The Prison Industry
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FLORIDA'S FIRST COAST QUALITY BLACK
SCLC Marches Against Taser Use
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference held a protest march in
Gwinnett County, GA last weekend against the use of taser guns by
State Representative Tyrone Brooks, one of
the march organizers, said he wants a national i
standard in place to curb excessive taser use and -
calls for police departments across the county to
offer more training before allowing tasers back
on the street.
"It's a form of electrocution, without prosecution," said Brooks,
according to WXIA-TV Atlanta. "We want a moratorium. Tasers should
be used to subdue, not to kill."
Brooks and SCLC President Charles Steele said the group decided
to march in Gwinnett County because of an incident in the G% innen
County jail in May 2004. Frederick Jerome \Villiiams died after being
stunned with a taser several times as police attempted to subdue him.
Federal authorities cited insufficient evidence in deciding not to file
criminal charges in Williams' death.. However concerns over possible
lawsuits prompted the DeKalb County police department to suspend use
oftasers in August.
Arizona-based Taser International, the company\ that produces the guns,
has maintained that tasers are a safe alternaii e to traditional police guns.
Lobbyist Sought $9M to Set Up Bush
Meeting With African Government
Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff asked for $9 million in 2003 from
the president of a West African nation to arrange a meeting with President
George W Btlsh and directed his fee-s to a lMa i land company now under.
federal scrutiny, according to newly disclosed documents, the Ne\ York
The African leader, President Omar Bongo of Gabon, met with Bush in
the Oval Office on May 26, 2004, 10 months after Abramoff made the
offer. There has been no evidence in the public record that Abramoff had
any role in organizing the meeting or that he received any money or had
a signed contract w ith Gabon, the Times said.
White House and State Department officials described Bush's meeting
with Bongo, whose government is regular) accused by the L.i.S. of
human rights abuses, as routine, the newspaper reported. The officials
said they knew of no involvement by Abramoff in the arrangements.
Officials at Gabon's embassy in Washington did not respond to written
questions, the Times reported.
In a draft agreement with Gabon dated Aug. 7,2003, Abramoff and his
associates asked that $9 million in lobbying fees be paid through wire
transfers three of them, each for $3 million to GrassRoots Interacti\e.
the small Maryland lobbying company that his former colleagues sa\ he
controlled, instead of the Washington offices of Greenberg Traurig. the
large lobbying firm where he did most of his work, the newspaper report-
ed. The agreement promised a "public relations effort related to promot-
ing Gabon and securing a visit for President Bongo \ ith the president of
the United States."
FEMA Opens Slate of Rebuilding
Contracts for Black Companies
Two national organizations of black contractors are welcoming news
that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is opening opportuni-
ties for minority and disadvantaged businesses who want to help rebuild
the Gulf Coast after hurricane devastation.
"This is the beginning of a good opportunity," said Owen Tonkins of the
National Association of Minority Contractors. "I thank God for people
like Congressman Bennie Thompson, New Orleans Mayor [Ray] Nagin,
and Rev. Jesse Jackson for putting on the pressure. Now we must make
sure that local contractors and blacks are really included and that there
are no tricks."
FEMA announced last week the opening of competition for 15 con-
tracts with a value up to $100 million each. According to FEMA. the
five-year contracts will be awarded to local, small and small disad\an-
taged businesses for temporary housing maintenance and support for
Gulf Coast hurricane recovery.
The contracts, which are part of FEMA's plans to open contracting
opportunities to competitive bidding, will be awarded to small and small
disadvantaged businesses registered with the Small Business
Administration (SBA) under Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act.
Justice Department May Sue Over
Minority Oriented Scholarships
CARBONDALE, Ill. Federal prosecutors are threatening to sue
Southern Illinois University over three small graduate school scholarship
programs aimed at women and minorities, saying they were discrimina-
SIU "has engaged in a pattern or practice of intentional discrimination
against whites, non-preferred minorities and males," the Justice
Department said in a letter. A copy of the letter was obtained by the
The graduate scholarships, or fellowships, violate Title VII of the fed-
eral Civil Rights Act of 1964, the department said. The letter demands
SIU discontinue the fellowship programs or its civil rights division will
sue the university by Nov. 18.
Chancellor Walter Wendler denied the fellowships are discriminatory
and said he supports the programs. He said the university sent a letter to
federal officials this week asking for a meeting.
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Shown above are President's Award honorees Wendell Holmes, Free Press
Editor Sylvia Perry and retired businessman and community advocate
Thomas Dukes. FMP Photo
Free Press Recipient of
NAACP President's Award
Jacksonville Free Press Mnaging Editor Sylvia Perry stood with good
company as she accepted the Jacksonville Branch NAACP's President's
Award on behalf of the newspaper. Jacksonville businessmen and longtime
civil rights advocates Wendell Holmes and Thomas Dukes also received
the Branch's highest honor awarded at the 40th Annual Freedom Fund
Dinner. For more on the evening's honorees, see page 5.
Supreme Court Denies
Florida Felon Voting Case
Jacksonville Celebrates Veterans Day
Shown above are American Legion Color Guard Members 197: Joe
Cummings, Glenderlyn Baxter, Willie Simpkins, Micheal Thomas,
Randolph Ford, Alvin Stribling, Joann Miller(Vice Commander),
Pedrito Queeman, Harold Baldwin, Theodore Green(Commander),
David Span, Clarence Richardson and Jesse Dendy.
The City of Jacksonville hosted their annual Veterans Day Parade on
Friday, Nov. 11 to celebrate and pay tribute to the valiant efforts of the men
and women who have fought to secure freedom and liberty for the United
States. This year's theme, Heroes of the Korean War, was selected to high-
light the legacy of heroism and sacrifice the American veteran has passed
from generation to generation. This year's parade will also honor those
who served in other battles, as well as the War on Terrorism. FMP Photo.
The Supreme Court has refused to
review Florida's lifetime ban on
voting rights for convicted felons, a
case that would have had national
implications for millions of would-
Justices declined to hear a chal-
lenge to Florida's 19th century ban,
which applies to inmates and those
who have served their time and
Felons are kept from voting in
every state but Maine and Vermont,
although restrictions vary.
The issue of voter eligibility got
renewed attention after the 2000
presidential election, which was
decided by fewer than 600 votes in
The Florida appeal had been
closely watched, because lower
courts have been fractured in simi-
lar voting cases. Minority and vot-
ing rights groups urged justices to
hear the case.The Florida law was
contested in 2000 in Miami on
behalf of people who have already
completed their punishments,
including probation or parole.
Continued on page 3
Culture Meets Kids with Links' Project PRAISE
Shown above are Dearius Wheeler and Chris Blue locating Pakistan on the pencil sharpener globes given to each of the participants. Shown
right is Rev. Beneranda Tabu speaking to the attentive students on her native country Rwanda.
"Can you say my name in
"Don't you get tired of praying
five times a day?"
"Are African kids disciplined the
"Do you like America?"
These and many more were apart
of the bevy of questions asked by
the fifty plus middle school partici-
pants of the Links' P.R.I.D.E. pro-
The program, presented by The
Bold City Chapter of Links Inc.
brought the enlightening knowl-
edge of other cultures to students at
Highlands Middle School. The
event, themed "Passport to the
World, Ourselves, and Others" was
a part of Project P.R.A.I.S.E., an
umbrella project mandated by the
national organization and under the
direction of the International Trends
and Services Committee.
The after school forum brought
together four different speakers
together to give brief informative
presentations on their respective
cultures to the students. Included
were Rev. Bernandu Tabu who
spoke on the the typical day of a
youth in Rwanda; Gabriela
Nyandwi of Burundi who sang a
song in her native language and
then translated the English version
and Imam Muhammad Zaid of the
Council of American Islamic
Relations who broadened the stu-
dents' minds on Islam. Following
each presentation, the eager stu-
dents were allowed to ask the pre-
In addition to exposure to the
other cultures, each student was
also given a miniature globe that
was also a pencil sharpener, note-
book and pencils. The project was
chaired by Gwendolyn Mitchell.
Upcoming workshops for the
monthly series include Team
Building, Health Issues, The Arts
and Historic Events.
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Big Brother Aaron Kendrick and Little Willie and Big Sister Joanne Kazmierski and her Little Atlantis.
Jaxport Mentors Celebrate with Mentees
The Jacksonville Port Authority Florida (BBBSNEFL). Each week, gram. The mentoring initiative
(JAXPORT) hosted a kickoff party the twelve employees volunteer for began in October of 2005.
for 12 R.L. Brown Elementary stu- one hour to work one-on-one with Ron Baker, JAXPORT's Deput)
dents and JAXPORT employees R. L. Brown Elementary students Executive Director and Chiej
who are involved in an innovative on academic and social develop- Financial Officer, said Authority
mentoring partnership with Big ment through the BBBSNEFL employees are passionate aboul
Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast "Bigs in School" mentoring pro- community involvement. "Our
IRS Looking for Floridians to
Cash in on Undelivered Refunds
The Internal Revenue Service is
seeking 84,290 taxpayers whose
income tax refund checks could not
be delivered in 2005. Checks total-
ing approximately $73 million can
be reissued as soon as taxpayers
correct or update their addresses
with the IRS.
In some cases, a taxpayer has
more than one check waiting. The
average amount owed to each tax-
payer is $871.
In Florida, approximately $8.3
million await 6,981 taxpayers who
simply need to correct or update
their addresses. The average refund
amount is $1,193.70.
The "Where's My Refund?" fea-
ture on the IRS.gov Web site pro-
vides taxpayers with information
about their refunds. It is available
from the home page. To use it, tax-
payers enter their Social Security
number, filing status (such as single
or married filing jointly) and the
refund amount shown on their 2004
tax return. When the information is
submitted, "Where's My Refund?"
will show the status of a refund and,
in some cases, provide instructions
to resolve potential account issues.
In the case of Gulf Coast residents
affected by Hurricane Katrina, the
IRS will expedite research into the
status of undelivered payments and
issue a refund check when the orig-
inal is outstanding. The IRS advises
hurricane victims who had been
expecting a refund check but did
not receive one to contact the IRS
on the special toll-free Katrina dis-
aster line at 1-866-562-5227.
How to Update an Address with
Generally, refund checks can go
astray for a variety of reasons.
Often, a life change results in a
change of address. When a taxpay-
er moves or changes address and
fails to notify the IRS or the U.S.
Postal Service, a check sent to the
taxpayer's last known address is
returned to the IRS.
Taxpayers who have moved since
filing their last tax return can
ensure the IRS has their correct
address by filing Form 8822,
Change of Address, with the IRS.
