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Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Holding

Fundraisers for His Own Legal Fund
DETROIT -- A fundraiser to support Mayor
Kwame Kilpatrick's legal defense has already "'
been held lasi week in a Detroit restaurant.
Chris Garrett, one of the mayor's spokespeople,
said that the event was not the first for the mayor. ..-' .
Kilpatrick faces a string of felony charges. His
supporters developed the Detroit Justice Fund to
help pay his legal bills.
Organizers declined to say how much money
was raised Friday or how much money has been
The Detroit Justice Fund was launched in late March. It is seen as vital
for a mayor who makes $176,000 a year, but whose legal bills could cost
millions of dollars. His salary would pay roughly six weeks of full-time
work from lead lawyer Dan Webb, a former U.S. attorney who reported-
ly charges $750 an hour.
The scandal leading to his legal troubles began when text messages
between the mayor and Beatty emerged that seem to contradict testimo-
ny in a police whistle-blower trial last year. The city settled with three
police officers for $8.4 million, but the City Council was not told of a
secret deal signed by Kilpatrick to keep the messages private.

National Black Chamber of

Commerce Launches Paris Chapter
PARIS, France The National Black Chamber of Commerce, Inc., the
largest Black business association in the world, has launched its newly
established Paris affiliate.
The French African Diaspora Chamber of Commerce has evolved from
a study and collaboration of French activists. Its mission will be consis-
tent with the NBCC and together they will create a progressive Strategic
Plan that will develop Black entrepreneurship throughout France and
Francophone nations, says Harry C. Alford, NBCC co-founder, president
and CEO.
France has very little business ownership amongst its Black population
of approximately 8 million. There is no official census of race in France
and that has culminated in social-economic tension over the years.

4 Police Officers To Be Fired Over

Videotaped Beating of Black Suspects
officers will be fired and
four others disciplined for
their roles in the beating of
three African-American
shooting suspects, an
encounter that was caught on
videotape and took place
two days after an officer was
fatally shot.
The police department
made the disciplinary deci-
sions after reviewing frames from enhanced tape of a video shot by a tel-
evision news helicopter that captured a total of 19 officers -- 18 city
police and one transit officer -- were involved in the apprehension of the
three suspects.
The video shows the suspects being pulled from their car on the side of
the road and groups of officers kicking, punching and beating the men.
"Out there on the street, officers have 10, 20, 30 seconds to make a
decision before the media comes in and it's death by video. Everyone
wants to be a Monday morning quarterback on this," said John McNesby,
the president of the Fraternal Order of Police.
The union that represents the officers said it will back all of those who
were disciplined.
"The common criminal on the street is afforded due process. We don't
believe the officers here received due process," McNesby said.

Black Caucus Members Going to Haiti
A Congressional Black Caucus delegation, led by the CBC
Chairwoman Carolyn C. Kilpatrick (D-MI), will travel to Haiti this week
for a one-day visit as part of the group's ongoing effort to bring attention
to the plight of starving Haitians.
During their visit, lawmakers are hoping to see firsthand the effects of
rising food prices in Haiti, and whether aid is reaching those who need it
the most.
Last month, frustrated Haitians took to the streets in deadly protests over
rising food prices. In response, Haiti's Senate fired Prime Minister
Jacques-Edouard Alexis, accusing him of mismanaging the economy.
Lawmakers also plan to meet with President R6ne Pr6val, who is still
struggling to replace Alexis and put a functioning government in place
after the lower house of parliament rejected his first nominee, Inter-
American Development Bank official and agronomist Ericq Pierre.
The CBC visit comes just two days after the House passed a bill to help
Haiti. Along with $40 billion in farm subsidies, the legislation provides a
boost to Haiti's textile industry by extending the current Haitian
Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement Act
(HOPE) to 10 years, and allowing Haiti to use more fabrics from China
and Asia in its exports to the United States.
The senate has also approved the bill.

Volume 22 No. 4 Jacksonville, Florida May 22-29, 2008

Yes America It is Real

Back in 1972 when Shirley
Chisholm ran for president garner-
ing 152 delegates. No one dreamed
that it would actually take nearly
thirty-seven years for an African-
American to become a serious con-
tender for the White House.
Today that dream is real.
On the cusp of attaining the title
of Democratic nominee for the high-
est elected office in the country is
Barack Obama.
Obamania has swept the country,
while some call it investing in
"change we can believe in", others
declare America is swept up into the
hype. Whatever the case, it is real.
So real, that the first time Senator is
now on the brink of victory in the

Democratic presidential race defeat-
ing Hillary Rodham Clinton in the
Oregon primary and moving within
100 delegates of the total needed to
claim the prize at the party conven-
tion this summer.
Though Clinton has vowed to
remain in the race, she does have a
unifying tone as the entry of the dis-
qualified Florida and Michigan
votes remain her only hope.
"While we continue to go toe-to-
toe for this nomination, we do see
eye-to-eye when it comes to uniting
our party to elect a Democratic pres-
ident this fall," said Clinton, whose
supporters Obama will need if he is
to end eight years of Republican
rule in the White House.

This week Barack Obama overwhelmingly won the majority white
state of Oregon. The highly educated progressive state backed the can-
didate 20 to 1. He spoke there (above) at a campaign rally of 75,000.

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Mr. and Mrs. Xavier McClendon
The former Syrita Carr wed Xavier McClendon on Saturday, May 17th
at Renewed Life Ministries. The double ring ceremony officiated by
Pastors Rudolph and Barbara Mims, included a solo by Tamara Halyard
and visual praise by The Riggins. The wedding party and invited guests
celebrated throughout the evening at the festive reception held at the Blue
Cypress Community Center. R. Silver photo


Celebrity Book Signings at Gateway Mall
While in town to kick off a mentoring initiative, celebrity authors and
community activist visited the Gateway Mall Book Store to sign copies of
their recent books. Shown above is (L-R) standing: Jackie Gray and Von
Alexander with author of numerous best selling self-help books Susan
Taylor of Essence Magazine and Thomas W. Dortch, National Chairman
100 Black Men of America and author of The Miracles of Mentoring: The
Joy of Investing in the Future. FMP Photo

O Correction
W The Jacksonville Free Press would like to apologize
.' for an error printed last week identifying Gwen
Chandler Thompson as the first African-American
I-'. female president of the League of Women Voters.
Taking the honors as the first African-American presi-
dent was Gertrude Peele in 1984 followed by Ruth
Waters in 1987 and Myrna Strain. Our apologies to
these women who were trailblazers within the organization.


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(L-r) Edgar Mathis, Lonnita Felix, Angela Lott, Deborah Rasheed, Jared McNealey, Janetta Norman, Ju'Coby Pittman, Katrina Hayes, Cleve
Ferguson and Robert Banks all participated in the costume contest. The Bold City Chapter of Links held heir annual Old School Gala last Friday
night at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. The 70s themed event brought back memories and spawned new friendships as guests dined and fellowshipped
throughout the evening. For more photo highlights of the event,see page 11. FM Ph oto

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May 22-28, 2008

Why Are There No Black

Faces on Our Money?

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Cong. Brown Hosts Job Fair to Fill Over 1,000 Local Positions Hundreds of students attended a job fair this week host-
ed by local Cong. Corrine Brown on the Downtown Campus of FCCJ. Company representatives from over forty companies were onhand to give on the
spot interviews to prospective employees. Shown above are orgaizers and representatives at the event: (L-R) CSX employees Karen Hill, Tina Keveney,
Sharon McLendon, Congresswomen Corrine Brown, Duval County Health Department employees Stephanie Phillips, Susana Rios, Joy Poxo, Coke
Stephanie, Galloway Hyaty, Boszona Desue, and Paigel Cummins from the University of Phoenix. FMP Photo.

