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Volume 21 No. 47 Jacksonville, Florida March 20 26, 2008

History Making Week for Black Americans

Flm din now has 1st Bhriak female Chief J.Ai -c, New York gets first Bhiac Governor and Obama
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week when the over videoed words
of Rev. Jeremiah Wright and the
exploits of former New York
In an effort to counteract the much
debated words of presidential can-
didate's Barak Obama's pastor and
confidant that some have referred to
as a "hate mongerer" and "anti-
patriotic", the Senator of from
Illinois delivered what analysts are
calling "the most significant sppech
on race since Martin Luther King's
famous I Have a Dream speech
over thirty years ago.
Justice Peggy Quince, who
attended segregated schools in her
native Virginia, will be the first
black woman to lead the Florida
Supreme Court or any branch of
state government.

Shown above is Sen. Barak Obama following his address on race, Florida Chief Justice Peggy Quince and
New York Governor David Paterson being sworn in.
Quince, 60, also will be the second Chief Justice R. Fred Lewis, who world learned of former Governor
African-American and third woman will remain on the court. Eliot Spitzer's involvement in a
to serve as chief justice when she David Paterson is now governor prostitution ring Paterson, from
begins her two-year term July 1. of New York. The state's 55th, but Harlem, spent 20 years in the state
Her six colleagues Friday unani- the first black, and the first blind Senate before becoming lieutenant
mously elected Quince to"succeed governor. Just one week after the Governor. See page 5 for mo-e.

WC Ushers in a New Day with Inaugeration

SFestivities of First Female President

Dr. Claudette Williams
by Marretta Latimer
Attending the inaugural festivities
this past weekend for Edward
Waters College's 28th President
Claudette Williams was a lot like

taking an unplanned trip.
You didn't know what to
expect, but you knew you were
in for a few surprises.
The four-day celebration
began with "The Inaugural
Concert" on Thursday, March
13th, followed by a post-con-
cert surprise birthday party
for Williams. The fanfare
continued with additional
events held in Williams' honor
including an art exhibit, recep-
lion educational financial work-
shops and even a health fair at
EWC on Friday, March 14th.
Lynette Khalfani-Fox, a former
CNBC correspondent and national-
ly known financial educator, even
hosted a money management semi-
nar for the EWC community.
As EWC's first female and 28th
President, Williams has some
obstacles to overcome. The institu-
tion's enrollment dropped from
approximately 1,400 to less than

one thousand, largely due to a lack
of funding. The school is also in
dire need of infrastructure improve-
ments, like new air conditioning
units, repairs for leaking roofs and
more. With rising costs in educa-
tion and 98% of the student popula-
tion in need of financial assistance,
Williams has sought to address this
deficit with a five-year, 250-million
dollar campaign. At the same time,
she has focused on maintaining
"ethics and excellence" and educa-
tional programs that will "enhance
opportunities for academic, career
and personal achievement."
Currently, the school offers fifteen
areas of study including Liberal
Arts, Computer Science, Business,
Education and Law.
Since her tenure began in June
2007, Williams has had a surprising
impact on EWC's stakeholders.
Alumni, in particular, believe in her
vision. Students from the 1950s,
'60s and '70s often reminisced about

what EWC once offered challeng-
ing academics, broad cultural and
social experiences, a great athletic
program, and a strong sense of
pride. National Alumni President
Marguerite Warren, a member of
the Class of 1965, noted, "Since Dr.
Williams came to our alma mater,
she has inspired us with her high
standards, dedication and abilities.
We have chartered fifteen new
alumni chapters, are planning activ-
ities with current students, and are
focused on increasing enrollment
and raising funds. We are excited
about the future."
The official Inauguration, held on
Saturday, March 15th, was a formal
event, but filled with surprises. A
procession of EWC alumni, stu-
dents, faculty and staff, and college
and university presidents paraded
down Kings Road. Officiated by
Bishop McKinley Young, Chairman
of EWC's Board of Trustees,
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Power of Prayer Brings 1000+ Together
A crowd of over 1000, including Pastor Rudolph McKissick and Rev.
Peter Church, attended The Greater Jacksonville Prayer Breakfast at the
Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel last week. The Prayer Breakfast was
organized by First Coast Christian Outreach under the direction of Rev.
Peter Church, Executive Director. Dr. Lloyd John Ogilvie, former
Chaplain of the U.S. Senate, was the guest speaker. "God's promises are
true, and his strategy for Jacksonville involves you," he told the receptive
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Pictured above is Mrs.Mary Tucker and Bro.Daryl two JLOC vol-
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The wind and sunshine worked
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needy out to participate in the
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While Jacksonville may be cele-
brating the latest addition of it's
HBCU, financially strapped histori-
cally black colleges across the
country are at a crossroads and
petioning Congress for help.
Cutbacks in federal and state
spending and competition from
mainstream institutions for the best
students, educators and academic
programs have taken a toll on
schools that were created to educate
African-American students after
slavery, said presidents from some
of the nation's top historically black
colleges last week.
Now, critics are questioning the
relevance of historically black col-
leges and universities, commonly
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"I am often asked as the president
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educational system in America as
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The Princeton Review listed
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College"; U.S. News and World
Report listed it as part of its
"America's Best Colleges 2007."
Still, the school is facing a $3
million cut in state funding, and
Sias said she's fighting an uphill
battle when it comes to helping
some of her school's non-terminal
degree graduate programs become
eligible for a federal competitive
grant designed to help schools that
serve large minority populations.

Fisk enrollment is now less than 1,000 and has cut athletic programs.

Historically black colleges repre-
sent 'only 4 percent of all higher-
education institutions, but roughly
40 percent of all African-American
students graduate from them, said
Dorothy Yancy, the president of
Johnson C. Smith University in
Charlotte, N.C.
Fisk University, a school in
Nashville, Tenn., with a student
population of less than 1,000, grad-
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on to earn doctorates in the natural
sciences than any other school in
the nation, according to a National
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However, historically black col-
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financial and social hurdles.
According to a study by
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nation's students complete their
undergraduate studies in six years.
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of students are low income, the
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Over a lifetime, the average
American with a bachelor's degree
will earn roughly $2.1 million,
while an African-American with the
same degree will earn $1.7 million,
the college presidents said.
Over the past two decades, at
least seven historically black col-
leges have lost their accreditation.
While some schools were able to
regain their accreditation status,
others, such as Knoxville College
and Morris Brown College, remain
open without accreditation.
In fiscal 2005, 6 percent of the
nation's top mainstream universities
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colleges and universities combined,
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History of New York's New Governor Should Inspire Many

The great educator Benjamin
Mays once said, "Man is what his
dreams are." Some dreams become
reality, but most end up locked
away or discarded over time.
In the complicated yet delicate
game of politics, those who dream
of entering the political arena often
have varying motives. Not only are
motives assorted, but the back-
grounds that politicians bring to the
table can be extremely diverse as
Most of us have heard of the
Eliot Spitzer issue. In fact, because
the media loves a juicy sex tale we
are hearing about the former
Governor Spitzer issue every day.
The by-product of Spitzers stupidly
comes in the form of New York's
first African American governor.
The by-product of the Spitzer
debacle is the realization of a
Not only is that a feat within
itself, but when David Paterson
was sworn in this week he became
the first legally blind person to hold
he governor's seat as well.
He was born sightless in one eye
and with very little vision in the
other when an infection damaged
his optic nerve. What's even more
interesting about his life is that he
constantly defied the odds. He
would go to the park in Harlem and
play basketball with the fellas. He's
been an avid runner since he was
young as well.
When his parents moved to Long
Island, New York they searched for
a public school that would allow
Paterson to learn alongside regular
students versus being segregated
because of his impairment. He
accepted his parent's challenge and
excelled throughout high school
and college.
After finishing high school he
went on to Columbia University
and Hofstra Law School. Two
years out of law school he won his
state Senate seat in Harlem. Twenty
years later Paterson is Governor of
a major state.
Yes his story is pretty amazing.
The fact that he was a black
Lieutenant Governor is impressive
as well, but he came from a politi-
cal background. His father was

once Secretary of State in New
York; so one could say that he had
a strong advantage at the start of his
political career.
Paterson's father, Basil, was the
first nonwhite secretary of state of
New York and the first African-
American vice chairman of the
national Democratic Party.
But whatever advantage his
father's political career earned him,
the fact that he has always had to
deal with his visual impairment
would have been a major roadblock
for most people. Most would have
given up on running for elected
office, but Paterson never wavered
from striving to complete all of his
Throughout his career he has
been a leading advocate for the
visually and physically impaired.
But Paterson is no charity case at
all. Just because his father's career
may have helped jump start his
own, he is highly respected by both
Republicans and Democrats in
New York.
Some may remember that Barack
Obama wasn't the only young ris-
ing start that spoke at the 2004
National Democratic Convention.
Governor Paterson became the first
visually impaired person addressed
the convention.
What's even more interesting
than Paterson's path to the
Governor's Office is the fact that
it's still such a unique club for
Since the formation of this coun-
try, there have only been four
African American governors -
including Paterson.
The first black governor wasn't
elected to office. P.B.S. Pinchback,
served as acting governor of
Louisiana for 36 days in 1872-73
while the sitting governor was
being impeached.
The most popular and considered
by most to be the first true African
American governor was L.
Douglas Wilder of Virginia. Wilder
of course became the nation's first
elected black governor in 1990
Wilder was basically the Lone
Ranger up until last year when
Deval Patrick, the current governor
of Massachusetts was elected.

