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Libraries Director Kelvin Watson elected as a PLA Director-at-Large Will begin serving three-year term in late June 2018

The Every Student Succeeds Act, President Obama’s education law, calls for transparency in school funding. (

BROWARD COUNTY, FL Broward County Libraries Division Director Kelvin Watson has been elected as one of two new directors-at-large of the Public Libraries Association (PLA). His three-year term will begin immediately after the American Library Association’s 2018 Annual Conference, which takes place in New Orleans from June 2126, 2018. “It is an honor to have been selected by my peers to serve as one of the PLA’s directorsat-large,” says Watson. “I’m looking forward to working within the PLA to further explore ways to expand the


demands full transparency on K-12 educational funding By Lauren Poteat (NNPA Newswire Contributor) Public school systems throughout the nation will now be required to be a lot more transparent when it comes to school funding. According to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2015, all public schools nationwide, will be required to give fully-detailed reports on how and where they spend institutional funding. The ESSA reporting requirement for school funding begins in December 2019, and supporters of the rule, including the NAACP, believe it will help to encourage greater educational equity, particularly among schools serving large numbers of Black and Hispanic students in low-income neighborhoods. “We need more equitable and adequate funding for all schools serving students of color,” said Victor Goode, the education director for the NAACP. “Why? Because education funding has been inadequate and unequal for students of color for hundreds of years. Second, privatization forces are working to eliminate our public schools and, with it, transparency, public accountability and access to all.” Goode said that ESSA requires a breakdown of how student need is met with a focus on equity over equal distribution for funding. Goode continued: “That explains the (Cont’d on page 5)

NNPA NATIONAL BLACK VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE BEGINS IN N.C. By Cash Michaels (NNPA Newswire Contributor) DURHAM, N.C. — Ten member newspapers of the North Carolina Black Publishers Association (NCBPA) and Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr., the president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers


reach of libraries in the communities they serve and to broaden access to the vast educational, technological, and recreational resources and services public libraries provide.” Watson was named Director of Broward County Libraries Division in February 2017. Since then he has led ambitious and innovative initiatives that have made the Library a force in bridging the community’s digital divide and strengthened the Library’s connection to the communities it serves. His initiatives include the Veterans Connect Program, (Cont’d on page 5)

NAACP joins in Connecting Civil Rights legacies of the past and present with ‘I AM’ Campaign, while saluting Memphis Sanitation Workers on MLK 50th Anniversary Series of events successfully hosted, paying fitting tribute to Dr. King sacrifice, while empowering next generation of activists BALTIMORE — They came by the thousands— upwards of 10,000, to be exact. NAACP leadership, current and former faith, labor and Civil Rights leaders, branch and youth members, activists, supporters, and citizens alike. They came to Memphis, Tennessee by bus, plane, train, automobile, and other means, committed to fittingly honor the sacrifice of the late Rev. Dr. Association (NNPA) have agreed to mount a statewide campaign to maximize the African American vote for the 2018 midterm elections. The NNPA is a trade group that represents over 200 Black-owned media companies that reach more than 20 million readers, combined, in print and online, every week. The campaign will focus on an aggressive voter registration drive, community-level education on important issues, and a mobilization effort—all designed to reach young, Black eligible voters.

Nearly a thousand NAACP members, staff, and volunteers march from the I AM rally to the Mason Temple chanting the statement “Our Vote, Our Voice,” to signify the need of African Americans to continue Dr. King’s work by using their votes to bring about change.

Martin Luther King, Jr., and salute the dignity of the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers, each of which ascended to history in that city five North Carolina, Texas and Florida are important states that could change the makeup of the United States Congress, if the Black vote flexes its muscle. The Black Press is considered essential in those states to mobilize that electoral strength. Primaries in North Carolina are scheduled for May 8. The Black Press in North Carolina and in other states will play a powerful role in educating Black voters about political candidates across the country and mobilizing those Black voters to go to the polls. (Cont’d on page 9)

decades ago. Last week marked the solemn 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s (Cont’d on page 11)

Where do we go from here? We must get on the BUS! But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? John 3:17 (NASB) By Bobby R. Henry, Sr. “Feeble reactions are destructive and are problematic emotional states that destabilize effective functioning. When we are at that point, devastation is at the door knocking, waiting to come in. In a society that is ruled by and on the principle of THE almighty dollar, SEPARATELY we are seen as broke, busted and definitely can’t be trusted; open to being used and abused, calculated and tossed aside as refuse. Dr. King recognized that and offered a plan to address those putrid probabilities. He offered that we come together obviously, but how it would be done was deeper. We would have to accept crossing of color lines, political parties, ecclesiastical differences, economic status and anything else that could be used to create a crack in the armor of hope.”---Bobby R. Henry, Sr. It’s ironic that the same apparatus used as a tool in the breaking of a great link in the chain of racism in America is an acronym that I believe can be used to bring America together. And (Cont’d on page 5)


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Young B lack P tudents join mo Black Prr ofessionals, HBCU SStudents movvement for homeo wnership anci al education homeownership wnership,, fin financi ancial By Hazel Trice Edney

The housing crisis that caused more than nine million people to suffer foreclosure and even homelessness due to the economic slump across the U. S. 10 years ago, has now fully recovered for everyone - except people of color - especially African Americans. “Black people are moving into homeownership at a much slower rate than anything we have seen in the past,” says Laurie Goodman, co-author of an Urban Institute report titled, “Are Gains in Black Home Ownership History?” The report, released last year, continues: “Gains in black homeownership have been hard won, which amplifies our concern that in the last 15 years, Black homeownership rates have declined to levels not seen since the 1960s, when private race-based discrimination was legal.” This is the reason that homeownership advocates and advisers believe new and innovative ways must be attempted to bring about equality in homeownership in 2018 and beyond. In part, that means a targeted effort to bring young Black professionals, namely new college graduates, into the financial education arena and the home buying job market - ideas whose times have come, according to HomeFree-USA, a non-profit organization that specializes in mortgage and homeownership advice. “Most people, when they think about working in a financial institution, they think about the branch or being a teller. But, there’s a whole machine, one in which you can really build a good career. So, they are interested,” says Gwendolyn Garnett, program director for the new Center for Financial Advancement (CFA) that HomeFree-USA launched on the campus of Fisk University in Nashville last September. “Awareness and education afford them opportunities whether they are jobs or internships. So, they can

Center for Financial Advancement events have drawn high levels of interest from students and young Black professionals. (Photo: Courtesy) learn more about the industry and choose to become a part of it,” says Garnett, former Neighborhood Lending executive for the Consumer Real Estate division of Bank of America. People may simply not know the benefits and tremendous value of preparing for mortgage approval, says Marcia Griffin, president//CEO of HomeFreeUSA. “It is critical for us. Yet, more African Americans are becoming renters than they are home owners. Homeownership is our primary wealth building tool. But it’s also a personal tool. It’s a life tool that enables us to pro-

vide something to leave for our children, to have a life in which you are paying yourself instead of paying the landlord,” Griffin says. “I often use this as an example: If you’re paying a thousand dollars a month rent and you rent for 10 years, conservatively you’re talking about a $120,000.00 that you’ve paid to somebody else. No benefit at all.” She also pointed out that rents often go up whereas a fixed rate mortgage stays the same. “This is just a wealth building tool that must be promoted,” Griffin said. (Read full story at:

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NNPA Chairman Celebrates 50 years as Crusader Publisher

Balm and Dorothy Leavell are welcomed to dinner with the ship’s captain during a cruise to the Bahamas. The NNPA had concluded its annual workshop in Miami and members continued on to the Bahamas where Lynden Pindling joined publishers aboard ship. Pindling had just been elected as the country’s first Black Prime Minister in 1967. (Chicago Crusader) By Erick Johnson (Chicago Crusader/NNPA Member) The year 1968 was one of the worst years in the short history of the United States. Major cities were on fire, following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4 in Memphis, Tenn. Robert F. Kennedy was killed two months later in California as he came closer to winning the Democratic nomination for president. That August thousands of protesters were roughed up outside the Conrad Hilton Hotel in Chicago, where the Democratic National Convention was held. Two months later, Balm L. Leavell, Jr., the man who cofounded the Chicago Crusader in the Ida B. Wells housing project, died after a short illness at Michael Reese Hospital. Dorothy R. Leavell, once his feisty partner and loyal wife, was now a Black single mother with two children and two newspapers to run. Fifty years later, after rising above a male-dominated industry and surviving decades of challenges in a declining print industry, 2018 marks Leavell’s 50th year as publisher of the Chicago and Gary Crusader newspapers—two historic, family-owned Black publications. The force behind this small empire is Leavell, a tireless, hands-on publisher who has stared down politicians, businessmen and anyone who dares to take her on. When it comes to addressing issues in the community, she has as many enemies as she has friends, but this year, Leavell is in the spotlight at the 24th Annual Black Women’s Expo at McCormick Place. The Chicago Crusader booth at the Black Women’s Expo paid special tribute to Leavell’s 50th anniversary. Leavell currently serves as chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), also known as “The Black Press of America,” which includes more than 200 Black newspapers across the U.S. For five decades, Leavell has managed her newspapers under 10 U.S. presidents, eight Illinois governors and a total of 13 mayors in Chicago and Gary. Through her leadership, the Crusader newspapers have won 13 National Merit Awards for journalism excellence among Black newspapers. Her list of individual awards stands at 20 and counting. She has traveled the globe and rubbed elbows with presidents, tycoons, prominent leaders and celebrities in the media, arts and entertainment. Through it all, Leavell has remained grounded in her purpose as an enduring advocate and activist in the Black community. At a time when many historic small Black newspapers are closing their doors, Leavell’s newspapers are pressing on in difficult times. The Gary Crusader, which was founded in 1961, is the only Black newspaper that remains in that predominately Black city. The Chicago Crusader has broadened its coverage of Chicago’s rich, but forgotten Black history, while publishing investigative, original stories that are attracting a new group of readers. It’s a strategy that’s helping the Crusader stay re-

