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How is it possible that one-fourth
of black women do not possess
bank accounts, and that single black
women have a median wealth of
$100, as compared to $41,500 for
single white women? Women of all
races bring home less income and
own fewer assets, on average, than
men of the same race, but for single
black women the disparities are so
overwhelmingly great that even in
their prime working years their
median wealth on a national aver-
age amounts to only $5.
In a groundbreaking report
released by a leading economic
turned a spot-
light on the
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women, many of
whom could not
take an unpaid sick day or repair a
major appliance without going into
Among the most startling revela-
tions in the
wealth data is
that while single
white women in
the prime of
C,, years (ages 36
to 49) have a
of $42,600 (still
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of their single white male counter-
parts), the median wealth for single
black women is only $5.
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Shown above are the Stanton Class of 1949 joining their classmate for the event (L-R): Seated: Mercedes
Johnson, Dorothy Griffin and honoree Dr. Johnnie Chatman, Sr. STANDING: Sorothy Ambrister, Alyce
Lynch, Jaqulyn Otodol, Joe Bailey, Willie Alexander, Janet Andrews and Emma Wilson.
Stanton Class of '49 Lauds classmate Elder
Johnnie Chatman on Pastoral Anniversary
It was a joyful spirit filled evening in honor of Elder Johnnie Chatman last weekend at the John Lee Community
Center. Joined by family, friends, classmates and congregants, the celebrants joined together for in honor of ten
years of pastoral service and the twelfth anniversary of the church. The theme for the event was "Giving God the
praise with a made up mind".Observed over a three week period, the kick-off celebration included song, worship,
testimonials and a feast shared by all. KFPphoto
Wealth, or net worth, measures
the total of one's assets -- cash in
the bank, stocks, bonds and real
estate; minus debts -- home mort-
gages, auto loans, credit cards and
student loans. The most recent
financial data was collected before
the economic downturn, so the cur-
rent numbers likely are worse now
than at the time of the study.
Black women, in general, were
more likely to have participated in
the subprime loan crisis with upper-
income black women being five
times more Continued on page 3
at odds over
African-American political lead-
ers are having a problem with a cit-
izen's initiative on the ballot
designed to draw political districts
Backed by labor unions, interest
groups and individuals usually
aligned with the Democratic Party,
Fair Districts Florida.org wants
voters to set new standards that the
Legislature must use in crafting
new legislative and congressional
districts, a once-a-decade process
that begins when the 2010 census is
The new districts, which will be
in use for the first time in the 2012
elections, must not "favor or disfa-
vor an incumbent or political
party," the ballot question says, and
cannot deny equal political oppor-
tunity to racial or language minori-
ties in electing legislators or mem-
bers of Congress. The proposals
will appear as Amendments 5 and 6
one for state legislative bound-
aries and the other for congression-
al districts. Each must pass by 60
percent of the vote to take effect.
Continued on page 8
Universoul Circus entertains and
enlightens to sold out crowds
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Shown above is Nekesha Hughes, Shuntrez Hughes, Shuntrez Jr.,
Universoul Circus Ringmaster Tony Tone and Amber Holland.
Universoul Circus, the Circus for the Soul of the Universe visited
Jacksonville recently for their annual performances bringing their troupe
of talented performers. Ringmaster Tony Tone kept it grooving with his
celebrity impersonations of Katt Williams and Red Foxx. The big top
entertainment included the customary trained lions, fierce tigers, trapeze
artists, Chinese acrobats and 11,000 pound elephants carrying beautiful
women on their backs. The highlight of the event was Jacksonville's own
teenage singing sensation Young Rob singing his rendition of Donnie
McClurkin's "Never Could Have Made It ." The UniverSoul Circus is
African-American owned and operated entertainment venue.
Shown above is BHITM Director James Day among the trophies
Bob Hayes Track Meet ready for 46th year
Over 5,000 students from around the state and southeast will converge
on Jacksonville this weekend for the 46th Bob Hayes Invitational Track
and Field Meet. Headquartered at Raines High School, the annual event
will highlight middle schools on Friday and high schools on Saturday as
the students compete for over fifty awards and scholarships.
