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From the Publisher The Cost of Complacency Webster defines complacency as “a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger, defect or the like or smug satisfaction with an existing situation, condition, etc.” While we’ve all witnessed recent civil unrest throughout the country relating to law enforcement and members of the African American community. The question must be raised “At what point are we responsible in our community for the conditions that lead to those circumstances”? Certainly we don’t mean to marginalize the deaths of those which lead to the civil unrest, however in almost every case sociologist have agreed that the civil unrest was a smaller issue of a problem that already existed…the lack of opportunity or economic growth in many of those communities. Have we become so complacent as a community that we fail to recognize that our lack of support for minority owned businesses in large part has a direct impact on the communities in which we live? Yes, Black lives matter, and so do Black owned businesses! This year represents 24 years of a mission of educating, enlightening, and empowering the community via this resource – The Black Pages. Why? Because we realize that complacency has an incredibly high cost - one that we can’t afford. We thank God for his continued grace, mercy, and favor! We thank you for allowing us to continue serving you and Jacksonville. Someone once quoted, “Complacency is the enemy of Progress”…Thomas Media Group and the Florida Black Pages refuses to be complacent! We ask that you do the same…support our advertisers! They will be grateful and so will we!

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The Jacksonville First Coast Black Pages’ is proud to welcome its Second Annual Top 20 Under 40 Class of 2015! The Jacksonville Black Pages’ Top 20 Under 40 is comprised a tremendously talented group of young men and women who possess the attributes necessary to advance the state of Florida. They have proven themselves locally, and are qualified and competent to leave their indelible mark globally, as well. This year’s class is filled with young, ambitious, professionals in all walks of life. They are gifted in a range of careers: from educators to community activists, artists, corporate influencers, musicians, doctors and a whole host of others. We are excited to introduce them to the City of Jacksonville. It has been said, “I am not sure if tomorrow will take care of itself.” In order for us to solve the problems of “tomorrow”and increase the quality of life for all of mankind, we must include young creative minds in the solution. They are a critical component of the overall process. We look forward to helping the Second Annual Class of The Top 20 Under 40 inspire our youth and like-minded professionals. Not only will they inspire their peers, but they will also empower our children by providing an example of “the solution,” and once we begin to empower our children, we will have begun to “save” them. Over the past several months through our website, we’ve been accepting nominations in hopes of finding some of Jacksonville’s most dynamic young professionals. We had fun throughout the process - nearly 100 applications were received in our first year! It is clear that Jacksonville’s best and brightest young entrepreneurs are making their mark professionally and in the community. This is the perfect marriage: The Unveiling of the 23rd Edition of the Jacksonville First Coast Black Pages and the introduction of The Black Pages’ Top 20 Under 40 Second Annual Class of 2015. One community… One directory for the City of Jacksonville. “Without vision, the people perish.” This should be the motto for the class of 2015 and for others to come. The path has been paved. Turn the page and help Thomas Media Group, LLC, publishers of the Jacksonville First Coast Black Pages and Florida Black Expo welcome and salute its Second Annual Top 20 Under 40 Class of 2015.

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Contents Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Black Pages Distribution Points . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Jacksonville First Coast Black Page’s Top 20 Under 40 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 On the Cover Section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Who’s Who in Attorneys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Who’s Who in Banking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Who’s Who in Beauty and Barbering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Who’s Who in Contractors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Who’s Who in Dentistry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Who’s Who in Funeral Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Who’s Who in Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Who’s Who in Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Who’s Who in Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Who’s Who in Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 N.E. Florida Greek Leaders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Historically Black Colleges & Universities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Up and Coming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Alphabetical Listings of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 Profile of Achievement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

DISCLAIMER: The publishers do not guarantee the absence of errors nor against the presence of unintentional inclusions or printing errors. No responsibility for the same can be or is assumed. Every attempt will be made to comply at the next earliest printing. Any and all possible remuneration made due to error(s) is limited to one half (1/2) of the actual cost of said ad space paid by the consumer. Copyright 2015-16, Jacksonville Frist Coast Black Pages. All rights reserved. Reproductions or use in any manner without written permission of the publisher is prohibited. Layout and Ad Design: The GraphX Department, LLC • 803.661.1256 Cover and Inside Photos: Head Shots Portrait Studio - 904-766-3665

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Index of Categories

Attorneys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Dentistry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

Banking. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

Beauty & Barbering. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Entertainment/Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

Careers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

Community Organization. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Funeral Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

Construction Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

Greek Paraphernalia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

Decorator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

Health Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

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Hospice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88

Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88

Media - Newspaper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82

Theatre/Museums . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

Media - Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82

Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

Medicine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

Youth Agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

Membership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

Weight Loss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

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ere they are! Entrepreneurs, business owners, corporate and community leaders throughout the state as featured on our front cover. These individuals serve as role models and examples of success and leadership in our community. They are leaders who have shown what can be accomplished through hard work, dedication, determination and perseverance. Because of the foundation they have laid, we all can now traverse those mazes a little easier. “The Black Pages proudly introduces these outstanding individuals!�

Gary Thomas Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation, Inc. ary Thomas is a native of Jacksonville, Florida, having graduated from Matthew William Gilbert Junior-Senior High School located on the Eastside of Jacksonville. Gary earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of North Florida.

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A lifelong advocate of social, political, and economic empowerment of the black community, Gary has been a member of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Foundation since its inception (1989). Professionally, he is a retired auditor at The Prudential Insurance Company, and a risk manager at CSX Transportation, and Winn-Dixie. Among his past and current volunteer opportunities are: Greater Jacksonville Economic Opportunity (GJEO), Joseph E. Lee Child Development Center, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Project Business, Junior Achievement, Jacksonville Jaycees, Black Students Union (FJC), The Jacksonville Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Jacksonville Job Corps, a plethora of community selfhelp organizations, and currently with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Foundation. His only professional membership during his career as a risk manager was as Treasurer and Vice-President of the Jacksonville Chapter of the Risk Insurance Management Society (RIMS). He currently serves as chairman of the board of directors of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Foundation, Incorporated, of Jacksonville, Florida. The Foundation is the host of the MLK Holiday Grand Parade and Celebration (third Monday of January), The MLK Memorial Candlelight Vigil (April 4th), Juneteenth in Jacksonville, and the MLK Community Volunteer Awards Banquet. Gary considers his greatest accomplishment was to co-parent three daughters, all of whom are graduates of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. And, to be an exceptionally proud grandparent of one granddaughter.

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Beth Tramel Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) eth Tramel was born in Miami and raised in Jacksonville Florida. She attended Stanton College Preparatory. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Florida and her Masters Degree in Business Administration from University of Phoenix. Ms. Tramel is the Supervisor of the Office of Economic Opportunity with Duval County Public Schools (DCPS). In this role she has assisted Minority/ Women Business Enterprise (M/WBEs) and Small Business Enterprise (SBEs) owners with doing business with DCPS for over 17 years. In addition, Beth also works with other public and private organizations such as the First Coast Business Alliance, the Joint Agency Task Force (JATF), the Florida Association of Minority Business Enterprise Officials (FAMBEO), the North Florida Procurement Association (NFPA), and Jacksonville Sister Cities to better serve and to stay abreast of opportunities and challenges that small and minority businesses may face.

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Ms. Tramel is very active in the community and is currently servings as President of the First Coast Business Alliance and as a board member for the following organizations: FAMBEO, NFPA, and Jacksonville Sister Cities. She is also on the “It’s Her Business” committee. Beth is passionate and committed to ensuring that M/WBEs and SBEs are included in the DCPS’ procurement process and has an open door policy. She can be reached at (904) 858-4860 or emailed at tramelb@duvalschools.org.

Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. Jacksonville Transportation Authority athaniel P. Ford Sr. is the consummate transportation professional. His distinguished career spans more than three decades, including a combined 13 years as CEO of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA).

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Sheldon J. Vann, Esquire Law Office of Sheldon J. Vann, Esquire Attoney at Law heldon Vann practices law in the areas of criminal, personal injury and civil litigation. In his practice, he also handles real estate, bankruptcy and foreclosures, small businesses, debt collection, wills, probate, driving license suspensions and child support modifications cases. As a member of the Florida Bar, he is also licensed to practice law in Federal Court. He is a solo practitioner whose office is located downtown in the Aetna building across from Baptist Hospital on Prudential Drive in Jacksonville, Florida. He is a member of the Jacksonville Bar, Perkins Bar and the American Bar Association.

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Prior to becoming an attorney, he accumulated 20 years of extensive professional experience in the corporate, educational and mortgage arenas. Mr. Vann recognized the importance of education in the early stages of life. However he does not hesitate to tell people he actually flunked out of several colleges because he did not take school seriously after graduating high school. While he may not have been a student who always excelled academically, he never quit and he was very persist in obtaining his educational goals. Sheldon attended high school in North Carolina. Upon receiving his high school diploma he attended school at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina and UDC at District of Columbia in Washington D.C. However, his success in college came when he graduated from Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. In 2000 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Shortly thereafter, he continued his education by attending Florida Coastal School of Law where he graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 2003. While attending Florida Coastal School of Law he was a member of the American Bar Association (Student Division), the Black Law Student’s Association (BLSA), Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity and the Christian Legal Society. Mr. Vann interned at the State Attorney’s Office in St. Augustine, Florida for a year in 2003 and that is where he developed his passion for criminal law. As a man who is willing to give of his time and talents, his efforts also extend to spiritual realm, Attorney Vann is an ordained minister and I fellowship at Innerlife Chapel International at 4881 Clyde Drive, Jacksonville Florida 32208. Invitation to fellowship there is always extended to everyone!

Nathan Perry Jr., MD Perry General & Internal Medicine athan Perry, Jr., MD, is a native of Orangeburg, South Carolina. He is a graduate of Morehouse College and a graduate of University of South Carolina, School of Medicine. He has called Jacksonville home since 1991.

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Deborah K. Thompson Deborah K. Thompson, Consultants eborah K. Thompson has an extensive history in business development in Jacksonville and throughout the state of Florida. As a small business owner herself for over thirty years and after working with minority and small business programs since the 1970’s, one of Deborah’s ultimate goals was to become an 8 (a) small business firm with the Small Business Administration. In 2011, Ms. Thompson was approached by a federal contractor with an 8 (a) sole source contract for $4M. The scope of work for the contract was Training and Development for Construction Management. This was the exact scope of work she performed for years as an employee and currently as a consultant for Florida A&M University and the Florida Department of Transportation. However, at that time, the firm was not yet certified.

