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What to the Slave is the 4th of July?

A M E S S A GE F ROM OU R PU BL IS H E R

Frederick Douglass July 5, 1852. The following is an excerpt from an oration delivered at the Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society. Douglass delivered a speech that took aim at the pieties of the nation — the cherished memories of its revolution, its principles of liberty, and its moral and religious foundation. The Fourth of July, a day celebrating freedom, was used by Douglass to remind his audience of liberty’s unfinished business. Fellow-citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here today? What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us? and am I, therefore, called upon to bring our humble offering to the national altar, and to confess the benefits and express devout gratitude for the blessings resulting from your independence to us? Would to God, both for your sakes and ours, that an affirmative answer

could be truthfully returned to these questions! Then would my task be light, and my burden easy and delightful. For who is there so cold, that a nation’s sympathy could not warm him? Who so obdurate and dead to the claims of gratitude, that would not thankfully acknowledge such priceless benefits? Who so stolid and selfish, that would not give his voice to swell the hallelujahs of a nation’s jubilee, when the chains of servitude had been torn from his limbs? I am not that man. In a case like that, the dumb might eloquently speak, and the “lame man leap as an hart.”

But, such is not the state of the case. I say it with a sad sense of the disparity between us. I am not included within the pale of this glorious anniversary! Your high

independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice, are not enjoyed (Cont’d on page 7)

Miami Times Dominates Human clinical 2018 NNPA Foundation trials are up next for experimental Merit Awards

HIV vaccine

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L to R: NNPA chairman, Dorothy Leavell; NNPA Foundation chair, Amelia Ashley-Ward; Vice President of Business Development for the Miami Times, Garth Reeves III and Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., the president and CEO of the NNPA. (Freddie Allen/AMG/NNPA)

By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Contributor Karen Carter Richards, the first vice chair of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and publisher of the Houston Forward Times, received the highly-coveted Publisher of the Year Award during the 2018 NNPA Foundation Merit Awards in Norfolk, Va. Richards, who remained in Houston recovering from an illness, was represented by her associate editor, Jeffrey L. Boney. During an earlier interview, Richards expressed her undying appreciation for the Black Press. “The Black Press has always been and will continue

to be relevant. We are the voice, the true voice of our people,” Carter Richards said. “We have recorded our history for 191 years like no other media could ever do. We have recorded many

Black people account for a higher proportion of new HIV diagnoses, those living with HIV, and those who have ever received an AIDS diagnosis, compared to other races and ethnicities. In 2016, African Americans accounted for 44% of HIV diagnoses, though we only make up 12% of the U.S. population. When you read those stats, it makes you wonder, will there ever be a cure or something solid in place to prevent contracting the virus? According to U.S. researchers, an experimental HIV vaccine protected animals from dozens of strains of HIV and a human trial of the vaccine is expected to begin in the second half of 2019. The vaccine targets a vulnerable site on HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and triggered antibody production in mice, guinea pigs, and monkeys, according to researchers with the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The scientists “used their detailed

knowledge of the structure of HIV to find an unusual site of vulnerability on the virus and design a novel and potentially powerful vaccine,” NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci said in an agency news release. “This elegant study is a potentially important step forward in the ongoing quest to develop a safe and effective HIV vaccine,” he added. The scientists are making refinements to the vaccine, such as boosting its potency, to produce a version that’s suitable for testing in people. So, what’s next? Clinical trials are needed to take findings like this even further. In 2018, Blacks are still outnumbered when it comes to participation in research and studies. It’s now much more important than ever to do your research on clinical trials and see how you can become a vessel of help for a bigger picture. Look to your local health physician or clinic to see how you can get involved. For more information on clinical trials visit our Healthy Living tab, on BlackDoctor.org.

Norfolk Mayor Declares ‘Black Press Of America Week’ stories…our celebrations, our injustices and those hidden, treasured stories that came from our communities that we have always found value in.” The Merit Awards recognizes individual newspapers, (Cont’d on page 9)

Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Alexander issued a proclamation declaring “Black Press of America Week” in the waterfront city in Southeastern Virginia, kicking off the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s (NNPA) annual convention at a welcome reception at the Chrysler Museum. Reading from the proclamation, the mayor said: “I, Kenneth Alexander, mayor of the city of Norfolk, do hereby proclaim June 26-June 30, 2018 as

‘Black Press of America Week’ in the city of Norfolk, encouraging all citizens to recognize the National Newspaper Publishers Association for its monumental achievement and historic role in reshaping and diversifying the print media industry.” Alexander said that he was happy that the Black Press was in Norfolk, home to the largest Naval base in the world, for their annual convention. More than 40 (Cont’d on page 9)

What is true independence to freedom for all? “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12 (NASB) By Bobby R. Henry, Sr. As some of her citizens here in the United States begin to prepare for the celebration in recognition of “Independence Day”, I would like to bring to the forefront of conversations concerning some information about the juxtaposition of “freedom” to our remembrance. In so doing I would like to expose a glimpse into the ideologies from three great Americans or perhaps an outward aspect of their revelation as it pertains to freedom and the disproportion of its distribution to people of color and the poor. Those three American heroes to me are Frederick Douglass, born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Dr. William Barber, II. I have no claim to fame of knowing any one of these individuals personally; however, I’ve been touched by their words and thoughts. To begin with I think Mr. Douglas asked a question that has been so pivotal and re-sounding to the question concerning the “other American” and yet we have not gotten an appropriate answer to it. And that question is, “What, to the American slave, is (Cont’d on page 7)

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Making a way for others to succeed By Von Howard When one explores the average cost of postsecondary education, it can potentially cause an upset stomach. Despite these concerns, there has been a group of men who consistently attempted to help relieve the pressures of financing some of Broward County deserving students in fulfilling their dreams and goals of receiving a postsecondary education. The Men of the Zeta Chi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., located in Fort Lauderdale, FL., strongly adhere to the tenets of their organization by providing scholar-

Scholarship recipients with their parents from l-r: Bryce Robinson, Willie Jones III, Nhadya Lawes, Jordan Stewart, and Kye Sims.

NASCAR selects top local talent from B-CU Recently, the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program (NDIP) welcomed its largest class since its inception in 2000. The 2018 NDIP class consists of more than 30 of the top students representing Colleges and Universities across the country. Amongst those selected is Nealyn Lea, a native of Daytona Beach, Florida. Lea is a recent graduate of Bethune-Cookman University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She is a former member of the National Association of Black Accountants and hopes to own a CPA firm in the future. She is utilizing her skill sets in the finance department at NASCAR and will continue her graduate studies in the MBA program at Florida International University in the Fall. Each year, the highly-competitive, 10-week paid internship offers a select group of undergraduate and graduate multicultural students from diverse backgrounds a hands-on experience in the motorsports industry. Many of the internships have led to fulltime employment with NASCAR and partnering organizations.

ships to local high school students. Brother Johnnie Smith, Zeta Chi Scholarship Chairman, stated that “over the course of the last five years, the chapter has awarded $25,000 in scholarships to deserving students”. This year’s scholarship recipients were Nhadya Lawes, Bryce Robinson, Kye Sims, Jordan Stewart, and Willie Jones III; these five deserving students had an average GPA (grade point average) of 3.5. Each student received $2,000.00 from the chapter, which was aided by generous contributions from Brothers Dr. Malcom Black and Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Robert McKinzie, making the total contributions $10,000. Because of their vigorous

work throughout the school year, with the Annual Mardi Gras party in March as well as its End-of-the-Year Que Boogaloo, which celebrates and honors educators in the tri-county area, Zeta Chi Chapter, through its Educational Foundation, has been able to raise funds for their scholarship efforts. The chapter also has a Lamplighters Mentoring Program, Talent Hunt competition, Fatherhood Mentoring Program, and a Reading Initiative among other community up-lifting activities. For further information about the men of the Zeta Chi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. “Uplifting” the community," please feel free to view their website at www.zetachiques.org or follow them at zxques on Instagram.