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
James Love Pinochle
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
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
Bob Hayes Track Meet
The annual Bob Hayes Track
Meet will be held Saturday March
20th at Raines High School.
Activities start at 11 a.m. Friday
through 8 p.m. on Saturday. For
more information, call James Day
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.
Sheryl Lee Ralph
Performs for DST
Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph will be
performing in Jacksonville for "one
night only" on Saturday, March
20, 2010, at 7 p.m. at The Florida
Theatre. "An Evening with Sheryl
Lee Ralph" is presented by Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., in honor
of its 97th anniversary. Proceeds
will benefit the community out-
reach programs of the sorority.
Tickets and the sales outlets are list-
ed on the Delta website, www.dst-
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
Headlines EWC Concert
The EWC Concert Choir in con-
junction with the Jacksonville
Symphony Orchestra, will be in
concert on Sunday, March 21st at
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 informa-
tion, call (904)470-8185.
As a kickoff to 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
Cocktails for a Cause
The public is invited to C4aCz
event raising funds for
Empowerment Resources, Inc. It
will be held on Friday, March 26
from 4:30 7 p.m. at the University
Club, 1301 Riverplace Blvd. Event
highlights include Mistress of
Ceremonies Angela Spears and
door prizes. For more information
Get Up and Get
Fit for Seniors
The Elder Affairs Department is
hosting Get Up and Get Fit, a free
event encouraging seniors to live a
healthier lifestyle while promoting
nutrition and physical fitness on
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served. It will be held at the Charlie
Joseph Senior Center, 6943 Buffalo
Ave, Jacksonville FL 32208. For
more information, call Sharita
Clark at 850-414-2120.
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.
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.
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,
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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Director James Day, motivational speaker Almon Gunter and Official
Association President John Colker at a recent press conference.
Hayes cont. from page 1
The primary meet, which will
begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday culmi-
nates a year of planning and the
hard work of over 300 volunteers.
"This is truly a labor of love" said
Coach Day who has been with the
meet since it's inception.
It began as the brainchild of long-
time coach Nathaniel Washington
who was a mentor and friend of
Hayes' family. Then serving as the
Athletic Director of the five Black
high schools, Day asked him if the
city could host a meet in his honor
shortly after he won two gold
medals in the 1964 Olympics.
"Jacksonville used to be all about
football, I wanted to bring the pas-
sion back to track and field," said
Washington. To date countless
NFL athletes and dignitaries rest
their laurels on participation in the
meet, a longstanding tradition with
many years to come.
U.S. Census Forms Arrive: What
Let the count begin.
More than 120 million U.S. cen-
sus forms begin arriving Monday
in mailboxes around the country, in
the government's once-a-decade
population count that will be used
to divvy up congressional seats and
more than $400 billion in federal
aid. Fast-growing states in the
South and the West could stand to
lose the most because of lower-
than-average mail participation
rates in 2000 and higher shares of
Hispanics and young adults, who
are among the least likely to mail
in their forms.
Did those $2.5 million Super
Bowl ads work? Stay tuned.
"When you receive your 2010
census, please fill it out and mail it
back," said Census Bureau director
Groves is urging cities and states
to promote the census and improve
upon rates in 2000, when about 72
percent of U.S. households
returned their forms. If everyone
who receives a census form mails it
back, the government would save
an estimated $1.5 billion in visits.
Speaking in an interview, Groves
said real-time census data showed
public awareness of the 2010 count
had improved since January to lev-
els similar to 2000 at this point,
which he called "good news." Still,
he remained particularly concerned
about motivating young adults,
who were lagging other groups.
