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18A June 17-23, 2010 Jackson Advocate Jackson, Mississippi

ices as Director of the Division will act on his nomination

Southern Region
Graves of Child Support Enforcement.
He was there at the time of his
Congressman Bennie Progressive National
1980 as staff attorney at Central first appointment to the bench Thompson likewise signaled Baptist Convention
Mississippi Legal Services and in 1991. his support for Graves. The Annual Session of the
worked simultaneously as an Compliments have been I strongly support the nom- Southern Region Progres-
adjunct professor at Jackson coming in from many of his ination of James Graves to the sive National Baptist Con-
State University, spending 17 friends and associates, praising U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Ap- vention will be held in
years in the departments of Graves for his achievements. peals. I believe that Justice Jackson June 21-25, 2010.
Mass Communications. Politi- Mississippi Senator Roger Graves will be an excellent ad- The Welcome Night Wor-
Wicker is very supportive of dition to the federal bench. ship Service will be held on
cal Science, and Public Policy
Mon., June 21 at 6:30 p.m.
and Administration. Graves. As Senator, Wicker Over the years, I have come
at Greater Mt. Calvary Bap-
From 1986 to 1990, he will have one of the critical 51 to know him as a person with
tist Church, 1400 Robinson
joined the Office of the Missis- majority votes Graves needs impeccable judicial integrity
Judge Greg Mathis of television fame was the guest speaker at the awards ban- Street. All activities of the
sippi Attorney General, work- for his appointment. and as a tenacious worker. Jus- convention (with the excep-
quet held in conjunction with the annual Medgar Evers Homecoming last Satur- ing as a Special Assistant During his tenure on the tice Graves has been selfless
day night at the Masonic Temple in Jackson. The event commemorated the 47th tion of the Welcome Pro-
Attorney General in the Mississippi Supreme Court and tireless member of his gram) will be held at the
year anniversary of the assassination of Evers, who at the time of his death was Human Services and Health Justice, James Graves has been community. I am sure that his Marriott Hotel in Downtown
Mississippi's leading civil rights activist. Mathis, pictured above with Charles Law divisions. Graves then a diligent and capable jurist, record will speak well for him Jackson. For a listing of ac-
Evers, told the 300+ guests, "We have to stop making excuses for what's wrong went on for a brief tenure in the Wicker said in a letter of sup- during his confirmation tivities and additional infor-
in our communities. It's time to take responsibility." (Advocate photo: Alice Thomas-Tisdale) Department of Human Serv- port. I am hopeful the Senate process. mation, call 601-352-8585.

with him on getting the travel nances for 10 years. Altogether, up the matter from his end in the Attorney General. a Chicago WiMAX Confer-
Stokes together and call hotels. I do
some of the legwork for him.
he has been with the depart-
ment for 38 years, spending
support of the councilmans
When pressed by Stokes for
advice on what legal avenues
ence that Councilman Stokes
attended was followed by a
him to be at fault in any way. Ive never found any prob- two of those years as the direc- This letter is to confirm that were immediately open to him, WiMAX presentation at Jack-
Hill said that Stokes usually lems with his travel, hes al- tor. no one from my office con- Teeuwissen said, Mr. Stokes is son City Hall. The presenta-
confers with him before any ways come back to me and Stokes showed the Jackson tacted you about a meeting free to hire whoever he wants tion featured a leading
trip and that he helps plan out brought the receipts. Ive never Advocate the registration iden- with me in March 2008, to, but not at city expense un- WiMAX Convention Ex-
the itinerary with him. had a problem with him getting tification required for atten- Thompson wrote in the letter less the action proved to be hibitor that was invited to
Writer Chris Joyner used me what I need to document his dance at the July 21-Aug. 6, Stokes received Wednesday. If within the law governing such come to Jackson by Council-
innuendo and a kind of travel. 2009, American Association of any further information is matters. man Stokes at the WiMAX
arched-eyebrow slant in re- Hill said he also helped State Highway Transportation needed in this matter, do not The Clarion Ledger is not Convention in Chicago. The
porting on four trips Stokes arrange flights and other ex- Officials (AASHTO) Construc- hesitate in contacting me. judge, jury and executioner, Jackson City Hall WiMAX
made running from July 2009 pense-related items. All city tion Subcommittee in Chicago; Stokes pled with his fellow Stokes said in an open letter to presentation was well attended
until March 2010. Joyner officials and employees must the March 10-20, 2010, meet- council members Tuesday to the paper. Councilman Ken- by media, government and the
questioned whether Stokes give a documented account of ing of the National League of vote with him to hire famed neth I. Stokes has information general public. Surely, this
had actually taken the trips their activities and expenses. Cities in Washington, D. C.; Civil Rights Attorney Alvin that proves his attendance at fact was known by the Clarion
and implied that somehow the The traveler gets a per diem al- and the RE-Think New York Chambliss to initiate legal ac- the conferences. For example, Ledger.
down-to-Earth councilman lowance also. Think Tank Co-Op and Condo tion against the Clarion Ledger
was pocketing public money
The only things they dont
have to have receipts for are
Expo 2008.
The CL writer also used a
and its reporter, charging capri-
cious reporting and malicious
Hill, who bears the title of their meals and their taxi fares quote from Congressman Ben- defamation of character. Led by the example of his mother, Dr. Alferdteen Harrison,
city finance executive, demol- for less than $10, he said. nie Thompson to imply that Although Stokes did not get Judge Harrison pursued a legal career out of a desire to
ished all such innuendo and The per diem allowance cov- Stokes was not in Washington the majority of four votes help his community. As I got older I saw the law as a way
snide reportage in an exclusive ers the meals. Otherwise, because he did not meet with needed to hire his lawyer of to help people and solve their problems. My mother in-
Jackson Advocate interview weve got to document all the the congressman along with an- choice, Chambliss, he asked stilled a sense of community service and to help your fel-
Wednesday morning. other expenses. other member of the council the city attorney to affirm that low man.
I have worked closely with Hill has worked closely with during the March conference he had a right to appeal the vote When asked about his responsibilities as a judge, Harrison
Councilman Stokes for the past Stokes over the past 15 years, for the National League of within 10 days. City Attorney becomes solemn. I have taken my position as judge seriously
15 years, said Hill. When- both he and the councilman Cities. Peter Teeuwissen and his assis- and with a deep sense of responsibility, he says. I have sought
ever he goes on a trip he will say. Hill has been executive ad- Thompson sent Stokes a let- tant Monica Joiner said they to earn the trust of the citizens by carrying out my responsibil-
call me and ask me to work ministrator of the citys fi- ter dated June 14 that cleared would need time to confer with ities with reverence, honor and respect.

