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Volume 74, 38th Edition - Mobile & Prichard, Alabama - Wednesday, February 14 - Tuesday, February 20, 2018

THIS WEEK IN BLACK HISTORY On February 21, 1965, Malcolm X was assassinated by three members of the Nation of Islam at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City. To his admirers he was a courageous advocate for the rights of blacks, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black Americans; detractors accused him of preaching racism and violence.


Mardi Gras 2018

Table of Contents Page 2 - National Signing Day - Williamson’s McCreary, Hickbottom await next step + Complete list of local signees Page 3 - Philly Super Bowl celebration illustrates double standard Page 4 - Urban Leaguers are ready to fight for a fair and accurate 2020 Census by Marc Morial | Big rainbows in the political clouds for children: Some really good news by Marian Wright Edelman | A parade? What’s next? by Julianne Malveaux Page 5 - ‘Black Panther’ movie takes its place at the top of the Marvel universe | SOCIAL SECURITY: Social Security celebrates Black History Month | I brake for thrift stores! The Top 10 things to know before you shop

Scenes from the Grand Marshal's Ball (above) and the Mignight Mystics Ball (below) by Jerome McNeil for The Beacon.

Page 6 - Happenings Around Town: We were on the road for Mardi Gras 2018 fun | You are invited to 109th NAACP Founder’s Day Celebration | Calendar of Events | Page 7 - Siren group celebrates 70th anniversary Page 8 - Classified Ads Page 9 - Obituaries | Mobile Beacon Church Calendar | Happy Birthday Jerome McNeil Page 10 - Meet the Krewe of Kids - Prince Cedrick Demarcus Foster Lewis Jr. & Princess Alana Gabrielle Cunningham | The Goat Man, Mr. Gary A. Dotch

Economic racism in Africatown killed my friend (EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is from a Facebook post by long-time Mobilian Charles James. The Beacon requested and received permission to reprint his post verbatimto further document events that shaped the lives of residents of the Plateau Community … better known now as Africatown.) By Charles James For everyone that says that racism is dead and Black people need to get over slavery, follow me on this long post as I tell you the story of my good friend Bill Ellis, aka, Bill“WallyMoon”Ellis. Moon grew up in an area known as “Plateau” or “Africatown.” It is known as that because the survivors from the last known slaveship, Clotilde, (which I shared may have recently been discovered) settled the land post Emancipation. They were brought over by Capt. Timothy Meaher, who imported the slaves in 1860, to win a bet that he could sneak a slaveship past dumb federal troops occupying forts at the mouth of Mobile Bay. After Emancipation, Meaher refused to sell the land to his newly freed slaves. Those former slaves labored in sawmills and on the docks to raise enough money to return to Africa but were unsuccessful. Undeterred, they continued to bust their tails and they scrimped, saved and continued buying land that surrounded the former Meaher Plantation alongside the river because that was the only home they knew in America. The Clotilde elders told the younger generations, “Whatever you do, don’t sell our land. Land ownership is the key to success. “ Direct descendants of the Clotilde still live in Plateau, as Moon’s family did, while the Meaher descendants took their wealth to Midtown, Springhill and the Eastern Shore. Around the time of the WWII economic boom that reshaped the Mobile economy, the Meahers and their descendants started leasing land near the Clotilde survivors’ settlement in Plateau, to Scott Paper, International Paper and other industrial



Concerned parents participating in the #Justice4ALMoms movement protested outside Strickland Youth Center last week to speak out about District Court Judge George Brown, who they claim is abusing his powers as Juvenile Court Referee. Another protest is scheduled Feb. 15 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Government Plaza; a meeting is scheduled Feb. 15, 6-8 p.m. at Toulminville Library. The Beacon will have more coverage of the story next week. (Beacon photo by Jerome McNeil)

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Williamson’s McCreary, Hickbottom await next step

Williamson’s Roger McCreary (center) prepares to sign a letter of intent with Auburn University as his stepfather, Fitzgerald James, and head coach Dedrick Sumpter, far right, look on. Second to left is Jamal Hickbottom, who signed with South Alabama, and is accompanied by his mother, Paulette Hickbottom. Standing behind McCreary is his sixth-grade teacher, Tamara Jackson-Woods. (Beacon photo by Arthur L. Mack) By Arthur L. Mack, For The Beacon

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It was a great day for Williamson High’s Roger McCreary and Jamal Hickbottom as they signed letters of intent with Auburn University and the University of South Alabama respectively during ceremonies in Williamson High’s auditorium on February 7. Both athletes were among many throughout Southwest Alabama—as well as the nation—who signed letters of intent during National Signing Day, the official day that high school athletes, particularly football players, can officially sign with the college of their choice. “I was just glad that I could finally sign with a Division I college,” McCrary said. “I just thank God for this opportunity,” said Hickbottom. “I always dreamed about this opportunity, and I’m just happy.” “Once Auburn came, everybody started coming (for McCrary),” said head coach Dedrick Sumpter. “South Alabama was an early commitment, then Southern Mississippi came in strong. I knew it was going to come, but we were just patient with it. “Along with Jamal, people don’t understand that playing offensive tackle and middle linebacker, and to be able to be All-State both years, that’s another guy that is tremendous.” McCreary, a multi-position athlete who was one of the stars of the team, verbally committed to South Alabama during the 2017 football season, but as time went on, his stock rose late and he received a big push from several big-name schools. In the end, Auburn won out. He plans to major in civil engineering on the Plains. “I had a good relationship with the coaches, and the defensive coordinator said I could start early and play early on the field,” McCreary said. “I’m used to playing most positions, but once I start playing one position, I’ll be good at it.” “It was kind of a shock (that teams didn’t recruit him earlier),” said Williamson High defensive coach Antonio Coleman. “You see the film and you see the numbers, this kid never comes off the football field. When you stack his numbers against anybody else in the state, he’s got the better numbers—offense, defense, special teams—all of his numbers show what type of player he is.” Hickbottom, who played on the offensive line as well as at linebacker, will concentrate on the latter spot at USA. He said that being close to home was one of the deciding factors. He is looking at pursuing a criminal justice degree. “I wanted to stay close to home so my family can be a big support to me,” he said. “In addition, I can start early on the field. I hope I can start my freshman year.” Coleman said that in the case of McCreary, making a final choice was hard because teams such as North Carolina State, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, and Duke showed some late interest. One special guest who was at the signing was McCreary’s sixth-grade teacher, Tamara JacksonWoods, who taught at Denton Middle School when McCreary was a student. She told the Beacon that McCreary invited her to the ceremony because she was a big influence in his life. “It’s amazing,” she said. “Just to be remembered by a former student is really exciting. I’m really at a loss for words.” Complete list of local signees Football (NOTE: PWO is Preferred Walk On status) Blount Jarious Bush, OL, Southeastern Kyle Cass, ATH, Alabama State Jacoby Davis, ATH, Alabama State Ray Hunt, OL, Southeastern Jamarcus Powe-Mauldin, WR, Huntsville Prep Charles Mickles, DL, Huntingdon Joshua Norwood, RB/LB, Huntingdon Tashaon Pettway, DB, Sterling Colelge Trajan Pugh, RB, South Alabama (PWO) Collins Woods III, WR, Navy Citronelle Jonathan Orso, DT, Alcorn State Clarke County Austin Kinsey, RB, Jacksonville State Quentin Morris, LB, Miles William Foreman, RB, Miles Daphne Rashad Yelding, DE, Lenior-Rhyne Ty Reynolds, LB, Rocky Mountain College Chance Newman, QB, Coffeyville Community

