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NAACP To Celebrate 101st Year In Kansas City Missouri

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2010 Gospel Fest

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Columbus Clippers History


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THE HEAT IS ON!!! Isn’t it funny how we never seem to be satisfied with where we are? When it’s cold we want it hot, when it’s hot we want it cooler. We are always searching and looking for the next best thing. Well right now it is summer FOR REAL and we are making the best of it as usual with summer festivals, family reunions, State Fairs and huge amounts of fun. Whatever can be said about summer and all the heat it brings with it; it brings just as much fun. Last month was the first installment of the Urban Trendsetters On B.E.A.T. (Be Entrepreneurs and Trendsetters) summer networking series 90 Days of Networking. This summer’s theme is “Grits, Grind and Grassroots”. The concept of 3G was to take us back to the old days of networking before we became so internet savvy. As a media professional part of my career is based upon my knowledge of what is the hottest, latest and greatest way for my clients to reach the masses. At UTS we have made a few changes and upgrades from the design of our publication, adding our online edition, providing email campaign services such as our Trend-Eblast and now we provide advertisers the opportunity to send video text messages. We are also launching a new television show as well as a new radio show. All of this created to give our clients especially small businesses the opportunity to market their products and services in ways that before would have cost thousands of dollars. However, if you want to be competitive in today’s market, like the heat, you have to go with the flow. As a media and communications company we recognize the importance of staying in the game, much less ahead of the game when it comes to making a profit and attracting new clients however we also know that nothing takes the place of a good old fashion face to face meeting and handshake to create a new business partnership. Grits, Grind and Grassroots, is about getting back to the old way of doing good business. This event provides business professionals the opportunity to network in a comfortable setting. At 3G our attendees have the opportunity to learn their 3-minute elevator speech and practice it among themselves as well as learn how to create radio an d television commercials, and receive updates on the newest ways available to market their products and services. If you are a business owner, professional, or you have interest in launching your business idea I encourage you to join us for the last two events of this summer on the 3rd Friday of the month of July and August, you will not be disappointed and the bonus is the “shrimp and grits” I am excited about that alone. I would like to take a moment to thank my partners for this event, Abby Moore of Ask Abby Real Estate and Donnell Hughes of Blue Enterprise Networking, without them this would not have been a success. I also invite you to join our group on Facbook at Grits, Grind and Grassroots for networking tips and updates. A special thank you also goes out to our newest clients the Columbus NAACP and the owners of Columbus’ new Hollywood Casino Columbus, Penn National. I appreciate the opportunity to serve on the Diversity Planning Team to ensure that minority contractors and vendors have a fair chance at bidding on jobs and opportunities with the casino. This has both a blessing and learning experience and I look forward to working with this project. I encourage all minority and women owned businesses to “Get Listed” see our ad on page 6. Well friends, that is all for now and I hope that you enjoy our 7th Annual –Summer Sizzler Advertiser and support the advertisers and sponsors of Urban Trendsetters. Vendor and Sponsor opportunities are also still available for the August installment of Grits, Grind and Grassroots. Please feel free to contact us today for more information. Dream Big and Often

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Community

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Columbus Offers Options For Residents To Mayor Michael B. Coleman is urging Columbus residents to take extra steps to stay cool and safe as temperatures reach the mid90s this week. To help beat the heat, residents are invited to visit any of Columbus Recreation and Parks’ eight air-conditioned recreation centers, four outdoor pools or its outdoor sprayground pad. “I urge all our residents to do what they can to stay cool during this week’s heat wave,” Mayor Coleman said. “While anyone can suffer from a heat-related illness, extreme heat is particularly dangerous to young children, seniors and people with underlying medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease.”

The following Columbus airconditioned recreation centers have programming for and are geared for seniors:

- Gille, 4625 Morse Centre Rd. - Dodge, 667 Sullivant Ave. - Lazelle Woods, 8140 Sancus Blvd. - Marion Franklin, 2801 Lockbourne Rd. - Martin Janis, 600 E. 11th Ave. - Whetstone, 3923 N. High St. In addition, the following two recreation centers also have air conditioning: Beatty Recreation Center, 274 N. Ohio Ave. Brentnell Recreation Center, 1280 Brentnell Ave. Also, Columbus’ four outdoor pools are open from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. and are free to the public: - Dodge, 545 Sullivant Ave. - Marion Franklin, 2699 Lockbourne Rd. - Tuttle, 240 W. Oakland Ave. (open until 7:30 p.m. each day) - Windsor, 1300 Windsor Ave.

Beat The Heat

The Columbus sprayground is also free and open daily from noon to 7:30 pm each day. It is located at 1184 Barnett Rd. Meanwhile, Columbus Public Health offers the following tips to stay cool and safe during extreme heat and humidity: • Drink plenty of water; do not wait until you are thirsty. • Stay inside in air conditioning whenever possible. If you do not have an air conditioner, use recreation centers, movie theatres, malls, libraries and other public places that are cool. • Avoid beverages with alcohol, caffeine and sugar that will dehydrate you. • Eat light meals. • Wear lightweight, light colored

clothing and a hat. • Stay in the shade. • Limit outdoor activity to morning and evening hours. Heat related illnesses such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke can strike at any time. Symptoms include dizziness, nausea, rapid heartbeat, headache, absence of perspiration and dry, hot flushed skin. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention. In addition to these safety tips, cooling assistance programs are available to qualifying people from several community organizations: (Continued on page 16)

2010 “National Night Out” Kickoff Saturday, July 10th, 2010 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Westgate Park 3271 Wicklow Rd.

Please join us for the National Night Out Kickoff event. Everyone is welcome! There will be many activities for all: • Carnival games, children’s bike helmets and handouts for the kids (coloring books, stickers, and tattoos) • Child Identification Cards provided by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office • Food and drinks provided • Police and Fire equipment displays Columbus Division of Police Columbus Division of Fire Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Columbus Neighborhood Pride • Home security display and demonstration • National Night Out and Block Watch information • Many other activities all free of charge! For more information please contact your Community Liaison Officer or to: Community Liaison East Sgt. Ken Tischler 645-4139 E-mail: ktischler@columbuspolice.org

City of Columbus Michael B. Coleman,Mayor

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City of Cincinnati Opens Search for Next Fire Chief

CINCINNATI-- Today, the City of Cincinnati has begun the search for the next fire chief of the Cincinnati Fire Department. Current Fire Chief Robert Wright will be retiring by Jan 15, 2011, after more than 30 years of service. The City has begun a national search to ensure enough time to find the right person for the job and allow for the leadership transition. The job description has been posted on the city’s website at City of Cincinnati - City of Cincinnati Fire Chief Recruiting (http:// www.cincinnati-oh.gov/cityhr/ pages/-39542-/) and seeks to find a man or woman who is “a progressive thinking, customer service oriented professional.”

