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Feds' Loan Changes Hamper
Black College Enrollment
ATLANTA Thousands of students couldn't afford to go to col-
lege this school year because the U.S. Department of Education made
changes to a popular loan program.
The agency is putting more scrutiny on the PLUS loan program as
part of an effort to more closely align government lending programs
with industry standards and decrease default rates.
The tougher eligibility requirements affected families and schools
everywhere, but historically black colleges were hit particularly hard
because so many of their students come from low-income families
dependent on PLUS loans.
The National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education
is a group representing predominantly black colleges. The group says
families of more than 14,000 students at historically black colleges
were denied PLUS loans last fall.

"Negro" to be Removed from Census
WASHINGTON After more than a century, the Census Bureau is
dropping its use of the word "Negro" to describe black Americans in
Instead of the term that came into use during the Jim Crow era of
racial segregation, census forms will use the more modem labels
"black" or "African-American".
The change will take effect next year when the Census Bureau dis-
tributes its annual American Community Survey to more than 3.5 mil-
lion U.S. households.
First used in the census in 1900, "Negro" became the most common
way of referring to black Americans through most of the early 20th
century, during a time of racial inequality and segregation. "Negro"
itself had taken the place of "colored." Starting with the 1960s civil
rights movement, black activists began to reject the "Negro" label and
came to identify themselves as black or African-American.

Black Nurse Files Lawsuit Against
for Customers Racist Request
49-year old Tonya Battle, an African-American nurse, is claiming
that Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan hospital agreed to a
man's request that no black nurses care for his newborn.
She told the local newspaper that she didn't know how to react when
she learned about the request back in October 2012. She resigned
shortly afterwards, and decided to sue them in Genesee Circuit Court
seeking punitive damages.
Her lawsuit claims that a note was posted on a public clipboard that
read, "No African American nurse to take care of baby." Battle says it
was later taken down, but says that African American nurses were not
assigned to the baby's care for weeks afterwards.
Her complaint says she was "shocked, offended and in disbelief that
she was so egregiously discriminated against based on her race and re-
Melany Gavulic, president of the hospital, said in a statement that
the father of the baby showed them a swastika tattoo, which angered
the staff. She says supervisors were concerned for the staffs safety.

Florida to Expand
Medicaid Under Obamacare
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Gov. Rick Scott announced plans last week
o expand Medicaid coverage to roughly 900,000 more people under
the federal health overhaul, a surprise decision from the vocal critic of
President Barack Obama's plan.
Scott said he will ask the Legislature to expand the program under a
bill that would expire in three years, after which it would require
renewed legislative support. He's the seventh Republican governor so
far to propose expanding the taxpayer-funded health insurance pro-
Scott said he would support the expansion as long as the federal gov-
ernment pays 100 percent of the increased costs, which is the deal
offered to states by the Obama administration for the first three years.
After that, the federal government said it would pay 90 percent of the
cost for the additional enrollees.

Bishop Eddie Long Sued by Church
Members Over Ponzi Scheme
Atlanta mega church pastor Bishop Eddie Long is facing a lawsuit
from former parishioners who say he encouraged them to invest in a
company that was operating an alleged Ponzi scheme.
A dozen former members of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church
in Lithonia, Ga., filed suit in DeKalb County court in late January. The
suit says that Long's assistant had been warned that businessman
Ephren W. Taylor was running a $3 million capital deficit, The Atlanta
Journal-Constitution reported.
After Long introduced the businessman as his "friend," the former
New Birth members lost more than $1 million investing with the self-
described "social capitalist."
"If Bishop Eddie Long hadn't endorsed this they wouldn't have
invested," Jason Doss, attorney for the former members, told the
Long's church has urged Taylor to repay investors with interest.

Volume 26 No. 18 Jacksonville, Florida February 28 March 6, 2013

Voting Rights Act Heads

Before Supreme Court

by M. Sherman
The most potent weapon in fight-
ing discrimination at the ballot box
comes before the Supreme Court in
a case that weighs the nation's enor-
mous progress in civil rights
against the need to continue to pro-
tect minority voters.
The justices are hearing argu-
ments Wednesday in a challenge to
the part of the Voting Rights Act

that forces places with a history of
discrimination, mainly in the Deep
South, to get approval before they
make any change in the way elec-
tions are held.
The lawsuit from Shelby County,
Ala., near Birmingham, says the
"dire local conditions" that once
justified strict federal oversight of
elections no longer exist.
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500+ Receive Hand up from JLOC

Marilyn Johnson displays her skirt she selected from the business suit racks.
Last Saturday the Jacksonville Local Organization Committee of the
Millions More Movement, Inc. (JLOC, MMM Inc.,) a non-profit local
organization, provided a hand up to hundreds of Jacksonville citizens at
their recent "Clothes Give-A-way. Over 400 people picked out clothes for
themselves or family members and enjoyed free refreshments. The near
new donations were free for participants to select with dignity.
For more information or to make a clothes donation visit www.jack- or call Andre X at 240-9133.

(Shown L-R) Randy Rice, Farmers Insurance, Honoree Camilla
Thompson, Dr. Daryl Michael Scott, National President, ASALH and
Sylvia Cyrus, Executive Director, of ASALH.
Camilla Thompson Wins National Living
Legacy Award as History Preserver
Jacksonville's original mother of Black History, Mrs. Camilla
Thompson, was feted last week with the national Living Legacy award
from theAssociation For the Study of African American Life and History
in Washington, DC. For more on the event, see page 3.

Bill Named After 102-Year-Old

Aiming to Improve Florida Voting
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and Fair Democracy Act," and is
named after Desiline Victor, a 102- &.,

Annual "Weaving the Web of

History" Closes Month of Reflection

Shown above are some of the participants of the roundtable discussion.
A springfield home rich in history added a few more chapters to its legacy at the "Weaving the Web of Our
History," an annual celebration hosted by Ms. Carlottra Guyton. Held the last Saturday of February, guests bring
artifacts and memories to share with others. Stories ranged from the legacy of being a descendant from free per-
sons of color to the joy of participating in the Presidential inauguration festivities of Barack Obama. Some just
came to listen and absorb the richness of the evening to take their stories with them.
Following a sharing roundtable where participants had three minutes to contribute, a fellowship of home cooked
dishes and desserts followed with more in depth discussions as guests continued to delve into the value of Black
History Month. "I will continue to do this as long as I have the space and desire of the guests," vowed Guyton
when she was told to 'please never stop hosting.'

Desiline Victor
year-old Hatian-American Miami
woman who waited for hours to
vote in the last election.
The legislation would make the
registration process more conven-
ient by allowing voters to update
their registration address at the
polls when they move across coun-
ty lines as well as creating automat-
ic voter registration at the state's
Department of Highway Safety and
Motor Vehicles.
"Voting is a fundamental building
block of our democracy," said
Oscar Braynon, the Florida state
senator who introduced the bill.
"By making it easier for all
Floridians to exercise this human
and American right, we are helping
to ensure that people remain confi-
dent and engaged in their commu-
Florida's Republican-controlled
legislature and its election officials
were widely criticized during last
year's election for cutting the early
voting period and for a lack of
preparation that resulted in long
lines for voters. In his State of the
Union address, President Obama
highlighted the story of Victor and
the hours she waited in line.

17i M Forced Federal
Budget Cut
Another Example
of Washington's
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Older African-Americans Continue

to Face Workforce Obstacles

Nearly four years after the official end of the Great Recession, African-American

older workers continue to confront a difficult job picture across the country

Washington, DC Nearly four
years after the official end of the
Great Recession, African-American
older workers continue to confront a
difficult job picture across the coun-
Federal unemployment statistics
for January show that African-Amer-
ican workers between 45 and 74 had
an unemployment rate of 9.9 percent,
compared with 6.1 percent for whites
of the same age. For African-Ameri-
can workers of all ages, the jobless
rate for January was a whopping 13.8
percent, compared with an overall
rate of 7.9 percent.
New AARP research shows that a
large number of older African-Amer-
icans are anxious about continuing
weaknesses in the economy and
small businesses in which they are
"For many years, older African-
Americans have faced an extremely

difficult job market," said AARP
Vice President for Multicultural En-
gagement Edna Kane-Williams in
announcing the release of the re-
search. "Others have confronted
major problems as well, but the situ-
ation has been and continues to be
- especially acute for diverse com-
An AARP fact sheet, released in
conjunction with Black History
Month, summarizes preliminary data
from a "Multicultural Work and Ca-
reer Study" that will be released later
this year. The overall survey in-
cluded those ages 45-74 who were ei-
ther employed or actively looking for
work; it was conducted last Novem-
ber and December.
The strain among older African-
Americans is apparent in the fact that
a large number 39 percent said
that it was either "very likely" or
"somewhat likely" that they will ei-

other lose their job or have to give up
working for themselves in the next
Among those who said that they
were likely to give up working for
themselves, 15 percent said that
"business is slow", 12 percent cited
the "weak economy" and 11 percent
mentioned "my health".
Reflecting anxiety on a separate
question was the response from 25
percent of all African-Americans in
the sample that they anticipated that
they may need to take a leave from
their job to "care for an adult family
member in the next five years."
Nineteen percent said that they had
already taken a leave to care for an
older relative in the last five years.
AARP has a variety of programs
and resources to support older work-
ers. Most recently, AARP has begun
offering a new way for experienced
workers to advance themselves

through Work Reimagined, a social
network-based jobs program that
connects employers seeking experi-
enced workers with qualified profes-
sionals searching for new or more
satisfying careers. The site
( lever-
ages the platform of the social media
site, Linkedln.
Work Reimagined offers job list-
ings independent of Linkedln, as
well as articles, columns, tips and
tools to help people navigate today's
AARP has also developed an al-
liance with the Small Business Ad-
ministration (SBA) to offer resources
and advice to encourage older entre-
preneurs. Last October, AARP and
SBA collaborated to host a National
Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day in
several cities around the country

How the Recession Has

Changed Retirement Planning

The economy may be recovering,
but some of the changes wrought by
the Great Recession may be long-
lasting. Anyone planning for retire-
ment, no matter what their age, needs
to take those changes into account,
says financial advisor Philip
Rousseaux, a member of the es-
teemed Million Dollar Round Table
association's exclusive Top of the
Table forum for the world's most
successful financial services profes-
"People in their 40s and younger
have some time to retooltheir plan,
but Baby Boomers need to think with
more urgency," says Rousseaux,
founder and president of Everest
Wealth Management, Inc.
"A lot of boomers had all of their
retirement investments in the stock
market and, if they didn't lose their
principal, it will take some time for
them to recoup their gains. Others
moved their money to short-term
savings, like CDs. But with interest
rates so low, they're actually losing
money when you factor in inflation."
Those are the two most common
mistakes people make in retirement
planning having everything in ei-
ther stocks or short-term savings is a
bad idea, he says.
"Space your investments so they'll
come due as they're needed,"
Rousseaux says. "Plan some that can
be available in the short term, for
emergencies, and others that will be
available as you age."
Here are Rousseaux's suggestions
for ensuring you're part of that 14

Don't take risks you can't afford.
This is another common mistake.
"Don't put the bulk of your assets
into anything that makes your princi-
pal vulnerable. Gambling that you're
going to win big on the market, or
any other investment, means you also
risk losing big." A portion of your in-
vestment should have a guaranteed
Seek any guidance from inde-
pendent financial advisors. This has
two benefits: Advisors who aren't
marketing their own products have
no conflicts of interest. "You
wouldn't go to a commissioned
salesman for advice on buying a
high-tech product. Instead, you'd
probably turn to a trusted friend or an
independent expert source, like Con-
sumer Reports. Take the same care
with something as important as your
retirement." The second benefit is
that independent advisors can devise
creative, innovative solutions to meet
the needs of individual clients. Those
working for companies like MetLife
are not free to think outside the box.
And that's especially important In
this new, post-recession economy.
Consider alternatives to the stock
market. One of the effects of the re-
cession is that the public realizes
Wall Street is not a safe retirement
plan. Even if it can get you there, it's
not necessarily going to keep you
there."There are a number of great,
safer alternatives," Rousseaux says.
One of those is fixed, indexed annu-
ities. "You loan an insurance com-

pany money and it guarantees you
payments over a specified length of
time. It's a contract between you and
the company," he explains. Fixed-
rate indexed annuities have a mini-
mum and maximum interest payment
that's linked to a common index,
such as the Dow. When the Dow
goes up or down, so does the interest
rate, but it never go below the guar-
anteed minimum or above the guar-
anteed maximum. "Your principal is
safe and you can ride an up market

