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Mrs. Perry's free press
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Jacksonville Fla
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Theory as to Why
There is So Many
Brothers in Prison?
Innocence Project's
DNA Frees Another
Wrongly Accused Man
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Music Pioneer Bo Diddly Dies at 79
Bo Diddley, a founding father of rock 'n' roll whose distinctive "shave
and a haircut, two bits" rhythm and innovative guitar effects inspired
legions of other musicians, died this week after months of ill health at the
age of 79.
Diddley died of heart failure at his home in Archer, Fla. He had suffered
a heart attack in August, three months after suffering a stroke while tour-
ing in Iowa. Doctors said the stroke affected his ability
The legendary singer and performer, known for his homemade square
guitar, dark glasses and black hat, was an inductee into the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame, had a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, and received a
lifetime achievement award in 1999 at the Grammy Awards. In recent
years he also played for the elder President Bush and President Clinton.
to speak, and he had returned to Florida to continue rehabilitation.
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"W_ Protesters carried signs and chanted in front of the D.C. Mariott
Shown are Matilda Williams, Ruthena Bess, Etha Davis, Annie where the Democratic National Committee met to decide the fates of
White and Lester Johnson all from Jacksonville who made the trip Florida and Michigan. Ultimately, the DNC decided to seat the dele-
to protest the status of Florida's delegates. gates giving them a half vote each. FMP Photo.

Epicurean Social Club Celebrates 30 Years With Visit to the Past

Penn State to Offer Ph.D in Black Studies
The University of Pennsylvania will offer a new Ph.D. program in
Africana studies based in the Center for Africana Studies of the School
of Arts and Sciences beginning in the 2009-2010 academic year.
The program will use a three-track interdisciplinary approach focusing
on African, African-American and African Diaspora studies. Core facul-
ty of the graduate group in Africana studies will be drawn from Penn's
School of Arts and Sciences, Law School, Graduate School of Education,
School of Nursing and Wharton School.
The formation of Penn's Africana studies graduate group culminates
more than three decades of faculty advocate efforts.
"This reflects the desires of those who helped change the world by ele-
vating the citizenship status of African-Americans with the civil rights
and black power movements and those who challenged the justifications
of colonial domination with the independence movements in Africa and
the Caribbean," Tukufu Zuberi, Center for Africana Studies director and
professor of sociology, said.

The Ku Klux Klan said that it will try to "adopt" another Missouri high-
way now that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld its right to participate
in the state's Adopt-A-Highway cleanup program.
The court, refused Monday to consider the state's argument that it
should be allowed to bar the Klan from the litter control program because
the organization won't accept minorities as members.
Signs went up in November 1999 designating a one-mile stretch of
Interstate 55 south of St. Louis as having been adopted by the Klan.
However, the person who had adopted that section of 1-55 on the Klan's
behalf is no longer participating in the program, said Thomas Robb,
national director of the Ku Klux Klan.
Jeff Briggs, a spokesman for the Missouri Department of
Transportation, said the agency was disappointed by the court's decision.
Last year, lawmakers passed and then-Gov. Mel Carnahan signed into
law a measure renaming the Klan-sponsored section of 1-55 for civil
rights pioneer Rosa Parks.
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In celebration of thirty years of minded travelers had the opportuni-
social traveling, the Epicurean II ty to visit Brookgreen Plantation,
Social Club embarked on a week- now known as the Brookgreen
end getaway, on May 30th June Gardens. Their tour included a his-
2nd to Charleston, S. Carolina, tory of the Plantation who through
where they participated in a "Gullah the hard work of it's many slaves,
Tour" and also visited Myrtle played a significant role in the cit.'s
Beach, South Carolina. The history l~st economic system of

Brookgreen with the cultivation of
the rice.
The group also visited the House
of Blues' Gospel Brunch, where
delicious food, drink and Gospel
songs were thoroughly enjoyed.
, Some of the group enjoyed a vari-
ety of other activities----such as

shopping, visiting area movie the-
atres, eateries, and the like; while
others simply enjoyed an oasis of
tranquility, and relaxation.
The group takes trips throughout
the year to the United States and
beyond purely for the purpose of
relaxation and camaraderie.

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Lockett-Felder Endorsed by FOP
The Fraternal Order of Police recently released their cov-
eted list of candidate endorsements in the upcoming elec-
tion. Among those receiving their support are Pat Lockett-
Felder vying for the State House of Representatives Dist.
14 seat against Mia Jones.
Free Spots Available in Camp Jacksonville
While the elementary-aged side of the camp is already full, the city of
Jacksonville still has 70 FREE spots available for teens 13-15 years old
for Camp Jacksonville.
The program will be structured around (3) areas: recreation, with tennis
and other "Olympic"-style sports; cultural, with painting and pottery; and
educational, with a focus on technology and science.
At the end of the summer, all students will participate in a Camp
Jacksonville Olympic event, competing for top honors and prizes.
For more information, email RBrust@coj.net.
Public Debate on Prayer in Schools
WJCT Channel 7 and OneJax will hold a public debate on prayer in
schools on June 17th from 6 8:30 p.m. at the television's studios locat-
ed at 100 Festival Park Avenue. The event is free and open to the public
however seating is limited. Two debate teams, composed of debaters
from JU, EWC, Florida Coastal School of Law, and Stanton Prepatory
High School will argue both sides of the issue and it will be judged by
local clergy, educators and public leaders. To register, call 354-1529.
JCCI Forward's Annual Meeting
The public is invited to join JCCI Forward from 5:30 7:00 p.m. for
the release of the Year in Review report, including the results of the 3
Years to Takeover Forum. The gavel will be passed to the new Executive
Committee at the event on June 19th which will also honor this year's
volunteers contributing to various programs. Reserve your seat with
Lashun@jcci.org .

Community Leaders Pay Special

Tribute to Mentor Rudolph Daniels
Those in attendance
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Rodney Hurst, Tony
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Men, Michail
Blaylock and
Council Warren Jones.oman
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Rudolph Daniels
by Camilla P. Thompson
"Strong trees bare strong good
fruits." Several noted citizens who
were mentored by Mr. Rudolph Leo
Daniels as youth, recently gathered
for a reunion of sorts at his home.
This group included Michael
Blaylock, COO, Jacksonville
Transit Authority; Former City
Councilman and Author Rodney
Hurst; State Senator Tony Hill's
Young Omega Men; Former
Deputy Director of the Jacksonville
Human Resources Department,
Skitch Holland; Councilman
Warren Jones; Robert Pratt; and
noted vocalist Rosalind Burroughs.

