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Seasons of Change: Celebrating Black History in the Fort Lauderdale Police Department

Do you have a mentality like Nathanael, before he met... Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!” John 1:47 (NKJV) By Bobby R. Henry, Sr. I was thinking about ants and how they march in line and seem to be so organized. Going to and fro sniffing each other to be sure of their safety and to find food from a sent trail that one of their fellow ants have left. Ants are really unique. If a human could run as fast for their size as an ant can, they could run as fast as a racehorse. Ants can lift 20 times their own body weight. An ant brain has about 250,000 brain cells. A human brain has 10,000 million so a colony of 40,000 ants has collectively the same size brain as a human. (Cont'd on Page 13) ***********

NAACP spends lion’s share of Image Award ad budget with non-Black media Willie Jones, Chief Frank Adderly, Desorae B. Shirley, Donnell Bryant, Ozzie Davenport, McKinley Smith, Roy Brow, Charmaine Gittens and Assistant Chief Anthony Williams. By Marie Carrie “I never would have imagined this. Never in my wildest dreams,” stated Ft. Lauderdale Police Chief Frank Adderly. Over the course of the evening these words would be repeated numerous times by FLPD officers past and present. On Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, the FLPD and its Neighborhood Action Team (NAT) commemorated Black History Month with a program entitled Seasons of Change. The event took place at the new Sistrunk Substation and the focus was

on recognizing and celebrating the achievements of Black Americans in the once all white, and once very racist police force. Immediately following the opening remarks, pledge and invocation; the Dillard High School Step Team gave an energetic performance that motivated and prepared participants for the exciting program to come. Chief Adderly was the first to address the mixed crowd of elders and youth, dignitaries and citizens, officers and civilians. As the first Black Police Chief in the history of FLPD, it was fitting that he gave the au-

dience its first glimpse into the incredible changes that have taken place. “Back in the 80’s when we were riding around, we never thought that we would see this; a Black Police Chief, a Black Assistant Chief, a Black Major, a Black Captain, all in charge of District 2.” In fact when guest speaker Donnell Bryant, former FLPD Sergeant, first started with the force in January 1983, he had 54 people in his police academy class and only four were of color. Even more alarming, there were only 13 Blacks in the entire police department.

“In order to know where you are going, one must reflect over whence you came,” said Bryant and that theme was carried on throughout the night in the remarks of Marsha Ellison, NAACP president, Fort Lauderdale Branch; Commissioner Bobby DuBose (personally responsible for spearheading the establishment of the FLPD substation on Sistrunk); Nina Justice, president of the Black Police Officers Association and Willie Jones, former FLPD Sergeant and Captain. (Cont'd on Page 9)

What’s in a name? It means “everything” as the Porter Family celebrates the first anniversary of Porter Road

Ribbon cutting with family members. By Charles Moseley Although Black History Month is celebrated annually during the month of February, it is often said that, “history repeats itself;" so was the case this past weekend when local

residents from Fort Lauderdale’s Washington Park neighborhood, joined the Porter Family to celebrate a historical moment. The historical event commemorated the lives of two African American pioneers in

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Broward County; in memory of Wilbur Porter, Sr., and Wilbur “Sunny” Porter, Jr. The celebration just happened to take place along Porter Road, last Saturday. It marked the First Anniversary of the street naming of Porter Road, in honor

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of the Porter Family patriarchs. The day’s festivities began with an official ceremony which was recognized by City of Fort Lauderdale Mayor John P. “Jack” Seiler’s Office as well as by U. S. Congressman Alcee Hastings. “It is with great pleasure that I send this letter of congratulations to the Porter Family in recognition of the official ceremony of Northwest Eighth Road to “Porter’s Road.” “The Porter family patriarchs, Wilbur Porter, Sr. and Wilbur Porter, Jr., were pioneers in our Fort Lauderdale Community. Their spirit of entrepreneurship, work ethic, sense of community, and focus on family are renowned. The renaming of Northwest Eighth Road, where your family has resided for over 50 years, is a fitting acknowledgement of their accomplishments in our community,” added Mayor Seiler. Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness (District 9) joined in the celebration by stopping by to show his support to the Porter Family and community. He shared why he felt events such as the one today are so important. (Cont'd on Page 12)

By Natalie Cole Our Weekly Publisher and CEO The primary and most trustworthy source of news and information to Black Americans has been and continues to rest in the bosom of the Black Press. So why is it that in the year of our Lord 2014—during Black History Month no less—the NAACP needs to be reminded that the Black Press is interested in the “Advancement of Colored People” too, everyday? COLE

FAMU’s 2014 President’s Recruitment Tour heads to Central, South Florida Scholarships to be awarded to best and brightest high school seniors

Interim President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., met Michelle Wilson and her family during last year’s recruitment stop in Miami. Today, Wilson studies cellular and molecular biology at FAMU. From FAMU Alumni Relations TALLAHASSEE, FL – After receiving an overwhelming response from last year’s Annual President’s Tour, Florida A&M University (FAMU) Interim President Larry Robinson will return to several South and Central Florida cities to recruit the best and brightest high school seniors. The 2014 President’s Tour is scheduled to begin March 8 through March 10, stopping in

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Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Tampa and Miami. Last year’s President’s Tour ignited a 10 percent increase in admissions applications at FAMU, as nearly $325,000 in scholarships were awarded. The annual tour is an effort to recruit some of the top-performing students in the state of Florida. Interim President Robinson will meet with students and parents to award scholarships on the spot to students who meet Presidential Scholarship requirements. (Cont'd on Page 4) MEMBER: National Newspaper Publishers Association ( NNPA), and Southeastern African-American Publishers Association (SAAPA) Florida Association of Black Owned Media (FABOM),

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Avis Boyd Gaines: Mortician of the Year By Marie Carrie Email: Avis Boyd Gaines is the story of success: successful business, successful marriage; successful daughter; and let’s not forget

the ultimate symbol of success, “a Bentley” (courtesy of the generous retirement she receives as aresult of her years of service with the U.S. Army). But behind every story of success is a tale of struggle.

And it’s the struggle that makes the story truly unforgettable. Avis Boyd Gaines is the ninth of 11 children and the “baby girl”. She is a third generation mortician and the owner of the

James C. Boyd, Sr. Funeral Home on Sistrunk Boulevard. Avis’s father started the funeral home in 1973 at its first location on Broward Blvd., where the Fort Lauderdale Police Department (FLPD) stands

Miami Dade NAACP hosts gun violence forum at New Way Fellowship

Avis Boyd-Gaines, brothers Bon and Walter Boyd.

Pictured, l to r: Adora Nweze, Joanna Pace, Robert Parker, Dr. Santarvis Brown, Cathy Burgos and James Hannon. By Derek Joy The Miami Dade Branch of the NAACP hosted a gun violence forum at New Way Fellowship Baptist Church to engage the community in finding solutions to a problem that has been especially traumatic for Miami Gardens’ residents of late. Proceeding under the theme, “The Culture of Gun Violence in South Florida: The Public Safety, Social and Business Challenges,” a six member panel moderated by Andre Williams, a real estate attorney, native and former City Councilman in the City of Miami Gardens. “It’s not the community I remember growing up in,” said Williams. “There was not nearly the level of gun violence then as it is now. I know poverty plays a factor. And people feel desperation. Leadership in the community plays a role. There needs to be a lot more community engagement. Parents in the community need after school programs for kids. People want to get involved in the community but they don’t feel safe.” One by one, the six panelists offered input and perspective. Dr. Santarvis Brown, director of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Department of Education; Cathy Burgos, LCSW, division director of operations of Miami Dade Juvenile Services Department and James Hannon,

personal injury attorney, Hannon & Boyers, P.A.; Adora Obi Nweze, president, Florida State Conference of Branches, NAACP and president of Miami-Dade Branch, NAACP; Joanna Pace, co-advisor, youth council of the Miami Dade Branch of the NAACP and Robert Parker, former director, Miami-Dade County Police Department. “The action to fix this dilemma begins when we put the microphones down and walk outside,” said Brown. The problem has been an alarming number of shootings in Miami Gardens. It has been such that Miami Gardens has catapulted to number 14 in murder rates in the country. Its ranking results in a designation as “One of the most dangerous cities in the country,” slightly behind such cities as Newark, N. J., Baltimore, Md., and Little Rock, Ark. While acknowledging juveniles play a role in the gun violence, Burgos cited a 72-percent drop in the prosecution of juvenile in the last 15 years. Hannon focused on an 11month period from Jan. to Nov. 2013, in which there were 3,689 violent crimes reported in Miami Gardens. “The residents are victims in their own community,” said Miami Gardens resident Anita Pittman. “The numbers are shocking. I don’t believe it would be tolerated in

any other municipality. I’m appalled.” That sentiment was conveyed by others. So, too, were a number of valid suggestions to begin an all out assault on the problem of gun violence. “Of all the things we do, one of the things we take very seriously is the opportunity to sit down and talk to people about the issues we identified and what to do to address the problems,” said Nweze. “We need a community effort. Every entity ought to be involved. That means parents, businesses, faith based organizations, social service agencies, the criminal justice system, everybody. That’s how you solve this problem and the culture of schools to prison pipeline.” Parker assessed the problem as one that goes back to when the Framers drafted and ratified the U. S. Constitution with emphasis on the Second Amendment. “One of the most important things we can talk about in this community is crime. What we’re really talking about is youth. I remind all of us as American citizens we have certain rights. “One of those rights is the right to bear arms. The Second Amendment was made to keep us safe. It has evolved into something else. More than 60-percent of Americans own and possess guns. “Basically, America is going to be an armed place

unless we’re willing to go back and address the Second Amendment. Sixty-seven percent of murders involve guns. Guns don’t kill people. People kill people. The greatest problem is people with guns have negative values. And that is where we need to focus.” Hannon stated, “What a lot of people don’t know is that civil law imposes a duty on landowners and businesses to keep their property safe for tenants and patrons. The law holds businesses and landowners accountable when they don’t keep their premises safe. If more landowners take that seriously you’ll see crime drop dramatically.” Shirley Gibson, Miami Gardens’ first mayor, offered added perspective. “As a former police officer and mayor, I have a healthy respect for guns. You never see gun backs in Coral Gables, Sunny Isles, Palmetto Bay and other cities. And they have more guns than we’ll ever have.” “We need to teach our kids a healthy respect for guns, teach them civility. Some people have absolutely no respect for the police. Civility is something we all need to strive for. But if you really want to make a difference, join the NRA (National Rifle Association). There are no Blacks in there. People can make a difference when they’re ready to make a difference.”

today. When the FLPD acquired the land, Boyd, Sr. relocated to Sistrunk. Mr. Boyd was originally from Palatka, Florida, where the family has been in the mortuary business for 73 years. He came to South Florida to attend the mortuary science program at Miami-Dade College and decided to move his family here. When Avis graduated six months early from high school, she enrolled right away in the same mortuary science program her dad attended at MiamiDade; however, Avis had a much different experience. “Here I was 17 and I’m at Miami-Dade in mortuary science with all these old men thinking what the heck I got myself into.” Avis goes on to recall, “My first class was embalming and I’m in there with all those dead bodies and old men thinking I picked the wrong profession.” Because her dad was picking up the tab, supplying her with a credit card and giving her everything she wanted, Avis stuck it out for two years and graduated. Instead of following in her father’s footsteps however, she decided to pursue a different path. “Two days before I got ready to depart, I told my dad I was going into the military,” Gaines remembers. James C. Boyd, Sr. was anything but happy for his daughter and tried unsuccessfully to dissuade her.