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without the risk," he says.
With pension plans a luxury of the
past and Social Security not a guar-
antee for the future, Rousseaux says
whatever your age, it's important to
start planning now for retirement by
creating your own private pension.
"The good news is, our life ex-
pectancy grows every year," he
notes. "It's up to you to ensure that
you have a great quality of life when
you decide you no longer want to

By Jason Alderman
Ever wonder why Mom and Pop
stores sell wildly unrelated products
side by side, like umbrellas and sun-
glasses, or Halloween candy and
screwdrivers? Customers probably
would never buy these items on the
same shopping trip, right?
That's exactly the point. By diver-
sifying their product offerings, ven-
dors reduce the risk of losing sales
on any given day, since people don't
usually buy umbrellas on sunny
days or sunglasses when it rains.
The same diversification principle
also applies in the investment world,
where it's referred to as asset alloca-
tion. By spreading your assets
across different investment classes
(stock mutual funds, bonds, money
market securities, real estate, cash,
etc.), if one category tanks tem-
porarily you may be at least partially
protected by others.
You must weigh several factors
when determining how best to allo-
cate your assets:
Risk tolerance. This refers to your
appetite for risking the loss of some
or all of your original investment in
exchange for greater potential re-
wards. Although higher-risk invest-
ments (like stocks) are potentially
more profitable over the long haul,
they're also at greater risk for short-
term losses. Ask yourself, would
you lose sleep investing in funds
that might lose money or fluctuate
wildly in value for several years; or
will you comfortably risk temporary
losses in exchange for potentially
greater returns?
Time horizon. This is the ex-
pected length of time you'll be in-
vesting for a particular financial
goal. If you are decades away from
retirement, you may be comfortable
with riskier, more volatile invest-
ments. But if your retirement looms,

or you'll soon need to tap college
savings, you might not want to risk
sudden downturns that could gut
your balance in the short term.
Diversification within risk cate-
gories is also important. From a di-
versification standpoint it's not
prudent to invest in only a few
stocks. That's why mutual funds are
so popular: They pool money from
many investors and buy a broad
spectrum of securities. Thus, if one
company in the fund does poorly,
the overall impact on your account
is lessened.
Many people don't have the ex-
pertise or time to build a diver-
sified investment portfolio with the
proper asset mix. That's why most
401(k) plans and brokerages offer
portfolios with varying risk profiles,
from extremely conservative (e.g.,
mostly treasury bills or money mar-
ket funds) to very aggressive (stock
in smaller businesses or in develop-
ing countries).
Typically, each portfolio is com-
prised of various investments that
combined reach the appropriate risk
level. For example, one moderately
conservative portfolio offered by
Schwab consists of 50 percent inter-
est-bearing bond funds, 40 percent
stocks and 10 percent cash equiva-
lents. Usually, the more aggressive
the portfolio, the higher percentage
of stocks it contains (i.e., higher
risk/higher reward).
Another possibility is the so-
called "targeted maturity" or lifecy-
cle funds offered by many 401(k)
plans and brokerages. With these,
you choose the fund closest to your
planned retirement date and the fund
manager picks an appropriate in-
vestment mixture. As retirement ap-
proaches the fund is continually
rebalancedd" to become more con-

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Virginia Passes Strict New Voter

.. mD ^ A ID Law: Could Florida be Next?

Pictured l-r is narrator Ryan Sinclair, Lynn Jones, Naju Calizaire, Emmanuel Washington, Lydia Faida
Jackson Gregory Miller, Roshanda Morgan and Co'Relous Bryant.

"Before Emails" Reminds Public of Lost Art

of Written Letters through Black History

Last week at the Ritz Theater,
director and filmmaker Emmanuel
Lewis presented a Readers Theatre
entitled: Before Email: Letters
From Black America. Readers
Theatre is a style of theatre in
which the actors do or do not mem-
orize their lines. Actors use vocal
expression to help the audience
understand the story rather than
visual storytelling such as sets, cos-
tumes, and intricate blocking.

Adorned in black with only their
letters in front of them, seven read-
ers read letters from profound
African Americans in the area of
family, education, politics, arts &
scholarships, romance and love.
"As a nation we are bombarded
by emails and texts. We no longer
take the time to write and mail a
thank you note or card to an indi-
vidual to just say "hi", said Nan-ator
Ryan Sinclair. "These letters are an

example of how people communi-
cated in the past and still can if they
take the time to simply write it and
not text it!"
The letters combined many
African American heroes of the past
including Zora Neale Hurston,
James Weldon Johnson, Toni
Morrison and. even a love letter
from Martin Luther King, Jr. to his
wife Coretta Scott-King.

Virginia's legislature approved a
strict new photo identification
requirement for voters in the state,
coming in the aftermath of a con-
tentious national debate about vot-
ing rights.
If the measure is signed by the
state's Republican Governor Bob
McDonnell, Virginia would be one
of several states that have approved
strict voter identification require-
Efforts to enact strict voter
requirements were the topic of
debate in the 2012 presidential elec-
tion where a number of states with
Republican-led legislatures, like
Virginia, have looked to alter voting
"I think it is going to disenfran-
chise many eligible voters, and I'm
particularly concerned about the
poor and the elderly," said Jennifer
L. McClellan, a Democratic mem-
ber of the Virginia House of
McClellan, who represents
Richmond in the legislature, said
that the law would require many
Virginians to incur costs for having
to get identification. "To me, it's the
same as a poll tax," she said. "Even
if it disenfranchises one voter -
and Virginia has a history of disen-
franchising people of color one
voter is one too many."
Voter identification laws have
been soundly denounced by pro-
gressive advocacy groups, who

contend that they are designed to
suppress Democratic votes. More
specifically, they have been criti-
cized for their potential to make it
more challenging for less affluent
African-American and Latino vot-
ers to cast their ballots.
Before the new rules can become
effective, the state is required to get
approval from the Department of
Justice under the federal Voting
Rights Act, a result of Virginia's
history of disenfranchising African-
American residents.
However, supporters of the new
requirements in Virginia contend
that they prevent voter fraud and

that complying with the new law
will not represent a challenge for
anyone who truly wants to vote.
Jackson Miller, a Republican del-
egate, said that the legislation
would prevent voter fraud and that
anyone who receives benefits from
Medicaid, Medicare and Social
Security is required to have govern-
ment-issued identification.
However, McClellan, when
addressing the legislature, recalled
how her great-grandfather was
forced to pass a literacy test and
then find three white men to "vouch
for him" as a condition for register-
ing to vote.

Supreme Court Justices Slam

Prosecutor for Race Remark

A federal prosecutor came received
sharp criticism this week from two
Supreme Court justices for a racial-
ly charged remark made during a
criminal trial.
The comment by the justices came
as the court declined to hear the
appeal of a man who was convicted
in a Texas federal court of being in
on a drug conspiracy.
The issue for the defendant,
Bongani Charles Calhoun, was
whether he knew that the people he
accompanied on a road trip were
about to buy illegal drugs, or he
was merely along for the ride.
During cross-examination,
Calhoun said he distanced himself

Camilla Thompson Earns Top National Award for Black History Contributions

By C.J. Alexander
Mrs. Camilla Thompson
Jacksonville's leading advocate for
the study of African American his-
tory was feted last weekend by the
Association For the Study of
African American Life and History
(ASALH). The event took place at
ASALH's 87th Annual Black
History Luncheon held in
Washington, DC. Twenty three

women of color from throughout
the country who have worked to
improve their communities, institu-
tions, organizations and family life
were honored. Often recognized as
the authority of Black History in
Jacksonville, she received the 2013
Living Legacy Award.
An educator by profession, her
historical research, writings and
interpretations were motivated by

the need to preserve history for
younger generations. To her credit,
she has been a major contributor for
Jacksonville's African American
educational programs. Mrs.
Thompson personally committed
herself to organizing the historical
materials of the Clara White
Mission, organized the tour of 30
Black Historical Sites and devel-
oped slide presentations of African

American early life in Jacksonville.
She has also been a consultant to
the Ritz Theatre and Museum and
contributor to a weekly column for
the Jacksonville Free Press among
many other contributions.
"Mrs. Thompson is our Black
History Guru. She is the keeper of
our culture and history here in
Jacksonville. She is a treasured
repository of information and a bea-

con of light in our community." said
Carol J. Alexander, former director
of the Ritz Theater.
The luncheon's theme, At The
Crossroads of Freedom And
Equality: The Emancipation
Proclamation and The March on
Washington, attracted over 1000
guests who listened intently to
keynote speaker, activist Dr. Mary
Frances Berry.

from the others when one of them
arrived at their hotel room with a
bag of money.
The prosecutor, an assistant US
attorney in Texas, pressed him to
explain why he didn't want to be
there. The prosecutor asked,
"You've got African-Americans.
You've got Hispanics, and you've
got a bag full of money. Does that
tell you a light bulb doesn't go
off in your head and say, 'This is a
drug deal?'"
After he was convicted, Calhoun
- who is Black claimed the
prosecutor's racially charged
remark violated his constitutional
rights by appealing to the jury's
prejudice. The court declined to
take up his appeal, because his
lawyers failed to properly pursue
the issue in the lower courts.
But Justices Sonia Sotomayor and
Stephen Breyer said they couldn't
let the case pass without writing to
dispel any doubt of whether the
Court's denial of the case "should
be understood to signal our toler-
ance of a federal prosecutor's
racially charged remark. It should
not," they wrote.




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Forced Federal Budget Cut Another Example

Just when we thought that poli-
tics in Washington couldn't get any
worse it essentially has.
Throughout our country's history,
our two-party system has some-
times worked extremely well, but
then there is this political season.
Between the Republican
takeover in 2010 and the very heat-
ed 2012 election cycle,Barack
Obama beat the odds and was re-
Obama sort of turned the con-
cept of "it's the economy stupid"
on its head.
However, while the President
being re-elected was great news to
his supporters, it has been a rocky
road with Republicans not being
willing to compromise on many
The concept of putting the people
first means nothing to some in
Washington. This will not be a
Republican bashing article -
maybe a Washington bashing piece
For months we have been hear-
ing the term "fiscal cliff," and was
eventually replaced by the term
"sequestration," which is a fancy
term for broad across-the-board
cuts in federal funding:
Essentially, if Congress doesn't
act, the budgets of most federal
government programs and agencies
will be reduced drastically starting
March 1, 2013.
Over the next 7 months, the auto-
matic cuts will reduce the federal
budget by another $85 billion.
Here's what is crazy the pend-
ing sequestration, the product of a
mid-2011 budget deal, should
never have gotten to this stage.
What is at stake for Florida? Well
the Governor's office estimates that
the budget cuts would result in a $1
billion reduction in defense spend-
ing for Florida, and 986 Florida
National Guard employees being
furloughed for 20 percent of the
According to a report recently
released by the White House, the
automatic cuts will result in about

31,000 civilian Defense
Department employees being fur-
loughed, with federal funding
reduced $54.5 million for Florida's
primary and secondary education
What is even scarier are potential
cuts in education, which could
cause 749 teachers in Florida to
lose their jobs.
Now the politics get real because
we are no longer talking about a
bunch of middle-agedpoliticians
bickering in Washington, D.C., We
are talking about real jobs and real
We are talking about our
National Guard members, teachers,
and many others; these people are
our neighbors, friends, and the peo-
ple charged with educating our
"It is the responsibility of our
federal leaders to administer spend-
ing reductions thoughtfully and
rationally not in an elementary

school game of 'chicken'," said
Florida Governor Rick Scott in a
released statement.
You know that things are bad in
D.C. when Rick Scott and most
Democrats in Florida agree.
The lack of compromise between
Democrats and Republicans the
White House and Congress is the
worse that many political veterans
have ever seen. Despite 2012
defeats of many of their members,
the Tea Party continues to be
They kidnapped the Republican
party and have been unwilling to
bend on even thesimplest spending
United States Senator Bill
Nelson, issued a statement this
week pushing the Senate to
approve the $110 billion replace-
ment package proposing spend-
ing cuts and provisions to raise tax
Nelson said, "And the main rea-

son we don't have a solution yet is
because some in Washington are
doing a Kabuki dance," He added,
"I think the Senate should pass the
$110 billion plan we put on the
table last week to avert these
impending mandatory budget cuts.
Then we can use that to work out a
compromise with the House."
The Senate Republican response
has been simple. In statements and
press conferences they are saying
that cuts are not going to have as
negative an impact as the Pentagon
and others in the Obama adminis-
tration are saying.
Wow! The sides can't even agree
on the impact of the pending
It's past time to put politics aside
and put the people back where they
should be first!
Signing off from Camp
Reggie Fullwood


