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May 2 2013 - The Mississippi Link
www.mississippilink.com
Vol. 19, No. 28
May 2 - 9, 2013
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Streamlined and live streamed: debating Jackson
mayoral candidates kept at 5 based on 5-point criteria
By Ayesha K. Mustafaa
Editor
The League of Women Voters of the Jackson Area and the
Mississippi College School of
Law of Jackson, Wednesday
night, April 30, partnered with
two local media outlets - The
Clarion-Ledger and WAPTChannel 16 - streamlined and
live streamed the most animated debate of Jackson mayoral
candidates before a live audience.
The debate was streamed live
on WAPT’s secondary channel
16-2 and through the ClarionLedger website. The hour and
a half debate started at 7 p.m.
with a packed audience at the
Mississippi College School of
Law Student Auditorium, 151
E. Griffith St., in downtown
Jackson; some people had to
stand in the lobby to view the
debate on monitors.
Debate
Continued on page 3
L-R Mayoral candidates incumbent Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr., Jonathan Lee, Frank Blunston, Regina Quinn and Chokwe Lumumba PHOTO BY JAY JOHNSON
Cong. Bennie Thompson
applauds CSLC-EDGE’s HUD
project in Holmes County
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LEXINGTON - During a morning groundbreaking
ceremony
Monday, April 29, for a
new housing development near Lexington,
Congressman Bennie
Thompson
(D-MS)
described the project
as “much-needed and
well-deserved for the
citizens of Holmes
County.”
Cong.Thompson addressing the HUD’s MS Field Office Director Jerrie
The development is
crowd at the CSLC-EDGE new
Magruder and MS HUD CPD Director Linda
being made possible by construction site.
Tynes on site.
a grant from the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban nomic activities availEDGE Business Incubator, located
Development Rural Innovation able for the citizens of Holmes at 45 Arenia C. Mallory Road. The
Fund (RIF) awarded to the Com- County is something the congress- business incubator is also a community Students Learning Cen- man said he is looking forward ponent of the grant, which helped
ter (CSLC). The project is called to working with to “better [their] produce start-up businesses that
EDGE or Empowering the Delta lives.”
are expected to create jobs.
with a Growing Economy.
Following the groundbreaking,
CSLC-EDGE
The investment of federal dol- Thompson also made remarks at
Continued on page 5
lars to make houses and other eco- the ribbon-cutting of the CLSC-
Photo of the Week
Partnerships that reduce
crime make us safer
Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis (at podium) joined by Mayor Brad Rogers (3rd left) of Pearl,
Miss., and Pearl Chief of Police Ben Schuler (2nd left) and debuting K9 Chappy (far right)
announce huge marijuana bust (far left). PHOTO BY AYESHA K. MUSTAFAA
Drug bust
Read more on page 6
Cyberlearning tools like evolutionary iPad
enhance overall student performance
By Stephanie R. Jones
Contributing Writer
Inside
Cliffanique Towbridge has found
the iPad she received as an incoming freshman at Jackson State University last fall to be a valuable tool
for use in coursework, staying connected to instructors and schoolmates and her athletic activities.
The iPad also saves her money
because she doesn’t have to purchase books and it lightens the
load of her backpack. “I can study
anywhere. I don’t have to go the library,” said Towbridge, a criminal
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Boston and all
communities
victimized by gun
violence
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justice major from Miami. “I can
find a quite place and focus better.”
As a heptathlete on the JSU track
team, Towbridge said it also helps
her monitor her progress during
practices and meets. “I can track
my time and see what areas I need
to improve in and keep up with
school work while on the road.”
Towbridge was among students,
educators and technology experts
who shared their experiences using
cyberlearning tools in education
during “The Democratization of
CyberLearning - Trailblazers Sum-
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Alert found
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mit” held April 25 - 26 at the Mississippi e-Center at JSU.
The summit was a progress
report on the groundbreaking initiative started last fall when the eCenter and JSU purchased 1,150
Apple iPads for all the university’s
incoming freshmen, the largest
such project at a public university
in the U.S.
Participating were James Kelley, Ph.D., an executive with Apple
Education who was instrumental in
assisting JSU, and former Assistant
U.S. Secretary of Education, Susan
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Sclafani, Ph.D., who helped school
districts develop 21st Century digital learning environments.
The atmosphere was high-tech
and cutting edge, with the summit
utilizing many cyber platforms on
which people could participate.
Questions were texted to panelists, while others communicated
through Skype, Twitter and Facebook. Fusebox allowed connections to many people at once.
Cyberlearning
Continued on page 2
JSU student Cliffaniqua Towbridge. PHOTO BY F3 Films LLC
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Cyberlearning
Continued from page 1
There was talk of video
simulations of classes, which
allow students to go online
and pick up anything they
may have missed in class.
A wifi-equipped bus transported students to the event,
allowing them to communicate with participants while
en route. Simultaneous conferences participated from
remote sites as far away as
Georgia State University in
Atlanta.
At Georgia State, teachers
even wrote electronic textbooks for students, explained
David R. Forguer, Ph.D.,
Georgia State. “But some
students didn’t have the latest iphones or Androids and
couldn’t access the book, so
the school had to establish
links in order for them to
read the book,” she said.
“JSU is a trailblazer in the
cyberlearning world,” said
William McHenry, Ph.D.,
executive director of the
Mississippi e-Center Foundation. “Universities from
across the country are inquiring about this project, and we
can’t wait to share our findings.”
Noel Didla, an English
professor at Jackson State,
said that in drawing on students’ cultural histories and
core issues they are exposed
to, she uses technology to
encourage critical thinking,
analytical reasoning, communication skills, and to get
students to become community change agents.
Teresa L. Houston, of East
Central Community College,
attended because she said her
school is playing catch-up to
students. “All of our students
have iPhones and i-gadgets
but we weren’t ready as a
campus,” Houston said.
“We are embarking on our
technology upgrade; upgrad-
ing our infrastructure so that
we can accommodate our
students. And in the next
academic year, it‘ll be training our faculty, getting them
ready to meet the students
where they are. We know the
only thing that’s constant is
change. If we don’t change,
we will be left behind.”
Vivian Fuller, director of
Athletics at JSU, said technology has been infused into
all intercollegiate programs,
taking cyberlearning beyond
the classroom. The goal, she
said is to give
student
athletes the best
university experience and
make them an
integral part
of the university.
“We
can
monitor a student athlete’s
class
time,
whether they
went to study
hall, whether
they showed
up for coaches
meeting,” she
said. “We can
have a report
in less than 70
seconds. We
can use any
electronic device.
“Most
of
our students
have iPhones
or some type
of
Android
and that’s the
best way to
connect with
them because
it never leaves
their body. It
is an appendage, hooked to
them 24 hours
a day, and, believe it or not,
they will answer it.”
Sclafani, the former Assistant Secretary of Education,
talked about challenges in
the switch to digital learning.
“Children are growing up
with technologies that are far
more engaging than listening
to someone talking in front
of a classroom. That is not
their best mode of learning.”
She said teachers are going
to need additional support to
make the transition. But she
does not believe integrated
learning systems of the past
or now are going to be able to
replace the power of a teacher’s mind to understand, to
diagnose and determine what
it is a student needs to do.
“The misconception is in
how to overcome it; we’re
not there yet. We don’t have
those expert systems ready.
So we don’t want to replace
teachers; we simple want to
replace the textbook with
some set of resources that
are easier for [students] to
use.”
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Teresa L. Houston (front) and Noel Didla discussing cyberlearning
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Debate
Continued from page 1
Stephanie Maxwell from
WAPT and Sam Hall from the
Clarion-Ledger were the moderators posing the questions that
were acquired from the Jackson
voters by way of WAPT’s Facebook page or the Clarion-Ledger
website. Questions also were accepted through Twitter
According to political analyst
Othor Cain, “The debate was
very well organized and gave
voters an opportunity to dig
deeper into some of the issues
facing the city of Jackson. For
the first time in this campaign
season, it wasn’t a forum but
rather a debate and we witnessed
some heated exchanges as a result.”
Cain said, “A runoff is inevitable, although this debate may
help many to make up their
minds. My only hope is that going forward, it will be aired on a
regular cable channel in addition
to a second tier channel.”
The debate will be re-aired
Saturday, May 4, on 16 WAPT
at 12:30 p.m. The state primaries
are May 7. The general election
is June 4.
The organizers stated that
because of the time and space
constraints of live television, as
well as the large number of candidates, the League and its partners used “impartial criteria to
limit the number of candidates
participating.”
Participating candidates were
selected on the basis of four of
the following five campaign
criteria required by March 22:
press releases, public appearances, a campaign office that is
not in the candidate’s home, paid
campaign staff, and political advertising. Therefore, five mayoral candidates out of 12 qualified:
Harvey Johnson Jr., Jonathan
Lee, Frank Bluntson, Regina
Quinn and Chokwe Lumumba.
Many of the candidates not
included in the debate had their
cars and trucks laden with campaign promotions in the parking
lots and on the streets around the
debate venue.
The debate became heated at
times when track records as well
as character and integrity were
brought into question.
Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. defended his years of experience
and insisted that Jackson has
improved with the building of
the convention center complex,
new stretches of streets being repaired and a reduction in crime.
He also defended police chief
Rebecca Coleman as doing a
good job. He said Jackson is on
the way of becoming a “destination city.”
Ward 2 Councilman Chokwe
Lumumba put great emphasis on
education as a solution to crime
and other problems. He said his
efforts as an attorney in the case
of the Scott sisters resulting in
their release showed his ability
to win justice in difficult cases.
Lumumba spoke about getting more businesses to come
to Jackson. “We can’t wait for
businesses to come. We have to
go get businesses.” He said by
expanding the summer youth
employment program, those
youth will spend their dollars
in Jackson, because “they don’t
have a car to get to Madison.”
He called for better sidewalks
and transportation to give an
economic boost to the city. “If
you’ve occupied an office for
12 years, you’re not likely to do
more in the 13th year than you
did in the first 12,” Lumumba
said.
Ward 4 Councilman Frank
Bluntson expressed doubt that
crime is down in the city, noting that some people don’t even
report crimes anymore; they get
despondent and don’t report
them. He said while there is a
convention center in Jackson,
people are going to Vicksburg
and the Reservoir to spend their
money.
Bluntson referred to the city
council, of which, he is a member, as just sitting there “like a
back seat driver. I want to get to
the steering wheel.” He repeatedly said that he will donate the
mayor’s salary to charities and
that he can live on his retirement.
Businessman Jonathan Lee
stated that Jackson police have a
morale issue and crime rates are
up. He relied on his second generation business experiences,
adding that the city needed to
attract businesses to the medical
corridor that the city is known
for.
Pushing back on Johnson’s remarks about being the only candidate with the experience, Lee
said, “Look at what experience
has gotten us,” pointing out the
city’s crumbling infrastructure.
