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Volume 23 No.23 Jacksonville, Florida March 11- 17, 2010

Alzheimer's cases rising among African-Americans, Hispanics


A study released this week says
Alzheimer's cases are on the rise in
the United States.
The study also shows a surprising
spike in the number cases in the
African-American and Hispanic
communities. The report, 2010
Alzheimer's Disease Facts and


Figures, from the Alzheimer's
Association, finds that black
Americans are about two times
more likely to develop Alzheimer's
disease than whites, and Hispanics
face about 1.5 times the risk.
It's an increase in Alzheimer's
cases at a time when heart disease,


breast cancer and prostate cancer
deaths are all going down.
"We really in general attribute the
overall increased prevalence of this
disease to our longevity. We are liv-
ing longer and age is the number
one risk factor," says Maria Carrillo
of the Alzheimer's Association.


Filmmaker Working to Preserve Raines


High blood pressure and diabetes
are factors.
As baby boomers head into their
golden years, researchers believe
cases will continue to rise.
Researchers say you can reduce
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Shown above (L-R) are film maker Emanuel Washington, Jesse Wilcox ('67), Wincell Hightower ('72) and


camera man Diallo Sekou ('91).
When Emanuel Washington
thinks of his days at Raines High
school his memories don't include
dreaded standardized tests, bleak
academic statistics or an apathetic
student body.
For him, his days at the popular
northside high school were some of
the best days of his life.
"I participated in the band and
other clubs, high school was defi-
nitely my glory days," says
Washington. His sentiments are not


alone. Ask any graduate of the
school on the eve of it's 45th
anniversary and they will tell you
the same thing.
Daunted by the institution's cur-
rent FCAT "F" rating and an
increase of violence, Washington
has decided to chronicle the
school's history from a mix of
records, alumni and administrators.
His purpose to preserve the legacy
he participated in with hopes of
inspiring students of just how pow-


erful a history Raines has.
With the blessing of the current
administration, he has been conduct-
ing interviews Saturdays at the
school.The school's new principal,
George Maxey, welcomes the activ-
ity that will add to his current
school them, "A new school with an
old school flavor".
"People need to know that Raines
High School is much bigger than
what they see today," said recent
interviewee Jesse Wilcox.


The class of 1967 graduate
attended the school in it's second
year of existence.
"You couldn't tell us nothing "
said Wilcox. "We had a new school
with the best andbrightest teachers.
Andrew Robinson (the first princi-
ple) made sure of that. And we
acted accordingly."
Both Wilcox and friend Wincell
Hightower ('72) shared their mem-
ories with Washington. The high-
light of their high school careers
were accented by their band partic-
ipation. As musicians and athletes,
they said their preparation at Raines
is what equipped them to take their
life to the next level at college.
"By the time we got to
Tallahassee, they already knew who
were and our abilities," said
Hightower. He credits the school's
coaches with making sure they had
a future.
To participate, or for more infor-
mation, contact Emanuel
Washington at 607-3314.


Jacksonville Couples Spring into Love


Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Mitchell Mr. and Mrs. Coby Bishop
Bethel Baptist Instutional Church celebrated the union of the former Themed in the colors of red and white, David and Coby Bishop recomi-
Jamese Quiller and Jesse Mitchell Joseph Sanders was the Best Man and ited their vows after twenty years of marriage last weekend. Held in the
Felecia Smith was the Maid of Honor. Jamese is the daughter of Joyce and multi-purpose room of the Clara White Mission, guests attended the fes-
Anthony Quiller. Jesse is the son of Annette White and Jessie Mitchell. tive occasion that included a full buffet and live music. Following the cer-
Sweethearts since their days at Ribault High School, Mrs. Mitchell is emony and greeting all of their hundred plus guests, the couple were toast-
employed by Wolfson High School and Mr. Mitchell by Jacksonville ed by their close family members. "I didn't do it twenty years ago", said
University. Following a honeymoon in Miami, they will reside in Mrs. Hayes about walking down the aisle, "but we sure did do it today."
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More than 150 gathered at groundbreaking ceremonies for new facil- FreshMinistries CEO Robert V. Lee, III, Dr. Jeannette C. Holmes-
ity. Vann, Executive Director Jackie Perry and Mayor John Peyton pose
r e in front of picture of new building that replaced the old warehouse,
e aver Street ter rise which will be transformed into a 2-story incubator late fall.

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to aid start up businesses .


The staff of Beaver Street
Enterprise Center (BSEC) and
FreshMinistries joined Mayor John
Peyton and other elected officials to
break ground on a 13,000 sq. foot
expansion of BSEC's award-win-
ning business incubator services.
BSEC, an initiative of
FreshMinistries, offers an array of
services for small business startups,
mentoring and incubating them
until they can continue to grow and
thrive on their own.
The expansion, named "Beaver
Street Enterprise Center II," and
which is slated to open in the Fall of
2010, will:
House "Stage 2" businesses
(companies that have advanced
beyond the startup stage with the
intent and potential for additional
growth, with revenues up to $50
million);

The Color of
by M. Singletary, BAW
Beginning April 1, when you go
online to view your federally man-
dated free annual credit reports,
you'll get exactly what you came
for. Hopefully.
The Credit CARD Act of 2009,
which has eliminated a number of
unfair credit card practices, also
required the Federal Trade
Commission to issue new rules to
prevent deceptive marketing of the
free reports generated by each of
the three national credit bureaus --
Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.
Since the Fair and Accurate
Credit Transactions Act was signed
into law in 2003, there has been a
lot of confusion among consumers
about which site provides the offi-
cial reports. The ubiquitous com-
mercials for freecreditreport.comrn
with the curly haired guitar-playing
guy haven't helped either.


