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State Education Head Seeks Valley's Juneteenth Attendance Continues To Grow Elimination Of Ethnic Studies Calls programs “ethnic chauvinism” By Floyd Alvin Galloway Arizona Superintendent of Education Tom Horne is spearheading legislation to ban Native American, Mexican, Asian and African American ethnic-studies courses in high schools. The targets in his cross hairs were 22 courses offered at four Tucson area high schools in history, literature and government. “The job of the public schools is to develop the student’s identity as Americans and as strong individuals. It’s not the job of the public schools to promote ethnic chauvinism”, said Horne, a former republican legislator. If he gets his way Senate Bill 1069 will cut the state funds of a district or charter schools by 10 percent each month if they have such courses. They will regain the money once they abandon the program. “Horne is quickly losing touch with the state of Arizona. These actions only validate reasons why people of color and others that promote equality and diversity of thinking should be upset with his policies,” says Rep. Cloves Campbell, Dist. 16. Two exceptions to his bill were added at the last minute. Native American studies would be exempt because federal law protects those courses. Also exempt would be the new mandatory four-hours-aday language classes for English learners. Sen. Jonathan Paton, a Tucson Republican, is sponsoring the legislation.
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Since 2007 Horne has attempted to give what he calls the facts about the ethnic studies program to Tucson residents and persuade them to oust the school board. In a 2007 open letter he states, “As I will describe, the evidence is overwhelming that ethnic studies in the Tucson Unified School District teaches a kind of destructive ethnic chauvinism that the citizens of Tucson should no longer tolerate.” Unable to change the mind Tucson citizens and make-up of the school board he is now trying different route, the legislative track. Proponents of the courses say courses bond the students cultural past to American history. Stating that the superintendent believes American history should be told one way dominated by one race of people. The data collected has shown students taking the courses have improved their AIMS scores over those not taking the courses. Students find something they can relate to and it builds their interest in learning.
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More than 6,000 enjoyed Saturday evening’s Valley of the Sun Juneteenth Celebration By ArnE Williams Setting new records, more than 6,000 enjoyed Saturday evening’s relatively moderate temperature at this year’s Valley of the Sun Juneteenth Celebration commemorating the historical events leading to the freedom and empowerment of African slaves in the United States. This year's festival on the campus of South Mountain Community College in south
Phoenix hosted a large AfricanAmerican marketplace with various arts and crafts, ethnic food vendors, free health screenings. The COX Communication Stage again featured live local entertainment with R&B, jazz, gospel, spoken word, rap and dance. Primarily regarded as a black version of Independence Day, Juneteenth's roots are traced back to June19, 1865 when, two and a half years after the issuance of the Emancipation
Proclamation, Union Troops arrived in Galveston, Texas announcing and enforcing the proclamation's provisions. Coined "Juneteenth," it is considered a time for reassuring faith, commitment to family, and strengthening bonds in the African-American community. Texas made Juneteenth an official holiday on Jan. 1, 1980, and became the first to grant government recognition for the event. See VOS JUNETEENTH, Pg. 20
Slain Holocaust Museum Guard Cited As Hero By Dorothy Rowley and Miriam Thoss Afro-American Newspapers WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Following the tragedy that struck the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in the District of Columbia, its lone victim, 39-year-old security guard Stephen Tyrone Johns, is being remembered as a gentle giant. Johns, an African-American, lived in Temple Hills, Md., and was a graduate of Crossland High School. He had worked as the Museum for six years and was also described as a caring family man. “He was a pretty great guy,'' said his 11-year-old son, Stephen Jr., who lauded his
father as a hero. The boy added that his dad was someone who always there for him. Johns’ grief-stricken co-workers also voiced similar sentiments. ''He was a warm man who loved all of us and he greeted us every day with a wonderful smile,'' said Museum Director Sara Bloomfield. “We express great shock at the events that took place and have great sadness at the loss of our dear friend and colleague.'' The museum is dedicated to honoring victims of the holocaust victims and Bloomfield said Johns’ murder should serve as a reminder of the fact that it needs to be in existence. In honor of Johns, its flags were lowered to half-staff and
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the facility was closed on Thursday, June 11. President Obama, who, only a week before, visited a memorial for holocaust victims at the site of a concentration camp in See STEPHEN JOHNS, Pg. 2
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UA Minority Students Protest Potential Closings Of Minority Centers By Bobby Burns
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Dr. Bruce Smith (center) with students who visit the UA African American Student Affairs Center, a center under consideration to move this fall.
being committed to serving Tucson’s diverse community. “I remain, as always firmly committed to a diverse student population, staff, faculty and administration,” Shelton is quoted as saying in an email. “It is simply the way
for all of us to make better diverse in our diverse world.” “The only reason we have that center is because students in the ‘60s and ‘70s organized to get it,” said UA graduate student Zotero Amaviza. “What kind of legacy do
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TUCSON - A debate is developing in the Old Pueblo over UA minority student centers as minority student groups are making their voices heard over a proposal by UA administrators to unite minority centers. Students see it as the school’s inability to understand the predicament minority students face at the UA. School officials cite the chance to save an estimated $1 million and cut nine positions. The idea being considered is to consolidate six minority student support centers. Among then are the African-American Student Affairs Center, Asian, Hispanics and Native American centers this fall. The centers will be combined with the social justice center and housed in one location. Minority groups see UA President Robert Shelton as not
we (students) want to leave?” Experts Christopher Newfield and Avery Gordon, in “Mapping Multiculturalism,” distinguish between what they call “weak” and “strong” multiculturalism. Both say “weak multiculturalism” grows out of the ideology of “assimilationist pluralism,” in which, although multiple groups are acknowledged, the final goal is that multiple groups are subsumed into a single whole, a “melting pot” of sorts. They also both seem to underline the need to recognize and respect differences and also acknowledge the need to find common ground with those unlike ourselves. “We think it’s a wrong idea to combine the centers together, because individual centers offer students crucial support services and a sense of self-identity,” said Donna Liggins, president of the Tucson NAACP branch.
Victor Daniels Named Policy Advisor For Stephen Johns Hailed As Hero Cont’d. from Page 1 The incident occurred Urban Outreach And Military Affairs just before 1 p.m. while Arizona Governor Jan Brewer recently announced the appointment of Victor Daniels as Policy Advisor for Urban Outreach and Military Affairs. “Mr. Daniels will fill a vital role on my outstanding team of policy advisors,” stated Brewer. “His experience in community and urban outreach will prove invaluable in building relationships with organizations that represent minority interests. He will also serve as liaison to Arizona’s military community and help maintain our state’s strong commitment to our military members.” Daniels has an extensive background in community and government affairs. He joins Governor Brewer’s executive staff after serving for several years as community affairs manager for Qwest Communications, Northern Arizona region. In that role, he worked closely with numerous Arizona cities and counties, promoting Qwest as a community partner. He also promoted economic and workforce development and monitored and advocated Qwest’s position in federal and state telecommunications legislation. He also served as Northern Arizona District Coordinator for Congressman J.D. Hayworth. In that role, he served as liaison for Native American issues, coor-
dinator for minority business development and manager for constituent services relating to federal issues for northern Arizona. Prior to that, he served as district coordinator for Congressman James Rogan, 27th Congressional District in Pasadena, California. There he focused on minority outreach, managed constituent services relating to federal issues and served as liaison to local communities. Daniels served as Arizona co-chair for African-Americans for McCain during John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. Daniels holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Arizona State University in Tempe.
Germany, also expressed his regret, adding the attack should serve as a reminder to remain vigilant against prejudice. ''We have lost a courageous security guard who stood watch at this place of solemn remembrance,'' Obama said in a statement. ''My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in this painful time.'' Johns was on duty June 10 when an old man wearing a brown coat, entered the main entrance. Police said Johns opened the door for the man, but had no time to react before 88-year-old James W. von Brunn, a notorious racist and antiSemitic, whipped out a rifle from under his coat and shot him. Johns was taken to a Washington hospital where he subsequently succumbed to his injuries.
the museum, located at 14th St. and Independence Ave., was crowded with thousands of visitors. The FBI continues to investigate the matter as a possible hate crime in conjunction with the District of Columbia Police Department. Officials say they are unsure how von Brunn, a convicted felon with an extensive criminal background obtained the weapon used in Johns’ murder. A World War II veteran, von Brunn was critically injured after two other security officers at the museum returned fire. He remains hospitalized, and has been charged with murder and possession of a firearm during a killing at a federal facility. A spokesman for the Washington FBI field office said there was no evidence of a conspiracy and believe von Brunn was a lone gunman.
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR COMMUNITY CALENDAR COMMUNITY CALENDAR COMMUNITY CALENDAR - JUNE Now through FRI 19 Tucson - The SDA Congress of Christian Education 5:30 nightly at Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church, 2800 E. 36 Street. For details contact Rising Star MBC at 520-7913068.
THU 18 Greater Phoenix Urban League Young Professionals June Meeting. Meet and Greet: 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. General Meeting: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Greater Phoenix Urban League office, 1402 South Seventh Avenue, Phoenix.
Glendale centennial kick off concert and carnival 6:00 to 9 p.m. at Murphy Park in downtown Glendale. Glendale Summer Band concert begins 8 p.m. For more information visit www.glendaleaz.com or call the Glendale Visitor Center at 623-930-4500.
FRI 19 community dialogue at Karim's Cobbler Shop/Deli from 6:00 until 9pm.The topic for this Juneteenth program and reception will be "Post Trauma Slavery Dis-order:Symptoms and Solutions for Black America". Karim's is located at 333 East Jefferson St. (just east of the U.S.Airways
Center). For more info call Prof. Gershom Williams at 480-5707613. Miss Juneteenth Scholarship Pageant 7 p.m. at Chandler Center for the Performing Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave, Chandler. Contestants will showcase their talent, intellect and community awareness. Celebrate Black women at this entertaining family event. For more information call 480-899-3022. Free Fair Housing Workshop Learn about fair housing practices and laws at a free three-hour workshop from 9 a.m. to noon at
the Broadway Heritage Neighborhood Resource Center, 2405 E. Broadway Road. This workshop will offer ADRE-authorized fair housing REALTOR re-licensing credit. The workshops will explain housing discrimination investigations from the experts who conduct them. Registration suggested. Call 602-262-7486 or 602534-1557/TTY to register.