First Black woman to graduate from MIT with a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engin ee ring Enginee eering By Leticia Osei Black girl magic was in full effect earlier this month when Mareena Robinson Snowden became the first Black woman to earn a Ph.D. from MIT in Nuclear Engineering. Snowden’s dissertation focused on the development of radiation detectors for future nuclear arms control treaties. According to her personal website, she is a native of Miami and earned a B.S. in Physics from the illustrious Florida A&M University. Snowden took to her Instagram to share some of her thoughts on her achievement: “No one can tell me God isn’t. Grateful is the best word I must describe how I feel. Grateful for every part of this experience – highs and lows. Every person

who supported me and those who didn’t. Grateful for a praying family, a husband who took on this challenge as his own sisters who reminded me at every stage how powerful I am, friends who inspired me to fight harder. Grateful for the professors who fought for and against me. Every experience on this journey was necessary, and I’m better for it.” She went on to shout-out a few Black women who are also displaying Black girl magic. “When they ask where the skilled Black female technical minds are, know there are many @joymariejohnson, @_sai_89, @rhondalen ai, @being_niaja, @jtiaphd, @siangoan, April Gillens, @beyoncizzle, Tiera Fletcher, Ciara Sivels, Grey Batie, @tashaleeb, @special_kay868, Staci Brown, Njema Frai-

SNOWDEN zer, @jedidahislerphd, Delonia Wiggins, Jami Valentine Miller and many more – who show up proudly in the fullness of their Black womanhood and fight each day for our place in these fields.”

Twin-boys shine to become valedictorians in their graduating class, headed to MIT AME Church and Black Banks Launch New Partnership for Black Wealth By Victor Ochieng

It is no secret that the Black man in American society must work harder than his counterparts. And at the height of all the racial discrimination, Black males have lived with fear affecting their academic performance directly. However, during all these, there are those who are rising above the current and are proving to society that “yes we can.” One good example is the story of two Black boys- twins who have been named Valedictorians at their high school graduation. The two brothers who were born 11 minutes apart, Malik

mics, athletics, some form of art, whatever passion som-eone has, my best advice would be just to explore it and do your best, and the success will come.” Miles also talked of their efforts and one of the reasons they excelled so well. He said, “We worked hard, every course, studying, paying attention in class, asking questions is one of the most important things, being an active student in our own education, because that’s what the teachers are there for.” The two boys have excelled not only in class but also beyond academics. The two have for a long time been science research fans and were also named first doubles tennis partners. This

AME Church Bishops pose with Black bankers and business leaders after announcing historic partnership. (Photo credit Klarque Garrison/Trice Edney News Wire) By Hazel Trice Edney

Malik and Miles and Miles George, went to Woodbridge High. They both scored excellently on their SATs and were both named valedictorians of their graduating class. Because of their good work, they will both be attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on scholarship. They had a choice between scholarships from five prestigious schools, and they chose MIT as their preferred school. And Thursday at their graduation, they shared the stage, crediting their success to their parents. They also shared their love for science and the fact that they dedicated their time and effort to school work. Speaking to ABC7, Malik said of their parents, “Seeing them always doing their best to care for us has definitely made a good imprint on us,” Malik told the news station. “Whether it’s acade-

just goes to show that if you really give it your all, then you can achieve your goals. The Woodbridge High School principal, Glenn Lottmann, spoke to ABC7, bragging of how wonderful the two boys were. She said, “I don’t know how long this segment is before I talk about what they’ve done right. I don’t think I have enough time… But I could tell you what they’ve done wrong, nothing!” It is very encouraging to see young boys overcome the adversities that face the African American communities, and aim for their goals without fear. Malik also encouraged others not to fear ideas, he said, “Whether its academics, athletics, some form of art, whatever passion someone has, my best advice would be just to explore it and do your best and the success will come.”

(TriceEdneyWire.com) The Black church, among the most prosperous institutions in America, has long led movements for the spiritual, social and civic uplift of Black people. When the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, he had just launched the Poor People’s Movement, which quickly fizzled after his death. With this historic backdrop, the African Methodist Episcopal Church - with a legacy of leadership in its own right - has announced an innovative economic partnership with Blackowned banks across the country. The partnership aims to be a catalyst to spur business development, homeownership and wealth in the Black community. “We are now pleased to announce a partnership with the presidents of the 19 Black banks in the United States, with the goal of increasing Black wealth,” said Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, president of the Council of AME Bishops. “This

initiative will strengthen Black banks across the United States and increase their capacity to lend to small businesses, to secure mortgages, to provide personal lines of credit, and to offer other forms of credit to AME churches and our members. This, of course, includes enabling members and their families to become homeowners.” Bishop Jackson made the announcement during a press conference held during the 2018 Council of Bishops and General Board Meeting in Atlanta on June 26. The specific details of a memorandum of understanding are being formulated and will be announced this summer. But the goals are as follows: · Increase deposits and loans with Black banks; · Increase Black homeownership to over 50 percent nationwide. This means 2,000,000 more Black homeowners than now exist; and · Grow the number of Black businesses from 2.6 million to 4 million and total gross receipts from an average of $72,500.00 to $150,000.00. “The spirit in which you all have shared the commitment

to the community, to the banks and to what we can do together is outstanding,” responded Preston Pinkett, III, chairman and CEO of the City National Bank of New Jersey and chairman of the National Bankers Association. “Thank you for your willingness to step outside of the norm to do something that I would say is extraordinary here in America and extraordinary in the world.” Pinkett says the churchbank partnerships are already beginning around the nation. “It is safe to say that this kind of commitment, this kind of demonstration will go a long way in supporting our banks and the banks to be able to support the community...With God’s blessings, we will accomplish great things.” Amidst an atmosphere of excitement, the bankers, bishops and supporters of the movement packed into a meeting room in a Downtown Atlanta hotel. Jackson was surrounded by all 20 Bishops of the 231-year-old denomination as well as supporters of the movement. They included principals of the growi-

ng economic movement, Black Wealth 2020, which Jackson credited as inspiration for the idea. “This partnership grows out of an initiative formed in Washngton, DC in 2015, called Black Wealth 2020 which is providing an economic blueprint for Black America,” Jackson said. Michael Grant, one of the founders of Black Wealth 2020, presided at the press conference. He connected the new partnership directly with the movement begun by Dr. King. “The great civil rights movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others has now morphed into a full-fledged movement for economic empowerment,” Grant said. “The offspring of African slaves and their unrewarded labor have catapulted a small Colonial outpost into the greatest industrial giant the world has ever known. Now, as a people, we are turning our efforts toward our own enrichment. We must now create those economic opportunities for ourselves.” Opening the press conference, Grant underscored the historicity of the moment. “For those of you who are students of history, you would not be surprised that the Church of Richard Allen would be leading an effort to close the wealth gap across the United States of America.” Allen, among America’s most influential Black leaders, founded the AME church in 1794. It was the first independent Black denomination in the U. S. “And we do this with malice towards none,” stressed Grant. Bishop James L. Davis, of the Second Episcopal District, likened the partnership to a marriage - a marriage between a church and its community. “It is a marriage that says a church that is concerned about its people, concerned about the good and the bad, all of the things our people have had to go through.” The prophetic voices of Black church leaders not only articulate ideas, but strategies. (Read full story at: www.thewestsidegazette.com)


