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Urban League Warns on New
Orleans Rebuilding Plan
The National Urban League and likely other ci-,il rights groups would
oppose any New Orleans rebuilding plan that would do away with the
neighborhoods most hea\ ily damaged by Hurricane Katrina. the league's
president said at Town Hall meeting in the city.
Marc Morial, a former News Orleans mayor, said he was concerned
about suggestions that officials focus on rebuilding the least damaged
neighborhoods and that some de stated areas could be turned into
marshland or open space.
Supporters of those concepts sa., they would allow for flood control and
would atoid large tracts of blight between rebuilt sections. Detractors
fear that would wipe out neighborhoods where generations of families
have lived. Decisions about %whether to rebuild certain areas should be
made by the community, not imposed from the top down, Morial said.
And if residents are going to be told theN can't rebtuld, the government
should be forced to compensate them, he said.
The New York Times reported last week that the commission would
propose letting residents go back %wherever they wanted fot the first year.
After that, neighborhoods without enough population could be closed
and residents forced to leave.
Fire Destroys Church Pivotal
in Gospel Music History
CHICAGO The architecture was majestic, the gospel choir was inspir-
ing and services at the Pilgrim Baptist Church were so popular that %wor-
shippers in the 1 o30s and '40s had to show up an hour early to find a seat.
Last week. the 115-year-old church.
/an integral part of the development
of gospel music, was destroyed b3 a
fire so intense that its flames and
smoke could be seen from miles
a,.ay. The fire gutted the church and
collapsed its roof and steeple. The
cause wasn't known.
Over the decades, the gospel stars
who performed at Pilgrim included
Jackson. Sallie Martin. James
Cleveland and the Ed\\in Haba\kins
Singers. The fumeral service for earlN
20th century boxing champion Jack Jackson was held at the church. The
congregation recently numbered about 300, but in its heydaN in the 1940s
it had about 10(o00 members.
It was built as a synagogue between 1890 and 1891. but it has housed
the Pilgrim congregation since 1922. The surrounding Bronzes ille neigh-
borhood %\ as a vibrantt hub for blacks during the first half of the 20th cen-
rury. The church \oas designated a Chicago landmark in 19S1.
Queen Latifah Becomes First Hip-
Hop Artist to Get Walk of Fame Star
LOS ANGELES Rapper turned actress. singer, spokeswoman and pro-
ducer Queen Latifah t
became the first hip-
hop artist cro a ned
with a star on the
Hollywood Walk of :
Fai e. a e
"I think the reason I
am here is to inspire
African- American .... ,,
women \vho are rap- dm
women to I ,kjo.\ that the', can do it too." Latifah. 35. said at the unv\eil-
ing of the sidewalk's 2.29ith star. Family and friends, including actor
Terrence Homard. cheered Latifahl on.
"Who v would ha'.e known that in the ''0s. \ hen a pink 8-poutd bab. girl
was born. this is z here she w would be roday. She came out screaming.
'Look out ,. world, here I com e," her mother Rita O\x ens said.
New Jersey Lawmakers
Suspend Death Penalty
N.J. New Jerses lav.makers voted to suspend executions while a task
force studies the fairness and costs of imposing the death penalty.
The measure now. heads to Gox'. Richard J. Codes. who has indicated he
xx ill sign it before lea, ing office on Jan. I'.
Under the measure, a 13-niember commission would haxe until
November to report on xhether the death penalty is fairly hnposed and
xx hethet alternatt,,es otld ensure public saser, and address the needs of
victims' families. New Jeisey x',ould become the third stqae behind
Illnois and Na.,land to suspend executions, but the first to do so
through legislation. The others xxere done b\ executive order. Mlar land
has since lifted its suspension. There are It prisoners on New Jerse 's
death rox, While capital putishmrent was reinstated in the state in 198 "-,
the last execution took place il' 1963.
New Jersey lawmakers are not alone in corisidertne a study of execu-
tions. Concerned aboutt rongful conx actions and ',\ whether the poor and
minorities are more likely to receive the death penalty at least 12 other
states haxe appointed study commissions. Thirty-eight states allow peo-
ple to be sentenced to death.
E E K L Y
Volume 18 No. 51 Jacksonville, Florida January 12 18, 2006
President Bush Said to be in Support of
Renewing 1965 Voting Rights Act, but...
by K, Chandler, Westside Gazette
In an all toofaiiliar fashion, the
Bush administration appears to be
falling back into the same, abysmal
pattern of saying one thing, but
doing another. At issue this time is
the renewal of Section 5 of the 1965
Voting Rights Act. While the presi-
dent professes to back the reautho-
rization of the federal law in public,
behind closed doors political
appointees and certain other high
ranking officials at the Justice
Department are being accused of
deliberately attempting to scuttle
key aspects of the Act, and in the
process, steamrolling over the
objections of career lawyers within
the Civil Rights Division.
The landmark Voting Rights Act
of 1965, which was signed into law
by President Lyndon Baines
Johnson on August 6, 1965, came
into existence as a remedy "to break
the grip of state disenfranchise-
ment" of Black voters in the South,
and "to overcome Southern legisla-
tors' resistance" to enforcement of
the 15th Amendment."
The 15th Amendment to the
Constitution granted African-
Americans the right to vote, stipu-
lating that the "right of citizens of
the United States to vote shall not
be denied or abridged by the United
States or by any state on account of
race, color, or previous condition of
As put forth in the Introduction to
Federal Voting Rights Laws by the
U.S. Justice Department's Civil
Rights Division, Section 2 of the
Voting Rights Act forbad states
from denying or preventing Blacks
from voting through the discrimina-
tory usage of literacy tests, or other
ploys such as poll taxes on a nation-
al basis. Continued on page 5
Friends Far and Near Join Ernestine Bivens for
Open House Visit with National AKA Leadership
Willa Rector Smith
Willa R. Smith
Many Jacksonville men and
women will instantly recognize
Mrs. Willa Rector Smith. Children
from all spectrums of the popula-
tion from "well-to-do" to the
unprivileged have hi thi: opportu-
nity to have crossed the path of tlis
stem, but warm hearted lady.
Her former husband, George
Smith was Jacksonville's first
Black Fireman. She is the mother
of two children, George Smith Jr.
and Georgette Smith; and has two
grandchildren, Amanda and Alexis.
Recently retired, Mrs. Smith
returned home to her native
Houston, Texas, only to discover
that Jacksonville was home in her
heart, she returned and quickly
picked up her life where she left
T- he graduate of Texas Southern
s i 5 University selected Counseling as
her chosen vocation. She assumed
her avocation when the University
of Houston certified her in Fashion
,! Z: Merchandising, and the rest is a
part of Jacksonville's history.
Shown above (L-R) are First Anti Supreme Basileus Barbara McKenzie of Shreveport, Louisiana, host- In the 1970s, Mrs. Smith served
ess Ernestine Bivens, Supreme Grammateus Caroyn House Stewart of Tampa, Fl and past Supreme as Regional Director for Wendy
Basileus Norma White of Jacksonville. Ms. McKenzie will assume leadership of the 170,000+ member Ward (Etiquette Program for
organization in July. For photo highlights of her visit to Jacksonville and open house held at the home of Children), and conducted the -
her longtime friend and sorority sister see page 5. Continued on page 5
St. John M.B. Closes Year With New Beginning
The Pastor, Trustees, Deacons,
Deaconesses and congregation of
the St. John Missionary Baptist
Church, Orange Park; closed the
year 2005 with the historic occasion
of breaking ground for their new
The Saint John Missionary
Baptist Church has etched it's place
in the history of Clay County. Rev.
C. Edward Preston and the congre-
gation journeyed from their present
location at 1920 Mound Street, to
the church's future site located on
an eight and one-half acre parcel on
Brickyard Road. The groundbreak-
ing marked the first multi-million
dollar landmark African American
Missionary Baptist Church in the
County of Clay.
Pastor Preston's message to the
congregation was one of humility
and gratitude to all for their exten-
sive labor and tireless support. He
proceeded to expound on the pur-
pose and mission of God's Church.
As he often reminds his members,
the church is a place of refuge and
healing from the evils of this world.
The book of Matthew 16:18 tells,
"And, I tell you that you are Peter,
on this rock I will build my church,
(L-R) Reverend C. Edward Preston, Pastor of The Saint John Missionary Baptist Church, Orange Park, is
pictured (center), with Trustee Board Co-Chair, Deacon Thomas Jefferies, Trustee Board Co-Chair
Bernice Parker, the Pastor, Deacon Board Chairman Eddie Henley and Deacon Desmond Scarlett at the
historic groundbreaking ceremony.
and the gates of Hades will not John Missionary Baptist Church Prayer.
overcome it." will continue to invite all God's Their departing slogan, "For we
In his closing remarks, Pastor people, regardless of race, creed or walk by faith, and not by sight,"
Preston charged that the New Saint national origin, to the House of served as dismissal.
January 12 18, 2006
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The global market never rest, and
it affects nearly everyone on the
planet. Despite this, many people
do not take advantage of available
opportunities because they do not
feel comfortable with financial mat-
ters. Former Goldman Sachs banker
Michael Fischer presents underly-
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Vital to Developing Saving and Investing Savvy
building wealth over the long term,
readers are advised that this same
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Chisholm says that his inspiration
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The conference affectionately
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January 21, 2006 at the Bethelite
Conference Center (formerly the
Ramada Inn), 5865 Arlington
Expressway (at University Blvd.),
and is open to high school students,
college students, and young profes-
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the morning of the conference on a
first come first serve basis, since
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Participants will receive valu-
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financial aid from local colleges
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high school senior in attendance
are eligible to apply for the Young
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several dynamic speakers.
Mr. Juan P. Chisholm, Young
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honors from Ribault High School
in 2000 and from Florida State
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major in English Literature and
Finance. While attending FSU, he
served in the Student Senate, won
the "College Brother of The Year"
award from Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity Inc., and was elected as
the 2004 Homecoming King.
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Earl Graves Jr. Named CEO
of Black Enterprise Magazine
SEarl G. Graves
-:Sr., founder of
has named his
Jr. the compa-
ny's new Chief Earl Butch
Executive Officer Graves
and President. Graves' appointment
marks a milestone for the family-
owned media company, whose flag-
ship publication provides more than
3.7 million readers with informa-
tion on African American business
markets, financial management,
entrepreneurship, and careers.
Graves' promotion represents the
transition to the next generation of
leadership. Earl Graves Sr., who
will remain Chairman and
Publisher, founded the company in
1970, establishing its mission to
become the premier business news
source for African Americans.
"Those who advance at Earl G.
Graves Ltd., whether family or not,
must earn their positions," said Earl
G Graves Sr. "Over the past 17
years Butch has excelled despite
the challenges of an ultra-competi-
tive and rapidly changing publish-
"I am excited about the opportu-
nity to succeed my father as CEO
of Black Enterprise, said Butch
Graves. "My mission is to build
upon the success of what he (my
father) established, while finding
new media outlets that will grow
our business and demonstrate all
things possible to our core audi-
Butch joined the magazine in
1988, after earning his M.B.A.
from Harvard University. His first
position at the company was as V.P.
of Advertising and Marketing. In
1991, he was promoted to Sr. V.P.