In a round of counter punches,
Johnson said Lee gained the endorsement of the police union
by making promises of positions
if he is elected, to which Lee
replied it was the same police
union that endorsed Johnson in
his last mayoral campaign.
Attorney Regina Quinn referred often to the fact that she
was raised in Jackson and has
lived or worked at some point in
all of its seven wards. To pay for
the city’s infrastructure woes,
Quinn said it’s time to put a local
option sales tax to a vote, even
with the oversight commission
that’s currently in place.
“Let the people decide,” she
said. Quinn said the city needs
to emphasize science through
STEM programs - Science,
Technology, Engineering and
Math, noting that Jackson State
University has successful science and technology programs.
The most heated part of the
debate came when Lee said,
that according to Rep. Bennie
Thompson, the city left $35 million in federal grant money on
the table and also criticized the
city for being slow to use $6 million to fix infrastructure along
Capitol Street.
Johnson replied, “There is no
way I would leave $35 million
on the table.” He then questioned Lee’s business integrity
and accused him of “playing
with the numbers.”
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“Again, I salute Mayor
Harvey Johnson”
Dear Editor:
The City of Jackson is approaching the
time to either re-elect or elect a mayor. A host
of candidates have emerged to vie for that office. This is normal in the political sphere of
human activity, however, what is questionable is the claim that he/she can do a better
job than the incumbent.
These candidates emphasize a “need for
change” and for “social and economic opportunities” - all culminating in the need for
Jackson to enter into “a new direction.”
The incumbent Mayor has consistently
worked to actualize these variables, sometimes with vociferous mean spirited resistance from his political foes. As a native Mississippian, I have seen changes come in most
areas of socio-cultural activity in the state.
However, as a sociologist, I am acutely aware
that many residues of the past are still active,
potent and effective.
The incumbent Mayor knows this. He has
the training and experience required in the
process of compromise without abandonment
of goals. He knows that to climb steep hills
requires a methodical approach laced with
dedication and an understanding of the issues.
Mayor Johnson has exhibited the ability to
avoid succumbing to the siren’s call to accrue
personal wealth through unethical means, i.e.
using his office for personal gain. This has
been a career-ending event for far too many
blacks in political office in other cities.
To Mayor Johnson’s credit, he has not exhibited knee-jerk reactions to vitriolic criticism based on envy, jealousy and in some
cases, racism.
Many black citizens are criticizing the
Mayor for being responsible for some whiteowned businesses moving out of the city.
This is a problem that citizens can control.
However, some blacks continue to follow
these businesses, yet they become defensive
and wonder why our streets aren’t smooth.
Tax dollars for schools, streets, drainage,
fire department, police officers and all other
city services depend on citizens. Some businesses have left, but many have come and
many continue to stay. Let’s support them.
For those candidates who argue that change
is needed, they are correct. The change that
Jackson needs is for voters to become factcheckers, more critical in their thinking and
to cease and desist from falling for these
promised “pipe dreams.”
We must wake up to the reality that there
aren’t any quick, painless solutions to centuries of old problems. And critical for voters is
the need to elect people to public office who
possess the required skills and experience
and who have moral and ethical character.
Mayor Johnson’s closet has been opened
for skeletons many times by those who seek
to unseat him.
To date, the findings are: a man with stellar moral and ethical character, party loyalty,
a great steward of the people’s finances - a
budgetary genius, a history of infrastructure
improvements, excellent public safety projects - resulting in an appreciable decrease in
crime, evidence of economic development,
concern for the elderly, focus with visits to
schools, job fairs at colleges and universities
and many activities and programs to improve
the quality of life for all citizens.
If you hear a candidate say, Jackson needs
a “NEW DIRECTION” tell him/her that you
are not following because he or she is headed the WRONG way. Again, I salute Mayor
Johnson.
Rommel W. Benjamin, PhD
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CSLC-EDGE
Continued from page 1
The comprehensive EDGE
project also includes improving citizen’s job-seeking
skills, life skills, and providing information on homebuyer education, fair housing;
and rehabbing some of their
homes.
“We are excited and grateful to HUD for placing such
a needed program in Holmes
County,” said CSLC-EDGE
executive director Beulah
Greer. “Through this project,
we, along with our Board of
Directors and key partners
are working diligently to help
enhance the county’s economy and improve the quality
of life for our citizens.”
HUD’s Regional Office in
Atlanta also issued a statement about the project: “This
Rural Innovation Fund award
to the Community Students
Learning Center in Lexington was especially important
because as witnessed at the
grand opening, it is a catalytic project that will have an
impact on the community for
generations to come.”
The HUD statement noted that this was one of only
seven comprehensive grants
awarded nationwide in August of 2011. CSLC board
president and CEO Leslie
Greer stated, “The EDGE
project is not just building
houses, it is helping to build
and strengthen a community.”
Cong. Thompson
announces
MDOT grant to
city of Belzoni
The Mississippi Link Newswire
Cong. Bennie G. Thompson
(D-MS) announced Tuesday,
April 30, that the U. S. Department of Transportation
has awarded $77,400 to the
City of Belzoni to acquire
land for development at the
Belzoni Municipal Airport in
Mississippi.
The land is adjacent to the
existing airport property and
will be used for future eligible
Airport Improvement Program development.
Belzoni Municipal Airport
is a general aviation airport
associated with the city.
CSLC staff and partners break ground for low income family homes
CSLC HIPPY student, LeBauerio Bridgeford, reciting
the Pledge of Allegiance with mother Betty Bridgeford
PHOTOS BY LEROY RILEY
CSLC partners and supporters cut ribbon to the CSLC-EDGE Business Incubator.
JBHM Architect Ryan Ashford and CSLC construction manager Willie McGriggs unveiling rendering of the homes’ design.
Senator David Jordan giving remarks.
Missing child in
Amber Alert found
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Drug bust
Continued from page 1
By Ayesha K. Mustafaa
Editor
Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone
Lewis was joined by Pearl’s
Mayor Brad Rogers and Chief
of Police Ben Schuler to announce what Lewis called “the
largest drug bust in department
history.”
The Hinds County Sheriff’s
Office, along with the Pearl
Police Department, made two
arrests Sunday night, April 28,
after what the sheriff called a
routine traffic stop of a 2004
Ford F-150 headed northbound
on I-55 near mile marker 79.
Frankie Paul Dills, 49, of
Grandall, Ga., and 45-year-old
Gwendolyn Faye Nicholas, of
Signal Mountain, Tenn., were
arrested for transporting and
possessing 166 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $200
per pound. A firearm also was
found in the vehicle. The two
are charged with
possession
of
marijuana with
intent to distribute.
Significant to
the arrest, according to Lewis, is that the Dills
bust was made
by working through a partnership with Pearl officers. Drug
dog K9 “Chappy” was used in
the search and discovered the
drugs. Chappy was a donation to
the sheriff’s department by the
chaplains of the department.
Rogers spoke about the partnership with the two departments, saying, “Drugs effect all
aspects of our community from
richest to poorest. And anytime
we get the opportunity to get
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drugs off the streets, we are excited to do so.”
Lewis said taking drugs off
the streets reduces the crime rate
and makes us safer. He said he
uses the opportunity to “deputize at will so sworn officers can
operate accordingly.” He also
announced that his department
will be working closely with
Homeland Security and has secured a bomb sniffing canine to
assist in that area.
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Daniel McMullen, Special
Agent in Charge (SAC) of the
FBI in Mississippi, advised that at
approximately 4:45 p.m. on April
30, 2013, the FBI was advised
that 6-year-old Jashayla Markayia
Hopson, of Scooba, Mississippi,
was reported missing.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI), the Kemper
County Sheriff’s Office, the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office,
and the FBI immediately initiated
an investigation into her disappearance, including the issuance
of an Amber Alert on Wednesday,
May 1, 2013.
The search ended at approxi-
mately 1:25 p.m., on
May 1, when Jashayla
was located in Enterprise, MS. She was taken to Rush Foundation
Hospital in Meridian,
MS, for observation.
SAC McMullen stated: “The investigation
into Jashayla’s disappearance is ongoing.
However, I would like
to recognize the aroundthe-clock effort by the
numerous law enforcement personnel who
worked tirelessly to find
Jashayla and reunite her
with her parents.”
Hopson
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Remembering how black South
We ache for Boston - and all communities Africans won their freedom
T o
By Marc H. Morial
NNPA Columnist
“No more hurting people. Peace.”
- 8-year-old Martin
Richard, a victim of
the Boston Marathon bombing
Acts of terror
like the ones committed in Boston
are reprehensible and without moral
or logical explanation. They rock
us to our core. They also unite us in
common purpose. Victims and their
families seem to become our own.
We want to ease their pain. We
want to do something to ensure that
this doesn’t happen again. Our togetherness as a nation is often most
evident when something happens
with the intent of breaking us.
Nearly 12 years after the events
of Sept. 11, 2001 (9/11), terrorism
in our homeland still seems a nearly
impossible reality, one that none of
us want to accept. Still, communities
across America are terrorized each
day. But rarely do these victims and
their families receive national media
attention or better yet our collective
attention.
Every year, 100,000 people are
shot or killed with a gun in America.
Every day, these acts of terror are carried out in homes, on playgrounds,
schoolyards, neighborhood streets,
even in houses of worship - turning
b
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q
spaces that should represent peace
and sanctuary into places that elicit
danger and fear.
Two days after the Boston Marathon bombing, the United States
Senate had an opportunity to act to
curb another kind of terror facing our
nation by taking modest steps to keep
guns out of the wrong hands. Yet, it
voted down a sensible gun background check bill.
Never mind that 90 percent of
Americans and 74 percent of National Rifle Association (NRA) members support universal background
checks. It didn’t even matter that a
majority of senators (54-46) actually
voted in favor of the bill.
Because of the Senate’s 60-vote
majority rule, along with the distortions and political threats from NRA
leaders, the bill went down in defeat.
President Obama called it “a shameful day in Washington.”
Former Congresswoman and gun
violence survivor, Gabrielle Giffords
added, “I will not rest until we have
righted the wrong these senators have
done and until we have changed our
laws, so we can look parents in the
face and say: We are trying to keep
our children safe.”
We share that determination.
Whether in Newtown or scores of
other communities across the nation,
one point is clear: guns in the wrong
hands can be weapons of destruction
u a
l
as deadly as a terrorist bomb. Where,
we wonder, is the unified purpose in
Congress to work towards gun safety
to address the reign of terror devastating so many of our neighborhoods?
Let’s be clear: This issue is not
about gun confiscation, nor is it an
attack on anyone’s rights. We know
that this step is not a cure-all for the
plague of gun violence in America.
But it is at least a first step towards
doing all we can to ensure the safety
of our citizens.