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This process took one year to complete and the paperwork was daunting. Through sheer determination and perseverance, the company was successfully certified in March, 2012. In June of 2015, Deborah partnered, as the prime 8 (a) contractor and was awarded the first contract. By September of the same year, Deborah K. Thompson, Consultants had three prime contracts; two in Georgia and one in Tennessee, all with the Federal Aviation Authority out of Atlanta, Georgia. During this year alone, the partners prepared over 15 separate proposals. The firm now awaits positive results from Alabama, California, Florida, Kentucky and Virginia. Ms. Thompson resides in Jacksonville, where her business is headquartered. Along with her work with small, minority and disadvantaged businesses, she has partnered and subcontracted with firms such as Turner Construction Company and the City of Jacksonville on the Duval County Unified Courthouse; Reynolds Smith & Hills Engineering and Parsons Brinkerhoff Engineering on projects with the Jacksonville Transportation Authority; Contract Management Company with the Jacksonville Electric Authority; Crown Corr on the Everbank Field-Scoreboard; and CE&S Consulting and the Hester Group on environmental grounds remediation projects. Deborah K. Thompson is the National President of the National Association of Black Women in Construction, the Economic Development Chair of the NAACP-Jacksonville Branch and nominated for the Rutledge Pearson Community Development Award for 2015. Ms. Thompson’s latest community achievement was being crowned “Miss Senior Jacksonville” in 2014. From this experience she was able to share her lifelong passion in Health and Wellness, especially for the senior population and the “Baby Boomers” of our society. Check out her website for an upcoming exercise routine at www.dktconsultants.com and on Facebook. She remains a constant advocate for small, minority, women and disadvantaged business owners throughout the country. Her final goal or aspiration is to represent American women, minorities and disadvantaged business owners in the global marketplace through the federal contracting system.

Damien Haitsuka Wells Fargo amien Haitsuka is Senior Vice President and First Coast Area President for Wells Fargo. He oversees more than 580 community banking team members and 53 banking stores in Baker, Clay, Duval, and Nassau counties.

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KheSahn L. Barker Shades of Bleau Hair Studio and Spa heSahn Barker is the CEO and President of Shades of Bleau Hair Studio and Spa, a full service provider designed to meet the beauty needs of women in Jacksonville, Florida. KheSahn is also a member of New Life Evangelistic Center, where she serves as an Administrative Pastor Elect and Chief Compliance Officer (CCO). Her prior roles at NLEC were Church Administrator, Bishop A. C. Richardson’s School of Ministry Instructor, Marriage Ministry Director, Ladies of Christ Step Instructor, and Sunday School and Bible Study Instructor.

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KheSahn was previously, she was employed by Florida Blue (Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida) for 26 years. In KheSahn’s last role with Florida Blue, she served as a senior manager and community relations manager in the Office of Cultural Intelligence and Diversity Integration. The Office of Cultural Intelligence and Diversity Integration (CIDI) was responsible for driving cultural competence and diversity into the culture of Blue Cross and Blue Shield/Florida Blue to enable leaders to understand and address the varied perspectives and health needs of all Floridians through their functional operating plans. She was an organizational consultant with various internal and external leadership responsibilities. She provided governance, facilitation and oversight to Diversity Business Councils and Employee Resource Groups to actively promote and leverage diversity within the organization and community. Throughout her career, she has been active in various community and civic organizations. KheSahn served as a member of the Mayor's (Alvin Brown) transition team, a Guardian ad Litem (GAL), and a member of the Florida Black Expo Advisory Board. She was also a member of the employee review team (six years) for The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, which is the philanthropic affiliate of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida created as a 501(c)(3) philanthropic foundation that supports community-based solutions that enhance access to quality health-related services for the uninsured and underserved in Florida. In addition, she volunteers (and has volunteered) at various for-profit and non-profit organizations (Clara White Mission, Salvation Army, Shands, etc.). KheSahn has been married for more than 28 years to Alvin T. Barker Sr., and has two adult children (La'Teica, 27 and Alvin, 22). She also has a six-year old grandson, Chaise Michael Lawrence.

Yuleen Broome State Farm uleen Broome launched her career with State Farm Insurance Agency in 1978 with a position in administration. In 1983, she became an entrepreneur by establishing her own business as a State Farm independent agent. She was one of the first female, African-American State Farm pioneer agents appointed in the United States. 2007 She was honored by being selected as a Finalist for Franchisee of the Year by the Women In Business Organization.

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Broome has worked long hours, traveled tirelessly and has broken through her share of glass ceilings in order to grow her business and be a positive role model for others. She has helped break down stereotypes, and has shown that women can be successful in a very competitive industry where the males significantly outnumbered females. Besides the many leadership, production and travel awards Broome has earned with State Farm, she has managed to raise three children, stay active in the community, and found time to mentor other small businesses. Some of the boards she has served on are Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Judicial Nominating Commission, Family Counseling Service, Inroads, Volunteer Jacksonville and Hope Haven Clinic. She was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska where she received a Masters Degree from the University of Nebraska in Educational Administration. Broome said her goal is to help families protect the things that are important, and help clients prepare a strategy to achieve their financial goals.

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Rose Nolan Walker, Verna Washington Ford and Raphael D. Colley Holmes-Glover-Solomon Funeral Directors, Inc. ose Nolan Walker is Trustee and Funeral Director in Charge of R Holmes-Glover-Solomon Funeral Directors, Inc., operating the firm on behalf of the children of Victor Emmanuel Solomon, Sr. (Deceased 2009), Victor, Jr. and Victoria. She has compassionately served the community in the death care industry as a funeral director for over 16 years. She is also licensed as an embalmer and as a preneed sales insurance agent. She is a graduate of Andrew Jackson Senior High School, Class of 1984, later receiving degrees from Miami-Dade Community College (Associate of Science – Mortuary Science) and University of Phoenix (Bachelor of Science – Business Management). She is a member of Open Arms Christian Fellowship Church under the leadership of Bishop Leofric W. Thomas, Sr., where she sings in the choir and assists with the youth. She is an active affiliate of the Florida First Coast Mortician’s Association and a board member of the J.P. Small Foundation and FSCJ Mortuary Science Degree Program. In her leisure time, she enjoys shopping, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Rose is married to Sgt. Michael A. Walker, Sr., (Corrections Sergeant, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office); has three sons, Michael, Jr., Mitchell, and Myles; and a granddaughter, Jazlyn. erna Washington Ford is a funeral director with Holmes Glover Solomon with over 20 years of experience in the V industry. Verna has served the Duval and local counties with passion and care. She received her B.S. in Management Science from Tuskegee University in 1987, A.S. in Funeral Science from Miami Dade College in 1989 and became an Insurance Agent in 2013. She’s a member of Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of her Pastor Dr. Eugene Diamond. Currently she is active with the Jacksonville Tuskegee University Alumni Assoc., ICARE Ministry and Family Promise. Her passions include ownership in real estate, traveling and physical fitness training. Verna is the mother of two sons, Calvin who’s a senior at UNF and Victor Jr. who is striving to be a funeral director like his parents. Maya Angelou says it best,“ We May Encounter Many Defeats But We Must Not Be Defeated.” aphael D. Colley is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer at Holmes-Glover-Solomon Funeral Directors, Inc. and R has worked in the death care industry for 11 years. A native of Pensacola, Florida, he is a graduate of Escambia High School, Class of 2009. He later moved to Jacksonville to pursue his dream of becoming a mortician. Making vision a reality, he attended Florida Community College at Jacksonville where he received his A.S. Degree in Mortuary Science. Raphael is an active member of Christ Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Darrell Gilyard and also a proud member of the Florida First Coast Mortician’s Association. In his leisure time, he enjoys fishing, hunting, cooking and spending quality time with his family and friends. Raphael is the proud father of one son, Nicolas. His favorite scripture is Habakkuk 3:19 “The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.”

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Dr. Lorraine Polite Clark and Dr. Bennie Clark Today's Dentistry by Polite & Clark r. Bennie Clark has been practicing general dentistry for more than 20 years. His passion is helping patients achieve a beautiful, healthy smile. His expertise extends to performing oral surgery such as implants, and general dentistry such as root canals, smile makeovers, and is an Invisalign® Premier Provider.

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His interest in dentistry began in the last semester of pharmacy school at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. During his externship he decided that the 12 – 14 hour long days would not be desirous, long-term. With the “gentle” encouragement of his now father-in-law, Dr. Leroy Polite, he entered dental school and earned his D.MD. (Doctor of Dental Medicine) degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville. Committed to providing the best, most advanced dental care; Dr. Clark keeps up to date on advances in the dental field and enhances his skills by regularly attending courses in cosmetics, orthodontics, implantology, sedation dentistry, and many other areas of dentistry and technol Dr. Clark is a member of several professional organizations including the American Dental Association, National Dental Association, and International Congress of Oral Implantologists. aving grown up the daughter of a dentist, Dr. Lorraine Polite Clark was somehow destined to make dentistry her profession. Dr. Lorraine, as patients refer to her, followed her parent’s well-laid plan by progressing through Florida A&M University’s renowned College of Pharmacy and entered dental school the fall immediately after graduation.

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After earning her D.M.D. (Doctor of Dental Medicine) degree from the University of Florida, Dr. Polite Clark was a staff dentist at the Polk County Health Department for two years prior to returning home to acquire her father, Dr. Leroy Polite’s practices. For the past 18 years her focus has been two-fold; providing dental care to a large population of Duval and the four surrounding counties’ underserved population as well as other patients who seek care from a patient-centered, compassionate dental clinician. Dr. Polite Clark is a member of many professional organizations such as the Florida Dental Association, American Dental Association, and International Congress of Oral Implantologists. She/He has two daughters, Sydney and Lyndsey.

LaToshia Hall Powerhouse Realty Inc. ith over 13 years of experience LaToshia has become one of the city's Go-to agents and consistent leader with a reputation for being loyal and always protecting her clients interests. LaToshia has an unparalleled professional track record among independent brokerages in the area and attributes that her high work ethics and standards. LaToshia has always shown the ability to satisfy her clients whether individuals or institutions, and due to this repeat business is a reason she has been and will continue to be very successful in her business.

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LaToshia Hall specializes in helping first time homebuyers, she will be there to hold your hand and guide you through the home-buying process as it can be quite overwhelming at times. She is also very knowledge in the foreclosure business and can assist you, from the newcomer to the experienced investor. If you are looking for any agent, there are several of them out there to choose from, but if you are looking for that agent that will work for you, the answer is simple, LaToshia Hall.

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POLICE SEARCHES ......ARE THEY LEGAL? Police are trained to believe in their authority and trained to perform their interactions with private citizens with confidence and strength. Most people, when confronted by police, experience a nervous discomfort, become anxious, and act in an overly compliant manner because they (rightfully) fear the possible consequences of displeasing the officer. However, this imbalance of power between citizen and officer leads most people to consent without realizing that they are giving up constitutional protections against improper meddling by the State in the private affairs of citizens when a law enforcement officer makes a strongly worded request. Most of us only encounter these situations during the routine traffic stop. You are pulled over for a real (or perceived) vehicle violation and, after checking your driver's license and registration, the officer asks if you have any weapons or illegal drugs in the car. When you say "no," the police officer asks (in the strongest language he can without demanding) to check that for himself.

"You wouldn't mind if I took a look in your trunk."

"I do not consent to a warrantless search."

"Why don't you step out of your car."

"No sir, this is a private event/home/place, you may not enter without a warrant."

