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					       Volume 16, No.05      “And Ye Shall Know The Truth...”                May 20, 2009


    In This Issue
                                                       Sheila Gibson
 Perry’s This Strikes Me …
          Page 2                                       Artistic Director
       Commentary                                      Positive Force Christian School of Dance
          Page 3
125 Pound Trevor Casey vs.
    500 Pounds of TPD




           Page 4
  Transitions Conference
           Page 6
  The Truth Arts Section
       Book Review
           Page 7
      Gallery Events
           Page 8
       Cover Story:
      Positive Force
           Page 9
        Local Actor
          Page 10
    Salute to Scholars
          Page 11
   Family Activities Club
          Page 12
     BlackMarketPlace
          Page 14
        Classifieds
          Page 15
    Grace Presbyterian
          Page 16
           AKA’s
          Page 16
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This Strikes Me...
                                                                                                  Community Calendar
Why Blacks’ Denial of Civil                                                                         May 21
                                                                                                    Northwest Ohio Black Media Association 15th Annual Impact Newsmakers Award

Rights to Others is an                                                                            Banquet: Ramada Westgate (formerly the Clarion); 6 pm: 419-243-0007
                                                                                                    The Ford Gallery Inaugural Exhibition Grand Opening Reception: 6 to 10 p.m.


Affront to Themselves                                                                                May 22
                                                                                                     Mission Possible Youth Services: Crusaders for Christ; 7:45 pm: 419-290-4503
By Ravi K. Perry, Ph.D.                                                                              Bethesda Christian Center Cathedral 13th Pastoral Anniversary: Celebrating Bishop
Guest Column                                                                                      Marjorie Holt; 7 pm; Guests Pastor Larde of Victory Now International Ministries
                                                                                                     Church of the Living God, Inc “Clothes Give-Away:” 11 am to 2 pm: 419-241-8045 or
    I am still disturbed by those African-Americans who choose not to support marriage            419-243-3826
equality efforts for members of the gay and lesbian community throughout America. It
remains especially baffling that so many African-Americans in California could proudly               May 24
claim their ability to vote for President Barack Obama as a civil rights victory while voting        Bethesda Christian Center Cathedral 13th Pastoral Anniversary: Celebrating Bishop
on the same ballot to deny civil rights to members of the gay community.                          Marjorie Holt; 5 pm with guests Pastor Kevin Sutton and Word of Faith Ministries
                                                                                                     Ebenezer MBC 57th Annual Women’s Day Services: 11 am and 4 pm; Morning
    It appears that those blacks seemingly view civil rights as solely synonymous with the
                                                                                                  speaker Sis. Lurine Calhoun of Union Grove Baptist; Afternoon Speaker Sis. Lorene Bell
1960’s movement to improve the Black American experience. However, civil rights in this
                                                                                                  of Charity MBC: graham1@buckeye-express.com
country are at least as old as the Declaration of Independence, well before blacks had any
significant rights or legal protections in America. In other words, civil rights existed before
                                                                                                     May 27
oppressed blacks received them, and should exist for others now after blacks have largely
                                                                                                     Libbey HS Alumni Association: Organizational meeting for elections of officers;
received the same rights afforded whites.
                                                                                                  Libbey Library; 6 to 8 pm: 419-244-1236 or 419-376-3971
    Marriage is a civil right, conferred by the state. At least given one’s verifiable status
as a state resident and citizen – that right should be conferred equally to all within every
                                                                                                     May 27-29
state’s borders. More and more, state supreme courts and legislative bodies – conserva-
                                                                                                     First MBC Revival: 7 pm nightly; Evangelist Supt. Johnny Hobbs of Greater St. John
tive, moderate and liberal – have recognized the basic legality of that fact. The only            C.O.G.I.C.
roadblocks to such civil equality that remain have been voters’ own interpretations of what
they individually consider marriage to be.                                                            May 29
    Many of those blacks who have chosen to deny a state-conferred right to a marginalized            Bethesda Christian Center Cathedral 13th Pastoral Anniversary: Celebrating Bishop
group have argued that their faith and religious beliefs form their opinions thusly. However,     Holt; 7 pm service with guests Pastor Baber and Truth in Jesus
one would think that blacks, of all people, would recall that the KKK used Christian-based            Majestic Prasie Ministries: Women’s Dept selling fish and chicken dinners; 10 am
arguments to sustain their Jim Crow control over blacks for centuries through intimidation,       to 4 pm: 419-535-3017 or 419-290-0736
fear, and other tactics. One would think that blacks, of all people, would recall that some
White southerners used Christianity to suppress blacks’ efforts toward equal treatment                May 30
as they enslaved blacks for centuries - either by way of the institution of slavery or the            Step Out For Kids Walk-A-Thon: Sponsored by Lucas County Foster Parent Assoc;
institution of second-class citizenship. One would think that blacks, of all people, would        Ottawa Park Liz Pierson Shelter House; 10:15 am: 419-213-3347
recall that in some states since the late 1600s until 1967, blacks were not given the freedom         Seminar & Workshop: For youth and young adults; “Moving from Low Self Esteem
to marry whomever they pleased given rampant miscegenation laws that did not allow ‘race          to a Healthy Self Esteem;” South Branch Library; Noon to 3 pm: 419-290-4503
mixing.’ Each of these historic recollections are examples of James Madison’s tyranny of              Business & Health Seminar: Sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; 11 am to
the majority and are evidence of the use of religion against black people in their pursuit of     4 pm; Indiana Ave MBC: 419-475-3007
economic justice, legal civil protections, and marriage equality.                                     Bethesda Christian Center Cathedral Fashion Show: 6 pm: 419-944-0984
    In each case blacks often argued their pursuit of equal legal protections were not only           Open Workshop: “Moving from Low-Self Esteem to Healthy Self Esteem;” South
civil rights, but human rights. Do you remember reading King’s Letter from a Birmingham           Branch Library; Noon to 3 pm: 419-376-2331
Jail? Therein, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. used quotes from St. Thomas Aquinas and
others to persuade white southern ministers who were reluctant to challenge unjust laws             May 31
against segregation. King argued that unjust laws were no laws at all and cannot be                 Faith Way C.O.G.I.C. Men’s Day: 11 am service, 5 pm service; Guest speaker Pastor
justified. Moreover, he suggested that all persons, but especially Christians, have a duty        Columba Niboro of Sunrise Community Church
to challenge the unequal treatment of human beings.                                                 Bethesda Christian Center Cathedral 13th Anniversary Celebration: Final Service; 6
    As a minister, King invoked preferred tenants of the Christian faith to make his              pm; Guests Bishop Andre Woods of Detroit: 419-944-0984
arguments. However, I’m conscious enough to realize that I am also guilty of picking and
choosing which Bible verses speak most readily to my point of view. However, that’s the              June 4, 5, 7
point. No matter our opinions on contentious issues like abortion, the death penalty and             St. Paul AME Zion 3rd Pastoral Anniversary: Celebrating Pastor Cordell Jenkins;
marriage equality, we all can find Biblical references to support one’s argument. Take            Guests Rev. Nolan White and Christian Community Church on Thursday at 7 pm, Rev.
women’s rights, for example. In the first book of Corinthians, the Apostle Paul suggests          Randall Parker and New Kingdom MBC on Fri at 7 pm, Rev. Correther Jenkins and
that women should remain silent in church. Yet, in the book of Romans, Paul’s view is that        Freedom Christian Center on Sun at 11 am, Rance Allen and New Bethel on Sunday at
women could and should be church leaders.                                                         5 pm: 419-243-1065 or 419-246-0790
    As a civil right, marriage equality should not be about religion, but I had to address
religion because I know that, for many, it is the reason for persons’ opposition to marriage         June 6
equality.                                                                                            Financial Crisis Explained: Sylvania Branch Library; 2 pm; Speaker Tom Warneka,
    Hence, there are differing views in the Bible with respect to major issues based on           Ph.D.: 419-882-2089
individual interpretation. The same is true for marriage equality.
     Regardless of how Christianity has been used to further the social agendas of varying
groups historically, I understand and respect the merits of both sides of the contemporary
marriage equality debate. For example, recently, scholars and media pundits have increas-
ingly suggested why “gay rights,” should be viewed as a civil rights issue. However, others
                                                                                                                 The Sojourner’s Truth
share a different view.                                                                                            Toledo’s Truthful African-American
    Recent evidence of the competing views is noted within the membership of the NAACP.                             Owned and Operated Newspaper
Leaders such as Julian Bond and Coretta Scott King have noted that support for gay rights
is in line with the organization’s mission. Detractors, such as civil rights leader Rev. Fred              Kevin McQueen                        Publisher
Shuttlesworth, find that gays are rightly discriminated against “because of their behavior.”               Fletcher Word                        Publisher and Editor
Thus, proponents of “gay rights” have long framed the issue of marriage equality as a                      Becky McQueen                        Business Manager
human, rights-based issue with ties to the civil rights movement. However, others view their
                                                                                                           Nadean Hamilton                      Reporter
concerns as distinctly different from the content of rights, human or civil.                               Vickie Shurelds                      Reporter
    The problem with detractors’ arguments concerning marriage equality is that their                      Sharon Guice                         Reporter
arguments keep shifting. Many opponents of marriage equality have argued that ‘activist                    James Fowler                         Reporter
judges’ should not legislate social changes from courts. Some have suggested that is what                  Artisha Lawson                       Reporter
occurred originally Massachusetts, later in California and Connecticut, and most recently,                 Jack Ford                            Political Columnist
in Iowa when the Supreme Court ruled state-sponsored discrimination against gays in                        Michael J. Hayes                     Entertainment Critic
marriage equality as unconstitutional.                                                                     Jason L. Lee Sr.                     Layout Designer
    Those opponents argued to leave the decision to the people or their elected represen-                  Jennifer Retholtz                    Webmaster
tatives. Yet, in New Hampshire, New York, Maine, Vermont, and the District of Columbia                     Pamela Anderson                      Sales Representative
where state and local legislatures have voted in favor of marriage equality or are in the                  Kathy Sweeny                         Ad Creation
process of doing so, those detractors now alter their tactics from claims of judicial activism
to one of moral reasoning.                                                                                              A Certified MBE, 2009
    In either event, however, the spirit of the law remains the same – the denial of rights to       The Sojourner’s Truth, 1811 Adams Street, Toledo, Ohio 43604
a protected class of people is illegal. Separate civil unions will not work. Civil unions still                Phone 419-243-0007 • Fax 419-255-7700
deny gays more than one thousand federal benefits and responsibilities received by                                    thetruth@thetruthtoledo.com
                                                                    (Continued on Page 13)                             www.thetruthtoledo.com
May 20, 2009                                    The Sojourner’s Truth                                                                                                                             Page 3

