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January 22-28, 2009
Volume 23 No. 17
Pane 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press January 22-28, 2009
California Transit Officer Charged
with Murder of Handcuffed Man
Oakland, California A former transit police officer seen on video shoot-
ing an unarmed man in the back has been charged with murder and could
face up to life in prison in a racially tinged case that has sparked outrage
and street protests in Oakland.
Johannes Mehserle was arrested last week in Nevada nearly a week after
resigning from the Bay Area Rapid Transit District police force in the wake
of the New Year's Day shooting death of Oscar J. Grant III.
Legal experts said it was rare for an officer to be charged with murder in
connection with an on-duty shooting, and that convictions are difficult.
In videos that have been broadcast on television and viewed hundreds of
thousands of times on the Internet, a uniformed officer later identified as
Mehserle stands over a prostrate Grant, pulls his gun and fires point-blank
into Grant's back.
The shooting of Grant, a 22-year-old African American, by the 27-year-
old white officer sparked a protest a week ago that ended in more than 100
arrests, and scores of damaged buildings and torched cars in downtown
EU Threatens New Zimbabwe
Sanctions as Crisis Spirals
HARARE The European Union has
threatened new sanctions against Robert
Mugabe's government in Zimbabwe,
blamed for political deadlock, a surging
cholera epidemic and runaway inflation.
With no sign of an end to the crisis,
S. Czech Foreign Minister Karel
,17 <. Schwarzenberg, whose country holds the
EU presidency, said that European
nations were considering new sanctions
against Mugabe and his inner circle.
In Geneva a UN agency said cholera has
claimed 2,225 lives since August, warn-
ing that prevention efforts have failed to
stop it while the nation's economic col-
A shopper purchases toma- lapse has left public hospitals empty.
toes in Hrare with large Zimbabwe's stunning economic decline
numbers of dollar notes. came into even sharper focus as the central
bank unveiled a 100-trillion-dollar note -- just a week after introducing a
series of billion-dollar denominations that have already lost their value.
The comments added to pressure on Mugabe as he prepared for a new
round of South African-mediated talks with opposition leader Morgan
Tsvangirai on forming a unity government.
Zimbabwe is mired in political limbo following elections last March,
when Tsvangirai won a first-round presidential vote and his Movement for
Democratic Change (MDC) seized a parliamentary majority for the first
Former DOJ Civil Rights Official
Apologizes For Racist Email
The most recent inspector general's report on the politicization of the
Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department reminded everyone just
how big a joke the, department had become under the Bush administration..
Now, someone has apologized, but even the apology is a farce.
In a short letter to"MIarn Frances Berry,-Johri Tanner, the former head of
the voting rights division, apologized for his remark saying that he liked
his coffee "Mary Frances Berry style- black and bitter." The insult was
revealed in an email to Brad Schlozman, former head of the Civil Rights
Division, cited in the IG report.
Tanner sends his "deepest apology" to Berry and says the the comment
was "flippant" and "ill-considered," which seems quite an understatement.
Jackson Calls for Federal Bailout
Funds To Be Used for Student Loans
With college costs continuing to soar and more university graduates
being overwhelmed by student loans, the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson urged law-
makers to use a portion of the $700 billion federal bailout to provide stu-
dents educational loans with rates of one percent.
"If you can give banks 1 percent, why can't you give the students 1 per-
cent?" asked the Rev. Jackson, founder and president of Rainbow PUSH
Coalition, pointing out that many of the nation's top financial institutions
have benefited from low-interest loans offered as part of the federal
bailout. "Most poor students cannot afford to pay 7 percent for a loan. And
for parents who cannot get a loan because of poor credit, they are borrow-
ing money on credit cards paying 25 percent."
Rev. Jackson made his remarks at the 12th Annual Rainbow Push Wall
Street Project Economic Summit, an event uniting corporate executives,
and leaders from the world of government, labor and faith to discuss solu-
tions to the serious problems current economic conditions are causing
African Americans and all Americans of color. This year's event "Fallout
from the Bailout: ANew Day in Washington" focuses on the impacts of the
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U.S. School Segregation on the Rise
ATLANTA Black and Latino
students are educated in U.S.
schools that are increasingly segre-
gated, according to a recent report
that undercuts optimism about race
in America surrounding the presi-
dency of Barack Obama.
Blacks and Hispanics are more
separate from white students than at
any time since the civil rights
movement and many of the schools
they attend are struggling, said the
report by the Civil Rights Project at
the University of California.
A 2007 Supreme Court decision on
voluntary desegregation is likely to
intensify the trend because it
reduces pressure on local authori-
ties to promote school desegrega-
tion, said the report, which called
on Obama to address the issue.
"It would be a tragedy if the coun-
try assumed from the Obama elec-
tion that the problems of race have
been solved, when many inequali-
ties are actually deepening," said
Gary Orfield, co-director of the
Civil Rights Project.
Orfield said these trends were "the
result of a systematic neglect of
civil rights policy and related edu-
cational and community reforms for
Part of the reason is demographic.
As the percentage of white students
shrinks -- they now make up 56 per-
cent of the school population -- they
are more integrated with students
who are nonwhite.
Another factor is that residential
segregation, on the rise in many
parts of the country, increasingly
determines the racial composition
in schools in the absence of meas-
ures by education authorities to cre-
ate and maintain integrated schools.
At the same time, Orfield said lit-
tle had been done in recent years to
prosecute violations of the Fair
Housing Act, which forbids dis-
crimination in the allocation of
housing and was set up to foster
equality in the housing market.
As a result of the trend, 39 percent
of black students and 40 percent of
students from the fast-growing
Latino minority are increasingly
isolated in schools in which there is
little racial mixing, the report said.
Evidence that U.S. schools are
becoming less racially integrated is
politically charged because school
integration was a basic goal of the
civil rights movement led by Martin
Luther King in the 1950s and
That movement was in part trig-
gered by a landmark Supreme
Court decision in 1954 that decreed
school segregation in the South was
inherently unequal, did irreversible
harm to black students and violated
The report also found that the
average black and Latino student is
now in a school that has nearly 60
percent of students from families
who are near or below the poverty
Schools marked by racial segre-
gation and poverty tend to have
weaker teaching forces, more stu-
dent instability and a higher per-
centage of students from homes
where English is not spoken -- fac-
tors that militate against academic
Financial Burden of Homeownership Spread Unequally
WASHINGTON When it
comes to homeownership,
Hispanics in New Jersey, single
parents in California and senior cit-
izens in Rhode Island all have
something in common: More than
1/3 have an unaffordable mortgage.
Inequality in America has tradi-
tionally followed familiar patterns
of race, age and education. Those
long-standing gaps have been mag-
nified by the real estate boom and
now the historic bust, according to
an analysis of Census Bureau data.
While minorities have made sig-
nificant gains in wealth and home
ownership since 1990, "things are
going into reverse gear," and now
the homeownership rate for Blacks
and Hispanics is falling, said
Edward Wolff, a New York
University economist who studies
income and wealth distribution.
Nearly 9.5 million households, or
nearly one out of every five of the
nearly 52 million homeowners with
a mortgage, spend 38 percent or
more of their pretax income on their
mortgage payment, property taxes
and insurance. That's the new
threshold to qualify for the loan
asst'ance program launched last
month. b\ Fannie.Mae and Freddie
Klac, the mortgage finance compa-
nies now under government con-
Not surprisingly, the most finan-
cially burdened are in California,
Florida, Nevada and the Northeast,
areas hardest hit by soaring home
prices and now foreclosures.
Yet in every state, there are many
pockets of homeowners who are
just one unexpected medical bill or
car repair from falling behind on
their mortgages and setting the
foreclosure clock ticking.
The analysis reveals the enor-
mous scope of the U.S. housing
market bust and how unevenly the
burdens are spread, both geograph-
ically and demographically. And the
situation is worsening a record
10 percent of U.S. homeowners
with a mortgage are at least one
payment behind or were in foreclo-
sure as of last fall, compared with
7.5 percent a year earlier and just
under 6 percent in 2006.
The burden is clearly more ardu-
ous among minority households.
Just under a third of Hispanic
homeowners spend at least 38 per-
cent of their income on housing
expenses, compared with about a
quarter of Asian and black house-
holds and nearly 16 percent of
In much of the country, the trend
is more pronounced. For example,
included among4dhose who spent at
least 38 percent of their income on
housing are"TO percent of black bor-
rowers in California, Nevada,
Oregon and Massachusetts.
The analysis also found that edu-
cation level is highly correlated
with income and mortgage expens-
es. Nearly one in three of those
without a high school or college
diploma spend at least 38 percent
of their income on housing, com-
pared with only 12 percent of
those with advanced degrees.
In addition, seniors spent a far
higher share of their income on
housing than any other age group.
While about half of seniors own
their homes outright, the other half
often face financial challenges and
diminished earning potential.
Among seniors with a mortgage,
nearly three in 10 spend at least 38
percent of their income on housing,
according to the analysis. The stress
is most severe in nine states:
California, Washington D.C.,
Florida, Massachusetts, Nevada,
New Jersey, New York, Rhode
Island and Vermont.
As the pain from the mortgage
crisis spreads, Washington is abuzz
with talk of new efforts to stabilize
the housing market and stop the
freefall in home prices. President
Barack Obama has pledged to
direct up to $100 billion in financial
bailout money toward a sweeping
effort to prevent foreclosures.
j Frustrated housing counselors
around the country say that if the
Bush administration had grasped
the severity of the foreclosure crisis
earlier and enacted more ambitious
programs long ago, the pain for
American families and the econo-
my might not be so severe.
To be sure, housing counselors
acknowledge that some borrowers
only have themselves to blame.
They clearly got in over their heads
and many knowingly took out risky
loans. But they also say that mort-
gage brokers and lenders took
advantage of the elderly, immi-
grants and the unsophisticated.
For decades, the government and
most lenders considered homeown-
ers who spent 30 percent or more of
their income on housing to be
But that rule of thumb got thrown
out the window during the housing
boom. When prices were soaring,
many Americans could only afford
to buy a home by taking out ever-
riskier home loans. Lenders were
happy to cooperate, because if the
homeowner defaulted, the property
could still be sold for enough
money to cover the loan.
