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March 4-10, 2010
NAACP BLACK HISTORY MONTH AWARDS PROGRAM
The Jackson Branch NAACP held its annual Black History Month awards program Feb. 27 at St. Luther M.B. Church, 1040 Banks Street in Jackson. Besides recognizing community advocates for “Embracing the Past; Preparing for the Next Decade,” attendees were treated to a panel discussion on issues of importance to the community. This year’s honorees were: businesspersons Socrates Garrett, B.T. Jones, Duane O’Neil and Gailya Porter; attorneys Fred Banks, Reuben Anderson, John
Maxey and Constance Slaughter-Harvey; religious leaders Jerry Young, Charles Polk, Carolyn Tyler-Guidry and Valerie Cohen. Congratulating awardees who attended the event (Garrett, Porter, Banks and Polk) were Jackson Branch NAACP president Gus McCoy, treasurer Charles Britton, member Wayne McDaniels, Jackson-Hinds Youth Chapter NAACP member Gavin Hughes, and Beth and Steve Orlinsky, representing Beth Israel congregation. (Photo: Kathy Sykes) education communities in a national dialogue regarding new HBCU programs and initiatives; improving the ability of HBCUs to remain fiscally secure, to include public-private investments in HBCUs; and elevating the public awareness of HBCUs.” Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey, “The President and I love to play the dance revolution with our daughters,” said Mrs. Obama. “Ask your parents to join in and do the electric slide with you. That will get you moving.” Then the First Lady, the mother of two, also gave some motherly advice, encouraging the students to start a community garden. Learning to grow your own vegetaroom, she said. Once inside the temporary quarters, Mrs. Rasco said she felt the conditions there could only harm her daughter. “The place was so filthy, with dirt and trash thrown everywhere, so that when I saw how they were treating my daughter, I just cried,” said Mrs. Rasco. “It seems to me that they want to torture my daughter.” Many other human rights activists have also been focusing international attention on the sisters, ranging from Cuba to South Africa and England. Jamie and Gladys Scott lived in Scott County, MS, at the time they were sentenced to double-life sentences after is Obama’s choice for chairman. Other educators slated to serve on the prestigious board are: Dr. Lawrence S. Bacow, President, Tufts University; Evelynn M. Hammonds, Dean, Harvard University; Dr. Edward Lewis, Co-Founder, Essence; Valerie Mosley, Senior Vice President, Wellington Manbles and the simple art of gardening are good ways of encouraging children to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, she said. Recent federal legislation was passed to reduce the average caloric intake of school lunches from 900 calories to a smaller amount, while also offering more fiber and wholegrain food products. Before ending her visit to being convicted in October 1994 of staging the robbery of two men. The three adolescents who committed the robbery and implicated the sisters in it under threat from local authorities, later recanted their stories, saying the Scott sisters had nothing to do with their action. Money totaling about $11 reportedly is the amount that was taken by the robbers. Calls to the commissioner’s office Monday were intercepted by the communications director for the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Suzanne Singletary, the spokeswoman for Epps, said Monday that no one from the department could comment on a specific agement Group; Willie Pearson Jr., Professor of Sociology, Georgia Institute; Beverly Daniel Tatum, President, Spelman College; Kenneth Tolson, Executive Senior Vice President/CEO, Emerging Technology Consortium; and Dr. David Wilson, President, Morgan State University. Jackson, Mrs. Obama discussed efforts to combat childhood obesity with local school officials and state experts in health and nutrition. She was delighted to announce that the Jackson Public School System had removed the deep-fat fryers from their cafeterias and had replaced French-fried potatoes with oven-baked chicken, fresh fruits and vegetables. inmate’s condition. Concerning a prisoner’s release for medical reasons, she said, the general rule is that a prisoner must be unable to fend for herself. Neither the prison doctor nor the doctor overseeing the kidney medication feels that Jamie Scott is in such condition. Several organizations have designated March 5 as “the Day of Action for Jamie and Gladys Scott,” calling for a massive letter campaign directed toward Gov. Barbour and Commissioner Epps. March 26 is the announced rally date at various locations under the direction of Empress Chi, the founder-executive director of the Million Woman March.
federally-sponsored programs and opportunities for the nation’s HBCUs. It will also contribute to the Administration’s efforts to increase the number and percentage of college-trained Americans by the year 2020.