Marriage is Also a Financial Partnership

By Jason Alderman
Nothing erases the glow of a hon-
eymoon faster than money woes. In
their haste to live happily ever after,
many couples don't do their home-
work before the ceremony and then
are unpleasantly surprised to learn
they're starting out their next life
chapter deeply in debt or married
to a spouse who has very different
financial priorities.
Here are a few tips to ensure you'll
be able to say "I do" with no regrets
instead of "I wish I hadn't," down
the road:
Before taking the plunge, hold a
frank discussion with your
spouse-to-be about the state of
your finances. You need to know
whether one or both of you have
student loan debt, high credit card
balances, unwieldy car payments or
other financial burdens.
On a more optimistic note, also tell
yotr partner about any significant
savings, investments or other assets
you own, since that can impact
where and when you can afford to
buy a house, start a family and even
Because each of you carries your
own credit history and lenders often
base credit decisions and loan rates

on the spouse whose credit score is
lower, share each other's credit
reports so there'll be no surprises.
You can each order one free credit
report per year from each of the
three major credit bureaus -
Equifax, Experian and TransUnion
- at
Marriage involves teamwork, so
use what you learn as an opportuni-
ty to fix your scores together. If
you're not sure where to start, con-
sult a professional financial plan-
ner. If you don't know one, is a good
place to start your search. (Note to
parents and friends: A session with
a financial planner might make a
good wedding gift. How many
gravy boats does a young couple
really need?)
Knowing where you stand finan-
cially may influence your plans for
the wedding itself. If you've got
$20,000 in outstanding student
loans, do'you really want to double
your debt with an expensive wed-
A recent survey of Visa Inc. card-
holders found that 87 percent of
those who had gotten married in the
last 10 years said they'd overspent
on their wedding or honeymoon.

Leading offenders were food, cake
and drinks (18 percent), the wed-
ding reception (12 percent) and the
honeymoon (11 percent).
There's a whole cottage industry
today built on cutting wedding
costs. A few helpful tips include:
Print your own wedding invita-
tions from your computer - and other
sites sell invitation software and
high-grade stationery.
Limit the number of invitation
enclosures to lower postage and
save trees.
Create a website for tracking
RSVPs, posting directions, bridal
registry links, etc.
Order flowers and foods that are
in season and consider holding a
buffet or a dessert reception versus
a sit-down meal.
Limit the number of guests to
ensure meaningful interactions with
each. Remember, spending just one
minute apiece with '300 guests"
would take five hours.
The most important advice is to
create a wedding budget and stick
to it. You can find good wedding
budget tools at
blbudgetworksheet.htm and
Another good resource is Visa's
free personal financial management
site, Practical Money Skills for
Life, whose wedding site features
budgeting calculators, tips on nec-
essary legal document changes, tax
and credit implications, debt man-
agement and more (www.practical-
Starting off your marriage as
financial partners will give you a
leg up on the other challenges and
rewards you'll face together.


Since before we were a nation,
blacks have contributed mightily
to the development of what is now
the United States. From mining to
the space program, black
Americans today serve integral
roles in our society, leading in
fields such as education, politics,
religion and sports.
One cannot pick up a newspaper,
turn on the radio or television or
surf the Internet without seeing the
contributions of our community.
But blacks are excluded from
arguably the most important medi-
um in use today in this nation and
around the world U.S. currency.
Our money is a key medium of
exchange, unit of account, and
store of value. There are currently
no black images on standard
American dollars or coins.
It has not always been this way.
Between 1840 and 1880, over 75
bank notes with depictions of
black slaves were produced by the
governments of slave states and
former slave states as well as by
individual banks in those states.
Why would the Confederates, of
all people, put blacks on money?
University of Alabama professor
Henry N. McCarl said it was due
to their importance to the economy
of the South. McCarl told the New
York Times: "Cultures put on their
money objects that are important
to them and their economy, and the
South had an interest in showing
to the world that the slaves were
well-treated and happy."
Well-treated and happy? Hardly.
But black Americans were being

honored for their contributions,
however demeaning their treat-
ment otherwise was. That's not the
case today.
In modern times, blacks are
behind money more than on the
front of it. For example, sculptor
Isaac Hathaway was the first black
American to officially design a
U.S. coin. He created a Booker T.
Washington commemorative half-
dollar coin in 1946 and one for
George Washington Carver in
1951. While it's officially credited
to U.S. Mint engraver John
Sinnock, the Roosevelt dime is
thought to be based upon a work
by black sculptor Selma Burke.
Additionally, the signature of
Azie Taylor-Morton, the first and
only black treasurer of the United
States, who served between 1977
and 1981, can be found on bills
printed during her service.
More recently, a commemorative
dollar coin was issued to honor
black soldiers in the American
Revolution, and a bill the just
passed the House of
Representatives to create one hon-
oring the Civil Rights Act. But it's
still not standard, everyday money.
For many, black images on real
U.S. currency would help engen-
der a greater sense of acceptance,
ownership, pride and national alle-
giance. In certain circles, the
appearance of a black American
on money might induce a psycho-
logical lift. This increased aware-
ness could lead to an increased
interest in things such as saving
and investing. Cont. on page 3



100 North Myrtle Ave. P.O. Box "0" Jacksonville, Florida 32203

49 U.S.C. 5316 Job Access and Reverse Commute Program (JARC) goal is to improve access
to transportation services to employment and employment-related activities for welfare recipients and
eligible low-income individuals and to transport residents of urbanized areas and non-urbanized
areas to suburban employment opportunities.

Funds from the JARC program are available for capital, planning, and operating expenses that sup-
port the development and maintenance of transportation services designed to transport low-income
individuals to and from jobs and activities related to their employment and to support reverse com-
mute projects in the Jacksonville Urbanized area.

The net operating cost of services provided by Job Access Program funds must be matched by 50
percent. Capital projects funded through this program may be matched at 20 percent. Matching funds
may be raised by other federal sources such as the Department of Labor, Department of Education,
or by other agencies so long as the matching source is not the Department of Transportation or from
State Revenue Toll Credits. Matching funds may also be raised by the county or agency.

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), as the Designated Recipient of said funds and pur-
suant to the requirements of Section 5316 of Title 49, United States Code, hereby gives notice of the
availability of federal grant funds under the Job Access and Reverse Commute Program (49 U.S.C.
5316) and the issuance of a Request for Applications (RFAs). Applications are being solicited from
qualified agencies for qualified projects. Qualified applicants must:

o Be a private non-profit or private for profit organization, private agency, local public agency or
local public authority;
o Show an established need for the project and how the project fits into the recommendations of
the Northeast Florida Coordinated Mobility Plan;
o Ensure that adequate funds are available to match the federal funds; and
o Demonstrate that the proposed project meets Federal requirements.

Applications for project funding will be evaluated by a Competitive Selection Committee made up of
representatives from counties in the Northeast Florida area including transportation providers and
from representatives from the Northeast Florida Regional Council and the First Coast Metropolitan
Planning Organization (FCMPO). Unless there is sufficient funding in the year's appropriations to
cover all eligible requests, the Competitive Selection Committee will use the following criteria to eval-
uate applications:

1. Overall achievement of one or more of the Northeast Florida Coordinated Plan Strategic Goals
2. Coverage of regional application.
3. Extent to which low-income persons are served.
4. Maximizes Project Cost Effectiveness.
5. Appropriate Performance Measures and Goals.
6. Fiscal and Managerial Capability.

The total amount of JARC grant funds that is currently available for the Jacksonville Urbanized area
through Fiscal Year 2008 is approximately $731,400. Interested applicants may obtain RFA packages
between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., beginning May 14, 2008, at the following location:
Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), 100 North Myrtle Ave., Jacksonville, Florida 32203,
Attention: Ken Holton, Manager of Capital Programming and Grants, Telephone (904) 630-3187

Applications may also be obtained from the JTA web site at

The deadline for application submission is 4:45 p.m., EST, on June 2, 2008.

