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Jax NAACP ACT-SO Winners Bring Home Silver and Gold Medals

By Rometa Porter The 36th Annual ACT-SO Olympics program was held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Roughly 9,000 youth participated nationally with 60 finalists competing in Las Vegas for Bronze, Silver and Gold medals in 27 categories of the Arts, Cultural, Science and Entrepreneurship. The Jacksonville Branch of ACT-SO entered twelve participants and brought home two medals, a silver medal in entrepreneurship and a ...

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Arts School Will Breath New Life Into Old Stanton

 by Lynn Jones Since Stanton first opened its doors in 1868, the journey has included its origin as the only high school for African-Americans in Florida to one presently of the nation’s top college preparatory schools. The legacy left behind includes not only a rich heritage of school pride, but the original edifice where it all began. Still standing at the corner of Ashley and Broad Streets, the Stanton S ...

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Despite Recent Accomplishments: Education Still Key for Blacks in America

by Reggie Fullwood “It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others. . . . One ever feels his twoness,—an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.” These are the words of W.E.B. Dubois, and they written ...

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UNCF Stands its Ground in Koch Flap

By James Clingman The controversy over the recent donation by the Koch Foundation to the UNCF begs a discussion of politics, education, and business.  After receiving a $25 million gift from the Charles Koch Foundation, the UNCF and its president,  Michael Lomax, took in-coming fire from the AFSME union, which discontinued its funding of UNCF because it disagrees with the Koch’s Republican views  Was AFSME’ ...

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Atty. Willie Gary Scores $16B Win Against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco

A Florida jury has handed a client of two African-American law firms one of the biggest legal victories ever. Last week, a Pensacola jury awarded Cynthia Robinson over $16 billion in compensatory damages and $23 billion in punitive damages in her lawsuit against R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Robinson was represented by Florida attorneys Willie E. Gary  and Christopher Chestnut of The Chestnut Firm. Robinson su ...

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Memorial Service for Ruby Dee to be in September

Ruby Dee's family, friends and fans will pay tribute to the legendary actress at a memorial service at Riverside Church in Manhattan, New York on September 20. The memorial service will be held to commemorate the notable person in the U.S. civil rights movement, who died on June 11 at age 91.   The event, which will be opened to the public, will include songs, tributes and reflections from Ruby’s family and ...

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Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson Installed as International President of AKA

Business executive Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was installed as the 2014-2018 International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) at the Sorority’s weeklong international convention held in Charlotte last week. . The installation took place at the Charlotte Convention Center before  over 10,000 attendees.    As the 29th woman to lead the 106-year-old organization, ...

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Gamma Rho Omega Joins 10,000 Sorors for AKA Biennial Boule

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. held their 66th biennial international conference in Charlotte, North Carolina last week for a week long event designed to refresh and invigorate their historic sisterhood.  Over 40 members of Jacksonville’s Gamma Rho Omega Chapter participated in the week long activities which culminated with the induction of the 29th international president, Dorothy Buchanan Wilson. Buchan ...

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EWC’s President Glover Named a Finalist for 2014 HBCU Awards

Edward Waters College President Nathaniel Glover has been selected as a finalist for this year's HBCU Awards, presented by national news website HBCU Digest. The HBCU Awards celebrates the achievements of historically black colleges and universities throughout the United States and is the first and only event to recognize the influence and impact of HBCUs on American culture. President Nathaniel Glover is o ...

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Does Sentencing a Teenager to Life in Prison Without Parole Serve Our Society Well? POV’s ’15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story’ Follows a Young Man’s Plea for Redemption, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 on PBS

The United States is the only country in the world that routinely condemns children to die in prison. This is the story of one of those children, now a young man, seeking a second chance in Florida. At age 15, Kenneth Young received four consecutive life sentences for a series of armed robberies. Imprisoned for more than a decade, he believed he would die behind bars. Now a U.S. Supreme Court decision could ...

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