Another policeman and sher- in Belzoni, four of the accused the blame on Tate or Wells. the other women bothered me charges of malicious mischief
System iffs deputy, Bruce Williams,
was also named by Wells as a
women confronted Tate and
Ratliff and ended up with one
David James tried to keep
Deidres name out of it, Tate
again, he would put them in
jail for two weeks.
and assault by threat, for An-
tionette and Damien, and dis-
Harris in Jackson about the ar- law enforcement officer en- of them, Daniella Hughes, al- said. So he started going Wells and her two relatives orderly conduct and resisting
rest, according to the SCLC of- gaged in the alleged acts of legedly hitting Ratliff in the around telling people that the faced more taunts, threats and arrest for Sherry. It is not clear
ficial. Tabitha Tate was picked sexual exploitation of women face, according to a statement trouble was about me and my an assault involving more than whether charges of violating
up by the police the following in the Belzoni area. notarized by Wells and Tate on boyfriend. Then those girls 20 people on her brother, the five-year injunction on
day but was released after her Belzonis Mayor Wardell April 22. started picking on me and my Damien Wells, on the night of contact with their adversaries
parents intervened, Wells said. Walton, the first black man After they jumped on my auntie, Sherry Wells. He told April 17, she said. Although will be brought against the
The two sisters and their elected to that office, refused nieces friend, David James Deidre to stop hanging around Foxworth had advised Wells to three.
brother are scheduled to appear Monday to answer any ques- daughter, they went down to us. But it started because of file assault-by-threat charges Trotter said in a phone con-
in justice court June 24 on a tions about a growing number the sheriffs office to file her seeing her boyfriend in the against Marilyn Ross, a mem- versation Tuesday, neverthe-
number of charges that they of charges of malfeasance and charges against Daniella park with Kasha Brown. They ber of the group threatening less, that his municipal court
claim were contrived. alleged criminal acts on the Hughes and her accomplices started picking on me because her, he decided on April 17 to docket does not include any
David James, an investigator part of some of the officers for jumping on her, Sherry I was with his daughter. get a five-year court injunction charges. If the justice court
for both the Belzoni police de- under his authority. Under the Wells said. One of the women accused to bar any contact between pursues contempt charges
partment and the Humphreys law, the mayor is also the po- James allegedly wanted to of assault, Sharonda Ross, Wells and her tormentor, Mar- against them, he will not do
County sheriffs office, is al- lice commissioner and has keep his daughter clear of any however, is the sister of David ilyn Ross. so, because of the issue of
leged to be one of the main cul- oversight over police conduct. involvement because of an al- James alleged girlfriend, Municipal Judge William C. double jeopardy.
prits at the center of the Walton called all complaints leged prior criminal charge Kizzie Ross. James allegedly Trotter issued the order the Sharon Tate, the mother of
controversy that could wreck hearsay and said he would against her in Louisiana and was conflicted between doing following Monday. But he in- Tabitha, says that most of the
the lives of a number of inno- not respond to any questions allegedly expunged all the favors for his girlfriend and her cluded Wells sister, An- trouble occurring in Belzonis
cent people. (A breaking news about possible police miscon- court records on her. She has relatives and standing up for tionette, and niece under the black community stems from
report from yesterday indicates duct. not been in contact with her his own daughter. He solved injunction to avoid contact conflicts of women getting into
that officer David James was Beginning with an incident friend Tabitha since the five- his dilemma allegedly by re- with Ross and her associates. disputes over men, many of
brought into Humphreys in March that involved an al- year injunction was issued, moving his daughters com- Trotter said he issued the in- them in law enforcement, who
County circuit court Wednes- leged assault on Deidre Ratliff, Tabitha Tate says. Ratliff had plaint from the police files. junction to maintain peace and exploit them sexually. She
day on sexual harassment a good friend of Tabitha Tate at first been included under the David James got rid of the order in the community. He owns a beauty shop in Belzoni
charges filed by a female Bel- and the daughter of David five-year injunction, but there papers, Wells said. After dismissed all the other and has taken note of how the
zoni police officer, Shirley James, Sherry Wells found her- is no record of her inclusion, that, the girls started picking at charges, he said. local courts routinely arrest and
Johnson. Belzoni Police Chief self drawn into conflict with a thanks to the alleged insider me and Tabitha. I went to Po- Wells and her sister An- fine these women, although
Mickey Foxworth was also re- group of women out to settle a work of her father. lice Chief Mickey Foxworth tionette were arrested on the nothing is ever done to prose-
ported as being charged with score with Ratliff. Tabitha was Tabitha Tate says that David and explained to him that I morning of May 26. The sis- cute the officers who are the
sexual harassment by the same with Deidre Ratliff at the time James deliberately set up a was moving to Orlando, ters and their brother are real cause of the conflicts.
woman, according to reports of the first incident. rumor mill to take the onus off Florida, as soon as my kids got scheduled to appear in justice Sherry and Antionette Wells
from inside the courthouse.) One night at a McDonalds his daughter and tried to lay out of school. He said that if court on June 24 facing are her sisters.

