 percent, while
businesses insurance is expected to
rise 15 percent. In other vulnerable
states the increase might be 3 per-
cent to 5 percent. You probably are
not surprised to learn that insurance
premiums in Florida are amorrn the
highest in the country.
Even though you might rot i.1 e in
a hurricane zone, you need to be on
alert when it comes to your insur-
ance coverage. The average yearly
premium for flood insurance cover-
age is about S400. but it may be as
low as $121 in low-risk areas. The
price of my police falls somewhere
in between.
Standard honieoilner's policies
provide coverage for disasters s1.ich
as fire, lightning, hurricanes, and
water damage caused by plumbing
problems such as burst pipes. But
Ihe-. do not cover flood damage,
including flooding from a hurri-
cane. For that, you must buy feder-
al insurance, which is available
iihr'ougl a regular insurance agent.

Flood insurance is designed to
cover devastation caused by a
storm surge, tidal waves or the
overflow of a body of water. Most
policies don't cover earthquakes
either. Homeowners living close to
fault lines should have separate
coverage through private compa-
According to recent studies, your
home is more than four times like-
ly to be flooded as to incur a fire (6
percent)If you are; in a high-risk
zone, there is no reason you should
not have a police. To find out whece
you home ranks. o to w0 w.flood- and click on "\ hat's \our
flood risk?" Either because the\
don't think of it, or they decide thl1i
they can't afford the additional
costs, many homeowners often do
not make the necessary adjust menis.
in their insurance coverage when
risk factors change. As a result,
experts say, more than 5(i percent of
all homes are undervalued for
insurance purposes.
This is the ideal time to make sure
your homeowner's insurance is up
to par. Keep in mind that what you
bought five years ago might not
cover all of the new stuff that you
have since accumulated.

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October 20 26, 2005

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News and Events from Jacksonville's Own HBCU

Houston Pastors Say Black Churches

Being Snubbed by Red Cross, FEMA

Haskell Company Introduces Dr. Bronson to

Dr. Bronson, Mr. Preston Haskell, and Mrs. Helen Bronson.

On Wednesday, October 12, EWC

EWC Awarded

Awarded 134K

Dupont Grant
Trustees of the Jessie Ball duPont
Fund awarded a $132,304 grant to
EWC to fund two key components
of the College's "Blueprint to
Enhance Edward Waters College."
The components consist of a
comprehensive organizational
audit of the institution by MGT of
America, Inc., and the hiring of an
experienced Southern Association
of Colleges and Schools consultant
to assist EWC with the reaffirma-
tion process.
"It is our deep belief that
Jacksonville and North Florida
would be poorer without a strong
and vital Edward Waters College,"
said the Fund's president, Dr.
Sherry Magill.
The MGT audit will be more
strategic, looking at the institu-
tion's strengths and weaknesses,
opportunities and threats, and
developing a plan to strengthen the

the Business Community
Sr., was introduced to jacksonville's
the corporate community in a
reception held at The Haskell
Company. Preston Haskell, chair-
man of The Haskell Company,
along with Bob Helms, Chamber of
Commerce President Wally Lee,
Doug Milne, Peter Rummell, Bill
Scheu, and Jim Winston, sponsored
the reception which was attended
by approximately over people from
the local civic community from
both the public and private business
Other guests included administra-
tors and Board of Trustees members
from Dr. Bronson's alma mater,
Bethune-Cookman College, Dr.
Steve Wallace, FCCJ president, and
Mr. John Delaney, UNF president.

President Dr. Oswald P. Bronson,

Shown above is Dr. Bronson with speaker Rahman Johnson
EWC ALumnus Keynotes Convocation
EWC alumnus Rahman Johnson (c/o 2000) encouraged students to get
ready for life's challenges.
"You must mentally prepare yourself which you have already started to do
by enrolling here at EWC," Johnson, who was the speaker for the Fall
2005 Convocation. "It will take two things: ability and effort. Everyone
has ability but without the effort, ability is nothing."
Siblings Shavon and Oprah Sirmones, freshmen, attended the convoca-
tion, which officially convenes the academic year.
"When someone says you can't do it, never give up...try it and do it any-
way," saidOprah. "He encouraged me to never stop trying," she added.

by Monica Morgan, BAW
For many blacks, the church has
often been a place of refuge, a shel-
ter from the proverbial storm.
However, some affiliated with
black churches in the Houston area
say the powers that be namely
federal agencies and non-profit
organizations have failed to real-
ize what many of us have known all
D.Z. Cofield, pastor of Good Hope
Missionary Baptist Church, lead a
delegation of black churches into a
meeting with representatives of the
American Red Cross and the
Federal Emergency Management
Agency to address how black
churches, both big and small, can
access to much-needed resources to
continue assisting hundreds of
Hurricane Katrina evacuees. Since
the devastating storm hit New
Orleans and other parts of the Gulf
Coast region, many have sought
shelter in Houston, benefiting from
the generosity of churches and pri-
vate homes dedicated to lending a
helping hand.
Unfortunately, those who've
offered aid have been doing so out
of their own bank accounts, fight-
ing in vain in to get even a penny
from funds that have seen millions
of dollars in donations nationwide.
It's not that they didn't try.
Cofield claims many black church-
es immediately contacted the Red
Cross and FEMA in the days fol-
lowing Katrina, seeing how they
could be of assistance as evacuees
escaped the flooding, but the
churches were turned away.
"When the Katrina victims
arrived, the churches went to the
Red Cross and were turned down,"
Cofield said "[The churches] were
told that we were not needed, but
we opened our doors despite what
the Red Cross said."
"I think it was actual ignorance of
them not seeing the necessity of
tying into the African-American
church," Cofield added. "They sim-
ply were not recognizing the central

role that [the church] plays in the
majority of our lives. When you're
in crisis, you go to the church."
Representatives from FEMA and
the Red Cross -- already facing
respective criticism on how they
initially responded to the hurricane
and how effectively the money and
other donations were being used --
will sit with Cofield and representa-
tives from nearly 100 black church-

amount of money. Our electric bill
alone has tripled to almost $6,000,"
Caslin said, adding that, in addition
to using just about every account
the church had to handle expenses,
she has resorted to tapping into her
own personal bank account to see
that bills get paid.
While she didn't anticipate the
high costs associated with being a
good Samaritan, Caslin said she did

President Bush shakes hands with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas
after he signed the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations
Act for Fiscal Year 2006.

es in the Houston-metropolitan area
at Cofield's church. But the meet-
ing will come nearly a month after
many churches have taken in
numerous evacuees and amassed
countless dollars worth of debt.
Janice Caslin, pastor of New
Deliverance Church, spearheaded a
mission to the Astrodome early last
month to get evacuees from the
sports facility into a more personal
setting in one of the shelters her
church runs. More than 200 people
began to call New Deliverance
home, sleeping on cots, eating
meals and wearing clothes Caslin,
her husband and members of the
congregation purchased.
By virtue of adding dozens of new
residents, once manageable bills,
namely electric, have soared
through the roof over the past six
weeks, Caslin said.
"We've spent an enormous

reach out to FEMA after seeing a
television commercial urging shel-
ters to call to receive financial aid.
However, Caslin said she received
nothing but a cold shoulder.
"We began to call the number, and
it took us a day to finally get
through. When we got through,
they said they were not interested,"
Caslin said, adding that she
received similar put-offs from the
Red Cross and even unsuccessfully
to U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee,
who represents Houston.
Caslin said, of the receipts she's
managed to keep organized, she
estimates that she's spent close to
$50,000. That's about normal,
Cofield said, adding that some
churches, which have volunteered
to take evacuees on job searches
and other outings, have tallied
upwards of $15,000 in gasoline

Survey Says Majority of Black

Americans Favor Reparations

Eighty-nine percent of blacks
believe the federal government
should offer a combination of cash
payments, debt forgiveness and
social welfare programs to compen-
sate for the devastating effects of
slavery and racial segregation,
according to a newly released sur-
Aimed at unifying a movement
that has at times seemed fractured,
the Reparations Survey, conducted
by the Reparations Research and
Advocacy Group, will be used to
formulate an articulate platform on
reparations that more accurately
defines the desires of African-
Americans. The platform would
then be used in negotiations with
the federal government and private
corporations that profited from
slave labor.
"It will be even more difficult
than necessary to try and achieve
reparations for black folk without
asking black folk what they want,"
wrote David Home, Ph.D., who
started the survey in April 2002
while teaching Pan African Studies
at Cal State Northridge. "In order to
forge a unified national agenda on
reparations, the credible results of a
sound survey of the black American
population is absolutely necessary."
Volunteers surveyed 6,680 blacks
beginning in April 2002. Those

who participated in the survey were
between the ages of 17 and 80, with
over 50 percent being between the
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reparations for African Americans
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and overdue?" and "Should sub-
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how reparations should be paid,
including restitution to those who
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Bank, which folded during the
Reconstruction Era. Some have
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African-American history into
school curriculum and providing
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Pimpin Ain't Easy: The New

Face of Today's Black Church
asmyn Connick GOP camp under the guise of pro-
e're not just a church, we're an testing marriage, allowing prayer in
natiomnl corporation We're not schools and eliminating abortions
Stumbling bunch ofpreachers for women, creating a moral panic
can't talk and all we're doing is within Black America.
zing babies. I deal w\uh the Needless to say, today's New
SHouse. Ideal with Tony Blair Black Church has become a pimp
I with presidents around this for Bush's agenda for Blacks.
I pastor a mulrnmillion-dollar "But I do think that the vote is up
regation." Bishop Eddie Long, for grabs in a way that it has not
Birth Missionary Church, been traditionally And so, we hm,e
st 2005 often suffered from the Democratic
lay's New Black Church is the Party). who assumed that they had
*ing of the civil rights era but ow- vote, and the Republican Part)y
easily be identified by its some- who assumed that they couldn't get
debatable theology, material- our vote," Bishop T.D. Jakes on
heavy involvement in politics, CNN,February 2005.
d-out arena sized church.te' With an obvious zeal for the
and or more membership and Republican Party. Bishop T.D.
urse, its superstar pastor. Jakes' comments perfectly illustrate
inly put, today's Black church the severity of the crisis in the New
your grandma's church. Black Church.
o longer content with selling Obviously fearful of losing the
goods and holding parking lot support of the New Black Church,
that bring in few dollars, Black Democratic officials and civil
s New Black Church hosts rights leaders continue to be silent
ils that cater to thousands and on this issue and have offered no
ce blockbuster movies that opposition to the new entity.
in millions. Meanwhile. Bush continues to
ing descended from being the refuse to meet with Black civil
ary voice and leader for mil- rights leaders, but has met with the
of Black Christians, the New superstar pastors several times.
Church has reached out and Having conquered the media,
new and bold alliances, most entertainment arena and now the
y the newfound love between White House. superstar pastors are
pastors and President Bush. poising themselves for their greatest
r being cajoled by controver- challenge yet, running for political
conservativee Lou Sheldon, office. With the right support, tim-
s of superstar Black pastors ing and enough money to back a
ed their support for President successful campaign, it's not that far
s Faith-Based Initiative at a fetched of an idea to see a superstar
I summit of Black religious pastor catapult themselves into pub-
s in Los Angeles last lic office, on the GOP ticket.
ary. At that meeting, they Millions of Blacks were duped
Lou Sheldon. a white reli- into voting for a president that used
conservative leader to speak non budget, private morality
eir behalf, even though they issues" to distract an entire commu-
3lack pastors who had assem- nity from the issues that affect the
o talk about messaging to lives of all Blacks like access to
people. healthcare, education, employment.
derstanding the weakness of eradicating HIV/AIDS and protect-
s superstar pastors. that being ing Social and Security.
President Bush's Faith Based Black leaders need to return from
ve has successfully solicited their vacations and address this
i-opted Black pastors. He has issue head on with the New Black
handcdly paved the way for Church lest we see a repeat of the
ooing of Blacks over to the 2004 Presidential election in 2008.