Mr. Daniels enjoyed the sweet taste
of his fruit at his home. Rosalind
Burroughs sung a song that
expressed how he touched her life.
The song was, "Touch Somebody's
Mr. Daniels spirituality and
belief in God and family is the cen-
ter of his life. He and his family are
dedicated members of Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church, where
he serves as a Trustee. He and his
wife, Alma Daniels are the proud
parents of Michelle (Reuben)
Brooks and Lisa (Curtis) Carey;
and they have two grandchildren,
Lauren Brooks and Leslie Cary.
The only child of the late
Sylvester S. and Marguerite
Daniels, Mr. Daniels credits his par-
ents for nurturing his spiritual
development and his success in life.
His parents guidance led him to
have a strong work ethic. He
achieved as a student, serving as

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president of his senior class of 1945
at Stanton High School and he
became a loving, devoted family
man, and enjoyed a successful work
career in a warm social environ-
Drafted into the United States
Air Force, he attended West
Virginia State College following his
tour of duty. He graduated from the
ROTC program in 1951 and was
commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the
U.S. Army. Following his tours of
duty, Mr. Daniels returned home
and was employed by the U.S.
Postal Service, but he continued to
serve in the Army Reserve. He was
denied the opportunity to serve as
an officer, although there was a
position available. He challenged
the Reserve's local segregated poli-
cies which resulted in the mandate
that all facilities and personnel.
Instead, an all colored unit was cre-
ated, he was made commander.
He and his lovely wife, Alma
were married in 1954. He describes
her as "the wind beneath his wings,
his confidante, inspiration and com-
panion." His diligence to integrate
the Reserves paid off and in 1962,

the first integrated Army Reserve
Unit was established in
Jacksonville. Mr. Daniels served as
commander, earning the rank of
Lieutenant Colonel. He was also
instrumental in the integration of
the postal service.
In 1976, Mayor Hans Tanzler
appointed him Division Chief of
Jacksonville's Manpower Division,
and in 1979, Mayor Jake Godbold
appointed him as Director of
Jacksonville's Human Services
Among the many organizations
that Mr. Daniels is affiliated with
are: Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, the
Fla-Jax Club Inc., Club Royal
Ambassadors Inc., West Virginia
State College Alumni Assoc., and
the NAACP. He has received many
awards and special recognition
from many organizations, .includ-
ing: BET Television, U. S. Army,
Navy, Marines, Private Industry
Council's Summer Youth Program,
OIC of America, and the City of
Jacksonville. A true renaissance
man, Rudolph Daniels is loved and
revered in his Church and his

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Local Chapter of Retired Educators

Association Wins Big at State

Sandra Thompson, Newsletter
Editor and Publicity Chairman for
the Duval County Retired
Educators Association won the
Volunteer of the Year Award for
District 5 at the State Annual
Assembly and Convention in
Miami, Florida last weekend.
Sandra received her volunteer
hours for working with Alpha
Kappa Alpha Sorority, West Union
Baptist Church, and the NAACP.
The chapter also received the
2008 Florida Retired Educators
Association Unit Merit Award, the
2008 Membership Award, Merit
Award, Increased Unit
Membership Award and a certifi-
cate for participating in the
Cultural Affairs Exhibit. Sandra
Thompson and Norma White
received the "With 4 You Get
More" award. Marilyn Kerr was

Norma White
appointed State Membership
Six members from Duval County
attended the convention: Norma
White. Local President; Virginia
West, State Director; Marilyn
Keer, Trustee; Martha Claire
Beckham, District 5 Director;
Sandra Thompson, Newsletter
Editor and Ada Standford,
Literacy Committee.
The theme of the convention was
"Recipe for the Future". Activities
included general informational
sessions, workshops, exhibits and
displays, the country store, awards
banquet, memorial service and
installation of officers. Marie
Green of Clearwater was installed
as the new State President. The
annual District 5 workshop will be
held in St. Augustine on
September 19, 2008.

Jacksonville's FAMU Alumni Journey to D.C. In Support of Local Chapter's 60th Anniversary Celebration

Florida A & M University Ratters's and Jacksonville natives (L-R) Walker West, III (Ed White '92) Corey West, (Stanton '95), Tarn West,
(Stanton '95), Charles Buggs (Stanton '57), Malachi Jones, (Stanton '58), Raymond Ross, (Stanton '58) James Guyton, (Stanton '49), Dr.
Milton White, Jr., (Stanton '60) and Penelope Thompson Jones, (Stanton '59). FMPPhotos

FAMU graduate Jerrells and Lisa Baker were members of the
Raines' class of 1990.

The Florida A & M University National Alumni Association's Washington D. C. Chapter celebrated sixty years May 31 2008. The Diamond Scholarship Gala was held at the Washington Navy Yard Catering and Conference
Center in the nation's capital and attended by thousands of FAMU alumni from around the country.
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Drugs Continue to Destroy Communities and Families

Poet Lucille Clifton once said,
"We have a generation enslaving
itself to drugs, young men and
women doing to our race what
slavery couldn't." Drug addiction is
an extremely powerful force.
We are constantly talking about
crime in inner-city communities,
and we all know that most of this
crime is related to drug trade. Most
of us have a cousin, uncle, sister or
brother who are victims of drug
abuse. Some of us even have par-
ents to suffer from substance abuse.
Drugs like crack cocaine and
heroin generally don't discriminate
- they affect the black, white,
young, old, rich and poor. The
affect of this monster tears families
apart and consistently devastates
communities. And perhaps there is
no better case study than any and I
said "any" inner-city community in
any mid-size to large metropolitan
I was talking with a good friend
last week. He said that he received
a call from his cousin to come by
his deceased mother's house
because he was selling some of his
mom's old things. My friend's
cousin was a recovering crack
addict who had been clean for sev-
eral months.
After his mother's recent death,
my friend's cousin started back
using. And when you are heavily
addicted to drugs the line between
right and wrong no longer exist.
The rational mind you once had is
now replaced with the animal
instincts of simply feeding on that
drug as much as possible.
"The most deadly thing about
cocaine is that it separates you

from your soul," said Quincy
Jones. No truer words could have
been spoken according to my
He was deeply bothered because
he thought that he cousin had final-
ly turned the corner. He thought
that his cousin finally realized that
drugs would either eventually kill
him or cause him to go jail.
But no, that's not the case for my
friend. He had to go over to his
Aunt's old house and attempt to sal-
vage some of those items that have
sentimental value before his cousin
sold it all to feed his drug addic-
tion. And this story isn't unique
unfortunately. It is happening every
day in every city in America.
Drugs impact rural and urban
I wrote an article several months
ago about one of my favorite shows
of all time, "The Wire," which aired
on HBO. The premise of the show
surrounded the drug trade in
Baltimore, MD.
One of the great aspects of the
show was that it highlighted the
drug game from every aspect possi-
ble the user, seller, importer,
police and City Hall.
You saw how the mid-level drug
dealers, who are normally black
males are the ones who are targeted
by police. The suppliers are rarely
apart of the investigation, and at the
end of the day everyone in the
game is expendable. The game
doesn't change just the players.
It was an amazing show, which
became so popular because it was
so real. "The Wire" is inner city
Jacksonville or Houston or
Oakland or Pittsburgh.