Most people agree to these “requests” because they do not realize they have the right to say “no.” You Have to Say “No” Clearly The Federal Supreme Court has ruled in cases like Florida v. Bostick that as long as the police do not force an individual to do something, the individual is acting voluntarily, even if a normal person would feel very intimidated and would not reasonably feel they could say “no.” If you do what a policeman tells you to do before you are arrested, you are “voluntarily” complying with their “requests.” Of course, refusing to comply might lead to a resisting arrest charge, so it is a very fine line to walk. Unfortunately police will often try to push citizens to accept a search, to the point of ignoring when you say "no." It is important to say very clearly something like this:

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This “amateur lawyer answer” (as opposed to simply saying “yes” or “no”) is important, because other cases have held that when an officer asked to search in a confusing manner and claimed he misunderstood the answer "yes" to mean they could search, it was not unreasonable search and seizure for the officer to perform the warrantless search at that time. Until you say "No, I am not willing to allow you to do that," you are simply cooperating as a peer with the law enforcement officer who is trying to make the world safer. When you say "no" to a request by a police officer, you are asserting your lawful rights as a private citizen. If the officer demands you comply, then in most cases you have little choice or you will face a resisting arrest charge. Usually, though, the officer will know he cannot force you to submit to a search without a warrant, probable


Jacksonville First Coast BLACK PAGES cause, or incident to an arrest, and is likely to continue to try to convince you to comply voluntarily. Only by saying “no,” and sticking to that answer can you retain control of your constitutional right against unreasonable searches. What Can the Police Make You Do? What the police can demand of a citizen depends heavily on the context of your interaction with the officer. Generally, police are allowed by the courts to act as any reasonable private citizen would under similar circumstances. They can ask questions, look through windows that they happen to be near, walk or drive in public areas, etc. The line is drawn when they begin to demand compliance, search without permission, or detain people or things. In highly volatile or dangerous situations, an officer's authority is much higher than in non-threatening contexts. The Supreme Court has ruled that the police are allowed to protect themselves from potentially dangerous people or situations. This gives the police broad latitude under the justification of concerns for safety or searches for weapons. To that end, officers are allowed to perform pat downs in searches for weapons in certain circumstances. Of course, any authority can be abused, and some officers use weapons pats as a way to intimidate and harass citizens, since it is a power the courts have allowed them to use with little justification. Often an officer will find something during their pat down which is clearly not a weapon, and which they then ask the person to produce. However, this is beyond their Courtapproved authority, so technically you can say “no” in this situation.

Also under the 'concern for safety' umbrella, police are given wide discretion in asking individuals to comply with simple non-intrusive commands such as "stand over there" or "wait here for a moment." Of course, the line between whether this constitutes an order or a request becomes very blurred when an officer starts telling people where to go and what to do in a nonthreatening environment. Think for example, about situations where police separate two or more people in an effort to intimidate those individuals or obtain conflicting stories. Courts should consider this a “fishing” maneuver designed to justify a warrantless search, not a fair exercise of police authority in a threatening environment, but again, even this distinction is somewhat fuzzy. In most states, you are required to give your name, but are not required to show the police your ID (unless you are driving a vehicle). Giving a false name is a crime, though, so even if you are afraid that you may have an outstanding warrant or other reason for concern about providing your name, there is no reason to compound the situation by adding other charges to your record. The Supreme Court has said: "A brief stop of a suspicious individual, in order to determine his identity or to maintain the status quo momentarily while obtaining more information, may be most reasonable in light of the facts known to the officer at the time." Adams v. Williams, 407 U.S. 143, 146 (1972). If you want to avoid long and unpleasant interactions with police, do not give them any reasons to suspect you of criminal activity. Courteously decline to participate in 'fishing expeditions' or any other

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actions you do not wish to perform, but otherwise comply and remain respectful. Of course, police can search you and, if you were in a car, your vehicle as part of an arrest, so if you are being arrested for something it is too late to tell the officer “no.” What the Police Cannot Do 1. Police are not allowed to frisk for anything except weapons. If, during a weapons pat, an officer discovers something 'suspicious' you do not have to show it to them. 2. Police are not allowed to search everyone just because they have a warrant or probably cause to search one person. 3. Police cannot look in areas that are not publicly visible (for example, a car trunk, a glove box, your pocket, an interior room of your house, your garage, a storage locker, etc.) without permission, a warrant, or incident to arrest. 4. Police cannot arrest you simply for exercising your constitutional right against


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Nelrae P. Ali Wells Fargo

Damien Haitsuka Wells Fargo

Daneen Baldwin Wells Fargo

Valerie Hendriex Wells Fargo

Romona Jackson Wells Fargo

Sondra Ellis-Phillips Wells Fargo

Marcus Tibbs Wells Fargo

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St. John’s Town Center • 4715 Town Center Parkway

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BEACHES Atlantic Beach • 1031 Atlantic Blvd. • Atlantic Beach Jacksonville Beaches • 233 N. 3rd St. • Jacksonville Beach South Jacksonville Beach • 3740 S. 3rd St. • Jacksonville Beach Ponte Vedra • 601 State Road A1A • Ponte Vedra Sawgrass Village • 700 Sawgrass Village Dr. • Ponte Vedra Palm Valley • 3795 Palm Valley Road • Ponte Vedra County Road 210 • 10970 U.S. Hwy. 1 North • St. Augustine

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Wells Fargo DOWNTOWN/RIVERSIDE Riverside • 803 Lomax Street Broad Street Remote • 60 Broad Street Enterprise Tower • 225 Water Street Riverplace •1301 Riverplace Blvd. San Marco • 1562 Atlantic Blvd. Phillips Highway • 3650 Phillips Highway

NORTHSIDE Edgewood • 380 S. Edgewood Avenue Lake Forest • 1336 W. Edgewood Avenue Springfield • 1601 Main Street Dunn Avenue • 899 Dunn Avenue Dunn Avenue Remote • 10740 Balmoral Drive

WESTSIDE Westside • 4328 Blanding Boulevard Lakeshore • 4617 San Juan Avenue Ortega • 4206 San Juan Avenue Normandy • 6545 Normandy Boulevard West Normandy • 7991 Normandy Boulevard OakLeaf • 9550 Argyle Forest Boulevard MANDARIN Mandarin • 10600 San Jose Boulevard South Mandarin • 12222 San Jose Boulevard Julington Creek • 460 State Road 13 North San Jose • 6530 Saint Augustine Road Old St. Augustine Road • 11025 Old St. Augustine Road Bartram Park • 13750 St. Augustine Road BAYMEADOWS Baymeadows • 8715 Baymeadows Road Deerwood • 9700 Baymeadows Road Reedy • 10950 Baymeadows Road

CLAY COUNTY Green Cove Springs • 425 N. Orange Ave. • Green Cove Springs Fleming Island • 1511 County Rd. 220 • Orange Park Park Avenue • 450 Park Ave. • Orange Park Middleburg • 2465 Blanding Blvd. • Middleburg Orange Park • 400 Blanding Blvd. • Orange Park ST. AUGUSTINE Johns Creek • 2841 County Road 210 West St. Augustine Main • 24 Cathedral Place State Road 312 • 1919 U.S. Hwy. 1 South Cobblestone • 105 Cobblestone Drive Moultrie Square • 4285 U.S. Hwy. 1 South MACCLENNY MacClenny • 744 S. 6th St. CALLAHAN Callahan • 542196 U.S. Highway 1

ARLINGTON Arlington • 840 N. University Boulevard Merrill Road • 7107 Merrill Road Regency • 9580 Regency Square Boulevard

FERNANDINA BEACH Five Points • 1860 S. 8th Street

SOUTHSIDE Harbour Place • 13166 Atlantic Boulevard Beach Boulevard • 11415 Beach Boulevard Beach Boulevard West • 5622 Beach Boulevard Memorial Medical Center • 3627 University Blvd. S.,#100 Windsor Commons • 4776 Windsor Commons Court

YULEE The Shoppes at Amelia Concourse • 463743 State Road 200 Wells Fargo Mortgage Corporation 1301 Riverplace Blvd., Suite 300...............904-798-6441 see back cover and ad page 34

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Deviine Desiignz Shades of Bleau Hair Studio and Spa

Jenae Johnson Shades of Bleau Hair Studio and Spa

KhesSahn Barker Shades of Bleau Hair Studio and Spa

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Beautiful Hair 4U LLC

MLK Memorial Foundation

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Shades of Bleau Hair Studio and Spa Inc. The Shoppes of San Jose 2777 University Blvd. W • Jacksonville.......................904-586-2014

Careers Florida Training Academy 103 Century 21 Drive. Suite 102 Jacksonville ................................................................904-551-0918 see ad page 55

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Churches Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church 10325 Interstate Center Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 696-1770

Beverly Hills Church of God 9113 Ridge Blvd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 764-6096

African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC) 11th Episcopal District Office 101 E. Union Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 355-8262

CAP Contracting 1155 West Edgewood Avenue West. . . . . . . . . . 765-1155

All People International, Incorporated 1993 West Edgewood Avenue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 765-2206 Allen Chapel AMEC 1529 Swan Street, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 350-9281 Allen Chapel AMEC 283 McIver Avenue, Macclenny. . . . . . . . . . . . . 259-5398 AMEC Connectional Lay Organization 6910 New Kings Road, Jacksonville . . . . . . . . . 765-9159 AME Church of the Master 5637 Vernon Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 768-7834

Central Baptist Church 524 W. 3rd Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 355-3214 Church of God by Faith 730 Lawtey Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 964-9396 Collins Chapel AMEC 465 East Highway #90, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 266-2349 Colossians Baptist Church 1154 W. 31st Street, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . `768-2428 Community Baptist Church 1781 Art Museum Drive, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 396-1373 Dayspring Baptist Church 5654 Dunn Avenue, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 764-0303

Bethel AMEC P.O. Box 699/Page Street, Callahan Bethel AMEC 116 S. Yong Street, Ormond Beach . . . . . . . . . . 677-8225 Bethel AMEC 115 N. 8th Street, Palatka, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 328-3540 Bethel Baptist Institutional Church 215 Bethel Baptist Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 354-1464 Bethesda Faith Assembly 600 E 4TH Street, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 353-7813 Beulah Missionary Baptist Church 966 Ionia Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 358-8904

Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church 3759 St. Isabelle Drive, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 743-8485 El Bethel El Divine Holiness Church 732 W. 4th Street, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 359-0661 Emanuel M.B. Church 2407 Division Street, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 356-9371 Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist 2760 Edgewood Avenue West, . . . . . . . . . . . . . 768-0085 Ephesian Baptist Church 1841 W. 3rd Street, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 353-4048

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Greater Bethany Baptist Church 401 Stockton Street, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 388-5217 Greater Grant Memorial AMEC 5533 Gilchrist Road, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 764-5992

Faith United Holiness Church 1860 W. 5th Street, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 354-3670 Faust Temple COGIC 3328 Moncrief Road, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 353-1418 First AMEC of Palm Coast P.O. Box 353967, Palm Coast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 446-5759 First Baptist Church of Mandarin 3990 Loretto Road (MDRN), . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 268-2422 First Baptist Church of Oakland 1027 Jessie Street, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 354-5295 First Deliverance Church 1957 W. Beaver Street, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 356-9728 First New Zion Baptist Church 1700 Davis Street, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 354-8677 First Tabernacle - Church of God and Saints of Christ 3403 N. Stuart Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 904-358-2291 First Timothy Baptist Church 12103 Biscayne Blvd., . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 757-9878 First Titus Missionary Baptist Church 3365 New Kings Road, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 353-9376 Friendship Baptist Church 7147 New Kings Road, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 765-3107 Gibbs Chapel AMEC 7951 Derkle Avenue, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 768-8812 Grace Baptist Church 1553 E. 21st Street, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 354-2941 Grant Chapel AMEC 387 East Franklin Street, Oviedo. . . . . . . . 407-365-6039 Greater Allen Chapel AMEC 749 Pine Street, P.O. Box 404, Starke . . . . . . . . 964-8330