levant and fresh in an industry that is declining in the digital age of the Internet. Currently, Leavell is working to boost her newspapers’ presence on social media in order to connect to a younger generation of readers. But unlike many contemporary publishers, she continues to invest her time and energy in producing the print edition of her newspapers. She believes that the print editions of her newspapers are still important and powerful in maintaining the soul and identity of the publications. “Black newspapers are the largest Black communication medium,” Leavell said. “There are about 200 Black newspapers and about a dozen Black-owned radio stations. Without Black newspapers, we will not have the first line of defense in telling our story.” Dorothy Leavell was born in the mid-1940s on October 23, in the small town of Pine Bluff, Ark. When she was 15, Leavell visited an aunt in Chicago, and her aunt’s friend who had a tenant working for the Chicago Crusader suggested Leavell get a summer job at the newspaper. In 1959, they went to see Lorraine Hansberry’s play, “A Raisin in the Sun.” There, they ran into Balm Leavell, who, along with Joseph H. Jefferson, founded the Chicago Crusader newspaper in 1940. Leavell offered Dorothy and her friend a ride home; she did not know that he was the publisher of the newspaper. During the ride home, Dorothy blabbed all about what she was going to do at the newspaper. When they got out and her friend told Dorothy who their driver was, Dorothy said she “almost died.” Bold and undaunted, Dorothy went in for the summer job interview anyway. Two people had called in sick that day and Balm needed help. He hired Dorothy for $35 a week as a bookkeeper. Chicago was a new world to the small-town girl from Arkansas. “Chicago was exciting,” Dorothy said. “I was extremely attracted to the fact that the city was so well-lit. Where I lived, you couldn’t see your hand at night. The excitement in this city just attracted me to stay. I just knew this is where I wanted to live for the rest of my life.” Dorothy would work during the summer for the Crusader for the next several years before she graduated as valedictorian from Pine Bluff’s Merrill High School in 1962. She then moved to Chicago to work for the Crusader full-time. In 1963, she and Balm were married by Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. In 1964, their first child, Antonio, was born. In 1966, they had a daughter, Genice. Dorothy took just two weeks of maternity leave, before she was back at the newspaper. In 1968, Balm became ill with pancreatic cancer. He was in and out of the hospital, but just two days after celebrating Dorothy’s 24th birthday, Balm Leavell died at Michael Reese Hospital. Balm’s funeral was attended by Mayor Richard J. Daley and dozens of dignitaries, who packed the First Church of Deliverance in Bronzeville. Balm was buried in Lincoln Cemetery, which was then the

preferred burial site for Chicago’s well-to-do Blacks. Balm’s children from another marriage did not want the young widow to have control of the Chicago and Gary Crusader, but Crusader co-publisher, Joseph H. Jefferson, had the majority interest in the company and threw his weight behind Dorothy in selecting her to succeed her husband as publisher. Dorothy Leavell became the only Black woman publisher in Illinois and Indiana. At the time, Chicago Defender publisher, John H. Sengstacke, and Ebony and Jet magazines publisher, John H. Johnson, were fierce competitors. Like the late Katherine Graham of The Washington Post, Dorothy would often attend board and corporate meetings with male executives. Some of them were Black, but many were White advertising and marketing executives. “It has not been easy being a woman publisher. People lacked confidence in women. Most male publishers didn’t respect me, but you need the business people for advertising or the paper can’t survive,” Leavell said. “I had to establish that I was serious.” Leavell said she lost some advertisements after turning down invitations for dates. But as a widow with children that were two and three years old and with two Black newspapers to run, she had a big job ahead of her as a Black woman publisher. At 24, she was the youngest employee at both the Chicago Crusader and the Gary Crusader. The Crusader newspaper group is the only employer Dorothy Leavell has known for last 50 years—and still counting. After her husband died, Dorothy implemented some changes at both newspapers. She toned down what she believed were some of the sensational headlines Balm used. She also boosted local news

coverage in Gary and closely covered stories about Chicago. At one time, Gary had three Black newspapers, but the Gary Info and the Gary Defender—part of the Chicago Defender media chain— eventually closed. The Post Tribune moved out of Gary after Whites fled the city, when Richard Gordon Hatcher became mayor. Despite declining advertising revenue, the Gary Crusader is the last Black newspaper in the city. In 1976, Dorothy relocated the Gary newspaper to its current space at 1549 Broadway, which was once a fish market. When it comes to the future of the Crusader newspaper group, Leavell said that she’s working hard to find someone who is interested in and passionate about carrying on the rich legacy of the historic, Black newspaper brand.

NNPA Chairman Dorothy R. Leavell cuts the cake at the Black Women’s Expo in Chicago in celebration of her 50th anniversary as publisher of the Chicago and Gary Crusader newspapers. (Chicago Crusader) “I’m working hard to find someone who has the interest and passion to carry on the Crusader,” Leavell said. “I didn’t have the passion for this

The 2018 DBCF Conference moving forward in solidarity The Democratic Black Caucus of Florida (DBCF) is an organization which represents a collective voice of over 1.3 million Democrats in the Great State of Florida. Next weekend from April 20-22, 2018 the DBCF will hold its 36th State Conference in Orlando at the Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive, Orlando, Fla. We are very excited about this being an election year, and with collaboration and hard work, we can impact the ballot and public policy by building a Florida that respects the rights of all residents, access to quality health-care, protect voting rights, address poverty, and help to create jobs. Under the new leadership of President Lydia Hudson, and a committed Executive Commit-

tee, the theme of the conference is “Elevating Black Voices for Equity, and a Better Florida.” This year the goal is to be a physical advocate for the issues that affect African Americans, and hold accountable those who are detrimental to our children, women, and community. Friday, April 20, will be a day of registration, education, workshops, mobilization, and sharing some time for fun, and meet/greet in the evening Saturday, April 21 is an exciting work day, which starts in the morning with a millennial roundtable discussion facilitated by New York assemblymen, and Vice Chair of the De-

Lesser Known Black History Figure

“The y Came Bef or e Columbus” They Befor ore Iv an V an Ser tima Ivan Van Sertima * Guyaneseborn literary critic, linguist, and anthropologist. * Associate professor of Africana Studies at Rutgers University in New Jersey. * In 1976, published the book, “They Came Before Columbus”, that features his arguments for an African origin of Mesoamerican culture in the Western Hemisphere. * Achieved widespread attention within the African-American community for his claims of prehistoric African contact and diffusion of culture in Central and South America. * In 1983, authored “The Lost Sciences of Africa: An Overview,” that discusses early African advances

business at first, but after years of service, I realized how important the Black Press is today, just as it was 191 years ago.”

in metallurgy, astronomy, mathematics, architecture, engineering, agriculture, navigation, medicine, and writing.

THE SCHOOL BOARD OF BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA NOTICE OF MEETINGS 05/01/18 KCW Bldg., 600 SE 3rd Ave., Ft. Laud. Board Rm Agenda Planning Session for 5/8 SBOM 10:00 a.m. School Board Workshop 12:30 p.m. 05/08/18 KCW Bldg., 600 SE 3rd Ave., Ft. Laud. Board Rm 10:00 a.m. Special School Board Meeting (Expulsions) School Board Operational Meeting 10:05 a.m. 05/15/18 KCW Bldg., 600 SE 3rd Ave., Ft. Laud. Board Rm 10:00 a.m. School Board Workshop 05/22/18 KCW Bldg., 600 SE 3rd Ave., Ft. Laud. Board Rm Special School Board Meeting (Expulsions) 10:00 a.m. Regular School Board Meeting 10:05 a.m. 05/29/18 KCW Bldg., 600 SE 3rd Ave., Ft. Laud. Board Rm Agenda Planning Session for 6/12 SBOM 10:00 a.m. School Board Workshop 12:30 p.m. School Board Meetings ± Public speakers listed on the May 8, 2018 School Board Operational Meeting agenda will be heard at 5 p.m. or immediately following the meeting, whichever is earliest. Public speakers listed on the May 22, 2018 Regular School Board Meeting will be heard at 12 p.m. or as close to that time as possible. Workshops ± Public speakers will be permitted three minutes each to address a topic at the conclusion of Board Members' discussion on the topic. The times for items on the agenda are only estimates. The actual start times for these topics may vary up to an hour or more depending on the nature of the items and the length of the Board discussions and public comments. The School Board of Broward County, Florida, prohibits any policy or procedure which results in discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, marital status, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation. Individuals who wish to file a discrimination and/or harassment complaint may call the Director, Equal Educational Opportunities/ADA Compliance Department at 754-321-2150 or Teletype Machine (TTY) 754-321-2158. Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, (ADAAA) may call Equal Educational Opportunities/ADA Compliance Department at 754-321-2150 or Teletype Machine (TTY) 754-321-2158. Any person who decides to appeal any decision made at a meeting(s) announced in this notice with respect to any matter considered at such meeting(s) will need a record of the proceedings and for such purpose may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Telephone conferencing or other telecommunications media technology may be used in the conduct of this meeting to permit absent members of the Board or committee to participate and to be heard by those persons in attendance at the noticed location of the meeting.

BLAKE mocratic National Committee (DNC) Michael Blake. In the afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m., a Florida Gubernatorial Forum with the Democratic Candidates of 2018 will be held. The DBCF will endorse after the interviews. Finally in the evening, “The Soul of the Party Gala” will be held in the Ballroom, where the Honorable Aramis Ayala, Orange County State’s Attorney will be the keynote speaker. “We are very excited about

HUDSON the upcoming year and with your help we can effect positive change for our residents across this State of Florida. So I humbly ask you to join us at our 36th DBCF conference, and become a member of one of the most loyal constituency of voters. What we affectingly call, “The Soul of the Party,” says Lydia Hudson – new president of the Democratic Black Caucus of Florida. There are 22 chapters in existence across the State of Florida, and the statewide membership exceeds 800 members respectfully. Henry Crespo, Sr. past president of the previous four years, is credited with bringing new energy and focus to the caucus. The new president, Lydia Hudson, will build on Mr. Crespo’s success and make a seamless transition to her platform, which focuses on education, more millennium participation, and increasing the number of chapters. For more information about the conference, go online or please contact Jarrod Pouncey or Jill Lewis-Diggs, at (813) 703-2913 or email

THE SCHOOL BOARD OF BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA NOTICE OF MEETINGS MEETINGS SUBJECT TO CHANGE OR CANCELLATION Date Meeting Place 05/10/18 Audit Committee Meeting KCW Bldg., Board Room (Purpose: to assist the School Board 12:30p 600 SE 3rd Ave., Fort Laud. and the Superintendent in matters pertaining to the fiscal management of the School System).