All applications must be delivered to the First Coast Metropolitan Planning Organization at:

First Coast MPO
1022 Prudential Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32207
phone (904) 306-7500
fax (904) 306-7501
(toll free) 1-888-488-4898
TDD (904) 306-7502

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Life After Incarceration: Genarlow

Wilson Enjoying Freedom and College

Genarlow Wison
by J, Jones, BAW
It has taken some getting used to,
but Genarlow Wilson says college
life is treating him just fine.
Wilson, who was freed from a
Georgia prison last October, began
classes as a part-time student at the
140-year-old predominantly male
liberal arts Morehouse College in
Atlanta. The 10-year-old Tom
Joyner Foundation is paying for
Wilson's education, including
tuition, books and campus room
and board.
In 2005, Wilson was convicted of
aggravated child molestation for
having oral sex with a 15-year-old

girl at a 2003 New Year's Eve party.
Wilson, a star athlete and honors
student, was 17 at the time. He was
sentenced to serve a mandatory 10-
year sentence with a sex offender
designation. After a nationwide
effort to fight for his release,
Wilson was set free last October
after spending two years in prison
on the teen sex conviction. The case
received international media atten-
tion and garnered support from
civil rights leaders, celebrities,
business leaders and politicians,
including former President Jimmy
Carter and Dallas Mavericks owner
Mark Cuban.
After his release, Wilson went on
a whirlwind of television and radio
talk show interviews before he set-
tled down to pursue a more normal
life as a college student.
It was the simple things at
Morehouse, he said, that were diffi-
cult at first, "like how to maintain a
schedule. I hadn't really been in a
classroom since 2004 ... how to
prepare and what to study for. I had
to kind of relearn everything that I
once knew."

Wilson, who has not yet declared
a major, said he had some tutoring,
and it helped that he had good
"I was basically surrounded by a
whole lot of good people at
Morehouse," Wilson said. "It was
like a brotherhood."
Since he entered as an older stu-
dent, Wilson was placed in a dorm
with upperclassmen instead of a
typical freshman residence. Wilson
credited those students with help-
ing him get acclimated to college
He acknowledged he faced a
number of challenges, considering
the psychological rollercoaster of
wins and losses of various legal
appeals before finally being
released, followed by the quick
transition from inmate to college
"It was all a progression, period. I
had to get used to doing all the
work and studying, but I was
inspired to stay in school and study.
It was difficult at first, but it's a lot
of good people out there, and I had
a lot of support," Wilson said.

According to a recent study,
Jacksonville's per capital rate for
violent crime is 1.45 times greater
than the national average, with larg-
er numbers of teens commit-
ting those crimes.
Participants at a recent pub-
lic meeting agreed youth
crime is a complex socioeco-
nomic issue. Hosted by
Jacksonville Community
Council, Inc. (JCCI), the
forum brought together repre-
sentatives from the fields of
law enforcement,social servic-
es and education.
At the center of the meeting's
discussion was the text, "Code
of the Street," by Elijah Just
Anderson. According to guest Dr.
speaker and UNF professor Flor
Dr. Michael Hallett, the book Hen
offers insight to the growing disc
problem of teen crime. "I've cause
been studying violence in MLa"
Jacksonville for about ten years.
The most astounding thing I learned
was that for all the juveniles jailed
for violence, their first arrest was
for a violent crime. That said to me
that we are failing to support our
youth," says Hallett.
The United States Bureau of

Black Money
Continued from page 2
Be that as it may, what further
actions must black Americans
undertake to make "black money" a
reality? Which great black
American deserve to appear on a
bill or coin? Should there be new
denominations altogether, such as a
25-dollar bill?
Black historical and cultural con-
tributions to American culture are
rich and priceless. Clearly, we do

Justice Statistics (BJS) defines a
violent crime as an act in which the
offender uses or threatens to use
violent force upon the victim. And

-R) UNF Chair of the Criminology and
ice Department Dr. Michael Hallett, JCCI
Helen Jackson, and UNF Executive Direc
ida Center for Public and International
ry Thomas. Hallett and Thomas led the J(
ussion of the book "Code of the Street" ai
es of and solutions for teen violence in Ja
'imer photo an story
BJS states there are five categories
for violent crime: aggravated
assault, murder, rape, robbery and
simple assault.
Jay Plotkin, Chief Assistant State
Attorney, noted that a lack of com-
munication contributes to the prob-
lem. He says, "We have to contin-

not desire to cheapen our tradition
nor infer that acceptance of a black
image on a U.S. dollar is all that is
needed to acknowledge our role in
developing this nation. It is reason-
able, however, to ask for the respect
that is conferred by placement of
black images on currency.
All things considered, there is no
good explanation for the absence of
black Americans from our money.
It is a correctable oversight.
Therefore, we should seriously
consider making "black dollars" a

ue to work on communication.
There is an element of distrust in
this community. It's racial. We
have to be enlightened, to talk, to
listen and be out in the
community more."
Dr. Henry Thomas, a
UNF Professor and
guest speaker, agreed
with Plotkin, but stated
the root of the problem is
economics. "The econo-
my has changed, and it's
much more difficult for
people to thrive. If peo-
ple don't have access to
resources, to jobs, they
SCriminal resort to behaviors such
I Criminal W h t
President as crime. We have to
ctor of the transform the economy.
Policy Dr. It's necessary to sur-
CCI forum vive," Thomas says.
nd possible Others suggested that
cksonville. hands-on support of
youth will address the
issue. One community advocate
present at the forum stated, "I teach
a child advocacy class at UNF. My
students spent a semester working
with public school students. They
learned that children had a desper-
ate need to feel that someone cared
about them. They saw that children
responded to someone taking an
interest in them individually in a
safe place. We have to start with
the children and make youth out-
reach programs more effective."
While forum participants offered
divergent points of view, they all
agreed on one thing Jacksonville's
youth need support and mentoring.
JCCI President Dr. Helen Jackson
adds, "We really need to listen to
our teens. They can help us with
this problem. We need to commu-
nicate with them and each other,
across racial and class lines."

A. . I.
Hundreds of patrons and volunteers helped the Clara White Mission with their largest fund raiser, the Miracle
on Ashley Street. The much anticipated culinary event includes local "celebrities" serving patrons who are clients
and supporters of the mission, dishes prepared by some of the city's top chefs. Shown above is Isaac Jeffries being
served by Councilwoman Mia Jones as a Jacksonville Jaguar player looks on. The annual event has consistently
raised over $50,000 for the Mission that serves Jacksonville's homeless community. KFP Photo.





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JCCI Examines the "Code of the Streets"

Local Celebrities Serve Up a Good Cause


100 North Myrtle Ave. P.O. Box "0" Jacksonville, Florida 32203

49 U.S.C. 5317 New Freedom Program aims to reduce transportation barriers and expand the
transportation mobility options available to Americans with disabilities seeking integration into the
work force and full participation in society.

New Freedom Program funds are available for capital and operating expenses that support new pub-
lic transportation services beyond those required by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
and new public transportation alternatives beyond those required by the ADA. For the purpose of the
New Freedom Program, "new" service is any service or activity that was not operational nor had an
identified funding source as of August 10, 2005. In other words, if not for the New Freedom Program,
these projects and proposed service enhancements would not be available for individuals with dis-

The net operating cost of services provided by the New Freedom Program funds must be matched
by 50 percent. Capital project funded through this program may be matched at 20 percent. Matching
funds may be raised by other federal sources such as the Department of Labor, Department of
Education, or by other agencies so long as the matching source is not the Department of
Transportation or from State Revenue Toll Credits.

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), as the Designated Recipient of said funds and pur-
suant to the requirements of Section 5317 of Title 49, United States Code, hereby gives notice of the
availability of federal grant funds under the New Freedom Grant (49 U.S.C. 5317) and the issuance
of a Request for Applications (RFAs). Applications are being solicited from qualified agencies for qual-
ified projects. Qualified applicants must:

o Be a private non-profit or private for profit organization, private agency, local public agency or
local public authority;
o Show an established need for the project and how the project fits into the recommendations of
the Northeast Florida Coordinated Mobility Plan;
o Ensure that adequate funds are available to match the federal funds; and
o Demonstrate that the proposed project meets Federal requirements.