Many twenty-somethings now on
their own were living with their
parents in 2000, so they haven't
had the experience of filling out
The next few weeks will be crit-
ical. Even as it aims high, the
Census Bureau predicts that maybe
two-thirds of U.S. households will
mail in the form. That's because it
faces special challenges of grow-
ing U.S. apathy toward surveys,
residents displaced by a high num-
ber of foreclosures, as well as
immigrants who have become
more distrustful of government
workers amid a crackdown on ille-
From May until July, it will send
census-takers to each home that
doesn't reply by mail.
In 2000, Florida, Georgia,
Nevada, Arizona, Texas and North
Carolina each had below-average
mail participation rates of less than
70 percent, according to newly
released census data. Since then,
many of these states have seen
higher rates of foreclosures and
rapid growth of Hispanics or
blacks, who are often more reluc-
tant to turn in their forms. Each of
these states stands to gain at least
one U.S. House seat, with Texas
picking up as many as four.
In 2000, the Census Bureau for
the first time had a nationwide
overcount of 1.3 million people,
mostly from duplicate counts of
more affluent whites with multiple
homes. Still, 4.5 million people
were ultimately missed, most of
them lower-income blacks and
Beginning next week, the
Census Bureau will publish daily
real-time data on 2010 mail-back
participation rates for the U.S. bro-
ken down by state, county, city and
The 10-question form is one of
the shortest in the history of the
census. It asks a person's name,
address, phone number, age, race
and ethnicity, gender, living
arrangements and home owner-
ship. The information is kept strict-
ly confidential under federal law,
and the Census Bureau does not
share data with other agencies,
including law enforcement.
Failure to respond to the census
carries a fine of up to $5,000,
although that law is rarely
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likely to have received a high-
cost mortgage than upper-income
"The popular image is they spend
too much, which is the reason they
are running up credit card and con-
sumer debt, but the cost of living
has risen faster than income, and
they need to go into debt for basic
daily necessities," said Ms. Lui,
director of the Closing the Gap
Initiative who sponsored the
research. "It's compounded because
unemployment is twice as high in
the black community than it is in
the white community."
For all working-age black women
18 to 64, the financial picture is
bleak. Their median household
wealth is only $100.
"That means half of [black
women] have a net worth of more
than $100 and half have a net worth
of less than $100," Ms. Lui said.
"So that gives you an idea of how
far in debt some women of color
Married or cohabitating white
women have a median wealth of
$167,500. Married or cohabitating
black women have a median net
worth of $31,500.
Across the country, the financial
burdens of single parenthood fall
mostly on women, but black
women are more likely to endure
the work and responsibility of rais-
ing children on their own. They are
more likely to be the backbone of
their families and communities,
with greater responsibilities to sup-
port struggling friends and families.
In a 2008 study of black women
and their money, the ING
Foundation found that black
women -- who frequently manage
the assets of their households --
financially support friends, family
and their houses of worship to a
much greater degree than the gener-
They also are more likely to be
employed in jobs and industries --
such as service occupations -- with
lower pay and less access to health
insurance. And when their working
days are done, they rely most heav-
ily on Social Security because they
are less likely to have personal sav-
ings, retirement accounts or
company pensions. Their
Social Security benefits are
likely to be lower, too,
because of their low earnings.
Rather than strictly comparing
income, researchers in the Insight
study looked at the wealth gap. The
current economic crisis has shown
that a person's wealth affects not
only retirement security, but also a
person's ability to handle financial
setbacks such as a job loss or a
High unemployment and high
incarceration rates for black men
also lower the likelihood of single
black women finding a partner to
help build a more secure financial
Ms. Lui said the Insight report
would be used to encourage the
government to close the wealth gap
and improve the outlook for women
of color, just as it did for Americans
who received land through the
Homestead Act, and education
through the GI bill.
"The name of the report is
"Lifting as We Climb: Women of
Color, Wealth and America's
77m Grant of the Post Gazette contributed
to this story.
Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority inducts new members- Terri Miller,
RN 2nd from left and Carolyn Henderson 3rd from left, are shown above with Dean of Pledgees Loraine Brooks-
Hill and President Juanita James after induction in Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority. The new inductees participated
in a community project assisting at Summer Brook Nursing facility grooming feeding and motivating the residents.
