AL'JIHAD : MESSENGERS (Angels & Devil) IN THE SKY (Captured Picture) AL'JIHAD Seventh Edition - Coker College copy - Page 263

Kennedy’s embrace of the civil rights movement had been hesitant and politically calibrated. But increasing levels of violence in the South convinced the president that moral courage mattered more than political calculus. That night he delivered what historian Robert Loevy calls “one of the greatest civil rights speeches ever given,” eloquently laying out the moral imperative for a color-blind republic. And it resulted in the most sweeping civil rights legislation ever enacted by the U.S. Congress: the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The landmark legislation - which Kennedy would not live to see became law - barred segregation in places of public accommodation, including restaurants, hotels, and theaters; ordered the desegregation of public schools; set uniform voting standards; and required employers to provide equal employment opportunities. Though it did not stamp out racism, it ushered in an era of positive change in America race relations that remains ongoing - and incomplete - nearly 40 years later… (by Thomas K. Grose on page 70). CULTURE! Fully funktional, OutKast propel hip-hop to new heights with their madly ambitious, soul - sparking solo CD’s. You know we live in freakist times when two of pop’s mos t outrageous characters, Andre “3000” Benjamin (a.k.a. Dre) and Antwan “Big Boi” Patton - the duo called OutKast - can walk on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards and be counted among the more understated participants. (Entertainment Weekly in September 2003. Page 83. By Will Hermes). SOCIAL STATISTICS! Most people, if not all, do not want to be a number in the negative s ta tis tic s o f life . C o ns eq ue ntly, d ur in g the ye a r 2 00 3 the r e we r e s ta gge r in g numbers of negative statistics in the United State of America in unemployme nt, abusive drugs, d i v o r c e r a t e , a n d p r i s o n i n c a r c e r a t i o n . According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Annual Average unemployment rate was at 6.0% for the year. Further, the unemployment level has risen to 8,774,000 million people during this year 2003. Second, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) report teens who have ever used illicit drugs or cigarettes in the eighth, tenth, and twelfth grades. Teens who used any illicit drug are 24% in the eighth grade, 43% in the tenth grade, and 52% in the twelfth grade. Two, the teens who have used cigarettes are 31% in the eighth grade, 49% in the tenth grade, and 57% in the twelfth grade. Third, teens who have used cocaine were 3% in the eighth grade, 7% in the tenth grade, and 8% in the twelfth grade. Next, teens who have used heroin are 1% in the eighth grade, 1% in the tenth grade, and 1% in the twelfth grade. And, teens who have used marijuana are 19% in the eighth grade, 40% in the tenth grade, and 49% in the twelfth grade. This is a source of the University of Michigan, Monitoring the future study 2002. Then, there is the divorce rate in the year 2003 in the United States of America. According to Lee H. Baucom, M. Div., Th. M., Ph.D. Counseling, Coaching, Consulting nearly 1 and 2 marriages end in divorce. Worse, Marriage Counseling has an equally poor record. According to studies, almost 50% of couples in therapy end up divorce. Only 10 to 20% of couples who go to therapy see any significant help from counseling. And last, but not lease, there is the prison population in the United States of America. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics in 2002, 6.7 million people were on probation, in jail or prison, or on parole at year end 2002 (2003 begin) -- 3.1% of all U.S. adult residents or 1 in ever 32 adults. State and Federal prison authorities had under their jurisdiction 1,440,655 inmates at year-end 2002: 1,277,127 under State jurisdiction and 163,528 under Federal jurisdiction. And local jails held or supervised 737,918 persons awaiting trial or serving a sentence at midyear 2002. About 72,400 of these were persons serving their sentence in the community. After dramatic “AL’JIHAD”– by, Imam Mahdi . © ® ™ : Of 842 Pages Is 263