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Greater Houston - Black History Origins Highly Debated The origins of broom jumping are highly debated. References to “broomstick marriages” emerged in England in the mid-to-late 18th century, always to describe a wedding ceremony of doubtful validity. The earliest use of the phrase is in the 1764 English edition of a French work: the French text described an elopement by a runaway couple hastily making un mariage sur la croix de l’épée (literally ‘marriage on the cross of the sword’), an expression the English translator freely renders as ‘performed the marriage ceremony by leaping over a broomstick.’

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Was It an African Custom? Some scholars speculate that cultural significance of the broom dates back to a region in West Africa that is now called Ghana. The areas occupied by the Asante ethnic group were reportedly well kept, due to the extreme use of local customized brooms. Brooms were also used in marriage ceremonies where they waved over marrying couples, serving as a way to remove evil spirits and/or sweep off past wrongs in order to start anew. Most times, at the end of the marriage ceremony, couples would jump the broom, representing a new beginning. An Act of Rebellion Despite its origins, the practice is well attested as a marriage ceremony in the 1840s and 1850s for enslaved Blacks in the Southern United States who were often not permitted to wed legally. In the absence of any legal recognition, Blacks defiantly developed their own methods of distinguishing between committed and casual unions. CONTINUE




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y now, all of us in Houston, the home of NASA, are more than familiar with the inspiring true story, Hidden Figures, of three extraordinary Black women – Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – who helped America win the Space Race. It is the kind of story that all too often is only told during the Black History Month of February.

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The best-selling book by Margot Lee Shetterly, which was turned into an Academy Award-nominated film, opened the eyes of little girls across America, let them dream that they, too, can change the world and reminded us all that Black History is American History. One cannot fully understand America without reference to African Americans. To appreciate the Constitution, to understand the Civil War, and to make sense of present-day political realities, requires understanding of the history shaped through the interactions of African Americans with other cultures. So why is it that the other 11 months of the year do not reflect this undeniable truth? Black History Month predominantly survives out of neglect. Schools too often shortchange the pivotal contributions of African Americans and other minorities. Either by design or default, history is diluted for all learners – skimming over painful episodes while marginalizing the contributions of African Americans and people of color. When we begin to accurately teach the history of all the people in an integrated and balanced way, we will no longer need Black History Month, Hispanic History Month, and so on. Furthermore, we must look at how the media contributes to this. The majority of African Americans we see in television shows are still shown in a negative light – as lawbreakers, as those who don’t value education and family. And yet, we continue to make history and impact the world in a positive way. One example came in 2008 when the first ever Black


president, Barack Obama, was elected. He served two terms and was not surrounded by scandal like our current so-called leader is. Obama made a considerable effort to reach across the aisle and work with Republicans. He believed, as I do, that it is possible to work together with those who may not share all the same beliefs to make a greater change.

Obama never negatively referenced someone’s country of origin nor has he tried to pit minorities against one another. He did and still believes in dreamers. Moreover, his example went beyond the political realm. Barack and Michelle changed the narrative of the Black couple and family. They showed to the masses what we already know but is seldom shown to the world – that there is such thing as an educated and loving Black family. The positive image and example set by the Obamas prompted me to hold an essay contest for students ages 13 to 18 years old. I want to hear from young people as to why they believe it is important that more positive images are shown of Black people in television, movies and music. I want to know what they are doing to ensure their communities continue to take strides in the right direction. Cinema is taking these strides with the highly anticipated movie, Black Panther -- making history, with almost an entirely Black cast. Students must submit their essays by February 20th to I am going to take the first 300 students who submit to see Black Panther. I look forward to learning from these young minds. - END

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Monthly Newsletter February Hon. Sylvester Turner