Pick a city it doesn't matter. The
drug trade has a strong grip on this
country and many families are pay-
ing the price every day.
Various politicians have made
"The War on Drugs" a priority, but
unlike much other war that has ever
been fought there seems to be an
endless supply of drugs and willing
So how do you combat drugs in
our communities? It has to start
where many other issues start -
education. Educating our children
on the negative effects that drugs
have on them personally, but also
how drugs tear apart the communi-
ty is critical.
While doing some research on
this topic I found some statistics
from the federal government's
Household Survey on Drug Abuse,
conducted annually. I almost
laughed has 1 read the figures.
According to the latest surveys,
which are actually administered by
the DEA, "There are about 12.7
million people who have used
some illegal drug in the last month
and perhaps 30 to 40 million who
have used some illegal drug within
the last year."
The findings also conclude "Of
the 12.7 million who used illegal
drugs in the last month, about 10
million are presumed to be casual
drug users, and about 2.7 million
are addicts."
Many of you are probably think-
ing the same thing that I thought as
I read the data. Who admits to
being on drugs and being addicted
to drugs especially to the feds?
There are known crack fends
who will tell you that they haven't

touched drugs in years. Despite
weighing 80 pounds and missing
most of their teeth they want you to
believe that they are just down on
their luck right now and between
So who are these people that the
DEA talked to. I would venture that
the figures they are using are mere-
ly the tip of the iceberg. The num-
ber of casual users should be much
higher and certainly the number of
addicts should drastically higher.
How do you contact a dope fend
who lives in an alley or in a down-
town park to survey them?
But the drug issue isn't solely
about the end user and abuser.
What about all of the young
African American males who get
caught up in the selling?
These youth are often looking for
fast money and a gloried life as a
drug dealer. Many of these young
men stand on corners pushing
drugs, but when you factor in the
money they eventually make and
the time associated with the activi-
ty, they are probably making less
than minimum wage.
And throw in danger of being
shot, robbed or arrested and you
have yourself and very short-lived
career. And because of minimum
sentencing requirements, many of
these young men ended up in
prison for a long time, which also
affects our communities.
Drugs are simply devastating.
The rising crime will not stop as
long as drugs are so prevalent in
our communities.
Signing off from Community
Rehab Center,
Reggie Fullwood

- Anti-Black attitudes, alleged Democrats, Black

ill a Democrat
over standing up against the Party's
recent racist tirades. Tirades, that
while mainly directed towards
Obama, are a direct reflection of
the Party's lingering anti-Black atti-
tudes among some of its white
members. Continued on page 7

by Jasmyn
The short
and sweet of
it is that the
Democratic National Committee's
rules and bylaws committee decid-
ed to seat all of Florida and
Michigan's delegates at the conven-
tion in August.
The catch? They only get a half-
vote. This is to penalize them for
moving up their primaries. The
committee's ruling gave Clinton
105 pledged delegates from Florida
and 69 from Michigan, with a total
of 87 votes.
Obama received 67 pledged del-
egates from Florida and 59 from
Michigan, casting a total of 63
votes. The decision keeps Obama's
lead in tact.
Enter angry Clinton supporters
who are claiming that the
Democratic Party is throwing the
election away on an "inadequate
Black man" and that if she isn't the
nominee-hello McCain! Can you
imagine the fallout if an Obama
supporter had been quoted in the
media calling Clinton an 'inade-
quate woman,' let alone an 'inade-
quate white woman?' The media
would have a field day-no make
that week!
At election time, I fully expect the
Republican Party to try and incite
mass hysteria at the polls under the
guise of morality-and the Old
Testament. What I don't expect is
for members of my own party to

throw temper tantrums and put
aside common sense choosing to
side with the opposition just
because their candidate is losing.
These alleged Democrats-the
same ones screaming for universal
healthcare, gay marriage, and an
end to the war in Iraq, are willing to
throw it all away if their candidate
doesn't get the nomination.
Statements of Obama being an
"inadequate Black man" clearly
show that the Democratic Party, as
liberal as we might want to claim
ourselves to be, still carry anti-
Black attitudes among its rank and
file members. Attitudes that up
until this point were for the most
part covert, but over the past year
have now become blatantly overt as
Clinton supporters lash out in
anger-and desperation, the latest
being at the DNC rules committee
meeting with the comment of
Obama being an "inadequate Black
I'd like to believe that the anger
expressed by Clinton's supporters
is because of their devotion to her
as a candidate and perceived injus-
tices. But after a bevy of racist
comments from Clinton's support-
ers and the Clinton's themselves, I
am more inclined to believe that
there is a strong segment of
Democrats, mostly white, who see
Obama's ascension as threatening
and it has nothing to do with
Clinton's experience.
I came to this conclusion after
repeated charges by Clinton sup-

porters that if she didn't win the
nomination that they were either
not going to vote or were going to
vote for McCain. Well that and
Clinton's own admission that she's
the more electable candidate,
which if you listen to her closely
sounds a lot more like she's touting
her skin color than her experience.
This is much bigger than the
notion that Clinton is the better
candidate. Because if it was about
her being the better candidate, then
it would have been Obama is an
"inadequate man" verses an "inade-
quate Black man." And Clinton
supporter Geraldine Ferraro would
have blamed Obama's popularity
on his sex rather than his race. No,
this is about fear related to the
unresolved racial tension between
Black and white America in a coun-
try that has yet to officially apolo-
gize for its role in slavery and the
years of institutionalized racism
that have since followed leaving a
bitter taste in the mouth of many
With my one Democratic vote,
I know I can voice my opposition
against the Republican Party, their
failed policies, and conservative
principles that further promote eco-
nomic and social depression.
What I struggle with is how to
voice opposition in my own party
where even those elected to repre-
sent my interests have conformed
to the point where their own status
within the Party and with the
Clinton's has taken precedence