Applications for project funding will be evaluated by a Competitive Selection Committee made up of
representatives from counties in the Northeast Florida area including transportation providers and
from representatives from the Northeast Florida Regional Council and the First Coast Metropolitan
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Actress Alice Childress once
noted, "We (Blacks) are the only
racial group within the United
States ever forbidden by law to
read and write." Of course this
quote has little relevance today, but
I start with it to reinforce the fact
that African Americans "have come
a mighty long way," as the old
church folk say.
Today's educational system is a
lot different than the systems of the
past. Segregation is no longer legal
and most school systems seem to
make outwardly meaningful efforts
to provide quality education for all
races. Not saying that it always
happens, but it does appear that
most systems try.
We all know that the old "sepa-
rate but equal" cry from those who
favored segregation really meant,
"Separate and my kids get the good
stuff and your kids get the left-
Nevertheless, fast-forward to
today and there certainly are still
some challenges that African
Americans face, but who's to blame
for those challenges? Is it the
school systems, teachers, adminis-
trators, parents or the environments
youth are raised?
In 1933, Carter G. Woodson
wrote what many consider as one
of the most profound pieces of
African American literature "The
Mis-Education of the Negro."
Woodson basically was saying
that the educational system [public
education] has failed throughout

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the years to present authentic
Negro history in schools.
It may sound a like simple issue
of history to some, but Woodson
argued that the lack of black histo-
ry being taught in classrooms was
only the tip of the iceberg. He
argued that the neglect and distor-
tion of facts "deprived the black
child and his whole race of a her-
itage, and relegated him to nothing-
ness and nobodyness."
One could easily argue that
Woodson's concerns were extreme-
ly relevant in the past, but what
about today in America? In this
new Information Age, it is so much
easier to get information on literal-
ly any topic imaginable. So whose
fault is it that little Johnny doesn't
know black history?
You can probably see where I am
headed with this. As parents, we
have to be willing to step up or in
when the public school system
does not provide the level of educa-
tion we are satisfied with.
For example, Civics is rarely
taught in today's public school
classrooms because priorities have
changed. As a parent, if civics is an
important subject to me, then why
not educate my child by going to
the library or downloading data
from the Internet?
As citizens we are all entitled to
use the library and rent books and
other reference materials for free.
You can also use the Internet for
free at your local libraries.
I recently read about Will Smith

and his investment into a new
school that would be a private insti-
tutions, but would aim to 'revolu-
tionize the public school system,"
according with Smith.
Apparently the Fresh Prince has
been home schooling his two
youngest children, Jaden and
Willow, and felt like this would be
a good investment into both the
community and their children's
Smith invested around $1 million
into the school so far. My only
question is how do you "revolu-
tionize" public school if your
school is private?
Still you can't take away the
effort that he put forth. A lot of us
talk a good game, but when it
comes to putting our money where
our mouth is, we tend to back
This new Smith funded school
has leased Indian Hills High
School campus, which has been
renamed to The New Village
Academy of Calabasas, which is in
Not to take too many jabs at
something meant for good, but I am
sure that there aren't many "low-
income or needy" families out in
Calabasas. However, I am sure that
there will be some previsions made
for children from Los Angles area
that can't afford to pay the tuition.
I mention this Will Smith educa-
tional initiative because it gets back
to parents playing an active role
their children's education. No not

everyone has Smith's money, but
it's not his money that impresses
me, but his commitment to his chil-
dren's education.
I truly believe that in the past we
could point to the system and
blame the government for not prop-
erly educating our children, but
today we can't do that.
The education of our children is
so much broader than the schools
they attend. And as parents, we can
make education a priority and start
leveling the playing field through
our efforts at home.
Sure we can find a "New Village
Academy" that features organic
low-fat breakfasts and lunches with
no fried foods or refined sugar.
These schools even have neat cur-
riculums that features instruction in
Spanish, Technology, and
But you are going to pay an
annual tuition of at least $7,500 to
$12,500 or much more in many
So the other option is simple:
man up, cowboy up or whatever
you want to call it. Take ownership
in your child's education. I hear
teachers say it all the time. The stu-
dents who normally succeed are the
one's whose parents are active in
their child's school lives and push
their children to achieve.
The challenge not only lies with
the students, but with parents.
Signing off from New Village
Academy at Fullwood Oaks,
Reggie Fullwood

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1st Timothy Hosting Youth Camp Greater Grant Memorial AME to Greater El Beth-el Divine Holiness

First Timothy Baptist Church, 12103 Biscayne Blvd., Frederick D.
Newbill, Pastor, will provide a Summer Haven for children 5-12 years of
age, at Camp First Timothy. Camp activities will include First Tee Golf,
Movies, MOSH, the Jacksonville Zoo, and much more. Registration is now
underway on a first come, first served, basis. For more information, please
call the Church Office at (904) 757-9878.

Greater New Mt. Moriah Concludes
Church & Pastor Anniversary
Dr. Percy Jackson Sr. & Jr., Pastors, and the congregation of New Mt.
Moriah Missionary Baptist Church,1953 West 9th Street, invites the commu-
nity to join them for the conclusion of the celebration of the 63rd
Anniversary of the Church, and the 33rd Pastor's Anniversary.
"Never Would Have made It," (Psalm 124) is the Anniversary theme for
the service which will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 25, 2009.

Dr. Juanita Parker to Speak at
Bethany Baptists' Saturday Fellowship
Dr. Juanita Parker, of St. Stephen AME Church, will be the speaker for
the 4th Saturday Fellowship at Bethany Baptist Church, 401 Stockton Street.
The community is invited to be a part of the powerful prayers, and to enjoy
Inspirational Music, and Great food for the Soul.
4th Saturday Fellowship will begin at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 24th.

Pastor Paula White Book Signing
Pastor Paula White will sign her new book "You'll All That" at two loca-
tions on Sunday, June 1, 2008. The Gateway Book Store, 5238-22 Norwood
Avenue, from 1 to 3 p.m. Information: (904) 765-9582.
At 5 p.m., Pastor Paula will sing her book at Abyssinia Missionary Baptist
Church, 10325 Interstate Center, Dr. Tom E. Diamond, Pastor.

The Hope Chapel Mass Choir & First
Baptist of Mandarin Choir in Concert
The Hope Chapel Mass Choir and Praise Dancers, Dr. Jeanetta C. Holmes
Vann, Founder and Pastor; and the First Baptist Church of Mandarin Choir,
Dr. Gary L. Williams, Pastor; and the Holy Church of the Living God
Revival Center Praise Team, will appear in a Gospel Musical at 5 p.m.,
Saturday, June 7, 2008.
The Gospel Musical will be presented at the Holy Church of the Living
God Revival Center, 1700 Frances Avenue, Atlantic Beach; BishopiDr,,Percy
Golden, Pastor.
Everyone is invited to come out and lift your voice and give Praise to the

Hold Public Service Recognition Day
Greater Grant Memorial AME Church, 5533 Gilchrist Rd., Reverend
Tony DeMarco Hansberry, Pastor; invites the community to observe
"Public Service Recognition Day" at 11 a.m., Sunday, May 25.
Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections, Mr.. Walt McNeil,
will be the speaker. Mr. McNeil, former Police
chief of the Tallahassee Police Department, also has served as Florida's
Secretary of the Department of Juvenile Justice. All public service employ-
ees, and the public are invited.

Missionary Society to Present "Night
in White" at St. Andrew AME Church
The Alice M. Graham Missionary Society at St. Andrew AME Church,
125 Ninth Street South, Jacksonville Beach; will present "Night in White"
Celebration, at 7 p.m., Friday, May 23, 2008.
All missionary societies, church members and the public are invited. For
information, call (904)272-4406, 646-1532 or 249-7624.

Mentorship Program & 2B Kids to
hold Mentor Match Day May 24th
Mentor Match Day at Wayman Academy of the Arts, 1176 LaBelle
Street, at Cassat Ave. & Plymouth St. will be hosted by the Mentorship
Program, 2BKids of Fleming Island. Mentor Match Day will be filled with
interactive games, food, and a chance for adults to match with a child that
needs a mentor. There will be on-site games, much information, and much
more. The goal of the "Yes You! Mentorship Program" at Wayman
Academy of the Arts, has successfully matched adults with in children in
grades Kindergarten thru 5th. Mr. Michael Sappleton is the YYMO
Program Manager; Rev. Mark L. Griffin, is chairman. For information, call
(904) 693-1503.

Celebrate Family & Friends Weekend
at Believer of Christ Ministries
The Believers of Christ Ministries, 5318 "C" Street, Pastor M. O. Drinks
and First Lady Tanya Drinks, invite members of the community young and
old, to enjoy "Family & Friends" Weekend, which kicks off at 7 p.m.
Friday, May 23rd, with Intercessory Prayer and Blessing Night.
The "Fun Day & Cook Out" will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday. Sunday
School begins at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday. Morning Service commences at
11:15 a.m. The Chancel Choir Concert will begin at 5 p.m., Sunday. You
are invited to "come and be blessed."

to Hold Annual Dual Day, June 8
The Greater El Beth-el Divire Holiness Church, located in Springfield,
across from the New Blodgett Homes, Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall Sr.,
Overseer/Pastor; and the members invite all to worship on their Annual
Dual Day, June 8, 2008, at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Councilwoman Glorious Johnson will be the guest speaker for the
women at the 11 a.m. Service.
Rev. Ray Terry will be the speaker for the men at the 4 pm. Service.
Refreshments will be served after service. For participation and more infor-
mation, call (904) 359-0661.

