Monthly Archive: February 2012

Feb 24

Elder Yates Installed as National President of Primitive Baptist Convention

Elder Bernard C. Yates, pastor of Zion Hope Primitive Baptist Church, was installed as president of the National Primitive Baptist Convention of the USA, Inc. With close to 2,000 people in attendance, the church, full with community members, governmental officials and clergy, greeted Yates with a thunderous applause as he entered the sanctuary on Monday …

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Feb 24

Dr. Charles Augustus honored by Escambia County School District

By Wesley Martin “My father wanted us to go to public schools, but he wanted us to have an education equal to the segregated white schools,” said Karen Augustus. On Tuesday, the Escambia County School Board honored Dr. Charles Augustus by dedicating a wing in his honor. “We received several proclamations and acknowledgments from [organizations …

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Feb 24

Local Union commits to Democrat party support

By Greg Fink Michael Lowery, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1395, told the Escambia County Democratic Executive Committee Tuesday evening to “count us in!” Lowery passionately proclaimed the union’s open support for the local democrat party. During his presentation, Lowery spoke about the necessary relationship between local unions and the local Democratic Party.  “We …

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Feb 24

U.S. Senate candidate Deon Long visits Pensacola

By Greg Fink United States senate candidate Deon Long, R-Fla., attended a meet and greet at the Pensacola Improv Event Center Tuesday evening. At the meeting, Long discussed his historic bid — he is the first African American republican to run to the US senate. “Right now we are in a good position to end …

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Feb 24

University of West Florida celebrates the Negro Spiritual tradition

By Wesley Martin On Monday, The University of West Florida Singers and Madrigals held their Annual Black History Month Concert at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts. This year, many selections seemed to blend older Negro spirituals with newer contemporary pieces. Jerre Brisky, assistant director of the CFPA, says this event communicates history and …

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Feb 24

The Gantt Report: Political Tricks on Black Voters

By Lucius Gantt Divide and conquer is one of the oldest tricks in the political book! Do you think it is by design or coincidence when a Black political incumbent has a white opponent that another African American inevitably jumps into the race? Oftentimes, I think it is by design! ­ As I look at …

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Feb 24

National TRiO Day, What is it? National TRiO Day, What is it?

According to the 1986 Congressional resolution, National TRiO Day is meant to focus the nation’s “attention on the needs of disadvantaged young people and adults aspiring to improve their lives, to the necessary investment if they are to become contributing citizens of the country, and to the talent which will be wasted if that investment …

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Feb 16

Equal Business Opportunity Chairwoman Concerned

By Greg Fink At this week’s Community Maritime Park Associates’ Equal Business Opportunity Committee meeting, Chairwoman Audra Carter emphasized concern over some of the recurring issues in regards to the CMPA development process. According to Carter, one important primary issue remains the short window of opportunity regarding the opening and the closing of the bid …

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Feb 16

Lauren Book ‘Walks’ to stop sexual abuse

By Wesley Martin “It shouldn’t hurt to be a child,” said Lauren Book, founder of Lauren’s Kids. “You should be able to walk down the sidewalk and play hopscotch … the fact is that were just not there yet.” On Monday, Feb. 13, supporters and advocates for child sexual abuse prevention gathered at Seville Square …

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Feb 16

New Dimensions Celebrates Valentine’s Day with an all out gala

By Wesley Martin “God is the ultimate element in any marriage,” said Anthony Johnson, assistant pastor of New Dimensions Christian Center. “When we have the love of God which is … unconditional, that’s the kind of love that keeps a marriage together.” Last Friday, the New Dimension’s Destiny Marriage ministry held its fourth annual Valentine’s …

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