My View                                                                                               Fighting The Wrong Enemy
By Jack Ford                                                                                          By Rev. Donald L. Perryman, D.Min.
The Truth’s Political Columnist
                                                                                                                                           Issues of race always cloud and confuse what should be
                                 up in poor circumstances.         tem.                                                                clear and cause us to focus on the things that separate and
                                    It timing is everything in         The move by some to di-                                         make us different rather than the real issue. Race also makes us
                                 politics, the upcoming recall     lute the number of city coun-                                       irrational to the point that we will take out our frustrations by
                                 vote on Mayor Carty               cilmen borders on the ridicu-                                       turning on those in the same condition as us rather than those
                                 Finkbeiner is coming at a very    lous. And I wonder if there is                                      whose policies keep all of us in bondage.
                                 bad time. Not only has the        some latent classicism in the                                           This seems to be the case in the African-American commu-
                                 economy tanked but the pro-       proposal. It is telling that the                                    nity in the aftermath of the Toledo Board of Education’s 5-0
                                 tracted talks on union con-       district plan has changed the                                       approval of Superintendent John Foley’s recommendations to
                                 cessions here have also worn      pattern of representation in                                        spare Libbey High but close Nathan Hale and Fulton elemen-
                                 everyone’s nerves to the          Toledo politics. The inner city                                     tary schools and cut 116.5 personnel positions to trim a
                                 unraveling point. Who is not      has had two, sometimes, five                                        projected $10 million shortfall for the coming year. The Toledo
                                 ticked off now?                   voices on City Council. Un-                                         Public Schools lost approximately 1,600 students this year and
                                    Be it pot holes, high grass,   der the old system, the inner                                       anticipates more enrollment losses next year.
                                 lay offs, murders …               city was lucky if there was                                             Tensions, hard feelings, acrimonious words and back and
    Kevin Boyce, the rela-          By the way, some think         even one vote on council to        forth “signifying” among various factions of Toledo’s black community exemplified the tenor
tively newly-minted State of     Carty won the 1993 election       represent those residents’         of the public hearing process and continued in both private settings and on radio talk shows
Ohio Treasurer, is coming to     primarily because there was a     interests.                         following the announcement of the Board’s decision.
Toledo on June 3 for his first   highly visible murder a few           We are now approaching            This predictable contentious internal wrangling is another example of the misplaced anger
fundraising function since       weeks before the election.        two dozen folks running for        that allows the epidemic exploitation of the community to continue and took place as a result
being appointed to office in     We have seen several hei-         City Council’s six at-large        of viewing the school closings as the true evil when they were only a manifestation of a larger,
March of this year. Boyce        nous killings in the past few     seats. My guess is that two        but camouflaged problem. In other words, TPS could keep all of the schools open and the real
will be at the Toledo Club       weeks.                            or three new faces will emerge     evil would persist.
from 5 to 7 p.m. Ticket prices      I cannot remember a time       from the next election.               The true evil, and one in which many are in denial of is the influence of race in education.
range from $100 to $500.         when the strong mayor sys-            In the 2010 election cycle,       Fifty five years after the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision, which
    Boyce will have to raise     tem has been questioned           look for Will (“King Keyser”)      overturned segregation in public schools, African-Americans and other minorities continue
some two million dollars be-     more than in these days. My       Lucas to enter the fray. This      to get the short end of the stick when it comes to the quality of education delivered to them,
tween now and September          guess is that if it were on the   young man (28 years old) is        thus being denied equality in education.
2010 in order to be competi-     ballot next week, the system      looking at the legislature. He        It ought to be upsetting to us that black and Hispanic students are approximately two to
tive in the Treasurer’s race.    would go down to defeat 65        is articulate and well known       three years of learning behind white students. Or that 48 percent of black reading scores across
He is the first black Democrat   to 35 percent.                    to the youth of the city. Lucas    the fourth and eighth grades are “below basic” compared to only 17 percent of those of white
to hold a non-judicial state-       The strongest proponent        and Aji Green (endorsed can-       students. It should cause anger that our children are getting dumped on in the quality of
wide office. As Ohio’s top       has always been The Blade.        didate for the board of educa-     education that they are receiving as compared to what others are receiving.
banker, Boyce is breaking a      Yet it is The Blade that has      tion) represent the next gen-         The fact is that economic opportunity and social mobility are directly tied to high-quality
lot of new ground in political   endorsed Finkbeiner three         eration of politicians in black    public education. With technological advances having routinized manufacturing and clerical
terms. He also has a compel-     times (and Ray Kest once) in      Toledo. You should get to          jobs the demand for cognitive, problem-solving and communication skills comes at a time
ling personal story as the son   the four races since the adop-    know them.                         when schools are equipping only a certain segment of its students with the skills to survive.
of a single mother who grew      tion of the strong mayor sys-                                                                                                                (Continued on Page 13)


               NOBMA - Northwest Ohio                                                                 Politics...The Quality of
                Black Media Association                                                               Service and Relationship to
                Impact Newsmaker Awards Dinner                                                        Mankind
                                                                                                      By Stephen Ward
        Honoring those who make positive, newsworthy contributions                                    Guest Column
                                                                                                                                                a community for all people. A      economy, our schools and our
          May 21, 2000                             Social Hour 6:00 p.m.                                                                        city where all people – black,     neighborhoods. And we can
                                                   Dinner 7:00 p.m.                                                                             white, Hispanic – all people,      reclaim Toledo for all people.
                                                                                                                                                regardless of gender, regard-      We can, and we will!
                                                                                                                                                less of race, regardless of            However, the achievement
                                 Ramada Westgate                                                                                                social status, may be able to      and success of the future of
                                                                                                                                                live in peace, be able to be       Toledo depends upon the
                                   3536 Secor Road                                                                                              safe in their homes and have       constant interest and involve-
                                                                                                                                                equal rights to economic op-       ment of its citizens. We can-
               $40 per person                   $300 for table of eight                                                                         portunities and education.         not rely on the “career politi-
                                                                                                                                                   At the end of the day what      cians.” The only time you see
                                                                                                                                                matters most, is working and       some of them in the commu-
                                                                                                          Over the past few months,             making decisions. Decisions        nity is when they are grand-
                                                                                                      I’ve journeyed into the heart-            not of a political party or spe-   standing ostentatiously dur-
                                                                                                      land of Toledo. I’ve met with             cial interest group but that of    ing election time. So since it is
                                                                                                      real Toledoeans. When I think             the citizens of Toledo. No         campaign season, some of
                                                                                                      about that factory worker who             longer can important deci-         them may begin to surface.
                                                                                                      recently lost his job or that             sions be made with too little      They may even begin to make
                                                                                                      single-parent mother who is               input from the citizens, who       the council meetings and hear-
                                                                                                      struggling to raise her chil-             will be affected by those de-      ings, considering in 2008 only
                                                                                                      dren ...when I think of that              cisions. The greatest leader       two of the at-large city coun-
                                                                                                      homeless man eating out of                forgets himself, and attends       cil members attended all of
                                                                                                      the trash or that police officer          to the development of oth-         the 26 regular council meet-
                                                                                                      who was laid off or that child            ers.                               ings and all 26 of the agenda-
                                                                                                      afraid to play in the neighbor-              In such a spirit on my part     review meetings.
                                                                                                      hood park ...                             and on yours we face our               Toledo, we cannot allow
                                                                                                          It’s evident, that Toledo             common difficulties. Values        this to continue. We must hold
                                                                                                      is in a crisis, in a desperate            have shrunken, taxes have          our elected officials account-
                                                                                                      need of transformation. For               risen, our ability to pay has      able. If we want change, we
                                                                                                      too long our political leaders            fallen, we cannot deny the         must be about change. We
                             Kristian Brown                                                           have played on our fears and              realities of this moment. How-     cannot continue to do the
                                                                                                      exploited our differences for             ever, together we can take         same thing over and over and
                    Media Achievement Award Honoree                                                   their own personal and parti-             action now. We can make it,        expect different results. That
                                                                                                      san gain.                                 we will change Toledo!             is insanity. We must vote
              Tickets available at The Sojourner’s Truth                                                  It is certain, it is clear ... it’s      We can regenerate our           these career politicians out of
                                                                                                      time for the citizens of Toledo           sense of safety and security.      office, and elect people who
                     1811 Adams Street - Phone 419.243.0007                                           to be heard. We must create               We can resuscitate our                 (Continued on Page 13)
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Toledo Police Accused of Using Unreasonable Force in
Subduing Teenager
By Michael Hayes
Sojourner’s Truth Reporter

   According to his family,                                                                                                                                   from behind around the
Trevor Casey, a 14 year                                                                                                                                       neck … the other one was
old Jones Jr. High Student,                                                                                                                                   just standing there,” said
was the victim of apparent                                                                                                                                    Grandberry.
excessive force by Toledo                                                                                                                                        “Trevor wasn’t saying
Police in an incident                                                                                                                                         or doing anything. They
occuring in the Brand                                                                                                                                         put him on the ground and
Whitlock Homes this past                                                                                                                                      he was just lying there as if
weekend.                                                                                                                                                      he were unconcious. The
   On Friday May 15                                                                                                                                           two officers were laugh-
sometime between 6 p.m.                                                                                                                                       ing and saying ‘Don’t get
and 7 p.m., Casey was                                                                                                                                         soft on me now.’”
reportedly approached by                                                                                                                                         Images clearly show a
two Toledo police offic-                                                                                                                                      badly bruised and bloody
ers, Andre Bills and Byron                                                                                                                                    lip and nose on the junior
Daniels, while he and a                                                                                                                                       high student.
few teenage friends were       he didn’t run because he         police incidents. Subdued          He only moved when         the neck.                          Trevor’s older brother,
sitting on a porch enjoying    had committed no crime.          by handcuffs, Casey was         they placed his face on the      Aletha Grandberry, who       Vincent Casey, told The
the weather.                      The police report filed       then forced to put his face     hood of the Jeep Chero-       is a neighbor of the Casey      Truth that his youngest
   Perhaps startled by the     after the incident states that   on the hood of the Jeep         kee because it was burn-      family and a recently           brother lost consciousness
presence of cops, all of the   Casey taunted the officers       Cherokee Toledo Police          ing his face. By all ac-      graduated                       twice during the gruesome
boys ran off when the Jeep     by performing a dance in         Patrol unit.                    counts, this is the point        State Tested Nursing         ordeal.
Cherokee Squad Patrol          front of the police vehicle         Images clearly show the      where one of the officers     Assistant, came onto the           The second time was
pulled up.                     and then refused to leave        entire right side of his face   began to take excessive       scene as the officers were      fully caught on video
   Possibly indicating no      when ordered to do so. He        badly burned.                   force on an already cuffed    holding the teenager            (google: Trevor Casey
wrong doing, the officers      was “talking and doing a            According to the testi-      and subdued minor.            around the neck. “When I        Toledo).
decided not to give chase      dance,” reads the report.        mony of over two dozen             Several witnesses say      walked out of the door, I          The footage shows an
to the other young men            After words were ex-          witnesses, Trevor was           Casey was punched in the      saw the officers beating        officer literally twice
and singled out Casey who      changed the officers de-         obedient and compliant          face between 10 or 15         him with a closed fist in the   Casey’s size applying a
chose not to run. Accord-      cided to arrest a 14 year        with all orders from the        times while being held        head, it was 10 to 15 times     restraint hold. In addition to
ing to family and friends,     old with only a few minor        police arresting him.           from behind and around        that the one holding him             (Continued on Page 5)
May 20, 2009                                   The Sojourner’s Truth                                                                                                                        Page 5

Armed With Computers,                                                                            Teenager
                                                                                                 (Contiued from Page 4)

Students Slay the Summer                                                                         the hold, the office has hand
                                                                                                 placed over Casey’s nose
                                                                                                                                    speaking with Trevor at the
                                                                                                                                    hospital and at the deten-
                                                                                                                                                                              Ward went on record
                                                                                                                                                                          saying that his current cam-