Create and retain 125 new full-
time jobs, with 51% employing
low- to moderate-income workers;
Transform a 1-story, 7,300
square-foot warehouse into a 2-
story, 13,000 square-foot green,
state-of the-art facility;
Serve 22 existing businesses
and 12 new businesses;
Utilize green construction
processes, with a goal to become
LEED environmentally certified;
-Supplement BSEC's work
toward restoring economic health in
Jacksonville's core city through
nurturing small businesses that cre-
ate jobs and neighborhood services.
"Any time we spend trying to
build good jobs or attract good jobs
I think is time well invested," said
Peyton, adding that BSEC's expan-
sion will benefit the entire city.
"The best way to fund government

Money: Credit
Heck, even until April 1, people
still have to go through a gantlet of
advertising before being allowed to
click their way to their free reports
on annualcreditreport.com.
Upon first landing at that site,
you must read carefully lest you be
diverted to the Web sites for the
bureaus. On the official site, there is
bold red lettering that says: "Start
here to view and print your credit
report now." You then have to select
the state you live in to begin the free
credit report process.
But some people assume they
should click on the credit bureau
links below that wording. Once on
the sites for TransUnion, Experian
or Experian, you encounter market-
ing pitches for various products or
services, including monitoring for
your credit reports or the ability to
buy your credit score. Credit scores
differ from your credit report,


Project team members include: Joseph Hutchinson, Xeye, Amit
Vaswani, Bhide & Hall Architects, Michelle Tappouni, Breaking
Ground Contractors, Mark Morley, The Omega Group,LLC Robert
McVeigh, Bhide & Hall Architects, PA., and Mary Tappouni.


is through a prosperous communi-
ty.",
Although BSEC's tenants have
created $50 million in revenues
since its opening, the expansion
isn't just about money, according to


the Rev. Dr. Robert V. Lee III,
chairman and founder of
FreshMinistries.
"It means more opportunities for
people to live the dream," said Dr.
Lee.


Report Access Simplified


which contains your credit history.
The scores are used to determine
how creditworthy you are. There is
no requirement for the bureaus to
provide free credit scores.
Even setting aside the possible
detours on the centralized free site,
there's another opportunity to get
misdirected. After you've entered
personal information on annual-
creditreport.com, you'll still
encounter sales pitches from the
credit bureaus. The law doesn't pro-
hibit the credit reporting agencies
from advertising their proprietary
products and services through the
centralized source. People have to
decline the offers one by one before
being allowed to continue through
to get to their free reports.
But next month, the advertising
has to be moved to the end of the
free credit report process. This is
better -- but not ideal.


I understand why the credit
bureaus want to advertise. They
have stuff they want to sell.
However, the centralized site
should be an advertising-free zone.
This would eliminate any chance
that somebody might still think they
have to pay to get a look at their
credit files.
In the Federal Register notice
about the rule changes, the FTC -
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How to Identify Census 2010 Workers
By being counted in the 2010 Census you are
-, standing up for what your community's needs are.
That's why census takers are so important. A cen-
sus taker is a person from your community who is
hired by the Census Bureau to make sure that
your neighborhood gets represented as accurately
as possible. The census taker's primary responsi-
''" ability is to collect census information from resi-
dences that have not sent back their 2010 Census
form. The Census Bureau provides the census
S^ taker with a binder containing all of the address-
es that didn't send back a filled out census form
The census taker then visits all of those addresses and records the
answers to the questions on the form If no one answers at a particular
residence, a census taker will visit that home up to three times, each time
leaving a door hanger featuring a phone number; residents can call the
number on the hanger to schedule the visit.
The census taker will ONLY ask the questions that appear on the cen-
sus form. They will NEVER ask for your Social Security Number or
personal banking information (such as account numbers or passwords).
The census taker who collects your information is sworn for life to pro-
tect your data under Federal Law Title 13. Those who violate the oath
face criminal penalties: Under federal law, the penalty for unlawful dis-
closure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years, or
both.

Florida Job Corps Strategize in Jax


Shown above representing Jacksonville Job Corps are (L-R) Zena
Foster, CTS Specialist and Flora PetersonStudent Administrator and
Development Director.