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Florida Juneteenth Fest Events: -Pillow Talk: Strengthening our Cores on Saturday, June 30 at 6:30 p.m, at Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale, North/Cypress Creek, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - Choice Jamaican Movie on Saturday, July 7 at 10 p.m., at Savor Cinema, 503 S.E. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Ticket on Eventbrite. - Riverwalk Sunday Jazz Brunch Free on Tuesday, July 10 at 7 p.m., at 1905 New River Inn, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○

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Commissioner Ken Thurston is offering a Free two part Grant Writing Seminar to give those interested in growing their knowledge in grant writing the opportunity to learn techniques to acquire successful grant writing skills. ·Part One will be Introduction to Grant Writing on Thursday, July 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. · Part Two will be an Advance Grant Writing Class on Thursday, July 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. Attending Part One is not a requirement for attending Part Two. Participants can go to either session or both- the seminars will be held at the Multipurpose Rooms at City Hall, 5581 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park, Fla. Light refreshments will be served and the Seminar will be located in the Multi-Purpose Rooms. For more info call Khya at (954) 777-2040. ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○

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Urban League of Broward County ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, July 14 at 10 a.m., on the corner of NW Eighth and NW 27 Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be followed by a neighborhood block party featuring food, entertainment and tours! RSVP to http://ribboncuttingbroward.eventbite.com

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Choral Music and Dance showcase on Wednesday, July 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library, 2800 N.W. Ninth Ave., Pompano Beach, Fla. A music, dance and spoken word event, open to all ages. For more info call 357-7670.

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Bethel Mt. Zion Holy Union Church of God to host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, July 21 at 3 p.m., at 2921 N.W. Eighth Ct., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. For more info call (954) 624-6190.

Summer Time Get A Child Ready For Next Fall. We Will Polish Their Skills! 10 Sessions = $350 Payments Available (954) 327-0033

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· Softball at Mill Pond Park Senior-Softball seeks guys and gals over age 50 for its games at the Fort Lauderdale complex. The action on the diamond takes place Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Bring a glove. For more details, call Karl at (954) 4838978. ·Race Walking – South Florida Racewalkers seek those of all ages and skill levels in Broward and Palm Beach counties who would like to get involved in the sports. The activity takes place from 6 to 7 p.m., on Tuesdays at Plantation Central Park. The club routinely puts on state, national and international racewalkers. For further details, call Dan Koch at (954) 242-9056. ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○

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2018 Construction Industry Job Fair, on Wednesday, July 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Broward County Lauderdale Lakes Library/Educational and Cultural Center, 3580 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. To register and for admission requirements, visit http://bit.ly/2018-CUFJobseeker. For more info contact Julia Costin at (954) 677-5555, ext. 1035 ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○

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The Heart Gallery of Broward County, a respected notfor-profit committed to finding loving families for the hardest to place foster children, is seeking luggage donations as part of its Luggage of Hope initiative. The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale will accept donations of new duffle bags, cosmetic cases or carry-on luggage between Thursday, June 21 and Saturday, July 21 during regular mall hours. For more info call (954) 918-3008. ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○

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Judah Worship Word Ministries, International church family invites the community to Jubilee on Sunday, July 15 ay 8:15 a.m., at 4441 W. Sunrise Blvd., Plantation, Fla. As we celebrate and show appreciation to our Senior Pastor and God’s anointed vessel, Apostle Willett L. Mitchell, senior pastor and overseer. For more info call (954) 791-2999. ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○

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It’s officially summer and the Town of Lake Park 2018 Summer Camp has begun starting Monday, June 11 thru Friday, August 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., the Recreation Trailer, at Bert Bostrom Park, 311 7th Street, Lake Park, Florida. For more info call (561) 881-3338 or visit www.lakeparkflorida.gov.

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African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderale, Fla. For more info call (954) 357-6210. - ReCharge and ReBuild Conference Your on Friday, July 6 at 10 a.m.; tickets on sale at Eventbrite. - Crafting- Sew Crafty on Thursdays, now thur Aug. 2 from 1 to 3 p.m., for ages 6 to 12. - Music -Teen Music History Club on Mondays now thru Monday, July 30 from 5 to 6 p.m., for ages 10 and up. - Technology - Teen Tech Tuesdays now thru Tuesday, July 31 from 1 to 2:30 p.m., for ages 13 and up. - Play CHESS! "A Knight with the Queen on Fridays July 6, 13, 20, 27 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.; all ages welcome. - Nelson Mandela Celebration It Takes a Village on Monday, July 16 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Youth Services Program Room. - Tween Tech Tuesday on Tuesday, July 12 through Tuesday, July 31 from 3 to 4 p.m., for ages 6 and up. - Keyboarding/Touch Typing on Saturdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for ages 10 and up. - Sound Science Storytime on Tuesday, July 10 and Tuesday, July 24 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for ages 2 and up (with caregiver). - Audio Book Club for Tweens - Fish in a Tree on Saturday, June 30, July 14, and July 21 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. For more info and to sign up call (954) 357-6209. - Silly Sounds Science on Wednesday, July 11 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. - Can You See What I Hear? on Wednesday, July 18 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. ; all ages welcome. -Friday July 20 from 7 to 9 p.m., event is for ages 21+ ticket are $40 and include food, drinks, entertainment and more visit SofloBookFest.Broward.org - Eat. Drink. Read. On Friday, July 20 at 9:30 p.m. A premier literary inspired culinary experience brought to you with the assistance of Chef Kane & the culinary students of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. - Saturday, July 21 - a Free day of authors, presentations, cooking demos and more. Call (954) 357-6282 or visit SoFloBookfest.Broward.org for details, African-American Research Library and Cultural Centert - Saturday, July 21 - Black Girl Baking Cupcake Party. Seating is limited to 50 participants so RSVP today at (954) 357-6210. `- Living Your Best Financial Lfe: 8 steps to Financial Fredom on Saturday, July 21 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Volunteers interested in the Book Festival are encouraged to apply! ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○

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* Thursday, July 12 - Homeowner Association Meeting at Lafayette Hart Park, 2851 N.W. Eight Rd., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,from 7 to 9 p.m., for all ages. Free community business. For more info call the park at (954) 357-8700. The park is accessible from BCT Routes #11 and #40. * Monday, July 16 - Homeowner Association Meeting at Franklin Park, 2501 Franklin Dr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from 6:30 to 8 p.m., for all ages. Free community business. For more info call the park at (954) 3577080. The park is accessible from BCT Routes #11 and #36, and #40. * Monday, July 16 - Homeowner Association Meeting/ Neighborhood Enhancement Council at Boulevard Gardens Community Center, 313 N.W. 28 Terr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from 7 to 9 p.m. Free community business. For more info call the park at (954) 357-6867. The park is accessible from BCT Routes #9 #22, and #40 and #81. * Thursday, July 19 - Community Meeting, at Roosevelt Gardens Park, 2841 N.W. 11 St., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free community business. For more info call (954) 357-8700. This park is accessible from BCT Routes #11 #36 and #40. * Friday, July 20 - Summer Social from 7 to 10 p.m., at Tree Tops Park, 3900 S.W. 10 Ave., Davie, Davie, Fla. Free This free dance, for adults 18 and up with development disabilities with refreshments. Reervations are required. For more info and to make reservation call (954) 357-8170. This park is accessible from Davie Green CB. * Tuesdays - Family Night with Food Trucks from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Plantation Heritage Park, 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation, Fla. For all ages. Free approximately 20 food trucks selling a variety of cuisines, including vegetarian and novelty options. Activities for children vary each event date, a movie night on the second Tuesday of each month, For more info contact the park at (954) 357-5135. This park is accessible from BCT Route #30. * Thursdays - Senior Program, from 10 a.m. to noon at Rev. Samuel Delevoe Park, 2520 N.W. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Free seniors can participate in various activities including field trips, socializing, special events, listening to speakers, and more. Registration is required. For more info call the park at (954) 357-8801. This is park is accessible from BCT Route #40. * Mondays through Fridays - Summer Recreation Program, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Free, with parents or guardian permission. - Roosevelt Gardens Park, for ages 6 to 17. For more info call (954) 357-8700. This park is accessible from BCT Route #11, #36 and #40. - Boulevard Gardens Community Center, for ages 6 to 10. For more info call (954) 3576867. This park is accessible from BCT Route #9, #22, #40 and #81. - Lafayette Hart Park, for ages 6 to 17. For more info call (954) 357-8700. This park is accessible from BCT Route #11 and #40 - Rev. Samuel Delevoe Park, for ages 6 to 17. For more info call (954) 357-8801. This park is accessible from BCT Route #40 - Franklin Park, for ages 6 to 17. For more info call (954) 3577080. This park is accessible from BCT Route #11, #36 and #40. - Sunview Park, for ages 13 to 17. For more info call (954) 357-6520.This park is accessible from BCT Route #18. #30 and #441 Breeze.