Benefit event for Center for African-American Health with Lenny Williams, former Tower of Power member, and local talent. Phoenix Convention Center. Doors open 5:30 p.m. Tickets at Convention Center, 100 N. 3rd St, Phoenix, 602-262-7272 and Ticketmaster 1-800-745-3000 www.ticketmaster.com
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On Father’s Day: The Black Man – An American Hero By Hazel Trice Edney NNPA Editor-in-Chief He built America from the ground up with a few tools, his bare hands and by the sweat of his brow. While doing so, he was repeatedly whipped, lynched, falsely accused and castrated. Even now, he braves America’s streets despite the fact that he is more often stopped, brutalized or shot by police, blamed for crimes he did not commit, and incarcerated at astronomical rates. He even dies earlier of natural causes than any other racial group in America – a statistic that some doctors speculate is partially due to the every day stresses of his race. Whether he’s wearing a necktie, a uniform, coveralls, or jeans, he braves the streets of America when he goes to work – or even to look for work. Most of the time, he makes it home. But, all too often he falls victim to this historic, undeclared war on Black males. Still, he dares to believe in a nation where his unemployment rate exceeds all others – not just because of the economic downturn – but because of a history of race discrimination that has pressed him to rock bottom. His post traumatic stress is not from Iraq or Afghanistan, but from a lifetime of scaling the dangerous mine fields of American society. This is about Joe Blow and John Qshon Citizen. One might call him “the average Black man”. But, given the list of daily atrocities he faces in this nation, there is actually no “average” Black man. Rather, this is about “The Black Man – An American Hero”. Despite the odds against him, he has exceeded every bar that has ever been set. What is an “American hero”? Traditionally, the American hero is deemed as a Super Man type, someone with exceptional courage who performs a one-time gallant deed or a long term public service that warrants celebrity and perhaps even a medal. But, for the Black man, he is a quiet American hero, unsung, even unsuspecting, deserving of respect simply for the risks he takes every day. The family of 25-year-old Black police officer Omar Edwards is familiar with this gallantry as they grieve their husband
and father of 18-month-old and 7-month old children. Struck down in a hail of bullets from a White police officer who mistakenly thought him to be a criminal, Omar is an American hero. The family of 38-year-old Stephen T. Johns also knows. When this husband and father of an 11-year-old son was felled by the bullet of a hate-crazed White supremacist at the Holocaust Museum, it was yet another shot that was “heard around the world”. “Big John” – as they called him - is indeed an American Hero.
His post traumatic stress is not from Iraq or Afghanistan, but from a lifetime of scaling the dangerous mine fields of American society ... Unlike other wars, there is no flag-draped casket or playing of “Taps”. Yet, the grieving hearts of loved ones are no less painful; the tears are no less real. From coast to coast they have fallen. Among them, Sean Bell, 23, of New York; Oscar Grant III, 22, of San Francisco; DeAuntae “Tae Tae” Farrow, 12, of West Memphis, Ark.; and Martin Lee Anderson, 14, of Bay Country, Fla. They are among the sons and fathers who were all too early struck down amidst injustice. Not to mention the thousands of Black men who have died at the hands of other Black men – a dubious “friendly fire” if you will. Unlike other wars, there is no flagdraped casket or playing of “Taps”. Yet, the grieving hearts of loved ones are no less painful; the tears are no less real. And moreover the fortitude he displayed in having fought against the odds is no less worthy of honor. The Black man – an American hero, we all know one as he refuses to cower. His swagger is emboldened as he defies statistics that constantly predict his demise. He daily swims upstream in the murky, unpredictable waters, daring to believe in himself and in the power of his God. Despite the memories of his fallen brothers, he presses on for respect. And on Father’s Day, we salute him for his raw courage.
Let’s Fight for the Stimulus Money By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist The following is an open letter to the Secretary of U.S Department of Transportation and the Secretary of the US Department of Labor: On behalf of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (100,000+ Black owned businesses) and with the encouragement of Johnny Ford, General Secretary of the World Conference of Mayors (700+ Black mayors) and Calvin Smyre, president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (624 Black state legislators), I write this letter to protest the festering and damaging state of affairs at the Federal Highway Administration in regards to Executive Order 11246 and Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. These very precious laws are not being adequately monitored nor enforced by your departments and many thousands of Black firms and millions of Black citizens are being denied equal opportunity. Enclosed is a copy of the official cancellation of Executive Order 11246 by the Federal Highway Administration dated February 1, 1999. The U.S. Department of Labor has not filled that void. Since that date and at a progressive rate prime contractors of highway funds (state departments of transportation) such as Caltrans, Illinois DOT, Missouri DOT, Oklahoma DOT, and practically all other state entities have hired less and less Black employees to the point of almost nonexistence. Likewise, contractors participating in the procurement of federal monies being let by the state entities have also decreased hiring of Blacks and have ignored Executive Order 11246 without any recourse from either the Federal Highway Administration or the US Department of Labor. States with 8 percent, 12 percent, 15 percent, etc. Black populations have state transportation departments with less than 5 percent Black employment. In many cases, the number is three percent or less. This is not America! You can take a drive on Interstate 80 starting in San Francisco and drive all the way to New Jersey and there is a good chance you will not see one Black working on a freeway construction project. This significant lack of jobs attributes
COMMUNITY CALENDAR COMMUNITY CALENDAR COMMUNITY CALENDAR The Southwest Prostate Cancer Foundation and West Valley Hospital are sponsoring a Free Prostate Cancer Screening the day before Fathers Day. Screenings are 8 a.m. to noon by appointment only at West Valley Hospital, 13677 W. McDonald Road in Goodyear. Contact Fred Taylor at 602-547-3806 or e-mail email@example.com Tucson - PZI Jean Fashion Show, “Kisses the Curves of Your BodyNo More Gaps at the Waist.” 1:00 to 4 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, 445 S. Alvernon. Presented by JH Fashion Boutique. Call 520-8814200 for tickets and information.
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Tucson - The Mellowtones, a dynamic Arkansas quartet will be performing at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church 210 E. Lester Street at 6 p.m. For more information call the church, 520-624-3813.
Center, 2001 W. Wahalla Lane, Phoenix. Seating is limited. Call the Phoenix Equal Opportunity Department at 602-262-6790 or 602/534-1557/TTY to reserve a space.
Certification Workshop for Minority, Woman and Small Business Owners. Minority, woman and small business owners in Maricopa County are invited to attend free workshops and learn more about the city of Phoenix business certification programs and how they can provide opportunities for small business economic growth. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Deer Valley Community
SUN 21 Summer Solstice at Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix Sunday, June 21, the first day of summer and the longest day of the year. The free celebration begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Great Reading Room on the fifth floor, which was designed with the summer solstice in mind. For more information, call 602-262-4636 or visit phoenixpubliclibrary.org
to the higher than average unemployment rate of Blacks. It hurts Black households and encourages hopelessness, crime, poor health and all other indicators of lost value of life. What we have is wholesale discrimination under the official management of the Federal Government. Since the change from 49 CFR Part 23 to 49 CFR Part 26 (during the Clinton Administration), state departments of transportation have been allowed to “dumb down” their Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goals from the standard 10 percent to whatever they want which is usually in the 5 percent area. As a result of the laissez faire approach, Black construction companies, architectural and engineering firms, do about 1 percent of the business involving USDOT funds (Federal Highway Administration). One percent of the contracting done by 13 percent of the population is indeed a severe disparate impact and also promotes even more unemployment as Black firms are most likely to hire Black employees. In essence, there is no compliance with Executive Order 11246, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. We demand that this sad state of affairs be corrected immediately. It has been a long fight but in light of the Stimulus Bill money that is coming down through the above racist channels we must see change and see it now. To monitor any improvements that might be made in the near future please provide this office with the following: 1. By state, the percentage of the total dollar amount of contracts let to Black firms (prime and subcontracts) by individual state departments of transportation for fiscal year ending September 30, 2008. 2. By state, the amount of Blacks working at each state department of transportation (general staff, management and executive) per the latest Executive Order 11246 audit. 3. By state, the latest Executive Order 11246 audit performed for each of the top 10 contractors (annual sales) working on state highway projects. We know that we are opening up a “can of worms” but it is the Truth that See STIMULUS MONEY, Page 4 Email firstname.lastname@example.org by noon Friday prior to publication date.
FRI 26 Brown Bag Lunch
Series - Two cancer survivors will share their experiences at the free Faces of Diversity Brown Bag series noon at the Phoenix City Council Chambers, 200 W. Jefferson St. Bring your lunch and enjoy a cultural experience. No reservation needed. For information, call 602-261-8242 or 602534-1557/TTY or phoenix.gov/ eod/bbag.html.
SAT 27 Peace Tour/Block Party presented by Councilman Michael Johnson, B.E.A. Inc. and LOC for Millions More Movement. Lindo Park at 19th Ave and Roeser Rd. in Phoenix 4:00 to
8pm. Community guest speakers, food, music and fun for all.
- JULY SAT 4 Fiesta of Independence Naturalization Ceremony 10 a.m. at South Mountain Community College Gymnasium 7050 S. 24th St. The gym will become a courtroom with a presiding judge. Contact Marie Sebrechts, USCIS regional media manager 949-3603000 email@example.com. Email Community Calendar Information to firstname.lastname@example.org
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New Small Business Loan Program Begins On Monday, June 15, SBA began accepting loans for a temporary new program called America’s Recovery Capital (ARC). ARC loans of up to $35,000 are designed to provide a “bridge” for viable small businesses with immediate financial hardship – to keep their doors open until they get back on track. “These ARC loans are another tool in the SBA toolkit which will provide critical support to small businesses struggling to make it through these tough economic times,” said Administrator Karen G. Mills. ARC loans are deferred-payment loans of up to $35,000, available to
established, viable, for-profit small businesses that need short-term help to make their principal and interest payments on existing and qualifying business debt. ARC loans are 100 percent guaranteed by the SBA and have no SBA fees associated with them. ARC loans will be disbursed over a period of up to six months and will provide funds to be used for payments of principal and interest for existing, qualifying small business debt including mortgages, term and revolving lines of credit, capital leases, credit card obligations and notes payable to vendors, suppliers and utilities. SBA will pay the interest on
ARC loans to the lenders at the variable rate of Prime plus two percent. Repayment will not begin until 12 months after the final disbursement. After the 12-month deferral period, borrowers will pay back the loan principal over a period of five years. ARC loans will be made by commercial lenders, not SBA directly. For more information on ARC loans, visit www.sba.gov. For more information about all of the SBA’s programs for small businesses, call the SBA Answer Desk at 1-800 U ASK SBA or TDD 704344-6640, or visit the SBA’s Web site at http://www.sba.gov.