Believers in Christ Christian Center
Founders Celebration to open June 18
"Obtaining the Promise" is the them of Believers in Christ Christian
Center's Founders Celebration when Bishop Clinton Lane, Shabach
Christian Center International Fellowship Church, will kick off the cele-
bration at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 20th at the Highlands Elementary
Multiplex Building, 1000 DePaul Dr.
Dr. Barbara Mims, Pastor, New St. James Holy Family Church, will be
the speaker at 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 20th at the Prime F. Osbom III
Convention Center, 1000 Water Street (Headquarters).
The Women's Conference will begin at 9 a.m., Saturday. Deborah A.
Bernard, Host Pastor; and Elder Myra Henry, of Zoe International; will be
the speakers for the morning session.
Pastor Ronald Walker, of Anointed Outreach Ministries, Vineland, New
Jersey, will be the speaker at the 7 p.m. service.
Host Pastor, Dr. Don Edward Bernard, will deliver the message at the 11
a.m. Sunday Morning.
Apostle I. L. Carter, Prophetic Anointed International Ministries, San
Antonio, Texas; will deliver the closing sermon at 6 p.m. at the Prime
Osborn Convention Center.

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Join us for our Weekly Services

Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
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The Word from the Sons
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Wednesday Noon Service
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Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

Come share in Holy Communioon 1stSundayat 4:50 p.m.

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Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.

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

Pastor Ernie Murray
Welcomes you!

Sunday School
9 a.m.
Morning Worship
10 a.m.
Lord's Supper
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3:00 p.m.
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Youth Risk Reduction and Intervention
Conference to be Held at EWC
River Region Human Services will host "The Youth Explosion", a risk
reduction intervention conference, May 30th and 31st at Edward Waters
College. The annual event brings youth, ages 8-18, together for a twen-
ty-four hour intensive health education experience on substance abuse,
HIV/AIDS, violence elimination, and nutrition and fitness.
Many of the participants are being recruited by local churches and
other organizations, which also will be providing volunteers for the
event. Parents who wish to register their children for The Youth
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spa. And you're right; lots of men
are changing their attitudes
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women. It's not at all unusual to
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feet done. It seems that the "met-
rosexuals" set the pace and the
rest of the men are just getting up
to speed. Now a days men are
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everything from light eye brow
arches to getting rid of that uni-
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I think this new trend is long
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would suggest are the spa
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pedicure that will focus on the
rough spots on those hard work-
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The Fat and Cholesterol Connection
For African Americans

Although cholesterol usually gets
a bad rap, it's important to remem-
ber that it is a vital part of your
body's function. After all, choles-
terol is used to make certain hor-
mones and bile, form cell mem-
branes and is needed for other func-
tions. And though you can get cho-
lesterol from your diet, your body
typically makes all of the choles-
terol it needs. In fact, a diet that is
high in cholesterol and saturated fat
can raise the amount of cholesterol
in your blood and increase your risk
of heart disease. Saturated fats are
converted into cholesterol by your
body. We also absorb cholesterol
directly from some foods, but most
of the cholesterol in our body starts
out as fat.
Tips to decrease your saturat-
ed fat and cholesterol intake:
1. Choose lean meats, poultry
and fish. Trim off any visible fat
Avoid frying. Use cooking meth-
ods that help remove fat such as
baking, broiling, boiling, roasting
or stewing
2. Try using less high fat, high
cholesterol processed meats such
as sausage, salami, hot dogs or
bologna. Ham, turkey or roast
beef are much healthier options
3. Eat more vegetables, fruits,
cereal grains and starches.
4. Limit your intake of egg
yolks to 2-3 per week.
So how much is too much? You
should limit your cholesterol intake
to less than 300 milligrams a day
(keep in mind that one large egg has
about 213 milligrams!) and no
more than 10% of your daily calo-
ries should consist of saturated fat.
Cholesterol is only found in animal
products (meat, eggs, butter,
cheese, etc.). Large amounts of sat-
urated fats are found in animal
products, coconut and palm oil and
in hardened margarines and short-
enings. Vegetables, fruits, cereal

grains, and starches without added
fats contain no cholesterol and
almost no saturated fat.
Most importantly be sure to
always check the labels. Remember
"no cholesterol" does not mean fat-
free. The fat contained in the prod-
uct can be highly saturated. "Non
dairy" does not mean that other fats
are not used in place of cream or
milk. If the label says "Made with
pure vegetable oil" or "made with
pure vegetable shortening," be sure
to check and see if the oil is coconut
or palm, both of which are highly
saturated. Has the oil been hydro-
genated, thereby turning it into sat-
urated fat? Watch for this in both
margarine and shortening.

Ten Ways to Shape Up Your Family

Reunion to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Family reunions offer a chance to bond with relatives, learn about your
heritage, share recipes, and celebrate with your whole family. When learn-
ing about your heritage, it is also important to find out if type 2 diabetes
runs in your family. Having a family history of type 2 diabetes increases
your risk for developing the disease. Take the first step today toward lower-
ing your risk for type 2 diabetes and improving your health and the health
offuture generations. Find out ifyou have a family history of the disease.

Diabetes affects the lives of millions of African Americans in the United
States. But there's hope for you and your family. Research shows that los-
ing a small amount of weight 5 to percent of your current weight or 10
to 14poundsfor a 200-pound person can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes
by more than half The key step to preventing or delaying the onset of type
2 diabetes is to lose a small amount of weight by making healthy food choic-
es and being physically active 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Beginning
with your next reunion and afterwards, follow these 10 tips from the
National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) to shape up your family,
lose weight, and prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes:

Choose activities your entire fam-
ily will enjoy.
1. Dance it away! A dance contest
is a fun way to show the younger
people in your family the dances
you used to do when you were their
age and they can show you some
of their moves as well! Or turn up
the music and do the Electric Slide,
the Cha Cha Slide, and other
favorite group dances.
2. Be physically active with
younger relatives. Play with
younger children, nieces, nephews,
and cousins. Go swimming, toss a
softball, or do jumping jacks.
3. Get up, get out, get moving! If
your family reunion is held in a
park, go for a bike ride, a brisk walk
on a nature trail, or any other activ-
ity that helps get your heart rate up.
4. Focus on fun! Activities such as
scavenger hunts, potato sack races,
and double-dutch contests are easy
ways to have fun and be physically
5. Make it a family affair. Involve
everyone in a friendly game of bas-
ketball, flag football, volleyball, or
Have a plan for what, when, and
how much you will eat.
6. For starters, try a salad with a
twist. Prepare a rainbow fruit salad
with a large peeled and diced

mango; 1 peeled and sliced kiwi; 2
cups blueberries, halved strawber-
ries, and seedless grapes; 2 nec-
tarines; and 2 sliced bananas. Top
with a small amount of honey-
orange dressing made
with cup
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juice, 2
tablespoons lemon
juice, 1 teaspoon ground ginger,
1 /2 tablespoon honey, and a dash of
nutmeg. Number of servings: 12
Source: National Heart, Lung, and
Blood Institute's Stay Young at
Heart Recipe Collection
7. Why fry when you can bake,
broil, or grill? Instead of fried
chicken, fire up the grill and
remove the skin and fat from chick-
en breasts, drumsticks, or thighs

and lightly coat them with
barbeque sauce. Instead of
fried catfish, try baked fish
seasoned with herbs,
spices, or lemon juice.
8. Try low-fat versions of
your favorite side dishes.
Prepare homemade maca-
roni and cheese with nonfat
and low-fat milk and
cheese. Smother greens
with smoked turkey or low-
sodium chicken broth
instead of fatback.
9. Re-think your drink.
Whenever possible drink
water the healthy, no-
calorie beverage. Instead of
a regular 20-ounce soda or
sweetened fruit drink,