Advertising and Marketing; and in
1995, he was named the Executive
Vice President and Chief Operating
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- ._ MLK Siblings Split on Selling King Center
Q: My son will be starting highschool next year. How can I enroll
him in a magnet school?
A: Duval County provides numerous opportunities for parents and
students to learn more about the various magnet programs offered in
elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the district. A few of
them are as follows:
Parent Information Sessions are being held at 6:30 p.m each Thursday
in January and February in the Board Auditorium of the central admin-
istration building, 1701 Prudential Drive.
Magnet Mania, the annual showcase of magnet schools and themes, is
being held at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds, 510 Fairgrounds Place, on
January 21 from 11 a.m. 3 p.m.
The deadline for magnet applications is February 28. For more infor-
mation, call (904) 390-2082.
Q: I don't think that kids should be held back because they fail
the FCAT. Who can I talk to about this?
This is a policy that has been set by the Duval County School Board.
Any changes to this policy requires board approval. The Board is plan-
ning to conduct meetings throughout the community each month to
provide constituents an opportunity to share their thoughts and con-
cerns. The first meeting is January 24, 2006 at 6 p.m at the LaVilla
School of the Arts, 501 Davis St. N. The meeting is being hosted by
Betty Burney, Board Member District V, but all members are expect-
ed to attend.
Two children of Martin Luther
King Jr. have said they will fight
any sale of the Martin Luther King
Center for Nonviolent Social
Change to the National Park
Service, pitting them against their
two younger siblings.
Bernice King said she and Martin
Luther King III believe the sale --
which the center's board already
voted to pursue would compro-
mise the center's independent voice.
"Our father challenged our nation.
He challenged the use of violence.
If the King Center is sold to the
government, our nation will lose
that important legacy of challenge,
equality and independence," she
said outside the center.
All four of King's children are
board members. Martin Luther
King III said that he was replaced
as its chairman by his brother
Dexter King earlier this year, and
that Bernice King was removed as
secretary earlier this year.
Board members who support the
sale -- including siblings Dexter
King and Yolanda King and former
U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young --
have said the transfer of power
would let the family focus less on
grounds maintenance and more on
King's message of nonviolence.
A Park Service report issued last
year estimated that the King Center
needed $11.6 million in repairs. The
report cited leaks in the reflective
pool, collapsed drainage pipes and
extreme electrical wiring problems.
The National Park Service already
owns the King National Historic
Site across the street and maintains
Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church,
where King preached from 1960 to
1968, as well as the King birth
home and the visitors' center.
The King Center holds documents
from the civil rights movement as
well as King's tomb.
Martin and Bernice King said
their mother expressed her opinion
on a possible sale earlier this year.
"She felt at some point that it may,
in fact, end up with the government,
but she never envisioned that in het
lifetime," Bernice King said.
Martin Luther King III also admit-'
ted he had neglected his board
duties over the past decade but was
ready to step up now.
"The board of directors has been
remiss in providing sufficient over-
sight regarding important gover-
nance of operational and program
issues," he said. "I take responsibil-
ity for my own failure."
Coretta Scott King, who is still
recovering from a stroke, founded
the center shortly after King's death
in 1968. She is unable to comment
on the conflict.
Four Day Celebration Precedes American Beach Day
Tuesday, January 31, 2006 has
been proclaimed American Beach
For four days leading up to the
state proclaimed day, numerous
events commemorating the occa-
sion will be observed. The celebra-
tion will kick off on Saturday,
January 28 with the launching of a
Coming Together Luncheon at the
Local Students Featured in Magnet Catalogue
Duval County Public Schools stu-
dents will receive a significantly
revised magnet programs catalog in
the mail this week. The 15th
Anniversary Magnet Programs
2006-2007 Reference Guide will be
mailed to over 80,000 student
households to kick-off the begin-
ning of the magnet application sea-
son. The cover of the Reference
Guide is an artfully designed col-
lage of magnet student photos fea-
turing, Kayla Bates, a kindergarten-
er at Brentwood Elementary School
of the Arts (BESOTA)..
"Our students were thrilled to
showcase their performances and
we are very pleased to see our
BESOTA students in the Reference
Guide," said Ann Edgecombe,
Curriculum Integrated Teacher for
Brentwood Elementary School of
the Arts (BESOTA). "The magnet
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teachers and students work hard
and it is exciting to have their
efforts and dedication displayed for
all of Duval County to see."
The Reference Guide also spot-
lights students from Frank H.
Peterson Academies of Technology,
John E. Ford K-8 School and
Highlands Middle School Aviation
and Military Science Academy.
In addition to the 2006-2007
Magnet Programs Reference Guide,
parent information sessions, an
informational video, website, and
school tours are also used to inform
parents and students about the vari-
ous magnet programs.
Duval County is currently cele-
brating the 15th anniversary of the
magnet programs, a nationally
acclaimed school choice program
of over 20,000 students in 50
schools. The magnet programs
began in 1991 with 89 schools and
several (including Stanton,
Mandarin and Paxon) have been
named among the top schools in the
country by Newsweek magazine.
. For more information about
Magnet Programs, visit www.mag-
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Burney Road Oceanfront Park on
American Beach. On Sunday,
January 29, at 3:00 p.m., a
Founder's Day Program and
Reception will take place at
Franklin Town United Methodist
Church, 1415 Lewis Street on
American Beach. Reverend Carlton
Jones, President of the American
Beach Property Owners'
Association will be the speaker.
Festivities will continue on
Monday, January 30th at noon with
two-minutes of silent prayer wher-
ever you are remembering
American Beach and longtime
activist Marvyne Betsch. Tuesday,
January 31st marks the exact date
seventy-one years earlier when
Afro-American Life Insurance
Company executives A. L. Lewis
(President), Louis Daran Ervin
(Vice-President), and other mem-
bers of the Pension Bureau pur-
chased and began development of
American Beach. The rest is told
through decades of contiguous
years of history. The American
Beach Proclamation Day presenta-
tion will be held on the steps of the
Historic Nassau County
Courthouse, 416 Centre Street,
downtown Fernandina Beach at
11:00 a.m. with the Nassau County
Commissioners, Circuit Court
Judge Brian Davis, and American
Beach friends and neighbors. Join
the fellowship by making reserva-
tions with Evelyn Jones, Chairman,
email@example.com or 904 -
All activities are free and open to
8048 Normandy Blvd.
904.998.5500, ext. 6113
American Beach today (top) and yesteryear (bottom) is still a mecca
for Black Floridians.
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.o~ rribfod6tballin frdrit of the. And, if it's big.enough 'vients will.
SAmp.io-ai pipubic beyond the Bayon attract football. fans of all colors.
Classic thit was seen on NIC.- It is And, believe it or not there are
i,.gh tine.. that a ,full blown bowl enough black, that's right black mil-
with major sponsorship materialize lionaires, to pull the money togeth-
'for Black College, teams, many of er. There are the mega-millionaire.
whorn have fostered: major players sports stars, .some who have
that .became professional .football become, major players in the busi-
:s~s. -- ness world like Magic Johnson and
This bowl game that,. would Michael Jordan. Not to mention the
become a Napional Black Title .blacks who head major corpora-
game -for programs in the Div. 1- tions like K-Mart/Sears, and many
AA ranking system, One of the rea- others. And there are many blacks
sons .I'cite 1-AA is that financial who are mega-mi]lionaircs with
aspects .of the bowl game will be their own companies such as The
elevated. I don't intend to slight Johnson (EbonyiJet), Robert
.SIAC, CIAAand-other smaller con- Johnson who owned BET, his .ex-
feriences, but it should be a title wife; there are many black .mega-.
game for. tihe best black college millionaires, and don't. forget those:
teams, Determining. who would. like. P-Diddy, Jamie Foxx, and the,
play is'.siimple, the top two 1 -AA other show business personalities..
teams would.m eet ii the-bowl." Now,.one mega-millionaire'has
-Gregor" Moore taken something sinilati into -his
.,Like the Super.Bowl, cities own hands, noted attorney, Willie
should be cla'iforing for the game,-, Gary, of Stewart, Fla. Single-baud-
,and- planing for the .next one edly. Gary. sponsors a. bowl game.
should begin as:sooh'as one is over. between his ;alma mater, Shaw
HBCUs would be putting their University and HBCU Edward.
best foot forward to have the best Waters College. in Jacksonville,
team, afterall.with big sponsors, big Florida, each year.
stadiums in the right town, and the Can you comprehend a Black
biggest black sports event, the win- College Bowl that some of our own
ning team- would bring a large sum mega-rmillionires could put togeth-
back.to the.college. er? .But someone has to bring them.
Like the SuperBo0wl,, elected together, maybe Gregory Moore i.s
Black College Bowl cities would the one, he can be contacted at
pull the community together to play gmoore@'black athlete.net.
an integral part of the Bowl's sue- -R. Perry,-Jacksonville Free Press
cess. The selected city would plan
New Women and Children's Shelter Will
Have an Immediate Impact on Community
One of the most rewarding feel-
ings I have had while being on City
Council is to be apart so many
projects that benefit those in need.
I have said it before, but I believe
that one of the critical roles of gov-
ernment is to help the neediest of
It is easy to focus on our individ-
ual lives and not consider the trials
and tribulations others go through,
but if many of us truly claim to be
Christians then we can not turn our
backs those in distress. I recently
got involved in the Trinity Rescue
Mission's new women and chil-
dren's shelter project.
Like most people, I know that
domestic violence and crimes
against women are bad, but until
you know someone personally or
have been through a crisis yourself
it is hard to imagine how hard it is
for women and their children.
My involvement with Trinity
began with a tour of their existing
shelter, but my most memorable
experience came several months
ago. The Northeast Florida
Builders Association (NEFBA)
stepped up to the plate in a major
way and helped organize a large
volunteer effort to help the mis-
NEFBA and Trinity organized
well over 100 volunteers to work
on the initial construction stages of
the new shelter. It was amazing to
see so many people coming togeth-
er to work to begin doing what
many of us there for those two days
considered "God's work."
I have certainly never been
apoused of being a handy man, but
I joined the volunteer effort putting
walls and floors together and
attempting to use tools that I had
never used before. Thank God for
safety locks on nail guns.
Trinity's woman and children's
shelter will have an immediate
impact on the Jacksonville com-
munity. The center will be another
resource for those women and chil-
dren who are going through hard-
ships and have no where to turn. It
takes facilities like this to not only
shelter those in need, but also assist
them in rebuilding their lives.
This domestic violence problem is
real, and is certainly not getting
any better. The American Medical
Association estimates that, "Over 4
million women are victims of
severe assaults by boyfriends and
husbands each year. About 1 in 4
women are likely to be abused by a
partner in her lifetime."
And many people assume that
domestic violence is tied to some
socio-economic variable not
according to experts. According to
the Hubbard House, "Domestic
violence knows no cultural, social
or environmental boundaries. It
cuts across all ages, genders and
economic levels, leaving victims
emotionally and physically
scarred, tearing families apart, and
often ending lives."
