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10A March 4-10, 2010 Jackson Advocate Jackson, Mississippi

NAACP BLACK HISTORY MONTH AWARDS PROGRAM

The Jackson Branch NAACP held its annual Black History Month awards program Maxey and Constance Slaughter-Harvey; religious leaders Jerry Young, Charles Polk,
Feb. 27 at St. Luther M.B. Church, 1040 Banks Street in Jackson. Besides recogniz- Carolyn Tyler-Guidry and Valerie Cohen. Congratulating awardees who attended the
ing community advocates for “Embracing the Past; Preparing for the Next Decade,” event (Garrett, Porter, Banks and Polk) were Jackson Branch NAACP president Gus
attendees were treated to a panel discussion on issues of importance to the commu- McCoy, treasurer Charles Britton, member Wayne McDaniels, Jackson-Hinds Youth
nity. This year’s honorees were: businesspersons Socrates Garrett, B.T. Jones, Chapter NAACP member Gavin Hughes, and Beth and Steve Orlinsky, representing
Duane O’Neil and Gailya Porter; attorneys Fred Banks, Reuben Anderson, John Beth Israel congregation. (Photo: Kathy Sykes)

In part, Obama’s Executive educational capacity of education communities in a is Obama’s choice for chair- agement Group; Willie Pear-
HBCU Order states, “Historically
black colleges and universi-
HBCUs. In particular, the
Board shall advise the Presi-
national dialogue regarding
new HBCU programs and ini-
man. Other educators slated
to serve on the prestigious
son Jr., Professor of Sociol-
ogy, Georgia Institute;
federally-sponsored programs ties have made historic and dent and the Secretary on im- tiatives; improving the ability board are: Dr. Lawrence S. Beverly Daniel Tatum, Presi-
and opportunities for the na- ongoing contributions to the proving the identity, of HBCUs to remain fiscally Bacow, President, Tufts Uni- dent, Spelman College; Ken-
tion’s HBCUs. It will also general welfare and prosper- visibility, and distinctive ca- secure, to include public-pri- versity; Evelynn M. Ham- neth Tolson, Executive Senior
contribute to the Administra- ity of our country. Through pabilities and overall compet- vate investments in HBCUs; monds, Dean, Harvard Vice President/CEO, Emerg-
tion’s efforts to increase the this Initiative, the Board shall itiveness of HBCUs; and elevating the public University; Dr. Edward ing Technology Consortium;
number and percentage of advise the President and the engaging the philanthropic, awareness of HBCUs.” Lewis, Co-Founder, Essence; and Dr. David Wilson, Presi-
college-trained Americans by Secretary on all matters per- business, government, mili- Hampton University Presi- Valerie Mosley, Senior Vice dent, Morgan State Univer-
the year 2020. taining to strengthening the tary, homeland-security, and dent, Dr. William R. Harvey, President, Wellington Man- sity.
and raising a healthy younger Move” campaign. She ad- “The President and I love bles and the simple art of gar- Jackson, Mrs. Obama dis-
Obama generation. When we learn
good eating habits we will
vised them to choose healthy
snacks. That snack should be
to play the dance revolution
with our daughters,” said
dening are good ways of en-
couraging children to eat
cussed efforts to combat
childhood obesity with local
kidney failure, diabetes, carry it on throughout our an apple instead of a candy Mrs. Obama. “Ask your par- fresh fruits and vegetables, school officials and state ex-
stroke and high pretension, life, she said. The important bar and bag of chips, she said. ents to join in and do the she said. perts in health and nutrition.
the First Lady said. Years goal of the “Let’s Move” ini- She advised the students to electric slide with you. That Recent federal legislation She was delighted to an-
ago, she added, it was un- tiative is to end the epidemic become more active, start will get you moving.” was passed to reduce the aver- nounce that the Jackson Pub-
common to hear of American of obesity within one genera- moving around, to get up and Then the First Lady, the age caloric intake of school lic School System had
youths suffering from kidney tion. take a walk, or to ride a bike mother of two, also gave lunches from 900 calories to a removed the deep-fat fryers
failure and diabetes. The First Lady then asked to school. Don’t spend all of some motherly advice, en- smaller amount, while also of- from their cafeterias and had
These health problems are the students of Brinkley Mid- your time sitting and playing couraging the students to start fering more fiber and whole- replaced French-fried potatoes
preventable. We need to start dle School to help her and be- video games or talking on the a community garden. Learn- grain food products. with oven-baked chicken,
making better eating choices come a part of the “Let’s phone, she said. ing to grow your own vegeta- Before ending her visit to fresh fruits and vegetables.