Leadership staff of Florida State
Job Corps representatives met in
Jacksonville recently for a state
wide summit to discuss an opportu-
nity for center staff to discuss and
create strategies and action plans
(with measurable deliverables) to
ensure center and post center prac-
tices are in line with Florida eco-
nomic conditions.
Additionally, the Summit focused
on line staff as the primary partici-
pants that have direct interactions


with the Job Corps youth and
young adults attending and separat-
ing from the five Florida Job Corps
centers located in Jacksonville,
Gainesville, Miami, Homestead
and St. Petersburg/Pinellas County.
Job Corps is a program adminis-
tered by the United States
Department of Labor that offers
free-of-charge education and voca-
tional training to youth ages 16 to
24.


Nearly half of Black Women have herpes
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for Disease Control and Prevention symptoms, and the disease can still nitely should avoid sex when symp-
is very troubling, to say the least. be transmitted without visible toms or sores are present.
A jaw-dropping 48 percent of sores. Remember that genital herpes can
black women between ages 14 and The high rate of genital herpes still be transmitted when sores are
49 have the virus which causes gen- infections among blacks may con- not present. Using condoms consis-
ital herpes, says the federal agency. tribute toward the high rate of HIV tently and correctly, and limiting
Blacks in general are more than in the black community by making the number of people you have sex
three times as likely as whites to transmission easier, says the CDC. with are also important to limiting
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Politics Tends to Breed Corruption: Elected base loves him and he has been
so unbeatable that no one has

Officials can Learn from Past and Present Scandals gotten close to achieving a per-
centage of votes against him


For some, politics is a passion. It
is a passion driven by the desire to
help people and shape the laws and
conditions of our society.
For others, politics is a necessary
evil that they avoid as much as pos-
sible. Many Americans have a neg-
ative opinion of politicians and
assume that all are similar regard-
less of their political affiliation.
Unfortunately, the sins of a few
often affect the perception of many.
I have always said that most, and
I will repeat "most" people who run
for public office run for the right
reasons. Typically, politicians are
people who care enough about their
community that it drives them to
run in an attempt to affect govern-
ment and create or change the law.
The problem with politics typi-
cally is not a person's initial intent
when they run; it's when they get in
office that the conflict arrives.
Some can handle the power and
influence that comes with being
elected and others simply cannot.
We have folks in Washington and
throughout the country succumbing
to one scandal after another.
Most of us have heard the infa-
mous quote by John Emerich
Edward Dalberg Acton. Other than
having an extremely long name, he
is also known for saying, "Power
corrupts, and absolute power cor-
rupts absolutely."
The majority of us would proba-
bly agree that too much power and
control is not a good, and the prop-


er checks and balances always have
to be put in place to ensure that "the
people" come first.
So where am I going with all of
this political chatter? Well, the
recent issues facing several high
profile African American elected
officials caused me to pause for a
moment and really think about
what causes bad decisions to be
made by politicians.
Of course, I have to be the first to
say that we are all innocent until
proven guilty, so my comments are
in no way a rush to judgment.
Last week, New York
Congressman, Charlie Rangel
stepped down as chairman of the
Ways and Means Committee
because of an ongoing ethics inves-
tigation. By the way, in case you
didn't know, the Ways and Means
Committee is considered the most
powerful congressional committee
assignments because the committee
is responsible for tax laws.
Around the same time, New
York's first African American
Governor announced that he would
not seek re-election because of an
ethics investigation of his own.
Recently friends and foes of
Patterson have called for his resig-
nation because of allegations that
he intervened on behalf of a staffer
in a domestic abuse case and
accepted free tickets to a game.
Talk about a "Rage in Harlem."
Hopefully, Patterson and Rangel's
Harlem roots prepared them for the


criticisms they have faced over the
past few months.
Patterson's situation has seemed
to worsen week by week. He has
battled rumors and unconfirmed
news reports of womanizing and
drug use. Rumors that he denies,
but the New York Post is sticking
by a story they wrote in January.
The story claimed that Patterson
was caught by the state police in
the governor's mansion physically
involved with a woman that obvi-
ously was not his wife.
Patterson initially said that he
would run for reelection despite the
rumors, however he has since
changed his mind. Many
Democrats in New York and
Washington, DC have insisted that
Patterson not seek reelection and
allow NY Atty. General Andrew
Cuomo to be the party's candidate.
Unfortunately, sometimes per-
ception does become reality and
starts to hurt your public image,
which in turn damages your ability
to be reelected.
Right or wrong that is the reality
that Patterson is dealing with. Is he
still electable amidst the ongoing
allegations probably not?
Rangel's issues most likely will
not hurt him amongst Harlem vot-
ers. While it may seem like a big
deal that he resigned from his
Chairmanship, the reality is that he
is still in Congress and still has his
same committee assignments.
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that would be enough to make him
flinch.
Cong. Rangel was being investi-
gated for several reasons including
not reporting a million plus dollars
on his 2007 financial disclosure
and his use of four rent-stabilized
apartments in New York City.
Another part of the probe
addresses his failure to report
$75,000 in income from a rental
villa at the beachfront Punta Cana
Yacht Club, in the Dominican
Republic. Again, every man is
innocent until proven guilty and
many of Rangel's issues may stem
from the fact that he's 79 years old
and needs to do a better job of man-
aging is assets.
The congressman isn't facing jail
time, but he is dealing with a very
embarrassing public investigation.
History is full of elected folks
from all levels of government,
black and white and all political
parties that have had missteps and
in some cases politicians have
stepped off of a cliff.
Congressman Rangel and
Governor Patterson's issues simply
remind us that no one is above con-
troversy. It's important that the peo-
ple politicians represent always
remain the focus.
"A politician thinks of the next
election. A statesman, of the next
generation." Said James Freeman
Clarke.
Signing off from City Hall,
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March 11-18, 2010