choose sugar-free soda.
10. Reach for a healthy treat.
Instead of cobblers, cakes, or pies
for dessert, eat a piece of fresh sum-
mer fruit such as peaches, nec-
tarines, or apricots. Also,
try old-fash-

slices whole-wheat bread, 3 egg
whites, / teaspoon cinnamon, /
teaspoon nutmeg, 1 teaspoon vanil-
la extract, and a little brown sugar.
To prepare bread pudding, preheat
oven to 350 F. Lightly coat 8"x 8"
inch baking dish with vegetable oil
spray. Lay slices of bread in baking
dish in two rows, overlapping like
shingles. In medium bowl, beat
together egg whites, milk, brown
sugar, and vanilla. Pour egg mixture
over bread. In small bowl, stir
together cinnamon, nutmeg, and
clove and sprinkle over bread pud-
ding. Bake pudding for 30 to 35
minutes at 350 F, until it has
browned on top and is firm to
touch. For a topping, simmer apple-
raisin sauce prepared with 1/4 cup
apple juice, cup raisins, cup
apple butter, teaspoon ground
cinnamon, teaspoon ground nut-
meg, and 2 tablespoons molasses in
a medium saucepan for five min-
utes. Number of servings: 9
Source: National Heart, Lung, and
Blood Institute's Keep the Beat:
Heart Healthy Recipes
To order your free copy of the
More than 50 Ways to Prevent
Diabetes tip sheet and other free
resources to help African American
families lower their risk for type 2
diabetes, contact the National
Diabetes Education Program at 1-
888-693-NDEP (6337) or visit You
can also check out the National
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Marc Little
Marc Little has added actor to his
diversified communications
resume with his appearance in the

upcoming HBO movie Recount,
which premieres on Sunday, May
25 at 9 o'clock p.m.
Little is cast as Pastor Willie
Whiting in the movie, which
chronicles the drama behind the
recount of votes in Florida during
the 2000 presidential election.
Little's character is based on a real
life pastor from South Florida,
who was denied the right to vote
due to a purge of Black voters by
then Florida Secretary of State
Katherine Harris.
"I was honored to play the role of
Pastor Whiting in this film that
depicted the nefarious tactics of
political operatives that led to the
victory of George W. Bush over Al
Gore," said Little, who has a
speaking part and two appearances
in the movie, which stars Academy

Award winner Kevin Spacey. "I
read for the role at the urging of
First Coast Talent agency board
member and longtime actor
Rahman Johnson. I was honored
to be selected for a role in the
movie that depicted an event that
will be forever etched in American
history," Little said. Little, who is
in the twilight of a 35-year career
in mass communications that
includes ownership of a nationally
recognized public relations firm
based in Jacksonville for 20 years,
has also completed a book that is
slated for publication later this
"Don't Blink When God Calls is
a novel that takes readers through a
historic Southern political cam-
paign, somewhat like the presiden-
tial campaign of Barack Obama,"

Be sure to check out
"Recount" filmed here
in Jacksonville on
HBO Sunday night.
said Little.
"It shows the challenges that
African American men face when
they take on a political structure
that is perceptually reserved for
White males. However, the book
brings a different perspective to
the politics of race, while injecting
healthy doses of sexual tension and
spirituality to the story.
I am anxious to get the book into
the hands of readers all across the
The Little name is no stranger to
books, his sister Benilde Little is
already a best selling author.

Back to the Drawboard for

King Memorial Architect
Chinese sculptor Lei Yixin, who is considered one of China's greatest
sculptors, walks up to his studio where he is working on a new Martin
Luther King Jr. statue, in Changsha. US officials have asked Lei to rework
his MLK statue that will stand on the National Mall in Washington, to
make it look less like Lenin.

Republican Minority Recruiting at an All Time Low, Do Blacks Just Not Matter?

Just a few years after the
Republican Party launched a highly
publicized diversity effort, the GOP
is heading into the 2008 election
without a single minority candidate
with a plausible chance of winning
a campaign for the House, the
Senate or governor.
At a time when Democrats are
poised to knock down a historic
racial barrier with their presidential
nominee, the GOP is fielding only a
handful of minority candidates for
Congress or statehouses none of
whom seem to have a prayer of vic-
At the start of the Bush years, the
Republican National Committee -
in tandem with the White House -
vowed to usher in a new era of GOP
minority outreach. As George W.
Bush winds down his presidency,
Republicans are now on the verge
of going six and probably more
- years without an African-
American governor, senator or
House member.
That's the longest such streak
since the 1980s.
Republicans will have only one
minority governor, Bobby Jindal of
Louisiana, an Indian-American,
when the dust settles on the '08

elections. Democrats have three
minority governors and 43 African-
American members of Congress,
including one Illinois Sen.
Barack Obama who is their like-
ly presidential nominee. Democrats
also have several challengers in
winnable House races who are
either black or Hispanic.
Despite having a Spanish-speak-
ing "compassionate conservative"
in the White House, Republicans'
diversity deficit seems to have only
"In 1994, when I first ran, we had
14 African-American Republicans
running for Congress. ... I was the
only one that won that year, but we
had 14, and we had some good can-
didates," said former Oklahoma
Rep. J.C. Watts, one of the party's
most recognized African-American
voices. "I am grateful for what Ken
Mehlman did when he was RNC
chairman, but I knew that wouldn't
last that was one person. I've
never gotten the impression that it
was institutionalized."
So who's to blame for this diversi-
ty deficit?
Jack Kemp, the former Republican
congressman and vice presidential
nominee, says the culprit is clear: a

"pitiful" recruitment effort by his
party. "I don't see much of an out-
reach," he said. "I don't see much
of a reason to run."
A former black GOP candidate
who declined to be identified by
name offered a slightly more chari-
table explanation. He said the party
is so broke and distracted that woo-
ing strong minority candidates is a
luxury it simply cannot afford right
Congressional staffers contacted
for reaction on this issue did not
want to comment but were clearly
uneasy with the party's all-white
slate of viable candidates.
In all fairness, Republicans have
never been very good at attracting
strong minority candidates, espe-
cially African-Americans. Only
four black Republicans Watts,
former Massachusetts Sen. Edward
Brooke, former Connecticut Rep.
Gary Franks and the late Illinois
Rep. Oscar Stanton De Priest -
have been elected to Congress since
Reconstruction.The party has done
slightly better with Cuban-
Americans and Hispanics in recent
years Cuban-American Sen. Mel
Martinez of Florida recently served
as RNC chairman. But the GOP

remains a white-dominated party
elected overwhelmingly by white
Another mitigating factor for the
party is that this has been a terrible
year overall for GOP recruitment,
as exemplified in the 0-for-3
Republican streak in special elec-
tions in recent weeks. The dilemma
is simple: Who wants to run when
the Republican brand is so unpopu-
lar and money is so scarce?
Still, the recruitment failure is
striking when you consider the
recent history of the GOP on this
issue. It was not long ago 2005,
to be precise that Mehlman, then
the RNC chairman, grabbed head-
lines with a major speech on diver-
sity before the NAACP.
"Republicans are committed to
inclusion," he told the group's
national convention. "I'm here four
years before the next presidential
election asking for your help.
Inclusion means you work together
to recruit candidates, not surrogates
to speak on their behalf."
Mehlman was far from alone.
President Bush dedicated signifi-
cant time in the early years of his
presidency to reaching out to
African-Americans with countless

speeches on education and faith-
based initiatives directed at minori-
ty communities. He aggressively
appointed prominent blacks to his
Cabinet, including two secretaries
of state: Colin Powell and
Condoleezza Rice.
Bush sometimes broke into
Spanish as he called for immigra-
tion laws providing illegal immi-
grants a pathway to citizenship, a
hot topic in Hispanic communities.
The efforts, of course, were
designed to attract voters not just
candidates into the GOP fold.
And the moral of the story is that
the party clearly failed.
Some party insiders point to 2006
as the specific proof that diversity
efforts may sound great but are still
impractical and electorally unre-
warding for the GOP.
During that cycle, Mehlman and
GOP leaders talked a number of
attractive black candidates into run-
ning for important seats: Michael
Steele of Maryland, for the Senate;
and Lynn Swann of Pennsylvania
and Ken Blackwell of Ohio, for
Scores of stories were written
about the Republicans' new plan to
win tough seats with well-funded

minority candidates.
Then they all lost badly. The elec-
tion results in their respective states
showed that they hardly made any
inroads even in the heavily
African-American parts of the
states they were running in. Swann
was later asked to run for the
House, and he declined.
Suddenly, the argument for minor-
ity outreach seemed to lack the
underpinning of any successful
political strategy: the ability to pro-
duce more votes.
The exit polling data for House
races in 2006 showed the depth of
the GOP's outreach crisis.
Republican candidates won 11 per-
cent of the black vote and 30 per-
cent of the Hispanic vote.
However, Watts, for one, rejects
the argument that Republicans can't
compete for minority votes or suc-
cessfully recruit minority candi-
dates. He argues that the party sim-
ply hasn't tried hard enough.
"Unless you have an infrastruc-
ture to build off of, it's all throwing
mud at the wall and hoping that
some of it sticks," said Watts.
"There's an entire infrastructure
that needs to be thought through,
and it seems to me no one is inter-