Patrick's election and Barack
Obama's success speak to the over-
all elect ability of African
Americans in this country. I wrote
an article several week's ago and
said that just when I thought that a
black man couldn't get elected to be
President of the United States any
time soon Obama defies all con-
ventional thinking.
Although Paterson is filling
Spitzer's term, he was elected as
Lieutenant Governor and will
eventually have to run for
Governor in an election within the
next few years. So his elect ability
will be tested.
In the meantime, Paterson was
sworn in this week and made it
clear that he intended to be a strong
governor. In his acceptance speech
he said, "Today is Monday. There is
work to be done. There was an oath
to be taken, there is trust that needs
to be restored, and there are issues
that need to be addressed."
Of course Paterson has not nec-
essarily been an innocent boy scout
in the past, but how many of us
have? He and his wife recently told
reporters that during a rocky period
in their marriage they both cheated
on each other.
Unfortunately, it happens every-

day in marriages and because of the
Spitzer issues it was probably best
for the Paterson's to get it out con-
sidering it had apparently been dis-
cussed in certain New York circles.
Rumors had also been circulating
about Paterson fathering a child
outside of his marriage, which both
he and his wife deny.
It's amazing how the "some"
media wait for a person to achieve
a great feat then go digging for dirt.
Obviously, whatever martial
issues the Paterson's had have been
worked out. Shouldn't martial
issues remain private although a
person is an elected official?
Shouldn't there be a line that the
media doesn't cross? But that's
another article for another day.
Despite the irrelevant rumors,
Paterson is still a great role model
because of his commitment to edu-
cation and public service and his
defiance of the stereotypes that are
associated with physical impair-
I started with Benjamin Mays so
I will finish with him. "The tragedy
in life doesn't lie in not reaching
your goal. The tragedy lies in hav-
ing no goal to reach."
Signing off from Hopeville,
Reggie Fullwood

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NTs First Black Governor, Met with Chants, Cheers After Being Sworn In

David Paterson was sworn in as
governor of New Yorkthis week
before a crowd of lawmakers who
chanted his name and cheered his
message of unity in a state eager to
move past his predecessor's sordid
and speedy political collapse.
Paterson became the state's first
black chief executive and nation's
second legally blind governor
almost exactly a week after allega-
tions first surfaced that Gov. Eliot
Spitzer was "Client 9" of a high-
priced call girl service.
"We move forward. Today is
Monday. There is work to be done,"
Paterson said. "There was an oath
to be taken. There's trust that needs
to be restored. There are issues that

need to be addressed."
"What we are going to do from
now on is what we always should
have done all along," the former
state senator said. "We're going to
work together."
"This transition today is a historic
message to the world: That we live
by the same values that we profess,
and we are a government of laws,
not individuals," Paterson said.
Paterson, who becomes New
York's 55th governor, has said he
will get right to work. The
Legislature faces an April 1 dead-
line to pass an estimated $124 bil-
lion budget, and Paterson also said
that health care, education, jobs and
problems facing "the single mother
with two jobs" need immediate

Before reluctantly accepting
Spitzer's offer to run with him as
lieutenant governor, Paterson was a
Democratic state senator for more
than two decades, representing
parts of Harlem and Manhattan's
Upper West Side.
His historic ascension into the
governor's seat was not without
controversy.. Just one day after he
was sworn in, Gov. David Paterson
revealed Tuesday that he had affairs
with several women, including a
state employee.
Mr. Paterson said the affairs hap-
pened during a rough patch in his
marriage, and that the employee did
not work for him. He insisted he did
not advance her career, and that no
campaign or state money was spent
on the affairs.

"Several years ago, there were a
number of women," Mr. Paterson
said during a news conference
called to address rumours and a
newspaper account of one affair.
"The public wants to know who its
elected officials are and sometimes,
even though you are human, and
you are someone who just has feel-
ings and has faults, there comes a
time, perhaps when you have to tell
the public."
The Patersons said they both had
affairs during a time when their
marriage was headed toward
divorce. But they admitted the infi-
delity, sought counselling and have
built a stronger marriage and fami-

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St. Stephen AME Church Easter 2008
Saint Stephen AME Church, 913 West 5th Street, corner Davis St.,
Reverend Michael L. Mitchell, Pastor; invites the community for all Easter
2008 Services. "Good Friday Night Live" will feature the Drama and Dance
Ministries at 7 p.m. on March 21st. The Sunrise Worship Celebration will
begin at 6 am. on Sunday. Children, youth and Senior Adults will be pre-
sented in "The Enchanting Easter Garden at 8:30 a.m. The Easter
Resurrection Celebration will begin at 10 am., Sunday.

AME Churches Combine for Holy
Week and Easter Sunrise Services
The AME pastors and congregations of AME Church of the Master,
Historic Mt. Zion AME, Greater Grant Memorial AME have combined for
Holy Week Services. The powerful worship services will reflect on the days
leading to the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Good Friday Observance on March 21st will feature "The 7 Last
Words of Christ" sponsored by the AME Ministerial Alliance and will be
presented by God's anointed preachers from 12 noon until 3 p.m. at Historic
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Easter Sunrise Service will begin at 6:30 a.m. at Greater Grant Memorial
AME, 5533 Gilchrist Road (at Sibbald Rd.), Rev. Tony Hansberry, pastor.
The celebrated and inspiring speaker for this great worshipful experience
will be Bishop McKinley Young, Presiding Prelate of the l1th District of
the AME Church. Breakfast will be served immediately following the
morning worship service. The community is invited. For directions, call
(904) 355-9475 or 764-5992.

Evangel Temple Easter 2008 Events
Evangel Temple Assembly of God Central Campus, located at I-10 and
Lane Avenue, Pastor Garry Wiggins and Pastor Cecil Wiggins invites the
community for Special Easter Services. "The 7 Sayings of Christ" will be
presented March 21st at the Good Friday Service at 12 noon. The Sanctuary
Choir Cantata will present "For Such A One As This" at 7:30 p.m.
The Children's Easter Extravaganza will be held Saturday, March 2nd at
the Ramona Elementary School from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Easter Sunday Worship Services will be at 8:15 am. and 10:45 a.m.
Easter Sunday Evening at 6 p.m., the Sanctuary Choir Cantata "For Such
A One As This". The community is invited to all events.

St. Thomas Easter Hymn Time
St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church, 5863 Moncrief Road, Ernie
L. Murray Sr., Pastor; invites you to Holy Week Hymn Time Friday, March
21st at 7 p.m...
Friday evening "Hymn Time" will feature Sis. Mary Moore from the
Southside Church of God in Christ, one of the great soloist of the city. St.
Thomas Missionary Baptist Church, the Church that reaches up to God, and
out to Man, welcomes the community.

St. Philip's to hold Good Friday

Candlelight Choral Service
The Chancel Choir, Henry Mack, Director; will follow the Service of
Darkness with Seven Choral Meditations at 7:30 p.m., Good Friday, March
21, 2008, at St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 321 West Union St., Reverend
Hugh W. Chapman, Rector. Candles symbolize Christ, who is our Light and
the Light of the world. Candlelight in a darkened church on Good Friday
portrays light fading from the world as Christ was leaving it. The Service
of Darkness commemorates the suffering and death of Christ based on the
ancient Tenebrae.
The seven anthems used for a Service of Darkness with spoken medita-
tions based on the Seven Words from the Cross are given with each medi-
tation and are extinguished until one candle remains. This last vigil candle
points toward the coming Resurrection. All are invited.