Both Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Henderson are nurses at Shands Hospital, Chi Eta Phi is a National Nursing Sorority
that provides scholarships and assists with educational activities in the community with emphasis on diabetes,
obesity, hypertension and cancer.
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help improve education, public transportation, and even healthcare in our
community. So please, fill out your Census form and mail it back when it
arrives in March. Responses are confidential by law and will not be shared
with third parties, including immigration or law enforcement.
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Should the School Board be Elected or Appointed?
Jacksonville is one of the most
unique cities in the United States,
not because we are known for any
particular type of music or exclu-
sive cultural history, but because
we figured out how to make con-
solidated government work.
There have been many that have
tried, but only a few have been able
to make it actually work to the ben-
efit of government and its citizens.
And regardless of the unintended
consequences, most view consoli-
dation in a very positive light. But
for some having a consolidated
government with a strong mayor
system is simply not enough.
There has been a lot talk over the
past two years about the merits of
an appointed school board versus
the elected body that we currently
have. Now keep this very important
thought in mind. No county in
Florida has an appointed school
board. Why not, well the state con-
stitution requires all school board
members be elected.
It makes sense to me. Instead of
public education being a division
within a mayor's office or county
commission make it is a stand-
alone elected body that focuses
solely on education.
Sure we all want to see higher
achievement out of our students
throughout the system and I agree
that something has to be done to
"shake things up." But the drastic
change to an appointed school
board is not the answer.
In fact, the only way to become
the only county in the state with an
appointed school board would be
through a statewide constitutional
amendment. And according to the
city's Office of General Counsel,
the state constitution can only be
changed with the support of 60 per-
cent of Florida voters.
And for agreements sake lets just
say that we did get an amendment
on the ballot that allow for an
appointed school board. Well that
decision would be made by a
majority of Florida voters, not a
majority of Duval County voters.
Or in other words, people with no
vested interest would decide the
outcome of a major local issue.
My biggest concern with an
appointed school board is the poli-
tics. Many proponents say that an
appointed board would take some
of the politics out of education, but
I totally disagree.
Some say that elected boards are
afraid of making the tough deci-
sions that could have a positive
impact on the school district.
But can't one make the same
argument about the Mayor or City
Council? There are many times
when Council members and
Mayors check the direction of the
wind before making a decision.
When a mayor has the ability to
appoint a board, then those
appointees become somewhat
beholding to the Mayor. It may not
be intentional at times, but it's a
There seems to be a growing
sense that the notion of an appoint-
ed school board has nothing to do
with education and every thing to
do with money and how education
funds are spent.
So what new processes or pro-
grams will be put into place that
will allow an appointed school
board to fix public education in
Jacksonville? There is no over
night solution regardless of how
board members are chosen.
After being elected to City
Council in 1999, I quickly realize
that I had a lot to learn. My
assumption was that there was
some sort of City Hall connection
with the school board to address
issues like school locations, gradu-
ation rates and crime in schools.
I quickly found out that no such
beast existed. We did have a joint
City Council/School Board plan-
ning committee that was estab-
lished, but in reality the School
Board did their thing and the
Council and Mayor ran the city.
If we are truly going to be a great
city, all stakeholders have to be on
the same page. The risks are too
high for all levels of local govern-
ment not to be talking and working
It should be no surprise that the
schools with the lowest perform-
ance are located in some of the
highest crime areas of town. The
two stats go hand and hand.
So the solution is not necessarily
an appointed school board, but a
renewed sense of cooperation and
Regardless of how some feel, the
onus is not solely on the school
board. Parents from many of our
communities are not doing their
parts, and elected officials haven't
always made collaborative plan-
ning and initiative a priority.