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I am elated to report to you that Broward County Public Schools continues to improve. We have decreased D and F schools by 77% over the past 2 years and now only have 1 F School in the entire District. I must say District 5 has gone from 12 F Schools to 0 F Schools. Additionally, across the District 13 Elementary schools increased by two or more letter grades. These schools serve mostly minority students who receive free and reduced lunch. Coral Cove, Dillard*, Lauderhill Paul Turner*, Oakland Park, Park Lakes*, Park Ridge, Pines Lakes, Pinewood, Sawgrass, Silver Lakes, Sunshine, Walker* and Westwood Heights. (*District 5) Our Superintendent, Mr. Robert Runcie, his hard working team and this community are to be commended for the positive outcomes being achieved in our schools. I need you to help me improve compensation for our teachers and school related staff. Please vote YES to Secure the Next Generation on the August 28, 2018 ballot. I have attached additional information. Feel free to contact me at 754-321-2005. #CHANGE (Children Have A Need to Grow Everyday) District 5 Representative-Dr. Rosalind Osgood, Broward County School Board

The Gantt Report The Devil and the Babies By Lucius Gantt I try to respect all religions. I don’t tell people when or what they should believe in or how they should worship. However, in my mind, it is obvious that you can’t serve two different Masters! If you do what your true God says you cannot really take orders from a lying, cheating, stealing and corrupt President of the United States or any other devilish, despicable, disrespectFOUNDED IN 1971

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ful, disgraceful or slimy degenerate political leader of any nation in the world! Donald Trump is currently under investigation for alleged crimes committed during his Presidential campaign, during his Presidential transition, during his time in office and for years and years before he stepped into the Oval Office in the White House! No US President is allowed to use the office and the powers of the President to benefit himself personally, to enrich himself personally or to curtail any criminal investigations that target him for criminal activities he participated in while serving as President of the United States. Any such effort is clearly a conflict of interest. But political devils, like all others with devilish intentions, have no desires whatsoever to do the correct thing, do the right thing or to obey what the Bible calls the Ten Commandments! President Trump has decided to commit any crime he wants to and get away with it by nominating a Supreme Court Justice that will vote the way he demands him or her to vote in all cases that involve him and his white supremacist, racist and separatist political base and their political leanings. Any criminal can stay out of jail if they are allowed to choose their own juries! Honest and law abiding citizens of America must stop the Trump political-judicial plans right in its tracks! Much of the media focus has suggested that any Trump nominee for Supreme Court justice must be rejected because wrong decisions by America’s highest court would do severe damage to laws related to abortion rights and a woman’s right to chose what she does with her body, in a sense. That’s a good cause or reason for women to stand up and speak out about what the 45th President and his Republican political puppets are trying to perpetrate on the people. But people of color have many, many more reasons to oppose any person Trump elects to nominate for a position on the Supreme Court. If a more conservative Supreme Court can overturn Roe v. Wade decisions that will hurt women’s rights, that same conservative Supreme Court can overturn laws related to civil rights, voting rights, LGBTQ rights, worker’s rights and every other right that the Ku Klux Klan, skinheads, neo-nazis

and other racists groups don’t want people of color to have! The bigots are not the only group that will support every devilish decision that Donald Trump will make to America’s judicial system. So called Evangelical Christians seem to love the President that’s also known as the Liar in Chief, the “Cat” grabber, the adulterer, the American ally hater and the lover of dictators, despots and the world’s political degenerates! You tell me, if Jesus loves the little children, how can Evangelicals masquerading as Christians love the President who separates babies, toddlers and children that travel for miles to escape violence, exploitation and oppression from their parents and place those very young people in cages like dogs and refuses to tell kids where their mothers are and refuses to tell mothers and fathers where their children are? Ah yes, if you don’t want to fight devilish Presidential Executive Orders that hurt children, parents, businesses, workers, American Allies, Blacks, Hispanics and people of color around the world for yourself, at least stand up and fight for the children! Three month old children that are taken from loved ones and placed into custody at the US-Mexican border are not rapists, murderers and gang members; in many cases they are crawling or running for their lives, trying to get away from people that want to kill them! The Gantt Report doesn’t endorse political candidates or their opponents or even tell people to vote or not to vote but there are exceptions to TGR rules and the 2018 elections are in the exceptions category. Every registered voter in the United States must go to the polls in November and cast a ballot against anybody and everybody who supports the devilish political proposals of the Beast in Chief, also known as Donald Trump! But babies can’t fight back, stand up or speak out. All they can do is cry out for mama! Save the children. Save the babies. Vote against all candidates that agree with and support Donald Trump’s devilish political policies!

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Red State vs. Blue State? Nicole Nutting and Don Valentine He Said: Nicole, do you recall this quote from President Obama? “We are not Red States, we are not Blue States, we are the United States!” This division has to, and I mean HAS to, close. How do you think we can progress as a country with the mounting incivility that is being accepted? She Said: Don, another Civil War wouldn’t even surprise me! I don’t think we CAN come together as long as President Trump and his curly are stirring the pot. Chaos is their objective. We won’t have unification without a leader like a President Obama who values it. He Said: Pundits casually make salacious comments about Republicans or those “Left wing liberal” Dems. At the end of the day we want almost the same things. If you want to own a gun just pass the license. If you want to make a choice about your reproductive decision it is your body! You should be able to choose who ever you want to love [Jesus would advocate love]. She Said: I have to disagree with you on one point: we DON’T almost want the same things. The Republi-

President Obama cans, those uber-rich privileged White males, are so ego-driven that they can’t stand to lose their “entitled” status. They insist on controlling everyone else’s life in order to maintain their position of “superiority”, and they don’t mind twisting Bible quotes to justify cruelty. I don’t even WANT to be united with that. He Said: The use of Gospel interpretation against immigrants was troubling. As you know, historically it was used to advocate for slavery! We cannot be silent as the injustices escalate. Make noise, light a fire under your congressperson, take it to the streets if necessary. The alternative is living in a dictatorship.

