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Gibbons'stress voting at an early age. Shown above are State Rep. Joe Gibbons,
Congresswoman Corrine Brown and his wife Ava Parker with their young twins Parker and Bailey, were all smiles
on the first day of early voting at the Supervisor of Elections main office at the Gateway Mall. At the close of business
on Sunday, September 11th 107 voters cast a ballot on the second day of Early Voting. In addition, 1,963 Absentee
Ballots were verified by signatures and have been validated to be opened and processed by the Canvassing Board.
This brings the total number of ballots cast on Day Two of Early Voting to 2,326, which is 2.03% of eligible voters.
Up for the state seat vacated by Tony Hill are Terry Fields and Audrey Gibson. FMPphoto
Cherokees to restore slaves'
A federal order for one of the na-
tion's largest American Indian tribes
to restore voting rights and benefits
to about 2,800 descendants of mem-
bers' former slaves threw plans for a
special election for a new chief into
turmoil this week.
The federal government sent the
sternly-worded letter to the Cherokee
Nation after it sent letters last week
kicking the descendants out of the
tribe and stripping them of benefits
including medical care, food stipends
and assistance for low-income home-
The tribe also barred the descen-
dants from voting in a Sept. 24 spe-
cial election for principal chief. The
Cherokee Supreme Court ordered the
special election after it said it could
not determine with certainty the out-
come of a close and hotly contested
June election between incumbent
Chad Smith and longtime tribal
councilman Bill John Baker. The re-
sults had flip-flopped between the
two during weeks of counts and re-
counts. Baker had twice been de-
clared winner, but so had Smith.
The federal government said that
unless the descendants, known as
freedmen, were allowed to vote, the
upcoming election wouldn't be valid.
"I urge you to consider carefully
the nation's next steps in proceeding
with an election that does not comply
with federal law," Assistant Secretary
for Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk
wrote in letter Friday to acting Chief
S. Joe Crittenden. "The department
will not recognize any action taken
by the nation that is inconsistent with
these principles and does not accord
its freedmen members full rights of
The election has drawn national in
terest because while the tribe is based
in Tahlequah, many of its 300,000
members live outside Oklahoma.
The freedmen have asked a federal
judge to restore their voting rights
before the special election, and a
hearing is planned next week in fed-
eral court in Washington.
The tribe never owned black
slaves, but some individual members
did. They were freed after the Civil
War, in which the tribe allied with the
Confederacy. An 1866 treaty be-
tween the tribe and the federal gov-
ernment gave the freedmen and their
descendants "all the rights of native
More than 76 percent of Cherokee
voters approved a 2007 amendment
removing the freedmen and other
non-Indians from the tribal rolls, but
no action was taken until the U.S.
Supreme Court upheld the results of
that special election last month.
Cherokee leaders who backed the
amendment, iucludiii Smith, said,.
"he vote was abpot :lih fundamental,
right of every government to deter-
mine its citizens, not about racial ex-
But the Department of the Interior
has said that it still believes the ex-
pulsion is unconstitutional because it
violates the 1866 treaty.
SAO PAULO Newly crowned
Miss Universe Leila Lopes hopes her
victory will allow her to assist her na-
tive Angola further escape its history
of war and impoverishment and said
she plans to focus on combatting
HIV around the globe.
Lopes, 25, laughed and smiled as
she hugged runner-up Miss Ukraine
Olesia Stefanko, then felt a crown
placed carefully on her head after
dazzling a panel of judges with her
beauty and impressing them with her
"I've worked with various social
causes. I work with poor kids, I work
in the fight against HIV. I work to
protect the elderly and I have to do
everything that my country needs,"
she said. "I think now as Miss Uni-
verse I will be able to do much
Responding to questions, the busi-
ness student said that she has never
had cosmetic surgery of any kind and
that her three tips for beauty were to
get a lot of sleep, use sun block even
when it's not sunny and to drink lots
of water. She said her smile was her
best weapon in the competition.
Asked about racism in light of the
fact that she's one of the few blacks
ever crowned Miss Universe, Lopes
said that "any racist needs to seek
help. It's not normal in the 21st cen-
tury to think in that way."
Sequins and feathers
Lopes is Angola's first winner. She
beat out 88 other competitors to win
the title during the 60th anniversary
of the world's biggest beauty pag-
eant. She replaces last year's winner,
Ximena Navarrete of Mexico.
Lopes had worn a bright bikini,
then paraded around the stage with
poise in a form-fitting evening gown
colored in gold and silver sequins
In fan voting, Lopes tallied only a
3.6 score for the swimsuit but earned
a 7.2 for her evening gown. Fan vot-
ing, however, did not count in the
final tallies from nine judges.
Lopes deftly handled the interview
question that is asked of the top five
contestants. She was questioned
about what physical trait she would
changeif she could. ,
Miss Angola Leila Lopes is crowned Miss Universe 2011 by last year's
winner Ximena Navarrete in Sao Paulo, Brazil this week.
Contestants spent the past three
weeks in Sao Paulo, trying to learn
samba dance steps, visiting impover-
ished children and kicking a football
around for cameras as the Miss Uni-
verse pageant came to Brazil for the
Despite battling against a home
country favorite, Lopes won over the
audience, speaking in the shared lan-
guage of Portuguese. Angola, like
Brazil, is a former Portuguese
The panelists, who included race
car driver Helio Castroneves to ac-
tress Vivica A. Fox and journalist
Connie Chung, scored the women on
each contest, narrowing from a group
of 16 down to a final five.
The contestants must never have
been married or had children and
must be at least 18 years of age and
under 27 years of age by Feb. 1 of the comnpention yea r.' 'm
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ACLU to sue over
Florida's drug testing
.The American Civil Liberties
Union says it will file a lawsuit
challenging Florida's law that
requires new welfare recipients to
pass a drug test.
An ACLU spokesman told The
Associated Press that the lawsuit is
being filed on behalf of a 35-year-
old Orlando man, Luis Lebron.
The group claims Florida's drug
testing law is unconstitutional, say-
ing it violates the Fourth
Amendment's search and seizure
No further details of the lawsuit
were immediately available.
Gov. Rick Scott signed the drug
testing bill into law in July. Under
the law, welfare applicants must
pay for the drug tests. If they pass,
they'll get reimbursed. If they fail,
they can't get benefits for at least a
year and could face child abuse
President proposes bold
American Jobs Act
President Obama discarded his
carefully-crafted image of
Compromiser-in-Chief last week
by proposing a surprisingly bold
American Jobs Act that calls for
nearly $500 billion in federal
spending and tax cuts to jolt the
sagging U.S. economy.
Instead of waiting for Congress
to initiate legislation, as he has
often done in the past, Obama took
the initiative, saying Congress
should "pass this bill" eight times.
He used the word "pass" a total of
18 times and said if the House and
Senate fails to act, he will take this
case to the public.
In a tough, plain-spoken speech
Thursday night to a joint session of
Congress, the president said: "The
people of this country work hard to
meet their responsibilities. The
question is whether we'll meet
ours. The question is whether, in
the face of an ongoing national cri-
sis, we can stop the political circus
and actually do something to help
Republican leaders appear to be
enjoying the political circus too
much to voluntarily disembark
from the Washington merry-go-
round. They made it clear that
while they support some of
President Obama's proposals, such
as rebuilding the nation's infra-
structure, he is not likely to get any-
where near the $447 billion spend-
ing that he is requesting.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch
McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a floor
speech hours before Obama's
address, "Now, in a two-party sys-
tem like ours, it shouldn't be sur-
prising that there would be two
very different points of view about
how to solve this particular crisis.
What is surprising is the president's
apparent determination to apply the
same government-driven policies
that have already failed.
Not everyone agrees that the
stimulus program was a failure.
The White House said the $787
billion package created or helped
save 3.5 million jobs as of last year,
a figure expected to increase over
the next few years. And most econ-
omists agree that the country would
be in worse condition if nothing
had been done.
Both the White House and GOP
leaders are seeking to frame the
public debate. McConnell is trying
to portray the president's plan as
Stimulus 2.0. Meanwhile, the pres-
ident is depicting it as a common
sense approach. He said,
"Everything in here is the kind of
proposal that's been supported by
both Democrats and Republicans -
including many who sit here
The political gulf was on display
Thursday night when President
Obama's speech was interrupted 51
times by applause. Most of the
time, only Democrats were stand-
ing to cheer the president while
stone-faced Republicans remained
seated, only occasionally joining
their Democratic colleagues in
The American Jobs Act would,
among other things:
Extend unemployment insurance
for 5 million Americans looking for
work;Extend and expand the pay-
roll tax cut, providing $1,500 to the
typical family;Prevent up to
280,000 teacher layoffs;Modernize
at least 35,000 schools;Allow more
Americans to refinance their mort-
gages at near 4 percent interest
rates;Provide a $4,000 credit to
employers hiring the long-term
unemployed;Give employers tax
credits ranging from $5,600 to
$9,600 for hiring returning veterans
andBuild or repair highways, roads,
railways and aviation
facilities.After being criticized by
environmentalists and others who
objected to his recent decision to
withdraw a clean-air regulation that
would have reduced smog,
President Obama sought to reassure
his base that he was not abandoning
them when it counts the most.
"But what we can't do what I
will not do is let this economic
crisis be used as an excuse to wipe
out the basic protections that
Americans have counted on for
decades," he said as Democrats
applauded. "I reject the idea that
we need to ask people to choose
between their jobs and their safety.
"I reject the argument that says
for the economy to grow, we have
to roll back protections that ban
hidden fees by credit card compa-
nies, or rules that keep our kids
from being exposed to mercury, or
laws that prevent the health insur-
ance industry from shortchanging
patients. I reject the idea that we
have to strip away collective bar-
gaining rights to compete in a glob-
al economy. We shouldn't be in a
race to the bottom, where we try to
offer the cheapest labor and the
worst pollution standards."
While not specifically mention-
ing the disproportionate impact the
economic downturn has had on
African-Americans, many of the
president's proposals, if adopted,
would help Black America. His
plan to assist public employees, for
example, would help Blacks
because African-Americans are 30
percent more likely than other
workers to be employed in the pub-
lic sector, according to a research
brief by the University of
California-Berkeley Center for
Labor Research and Education
titled, "Black Worker and the
Public Sector ."
President Obama's reference to
unions should not be viewed in a
vacuum. The Center also noted that
in 1999, Black union members
earned about 32 percent more than
their non-union counterparts; the
comparative rate for Whites was
approximately 15 percent.
Olympian Carl Lewis back again
on ballot in NJ senate race
PHILADELPHIA Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis was
ordered back on the ballot in a New Jersey state Senate election by a fed-
eral appeals court this week in possibly the final word in a court drama
over whether the celebrity political newcomer would meet a four-year res-
idency requirement for state senators.
A 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel put Lewis, a Democrat, back
on the ballot with a 2-1 ruling issued less than five hours after hearing
arguments. The court said a full opinion would be filed later.
B ut after months of legal hair-splitting on exactly when Lewis became a
New Jersey resident, the court seemed to indicate that issue was not the
heart of the case. Instead, the court said, "the state has failed to demon-
strate a compelling state interest" for leaving Lewis off the ballot.
Mark Sheridan, a lawyer representing Burlington County Republicans
who sought to keep Lewis off the ballot, said his clients would appeal the
latest ruling. He said he would have to act quickly and choose to appeal
either to the entire 3rd Circuit or to the U.S. Supreme Court. Neither court
agrees to take on most of the appeals made to it.
"I think the court absolutely got it wrong," he said. They applied the
Meanwhile, Lewis' lawyer said the court got it right.
Va. high court considers
ex-MLK confidant's case
RICHMOND, Va. The incest conviction of a former top adviser to
Martin Luther King Jr. should be tossed out because he died while his
appeal was pending, his lawyer told the Virginia Supreme Court on this
An attorney for the state countered that convictions are presumed to be
valid, and the justices should side with a judge who rejected the Rev.
James L. Bevel's bid for posthumous relief after hearing emotional testi-
mony from the daughter he abused.
"The presumption of innocence that goes with a criminal defendant is
gone once that person is convicted," Senior Assistant Attorney General
Virginia Theisen told the justices.
A ruling is likely in early November.
Bevel was the architect of the 1963 Children's Crusade in Birmingham,
Ala. He enlisted black schoolchildren to join in civil rights protests, and
television images of them being knocked down by firehouses and attacked
by police dogs helped sway the public against segregation.
When he died in December 2008, he had served a few months of a 15-
year sentence. The 72-year-old had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer
and was appealing his conviction.
Atlanta Club offers discount
for women with natural hair
In 2009 Chris Rock made a documentary called Good Hair where he
exposed the expenses and even dangers that African-American women
face when getting their hair done. Link to the trailer:
According to Atlantapost.com extensions can cost as low as $300
(depending on your area) and can go for as high as $10,000.
When it comes to hair relaxer, skinbiology.com Hair relaxer can cause
hair breakage, hair thinning, lack of hair growth, scalp irritation, scalp
damage, and hair loss. Also they report that the FDA lists hair straighten-
ers and hair dyes among its top con-
sumer complaint areas.
The anti-weave and relaxer senti-
ment does not end there. Over the
years, Atlanta club promoter Joey
Digital has expressed his utter disdain
for the weave and love for natural hair
on his blog: www.joeydigital.me. He
even has an anti-weave section on his
blog that provide links to natural hair
blogs and products.
Now he is putting his money where
his mouth is by giving $10 off tickets
to his Atlanta Classic Post-Game
Affair on the 24th of this month and
$5-$10 discounts to his FAMU
Homecoming event on October 7th.
Discounts are available to women
with natural hair, and they use the
code natural when buying tickets.
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President Obama's Jobs Bill Good for the Country, But What will Congress Do?
Perhaps one of the nation's most
prominent presidents and leaders
was Abraham Lincoln. He will be
remembered for leading this coun-
try out of its darkest days the
Civil War and slavery.
Lincoln embodied the essence of
true leadership doing what is
right regardless of the political
winds. Washington DC needs that
type of leadership right now.
Lincoln said, "A house divided
against itself cannot stand."
We have to get back to putting
people first in politics. The first
step towards that is Congress tak-
ing a serious bi-partisan assess-
ment of the President's new jobs
It's time for President Obama to
be like old Abe and figure out a
way to rise above the partisan rhet-
oric and push a bill through that
helps American citizens get back to
work, further stabilizing our econ-
Lincoln also said, "Give me six
hours to chop down a tree and I
will spend the first four sharpening
President Obama knows the tree
that needs to be chopped down -
now it is time to sharpen his ax and
make it happen. When I talk about
making it happen, it's not about
being re-elected or the Democrats
trying to win back the House of
Again, it is time to put people
first. The President gets it; but now
the biggest hurdle he must over-
come is fixing the political grid-
lock in the nation's capital.