“It’s gonna be a war. You don’t like authority. You’re not gonna be able to survive,” he counseled. He was wrong on all but one of his arguments. Avis not only served through one war but several. She was stationed in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Kosovo. She not only served, she received commendations, such as the Legion of Merit award. Rather than disliking authority, Avis thrived under it. In fact from day one, she was determined to become the person giving orders, not just taking them. “In basic training, I raised my hand and said ‘Sergeant, how do I become a sergeant because I ‘m a private and you telling me what to do and I want to be over there where you are’.” And as far as not surviving in the military, Gaines not only survived, she thrived. At the pinnacle of her career she was the Inspector General for the Pentagon. A position she enjoyed for four years until she received “the call”. It was October 2007, Avis’s dad had passed away 11 years ago and her mother had been running the family business but her health was failing. She needed Avis. She called and asked her daughter to come home. (Cont'd on Page 7)

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Simmons College of Kentucky Miami Northwestern hailed a parade of academic success wins accreditation

From l to r: Simmons College Board Chair Rev. F. Bruce Williams, Rep. John Yarmuth, President Kevin Cosby and Senator Rand Paul. (Photo by George Williams)

School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and MNHS Principal Wallace Aristide. By Derek Joy

Carl Thomas (l) presents two million dollar check to Simmons College President Kevin Cosby. By Yvonne Coleman Bach From the Louisville Defender (Photo by Bud Dorsey) LOUISVILLE, KY – Simmons College has become accredited as the first private Historically Black College and University in Kentucky and is only the second HBCU in the state, along with Kentucky State University, a public institution. Simmons has just learned that it has been accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). “Simply put, accreditation is value,” explained President Kevin Cosby. “It is proof that Simmons has met national stan-

dards necessary to produce graduates who are prepared to enter into selected professions.” He explained, “The accreditation of Simmons College of Kentucky will have a ripple effect throughout west Louisville and the Commonwealth of Kentucky and is the most monumental achievement, by African Americans, to take place in the state in the last 100 years.” Most HBCUs were founded in the post-Civil War era, when Blacks were not allowed to attend college with Whites. Today, many private HBCUs are struggling to remain keep their doors open. (Read full story on

Thus began another chapter in the storied history of the Miami Northwestern High School Bulls. No. It wasn’t Homecoming, the Soul Bowl, or a State Championship in athletics, absolutely nothing like that. Instead, it was all about a collective academic achievement when Miami Northwestern Senior High School Bulls chose to have a parade to let the community join the recognition as an ‘A’ school. “Congratulations! You deserve it. It’s been a long time coming. Students, parents, faculty, staff and the community thank you for a job well done,” said Miami Dade School District Board Member, a 1959 graduate of Miami Northwestern, told an audience assembled in front of the school to kickoff the neighborhood parade. It was a crowning moment of sorts, not only for the Bulls and its school community, but for Principal Wallace Aristide, as well. Aristide, a stellar offensive lineman at Archbishop Curley and Bethune-Cookman University (BC-U), coached football at Miami Central and

Miami Norland before he was assigned to Miami Northwestern seven years ago as an assistant principal under Charles Hankerson. He was promoted to principal three years ago. “It was a ‘D’ school when I came here, then two years as a ‘B’ school,” said Aristide. “I worked hard with my predecessor to make progress. We improved teacher quality, staff network, employed interactive teaching methods,” said Aristide, while explaining the effort that went into the transition to academic success. Aristide acknowledged a collaborative effort in turning around a school that was being threatened by the Florida State Department of Education. That effort was confirmed in part by the participants in the parade. Florida International University, which partners with Miami Northwestern, entered a float in the parade and saw its president, Mark Rosenberg take part; City of Miami Fire Department, the Miami Northwestern Alumni Association and several individual classes. There were mentoring groups, including the 5,000 Role Models of Excellence, Jenevie Clark of Planned Parent-

MNHS Drum Majors hood and its Teen Outreach Program and Anderson Eldridge and the Knights of Gold mentoring program sponsored by the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the oldest Black Greek Letter Fraternity. “They asked me to come back because I helped this school become an ‘A’ school,” said Matthew Hatcher, who graduated last year with a 3.8 GPA and is now a freshman at F.I.U. “I was a member of the Golden Scholars Program, which helps prepare students for college and help them get into college. This is neat, I wish they would’ve done this when I was here.” Hatcher’s father, John Hatcher, is a 1965 graduate who played trumpet in the band, added a different perspective. “I think this is good for the kids that come after you. It’s awesome. Good for the school to get recognition for something other than sports,” said John Hatcher. The community involvement with the academic success of Miami Northwestern was also especially gratifying to Miami Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, who recently

won honors as National Superintendent of the Year. “I made a promise five and a half-years ago,” Carvalho said. “I promised these schools would not be closed on my watch. We delivered. There’s not one ‘F’ school in the District. “First and foremost, I’m incredibly proud of the community for giving these students what they deserve. It’s a dream long in the making. Indeed, it has been long in the making of academic success at Miami Northwestern, one of five inner city schools that were problematic under-achievers in the eyes of the Florida State Department of Education. That success has also translated in the growth and performance of the school’s band that was musically joined in the parade by Allapattah Middle School and Charles Drew Middle Bands. But for a lack of instruments and money to purchase instruments, the Bulls marching band would exceed its current number of 97 musicians, according to Band Director Chad Morton. “The kids have been phenomenal. They bought into a culture of success. The kids are amazing. We’ve made learning interesting. I’m just thankful for the opportunity to be here,” said Aristide.

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How exactly do colleges allocate their financial aid? They won’t say. Universities rarely release the specific criteria behind their aid decisions. Could a little-known regulation help open the black box? Most colleges offer “vague and superficial” disclosures about how they allocate their financial-aid dollars, said Mark Kantrowitz, a financial-aid

expert with Edvisors, which publishes websites about paying for college. “They don’t give details about the actual formulas they use.”

Official installation service of Elder Jaymes Robert Mooney By Marian Wang From ProPublica At the center of the admissions and financial-aid process is a massive information imbalance: Schools make their decisions with detailed data about each applicant that goes well beyond test scores and transcripts. Many universities have access to comprehensive financial profiles, sometimes down to the type of cars a family drives. Some analyze patterns and interpret even the most subtle indicators from students, such as the order in which schools are listed on the federal financialaid application, or even how long a student stays on the phone with an admissions officer. Students are not so lucky. Schools offer comparatively little information about exactly who they’re awarding aid to and for what. College-bound teens and their parents often resort to college forums, sharing their personal “stats” — their financial and academic profiles — with strangers online to get advice on which colleges are likely to be generous with aid. Once they get their financialaid awards, some even go back to these forums to compare their aid packages in an attempt to reverse engineer colleges’ criteria.

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. On behalf of the members of the New Bethel Primitive Baptist Church, we are pleased to invite you to the installation services for our new pastor, the Elder Jaymes Robert Mooney. We rejoice that the Lord has joined us together, and we are looking forward to celebrating these historical moments as the family of God. We have several opportunities for you to join us in celebration of this auspicious occasion, and your presence will make all the difference. The official Installation Service will take place on March 16, 2014 at 4 p.m. at the New Bethel Primitive Baptist Church 1100 N.W. 29 Terr. Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 33311. OTHER WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: * March 12 , 7 p.m. -- Elder Kenneth A. Dukes and the New Jerusalem Primitive Baptist Church Miami, Fla. * March 13, 7 p.m. -Elder Robert Hendley and the Greater Bethel Primitive Baptist Church Rivera, Fla. * March 14 , 7 p.m. -- Elder Frazier Arnold at the Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church, Miami, Fla. * Sunday, March 16, 10 a.m. -- Elder Frank Stevenson

“The importance of the President’s Tour is that it allows us to realize our goal to recruit outstanding students wishing to achieve their educational dreams,” Robinson said. “It also allows us to share, with prospective students and their families, FAMU’s wonderful array of academic and cultural programs, and inspire alumni and friends to continue their much needed and appreciated support of this great institution.” High school seniors and their parents are invited to attend all tour stops. The FAMU Connection, the university’s recruitment and performing group, will provide entertainment and give students a glimpse into the FAMU experience. FAMU’s administrators, student leaders, representatives from the colleges and schools and alumni will accompany Interim President Robinson. “The President’s Tour is the perfect example of FAMU’s motto: ‘Excellence With Caring,’” said Allison McNealy, coordinator of Student Affairs. “Our university is renowned for its personal approach, especially when it comes to direct recruiting efforts, and this tour is a testament to that.”

According to McNealy, since its inception, the tour has served as a source of hope and inspiration for high school students, as it helps to usher their dreams of a college education into reality. “During the tour, our very own Presidential Ambassadors, Royal Court and FAMU Connection give up a portion of their Spring Break to ensure that these future Rattlers know that they have a place at FAMU, a place that will allow them to not just be another face on campus, but instead a part of an enduring legacy,” McNealy said. The scholarships presented during the tour will include the Life Gets Better Scholarship and the Distinguished Scholar Award. To qualify for the Life Gets Better Scholarship, a student must be designated as a National Achievement Scholar or Merit Semifinalist majoring in one of the following STEM programs: biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, physics, environmental science or mathematics. Students must have a 1950 SAT score or a 29 on the ACT and a 3.5 GPA. Recipients of this scholarship will also receive a stipend each semester for miscellaneous expenses, internship opportunities and a laptop.

tacted declined or did not respond, to our request for details on how they allocate aid, including Columbia University, George Washington University, and Indiana Wesleyan University. While universities don’t want to disclose the details, they have become increasingly strategic in recent years about how they use their aid and which students get it. Aid isn’t

just given to students in need, it’s also used now for what schools call “financial aid leveraging” — often to entice high-scoring students who will help a school’s ranking or to give a small, feel-good discount to attract out-of-state students who will still end up paying a higher price. (Read full story on

First Lady Michelle Obama visits at the NFL YET Center By Darlen Gay

MOONEY and the St. Luke Primitive Baptist Church Nashville, Tenn. OFFICIAL INSTALLATION SERVICE * Sunday, March 16 -Elder Dr. James Chester and the Orthodox Zion Primitive Baptist Church West Palm Beach, Fla. -- New Bethel’s normal Sunday Morning Worship Service times are 7:45 AM and 11:30 Am. Please note on Sunday March 16, 2014, New Bethel will be combining both morning worship services into one service at 10 a.m. With joy in our hearts, The New Bethel Primitive Baptist Church Pastoral Installation Committee.