School Dragon                                                                                    and mouth for a consider-
                                                                                                 able amount of time.
                                                                                                                                    tion center he told her he
                                                                                                                                    ‘could feel the life leaving
                                                                                                                                                                          paign for city-council has
                                                                                                                                                                          nothing to do with his deci-
Special to The Truth                                                                                 In the video, once the         him’ during the experience.           sion to stand by the Casey
                                                                                                 officer lets go ... Casey          However, deprived of oxy-             family during their challeng-
   This summer, students        at their convenience 24/7.       identity is verified by photo
in Toledo will be able to       Online lessons are available     ID.                             falls lifelessly flat on his       gen and fading in and out of          ing time. “It’s not about
recover lost credits with-      on the family computer – or          Students without ac-        face in the grass.                 consciousness while in a              winning or not, it’s about
out the dreaded summer          any computer, anywhere in        cess to a home computer             Siblings of the victim re-     chokehold administered by             doing what’s right” he said
school hassle. The 21st         the world. Even more remark-     can study at one of the         port that when their mother,       one of the officers... Trevor         during the press confer-
Century breakthrough of         ably, teacher support by e-      three suburban Credit Re-       Casey family matriarch             reportedly was not given              ence.
online education provides       mail is available to Phoenix     covery Outreach Centers or          Karen Casey, asked             an X Ray at St. Vincent’s                 The Casey family has
students with an opportu-       Academy students seven           at the Academy’s down-          “What did you to do my             Mercy Medical Center.                 many supporters from the
nity to recover graduation      days a week.                     town computer lab. Each         son?” the reply from the              The saddened mother                local community but as this
credits by studying at home,       Suburban districts as well    has TPS certified teachers
                                                                                                 officer on the scene was           expressed a deep concern              story has made local head-
on their computer at their      as Toledo Public Schools         available to assist students
                                                                                                 “Girl, please” and “Your           for any long term effects             lines since Saturday and
convenience.                    recognize and respect the        with one-on-one live sup-
   This revolution in teach-    Phoenix Academy online           port.                           son was strong, we had to          on her young teenage son’s            national headlines by Mon-
ing technology eliminates       curriculum. Students from            Enrollment for Phoenix      do what we had to do.”             health. She was alarmed               day May 18, the online com-
hours of summer boredom         neighboring communities in       Academy’s online summer             “He was so nasty,” said        that in subsequent talks with         munity has also joined in to
for students who otherwise      northwest Ohio including         credit recovery program is      Karen Casey of her inter-          him from the hospital to the          voice their opinion.
would have to study in a        Ottawa Hills, Perrysburg,        Monday through Thurs-           change with the officer at         detention center his                      Prejudiced and insensi-
hot classroom while friends     Rossford and Sylvania ben-       day, June 8 – 11, 9:00 a.m. –   the hospital.                      memory seemed to be fad-              tive remarks have been left
enjoy their summer break.       efit from this program.          Noon at the four Phoenix            Sherise Woodard,               ing to the point he barely            on various news websites
Students now have the flex-        Traditional schools trust     Academy locations. Fees         Trevor Casey’s sister,             remembered what had                   in the form of user com-
ibility to achieve their edu-   the Phoenix Academy pro-         are $100 per semester credit
                                                                                                 pointed out that the charges       taken place.                          mentary.
cational goals while hold-      gram because it ensures in-      for Toledo Public School
                                                                                                 being told to the Casey fam-          Luckily Shari Weems                    During a hearing at the
ing a summer job or spend-      tegrity. Classes are com-        students and $125 per credit
ing time with friends or at     prised of modules, which are     for non-TPS students. The       ily were changed when the          caught the video footage              Juvenile Justice Depart-
the pool.                       similar to chapters in a text-   program begins Monday,          police report was filed.           necessary to bring the en-            ment on Monday May 18th,
   Toledo’s Phoenix Acad-       book. Most begin with a pre-     June 15.                            At the scene of the inci-      tire event into perspective           Karen Casey was told her
emy, a nationally recognized    test, which checks knowl-            Complete information is     dent the charges being men-        for anyone who can stand              young son would be re-
leader in the field of online   edge of the topic. After         available                  at   tioned were resisting ar-          to view the graphic scene             leased later that night which
education, offers a unique      completion of all modules in     www.phoenixtoledo.org.          rest, obstruction of justice       as it occurred.                       greatly relieved the family
program that empowers           the class section, students      Click on Credit Recovery        and assault. According to             Community support has              even though the charges
students in grades 9-12 to      visit a Phoenix Academy site     Program. Telephone 419-         Woodard, after the family          been immediate.                       from Toledo police have
recover credits from home,      to take a final exam. Their      720-4510.
                                                                                                 followed Casey to the hos-            Bishop Stephen Ward, a             yet to be dropped.
                                                                                                 pital and mentioned obtain-        candidate for Toledo City                 The aggravated assault
                                                                                                 ing legal representation then      Council, came to the Casey            charge, the most serious of

   May is
                                                                                                 the officials communicat-          family offering his voice and         the charges, was dropped
                                                                                                 ing with the Casey family          making a public call to hold          and replaced with a simple
   National                                                                                      on behalf of the officers          Toledo Police officers who            assault charge – a fourth
                                                                                                 changed the assault charge         abuse their authority re-             degree felony. The other
   Foster                                                                                        to aggravated assault. This        sponsible.                            charges – obstruction, re-
   Care                                                                                          incident was witnessed by
                                                                                                 nearly 30 citizens.
                                                                                                                                       Ward held a press con-
                                                                                                                                    ference for the Casey fam-
                                                                                                                                                                          sisting arrest, disorderly
                                                                                                                                                                          conduct – are all misde-
   Month.                                                                                            A mother of six with her       ily and media to make ev-             meanors.
                                                                                                 youngest now the victim in         eryone aware of what this                 The Casey family has
                                                                                                 a now national story of pub-       ordeal says about the re-             filed a compliant with the
                                                                                                 lic                                spect citizens need to de-            Internal Affairs Bureau of
                                                                                                     outrage and police bru-        mand from those who are               Toledo Police Department.
                                                                                                 tality, Karen Casey went           ordered to serve and pro-
                                                                                                 on record saying that              tect them.


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Fifth Annual Transitions Conference Encourages Women
to Return to the Classroom
By Nadean Hamilton
Sojourner’s Truth eporter
    On Saturday, May 16,           when she finally resolved to      something year old displaced      something years just wander-      and apply for all free money       College, Davis College,
women of all ages attended         go back to school to finish her   homemaker.                        ing here and there, and time is   that they believe that they may    Heidelberg College, Lourdes
the 5th Annual Transitions         degree, debt was the culprit.          “I was not going to be a     steady passing by,” said          be qualified to receive includ-    College, Mercy College, Mon-
Conference on The Univer-              “In 2003, my kids were        part of any group; I had done     West.                             ing the pell grant, and various    roe Community College,
sity of Toledo Scott Park Cam-     older, and raised, [so] I said    everything that I could to           Although currently unem-       merit, need-based, and             Owens Community College,
pus, to learn about the excit-     [to myself] that my primary       avoid any divorce support         ployed, West will relocate to     ethnicity scholarships.            Professional Skills Institute,
ing opportunities available to     goal was to finish my college     groups… that just wasn’t me,”     Dallas, Texas after her son          Central to this mission says    Spring Arbor University, The
them should they decide to         degree; [but] I found out that    said Torrey.                      graduates high school in the      Ellis, is the completion of the    University of Toledo and
further their education.           I was about $20,000 in student        “But I decided that I was     next few weeks.                   Free Application for Federal       University of Phoenix.
    During the conference, at-     loan debt,” said Holder.          going to do it, so I made the        Tracee Ellis, an employee      Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon           The 2009 Transitions Con-
tendees received information           “I took me a year of paying   call…[and] I was lucky            in UT’s office of enrollment      as possible after January 1st of   ference was sponsored by the
on how to overcome common          on my student loans before I      enough to apply for project       shared financial-aid informa-     each year that you plan to         Toledo branch of American
impediments to higher educa-       could get back in school, [and]   succeed and be accepted,”         tion with the audience.           enroll for courses.                Association of Women, The
tion such as a lack of adequate    the day that I walked back on     Torrey continued.                    According to Ellis, by 2016        Not to be outdone, Brian       University of Toledo Depart-
childcare, financial aid and       The University of Toledo cam-         “It was an awesome pro-       the adult student population      Delaney, job developer with        ment of Women’s and Gender
college admissions proce-          pus, I cried,” Holder said.       gram, the program guided us,      will increase by more 20 mil-     The Source, encouraged the         Studies, The University of
dures.                                 Holder says that she was      it encouraged us and it set us    lion students and over half of    attendees to contemplate           Toledo Catharine S. Eberly
    “Sometimes attending col-      so determined to complete her     out to be the best that we        that number will be women.        aligning their educational in-     Center for Women, The Uni-
lege whether it is for the first   degree that she relied on pub-    could be.”                           And one of the greatest        terests with Ohio’s top 50         versity of Power of Women,
time, or [your] going back to      lic transportation to get back        Joanne West, began her        challenges these women will       occupations in highest de-         and The University of Toledo.
school, [it] can be very over-     and forth to work, and even       speech by telling the women       face is the lack of information   mand, which according to the          The Toledo branch of
whelming, [and] stressful, [so]    moved into an apartment           “today is the day that you        about financial-aid.              Ohio Department of Job and         AAUW works to empower
sometimes [we] just need           closer to campus so that she      have chosen to begin a path          “Many of us feel ashamed,      Family Services includes ca-       women by raising student and
some help with how to over-        could walk to class.              that is going to lead you to a    we feel guilty, we feel uncom-    reers in health care, educa-       faculty awareness of educa-
come some of the problems              Although she says com-        place that would have prob-       fortable when we talk about       tion, information technology       tion and equity issues.
that get in our way,” Angela       pleting her undergraduate         ably never dreamt,” she said.     money…[but] those students        & engineering, community &            Nationally, the organiza-
Sporel, program manager of         degree presented many diffi-          “The information that you     who are knowledgeable about       social services, along with        tion was formed in 1881 and
the Catherine S. Eberly Center     cult challenges, Holder plans     are going to take from this day   the college financing process     business & financial services.     has more than 100,000 mem-
for Women, told the audience       to return to UT to pursue a       is going to help you [when]       are the ones who have an in-         The conference concluded        bers in 1000 branches
before the conference got          graduate degree.                  you look back in the days to      crease in student success,”       with several colleges and uni-     throughout the United States.
underway.                              Connie Torrey, YMCA &         come,” said West.                 said Ellis.                       versities highlighting the vari-
    The conference began with      JCC of Greater Toledo execu-          West’s college career be-        Ellis strongly encouraged      ous degrees and majors that           For more information on
three non-traditional college      tive director, says that she      gan in 1985, when she en-         the prospective college stu-      their respective schools have      Project Succeed contact
graduates each relaying their      began her transition in the       rolled in UT after graduating     dents to vigorously seek out      to offer including: Adrian         (419) 530-8570.
stories of success in obtain-      early 1990s due to a divorce      high school, and concluded
ing a college degree despite       and having to raise her chil-     in December, 2008, when she
the numerous obstacles they        dren alone.                       graduated from UT with a
faced along the way.                   “I made the decision to       bachelor’s degree.
    “I started my higher edu-      come back to UT, because…I            Like Holder, West says that
cation journey back in 1992,       knew that I needed to support     family and work obligations
and it took me 16 years to get     myself and my kids,” said         led her to drop and withdraw
my undergraduate degree,           Torrey.                           from courses without much
but… I have it,” said Tammy            Once enrolled in UT,          thought, prolonging the
Holder, Beach House case           Torrey says although she ini-     amount of time that it took to
manager.                           tially resisted all attempts to   complete the degree.
     Holder says that being a      become a member of any or-            “Take it from me if you are
single mom and working full-       ganization or group, she even-    in school, and you are in tran-
time to make ends meet ini-        tually found herself needing      sition right now, just know
tially kept her from complet-      assistance in getting over the    that get in and stay there be-
ing her degree. However,           hurdles that she faced as a 40-   cause you can spend easily 20