All People Int. Easter Services

And Community Easter Egg Hunt
All People International Church, 1993 W. Edgewood Ave., Pastor Ardel
Jones, invites the community for Easter Services, beginning with "Early
Morning Easter Service" at 8 a.m.
The Drama Ministry will present "Easter Redemption", a Poem Play
Theater style. Bishop A. T. Jones, senior pastor will deliver "Words of
Appreciation" All neighborhood youth are invited to the "Epic Annual
Easter Egg Hunt" at 4 p.m.

Community is Invited to New Life
Community UMC Easter Celebrations
New Life Community United Methodist Church, 11100 Wingate Road,
Rev. Candace Lewis, Pastor; invites the community to Easter Sunday
Celebrations beginning with Easter Sunrise Service at 7 a.m., followed by
Breakfast. Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. and Easter Worship
Celebration begins at 10:30 a.m.
New Life invites the community to "come and experience God's Love
for You." The Children's Easter Egg Hunt will follow Worship.

St. James AME of O.P. Services
St. James AME Church of Orange Park, 536 McIntosh Avenue will begin
Easter Sunday with Sunrise Service at 7 a.m., followed by service of
Breakfast. Worship Service will begin at 8 a.m.
The Easter Pageant will be presented at 9:30 a.m.
Worship Service will begin at 11 a.m. An Easter Egg Hunt is set for
12:30 p.m., and everyone is invited.,

5863 Moncrief Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 FAX 764-3800

Pastor Ernie Murray
Welcomes you!

Join Us for One of Our Services
Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
1st Sunday 3:45 p.m.

Lord's Supper & Baptism
3rd Sunday 7:00 p.m.
Bible Study 7:00 p.m.

Noon Day Worship

Youth Church 7:00 p.m.


Pastor Garry & Kim Wiggins


Central Campus
(1-10 & Lane Avenue)

Good Friday Service 12 3 p.m.
"The 7 Sayings of Christ"
Cantata "For Such a One As This" 7:30 p.m.

Men's Resurrection Breakfast
7:30 a.m.
Children's Easter Extravaganza
10:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.

Pastor Cecil & Pauline Wiggins

Morning Worship
He is Risen 8:15 a.m. & 10:45 a.m.
Cantata "For Such a One As This"
6:00 p.m.

5755 Ramona Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32205 904-781-9393
Website: Email:
10:45 a.m. Service Interpretedfor Deaf@ Central Campus

Gospel Singers Gospel Fest Banquet
Local Gospel Singers can showcase their talents and take their place as
the "The Best Gospel Singer" in the City, Sunday, April 6, 2008 at 4 p.m.
This showcase for Gospel Singers will be presented at the Scottish Rites
Masonic Cathedral, 29 West 6th Street, Jacksonville. There will be First,
Second and Third Place Cash Prizes.
For registration information or tickets which include a meal and the
Gospel Fest, visit "Here's to Your Health," 1440-13 Dunn Ave., or the
Gospel World, 3000-48 Dunn Avenue.
Easter Begins at First A.M.E. Church
Palm Coast.....Minister of Music Michael Booker has prepared a superla-
tive Pre-Easter Concert for Palm Sunday, March 16, 5 p.m., at First A.M.E.
Church. In line with consistent practice, Palm Sunday services will be held
at 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.; Maundy Thursday worship, March 20, 7 p.m.;
"The Last Utterances of Christ", Good Friday, March 21, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.;
the sunrise service, Easter Sunday, March 23, 6 a.m., and "The Resurrection
Celebration", Easter Sunday, March 23, 10:45 a.m.
First A.M.E. Church is located at 91 Old Kings Road North. Rev. Gillard
S. Glover, Pastor. Call (386) 446-5759 for more information.
Christian Spring Break 2008
On Saturday, April 5, 2008, New Covenant Ministries located at 2360 St.
Johns Bluff Road will present Spring Break 2008. Florida's biggest
Christian event ever. The free televised event will include Christian rock,
rap, worship, praise, dance, give-a-ways and a video shoot. The event kicks
off at 7 p.m. For more information call 641-7600.
Epiphany Celebrates the Resurrection
The community is invited to the Epiphany Baptist Church, 663 South
McDuffAve. (at I-10), Celebration of Christ's Resurrection, at 6 a.m. Easter
Sunday Morning. Rev. William L. Robinson is Pastor. An Easter Program
will begin at 11 a.m. All are welcome.
Unified M. B. Church Invites Youth

to Good Friday "Kids Night"
The Unified Missionary Baptist church, 3060 Lennox Ave., Rev. Nelson
B. Turpin, Founder/Pastor; Rev. Cornell Denson, Co-Pastor; with the
Theme: "Together we stand, Divided we fall" invites all to weekly servic-
es, and transportation is available by calling 981-3080.
Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by Morning Worship at 11
a.m. each Sunday. Bible Study is at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, and Wednesday
Noon Day Prayer begins at 11:30 a.m. Happy Hour begins at 7:30 p.m. on
Friday evenings.
. "Kids Night", on Good Friday,will include, "nm.oyle,.tre: fun, games,
food and drinks fro n.6 p.m. to 8:30 pm., "Let's.keep our,hildren in our
homes and in our churches."

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

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor


Join us for our Weekly Services

Midweek Services
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.

Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

Come share in Holy CommuniL on st Snday at 4:50 pm.

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor

Radio Ministry
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
TV Ministry
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.

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8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 am. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM

Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church school
9:30 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.

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21st Annual National One Church/One Child

I 61-- A Conference set for April 16-18 in Jacksonville

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Shown (L-R) Omari Nair (S.A. Hull Elementary School), Jermaine Oliver (Rutledge Pearson Elementary
School), Justin Couch (Central Riverside Elementary School), Uriah Shingles (Venetia Elementary School),
Kendrick Gallon (Henry A. Kite Elementary School) and Jeffery Couch is the Webelos Den Leader.
Greater Grant A.M.E. Boy Scouts Arrow of Light Recipients

The Greater Grant A.M.E. Church
Webelos Boy Scout Troop have
earned the Arrow of Light from the
Boy Scouts of America. The spe-
cial ceremony was held on March
15, 2008 on the church grounds.
The Arrow of Light Award is the

highest honor in Cub Scouting that
young man can achieve. It is the
only badge that the Cub Scout will
be able to wear in Boy Scouting.
These young men have earned
activity pins in Fitness, Citizenship,
Outdoorsmen, Scholar, Geology,

Engineering, and learned the Boy
Scout Oath, Promise, Motto, and
the Outdoor Code.
The Cubmaster of Pack 175 is
Carolyn Bradley and the
Scoutmaster of Troop 175 is Robert

National One church, One Child
and Florida One Church One Child
will co-host the 21st Annual
National One Church One Child
Conference in Jacksonville,
Florida, April 16-18, 2008. The
Conference Headquarters will be
the Crown Plaza Riverfront Hotel.
One Church One Child offers the
opportunity and encourages
Churches of all denominations and
their communities to work in part-
nership to help address the critical
needs of minority children in foster
Minority children in foster care
wait longer than any other children
for a permanent home and family.
Across the nation, thousands of
children wait to be adopted.
Families are experiencing trou-
bles, causing children to be placed
in foster care, some of whom will
never return home, and must be
placed for adoption. This is not the


by Beverly Poitier- Henderson
Author Beverly Poitier-
Henderson reminds readers in her
debut novel, "Nana," of the truth of
the old adage, "to know where
you're going, you've got to know
where you've been." The text is a
hilarious look at the complicated
yet simple, frustrating yet fulfill-
ing, annoying yet necessary rela-
tionships that exist
within families, partic-
ularly those shared by
females granddaugh-
ters, daughters, mothers
and grandmothers.
"Nana" takes readers on
the journey of Pamela,
described by her grand-
mother, Nana, as "thirty-
four, and no sign of a man.
kid, dog, cat, nothing! Nana
wants nothing more than
Pamela to find the fulfillment
in life that only true love can bring,
and spends much of her time
encouraging her granddaughter to

fault of the children.
This national conference is the
opportunity for churches and the
community to realize the opportuni-
ty they have to give a child a future.
Every child deserves a loving
home. Children must be a priority.
The conference will include a
Town Hall Meeting which will wel-
come all interested individuals to
come together and discuss the chil-
dren and strategies to make a differ-
ence for these children to ensure
that every child has a family. You
do not have to be a prospective
adoptive parent to attend the con-
Members of the religious com-
munity of all denominations, adop-
tion professionals, foster care pro-
fessionals, social workers, coun-
selors, therapists, child and family
advocates, community members, as
well as foster and adoptive parents
are invited to attend the conference.

seek the happiness she deserves.
There is, however, one catch. No
road to real love is free of obsta-
cles, and Nana has
b this "special" gift.
Nana is a psychic,
S frequently visited by
a several friendly
ghosts Madeline
and Monty.
Madeline and
Monty appear
before Nana to
help her help
Initially, only
Nana can hear
them because
Pamela isn't ready to accept the
fact that she has the "second sight,"
a trait she inherited from her

One Church One Child Founder
Father George Clements will be
in attendance.
Former One Church One Child vol-
unteers are invited to return.
OC/OC needs you.' For additional
information or to register for the
conference, please contact the One
Church One Child Office in
Jacksonville at 764-3770.