FAMU’s 2014 President’s Recruitment Tour heads to Central, South Florida (Cont'd from FP)

Take Newman University, a Catholic liberal-arts college based in Kansas. What are the actual criteria the college uses to determine who gets aid and how much? “That’s proprietary information,” said Pam Johnson, Newman’s interim dean of admissions and financial aid. “It’s part of our competitive strategy.” Six other universities we con-

The Distinguished Scholar Award will be offered to students who have achieved an 1800 on the SAT or 27 on the ACT and maintain a 3.5 GPA. Partial scholarships will be offered to incoming freshmen who have at least a 1650 on the SAT or 23 on the ACT and at least a 3.0 GPA. THE TOUR SCHEDULE: Tampa— March 8 at 7 p.m. at Hillsborough Community College, Dale Mabry Campus Auditorium- 4001 W. Tampa Bay Blvd Tampa, Fla. 33614 (813) 253-7000 Fort Myers— March 9 at 3 p.m. at Dunbar Community School Auditorium, 1857 High St., Fort Myers, Fla. 33391 (239) 334-2941 Fort Lauderdale— March 10 at 10 a.m. at Dillard High School, 2501 N.W. 11 St. Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 33311 (754) 322-0800 Miami— March 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater Cultural Arts Complex, 819 NW Second Avenue, Miami, Fla. 33136 (305) 636-2390 For more information about the tour, contact the FAMU Division of Student Affairs at (850) 599-3183.

Michelle Obama, The First Lady, was in South Florida to celebrate the fourth anniversary of her “Let’s Move!” Campaign. Mrs. Obama visited the NFL YET Center at Gwen Cherry Park to announce that three additional national organizations: Partnership for a Healthier America, Boys and Girls Clubs of America and National Recreation and Park Association committed to expand her “Let’s Move!” Campaign to after school programs. The First Lady was introduced by television Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler. After the press conference, 53 inner city youth joined First Lady Michelle Obama in yoga, Zumba and miniature golf classes at the NFL YET Center at Gwen Cherry Park. She was accompanied by Alonzo Mourning and Extra’s Mario Lopez. Mrs. Obama explained that as a result of these new commitments, kids will get a healthy breakfast, fruit or a veggie at every meal or snack, and water or low fat milk instead of sweetened beverages. The initiative also encourages kids to move no less than 30 minutes daily. HT Smith, chairman of the

The First Lady was in South Florida to celebrate the fourth anniversary of her “Let’s Move!” Campaign. Gwen Cherry Park Foundation, stated, “It was a special honor for First Lady Michelle Obama to visit the NFL YET Center, and directly engage our kids in yoga, active games, and a frank discussion about healthy lifestyles. The Gwen Cherry Park Foundation thanks the First Lady for helping us in our mission to build strong children.” In four years, great strides have been made toward reducing the epidemic of childhood obesity, which was the di-

rect result of a lack of physical activity, youth spending hours at a time in front of computers and television screens engaged in video games, all while eating unhealthy, fattening snacks and meals. Mrs. Obama stated that as a result of the new partnerships, over 5.5 million youth nationwide will have healthier alternatives after school. (Read full story on

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The Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida (NHSSF) holds its Annual Community Paint and Beautification Day, Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Coconut Grove Playhouse Parking Lot, 3500 Main Highway, Miami, Fla. For more info call Vanessa Loy at (305) 948-8063.


Annual Treasure Mapping Day, Unity of Delray Beach, Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Mary Kupferle Fellowship Hall, 101 N.W. 22 St., Delray Beach, Fla. For additional info call (561) 2765796.


FAU is accepting registrations to participate in the 2014 Business Plan Competition. The Florida Atlantic University Adams Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE) and College of Business hosts the 2014 Business Plan Competition for local entrepreneurs. Individuals and team competitors will receive exposure to investors, feedback from a roster of expert judges, learning experience and the opportunity to win cash and prizes totaling an estimated $200,000. Registration is open now. Final business plan entries must be submitted by March 16, 2014.



The Shepherd’s Care Ministry of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate their under new pastoral leadership, Rev. Dr. James B. Darling, Jr., on Sunday March 16 at 4 p.m. 1161 N.W. 29 Terr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Rev. James Ray of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church and congregation will be our guest. All are invited to attend. For more information, visit

"A Meet the New Officers" Reception is being held March 16, 2014 at 4p.m. at the Northwest Federated Woman’s Clubhouse. Admission is free, but please R.S.V.P. at the clubhouse at (954) 730-3442 or with Mrs. Patricia Casterlow at (954) 7607519.

Business Development Workshop Series The Office of Economic and Small Business Development in partnership with the Purchasing Division, will host a Health and Social Services Vendor Opportunity Expo, Saturday, March 15, 2014, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Dr. Coral Springs, Fla. Featured Topic: Health and Social Services Vendor Opportunity Expo. This series is designed for all local business owners and entrepreneurs interested in growing the reach of their businesses beyond Broward County. Local service agencies and providers will provide important facts you need to know about the “Affordable Care Act” and more! Job Fair featuring pre-screenings for multiple positions.

Yard Sale

Sell your goods and keep your profits, Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 7 a.m., at Northwest Federated Woman’s Club, 2161 N.W. 19 St., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. To reserve your space contact (754) 224-7317 or email

FISH FRY The Westside Gazette Fish Fry, Friday, March 14, 2014 from 4 to 9 p.m., at 545 N.W. Seventh Terr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. We’re taking pre-orders stop by MondayThursday, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Inspired by Westside Gazette’s Generation Next.


St. Christopher Episcopal Church of Fort Lauderdale, host a one day trip, to Holy Land Theme Park (Orlando), Fla., Saturday, March 22, 2014 (One day Trip). For more info call Zarline Scott at (954) 731-6139 or Cynthia Williams at (954) 245-3650.

Concert Series

Friday Night Tunes a concert series at Joseph C. Carter Park, from 7 to 10 p.m., at 1450 W. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Enjoy a FREE concert series with a broad range of musical varieties featuring a different live performer each month! Bring your chairs, picnic blankets, and snacks to relax under the stars. From jazz to Top 40, the Friday Night Tunes has it all. ∗ Friday, March 21 – Shawn Kelly (Neo Soul and Old School Covers) EnVee (soft and jazz) ∗ Friday, April 18 – Nio Devine (Jazz and Neo Soul) ∗ Friday, May 16 – Lavie (Top 40).

Happenings at African-American Research Library and Cultural Center

African-American Research Library Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderale, Fla. March 2014 Program Highlights Celebrating Women's History Month * On Display - Broward County Schools: Explore how education in Broward County grew from those two small schoolhouses as the County itself developed. * Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday – Free homework help available for students grades K-thru 12 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Call for more info (954) 3576157 * Friday, March 7- from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.Destination Fridays: Come to South Africa! This is an after-hours age 21plus event and tickets will be provided through Eventbrite. For ticket info call (954) 3576210 * Friday, March 7 - from 12 to 3 p.m. Seniors Computer Class. Learn basic functions for better computer operation. For more info call (954) 288-8702 * Saturday, March 8 - Khepera Study Group, at 2 p.m., Featured book The Healing Wisdom of Africa by some Malidoma Patrice. For more info call (954) 357-5950. * Monday, March 10 - Book Discussion Group Mom and Me by Maya Angelou, at 6 p.m. For more info call (954) 3576170. * Retired Educator reaches out to youth at AARLCC. Educator Joyce H. Clark will be holding five class sessions for families, adults and young people For dates, times and other info call (954) 357-6210.


Help benefit Broward House on Thursday, April 24, 2014. You can help fight HIV/AIDS just by going out to eat! Restaurants throughout South Florida will pledge a percentage of their daily receipts to help in the fight of HIV/AIDS. You don’t need to do anything more but visit one of the participating restaurants on this day and have a fabulous meal! Find a participating South Florida restaurant online right now at: SouthFlorida.

Women Conference

Light Of Life Worship Center, presents the Fifth Annual Spirit-Led Women Conference 2014 schedule May 15-17. Early registration begins Feb. 22 through March 15. Detailed conference information will be available online at or call (954) 990-6721 or email us at


Meeting Lauderhill Women Club, meets the first Thursday of each month, at 7 p.m., at the Sadkin Center, 1176 N.W. 42 Way Lauderhill,Fla. For more info call (954) 739-6941.

Scholarship Offer Scholarship Offer for 20142015 Northwest Federated Woman's Club of Broward County, application may be obtained from High School BRACE Advisor or picked up from the Woman's Club, 2161 N.W. 19 St., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Deadline: March 18,2014.

Scholarship Applications

The Broward County Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., is proud to announce the 2014 Kathleen C. Wright, and the Cora Eaves Braynon Academic Scholarship applications are available. Please visit to download the application. If you would like more info about the scholarship application and/or its process, contact the Scholarship Committee at (954) 5222840 or email at


Affordable Care Act Enrollment Center opens on Sistrunk Blvd., 930 Sistrunk Blvd., Suite A, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. To help our community calculate subsidies enroll for medical insurance (‘Obamacare”) Newbridge Insurance offers free daily workshop to assist with forms and plan selections. Licensed and insured agents can help free of charge. For more info call (954) 357-2715.

Florida A&M University Broward Alumni Chapter 2014 – Scholarship http:// (954) 430-9760 Deadline application must be postmarked by March 3, 2014.



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”Let’s clarify the BB&T proposal” By Barbara Sharief As of late there has been so much misinformation spread about the BB&T proposal. First, 20 years ago the Broward County Commission decided that they wanted an arena and professional sports team. They levied a two cents sales tax on tourists who stay in our hotels to pay the debt service on that arena. An agreement to guarantee that at least eight million dollars per year of the two cents tourist tax would go towards paying down that debt of over $450 million. This tourist tax has nothing to do with property taxes or Broward County residents. It’s purely raised from people from other places coming here staying in our hotels. In addition, the arena operators were to pay $4.6 million annually of the debt service as well as

revenue share for any profits made over $12 million at a rate of 80 percent them, 20 percent Broward County. Broward County owns the BB&T Center therefore the reSHARIEF maining $250 million debt is ours not a private investors. The Broward Commission hired the arena operators to manage the daily operations of the building, obtain shows and the professional sports team the Panthers. The Arena Operators are saying that they have been losing $35 million per year. Their request is that if the county commission allocated an additional portion of that two cents towards their portion of the debt service it would allow them to be more

Education and politics embrace the politics of political exclusion By Derek Joy The Florida State Legislature is back in session. Yeah. For two months there will be a political battle JOY waged in Tallahassee. They’ll fight over legislation. But the biggest battle will be the struggle to win funding for this, that and the other that happens every year; in Congress; at the municipal level and

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in the state capitol, too. There’ll be arm twisting, backroom deals, mischief galore and all sorts of political chicanery, not to mention political skullduggery; all about the bucks. Being the midterm elections are on the horizon the battles will be intense. Interestingly enough, education is, as usual, a focal point of the budget battle. Florida Governor Rick Scott is feeling the pressure of the budget battle during this Legislative Session. After all, Scott is up for re-election at a time when his public approval rating remains on a downward spiral. And it gets more intense as former Republican Governor Charlie Crist, who turned Democrat after the Republicans kicked him to the curb, mounts a strong effort to win the Democratic Gubernatorial nomination. Hence, it is an ideal time for those in education, including students, parents, faculties, administrators and elected officials, to take note. Time to address the historical lack of funding for education in Florida; it is especially disheartening how grossly negligent the state has been in funding for inner city schools, discriminatory and simply tragic. Consequently, it is uniquely impressive that President Barack Obama, through the efforts of Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (Dem., Dist. 24), recognized the efforts and achievements of the 5,000 Role Models of Excellence, which Wilson foundeded some 21 years ago. President Obama recognized the 5,000 Role Models of Excellence Program at the unveiling of his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative to help young men of color. It is a collaborative effort with the support of foundations, businesses and community leaders to improve outcomes for men of color facing tough circumstances. Wilson found the program to address the challenges facing at-risk young men of color in the Miami Dade Public Schools. The program specifically addressed dropout prevention and mentoring. (Read full story on

My sister’s keeper By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist In all the hoopla surrounding President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, overlooked is that fact that our young girls also need to be targeted for special attention. Sure, they outpace Black males in college attendance and, in many instances, in the workplace. Still, that does not mean they do not also need special attention and encouragement. Nothing illustrates this better than events of the past week. Sandwiched between President Obama’s White House announcement of his special effort to help Black males and jubilation over Lupita Nyong’o winning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in “12 years a Slave” was news out of Florida that Marissa Alexander, who

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profitable thereby having the ability to revenue share with the county sooner and at a higher rate of 30 percent us 70 percent them, once the $12 million threshold is met. They asked us to bring the insurance for the arena under the County’s umbrella policy to save $1.7 million per year in insurance cost. We requested guidance so the commission agreed to have an outside consultant and auditor review the proposal to see what’s in our best interest to protect our asset. That will take 60 to 90 days and no decision has been made in terms of the proposal. Bottom line is whether we have the Panthers and arena operators there or not we will still have to pay for the building. In addition, the expectation is that without the sports team there it would devalue the building to $60 million and the BB&T Center could be empty for six months out of the year. Call me at (954) 357-7008 if you have questions.

