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Jacksonville Chapter Wins Chapter of the Year at Delta Regional Conference

Members of Jacksonville (FL) Alumnae was selected Chapter of the Year in the Large Category during the 45th Southern Regional Conference of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Held at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Florida July 14-17, the conference welcomed more than 3.000 members from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and the Bahamas. The Jacksonville (FL) Alumnae Chapter has ...

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Jax Students Bring Home the Medals for NAACP ACT-SO

Last week hundreds of students from the country converged on Cincinnati, Ohio to participate in the annual National Association of the Advancement of Color People (NAACP) Afro-Academic Cultural Technological - Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) competition. The competition, now in its 38th year, included nine students from Jacksonville. ACT-SO precludes the historic civil rights organization’s annual convention. ...

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Dr. Michael Mitchell Among New AME Leadership Elected as 134th Bishop

At its 50th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference, which is the supreme body of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, local Pastor, Dr. Michael Mitchell has been elected its 134th Bishop following a six year petition for one of the historic denomination’s highest offices. Dr. Mitchell was chosen to succeed Bishop R.V. Webster as pastor of Saint Stephen AME in 1992 after he was elected Bishop. Dr. ...

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Local Produce Market Opens at Main Bus Station

Conquering the ever growing problems of food deserts in the urban communities, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) and the I’m A Star Foundation joined together to launch the Rosa Parks Produce Market at the main bus station. As partners, I’m A Star will operate a weekly market featuring healthy, fresh and local produce for sale every Friday at the Rosa Parks Transit Station starting Friday, Jul ...

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Cong. Brown Vows to Fight 24 Count Indictment

I’m looking forward to my day in court to vindicate myself,” said Congresswoman Corrine Brown in front of Jacksonville’s Federal Courthouse that she helped provide funding for. The statement was made to news media and supporters who had gathered en masse for a first glimpse of the long term congresswoman after she heard a 22 count indictment from the FBI to which she pled not guilty. The criminal counts inc ...

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Black Lives Matter Protests Continue in Jacksonville and Across America

After a weekend of confrontation, sporadic violence and arrests during protests against the police shootings of black men, the mother of one of the victims has appealed for calm. Valerie Castile, mother of Philando Castile, one of two Black men killed by police last week in separate shootings, released a statement urging “all people to remain peaceful in all demonstrations throughout our community and our n ...

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Masjid Al-Salaam Celebrates 34 Years

On Saturday July 9th Masjid Al-Salaam celebrated 34 years of community service. From their humble beginnings on West Monroe to their present location on Pearl Street, Imam Umar and Adilah Sharif have served diligently. Masjid Al Salaam was founded on the principles of unity, interfaith dialog, and cooperation. Honoring their years of service were guest speaker Ken Jefferson and keynote speaker Imam Ahmed Al ...

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Simonds – Johnson Residents Preparing for a All Star Reunion

by Lynn Jones The Simonds-Johnson Park Community Reunion Committee recently held its Inaugural Scholarship Fundraising Prayer Breakfast at the Marriott Hotel on Salisbury Rd. Chaplain Saundra Waldrop served as the guest speaker expresing the theme "It’s Praying Time” in the hearts, minds and spirits of the attendees. The reunion committee is tasked with continuing the legacy of Coach Carlton “softkid” Bryan ...

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Candidates in Full Force in Jacksonville Campaign Season

Last week at a scheduled candidate forum, organized by 15 year old Winston Seabrook and associates Traci Davis and Glo Emith, voter education was at the forefront. The non-partisan group hosted a State of Florida District 14 candidates symposium at the northside's Bradham Brooks Library. All district candidates were invited to a town hall style forum to discuss the challenges that plague the residents that ...

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7 Ways Black People Still Aren’t Free in America

By Jamilah King, mic.com That’s the question Frederick Douglass asked during a speech in Rochester, New York, on July 5, 1852. That speech, titled “The Meaning of July 4th to the Negro,” is among Douglass’ most famous public addresses in part because it focuses on the irony of a country celebrating its freedom while holding millions of people in bondage. But there’s another reason why Douglass’ words still ...

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