        ATTENTION, TOLEDO!!!
       Unemployed? There Is a Job for You!
     ·      Employment workshop to create your own business. Hosted by a gentleman who
  created his own business with a $133.00 welfare check while homeless at the Cherry Street
  Mission and has been in business for himself for more than eight years.
     ·      This gentleman will teach you how to start a business with the resources you
  have and the hidden resources you overlook daily – which is a major to a start-up business
  without a bank loan. Banks aren’t lending money!
     ·      It’s better than standing in a job fair line with 3,000 other citizens and don’t know
  the employment ratio. Become your own boss, at least you will know who is employed.
     ·      A word of knowledge – small businesses employ 85 % of America’s work force
  while large corporations employ only 15 %, if that much in this recession by large
  corporations.
     ·      At Create Your Own Business Workshop, you will learn the difference between
  a non-profit corporation, corporation for profit, limited liability company and d/b/a. Also,
  the importance of an employee identification number, how to write a practical business
  plan, the need for a business bank account, the importance of managing a bank account
  and practical solutions on how to repair your credit, as your business grows.
     CREATE YOUR OWN JOB WORKSHOP
     Date: Thursday, May 28, 2009 – Time: 9 am to 1 pm
     Location: Robert B’s Banquet Hall, 2495 Collingwood Blvd. at Delaware
     VOTE CLINTON D. DUDLEY COUNCILMAN AT LARGE; WILL CREATE & FIGHT
  FOR CITIZENS EMPLOYMENT

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Book Review
The Sound of Freedom by Raymond Arsenault
c.2009, Bloomsbury Press                                                    $25.00                       310 pages, includes notes and index
By Terri Schlichenmeyer
The Truth Contributor
                                                                  Philadelphia, was racially seg-      As historical books go,       occurred in 1938-39. But be-        But don’t.
                                                                  regated, too. Most concert        you won’t find a richer exami-   fore that, his recounting of        Stick with this book de-
                                                                  halls were off-limits to her.     nation of this event than The    Anderson’s career was mind-      spite the (occasional) dry
                                                                      Perhaps because of rac-       Sound of Freedom. But that       numbing. The people who          parts and you’ll be rewarded
                                                                  ism but surely for the oppor-     richness is a mixed bag.         helped and encouraged her        with an uplifting, amazing
                                                                  tunity, Anderson followed in         Author          Raymond       will be familiar to die-hard     story that certainly had impli-
                                                                  the footsteps of many black       Arsenault does a superb job      music fans (particularly fans    cations on the Civil Rights
                                                                  Americans in the 1920s and        conveying a sense of time        of classical song and German     Movement many years later.
                                                                  briefly emigrated to Europe.      and social attitudes in this     lieders) but may cause casual       For that alone, The Sound
                                                                  Audiences in Germany, Lon-        book, and I was caught up in     readers to want to stop read-    of Freedom is a book to sing
                                                                  don, and Scandinavia were         the drama of the events that     ing.                             about.
                                                                  dazzled by her talent and her
                                                                  “exotic” looks.
                                                                      By 1935, Anderson was
                                                                  ready to resume her Ameri-
                                                                                                    CBTU Holds Teen
                                                                  can career. Shortly thereaf-
                                                                  ter, she was invited by Eleanor
                                                                  Roosevelt to perform in the
                                                                                                    Community Forum – “The
                                                                  White House. There, says
                                                                  Arsenault, “…two modest
                                                                  but strong-willed women be-
                                                                                                    Cost of Your Bling-Bling”
                                                                                                    Sojourner’s Truth Staff
                                                                  came… linked in a chain of
                                                                  events that altered the course
                                                                  of American history.”
                                                                      Four years later, when
                                                                  Anderson’s managers at-
                                                                  tempted to secure the Daugh-
                                                                  ters of the American
                                                                  Revolution’s Constitution
                                                                  Hall for a performance, they
   You do it without even        playing a toy piano. By the      were informed of a “whites
thinking about it.               time she was four years old,     only” policy. A Washington
   You hum around the            people knew she had “a gift.”    school board likewise turned
house, sing to your babies,      At age six, she joined the       down the possibility of a con-
to your God or to the radio.     Union Baptist Church’s jun-      cert.
You catch yourself doing it      ior choir and was soon sing-         Americans were out-
while you’re relaxing with a     ing solo. As a teen, her voice   raged, and Roosevelt boldly
hobby.                           contributed monetarily to the    withdrew from the DAR, a
   You sing wherever you         household.                       move that was loaded with
want to lift up your voice.         Although many outside         political implications. Ten
   In the new book Sound of      the African-American com-        days before Easter Sunday
Freedom by Raymond               munity           recognized      1939, Anderson’s managers
Arsenault, you’ll see that it    Anderson’s incredible talent,    scrambled to organize a free
wasn’t always so easy. Some-     there were few places in which   concert at the Lincoln Memo-
times a song is more than just   she could perform. Jim Crow      rial. Unsure of the attendance,      The Coalition of Black        how we would like our future     need to start in the commu-
a song.                          laws were more prevalent in      they hoped for a few thou-        Trade Unionists (CBTU)           to play out,” said Lucas as he   nity first,” said organizer
   Not long after she was out    the South, but the northern      sand fans.                        sponsored a Teen Commu-          started off the evening’s dis-   Yvette Thompson-Gordon
of diapers, Marian Anderson      United States, including             Seventy-five thousand         nity Forum on Thursday, May      cussion.                         explaining to the panelists
was making up tunes and          Anderson’s hometown of           people showed up.                 14, 2009 at the Toledo Lucas        The nine panelists were       before the event the purpose
                                                                                                    County Public Library. An        drawn from a number of dif-      of the forum. “Each one of
                                                                                                    audience of approximately 70,    ferent interest areas. They      you holds an area that inter-
                                                                                                    most of them teenagers, lis-     included: Wayne Blanchard,       ests us. This information is
                                                                                                    tened to and questioned pan-     president of UAW Region          vital, you look like the faces
                                                                                                    elists on a variety of issues.   2B; John Jones, CEO of the       that they could be.”
                                                                                                       Peirrette Talley, CBTU re-    Greater Toledo Urban                The audience of teenag-
                                                                                                    gional      representative,      League; Valerie Thompson,        ers, who had dined on pizza
                                                                                                    opened the program and wel-      entrepreneur and business        provided by CBTU prior to
                                                                                                    comed panelists and audi-        owner; Carnell Smith, Ph.D.,     the discussion, engaged in a
                                                                                                    ence.                            of Horizon Science Academy;      question and answer session
                                                                                                       Will (“King Keyser”)          Ian English, assistant pros-     after the opening remarks.
                                                                                                    Lucas served as moderator        ecutor for Lucas County and         The CBTU Youth Commit-
                                                                                                    for the event titled “The Cost   candidate for judge; Robert      tee, headed by Jim Snodgrass
                                                                                                    of Your Bling-Bling.” The dis-   Webb, Fifth Third Bank;          Sr., organized the forum in
                                                                                                    cussion revolved around          Warwick Goodwin, House of        keeping with its mission to
                                                                                                    three topics: how do you         Emmanuel; Keitha West,           “reach out to youth who are
                                                                                                    spend your money; what in-       teacher at Owens Community       receptive to the values of
                                                                                                    fluences you and how the         College and graduate Student     spirit, education and law-abid-
                                                                                                    economy affects you and          at The University of Toledo      ing principles, who also have
                                                                                                    your future.                     and Joel Todd, youth coordi-     a sense of community on a
                                                                                                       “I would like to engage       nator.                           broad based scale.”
                                                                                                    you in a conversation about         “Barack Obama said we
Page 8                                      The Sojourner’s Truth                                    May 20, 2009
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Art Galleries Take Center Stage in May
Sojourner’s Truth Staff


             THE TRUTH                                                  FORD                20 NORTH
                   ART GALLERY                                                ART GALLERY    ART GALLERY




   The month of May has       displaying their work in the   open on Thursday, May
brought an additional         gallery until mid-June.        21. The Ford Gallery, lo-
splash of art into down-          The Ford Gallery held      cated at 222 N. Erie, will
town Toledo.                  its ribbon cutting ceremony    specialize in low-priced
   On May 2, 20 North         this month as it is due to     student art.
Gallery launched the bus-
tling activity with its an-
nual opening of equine-re-
lated art and Kentucky
Derby party. The gallery
celebrated both the coun-
try’ s most prestigious
horse race and the spring
introduction of women’s
hat fashions.
   The Truth Gallery
opened a show on May 8
of artists Mary McColough
and       Kate    Argow.
McColough, a painter, and
                                           Wil Clay and Antoine Kabwasa
Argow, a jeweler, will be

  Congratulations to Ashley Futrell, who will be
               graduating with her master’s degree in
               political communications from John
               Hopkins University in Baltimore,
               Maryland, at 10 a.m., Friday, May 22.
               We wish you the best of luck in your
  current job as a Capitol Hill lobbyist for the
  National Recreation and Park Association in
  Washington, D.C.
       We are proud of you,