It's Almost Do or Die Time for the Democratic

Party as Mid-term Elections Draw Near

In politics timing is everything.
And timing can be the difference
between which party controls the
House, Senate and Oval Office. Of
course Republicans control every
form of federal government the
House of Representatives, Senate,
White House and even the
Supreme Court. They even control
our state.
But with power comes expecta-
tions, and Republicans may be in
for a bit of a scare during the
upcoming mid-term elections
because of the old "what have you
done for me lately theory."
Because the GOP controls all
branches of government who is
there to blame for a slow economy,
outrageous gas prices or a lack of
strong domestic policies?
I do admire the Republican Party
for having a great political
machine. But the "Spin Doctors"
can only do so much. Karl Rove
being under investigation does not
help and the Speaker of the House
being indicted on charges of elec-
tion fraud is another issue.
These issues are minor compared
to the fact that President Bush's
approval rating continues to hit all
time lows especially with black
folks. A new NBC/Wall Street
Journal Poll found that just 2 per-
cent of African-Americans
approve of his leadership. NBC's
Tim Russert who called the num-
ber "a dramatic setback" looked
into it, and he could not "find a
pollster who can remember any
President ever getting just 2 per-
cent approval from African-
According to the Associated
Press the President's overall
approval rating dipped blow 40
percent for the first in his presiden-
cy in September.
Now back to this issue of timing.
If the Democrats are gong to
strike, they will have to strike
when the iron is hot, and it doesn't

get much hotter than it is right
now. The Democrat Party must
reaffirm its base while moving the
party to the middle on many of the
issues that hurt the party in the
2004 elections.
A t the forefront of those issues
underestimated by Democrats
were the religious and the moral
issues surrounding gay marriage
and abortions. Bush and company
used religion to do what no other
Republican candidate has been
able to do for quite some time now
infiltrate the black church.
No, blacks didn't vote for Bush in
record numbers, but he certainly
received much more support from
African Americans in the 2004
election versus the 2000
Presidential race.
While most black preachers saw
through moral propaganda, some
latched on to it like it was a pair of
alligator loafers. I am going to say
something rather controversial and
I may not get invited to anymore
secret Donkey meetings, but gay
marriage and abortion rights
should not be Democratic issues.
I do not agree with abortion like
most people, but what defines the
abortion issue is not if you believe
in abortions or not. The issue
essentially boils down to the belief
that government should or should
not have the right force a woman
to have an unwanted baby. It is a
very serious issue, but Democrats
have got to move to the middle and
come out against abortion itself,
with a focus on a woman's right to
make that decision.
Republicans have been great at
framing issues, and framing it in
ways that make it hard for
Democrats to defend themselves.
The GOP comes out and says that
the evil liberal Democrats support
killing babies and all that Ds do is
say that it's not true we support a
woman's right to choose.
Great, but that's just being defen-

"Gay marriage and abortion rights

should not be the

Democratic issues."

sive and basically reacting to an
issue that already been "framed"
by Republicans. My other contro-
versial stance is to simply say we
don't support gay marriage. To be
honest I could care less. I don't like
gay marriage and do not think that
gays should be allowed to adopt
children, but if they get married or
not does not affect the lives of
most people.
I know that the Democrat Party
is a true melting pot, but you can
not put onions and celery into
everything. Sometimes you have
to limit your ingredients and I
don't' think defending gay mar-
riage should be on the top 10 list.
This is just my analysis, which
really doesn't amount to much at
the end of the day, but regardless
of if you agree with me or not,
Democrats must re-image their
party in order to survive.
How do you re-image a political
party? The obvious answer lies
with the last Democrat to hold the
Oval Office Bill Clinton. No, I
am not saying Clinton should run
for office again I don't even think
Hillary should.
But if you look at Clinton's strat-
egy when running for President
and during his 8 years in office, he
was the most moderate Democrat
of this modern political era.
Democrats have to follow the
model that Clinton left behind.
It is easy to have an if you can't
beat them, join them attitude, but
that's not what politics is about.
The British Labor Party was faced
with a similar dilemma in the late
80s, early 90s. It was a party of
ultra liberals who had tremendous
passion about very important
issues, but their passion scared a

focus of

lot of moderate to conservative
middle-class families.
Tony Blair and other leaders cre-
ated a New Labor Party that
focused on the center and aggres-
sively targeted middle-class
Britains. And the results, as you
know, have been very successful.
Bill Clinton, Al Gore and others
attempted a similar task with the
creation of the Democratic
Leadership Council several years
ago. This organization was built
around Democratic leaders who
were moderate on most issues and
felt that moving away from the far
left was extremely important for
the party's future.
This election season, the DLC
took a back seat to Michael Moore,
Howard Dean and the liberal wing
of the party, and Kerry and others
like Senator Tom Daschle paid for
it at the polls.
Again, the gay marriage issue is
one that Democrats definitely need
to stay away from. The people
have spoken. Gay marriage bans
were easily approved in all 11
states that held referendums, and
analysts said that issue drove up
turnout. Religion and moral values
are important to most Americans
and Democrats have to show that
the national party understands and
is as moral as the Republican
If Democrats do not rebound,
showing a new face, targeting mid-
dle class families and demonstrat-
ing willingness to compromise
while holding true to its core, we
may have a new political system in
this country one party politics.
Signing off from an empty Duval
Democratic Party Office,
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October 20- 26, 2005

Zimbabwe President Makes Controversial Statements at UN Address s

Mugabe railed
against U.S.
George W.
Bush and
British Prime
Minister Tony
Blair, calling
them "international terrorists" bent
on world domination like Adolf

Mugabe departed from his text at
a ceremony marking the 60th
anniversary of the United Nation's
Food and Agriculture Organization
(FAO) to accuse Bush and Blair of
illegally invading Iraq and look-
ing to unseat governments else-
"Must we allow these men, the
two unholy men of our millennium,
who in the same way as Hitler and
Mussolini formed (an) unholy
alliance, formed an alliance to
attack an innocent country?" he

"The voice of Mr Bush and the
voice of Mr Blair can't decide who
shall rule in Zimbabwe, who shall
rule in Africa, who shall rule in
Asia, who shall rule in Venezuela,
who shall rule in Iran, who shall
rule in Iraq," he said.
Mugabe accuses Britain and the
United States of working to unseat
him over his forcible redistribution
of white-owned commercial farms
among blacks, which has helped
plunge his country into its worst

Activists C. Delores Tucker Dies

and social
.6 Tucker, 78,
Died Oct. 12
"L oe 'of an undis-
Sclosed cause
at the
Woods Health and Rehabilitation
Center in Norristown, Pa., leaving
behind a legacy of firsts and intrep-
id advocacy.
The Pennsylvania native spent her
lifetime in dogged pursuit of civil
rights, often lending an elegant
presence to many protests. But her
well-turned heels, impeccable suits
and matching turbans belied
Tucker's ability to deliver scorching
speeches in booming tones reminis-
cent of her father, the Rev.
Whitfield Nottage of the old
Ebenezer Community Tabernacle in
North Philadelphia.
Tucker first lent her voice to the
Civil Rights Movement at age 16

when she protested outside the old
Bellevue Stratford Hotel because of
their failure to admit Black athletes.
By 1965, she was marching arm-in-
arm with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
during a civil rights protest in
Selma, Ala.
"The cause of civil rights was a
lifelong crusade for C. DeLores
Tucker," said Philadelphia Mayor
John P. Street in a
article. "Whether it was marching
arm-in-arm with Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. or advising presidents on
race relations, she never gave up
the struggle for justice. Her life was
dedicated to equality for all."
Tucker was also heavily involved
in politics. She honed her political
skills at Philadelphia Girls High
School, where she organized the
school for elections. She graduated
in 1946 and later obtained degrees
at Temple University, Penn State
and the University of
Pennsylvania's Wharton School.
Though she failed in bids for state
lieutenant governor in 1978 and for
the U.S. Senate in 1980, Tucker

directed the campaigns of presiden-
tial candidates and other political
aspirants. In 1971, Pennsylvania
Gov. Milton J. Shapp appointed
Tucker as the secretary of the com-
monwealth, making her the first
Black and first woman to assume
the role.
Among many other distinctions,
Tucker was:
The first female vice president
of the state NAACP.
First Black woman to be vice
chair of the state Democratic Party.
Convening founder and chair-
woman of the National Congress of
Black Women.
Chairwoman of the Democratic
National Committee's Black
First African-American to serve
as president of the National
Federation of Democratic Women.
Founder of the Bethune-DuBois
Institute in Washington, D.C.,
which promotes the cultural devel-
opment of Black youth through
scholarships and educational pro-

economic crisis since independence
from Britain in 1980.
"Is this the world we desire? The
world of giants and international
terrorists who use their state muscle
in order to intimidate us? We
become the midgets," he said.
Some of the delegates applauded
his fiery anti-Western speech.
But U.S. Ambassador Tony Hall,
who protested his presence at the
celebrations, later told said it was
"very unfortunate" that the
Zimbabwean leader had politicized
an event that was supposed to draw
attention to world hunger.
Aid groups have estimated 5 mil-
lion of Zimbabwe's 12 million peo-
ple may need food aid this year.
Critics say Mugabe's policies have
considerably exacerbated the
hunger, although he denies this.
In his speech, Mugabe defended
the land redistribution saying it was
needed to redress the "gross imbal-
ances" of British colonialism.
Relations between the United
States and Zimbabwe have soured
in recent years, with Washington
accusing Mugabe's government of
human rights abuses and of election

UNF Presenting An Evening

with Desmond Tutu

The University of North Florida
will confer an honorary Doctorate
of Humane Letters degree to
Desmond Tutu, Archbishop
Emeritus of Cape Town, at 7 p.m.
on Saturday, Nov. 12, in the Fine
Arts Center, Lazzara Performance
Hall. Prior to the conferment, there
will be a conversational question
and answer session between the
Nobel Peace Prize winner and UNF
President John A. Delaney. This
event is free and open to the public.