Over the course of the novel,
Pamela begins to see Madeline and
Monty, but can't hear them. The
ghosts tell Nana (she can hear
them, but not see them) that
they've found Pamela's true love
and his name is Bert.
Unfortunately, Bert is married and
his wife, Alveda, has conspired
with his business partner, Issac,
and is trying to kill him.
Through a serious of funny mis-
adventures, and with the help of
Madeline, Monty and Nana,
Pamela saves Bert and discovers
how love changes things. As Nana
hoped, Pamela becomes the
woman she is destined to be -
strong, intelligent, beautiful, ful-
filled, and, yes, loved.

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Wallstreet Welcomes
Gospel Music Channel
To celebrate its rapid expansion
and its current place as television's
fastest growing network, the
Gospel Music Channel visited the
New York Stock Exchange as
Founder and President Charles
Humbard and Vice Chairman Brad
Siegel rang The Closing Bell.
The 24/7 all Gospel/Christian
music television network is in near-
ly 40 million households and has
added nearly 28 million subscribers
in the past 12 months.
GMC's growth reflects the fact
that the $7.5 billion dollar
Gospel/Christian music industry
had no dedicated television outlet
for passionate fans until the
Gospel Music Channel.
In just three years, GMC has
attracted 40 blue chips advertisers
and 160 different brands including
Proctor & Gamble, Lincoln
Mercury, Coca-Cola, Unilever,
Wal-Mart, Allstate, Royal
Caribbean, Hallmark Stores, Sears
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9 a.m.
Morning Worship
10 a.m.
Lord's Supper
Second Sunday
3:00 p.m.
Evening Worship
Every 3rd & 4th
4 :00 p.m.
Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr
A church that's on the move in
worship with prayer, praise and power!

School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.

2061 Edgewood Avenue West
Jacksonville, Florida 32208
(904) 765-5683



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Entrepreneurs Reclaim Billion Dollar Black

Hair Care Market with Custom Products

by D. Walker
After decades of traveling around
the world working making others
beautiful, Jacksonville's Eugene
Eubanks decided it was time to take
his years of experience in cosmetol-
ogy to the next level. In 2007, he
launched his own line of hair care
products under the company ofNilo
He hopes to join a long line of
his predecessors who made millions
in the business of hair care. The
local entrepreneur is not alone.
Hunched over folding tables in
their Baltimore basement, Pierre
and Jamyla Bennu put the "hand" in
Oyin Handmade, meticulously
squeezing droplets of oil into
amber-colored bottles of "Juices
and Berries" hair tonic.

times a week, the post office picks
up five or eight bins of packages
from us."
Eubanks sells his product line
both locally and through a ware-
house. His current line includes a
greaseless shine spray, zero gravity
spritz, a foam wrap and a special
moisturizing lotion.
Krika Bradsher began her busi-
ness, My Honey Child, after years
styling natural hair in her Raleigh,
N.C. salon.
"I found out using a lot of com-
mercial products, that they weren't
really designed for our hair ... We
don't have any say so in designing
them," said Bradsher, who earns
$3,000 a month selling products
like soy moisturizers.
The brands are relatively small,

Noted stylist Eugene Eubanks took his skills as a stylist and knowledge
wof what consumers and practitioners want to develop his line Nilo
Matrix. The products (inset) sell out on a weekly basis.

They spend up to 18 hours a day
concocting products aimed largely
at black women who've abandoned
hair straighteners for their natural
locks fragile coils easily dried by
many store products,-
Blacks hae long bristled at fig-
ures showing the billion-dollar
black hair care products market led
by white firms.
But as black women frustrated
with chemical damage reconsider
straightening their hair, black-
owned mini-companies like Nilo
Matrix and Oyin have emerged as
go-to sources of products, capitaliz-
ing on their firsthand knowledge of
ethnic hair to return the market to
its roots.
"There's an empowerment
aspect," explained Jamyla Bennu,
who started out making products
for her own "natural," or chemical-
ly untreated, hair.
Oyin's products average $10 and
rely on shea butter, honey and other
cupboard ingredients. The Bennus
ship more than 100 orders weekly,
each averaging $40.
"I used to go to the post office
once or twice a week on my bicy-
cle," she said. "(Now) three or four

marketed largely through black-
aimed Web sites, salons and festi-
vals like Atlanta's annual World
Natural Hair, Health & Beauty
Vendors ballooned from,25 at the
outset of the 11-year-old show to
110 on average, said founder Taliah
Waajid. About 10,000 consumers
are expected in April, mostly
women lured by the increased ver-
satility of natural hair.
"You have a lot of younger styl-
ists coming up, and they're adding
creativity and creating styles that
can work in the workplace," Waajid
said, pointing to Sisterlocks, a pop-
ular version of slender, easily
curled dreadlocks.
In June, Chicago market research
firm Mintel valued the black hair
care products market at $1.8 billion.
That report named mainstream
firms L'Oreal USA, Alberto-Culver
Co. and Procter & Gamble Co. the
largest suppliers of hair products
specifically made for blacks in the
American food, drug and mass mer-
chandising sector; brands include
Just for Me, a line of products for
Blacks, meanwhile, have domi-

nated the entrepreneurial side of the
industry back to Madame C.J.
Walker's early 20th century hair
treatments, explained Lafayette
Jones, founder of the American
Health and Beauty Aids Institute, a
Chicago association of minority-
owned hair care companies.
They've historically spotted
street trends like the Jheri curl of
the '80s, he said, marketing them
and selling out when business
reached critical mass.
But Jones said modem black
entrepreneurs have more formal-
ized business training than previous
generations, a key to holding on to
the reins.
Eubanks,not only can count of
his years as a stylists, but holds a
business degree as well from
Edward Waters College.
Black consumers, meanwhile,
have more wealth and potential
investment capital as well as a
growing interest in keeping black
dollars in the community.
Black buying power is projected
to top $1.1 trillion by 2012, accord-
ing to a July report by the Selig
Center for Economic Growth at the
University of Georgia. It placed
black buying power at roughly
$845 billion last year.
It's benefited firms like Carol's
Daughter: Chairman Steve Stoute,
himself black, credits investments
from black entertainers and patron-
age from black consumers with
helping grow the company founded
by a black New Yorker to a $20 mil-
lion business known for organic
products that pamper ethnic hair.
"I like to support our black busi-
ness owners, so if I see someone
who is offering a particular product,
I'll give it a try," said Angel
Shabazz, a Richmond, Va. woman
who uses Carol's Daughter on her
Hair is a touchy subject for many
black women.
Most straighten their hair for
manageability and social accept-
ance, beginning the monthly ritual
as early as age 5, explained Venus,
Opal Reese, assistant p ofessor of
aesthetics/cultural studies at the
University of Texas at Dallas.
"Natural hair historically has
been related to as militant," Reese
said. "If you go further back, it's
been regarded as unclean and
Attitudes shifted in the late '90s,
as kinky-haired entertainers like
Lauryn Hill challenged traditional

