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Attorney General Discusses Tensions at Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. Convention

by Kevin Reece HOUSTON - In a speech to 13,000 of her sorority sisters in Houston this week U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch talked about an "epidemic of mistrust" between police and people of color and called on the ladies of the largest African American women's group in the country to keep up the fight for civil and social justice that their predecessors in Delta Sigma Theta began 102 years ago. In her ...

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Zelma Dickerson Now Reigns as Ms. Senior Jacksonville

On Saturday, July 25, 2015, several beautiful, wise, and personable women competed for the title of Ms. Senior Jacksonville 2015. The contestants worked hard preparing for their special day, perfecting their talent, securing social media likes to become the Fan Favorite, pushing themselves to be better today than yesterday, and more than anything else, reached passed their comfort zones and proved that age ...

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Ross Family Convenes in Jax for Cultural Reunion

The 18th Biennial Ross Family Reunion was held July 23-26 in Jacksonville, Florida. Embracing the theme: “Coming Together To Move the Legacy Forward,” activities included a meet and greet at the Crown Plaza and a tour to Norman Studios (home of many Black silent films) and also to Kingsley Plantation. Saturday, the final day of the reunion, participants enjoyed a Wood Sculpture Art Exhibit by Leonard “SANA” ...

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African-American Brain Brawl Carries on the Legacy by Honoring Trustees

Last week, the volunteers of the James Lee Coon, Jr. African American History Brain Brawl were honored for their service over the past year. Attendees and honorees were awarded plaques for the time and effort it takes to host the Brawl which encourages the knowledge of African-American history amongst youth. Mrs. Sharon Coon, mother of the late James Lee Coon, Jr., the event’s namesake, gave individual than ...

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Local ILA President Elected International Vice President 

Delegates of the International Longshoreman’s Association Local 1408 recently returned from their annual convention held in Puerto Rico with much to celebrate. After a celebratory year of securing more jobs for the port including a multi-million dollar contract with Volkswagen and providing more jobs, the delegates had the opportunity to see one of their own elected to a national office. ILA Local 1408 Pres ...

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Jacksonville Activist Come Together for #SandraBland

On Sunday, a daytime vigil was held in Hemming Park for Sandra Bland. Bland, is an African American woman arrested in Texas, on July 13, 2015 during a routine traffic stop, which quickly escalated into her arrest and alleged suicide days later. A video of the stop went viral, which has caused many to question the officer and his treatment of Bland. Currently The Texas Rangers and the FBI are both reviewing ...

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Sankofa Free Summer Camp Teaches Urban Youth Culture, Life Skills

Sankofa Saturdays, a free program housed at Clanzel Brown Park, recently completed its first round of Saturday presentations for students ranging from 6-17. Held weekly from 7-10 p.m., Sankofa Saturdays is a partnership with The City of Jacksonville through their Saturday Night Lights Program. Under the direction of the local cultural nonprofit Kemetic Empire, participating students learn from local youth a ...

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Delta’s Honor Acclaimed Poet Nikki Giovanni

Noted poet Nikki Giovanni visited Jacksonville with an invitation by Duval County Schools to be the Keynote Speaker for Delta Sigma Theta’s Professional Development Literacy Expo on July 16th. The theme for the event was, A World of Poetry: Lunch with Nikki Giovanni, was held at the Cummer Museum of Arts & Gardens. The sorority’s alumni Chapter President Veronica Tutt presented her soror with a love tok ...

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EWC Wins Two National HBCU Awards

Edward Waters College (EWC) was awarded two 2015 HBCU (Historically Black College or University) Awards presented by HBCU Digest at the annual AARP HBCU Awards ceremony held at Hampton University last weekend. The EWC Department of Business Administration won “Best Business Program” and Dr. Brian Seymour, Research Director for the EWC Center for the Prevention of Health Disparities, won “Best Male Faculty o ...

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Omega Leadership Conference Impacts Jax Vowing to Save One Life at a Time

As part of the National Leadership Conference held in Jacksonville, last week, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., hosted 100 Young men from Jacksonville and Tallahassee during its Annual Youth Leadership Conference and Mentorship Program at Edward Waters College. The theme for this year’s conference was “Leveraging Our Collective Resources for Impact…Saving Young Mens Lives, One at a Time”. As one of the F ...

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