Download the form from IRS.gov
or request it by calling 1-800-TAX-
FORM (1-800-829-3676). Those
who do not have access to the
Internet and think they may be
missing a refund should first check
their records or contact their tax
preparer, then call the IRS toll-free
assistance line at 1-800-829-1040
to update their address.
employees strive to be good corpo-
rate citizens and are very excited to
be a part of a program so beneficial
to children at R.L. Brown. We're
pleased to give back to the
Jacksonville community in such a
Women's Business Center Seeking
Partners for Mentoring Program
The Jacksonville Women's Business Center (JWBC) are seeking vol-
unteer advisors for it's ATHENAPowerLink program.
The program, one of only 17 in the nation, concentrates on women-
owned businesses that are at least two years old and beyond the initial
start-up difficulties. Business owners learn to network, access capital
and implement best practices from these volunteer advisors.
Business owners must meet specific requirements to apply for partici-
pation in the program: At least 51 percent owned and actively managed
by a woman; Minimum of two (2) years in operation; Minimum of two
(2) full-time employees (including the owner); Annual revenues of at
least $250,000 for retail or manufacturing businesses ; Annual revenues
of at least $100,000 for service businesses; and Clearly defined compa-
ny objectives and goals
Panel members are leaders and professionals in their fields and are
selected based on the specific needs of the business owner. Each panel
commits to working with the business owner for one year, and panel
members can serve more than one time.
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Farah's Reading Program
Challenges Local Businesses'
As Duval County Public Schools
continue to face consistent chal-
lenges with systemic academic
problems--poor FCAT scores, defi-
cient math performance and lag-
ging reading achievement, external
intervention from community lead-
ers is in dire need to combat these
concerns. Local attorney and busi-
ness leader, Eddie Farah, has
launched a comprehensive, coun-
teractive reading program, Farah's
Readers Are Leaders, at a very
important time and encourages sup-
port from other businesses too.
The premise of his program's tac-
tics are based on a term that he feels
explains the program greatly--the
"ground game"-- a grass roots
movement with long-term effects
that impacts the community.
"If more businesses reach out
financially to build the necessary
capital, then we collectively can
make a definite impact in the com-
munity," Farah said. "We solicit
support from local business,
regardless of how small the gift."
To develop the program off to a
good start, he invested $25,000.
The reading program is facilitated
at Kings Ridge Community Center
located on the northside. Farah's
Readers Are Leaders' mission is to
bolster literacy skills in students
whose reading levels are at, or
below the state of Florida's profi-
ciency level. So far, 50 students in
grades one through nine attend
tutoring sessions twice a week after
school and four days a week during
Acting as the academic adminis-
trator educational consultant
Priscilla Jenkens is collaborating
with Farah to strategically select
students, organize the curriculum
and solicit retired instructors.
"We chose to work with students
from Betty Bumey's district that
need help the most." Farah said.
Targeted students reside in School
Board District 5 and attend Susie E.
Tolbert Elementary-a gifted and
academically talent magnet school,
Eugene J. Butler Middle, Mathew
Gilbert Middle and William Raines
Typically students face many chal-
lenges in the areas of word recogni-
tion and critical and analytical
thinking skills, which if not reme-
died now, poses potential problems
during FCAT testing. These compe-
tencies are taught by using Pearson
Scott-Foresman exercises in hopes
to improve reading levels. In May,
skill assessments will be adminis-
tered to learn the success of the pro-
"We want to determine if their
[students'] reading comprehension,
fluency and phonemic awareness
skills have improved by at least one
performance level or one letter
grade," Jenkens said. However, in
just a few months, the students'
progress displayed a great deal of
Jenkens also noted, "Many of the
older students learned to read arti-
cles, discuss the content and write
opinions...this was a meaningful
challenge for them and taught them
the importance of stretching one's
As a native of Jacksonville, Farah
truly believes in the importance of
earning a valuable education to
achieve promising rewards-job
opportunities, higher socioeconom-
ic status and brighter futures. But
the foundation begins early on in
students' lives, at the primary level
"Reading is a fundamental ele-
ment in our lives," Farah said. "It's
important that students develop
strong reading skills to succeed in
Farah said improved academic
achievement of disadvantaged stu-
dents creates greater career oppor-
tunities and produces more respon-
For more information about
Farah's Readers Are Leaders, call
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City Opens New State of the Art Library
S" opi family which will continue through
S The new Main Library is the
largest public library building in
Florida. On its ground floor, the
Facility features a 400-seat auditori-
um and conference center; a book-
q store, a teen area and a caf6.
On the second and third floors,
visitors will find a courtyard with a
fountain and caf6-style tables and
". chairs; a children's library with
S" seating areas in the shape of an alli-
gator, a boat and a manatee; a chil-
dren's theater with an animatronic
"Mrs. Owl" for storytelling; refer-
S. ence, periodical, fiction and non-
Shown above at the opening are retired librarians and members of the fiction areas. The fourth floor fea-
Northside Storytellers League Novella Williams and Elaine Kitchings. tures the grand reading room,
The City of Jacksonville recently included a RALLY parade featuring boasting a wireless Internet zone,
opened their brand new state of the members of Mayor Peyton's Book as well as the Ansbacher map
room-a collection of 240+ antique
art main library with a festive dedi- Club and a dedication ceremony, as
cation and a host of activities to fol- well as lectures, tours, story hours, maps. There is also a new African-
low. The week-long celebration art and fun activities for the entire
Veteran's Parade Highlights
Speaker Alethea Bonello was presented a special
welcome from her sorority sister Pat Mitchell.
Life Membership Honors were bestowed upon
Jeanette Moses by Dr. C.B. McIntosh.
The Jacksonville Branch of the
NAACP recently held their 40th
Annual Freedom Fund Dinner at
the Radisson Riverwalk Hotel. The
evening celebrated the historic
organization's annual Award pro-
gram and roused a crowd to action
with the dynamic words of guest
speaker Alethea Bonello who fol-
lowed the evening's theme of "The
Race is Still On".
The evening began with a timely
start with the invocation provided
by Rev. Ernest Griffin followed by
greeting from City Councilman
Reggie Fullwood and Mayor John
Peyton who stressed his youth liter-
acy campaign. An entertainment
selection was performed by Diane
Brown who sang, "Up Against All
Odds", a solo she also performed at
the National Act So competition.
The awards presentation took
place during the dinner and includ-
ed the following special awards:
Rutledge Pearson Award: Mary
Ann Pearson, Sallye B. Mathis
Award: Elder Lee Harris,
President's Award: Dr. Wendell
Holmes, Mr. Thomas Dukes and
Elder Lee Harris (left) received the Sallye B. Mathis
Award from Rev. Ernest Green.
Mrs. Mary Ann Pearson presented Olivia Gay
Davis with the Rutledge H. Person Award.
Shown above are youth award honorees with NAACP President
Isaiah Rumlin (left to right) Noelle Barber, Noelle Barker, Gabriella
Cenci, Natasha Williams, Jasmine Anderson and Marcus Cates.
Sylvia Perry of the Jacksonville
Free Press and a special
Membership Award to Jeanette
Moses. Several youth participants
were also honored for being semi-
finalists for the National
Achievement Scholarship Program.
Not on the agenda was a surprise
award to NAACP President Isaiah
Rumlin. Long familiar with 'the
struggle'; Rumnlin remarked briefly
to the audience about his dedication
to the organization and his commit-
ment to the theme.
A highlight of the evening was the
rousing words of NAACP Youth
Director Alethea Bonello. Having
literally been reared in the organi-
zation, Bonello urged the crowd
both young and old the importance
of passing the baton in the fight for
"Our government used to protect
us, now we need protection from
them," Bonello said. "It's time that
we have leaders who aren't afraid to
speak and go against the grain." She
said. Bonello also didn't hesitate to
acknowledge the strong women in
the cd6Wd who" had "d"profdCtil'd
influence on her upbringing includ-
ing longtime former NAACP-
President Willye Dennis.
The evening concluded with the
crowd singing a moving a capella
rendition of "Lift Evry' Voice and
Sing" and benediction by Rev. R.L.
Gundy. FMPowell Photo
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FEDERAL GRANT APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE
The Jacksonville Housing Commission (JHC) of the City of Jacksonville, FL., is announcir
2006-07 applications will be available beginnilibtursday, December 1,2005, for the followir
City of Jacksonville Consolidated Plan federal grant programs:
State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP)
HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)
Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)
Community Development Block Grart (CDBG) Housing Projects Only
Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG)
Written proposals will be accepted fropublic and private non-profit 90(c)(3) agents until January
27,2006. Projects in which CDBG funds are requtibast meet one of the following CDBG national o
Benefiting low-and moderate-income persons, or
Aiding in the elimination or prevention of slum and blight.
MANDATORY TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE WORKSHOPS
All non-profit 501 (c)(3) agencies applying for CDBG Housing Funds, SHIP, ESG, HOPWA, and Com-
munity Housing Development Organization (CHDO)reserve and operating expense are required to
attend a mandatory technical assistance worksholApplications may be picked up at the workshops or
the JHC Office, 1 West Adams Street, Suite 200,stliaille, Florida, 32202, Monday through Friday froi
8AM to 5PM, beginning Thursday, dember 1, 2005. At theorkshops, JHC stafvill explain the grant
application process, project eligibility and provide inflation to assist with application preparation. Plea
call the JHC office at (904) 588-0172 to Mff know which workshop you will attend.
Workshops will be held on:
Thursday, December 1,2005 3:00 PM
Jacksonville Housing Commission
1 West Adams Street, Suite 200
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Thursday, December 8,2005 6:00 PM
Beaver Street Enterprise Center
1225 West Beaver Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204
No applications for CDBG, SHIP, ESG, HOPWA or HOME funds will be accented from agencies that
have not attended technical assistance workshoplf, after attending a workshop applicants need ad
tional assistance, JHC staff will be available on Wsdlays from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon at the addr
above, or by telephone at (9C0R8-0172 beginning)ecember 9,2005.
If any non-English speaking persons or person withilithilvisual or hearing impairments wish to attend th
workshops and have special needs, please notify Jacksonville Housing Commission at 588-0172 in ad
that accommodations may be made.