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’ve said many times that we will do things differently in the post-Harvey world, so here are some important details on my proposal to build Houston homes differently to prevent flooding. We will require that residential structures be built higher. We will no longer use the “100-year flood plain” as our guide (meaning land where there’s a 1 percent chance of flooding in a given year by 1314 inches of rain in 24 hours), and will instead go by the “500-year flood plain” (meaning land where there’s 1/5th of 1 percent chance of flooding in a given year by 16-17 inches of rain in 24 hours). Future homes will have to be built 2 feet above that flood level, not by raising the ground beneath them, but by having dwellings sit higher. In some cases, the changes will affect the largest additions and expansions of existing homes. We have had floods each of the last three years, with Harvey being the worst, and other epic rainstorms will probably arrive sooner than 100 or 500 years. So as we build back from damage to existing homes, we must build to prevent future homes from flooding. My staff and I will present an ordinance making this crucial shift to City Council. We hope to submit it for a vote by mid-February. Chief resilience officer Steve Costello met with our Redevelopment and Drainage Task Force, a group made up of city and county officials, environmental groups, engineers, architects, real estate developers and contractors united by the idea

that the old ways are unacceptable, to get their final recommendations. We will also gather feedback from the public as this process moves along. I am also proposing the end of “grandfathering” when it comes to rainwater detention on partly developed land. Currently, land developers that already have some buildings or have made other “improvements” only need to create rainwater detention for new development on the property. Now, we want to require that developers create water detention for the entire property when there is re-development or new development. These changes are not the entire answer to flooding in Houston. To protect ourselves, our children, and our children’s children from future floods we must also widen our bayous, build a third Army Corps reservoir, and take other sweeping measures that only the federal and state government can fund. But for now I am proposing that the city does what it can-right here, right now, with the authority we’ve got. We are making another change to help victims of Harvey. Before, residents of Houston could live in mobile homes and similar units only when they were in “mobile home parks.” But with the Federal Emergency Management Agency offering to make residential trailers available to flood victims, we now allow displaced people to live in these, or ones they already own, or in “container” homes on their own property for up to six months. And if they can show they are making progress on repairs to their home we will extend it up to an additional 6 months. I’ll be listening to all Houstonians for more of the best ideas to make our city ready for tomorrow. - END

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Editorial & Opinion

Love Without Boundaries Living Life Dr. Ianthia Fisher

To piggy back off the recent quote by Publisher Roy Douglas Malonson

If I didn’t know no better and believed the image portrayed of Black folks, when I watch the 6 or 10 o’clock news – I’d be scared of you Negroes too”.

I too experienced similar feelings, and even more. The incident involved me shopping late at a mall in a neighboring town. I observed a group of young Black males glancing my way and then looking away. They were wearing the traditional teenage Black male attire (nice tennis, well ironed jeans, slightly sagging, nice chain etc..) Engrossed in my new purchases I didn’t give the encounter much thought, but as I exited the mall I noticed that this same group of males were standing near the section where I parked my car. As I looked at them, it was at that point that I (even I) viewed these young men through the eyes of society. I’m ashamed to voice the thoughts that ran through my head. But nevertheless, I continued toward my car, when one of the young men looked up at me and began running toward me… Yelling “Hey, Hey” … I froze. He kept coming full force toward me and just as he reached out to grab my hand, he called me by name. Needless to say I was on the verge of passing out. He was one of the youth that I had mentored over

ten years before in one of our after school programs. He was happy to see me and share with me how well he was doing and how grateful he was for the help that I’d given him. I was equally happy to see him too. Unfortunately, during the few moments that it took to bring the incident to a happy ending, I was truly frightened by the encounter. I know that we live in a society where caution and safety are important, but I want to impress upon us as African Americans that if we expect others to treat our African American youth and adults with respect we need to change our attitudes and our actions toward our own fellow African American youth and adults. By way of defense of my inappropriate thoughts related to the incident, You may be assured that had I been in my hometown on my personal turf, regardless of the time of day “fear” would not have been my first response; because one investment that I have made into my community, is that of love and respect for all. I’m reminded of the reminder that Paul the Apostle gave to Timothy the new pastor “God did not give you the Spirit of fear but of power and love and a sound mind.” I know that we are all challenged by the thought of letting go of our fears and expanding our horizons. But, there comes a time when we must leave our comfort zone and embrace uncharted waters; reaching out in love and sharing that love with other people. It’s easy to love those who look like you, have the same values as you and share the same personal experiences and expectations. Sometimes these similarities are not even similarities shared among African Americans. To continue reading go to



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“Yellow Rose of Texas…”

here are many Black truths in American history that have been hidden, covered up, or labeled as “fictional” and “legendary” stories as it relates to our place in history. This is one of the reasons that I have always despised the term “history”. In many cases Black history as it has been told and depicted to us, is just what the term itself says, “his-story”. In my opinion, there are several pieces of African-American history that has been untold or White-washed to represent a glorified version of the American story that others, who do not look like us wants to be told. To that regard the true history behind the song known as the, “Yellow Rose of Texas” is a reflection of what I am referring to.