Diabetes can take a toll on a per-
son's overall health, but amidst all
of the possible problems that may
arise, sexual dysfunction is not
often talked about and is more
common than most people realize.
Roughly 35 percent of women with
diabetes may experience some
form of sexual dysfunction related
to their disease.
Most of the past research about
diabetes' impact on sex has focused
on men. But it has become quite
clear that women suffering from
diabetes may experience sexual
difficulties as a result of complica-

tions from the disease.
According to a recent study from
the Boston University School of
Medicine, "The effect of diabetes
on women's sexual function is
complex: the most consistent find-
ing is a correlation between sexual
dysfunction and depression."
In addition to the psychological
effects of the disease, the study's
authors were quick to point out that
more research in body physiology
was needed to fully understand the
toll diabetes can take on the female
patient. "More research on the sex-
ual effects of abnormal adrenal and

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Jamyla Bennu mixes product in
the basement production facility
in his Baltimore home. Bennu
and his wife spend up to 18
hours a day concocting products
aimed largely at black women
who've abandoned hair straight-
eners for their natural locks -
fragile coils easily dried by many
store products.
black beauty ideals, Reese said.
Also influential is the damage
black women have seen from years
of chemical straightening, said Sam
Ennon, with the Black-Owned
Beauty Supply Association, in San
Mateo, Calif.
The Mintel report predicted a 23
percent decline in sales of straight-
eners, or "relaxers," through 2011,
while conditioner sales were
expected to increase.
Some credit an awakening along
black consumers.
Activist Duron Chavis said his
annual Happily Natural Day, in
Richmond, draws 1,000 consumers
for an organic product expo and
natural hair show a modest
turnout, but one Chavis said
would've been scant years ago.
"People have become secure and
affirming of who they are as
African people," Chavis said. "...
They're going natural to affirm their
Qhemet Biologics has tapped the
., The Tampa, Fl. business markets
Egyptian-themed mixtures of
Indian gooseberry and other ingre-
dients under the slogan "ancestral
hair care for modern naturals."
"I see the renewed interest in
natural hair and use of natural prod-
ucts as part of a larger process of
rediscovery," said owner F. Butler.
"It's a movement toward coming
full circle."

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Black Men and Women 50 or Older

Should be Tested for Colon Cancer
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and the
American Cancer Society is encouraging all Americans 50 or older to get
Colon cancer is often preventable, and it's also very treatable when
caught early. In fact, the five-year survival rate is approximately 90 per-
cent when the disease is found at an early, more treatable stage.
In Florida, less than two-thirds of men and women get tested when they
should. Because testing rates are so low, only 39 percent of colon cancers
ar' discovered at tlie ealiest, niost treatable stage. An estimated 900 black
P Floridians are diagnosed with colon cancer, and more than 400 die of the
disease each year.
The message is simple. Men and women 50 or older are at risk for colon
cancer, regardless of family history. The American Cancer Society urges
people over 50 to talk to their doctors about the test that's right for them.
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based volun-
tary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health
problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from
cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service. For informa-
tion about cancer, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit

thyroid function, hyperprolacti-
naemia, and metabolic syndrome
should also be prioritized," the
study authors wrote.
Hyperprolactinaemia is the pres-
ence of abnormally-high levels of
the hormone prolactin. Unusually
high amounts of prolactin are sus-
pected to be responsible for impo-
tence and loss of libido.
Women with diabetes who suffer
from sexual dysfunction often have
a wide variety of complaints.
Nerve damage from the disease can
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including decreased vaginal lubri-
cation, recurring vaginitis and
inflammation of the vagina.
Although the number of people
suffering from diabetes is at an all-
time high, there are measures peo-
ple can take to cut their risk.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can
lower the chance of getting dia-
betes for both men and women.
Exercising thirty minutes per day,
five to seven times a week and
keeping your weight under control
with a healthy diet are keys to pre-
vention and control of diabetes.

Diabetes Takes Toll on Sex Life of Many Women

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NAACP Launches Class Action

Lawsuit Against 15 Lenders

The NAACP and lead counsel Sub-prime loans are at the heart of
Brian Kabateck filed papers last the current global credit crisis, and
week that will fast track their feder- were offered to individuals who
al class action lawsuit against often could not afford the mort-
Washington Mutual, Citi, GMAC gages they were being signed up to.
and 15 other mortgage firms who NAACP's latest filing is aimed at
systematically steered African fast-tracking the lawsuit, which was
American borrowers into predatory originally filed in federal court in
loans. Los Angeles in June.
Defendants It alleges that black
people of all income
-CitiMortgage, Suntrust Mortgage levels were more
-GMAC Rescap likely than their white
-JP Morgan counterparts to end
-National City up with sub-prime
-First Horizon loans.
-Ameriquest Mortgage Company "This isn'tjust about
-Fremont Investment & Loan justice for the vic-
-Option One Mortgage Corporation justims. This case isc-
-Option One Mortgage Corporation tims. This case is
-WMC Mortgage Corporation about making sure
-Long Beach Mortgage Company that this kind of dis-
- BNC Mortgage, Accredited Home Lender crimination is
-Bear Sterns Residential Mortgage stamped out for
-Encore Credit
-Encore Credit good."she said.
- First Franklin Financial Corporation good."she said.
- First Franklin Financial Corporation The lawsuit is the
-HSBC Finance Corporation first to have charged
-Washington Mutual, Inc. so many mortgage
"The victims in this case had the lenders with racial discrimination.
same credit, the same income and All of them are expected to contest
the same qualifications as the the allegations if and when the case
lenders' other customers. The only comes to court.
difference was the color of their The suit is supported by a
skin. That's why they were stuck wealth of government and other
with abusive loans," said Kabateck, research:
Managing Partner of Kabateck -- A 2008 study by United for a
Brown Kellner, LLP. Fair Economy finds cites federal
"Quickly resolving this case is data showing people of color are
essential for victims who have more than three times more likely
ruined credit and who are losing to have subprime loans: high-cost
their homes. This isn't just about loans account for 55% of loans to
justice for the victims. This case is African Americans, but only 17%
about making sure that this kind of of loans to Caucasians. The study
discrimination is stamped out for estimated losses of between $164
good," said NAACP General billion and $213 billion for sub-
Counsel Angela Ciccolo. prime loans taken by people of
This suit is the first to have ever color during the past eight years.
charged so many major mortgage This is thought to be "the greatest
lenders with racial discrimination, loss of wealth for people of color in

Detroit City Council

Asks Mayor to Resign

Mayor Kilpatrick
The Detroit City Council called
this week for the resignation of
Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who is
being investigated over an affair he
swore under oath he did not have.
He quickly rejected the request.
The resolution, passed 7-1,
amounted to a "no-confidence"
vote because the council lacks the
power to enforce him to step down.
"You take a whole day to discuss
an issue like this," Kilpatrick said.
"My reaction is: This is over. It has
no effect. It's not binding. Let's get
back to work."
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym

Worthy is investigating whether the
mayor and former Chief of Staff
Christine Beatty lied under oath
when they testified in a whistle-
blowers' lawsuit that they had not
had a physical relationship.
Kilpatrick has been dogged by
media reports about steamy text
messages the two exchanged that
suggest a romantic relationship.
Kilpatrick also has been criticized
for using a racially charged word
during a recent speech.
The lone vote against the resolu-
tion was cast by president pro tem
Monica Conyers, the wife of Rep.
John Conyers. One councilwoman
was absent because of illness.
The council considered the issue
two weeks ago, but postponed a
vote because some members said
they needed more information
before making a decision.
"A whole lot has changed between
then and now. ... My vote is not an
indictment of the mayor so much as
it is a request of the citizens to get
back to work," said Councilwoman
Barbara-Rose Collins, who sup-
ported the measure.

modem US history."
-- A July 2007 report by Freddie
Mac (Federal Home Loan
Mortgage Corporation) showed that
minority borrowers pay higher
annual percentage rates on mort-
gage loans than non-minorities with
equal income and credit risk. For
instance, in 2005, African American
borrowers paid an average of 128
basis points more for loans than
theirwhite counterparts. In the sub-
prime market, the difference was
even greater -- 275 basis points
-- A 2006 Center for Responsible
Lending study that found when
income and credit risk were equal,
African-Americans were 31 percent
to 34 percent more likely to receive
higher-rate, more expensive sub-
prime loans than Caucasians.
-- The Federal Reserve Board
has concluded that African-
Americans were more likely to pay
higher prices for mortgages than
their Caucasian counterparts. The
United States Inspector General
cited the Federal Reserve Board
report as showing "significant" dif-
ferences, making it "clear" that
African-Americans were "much
more likely to get higher-priced
loans" than Caucasians.
Studies have also shown the
"spillover" effect of these loans.
"Home ownership is supposed to
build wealth to invest in communi-
ties, pay for college and support
peoples' retirements. Instead, these
predatory lenders have sent their
victims spiraling backward into
debt and foreclosure," Ciccolo said.
"Entire neighborhoods are dragged
down when foreclosed homes sink
property values, attract crime and
reduce the tax base."