Trinity's new 14,000 square foot
center will serve an estimated
1,200 women and children annual-;
ly. Trinity Rescue MNision was
born out of Trinity Baptist Church,
which is pastored by Rev. Tom
Messer. Like many other great not-
for-profits in this city, Trinity is
certainly doing their part to help
the homeless and disenfranchised.
The other big piece to this puzzle
came from NEFBA. The organiza-
tion and its members provided well
over $1 million in funds, in-kind
gifts, donations and labor for the
center. Some may have a percep-
tion that the builders and develop-
ers of this area are all about busi-
ness and making a dollar, but I can
assure you that we have probably
one of the most philanthropic asso-
ciations in the country.
So a lot of prayers, hard work,
resources, love and sweat help
build this shelter. If you ask Gene
Pruett, the executive director of
Trinity, why build this women and
children's facility he will tell you
that it is the right thing to do and
that he is truly doing the work that
the Lord has led him to do.
He will tell you that 85 percent of
all domestic violence cases report-
ed are women, and that the average
age of the offender is 31 years. So
the need is obviously great.
As I said before, domestic vio-
lence is not necessarily prevalent
based upon race or ethnicity.
Studies show that there is not a sig-
nificant difference between whites
and blacks in the rate of violent
victimizations that were committed
All of us know someone that has
been a victim of domestic violence
or even someone who is currently
struggle to break free from an abu-
sive situation. They simply need to
know that there is a means of get-
ting help. The Hubbard House con-
tinues to fight for battered women
and children, and now Trinity will
also provide a safe haven in
Signing off from the comer of
Jefferson and Beaver Streets,
4avtigatifcr f crndi IEetiVys 1OAkz Tr'aditivcrn
By Carletta Skinner
Condoleezza Rice is a bright star
in a space that contains few African
Americans, and even fewer African
Normally, this would be a cause
for great celebration in the black
She is the first black woman and
only the second woman ever to
serve as our nation's Secretary of
State, but her phenomenal rise has
nonetheless been met with derision
from white liberals and many in the
black community. Why? Quite sim-
ply, it is because Condoleezza Rice
is a conservative black serving in a
Fifty years ago, the story would
have been different. United under
the same cause, civil rights, African
Americans stood together against
racial oppression to build their own
communities. Blacks, by law and
choice, gave their business to black
doctors and lawyers, shopped at
black stores and sent their children
to be educated by black teachers.
And, they roundly celebrated the
achievement of other blacks.
Someone of Secretary Rice's
credentials would truly be a hero to
the blacks of they bygone era.
At the age of three, Condoleezza
Rice learned to play the piano and
was soon playing Bach and
Beethoven. After a successful pro-
fessional career in both the business
and educational sectors, she joined
President George W. Bush's staff in
2000 as his national security advi-
sor before becoming Secretary of
State. As an expert on Russia and
mater of several languages, she is
well suited for the job.
But all this is of little conse-
quence to some simply because
Secretary Rice is and works for a
Republican. Yet, Secretary Rice
remains dignified and calm in the
face of blatantly racist attacks. Last
year, for example, liberal cartoonist
Ted Rall used the term "house
nigga" to describe her. What makes
things worse is that black politi-
cians or our so-called community
leaders did not come to her defense
or demand an apology from Rall.
Such treatment is clearly uncalled
for. Our community ought to be
ashamed for failing to defend her.
Black liberals who accuse her of
being a race traitor, betray their
envy toward a woman they should
be proud of, regardless of her polit-
This indicates that there really is
no African American unity today. It
has been replaced with what I call
the "crab theory." If you put a bunch
of crabs in a bucket, they will fight
to get out of the bucket, even if it
involves climbing on top of another
crab and knocking it down. There's
no thought given to the teamwork
of the past.
It seems our so-called black lead-
ers want people to think and act a
certain way. "Black" becomes a
code word used to describe a certain
mindset. If you don't have it, you're
open to attack. Black politicians
and activists, for instance, don't
usually defend black conservatives
against racist remarks.
Secretary Rice seems to have
accepted black rejection as simply
the way things are and that things
are not likely to change. Despite the
antipathy, she still stands as a role
model for young African
Americans. She is proof-positive
that blacks can and do achieve
through hard work and persever-
ance, and that we all have the poten-
tial to rise in a career that fulfills
Condoleezza Rice is truly remark-
able, but she is unappreciated by
many African Americans. We need
to reconsider some of our values,
who is and isn't worthy of our
appreciation and learn to celebrate
all of our achievements, no matter
which political party to which a per-
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Saluting Unsung Hero Willa Rector Smith
Shown above at the Open House
are: (Top) Three AKA Sorors
mentored by the hostessDana
Gardner,hostes Ernestine Bivens,
Dequita Henley and Wanda
Wright. (middle) On hand to bless -
and welcome the national figure ,,-
to the city were Judge Peggy
Quince and state Senator Tony
Hill. (bottom) Flautist and UNF
senior Jasmine Butler set the tone
for the event with a special ser-
nade to the honoree.
Bivefs Hosts Meet & Greet of AKA leadership
Mrs. Ernestine Bivens hosted a bevy of friends and sorority sisters for a
private affair at her home, on the afternoon of Saturday, January 7, 2006
that kicked off the New Year with attendees from around the country.
Friends and well wishers gathered to meet and greet the upcoming 27th
National Basileus of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Ms. Barbara
McKenzie, a 30+ year friend of the afternoon's hostess. The afternoon's
casual program included a flute serenade and a special blessing and wel-
come by Ms. Bivens' pastor, Dr. Landon Williams. Everyone enjoyed a
delicious buffet that included sweet potato pie and various cakes, soft
drinks and champagne.
Continued from front
Etiquette program at Montgomery
Ward's Gateway store. Later, she
founded her own Etiquette School
"Miss Georgia's School of
Etiquette, which was located in
Independent Square, and later at the
location on Beach Blvd. now locat-
ed by FL Coastal School of Law.
Most recently, she has shared
her talents with the children of her
church, Saint Paul AME Church,
where Rev. Marvin Zanders II, is
pastor. Mrs. Smith also works as a
substitute teacher in local schools.
Her passion is the training of
children to become self-sustaining,
productive, well-groomed, manner-
able, educated, caring adults.
She feels that "if she can help
somebody, and she emphasizes,
anybody, then her life is worth liv-
ing. Mrs. Smith has worked exten-
sively with delinquents, and feels
that their road to a good life is "hav-
ing someone, who cares." She
relates how she asked delinquents
to write an essay about someone
who they would like to send flow-
ers to on Mother's Day.
Surprisingly, none were to their
mothers, but to ladies, who had fed
them or just been kind to them like
food service workers, longshore-
Voting Rights Act
Continued from front
Section 5 of the Act "contained
special enforcement provisions tar-
geted at those areas of the country
where Congress believed the
potential for discrimination to be
the greatest." Section 5 applies to
all or parts of the following states:
AL, AZ,CA,FL,GA, LA, MI, MS,
NH, NY, NC, SC, SD, TX and VA.
Although the voting rights set forth
by the 15th Ammendment and
Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act
are permanent, Congress must
reauthorize Section 5 by the end of
As reaffirmed by the U.S. Justice
Department's Civil Rights Division
(Voting Section), the above-men-
tioned states under Section 5 of the
men, donut shop waitresses. Most
had mothers "gone wrong." Smith
delivered the flowers to designated
persons with the assistance of Kuhn
A recipient of the "Twelve Who
Cares" award. She says, she trea-
sured the award because it brought
attention to the plight of the chil-
dren in the Department of Juvenile
Justice, her "thrown away chil-
dren", the children who be-come
"our black men in prison."
Mrs. Smith organized a women's
club, "Fashion Helps" as she real-
ized that appearance plays an
important part of a child's develop-
ment. Fashion Helps makes Easter
a priority and dresses unprivileged
children each year.
A charter member of the Martin
Luther King Jr. Memorial Founda-
tion, Mrs. Smith remains active as
Executive Director, with the plan-
ning and implementation of the
annual parade and community day
in celebration of Dr. King's birth-
This lady is special in the hearts
of many, and a treasure to the city.
Free Press and Publix
Supermarkets Inc. are
proud to salute
Willa Rector Smith.
NAACP Urges Governor to "stop wasting time" On Vouchers:
In the wake of the Florida
Supreme Court ruling that the state
school voucher program is uncon-
stitutional, the National Association
for the Advancement of Colored
People (NAACP) urges Gov. Jeb
Bush to stop searching for ways to
circumvent the law and start fixing
the public schools for three million
Bruce S. Gordon, National
NAACP President & CEO, "The
governor should not spend taxpayer
dollars fighting an ideological bat-
tle and instead focus on making
sure that every public school pro-
vides quality education."
The Florida State Conference of
Voting Rights Act are prohibited
from enacting any changes to their
voting laws unless the changes are
first submitted to the Justice
Department or a federal court for
review to ensure that they would
not serve a "discriminatory pur-
pose" or have a retrogressive, "dis-
criminatory effect" on voters.
In turn, the U.S. Justice
Department could enjoin the state
from carrying out the proposed
voting rule change if it finds it to be
discriminatory, or, issue a "pre-
clearance" notice essentially giving
its 'blessing' to the particular vot-
ing rule change, finding it to be in
compliance with the provisions and
intent of the Voting Rights Act.
For years, a team of civil rights
lawyers as well as other analysts on
staff would meticulously examine
NAACP Branches was among sev-
eral plaintiffs who challenged the
legality of the program that allowed
some children to attend private
schools at taxpayers' expense. The
state's highest court ruled 5-2 that
the program (Opportunity
Scholarships Program) violates the
state constitution's requirement of a
uniform system of free public
schools. In addition to the NAACP,
other opponents of the voucher pro-
gram included the Florida Parent
Teacher Association, the Florida
Education Association and People
for the American Way.
Writing for the court majority,
Chief Justice Barbara Pariente said
whether newly proposed state vot-
ing laws would abridge the voting
rights of minorities. Their recom-
mendations, which held consider-
able sway, were then forwarded on
to senior Justice Department offi-
cials. But not anymore it appears.
Compounding the recent turmoil
that has arisen in the Justice
Department stemming from over-
ruled recommendations by political
appointees, 20 percent of career
lawyers got out in 2005, lured by a
rather generous buy-out program.
The program was described by
William Yeomans, a veteran of
nearly 30 years in the Civil Rights
Division (who went along with the
buy-out) as a "concerted effort to
ride the department" of experi-
enced, long-term staff and replace
them with individuals more ideo-
the Opportunity Scholarship
Program "diverts public dollars into,
separate private systems parallel to ,
and in competition with the free,,
public schools that are the sole,
means set out in the state constitu-, -
tion for educating Florida's chil-,.
Adora Obi Nweze, NAACP State
President said, "What Florida needs
to be doing now is concentrating its
efforts on improving public educa-
tion and stopping the use of public ,
funds for religious schools."