To this day the, “Yellow Rose of Texas” is commonly referred to as a legend. However, I have to agree with the many Black historians and researchers who have found that the story behind the song is indeed truth and valid. During this Valentine’s edition of African-American News&Issues, I have decided to present the history behind the song, as well as convey to our readers that there has always been SOMETHING ABOUT THIS BLACKNESS that they just don’t understand. An excerpt from the, “Yellow Rose of Texas” reveals the following… “There’s a yellow girl in Texas That I’m going down to see; No other darkies know her, No darkey, only me; She cried so when I left her That it like to broke my heart, And if I only find her, We never more will part. Chorus: She’s the sweetest girl of colour That this darkey ever knew;

Her eyes are bright as diamonds, And sparkle like the dew. You may talk about your Dearest Mae, And sing of Rosa Lee, But the yellow Rose of Texas Beats the belles of Tennessee.”

The “Yellow Rose of Texas” stems from a story about an orphaned Mulatto woman, Emily D. West. According to the Urban Dictionary, a “mulatto” is “someone who has one White and one Black parent, or someone whose ancestors are also mixed White and Black.” Hence the term, “yellow rose” refers to Emily’s “high yellow”, complexion. As it was, she worked as an indentured servant of Colonel James Morgan, a business man who made his fortunes off of real estate and slaves in the Mexican colony. The significance behind the story results in the fact that Emily was used as a sexual pawn, which ultimately distracted the leader of the Mexican Army, Santa Ana. Santa Ana, much like White men in that era saw the beauty in Black and could not pass up the opportunity to indulge. Little did he know, he would gravely pay for his erotic fiasco with the lovely Negro woman. Emily’s role in the most important battle of Texas’ history, served to help the state gain its independence from Mexico.


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Martha Ann Turner in her book, “Yellow Rose of Texas: Her Saga and Her Song”, goes into the details surrounding the order of events that led to Emily’s correlation with being the “yellow rose”. During 1835, General Sam Houston had begun his initiation for the Texas war with hopes of gaining independence from Mexico. Colonel Morgan assisted in the efforts by supplying necessities for Houston’s soldiers, while they were stationed near the San Jacinto River. While Morgan was preparing for departure to assist at the Port of Galveston, he left Emily behind in command of loading and distributing the supplies for Houston’s soldiers. Simultaneously, General Santa Ann was making ready to launch his attack, when he was awestricken by the beauty of Emily. He took Emily and the supplies that were meant for Houston’s soldiers. Santa Ana was caught in a trance with Emily and was totally engulfed in her ambiance. Meanwhile, Sam Houston got word that Santa Ana was distracted and after seeing for himself, he began to wage war on the Mexican army. In doing so, he caught the Mexican army and Santa Ana off guard and Texas won its independence through this battle. Through Emily’s heroic actions the song, “Yellow Rose of Texas” was composed in her honor.

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HOUSTON - Maya Angelou once said,

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

The epitome of this thought manifested itself in the lives of Mickey and Chinitha Allen in what we have labeled as the, “Black Love Konnection”. Love in this story traveled through Dallas, San Diego, CA and Chicago, IL to find its hopeful destination in Houston.

Mickey Allen grew up in between Dallas and San Diego, CA, where his mother Jessie Herbert and younger brother and sister lives. However, majority of his upbringing was performed by his grandparents, the late M.T. Williams and L.T. “Madea” Williams in Dallas. Chinitha is a native of Chicago, IL. During her youth, she excelled academically and was always in the top of her graduating class. After graduating high school, she attended Chicago State University. At an early age, she experienced the loss of her father, Lincus Harris, III due to throat cancer. Once her mother, Cynthia Sawyer passed away from breast cancer in 2010, she decided to relocate to Houston for a fresh start. The Black Love Konnection: There’s a meeting in my Chat Room…

Through the eyes of Mickey Allen “When we met online it was like two people passing each other. I saw her picture and over a period of time we started talking and it formed into a relationship. It took a couple of years before we actually TX- 4

got the chance to see one another. By me living in Dallas and her in Houston, through the grace of God we were able to finally see each other. The next thing you know, everything else is history.”