Greater Holy Temple Church of God In Christ 1656 West Edgewood Avenue, . . . . . . . . . . . . . 768-4891 Greater Jerusalem Baptist Church 1435 West State Street, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 356-2100 Greater Macedonia Baptist Church 1880 West Edgewood Avenue, . . . . . . . . . . . . . 764-9257 Greater Payne Chapel AMEC 1230 East 23rd Street, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 355-6015 Greater Refuge Temple 1317 Rowe Avenue, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 768-4009 Greater St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church 649 Franklin Street, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 355-1915 Henry Gordon Chapel AMEC 1533 West 23rd Street, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 355-5216 Historic Mt. Zion AMEC 201 East Beaver Street, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 355-9475 Holy Church of the Living God 1598 West 14th Street, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 355-2631 Holy Temple Church of the Lord Jesus Christ 702 Lafayette Street, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 355-9422 Hopewell AMEC Route 3, Box 5380, Lake Butler Hurst Chapel AMEC 28 _ Bernard Street, P.O. Box 1474, St. Augustine Jerusalem Baptist Church Southside 2935 St. Augustine Road, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 396-0855 Joint-Heirs Ministry & Christian Center 2100 Dunn Avenue, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 757-3226 Julington Baptist Church 12740 Snyder Street (MDRN), . . . . . . . . . . . . . 268-2344

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Mt. Herman Baptist Church 5527 Redpoll Avenue, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 765-8433

Lewis Memorial AMEC 2123 Talledga Road, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 768-7389

Mt. Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church 9319 Ridge Blvd., . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 765-1866

Little Rock Baptist Church 1418 Van Buren Street, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 765-7389

Mt. Morish AMEC 99 Oak Street, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 356-2824

Macedonia AMEC 202 South 9th Street, Fernandina Beach . . . . . . 261-4114

Mt. Moriah Baptist Church 1953 West 9th Street, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 354-9750

Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church 5729 Avenue B, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 768-0114

Mt. Moriah Holiness Church 1005 Odessa Street, P.O. Box 9962, . . . . . . . . . 353-9750

Main Street Baptist Church 23 W. 8th Street, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 356-3078

Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church 8778 Lake Placid Drive, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 768-8916

Miracle Deliverance Temple 1409 Cleveland Street, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 633-5003

Mt. Olive AMEC 841 Franklin Street, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 354-6085

Missionary Tabernacle Baptist Church 5730 Sawyer Avenue, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 764-5333

Mt. Olive AMEC Cross & Pine Streets, East Palatka . . . . . . . . . . 325-1836

Moncrief Missionary Baptist Church 1453 West 22nd Street, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 354-2954

Mt. Olive Primative Baptist Church 1319 North Myrtle Avenue, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 355-0015

Mother Midway AMEC 1456 Van Buren Street, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 356-9044

Mt. Pisgah AMEC U.S. #3101 South, Starke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 964-5221

Mt. Moriah AMEC 403 Booe St., P.O. Box 2599, Bunnell

Mt. Pisgah AMEC Kingsley Street-Federal Pointe, Hastings

Mt. Pisgah AMEC 1915 Jordan St, Atlantic Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . 246-4475

Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church 6132 Flicker Avenue, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 766-8993

Mt. Zion AMEC Chase & Washington Streets, Hastings . . . . . . . 692-1710

Mt. Sinai Baptist Church 2036 Silver Street, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 354-7249

Mt. Ararat Baptist Church 2503 North Myrtle Avenue, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 354-5077

Mt. Tabor AMEC 5410 NW 27th Avenue. Ocala . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Mt. Bethel Baptist Church 1620 Helena Street, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 764-8032

Mt. Vernon Baptist Church 1462 Prince Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 355-0140

Mt. Calvary Baptist Church 301 Spruce Street, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 353-1455

Mt. Zion AMEC 3811 Old St. Augustine Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 399-3838

Mt. Canaan Baptist Church 36 West 18th Street, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 353-6912

Mt. Zion AMEC Southside 3811 St. Augustine Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 399-3838

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Mt. Zion AMEC 549 Palmetto Avenue, Green Cove Springs . . . . . . . . . . . 284-2899

Payne Chapel AMEC 1230 E. 23RD Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 355-6015

Mt. Zion AMEC (Watertown) Rt. 7 Box 535, Lake City . . . . . . . . 755-7419

Payne Chapel AMEC Rte. #1, Box 188, East Palatka

Mt. Zion Baptist Church 7468 Magnolia St. (Mandarin) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 262-0687

Peace Missionary Baptist Church 1759 Rowe Avenue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 764-7659

Mt. Zion Baptist Church 2838 San Diego Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 396-5662

Philadelphia Baptist Church 5577 Moncrief Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 768-0161

Muhammed Temple #66 2242 Commonwealth Avenue

Philip R. Cousin AMEC 2601 Orange Picker Road (Mdrn), . . . . . . . . . . 262-3083

New Allen Chapel AMEC 7711 Crawford Road (Bayard) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 292-1019

Phillippian Community Church 7578 New Kings Road. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 765-7331

New Bethel AMEC 1231 Tyler Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 353-1822

Potter’s House Christian Fellowship 1150 S. Lane Avenue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 695-2837

New First Corinth Baptist Church 6119 Bagley Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 768-1454

Prince Chapel AMEC Nassauville, Florida. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

New Fountain Chapel AMEC 737 Jessie Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 358-2258

Queen Esther Church of God in Unity 1747 McQuade Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 358-2387

New Hope AMEC 2708 Davis Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 356-2121

Robert’s Mount Pisgah AMEC 1915 Jordan Road, Atlantic Beach. . . . . . . . . . . 246-4475

New Life Community United Methodist Church 10696 Lem Turner Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 768-7779

Royal Tabernacle Baptist Church 1320 W. 21st Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 356-2123

New Mt. Tabor Baptist Church 1451 Mt. Herman Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 353-9883

Second Missionary Baptist Church 1456 West 5th Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 354-8268

New Mt. Zion Baptist Church 618 N. Georgia Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 356-4557

Shiloh Holiness Church 2101 Caljon Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 396-4880

New Redeemed Missionary Baptist Church 1614 E. 30th Street. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 356-4412

Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church 1118 West Beaver Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 353-8829

New St. James AMEC 2128 Forest Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 354-3282

Simpson Memorial United Methodist Church 1114 Cleveland Street. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 355-9335

Northside Church of Christ 4736 Avenue "B". 765-9830

Southside Church of God in Christ 4058 Old St. Augustine Road. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 398-1625

Omni Worship Center 1133 N. Arlington Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 726-9577

St. Andrew AMEC 125 South 9th Street, Jacksonville Beach . . . . . 246-1756

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St. Andrews Missionary Baptist Chuech 2600 W. 45th Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 768-9777

St. Philips Episcopal Church 801 Pearl Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 354-1053

St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church 5235 Moncrief Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 765-0964

St. Pius The Fifth Catholic Church 2110 Blue Avenue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 354-1501

St. James AMEC 1539 East 27th Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 355-7080

St. Stephen AMEC 913 West 5th Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 358-2399

St. James AMEC P.O. Box 715, Lake Butler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 496-2325

St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church 5863 Moncrief Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 768-8800

St. James AMEC 504 McIntosh Avenue, Orange Park. . . . . . . . . . 278-7037

Summerville Baptist Church 2842 Mars Avenue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 354-8186

St. John Missionary Baptist Church 1920 Mound Street, Orange Park . . . . . . . . . . . 264-9880

Sunday Morning Spiritual House of Prayer 3308 N. Lee Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 356-4310

St. Joseph Baptist Church 485 West 1st Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 356-2359

Sweetfield Baptist Church 1365 Harrison Street. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 355-4909

St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church 533 Dewdrop Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 356-2359

Tabernacle African Universal Church, Incorporated 3531 Old Kings Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 354-0608

St. Luke AMEC 694 Pearl Street/Box 341, St. Augustine . . . . . . 824-6120

Tabernacle Baptist Institutional Church 903 E. Union Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 356-7736

St. Luke Baptist Church 742 Franklin Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 768-5122

Thankful Missionary Baptist Church 7937 Thrasher Avenue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 768-8476

St. Mark Baptist Church 6538 Restlawn Drive. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 765-8937

The Church Fellowship Worship Ministries 9117 Lem Turner Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 924-0000 Titus Shekinah Evangelistic Harvest Dome 10551 Beach Boulevard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 646-9990

St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church (Renewed Life Ministries) 3848 St. Augustine Road. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 398-8410 St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church 6910 New Kings Road. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 764-2755 St. Paul AMEC 1410 Pearl Street, Mayport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46-7606

Union Community AMEC 1155 West Beaver Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 353-0706 Union Progressive Baptist Church 613 Pippin Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 355-3102 United House of Prayer for All People 960 N. Pearl Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 355-9085

St. Paul AMEC 85 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, St. Augustine, FL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 829-3918

Varick AME Zion Church 7013 Blackard Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 725-5892

St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church 3738 Winton Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 768-7112

Wayman Chapel AMEC (Wayman Ministries) 8855 Sanchez Road, (near San Jose & Baymeadows) . . 739-7500

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The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Foundation, Incorporated, was founded on January 30, 1989, to honor the memory and legacy of one of the most important historical figures of the 20th century. The forerunner to the foundation was a committee that convened annually to plan, organize, and host a parade (and post-parade celebration) to commemorate the birthday of Dr. King. The first such parade, planned by a student group at FCCJ’s Downtown Campus as a black history project, took place in 1981; however, the planners of the 1982 MLK parade are linked directly to the MLK Memorial Foundation. The parade day celebration owes its origin to a visionary AfricanAmerican contingent at Florida Community College’s Downtown Campus as they organized the first such parade in 1981. (Prior to the national holiday commemorating Dr. King.) We are a totally volunteer taxexempt organization with no dedicated funding source located at the historical Afro-American Life Insurance building, 101 E. Union Street, Suite 100. In addition to hosting the MLK Holiday Grand Parade, we offer: • MLK Memorial Candlelight Vigil

• Historical/Social/Environmental DVD Library • SAT Prep/College Scholarships • Jacksonville Juneteenth Celebration There is nothing that stirs the imagination like a parade replete with clowns, marching bands, floats that defy the imagination, and oodles of children. However, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., parade celebration is more than merely a parade. It is a retrospective of the past; it is a peripheral look at the present; and it utilizes the eyes of

Oh yes, we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., because in doing, so we celebrate the best in ourselves. Essentially, the parade is about "little" people, and perhaps that is why we respond so affirmatively to it. children to look optimistically toward the future. The parade and its participants are emerging as a veritable rainbow of humanity. Christians, Jews, Bahai's, Muslims, and other faiths figuratively (and sometimes literally) join forces

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to make this parade “an event.” Together, they make joyful noises that resonate from the "heightening Alleghenies" to Tieneman Square with the all too familiar cry: "Let Freedom Reign!" Oh yes, we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., because in doing, so we celebrate the best in ourselves. Essentially, the parade is about "little" people, and perhaps that is why we respond so affirmatively to it. Everyone participates as equals with no regard whatsoever to social status, economic underpinnings, or political persuasion. Dr. King told us that he was a drum major for justice; in response, we participate in the parade every year to follow his lead. James Weldon Johnson, a native son, might have put it best: "Facing the rising sun of our new day begun, let us march on ‘til victory is won." At the end of the day, we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., because it is the right thing to do. "Let freedom reign!"