Further, the candidate profile calls for someone who is a skilled financial manager, given the city’s budgetary constraints; a strategic thinker with a vision for the future; and is a problem-solver. He or She will lead a department with an annual operating budget of nearly $68 million and more than 800 firefighters. “I thank Chief Wright for his years of service and look forward to hiring a man or woman who can build upon his legacy,” said City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr. While the priority deadline for applications is August 15, the position will remain open until filled.

Community

Businesses Commit to Downtown Dayton

Two development agreements approved by the Dayton City Commission will support retention and improvement of downtown Dayton businesses. Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, LLP, a full-service law firm with offices in seven American cities and Asia, will lease 20,000 sq. ft. at 40 N. Main St. (Kettering Tower) and relocate from its current site at 110 N. Main St. The firm will invest $1.5 million in leasehold improvements and furnishings. It employs 49 full-time professionals, with an average salary of $106,000, and will add three jobs. The City of Dayton is supporting the firm’s relocation with a $100,000 Development Fund grant.

The City of Dayton is also providing a $20,000 building improvement grant to the owner of the Spaghetti Warehouse building at 36 W. Fifth. The owner will invest more than $70,000 in exterior enhancements, including painting and new signage, lighting, doors and awnings. For more information on business incentives and services provided by the City of Dayton, call the Office of Economic Development at 937-333-3634.

City of Cleveland Activates Heat Preparedness Plan CLEVELAND – With forecasters predicting temperatures above 90 degrees, the City of Cleveland has activated its heat preparedness plan. City recreation centers designated as “Cooling Centers” include Clark, Estabrook, Gunning, Earle B. Turner, John F. Kennedy, Ken Johnson, Halloran, Stella Walsh and Zelma-George. City pools are open from noon until 8pm whenever the temperature rises above 85°. Otherwise, residents can visit any of the outdoor city pools WednesdaySunday from noon until 8pm. Indoor pools are open Monday-Saturday (check recreation center schedules for times). Click here for recreation center addresses and list of pools. All residents can keep cool by following these important tips: • Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor

generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink while the weather is hot. • Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar– these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps. • Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library–even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. • Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an airconditioned place is a much better way to cool off.

• Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. • NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle. -more• Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on: • Infants and young children; • People aged 65 or older; • People who have a mental illness; and • Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure. • Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching. If you must be out in the heat: • Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.

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• Cut down on exercise. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour. A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. Warning: If you are on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage. Remember the warning in the first “tip” (above), too. • Try to rest often in shady areas. • Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels). City of Cleveland Seniors can expect to receive a message through the City’s Wide Area Rapid Notification (WARN) system sometime after 12 noon, which will advise them on how to keep cool in the heat. Click here for audio.

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State

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Cordray Applauds Second Amendment Ruling in U.S. Supreme Court Case

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Based on his longstanding support for Second Amendment rights, Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray applauded the ruling in the United States Supreme Court that government cannot unduly restrict these rights. Cordray co-sponsored an amicus brief in the case of McDonald v. City of Chicago, decided this morning, in which the court held that the Second Amendment protects the right to keep and bear arms from federal, state and local government interference. In its decision, the court cited the brief from Cordray and other state attorneys general, pointing out, “the right to keep and bear arms is fundamental.” “We are proud to have helped defend the Second Amendment rights of Americans

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in this important Supreme Court case. We joined with other state attorneys general in urging the court to hold that the people’s constitutional right to keep and bear arms is fundamental and cannot be denied by state and local governments,” Cordray said. “The Supreme Court has now given full meaning to the Second Amendment for all Americans, no matter where we live or what level of government might seek to restrict our rights.” The Supreme Court decided this issue based on its landmark 2008 ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller. That case recognized that, with respect to the federal government and in federal enclaves, the Second Amendment affords individuals the right to keep and bear arms. Today’s decision in McDonald v. City of Chicago goes further, holding that this right guaranteed by the Second Amendment is incorporated into the Fourteenth Amendment so as to apply to state and local governments. Attorney General Cordray cosponsored the amicus brief along with the attorneys general of Texas, Arkansas and Georgia, while 34 other states

also signed the brief. Cordray had previously joined the effort in asking the court to take this case. As the amicus brief argued: “Over the last century, the Court has held that virtually all of the individual rights found in the Bill of Rights apply to state and local government through the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Under the doctrine of selective incorporation, these rights have been applied to state\ and local government because they are considered fundamental — that is, necessary to an Anglo-American regime of ordered liberty. “The right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment is a

fundamental liberty interest subject to incorporation against the States. Indeed, in the Anglo-American tradition, it is among the most fundamental of rights, because it is essential to securing all our other liberties. The Founders well understood that, without the protections afforded by the Second Amendment, all of the other rights and privileges ordinarily enjoyed by citizens would be vulnerable to governmental acts of oppression.” 

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NAACP To Celebrate 101st Year In Kansas City Missouri GATHERING TO TACKLE SOLUTIONS TO CRISES FACING POOR COMMUNITIES

CICELY TYSON, CONGRESSMAN BOBBY SCOTT, CONGRESSMAN EMANUEL CLEAVER, REVEREND JESSE JACKSON, REVEREND AL SHARPTON, ACTRESS TATYANA ALI AND BEBE AND CECE WINANS AMONG HIGHLIGHTS ACADEMIC, CULTURAL, TECHNOLOGICAL AND SCIENTIFIC OLYMPICS (ACT-SO), YOUTH AND COLLEGE DIVISION TO CRAFT NEW YOUTH CIVIL RIGHTS AGENDA ONE NATION, ONE DREAM