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Cover Story “most Americans had little exposure to online dating” and “tended to view it as a subpar way of meeting people.” This view was primarily exemplified in the objections of some of Chinitha’s relatives in regards to certain aspects of their relationship. Nonetheless findings a decade later showed that, “online dating has grown progressively

online dating, rose from 8% in 2013 to 13% in 2015. Needless to state, Chinitha and Mickey were in that number as they became friends online in 2013 and officially met in 2015. Ultimately Mickey and Chinitha decided to marry at the Justice of the Peace with her Aunt Bonnie Stewart and her goddaughter there as witnesses.

“We met online five years ago in a mutual group on Facebook Marriage: A Work in Progress and became friends and started interacting one-on-one and On December 27, 2016, eventually left the group when the Allen’s decided to that we were in. We unite in holy matrimony chatted online for neither Mickey (49), two years before we nor Chinitha (45) met face to face had been married on October 9, before. While 2015. I drove Chinitha had to Dallas and previously been we went to engaged she the State Fair maintains that, and that’s how she is glad that it all started. it didn’t work Afterwards, out when she we started was younger, dating and he because she would visit every knows that it other weekend. would have ended I drove there on a up in divorce. “At couple of occasions, this age, I am in it to until he decided that he win it and I don’t care didn’t want me on the road what type of difficulties we anymore. So that’s how we built face, we are going to keep it our relationship until he decided moving,” she said. that he wanted to Still Chinitha & Mickey Allen on their wedding day December 27, 2016 relocate once his newlyweds, the lease was up.” Allen’s agree more positive.” that they are taking it one day at a In July of 2016, Mickey made time. They both feel that commuAccording to Pew, studies Houston his home and the couple nicating online, texting and talking have shown a dramatic increase began planning their marriage. to one another privileged the two in various age groups of people It was during this time that they of them to get know each other a active on at least one dating app. It realized, “it was the two of them lot better than traditional meetings, also found that at least one-in-ten against the world.” Some of because their attraction was not Americans are now using one onChinitha’s family members felt as just based on the physical appearline dating platform’s. Some may though things were moving fast, ance alone. Chinitha stressed that argue that it is a very low percentnotwithstanding the fact that she the, “anticipation made it more age however, considering most had been building a relationship exciting and when we saw each dating sites didn’t exist a couple with Mickey over years. I think other it was like we had known of decades ago, the numbers are it’s careful to denote here that, one another forever and we were substantial. Furthermore, research there was a time when there was comfortable around each other.” reflected that Mickey and Chinitha a stigma attached to online dating. are not alone in their quests for Chinitha is an only child, but In 2005, when online dating habits love. Pew indicated that the share comes from a large family and has were first studied by the Pew of 45- to 54-year-olds, which used always been the outgoing type. Research Center it gathered that,

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Mickey has a laid-back personality and the pair is still learning to coexist. Mickey said, “It’s different when you live in different states and cities and then come together with someone; you have to learn how to compromise and get on one accord – it’s a work in progress.” “We have had our ups and downs for a minute, but when things are meant to be, they happen,” he concluded. Tie that Binds: Though Mickey and Chinitha are from varying backgrounds with different interests, they have chosen to combine their passions and share their world with one another. Mickey is a “homebody” who enjoys watching movies, and is a “diehard Dallas Cowboy fan”. Chinitha never really paid much attention to football, but has been learning much of the sport from her husband. She revealed that she has slowed down a lot, from her partying days and instead prefers quiet evenings alone enjoying Netflix with her husband. When asked about the tie that binds for them, in unison they replied, “Eating”. Chinitha said, “He loves to cook and I love to eat… He spoils and caters to me in that area and that’s what really made me fall in love with him quickly.” She continued, “I didn’t do a lot of cooking growing up, although I know how to – but to find a man that loves to cook just put the icing on everything for me.” In reflecting back on their first momentous occasion she shared, “When I went to Dallas he waited on me hand and feet and was a true gentleman, from the very beginning he pampered me and hasn’t stopped doing that.” Today the Allen’s fulfill their religious commitments at New Faith Church and are in the process of purchasing their first home together. Together they have two sons, Corey Sawyer and Cedric Turner. By: Rebecca S. Jones