Jeannie L. Fewell
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Friends and Family Celebrate 50th Birthday of Gerald Jones
Over fifty invited guests composed of family and friends gathered at the Silk Pavillion last week to celebrate the birthday of Jacksonville CPA Gerald
Jones. The honoree was feted in the fashion of his native Louisiana cajun style.The festive celebration included a wide variety of New Orleans style
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Atlanta's Auburn Avenue Tops Historic Endangered List
Atlanta's Auburn Avenue com-
mercial district, once the heart of
the nation's black business commu-
nity, is lined with historic treasures
such as the Rev. Martin Luther
King Jr.'s birth house and also
with crumbling, boarded-up build-
That makes it the most recogniza-
ble and jarring of the places listed
statewide as "in peril" in a report
released by the Georgia Trust for
Historic Preservation, the nation's
largest nonprofit state preservation
While thriving black-owned busi-
nesses from the 1920s to the 1950s
earned the mile-and-a-half-long
stretch the nickname "the richest
Negro street in the world," many
middle-class and wealthy residents
left after desegregation in the
With homelessness and crime
rampant, activists started to try to
revitalize the historic houses, but
the commercial district on the
avenue's west end has lagged.
The National Trust for Historic
Preservation, which releases an
annual list of America's 11 most
endangered historic places, has
long sought to protect black her-
itage in the South putting on its
list all historic black churches in the
region in 1996 and all black col-
leges and universities in 1998.
"You can't look at the history of
the South and not talk about
African-Americans," said John
Hildreth, director of the national
trust's Southern office.
While Auburn Avenue is the most
visible of the 10 "Places in Peril,"
Georgia Trust president Greg
Paxton said there's a broad range of
historic monuments across the state
that need to be saved.
Desmond Tutu and University of North Florida President and former
Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney. UNF conferred an honorary
Doctorate of Humane Letters degree to Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize win-
ner and Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town. Joanna Norris Photo
On his most recent tour, Archbishop Desmond Tutu said that he is still
amazed at the progress South Africa has made after the country's abolish-
ment of apartheid 11 years ago.
During his lecture, Tutu spoke nearly an hour to the audience about the
power of "truth" and "forgiveness." He said that both may not be easy to
obtain or bestow, "but it is possible..."Because this is a moral universe,
and right is going to prevail."tu was the first Black Anglican Archbishop
of Cape Town, South Africa. He became the first Black person to lead the
Anglican Church in South Africa on September 7, 1986 and retired as
archbishop in 1996.
NAACP, Harvard & Virginia
School of Law Release Advocacy
Manual to Combat Resegregation
NEW YORK The nation's oldest
civil rights organization and
research centers at the Civil Rights
Project of Harvard University and
the Center for the Study of Race
and Law at the University of
Virginia School of Law have
released "Looking to the Future,
Voluntary K-12 School
Integration," a manual to aid advo-
cates working to promote racial and
ethnic diversity in public schools.
More than fifty years after Brown
v. Board of Education, which ended
legally sanctioned public school
segregation, our nation finds itself
at a critical crossroads. Over the
years, a number of K-12 public
school districts, including some
that had resisted desegregation in
the past, have come to realize the
value of racial and ethnic diversity
in elementary and secondary educa-
tion. Although the Supreme Court
affirmed the importance of diversi-
ty in higher education in its 2003
University of Michigan decisions,
it was unclear what those rulings
mean for our nation's K-12 public
The manual 'Looking to the
Future' seeks to provide greater
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Thanksgiving Feasting and Fellowship at Mt.
Sinai The Brotherhood Ministry of Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist
Church will host Thanksgiving day at"The Mount" on Thursday,
November 24th at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. the community is invited to enjoy a
'no strings attached" day of feasting and fellowship.The church is located
at 2036 Silver Street. Rev. R.L. Gundy, Pastor.
Bethel Missionary Baptist Harvest Day
Celebration Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, located at 2538
Firestone Road, is hosting their Annual Harvest Day Celebration which
began on Wednesday, November 16th and will continue through Sunday,
November 20th. The guest speaker is Dr. Larence London of Detroit,
Michigan who will be delivering the message each night.
The public is invited to participate in the free soul food dinner following
the Sunday Service. Dr. William Lavant, Pastor.
It's Not To Late To Enroll In Project C.H.A.S.E.
An innovative program called Project C.H.A.S.E. is being offered to
help individuals improve their standard of living and quality of life. The
program, Connecting Home and School Enviroments is housed at New
Bethel A.M.E. Church, 1231 Tyler St. It is open to any parent of a child
between 0-7 years of age and who live in zip code areas 32205 or 32209.
The program is designed to help individuals improve their education-
al opportunities by earning a GED, increase their employability skills, and
improve parenting skills to help their children become successful in
school. Free childcare services are provided when participants are in class.
A dinner for the participant and their child is provided. Transportation is
available if needed. For more information call (904) 353-1822 or (904)
Volunteers Needed For Prison Fellowship
Ministry Ministers, Missionaries, and Lay Members are needed to
give spiritual visitation to prisoners. Churches are needed to sponsor Angel
Trees to give the children of prisoners toys and clothes at Christmas time.
Teachers are also needed to tutor children of prisoners in math and read-
ing. Businessmen are needed to provide training jobs to released prisoners.
Contact Sam Roberts at P.O. Box 37676, Fax (904) 765-9214, email new-
email@example.com or call (904) 994-1044. Monthly meetings are
held on the fourth Thursday of each month from 7:00 p.m. -8:30 p.m. at
Watch The Lamb Ministries located at 2519 Soutel Dr. at 11th Avenue. For
directions call (904) 713-9100.
Gospel Explosion to
Benefit Hurricane Victims
"Keep your heart of com-
passion open" and enjoy an
evening of gospel music when
T. Rose Productions and
Bishop Lorenzo Hall present ji
"A Gospel Explosion" with
special guest Bill Pinkney, and
Bill Pinkney's Gospel Drifters,
out of Sumpter, South
Carolina. It's an opportunity to
come together in unity.
A legend in the music indus- i'
try, Bill Pinkney appeared in
the movie "Home Alone Two"
and is known for the hits i
"White Christmas", "Under
the Boardwalk", "Come to the
Garden Alone", and "Wonderful
The Gospel Explosion will begin
at 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 20,
2005, at the Israel United Baptist
Church, 6901 N. Main Street, Rev.
Bill Pinkney's Gospel Drifters
Eugene White, Pastor.
Jessie & The Miracles, The
Singing Trumpets, Pure Gold and
Bishop Lorenzo Hill, will also
appear on program. There is no
Genesis to Observe
"CWIU" of Genesis Missionary
Baptist Church, 241 South McDuff
Ave., Rev. Nelson B. Turpin,
Pastor; will observe their CWIU
6th Anniversary at 5 p.m. on
Sunday, November 20, 2005.
Min. Angie Thompkins of the
Sanctuary at Mt. Calvary, will be
the "Minister of the Hour.
Deaconess Ann Turpin, CWIU
President and Program Chair,
invites the public to attend.
First New Zion
The First New Zion Missionary
Baptist Church, 4835 Soutel Drive,
invites the entire city of Jackson-
ville to share in their Anniversary
Celebration Services at 4 p.m. on
Sunday, November 20 and 27th.
First New Zion is celebrating the
Church's 84th Anniversary, and the
20th Anniversary of their Pastor,
Rev. Dr. James B. Sampson.
Sword & Shield Presenting
Special Spirit Filled Services
The public is invited to join in a spirit filled worship service presented
by Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach Ministry on Sunday, November
27th at 3:45 p.m. Special services and the Word will be presented by Dr.
Joy F. Canaday, from Christian Counseling Services and Rev. Mattie W.
Freeman, Sword & Shield Founder/Pastor. The Word and Praise Team
2005, under the direction of Kenshela Williams will also perform in addi-
tion to soloists Sister Pat Speights and Sister Donna Holland. The church
is located in Building 1 at 1820 Monument Road.
First A.M.E. Church of Palm Coast Creates Disaster Relief Task Force
The First A.M.E. Church of Palm
Coast, under the leadership of the
Rev. Gillard S. Glover, is respond-
ing to Hurricane Katrina victims by
meeting their needs. The ministry
has formed a Disaster Relief Task
Force, which seeks to provide hous-
ing, food, medical supplies, psy-
chological support and job place-
ment for Hurricane Katrina victims.
The Task Force has collaborated
with the Flagler Housing Authority
led by Chris Beyers.
The church is seeking to serve a
minimum of ten families, and will
pay the cost of rent and utilities for
these individuals for a period of six
months. The First A.M.E. Church
motto as articulated by Rev. Glover
is "The Church where the Spirit
Flows," an acronym for Fellowship,
Learning, Outreach, Worship and
Service. Supporting these families
have been placed with a fifth fami-
Rev. Glover has challenged the
congregation of First A.M.E.
Church to contribute $100,000 to
underwrite the costs of assisting
these families. He has stated that
"The work of the Church is to meet
the needs of the people." However,
no one is excluded from contribut-
ing. Clearly, the more funds that are
available, the more families can be
Anyone wishing to contribute may
make their checks payable to:
Disaster Relief Task Force, Care of
First A.M.E. Church of Palm Coast,
P.O. Box 353967, Palm Coast, FL
32135-3967. All contributions des-
ignated for Disaster Relief will be
used for that purpose only.
For further information, please
contact Rev. Gillard S. Glover,
Senior Pastor, at (386) 446-5759.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Sunday Morninq Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
Wednesday Noon Servic
"Miracle at Midday'
12 noon-1 p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
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Sunday Mornings at 6:30 a.m.
Evangel Temple Assembly of God
Sunday, November 20th
8:15 a.m. & 10:45a.m.
10:45 AM Service Interpreted for the Deaf
Pour .Means qf.lccess to the Presence of God
Sunday ( 6:00 p.m.
'A Tlhalksgiving Attitude"
Come Experience the Power of Worship
You Were Created to Worship
5755 Ramona Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32205
Website www.evangelltempleag.orgEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
1st Sunday 3:45 p.m.
4th Sunday Training Ministry
Tuesday 7:30 p.m.
Prayer Meeting and Bible Study
Wednesday- 12 Noon
Noon Day Worship
Thursday 4:00 p.m.
St. Thomas Missicnary
5863 Moncrief Road Jacksonville, FL 32209
(904) 768-8800 F5a(904) 764-3800
Pastor Ernie Murray, Sr
lost for Christ
8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30-7 p.m.
FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE, HIS-
TORY AND MATH TUESDAY & THURSDAY 6:30 8 P.M.
Pastor Landon Williams, Sr.
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Find Out Your Risk of Heart
Disease at Free Screenings
The Association of Black
Cardiologists, Inc. (ABC) is spon-
soring "2005 Super Weekend:
Taking Steps Toward Better
Health," a program designed by the
ABC to increase the awareness and
prevention of cardiovascular dis-
ease (CVD) and stroke in African-
Jacksonville is the first stop on the
national tour which will be hedl in
sever US cities. CVD, the leading
cause of death in the United States,
is the greatest killer of African-
Americans and claims more than
100,000 lives annually; and the
prevalence of high blood pressure
in African-Americans is the highest
in the world. African-Americans
have the highest heart disease &
stroke death rates of all others in
Duval County, although they make
up less than one-quarter of the
entire population. Indeed, their
stroke death rate is 45% higher than
any other residents.