Within the Spirit Within
"Direct my footsteps according to your Word" Psalm 119:133
The gospel song, "Order My Feet in Your Word," happens to be a popu-
lar tune. It's a good theme for life and a personal request to God to "Prepare
my goings in your paths and not let evil rule over me." However, to impose
order on "your steps" requires practical techniques and applications.
What procedures are involved if you want to "walk worthy" through life?
A new and empowering book titled, "The Spirit Within: Embracing God's
Living Spirit for a Healthier Life," just might be the answer. It's a timely
guide that helps readers "order" their lives in both practical and spiritual
ways. Author Alan E. Miller said, "Knowledge of God and his works in
your life is empowering." Miller said, "You can enjoy a healthy life by hav-
ing an accurate view of God in your heart and mind and letting that shape
your life every day."
In Africans' traditional life, spirituality is the foundation of one's being.
A believer's destiny is bound up in spiritual pursuits throughout his life. In
contemporary America, many Blacks search for their "spiritual enlighten-
ment" and "true selves." But, empowerment is achieved only through uti-
lization of fundamental leadership and management techniques. In the
book, "The Spirit Within," Miller shows readers "how to walk" in produc-
tive and spiritual ways. The book provides a combination of plans for one's
life, scripture references, and exercises to refresh your spirit, refine your
life, and refocus your goals and passions.
Miller said that "inspirational and religious book buyers, church mem-
bers and leaders" are the target audience. He said it is a valuable tool that
"no home should be without" and that "it should be read by every house
member." He said the book's "first-hand accounts of spirituality" can lead
to "better, healthier lifestyles." In the "Spirit Scripture Index" section, read-
ers can find a complete list of spiritual references that appear throughout
the Bible.
Many older Blacks are saying that "religion helps them cope or adapt
with losses or difficulties." For insights on "the Spirit inside each of us,"
Black church groups, book clubs, parents and student groups, or other gath-
erings, should give Miller a call. Instead of booking the local TV weather-
man, church members, business executives and organizations would do
well in their outreach, training, spiritual coaching and fundraising utilizing
Miller and his publication for their programs. In conjunction with the pub-
lication, the Miller Group also offers one-day seminars comprised of dis-
cussion groups, testimonies, and spiritual awareness sessions.
"Freedom begins with the freeing of the mind and soul" said Miller.
Regarded as a modem-day Renaissance man, Miller is an artist, published
poet, accomplished playwright and a corporate diversity marketing coun-
selor. Miller's also a certified "Fruit of the Spirit" instructor. Better ground-
ed than those whose job it is just to read the news on TV, Miller knows how
to help navigate obstacles and chart paths to solid solutions. He appears on
news networks and his writings have been featured in national publica-
tions. Miller has spoken at numerous seminars and taught business, diver-
sity and entrepreneurial leadership classes across America. He's created,
developed and implemented Diversity Marketing program activities among
industry and church audiences.
Miller's email is Successful marketing programs
Miller has introduced are currently helping numerous religious and politi-
cal organizations attract more members, connect with visitors and craft
mission statements, core values, and branding. He and his organization can
help you to create unique strategic plans to grow your organization or insti-
tution. The kind of special events the Miller Group can help create include
extravaganzas such as-gala dinner-dances, concerts, cruises, and major
,sporting events. Listed among the "Most Influential Blacks in corporatee
America," Miller is a management specialist and leading advocate for free
market principles and economics. He's a combination of corporate trainer
and "holy roller." Groups engaging Miller can be at the cutting edge of
technology and information transfer.

Lessons from Mark Essex and Christopher Dorner

by George Curry
Over a 43-year career in journal-
ism, I have been blessed with some
memorable experiences: I have cov-
ered presidential and vice presiden-
tial campaigns, I have flown on Air
Force One, I have gone to parties at
the White House, met Pope John
Paul II, spent two weeks in Egypt,
visited former slave dungeons in
Dakar and Accra and have traveled
around the world, including Rome,

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Paris, London, Kuala Lumpur,
Bangkok, Havana, Vienna and
recently Beijing and Shanghai:
Of-the thousands of stories I cov-
ered since I began my career in
1970 primarily for Sports
Illustrated, the St. Louis Post-
Dispatch and the Chicago Tribune,
Emerge magazine and the NNPA
News Service one has affected me
more than any other. It was the vio-
lent death of 23-year-old Mark
Essex on Jan. 7,1973.
Essex, who was known as the
New Orleans Sniper, killed nine
innocent people, including five
police officers, and wounded 13
others. I was sent to Emporia, Kan.
to interview relatives and friends in
an effort to learn what triggered
Essex's outburst. What has stayed
with me over the years is not the
carnage he inflicted though that's
unforgettable it's the events that
led up to that point. Essentially,
Essex felt that he had been harassed
in the Navy, an account partly sup-
ported by friends, and he became so

embittered that he was ready to die.
In fact, that's exactly what he
wrote home to his parents shortly
before his death. I interviewed
Essex's mother and father after his
bullet-riddled body was pulled from
the roof of the Howard Johnson
Hotel and sent back to Emporia for
burial. Family members told me
how a quiet, happy go lucky youth
became embittered in the Navy. So
bitter that he began hating all White
people and was never the same
I suspect the reason the story has
stuck with me for four decades is
because I realized that had I not
been able to handle the stifling
racism while growing up in segre-
gated Tuscaloosa, Ala. during the
1950s and 1960s, that could have
been me. Because I had relatives
and .adults who coached me on how
to deal with overt racism, I didn't go
down that bloody path.
When I first heard about
Christopher Dorner, the former Los
Angeles cop who also went on a

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murder spree, I was reminded of
Mark Essex. Like Essex, he com-
plained of reporting racist acts to his
supervisor and nothing was done
about it. His manifesto, while ram-
bling, gave clear details of his tor-
Dorner wrote about a White
police officer using the n-word.
Domer said when he challenged the
officer to not use the word in his
presence, the officer replied, "I'll
say it when I want." At that point,
Domer said he jumped over the pas-
senger seat and began strangling the
officer until they were separated by
other cops.
Dorner also wrote about the blue
line, the code of ethics that prevents
cops from testifying against one
another, even when that officer is
Interestingly, while in the midst of
killing innocent people, both Essex
and Dorner spared some lives. In his
case, Dorner did not shoot the per-
son whose vehicle he hijacked
toward the end of the police chase.

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He also did not harm two maids
who had arrived to clean the cabin
he had staked out in the mountains.
At the Howard Johnson hotel in
New Orleans, a Black maid said
Essex told her, "Don't worry. We're
not killing Blacks today, just
In the aftermath of the deaths of
Mark Essex and Christopher
Dorner, there is something we can
take away from their lives.
One of our greatest challenges
when dealing with young people,
especially, is that we must teach
them how to survive life's slings
and arrows without going over the
edge. It would be interesting if com-
munity-wide forums were organized
for young people to listen to what
their elders went through. Not just
listen to them, but learn from them.
Alex Haley said his grandmother
taught him to listen more than he
spoke. She said if God had wanted
us to talk more than listen, He
would have given us two mouths
and one ear.

Like you, I don't know exactly
how we can prevent people from
resorting to self-destructive deadly
violence. But I know we must start
somewhere in our community -
whether it's school, church, home,
community centers or a combina-
In an interview Sunday night with
blog radio host Zandra Conway, we
discussed various coping tech-
niques. I told her that whenever I
feel down, I always visualize life as
a Ferris wheel. I try to hold on while
I am at the bottom because sooner
or later, I will glide back to the top.
How do you manage to cope dur-
ing difficult times? Don't tell me,
tell someone close to you. It just
might save their life.
George E. Curry, former editor-in-
chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-
in-chief of the National Newspaper
Publishers Association News Service
(NNPA.) He is a keynote speaker,
moderator, and media coach. Curry
can be reached through his Web site,


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Shownn above is Cyntoria Thomas receiving her Certificate of
Appreciation for the program's contributions from Brenda Bass.
Church of the Crucifixion Focuses

on Past, Present and Future

A glimpse of the past and hopes
for the future for African
Americans were echoed throughout
the Black history program spon-
sored by the Recruit, Revive and
Retain Committee of the Church of
the Crucifixion Catholic Church.
The program interlaced the past,
present and peered into the future
of Black America in an ever chang-
ing society, with participants of all
ages. Cyntoria Thomas, parishioner
and activist, elaborated on the
LaVilla community. Her efforts are
aimed toward helping strengthen
revitalization projects in LaVilla,
including supporting activities that
will enhance the Ritz Theater.
Several monologues were ren-
dered depicting works of prolific
African American writers such as
Paul Lawrence Dunbar. Beatrice
Gillard, a senior parishioner who

matriculates as a member of the
Jacksonville Vintage Players and
participates in numerous church
and diocesan activities, portrayed
Harriet Tubman "The Black
Moses" who led hundreds from the
bondage of slavery with her
Underground Railroad. Special
guest, Alton Yates shared his segre-
gation experiences during the late
fifties and early sixties in the Deep
South that led to the present era of
integration including his participa-
tion in the infamous Axe Handle
The culminating activities
included sharing "Food for the
Soul," ethnic dishes prepared by
parishioners and guests, as well as a
"Quiz Off' game to help partici-
pants remember works of the
African American Diaspora,

The Trayvon Martin Case: One Year Later

This weeks marks the one year
anniversary of the Trayvon Martin
shooting, the incident that sparked
an international conversation about
race, gun control and law enforce-
Martin was headed back to the
home of his father's girlfriend short-
ly after 7 p.m. on Feb. 26, 2012,
after a trip to the convenience store.
George Zirmmerman, a 28-year-old
neighborhood-watch member,
reported Martin to the police and
told the 911 dispatcher that the
teenager looked "suspicious."
Zimmerman was told by the dis-
patcher not to follow Martin, but a
few minutes after the police call,
Martin lay dead from a gunshot to
the chest.
Zimmerman admitted to police
that he shot Martin, but claimed he
acted in self-defense. He was later
arrested and charged with second-
degree murder, and is currently

Bring Your Dog

to Mutt March
The Mutt March fun walk and
festival is scheduled for
Saturday, March 2 from 9 a.m.
to 1 p.m. at the Jacksonville
Landing. Participants will enjoy
entertainment, activities for pets
and kids, a silent auction, ven-
dors and a walk along the St.
Johns River.

Brain Brawl
The James Lee Coon, Jr.
African American History Brain
Brawl will be held Saturday,
March 2nd, from 9 a.m. to 2
p.m., on the campus of Florida
State College of Jacksonville.
Over 80 students will compete
in the competition in elemen-
tary, middle and senior high for
the three championship trophies.
Free family fun activities
include an academic competi-
tion, storytelling, face painting,
arts & crafts, entertainment, and
plenty of food. For more infor-
mation and campus event loca-
tion call 803-6840 or email mar-

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awaiting trial set for June 10.
The case garnered national atten-
tion, with protests and rallies
around the country calling for the
shooting to be investigated and for
Zirmnerman to be prosecuted.
However, sentiments surrounding
the case have been split. While

many have asserted that the former
neighborhood watchman racially
profiled the teen, others have
implied that he was justified in his
actions, an opinion that hits home
for Martin's mother, Sybrina
One year later, the world waits

for the outcome of a story that
quickly became one of the biggest
of the year. Both the investigation
and the conversation surrounding
the case have evolved a great deal,
and there's no doubt that conversa-
tion will continue once the trial pro-
ceedings begin this summer.