Fight For Stimulus Money Cont’d. from Page 3 will set us free. Also, if the Stimulus money is to include the Black population of the nation which is, indeed, the intention of the 111th Congress and our President, then we must address this major hurdle – Jim Crow use of federal monies. It has been 47 years since the issuance of Executive Order 11246 and 45 years since the Civil Rights Act was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson after 400 years of slavery and 100 years of apartheid costing millions of lives
and terrible suffering. Enclosed you will find an example of a typical state, California, and its dismal record. Also enclosed is the justification for Executive Order 11246. The time to act is now and I trust that you will meet this obligation. Thanks for your immediate attention and proactive follow up. Forty million plus Americans will appreciate it. Harry Alford is the cofounder, President/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, Inc. Website: www.nationalbcc.org. Email: email@example.com.
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Arizona Receives Stimulus Funds For Weatherization The state’s plan for Weatherization Assistance has been approved by the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. According to the governor’s office 40 percent ($22.8 million) of Arizona’s $57 million program is on its way to the state’s Energy Office at the Arizona Department of Commerce.
The program helps lowincome households that qualify for assistance, lower monthly utility bills by identifying energy efficiency improvements and then making necessary repairs. The maximum repair allowed per household has been increased from $2,500 to $6,500. Applications are taken at the community level by the provider partner organizations listed below:
• Community Action Human Resource Agency, (covering Pinal County ) 520-466-1112 • Gila County, 928-425-7631, ext.8693 • Maricopa County, (but not city of Phoenix or city of Mesa) 602-506-5911 • Mesa CAN, 480-833-9200 • Northern Arizona Council of Governments, (Apache, Navajo, Coconino, and Yavapai counties) 928-7741895 • Pima County, 520-243-6777 • City of Phoenix, 602-495-0700 • Southeastern Arizona Human Resource Council, (Graham, Greenlee, Cochise, and Santa Cruz counties) 928-428-4653 • Tucson Urban League, (covering cities of Tucson and South Tucson) 520-791-9522 • Western Arizona Council of Governments, (Yuma, La Paz, and Mohave counties) 928-782-1886
ERIKA HAND APPOINTED BY ARIZONA SUPREME COURT TO THE COMMITTEE ON CHARACTER AND FITNESS.
Erika J. Hand, senior HR consultant at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, has been appointed by the Arizona Supreme Court to the Committee on Character and Fitness. The committee is responsible for the investigation and recommendation of applicants for admission to practice law in Arizona. They review approximately 1,200 applicants per year. She earned a bachelor degree and a master of science degree in social work from Indiana university. Erika Hand is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and resides in Phoenix. She is a member of the Black Board of Directors Project, a 25 year old advanced leadership organization.
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Councilman Johnson Hosts Meet & Greet Story and photo By ArnE Williams Phoenix Councilman Michael Johnson and his staff were at the Los Olivos Senior Center on Devonshire Avenue Friday for a "Meet and Greet" session. Sporting his "I LUV DISTRICT 8" theme the councilman regularly visits district venues to informally meet residents and discuss current issues and projects in his district. Johnson reports that District 8 is making progress on all fronts. In addition to major developments now under way or planned for downtown Phoenix, they’re
moving forward in dozens of smaller, equally important ways. He said the district is providing new sidewalks, making street and alley improvements and creating a mini-park in the Sky Harbor Neighborhood. He said always enjoys meeting District 8 residents. "We must all partner to get the job done," said Johnson. "Everyone may not get exactly what they want, but everyone is invited to the table." Johnson said he looks forward to hearing from residents. "Feel free to contact my office at 602-262-7493 or firstname.lastname@example.org to share any concerns or provide feedback."
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Tucson Writers Inspired by Poet Laureate By Sandra Scott TUCSON - The Pima Writers’ Workshop has given writers the opportunity to hone their craft for 21 years. A recent workshop featured a prominent guest lecturer, Dr. Marilyn Nelson of East Haddam, Connecticut. Dr. Nelson was Connecticut Poet Laureate from 2001-2006. Her literary awards include the PEN Winship Award, Newbery Honor Award, Coretta Scott King Honor Award, and the Lion and the Unicorn Award of Excellence in North American Poetry. She is a three-time National Book Award finalist, has won two Pushcart Prizes, and two National Endowment of the Arts Fellowships. Nelson decided to write as a child. “I decided if I was going to write it was going to be poetry. I never considered prose,” she said. She prayed, as a youth, to be given a message to convey to people. She promised to be true to that message and to the truth. “That’s part of the reason I write.” Marilyn is blessed to bring messages of truth from history, specifically African-American history. Nelson brings to life historic figures by careful
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research and poetic invention. Through her books, readers experience a wide range of emotions while enjoying poetry, history, science, and social studies. Her research on George Washington Carver for Carver: A Life in Poems unlocked Carver’s brilliance from his enterprising youth to his years as an accomplished scientist. Dr. Nelson collaborated with Elizabeth Alexander, President Obama’s inaugural poet, to produce Miss Crandall’s School for Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color. In 1833, twenty black girls traveled to Canterbury, Connecticut to enroll in the school. They quickly became victims of harassment. The poetic voices of their hope and tenacity is powerfully rendered. Nelson’s A
Wreath for Emmett Till, hauntingly portrays the lynching of a 14 year old boy. Nelson initially thought the editor “crazy” who proposed she write a children’s book on lynching. After she got over the initial shock, Marilyn remembered the story of Emmett Till. Her sonnets recount his death in the racial climate of 1955. As a professor of literature she says, “The most wonderful thing about teaching is that moment when you say something and you see the light go on in somebody’s eyes, and you can actually see it! I love that! That’s the main thing for me. And just hearing from students years later, ‘I learned this from you and I want to thank you for it.’ That’s a wonderful gift.”
As an African-American teacher, teaching young people of other races is also very rewarding. I feel I am touching them in ways that are so complex.” As a nationally recognized poet, her advice to other poets is this: “Read. … it would be a mistake to limit ourselves to only African-American writers. We should read all writers. Everyone has something to teach us. Be open-minded and willing to explore.” She suggests not being afraid to be a pioneer in writing or in anything else you want to be. Nelson’s recent projects include the history of a primarily African American village in the 1850’s near Seneca, New York, and the story of an allblack, female big band from the 1930’s. From there she turns from history-in-verse to other venues saying, “I think it is time to go in a new direction.” She is currently gathering collections of poems for anthologies for classroom use. Simonides, a poet from 500 B.C. said, “Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.” Marilyn Nelson’s poetry has given us vivid pictures and powerful messages from African-American history.
American Legion Post #65 – 602-268-6059 – 1624 E. Broadway – Sunday night Karaoke with cash prizes and dancing, 8 p.m. until closing. Tuesday Chicago Style Stepping from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday Pool Tournament night. Also Ole School Wednesday with your hosts Darlene and Jewell. Thursday is games night – cards, dominoes, pool, D J. playing and Phyllis in the kitchen. Friday and Saturdays are regular D J and party nights. Join us for First Fridays - Games, raffles, music, food and fun. American Legion Post 65 has torn down the back open patio and it will be replaced with a larger enclosed addition. “Pardon our dust during construction. “Invest in Our Children’s Future” Champagne Brunch, Sunday, June, 12 to 5 p.m. June 21, Father’s Day Dinner 4 to 6 p.m. AMVETS Post #15 – 602-268-3331 – 4219 S. 7th Street – Monday and Tuesday drink specials, open pool. Kitchen open with Michele. Wednesday Karaoke from 8 p.m. Cards and pool played nightly. DJ Moreece on Thirsty Thursdays with drink specials, open mike, poetry, rap, comedy and fun. Friday night, DJ Correct, kitchen open. Saturday night, DJ Micko, kitchen open. Brunch with Michelle every Sunday at 11 a.m. June 20, 8 p.m. until closing, Chicago Extravaganza with Stepping and R & B music. Prizes for the top two steppers. Cover cost includes Maxwell famous polish or hot dogs. Sponsored by the Post 15 Sons of AMVETS. Information, Mannie 602-488-0189 or Denise 602-670-7871. AMVETS Post #65 – 602-257-9016 – 1303 W. Grant Sundays Reverse Happy Hour from 5 p.m. Enjoy raffles, freebees and open pool table. Tuesday steak and game night – cards, dominoes, pool and music. Wednesday Ladies Night; drink specials 8 p.m. until closing. Thursday Karaoke from 7 p.m. until closing. Friday and Saturday are party and jamming nights with DJ Louie, Louie. Every 3rd Sunday come out and listen and dance to the music of Lady J and her band. Elks Lodge #477- 602-254-1772, 1007 S. 7th Avenue – Every Thursday games night – cards and dominoes from 7 p.m. Friday Happy Hour with free food and DJ Calvin McCowin - 5 until 10 p.m. Saturdays are party nights with music by various D Js. Stop by the Elks Café every Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 2nd Tuesday is Buffalo Soldiers’ Night. Tuesday is members’ night. Come by the Elks and socialize after the meetings. Every Wednesday Step to the music of DJ Mike, hosted by Ms. Tina. Every 2nd and 4th Sunday, stop by after church for a delicious steak dinner. June 23 thru June 27 PSA Convention. Kitchen open and several events will be held at the Elks during the week. There will be Elks members visiting from different cities, CA, NM, NV and others. Sportsman Social Club - 943 W. Watkins Road- 602-252-7153 – Birthday parties every Saturday; Back Yard Boogie cookout every Sunday starting at 4 p.m. Ladies night every Thursday with drink specials and the sounds of DJ Mo Reece; Come on over Friday and start your weekend off at the Sportsman. Sunday June 14 Sundress back yard boogie. Father’s day dinner Sunday June 21 dinner served 3 to 5 p.m. June 28 Sportsman bartenders appreciation party 4 p.m. VFW Post 1710 - 602-253-6409- 1629 E. Jackson – Tuesday games night also Open Grill. Chicago style stepping lessons from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Challenge yourself (or come down and learn to play) in our Pinochle games on Wednesday afternoons starting at 1 p.m. Ladies Night every Wednesday from 7 p.m. Ladies free, drink specials, pool tournament, music and food available. Old School Thursday nights 5 to 7 p.m., three of the hottest DJs in town spinning the latest sounds, pool tournament with cash prizes, Old School CDs given away during the night. Friday Happy Hour from 5 to 7 p.m. Pool tournament, Jazz music with DJ Scorpio, snacks every Sunday. June 21, Father’s Day Dinner 5 to 7 p.m. All organizations invite the public to book your birthday, anniversary or other special event at their posts. Call for details.