Kudos to the President and his My Brother’s Keeper Initiative By Roger Caldwell Any historian will tell his students that a President’s second term will define his legacy to the country and the world. President Obama will go down in his- CALDWELL tory as one of America’s greatest presidents that held the office. “From the moment President Obama walked into the East Room for the My Brother’s Keeper event, you could tell this initiative was personal for him,” says Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post. Many will argue that for five years the President has been asleep at the switch, when it comes to the deplorable condition of Black and Hispanic young men. Some would say that the President has not done anything, but they are wrong. For the last five years, President Obama has allocated millions of dollars to young fatherhood programs around the country and continues to make a difference in thousands of young mens' lives. The leaders, teachers, and organizations on the front line have been engaged in this initiative for 10 or 15years and our president has been their biggest supporter, since he took office. The media and Bill O’Reilly will take the credit for convincing the President to initiate a program for Black and Hispanic young men. This will be news-breaking information for two weeks and eventually it will evaporate, and there will be another hot item to take its place. But, this program for the President is more than just a hot news item, because when he was growing up, he had no dad. When he was growing up, he was angry, got high, made excuses, and sometimes sold himself short. (Read full story on was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a “warning shot” in the direction of her estranged and abusive husband, will be retried and could face 60 years in prison instead of the CURRY original 20. Florida State Attorney Angela Corey, the same prosecutor whose office failed to win a murder conviction against George Zimmerman in connection with the death of Trayvon Martin and, more recently, against Michael Dunn for the death of Jordan Davis, announced that instead of the 20 years originally given to Alexander, she will seek to triple that by requesting that her three 20-year terms be served consecutively rather than concurrently. Alexander was convicted of three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in 2012 and was sentenced to 20 years under Florida’s 1020 law that requires stiffer penalties for crimes committed with guns. On appeal, the conviction was overturned because Circuit Judge James Daniel placed the burden on Alexander to prove that she was acting in self-defense. In his instructions to the jury, the judge said Alexander had the responsibility to prove that she had been battered by her husband. (Read full story on

President Obama’s one-sided responsibility lecture By Walter Fields NNPA Columnist Too often during the presidency of Barack Obama, the nation’s first African-American President has felt the need to chide Black FIELDS Americans to take responsibility for their destiny. In announcing his new “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative targeting young men of color at the White House, the president again waded in the personal responsibility waters and told the nation our Black and Latino young men simply have to do better, be better. After all, President Obama shared how he was the product of a single parent, did not have a relationship with his father and was sometimes angry about that, got high and made some bad choices. But look at him now, all grown up and occupying the White House. It’s not like we have not heard this pitch before. Most Black children receive this message whether the product of a two - or single-parent household, or from a family surrogate. If you have spent any time in a Black church, chances are you have heard that sermon on multiple occasions. And contrary to popular belief, Black people actually confront irresponsible behavior on a frequency that would shock White America. What’s different here is that the message is coming from our highest and most powerful elected official, and someone whose reflection in the mirror looks like us. My level of disgust for this message delivered by the President is similar to the anger I feel when I hear the generalized “you people” when a white person seeks to demonize Black people. When President Obama uses such rhetoric it reinforces the perception among many whites that if only Black people would get their act together they could make something of themselves. It reminds me of the movies I despised when I was a child; the films with the depiction of the mumbling and self-deprecating Black house servant who put down Blacks to curry favor with the white boss but was too ignorant to understand he was insulting himself. (Read full story on

A mixed Obama legacy By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist President Barack Obama announced “My Brother’s Keeper,” an initiative to MALVEAUX help young Black and Brown men succeed. Many present in the East Wing of the White House described the announcement of this initiative as “an emotional moment” for President Obama and for many of the others gathered there. Several of the African American men who were present at the announcement took to the airwaves afterwards, talking about how it felt to be in a room where the nation’s first Black President talked about his own background and his identification with troubled young Black men. The parents of slain teens Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis were in the room, reinforcing a statement the President made a year or so ago when he said that if he had a son, he would have looked like Trayvon Martin. While President Obama says he will ask government agencies to work together to create more possibilities for young Black men, he emphasized that the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative is not a new government program. Indeed, early funding will come from private foundations. Few specifics of the program have been released, but preliminary activity will include a review of existing programs to determine what works and what doesn’t. Still, the President has used the power of his pen, the phone and his pulpit to raise awareness about the many economic challenges African American men face. Using the term “no excuses” President Obama told young men that they had to take responsibility for their own success. That comment gave CNN anchor Don Lemon the opportunity to mouth off at President Obama critics, to chide his own critics, and to demonstrate why he might be a more effective opinionator than journalist. Lemon was one of many, also, to describe “My Brother’s Keeper” as part of the President Obama legacy. Many said they expect the President to continue to be involved in the empowerment of Black and Brown boys and men. (Read full story on

The Gantt Report The Black sheep and the shepherd By Lucius Gantt “Baa Baa Black sheep have you any wool?” I first heard that GANTT question when I was a little boy running around different housing projects in Atlanta, GA. As I grew older, I began to investigate sheep. I learned that Black sheep were unique. Black sheep were different. And, Black sheep were somewhat special. The Black sheep in the fold would usually get along with the other sheep. All of the sheep, regardless of their wool color and their pigmentation, loved their shepherd. The shepherd had a lot of responsibilities and one thing he was supposed to do was to look after the sheep. Oftentimes, a flock of sheep had two or three devilish sheep. The bad sheep would mistreat some of the sheep. The bad sheep would discriminate against some of the sheep. The slimy, degenerate satanic sheep would even hate some of the sheep in the flock. And, which sheep were treated the worst, victimized the most and got the greatest amount of hate? You got it, the little Black sheep! The bad sheep wanted to control every other sheep from birth to lamb to adult sheep. The sheep that complained were ostracized. The sheep that spoke up about mistreatment were shunned. The sheep that attempted to stand up on their own four feet were disparaged! But the strong Black sheep were not going to be controlled by the bad sheep. All good sheep followed the instructions of the shepherd. They grazed where they were supposed to graze. They drank from the watering hole they were supposed to drink from. They believed in the shepherd. (Read full story on

The value of HBCUs By James Clingman NNPA Columnist Part III This series on HBCUs prompted a two-hour long discussion on the CLINGMAN Carl Nelson Show in Washington, D.C. (WOL-1450). As the invited guest, I had the opportunity to deal with the issue of whether we value HBCUs enough to help save them. On the very next day St. Augustine College, in Raleigh, NC, was said to be in dire financial straits and would shut down for a week. We have answered the “what” question; we have heard from the “so what?” crowd; we are now faced with the final question: “Now what?” Do we take responsibility for HBCUs, or do we allow them to flounder to the point of nonexistence? Do we leave them to the will and largess of government? Do we sit back and say, “Somebody will fix the problem someday”? As I once heard a preacher say, “Somebody is not in the phone book and someday is not on the calendar.” Bill Cosby (Central State), Willie Gary (Shaw), Oprah Winfrey (Morehouse), and others have shown what an individual can do for an HBCU; imagine what our collective efforts could do. Black people should be the first line of defense for Black schools. Yes, with all of their challenges, they are still our schools, and we must preserve them. If we contributed more, had better relationships with administrators, and promoted HBCUs more, they would be more accountable, responsible, responsive, and financially sound. Yes, they must be good stewards of their financial resources, but we can be partners in that stewardship. We are quick to romanticize the past and celebrate schools like Wiley College in “The Great Debaters.” We like to visit HBCUs and watch our students “stomp the yard,” high-step in the marching bands, play football and basketball at the CIAA Tournament, and sing in the choirs. We love to see HBCU students perform in stage plays and in spoken word sessions; and those honorary degrees are great, too. Most of all, we love to see our children graduate, many of who would not have been able to were it not for an HBCU. Where is that same love for HBCUs when it comes to our giving back to them? Well folks, this is what some would call a “Kairos Moment” for Black people. We can save our schools if we have the will to do so. We have the financial resources and we have the intellectual capacity to solve this lingering problem, or at least to be able to come to the rescue when necessary. (Read full story on

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St. Ruth Missionary Baptist Church 145 NW 5th Avenue Dania Beach, FL 33004 Office: (954) 922-2529

Bishop Victor T. Curry Senior Pastor/Teacher

Worship T his and Every Sunday at the Church of Your Choice This

Bethel Missionary Baptist Church 2211 N.W. 7th Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33061 Church: (954) 583-9368 Email:

Reverend Jimmy L. English PASTOR WORSHIP SERVICES Sunday Worship ............................................................. 8 a.m. & 11 a.m. Sunday School ........................................................................... 9:30 a.m. Wednesday (Prayer Service & Bible Study) ............................... 7:30 a.m. Saturday (Women Bible Study) ............................................................ 8 a.m. "Baptized Believers working together to do the will of God"

First Baptist Church Piney Grove, Inc. 4699 West Oakland Park Blvd. Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33313 Office: (954) 735-1500 Fax: (954) 735-1939

Rev. Dr. Derrick J. Hughes, Pastor SUNDAY SERVICES Worship Services .......................................................... 7:30 & 10:45 a.m. Children's Church ........................................................ 7:30 & 10:45 a.m. Communion (First Sunday) ......................................... 7:30 & 10:45 a.m. New Members' Class .................................................................... 9:30 a.m. Church School .............................................................................. 9:30 a.m. Baptist Training Union (BTU) .................................................... 1:00 p.m. Wednesday (Bible Study) ...................................... 11:15 a.m.. & 7:00 p.m.