House-rich and giddy, American
attitudes about debt and the risks
that go with it changed dramatical-
ly with the average American in a
lot of debt.
That's especially true now that
prices are falling and around 13
million households, or about one in.
four with a mortgage,-owes more to,
the bank than their properties are
worth, according to Mark Zandi,
chief economist at economic fore-
casting firm Moody's
January 22-28, 2009
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Inauguration Turns the Page of Race Relations
Anyone looking for evidence of
the change represented by the
United States electing an African-
American as president could start
with the White House itself. It was
built 200 years ago using black
The recent inauguration of
Barack Obama marks a feel-good
moment for the country. Many hope
it is a sign that America's travails
over race, older than the country
itself, are being resolved.
Outgoing President George W.
Bush was quick to make the point in
his farewell address, saying that
Obama's story -- his black father
was from Kenya, his white mother
from Kansas -- represents "the
enduring promise of our land."
For black Americans, the moment
is particularly poignant.
"When Barack raises his hand,
every black person in the nation
should raise their hand because
there's a new sense of pride that we
have in being an American that
we've never had before," said
Lawrence Carter, dean of the
Martin Luther King International
Chapel at Atlanta's Morehouse
The African-American journey
from slavery to freedom, through
segregation and lynching to civil
rights and the vote, some political
power and finally the presidency is
told as a triumph of hope over
African slaves first came to
America in 1619 and nearly 200
years later their descendants, still
enslaved, helped construct two of
the nation's most treasured build-
ings, the White House and the U.S.
In some respects, Obama's her-
itage places him outside the main-
stream of African-American experi-
ence. His father came to the United
States as a foreign student and
Obama's understanding of his own
racial identity evolved through his
But that does not stop black
Americans -- who make up about
13 percent of the population -- from
viewing him as a vehicle for their
Obama himself has not shied
away from the subject of race, but
he did not make it central to his
In a major speech last March at a
time when race threatened to
swamp his bid for the Democratic
presidential nomination, Obama
called the subject an aspect of
American history and life that
"we've never really worked
"It's a racial stalemate we've been
stuck in for years. But I have assert-
ed a firm conviction -- a conviction
rooted in my faith in God and my
faith in the American people -- that
working together can move beyond
some of our racial wounds," he
Pride and symbolism aside, many
wonder what difference Obama's
presidency will make when it
comes to race.
Obama could redress some of the
glaring inequalities that exist
between America's black minority
and the overall population through
reforms such as universal health-
care. He could also ease suspicion
and misunderstanding between
blacks and whites.
Yet he faces political risks in pur-
suing either goal, according to
politicians, civil rights leaders and
commentators who spoke in a series
Evidence of racial inequality
abounds in the United States. It has
generated a library of academic
work and an army of social workers
struggling to understand and over-
To cite an example, the median
income for a white family is
$64,427. For a black family it is
more than one-third lower at
$40,143, according to 2007 data
from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Blacks voted overwhelmingly for
Obama and, after eight years of
Bush's Republican administration,
many say they want disparities in
health, income, criminal justice and
Civil rights leader Al Sharpton
said that failure to address those
issues would have devastating con-
"The worst thing that can happen
is that we get four years down the
road and we have not approached
closing the race gap and America
says: 'We have had an African-
American president and ... the
issues of race and disparity were not
... seriously dealt with,'" said
"I don't think it's going to happen
because I think the president's heart
is there and those of us who are still
on the field (as civil rights leaders)
Roderick Beechum holds a sign while he sings in front the US
Congress where Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President.
would not allow it to happen,"
But if Obama follows the agenda
of this passionate constituency, he
could alienate some centrist whites
who voted for him.
Already, 73 percent of voters say
black Americans will gain in influ-
ence under Obama, according to a
poll this month by the Pew
A disproportionate number of
black Americans lack health insur-
ance, and universal healthcare is a
reform that, if enacted, would help
African Americans more than
almost anything else, said Melissa
Harris-Lacewell, professor of poli-
tics at Princeton University.
But she and others acknowledged
that Obama's agenda would be lim-
ited by the most severe recession
that the country has seen in decades
-- a shattering economic downturn
that will be first among the new
U.S. congressman Artur Davis, a
black Alabama Democrat and
Obama supporter, said he hoped
Obama would govern from the cen-
ter and resist pressure from any one
group, arguing the main expectation
of black Americans for Obama was
a display of competent leadership.
"He has not been elected to be a
black leader. He's been elected to be
president of the United States,"
Shown above is Taneisha Alexander (left), assisting Northwestern
8th grader Greneisha Frazier with her tile.
Over fifty volunteers lent their
time and artistic efforts for Hands
On Jacksonville's Global Peace
Tile Project. Held at St. Clair Evans
Elementary School, students from
around the community had the
opportunity to come in and create
their own ceramic tile out of a vari-
ety of mediums symbolizing what
peace and Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr. meant to them.
For volunteers, the casual atmos-
phere provided an interactive ses-
sion with children who were paired
one volunteer per 3 children. It was
there responsibility to engage them
in discussion and create art that
would demonstrate Dr. King's, non-
violence acts and ultimately peace
in their lives to create a peaceful
The tiles will be displayed in City
Hall and will tour various schools
in the community.
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January 22-28, 2009
On November 4, 2008, 1 made a
promise to myself that I wouldn't
cry if Barack Obama was elected
that evening. Of course in in my
macho efforts, I was successful.
Tears did start to build as 1
looked around the room at the Ritz
Theatre in LaVilla and saw people
like Camilla Thompson who was a
good friend of my aunt before she
died in her early 80s several years
ago. 1 knew that the two of them
together experienced the laws of a
segregated South and succeeded
against the odds through their par-
ents hard work and education
There are so many people who
marched, sat-in and were beaten for
that very moment for freedom and
equality to finally ring true in
We all should know that Obama's
election is not the end of a journey,
but the next chapter in the riveting
novel called America.
As I sat on Inauguration Day
watching President Obama take the
oath of office, similar feelings
began to overtake me. The disbe-
lief, the surrealness of the day just
lingered as I watched my President.
President John F. Kennedy once
said, "Some people see things as
they are and say why, I dream of
things that never were and say why
And never before have JFK's
words rang so true.
Perhaps George Bush was des-
tined for failure. What if President
Bush did not work destructively his
eight years in office, the opportuni-
ty to challenge the norm may not
One reason so many people
jumped on the Obama bandwagon
is because of the overwhelming
sentiment and need for a change of
direction in America.
As I sat in front of my television
watching Barack Obama being
Inauguration Over: But has the
sworn in as the first African
American president, I thought of
my children and the millions of
black youth around the world who
now have a real life person that
they can identify with who is the
most powerful leader on earth.
When giving speeches I often
quote poet and writer, Langston
Hughes. He once said, "I swear to
the Lord I still can't see Why
Democracy means everybody but
I, like many black Americans
now feel like Democracy does
include me and all folks who look
1 was moved by Obama's inaugu-
ral speech. It wasn't a civil rights
speech, but it encompassed so
many civil rights references. It
wasn't a foreign affairs speech, but
had so many vital messages to for-
eign citizens. And it wasn't a state
of the union speech, but felt like
Obama has been in the office of
president for a few years versus a
President Obama started his
speech by saying that he was hum-
bled to simply be there. Many
politicians have major ego. prob-
lems, but you certainly don't get
that from Obama or his wife.
He opened by saying, "I stand
here today humbled by the task
before us, grateful for the trust you
have bestowed, mindful of the sac-
rifices borne by our ancestors."
The state of our union was direct-
ly addressed and not sugarcoated.
He said, "Our nation is at war,
against a far-reaching network of
violence and hatred. Our economy
is badly weakened, a consequence
of the Day
of greed and irresponsibility on the
part of some, but also our collective
failure to make hard choices and
prepare the nation for a new age."
President Obama added, "Homes
have been lost; jobs shed; business-
es shuttered. Our health care is too
costly; our schools fail too many;
and each day brings further evi-
dence that the ways we use energy
strengthen our adversaries and
threaten our planet."
One of the gifts of great commu-
nicators is to be critical while pro-
viding hope and guidance at the
same time. And there were parts of
his speech where he challenged
Americans to not just talk about
change, but to be about change.
"We remain a young nation, but
in the words of Scripture, the time
has come to set aside childish
things," he said midway through
"The time has come to reaffirm
our enduring spirit; to choose our
better history; to carry forward that
precious gift, that noble idea,
passed on from generation to gen-
eration: the God-given promise that
all are equal, all are free, and all
deserve a chance to pursue their
full measure of happiness," pro-
claimed the new president.
It was truly a remarkable speech.
As I just said, if you listen to what
he was saying it was clear that he
was not only talking to American
citizens, but he was also talking to
citizens of foreign nations and their
President Obama stated, "And so
to all other peoples and govern-
ments who are watching today,
from the grandest capitals to the
Set in Yet?
small village where my father was
born: Know that America is a
friend of each nation and every
man, woman and child who seeks a
future of peace and dignity, and
that we are ready to lead once
It was a powerful message that
basically challenged the way
President Bush governed this coun-
try for eight years. Instead of dic-
tating to other nations it is time for
us to start working with other coun-
tries and leading by example "we
are ready to lead once more."
The speech also had a clear mes-
sage of diversity and inclusion.
President Obama laid the founda-
tion to begin the healing process
with the Muslim world.
He said, "We are a nation of
Christians and Muslims, Jews and
Hindus, and nonbelievers... we
cannot help but believe that the old
hatreds shall someday pass; that the
lines of tribe shall soon dissolve;
that as the world grows smaller, our
common humanity shall reveal
itself; and that America must play
its role in ushering in a new era of
Obama continues much more
directly saying, "To the Muslim
world, we seek a new way forward,
based on mutual interest and mutu-
Wow. It's truly a new day in
America. As I watched people cry-
ing and rejoicing I could only think
that I can finally say with full con-
fidence, "My Country Tis of thee
sweet land of liberty."