Benjamin Jealous, NAACP National President/CEO

(BALTIMORE, MD)  The NAACP announced today it will celebrate its 101st year anniversary in Kansas City, MO.  The NAACP will kick-off its second century with the ACT-SO competition and performance that attracts hundreds of the nation’s most gifted students to compete in arts, technology and academics.  The convention comes as low income and communities of color are facing double digit unemployment, record foreclosures, school closings, school re-segregation, and other critical issues threatening progress made in the last century. NAACP, the oldest and largest civil rights organization, will advance solutions and adopt a policy agenda that will be presented to Congress, the Administration and could play a role in the electoral discourse.  The youth will present a new civil rights agenda that builds on the past but embraces the unique struggles and aspirations of today’s young people. Convention participants include actors, established and emerging civil rights leaders, elected officials and

faith-based leaders.  Cicely Tyson will receive this year’s Spingarn Award on July 15th, which is awarded to American of African descent for outstanding and noble achievement. “As we move forward in our second century of existence, we are keeping one eye on the great deeds and sacrifices of our predecessors, and another on the future development of young civil and human rights advocates. Kansas City is a city rich with African American history and an emerging destination for business and commerce, and it is a fitting location to host our annual convention,” said NAACP Chairman Roslyn Brock. “The 101st NAACP Convention represents the end of a century of achievements, struggle and sacrifice, and the dawn of a new phase of civil and human rights. It is time for us to assume leadership and create a new front line. I am honored to serve as Chairman as we work toward a more ‘perfect union’ under the banner ‘One Nation, One Dream.’” “In its 101st year, the NAACP boasts more than a century’s worth of civil and human rights victories, but there is much more to do.” said NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous. “This year’s theme of ‘One Nation, One Dream’ will mark a strong rebuke to the divisive, polarizing message of hate groups and elements  like the Tea Party that are negatively influencing our public discourse and trying to roll the clock back on progress.   Our convention will unveil an agenda of hope not hate; an agenda of jobs, tolerance opportunity, justice and the advancement of civil

rights.  We invite all who care about the future of this nation to join us in a clarion call to become engaged— to join us in working to realize the promise of America:  a nation where all children can go to a good school, live in a safe community and have a real chance to share in the American dream, “ Jealous said. The convention will set the stage for its programs and legislative agenda for the next year and will feature advocacy workshops on a myriad of vital issues including health care, voter registration and mobilization, census participation, wealth creation and developing strategies to increase green enterprises in communities of color. The convention will also host the 41st Annual Commerce and Industry Show on July 10th and a two-day diversity job fair. “As we celebrate our second century of existence, we do so humbly and with gratitude; thankful to the hundreds of thousands of members, who, over the past 100 years committed themselves to social justice as members of the NAACP,” said NAACP Vice Chairman Leon Russell. “With several campaigns, initiatives and issues on the horizon, the NAACP looks to its future with hope for a more just and civil society. We thank the city of Kansas City and the Kansas City Branch for graciously hosting us, as we continue our journey toward social justice.” The Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics, better known as ACT-SO competition will be held on July 9th.  Students will compete in 26 ACT-SO categories, including

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sciences, humanities, performing arts, visual arts, and business over the course of the five-day event. The majority of the science, performing arts and visual arts competitions are open to the public. National winners of gold, silver and bronze medals in the 2010 ACT-SO competitions will be announced July 12th in ceremonies at the Kansas City Convention Center. ACT-SO attracts some of the nation’s most gifted high school students. Its past participants occupy a wide array of careers ranging from executive positions to entertainment. Famed ACT-SO alumni include musician Kanye West, actress Jada PinkettSmith, filmmaker John Singleton and comedian Anthony Anderson. “The city of Kansas City and the NAACP Kansas City, Missouri Branch are honored to host the 101st Annual Convention of the NAACP,” said Branch President Anita L. Russell. “As the home of the National Negro League Baseball and the American Jazz Museums, among other venues, Kansas City has been a great source of African American achievement. As the NAACP continues its march into its second century, we are honored that this year’s Convention is right here in Kansas City.”  Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

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Green & Trendy

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“Baby Steps” Toward Natural Living -Living a healthy and natural lifestyle is rapidly becoming a mustdo for moms who want to raise environmentally conscious children. Many moms are looking for a little insight and inspiration to make the world more eco-friendly for their babies. To do so, they are making small changes--from the food they feed their families to the products they buy. Sara Snow, natural and greenliving expert and TV host, is thrilled with the new addition. She shares simple tips and ideas that every mom can incorporate into her daily routine: • No more paper or plastic: Any time you shop, bring your own reusable shopping bag. • Unplug: Reduce your consumption of electrical energy by simply unplugging electronics when they’re not in use. Phone chargers draw

energy all day long when they’re left plugged in, and electronics can use 40 percent of their regular running energy when plugged in on standby. • Shop smart. Today, more companies are creating products to make going green easier. For example, with over 100 years of baby care expertise, JOHNSON’S® Brand has developed the new JOHNSON’S® NATURAL™ product line, which naturally and gently cares for your baby’s skin and hair with the combination of at least 98 percent naturally derived ingredients from plants and fruits. Tailored for both babies and kids, these products, including Baby Lotion and 3-in-1 Kids Shampoo, Conditioner & Body Wash, are available at mass retail outlets at affordable prices. • Conserve water: Take quicker showers, fix leaky faucets and shut

off the water while you brush your teeth. That alone can save almost 2,000 gallons a year. • Reach for the stars: Always look for the Energy Star seal. Appliances with this seal use less energy, save you money and help protect the environment. Available products range from programmable thermostats to cordless phones. For example, Energy Star washing machines use 50 percent less energy and could reduce your utility bills by over $100 a year. • Switch out lightbulbs: Americans buy 1 billion bulbs a year. If everyone switched out just one conventional bulb for a compact fluorescent lightbulb (CFL), it would be like pulling a million cars off the road. Plus, bulbs that last 10 times as long and are 25 percent more energy efficient can save you money.