          Parents
      Donna and Clyde
         Hughes
May 20, 2009                                  The Sojourner’s Truth                                                                                                      Page 9
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Positive Force’s Seventh Annual June Recital – “Power of
the Blood”
By Fletcher Word
Sojourner’s Truth Editor
   The Positive Force           tainly no exception.           day, June 20, at 6 p.m. and
Christian School of Dance          In addition to the vision   Sunday, June 21, at 3 p.m
will present its seventh        that carries through in each   – rather than the singular
annual recital in June. This    event is the growth that       performance of previous
year’s recital is titled        Positive Force as a com-       years. The event is always
“Power of the Blood,” says      pany, and Gibson as its        sold out, enabling more pa-
founder and artistic direc-     leader, have experienced       trons of dance to experi-
tor Sheila Gibson in order      over the years. Now, for       ence the joys of Positive
to explain in dance why         the second year, there will    Force’s performances.
Jesus died.                     be two performances of            This year’s perfor-
   “The songs are all al-       the June recital – Satur-      mance will also bring a
luding to why He decided
to die,” says Gibson. “Jesus
Christ is my savior but it is
the blood that cleansed us
from all of our sins.”
                                                                                                                                                             She plans and choreo-
   The vision that Gibson
                                                                                                                                                             graphs the show during the
has nurtured so carefully
                                                                                                                                                             course of the year and also
over the years – she is
                                                                                                                                                             performs a solo dance dur-
now in her 25th year of
                                                                                                                                                             ing the event
teaching dance – surfaces
                                                                                                                                                                As always, the annual
in every aspect of her en-
                                                                                                                                                             recital will feature all of
deavors as a dance instruc-
                                                                                                                                                             the company’s students –
tor and as a choreogra-
                                                                                                                                                             105 of them ranging in ages
pher. “I feel that it is the
                                                                                                                                                             from five to 18.
purpose of dance, to give
                                                                                                                                                                Symbolic of the success
praise to God. I’ve always
                                                                                                                                                             Gibson has had over the
tried to walk the Christian
                                                                                                                                                             years is the fact that the
walk,” she says.
                                                                                                                                                             company boasts two per-
   This year’s event is cer-
                                                                                                                                                             formers who have at-
                                                                                                                                                             tracted attention from a
                                                                                                                                                             national talent agency –
                                                                                                                                                             Starbound NYC.
                                                                                                                                                                Tyree Bell, an 18-year-
                                                                                                                                                             old junior at Scott High
                                                                                                                                                             School, and 10 year old
                                                                                                                                                             Nicole Herndon of
                                                                                                                                                             McKinley, were perform-
                                                                                                                                                             ing in the last year’s recital
                                                                                                                                                             when they came under the
                                                                                                                                                             scrutiny of the talent scouts
                                                                                                                                                             from Starbound. As a re-
                                                                                                                                                             sult, both are due to go to
                                                                                                                                                             New York this summer
                                                                                                                                                             for a round of interviews
                                                                                                                                                             and auditions under the
                                                                                             simple, powerful visual          Gibson’s effort to raise her
                                                                                                                                                             guidance of Starbound.
                                                                                             change. As Gibson ex-            company’s level of pro-
                                                                                                                                                                The all-expense paid trip
                                                                                             plains, recently the Dance       fessionalism this year.
                                                                                                                                                             will take the youngsters to
                                                                                             Theatre of Harlem,                  This year was not the
                                                                                                                                                             the Big Apple to audition
                                                                                             founded by Arthur                first time that Gibson had
                                                                                                                                                             for modeling ads, dance
                                                                                             Mitchell in 1969, came to        the opportunity to see the
                                                                                                                                                             shows and situation com-
                                                                                             Toledo for a performance         Dance Theatre of Harlem
                                                                                                                                                             edies. Bell has been danc-
                                                                                             as part of one of their tours.   in performance. When she
                                                                                                                                                             ing with Positive Force
                                                                                                The Dance Theatre             was a teenager, Gibson
                                                                                                                                                             since he was eight years
                                                                                             members explained to the         was the only African-
                                                                                                                                                             old; Nicole started when
                                                                                             audience that there was a        American in her ballet
                                                                                                                                                             she was six.
                                                                                             time when black dancers          dance class. “When I saw
                                                                                                                                                                Gibson teaches dance
                                                                                             were not accepted in tra-        the Dance Theatre of
                                                                                                                                                             around the clock these
                                                                                             ditionally all-white dance       Harlem, I was so amazed
                                                                                                                                                             days. She holds 13 differ-
                                                                                             companies, at least in part,     that they looked like me,”
                                                                                                                                                             ent ballet classes for dif-
                                                                                             because the very color of        recalls the Rogers High
                                                                                                                                                             ferent ages and for vari-
                                                                                             the darker dancers broke         School graduate who
                                                                                                                                                             ous levels of expertise, as
                                                                                             the look of the line of white    earned her bachelor’s de-
                                                                                                                                                             well as a number of jazz
                                                                                             dancers clad in pink tights      gree at Bowling Green
                                                                                                                                                             dance classes. This sum-
                                                                                             and dancing shoes.               State University. That was
                                                                                                                                                             mer she plans to start with
                                                                                                As a result, the Dance        an experience that
                                                                                                                                                             toddlers by offering a class
                                                                                             Theatre of Harlem has            prompted Gibson to con-
                                                                                                                                                             in movement.
                                                                                             adopted a color range of         tinue with dancing and ul-
                                                                                                                                                                For more information on
                                                                                             tan to dark brown shoes          timately open her own
                                                                                                                                                             the recital or classes at
                                                                                             and tights to reflect the        school of dance.
                                                                                                                                                             Positive Force, call 419-
                                                                                             skin shades of its dancers.         The annual event pre-
                                                                                                                                                             932-0593.
                                                                                             Positive Force will follow       sented by Positive Force is
                                                                                             suit this year. It’s part of     a tour de force for Gibson.
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Toledoan to Be Featured in National Theatre Festival
Special to The Truth
    When award-winning play-                                                                           by a New York-based com-               been featured in local pro-             August, it will be the fulfill-
wright/director/producer                                                                               pany on the festival’s main            ductions of Shange’s play               ment of a dream. “I just love
James Chapman wrote a play                                                                             stage, going from North Caro-          For Colored Gurlz… and fi-              it! I am so excited! I still can’t
to showcase the phenomenal                                                                             lina to an off-Broadway stage          nally used all three of her             believe it! I know James wrote
talent of Toledo actress Pajil                                                                         in New York. Other plays by            talents – acting, singing and           a piece for me but I didn’t
Wiggins-Hancock, he had to                                                                             Chapman include One Race,              dancing – to perform as the             know he wrote the show for
think outside the box. Pos-                                                                            One People, One Piece;                 main character in Juneteenth,           me...I’m so honored,” she
sessing the ability to express                                                                         Martin and Me; and The                 appearing along with Cynthia            said.
pathos, rage, vulnerability,                                                                           Road to Darfur.                        Drane-Valentine and Geneva                   “I can’t wait to see what
strength and joy within the                                                                               Wiggins-Hancock’s                   Chapman when the play cul-              he does with it now. I am
same monologue, Wiggins-                                                                               pieces written for Da                  minated The Toledo Museum               really excited about working
Hancock presented him with                                                                             Coloured Gurlz include I Be-           of Art’s first Juneteenth cel-          with Conia again. It will be
one of the greatest challenges                                                                         lieve I Need to Talk and               ebration in 2005.                       good to see her. I can’t wait
he’d ever faced as a writer and                                                                        Balance…the Fine Line. The                When Wiggins-Hancock                 to see D’Ebrar do her thing
he found that creating the                                                                             consummate actress has also            goes to North Carolina in               too. I am loving it right now!”
perfect vehicle for Toledo’s
premier actress was a formi-
dable task.
    Chapman first saw
                                                                                                       Made in Hollywood & Made
Wiggins-Hancock perform-
ing as part of the chorus as a
dancer in a Toledo produc-
                                                                                                       in Hollywood: Teen Edition
tion of his sister, and Toledo                                                                                                                                                            Made in Hollywood
resident, Geneva Chapman’s                                                                                                                                                            (4 th Season – actors in-
original musical drama,                                                                                                                                                               troduce their new re-
Juneteenth in 1994. Despite                                                                                                                                                           leases)
not having a single spoken                                                                                                                                                                Saturdays: 9 pm –
line in the play, Wiggins-                                                                                                                                                            WT05 (ch. 5)
Hancock stood out as the sole
professional performer in the
                                                                                                                                                                                         Made in Hollywood:
production and Chapman,            by the author of Our Young        tion, as well as singing, along
who recognized the range of
                                                                                                                                                                                      Teen Edition (3d Season
                                   Black Men Are Dying and           with Harris and D’Ebrar
her talent even without hear-      Nobody Seems to Care,             Chapman. A triple threat per-                                                                                    – media career advice for
ing her utter a single word,       which debuted in New York         former, Wiggins-Hancock                                                                                          ages 13-16)
asked her to join his Colum-       in the 1990’s before going on     has performed in numerous                                                                                           Fridays: 7 am on
bus-based theatre company,         a national tour that included     productions in Toledo and is                                                                                     WUPW-TV Fox-Ch 12
then named Living the Dream.       a performance at the              founder, writer, and artistic                                                                                       Saturdays: 1 pm on
    It wasn’t long before          Franciscan Life Center at         director of Da Coloured Gurlz                                                                                    WKBD-TV Detroit/CW
Chapman was writing a script       Lourdes College in Sylvania.      Collective and is one of only                                                                                    – Ch 50
built around Wiggins-                  Appearing with Wiggins-       a few Toledo actors to have
Hancock’s immense talent,          Hancock are Conia Harris and      acted professionally.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Toledo native Cleve-
which he appropriately named       D’Ebrar Chapman, both long-           Flow Theatre, which re-
Wimmin With Wings express-
                                                                                                                                                                                      land O’Neal III, creator,
                                   time members of Chapman’s         cently appeared at a state-
ing in part the heights the        company now named Flow            wide conference on diversity                                                                                     announcer and executive
actress’s talents soar. By the     Theater. Writing in the           held at Toledo’s Dana Cen-                                                                                       producer of both pro-
time he completed the script,      choreopoem style made             ter, performs across the coun-                                                                                   grams.
however, the then Pajil            popular by Ntozake Shonge         try at universities and col-
Wiggins returned to Toledo         in For Colored Gurlz Who          leges, as well as for corpora-
to become Mrs. Hancock and         Considered Suicide When           tions and various social ser-                    The Toledo Urban Federal Credit Union
start her family. Chapman          the Rainbow is Enuf,              vice and government agen-                                            currently located at 1339 Dorr
staged the production with-        Chapman incorporates fast-        cies. Wimmin With Wings is
out the actress that inspired      paced, rapid-fire dialog in the   James Chapman’s second                                               Street, has just launched their
its creation.                      ensemble pieces and               consecutive main stage pro-                                                             .
                                                                                                                                          “Brick Campaign” The TUFCU has
    However, the acceptance        thoughtful, insightful looks      duction at the National Black
of Wimmin With Wings as a          into the human spirit in the      Theatre Festival, held every
                                                                                                                                          begun this campaign in an effort to
main stage at this year’s Na-      monologues of his cutting-        two years in Winston-Salem,                                          raise funds for the new building
tional Black Theatre Festival      edge dramas.                      North Carolina.
provides Wiggins-Hancock
                                                                                                                                          which will be built at the corner of
                                       Trained in ballet and mod-        Two years ago, in 2007,
the opportunity to finally per-    ern dance, Wiggins-Hancock        his ensemble piece, Black                A Few Brick Donors          Detroit Avenue at Dorr Street. If
form in the play written for her   will also dance in the produc-    Man Rising was performed            you are interested in purchasing a “Brick” as a part of the cam-
                                                                                                         paign the prices are as follows:
                                                                                                                             $ 50.00 for each “Walkway” brick
                                                                                                                            $100.00 for each “Vestibule” brick
                                                                                                                            $500.00 for each “Archway” brick
                                                                                                                                 Please call TUFCU at 419.255.8876
                                                                                                                                 to make your contribution TODAY!
                                                                                                                                           Bricks sold as of May 11, 2009
                                                                                                         Pastor Troy Thomas, New Life Church of God & Christ, Pastor Robert Culp, Pastor Talmadge J. Thomas,
                                                                                                         Pastor Darian Banks, Bishop Edward T. Cook, First Lady Sheila L. Cook, Rev. Dr. & Mother John E. Roberts,
                                                                                                         Pastor William C. Terry, Councilwoman Wilma Brown, Suzette R. Cowell, Andre L. Cowell Sr., George W.
                                                                                                         Cowell Jr., Kevin L. Cowell, Ruth L. Cowell, Mira J. Banks, Queen Ester Barringer, Charsena Braswell, Leona
                                                                                                         Brown, Drenda Brooks, Michael A. Cancel Sr., Lamont & Leona Chenault, Charlest Coley, Reginal Coley,
                                                                                                         Branden Mykal Cook, Manhattan Michelle Cook, Barbara Corggens, Sharon Crawford, Jeanette Davis,
                                                                                                         Shirley A. Thomas El, Albert Earl Jr., William H. Ellis Sr., Priscilla Fletcher, Janice Fryar, Verbie Garland,
                                                                                                         Gertrude Green, Ralph Green, Harriett Hardy, Yvonee Harper, Syliva Hewitt, Aviance Hill, Mozell Hill,
                                                                                                         George Hillard, Gloria Hillard, Gabrielle Hinton, Jacqueline Luckett Johnson, Anthony Q. Jones, Sr.,
                                                                                                         Delores Latson, Yulonda McClure-Logan, Alto King III, Alto King Sr., Edwin Mabrey, Leo D. Martinez, Maria
                                                                                                         E. Martinez, Theressa McClendon, Donald H. McCreary, Teresa M. Moore, Lavern Mosley, Po-Mo’s,
                                                                                                         Bernadine Powell, James Powell, Nell Roach, James E. Simpson Sr., David Smith, Frances Smith, Mattie
                                                                                                         Taylor, Monique Taylor, Charles B. Welch, Felesha Williams, Jane E. Williamson, Twyla Lorraine Wheaton,
                                                                                                         Anderson N. Whitt, ABCO Contracting LLC, Alpha & Omega Collections, Commodore Perry Federal Credit
                                                                                                         Union, Logan Creek Construction Company, Mo’s Market, Nabil’s Next Day Sign, Toledo Chapter
                                                                                                         Coalition of Black Trades Union
May 20, 2009                                   The Sojourner’s Truth                                                                                                       Page 11