Condoleeza Reveals No Presidential Desires

U.S. Secretary of State
Condoleeza Rice indicated on a
weekend television show she has no
interest in running for president or
any office.
In response to questions from host
Tim Russert on NBC News' "Meet
the Press," Rice said she is "flat-
tered" by groups pressing her to
run, but, "I don't know how many
ways to say no ... I don't know how
many ways to tell people that this -
- I have no interest in being a can-
didate for anything."
Russert pointed out that
Republican supporters are already
running advertisements for her can-

didacy in New Hampshire and
Iowa. "Should they stop running
that ad?"
Though Rice refused to say
whether the ad should be stopped,
she again said she is not running.
"I appreciate and I'm flattered that
people think of me in those terms,"
Rice said, "but it's not what I want
to do with my life. it's not what I'm
going to do with my life."

Black Power Anyone?
National President of the New Black Panther Party Malik Shabazz
raises his fist as he walks with his members at the Millions More
Movement march on the National Mall, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005 in
Washington '

Tickets are limited.
An interaction between Tutu and
UNF students will also be held
from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the
Fine Arts Center, Recital Hall.
Group media interviews will be
held following the student session.
The black South African Anglican
cleric, who has become world
famous for his leadership role in
opposing apartheid, first came to
UNF in 1999 as part of the
Presidential Lecture Series. He
returned during the spring semester
of 2003, teaching three non-credit
mini courses on the struggle against
In 1978, Tutu accepted an
appointment as the first black gen-
eral secretary of the South African
Council of Churches and became a
leading spokesman for the rights of
black South Africans, emphasizing
nonviolent means of protest and
encouraging the application of eco-
nomic pressure by countries deal-
ing with South Africa.
He was installed as
Johannesburg's first black Anglican
bishop in the early '80s and was
later elected the first black arch-
bishop of Cape Town, becoming
the primate of South Africa's 1.6
million-member Anglican Church.
He retired from the primacy in
Tickets for this free event can be
ordered online at
Click on the yellow Fall 2005.
Lectures link.

Outcry Prompts Bennett to Delay Talk

Education Secretary William
Bennett has postponed an appear-
ance at the University of Cincinnati
because of what he called a "willful
distortion" of his remarks about
aborting black babies.
Bennett said controversy stem-
ming from his "Morning in
America" radio show last week
would detract from serious discus-
sions of issues. College Democrats
at the university had said they
would protest Tuesday's scheduled

"The current controversy that has
arisen around comments I made on
my radio show, based on a willful
distortion of what I said, will take
away from the serious discussion I
wanted to engage in with the stu-
dents and community at the
University of Cincinnati," Bennett
said in a statement released Sunday
by the UC College Republicans.
While answering a caller's ques-
tion, the author of "The Book of
Virtues" took issue with the hypoth-

esis put forth in a recent book that
one reason crime is down is that
abortion was legalized, reducing
the number of unwanted babies
born in recent decades.
Said Bennett: "But I do know that
it's true that if you wanted to reduce
crime, you could, if that were your
sole purpose, you could abort every
black baby in this country, and your
crime rate would go down." He
went on to call that "an impossible,
ridiculous and morally reprehensi-
ble thing to do, but your crime rate

would go down. So these far-out,
these far-reaching, extensive
extrapolations are, I think, tricky."
He said later his point was that
abortion should not be opposed for
economic reasons because
"immoral policies are wrong
because they are wrong, not
because of an economic calcula-
Kevin Welch, chairman of UC
College Republicans, said Bennett's
appearance would be rescheduled
for sometime in November.

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Tony Brown and Troy Beyer Attend Jax Premiere

December 7-14, 1988 PICTURED at the Jacksonville premiere of the
film The White Girl are (left to right) Jacksonville Branch NAACP
President Willye F. Dennis, and nationally acclaimed columnist,
commentator and producer of the film, Tony Brown; as he grets students

Florida's Alpha of the Year

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Dr. Orrin D. Mitchell
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Chapters throughout the State of Florida
selected Dr. Orrin D. Mitchell, of Jacksonville, as Alpha Phi Alpha
Alumni Brother of the Year, for the State of Florida. The well known
orthodontist competed with Chapter winners throughout Florida.
Competitors were judged on their contributions to the Fraternity,
community and c iurch; as well as civic, political involvement; and
their achievement and awards. JFP-November 9-16, 1988
Overwhelming Football Star

Victory for

Sen. Girardeau

Sen. Arnett Girardeau
Florida State Senator Arnett
Girardeau (D-Jacksonville) defeat-
ed Republic Warren Folks for his
District 7 overwhelming victory,
claiming 78% of the votes.
Sen. Girardeau, 59, a dentist,
based his campaign on environm-
enttal and public housing issues.
Serving in the legislature for 12
years two terms of it in the house,
Senator Girardeau advocates
legislation to force the state to
divest from South Africa (because
of Apartheid). (Nov. 9-16, 1988)

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"Boobie" Clark

Dies Suddenly
The last week of October 1988
suddenly became the last week of
Charles "Boobie" Clark's life. The
popular former football (Bengals
and Oilers), and entrepreneur only
complained of leg cramps, but he
was admitted to the hospital, and it
is believed that a leg blood clot
traveled to his lung, killing him.
Clark was a product of New
Stanton High School and Bethune
Cookman College. His professional
football career spanned eight years
for the 12th round draft choice of
the Cincinnati Bengals. He was
named "Rookie of the Year."
At the time of his death he was
the third-leading in rushing in the
team's history (2,978 yards).
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"My Prospective"

By Dr. Maude Lofton
Weekly Columnist
I keep trying to write something
witty and lighthearted. But, before I
can collect my thoughts, I see, or
read about another teenager com-
mitting a violent act. It is usually an
extremely violent act at that. No
more do you hear about the childish
pranks that brought a chuckle,
despite raising someone's dander.
Now, I find my shoulders
slumping, my smile a bit slow to
gather. I simply don't understand
that kind of behavior. To be honest,
it frightens me to death. In spite of
the programs in place; in spite of
the negative publicity associated
with these senseless acts; they
continue to happen.
It is as though there is a
continuous supply of undeveloped
manhood flushing itself away. I
cannot accept that this is the way
that it has to be.
Of all the black fraternal and
male organizations in this city, I

don't know of any with an ongoing
program targeting young men. If
any exist, it's the best kept secret in
this town. I would love to be wrong
about this. If any of you know of
any ongoing male sponsored
programs, please let me know.
Drop me a line in care of the Free
That is the kind of news the
editor of this newspaper wants to
print. That is the kind of news, I
need to read about. I want to be
able to smile again, I want to regain
the spirit that's ebbing away every
Lofton: I believe that the local 100
Black Men's chapter has attempted
to do just what you envision,
however, we used to hear lots of
what that organization was doing
including a Boys Choir, but in
recent years we have heard little.

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Reflections on Black Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Urban League

Celebrates 50 Years of Service
By Camilla Perkins Thompson
October 1997

The Jacksonville Urban League has fifty (50) years (1947-1997) of
dedicated commitment to providing and coordinating needed Human
Services to disadvantaged citizens; and the Jacksonville Urban League
is looking toward an even brighter future. Early in it's organizational
structure and establishment, the agency accepted the challenge and set
realistic goals which they achieved in spite of being unfairly dropped as
a member agency from the Community Chest fund-raising campaign
between 1957 and 1966. The JUL continued to prove funds from the
member agencies which it coordinated, were providing various human
services which were desperately needed. During this dark period, the
one ray of brightness and hope was the bonding of whites and blacks
with the common goal of helping the JUL keep its commitment as the
major coordinating agency for the disadvantaged.
Toward the end of this period during 1964-66, then JUL Executive
Director Lewis Cantor, along with the League's board members and
National Urban League's Executive Director Whitney Young, as guest
speaker, the JUL Membership and the Jacksonville community
celebrated this major victory. Mr. Cantor left the JUL and became a
dynamic activist, and Clanzel T. Brown became acting director and
was designated Executive Director by 1968.
During this period of unrest, the National Urban League (NUL)
began a new, more intensified thrust to be implemented at all levels.
Mr. Brown began to immediately implement this new thrust which
developed through training in entrepreneurialship, skills for training
apprentices And more youth involvement through meaningful activities,
better education, better housing and health care. Veteran Affairs
programs, and vocational guidance. Although many of these programs
had been targets in the beginning, the new thrust aimed to make them
much more relevant.
Although, the JUL had at various times had one central office,
located first at 704 Broad Street, then 610 Duval Street, followed by
625 W. Union Street, 101 E. Union Street (Afro American Ins. Bldg.),
829 Pearl Street, and presently, 233 W. Duval Street, Mr. Brown felt
that many of the disadvantaged lived in the inner city, but many lived
in substandard housing in outlying areas. He proposed outreach centers
the first of which was located in a house in the Moncreif/Dinsmore
area, which was donated by the State Bank of Jacksonville. Others later
followed this example of making service delivery more accessible and
relevant for disadvantaged citizens in all areas of Jacksonville.
Some of the noteworthy special projects implemented by Mr. Brown
and his "staff with the concurrence of the board of directors included:
Project Leap A work skills apprenticeship in the building and
construction trades. Project Green Power Summer work project for
young adults (16 years and older) during 12 weeks of summer vacation.
Project JUL Summer youth project helping teens 12 to 15 years old,
earn small funds by employing sales skills.
Other projects included a police prep program to help more blacks
qualify as police officers. Also, there was an increased emphasis on
services to senior citizens and children
Mr. Brown passed in 1982, Mr. Ronnie A. Ferguson became
president (the position formerly entitled executive director), and he
continued to implement the program targets of the JUL. One special
area was emphasis on Crime Prevention with projects such as "I Care".
The I Care project brought youth from housing projects for
seminars and activities at the Urban League and other places of interest.
During Mr. Ferguson's tenure, special emphasis was placed on
surveys and reports to the community, these included:
The Status of Women in the Jacksonville Labor Force, October
The Status of Blacks in Jacksonville, 1983, March 1985.
Neighborhood Opinions on Redevelopment, December 1983.
The Status of Blacks in Jacksonville, 1985, March 1985.
Perceptions About the Political Leadership for the Black
Community, September 1985.
The Status of Blacks in Jacksonville, 1986, February 1986.
Blodgett Homes Report, February 1987, February 1987.
The Status of Blacks in Jacksonville, 1987, March 1987.
The Status of Blacks in Jacksonville, 1988, February 1988.
The Housing Crisis, February 1988.
Education: Priority Number One, February 1989.
The Status of Blacks in Jacksonville, 1990, March 1990.
The Status of Blacks in Jacksonville, 1991, March 1991.
The present president of the Jacksonville Urban League, Dr. Richard
Danford Jr., took over the helm in 1991. He was familiar with the
programs of the league because he had served on the board of directors,
and in that position he also served as chairman of several of the early
status studies.
Under his leadership, the league has increased its emphasis on
education, youth services and activities, and better race relations.
The JUL sponsored a College Expo in cooperation with the
National Scholarship Service in 1996. Many colleges and universities
throughout the United States participated.
The McKnight Achievers program was implemented. The program
recognizes high academic achievement and encourages students to
continue their pursuit of a higher education. Intensive study of Black .
History is sponsored and students enter competition with local and state
teams in annual Black History Brain Brawls.
The JUL helped J. M. Family (the Moran family) Enterprise
(Toyota Distributors) coordinate the local African American
Achievers Awards.
Another major emphasis is Bridging the Racial Gap in Housing,
the Criminal Justice System, Education, and Employment.
Dr. Danford has continued to implement the earlier programs and
goals of the Jacksonville Urban League. Under his leadership, there
appears to be a renewed community interest in supporting the programs
and targets of the JUL, and its auxiliary.
With Dr. Danford at the helm, the JUL will have a smooth and
successful transition into the 21s' century. This appears to be the case
with the recent ground-breaking for the new JUL Community
Development Center, corner Union & Davis Streets, in the LaVilla
Redevelopment area of Downtown Jacksonville.
The Jacksonville Urban League is in good hands with its president
and dedicated staff, the board of directors, the auxiliary and volunteers.
The next fifty (50) years should be even better.