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Keeping Kids Safe Online Is A Family Affair

-The Web offers many wonderful experiences for young people, so teaching them about Internet safety and providing them with the right “training wheels” is important. A recent survey by Yahoo! found that parents are taking action to keep their children safe on the Internet, but more frequent action is necessary. The survey found that: • 70 percent of parents talk to their children about online safety at least

two to three times a year. • 45 percent of parents talk to their children about online safety at least once a month. • 74 percent of parents are connected to their children’s profiles on social networking sites. • 71 percent of parents have taken at least one action to manage their children’s use of the Internet or cell phones. Technology is evolving at lightning speed, and kids are among the first to adopt the latest and greatest gadgets and Internet services. It is important for parents to coach their children about online safety and provide them with “training wheels” so they can develop the skills and behaviors needed to stay safer online. Survey data shows that cyberbullying continues to be a concern for parents. While parents are acutely aware of

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the potential issues, they are not sure what to do. • 81 percent of parents know what cyberbullying is. • 37 percent of parents feel that they know what to do about cyberbullying. • Almost three-quarters (73 percent) of people want their child’s school to play an active role in teaching online safety and citizenship. Yahoo! Safely offers these tips to help prevent cyberbullying: • Own your digital reputation. The Internet is a public space, so before sharing photos or personal details, make sure it’s info that you’d share with teachers, colleges or job prospects. • Keep your private information under your control. Keeping Internet conversations (and your user names/ profiles) free of personal information

such as your password, full name or even the name of your school is important. • Be nice (and pass it on)! Be respectful online and treat people the way you’d want to be treated. If someone is being disrespectful or bullying you, try to ignore that person and use privacy tools to block that person from viewing your full profile and contacting you. • Know your rights. You have the right to not respond to e-mail or other messages that are inappropriate or make you feel uncomfortable. If you get a message that doesn’t feel right, show it to a trusted adult and report it to your Internet service provider. • Have a family chat. Talking with your parents or guardians doesn’t mean giving up your privacy. Everyone benefits when you’re on the same page about online activities.

Nine Tips For Keeping Your Children Safe Online The Internet can open an avenue of knowledge to your children. But just as you wouldn’t send them off into the real world with no sense of direction, guiding them along their path in the virtual world is equally necessary. The smart approach to protecting your children from Internet dangers is to teach them how to safely navigate the Web. Here are a few helpful tips from the online safety experts at BitDefender. com:

1. Parental controls are an important part of staying safe online. They let parents block inappropriate websites and even keep tabs on who their kids are chatting with. So children don’t feel like they’re being “spied” on, parental controls should be openly discussed with children so that everyone understands exactly how they work to shield kids from Web dangers. 2. PCs should be placed in an area where an adult can keep an eye on the monitor; for example, in the living room. 3. When creating accounts for online social communities, such as Facebook®, parents should study each site’s privacy features and compile lists of trustworthy individuals with whom children are safe to communicate.

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4. Children should never meet online acquaintances in the real world without a parent present. 5. Teach children to always end conversations they find uncomfortable and how to do so. Should someone on the Web--even a friend--make them feel scared, confused, trapped, offended or threatened, they should find an adult to talk to. 6. Help children identify e-mails that contain spam or obscene or aggressive messages, and make sure they know to refrain from forwarding these kinds of e-mails or chain messages to friends. 7. Know the chat lingo; e.g., P911: my parents are coming; PA: parent alert; PAL: parents are listening; TAW: teachers are watching. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children provides a list of such acronyms. 8. Children should understand that not everything they see or hear on the Internet is true, and that the information people post/ volunteer about themselves is not always trustworthy. 9. Above all, talk to your children, without judgment, about what they’re doing online, who they’re meeting, how they’re staying safe, and whether you can help with anything.

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Education

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The Columbus NAACP’s Annual Back to School Program The Columbus NAACP’s Back to School program is a Free one day conference for parents with children in grades K thru 12. The focus of this conference is to increase the graduation rate of students by ensuring parent involvement. The entire conference centers around getting parents more involved in their children’s education. So often it is said that parents should be more involved but no one takes the time to teach them how. The Columbus NAACP has taken on that charge through the Back to School/Stay in School program and has found tremendous success. This year we anticipate having 200 parents in attendance at Champion Middle school on August 14th from

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8:30am to 2:00pm. Parents have an opportunity to choose between 10 workshops with a requirement to fully attend 3. The parents are asked to sign a contract with the NAACP stating they will practice what they learned in the workshops throughout the school year and they will provide follow-up documentation proving their involvement. This is a great event that sees 37% of past participants returning to this community event. The Back to School/ Stay in School program is proudly is co-sponsored by Pepsi, Orange Crush, The CW, Radio One, Urban Trendsetters News Magazine, Ricart Automotive, WalMart, Magic Mountain, COSI, CPO, and Penn National.

Well Done, Crimson!!!  A Positive direction to a bright future!!!

Freshman, Crimson Duckett has been selected to participate in Running Start’s National Young Women’s Political Leadership Program, being held in Washington, D.C. this July.   Running Start, is a non-profit based in Washington, D.C., working to support young high school women with political aspirations and strong leadership skills. The program is designed to help them run for office early in order to establish the necessary tenure to rise to political leadership positions at the national level.   50 young ladies are selected to this program from a competition of 30,000 inspired and ambitious high school girls from all over the country. 

Congratulations to you, Crimson, and to your family, for an outstanding achievement!!!  

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Summer Sizzler ANHEUSER-BUSCH DELIVERS $100,000 DONATION TO NATIONAL CARES MENTORING MOVEMENT BOARD OF DIRECTORS Brewer’s Support Since 2005 Totals $500,000 For Mentoring Programs Nationwide –

American youth are being inspired to dream, encouraged to reach their goals and given the tools to succeed through personal attention from caring mentors.  Scenarios of young people connecting with everyday adults who engage in extraordinary acts of support happen every day because of the efforts of the National CARES Mentoring Movement (NCMM).  To sustain these worthwhile exchanges between caring adults and tomorrow’s leaders, Anheuser-Busch and its charitable arm, the Anheuser-Busch Foundation, recently delivered a $100,000 donation to NCMM’s founder and CEO Susan L. Taylor and Thomas W. Dortch, chairman of the organization’s Board of Directors. As a founding supporter, Anheuser-Busch donated $250,000 in 2008 to help mobilize local CARES Circles in cities across the nation.  The leading American brewer has supported the mentoring organization each year since its inception, providing $500,000 in support to date. Currently there are more than 50 CARES Circles – local groups that recruit mentors, serve as a strong voice for mentoring in their communities and