Boston and its citizens deserve
all of the support and attention they
have received in the wake of this horrific tragedy. I just hope that we can
elevate our sense of unity, urgency
and purpose to do what is right for
the millions of Americans whose
lives have been forever changed by
gun violence.
Let’s not forget, in addition to killing with homemade bombs, the Boston terrorists also used guns in killing
M.I.T. police officer Sean Collier
and seriously wounding Massachusetts Bay transit officer Richard H.
Donohue.
As we pray for the dead, the
wounded survivors and their loved
ones, we urge the nation to unite
against terror - including gun violence - everywhere.
Marc H. Morial, former mayor of
New Orleans, is president and CEO
of the National Urban League.
By George E. Curry
NNPA Columnist
JOHANNESBURG,
South
Africa - A recent
trip to South
Africa provides
painful reminders
of the protracted
struggle to establish democracy,
how the United States propped up
the white minority-rule government and the courage black South
Africans demonstrated to win their
freedom.
A key aspect of the struggle is
vividly captured in the Hector Pieterson Memorial Museum in the
heart of Soweto, not far from the
homes of Nelson Mandela and
Bishop Desmond Tutu. The name
of the museum itself is steeped in
unforgettable history. The most
compelling image of the Soweto
student protest of 1976 is a photo
taken by Sam Nzima.
In the foreground of a crowd of
black student protesters is a tearful
Mbuyisa Makhuba, a high school
student, running with the small,
limp body of 13-year-old Hector
Pieterson and his screaming sister,
Antoinette, running beside them.
The teenager’s story is told inside the museum under the heading, “An individual life can change
society.” It begins: “Hector Pieterson lost his life under police fire
on June 16, 1976 during a student
march protesting Afrikaans as the
language of instruction in African
schools. He was 13 years old.
“News of his death and the violence that subsequently erupted in
most African townships in South
Africa spread rapidly across the
world. In his death, Hector Pieterson became a symbol of the plight
of the black South African youth
under the yoke of Apartheid.”
It continued, “His public funeral commemorated, as does this
museum, all those who died as a
result of the tragic events of June
16, 1976 - a turning point in the
struggle towards a true South Af-
rican democracy.”
Hector Pieterson became one of
many martyrs of the fight against
apartheid, a rigid system of racial
segregation designed to keep the
white minority in control of the
country’s political, economic and
social system.
In fact, Pieterson’s last protest
march was prompted by the ruling National Party’s decision to
force black schools to use Afrikaans - which Bishop Desmond
Tutu called “the language of oppression” - and English in equal
measure.
On April 20, 1976, students at
Orlando West Junior High School
went on strike, refusing to go to
school. The protest quickly spread
to other schools in Soweto. On the
morning of June 16, an estimated
20,000 students started walking
from the junior high school to
Orlando Stadium, where they had
planned to hold a mass rally before
continuing to the regional office of
the Department of Bantu Education.
Instead of allowing the students
to walk peacefully, police barricaded the march route and unleashed
dogs on the crowd. According
to some news accounts, students
stoned the dogs and police soon
began opening fire on the students,
killing 13-year-old Pieterson and
22 others that day, all but two of
whom were black.
At the end of a series of protests,
called the Soweto uprising, estimates of those killed ranged from
176 to more than 600. The violent
attack on the children thrust the
African National Congress (ANC)
to the forefront of black political
protest and ignited international
protests. But that did not curb the
all-white police force’s appetite for
violence.
A quote from Steve Lebelo, a
student at Madibane High School,
describes the violence that was
inflicted on the community in the
immediate aftermath of Pieterson’s
death, which also hangs in the mu-
seum:
“It was on the 17th and 18th,
when police went out and systematically were killing people. I do
know that suddenly there was the
infamous green car. It was a 3800
Chev, it was a green car, and at the
time they were used mostly by the
police.
“We suspected that they had a
sniper in there who picked up people at random and shot and killed
them. I do know a friend of mine
who was killed on the 19th of June,
under the same circumstances. He
had gone to the shop, and as he
came back from the shop carrying a litre of milk, he was shot by a
sniper and killed.”
Above the quote is a photo of a
green Chevrolet, loaded with white
men, with rifles sticking out of the
windows. There are other reminders throughout the museum. There
is a picture of a small, naked child
being drenched in a bottle of water
to soothe her pain in tears. Another
photograph contains student protesters, with one holding up a sign
reading, “To hell with Afrikaans.”
Erected in 2002, the museum
honors the memory of the students
who died in the uprising. A brick
bearing each name is built into the
ground just steps from the entrance
of the museum, which is only two
blocks away from where Pieterson
was killed.
The inscription about Hector
Pieterson in the museum ends, noting, “When National Youth Day is
celebrated each year on June 16
at the Hector Pieterson Memorial
Museum, it becomes a national site
of commemoration, also reflecting
current changes in the articulation
of the South African democracy.”
George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine,
is editor-in-chief of the National
Newspaper Publishers Association
News Service (NNPA) and a media
coach. He can be reached through
his Website, www.georgecurry.
com; follow him at www.twitter.
com/currygeorge.
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Jackson and Clinton students
dance their way to success
The Mississippi Link Newswire
William Johnson and Shasha Cohran, both second graders at Davis Magnet Elementary
school, won first place for their
duet dance tribute to the popular
Disney movie, “Lion King” for
their participation in the Platinum
National Dance Competition held
in Lafayette, La., April 6-7, 2013.
Madison Johnson, a Bailey
APAC Middle School student,
Zaria Davis, a Northwest Middle
School student, Eriel Paymon, a
Timberlawn Elementary student,
and Zuri Williams of Clinton Junior High also won first place in
several dance several categories at
the same competition.
Madison, who
also participates
William Johnson and Shasha Cohran, both second
graders at Davis Magnet Elementary school, perform a
duet dance tribute to the popular Disney movie, “Lion
King” in the Platinum National Dance Competition held
in Lafayette, La., April 6-7, 2013.
in the Power APAC dance program, has been selected to participate in the prestigious 2013
Atlanta Ballet Summer Intensive
dance program, July 8-9, 2013, in
Statesboro, Ga.
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Salute to Scholars 2013
The Mississippi Link Newswire
The top ten graduating seniors from each high school in
Jackson Public Schools were
honored April 23, 2013, at
Murrah High School.
The annual Salute to Scholars ceremony is sponsored
by the Jackson Council PTA/
PTSA and the City of Jackson.
The event included the
presentation of certificates
to each honoree and a reception for the honorees and their
families.
Callaway High School: Left to Right Dr. Otha Burton, Tim Collins, Patricia Woods, Jennie Mallory, Akemi Jones, Shemar Roundtree, Amber Shaw, Khary Johnson, Monica Gilmore-Love, Supt. Cedrick Gray, Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson
Tiaunna Smith, Jasmine Windham, Jade Thompson, Brenda Mitchell, Jennifer Smith, Valarie Dillard, counselor, and
Clyde Speaks, principal Photos by Sherwin Johnson
Front: left to right, Madison Johnson; Bailey APAC
Middle, Eriel Paymon; Timberlawn Elementary,
Back: left to right, Zuri Williams; Clinton Junior
High, Zaria Davis, Northwest Middle School
Left to right, Madison Johnson; Bailey APAC Middle, Eriel Paymon; Timberlawn Elementary, Zuri Williams;
Clinton Junior High, Zaria Davis: Northwest Middle School
Forest Hill High School: Left to Right -Dr. Otha Burton, Tim Collins, Patricia Woods, Frank Sutton Jr., Britni
Thomas, Jessica Pamplin, Amara Knott, Melissa Jenkins, Monica Gilmore-Love, Supt. Cedrick Gray, Dr. Debra
Mays-Jackson, Jessykah Shepherd, Cedric Hampton, Jada Bass, Ra’Jay Adams, Gabrielle Teague, Edna Sampson, counselor, Kimberly Warfield, principal
Jim Hill High School: Left to Right- Dr. Otha Burton, Tamika Harris, 12th grade counselor, Miya Cannon, Breland
Crudup, Amadi Lawrence, Kenneth Marshall II, Tori Robinson, Gabrielle McAdory, Kimberly Gilmore, Monica
Gilmore-Love, Supt. Cedrick Gray, Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, Ryan Swanier, Erin West, Jasmine Miller, Brianna
Smith, Bobby Brown, principal, Timothy Collins, Patricia Woods
Lanier High School: Left to Right- Timothy Collins, Dr. Otha Burton, Patricia Woods, Inez Williams, Barquita
Stanton, Aerial Simmons, Bria McGee, Trave’Elle Knotts, Monica Gilmore-Love, Dr. Cedrick Gray, Dr. Debra
Mays-Jackson, Kierra Jordan, Zarius Johnson, Jolanda Gooden, Shakira Caston, Jarett Benson, Donna Barnes,
counselor, Dr. Shemeka S. McClung, principal
Murrah High School: Left to Right- Timothy Collins, Patricia Woods, Andrea Washington, Stephen Setzer, Zaliyah
Morris, Jarrett McElroy, Olivia McNeal, Monica Gilmore-Love, Supt. Cedrick Gray, Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, Elizabeth Nichols, Arielle Wallace, Destini Herron, Brianca Fizer, Graeme Campbell, Debbie Carrington, counselor, Dr.
Freddrick Murray, principal, and Dr. Otha Burton
Provine High School: Left to Right – Timothy Collins, Patricia Woods, Jermecia Lindsey, Kierra Watkins, Tammye Robinson, Dhakiya Young, Tyler Battle, Monica Gilmore-Love, Dr. Cedrick Gray, Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson,
Brittany Bass, Monique Hampton, Lorretta Williams, Allyson Durr, Azlin Reed, Rebecca Allen, counselor, Leketia
Marshall-Thomas, principal, Dr. Otha Burton
Wingfield High School: Left to Right- Timothy Collins, Patricia Woods, Heather Hedrick, Jazzmon T. Edwards,
Richelle Smith, Kimberly M. Jones, Jasmine B. Smith, Monica Gilmore Love, Supt. Cedrick Gray, Dr. Debra MaysJackson, Sherri Kelley, Benjamin Quinn, Sebastian Smith, Brittany M. Davis, Shealyn Salters, Dr. Cynthia Armstrong, principal, Arma Harper and Lanessa Jenkins
EDUCATION
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THE mississippi link • 9
Schools earn national recognition success in
closing the achievement gap among boys of color
The Mississippi Link Newswire
At its annual meeting in Chicago April 26, the Coalition of
Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC) announced five
new recipients of their school
award, which recognized and
rewarded schools that have a
proven track record of effective
pre K-12 education of male students of color.
COSEBOC is a national network of schools and highly respected educators, researchers,
policymakers and advocates focused on sharing and promoting
promising approaches and initiatives that improve education
at schools with significant populations of young men of color.