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By the Book:

Mama's i


Cakes K1

The temperature dropped the other day but by
mid-afteroon my kitchen was warm with the
aroma of a couple desserts baked from a gem of
a cookbook: "Mama's Tea Cakes: 101 Delicious
Soul Food Desserts."
The cookbook is by Wilbert Jones of Chicago,
whose cooking style reflects the recipes passed
on to him by his grandmother down home in
Mississippi. It boasts all the old Southern
favorites: tea cakes, banana pudding, molasses
cookies, sweet potato cake, homemade ice
cream, and many others.
"My mother was a child of the 1950s and her
dinners were always fresh and tasty and her
desserts were memorable," Wilbert said the
other. "But it was my grandmother, Ruth Randle,
who was the magician in the kitchen. She
worked as cook for 41 years for an immigrant

in the Kitchen

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Italian family who settled in Clarksdale before
the Depression in 1928."
But Wilbert turned to food in a roundabout
way. During a visit to Paris in 1989, a group of
friends talked him into going to watch a French
chef do a food demo, and his life was changed.
"I stood there watching the chef and realized
that he was cooking exactly the same way my
grandmother cooked," Wilbert said the other day.
"I spent spend summers with her when I was
growing up. The chef was cooking with his
hands, body, voice, expressions; everything
working at once. I was transformed and decided
to change career."
At the time Wilbert was working in Chicago
for Kraft's Food in bio-technology, with a col-
lege degree in chemistry. But he soon went back
to Paris and studied for three months at a famed

shelf and bake for 1 hour and 15
minutes, or until a toothpick or thin
knife inserted into the center comes
out clean.
Remove the baked cake from the
oven and cool on a wire rack for 12
to 15 minutes. Run a thin spatula or
knife around the edges of the cake,
inverted onto another rack and
remove from the pan. Finish cool-
ing the cake topside up. Serve at
room temperature.
Makes 10 or more servings.

Fresh Apple Cobbler
Apples are in peak season, boast-
ing many varieties. The best cook-
ing apples for pies and cobblers are
Golden Delicious, Jonagold,
Granny Smith, Ida Red, Jonathan,
Winesap and Pippin, all tart and
firm. You can mix two or three
varieties if desired. And fresh
peachess, kblackber ies, :if\ AvYil-.
able, can replace the apples. A
scoop of vanilla ice cream is a tra-
ditional cobbler topping.

6 or 7 cooking apples (to make 4
1/2 cups sliced)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, soft-

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
2 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
1 large egg, at room temperature,
lightly beaten
1 tablespoon granulated sugar,
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Lightly butter an 8-inch round bak-
ing dish (about 1 1/2-quart size) and
set aside.
Rinse and drain the apples, then
peel and core and cut into 1/8-inch
slices. Place the apple slices in a
large glass bowl. Toss with the
lemon juice. Set aside.
In a large heavy saucepan, com-
bine the cornstarch, brown sugar
and water and mix well. Bring to a
gentle boil. Add the sliced apples,
reduce the heat, and cook the apples
over medium heat for about 10 min-
utes, or until the mixture thicken,
stirring occasionally.
Remove the apples from the heat
and stir in the butter, mixing well
but gently. Pour the apple mixture
into the buttered pan and set
Make the cob-
bler toppin
Sift the
sugar, bak-
ing powder
and salt into a
medium size
bowl. Stir tie bhi.r-
ter and egv into the
mixture and hea.t the
batter with \' hisk uinil
smooth. Don't i. er beat
Drop the charter bh, table-
spoons over the apple inmf.-

ture. Mix the remaining tablespoon
of sugar and the cinnamon and
sprinkle over the top of the batter.
Set the cobbler on the lower oven
rack and bake for about 40 minutes
or until the crust is brown and the
apples are tender.
Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Sweet Potato Cake,
2 sticks (16 tablespoons) unsalted
butter, softened
2 1/2 cups sugar

5 large eggs, at room temperature
2 cups cooked sweet potatoes,
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup heavy cream
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Generously butter a 10-inch tube
pan and set aside.
Using an electric mixer, place the
butter and sugar in a large mixing
bowl and cream until soft and
fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time,
beating after each addition.
Add the mashed sweet potatoes
and beat on high speed until
smooth. Set aside.
Sift together on a sheet of waxed
paper or into a bowl, the flour, bak-
illn pov.der. cinnamon, nutmeg
and salt.
Add ihe flour mixture and
heati\, cieamn alternately to
the s,\eet potato mixture,
mil.irg lightly after each
addition. Then, beat the
batter on medium
speed for about 30
seconds. Don't
overbeat the bat-
Pour the
batter into the but-
tered pjn, and shake the
p.n genrtl, to settle the batter.
bet tie filled paji on the lower oven


cooking school.
He returned to Kraft's food to a new position
in product development. In 1993 he struck out
on his own, food now his 24-7 passion. Today
Wilbert is the author of three other cookbooks,
runs his own business as a food and beverage
product developer, and works as a freelance
writer for BET and food trade publications.
"My new career in food has allowed me to
connect, cook and bond with people around the
world, globally, who love food as much as I do.
I would have never had this rewarding experi-
ence if I had stayed in a corporate office."
The following recipe for apple cobbler and
sweet potato cake are adapted from "Mama's Tea
Cakes." The recipe for the poached pears is
adapted from my dessert cookbook, "Brown

and pour the syrup through a fine
strainer into a serving bowl. Cool
the sauce at room temperature.
The sauce should thicken to a
honey-like consistency.
At serving, spoon the syrup over
the chilled pears. Makes 6 servings.
Soul Note: My cookbooks, "Soul
Food: Recipes and Reflections from
African-American Churches," and
"Brown Sugar: Soul Food Desserts
from Family and Friends," as well
as Wilbert Jones' "Mama's Tea
Cakes," are available at local book-
stores and on

Pears with

1 orange
1 cup granulated sugar
3 cups water
4 or 5 whole cloves or allspice
6 whole green cardamom pods or 1
teaspoon cardamon seeds
6 firm but ripe large pears with
stems, preferably Anjou, Comice or
Bosc variety
Using a vegetable peeler, cut the

The Perfect Match

How to select just the right

coffee during and after the meal

Most holiday dinners are made
and presented with a lot of care and
attention to the taste of the food.
But paying attention to what's in the
cup can also affect what's on the
plate. When entertaining this year,
make holiday dinners more memo-
rable by pairing the right coffee
with your meal.
The level of roast light, medium,
medium-dark or dark dictates the
intensity of each coffee and helps
determine what foods it will pair
with best. The general rule is, the
richer the food, the darker the cof-
fee needed to balance the flavor.
While most people think of coffee
as an after-dinner drink, it can be
served throughout the meal. When
serving coffee with dinner, a non-
flavored roast is best. Most holiday
meals are very rich, so a medium or
medium-dark roast is best to bal-
ance the richness of the food.
If serving a coffee over the course
of a meal, be sure to keep the coffee
fresh. Millstone Coffee's master
roaster Rich Bertagna recommends
keeping coffee fresh and hot during
and after a meal by using air pots.
"Coffee can get scorched by sitting
on a hot burner, and can also lose
freshness if exposed to air for more
than 20 minutes," says Bertagna.
"An air pot keeps coffee hot with-
out burning it and fresh for sever-

al hours.
After dinner, consider offering a
selection of coffees to match the
range of desserts that are offered.
When pairing desserts and coffee,
consider the richness of the dessert.
Light roasts, because of their deli-
cate flavors, go marvelously with
light desserts, but are overwhelmed
by rich desserts. Conversely, rich
sweets are best answered by dark
coffees that can stand up to the fla-
vor. Many holiday desserts, such as
pecan pie, pumpkin pie or rich
chocolate cakes, should be served
with a darker coffee, like a deli-
ciously smoky French roast.
You can also indulge in holiday
flavors by selecting a flavored cof-
fee instead of dessert. Many premi-
um coffees, like Millstone Coffee,
have special roasts like Pumpkin
Spice, Holiday Peppermint and
Jingle Java just for this time of
year. Favorites such as French
Vanilla or Hazelnut also are great
after-dinner coffee flavors.
Coffee tip: To maximize its fresh-
ness, open coffee as close to the
meal as possible and keep it in an
airtight container. (Don't keep cof-
fee in the fridge or freezer, where
there can be condensation or food
odors.) Find more information on
coffee and dessert pairings and
other coffee tips at


SW homaket

peel from the orange in strips,
avoiding the white pith, which is
bitter. Then cut the peel into match
stick 1-inch strips.
In a large stainless steel saucepan
combine the orange peel strips,
sugar, water, cloves or allspice
berries and cardamon. Bring to a
boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
Reduce the heat, cover the pot
and simmer the liquid for 10 to 12
Meanwhile, rinse the pears and
cut away any blemishes. Leaving
the stems intact, start at the top and
peel the pears about three-fourth
down. Cut a thin slice off the bot-
tom of each pear so that they stand
upright without tilting over.
Set the pears upright in the pot
of spiced water. Using a large
spoon, ladled over the poaching liq-
uid. Cover the pot.
Poach the pears for 15 to 20 min-
utes, or until tender throughout
when pierced with a skewer, occa-
sionally, ladling over the poaching
syrup. Remove the pears from the
pan with a slotted spoon and set
upright on a serving dish. Chill the
Place the pan on medium-high
heat and cook the poaching liquid
until it is reduced about one-half in
volume, and is thick and syrupy.
You should have about 1 1/2 cups
of cooking liquid; if you have more,
boil it a little longer.
Remove the pan from the heat

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October 20 26, 2005

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Greater Grant Memorial AME to
Celebrate United Effort Day Oct. 22nd

The members of Greater Grant
memorial AME Church. 5533
Gilchrist Road., Reverend Tony
Hansberry, Pastor; cordially invite
you and your family to come out
and enjoy a host of activities on
United Effort Day, on Saturday,
October 22, 2005.
This carnival day of fun, food
and fellowship for the entire family
will feature face painting, games,
and a Playstation competition for
Come back on Sunday, October

23rd and lift the Spirit of Christ at
Worship Services at 7:45 a.m. or at
11 a.m. The dynamic Reverend
Tony /DeMarco Hansberry will be
the speaker at the 7:45 a.m. service.
Bishop McKinley Young, Pre-
siding Bishop of the district; will be
the speaker at the 11 a.m. service.
"Behold, how good and pleasant
it is when brothers and sisters dwell
in unity" (Psalm 133:1).
Please come and receive your
blessing from the Lord.