The Jacksonville Journey was
definitely a step in the right direc-
tion. The plan looks at
Jacksonville's struggling communi-
ties from a much broader perspec-
tive and includes initiatives that
combine city programs and funds,
school assets, the Sheriffs Office,
community groups and nonprofit
The Journey has also been the
catalyst for bi-monthly meetings of
school board officials, the mayor,
state attorney, chief judge and sher-
iff. While there may not be meas-
urable changes, at least the parties
The answer is to continue down
the path of collaboration and com-
mitment to change not revising the
state constitution so that Duval
County can appoint school board
Signing off from the School
Board, Reggie Fullwood
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gets African-American teens
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 Moncrief Rd. 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 Osbom convention center. This year's event will spotlight for-
mer Stanton Bands and honor, posthumously, Band Director Mr. Kernaa
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.
Summerville Family and Friends Day
Summerville Missionary Baptist Church under the leadershipof Dr. James
W. Henry Pastor invite the community to participate in their annual Family
and Friends Day. It will be held on Sunday, March 21st at 11:00a.m.
This worship service is also dedicated to the sacrificial groups "The
Twelve Tribes of Israel" Trophies will be awarded to the sacrificial groups
with the largest number of members, family and friends in attendance. The
church is located at 690 W 20th Street. For more information call .354-
New Bethel Holy Week Palm Sunday
New Bethel AME Spring Glen located at 5031 Halls Dr., Rev. Ricardo
Bright, Pastor will have their Holy Week Palm Sunday Service on March
28, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. The Theme is preparing the Christian Heart and Guest
Speaker is Rev. Mark Griffin of Waymon Chapel AME Church. For more
information call 396-6911 (All Are Welcome)
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A new version of the Good Book
may help African-American teens
gain a better understanding of reli-
The just-published "Our Heritage
and Faith Holy Bible for African-
American Teens" will try to answer
the difficult questions kids have,
according to TheGrio.com. The
tome, published by Zondervan, is
selling on Amazon for $20.15.
Co-author Wade Hudson says it's
aimed at helping readers who may
believe that questioning statements
like "God is able," can mean one is
"un-Christian." Hudson's company,
Just Us Books, and Zondervan
Publishing House partnered up on
"We came up with the concept
Hope Chapel Ministries Celebrates
Love Feast for 37th Anniversary
Hope Chapel Ministries will cele-
brate the 37th anniversary of their
Church and Pastor Dr. Jeannette C.
Holmes-Vann with the theme:
Restoring the Church's influence by
Standing on the Sure Foundation,
Walking in the Old Path and
Running the Race Set before Us.
A week-long event filled with
praise and celebrations will begin
on Sunday March 21st with the
11:00 a.m. service
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services will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Nightly. Saturday March 27th is
deemed Fun Day and the public is
welcome to tour Hope Chapel's his-
torical sites. On March 28th at
11:00a.m there will be the Closing
and the Founders Banquet.
The Church is locate at 9850
Wagner Road. Call 764-2193 for
and idea because we feel that often
in our churches we tend to miss
young people," Hudson, president
and CEO of Just Us Books, told
TheGrio.com. "They're not getting
the necessary information about the
tenets of faith."
Hudson whose wife, Cheryl
Willis Hudson, worked with him on
the book added, "Some Sunday
School teachers are doing a wonder-
ful job, but so many of our young
people don't even go to church. So
we developed some concepts to
engage them, interest them and
motivate them to learn more about
The new Bible looks a lot like any
New International Version edition,
but it's different in that the covers
are in dark green, yellow, orange
and black for males, and pink and
purple for girls.
The color photos show young
people, and a 100-page addendum
starts off with a full page consisting
of the lyrics to "The Negro National
Wade Hudson, who is a deacon at
his church in New Jersey, notes that
some 50 questions are answered in
the back of the book. The book also
has eight pages of maps so
teenagers can visualize biblical
lands, and a presentation page that
includes a family section.
Among the supporters of the book
is the Rev. Charlotte McSwine-
Harris, pastor of the Charles City
Community Church in Charles City,
Va., who said she views the book
more as commentary since she feels
that Bible in its original form was
not targeted to a specific race.