Signing off from Inauguration
South (my family room),
Obama Does and Doesn't Fulfill King's Dream
by Earl Ofari Hutchinson
The unchallenged article of faith
is that the election of President
Barack Obama fulfills Martin
Luther King Jr.'s dream that the
content of character should trump
skin color. King uttered the words
in his March on Washington speech
Obama's election did show that
millions of whites could strap racial
blinders around their eyes and
punch the ticket for an African-
American for the world's most
powerful political post. King would
almost certainly glow with
approval at that. But there are a
couple of troubling caveats that
mar America's great racial leap for-
ward. Obama won in large part
because he did what no other
Democratic presidential candidate
did, and that includes Bill Clinton.
He turned his presidential cam-
paign into a virtual holy crusade by
African-Americans voters to get
him in the White House. The stag-
gering 96 percent of the black vote
he got made the crucial difference
in the key Democratic primaries
and later in nailing down the victo-
ry over Republican rival John
McCain in the must win states of
Ohio and Pennsylvania.
At the same time, Obama's allure
to white college educated young,
business and professionals was
overstated. McCain got 53 percent
of their vote. He trounced Obama
among North and South rural, and
blue collar whites. Obama won in
only 44 counties in the Appalachian
belt, a stretch of more than 400
counties from New York to
Mississippi. Overall, he got less
than a third of Southern white
votes. The racial fault lines are still
tightly drawn within a wide seg-
ment of the electorate.
A mid-September 2008 survey
also found that a significant per-
centage of whites who said they'd
vote for Obama also said that
blacks were more crime prone and
less industrious than whites. There
were several ways to look at this
seeming racial paradox. One is that
these Obama backers were so fed
up with Bush policies and a bat-
tered economy that Obama offered
a change and a lifeline. Another
was that he presented a race neutral
soothing departure from the per-
ceived race baiting antics of Jesse
Jackson and Al Sharpton. And yet
another was that he honestly was
racially ambiguous enough not to
pose any real racial threat.
In other words, he was seen as a
racial exception. That's the pen-
chant for some whites to make arti-
ficial distinctions between suppos-
edly good and bad blacks.
These explanations don't point to
a profound and benign sea change
in racial attitudes let alone tell why
negative racial notions could still
be rife among many white Obama
supporters. The reports that Obama
has received more taunts and phys-
ical threats than any other presi-
dent-elect is another troubling indi-
cation that an untold number of
Americans still can't stomach the
thought of an African-American in
the White House.
The hoisting of Obama to a rari-
fled political or non racial pedestal
is the exact opposite of what King
had in mind. In that same March on
Washington speech what's forgot-
ten or deliberately distorted is that
King talked much about the legacy
of segregation, bigotry and dis-
crimination that trapped thousands
of poor blacks and that offered no
easy resolution. Nearly a half cen-
tury after King's I Have a Dream
words the black poor are still just as
tightly trapped in the grip of pover-
ty and discrimination that King
On the eve of the King national
holiday and Obama's inauguration,
the Boston based research and eco-
nomic justice advocacy group,
United for a Fair Economy,
released its sixth annual King Day
report. It found that the gaping dis-
parities in income, wealth, employ-
ment, quality and availability of
housing, decent schools, and health
care between blacks, minorities and
whites has grown even wider.
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Countless government reports and
studies, and the National Urban
League's 2007 State of Black
America report also found that dis-
crimination and poverty are still
major barriers for millions. And it's
not just the black poor that bear the
brunt of discrimination. President
Bush even wondered out loud
recently why there were so few
black reporters covering his press
Obama has publicly bristled at
the notion that the civil rights
movement is outdated, or worse
that he somehow supplants the
ongoing work of civil rights lead-
ers. He has repeatedly praised past
civil rights leaders for their heroic
battle against racial injustice.
It was not simply showy cam-
paign symbolism when Obama
pegged his Democratic presidential
nomination acceptance speech to
the 45th anniversary of the March
on Washington last August. This
was a fitting tribute to the civil
rights movement that challenged
the nation to make King's dream of
justice and equality a reality.
Obama faced that challenge as a
community organizer, civil rights
attorney, during his stints in the
Illinois legislature and in the
Senate. He faces that same chal-
lenge in the White House.
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iZ. by Bill Reed
B Health care is an issue that should be of big concern to
African American society. Reports show glaring gaps between blacks and
whites in a fundamental factor affecting each of our well-being: healthcare.
Millions of African Americans don't have healthcare-provision programs:
even if they do, blacks more than whites encounter difficulties paying for
adequate healthcare. To add to previously prevailing problems, today
processes involving cost-driven drug switching endanger Black Americans.
A trend is becoming common practice in the healthcare industry that
African Americans should be leery of. To save money, increasing numbers
of health insurers are pressuring doctors to take patients off a medicine that
works well for them and to switch them to a substitute. Critics of the prac-
tice say such pressure to switch to less costly drugs interfere with physician-
patient relationships and patient safety and health is compromised when
insurance companies meddle with treatment decisions between physicians
Black health care providers are issuing warnings about the practice and
urge blacks "not be naive" on the issue. The National Black Caucus of State
Legislators passed a resolution condemning drug switching practices. The
Alliance of Minority Medical Associations says, "The over substitution of
generic drugs represents rise of a second class form of medicine where
minorities are subjected to a form of social inequity that places them on the
bottom shelf which is stocked with cheaper, less effective, or questionably
effective medications". Minority Health expert Dr. Gregory L. Hall says
switching is can be a problem for people who require medications for spe-
cific conditions" and that "while generics often save them money, the prac-
tice may be dangerous".
One in four Americans struggles with health care costs. Among African
Americans, healthcare ranks as a "serious problem"; above paying for food
(18 percent), problems with debt (16 percent) and paying the rent or mort-
gage (15 percent). Americans spend $350 billion a year on prescription
drugs making drugs the fastest-growing part of the healthcare bill. Whether
they are under heath care programs, or not, many people don't want to pay
for the drugs the doctor wrote because they can't afford the co-pay. Black
health care activists encourage patients whose insurers are pushing a gener-
ic drug in their case to "keep all eyes open" and discuss the switch with their
Insurers defend the practice of drug switching as another incentive to
encourage the use of effective generic drugs, and to lower costs. Dr.
Gregory L. Hall, an Ohio internist, says most doctors understand the need to
address costs in health care while maintaining quality. But he said insurers
that encourage a switch to generics by refusing to pay for brand-name drugs
violate trust between a physician and patient. "When you step away from
that covenant relationship between patient and provider and somebody else
makes that decision, it is very easy for somebody to make a decision and
give them another drug that is not helpful for that condition and may be
harmful," he said. Black health care professionals say that "the practice
(switching) acutely affects black patients who suffer from high rates of dis-
eases such as diabetes and hypertension. Many also don't make a regular
habit of visiting doctors, making it critical that they receive the best drugs
available when prescribed". "When I look at health care disparities among
African Americans, denying coverage of brand-name drugs increases dis-
parities rather than helping" says Hall.
We need to have a new attitude and awareness on the issue. As lobbying
over proposals to enact a Medicare drug benefit heats up, drug switching is
poised to attract even more attention. "Top Shelf' should be a priority for
blacks' healthcare. There are certain drug classes where it may be safe to
switch from one to another, but there are others where switching can be dan-
gerous, but the person making that decision should be the patient's physi-
cian. Consumers and Congress should be aware that "The best judge of a
patient's drug needs is the doctor" says Cardiologist Dr. Richard Williams.
Physicians working closely with their patients should be making treatment
decisions not insurance companies.
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Patrick Evans Debuts
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Singer, songwriter Patrick Evans held his CD "inauguration" listing party
held Tuesday, January 20, 2009 in San Marco at Club Square One.
Patrick's smooth style and smile grooved the crowd with his sound of jazz,
funk, and neosoul. On the music scene for over 10 years, he has sung
back-up with such greats as Chaka Kahn and Mariah Carey. Patrick is also
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planet this week was a ticket to the Inauguration A $100,000 fine was
placed for those caught trying to sell their ticket. But, having a ticket
ito history was no guarantee for many who hoped to see President
Bharack Obinia's inauguration. At least 1,000 people who held tick-
ets to the swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol could not get in.
Ryan Ford, an intern who works in Rep. Loretta Sanchez's office,
said he had been looking forward to the event for weeks, but was
"extremely disappointed" when he was turned away at the gate. At 6
a.m. Tuesday, he and others showed up at the gate designated for those
who had tickets to the purple section on the Capitol grounds a
prime viewing area. In stead, they ended up watching from outside the
Michelle Obama comes to glob-
al prominence bearing the weight of
expectations that she'll be every
woman's role model, representing
every mother of young children and
every professional trying to balance
career and family.
There'll be another burden too:
Beginning with the recent inaugural
ceremonies, everything about the
nation's first black first lady will be
dissected, from her policy positions
to her parenting to her wardrobe.
Eleanor Roosevelt introduced the
notion of first lady as activist;
Jacqueline Kennedy brought a
sense of elan and high fashion;
Nancy Reagan spoke out against
drugs; Hillary Clinton came in as a
policy maker attempting to over-
haul health care.
But none of them broke a barrier
as formidable as does Obama: the
barrier of race.
"Is there an extra burden?" said
Valerie Jarrett, who will serve
President-elect Barack Obama as a
senior White House adviser and has
known the Obamas professionally
and personally for 17 years. "Yeah,
there is. But Michelle is a pragma-
tist" who "understood that going
into this," Jarrett said during an
interview in her Chicago office last
A cautious agenda reflects this
practical sense. Jarrett said the new
first lady will focus on being an
advocate for military families, rais-
ing awareness for work-family bal-
ance and promoting volunteerism.
Obama, the subject of at least
four biographies, may try to do the
opposite of Clinton, first cultivating
a softer image and then playing a
more active role in the administra-
tion, said Earl Ofari Hutchinson,
author of a book called "How
"It's going to take a huge amount
of adjustment on behalf of the
country to get used to the sight of a
black woman as first lady," he said.