College Jack Cushman, DL, Butler Community College Marese McBride, DL, Coffeyville Community College Hunter McLaurin, OL, Millsaps Hunter Monte, TE, Union College Joseph Santini, OL, Cumberlands Ryan Love, OL, Missouri Baptist Davidson Tyreik Williams, DL, Union College Fairhope Wes Baumhower, LB, Alabama (PWO) Faith Academy James Harris, RB, Naval Academy Kaleb Jackson, DE, Air Force LeFlore Timontre Graham, LB, Jackson State Orlando Smoots, DB, Millsaps Dwan James, RB, South Alabama (PWO) McGill-Toolen Eric Garror, DB, UL Louisiana Bryan Hill, RB, Tuskegee Trey Simpson, OL, South Alabama (PWO) Oakley Coleman, WR, Delta State Khalil Nettles, RB, Huntingdon Jakorian Bennett, DB, Hutchinson CC Temell Kennedy – Tennessee Valley Prep Murphy Michael Jefferson, WR, Alabama State Anthony (A.J.) Lewis, WR/TE, Troy Maurice Robinson, ATH, Grambling State Maurice Agee, S, Tennessee Valley Prep Anton Noble, TE, Trinity Saraland Jake Hall, SN, Alabama (PWO) St. Paul’s Swift Lyle, QB, Georgia State Wilson Beaverstock, K, UAB Will Eiland, OL, South Alabama (PWO) Daniel Beard, LB, Princeton Theodore Timaje Porter, DL, UL Lafayette Tyrone Hall, DB, South Alabama Phazion Locke, DB, Cumberlands Vigor Eric Felts Jr., DB, Alabama State Earl Scott Jr., DB, Alabama State Tadarian Dale, RB, Alabama State Nygel Shamburger, LB, Alabama State Christopher Skipwith, OL, Goode Elite Prep Quinton Rodgers, OL, Goode Elite Prep Davidson Jeff Marks, DL, Purdue Mobile Christian Keith Gallmon, DB, South Alabama Andres Fox, DL, Stanford Saraland Jack West, QB, Stanford St. Paul’s Jalyn Armour-Davis, DB, Alabama Other sports Baker Kaitlyn Diaz, Enterprise State (softball) Dixie Guesnard, Gulf Coast (softball) Victoria Ortiz, South Alabama (softball) Amberly Montgomery, Mobile (softball) Madelyn Watkins, Montevallo (cross country, track and field) Blount Brianna Harris, Louisiana Tech (basketball) Daphne Mary Katherine Stewart, Birmingham Southern (swimming) Davidson Madison Mathis, Coastal CC-Brewton (softball) Angelica Teague, Bishop State (softball) Mary G. Montgomery Kiersten Nezat, Coastal Alabama CC (volleyball) McGill-Toolen Adam Dekle, Birmingham-Southern (swimming) Kate Eubanks, Troy (soccer) Kareem Mulkey, Spring Hill (soccer) Murphy Joseph Washington, Briar Cliff (track and field) Brianna Peal, Belhaven (softball) St. Paul’s Jarrett Eaton, Auburn (baseball) Herndon Akridge, South Alabama (baseball) Will McFadden, Troy (golf) Kyle Cornelius, Troy (golf) Theodore Brandon Brown, Copiah-Lincoln (baseball) Carlee Holloway, West Alabama (softball) UMS-Wright Sarah Pehler, Millsaps (Volleyball) Lynn Gardner, Mercer (Softball)

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Philly Super Bowl celebration illustrates double standard By Arthur Mack For The Beacon


casional exception. Most, if not all of it, is racial in nature.

When the Philadelphia Eagles defeated New England in Super Bowl LII, it was indeed a win for the history books. Not only was it the first Super Bowl win for Philadelphia in three tries, but it was also their first National Football League championship since 1960 in the pre-Super Bowl era. Let me say that I was happy for the Eagles— they erased at least some of the disappointment I had when the Atlanta Falcons blew a sure victory over New England in last year’s Super Bowl. Understandably, there was a lot of excitement, not only in the city of Brotherly Love itself, but for longsuffering Eagles fans throughout the country who have suffered through disappointment, after disappointment, after disappointment. Which brings me to my topic for this week. If you watched the victory celebrations very closely, you would have noticed there was a lot of rowdiness going on. Not just displays of public drunkenness, mind you, but downright craziness—setting fires, destroying storefronts, overturning cars, climbing on poles and toppling street signals, etc., etc. If you also noticed, there was no outcry about the violence that took place after the victory. Compare that to the relatively peaceful protests against police violence. There were streets being blockaded, and maybe some skirmishes with police. However, a lot of it paled in comparison to the craziness in Philly. You know why I’m making this point? Simple. It seems that double standards have become the norm, rather than the oc-