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ALL SETTLED: Singer Brandy has reached a B E H I N D T H E S C E N E S around the world. Houston, 45, is one of music's most decorated female artists, with settlement in the wrongful-death lawsuit more than 400 awards. Trained as a gospel brought on behalf of the children of the singer, some of Houston's best-known hits woman killed in a December 2006 multi-car include "How Will I Know," "Greatest Love of collision involving the former Moesha star. All," and "I Will Always Love You" from the According to settlement documents obtained 1992 movie "The Bodyguard," in which she by E! News, the kids—Mrwan and Kareem also starred. Houston's most recent public Mohamed—will each receive $300,000. The performance was in February at a preboys, who were then 15 and 11, were in the Grammy party hosted by record producer family's Toyota Corolla when it was struck by Clive Davis. Brandy's Land Rover, killing their mother, Awatef Aboudihaj. There was no immediate BOUNCING BABY BOY: On the same day his excomment on the settlement from Brandy's lawyer or publicist. Three other suits were wife Whitney Houston made news with the filed against Brandy (last name: Norwood) in BY ANTRACIA MOORINGS announcement of her new album's release the wake of the accident: one by the victim's husband and date, Bobby Brown grabbed headlines by announcing the the boys' father, Marouane arrival of Cassius, his newborn son. While performing at Hdidou, who has turned down Rok nightclub in New York last week, Brown announced that a $1.2 million settlement offer; his manager/girlfriend, Alicia Etheridge, gave birth to their another $50 million claim by son on Monday (June 1), reports TMZ.com. Brown has four Aboudihaj's parents (which other children from previous relationships, including 16faces an uphill battle in court year-old Bobbi Kristina, his daughter with Houston. Brown since only the husband, not and Etheridge have been dating since the former New parents, of a victim are Edition singer's marriage to Houston fell apart in 2006. allowed to sue under California law); and a third by BRIEFLY: Kimora Lee Simmons and actor Djimon another man, Donald Lite, Hounsou have settled on a name for their newborn son: who sustained "serious and Kenzo Lee Hounsou. The name, which means "wise and permanent injuries" in the three," is of Japanese origin….Mo'Nique, who has always smashup Brandy, 30, launched her own legal salvo against declared herself as "fat and another motorist involved in the crash, accusing Mallory fabulous," talks about why Ham of negligence and blaming her for causing the chain- she felt compelled to shed reaction pileup. The California Highway Patrol recommend- 40 pounds. The 5-foot, 6ed a misdemeanor manslaughter charge be brought against inches tall actress/comedithe singer-actress, but prosecutors opted not to press enne, who admits to having charges due to lack of evidence. weighed as much as 262 pounds at one point, tells ON THE COMEBACK TRAIL: Pop Jet magazine that she made the decision after a diva Whitney Houston will conversation with her husrelease a new album in band of three years Sidney September, her first in seven Hicks. years, Arista Records announced. Since her career Finally: Maxwell has officially confirmed more than 20 sumkicked off in 1985 with her mer concert dates to promote his new album, "BLACK sumself-titled debut, Houston has mers' night," which is due in stores on July 7. The tour is sold more than 170 million slated to kick off June 17 in Grand Rapids, Mich. records, singles and videos
CONCERTS ETC. JUNE SAT 20 Rick Ross with Special Guests at Celebrity Theatre. Showtime: 8 p.m. Tickets available at the Celebrity Theatre Box Office. To charge by phone call 602-267-1600 ext.1. Celebrity Theatre is on 32nd St., just 4 blocks south of the Loop 202 freeway, in Phoenix. FRI 26 Summer Storm - a tribute to Wayman Tisdale feautring Norman Brown, Eric Daruis & Patti Austin at Celebrity Theatre. Showtime: 8 p.m. Tickets available at the Celebrity Theatre Box Office. To charge by phone call 602-267-1600 ext.1. Celebrity Theatre is on 32nd St., just 4 blocks south of the Loop 202 freeway, in Phoenix.
JULY WED 1 Smokey Robinson with special guest Nayo Jones at the Celebrity Theatre 8 p.m. Tickets available at Celebrity Theatre or online at www.celebritytheatre.com. To charge by phone, call 602-267-1600 ext.1. Celebrity Theatre is on 32nd St., just 4 blocks south of the Loop 202 freeway, in Phoenix. FRI 24 Earth Wind & Fire and Chicago will bring their national co-headlining tour to Jobing.com Arena at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are at the Jobing.com Arena Box Office, www.JobingArena.com, all Ticketmaster outlets or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. For more information visit www.JobingArena.com.
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Hope of City Celebration To Honor Dr. Warren H. Stewart By Floyd Alvin Galloway Rev. Dr. Warren H. Stewart Sr. a visionary Valley leader has been senior pastor of First Institutional Baptist Church for 32 years. Through his leadership the church has become a into a community institution. Dr. Stewart has also been leader on the civil rights front line in the state of Arizona. He was among the forefront of leaders in the campaign to reestablish the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in Arizona. The FIBC congregation will honor Dr. Stewart’s 32 years of dedicated spiritual and community service with a “Hope of the City Celebration Concert”, on Saturday, June 20, 7 p.m., at the church at 1141 East Jefferson. Derpherd Laeno, an event committee member said, “We’ve pulled out all the stops and are bringing in the mega-Christian recording group ‘Soul Fruit’ from Houston,
Dr. Warren H. Stewart Texas. Radio and CDs just don’t do them justice. From old-school ‘gonna get you happy’ gospel, to mellow contemporary, Soul Fruit is all about a masterful lyrical good time in the Lord,” he added.
Also on the program will be Broderick Rice, who many say is the funniest man in Christian entertainment. The emcee for evening will be Phoenix’s own BIGWO; that’s ‘Blessed In God’s Will Only’. The community is invited to help make this a special evening. “We’d love to have you share in the fellowship, good times, as well as tribute to our beloved pastor. It’s Father’s Day weekend, what better gift,” said Laeno. For more information call 602-258-1998, or visit www.fibcaz.org.
Highlighting the concert will be Houston’s Soul Fruit”
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2009
June 17, 1871
James Weldon Johnson Co-writer “Black National Anthem” Born
Juneteenth and Post Trauma Slavery Disorder in Black America
By Professor Gershom Williams
Africans and their descendants in North America experienced 250 of slavery - then its aftermath, almost 100 years of Jim Crow legalized apartheid and oppression. With 350 years of physical and psychological enslavement, African Americans have actually only been a “freed people” for 54 years since 1955. After so-called emancipation in 1865, four million former slaves were freed, but were given no land, no mules, no money, no apologies and no reparations for centuries of free and exploited labor. Perhaps just as importantly, no individual or group therapy or counseling sessions were established to
help heal the deep emotional and psychological scars of the great enslavement. Where were the family therapy sessions for members who had been sold away and permanently separated from husbands, wives, children, brothers, sisters and would never see them again? Where were the counseling sessions for those adults and children whom had witnessed horrific and brutal beatings, tortures, rapes, brandings, lynchings, murders, etc.? By definition, physical or psychological trauma involves a wounding and the experience of great emotional anguish by either an individual or a group of humans. This has been the major source of our continued identity crisis - rejection of Afro-centric culture and African cultural heritage. Despite the positive and progressive cultural images, values and messages of Marcus Garvy and the Harlem Renaissance, despite the Civil Rights and Black Power move-
ments of the 1960’s with powerful uplifting slogans like “Black is Beautiful” and “Say it Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud”, masses of Black people in 21st century America continue to be socialized via mass media to internalize White supremacy thoughts and images. I refer the reader to a recent study done in 2007 with young Black children in New York City who still prefer White dolls as prettier, attractive and more desirable. As early as 1872, Black intellectual leader Edward Wilmot Blyden wrote these almost prophetic
words: “All educated Negroes suffer from a kind of slavery in many ways far more subversive of the real welfare of the race as the ancient physical fetters. The slavery of the mind is far more destructive than that of the body.” Present day symptoms and signs of “Post Trauma Slavery disorder” among African-Americans could be described as follows: • Use of skin lightening/ bleaching creams • Preference for light skinned mates • Preference for light skinned children • Wearing of blond hair or blond wigs • Black skins/White masks • Internalized inferiority • Niggerization/Niggeritis (N- Word) • Lack of unity and trust • Historical and cultural amnesia • Lack of self confidence and self esteem • Lack of self love and veneration
• Black identity crisis • Eurocentric Christianity and Eurocentric consciousness Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu in his Solutions for Black America (2004), included a chapter on “post-traumatic slavery disorder” and offers as a plausible remedy for this problem “Africentricity,” an African centered consciousness derived from the critical reading, study and processing of historical literature for “psychic healing.” Dr. Kunjufu also gives several mental exercises for healing such as the reading and analysis of the Willie Lynch Letter of 1712; and reading of the chapter “To make them stand in fear” contained in Kenneth Stamps’ The Peculiar Institution. To the latter, I would also add the viewing of several movies and documentaries with family and friends, including; 500 Years Later, Sankofa, Post Trauma Slave Syndrome, Africa; A History Denied, Black History; Lost, Stolen or Strayed and the movie, Antwone Fisher starring Denzel Washington and Derek Luke. In August, 2008, USA Today, reported in a front page article that “the pentagon is spending an unprecedented $300 million this summer on research for “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and
traumatic brain injury, offering hope not only for combat troops, but for hundreds of thousands of civilians.” The article stated that the Pentagon also will target new ways of delivering therapy to “PTSD” victims living in remote areas of the USA and reducing the stigma that can keep victims from seeking helpful healing. An April 2008 study by the Rand Corp. revealed that many former combat troops returning home have “PTSD” or depression, and many have also suffered a brain injury. Well, even though the descendants of slaves are 144 years removed from that traumatic experience, many still need professional therapy and counseling in order to become whole and to fully heal and recover from “PTSD.” I agree whole heartedly with Brother Jawanza Kunjufu that the “Association of Black Psychologists” needs to establish enslavement healing centers in every major city across the American landscape. - Professor Gershom Williams teaches African American and United States History at Mesa Community College. - He will be making a presentation on this topic Friday, June 19 at Karim’s Cobbler Shop & Deli, 333 East Jefferson in downtown Phoenix beginning 6 p.m. All are welcome.
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Make Dad’s menu special with fresh, seasonal flavors FAMILY FEATURES
oms and kids can make Father’s Day exciting this year by making Dad some great tasting treats from the heart. Not only will it keep spending in check, the results will taste delicious and kids will have fun being part of the action. Start by serving Dad breakfast in bed. Try a Kiwifruit Potassium Power Smoothie, an allnatural smoothie that is a meal in itself. Kids can personalize the breakfast by peeling and cutting kiwifruit into stars, hearts and other fun shapes to add to the smoothie. (Kiwifruit shapes can also top pancakes or cereal.) Later in the day, older kids can be Dad’s helper at the grill. Try sweet and juicy fruit skewers along with Curried Turkey Sliders With Chutney — the tropical flavor of the kebabs and the tangy curry of the sliders make the perfect taste combination that will make Dad feel really special. Fresh fruit also perks up cocktails and mocktails. A Green Kiwifruit Vesper cocktail or mocktail is just the thing to finish off an unforgettable Father’s Day.