Politics and public service are
two different beastsaltogether.
Unfortunately, each political party
is so focused on winning control
over the Congress and White
House, political jockey becomes
far more important than helping
Although I am a little bias I
must commend President Obama
for attempting to change the tone
of the conversation. He is attempt-
ing to introduce legislation that
puts the people back where they
President Obama's bill, the
American Jobs Act, is touted as a
common sense approach to fixing
the economy, helping middle class
families, and putting people back
The American Jobs Act aims to
create hundreds of thousands of
jobs through a mix of tax cuts,
infrastructure spending, and direct
aid to state and local governments.
"The next election is 14 months
away and the American people
don't have the luxury of waiting 14
months for Congress to take
action," Obama said, in a press
conference announcing that he was
sending the bill over to Congress
and asking for a quick approval.
Republicans in Washington are
so focused on attempting to make
President Obama look bad, that
bipartisanship means nothing to
them. Instead their proposal for
stimulating the economy is provid-
ing more tax breaks to big corpora-
tions and the wealthiest
This week the President outlined
how he would pay for the jobs bill.
The plan will include limits on
itemized deductions for individuals
who earn more than $200,000 a
year and families that earn more
than $250,000. Eliminating those
deductions will bring in an addi-
tional $400 billion in revenue over
10 years according to White House
The other revenue stream would
be generated from closing oil and
gas tax loopholes, and changing
the depreciation rules for corporate
airplanes. Theses changes would
take effect in 2013 and would
bring in an estimated total of $467
billion to the federal government.
These new revenue streams are
morethan enough to pay for the
president's jobs bill,according to
In his speech from the Rose
Garden this week, the President
said, "This a bill that will put peo-
ple back to work all across the
country, that will help our econo-
my in a moment of national crisis."
He continued, "It is based on
ideas from both Democrats and
Republicans. And this is the bill
that Congress needs to pass: no
games, no politics, nodelays. I'm
sending this bill to Congress today,
and they ought to pass it immedi-
Despite the President calling for
a quick passage, we all know that
the bill has a long way to go.
Republicans will certainly reject
the bill as a tax increase and unfair
burden on the rich.
Interesting though, some rich
folks actually get the notion of
shared sacrifice. Billionaire
Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren
Buffett wrote an editorial that was
published in the New York Times
in which he says, "Stop Coddling
Buffett makes the case that taxes
need to be raised on the wealthiest
Americans, and that the future of
our country economically depends
on this action. I wonder who was
advising the President?
In closing I will keep with my
Abraham Lincoln theme. He said,
""You may fool all the people
some of the time, you can even
fool some of the people all of the
time, but you cannot fool all of the
people all the time."
Let's put the people first!
Signing off from an unemploy-
ment line near you,
A broader perspective of our social construct.
tists. Yet many athletes with less
than super star talent struggle to
find their place in profit hungry
Many may believe that playing
big-time college football is the
opportunity of a lifetime. No argu-
ment there. However, all is not
what it seems to be when so much
money is at stake.
Once a student athlete accepts a
college scholarship to play foot-
ball, they are bound to an annually
renewable award from the school.
What this means is that a coach
can revoke a student's scholarship
for any reason or no reason at all to
make room for someone they deem
to as more valuable to the program.
To add to the pressure, each athlete
is required to maintain the school's
academic standards as well to
maintain their athletic eligibility.
As a result, athletes often align
themselves with college majors
that require very little academic
rigor. Put all of these factors into
play and you have 18-22 year-old
football players who often make
bad choices as it relates to their
future. Recent examples include
the selling of bowl game jerseys,
acceptance of free gifts and invita-
tions to occasional pool parties
with area millionaires. All illegal
under NCAA rules.
Then again, who cares about stu-
dent athletes as long as they are
generating profits for their respec-
tive programs? It's only money
right? Unless they are one of the
talented few (less than percent)
who make it the NFL level, most
student athletes will never realize
their value as the commodity they
enjoyed during their indentured
Some recommendations for
solutions maybe radical, but use-
The NCAA should disintegrate
the elitist BCS arrangement in
favor of a more equitable system
that considers the contribution of
student athletes. Because greed is
the chief culprit of college foot-
ball's imbalance of power, no
school should have a financial
advantage over its competitors.
This means splitting revenues
equally among all 200 plus college
football programs. Yes,
Historically Black Colleges and
Universities as well. That's how
the NFL does it, and it works.
The NCAA should also create
student athlete graduate funds that
are meant to collect a player's
share of the school's profits. Under
this scenario athletes who do not
make it to the next level (but have
always had some illusion they
would) have more than a degree in
basket weaving to fall back on.
While these solutions seem
somewhat radical, they might at
least give more consideration to
the needs of the thousands of your
men who believe they're on the
way to the big-time and end up
with nothing to show for it.
Something college football profi-
teers have proven to care less
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"Using the inability to distribute
the funds equally as an impediment
is an excuse, a rather intellectual-
ly lazy one at that. Nothing about
the way hundreds of millions of
dollars is distributed is equitable
or even fair." Michael Wilbon
College football has changed
over the past two decades. It's no
longer about the pageantry of the
game, definitely not the rivalries,
and even scores are passe.
Today, it's all about the cash.
Plenty of cash.
It all sort of began in 1991 when
the University of Notre Dame
scored a major victory by inking in
a long-term television arrangement
with NBC. The deal was worth $38
million over five years. Intended to
capitalize on the tradition Notre
Dame "Fighting Irish" football, the
$1.2 million television earnings
per game was the envy of college
football programs across the coun-
try. It wasn't long before college
presidents pressured athletic direc-
tors to conjure up pots of gold they
could call their own.
Soon the realignment of confer-
ences took shape and in the
process college football's greed
began its new era.
Over the past ten years, big time
college football has honed its skills
in taking the money and running.
As if the earnings from conference
revenues generated by television
deals weren't enough, presidents
of major college programs decided
to squash more than three-quarters
of their colleagues' dreams of
equal revenues with the birth of the
Bowl Championship Series (BCS)
in 1998. The BCS is an invitation
only select group of conferences
that are allowed to compete for the
mythical college football national
championship and, more impor-
How much cash?
Last year the BCS doled out an
estimated $24.72 million to each of
its member conferences (Atlantic
Coast, Big East, Big 12, Big Ten,
Southeastern and Pac-10) for their
exclusive participation in what
they consider post-season type
bowl game activities.
And there's more.
According to CNNMoney.com,
the top five earning college foot-
ball programs (Texas, Georgia,
Penn State, Michigan and Florida)
scored more than $1 billion in
profits for 2010. That's billion with
a "B." The 68 teams that partici-
pate in the six major conferences
carried in the BCS averaged an 11
percent increase in revenues in
2010 over the previous year.
Putting it in perspective, each team
earned well over $1 million per
game just for showing up.
So why are these numbers so
Easy answer. No labor costs.
Picture National Football
League team owners paying their
players with books and training
courses in needlepointing.
The exclusive BCS system oper-
ates on a form of indentured servi-
tude. While we are led to believe
that college athletes are students
first, more than often this is not the
case. It is clear that BCS college
athletes are recruited to play foot-
ball, not to become rocket scien-
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The Myth That Will Not Die:
On July 4th Rush Limbaugh appeared in Joplin, Mo., and gave a rousing
Independence Day speech on American Exceptionalism saying: "America is
blessed by God" and that we are the planet's exceptional human beings.
God has lavished Limbaugh with high rewards of fame and prosperity; but
the question is: "How does that tune play in uptown Harlem and on MLK
Avenues across America?" The "American Exceptionalism" Limbaugh
espouses is the theory that the United States is qualitatively different from
other countries and uniquely "blessed by God." Limbaugh's "exceptional-
ism" stems from an American ideology, based on "liberty, egalitarianism,
individualism, populism and laissek-faire capitalism."
But, in contrast to the American practices Limbaugh extols, there's a thread
in American history that runs through the processes of Indian genocide, to
American adventures in the Mexican-American and the Spanish-American
and Wars, into the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq that constitute
patterns of racism and imperialism. In the 19th century, Manifest Destiny
was an American belief that the United States was destined to expand across
the continent. America's Manifest Destiny mission grew to a posture to pro-
mote and defend democracy throughout the world.
The "American Exceptionalism" historical thread celebrated by Rush and
his listeners, includes many acts and endeavors of western imperialism.
Historically, whenever Americans wanted something another nation had -
land, oil or other resources we've been able to justify taking it. The usual
plot involves theories that the world's non-Whites are unable to govern them-
selves, so America must heed it's "divine mission" to liberate them from their
own ignorance and corruption by our bringing gifts of freedom, democracy
and Christianity whether they want them or not.
Now, during Barack Obama's presidency, the reigns of people like
Limbaugh are being questioned. While some African Americans seek to
enjoin this national identity, others openly question some of the underpin-
nings of Americans' ideologies of individual initiative and responsibility.
The very engines of "America's Exceptionalism" carry a stigma of hypocrisy;
and throughout the centuries America's prevailing ethic and electorate made
sure that no government policy initiatives would ever be used to actually
improve minorities' quality of life.
How large is the segment of African Americans that go along with
"American Exceptionalism's" racist and religious tenets? Blacks need to
note that from the beginning America's majority population has garnered
enormous wealth from Blacks' captivity, but has never embraced an egalitar-
ian economic philosophy. "American Exceptionalists" ridicule Black
Reparations, but, if you trace the fortunes of the Rockefellers, Mellon's,
Caregies, Biltmore's, and others, you'll find the source as being "slavery."
Without the underpinnings of slavery, American enterprise would never have
achieved its zenith and world standing.
But, what will we do in the face of the re-emergence of the "American
Exceptionalists'" values of class inequities, imperialism and war? The swag-
ger of "American Exceptionalism" assuages Americans' guilt of the violence
we've used abroad, and at home, and hides the fundamental racism ingrained
in American history. It's a shame that American-American voters are willing
to allow President Obama to cater to the "Manifest Destiny/American
Exceptionalism" crowd before dealing Blacks and our needs that have gone
unmet for all this time, because he is President of all of the country." Even
to the point of having the "first Black President of the county," Black
Americans remain captive to the "he is President of the county" mindset and
leave their concerns on the back burner. Even the most fervent among us
craving for Obama's re-election as President of these United States would
have to admit that he doesn't fit America's bedrock exceptionalism of mili-
tary, economic and cultural preeminence. What upsets Limbaugh and his
crowd is that Obama appears to be egalitarian and motivated by a vision of
America as it being just one more unremarkable country among the many.
Therefore, demanding Obama target public policy to Black voters, who
accounted for 13 percent of the electorate in '08, and who are now experi-
encing the culmination of centuries of economic crises, is needed policy as
well as good politics.
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New York spends $127M on
Black, Latino male initiative
New York City will spend $127 million in public and private funds on
programs designed to help young black and Latino men.
Billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg will kick in $30 million from
his foundation and hedge fund manager George Soros will match that
amount according to
the mayor's office.
The remaining $67.5
million will be paid
by the city. The
Initiative was first b I i
reported by The New
SYork Times last
SThe mayor's office
called it the nation's
Sboldest and most
td tackle'the broad disparities slowing the advancement of black' and
Latino yotltrg men. It will included job placement, fatherhood classes
and training for probation officers and school staff on how to help the
young men get ahead. More than a dozen city agencies will be involved.
The program will target about 315,000 black and Latino men between
the ages of 16 and 24. One key component will be an overhaul of the
Department of Probation, which supervises nearly 30,000 New Yorkers
most of whom are black and Latino males according to the mayor's
office. The department will open five satellite offices in neighborhoods
will high populations of at risk youth, with the aim of connecting men
on probation to work and educational opportunities and reducing relapse
in criminal behavior. Of the funds $18 million will go to transformative '
mentoring and literacy services, while $24 million will go to a school
program called the Expanded Success Initiative. The latter aims to close
the so-call achievement gap between racial and ethnic groups in gradu-
ation rates. The city will also announce new measures to hold school
accountable for the performance of black and Latino boys. Another $25
million will expand Jobs-Plus, which works with residents of public
New October date set
for MLK dedication Is
A federal judge has upheld a
Florida constitutional amendment
imposing new rules restricting how
congressional districts are drawn,
rejecting a lawsuit by two members
of Congress and the state House of
Representatives claiming it violates
the U.S. Constitution.
Republican Mario Diaz-Balart
and Democrat Corrine Brown, the
two U.S. House members, argued
that under the U.S. Constitution
only the Florida Legislature -- not
voters through a referendum -- can
control how congressional districts
are designed. State committees are
currently meeting to begin that
once-in-a-decade process, which
will come together in a January leg-
But U.S. District Judge Ursula
Ungaro sided with the Florida
Secretary of State's office, the
NAACP, the American Civil
Liberties Union and five individual
Democratic state lawmakers who
contended voters had every right
last November to initiate and over-
whelmingly approve Amendment 6
that enacted the new rules.
Harry Thomas, attorney for the
Florida Secretary of State, noted at
a hearing Friday that state lawmak-
ers still must finalize the congres-
sional districts even with the new
Fla. redistricting amendment
amendment in place.
"The Legislature still has the
authority to draw the district lines,"
Among other things, Amendment
6 requires that boundaries not be
drawn to favor a political party or
incumbent; that the districts should
be compact rather than sprawling;
and that districts cannot be
designed to shut racial or language
minorities out of the political
process. It passed with more than
60 percent of the vote last year.
The aim is to curb so-called ger-
rymandering of districts, in which
lawmakers design boundaries
favorable to their own election
prospects or contort them into
unusual geographic shapes for the
advantage of one political party or
In 1992, for example, districts
were created that led to the election
of Brown and two other African-
Americans to Congress from
Florida for the first time since the
Civil War -- but made neighboring
districts much more solidly
Republican. That year, the GOP
aligned with minorities to carve out
those districts, which ultimately led
to Republican dominance of
Florida's congressional delegation.
Voters last year approved an iden-
tical amendment governing state
legislative districts, but it was not
challenged by the lawsuit.
After the ruling, Diaz-Balart and
Brown said they intended to appeal,
even to the U.S. Supreme Court if
"I am disappointed," Brown said.
"When you are disappointed, what
do you do? You go on to take the
next step, and that's what we're
going to do."
Their challenge centered on the
U.S. Constitution's Elections
Clause, which states that the "times,
places and manner of holding elec-
tions for senators and representa-
tives shall be prescribed in each
state by the Legislature thereof."
Amendment 6 violates that clause,
they contend, because it was not
approved by state lawmakers but by
voters acting independently.
"The people of Florida never had
the power to do anything with
respect to congressional redistrict-
ing," said George Meros Jr., repre-
senting the state House.