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Diversity Committee General Meeting Diversity Committee ± Chair, Vice-Chair & Staff Meeting Diversity Committee ± Various Subcommittee Meetings Diversity Committee ± Various Subcommittee Meetings Diversity Committee ± Various Subcommittee Meetings Diversity Committee ± Various Subcommittee Meetings ESOL Parent Leadership Council Meeting Facilities Task Force General Meeting Head Start/Early Intervention Policy Council Meeting Human Relations Committee General Meeting Parent/Community Involvement Task Force Regular Meeting QSEC Review of Contractors Pre-Qualification/ReCert. QSEC Review of Contractors Pre-Qualification/ReCert. Superintendent's Ins. & Wellness Advisory Committee (SIWAC)

KCW Bldg., Board Room rd 600 SE 3 Ave., Fort Laud. Lauderdale Manors Learning Ctr th 1400 NW 14 Court, Fort Laud. KCW Bldg., Board Room rd 600 SE 3 Ave., Fort Laud. Lauderdale Manors Learning Ctr th 1400 NW 14 Court, Fort Laud. Lauderdale Manors Learning Ctr th 1400 NW 14 Court, Fort Laud. Lauderdale Manors Learning Ctr th 1400 NW 14 Court, Fort Laud. Indian Ridge Middle 1355 Nob Hill Rd., Davie Plantation High School ± Media Ctr th 6901 NW 16 St., Plantation

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The School Board of Broward County, Florida, prohibits any policy or procedure which results in discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, marital status, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation. Individuals who wish to file a discrimination and/or harassment complaint may call the Director, Equal Educational Opportunities/ADA Compliance Department at 754-321-2150 or Teletype Machine (TTY) 754-321-2158. Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, (ADAAA) may call Equal Educational Opportunities/ADA Compliance Department at 754-321-2150 or Teletype Machine (TTY) 754321-2158. Any person who decides to appeal any decision made at a meeting(s) announced in this notice with respect to any matter considered at such meeting(s) will need a record of the proceedings and for such purpose may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Notice is hereby given that two or more Board Members of The School Board of Broward County, Florida, may be participating.

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Broward County’s 17th Circuit Faith Based Community Network with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Meet & Greet Continental Breakfast on Saturday, April 28 from 9 to 11 a.m. at The Pure Church of Righteousness, 801 N.W. 14 Terr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Pastor Everett L. Hamilton, host pastor. For additional info call Ingrid Caton at (954) 5856001.

- Broward County Park and Recreation Division’s Special Populations Section, in partnership with the Supportabilities Foundation, will offer an eightweek program: Self-Defense and Fitness on Thursday, April ending on Thursday, May 31, 2018 from 3 to 4 p.m., at Fountain Room at Plantation Heritage Park, 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation, Fla. For additional info call (954) 357-5133. - Youths ages 8 to 13 with developmental disabilities are invited to participate in two free dance programs this spring through the Parks Special Populations Section Take the Stage! Hip-Hop Intensive from Saturdays from April 14 through May 26, 2018 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., at Central Park MultiPurpose Center, 9151 N.W. Second St., Plantation, Fla., with the second program following immediately after from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., (no class on April 28.) Space is limited and preregistration is required. Call (954) 357-8170. ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○

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League of Women Voters of Broward County, Fl to host Broward League Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 28 at Plantation Preserve Golf Course and Club, 7050 W. Broward Blvd., Davie, Fla. Chris Smith, keynote speaker. For cost and additional info call (954) 735-1311 or question to info ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○


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Broward Center for the Performing Arts of Broward County for the Celebration Showcase for students who participated in a VSA Florida artist residency. The performance will be on Monday, April 30 and Tuesday, May 1 both at 10 a.m., at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Fla, free and open to the community. For more info contact Dee Miller at (813) 974-0745. ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○

The Broward County Chapter of the National Alumni Association of BethuneCookman University cordially invites you to attend the Enter to Learn – Depart to Serve Annual Award Luncheon on Saturday, April 21 at 12 noon, at First Baptist Church FTL, 301 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Honoring BCU Alumnus who have exemplified service and ideals of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. For additional info call Gwen Dudley at (954) 309-1496. ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○

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African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderale, Fla. For more info call (954) 357-6210. * An Evening of Comedy & Culture on Saturday, April 21 at 6 p.m. The award winning Duo Ity & Fancy Cat & comedian extraordinaire Blakka Elli, accompained by vocalists Kristian Alicia & Harold Davis. Part proceeds to benefit Walker Place of Safety for Kids. Tickets available at Eventbrite, and (954) 648-2800 or (954) 825-1706 or (954) 817-6451.

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Introducing Think F1rst Organization on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Northgate Neighborhood Park, 3580 N.W. 32 St., Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. Free event for the community and surrounding areas. For more info call (954) 918-4127.

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South Florida Black Journalists Association will host a Career Fair on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Broward College-Miramar Campus, 1930 S.W. 145 Ave., Miramar, Fla. (Room to be disclosed when you register.). For more info and question call Courtenay Tucker at (954) 5363533.

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The Lake Park Harbor Marina will host its monthly Sunset Celebration on Friday, April 27 at 6 p.m., with Happy Hour until 9 p.m., at 105 Shore Dr., Lake Park, Fla. For more info call (561) 840-0160 or visit

Community Cleanup Keep Miami Gardens Beautiful Powered by Councilman Rodney Harris on Saturday, April 21 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., at 18701 N.W. 17 Ct., Miami Gardens, Fla. Volunteer needed. To volunteer call (786) 279-1261.

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Lauderhill Commissioner Ken Thurston will host a Green Series Class on Thursday, April 19 at 5:30 p.m., in the Multipurpose Room at City Hall, 5581 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderhill, Fla. This class will be in celebration on both Earth Day and Arbor Day (which officially recognized on April 22 and April 27. Seats are available on a first-come-first serve basics. This is a Free and family friendly event with hands on activites for kids ages 7 and up, refreshment will be served. For additional info call (954) 7302040. ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○


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The ArtsPark at Young Circle Gallery will feature a unique exhibition of artists from the National Art Honor Society and the Photography Club at South Broward High School. “Arts Park Art” exhibit will run from Monday, April 30 to Thursday, May 10, 2018. An Artist Reception on Thursday, May 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. For more info call (954) 921-3500. ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○

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Miramar Today events · The 3 Sisters' Feast featuring Corn, Beans, & Squash on Saturday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Miramar Community Garden, 3700 Largo Dr., Miramar, Fla. · Commissioner Yvette Colbourne proudly hosts Earth Day Cleanup on Saturday, April 21 from 9 a .m. to 1 p.m., at Lakeshore Park, 8501 Sherman Circle S. Miramar, Fla. Earn community service hours, refreshments served after the event. For more info call (954) 602-3143. · U.S. Citizenship and Immigrant Services hosted by Commissioner Maxwell B. Chambers on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Miramar's Multi Services Complex, 6700 Miramar Pkwy. Miramar, Fla. · Mayor Wayne Messam invites you! to join My Brother's Keeper- Young Men in High School. For additional info call (954) 602-3198. · Same Day Permitting Available Community and Economic Development Department, all applications must be compete. Applications are available on the city's website under the Building Section of the Community and Economic Development Department Every Tuesday, from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Cut-off time for the Quick Service list will be at 9:50 a.m., at 2200 Civic Center Plaza, Miramar, Fla. · Beyond Boundaries with Dr. Fleming Tuesday & Thursday at 10 a.m., at Miramar Multi-Service Complex & S. Central/SE Focai Point Adult Day Care. ·The City of Miramar Celebrates a special day with Mom on Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m, at the Miramar Cultural Center/ArtPark Botanical Gardens, 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar, Fla. There is a cost.

Big Brothers Big Sister of Broward’s Swing for Kids’ Sake on Friday, May 4 at 7 a.m., at Weston Hills Country Club, 2600 Country Club Way, Weston, Fla. For more info call Cindy Schutt at (954) 8050361.

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African American female entrepreneur and healthcare professional, Alicia Malone, opens her brand-new health and wellness center on Tuesday, Aprl 24 at 6 p.m., at 2800 E. Comm., Blvd., Suite 212, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Office hours will be Monday thru Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For additional info call (305) 804-4287. ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○


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American FineWine Competition & Gala 11th annual Charity Wine Gala on Saturday, May 5 from 6:30 to 11 p.m., at Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Tickets available at For more info call (561) 5040206.

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The Ajala Art Show on Saturday, May 5 from 3 to 8 p.m., at The Historic Ali Cultural Art Center, 353 MLK Blvd., Pompano Beach, Fla. There is a donation fee at the gate. For additional info contact Lorna Williams at (954) 683-4936 or (954) 332-9607. ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○

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2018 Broward & Beyond Business Conference on Friday, May 4 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Signature Grand, 6900 State Rd. 84, Davie, Fla. Rory E. Verrett, keynote speaker, Founder and Managing, Partner, Portege Search. Free admission. Register now: visit


NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale launches new creativity exploration workshop for health and wellness on Saturday, May 12, and Saturday, June 9, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale (One East Olas Blvd.). For cost and additional info about the workshop register visit or call (954) 262-0258.

Recruiting both High School and Adult Volunteers For the upcoming Relay For Life of Carter Park, Lauderhill, Lauderdale Lakes Event on Friday, May 18 at Carter Park for Details call (954) 445 0244.