Quick tips on cooking with kiwifruit
Green kiwifruit is a natural meat tenderizer. Simply peel and mash a kiwifruit and spread it on a cut of meat. Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes and then lightly scrape off the kiwifruit before cooking. Look for plump and smooth-skinned kiwifruit with no wrinkles, bruises or punctures. Ripe green and gold kiwifruit will keep at room temperature for a few days. Keep them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator to store longer. To speed up the ripening process, put kiwifruit in a brown bag with an apple or banana and leave on your kitchen counter. More recipes and nutritional information are available at www.zesprikiwi.com.
Curried Turkey Sliders With Kiwifruit Chutney Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 6 minutes 6 servings Chutney 2 Zespri green kiwifruit, peeled, finely diced 1 tablespoon golden raisins 2 teaspoons sugar 1/8 teaspoon salt Combine kiwifruit, raisins, sugar and salt in small bowl and mix. Make chutney just prior to serving. Curried Turkey Sliders 1 pound lean ground turkey 1/4 cup finely diced onion 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 12 mini burger or small dinner rolls, split and toasted Preheat grill to medium. Combine turkey, onions, cilantro, curry powder, salt and pepper in medium bowl. Shape into 12 2-inch mini burger patties. Grill patties for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, turning once, until cooked through. Place on buns; top with chutney.
Kiwifruit Potassium Power Smoothie Prep time: 5 minutes 2 servings 1 cup vanilla soymilk, fortified (or regular milk) 1 cup orange juice, calcium fortified 2 Zespri gold or green kiwifruit, washed, unpeeled, chopped 1 banana, sliced 1/2 cup ice cubes 2 tablespoons soy protein powder 1 teaspoon honey Blend all ingredients in blender on high for 20 to 30 seconds or until smooth. Serve immediately.
Fun facts about a fuzzy little fruit
Green Kiwifruit Vesper Prep time: 3 minutes 2 cocktails 2 Zespri green kiwifruit, peeled, chopped 2 ounces vodka 2 ounces gin 2 ounces Lillet Blanc 1 cup ice Muddle kiwifruit, vodka, gin, Lillet Blanc and ice in cocktail shaker. Shake all ingredients and strain into two sugar-rimmed martini glasses. Garnish with unpeeled kiwifruit slice. For a mocktail, substitute 6 ounces white grape juice and a dash of bitters for alcohol.
A two-piece serving of kiwifruit has twice the vitamin C of an orange, as much potassium as a banana and as much fiber as a serving of bran flakes — all for less than 100 calories and around $1. Green kiwifruit offers a tangy-sweet flavor, while gold is more tropicalsweet. No need to peel. It’s easy — just cut and scoop kiwifruit. Don’t let this fuzzy little fruit intimidate you. Kids find kiwifruit easier to eat than you might think. Zespri gold kiwifruit is in season through October. Zespri green kiwifruit is in season through November.
Prep time: 15 minutes Marinating time: 30 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes 8 servings 2 Zespri green kiwifruit, peeled and cut into halves 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1/2 cup honey 1 teaspoon ginger, fresh, grated 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground 8 Zespri green kiwifruit, peeled and cut in half widthwise 2 peaches, peeled, pitted and cut into 1-inch pieces 1/2 pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces 8 strawberries, hulled 2 bananas, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces 8 wooden skewers Purée lemon juice, honey, ginger, cinnamon and 2 kiwifruit, in food processor until smooth to make kiwifruit glaze. Do not crush kiwifruit seeds; set aside. Place prepared fruit in large bowl. Pour puréed kiwifruit glaze over fruit and gently toss to coat. Marinate for 30 minutes. Arrange mixed fruits on skewers. Brush grill with oil. Preheat grill. Grill fruit over medium heat for 5 minutes on each side, brushing with kiwifruit glaze until light brown. Serve immediately.
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Amy Patton Preparing To “Elevate Her Game” At NAU By Danny L. White Most sports enthusiasts reading the above statement will argue that Patton, over the past four years has constantly “elevated her game” from a freshman sensation to a senior stalwart in leading the Ladies of Tempe McClintock to the 4A state title basketball game for the first time in school history.
family could not see me play on a regular basis. It will also be nice being in a cooler climate.” Family is important to Patton, as her father a computer business owner and her mother an educator have prepared both she and her older brother (Luther, Jr.) well for the real world. “I felt really comfortable with the coaches and players at NAU. I think we
and recently completed the requirements for her Gold Girl Scout Award, which is equivalent to the Boy Scout Eagle, further proving her diverse interest and values in life. During her junior year, Patton averaged over 20 points per game, double digit rebounds, several assist and a few steals in being named the best female player in the Southwest.
2007-08 Arizona Gatorade Basketball Player of the Year is preparing to take her game to AZI FILE PHOTO the next level when she goes to Northern Arizona University in the fall.
Still others will point to Patton having been selected Gatorade Player of the Year for 2007-2008 as direct evidence that she has elevated her game. The much celebrated and versatile performer will elevate her game about 5,500 feet, as she has chosen Northern Arizona University as the academic address to attain a degree and further sharpen her skills on and off the hardwoods. NAU coach Laurie Kelly, pulled a Boston (bid whist card players know the term), by signing Patton from the much heralded grasp of ASU, UofA and several teams from the PAC 10. “I considered those schools and a few others,” said Patton, adding, “I wanted to be away, but not that far away in which my
have a great chance to go back to the NCAA’s,” said Patton, who plans to study business. The Lady Lumberjacks advanced to the first round of the NCAA women’s tournament three years ago, however, the latest edition of Lady Lumberjacks could only fashion a 9-21 record. “There is room for improvement,” said Patton, who also stated, “There is a good nucleus of returning players and I am confident we will have a good season.” Patton is often compared to former Mountain Pointe standout Nicole Powell, who matriculated at Stanford and later was a first round draft choice in the WNBA. A gifted and talented student athlete, Patton carries a healthy 3.75 GPA,
The love for basketball and sports in general was awakened in Patton at an early age as she would tag along with her father (Luther) and older brother, when they would hit the blacktops and gyms. “I would just sit and roll the ball back and forth. I began to dribble and shoot and it just took off. Now I know how to post a smaller opponent or use my quickness to get around a larger person trying to hold me,” said Patton in a calm assuredness that only comes from having practiced her performance and perfected her technique over the years. “I play a number of sports, badminton, tennis, I just enjoy competing,” said Patton who was selected homecoming queen, All-State, All –Arizona, 1st team All-Tribune.
Calm, quiet and appearing shy at first glance, Patton who was selected Southwest Player of the Year and Desert Sky Region Player of the Year is anything but quiet and shy on the court. “I expected a lot out of myself and also from my teammates,” said Patton. What does the future hold for Arizona’s most decorated female student athlete of the past several years? “Well, I would really like to complete my college career, go to grad school and or land a position with the Nike Corporation in Portland,” shared Patton. There is little doubt Amy Patton will elevate her game at the next level, in similar fashion to what she did at the high school level in leading McClintock into previously uncharted territory. Graduate school and working at Nike immediately following graduation might just be interrupted
Patton crosses over her opponent at a game this past season for McClintock High School. Patton led the Chargers to the AZI FILE PHOTO first 4A State finals game in school history.
by a call from the WNBA and her country to tryout for the 2012 Olympic team? The Lady Lumberjacks
will certainly feel the impact of Patton’s arrival. Look for the Lady Jack’s to elevate as well, all the way back to the NCAA’s.
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Tamara Pridgett Repeats as Southern Arizona Girls Track Athlete of the Year By Jessie Vanderson TUCSON- When you win four gold medals at a state championship meet, people notice. A big year in track and field has led to some significant post-season honors for Tamara Pridgett, a junior who sparked Tucson Rincon to a third-place finish at the Class 5A-II track and field state championships last month at Chandler High School in Chandler. Pridgett won 5A-II individual state titles in the 100meters, 200-meters, long jump, and ran the race busting second-leg for a Ranger quartet that teamed to take the state crown in the 4x100-meter relay. For her yeoman's performance, Pridgett was recently selected for the second straight year by the Arizona Daily Star Newspaper as the Southern Arizona Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year. The Arizona Daily Star, printed daily in Tucson, is the largest newspaper in southern Arizona, and is also the second largest daily newspaper in the state. Pridgett's recognition by the Arizona Daily Star was followed a week later by an even bigger honor. Last Friday, the mid-town speedster was selected along with Peoria High's star sprinter, Serene Williams, as one of two All-Arizona girls' 100-meter runners by the Arizona Republic Newspaper, the largest daily newspaper in the state. Pridgett's clocking of 12.12 while winning her state title in the 100 was the fastest time this year in that dash event for a girl from southern Arizona. Williams ran 12.02 while taking the 100 state title this spring in the Class 4A-I division. Pridgett's performance at the 5AII state meet was the best showing for a girls' sprinter from the Class 5A South Region since former Tucson Salpionte Catholic legend Carolyn Jackson finished third in the 100, won the 200 and 400, and anchored a Lancer foursome to the state title
in the 4x400-meter relay at the 1996 Class 5A state championship meet. Sophomore Sara Miville won the 1600-meters while her teammate Lauren Lazszcak, a junior, claimed the high jump to pace Oro Valley Ironwood Ridge to the 5A-II girls' state team title. The Nighthawks will open the season next year as a strong favorite to repeat as team champs. The North Siders have one of the state's best group of young sprinters. Senior Lily Haspert, who- like Pridgett- is a standout soccer player, won the triple jump, finished second in the 400, and third in long jump while helping Tucson Sahuaro win the 4A-I girls' team championship. Sahuaro freshman Kathy Fisher emerged during the season as a true star of the future. She finished second at the 4A-I state meet in the 300-meter hurdles with an all-time
freshman clocking of 43.84. If she continues to develop, Fisher could possibly break during her high school career Georgeanne Moline's all-time Class 4A state record in the 300 hurdles of 43.15, and Christy Nore's all-time Arizona girls' state record in the race of 42.87. Nore set that standard her senior year at Scottsdale Chaparal in 1985. She is the only girls in state history go under 43 seconds in the 300 hurdles, which she achieved twice. Her junior year at Chaparal in 1984, Nore ran 42.93. Fisher has exceptional speed and strength for a young runner. She teamed with Grabielle Stephens, Michelle Martin and Shelby Slocum on a Cougars' quartet that won the 4A-I state title in the 4x400 relay in 3:55.48, which is the fastest clocking in the 4x400 at a 4A state championship meet in 10 years. Oro Valley Canyon Del Oro senior Kala Stepter was the runner to beat all season in the 300 hurdles. She outran Fisher last month at Mesa Community College to win the 4A-I state title in the punishing race. Stepter and Fisher were both selected All-Arizona in the 300 hurdles. Stepter, who will attend Stanford, also won the 4A-I state crown in the 100-meter high hurdles to pace the Dorados to a secondplace finish in the team standing. In other local track and field news, Amphi junior Essence Johnson was selected All-Arizona in the triple jump. She won the Class 4A-II girls' state championship in the event to become the first girl from the North Side school to become a track and field state champion in at least a decade. Johnson could challenge the 40 foot barrier in the triple jump next spring. She is being coached in the event at Amphi by local track and field legend Mario Pena, who helped former Pima Community College standout Yuliana Perez become a juco national champion in the triple jump.