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Devin Reddick Named PTR Florida Member of the Year


Ritz Amature Night in full swing Got talent? Well the Ritz Theater wants you.
Gearing up for the semi-finals of its much anticipated Amateur Night, the Ritz Theater just had a new round of
winners advance. Recent Amateur Night winners are shown above: (1-r) Tauhzane Richardson [dancer], Rollin
Scott [pianist], Stephanie Laney [solo vocalist], Ritz Executive Director Carol Alexander, Unique Sounds [rap
& singing trio], and Alexis Nichols (holding the check) [pianist & vocalist].

FAMU Awards $1.2Million in Jacksonville Scholarships


Florida A&M University
(FAMU) awarded nearly $1.2 mil-
lion in scholarships to 39 students
at the Wyndham Hotel in
Jacksonville, including three who
received the top award the Life-
Gets Better (LGB) Scholarship val-
ued at $85,000.
"I am grateful," said Terica
Slaughter, a senior at Paxon School
for Advanced Studies, who
received the LGB Scholarship. "I
really wasn't expecting it."


Slaughter said without the schol-
arship she would not be able to
attend a four-year college. In addi-
tion to covering tuition, room and
board, the LGB scholarship pro-
vides a laptop computer, stipend
and an summer internship.
Godfrey Jenkins, president of the
J. R. E. Lee Chapter of the FAMU
National Alumni Association, wel-
comed more than 300 students and
parents to the reception.
FAMU President James H.


Douglas Anderson Writers Festival
The Douglas Anderson School of the Arts' three-day Douglas Anderson
Writers' Festival 2010 features fourteen authors from around the country
who will lead hands-on writing workshops, guide interactive writing sem-
inars, and conduct book readings and signing. This year's event features
three-time Nobel Prize for Literature nominee, Joyce Carol Oates, who
will do an evening reading followed by a question and answer session.
Other participating writers include Pulitzer Prize winning poet Natasha
Tretheway, National Poetry Slam winner Patricia Smith, and local play-
wright Ian Mairs. It will be held March 18-20 at the Douglas Anderson
School of the Arts and at the Main Library. The Douglas Anderson Writers'
Festival offers people of all ages the opportunity to practice literary and
creative writing in all its forms. For more information and registration
details, visit www.douglasandersonwritersfest.com



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Ammons is traveling across north
and central Florida this week offer-
ing scholarships to some of the
state's best and brightest students
through his Presidential Scholars
Program.


Professional Tennis Registry
PTR presented its annual awards
this week during the 2010 PTR
International Tennis Simposium.
The event, which includes 50+plus
on court and classroom presentation
for tennis teachers and coaches, a
tennis trade show and $25,000
championships was held February
12-18.2010 at PTR Headquarters
on Hilton Head Island, South
Caroline. Devin Reddick of
Jacksonville, Florida was named
PTR member of the year for the
State. Reddick is the Head Tennis
Professional at the MaliVa
Washington Kids Foundation, a
non-Profit organization that serves
nearly 150 youth through its TNT
afterschool program TNT (Tennis -
n- Tutoring) provides free home-
work assistance, life skill classes,
mentoring, tutoring and tennis les-
sons to the Jacksonville's most
underserved youth.
Reddick also leads the organiza-
tion's efforts to help grow the game
in the community. The Foundation
serves as the tennis component for
several programs, including a few
other afterschool programs such as,
The Bridge of North East Florida,
The Tony Boselli Foundation and a
number of introductory clinics and
series for beginners on all ages and
ability levels. Reddick is also Head
Captain of five MWF Team Tennis
Teams. PTR is the largest global
organization f tennis teaching pro-


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fessionals with more than 14,000
members in 122 countries. It has
the greatest percentage of multicul-
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such organization. PTR is dedicated
to educating certifying and servic-
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St. Thomas Lent Worship Services
The St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church will continue their Lent
Worship Service each Wednesday night through March 31st. The service
will begin at 7:00p.m. nightly. The public is invited to attend. The Church
is located at 5863 MoncriefRd. Pastor Ernie L. Murray Sr. Pastor. For more
information call the church at (904) 768-8800.

Women's Worship Word & Praise Service
On March 21 at 6 P.m. The CFIGC Refreshing Women of Jacksonville
Will be presenting a "Powerful Worship, Praise and Word Service" with
women from around the city in charge. Included in the event will be Rev.
Mattie W. Freeman, Sister Ema Sims, Dr. Beverly Weed, Sis Pat Gadson
and many more. The public is welcome to come out and help lift the name
of Jesus. It will be held at the New Friend Missionary Baptist Church, 1996
Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach, Fl. 32233. Rev. Marvin Nash, Pastor.