Harris Chapel United Methodist Church Rev. Juana Jordan, M.Div 2351 N.W. 26th Street Oakland Park, Florida 33311 Church Telephone: (954) 731-0520 Church Fax: (954) 731-6290

SERVICES Sunday Worship ................................................. 7:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School .............................................................................. 9:00 a.m. Wednesday (Bible Study) ........................................... 11a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Mount Calvary Baptist Church

800 N.W. 8th Avenue Pompano Beach, Florida 33060 Church Telephone: (954) 943-2422 Church Fax: (954) 943-2186 E-mail Address:

Reverend Anthony Burrell, Pastor SCHEDULE OF SERVICES SUNDAY

New Member Orientation ........................... 9:30 a.m. Sunday School ................................................ 9:30 a.m. Worship Service ........................................ 11:00 a.m. WEDNESDAY Prayer Meeting ............................................... 6:00 p.m. Bible Study ..................................................... 7:00 p.m.

"Doing God's Business God's Way, With a Spirit of Excellence"

New Birth Baptist Church The Cathedral of Faith International Bishop Victor T. Curry, M.Min., D.Div. Senior Pastor/Teacher 2300 N.W. 135th Street Miami, Florida 33167

ORDER OF SERVICES Sunday Worship ........................................................ 7:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. Sunday School ....................................................................................................... 9:30 a.m. Tuesday (Bible Study) ......................................................................................... 6:45 p.m. Wednesday (Bible Study) ............................................................................... 10:45 a.m.

1-800-254-NBBC * (305) 685-3700 (o) *(305) 685-0705 (f)

New Mount Olive Baptist Church 400 N.W. 9th Ave., Ft. Lauderdale 33311 (954) 463-5126 ● Fax: (954) 525-9454 CHURCH OFFICE HOURS Monday - Friday 8:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Dr. Marcus D. Davidson, Senior Pastor WORSHIP SERVICES & BIBLE STUDY Sunday .................................................... 7:15 a.m. 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Sunday School ............................................................................ 10:00 a.m. Wednesday Noonday Service .................................. 12:00-12:30 p.m. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting ............................................ 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Night Bible Study ................................................... 7:00 p.m. Where the kingdom of God is increased through Fellowship. Leadership, Ownership and Worship F.L.O.W. To Greatness!

Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church 1161 NW 29th Terr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 33311 (954) 581-0455 ● Fax: (954) 581-4350

Rev. Dr. James B. Darling, Senior Pastor WORSHIP SERVICES Sunday Worship Service .............................................................................. 8:00 & 11:00 a.m. Sunday School ............................................................................................................... 10:00 a.m. Communion Service (1st Sunday) ......................................................................... 11:00 a.m. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting ........................................................................... 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Night Bible Study ................................................................................... 7:00 p.m. Saturday (2nd & 4th) Growth & Orientation ........................................................... 9 a.m. But be doers of the Word - James 1:22 nkjv - “A Safe Haven, and you can get to Heaven from here”

WORSHIP SERVICES Bible Study (Wednesday Night) ...................................................... 6:45 p.m. Sunday School .............................................................................. 8:45 a.m. Sunday Morning Service ............................................................. 10:00 a.m.

Williams Memorial CME “PRAYER IS THE ANSWER” 644-646 NW 13th Terrace Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311 (954) 462-5711(Ministry Office Line) (954) 462-8222(Pastor’s Direct Line) Email: (Church} (Pastor)

Rev. Cal Hopkins. M.Div) Senior Pastor/Teacher

The WITNESS of “The WILL” Sunday Worship Experiences ................................................................ 7:45 and 11:00 a.m. Sunday School ................................................................................................................. 9:30 a.m. Tuesday Night Triumph {Prayer, Praise and Power} Prayer Meeting ................................................................................................................ 7:00 p.m. Bible Study ........................................................................................................................ 7:30 p.m. We STRIVE to PROVIDE Ministries that matter TODAY to Whole Body of Christ, not only the Believers, but also for those stranded on the “Jericho Road”! “Celebrating over 85 Years of FAITH and FAVOR! Come to the WILL ... We’ll show You the WAY: Jesus the Christ!”

Obituaries BURGESS Funeral services for the late Mrs. Aldonia Daley Burgess88 were held March 1 at James C. Boyd’s Memorial Chapel with Brother Louis Thomas officiating. Interment: Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens (Central). Arrangements by James C. Boyd Funeral Home. CLAIR Funeral services for the late Bobby Brown Clair – 44 were held March 1 at World of the Living God Ministries with Apostle Janice L. Dillard officiating. Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by James C. Boyd Funeral Home. FREENEY Funeral services for the late Vonceal Aletha Freeney – 55 were held Feb. 26 at Roy Mizell & Kurtz Worship Center. Arrangements by Roy Mizell & Kurtz Funeral Home. HANKERSON Funeral services for the late Dr. Gwendolyn L. McCord Hankerson 82 were held March 1 at Mount Hermon A.M.E. Church with Rev. Henry E. Green, Jr officiating. Arrangements by James C. Boyd Funeral Home. JACKSON Funeral services for the late Robert Andrew Jackson, Jr. – 78 were held March 1 at McWhite’s Funeral Home Chapel. Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by McWhite’s Funeral Home. O’NEAL Funeral services for the late Virginia Washington O’Neal 55 were held Feb. 22 at New Birth House of Prayer with Pastor Helen Edward officiating. Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Elijah Bell’s Funeral Home. PRINCE Funeral services for the late Freda Pasquet Prince61 were held March 1 at McWhite’s Funeral Home Chapel. Arrangements by McWhite’s Funeral Home.


THOMAS Funeral services for the late Willie Frank Thomas - 63 were held March 3 at McWhite’s Funeral Home Chapel. Arrangements by McWhite’s Funeral Home. TUKES Funeral services for the late Sandra Hall Tukes– 49 were held March 1 at Golden Heights Church of Christ with Dr. W.F. Washington officiating. Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Roy Mizell & Kurtz Funeral Home. WILLIAMS Funeral services for the late Rosa Green Williams – 75 were held March 1 at Ebenezer Baptist Church with Pastor Jonathan Ferguson officiating. Interment: Hollywood Cemetery. Arrangements by McWhite’s Funeral Home.

Fort Lauderdale Aglow Lighthouse (954) 536-0126 A. McMiillan MorningStar International Ministries, Inc. (954) 554-5600 Chaplain V. Hendrix Aglow International Broward, Miami- Dade and Monroe County "Be aglow and burning with the Spirit" Romans 12:11 Call for the Lighthouse meeting near you!

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Avis Boyd Gaines: Mortician of the Year (Cont'd from Page 2) “Your parents know who can handle what and who would be fair in handling it,” says Boyd-Gaines. While the decision wasn’t easy, it was necessary so Avis submitted her retirement papers and within a week she was back home in Fort Lauderdale taking over the day-to-day running of the funeral home her father built from the ground up. Three months after returning home, Avis’s mom died. She left everything to Avis. Despite her recent honor of being named Mortician of the Year for District One (which covers Miami, Broward, Palm Beach and parts of Vero Beach), the transition from Army officer to Business CEO was anything but seamless. It had been over 30 years since Gaines had taken any coursework in mortuary science. In fact she had been as far away from the business as physically and mentally possible. But her leadership skills honed through 26 years of military service served her well in equipping her with everything she needed to carry on her father’s legacy. Well almost everything. The military did not have training on how to work with and lead family. There was definitely a period of adjustment as Gaines and her siblings learned how to work together to successfully run the family business. “Making family accountable was the hardest part. And me trying to transition from this military authority to now dealing with my siblings and civilians who are not use to structure,” reflects Avis. Having navigated the challenges that confronted them, the Boyd family is stronger than ever. Brothers Walter Boyd and Bon Boyd work directly with Gaines as vice-president and general manager respectively. Sister Erma Boyd Dorsey now lives in Fort Myers, FL where she and her husband carry on the family business as the Directors of the James C. Boyd, Sr. Funeral Home located there. In fact Gaines’ daughter and now granddaughter are both involved in the family business. Her daughter is her assistant and her granddaughter, who is in sixth grade leads the children services. Avis Boyd Gaines is the first to say, she did not plan this part of her story and it is the direct work of God with whom she credits all things in her life. “This was a journey for me and I know it was God’s will that I am here because my plan was to retire and stay in D.C. But God already knows what you are gonna be.” As the 2014 Mortician of the Year for District 1, Boyd-Gaines will go on to compete at the state and national level. Regardless of the results, her sister Erma states best what each of us should feel about Avis, “I am so proud of what she has accomplished in her life starting from the military and coming back here and pumping life back into the funeral home.” Accolades aside, the most important thing to Boyd-Gaines is maintaining and continuing the stellar reputation her father created in the community. The one thing she wants everyone to know about James C. Boyd, Sr. Funeral Home is that, “We are professionals here and we do this from the heart. I don’t do this for the money. I am retired and I get pretty good benefits from the army. This is a ministry for me. I truly sympathize with others loss, because I have lost both of my parents. So when I say I do this from the heart...I mean it.” Mr. James C. Boyd, Sr. would indeed be very proud of the work his “baby girl” has done to carry on his legacy.

KIDS TALK ABOUT GOD Who is God’s best friend? By Carey Kinsolving And Friends The key to long friendships is a short memory, says humorist Michael Hodgin. It’s easy to be a friend to someone who likes and respects you. Have you ever considered being a friend to someone who can’t give you anything in return or the person whose mere presence gives you a headache? Now consider how amazing it is when the Bible records that a perfect God considers some people to be his friends. I asked my friends who they thought was God’s best friend. Erica, 10, nominates Moses because he “led the Israelites out from under Pharaoh.” Jesse, 11, also likes Moses because “he believed in God. He would do anything for God.” “God’s friend is Moses because he was a sweet man,” says Katherine, 7. Sweet? The man who God used to part the Red Sea? Try “meek,” which is even more remarkable. The Bible describes Moses as “the meekest man on the earth” (Numbers 12:3). Then there’s Noah because he “told the truth,” “built a boat” and “obeyed God,” say three 7-year-olds, Carson, Halle and Josh. Consider the angel Gabriel, says Kelly, 7, “because God used Gabriel to tell Mary that she was going to have a baby that would be God’s son.” Dominique, 7, says, “God’s best friend is every buddy that he made.” “I think he likes everyone the same, but me a smidgen more,” says Perry, 11. I’m not sure about God’s loving Perry a “smidgen more,” but I know God loves everybody because John 3:16 makes this clear: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (Read full story on

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CFPB to mortgage servicers: The shell game is over By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist In a February 19 speech before the nation’s largest association representing real estate finance, Steven Antonakes, deputy director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), updated the Bureau’s recent achievements before addressing how new mortgage servicing standards will be implemented. Since CFPB began operations, the Bureau has: Returned more than $750 million to consumers as of September 2013 and issued fines totaling $81.5 million to entities that violated consumer laws; Mandated an additional two billion in foreclosure relief and received more than 289,000 complaints. An average of 4,900 mortgage complaints per month is second only to the 5,900 average filed on debt collection.