A casual observer who would otherwise be understanding of people protesting injustice is now taking it on his or herself to call out the protesters for causing trouble. On the other hand, if our casual observer had seen the same conduct exhibited by Eagles fans after the Super Bowl win, he or she would have shrugged and said, “Boys will be boys.” “But Mack, that was just a celebration of a Super Bowl victory that got out of hand!” you will say. Well, fair enough—you have the right to say it. But I have a serious problem justifying tearing up people’s property simply because my hometown team brought home the big prize. I have a serious problem with someone setting fire to someone’s store—a store made possible by faith in God, not to mention a lot of hard work and sacrifice—because a championship drought that lasted six decades was finally broken. Beyond that, I have a serious problem with who is doing the rioting. There were some that said had the Eagles’ celebrants been black and doing that kind of damage, the cops would have been out in full force. Know what? I agree with those who felt that way. There would have been mass arrests on the spot—or even worse, given that the city’s police force has had a poor track record when it comes with dealing with minorities. As it was, it didn’t seem until late in the celebrations that the police finally showed up to make some arrests. I can guarantee you that if they had been there from the beginning, the damage would have been extremely minimal. The point is this—double standards, no matter where applied, are just plain wrong.

manufacturing companies. For generations Plateau was the toxic dumping ground for most of the industry that took place along the river and State Docks. Without regulation and with reckless abandon, companies contaminated the air, soil and water around Plateau with known carcinogens (ever hear of asbestos, lead or arsenic?), the effects of which will continue for generations. William Wally Moon Ellis went to Heart of Mary and McGill-Toolen Catholic High School. I first met Moon in 8th grade, playing CYO basketball. Moon was at least 6’2” and our best big man, James Daffin, did a good job of matching up with Moon, despite his obvious height advantage. Unfortunately, James got his 5th foul and at 5’4”, I had to play center against Moon. It looked like a Dikembe Mutombo “not in my house!” commercial. After that 2 things happened: 1.) We became friends; and 2.) I told my Momma I needed to find another sport and focus on academics. Moon graduated from McGill-Toolen, got married and started working for the Mobile Water Works, where he was employed for 2 decades until he was forced to take medical leave. He was first diagnosed with cancer in his early 30’s. He fought it like a champ, rebounded and went back to work. Then his parents and brother died-all of cancer. Many of his friends, neighbors and relatives that lived in Plateau also died prematurely of cancer. Moon’s cancer returned and he beat it. Then it came back several years ago. I just assumed that he was going to swat cancer this time like he swatted my shot at the CYO Hall in 8th grade. If anyone could beat cancer it was Moon. He had royal blood from Benin coursing through his veins and he had Cudjoe Kassola Lewis (depicted below) and all the other ancestors interceding on his behalf. Despite the instincts of survival and perseverance that were inherently interwoven into his DNA, Moon lost his battle to cancer just like his father, mother, brother and neighbors in the Africatown community. His sad story and the story of Plateau illustrates the injustices that African Americans still face and how we continue to bear scars from slavery and segregation.

Racism is and was more than slavery, the N word, mean Tweets, miscegenation or mis-education. Moon and Africatown show that we are still affected to this very day by environmental racism, economic racism and housing discrimination. You fought the good fight my friend. You never complained and always were concerned about others. I’ve never heard you say a negative thing about anyone and I’ve never heard anyone saying something negative about you. You were just an allaround good dude. I am happy that you will be reunited with your family, who like you, departed this earthly life way too soon due to toxins in your environment. May the Ancestors welcome you with open arms and may you rejoice at the bountiful banquet that they have prepared for you. Thank you for inspiring us Bro. Rest in Power.

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Urban Leaguers are ready to fight for a fair and accurate 2020 Census “Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, Marc Morial including those bound to ServPresident & CEO ice for a Term of Years, and exNational Urban cluding Indians not taxed, League three fifths of all other Persons. The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.” – United States Constitution, Article 1, Section 2 Earlier this week, Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin accused the Trump administration of attempting to sabotage the 2020 Census, and from all indications, we have reason to be concerned. The Census Bureau has been without a director since June and remains critically understaffed and underfunded. The Bureau plans to discontinue the practice of hiring non-citizens with legal work permits – who have been crucial in the past for communicating with hard-

to-reach non-English-speaking communities. The administration has rejected requested changes that could improve the accuracy of the 2020 Census, declining to include a combined question format for collecting Hispanic origin and race, or a separate Middle Eastern or North African category on the Census form. The administration’s reported choice for deputy director, Thomas Brunell, is a hyper-partisan gerrymandering advocate with no political experience. The U.S. Conference of Mayors this week warned in a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, “We are troubled by the administration’s reported intent to appoint a candidate for Census Bureau deputy director whose body of professional work largely centers around achieving partisan advantage in the use of census data.” Since census data is used to draw Congressional districts, the choice of Brunell seems a deliberate attempt to skew census data to give one party an unfair advantage in the 2022 elections. The decennial census is among the most cruciallyimportant undertakings, with far-ranging implications for legislative redistricting, civil rights laws and distribution of opportunities and resources. A fair and accurate census is of paramount importance. The National Urban League has been a powerful advocate for accurate African American representation in the census for generations. In 1970, then-executive director Whitney

M. Young testified to Congress about the drastic undercount of African Americans, estimated at 15 percent. As chair of the Census Bureau’s 2010 Census Advisory Committee, I urged the Bureau to expand its paid advertising to areas that have high percentages of hardto-count residents, who often distrusts of government workers. I also pushed for more census funding specifically targeted at Black communities. Despite our efforts, the 2010 Census missed an estimated 1.5 million people of color. Unless the Census Bureau makes immediate, drastic changes, the results of the 2020 Census will be much worse. As part of our efforts, the National Urban League has enlisted civic engagement expert Jeri Green, who will serve as a Senior Advisor for the 2020 Census. In her former position as Senior Advisor for Civic Engagement with the U.S. Census Bureau, Green educated diverse stakeholders on the benefits of Census participation and engaged Hard-to-Count communities to ascertain their unique challenges to obtaining an accurate count. Politicizing the census, particularly at the expense of the nation’s most vulnerable citizens, violates the foundational principles of representational democracy. The National Urban League will continue forcefully to advocate for a census that reflects the diversity of our nation.