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

Kuumba Festival
The 21st Annual Kuumba Cultural
and Arts Festival is scheduled for
May 23rd and 24th at a variety of
venues throughout the city. This
year's two day event will feature
our traditional Kings and Queens of
Africa Parade, Health Fair,
Workshops on key issues facing the
First Coast African American
Community, the Youth Tent as well
as Art Exhibits. Vendors from
throughout the area will be there
along with plenty of music, dance
and more. Call (904) 327-1261 for
info or visit

Open Discussion with
the School Superint.
The community is invited to par-
ticipate in an open discussion with
Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannels on
Friday May 23rd starting at 9 at the Ritz Theatre. For more
information call 327-126.

Earth Day Celebration
at Gateway
On Saturday May 24, 2008, from
10 AM until 3PM, the War on
Poverty-Florida, Inc. will hold its
1st Annual Spring Earth Day
Celebration at Gateway Mall. Bring
your garden hat, gloves, and get
ready to shovel, plant and water!
The War on Poverty are planting
the first Community Garden inside
Gateway and are looking for a few
good residents to adopt and nurture
the plant in the garden. In addition
there will be a master gardener on
hand and opportunities for students
to get summer jobs in environmen-
tal areas. For more information or
to volunteer, please contact:
Amanda or Karen at 766-7275 or e-

JLOC Meeting
The Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee Inc., for the Millions
More Movement will have an open
meeting on Sunday,May 25th
from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at 916
N.Myrtle Avenue. This meeting is
free and open to the public .If you
are sincerely concerned, and really
want to improve the quality of liv-
ing conditions in your community
come join JLOC in making positive
changes. If you have questions or
need more information visit their
website:, or call

Jacksonville Journey
Community Meeting
The public is invited to attend a
community meeting to hear about
action steps, provide your feedback
and learn how you can help create a
safer, more prosperous Jacksonville
with the city's Jacksonville Journey
initiative. The next open meeting

will be on Thursday, May 29th at
FCCJ. It will feature an exhibition
fair highlighting the program rec-
ommendations and committee pre-
sentations beginning at 6:30 p.m.
For more information, visit or call 630-CITY.

First Wednesday
Art Walk
Art Walk is a free, self-guided tour
of Downtown galleries and muse-
ums, as well as cultural venues,
restaurants and businesses on the
first Wednesday of every month,
rain or shine. Choose your own
route, or begin at Headquarters at
100 N. Laura St. The next one will
be held on Wednesday, June 4th.
For more details go to: www.down-
Club Meeting
The June PRIDE Book Club meet-
ing will be hosted by Dr. Monica
Ford-Davis. The meeting will be
held on Friday, June 6th at 7:00
p.m. PRIDE will discuss books on
and about Ruby McCollum. The
recommended books are: "The
Trial of Ruby McCollum: the true-
crime story that shook the founda-
tions of the segregationist south"
by C. Arthur Ellis, Jr. & Leslie E.
Ellis and "The Silencing of Ruby
McCollum: Race, Class and Gender
in the South" by Tammy Evans.
(available at bookstores). The July
meeting will be held on Friday, July
l1th and the book for discussion
A WIFE by Naleighna Kai. For
more information call Romona
Baker at 384-3939 or 703-3428.

Raines Hosting
Clinic for Teens
The Raines Varsity Cheerleader
will host a one-week Cheer Camp,
June 9-13 at W.M. Raines High
School from 5:30-8:30. This camp
is for girls/boys ages 5-18. The fee
is only $50 and includes a t-shirt
and a week of fun and learning. For
more information, please feel free
to contact Coach Kisele at 904-614-

Ribault Class of 1983
The Jean Ribault Class of 1983
will be celebrating their 25th
Reunion June 12-15th at the
Wyndham Riverwalk Hotel. The
weekend event will include a luau,
all white party, excursion trip and
worship service. For more informa-
tion, contact Letitia Flanders at

COMTO Bowl-A-Thon
The Conference of Minority
Transportation Officials (COMTO),
will have their 3rd Annual Bowl A
Thon on June 14th. Teams of three

Free Delta Airlines Camp for
Youth Interested in Aviation Careers
This summer, the Organization of Black Airline Pilots (OBAP)will hold
two Aviation Career Education Camps sponsored by Delta Air Lines for
youth ages 14-18. The deadline to apply is June 2nd.
Do you know of any young person that may want to attend a free 1
week camp during the summer? The purpose of each one-week program
is to introduce interested youth to the world of aviation by exposing
them to the many challenging careers and opportunities which the avia-
tion industry has to offer.
For more information, download the brochure and application at

will compete for packages and
awards. There will be food, fun,
prizes, and lots of fund raising. The
Jacksonville Chapter is raising
money to support the General and
Scholarship Funds. It will take
place at Bowl America, 11141
Beach Blvd. beginning at 1:00 p.m.
For more information, contact
Endya Cummings at 630-3197.

Cooking Camp
for Kids
Youth ages 12-18 are open to reg-
ister for the UF Extension Service's
Cooking Camp for Kids. The one
week camp will be offered June 17-
20 or June 24-27 from 9 3 p.m..
Camp programming includes culi-

nary and food safety, nutrition,
meal planning, bread making,entree
dishes, salads, breakfasts and
desserts will be taught. Adult volun-
teers will assist the participants.
Extension offices are located at
1010 N. McDuff Avenue. To regis-
ter or more info call 387-8855.

Gilbert Class of 1968
The Matthew William Gilbert
High School Class of 1968 is hav-
ing their 40th reunion June 20-22,
2008. The banquet will be held June
21st at 7pm at Jacksonville
Marriott Hotel 4760 Salisbury Rd.
For more information, contact
James Wright at 303 9897 or Lydia
Jackson at 904 765 9224.

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Soul Food
Music Festival
Area radio stations will present a
Soul Food Music Festival on
Saturday, June 21st at
Metropolitan Park. Classic artists
including the Whispers, Peabo
Bryson, Loose Ends, Dru-Hill and
Howard Hewett will be performing.
Gates open at 4 p.m. and showtime
is at 6 p.m. For tickets or more
information call 1-888-512-SHOW.

"Portraits of Music"
Musical at the Beach
The Jacksonville Beach
Elementary Preservation Fund, Inc
will sponsor their annual musical

"Portraits of Music" featuring the
church ladies cast members from
Broadway's "The Color Purple".
On Sunday June 22nd at 5:30pm
at the Historical RITZ Theatre
Tickets are $30. For more informa-
tion call Ms. Sullivan at 305-8654.

CATS the Musical
The show that revolutionized
musical theatre is coming to the
Times Union Center's Moran
Theater in Jacksonville for 5 per-
formances June 27 -29th, 2008.
Direct from Broadway, "Cats" is
the longest continuously touring
show in American theatre history.
For tickets or more information,
call (904) 632-3373.


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Bold City Links Make it Funky With Annual Old School Gala

Shown above at the event are event coordinator Santhea Brown, Louis LeBlanc, Seabon Dixon, Bid Whist Tournament winners Dana and Tom
Cunningham and Bold City Chapter of Links President Ruth Waters. Kalonji and Tasha Nunn, Roslyn Phillips and Wilson Lee.