Stanton All Class Reunion
The 4th Annual Stanton Gala for alumni, faculty and staff of Old Stanton,
New Stanton and Stanton Vocational High School will be held May 1, 2010
at the Prime Osborn convention center. This year's event will spotlight for-
mer Stanton Bands and honor, posthumously, Band Director Mr. Kernaa
McFarlin.
For more information about this year's Gala and to view previous Galas,
visit www.stantonhighschool.org or call Gala Chairman Kenneth Reddick
at 904-764-8795. Tickets will be available at our next meeting February 8th
at 6:00p.m. at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church.

Gospel Cavaliers in Concert
The Gospel Cavaliers of Jacksonville will be in concert Saturday March
13, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. It will be held at the Friendship Primitive Baptist
Church, 1106 Pearce St. Elder Bobbie Sheffield, Pastor. Come join in a
great celebration and true worship experience as we bless the name of our
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Friendship Male Chorus will open up the
services with a A&B selections.

NSCOC Revival Meeting
Northside Church of Christ: Spring "Let the Bible Speak" Gospel/Revival
meeting will be on March 7th -11th with Guest Speaker Brother Darrell
Holt of Pontiac, MI, Sunday March 7, 2010.Revival 7:00 p.m. Nightly
March 8-11. The church is located at 4736 Ave B, Charlie McClendon Sr.
Minister. For additional information contact the church at 765-9830.
NOTICE: Church news is published free of charge. Information must
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King Silent as SCLC Faces Uncertain Future
King Silent as SCLC Faces Uncertain Future


by Aron Haines
ATLANTA Four months after
Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter
was elected president of the civil
rights group he co-founded, all is
silent on why she hasn't taken the
helm.
The Southern Christian
Leadership Conference has been
fractured by infighting and a federal
investigation. Most recently, agents
recently raided the Ohio chapter's
headquarters and the home of the
SCLC's national chairman, who
faces accusations of financial mis-
management. In Georgia, Fulton
County prosecutors have also
launched a formal investigation into
the Atlanta-based organization's
financial affairs.
Through it all, the Rev. Bernice
King who was elected SCLC pres-
ident Oct. 29 has said nothing. She
has yet to take over, and the interim
president she is replacing has
already left.
With no one to speak on the
group's behalf, observers say the
long-declining SCLC is weaker than
ever.


Amid the turmoil, the manage-
ment functions continue to limp
along. A compliance officer and an
acting administrator are managing
the day-to-day operations. Three
longtime SCLC board members
have been appointed to sign checks
for the time being.
SCLC activists still demonstrate,
speak and use lawsuits to confront
racism in society. However, the
SCLC, once the driving force
behind the peaceful disobedience of
the civil rights movement, gradually
gave way to other organizations and
faded from the headlines in the
decades since the death of its most
famous founder. Those loyal to
King and his vision have continued
to keep the SCLC going if only
because they could not bear to lose
the last symbolic tie to the civil
rights patriarch.
To some observers, the youngest
King would do well to keep her dis-
tance from the SCLC's current
woes.
"No new president should come
in with this kind of mess," said the
Rev. Timothy McDonald, a friend of


Christian Health Workshop
The Health and Welfare Department of Emmanuel Ministries International
located at 6858 Old Kings Road will be presenting the health workshop
"What Causes Christians to Be Unhealthy," on Saturday March 13, 2010 at
10:00a.m.. This is a free event. Bring a friend. For more information con-
tact 379-0104.

Youth Haiti Fundraiser
Avondale United Methodist Church Praise Team and students from
Douglas Anderson School of The Arts will team up to raise funds for Haiti
Relief on Saturday March 13th at 7:30 p.m. Church and Student musicians
will perform a benefit concert to fund relief efforts in Haiti. The group, will
be performing "Shelter" a musical of comfort and hope. The church is locat-
ed at 1651 Talbot Ave. (at Boone Part Ave.) in Jacksonville's Avondale
neighborhood. For more information, email rjoshuawhitton@gmail.com.


the King
family who
worked for
the SCLC
under its
longest-
serving
president,
the Rev.
Joseph
Lowery. P
"It is in ,
her best
interest to
lay low '
until some
of this can I ..
get cleaned up. Then she can come
in with a clean slate," said
McDonald, now pastor of First
Iconium Baptist Church in Atlanta.
Bernice King, an ordained minis-
ter, is the second child of Martin and
Coretta Scott King to take on a lead-
ership role in SCLC. Her brother,
Martin Luther King III, was presi-
dent from 1998 to 2003 and remains
on the board of directors.
Their father helped found the
SCLC on Valentine's Day in 1957,
and was its leader until his assassi-
nation in 1968. When Bernice King
was elected SCLC president in
October, she said she could not
assume office before the spring
because of prior engagements and
commitments.
"I stand before you as a daughter
of the civil rights movement calling
forth the daughters and sons of the
next generation of social change,"
King said on the day she was elect-
ed at Ebenezer Baptist Church,
where her father preached from
1960 until his death.
SCLC's troubles have mounted