Big rainbows in the political clouds for children: Some really good news God has sent some huge rainbows in the clouds for vulnerable children amidst a profoundly negative political climate. Good news CHILD WATCH these days has By Marian Wright been few and far between Edelman but the Bipartisan Budget Package/Continuing Resolution (CR) signed by the President earlier today offers significant and long overdue hope to children, families and communities. We now must give our immediate attention to extending that good news to the nearly 800,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Dreamers and the other Dreamers not yet in DACA, who face a March 5th deadline that would end their hopes and dreams. The good news in the Bipartisan Budget Package includes: The Family First Prevention Services Act that includes long overdue historic reforms to help keep children safely with their families when they come to the attention of the child welfare system and assures them quality care in the most family-like setting appropriate for their special needs when placement in foster care is needed. Family First also offers new supports for preventing and treating families struggling with substance use disorders, including increased support for grandparents and other relatives who have reached out to care for children, regional

partnerships to bring systems together to benefit children, and funding to help children be placed in treatment programs with their parents. An additional four years of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which assures a longterm commitment of 10 years and stabilizes comprehensive, affordable health coverage for nearly 9 million children and pregnant women. This is the longest extension of funding for CHIP since it was originally enacted in 1997 and will give the millions of parents of children enrolled in CHIP peace of mind. CHIP has helped cut the number of uninsured children in half, improved child health outcomes and access to care, helped reduce school absenteeism and improved children’s readiness to learn. CHIP, together with Medicaid, forms the foundation of our health care system for children. This long-term extension will help us build on that great progress as we work to ensure every child in America the health coverage they need and deserve to survive and thrive. Five years of funding for the Maternal and Infant Early Childhood Visitation Program (MIECHV), which has been without funding since September 30, 2017. Pregnant women and children under five in every state and territory benefit from these voluntary home visiting programs that help to improve maternal and newborn health, child development, school readiness, and family economic self-sufficiency and reduce child abuse and neglect, crime and domestic violence. Two years of funding for Community Health Centers (CHCs), which offer

A parade? What’s next? Our 45th President wants a parade. He wants it in November, probably before the mid-term elections, as a way of mobilizing his base and glorifying himself more than, as he suggests, celebrating the military. He wants the parade beJulianne Malveaux cause he saw a parade in NNPA Columnist Paris on Bastille Day. If he went to the zoo, would he next want zebras and tigers roaming the lawn behind 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? The last parade we had in Washington was in 1991, when we “won” the Gulf War. That parade cost $14 million ($21 million in today’s dollars), and drew 800,000 people. Given 45’s propensity for wanting the biggest and the huuuugest, he’d probably want to spend twice what George H.W. Bush spent in 1991. That $42 million represents less than a millionth of one percent of the nearly $500 billion federal budget increase that the Senate proposed in bipartisan legislation on February 7. I am among the many who will look askance at the cost of a parade. There are lots of things we could do with $42 million, like job creation, small Pell grant increases, or even more amenities for our armed forces.

children and their parents access to a continuum of quality health services. One in 10 children in America use CHCs for health care services. An historic increase of $5.8 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) over two years to help states meet the new quality requirements of the bipartisan 2014 CCDBG reauthorization and extend access to affordable child care to more hardworking families. A CLASP analysis shows this investment will help an additional 230,000 children in working families access child care. Currently CCDBG serves only 1 in 6 eligible children. $4 billion for student-centered programs that aid college completion and affordability, including those that help teachers, police officers and firefighters. $6 billion added to increase prevention and treatment and law enforcement to address the country’s opioid crisis. It is critically important that these dollars reach infants and children of all ages as well as other family members. The bipartisan package also: Offers long overdue assistance in the aftermath of the hurricanes in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Florida and Texas and the fires in California. This funding will bring relief to children and their parents and finally includes new Medicaid dollars to Puerto Rico. Adjusts sequestration’s budget caps so there will again be parity between defense and non-defense expenditures. While we are encouraged by these critical steps forward for children, a gaping hole remains. The Senate will begin consideration next week on legislation to offer hope, protection and a path to citi-

But in the scheme of things, some will argue that $42 million is not “that much money”. They might suggest that a parade is more about symbolism than anything else. What does a show of military might signal in these times? There has been no significant military victory, nothing to celebrate except 45’s already-inflated ego. France’s Bastille Day parade is a response to the fact that France has been invaded twice, most devastatingly by the Germans in World War II. Their parade is as much a show of military might as it is of European unity. These days troops from several countries, including Germany and the United States, participate in the parade. Some carry the flag of the European Union, even though the EU has no military. Would 45’s parade include others? Or is this just about us? Instead of a unity-type Bastille Day parade, 45’s parade is likely a reflection of his braggadocio. His button is bigger, so is his parade, and so is the US military. 45’s parade sounds like a show of muscle, but to what end? Even the inhabitant of the world’s smallest country must know that the US has the world’s “greatest” military. So why do we need to show off? Because 45 is a show-off, a blowhard, and an Electoral College-selected buffoon. Meanwhile, consider the impact a parade might have on the District of Columbia, the used-to-be majority Black city that is mostly occupied by Democrats. How will the streets survive huge tanks rolling down Pennsylvania Avenue, and who will pay for repairs? How extensive will this parade be, and will it happen on the

zenship for the nearly 800,000 current DACA Dreamers and the more than one million additional Dreamers who could qualify for DACA but have not, but its road forward is not clear. Yet the threatening March 5th deadline looms. If DACA protections are not preserved in law by that date, it is estimated that on average nearly 1,000 Dreamers a day will lose their protection from deportation and their ability to work. Their dreams and futures must be protected and preserved. As we move forward with implementation of this new Budget Package, we must stay vigilant to ensure DACA protections and a path to citizenship are enacted and threats to key programs to keep children healthy, well fed and housed are fought back. The President’s 2019 Budget, scheduled to be released on Monday, is likely to highlight deep cuts in Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, housing assistance, and other core programs that reach many of the families of the nearly 13.2 million children living in poverty. We must work together to fight them back and keep fighting to protect and expand every piece of good news. Marian Wright Edelman is President of the Children's Defense Fund whose Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. For more information go to

weekend or a weekday? What will it mean for workers, transportation, and the District’s infrastructure? 45 probably neither knows nor cares. He passed the hot potato of the parade to the Secretary of Defense, and now General Jim Mattis and his team are stuck with the task. Both Democrats and Republicans have verbalized opposition to the parade, and they are likely to be labeled “treasonous” by 45, since anyone who disagrees with him, or fails to clap (or bow) when he speaks is obviously a traitor. He is behaving like a despot like his rival, North Korea’s “Supreme Leader” Kim Jong-un. While 45 finds it convenient to idolize the military and insist that the rest of us do so, as well, he didn’t find it convenient to serve in the military. He was excused from military service during the Vietnam era because he had flat feet or bone spurs or something like that. More likely, he was excused from military service because his family had money. 45 wants a parade to celebrate the military and glorify our country’s military might. Next he will want to have someone crown him as King. Yes, it is a good thing he doesn’t go to the zoo, because we might end up with a menagerie in the back yard at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Julianne Malveaux is an author and economist. Her latest book “Are We Better Off? Race, Obama and Public Policy” is available via for booking, wholesale inquiries or for more info