This years’ award schools are
Best Academy in Minneapolis;
Devonshire Elementary School
in Charlotte, N.C.; Thurgood
Marshall Academy in Washington D.C.; and Merrillville High
School and Salk Elementary,
both in Merrillville, Ind.
“Identifying schools that have
developed effective, creative and
sustainable approaches and sharing those successes with other
educators is the cornerstone of
the work we do at COSEBOC,”
said Ron Walker, executive director. “The COSEBOC School
Awards are proof and evidence
of the fact that there are educational environments that work
extremely well for boys and
young men of color.”
The awards were bestowed to
school leaders at COSEBOC’s
7th Annual Gathering of Leaders where teachers and students
from each school shared their
winning formulas for success
with gathering attendees. Along
with the recognition, each school
will receive a $10,000 grant.
The
COSEBOC
School
Awards are supported by the
Campaign for Black Male
Achievement, Open Society
Foundations.
Through extensive research,
COSEBOC has determined that
the most effective schools combine a culture of high-quality
instruction, whole school community engagement and high
expectations, with a focus on
social and emotional development, helping students develop
their personal identities through
a connection to their cultural and
historical legacies, and instilling
in students the responsibility to
serve their communities.
The schools were selected
based on a rigorous, three-stage
selection process. The COSEBOC School Award’s blue ribbon panel determined that these
five schools were successful in
engaging and educating male
students of color based on traditional measures of success,
including test scores, graduation rates and college atten-
dance.
“These five schools are unrepentant in their belief that students can succeed and soar to
great achievement levels. Each
is led by a principal who is determined to build great schools.
Most importantly, they know
that great schools are not an accident,” said Walker.
Administrators complete MSBA Prospective
Superintendent Leadership Academy
The Mississippi Link Newswire
The MSBA Prospective Superintendent Leadership Academy
(PSLA) has successfully concluded its first year. A total of twentytwo administrators from 17 school
districts completed PSLA requirements, thereby earning their Certificate of Completion, presented
during the last class meeting April
18 2013.
“This inaugural class is an impressive group of future leaders in
our state,” stated Dr. Mike Waldrop, MSBA executive director.”
He added, “The next class has a
high benchmark to strive for but
we know they will be up to the
challenge.”
“We could not be more pleased
with the educational excellence
and professional qualities exhibited by the Academy members,”
stated Denotris Jackson, MSBA
director of Policy/Advocacy and
PSLA advisor. “We are grateful for
what they, along with the faculty,
contributed to each class session,”
she added.
The MSBA Prospective Superintendent Leadership Academy is
a professional development program designed to prepare potential
candidates for the challenging position of superintendent in Mississippi’s public schools.
The Academy provides a minimum of thirty (30) hours of intensive study in the areas of the supeintendent’s role; legal issues; state
accountability and accreditation;
ethics law; school board meetings; data-based decision making;
school finance and insurance; personnel, community relations; team
building; and governing by policy.
Dates for the next PSLA will be
announced over the summer.
(Front Row Seated L to R) Dr. Toriano Holloway – Starkville Schools, Christopher Jermaine Brown – Biloxi Schools, Dr. Janice Wilson – Biloxi Schools,
Dr. Karen Norwood – Biloxi Schools, Dr. Alan Oubre – Hattiesburg Schools, Craig Shannon – Columbus Schools. (Second Row Standing L to R)
Denotris Jackson – MSBA, Dr. Dorothy Prestwich – Clarksdale Schools, Dr. June Leigh – Aberdeen Schools, Dr. Wendy McCullough – East MS Community College, Dexter Green – Okolona Schools, Dr. Debra Dace – Tunica Schools, Deadra Cassell – West Jasper Schools, Vikki Landry – Bay St.
Louis – Waveland Schools, Dr. Eddie Peasant – Clinton Schools. (Third Row Standing L to R) Bernard Stephen Chandler – Tunica Schools, Christine
Spinks - Long Beach Schools, Dr. Jason Sargent – Jackson Public Schools, Dr. Loretta Shird – Okolona Schools, Valarie Davis – Clarksdale Schools,
Larry Watson – Winona Schools, Dr. Robin Ballard – Lowndes County Schools, Dr. Christopher Williams, Sr. – Jackson County Schools (Starts new job
in Ocean Springs July 1)
HEALTH
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May 2 - 9, 2013
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Black women may gain more
weight with contraceptives
The Mississippi Link Newswire
Black women were the most
likely to gain weight while using a long-acting form of contraception, such as a hormone
implant or intrauterine device
(IUD), in a small new study.
Researchers found that during a year of using progestinbased long-term contraceptives, black women put on an
average of four to six pounds,
compared to a trend of slight
weight loss or smaller weight
gain for white and other women.
But Dr. Jeffrey Peipert, who
worked on the study, cautioned
against blaming the implants,
injections and IUDs for the extra weight gain among certain
women.
“Anecdotally, many doctors
have had patients coming in
and saying, ‘I’m gaining weight
and I think it’s my contraceptive method and I want to stop
using it,’” said Peipert, from
Washington University School
of Medicine in St. Louis.
“People don’t realize that
the norm, while it may not be
good, (is to) gain weight over
time, and it may or may not be
your method.”
The findings are based on
427 women who were part of
a larger study in which partici-
pants were provided with one
of four types of contraception
at no cost: a copper IUD or an
implant, injection or IUD that
delivers the hormone progestin
over time.
How much weight women
gained - or lost - varied greatly
among those using each method, the researchers found. But
on average, study participants
put on more pounds while using the hormone implants or
injections than a hormone-free
copper IUD.
However, differences in age
and race seemed to drive those
variations, the team writes in
the journal Contraception.
They found that regardless of
the contraceptive method used,
black women tended to put on
more weight than others.
Peipert said that could be
due to differences in diet or exercise - not necessarily in how
women respond to progestinbased contraceptives.
“There are many other factors that are involved in weight
maintenance, weight gain or
loss other than contraception.
And these other factors probably are more important than
the contraceptive method,” he
said.
Some researchers have believed progestin may slow
down metabolism or encourage
women to eat more, according
to Peipert. But the new findings
don’t support a strong effect of
the hormone.
“As a result of pregnancy,
women tend to gain a lot more
weight than they do from a contraceptive method,” he said.
“My take-home message is,
don’t blame the contraceptive
method.”
Fantasia talks about losing
weight after the baby
Diabetes could affect 552
million people by 2030
By Brittany Walker
eurweb.com
Singer Fantasia has lived
her life in the public eye in
and out.
We’ve seen her come from
rags to riches, gain the fame,
share her opinion, get into
some Jerry Springer-like love
triangle and break down.
She’s on her way back to the
top, though. Part of her transformation has not only been
mental and emotional, but also
physical.
The “Lose to Win” singer
told Essence that she’s in
better health after losing 50
pounds.
“Working out for me, started
as something mental. It was a
way to release and let some
things go,” revealed Fantasia.
She started to pack on the
pounds in 2011 when she was
cast to play the lead role in the
Mahalia Jackson biopic, but
the project was put on hold the
same year.
That’s when life started to
spiral out of control; when she
started dating a married man,
and became pregnant with her
son, Dallas Xavier.
After having the baby, she
wanted to shape up and get
eurweb.com
The International Diabetes
Federation predicts that at least
one out of 10 adults could have
diabetes by 2030, according to
the latest statistics.
In a recent report, the agency
estimated that 552 million people
could have diabetes in two decades’ time based on factors like
aging and demographic changes.
The Federation said that one
adult in 13 has diabetes.
The figure includes both types
of diabetes as well as cases that
are undiagnosed.
Without including the impact
of increasing obesity, the agency
said its figures were conservative.
There are 346 million people
worldwide with diabetes according to the World Health Organization with more than 80 deaths
occurring in developing countries.
The group expects the number
PSA
things back in
order.
So she generated a plan and
made it happen.
“I workout every day, sometimes twice a
day,” said Fantasia. “I keep my
trainer with me
and she travels
with me. I love
Pilates, yoga, and
spinning. I also
attend bootcamp
class and they
have become my
workout
family. Doing it with
them makes me
feel good.”
Exercising
wasn’t a habit
that came naturally to the singFantasia
er, but she found
a little motivation.
“A lot of my cousins who are
my age or are in their 30s are
on high blood pressure pills
and it’s like, c’mon, you’re
too young for that,” said Fantasia. “I wanted to be the person in my family to stand up
and say, okay we have to eat
better and workout. I want to
be around for a long time. I
can’t travel like I do and not
be healthy. You know how I
move on stage. At any minute
I could just pass out and that’s
not good.”
She’s on a role and doesn’t
plan to get off any time soon.
of cases to jump by 90
percent even in Africa,
where infectious diseases have previously
been the top killer.
The agency projects
diabetes deaths will
double by 2030 and
said the International
Diabetes
Association’s prediction was
possible.
Management
of
Type 2 diabetes includes using your
medicines exactly as
the doctor predicts,
making smart food
choices and being
physically active.
Gojka Roglic, head of WHO’s
diabetes unit, said the projected
future rise in diabetes cases are
Type 2, the kind that mainly
hits people in middle age and is
linked to weight gain and a sed-
entary lifestyle.
“It’s worrying because these
people will have an illness which
is serious, debilitating, and shortens their lives,” she said. “But it
doesn’t have to happen if we take
the right interventions.”
NATIONAL
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In a first, black voter
Sandi, Jesse Jackson Jr. to
turnout rate passes whites be sentenced on same day
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - America’s blacks voted at a higher rate than other minority
groups in 2012 and by most
measures surpassed the white
turnout for the first time, reflecting a deeply polarized
presidential election in which
blacks strongly supported
Barack Obama while many
whites stayed home.
Had people voted last November at the same rates
they did in 2004, when black
turnout was below its current
historic levels, Republican
Mitt Romney would have
won narrowly, according to
an analysis conducted for The
Associated Press.
Census data and exit polling show that whites and
blacks will remain the two
largest racial groups of eligible voters for the next decade. Last year’s heavy black
turnout came despite concerns about the effect of new
voter-identification laws on
minority voting, outweighed
by the desire to re-elect the
first black president.
William H. Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution, analyzed the 2012
elections for the AP using
census data on eligible voters
and turnout, along with November’s exit polling. He estimated total votes for Obama
and Romney under a scenario
where 2012 turnout rates for
all racial groups matched
those in 2004. Overall, 2012
voter turnout was roughly 58
percent, down from 62 percent in 2008 and 60 percent
in 2004.
The analysis also used
population projections to estimate the shares of eligible
voters by race group through
2030. The numbers are supplemented with material from
the Pew Research Center and
George Mason University
associate professor Michael
McDonald, a leader in the
field of voter turnout who separately reviewed aggregate
turnout levels across states,
as well as AP interviews with
the Census Bureau and other
experts. The bureau is sched-
Both Jacksons have pleaded
guilty to the charges against them
uled to release data on voter
turnout in May.