Visit the Nation's Oldest City and

Enjoy BBQ at St. Benedict the Moor

Its not "what are you doing on
New Year's Eve," its what are you
doing Sunday afternoon, Nov. 6th?
St. Benedict the Moor Catholic
Church and School, 86 Martin
Luther King Dr., St. Augustine, FL,
the nation's oldest city; will host a
Benefit BBQ from 12:30 to 4 p.m.
on Sunday, November 6, 2005.
The Benefit BBQ will benefit
the restoration project of St.
Benedict's historic school, and you
have the opportunity to help, and
enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner of
ribs, chicken, baked beans, 'slaw
and yummy deserts. You can eat
under the tent, or take-out.
Saint Katherine Drexel built the
building in 1898 in order to teach
Black children. Dr. Martin Luther
King visited the site during his visit
and March in the 1960s. The State
has awarded a grant of $45,00 for
the restoration project, and it is
necessary that we provide matching
funds to restore this historically
rich property.
Advanced purchase-tickets will
be available at St. Benedict's Oct.
23rd, 30th & Nov. 6"' before and
after 8 a.m. Mass; and at the
Cathedral before/after all Masses

on October 30th.
If you would like to donate
food, beverages or your time,
please call (904) 794-5609.

Military Affairs
Ministry of Bethel to
Host Veteran's Day
Banquet, Nov. 10th
The Military Affairs Ministry of
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church,
215 Bethel Baptist Street, where
Rev. Rudolph W. McKissick Sr.
and Dr. Rudolph W. McKissick Jr.,
are Pastors; will pay homage to
those who have availed themselves
to the service of God and country
on Thursday evening, November
10' 2005 at the Bethelite Christian
Conference Center, 5865 Arlington
Expressway (formerly the Ramada
Inn Hotel).
Decorated War Veteran Chap-
lain, Captain Henry Nixon, Navy
Recruiting Command Program
Manager; wil- be the speaker.
Tables of 8, and individual ti'c-
kets are available. For reservations
or ticket information, please call
(904 354-1464.

Centennial with
African Methodist Episcopal
Church, 125 South 9th Street,
Jacksonville Beach.Dr. William J.
Simmons, Pastor; will celebrate
"100 Years of Kingdom Building"
Monday Wednesday, October 24-
26, 2005, at 7 p.m., nightly.
Former Pastors of St. Andrew
AME will be honored at these
services, they are: Rev. John W.
Jones Jr., Monday; Rev. Eugene
Mobley Sr., Tuesday; and Rev.
Amos V. Rose, Wednesday night.
The Gala Centennial Banquet
will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday,
October 28th at the Jacksonville
Beaches Women's Club, 1315
Second Ave. North.
The public is invited to join this
very significant celebration. For
banquet tickets and reservations,
please contact Sis. Peggy Rice
Johnson (904)744-9192.
St. Andres AME Church
"The Hill" tucked in the
sabal palmetto thickets of Pablo
Beach, was where African Ameri-
cans lived at the time that the St.
Andrew AME Church was found-
ed. Mother Rhoda Martin saw the
need for an AME Church in the
small community.
Wise in years, though small in
stature, Mother martin established
the church in her kitchen, along
with family members and concern-
ed Christians, on November 17,
1905. A wooden structure was
constructed at the corer of Shetter
and 7th Streets. She remained active
in the church until the age of 116.
The church was remodeled in
1929,. the- Bishops was the Right
Reverend John Hurst, Rev. S. C.
Baker was the Presiding Elder and
Rev. W. B. Coffey was Pastor; the
original stewards were: F. L.

Gala Banquet
Williams, D. Moore, J. Terrell, W.
Caine, and H. Jackson Jr.
Seeing the need for expansion,
the church building was moved to
its present location on September
12, 1949. An educational building
was constructed in 1960. Ground
was broken for a new church
December 16, 1979, Rev. Eugene
Mobley provided the leadership
and workmanship to inspire the
members and people in the com-
munity to aid in the construction.
Presiding Prelate of the 11th
Episcopal District, Bishop S. S.
Morris, dedicated the new church
on February 15, 1981.
Rev. Eugene Mobley retired in
1982, at the 107th session of the
East Florida Annual Conference at
Mount Olive AME Church. His
ardent work was heralded and he
was acclaimed as a great "church
The "mortgage burning" of the
new church was held on November
23, 1985, Bishop Philip R. Cousin,
Presiding Prelate, and at the time,
President of the National Council
of Churches, presided.
The Reverend William J.
Simmons has served as Pastor since
December 2002.
Previous Pastors who have
served at St. Andrew are: Rev.
Coffey, Rev. J. W. Burroughs, Rev.
B. F. Ross, Rev. J. A. Waler, Rev.
Ivey, Rev. J. W. Jones, Rev. E. H.
Hartley, Rev. G. W. Smith, Rev. E.
P. Epps, Rev. Z. L. Tyrus, Rev.
William Robinson, Rev. Charles
Robinson, Rev. W. D. Young, Rev.
George Young, Rev. W. A.
Saunders, Rev. Eugene Mobley,
Rev. Leroy Sneed Jr., Rev. Amos
R. Rose, Rev. Eugene Williams,
Rev. Fharis Gibson, and Rev.
Granville Reed III.

St. Andrew AME to Celebrate

Northslde Church of

51" Anniversary &
The growth of the Northside
Church of Christ, 4736 Avenue B,
can be likened to a tree planted in
rich fertile soil with good
nourishment and water. This type o
preparation and groundwork can
only bring forth new roots, and
produce good fruit. "A New
Beginning" speaks to keeping
salvation real; by sticking to basic
spiritual roots, staying grounded,
and being nourished in the WORD,
thereby producing new seeds and
spreading the gospel.
The celebration opens with a
FREE FISH FRY from 12 noon to
5 p.m., on Saturday, November 5th
on the church grounds. Numerous
activities include a mega slide, fun
house, jumping games and honey
An exciting WEEK LONG
REVIVAL, November 6-10th will
begin nightly at 7 p.m. Two young
powerful and energized gospel
speakers: Samuell Pounds, Rock-
ford, Ill., and Orpheus Heyward, of
Atlanta, Ga., will deliver the Word.
These ministers are guaranteed to
strengthen the mature biblical
scholar, and cultivate new seeds for
the Gospel.
An invigorating SONGEST will
be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday,
November 12th at the Prime Osborn
Convention Center.
Homecoming Day, Sunday,
November 13th begins with the
Annual Breakfast Program, 7 a.m.;
Two Worship Services will be held
at 8:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. The
Homecoming Dinner at 12:45 p.m.
The Homecoming Program will
commence at 2:45 p.m. and the day
of celebration concludes with
Group Singing at 4:30 p.m.
Churches, their congregations
and the public are invited.

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

St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church

pI;iw. -

"_'. : ;. llg":' .: !/:":, .

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

Weekly Services

Sunday Morning Worship 7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church School 9:30 a.m.
1st Sunday Holy Communion 4:50 p.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.
Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Dinner and Bible Study at 6:30p.m.

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor

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"


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
I nc.dayl 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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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

Evangel Temple has a variety of Ministries to Enhance your Well Being
Included in our variety of ministries serving the family are:
Children's Ministry The Children's Ministry of Evangel Temple Assembly of God is commit-
ted to reaching the children of this generation and those generations to come. Our Children's Church Ser-
vice includes puppet shows, incredible praise and worship, exciting Bible stories and Bible teachings that
apply directly to children of today.
Student Ministries --The ever-exciting Junior High program is made up of 6 th 9 th graders who have
their own activities through out the year. The Junior High Word study groups meet every Sunday at 9:45-
10:35 with a total of three different classes, which include 6th grade, 7th grade and 8th 9th combined.
Hearts on Fire The ministry takes the love and acceptance of Jesus to the community, leads them to
our youth church and helps them grow closer to the Savior, Jesus.

5755 Ramona Blvd.

Jacksonville, FL 32205

Pastor Cecil and Pauline Wiggins Email:

Christ to Celebrate

28n Homecoming
workshops on Financial Planning
and Investments.
For more information, please
call Merle Wright or Sherlene
Perry at the Clara White Mission
(904) 354-4162, or visit website:

First AME of Palm

Coast Celebrates

Choirs Oct. 23rd
First African Methodist AME
Church, 91 Old Kings Road North,
Palm Coast, The Reverend Gilliard
S. Glover, Pastor; will celebrate
Inspirational Choir Day Five, at 4
p.m. on Sunday, October 23, 2005.
Participating choirs include the
choirs of Mt. Calvary Baptist of
PalmCoast; Ebony Sound of Palm
Coast UMD, The Given Ensemble
of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist,
Jacksonville;; Sons of God of
Jacksonville; Richard Douglas and
Ensemble of Orlando; and the New
Destiny Ensemble of First AME
and First AME's other choirs.
The public is invited to enjoy
these inspirational singing groups
and light refreshments.

Enjoy Community Fun
Day In Fenmandlna
New Zion Missionary Baptist
Church, Fernandina Beach; inviting
all to enjoy a Community Family
Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on
Saturday, November 12th, Central
Park on Atlantic Ave., Fernandina
Beach, between 11th and 13th St.
Activities will include Fun
House Castles, Kids Train Rides,
Face Painting, Super Sliders, Horse
Shoes, Volleyball, Checkers, and
much more. Free Food for all!