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HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES ALABAMA

FLORIDA

Alabama A&M University - www.aamu.edu Post Office Box 908 • Normal 35762 . . . . . . . . . . . . 256/851-5245

Bethune-Cookman College 640 Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd. • Daytona Beach 32114 . 386/481-2000

Alabama State University - www.alasu.edu 915 S. Jackson St. • Montgomery 36101 . . . . . . . . 334/229-4291

Edward Waters College 1658 Kings Rd. • Jacksonville 32209. . . . . . . . . . . . 904/470-8000

Concordia College - www.higher-ed.lcms.org/selma 1804 Green St. • Selma 36701. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 334/874-5700

Florida A&M University - www.famu.edu Suite G-9 • Tallahassee 32307 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 850/599-3796

Miles College - www.miles.edu Post Office Box 3800 • Birmingham 35208 . . . . . . . 205/929-1661

Florida Memorial College - www.fmc.edu 15800 NW 42nd Avenue • Miami 33054 . . . . . . . . . . . . 800/822-1362

Oakwood College - www.oakwood.edu 7000 Adventist Blvd. • Huntsville • 35896 . . . . . . . . 800/824-5312

GEORGIA

Selma University 1501 Lapsley St, Selma, AL 36701 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 334/872-2533 Stillman College - www.stillman.edu 3600 Stillman Blvd. • Tuscalusa 35403 . . . . . . . . . . 800/841-5722 Talladega College - www.talladega.edu 627 W. Battle St. • Talladega 35160 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256/761-6219 Tuskegee University - www.tusk.edu Old Administration Bldg. • Tuskegee 36088 . . . . . . . 334/727-8500

Albany State College - www.asurams.edu 504 College Dr. • Albany 31705 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229/430-4650 Clark-Atlanta University - www.cau.edu 223 James P. Brawley Dr. • Atlanta 30314. . . . . . . . 404/880-8000 Fort Valley State College - www.fvsx.peachnet.edu 1005 State University Dr. • Fort Valley 31030. . . . . . 912/825-6307 Morehouse College - www.morehouse.edu 830 Westview Dr., SW • Atlanta 30314. . . . . . . . . . . 404/215-2632

ARKANSAS

Morris Brown College - www.morrisbrown.edu 643 Martin Luther King Dr., NW • Atlanta 30314 . . . 404/739-1560

Arkansas Baptist College 1621 Dr Martin Luther King Dr, Little Rock 72206 . . 501/370-4000

Paine College - www.paine.edu 1235 15th Street • Augusta 30901. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800/476-7703

Philander Smith College - www.philander.edu 812 W. 13th Street • Little Rock 72202 . . . . . . . . . . 501/370-5221

Savannah State University - www.scad.edu 342 Bull Street • Savannah 31404. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 912/356-2181

University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff - www.uapb.edu 1200 N. University Dr., Mail Slot #4983 Little Rock 72202. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 501/370-5221

Shorter College - www.shorter.edu 315 Shorter Ave. • Rome 30165. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 706/233-7319

CALIFORNIA

Spelman College - www.spelman.edu 350 Spelman Lane • Atlanta 30314 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800/982-2411

Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science - www.cdrewu.edu 1731 East 120th St. • Los Angeles 90059 . . . . . . . . 323/563-4800

ILLINOIS

DELAWARE

Chicago State University - www.csu.edu 9501 South Street King Dr. • Chicago 60628 . . . . . . 229/430-4650

Delaware State College - www.dsc.edu 1200 N. Dupont Hwy. • Dover 19901 . . . . . . . . . . . . 302/857-6353

KENTUCKY

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Howard University - www.howard.edu 2400 Sixth St., NW • Washington 20059 . . . . . . . . . 202/806-2700

Kentucky State University - www.kysu.edu 400 East Main Street • Franfort 40601. . . . . . . . . . . 502/597-6813 Simmons University Bible College Louisville 40210. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 502/776-1443

University of the District of Columbia 4200 Connecticut Ave., NW • Washington 20008 . . 202/274-5000

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Lincoln University - www.lincolnu.edu 80 Chestnut • Jefferson City 65102. . . . . . . . . . . 573/681-5022

Dillard University - www.dillard.edu 2601 Gentilly Blvd. • New Orleans 70122 . . . . . . 504/816-4670

NEW YORK

Grambling State University - www.gram.edu 100 Main Street • Grambling 71245 . . . . . . . . . . 318/247-3811

City University of New York-City College - www.ccny.cuny.edu Convent Ave. and 138th St. • New York 10031 . . 212/650-6977

Southern University and A&M College - www.subr.edu Baton Rouge 70813 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225/771-4500

City University of New York-York College - www.york.cuny.edu 94-20 Guy R Brewer Blvd. • Jamaica 11451 . . . . 212/650-6977

Southern University at New Orleans - www.suno.edu 6400 Press Dr. • New Orleans 70126 . . . . . . . . . 504/286-5000

Long Island University-Brooklyn - www.liunet.edu 720 Northern Blvd. • Brooklyn 11201 . . . . . . . . . 800/548-7526

Southern University at Shreveport - www.susbc.edu 3050 MLK, Jr. Drive • Shreveport 71107 . . . . . . . 800/458-1472

Long Island University-C.W. Post - www.liu.edu 720 Northern Blvd. • Brookville 11548. . . . . . . . . 516/299-2900

Xavier University - www.xula.edu One Drexel Dr. • New Orleans 70125 . . . . . . . . . . 504/483-7388

Medgar Evers College - www.mec.cuny.edu 1150 Carroll St. • Brooklyn 11225 . . . . . . . . . . . . 718/270-6022

MARYLAND

NORTH CAROLINA

Bowie State University - www.bowiestate.edu 14000 Jericho Park Rd. • Bowie 20175. . . . . . . . 301/464-3000

Bennett College - www.bennett.edu 900 E. Washington St. • Greensboro 27420 . . . . . 336/370-8624

Coppin State College - www.coppin.umd.edu 2500 West North Avenue • Baltimore 21216 . . . . 410/383-5990 Morgan State University - www.morgan.edu 1700 East Cold Spring Ln. • Baltimore 21239 . . . 800/332-6674 University of Maryland - www.umes.edu Eastern Shore • Princess Ann 21853 . . . . . . . . . . 410/651-6410

Elizabeth City State University - www.ecsu.edu 1704 Weeksville Rd. • Elizabeth City 27909. . . . . 252/335-3305 Fayetteville State University - www.uncfsu.edu Newbold Station • Fayetteville 28301 . . . . . . . . . 910/486-1371 Johnson C. Smith University - www.jcsu.edu 100 Beatties Ford Rd. • Charlotte 28216 . . . . . . . 704/378-1011

MISSISSIPPI

Livingstone College - www.livingstone.edu 701 W. Monroe St. • Salisbury 28144 . . . . . . . . . 704/797-1000

Alcorn State University - www.alcorn.edu 1000 ASU Dr., #300 • Lorman 39096. . . . . . . . . . 601/877-6147

North Carolina A&T University - www.ncat.edu 1601 East Market St. • Greensboro 27411 . . . . . 336/334-7946

Jackson State University - www.jsums.edu 1400 J.R. Lynch St. • Jackson 39217 . . . . . . . . . 601/979-2100

North Carolina Central University - www.nccu.edu Fayetteville Street • Durham 27707 . . . . . . . . . . . 919/560-6298

Mississippi Valley State College - www.mvsu.edu 14000 Highway 82 W • Itta Bena 38941 . . . . . . . 662/254-3344

Shaw University - www.shawuniversity.edu 118 E. South Street • Raleigh 27601 . . . . . . . . . . 919/546-8275

Rust College - www.rustcollege.edu 150 Rust Avenue • Holly Springs 38635 . . . . . . . 662/252-8000

St. Augustine's College - www.st-aug.edu 1315 Oakwood Avenue • Raleigh 27611 . . . . . . . 919/828-4451

Sojourner Douglas College - www.sdc.edu 500 North Carolina St. • Tougaloo 39174. . . . . . . 888/424-2566

Winston-Salem State University - www.wssu.edu 601 MLK, Jr Drive • Winston-Salem 27110 . . . . . 336/750-2070

Tougaloo College - www.tougaloo.edu 500 West Country Line Rd. • Tougaloo 39174 . . . 888/424-2566

OHIO Central State University - www.centralstate.edu 1400 Rush Row Rd. • Wilberforce 45384. . . . . . . 937/376-6348 Wilberforce University - www.wilberforce.edu 1055 N. Bickett Rd. • Wilberforce 45384 . . . . . . . 800/376-8568

MISSOURI Harris-Stowe State College - www.hssc.edu 3026 Lacieside Ave. • St. Louis 63103. . . . . . . . . 314/340-3366

OKLAHOMA Langston University - www.lunet.edu P.O. Box 728 • Langston 73050 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 404/466-2231

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Wilberforce University - www.wilberforce.edu 1055 N. Bickett Rd. • Wilberforce 45384 . . . . . . . 800/376-8568

Jarvis Christian College - www.jarvis.edu P.O. Box 1470 • Hawkins 75765 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 903/769-5730

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Paul Quinn College - www.pqc.edu 3837 Simpson-Stewart Rd. • Dallas 75241 . . . . . 214/302-3648

Langston University - www.lunet.edu P.O. Box 728 • Langston 73050 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 404/466-2231 PENNSYLVANIA

Prairie View A&M University - www.pvamu.edu P.O. Box 3089 • Prairie View 77446 . . . . . . . . . . . 936/857-2626

Cheyney University of PA - www.cheyney.edu Cheyney and Creek Roads • Cheyney 19319. . . . 610/399-2275

Texas College - www.texascollege.edu 2404 North Grand Avenue • Tyler 75702 . . . . . . . 800/306-6299

Lincoln University (PA) - www.lincoln.edu Lincoln Hall • Lincoln University 19352 . . . . . . . . 610/932-8300

Texas Southern University - www.tsu.edu 3100 Cleburne Street • Houston 77004 . . . . . . . . 713/313-7420

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Wiley College - www.wileyc.edu 711 Wiley Avenue • Marshall 75670 . . . . . . . . . . 903/927-3311