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CNN will examine the current
state of Black America as part of a
four-month on-air and digital initia-
tive dubbed CNN Presents: Black
in America.
The initiative will include three,
two-hour documentaries anchored
by CNN correspondent Soledad
O'Brien focusing on "fresh analysis
from new voices about the real lives
behind the stereotypes, statistics
and identity politics that frequently
frame the national dialog about
Black America,' said the network.
The shows will start April 3 with
Eyewitness To Murder: The King
Assassination, recognizing the 40-
year anniversary of Martin Luther
King Jr.'s death.
As part of the Black in America
series, weekly special reports will
air between April and June that

investigate topics including parent-
hood and marital rates among black
adults, high rates of HIV/AIDS
among African Americans, achieve-
ment gaps in education, careers,
and even disparities in life
expectancy rates between African
Americans and the general popula-
tion. These reports will debut after
the world premiere of Eyewitness
to Murder: The King Assassination.
Later this month, will
launch a Web portal entitled Black
in America that will feature
excerpts from the programming and
exclusive interviews with eyewit-
nesses to history. The section also
will include timelines, maps and
multimedia stories that highlight
the ripple effects the King assassi-
nation had on the United States.
Among the other scheduled

shows: Black in America: The
Black Man Told through the per-
sonal stories of graduates of the
1968 class of Little Rock Central
High School, their sons and grand-
sons, for The Black Man, O'Brien
seeks to determine whether life is
better for black men now than it
was 40 years ago. (June 18); and

Black in America: The Black
Woman & Family O'Brien looks
at the reasons behind the disturbing
statistics on single parenthood, dis-
parities between black and white
students in the classroom, and the
devastating toll of HIV/AIDS on
black women. (June 19).

VH1 to Air First

Interracial Dating Show

S VH1 has reportedly given a
green-light to "Interracial Love," a
reality show about a white male
looking to find an African
American girlfriend.
The show will start casting in
June for a fall 2008 premiere. The
series will follow Tobias White and
his two bi-racial sons Marcus and
Zachary as they look to add a wife
and mother to the family.
SIn an interview, White explained
his preference for black women.
"I'm a white male and I've always
dated only black women. I just
always have," he said. "It's not that
I'm prejudiced against my own
race, but it just seemed a better fit
for me. And now I have two chil-
dren that are bi-racial.
"I've seen so many bachelor
shows where they always have 19
or 20 white women on the show
and they'll have one black woman.
It's almost like it was set up for the

black woman to get voted off.
"To me, with the mother of my
kids being black, I think it's a disre-
spectful thing. And I was just think-
ing one day about a year ago that
this would be a good reality show.
Me and my sons want a good
woman in otr lives, and who better
to help me find my Queen, than my
sons? Who knows me better than
my sons? He said.

Actor Boris Kodjoe took a break from his filming routine to make a
celebrity appearance at First Friday, the monthly networking/social
event sponsored by Spectacular Entertainment. The hagdepqme cttq,,.
became a household name for his role j. the Showtime series "Soul
Food". Shown above is Boris Kodjoe, (middle), flanked by (left)
Lamar Cruse and Wendell Thompson (right), co-owners of
Spectacular Entertainment.

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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene

Amateur Night
Come to Amateur Night at the Ritz
where you will witness some of the
hottest talent in Jacksonville! Like
the Apollo's show in Harlem, con-
testants compete for cash prizes and
the cheers or jeers of the audience
decide who goes home with the
cash. Tickets are available at the
Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum on
Friday, March 21st starting at 7:30
p.m. Call 632-5555 for more infor-
Free Plant
Cultivating Class
There will be a free class on Plant
Propagation Basics, "Setting seeds
and taking cuttings". Tuesday,
March 25, 2008 from 6:00 8:00
p.m. The class will be held at the
Webb Wesconnett Regional Library
6887 103rd Street. Participants will
learn how to take cuttings and start
your own seeds. Hands-on activi-
ties are included with ways to recy-
cle paper products and take home
your own seed pots. Call 387-8850
to register. Space is limited.

Stanton Cultural
Heritage Luncheon
All former faculty, administrators
and graduates of Old, new,
Vocational and College Preparatory
Stanton are invited to the seventh
annual Cultural heritage Luncheon.
The classes of 38' 48' 58' 68' 78'
88' and 98 will be honored. The
luncheon will be held on Thursday,
March 27th from 11:30 a.m. 1:30
p.m. in the Stanton Auditorium. For
more information or to RSVP your
attendance, call 630-6760 ext 118.

Art After Dark
Each spring the Florida Theatre
fos&iArt' fi~ tMrk. The event is a
showEase for ie works of our com-
munity's most exceptional unrepre-
sented emerging visual artists. It
will be held on Friday, March 28th
from 7 10 p.m. The event provides
patrons an opportunity to view and
purchase works by these fabulous
artists. All of the artwork show-
cased is for sale, and 90% of the
proceeds go directly to the artists.
For tickets call 355-2787.

Workshop Helps You
Save Your House
Wealth Watchers Inc. is hosting a
Housing Preservation Expo on
March 29, 2008 at the Beaver
Street Enterprise Center located at
1225 West Beaver Street,
Jacksonville, FL 32204 from 9:00
a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free food and
daycare will be available. The
Expo will provide participants with
detailed information on how to pro-
tect homeownership and prevent
against foreclosure and declining
home values. Counselors will meet
individually with homeowners. To
register, call 904-265-4757 and
leave your name and phone number.

JLOC Open Meeting
The Jacksonville Local Orga-niz-
ing Committee Inc., for the
Millions More Movement will have
an Open Meeting on Sunday,
March 30, from 6:00 p.m. til 8:00
p.m. at 916 N.Myrtle Avenue. The
public is encouraged to attend ..If
you are sincerely concerned, and
want to improve the quality of liv-
ing conditions in your community
come join us as we strive to make
positive changes. If you have a
question or need more information
about the organization, visit our, or call

World Golf Village
Art and Home Tour
On March 30th from 12-4 p.m.,
the Neighborhoods of World Golf
Village will present its annual
Spring Art & Home Tour. The free
tour will feature four beautiful
homes with artwork displays from
area artists. For more information,

call Davidson Realty, Inc. at (904)

Brenda Jackson
Book Signing
Local best selling author Brenda
Jackson will be doing a book sign-
ing of her latest book, "Her Little
Black Book" on Thursday, April 3
at 6:30 p.m. The signing will be at
Regency Park Books-A-Million,
9400 Atlantic Blvd.

The Art of Spoken
Word at the Ritz
The First Thursday of every
month at 7:00 p.m., the lobby of the
Ritz is transformed into a stage for
poets and poetry lovers of all ages.
Show off your own talent for verse,
or just come, listen and soak up the
creative atmosphere. The next open
session featuring free admission
will be held on April 3rd. Call 632-
5555 for more information.

Ritz Amateur Night
Amateur Night at the Ritz will be
held on Friday, April 4th at
7:30p.m. On the Ritz stage will be
some of the hottest talent in
Jacksonville! Like the Apollo's
show in Harlem, contestants com-
pete for cash prizes and the cheers
or jeers of the audience decide who
goes home with the cash. Call 632-
5555 for tickets or more informa-

Beaches Blues Festival
This year's Springing the Blues
Festival pays tribute to Alligator
Records and its founder, Bruce
Iglauer, on April 4-6 at the Sea
Walk Pavilion in Jacksonville
Beach. Alligator artists schedule to
appear include Tinsley Ellis,
Cephas and Wiggins, Lil' Ed & the
Blues Imperials, Michael Burks,
Eric Lindell and Smokin' Joe
Kubeki & Wnois King,
Performances will take placemeow
two stages over the course of three
days. Events are free and open to
the public. For more information
go to

Funk Fest 2008
Concert at Metro Park
Funk Fest 2008 will take place on
Saturday, April 5th at Metropolitan
park. Featured artists include
Morris Day and the Time, Big
Daddy Kane, Betty Wright and the
Gap Band. The show starts at 5 p.m.
For more info call 223-3587.