during the past year. Chairman
Raleigh Trammell and Treasurer
Spiver Gordon were among a hand-
ful of the group's leadership accused
of financial mismanagement in
June, when a former SCLC board
member called for a Justice
Department investigation into the
alleged disappearance of more than
$1.4 million.
Both have denied wrongdoing.
Because of the pending lawsuit,
they are not allowed to comment on
the organization's situation.
The SCLC announced an internal
investigation into the matter in
December. Some on the group's
board of directors attempted to oust
Trammell and Gordon last fall,
accusing them of diverting about
$569,000 of SCLC funds to bank
accounts they controlled to cover
expenses ranging from credit card to
insurance bills without board
approval.
After a faction of SCLC members
sought an injunction in Fulton
County Superior Court, a judge
reinstated both men in January.


Pastor Ernie Murray
Welcomes you!


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


Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor


Weekly Services


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


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

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


Come share in Holy Communioonon 1st Sunday at 4:50 p.m.


Bishop Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor


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


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vendors providing massages and
facials, The health Fair is sched-
uled from 10am-2pm and all festi-
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Saturday's events include "The
Motorcycle Show and Contest"
featuring some of north Florida's
best bikes. Top prizes will be
awarded for the "Best in Show."
Individuals and clubs are wel-
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Universoul Circus
The Universoul Circus will return
to Jacksonville March 9 14 across
the street from the Prime Osborne
Convention Center. Contact ticket-
master.com for tickets.

Porgy & Bess at UNF
The stage drama Porgy & Bess
currently celebrating it's 75th
anniversary will be in performance
for one night only on Friday,
March 12th at 7:30 p.m. The trav-
eling production features a cast of
30 and a live orchestra. Tickets can
be purchased at the UNF Ticket
Box Office or by calling 620-2878.

March PRIDE Book
Club Meeting
The March meeting of the PRIDE
Book Club will be on Saturday,
March 13, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the
homeof Marie Carter. The book for
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will presents their 1st Ms. Full-
Figured Queen Pageant. The initial
meeting for all contestants to regis-
ter will be on Saturday March 13,
2010 at the EWC Student
Assessment Center. For more infor-
mation, call 887-4165 or 236-7840.

Urban League Young
Professionals Meeting
Join the Jacksonville Urban
League Young Professionals for its
next meeting on March 18th at
6:00pm. The Jacksonville Urban
League Young Professionals
(JULYP) is a network of young pro-
fessionals within the JUL commu-
nity who will lead the next genera-
tions' education, employment, eco-
nomic and social agenda. Contact
Linnie Finley at 904-366-3461 or
Tanya Downs 904-366-6495 for
more information.

James Love Pinochle
Tournament
The Jacksonville Pinochle Club
will host a tournament on Friday,
March 19th at 7 p.m. and on
Saturday, March 20th at 10 a.m. at
Hotel Indigo in Tapestry Park, (off


Southside Blvd). The tournament
honors the late James Love, an avid
pinochle player. For further infor-
mation please contact Sharon
Coleman 314-7634.

Aretha Franklin
in Concert
Music legend Aretha Franklin will
be in concert on Friday, March
19th at the St Augustine
Amphitheatre in St Augustine, FL.
Showtime is at 8 p.m. The
Amphitheatre is located at 1340C
A1A South On Anastasia Isle, St
Augustine, FL 32084. For more
information call ticketmaster at
353-3309.

Genealogy Meeting
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society will hold its monthly meet-
ing at the Webb-Wesconnett Branch
Library, 6887 103rd St., at 1:30
p.m. on March 20th, 2010. One of
the topics for discussion will include
how federal documents, not just the
census, can assist all of us in tracing
our family history. For additional
information please contact, Jim
Laird, (904) 264-0743.


Ponte Vedra Art
and Craft Festival
The annual Ponte Vedra Art and
Craft Festival will be held March
20-21, 2010 from 10 a.m. 4 p.m.
daily. Located at 880 A1A North in
the Ponte Vedra Point Shopping
Center, the festival will include fine
arts, crafts and food. There will be
free parking and no admission
charge. For more information call
352-344-0657.

Urban Debate
Networking Social
As a kickoffto the 3rd Duval Urban
Debate Tournament of Jacksonville,
local professionals are invited to
join an evening of music and enter-
tainment on Friday, March 26th
from 5 8 p.m. at the Rivercity Jazz
Business Mixer at the St. Joe
Building. For more information call
800-863-9130.

Temptations Revue
Headlines EWC Concert
The EWC Concert Choir in con-
junction with the Jacksonville
Symphony Orchestra, will be in
concert on Sunday, March 21st at


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the Jacoby Symphonic Hall at the
Times Union Center for the
Performing Arts. Headlining the
event will be Dennis Edwards and
The Temptations Review. The ben-
efit concert will benefit the scholar-
ship fund for students of Edward
Waters College. Showtime is at 7
p.m. For tickets or more iriforma-
tion, call (904)470-8185.