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Seasons of Change: Celebrating Black History (Cont'd from FP) “Without the Black Police Officers Association, without the people that stepped up and took on the task back in the day in 1980, you would not have what you have here. When I started with this agency in 1980, I would never have dreamed this event; recognizing Black History and the Black police officers and that it would be taking place right here on Sistrunk Blvd. It’s a dream come true for me,” shared Willie Jones, the first Black mounted police officer in Fort Lauderdale. While Jones holds the honor of being the first Black mounted police officer, it is Kermit McCoy and Richard Stebbins that hold the honor of being the first Black police officers ever to serve in the FLPD. The year was 1952 and though very little is known about their experiences, it is clear that their sacrifices paved the way for the tremendous changes that took place over the next 60 plus years. Nina Jones, a current FLPD officer and President of the Black Police Officers Association, is a physical example of the changes that have taken place. As a little Black girl, Ms. Jones dreamed of being a police officer as she stood outside her grandmothers Fort Lauderdale house. “Every time I saw a police officer I would wave because I was just so proud of seeing what the police officers did and the fact that they were in our community.” Despite her idolized view of policemen, Nina did notice something strikingly different between herself and them. “Every time I saw a police officer I never saw one that looked like me.” And many long-time residents of West Fort Lauderdale noticed the same thing. This reality did eventually change, but the process to get there was far from easy and retired officer McKinley Smith played a prominent role. McKinley Smith, the first African-American FLPD Sergeant and Captain was not only in attendance at Wednesday’s celebration but he was repeatedly credited and honored by current and former officers

for his remarkable role in knocking down the barriers that Blacks faced in the department. Donnell Bryant stated, “As long as I live I will never forget McKinley Smith. That was my hero.” Before joining the police force, Smith was a Vietnam Vet and recipient of 3 purple hearts. Known as militant and outspoken, Smith made it his mission to become educated and use his “mouth” to change “business as usual” in the FLPD; business that unfortunately was openly racist at the time. Smith remembers, “I felt that if other Blacks around the world were getting killed and Blacks before me were getting hung. I could afford to go against all those white folks to make some changes in the Ft. Lauderdale Police Department and I refused to sit there and openly allow them to mistreat a Black person.” Smith’s actions had a direct impact on the climate and culture of FLPD. For example, the way in which Black suspects and co-workers were described and discussed on the police radio and in the police department significantly changed during Smith’s tenure. When he was first hired, Blacks were consistently referred to in demeaning and degrading terms. Smith decided to hold the department and the individuals accountable for changing this behavior. Ultimately, they did! While racism is far from eradicated in the FLPD, the program Wednesday night showed that tremendous progress has been made. The Seasons of Change began years ago with officers like McKoy, Stebbins, Evans, Davenport, Smith, Bryant, and Jones; and continues today with officers such as Justice, Blackwood, Reeves, Thompson, Smith, Gittens, Salters, Williams, Adderly and many others proudly wearing the blue! If you would like to learn more about the history of Blacks in the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, please visit the Sistrunk Substation and enjoy the exhibits, artifacts and pictures on display now.

Another arsenal of lies from the NY Post By Herb Boyd This article is specific to Black leaders in Harlem and New York City but general to ALL Black leaders around the country. In an attempt to discredit our President, there are certain political factions that would like to see all elected Black officials discredited and out of office. This article can be applied to most political opposition to Black elected officials and progressive community organizations. Walter Smith, Publisher, New York Beacon and Philadelphia Observer It is rather ironic that Black History Month is witnessing a

withering attack on Black Americans no matter where or who they are. Ted Nugent’s comments that President Obama is a “subhuman mongrel” and his subsequent so-called apology which accused him of being a “violator of the constitution” is totally disrespectful but no less invidious than those coming from House Speaker John Boehner and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. At a time when Black Americans have a few weeks for celebration they discover they are being assailed from every quarter, whether it’s a woman in Oklahoma saying the President should be executed to local leaders in communities of color taking fire from mainstream

NAACP spends lion’s share of Image Award (Cont'd from FP) What would W.E.B. DuBois do? It is such an insult that the NAACP would disrespect the Black Press regarding ad buys that it’s almost too shameful to write about, but I had to, it’s what we do. W.E.B. DuBois, Ph.D. (1868-1963), was one of the founders and editor of the NAACP’s magazine, Crisis, which first published in November 1910. He was educated at Harvard University. His leadership and record speak for themselves. Two years ago, the NAACP ran zero dollars with the Black Press for the Image Awards. Ben Jealous, a former staff member for the Black Press, had recently assumed the helm at NAACP. He informed the Board of Directors of National Newspaper Publishers Association that they had made an oversight in not supporting the Black Press in ad dollars to promote their event. He also stated that he thought that the Black Press had been given the buy and that their agency had erred and that it would not happen again. All dollars that year were spent in non-Black media. Many Black publishers even reported that they had been denied media clearance to cover the event…what could the NAACP be thinking? According to NNPA publishers, the NAACP ran approximately seven or so ads with the Black media this year, totaling approximately $40K…what just happened? The big 58-page book that was inserted in my LA Times this week would cost about $50K or more just a few years ago. Do you think that such disrespect could have happened on DuBois’ watch and he not address it? Why you are clueless without the Black Press We put our pen to paper regarding the horrific injustice of slavery; we followed and recorded the Great Depression and the subsequent great migration; with the stroke of our pens, we called to action many of our great leaders and helped to incite the Civil Rights Movement and we kept documenting. We lambasted Jim Crowism and embarrassed our government into actionable legislation to ensure us equal rights in cases such as Brown v. Board of Education, and three years after its passage,


dailies there appears to be little tolerance of and respect for Black or Latino leadership. A case in point is a recent article in the February 23rd edition of the New York Post with a list of baseless charges against the Greater Harlem Housing Development Corp. that is mainly centered on a small plot of land that has lain fallow and been an eyesore for 40 years. The article isn’t a sentence old before the writers speculate on what will become of the possible $1.2 million the nonprofit organization will get for the vacant lot at 135th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue. They contend that “critics doubt the windfall will actually help needy tenants.” (Read full story on

we recorded the Little Rock Nine breaking down barriers that persisted nonetheless. We were in Birmingham following the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing which took the lives of four little girls and though we wept, we continued to write. We were there to cover our discoveries and inventions from George Washington Carver who invented more than 300 peanut products or Madame C.J. Walker and her specialized hair care products to lesser recognized inventors like Otis Boykin who invented electronic control devices for guided missiles, IBM computers and pacemakers. We were there when Rosa Parks refused to relinquish her paid seat on the bus and we closely followed the boycott that ensued afterward. We took to the streets during the race riots throughout the country covering more memorials and funerals than we would like to remember. We were in the bleachers as Jackie Robinson hit homeruns into history. We were there for our Black entertainers, giving them a space when others would not. We pushed the word out to support the first Black President, Barack Obama; we cried for Trayvon Martin and his family, but we still showed up to do our business. We’ve traveled all across this country and abroad and wherever there are Black people, there…right there with you is the Black Press. We are not here solely for the month of February, we are here daily, year-round to review, cover, talk about, and write about news and information that is important to you. In some regards, you can compare us to the World Wide Web. When you need to know about a particular subject, many of you “google it” and what you get back is a vertical list of postings specific to your searching. Similarly, with the Black Press, when you pick up a Black newspaper, it’s all about Black, our people, culture, communities, education, entertainment, challenges, successes, etc. What would have happened if we had not been there? What will happen if we are not there tomorrow? Please don’t say you miss us as we close our doors. We need you to support us! If you and the NAACPs across the country are planning to run ad schedules, you should consider placement into a Black-owned media company. Stop taking us for granted!

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Sex, Lies and HIV: When what you don’t tell your partner is a crime Part 5 The sixth in a series of stories on HIV stigma and criminalization. The more than 500 instances documented by ProPublica in which people have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to HIV-specific laws since 2003 represents one of the largest collections of such cases ever assembled. Still, it is almost certainly a substantial undercount. The data was drawn from more than 1,300 records, including court files, police reports and registries of sex offenders and prisoners. Some law enforcement agencies refused to provide records about their cases or redacted names and case numbers, saying that the suspects’ HIV status — once used to prove their criminal guilt — should be protected out of concern for their medical privacy. (A full breakdown of the data is here.) Some of the cases were originally compiled through public records requests made by the Sero Project; most were independently obtained by ProPublica. Despite its limitations, the material creates a rough portrait of how these laws have been applied through the years. ProPublica was able to find just four cases that involved lawmakers’ original concerns about protecting the blood and organ supply. Two of these four resulted in a conviction or guilty plea, one was dismissed, and the outcome of the last could not be determined. For cases in which the route of potential transmission could be determined, the overwhelming majority involved sex. The

LEGAL NOTICES PUBLICATION OF BID SOLICITATIONS Broward County Board of County Commissioners is soliciting bids for a variety of goods and services, construction and architectural/engineering services. Interested bidders are requested to view and download the notifications of bid documents via the Broward County Purchasing website at: purchasing. March 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 17TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO: FMCE 14002429 DIVISION: 41-91 DWAYNE D. ALLEN, Petitioner and GRACE E. WILLIAMS, Respondent. NOTICE OF ACTION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE (NO CHILD OR FINANCIAL SUPPORT) TO: GRACE E. WILLIAMS-ALLEN Respondent's last known addressunknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that a action for dissolution of marriage has been filed against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defense, if any, to it on DWAYNE D. ALLEN, whose address is 4420 Northwest 107 Avenue, Coral Spring, Florida 33065 on or before April 17, 2014, and file the original with the clerk of this Court at 201 Southeast Sixth Street, Room 230, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301 before service on Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office. You may review these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office notified of your current address: (You may file Notice of Current Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address on record at the clerk’s office. WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic disclosure of documents and information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of pleadings. Dated: March 5, 2014 HOWARD C. FORMAN, Clerk of the Circuit Court Lashon Bynes, Deputy Clerk March 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014

circumstances and relationships in those cases confound stereotypes or preconceived notions: HIV-positive defendants and their accusers have included gay and straight couples in onenight stands, dating relationships or even years of marriage. Cases have involved instances of sex between prisoners, rape and child abuse. In Waterloo, Iowa, 42-yearold Donald Bogardus, a churchgoing, HIV-positive gay man who also suffers from cerebral palsy, recently pleaded guilty to charges of failing to disclose his status to a partner. “I wanted to tell him, but when I went to say it, I clammed up,” Bogardus told the Daily Iowan last year. “So many things came across my mind. I was afraid he was going to blab it out to everybody. But I still regret not telling him. I really do.” Bogardus currently works as a nurse’s assistant, but his guilty plea will place him on the state’s sex offender registry, barring him from working with patients in nursing homes. Even just the fear of prosecution has had consequences for people with HIV. In New York, one HIV-positive woman interviewed by ProPublica said she didn’t report being raped because her attacker threatened to press charges for not disclosing her status. (New York does not have an HIV disclosure law, but the woman said she didn’t know that and feared prosecution because she’d heard of cases elsewhere.) Women, including many alleged sex workers, were the accused in almost a quarter of the convictions and guilty pleas for which gender could be determined. In St. Louis, Nigaila Gibbs was 20 years old when police arrested her during an undercover sting operation in 2010. Gibbs, who was born with HIV, began prostituting herself after aging out of Missouri’s foster care system. Police accused her of having sex with “hundreds” of clients and failing to warn them about her HIV status, although Gibbs told police she always practiced safe sex. At the time of Gibbs’ arrest, St. Louis County Police encouraged potential victims to come forward. Three clients stepped up to complain about Gibbs, but a police spokesman said no one was found to be infected or charged with soliciting a prostitute. Gibbs ultimately pleaded guilty to “performing an act of prostitution” while knowingly infected with HIV and was sentenced to five years in Missouri state prison. Today, searching for her name on Google turns up blog posts and message board threads titled “AIDS Whore Nigaila Gibbs May Have Infected Hundreds!” and “Fat ugly prostitute infects over 100 clients w/ HIV.” In one 2006 case, the defendant was already in prison when he was charged with an HIV-related offense. Thomas Tompkins was serving his last month in prison at Ohio’s Richland Correctional Institution when a guard caught him performing oral sex on another inmate in the prison library. State police questioned the two inmates about whether the encounter was consensual, and both men agreed it was. But when Tompkins acknowledged that he had not disclosed his HIV-positive status to the other inmate, prosecutors accused him of felonious assault with HIV. Scientists agree that a man who receives oral sex has virtually zero chance of contracting HIV.



