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Monthly Newsletter: Volume I

Why the Newsletter - Now? One word ~ “Knowledge”

Without it you can't do anything! In fact it's so important that God said "My people perish, because of lack of knowledge!” For hundreds of years the only thing we were allowed to KNOW was how to produce for the Slave Master. After slavery we had to learn to produce for ourselves and our community. Black businesses flourished. Successful Blacks gave our kids roles models to follow. This stopped during desegregation. Away went Black businesses, the strength of our community. Away went the successful Black's to Parkland and beyond. It became a badge of honor to get out of the hood, i.e. abandon your heritage and move somewhere else to strengthen theirs. What's left is businesses owned by others, high unemployment, blighted houses and communities that are pawns in the hands of developers, politicians and ego driven government employees. So what does your future hold? Knowledge dictates that with the rise of sea levels along the coastline, the powers that be will have to start moving westward. It’s called Gentrification! So how are they going to pull it off, you ask? Here is where knowledge is key! First you divide the community into small segments with freeways and railroad tracks (done). Then you eat up as much available property with parks and county owned vacant lots (done) This is done instead of increasing housing for growth and development providing us with political power. Then the County Government must raise property taxes on the few home owners that are left until one day, the elderly in the community will be evicted because of tax liens (done). Continued on page 2

“The greatest mistake of the movement has been trying to organize a sleeping people around specific goals. You have to wake the people up first, and then you’ll get action.” - Malcolm X

In This Issue  Why the Newsletter Now?  3rd Annual Black

Empowerment Summit  Workshops &

Seminars 2017  Celebrating Birthdays  Did You Know?  Job & Housing Listings  Health Tips  MLK Day 2017  Community News

3rd Annual Black Empowerment Summit February 11 - 18 - 24 from 6 pm to 9 pm at the African American Research Library Cost:: $5 Students $10 Adults $25 Families

 Contact Us!


cont.– Why the Newsletter -Now? Black Empowerment Summit: Politics - Economics - Mental Health - Education

Black Empowerment Summit 2017 For three Saturdays straight, February 11th, 18th and 25th we’ll hold our 3rd Annual Black Empowerment Summit from 6 pm to 9 pm at the African American Research Library located at 2650 Sistrunk Blvd, Ft Lauderdale, FL 33311. Cost: Students: $5 (12 and 17) Adults: $10 (18 and up) Families: $25 (2 Adults and 3 Students) *No children under 12 We’ll be giving away movie tickets, gift cards and cash prices valued up to $1,000! For our grand prize we will be asking questions from Dr. Claude Anderson’s video “Inappropriate Behavior” SO WATCH THE VIDEO ON YOUTUBE! Food will be served during intermission with live entertainment from The Hope Band! Seating is limited so get your tickets NOW by registering at or calling (754) 484-4229 or stop by 681 NW 27th Avenue, Unit 1, Ft Lauderdale, FL 33311 (right next to the beauty salon facing 27th Ave). This year we’ve decided to target our audience more to those in the community who we feel would utilize the information and resources the most. This conference has something for ages12 and up! Make it a Family Night! This is a tradition we plan to do every year! Come and be empowered! 2016 Summit Speakers Speaker Rosalyn Thompson on Mental Health in the Black Community dealing with Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome. She is a Masters Level Mental Health Counselor and currently works as a Behavioral Health Clinician at the Nancy J. Cotterman Center, which is Broward County’s only Certified Rape Crisis Center and Child Advocacy Center.

Broward County Economic Development Bonetta Williams spoke to us last year about starting a business. And on the 18th they’ll be introducing a way to receive $10,000 for your business!

Special thanks to our Speakers, the Hosts, Staff and Sponsors for making this event memorable! Sponsored By: Fort Lauderdale Community Center - Media Trust-R-News!

Then you get banks to stop making loans to Black businesses (done), At the same time you bring in big box stores to complete the destruction of Black businesses (done). Next, the Chamber of Commerce encourages businesses to keep their minority employees below 5%. This will keep the unemployment rate high and cause crime to increase. People do ignorant things when they’re desperate. Next, a community that doesn't manufacture, produce or grow any kind of drugs, must be flooded with designer drugs (flakka, crack etc.), that will increase the crime rate. As residents seek ways to make ends meet and or numb themselves from the conditions in which they live, they become the ones involved in the sale, use or both. The increase of crime has officials and some residents calling for police to increase patrols and tactics. This causes local, state and federal officials to drastically increase police budgets; leading to more money, equipment, and police officers in our community. Disharmony and unrest in our neighborhoods would be the end result. Today the Sheriff Department has one of the largest budgets in the county, $467.8 million, with the headquarters and jail located in our community. So where are we now? Tarantulas district has cross the railroad tracks on Sistrunk and Andrews. They will continue to march westward. Right now developers are buying everything along the Sistrunk corridor for the coming gentrification! Where are you going to live? Get involved in your homeowners association, even if you don’t own a house! We have to start working together or our kids and grandkids are doomed. By William Gary Executive Director 2 Fort Lauderdale Community Center