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First New Zion A
Celebrates Pastor
First New Zion Missionary
Baptist Church, 4835 Soutel Drive;
will present an appreciation gala to
honor Rev. Dr. James B. Sampson
for 20 years of anointed and
dedicated pastoral leadership in the
First New Zion pulpit. The
celebration will begin at 6 p.m. on
Saturday, October 29, 2005, at the
Prime F. Osborn Convention
At a rather young age, Rev. Dr.
Sampson is Spiritual Father to
many sons who have accepted the
role of minister, including his very
own biological son, Rev. James J.
Samson. He has incorporated
Clergy persons who have caught
his vision, try to live by his
principles and follow his percepts
by their involvement in the life of
the people of God.
Pastor Sampson is also a
visionary and builder. His religious
philosophy has been displayed in
the action and work o First New
Zion. Nearly 10 years ago, he led
the First New Zion Family from
Davis Street to its present location
at 4835 Soutel Drive. This ministry
has seen unprecedented strides in
spirituality, community service,
and many other areas. He was very
instrumental in obtaining the HOPE
Plaza and adjacent properties,
which provide opportunities for
many businesses, organizations and
empowerment opportunities for
people in the community.
Pastor Sampson continues to
James Weldon

Johiison Branch

ASAALH to Honor
Earth M. M. White &
Salle B. Mathis
The James Weldon Johnson
Branch of the Association for the
Study of African American Life
and History (ASALH), the Ritz
Theatre & LaVilla Museum, Clara
White Mission, and the Durkeeville
Historical Society; invite the public
to a special program honoring the
lives and contributions of Eartha
M. M. White and Sallye B. Mathis,
10 a.m. to 1 p.m., October 22nd
A panel discussion and tour will
begin at the Ritz Theatre at 10 a.m.,
followed by a Tour of the Earth
White exhibit at the Clara White
Mission. This event is free and
open to the public.
A Candlelight
Service of
You are invited to celebrate the
memory of those you have lost this
past year, at a Candlelight Service
of Remembrance from 3:30 p.m. to
5 p.m. on Thursday, November 3rd
at the Household of Faith
Ministries, in The Shekinah Room,
1410 West Edgewood Ave. '

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Missionary Baptist
's 20th Anniversary
2 .

Rev. Dr. James B. Sampson
serve as President of the Baptist
Ministers Alliance of Duval and
adjacent counties and he serves on
many boards and other positions of
leadership in the community, state
and nation.
You are cordially invited to this
special evening of elegance and
celebration as The First New Zion
Church Family honors a Mighty
Man of God- Making a Difference.
For reservations and ticket
information, please call the church
office at (904) 765-3111.
Central CME to
Celebrate Harvest

Day, October 23rd
Central Metropolitan CME
Church, 4611 Pearl Street, John W.
Walker Jr., Pastor; will celebrate
"Harvest Day" at 10:45 a.m. on
Sunday, October 23, 2005.
The new Presiding Elder of the
Jacksonville/Orlando District of the
Christian Methodist Episcopal
Church (CME), Reverend Donnell
R. Jones; will be the speaker.
Rev. Jones is the former Pastor
of the Southside CME Church in
Birmingham, Alabama. A native of
Richmond, Calif., he is married to
Reverend Christine Jones. They
are the parents of three children.
The public is invited.
Mandarin Christian
Women's Club
Monthly Meeting
*The Christian Women's Club of
Mandarin will meet 12noon to 1.
on Tuesday, November Ist, at the
Ramada Inn, 3130 Hartley Road
The speaker will be Nancy
Anderson of Apopka, Fla. She will
relate her experience of "learning
to forgive and waiting with an open
heart, "Changing Woes into
Also, Jennifer Humphrey will
display custom designed and mono-
grammed gifts, totes, bags and
Please e-mail or call Char (904)
287-6814 or caliredchar(a)hotmail
.corn to reserve your space. A free
nursery is available by request
when making your reservation.

87th Annual Community Interfaith
Thanksgiving Service set for Nov. 17
"An observance of Gratitude" is open to all churches and their
congregations. The entire multi-faith community is invited to give
thanks, experience the Prayers, Music and Dance from many faith
traditions, and to deepen your awareness of what it truly means to
practice authentic gratitude.
The 87th Annual Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
will be held at the Church of the Good Shepard, 1100 Stockton St.
The service will begin at 5:30p.m., Thursday, November 17, 2005.


Dayspring to Hold Dedication

Week Services for New Edifice

The 121-year old Dayspring
Baptist Church is relocating from
their Jefferson Street location to its
new edifice at 5654 Dunn Avenue.
Interim Pastor Jeffrey K. Rum-
lin says, "The move is a long time
coming for the church, but it is
right on time. There is a fresh,
warm spirit in Dayspring, and the
congregation is ready to provide
relevant ministries to a growing
community. Northwest Jackson-
ville is one of the fastest growing
areas in the city." The book of
Ecclesiastes states, "To everything
there is a season. A time to break
down and a time to build up."
The church has already begun
Evangelistic campaigns letting the
church's new community now of
its arrival.
A few ministries that will be
available to the community are
child daycare, youth basketball and

Concert Chorale to
Appear in Concert
The Mary McLeod Bethune
Circle #1, Mrs. Annie M. McBride,
president; will present the Bethune-
Cookman College Concert Choir,
under the direction of Dr. Rebecca
Walker Steele, in concert at 4 p.m.
on Sunday, October 16, 2005, at
Simpson Memorial UMC, Rev.
Moses H. Johnson Jr., Pastor; 1114
Cleveland Street (across from Main
Post Office on Kings Rd.).
The BC-C College Concert
Chorale will present a program of
distinction, an inspiring concert.
The concert is free to all.







aerobics. However, Pastor Rumlin
says, "Our primary focus will
always be on meeting the spiritual
and social needs of our community.
The opportunities that have been
given this congregation are
The Dedication Week Activities
begin with services nightly at 7
p.m. Monday, October 17 through
Thursday, October 20th. The guest
pastors and their churches are:
Monday Pastor Ernie L. Murray
& the St. Thomas Baptist Choir;
Tuesday Pastor H. T. Rhim & the
St. Joseph Baptist Choir; Wednes-
day- A Night of Testimony and a
Prayer Service; Thursday Pastor
Tom E. Diamond & The Abyssinia
Baptist Church Choir.
Interim Pastor Jeffrey K. Rum-
lim will bring the message at the
Sunday, October 23rd 11 a.m.
The Official Dedication Service
will commence at 3 p.m. Pastor O.
L. Blackshear & The Mt. Pleasant
Baptist Church Choir, of Atlanta,
GA; in charge of the service.
Dayspring Baptist Church is "A
Church Expecting Great Things
from a Great God." Be a part of it!
Sword and Shield
Kingdom Outreach
Ministry Presents
Special Worship
The Sword and Shield Kingdom
Outreach Ministry, invites the
public to share in a special Spirit-
filled worship service at 3:45 p.m.
on Sunday, October 23, 2005; at
the Father's House Conference
Center, '1820 Monument Road,
Bldg. 2. There is no charge.
This special worship service
will feature: Sister Donna Holland,
Sister Gladys Parrish, Minister
William G. Jennings, Rev. Melvin
Stallworth, Brother Jim Stewart,
and Brother Lavert Allen. You
don't want to miss this service!
Reverend Mattie W. Freeman,
Founder/Pastor, The Love of His

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Greater El Beth-El Divine Holiness to

Present Successful Role Model Banquet

The. officers, board and
members of The Greater El Bethel-
El Divine Holiness Church will
hold its annual Successful Role
Model Banquet at 7 p.m., on
Friday, November 11, 2005, at
Shands Place, formerly Methodist
Plaza. The public is invited.
Each year, since 1980, members
of the community have been
honored for outstanding leadership
and achievement. The Jackson-
ville Transportation Authority
(JTA) Executive Director Michael
Blaylock, will be the guest speaker.

Tables of ten are available, as
well as individual tickets. For table
reservations, please call 710-1586,
358-8932, 359-0661or 355-8667.
In celebration of this 25th annual
banquet, Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall,
Pastor/Chairman, and Councilwo-
man Pat Lockett Felder, Co-
Chairperson; are seeking sponsor-
ships so that young people from the
Police Athletic League (PAL), the
Boys and Girls Club of Jackson-
ville, and Sickle Cell Anemia
Patients, will be able to attend.
Please call one of the above phone
numbers for more information.

Plan your Summer Vacation, Support the

Clara White Mission
Have you been longing to take
that cruise you've always wanted to
enjoy? There's an opportunity that
you do not want to miss. You can
enjoy a wonderful 4-day cruise to
the Bahamas, and support the Clara
White Mission, at the same time.
The cruise is set for August 17,
2006, leaving Jacksonville, touring
Freeport and Nassau, and returning
Hope Chapel to Host
2-Day 8th Annual
Family Conference
Pastor, Dr. Jeannette C. Holmes
founder of Hope Chapel Christian
Assembly, will host it's 8th Annual
Family conference, titled "Charting
The Course for Sexual Standards...
God's Way". The conference will
be held Friday and Saturday,
October 28-29'h in the Gladys Hunt
Auditorium, at the Esprit De Corps
Center for Learning, 9840 Wagner.
The purpose of this workshop is
to help participants discover God's
position on sexual standards and to
provide families with the spiritual
tools and knowledge to help them
navigate the seas of sexual
There will be general assemblies
and workshops plus door prizes,
you can register on-site or on line
or call (904)924-2000 or 764-2193.

Holsey Temple CME
Annual Harvest Day
Holsey Temple CME Church,
3484 West 1st Street, Rev. Lizzie
Simmons, Pastor; invites all to the
celebration of "Harvest Day" at
11 :a.m. Worship Service on
Sunday, October 30, 2005.
The Rev. James Graham will be
the guest speaker for the occasion.
Come, let us rejoice in the Lord.

Southside COGIC to
Hold "Day of Fun"
The Southside Church of God in
Christ (COGIC), 2179 Emerson
Street, will present a "Southside
Community Festival"- a day of fun
activities, Saturday, October 29th.
This fun day will begin at 8 a.m.
There will be games, entertainment,
food, crafts, vendors and much
more. Everyone is welcome.

Pianist/Organist needed for Church with full musical
agenda, including rehearsals. Must read music, and
be familiar with Old Time Gospel, Modern Gospel, as
well as Cantata and Concert program. If qualified,
please call (904) 764-9257.

and Enjoy a Cruise!
to Jacksonville. Entertainment will
include a Fashion Show, Talent
Show, Old School Jams, and
workshops on Financial Planning
and Investments.
For more information, please
call Merle Wright or Sherlene
Perry at the Clara White Mission
(904) 354-4162, or visit website:
Emanuel Missionary
Baptist to Sponsor
Christian Comedy
The Planning Committee of the
Emanuel Missionary Baptist
Church, 2407 Rev. S. L. Badger Jr.
Circle E. (Division St. /Kings Rd.),
Rev. Herb Anderson, Pastor; will
sponsor a Christian Comedy play at
6 p.m. on Saturday, October 29h.
Juanita Simmons, chairperson,
advises that admission is FREE.
The public is welcome.
Ribault Class '83
& Raines to Hold

Worship Service
The Ribault Class of 1983
invites the public to attend a
Worship and Praise Service at the
Ribault and Raines Community
Worship Service at 8 a.m. on
Sunday, November 6, 2005, in the
Ribault Senior High School Audi-
torium. The guest speaker will be
Elder Kenneth Middleton Pastor
of One Lord One Faith Christian
The Ribault Senior High School
Choir featuring Andrea Norman
and Shelia Clayton-Christie, will
bring praise in song.
This event is being sponsored to
bring the Ribault and Raines
Community together to praise God
to give both schools an opportunity
to fellowship and strengthen com-
munity relations. The community,
faculty, students, parents, friends
and all graduating classes of both
schools are invited.