encourage collaboration among youth-supporting organizations and support mentor/mentee activities. “When Susan Taylor first announced the mentoring initiative, Anheuser-Busch immediately recognized the potentially life-changing impact it could have in shaping future leaders and transforming local communities,” said Johnny Furr Jr., vice president, Community Affairs and Consumer Outreach for Anheuser-Busch.  Ultimately, NCMM seeks to increase high school graduation rates, literacy and math skills, and the number of youngsters entering two-year and four-year colleges and industrial/technical training schools. The nationwide recruitment effort aims to connect more than 1 million caring adults with children who live in at-risk communities.  “Through the support of companies like AnheuserBusch and the commitment of individuals around the country, we will end this state of emergency in Black America,” said Taylor.  The National CARES Mentoring Movement aims to mobilize massive numbers of people – from college students to retirees – to work with existing organizations to support and elevate the upcoming generation.  Mentors may participate individually or gather a number of friends and, together, mentor a group of youth. The NCMM will hold its third annual conference, Oct. 28-31, in Atlanta.  “We are seeking caring adults to wrap their arms around vulnerable young people and share their knowledge, time and resources to improve our kids’ graduation rates and  stem the pipeline to prison of African-Americans, particularly black males,” said Dortch.

About Anheuser-Busch Based in St. Louis, AnheuserBusch is the leading American brewer, holding a 48.9 percent share of U.S. beer sales to retailers.  The company brews the world’s largest-selling beers, Budweiser and Bud Light.  AnheuserBusch also owns a 50 percent share in Grupo Modelo, Mexico’s leading brewer.  AnheuserBusch is a major manufacturer of aluminum cans and has been a leading aluminum recycler for more than 30 years.  The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev, the leading global brewer, and continues to operate under the Anheuser-Busch name and logo.  For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch. com. About the National CARES Mentoring Movement The National CARES Mentoring Movement (NCMM) is an urgent call-to-action encouraging able adults to mentor vulnerable children who are filling the waiting lists of local youth-support organizations in communities throughout the nation.  NCMM partners with some of the nation’s most trusted community service organizations, such as the National Urban League, 100 Black Men of America, The Links, Incorporated and the Y.W.C.A. Originally introduced as the ESSENCE Cares® initiative in 2006, the NCMM is led by Susan L. Taylor, editor emeritus of ESSENCE magazine. Thomas W. Dortch is the NCMM chairman and chairman emeritus, 100 Black Men of America. The movement’s mission is simple, yet powerful: to create the largest mentoring campaign in the history of the nation and increase high school graduation rates.

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Columbus GospelFest 2010 – Celebrating 26 years of Gospel Arts in Columbus By A. Christine Dunlap

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Get ready Columbus, GospelFest 2010 is coming! This highly anticipated annual event promises to release an even greater deposit into the lives of the Columbus community. Invading Genova Park in downtown Columbus, September 10-11, GospelFest 2010 will explode onto the scene with two days of fun filled ministry and community activities designed to speak to the total person. With something for everyone, this

event will celebrate the art of gospel, highlight the many talents of the Columbus community, hold a Kid’s Funfest, hold a Youth Night, Health Fair and more. Throughout the weekend, many will grace the stage, both young and old, displaying diversified talents through the gospel arts. Kicking off the event will be some of Columbus’ most notable dignitaries. One such impacting individual will be Bishop Timothy Clarke of the First Church of God. Bishop Timothy Clarke is the Senior Pastor of First Church of God and has been ministering since 1974. Originally from Far Rockaway, NY, Pastor Clarke relocated to Columbus in 1977 to begin his pastorate in Warren, Ohio at the York Avenue Church of God where he served the congregation for four years. As God continue to enlarge him, he was called to be the Senior Pastor of First Church of God in 1982. In 2001, the Lord led him to create the Berean Fellowship of Churches which presently includes 30 churches of various denominations. Bishop Clarke carries a Master of Ministry from the Southern California School of Ministry, Los Angeles, CA and was consecrated to the office of Bishop in 2001. He carries a Doctor of Divinity from Mid-America Bible College, Oklahoma City, OK; Doctor of Law, Southern California School of Ministry, Los Angeles, CA; Doctor of Humanities, Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, OH and was inducted to the Morehouse College Board of Preachers. Bishop Clarke has had affiliation with various organizations such as the National Association of the Church of God, West Middlesex,

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PA. He has served as President of the National Inspirational Youth Convention; Chairman and ViceChairman of the General Assembly; President, Vice President and Presiding Elder of the National Association of the Church of God. Bishop Clarke is the author of nine books and is married to the former Clytemnestra Lawson. They are the parents of two adult children and grandparents of one grandson. The Columbus GospelFest is a celebration of the Gospel Arts, family and community which began in 1984 on the Franklin Park Conservatory lawn. Then known as the Summer GospelFest, this event grew year after year, impacting the community through the vehicle of the Gospel Arts. Gospel, which simply means “glad tidings” or “good news” is the root of the celebration and at the Columbus GospelFest, this “good news” is celebrated through music, the spoken word, drama and various diverse forms of artistic expression. This celebration is for all people. The Columbus GospelFest has received several awards including 2000/2001 & 2005 Certificates of Recognition from the City of Columbus (Mayor Michael Coleman presenting the 2000 Award), 1994 Community Service Award from the Columbus Dispatch and a Proclamation from Columbus City Council, 2007 Proclamation from the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives for outstanding representation of community involvement. This organization partners with many Pastors, Churches, Businesses, Artists, Ministries, Missions and SocialHealth Organizations.