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DALLAS - It is wonderful when you have an opportunity to chat with an oral historian who knew a lot of Dallas' movers and shakers prior to and during the Civil Rights movement. Recently, African-American News&Issues, spoke with Norma AdamsWade, a retired Dallas Morning News columnist, who still writes for the paper as a contributing columnist, and listened at intently, as she spoke fondly of Julia Scott-Reed. Mrs. Adams-Wade credits Julia ScottReed with inspiring her to choose a career as a journalist. She was only in the 4th grade, when Julia Scott-Reed came to her school, H.S. Thompson Elementary and addressed the students as a special guest speaker. The students kept their eyes fastened on Mrs. Reed as she spoke, and the more she spoke, the more the young Norma Adams was convinced she too could be a great writer and make a difference in her community. Prior to Mrs. Reed coming to her school to speak, she did not know a woman could write for the paper; especially a Black woman. When it came time to select a college, Mrs. Adams-Wade's family was shocked and appalled by her decision to pursue a career in journalism, instead of following in the footsteps of her older sister who majored in music. This caused a lot of tension in the family, but Mrs. Adams-Wade had already made her mind up nearly a decade earlier. Everything she did from the moment she

We cannot begin to share a brief history with anyone about Julia Scott-Reed, without first putting this story in its proper historical context. We are talking about our town in the1950s and 1960s. Racism was ingrained in every aspect of our African-American lives here in Dallas, Texas. We were separate, but never equal. Even our public schools were challenged with accommodating more students than they had staff to educate and facilities to house. Because Booker T. Washington was the only high school African-American students could attend, instead of students attending school for a full day, education was only available for half of the day. The Dallas Morning News courted Julia Scott-Reed in 1967, with the idea of coming on board as a Community News writer. Mrs. Scott-Reed was already a prominent woman, making an impact within her community and other African-American communities across the country. Some of the many hats she wore involved political activism, civil rights and women's rights. Julia Scott-Reed was also a writer at the Dallas Express, which was a local African-American newspaper. Because of her reluctance to join the paper, she made sure each and every concern she had about becoming a member of the staff, was addressed before she accepted the role as a staff member of the Dallas Morning News. President Lyndon B. Johnson had already signed the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act, however, physical action had to be taken to force those in power and accustomed to having limitless power, due to the whiteness of their skin, to respect the law. Hence the Kerner Commission was created by President Johnson to address the wave of violence erupting all around the nation. Julia Scott-Reed created a column called, “The Open Line”, which was exactly what is sounds like – an open line of communication between the African-American community and White America. Prior to her agreeing to join the Dallas To continue reading visit us online @ By: Arielle Johnson


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HARRIS COUNTY - HCDE commended for superior online financial transparency from Texas Comptroller Harris County Department of Education has received three commendations from the Texas Comptroller for its commitment to easy, online access to HCDE financial data. The transparency awards were announced at the HCDE Board of Trustees Public Hearing on Jan. 24 regarding findings of the HCDE Annual Financial Management Report. The recognitions are part of the department’s ongoing efforts to provide open and honest communication with Harris County taxpayers and other community stakeholders through online, financial transparency processes.