"When we move away from the
traditional language [in the Bible],
we move from original to transla-
tion or interpretation," McSwine-
Harris said. "The Bible is for every-
body. It's up to the interpreter to
[make it applicable] for a particular
audience. I don't think you can have
a black Bible or a white Bible."
Hudson said that by selling the
book at mainstream retailers, it will
draw in a wider audience, such as
teens who don't regularly go to
Pastor Ernie Murray
8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
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Golf's biggest star, Tiger
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golf hiatus at the Masters
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"The Masters is where I
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Woods' last golf tourna-
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"The major championships have
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"I have undergone almost two
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"When I finally got into a posi-
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March 18-24, 2010
KIPP Set to Make an Impact on Northwest Jacksonville Students
Interested parents attend a KIPP informational session at the
Malavai Washington Center.
by Nekethi Garrison
When it comes to educational
alternatives, Jacksonville students
will soon have a new choice. A
choice that brings with it a national
reputation and proven results.
KIPP an acronym for
"Knowledge is Power Program",
will open in Jacksonville in the fall.
The school is currently recruiting
through word of mouth and reach-
ing out to parents.
Latarsha Wright heard about an
informational meeting at the Mal
Washington Kids Foundation last
week and decided to attend after a
friend told her that a new middle
school was opening that focused on
getting students into college.
Two years after moving her
daughter to her Northside elemen-
tary school, she has been unim-
pressed, but Wright doesn't blame
the teachers as much as an environ-
ment of lower expectations. She
says, "I am OK with my daughter's
school, but as we move into middle
school I definitely want her in a
more challenging environment."
Though her preference is private
school, the economy has made it
financially tougher to afford the
cost of a private education. That's
why when she heard about a new
college prep charter school with a
national reputation she became
With school's around the country,
the school's secret to success is no
secret at all. At KIPP schools, the
students are committed to longer
school days, mandatory summer
school, Saturday learning sessions
Outside of the Duval County
Public School (DCPS) academic
magnets, James Weldon Johnson,
Julia Landon and Darnell
Cookman, she said she is not inter-
ested in sending her daughter to any
Getting into those schools can be
easier said than done though. Many
families do not have faith in their
local neighborhood schools, but
1440 North McDuff Avenue as the
address of the Jacksonville Kennel
Club or greyhound racing. Well,
thanks to sizable donations the
building that was once home to
local greyhound racing for decades
will now be rehabilitated into a
world-class learning center and
home of KIPP Jacksonville.
KIPP schools usually go from
fifth to eighth grade. The
alumni have gone to college as
compared to the U.S. average of 30
percent college attendance among
low-income students. "
But even schools like KIPP that
have established a national reputa-
tion for achievement are not with-
out challenges and naysayers.
As remarkable as KIPP schools
have been around the country, there
have been some bumps in the road.
, 4, KIPP
S The school will be housed in the facility formerly known as the McDuffAvenue Dog Track.
The school will be housed in the facility formerly known as the McDuff Avenue Dog Track.
and very high expectations.
Students also wear uniforms and
the principal not only has the
authority to hire the best and bright-
est teachers, but he or she also has
the right to fire a teacher for not
meeting those expectations.
After attending the information
session and reading the proven suc-
cess, Wright anxiously agreed to
enroll her daughter.
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have high regard for the DCPS aca-
demic magnets. Hence, there is
typically a long waiting list on the
middle school level.
Those middle schools typically
feed students into Stanton College
Prep and Paxon College Prep, two
schools that have consistently been
ranked in the nation's top 10 high
schools over the past ten years or
so. According to organizers, KIPP
Jacksonville hopes to be another
feeder school for them.
In other cities around the coun-
try, KIPP has provided an alterna-
tive for many families. Mike
Feinberg founded KIPP in 1994
with friend and fellow Teach For
America alum, Dave Levin.
Feinberg led the charge in Houston
while Levin went back to the
Bronx, New York City to start the
second KIPP school.