Jax Children's Chorus
Auditions at Brentwood
The Jacksonville Children's Chorus
( is
holding fall semester auditions for
children grades 2-12 on Monday,
April 7, 2008 at Brentwood
Elementary School from 6-7 p.m.
The school address is 3750
Springfield Blvd. To schedule an
audition, call (904) 346-1636.

Gardening Workshop
The Duval County Extension
Service will have a free gardening
workshop entitled "Flying Flowers
- Planting for Butterflies". Come
learn the basics needs of the
Lepidoptera family. Do you know
the differences between butterflies
and moths? It will be held on
Tuesday, April 8th from 2-4 PM at
the Webb Wesconnett Regional
Library, 6887 103rd St. Call 387-
8850 to pre-register.

Florida Forum Lecture
with Tiki Barber
The Florida Forum Lecture series
will continue on April 8, 2008 with
broadcaster, former NFL pro and
author Tiki Barber.
Tiki Barber retired in 2007 holding
every NY Giants rushing record and
tied with two other NFL players for
yards rushing and receiving. The
three-time Pro Bowl player was
both a scholar and an athlete at the
University of Virginia. Tiki joined
NBC in 2007 and will split his time

as a correspondent between the
Today show and NBC's Football
Night. Barber is also an award-win-

ning children's book co-author. For
ticket information call 202-2886.

Bill Cosby in Concert
Veteran comedic entertainer Bill
Cosby will be returning to
Jacksonville for two performances
at the Times Union Center for
Performing Arts. The shows will be
on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 5
p.m. and 8 p.m. For tickets or for
more information call 353-3309.

Genealogy Meeting
The Southern Genealogist's
Exchange Society will be meeting
on Saturday, April 12th at 10:15
AM. The meeting will be held at the
Mandarin Regional Library, 3330
Kori Road.This month's topic is
Publishing Your Writings", a follow
up to our March Meeting of
"Bringing Your Ancestors to Life"
writing workshop. The meeting is a
free and open to the public. For
additional information, call (904)

"Cure by Design"
Fashion & Luncheon
The 9th annual "Cure by Design"
Fashion Show and Luncheon will
be held Wednesday April 16, 2008,
at 11:00 a.m. There will be a
Cocktail Reception, Silent Auction,
Lunch and Couture Fashion Show
featuring celebrity models and can-
cer survivors. It will be held at the
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial
Arena, 300 A. Philip Randolph
Boulevard. This event is a celebra-
tion of life, survivorship, and the
fight against cancer. For ticket
information, contact the American
Cancer Society 904-391-3608.

Annual Celebration
of Leadership
Leadership Jacksonville will have
their 13th annual Celebration of
Leadership honoring Barbara
Drake, Noah Henderson and Teala
Milton on Thursday, April 17th
atthe Hyatt Regency. For tickets or
more information, call 396-6263.

Ritz Black
Broadway Performance
Your Arms Too Short to Box with
God will be on the stages of the Ritz
Theater April 18th at 8:00 p.m.
Loosely based on the Gospel of St.
Matthew, this two-act musical
played on Broadway from 1976 to
1979. For tickets call 632-5555.

Annual Fair Housing
Awareness Symposium
The Jacksonville Human Rights
Commission will present a day of
workshops to educate the commu-
nity on fair housing. It will be held
Saturday, April 26th from 8:00
a.m. 2:00 p.m. at the Wyndham
Riverwalk Hotel. Workshop topics
include: Updates of Title VIII of
The Fair Housing Act; Predatory
Lending ; Getting a House/Keeping
a House; Budget Wise
Decorating/Home Improvements;
Reasonable Accommodations;
Housing Resources in a Multi
Cultural Society; Mortgage
Banking/Bad Credit Bums Money.
To register by phone call 630-2489.

Riverside Avondale
Tour of Homes
The Riverside Avondale
Preservation Association will have
their 34th Annual Spring Tour of

Homes on Saturday and Sunday
April 26 and 27th throughout the
historic district. The self guided
tour of neighborhood homes will be
throughout the day until 5 p.m. For
tickets or more information, call

One Jax Humanitarian
Awards Dinner
The 2008 Humanitarian Awards
Dinner presented by Onejax, will be
held on April 29th at 6 p.m. at the
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville
Riverfront Hotel. The event honors
those who have demonstrated a
commitment to serving the commu-
nity. This year's honorees include
Gertrude Peele, Michael Korn,
James Burt and Deboarah Pass. For
more information, call 354-1529.

45th Annual
Shrimp Festival
This year's 45th Annual Isle of
Eight Flags Shrimp Festival will be
held on May 2, 3 & 4. Located in
historic Fernandina Beach, FL,
when not feasting on shellfish or

other festival tare, visitors can
enjoy the works of over 300 award-
winning artists and craftspeople and
their creations in various mediums.
The festival also boasts an excellent
showing of fine antiques and col-
lectibles, including furniture,
depression glass, jewelry, crystal
and coins. Visit www.shrimpfesti- or call 866-4-AMELIA.

Universal Sisters
Universal Sisters is a program
designed to address the unique
health concerns of women of color.
The one-day event will feature
dynamic keynote speakers, break-
out sessions, and free health screen-
ings, and will take place at the
Hyatt Hotel on Saturday, May 3
from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Seating for the one-day health
event is limited, and women are
encouraged to get their tickets early.
Tickets are available by calling
(904) 549-2938 or visiting
The ticket price includes continen-
tal breakfast, lunch and a gift-filled
canvas bag.

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Festive Four Day Celebration Highlights Inaugural Celebration of Edwards Waters College

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Pictured left-right at the financial management seminar presented by
Lynette Khalfani-Fox are EWC students: Leonard Hayes Devin
Bryant, LaTasha Platt, Joshua Anderson, and Michael Martin.

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EWC graduates at the inaugural procession are pictured left-right:
Debra Dennis (Class of '82), Jacksonville Chapter President Charles
Moore (Class of '75), Alumni Liaison Stavius Powell (Class of '02), and
an unidentified alumnus.

Dais guests sing EWC's "Alma Mater." Pictured left-right are: (front
row) State Senator Tony Hill, U.S. Congresswoman Corrine Brown,
City of Jacksonville Chief Community Officer and Director Roslyn
Phillips, and EWC Provost Donna Oliver; (back row) EWC alumnus
and former Jacksonville Sheriff Nathaniel Glover, EWC Student
Government President Lucy Milice, and Rep. Audrey Gibson.

Nationally known financial edu-
cator and former CNBC corre-
spondent Lynette Khalfani-Fox,
also known as the "Money
Coach," at her money manage-
ment workshop at EWC.

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Pictured left-right at the Inaugural Reception and Art Exhibit are President Claudette Williams' family:
(standing) son Christopher Williams, daughter-in-law Rebecca Williams, daughter Roxanne Williams, MD,
sister Celia Lindo-Butler, husband Valtum Williams, daughter Deborah Carder, and son-in-law Jeremy
Carder; (seated) honoree Claudette Williams and her mother Olive Hemans.

The Inaugural Committee: (standing) Russell Richardson (Class of
'02), Rodney Hurst, Dorothy Young, Jackie Beard-Gray (Class of '02),
Freddie Groomes-McClendon, and EWC Concert Choir Director and
Music Department Chair Samuel Shingles; (seated) co-chair Brenda
Bellard-Harris, chair Donna Oliver, and co-chair Carol Alexander.

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E\\C alumni pictured are: (standing) Jacksonville Chapter Vice
President Otha Hice ('75), National Parliamentarian Levi Bell ('66),
National Executive Secretary Linda Sue Holmes (Class of '68),
National Public Relations Officer Carl Johnson ('70), National
Chaplain Carrie DeJournett ('68); (seated) National V.P. Juliette
Fields ('68), oldest living alumnus Ella Mae Gibson-Hayes ('41), and
National President Marguerite Warren ('65).

EWC graduates at the Inaugural Reception and Art Exhibit: Lovella
Jones (Class of '72), Leonella Williams (Class of '66), Charles Moore
(Class of '75), Esther Snowden (Class of '65), Roy Mitchell (Class of
'63), Debra Dennis (Class of '82), Jackie Beard-Gray (Class of '02),
and Kenneth Johnson (Class of '68).