In recognition of the area-wide
reach of 2005 Super Weekend, the
Jacksonville Mayor's Office of
Faith-Based and Community
Partnerships issued a proclamation,
designating November 19-20 as
"2005 Super Weekend: Taking
Steps Toward Better Health."
The ABC's trained health special-
ists will conduct free heart health
screenings Saturday, November 19,
at The Hyatt Jacksonville
Riverfront, in Jacksonville, from
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The ABC
expects to reach 1,000 people dur-
ing 2005 Super Weekend,"
through the heart health education
and screenings and messages that
local healthcare professionals will
deliver in 19 area churches on
Sunday, November 20.
The following Jacksonville area
churches are participating: Bethel
Institutional, Jerusalem Baptist
Church, Greater Macedonia Baptist
Church, St. Matthew Baptist
Church, New Life Community
UMC, Free Spirit Evangelistic
Temple, St. Phillips Episcopal,
Hope Chapel Christian Assembly,
Lem Turn Cir COC, Perez
Ministries International, Grace
Baptist Church, One Lord One
Faith Christian Assembly, Peace
Missionary Baptist Church,
Philippian Community Church,
Total Praise Church Ministries,
Grace International Church, New
Mount Canaan Baptist Church,
Royal Tabernacle Baptist Church,
and Greater Church of God by
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The Duval County Health Department (DCHD) recently partnered with
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promotion. The campaign rewarded children who are spotted by the
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office wearing a bicycle helmet. The DCHD also
gave away free bike helmets to children who may not be able to afford a
bicycle helmet of their own. The bike helmet giveaways took place over a
four-week period at four DCHD health center locations. Bicycle helmets
reduce the risk of head injury by 85%.
How to Enjoy the Holidays Without the Extra Weight
It seems like just as soon as those
holiday carols start playing in ele-
vators, our weight starts climbing
up and up.
You know it's coming.
Everywhere you turn, there are
sweets and treats and indulgences:
next to the checkout register, in the
breakroom and on desks at work,
and on every end table and counter-
top at every home you visit.
When you're not having some-
thing waved under your nose,
you're rushing around with the
shopping and errands and prepara-
tions, probably not taking the time
you need to get a proper meal.
But then during the holiday sea-
son, big, abundant, sit-down din-
ners are likely to make their way
into the schedule of even the most
harried and hurried among us.
With all that to contend with,
many people find the temptations
too much to bear, and simply give
up on healthy eating altogether dur-
ing the holidays. But don't surren-
der! If you recognize going in that
these challenges will be there, and
arm yourself accordingly, it needn't
be the fight of your life just getting
through to January.
A defensive attitude
Perhaps the most important atti-
tude adjustment is to think of your-
self not as a person who is trying to
lose weight or even someone trying
to avoid junk. Think of yourself as
a person who eats well and makes
healthy choices. Successful people
do what successful people do.
When you walk in to work first
think in the morning and you're
faced with a plate of frosted candy-
cane cookies, just recognize that
healthy-eating people such as your-
self just don't eat that sort of thing
for breakfast. Smile, nod and keep
It also helps to be forearmed with
a few defensive thoughts to call up
in case someone brings that plate of
cookies right over to you. Think of
what motivates you to be eating
better and getting healthy to begin
with. And if someone is particu-
larly insistent about trying to ply
you with sweets or goodies, be
ready with a polite way to decline.
But don't say, "I'm dieting". That's
only going to invoke sympathy and
good-natured encouragement to
live a little. Remember that you're
trying to eat better because you
want to live a little longer.
When you're faced with that big
sit-down meal at Grandma's, plan
in advance to NOT get so full that
you're uncomfortable. Chew slow-
ly, savor each bite, really appreciate
those special dishes. It's a much
better way to enjoy them than doing
And start by taking small servings
to begin with. Many of us were
raised to 'clean our plates,' and we
feel obligated to finish, but if you
feel full, stop. You don't have to eat
it just because it's there.
And, ask for small servings or
serve yourself in small portions to
start with. If you're truly still hun-
bl ), 3 'U cal l go oL." .'. I |||>. | I1olr. i t
way, you won't be jam packed with
something that was just filler, leav-
ing room for seconds of the really
Another trick to help slow the
overeating at holiday parties is to
try for buffet serving rather than
putting all the food on the dining
table. That's because repeated stud-
ies have shown that if the food is
within arm's reach, we'll eat it. But
if we've got to go and get it, we are
less likely to have more.
Even a more formal meal can
include service from a buffet away
from the main table. And if you're a
guest, no matter how your host has
arranged to serve, after you've fin-
ished eating a plate, give it a
moment to settle in before going for
It takes about 30 minutes for the
hormones that signal satiety to get
the message from the stomach to
the brain. Don't keep packing just
because your brain doesn't know
your tummy is done.
That 'arm's-reach' defense is use-
seat further away from the bowl of
chips and don't stand next to the
tray of hors d'oeuvres when you're
chatting at the office party.
And if you're somewhere that you
might feel uneasy, consider wearing
something with pockets so you can
comfortably stand with your hands
idle. Many people munch at parties
just to be doing something, espe-
cially if they feel uneasy in conver-
There are a few other simple
defenses you can employ that will
serve you equally well at a holiday
party or if you hit the drive through
in the midst of your shopping:Hold
the sauce. You can knock 100 calo-
ries or more off most sandwiches or
salads not to mention that pile of
potatoes by skipping the special
sauce, dressing, or gravy.
Skip the soda. A wide array of
sodas on the buffet table may look
hospitable, but regular soda will
add hundreds of calories to a meal.
A nice glass of ice water goes beau-
tifully with any holiday meal;
unsweetened ice tea or diet sodas
are a decent second choice.
Don't supersize. Stick to reason-
able-sized portions. Holidays are a
great time for appreciating the
abundance in our lives, but we can
do that without upgrading to the
supersize meal, either in the drive-
through or at Grandma's buffet.
Thick & Thin
Remind yourself that you don't
have to eat everything you're
served, that you can take small
servings and have more later, and
that it's okay to say no, even if more
is offered. Holiday diningshould
be a pleasure, not an annual experi-
ence in extreme eating.
Kids Can Visit the Great
Safety Adventure at Lowes
Roughly the size of a small house,
The Great Safety Adventure is a near-
ly 1,000 square foot traveling animat-
ed home that creates a replica of a liv-
ing room, kitchen, bathroom, bed-
room and backyard. Entering its sev-
enth year on the road, the program,
arms children and families with criti- ....... a ai
cal home safety knowledge. The award-winning "field trip on wheels"
has directly reached nearly 750,000 children and parents since it
launched in 1999. The house will be on display free of charge Saturday,
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Pau 10 )- Ms. Perry's Free Press
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 11
November 17 23, 2005
Africa Braces for First
Female Head of State
MONROVIA, Liberia The
woman poised to become
Liberia's next president expressed
confidence that electoral results
would be certified soon despite
her soccer star opponent's allega-
tions the vote was fraudulent.
Former Finance Minister Ellen
Johnson-Sirleaf has called on her
opponent, George Weah, to con-
cede defeat since results from last
week's heated presidential runoff
gave her an unbeatable lead with
nearly all the votes counted.
If the vote is certified, Johnson-
Sirleaf would become Africa's
first elected female president and
serve a six-year term.
Johnson-Sirleaf had 59.6 per-
cent of the votes, compared with
Weah's 40.4 percent, with 99.3
percent of the ballots counted, the
National Elections Commission
Following a final tally
announcement this week, a victor
will be declared after Weah's
complaint is heard the commis-
Weah alleged widespread fraud
in contesting the ballot, though
international observers declared
the vote was fair. His supporters
protested last weekend outside the
U.N. headquarters building in
"I just wish that Mr. Weah
would accept the results; that is
clearly from the choice of
Liberian people," Johnson-Sirleaf
She also called on Weah to
"work with me so that together we
can meet the needs of the youth
and we can join hands to move
our country forward." Johnson-
Sirleaf said she would offer Weah
a Cabinet post if she is certified
In the early decades of the nation's
oldest public university, students at
the University of North Carolina
had servants that kindled fires in
their rooms and cut wood to fuel
And at the school that's so proud of
its history, archivists have uncov-
ered and are now displaying pub-
licly evidence that those servants
"I think it's important for us to
know our own history and to be
honest about it," said Chancellor
"This university was built by
slaves and free blacks," Moeser
added. "We need to be candid about
that, acknowledge their contribu-
The University of North Carolina,
chartered in 1789, is among several
institutions of higher leamingjoin-
ing banks and other financial
firms,that have taken recent steps to
research and recognize their his-
toric ties to the slave trade.
North Carolina archivists were
searching through records as part of
a project on the university's first
100 years when they found records
that confirmed slaves helped con-
struct campus' buildings. Other
records showed that both faculty
and university board members
The research is now on display as
part of an on-campus exhibit-
"Slavery and the Making of the
University Heroes, Bond and Free"
that includes photographs, letters,
bills of sale for slaves, and other
documents. In one letter, the wife of
the school's first law professor
wrote her husband that university
President David Lowry Swain
wanted to hire "Harry" for work,
pledging she would "hire Harry out
whenever I can."
Last April, the faculty senate at
the University of Alabama apolo-
gized to the descendants of slaves
who were owned by faculty mem-
bers or who worked on campus in
the years before the Civil War. The
school also erected a marker near
the graves of two slaves on campus.
And at Brown University in
Rhode Island,a committee is exam-
ining the school's historic ties to the
slave trade and recommending
whether and how the college should
take responsibility. A report on the
findings is due by the end of the
"We clearly do live in a society
that has a persistent pattern of racial
disparity and I think most people
would agree that that has something
to do with our history" said James
Campbell, a history professor at
Brown and the chairman of the
committee. If you care about that
pattern of disparity, then it seems to
me one of the things that is incum-
bent opn you is to try to find out
how we got here."
Just how many schools have ties to
the slave trade remains unknown,
since so much information has been
concealed, said Harvard law profes-
sor Charles Ogeltree. But he
believes those found to have had
links to slavery should pay repara-
In the business world, some banks
and financial services firms have
conducted similar investigations,
often to comply with local govern-
ments demanding such an account-
ing of past ties to the slave trade,
and have followed in some cases
with financial donations.
Corp.committed an undisclosed
sum to support black history educa-
tion a few days after announcing
that two of its predecessor banks
owned slaves. New York based
JPMorgan Chase & Co. gave $5
million to support college scholar-
ships for black students in
Louisiana, where two of its prede-
cessor banks received thousands for
slaves as collateral.