A Salute to Scholars: A Celebration of Learning
Sojourner’s Truth Staff
   The Toledo Public            for her “Intervention Activi-      Associated General Con-      Chrystina James (Start);        Golliday (Start), Kristine      (Bowsher), Shamarah Helm
Schools Foundation recog-       ties for At-Risk Students for   tractors – Wesley Hughes        Heidleberg Univ – Jordan        Moore (Rogers)                  (Libbey), Julis Mosely
nized academic excellence for   Math and Reading,” and          (TTA) and Anthony Osinski       Barker (Bowsher); LMHA             Hilton Murphy Teacher/       (Libbey); T.A.A.P. Memo-
the ninth year in a row on      also, with Theresa Wilkins      (Libbey)                        Larry Sykes – Jermey Hamp-      Coach – Sierra Avila (Wood-     rial – Scott Adkins, Jr.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at        of Beverly, for their Lunch        Banner Scholarship –         ton (Libbey) and Nija           ward), Alyssa Wielfaert         (Waite); TFT – Maria Urbieta
Gladieux Meadows as 88          Bunch Project.                  Samuel Martin (TTA)             Sheares (Scott); Lourdes –      (Start)                         (Waite)
scholarships were presented        Becky Schardt of Waite          Crestline Paving –           Jamella Williams (Rogers);         Richard Daoust Memorial         General for Sixth Graders:
to 76 Toledo-area students      High School received an         Quvondo Davis (Libbey)          Dr. Lee McMurrin – James        – Pamela Fink (Bowsher)         American and Lena Sanders
by a host of donors.            award for her “Parent of the    and James Douglas, III          Hampton (Libbey); Taber-           Crystal Ellis Future Lead-   – Taneil Walker (Lincoln
   And as always, most of       Month” project as did Sarah     (Libbey)                        nacle of Faith – Moriah         ers – Thomas M. Duris           Academy); Merrill A. Grant
the scholarship donors were     M. Strasbourg, of Waite and        Engineering and Bright       Hocomb (Scott) and JaQuale      (Waite); Mary Ann Kiss          – Travis Degler (Sherman);
at Thursday’s dinner to per-    Woodward, for “How to Ride      Future – Mauhamed Dahan         Johnson (Scott); Tyronne        Hamerik Memorial – Ashley       National City – Maneeja
sonally present the grants      Public Transportation.”         (Waite), Devin Peterson         and Edna Robertson –            Kish (Start); Emory Leverette   Russell and Jasmin Taylor
and scholarships to the hon-    Shan Tao of Waite was hon-      (TTA), Rafael Sanson            Robyn Jefferson-Colbert         Memorial – Alexcia Davis        (Stewart Academy)
oree. This year, the total of   ored for her “Singapore Math    (Waite), James Weygandt         (Libbey) and Alissa Nichole-
the scholarships was            Program Books” project.         (TTA) and Cornelius Win-        Thompson (Start); Joseph
                                                                                                                                   Dalacie DeLuca
$154,678.03 topping last           The funding for the edu-     ters (Libbey)                   and Carol Roman - Revlon
year’s total by more than       cators’ grants was provided        Miller Bros – Isaac Dou-     Wyse (Scott); Scarlet and
$60,000.                        by the Peter and Marcia         glas (TTA); Mondo Me-           Gray – C’Aira Murria (Start);
   “This is our way of giving   Silverman Fund.                 chanical – Christopher Clark    Arthur and Maxine Schrader
back,” said Edna Robertson,        Student awardees in-         (Waite); Rudolph Libbe –        – Jennifer Hendrix (Waite),
a retired TPS educator and      cluded: General scholarship     Lee A. Dunn (TTA); Lathrop      Luke Kwiatkowski (Start),
president of the TPS Foun-      recipients – Stephen A.         Co. – Isaac Douglas (TTA)       Arnethia Levey (Rogers),
dation, who opened the          Cornell (Bowsher), Justine         Terry Lesniewicz Art         Michael Miranda (Bowsher),
evening’s activities before     Furbeck (Bowsher), Chelsea      Scholarship – Keisha Wilcox     Amber Mitchell (TECHS),
handing off to mistress of      Ireland (Libbey), Courtney      (Woodward)                      Jeffery Townsend (Libbey),
ceremonies Kristian Brown.      Kenney (Waite) and Raechel         Bob LaClair – Brad           Jaison Tucker (TTA) and
Robertson and her husband       Walker (Rogers).                Moreno (Libbey); Signature      Joseph Young (Scott); Uni-
Tyronne are also scholarship       Accounting – Elizabeth       Bank – Elizabeth Kevorkian      versity of Toledo – Ja’Lisa
donors.                         Kevorkian (Bowsher); Allied     (Bowsher)                       Golliday (Start), Whitney
   In addition to student re-   Health – Jermey Hampton            Computer Technology –        Harris (Rogers), Ashley                                             Dannielle Haynes
cipients, six educators were    (Libbey) and Caitlin Lanz       Alexander Stark (Toledo         Joyner (Rogers), Zachary
recognized for projects they    (Waite).                        Early College HS)               Papadakis (Start), Megan
have developed to aid in edu-      St. Luke’s – Michael A.         Theodore Harbaugh For-       Rywalski (Bowsher)
cational efforts. Sheryl        Miranda (Bowsher) and Jas-      eign Language – C’Aira             TPS Credit Union – Paige
Brown, Chase STEM Acad-         mine Woodson (Rogers)           Murria (Start)                  Harris (Bowsher)
emy, was honored for her           Architecture/Construc-          BGSU – Victoria Krolik          Kathleen and Theodore
project in “Exploring Wind      tion/Engineering – Jennifer     (Waite); Dr. Jason and          Harbaugh – Joseph Young
Energy and Methods of Har-      Hendrix (Waite), James          Jamesena Carthen – JaQuale      (Scott)
nessing its Power.”             Weygandt (Toledo Technol-       Johnson (Scott) and Fionna         Frank and Shirley Dick
   Teresa L. Day, Beverly       ogy) and Larry Yglesias         Stallworth (Scott); Dr. Will-   Natural Science Technology
Elementary, was recognized      (Libbey).                       iam and Brenda Facey –          – Joshua Thomas (Start)
                                                                                                   Julia Orwig Memorial –
                                                                                                Dlacie DeLuca (Polly Fox);
                                                                                                Owens Corning – Kristen           Edna Robertson
                                                                                                Lewis (PF) and Krystina
                                                                                                McClure (PF); Polly Fox Me-
                                                                                                morial – Alisna Castillo,
                                                                                                Dannielle Haynes, Jasmin
                                                                                                Wilson (All PF); Links, Inc –
                                                                                                Kristen Lewis (PF)
                                                                                                   Spengler Nathanson At-
                                                                                                torneys – Malcolm Paetow
                                                                                                (TTA)
                                                                                                   Gupta – Chrystina James
                                                                                                (Start)
                                                                                                   UT Foundation – Ja’Lisa
Page 12                                     The Sojourner’s Truth                                                                                       May 20, 2009

Family Activities Club/American Care Givers’ Grand
Opening
Sojourner’s Truth Staff
   The Family Activities       LLC, which specializes
Club, a 16,500 square-         in non-medical in-home
foot facility at 6202 Trust    care, is also part of the
Drive, held its grand          Trust Drive complex of
opening last Thursday,         businesses.
May 14, and welcomed              American Care givers
visitors to explore the wide   offers clients general
range of services offered      housekeeping, personal
under the club’s very spa-     care, respite care, trans-
cious roof.                    portation and accompa-
   The business is owned       niment, household repairs
and operated by Sarah          and meal preparation
Bates, who also oversees       among its many services.
her steel operation, Nu           The Family Activities
Tek Steel, from the same       Club (FAC) offers a com-
location. In addition to the   plete list of enjoyable
Family Activities Club,        ways to spend a day. A
American Care Givers           dining room serves the

  Sarah Bates



                                                                                                                                                                 Wanda Carter




                                                            three main meals. There       June 6, the club will         describes his act: “He is          That concert will start
                                                            is a game room, a card        present The Prodigal 1 in     not the first and will not be   at 6 p.m. in the facility’s
                                                            room, a fitness room, arts    concert. The Prodigal 1 is    the last to share with those    Multipurpose Room.
                                                            and crafts room, com-         a gospel singer who spe-      who want to hear God’s             For more information
                                                            puter training facility and   cializes in gospel hip-hop.   message through ‘Hip-           on the Family Activities
                                                            a library, among others.         According to the pro-      Hop Rap’ or whatever the        Club or to become a mem-
                                                            Activities also include       motional literature which     world chooses to call it.”      ber, call 419-724-0888.
                                                            dancing lessons for the
                                                            entire family on various
                                                            nights.
                                                               Every day of the week,
                                                            there is something going
                                                            on at the Family Activi-
                                                            ties Club for members or
                                                            non-members,           said
                                                            Wanda Carter, the ex-
                                                            ecutive director of the
                                                            FAC.
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May 20, 2009                                      The Sojourner’s Truth                                                                                                             Page 13