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Alpha Phi Alpha
Anniversary Activities
The Kappa Upsilon Chapter of
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity will be
celebrating its 30th anniversary the
weekend of October 21 23rd.
Kickoff festivities will be on
October 20th at 7 p.m. at EWC
from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the CRC
building. All Kappa Upsilon broth-
ers & Sweethearts past & present
are encouraged to attend. The
Celebration Picnic will be held on
Saturday, October 22nd from 11
a.m. to 3 p.m. at Metropolitan Park.
The Fraternity will have a
Celebration worship on Sunday,
October 23rd at Greater Faith
Christian Fellowship (Billy Brock
Jr. Pastor & Dr. H.T. Brock, Co-
Pastor) The morning message will
be brought by Bro. Gerald G.
Lumpkin and will begin at 11:15

Experience "Two
Days" in a few hours
Florida Community College's
DramaWorks' production of "Last
Tuesday" and "July 7, 1994" will
bring the exploration of everyday
catastrophe to the stage. "Two
Days" will be performed Oct. 20
(preview) and Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m.,
Oct. 21-22, & 28-29 at 8 p.m. and
Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. The play will be
performed at Wilson Center for the
Arts, Studio Theatre at FCCJ South
Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd.
"Two Days" are two one-act plays
"Last Tuesday," finds commuters
on a train from New York to New
Haven, and "July 7, 1994," is a
haunting exploration of a day in the
life of a physician in an inner-city
health clinic. For reservations or
more information call 646.2222 or

Jazz Trio in Concert
An incredible evening of jazz with
Bela Fleck, Stanley Clarke and
Jean-Luc Ponty will be held at the
Florida Theater on Friday, October
21st at 8 PM. Tickets for most

Florida Theatre events also on sale
at all Ticketmaster outlets, through
the Ticketmaster charge-by-phone
line at (904) 353-3309 and online at

Halloween Wine
ImprovJacksonville Comedy
Theatre is hosting a Halloween
wine tasting on Friday, October 21
from 6-8 p.m. in their new theatre
location at the Jacksonville
Landing. After the tasting, atten-
dees will enjoy free admission as
ImprovJacksonville takes the stage
at 8 p.m. for the Primetime Comedy
Show. Admission to the tasting
includes wine, the show and snacks.
Reservations are strongly recom-
mend as spaces fill up fast. For
more information visit or
call (904) 535-0670.

Special Program Pays
Tribute to Eartha M.
White & Sallye Mathis
T here will be a special program on
Saturday, October 22nd from 10
a.m. to 11:45 a.m. honoring the
lives of Eartha M.M. White and
Sallye B. Mathis. The 11:45 a.m.
free forum will be held at the Ritz
Theater and include a panel discus-
sion. From 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.,
participants will travel briefly to the
Clara White Mission for a tour of
the Eartha White exhibit. For more
information, call Dr. Williams at

Jazz at the Ritz
The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum will present smooth jazz
recording artist Pamela Williams at
Jazz Third Saturdays, a new caf6
style concert series featuring local
and national jazz recording artists.
The first one will be held on
Saturday, October 22nd at 8 p.m.
Both a Saxophonist and vocalist,
Pamela Williams has a style that's
lyrical, upbeat, funky and always
hot. For tickets or more informa-

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Ladies of Elegance
Empowerment Cruise
The Ladies of Elegance
Empowerment Cruise will be host-
ed by Women Of Power, Inc. (A
non-profit organization devoted to
empowering all women) on
Saturday, October 22nd from 6:30
9:30 p.m. It will be the first moth-
er / daughter cruise held in Duval
County aboard the Lady St. John.
The objective is to promote a strong
awareness in the importance of
obtaining personal success, having
self esteem and to provide informa-
tion on the many opportunities pro-
vided for young ladies and women
in today's society. Tickets are avail-
able in advance. If you are interest-
ed in attending please contact
Nyeika N. Green @ 904-613-4612

Ponte Vedra
Art Festival
The 12th Annual Ponte Vedra
Beach Art Festival will be held
Saturday and Sunday, October 22
and 23, 2005. During the two day
fine art exhibition, over 175 artists
will gather at Sawgrass Village to
showcase their one-of-a-kind art-
work. Festival hours are from 10am
to 5pm. All of the work on display
is available for purchase with prices
ranging from $25 to $20,000.
Sawgrass Village located on A1A,
south of J. Turner Butler Blvd.
Admission is free. For more
information visitors may call (954)
472-3755 or visit www.ARTFESTI-

22nd Annual Caring
Chefs to benefit CHS
The Children's Home Society of
Florida (CHS) will have its 22nd
Annual Caring Chefs Sunday, Oct.
23, from 7-9:30 p.m. at The
Avenues Mall. Caring Chefs is the
first, biggest and best food tasting
event in Northeast Florida. The has
raised more than $1.9 million for
CHS over the past two decades. The
sell-out crowd will be sampling
cuisine from more than 50 of the
best kitchens in Northeast Florida.
Tickets include admission, food,
drink and live entertainment. For
more information, call 493-7739.

Ritz Jazz and
Blues Lounge
Come to the Ritz to hear the
sounds of Jazz Saxtress Pamela
Williams on Sunday, September
23rd starting at 8 p.m.. Pamela

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William's is both a saxophonist and
a vocalist, and has a style that's lyri-
cal, upbeat, funky and always hot.
She's best known for her sensual
R& B flavored ballads, and a show
full of the smoothest jazz classics.
Tickets are available at Ritz Theatre
& LaVilla Museum box office and
ticketmaster outlets. For more
information, call the Ritz at 632-

Prostate Cancer
Support Group
Man to Man, an education and
support program for men with
prostate cancer, will have their next
meeting on Tuesday, October 25 at
6:30 pm at the American Cancer
Society, 1430 Prudential Drive. For
more information please call 398-
0537. The program is designed to
help men and their families make
informed decisions throughout their
cancer journey, allowing men to
discuss their concerns openly with
other men for discussion, education
and support.

Holiday Happening
The UF Cooperative Extension
Service will present three holiday
classes. The first program is
Christmas Dinner Fast and Festive.
It will be held on Tuesday October
25th and will feature healthy and
fabulous meal ideas. The next class
is on Tuesday, November 1st and
will be on Gifts from the Holiday
Kitchen. This program will feature
simple recipes and smart packaging
to make gift giving economical and
easy. The last program, Holiday
Hospitality at its Best will be held
on Tuesday, November 8th and
will have a decorative emphasis,
showing easy ideas to produce a
party that looks and tastes like a
true celebration. Each program is
presented at 10 a..m. and again at 7
p.m. Reservations are necessary.
Call 287-8855.

Free Vegetable
Gardening Class
Learn about fall vegetable gar-
dening and hobbyist hydroponics at
one of the following evening work-
shops. The class will be held
October 24th at the Argyle Branch
Library, 7973 Old Middleburg Rd
South from 6:00 -7:00 PM and
October 26th at the Mandarin
Regional Library, 3330 Kori Rd
from 6:00 7:00 PM. Please call
387-8850 to pre-register.

JUL Annual Equal
Opportunity Luncheon
The Jacksonville Urban League
will present their 31st Annual Equal
Opportunity Luncheon on
Wednesday, October 26th at 12
noon. The Luncheon, themed
"Empowering Communities
Changing Lives", will be held at the
Hyatt Regency Riverfront, 225 East
Coastline Drive. Former
Presidential speechwriter J. Terry

Edmonds will be the guest speaker.
Call 366-346 tickets.

We Got Issues
In honor of Celebration of
Women in the Arts, the UNF
Women's Center, will present "We
Got Issues," a play by award-win-
ning director and playwright Noble
Lee Lester, at 6 p.m. on Thursday,
Oct. 27, in the UNF Robinson
Theatre. Following the production,
there will be a question and answer
session with Lester. "We Got
Issues" is a comedy about three
lonely ladies vacationing in Las
Vegas who get thrown into a hold-
ing cell by casino security for fight-
ing in a gambling hall check-out
isle. Once in jail, they belittle each
other with cultural and racial
improprieties. In the end, they
become an odd, jet-set trio that trav-
els the world together as the best of
friends! For more information,
contact Lauren Fuino or Dr.
Annabel Brooks at (904) 620-
1270.This event is free and open to
the public.

J.C. Watts Speaker for
FCWS Annual Dinner
Former four term U.S.
Congressman J.C. Watts will speak
at a benefit dinner for First Coast
Women's Services on Thursday,
October 27, 2005 at 7 p.m. at the
Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel.
There is no cost to attend the event
however, an opportunity to make a
financial gift to the ministry will be
extended. For more information call
Mary Hubbard at 262-2904.

Links Walk for
Health and Hunger
The Jacksonville Chapter of The
Links, Inc. will be hosting it's annu-
al Walk for Hunger on Saturday,
October 29th inside the Gateway
Mall from 9-11 am. The walk will
consist of 8 laps around the
Gateway Mall. Tickets are $5 and
all proceeds will go to a local char-
ity. If you are interested in being
apart of this event, please contact
the committee contact person,
Monique McCarthy at 534-4388 or
the Committee Chair, Kenyonn
Demps at 292-2393. Festivities
kick off at 9 a.m.

Share in Ramadan
During the month of Ramadan
(Oct 5-Nov 4) Muslims fast each
day from dawn to dusk by refrain-
ing from any kind of food or drink.
Your American-Muslim neighbors
invite teh Jacksonvile community
to jointhem for an fast-breaking
(iftar) feast on Sunday, October
30, 2005; 5:15 p.m. at the Islamic
Center of Northeast Florida; 2333
St. John's Bluff Road. For more
information, Mr. Ahmed at call

Fashion Fantasy 2005
The Lasting Impression Fashion
Ensemble, Inc. will present

Fashion Fantasy 2005, an Annual
Scholarship Fashion Show &
Vendor Market Place at The Ritz
Theatre & Lavilla Museum on
Saturday, November 5th starting at
6 p.m. For more information call:
904-714-3537 or visit lifemodel-

Soul Release Poetry
Soul Release Poetry, the longest
running spoken word poetry event
in Northeast Florida, is held every
first and third Saturday of the
month at 7:30 p.m. at Boomtown
Theatre and Restaurant at The Park
Building #140 Monre Street (down-
stairs) across from Hemming
Plaza (park) and around the corer
from Jacksonville Museum of
Modern Art. The event features an
open mic for poets and singers, hip
hop and R&B by guest DJs and
nationally known spoken word
artists. The next show will be on
Saturday November 5th from 7:30
p.m. 12 a.m.

Vegetable Gardening
The Duval County Extension
Service will present their Fall
Vegetable Gardening and Hobbyist
Hydroponics classes on Tuesday,
November 8th, 2005 from 6:00 -
7:00 PM at the West Regional
Library, 1425 Chaffee Rd S. Call
387-8850 to pre-register.