Andrew Jackson Students Explore STEM

Careers Early at Engineering

Students of all ages from
around the state attended
the Engineering Expo last
week to expand their
knowledge in the academ-
ic areas of of Science,
Technology, Engineering, ,
and Math (STEM).
Andrew Robinson
Elementary made the jour-
ney to Tampa, Florida to
join several thousand stu-
dents who participated in
engineering demonstra-
tions, workshops, dis-
plays, challenges and
viewed exhibits.
Andrew Robinson '
Elementary is a STEM
school, embracing a
STEAM model of Science
Technology Engineering
Arts Mathematics. It is Shown a
Sand Cat
also a National Burney,
Elementary Honors Teacher
Society member, the only
elementary school in the DCPS that
has been awarded this great
Having an Engineering Program
already facilitated by teacher

attending from Jacksonville are (1-R) Thomas Dotson
meron Rush. (Bottom) Dederic Hudson, Raleigh
Roert Howard, William Jackson, Engineering
and Issac Robles visiting Tampa's MLK statue.
William Jackson helps prepare stu-
dents for middle and high school Jackson o
transition. The understanding of has been
how technology is integrated into excited an
the learning environment is very building b
important to current and future suc- Jacksonvil

cesses of elementary
students. Brent, a fourth
grade students stated,
"Robinson is preparing
me with the skills I'm
going to need to com-
pete on a local and
national level if I want a
career in STEM."
Nationally, STEAM
is becoming a national
model for learning and
includes the scientific
process for learning
along with the engineer-
ing process for design,
discovery and construc-
Stated by, Catheryn a
fifth grade student, "I
did not think girls could
be successful in
After seeing all the
girls at the Expo was a
good feeling. Mr.
ur Engineering teacher
teaching us a lot. I'm
d want to be an engineer
ridges and buildings in





The community is invited to come hear about
Superintendent Nikolai Vitti's Strategic Plan for the
Duval County School District. On Wednesday, March
13, 2013, 6:00 p.m. at the Legends Community
Center, 5139 Soutel Drive. Dr. Vitti will explain the
district's Strategic Plan, answer questions and receive
input from the community.
This is an opportunity for parents, educators, com-
munity leaders, and everyone to hear the action plan
that will guide our schools into the future.
Don't miss this opportunity, whether you have chil-
dren in the public schools or not. If you pay taxes or
live in the Jacksonville community, you are a stake-
holder and deserve to be heard.
For further information, please contact President
Isaiah Rumlin at 764-1753 or Elnora Atkins at 655-

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Hist. Mt. Zion Family & Friends Day
Pearce Ewing, Sr. Pastor of Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. and his congrega-
tion church will celebrate Family & Friends Day, Sunday, March 10th. Join
Mt. Zion at their 8:45 church school and the 10 a.m. worship service to cel-
ebrate the theme: "Family and friends working in unity to reclaim the rem-
nants of God," Philippians 1:27. For more information contact the church
at 355-9475. Historic Mt. Zion is located at 201 E. Beaver St.

Easter Exercise Service
Sweetfield Missionary Baptist Church located at 1365 Harrison Street
where Dr. Richard R. Russ is Pastor, is inviting the public to attend their
Easter Exercise Service at 7 p.m. nightly March 27th, 28th & 29th. The
guest speaker will be Rev. Walter Scott, Pastor of Friendship Baptist
Church of Waycross, Ga. For more info contact Nicolla Mack at 226-6437.

Church Fellowship Celebrates 15 Years
The Church Fellowship Worship Ministries and Bishop Bruce V. Allen
will celebrate their 15th Church and First Family anniversary, Wednesday,
March 13th through Sunday, March 17th. On Wednesday, March 13, guest
speakers will be: Apostle Fred Gooden of Divine Influence Worship
Ministries. On Thursday, March 14th hear Dr. James White of Heritage
Christian Center, and on Friday, March 15th Pastor Torin Dailey of First
Baptist Oakland, will speak. On Saturday, March 16th it's the churches ban-
quet being held at the Crown Plaza Hotel, 14670 Duval Road. Pastor Gail
Hill of The Family Church of Springfield, MA will speak at Sunday
Morning Worship at 10 a.m. At 5 p.m. evening service special guest will
be Bishop Allen Wiggins of The Hope Church of Orlando, Florida.
Everyone is invited to attend. If you have any questions, call the church at
924- 0000. The church is located at 8808 Lem Turner Road.

New Stanton Class of 1968 Meeting
All alumni of New Stanton Sr. High Class of 1968 are requested to par-
ticipate in their 45th Class Reunion to be held May 24-26, 2013, in
Jacksonville, FL. For more information, contact Audrey Hicks (305) 474-
0030, email: or Sandra Milton (904) 463-1311,
email: lafayeisworthy@bellsouthnet for further information.

Spring Conference Prayer Breakfast
The public is invited to the Florida Central Second Ecclesiastical
Jurisdiction Spring Conference Prayer Breakfast, Wednesday, March 13th
at San Jose Country Club, 7529 San Jose Boulevard. The event is from 8:30
a.m. 11 a.m. For more information contact missionary Mattie Ferrell at

Healing Hearts CD Release Concert
Dasia Amonie Enterprises and Chanelle Flornoy presents her 1 st "Never
Alone" Congenital Heart Disease CD release party concert, Friday, March
1st at 7 p.m. Enjoy music, door prizes and celebrate the theme: "Healing
one heart after another". The event will be held at The Temple at One
Accord Ministries International, 2971 Waller St. For more information call
554-0689 or visit

Northside Church of Christ is "Going
Forward" with Spring Revival
The Northside Church of Christ at 4736 Avenue B will host their Annual
"Let the Bible Speak" Spring Gospel/Revival meeting March 2nd-7th with
the theme: Going Forward. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. on Saturday March
2nd with a gospel concert featuring recording artists the Total Acappella
Ensemble. Sunday March 3rd begins the week long Gospel/Revival
Meeting with guest speaker Kenneth Jackson Minister of Lewis Street
Church of Christ in Little Rock, AR. Sunday activities will begin with Bible
school at 9:15 a.m. followed by morning worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday is
also Family & Friends Day with a fellowship dinner to be served at 1 p.m.
Monday March 4th through Thursday March 7th the Revival Meeting will
take place at 7 p.m. There is free local transportation and the nursery is
available nightly. For more information call Northside Church of Christ at

Disciples of Christ Celebrating
Church and Pastors 10th Anniversary
Disciples of Christ Christian Fellowship MBC, Dr. Robert LeCount Jr.
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Miracle Stone Conference at El-Beth-El
The pastor officers and members of the Greater El-Beth-El Divine
Holiness church located at 723 West 4th Street invite you to worship and be
their special guest at their Miracle Stone Conference March 8, 9th and 10th.
If you are down in your finances, in need of a blessing, having problems
in your marriage or are going through some difficult times, you need to
attend this conference. The conference will begin Friday March 8th at 7
p.m. worship service, on Saturday, March 9th from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. is a
prayer breakfast. On March 9th at 12 noon is the Hour of Power anointing
service and ending the day at 6 p.m. is the deliverance service. On Sunday,
March 10th at 11 a.m. is the blessed service and at 3 p.m. is the closing of
the conference. If you have further questions email or
call the church at 374-3940.

One Great Month: 12 Great
Days at Hope Chapel Ministries
Join the family of Hope Chapel Ministries with
their pastor and founder Apostle Dr. Jeannette C.
Holmes-Vann as they celebrate 40 years of min-
istry and community impact. The celebration takes
place Saturday March 2nd through Sunday, March
24th. During the month of March, Hope Chapel
Ministries will celebrate various events with a
grand opening, a sports day, a 40th Ruby Jubilee
Thanksgiving service, a VIP Night, a 40 minis tree
planting celebration and a children's gala.
For more information visit Dr. J. Holmes or call 924-
2000. Hope Chapel Ministries is located at 9850 Wagner Rd.

r UI, oa are ceiUe irati ng ti iu ti nurci and pastor .Anrtuversarily wit Lihe
theme "Endurance." The celebration continues on Thursday, February 28th
at 7 p.m., Pastor James Sampson of 1st New Zion Baptist Church as the NOTICE: Church news is published free of charge
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will be the guest speaker with guest solo artist Kizzy Walker. The event is
a red carpet affair. Dress is formal attire and will be held at 1st New Zion
Multipurpose Center, 4819 Soutel Dr. The Anniversary celebration will end 765-3803 or e-mail to
on Sunday March 3rd with Pastor B.E. *
Williams of Greater New JerusalemCommunity Celebrates 17 Year Living
Baptist Church. For more information
and tickets call the church at 765-5683
or email Legacy of St. Paul's Pastor John Guns


Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20

Pastor Landon Williams

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


Disciples of Christ Cbristiao Fellowsbip
* *A Full Gospel Baptist Church *


Sunday School

9 a.m.



10 a.m Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr

A church that's on the move in

worship with prayer, praise and power!
2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
(904) 765-5683


SHown left to right are community leaders and elected officials with Pastor Guns: JuCoby Pittman, Allen
Moore, Richard Danford, Pat-Lockett-Felder, Mia Jones, Pastor John E. Guns, First Lady Sonjanique
Guns, Daughters Alexis, Daijah and Tayler, Ivan Mote, Reggie Fullwood and Bracey Taylor. Tangela Jones-

By L. Jones
It was a packed house this past
Sunday as the congregation of St.
Paul's Missionary Baptist church
celebrated 17 years of Pastor John
E. Guns dedicated service to his
parishioners, family and his mis-
sion. The theme for the event was
"Moving Forward".
Upon arrival each person received
a passport and was asked to take a
seat and buckle their seatbelt. The
airline was named "Destiny
Airlines" and the pulpit was

designed as an airplane cockpit.
The ushers in the aisles were the
stewardesses for the flight. The
flight attendant on the microphone
asked the audience to prepare for
takeoff for a flight destined for spir-
itual success, prosperity, wealth and
a healthy lifestyle.
The audience was reminded with
laughter from choir director, and
Minister of music Larry Williams,
"stand up and clap and sing and
rejoice for Pastor Guns legacy, his
travels around the world and don't

forget he masquerades as a gospel
artist." The passengers on the flight
roared with laughter as Pastor Guns
stood up and danced to the choir's
Many of the church's ministries
lauded their pastor for his contribu-
tions. The Kingdom of Priests
Men's Ministry of St. Paul presented
Dr. Guns with the "Pioneers
Awards" recognizing his communi-
ty efforts, education stance and
leadership in the community of
Jacksonville Florida.

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Union Leaders Celebrate at Macedonia-A celebration the 50thAnniversary
of the March on Washington for Jobs and Justice was held by local union members from AFSCME, SEIU,
ATU, APWU ILA, IBEW, A Philip Randolph High School and the A Philip Randolph Institute Jax Chapter.
A special guest was an original member of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, Mr. Sollie Mitchell.
who is the oldest sleeping car porter in Florida. Pastor Landon Williams provided an uplifting sermon
from Exodus. David Gardner photo

Scholarship Named in Honor

of Dr. Norma S. White

Jacksonville's own history
maker, Dr. Norma Solomon White,
returned home from Baltimore,
Maryland where the Charm City
Pearls Interest Group of Alpha
Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. named a
scholarship award in her honor.
While there, she had the honor of
presenting the Norma Solomon
White Trailblazers in the Arts
Award to Debra Simms, a singer,
an actress, a dancer and an author,
all at such a young age. She is a
senior at Baltimore City College
High School and has starred in "A
Raising In The Sun" and "If It Had
Not Been For The Lord."
This award was named for Dr.
White who has been a trailblazer
for many years. The first female in
the Famed FAMU Marching 100
Band, the first female band director
in Duval County, the first
International President of Alpha
Kappa Alpha Sorority from the
State of Florida, the first Legacy
International President of the soror-
ity, the first international president

Save Money by Making Things Last

Air Conditioners: For window
units, check the filter periodically;
if it needs cleaning, vacuum it, then
wash it with warm, soapy water.
Have central-air units professional-
ly serviced, and keep hedges and
plants at least 2 away.
Carpeting: A professional clean-
ing every 12 to 18 months will pro-
vide the best results, though that
can be expensive. Too-frequent
cleaning might void your carpet's
warranty, so hang on to any paper-
work and consult it first. Vacuum
often, especially in traffic areas.
CDs and DVDs. Wipe discs with
a soft, lint-free cloth from the cen-
ter to the outer edge as if you were

slicing a pie.
Cell phones. Don't leave your
phone in your car during hot weath-
er or the batteries may overheat. If
you have a phone that uses the
Android system and it has been
infected by apps, be wary of down-
loads from app stores other than
those run by a reputable company
such as Amazon, Apple, Barnes &
Noble, or Google. If you've been
known to drop your phone, buy a
protective case.
Clothes dryers: Clean the lint
filter after each use and the entire
air duct at least once a year.
Clothes Washers: To avoid mold
in front-loaders, clean the rubber

door gasket periodically with a
bleach solution and keep the door
ajar after each use to air out the
machine. Don't load beyond the
recommended capacity.
Computers. Make sure you have
up-to-date antivirus software. And
use your laptop on a flat surface
rather than a soft one such as a bed
or carpet, which can block airflow
and lead to overheating.
Eyeglasses. Clean the lenses with
warm water and a drop of dish
detergent, never with ammonia,
bleach vinegar or window cleaner.
Dry with a microfiber cloth or a
clean, soft cotton one, not with a
tissue or paper towel.