Still, Tompkins pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of aggravated assault, adding an extra year to his sentence. And in a 2010 case from South Carolina, a 32-year-old man named Jesus Cazares spent five months in the Marion County jail awaiting trial for “exposing another to HIV.” He pleaded guilty and was credited with time served, but not before U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement filed to detain him on immigration charges. In February 2011, Cazares was released into ICE custody, and a federal judge ordered him “removed” to Mexico. In addition to the convictions and guilty pleas, ProPublica

found at least 179 instances in which people were acquitted or had their cases dismissed. Yet even then, the repercussions can be severe. The accused can find their names splashed in local news accounts, making their HIV status common knowledge; they can lose jobs, homes, family members and friends; and if they can’t make bail, they can be stuck in jail, where inmates can face spotty access to HIV medications and other problems. Last year, St. Louis prosecutors accused 40-year-old Adam Childs of exposing an ex-boyfriend to HIV. While awaiting trial in the city jail, records show, Childs was raped by an-

other inmate and moved to protective custody. A few months later, a nurse and a prison guard were dispensing medications in Childs’ cell block when they

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Sharpton talks about the struggle today By LaGloria Wheatfall Houston Defender HOUSTON, TX – Al Sharpton said the assault on voting rights continues to be one of the biggest challenges facing African-Americans today.

Sharpton made the comments during a trip to Houston, where he was guest speaker at Houston Community College’s Black History Gala. Speaking with reporters before the event, Sharpton said the National Action Network – which he found-

ed – is at the forefront of the fight for rights. In addition to serving as president of NAN, Sharpton is host of a daily television show on MSNBC and hosts a nationally syndicated radio show “Keepin’ it Real.”

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March 6 - March 12, 2014 • • Page 11 Sharpton prides himself on taking the side of “rejected people,” and is vocal on topics ranging from gay rights to racist stereotypes to gun control. Here, he discusses civil rights, poverty, education and his mentor, the late James Brown. Q. What are the biggest challenges facing the civil rights struggle today? What are you doing to address them? A. Well, I think the biggest challenges are voting rights. We have seen an erosion of our ability to vote without impediments, [such as] changing the voting laws of voter ID, cutting down early voting and stopping same day voting. The leader of


the pack has been this state [Texas]. I think the criminal justice system is very challenging. Look at what just happened with the Michael Dunn case in Florida. We are on that. I will lead the rally out there on the 10th of March. With voter rights, the National Action Network has been at the forefront of fighting these state laws, as well as standyour-ground laws…The problem I think that many have is that you can’t fight the 1960s battles now. You have to fight today’s battles. And today’s battles are to make sure that we do not have laws changed state by state and we fight for public opinion not to be swayed with misinformation. (Read full story on

Children’s Services Council approves funds for South County 'Rites of Passage' program and recognizes responsible fatherhood graduates

L to r: Dan Daley, City Commissioner of Coral Springs, Olivia Hilton, Barbara J. Thomas, Luwando Wright-Hines and Mayor Vincent Boccard, City of Coral Springs. A Plus Foundation, Incorporated, charitable arm of Chi Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated was recognized during a special section of the city of Coral Springs Commission Meeting, February 19, 2014. Recently, the foundation actively participated in the city’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration of activities; where the renown Wil Haygood was the luncheon speaker. Haygood is a Washington Post jour-

nalist and associate producer of the “Butler”, directed by Oscarnominated director, Lee Daniels. Moreover, in 2009, Haygood’s Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson was named a Best Book of the Year by the Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Parade and the Washington Post. “Living the Dream through Service” was the theme of the weekend celebration. The foundation board members were elated to participate

in the weekend of service activities, as one of its Emerald sponsors. The foundation, a 501 (C) 3, sponsors and facilitates the chapter’s programs, initiatives of its international organization and provides in excess of $11,000 annually in scholarships for the chapter’s recipients. In attendance and accepting the award were Luwando Wright-Hines, president, Barbara J. Thomas, treasurer and Olivia Blake Hilton, member board of directors.

LAUDERHILL, FL -- In an effort to reduce risk factors associated with delinquency, violence, victimization, school failure, teen pregnancy and other unsafe behaviors, at the February meeting the Children’s Services Council of Broward County (CSC) approved approximately $200,000 in leveraged funds to implement a five week “Rites of Passage” summer program provided by for the Community Reconstruction Housing Corporation (CRHC). The Afrocentric model program aims at strengthening protective factors and positive decision making skills, and is delivered at Gulfstream, McNicol, Olsen and Pines Middle School. The funding will allow 45 disadvantaged middle school students to participate on a yearround basis beginning in March, 2014 and benefit from high quality tutoring and academic supports, life skills training, mentoring and role modeling, family engagement and positive recreational activities.

Other organizations partnering in this effort are the Broward County Schools and the Broward Sheriff’s Office. At the same meeting, the Council recognized the latest graduation class of the Responsible Fatherhood Initiative, funded by the CSC and the Jim Moran Foundation and implemented by Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies of Broward County. The program consists of 12 weekly presenterled group sessions focusing on key fathering characteristics and issues such as life skills, men’s health, and legal concerns. The next 24 sessions consist of individualized, in-home case management using the 24/ 7 Dad A.M. ™ and 24/7 Dad P.M.™ curricula. These in-home services help fathers hone their parenting skills and refine the roles they have in the lives of their children and family. Peer mentors maintain weekly contact with participating dads and family building activities and service projects provide opportunities for these

fathers to give back to their community. To date, more than 90 men have graduated the program, with many of them taking on mentoring roles for incoming participants. The Children’s Services Council of Broward is an independent taxing authority which was established by a public referendum on Sept. 5, 2000, which, through Public Act, Chapter 2000-461 of the laws of Florida, authorized the Council to levy up to 0.5 mills of property taxes. The role of the Council is to provide the leadership, advocacy and resources necessary to enhance children’s lives and empower them to become responsible, productive adults through collaborative planning and funding of a continuum of quality care.

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Will classroom technology help “The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom” English language learners? exhibition to open at Library of Congress June 19

By Irene Florez From New America Media What are some of the challenges facing ELL [English Language Learners] students when it comes to developing literacy? A lot of ELLs struggle with literacy in general. They lack the vocabulary and the background knowledge. They might have the conversational English but maybe they can’t read academic English. So, if they can’t read informational texts, then they are missing out on learning. Is there a best way to teach ELLs? Are teachers using these? Many teachers are not trained to teach ELLs. There are strategies like providing visual and audio support to provide scaffolding. For example, pictures and text together can help them access the text. Aside from having an ESL teacher for an hour or two a day, many stu-

dents might not be in a school equipped for them throughout the day. How can technology help? Technology has a lot of opportunities for teaching ELLs. For example sound and visuals can help ELLs access text and understand it better. If you are listening and reading at the same time, using multiple modalities, you can learn a language better. And hypertext can be helpful. They can click on a word that they don’t understand and see a definition, or a translation, an image or a video that illustrates the meaning to bridge the vocabulary hurdles. [Also], games and simulations can help. Instead of relying only on text, to explain a concept like photo-synthesis they can learn about the concept in context. (Read full story on

An exhibition at the Library of Congress, opening in June 2014, will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, the centuries of struggle for racial equality of African Americans and other minorities, the events and people that shaped the Civil Rights Movement and the farreaching impact of the act on a changing society. “The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom” will open on Thursday, June 19, 2014, in the Southwest Gallery on the second level of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The exhibition will be free and open to the public Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and will close on June 20, 2015. The exhibition is made possible by a generous grant from Newman’s Own Foundation and with additional support from HISTORY®. “By funding this exhibition, we proudly continue Paul Newman’s commitment to the empowerment of individuals,” said Robert H. Forrester, president of Newman’s Own Foundation. “We hope that the strength of the human spirit as reflected in this exhibit will inform people’s understanding of the present and provide inspiration to help create a better world for tomorrow.” Drawn from the unparalleled collections of the Library of Congress, the exhibition will include 200 items, featuring correspondence and documents from civil rights leaders and organizations, images captured by photojournalists and professional photographers, newspapers, drawings, posters and in-depth profiles of key figures in the long process of attaining civil rights. Audiovisual presentations will feature oral-history interviews with participants in the Civil Rights Movement and television clips that brought the struggle for equality into living rooms across the country and around the world. Visitors also will hear songs from the Civil Rights Movement that motivated change, inspired hope and unified people from all walks of life. In addition, the Library and HISTORY will co-produce two videos that will be shown in the exhibition. One video will introduce visitors to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 — what led to its creation, why it was needed and why it continues as an important force for change in our nation’s political and social structures. The second video will focus on the impact of the act in the years following its enactment. In this video, prominent historians and elected officials will shed light on the historical context for the Civil

Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr. leads March for Civil Rights ... The March On Washington for jobs and freedom took place in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, 1963.

chers that feature primary sources and strategies for incorporating them into classroom instruction. “We are honored to join with the Library of Congress in commemorating the Civil Rights Act, 50 years after its passage,” said Libby O’Connell, chief historian and senior vice president, Corporate Outreach for HISTORY. “The Civil Rights Act was one of the most important milestones of the 20th century. We are very pleased to play a role in this exhibition, which will be made even more valuable through its broad reach to the public and educators on multimedia platforms.”

Rights Act and the changes enacted as a result of this landmark legislation. The Library’s

partnership with HISTORY will also make available resources specifically for classroom tea-

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What’s in a name?

Blacks during those days from Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and northern Florida in search of better employment opportunities. Before moving here Wilbur Porter, Sr., traveled the country working on the railroad serving water to its passengers. His love for animals even led him to work as an elephant groomer with the Barnum & Bailey Circus early in his life. After his arrival to Broward County Porter, Sr. held several positions including working at the Foreman’s Dairy in Davie, Fla. and R.H. Wright & Sons Cement Company in Fort Lauderdale. Porter, Sr. opened Porter’s Rubbish, a trash removal company in 1949 and even found time to raise livestock and open a horse riding school. Porter, Sr. passed away in 1997 at the age of 90 leaving a legacy whose footprint is still being felt today throughout South Florida. Wilbur “Sunny” Porter, Jr., was a chip of the old block who continued in the footsteps of his adventurous father. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and he took the family trash hauling business to the next level and is credited with helping launch billionaire Wayne Huizenga’s Waste Management empire after Porter agreed to sell Huizenga one of his waste removal trucks and sold the rights to service part of THEroute he ope-rat-ed. Before passing in 2009 at the age of 74, Porter, Jr., also worked for the Fort Lauderdale News, Sun Sentinel and the Broward Sheriff’s Office. He had a love for family, friends, his community and anything that had to do with water sports from swimming, underwater diving, and his beloved fishing. Today, Porter is survived by his wife Delores, daughters Bo-

nita and Rene’, and a host of other family members. They all worked tirelessly to preserve their family’s legacy by having the street where their family home exists today renamed. Because of their family’s effort and support of the community, today Northwest Eighth Road in the Washington Park neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale became officially known as Porter Road, in 2013. Daryl Porter is the son of Bonita Porter and the great grandson and grandson of the elder Porters. The former professional football player and NFL veteran enlisted the support of several former NFL veterans who came out in a show of support for the event they included Bennie and Brian Blades, Orande Gadsen and Troy Drayton. “We are here today to honor and support two local pioneers and for their hard work in the community which has allowed us to get this far. It’s a great honor to have two relatives that showed me the way; keeping up their legacy and living out my dreams and just having the last name Porter and experiencing this with my kids and family is awesome.”