In part, Obama’s Executive Order states, “Historically black colleges and universities have made historic and ongoing contributions to the general welfare and prosperity of our country. Through this Initiative, the Board shall advise the President and the Secretary on all matters pertaining to strengthening the and raising a healthy younger generation. When we learn good eating habits we will carry it on throughout our life, she said. The important goal of the “Let’s Move” initiative is to end the epidemic of obesity within one generation. The First Lady then asked the students of Brinkley Middle School to help her and become a part of the “Let’s net. The earliest information about the Scott sisters was published by two women based in Memphis and on the Atlantic Coast. They actually began the crusade last year that caught the attention of media outlets in Mississippi. Nancy Lockhart and Nattyreb made effective use of the Internet and standard media to get the Scott family message out. While New York’s Rev. Al Sharpton has not announced his involvement with the Scott Sisters’ case, his brother the Rev. Kenny Glasgow of Dothan, Alabama, said Tuesday that he would present the Scott Sisters’ case to Sharpton and his National Action Network. Bishop Henry Williams, an Oakland, California-based minister who over the years has developed plans for a follow-up to the 1963 March on Washington for reparations, was traveling with Sharpton’s brother in Alabama in preparation for Sunday’s memorial march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the critical spot in Selma where Martin Luther King launched his decisive prisoner needs as well as the cost of staffing and running the prison system. Costs per inmate rise 3.8 percent each year, Epps says. Student cost increases have grown 6.8 percent annually, he added. “Mississippi spends less per prisoner than any other state in America,” Epps says The controversy ended Tuesday with a final budget agreement to add $82 million taken “We are looking forward to hosting our regional brothers and strengthening our great fraternity.” The weekend should prove an exciting event as well as educational for members. The four day event includes workshops, meetings and public programs that will showcase the fraternity’s uniqueness. Among the public events are a Step Show at Jackson State University’s Athletics and Assembly
educational capacity of HBCUs. In particular, the Board shall advise the President and the Secretary on improving the identity, visibility, and distinctive capabilities and overall competitiveness of HBCUs; engaging the philanthropic, business, government, military, homeland-security, and Move” campaign. She advised them to choose healthy snacks. That snack should be an apple instead of a candy bar and bag of chips, she said. She advised the students to become more active, start moving around, to get up and take a walk, or to ride a bike to school. Don’t spend all of your time sitting and playing video games or talking on the phone, she said. push for black voting rights in1965. Williams said that he and Glasgow would try to get the Scott Sisters’ case on the agenda at Sunday’s march. The burning issue that has rallied more and more people across the country to the Scott sisters cause is the plight of Jamie Scott, 38, who was not given proper medical attention after both her kidneys failed in December. Her sister Gladys, who once shared the same cell with Jamie, offered to donate one of her kidneys to save Jamie’s life. But prison authorities blocked the offered transplant. Jamie Scott since then has suffered through several botched efforts at putting her on a dialysis machine. But even the prison medical authorities have described the effort as totally inadequate and a threat to her life. Mrs. Rasco, who now lives in Pensacola, Florida, rushed to the prison the previous weekend and was able to see the inside of the prison medical clinic where Jamie was kept during her dialysis. She was allowed inside the clinic because her daughter was too weak to walk to the visiting from state reserve funds for education, MDOC and other departments. The governor would be allowed to restore $16 million to the prison budget and the schools would get the $36 million contained in the prior legislation. Barbour’s office announced Tuesday that the governor was willing to allow the new funding arrangement to go through. Center at 9 p.m. on Friday, March 5; the Belford V. Lawson, Esq. Oratorical Luncheon, 12 noon at the Jackson Convention Complex on Saturday, Mar. 6; and the Miss Black and Gold pageant at 9 p.m. Saturday at the convention headquarters, the Marriot Hotel. Admission for both events is $10. For more information, contact Christian Patterson at 601201-5463.
kidney failure, diabetes, stroke and high pretension, the First Lady said. Years ago, she added, it was uncommon to hear of American youths suffering from kidney failure and diabetes. These health problems are preventable. We need to start making better eating choices
him to push the governor to release Jamie and Gladys Scott. Mrs. Evelyn Rasco, the mother of the two sisters, did not attend the rally but sent reports that she had met the commissioner at a hearing inside the Capitol the previous week. Epps assured her then that her daughter would get adequate care and that he would look into any problems she might have. Thursday’s rally was also the catalyst for mobilizing dedicated activists far beyond the Mississippi state line, with many of them promising to spread the word about the Scott sisters to every major city and state. The support network already extends into Pennsylvania, where the directors of the Million Women’s March are planning more protest action and are taking legal steps to get clemency or a pardon for the Scott sisters. Broadcasts over the New York-based Empowerment Hour Online University on BlogTalk Radio have also brought worldwide attention to the Scott sisters via the Inter-
prisoner than it does per student. Unlike students who leave at the end of the school day and return to homes and meals paid for by their families, prisoners remain in our facilities, in most cases, 24 hours a day, 385 days a year, for months or years at a time.” The state has to pay for all
the 2010 convention is “Developing Leaders Dedicated to Making a Difference.” The Mississippi Alpha Network is serving as host. “It is an honor to have the opportunity to host this year’s Alpha South convention in Jackson,” said Kelsey Rushing, Esq., Director of the Mississippi Alpha Network.