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HBCU ‘Equality’ Lawsuit By Alexis Taylor AFRO Staff Writer Dr. Samuel Myers said it “hurt his heart” as he listened to testimony at the ongoing HBCU Equality trial, Jan. 31. The president emeritus of Bowie State College, one of Maryland’s four HBCUs, said he’s spent his life working in higher education. “And I’ve seen the disparities that exist between funding for Blacks in higher education and those generally,” he
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Black Notables, Former HBCU Presidents and Students Pack Courtroom Raymond Pierce, dean, North Carolina Central State Law School and who also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education during the Clinton Administration. Pierce was angered by the visible absence of anyone from the Obama Administration. “It is a shame that the Office for Civil Rights has had no presence in this trial,” Pierce said. “I find it very troubling.” The absence, he said, raised serious questions about the Obama Administration’s commitment to civil rights and
educational equality. Myers was incensed that anyone could say HBCUs need to become more competitive with other schools. “I know each institution needs to and wants to survive in its own right, but this inequitable funding hurts the entire nation. When you have a high unemployment rate among young Black males, education is needed to get them into the workforce,” he Continued on A4
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Group of Morgan supporters surrounding former Morgan president, Dr. Earl Richardson. said. “And I know that the courts have long since ruled that the disparity be eliminated.” He had no problem declaring, “But it still exists.” Which is most likely the reason he was joined in the Garmatz Courtroom by other former educators and administrators including Dr. Andrew Billingsley, former president of Morgan State University; Dr. Arthur Thomas, former president Central State University; Dr. Wilma J. Roscoe, retired vice president of National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher • Character Education Education (NAFEO) and
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Neglecting your teeth can kill you. Unfortunately, such was the story of Diamonte Driver, a 12-year-old Prince George’s County boy who died in 2007 after an infection from an abscessed tooth spread to his brain. Because Driver’s mother didn’t have dental insurance or Medicaid coverage, she couldn’t afford the simple tooth extraction that could have saved his life. The students at Howard University College of Dentistry understand that many Washington-area residents are facing a similar financial strain. Continued on A4
PR Professional Named ‘Drum Major for Justice’
By Shernay Williams Special to the AFRO
As a young journalist, Gwen McKinney was inspired by social justice. For four years, she reported for the Philadelphia Tribune, the city’s Black newspaper. Later, she moved to Washington D.C. and became a Capitol Hill correspondent. “There is no such thing as objective journalism,” McKinney said in a phone interview with the AFRO. “So much of what I did as a reporter, especially in the Black Press, was advocacy journalism …my point of view was always on the side of people fighting for justice.” Now the founder of McKinney and Associates, which she dubs a “public relations firm with a conscience,” McKinney is being honored for her 22 years of service. She has been declared a “Drum Major for Justice.” It’s an award presented by West Chester University’s Frederick Douglass Society to
“So much of what I did as a reporter, especially in the Black Press was advocacy journalism …my point of view was always on the side of people fighting for justice.”
— Gwen McKinney alumni who have dedicated their work to equality and social change. The Pennsylvania school honored McKinney during an awards ceremony on Jan. 26. “I am humbled because anytime anyone’s name is connected with two of America’s most heroic sons—Dr. Martin Luther King and Frederick Douglass—it is humbling,” she said. “I particularly felt humbled because these two men embody everything I believe in.” For a public relations strategist used to
standing in the background as she pushes her clients to the forefront, McKinney says the honor is unparalleled. “A recognition [like this] challenges you to live up to all that and try to do better and work harder to really speak to the legacy in which the award was made,” she said. As the head of her D.C. based PR firm --the first Black, woman-owned firm in the nation’s capital devoted to social justice advocacy -- McKinney is an advisor to civil rights champions. She’s represented South Africa’s Nelson Mandela and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, while promoting such issues as health equity, adult literacy, voting rights, and
criminal justice reform. “All of my clients I’m proud of because I pick clients like they pick me,” McKinney said. “Usually they embody the work and causes I believe in and support.”
Her advice to emerging media professionals: “Always be relevant to the times and to the things you believe in. That is what has helped me stay afloat and continue to thrive for 22 years.”