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Save the date! TUESDAY FEBRUARY 13 , 2018 St. Andrew’s UMC POLITICAL FORUM 6235 Maybell St. Houton, TX 77091 Beginning at 7pm FOR MORE INFO: (713) 807-1429 SATURDAY FEBRUARY 17 , 2018

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State Rep. Jarvis Johnson 2ND ANNUAL JOB FAIR Fallbrook Church 12512 Walters Rd Houton, TX 77014 10:30am - 1:00pm FOR MORE INFO:


SATURDAY MARCH 3 , 2018 The House of Praise Worship Center CRAWFISH BOIL 10660 Jones Rd. Houton, TX 77065 12pm - 3pm FOR MORE INFO: (979) 525-7675 FRIDAY MARCH 30, 2018 Cliffdale BC 24TH ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT 854 Enterprise St Houton, TX 77088 12pm - 4pm FOR MORE INFO:

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Event Recaps 1. Acres Home Chamber for Business and Economic Development, Inc. in artnership with Frost Bank held a “Growing Your Business” workshop. The attendees heard expert and comprehensive presentation on personal/business credit and business financing. The speaker of the hour was Jesica Leone, Business Banking Officer of Frost Bank. This workshop is for small business and those looking to start a small business.


2. Acres Home Chamber for Business and Economic Development, Inc. attended the “Trainer 4 Training Leadership Development” course. Through this course, leaders learned skills that have practical application, that will serve them now and in the future. T4T is for any person in the community looking to further enhance their leadership skills to serve at a greater capacity within their neighborhood.

The Acres Home Chamber for Business and Economic Development, Inc. is located at 6112 Wheatley St. Houston, TX 77091. For more info on upcoming events or to inquire about joining AHCBED contact Anthony Stewart at (713) 692-7161 or email

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By: Chelsea Davis-Bibb, M.Ed. | Photo Credit: Anthony Stewart

Dwain Stewart

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Rev. Dr. Edwin A. Davis, First Lady Dr. Charotte J. Davis and Mayor Sylvester Turner


he Double Tree Hilton near Bush Intercontinental Airport was filled with over 400 plus guests Friday February 3rd, as many gathered to celebrate the 30th year of Pastor Dr. Edwin A. Davis. Everyone was dressed to impress as this grand occasion was a formal event. The crowd was filled with members from Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, members from other affiliating churches, along with politicians, friends and family. Special guest who gave greetings included, State Senator John Whitmire, State Representative Jarvis Johnson, Constable Alan Rosen, Roy Douglas Malonson, and U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. The speaker of the hour was none other than Houston’s own Honorable Mayor Sylvester Turner who eloquently blessed the audience with a rousing speech that was very powerful and informative. He not only moved the crowd, but left a message that sparked the souls of many. The crowd was also touched by the jazz band of Carver High School Ensemble. Pastor Davis and First Lady, Dr. Charlotte J. Davis were also moved and honored by those who attended the event. The banquet as it was, was an outstanding way to kick start the 30th Anniversary celebration. Pastor Davis took leadership of Galilee Missionary Baptist Church back in December of 1987. He is currently the longest standing pastor of Galilee. Over the years, Galilee has evolved into a beautiful TX - 10

church edifice under his leadership, and he continues to take Galilee higher and higher. Galilee has a lot to celebrate as they recently burned a $1.5 million church mortgage, which only took 13 years. The best part about this accomplishment was that it took place on the actual Sunday that he made his 30th year. Pastor Davis had a vision, and with the blessing of God, his steadfast and faithful membership, he saw it through. The banquet that was held this past Friday was just one celebration that took place. There is so much more to come in the next two weeks. Pastor F.D. Sampson, Sr. 5th Pastor of Friendship MBC was the guest speaker Sunday February 4th, and Pastor C.E. Butler of New Loyalty Baptist Church was the guest pastor on Sunday February 11th. Galilee will go even higher in worship and praise with guest ministers and churches from Tuesday February 13th through February 15th. The grand finale will take place on Sunday February 18th with Pastor James Carrington of Willing Workers Baptist Church. You don’t want to miss what is to come. Pastor Dr. Edwin A. Davis and First Lady Dr. Charlotte J. Davis have remained humble and faithful to God’s word over the years. They are both caring and loving individuals who are worthy of the accolades that they receive. They have not only done great work at Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, but in their community as well. To God Be the Glory!

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New Head Football Coach at Eisenhower High coach I can be for these kids.”

Jackson said the Eagles will run a spread offense featuring a two-back set and the 3-4 defense that will feature multiple fronts. The 54-year-old said he and his staff will spend and the offseason and spring drills preaching discipline and character to their charges.

Eric Jackson is the new head football coach at Eisenhower High School.