Valuing Life More than Borders By Robert C. Koehler “We are people who believe in the worth of every human being,” Elizabeth Warren said the other day, and I wondered for a moment what life would be like if that were true. The more crucial question, however, is: How can we make it true? Warren had just returned from McAllen, Texas, where she visited an “immigration processing center” — a place where desperate human beings are stirred into the border bureaucracy and separated into categories — immigrants, refugees, criminals — and where children, including babies, are torn from their parents’ arms, possibly forever. This is “the law” at work here, and as we all know, “the law” is often the voice of racism and smug superiority, a tool of dominance and exploitation in the name of public order. This is American history: founded on the belief that some men are created equal and other men are less than human. And women clean house, have babies, do what they’re told. “There are children by themselves. I saw a six-month-old baby. Little girls, little boys,” Warren said. “Family units are together if it’s a very small child, but little girls who are 12-years-old are taken away from their families and held separately. And they’re all on concrete floors in cages. There’s just no other way to describe it. They’re big, chain-link cages on cold concrete floors.” This is not what America stands for, she said. But except for a thin, vital strain of humanity and compassion — the abolitionists, the suffragettes, the civil rights movement — this is what America stands for. It usually does so with such quiet certainty no one even notices, except, of course, those on the wrong side of the “us vs. them” divide: the helpless ones who bear the brunt of our patriotic hatred. It’s so easy to kidnap children, indeed, to commit murder (usually called war) when you first dehumanize the designated enemy. Here, for instance, are the words of Leigh Valentine, speaking on a program called “Faith & Freedom”: “Rape after rape after rape. Children below 10 years old engaging in sexual activity. All kinds of sin and disgrace and darkness; the pit of the pits. So, we’re not getting the top-ofthe-line echelon people coming over this border; we’re getting criminals. I mean, total criminals that are so debased and their minds are just gone. (Read full story at www.thewestsidegazette.com)

Georgia School Turnaround Law a Sham By Kevin Palmer Recently, in an article captioned, Turnaround office to begin work with failing Richmond County schools, the Augusta Chronicle reported, “Georgia Department of Education Chief Turnaround Officer Eric Thomas confirmed that his office has been invited by Richmond County School Superintendent Angela Pringle to begin work with some of the district’s 13 chronically failing schools when the school year begins in August.” Obviously, this was Pringle’s attempt to appear proactive. She was quoted as saying, “When you are working on behalf of children and you want all children to succeed, you put your ego aside and listen to others.” You also put your ego aside when your high paying job is on the line. The truth is, House Bill 338, directs the superintendent to listen and accept the advice of others or else. Nevertheless, House Bill 338 was never meant to improve the overall academic success of the predominately Black children which have been allowed to languish in failing schools. Apparently, the objective was not to turnaround schools to be successful, but to raise the schools a little higher from the bottom. The article quoted Thomas as saying, “Our objective is to have these schools no longer in the lowest 5 percent in the state, and once they are no longer in the lowest 5 percent in the state then we are not necessarily going to stay attached to them.” In other words, show a slight improvement, give control back to the same incompetent leaders, and keep the school to prison pipeline intact.

Maxine Waters Statement By Dr. Philip Wright I would just like to say that Maxine Waters has stepped out of bounds with her recent statement about our governmental appointees. Her statement was on video saying that whenever you see one who works for our United States Government anywhere in public, you should call them out offensively by speaking with an insulting manner to them in public, while disgracing them in her disagreement with their governmental opposing views”. Instead, she should have been thinking and saying to herself, I shall not speak with ill will toward anyone in our government who has opposing views other than mine. They are working to keep our families, themselves and me safe from outside sources who wishes to harm us, or change the United States of America from a free and peaceful democratic society. We Americans do not wish to live in a radical and dangerous place. Americans wish to live in harmony and peace with our freedoms that are not harmful to each other. It seems the enemy wishes to change the way we live, and to change the fabric of our country of America, BUT WE MUST RECOGNIZE IT WITH A PASSION AND CLARITY in Defense of. We are all still trying to maintain the freedoms that our fore—fathers created in the United States Constitution. It is also STATED IN SOME PASSAGES OF the B I B L E that we must remember to treat all others in the same way we wish for them to treat us: with respect, kindness, empathy, compassion, concern with understanding, and most of all with love that is given to all of us by God’s Grace and Mercy. I hope this message reaches whomever reads it with understanding and no ill feelings toward another person.

The Nuclear NonProliferation Treaty at 50 – Awaiting Good Faith By Robert F. Dodge, MD 50 years ago, on July 1, 1968 the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) was signed. This landmark nuclear arms control treaty brought the world’s nuclear powers together with the ultimate goal of eliminating nuclear weapons by engaging in good faith efforts toward that end. Unfortunately, there was no enforcement mechanism. The Treaty also had a “grand bargain” that allowed nations to pursue the “peaceful” use of the atom for nuclear power, medical and scientific research. This bargain resulted in the continued proliferation and development of nuclear weapons programs in North Korea, India, Pakistan and Israel— each of whom went on to develop their own nuclear arsenals, and Iran pursued a nuclear program that was halted by the Iranian nuclear deal, now in jeopardy due to Trump’s unilateral withdrawal. Ignoring the good faith Article VI of the NPT Treaty, which mandates that the nuclear weapons states dismantle theirs, the US/Russian arms race continued, almost doubling, until the ultimate passage of the Start I Treaty in 1991 after a decade of negotiations. The reductions in nuclear arsenals continued thereafter until the past decade where they have slowed dramatically. Now it’s reversed; a new arms race is under way in direct violation of the intent of the Treaty. There continue to exist approximately 14,455 warheads as of early 2018. As part of the Treaty a review process was put in place every five years. The NPT treaty was signed into perpetuity in 1995, having been in force for 25 years. The following year in 1996, climate scientist Alan Robock and atmospheric and oceanic studies professor Brian Toon and their colleagues presented scientific data on the atmospheric and climatic effects of a limited regional nuclear war between India and Pakistan using half of their arsenals representing less than ½ percent of the global nuclear arsenals. It was estimated this limited nuclear war would drop surface temperature 1.3°C across the planet. The effects on the central agricultural growing regions of the major continents would be far greater resulting in a significant shortening of growing seasons. Subsequent studies on global food production by Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) and its international affiliate, The International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) identified that more than two billion people would be (Read full story at www.thewestsidegazette.com)


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DNC Statement on Trump’s Decision to Reverse Affirmative Action Policy DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement after the Trump administration announced plans to encourage the nation’s school superintendents and college presidents to cease considering race as a factor in their admissions decisions: “The Trump administration isn’t just willfully blind to the reality of systemic racism — it’s coldly indifferent to its destructive consequences, and it’s absolutely committed to dismantling any efforts to address our nation’s original sin. “Democrats believe that diversity and inclusion are profoundly American values. We believe that a quality education opens the doors of opportunity, and that everyone deserves a meaningful seat at the table. “The issue of affirmative action has come before the U.S. Supreme Court before, and it

will again. If you believe that everyone should have a fair shot at a good education, organize for Democrats, vote for Democrats, and elect Democrats up and down the ballot in November.” (Read full story at www.thewestsidegazette.com)

NAACP sees Continued Rise in Hate Crimes, Legacy of Trump’s Racism BALTIMORE — The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s premier civil rights organization, issued the following statement regarding a new study showing a rise in hate crimes last year. According to new data “hate crimes hate crime totals for the 10 largest cities rose for four straight years to the highest level in a decade.” The NAACP believes there is a direct relationship between the rise in hate crimes exemplified by the continual #LivingWhileBlack incidents and other reported crimes and President Donald J. Trump’s xenophobic rhetoric and racist policies.

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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"

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Rev. Stanley Melek, M.Div E-MAIL:stanley.melek@flumc.org 2351 N.W. 26th Street Oakland Park, Florida 33311 Church Telephone: (954) 731-0520

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.