'by William Reed
'irmav a Black Generation Xers and Ys don't know it and their
se l parents forgot about it. Although they got their jobs and
education through the venerable civil rights organiza-
tion, today's "talented tenth of blacks" have walked
away from the NAACP.
Since it was founded 99 years ago, the NAACP has been in the forefront
of issues affecting the black community such as lynching, segregation and
affirmative action, but as it moves toward its centennial, the NAACP is,
seemingly, irrelevant to today's Black Baby Boomers and their offspring.
The NAACP was the springboard for the emergence of the black middle-
class. Blacks now head some of the nation's top universities, Fortune 500
companies and hold high-level positions across a swath of American socie-
ty. It successfully fought to get more blacks in corporate management, in
elite universities, in front of and behind TV cameras, elect more black
Democrats, and secure more business loans. Now, the NAACP has become
a victim of its own success.
Since the NAACP led processes toward passage of 1960s civil rights leg-
islation, the black middle class is in its third generation and its third gener-
ation of black elected officials. Black Generation Xers, born between 1965
and 1982, followed their Baby Boomer parents into high-income positions
and careers, as did the Generation Ys born 1983 to 1997. Despite these
advances among blacks, NAACP's membership is down, and its national
operation's financial position has teetered on the edge of bankruptcy since
the 1970s from a crippling state court judgment in Mississippi. Many blacks
that ascended into upper and middle income levels and influence over the
past three generations have become "invisible" to blacks' remaining strug-
Unlike its older Jewish counterpart, B'nai B'rith, the NAACP's member-
ship has not grown with the Black Achievers' successes. The NAACP can't
staff, or fund, its 200 local branches; while the Jewish service organization
has men's lodges, women's chapters, and youth organizations around the
world. It combats anti-Semitism, defends human rights, aids Jewish college
students, sponsors educational programs, helps victims of natural disasters,
and supports hospitals and philanthropic institutions and the welfare of
Israel. The B'nai B'rith relies on Jews for its longevity. But, the black mid-
dle-class has fled the inner cities and NAACP for "greener pastures". They
own more and better businesses, march into more corporations and univer-
sities, and have won more political offices, bought bigger and more expen-
sive homes, cars, clothes, and jewelry, took more luxury vacations, and
joined more country clubs than ever before. But, the successful recent gen-
erations of blacks have shown little support for their race and heritage.
The new face of the NAACP is Benjamin Jealous, a 35-year-old that is
thoroughly steeped in issues facing minorities and people of color. Jealous
is called an idealist because he chose a career in human rights rather than in
corporate America. He notes that his generation was told: "The battles have
been won; go out and make money". He says it was clear to him that much
more needed to be done and recently outlined a goal of working with the
black press. "My hope is that we will be able to work together effectively in
telling the truth about what's happening to our people." Jealous wants to
partner with African-American newspapers to document local outrages and
reach out to local branches toward making racial progress.
Going forward, the black middle-class should illustrate the idealism of
Jealous and pragmatism of Jews and the B'nai B'rith. It's no time to stop
now. At our current rates of advancement it will take 634 years for blacks
to reach equality with whites in terms of household wealth. As much as
they've grown, African Americans' median net worth is under $30,000, com-
pared to $88,651 for whites. Nearly 25 percent of blacks live below the
poverty line, three times the percentage for whites.
Out of a sense of heritage and hope, African Americans should send the
NAACP $100. Shouldn't we all, at least, help the NAACP celebrate 100
years of service by sending such contributions to 4805 Mt. Hope Drive,
Baltimore, MD 21215 or by visiting www.naacp.org.

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Camp Sunshine presented a variety of activities for campers from designing their own T-Shirts to tradi-
tional fare such as swimming and even rock climbing.

Delta's Present Camp Sunshine to

Bring HIV Awareness to Area Youth

by Karen Richardson
Throughout the weekend, the
theme "Courage to Dream" was
echoed to youth attending Delta
Sigma Theta's Camp Sunshine.
The camp promotes esteem build-
ing, social skills, health education
and provides a safe and fun atmos-
phere for area youth. Alarming sta-
tistics show that over 50% of new
cases of HIV/AIDS in the United
States are below the age of 25. The
state of Florida continually ranks
among the top states nationally in
infection rates.
"Our overall mission is to make a
positive impact on the lives of our
campers, in addition to providing
education and awareness about the
HIV crisis among our youth to the
Jacksonville community," said

Joann Manning, Camp Sunshine
Jax coordinator. This year's camp
yielded the highest attendance of
male campers, a factor that normal-
ly goes to the females. Manning
stated that the campers have a great
time and hopes to continue as an
on-going program for the camp par-
Among the day's activities are
educational workshops, interactive
activities, social events, swimming,
rope climbing, team building, and
artistic components. Case man-
agers, physicians, and private cen-
ters in Duval and the surrounding
counties refer the participants, but
most primarily come from the
Rainbow Center at UF&Shands
Jacksonville and North Florida
AIDS Network (NFAN). Presenters

include motivational speakers,
healthcare professionals, social
workers, youths, and other mem-
bers of the sorority. Campers look
forward with anticipation every
year to the two day camp and all it
encompasses. "1 just love coming
here every year and meeting new
friends, learning and just hav ing
fun," expresses a repeat camper.
Established in 2005, Camp
Sunshine Jax is a camp designed for
HIV/AIDS infected and affected
children in Jacksonville and sur-
rounding counties. It is a program
of the Jacksonville Alumnae
Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority and funded through spon-
sorships and grants. For more infor-
mation on Camp Sunshine Jax, con-
tact 721-8892, (904) 358-1123 or

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Eunice Cofie is what most would
call the complete package. She has
beauty, brains and heart. This sun-
shine state pageant queen is deter-
mined to leave a legacy of goodwill
and unselfish giving; and is well on
her way. She has initiated various
programs within her local commu-
nity in Tallahassee, in addition to
Ghana and the Philippines. As the
2008 Miss Black Florida, she con-
tinues her efforts by making strides
toward childhood obesity, diabetes
and other healthcare issues. Cofie
will represent the state of Florida as
one of 38 African-American
women competing for the title of
Miss Black USA on June 23rd in
Las Vegas.
Eunice, a native of Tallahassee
and graduate of FAMU, has been
dedicated to healthcare and medical
issues for many years. As a stu-
dent, she was very active with the
Student National Medical
Association and led her chapter to
win prestigious national honors and
initiate effective campus programs.
Her current focus as Miss Black
Florida is Preventing Childhood
Obesity and Diabetes through
Education and Life Transforming
Habits. Cofie's platform places
attention on the escalating percent-
age of overweight children and the
illnesses that arise as of a result of