Generators. If yours runs on
gasoline, make sure any stored fuel
is stabilized with a preservative
(sold at autoparts and home-
improvement stores). That can keep
it fresh for up to a year and prevent
damage to the fuel system. Check
oil levels frequently, and consult the
owner's manual to find out how
often to change the oil, air filter and
spark plugs.
Hardwood Floors. Regularly
sweep with a soft-bristle broom or
vacuum with a bare-floor attach-
ment (not a rotary brush). If you're
shopping for a new vacuum cleaner,
get one that lets you turn off the
brush over bare floors.

Family and Friends Celebrate 93rd Birthday of Mary Cobb

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(Shown L-R): Heidi Barnes, Mary Ann Graddick, LaVert Jones, Nathan Graddick, Valerie Daniels, Jessie Houston, Kimberly Avery, Peter
Knox, Mary Elizabeth Baker Cobb (age 93), Sarita Jones, Erma Jones, Zion Martell, Trinity Martell, Armenia Green, Willie Barnes, Deloris
Lewis, Charlie Lewis, Frank Williams, Bobby Avery, Raymond Cobb, Leavon Story, Karen Davis and Sally Story.
Mary Elizabeth Baker Cobb born February 27, 1920 in Jersey City, New Jersey celebrated her 93rd birthday with a dinner with friends and family at
Golden Corral restaurant on Southside Blvd. The family moved when she was three years old, by a steamboat to Jacksonville. She graduated from the
public schools in Jacksonville, and attended Edward Waters and Florida Normal College. She was married to the late Mr. Herman Cobb.Now she enjoys
her church, bible reading and study, visiting with her two daughters, 5 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. FMP photo

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Dr. Norma Solomon White
making the presentation speech.
to serve in two centuries and the
first female senior warden at Saint
Gabriel's Episcopal Church.
"An Evening of Arts with Charm

City Peals" was the inaugural sig-
nature fundraiser for the group. In
addition to Dr. White, awards were
named in honor of Dr. Nathan M.
Carter, Dr. Mary Shy Scott, Jan
Spivey Gilchrist, Jada Pinkett
Smith and Phylicia Rashad.
Alpha Kappa Alpha International
officers present were the North
Atlantic Regional Director,
International Secretary, and
Undergraduate Member at Large.
Also in attendance were city offi-
cials, the 18th International
President of Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority, Inc., Past North Atlantic
Regional Directors and current
international committee members.
Accompanying Dr. White were her
granddaughter, Danielle White and
great grandson Isiah from Virginia
and Mrs. Bertha Padgett of

First Coast Black Nurses
Association's Recruit and Educate

Pictured are Sheena Alexander Hicks, President FCBNA and
keynote speaker Jossie Burton, D.O.
The First Coast Black Nurses Association (FCBNA) held its annual
membership drive, February 23, 2013 in the Charter Theater of Shands
Tower 11. The membership drive was held in conjunction a Women's
Heart Health Symposium. The speaker was Jossie Burton, D.O. One
CEU was awarded to the nurses in attendance.
FCBNA is committed to working with organizations to eliminate
health disparities in our community. The organization has an active cal-
endar of activities planned for the year. Nurses interested in becoming
a member of FCBNA should visit the chapter's website @ or

Get Ready for Jacksonville

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Thursday May 23rd to Sunday May 26th. Some of
this year's confirmed performers include BWB fea-
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Porter, Poncho Sanchez, the Yellowjackets and
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Morehouse Sports Photo
Morehouse football
DOUBLING standout named top
newcomerto basketball




Sharpless Hanzer

Wells Deal

Hampton, VA Elizabeth City State senior forward Angelo
Sharpless and Fayetteville State senior guard Kristen Hanzer
earned player of the year honors as the CIAA unveiled its 2012-13
all-conference team.
At 6-4, Sharpless averaged 19.0 points per game, third best
in the league, led in rebounding (8.8 rpg.) and was seventh in
steals (1.0 pg) while leading the Vikings to a second-place North
Division finish. Hanzer topped the league in scoring (19.1 ppg.)
was 12th in rebounding (6.4 rpg.) and was seventh in field goal
percentage (.474). FSU will enter the CIAA Tournament as the
top seed from the South Division.
Winston-Salem State guard Marcus Wells, the league's
steals leader (2.6 pg.) was named the men's top defender while
Lamesha Deal of Virginia State topped the league in rebounding
(9.4 rpg.) and was fourth in blocked shots (1.1 pg.) to earn the
women's award.
2013 AII-CIAA Women's Basketball Team
FRONT COURT Stephanie Harper, 5-11, Sr., F, ECSU; Bria Robinson,
5-9, So., F, BSU; Lamesha Deal, 5-10, Jr., F, VSU; Shuanda Ashford, 6-1,
Sr., F, FSU; Tierra Coleman, 6-1, Sr., F, FSU; Tahlar McIntosh, 5-8, Sr., F,
Lincoln; Jasmine Murray, 5-10, Sr., C, Livingstone
BACKCOURT Shatara Jackson 5-9, Sr., G, ECSU; Brittany Dorsett, 5-8,
Sr., G, JCSU; Talaya Lynch, 5-9, Sr., G, Chowan; Kristen Hanzer, 5-10,
Sr., G, FSU;Ashle Freeman, 5-6, So., G, VUU

2012 AII-CIAA Men's Basketball Team
FRONT COURT Quinton McDuffie, 6-5, Sr., F, Chowan; Wykevin
Bazemore, 6-4, So., F, WSSU; Kenny Mitchell, 6-9, Sr., F, VSU; Angelo
Sharpless, 6-4, Sr., F, ECSU; Emilio Parks, 6-6, So., F, JCSU; Tyreel Tate,
6-5, Jr., F, FSU; Byron Westmoreland, Sr., 6-4, F, BSU
BACK COURT Kenny Sharpe, 6-3, Sr., G, Lincoln; Justin Glover, 6-3,
Sr., G, WSSU; Trevin Parks, 5-11, Sr., G, JCSU; Mark Thomas, 5-10, Jr.,
G, Livingstone; Percy Woods, 5-10, Sr., G, St. Augustine's

Collier English



ATLANTA-Benedict senior point guard Xavier Collier
(men) and Paine senior forward Courtney English (women) lead
the 2012-13 SIAC all-conference basketball teams announced
Collier led Benedict to a first-place tie in the men's East
Division with averages of 15 points and a league-best 4.5 assists
per game. English had 18 double-doubles en route to putting up
16.4 points and 12.5 rebounds per contest.
Detroit native Darrius Williams of Morehouse, a 6-4 guard,
who led the conference in scoring (18.3 ppg.) and was second in
rebounding (8.3 rpg.), was named men's newcomer of the year.
Williams is also a two-time all-SIAC football safety. Tuskegee
6-7 freshman Shaquille Cook, who averaged 10.3 points and 1.8
blocks, earned the freshman of the year award. Stillman junior
center Torrean Walker pulled down 7.4 rebounds per game and
led the league with 2.8 blocks per game to earn the defensive
player of the year award.
Grady Brewer, who led Morehouse to a share of the East
Division title with a 16-2 mark was named men's coach of the
Paine sophomore guard Ashley Watts (19.5 ppg., 3.9 apg.)
and sophomore center Kiara Johnson (12.1 rpg., 2.1 bpg.) earned
the newcomer and freshman awards. Kadeema Cooper of Albany
State was named the top defender. Tuskegee's Belinda Roby was
named top coach.
Jarien Harris, 5-10, Sr., G, Albany State; Xavier Collins, 5-11, Sr., G,
Benedict; Marcus Goode, 6-10, Sr., C, Benedict; Darrius Williams, 6-4, Jr.,
G, Morehouse; Andrae Nelson, 6-6, Sr., C, Morehouse; Terrence Bowman,
6-3, Sr., G, Claflin; Mario Jordan, 5-11, Sr., G, Paine; LaDarius Rhone, 6-5,
Sr., F, Stillman; Calvin Thomas, 6-1, Sr., G, Tuskegee;
Brandon Davey, 6-6, Jr., F, Fort Valley State
Player of the Year: Xavier Collins, Benedict; Newcomer of the Year: Darrius
Williams, Morehouse; Freshman of the Year: Shaquille Cook, Tuskegee;
Coach of the Year: Grady Brewer, Morehouse

Tyliesha Brown, 5-6, Sr., G, Claflin; Conisha Hicks, 5-5, Jr., G, Clark
Atlanta; LaQuisha Lewis, 6-2, Sr., C, Clark Atlanta; Sharnita Lloyd, 5-6, Sr.,
G, Kentucky State; Courtney English, 6-0, Sr., F, Miles; Ashley Watts, 5-6,
Sr., G, Paine; Nnenna Eze, 6-2, Sr., C, Tuskegee; April Thomas, 5-1, So.,
G, Albany State; Kedeemya Cooper, 5-9, So., F, Albany State;
Shytina Harley, 5-11, Jr., F, Fort Valley State
Player of the Year: Courtney English, Miles; Newcomer of the Year: Ashley
Watts, Paine; Freshman of the Year: Kiara Johnson, Paine; Defensive
Player of the Year: Kadeema Cooper, Albany State;
Coach of the Year: Belinda Roby, Tuskegee

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Lincoln 8 2 10 6 17 9
Eliz. City State 7 3 9 7 16 10
Virginia Union 6 4 7 9 10 14
BowieState 5 5 8 8 12 13
Virginia State 4 6 6 10 12 14
Chowan 0 10 0 16 6 19
Livingstone 8 2 12 4 20 5
W-Salem State 7 3 13 3 20 5
J. C. Smith 5 5 9 7 16 10
St. Augustine's 5 5 8 8 15 11
Shaw 4 6 10 6 16 10
Fayetteville State 1 9 4 12 9 16
Angelo Sharpless, 6-4, Sr., F, ECSU Averaged
19.0 points (3rd in CIAA), 8.8 rebounds (1st), 1.0
steals (7th) and shot51.4% fromthefield (8th)leading
Vikings to second in North Division.
Marcus Wells, Topped the league in steals
(2.6 spg.)
Kortez Smith, 5-7, Fr., G, CHOWAN Averaged
9.3 points with 42 rebounds, 74 assists (3.2 per
game) and 19 steals.

Norfolk State 13 0 18 10
NC Central 12 1 19 8
Savannah State 10 3 17 11
Hampton 9 4 12 15
Delaware State 7 6 12 15
Bethune-Cookman 7 6 12 16
Morgan State 6 6 10 14
NCA&T 6 7 13 15
FloridaA&M 5 8 8 19
Howard 4 11 7 22
Coppin State 3 10 8 22
Maryland-E. Shore 2 11 2 22
SCState 1 12 5 21
Adrien Coleman, 6-5, Sr., F, B-CU Averaged
double-double of 23.5 points and 11 boards in two
wins.Scored 26 points with 11 rebounds in win over
SC State. Added 21 points with 11 boards in win over
Savannah State Monday.

Albany State
Fort Valley State
Clark Atlanta
Kentucky State

16 2 20 6
16 2 18 7
10 8 12 14
8 10 10 16
6 12 7 18
5 13 8 17
3 15 4 22
13 4 14 12
12 5 17 9
11 6 14 11
6 11 9 17
4 13 7 17
4 13 6 20

Xavier Collier, 5-11, Sr., PG, BENEDICT Aver-
aged 15.0 ppg., topped SIAC at 4.5 assists per
game also got 1.4 steals pg.
NEWCOMER Darrius Williams, 6.4, Jr., G,
MOREHOUSE Scored 18.1 points (1st) and
grabbed 8.3 rebounds (2nd) per game.
FRESHMAN Shaquille Cook, 6-7, C, TUSKE-
GEE Led freshmen at 10.3 ppg., and got 1.8
blocks pg.
DEFENDER -Torrean Walker. 6-7, Jr., C, STILL-
MAN 7.4 rgp. ()0, 2.8 blocks pg. (1st)

Southern 14 2 20 8
Texas Southern 14 2 15 14
Ark. Pine Bluff 14 3 15 14
Prairie View A&M 8 8 13 16
Jackson State 7 9 8 17
Alabama State 7 9 9 20
Alcorn State 7 9 9 22
AlabamaA&M 5 11 9 18
Miss. Valley St. 5 12 5 22
Grambling State 0 16 0 25
aged double-double of 16 points, 10.5 rebounds in two
wins. Scored team-hgh22 points on11of 15shootingand
pulled down team-best 13 rebounds in winoverAlabama
State. Also scored 10 points with 8 boards in 64-62 win
over Alabama A&M. Sturdivant leads SWAC in FG%
(.612), and is second in rebounding (8.3 pg.)
Malcolm Miller, 6-5, Fr., G, SOUTHERN Made five
3-pointers in nine attempts and finished with game-high
22 points as Jaguars defeatedAlcom State and avenged
a Jan. 26 loss to the Braves. Miller, a freshman, has
scored in double figures in 25 of the Jags' 28 games.
His 16.3 points per game average is tied for second
in the SWAC.