At North Carolina, the university
has made several efforts to recog-
nize the school's links to slavery. A
class is offered on the history of the
blacks at the school. A monument,
to be dedicated next month, was
installed last May that honors
slaves and free blacks who helped
build the school.
And when the new exhibit
opened, the university sponsored a
discussion led by university profes-
sor called "That the Truth May Set
Us Free: Examining Our
Meanwhile, those doing research
at North Carolina say they hope the
exhibit is a beginning of new dis-
covery about the school's past.
Archivists said the exhibit was not
an attempt to expose unknown
secrets, but rather share materials
that add to the university's history.
"I think it is important that we do
this since we are the oldest univer-
sity," said Susan Ballinger, assistant
university archivist. "The chancel-
lor has said over and over again that
it's critical for the university to be
honest about its past. He wants our
history told fully, warts and all."
Conspiracy Theory? The Prison Industry Big Business or a Free Workforce?
by Vicky Palez
Human rights organizations, as
well as political and social ones, are
condemning what they are calling a
new form of inhumane exploitation
in the United States, where they say
a prison population of up to 2 mil-
lion mostly Black and Hispanic -
are working for various industries
for a pittance. For the tycoons who
have invested in the prison industry,
it has been like finding a pot of
gold. They don't have to worry
about strikes or unemployment
insurance, vacations or comp time.
All of their workers are full-time,
and never arrive late or are absent
because of family problems; more-
over, if they don't like the pay of 25
cents an hour and refuse to work,
they are locked up in isolation cells.
There are approximately 2 million
inmates in state, federal and private
prisons throughout the country.
According to California Prison
Focus, "no other society in human
history has imprisoned so many of
its own citizens." The figures show
that the United States has locked up
more people than any other coun-
try: a half million more than China,
which has a population five times
greater than the U.S. Statistics
reveal that the United States holds
25% of the world's prison popula-
tion, but only 5% of the world's
people. From less than 300,000
inmates in 1972, the jail population
grew to 2 million by the year 2000.
In 1990 it was one million. Ten
years ago there were only five pri-
vate prisons in the country, with a
population of 2,000 inmates; now,
there are 100, with 62,000 inmates.
It is expected that by the coming
decade, the number will hit
360,000, according to reports.
What has happened over the last
10 years? Why are there so many
"The private contracting of prison-
ers for work fosters incentives to
lock people up. Prisons depend on
this income. Corporate stockhold-
ers who make money off prisoners'
work lobby for longer sentences, in
order to expand their workforce.
The system feeds itself," says a
study by the Progressive Labor
The prison industry complex is
one of the fastest-growing indus-
tries in the United States and its
investors are on Wall Street. "This
multimillion-dollar industry has its
own trade exhibitions, conventions,
websites, and mail-order/Internet
catalogs. It also has direct advertis-
ing campaigns, architecture compa-
nies, construction companies,
investment houses on Wall Street,
plumbing supply companies, food
supply companies, armed security,
and padded cells in a large variety
According to the Left Business
Observer, the federal prison indus-
try produces 100% of all military
helmets, ammunition belts, bullet-
proof vests, ID tags, shirts, pants,
tents, bags, and canteens. Along
with war supplies, prison workers
supply 98% of the entire market for
equipment assembly services; 93%
of paints and paintbrushes; 92% of
stove assembly; 46% of body
armor; 36% of home appliances;
30% of headphones, microphones,
speakers; and 21% of office furni-
ture. Airplane parts, medical sup-
plies, and much more: prisoners are
even raising seeing-eye dogs for
CRIME GOES DOWN, JAIL
POPULATION GOES UP
According to reports by human
rights organizations, these are the
factors that increase the profit
potential for those who invest in the
prison industry complex:
Jailing persons convicted of non-
violent crimes, and long prison sen-
tences for possession of microscop-
ic quantities of illegal drugs.
Federal law stipulates five years'
imprisonment without possibility of
parole for possession of 5 grams of
crack or 3.5 ounces of heroin, and
10 years for possession of less than
2 ounces of rock-cocaine or crack.
A sentence of 5 years for cocaine
powder requires possession of 500
grams 100 times more than the
quantity of rock cocaine for the
same sentence. Most of those who
use cocaine powder are white, mid-
dle-class or rich people, while
mostly Blacks and Latinos use rock
cocaine. In Texas, a person may be
sentenced for up to two years'
imprisonment for possessing 4
ounces of marijuana. In New York,
the 1973 Nelson Rockefeller anti-
drug law provides for a mandatory
prison sentence of 15 years to life
for possession of 4 ounces of any
- The passage in 13 states of the
"three strikes" laws (life in prison
after three felonies), made it neces-
sary to build 20 new federal pris-
ons. One of the most disturbing
cases resulting from this measure
was that of a prisoner who for steal-
ing a car and two bicycles received
three 25-year sentences. -
(Part II will conclude next week
and will include a history of prisons
in the U.S. and importing/exporting
~ p I
A MIND IS A TEqRIBLE THING TO WASTE.
Nation's Oldest Public University
Opens Records on Slavery Ties
Page 12 Ms. Perry's Free Press November 17 23, 2005
Thanksgiving Menu: Old Tradition New Flavors
with Chef Joyce White
Traditional roast turkey is Parmesan cheese andn tossed
perfumed with herb and soy with a vinaigrette sauce stirred
sauce, Asian-style, and sur- with a dab of mustard.
rounded by trimmings from far Cornbread with crunchy
and near: Basamti rice, cab- corn kernels is also on the
bage with hot pepper flakes, table, or hot biscuits if you so
candied sweet potatoes with desire. Desserts are Lemon
Jamaican allspice, green salad Chess Tart and Cranberry
made with sliver of imported Upside Down Cake, all old
Menu recipes, plus wine and
champagne suggestions will be
featured here over the next
three weeks. All recipes are
adapted from my cookbook,
"Soul Food" and dessert cook-
book "Brown Sugar." Happy
* Kafir Lime Shrimp or Scallops
*Herb Roasted Turkey with
Pai Gravy Basamti Rice
:-i"t Pepper Flakes
* Allspice Glaued Sweet Potatoes
Kafir Leaf Rubbed Shrimp
2 pounds large or jumbo shrimp
6 to 8 Kafir lime leaves or
1 1/2 tablespoons grated lime peel
2 hot chile peppers, such as
jalapeno or serrano
2 cloves garlic, crushed, or more if
2 or 3 teaspoons ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black peppercorns, or
less if desired
3 or 4 tablespoons mild flavored
oil, such as canola
Lime or lemon wedges
Peel and devein the shrimp. Rinse
and pat dry with paper toweling.
Coarsely chop the kafir leaves and
the chile peppers, discard the seeds
if desired to reduce the heat.
Combine the kafir leaves or lime
peel, chile peppers, garlic, ginger,
salt, and peppercorns in a food
processor or spice or coffee grinder.
Process the mixture until finely pul-
Rub the spice mixture all over the
shrimp. Lightly oil a shallow broil-
er, griddle, or large cast iron skillet.
Place the shrimp in the pan and
marinated in the refrigerator for 45
minutes to 1 hour.
Preheat the broiler. Remove the
pan of shrimp from the fridge and
drizzle all over with the oil.
Place the pan under the broiler,
about 4 inches from heat, and broil
the shrimp 4 to 6 minutes or until
pink and tender, depending on size,
turning over with a metal spatula at
least twice. Serve hot or at room
temperature with lemon wedges.
Makes 8 servings.
Note: Scallops can replace the
Herb Roasted Turkey
with Pan Gravy
Defrost a frozen turkey inside the
refrigerator--not at room tempera-
ture, allowing at least 24 hours for a
bird weighing more than 12 pounds.
When baking, allow at least 15
minutes roasting time per pound of
bird. For example, a 12 to 14-pound
turkey should cook in about 3
hours. Have on hand a large square
of cheese cloth and a 12-inch square
of aluminum foil to use during the
basting; a timer, and an instant read
thermometer, the best way to check
In this recipe, the turkey is
browned first at 425 degrees for 30
minutes, and then baked at 350
degrees until done. See note at the
end of recipe for making turkey
broth for the gravy.
1 fresh or thawed frozen turkey, 12
to 14 pounds
2 to 3 tablespoons soy sauce
cup peanut, corn or grapeseed oil
1 tablespoon salt, or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh chopped
sage or rosemary or 2 to 3 tea-
spoons dried leaves
1 onion, peeled
For the gray):
5 tablespoons flour
4 cups (I quart) rurke broth or
canned chicken broth
Salt and freshly ground pepper, if
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Remove the giblets and neck
from the cavity and use to make the
turkey broth. (Don't use the liver in
the broth; it imparts an off flavor.)
Remove any feathers from the
turkey with tweezers. Rinse the
turkey well under running cold
water, including the cavity. Drain
and then dry well with paper towel.
Cut the lemon in half and
squeeze the juice all over the bird.
Rub the turkey all over with the soy
sauce. Then, using about half of the
oil, rub the turkey all over, includ-
ing the cavity. Then run your fin-
gers gently under the skin of the
breast and legs to loosen the skin,
and then massage the flesh with the
Sprinkle the bird all over with the
salt and black pepper. Then rub
with the garlic and herb, including
the cavity, and under the skin of the
breast and legs.
Rinse the onion, cut into chunks
and place into the cavity of the
turkey (no bread stuffing), along
with the lemon hulls. Close the
opening with round toothpicks or
Tuck the tips of the wings under
the back of the turkey. Using round
toothpicks, skewer the neck skin to
the back of the turkey so as to cre-
ate a pretty effect. Pull the legs
upright toward the breast and then
tie the ends together with heavy
cord or with wire twist.
Oil a rack and set it into a large
roasting pan. Place the bird onto
the rack, breast side down, and set
into the hot oven, on the middle
shelf. Bake for 30 minutes.
Remote the pan from the oven.
Run a thin metal spatula under the
breast to make sure than It is isn't
sticking to the rack Using rvo
clean pot holders, or slip on a pair
of oven mintens, grasp the nirkev at
both ends, lift and turn o\er to its
back, breast side up. and set back in
the pan on the rack. Baste the
turkey vith a tablespoon or so ot
the remaining oil.
Reduce the o\en temperature to 350
Fold the cheese cloth into a
square that cov ers the breast, dip it
into the oil until completely saturat-
ed, and lay it directly on the breast,
and then lay the square of alu-
minum foil over the cheese cloth.
Return the turkey to the oven and
bake for 2 hours, lifting up the alu-
minum foil and basting the bird
(through the cheesecloth) every 20
minutes or so, with the pan drip-
pings and remaining oil.
At the end of the cooking time,
insert the instant read thermometer
into the fleshiest part of the thigh.