But lawyers for the other side
noted that the Legislature itself
approved the voter initiative and
referendum process in 1968 revi-
sions to the Florida Constitution
and did not restrict what subjects
voters could put on the ballot.
Organizers have set a new date in
October to dedicate the Martin
Luther King Jr. Memorial after
Hurricane Irene forced them to
postpone the event in August, days
before 250,000 people were expect-
ed to attend.
The memorial's executive archi-
tect Ed Jackson Jr. told The
Associated Press on Sunday it will
now be dedicated Oct. 16 on the
National Mall. A formal announce-
ment is expected this week.
The dedication had been planned
as the culmination of a week's
worth of events on Aug. 28, the
48th anniversary of King's "I Have
a Dream" speech. But when
Hurricane Irene swept through
Washington with high winds and
rain, organizers agreed to an indefi-
nite postponement because of safe-
President Barack Obama had
been slated to speak in August and
is now scheduled for the new date,
Jackson said in an email. Memorial
foundation President Harry
Johnson had been emphatic that the
first black U.S. president should
Oct. 16 will be the 16th anniver-
sary of the Million Man March on
the National Mall. The 1995 march
was organized to galvanize black
men to improve their lives and let
their voices be heard.
King, who was slain in 1968 in
Memphis, Tenn., is the first person
of color to be honored with a
memorial on the mall. It is sur-
rounded by memorials to presidents
-- Thomas Jefferson, Abraham
Lincoln and Franklin Delano
The King memorial features a 30-
foot statue of the 1964 Nobel Peace
Prize winner with a stern gaze and
crossed arms. To each side of the
statue is an inscription wall with 14
quotations from King's speeches
and writings throughout his life.
The postponed dedication was
the latest in a series of delays and
obstacles in the effort to honor
King. The effort was started 27
years ago, and Congress authorized
the memorial in 1996. Since then,
there have been skirmishes over
who would sculpt King's likeness,
where the granite would come from
and who would control the mam-
moth $120 million fundraising
Thousands have already visited
the site, including some who turned
out the day the dedication was orig-
inally scheduled, once rain from
Irene had stopped falling.
"I feel like crying, but I don't
want to," Jeffrey Tyler, a 16-year-
old student at Cleveland's Lincoln
West High School, said when he
saw the memorial on Aug. 28. "To
see a black man up there, it made
me feel really proud of myself."
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Empowerment Season at The Mount
Dr. John Allen Newman and the congregation at The Sanctuary at Mt.
Calvary on Jacksonville's northside invite the public to their 3rd annual
"Empowerment Season". The week is filled with empowering preaching
from preachers who seek to empower the congregation to become better
and stronger and more adept at doing ministry. The grand finale is the com-
munity fair which includes vendors, job fair, legal clinic, continuing edu-
cation, free haircuts and manicures, health fairs and even pre-need funeral
services. Everything is free and open to the public. Festivities kick off
September 28th October 1st. For more information, call 765-7620.
Dual Day at Mt. Bethel
Mt. Bethel Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate Dual Day on Sunday,
September 18, 2011. The women of the church will be responsible for the
morning service, which start at 11a.m. The featured speaker will be Min.
Saundra Waldrop of Mt. Nebo Baptist. The men of Mt. Bethel will be
responsible for the afternoon service which will start at 4 p.m. The speaker
for the afternoon will be Rev. Clifford Johnson of Zion Baptist Church. Mt.
Bethel Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor R.E.
Herring Sr., is located at 1620 Helena St. Jacksonville, Fla. 32208.
The public is invited to come and enjoy both services.
Refreshed, Renewed and Revived
JDG Ministries, Inc. presents the Soul Survivors Revival with Revivalist,
Bishop, Dr. Jan D. Goodman, Sr., September 14, 15, and 16, 2011 at 7:30
p.m. The Revival will be held at One Accord Ministries International, Inc.
located at 2971 Waller Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32254 (I-10 and
For more information call (904) 389-7373 or visit www.jdgministries.org
Friendship Celebrates Anniversaries
Friendship Primitive Baptist Church will be observing its Annual 84th
Church and Pastor 36th Anniversary on September 12th, 14th, 16th, and
18th, 2011 Services will start nightly at 7:30p.m. on Sunday at 4:00p.m.
For more information call (904) 353-7734.
Queen Esther holds celebration services
Queen Ester Church of God in Unity located at 1747 Mc Quade St. with
Elder Ben Hoover Pastor, invite the community to celebrate The Church
and Pastor's 23rd Anniversary. It will be held Thursday, September 15th at
7:30 p.m. and on Sunday September 18th at 11 a.m.
Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20
Pastor Landon Williams
located at 5;
West, will c
St. Gabriel's celebrates Teen Summit at 1st Timothy
annual Patronal Feast The Truth About Becky and Teddy: A Teen and Young Adult Health
Summit will be held September 17th from 9 a.m. 2 p.m. at First Timothy
l's Episcopal Church ty. It is "Greek Day" at St. Baptist Church 12103 Biscayne Blvd Jacksonville, FL 32218. The free
235 Moncrief Road Gabriel's, and we are saluting all event includes lunch and a special session for adults. For more information,
celebrate it's annual greek organizations. A special invi- call 757-9878.
Patronal Feast on Sunday,
September 18, 2011.
On this day, St. Gabriel's will cel-
ebrate the Annual Feast of the Black
saint, Gabriel. This is one of the
most celebrated occasions at the
church each year. Members feast
upon rededication, commitment and
love for faith in Jesus Christ. All are
welcome to attend the celebration,
which begins at 10 a.m.
Mayor Alvin Brown will be the
speaker This is the 15th anniversary
of the Feast honoring Saint Gabriel
for whom the church was named.
The theme of the celebration is
"Christians Bringing Hope of Christ
to the Community." St. Gabriel's is a
church committed to bringing hope,
joy and happiness to the communi-
station is has been extended to all
greek organizations, civic, service
and community organizations and
friends and neighbors in the com-
There will be a fellowship dinner
in the T.V. Parrish Hall immediately
following the service.
St. Gabriel's looks forward to wor-
shiping with Christians across the
city of Jacksonville during this
annual celebration. Help us reach
our goal of "covering the blue!"
(This is a term used by the members
of St. Gabriel's to see a congrega-
tion full of faces and no empty
pews; the pew seats are blue.)
For more information call 765-
West St. Mark Baptist
to install new Pastor
West St. Mark Baptist Church, located at 1435 W. State Street, will have
Pastoral Installation Services for Pastor Elect John R. C. Peoples on
Sunday September 18, 2011 at 5 p.m. Willie J. Jones Sr. Pastor Emeritus,
Deaconess Alice B. Jones Clark
Greater Payne celebrates
Greater Payne AME Church will be celebrating their 100th Anniversary
on September 18, 2011. Special services will be held at 10 a.m. featuring
Presiding Elder Tony Hansberry and 4 p.m. featuring llth Episcopal
Bishop McKinley Young. The community is invited to share in this mile-
stone. Greater Payne is located at 1230 Claudia Spencer Street, 32206. For
more info, call 355-6015.
at Faith N Action
Faith N Action Christian
Fellowship will have a Gospel
Showcase on Saturday, September
24th. Five performers will compete
for a record contract in addition to
guest appearances. The church is
located at 1409 University Blvd.
North. For more information, call
Central CME wel-
comes new pastor
The Central Metropolitan CME
Church, Board of Christian
Education invites the community to
"Meet and Greet" their new
assignee, Rev. Marquise Hardrick
and family. The church is hosting
the event Saturday, September 17,
2011 at 6:00 pm at the church.
Central CME is located in Historic
Springfield at 4611 North Pearl
For more information regarding
the church ministries, prayer
request or if you just need a ride to
the Sunday Church School, and
Morning Worship Service call 354-
8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM
**FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE,
HISTORY AND MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M.
Disciples of Christ Cbristiao Fellowship
*A Full Gospel Baptist Church *
Every 3rd & 4th
4 :00 p.m.
that's on the
Pastor Robert Leont, Jr-
Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr
School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.
2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
(904) 765-5683 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Saint Paul AME Church
Observes 142th Anniversary
On Sunday September 18th, Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal
Church located at 6910 New Kings Road, will celebrate the Church's
142nd Anniversary. Dr. Marvin C. Zanders II Pastor and disciples of Saint
Paul extend a warm welcome to former members friends and the public to
share in this special observance. Worship services will be held at 7:30 and
10:55 a.m. Contact the church at 764-2755 for more information
129th Anniversary of Mt. Olive
Primitive Baptist Church
Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church will celebrate their 129th Church
Anniversary under the theme The Church Moving From the Seats to The
Streets : Acts 1:18. Festivities will begin on Sunday October 2nd and con-
tinue on the 9th, 16th and 23rd at 4 p.m. Each Sunday a guest Preacher will
deliver the word, and guest choirs to minister through songs. The Church is
located at 1319 N. Myrtle Avenue, Elder Lee Harris Pastor.
Summerville Missionary Baptist
Church celebrates Unity Day
Summerville Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate Unity Day on
September 18, 2011. The Ladies Ministry will be in charge of the morning
service, Youth Ministry will be in charge in the afternoon service and the
Men's Ministry will be in charge of the evening service. Bible Study Topics
on September 21st will be Neighborly Advice, Scripture" Proverbs 25: 1-
10. The church is under the guidance of Dr. James W. Henry and is locat-
ed at 690 West 20th St. Jacksonville, Fla. 32206. For more information, call
Sounds of Victory II in concert
Vicki Farrie Ministries will present "Sounds of Victory II" on Saturday,
September 24, 2011 at 6 p.m. at New Life Evangelistic Center, 8040 Lone
Star Road, Jacksonville, FL.
Vicki is an anointed and appointed, seasoned and savvy singer/songwriter
and minister who possess a powerful and dynamic voice that has been used
by God to lead people into the life changing presence of God.
Vicki is no stranger to the gospel music industry. In 2005, she released her
debut CD entitled "Majesty" that was produced by GRAMMY Nominated
recording artist Troy Sneed, which garnered great success locally and
regionally. Vicki not only ministers out of her gifting but out of her own
personal struggles and sufferings that God has brought her through.
Special guests include the Praise & Worship ministry of TOJ (formerly
Tribe of Judah); the Dance ministry of Saving Grace and the Urban
Contemporary ministry ofJubba of Augusta, GA. This concert will be host-
ed by Comedian Mr. Charlie.
For more information, contact Kishia Kimbrough at 904-772-1490.
Family, Friends and Faith
celebrated at St. Philips
Join St. Philips Episcopal Church in celebration of "Family, Faith and
Friends" on Sunday September 25, 2011 at 10:00 A.M.
The Honorable Mayor Alvin Brown will be the speaker for the occasion,
and the Jacksonville Mass Choir will also be featured.
The event is co-chaired by Ms.Terrye Mosley and Ms. Lileth Joseph.
St. Philips Episcopal Church established in 1882 is located in downtown
Jacksonville, 321 Union Street, where, Reverend Hugh Chapman is the
For additional information, cal Mrs. Barbara Lee at (904)354-1053.
Church news is published free of charge. Information must be
received in the Free Press offices no later than Monday, at 5 p.m. of the
week you want it to run. Information received prior to the event date
will be printed on a space available basis until the date. Fax e-mail to
765-3803 or e-mail to JFreePress@aol.com.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m.
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 4:00 p.m
Come share In HIol Communion en Ist Sundayat 7:40 an 10:40 a.m.
Grace and Peace
Worship with us LIVE
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Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Sr.
Rudolph McKissick, Sr. to make history
as church's longest serving leader
Since 1966, nine U.S. presidents
have served the nation; the city of
Jacksonville has grown to become
one of the nation's largest with the
launch of government consolida-
tion; and one of the area's most
respected public universities was
founded (University of North
Florida). Yet, one pillar of the
Jacksonville community has
remained constant. Dr. Rudolph W.
McKissick, Sr., Pastor of Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church, will
celebrate his 45th pastoral anniver-
sary on September 16-18.
Appointed in 1966 as the 10th pas-
tor of the state's oldest African-
American church, McKissick, 84,
is the longest serving pastor in the
church's 155-year history.
"I have known Rev. Rudolph
McKissick, Sr. for a very long
time," said member Michael
Blaylock, Executive Director, JTA.
"When I think of persons of influ-
ence in the Jacksonville community
-those whose ethics and integrity
are unmatched, Pastor McKissick,
Sr. comes immediately to mind. He
is indeed an exemplary leader and
stalwart of this community."
Throughout his tenure, Bishop
McKissick, Sr. has earned a host of
awards and accomplishments
including recipient of the 1992
Humanitarian Award presented by
the National Conference for
Christians and Jews; City of
Jacksonville's Human Relations
Award; National Association for
Equal Opportunity Award, Bernard
V. Gregory Servant Leader Award,
and a Meritorious Leadership
Award presented by Dr. Martin
Luther King, Sr. In addition, he was
a founding committee member of
JCCI and was chosen by Fresh
Ministries to participate in a 1999
tour of South Africa, and a 2010
tour of Turkey, hosted by the Amity
Turkish Cultural Center. In
September of last year, McKissick,
Sr. was elevated to Bishop of
Marriage and Family in the Full
Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship.
In addition, McKissick's exem-
plary teachings have inspired more
than 50 servant leaders to accept
God's calling to the ministry
including his son Bishop Rudolph
McKissick, Jr., Co-Pastor, Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church. In
addition, more than 40 ministries
have been established by
McKissick, Sr. A Christian Mission
(The Help) Center, marriage min-
istry, church basketball league,
youth retreats, missionary outreach
program, and B.E.S.T. (Bethel
Enhancing Students Totally)
Academy, are among the initiatives
long recognized for its innovation
In addition to local efforts,
McKissick, Sr. has launched part-
nerships across the globe with
Bethel's adoption of churches in
South Africa and Panama.
Community members are encour-
aged to share in the weekend activ-
ities commemorating the historic
milestone that Bishop McKissick,
Sr., and the congregation will cele-
Festivities kick off on Friday ,
Sept. 16th with The Deliverer: The
Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Sr.
Story a stage play and musical
depicting his life from postal carri-
er to ministry. It will be held at the
Florida Theatre at 7 p.m.
On Saturday Sept. 17th there will
be A Saturday of Service & Fun
Celebrating "The People's Pastor".
Held on Bethel's church grounds,
the free event will feature commu-
nity service activities, food and car-
nival games from 8:30 a.m. 2:30
The celebration will culminate
on Sunday Sept. 18th with Worship
Services themed "A Shepherd's
Spirit...A Prophet's Power" in the
main sanctuary at 7:45 a.m.; 10:45
a.m. and 5 p.m. Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church is located at
215 Bethel Baptist Street.
For ticket and/or event infor-
mation, call the Church Office at
Taped interview discloses Jackie Kennedy's
opinion of MLK "that man's terrible"
Former first lady Jacqueline
Kennedy held a low opinion of civil
rights leader Martin Luther King,
Why is belly
fat so bad?