In part that is because so few
black women have held any kind of
high office, and in the civil rights
movement most were behind-the-
"For some people, it will be kind
of a culture shock," said Paul
Taylor, chairman of the Philosophy
Department at Temple University in
Most first ladies have played con- ing to deflect racial anxiety." "She's referred to as a young
ventional roles, serving as hosts to 'Mom-in-Chief woman, but she's really defining
the White House, making ceremo- News coverage of her what it is to be middle-
nial appearances and presiding over was limited until aged," said Marian
state dinners. last February Salzman, the
"As much progress as women when, in .. New York-
have made in electoral politics, the c o m based
role of first lady has evolved more ment-
slowly," said Quinetta Roberson, a i n g
Villanova School of Business on
scholar who co-authored a study
about Michelle Obama.
"To the extent that first ladies fail
to conform to traditional gender
roles, the more criticism they tend.
to get from the media and public,"
said Roberson. L Sho
In his book "The President's
Wives," Robert P. Watson cate-
gorizes first ladies on a scale
from non-partners to full part-
ners. He argues that only
Roosevelt, Rosalynn Carter -.k
and Clinton obtained full part-
The risks are significant for
Obama. The daughter of a city
pump operator and a secretary
from the South Side of Chicago,
the 44-year-old corporate lawyer l f
attended Princeton University
and Harvard Law School.
"She's got to deal with the stereo-
type about black women being
bossy and too strong and domineer-
ing," said Emory University politi-
cal scientist Andra Gillespie. "If
you see her neck snap too much, h er
people are going to say 'that's a lit- h u s -
tle too sister or too ghetto.' That's b a n d s n ar -
different than anything her prede- earl\ 'icto- keting and
cessors had to deal with." ries mi the trendsetting
Jarrett rejects the word "outspo- Democratic presi -expert ho coined
ken" to describe Obama. "I would dential race, she told an the term "metrosexual."
call her thoughtful and honest and audience she was proud of her Obama is "going to live her 40s
candid," she said. country for the first time as an under the spotlight of the media,"
The issue of racial stereotypes is adult. That prompted critics to call said Salzman. Obama, who's
probably more defining for the her unpatriotic. Obama later said already been featured in magazines
incoming first lady than it is for her her remark had been poorly word- like Essence, is being celebrated as
husband. A descendant of slaves in
South Carolina, Michelle Robinson
was raised in a neighborhood trans-
formed by white flight.
At Princeton, she wasn't shy
.about her views on race. Obama's
senior thesis was on "Princeton-
Educated Blacks and the Black
Community." At Harvard, she
protested the lack of minority stu-
dents and professors.
"She cannot escape race the way
her husband can escape race," said
Gillespie. "She cannot invoke a
white parent or an exotic upbring-
Beginning with an appearance on
The View in June, Obama sought to
soften her image. Days before
November's election, she made
clear she wasn't interested in a poli-
cy role in her husband's administra-
tion and would instead be "mom-in-
Obama, who turns 45 on Jan. 17,
will be the youngest first lady since
Jacqueline Kennedy in an age in
which the media glare has never
been stronger, dialing up the degree
of public interest in her every move.
a modern-day Kennedy for her
youthful look, A-line dresses, string
of pearls and hair flip.
Obama must also grapple with
the scrutiny of her daughters,
Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7.
Temple University's Taylor says
even the Obama girls' hair may
become a public fascination. "Hair
has always been a vexed issue for
African-American women," he
said. Will Michelle continue to
allow Malia to wear cornrows? "It'll
be interesting to see how they deal
Who Should Make Our Choices?
Recently, some self-appointed activists have
proposed a legislative ban on menthol ciga-
rettes in a misguided effort to force people
to quit smoking by limiting their choices. So
far, wiser heads have prevailed
and the ban on menthol has not
passed. It could come up again.
When government "reforms"
intrude into our lives to the
point of restricting freedom of
individual choices on what we
can enjoy, our basic concept of
liberty is threatened.
How Should Our Choices Be Made?
In the American tradition, laws restricting
freedom of choice must be based on sound
reasoning, rational public policy and verifi-
able data while allowing for a minimum of
governmental intrusion. Menthol is a matter
of taste and preference. The body of scientific
/,, evidence does not support the conclusion
that menthol cigarettes increase the known
risks from smoking.The effort to ban menthol
is just another in a long series of attempts
by the politically correct crowd to force
Americans to give up their freedom to
choose to smoke a cigarette.
"Informed grown- Shouldn't People Keep
ups who decide
to smoke should
have the freedom
to choose menthol
Fighting ForThe Freedom
The history of African Americans
in this country has been one of
fighting against paternalistic
limitations and for freedoms.
We all agree that children should
not smoke, but grown-ups who
can and should assess the risks of smoking
should have the freedom to choose whether
to smoke or not. If they choose to smoke,
they should have the freedom to choose to
smoke regular or menthol cigarettes. Please
visit www.mentholchoice.com and learn
more about how you can help prevent this
ban on menthol from being considered.
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American Legion to honor Chaplains
at Memorial Service, February 1st
J. Daniel McCarthy, Capt. USN (Ret.), JAG Corps will be the guest
speaker for the Four Chaplains Memorial Service, at 2 p.m., on Sunday,
February 1, 2009, at the Beaches Post 129, 1151 South 4th St., Jacksonville
Beach. Only 230 of the 902 young men survived on board the USAT
Dorchester on February 3, 1943; when the ship was sunk during WWII.
The Heroic Four Chaplains gave their life jackets to save four soldiers,
which left them with no means of survival. They locked arms and bowed
their heads in prayer as they went to their watery graves in the North
Atlantic, off the course of Greenland. Each chaplain received the Purple
Heart and the Distinguished Service Cross posthumously. All Military, and
the general public are invited.
The Chapel of Four Chapels, 1201 Constitution Avenue, in the
Philadelphia Navel Business Center, Bldg. 649, in Philadelphia, 19112.
Telephone (215) 218-1943, is open to visitors.
21st Annual JU Gospel Extravaganza
Jacksonville University will present its 21st Annual Gospel Extravaganza,
with Praise and Worship, on Monday, February 16, 2009 at 6:45 p.m., in the
Terry Concert Hall at Jacksonville University. The community is invited to
enjoy an inspirational evening of gospel music and dance. Admission is free
and open to the public. Info: 256-7150.
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New Year Revival Featuring Rev.
Edwards at Historic Mt. Zion AME
Revive, renew and reconnect
through praise, worship and song at
the New Year Revival, Thursday
and Friday nights, January 22 23,
2009 at Historic Mount Zion AME
Church, as the anointed Reverend
Michael C. Edwards, senior pastor
of Tabernacle Baptist Institutional
Church, brings souls to Christ as the
revival evangelist. Worship service
will begin nightly at 7:00 pm.
The church is located downtown
at 201 E. Beaver Street, on the cor-
ner of Newnan and Beaver streets,
and has an elevator for easy access;
Reverend F.D. Richardson Jr. is the
For additional information or
transportation, please call the
church office at (904) 355-9475.
Shown above is Sharon Koon, Frank Denton, Host pastor Clarence Kelby Heath, Rita Perry, Atty. Reginald Luster and Gene Hollomon.
Central CME Hosts Inaugural Community Symposium
Central Metropolitan CME
Church, Clarence Kelby Heath,
Pastor; invited the community to
attend a Symposium, entitled:
Barack Hussein Obama 44th
President of the United States
Inaugural. Tuesday, January 20,
2009. Chelsey Bailey-Washington
introduced the Guest Moderator,
Walter Bell, Esquire, President of
24th Women of Christ Luncheon
Women for Christ will hold their 24th Annual Luncheon at 11:30 a.m.,
Tuesday, February 17, 2009, at the Prime Osborne Convention Center.
Nationally syndicated columnist Shaunti Feldhan, will be the honored guest
Ms. Shaunti Feldhaln's best-sellers include for Women Only: What You
Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men and For Men Only: A
Straightforward Guide to the Inner Lives of Women, have sold more than a
million copies and have been translated into eighteen languages. The author
says, "I'm author, speaker, policy analyst, ministry worker and newspaper
columnist, but most of all, I know I am the child of a loving Father." Behind
this incredibly bright and gifted mind is an abiding faith. All who hear her
are encouraged and refreshed. .
For reservations and more information, call (904) 387-9298.
the D. W. Perkins Bar Association.
Joyce Pollen rendered a solo, fol-
lowed by the Welcome and
Occasion from the Host Pastor, Rev.
Roscoe McKinney. Presiding
District Elder of the Christian
Methodist Episcopal Church, deliv-
ered the Invocation. The audience
stood while joining in the singing of
the Negro National Anthem, "Lift
Every Voice and Sing," which was
written by Jacksonville's own James
Weldon Johnson. Master Garrison
Washington delivered the Pledge of
Allegiance followed by musical
selection by the Brentwood
Elementary School of the
Performing Arts Chorus.
Keynote speakers gave their
interpretations of Dr. King's dream
and the magnitude of the upcoming
Interpretations of "The Dream"'
and the Election were presented by':
Florida Times-Union Vice,:
President, Frank M. Denson, Ph.D;,
Rita E. Perry, Publisher,,
Jacksonville Free Press; and.
Jacksonville Bar Association'
President, Attorney Reginald Luster.
The President's life, career, political:
image, education, family and per-,
sonal life was presented by the;
Well known storyteller, actor, and-
vocal artist, Gene Holloman accent-
ed the occasion with a talented solo.5
Retired United Methodist,
Minister, the Rev. Gretchen Van'
Aken gave the Grace for the lunch-i,
eon that followed.
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His dream made
us all better.
Winn-Dixie celebrates the life and legacy
of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Getting better all the time.
January 22-28, 2009
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 7
The Road to the White House
August 4, 1961 Soon after his birth, his parents divorce. In his bestselling 1995 mem-
oir, Dreams From My Father", Obama writes about reconciling his
Barack Obama is born in Honolulu. His father, Barack Obama, Sr. father's legacy alongside his American identity.