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!”

Shaw Temple A.M.E. Zion Church 522 N.W. Ninth Avenue Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311 Church: (954) 462-1413 or (954) 647-8254 Email: AMEZ522@yahoo.com

Rev. Dr. William Calvin Haralson, Pastor SERVICES Sunday School .................................................................................. 10:15 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship ............................................................ 11:00 a.m. Bible Study (Wednesday) ............................................................... 7:30 p.m.

"Reaching beyond the four walls touching lives, touching communities".

Victory Baptist Church Independent Pastor Keith Cunningham

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: Mtcalvarypompano@bellsouth.net 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.

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2241 Davie Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 Church Telephone: (954) 284-9413 Visit: www.victoryweb.org Sunday School ...................................................................................... 9:45 a.m. Worship Service Sunday Morning……………………… ................................. 11:00 a.m. SundayEvenn igServcie………………………………………. ......................................... 6:00 p.m. Wednesday Evening Bible Study & Prayer…………………. ..................... 7:00 p.m. Saturday Morning Soul Winning/Visitation………………… .................... 10:00 a.m. Men’s Fellowship (Every 2nd & last Tuesdays)……………………… ............. 6:00 p.m. Ladies Fellowship (the last Saturday of each month)…………………………. 5:00 p.m. Youth Fellowship (Every Friday)…………………………. ................................... 6:30 p.m. Discover GOD Let Us Help You Find The Way To Jesus Christ

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THOMAS Funeral services for the late Essie Mae Gantt – 85 were held June 21 at St. Christopher Episcopal Church with Rev. Leonel Charles officiating. Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens.

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Rev Henry E. Green, Jr. PASTOR 401 N.W. 7th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311 Phone: (954) 463-6309 - FAX 954 522-4113 Office Hours: Tues. - Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Email: infor@mthermonftl.com

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PHILLIPS Funeral services for the late James Phillips III – 51 were held June 30 at The Church of Lord Jesus Christ with Bishop Omega officiating. Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens.

SCHWARTZ Funeral services for the late Mark Schwartz - 70.

McWhite's Funeral Home ECHOLS Funeral services for the late Cherell D. Echols - 18 were held June 30 at Right Way Ministries Great Works Ministries with Pastor Angela Mathis officiating. Interment: Forest Lawn Central.

1161 NW 29th Terr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 33311 (954) 581-0455 ● Fax: (954) 581-4350 www.mtzionmbc1161.com

Dr. James B. Darling, Jr., Pastor/Teacher WORSHIP SERVICES Worship Service ............................................................................................................ 10:15 a.m. Sunday School ................................................................................................................ 9:00 a.m. Communion Service (1st Sunday) ........................................................................... 10:15 a.m. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting ........................................................................... 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Night Bible Study ................................................................................... 7:00 p.m. Saturday (2nd & 4th) Christian Growth & Orientation ................................... 8:30 a.m. But be doers of the Word - James 1:22 nkjv - “A Safe Haven, and you can get to Heaven from here”

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.

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Imagine a church with no pews, no piano, no sermon, no offering. In fact, no walls or roof. Imagine a church outside on the streets, ministering like Jesus did to the lost, the needy, the hurting, the homeless and the downtrodden. Ed Doyle did. That is the concept behind Church Under a Tree, which meets at 5 p.m. every Sunday under an oak tree at Repentance Park, between the Raising Cane’s River Center and the Old State Capitol. “Imagine Jesus sitting under a tree surrounded by a small circle of seekers sharing the gospel of grace and unconditional love and mercy and redemption,” said Doyle, one of the four leaders of the Church Under a Tree. “Church buildings and church people have a beautiful and valuable place in God’s kingdom. But we are called to serve God in a

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ROBERTSON Funeral services for the late Early L. Robertson – 62 were held June 30 at Fire Baptism in Truth #2 with Elder Willie Morgan officiating. Interment: Forest Lawn Central. WILLIAMS Funeral services for the late Olive Williams – 95 were held June 29 at McWhite’s Funeral Home Chapel. Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens.

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Psalm 33:12 very different way. That’s what Church Under a Tree is called to do: to do church like Jesus did.” Doyle, 59, started Church Under a Tree about two months ago after serving in various ministries at Star Hill Church. He alternates teaching Sundays with his wife, Julie, and also Erika LeSha and Clovis Williams, both of whom attend Star Hill. Williams also is part of Grace and Truth Church in Scotlandville. “We have very different spiritual giftings and very different teaching styles,” Doyle said. “We think it’s a huge honor and privilege to meet those people under a tree.” Doyle said his special call to outreach was based on Luke 15:1, where Jesus shares the parable of a shepherd who left 99 sheep to find one that was lost.

KEMP Funeral services for the late Dennis L. Kemp – 47 were held June 30 at Redeeming Word with Pastor Stephen Henderson officiating. Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens.

MITCHELL Funeral services for the late Missionary Patricia Ann Mitchell - 62 were held June 30 at Revival Faith Center Ministries International, Inc., with Apostle Janice L. Dillard PhD officiating. Interment: Dania Memorial Park Cemetery.

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KELLY Funeral services for the late Baby Morgan Grant Kelly.

MIRAMBEAU Funeral services for the late George Mirambeau – 88 were held June 26 at McWhite’s Funeral Home Chapel with Father Antonio Badadio officiating.

SUNDAY CHURCH SERVICES Worship Service ................................................................................... 10 a.m. Church School ..................................................................................... 9:15 a.m. BIBLE STUDY: Wednesday ................................................................... 10 a.m. Gems & Jewels Ministry Senior Wednesday Wednesday (Bible Study) ............................................... 12 Noon & 7- 8 p.m. Daily Prayer Line ...................................................................................... 6 a.m. (712) 432-1500- Access Code296233#

HARRIOTT Funeral services for the late Carmen T. Harriott – 74 were held June 30 at McWhite’s Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Michael Curry officiating. Interment: Forest Lawn Central.

CRAIG Funeral services for the late Nicole JaunaLatrell Craig 31 held June 29 at James C. Boyd’s Memorial Chapel.

GORDON Funeral services for the late William Felton Gordon – 67 were held June 25 at McWhite’s Fu-

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neral Home with Delton & Breion Gordon officiating.

WILLIAMS Funeral services for the late Tosey Williams - 65 were held June 30 at Roy Mizell & Kurtz Worship Center with Dr. James B. Darling, Jr. officiating. Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Eugene Pitt, singer of The Classic Nickelodeon Theme Song, dies At 80 By Cherie Saunders Eugene Pitt, a founding member of the doo-wop group The Jive Five, has died, reports The Blast. He was 80. Perhaps best known for their 1961 song, “My True Story,” the group found a new (Read full story at www.thewestsidegazette.com)

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Bank of America Sued for Neglecting Black Neighborhoods in several American metropolitan areas adding up to 37 in number. The investigation has been in motion since 2009, citing homes that are in dilapidated conditions and causing

serious hardships for homeowners in those areas. The suit listed concerns including uncovered and festered pools, uncollected trash and debris, rotting dead animals in yards, damage to steps, graffiti, and

more. The complaint also pointing that the areas were posing harm to neighboring homeowners. (Read full story at: www.thewestsidegazette.com)

Rep. Maxine Waters Takes Strong Stand for Fair Housing at HUD- New Legislation Would Restore R evoked Protections and Rules Revoked By Charlene Crowell

By Victor Ochieng Bank of America and Safeguard Properties Management are being sued by the National

Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), for allegedly failing to conduct routine maintenance on foreclosed homes of predominantly African American or La-