net. push for black voting rights room, she said. Once inside being convicted in October inmate’s condition. Concern-
Rally The earliest information in1965. Williams said that he the temporary quarters, Mrs. 1994 of staging the robbery of ing a prisoner’s release for
about the Scott sisters was and Glasgow would try to get Rasco said she felt the condi- two men. The three adoles- medical reasons, she said, the
him to push the governor to published by two women the Scott Sisters’ case on the tions there could only harm cents who committed the rob- general rule is that a prisoner
release Jamie and Gladys based in Memphis and on the agenda at Sunday’s march. her daughter. bery and implicated the must be unable to fend for
Scott. Mrs. Evelyn Rasco, the Atlantic Coast. They actually The burning issue that has “The place was so filthy, sisters in it under threat from herself. Neither the prison
mother of the two sisters, did began the crusade last year rallied more and more people with dirt and trash thrown local authorities, later re- doctor nor the doctor oversee-
not attend the rally but sent that caught the attention of across the country to the Scott everywhere, so that when I canted their stories, saying the ing the kidney medication
reports that she had met the media outlets in Mississippi. sisters cause is the plight of saw how they were treating Scott sisters had nothing to do feels that Jamie Scott is in
commissioner at a hearing in- Nancy Lockhart and Nattyreb Jamie Scott, 38, who was not my daughter, I just cried,” with their action. Money to- such condition.
side the Capitol the previous made effective use of the In- given proper medical atten- said Mrs. Rasco. “It seems to taling about $11 reportedly is Several organizations have
week. Epps assured her then ternet and standard media to tion after both her kidneys me that they want to torture the amount that was taken by designated March 5 as “the
that her daughter would get get the Scott family message failed in December. Her sister my daughter.” the robbers. Day of Action for Jamie and
adequate care and that he out. Gladys, who once shared the Many other human rights Calls to the commissioner’s Gladys Scott,” calling for a
would look into any problems While New York’s Rev. Al same cell with Jamie, offered activists have also been fo- office Monday were inter- massive letter campaign di-
she might have. Sharpton has not announced to donate one of her kidneys cusing international attention cepted by the communica- rected toward Gov. Barbour
Thursday’s rally was also his involvement with the Scott to save Jamie’s life. But on the sisters, ranging from tions director for the and Commissioner Epps.
the catalyst for mobilizing Sisters’ case, his brother the prison authorities blocked the Cuba to South Africa and Mississippi Department of March 26 is the announced
dedicated activists far beyond Rev. Kenny Glasgow of offered transplant. Jamie England. Corrections. Suzanne Single- rally date at various locations
the Mississippi state line, with Dothan, Alabama, said Tues- Scott since then has suffered Jamie and Gladys Scott tary, the spokeswoman for under the direction of Em-
many of them promising to day that he would present the through several botched ef- lived in Scott County, MS, at Epps, said Monday that no press Chi, the founder-execu-
spread the word about the Scott Sisters’ case to Sharpton forts at putting her on a dialy- the time they were sentenced one from the department tive director of the Million
Scott sisters to every major city and his National Action Net- sis machine. But even the to double-life sentences after could comment on a specific Woman March.
and state. work. prison medical authorities
The support network already Bishop Henry Williams, an have described the effort as
extends into Pennsylvania, Oakland, California-based totally inadequate and a threat
where the directors of the Mil- minister who over the years to her life.
lion Women’s March are plan- has developed plans for a fol- Mrs. Rasco, who now lives
ning more protest action and low-up to the 1963 March on in Pensacola, Florida, rushed
are taking legal steps to get Washington for reparations, to the prison the previous
clemency or a pardon for the was traveling with Sharpton’s weekend and was able to see
Scott sisters. Broadcasts over brother in Alabama in prepa- the inside of the prison med-
the New York-based Empow- ration for Sunday’s memorial ical clinic where Jamie was
erment Hour Online University march across the Edmund kept during her dialysis. She
on BlogTalk Radio have also Pettus Bridge, the critical spot was allowed inside the clinic
brought worldwide attention to in Selma where Martin Luther because her daughter was too
the Scott sisters via the Inter- King launched his decisive weak to walk to the visiting

prisoner needs as well as the from state reserve funds for ed-
Budget cost of staffing and running the
prison system. Costs per in-
ucation, MDOC and other de-
partments. The governor would
prisoner than it does per stu- mate rise 3.8 percent each year, be allowed to restore $16 mil-
dent. Unlike students who Epps says. Student cost in- lion to the prison budget and
leave at the end of the school creases have grown 6.8 percent the schools would get the $36
day and return to homes and annually, he added. million contained in the prior
meals paid for by their fami- “Mississippi spends less per legislation.
lies, prisoners remain in our fa- prisoner than any other state in Barbour’s office announced
cilities, in most cases, 24 hours America,” Epps says Tuesday that the governor was
a day, 385 days a year, for The controversy ended Tues- willing to allow the new
months or years at a time.” day with a final budget agree- funding arrangement to go
The state has to pay for all ment to add $82 million taken through.

“We are looking forward to Center at 9 p.m. on Friday,


Alphas hosting our regional brothers
and strengthening our great fra-
March 5; the Belford V. Law-
son, Esq. Oratorical Luncheon,
the 2010 convention is “Devel- ternity.” 12 noon at the Jackson Con-
oping Leaders Dedicated to The weekend should prove vention Complex on Saturday,
Making a Difference.” The an exciting event as well as ed- Mar. 6; and the Miss Black and
Mississippi Alpha Network is ucational for members. The Gold pageant at 9 p.m. Satur-
serving as host. four day event includes work- day at the convention head-
“It is an honor to have the op- shops, meetings and public pro- quarters, the Marriot Hotel.
portunity to host this year’s grams that will showcase the Admission for both events is
Alpha South convention in fraternity’s uniqueness. Among $10.
Jackson,” said Kelsey Rushing, the public events are a Step For more information, con-
Esq., Director of the Show at Jackson State Univer- tact Christian Patterson at 601-
Mississippi Alpha Network. sity’s Athletics and Assembly 201-5463.