EWC Board of Trustees' member Freddie Groomes-McClendon pre-
pares to present President Claudette Williams with the presidential
medallion as Bishop McKinley Young (left) looks on.

Following "The Inaugural Concert," held at the Times Union Center
for the Performing Arts are (standing l-r): Linda Twine, conductor;
Roslyn Burroughs, Broadway and television star; and Johnetta Cole,
President Emeritus of Spelman and Bennett Colleges. J. Bakerphoto

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the event continued with the usual
"pomp and circumstance," and
there were speeches from leaders
like U.S. Congresswoman Corrine
Brown, State Senator Tony Hill,
and former Jacksonville Sheriff
Nathaniel Glover.
As a graduate of EWC, Glover
noted, "This school took a poor boy
from Jacksonville's ghettos and
gave him a chance. It's time for
Jacksonville to give EWC a
chance." He said this was particu-
larly important given than EWC
had more male students (56%) per
capital than any other college or uni-
versity in this country.
Higher education presidents,
including Jacksonville University's
Kerry Romesburg and Bethune-
Cookman University's Trudie
Kibbe Reed, followed with congrat-
ulations and words of encourage-
Alumni organized two unexpect-
ed tributes a gift of twenty-seven
red roses from youth aged thirteen
and under, and a presentation made
by EWC's oldest living alumnus,
Mrs. Ella Mae Gibson-Hayes.
Hayes traveled from Marianna,
Florida to give Williams a 28th yel-
low rose, symbolic of Williams'

One of the days' biggest surpris-
es was a $1 million gift
announced by CSX CEO
Michael Ward.
position as EWC's first female and
28th president.
Perhaps the most moving tribute
came from Williams' friend and
mentor, Johnetta Betsch Cole, for-
merly the President of both Bennett
and Spelman Colleges. Cole said of
Williams, "She is like Queen Esther
of the Old Testament, a woman of
great courage and unquestionable
integrity... She is the right leader
for EWC."
Following the Investiture, or offi-
cial installation, which included a
presentation of the presidential
medallion by Board of Trustees'

National Alumni officers Jackie Nash (Class of '41) and Linda Sue
Holmes accept twenty-seven roses from the youth procession for
President Claudette Williams.


Pictured at the Inaugural Soiree are: Ms. Edward Waters College
2004-05 Kathy Williams (Class of '06) and EWC Director of Student
Support Services Sabrina Edwards.

Showcasing their school's diversity, members of the international
community marched in the processional parade with their native flag.

members Doug Milne, Freddie
Groomes-McClendon and Bishop
McKinley Young, the biggest sur-
prise of the weekend occurred.
Michael Ward, top executive of
CSX Transportation, donated $1
million dollars to EWC. He stated,
"Dr. Williams is what EWC needs.
She's got the energy and the integri-
The weekend closed with a
Caribbean-themed soiree (in honor
of Williams' Jamaican heritage) at

The Ritz Theatre and LaVilla
Museum and a church service at St.
Paul AME Church. Williams said
of the festivities, "I am deeply
touched and humbled by this expe-
rience. It's been so much more than
I could have imagined."
Now that the inaugural celebration
has ended and EWC embarks on its
"new beginning" with Williams as
leader, success would come as no
surprise to anyone witnessing the
institution's journey.

Participating in the surprise birthday party for Claudette Williams,
are (standing l-r): Anna Hammond, EWC Associate Provost/Dean of
the College; Carol Alexander, co-chair of the Inaugural Committee;
Donna Oliver, EWC Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs;
Claudette Williams, EWC President and birthday honoree; Johnetta
Cole, President Emeritus of Spelman and Bennett Colleges; Freddye
Grooms-McClendon, member of the Board of Trustees and the
Inaugural Committee and Brenda Bellard-Harris, co-chair of the
Inaugural Committee. J Bakerphoto

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Meet the Next Obama, Newark Mayor Cory Booker

At 38 year's of age he is tall, dark
and handsome, articulate, educated,
single and Mayor of one of the
largest minority cities in the Union.
This Ivy League-educated, politi-
cian talks a lot about hope, is seen
as a rising Democratic Party star,
and has spent time in the last few
months on the campaign trail in
places like South Carolina and Ohio
with his friend Barack Obama?
Who is it? Newark Mayor Cory
He's an occasional Obama cam-
paign surrogate and a man at the
center of an emerging generation of
black leaders who political insiders
Teen Pilot Making

Miss Delta Teen 2008-2009 Paige Denson
Delta Crowns New Teen Queen
The local chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority recently crowned Paige
Charell Denson as its' 2008- 2009 Miss Delta Teen. The Douglas
Anderson School of the Arts student who charmed judges with her modern
dance performance desires to become an orthodontist.
Other members of the 2008 court include 1st runner up Areial McFadden,
2nd runner up Sandra Orr, Miss Congeniality Arisha White, Miss
Dedication Jessica Hagans and Miss Loyalty Sandra Orr.
The variety of talent displayed by the eight contestants included every-
thing from piano and violin instrumentals to monologues and singing. The
girls were judged on talent, evening gown and a question & answer
response. This year marked the 35th Pageant in the Jacksonville commu-
nity where the young ladies compete not only for the coveted crown, but
scholarship prizes as well. FMPowell Photo

expect to have clout for decades,
whether Obama, a U.S. senator
from Illinois, wins the Democratic
presidential nomination and ulti-
mately the White House.
"To me, it's just a natural evolu-
tion of the country," the 38-year-old
Booker said. "My father grew up in
a very segregated world. I grew up
in a very integrated world."
Largely because of the successes
of the civil rights movement,
Booker and the rest of his genera-
tion of black politicians grew up in
diverse communities and were able
to attend elite private colleges and
universities rather than the histori-
Women's History

Kelly Anyadiki, who turned 16 last weekend, received the celebrity
treatment after making a solo flight in a Cessna 152 at Compton
Woodley Airport in Compton, Calif., Saturday, March 15, 2008. She
managed to solo in four different airplanes, setting a world record as
the youngest African-American female to manage the feat, and was
hoping to solo in two more before strong winds brought flying to at
least a temporary halt. She is a product of a program known as
Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum, designed to make flight training
available to inner-city and minority youths who wouldn't otherwise
have the opportunity.

cally black colleges that produced
previous generations of black polit-
ical leaders.
Experts say politicians in this
group tend to do well among non-
black voters in elections.
Others considered part of the
group include Mayor Nutter,
Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty,
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick,
former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. of
Tennessee, and U.S. Reps. Jesse
Jackson Jr. of Illinois and Artur
Davis of Alabama.
Carol Swain, a Vanderbilt
University law professor who has
written extensively about race and
politics, says the rise of Obama and
the others on his heels is no sur-
prise. She says they have figured
out how to do what she suggested
black politicians do more than a
decade ago: frame issues in terms
of economic class, rather than race.
"It's hard for me to be caught up in
the novelty," she said.
Booker's connections to Obama go
beyond their skin color and spirited
campaign style.
They met in 2005, introduced by
Oprah Winfrey and her friend
Gayle King, the editor of Winfrey's
O magazine.
At the time, Obama was a newly
elected U.S. senator from Illinois
who had risen quickly to national
prominence because of a forceful
speech at the Democratic National
Convention the year before.
Booker, a former tight end for
Stanford University's football team,
Rhodes scholar and Yale Law
School graduate, got widespread
attention when he moved into pub-
lic housing in Newark to try to help
the city's downtrodden.
He lost his 2002 campaign for

Mayor Cory Booker
mayor but gained friends such as
Winfrey and a starring role in a doc-
umentary film about the election.
By the time Obama announced his
candidacy for president early last
year, Booker was in office as mayor
and was spending his free time lec-
turing at colleges across the coun-
try, giving him the sort of attention
that mayors of a city Newark's size
- it's the nation's 64th largest -
rarely get.
When elected mayor of Newark in
May 2006, becoming only the third
man to lead New Jersey's largest
city since 1970, he won by 72% of
the vote.
Booker says he is not planning on
budging from Newark soon and
does not have his sights set on a job
in an Obama administration.
And if Booker does not become a
player on a national stage, says G
Terry Madonna, a political scientist
at Franklin and Marshall College in
Lancaster, NJ, other African
Americans who have similar char-
acteristics will follow Obama.
"It's about the onslaught of a new
generation that can't be denied its
place," Madonna said.


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