Belly fat. Article after article
talks about how bad it is to have fat
around your middle, but do you
really know why? True, it doesn't
exactly look as nice as firm, trim
abs, but there's more to it than just
how you look. Did you know that
fat can even be a problem for thin
It's true: There's more to belly fat
than just your size.
Where's The Fat?
Not all fat is the same. "It
behaves differently in different
places," says Carol Shively, PhD, a
pathology professor at Wake
Forest School of Medicine. And its
behavior is the key to what your fat
is doing to you.
People store most of their fat in
Subcutaneous Fat. This is the fat
we can see, and that sits just under
the skin in the thighs, hips, but-
tocks, and abdomen.
Visceral Fat. This is the fat that
exists deeper inside the body,
around the vital organs (heart,
lungs, digestive tract, liver, etc.) in
the chest, abdomen, and pelvis.
Visceral fat is the fat you don't see.
Though many people are self-
conscious about the fat they can
see, research shows that hidden fat
-- in people of any size -- may pose
the bigger threat.
Like Another Organ
Fat doesn't just sit idle. It acts
like an organ that secretes sub-
stances, says Kristen Hairston,
MD, who is assistant professor of
endocrinology and metabolism at
Wake Forest School of Medicine.
Visceral fat provides necessary
cushioning around organs,
Hairston says, it secretes "lots of
nasty substances" that can be
absorbed by the neighboring
For instance, visceral fat cells
release inflammatory compounds
that can lead to insulin resistance
and some cancers. Excess visceral
fat is linked to greater risk of high
blood pressure, type 2 diabetes,
heart disease, dementia, and can-
cers of the breast, colon, and
How Did I Get It?
Everyone has visceral fat -- no
matter what you weigh or what
size you are. As you gain weight,
you gain subcutaneous and viscer-
Where your body stores fat
depends on your genes, lifestyle
factors (such as stress and whether
you get enough sleep), age, and
Men under 40 tend to have a
higher proportion of visceral fat to
subcutaneous fat than women.
Women store more visceral fat
"Everyone is going to have fat in
both places, but it's a concern for
your health if it's gone over a cer-
tain threshold," Hairston says.
Jr., calling him "phony" and
"tricky" and alleging that King
mocked the funeral of her slain hus-
band, President John F. Kennedy.
The remarks came in a series of
interviews the first lady gave in the
1960s which will be part of a new
book and set of audio CDs to be
released in mid-September.
According to ABC News, which
obtained tapes of the interviews,
Kennedy said she was disgusted by
FBI wire taps which allegedly
detailed King's attempts to set up a
hotel orgy while in Washington for
his historic August 1963 march and,
at another point, his affair with
another woman in a hotel.
Kennedy claimed King also
cracked jokes about the funeral of
her assassinated husband, and its
officiate, Cardinal Richard
"He made fun of Cardinal
Cushing and said he was drunk at
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to The New York Daily News.
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almost dropped the coffin. I just
can't see a picture of Martin Luther
King without thinking, you know,
'That man's terrible.'"
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family to attend his own 1968
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passed on something that Martin
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FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 13 19, 2011
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EARLY INTO BATTLE: Albany State QB
Stanley Jennings will lead the
SEA SO N nationally-ranked Golden Rams
in key clash with Valdosta State
TU SSLES Saturday in Albany, Ga.
SC STATE NEW BCSP NO. 1; TWO ADDED TO
NFL LIST; VOLLEYBALL GETS SOME LOVE
M EAIC MID EASTERN
IE C ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
W L W L
Hampton 1 0 2 0
S. Carolina State 1 0 1 1
Delaware State 0 0 2 0
Norfolk State 0 0 1 1
N. CarolinaA&T 0 0 1 1
Howard 0 0 1 1
NC Central 0 0 1 1
Savannah Slate 0 0 0 2
Morgan State 0 0 0 2
FloridaA&M 0 1 1 1
Bethune-Cookman 0 1 1 1
MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSE David Legree, Sr., QB, HAMPTON
- Passed for 268 yards (27-39-1) and 2 TDs in
win over Florida A&M. Also rushed for 23 yards
on 9 carries.
DEFENSE Domlnique Ellis, Sr., DB, SCSU 9
tackles,6solos,2interceptions, 1 retumed55yards
for 4th quarter TD in win over B-CU.
ROOKIE- Greg McGhee, Fr., QB, HOWARD -22
of 29 for 248 yards, 3 TDs in comeback win over
Morehouse. Also rushed for 46 yards.
LINEMAN Vincent Harper, So., OL, HAMPTON
S4 pancakes, 96% grade vs. FAMU.
SPECIAL TEAMS Taurean Durham, PK,
HAMPTON 3 field goals (23,34,25), 2 PATs vs.
FAMU. Ryan Estep, PK, NSU 3 field goals (39,
39, 40) in loss at West Virginia.
AC SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE
S ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
E. DIVISION W L W L
Albany State 0 0 2 0
ClarkAtlanta 0 0 1 1
Morehouse 0 0 1 1
Fort Valley State 0 0 0 2
Benedict 0 0 0 2
Kentucky State 0 0 2 0
Lane 0 0 1 1
Stillman 0 0 1 1
Miles 0 1 1 1
Tuskegee 0 0 0 1
SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Stanley Jennings, Sr., QB, ASU- 17 of 30for307
yards, 4 TDs in win over Wingate,
Corey Robinson, Sr., LB, MILES 15 tackles,
9 solos, 5 for losses, one sack and one forced
fumble vs. Concordia.
Darvel Nelson, Jr., OL, ASU -
Ronnie Tubbs, Jr., WR, ASU- Hauled in6 passes
for 136 yards, 3 TDs in win over Wingate.
Cade Berryman, Fr., K, KSU Nailed three
field goals (26, 43, 39) and four PATs in win
SW AC AnHSOUTHWESTERN
W ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Miss. Valley St.
Ark. Pine Bluff
Prairie View A&M
C IAA CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE
N. DIVISION W L W L
Bowie State 1 0 2 0
Virginia Union 0 0 2 1
Chowan 0 0 1 1
Virginia State 0 0 1 1
Eliz. City State 0 1 1 2
Lincoln 0 1 0 2
Winston-Salem State 1 0 2 0
J.C. Smith 0 0 1 1
Shaw 0 0 0 2
Fayetteville State 0 0 0 2
St. Augustine's 0 1 1 2
Livingstone 0 1 0 2
CIAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OL- Markus Lawrence, Jr., C, WSSU -
WR- Robert Holland, Jr., CHOWAN 10 recep-
lions, 150 yards, 3 TDs vs. UNC-Pembroke.
ROOKIE & OB Keahn Wallace, Fr., QB, JC
SMITH 325 passing yards, 3 TDs, 79 rushing
yards, 2 TDs in OT loss to Brevard.
DL- Shonquez Nelson, So., DT, SAC-12tackles,
8 solos, 2 for losses, 1 sack vs. New Haven
LB Delano Johnson, Sr., BSU 8 tackles, one
DB-Damell Evans,So., SHAW-2ints.,1 returned
70 yards, a recovery, 5 tackles vs. DSU.
SPECIAL James Langford, Jr., KR, SHAW
- KO return 89 yards for TD, 65 rushing yards, 1
TD, 234 all-purpose yards.
Langston 2 0
Tennessee State 1 1
Lincoln (Mo.) 1 1
Cheyney 1 1
Edward Waters 1 1
Central State 0 2
Concordia-Selma 0 2
W. Va. State 0 2
VU Lynchburg 0 2
Texas College 0 3
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Carlos Ross, Sr., RB, LANGSTON Had 20
carries for 115 yards in win over Tuskegee,
Travis James, WR/KR, TENN. STATE Three
receptions for 115 yards including 54-yard TD
reception and returned four kickoffsfor 111 yards
including 66-yarder vs Jackson State.
Rico Council, TENN. STATE Led Tigers with
11 tackles, 7 solos, 2 for losses including one
sack for -10 yards, and also had a forced fumble
vs. Jackson Slate.
Dereck Butler, KR, LANGSTON Returned kick-
off 94 yards for a TD in win over Tuskegee.
Darrion Lewis, QB, LANGSTON Completed
11 of 19 passes for 149 yards and 2TDs(17 and
37 yards) in win over Tuskegee.
Howard 30, Morehouse 27
Jackson State 35, Tenn. State 29
Kentucky State 43, Lincoln (Pa.) 27
Langston 33, Tuskegee 19
La.-Monroe 35, Grambling State 7
Miles 13, Concordia-Selma 6
Murray State 39, Miss. Valley State 0
New Haven 50, St. Augustine's 14
N. C. Central 42, Central State 3
Prairie View A&M 37, Texas Southern 34
S. C. State 26, Bethune-Cookman 18
SE Louisiana 63, Savannah State 6
Samford 48, Stillman 6
Slippery Rock 54, Cheyney 0
Southern 21, Alabama A&M 6
UNC-Pembroke 49, Chowan 38
Virginia State 17, W. Va. State 14
West Virginia 55, Norfolk State 12
W-Salem State 67, Virginia Union 16
HOW THEY DID IT
BCSP No. 2 South Carolina State 26, No. 1 Bethune-Cookman 18
South Carolina State (1-1,1-0 MEAC) quarterback
Derrick Wiley ran for 121 yards on 19 carries including
a go-ahead 3-yard touchdown on fourth down with just
under five minutes left as the No. 2 Bulldogs went into
DaytonaBeachandKO'edNo 1 Bethune-Cookman (1-l1,
Wiley's score was set up by a 27-yard punt return
by Darius Drummond totheB-CU 11. Drummondcame
up big, returning three punts for 89 yards, had a 48-yard
kickoff return and 7 tackles on defense, two for losses.
Three plays after Wiley's score, SCSU DB Domi-
nique Ellis picked off B-CU QB Jamar Robinson and Wiley
returned it 55 yards for a TD for the final margin. On its
ensuing possession, B-CU drove to the SCSU 6 but was stopped on a fourth-
Robinson completed 25 of 45 passes for 245 yards and two scores (44
and 12 yards) but was picked off four times. The Wildcats also lost one fumble.
Wiley completed just 7 of 19 passes for 46 yards and was picked off twice
SCSU back-up QB Richard Cue also threw a pick but also conncLteld with
Tyler McDonald on a third-quarter 8-yard TD pass..
No. 7 Hampton 23, No. 3 Florida A&M 17
BCSP No. 7 Hampton (1-1, 1-0 MEAC) got two passing touchdowns
from QB David Legree (27-39-1, 268 yards) to WR Reginald Hicks (18 and
29 yards) and place kicker Taurean Durham converted field goals of 23, 34
and 25 yards in winning at home vs. No. 3 Florida A&M (1-1, 0-1).
Louisiana-Monroe 35, No. 4 Grambling State 7
Louisiana-Monroe limited No. 4 Grambling State (1-1, 1-0 SWAC W)
to 144 yards of total offense while rolling up 454 yards in downing the G-Men.
Grambling freshman QB D. J. Williams was 10 of 21 for 118 yards, threw two
picks and hit Damian Jefferson from 20 yards out for the team's only score.
Prairie View A&M 37, No. 5 Texas Southern 34
Prairie View A&M scored the final 17 points of
the game, the final three coming on redshirt freshman
placekicker Christopher Barrick's 36-yard field goal
with just :04 seconds left to give the Panthers (1-1, 1-0
SWAC W) a remarkable comeback win over cross-town
SWAC rival Texas Southern (0-1,0-1 SWAC W).
After leading 14-13 at the half, TSU hit paydirt
twice in the fourth quarter to go up 34-20. PV QB Jerry
Lovelocke pulled thePanthers towithin 34-27 on a31-yard
scoringrunwith7:36 to play and thenPV took advantage Barrick
of two short punts by TSU punter Riko Smalls to pull
out the win.
PV followed a 7-yard Smalls' punt with a 64-yard drive to tie the score
at 34 on Lovelocke's 15-yard pass to Greg Thurmond with 2:15 left. After
being stopped after three plays on the ensuing possession, Smalls punted just
12 yards, from his 20 to the 32, setting up the game-winning field goal.
TSU racked up 250 rushing yards led by RBs Marcus Wright (25 carries,
143 yards) and Martin Gilbert (21 carries, 95 yards, 3 TDs). TSU's special
teams were involved in both PV first-half TDs. Jermaine Waddy returned a
first quarter kickoff 80 yards for PV's first score. Later, Jacquez Polk returned
a blocked TSU field goal attempt 85 yards to the TSU 1. Dwayne Stewart took
it in from there
West Virginia 55, No. 6 Norfolk State 12
Norfolk State (1-1) converted four first-half field goals and led Div. I
and Big East power West Virginia 12-10 at the half before the Mountaineers
pulled away in the second half.
The NSU defense held WVU to 102 rushing yards but surrendered 371
passing yards and four TDs to QB Geno Smith. NSU QB Chris Walley hit on
16 of 27 passes for 136 yards without a turnover and WR Xavier Boyce hauled
in 8 catches for 100 yards.
- No. 8 Winston-Salem State 67, Virginia Union 16
WSSU QB Kameron Smith (15-28-1) threw for 238 yards and four
TDs as the Rams (2-0, 1-0 CIAA) built a 20-3 halftime lead and scored 34
unanswered third-quarter points to blow out Virginia Union (2-1, 0-1).
WSSU RB Nicholas Cooper ran for 113 yards on just 12 carries and
scored on runs of 3 and 15 yards. WR Dominique Fitzgerald had two scoring
receptions (4 and 45 yards) and the Rams' defense got six turnovers (1 int., 5
fumbles) in the rout. WSSU back-up QB Jamie Degeare threw two fourth-
quarter TD passes.
- Howard 30, No. 9 Morehouse 27
Howard (1-1) scored 21 straight second-half
points to surge back from a 20-9 deficit and get past
Football Classic at RFK Stadium in Washington,
HU freshman QB Greg McGhee (22-29-1,248
yards), threw three TD passes (39, 29, 23), two to
wideout Willie Carter (7 rec., 87 yards), the latter
that put the Bison up 23-20 with 12:54 left in the
game. On Howard's next possession, RB Charles
Bruce ran in from 17 yards out to complete a 7-play,
62-yard drive McGHEE
MorehouseRB David Carterhad 122 rushing
yards on 10 carries including a 79-yard scoring scamper that put the Maroon
Tigers up 20-9 early in the third quarter. After Bruce's score, Morehouse was
unsuccessful on an onsides kick but held Howard on downs. On its final posses-
sion in the game's final minute, Morehouse got a 57-yard pass from QB Byron
Ingram (14-31-2, 165 yards) to Derrick Hector (6 rec., 99 yards, 1 TD) to
reach the HU 25 but advanced no further on two plays.