Do you remember the names
James Byrd? On June 13, 1998,
nearly ten years ago, his death
rocked the nation as it brought us
back to a not too distant past.
In his hometown of Jasper, Texas,
three white men chained him to the
back of their pickup truck and
drove aimlessly until his body was

shredded to pieces.
This week, family members of
the African-American man gath-
ered to mark the anniversary of his
The case garnered national atten-
tion. All three men were convicted,
two of them receiving the death

obesity. Miss Black Florida wants
to help parents and children change
their psychological thinking in an
effort to benefit their physical
being. "Just as we teach children
how to read and develop basic skills
at an early age, we need to do the
same in regards to teaching them
how to manage a healthy lifestyle,"
says Eunice Cofie.
As a woman African native
of Ghanaian has beauty,
desc ent brains
Eunice takes
special interest and talent
in lending a
helping hand abroad as well. She
has spent time in Ada, a community
in Ghana, on a mission with the
Save a Million Lives HIV/AIDS
Education and Prevention Program.
As of a result, she developed a
foundation in an effort to send
school supplies to the children of
the Ada village. In the midst of her
studies and service, Miss Cofie
founded Nuekie, a specialty beauty
company. Nuekie's products are
made from a mixture old African
remedies and current cosmetic
chemistry. The brand was founded
as a solution to Cofie's own person-
al skin and hair issues.
Miss Black Florida is definitely a
diverse individual whose beauty
radiates from the inside out. She is
a role model for young girls and her
peers and encourages others to get
involved. "It is important that we
come together on one accord to
diminish the negative issues that are
taking control of us," says Eunice.
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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; Bishop Dr.
Percy Golden, Pastor.

Greater El Beth-el Divine Holiness
to Hold Annual Dual Day, June 8
The Greater El Beth-el Divine 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.
Refreshlunents 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. Osborn 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.

Seeking the lost for Christ
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Pastor Landon Williams

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St. Philip's to Celebrate 126th Philippi M. B. to Hold Ordination and
Anniversary and Founders' Month Installation Service, Sunday, June 8th

Throughout June, St. Philip's Episcopal Church, (corner Pearl St. &
Union St.), will celebrate its 126th Anniversary and Founders' Month. An
African American Caribbean Festival will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June
7th, at St. John's Cathedral, on Duval Street. The Annual Parish Outing and
Picnic will begin at the Crooked River Park at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 8th.
The activities continue with the UBE Father's Day Jazz Brunch at 12 p.m.
on Sunday, June 15th, at Carl's Restaurant, corner Main & 8th Street.
The Youth Night Celebration will begin at 6 p.m., Friday, June 20th.
Saturday, June 21st will be a "Quiet Day of Meditation" beginning at 9
a.m.. A Pontifical High Mass will be celebrated by the Right Reverend
Laish Z. Boyd, Bishop Co-Adjustor of the Diocese of the Bahamas, Turks
and Caicos Islands, at 10 am. on Sunday, June 22nd.. A Memorial Service
will be held at 5 p.m. A Youth Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday,
June 29th. The community is invited to all services and activities.

Mt. Bethel Missionary Baptist
Celebrates 142nd Anniversary
The Mount Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 1620 Helena Street,
Pastor Robert E. Herring Sr., will celebrate the 142nd Anniversary of the
Church, and the Pastor's 12th Anniversary with special services.
Celebratory Services will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, June
5 & 6th, and Saturday, June 7th at 6 p.m. Services on Sunday will be held
at 8 a.m., 11 a.m., and 4 p.m. The community is invited.
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; Bishop Dr.
Percy Golden, Pastor.

Mt. Nebo M. B. to Celebrating
Church and Pastor's Anniversary
Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church, 8778 Lake Placid Dive, will cel-
ebrate the 37th Anniversary of the Church, and the 21st Anniversary of
Pastor and First Lady, Rev. Dr. Willa Waldrop Sr. and Sister Saundra
Waldrup, Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday, June 8, 9 & 11th.
Services begin at 4 p.m. on Sunday, and at 7 p.m. on Monday and
Wednesday. The Church is located across from Martin Luther King
Elementary School. One and all are invited and are most welcome.

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 1W'orship 10:45 a.m.
Ist Sunday 3:45 p.m.
Lord's Supper & Baptism
3rd Sunday 7:00 p.m.
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Bible Study 7:00 p.m.

Noon Day Worship

Youth Church 7:00 p.m.

Philippi Missionary Baptist Church, 9232 Gibson Avenue, invites the
community to share in the Ordination and Installation Service for Minister
Brodes C. Perry as the new Pastor of the Philippi Missionary Baptist
Church. This magnificent service will be held at 4 p.m.
Faust Temple COGIC Vacation Bible
School to Begin June 9-13th
The Faust Temple Church of God in Christ, 3328 Moncrief Road,
Bishop R. L. Dixon, Pastor; will hold Vacation Bible School from 6 p.m.
to 8 p.m., Monday thru Friday, June 9 13th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Sister Angelina Jenkins, is Vacation Bible School Coordinator. For more
information, please call 353-1418.

St. Joseph M.

Baptist Church

to hold Spiritual

Revival '08

June 10-12
St. Joseph Missionary Baptist
Church, 485 West First Street (in
the Black Bottom), Rev. Dr. H. T.
Rhim, Pastor, invites the communi-
ty to a Spiritual Revival, Tuesday
thru Thursday, June 10, 11 and 12,
Rev. Dr. Kenneth Maurice Davis,
pastor of the Tabernacle Missionary
Baptist Church in D'Iberville,
Mississippi, and Fourth Vice
President of the National Baptist
Convention of America Inc., will
revive the saints as he returns to St.
Joseph. Rev. Dr. Davis' unique
style with real life applications and
his spiritual delivery ensured his
If you missed these soul reviving
and strengthening services last year,
you do not want to miss this oppor-
tunity for spiritual renewal.
Services begin at 7 p.m. nightly.

Britteny N. Chatman
Family Sends Prayers
and Well Wishes
to Ribault Grad
The family of 2008 Ribault High
School graduate, Britteny Chatman
is so proud of their graduate. She
succeeded against the odds. As a
student Britteny was active in many
of the school's clubs and organiza-
tions, and she plans a business
career in fashion. Her mother, Ms.
Eileen Chatman honored her
daughter with a special dinner cele-
bration for family and friends.
Congratulations and success is
wished for her.

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

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.

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.

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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.

Grace and Peace

* A Full Gospel Baptist Church *

Sunday School
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.


A church

that's on the

move in

worship with

prayer, praise

and power!

Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr

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 Email:dccfmbc@yahoo.com

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

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Emergency Cell Phones Available for Florida Low Income

Emergency Cell Phones Available for Florida Low Income

TracFone is Florida's first pre-
paid wireless provider to be desig-
nated by the Florida Public Service
Commission (PSC) as an eligible
telecommunications carrier (ETC)
for the purpose of offering
Lifeline. The Lifeline program
helps low-income Floridians main-
tain essential telephone service
through a monthly credit on their
telephone bills. Under the Lifeline
program, residents who participate

in certain public assistance pro-
grams are eligible to receive a
monthly discount of at least $13.50
- or more than $160 per year.
TracFone's Lifeline offering pro-
vides a free E911-compliant hand-
set to eligible consumers and 68
minutes of airtime per month. If a
customer exceeds the first 68 min-
utes, TracFone provides an option
to purchase additional minutes.
TracFone will begin offering $2,

$5, and $.10 cards that are strictly
for use by certified Lifeline cus-
tomers. These prepaid cards will
not expire, and customers will
receive a $0.20 a minute rate. Any
unused minutes will carry over to
the next month.
Customers can apply for Lifeline
through the Florida Department of
Children and Families, the PSC, or
by contacting a service provider

Knights of Peter Claver to

Hold 93rd Convention in Jax

The Knights of Peter Claver and Catholics from all over the country
its Ladies' Auxiliary will hold its including several noted priests and
93rd National Convention in bishops to Florida's First Coast.
Jacksonville, at the Hyatt Regency Several related events, including a
Riverfront July 25th through 30th golf tournament to support
2008. Held in Jacksonville for the Jacksonville's Guardian Catholic
first time, the confab will bring Schools, have been planned.
Public Invited to Central CME's

Annual Children's Choir Concert

The Knights of Peter Claver, Inc.
is the largest African-American
Catholic lay organization. The
Order was founded on Nov. 7, 1909
in Mobile, AL for Black men who
were barred from other organiza-
tions in the Catholic Church. The
organization's membership has
since expanded to include the entire
Catholic Church including Bishops
and Cardinals from around the
country. The Order is named after
St. Peter Claver, a Jesuit priest from
Spain who ministered to African
slaves in Cartegena, Colombia in
the 1600s. Peter Claver is said to
have converted over 300,000 slaves
to Catholicism. The Knights of
Peter Claver is a faith based frater-
nal order with units in nearly 400
Catholic parishes in the U.S. and

Shown above on their wedding day are FRONT: (L-R) Bryan Bend, grandson; Bride, Connie Bend
Colebrooke; Constance Bend, daughter Back" Mike Bend, son; Cheryl Bend, daughter; Groom, Rondon
Colebrooke; Marquette Bend, grandson and Darryl Thorpe, Jr. (groom's son).
Connie Bend Weds Rondon Colebrooke in Lakeside Bahamian Ceremony

The former Connie M. Bend
recently wed Rondon Colebrooke
of Nassau, Bahamas in an intimate
lakeside ceremony at the home of
Charles and Charmaine Huff (sister
and brother-in-law). A small circle
of close friends and family includ-
ing Cheryl (daughter), Michael
(son), Constance (daughter) and
Darryl Thorpe (son-in-law to be),

Marquette and Bryan (grandsons)
attended the white linen and flip
flops celebration. Rondon and
Connie worship at the Church of
Jacksonville and the service was
officiated by Elder Suzette
Connie is a graduate of the
University of Phoenix where she
earned an MBA and is the

Executive Director of Park Ridge
Nursing Center, Jacksonville.
Rondon is a graduate ofH. O. Nash
in Nassau, Bahamas and is the
owner of Colebrooke Farms in
Andros, Bahamas. The couple will
reside in Jacksonville and the

BACK: (L-R) Rev. John W. Walker, Jr. (Pastor), Tre' Williams,
Abiyance and Octavia Johnson, and Sharon Coon, Children's Choir
Director. FRONT: Garrison Washington, Nykeria Love, Andre and
Chasty Williams, Akari Roberts.
Central Metropolitan CME Church will have their Second Annual
Children's Choir Concert in celebration of National Children's Day. The
concert will be held on SundayJune 8, 2008, at 4:00 p.m. The church is
located at 4611 Pearl Street. The concert is free and open to the public.
Sharon Coon, Choir Director, and Rev. John W. Walker, Jr. Pastor.: For
information or directions to the church, call 904 354-7426.

Jasmyne Cannick on in a Party that is fine

Continued from page 4
There's all this talk of party uni-
fication among Obama and Clinton
supporters going into November,
but very little has been said about
reconciling with Black Democrats
who after it's all been said and done,
spent the last year watching Obama,
a Black man, being called every-
thing but a nigger (in public) and
his wife Michelle a 'washer

having Blacks as members,
but divided on whether or not we're
capable of serving as leaders or the
It's been 37 years since
Democratic Representatives Shirley
Chisholm, William Clay, George
Collins, John Conyers, Ronald
Dellums, Charles Diggs, Augustus
Hawkins, Ralph Metcalfe, Parren
Mitchell, Robert Nix, Charles
Rangel, Louis Stokes, and DC

woman.' As ,one of those Blac.sk,,,Delegate Walter Fauntroy founded
Democrats, am I expected to just. the Congressional Black Caucus.
turn the other cheek and continue And even though Democrats are on

the verge of having a Black presi-
dential nominee, and we have 43
members currently serving in the
CBC, the Democratic Party itself
has been and continues to be most-
ly white led (male and female).
From the DNC officers and
Democratic Party organizational
leadership, Black faces are far and
few between on the leadership
pages, which could explain the lin-
gering pre-Reconstruction anti-
Black attitudes among some white
Democrats, regarding Obama's
Democratic Presidential fron-

trunner Obama says it's time for
'change' and Clinton says that she's
got the 'experience.' Well my expe-
rience with change is that it doesn't
come without struggle, but it does
come. If I owe anything to these
two candidates it's gratitude for
awakening the need to ask why and
to challenge the status quo in my
own Party, which is much more
gratifying at the end of the day than
walking away in disgust with the
whole damn process and declaring
myself an Independent.

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How Not to be a

Victim of Tooth Decay
When you eat or drink foods that contain sugar, germs in your mouth
use the sugar to make acids. Over time, the acids can cause tooth decay,
or cavities.
Fluoride in toothpaste and drinking water can protect the smooth sur-
haces of teeth, but back teeth need extra protection. Food and germs get
stuck in their rough and uneven chewing surfaces, and toothbrush bris-
tles can't always get them clean. That's where sealants come in.
Sealants are thin, plastic coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of
back teeth to keep out germs and food. They prevent cavities from form-
ing. And if a small cavity is accidentally covered by a sealant, the decay
won't spread because new germs are sealed out and germs trapped inside
are sealed off from their food supply.
Many people still don't know about sealants. In fact, only 30% of chil-
dren in the United States have sealants on their teeth.
Children should get sealants on their permanent molars as soon as the
teeth come in, before decay attacks them. Teenagers and young adults
who are prone to decay may also need sealants. Sealants can save you
time and money in the long run by helping you avoid the fillings, crowns
and caps used to fix decayed teeth. Talk to your dentist about sealants for
your family.