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The Third Annual Convocation of the International Fellowship of Faith Ministries

“Triumph Over the World” July 20th - 25th, 2010

Faith Ministries Church, 2747 Agler Rd. – Columbus, OH 43224

YOU ARE INVITED to be a part of this one of a kind experience. Representatives of the whole world will meet together in Columbus, OH from July 20th - 25th, 2010 praising the Lord and organizing to teach, preach and heal all over the world. BE A PART OF THE EXPERIENCE! • Register to carry the flag of your nation • Get your church or ministry involved • Put an ad in the souvenir journal

• Have your group in the International Recital • Sponsor some aspect of the weekend • Volunteer

EVENT SCHEDULE Tuesday, July 20th - Talk to God about the World 6 PM - 7:30 PM - International Prayer Meeting

Thursday, July 22nd – Teach the World 9 AM – 1 PM - Church Growth Principles that Work Anywhere with Dr. Wise 2 PM – 4 PM - Rap Session with Dr. Wise

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Saturday, July 24th – Talk to, Taste and Tour the World 9 AM – 12 PM - Talk to the World – Praise Reports/ Workshops 4 PM – 6 PM - Taste the World Reception 6 PM – 8 PM - Tour the World Praise Recital

Sunday, July 25th – Triumph Over the World 8:30 AM and 11:30 AM - Glorious Worship at Faith Ministries Church Dr. Wise Preaching

New Birth Christian Ministries

Pastor: Bishop Kenny Moore 3775 Refugee Rd. Columbus, OH 43232 Phone#. 614-236-9080 Fax#. 614-236-9092 www.nbcmonline.com

New Salem Missionary Baptist Church Pastor: Keith A. Troy 2956 Cleveland Ave. Columbus, OH 43224 Phone #: (614) 267-2536 (614) 267-2536 www.newsalemcares.com

Second Baptist Church

Dr. C. Dexter Wise III, Pastor

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Columbus Offers Options For Residents To Beat The Heat The Breathing Association and OhioHealth Home Energy Assistance Program – Summer Crisis Program, providing electric bill assistance and air conditioning units for elderly households and customers with qualifying incomes and medical conditions, July 1-August 31. Call for appointment at 566-0750. LifeCare Alliance and 10TV Fan Club – Free fan program for households with immediate family members with chronic health conditions. For more information, contact 278-3130. (Currently, there is a waiting list.) New box fans also can be donated for the program at any City of Columbus fire station. For more information, call Michelle Jones at 437-2803. Impact Community Action – Summer Crisis Program providing energy bill assistance to households that meet income eligibility guidelines and have a member more than 60 years of age with certain medical conditions. For guidelines and appointments, call 866-747-1038. Franklin County Senior Options – Free fan program for current clients ages 60 years or older without a working air conditioner. (Clients who received a fan in the last two years are ineligible.) For more information, call 462-6200. For more information on summer cooling programs or heat safety, visit the Columbus Public Health Web site at www.publichealth.columbus.gov. -

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CHIPOTLE’S INVITATION: SEND US YOUR JUNK

Web-based Fundraiser Turns Junk E-mail into Healthy and Nutritious Meals for Schools Nationwide Campaign seeks 500,000 junk emails to be forwarded by August COLUMBUS, – Chipotle Mexican Grill, the national chain of burrito restaurants, wants all of the e-mail you don’t want. Through its “No Junk” campaign, the company is encouraging Americans to forward their junk e-mails to nojunk@ chipotlejunk.com where each forwarded piece of e-mail will help provide nutritious cafeteria meals for school children around the country through a partnership with the nonprofit organization, The Lunch Box. (www.thelunchbox.org)  The more junk e-mail received, the more money Chipotle will donate. For every 100,000 junk e-mails Chipotle receives, the company will donate $10,000 to The Lunch Box, which will help to give approximately 32 million school children at 100,000 schools nationwide access to 100 school tested, junk-free recipes created by Chef Ann Cooper, the Renegade Lunch Lady. The “No Junk” campaign launches on June 25 and is slated to run through August, or until Chipotle

reaches its goal of 500,000 junk e-mails received, which releases its maximum contribution to The Lunch Box of $50,000. Chipotle is committed to using premium quality ingredients from more sustainable sources in its nearly 1,000 restaurants nationwide. That includes more naturally raised meat (from animals that are raised in a humane way, never given antibiotics or added hormones, and fed a pure vegetarian diet) than any other national restaurant company, increasing amounts of local and organically grown produce, and dairy products made with milk from cows that are not treated with the synthetic hormone rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone).  Chipotle calls this commitment “Food with Integrity” and it is one of the ways the company is changing the way people think about and eat fast food. “Through our commitment to Food with Integrity, we are making

sustainably raised food available and affordable so everyone can eat better,” said Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO of Chipotle. “But better eating should go beyond what we do. With The Lunch Box, we have found a like-minded organization that shares many of our beliefs and is committed to getting better, more sustainable food into our nation’s schools. That is something that’s easy for us to support.”

Chipotle’s Invitation: Send Us Your Junk The Lunch Box provides necessary and tangible tools for school nutrition directors, school districts, parents and advocates seeking to create change within their own schools and communities. TheLunchBox.org is a project that utilizes web technology to build community and enable access to all of its resources to speed up school food reform - all free of charge.

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 “Our children’s health should be our nation’s number one priority,” said Chef Ann Cooper, The Lunch Box founder. “I am thrilled that Chipotle is helping get better food into schools with their ‘No Junk’ campaign and its collaboration with The Lunch Box.” No e-mail addresses will be automatically captured when junk e-mail is submitted through its no junk campaign, and the content of e-mails will not be read. People who participate in the program will have the opportunity to opt in to Chipotle’s e-mail list, learn more about Chipotle and its commitment to serving “Food with Integrity” on the company’s website, or link to TheLunchBox.org to learn more about that organization and its programs.

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Secrets To Beautiful And Healthy Hair

-Having beautiful and healthy hair is so important to women’s self-image that they invest considerable time in hair care. According to research by Leiflin Associates, 40 percent of the women surveyed said their hair IS their style. Here are a few tips experts

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recommend to help you achieve stylish, healthy locks: • Start with a trim. Even if you choose not to change your style with a drastic cut, visit a professional to take care of split ends. Frayed ends can weigh down any look and prevent sustainable hair growth. Remember, a deep conditioning oil can treat split ends and help minimize salon visits. • Beauty Sleep Can Lead To Beautiful Hair. You may be able to get more gorgeous looking locks simply by switching pillowcases. Cotton pillowcases can absorb natural oils, drying hair out. To maintain luscious locks, sleep with a satin or silk pillowcase. A silk scarf can be another, more budget-

friendly option. After hair is washed at night, apply Soft & Beautiful StyleProtect Nighttime Dry Wrap Mousse to damp hair. The mousse helps curly and coarse hair dry in half the time while providing five times the protection against split ends. Either wrap the hair in the silk scarf before going to bed or sleep on the silk pillowcase to wake up with sleek, smoothlooking hair. • Heated styling tools can have drying and damaging effects. Curling and flat irons may seem a necessity, but they can be harmful to your hair. Before grabbing your favorite heat styler, use a protecting aid such as Soft & Beautiful Botanicals Extra Lite Crème

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Moisturizer. It helps protect hair and control frizz. The moisturizer, specially designed for drier hair, also helps you finish a style. When gathering hair into a ponytail or updo, lightly apply to hair at the nape of your neck and hairline, smoothing with a small bristle brush to control flyaways. • Hydrate Locks. A conditioning spray with ingredients such as jojoba and almond oil helps nourish and moisturize hair. To avoid flyaways and add protection, use a hot oil treatment once a month. For a quick fix try a featherweight spray. One way to prevent split ends is to hydrate hair by using a moisturizing oil at least once a month.