If the thermometer reads 175
degrees and the juices run golden
when a skewer is inserted in the leg,
the turkey is done.
If the turkey isn't quite done,
baste it again, and return the bird to
the oven for another 10 minutes or
so. Watch carefully at this point,
and don't overcook.
When done, transfer the turkey
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to a serving platter, loosely cover
with foil and keep warm.
Meanwhile, pour the pan juices into
a bowl or measuring cup and skim
off and discard most of the fat, sav-
ing 4 or so tablespoons to make the
Make the gravy: Straddle the
roasting pan across 2 burners. Add
the 4 tablespoons of the reserved oil
or fat. Stir in the flour and cook,
stirring, over medium low heat for 7
to 10 minutes, or until the roux is
just lightly browned and gives off a
nutty aroma. Watch carefully and
don't scorch the flour.
Return the pan juices back to the
pan, along with the 4 cups of turkey
broth, stirring briskly. Increase the
heat and bring the gravy to a boil,
scrapping the browned bits in the
Season the sauce with a little salt
and pepper. Reduce the heat to low
and cook for about 10 minutes or
until the gravy is slightly thicken.
Makes 8 to 10 servings.
Note: To make the turkey broth,
combine the neck and giblet in a
large pan with 6 or 7 cups water.
Add a sliced onion, a handful of
carrots chunks, 3 or 4 stalks of cel-
ery, 2 cloves garlic, a bay leaf, a few
sprigs of herbs, such as thyme or
oregano, a teaspoon of peppercorns
and a half-teaspoon whole cloves.
Bring the pot to a boil. Reduce the
heat, cover and simmer the broth
about 2 hours while the turkey
bakes. When ready to use, pour
through a strainer into a bowl, and
use 4 cups of the broth for the gravy
Old-Fashioned Stuffing in
Style for Thanksgiving
Along with roast turkey, it's stuff-
ing that's a big part of an old-fash-
ioned Thanksgiving dinner.
"In recent years, we've seen the
emergence of Cal-Asian or the
merging of French with just about
anything even stuffings but sur-
veys show that in regard to stuffing
at Thanksgiving, 'old-fashioned" is
the most popular," says Lisa
Messinger, nationally syndicated
cookbook review columnist and co-
author of Mrs. Cubbison's Best
Little did Sophie Cubbison think
when hungry ranch hands gathered
around the covered wagon for her
freshly baked bread in 1906 (and
years later discovered that her bak-
ery's melba toast made a delicious,
Tips for Successful Stuffing
- Plan on 3/4 to 1 cup prepared stuffing per person or pound of turkey.
- When using vegetables in stuffing, saut6 onions, celery and mush-
rooms for mellowness; use uncooked for crunch.
- Do not use uncooked sausage, pork or other meat.
- Chill stuffing before placing in the bird to avoid spoilage.
- Stuff poultry just before roasting.
- Fill cavity loosely, as stuffing expands during cooking.
- Stuffing baked in a casserole should be made with additional liquid
and butter, since it will not absorb rich turkey juices.
convenient stuffing mix) that it was
the start of an American tradition.
For this most American of cele-
brations, classic stuffings are
always in style. This longtime
favorite brightened with cherries
from Mrs. Cubbison's Cookbook is
as good today as in the past.
Bowl O'Cherries Stuffing
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 1/2 cups chopped celery
1 cup chopped onion
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
2 (6-ounce) bags Mrs. Cubbison's
seasoned stuffing mix
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
2 cups frozen pitted cherries,
thawed and drained, or 2 cups
canned pitted cherries, drained.
Preheat oven to 350 F. Liberally
grease 2-quart casserole dish and
Place butter or margarine in medi-
um-sized saucepan, and melt over
medium heat. Add celery and
onion and saut6 5 minutes, or until
vegetables are soft. Stir in thyme
and poultry seasoning.
In large bowl, toss together stuff-
ing mix, sauteed vegetables and
broth. Gently stir in cherries.
Transfer mixture to prepared dish,
cover and bake 20 to 30 minutes, or
until heated through. If crisp top is
desired, uncover dish and bake 10
minutes more. Makes 6-8 servings
I am sitting my Thanksgiving
table again this year with
favorite dishes from around the
world. Shrimp rubbed with
kafir lime leaves, which are
available at Indian specialties
stores, is a delightful starter.
Grated lime peel gives a similar
Kafirt LeaR KuDbea dSrimp
Page 12 Ms. Perry's Free Press
November 17 -23, 2005
i St. Philips Episcopal to Present
SAcclaimed Organist in Recital
Shown above atthe special celebration services are: (L-R) Dr. & Mrs. Wendell Holmes; Dr. Trudie Kibbe
Reed; Rev. & Mrs. Newton E. Williams
Ebenezer UMC Observes 141 Years
The congregation of Ebenezer United Methodist Church where Rev. Newton E. Williams is the Pastor, celebrated
141 years of church history, Sunday, November 13, 2005. This year's theme for the occasion was "The State of
the Christian Family". Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed, President of Bethune Cookman College was the guest speaker.
She enlightened the members on key values that are intrinsic to the perpetuation of the Christian family. Dr. Reed
admonished the church not to forsake these values in pursuit of materialism. Reminders were given to when hope
seemed bleak, their will always be someone in a church that has a reservoir of inspiration.
Inspirational Worship was provided by the Ebenezer Chancel Choir directed by Mr. James Lanier and Guest
Soloist, Charles Malpress from King Solomon Baptist Church. Dr. Frank Emmanuel was the Worship Leader.
This event and its preparation were organized by the Chairperson, Pennie Emanuel-Funches and Co-Chair, Mr.
Warren Schell III. Following the worship service, members and guest were able to enjoy a bountiful feast in the
Righteous Content: Black Women's
Perspectives of Church and Faith
By Daphne C. Wiggins
New York University Press
Following in the foot-
steps of Evelyn Brooks
ing work Righteous Dis-
content, Daphne Wiggins
take a contemporary look at
the religious-sity of black
women. Her ethnogra-pyhic
work explores what is
behind black women's
intense loyalty to the
church, bringing to the fore-
front the voices of the
female member-ship of
black churches as few have
done. Wiggins illuminates
the spiritual sustenance the
church provides black
women, uncovers their crit-
ical assessment of the
church's ministry, and inter-
prets the consequences of
their limited collective
Wiggins paints a vivid portrait of
what lived religion is like in black
women's lives today.
"Daphne Wiggins has made a
major contribution to our under-
standing of the religion, wisdom,
and social power of African Ameri-
can women. This book should be
required reading for church leaders,
seminary professors, and socio-
logists of American religion who
nr i i. i>( j i.j Iin ih
often take black women's religio-
sity for granted. Wiggins offers us
that rare gift found in the finest
ethnographic studies, a vivid sense
of the inner world of the people in
their own voices. I learned some-
thing new on every page. A tour de
force of insight and lively writing
chock full of practical suggestions
for improving church life." Robert
M. Franklin commented, he is
author of Another Day's Journey:
Black Churches Confronting the
Jacksonville Alliance of Black
Educators invites new members
The Jacksonville Alliance of Black School Educators (JABSE),
Constance S. Hall, President; is an affiliate of the National Alliance of
Black School Educators. As an outgrowth of the National organiza-tion, it
is necessary to analyze and apply shared knowledge to the eradication of
problems which stand as obstructions to quality education for children.
JASE continues to bring forth issues and activities that will address the
needs of students and support their movement toward positive academic
success. Your involvement is needed at the local level to strengthen and
increase support of educational issues that face our educators and the youth
You may visit www.nabsc.org for more information about the organ-
ization, or you may call (904) 858-1943, locally.
Marcia Y. Riggs, J.
Erskine Love Professor of
"Righteous Content offers
laity, clergy and scholars a
fresh angle of vision on
the Black Church.
Wiggins interviews con-
temporary black lay
women and provides an
and incisive analysis of
why black women are
loyal to the black church.
Taking seriously the wo-
men's theological reasons
as well as sociological
factors, her analysis is
= 6, evenhanded yet provoca-
Stive. Wiggins challenges
scholars and members of
the black church to move
in new directions in this
new millennium. The book has
value for both the classroom and
Since 1979, Henry A. Mack has
been a familiar face on the music
scene of Jacksonville, beginning as
a teacher at Edward Waters College
following his tenure as a music
teacher in several Florida counties.
He toured with the Edward Waters
Choir throughout the United States
and Canada. The renowned choral
group performed for dignitaries as
well, including President and Mrs.
Jimmy Carter, the Reverend Jesse
Jackson, and members of the
Florida State Legislature. He retired
from the Duval County School
System where he served as a music
resource teacher for over thirty
A member of the Jacksonville
Chapter of the American Guild of
Organists, Mr. Mack is the recipient
of many awards and honors. He
was selected to participate in an
institute on Southern Black Culture
at Spelman College, a program
under the auspices of the National
Endowment for the Humanities,
held in Atlanta, GA, in 1982.
Mr. Mack served as organist at
the Inauguration of former
Governor of Florida, (Sen.) Bob
Graham, and at the Interfaith
Service held in his honor at Florida
A church musician for over forty
years, Mr. Mack has served as
organist at the Historic Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church, First
Presbyterian Church, and Ebenezer
United Methodist Church.
Currently, he is supply organist at
Woodlawn Presbyterian Church
and Choir Director/organists at
Saint Philip's Episcopal Church.
A native of Jacksonville, Mr.
Mack is the second of three sons in
the Mack Family. From an early
age, he displayed a talent for music
which resulted in piano lessons, and
his first piano recital under the tute-
lage of the late Ms. Johnnie Mae
After graduating from Matthew
W. Gilbert High School, he matric-
ulated at Florida A&M University
where he earned a Bachelor of
Science Degree in Music.
Completing further studies at the
University of Illinois and the
University of Florida, Mr. Mack
earned a Master of Arts Degree
from Jacksonville University.
The pubic is invited to this rare
opportunity of the presentation of
the acclaimed organist, Henry A.
Mack, in recital, at 4 p.m., on
Sunday, November 20, 2005; at the
St. Philips Episcopal Church, cor-
ner Union Street at Pearl.
Homegoing Services Scheduled for
Louise Veronica Haynes Sellers Powell
Mrs. Louise Powell
Mi L1,uise Veronica Haynes
Sellers Powell, affectionately
known as "Lou" to many of her
friends, passed away on Monday,
November 14, 2005, at the Harts
Harbor Nursing Home.
Mrs. Powell was born on August
14, 1923 in Hazelhurst, GA, to
Carrie Magnolia Harris and Henry
Haynes. She attended the St.
Matthews School, and received
Christ at an early age, when she
became actively involved in the St.