(Photo by NFHA) tino neighborhoods. In the federal lawsuit by NFHA, the group claims to have inspected 1600 homes owned by the Bank ber thee, let my tongue cleave

roof of my mouth.” What to the Slave is the 4th of July? to the Fellow-citizens; above your (Cont'd from FP) in common. The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence, bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought life and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth [of] July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony. Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak to-day? If so, there is a parallel to your conduct. And let me warn you that it is dangerous to copy the

example of a nation whose crimes, lowering up to heaven, were thrown down by the breath of the Almighty, burying that nation in irrecoverable ruin! I can to-day take up the plaintive lament of a peeled and woe-smitten people! “By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down. Yea! we wept when we remembered Zion. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. For there, they that carried us away captive, required of us a song; and they who wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. How can we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land? If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remem-

What is true independence to freedom for all? (Cont'd from FP) your 4th of July?” Mr. Douglas’ answer then should now be engrained in the minds and hearts of those who wish to govern over citizens everywhere. Like words engraved in stone, trying to remove them will break and crumble the empire that is built upon them when tried to be removed. Mr. Douglas profoundly stated that day and it is still reverberating on the pages of history begging to be answered. What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer: “a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciations of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade, and solemnity, are, to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy - a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices, more shocking and bloody, than are the people of these United States, at this very hour.” How would you feel if you were made to and was subjected to the ultimate depiction of the bastard/ or the one who lived in the other America? Dr. King described this other America as a place where people live in daily ugliness, his/her enthusiasm of hope transfigured into weariness and hopelessness. In this America Black, Brown and poor people roam the street like walking dead trying to find employment where there is none for them. There are 46.7 million poor people in America. In this America they find themselves “perishing on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity.” Rats and roaches become the play-

mates for the children who live in this America. As a result of their playmates how do these children compete with others who live outside of their America? Even though the composition of this fabric in this other America is extremely diverse, the African American plight is far more devastated than others. Our human misery is almost self-inflicted do to the lack of America’s human touch. We can over eat at the trough of human misery through feelings of denial, dependence, denunciation, and condemnation. As Dr. King stated, “So what we are seeking to do in the Civil Rights Movement is to deal with this problem. To deal with this problem of the two Americas. We are seeking to make America one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. “But we must see that the struggle today is much more difficult. It’s more difficult today because we are struggling now for genuine equality. And it’s much easier to integrate a lunch counter than it is to guarantee a livable income and a good solid job. It’s much easier to guarantee the right to vote than it is to guarantee the right to live in sanitary, decent housing conditions. It is much easier to integrate a public park than it is to make genuine, quality, integrated education a reality. And so today we are struggling for something which says we demand genuine equality.” Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II has engaged and rallied thousands of people to agitate and caused the government to try and resolve the itch of angst do to racial profiling and voter disenfranchisement as well as to address other state government maladjustments towards the less fortunate. These protests so named as Moral Mondays is a fitting name due to the abuse perpetrated on the least and less fortunate by those who could make a difference: the law makers, preachers and the rich and affluent. Rev. Barber has been able to study history and equate this

national, tumultuous joy, I hear the mournful wail of millions! whose chains, heavy and grievous yesterday, are, to-day, rendered more intolerable by the jubilee shouts that reach them. If I do forget, if I do not faithfully remember those bleeding children of sorrow this day, “may my right hand forget her cunning, and may my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth!” To forget them, to pass lightly over their wrongs, and to chime in with the popular theme, would be treason most scandalous and shocking, and would make me a reproach before God and the world. My subject, then fellowcitizens, is AMERICAN SLAVERY. (Read full story at: www.thewestsidegazette.com)

not so knew treatment of poor people to an outline plan developed and instituted to continue to keep a foot on the necks of the oppressed, calling it the Third Reconstruction in America. The first Reconstruction period, for a short time, thrived after Emancipation, while the second Reconstruction period during the civil rights era offered glimmers of hope, yet each time progress forged forward, the opposing factors squashed the progress like a bug under a steamroller. Now, the third Reconstruction is an overwhelmingly moral emergent of people of love and justice coming together demanding the opportunity for democracy—even in the face of corporate-financed extremism. What is woven in the messages of these heroes is the need for inclusion of all kinds of people. “Only such a diverse fusion movement, Rev. Barber argues, can heal our nation’s wounds and produce public policy that is morally defensible, constitutionally consistent, and economically sane. The Third Reconstruction is both a blueprint for movement building and an inspiring call to action from the twenty-first century’s most effective grass-roots organizer.” “Go where you may, search where you will, roam through all the monarchies and despotisms of the old world, travel through South America, search out every abuse, and when you have found the last, lay your facts by the side of the everyday practices of this nation, and you will say with me, that, for revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival.” —-Frederick Douglas We have an opportunity to participate in a process that can change the course of history, if only we should vote with the consciousness of a right mind; and that is for all of mankind to be treated by the Golden Rule, “Do to others what you want them to do to you."

When Dr. Ben Carson was named Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), many housing and civil rights advocates wondered how a worldrenowned neurosurgeon would direct the future of housing in America. By his own admission, he arrived at HUD with no governmental experience or active interest in housing’s history either. Despite those professional shortcomings, Secretary Carson swiftly began a series of actions that triggered broad and sustained criticism from civil rights and housing policy advocates. On Secretary Carson’s watch, HUD proposed billion-dollar budget reductions, increased rental fees for public housing tenants, removed explicit language on fair housing from the agency’s mission statement, and halted efforts that require local communities receiving HUD funds to address fair housing needs. In sum, Secretary Carson has acted like a man on a mission with no time to spare. This past January, Carson also announced a suspension of a key rule known as Affirmatively Furthering Fair

“The Department of Housing and Urban Development is supposed to create strong communities; expand access to affordable housing; and enforce fair housing rights,” said Congresswoman Waters. “Unfortunately, since becoming Secretary, Ben Carson has taken numerous steps to eliminate fair housing protections for the most vulnerable families in this country.” Housing (AFFH). The rule that went into effect in July 2015 required any state, locality, or public housing authority receiving HUD funds to have a plan and timeline that incorporates community concerns to actively address fair housing issues in their locales. Although civil rights and consumer protection advocates have brought legal challenges to reverse the suspension of AFFH and other misdeeds, the wheels of justice continue their characteristically slow and deliberate pace.

But California Congresswoman Maxine Waters recently stepped up to file legislation designed to cure many of the regressive ills pushed by Secretary Carson. On June 26, she introduced a bill entitled, Restoring Fair Housing Protections Eliminated by HUD Act of 2018 (H.R. 6220). “The Department of Housing and Urban Development is supposed to create strong communities; expand access to af(Read full story at: www.thewestsidegazette.com)


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ACLU Veteran Laura Murphy leads Facebook’s Discrimination Audit Former ACLU chief Laura Murphy will lead Facebook’s civil rights audit.