Overall, the findings represent a tipping point for blacks,
who for much of America’s
history were disenfranchised
and then effectively barred
from voting until passage of
the Voting Rights Act in 1965.
But the numbers also offer a cautionary note to both
Democrats and Republicans
after Obama won in November with a historically low
percentage of white supporters. While Latinos are now
the biggest driver of U.S.
population growth, they still
trail whites and blacks in
turnout and electoral share,
because many of the Hispanics in the country are children
or noncitizens.
In recent weeks, Republican leaders have urged a
“year-round effort” to engage
black and other minority voters, describing a grim future
if their party does not expand
its core support beyond white
males.
The 2012 data suggest
Romney was a particularly
weak GOP candidate, unable
to motivate white voters let
alone attract significant black
or Latino support. Obama’s
personal appeal and the slowly improving economy helped
overcome doubts and spur record levels of minority voters
in a way that may not be easily replicated for Democrats
soon.
Romney would have erased
Obama’s nearly 5 millionvote victory margin and narrowly won the popular vote
if voters had turned out as
they did in 2004, according to
Frey’s analysis. Then, white
turnout was slightly higher
and black voting lower.
More significantly, the
battleground states of Ohio,
Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida and Colorado would have
tipped in favor of Romney,
handing him the presidency
if the outcome of other states
remained the same.
“The 2012 turnout is a
milestone for blacks and a
huge potential turning point,”
said Andra Gillespie, a political science professor at
Emory University who has
written extensively on black
politicians. “What it suggests
is that there is an ‘Obama
effect’ where people were
motivated to support Barack
Obama. But it also means
that black turnout may not always be higher, if future races
aren’t as salient.”
Whit Ayres, a GOP consultant who is advising GOP
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida,
a possible 2016 presidential
contender, said the last election reaffirmed that the Republican Party needs “a new
message, a new messenger
and a new tone.” Change
within the party need not
be “lock, stock and barrel,”
Ayres said, but policy shifts
such as GOP support for
broad immigration legislation
will be important to woo minority voters over the longer
term.
“It remains to be seen how
successful Democrats are
if you don’t have Barack
Obama at the top of the ticket,” he added.
Racist gangs took over
LA County Sheriff’s
Department, deputies claim
The Associated Press
Deputies at an LA county sheriff’s department allege that their
superiors are members of white
supremacist gangs and have taken extensive measures to hide at
least one inmate from the FBI.
Two deputies at the LA County
Sheriff’s Office have jointly filed
a lawsuit alleging that the department hid an inmate from the FBI,
covered up an incident involving
a skinhead deputy, threatened
to kill the deputies for exposing their gang involvement, and
called them “race traitors” and
“snitches.”
“An inappropriate relationship
exists between certain LASD
personnel and various inmate jail
gangs, especially white supremacist,” states the complaint, which
was filed by deputies Michael
Rathbun and James Sexton.
“LASD personnel use these
jail gangs as proxies or agents
to retaliate against other LASD
deputies and inmates. Within
these inappropriate alliances, the
gangs are given certain privileges
that are otherwise legally precluded from them.” The deputies filed the suit in federal court
against the LASD, Sheriff Leroy
Baca, Undersheriff Paul Tanaka,
Lt. Greg Thompson and “Detective Perkins.” The 39-page report
outlines their alleged activities
involving white supremacist
gangs.
Lt. Thompson and Undersheriff Tanaka were allegedly part
of a racist cop gang called “the
Vikings,” the complaint states.
Members of this police gang are
required to have the group’s symbol tattooed on their bodies.
The deputies who filed the suit
claim that they were ordered to
transfer and hide an inmate from
the FBI in August 2011 “in an effort to obstruct a federal investigation.” They claim that their superiors frequently ordered them
“to engage in activities meant to
‘keep the FBI out of the jails.’”
In February 2012, an informant
told the deputies, who worked
in an intelligence unit known as
Operation Safe Jails (OSJ) that
Deputy Joseph Britton was associated with a powerful white
gang member while on duty as
a law enforcement official. After
OSJ members discovered that
Sexton and Rathbun knew about
Britton’s involvement, they
threatened to harm the deputies
if they didn’t keep quiet. The
informant’s life was also threatened. When the ‘powerful gang
member’ was moved to another
prison, Sexton and Rathbun were
accused of conspiring to make it
happen.
“The OSJ team at Men’s Central Jail refused to work or cooperate with Rathbun and Sexton.
In fact, MCJ [Men’s Central
Jail] deputies accused Rathbun
of ‘f***ing up their program’ by
moving the powerful white gang
member from MCJ,” the complaint states.
“At all relevant times, certain
members of OSJ associated with,
and cooperated with, certain jail
gangs, including partaking in illicit activities. Sheriff Baca and/
or Undersheriff Tanaka knew or
should have known about these
improper relationships, but took
no action to stop it and implicitly
ratified the improper conduct.”
Tanaka allegedly encouraged
deputy gangs within the LASD
and directed them to “operate
outside the confines of the law,
in contravention of state and federal laws.” Those associated with
the gang members continued to
threaten and intimidate Sexton
The Associated Press
A scheduling change means
both former U.S. Rep. Jesse
Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi
Jackson, will be sentenced on the
same day in Washington federal
court.
The former congressman’s
sentencing was rescheduled
April 26. He was to be sentenced
on June 28 but now will appear
on July 1. Sandi Jackson was already scheduled to be sentenced
that day.
Jesse Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty
in February to misuse of $750,000
in campaign money. He faces up
to nearly five years in prison.
Former Chicago alderman
Sandi Jackson pleaded guilty to
filing false joint federal income
tax returns that understated the
Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife Sandi leave the E. Barrett
Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013,
after Jackson entered a guilty plea to criminal charges that he engaged in a
scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items.
couple’s income. She faces up to
two years in prison.
Jackson had been a Demo-
cratic congressman from Illinois
from 1995 until he resigned last
November.
President Obama nominates
Anthony Foxx as Secretary
of Transportation
whitehouse.gov
On April 22, President
Obama announced Anthony
Foxx as his nominee for the
next Secretary of Transportation.
Foxx is currently the mayor of Charlotte, N.C., which
he helped turn around since
taking office in 2009. Both
the city and country were
going through a “bruising
economic crisis,” President
Obama said.
“The economy is growing. There are more jobs,
more opportunity,” he said.
“And if you ask Anthony
how that happened, he’ll tell
you that one of the reasons
is that Charlotte made one
of the largest investments in
transportation in the city’s
history.”
“Since Anthony took office, they’ve broken ground
on a new streetcar project
that’s going to bring modern electric tram service to
the downtown area. They’ve
expanded the international
airport. And they’re extending the city’s light rail system. All of that has not only
helped create new jobs, it’s
helped Charlotte become
more attractive to business.”
President Obama said
that one of the best ways
we can grow our economy
and rebuild opportunity for
the middle class is by putting more Americans back
Secretary of Transportation nominee Anthony Foxx (Center)
to work by investing in rebuilding our infrastructure.
In his State of the Union
address, President Obama
proposed a “Fix-It-First”
program to put more people
to work as soon as possible
on our most urgent repairs.
“We need to modernize the
infrastructure that powers
our economy. We need more
high-speed rail, and Internet, and high-tech schools,
and
self-healing
power
grids, and bridges, and tunnels, and ports that help us
ship products all around the
world stamped with three
proud words: Made in America. That’s how we’re going
to attract more businesses.
That’s how we’re going to
create more jobs. That’s how
we’re going to stay competitive in this global economy.”
President Obama also
thanked current Secretary of
Transportation Ray LaHood
for his hard work and dedication to public service.
“Over the past four years,
thanks to Ray’s leadership,
we’ve built or improved
more than 350,000 miles of
road - enough to circle the
world more than 14 times.
We’ve upgraded more than
6,000 miles of rail - enough
to go coast to coast and back.
We’ve repaired or replaced
more than 20,000 bridges,
and helped put tens of thousands of construction workers back on the job.
“He is a good man, and
has been an outstanding
public servant and a model
for the kind of bipartisan approach to governance that
I think we need so badly in
this town,” President Obama
said.
and Rathbun. One of
the deputies said he
turned to alcohol to
cope with the pressure
and eventually got
caught driving under
the influence. Unidentified department officials then tried to leak
a video of his arrest to
the media “to discredit
Rathbun and ruin his
life,” the complaint
states. His misdemeanor DUI charge was
eventually upgraded to
a felony “without any
notice.” The deputies
also suffered verbal Some members of the Los Angeles Sheriff Department
abuse from members
After months of abuse and haRathbun and Sexton are now
of the LASD who were involved
with the white supremacists, ac- rassment, the deputies went to seeking damages for retaliation,
the FBI to complain about their malicious prosecution, constitucording to the lawsuit.
“LASD personnel, using jail superiors. Their actions were tional violations, conspiracy and
gangs as their agents, labeled discovered by LASD personnel, harassment. They have requested
Rathbun and Sexton as ‘race trai- who suspended Rathbun without a jury trial and compensation for
pay as retaliation.
lost wages and benefits.
tors,” the complaint states.
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By Rev. Leon Collier
Special to The Mississippi Link
Last
week,
this series began dealing with
“Above Average
Christianity and
expounded
on
the Lord’s expectations of His people.
Numbers 12:3 said Moses was
the meekest man on earth when
he lived and look at what God
used him to do. Due to Moses’
humility, God used him to do
the impossible to lead Israelites
out of Egypt, the most powerful
kingdom in the world at that time.
Moses had a speech problem yet
he was able to talk Pharaoh into
letting his people go. Although
God wrote the commandments, it
was Moses’ hands that delivered
the commandments to the people.
Most people think that those
who are humble are often overlooked, but Jesus changed all
of that and said if you are meek
I will make sure you get what’s
coming to you. I will prepare a
table for you in the presence of
your enemies!
Matthew 5:8 says, “Blessed are
the pure in heart, for they shall
see God.”
What does this mean? One
who loves God with all of his/
her heart; his/her heart is not torn
between the church and the night
club. The pure heart is fully committed to Christ. The pure heart is
an asset to the kingdom of God
and not dead weight. One writer
said, “Sound in the faith, submissive to the will of God, obedient
to the word of God, consistent in
the service of God, and zealous
for the glory of God…” A pure
heart trust in God…submits to
God’s will…obeys God’s word…
never slacks off in serving the
Lord and a pure heart has a strong
desire to see that God gets the
glory.
One writer said, “A pure heart
is opposite of the Pharisees, who
showed outward purity, while
their hearts were full of corruption and defilement.” In Matthew
23:27, 28 Jesus said, “Woe to
you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You are like whitewashed
tombs, which outwardly appear
beautiful, but within they are full
of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. So you also outwardly
appear righteous to men, but
within you are full of hypocrisy
and iniquity.”