KIPP Jacksonville will be the
eighty-third KIPP school nation-
wide and the first in the state of
Florida. Over 90 percent of the
national student body is African
American and Hispanic, and
approximately 80 percent qualify
for free and reduced lunch.
What may interest some is the
location for the new charter school.
Many Jacksonville residents know
Jacksonville school will start with
fifth grade this year and max out at
around 400 students.
According to KIPP Jacksonville
Executive Director Tom Majdanics,
"After establishing the first middle
school our goal is start another mid-
dle school and then an elementary
school and potentially a high school
down the road."
The KIPP Jacksonville board
went on a national search to find a
principal and selected Robert
Hawke. Hawke, KIPP
Jacksonville's Principal, is no
stranger to hard work. He was a
founding math teacher and served
as assistant principal of a KIPP
school in Fresno, CA for three
years. He is currently completing
the Fisher Fellowship, the KIPP
Foundation's highly praised year-
long principal training program.
"We do not require a lot from
parents, but do expect that children
will arrive to school everyday with
uniforms on prepared to work and
participate. We want parents to be
supportive of what we are trying to
do, and to do that doesn't require
them to join a PTA, but simply rein-
force the our mission at home."
Hawke adds, "There is a reason
why nationally 85 percent of KIPP
Schools in Chicago, Denver and
Edgewater, Maryland either did not
open or were closed because of
leadership challenges and a lack of
Many teachers unions don't like
the KIPP concept because it
requires teachers to work longer
hours, carry a mobile phone and
take calls from students and parents
until around 9 p.m. in the evening.
But again, the KIPP model is
about shaking things up and provid-
ing a higher level of accountability.
Teachers are paid more than the
average public school teacher, but
the expectations are much higher.
Hawke says, "We don't just hire
any teacher. We want the best and
most passionate teachers. You have
to believe in our mission in order to
give the students the best educa-
tional experience possible."
And for every Denver or Chicago
story there is another one to balance
it. Take the KIPP School in rural
Gastonia, N.C. for example. An
amazing 48 of 48 high school sen-
iors are heading to college.
So despite some criticism, the
bottom line for KIPP has been
results. Time will tell if
Jacksonville becomes the next suc-
Continued from page 1
Some members of the Florida
Black Caucus say standards are
needed to restrict a partisan
Republican Legislature, and others
simply don't like the idea.
"I have an obligation to protect
my membership," said Sen. Gary
Siplin, D-Orlando, chairman of the
black caucus. "I would rather leave
us in the hands of devising our dis-
tricts rather than somebody else
that hasn't been tested by the
Supreme Court of the United
Sen. Al Lawson, of Tallahassee,
said the divide within the caucus
underscores the historic ability of
Republican legislators to carve out
safe seats for minority candidates in
the previous two redistricting
cycles in 2002 and 1992.
"I think the Legislature can do its
job," Lawson said. "There is a lot of
concern that African-Americans
and Hispanics will lose ground by
what is being proposed by Fair
Other lawmakers expressed shock
at their colleagues' views.
Sen. Frederica Wilson of Miami
said the standards are needed to
prevent Republicans from gerry-
mandering Florida for partisan
political advantage. According to
the St. Petersburg Times, she noted
that even though more Democrats
than Republicans live in Florida,
the GOP holds a dominant advan-
tage in the House and Senate.
"Are you kidding me?" said Rep.
Joe Gibbons, D-Hallandale Beach,
a black caucus member who sup-
ports the Fair Districts initiative. He
said it was important to check the
political motives of any African-
African legislator who would be
content to let Republicans create
their new districts including
whether they might want to run for
a redrawn congressional seat in
Black lawmakers currently hold 26
seats in the 160-member
Legislature, 19 in the House and
seven in the Senate representing
16%. All but one, Jacksonville's
Rep. Jennifer Carroll are
comprise 14.2 percent of the voting
age population in Florida.
The caucus has not taken a formal
position in support of the Fair
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