April Is National Minority Health Month

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Broward Health Imperial Point family is growing


Broward Health Imperial Point (BHIP) family is growing! This week we welcomed our new Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer as well as our new Associate Chief Financial Officer. They are both joining us with a wealth of knowledge and experience and we are looking forward to the continued success they will bring. On April 16, Netonua Reyes, she goes by Toni, joined BHIP in a dual role as chief operating

officer and chief nursing officer. She has 22 years of nursing experience in the acute care setting with specialties in both adult and pediatric medicine. Prior to joining Broward Health, she served as director of nursing at Jackson Health North in Miami, where she oversaw a staff of 120 in the hospital’s Emergency Department and managed daily operations to ensure patient safety and quality according to regulatory standards. Toni has

MAY IS NATIONAL FOSTER CARE MONTH By Dawn Seay COCONUT CREEK, FL SOS Children’s Villages Florida, a foster care community in Broward County. SOS, the largest foster care provider in Broward County serving an average of 70 children on any given day, is celebrating their 25th anniversary. The children ages two to 18 years, all have a history of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. SOS has served over 600 children over the past 25 years since opening in 1993, and provides the unique

feature of keeping siblings together once they are placed in foster care. The 13 family-style homes around a cul-de-sac in Coconut Creek are each staffed by a full time live-in house parent and SOS offers an array of support services and enrichment opportunities, allowing the children to have a special childhood where they can heal and grow into productive adults. May is National Foster Care Month and SOS Children’s Villages Florida is at the forefront of this movement. It is a time to recognize how we can each play a part in enhancing the lives and focus on increasing the visibility of the needs of children and youth in foster care. There is a critical need for proactive involvement by individuals, agencies, and organizations to ensure continued support for children and families throughout the year. With over 440,000 children nationally in the foster care system at any given time, and a new child placed into care every 2 minutes, the need for support services, essential items, and foster parents is high. Foster children have an uphill battle with startling statistics to overcome and need the support of

our communities. National Foster Care Month calls attention to these children as we work towards solutions to improve their lives. * 250,000 children enter foster care each year. This number is approximately the same as the combined populations of the cities of Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale. * Only 50% of youth in foster care graduate high school * 47% of children who grew up in foster care are unemployed at age 26

* Foster children suffer PTSD at more than twice the rate of US war veterans * One in five foster children experiences homelessness within one year of aging out of care * At ages 17 & 18, one-third of young women in foster care are pregnant or parenting * More than 70% of inmates incarcerated were at one point in the foster care system. The Florida Department of Corrections notes the annual cost to house an inmate is $19,506. * Stipends don’t cover the essentials of a growing child SOS CHILDREN’S VILLAGES FLORIDA DEFIES THE ODDS The annual operating budget for the Village is $3.8 million, of which approximately one half comes from the State of Florida. The remainder is raised through foundation grants, major gifts, individual giving, and special events. SOS Executive Director Jillian Smath notes, “the money we raise is critical towards providing for the needs of our children. When a child or group of siblings comes to us, they have basically the clothes on their backs and maybe a few

Kelvin Watson elected as a PLA (Cont’d from FP) which provides free portable Internet service to veterans, active-duty military, and their dependents as well as events and outreach targeted specifically to veterans; the “Your ID Is Your Key” service that makes digital library cards available to all Broward County public school students; and the launch of the GoChip, a device preloaded with a season of a premiere TV show that customers can check out. He’s also overseen the launch of the Library’s new “Reach Out, Reach Up!’ program to assist formerly incarcerated individuals in reintegrating into society by offering participants services that provide job readiness training, technology skills, literacy, and educational programs. Additionally, Watson spearheaded partnerships that offer access to Broward County Library’s collection of free downloadable and streaming music to Broward County Transit bus riders and visitors to Broward County parks and forged a collaborative partnership with TMobile that provides underserved members of the community with technological access and training that increase educational and vocational opportunities. Under his leadership, the library’s collection management system has been decen-

tralized and staff at all 38 locations are now empowered to select materials that best serve their communities. Throughout his career he has remained active and involved in professional associations and, in addition to recent election to the PLA Board of Directors, is currently the immediate past President of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Watson is a frequent speaker and panelist at conferences and the recipient of numerous awards; including the 2017 DEMCO/ALA Black Caucus Award for Excellence in Librarianship. He has worked tirelessly to evolve the library’s role in the community as “the inviter of the uninvited.” Watson is one of six PLA directors-at-large serving on the PLA Board of Directors, and the first director-at-large from Broward County. The PLA, which is headquartered in Chicago, is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 9,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders.

personal items. When a child arrives at SOS, this is when the healing begins. We provide tutoring, therapy, and essential life skills…we give children the life every child deserves. We rely on the support and generosity of our community.” *100% of SOS high school students have graduated for the past ten years in a row. * 95% of SOS alumni are employed and/or enrolled in college. * SOS Children receive biweekly tutoring in reading and math. * The annual cost of raising a child at SOS is * SOS Children’s Village Florida addresses the issues of homelessness and other negative post foster care experiences through support of the “Next Steps” program which is available to young adults who have aged out of foster care at 18 * Several SOS alumni have received bachelors, master’s degrees, and law degrees; or skilled trade certifications. Many have assumed leadership roles in the South Florida community where they serve as advocates for children in foster care. A notable program at SOS which addresses the critical needs of young adults exiting foster care is “Next Steps”. This is designed to provide critical support to children once they turn 18 and age out of foster care. The primary goal is to support young adults as they make the transition to independence. Through the Next Steps program, on-going support is provided in areas including counseling, financial management, education, employment, affordable housing, emergency assistance, and advocacy. The program was expanded in January 2017, through a grant from the Jim Moran Foundation to include Non-SOS Clients.

both a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Nova Southeastern University. On Wednesday, April 18, Romaine Layne will be joining BHIP as associate chief financial officer, where she will manage financial operations, contracting and expense management. Prior to joining Broward Health, Romaine served as controller at North Shore Medical Center, where she was responsible for the hospital’s financial

April is National Minority Health Month

From Bernadette Morris Did you know that the month of April is officially recognized as National Minority Health Month? Numerous health providers work tirelessly each day to raise awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities. They also work to increase awareness about the health care law’s groundbreaking policies to reduce these disparities and achieve health equity.

ESSA transparency on K-12 educational (Cont'd from FP) reason behind the school-byschool, per pupil spending report. This kind of public transparency is a good thing and can help provide more meaningful parental and community engagement, which is also essential to accountability and achieving educational equity.” According to the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy organization, based in Washington, D.C., that conducts research on solving societal problems locally, nationwide and globally, to date minority students are still far more less likely than White students to have adequate school resources. In addition, the Brookings Institution reported that schools with predominantly Black and Hispanic children, on average, are nearly twice as large as White schools—reaching an estimated 3,000 students or more in most cities, with lower-quality curriculum offerings and less qualified teachers (in terms of levels of education, certification, and training in the fields they teach), all of which George H. Lambert, Jr., president and CEO of the Greater Washington Urban League, believes can be rectified through adequate funding. “Through the availability of [ESSA] data, Black and [Hispanic] educators can begin to prove that Black and [Hispanic] students suffer from funding disparities and the lack of teachers in the classroom who look like them or represent their perspective,” Lambert said. “We need better, more transparent data on school funding. The availability of such data and our ability to access it forces greater urgency on what is, arguably the most important issue of our time.” Lambert said that any discussion on educational equity should acknowledge the enor-


operations, production of financial reports, budgeting, forecasting, and other financial oversight. Romaine has a master’s degree in accounting from Nova Southeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from Florida International University. The mission of Broward Health is to provide quality health care to the people we serve and support the needs of all physicians and employees.

mous achievement gaps that still plague Black and Hispanic students. “If these gaps aren’t closed, our community doesn’t have much of a future,” Lambert said.” Even though high school graduation rates are better now than 30 years ago, we still face a situation where more than a quarter of Black students, for example, are dropping out. Most Black students in the largest U.S. cities are attending schools with high concentrations of poverty. Over half of our young, Black men are either dropping out or finishing K-12 late, hence 1 in 3 end up trapped in some fashion in the criminal justice system.” Despite high approval from many civil rights organizations, school district administrators, like Robert Lowry, the deputy director of the New York State Council of School Superintendents still believe that the new law might shine light on imbalanced revenue and create the perception that some students are being shortchanged, even when this may not be the case. “We question whether the state officials would even have the expertise and the capacity to evaluate spending levels between schools,” Lowry told Education Week. Though Lowry’s concerns may be valid, Lambert believes that full transparency is a plus. “This is a good way to learn about flaws in the system and how those flaws are aggravated by a lack of Black and [Hispanic] expertise and perspective in the curriculum, the classroom and the leadership office,” Lambert said. “We can also find out if school districts with a larger number of Black and [Hispanic] educators are experiencing high levels of funding disparities and uneven attention from policymakers.”

This year’s theme, Partnering for Health Equity, emphasizes the critical role of prevention in reducing health disparities. It is a call to action; a charge for all of us to unite towards a common goal of improving the health of our communities. “For five decades the Jessie Trice Community Health System (JTCHS) has been com-

mitted to ensuring that residents of our community have access to quality, yet affordable healthcare,” says Annie Neasman, President and CEO of JTCHS. “We join the many partners who recognize and celebrate National Minority Health Month each year.” Partnerships at the national, state, tribal, and local levels are vital to the work of reducing health disparities and advancing health equity. This month, the Office of Minority Health, will join with partners, health advocates, and organizations to highlight the role of partnerships in improving the health of people and communities across the country. The Jessie Trice Community Health System, Inc. is a Florida 501(c)3, not-for-profit, Federally Qualified Health Center, which has been serving MiamiDade County since 1967. A community mainstay, JTCHS owns and/or operates 54 facilities: 11 Comprehensive Primary Care centers, including a women’s substance use residential program, 40 school-based locations and two university centers. JTCHS’s multicultural, multi-lingual,and multidisciplinary staff serves a diverse population of over 47,000 patients who make more than 187,000 visits annually. WE KNOW how to satisfy our patients and have been doing so for decades. For more information on the Jessie Trice Community Health System, contact (305) 805-1700 or visit