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Real Estate Trends

Reverse Mortgages Can Save Seniors More Money

Abby Moore

-Understanding the basics of a reverse mortgage could save you some money. For example, some banks offer FHA-insured reverse mortgages with lower fees. With the reduced cost, senior homeowners may have access to more tax-free loan proceeds to help secure financial independence. “This is great news for people who are retired and want to increase their monthly income. Reverse mortgage loans can help homeowners age 62 or over to improve their monthly cash flow

and have real peace of mind,” said Tim McDonald, head of Wells Fargo’s Senior Products Group. Reverse mortgage loan proceeds are paid to the senior homeowner in a lump sum, for a fixed-rate loan or a lump sum, monthly payment, a line of credit or a combination of the three for a variable rate loan. Additionally, there are no credit, employment or income qualifications for the reverse mortgage programs. Homeowners must be at least 62 and own their house free and clear or able to pay it off with proceeds from the reverse mortgage. Many seniors use the loan funds to supplement retirement income, meet unexpected medical expenses, or make much-needed improvements to their home. “Social Security replaces only a fraction of preretirement earnings, so a reverse mortgage is a popular choice for retirees looking to secure financial independence,” McDonald said. McDonald added that with the recent reduction in Wells Fargo’s origination and servicing fees, on average, customers can have up to $9,000 in additional

reverse mortgage loan funds made available to them. Reverse mortgages can be key to ensuring that seniors have the financial ability to age in place. Studies show that 85 percent of older Americans want to stay in their homes for as long as they can. Even modest homes have the potential to generate more than $600 in monthly proceeds from a variable-rate reverse mortgage--as long as the senior lives in the home as his or her primary home, keeps the taxes and insurance paid and maintains the house to FHA standards. That amount of money can make a big difference in the lifestyle of someone in retirement. The HECM is the most popular reverse mortgage in America today and is only available through an FHA-approved lender. The program has insured more than 580,000 reverse mortgages since 1989. Wells Fargo attributes the growth of reverse mortgage loans to several factors, including that seniors have greater awareness and understanding of the reverse mortgage loan product, and the

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aging U.S. population--currently, more than 34 million Americans are over the age of 65. By 2050, it is projected that 86.7 million Americans will be 65 or older. The loan amount for a reverse mortgage is based on three factors: age of the youngest borrower, value of the home and current interest rates. Numerous consumer safeguards are built into the program, including mandatory HUD-approved counseling, payment guarantees, capped interest rates and advanced disclosures. A consumer-friendly website with a reverse mortgage calculator has been created by Wells Fargo to help seniors learn about reverse mortgages, download free educational materials, and calculate an estimate of how much a reverse mortgage could provide them in retirement. For more tips and tools on the home buying process visit www.askabby.info. Alternatively, you can contact Abby Moore at 614444-2229 or realestate@askabby. info “AskAbby!! Empowering Pride in the Community Through Home Ownership”

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The History of African-Americans in Columbus Baseball By Joe Santry/Historian

The Columbus Clippers African Americans have a long and rich history in Columbus professional baseball. Sixty years before Jackie Robinson broke the 20th century color barrier, J. Higgins caught, played third base and centerfield for the 1887 Columbus Senators in The Ohio State League. There were a number of African Americans playing professional baseball that season but suddenly blacks disappeared from the professional ranks. Historians have many theories on why this occurred. Some believe it was due to Southerners coming north to play professionally. Others believe it was because of antislavery laws being passed at that time which made it illegal to sell human beings. Baseball owners found it a very lucrative business to sell players to other clubs. In 1887, Mike “King” Kelly was sold by the Chicago White Stockings to the Boston Beaneaters for an unprecedented sum of $10,000. Were teams worried about the repercussions if they sold a black ballplayer? Or was it the growing sentiment for separate but equal that was beginning to sweep the nation? Others historians believe it was simply racism. African-Americans formed their own teams and leagues in the late 19th century. Bud Fowler, the best African-American player in the 19th century, formed the Columbus Black Tourist team in 1900. The team traveled the country in style in a customized train car. In 1908 the Black Tourists joined the Colored Ohio State League which

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featured teams from Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Springfield, Dayton and Xenia. The Columbus Buckeyes were a member of the Negro National League in 1921. The team featured two future Hall of Famers, John Henry “Pop” Lloyd and Sol White. The Pirates’ Honus Wagner was once asked what he thought of Pop Lloyd being referred to by the press as “The Black Wagner”. The legendary

from the Negro National League and young talented players that would still make their mark. In 1932 The Negro Southern League’s Louisville Black Caps transferred to Columbus and became the Turfs. Like all the previous Negro League teams the Turfs played their games at Neil Park on

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shortstop replied that he was Cleveland flattered by the Avenue. comparison. In the 1930’s Connie Mack and Columbus had Babe Ruth simply two teams in the called Lloyd the Negro National greatest ball player League; the they ever saw play Columbus Blue the game. Birds in 1933 and White was retired the Columbus Derek Jeter as a player and Elite Giants two working as the years later. The Buckeyes’ traveling secretary new Negro National League was when the team’s second baseman formed in 1933 after the original was injured during a road trip. league disbanded in 1931. The White filled in for twelve games new circuit consisted of the Cole’s and became the oldest player in American Giants, the Pittsburgh Columbus history at the age of 54. Crawfords, the Baltimore Black White’s book, History of Colored Sox, the Nashville Elite Giants, the Baseball, was the first book on the Detroit Stars, the Homestead Grays Negro Leagues. and the Columbus Bluebirds. The Keystones were a strong The league was the brainchild of independent Negro team from W. J. Peebles of Columbus, who 1929-1930. The teams were a became the owner of the Columbus unique combination of veterans franchise. Peebles named his club