Cardinals Celebrate at VOS Juneteenth The Arizona Cardinals made their presence known at the Valley of the Sun Juneteenth celebration by sending defensive end Kenny Iwebema (pronounced ee-WEBuh-muh), two members of the cheerleading squad, Alexis (left) and Taryn, and their mascot Big Red. The quartet of Cardinals signed autographs and joked with the children and adults who lined up at their booth. There also was an area for children and adults to test their NFL passing abilities. B. MOTLEY/AZI PHOTO
Shaq to Cleveland?
Another trade rumor involving the Phoenix Suns future hall of famer center Shaquille O’Neal popped up again on Sunday ironically when his former team, the Los Angeles Lakers, and more specifically, the man who allegedly could not win an Association championship without Shaq alone side him, Kobe Bryant, was doing just that, winning a NBA title. This time, there may be some fire in that smokescreen with regards to a possible trade for the Big Cactus. The Arizona Republic reported that the SPORTS EDITOR DIGEST Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix have re-started talks about a trade that would potentially bring O’Neal to Cleveland. A league source confirmed Sunday that Cavs General Manager Danny Ferry and Suns GM Steve Kerr have been in touch and discussed O’Neal since the BY VINCENT CRAWFORD Cavs season ended two weeks ago. However, the talks are believed to just be a part of the preliminary discussions the Cavs are having with many teams leading up to the draft. Including Phoenix, the Cavs have reportedly been in touch with numerous teams in the past ten days but are not close to any deals. When the Eastern conference finals ended, the Cavs front office began talks with teams they’d spoken to leading up to February’s trade deadline. The Suns were one of those teams the Cavs talked to back in the winter. They were in negotiations about trading for O’Neal, but the teams never actually came close to making a deal. According to an unnamed source, a sticking point was the Suns’ interest in Delonte West, who at this point is nearly untouchable for the Cavs. As of this writing, the situation appears to be the same, The Suns are interested in sumping some salary – they are headed for the luxury tax next season – and also continue to ponder breaking up their big man duo of O’Neal and Amaré Stoudemire. The Cavs are one of the teams that still have some players and contracts that could help Phoenix do that. As evident how Orlando’s center Dwight Howard dominated the Cavs in the playoffs, Cleveland is in the market to upgrade its frontcourt. O’Neal is 37 years old, but is coming off his best season in the last three years, being named third team All-NBA after averaging 17.8 points and 60 percent shooting with 8.4 rebounds in 75 games. The Republic reported, a package of Ben Wallace and Sasha Pavlovic has the potential to save the Suns nearly $10 million in salary and luxury-tax savings. Pavlovic’s $4.9 million contract for next season is only guaranteed for $1.5 million. O’Neal is going into the final year of a contract that will pay him $20.million. As with any trade, the league has the approve the swap before it swap can actually happen.
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News, Views and Interesting Facts This week the PGA Tour turns over the reins to the United States Golf Association (USGA) who will conduct its 109th U.S. Open Championship where 156 men will tee it up at New York’s Bethpage Black G.C. This is the second consecutive year that the USGA will host its championship on a public course. Last year Tiger Woods Tiger Woods is on the prowl. earned his third title Can he repeat? by winning at Torrey Pines G.C. in La Jolla, a suburb of San Diego. Ironically, Woods has won all three of his championships on public courses with his first coming at Pebble Beach and the second at The Black. Woods is coming off a victory at the Memorial two weeks ago and is primed and ready for the 7400+ yard challenge that the Black offers. He is considered the odds on favorite to win his fourth championship and his fifteenth major title. We’ll see beginning Thursday at 8:06 AM when he tees it up with Paddy Harrington and El Pato Angel Cabrera. After checking records DEAN’S DUFFERS for the U.S Open qualifiers I was surprised to see two African American golfers make it to the final stage of qualifying. Maryland golfer George Bradford attempted to qualify in Rockville, MD at the par 72 Woodmont CC but missed the cut after posting rounds of 75-67=142 (-2). The BY MICHAEL A. DEAN other golfer was Andy Walker who attempted to qualify in Dayton, OH at the par 71 NCR CC. Walker missed his chance to play in the Open by a single shot after posting rounds of 67-70=137 (-5). Other Teebits: I stopped by Encanto last week to take a look at the youngsters playing in the Milt Coggins Championship hosted by JJGA and Antigua. Quincy Sweet from Avondale posted scores of 77-81-80=238 as the only African American male competing. Desert Mashie juniors Sal and Michael Guardiola posted rounds of 82-79-85=246 and 79-79-77=235. Michael will be traveling to Atlanta on Sunday to compete in the Bill Dickey Invitational next week. Stevie Booker of Goodyear was the only African American female to compete in the Girls 15-18 Division. Booker posted 82-89-94=265. And finally, there has always been talk about the PGA Tour and how even par golf would hold up in today’s game of high-tech equipment and improved dimple design. It’s interesting because in a time when the golf scores should be going down old man par is holding its own. In 24 professional events played this year par’s best finish was T8 in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill that earned $174,000. For the year, par has earned $626,118 and has made 22 cuts by finishing on the average in 41st place in each event. The earnings would put par in 78th place on the money list between Alex Cejka and Aaron Baddeley and if the season ended today par would certainly finish inside the 125 list that is hallowed ground for PGA TOUR card holders.
Until next time, “Keep on Stroking”
Cultural Cup Food Bank Director Zarinah Zyad (seating center) and Habiballah Saleem (right standing) are joined by volunteers on a recent food donation day. This group will be on hand at the June 19th Phoenix Mercury,. Los Angeles Sparks WNBA benefit basketball game and food donation drive. DL WHITE/AZI PHOTO
Benefit Game, Food Drive Set for June 19 Phoenix Mercury, Cultural Cup Food Bank plan special night By Danny L. White On Friday, June 19, at 7:00pm, the Phoenix Mercury will play host to their west coast rivals the Los Angeles Sparks in a WNBA game that will also serve as a ‘food donation drive’ with a portion of the ticket proceeds benefiting the Cultural Cup Food Bank. June 19th, is known as ‘Independence Day’ to African Americans in particular, from Texas and the southern states and to places as far away as Alaska. Texas was the first state to pass legislation making the 19th of June a state holiday in their borders and today a dozen states recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday. “This is great!” Shared Zarinah Zyad, director of the Cultural Cup Food Bank (CCFB) adding, “Summers are usually slow for food donations and to raise funds, yet the people continue to come. We are very grateful to the Mercury organization and all involved for giving us this opportunity.” “I arrived at the food bank the other day and there was a lady and two children standing outside. She said she heard we help people so they walked from the other side of town to get a food box and clothes,” said Habiballah Saleem, Zyad’s significant other and confidant in the operation. Said Saleem, “When hunger cries out it has no
The Phoenix Mercury will host the Los Angeles Sparks Friday at the US Airways Center. PHOTO FROM WNBA.COM/MERCURY
color, no age, and no gender, it is just hunger and we are here to do our part to try and help. The Cultural Cup is known to taper food boxes to the specific needs of those seeking help. If a person is a diabetic, if there are young children in the home or other special
needs, Cultural Cup volunteers will honor those needs whenever possible. “The economic times we live in today has forced many people to have to do things they thought they would not do. We have people come in from the far east valley, the west valley, south and north
Phoenix. When people come we do our best to help,” said Saleem. Regarding the game, Saleem said the goal is to “fill up the US Airways Center on June 19th for the Mercury and Sparks game.” “We are encouraging everyone planning to attend to bring canned or dry goods for the food donation drive. A little goes a long way. “These ladies play ball. If you have not seen a game you are in for a real treat and if have, you know what to expect,” Saleem said. For more information about the game contact Kevin Stevenson at (602) 379-7794 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org You can also contact the Cultural Cup Food Bank, which is located at 537 E. Osborn Road, at (602) 266-8370 or by email at Culturalcupfb@qwest.net
Tonto Church of Christ Hosts Arizona National Dinner Day Story and photos By Florence Darby National Dinner Day is a fundraising event held in cities across the U.S. to benefit Christian education at Southwestern Christian College. The Tonto Church of Christ in Phoenix hosted this year’s Arizona National Day dinner on Saturday, May 30 in the beautifully decorated ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The near-capacity ballroom represented statewide Church of Christ members and friends. The Bowser Women, who take their name from the founder of the college, are promoters and fundraisers. They deserve a lot of credit for the planning and execution of the Arizona National Dinner Day. Mrs. Iva Voldase, national representative for the Bowser Women expressed thanks and appreciation to the local committee. Voldase travels from her office in California to cities across the country promoting fundraising for Southwestern Christian College. A beautiful bouquet of spring flowers was presented to each of the Bowser Women. Minister Jack Evans, Jr., pastor of Lake Como Church of Christ, Ft. Worth, Texas and the author of several books, was the banquet speaker. He concluded a weeklong series of gospel meetings hosted by Pastor
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ABOVE: Left to right are Merlon Thompson, Jack Evans, Jr. and Aaron Sales BELOW: The alumni group included (l to r) Aaron sayles, Chris Edmerson, Talitha Scruggs, Janice Thompson and William Flowers.
THU 18 Faith Missionary Baptist Church and Pastor Walter F. present Lee Williams & The Spirituals QC's with special guest The Annoited Golden Wings of Tupelo, Mississippi at Faith Missionary Baptist Church, 5802 S 7th Ave. in Phoenix. Doors open 6:30 p.m. concert at 7:30. For information call 602 268-5584. SAT 20 Murph Community AME Church Women's Day Celebration Luncheon at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 415 E. Grant St., Phoenix. Doors will open 10:30 a.m. Luncheon program begins at 11:00 a.m. Special guest speaker is the Honorable Lynn Toler, author and star of the syndicated TV show "Divorce Court." The theme for this year's event will be on domestic violence awareness. For tickets and information call 623-640-5828 or 623-556-4433.