Allen University 1530 Harden St. • Columbia 29204 . . . . . . . . . . . 803/376-5700 Benedict College - www.bchome.benedict.edu Harden & Blanding Street • Columbia 29204. . . . 803/253-5143 Claflin University - www.claflin.edu 700 College Ave., NE • Orangeburg 29115 . . . . . 803/535-5339 Morris College - www.morris.edu 100 West College Street • Sumter 29150 . . . . . . 803/934-3225 South Carolina State University - www.scsu.edu 300 College St., NE • Orangeburg 29117. . . . . . . 800/260-5956 Voorhees College - www.voorhees.edu P.O. Box 678 • Denmark 29042 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 803/703-7111 TENNESSEE Fisk University - www.fisk.edu 1000 17th Ave. N • Nashville 37203 . . . . . . . . . . 615/329-8666

VIRGINIA Hampton University - www.hamptonu.edu Office of Admissions • Hampton 23668 . . . . . . . . 757/727-5328 Norfolk State University - www.nsu.edu 700 Park Avenue • Norfolk 23504 . . . . . . . . . . . . 757/823-8396 St. Paul's College - www.saintpauls.edu 115 College Dr. • Lawrenceville 23868 . . . . . . . . 434/848-3111 Virginia Seminary and College (University of Lynchburg) 2058 Garfield Ave, Lynchburg, VA 24501 . . . . . . . 434/528-5276 Virginia State University - www.vsu.edu One Hayden Street • Petersburg 23806 . . . . . . . . 804/524-5000 Virginia Union University - www.vuu.edu 1500 North Lombardy St. • Richmond 23220 . . . 804/257-5881 WEST VIRGINIA

Knoxville College 901 College Street • Knoxville 37914. . . . . . . . . . 865/524-6525

Bluefield State College - www.bluefield.wvnet.edu 219 Rock Street • Bluefield, W. VA 24701 . . . . . . . . . . . 304/327-4065

Lane College - www.lanecollege.edu 545 Lane Avenue • Jackson 38301 . . . . . . . . . . . 901/424-4600

West Virginia State College - www.wvsc.edu P.O. Box 1000 Campus 187 • Institute, W. VA 25112 . . . 304/766-9200

Lemoyne-Owen College - www.mecca.org 807 Walker Ave. • Memphis 38126 . . . . . . . . . . . 800/737-7778

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Meharry Medical College 1005 Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Blvd. • Nashville 38126. . . 615/327-6000

University of the Virgin Islands - www.uvi.edu 2 John Brewers Bay • St. Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands 00802 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 340/693-1150

Tennessee State University - www.tnstate.edu 3500 John Merritt Blvd. • Nashville 37209 . . . . . 615/963-3101 TEXAS Concordia University at Austin - www.concordia.edu 3400 Interstate 35 N. • Austin 78705 . . . . . . . . . 512/486-1106 Huston-Tillotson College - www.htc.edu 900 Chicon Street • Austin 78702 . . . . . . . . . . . . 512/505-3000

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Education Florida Training Academy 103 Century 21 Drive. Suite 102 Jacksonville ................................................................904-551-0918 see ad page 55

Events Sun City Events & Entertainment 6421 Kaden Drive North Jacksonville ................................................................904-924-7444 see ad page 56

Entertainment/Events Ritz Theatre and Museum 829 N. Davis Street Jacksonville ................................................................904-207-2010 see front inside cover and ad page 90

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PROFILE OF ACHIEVEMENT BRENDA FRINKS Founder and President of Sun City Events & Entertainment (Sun City)

Brenda Frinks is the founder and president of Sun City Events & Entertainment (Sun City) a full service event planning and consulting firm. With a background in hotel/restaurant management, organizational development, and executive leadership Ms. Frinks has built her career on a foundation excellent service and exceeding expectations. A US Navy Veteran, with a Bachelors Degree in Business Management from Edward Waters College, she has also served on local, national, and international boards for nonprofit organizations setting policies that positively impact the lives of communities across the world. Ms. Frinks is originally from Abbeville, SC. She is the mother of two children Syrita and Javan who are also her business partners. She has a passion for culture, travel, and community service that was nourished from a young age by her parents the late Allen and Essie Patterson. She is an art collector with

a special interest in African antiquities, enjoys jazz music, and culinary arts. Sun City Events & Entertainment is the culmination of a life time of work that began with being a seamstress and hosting her own fashion shows, which lead to theater productions, and later vending at arts and crafts at festivals throughout the south east. Sun City is the Official Event Planners for the Florida Black Expo. Ms. Frinks vast array of skills and experience include driving a forklift, coordinating international delegations, and designing programs for community engagement. She has an eye for burgeoning talent, a skill for solving logistical challenges, and a drive for getting things done. Ms. Frinks credits her success to her relationship with God, willingness to try new things, and looking at each day as a blessing. One of her proudest achievements is her tenure with the National Safe Place Board where she received multiple awards

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N.E. Florida African American

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Alpha Phi Alpha

Alpha Kappa Alpha

Benjamen Parker, President Upsilon Lambda Chapter

Mary L. Brown Davis, President Gamma Rho Omega Chapter

Benjamen Parker is a graduate of the University of North Florida. He is employed by Fidelity Investments as a Portfolio Specialist for their Portfolio Advisory Services division. He also holds a Certified Financial Planner designation. A volunteer with Big Brother and Big Sister of Northeast Florida, he serves on their Big Leaders young professional board. Benjamen is the 2014 Alumni Brother of the Year for the Upsilon Lambda chapter. Upsilon Lambda Chapter was installed at Jacksonville on December 30, 1925 (making it Florida’s first Alpha chapter). The idea to form a graduate chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha in Jacksonville, Florida was suggested by Brother Charles H. Wesley, the Fraternity’s historian. From the time of its inception, Upsilon Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity has been an integral part of the on-going programs of its national organization while pursuing creative local and state deeds for mankind. As a result of this service, Upsilon Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity has received private and public acclaim. Some of our special programs include the Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical contest, Ezekiel Bryant High School recognition program and mentoring kids from the ReSon to care ministries at West Jax Church of God in Christ.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is an international service organization that was founded in 1908 on the campus of Howard University. For 107 years, the sorority has provided service to local, national and international communities. The members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Gamma Rho Omega Chapter, Inc., have worked tenaciously for 73 years in the Jacksonville community providing scholarships, rendering various community service projects to address issues of health, education and economics. Presently, members of the sorority are furthering their mission to create a healthy, safe and informed community by the implementation of 2014-2018 International Program Theme “Launching New Dimensions of Service”. Mary L. Brown Davis, is serving a second term as president of the local chapter with a membership of 325. The members of Gamma Rho Omega remain committed in building a legacy of Sisterhood, Scholarship and Service.

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N.E. Florida African American

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Alpha Kappa Alpha

Iota Phi Theta

Charzetta H James, President Pi Eta Omega Chapter

Brian A. Johnson, Polaris Gamma Mu Omega

Charzetta H. James, Pharm.D, R.Ph, C.Ph, MBA, MHA, FACHE, completed her doctorate of pharmacy degree at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in addition to a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Health Care Administration at the University of North Florida. She completed an American Society of Health System Pharmacist Accredited Pharmacy Residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida.

Current Polaris (President), Brian A. Johnson was born and raised in Cleveland Ohio. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science Technology from the University of Cincinnati. Mr. Johnson was initiated into the Beta Epsilon chapter on April 5th 2002. While in undergrad he served has NPHC (National Pan-Hellenic Council) President as well as President for his undergrad chapter. He is the 2005 NPHC Man of the Year.

Dr. James is currently the System Director of Pharmacy for St. Vincent’s HealthCare. Although Dr. James has been active in numerous organizations throughout her career, she currently serves as associate faculty for students attending colleges of pharmacy throughout the state of Florida in addition to precepting Pharmacy Residents. She has been active in the Florida Society of Health System Pharmacy for the past two decades. Additionally she serves as a member of the Advisory Board for Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida. She is also President of Pi Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., an international service organization, which has dedicated itself to improving the quality of life for citizens worldwide through advocacy and service. Dr. James has over 25 years of experience in hospital pharmacy practice. She is passionate about maintaining a continued presence as a leader in Health Care and the profession of pharmacy by serving in organizations whose mission is to improve the health and well being of patients through the provision of appropriate, safe and effective health care services.

Upon moving to Florida in 2007, Mr. Johnson helped founder the newly formed Gamma Mu Omega Chapter. The chapter has become a staple in the Jacksonville community with its diverse activates and desire to build a tradition and not simply rest upon one. The chapter actively participates in several community partnerships including St Jude’s, The March of Dimes, December to Remember, Metro Kids, The Hubbard House, Art Walk, and the list goes on and on. Mr. Johnson is also the current Assist State Director of North FL & the St Jude Liaison for the Gulf Coast Region. “The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people, but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already.” John Buchan

Dr. James is a Jacksonville, Florida native married to Lt. Terrence James and the mother of three children, Cyteria, Joshua and Jordan.

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N.E. Florida African American

GREEK LEADERS

Kappa Alpha Psi

Omega Psi Phi

Mark Chapman, III, Polemarch The Jacksonville Alumni Chapter

Henry L. Rivers, Basileus Theta Phi Chapter

Mark Chapman, III has lived in many cities along the east coast of the United States, but calls Jacksonville his home. He’s a graduate of Paxon High school and Florida State University earning a B.S. degree. Mark is an IT professional and Businessman. He serves on many technology and business councils and boards in NE Florida. In the community, Mark is very active and works as a mentor not only with the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Guide Right/Kappa League Program, but also the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project. Mark is married to Mrs. Marti ForchionChapman and has three children. Mark’s motto is “The Best is Yet to Come”. The chapter is the 2015 recipient of the International Chapter of the Year award and the Southern Province Community Service award to name a few. The chapter continues to make a difference in its ninety years since being chartered in 1925.

Mr. Henry L. Rivers, MBA is the Basileus of the Theta Phi Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in Jacksonville Florida. Henry is involved the community as a Deacon at the Bethel Baptist Church, as a wrestling coach at First Coast High School, through his work on the state Social Action committee for the Omega Psi Phi fraternity, and through his career as a police officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Henry is married to Dr. Marlo M. Rivers; together they have two children, Joshua (16) and Hamia (11).

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N.E. Florida African American

GREEK LEADERS

Phi Beta Sigma

Delta Sigma Theta

Jason Edgar, President Nu Beta Sigma Chapter

CMDCM (SW/AW) VERONICA TUTT, USN(RET),President Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter

Jason Edgar, a native of Brooklyn, NY, is the current president of the Nu Beta Sigma chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. - a position he was elected to in December 2013. In his role as president, he is responsible for harnessing and guiding the collective skills and abilities of Sigma men in the NE Florida area to meet the goals of the Fraternity educating, empowering, serving and supporting the community, as opposed to having an exclusive purpose. After all, if you want to change the nation, you must first change your neighborhood.

Master Chief Tutt was the first African American female selected as a Master Chief in the Navy’s Full Time Support Program in 1995. Her final tour of duty was the Naval Reserve Readiness Command Southeast, Jacksonville, FL as the Command Master Chief. She retired from the United States Navy in 2006.