, is an economics student from Kenya. His mother, Ann Dunham, is
from a small town in Kansas. They meet at the University of Hawaii in ""-' --"
a Russian class. 1- 17-
Obama's mother remarries and the family moves to Indonesia for
four years. Obama, who becomes known as "Barry", attends a
Catholic school, and later a predominantly Muslim public school.
Obama attends Honolulu's Punahou High School, the largest private
high school in the country. The majority of his classmates are from
wealthy families while the young Obama is not. One of the school's few
Black students, he attends on a scholarship he first received in the fifth
grade. He is shown above at his graduation with grandparents Stanley
and Madelyn Dunham. Following high school, he pursued undergrad-
uate studies at Columbia University in New York, graduating in 1983.
After graduating from Columbia, Obama spends time in Chicago as
a community organizer before going to Harvard Law School. In 1990,
he receives his first taste of the national spotlight as the first African-
American president of the Harvard Law Review.
Michelle Robinson attends Princeton University as an undergradu-
ate and attends Harvard Law School. After graduating, she takes a job
at a Chicago law firm where she meets Obama. They meet in October,
1992. Later the couple has two daughters, Malia and Sasha.
From the early to mid 90s, Obama returns to Chicago to work as a
community organizer while also practicing as a civil rights attorney.
In time, he becomes a constitutional law instructor at the University of
Chicago before launching a political career.
Obama serves in the Illinois state senate for eight years. In 2004, Obama runs in the Democratic primary seat for the U.S. Senate,
Obama runs for the U.S. Senate from the state of Illinois against winning with more than 50% of the vote. Shortly after the primary,
republican challenger Alan Keyes. The race is the first U.S. election Obama, a rising star of the Democratic party, gives a well received
for senate between two African-American candidates, keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention in Boston.
Obama is sworn into the U.S. Senate as the third African-American
since Reconstruction. He serves on several committees including
Foreign Relations and Veterans Affairs.
In October 2006, Obama's second book, "The Audacity of Hope" is
released amidst speculation he may run for President. It reaches third
place on the New York Times Bestseller List.
Talk show giant Oprah Winfrey, formally announces on her show,
for the first time on December 13th, her support of Barack Obama.
She goes on to host several fund raisers for him.
Kicking off the New Year right, barack Obama wins the Iowa
Caucus on january 3rd much to the nation's surprise. He edges out
rivals Hillary Clinton and John Edwards and gains early momentum
in his campaign for the Democratic nomination.
After forming an exploratory committee just one month prior,
Obama officially announces his bid for the presidency on February 10,
2007. It was done on the steps of the Capital building in Springfield,
Illinois where President Lincoln spent much of his career.
South Carolina Democratic Vote
Rural, Exurban and Urban
Statewide: Obama 55%; Clinton 27%; Edwards 18%
40n% -n ,d
Obama Clinton Edwards
With overwhelming support from African-American voters, Obama
wins South Carolina on January 26th. in his second win, he calls for
change not only in party politics, but the Washington status quo as well.
January 22 28, 2009
Page 8 Ms. Perry's Free Press
The Road to the White House
There is a new son in Camelot as Ted Kennedy publicly endorses The next day on January 29th, Pres. Clinton is in hot water for com-
Barack Obama in his bid for the Democratic nomination. The paring Obama to the Rev. Jesse Jackson. When asked about the
announcement is a blow to Hillary Clinton, a close friend of the strength of Obama's campaign in S.C., President Clinton responds, "
Kennedy family. even Jesse Jackson won S.C. twice in 84' and 88"'. the quote opened
up a debate on race baiting in politics.
March 18 Following a constant uproar over the Rev. Wright com-
ments, Obama delivers a historic nationally televised speech on race.
March 13 Rev. Wright controversy unfolds and mesmerizes the
media. What is viewed as racial and anti-american comments from
Obama's longtime pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, come to boil as a
control ersi.al.video from an old sermon is made public. Wright con-
tinued to capitalize on the controversy with public appearances, inter-
views and even his own book.
March 3 Obama staff deals with NAFTA controversy. Obama
acknowledges that his Senior Economic Advisor Austan Goolsbee
spoke to a Canadian government's official about the senators position
on NAFTA. Obama disputes the notion that Goolsbee told officials
that his anti-NAFTA position is nothing more than rhetoric.
APRIL 6 Obama comes under fire for a comment he made at a
San Francisco fund raiser in reference to Pennsylvanians. He called
some working class Americans "bitter" about job losses adding that
they "cling to guns and religion as an expression of their frustra-
MAY 6 Obama wins North Carolina while Clinton wins Indiana.
Clinton trails Obama in the delegate count, the popular vote, and
number of states won. Some call this a decisive turning point in the
MAY 31 Obama resigns from Res. \N right's church after a 20
year membership in Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.
Obama said he left the church withh some sadness".
DNC Makes a crucial decision on Michigan and Florida dele-
gates.Democratic party officials decide to seat all of Michigan and
Florida's delegates at the national convention but only with dele-
gates receiving a halfiote. The decision is a result of punishment for
the state's holding their primaries early.
June 17 Obama opts out of public financing breaking a campaign
pledge. By rejecting public funding for the general election, this
moves allows him to raise record setting millions to battle John
August 28 Barack Obama accepts the Democratic presidential
nomination at the DNC Convention in Denver. He left the 84.000 in
attendance at Mile High Stadium dancing and cheering to his ora-
tory as he claimed his seat in his history as the first African-
American in his history to be nominated by a major political party
to be the nation's Commander-in-Chief.
April 16 Hillary.Clinton and Barack Obama duke it out in the first
of three much anticipated debates. Neither answers directly on
whether they would be willing to name the other vice president. After
being pressed, Clinton admits Obama could beat presumptive nomi-
nee John McCain in a general election.
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August 8 taking a break from the campaign trail, the Obama fam-
ily goes to Hawaii for a vacation for his first visit to the island since
2006. He warns the press he's not there to "politic." Paparazzi photos
give citizens a different, "sexy" view of a future president.
Oct 15 Seated next to other and staring at each other sharply in the
eye, John McCain and Barack Obama participated in the final debate
exchanging the sharpest barbs of the campaign. John Mccain failed to
deliver a much needed fatal knock out blow.
May 14 Former Senator John Edwards endorses Obama for pres-
ident in a dramatic attempt to help Obama answer concerns about his
lack of support from white, working class voters.
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August 23 Democratic running mates Joe Biden and Barack
Obama appear together for the first time. The announcement was
done before a cheering crowd in Springfield, Ill., where the campaign
began 19 months earlier.
November 4 Obama wins presidency in historic win. The first term
senator with little experience on a national level, is elected the 44th
president and makes history by becoming the nations first Black pres-
ident by defeating republican John McCain.
June 7 Clinton concedes nomination to Obama. Thousands gath-
ered at the National Building Museum as Clinton thanked supporters,
formally endorsed Obama and urged Democrats to stand firmly
behind him in an effort to beat Republicans.
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September 25 Obama, along with Sen. McCain, meet in DC on the
current financial crisis. They meet with Pres. Bush to discuss the $700
billion bail out plan designed to rescue financial markets on the brink.
McCain suspends his campaign while Wall Street totters threatening
to miss the first debate if needed in the Capital.
January 7 President George W. Bush meets with former Presidents
George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and President-elect
Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House. The closed door
meeting offered counsel and fellowship to the new member of the club.
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 9
January 22 28, 2009
Inauguration Day January 20, 2009
Peaceful Transition of Power Former President George W. Bush,
right, hugs President Barack Obama after Obama was sworn in.
Barack Obama is sworn in by Chief Supreme Court Justice John Roberts as his wife Michelle holds the Bible.
The First Family Rejoices President Barack Obama is congratu-
lated by his daughter Malia, right, as his wife Michelle and daughter
Sasha, bottom right, look on after taking the oath of office at the U.S.
You can buy just about anything in D.C. with the President-elect's
image on it including a life-size cut out to keep for your very own.
Other items ranged from air freshner and peanuts to flags and candy
FAMU Marching 100 passes the viewing stand with the first family
and vice-presidents family during the Inaugural Parade. T Leavell Photo
To say it was crowded would be an understatement for the estimat-
ed crowd of two million. With the 30,000 police officers in full effect,
not one arrest was reported.
Felice Franklin of Jacksonville was one of the millions in attendance
who made the trek from the First Coast. She is shown above visiting
the Smithsonian Museum of African Art with friend Skip Campbell.
Founder Earl G. Graves shakes hands on the National Mall during
the Inauguration of President Barack Obama. Lonnie Major photo
Goodbye. President Barack Obama waves alongside his wife,
Michelle, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, as former
President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, leave the US Capitol
by helicopter after Obama was sworn. The millions on the ground
waved goodbye ecstatically and cheered as the helicopter circled the
Capital one last time.
Mr. andMisses Biden Vice President Joe Biden arrives with his wife
Jill Biden at the Neighborhood Ball in Washington.
The Obamas Dance President Barack Obama and first lady
Michelle Obama dance together at the Obama Home States Inaugural
Ball in Washington. According to the professional lip readers, he
looked his wife in her eyes and said, "How about this?"
Home at last After a very full day, the presidential limousine is
parked in front of the South Portico of the White House after
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama returned
from ten different inaugural balls around 12:30 a.m. They're evening
continued with an impromptu scavenger hunt with the White House
staff that made them better acquainted with their new home. The
President's first day on the job began promptly at 7:45 a.m.
January 22 28, 2009
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Inaugural Address hat
My fellow citizens:
I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by
our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown
throughout this transition.
Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides ofprosperity and
the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments,
America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained
faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.
So it has been. So it must be with this generation ofAmericans.
That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against afar-reaching network of violence and
hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collec- I. W
tive failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered.
Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy
strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet The Inaugu
These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confi- a Man of Goc
dence across our land a nagging fear that America's decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights. mN opinion, .
Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in yNou can be
a short span of time. But know this, America they will be met la smile ,a
On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. Stand as an, e
On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas.
that for far too long have strangled our politics.