The court agreed to allow the
voucher program to remain in effect
until the next school year begins in
logically "attuned" with the admin-
istration. On top of that, dozens
more career attorneys have been *
reassigned to immigration cases.
Furthermore, it was recently dis-
closed by the Washington Post and
Dallas Morning News that the
Justice Department will no longer
be soliciting recommendations
from staff attorneys within the
Civil Rights Division (Voting
Section).This dramatic shift in pol-
icy is causing uproar in political
circles all over the country and
promises to grow as the 2006 elec- -
tions draw near.
Stated Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.):
"American citizens have a right to
know whether the Justice
Department is ignoring the law and
bending to the will of politics."
Invites you to attend a
Voting Precinct Changes
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Wednesday, January 25th
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PagEBe 6ELEBRATIO CELEBRATION M.Pr'FePsATON
Dr. Alesia Scott-Ford Keynotes Clay
County NAACP MLK Celebration
Shown above (L-R) are
honoreesAnnie Pearl Smith
Griffin and Addie Maseline
Carswell, Dr. Allen demonstrating .! 1
a rhythmic "sailing"technique to k--- --
the girls and Wilnita Tonique U ii ""
Allen performing a faith dance:: i.i ......
Christian Girls Ministry Celebrates Founders Day
New Life Community United
Methodist (UMC) Church, has
become the first church unit to offi-
cially open their heart, hands and
doors to The Christian Girls Clubs
Ministries Inc. (CGC), a non-profit
5013 organization. The New Life
UMC Pastor Candace Lewis, and
the congregation have embraced the
goals and purposes of CGC.
The goals and purpose of CGC
Ministries Inc., are to train, teach
and encourage Christian girls Which
is compatible with New Life
Community's goals and purpose of
"bringing New Life to the North-
side, as part of the great commis-
sion to Jesus' disciples.
CGC Ministries Inc. recently
held its 15th Annual Founder's Day
Luncheon Party with Pastor Lewis,
Sis. Julie Fleurnoy, Director of
NLC Project LUMAS; Sis. Lisa
Humphrey, Evangelism Team; La
Shonda Phelps, Children's Educa-
tion Team and parents, in charge.
Sixteen girls, ages 9-16; and
three young men participated in the
fun-filled Christian "party", which
was held at the River City Brewing
Company. The theme was "Sailing
to New Horizons in Christ."
Sister Annie Pearl Smith Griffin,
served as the Mistress of
Ceremonies. She selected her hus-
band, Reverend Ernest Griffin, of
Shalom Missionary Baptist Church,
to bring Scripture and Prayer.
After an affectionate introduction
by her sister, Annie Pearl Meade,
Dr. Allen spoke on the topic, "I Can
See Clearer Now." Her topic led her
to tell the group, "As we sail over
the rivers and upon oceans of life;
as we weather the changes of times
and seasons, we come to points and
levels of clearer vision of God's
purpose for our lives. At this time
and juncture of the Christian Girls
Clubs Ministries place in the grand
scheme of God's Plan, I Can See
As the "party" drew to a close,
the Ministry Team received "Rac-
ing the Wind" calendars (sailboats)
and Pastor Candace Lewis received
a "Gardens" calendar (representing
the array of God's precious people
under her charge). In addition,
Pastors Allen, Carswell and Griffin
were recognized for their generous
support, presence, prayer and finan-
cial support throughout the year.
The CGC Photographer, Sister
Serena Davis received accolades
and expressions of appreciation for
her faithful service.
The CGCM Team, the young
people and other guests, from 9
years to 75-years old, thoroughly
enjoyed the picturesque setting with
sailboats and the bridges.
The Clay County Branch of the
NAACP will have their Annual
Martin Luther King Day
Celebration on Monday, January
16th at 11 a.m. at St. James A.M.E.
Church. The church is located at
535 McIntosh Avenue in Orange
Park. The guest speaker is Rev. Dr.
Dr. Scott-Ford has been involved
in the African Methodist Episcopal
Church for over thirty years begin-
ning in her home church, Allen
Temple AME in Tampa, FL. Her
past experiences include being the
founder and Executive Director of
two community based organiza-
tions, owning her own consulting
firm and being appointed by Pres.
Clinton as a Community Builder
with the Federal Government.Prior
to coming to Jacksonville to lead
the St. James A.M.E. fellowship,
Rev. Dr. Alesia Scott Ford
Dr. Scott Ford was pastor of Union
AME in Lake City, Florida.
For more information call 304-
1479. The number to the church is
Sword & Shield Kingdom Ministry Worship
The Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach Ministry invites all to share
in 2006 Serious Praise at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, January 22, 2006 at the
Father's House Conference Center, 1820 Monument Road, Building 1.
"When Praises go up, Blessings come down." Come, for a Spirit-filled
worship service with Rev. Mattie W. Freeman, Sword & Shield
Founder/Pastor; the Word & Praise Team, under the direction of Ms.
Kenshela Williams, and Minister William Jennings. Everyone is welcome.
Faith Deliverance Tabernacle Celebrates
Faith Deliverance Tabernacle Ministries, 220 Mill Creek Road, will cel-
ebrate the 5th Anniversary of their Church and Pastor, Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday evenings, January 17, 18 and 19th.
On Sunday, January 22nd at 6 p.m., Bishop Kenneth H. Moales Sr.,
Presiding Prelate of the Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ and the Dorsey
Gospel Choir Convention, will be the guest speaker.The public is.invited...
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Pastor Landon Williams, Sr.
8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
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Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30-7 p.m.
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215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
fl Weekly Services
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
The Word from the Sons
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Wednesday Noon Service
"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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5863 Moncrief Road Jacksonville, FL 32209
(904) 768-8800 F5(904) 764-3800
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.
Pastor Ernie Murray, Sr.
Page 6 Ms. Perry's Free Press
January 12 -18, 2006
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Nonviolence was his philosophy and passive resistance was his method.
From 1957, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. assumed the presidency of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Atlanta, he was to startle and
befuddle a nation born and frequently sustained by violence. His approach to the problem of attacking a racist society from within was steeped in the logic
of his classical and religious training. However, he drew his greatest inspiration from India's martyred Mohandas Gandhi, who had led his countrymen
in their nonviolent revolt against the British. In the light of Gandhi's teachings, Dr. King regarded the situation of the Negro in America.
How could a minority, comprising but 10 per cent of a prosperous and powerful nation, revolt against a system that consigned it to servitude without
being annihilated? Black people possessed no weapons of war and did not control commerce. In much of the South, where he was to lead his greatest
campaigns. oppression was imbedded in the very laws that supposedly were designed to protect human rights. America, as a whole, seemed to be com-
mitted to complacence.
His answer was a novel one: to demonstrate peacefully against unjust laws and practices and to pay the price for doing so willingly; to submit to the
consequent indignities and to return love for hatred. The calculated effect was to inflame his adversaries to the point of acting out the worst within them-
selves. Thus the plight of his people would be dramatized in the broader theater of the world. He knew that America could not afford to present to other
nations a facade of democracy and equality without confronting its racial hypocrisy. Hopefully, the consciences of men might be stirred.
Often his tactics worked.
They had worked in Montgomery, and they worked in Birmingham, Ala., in the spring of 1963.
There it was that Eugene (Bull) Connor was projected as the embodiment of Southern police
S... brutality when. in his role as police commissioner, he authorized use of police dogs, cattle
prods and fire hoses against nonviolent demonstrators who had been trained to go limp when
physically assaulted. Some criticized King's use of children in the front lines of those
demonstrations, but the impact was emphatic. Those who would harm children most cer-
tainlr were less than human. But it was only after four little girls were killed during the
b. Sunday morning bombing of a Birmingham church that the nation reacted with the Civil
Rights .Act of 1964.
They worked in Selma, Ala., too, in early 1965, when King marched out his edict in a
50-mile trek to Montgomery, leading a parade of celebrities and obscure followers
past the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church where his journey to glory had begun. It was
a protest against Dallas County white officials, exemplified by Sheriff Jim Clark, who
refused to allow Negroes the simple right to register and to vote. Alabama Gov. George
Si "allace refused to see Dr. King and his company of 4,000 when they arrived in the cap-
ital. ilMrs. I lola Liuzzo, a white woman from Detroit, was murdered after that march.
But the result of it all was the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
However. there were other times when these methods did not work.
In 1966, when James Meredith was shot early in the course of his solitary walk from
SMemphis to Jackson. Miss., King moved in to hate-scarred regions of the Delta. Then it was that
a iew, challenge was hurled to this civil rights veteran by Stokely Carmichael. The cry of "Black
Power!" ushered in a newi era. King had asserted in that same year: "If every Negro in America
turns to violence. I'1 still stand against it." But there were others who were no longer willing to stand
-t the .foot ofJ a gleaming monument for a man who had witnessed an earlier struggle for freedom,
more than 250,000 modern pilgrims stood beneath a strangely benevolent sun. The date was Aug. 28, 1963,
and they had come to the nation's capital, black and white together, to lend visible support to President John
E Ktenwnedl's proposed civil rights legislation. Chanting "the movement's" anthem, We Shall
Overcome, thev had marched down the wide ribbon of Constitution Avenue in the most spectacular
nonviolent demonstration America had ever seen. Out of the quiet respect with which they
ihkA- regarded one another, a hope began to blossom. For one day, it seemed that democra-
0B Wi cp.V might not be an impracticable ideology. For one day, it appeared that man might,
Indeed, be able to live in peace with his brother of another color. Now the hopeful
pilgrims paused before the Lincoln Memorial, awaiting a message from a man
who could make words sing out with the magic of music, a golden orator
whose brave actions gave meaning to ideas.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. rose and exhorted all of America to share his
=- ", ~ dream of a better world. His rich, throbbing baritone rolled out over the sea
of people before him:
1W A "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true
meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident that all
men are created equal.
"I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons
of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able
to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
S- ;"I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a
desert state sweltering with the heat of injustice and Oppression,
will be transformed into an oasis offreedom and justice."
But he did not see his dream come true.
How Dr. King Maximized His 39 Years
1929 January 15 Michael Luther King Jr. (later
known as Martin Luther King Jr.) is bom in Atlanta,
Georgia to Baptist minister Michael Luther King and
schoolteacher Alberta King.
1932 January King begins nursery school.
1933 Fall Kings begins first grade.
1934 January After King's teacher discovers that
he is only five years old, he is expelled from school.
1935 September King begins second grade.
1942 King begins high school.
1944 September King begins attending Morehouse
College in Atlanta.
1948 February 25 King is appointed to serve as the
assistant pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.
June 8 King graduates from Morehouse with a B.A.
September 14 King begins attending Crozer Theo-
logical Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania.
1951 May Graduates from Crozer with a bachelor
September Begins studying systematic theology as
a graduate student at Boston University.
1953 June 18 King and Coretta Scott marry at her
parent's home in Marion, Alabama.
1954 September 1 King is appointed pastor of the
Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala-
1955 June King earns his Ph.D.
November 17 Yoland Denise, King's first child, is
December 1 Rosa Parks is arrested in Montgomery,
Alabama for refusing to give her seat on the bus to a
I white passenger.