Where do we go from here? (Cont’d from FP) that acronym is BUS (Belief that won’t be Usurped by Suspicion). As I try to understand and really focus on what it is that we need as a people to bring us out of the slums of degradation, it has already been stated: the same message different words and different ways. There are several points of entrance that intrigue me. It may sound myopic or some might even look at it as living in a time warped or as one may say, “dated”. No matter what you call it or what time frame you want to use, if it has been proven to work, what would make you want try something differentother than the selfish inclination to not to, because, it wasn’t your idea. It’s often been said that if you don’t know where you’ve been, how will you ever know where you’re going. This idiom is so relevant today. The best strategies used in gaining the attention of those in power in this country was to put a chokehold on their pockets and the responsibility of cleaning their own houses. It’s something about a rich man cleaning up his own mess that he doesn’t like and what’s more compelling is in his eyes -someone of supposed inferiority controlling his income. It is obvious that there is nothing new under the sun to most of us and yet there are those who insist on trying to reinvent the wheel or by any means necessary to avoid the obvious-they are not God. This day and age, if we were to answer the question, “Where do we go from here?” it would serve us best to establish and agree on, where we are. As the record indicates and statistics show, people of color in general and Black people in par-

ticular are at or the near bottom of living here in America. Our rate of unemployment rate is two to three times that of whites and our income is less than half of the income of whites. Consequently, many of us live in deficient housing. The mortality rate of Black babies is double that of white babies. It been said that, “When white people catch a cold, Black people get pneumonia.” In the arena of education, it is correspondingly disturbing. Black students in elementary schools are one to three years in arrears of whites, and when it comes to Black college graduates, the rate is 38% while the white graduation rate is 62%. So, you see that we are at a lower point on the scale for decent living as a whole. This less-than-average point is where we are. Where do we go from here? “First, we must massively assert our dignity and worth. We must stand up amidst a system that still oppresses us and develop an unassailable and majestic sense of values. We must no longer be ashamed of being Black. The job of arousing manhood within a people that have been taught for so many centuries that they are nobody is not easy.”—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As we begin to move upward from the bottom rungs on the ladder of survival to living, we have to form an allegiance with others who will refuse to ride the BUS (Belief that won’t be Usurped by Suspicion) and put on the uniform of a servant, a servant who will serve all based upon their needs just the same. “Dear God in the name of Jesus. Please give me the heart, mind and Spirit to serve others as their needs call for, equally. In Jesus name. Amen” EQUALLY IS THE SAME WITH GOD.

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Go Vote! Somebody Paid the Price!

By Jeffrey L. Boney (NNPA Newswire Contributor) All you have to do is crack open a history book, or sit with one of our experienced elders, and you will learn about the many sacrifices made by people of all races to ensure Black people obtained the uninhibited right to vote. No other group of people in America have benefited more from the sacrifices made by so many people who fought, bled and died fighting for our

freedom and the right to vote, as Black people have. The freedom Black Americans experience today came with a significant price tag attached to it, and that freedom has definitely not been free. So much blood has been shed, and so many lives have been lost—all for our freedom and for the precious right to vote. In fact, if you add up the number of Americans who died in World War I, World War II, the American Revolution, the War of 1812, all of the wars with the Indians, the Mexican-American War, the Spanish-American War and the Korean War, that number would not be as large as the total number of people who died alone in the Civil War fighting to end slavery. After the Civil War, many Whites migrated from the North to the South to help Black people thrive in the new

Reconstruction governments. Many of those White abolitionists ran for political office and won. Several Black men were also elected to the U.S. Congress and the South even elected some Black senators. These political gains and the progress made by Black people, because of the Reconstruction governments in the South, angered many Southern Whites. Confederate Army supporters like Lieutenant General Nathan Bedford Forrest, and others, made up in their minds that if they wanted to re-establish control and dominance over Black people in this country, then they would have to stop Black men from voting by any means necessary. (Read full story at

Why is an unlicensed abortion facility still open in Broward? By Tom Walker Despite losing its license on March 27, the Fort Lauderdale Women’s Center remains open and has committed at least 38 abortions since that date, according to Broward Right to Life, which maintains a daily presence outside the facility. FOUNDED IN 1971


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Tom Walker, a Broward Right to Life director who offers prolife options to women who visit the facility, said he has been unable to learn why the abortion business remains open, even after losing its license and despite the fact that the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) lists the facility as closed. “We reported them to AHCA by telephone on April 3 and submitted formal complaints on April 4 for each of the days beginning March 27, detailing the number of abortions each day and identifying Dr. Harvey C. Roth as the abortionist,” Walker said. “We have tried to notify other agencies, and have had conversations with the Attorney General’s office, the State Attorney’s Office, Department of Professional Regulation, and the Department of Health but keeping getting referred back to AHCA.” On April 5, Rhonda Shapiro, an AHCA Health Facility Evaluator, came to the abortion business located at 2001 W. Oakland Park Blvd. Walker said he spoke with Shapiro in person, informing her that the facility was still in business with clients inside. “Shapiro observed a surgical abortion victim being helped to her car and spoke with a medical abortion victim departing,” Walker said. “It’s been two weeks since the state revoked the license of this abortion

business in Broward, but it remains in operation and AHCA knows it,” said Walker. “My question is why no action and no answers from AHCA—and why state attorney Michael Satz, whose office I’ve notified, is taking no action to protect patients and uphold the law.” The license revocation stems from the 2015 drug arrest of the facility’s owner, Dr. James Pendergraft, who has had his own medical license suspended. The Florida abortionist pled guilty last fall on multiple drug charges and was sentenced to five year’s probation. (See cases listed under “Pendergaft” here.) At the time he and a female accomplice were arrested, local law enforcement discovered surgical instruments and illegal narcotics in Pendergraft’s vehicle. “We got a guy and a girl early in the week that was a traveling abortionist,” Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright announced. “He traveled around the state of South Carolina without a medical license, with drugs and with medical tools, performing in-home abortions. So basically, we got an illegal baby killer.” Today, the man Sheriff Wright called an “illegal baby killer” appears to be, once more, flouting the law and killing babies—but this time he is doing it right under the noses of state authorities who have, so far, failed to act.


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We live in a world where as Benjamin Franklin said in 1789, “Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” That statement remains true and the paradox today is the amount our taxes pay toward the death and destruction of mankind through the continued funding of nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapons have now been declared illegal by last summer’s U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This treaty bans the most dangerous weapons of mass destruction and places them as all other WMDs, including biological weapons, chemical weapons, landmines and cluster munitions. Once fifty nations have ratified the treaty, it becomes international law ninety days later outlawing nuclear weapons and making countries that maintain them outlaw nations in breach of international law and actors outside of the international norm. Unfortunately, the United States is leading this pack of outlaw nations with its Trump Nuclear Doctrine and new arms race guaranteeing that all of the other nuclear nations will continue to follow suit. This past year has seen significant progress and challenges toward the goal of abolishing nuclear weapons. Even though the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was passed last July by a majority of the world’s nations, in view of international rhetoric and posturing, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved the nuclear doomsday clock minute hand forward to two minutes till midnight, nuclear Armageddon, the closest since World War II. Aware of these realities, this past week, the City Council of the small California town of Ojai unanimously passed a Nuclear-Free Zone Resolution supporting the Ban Treaty and calling for divestment from institutions and companies that are involved in the financing, manufacture, development, stockpiling and testing of nuclear weapons. This Tuesday, April 17, the United States will fund the 2018 budget through its Federal Tax dollars. As

each spring brings forth hope and new life so does the funding of our priorities help realize these hopes. As the Rev. Jim Wallis says, “Budgets are moral documents.” Yet, seemingly oblivious to these hopes and desires, the US continues to march forward in a new nuclear arms race. Each year Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles calculates the costs of all nuclear weapons programs to communities across the nation. The Nuclear Weapons Community Costs Project has identified that this tax day the United States will spend $62.7 billion on these now illegal weapons. This renewed arms race and its funding deprives our nation and future of the precious resources we need to address our most critical problems. From the poorest county in our nation, Buffalo County, South Dakota with a population of 1,999 and a per capita income of $10,763 spending $138,411 to a wealthier state of California contributing more than $8 billion to weapons that can never be used, these are dollars that are woefully misdirected. Every dollar spent is a dollar taken from our children and the meeting of the basic needs of our citizens. Today our fiscally conservative leaders would do well to follow the words of their hero Ronald Reagan when he said, “A nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.” Yet who among our present leadership has the courage and understanding to stand up and realize these wise words. We exist every moment of every day under the threat of nuclear annihilation. Either by intent, miscalculation or accident. Yet this is a future that does not have to be. Ultimately it will take the people of the United States to follow the lead of Ojai, California and demand that our leaders work to fulfill their legally bound responsibility per the 48-yearold Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons to work in good faith (Read full story at

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Donald Trump’s threat of another missile attack—or any attack—on Syria cannot improve the rebels’ position on the ground, affect use of chemical weapons, change Russia’s and Iran’s policies, or alter Bashar alAssad’s tenure. A US attack may make Trump feel like a commander-in-chief at a time when his own rule is endangered, but it can backfire in multiple ways, not least a direct clash with Russia. The administration needs to work through the UN and US allies, provide a convincing report on the latest chemical weapons attack, and take appropriate collective action— including economic and political sanctions—to punish the responsible party or parties.

When history is looked at in its complexity, it plays havoc with the present moment. “This wasn’t done by the Klan, or people who had to wear a mask. This was done by teachers and clergy and law enforcement officers.” This is Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative, talking to Oprah Winfrey on “60 Minutes” last week about the lynching 80 years ago of Wes Johnson, in an Alabama cotton field. It was one of multi-thousands of lynchings in the South and across the country in the wake of the Civil War — lynchings meant both as acts of terror to African American communities and acts of public celebration and patriotism, with children present, dressed in their Sunday best. The lynchings were often commemorated as postcards . . . souvenirs. The grotesque photographs of dangling corpses are American history, far more than the simplistic heritage represented by the statues of Confederate generals; and finally, finally, more than a century and a half after the end of slavery in the United States, the country is beginning to find the courage to look at its own shadow legacy. Stevenson and his organization have created a memorial to American lynchings — the National Memorial for Peace and Justice — which opens this month in Montgomery. “I don’t think we get to pretend that this stuff didn’t happen. I don’t think you can just play it off. This is like a disease. You have to treat it,” he said.

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Black People Must Vote or Reap the Consequences Jeffrey Boney says that nearly everything that impacts our daily lives, in some way, is influenced by an elected official or someone who was appointed by an elected official.