We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come ter
to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on front bi
generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full
measure of happiness.
In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has
never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted -for those who prefer leisure over
work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things some
celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards pros- retht
perity and freedom.
For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.
For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth., !t'bor
For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn. ,vhel
Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a ; am ha
better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or .ld' have
wealth or faction.
,ration of Barack Obama means to me, that God selected to righteous and holiness,
d, to stand before the world, not only to say you can be anything \ou want to be. In
the message is; when you seek after God"s will for and in \our life. which is His:
come the blessing to yourself, your family,( -wife,diughters and mother-in-
nd the wdrld, reflecting the power of His'might and glory. Reign honorably, Barak.
ample.ofa-Godly Family Unit, Obamas. 'Dr. Anita Carter Allen .
eover,a. bad guy bit I plan to be even better now than I ever was before. A bet-
grandfather, a better great grandfather, a better couisin, a better uncle; a better.
n41a.ll around and,to promote all the good things in life especially to-our peo-
li'ei.has always been about Family and I feel more committed now tlian'ever.
S6who. are 'excuse remoN ers. President Obama has proven that anyone- has the abil-
to. even the highest pedestal of success; Regardless of background or history.
ise persons who used to complain about a lack of opportunity ha\e to eat their own
bolow the example of a man who created his own opportunity." Rhoden Baker
rn to see Martin Luther King but I was alive to see his dream Obama. I am blessed
med to see this day. I also know that anything is possible ify ou fight and work hard
ippy to know that since Nov 4th Change was a bolded word in my Dictionar\. We
to make a difference. God Bless America. Janelle Benjamin
This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less. different thoughts and emotions raced through my mind as the events of the "big day"
productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were aided. I thought about Mrs. Rosa Parks not gi% ing up her seat on that bus 50+ years ago.
last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow K'Tien, along comes a young preacher from Atlanta who helped to change the consciousness of
interests and putting off unpleasant decisions that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust our- ".'Anrica and moreover, the world. Today, America is facing some of its toughest challenges ever
selves off, and begin again the work of remaking America. d along comes a young Senator from Chicago who had a vision, a plan. and a determined %w ill.
For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act lew thought it possible, but he persevered. It-zas Dr. King's time then and it's President Obama's
not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and time now. The words, inclusion, opportunity. and United States will all take on different and more
digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's power meanings. I'ss a great time for all of America and more er, the entire world! I was
wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and simply overwhelmed. It is truly awesome!!! "At Last!" A. Ray Brinson .
run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this'
we can do. And all this we will do. Te inauguration of Barack Obama means when have achieved the ultimate milestone, that
Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. some people thought would never be met. This should be a moti action for us to acime e ore in
Their memories are short For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve '_our lies, because we can longer use the crutch that we can't achie\ e our goals because of our
when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage. race. We have broken down barriers proclaiming that we are equal. Barack Obama is living proof
What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them that the stale political arguments that have that you can achieve anything you want as long as you work hard and put your mind to it. And
consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but as long.as you have that knowledge no one in the world can take that from you. Lakiesha Brown
whether it works whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where
the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the pub- The inauguration of Barack Obama is bittersweet. It is a moment I wish my grandparents had
lic's dollars will be held to account to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day because only been alive to witness after years of being denied the right to vote. It symbolizes the dreams .and
then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government hopes of our ancestors ensla% ed and free. This historic moment makes the words to my children
Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ilL Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom resourid with possibility You can have any career you want if you put your mind to it.Yo.u ca
is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control and that a nation become the president of the United States Before noon on January 20, 2009, those"'ordfflwe.'
cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size nttered by many parents or spoken with hollowness and without promise or possibilii"No-
of our Gross Domestic Product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart :.here is hope for a better nation and a better world for all of our children. Lisa Brown Buggs -
not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good. "'
As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced 'My thoughts, I felt a deep pride and respect for our young people!! Black, White,, Hispanic.
with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the ,'Asiari, etc. who had the audacity to think this country was ready for candidate Obama to 'rn for
blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake. And so to all other the highest office in the land and then work to make that happen! Secondly, I'wasoprod as"a
peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: mother, grandmother, aunt, etc., all children can now look at President Ob as a an example that.
know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and "working hard in school" is also a way out of an. situation! He certainly is an. exan.le '.wlat. v .
that we are ready to lead once more. many of our children are facing. "single parent households, absent fathe:i',absotiteilri dii -
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances ig up economic challenged homes, raised by grandparents"'et ailott i '
and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. '..\ ''. '.'.
Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force We have turned a new chapter in America and Dr. Kings dreaniti to b on
of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint To me personally, it truly means that I can truthfully tell my two young sons tht th ey ano ,as
We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even high as they want and reaci for the stars. This new chapter in our nation will begin to allow some
greater effort- even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its peo- of the wounds of the past to heal. It truly means that we are "one nation: udier-Gd with liberty
pie, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear and justice for all Santhea Hicks
threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, ,.. .....
and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit It means a sense of responsibility for me a -.wellas all people in the world.AThis- Was indeed
is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you. an incredible day where there was a renewal of Hope,. Faith and service The younger genera-
For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and tion is proud. excited and motivated....attd they should be. I only hope_.That they are somewhat
Hindus and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we aware of the struggles) fo the 60s' My prayer is that we as a people will allow our imaginations
have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we can- to become a joined effort towards a common purpose -so that we all.cari realize "The Moments"
not help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows that left many of us in thankful flowing tears. Theresa B. Hodge, Ph.D
smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.
To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect To those leaders around the When I think about Obama taking office there is a flood of mixed emotions some very hard to
globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West know that your people will judge you on what you can explain. Shandela Joyner
build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that
you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist Obama's Inauguration means we've come along way. It means a large portion of our country
To the people ofpoor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nour- has grown to the level of selecting the BEST person for the job rather than the best 'White' per-
ish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer son for the job. It shows that if you work hard, gain the education, skills and experience to do
afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect For the the job,-ANY job can be yours. Aaron Mervin
world has changed, and we must change with it. .
As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very "h election and inauguration of Barack Obama is "One Major Step In The Right
hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in i 6wver !It does not equate in one iota to all the hell that America has given to, and
Arlington whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody 4done .to black people under the flag of the stars and stripes. Andr'e X Neil
the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment a moment ', "
that will define a generation it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us alL '.meats'Ibat there is an even greater sense of urgency and responsibility for Black Americans
For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon : '.k harder, study longer, and perform better. We are all incredibly proud of Barack
which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would a...would he be incredibly proud of us? The world (and the Obamas) are watching!
rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter's courage to. Marsha G Oliver
storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent's willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.
Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success A"'ounting on the leadership of President Barack Obama and staff to address our nations
depends hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism these things are old. '...p/paradigm shift with a realistic team approach up close and personal with accountability,
These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to iglitand funding with measurable results and laws that will effect our communities and
these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility a recognition, on the part of every American, that we t generation, like my son and daughter. Many. God order his step, in this national transition
have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the -$drdeavor!- Ju'Coby Pittman-Peele
knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task. a J;m;
This is the price and the promise of citizenship. |4nsonally have no emotional attachment to this particular moment. It's my opinion that any
This is the source of our confidence the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny. bvho becomes the President of the U.S. represents the power structure that is known as
This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in spresidency" one which has been secured in place from it's original concept of it's "found-
celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at ti er. The English author George Orwell said, The party is not concerned with perpetu-
a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath. ,it, blood but with perpetuating itself. Wlo wields power is not important provided the hi'er-,
So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America's birth, in the l s structure remains always the same. Diiallo Sekou
coldest of months, a small band ofpatriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. '.'.. .'
The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in this means that there is nothing standing in the 'way that our children of color can't.d .
doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people: bFrthe day when my mom worked f"oa white lady and could not use the frorIt d'ooqio
"Let it be told to the future world...that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive...that the city '-'tclean her house and my aunt worked at a diner where she should could-hnot'oi~t '
and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet [it]." `Jrdoor and if a black person wanted to order something off the menu they wotild give them
America. In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope hat the back door, if they got a menu at all. When I see my daughter Azschrielle Jackson,
and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children's children heart to know that there .is nothing that could stop her from scceei'With her
that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on if: Bcause her character is being judge not her color. Yvette Washington
the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations. I?_.' d: -
January 22 -28, 2009
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum &
Bailey Circus will be in town
January 22-25 at the Veterans
Memorial Arena. Call 353-3309 for
Ebony Fashion Fair
The 51 st Annual Ebony Fashion
Fair sponsored by Alpha Kappa
Alpha Sorority will be held on
Friday, January 23rd, 2009 at 8
p.m.. Call Johnnetta Moore at 768-
2255 for more information.
Youth Needed to
Audition for Frat House
100 Youth Voices and Stage
Aurora Theatrical Company, Inc,
will be holding auditions for their
upcoming March production of
"Frat House" on January 24 & 25th.
Teens (8-19) be prepared to step,
sing and act. For more informa-
tion call 765-7372.
Zora Neale Hurston
Festival Bus Trip
The Clara White Mission is spon-
soring a bus trip to the Annual Zora
neal Hurston Festival in Eatonville,
FL on Saturday, January 24, 2009
The bus will leave at 8:30 a.m.
from the Gateway Shopping Center
Parking Lot and return at 7:00 p.m.
Bus price includes transportation
and refreshments (admission not
included.)For more information call
On Saturday, January 24, 2009
from 12 3 p.m., the Highlands
Branch Library on Dunn Avenue
will host a book signing for
Jacksonville's Own, Angelia Vernon
Menchan. Please mark your calen-
ders. One dollar from each book
sold will be donated to the Donna
Hicken foundation to support
Breast Cancer Research.
Wynton Marsalis in
Concert at UNF
Jazz musician and trumpeter
Wynton Marsalis will be in concert
on Wednesday, January 24th at
7:30 p.m., playing at UNF Fine Arts
Center. For ticket information,
please call (904) 620-2878.
