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Nation’s First African-American US World Series Little League Team Stripped of Title

In a strange twist of fate of a story that had millions cheering for the underdog across the U.S.,  people are saddened to hear about Jackie Robinson West, the US champions at the Little League World Series, were stripped of their title. The team attracted significant attention after becoming the first all African-American team to win the US title before losing the world championship to South Korea’s Seoul. ...

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Ferguson Alternative Spring Break Gives College Students Chance to Give Back

  Activists in Ferguson, Mo., are looking for 250 college students to participate in a week of “community service and civic engagement” for Ferguson Alternative Spring Break. Volunteer initiatives include registering new voters, manning food banks, planting gardens and helping clean the streets. The alternative spring break is running for five week-long sessions from March 7 to April 11. Registration opened ...

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Proud Parents Witness Lee All Star Signt to Georgia Southern

Curtis Paul Rainey, age 18 will graduate from Robert E, Lee High in June of 2015. Last week Curtis signed his letter of intent to attend Georgia Southern University. Curtis is the captain of the football and basketball team and a member of the track team. The talented teen proudly boasts a 3.2 grade point average and is also a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church where he serves as president of the Usher Board ...

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The 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Malcolm X

by Ron Daniels The 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the Selma to Montgomery March, and the passage of the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965 and Dr. Martin Luther King’s role in these events is correctly capturing the imagination of Black America. But, there is another set of events that should also receive attention of our people. Twenty-fifteen marks the 50th memorial of the assassination of Malcolm X, ...

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Jacksonville Veterans Offered Free Tax Preparation Services

Qualified Jacksonville veterans can receive free help with their tax preparation at City Hall, 117 W. Duval Street, Suite 175. An IRS-certified volunteer income tax coach from MyFreeTaxes.com will be at City Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday to assist veterans in preparing their own income tax returns. The free service will be offered through June 20, 2015. Veterans must have made $60,000 o ...

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Education Symposium Works to Reclaim Young Black Males

The 7th Annual Urban Education Symposium: Reclaiming Young Black Males for Jacksonville's Future was held over the weekend in downtown Jax at the Main Library. Students, teachers and parents and guardians were featured and shared perspectives on the 2015 theme: "Who is teaching and leading our students in the classroom?". The symposium was held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and began with the show entitled “Succ ...

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City Embraces Eureka Gardens

For the past year when you hear about the Eureka Gardens apartment community, it is accompanied by crime statistics and unflattering remarks uncharacteristic of a stellar city. Last weekend that stereotype became a adjective of the past when Mayor Alvin Brown led the city’s Renew Jax initiative and hosted a community empowerment event at the apartment complex. The event was part of the city’s broader effort ...

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Links’ Western Gala Not Just a Party, But a Community Tradition

by M. Latimer The “Western Gala,” hosted by the Jacksonville (FL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, is no longer just a party. The event, held annually since 2003, has become a Northeast Florida tradition. Last weekend over 400 people flocked to the Western Gala for a night of line dancing, good food and games all under a western theme. Gloria Mendez, a guest that attends every year, states, “I look forwa ...

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Knowldge of Black History Can Wake Up America

February is once again upon us, signifying another month filled with a bevy of activities dedicated to Black culture and history. Many still ask, "Do we still need a Black History Month?" The question itself sounds redundant. How many times can you hear about George Washington Carver, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, etc. and the other myriad of African- American Heroes and Sheroes? Obviously not enough. ...

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Good Teachers Make the Difference in Student Learning: Teach for America Focused Developing High Quality Educators

by Reggie Fullwood As the old saying goes, "If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you've always got." There is no place that that platitude is more relevant than in public education. Every large school district throughout the nation struggles with achievement gaps in schools in low-income communities. Often times we make achievement a race issue, but it's more so an econo ...

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