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‘Black Panther’ movie takes its place at top of Marvel universe

By Amon Warrman One of the first images we see in Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther – an important distinction that only grows more pronounced as the movie progresses – is of young black teens playing basketball on a makeshift hardcourt in Oakland. It’s an unapologetically black opening to the 18th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the first comic-book based solo movie with a black hero as the titular character in two decades and the first movie of this magnitude to have a predominantly black cast. That unprecedented representation was a guarantee that the movie would be special, but the fact that the film itself is a genuine triumph on almost every level makes it even more significant. Following the death of his father in Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther picks up with a still grieving T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) on the eve of his ascendance to the Wakandan throne. There’s little time for the new King to get settled, however, as he’ll soon have to deal with the re-emergence of Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis, having a ton of fun being out of mo-cap) – an arms dealer who years ago stole some of Wakanda’s precious Vibranium, the indestructible metal that powers the whole country – and Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), a mercenary with a mysterious past who has his own designs on Wakanda. And what a Wakanda it is. Brought to awe-inspiring life by production designer Hannah Beachler, Black Panther’s vision of a technologically advanced African nation untouched by white colonialists is both beautifully rendered and stunningly detailed. Coogler smartly lets us spend a good chunk of the 134 minute run time basking in the country’s traditions and culture –handled with a reverence that made me beam – all the while setting up its central question: should Wakanda remain hidden and keep its vast wealth and knowledge to itself, or should it share its secrets with the world’s black communities, many of whom have struggled for decades? Jordan’s Killmonger is all for an aggressive version of the latter stance, and though his name is as comic-booky as it gets, the reasons behind his motivations are anything but. It’s ultimately clear why he’s the villain, but the manner in which his argument is presented makes us very sympathetic to his righteous cause as the aforementioned question begets no easy answers. Most impressively, the dialogue boldly goes to places you rarely

see any blockbuster go, let alone a Marvel movie. Jordan’s swaggering, menacing performance takes the weighty screenplay up a notch too, and in Boseman – who brings T’Challa’s internal struggles to the forefront with compelling nuance – he has a terrific screen partner to play off of. Further distinguishing Black Panther is its deep roster of impeccably cast supporting characters. Veterans Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker bring presence and gravitas as Queen Ramonda and Zuri respectively, while Winston Duke’s tribal leader M’Baku brings some unexpected yet very welcome laughs while exuding self-pride. Still, it’s the trio of Letitia Wright’s Shuri – who steals every scene she’s in with a winning combination of spunky confidence and intelligence – Lupita Nyong’o as the conflicted Wakandan spy Nakia, and Danai Gurira who leave the biggest impression. As Okoye, the General of the Dora Milaje – the Black Panther’s personal guard – Gurira is the standout of every fight sequence, but all the women have a crucial part to play in almost every major action beat. It’s when the action sequences become flashier – and thereby, more CGI-dependent – that Black Panther runs into a bit of trouble. There are multiple sequences that look like they needed to spend more time with the VFX vendor, and with the rest of the movie being so tactile the lacklustre effects can be pretty jarring. There’s also the odd subplot that could’ve been fleshed out a little more, most notably the relationship between Gurira’s Okoye and Daniel Kaluuya’s vengeful Border Tribe leader W’Kabi. Those quibbles don’t negate the fact that Black Panther is easily one of the best films in the MCU. From the dark-skinned and nonsexualized kick-ass women to an all-time great comic book movie villain, from Ruth E. Carter’s awards-worthy costume design to a story whose themes you’ll be thinking about long after the credits roll: Coogler and co give us so much of what both general audiences and Marvel fans have been craving without feeling like its merely ticking items off a checklist. And while the film has timely and universal connotations it’s also a film that caters to a black audience, a potent example of the types of films that can be made at this level when a person of colour is behind the lens. With any luck Black Panther will open the door for other, equally diverse movies to step into the spotlight. For now though, it’s T’Challa’s time to shine. Long may he reign.

Social Security celebrates Black History Month In February, we honor African Americans by celebrating Black History Month. Created in 1926, this event coincides with Abraham Lincoln’s and By Kylle’ D. McKinney Frederick Douglass’s birthdays. African American communities have celebrated these birthdays together for over 90 years. Honoring our shared history is one way we can remember that we believe in freedom and democracy for all. Another shared belief is that we all deserve a comfortable retirement, free of economic hardship. Social Security has the tools to help you plan for your retirement and to apply for benefits online. We also pay disability benefits to individuals with medical conditions that prevent them from working for more than 12 months or that result in death. If the disabled individual has dependent family members, they may also be eligible to receive

payments. We pay disability through two programs: the Social Security Disability Insurance program, for people who have worked and paid Social Security taxes long enough to be eligible, and the Supplemental Security Income program, which pays benefits based on financial need. Widows, widowers, and their dependent children may be eligible for Social Security survivors benefits. Social Security helps by providing income for the families of workers who die. In fact, 98 of every 100 children could get benefits if a working parent dies. And Social Security pays more benefits to children than any other federal program. You can learn more about retirement, survivors, and disability benefits, at Social Security is with you throughout life’s journey, helping secure today and tomorrow for you and your family. Visit us today at anamericans.