Can You Trust Your Doctor?

In a recent University of Michigan
study, 77 women with breast-cancer
received an entirely new treatment
plan after seeking a second opinion.
Imagine the predicament they would
have been in if they would not have
sought that second opinion.
Most African Americans rarely
seek a second opinion, when it
comes to matters of health. It's one
thing to take accept your primary
doctor's treatment plan when it
comes to the flu or allergies, but it is
a totally different matter when it
comes to chronic conditions .
Second opinions are the "double-
checks" that deliver the best diagno-

sis and remedy. If you have been
diagnosed with a serious condition
or you feel uncomfortable or uncon-
fident in your doctors recommended
plan of action, don't be afraid to
seek a second opinion.
Use these tips to make seeking a
second opinion simple:
1. Check with your insurer.
2. Get your doctor's go ahead.
3. Do your homework.
4. Think it through. If a second
opinion reverses the first, you may
want a third to "break the tie."
Evaluate the pros and cons of what
each doctor recommends and make
the best decision for yourself.

Could You Be Suffering From Computer Vision Syndrome?

In the last few decades there has
been an employment trend towards
more office related positions.
Instead of becoming farmers, store
managers and school teachers like
our grandparents, many more peo-
ple are becoming stock brokers,
office administrators and business
executives. But this change from
blue collar to white collar job mar-
kets effects more then what kind of
bleach we put in the wash.
These days a little more then 50%
of the workforce uses some sort of
computer terminal on a daily basis.

This constant focus on the comput-
er screen has brought about a whole
new area of concern for eye care
It's called Computer Vision
Syndrome, or, more commonly,
Eye Strain. And we've all experi-
enced it before. After spending
hours at the computer we step away
feeling tired and groggy. Our heads
hurts, and our eyes are red and irri-
tated. This is what Computer Vision
Syndrome feels like.
The main cause of the syndrome is
the way our eyes perceive pictures

on the computer screen. Images on
the computer are made up of pixels;
tiny dots that, when combined and
viewed from a distance, make up a
complete picture.
The problem with pixels is that
our eyes are not designed to see
only the composite picture the pic-
ture represents. Instead our eyes try
to focus on each individual pixel
before creating the larger composite
image. This results in our eyes con-
stantly focusing and refocusing as
we sit in front of the computer

This constant refocusing is what
leaves our eyes feeling tired and our
heads aching. And because we blink
less often while viewing the com-
puter screen, our eyes become dry,
tired and irritated.
These symptoms that can some-
times feel like minor irritations can
eventually develop into severe
headaches, backaches and muscle
Of course the question now aris-
es, if sitting in front of the comput-
er screen is a mandatory part of our
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Community Invited to Participate in the Process

to Lower City's High Infant Mortality Rate

Shown above are study leaders at the revealing of the conclusion results: (LR) Carol Brady, Tom Rodgers,
Helen Jackson, Kathleen McKenzie and Skip Cramer.

Jacksonville Community Council
Inc. completed a seven-month
study examining the causes and
solutions involving the deaths of
infants less than one year old.
A community release event was
held last week at Historic Mt. Zion
AME Church in Downtown
Jacksonville. Following the release
of any JCCI study, the advocacy
work begins. Rev. Tom Rodgers
will serve as chair of the Advocacy
Task Force, which will officially
begin its work this fall.
"Our babies are dying at an intol-
erable rate in Jacksonville, and fail-
ure is not an option. We will suc-
ceed., and we will make a differ-
ence," Rodgers said.
An orientation meeting for anyone
interested in serving on the task
force will be held at Noon
Wednesday, June 25 at JCCI. 2434
Atlantic Blvd. Call Steve Rankin,

JCCI Program Director for
Implementations and Special
Projects at 396-3052 or email
steve@jcci.org for more informa-
Carol Brady, Executive Director of
the Healthy Start Coalition, states
In 2005, 150 babies died before
reaching their first birthday-that's
SIX classes of children who won't
start kindergarten in 2010;
Jacksonville's rate of infant
deaths is significantly higher than
Florida and U.S rates; and
African-American babies die at
two times the rate of white babies.
"When a baby dies or is bom
unhealthy, it is a tragedy for the
family, but it is also a tragedy for
the entire community. Babies are
our future and when they die, the
future dims for all of us," Brady

"Every JCCI study is important to
the community, but this study is
especially important because our
community's future depends on
future generations. Every year we
lose babies unnecessarily," said
Helen D. Jackson, JCCI Board of
Directors President.
"This study represents an impor-
tant step by identifying ways that
the alarming infant mortality rate in
Duval County can be reduced, but it
is the work that will follow during
the advocacy phase that will deter-
mine how successful we will ulti-
mately be," Jackson said.
Copies of the report are available
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The System: Innocence Project Focusing on Freeing

the Wrongfully Jailed, Reforming a Flawed System

DNA Evidence Bringing Light to America's High Rate of Incarceration of African-American Males

by S. Stewart, BAW
Before he was convicted of a rape
he didn't commit, Dean Cage of
Chicago had a stable existence, his
lawyer said. He had a job and he
was living with his girlfriend.
Now, 14 years later, the 41-year-
old Cage is beginning to try and put
his life back together after being
released one week ago from an
Illinois state prison. DNA tests
proved that Cage did not rape the
15-year-old girl in 1994 who had
picked him out of a police line-up.
Cage maintained then that he was
at home at the time of the incident,
and his family stood by him.
"It's a complicated time. It's
incredibly exciting to see him free.
But you never can forget the 14
years he has lost and never will
regain," said Atty. Alba Morales .
"Now that he has been freed, the
focus is on getting him the things he
needs, like clothes and a phone,"
she said. "He was released from
prison with basically nothing."
Cage's mother said because of her

faith, she knew her son would be
freed before serving his full sen-
tence. "I just believe in the Lord
above," Jerelyn Cage said.
"1 raised five children. 1 raised
them by myself. 1 raised them to do
right. I knew when they was lying. 1
knew when they was telling the
truth," she said. "My son said he
didn't do it. I stood by him all these
Making matters worse, the day of
Dean Cage's first trial was also the
day of Jerelyn Cage's mother's
"I had to come home from the
funeral and turn around and go
straight to the courthouse," she said.
"I kept on going wherever I needed
to go. Sometimes it looked like
doors was being closed in my face.
And now I can't drive because I
have seizures. It was hard. There
were some times I thought about
giving up."
The New York-based Innocence
Project says Dean Cage is the 29th
person in Illinois exonerated by