Central State 16
Tennessee State 16
Cheyney 13
W. Va. State 10
Univ. of DC 5
Lincoln (Mo.) 3

Unique top seeds in CIAA, SIAC Tourneys

BCSP Editor
There are curious and unique
circumstances to the top teams in
this week's SIAC and CIAA bas-
ketball tournaments that got un-
derway early this week in Atlanta
and Charlotte respectively.
Benedict and Tuskegee are
the top seeds in both the men's and
women's SIAC Tournaments that
began Monday at Morehouse's
Forbes Arena in Atlanta.
Livingstone in the South and
Lincoln in the North won their re-
spective divisions and earned top
seeds for the first time in the CIAA
men's tournament that kicked off
Tuesday night at Time Warner
Cable Arena in Charlotte.
Earlier Tuesday, the women's
CIAA Tourney got started with
Elizabeth City State from the
North and Fayetteville State from
the South as the top seeds.

SIAC (Women)
Of the top seeds, its the Tuske-
gee women, champions of the West
Division, who have been most
dominant this season though the
Lady Tigers had just one player on
the all-SIAC team, 6-2 senior cen-
ter Nneena Eze (see UNDER THE
Under head coach Belinda
Roby, the Lady Kittens have won
16 conference games without a loss
including a 61-53 decision over
East champion Benedict on Jan.
17. That pegs the Lady Tigers as
the favorite for this year's crown.
After their bye thru the first
round, Tuskegee played Fort Val-
ley State Wednesday, a fourth-
seed from the East that won its first
round game over Paine.

Roby's troops are ranked third
in the NCAA Div. II South Region
and will likely get a playoff berth
regardless of the outcome of the
Benedict (13-3), under first-
year head coach James Rice, re-
ceived a bye after winning the
East Division. Besides the loss to
Tuskegee, Benedict has fallen to
Clark Atlanta (71-70) and Still-
man (67-59). The Lady Tigers are
the second favorite. They faced Al-
bany State in Wednesday's quar-
terfinals Clark
Atlanta (12.4), who finished just a
game behind Benedict in the East,
and Kentucky State (10-6), who
finished second to Tuskegee in
the West, also received first-round
byes and were to play in quarterfi-
nal games Thursday.



Tuesday, Feb. 26
#4S St. Augustine's vs. #5N Chowan 11a
#3N Virginia State vs. #6S Livingstone 1p
#3S W-Salem State vs. #6N Bowie State 3p
#4N Lincoln vs. #5S J. C. Smith 5p
#5N Virginia State vs. #6S Fayetteville State 7p
#5S Shaw vs. #6N Chowan 9p
Wednesday, Feb. 27
#2N Virginia Union vs. VSU/Livingstone 11a
#1N Elizabeth City State vs. SAC/Chowan 1p
#1S Fayettevile State vs. Lincoln/JCSU 3p
#2S Shaw vs. WSSU/BSU 5p
#4S St. Augustine's vs. VSU/FSU 7p
#4N Bowie State vs. Shaw/Chowan 9p

Thursday, February 28
#2N Eliz. City State vs. #3S J. C. Smith 1p
#2S W-Salem State vs. #3N Virginia Union 3p
#1S Livingstone vs. SAC/VSU/FSU 7p
#1N Lincoln vs. BSU/Shaw/Chowan 9p

Friday, March 1
lp & 3p
7p & 9p
Saturday, March 2

SIAC (Men)
Fred Watson's Benedict Ti-
gers (16-2) won 16 of their final 17
games and caught Morehouse (16-
2) at the top of the East Division
race. The only loss in that stretch
was a 68-65 decision at Morehouse
on Jan. 26. They avenged that loss
with a 77-70 win over the Maroon
Tigers on Feb. 14.
Benedict got the top seed in
the West by virtue of its league-best
20-6 overall record and got a first
round bye. Albany State, a fifth-
seed from the East, beat Miles Mon-
day and faced Benedict Wednesday
at 7:45 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 25
W: #4E Fort Valley State 100, #5W Paine 61
M: #4E Claflin 79, #5W Lane 68
W: #5E Albany State 73, #4W Miles 51
M: #5E Albany State 67, #4W Miles 63

Tuesday, Feb. 26
M: #3E Paine vs. #6W LeMoyne-Owen 12n
W: #3E Paine vs. #6W LeMoyne-Owen 2:15p
M: #3W KSU vs. #6E FVSU 4:30p
W: #3W Stillman vs. #6E Claflin 6:45p
M: #2W Stillman vs. #7 Clark Atlanta 9p

Wednesday, Feb. 27
W: #1 E Benedict vs. Albany State 1 p
M: #1W Tuskegee vs. Claflin 3:15p
W: #1W Tuskegee vs. FVSU 5:30p
M: #1 E Benedict vs. Albany State 7:45p

Thursday, Feb.28
W: #2W Kentucky State vs. Paine/LOC 1p
M: #2E Morehouse vs. KSU/FVSU 3:15p
W: #2E CAU vs. Stillman/Claflin 5:30p
M: Paine/LOC vs. Stillman/CAU 7:45p

Semifinals Friday, March 1
W:lp M:3:15p W:5:30p M:7:45p

Finals Saturday, March 2
W: 5:30p M: 8:30p

Head coach Grady Brewer's
Morehouse squad also received
a bye and played its first game
Thursday (3:15 p.m.) vs. the win-
ner of the Kentucky State/Fort
Valley State game.
Leon Douglas's West Divi-
sion champ Tuskegee (13-4) got
the other bye and played Claflin
Wednesday at 3:15 p.m. Claflin
knocked off Lane Monday in a
first round game.

CIAA (Women)
The top two seeds from each
division for the women and the top
three seeds from each of the men's

divisions received first-round
byes in the CIAA Tournament
that tipped Tuesday at Time Warner
Cable Arena in Charlotte.
On the women's side, Eliza-
beth City State posted a 10-0 divi-
sion record to claim the North title,
top seed and first-round bye. Vir-
ginia Union (6-4) finished behind
the Lady Vikes and claimed the
second bye.
Fayetteville State tied with
defending Div. II national cham-
pion Shaw in the South Division
with an 8-2 mark, but earned the
top seed by virtue of a better con-
ference record (14-2 to 13-3). FSU
and Shaw grabbed the other two
The women's quarterfinals are
set for Wednesday in Charlotte.
CIAA (Men)
The biggest news was perhaps
on the men's side where two up-
starts South Division champ Liv-
ingstone and North Division champ
Lincoln both posted 8-2 records in
their division to take the titles, top
seeds and first-round byes.
James Stinson's Blue Bears
of Livingstone held off Bobby
Collins and his defending champi-
on Rams of Winston-Salem State
(7-3), knocking off the Rams on
Saturday, the last day of the regu-
lar season. The Rams earned also
earned a bye into Thursday's quar-
terfinals along with Johnson C.
Smith (5-5) who won a tie-breaker
with St. Augustine's (5-5) for the
fourth spot and first-round bye.
Head coach John Hill led Lin-
coln (8-2) to its first North Division
crown since the Lions returned to
the conference in 2009. The Lions
along with Elizabeth City State
(7-3) and Virginia Union (6-4)
received the first-round byes into
Thursday's quarterfinals.
Two quarterfinal games Thurs-
day are set with Elizabeth City tak-
ing on J. C. Smith at 1 p.m., WSSU

Doyle breaks MEAC scoring mark
Howard senior forward Saadia Doyle scored
22 points last Monday in the Lady Bison's win over
Bethune-Cookman and in the process broke former
Howard standout Alisha Hill's school and MEAC
scoring record.
After Monday's game, Doyle, an Atlanta native,
has amassed 2,197 points breaking Hill's school and
conference record set during her 1994-98 career of
2,179 points.
Doyle, the 2012-13 preseason player of the year
and two-time all-MEAC selection, is currently second

5-10, Sr.,

in the MEAC averaging 21.0 points per game and is
the conference's fourth best rebounder at 8.7 per game.
She has led the Lady Bison (17-10) in scoring in 25 of
27 games while shooting .425 from the field and ,741
from the free throw line.

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Eliz. City State 10 0 15 1 23 3
Virginia Union 6 4 9 7 12 13
Virginia State 5 5 6 10 13 13
Lincoln 3 7 5 11 9 17
Chowan 3 7 5 11 5 20
Bowie State 3 7 4 12 7 16
Fayetteville State 8 2 14 2 22 4
Shaw 8 2 13 3 22 4
W-Salem State 5 5 9 7 14 12
St. Augustine's 4 6 7 9 11 14
J.C. Smith 3 7 5 11 8 17
Livingstone 2 8 4 12 8 17
Kristen Hanzer, Sr., G, FSU -Averaged 19.1 points
pergame (1 st), was 12th in rebounding (6.4 rpg.) and
7th in FG percentage (.474) in leading Lady Broncos
to tie for South Division title.
Lamesha Deal, 5-10, Jr., F, VSU -Averaged 13. 1
points per game (8th), led the CIAA in rebounding
(9.1 rpg.) and was fourth in blocks (1.1 pg.)
Regime McCombs, 5-6, Fr., G, ST. AUG'S
- Averaged 10.9 points and was third in 3-point
percentage (.348)


NC A&T State
SC State
Coppin State
Florida A&M
Delaware State
Morgan State
Md. E. Shore
Norfolk State
Savannah State
North Carolina Central

Tierra Knotts, 5-4, Sr., G, SC STATE Had
team-high 19 points as Lady Bulldogs knocked off
FAMU Monday. Had 13 points inwin Saturday over
Bethune-Cookman. LadyBulldogshave nowwon five
straight games to pull within a game of third place.

Benedict 13 3 16 12
ClarkAtlanta 12 4 16 10
Paine 9 7 11 15
Fort Valley State 9 7 13 12
Albany State 6 10 8 15
Claflin 4 12 5 21
Tuskegee 16 0 19 6
Kentucky State 10 6 14 11
Stillman 9 7 10 15
Miles 4 12 8 18
Lane 4 12 7 17
LeMoyne-Owen 0 16 2 24

Courtney English, 6-0, Sr., F, MILES Aver-
aged 16.4 points (4th) and led league at 12.5
NEWCOMER Ashley Watts, 5-6, Sr., G,
PAINE Second in scoring (19,9 ppg.). assists
(3.9 apg.), FT percentage (.808) and third in 3s
made (2.3 pg.).
FRESHMAN Klara Johnson, Fr., Paine -Aver-
aged 12.1 points, 2.1 blocks per game.
DEFENDER Kadeema Cooper, 5-9, So., F,
COACH Belinda Roby, Tuskegee Led Lady
Tigers to perfect 16-0 conference mark.

Texas Southern
Miss. Valley St.
Prairie View A&M
Alabama A&M
Jackson State
Alabama State
Ark. Pine Bluff
Grambling State
Alcom State

Kayla West, 5-5, So., G, TSU Scored 12 p points in
win over Alabama State, 16 points. 5 assists and 4
rebounds in win against Alabama A&M.
Joncyee Sanders, 5-8, Jr., G, MVSU Averaged
10 points, 8.5 assists in two games. Tallied 8 points
with 8 rebounds and 14 assists in win over Grambling
Monday. Also had 12 points with 6 rebounds and 3
assists in win over Jackson State.
Jasmyne Sanders, 5-10, Jr., F, MVSU Scored 16
pointson7of11 shootingwith4boardsvs. Grambling.
Scored 14 points with 5 boards vs. JSU.