JCCI Training Series
All A-BOARD! Interested in
serving on a Nonprofit Board of
Directors but don't know what that
really means? Apply to the JCCI All
A Board Training Class to learn
the tools and basics of board serv-
ice. Classes begin on Tuesday,
January 27th from 5:30 7:30
p.m. Apply today by mailing
Flagler NAACP Taps
Dr. Calvin Butts to
The Flagler County NAACP has
scheduled their meeting for
Wednesday, January 28, 7 p.m., in
the African-American Cultural
Center, at 4422 North U.S. 1 in
Palm Coast. The organization's
100th anniversary will be the topic
discussed by Rev.Calvin 0. Butts,
III, as guest speaker. Dr. Butts, an
esteemed civil rights activist, is the
pastor of Harlem's nationally-
renowned Abyssinian Baptist
Church. Call (386) 446-7822 for
One act play
Summer in Sanctuary
The Museum of Contemporary Art
(MOCA) will present Summer in
Sanctuary a one act play told
through monologue, poetry, music
and multi-media by artist Al Letson.
The production chronicles his jour-
ney working at a summer camp in
Jacksonville. It will be held on
Thursday, January 29th, 30th and
31st at 7:30 p.m. at the MOCA
located at 333 N. Laura Street. For
tickets or more information, call
366-6911 ext 208.
Learn how to grow
Get the latest information on
plants, shrubs and trees with the
Extension Service's "Think
Natives" class. Participants will
learn how to identify, plant and
maintain wonderful Florida
Friendly species. It will be held on
Thursday, January 29th from 2-4
PM at the Webb-Wesconnett
Library, 6887 103rd St. The class is
free, but pre-registration is request-
ed. Call 387-8850.
Community Connections will
present their 2nd Annual Mardis
Gras on January 30, 2009 from 7-
9 p.m. at the Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum. The Museum will include
hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, music,
dancing, silent auction, raffle draw-
ings, prizes for best costume and
crowning of the King and Queen of
Mardi Gras. The museum will also
be be open for tours. For tickets or
more information call 350-9949.
Jacksonville City Council
Member Glorious Johnson (At-
large, Group 5) will host the official
launch of Access Jacksonville at a
Community Hearing set for
January 30th at 2:00 p.m. in the
Jacksonville City Council
Chamber, 1st floor, City Hall, 117
W. Duval Street in downtown
Jacksonville. The primary mission
of the organization is to empower
minority communities and busi-
nesses through economic access,
participation and development. For
more- information call 630-1387.
The Atlantic Beach Women's
Connection will meet on Wed.
February 4th from 9:30-11:00a.m.
at the Selva Marina Country Club,
1600 Selva Marina Drive in
Atlantic Beach. This months pro-
gram will be "A Sweetheart of a
Brunch" with the topic, Cakes Can't
Bounce, but People Can. All ar ea
women are invited. Come and
bring a friend! Complimentary
child care with reservation. Call
Kate at 534-6784 for more info.
The Cummer Museum of Art &
Gardens will present three painting
and printmaking workshops on
Saturday January 31st, Feb. 22nd
and March 7th from 10 a.m. 4
p.m. The workshops are for artists
of all levels and will emphasize
individual attention. Professional
artists will guide participants
through explorations of themes in
20th century American Modernism
in one-day painting and printmak-
ing workshops. To register or for
more information, call 355-0630.
Grammy Winner John
Legend in Concert
Grammy award winning artist will
be in concert at the Florida Theater
on Monday, February 2 at 8 p.m.
Tickets start at $50. Call 355-2787
for tickets or more information.
Author Naomi Zack
to Lecture on
Ethics at UNF
Dr. Naomi Zack will discuss
"Ethics of Disaster" at 7:30 p.m. on
Monday, Feb. 2, at the University
Center on the University of North
Zack has spoken widely and writ-
ten numerous articles on the issues
of race, gender and 17th century
philosophy. She has also authored
several books, including ,
"Philosophy of Science and Race,"
"Bachelors of Science: Seventeenth
Century Identity, Then and Now,"
"Race and Mixed Race" and the
short textbook "Thinking about
Race." Tickets for this free lecture
can be ordered online at
Author Tina McElroy Ana will be
the guest speaker for the February
PRIDE Book Club meeting. Held
at the main Library Downtown, the
free meeting will be held on
Saturday, February 7th at 3:00
p.m. She will be discussing her
book "Taking After Mudear". For
more information call 630-2665.
Legends to Highlight
Jax Blues Festival
On February 8th 2009,
Jacksonville will get a major case of
the BLUES! Playing the Veteran's
Memorial Coliseum at 6 p.m., will
be Mel Waiters, Jeff Floyd, Theodis
Ealey, Bobby "Blue" Bland,
Clarence Carter, Latimore, Marvin
Sease and Sir Charles Jones all
sharing the Veteran's Memorial
stage. Tickets can be purchased at
Study Circle Kicks
Off on Race Relations
Author Bliss Boyard will kick of
the jacksonville HuCoalitiom's
Study Circle Series with "ONE
DROP My Father's Hidden Life"
- a story of race and family secrets.
It will be held on Thursday, Feb.
12th at the Channel 7 Studios, 100
Festival Park Ave. The evening will
begin with a 6 p.m. reception fol-
lowed by the keynote speaker at 7
p.m. Admission is free. For more
information call 630-4620.
Valentine's Day Dance
for Teens and Children
Stage Aurora is presenting teens a
chance to treat their special guy or
girl, Mom or Dad, or any other fam-
ily member or friend to an evening
of dancing, food, and fun! There
will be music, dancing and socializ-
ing for the under 18 crowd only.
The dance will take place on Friday,
February 13th from 5 9 p.m. at
the Stage Aurora Performance Hall
in the Gateway Town Center. For
more information or tickets, please
call Stage Aurora at 904 765-7372.
On Saturday, Feb. 14th, The
Southern Genealogist's Exchange
Society, Inc. will host guest speaker
Mrs. Shannon Palmer at 10:15 a.m.
at the Mandarin Regional Library,
3330 Kori Road The topic will be
"Tales of Working with the Silent."
The meeting is free & open to the
public. For more information call
778-1000 or email:
Betsch to Keynote
The 11th Annual Kingsley
Heritage Celebration will be held
on Saturday, February 21st at 2:00
p.m., the event also features a musi-
cal presentation by the EWC Choir.
The guest speaker will be Dr.
Johnnetta Betch Cole Kingsley
descendant and former president of
Spelman College. The Kingsley
Heritage Celebration recognizes the
culture that evolved amongst slave
communities despite the oppression
of slavery and celebrates their
determination and strength. For
more information, call 904-251-
Sinbad in Concert
Clean cut family comedian Sinbad
will be returning to Jacksonville for
one performance only on Friday
March 20th at 8 p.m. at the Florida
Theatre. Call 355-2787 for more
Art After Dark
The Florida Theatre will host Art
After Dark on Friday, March 27,
2009 from 7-10 PM. Tickets are
priced at $25 for an evening show-
casing the community's most
exceptional visual artists. It also
includes a silent auction, live music
and food. For tickets or perform-
ance information please call the
Florida Theatre Box Office at (904)
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January 22-28, 2009
First Coast Celebrates MLK Day
with Largest Parade in City's History
Parade Marshals 1958 Football team of M.W. Gilbert Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club
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Faust Temple Church of God In Christ
Sabrina representing the
Order of Eastern Stars
First Coast Marching Eagles Drumline
National Counil of Negro Women
Ms. Sheryl Gamble, who has never missed a parade since its' inception is now taking her grandchildren.
Shown above (L-R) are Sheryl Gamble (standing), Amahja Curry, Amahri Curry, Tamisha Curry,
Deidrick Parsons, Amahia Curry and cousin Malcolm Lawrence (standing).
ILA 1408 Officers
The local chapter of Jack and Jill, a national children's organization, marched in honor of Dr. King.
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National Brotherhood of Firefighters
Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Florida
Mt. Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church
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January 22 28, 2009
BBIC Dance and Praise Ministry
January 22-28, 2009
The Obama Diet
President Barack Obama has vowed to guide
America through the economic crisis and find a
way out of the war in Iraq, and he has all inten-
tions of staying fit and fly while accomplishing
these colossal goals. "I've sworn that we're tak-
ing out the bowling alley in the White House
and we're putting in a basketball court," said
Obama. Obama, 47, has made no secret of
his love of basketball; after all, he was caught
shooting hoops on Election Day!
Dashing up and down the court isn't the
only way the 44th president of the United
States of America stays in shape; he also
eats well, even when he and his wife,
Michelle, 44, dine at Topolobampo, their
favorite Mexican restaurant back home
"There isn't melted cheese and sour
cream over everything," says Chef Rick
Bayless, who's a contender to become
the Obamas' chef at the White House.
"We begin with fresh nonprocessed
ingredients, and the dish is natu-
rally better and completely satis-
fying. What's great about the
Obamas is that they try every-
thing." One of their faves? The
fresh sweet corn.
Even Obama's preferred snack is healthy.
"Nuts, trail mix, and granola bars" are among
his favorites, says a political insider.
Although Obama is adamant about leading a healthy lifestyle, he is not
immune to the occasional slip-up. Obama has been known to sporadi-
cally indulge in cheese steaks, fried chicken, and pizza. Luckily, he
burns lots of calories because he's so active.
"He works out every morning," says the political insider, "Even on the
campaign trail, when he wasn't playing basketball, he was hitting cardio
machines at the hotel gym." Usually, he gets in 45 minutes of exercise
a day, six days a week. "I'll lift one day and do cardio the next," Obama
has said. And he wakes up super early to hit the gym. "There's always,"
he adds, "a trade-off between sleep and working out!"
What Barack Obama Might
Eat In The White House
"As a rule, I'd keep breakfast
low in fat, high in protein and low
in carbs," Denver-based chef
Daniel Young, who's also in the
running to become the White
House chef told Life & Style. An
omelet's a good choice.
Guilty! Obama has been known
to treat himself to a refreshing
Italian Ice. Young, though, would
offer him organic fruit bars, sliced
cheese, tuna salad with crackers,
or homemade potato chips.