By Freddie Allen (Editor-inChief, NNPA Newswire) Civil rights beacon and ACLU veteran Laura Murphy laughed when she said that one of her co-workers called her, “The Olivia Pope of the Tech World.” Even though she finds the moniker amusing, it’s an accurate characterization that comes from a combination of her work in civil rights, crisis management, consulting and a track record for ultimately getting her clients to do the right thing at the end of the day, Murphy said. In 2016, facing allegations of rampant discrimination on their home-sharing platform,

that sparked outrage among their users and birthed the #AirbnbWhileBlack hashtag, Airbnb executives tasked Murphy with leading “their effort to fight discrimination and bias.” In an effort to address their own problems with bias and discrimination on their platform, Facebook recently called on Murphy to lead their own civil rights audit. The NAACP recently criticized Facebook for the data collection breach that affected 87 million Facebook users and its impact on African American users of the platform. In March, The New York Times reported that the “National Fair Housing Alliance and affiliated groups in New York, San Antonio and Miami” sued Facebook in U.S. District Court in Manhattan alleging that, “Facebook’s advertising platform ‘continues to enable landlords and real estate brokers to bar families with children, women and others from receiving rental and sales ads for housing.” (Read full story at www.thewestsidegazette.com)

NAACP Statement on the Retirement of Justice Kennedy BALTIMORE—NAACP, the nation’s foremost civil rights organization, issued the following statement regarding the announced retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Justice Kennedy played a pivotal role on the Supreme Court for thirty years. He was the deciding vote in many close cases involving civil rights and civil liberties. Without his moderating influence, the balance on the Court could shift dramatically to the right. This court has already undermined basic rights we all believed we enjoy as Americans—the right to strong unions that bargain collectively, one person one vote principles, redistricting, and regarding the right of women to make their own health care decisions. The stakes for nominating a replacement could not be higher

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: www.broward.org/purchasing. July 5, 12, 19, 27, 2018

Justice Anthony Kennedy was the deciding vote in many close cases involving civil rights and civil liberties. (Supreme Court of the United States) at any moment in our history. The court serves as the guardian of our rights and liberties. The country desperately needs a fair-minded and independent jurist. Now is not the time for a divisive and biased appointment who will shake the public’s faith in the justice system. The constitutional process for appointing and confirming the next justice must be careful, deliberative and conducted with bipartisan support. The Senate should not consider a nominee until a new Senate is seated next year. (Read full story at www.thewestsidegazette.com)

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Maryland has a chance at its first Black Governor after Primary By Ryan Vele Vox reports that former NAACP president Ben Jealous is breaking new political ground in Maryland. Following the primary, Jealous won the Democratic nomination against

Prince George’s County official Rushern Baker, giving him the chance to be the first Black governor in the state’s history as well as the third AfricanAmerican to be a governor, period. What’s shocking is that this marks Jealous’s first time

as a political candidate, but he beat out several more experienced names from a former adviser to Hillary Clinton and a Maryland state senator. (Read full story at: www.thewestsidegazette.com)

City Of Margate Receives GFOA’S Distinguished Budget Presentation Award By Alison H. Saffold, MPA,APR MARGATE, FL. — The City of Margate’s Finance Department has received the Government Finance Officers Association’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for FY 2018. “This is a major achievement and the first time that the City has received this prestigious award,” said City Manager Sam May. “The Finance Department has worked very hard to redesign and improve the budget document over the last several years, and I know they will continue to work towards improving the document every year.” (Read full story at: Budget Manager Decia Smith-Burke www.thewestsidegazette.com)

“My path is basically the two communities that I’ve spent my career, the Black community and black and brown communities, and the progressive community,” said Jealous.

Pressed on Every Side…But Not Defeated London Breed overcomes adversity to become San the negative elements usFrancisco’ Francisco’ss first Black female Mayor bove ually associated with politics,

Norfolk Mayor Declares ‘Black Press Of America Week’

L to R: Dorothy Leavell, the chairman of the NNPA; Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., the president and CEO of the NNPA; Kenneth Alexander, the mayor of Norfolk; and Brenda Andrews, the publisher of The News Journal and Guide pause for a photo with the mayor’s “Black Press of America Week” in the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Va. (Freddie Allen/AMG/NNPA) (Cont'd from FP) percent of the population of Norfolk is Black. The theme of the 2018 NNPA annual convention was, “Sustaining, Engaging and Mobilizing Black Communities.” The convention, which concluded on June 30, brought together many of the 220 African American-owned newspapers and media companies around the country that comprise the Black Press of America. Alexander praised NNPA members, particularly “The New Journal and Guide” and its publisher Brenda Andrews, who hosted this year’s convention. “The work you do telling stories—rich and deep stories— that would not ordinarily be told, if not for the Black Press,” said Alexander, a Democrat, who became Norfolk’s first Black mayor and the 99th in the city’s history when he was elected in 2016. “We thank you, because of the stories that you have been telling over the years… whether it’s [the story of] Plessy v. Ferguson; whether it’s Brown v. Board of Education; the ending of the poll tax; if it’s [story of] the election of the first African American mayor of Norfolk—Brenda, you told that story—we certainly thank you for doing that.” The New Journal and Guide, which was founded in 1900 and has served the Hampton Roads area ever since. “It’s such a thrill to be the host publisher for the NNPA’s annual convention,” Andrews said. Not to be outdone, Virginia Democratic Delegate Cliff Hayes also presented NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., and NNPA National Chairman Dorothy R. Leavell with a proclamation from the 100-member state House of Delegates. That proclamation praised the Black Press for its “high quality journalism” and “engagement in African American communities across the nation.” Dorothy Leavell, the chairman of the NNPA, said that she had fond memories of Norfolk, in 1997; as then-President of the NNPA she remembered that she was treated well.

“This city has grown tremendously since 1997,” Leavell said. “I can assure you that the warmth and the sincerity that we have been afforded to us have been outstanding.” Hayes said that it can be challenging to get stories told the way they need to be told in the Black community; that’s

why it was so important to honor the NNPA during this year’s convention. “The House of Delegates saw fit to make sure we honor the NNPA,” Hayes said, noting the 191-year history of the Black Press that started in 1827 with the publication of “Freedom’s Journal,” the first African American-owned and operated newspaper published in the United States. “Somebody asked me if we were the Black Press ‘of’ America or the Black Press ‘in’ America,” Andrews said. “I told that individual that, ‘We are the Black Press ‘of’ America; we are located ‘in’ America.’” Andrews said that sometimes running a small newspaper with a historic purpose and mission in Norfolk can get a little lonely. Andrews continued: “But, when I get in the company of my brothers and sisters who own newspapers across the United States, it reminds me of the importance and the purpose for which we were created and have kept to the mission for 191 years.”

Miami Times Dominates 2018 (Cont'd from FP) publishers and other staff members that have excelled in various newspaper categories such as Best Editorial, Best Column Writing, Community Service, Best Layout & Design, Best Church Page, Best Sports Section and other areas. The NNPA Foundation also presented 21 scholarships that were funded by sponsors that included Ford, General Motors and Coca-Cola. The Miami Times took home 12 Merit Awards. The Birmingham Times won first place in the John H. Sengstacke Award category for General Ex-cellence. The Miami Times also earned an award in the General Excellence category that focused on the number of points earned throughout the ceremony. (Read full story at:www.thewestsidegazette.com)

NNPA Newswire Political Analyst Jeffrey Boney says that London Breed’s historic win in San Francisco’s recent mayoral election speaks to the power of establishing a broad coalition of voters, including targeting a large percentage of Black voters as a base. (Freddie Allen/AMG/NNPA) By Jeffrey L. Boney (NNPA Newswire Political Analyst) Politics can be a dirty game. It can oftentimes bring out

the worst in people. It isn’t for the faint of heart. On the flip side, however, politics gives us an opportunity to witness individuals rise a-

as well as the other challenges they have endured to help them make their mark in history. Such a feat was witnessed on June 13, as San Francisco Board of Supervisors President London Breed, 43, overcame tremendous adversity and challenges to become the first African American woman to become mayor of San Francisco. The historic win by Breed also makes her only the second woman in San Francisco’s history to become mayor and the only female mayor in any of the top 15 most populous cities in the United States. This is a significant victory for African American female candidates. It also speaks to the power of establishing a broad coalition of voters, including targeting a large percentage of Black voters as a base. (Read full story at: www.thewestsidegazette.com)


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