Central State 15
W. Va. State 13
Tennessee State 11
Lincoln (Mo.) 10
Univ. of DC 9
Cheyney 1

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EWC Opens Center for the

Prevention of Health Disparities

Shown above are Speak Up Speak Out participants: Cameron Rawls; 2nd Runner-up Adia Gomes;
Runner up -Austin Sams, and 1st Place winner, Myles Sams.

Public Speaking Becoming Second Nature

for Jack & Jill of Jacksonville Youth

The Jacksonville Chapter of Jack
& Jill of America, Incorporated
held its Annual Ann Owen Gordon
Teen Oratorical Competition on
Sunday, February 24th at
Jacksonville Country Day School.
Contestants were judged on
Personal Qualities, Organization of
Material, Delivery and Presentation

and Overall Effectiveness. The
speakers theme this year is,
"Standing Strong, Wise and
Talented". Garnering top honors
was First Place winner Myles
Sams, a 7th grader at Episcopal
School of Jacksonville.
As an organization, Jack & Jill of
America, Inc. works to shape

tomorrow's leaders by creating
opportunities and challenges to
learn and practice leadership skills.
Public expression is one key life
skill required of effective leaders
and is therefore a key component of
all teaching and development
opportunities provided to all mem-

Richardsons Joined by Friends and Family

to Celebrate 56 Years of Marital Bliss
1~~ !.

Shown above at the celebration are Samantha Bridges, Sandra Baldwin, B.J. Richardson, Barbara
Richardson, Raymond Richardson, Andre George, Mimmie Long and Hatten Watkins. The Richardsons
are shown below.

Barbara B. and B.J. Richardson
celebrated their 56th wedding
anniversary in their home with a
family dinner and many friends.
Barbara and BJ were married
February 1st, 1957 in Jacksonville,
Florida. She is the former Barbara
Baldwin. The anniversary dinner
was coordinated by the brides Aunt
Ms. Minnie Long. Guests Charlie
and Carey Green prepared the food
which consisted of fried fish, chick-
en wings, fried potatoes, salad, rolls
and punch

Shown above (L-R) Dr. Floyd Willis Mayo Clinic, Dr. Yank Coble UNF, Pam Paul New Town Success
Zone, EWC President Nathaniel Glover, EWC Student Mikeeta Ephraim, Irvin Cohen New Town Success
Zone, Russell Armistead Shands Jacksonville and Dr. Eurmon Hervey of EWC.

Edward Waters College celebrat-
ed the opening of its Center for the
Prevention of Health Disparities
Thursday with a ribbon cutting cer-
emony alongside community lead-
ers and citizens of the New Town
The center, primarily funded by a
$495,000 grant from the Health
Resources and Services
Administration, will serve as a hub
for researching and addressing
health disparities within urban com-
munities, particularly those in
Jacksonville's Health Zone One.
The 2,500 sq. ft. facility will pro-
vide a central location for health
care organizations, academic insti-
tutions and health-based communi-
ty organizations to collect and dis-
seminate data that are relevant to
improving the health of the commu-


Hosts Prince

Among Slaves


Screening and

Movies on the House at the
University of North Florida will
present "Prince Among Slaves",
documentary screening and discus-
sion. The open viewing will take
place at 7 p.m. Thursday, March
7th, at the Andrew A. Robinson Jr.
Theater, Building 14A, on the UNF
campus, 1 UNF Dr.
A discussion will immediately fol-
low. This film screening is part of
the "Poetic Voices of the Muslim
World," a traveling exhibit and
series of programs presenting the
varied poetic transitions of the
Muslim world. "Prince Among
Slaves" recounts the true story of
an African Muslim prince who was
captured and sold into slavery in
the American South. For more
information visit www.jaxpublicli- or contact
Joanna Norris at 620-2102 or email

New Westside Church of Christ Delivers First Sermon

Newly elected minister Brother
Elisha Taylor Jr. delivered his first
sermon as Senior Minister of the
Westside congregation February
A formal installation service for
Brother Taylor will take place
Sunday, March 24th, following
morning service. Westside Church
of Christ has been in existence for
over 80 years in the Jacksonville
community. Westside continues to
serve the Jacksonville community.
through their Bread Basket 9
Ministry, Feeding the Homeless,
Clothing Panty, and Annual m
Thanksgiving Basket Program.
Westside also has programs that
minister to the youth, senior saints,
singles ministries, WHAM (well-
ness and health ministry), radio
ministry, prison ministry and many
other ministries that edify and New Minister Elisha Taylor Jr., Elder Jerome Sanders, Minister Willie "Pete" Jackson. 2nd row left:
encourage the members and the Elder Andrew Jackson Sr, Elder Lonnie Stewart Jr., and Deacon Jerome Hill Sr. 3rd row left:Deacon
local community. George Carter, Deacon Mark Williams, Deacon Ronnie Denson Sr., and Deacon James Conoly. 4th row left:
FMP photo Deacon Melvin Hamm, Deacon Freddie Thomas and Deacon Leon Hayes. FMP photo

"This facility will serve as a cata-
lyst for empowering the community
to take control of their health," said
Edward Waters College President
Nathaniel Glover. "We, collective-
ly, now have a designated space, on
the campus of Florida's oldest inde-
pendent institution of higher learn-
ing, to engage the surrounding
community in meaningful research
and preventative health programs."
EWC is currently assembling an
advisory board comprised of mem-
bers of the New Town Success
Zone Health Care Committee and
the Community Research Advisory
Board sponsored by Mayo Clinic to
recommend and endorse research
projects, prevention programs and
partnerships for the college.
Additionally, the College is pursu-

ing opportunities with health organ-
izations to conduct monthly
The center, which cost $557,200
to construct, will also house the
New Town Success Zone, a placed-
based continuum of care for chil-
dren and families living in the New
Town Community. Additionally, it
will provide classroom and office
space for EWC students and per-
The Center is unique in that it
unites teaching, research and serv-
ice under one roof. It is also the first
building to be constructed on the
campus since 2005.
Organizations interested in con-
ducting studies or forums within the
Center for the Prevention of Health
Disparities should call (904) 470-

Youngsters Hoop it Up with

Globetrotter at Main Library
Harlem Globetrotter Slick Willie Shaw made a guest appearance at
the Main Library on Thursday, February 26th to show off a few of his
tricks, sign autographs and encourage kids of all ages to read. An out-
standing ball handler, Shaw is in his 9th season with the Globetrotters, cur-
rently playing at forward position. Shaw still holds the school record for
most career 3-pointers at St. Johns University in New York, making him a
natural for the Globetrotters' classic 4-point shot, 35 feet from the basket.
The World Famous Harlem Globetrotters bring their ridiculous basketball
skills and amazing athletes to the Veterans Memorial Arena, Thursday
March 1st at7 p.m. Shown above is Slick Willie Shaw posing with some
fans Jeremy Jones (age 12), Jaylon Feacher (age 13) and Jordyn Porter
(age 5). KFP photo

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SWhat to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene

Amateur Night
at the Ritz
Amateur Night at the Ritz will be
held on Friday, March 1st at 7:30
p.m. Tickets on sale now to witness
the best of Jacksonville's amateur
talent. For more information call
the Ritz at 632.5555 or visit

Home & Patio Show
Enjoy the Jacksonville Home and
Patio Show at Prime F. Osborn III
convention center, February 28th
through March 3rd, 10 a.m. to 9
a.m. The only place to find fresh
ideas and smart advice for remodel-
ing, home & improvement, decorat-
ing more! For more information
visit www.jacksonvillehome- or call 630.4800.

Artist Exhibit and Talk
"Through Our Eyes" Gallery Talk
with artist Rhonda Bristol, will take
place Saturday, March 2nd from 6
8 p.m. Enjoy live Jazz in the
Gallery performed by Grn'd Flo.
For more information call the Ritz
at 632.5555 or visit www.ritzjack-

Stage Aurora
Holding Auditions
The Stage Aurora Theatrical
Company announces the audition
for its upcoming production of

"The Me Nobody Knows" on
Saturday and Sunday, February
23rd and 24th and Saturday, March
2nd from 3 5 p.m. at Stage Aurora
Performance Hall located at 5188
Norwood Avenue inside Gateway
Town Center. Stage Aurora is look-
ing for a cast of 25 consisting of
multi-ethnic strong vocal youths
with acting and/or dancing experi-
ence, ranging in age from 7-19. For
audition information call 765-7372
or visit

Royal Comedy
Tour is back!
The comedians of the Royal
Comedy tour will take the stage
Saturday, March 2nd at
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial
Arena, 300 A. Philip Randolph
Blvd. Taking the stage are comedi-
ans Sommore, Earthquake, Bruce
Bruce, Tim Curry, Tony Rock and J.
Anthony Brown! For more infor-
mation visit www.royalcomedy- or call the arena at 630-

World Famous
The world famous Harlem
Globetrotters are coming to town
Friday, -March 1, 2013 at 7 p.m.
The Harlem Globetrotters are
bringing unprecedented fan partici-
pation to Jacksonville Veterans
Memorial Arena, 300 A. Philip

Randolph Blvd., For more informa-
tion visit www.harlemglobetrot- or call the box office at
(800) 745-3000 or email lineberg-

Diversity, Music
and Religion
Understanding the Blues and the
Muslim Call to Prayer with Dr.
Sylvaine Diouf, Saturday, March
2nd at the University of North
Florida, 1 UNF Drive. The series
starts at 7 p.m. For more informa-
tion visit or call 620-
1000 or call 620-1000.

Jacksonville Humane
Society Mutt March
The Mutt March fun walk and fes-
tival is scheduled for Saturday,
March 2nd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at
the Jacksonville Landing.
Participants will enjoy entertain-
ment, activities for pets and kids, a
silent auction, vendors and a 2 mile
fun walk along the St. Johns River.
For more information visit or call 725-

Jazz Jamm at the Ritz
Jazz Jamm presents Jeanette
Harris, Saturday, March 2nd for
two shows, 7 & 10 p.m. Tickets on
sale now! For more information call
the Ritz at 632.5555 or visit

Democratic Summit
Join the Duval County Democratic
Club for a summit, Saturday,
March 2nd, 8 2 p.m. at the
Firefighters Union Hall, 618
Stockton. Connect with other party
members, share ideas and learn how
the Democrats win elections! For
more information call 390-7001 or

JCCI 101
Are you new to JCCI or know
someone who should be a part of
our organization? Have you been
with JCCI for any length of time?
Then JCCI 101 is for you! Join
JCCI Wednesday, March 6th at
5:30 p.m. for a lovely get-together
as we warmly welcome the new-
comers and continue to build
friendships amongst our JCCI regu-
lars. For more information call or call 396-
3052. Prime Osborn center is locat-
ed at 1000 Water St.

Art & Antique Festival
The Art and Antiques Festival will
return to Jekyll Island, bringing a
two-part, multiple-day event filled
with interesting wares and collector
pieces March 7th to March 10th.
Come find new inspiration for your
home d6cor. For more information
contact Anna Hall (912) 635-4046
or email or

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Spoken Word
Experience Spoken Word at the
Ritz Theater, Thursday, March 7th
at 7 p.m. This event is free to the
public. For more information call
the Ritz at 632.5555 or visit

P.R.I.D.E Bookclub
P.R.I.D.E Bookclub will hold their
next meeting Friday, March 8th at
7 p.m. The book for discussion is
"Hush Now" by L.A. Green. Enjoy
the reading at the home of Marie
Carter-Calvin, 330 Brookchase
Lane West. For more information
call 220-4746 or email

Ritz Art Class
"Through Our Eyes" Art Class
Tissue Paper Collage with Etta
Haygood, Saturday, March 9th,
10:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. For more
information call the Ritz at
632.5555 or visit www.ritzjack-

JCCI Community
Visioning Event
Mark your calendar for the next
JCCI Community Visioning Event
at the Prime Osborn, Tuesday,
March 19th from 6-8 p.m. Grab
your friends and family and register
for the meeting today! The vision-
ing will focus on Measuring
Change: How Will We Know We
Did It? For more information email or call 396-
3052. The Prime Osborn center is
located at 1000 Water St.

Jack & Jill Les
Beautillion Militaire
The Jacksonville Chapter of Jack
and Jill Biannual Les Beautillion
Militaire event featuring eight
young men will be held Saturday,
March 23rd at the Hyatt Regency
Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel. To
purchase tickets, contact Cassandra
Barlow at
or call 504-8089 or visit

Women's Awareness
The Northeast Florida Women's
Awareness conference will present
"I am my Brothers/Sister's
Keeper," a free awareness confer-
ence for men and women, Saturday,
March 23rd from 9 a.m. 2 p.m.