Merlon Thompson at the Tonto Church of Christ on Thursday before the dinner. His banquet message highlighted the Dinner Day theme, “The Church: The
The planning committee included (l to r) Iva Voldase, LaRosa Schexnader, Rose Dobbins, Traci Jones asnd Evelyn Thompson.
Manifestation of God’s Wisdom.” Minister Evans is very familiar with the campus of Southwestern Christian College. He is an alumnus and his father served as president of the college and held other positions there. Fred Holloway, who served as the dinner’s facilitator, introduced the Southwestern alumni group. Children and young adult choirs presented special music. According to a history of the college, Brother Bowser wanted to establish a Christian institution of higher learning. In the fall of 1948, with 45 students enrolled, a small beginning was made in Fort Worth, Texas under the name of Southern Bible Institute. The name was later changed to Southwestern Christian College and it is located at Terrell, Texas.
SUN 21 A Roman Catholic Mass Celebration will be held at St. Pius X Catholic Church at 809 South 7th Ave in Phoenix at 1 pm. Rev. Jeff H. Harvey, pastor at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Phoenix will be the celebrant. Everyone is invited and is welcome to the Mass. Hospitality will be provided on the patio behind the church after the Mass. Music will be provided by the “Freedom Singers” and organ playing by John Tarrant. Informtion: 602-354-2025. THU-SAT 25-27 Awake Arizona ’09 hosted by BridgeBuilders Int’l Leadership Network at City of Grace Church, 655 East University Dr. in Mesa. Conference begins Thursday evening at 7 p.m. with sessions all day and evening on Friday; conference ends Saturday at 12:30 p.m. All evening sessions start at 7 p.m. and the morning sessions start at 8:30 a.m. Registration and information at www.BridgeBuilders.net or call 602-977-1111
SAT 27 Mt Pleasant Church “One Night With The King” Debutante Ball. 6 p.m. Social; 6:30 p.m. Dinner/Event at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona-Desert Star Club Ballroom. Guest speaker will be 2009 Miss Black Teen Arizona USA, Rozan Latham. For information call Mt Pleasant Church 623-386-6365 opt 2
One Step Further Ministry Celebrates Pastoral Anniversary By Florence Darby Religion Editor The Spirit-filled life of Pastor Mary MackeyBrown was brought into focus during the celebration of her eight years of pastoral ministry. The event was held Sunday afternoon, June 7 hosted by her church family. According to the welldocumented history of her spiritual journey, read by her daughter, Evangelist Pam Mann, Pastor Mackey-Brown received Christ into her life in 1977 in Los Angeles. She attended Manchester Bible College and in 1979, and was ordained as an evangelist in 1982. She served in this capacity in California, Texas and Arizona. She retired in 1991 from the Los Angeles School District and moved back to Arizona.
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From left to right are Pastor Linda Wilson, Minister Peggy Perrin and Pastor Mary Mackey-Brown (seated)
She served as assistant pastor to Pastor Hershey Jackson at Faith of Truth Holiness Church and later pastored Faith of Truth Church #2. She returned to evangelizing in various churches until she became pastor at One Step Further Ministry - a church and outreach ministry that meets the second Saturday of each month and meets
many needs such as rehabilitation, home care and visiting the sick and shutins. During the celebration, guest pastors and musicians filled the church with testimonies and songs of praise. Pastor Hill and the praise team were the devotional leaders. Participating pastors and musicians included
Pastor Keith E. Thurston, Sr. and the Ray of Hope Church choir; Pastor Morrison and the Open Door Church choir, Copastors Fred and Linda Wilson from Jesus Ministry Bread of Life Church were represented musically by Pastor Bone who presented a rap song “Let The Blood Flow” from his newly released CD. His wife presented a Hawaiian praise dance. Pastor Linda Wilson, founder of Jesus Ministry Bread of Life Ministry delivered the anniversary sermon. Beginning with Luke 41, she related the beautiful story of Mary and Elizabeth to show that nothing is impossible with God. Minister Peggy Perrin served as mistress of ceremony and kept the program moving at an enjoyable pace.
South Phoenix Fellowship Hall available to a Christian church for religious worship and meetings. Please contact Pastor Robert Johnson for additional details at 602-740-7631 or 602-973-0864
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Murph Community A.M.E. Church Rev. Teresa Nelson - Pastor 602-246-3951 • 6702 N. 27th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85017
Sunday Church School at 8-9:20 am Praise and Worship at 9:30 - 9:45 am Divine Worship Service at 9:45 am • TRANSPORTATION WILL BE PROVIDED • Wednesday - Bible Study at 6 to 7pm Saturday - Men's Bible 8:30-10am Youth Church 9am-3pm (2nd and 4th Sat.) Women's Bible Study 9-11am (1st and 3rd Saturday)
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W O R L D H A RV E S T M I N I S T R I E S CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP COGIC 2950 W Fairmount Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85017 602-248-0636, 602-266-1227 fax
For Information call 602-257-9300 Mt. Calvary Baptist Church 1720 E. Broadway Road Mesa, AZ 85204 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 4242 Mesa, AZ 85211 Ph. (480) 964-5048 FAX (480) 964-5711
BEACON LIGHT SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH Dr. W. Don Edwards 2602 N. 51st Ave. Phoenix, Arizona 602-285-9391
Wednesday Prayer Meeting 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Saturday Sabbath School 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship 11:00 a.m. Everyone Welcome
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www.mcbcmesa.org Reverend David L. Wade Pastor
The Glory of the Lord is in This House
Pastor & First Lady Horne
SCHEDULE OF SERVICES Sunday Morning Prayer . . .9:00 am Sunday School . . . .9:30 am Morning worship .10:45 am Wednesday Bible Study . . . . . . .7:00 pm 1st Fridays - Prayer and Pastoral teaching 7:00 pm
Impacting and empowering lives with the Word of God Making Disciples, Maturing Christian, Multiplying Saints
Listen to the Harvest Time Radio broadcast Sunday 6pm 1280 AM KXEG Visit us on the web at: www.Whministries.com
Schedule of Services Sunday Monday Night Church School 8:30 a.m. Brotherhood 7:00 p.m. Morning Service 10:00 a.m. 1st & 3rd Senior Mission 7p.m. 1st & 3rd Men’s Chorus 8:00 p.m. Tuesday Wednesday 2nd - 4th Young Adult 7 p.m. Noon Day Bible Study 12 p.m. 3rd Tuesday Ushers 7 p.m. Family Prayer & Bible Study 7 p.m. Thursday Senior Choir 7:30 p.m.
Saturday Youth & Children Choir 10:00 a.m. 2nd Pastoral Support 12:00 p.m. 3rd Saturday Food Care Distribution 8:00 a.m.
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WILLOW GROVE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
Gideon Missionary Baptist Church A church on the move Come move with us! Rev. John R. Powell, Pastor First Lady Sis. Anita Powell
4401 S. 7th Place Phoenix
“Therefore go and make desciples of all nations...” Services Held Sunday at Windmill Inn Suites 12545 W. Bell Road Surprise, AZ 85374
Bible Study Wednesday Night Various Locations - Call 623-875-1525
First Institutional Baptist Church
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 91003 Phoenix, AZ 85066-1033
Pastor Darryl T. Henry
Greater Love Deliverance Church 1523 E. Wood Street, Phoenix, AZ 85040
1141 East Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034 Dr. Warren H. Stewart Sr., Senior Pastor
Church (602) 243-7119
www.fibcaz.org (602) 258-1998 FAX: (602) 256-2957
Scriptural Foundation: Exodus 3:12-15; I Peter 2:9; Romans 12:3-5; 8:31-37 (NLT)
Putting on the Armor of God Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday Morning Worship 7:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Church School 9:30 a.m.
School of the Bible Fridays at 7:30 p.m. Sundays Sunday School at 9 a.m. Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
Wednesday Prayer, Worship and the Word on Wednesdays
Dr. Lee E. Wells & First Lady Elder Deborah Wells
Office Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
1248 East Roeser Road Phoenix, Arizona 85040 Church Phone 602-268-5930 FAX 602-268-1501
Elder Dr. Julian E. Turner, Pastor
G R E AT E R S H I LO H
ADENA DEAN INTERNATIONAL MINISTRIES INC. Evangelist Adena Dean, Th.B.
202 N. M L King Circle Phoenix AZ 85034 602-254-1576 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me - Phil 4:13
Missionary Baptist Church
901 W. Buckeye Road, Phoenix, AZ 85007
REV. ROY L. FITZPATRICK, PASTOR Telephone (602) 253-0219 • Fax (602) 253-2772 “Jesus Christ Is Lord To The Glory Of God The Father.” Phil. 2:11 (b)
Praise & Worship Services Prayer Service Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.
“YES, GOD IS! YES, GOD HAS! YES, WE ARE! YES, WE WILL!”
Church of the Living God (C.W.F.F.)
Service Times Sunday School.........9:15 a.m. Morning Service..........11 a.m. Bible Class Wednesday...7 p.m.
Church School 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship 11 a.m.
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Building people of ... Purpose, Power, Praise, Prayer and Excellence
Sunday Morning Worship – 10:00 a.m. Sunday School – 9:00 a.m. Prayer Meeting and Bible Study: (Wednesdays) – 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Lord’s Supper – (1st Sunday only) For additional information, please call: (602) 253-0219
A Ministry of Excellence!
Gethsemane Park Apostolic Church 111 N. Sun Valley, Mesa, Arizona 85207 Order of Weekly Services Sunday School ........................9:15 a.m. Elder Michael C. Newman Morning Worship.................10:30 a.m. Pastor KXEG AM1280 Broadcast.....4:30 p.m. (480) 641-PARK (7275) Evening Worship....................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Bible Class ...........7:30 p.m. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6699 Mesa, AZ. 85216 Web Address: www.angelfire.com/az2/gethsemanepark “The church controlled by the Spirit of God!”
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church 1401 E. Jefferson, Phoenix, AZ 85034 (602) 258-0831
Bishop Alexis A. Thomas, Senior Pastor LINING UP SUNDAY Morning Worship . . . . . . . . . . . .7:45am & 10:45am Sunday School . . . . . . . . . . . . .9:30am Broadcast KXEG Radio 1280 AM........9:30-11:00pm WEDNESDAY Prayer & Praise . . . . . . . . . . . . .6:00pm Family Cluster Bible Study . . .6:30pm
AMOS METROPOLITAN CME CHURCH “Together We Can” 2804 E. MOBILE LANE PHOENIX, AZ 85040
SUNDAY SCHOOL - 9:00 A.M. SUNDAY SERVICE - 10 A.M. WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY 7 P.M. TRANSPORTATION AVAILABLE 602-486-7861 REV. HURLEY
THEME FOR JUNE: “Good News From God’s Word”
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U N I T E D F E L LOW S H I P C H U RC H 4210 E. Main St. (suite 10 & 11) Mesa, AZ 85205 480-779-6444 • www.unitedfellowshipchurch.com
Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Saturdays at 4 p.m. Overseers Brian & Yolanda Ewing Pastors Joshua & Tamela Farr
Chur ch of Chr ist
1101 W. Tonto St., Phoenix, AZ 85007 Weekly Services Sunday Morning Bible Class ........................... 9:15 a.m. Worship...............................10:30 a.m. Sunday Evening Bible Class (All Ages) ............5:00 p.m. Worship ................................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Evening Bible Class (All Ages) ............6:30 p.m.