- Eastern Michigan 14, No. 10 Alabama State 7
Alabama State (1-1, 1-0 SWAC) gave up 336 rushing yards but allowed
only two touchdowns in falling at E. Michigan.
- Jackson State 35, Tennessee State 29
Jackson State (2-0) got two second-half scoring passes from QB Casey
Therriault (27-39-1, 337 yards, 3 TDs) and held Tennessee State (1-1) to a
second half field goal and safety to come back from a 24-21 halftime deficit.
JSU WR Marcell Wilder had five receptions for 114 yards including a 63-yard
Tough dates on tap for top teams
Teams in the reshuffled BCSPTop Ten have
some daunting match-ups this week.
New BCSPNo. 1 South Carolina State (1-
1, 1-0 MEAC), fresh off its 26-18 win Saturday
over last week's top team Bethune-Cookman,
travels to Bloomington, Indiana to face Indiana
University, its second date against a Div. I op-
ponent in the young season. The SCSU/IU game
will be carried live on the Big Ten TV Network
at 3:30 p.m.
Off its victory over B-CU, South Carolina
State entered the Sports Network FCS Top 25
at No. 25 this week.
While new BCSP No. 2 Bethune-Cookman
has a week off, new BCSPNo. 3 Hampton (2-0,
1-0 MEAC), who knocked off formerBCSPNo.
3 Florida A&M 23-17 at home last Thursday,
stays local as it travels to nearby Norfolk, Va.
1. SOUTH CAROLINA STATE (1-1) Knocked off No. 1
Bethune-Cookman, 26-18. NEXT: At Indiana.
2. BETHUNE-COOKMAN (1-1) Knocked from No. 1 by No.
2 SC State, 26-18. NEXT: Idle.
3. HAMPTON (2-0) Beat Florida A&M, 23-17. NEXT: At
4 GRAMBLING STATE (1-1)- Fell to Lousliana-Monroe, 35-7
NEXT: At No. 7 Alabama State
5. NORFOLK STATE (1-1) -Blown out in second half by West
Virginia of Big East, 55-12 NEXT: At Howard
6. WINSTON-SALEM STATE(2-0) Wlloped Virginia Union,
67-16. NEXT: At Chowan.
7. FLORIDA A&M (1-1) Loss at Hampton Thursday, 23-17.
NEXT: At South Florida.
8. ALABAMA STATE (1-1) Made gallant stand at Eastern
Michigan, losing only 14-7. NEXT: Hosting No. 4 Grambling
9. JACKSON STATE (2-0)- BeatTennessee State in Memphis.
35-29. NEXT At Southern
10 ALBANY STATE (2-0) Defeated Wingate. 49-28 NEXT:
Hosting Valdosta State
to face Old Dominion at Foreman Field in a 6
p.m. start. The Monarchs, new members of the
tough ColonialAthletic Association (CAA), are
undefeated at 2-0.
No. 4 Grambling State(1-1, 1-0 SWAC),
coming off a 35-7 loss at Louisiana-Monroe,
travels to Montgomery, Ala. to face defending
SWAC East Division champ and current BCSP
No. 8 Alabama State (1-1, 1-0 SWAC) under
the lights at 7 p.m. The Hornets played valiantly
before losing at Central Michigan, 14-7.
No. 5 Norfolk State (1-1), who battled Big
East member West Virginia on even terms for
a half last week, travels to Washington, D.C.
to face Howard (1-1) in the first MEAC game
for both schools. Howard behind freshman
quarterback Greg McGhee came back to get
its first win, 30-27 last week in the Nation's
Football Classic against former BCSP No. 9
In a CIAA match-up, undefeated No. 6
Winston-Salem State (2-0, 1-0 CIAA), who
thrashed Virginia Union 67-16 to knock the
Panthers from the unbeaten ranks last week,
visits Chowan (1-1).
No. 7 Florida A&M (1-1,0-1 MEAC) has a
tough date in Tampa vs. Div. I South Florida.
Jackson State (2-0), who enters the BCSP
Top Ten for the first time this year at No. 9. goes
to Baton Rouge. La. to face Southern (I I 1-0
SWAC). JSU got by Tennessee State 35-29 at
last week's Southern Heritage Classic in Mem-
phis. The Jaguars are coming off an impressive
21-6 victory over Alabama A&M.
Defending SIAC and BCSP national
champion Albany State (2-0). who got a big
49-28 win over 2010 Div. 11 playoff participant
Wingate Saturday and enters the BCSPTop Ten
at No. 10. hosts Valdosta State Saturday at 7
p.m. Albany State is ranked sixth nationally in
this week's AFCA Div. II coaches poll while
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
Comcast Sports Southeast
West Georgia vs. Miles in Carrollton, GA 8p
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
Edinboro vs. Cheyney in Edinboro, PA
Howard vs. Norfolk State in Washington, DC
Va. Univ of Lynchburg vs. Louisburg in Lynchburg, VA
Mo. Western State vs. Langston in St. Joseph, MO
Lane vs. Point University in Jackson, TN
Lincoln (MO) vs. NW Missouri State in Jefferson City, MO
Alcorn State vs. Miss Valley State in Alcom State, MS
Johnson C. Smith vs. Virginia State in Charlotte, NC
Morgan State vs. Robert Morris in Baltimore, MD
Concordia-Selma vs. New Orleans in Selma, AL
Alabama A&M vs. Tuskegee in Huntsville, AL
Murray State vs. Tennessee State in Murray, KY
Prairie View A&M vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff in Prairie View, TX
Texas Southern vs. Texas College in Houston, TX
Appalachian State vs. Savannah State in Boone, NC
Chowan vs. Winston-Salem State in Murfreesboro, NC
Clark Atlanta vs. Fort Valley State in Atlanta, GA
Delaware vs. Delaware State in Newark, DE
Fayetteville State vs. Elizabeth City State in Fayetteville, NC
Lincoln (PA) vs. Virginia Union in Lincoln University, PA
NC Central vs. Elon in Durham, NC
Old Dominion vs. Hampton in Norfolk, VA
Alabama State vs. Grambling State in Montgomery, AL
West Alabama vs. Central State in Livingston,AL
Albany State vs. Valdosta State v Albany, GA
Kentucky State vs. Stillman in Frankfort, KY
Morehouse vs. Edward Waters in Atlanta, GA
Bowie State vs. Livingstone in Bowie, MD
TV / INTENT BROADCASTS
Big Ten Network
Indiana vs. SC State in Bloomington, IN 3
Southern vs. Jackson State in Baton Rouge, LA
Bright House Sports Network (local cable)
South Florida vs. Florida A&M in Tampa, FL
Benedict vs. Shaw in Columbia, SC
Valdosta State is ranked 12th. QB Stanley Jennings
threw for 307 yards and 4 TDs last week.
Historic game captured in documentary
CBS Sports Network is to present this month, 1st and Goal in the
Bronx: Grambling vs. Morgan State 1968, a documentary about the
monumental game played between Grambling and Morgan State, the
first historically black college football game played in New York City.
The one-hour documentary airs on Wednesday, Sept. 28 (7:00 p.m., ET),
exactly 43 years after the game was played at Yankee Stadium in front of
more than 60,000 fans. Actor Keith David narrates the program.
A clip from the documentary can be viewed via: http://bit.ly/
Through the lens of this historic game, this documentary explores the
history of black college football and its struggles in segregated America,
as well as the political and cultural sub-text surrounding this match-up.
The show features numerous interviews with players from Grambling and
Morgan State including James "Shack" Harris and Raymond Chester,
as well as current Grambling coach Doug Williams, Willie Brown, Willie
Lanier, Eddie Robinson's widow Doris Robinson and veteran sports
columnist Jerry Izenberg, among others. Overall, 31 players involved in
the game were drafted to the NFL or AFL.
The game has been played every year since 1968 and officially became
the New York Urban League Classic in 1971, which celebrates its 40th
anniversary this year. The New York Urban League Classic was played at
Yankee Stadium until 1987, when it moved to the Meadowlands.
Alexis Arguello and Brian Davis are the producers
Two added to NFL roster
Former Hampton safety Ricardo Silva 1#39) and
former Alcorn State w ide receiver Nate Hughes I #86 .
were inadvertently left off the list of black college players
on opening day 2011 NFL rosters published in the BCSP
Silva, an undrafted rookie, and Hughes a three-year
veteran, both made the practice squad of the NFC's Detroit
Lions which was unavailable last week at press time.
Their addition brings the total of black college play-
ers in the league to 44, three more than a year ago. There
are now 26 black college players in the NFC, 18 in the
Silva raised the total of players from the Mid Eastern HUGHES
Athletic Conference to 18, tops among the four black
college conferences and one more than last season. Silva is also Hampton's
fifth player in the league, tops among black college alumni. Silva is the
15th defensive back from a black college team, the position most occupied
by black college players. Hughes joins Green Bay veteran wide receiver
Donald Driver as the only Alcorn State alums in the league and brings the
total of Southwestern Athletic Conference alums to 12, two more than last
year. He brings the total of receivers (WR or TE) to 7, third most behind
defensive backs (15) and defensive linemen (8).
(Friday, Sept. 16)
WSSU vs. Chowan
Virginia State vs. Livlngstone
Lincoln vs. St. Augustine's
Shaw vs. Eliz. City State
JC Smith vs. Bowie State
Fayetteville State vs. Virginia Union
Savannah State @ B-Cookman
SC State vs. Ohio
Hampton vs. Stetson
Morgan State vs. Eastern Michigan
UMEC vs. Bryant
Norfolk State vs. N. C. A&T
NC Central vs. Winthrop
Delaware State vs. C. Conn. State
SC State vs. Presbyterian
Friday, Sept. 16
Grambling @ ULM
Texas Southern @ SE Louisiana
Southern @ Lamar
Miss. Valley State @ Nicholls State
Jackson State @ Jacksonville State
Ark. Pine Bluff @ Harding
Alabama A&M @ Chattanooga
Prairie View @ UTSA
CIAA CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE
N. DIVISION w L W L
Chowan 0 0 4 3
Elizabeth City State 0 0 1 6
Virginia State 0 0 0 4
Virginia Union 0 0 0 4
Bowie State 0 0 0 5
Lincoln 0 0 0 8
Fayetteville State 1 0 3 2
Livingstone 0 0 1 3
Shaw 0 0 1 6
Winston-Salem State 0 0 0 5
St. Augustine's 0 0 0 6
J.C. Smith 0 1 0 4
CIAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
MEAC MID EASTERN
AC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
N. DIVISION W L W L
Maryland-EasternShore 0 0 3 4
Coppin State 0 0 3 7
Morgan State 0 0 2 8
Hampton 0 0 1 5
Norfolk State 0 0 1 5
Delaware State 0 0 1 7
Howard 0 0 1 10
Bethune-Cookman 0 0 4 6
S. Carolina State 0 0 4 6
N. Carolina Central 0 0 0 8
FloridaA&M 0 0 0 7
Savannah State 0 0 0 8
N. Carolina A&T 0 0 0 9
MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Krysta Gardner, Jr., OH, B-CU Led team to
2-1 week with 64 total kills, 38 digs. Vs. Wofford,
had MEAC season-high 28 kills and got her fourth
double-double with 14 digs.
Saltaua Iosla, Fr., OH, UMES- Guided team to
2-1 weekwith 50 kills 37 digsand 6 blocks in llhee
latches Vs Haivard. hit 31" from thll oot wlthi
14 krlls and 10 digs
SIAC SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE
SI C ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Fort Valley State
SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Jamila McKinnls, OH, STILLMAN Recorded 65
kills in five matches with .223 hitting percentage.
Also had 48 assists, 47 digs, 9 blocks and 9 aces
Camachlo Marrls, PAINE 44 assists in 3
matches, 4 4 assists por sot. Had 15 kills, 2 aces
in 3.0 week
Janae' Kearse, PAINE 3,1 dii ,8wes in 3
Miss. Valley St.
Prairie View A&M
Ark. Pine Bluff
W L W L
0 0 3 2
0 0 2 3
0 0 2 7
0 0 2 8
0 0 0 5
0 0 0 4
0 0 0 5
0 0 0 6
0 0 0 7
0 0 0 9
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Karens Beckford, Jr., OH, AA&M 64 kills, 17
digs in four games. 25 kills vs. SE Louisiana.
Roselande Cornlelle, Jr., DS, ALABAMA
STATE 32 digs, 18 kills, 4 blocks, 8 assists. 1
ace in tournament.
Maya Bell, Fr., OH, ALABAMA STATE Led
Lady Hornets with 48 kills. Had 17 aces, 8 in 3-0
win over Claflin,
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Chris Townsend, r-So.,DB, PVA&M-Led Panthers
with 14 tackles, 9 solo,4 forlossesof24yardsinclud-
ing a sack for -16 yards in win over TSU
DrayJoseph, So., QB,SOUTHERN-Completed 18
of 27 passes for 308 yards and 3 TDs (72,57 and
21 yards) in win over Alabama A&M. Also rushed
nine times for 16 yards.
JermaineWaddy, Sr.,WR/KR, PVA&M-Returned
kickoff 80 yard for TD vs. Texas Southern.
Tommy Gooden, So., RB, JSU Five rushes for
67 yards including a 31-yard TD run, also had a
reception for a 9-yard TD vs. Tenn. State.
Carson-Newman 56, Fayetteville State 7
Hampton 23, Florida A&M 17
Washburn 66, Lincoln 26
Albany State 49, Wingate 28
Appalachian State 58, NC A&T 6
Arkansas-Monticello 41, Texas College 0
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 27, Alcom State 24
Bowie State 31, Benedict 14
Bowling Green 58, Morgan State 13
Brevard 38. J. C. Smith 35, OT
Clark Atlanta 21, Lane 3
Delaware State 31, Shaw 27
Delta State 27, Fort Valley State 7
Eastern Michigan 14, Alabama State 7
Edward Waters 29, VU Lynchburg 21
Elizabeth City State 49, Livingstone 7
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Former Bank of America Vice President and Toyota Black
Achiever Tony Brown with Michelle Williams and her father,
Greater Macedonia Pastor, Landon Williams.
Dr. Anita Allen and a young lady are pictured during the Right of
Anheuser Busch executive and noted skier Sam Hall
displays some of his medals won during a National
Brotherhood of Skiers Convention in Austria.
Dr. Kenneth Jones, Irvlyn Kennebrew, G Pritchy Smith and he r daughter Karen Smith
share a moment at a social event.
(L-R) Alpha Kappa Alpha National Area Officer C\arolyn House Stewart, Diane Parker,
Ernestine Bivens, hostess (seated), AKA National Basileus Barbara McKinzie, former
Basileus Norma White, and Gayle Holly at the meet & greet at the Bivens home..