Music Community Shocked at Death of Soul Train Creator AFRO Staff Don Cornelius, music industry icon and creator of the seminal TV show “Soul Train,” is dead, the victim of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police and the Los Angeles coroner’s office. Chris No, a police spokesman, told reporters that police received a call from someone in Cornelius’ Sherman Oaks home shortly before 4 a.m., reporting that shots had been fired. When officers arrived, Continued on A3
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Professional photographer Paul Phillips plans to provide artistic proof of the beauty in African-American women with Diddy Plans to Launch African-American Music his “Beauty in Black” project recently launched on Kickstarter. com. The idea was inspired by a disturbing blog post in 2010 Network written by evolutionary psychologist, Satoshi Kanazawa who Entertainment mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs reportedly plans argued that black women are less physically attractive than to launch his own other women. The post created a firestorm of angry comments music-themed cable across the web and was quickly removed from the website. network. The “Beauty in Black” project will be a coffee table book According to filled with 30 to 40 high quality black & white and color Broadcast and photographs celebrating the beauty and spirit of black women. Cable magazine, Phillips explains, “As a black man who is married to a beautiful the network will black woman, I didn’t get mad I got busy,” he told BlackNews. be called Revolt com.” I am creating a photo essay that will portray the beauty and will serve as of African American women of all shades, shapes and sizes.” a music and news The call for channel with an “models” will go urban twist. Sources out by word of have described the mouth, over the channel as classic internet, and in MTV, but for an the media. The African-American themes will deal audience. with the hair, Comcast and skin tone and Time Warner Cable One of the photos Wikimediacommons will be in charge of body images of for the “Beauty in black women Revolt’s distribution, though neither has confirmed the venture. Black” project and girls from Comcast’s involvement in the project is part of its Courtesy Photo all walks of life commitment to the FCC to help increase minority-owned from the celebrity to the everyday. networks. In the next eight years, it plans to launch 10 African Kickstarter.com is the world’s largest online funding American or Hispanic networks. platform for creative projects. Phillips explains why he created A Time Warner spokesperson told B&C that the company the project on kickstarter.com, “As a professional photographer, has had some discussions with Diddy about the network, but I own all of the equipment to create the book. I plan to would not elaborate further. photograph women from all over the country. In addition to Sources told Broadcast and Cable that the network would raising funds for travel and printing, I plan to hire makeup reach about 18 million households on Time Warner and artists and wardrobe stylists to work with my models.” He Comcast combined. plans to finish the book this year and publish by March 2013. Diddy is also reportedly working with former MTV To learn more about “Beauty in Black”, watch the video, programming chief Andy Schuon to launch Revolt. Schuon and/or make a donation, visit his KickStarter page at http:// headed a now-defunct music channel called International Music www.kickstarter.com/projects/1657641638/beauty-in-black. Feed in 2006. Each project is required to offer rewards for donations and must Sources said the leaders of the project plan to officially reach the stated funding goal before time runs out or no money debut the network on December 12, 2012. changes hands. Donations start as low as $5 and rewards Though Diddy has not commented on the venture, he told includes items such as a screen saver, a set of note cards, and a AdWeek magazine at the end of 2011 that he has big things in desk calendar featuring images from the collection. the works for 2012. Although Kanazawa’s post was removed from the website, “I have some major announcements at the top of the year screen shots of excerpts appeared in the Huffington Post on things I’m producing—an announcement that’s bigger than “Style” section: “What accounts for the markedly lower anyone can realize on something I’m acquiring,” he said. average level of physical attractiveness among black women? He added that he plans to1:36 transition out of1music this year to 5.42x10 MFAC v0.2b Afro 1-27-12:Layout 1 1/27/12 PM Page Black women are on average much heavier than nonblack focus on his movie and producing careers.