I brake for thrift stores! The Top 10 things to know before you shop By Sandy Reid Well, Mardi Gras is over everybody. And, if you were as lucky as I was, the thrift stores provided a lot of things … and at the right prices … that just helped you enhance your partying experience. I found my cowboy hatI told you I was looking for (see the picture!!) and I wore it with my boots on Fat Tuesday and had a blast. So, as we move on down the road, let’s review what we’ve already learned. Visit the store often: Remember, the thrift stores put out merchandise all through the day. What you see at 9 in the morning, might be totally different by noon. Shop at the right time of the week: Although, every day is the right day to shop at thrift stores, some days are better than others. What I mean is, in the spring people will donate more things … particularly when they’ve cleaned out closets … on the weekend. With that said, Monday’s are always good to go shopping. Have a plan: Now, this plan doesn’t have to be something mapped out like a technical document. But just have an idea of what part of the store you want to begin shopping in and take it from there. Be flexible: My husband will never tell you this, but I had him go looking for his own cowboy hat last week and he walked out with a name brand Pyrex

dish instead (Yes, he loves to cook and LOVES Pyrex dishes). Be quick on the draw: If you see something you want, particularly furniture, grab the tag and take it to the cashier. This way nobody can come along and beat you to that item. Remember, you can always change your mind and tell the cashier you no longer want it. But you don’t want to have somebody else snap up something you hesitated on. Be sure the price is right: Some thrift stores can be pricey, so be careful not to pay department store prices. Visit the right store: Everybody isn’t fortunate enough to shop at thrift stores near Rodeo Drive in Hollywood. But, I find really interesting things at shops in Fairhope, Spanish Fort and Foley, for instance. “Do I really need this?” I think that speaks for itself. Look for quality: You’d be surprised at the number of name brand items, at a reasonable price, you find if you just look closely. Know your discount days: Thrift stores always have different days when items are marked down (i.e. Senior Days, other promotions like Goodwill’s “10-for-10 Day”). Until next time, happy hunting … Sandy Reid writes about the value of seeking out thrift shops and taking advantage of less than expensive merchandise they have to offer. She can be reached at

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Happenings Around Town We were on the road for Mardi Gras 2018 fun east to Imperial sub-division for Dawn and Tim Dickerson’s Annual Joe Cain Sunday Brunch where we were greeted by several of The Langs, including Cornelius, Cheryl, Hattie, and Eula (Hamilton) as well as the likes of Mr. Smooth Kazz himself, Karl Hill who provided music as we feasted on delicious food and drinks. After an appearance at the birthday gathering for our niece, Leondria Hines, soon to be pediatric doctor, Sunday night exploded at The Grand Marshall’s 80th All Black Attire Gala “One Night Only.” Along with the beautiful Ms. Blevins in a gorgeous silver gown and joined by the rest of the Royal Court, he wore silver, white, and black to compliment the fascinating white and silver decor of the venue, the Locale, the night was about him. Mardi Gras brings all the varied cultures of our communities together and to quote the Grand Marshall himself, it would be “safisti-rachett.” Our scoop of Mardi Gras 2018 is to be continued. Please stay tuned...

Tina and Gabe Peck (left), as they do every year, hosted a Mardi Gras breakfast get-together at their “Lazy P Ranch” in Irvington. (Beacon photo by Jerome McNeil) By Jen and Tad McCord

beautiful entourage, and to top it all off recording artist, Dru Hill helped set the night’s event on fire! Saturday night, Purple did Reign at Fort Whiting as the 72nd Annual Comrades Ball jumped off after we got back from an earlier drive out to the Lazy P Ranch for Gabe and Tina Peck’s annual “Taste of Mardi Gras.” Instead of the usual church on Sunday

For 80 years the Grand Marshal has been a distinctive member of the MAMGA royal court. This year, Grand Marshal Derrick “DI” Griffin’s cocktail party, themed “The Legacy,” was held Friday night at the Arthur Outlaw Convention Center. He wore Red and Black, as did his

morning, it was take a long drive to Dawes or a short drive off Ziegler Blvd. You’re right, we did both. First, we headed to the home of Terrence and Devra Ellis in New Castle subdivision (need we say more) where we joined Ronald Wesley, now residing in Phoenix, AZ, and other guests for a hearty and delightful breakfast. Next, we hit the road and headed back

You are invited to the 109th NAACP Founder’s Day Celebration Dear Friends: You are invited to attend our 109th Year Anniversary Founders' Day Celebration. The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the largest and oldest civil rights nonprofit organization since 1909. It is sustained through memberships, fundraisers, and contributions. The celebration will take place on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at Franklin Street Baptist Church, 2113 St Stephens Road, Mobile, AL 36617. Our featured guest speaker is Ms. Urana-Jean McCauley, the great-niece of the civil rights icon and

NAACP human rights pioneer, Rosa McCauley Parks. We look forward to seeing you represent your church or organization as we commemorate those who founded the NAACP and honor those in our community who continue to fight the good fight in our time. We're calling on you to send in your annual memberships for your organization and your members. Please be so kind as to bring or send your fees and donations to this special event. We are challenged to host projects and events for the communities, but due to limited funding, we have faced adversities in our endeavors. This year in particular, we

are offering assistance to our members attempting to recover from fire damage as well as continuing our getout-the-vote efforts that proved influential in last year's special senate election. We appreciate and thank you for your support of our mission and vision to ENSURE a society in which ALL INDIVIDUALS are treated equally and to ELIMINATE all forms of racial hatred and racial discrimination. The NAACP is dedicated to EQUALITY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. David Smith, Event Chair

Calendar of Events “Galapagos: Nature’s Wonderland” In the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, there is a paradise unlike any other: the Galapagos Archipelago. Immerse yourself in this spectacular film at the Exploreum, until May 26. Visit

Harlem Globetrotters The Harlem Globetrotters World Tour will make a stop in Mobile on Tuesday, Feb. 20. The game will be at the USA Mitchell Center at 7 p.m. Visit Orchid Show Bellingrath Gardens will host the Mobile Area Orchid Society’s show and sale from Friday, Feb. 16, to Sunday, Feb. 18. The show will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Call 251-2091008, email

“Titanic: Honour & Glory” “Titanic Honour & Glory” runs through April 15 at the History Museum of Mobile. In addition to the exhibition, the museum will be hosting monthly events. Call 251-301-0273.

Pickleball for adults (indoors) Offered at Palmer Pillans Middle School on Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. Great sport for all ages combines tennis, pingpong and badminton on a court one-fourth the size of a tennis court. Call 251-463-7980 or go to

Bingo Join Via! Health, Fitness, Enrichment Center (1717 Dauphin St.) for bingo every Tuesday and Thursday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Call 251-478-3311.