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the Bluebirds playing off the name of the Columbus Red Birds of the American Association. The Blue Birds finished in sixth place in ‘33 but had some memorable ball players. Player-manager Dizzy Dismukes was a college educated, submarine pitcher. After a long managerial career, he became secretary and personnel director of the Kansas City Monarchs until 1952. During this time, he was instrumental in the careers of Jackie Robinson, Cool Papa Bell, Buck O’Neil, Satchel Paige, Ernie Banks and Elston Howard and many more legendary players. His career ended as a scout for the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox. Ted Radcliffe was nicknamed Double Duty by the famous sports writer Damon Runyon when he saw Ted pitch the first game of a double header and catch the second game. Ted was one of the most colorful players in black baseball. He lived to the age of 103. Bill Byrd was one of the last pitchers to throw a legal spitter. He learned the pitch from teammate Roosevelt Davis while hurling for the 1933 Columbus Blue Birds. Recruited to pitch for the Columbus Elite Giants for the 1935 season, he became the Giants’ ace for the next 16 seasons. Late in his career, Byrd’s young catcher Roy Campanella affectionately called Bill “Daddy”. The Elite Giants moved to Columbus from Nashville and finished with the third best record in the league behind the Pittsburgh Crawfords and the New York Cubans. The Elite


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Giants were full of All-Stars. Four members of the team were finalists in the Hall of Fame balloting last season in Cooperstown. The club was led by their colorful manager Candy Jim Taylor, the winningest manager in Negro League history. A disciplinarian and master strategist, Taylor spent 30 years as a player and 30 years as a manager. Sammy T. Hughes was a tall and graceful complete ball player who was considered the premier second baseman of the Negro National league. Late in his career, Sammy tutored future Dodger All Star Junior Gilliam to take his place on the Elite Giants. Felton Snow was a standout third baseman with a rifle arm. Outfielder Red Parnell was a smart player who could do everything well. Center fielder Bill Wright was a five tool star who could circle the bases in an incredible 13.2 seconds. Wright won a number of Negro League batting titles. He led the league in home runs, RBIs, and stolen bases. The Elite Giants moved to Washington after the 1935 season, but it was not the end of Negro League baseball in Columbus. Barnstorming teams continued to visit Central Ohio. One of the 1946 Negro League World Series games were played at Red Bird Stadium. That same year the Satchel Paige All-Stars played the Bob Feller AllStars at the park. The Bluebirds and the Elite Giants

played a majority of their home games at Neil Park but played big games at new Red Bird Stadium (Cooper Stadium). Three of the longest home runs in The Coop’s history were hit by Negro League players. Josh Gibson, the Babe Ruth of the Negro Leagues, is the only man to hit a ball over the brick wall beyond the trees in left field. Fellow Hall of Famer Monte Irvin of the Newark Eagles hit a ball over 500 feet that hit the top of the brick wall to defeat the Homestead Grays in the ninth inning of a game in 1941. Former Cleveland Indians first baseman Luke Easter hit a ball over the stately oak trees in center field and into the grave yard. The Negro Leagues folded in 1960 but independent traveling teams continued to make stops in Columbus. The last Negro League team, the Indianapolis Clowns visited Jet Stadium (Cooper Stadium) in the mid-60’s. In 1953, August A. Busch, Jr., bought the St. Louis Cardinals and with them, the Columbus Red Birds. The new St. Louis Cardinals owner, believed that the fact that there were no blacks playing for the Cardinals was simply wrong. In 1954, he ordered the team to integrate. This included St. Louis’ farm system. Brooks “Bull” Lawrence and Bill Greason became the first African-Americans to play for Columbus since J. Higgins in 1887.

The Red Birds of the American Association moved to Omaha after the 1954 season and the Columbus Jets of the International League took up residence on West Mound Street. New General Manager Harold Cooper kept up the integration policy. The Jets second baseman Curt Roberts was the first African-American to play for the Pirates as was outfielder Nino Escalera for the Reds and pitcher Bob Trice for the A’s. The Jets had many memorable black players in their 16 year history (1955-1970) Columbus fans saw many young players like Willie Stargell, Al Oliver, Bob Veale and Donn Clendenon. They also got to give standing ovation curtain calls to former Negro League stars finishing out their professional careers like the legendary Sad Sam Jones. When the Columbus Jets pulled up stakes and moved away after the 1970 season, it left Columbus without professional baseball for the first time in 75 years. For six years central Ohio fans did without baseball as Jet Stadium deteriorated. Franklin County Commissioner Harold Cooper had led the drive to buy the Jets in 1955. In 1977, Cooper again pushed for a professional team and a major stadium renovation. The Columbus Clippers and Franklin County Stadium were born. A multi-million dollar renovation made Franklin County Stadium the jewel of the International League and the first minor league facility to have Astroturf. The stadium would be renamed after Cooper in 1984. The Clippers have had many players with African-American heritage… Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams, Deion Sanders, Darryl Strawberry, and

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Michael Brantley are just a sampling of players who have worn the Clippers uniform. In 2003 the Clippers honored their Negro League predecessors by wearing the uniforms of the Columbus Bluebirds and the Columbus Elite Giants. It was not always easy for AfricanAmerican players. Hall of Famer Willie Stargell was among the first generation of black players who came straight from high school in to professional baseball without the advantange of experience which the Negro League veterans had had. The youngsters started in Single-A ball and most of those clubs were located in the deep south during the late 50’s and early 60’s. This was during the times of integration and the prejudice that these young men had to endure was painful. Late in his life, Stargell was asked what Columbus was like when he played here for the Jets in 1962. What Willie answered should go on the City of Columbus’ letterhead! “When I arrived in Columbus, I discovered a big, beautiful, nonracist city. African-Americans, Whites, Latins and several other races meshed together on the streets and in the business world of Columbus on a daily basis. Though I never complained about racism to anyone, I breathed a sigh of relief when it finally disappeared from my life. “The (International) league was filled with great cities - Atlanta, Syracuse, Richmond, Toronto, Rochester, Jacksonville and Buffalo. Each city held its own special mystique. But Columbus had beauty, style and class. Columbus had restored my faith in professional baseball.” The Clippers are proud to pay tribute to these extraordinary ball players who paved the way for all the players of color today.

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