Mrs. Phyllis Mack and Carrie Washington, longtime
volunteers for the Friends of Bradham Brooks
Library, work at the organization's annual book sale.
Madeline Scales Taylor, Rita Perry and Howard Taylor share a pose at the annual FlaJax
Dance,one of the city'soldest holiday traditions.
s Cheryl Reddick shares the importance of art with her daughter
Libby at an opening for the works of Black artists at the Ritz
Earl M. Johnson, Jr., son of Jacksonville's first Black City
Councilman and his mother Janet Johnson, an educator, peruse
the Black History Calendar in which she was one of the honorees.
X 12 Rev. Joseph Carswell, President, African American Chamber, spon-
sorer of 33rd Bob Hayes Track and Field Meet is pictured with the leg-
&I "endary Bob "Bullet" Hayes, Lewis Sipliing, owner Jax area Churches
McDonald's owner/ operator Randy Marshall and Manager Ben Turner Chicken Restaurants, Leon Surcey, Sr. and Darnell Price, Office
are pictured as they presented a certificate of achievement to Lindsey Manager Team Surcey. The 33rd Annual Bob Hayes Invitational was
Philllips, one of three Ribualt High School basketball players nominated held March 15th, 1997. The ceremony began with a torch run which
to the 1998 McDonald's All American High School Basketball Team. started at EWC and ended at the Raines High School Track -Field.
December 10 16 1992 One Church/One Child welcomes St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church & Tots 'N' Teens Over
80 Youth attend Minority Youth Leadership Conference December 3 9 1992- GODBOLD AND HOLMES RECEIVE '92 SOCIAL HARMONY AWARDS -
Farrakhan to speak at FAMU November 19 December 2 1992 Critics Say Malcolm X I Spike Lees Best work -Superintendent for St. Johns Co. Schools,
Otis Mason retires November 12 18 1992 Florida National Guard & Sheriffs' Officers zero in on mixed youth gang suspects in 1-295 assaults -
November 5 -11, 1992 Jack-sonville Actors Theater open Season with "Shirley Valentine" on November 13th October 29 November 4 1992
-Bush? Clinton? Perot? Are we going to let ourselves continue to be taken for granted? Ask yourself before you cast your
vote i n' 92 on Nov 3rd October 22 October 28, 1992 1992 is "Winning Year" for Mrs. Willye Dennis- Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, James
Van Der Zee & Jazz Posters on exhibit at Art Center thru Oct 31 UNCf President to join Salute to Holmes NOV 2 October 8 14, 1992 Spelman is named #1
Liberal Arts College October 1 7. 1992 Blacks head for Capitol Hill in record numbers in'92 Septembr 24 30, 1992 Hastings impeachment is overturned September 17
-23, 1992-Lou Rawls UNCF Golf Tournament is set for Sept 25 in Jax- Tony Brown to keynote NAACP Dinner
- Sept 23 September 10 16. 1992 Aikens appointed to JPA Board Dade County Sends First Black Floridian to Congress (Sen Carrie Meeks).
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Wachovia executives Eloise Adamss and Debbie
Spencer attend a community together.
Deborah Thompson, Emma Morgan, Tonyaa Weathersbea and Emma '-
Moran attend the annual Urban League Equal Opportunity Luncheon Martha Barrett strikes a pose with Doug Brown and
where Board member Ralph Christian was the Master of Ceremonies. Felice Franklin at a civic luncheon.
Priscilla Wiliamson and Georgia Lewis attend an
annual holiday luncheon for BBIC seniors.
Hattie Mills and Sarah Potts also attending the holiday luncheon, with Thelma Jones and Alma Danies all smiles
Hattie Mills and Sarah Potts also attending the holiday luncheon, with Thelma Jones and Alma Daniels all smiles.
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Phi Delta Kappa Sorority Salutes Black History with the theme: "Afro American
Celebrating Their Rich Heritage Inherited In The 20th Century."
Negro League players, including the late Buck O'Neil, gathered for ceremonies at James
P. Small Ball Park on Myrtle Avenue where many of them once played.
Dara, Reese and Kemba with dad, Reese Marshall. The
successful attorney's offspring include an ad executive, a
future lawyer and a veterinarian.
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The Bold City Chapter of Links held their first induction I! "mi ai:
in 1996 by adding 2 "Heir-O-Links" to their clan, Gwen Marc Little and Rev. Joe Carswell attend a community
Mitchell and Sylvia Perry (front seated), meeting together.
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Shortly after Governor Bush entered the Capital, one of his first initia- '
tives was the implementation of the One Florid Plan. Something that is
still controversial today. The event caused for a massive rally. Shown Shortly after the disappearance of her son, James Coon, mem-
above on the front line are Cong. Kendrick Meek, Jesse Jackson, then bers of the community came together for a prayer vigil in hopes
Ethelyn Taylor, Marsha Phelts and Charlene Taylor Hill smile for the cam- NAACP Chairman Kweisi Mfume, Urban League President High Price of finding him. Shown at the Friendship Fountain occasion are
era at a community event. and Cong. Alcee Hastings. Carol Alexander, Sharon Coon and Leanie Payne.
Michael Stewart presents (center) a demonstration in the NAACP's annual ACT SO competition as a Surrounded by family and friends the lovely Cristella Bryant is all smiles at her retirement celebration with
young Landon Griggs (now a high school senior looks on. her husband, Dr. Ezekiel Bryant at her side.
Michael Blaylock (JTA), Cliff Coleman (the Help Center) and Vince
Cameron (ILA) all participated in "Men WhoCook" sponsored by the
Urban Ministries of Springfield. The men all prepared dishes sold in Then fellow council persons, Denise Lee and Terry Fields chat politics
the fundraiser. before the wedding of Carlottra Guyton.
Greg Miller, Michelle Grant and Ronnie Belton attend a reception for
the 2002 Much Ado About Books.
Cong. John Lewis and NAACP Preisdent Isiah Rumlin greet an aspir-
Photo by Charles Griggs at the Million Man March. ing youth at the Chamber's Annual MLK Breakfast.
August 27 September 2, 1992 -Lee urges evacuation for Golfbrook-Archbishop TuT & Barbara Jordon to receive Civil
fiht Awards August 20 25, 1992 Dr. Jemisons firAt pace flight is Bet for Sept II August 6 12, 1992 Local dentist elected to head National
Dental Association July 16 22, 1992 AMEs elect fist Floridian Bishop since 1956 Bishop Cousin to head First AME District Rodney King may get $8 mil-
lion May 28 June 3, 1992 "Wake Up Call" prompts Governor Chiles to hold African American Conference 5th Annual Kuumba Festival April 30 May 6, 1992 9
Dead, LA Burns after Policeman acquitted in Rodney King Case Blacks say, "No Justice, No Peace" March 19 March 25, 1992 -. //"j/
J~-/- //e7" Ybk" ,ty- January 16 22, 1992 Winnie Mandela visits Jacksonville Health Care must be available to all
Americans December 5 11. 1991- Six WW I TUSKEGEE AIRMAN WERE FROM JACKSONVILLE November 21 27. 1991 FAMU Boosters to Give-a-
way $20,000 at Florida Classic October 24 November 6. 1991 Tots 'Teens Theater celebrates 6th Anniversary June 20 26, 1991 Du.*ral
OV4o= 95E4=hool Bo*1 rd'os DesePm=r~egamtion3Lax 3eA bporPx-* "W3mam.3 cf 3E Ecxgrm4mmmzes Yer of Progress-
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Jaguar Aaron Beasley signs on to be the "Jaguar of Record" for
the Clara White Mission. The news was made at a formal news con-
ference as Executive Director Ju'Coby Pittman looks on.
In celebration of their 30th anniversary at the church, the first lady &
and pastor of BBIC Estelle McKissick and Rudolph McKissick, SR.
and pa r of B C E e M k ad R h The Daniels' ladies (L-R) Lisa, mom Alma and Michelle, share a laugh with[
smile among their celebration cakes in this 90's photo taken at the the late Rev. C.B. Dailey.
Members of Some Positive People celebrate Jacksonville's first
Kwanzaa with its' founder. Shown (L-R) Shadidi Amma, Michael
Ali, Maulana Karenga, Mansong Kulabaly and Ida Ross Johnson.
Ms. Charlotte Osgood and Gertrude Peele serving the community at a
planning meeting in this late 90's photo.
During her bid for the State House seat, then NAACP President!
Willye Dennis (center), had the support of power political couple Sen.-
Bettye Holzendorf and Councilman King Holzendorf.
At a Continental event in the late 90's, the Jacksonville
Chapter hosted the regional meeting of the National organ-
ization. Shown at the pretty hat luncheon highlighting
excelling youthare Countess Whiteside, Deidra Franklin
and Brenda White.
Jacksonville Continentals Jean Baker, Elvina Parker, Clara Whitten, and Pat Warren.
Jacksonville Continentals Gayle Hardy, Vera White
and Carolyn Newton.
Members of the Leadership Jacksonville Class of 98 held a variety of
activities during their graduation weekend. Shown above is Vince
Cameron, Bruce Barefoot, Eleni Durkee, the late Flossy Brunson and
Desmond Waters preparing for a scavenger hunt.
Before she left for Hollywood to star in movies with Denzel
Washington, Assandra Freeman was a student at Douglas Anderson
School of the Arts. While there she won a Full Scholarship from
Toyota as a young Black Achiever. She is shown above with her father,
the late Mack Freeman accepting her scholarship.
Unwed teen births costs public $22 billion-May23-29,1991-Town
Ruth Waters and Pamela Grant Adams attend the 1998 Black
Achievers Awards presentation sponsored by Toyota at the Times
Union Center of the Performing Arts.
Meeting is scheduled to help heal wounds between Black/White Communities Nat Adderley, Abyssinia Mass Choir head Kuumba Entertainment
Gospel Fest 80 year old Beulah Beal to retire June 7 May 2 8. 1991 The Democratic Black Caucus holds 10th Convention in Jax April 18 24.
1991 Vietnam mwall is coming to Jacksonville April 4 10. 1991 Civil Rights Group say police brutality is common Blodgel Holmes Design
Revealed January 3 9. 1991 JMuhammad (Wi to appear in Jac&konif.ee duwng fIac&k li6toYay monthh November 29 December 5. 1990 Report says, Poor Blacks
often die for lack of Medical Care Funds September 13 19. 1990 Bob Hayes tells all in new book- August 16 23. 1990 KKK
Florida August 2- 8. 1990 Mrs. Dennis receives award at 81st NAACP Convention Fros and Cons of Caller ID October 25- 31, 1990 -
Rutledge H. Pearson Scholarship is announced by NAACP June 7 -13 1990 Edward Waters College Graduates Record Number of
Criminal Justice Majors Desegregation Negotiations End May 24 30. 1990 JESSE OWENS STAMP TO BE ISSUED THIS SUMMER May 17 23. 1990 -
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Mrs. Mary Mitchell shows off a fash-
Participating in a 2000 MedWeek Celebration are Jacquie Gibbs, Mia Jones,
Annette Davis and Janice Sampson
Attending a City Hall reception are Judge James Ruth, Charlene Taylor Hill, Mayor
John Delaney and Linda Grant-Hunter
Michelle Grant and Joyce Morgan chat it up at a
Dr. Ruben Brigety is shown with his son, Ensign Brigety and proud mom
Barbara Brigety at his son's graduation from the U.S.Naval Academy.
Boxing guru Don King was in town to make a presentation to Martin
Luther King Elementary School. Shown here is Lisa Newsome presenting a
school Tee-Shirt to King, while PTA President Charles Griggs (right) looks
Before JTA CEO Michael Blaylock was appointed to his position, Jacksonville turned out in a variety of events in an uproar over his
being overlooked for the position after serving as the Vice Director for many years. Shown above at a rally held outside Alltell Stadium
are Joann Manning, Eric Green, Denise Lee, Tony Nelson, John Peck, Richard Danford, and John Clark in support of Blaylock.
Rep. Tony Hill and Fire Chief Ray Alfred lead the Links Walk-a-Thon at
EWC in 1999.
Taj and Cheryl Matthews on their wedding Greg Miller, Carol Alexander and Ronnie Ferguson share a gourmet meal Rometa Porter tells Carlottra Guyton about her families washboard business at her
day in 1999. at the Miracle on Ashley Street. annual "Weaving the Fabric" Black History event.
Brenda Roundtree and Charles Scantling volunteer for
Urban Min. of Springfield's "Men Who Cook" fundraiser.
Enjoying the annual FlaJax dance in 2001 are Gail & Edgar
Mathis with Yvonne & Roy Mitchell.
Warren Jones and his son Warren, Jr.
who is in High School now.
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A road designation ceremony was held in honor of Mrs. Johnnie Mae Chappell, the
Jacksonville mother killed more than forty years ago during the March 1964 riots. Following
a 10+ year crusade by her youngest son, Shelton Chappelle, formal acknowledgement now
mark a stretch of US1, the location where she was killed while looking for her wallet in 1964
in a random act of violence. The four men who were charged with the crime are still alive. Elder Lee Harris, a part of a coalition of pastors
Shown above at the marker ceremony are Alonzo Chappell, Senator Tony Hill, Shelton protesting Head Start Centers on contaminated
Chappell, Paula Barnes Catherine Walker, Jacqueline Williams, Ernest Chappell, Ruth land, leads an early morning protest in front of
Monteroy, Willie Jr., Chappelle Rep. Terry Fields and former State Representative Daisy the Forest Park Head Start Center. The Center
Black at the dedication. was eventually closed.
City Councilman Reggie Fullwood spent his Saturday morning reading
to young kids at a literacy festival held at FCCJ North Campus.
Robin Gundy and Dennis Wade enjoy a moment at an informal
reunion event thrown by Carlottra Guyton and Brenda Roundtree for
past presidents of the Jacksonville Urban League Auxiliary. Lively
conversation and fond memories were exchanged recalling the many
years of dedicated volunteer service given to the Jacksonville Urban
Jacksonville Links Present Crowns Book signing Crowns, the off-
broadway hit play written by actress and director Regina Taylor
graced the stages of Jacksonville thanks to local director Darryl Hall.
The play is a lively and soul stirring musical portrait of African-
American women and how they define themselves through the hats
they wear. Preceding a performance at the FCCJ Ezekiel Bryant
Auditorium, Michael Cunningham who wrote the book the play is
based on, joined the Jacksonville Chapter of Links and others for a
book signing and discussion. Shown above at the signing is Wanda
Montgomery, author Michael Cunningham and the play's director
Darryl Hall of Stage Aurora.
Shown above is ILA #1408 President Vincent Cameron, Hiroyuki
Sato, deputy president of Japan based shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K.