Throughout her eighty-two years,
Mrs. Powell was a diligent worker,
loving mother, and caring friend.
She worked as a Nurses Aide at the
Brewster (Methodist) Hospital, and
later began her own business when
she became an owner/operator of
School Buses which served the
Duval County School System, retir-
ing after 27 years of service.
She leaves to cherish her memo-
ry, a loving and devoted family,
including two sons: Command Sgt.
Major (Ret.) Henry Sellers Sr.
(Sharon), Jacksonville, FL; two
daughters: Cynthia Powell Upson,
Tampa, FL; and Lynnett Powell
Dennard, Jacksonville, FL; Four-
teen grandchildren: Henry L.
Sellers Jr., Stephanie Speights,
Joseph Bruce Upson Jr., Stephanie
Phillips, Dale Upson (Rhonda),
Nicole Walton Timley, Jarren
Dennard, Kendria Dennard, Angie
Dennard, Kenneth Dennard Jr.,
Sophia Dennard, Thaddeus Powell
Sr., Tanyika Powell, and Gimekia
Powell Dunlap (Gregory) Nineteen
Sellers Zachary Rose, Cynthia
Bingham, Deity Phillips, Gadi
Phillips, Alex-andria Upson, Avery
Smith, Step-hanie Upson, Mayani
Donaldson, Dale Upson Jr., Jose
Robinson, Jada Timley, Tiara
Powell, Travis Willis Powell,
Kristal Lamotta, Tiara Powell,
Thaddeus Powell Jr., Michael
Powell, Cassandra Powell, Khari
Green, Sascha Dunlap, Akira
Dunlap, Zahria Dunlap, and She-
Mrs. Powell is survived by two
sisters, Camille Blackman and
Henrietta Wolfe, both of Jackson-
ville, FL; two brothers, Hoover
Haynes (Dorothy), Macon, GA; and
Paul Quincy Haynes (Anne),
Valdosta, GA; devoted niece, Carol
James, Jacksonville, FL; aunts, Dr.
Alice Harris, Montgomery, AL and
Ada Harris, Halzelhurst, GA.
Special friends: Almarie Miller
(Tommy), Baxley, GA; Mildred
Bolden, Ann Willis, Carolyn
Powell, and Dr. Suzan West, all of
Jacksonville, FL; and many other
relatives and caring friends.
The family will receive friends
from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Thursday,
November 17, 2005, at the Wendell
P. Holmes Funeral Home, 2719
West Edgewood Ave, Jacksonville.
Funeral Services are scheduled for
Friday November 18, 2005 at 2:00
PM at Mount Sinai Missionary
Baptist Church on Silver Street.
The cortege will assemble at home
of Command Sgt. Major Ret. Henry
L Sellers Sr (Sonny) 1507 North
Carbondale Dr Jacksonville Florida
at 1:00 PM. The Internment
Edgewood Cemetery 4519 North
The family may be contacted at
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1- utat to do front social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
The Auntie EWC Annual Xmas
Roz Peanut Show Tree Lighting
The Auntie Roz Peanut Show, a The Annual Tree Lighting at
theatrical production for kids, will Edward Waters College will take
be performed November place Friday,November 18, 2005,
14,15,17,18,21,22, 2005 at 9:45 with Santa arriving at 5:30 p.m. and
a.m. and 3:45 p.m. The show will the program beginning at 6 p.m.
be performed at Edward Waters Special guest include the Bell Choir
College Milne Auditorium, 1658 of Ribault Middle School. The pub-
Kings Road and features early liter- lic is invited to attend.
acy skills, health, nutrition, charac-
ter building and music appreciation. 2005 Super Weekend
For tickets or more information, The Association of Black
call 713 0885 or visit Cardiologist (ABC) will present
http://www.auntieroz.com/. Super Weekend 2005: Taking Steps
Entertainers Needed for Family Rallly
Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee are soliciting entertainers to
volunteer their talent for a Millions More Movement Unity Family Rally to
help galvanize our communities for positive change.If you are a
singer,singing group,dancer,dancers,rapper,rappers,church group,step-
pers,greek organization,club,church choir,poet,comedian .There are no age
limitation,and it is open to male and female. Call 904-355-9395,904-768-
2778 or email:email@example.com.
"Before You Tie The Knot"
Marriage Preparation Class Offered
A wedding is a day, but the relationship is forever. Before You Tie The
Knot, a marriage preparation class, is offered every other month at the
Duval County Cooperative Extension Office. Each class consists of two
evening workshops; participants must attend both sessions to receive a cer-
tificate of completion. There is a $10 registration fee per couple.
The Extension classes fulfill the requirements of Florida Statute 741.0305
and 741.04, Marriage Preparation and Preservation Act, that became effec-
tive Jan. 1, 1999. A $32.50 discount on the marriage license is given to
couples who have completed approved premarital classes and the waiting
period required upon applying for a license is waived. The Extension
classes have been approved by the Circuit Court of Duval County for
licenses issued in this county. The next class will be held November 29th
and December 1st To get a registration packet, call Stephanie or
Sandra at 387-8855. Please note that if a religious ceremony is planned,
it is important that the couple contact their minister, priest, or rabbi.
Register Early for ANnual MLK Parade
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Foundation, Incorporated, of
Jacksonville, Florida will start 2006 with a full weekend of MLK Holiday
Celebration activities. The MLK Parade and the accompanying citywide
activities are planned as acts of joy, celebration, reflection, and introspec-
tion. This years Parade Theme is "Celebrating The Mothers of the
Movement" and the parade route will be through Downtown Jacksonville
on Monday, January 16, 2006 beginning at 10:00a.m. Register via tele-
phone 904-807-6358, on-line at www.mlkfdn.com or Fax at 904-807-
Do you know an
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ting someone else's needs before their own, a friend that
goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer? Nominate
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Toward Better Health, a national
program designed to increase
awareness and prevention of car-
diovascular disease (CVD) and
stroke via intensive heart health
education and health screenings in
African-American communities on
Saturday, November 19, from
10:00 am to 3:00 p.m. at The Hyatt
Regency Jacksonville Riverfront,
225 East Coast Line Drive. At the
event, ABC's Health Specialists
will conduct free heart screenings:
Measure & record blood pressure,
Body Mass Index levels and will
perform a finger stick for blood
sample to measure cholesterol &
Billy Paul in
Concert atthe Ritz
Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum
presents the Ritz Old School Rent
Party featuring Grammy Award
Winning R&B Legend Billy Paul,
November 19th, at, 8pm. The
party will feature live jazz, food,
drinks, dancing and other old
school diversions. For more infor-
mation, please call 904-632-5555.
Kick Off 6th Season
The Ritz Chamber Players, the
nation's only chamber music
ensemble for classically-trained
black musicians, will kick off its
fifth season, a six-concert series, at
8:00 p.m., Saturday, November
19th in the Terry Theater at the
Times-Union Center for the
Performing Arts. Throughout this
concert season, the Jacksonville-
based ensemble will celebrate the
birthdays of composers Mozart and
Shostakovich. The inaugural con-
cert will include Prokofiev work for
clarinet, string quartet and piano,
followed by a Haydn string quartet
known as "The Razor". For tickets
or more information, call 472
4270 or 354-5547.
Soul Release Poetry
Soul Release Poetry, longest run-
ning 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, an arts sup-
perclub with its new name, BOOM-
TOWN UNDERGROUND. The
next event will be on Saturday,
November 19th. The address is
The Park Building #140 Monre
Street (downstairs) across from
Hemming Plaza (park) The event
features an open mic for poets and
singers, hip hop and R&B by guest
DJs and nationally known spoken
word artists. Admission: $5
(poets/with college or military ID)
and $7 (general audience). For
more information, visit
The Help Center's
5th Annual Golf Clinic
On Monday, November 21st
The Help Center will host it's 5th
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Annual Golf Clinic at The Hidden
Hills Country Club. The clinic will
begin at 9:30 a.m. The Help Center
is a local substance abuse treatment
and recovery center For the past
18 years, the Center has provided
services tailored to the need of each
client coping with addiction prob-
lems. These services provided at
no-charge include transitional liv-
ing, intervention, prevention, coun-
seling and life management skills.
For more information or to register
please call The Help Center at (904)
Jacksonville Fashion Fusion, will
take place on Friday, November
25th 8:00 p.m. at the Radisson
Riverwalk Hotel featuring high
fashion and urban designers by
Jacksonville native's UNTITLED,
Inc (as previously seen at FAMU
Homecoming). Untitled, Inc.
includes men and women's attire for
all ages. For more information call)
626-2818, 707-5337 or email
Black and White Dance
The Second Annuakl Black &
White Dinner Dance will be held on
Saturday, November 26th at the
Elks Lodge on Anastasia Island.
Festivities will kick off at 6 p.m.
and live entertainment will be pro-
The next PRIDE Book Club meet-
ing will be held on Friday,
December 2nd at the home of
Debra Lewis. The book for disucs-
sion will be THE KNOWN
WORLD by Edward P. Jones. The
first discussion of the new year will
be held on January 6, 2006 at 7:00
pm at the home of Romona Baker.
The book for discussion will be
FORCED INTO GLORY by
Lerone Bennett, Jr. For directions
or more information, please call
Stage Aurora Theatrical Company
brings the Gospel song play "Black
Nativity", written by celebrated
African-American writer Langston
Hughes, to Jacksonville as a holi-
day special December 2-11, 2005
(weekends only). The "Black
Nativity" uses rousing Gospel
music and the poetry of Hughes to
tell the story of the birth of Jesus.
The Nativity will be shown Fridays
at 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 2:00
p.m. & 8:00 p.m., and on Sundays
at 3:00 p.m. in the Ezekiel Bryant
Auditorium at FCCJ North
Campus, 4501 Capper Road. Call
Stage Aurora at (904) 765-7373 for
tickets or more information.
"Bogeying 4 Bikes"
Akkire Entertainment Inc., will
host their first annual golf tourna-
ment on December 3rd at the Mill
Cove Golf Club. The proceeds of
this event will be used to buy bicy-
cles for the local children in the
communities from the Boys &
Clubs and the YMCA'S just in time
for the local holidays.
If you are interested in partici-
pating as a sponsor or golfer, please
email your information to
firstname.lastname@example.org or call
Festival of Lights 5K
The Children's Miracle Network
will present their annual Festival of
Lights 5K. The race will be on
December 4, 2005 beginning at the
Baptist Eye Institute in San Marco.
There will be a one-mile fun run
beginning at 5:30p.m. and the 5K
will begin at 6:00p.m. This event is
for both runners and walkers.