Obama likes Mexican food, "so
homemade chili is an option,"
says Young. "Or turkey burgers,
made with fresh breast meat, and
Obama had gumbo while cam-
paigning in New Orleans in
February. Young's alternatives?
"Grilled chicken breast stuffed
with spinach, mushrooms, garlic
and pecorino Romano cheese, or
ribeye steak from a grass-fed
How to Care for Our Skin in Extreme Cold
During winter, cold temperatures,
biting winds, low humidity and
indoor heating can cause dry, itchy,
cracked skin and chapped lips and
exacerbate conditions such as
eczema, psoriasis and seborrhea.
But there are some simple steps
you can take to protect your skin
from winter's harsh conditions, says
dermatologist Dr. Deborah Scott,
director of the Center for
Dermatology and Skin at Brigham
and Women's Hospital, in Boston.
Scott recommends that you:
Stay hydrated. Drinking ade-
quate amounts of water benefits
your overall health and helps
hydrate your skin from within. You
should try to drink at least eight 8-
ounce glasses of water a day.
Keep showers short and warm.
Long, hot showers strip natural oils
from your skin. You should spend
no more than 10 minutes in the
shower and keep the water temper-
ature below 90 degrees F.
Use mild skin care products.
The best choices are creams, oint-
ments and lotions that are formulat-
ed for sensitive skin and don't con-
tain alcohol. Do not use deodorant
or antibacterial soaps, or soaps or
shampoos with skin irritants such as
fragrances and lauryl sulfates.
Moisturize daily. Immediately
after a shower, pat skin dry (do not
rub) and apply moisturizer to help
trap moisture in the outer layers of
your skin. Carry a travel-size con-
tainer of lotion with you so you can
replenish your skin moisture
throughout the day.
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SHow Does Menopause
Affect Women's Hair?
t Dear Dyrinda,
L JI was sitting
around with my
aunts over the
holidays and the conversation
somehow turned to the "change of
life". I think they were trying to
scare me, but is it true that when
you're goin through "the change"
that your hair will start to shed?
Please hurry, because I'm in my
mid forties and I want to be as
mentally prepared as I can be.
Well Sherri, I hate to break it to
ya, but listen to your elders on this
one. Your hair is just and extension
of your body and when it changes
so does the hair. When a woman
goes through menopause her hor-
mone levels are all out of wack;
that's why your hair- among other
things go into a state of shock.
Some, not all, women seek the
help of a doctor to find medical
solutions to help stabilize their
Once you get your hormone lev-
els back in check, you should start
to see a rejuvenation in your hair.
If you want to make sure you stay
ahead of this change, I'd suggest
that if you're between the ages of
45 to 55 to get your estragon levels
checked regularly. Another health
issue that can affect your hair is if
you're having issues with your thy-
roid. I have a close friend who has
been experiencing problems and
her hair has changed distinctly.
And again, your hair can come
back better and stronger, but I
strongly suggest speaking with
Anytime you see excessive levels
of hair shedding diet, stress level,
hormonal changes, or even a
chemical change could be to
blame. Start by speaking with your
stylist and if the two of you can
eliminate any chemical affects,
you should consult your doctor for
further diagnoses. I hope this
information helps and gets you on
the path to healthier hair.
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BALFOUR PLEADS NOT GUILTY
IN HUDSON MURDERS:
Jennifer Hudson's estranged brother-in-law has
pleaded not guilty to murdering three members
of Hudson's family at the Cook County Criminal
~ Court in Chicago.
,N He's being held without bail and is due back in
court on January 27.
Balfour is the estranged husband of Jennifer
Hudson's sister, Julia, and he's accused of killing
their mother, brother and Julia Hudson's 7-year-old son.
Authorities believe Balfour committed the murders because he was angry
about Julia dating another man.
KIMORA AND DJIMON TO BE PARENTS:
Baby Phat boss announces pregnancy to her team.
Kimora Lee Simmons and
Djimon Hounsou are expecting
their first child. She
announced the pregnancy to '
her New York staff last week.
This will be the Baby Phat "
diva's third child; she's got two H ; I
daughters 8-year-old Ming -
Lee and 6-year-old Aoki Lee -4
from her previous marriage to i
hip hop mogul Russell
Djimon Hounsou doesn't have '
any other kids.
WILL SMITH TALKS POSSIBLE OBAMA ROLE
Actor says nothing is in the works, but he's ready 'to do my duty as an
K -During the presidential campaign, Barack
Obama famously stated that he would pre-
4 fer Will Smith to play him on the big
screen should a movie ever be made about
.t his life.
Speaking at the premiere of his new film
"Seven Pounds" at the Empire, Leicester
Square, in London, Smith said he's ready
and willing to suit up as the president at a
"If I am ordered by my commander in
chief to star in a film about him, I will do
Smith (left) portrayed the life my duty as an American," he told the
of Christpher Gardner in The Telegraph newspaper.
Pursuit of Happyness. Smith, however, said he had no desire to
move into the White House for real.
"If we were in the White House I don't know if that would exactly be a
good thing. The Obamas are much more prepared to be in the White House
than the Smiths," he said.
"It's a whole lot more fun to be a movie star. That's a difficult job being
President with a whole lot of lives on the line with every decision you
make. In my job I just bring joy. I don't bring bad news. I think I'll stay in
my position for quite some time."
DeShawn Snow will not return to
"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"
when the show begins its second
The wife of NBA star Eric Snow
said she learned only Monday that
the series would go on without her,
leaving Lisa Wu Hartwell, NeNe
Leakes, Sheree Whitfield and Kim
Kolciak to break in another cast
"called and said that I was "too
human for a circus show" and that
because the show did so well, they
are about to pump up the drama and
they didn't think that I would fit in,"
DeShawn told Essence.com. "He
gave me an example, saying that
during the reunion when I found out
what a few of the other ladies said
about me, they were expecting me
to say more, but I'm not the type to
go 'television' and start acting crazy
because somebody's talking about
me. I'm fine with the decision. It
wasn't my decision. They let me go
and there are no hard feelings. I am
thankful for the opportunity."
Housewife NeNe in a recent inter-
view said the wives of basketball
legend Dr. J and music superstar
Usher were being considered to
replace DeShawn. However,
Usher's wife Tameka Foster has
since come forward to deny the
"Although Bravo approached me,
and I was flattered by the offer, I
will not be joining the 'Real
Housewives' cast," said Raymond,
who just welcomed her second son,
Naveid Ely, with her husband in
In other ATL Housewives news,
Sheree Whitfield is reportedly quite
upset with her divorce settlement
which she thought would net her
According to the Atlanta Journal-
Constitution, she is appealing a set-
tlement that included a lump sum of
$775,000, as well as an annual
$113,422 in her ex's retirement
funds and $2,142.87 in monthly
child support. However, her divorce
lawyers now say that her limited
education and inability to earn
income are a severe disadvantage
compared to her wealthy ex-hus-
band, who had a six-year, $30 mil-
lion contract with the Atlanta
Falcons. (Sheree Whitfield only has
a high-school diploma, and her
attempt to start a clothing boutique
The settlement did not include any
spousal support, and the Georgia
Supreme Court evicted Sheree
Whitfield and the couple's children
from their $2.6 million home in
Sandy Springs, GA, just north of
Atlanta. EURweb.com reports her
claim that she cannot afford to buy
a new house in the neighborhood
where the children have grown up.
The Whitfields divorced in 2007
after seven years of marriage. Their
two children were 11 and eight at
Bob Whitfield, 37, played for the
Falcons from 1992 to 2003 fol-
lowed by a stint with the
Jacksonville Jaguars. He
announced his retirement from pro-
fessional football in February 2007.
He is now a guest NFL analyst for
Sky Sports in the U.K.
Lil Kim was a big part of the
Notorious B.I.G.'s life, but she's not
happy about the way she's por-
trayed in the new biopic about the
late rapper. The Notorious B.I.G.
was Lil Kim's mentor and was also
romantically linked to the rapper.
Their sometimes rocky relationship
is depicted in the new movie
"Notorious," but Lil Kim doesn't
think it's very accurate.
In a statement, she said: "The
film studio and producers involved
were more concerned about paint-
ing me as a 'character' to create a
more interesting story line instead
of a person with talent, self-respect
and who was able to achieve her
own career success through hard
She added: "Even though my
relationship with Big was at times
very difficult and complicated (as
with most relationships we have all
experienced at one time or another),
it was also genuine and built on
great admiration and love for each
other. Regardless of the many lies
in the movie and false portrayal of,
me to help carry a story line
through, I will still continue to carry
his legacy through my hard work
But Wallace's mother, Voletta
Wallace, dismissed Lil Kim's criti-
cisms of the movie in an interview.
"This is not a Lil Kim movie,"
she said. "This is a Christopher
Wallace movie. It has nothing to do
with Lil Kim. If she's disappointed
and upset, that is her problem."
At the film's New York premiere
last week, "Notorious" screenwriter
Cheo Hodari Coker said he under-
stands why Lil Kim might not like
the film, but added: "I think that
Naturi (Naughton) did a great job
playing Kim. I think people are
going to be a lot more sympathetic
towards her after seeing the movie."
Wayne Barrow Biggie's for-
mer manager and a producer on the
movie expressed less patience
with Kim's attitude.
"Our job as producers ... was to
deliver for three individuals. That's
his mom and his two children.
Everybody else: Stand in line, buy a
Lil' Kim, shown above left with Notorious BIG and Puff Daddy said
she found the film to be insulting their relationship.
ticket and enjoy the show." 1997 and remains one of rap's most
"Notorious" chronicles the life ; important figures. It opens in the-
and untimely death of the Notorious aters last week to'a surprising $21.5
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The legendary "Old Timers" led
by Ronald "Track" Elps held their
annual Martin Luther King Day
Picnic at Lonnie Miller Park.
Originally a flag football chal-
lenge celebrating the rivalry
between old Stanton and Matthew
Gilbert Football teams, the event
now is a time for renewing friend-
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generously shared their own food
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