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Men of St. Paul AME Preparing Young Black Males for Success

St. Paul AME hosted the Sons of Allen dedication of 80 shirts and ties to the 5,000 Role Model of Excellence program. Former senator and community trustee Tony Hill led the call for donations to the program. “The goal for this project was 500 shirts, we are 100 short. We’re asking the community to help us reach our goal; you can drop them off at WCGL. We are in need of white long sleeves shirts Large, XL 17 ...

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Mother/Daughter Duos Graduate from EWC

Mother’s Day weekend will be extra special for four Edward Waters College students. After decades of putting higher education off, two separate mother-daughter pairs will be graduating together in the Class of 2016 with their Bachelors of Business Administration degrees. Terrilyn Smith, Tarayla Slaughter, Joyce Truett and Tiffany Nealy are all enrolled in the CLIMB (Credentials for Leadership in Management ...

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U.S. Surgeon General Joins “I’m a Star” and Mayor to Empasize Nutrition in Health in Jacksonville

Vice Admiral (VADM) Vivek H. Murthy, the United States Surgeon General traveled to Jacksonville last week to participate in a town hall meeting with area teens and a special announcement regarding the launch of a youth-led national program. While in Jacksonville, Murthy participated in the “Breakfast with Champions, a “Step it Up” town hall meeting and the “Step it Up And Healthy Fun Fair.” The events took ...

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Valor Academy Students Visit Notre Dame

Last weekend, six Valor Academy of Leadership Scholars joined The Black Men’s Think Tank for a visit to South Bend, Indiana and Notre Dame. Accompanied by Tunji Williams, CEO of Profectus Learning Systems, Inc. and John Taylor, Principal of Valor Academy of Leadership, the students were hosted by the Notre Dame’s student group, Wabruda. This organization is based on brotherhood among Black males at the Univ ...

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NAACP ACT-SO 2016 Competition Showcases Best of Youth Talent

by Monique McCarthy There's definitely some talent in Duval. On Saturday, April 9th, local high school students from 9th to 12th grade competed in different areas such as performing arts, visual arts, and humanities, to win the Gold Medal in the 2016 Jacksonville Branch NAACP ACT-SO Competition. The competition is annually held at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and judged by local community leaders. Th ...

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Hearts4Soles Community Service Project A Day of Soles for Souls

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority's E.M.B.O.D.I. program participated in its first community service day of the year entitled "Hearts4Soles". The participants collected gently used shoes from their closets, family, church members, and schools. The shoes were donated to individuals and families of Community Connections of Jacksonville. After four weeks of collecting gently used shoes, over 500 pairs were brought to ...

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E3 Raising the Bar for Local Entrepreneurs

Quietly in a nondescript location settled within a long ignored section of Northwest Jacksonville, a group of aspiring entrepreneurs made history, as the first class of students to complete Business Plan Boot Camp. Entrepreneurs spent four weeks doing homework, learning avant garde concepts and receiving one on one and group consultation and training by community engagement advocates of the E3 Business Grou ...

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Student Apprentice Chefs Learn Early the Value of a Culinary Career

Café Liberation,  a one year culinary training program for at risk youth ages 15-19, recently presented A Night of Exquisite Service sponsored by  Krumpin 4 Success Inc. The youth in the local program receive instructional support, enabling them to achieve their full potential as young adults.  The Café Liberation four course dining experience was held at the Westbrook Community Center. Invited guests were ...

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Jacksonville Community Mourns Passing of Former EWC President Dr. Cecil Cone

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Edward Waters College (EWC) mourns the passing of our former President, Cecil Wayne Cone, Ph.D. Dr. Cone served Edward Waters College as President from 1977 – 1988. Dr. Cecil Wayne Cone completed his undergraduate work at Philander Smith College and earned a Master’s degree from Temple Bible Seminary. Dr. Cone earned his Ph.D. from Emory University. Dr. Cone was a note author for “Ident ...

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Sheriff’s Office Honors First Black Female Corrections Officer, Mary Frances Griffin Sparks

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office posthumously honored the city’s first black female corrections officer during a ceremony Thursday March 31st in the Patrol Assembly Room located on second floor of the Police Memorial Building. The family and friends of the late Mrs. Mary Frances Griffin Sparks participated and kindly accepted the award. A lifelong resident of Jacksonville, Mrs. Sparks, who retired after 17 ...

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