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Israel is failing at Racial Politics In the Aftermath of “Bloody Friday,” It’s Clear that Israeli Forces Don’t See Palestinians as Human Bill Fletcher said that Israeli forces have sent a clear message: Palestinians have no rights that the Israeli establishment is bound to respect. By Bill Fletcher, Jr. (NNPA Newswire Columnist) Two developments in Israel present a teachable moment in terms of the racial politics of the Israeli state. The first development was the slaughter of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border on March 30. The second development, to be discussed in my next column, was the April 3 reneging by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on an agreement to send African migrants to Western Europe and North America rather than back to their countries of origin. The brutal crackdown by the Israelis on the Palestinian protestors is noteworthy, not only because of the criminality of the act, but that it also captured the attention of the world. The Palestinian protesters were embarking on a non-violent campaign to raise attention on the outstanding demand of Palestinians for their recognized right of return to their homeland. The Israeli establishment has continuously refused to recognize the international law governing the right of return of refugees following an armed conflict. Between 1947 and 1948, thousands of Palestinians were driven from their homes by Zionist military

units during the formation of Israel. The Palestinians expected that they would be able to return home to reclaim their land after the armed conflict ceased. This has been refused. As a result, forces within the Palestinian movement chose to begin a nonviolent protest leading up to May 15, the anniversary date of the founding of Israel. The Israeli government warned that they would use armed force, but such a warning holds no legal or moral value since they were simply saying that they—the Israeli political establishment—would not recognize nonviolent protests. Hiding behind allegations that the Palestinians attacked the Israeli troops, the Israeli forces responded with superior force that was out of proportion to the nature of the protests. The Israeli establishment refuses an investigation and believes that the soldiers acted correctly, but one must ask, how is shooting civilians acceptable? The only answer is contained in the notion that the Palestinians are not to be considered humans. Since there is no justification in murdering unarmed civilians, particularly since the Israeli forces have many means at their disposal in order to respond to non-violent disruptions, the message is clear: Palestinians have no rights that the Israeli establishment is bound to respect.

Dirty tricks vs. democracy By Tom H. Hastings Can Republicans survive without dirty tricks? Open question. Some historical and current examples cause pause as we consider this. Trump has just issued a full pardon to then-Vice President Dick Cheney’s criminal chief of staff I. “Scooter” Libby, a scoundrel and master of Dick’s Tricks. In retaliation for former ambassador Joseph Wilson telling the truth in 2003 that Saddam Hussein was actually not attempting to purchase the radioactive material for possible nuclear weapon construction, Libby and Richard Armitage told several journalists that Wilson’s wife was a covert CIA agent, thus blowing her cover, ending her career, and likely revealing the identifies of other US CIA covert operatives working to gather intelligence on WMD throughout the world. Libby was rightly convicted and sentenced to 30 months in prison for lying to the FBI under oath, something the Trump regime has been doing for more than a year. National Security Adviser Mike Flynn, Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, Trump campaign official Rick Gates, Attorney General Jeff Sessions (OK,

under oath to the Senate in the case of Sessions), Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Trump himself—just founts of disinformation, falsehoods, and buck-naked lies, either under oath or just out in the clear via tweets or Fox News bluster. Now Trump is apparently setting the stage for a big round of pardons in anticipation of the conclusion of the Mueller investigation and the publication of James Comey’s revelatory book. And to add to the concatenation of confusion and chaos, despite his denials, Trump is gearing up to fire Mueller in a last ditch effort to save his own hide. It is likely that Mueller has more than enough to either indict Trump himself or to send a report to Congress that would virtually mandate a launch of impeachment procedures. We are getting ready to resist Trump. One pledge to rally in resistance if Trump moves on Mueller al(Read full story at


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

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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!

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"

522 N.W. Ninth Avenue Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311 Church: (954) 462-1413 or (954) 647-8254 Email:

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Rev. Stanley Melek, M.Div 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.

SERVICES Sunday School .................................................................................. 10:15 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship ............................................................ 11:00 a.m. Bible Study (Wednesday) ............................................................... 7:30 p.m.

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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!”

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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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Mount Hermon A.M.E. Church 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:

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#

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

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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JOHNSTON Funeral services for the late Samuel Johnston - 82 were held April 17 at Central Broward Regional Park.

YOUNG Funeral services for the late Earnestine Young – 82 were held April 13 at New Mount Olive Baptist Church. Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens.

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2241 Davie Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 Church Telephone: (954) 284-9413 Visit: 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

Spiritually Speaking: Paul hit the bullseye when the world attacks you, found strength in Christ’s Power James Washington says God’s power is made perfect through weakness. By James Washington (The Dallas Weekly/NNPA Member) I remember reviewing the letters of Paul in Bible study. In doing so, I was constantly reminded that one cannot look at Paul without really seeing Jesus’ amazing handiwork. Now you need to know that I think Paul is an awesome person, when it comes to the story of his life. I haven’t found a biography or autobiography of anyone in or outside of “The Good Book,” who comes close to my admiration for Paul; Jesus notwithstanding. Because the two are so closely associated with one another, I can’t help but consider the impact of this tandem on human history. Just in case someone wants to debate me on this by bringing up the lives of the 12 apostles, I have considered them as well as the prophets and I’m just one of those who is in awe of Paul. A very large part of the Bible is devoted to Paul’s building of the early church at a time when who you worshipped was a life and death decision. Paul himself says, in his letters to the church in Corinth, that there was indeed a point to his suffering and persecution and that the basis for most, if not all, of what he went through was a byproduct of his faith in Jesus Christ. “But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, I (Paul) will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” —2 Corinthians 12:810. This kind of thinking and belief led to the eventual proliferation of the church, worldwide. It also makes the point of how the lives of so few have impacted and influenced so many in the world then, and the world as we know it today. Forgive me if I find this a rather fascinating fact. Paul is who he is, because of his unique one on one encounter with Christ. That encounter changed him and ultimately the world in which we live. If that be true, then our individual encounters with Christ should also have a profound effect on us and the world in which we currently live. It is not unusual for new Christians to be attacked by old friends. It is also not unusual for new Christians to fall victim to (Read full story at

BAUJOM Funeral services for the late Lurline Angela Baujom – 64 were held April 13 at McWhite’s Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Gary Trzcinski officiating. Interment: Woodlawn Park Cemetery, Miami, Fla. CARMICHAEL Funeral services for the late Henry Lee Carmichael – 75 were held April 14 at McWhite’s Funeral Home Chapel. Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens. MILLER Funeral services for the late Wayne Miller 53 were held April 14 at McWhite’s Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Barbara Lampley officiating. Interment: Forest Lawn Central. WASHINGTON Funeral services for the late Kathy Washington – 58 were held April 14 at

Roy Mizell & Kurtz Funeral Home BROWN Funeral services for the late Mary H. Brown – 97 were held April 15 at Community Church of God with Rev. Dr. J. Curtis Eubanks, Sr. officiating. CONE Funeral services for the late Electa C. Cone – 92 were held April 14 at New Mount Olive Baptist Church with E. Denise Cone officiating. Interment: Forest Lawn Central Cemetery. GOSIER Funeral services for the late Chad E. Gosier – 46 were held April 14 at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Jimmie English officiating. Interment: Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens – Central.

God looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God. -- Psalm 53:2

Internal values-versus-external values By Bobby E. Mills, PhD There is an “eternal-spiritual-question” that confronts every human being: “Who do you love more the CREATOR or the Creation? God is the Creator of all things and He loves human beings above all things. But, God never told us that it would be easy. We messed “things-up” in the Garden of Eden. Yes, “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.” (2 Corinthians 4: 8-9). Therefore, every Christian believer should tell the “Good News Gospel” everywhere: In church houses, whorehouses, dope houses, ungodly houses and (especially) in the Donald J. Trump House, that is, the “sacred-peoples-house” called “The White House”. We must always remember this: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3: 16). Moreover, every individual’s answer to the question at hand will determine his/her quality of spiritual life. Even the quality of family life interaction is determined by an individual’s answer to this question. For, after all, society begins and ends with family structure. Hence, the quality of life of any society is influenced by “family-valuesorientations”. The Christian Faith spiritually emphasizes the importance of “internalfamily-values” rather than “external-materialistic-values” as recorded in this scriptural verse: “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” (1 Timothy 1: 15). The visible presence of the Word of God (Bible) should always be a part of every family’s daily routine because salvation

c o m e s through the generation: “This day is salvation come to this house.” (Luke 19: 9) Furthermore, this is why the life of Jesus begins with the genealogy of Jesus: Generational Connections. Maybe this is why in American society we have two lost generations in the twenty-first century: “Babies having Babies”. Seeking to maximize the “pleasure-principle” is a dangerous “spiritual-moral” proposition! Because: “But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.”(1 Timothy 5:6): And, this scriptural verse includes males too! Clearly, “babies birthing babies” in American society has produced a class of dysfunctional parents as well as dysfunctional family structures. Therefore: “Thou art worthy O’Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” (Revelation 4: 11). Hence, internal spiritual values foster living from the inside to the outside. Thus, an external value system encourages materialism (Outside-Living). When individuals value the materialistic things, they can create more so than themselves and each other, that is, they reverse the spiritual order of God based upon the “Two Great Commandments”. Moreover, when we were growing-up as children, responsible parents would not allow children to play outside too long. After playing outside for a while, they would make them come into the house to teach them an important life principle or (LESSON), “Don’t Stay Outside Too Long”, for it’s dan(Read full story at

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Panel talks Dr onald W alters’ Legacy ower and the Black Press Dr.. R Ronald Walters’ Legacy,, Black P Power Black Scholar and Activist Ron Walters Was a Genius, Donna Brazile Says for the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson’s presidential bid in 1984.” Dr. Walters penned more than a dozen books on racial politics and Black Power and directed the African American Leadership Institute at the University of Maryland until 2009. He died from cancer in 2010. “[Ron Walters] was smart. He was strategic. He understood politics. He understood power and he understood Black leadership,” Brazile said. Brazile, author of the book “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns Democratic strategist Donna Brazile said that Black Power was not one moment in time, but a long journey. Photo taken during a panel discussion celebrating Dr. Walters’ legacy at the Thurgood Marshall Center for Service and Heritage in Washington, D.C. (Freddie Allen/AMG/NNPA) By Freddie Allen (Editor-In-Chief, NNPA Newswire) Democratic strategist and author Donna Brazile called world-renowned scholar and activist Dr. Ronald Walters a genius, during a recent forum celebrating his legacy at the Thurgood Marshall Center for Service and Heritage in Washington, D.C. In July 1958, when he was

just 20 years-old and the president of the youth chapter of the NAACP in Wichita, Kan., Dr. Walters organized one of the first lunch counter sit-ins in the country to protest segregation. According to The New York Times, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Congressional Black Caucus in the early 1970s and served as “the deputy campaign manager and debate adviser