post-conviction DNA evidence.
Only Texas has had more -- 31 --
according to the center associated
with the Benjamin N. Cardozo
School of Law at Yeshiva
"Obviously, there is a need for
reform," said Morales, an attorney
with the Innocence Project. "This
was a classic case of wrongful ID."
There are countless numbers of
cases where evidence has been
destroyed, and it is more difficult to
prove innocence, Morales said. "In
this case, we are lucky that the evi-
dence was preserved."
Cage's case dates back to
November 1994, when a 15-year-
old girl was raped on her way to
school in Chicago. Cage was con-
victed after the victim identified
him in a police line-up. According
to information provided by the
Innocence Project, the victim
helped police prepare a composite
sketch of her attacker, which was
circulated in the neighborhood
where the crime occurred. When

police received a tip that a man
resembling the sketch worked at a
local meat market, they took the
victim to the market, and she iden-
tified Cage.
Later, at the police station, the vic-
tim identified Cage based on the
sound of his voice. He was convict-
ed in 1996.
Morales, who has represented
Cage throughout the testing process
and his release, said in late 2006,
the Cook County State Attorney's
office agreed to conduct DNA test-
ing in the case and cooperated on
the testing. DNA testing on the rape
kit and clothing worn by the victim
shows that Cage was not the rapist.
According to the Innocence
Project, 25 of the DNA exonera-
tions in Illinois were in Cook
County -- more than any other
county in the nation (by compari-
son, 14 people have been fully
exonerated through DNA testing in
Dallas County, Texas). Cage is the
217th person exonerated through
post-conviction DNA testing

An undated photo
provided by the Illinois
Department of
Corrections shows inmate
Dean Cage. Cage, 41, of
Chicago, was exonerated
Tuesday, May 27, 2008, of
a rape conviction by DNA
tests after serving more
than 12 years in prison
for allegedly assaulting a
15-year-old girl in 1994.
Cage was convicted by a
jury and sentenced to 40
years in prison.
Cage said he will now help legis-
lators under the need for reforms
that will help prevent wrongful con-
He plans to live with his mother in
Chicago as he begins to rebuild his
life. He has three sons who still are

in Arkansas, Morales said.
Now that Dean Cage is free, his
mother said she will help other fam-
ilies going through similar situa-
tions. "They have to know to pray
and ask God for help," she said.
"And if you believe in your child,
you got to fight for your child."

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Amateur Night
Got talent? The Ritz Theater and
LaVilla Museum wants you. Come
and check out the

local talent around in the monthly
Amateur Night series. The next
show will be on Friday, June 6th at
7:30 pm. For tickets, more informa-
tion or to schedule an audition call

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). For more
information call Romona Baker at
384-3939 or 703-3428.

Journey Into
Womanhood Banquet
The young ladies of
Empowerment Resources, Inc., will
present their 4th annual Journey
Into Womanhood Scholarship

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holarship will also be
a high school senior.
quet will be held at the
)nville Marriott, 4670
sbury Road.

Raines Hosting
Clinic for

^ The Raines Varsity
Cheerleader will host
a one-week Cheer
Camp, June 9-13 at
S 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 learn-
ing. For more information, contact
Coach Kisele at 904-614-7697.

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

Rachelle Ferrell in
Concert at the Ritz
The Ritz Theater will present jazz
vocalist Rachelle Ferrell in concert
on Saturday, June 14th at 8:00
p.m. For tickets or more informa-
tion, please call 632-5555.

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
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. Extension
offices are located at 1010 N.
McDuff Avenue. To register or
more info call 387-8855.

Third Alarm
The Jacksonville Black
Firefighters will be hosting a Social
Event for Charity at SOHOs Sports
Grille located in the Town and
Country Shopping Center at
University and Arlington Exp. It
will be held on Thursday, June
19th starting at 6 p.m. Come out
and enjoy live jazz starting with
free food and drink specials fol-
lowed by D.J. Rex.Proceeds will
benefit the Brotherhood's commu-
nity programs.

Amateur Night
Join the Ritz Theater for their
Apollo style Amateur Night semi-
finals on Friday, June 20th at 7:30
p.m. The showcase of the best of
area talent features a variety of cul-
tural genres. For more information
call 632-5555.

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.

Genealogical Society
The monthly meeting of the
Jacksonville Genealogical Society
will be held June 21, 2008, at 1:30
p.m. in the Webb-Wesconnett
Library, Jacksonville, Fl. Our
speaker will be Ann Staley,
Certified Genealogist, with a new
program dealing with "Heritage
Quest Online-The Ins and Outs."
Ann will help you in your explo-
ration of Heritage Quest. For fur-
ther information contact, Mary
Chauncev. at (904) 7682-9300.

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.
Canning Workshop
The City of Jacksonville Canning
Center in cooperation with the
Duval County Extension Service
will host a workshop on Monday,
June 23 from 1 PM to 3 PM.
Celebrate the harvest season by
learning how to make Blueberry-
Lemon Preserves. The cost

includes all materials and you will
take home two half-pints of pre-
serves. Space is limited. Call 387-
8850 to register. Deadline is June

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.

Summer White Party
Uptown Saturday Night will fea-
ture a Summer White party on
Saturday, June 28, 2008 from 8
p.m. 2 a.m. at the Mill Copve Golf
Club, 1700 Monument Road. The
event will include free food, live
jazz, spoken word and a DJ. Fo
more information call 742-1203.

Spoken Word
at the Ritz
On Thursday July 1st, the Ritz
Theater will present a free evening
of spoken word. You are welcome
to participate or listen. For more
information call 632-555.

Volxunteexs Needed for
Northside Cleamin-Jp
The Norwood Neighborhood Association and Grace and Truth CDC will
join efforts to clean up the North Brookside neighborhood on
Jacksonville's Northside. Volunteers are needed to help pick up litter and
trash removal. Registered volunteers will receive breakfast and lunch.
Clean up efforts will be from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Sat. June 14th. Volunteers
will assemble at 8:00 a.m. at Hardee's located at 6914 Norwood Ave. All
interested volunteers should contact Thea Garfield at 904.338.9990 or
email thea.gtcdc@gmail.com

Appeal For Your Excess Clothes
The Millions More Movement Jacksonville Local
Organizing Committee Inc., a non-profit organization is now
in the process of gathering clothes for it's next 'Clothes
Due to the extended cold winter weather Jacksonville is
experiencing if you have extra jackets, gloves, caps,
sweaters, coats, blankets please bring them to 916 N.Myrtle
Avenue from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through
Saturday. JLOC will also come pick up your donation.
For more information, vist their website at :
www.jaxloc.com or call 904-240-9133.

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