Lines Ltd., Rick Ferrin, Port director, Dr. Massey, Jaxport board
chair, and Nathaniel Gardner, Local #1408 Vice President. Japanese
shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. recently closed the deal with
Jacksonville based International Longshoreman Association that
will ensure the local Port Authority's place in the top echelons of the
nation. The deal, which would not be sealed without labor support,
will create over 1,800 additional jobs with average salaries around
Shown above is Joan Hartfield, Patricia Wallace, Rometa Porter and Pat LaRone Graham at the gala cel-
ebration in honor of Rometa Porters 65th Birthday. River City Brewery was the background for the cel-
ebration of Jacksonville entrepreneur and community volunteer Rometa Porter. over 100 family and
friends celebrated the honoree with accolades and well wishes ranging from custom made jewelry to
Caribbean vacations. Guests dined on catered hor de' oeuvres and danced till 1 a.m for the festive occasion.
State Rep. Terry Fields and Sen. Tony" Hill, Sr. hosted a Road Designation Ceremony in honor of the late
Taye Brown in August of 2005. Brown was the former Project Manager for the Better Jacksonville Plan
team which oversaw the construction of the Arena and the planning and construction of the Equestrian
Center & Sports Complex at Cecil Commerce Center. Legislation passed during the 2005 Session desig-
nated a portion of New Kings Road (U.S.1) between Division Street and 25th Street in Jacksonville to com-
memorate Mr. Brown's memory. Shown above at the dedication are (L-R) Rashad Shabazz, Sandra
Shabazz, Sen. Tony Hill, Manetti Layner, Taye' B. Brown, Jr., Bill Brown (father), Rep. Terry Fields, Hazel
Brown (mother) and Councilwoman Mia Jones.
A. Wellington Barlow shakes hands with tournament winner
Torrance Walker. In an unprecedented effort targeted to young Black
males to encourage voter participation, State House candidate A.
Wellington Barlow sponsored a 1-on-1 basketball tournament at
Raines High School. Registration for the tournament where winners
won cash and prizes was free providing they had registered to vote.
The Weems of our times, photographer Erin Mervin, instructs
Congresswoman Corine Brown on poise and posture for her portrait.
E.B. Johnson of the City f Jacksonville and Keith Pearson present
a proclamation to Afro-American Life Insurance President Gillard
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Johnathan Jones was treated to a personal invitation of the
"Talking Drum" by Chef Abayomi lyewarun who prepared
authentic recipes from Nigeria, Ghana and other West African
Countries at the Ritz Theater.
The Late Ossie Davis posed with Cheryl Riddick at a book signing
and reception held at the Ritz Theater.
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Noted author/ artist Synthia St. James and commemorative painting
dedicated to fallen Fire Fighters. One of St. James's most widely
knows works is the cover of Terry McMillan's "Waiting to Exhale".
Best selling author Colin Channer signs one of his books with fans
Delton Jackson, Sheila Sharp, Dwayne Roberts and Katina Jackson.
Project Resurrection, sponsored by area churches equips young men
to attend Easter Service in style. Shown here are some of the partici-
pants with the owners of Brother's Mens Store in Gateway.
Dr. Susan M. Ruffin Chair & President of Jacksonville Chapter
of the National Political Congress of Black Women is pictured here
passing the gavel to the new Chair & President, Helen Jackson.
Jacksonville Public Library launched "Much Ado About Books at the
Gateway Mall. Shown here are Charmayne Anderson and Tiana Myers.
EWC Leadership Team Learns from noted Historian and author.
Eddie Jones, Vice President -Edward Waters College, Dr. Henry Lewis
Gates (Author) and Stanius Pernell.
Jimmie Johnson-Duval County School Board Dr. Carolyn
Girardeau, and Alberta Hipps- City Council attending the recep-
tion for Dr. Gates at EWC.
Chauncey Hart, Jeanille Martin, Dr. Henry Lewis Gates, Rodney Ivey
and Dr. Judy Batson talk culture at a reception.
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Gullah Geechee Descendants work hard to preserve the islands' rich
coastal heritage for the Sapelo Island Festival. Shown above are festi-
val volunteers Gracie Chandler, Wendy Hinton, Alvin Proctor and
Participants of the NAACP's Youth Council who participated in the civil rights demonstration Axe
Handle Saturday, are honored during Black History Month.
The 2001 inductees of the Jacksonville Chapter of Jack & Jill of America.
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The original Old Timers and Gilbert classmates Tommy Chandler, Mildred Carter and
Ronald "Track" Elps watch over the Old Timers annual Thanksgiving Game.
Northeast Florida Builders Association Apprentice Program grad-
uates Clarence Brown and Lacy Sinclair are shown here with their
Journeymen's status certificates. The women participated in grad-
uation ceremonies held at FCCJ downtown campus. Brown, earned
his on the job hours working for Don Harris Plumbing and Sinclair
was employed by Air Systems. The NEFBA introduced the program
in 1973 and has accredited students in Sheet Metal, Plumbing,
Carpentry and Air Conditioning.
Dr. Chester Aikens has an opportunity to meet and
greet the late Betty Shabaz, widow of Malcolm X.
Al Washington and sons register new youth and volunteers for 100
Black Men at the annual Black Expo.
Shown Above (L-R) is Stetson Kennedy and Alton Yates
greeting each other following a MLK Breakfast. Both
men marched together during Jacksonville's infamous
Ax Handle Day during the Civil Rights Movement of the
Annual Black Bikers Week 2002 witness 250,000 held at Myrtle Beach, SC
Negro League player Art Hamilton signs T-shirts for young fans at a
local event honoring the historic players in 2002.
Art Robinson, Arnett Green, MaVynee Betch (The Beach Lady), Jeanetta Cole and
Rev. & Mrs. T. H. Rhim "The greatest of these is love!"
Former Florida State Rep. Willye F. Dennis with campaign supporters
then FL State Rep Tony Hill and Congresswoman Corrine Brown.
Negro Baseball Leagues Harold "Buster" Hair and
Dr. David Stacher- Dir. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, President Bill
Clinton and Vice President Al Gore are pictured standing with 5 of 8 Tuskegee
Study Survivors Herman Shaw, 95, Fred Simmons, 110, Charlie Pollard, 91,
Frederick Moss, and Carter Howard, 93, following the private meeting held in the
oval office. Simmons, who was 110 took his first plane ride to attend the ceremony.
February 22 28, 1990 Status of Blacks in Jax Youth" Problems & Solutions February 15 21, 1990 Imam Jamil (H. Rap Brown) Visits Jacksonville 23
years later-Jacksonville's Only Black Presbyterian Church celebrates 120th year-February 1-7.1990- Bronze Sculpture of Rosa Parks "Mother
of Civil Rights" Debuts in Nations Capital -January 25- 31.1990- minority Bone Nrrow donation needed to save 6 year lds life-Setting up a 1990s Financial Plan -University
of Florida forms Task force to solve Racial Problems-January 11-17,1990- TV-12 bids farewell to newsman Mike Moore-Jacksonville Beach Denies
City Employees MLK Holiday December 7 13 1989 ~0h Domps Dama fdrsInion 0 Oid Prlidew1n NORTHWEST QUADRANT ADULT LITERACY ADVOCATE
NETWORK IS OFF AND RUNNING -Jacksonville Branch NAACP Address School Desegregation Court Order- October 12- 18, 1989- Ministers Fill Chamber Councils Chambers
with Capacity Crowd New Drug 'Ice" Worse Than Crack/Public is Warned Hines Concert Nets $200,000+ For Ritz September 28 October 4.
1989 Communitg Outraged Over Treatment of City Council Members September 21 27 1989 SchooV Board, To-AppealC Court'*Kiu -g- September 7 -
13, 1989- Sherwood Forest & Brentwood targeted as 'drug free zones' August 24 -30, 1989- ,~3 / ~' e, e ,yuj ; y cw,^ l., a.
aidet E.terprise Group wants Rit Theatre Project plans clarified August 17- 23 1989- CITY HALL AND WHITE HOUSE DECLARE WAR ON DRUGS -
Representative Mickey LeLand death Is big loss to the oppressed people of world -August3-9.1989-Protestors cut KKK's Tallahassee
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Shown above are Dr. Jimmy Jenkins, Dr. Faleese Jenkins, Atty. Ginger Jenkins, daughter, Dr. Gloria Gary City Councilwoman Pat Lockett-Felder gives
and famed Atty. Willie E. Gary. They are gathered in this celebratory pose to celebrate the Honorary greetings at the 25th Annual Sickle Cell Conference
Degree bestowed upon Gloria Gary by EWC. in 2001.
Shown here are local 2001 Sickle Cell Poster Child Eric "Ricky"
Marshall, Jr. and State 2001 Poster Child Brandi Abernathy.
State Sickle Cell Association President Barbara Bush was recognized with an award
from the N.E. Florida Sickle Cell Association Board Member and Conference Chair, Ben
Green, on behalf of the Executive Board.
Jesse Jackson returns to the spotlight August 2001.
News that Jackson had fathered a child during an
extra-marital affair was followed by inquiries of
financial matters of his Rainbow/ PUSH Coalition.
While the clamor threatened his considerable clout,
he remains a beacon of hope for people of color, and
has not kept silent about social injustice. Political
scientist Ron Walters said of Jackson; "He's simply
determined to just out work it".
AKA Debutante Tia Mackey was honored with "Back to School"
Splash Party attended by other 2002 Silver Rose Coterie. Pictured
here are Janie Madry (mother), Pearl K. Mackey, Michelle Daniels,
Lisa Daniels, Tia Mackey, E. Pearl Mackey and Alma Daniels
Jennifer Carroll joins Jacksonville's 2001 Veterans Day Parade.
Unveiling of the Abraham Linclon Lewis Mausoleum (l-r) Granddaughter of the late
A.L. Lewis Johnetta Cole,Joe McEachin (City Historian) Thelma Lewis (cousin) and Art
Robinson (Dr. Cole's Husband).
During His term as Mayor, John Delaney worked
1 day each month on different jobs in the commu-
nity. Shown here he is stocking shelves at Premier
Foods on Edgewood Avenue.
First BiennialNational Black Theatre Festival is scheduled-Black Infants
and Children need
Parents-Why Do Young
Black Men Turn on Society -Jul 27-August 1.1989-Black, White, Green, Yellow or Other-In one way or another, we're all serving "A New
Massa" June 29 July 5, 1989 March 22 29, 1989 Mayor says, "Set Aside Program stays" February 16 22, 1989 Leaders demand investigation of latest cop killing
- January 25 February 1, 1989 Bundy's Confessions awaken new grief for mothers of Missing Young Women in Jacksonville November 30 December 7. 1988 -Japanese
auto plants shun Blacks, according to study- N DRUGS! IS MESSAGE SPOKEN LOUD AND CLEAR BY JACKSONVILLE -October 26 November
i 9ss-Crack, Crime andi Chidren incksonviue- Funeral Services for Charles
"Boobie" Clark to be held Saturday
October 5-12, 1988-Hastings Asks Congress for help to pay for Impeachment Defense- Mrs. Danford succumbs- Minority Entrepreneurs area credit to
Jacksonville September 28 October 5. 1988 Dr. Cone removed as EWC President September 21 28, 1988 Proposed Low Income Housing in
Sherwood Forrest Area meets opposition September 7- 14, 1988 Mandela's daughter to speak in Florida July 27 August 3, 1988- One out of every thirty
Black males is a murder victim June 8 June 15, 1988 Decomposed Bodies found in Funeral home and hearse Mayor, Run DMC and Private Industry Council worKing together
for Youth April 27 May 4. 1988 $1.96 million to fight Drug Abuse in Jax Aril 20 27. 1988 WO1We Sto si 2 pr1y Ot UDscrpu o ( ~ i) FTp1rWs)D
- Febaury 24- March 2, 1988 0J s Jackson comes to town February 10- 17, 1988 77/4 coxx.f to 70-- a 600 are W ard or a'/ a S/a Cowa ai~ tay o oa &, tC
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Gerald Mannefield presents the Award for
Education to St. Clair Evans Academy Principal Gail Mathis presents the Community Service
Gloriden J. Norris. Award to Janet Owens of Gateway Girl Scouts.
Ebony & Ivory Gala hosted by Women of Color Foundation. Ebony & Ivory Chair Gail Mathis, left, is
pitcured with women of the community honored by the organization. Janet Owens, JuCoby Pittman, Rita
Perry, Rula Carr, Debbie Sapp, Gloriden Norris and Women Of Color President Helen Jackson.
The Northeast FL Chapter of Sickle Cell host-
ed the 25th Annual Conference in 2001. Ben Miss EWC 2001, Shalonda Dennis ofApopka, FL, &
Green- Conference Chair presented Cynthis her Court. (L-R) Smaeka Johnson, Sabrina Varo,
Passmore with the "Outstanding Volunteer of Gewndolyn Wright of Jacksonville and Jasmine Welch.
The Groundbreaking Ceremony for Rosalind Villas, Jan. 2002. Participants are; Dr. Jeanetta Norman,
Councilwoman Gwen Yates, Mr. Nathan Kerestul, Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Sheriff Nat Glover,
Councilwoman Pat Felder, Dr. Landon L. Williams, Deacon, Mr. Joseph Kyle, Ms. Rosalind Phillips. Also
Ms Jeanie Fewell, Mr. Darryl Griffin, Attorney's Noel Lawrence and Terry Moore, Mr. William Sweet and
Mr. Don Miller.
Historians & scholars join former Congressman Charles Bennett and his
wife as the celebrate his 91st Birthday. (L-R) Dr. Wayne Wood, Dr. Jim
Crooks, Dr. Carolyn Williams, Joel McEachon and Mrs. Marsha Phelts.
Antwuane Williams, a fourth-grader at Long Branch Elementary,
was the proud recipient of a new computer provided by Logical
Business Systems (LBS). The Jacksonville United Against Truancy
(JUAT) sponsored a drwaing and Williams name was selected. He
attained perfect attendance during the first 9 weeks and steadily
improved his academic performance.
Shown above are Lake Park Homeowners Ass. taking charge of
their neighborhood one stepat a time, late 2001. (L-R) Mr. & Mrs.
John Harper, Ervin Norman, James Ross, Leroy Saint Thomos and
Phyllis Mack. Seated are Sonya Ross and President Mary Brown.
Wilder Park Senior Club celebrates their annual luncheon Dec. 2001.
Pictured here are the late Joan Spaulding, Mrs. Alma Daniels, Rudolph
Daniels, Carol Alexander and Linda Rollins.