In Matthew 23:28, The Weymouth’s New Testament translation reads: “…outwardly you
seem to the human eye to be
good and honest men, but, within, you are full of insincerity
and disregard of God’s word.”
The Apostle Paul exposed such
people who appeared righteous
on the outside, but impure on
the inside. II Timothy 3:5 says,
“Having a form of godliness, but
denying the power thereof: stay
away from such people.” They
say one thing, but live something
else which is proven in the verses
before II Timothy 3:5. The godliness they claim to have has no
impact on their passions and carnality and they remain the same,
they don’t change.
The basic part of the Jewish religion was about outward
washing and based on this, they
expected to see God, but Jesus
said if you really want to see God,
your heart must be right. He was
telling those average people who
may not have seen themselves
as righteous like the Pharisees to
not be fooled by their appearance
of righteousness, because true
righteousness is not an outward
religious ceremony, but true righteousness is having a pure heart.
Notice again, those whose
hearts are pure will see God.
Look at it another way, if your
heart is pure you will be able to
see and experience Christ more
clearly. Some people do not experience God on a personal level
because their hearts are dirty.
Matthew 5:11 says, “Happy
are you when men give you a
bad name, and are cruel to you,
and say all evil things against you
falsely, because of me.”
Usually when people talk
negatively about us we tend to
feel bad, but Jesus said you can
feel happy when people say evil
things about you if you are living for Christ, because your life,
which is the life they are criticizing, is not your own life, but the
life you are living in Christ. Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I
who live, but Christ who lives in
me; and the life I now live in the
flesh I live by faith in the Son of
God…”
So, when you are persecuted
they are not persecuting you,
they are persecuting Jesus Christ
Himself…did not Jesus ask Paul
in Acts 9, why are you persecuting Me? The Christian life is not
about you anyway, it’s all about
Christ. It’s good for us to see it
this way, because if we can remember this when we are persecuted it will help us know that
it is Satan in our enemies that is
rebelling against the Christ in us.
When you suffer for Christ, it’s
not you the Devil is really rebelling against; it’s the Christ in you.
By the way, why do want people like us? I used to want everybody to like me so I got caught
in the trap of trying to please
everybody. Eventually I discovered why I tried so hard to please
everyone. I had a low self-image
and sought affirmation from others which explained why I tried
so hard to please people. As I matured and grew spiritually, obey-
ing God became more important
than pleasing others and guess
what? My confidence grew and I
became happy within myself and
no longer needed the affirmation
of other people to make me feel
valuable and accepted. I am a
child of the Most High God who
is above all and as long as He accepts me then I am always alright
and worthy. Psalm 139:14 says,
“I will praise God; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…”
Notice Jesus said in Matthew
5:12, “Rejoice and be glad because you have a reward and
you are equal to the prophets
who were persecuted.” You can
be glad because not only do you
have a reward coming to you, but
you are on the level of some outstanding prophets which puts you
in pretty good company. So, if
Christ is in you then I guess you
are not so average after all.
Notice that in these verses
Jesus promised that a blessing
would come later, but the good
thing is He called them blessed
right now. He called them happy
right now. No matter how bad life
may be for you today, you can
make happiness come alive in
your life through Jesus Christ.
Rev. Leon Collier is the pastor
of Makarios Worship Center, 464
Church Rd., Madison. Residents
of Madison, he and wife, Minister
Yolanda; are the proud parents
of three daughters. He received
degrees from Criswell College in
Dallas; Southern Methodist University - Perkins School of Theology; and a Masters of Divinity
from Memphis Theological Seminary. A pastor for 23 years, Collier serves as a volunteer chaplain for various law enforcement
agencies in the metro area and for
the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion. He may be reached by calling 601.260.3016, 601.855.7898
or e-mail [email protected]
Fellowship offers help for college
students and planting churches
By Rev. Archie Smith
Special to The Mississippi Link
Since making history by
selecting
the
first
African
American president since its
initiation, the
Southern Baptist denomination continues to work with
other organizations to create
better opportunities for people
of color.
Hiring a full-time executive director, holding regional
leadership conferences and
helping blacks attend college
and plant churches are on the
agenda for the National African American Fellowship’s
(NAAF) annual meeting, June
9 and 10 in Houston, Texas.
“The recommendations will
be addressed during NAAF
sessions to be held in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention’s June 11-12
annual meeting at Houston’s
George R. Brown Convention Center, said A.B. Vines,
NAAF president and pastor of
New Seasons Church in Spring
Valley, Calif.
“In my last year of being president, I want to have
scholarships rolled out, the
interim ... executive director hired, start raising [the]
NAAF funding budget and the
planting network - those are
my four main agendas,” Vines
said, “and also to ... help promote mission trips for African
Americans.
“NAAF, in planning to institute two annual $5,000
scholarships, intends to help
African American high school
graduates enroll in four-year
universities, issuing the scholarship each year to one male
and one female, Vines said.
“We want to be a party to
helping kids go to school. We
would love for them to go to
a Southern Baptist school, but
any approved, accredited college, we’ll give money to it.
“An NAAF church planting network, with a goal of
planting 20 African American
churches would be designed
to attract godly, committed
and gifted African American
church planters who may not
fit within the funding guidelines of the North American
Mission Board.
“I understand their guidelines and I get it but there are
some great people out there
who would love to be part
of the SBC. As an example,
NAMB does not commission
church planters who have experienced divorce, even if it
occurred before they became
born-again believers. The rule
disqualifies potential African
American leaders when the
SBC is in need of such.
“We feel we can bring some
great resources to the African
American community by having another way of planting
churches through the SBC.
They’ll still be part of the SBC
Fred Luter, president, Southern
Baptist Convention
Rev. A. B. Vines, president, NAAF
..., but we’ll plant them ourselves, instead of having to go
through the process. This way,
we develop our own funding
stream.
“We can help those guys
who are good, who have
proved themselves faithful
and worthy and [are] in a good
marriage, to help them plant
Southern Baptist churches.”
The SBC elected New Orleans preacher, Rev. Fred
Luter, as the first African
American president June 19,
2012. At one level it’s a historic moment for Southern
Baptists. The denomination,
now with a membership of 16
million, was founded in 1845,
when Southern slave-holding
Baptists broke from national
Baptists who opposed slavery.
More than a century later,
Southern Baptist sheriffs,
congressmen, county officials
and some clergy preached racial segregation deep into the
1960. Rev. Luter’s election is
considered by Southern Baptist leaders and the Baptist
press as a cultural triumph.
Message from the Religion Editor
By Daphne Higgins
Religion Editor
Exactly
one
year ago, April
29, 2012, to be
exact - something truly wonderful
debuted
at College Hill
Missionary Baptist Church in
Jackson. That something is an
assemblage that I and other
members of the church watched
as it began in its infancy stage
and has now developed into an
enthusiastic group of dedicated
young people. That something
that I refer to is the College Ministry, the newest auxiliary of the
church.
As the ministry celebrates its
one year anniversary, I proudly
exclaim, “Thank you, Lord.” I
give this shout of gratitude because one year ago, several other
church members and I joined
forces to bring a renewed interest to a group of young people
who feel that they have achieved
a certain level of independence
and now they don’t have to go
to church anymore. This feeling
is nothing new among many college students across the country
and many churches recognize it
and work diligently to combat it.
However, I must thank God
for the insight and support of
our pastor, Rev. Michael T. Williams, for the seed he planted
and the ministry that is now such
a vibrant one. Here we are, one
year following the launch of the
ministry, and oh, what a wonderful year it has been.
I will continuously exclaim
God’s goodness for everything
that He’s done for the young
people who visit (and join) our
church family. Because of the
creation of this ministry, young
people who felt that they should
have been sleeping in on Sunday morning are stepping out
for Christ. These young people
are remaining true to the teachings of God, as noted in Psalm
119:9 - How can a young man
keep his way pure? By guarding
it according to your word.
It is a known fact that many
college students; especially
those who attend college away
from home find it difficult to
worship with or participate in activities at a local House of Worship. I cannot lie, as the mother
of a first time college student; I
wanted to know that my child
was still receiving the spiritual
nourishment that has been available to her since birth. I didn’t
want there to be a lapse in her
worship experience because she
was going to college.
When approached about the
possibility of a new ministry, I,
and a wonderful team of leaders
which now consists of Jasmine
Beaman, Linda Bennett. Claudia
Henderson, Chandria D. Metevia, Lynda Robinson, Timothy
Rush, Tracey Windham, and
Frank Yates, became the tools
to reach out to young people in
and around the metropolitan area
who were transitioning from
high school to college.
Again, thank you Lord for allowing us to be the ones who
have been blessed by the presence of the young people we
work with. This ministry has
netted a wonderful year of fellowship, learning more about the
Lord, and each other.
Over the past year, this committee has dedicated itself to
introducing, maintaining and/
or renewing the commitment
of those aged 17 - 25 to Christ.
College students need a ministry that they can relate to; one
that prepares them for adulthood
and adult situations, while keeping their experiences biblically
based. They need faithful pastors
and workers who will care, teach
and prepare them for life while
acknowledging that the students
will be confronted with the
many vices of the world. Since
its initiation, the College Hill
College Ministry has been an encouraging support system for the
church’s young adults and is the
recipient of strong support from
all of the members of the church.
In the words of a couple of
popular Gospel tunes, we wanted our students to feel free to
“Come into His Presence” and
through the combined efforts
of the church, work together to
build a ministry that is “Glorious” in the name of the Lord.
It has been a wonderful year
of growth for the young participants, as well as for the leaders.
It has been a rewarding, refreshing and a rejoicing experience
for each of us.
To the wonderful members of
the College Hill College Ministry, I can’t thank you enough for
listening to and introducing others to God. Psalm 4 and Proverbs 24: My son, be attentive to
my words; incline your ear to
my sayings. Let them not escape
from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to
those who find them, and healing
to all their flesh.
Thank you to the College Hill
family for being a beacon of
light to the young and making
sure that God’s Word is shared
with all of His children - regardless of age and understanding.
If you will, please recall the
verse that I often share with you Isaiah 52:7 (NIV): “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet
of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace, who bring
good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, Your
God reigns!”
The Mississippi Link, a messenger for news in and around
the state of Mississippi, would
like to not only share your news
but all who would like to tell
others about the Lord’s goodness and about their places of
worship and even those religious
institutions that are visited.
Contact Daphne M. Higgins
at
[email protected]
com. Fax 601-896-0091 or mail
your information to The Mississippi Link, 2659 Livingston
Road, Jackson, MS 39213.
R e i g n i n g A nn o u ncemen t s
Cade Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 1000 W. Ridgeway St., Jackson,
will celebrate the sixth year anniversary of executive pastor, Rev. Reginald
Buckley, and first lady, Dr. Lecretia Buckley, Sunday, May 5, at 11 a.m. For
additional information call 601.366.5463.