He believes that life was not meant to be lived either in a silo or in isolation - it is through our living, working, serving with and learning from others unlike ourselves that we are able to experience the full spectrum of life, and then share those experiences and knowledge to uplift others. This is his vision of Nu Beta Sigma's contribution to the Jacksonville community. Jason is a graduate of Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, where he earned his BS degree in Operations Management. He has also earned his MBA in Business Administration from the University of North Florida, in Jacksonville, FL. He has been a member of the Fraternity since 1986 - when he joined through the undergraduate chapter (Theta Xi) of the Fraternity at Syracuse University. Jason is married to Karla Calliste-Edgar (Zeta Delta Phi Sorority, Inc.), and they have a daughter, Jade, a student at New York University, New York, NY. His hobbies include tennis, baking, cycling, public speaking and travel.

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Her personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corp Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards) and the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and various sea and campaign service awards. Ms. Tutt is on several nonprofit boards. She is an active volunteer with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Northeast Florida Women Veterans Association, Northeast Florida Aids Network, and the Association of the United States Navy. She is also a Lifetime Member of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc., where she currently serves as the President of the Jacksonville Florida chapter.


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N.E. Florida African American

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Sigma Gamma Rho

Zeta Phi Beta

Cheryl Sabb, President Gamma Omicron Sigma Chapter

LCDR Herlena O. Washington, USN (Ret), Basileus Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was founded on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 12, 1922, by seven intelligent, proactive, and determined school teachers. Our sorority’s aim is to enhance the quality of life within the community. Public service, leadership, development and education of the youth are the hallmark of this organization’s programs and activities. Sigma Gamma Rho addresses concerns that impact society educationally, civically, and economically.

LCDR Herlena O. Washington, USN (Ret), current Basileus of Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter Inc., Jacksonville, Florida; President and Administrator for Christ Sanctuary Ministries, a service non-profit public charity. Christ Sanctuary Ministries is a non-profit charity that serves in the areas of service, social, charity, religion, and education. The mission of the ministry is to organize, encourage, and educate.

Chartered over 53 years ago, the Jacksonville Chapter; Gamma Omicron Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was charted on September 29, 1962 in Jacksonville, Florida. The members of Gamma Omicron Sigma have worked on many national projects over the years such as: Operation Big Bookbag, Project Reassurance, our annual Youth Symposium, and a host of many more. One of the great rewards for Gamma Omicron Sigma is awarding a deserving high school and college student with a scholarship towards their education. Ms. Cheryl Sabb is the President of the alumnae chapter. She is employed through Duval Charter Schools as an Instructional Coach. An honored accomplishment was winning Teacher of the Year in 2012-2013 at her school. In addition, Ms. Sabb loves working within her organization and having the opportunity to lead such wonderful women as they strive to support the initiatives of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.

Herena is President of the Duval Academy Advisor Board. In 2008, Herlena was Zeta of the Year. She received the Community Leader of the Year Award from the Sassy Seniors & Steppers in 2014; and received a letter from the Governor of Florida, Rick Scott, acknowledging her Community Service accomplishments for 2013. She has Certificates of Appreciation from her sorority, Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter, Inc. for the years – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. She received a Volunteer Appreciation Award from Brentwood Elementary School of the Arts – 2014-2015 and Volunteer Service Awards from Duval Juvenile Residential Facility – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. Herlena Washington is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. She Graduated from Walnut Hills High School (a college preparatory school). She has been married to Taylor Washington for 28 years, is the mother of two adult children Tayrell & Sherlena, stepmother of three, Taylor Jr., Sekari, and Tedrick and step-grandmother to eight grandchildren. She has three god children and a dog name Faith.

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Funeral Services

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The Tom Joyner Morning Show HOT 106.5

Sylvia Perry and Rita Perry Jacksonville Free Press

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Michelle Cohen Cohens Events ichelle Cohen migrated to Jacksonville from the Miami area in 1992. She is the mother of 4 adult children, the grandmother of 6 and the loving wife of Steven Cohen. Michelle worked for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, now known as Florida Blue, for more than 16 years; however, her passion for decorating and event planning has been a part of her DNA since the tender age of 10.

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She was known for party planning and decorating for her siblings, her children and other neighborhood children, for as long as she can remember. Michelle has previously been selfemployed, a banker and an insurance Liability and other party analyst, but could always be found somewhere, decorating booths for her employers, making and selling wreaths and baskets and/or helping to plan events all over Jacksonville. She is well known for her attention to detail and her signature white roses. Michelle’s event planning and decorating skills were so sought after, she was able to retire from Florida Blue and pursue her passion on a full time basis, a decision she has never regretted. If you have not had the opportunity to attend a Cohens Event, you have missed something Awesome. They are well managed, elegant and unexpectedly Beautiful. She has price points for all budgets and the same professionalism, attention to detail and elegance goes into the design of every room she touches. Michelle is truly a gifted room designer & event planner with a huge imagination and keen eye for your vision. She and her staff are conscious of every detail required to make your event one to remember. Her large variety of Clientele range from Corporate Events, Weddings, Church Functions, Social Club Events, College Events, Charity Events, Birthday and Anniversary Parties to house Parties and more. Each of her events are personalized and every space is breath taking. As so lovingly quoted by one of Michelle’s long time clients and mentors “My girl is the David Tutera of Jacksonville but with her own distinctive Brand. I wouldn’t trust anyone else from anywhere else to do my Events.” “She designs your space with such eloquence, you won’t believe it is the same space”. In Closing, the writer would like to leave you all with a quote from Michelle. “As an African American female, I feel honored to serve my community in excellence. As a woman, it has been very important for me to build a foundation from all of the bricks that have been thrown at me”. I am here to serve you. I can be reached at Cohens Events (904) 251-4916. You can also follow me on Facebook, Instagram and twitter, or view my website at www.cohenevents.com. Let me help you to make your Dreams Come true.


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DESSAUSURE LAW FIRM, P.A. Columbia — (803)771-0042 • Camden — (803)425-7299 Toll Free: 866-994-0042 Attorney Tony Dessausure

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WHAT DAMAGES AM I ENTITLED TO IF I’M INJURED IN AN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT? Even the most cautious drivers can find themselves involved in an automobile accident. Sometimes these accidents can result in you or your loved one being injured. If you or a loved one are injured in an automobile accident, you are entitled to collect certain benefits known as damages from the at fault party. The purpose of damages is to provide monetary compensation to put you back in the position that you were in prior to being injured. You are entitled to receive compensation for the following: • Medical Bills- any medical bills that you incur as a result of the injuries sustained from the accident (EMS, Hospital bills, chiropractor bills, follow-ups with your primary care physician, etc) • Lost Wages- any time you missed from work as a result of injuries sustained from the accident • Prescriptions- any medications prescribed to you as a result of the accident • Future Medicals- any future medical treatment that you will have to receive as a result of the accident (future surgeries, future physical therapy, etc) • Pain/Suffering- the physical and mental anguish that you suffered as a result of your injuries. (anxiety, trouble sleeping, inability to perform certain physical activities, etc) • Punitive Damages- In certain situations, you are entitled to recover simply because of the at-fault party’s conduct. (DUI, horrific driving record and/or criminal record, etc) The Dessausure Law Firm can help you if you are involved in an automobile accident. The Dessausure Law Firm can assist you with recovering compensation for your medical bills, loss wages, prescriptions, pain and suffering, and punitive damages. Ashley Green Attorney at Law Dessausure Law Firm


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If you have memories of your grandfather or others in his generation struggling along with bad knees and hips, or with a shoulder that wouldn’t move, then Nedra Brown has a message for you. Bad joints can be replaced, says Brown, RN and director of the Orthopaedic Service Line at AnMed Health in Anderson. Joint replacement surgery has been around for years, but modern methods are better than ever. “The advanced technology in the current generation of total joint replacements has allowed people to get back moving sooner and helped improve the quality of life for many people suffering from osteoarthritis,” said Brown. Osteoarthritis is a disease of the entire joint involving the cartilage, joint lining, ligaments, and underlying bone. The breakdown of these tissues eventually leads to pain and joint stiffness.

The specific causes of osteoarthritis are unknown, but are believed to be a result of both mechanical and molecular events in the affected joint. Disease onset is gradual and usually begins after the age of 40.

The specific causes of osteoarthritis are unknown, but are believed to be a result of both mechanical and molecular events in the affected joint. Disease onset is gradual and usually begins after the age of 40.

“Unfortunately the breakdown of these tissues eventually leads to pain and joint stiffness,” Brown said. “There is currently no cure for osteoarthritis. Treatment for osteoarthritis focuses on relieving symptoms and improving function, and can include a

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combination of patient education, physical therapy, weight control, use of medications, and eventually total joint replacement.” Brown says the key is to seek professional consultation before the pain becomes unbearable. AnMed Health provides a variety of specialty services for osteoarthritis patients. If you and your physician decide joint replacement is your best option, it is important to have support from friends and family to help you along the journey. Patients can have joint replacement and go directly home after surgery with assistance from home health and rehab services. For more information, go to AnMedHealth.org/Ortho


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5 Easy Steps to Better Health by Dr. Martia C. Thigpen, D.C. and Dr. Ivory T. Thigpen, D.C. For more information on how to have better health visit our website: RestoreHealth-SC.com 9016 FARROW ROAD, SUITE B • (803) 699-8171

1. Set your priorities Stress is the enemy of good health. Stress robs us of our time and demands our attention. One way to reduce the stress in your life is to prioritize your day. Don't feel pressured to do it all and be everything everyone. Take a minute to rank those activities that mean the most to you and focus on those.

2. Take time for yourself Self-care is the most basic and essential form of healthcare. With busy schedules, people often forget to take breaks. Whether prayer time, quiet time, recreational time, or even short power naps; consider scheduling time for yourself to do something relaxing and enjoyable. It is important to take care of yourself and seek support when needed to reduce stress.

3. Exercise Exercising, as little as 10-15 minutes, has generally been effective at easing stress, boosting immunity, and increasing overall bodily function. Additionally, exercise has been shown to reduce the frequency and duration of migraines, as well

With busy schedules, people often forget to take breaks. Whether prayer time, quiet time, recreational time, or even short power naps; consider scheduling time for yourself to do something relaxing and enjoyable. as lessen the pain and disability of fibromyalgia, sciatica, and whiplash.* Your chiropractor can help you find safe, effective ways to exercise and keep your energy level up.

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4. Watch what you eat. Over-eating or eating from stress to make you feel better can actually make you feel worse in the end. Developing a balanced healthy eating plan and getting adequate levels of vitamin and minerals such as Vitamin C and Omega 3 fatty acids can help your body's response to stress.* Your chiropractor can advise you on healthy eating habits and nutrition.

5. Chiropractic Adjustments Finally, visit your chiropractor. Chiropractic care itself can help you manage your pain and stress level. In fact, a research study in 2010 showed that chiropractic adjustments helped reduce levels of cortisol, a stress hormone known to cause inflammation and irritation.* Proper care of your physical frame and body is the best way to ensure a healthier and better quality of life.