) December 5 King becomes the president of the
newly formed Montgomery Improvement Association.
The Montgomery bus boycott begins.
1956 January 30 King's house is bombed.
* December 21 The Montgomery buses are desegre-
1957 January The Southem Christian Leadership
Conference (SCLC) is formed, and King becomes the
February 18 King is on the cover of Time maga-
March 6 Visits Ghana in West Africa.
May 17 At the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom at
the Lincoln Memorial, King's delivers his first national
address entitled, "Give Us The Ballot."
October 23 King's second child, Martin Luther
King III is bom.
1958 June 23 King meets with President Eisen-
September King's book, Stride Toward Freedom:
The Montgomery Story is published.
September 20 King is stabbed by a woman while at
a book signing in Harlem, New York.
1959 February King visits India for a month.
1960 February King and his family move to At-
lanta where he serves as assistant pastor to his father at
Ebenezer Baptist Church.
October 19 -King is arrested at a sit-in in Atlanta.
1961 January 31 King's third child, Dexter is bom.
October 16 King meets with President Kennedy to
gain his support for the civil rights movement.
December 16 King and other protesters are arrested
in Albany, Georgia.
1963 King's second book, Strength to Love is pub-
March 28 King's fourth child, Bernice Albertine is
April King is arrested after demonstrating in Bir-
mingham, Alabama. While in jail, King writes the
widely circulated, "Letter From Birmingham Jail."
August 28 King speaks at the March on Washing-
ton for Jobs and Freedom at the Lincoln Memorial
where he delivers his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.
1964 January 18 King meets with President Lyn-
don B. Johnson
March 26 After King's press conference, he meets
June King's third book, Why We Can't Wait is pub-
June 11 King is arrested in St. Augustine, Florida
for attempting to eat in a white-only restaurant.
December 10 Wins the Noble Peace Prize.
1965 March 17 25 King and other protesters
march from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights.
1966 June 7 After James Meredith is shot and
wounded, King, Floyd McKissick, and Stokely Carmi-
chael resume Meridith's "March Against Fear" from
Memphis to Jackson, Mississippi.
1967 June King's fourth book, Where Do We Go
From Here? is published.
1968 March 28 King leads striking sanitation
workers in a march in Memphis, Tennessee. The march
erupts in violence.
April 3 Back in Memphis to lead another march
with sanitation workers, at a rally at Mason Temple,
King delivers his last speech, "I've Been to the Moun-
April 4 While standing on the balcony of his motel,
King is shot and killed.
Gone to soon. Assassinated on the balcony of Memphis' Lorraine
Motel in 1968
Migl S eain Q ic ni
1. What was the purpose of the Mont-
gomery, Alabama bus boycott led by
Martin Luther King Jr.? a. to lower bus
fares b. to stop the city's segregated seating
policy on buses c. to provide better pay for
2. What was a key factor to victory in
the Montgomery bus boycott? a. the gov-
ernor of Alabama ordering the buses to de-
segregate b. the orderly and nonviolent ap-
proach of the demonstrations c. the assassi-
nation of President Kennedy
3. King often went to jail during his
life. Why was he so willing to go? a. he
believed his cause was just and was willing
to go to jail for it b. he knew the President
would get him out c. he wanted to see how
the police treated black Americans in jails
4. What did King learn on his trip to
India? a. he had little support for his move-
ment there b. that people there had forgotten
Ghandi's work c. he reaffirmed his belief
that Ghandi's philosophy of nonviolence was
5. What was a "sit-in" and what was its
purpose? a. people sat on busy public roads
to protest segregation policies b. people oc-
cupied university administration buildings to
protest segregation policies
6. What did the Freedom Riders do and
what was their purpose? a. they were black
and white Americans who rode on Harley
Davidson motorcycles to declare all states
desegregated b. they were black and white
American protesters who sat together on
interstate buses traveling through states with
bus segregation laws c. they were black and
white hitchhikers who traveled through seg-
regated states protesting segregation laws
7. How was Malcolm X different from
King? a. he was willing to use any means
necessary, including violence to free black
Americans from white dominance b. he was
a militant who felt guns were the answer to
freedom c. he was a member of the Black
8. What was the purpose of the march
led by James Meredith to Chicago? a. it
was a march in support of desegregated res-
taurants b. it was a march in support of im-
proving poor economic conditions of black
Americans c. it was a march in support of
voting rights for black Americans
9. What three things happened which
made Martin Luther King more of a na-
tional and world wide figure in 1964 ? a.
he met the President of the United States,
toured India, and gave seminars all over the
world b. he visited India, gave a world tele-
vised speech at the United Nations, and went
on a world wide seminar tour c. he received
the Nobel Peace Prize, witnessed the signing
of the Civil Rights Act, and was featured on
the cover of "Time" magazine
10. How did King's position on the
Vietnam War make him less popular with
mainstream Americans? a. his anti-war
stance made him appear unpatriotic b. his
pro-war position angered protesters who
supported his civil rights campaign c. his
anti-war stance angered Lyndon Johnson
who was a popular President.
CORRECT ANSWERS: 1. B 2. B. 3. A 4.
C5. C 6. B 7. A. 8.B 9.C 10. A
Families Can Share with
Award Winning Books
In celebration of the life and achievements of civil rights leader Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr., the American Library Association (ALA) annually honors
African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children
and young adults that demonstrate sensitivity to "the true worth and value of
all beings" with the Coretta Scott King award. The first presentation was in
1970 to Lillie Patterson, author of "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Man of
One way parents and family members L
can celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King
Jr. Day this January 16 is by sharing
award-winning book- from the past five
2005 CSK Author Award. ,
"Remember: The Journey to School
Integration, by Toni Morrison ,, zrS i t
kHoughton Mifflin Comnpany')i N
CSK fllu.trator Award, "EllingLon *I. 'I..L
Was Not a Street," Illuqtralion by Kadir : ,.
A. Nelson By Ntozake Shange (Simon .
& Schuster Books for Young Reader,) i ':,
201.4 CSK .A\utlior Award. "The First 1M N
Part Last." by Angela Jolhnon (Simon /
& Schuster Books for Young Readers)
CSK illustrator Award. "Beautiful Blackbird." by Ashley Briyan
kAtheneumn Books for Young Readetr.
2013 CSK Author Award, "Bronx Masquerade." by Nikki Griimes (Dial
Books for Young Readers)
CSK Illustrator Award, "Talkin' About Bessie. The Storn of Aviator Eliza-
beth Coleman." Illustration by E B. Lewik (Orchaid BookL-'ScliolaticI
2002 CSK Author Award. "The Land." by Mildred Taylor t(Plili, Fogel-
rian Books'Penguin Puuiun)
CSK I1lustrator Aw-ard, Goin' Siomieplace Special." Illiitration by Jen-
Pinkrne;: text by Patricia McKisLack (.uAne Schwartz: Book Atherieum)
2001 C'SK Author Award "Miracle'% Bo'.,." by Jacqueline Woodcon kG.P.
Putnanm's Sons i
CSK Illustrator Award. 'l.ptown," by Brnan Collier (lHeru- Holto)
How to Celebrate
the King Holiday
The national holiday honoring Dr.
King is an occasion for joy and cele-
bration for his life and his work to-
ward nonviolent social change in
a sAmerica and the world. Tradition-
ally, we celebrate holidays with par-
ties, family picnics, fireworks, a trip
back home or to the seashore. How-
ever, we must also be mindful that this is a special holiday one
which symbolizes our nation's commitment to peace through justice;
to universal brother- and sisterhood; and to the noblest ideal of all: a
democratic society based on the principles of freedom, justice and
equality for all people. The holiday is an occasion for thanksgiving,
unselfishness, and rededicating ourselves to the causes for which he
stood and for which he died. We encourage you to use this occasion
as an opportunity to enlist your community in helping us to establish
a lasting, living monument for honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.
How Will You Celebrate Your King Holiday?
Volunteer for King Events
The Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Memorial
Foundation Inc., is soliciting volunteers for
the, January 13th Community Prayer Break-
fast and January 16th Parade and Program.
Get involved to make this event the best in
the history of Jacksonville. You can make
the difference Call (9, -,46-.3-2425, or visit
the website www.mlkfdn. corn
Planning a Host of Activities
The Baptist Ministers Conference of Du-
val will hold their 8th annual celebration of
the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., cul-
minating with the 7th Annual Prayer Break-
fast. The theme for this year's annual event
held over a four day period is "A Hoistic
Vision for a Fractured World"
The Annual Prayer Breakfast will be
held on Saturday, January 14th at 8 :00
a.m. at Phillipian Multi-Purpose Center,
7540 New Kings Road. The celebration will
conclude on Monday, January 16th at 7
p.m. at 1st New Zion Missionary Baptist
.<- Church, 4835 Soutel Drive. Speaking for the
final celebration occasion will be the Baptist
Ministers Conference President and church
host, Rev. James Sampson.
For more information about the celebra-
tion or to purchase a ticket for the Prayer
Breakfast, call 765-3111. See page 6 for
On, Saturday,January 14th, a Bowl-A-
Thon will take place at Bowl America-
Mandarin,10333 San Jose Blvd. from 1:00 -
3:00 p.m. Donation is $15.00 per person
with the money being used to help fund
Monday's Parade and Program. For more
information call 904-463-2425 or 904-807-
Community Prayer Breakfast
The Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Memorial
Foundation Inc., Join us Saturday, January
14 ,2006 for Community Prayer Break-
fast,8:30 am until 10:30 am at the Enter-
prise Bldg. (formally Afro American Insur-
ance Bldg.) 101 E.. Union Street.,3rd
floor.Cost $10.00 per person. To purchase
tickets call (904)807-8358,Fax:807-8359.
To register for parade and program visit our
website : www.mlkdfn.com
Ritz Chamber Players Special
MLK Musical Tribute
The Ritz Chamber Players -will perform
"In Remembrance of the Dream", a special
concert in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr.'s birthday. The concert will be held on
Saturday, January 14th, at 7:30 p.m. in the
Terry Theater, of the Times Union Center.
For tickets or more information, call 354-
Boylan Haven Annual
The Boylan Haven Alumnae Association
invites the public to share the dream during
their 21st Annual Martin Luther King Jr.
Birthday Observance. The guest speaker is
Rev. Charles Scriven and music will be pro-
vided by the Ribault Senior High School
Chorus. The event will be held on Monday,
January 16th at St. Paul A.M.E., Church,
6910 New Kings Road.
Join thousands of other First Coast resi-
dents in Downtown Jacksonville as the An-
nual Parade kicks off at 10 a.m. Festivities
will continue at noon at Metropolitan Park
with singing, performers, dance groups, and
Palm Coast MLK
Florida's entire First Coast is invited to
join the congregations of Palm Coast First
AME Church and the Palm Coast United
Methodist Church, as they host the Dr. Mar-
tin Luther King Jr. Community Cele-bration,
at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 16, 2006,
at Palm Coast UMC, 5200 Belle Terre Park-
way. Rev. Dr. Gillard S. Glover, Senior
Pastor of First African AME Church of Palm
Coast, will be the keynote speaker.