True Light Missionary Baptist Church, 224 East Bell Street, Jackson, will
celebrate the anniversary of their pastor, Rev. Marcus Cheeks, Sunday, May
5. For more information call 601-353-7364.
The Jackson District Deaconesses, Mothers, Widows Unit will present
“Christian Women in Hats” Sunday, May 5, at 2:30 p.m. at Progressive Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson. For additional information, call 601-6757356 or 601-966-8668.
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May 2 - 9, 2013
The Kingdom of God is at Hand
Repent and believe in the Gospel - Part 1
By Pastor Simeon R. Green III
Special to The Mississippi Link
Now
after
John was put
in prison, Jesus
came to Galilee
preaching
the Gospel of
the Kingdom of
God and saying, “The time
is fulfilled, and the Kingdom
of God is at hand. Repent and
believe in the Gospel.” (Mark
1:14-15)
Many people are ignorant
and in darkness about true
Bible repentance. They think
they have repented and say
they have repented, yet they
have corrupt fruit growing in
their lives. If your life has not
changed and you are still doing the same ungodly things,
you have not repented.
The
word
repentance
means to be sorry that you
have sinned and done wrong.
To repent is to change your
mind and your purpose. True
Bible repentance produces a
changed life. You must turn
away from sin. Without godly
sorrow, you cannot repent. If
you truly repent, your life will
change and you will have new
desires.
When you have repented,
you have changed your purpose in life. Many people in
jail are sorry they got caught,
and they are sorry they are in
jail; but that is not repentance.
If you repent you will be filled
with remorse that you have
sinned against God. You must
be determined to change your
ways and be obedient to the
Word of God.
In Titus 2:11-15, we read:
“For the grace of God that
bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching
us that, denying ungodliness
and worldly lusts, we should
live soberly, righteously and
godly, in this present world;
looking for that blessed hope,
and the glorious appearing of
the great God and our Savior
Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and
purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good
works. These things speak
and exhort and rebuke with all
authority. Let no man despise
thee.”
I am thankful that God is
real. The Spirit of God talks to
the hearts of people, but many
will not listen to Him. God’s
Holy Spirit is going throughout the whole earth and talking to the hearts of men and
women. The Holy Spirit deals
with every man, woman, boy
and girl. Sometime during
life, God will deal with each
individual and reveal Himself,
showing that person how he
or she ought to live.
Vast numbers of people refuse to listen to God. They
go their own way and do
what they want to do without consideration for Him. If
you intend to make Heaven
your home, you must repent
of your sins and be obedient
to God. By His grace you can
do it.
Please understand that repentance is not simply getting
your name on a church record
book nor living according to
some creed or doctrine. You
must invite Jesus Christ into
your heart, deny ungodliness,
and forsake worldly lusts.
YOU MUST TURN AWAY
FROM ALL SIN.
It is imperative to seek
God’s forgiveness and change
your way of living. This is
true Bible repentance.
Also, you must diligently
obey the Word of God, not
man-made creeds and doctrines. Sin will ruin you
physically and spiritually. It
will destroy your health, your
home, your family and your
reputation. Moreover, it will
cause you to spend eternity in
hell.
True Bible repentance is
what God is calling upon you
to do today.
Rev. Simeon R. Green III is
pastor of Crossroads Church of
God in Farmhaven (Canton),
Miss., and is married to Velma
L. Green. He honorably served
in the U.S. Army for 20 years.
Presently, Rev. Green is a member of the National Association
of Evangelism Church of God,
Anderson, Ind. He serves as
vice-chairman at the Southeastern Association of The Church
of God, Inc.
The Top 10 Gospel Songs from the Billboard
Gospel Charts for the week of May 2
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It’s Not Over
2.
Take Me To The King
3.
Hold On
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Your Best Days Yet
Bishop Paul S. Morton
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God Will Make A Way
Shirley Caesar
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Break Every Chain1600 Florence
Tasha
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Olivia Pope
By Shewanda Riley
Columnist
Fitzgerald
Grant.
Huck.
Olivia Pope. If
you are like millions of fans, you
know that these
are three of the
most exciting characters currently
on network television. On the
other hand, if you’ve never seen
ABC’s Scandal you are probably
wondering what is all the recent
buzz about the show. Scandal is
the latest hit television show from
Shonda Rimes, creator of Grey’s
Anatomy and one of the few African American female producers in
Hollywood.
Inspired by real life crisis management expert Judy Smith, the
show is full of intriguing politics
and complicated relationships.
However, despite the positive reviews and high ratings, not everyone likes the show. Some say the
show is an unsavory mixture of
lies, deceit, and betrayal that glorifies wrongdoing and sin. In other
words, it often shows the worst of
human behavior.
True enough, there are love triangles, extra marital affairs and
lots of lies. However, it’s so wellwritten and acted that it’s hard not
to get hooked on it for reasons
other than the steamy sex.
What is at the heart of the show
aren’t the steamy love scenes or
even the multiple layers of deceit.
The heart of the show is how the
characters respond to challenging
and stressful situations. In some
instances, the fictionalized story
lines can be seen as contemporary
examples of the importance of
telling the truth, forgiveness, and
honoring commitment. The quick
thinking Olivia Pope is played
with a complex mix of passion and
vulnerability by Kerry Washington. When dealing with her clients,
Olivia Pope always encourages
and, in some cases, demands they
tell her the truth about whatever
unfortunate situation they are in.
If they hesitate, she makes it clear
that she cannot help them if they
do not tell her the truth.
Her point is that she can deal
with anything no matter how difficult as long as she knows all the
facts. In fact, one of the most repeated lines from the show is “It’s
a dirty little secret and dirty little
secrets always come out.”
Olivia’s insistence on the truth
is similar to Jesus reminding us in
John 8:32 that the “truth will make
us free.” Once her clients are set
free from the bondage that results
from their lies, Olivia then develops a usually successful strategy of
how to best deal with the situation.
Ironically, the show also shows
how Olivia’s “dirty little secrets”
negatively impact her life.
What’s the biblical truth here?
Luke 8:17 says, “For there is
nothing hidden that will not be
disclosed, and nothing concealed
that will not be known or brought
out into the open.” In other words,
no matter how well you think you
may have hidden something or
how good the lie, the truth will
eventually come out.
Shewanda Riley is the author
of the Essence best-seller “Love
Hangover: Moving From Pain
to Purpose after a Relationship
Ends.” She can be reached at [email protected], at www.shewandariley.com or www.anointedauthorsontour.com
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601-352-5411
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4/25/2013, 5/02/2013
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DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
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601-925-6111
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bids. NOTE: Telephones and desks will not be available for bidders use at the bid site.
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4/25/2013, 5/02/2013
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DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
BUREAU OF BUILDING, GROUNDS AND
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JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI
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Post Office Box 7066
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Tupelo, Mississippi 38802-7066
662-840-8062
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to bids, or requests for withdrawal of bids received by JMAA after the
Bid Deadline will not be considered for any cause whatsoever. JMAA
invites Bidders and their authorized representatives to be present at the
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by JMAA in accordance with the criteria set forth in the Information for
Bidders. The Information for Bidders contains, among other things,
a copy of this Advertisement for Bids, Instructions to Bidders and an
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Plans and specifications related to the Work are considered a part of
the Agreement.
The Information for Bidders is on file and open for public inspection at
JAN at the following address:
Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport
Suite 300, Main Terminal Building
100 International Drive
Jackson, Mississippi 39208
Telephone: (601) 664-3502
Facsimile: (601) 939-3713
Attention: Bonnie A. Wilson, Chief Operating Officer
A copy of the Bid Documents (including plans and specifications for the
Work) may be obtained upon payment of $100.00 refundable fee per
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or cashier’s check made payable to Faith Group, LLC. The check may
be presented upon pick-up of the Bid Documents at the following address or may be mailed to the following address.
Construction Image Printing, LLC
5435 Executive Place, Suite B
Jackson, Mississippi 39206
Telephone: (601) 366-5858
Facsimile: (601) 366-5838
Email: [email protected]
Attention: Betty Alexis
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request. Documents will not be distributed or mailed, however, until
payment is received.
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39201, until 2:00:00 p.m. on Thursday, 06/06/2013 , for:
RE:
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at which time they will be publicly opened and read. Contract documents may be obtained from:
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Post Office Box 867
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to Bidders bound in the project manual. The Bureau of Building, Grounds and Real
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DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
BUREAU OF BUILDING, GROUNDS AND
REAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI
Sealed bids will be received at the Bureau of Building, Grounds and Real Property
Management, 501 North West Street, Suite 1401B, Woolfolk Building, Jackson, Mississippi, 39201, until 2:00:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 06/04/2013 , for:
RE:
GS# 106-223 Fire Suppression Upgrade (Infrastructure)
Mississippi Valley State University
at which time they will be publicly opened and read. Contract documents may be
obtained from:
Professional:
Address: Phone:
Pryor & Morrow Architects and Engineers,
P.A. - Columbus (Columbus, Mississippi, through
the Office listed herein)
Post Office Box 167
Columbus, Mississippi 39703
662-327-8990
A deposit of $150.00 is required. Bid preparation will be in accordance with Instructions
to Bidders bound in the project manual. The Bureau of Building, Grounds and Real
Property Management reserves the right to waive irregularities and to reject any or all
bids. NOTE: Telephones and desks will not be available for bidders use at the bid site.
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5/02/2013, 5/09/2013
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DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
BUREAU OF BUILDING, GROUNDS AND
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JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI
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SUBMIT: State of Mississippi application to Personnel, Mississippi Public Broadcasting,
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Top JSU players get NFL opportunity
By Tim Ward
Sports Writer
Rico Richardson and Joseph
LeBeau signed free agent contracts with Kansas City and
St. Louis respectively.
Richardson will join former
Ole Miss star Dexter McCluster who had a good year last
season, catching 52 passes for
over 450 yards. McCluster is
their all purpose weapon who
does a number of things for
the Chiefs.
Richardson should be able
to compliment the Chiefs’
number one receiver, Derrick Bowe. Richardson also
has special teams skills. He
blocked punts last season
for JSU and came close on
several other occasions. The
speedy Natchez product finished with 1,158 receiving
yards last season; one of the
most productive seasons in
school history.
Richardson saw the opportunity with the Chiefs as a
good fit because they have a
needed at receiver, but didn’t
address that need via the draft.
He will join former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex
Smith as offensive weapons
for Andy Reid who coached
14 years in Philadelphia and is
entering his first season with
Kansas City.
One of the most hard hitting
Looks like Joseph LeBeau will be chasing
NFL quarterbacks now.
and productive defenders for
Jackson State last season was
Joseph LeBeau. He played all
over the field - rushing the
passer, stuffing the run, being
the defensive leader, whatever needed to be done. He too
was undrafted, but quickly got
with an NFL team.