takes little credit for where he mater, Mississippi State Uni- lives regardless of social eco- with the moral consciousness ing opportunities for black en-
Fathers finds himself positioned in
world affairs. Besides his fam-
versity, and Ebony Magazines
Top 150 Black Leaders in
nomic background or race
there is one common denomi-
of America.
And so now today the
gineers. As the head of NSBE
since 2005, he has been instru-
Minority Engineering Intern- ily and professors, he says his America (2008 and 2009 edi- nator that they all have. All of graduating class of 2010, our mental in growing the mem-
ship Program. In 2004, he ex- mentor, Dr. Edward Jones of tions). His most recent the men and women in this Golden Knights you too have bership from 13,000 to 33,000.
panded his community role as Seattle, helped him tremen- achievement occurred in May great nation who have amongst your vast array of op- Just as impressive is the ex-
President of the Seattle King dously, as does his close friend when he received an honorary achieved that greatness had portunities global warming, pansion of NSBE financial re-
County Branch NAACP. To and Lanier High School class- doctorate from Clarkson Uni- this one ingredient: opportu- alternative energy sources, sources from $3.5 million to
his credit, the branch grew mate Darryl Jones, who is now versity in Potsdam, New York. nity. President Abraham Lin- conservation and land, re- $9 million. Increased funding
from 600 to 2,000 members in a Florida state senator in In his remarks to the 2010 coln is considered a great sources and wildlife, the grow- provided the bridge to embark
a span of one year and received Miami. I take literally to graduating class, Mack said, president because he had the ing economic gap between the on programming geared for
the Thalheimer Award as the whom much is given, much is My advice to you is to pursue opportunity to deal with slav- haves and the have-nots, edu- the next generation of engi-
top branch in the nation. required. Im grateful to be in your greatness. And that great- ery in this country. Susan B. cation, skyrocketing unem- neers; hence, SEEK (Summer
The mission of the National a position of authority which ness means that you are going Anthony is considered a great ployment, an explosion in the Engineering Experience for
Society of Black Engineers is allows me to utilize my expe- to pursue something that is big- woman because she had the prison population, world rela- Kids). The academy exposes
to increase the number of cul- rience for the benefit of oth- ger than you, something that is opportunity to deal with dis- tions, war, immigration reform African American youth to sci-
turally responsible black engi- ers, he said. far more special than you. crimination against sisters in and yes, racism are just some ence, technology, engineering
neers who excel academically, For his community activism, The history of our great na- this country when it came to of the opportunities that await and math early and constantly,
succeed professionally and Mack has received numerous tion is filled with men and voting. Martin Luther King, Jr., you and your greatness. and has seen tremendous
positively impact the commu- honors, including being named women who have achieved is considered a great man in the Mack has been successful in growth, from 250 children to
nity, Mack said. a 2006 Distinguished Engi- greatness and when you go history our nation because he his pursuit of championing nearly 1600, in its first three
The new executive director neering Fellow at his alma through and recount all of their had the opportunity to deal civil rights causes and increas- years, commented Mack.

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