For directions: 1(386)446-5759.
Free MLK Celebration at
Museum of Science & History
The Museum of Science & History will
celebrate the life of MLK with their annual
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration.
Festivities will kick off on January 16th
from 1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. For more infor-
mation, call 396-7062.
Old Timers Football Game
The Old Timers are back. The 14th Annual
Old Timers Flag Football Game in honor of
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held on
Monday, January 16th at 3:00 p.m. at
Charles Clark Park. There will be trophies
for offense and defense MVPs. Free food for
kids and adults are invited to bring their own
grills and cookout.
Chamber of Commerce's
19th Annual MLK Breakfast
The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce
will host their 19th Annual Martin Luther
King Jr., Breakfast on Friday, January 20th
from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Prime Osborne
Convention Center. The guest speaker will
be Anthony E. Jones, Director of Global
Diversity for Convergys Corporation. For
more information, contact the Chamber.
Matthew Gilbert Classes 52'-70' Hold 8th Annual Reunion
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Johanna LaRosa, Arvia Gillespie, Donna Jackson, Geraldine Vereen
and George R Vereen.
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Doris Harris O'Neal, Geraldean Harris and Williams Hattie Collins.
Deborah West Daniels and
A. Shahab Greens
Deborah Wright, Ronald Waye, Whitey Washington, Linda Sue Holmes, Edward dreen, Edwin Wright
and Alfonso West.
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SEmpress Vermettya Royster
Lawrence Fisher Stevenson Soloist
Christella and Ezekiel Bryant with Nathaniel Davis James Stewart and Delores Melton.
Emma and Rudolph McGill, Eddie and Linda Griffin and Tom Jenkins.
Harriet Jarrett, Tommy Chandler, Vernell Robinson
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Leroy and Lisan Hutchins, Connie Weston, James Brroughs and Mary Jones.
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Carolyn Parker, Paul Smith, Charles Griggs, Sr., Cynthia Griggs and Charles Griggs, Jr.
Dorothy Brown Ransonsome, Justine Mote, Evelyn Harden, Mae Haywood and Marilyn Cosby.
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Charles and Frances Sneed.
Amanda Wilson, Effie Sims, Ruth Waters McKay, Anette Young Spicer and Vernell Young.
Ruth Hicks, Gloria Herring, Ronald Hall and Hattie Collins.
The Eighth Annual Matthew W.
Gilbert All-School Reunion was
held last weekend at the Hyatt Hotel
in Downtown Jacksonville. The
reunion focuses on all principals,
teachers, staffs, and students who
were a part of the tradition of
Matthew W. Gilbert Junior Senior
High School (1952-1970).
Each year the event honors the
class celebrating its 50th reunion.
This year those honors went to the
Class of 1956. More than 900 grad-
uates, family and friends attended
the combined reunion that featured
dinner, live music, award presenta-
tions and, of course, a lot of hugs
from old friends and classmates.
However, the event is always high-
lighted by the annual "roll call" lead
by retired Gilbert teacher Nathaniel
Washington. The crowd begins to
feel the spirit of the Panthers as
each class parades its way to the
dance floor for a celebration of their
This year's event was chaired by
James Daniels who along with a
dedicated committee, put together a
program complete with food fun
and fellowship. Larry Seabrooks
(69') presided over the program
that began with a processional of
Gilbert administrators and included
a dance performance, solos, a
memorial and door prizes. The pro-
gram also honored three alumni
with the 2006 Legend Award. Those
honored were Grace Payne West,
Charles Waldon and Ernestine
Frazier Poole. Following the offi-
cial program, the guests joined in
for the after party until the wee
hours of the morning.
"We are a Gilbert family and when
you mention family, then love and
togetherness exist," said James
Daniels, Gilbert reunion event
chairman. "Realizing that we are
going to have some good days and
bad days, but as long as our good
outweigh our bad, the Fighting
Panthers will reign."
Richard Stubbs, Jr. Vivian Stubbs, Herert Brown and George Webb.
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 9
Januanrv 12 -18. 2006
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January 12 18, 2006
Are Genetics Key to Advanced Breast Cancer in Blacks?
Genetics may be why U.S. black
women tend to get more advanced
Even though black women get
breast cancerblack women get
breast cancer less often, when they
do, it's often more advanced than in
Now, researchers have found sim-
ilarities in breast cancer between
African women and U.S. black
women. This, they say, points to a
possible genetic causegenetic cause
for more advanced breast cancers
among black American women.
The researchers noticed several
parallels between breast cancer
patients in Africa and black women
with breast cancer in the U.S.
Both groups tend to get breast can-
cer at younger ages than white
women. They are also often diag-
nosed with more advanced breast
cancers advanced breast cancers. In
addition, Black women with breast
cancer in the U.S. and Africa also
die more often from the disease
than white women.
Millions of Africans were
removed from their homes and
enslaved in the U.S. centuries ago.
Most came from sub-Saharan
Africa. Could that long-ago con-
nection also include a breast cancer
pattern still seen today?
Genes and Ancestry
Researchers explored the topic.
They searched for African breast
cancer studies reported in English
from 1988 to 2004.
All studies focused on women
from sub-Saharan Africa because of
their shared ancestry with black
Three key findings emerged.
First, black women in the U.S.
and Africa had several things in
Second, breast cancer is poised
to rise in Africa, as more Africans
adopt Western lifestyles.
Last but not least, breast cancer
education, diagnosis, treatment, and
research are severely lacking in
many parts of Africa.
Younger Age at Diagnosis
Breast cancer frequency was
"quite low" in Western Africa, strik-
ing about 20 out of 100,000
women, says the study. In the West,
the rate is 90 out of 100,000
women, says a news release.
In Africa, most women with
breast cancer are diagnosed
between ages 35-45 years.diag-
nosed between ages 35-45 years.
That's about 10-15 years earlier
than countries in the West.
In America, more black women
than whites are diagnosed with
breast cancer before age 45. On
average, black women are diag-
nosed at 57, compared to 63 for
white women, says the study.
More Advanced Breast Cancer,
In Africa, fewer women are diag-
nosed with breast cancer, but a dis-
proportionate number of them die
from it, says the study.
The same is true for black women
in the U.S. African-American
women have a lower lifetime risk of
being diagnosed with breast cancer,
accounting for approximately 8%
of cases in the USA but account for
13% of the deaths. African and
black American women also tend to
have more advanced breast cancers
. Breast cancer in white women
often grows in response to the hor-
Those similarities may indicate
common genetic features shared by
black women on both continents.
A World Away
That's a provocative possibility,
but it's not a proven fact, says the
study. Much more work needs to be
done on breast cancer in Africa,
write the researchers.
Genetic and population studies are
needed. Those could reveal more
about gene patterns and lifestyle
factors. For instance, African
women tend to start menstruation
later, have more babies at younger
ages, and breast feed longer -- all of
which are associated with less
breast cancer.associated with less
Star Jones Reynolds Continues to Blossom
Barbara Walteis recently' took a.
look at co-host Star Jones Re,, noids
on the set of "The Viei" and told
her, "You're gening too skinnr.i
Jones Reynolds tells People ,mag-
azine: "To hear someone sai, that to
me? The funniest thing in the
Jones Reynolds. -13--\ ho w%%eighed
more than 300 pounds in 22m.13--
credits "a medical inter edition" for
helping to "jump-start" hei weight
loss of more than 150 pounds, but
she won't talk specifics.
"I will not be the poster child for
a particular method." she sa;, s
"Only your doctor can tell \ ot
what will work foi ,ou "
Her husband, Al. 3'.. is q.iote
pleased. "Half of the on ar.
I fell in love wNith is miss- .
ing!" he says, bit "I'm
proud of her." ,
Jones Reynolds ,a.s ain -
already impres.si% e
resume which includes .'
being one of the ctnent t
co-hosts of the ABC talk shoow The
View, a successful lawyer and pros-
ecutor, and the list goes on and on.
Most recently, she added the role of
author to her bio. Her new book
"Shine: A Physical, Emotional and
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O Finding Loe-" is n
O l stores ino\ or ,)oiu can.
purchase your copy
If you've ever watched Star on
The View, you know that she is a
positive person and is a living
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e.'animple of what ',o01 can accon'i-
plish with laid woik anid perse er-
ance In her book s.ie shares her
personal journey and gives a
roadmap to how readers can also
achieve success in various areas of
their life: physically, emotionally,
B.E.T. Launches "Battle of the Bulge" Fitness Challenge
Following a successful second
year, B.E.T. is sponsor the 3rd
Annual A .Healthy BET Fitness
Challenge. The national weight-
loss and fitness competition will
handsomely reward the teams that
meet their objectives at the end of
the "challenge phase."
Beginning January 9 through
February 6, interested persons can
go to http://www.ahealthybet.com
to complete the required online reg-
istration process, including submit-
ting a 150- word essay and team
photo. On February 13, four teams
made up of eight finalists will be
chosen to participate in the fitness
challenge phase, and a special six-
day fitness program. Also,
BET.com will feature online
updates on the teams' progress,
interactive health-focused content,
and online chats with Jeanette
Jenkins on http://www.ahealthy-
bet.com to complement the fitness
challenge efforts. The teams will
also receive fitness materials and
clothing provided by The
Holly )ood Trainer and Lad) Foot Arizona lioin Febimary 26 lMaich
Locker. 4. Canyon Ranch health and well-
To help jumpstart their fitness ness professionals will work close-
challenge, the finalists will attend a ly with the teams as they take part
six-day fitness preparation program in the Life Enhancement Program
at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, which includes personal fitness and
medical evaluations, nutrition
counseling, and healthy meal
preparation, physical activities, and
ad', ice on developing positive prac-
tices in everyday living.
Enlisting her expertise and assis-
tance throughout the 2006 A
Healthy BET Fitness Challenge is
renowned Hollywood fitness
expert and A Healthy BET
spokesperson, Jeanette Jenkins.
Jenkins will help the teams identify
and establish their fitness goals,
and provide them with the neces-
sary information to adopting a
healthier lifestyle. The 2006 A
Healthy BET Fitness Challenge
concludes on June 5, 2006 and
teams that meet their collective fit-
ness goals will receive an all-
expense paid trip to the 2006 BET
AWARDS in Los Angeles, includ-
ing airfare and hotel. The winning
teams will also receive an opportu-
nity to walk the famed BET
AWARDS red carpet, get a Healthy
BET makeover, and a gift package,
including a cash reward.
#1 Resolution and
Lose that Weight!
Winter weather and shorter days
can have that effect on the most
motivated among us. But you
don't have to wait for the first
flowers of spring to get that
bounce back in your step or to
reclaim the desire to eat well
When you're lacking that get up
and go, our 10 proven tricks will
light the weight-loss fire beneath
1. Get it in black and white.
One no-fail \vaN to follow through
on your intention-, is to put 'our
plans in writing. Everything seems
more official w hen you see it in
black and w hnte -- and the same
goes tot a commitnent to \our
health and %well-being. Make a
contract with ourself. Sit down
with a pen and paper and identity
your specific goals. Write down
how much weight \ou want to
lose, bow you plan to accomplish
your goals and when Nou plan to
Now, sign on the dotted line and
keep the contract whete \ou can t
help but see it ever) day. like on
the fridge or taped to \our bed-
2. Whet your appetite for
healthier food. HWho said eating
healthy had to be boring or bland'
Not us! Visit your nearest book-
store and browse the cookbooks
for some new low-fat meal ideas.