The St. Louis Rams are
giving LeBeau an opportunity to show what he can do.
Considering their head coach,
Jeff Fisher, is a defensive guy,
LeBeau should get ample opportunities to play.
LeBeau is expected to
change his position to linebacker. While dropping back
in will be something he has
Rico Richardson has an opportunity to make NFL special
teams.
JSU season opener vs. Tulane
changed to Thursday, Aug. 29
By Tim Ward
Sports Writer
Tiger fans change your vacation days. The season opener is
no longer on a Saturday. The
date for Jackson State’s season
opening football game has been
changed to Thursday, August
29. The game was originally set
for Saturday, August 31.
The game will still be played
at the Mercedes Benz Superdome. It isn’t known yet if the
game will be televised.
Tiger fans will more than
likely make it a New Orleans
weekend now. Unfortunately
for Saints fans, the Saints will
be in Miami, so there will not
be an opportunity to watch two
football games.
TigerNation travels well, so
expect the Superdome to be
rocking.
to work on, LeBeau has also
bulked up to 231 pounds to
be ready to handle the bigger
players he’ll be facing.
Like Richardson, LeBeau
saw that the Rams didn’t sign
that many players for his position, but need more players at
the linebacker position.
TigerNation will be behind
these Tigers wishing them
successful NFL careers.
Joseph LeBeau was a terror defensively for JSU
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Emeli Sande’s Album breaks
Beatles record in UK
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Singer-songwriter Emeli Sande
has broken The Beatles’ long-standing record for the most consecutive
weeks spent in the top ten of the
U.K.’s Official Albums Chart.
The Scottish songstress’s Brit
Award-winning debut album “Our
Version of Events,” released in February 2012, has held a slot in the
charts for 63 consecutive weeks,
beating the previous record held by
the Fab Four for their release “Please
Please Me,” which spent 62 weeks
somewhere in the top 10 between
1963 and 1964.
Sande’s “Our Version of Events”
has gone on to become the bestselling album of 2012 in the U.K. with
over 1.82 million copies sold, according to the Official Albums Chart.
In an interview with the Official
Charts Company, Sande described
herself as being completely lost for
words.
“The Beatles are the greatest band
of all time and their legacy lives on
and continues to inspire all of us
that make music,” she said. “I’m
so happy that so many people have
connected with the stories and the
songs on the record, this really is
our version of events now. I’d like
to say thank you to everyone that
has bought, played or shared my
music in the last year, without your
support this would never have been
possible.”
Singer Emeli Sande visits the Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show at
Z100 Studio April 25, 2013 in New
York City
Jason Collins makes history: first
openly gay professional athlete
eurweb.com
Somebody had to be the first active professional athlete to come
out of the closet.
Well, Washington Wizards center Jason Collins April 29 said he’s
the one. Collins, who’s been in the
NBA since 2001, revealed that he
is a homosexual.
“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center.
I’m black. And I’m gay,” Collins
told Sports Illustrated. He added:
“I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major
American team sport. But since I
am, I’m happy to start the conversation. I’m glad I can stop hiding
and refocus on my 13th NBA season.”
Collins’ announcement is seen
as a watershed moment by Rev.
Al Sharpton, president of National
Action Network and MSNBC
host:
“The announcement made by
NBA center Jason Collins about
being a gay male marks the first
time a professional athlete has
openly confirmed his sexuality.
This is a breakthrough moment in
sports and another step towards tolerance and fairness in the AfricanAmerican community. I salute the
courage and candor of Mr. Collins
and think he has made a great contribution to this country and I call
on others in the civil rights community and the African-American
leadership of all fields to embrace
this development. We can’t be cus-
Collins
todians of intolerance and freedom
fighters at the same time. In order
to fight for anyone’s civil rights
and self expression we must fight
for everyone’s civil rights. God
Bless Jason Collins for helping to
show us the way.”
THE mississippi link • 17
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May 2 - 9, 2013
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Book Review:
“The Color Complex: The
Politics of Skin Color in a New
Millennium”
Kathy Russell-Cole, Midge Wilson, and Ronald E. Hall
by
By Terri Schlichenmeyer
Book Reviewer
This month, you’ve decided
you need a whole new look. Your
hair and wardrobe are out of date,
so you’re getting a cut-and-style
and a fresh wardrobe, shoes and
all. You’ve got an appointment
for a mani-pedi, a dermatologist,
dentist, and … no more glasses!
You’re getting some of those colored contacts.
But there’s one thing you can’t
alter. And in the newly updated
book, “The Color Complex” by
Kathy Russel-Cole, Midge Wilson
and Ronald E. Hall, you’ll see how
much it still matters. As the more
things change, the more they remain the same…
In the last two decades, America has seen a revolution when it
comes to issues of race. The generation that was born and has grown
up in that time is “much more racially diverse than any other before it….”
c.1992, 2013, Anchor
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Economic powerhouses in
India, China and Brazil have
emerged, mixed-race relationships
barely make us blink, even the
government has added multiracial
categories on census forms.
There’s been a lot of change, but
“colorism” - a word referring to
prejudices surrounding skin-color
differences, particularly within
the African American community
- remains. What’s worse, it’s infiltrated popular culture with a subtler, seemingly-nastier effect on its
victims.
Though “… skin color has
maintained an intimate relationship with class [since] the earliest
times,” the issue of colorism has
its American roots in the early
1500s when “mulatto” offspring
of white men and black women
gained power through education
and social bridging between black
and white populations.
Later, preference was shown
for lighter-skinned individuals
as “house slaves,” who largely
disparaged darker-skinned field
workers. Today, several decades
after discrimination based on color
was made illegal, colorism still exists.
Some blame it on music videos and black songwriters. Others accuse fashion and movies.
The authors also point at politics
and world policy, yet they say
that there are things you can do to
“lessen colorism’s pernicious effects.”
Contact television networks if
you notice a lack of black journalists or actors. Let editors know that
you won’t purchase their magazines until they stop photoshopping pictures of models of color.
Use the power of social media to
further your cause, state your opinions and gather support.
These days, it seems that we
like to pretend we live in an enlightened world that’s on its way
to being “color-blind.” We have a
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black president, after all, and today’s youth are more accepting
of racial differences. Some think
we’ve gotten past skin color, but
reading “The Color Complex”
shows otherwise.
With great dismay and a surprising amount of quietly cynical humor, authors Kathy Russell-Cole, Midge Wilson and
Ronald E. Hall re-examine the
divisiveness of colorism today,
in contrast to what it was two
decades ago.
New, eye-opening research
and fresh information show
readers that though there are
gains in some areas, colorism
is far from a dead issue. In fact,
with the rise of globalism, it’s
actually spread.
This is a fascinating albeit
quite uncomfortable book that
I recommend for audiences
both black and white. Newly
updated, “The Color Complex”
deserves a whole new look.
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only once in each row across, each column down, and each 3x3 box.
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This Week’s Horoscopes
You could experience a burst of energy
this week and will be more vigorous, bold
and assertive.
ACROSS
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4. Highest
10. French “yes”
11. Pope’s governing organizations
12. Elder
13. Empties
14. Images
16. Choose
17. Dueling sword
18. Movie alien
20. Medium frequency
22. Ghetto
26. Boeing
29. Drowse
31. Wry
33. Skin
34. Legato
35. Sticky black substance
36. Body art
37. Artful
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2. Spring flower
3. Very tiny fly
4. Account (abbr.)
5. Single beat
6. Anger
7. Hello!
8. Retired persons association (abbr.)
9. For fear that
15. Skirt edge
19. Teaspoon (abbr.)
21. Curly corn chip
23. Attics
24. Customary
25. Mirthful
26. Tenor
27. Writer Bombeck
28. Beep
30. Reverberate
32. Negative
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1/21 - 2/19
Aquarius
Things could be slow on the work front
this week but should start picking up
soon!
7/23-8/21
Leo
This week you should feel very ambitious
and capable of meeting all challenges
successfully.
2/20 - 3/20
Pisces
Many things are going to improve shortly
and you're going to have more friends
than you can handle or want.
8/22 - 9/23
Virgo
If your will is blocked, you might become
quite angry today. You are less willing
to accommodate others and meet people
half way.
3/21 - 4/20
Aries
4/21 - 5/21
Taurus
While you've got this spare time on your
hands this week get some of the more
mundane issues out of the way!
9/24 - 10/23
Libra
You could find yourself in the center of
the spotlight right now with all eyes
focused on you to see what you're going
to do next!
You may feel more distressed than usual
over financial matters or a personal
relationship. Hang in there!
10/24 - 11/22
Scorpio
This week you may become somewhat
startled and need to step up to the plate
and display your self-confidence in a way
you may not be used to.
5/22 - 6/21
Gemini
This weekend you may be inclined to
avoid serious relationships or real
disagreements with other people.
11/23 - 12/22
Sagittarius
In a dramatic situation this week you will
need to have all your wits about you as
you may have a particularly high profile.
6/22 - 7/22
Cancer
Meeting challenging mental work and
concentration is much easier to do most
of this week.
12/23 - 1/20
Capricorn
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Mayor Johnson promised that he would create
more jobs for residents in Jackson when he
returned to office in 2009. As a result of that
promise, he created the Jobs for Jacksonians
Initiative. The purpose of the program is to
put unemployed and under-employed residents
of the City to work and so far more than 700
residents have been hired over the past two
years.
That’s one reason I’m fighting for Jackson.
I’m fighting to keep our citizens employed, I’m
fighting to keep our community safe, and I’m
fighting to continue moving Jackson forward!
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ORIGINAL KRAFT VELVEETA
16 OZ. .....................................
KRAFT SHREDDED & CHUNK
7 - 8 OZ. ...................................
HALF GAL. PLASTIC .......................
17.5 OZ. ....................................
MARY'S B'S FROZEN
SWEET IMPORTED
24 - 35 OZ. ..................................
2
EACH
PER LB.
ON THE VINE
5 LB.
PIGGLY WIGGLY JUMBO CINNAMON
FRESH PRODUCE
WASHINGTON GROWN
RED DELICIOUS, RED GALA
$ 99
MARGARINE
.......................................
PIGGLY WIGGLY ORANGE
20 PACK 12 OZ. CANS
5 OZ.
SUNNYLAND SPREAD
FRESH VIDALIA
2
3 LB. BAG
FREEZER QUEEN FAMILY BUFFET
18 - 28 OZ. .................................
HOT, LEAN & CROISSANT
FRESH FANCY YELLOW
69
PER LB.
7.5 - 9 OZ. ..................................
TENDERS, BREAKFAST, NUGGETS 22 - 29 OZ. ..
PIGGLY WIGGLY ICE CREAM OR
12 CT. ......................................

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