San Marco Art Festival
The 13th Annual San Marco Art
Festival on San Marco Blvd. will be
held March 27th-28th from 10
a.m. 5 p.m.

Heart & Soul Concert
There will be a Heart & Soul
Concert April 2nd and 3rd featur-
ing artists Charlie Wilson, Cameo,
Mint Condition, Ohio Players and
Doug E. Fresh. For more informa-
tion visit www.heartandsouljax.com.

Boyz II Men in Concert
Boyz II Men hailed by the RIAA
as the most commercially success-
ful R&B group of all time return
to center stage at the Florida
Theatre on Thursday, April 8, 2010.
Call 630-4964 for more info.
rmation.

Free Evening
of Spoken Word
Come out and enjoy an evening of
Spoken Word at the Ritz Theater in
Thursday, April 8, 2010. The free
event will start at 7 p.m. Spoken
word night is held on the first
Thursday of every month where
poets, writers, vocalists and some-
times musicians gather to present
and hear some of the area's most
powerful and profound lyrical voic-
es in a casual open-mic setting. For
more info call 632-5555.

Ritz Jazz Jamm
On Saturday, April 10th, join the
Ritz Theatre for the Ritz Jazz
Jamm. Admission is $15 at the
door and includes 1 drink of your


choice. It's an experience of relax-
ing music, beverages and a unique
atmosphere. You are welcome to
bring your instrument or vocals and
Jam with the band. Or just bring
your "Ears on Jazz"! The first
Saturday of every month the Ritz
Jazz Band features a different jazz
artist. This month is the music of
Grover Washington. Call 632-5555
for more information.

Grease from Broadway
The new Broadway production of
the Tony Award nominated musical
GREASE, opens in Jacksonville at
Times Union Center's Moran
Theater on April 27 May 2, 2010
for eight performances only.
Platinum-selling recording artist
and "American Idol" winner, Taylor
Hicks, stars in the production as
"Teen Angel." For tickets or more
information, call The Artist Series
Box Office at (904) 632-3373.

Stanton All
Class Reunion
The Annual Gala of alumni, facul-
ty and staff of Old Stanton, New
Stanton and Stanton Vocational
High Schools will be held May 1,
2010 at the Prime Osborne
Convention Center. This year's
event will be held at the Prime
Osborne Convention Center and
will honor Band Director Kernaa
McFarlin. Monthly meetings are
held at Bethel Baptist Instituitional
Church. Tickets are now available.
For tickets, more information, or to
participate in the planning process,
call 764-8795.

OneJax Humanitarian
Awards Dinner
This year's One Jax Humanitarian
Award Dinner will be held on May
13, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency
Jacksonville Riverfront This year's
event will honor Cleve E. Warren
Martha "Marty" Lanahan John J.
"Jack" Diamond. For tickets or
more information, call 354-1529.


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13-Year-Old Chess Phenom Sweeping the First Coast


Quincy Jones has gone by many
titles: The Black Belt, Tae Kwon
Do, "Karate Kid", and "Trumpet
Man", whose namesake is the
famous "Quincy Jones" Hey! His
father is a musician who has played
with B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughn,
Chaka Khan, and Whitney
Houston? He teaches band and
music at Paxon School for
Advanced Studies. This Quincy
Jones is known in Jacksonville as
one of the top Scholastic Chess
players in the nation.
Since coming to Jacksonville this
fall, Quincy, 13, has added another
distinction to his name as the
youngest member of the US
Amateur Team Chess.
He recently took first place at the
Greater Jacksonville Agricultural
Fair, beating students from Bolles,
James Weldon Johnson, and
Jacksonville Country Day to name a
few. "I didn't want to disappoint my
classmates or my dad, especially
with the extra scrutiny of having
formed a Chess Team at River City
Science Academy and being the
school's first Captain," he wrote in
his notes following the first match.
Jones has gone unbeaten in local


tournaments since he began playing
for the Palatka Chess Club. He also
teaches chess at his school, River
City Science Academy, and he's
coached Master Classes at St. Paul's
A.M. E. Church in Jacksonville. He
travels every Monday and
Wednesday to Palatka to study with
Ben Cody, a Master Chess player
and President of the Palatka Chess
Club. He also plays chess every
Sunday at the Avenues Mall with
the adults who he has also beaten.
Recently, while in Miami during the
school's winter break, Quincy took
first place at the Miami
International Chess Academy
Winter Camp Tournament. The
school is headed by and Grand
Master Bias Lugo of Cuba.
The son of Roland and Lori Jones
is a force to be reckoned with. His
mother, unfortunately, passed away
due to complications from cancer.
She was his first cheerleader and
supporter. He learned the game of
chess from his father at the age of 5.
His father played chess for the
Army team at Ft. Meade, Md.
Quincy then joined the chess club at
his school. Within months, he won
the Pine Crest School and the


Quincy Jones is one First Coast youngster using his intellect to take him
to higher places. He will be attending NASA Space Camp this summer.