You'll be surprised at the \ast
array of 'great-sounding (and tast-
ing) choices., ike Health\
Homestyle Cookbook iRodale
Press) or Canyon Ranch Cooking:
Bringing the Spa Home
(HarperCollins). Or check out
www.cookinglight.com and sub-
scribe to a magazine packed with
tantalizing meal ideas that %\on't
widen your w\aistline.
3. Think of the children. If N our
kids are your biggest motivators.
do it for them. Imagine how much
more energy you'll have to gi\e to
them. Considering they leaiii b\
watching \ou. your good eating
and exercise habits are bound to
rub off. which means a lot for their
4. Banish seasonal barriers. Are
your favorite healthy foods out of
season? Having a hard time find-
ing good fruit this time of year?
Order a box of oranges or grape-
fruits from sunny Florida. Or pur-
chase frozen blueberries and
strawberries to toss into salads or
on cereals. You can order oranges
or grapefruits at www.orangeson-
5. Put some fun in fitness. The
best -%way to boost your motivation
to exercise is to make it an activi-
ty you actually enjoy doing. If you
have to drag yourself out the door
to go tor a walk, maybe that's not
your thing. Swing by your local
spoiling goods store and scan the
workout videos or check out your
gym's class schedule until you
find something that sounds like
fin, such as boxing, salsa dancing
or tai chi.
Keep trying new activities until
you find one that really has you
looking forward to breaking a
6. Take a trip (even a short
one). When you know you're
going away. do you spend the
weeks beforehand picturing how
you'll look in the new swimsuit
yoU bought? If that summer ,aca-
tion is too fat off to inspire you,
consider a mini vacation... maybe
something over the upcoming
three-day Presidents' weekend.
Whether you want to look your
best on the beach or on the slopes.
nid-Februarv is close enough to
get \ou into weight-loss mode a
7. Buddy up. Sometimes having
someone to share the experience
with you is all you need to stay on
track. If sour spouse, sibling or
friend also wants to lose weight,
consider working toward your
goals together. You can start on the
same da\ and encourage and sup-
port each other when the going
The added responsibility of meet-
ing someone at the gym every day
or reporting your meals to that
person can be a terrific way to pre-
'ent slacking off.
8. \Veigh the options. Make a
mental list of all the reasons losing
%\eight is a good idea (i.e., looking
great, feelbig better about your-
self, reducing )our risk for heart
disease, cancer, diabetes or arthri-
tis. ha\ ing more energy each da),
etc. i. No matter what's on your list
of cons. we bet they're outnum-
bered by the pros. Just thinking
about all the amazing things you'll
be doing for yourself can be moti-
9. Consider the fringe benefits.
You already know about those
health and fitness benefits. But
how about this one: better sex. A,
study at Duke University found
that even moderate weight loss in
men (S to 20 pounds) resulted in
significant improvements in "sex-
ual functioning and satisfaction."
Research has also shown that reg-
ular exercisers have higher levels
of desire and an enhanced ability
to be aroused and achieve orgasm.
Exercise improves blood flow
throughout the body and increased
circulation is related to heightened
sexual desire in both men and
women. With Valentine's Day
right around the corner, the time to
start losing is noxi.
10. Listen up. Pay attention to
the response you get from people
around you. As you begin to lose
weight, the compliments you get
from friends (even strangers) --
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Latifah's Latest Gig Has Her Living It Up
MIJAC SUED BY VET FOR $100K saw a cut and
The veterinarian who takes care of all the exotic ani- arrested without
mals at Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch has filed a meant Monday r
lawsuit against the pop star for unpaid bills, reports AP According t
Martin Dinnes, owner of Dinnes Memorial Veterinary occurred when
Hospital, claims that Jackson owes $91,602 in veteri- ght or not qui
nary bills. Dinnes was instrumental in acquiring ani- leave his brother
mals for Jackson's zoo, including flamingoes, giraffes, TRACEY
elephants and orangutans, according to his lawyer.A OFFICIAL
hearing was set for May 2. Edmonds has j
Meanwhile, Jackson hasn't lived at Neverland since he remaining mar
was acquitted of child molestation charges in June. He husband, Gra
is currently living in the Persian Gulf kingdom of singer Kennet
TOMMY HEARNS ACCUSED OF The long-sep
ASSAULTING SON: Thomas "Hit Man" Hearns who had annoul
must appear before a judge Michigan on charges that he nent separation'
struck his 13-year-old son during an argument at his moving ahead w
suburban Detroit home. Tracey Edmond
The 47-year-old former boxer was arraigned and In addition to
released on $10,000 bond by Magistrate Eugene including "Soul
Friedman. He also ordered Hearns not to have any con- sons: Brandon,
tact with his son. At 6:45 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 1), police joint statement
say they were called to the Hearns household by his and would con
wife on a report that the former athlete had struck his together.
son. Upon arrival at the Southfield, MI home, police Kenneth Edm.
ried on Sept. 5,
Lou Rawls Bids Americ
Goodbye in Annual UN(
"An Evening of
Stars," a syndicat-
ed telethon honor-
Rawls in typically
smooth voice and
e.- engaging form as
twice and was
the stories of stu-
dents helped by
Quincy Jones ,left, and Lou Rawls, posing with Stevie the UNCF. His
Wonder, center, before a gala honoring the latter to participation with
benefit UNCF at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles. UNCF helped brin
In a bittersweet coda to Lou in more than $200 million.
Rawls' life and long dedication to During his telethon appearance,
the United Negro College Fund, the Rawls perched briefly on a stool but
annual fundraiser he took part in otherwise stood and sang, giving no
last September was broadcast last hint of the health crisis he was fac-
weekend just days following his
bruise above the boy's eye. Hearns was
it incident and jailed until his arraign-
norning, said Detective John Harris.
o police, the alleged physical altercation
Hearns' son failed respond either out-
ckly enough to Heams' order that he
EDMONDS MAKES SPLIT
ust cut the last
ital tie to her
nced a "perma-ad p
" in October, is -
with a divorce after 13 years of marriage.
s filed the papers in Los Angeles.
producing movies and television shows,
Food," the couple also produced two
9, and Dylan, 41/2. In October, their
said they would "remain best friends"
itinue to work on business ventures
onds, 47, and Tracey Edmonds, 37, mar-
a His Final
ing. He was diagnosed with lung
cancer in December 2004 and brain
cancer in May 2005.
Rev. Jesse Jackson will preside
over the funeral of the silky-smooth
jazz and soul crooner Friday,
January 13th at West Angeles
Church of God in Christ on Friday
morning,His burial will be private.
Rawls, famed for his 1976 hit
"You'll Never Find (Another Love
Like Mine)", died at the age of 72
in a Los Angeles hospital.
Rawls, who said he quit his ciga-
rette habit 35 to 40 years ago, had
undergone both traditional and non-
traditional treatments in an effort to
beat the disease.
Besides his wife, Rawls is sur-
vived by four children: Louanna
Rawls, Lou Rawls Jr., Kendra
Smith and Aiden Rawls.
by Roz Stevenson
Living life to the fullest is the
theme of Queen Latifah latest film
Last Holiday, a heartwarming
romantic comedy, which also stars
LL Cool J, Timothy Hutton, Gerard
Depardieu, Alicia Witt and
Latifah says that the comedy taps
into a basic human emotion. "Try
to imagine how you would feel if
you were told that you only had a
few weeks to live. All the dreams,
all the desires, all the things you
wanted to do and thoughts you
wanted to express are in jeop-
ardy of being unfulfilled.
Where do you begin?"
Latifah plays Georgia Byrd,
who lives a small life tucked
inside big dreams. A shy cook-
ware salesperson for a depart-
ment store, she handles knives
and skillets with the flair of a
master chef and dreams of one
day opening her own restaurant.
She has a secret crush on a co-
worker, portrayed by LL Cool J,
but is too timid to let him know.
However, when a misdiagnosis '
leads Georgia to believe her
days are numbered, she decides
that if she has to go, she's going
to go with a bang and
embarks on a dream holiday
vacation to a grand resort in
Europe. There, thinking she
has nothing to lose, Georgia
undergoes a metamorphosis...
and her transformation affects
everyone around her. Georgia's
newly uninhibited personality ..-
shakes up staff and guests alike,
including a venerated chef, por-
trayed by Gerard Depardieu. From
snowy slopes to spectacular spas,
delectable dinners to midnight
balls, Georgia is going to live a life-
time of fun in just a few weeks.
"This film gave me a chance to get
into the bones of someone very dif-
ferent from me," she notes. "Most
of the characters I've played are
vocal and outgoing and this was a
chance to embody someone who is
meek and unaccustomed to speak-
ing her mind. Georgia is one of my
favorite characters because she's so
decent and inspiring."
Still, the actress says that she
does, in fact, have a shy side.
"Latifah means 'delicate and sensi-
tive,'" she notes. "In this film, I
indulged that side of myself a little
more than I usually do."
Latifah says that, like Georgia,
she is thrilled when new opportuni-
ties present themselves. "I learned
how to snowboard for this project.
That's one of the things I love about
acting, I get the chance to do new
things. I'm an active person, I ride
motorcycles and ski. I like to
embrace the adventure of life,
which helps me in translating that
attitude to my character."
LL Cool J, who has known Latifah
for many years, takes on the role of
Sean, Georgia's co-worker and the
object of a crush. For that part of
the role, Latifah was able to call
back old feelings. "He's a very
handsome guy and I had a crush on
him when I was growing up,"
Latifah admits, "so I just recall how
I felt back in the day."
LL Cool J responds with surprise
when told of Latifah's childhood
infatuation. "Really? I didn't know
that. We've known each other a
long time, and playing scenes with
her has been wonderful. She's such
a smart young woman. She's
taught me a few things."
In 2004 Latifah received an
Oscar nomination for Best
Supporting Actress, a Golden
Globe nomination and a SAG
Award nomination for her portrayal
as Mama Morton in Miramax's
Chicago. Preceding that were a
string of box office hits including
Bringing Down the House, Beauty
Shop, Taxi, Set It Off, Living
Out Loud, Brown Sugar, Bone
Collector and Jungle Fever, her
Her career in films was
launched by the success of her
first television series, Living
Single, now in syndication.
Latifah teamed with Grammy
Award-winning producer Arif
Mardin as well as Ron Farin to
release her first vocal album,
Queen Latifah The Dana
Owens Album, which has sold
over a million copies and
received a Grammy nomination.