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Black Voter registration Drive (Cont’d from FP) As the power of the Black vote continues to rise, and with billions—not millions—of dollars projected to be spent on advertising, during the 2018 midterm elections, Dr. Chavis said that Democrats and Republicans must advertise in the Black Press to reach that crucial voting bloc. Unfortunately, both the Democratic and Republican parties have traditionally proven to be sorely lacking when it comes to advertising in the Black Press. Despite clear evidence that African Americans are their most loyal voters, the Democrats, have been accused of taking the Black vote for granted. Meanwhile, others have said that Republican candidates seem to ignore the Black community entirely. NCBPA publishers agree that the political parties must be challenged, immediately, while advertising budget decisions are being made. Dr. Chavis, a North Carolina native, said that the getout-the-vote (GOTV) strategy should be “data driven” for all the state’s 100 counties. He noted that each of North Carolina’s African American newspapers together cover the entire state, and once the pertinent voting data is obtained, a campaign should be developed around it. The campaign should be featured prominently across social media platforms and Black celebrities should also be enlisted to spread the word. “In our plan, we should have coverage of the whole state— all 100 counties,” Dr. Chavis said, adding that the effort should, “especially target African Americans, who are eligible to vote, but are not registered…in 2018.” Dr. Chavis said that he’s seen figures from 2012 that the number of eligible, unregistered Blacks in North Carolina was between 400,000–500,000. He said that figure is most likely higher now, because of voter suppression, and the purging of state voter rolls. From now until September, Dr. Chavis said that voter registration must be emphasized. Then from September to November 4, GOTV must take center-stage. Part of the plan is to identify 20 North Carolina cities where the NNPA-CashWorks HD Productions 2014 award-winning film, “Pardons of Innocence: the Wilmington Ten,” can be screened in concert with a locally-coordinated voter registration drive. Dr. Chavis, who is recognized as the leader of the “Wilmington Ten”—10 civil rights activists falsely convicted of arson and imprisoned in the 1971 for the destruction of a White-owned grocery store during the height of racial unrest in the city— would accompany the film to speak with audiences about the importance of voting and citizenship.

That Put Donald Trump in the White House,” talked about working with Dr. Walters, when she was a “young, aggressive” community organizer trying to change politics from the inside out. “Ron Walters provided us with a historical reference to what we were doing and trying to accomplish,” Brazile said. “Ron provided a scholarly roadmap. He made you understand that it was not just about the moment that we were living in, but the historical journey that we had been on for over 200

NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson says that the Starbucks situation provides dangerous insight regarding the failure of our nation to take implicit bias seriously. (NAACP) By Malik Russell BALTIMORE, MD.—The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s premier

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Pat Walters, Dr. Ron Walters’ widow, said that her husband was essentially a “pragmatic, Black nationalist.” Photo taken during a panel discussion celebrating Dr. Walters’ legacy at the Thurgood Marshall Center for Service and Heritage in Washington, D.C. (Freddie Allen/AMG/ NNPA)

ing the disgraceful arrest of two African American men in a Philadelphia Starbucks. “The arrest of two Black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks represents another ominous signal of the increasingly dangerous environment for African Americans. Less than two weeks after we honor the life and work of Dr. King and 50 years after the Kerner Commission found racism and police brutality at the root of public unrest in our -, we still have a long way to go towards becoming a nation where a person is judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. “The Starbucks situation provides dangerous insight regarding the failure of our nation to take implicit bias seriously. We refuse to believe that our unconscious bias—the racism we are often unaware of—can and does make its way into our actions and policies. (Read full story at:

THATCH Mary Alice Thatch, the publisher of “The Wilmington Journal” and the president of the NCBPA, said that the film was successfully screened in Lumberton, N.C., in March, to over 400 people from there and surrounding counties. “We want to recreate that spirit in 20 locations between now and November,” Thatch said, adding that the “GOTV initiative should also focus on rural communities.” Helping the community to understand that “empowerment through voting” is the key, Dr. Chavis said. Directing young people to register online via “Rock the Vote,” in part to eliminate the normal complications to voter registration, is also another strategy that should be implemented. Dr. Chavis also emphasized that NCBPA members should immediately seek to get available advertising dollars to publicize voter registration efforts. “We should make voter registration easy [for young people], not hard,” Chavis said. Thatch agreed. “We’re going to have to develop an agenda to get young people to vote,” Thatch said, focusing on issues like police brutality, poverty, the achievement gap, better employment and small business opportunities. Additionally, economic development in the Black community should also be emphasized, as an important outgrowth of voting.” In the meantime, the Black Press should continue to report about the value of the African American vote in their papers. “We can’t expect other people to value us more than we do,” Dr. Chavis cautioned, adding that he was willing to come back to North Carolina to help formulate the plan. The ten NCBPA member newspapers present were “The Wilmington Journal”; “The Carolina Peacemaker”; “The Carolina Times”; the “Carolina Call”; “The Carolinian”; “Greater Diversity News”; “The Fayetteville Press”; “The County News”; “The Daily Drum”; and “The Urban News.” Four of the NCBPA newspapers—The Carolina Call, The Urban News, The Daily Drum and The Fayetteville Press—plan to apply for membership to the National Newspaper Publishers Association.

years. He talked about political power, not just in the abstract…he taught us to use our power and leverage it.” The forum included a panel discussion featuring Dr. Raymond Winbush, a research professor and director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University; “The Black Eagle” Joe Madison, a radio talk show host on Sirius; and Dr. Robert Smith, the author of the book, “Ronald W. Walters and the Fight for Black Power, 1969-2010.” Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., the president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), moderated the discussion.

The American Petroleum Institute (API), recently launched http:www/, a new jobs and resource website to help people learn more about the industry. (Screenshot/

DISTRICT 1 SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER DR. STEVE GALLON III CONGRATULATES MR. DEREK NEGRON OF CAROL CITY MIDDLE SCHOOL FOR BEING NAMED 2018 M-DCPS ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR — Dr. Steve Gallon III would like to extend congratulations to Derek Negron of Carol City Middle School on being named Assistant Principal of the Year at the DASA 2018 Principal & Assistant Principal of the Year Recognition Ceremony. Negron has proven himself as a highly competent, committed, compassionate and caring instructional leader who has distinguished himself among the educators throughout the District, state, and the nation. These qualities and many more make him truly deserving of this honor and recognition.

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API launches new jobs website focused on the Oil and Natural Gas Industry —The American Petroleum Institute launchedhttp://, to provide a platform where users can apply for jobs and learn more about the oil and natural gas industry. —Nearly 40 percent of jobs in the oil & natural gas and petrochemical industries are projected to be filled by African American and Hispanic workers through 2035, according to an API report. —The average annual pay in the oil and natural gas industry is over $100,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. By Freddie Allen (Editor-In-Chief, NNPA Newswire) Rebecca Winkel, an economic advisor for the American Petroleum Institute (API), said that whenever she travels to communities across the country, to give presentations about her research in the oil and natural gas industry, the questions often turn to business and career opportunities. Questions like: Where can I go to learn more about the oil and natural gas industry? What types of jobs are available in the industry? What kind of training do I need to break into the industry? Now, people can go to To find answers to those questions. “When you start to explain to people what the [oil and natural gas] industry does everyday…you talk about all of these products that we love and care about and need that come from the oil and natural gas industry, people start to think, ‘this is really cool, this is an industry that matters in our lives,’” Winkel said. Still, many people don’t know how their professional skills fit into the oil and natural gas industry. “What a lot of people don’t realize is the number of different jobs that are available in the [oil and natural gas] industry,” Winkel said. “They think that that you can only work in the field [on an oil rig] or maybe get a job as a chemist in a research lab somewhere. They don’t realize that we hire engineers, lawyers, accountants, marketing professionals and economists, like myself.” Winkel continued: “To see examples of all of the types of jobs and being able to search for open jobs in the industry is really impactful. This website is our attempt to help direct those people.”

By Don Valentine This tense, fretful C.I.A. spy saga is an Academy Award® worthy production. Written by lauded screenplay writer Tony Gilroy. “Bourne trilogy”, “Devil’s Advocate” and “Michael Clayton” to name a few. This is a period piece set in 1982 amid the chaos of Lebanon’s civil war. It stars Jon Hamm (Mad Men) as a former U.S. diplomat who, 10 years after leaving the country in the wake of personal tragedy, is called back to negotiate for the release of one of his erstwhile colleagues. His pal is a CIA operative who has been taken hostage by one of the area’s myriad and ever-metastasizing factions. The movie is riveting, set in the caldron of Beirut Lebanon. Here Christians, Muslims, the Palestine Liberation Organization, Israel and Syria — with America and the U.S.S.R. hovering in close range — are engaged in a heavily armed game of cat-andmouse. Loosely based on the abduction of CIA station chief William Buckley by Hezbollah in 1984, “Beirut” never explicitly invokes the name of that then-emerging group. Rather, it plays like a prequel to the grievous events that would engulf the Middle East during that decade and to this day (see recent Syria bombings). With the exception of Skiles (Hamm), who continues to harbor frayed hope for deal making, even though he knows better, very few players in “Beirut” are conventionally sympathetic. This includes the American Foreign Service lifers who haven’t bothered to learn Arabic while embedding in the region. Their dismissive attitude is summed up in Skiles’s description of Lebanon in an early sequence as a “boarding house without a landlord,” where the tenants are “bound only by their shared talent for betrayal. Enjoy this galvanizing saga, but avoid the popcorn prices (wink).