Permian Monsters: Life Before Dinosaurs Take an adventure back in time 290 million years when bizarre-looking animals dominated life on land and sea. The Exploreum will display this traveling exhibition Feb. 14 – June 3. Visit

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Dance and art classes New dance classes are offered at Palmer Pillans Middle School. Belly dance, pre-ballet and tumbling for ages 6-12, beginner piano for ages 8 and up. Call 251-463-7980 or go to

“Savage Ancient Seas” “Savage Ancient Seas” will transport GulfQuest guests to a time when the last of the great dinosaurs roamed Earth and swam the seas. Visit

Practical Gardening Class A six-week class at Mobile Botanical Gardens on how to look at your landscape and select plants, soil preparation, proper plant maintenance and more. Thursdays through March, 6:30-8 p.m. Call 251-342-0555, or visit

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Fitness and Athletics Classes New fitness classes are offered at Palmer Pillans Middle School. Tai Chi, Candle Lit Yoga, Core Fusion, small-group personal fitness training, basketball for ages 15 and up, basketball for ages 814 and sports conditioning for ages 8-17. Call 251-463-7980 or go to

Bridge Lessons The Mobile Bridge Center offers free bridge lessons each Tuesday at 6 p.m. at 1510 University Blvd. Arrive a few minutes early to register. Call 251-666-2147, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mobile City Council: Tuesdays at Government Plaza, 205 Government St. Pre-council meeting at 9 a.m.; council meeting at 10:30 a.m. Prichard City Council: Every Thursday at 5:30 p.m., 216 E. Prichard Ave.,

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Siren group celebrates 70th anniversary on Saturday February 3, at the Ivy Center

Submitted by Mrs. Yvonne King, President and Dr. Lynda Carroll, Vice President and Chair of the event.

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OBITUARIES Ave., Prichard, AL. Interment followed in Gethsemane Cemetery, Mobile, AL ************

Althea Labelle Stanton was born , November9,1967 On Saturday evening February 3, 2018 she transitioned to her heavenly home. Funeral Service was held Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Ebenezer BaptistChurch,13995 County Road 66, Loxley, AL 36551 **********

Mr.Lonnie Bettis, Jr. was born on September 19, 1936 He departed this life on Saturday, February 3, 2018. Visitation was held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 9am until the 11am funeral hour at Temple Of Jerusalem Ministries, 810 N. Wilson

Mrs.HesterMae Brown Lewis was born on October 27, 1930 and departed this life for her eternal home on Sunday, February 4, 2018. A visitation was held on Saturday,February 10, 2018 from 10am until the 12pm funeral hour atUnionBaptist Church,506Bay Bridge Road, Plateau, AL.Intermentl followedinPlateau Cemetery,Plateau, AL. **********

Ronnie Miller was born on January 25, 1964.He transitioned into eternal rest on Sunday, February 4, 2018. Visitation was held on Saturday, Feb-

ruary 10, 2018 from 9am until the 11am funeralhour in Small’s MortuaryChapel, Mobile, AL. Interment followed in Whispering Pines Cemetery, Eight Mile, AL **********

Sanford Elton Seaman Jr. passed away on Friday, February 2, 2018. Church service was held at Bayou Wesleyan Church on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 2 pm with visitation from 12 noon until service time. Interment followed in Oddfellow Cemetery. ********** Jimmy Dale O'Ferrell, passed away on Saturday, February 3, 2018. Funeral service was held at Serenity Funeral Home on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 3 pm with visitation from 2 pm until service time. Interment followed in SerenityMemorial Gardens. ********** Paul Wayne Mathis, passed away on Sunday, February 4, 2018. A memorial service will be held at Seren-

ity Funeral Home on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 12 noon with visitation from 11am until service time. ***********

GeraldineBritt Hofheins,passed away on Saturday, February 3, 2018.. Funeral service was held at Serenity Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 10:30 am with visitation from 9:30 am until service time. Interment followed in SerenityMemorial Gardens. **********

Mary"Eloise" Williams, went to be with her Lord and SavioronSunday, February 4, 2018. Born on March 29, 1932A funeral service was held Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 12:00 PM,8691Old

PascagoulaRd., Theodore, AL 36582. An interment followed in Serenity Memorial Gardens, 8851 Old Pascagoula Rd., Theodore, AL 36582. **********

JackCaldwell, passed away on Monday February 5, 2018. was born May 7, 1931. A funeral was held Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 2:00 PM at SenenityFuneral Home Chapel, 8691 Old Pascagoula Road, Theodore, AL 36582. **********

M. Cheryl Haynes, passed from this life on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. She was born on November 25, 1943 in Pascagoula, MS.Funeral service was held at Serenity Funeral Home on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 2 pm with visitation from 12 noon until service time. Interment followed in MobileMemorial Gardens. ***********

Chester F Lanier, Jr passed away on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. Church service was held at Bellingrath Baptist on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 10 am with visitation from 9 am until service time. **********

The Mobile Beacon Church Calendar Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, 750 MLK, Jr., Ave., Mobile, AL 36604 invites you to worship with us on Sunday school @ 9:30 A.M and11:00 a.m. service. We also have Bible Study Wednesday at 12:00 noon and 6:00 pm The doors of Metropolitan are always open. Rev. Jessica R. Durr, Pastor, M. Div. Church of God House of Deliverence We the Officers, Mempers & Pastor would like to invite you to come worship with us on our church nigts which is Tuesday at 7:30 pm for bible study, on Thursday nights at 7:30 pm for bible study and worship services, also come join us on Sundays for sunday school at 10:00 am, with midday services on Sundays at 12:00 pm. Yours in christ,

St. Dominic Parish Come join us for our services for SUNDAY MASSES Vigil Mass (Saturday) 4:30 p.m. Sunday Masses 7:00, 9:00, 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. DAILY MASSES Monday 6:30 and 8:00 a.m. Tuesday 6:30 and 8:00 a.m. Wednesday 6:30 a.m. amd 6:30 p.m., Thursday 6:30 and 8:00 a.m., Friday 6:30 and 8:00 a.m. Saturday 8:00 a.m, HOLY DAY MASSES , Check inside the bulletin, CONFESSIONS Saturday: 3:30 - 4:15 p.m. or by appointment, EUCHARISTIC ADORATION First Wednesday: 7:00 a.m. to Benediction at 6:10 p.m. Full Tuition Paid Scholarships Available Is your child in K-12 public school?