The New Jersey native burst onto
the scene through rap with her
ground breaking 1989 debut All
Hail the Queen, which set the
visual and contextual standard
for female rappers. She has
earned three Grammy nomina-
tions as well as a Grammy Award
for Best Solo Rap Performance
A performer, label president,
V" author and entrepreneur, Queen
Latifah has blossomed into a
one-woman entertainment con-
glomerate. She formed, with man-
ager Sha-Kim Compere, Flavor
Unit Entertainment, which pro-
duced last fall's comedy The
Cookout and the above-mentioned
She also serves as co-chair for the
Lancelot H. Owens Scholarship
Foundation, Inc. Established by her
mother, Rita Owens, to perpetuate
the memory of a loving son and
brother, the foundations provides
scholarships to students who excel
scholastically, but are limited in
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Ft. Mose 2nd Annual Golf
Tournament & Air Potato Rodeo
The Fort Mose Historical Society will host its 2nd Annual Fort Mose
Golf Tournament, Satur-day, January 14, 2006; on the Royal St. Augustine
Golf Course. Registration at 7 a.m., Shotgun Start at 8 a.m., and awards
for 1st and 2nd place, low gross, closest to pin, longest drive on designat-
ed holes, will be presented at lunch.
The Air Potato Rodeo is a fun day for the whole family outdoors at
the Fort Mose Historic State Park from 9 a,m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday,
Ft. Moses is located near the county administrative complex east of US
1 on Saratoga, near Schooner's Restaurant/Winn Dixie.
For more information on both events, please call (904)461-2035, or
FAMU Alumni Meeting
The Jacksonville Chapter of the
FAMU Alumni Association will
hold it's monthly meeting at the
Highland Branch Library at 10a.m.
on Saturday, January 14th For
more, info please contact 910-7829.
Ritz Chamber Players
The Ritz Chamber Players -will
perform "In Remembrance of the
Dream", a special concert in honor
of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s
birthday. The concert will be held
on Saturday, January 14th, at 7:30
p.m. in the Terry Theater, of the
Times Union Center. For tickets or
more information, call 354-5547.
The Southern Genealogist's
Exchange Society will meet for its
monthly program meeting on
Saturday, January 14th, 2006, 10
A.M., at the SGES library located at
6215 Sauterne Drive, Jacksonville,
FL. The speaker will be Mr.
Mueller, an author and Lecturer on
Steamboat History and Research.
For more information about SGES
or directions to the library, go to
http:"s.gesia\.tripod.com, or call
Clay County NAACP
The Clay County Branch of the
NAACP will have their Annual
Martin Luther King Day
Celebration on Monday, January
16th at 11 a.m. at St. James A.M.E.
Church. The church is located at
535 McIntosh Avenue in Orange
Park. The guest speaker is Rev. Dr.
Alesia Scott-Ford. For more infor-
mation call 304-1479. The number
to the church us 278-7037.
The Museum of Science &
History will celebrate the life of
MLK with their annual Martin
Luther King, Jr. Day celebration.
Festivities will kick off on January
16th from 1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
For more information, call 396-
The Boylan Haven Alumnae
Association invites the public to
share the dream during their 21st
Annual Martin Luther King Jr.
Birthday Observance. The guest
speaker is Rev. Charles Scriven and
music will be provided by the
Ribault Senior High School Chorus.
The event will be held on Monday,
January 16th at St. Paul A.M.E.
Church, 6910 New Kings Road.
Former Secretary of
Dr. Rod Paige, former Secretary
of Education, will be speaking
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about "Educational Policies and
School Reform" at 7 p.m. on
Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the
University Center on the University
of North Florida campus. Tickets
for the free lecture can be ordered
online at www.unf.edu.
New York Times and Essence
bestselling novelist Carl Weber will
be signing his new book. SO YOU
CALL YOURSELF A MAN at
Books a Million, 9400-015 Atlantic
Boulevard, on Thursday, January
19th at 7 p.m. He will also appear at
the Merrill Road Wal Mart on the
20th at 6:30 p.m.
The Jacksonville Chamber of
Commerce will host their 19th
Annual Martin Luther King Jr.,
Breakfast on Friday, January 20th
from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Prime
Osborne Convention Center. The
guest speaker will be Anthony E.
Jones, Director of Global Diversity
for Convergys Corporation. For
more information, contact the
Jacksonville Chamber of
Najee at the
Ritz in Concert
The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum presents contemporary
jazz recording artist Najee at Jazz
Third Saturdays, a new caf6 style
concert series featuring local and
national jazz recording artists. The
concert will be held on Saturday,
January 21st beginning at 8 p.m.
With two platinum and four gold
albums, Najee is one of the biggest
and best names in, contemporary
jazz. Tickets are available at the
Ritz box office, For more informa-
tion, please call 904-632-5555. $31.
Auditioning for Grease
Stage Aurora Productions has
announced that it's Spring produc-
tion will be the fun-filled musical
"Grease". Auditions will be held for
youth 10-18 on Saturday, January
21st, 2006 from 1:00 p.m. 3:00
p.m. (singers only) and 3:00 p.m. -
5;00 p.m. (dancers only) in the
Ezekiel Bryant Auditorium of
FCCJ's North Campus. The show
will be premiered over the first
weekend in March. For more infor-
mation, please call Stage Aurora at
(904) 765-7372 or (904) 765-7373
Free Conference for
Young Investors at
the Bethelite Center
Young Investors Inc. will sponsor
an Investors Conference for high
school students, college students,
and young professionals. The con-
ference will be held at the Bethelite
Center (formerly Ramada Inn),
5865 Arlington Expressway, (at
University Blvd.) on Saturday,
January 21, 2006. All high school
seniors will be eligible to apply for
the Young Investors Scholarship.
Breakfast and lunch will be pro-
vided for all registrants.
For more information, please call
1 (888)842-7572; email to:
Info@YoungInvestors.org; or visit
www. Young In vestors. org.
Registration will be available at the
door on a first come, first serve
basis, as space is limited.
Soul Release Poetry
Soul Release Poetry, Jacksonville's
longest running spoken word poetry
event in Northeast Florida, will be
held Saturday January 21st
beginning at 7:30 p.m. at
Boomtown Theatre and
Restaurant's. It is located down-
stairs at The Park Building, #140
Monroe Street 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. For more information,
Learn how to start your own veg-
etable seeds. Participants will be
able to start and take home their
own flat of spring vegetables at this
class on Thursday January 26th
from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the
Urban Garden Field Office (located
behind 1007 Superior Street) of the
Duval County Extension Service.
Seating is limited. For more infor-
mation call 387-8850.
Bela Fleck & The
Flecktones at UNF
Five-time-Grammy award winner
Bela Fleck & the Flecktones will
perform at the University of North
Florida on Thursday, January
26th, 2006. The curtain will rise at
7:30 p.m. in the Lazzara
Performance Hall of the
University's Fine Arts Center.
Tickets for the concert are still
available and can be purchased
from the UNF Ticket Office at 620-
Heart 2 Heart at JCA
What can I do to prevent heart
problems? What are the warning
signs I shouldn't ignore? Does what
I eat really affect my heart health?
These are questions we should all
be able to answer. U.F. Doctors will
deliver a "Heart to Heart" informa-
tive lecture to fill participants in on
this crucial information. The free
forum will also include a forum on
heart healthy eating. The free forum
will take place at the Jewish
Community Alliance on Sunday
January 29th from 10:30 11:30
a.m. The JCA is located at 8505
San Jose Blvd. Call 730-2100 for
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 on
sale at all Ticketmaster outlets, or at
The next book club meeting for the
P.R.I.D.E. Book Club will be held
on Saturday, February 4, 2006.
The book for discussion will be
Manchild In The Promise Land by
Claude Brown. The meeting will
be held at the new Jacksonville
Public Library. For more informa-
tion, please e-mail felicef@bell-
south.net. or call 384-3939.
Spiritual Spoken Word
Spirit of Truth Deliverance
Ministry will present an evening of
spoken word with "Spirit of Truth"
on Saturday, February 4th. The
public is invited to come out and
witness Spiritual Poetry like you've
never heard before. The event is
FREE and will have an open mic.
Poets are encouraged to pre register.
Spoken Word at Spirit of Truth will
be held the first Saturday of each
month from 6 8 p.m. The church is
located at 5354 Verna Blvd (near
Lowe's off Cassat). For more infor-
mation, call 993-0467.
2006 Sickle Cell
The Pediatric Sickle Cell Pro-
gram at Shands Jacksonville/
Nemours Children's Clinic & Sickle
Cell Association of America
Northeast Florida Chapter invites
health professionals to join them in
"breaking the sickle cycle." The
Sickle Cell Disease Health Sympo-
sium, "Strengthening Partnerships,
Policies and Services," will be held
Friday and Saturday, February
10th and llth. For information,
please call (904) 244-4178.
Links Western Gala
The Jacksonville Chapter of Links
will present their annual Western
Gala themed "A Celebration of
Country Soul" on February 11th at
the Jacksonville Fairgrounds.
Festivities will kick off at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, contact any
jacksonville Links member or email
Ritz Chamber Players to Present Special MLK Salute
Honorable Judge Joe Hatcheet to Receive First Humanitarian Award
The Honorable Joseph W.
Hatchett will receive the Martin
Luther King Jr. Humanitarian
Award in recognition of his
Pioneering efforts within the
United States Judicial System pre-
sented by the country's First
African American Chamber
Ensemble-The Ritz Chamber
Players on Saturday, January 14,
2006 in the Terry Theatre of the
Times Union Center for
Performing Arts. The Benefit
Reception will be held at 6:30 p.m.
in the Hicks Gallery followed by
the "In Remembrance of the
Dream" concert in tribute to Martin
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Luther King at 8:00 p.m.
In recognition of Judge Joseph W.
Hatchett's famed accomplishments
and servitude towards the African-
American community, the Ritz
Chamber Players will begin the
concert celebration with Coleridge-
Taylor Perkinson's String Quartet
No. 1, "Based on Calvary!", said to
be a favorite of Dr. Kings. The
Ensemble's other musical pieces
for the occasion include, Wolf-
Italian Derenade in G major,
Mozart- Trio in E-flat K 498,
"Kegelstatt" and Dvorak-Piano
Quintet in A Major, Op. 81.
In Remembrance of the Dream,
Judge Joseph W. Hatchett and the
Ritz Chamber Players continue to
make tremendous strides in the
quest to reveal the talent, ingenuity,
resilience and overwhelming skill
of the members within the African-
The Ritz Chamber Players are an
ensemble of gifted and extensively
trained African-American musi-
cians from across the country that
has established their foundation in
Jacksonville, FL. The RCP per-
formances encompass a variety of
African-American composers as
well as other classical composers.
In an effort to expand the knowl-
edge of the arts, the Ritz Chamber
Players offers Educational
Outreach to schools and students in
the community by providing train-
ing and guidance through music
camps, free educational activities
and distribution of free tickets to
special organizations that cater to
at-risk youth. For more information
on The Ritz Chamber Players or to
purchase tickets for their events log
on to www.ritzchamberplayers.org
Tickets for the January 14, 2006
concert are $25. For concert and
reception for season ticket holders
and $45 Concert and Reception.
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