Runners will take to the streets of
San Marco along the bulbman lumi-
nary lit route of over 1,600 luminar-
ies. Participants will also have jin-
gle bells tied to their shoes, filling
the air with holiday sounds. The
runners will be entertained through-
out the course with singing carolers.
There will also be a special Kid
Zone. For more information or to
register, call Amy Davis at 202-
Make You Nervous?
The Rosanne R. Hartwell
Women's Center of FCCJ is offer-
ing a free Workshop, "Does
Conflict Make You Nervous?" in
the Martin Center, 501 W. State St.,
Fourth Floor Boardroom, 1-4 p.m.
The December 6th workshop is
free and open to the public. Call
633-8311 to register.
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Free Festive Fashions'
Brunch for Women
Atlantic Beach Women's
Connection is sponsoring a Brunch
showcasing a Festive Fashion Show
at the Selva Marina Country Club,
1600 Selva Marina Drive, Atlantic
Beach on Wednesday, December
7th, at 9:30 a.m. All women are
cordially invited to attend and bring
a friend. Speaker, Bonnilee Ashley
will relate how she overcame fear;
and share of her exciting career in
public relations, travel and adminis-
tration. Reservations are essential
for the Brunch and Free Nursery by
calling Carolyn 221-0670 or Kate
- 221-1598 or via Email:
EWC Chamber Choir
The Edward Waters College
Department of Fine Arts will pres-
ent "O, Come Let Us Adore Him," a
Christmas candlelight concert fea-
turing the Edward Waters College
Chamber Choir on Sunday,
December 9th. The concert, which
is free to the public, will be held 7
p.m. at the Historic Mount Zion
African Methodist Episcopal
Church, 201 Beaver Street.
The concert promises to be a
choral spectacular, as the EWC
Chamber Choir tells the story of
Christ's birth through a musical
repertoire of Baroque, Classical,
Renaissance and contemporary
Gospel arrangements. For more
information please call (904) 470-
8132 or (904) 470-8131.
Raines/Ribault Class of
86 Annual Xmas gala
The Ribault and Raines Class of
86' will have their annual jont
Christmas Gala on Saturday,
December 10th from 7:00 pm -
1:00 am at the Clarion Hotel at the
airport.Attire is "After Five" For
more information, contact Ver Lana
(Kitt) McCombs at 868-0528.
"Step 4 Life"
Area organizations have teamed
up together in an effort to raise
money for the Lupus Foundation
that services the Northeast Florida
cities. On December 10, 2005 a
Fashion Show will be held at the
Bethelite Conference Center, with
special guests Demetrius, Brother
Jay, and more. Tickets can be pur-
chased from either Deatry & Son
Shoes,119 W. Adams St. (904) 356-
0044, or Trendi's Salon ,1125
Cersey Blvd. (904) 710-4875. For
further information please call
Winterize Your Garden
Learn how to winterize your
landscape and herb garden with a
free class sponsored by the Duval
County Extension Office. The class
will be held on December 14, 2005
, from 10AM-l1PM at the Extension'si
,offices locatedati 1010 N, McDuff,,
Ave. Herbs will also be for sale.
Please call 387-8850 to register.
Visit the Riverside Avondale
Historic District on Sunday,
December 18th, 2005 from 6:00
p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for the 21st
Christmas Luminaria. Visible to the
eyes will be over 36,000 luminaria
candles, a live nativity with real
animals and Christmas presenta-
tions by area churches. Drive, walk,
bicycle, or rollerblade through the
free event. For more information
Experience an awe-inspiring
vocal ensemble direct from South
Africa! The Soweto Gospel Choir
draws on the best talent from the
many churches and communities in
and around Soweto, South Africa.
Performing in eight different lan-
guages, including English, the choir
will be in Jacksonville at the
Florida Theater on Friday,
February 3 at 8 p.m. Tickets for
most Florida Theatre events also on
sale at all Ticketmaster outlets, or at
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S Bush Honors Ali, Franklin With Medal of Freedom
PROUD FAMILY HEADED TO VIDEO GAME
The Disney Channel series "The Proud
Family" is being offered as a video game exclu-
sively for Nintendo's Game Boy. "Join Penny ljl ILY
Proud in an action-packed, hilarious adventure, '1 ----
as she works to purchase the ultimate present .
for her parents' wedding anniversary," states a
release for the game. Players must help Penny
as she takes on a wide array of jobs, from being
a waitress at Chez Wizard to creating new snack mixes at the Factory and
mastering the art of making pizza. As Penny makes her way through the
neighborhood, players encounter favorite characters like Suga Mama and
Penny's friends, who give her advice and direction.
RATINGS DECLARE BOONDOCKS A HIT
*"The Boondocks" was a ratings smash for Cartoon Network, which saw
1.6 million viewers tune into the premiere episode on Nov. 6. The contro-
versial series, based on the comic strip by Aaron McGruder, features
Regina King as the voice of both Huey and Riley.
TV ONE LAUDS EBONY'S 60th
j' TV One will celebrate the 60th anniversary of
I Ebony magazine and honor the life of its founder
with an original biography special, "The John H.
Johnson Story," on Nov. 20, at 10 p.m. The special
is hosted and narrated by actor Richard Roundtree,
S a former Ebony Fashion Fair model and longtime
friend of Johnson.
SKERRY WASHINGTON JOINING
"Ray" star Kerry Washington will star opposite
Marlon and Shawn Wayans in the comedy "Little
Marl," from director and co-star, Keenen Ivory
Wayans for Revolution Studios. Tracy Morgan and
John Witherspoon are also attached to the project,
which centers on a man (Shawn Wayans) who is
really anxious to become a father. After confuses a
"short, baby-faced thief on the run" (Marlon
Wayans) for an abandoned toddler, the man and his
wife (Washington) take the "baby" into their home to care for him, accord-
ing to the Hollywood Reporter. Morgan will play the baby's partner in
crime in a jewelry store heist, while Witherspoon will star as the father of
LAILA ALI SAYS SHE'S NOT GAY:
Boxer says the rumors were sparked by her divorce.
Laila Ali, the undefeated boxing daughter of
Muhammad Ali, has released a statement to refute
recent rumors that she is gay and dating Queen Latifah.
"Despite being previously married for the last five
:*' ~ years, reports in the news have stated that Laila got a
divorce and began dating a high profile actress," read
the release from Sports Placement Services on behalf of
the 27-year-old. Laila says: "Yes, I am in the process of
getting a divorce, but I am not dating, nor will I ever be dating a woman,
because I am not gay. Th e boxer, (20-0-17 K.O.), is currently training
for a Dec. 17 fight in Berlin, Germany against Angelika Torskaja.
A teary Aretha Franklin and play-
ful Muhammad Ali received Medal
of Freedom honors from President
Bush last week during a moving
ceremony at the White House.
The Queen of Soul batted away
tears when Bush placed the medal
around her neck. The Greatest of
All Time, although unable to walk
unassisted, playfully air-boxed the
"All who receive the Medal of
Freedom can know that they have a
special place in the life of our coun-
try, and have earned the respect and
affection of the American people,"
Bush said as he gave the awards.
Paul Rusesabagina, whose life
was portrayed by Don Cheadle in
"Hotel Rwanda," also received a
Medal of Freedom for sheltering
hundreds of people from the 1994
Cheadle, on hand at the ceremo-
ny, sat on the edge of his chair
toward the back of the
audience, snapping pictures.
Baseball Hall of Famer
Frank Robinson was also n o .,
honored. I- "
This year's 14 recipients .F
included Federal Reserve
Chairman Alan Greenspan;
Vinton Cerf and Robert
Kahn, who designed a lan-
data transmission that gave
rise to the Internet; golfer President Bush places the Medal of
Jack Nicklaus; actress/come- Fredom around Muhammad Ali's neck as
dian Carol Burnett, actor his wife Lonnie looks on.
Andy Griffith; radio person-
ality Paul Harvey, former Rep.
Sonny Montgomery and Soviet his-
torian Robert Conquest Gen.
Richard Myers, the recently retired
chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Bush saved Ali's honor for last.
"When you say, 'The Greatest of
All Time is in the room,' everyone
knows who you mean," Bush said.
"It's quite a claim to make. But as
Muhammad Ali once said, 'It's not
bragging if you can back it up.' And
this man backed it up."
Ali showed no reaction until Bush
jokingly mimed a few punches in
Ali's direction. The Champ came
right back at Bush to make a small
circular hand movement and then
repeated it toward the cameras just
to be sure he'd been seen.
Essence Fest Temporarily
Relocates to Houston
Shown above R&B artist Kem rocked the mainstage at this years fes-
tival in New Orleans, La.
As Essence Magazine leadership continues to work closely with city and
state officials to rebuild the city of New Orleans, The 2006 Essence Music
Festival will be temporarily relocated to Houston, Texas. Plans are under-
way for the annual event, which will be held on July 1, 2, and 3, 2006 at
Reliant Park. A component of the 2006 Festival will be devoted to help-
ing those affected by Hurricane Katrina. More details will be announced
in the weeks ahead, and tickets will go on sale December 1.
After a long, five-year battle, local
Washington D.C. volunteers have
convinced the city council to
rename a park after one of its most
famous native sons, Marvin Gaye.
A patch of land behind a chain-
link fence and near two housing
projects in Washington D.C. will be
named after the Motown legend,
who was born in the Nation's
Capital in 1939 and lived there until
he joined the doo-wop group the
Moonglows in the late 1950s. His
next stop was Motown Records in
Detroit, where he began a run of 41
Top 40 hits.
The park renaming is part of a
grass roots effort by local residents
to revive one of the city's most
"It's really shaping up," said
Vincent Gray, the councilman
whose ward includes the park. "We
should have done this long ago."
Marvin Gaye Park which Gray
said the city council probably will
approve in a series of votes starting
as early as this month would join
Washington tributes to two other
hometown musicians, jazz legend
Duke Ellington and conductor John
Philip Sousa, both of whom have a
school and bridge named after
Now called Watts Branch, the
1.6-mile-long park stretches along
a stream and comes within a few
hundred feet of Gaye's former
home in northeast Washington. The
park already has a mosaic depicting
Gaye playing piano outdoors next
to the stream.
Know: Beverly Hills Cop," starring Eddie
Murphy, is the highest grossing comedic
film in history, according to stats com-
piled by Hollywood.com. The Web site
tallied total domestic box office receipts
for all movies in the genre, and then
adjusted the performances to current
U.S. average ticket prices to determine
the final winners. "Beverly Hills Cop 2"
ranked No. 9, while two other Murphy
comedies "Coming to America" and
"Trading Places" placed No. 21 and
24 respectively. Richard Pryor's "Stir
Crazy" ranked No. 22.
Gaye Honored With Memorial
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