Workshops & Seminars for 2017 After the conference we want to keep you empowered! Join us and our partners as we bring you a year of workshops and seminars thaw will help enrich you, and your family's lives. Instructors to give you the tools you need to start a business, take your existing business to the next level, job readiness skills, anger management conflict resolution, understanding the Bible, financial literacy, wealth building and so much more! This year, take charge of your life! Start today!


It was changed from when the God of Creation set it up in Spring, NOT in the dead of winter! Exodus Ch 12 vs 1-2. In 46 B.C. E by Roman emperor Julius Caesar who name the day after their pagan god Janus who was the Roman god of doors and gates and had two faces, one looking forward and one back. Caesar felt that the month named after one his gods “January” would be the appropriate “door” to the year.

CHIEF ADDERLEY QUITS! Chief Frank Adderley, the first Black Police Chief of Fort Lauderdale has quit, as of January 2017! Scott Israel, Sheriff of Broward County, has offered Chief Adderley a Colonel’s position in charge of community affairs. He has served as chief under a renewable two-year contract. The most recent contract pays him an annual salary of $174,304 and would have expired in February 2018. His new job will pay him $176,650, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said.

Health Tips

Job & Housing Listings Broward County Transit Is Hiring!    

Bus Operator $14.41 – $23.54 Hr. Mechanic $23.19 – 29.88 Hr. Coach Service Attendant $12.26 - $20.71 Hr. Storekeeper $14.46 - $23.68 Hr. Apply online at the County’s web site or visit the Broward County testing center at the Governmental Center located at: 115 S. Andrews Avenue, Room 509, Ft Lauderdale, FL.

Celebrating Birthdays! Paying homage to those who we shall always remembered and shall never forget!

Scholar and one of the foremost authorities on African and Black American History.

Jan 1 – Dr. John. H. Clark

Fort Lauderdale Community Center 

Case Manager $10 - $20 Hr

Outreach Coordinator $10 - $18 Hr

Apply by emailing your resume to and in the Subject Line put either position your interested in. We will be calling in those applicants for an interview by January 17, 2017 and the job will start in February 2017.

Housing Woodland-Meadows: $1295 2br-2b 5903 NW 57th Ct, Tamar ac, FL, 33319, a 1050 Sq.Ft.,-Apartment-Home.-Call-Now-(954)721-7940 $800/1br Davie, FL Call: Mar cos Angel ☎ (786) 547-3672 3


A Boycott Call on Martin Luther King Day 2017 Last year MLK Day Parade took a different route! No longer will it start at MLK Elementary - MLK Blvd as it has in the past then on to Dillard High School! Last year the committee for the event alone with FL Rep Bobby DeBose explained, this was their decision to bring more whites dollars in for sponsorship and everyone needed to share in the event beyond just Black neighborhoods. So if your interested in forming a new committee that keeps it the way it was? Join us! And let us not forget that from the time he assumed leadership of the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott in 1955 to his murder 13 years later, he faced hundreds of death threats. His home in Montgomery was bombed, with his wife and young children inside. He was hounded by J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI, which bugged his telephone and hotel rooms, circulated salacious gossip about him and even tried to force him into committing suicide after he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Before he was gunned down on a motel balcony in Memphis, Tenn., King was planning another march on

Washington he called it the “Poor People’s March.” Just before he was killed he said, “We have

come to our nation’s capital to cash a check! When the architects of our Republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir, instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check; a check which has come back marked insufficient funds.” Such would-be the kidnappers of King’s legacy which have chosen a highly selective interpretation of his message. These were not the words of a cardboard saint advocating a Hallmark card-style version of brotherhood. They were the stinging phrases of a prophet, a man demanding justice not just in the hereafter, but in the here and now!

#BoycottMLKDayOfService! #Boycott FtLauderdaleMLKParade!

Community News

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Event/Business! Cont. Community-News Washington-Park Homeowners-Association Meeting

Thursday, January 12, 2017 7:30 PM

Sponsored By: Fort Lauderdale Community Center - Media Trust-R-News!

Washington Park’s homeowners and residents meet monthly on the second Thursday of the month. Where: Lafayette Hart Park, 2851 N.W. 8th Rd., Fort 4 Lauderdale FL 33311