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Jacksonville First Coast BLACK PAGES Let the National Guard Pay for Your College Degree

The Guard is your ticket to a successful education. It's a great way to pay for college and put cash in your pocket. All while serving part-time and right in your community. Great benefits make the Guard a great deal! You’ll get a lot out of serving in the National Guard. In addition to the pride of serving your country and community, you'll get paid career skills training, leadership training, earn cash bonuses—on top of your Guard pay—receive educational opportunities you can’t get anywhere else, and other outstanding benefits. Money for College. When it comes to paying for school, the National Guard can really help get you on track. By serving in the Guard, you can receive: • Up to 100% tuition assistance - as much as $18,000 over four years • Over $345 a month in your pocket with the Montgomery GI Bill or Post 9/11 GI Bill • Add up to another $350 per month with the Army National Guard Kicker • National Guard scholarships that can pay up to $10,000 a year plus a $1,200 book allowance • Repay up to $50,000 for existing student loans with Student Loan R epayment Program

Guard Pay. As a Soldier, you’ll earn a paycheck for every day you serve. Whether you’ve just shipped to Basic Training, you’re drilling one weekend a month, or you’re attending Annual Training during the summer—or any time you’re called up to serve—you’ll be getting paid. And every promotion puts even more in your check. Choose an exciting enlisted career field. There are over 150 jobs among the career fields offered in the Guard. You’ll get realworld training you can use right now—along with hands-on experience that will give you a head start toward your career.

Minimum Requirements. • Be between the ages of 17 and 35; unless you have prior U.S. military service • Be a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident alien • Meet necessary medical requirements and moral requirements • Education - High school diploma or equivalent (or be working toward it) • Aptitude - You'll be required to take the standardized ASVAB test

You'll serve your community, your state and your country. As a Guard Soldier, you can expect your primary area of operation to be your home state. This may include community efforts, responding to wildfires or floods.

The Guard takes average men and women and molds them into something special. Visit us online at NATIONALGUARD.com or to speak to a recruiter contact, SFC Daniel Grant, 904-200-2078 or SFC Nelson McCray, 904-229-6168.

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Understanding Hospice Care... How Can Community Hospice Help? By: Community Hospice of Northeast Florida When you or a loved one is dealing with increasing medical challenges, or when you need help with day-to-day caregiving demands, we encourage you to learn more about all your care options. The following questions may be on your mind: What is hospice care? Hospice is a approach to care designed to provide support to you and your loved ones when dealing with advanced illness. Hospice care focuses on comfort and quality of life, rather than cure. The goal of hospice care is to help you live each day as fully as possible. It is not designed to hasten death. When is it time for hospice care? People often tell us they wish they had contacted us sooner. A common misconception about hospice is that it is “a last resort” and that a person must be bedridden or unable to communicate in order to receive help. Nothing could be further from the truth. While illness can affect how a person lives his or her life, so much can be done to improve physical comfort and well-being. Hospice care is appropriate for those who have a limited prognosis of 12 months or less (6 months for Medicare eligibility). Doesn’t hospice mean giving up hope? Hospice involves acknowledging that an illness in its advanced stage may not be cured. Accepting the services of Community Hospice does not mean you or your loved ones need to surrender hope or ongoing medical support. A person can continue to hope and plan each day for optimal quality of life, even while no longer pursuing aggressive curative treatments.

Hope can be found from helping you and your family achieve the highest possible level of physical comfort and peace of mind, and the compassionate staff of Community Hospice will be there for you on your journey ... to help you live out whatever hope means to you.

ensure that your pain and symptoms are managed. When you require more intensive, short-term treatment of symptoms that cannot be adequately managed in another setting, Community Hospice has five inpatient centers of care located throughout our community.

Your decision to receive hospice care is never final; any time, for any reason, you may elect to receive other kinds of care.

Who pays for care? Financial issues can be extremely challenging as a serious illness progresses, but you and your family should be able to focus on comfort and quality of life, without worrying about how to pay for our care.

What kind of care is provided? Your caregivers will be supported by compassionate, knowledgeable experts who are available by phone any time day and night. We bring more than 30 years of experience managing pain and other physical symptoms, as well as addressing the emotional and spiritual concerns you may face. We allow you and your loved ones to make choices about your care that are right for you; an individualized plan of care will support your personal needs and wishes. We can help you safely stay in your home or wherever you reside, surrounded by the people you care about most. Where can I receive care? Most people prefer to receive care in their homes or an assisted living community, where their loved one serves as primary caregiver. Community Hospice professionals make regular visits to check on you and provide additional support. We are available by phone 24 hours a day, every day of the year. If you live in a long term care facility or cannot be moved from the hospital, we work side by side with facility staff to

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Community Hospice care is covered through the Medicare Hospice Benefit, Florida Medicaid Hospice Benefit and most private health insurance plans. Our care is provided regardless of an individual’s ability to pay. Contributions from generous supporters in the community allow us to care for all who need us. As a nonprofit organization, Community Hospice is committed to improving the endof-life experience for everyone in Northeast Florida. Community Hospice of Northeast Florida is your compassionate guide to help you live better with advanced illness and to provide quality of life for you and your loved ones. For more information about hospice care, call 904.407.6500 or go to communityhospice.com.


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Jacksonville First Coast BLACK PAGES Tips For Avoiding Foreclosure by Jil Littlejohn, President & CEO Urban League of The Upstate, Inc.

If you are unable to make your mortgage payment:

1. Don't ignore the problem. The further behind you become, the harder it will be to reinstate your loan and the more likely that you will lose your house.

2. Contact your lender as soon as you realize that you have a problem. Lenders do not want your house. They have options to help borrowers through difficult financial times.

3. Open and respond to all mail from your lender. The first notices you receive will offer good information about foreclosure prevention options that can help you weather financial problems. Later mail may include important notices of pending legal action. Your failure to open the mail will not be an excuse in foreclosure court.

4. Know your mortgage rights. Find your loan documents and read them so you know what your lender may do if you can't make your payments. Learn about the foreclosure laws and timeframes in your state (as every state is different) by contacting the State Government Housing Office.

6. Contact a HUD-approved housing counselor.

9. Avoid foreclosure prevention companies.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds free or very low-cost housing counseling nationwide. Housing counselors can help you understand the law and your options, organize your finances and represent you in negotiations with your lender, if you need this assistance. Find a HUD-approved housing counselor near you or call (800) 569-4287 or TTY (800) 8778339.

You don't need to pay fees for foreclosure prevention help--use that money to pay the mortgage instead. Many for-profit companies will contact you promising to negotiate with your lender. While these may be legitimate businesses, they will charge you a hefty fee (often two or three month's mortgage payment) for information and services your lender or a HUD-approved housing counselor will provide free if you contact them.

7. Prioritize your spending. After healthcare, keeping your house should be your first priority. Review your finances and see where you can cut spending in order to make your mortgage payment. Look for optional expenses-cable TV, memberships, entertainment--that you can eliminate. Delay payments on credit cards and other "unsecured" debt until you have paid your mortgage.

8. Use your assets. Do you have assets--a second car, jewelry, a whole life insurance policy--that you can sell for cash to help reinstate your loan? Can anyone in your household get an extra job to bring in additional income? Even if these efforts don't significantly increase your available cash or your income, they demonstrate to your lender that you are willing to make sacrifices to keep your home.

5. Understand foreclosure prevention options. Valuable information about foreclosure prevention (also called loss mitigation) options can be found online.

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10. Don't lose your house to foreclosure recovery scams! If any firm claims they can stop your foreclosure immediately and if you sign a document appointing them to act on your behalf, you may well be signing over the title to your property and becoming a renter in your own home! Never sign a legal document without reading and understanding all the terms and getting professional advice from an attorney, a trusted real estate professional or a HUD-approved housing counselor.


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Managing Your Investments In Retirement By Marion Hanna Insurance Agency Inc - State Farm

Saving for retirement is a huge financial

help people save for retirement, and they may

economic risks and the risk of currency

responsibility, and it does not end when you

make sense for many people after retirement.

fluctuations. Bonds are subject to interest

turn in your notice to your employer. You will

That’s because in the long run, stock funds

rate risk and may decline in value due to an

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are better at outperforming inflation than

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of 500 large U.S. companies.

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are retired, you’ll want your income to go up,

while. The National Center for Health

too. Incorporating investments that have the

Statistics reports that a man who turned 65 in

potential for capital appreciation into your

2009 was expected to live another 17.3 years,

post-retirement portfolio can help your

to just over age 82. A woman who turned 65

overall portfolio keep pace with inflation.

in 2009 would be expected to live another

Keep in mind; all types of investing involve

20.0 years, to age 85.

risk, including potential for loss.

In retirement, your financial needs may

Because investing is a lifelong pursuit, you’ll

change. Most retirees want their money to

want to learn as much as you can so that you

last throughout their lives, to keep pace with

can adapt your investments to your changing

inflation, and to support their current

life needs. Whether you are currently retired

spending needs.

or just hope to be some day, your investments will need your care and attention.

Bond funds are one choice for many retirees because they are managed to generate regular income payments. This money can be

Investing involves risk, including potential for

used to help fund your retirement spending

loss.

needs. Bonds generally have less risk than stocks, although they do have some risk.

Diversification and asset allocation do not assure a profit or protect against loss.

Stock funds are designed for long-term

Foreign investments involve greater risks than

capital appreciation. These are often used to

U.S. investments, including political and

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A MISSION OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

So, who are Wesleyans? The Wesleyan Church, formerly known as Wesleyan Methodist Church, is a Christian denomination which was founded as an abolitionist denomination. In the 1700’s, John Wesley fought for the abolition of slavery in England, and, in the 1800’s, the Wesleyan Methodists in America fervently served and advocated for the abolition of slavery and the equality of all people. Our history is full of men and women who served on the Underground Railroad and started abolitionist churches here in the South when few others would. One such abolitionist church was Freedom’s Hill Church, first located in Snow Camp, North Carolina. Led by Pastor Adam Crooks, the church served as a stop on the Underground Railroad, hiding slaves during the day and helping them journey farther north at night. Adam Crooks was dragged from the pulpit and beaten numerous times. Twice he was poisoned. Through all of this, the question that challenged Crooks was, “Can you give your life for the cause?”

Freedom’s Hill Church held services until 1940. Now, Freedom’s Hill Church stands on the main campus of Southern Wesleyan University in Central, South Carolina. Reconstructed and restored, Freedom’s Hill serves as a reminder of our great history and heritage of fighting for equality.

Southern Wesleyan University continues this heritage of helping others gain a better life, believing that all students and families should have access to quality education. Southern Wesleyan University continues this heritage of helping others gain a better life, believing that all students and families should have access to quality education. Take a glimpse into our history and you will see the beginnings of an institution that was built on the foundational belief that we can do better. We can serve more. We can help

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others better themselves and give them the opportunities they need to succeed. Founded in 1906, Southern Wesleyan University has grown to include a 350-acre campus in Central, South Carolina, a network of adult education centers across the state, and fully-online programs. Whether you are a high school student, a working adult looking for career advancement, or someone who wants a secondchance at college, SWU is here to serve you with a quality, Christcentered education.


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Alphabetical Listings of Advertisers by Page Numbers BBVA Compass Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

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Caribbean Sunrise Bakery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

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Community Hospice of Northeast Florida. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

Cox Media Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75-76

Cynthia Givens C&E Real Estate Pros of Exit Real Estate Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88

Deborah K.Thompson, Consultants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

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Alphabetical Listings of Advertisers by Page Numbers Duval County Schools Office of Economic Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93

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Alphabetical Listings of Advertisers by Page Numbers Jacksonville Childrens Commission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92

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