Come be educated and receive free
health screenings. For more infor-
mation visit

Viewing Race
Through Art
The Museum of Science and
History will present "Through Our
Eyes: Racing and Erasing Art" with
Dr. Melissa Hargrove, Thursday,
March 28th 6 p.m. at the Museum
of Science and History, 1025
Museum Circle. For more informa-
tion visit or call
396- 6674.

Setting the Pace
for Peace
Hubbard House Domestic Violence
awareness walk, Saturday, April
6th. The walk starts at 8 a.m. at the
Jacksonville Landing. For more
information visit www.hubbard- or call Ashley
Johnson-Scott at 354-0076 ext. 212
or email

Passing Strange at
Players by the Sea
The play Passing Strange by Stew
at the Players by the Sea, 106 6th
St., Jacksonville Beach. The play
takes place April 12th May 4th.
Passing Strange is the story of a
young musician who travels to
Amsterdam and Berlin to find ""the
real" after being raised in a church-
going middle-class Los Angeles
neighborhood. For more informa-
tion call 249-0289.

Racial Myths and DNA
On Wednesday, April 24th, part 3
of the MOSH After Dark series will
.present "Racial Myths: What Does
Our DNA Say?" with,Dr. Thomas
Spelsberg of the Mayo ,Clinic, at 6
p.m. The free forum will be held at
the Museum of Science and
History, 1025 Museum Circle. For
more information visit www.the- or call 396- 6674.

Ribault Class of 1983
30th Class Reunion
Ribault Sr. High School class of
1983 will kick off its 30th Class
Reunion with a 30 Shades of Blue
Party, Saturday, April 27th, at 7
p.m. at the A.L. Lewis Center, 3655
Ribault Scenic Drive. Followed by
a reunion cruise to the Bahamas,
May 2-6.. For more information
call Ms. Flanders at 764-9924.

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Soledad O'Brien Leaving CNN to Direct Documentaries

"Soledad O'Brien will leave
CNN's morning show in the spring,
but she won't be leaving the cable
news channel altogether," as Brian
Stelter put it Thursday for the New
York Times.
"Ms. O'Brien, who is well-known
for CNN documentaries like 'Black
in America,' said that she would
form a production company and
continue to supply documentaries
to CNN on a nonexclusive basis.
She'll also make them for other tel-
evision channels and for the Web."
O'Brien, daughter of a white
Australian father and a black Cuban
mother, was named "Journalist of
the Year" by the National

Association of Black Journalists in
2010. NABJ called her "the impetus
of CNN's acclaimed 'In America'
franchise, which began with CNN's
'Black [in] America' in 2008, a
groundbreaking documentary,
which took an in-depth look at the
challenges confronting blacks in
America." Later, the series took on
"Latino in America" and "Gay in
Stelter's story continued, "
'There's so many great stories to
tell,' said Ms. O'Brien, who is
preparing two new installments of
the 'Black in America' franchise for
"The deal is an unusual one for

Wissam Al Mana and wife Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson Reveals She is Married
Janet Jackson knows how to keep a secret: The singer has been married
since last year.
A representative for Jackson confirmed last week that the musician and
Wissam Al Mana wed last year.
This is Jackson's second secret marriage. She secretly married Rene
Elizondo Jr. in 1991. They separated in 1999.
The 46-year-old Jackson first tied the knot when she was 18 to singer
James DeBarge, which lasted three months in 1984.
In a joint statement to Entertainment Tonight, Jackson and Al Mana said
their wedding was a "quiet, private and beautiful ceremony."
The couple also said they would like privacy and "are allowed this time
for celebration and joy."

CNN. In effect, Ms. O'Brien will go
from being an anchor to an outside
producer. She may have had little
choice in the matter: the new head
of CNN Worldwide, Jeff Zucker,
decided even before he started the
job in January that he wanted to
replace Ms. O'Brien's morning
show, 'Starting Point,' with a brand
new one."
The "In America" franchise is
expected to continue after those two
In its official announcement,
CNN said, "O'Brien's company,
which will launch in June, will pro-
duce three long-form programming
specials for CNN in 2014. Those
specials will include one of the net-

The wealth
and whites h
middle of th
tion, nearly
and 2009,
Brandeis Uni
The study,
white house
of $265,000
more than th
hold's net w
That divisic
haunt black A

Soledad O'Brien
work's most successful franchises,

Black in America. O'Brien's new
production company, Starfish
Media Group, will act as the exclu-
sive distributor of previous docu-
mentaries featuring O'Brien. She
will also host the 2013 CNN Black
in America documentary, which
will air later this year."
'We greatly value Soledad's
experience, and her first-rate story-
telling will continue to be an asset
to CNN,' said Zucker.
'Documentaries and long-form
story telling are important to our
brand and we're anticipating more
of what we've come to expect from
her riveting content.' "
In a story widely picked up in
social media and on websites

Tuesday, the New York Post's Page
Six gossip column reported that
"Page Six has exclusively learned"
that "High-profile morning anchor
Soledad O'Brien is on her way out
at CNN. "
O'Brien stopped by "The Wendy
Williams Show" recently and
Williams immediately asked
whether she would be leaving
'You know, we're talking about
my role,' O'Brien told Williams. 'As
you know, it's been reported a lot
that the morning show is going a
different direction. So, we're talking
about what ways I can contribute to
CNN. Doing stuff I like to do,
which is hard-hitting journalism.' "

Racial Wealth Gap Tripled Since the Reagan Era
h gap between blacks come, according to Tatjana likely to own their home than black 29 percent of whites ag
as ballooned since the Meschede, a co-author of the study. households, according to the study. older held a bachelor's
ie Reagan administra- "The gap presents an opportunity -- Income: The average white graduate degree between
tripling between 1984 denied for many African American income was $29,401 per year in 2010, compared to only 1
according to a new households and assures racial eco- 2011, while the average black per- of blacks in the same ag
diversity study. nomic inequality for the next gen- son's income was just $18,357, according to the Census I
found that the median eration," Meschede said in a state- according to the Census Bureau. The Census Bureau rep
hold held a net worth ment. -- Unemployment: The black year that the median whi
by 2009, eight times The study attributed the growing unemployment rate was 13.8 per- hold held a net worth of
e median black house- racial wealth gap to a variety of cent in January, while the white in 2010, while the med
'orth of just $28,500. disparities: unemployment rate was only 7 per- household held a net woi
on will continue to -- Homeownership: White cent. $4,995, a disparity eve
Americans for years to households are 28 percent more -- College education: Roughly than that previously repoi

e 25 and
degree or
2006 and
8 percent
ge group,
ported last
ite house-
ian black
rth of just
n greater

16 Students Inducted as Raines' Distinguished Gentlemen

William M. Raines High School
recently inducted 16 young men
into a prestigious organization
called "Distinguished Gentleman".
The purpose of the organization is
to promote and help young men
excel in academics and leadership.
Each of the inductees had to meet
a grade point average standard, be
recommended by their teachers,
perform community service and
write a research paper about a black
"Distinguished Gentleman" in his-

The 16 inductees were: Antawun
Fedd, Avian Sampson, Carlos
Tarrats, Clarence Robinson, Conard
Fambro, Derrick Watson, Devron
Bost, Donovan Mann, Irvin
Patterson, John Jones, Jontue
McDowell, Joshua Bowes, Rashaud
Boatwright, Sadarius Douglas,
Trevonta Taylor, Zachary Brown.
The Distinguished Gentleman
was founded on September 19,
1998 by four young men: Cyrus
Sapp, Rodriguez Gilliam, Jeffrey
Stephens & Rod White. The first

Voting Rights Act Heads Before Supreme Court

continued from front
' The Obarifn'administration and
civil rights groups acknowledge the
progress, but also argue that
Congress was justified in maintain-
ing the advance approval, or pre-
clearance, provision when the law
was last renewed in 2006.
Last week, President Barack
Obama weighed in on behalf of the
law in a radio interview with
SiriusXM host Joe Madison. "It
would be hard for us to catch those
things up front to make sure that
elections are done in an equitable
way" if the need for advance
approval from the Justice
Department or federal judges in
Washington were stripped away,
Obama said.
The Supreme Court already has
expressed deep skepticism about
the ongoing need for the law. In
2009, the justices heard a similar
challenge in which Chief Justice
John Roberts wrote for the court
that the law's past success "is not
adequate justification to retain the
preclearance requirements." But the
court sidestepped the question of
the law's constitutionality in its
2009 decision.
Advance approval has been suc-
cessful because it requires the gov-
ernments to demonstrate that their

proposed election changes will not
discriminate; 'the law's advocates
say. "It moved the burden from vic-
tims to perpetrators," said Sherrilyn
Ifill, the head of the NAACP Legal
Defense & Educational Fund.
Just last year, federal judges in
Washington refused to sign off on
two separate Texas plans to institute
a tough photo identification law for
voters and redistricting plans for the
state's congressional delegation and
Legislature. Also, South Carolina's
plan to put in place its own voter ID
law was delayed beyond the 2012
election and then allowed to take
effect only after the state carved out
an exception for some people who
lack photo identification.
Opponents say those examples
should not be enough to save the
measure. Advance approval is
strong medicine that has been
upheld in the past as an emergency
response to longstanding discrimi-
nation, lawyer Bert Rein said in his
brief for Shelby County.
Congress overstepped its authori-
ty when it renewed the law and its
formula that relied on 40-year-old
data, without taking account of dra-
matic increases in the voter regis-
tration and participation by minori-
ties, or of problems in places not
covered by the law, Rein said.

The advance approval was adopt-
ed in the Voting Rights Act in 1965
to give federal officials a way to get
ahead of persistent efforts to keep
blacks from voting.
The provision was a huge success,
and Congress periodically has
renewed it over the years. The most
recent time was in 2006, when a
Republican-led Congress over-
whelmingly approved and President
George W. Bush signed a 25-year
The requirement currently applies
to the states of Alabama, Alaska,
Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana,
Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas
and Virginia. It also covers certain
counties in California, Florida, New
York, North Carolina and South
Dakota, and some local jurisdic-
tions in Michigan and New
Hampshire. Coverage has been trig-
gered by past discrimination not
only against blacks, but also against
American Indians, Asian-
Americans, Alaskan Natives and
Among the covered states,
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona,
Georgia, South Carolina, South
Dakota and Texas are siding with
Shelby County, while California,
Mississippi, New York and North
Carolina argue that the law should

be upheld.
Nearly 250 of the 12,000 state,
county and local governments cov-
ered by the law have used an escape
hatch to get out from under the spe-
cial oversight by demonstrating
smaller places within their borders
no longer discriminate in voting.
Thousands more jurisdictions also
may be eligible, said voting rights
expert Gerry Hebert. But that list
probably does not include Shelby
County, because one of its cities,
Calera, defied the voting rights law
in 2008 and provoked intervention
by the Justice Department in the
Bush administration.

sponsor was Mr. Ronnie Garcia.
The colors chosen were Navy Blue
and Old Gold. The bull dog was
chosen as the mascot.
Originally, the Distinguished
Gentleman started as a step group.
Within the first two years of its
founding the group won 3 step
shows and begin to be known
across the city of Jacksonville for
their exceptional stepping. Over the
years the group evolved into much
more then stepping. The young men
also begin to dedicate themselves to
scholarship, community service,

brotherhood & exemplifying the
characteristics of being a distin-
guished gentleman.
After a brief period of inactivity
the Distinguished Gentleman
organization was re-chartered on
February 14, 2012 by: Darian
Williams (President), Ahmon Lott,
Torrance Beckworth, Keith
Stallings, Timothy Harrison,
Alexander Gardner, Shariq King
and Ashton Brown
The club is sponsored by Mr.
Ronnie Lunford & Ms. Okeia

The Free Press would love to

share your event with our readers

We do have a few guidelines

that need to be followed
1. All unsolicited photos require a $10 photo charge for
each picture. Photos can be paid by check or money order.
2. Pictures must be brought into our office to be examined
for quality or emailed in a digital format of .jpg or .bmp.
3. Everyone in the picture must be named.
4. All photos MUST be received within 5 days of the event.
5. Event photos must be accompanied by a story/event syn-
opsis including the 5W's of media: who, what, when, where
and why. in addition to a phone number for more informa-

Call 634-1993 for

more information!

Raines' Distinguished Gentleman are shown above.

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