December 4 10, 1997 Dick Gregory fasting until President Clinton removes Hoovers name from Justice Building us opposes Farakhan's visit to
Iraq October 23 29, 1997 President Mandela says, "I am master of my own fate," as he leaves for Libya October 2 8 1997 RENOWN LAWYER & AUTHOR
JOHNNIE L. COCHRAN JR. TO APPEAR FOR BOOK SIGNING IN JAX September 11 -17.1997 17 Year-Old Venus Williams ends 39-year hia-
tus for Black women in professional tennis -Black incomes on the rise August 28 September 3.1997 FA-MU named #1f Clette August 7
- 13, 1997 -Dit. C1a a #gagelou to lecture at ZVfofF- July 24- 30, 1997 -Isaac Hayes receives coveted NAACP James Weldon Johnson Award -
July 17- 23, 1997- Minister Chavis Muhammad's 130 City Tour included stop in Jacksonville Tuesday May 1 -7, 1997 Charles Dutton enlightens First Coast at
5th Annual 100 Black Men Banquet March 13 19, 1997 American Beach loses fight to keep Amelia developers out -- January 23 29, 1997 Boflani-//ar Sc/hicl Jo/os "
AlUmnae Associatlon ho/ld /2 At/h Mfa t Lalth/e/ Kil'/ty JA Obse/a/lce December 5 11. 1996 Mayor Delaney meets with Black Press in effort to bridge gap with community November 28
-December4,1996-Jacksonville's oldest resident dies
at 1 0 8 -November 21- 27, 1996 APPROXIMATELY 100 GATHER
FOR NEW STANTON HIGH SCHOOL FACULTY REUNION Masns close35th Session inJacksonville October 24 -30. 1996 6-- 'wT ',ie, tu P y /d'
'ee ft 7 ~^/ne oAea August 28 September 4, 1996 Hill Sponsors legislation renaming New Kings Road to honor "Mama" Williams August 15 21.
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September 15-21, 2011
Sawgrass Wine Festival
The inaugural Sawgrass Wine
Festival will take place September
15 -18. The event will be kicking
off with dinners at four Ponte Vedra
Beach restaurants. On Friday night,
September 16, several wine, spirit
tasting and seminars and featured
jazz music from the Douglas
Anderson School Band. For more
information visit www.sawgrass-
wine festival.com or call (904) 285-
Sesame Street Live!
All of the classic Seasme Street
characters will be in performance
for Sesame Street Live "Elmo's
Super Heroes" at Times Union
Center for Performing Arts (Moran
Theater). The show is scheduled for
Friday, Sept. 16th 18th. For more
information call (904) 630-3900.
with the Stars
Help choose Jacksonville's favorite
dancer. The Jacksonville Children's
Chorus is presenting Jacksonville's
Dancing with the Stars event on
Saturday, September 17th at 7 p.m.
at the Times-Union Center for
Performing Arts. Local 'celebri-
ties' will compete in two show
dances and your votes decide who
will get to bring home the mirror
ball trophy. Email carolyna@aso-
cialaffair.net for more information..
Erykah Badu, The O'Jays and
Ricky Smiley will be in concert
together on Saturday, September
17, 2011 at the arena. For tickets
call (800) 745-3000, or visit online
Weekend Sept. 15-17
Caribbean Carnival Jacksonville
will celebrate Caribbean cultures
and live music with a three day
party. Events kick off Thursday,
September 15th with the Unity
Fete, and Flag Party. On Friday
September 16th will be the Mega
All White Affair. Saturday
September 17, be downtown
Jacksonville for the big Parade of
Bands from 1 p.m. with exotic cos-
tumes followed by the festival in
Metropolitan Park. For more infor-
mation visit www.jacksonvillecarni-
val.com or call 465 -1989.
River Region Annual
River Region will celebrate their
39th year with a balloon fest on
September 22nd from 5:30 7:30
p.m., at the Omni Hotel, 245 Water
street. You can buy a balloon or
make a donation. Enjoy food and
networking for a good cause. For
more information or questions
or call 904-899-6300, ext 4100 with
The Duval County Extension
Office/UF IFAS will be holding a
Fall Gardening workshop,
Thursday, September 22nd from
9:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. The topics
covered include: Tips for Attracting
Wildlife, Fall Gardening and
Troubleshooting Tree Problems.
This workshop will be at the
Mandarin Garden Club, 2892
Loretto Road. Please call Becky
Davidson at 904-255-7450 or email
Annual Book Sale
The Bradham Brooks Northwest
library will hold their annual book
sale Thursday, September 23,
noon 8 p.m., Friday, September
24, 10 a.m. 5 p.m., and Saturday,
September 25, 10 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Visit Bradham Brooks library at
1755 Edgewood Avenue W. or call
Beta Greek Picnic
The ladies of Zeta Phi Beta
Sorority, Inc. invite the community
to attend their Greek Picnic, located
in Zeta Phi Beta Park, 3721 Owen
Road Jacksonville, Florid 32208. It
will be held Saturday, September
24th from 1 6 p.m. Activities
include a step show, stroll contest,
volleyball, raffle, food and more.
For more information, call Denise
Everett at 704-5181.
Donate to the
Pet Food Bank
The First Coast No More
Homeless Pets Pet Food Bank will
have a donation event. Help fill the
truck on Saturday, September 24th
from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. at the Orange
Park Mall, 1910 Wells Rd Suite
1096a, in front of Sears. Volunteers
will be on hand to unload food
donations in a drive up setting. All
types of dry dog and cat food are
needed. For more information call
904-425-0005 or visit www.fcn-
Dog Days in
the Park 2011
Days in the Park 2011, celebrating
fun for the whole family includ-
ing the four-legged members.
Bring the kids and the dogs to
Confederate Park 956 Hubbard
Street, Jacksonville, FL 32206 on
Saturday, September 24, 2011
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for food,
beer and fun. For more information
visit www.sacarc.org or email con-
email@example.com or call 633-9308.
The Jacksonville Bar Association in
conjunction with other organiza-
tions are offering an "Ask-A-
Lawyer" event on Saturday,
September 24th, 9:00-12:00, at the
Gateway Town Center. The service
is free-of-charge. Attorneys will
conduct individual, 10-to-15-
minute consultations. For more
information contact Kathy Para,
Esq. at (904) 356-8371, ext. 363.
Ride for Justice
The 6th annual Ride for Justice
will take place on September 24,
2011 to benefit the Justice
Coalition. The ride will begin at the
Jacksonville Landing lead by
Sheriff John Rutherford and Clay
County Sheriff Rick Beseler on a 50
mile scenic route, ending at Old
Plank Baptist Church where riders
will be served a barbecue lunch.
Register by calling 783-6312 or
online at www.justicecoalition.org.
Cruise with Raines
Class of 1970
The Raines Class of 1970 is sailing
on a cruise September 22-29, 2012.
The ports of call are Port Canaveral,
Nassau Bahamas, St. Thomas, and
St. Maarten. For more information
Join the Springfieldnimal C ntact Toby Byrd at (904) 879-
& Rescue Club (SACA"RC) for DT g'
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for Gene Hollomon
An Honorary Tribute for Eugene
(Gene) Hollomon: a fundraiser, jazz
and variety show will be held at the
Karples Manuscript Library and
Museum Saturday, October 1st, 6
- 9 p.m., 101 East Laura Street,
Jacksonville FL 32201.
For more information call Roxann
Hilbert at (904) 699-5952.
Daddy Daughter Dance
Girls Inc. of Jacksonville's is host-
ing its' Daddy Daughter Dance on
Saturday, October 1, 2011. The
event is held in honor of girls and
their fathers, or special men in their
lives, and will take place at the
Renaissance Resort at the World
Golf Village, 500 South Legacy
Trail, St. Augustine, Florida 32092
from 6 10 p.m. For more informa-
tion visit www.girlsincjax.org or
call (904) 731-9933. Or visit
at the Ritz
Join the Ritz Theatre for a free
evening of Spoken Word, Thursday,
October 6th at 7 p.m. Call 632-
A Taste of Jacksonville
To celebrate the tenth anniversary
of the Florida Black Expo, there
will be a "A Taste of Jacksonville"
event showcasing area chefs, cater-
ers, bakers and restaurants to local
area and national companies. It will
held Thursday October 6, 2011.
For more information call 403-6960
or call (352) 327-1977.
Join Tony Boselli
for Mud Fest 2011
The Boselli Foundation will pres-
ent the 2011 Jax Mud Fest on
Saturday, October 8th at the
Jacksonville Equestrian Center
(13611 Normandy Blvd., 32221).
The event features a 5K Mud Run
for ages 10 and up, a 1/2 Mile Kids
Mud Run for children ages 6-9 and
an outdoor festival. Come out and
enjoy a day .packed full of great
food, drinks, music and other fami-
ly fun. The games begin at 9 a.m.
For more information call 904-573-
4881 or email
Florida Black Expo
The 2011 Florida Black Expo is set
for Saturday, October 8th at the
Prime Osbom Convention Center.
Guests include CNN commentator
Roland Martin, vocalist Oleta
Adams, actress Wendy Raquel
Robinson, and House of Payne
actor David Mann. For more infor-
mation visit call 800-419-2417.
Agape Funeral Home &
Cremation Services present a one
day field trip to Orlando for a
Holyland bus tour, Monday,
October 10, 2011. The trip is a one
day trip that includes a tour and
breakfast. The bus departs at 8:00
a.m. For more information on tour
costs contact Tocca Chester at (904)
683-9093 or email
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National Museum of African-
American Music slated for Nashville
A new museum in the works for
Nashville will aim to expand the
public's idea of what makes the
town Music City.
The National Museum of
African American Music may
sound counterintuitive for a city
most closely associated with coun-
try music, a genre dominated by
white performers. But supporters
of the new project say the city
played an important role in foster-
ing African American music,
which in turn influenced the roots
of country and many other
"With the focus on music and the
more than 40 genres of music that
African Americans contributed to
in a meaningful way, it really
becomes a museum of American
music and allows us to tell the
story of American music," said
board chairman Henry Hicks, who
also is president of the sightseeing
tour bus company Gray Line
Nashville is an integral part of
that story, he said, from the Fisk
Jubilee Singers, who toured the
world to support their historically
black university; to Jimi Hendrix,
who lived in Nashville early in his
career; to Ray Charles, who both
influenced and was influenced by
"Even when Motown was
approaching its heyday, most
Motown records were actually
pressed at United Records in
Nashville," Hicks said.
Tim Sampson, who is a
spokesman for the Stax Museum
of American Soul, in Memplii..
said he expects the National
Museum of African American
Music to be a great addition to the
South's musical tourism offerings,
calling it "one of the smartest
things Nashville is doing."
"It's real common for Europeans
to come to the U.S. ... and visit
Nashville, Memphis, Clarksdale,
Miss., and New Orleans," he said.
"The South's just hot right now for
tourism. You can't give them
enough, especially the Europeans."
The museum would be the only
one in the country focusing on the
contributions of African
Americans to music.
"Once we are open and rocking
and rolling we will apply for a
Smithsonian affiliation that would
allow us to share exhibits," said
executive director Paula Roberts.
The idea for the museum origi-
nally came from a Nashville Area
Chamber of Commerce study that
concluded Nashville needed more
diverse offerings for tourists,
Roberts said. The plan transformed
from a civil rights museum to one
focusing on African American arts
and culture before solidifying its
focus on music after a market
research study last year.
The museum's board already has
an agreement to build on a piece of
state-owned land at the comer of
Jefferson Street and Rosa Parks
Boulevard. The site is in the histor-
ically black neighborhood of North
Nashville, but next to the
Bicentennial Mall and just a few
blocks from downtown.
The tenth anniversary of the 9aa
terrorist attack was observed all
throughout our country including in
our very own back yard.
Faculty and staff at Florida State
College at Jacksonville held their
annual convocation to officially
mark the lb'ciiiniiig of the school
year on September 11th.
In the convocation, the college
revisited some of the most unfor-
gettable images of Sept. 11. The
tribute featured a 21-gun salute, a
helicopter flyover and many oppor-
tunities for reflection.
"No. 1, never to forget what hap-
pened on our soil," Lt. Gov.
Jennifer Carroll said.
"I was remembering back when it
actually happened and how I was
only 8 years old, so I didn't fully
comprehend it," said Mason
Manion, who attended the convoca-
tion. "But my dad's a fireman, so I
always had that fear of, 'Oh, he's
going to have to go.'"
"I had tears as well," said Marsha
Gooding. "I remember that day
very well, and you just don't know
until you've lost something how
much freedom we had. And we
know now we have to appreciate
The college will soon welcome a
sculpture that immortalizes the
events of Sept. 11. Local artist
Patrick Miko unveiled his proto-
type, which he says is based on a
"I hope it stands for more than 9/11
Shown above at the FSCJ observance are Lt. Governor Jennifer
Carrol and Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown.
and it stands for hope and direction ize moving in the right direction,
and positivity," Miko said. Miko said.
In the wake of the national The official 9/11 sculpture will be
tragedy, the sculpture will symbol- unveiled in October.
Congressional letters, pleas and petitions mount to save Troy Davis from execution
More than 50
members of the
signed a letter sent
to Georgia's State
Board of Pardons
Monday, urging it to stop the sched-
uled execution Troy Anthony Davis
and shift his sentence from death to
life in prison.
In the letter, Democratic Reps.
John Lewis and Hank Johnson of
Georgia maintain that there are
"considerable doubts" about Davis'
guilt in connection with the killing
of an off-duty Savannah, Ga.,
police officer in 1989.
"This is one of those exceptional
instances where iadhlerini. to the let-
ter of the law could lead the state of
Georgia to commit a grave injus-
tice," Lewis said.
Davis' case has geneialed inter-
national attention because a number
of key prosecution witnesses have
either recounted or moved away
from their initial trial testimony. In
addition, other witnesses have
stepped forward and said another
man at the crime scene told them he
was really the killer.
In all, more than 60,000 people -
including Pope Benedict XVI, for-
mer President Jimmy Carter,
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, activist
Harry Belafonte and former FBI
head William Sessions have
signed a petition .Ileleing that
there's too much reasonable doubt
to proceed with Davis' execution.
Still, a federal judge last month
soundly rejected assertions that
Davis was wrongly convicted. U.S.
District Court JudLiec \\ lli.un T.
Moore said in 172-page order that
Davis tailed to prove his innocence
during a hearing that was ordered
by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Now Davis is scheduled to be
executed on Wednesday, Sept. 21.
The Board of Pardons and Parole is
supposed to hold a clemency hear-
ing for Davis on Monday, Sept. 19
- the final appeal in the case. Prayer
vigils in Atlanta have been planned
for that day. A march from Atlanta's
Woodruff Park to Ebenezer Baptist
Church is planned for the same
"As a criminal defense attorney,
judge and member of the House
Judiciary Committee," Johnson
said, "it disturbs me to my core that
an unnecessary and unjust killing
may take place. If we execute a man
despite new evidence that casts
doubt on his guilt, it shakes the pub-
lic's faith in the integrity of justice
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Mayor, Lt. Governor join
FSCJ 911 observances
September 15-21, 2011
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