Church: 602-252-7852 Res: 602-268-6275
2766 East Marguerite Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85040
602-268-8076 or 276-5902 PASTOR CHARLES R. JOHNSON Saturday Sabbath School 10 a.m. Saturday Worship 12 p.m. Sunday Night Service 7: 30 Tuesday/Thursday Bible Study 7:30
Bethesda Community Baptist Church 906 E. Jones Ave. - P.O. Box 8442 Phoenix, Arizona 85066 Sunday School: 9:30am Sunday Morning Worship: 11:00am Tuesday Womens Ministry: 6:00pm-7:00pm Tuesday Mens Ministry: 7:00pm-8:00pm Tuesday Outreach Ministry: 7:00pm-8:00pm Wednesday Hour of Prayer: 6:00pm-7:00pm Wednesday Bible Study: 7:00pm-8:00pm Wednesday Youth Ministry: 7:00pm-8:30pm Thursday Music Ministry: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Pastor James N. Preston, Pastor/Teacher Telephone - 602-276-1006 * Fax - 602-276-4526
Southminster Presbyterian Church 1923 E Broadway Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85040 • P.O. Box 8764, Phoenix, Arizona 85066 Telephone (602) 276-2582 • Fax (602) 276-7160 • E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Elder Reginald Ragland Commissioned Lay Pastor Weekly Community Worship every Sunday at 10am Weekly Prayer and Bible Study every Thursday at 6pm
Youth and Adult/Church School is each Sunday: Children 3-6 years of age meet at 9:00am Children 7-12 years of age meet at 9:00am Teens and adults meet at 11:30am The Chancel Choir meets every Thursday at 7:00pm Youth Choir meets every other Saturday at 2:00pm
FIRST PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, INC.
Merlon M. Thompson
Fisher Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church 1607 EAST SOUTH MOUNTAIN AVENUE PHOENIX, ARIZONA 85040
Sunday School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship. . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:00 a.m. Tuesday Bible Study......10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. “Come Worship With Us” Rev. Gina R. Casey, Pastor email@example.com Church: 243-5913
Phillips Memorial C.M.E. Church 1401 E. Adams Street Phoenix, AZ 85034 602-253-7156
Rev. Felix Jones, Pastor Sunday School . . . . . . . . . . 9:15 AM Sunday Services . . . . . . . . 11:00 AM ............6:00 PM Bible Study Wednesday . . . . . . . . . . . 7:00 PM
2701 E. Marguerite Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85040 Church: 602-268-0348 or 276-9075 David Eddings, Pastor
“…faith, hope, love abide, …the greatest of these is love.” 1 Cor 13.13 RSV Sunday: Sunday Morning Prayer......... 8:30 a.m. Sunday School ................... 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship .................10:30 a.m. Evening Worship ................ 5:00 p.m. Tuesday: Bible Study ........................ 7:30 p.m. Thursday: Worship ............................ 7:30 p.m. All are welcome!
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F a i t h Fa m i l y Community C h u rc h Sunday Services Conducted at Hope Community Church 7901 East Sweetwater (Sweetwater & Hayden) Scottsdale, AZ 85260 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
SHILOH MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH 56 S. Robson, Mesa, AZ 85210-1344
480 844 2687 Dr. Gene James Pastor
Wesley United Methodist Church 750 E. Southern Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85040 P. O. Box 8508, Phoenix, AZ 85066 Phone: (602) 268-9461 Fax: (602) 305-9424 www.wesleychurchphoenix.org. Experience the fellowship of caring Christians.
A warm welcome awaits you.
REV. KARL M. CLARK Worship Services PASTOR Early Morning Worship . . .8:00 a.m. Sunday School . . . . . . . . .9:30 a.m. Morning Worship . . . . . . . .11:00 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study . .Noon & 6:30 p.m.
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1428 So. 13th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85007 Phone: 602-252-5344 • Fax 602-252-1478 Breakfast Ministry Sunday School Morning Worship Communion Prayer & Bible Study Prayer & Bible Study
“Come Visit With Us Where You Are A Stranger But Once”
THE FREE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST IN JESUS NAME, INC.
St. John Institutional Baptist Church
OTTLEY W. HOLMES, JR. PASTOR
Touching Hearts and changing Lives by The Power of His Word Luke 4:18,19 SUNDAYS: 9am- Sunday School 11am- Morning Worship 4 pm - BTU/CBT Christian Bible Training MONDAY: 6pm - Intercessory Prayer Meeting WEDNESDAY: Prayer Meeting– 5:30pm Bible Study - 7pm www.smbcmesa.org E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday Mornings .8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Sunday Mornings . . . . . .9:15 a.m. Sunday Mornings . . . . .10:45 a.m. 1st Sunday Mornings Wednesday Mornings . .9:30 a.m. Wednesday Evenings . .6:30 p.m.
Rev. C.R. McDuffy South Phoenix Missionary Baptist Church 2006 East Broadway Road • Phoenix, AZ 85040 Study: 268-2512 or 276-6237 Weekly Services Sunday School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:00 a.m. 1st Sunday Communion . . . . . 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Teacher’s Meeting . . . . . . . . . 6:30 p.m. Mid-Week Service . . . . . . . . . 7:30 p.m. Bible Study . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:00 p.m. Dr. Bernard Black, Pastor “This is the Church Where Everybody is Somebody”
UNION INSTITUTIONAL BAPTIST CHURCH 2760 East Mobile Lane Phoenix, Arizona Phone: 602-276-6871 Fax: 602-314-6421
Rev. Lenten Jackson, Jr. Pastor Church Schedule Sunday School............ 9:30 a.m. Worship Service ..........11:00 a.m. Prayer Meeting .. Wed. 6:00 p.m. Bible Study ..........Wed. 6:30 p.m.
Canaan Missionary Baptist Church 931 S. Stapley Dr. Mesa AZ 85204 www.mycmbc.org 480-835-6320 SUNDAY WORSHIP AND BIBLE STUDY Early Worship - 7:50 a.m. Morning Worship - 10:20 a.m. Sunday School - 9:20 - 10:25 a.m. BIBLE STUDY Tuesday Evening: 7 - 8 p.m. Wednesday: noon - 1 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2009
SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN MEETS WITH VALLEY BLACK CHURCH LEADERS
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Arizonaâ€™s U.S. Senator John McCain recently met with a group of African American church leaders in his Phoenix office. They shared several pressing issues confronting the Black community with the senator and suggested ways he can be helpful. The group (from left to right) includes: Reverend James N. Preston, Reverend Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr., Reverend Dr. Benjamin N. Thomas, Sr., Al Harris, Jr., Senator John McCain, Reverend Oscar Tillman, Dr. C. T. Wright and Reverend Ervin Cutright along with two students from Valley Vista High School: Nivre Cutright and D. J. Bruner. Dr. Wright, who arranged the meeting, said that the senator is looking forward to working with our community.
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Project ChalleNGe Graduates Class 32 By ArnE Williams After a grueling 22week program, 44 highschool dropouts learned the how-tos of military training and now are prepared to enter the adult world from the Arizona National Guard-run program called "Project ChalleNGe." Graduation was held Saturday at Westwood High School. Among the graduates was 17-year-old Michael Jensen who also earned set himself apart by becoming the first cadet to also graduate from high school through a new online program. In the past, the program worked to prepare dropouts for the general equivalency diploma, or GED, but cadets now can take online high-school classes through Sequoia Choice Arizona Distance Learning, one of Arizona's 14 virtual public schools. Since 1993, Project Challenge has hosted two classes per year for hundreds of boys and girls ages 16 to 19 from around the state. It is a demanding course and about 60 percent have finished. Graduates said the military-style structure and activities gives them feeling of accomplishment
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Class 32 candidates change their caps tassels from right to left symbolizing that they are graduates. INSET: Dr. Don Campbell, chair of the Maricopa Community Colleges Governing Board and member of the Project Challenge Foundation Board, presents a scholarship to one of the program's alumni.AT LEFT: Graduate Chanice Rawls (wearing cap) is congratulated by her family after the commencement ceremonies on Saturday at Westwood High School.
and a boost in self-esteem. Project Challenge, however, is not for everyone. Felons, drug abusers and
teens on probation or parole cannot apply Most Project Challenge graduates, once armed
with new life skills, find jobs; some go into the military, and the rest either enroll in vocational train-
ing or college. Now the new diploma offers even more opportunity. "Now every cadet can
earn high-school credits, said Clark Coldiron, director of Arizona Project Challenge. Based in Queen Creek, the project has eight core components: academic instruction, job skills training, physical fitness, health and hygiene, leadership, life-coping skills, responsible citizenship, and service to community. This year's commencement's keynote speaker was Queen Creek Mayor Art Sanders. Sanders was responsible for the cadets developing a garden on their campus. Under Mayor Sander’s tutelage, the cadets are learned how to prepare and till the soil, planting techniques for various crops, which crops can be planted together and proper care and maintenance of a garden. The cadets have planted tomatoes, onions, chili peppers and cilantro. Soon, they will be planting cucumbers, squash, potatoes, corn, watermelon and cantaloupe. Cadets said the garden is a source of great pride. Congressman Harry Mitchell who was on hand for the ceremonies and was presented with a basket of fresh produce from the garden.
Valley’s Juneteenth Celebration Bigger and Better Each Year Cont’d. from Page 1 Several states have since issued proclamations recognizing the holiday, but the Lone Star State remains alone in granting it full state holiday status, a day when government employees have the day off. Today, supporters and celebrants of Juneteenth continue to grow in number and in diversity. Juneteenth is promoted not only as a commemoration of African-American freedom, but as an example and encouragement of self-development and respect for all cultures. As in past years, the Valley of the Sun Juneteenth was free. Organizers said it should be accessible to all, regardless of income, ethnic or educational background. "Special events like this impact the quality of life for all of Phoenix’s citizen’s young or old or in between." Helping to keeping admission free were event sponsors, which included COX Communications, Fry’s Food Stores, APS,
American Express, Arizona Lottery, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Metro Light Rail, UPS, South Mountain Community College, Wells Fargo, NAACP and the Arizona Informant newspaper.