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Bid Whist players James Holloway, Louis LeBlanc, Seabon Dixon III
and Teresa Holloway.

Natasha Stokes, Brian Davis, Latasha Fulwood and Mia Jones.

Ida and Ben Harris.

Jacksonville Links (standing) Dana Cunningham, Geraldine Smith,
Kia Mitchell-Kemp, Hester Clark, Candace Thompson, Marietta
LeBlanc-Jones; (kneeling) Marretta Latimer and Gloria Dean.

Links and Connecting Links: John Darby, Barbara Darby, Mary Links and Connecting Links: Matt and Shelly Thompson with
Brown, Ruby Newman and T.C. Newman. Marietta LeBlanc and Josh Jones.

Debra Taylor, Deborah Rasheed, Trudye Dixon, Brenda Smith, Helen Jackson, Jackie Acey and Chris Atkinson.

Francina Dunbar, Patricia Manuez, Miriam and Clifford Buggs.


Links Pamela Grant-Adams and Josephine Porter with Connecting
Link Robert Porter (middle).

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Merle Wright, JuCoby Pittman-Peele, Wendy Riggins, Marleana
Haynes, Andrea Brown, Benita Fuller, Sharon Wright, Valerie
Hammonds and Kearston Hammonds.

Shedrick Corbin, Carlottra Guyton and Darrel Macon.
The Bold City Chapter of Links presented their Annual Old School Gala
in the Terrace Suites of Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. Complete with
the sounds of the 70s and attire to match. Guests dined on soul food and
played classic games such as Bid Whist and spades throughout the
evening. A highlight of the event was the annual costume and dance con-
test. Proceeds from the event go towards the service programs of the chap-
ter which impact the youth of Jacksonville. MLatimer/FMPowell Photos
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Bold City Links who presented the event included: (L-R) Shaunda
Holder, Barbara Shuman, Gracie Chandler, Diana Spicer, Brenda
Miller, Jean Aikens and Deloris Mitchell. Seated are Gwendolyn Lane
and Tracie Collier.

Links and Connecting Links Carl and Betty Davis with Madeline and
Howard Taylor.

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"Well, there goes the neighbor-
That is the tone that could be heard
among countless neighborhoods at
the onset of integration in
America's neighborhood and
schools. Thirty year later, it is Black
schools and neighborhoods that are
being integrated by Whites.
Two things set Joshua Packwood
apart from his 520 other classmates
who graduated last weekend from
Morehouse College -- his GPA and
his race.
Packwood is the first white vale-
dictorian in the 141-year history of
the Atlanta college and the only
white member of his class.
While Packwood was one of a
handful of nonblack students at
Morehouse, he is part of a greater
trend toward diversifying histori-
cally black schools.
Faced with increased competition
from historically white schools, and
in some cases legal requirements to


He was offered a full ride to
Columbia University but chose
instead to attend Morehouse, the
alma mater of Martin Luther King
Jr., and the only remaining all-male
historically black college in the
United States.
"I've been forced to see the world
in a different perspective that I don't
think I could've gotten anywhere
else," he said.
The National Center for Education
Statistics tracked students, by race,
attending historically black schools
from 1976 to 2001 and recorded an
increase in nonblack students
attending the schools over that time.
In 1976, 9.5 percent of students
were white. Twenty-five years later,
in 2001, 12 percent of students
enrolled at historically black insti- Joshua
tutions were white. Percentages of learning

Hispanic students in that same time
increased from 1.5 percent to 2.3
percent, and Asian/Pacific Islanders
from 0.3 percent to 0.8 percent.

Historically black colleges and universities are recruiting white,
Hispanic and Asian students. Last weekend, Joshua Packwood was the
first white valedictorian in the 141-year history of Morehouse College
in Atlanta, Ga.

diversify their student bodies, his-
torically black colleges and univer-
sities, or HBCUs, are actively
recruiting white, Hispanic and
Asian students.
Packwood, a 23-year-old econom-
ics major from Kansas City, Mo.,
earned a 4.0 grade point average
and soon will begin work at
Goldman Sachs, the New York-
based investment firm.

A total of about 285,000 students
attend HBCUs every year.
The trend toward more diverse
student bodies can be attributed to
both black schools' active recruit-
ment of nonblack students and
incentives such as scholarships,
smaller class sizes and cheaper
tuitions than white schools, said
Lezli Baskerville, president of the
National Association of Equal

Opportunity in Higher Education,
an advocacy group for the country's
118 HBCUs.
"There are institutions that are
seeking out diverse students and
there are diverse students actively
seeking out these institutions,"
Baskerville said.
"Some states have ordered histori-
cally black and historically white
institutions to take affirmative steps
towards more diversity. Others are
taking steps towards diversity on
their own," she said. "Many nontra-
ditional students are drawn to
HBCUs because these institutions
are known for being especially suc-
cessful in graduating students in a
more nurturing environment with
smaller classes."
She said many nonblack students
are drawn to HBCUs for another
reason -- they are cheaper.
"Private historically black schools
cost on average $10,000 less than
their white counterparts,"
Baskerville said.
About half of all historically black
schools are public and states that
require them to actively seek out
more diverse students.
"There are several states that have
required public HBCUs and other
institutions to take further steps to
obtain diversity. It is puzzling
because these schools were estab-
lished as bastions for students who
had been locked out of other
schools. They are bastions of equal
opportunity. There are no recorded

instances where nonblack students
have been turned away from
HBCUs because of their race.
Nevertheless, they are required to
take affirmative steps towards
diversity," she said.
Twenty years ago, there were no
white students at Alcorn State
University, a historically black
school outside Lorman, Miss.
Today, about 5 percent of students
are not black, according to
Napoleon Moses, vice president for
academic affairs.
"We're in southwest Mississippi
and our state is almost equally
divided between African-
Americans and whites. We wanted
to be a university for everyone,
competing with all the other
schools in the region. Our competi-
tion is not just from the HBCUs, but
Ole Miss, Mississippi State, LSU
and Tulane," Moses said.
Alcom State was required to
diversify, under state and federal
desegregation laws, its student
body. The school has recently been
recruiting white students from over-
seas, particularly Russia. Moses
said even with the legal pressure it
is good business to recruit nonblack
Packwood was not recruited by
Morehouse, but applied on his own,
said Elise Durham, a college
spokesperson. White students' rea-
sons for attending historically black
schools reflect many of the reasons
the schools say they should want to

Megan Wallace, 30, was one of
several white students who last year
attended Howard Law School.
She transferred out of Howard,
she said, only because she wanted
to move from Washington, D.C., to
New York City and called her time
there a "phenomenal experience."
"My classmates accepted me for
who I was, and I never felt it was
really weird that I was there," she
Wallace cited a strong sense of
community, a commitment to social
justice and more economical tuition
as the reasons she believed black
and nonblack students are drawn to
At Morehouse, students debated

what it meant for the school that the
best student in a class of 520 people
was a white kid.
"There was a debate on campus,"
said Carl Ringgold, 18, who recent-
ly finished his freshman year and
served with Packwood in the stu-
dent government association. "You
heard both sides of the story. There
are some people who don't like that
he is valedictorian for whatever rea-
sons, but most of those reasons
come down to him being white.
Outside of that they don't have
many other reasons."
Ringgold, an English and sociolo-
gy major, added, "I think it's better
that we embrace it, rather that look
down at it. He's valedictorian for
one reason: He earned it."

HBCUs Seeking the New Minority Latinos
Increased opportunities for blacks has meant hard times for America's
historically black colleges and universities. Many are having trouble
attracting students and are turning their recruitment efforts in a new direc-
tion toward Latinos.
At Miles College in Birmingham, Ala., the admissions office has been
told that it's a new day. "I need a Hispanic recruiter that will go into the
Hispanic community and is able to speak to those children," said Miles
College president George T. French Jr.
French says black students today, unlike their parents, are choosing
majority-white state or private schools over historically black colleges.
Less than 13 percent of college bound African-Americans will choose to
attend a black university, according to the U.S. government.
But among that 13 percent are some students who think administrators of
black colleges are turning their backs on an important tradition.
"I don't see why they have to put so much emphasis on recruiting Latino
students," said John Wilson, a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta.
"They should recruit more black students."

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