Politics
(Continued from Page 3)
   have the best interest of       people who will get into         question, ‘Is it safe?’ Ex-       ture and the future of our     of Toledo not to be swayed         tionship to mankind.” Vote
the citizens of Toledo at          office are the “career poli-     pediency asks the ques-           children. It is time for the   by the number of cam-              with your heart!
heart. Politicians cannot          ticians.” And the only thing     tion, ‘Is it politic?’ But con-   citizens of Toledo to say      paign signs that a politician
change Toledo, people can          they represent are “spe-         science asks the question,        enough is enough. If the       may have. Or the amount               Stephen Ward is a
change Toledo!                     cial interest groups.”           ‘Is it right?’ And there          politicians won’t hear us      of money they can raise.           2009 Toledo City Coun-
   For so long it has been            In the words of Dr.           comes a time when one             now, then perhaps they will    Think about the words of           cil At-Large Candidate.
                                                                                                      listen to us when we cast      Dr. Martin L. King Jr. and         Contact him by email at:
                                                                                                      our votes at the polls.        vote based on, “the quality        Stephen@WardforToledo.com.
                                                                                                         I encourage the citizens    of the service and the rela-
  “Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it
 safe?’ Expediency asks the question, Fighting
                                                                3)
 ‘Is it politic?’ But conscience asks the (Continued from Pagegaps
                                             The effects of the                                                                      is not yet clear how to            Environmental factors
                                          in school achievement                                                                      attract and retain effec-          have some effect, but
 question, ‘Is it right?’                 result in heavy and often                                                                  tive teachers.                     race and poverty are not
                                                                                                      tragic consequences via           Equally problematic is          destiny as these perfor-
said that politics is nothing                                                                         disproportionate high un-      when teachers are avail-           mance gaps primarily
more than a popularity con-        Martin L. King Jr., “We          must take a position that is      employment rates, lower        able who have the skills           measure the quality of
test or who has or can             must reconsider our defi-        neither safe, nor politic, nor    earnings, poor health and      to inspire students to             schooling and the amount
raise the most money.              nitions. We are prone to         popular but because con-          higher rates of incar-         challenge themselves               of resources provided.
Well, by those standards,          judge success by the index       science tells one it is right.”   ceration. The fact that        and help them to develop              Anger should be prop-
we the citizens of Toledo          of our salaries or the size          The time is upon us to        schools are failing in         values, commitments and            erly placed on reforming
don’t have a chance.               of our automobiles rather        consider what is right. What      quality and equity is ap-      identities their work is           the education process
   By that definition of hav-      than by the quality of our       is fair. And, what is just.       palling.                       often negated by uncon-            rather than on the bricks
ing to be popular or having        service and relationship to          As we enter into this            What is the problem?        cerned parents or a dys-           and mortar in which the
to have an enormous                mankind.”                        election season, please let       Because of the unique          functional home or neigh-          process takes place. Get
amount of money, the only             “Cowardice asks the           us not forget about our fu-       nature of school financ-       borhood environment.               involved in the Educa-
                                                                                                      ing, schools in poor ar-          So yes, the presence            tion Equality Project
                                                                                                      eas have far less funding      of race in education is an         h t t p : / /

This Strikes Me                                                                                       per pupil than do schools
                                                                                                      in wealthier areas. This
                                                                                                                                     evil that after 55 years
                                                                                                                                     continues a legacy of pro-
                                                                                                                                                                        www.edequality.org as
                                                                                                                                                                        education is the arena in
(Continued from Page 2)                                                                               system of inequity is not      viding unequal resources           which the 21st Century
   married heterosexual            ity. I would hope that in        Countee Cullen, Jewelle           prevalent in other ad-         and quality of teaching            civil rights and social jus-
couples. More importantly, it      America, where we have the       Gomez, Huey P. Newton and         vanced nations.                to black and minority              tice battles will be
establishes a separate insti-      freedom speak freely, that my    others.                              The most urgent prob-       classrooms. And we                 waged.
tution that is inherently un-      views on marriage equality          Do we not view these           lem, according to H. G.        should be furious.                    But at the same time
equal. Brown v. Board of           can be equally respected.        scholars and leaders as           Pensek        and       K.        But we should be also           remember that a com-
Education, whose 55th anni-            Marriage is a civil right.   equal?                            Hancock’s “Teaching in-        be indignant with the evil         munity without discipline
versary we celebrate this          We know that because no             —                              equality: How poor and         in our own community               cannot compete. A
week, already struck those         marriage is considered legiti-      Editor’s Note: Ravi Perry      minority students are          that has bought into a             people at each others’
structures down as illegal.        mate unless it is validated by   is a native of Toledo and
                                                                                                      shortchanged on teacher        culture of failure, cel-           throats cannot mobilize
   I prefer the term ‘marriage     the state. As long as marriage   resides in Toledo for the sum-
                                                                                                      quality: The Education         ebrates “gangsta” as a             politically to exercise
equality’ rather than ‘gay         licenses are printed using       mer months. On another
rights’ or ‘gay marriage’ on       state, tax payer funded dol-     note, The Truth is proud to       Trust (2006), is that of       rite of passage for youth,         their power maximally.
the basis that the infusion of     lars, and are validated by       announce the completion of        unequal distribution of        lacks of accountability            They will always be
the context ‘gay’ implies the      state employees, every adult     his Ph.D. in political science    high-quality teachers.         and is quick make ex-              underrepresented and
establishment of a separate        should have the right to marry   from Brown University in          Teachers with the least        cuses, disrespects au-             confined to the margins
institution. When, in fact, the    whatever human being they        Providence, RI. Interviewees      preparation and the            thority and has allowed            of life.
rights gays seek are civil         please. Moreover, African-       from his dissertation and         weakest academic back-         discipline to disappear
rights that do not and should      Americans, more than any         other interested parties are      grounds are dispropor-         from our homes and in-               Contact Rev. Donald
not require the establishment      other group, have a historical   invited to attend an open         tionately assigned to poor     stitutions.                        Perryman, D.Min., at
of separate institutions,          duty to support the cause of     house in Toledo celebrating
                                                                                                      and minority children.            The good news is that           drdlperryman
rather, the legal inclusion of     civil rights of others. Such     this achievement. Please
                                                                                                      However, given the ac-         these school achieve-                @centerofhopebaptist.org
gays within pre-existing con-      support would not only be        email
stitutionally-based struc-         fair, but based in Jesus’ in-       ravi_perry@brown.edu           knowledged importance          ment gaps can be closed.
tures of American culture.         struction to love everybody.     for more information              of effective teachers, it
   I realize that there are dif-   It’s also quid pro quo.                                                                                                Health Connections
fering opinions in the mar-            Notable black ‘support-                                                                                                     Counseling Services
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         Spacious 3 bdrm brick ranch w/2.5                                          1500 Roosevelt Avenue                                             1749 lot of space? Here’s over
                                                                                                                                                     Need a MACOMBER - $29,900 2300
         baths; 2588 sq. ft. of living/entertaining                         All Brick, 1 story 3 beds with                                           sq. ft/5 bdrms; 2 Rm w/Decorative
                                                                                                                                        Three Bd and One Bath, Living baths waiting for your
         space for you and your family. Great                               1.5 Bath with Hugh Kitchen, 2 car                                        repairs/cosmetic Nook, Newer restore Roof
                                                                                                                                        Fireplace, Kitchen W/Breakfast upgrades to Furnace, it to
neighborhood with easy access to UT bike trail.                                                                                         and Hot Water Tank, Well Maintained, Move-In Condition
                                                                                                                                                     its natural beauty. Possible short sale.
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HOUSE FOR SALE - 1303 GrandW. Woodruff
                                Avenue                            NEW NOVEL 1408 Shenandoah Road
                                                                                        by Toledo Writer:                                                        HOUSES FOR RENT!!!!
          HOUSE FOR SALE - 1027                                                                                                                                 SECTION 8 WELCOME!!
    2 Bedrooms ~1 Bathroom~ WalkBathrooms                          A black farmer takes his sons to see a silent horror film showing
                          4 Bedrooms 3 Full In Closets                                               $49,000
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                                 Houses For Rent                                         2409 Lawton - $30,000                                    1319 Palmwood - $27,627
                                                                                                                                           2-3-4 Bedroom HOUSES FOR SALE
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                                                                             Great for a 1st time home buyer or inves-
                           Everything New: Paint, Carpet,                                                                                            Two story 3 bd home, newer furnace, some
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                            MVP Property Management                          character of this home.                                    tance available for
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                                                                  Call Alma Dortch-Gilbert 419.297.2301 for appointment                      Call Donnette Community Development Corporation
                                                                                                                                        available. Call Toledo Tiggs, Welles Bowen, Realtors at
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                                                                                                                                        (419) 255-7500 or Julia Bryant, Key Realty at (419) 320-0909.

                     835 Yondota - $39,900
                                   $50,000                                                                                                     PERFECT STARTER $39,900.00 !!
            Looking for a new church HOME! This East Toledo                                                                                                         Avenue !- $74,900
                                                                                                                                             IN MOVE-I1543 South 1818 MACOMBER
                                                                                                                                                      N CONDITION!!    ED
            vinyl sided church w/seating capacity of 200: bap-                                                                          2 bds, living rm,Well maintained, C floors. All new
                                                                                                                                                                        DU newly remod-
                                                                                                                                                          dining rm w/hardwood
            tismal pool; newer furnace w/ac: basement with nice
                                                                                                                                        windows. Newer roof,with RE hot 300 tank. C/A,
                                                                                                                                                         eled furnace, and ,9 bd, 1 1/2 baths.
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            kitchen is waiting for New Members!
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                                                                                                                                                       & 2 * DiSalle Real Estate Company
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                  516 Mettler
                909 Blum $54,900
                              $7,000
           A MUST SEE Beautiful Brick ranch, 1g
           livingroom, 3 bdrms with lg walk in closets,
                                                                                    LARRY E. HAMME, Ph.D.
                                                                                        Clinical Psychologist
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                Please call Bessie 419.260.0215 or
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May 20, 2009
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            NORTHGATE                                                       Notice to Bidders: Inquiry # FY09-117, (Project # 0045-05-456)
            APARTMENTS                                           for Complex for Business & Learning Engagement - Technology for the University of Toledo. Sealed bids for
      Now Accepting Applications                             this project must be clearly marked with the project number on all inner and outer envelopes and/or shipping
   1 AND 2 BEDROOM APARTMENTS                                containers. Bids must be addressed and delivered to the University of Toledo, Facilities and Construction, Plant
                                                             Operations, Room 1100, 2925 E. Rocket Drive, MS 216, Toledo, Ohio 43606 before 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June
     Mature Adult Community for Persons 55 and               3, 2009. Bids will be publicly opened that same day at 2:05 p.m. in the Plant Operations Building, Room 1000.
  Older or Mobility Impaired. Rent Based on In-              Copies of Plans, Specifications, and Bid Forms may be obtained from Becker Impressions, 4646 Angola Road,
  come. Heat, Appliances, Drapes and Carpeting               Toledo, Ohio 43615. Call 419-385-5303 for an appointment to pick up bid package. A cost of $35.00 will be
  Included. Call Call (419) 729-7118 for details.            charged per set. Any further information may be obtained from David E. Wolfe, AIA of Munger Munger &
                                                             Associates, Inc. at 419-243-8141. One Pre-Bid Conference will be held on Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 10:00
                                                             a.m. in the Plant Operations Building, Room 1000, at the University of Toledo, 2925 E. Rocket Drive, Toledo, OH
                                                             43606. Total Bid Guaranty and Contract Bond are required per section 153.54 of the Ohio Revised Code. EDGE
                                                             Participation Goal: 5% and a University of Toledo Goal for MBE of 100%. Project Estimate: $371,000.00;
                                                             Breakdown: Technology Cabling & Equipment: $371,000.00.