NAACP Freedom
Fund Dinner
The Jacksonville Branch of the
NAACP will host their 41st Annual
Freedom Fund Dinner on
Thursday, November 10th at 7
p.m. The speaker for the event will
be Alethia Bonello, NAACP
Southeastern Regional Youth
Director. Tickets and information
for the dinner are available at 764-

NSBE Meeting
The National Society of Black
Engineers- Jacksonville Alumni
Extension will be having a General
Body membership meeting at the
San Marco Branch Public Library.
1513 LaSalle Street at the comer of
LaSalle and Hendricks Ave on
November 10th. The meeting will
be held from 6:30 8 p.m.. If you
are interested in joining NSBE-JAE
contact or
904-412-2010. All are welcome to

Raines Class of 1981
25 Year Reunion
The William Raines Class of
1981 will have their 25 year reunion
with a 5 night cruise on November
11, 2006 aboard the Carnival
Imagination. Destinations include
the Grand Cayman Islands and
Ocho Rios Jamaica. For more
information, please call Cecilia
Dorsey at 766-8784.



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Master Blaster Boy Wonder Returns

With New Release After Six Year Absence

Ailing comedian says his recordings were sold without a license.
Comedian Richard Pryor finds nothing funny about the
fact that 11 of his recordings are being sold by Universal
Music Group without a license, according to his lawsuit
against the music conglomerate.
Pryor, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, is seeking
unspecified damages for unfair competition, conversion,
unjust enrichment and other claims after recently realiz-
ing that UMG was claiming to have licensed such titles as "Are You
Serious?," "Wizard of Comedy," "Black Ben and the Blacksmith," and
others, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
In the complaint, Pryor accuses the company of "reaping substantial
profits from (the recordings) without ever having acquired any rights in
such recordings."

Isley Brother is accused of shady reporting and cashing checks.
Ronald Isley's trial for tax evasion began last week in Los Angeles. The
Isley Brothers front man faces up to 26 years in prison if con-
victed on five counts of tax evasion, including charges
that he demanded fees in cash for his tour dates in
order to blur the amount used for expenses vs. prof-
it;and used for his own benefit royalty checks issued
to other Isley Brothers-related enterprises includ- -
ing his brother O'Kelly, who died in 1986. He is l +*.
also charged with failing to file a tax return.
Prosecutors say the 64-year-old singer used the
pilfered funds to buy a yacht and two mansions..
The main prosecution witness is Isley's former
tour manager, Ruby Martin, an eight-year employee ol
the singer who is testifying under immunity from
charges that she did not file taxes on time for four years.
Isley, who emerged from bankruptcy in the early 1990s, has pleaded
not guilty to all charges.

When Mariah Carey's dog was refused a seat
Son a flight from New York to Los Angeles, she
reportedly hired a chauffeur to drive her
beloved Jack Russell across the country.
.' Q Contact Music claims the singer was left
t speechless when the airline turned away the
S., pooch "because he was too big."

Boxer said to be negotiating role in upcoming 'Balboa'film.
Boxer Roy Jones Jr. is reportedly in talks to star opposite Sylvester
Stallone in the sixth film of the "Rocky" franchise, reports Daily Variety.
The athlete would play Rocky's opponent, Mason Dixon, in the upcoming
"Rocky Balboa," for Columbia, Revolution Studios and MGM. The stu-
dios are teaming to co-produce and co-finance "Balboa," in which Stallone
returns as Philadelphia working-class hero and former champ, Rocky

On October I Stl Moiorn.
released a Time I. LI '.. tSre~e
Wonder's highly .;iicipr.l -d ic'..
CD featuring 15 ne.. \\ 'indcir s:.oiI
after a six year abil'erinc troIn! the
music scene.
The new disc, (one ot ilhe piemnieir
Motown releases i1i reci.ra ,'car
and ushering in an ..cilint % nei. era
for the record label is a ded..jited
effort by the legerd.jr, jamrst to
remind the world .ib-' tlhe restora-
tive power of love The liele.e is
the latest in a legacy, thir spais'm. cr
forty-three years ct hIs Imi.s c
Among the
songs included
on the new
album are "A
Time to Love,"
(featuring India
Arie), "Your
Love Cannot be
Moved," (featur-
ing gospel star
Kim Burrell), 4 '
"Positivity," (
Wonder's daughter Akisha Nlons.
and a host of other supe star collab-
orations, including appeaj.irce_ hb,
Prince; Narada Miichael \\alden. Sir
Paul McCartne\,. \\lio pla.,s
acoustic and electric 'uitir oi Ilhic
title track; Hubeit L;a\s. Mike
Phillips; and En \o-lue \Iondeil'
open-arms embrace ot the collaibo-
rative process and iis .adhetienice to
the musical philosopli, liat each
project takes on a life of is own
placed no artificial deadlines on the
long awaited album's completion,
with the end result proving to be
well worth the wait.
"Stevie always has impeccable
timing, stated Sylvia Rhone,
President of Motown, Executive
Vice President of Universal
Motown. "The world is hungering
more than ever right now for the
kind of message only he can deliv-
er. I speak for the entire Universal
Music Group when I say nobody
can illuminate our greatest hopes,
soothe our deepest fears, and put us

on thIe imusal hlih rojd like
Stc\ ic \\ondcr
wondere r once again
j lfinsTllL _uCh a notion \itilh
tie iplitinL "Shelter In
The Rain." in spring, :IL
and riiel', alilhelm featur-
in,; Kirk Frinklin direct- O
in.' [lie ninoelic chioriis on a
Si'i'. cited s.6 httm l aniiarijn ode of
!,ealinel toi victims anid surli\ors of
the de'i. .as ttiln lili rlcanes conlinu-0
ing to ravage the gulf coast. The
single will be specially serviced to
Gospel and Christian radio stations,
with net proceeds from the song
going to Stevie's charity organiza-
tion The Wonder Foundation,
which is earmarking the donations
for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
Wonder already has released a
landmark single and video from the
new album, So What The Fuss,"
which contained a second, descrip-
tive audio track on the video
recorded by hip-hop star Busta
Rhymes, made accessible for peo-

tlho are blind or hat.e
Ilo, ision. The inno arike ideo
description process was the first
time a music artist enabled visually
impaired music fans to experience
key elements of a music video.
Stevie Wonder has remained one
of the world's most profound and
influential artists for more than four
decades. Winner of 21 Grammy's
and the prestigious Grammy
Lifetime Achievement Award, with
more than 70 million records sold,
Wonder's received hundreds of hon-
ors and awards throughout his
A tireless humanitarian and cham-

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Wonder also led a "Charge
Against Hunger"in conjunction
with American Express, which
raised over $150 million dollars to
feed nearly six million underprivi-
leged people yearly. Most recently,
Wonder was honored by the United
Negro College Fund's Evening of
Stars Tribute to the artist, for his
longtime work on behalf of the
UNCF. On October 18th, Stevie
Wonder continued the special
covenant he has with his fans with
the release of the eagerly awaited A
Time To Love.

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Millions More Movement Calls a New Generation to Action

Artist Wyclef Jean Rev. Al Sharpton

Dr. Dorothy Height (Vaughn Wilson photo)

Susan Taylor kicks knowledge to the attendees.

Jacksonville gets on the bus for the Millions More.

O l. The MMM attracted attendees
of all ages, including Bro. Ali Rev. Jesse Jackson with Jax stu-
Thousands watched and listened peacefully. Muhammad of Jacksonvile. dent Travis Powell.

Continued from page 1
The Revs. Jesse Jackson Sr. and
Al Sharpton, scholar and activist
Cornel West, NAACP President
Bruce Gordon, Detroit Mayor
Kwame Kilpatrick, music artists
Erykah Badu, Jadakiss, Styles P,
Kanye West and Jim Jones, and
entertainment mogul Russell
Simmons were there.
"I am here to rededicate myself
for the ultimate purpose," said
Simmons, whose Hip-Hop Summit
Network was founded because of
f arrak'han's speech in 2001. "When
you have this many people in one
placed ii': electric!"
Many yolun people in atten-
danc- '"aid -I. couldn't miss the
opportuniity to he a part of history.
leIrry Muhammad of Dallas said
ihe believed "this event would prob-
ably be the last movement of this
magnitude that we may see in this
Aashir S. Jabbar, 22, of
Tallahassee was inspired to attend
because he "was concerned with
our nation."
"I felt that this movement gave
me a second wind to go out into
society and continue the rebuilding.
I believe that I can make changes by
following the instructions of the
Honorable Minister Louis

Jabbar wasn't the only motivated
spirit from Tallahassee who attend-
ed the event. A caravan of
Tallahasseeans, organized by the
Nation of Islam 's Local Organizing
Committee for the march, traveled
17 hours to get here.
Although threatened by gray skies
and rain clouds before Farrakhan's
much-anticipated speech, the
Tallahassee delegation was deter-
mined to hear the words they trav-
eled so many miles to hear.
Kajdijah Unity, 30, was also part
of the Tallahassee Caravan. She had
big plans for the day.
"We're going to remix the
Constitution," Unity said about her
desire to see changes in this coun-
try. The throngd of black leadership
in attendance seemed to also spark a
ideas about the future presidency.
"We need a can of spray paint so
we can paint the White House
black," she said.
Along with the thousands in
attendance, Jacksonvillians listened
attentively as Farrakhan spoke. He
said, "The more we organize and
the stronger we are, the more
demands we can make on this
(White) House."
He also suggested building min-
istries of health and human servic-

es, agriculture, education, art and
culture, trade and commerce, jus-
tice, information, science and tech-
nology, defense, spirit and commu-
nity all over the country.
Farrakhan's speech seemed to be
a testament that political unity not
only can grow leaders, but also
unite the people.
"These brothers are born sol-
diers, but they are fighting the
wrong war," Farrakhan said. "I
believe if we fought hard enough
we could start our own political
party, P.O.P., Party of the People or
Party of the Poor." Farrakhan said.
Farrakhan also spoke heavily on
the need for empowerment, slave
mentalities, the government's
response to Hurricane Katrina and

equal rights. He also spoke out
against the war in relation to the
black community.
"If we can't get the same rights,
then stop taking our tax dollars," he
said. "Fight your own war. Stop
fighting for what you are not."
Mouchettee Muhummad, 38,
drove through the night from
Detroit with four companions. "We
have to show that the spirit from 10
years ago did not die it's still
alive," he said. "We have to show
that we didn't forget and we're actu-
ally carrying out what we pledged"
a decade ago.
Although a half-million people
showed up, some news media had
estimated that the march would not
attract a huge crowd. However,

Frank Powell left D.C. inspired and impressed.
Jackson said the power of the Powell, who had never attended a
movement was more important. Muslim inspired event remarked at
"We must not measure by our how organized the event was. "I
number," Jackson said, "but by our have never been a part of an event
strength." with so many people that there was-
On photo assignment for the n't one single mishap. It's obvious
Jacksonville Free Press, Frank all are welcome here." he said.

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