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Erik Spoelstra was in a bit of a mood over the weekend. When the Heat head coach addressed the media right before his team opened its first-round playoff series on the road in Philadelphia, he stood at the lectern just long enough to say hello and then goodbye. The whole affair lasted barely a minute and a half. I timed it. After his guys got walloped in Game 1, he was only a touch more talkative, sticking around to say that the Heat had work to do and the next game would have to be played on their terms if they had any shot at winning. Their terms meant slowing things down. At practice Sunday at Temple University, Spoelstra anticipated that the Sixers would try to play even faster than they had in the opener—which was pretty damn fast. The Sixers were fourth in pace during the regular season, per

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God Will Force You to Evolve

I am continuously reminded that God has a disdain for comfort zones because He specializes in building our faith by removing them. I would imagine that comfort zones look like whiteheads to God. He lets them sit there for a while, and then one day, they just must go. Pressure is applied, impurities are squeezed out, and the result is clearer skin. Well pressure was applied in my life several weeks ago when my close friend, Nubian, announced that she would be

moving to Thailand. I was happy for her knowing that beyond a shadow of a doubt that she could change the world with her poetic gifts and talents. Yet ironically, my initial thoughts were centered around why would she forsake me? That thought process is almost laugh-

able now and unfathomable that I allow myself to become consumed with the thoughts of losing yet another relationship. I contemplated never having another close friend again. I even reminded myself of the countless times that I had been abandoned by people, but as

Jill Tracey often says on air, “God is in the details.” It was in my pain and selfishness that I realized God was squeezing and applying pressure to remove a comfort zone. As we endeavor to change the world, God will force us to evolve, so know this: God Is Calling YOU High-

er - I think we all have imagined being called to the stage at the “Success Awards Show” to accept the, “You Have Made It!” trophy. In fact, I have dreamt of giving a speech that would rival Oprah, my tribe would go crazy cheering me on, and I would ride off into the sunset to live happily ever after. However, I’m starting to realize if that were the case, we could have a cesspool of ego, complicity, and stunted growth. When God calls you higher, He calls YOU, and this could require relationship to end abruptly, dissolve slowly or become mysteriously estranged for a season. It’s during this time that God can dwell with you and force you to evolve and vibrate

Atlanta struggles to meet MLK’s Legacy on health care By Virginia Anderson

public health leaders here wonder whether the city is failing to live up to King’s call for justice in health care. They point to substantial disparities, particularly in preventive care. “We have world-class health care facilities in Atlanta, but the challenge is that we’re still seeing worse outcomes” for African Americans, said Kathryn Lawler, executive director of the Atlanta Regional Collabora-

tive for Health Improvement. That group includes representatives of more than 100 non-profit organizations, governments, hospital systems and other health care providers working to improve access and care for minority communities. “We did certain things here, we went through the civil rights era, and we did things like desegregation, but we just over the years never kept the conver-

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ATLANTA — While public safety commissioner Bull Connor’s police dogs in 1963 attacked civil rights protesters in Birmingham, Ala., leaders in Martin Luther King Jr.’s hometown of Atlanta were burnishing its reputation as “the city too busy to hate.” Yet 50 years after the civil rights leader was killed, some

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NAACP ‘I AM’ Campaign (Cont'd from FP) assassination in 1968, as well as the historic Memphis Sanitation Worker’s Strike. Beginning April 2nd through 4th, these groups and more all came together to successfully participate in the I AM 2018, a campaign and series of activities conceived not just to commemorate watershed events, but also to connect the legacies of King, and the strikers and to train and mobilize next generation activists to affect change in their communities. With their theme drawn from the strikers’ iconic slogan, “I AM A MAN,” the campaign’s programming lineup included a reverent moment of silence, a townhall meeting, impactful panel discussions, powerful orations, youth engagement, HBCU programming, and a march and rally. “At I AM 2018, our vision and mission were to lock arms with other groups and organizations of like mind and spirit, while lifting Dr. King’s

legacy at a critical time in our nation,” stated Derrick Johnson, NAACP president and CEO. “African Americans have always been the conscience of this country, and we’re humbled to have helped connect the movements of the past with those of today, while emphasizing once again the power we all wield over our future with our right and responsibility to vote. Among the luminaries onhand at the I AM events were civil rights leaders of the past, present, and future including Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of NAACP, Tiffany Dena Loftin, National Director, NAACP Youth and College Division, Martin Luther King, III and Bernice King, the Revs. Jesse Jackson, Sr., Al Sharpton and William Barber II, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, Dr. Vanita Gupta, actor-artist Common and numerous others from the arenas of media and entertainment. I AM 2018 attendees learned effective organizing, comm-

LOFTIN unity activism and tactics for leveraging strategic partnerships. The conveners envisioned helping to rebuild and reinvigorate a movement of focused, dedicated activists who will continue the unrealized work of Dr. King’s dream, while waking our youth to address many of the issues now facing the nation.

“I think we should be further along in Atlanta, but I think we should be further along in all cities in this country,” said Dr. David Satcher, a former U.S. surgeon general. sation going,” said Tom Andrews, president of Mercy Care, a health center that serves mainly homeless Atlantans, the

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higher, so give thanks. God is the Pop Quiz King - God wants us to know exactly where we stand, and he uses pop quizzes as a mirror effect. When my friend told me she was leaving for Thailand, I should have gone before the throne praying that culture shock is minimal for her, that her passions are embraced immediately in this foreign land and that resources are patiently awaiting her arrival. Instead, I failed to answer the higher calling of intercessory prayer. Thankfully, God’s pop quizzes remind you of the work that still needs to be completed. Respect Seasons - God is very clear in the Bible regarding seasonal change. In Ecclesiastes Chapter 3, believers are reminded that there is a time for everything… “For everything there is a season [...] a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;...” Therefore, let us rejoice in the gift of today. Let’s not miss the blessing because the season changed, for change is the very fabric of the life. Therefore, if you are destined to bring about world change, your success is fulfilling the calling that God has placed over your life. You will be required to shift with the season as God has proven time and time again that if we would simply be a blessing to others, He will continue to bless us. In this season, I pray for my friend as she travels to Thailand. In fact, I pray for every reader that is being called to new lands. I pray that God fulfils His promise to expand your reach and to use you as a vessel to impact anyone in your presence without discrimination. Ultimately, I pray that you have the peace to know that God is in the details forcing you to evolve. -Crystal Chanel Press Release Marketing, LLC Event Hosting - Marketing Public Relations @PressReleaseLLC on Instagram

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Alpha KappaAlpha Sorority, Inc., Zeta Rho Omega Chapter, celebrated its 63rd anniversary Submitted by Vickie R. Pearcey Public Relations Chairman Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Zeta Rho Omega Chapter, recently celebrated its 63rd Anniversary by honoring our charter members and presidents at our March chapter meeting. Additionally, we worshipped with New Mount Olive Baptist Church- Marcus Davidson, Pastor. It was a spiritual time to bond, fellowship, and give praise as sisters. Zeta Rho Omega was the first chapter to be founded on April 16, 1955 in Broward County. Over the 63 years, Zeta Rho Omega made significant

contributions in Broward County by awarding thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving high school students. Additionally, the chapter made a difference in the lives of many residents through a plethora of community service projects designated by the international program throughout the years. The chapter has received numerous international, regional, and local awards over the years, but it was most recently awarded the 2017 Cluster I Earlene Striggles Public Relations Award for its outstanding implementation of the international programs and its phenomenal media coverage. The chapter has many active

members who serve on boards and in other organizations in Broward County as well as those who served or currently serve on the international, regional and cluster levels. We are educated, professional women with high moral standards who have a love for giving back to communities in which we serve. President Jeannie B. Floyd was filled with joy as she witnessed her beautiful sisters bond and fellowship with one another. Her heart was filled with pride as she reflected on the many years of AKAmazing service provided to all mankind by members of this great sisterhood! Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Zeta Rho Omega Chapter, recently celebrated its 63rd Anniversary.

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Ity and Fancy Cat FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - South Florida residents will be treated to “An Evening of Comedy and Culture” featuring Jamaica’s top comedy duo, Ity & Fancy Cat; renowned actor, educator and standup comic, Blakka Ellis; entertainer and musician extraordinaire Harold Davis; the young; and talented singer Kristen Alicia along with other performers. Scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2018, 6 to 9 p.m., at The African American Research Library & Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., in Fort

Lauderdale. The evening promises to be a delightful mix of music and comedy, offering something for everyone to enjoy. The event is a fundraiser to assist children in need and will benefit the restoration of the ‘Walkers Place of Safety for Children’ which was recently destroyed by fire in Jamaica. Ity and Fancy Cat is unquestionably the hottest comedy act in the Englishspeaking Caribbean. This innovative, inventive, and inspiring duo has captured hearts, engendered praise, and

Singer Kristen Alicia evoked uncontrollable laughter among audiences all over the world for over two decades. Their successful groundbreaking television series, “The Ity and Fancy Cat Show” has garnered them a solid global fan base and their rich, wideranging repertoire carries resonant appeal that crosses all age, social and cultural boundaries. (Read full story at:

MIAMI, FL – The Miami Dolphins recently hosted more than 600 local youth and high school coaches and parents at the third annual Coaches Clinic at Hard Rock Stadium. The Miami Dolphins coaching staff as well as coaches from the University of Miami, Florida International University and Florida Atlantic University taught 30 different classroom and on-field sessions focusing on game and practice techniques, motivational tools, and core football competencies. Dolphins Associate Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator Darren Rizzi welcomed the participants prior to the breakout sessions. “It’s just (about) giving back to the community. To see how much football means to this community; whether it’s youth football, high school, college, all these people are here to learn,” said Rizzi. “It’s im-

portant for us as coaches to give back and give our knowledge back to the community as well. I think it’s awesome; the turnout is great.” Also, on hand to present about concussion education was Gillian Hotz, M.D., Director of the University of Miami Sports Medicine Institute’s concussion program. In 2017, the Miami Dolphins Foundation partnered with the University of Miami Sports Medicine Institute and KiDZ Neuroscience Center at

the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis to sponsor The University of Miami Countywide Concussion Care High School Program, which performs baseline concussion testing for all high school athletes at Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Additionally, Tod Creneti from the Positive Coaching Alliance offered presentations on how to be a more effective coach and encourage young athletes.