            INVITATION FOR BIDS

   The Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority is                                                        State of Ohio
seeking bids from qualified contractors to furnish all                                       Ohio School Facilities Commission
labor, materials, and equipment for the following
                                                                                                   NOTICE TO BIDDERS
project(s):
                                                                    Bids will be received by the Toledo Public School District (the “District or TPS”), at the School Board
                                                                Office, Treasurers Room 3, 420 E. Manhattan Blvd., Toledo, Ohio 43608 for the Old Orchard Elementary
    JOB NO.: 29040
                                                             School Pre-demolition Asbestos/HazMat Abatement Project in accordance with the Drawings and Specifica-
    PROJECT NAME: Roof Replacement at Westridge
                                                                                                            tions prepared by:
Apartments
                                                                                                             TTL Associates, Inc.
    WALK-THRU DATE: Monday, May 18, 2009 @
                                                                                                              1915 N. 12th Street
10:00am at the Westridge site
                                                                                                              Toledo, Ohio 43604
    BID OPENING DATE: Friday, May 22, 2009 @
                                                                                                          Phone No. 419-324-2222
3:00pm.
                                                                                                            Fax No. 419-321-6252
    All bids will be publicly opened and read aloud in
                                                                                                 The Construction Manager for the Project is:
the 2nd Floor Conference Room on the dates shown
                                                                                                      Lathrop/Gant/Barton Malow, LLC
above, in the RCI/Modernization Department, at 201
                                                                                                           701 Jefferson, Suite 302
Belmont Street. Contract documents and technical
                                                                                                              Toledo, Ohio 43604
specifications/drawings will be available from the
                                                                                                          Phone No. 419-776-5600
RCI/Modernization Department, and will be provided
                                                                                                            Fax No. 877-281-0784
upon request.
                                                                 Any Proposed Equal for a Standard shall be submitted to the Consultant, no later than ten (10) days
    Each bid shall be accompanied by cash, an
                                                             prior to the bid opening. If no Addendum is issued accepting the Proposed Equal, the Proposed Equal shall
approved surety company bid bond, or a certified
                                                             be considered rejected.
check upon a solvent bank, made payable to the
                                                                 Sealed bids will be received for:Estimates
Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority in an amount
                                                                 Bid Item No. 1: Asbestos/HazMat Abatement of Old Orchard Elementary School               $70,000.00
equal to five (5) percent of the bid, tendered as a bid
                                                                 Abatement Dates:July 13th through July 24th, 2009
guarantee (if required) that the bidder will, if the award                     nd
                                                                 until June 2 , 2009 at 10:00 a.m. (as determined by Stratum clocking (cell phone time)) and will
is made to him, enter into a bona fide contract with
                                                             be opened publicly and read immediately thereafter.
Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority for this work
                                                                 The pre-bid meetings will be held on Friday, May 22nd, 2009, at 3:30 p.m. at Old Orchard Elementary
and furnish proper guarantee bonding as required
                                                             School, 2402 Cheltenham Rd, Toledo, Ohio. ATTENDANCE AT THE PRE-BID MEETING IS MANDATORY
under the specifications within a period of ten (10)
                                                             FOR ALL CONTRACTORS INTENDING ON SUBMITTING A BID.
days after the awarding of the contract. If for any
                                                                 Bidders will be required to comply with the Toledo Public School District’s Community Inclusion Plan.
reason whatsoever the bidder fails to enter into a
                                                                 Contract Documents can be obtained from Toledo Blue Print, 6964 McNerney Street, Northwood,
proper contract and to execute the proper guarantee
                                                             Ohio 43619, phone: (419) 661-9841 for the cost of the printing, to be paid to the printing company at the
bonding as required by the specifications, the amount
                                                             time the drawings are picked up. CD-Rom copies of the bid drawings are also available from Toledo Blue
of such guarantee shall be retained by the Lucas
                                                             Print for no cost with the purchase of the specification books.
Metropolitan Housing Authority, as liquidated dam-
                                                                 The Contract Documents may be reviewed for bidding purposes without charge during business hours at
ages sustained by reason of his failure to do so.
                                                             the following locations:
    The prevailing wages for this locality, as estab-
lished by the Department of Labor as Wage Determi-
                                                                Maumee F.W. Dodge Plan Room                                      The Plan Room
nation OH20080028, as modified, must be paid all
                                                                3521 Briarfield Blvd., Suite D                                 3135 South State St., Suite 210
persons employed for this work.
                                                                Maumee, OH 43537                                               Ann Arbor, MI 48108
    Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority reserves
                                                                PH: 419-861-1300                                                PH: 734-662-2570
the right to reject any or all bids, or to waive any
                                                                FX: 419-861-1325                                                FX: 734-662-1695
informality in the bidding. No bids shall be withdrawn
for a period of sixty (60) days subsequent to the
                                                                University of Toledo - Capacity Bldg                           Builders Exchange
opening of the bids.
                                                                Toledo, Ohio 43606                                             5555 Airport Hwy, Suite 140
    All bidders shall be required to meet the Affirma-
                                                                PH: 419-530-3120                                               Toledo, OH 43615
tive Action requirements and Equal Employment
                                                                FX: 419-530-3242                                               PH: 216-661-8300
Opportunity requirements as described in Executive
Order #11246. Each bidder must insure that all
                                                                Northwest Ohio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce                       E.O.P.A. - Hamilton Building
employees and applicants for employment are not
                                                                303 Morris St.                                                  505 Hamilton St.
discriminated against because of their race, color,
                                                                Toledo, Ohio 43602                                             Toledo, Ohio 43602
religion, sex, national origin, disability, handicap,
                                                                PH: 419- 351-1521                                              PH: 419-242-7304
age, ancestry, creed, or military status.
                                                                Columbus F.W. Dodge Plan Room                                 Construction Association of Michigan
    LUCAS METROPOLITAN HOUSING AUTHOR-
                                                                1175 Dublin Rd.                                                43636 Woodward Ave.
                   ITY
                                                                Dublin, OH 43215-1073                                           Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
       RCI/MODERNIZATION DEPARTMENT
                                                                PH: 614-486-6575                                               PH: 248-972-1014
                                                                FX: 614-486-0544                                               FX: 248-972-1136

                                                                Ohio Construction News                                         Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
                                                                7261 Engle Rd., Suite 304                                       MCBAP
                                                                Cleveland, Ohio 44130                                          300 Madison Ave. Ste. 200
                                                                PH: 800-969-4700                                                Toledo, Ohio 43604-1575
                                                                                                                                PH: 419-243-8191
Page 16                                              The Sojourner’s Truth                                                                                                 May 20, 2009

Grace Presbyterian Annual Women’s Day Celebration
Special to The Truth
    All women of Grace Pres-                                                                                                               Adams, Ph.D., Shenikwa          this amazing speaker on “The
byterian Church are members                                                                                Women of Grace Presbyterian     Stratford, Linnie Willis,       Blessing of Many.”
of the National Presbyterian                                                                                                               Juanita Price, Eloise Carey,       Members of many years
Women’s Organization. The                                                                                                                  Dr. J’Lange, Jean Overton,      of service were recognized
Grace Women sponsor a                                                                                                                      Elizabeth Bannister and the     for their dedicated service to
number of church and com-                                                                                                                  late Edrene Cole.               Grace Presbyterian Church &
munity events yearly. Some                                                                                                                    This year the church mem-    Women’s Association.
of these events include: Fam-                                                                                                              bers were pleased to have as    Newly elected officers are:
ily Fun Night, educational                                                                                                                 their morning speaker, Judy     Gwendolyn Young, presi-
tours, fun shopping trips and                                                                                                              Jackson May, Ed.D., profes-     dent; Valerie McCain, vice-
other trips of interest to                                                                                                                 sor of Education at Bowling     president; Chris Stuart, sec-
Michigan.                                                                                                                                  Green State University. Ev-     retary and Shirley Ducking,
    Each year, one Sunday is                                                                                                               eryone was delighted to hear    treasurer.
set aside to celebrate
                                                                                                                                             Pastor and First Lady Bannister
“Women’s Day.” Last
Sunday’s (May 17, 2009) cel-
ebration and worship service
was sponsored by the Grace
Presbyterian         Church
Women’s Association. For
over 25 years, the congrega-
tion has enjoyed the mes-
sages delivered by guest
speakers such as: Cecelia




 Alpha Kappa Alpha                                                                                             Listen, Toledo, Our Youth
 Sorority, Inc’s Scholarship                                                                                   Are Speaking!
                                                                                                               Sojourner’s Truth Staff
 Tea                                                                                                              On Wednesday, May 13, Human Values for Transformative Action (HVTA) presented
                                                                                                               the unveiling of eight murals in the historic Ohio Theatre on Lagrange Street in north
 Sojourner’s Truth Staff                                                                                       Toledo – “Listen, Toledo, Our Youth Are Speaking.” All of the murals were created using
                                                                                                               HVTA’s signature Community HeARTbeats approach – of/by/for/with the people.
                                                                        major in speech pathology;                Along with HVTA, participating youth groups included Self Expression Teen Theatre,
                                                                        Nickellatt Edward of Start High
                                                                        School who will be entering            Adelante, Madd Poets Society, Misunderstood and YMCA/JCC of Greater Toledo Youth
                                                                        Wright State to major in bio-          Opportunities Program.
                                                                        chemistry and cardiology;                 Artists included Yusuf Lateef, Kelly Lever, Nate Masternak, Edgar Ramirez, Alecia
                                                                        David Gant of Central Catho-           Robinson, Adam Russell and Sal Schiciano
                                                                        lic who is entering The Univer-
                                                                        sity of Toledo to major in civil
                                                                        engineering; Christopher Isby
                                                                        of Springfield High School who
                                                                        plans to attend Tiffin Univer-
                                                                        sity; Amber Mitchell of To-
                                                                        ledo Early College High School
                                                                        who will enter the UT phar-
                                                                        macy college; Carmen
                                                                        Nathaniel of St. Ursula’s who
                                                                        will major in psychology at
                                                                        UT; Jasmine Shells of Central
     (l. to r.): Tracci Johnson AKA presenter), Amber                   Catholic who will attend Notre
   Mitchell, Jasmine Shells, Carmen Nathaniel, Christo-                 Dame University to major in
     pher Isby, David Gant, Nickellatt Edward, Kaila                    premed and Ashley Okonta.
          Blanchard, Lisa Dubose (AKA president)                            “We expect great things of
                                                                        you,” said Soror Edna
                                                                        Robertson, “but we are here to
     Alpha Kappa Alpha So-          pha Omega Chapter. “I had a         help you … don’t hesitate to
 rority, Inc. Zeta Alpha Omega      hand up and we want to offer        call us.”
 Chapter held its annual Schol-     you a hand.”                            Scholarship committee
 arship Tea on Sunday, May 18           The $7,000 presented to stu-    members are Dubose, Felicia
 and awarded a total of $7,000      dents this past weekend raises      Dunston, Elinor Allen, Tracci
 in scholarships to eight of the    the total granted in scholarships   Johnson, Anne Marie Bolden,
 area’s outstanding college-        to $177,000 since the chapter       Mary Dawson, Mildred Guy,
 bound high school seniors.         was founded in April 1952.          Leola Haynes, Margaret Hunt-
     “We are proud of you and           This year’s recipients were:    ley, Julia Holt, Clara Petty,
 that you are looking to go on to   Kaila Blanchard of Central          Cynthia Savage, Jacquelyn
 higher education,” said Lisa       Catholic who will be attending      Turner, Deborah Washington
 Dubose, president of Zeta Al-      The Ohio State University to        and Rhea Young

				
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