(Cont'd from FP) “It is very important for us to know our history. We just came out of Black History Month. It teaches our young persons the importance of doing well. Both Porter, Sr. and Junior led the way in enterprise and that’s a critical piece that we need to be engaged in, in recent times. We need to know how we can unleash the entrepreneurial spirit that exists in us. That’s what made America great.” Bonita Porter is Wilbur “Sunny” Porter’s daughter. She has been the driving force along with a host of family and friends who all worked to make this day possible. “Today we are celebrating the memories of my grandfather and my daddy. We are living out the dream that I had. My daddy used to say to me, “Nobody is going to name no street after you!” But we did make it happen and we’ve got four signs!” I know he’s looking down on me know, and saying look at the job that she’s done.” Father and son Wilbur Porter, Sr. and Wilbur “Sunny” Porter, Jr. were local African American business pioneers who made their mark as Black entrepreneurs who were highly respected for being the first African Americans to own and operate their own trash removal company in Broward County. Their respect however was not just limited between the railroad tracks in what was then known as “Colored Town,” to distinguish the segregated boundaries that separated Blacks from Whites. Their impact on the entire community extended beyond racial barriers. Between both Wilbur, Sr. and Wilbur, Jr., their legacy extends back to the mid- 1930’s when the elder Porter moved to South Florida as did many

AKAS PINK GOES RED PAINT PARTY -- The ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, ZETA RHO OMEGA CHAPTER, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., under the leadership of its President JoeAnn Fletcher, Program Vice President, Afrah Hamin, and the Health Committee Co-Chairmen, Keisha Harden, Dr. Lynette Johnson, Dr. Margaretta Kearson, Rachel Noel, Dr. Sylvia Sloane Jones, spearheaded the Pink Goes RED Painting event. Importantly for the cause, the following chapter members, Marqueta James, Raylene Thomas, Arica Carter, Kimberly Hillery, Odessa Bennett, Candace Cabey, Linda Wilson, Krystal Aaron, Ebony Oneal, Japeth Auguste, Cynthia Johnson, Christian Campbell, Shanira Francis, Kandyss BurneyMcAden, Stephanie Rolle, Shalonda Renois, Dr. Dina Dumercy, and Daphne Ingram joined the action-packed “Create Your Canvas” at 1238 N.E. 38 St., Oakland Park, Fla., 33334, with the artwork painted to be donated to a cardiac unit at an HCA Hospital. The chapter members continue to observe National Go Red Month, and for more information about health projects, please contact Submitted by Dr. Dierdre Satterwhite Wilson, Zeta Rho Omega Chapter Reporter.

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Voting rights advocates try to put oversight back on the map By Kara Brandeisky From ProPublica When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act last June, justices left it to Congress to decide how to fix the law. But while Congress deliberates, ac-

tivists are turning again to the courts: At least 10 lawsuits have the potential to bring states and some local jurisdictions back under federal oversight – essentially doing an end-run around the Supreme Court’s ruling.

Do you have a mentality like Nathanael, before he met... (Cont'd from FP) A certain species of ant have been known to devastate an entire forest when they unite. As strong and unique as they are they are just as weak because they enslave other ants. Ants practice slavery. Many species of ants are known to raid neighboring colonies and steal eggs or larvae in a practice known as “dulosis”. The forcibly acquired young are then either eaten or put to work. Species that practice dulosis are called, quite simply, “slave-making ants,” and they rely on this practice to support their colonies. In fact, some species of ants are thought to be incapable of feeding themselves in the absence of slave labor — to pillage and enslave is all they know. [Slave raiding ants via. In his new book, Adventures among Ants: A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions, explorer, biologist, and photographer Mark W. Moffett] Watching and revisiting some facts about ants, I was reminded of a sermon that Dr. Jeremiah Wright preached a few Sundays ago at Mt. Bethel AME Church in Pompano Beach, Fla. Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright’s sermon topic was God is on a manhunt and he spoke from the book of John first chapter versus 35 to 47 and he talked about how Jesus went out and was gathering his disciples. As he preached how Jesus went about getting His disciples, there was one in particular that made me think of us as a race of people and how we devalue our strengths; when he spoke about Nathanael. I’m not talking about our physical attributes alone; I’m referring to our capacity to construct positively anything man made under the sun. When Nathanael was told that they had seen the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, and to come and follow Him with Andrew and Peter, Nathanael’s response was, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” Philip *said to him, “Come and see.” Now let’s step into today and lets call the ‘Hood’ Nazareth and for conversation let’s use Tyrone instead of Jesus. So many times we have damaged and destroyed any hopes of our prospering because we believe as Nathanael did- that nothing good can come from the hood or in a broader sense, Blackness. With this Nathanael antlike mentality, when we find ourselves in mixed company we refuse to build each other up. Instead, due to the constrictive flow of the impulse to encourage we gravel like beggars at massa table for scraps. This juxtaposition is caused when one has lost their true identity and wishes to assimilate to what is perceived to be ‘better than’. Like the ant, we are unique, strong for our size, endured many devastations that have been designed to eradicate us and yes we have been around since the beginning of time; but if we don’t believe that anything good can come from our Blackness, we will go the way of the dinosaur; vanished. “Lord, before my journey here on earth has ended make me to be like those who You have allowed to make a difference and see that Your good can come from anywhere.” When God calls you, your indifference will become His concern. Adams Tabernacle of Faith A.M.E Church Celebrates its 11th Church Anniversary Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. Service guest speaker The Reverend Dr. Walter T. Richardson at 4 p.m. Service Guest Speaker Bishop Adam J. Richardson, Jr., Presiding Prelate of the 11th Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The Edward Waters Concert Choir and Covenant Seven Day Adventist Chorale, 28051 Johnson St. Suites 115/ 116 Pembroke Pines, FL 33029 (954) 431-2486. Directions: From Broward County (or I-595) Take I-75 South, Exit Pines Blvd. (west) From Dade County, (826 or Turnpike) Take I-75 North, Exit Pines Blvd. (west) Travel west on Pines Blvd to 208th Ave. Turn right (North) onto NW 208th Ave. until you reach Johnson St. (4 way stop sign). Turn left (west) onto Johnson St. (Warehouse District) pass the turnabout and turn right at the first right. End at 20851 JOHNSON ST. Suites 115/116

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act last June. Justices left it to Congress to decide how to fix the law.

A quick refresher: The Voting Rights Act outlaws racial discrimination against voters. But the law’s real strength comes from its “preclearance” provision, which forces jurisdictions with a history of racial discrimination to submit new voting measures to the federal government for approval. In last summer’s Shelby County v. Holder ruling, the Supreme Court threw out the part of the law that spelled out when states were automatically subject to federal oversight. States that have been released from preclearance have already passed a rash of new restrictive voting measures, as ProPublica reported earlier. Enter the lawsuits, which hinge on a different part of the Voting Rights Act, the socalled“bail-in” provision. It lets federal courts impose preclearance if a state or local jurisdiction violates the Consti-

tution’s 14th or 15th amendments, which guarantee equal protection and the right to vote. While the “bail-in” provision has emerged as the new tool of choice for voting rights activists, it is not as sweeping a remedy as the oversight authority the Supreme Court dismantled. Before the ruling, states, counties and other jurisdictions that were subject to preclearance had to get every single voting change approved – whether they wanted to require a photo ID to vote, change voting hours on Election Day or move even a single polling place. Under “bail-in,” the court can tailor oversight to the situation. A state that enacts an unfair redistricting map, for example, may only need to submit its next map for federal approval. (Read full story on

Jazz in the Gardens announces Music Choice as the presenting festival sponsor Jazz in the Gardens is 'powered' by Music Choice Two day festival includes Kelly Rowland, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J and more

ROWLAND MIAMI GARDENS, FL – The City of Miami Gardens’ 9th annual Jazz in the Gardens music festival at Sun Life Stadium is proud to announce Music Choice as the presenting sponsor for the 2014 event. The sponsorship is a continued celebration of Music Choice’s Black History Month celebration and its partnership with the City of Miami Gardens. The event takes place March 14-15, 2014 in Miami Gardens and the all-star lineup includes: Grammy Award winners LL Cool J, Jamie Foxx and Anthony Hamilton; R&B artists Trey Songz, and original Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland; bass guitar legend Stanley Clarke; beloved Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly; R&B funk group Mint Condition; six octave vocal songstress Rachelle Farrell; and 2014 Grammy nominee jazz artist Boney James. Damon Williams, VP Programming at Music Choice stated: “Music Choice is very excited about our partnership with the City of Miami Gardens. They have done an outstanding job building Jazz in the Gardens into one of the premiere events in the country. Music Choice is going all in to highlight the event across our national network in a big way. Anytime you can feature today’s hottest artists like Jamie Foxx, Trey Songz and Kelly

Adams Tabernacle of Faith AMEC Presents The Renowned Edward Waters College Concert Chorale and The Covenant Seven Day Adventist Chorale Saturday, March 8 2014 at 7 p.m., Mt. Hermon AME Church, 401 N.W Seventh Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Children: $10.00 -- Adults: $20.00. For Tickets Call (954) 431-2486 Tickets will be sold at the door.

Rowland along with an icon like Frankie Beverly and Maze it just drives our audience to tune-in to our network to learn more about the festival!” As part of the partnership, Music Choice is creating a Jazz in the Gardens destination on Music Choice On Demand that includes a dedicated Jazz in the Gardens folder and Video Playlist that highlights the performers who will appear at the two day celebration of African American entertainment, culture and community. The playlist entitled Jazz in the Gardens will feature some of the hottest artists who will appear on stage in Miami Gardens including Kelly Rowland, Trey Songz, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J and many more! Video playlists will be available for free nationally on Video On Demand starting March 3. Music Choice will also do several national and local radio promotions, social media en-

gagement and a flyaway sweepstakes with its television affiliates Cablevision and Mediacom to promote the event to its national audience. Tickets are on sale now at, the Sun Life Stadium Box Office, and Two day tickets start at $80, single day tickets start at $50 and advance purchase tickets for the Friday night opening party are $45. Jazz in the Gardens will kick off on Friday, March 14, with the Women’s Impact Conference & Luncheon at Shula’s Hotel & Golf Club. Later that evening, Jazz in the Gardens will host an inaugural Friday night opening party at Calder Casino; the headlining performer will be named at a later date. For more information about Jazz in the Gardens, visit, “like” us at

FOXX jazzinthegardens, follow and #JITG9. For more information on Music Choice log on to or join the conversation on Twitter:@MusicChoice| MusicChoice

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