Eric Jackson was named the new head football coach and campus athletic coordinator at Eisenhower High School after serving as the Eagles’ defensive coordinator for the last seven years. Jackson succeeds former head coach Kerry Bamburg. Jackson, a Baton Rogue native, brings 24 years of coaching experience to Eisenhower. He has served on the staffs at Hastings High School, Beaumont Central, Beaumont Ozen, Willowridge and Fort Bend Terry. Jackson is a graduate of Nichols State where he played linebacker. He said he is excited about his new position. “I’m looking forward to it (the new job),” Jackson said. “This is a job I have wanted because I love this school, the staff and the community. I want to be the best

“I want us to be more disciplined and we will also be a team that has character,” Jackson said. “I want us to always play with great effort. We want our kids to have pride and be loyal to their school and community.” Eisenhower returns seven offensive and seven defensive starters and Jackson is excited about the prospects for the upcoming season. “This could be one of our better teams,” he said. “We have a solid group of sophomores and juniors (who will be juniors and seniors heading into the 2018 season). This could be the two best groups we’ve had since I’ve been here.” Jackson said the transition from defensive coordinator to head coach has been a smooth one. “I’ve been here seven years and the kids know me, so that’s a big thing,” he said. Jackson and his wife Lisa have three children, Derrick, 19, Alexander, 27 and Davina, 28. When he isn’t coaching, he and his wife like to travel.


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Generals New Head Football Coach

Wayne Crawford has been named the new head football coach and campus athletic coordinator at MacArthur High School.

“We want to run the ball downfield and create running lanes,” he said. “We think we have the kids in place to be able to do that.”

Crawford succeeds former head coach Andy Garza.

Crawford said he wants the Generals to be aggressive on both sides of the ball.

Crawford, 51, spent last season as the Generals’ quarterback coach and brings 30 years of coaching experience to his new job. The Los Angeles native spent 28 years coaching in California but had the desire to coach high school football in Texas.

“I believe in having a team that attacks on offense and defense,” Crawford said. “We want to be an attacking defense.” Crawford played running back at Harbord College in Los Angeles and when his playing days were over, he decided to give coaching a try.

“A friend told me, ‘you haven’t “I didn’t know coached high school what I was going to Wayne Crawford is the new head foot- do after college and football until you’ve ball coach at MacArthur High School. coached high school so I decided to give football in Texas.’ coaching a shot. I’m So, an opportunity came open here and I happy with my decision.” decided to make the move. Texas is definitely Crawford said he wants to see the a great football state.” Generals become a 48-minute team. He said During his tenure in Los Angeles, last year’s team had lapses in some games Crawford was the head coach at Locke that cost them in the long run. High School for two years and Rancho “I want us to be a more consistent Domingo Prep for five years. He made the team,” he said. “We were in most of our playoffs six of the seven years he served as a games last year, but we would have five or head coach in LA. six minutes where we would have lapses. If Crawford said the Generals will run a we can get them to play a full 48 minutes, spread offense and hopes to feature the runI think our fans will be happy with the ning game and the 3-4 defense. results.”

Scholarships Presented by the U. S. Army HOUSTON - Recognizing the importance of leadership development, the U.S. Army has partnered with the Houston Chapter of 100 Black Men of America (100BMOA) to engage and inform possible prospects on the countless opportunities available to them while in pursuit of their college degrees and career goals. The U.S. Army and 100BMOA hosted students from Lamar High School, Westside High School, Waltrip High School, Mickey Leland Preparatory Academy and Barbara Jordan High School for a half-day college orientation event at Prairie View A&M University. U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Reginald Williams (Center), Professor of Military Science at Prairie View A&M University, presented ROTC scholarships to Michael Nnadozie in the amount of $46,000 and Angel Randall, in the amount of $45,000 during the U.S. Army and 100 Black Men of America Houston College Tour.

As part of its ongoing commitment to ensure the nation’s youth are prepared to succeed in college and become leaders in their communities, the U.S. Army opens doors and provides access to higher education, developing leaders through educational support and advanced training in more than 150 career paths including in-demand fields such as information technology, engineering and healthcare, among others. TX - 11



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