Do you desire to place him/her in a private, accredited, comprehensive Christian school where he or she is taught on his/her level, given personal attention, and taught the principles and concepts of the Word of God? If you answered yes to this question, Word of Life Institute may be just the place for you and your child to grow academically and spiritually! We are currently accepting applications for admission, and have access to full, tuition-paid scholarships. For more information or to learn how to apply, contact us at (251) 456-2652 for more details. Stone Street Baptist Church 311 Tunstall Street, Mobile, Al invites you to worship with us. For information, call 251-4333947, Rev. Milton E. Saf-

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Happy Birthday February 14 Jerome McNeil from your Mobile Beacon family!

fold, Pastor. Peace & Goodwill Primative Baptist Church Located at 2027 Tucker St. Mobile, Al 36617. Invites you to join them in celebration and the Worship of Christ. So come one and all. Your In Christian Love, Chairperson - Sister Beverly Fairley Pastor - Elder Jerome Dean Greater Faith Temple, Inc. Located at 2522 Halls Mill Road, Mobile, Al 36606, The Pastor, Officers, and members of Greater Faith Temple cordially invites you to worship with us as we celebrate “The Lords Day” which is every Sunday; Please join them as they up lift the name Jeasus in spirit and truth!!! Pastor Wanda robinson, Servant Leader

Soup Kitchen Needy families and individuals are welcome to come out each Thursday at 5:30 p.m. to the Word of Life Community Church Soup Kitchen, located at 351 South Craft Highway, Chickasaw, AL 36611. There is no fee. Also, the church offers a food pantry and clothing ministry each Wednesday and Friday from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. For more information call the church at (251) 456-2652. Dr. Henry W. Roberts, II - Pastor Missionary for Jesus Tune in to AM 1270, Wilkins Radio, each Thursday at 1:15 p.m. and Friday at 5 p.m. and enjoy a fresh Word from the Lord, as Bro. Sammie Eaton, 20-plus year missionary to Haiti and Mobile, AL resident, preaches the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 251-454-5727

Emanuel AME Youth Gospel Greater Mt Carmel Missionary Baptist Church 1410 Rev. R. T. Thomas Drive Mobile, Al 36605 9:30am Sunday School 11:00am Worship Service Please Come Worship with us! Shepherd’s Care Outreach Ministries 604 Loeffler St. Mobile, AL 36607 We like to nvite you to come out and have a Holy Ghost good time in the Lord with Us Sunday school 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Worship Service, Bible Study Wed. @ 7:00p.m. and Pray and Testamony, Friday @ 7:00p.m. Pastor: Finician Pettway! Come Praise the Lord with Us!”

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Meet the Krewe of Kids Prince and Princess Princess Alana Gabrielle Cunningham The daughter of Vance A. Cunningham and Erin A. Young, Princess Alana is the big sister of Zoey Ari Young. Her grand-parents are Deacon Alvin and Mrs. Mary Cunningham, and Deacon Frederick and Mrs.Van Young.Her God parents are Deacon Jerome and Mrs. Sandra Dudley her God brother is Malcolm Dudley. She is a first-grade honor student at Leinkauf Elementary School and loves art, soccer, fishing, hiking and playing with her cousins. Princess Alana collects and makes donations on behalf of children to Penelope’s closets, and volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America.

Prince Cedrick Demarcus Foster Lewis Jr. Born June 21, 2012, Prince Cedrick is the son of Cedrick Demarcus Foster Lewis Sr., and Ariel Nicole Davis (DquanLott). He is the grandson of LaShandra Davis Jackson and Nicole Foster, and the great grandson of Mechell Foster Tutt. Cedrick dreams of one day becoming a police officer he loves spending time with his sister, Brooklyn, and wants to thank the person that made this dream of being the Krewe of Kids Prince possible ... his great-grand mother, the late Cecelia Roberts.

Dear Secret Meals Supporter, Over the life of the Secret Meals For Hungry Children program, one thing has kept it going: You. With your support, we will provide more than weekend food packs to Alabama’s neediest children; we will also provide hope. We’re taking the fight against hunger to the sandy beaches of the Gulf Coast. Alabama Credit Union, will host the forth annual, Bids, Brews Beats Concert and Silent Auction benefiting Secret Meals on May 5 from 1-5 p.m. at the Flora-Bama Lounge and Oyster Bar. Guests at this event will enjoy live music while supporting Secret Meals by bidding on great Silent Auction items. With the help of our donors, we can guarantee that all contributions go directly to the purchase of food packs for children in your area. In 2008, Alabama Credit Union started Secret Meals For Hungry Children with just 18 schoolchildren. Today, the Secret Meals program serves over 2,500 children across the state by quietly slipping packages of food into their backpacks every Friday. Along the Alabama Gulf Coast and Perdido Key area, we’re serving GulfShores Elementary, Fairhope Elementary, Foley Elementary, Swift Elementary, Florence Howard Elementary and Warrington Elementary, totaling 245 children receiving weekend food packs through Secret Meals with plans to add additional schools this coming school year. With a fundraising goal for these schools of $20,000, we are asking for your generous donation to the Silent Auction. Any item at any value will directly impact the life of a child in Alabama. Remember, 100 percent of your contribution goes towards purchasing Secret Meals food packs for South Alabama and Northwest Florida’s neediest children. All donations are tax deductible and the difference you can make in a child's life through Secret Meals is no secret at all! Sincerely, Steve Swofford President/CEO Alabama Credit Union


Mr. Gary A. Dotch is a native Mobilian, born and raised in the Trinity Garden Community. The son of Mrs. Mable P. Dotch and the late Joseph C. Dotch. Mr. Dotchis a 1977 graduate of W.P. Davidson High School. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in September 1982. Mr. Dotch assignments and deployments includes: Carswell AFB Texas, Clark Air Base, Republic of Philippines, McClellan AFB California, Dhahran Saudi Arabia, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Moldova, Russia, and Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory and Maxwell AFB, AL. ln 2003 Mr. Dotch retired from the United States Air Force. In 2004 he enrolled at Bishop State Community College, studied Culinary Arts and graduated in 2006. Mr. Dotch is a United States Department of Defense Contractor. He's currently the Program Manager for Maxwell AFB's Medical War Reserve Material (WRM) Program. He is assigned to Medical Logistics Management, 42nd Medical Support Squadron, 42nd Medical Group at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, Alabama. He's a Member of the New Generation Church, a Member of Mobile Area Mardi Gras Association (MAMGA), a Life Member of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Member of Veterans for Peace (VFP) and a Member of the National Association for the Advancement of Color People (NAACP). Mr. Dotch is married to the former Donna Foster and currently reside in Wetumpka, AL. They have four children, Jessica Nicole, Gary Jr., Priscilla Diane and Taylor Elizabeth; and one granddaughter, Jaylah Noel.

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The Mobile Beacon - Volume 74, 38th Edition  
The Mobile Beacon - Volume 74, 38th Edition