National Scholastic Chess champi-
onship in the K-3 category. He con-
tinued playing local tournaments
and later started representing the
school nationally.
Serious tournaments involve 5-9
games and last between three to five
days. He trains by reading chess
books, working with databases,
playing online and having lessons
online with his new coach, who
lives in the Ukraine. Before turning
his focus to classes at River City, he
devoted 2-4 hours per day to chess.
"I love chess and I've been lucky
to pursue my passion. My father is
very supportive. He takes me to all
my lessons, games, and tourna-
ments. It's also been an incredible
opportunity to travel to many cities,
experience different cultures and
meet a lot of interesting people," he
said. "The competitive lifestyle is
tough and you have to grow up a lit-
tle faster, and maybe miss out on
some of the typical teenage experi-
ences, but I think the trade-off has
definitely been worth it."
Jones' career highlights include
winning trophies at Nationals in;
Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Daytona,
Ft. Lauderdale, Houston, Miami,


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He has also played chess at the
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In this day and age of teen vio-
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Tech University to study with Susan
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SPoll Finds Blacks Motivated to Vote in November


Democrats facing strong head-
winds this election season have at
least one reason for optimism,
according to polling that found the
party's large African-American vot-
ing bloc eager to stay involved even
without Barack Obama on the bal-
lot.
About two-thirds of black adults
in four states say they are closely
following news about the upcoming
midterm elections, and between 74
percent and 80 percent say they are
very likely to vote, according to the
poll, conducted by the nonpartisan
Joint Center for Political and
Economic Studies. The organiza-
tion surveyed 500 African-
Americans in each state -
Missouri, Indiana, Arkansas and
South Carolina all of which have


Senate races in November.
How many of those voters follow
through with their intentions will
help determine if Democrats hold
control of Congress. In many com-
petitive congressional districts,
blacks make up a quarter of the
electorate, and they vote over-
whelmingly for Democrats. Their
surge during Obama's 2008 victory
is widely credited with helping
sweep many down-ballot
Democrats into office who might
have otherwise lost.
David Bositis, a researcher at the
institute who directed the poll, said
turnout will surely be lower than
the findings. But he said the num-
bers suggest continued enthusiasm.
"I think the Obama election and
the fact that there is an African-


American president is something of
a game-changer," he said. "African-
Americans feel like they have a real
investment in President Obama ... I
think it's a major motivating factor."
The poll found that the economy
and health care reform are the top
two issues on black voters' minds
heading into the midterm election.
Andra Gillespie, a political scien-
tist at Emory University who spe-
cializes in African-American poli-
tics, voiced skepticism about the
turnout figures and said it's too
early to know what voters will do.
"One of the things you have to
realize with polls is that if you ask
people if they're going to vote, peo-
ple can misrepresent themselves,"
she said. "Nobody wants to look
like a civic deadbeat."


Millions More Movement Continue Massive

Benefit for City's Disadvantaged Community


Art After Dark The Florida Theatre's annual Art After Dark event drew hundreds to the his-
toric venue for an entertaining evening of food, wine, spirits and art. Beginning promptly at 7 p.m., the original
artwork exhibition and sale also includes live music and a silent auction. Shown above discussing his piece
"Stereotypes" is Juliette Rogers with artist David Solomon (left). The showcase of artists spanning the building's
three floors included a variety of mediums from oils and watercolors to works of glass.


Greyhound Lauds Jax Employee for 28

Years of Safe Driving on the Nation's Roads


Ms. Georgette Sanders
Georgette Sanders, a 28-year
accident-free Greyhound bus driver
from Jacksonville, Fla., is recog-


nized as one of Greyhound's 230
Exceptionally Safe Drivers (ESD).
To be considered an ESD, drivers
must have no traffic violations,
accidents or reported incidents of
unsafe driving while on duty.
"When I joined Greyhound, there
were few females driving for the
company, so in 1980 when the
opportunity presented itself I
jumped at the chance," Sanders
said. "I have seen a lot of the coun-
try and all of the beautiful sights it
has to offer during my tenure. The
training I've received throughout
my career has benefited me greatly
in being a safe driver and has
allowed me to accomplish so many


years of safe driving."
Greyhound drivers undergo
extensive training to establish safe
driving skills. Before transporting
any passengers, new drivers are
required to complete 160 hours of
behind-the-wheel and classroom
training, and must take more than
10 hours of additional safe driving
training each year throughout their
career with the company.
According to Sanders, the best
advice she has received is that if
you cannot do it safely, do not do it.
She does her best to share that
information with her fellow drivers
and encourages them to uphold a
safe driving standard.


Despite the forecast of bad weather, the undeserved community flocked to the Millions More Movement
Clothes Give Away to benefit from the free event. Held at the organization's headquarters at 916 N. Myrtle
Avenue, the site was extremely busy from the starting time 11:00 a.m until it's late afternoon conclusion.
Participants also had the opportunity t partake in free food. Shown above volunteering his time is MMM
Bro. Darrel Middleton helping to serve food while (right) participants freely select clothing.
If you would like to donate money, clothes, furniture, canned goods or volunteer some of your time to a
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