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sport-utility vehicle sought in connection with the murder of Hudson’s mother and brother. The white, 1994 Chevrolet Suburban with Illinois license
from a neighbor about a suspiposted fliers bearing his photocious vehicle. The man noticed graph around the city. On the vehicle while walking his Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked dog. According to the Chicago for the public’s help in finding Jennifer Hudson and other Tribune, the boy had been shot her nephew. In her MySpace relatives positively identified multiple times in the back seat blog, she thanked fans and supBy Alexis Taylor world. of the vehicle. The SUV, regisporters for their prayers and AFRO Staff Writer “Tony’s demonstrated leadership, customer focus anda success a tered to Hudson’s murdered offered $100,000inreward to number of operational assignments have uniquely qualified him for this brother, was towed with the anyone who returned thekey boy “My job is to make sure that you have an easy life,” said Anthony responsibility,” said Coleen A. McCloskey in a press boy’s body inside and is being alive.release. McCloskey Lewis from the eighth floor Verizon board room of his Maryland office. by evidence techniserved as Verizon’s senior vice president of state public policy and external processed Since the investigation, cians and workers. The body Hudson – who gained stardom Newly named vice president of the Mid-Atlantic Region, Lewis, a native affairs at the time of Lewis’ appointment to president of Verizon-Washington wassince later removed and taken to after appearing on “American of Norfolk, Va. has big plans for the company he’s been a part of D.C. the Cook County Medical Idol,” and you thennavigate won an 1986, known then as the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company of “You need mentors and people who are willing to help Examiner’s office. for her role in Virginia. these seas. None of it happens alone,” said Lewis,Academy who saysAward his father, Hudson and other family the movie Dreamgirls A veteran member of the business, Lewis worked his way up from Matthew Lewis Jr., was an important guide, showing him the basics – has members arrived at the Medical out of the‘itpublic his beginnings as a group manager in the operator services department principles of business. “He instilled in me a workstayed ethic that said is a eye. Examiner’s office mid-afterThe Chicago Tribune reportto president of Verizon- Washington, D.C. Holding that position from privilege to be at any work place.’” Julian King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. noon to identify the body. ed that a parade of cars moved 2004 to 2008, Lewis oversaw everything from billing and communication Earning his undergraduate degree in business at Elizabeth City State Given the choice between lookslowly past her family’s home planning to distribution and price directing. University in 1986,but Lewis credits working public city A spokesman for the office(ECSU) the murders is being heldtheinhard ing directly at the body or Monday morning, past the With technology reinventing and pushing itself further and further Anthony Lewis, newly school teachers he came in contact with every day as one reason he’s been told the newspaper that Hudson jail for parole violation after viewing it on a wall-mounted news vans, reporters and curiever day, Lewis will lead the company to even greater heights as cell appointed vice president able to soar. Today, Lewis is glad he often had to do double theous work of onlookers. Courtesy Photos phones, computers, and tablets integrate themselves even deeper into daily of Verizon’s Mid-Atlantic other children, with assignments from school and at home by his schoolNeighbors stood Jennifer Hudson and her mom, Darnell Donerson who routines. Region, leads thousands as teaching mother who pushed him just as hard. “I am where I amquietly today and was killed, as well herVerizon brother, Jason. on bigger and better In 2012, Lewisassays is working they continue to transform because she instilled in me a love of gaining more knowledge and that really reflected on the “remained strong for her famibeing convicted of attempted communication devices that will better operate everything fromvideo the iCloud technology. made the difference for me,” said Lewis. screen, the family chose violence. ly” and was clearly itsAfter leader. murder andECSU, vehicular hijackto a diet by7-year-old taking a picture ofplate a plate with pendants cleverly blended with graduating from Lewis went on to complete the X584859 was found on the latter. According to the In front ofboth the Hudson’s the body of her Photo by Alexis Taylor “She held hands with her famiing. Cook County records showof Business clothing. “What’s magnificentChicago’s about theWest future is that limit. Hudson said, “Yes, University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School Leadership Side afterthere is no Tribune, home, men in heavy jackets nephew Monday, just hours ly,” the spokesman said. “It that he pleadedLeadership guilty to both police a 7 a.m. that’s him.” and hooded sweatshirts came to youfound desire,inwhatever you received want to dotherecall are a ways to get it done.” Development Program and the Johns Hopkins Development Program. afterWhatever his body was a was obviously a very emotional charges in 1999. He was also kiss the twin is white barAs a minority in business, Lewis is a shining example of the hard work ethic and diligent Aside from leading one of the world’s top technology organizations, Lewis alsocrosses a moment.” convicted in 1998 for possesing the attitude it takes to make it to the top. “It’s a tremendous honor to have the opportunity to seasoned jazz musician, donating his time and money to organizations thatnames keep of theDonerson arts aliveand The boy – the son of Julia sion of a stolen motor vehicle. Jason. represent my community in corporate America,” said Lewis, who believes that showing the in schools and communities such as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. As a child, Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had He was released from prison in “Everybody is to sick world minorities can lead is not a task he takes lightly. “I work every day to make sure that Lewis had dreams of being a drummer, and says his love of music easily translates theof going been missing since Friday, 2006 after serving seven years through stuff like this,”isArtisha I’m building a bridge for the next person to do these types of jobs,” said Lewis, who says technology business because “your ability to communicate a message to a large group” the when a relative found Julian’s for the attempted murder and West, a former resident of the one of the biggest challenges he faced was learning the politics and culture of the corporate same no matter what the medium. grandmother, Darnell car hijacking charges. area told the Tribune. “We all No wonder Obama’s campaign is Donerson, 57, and his uncle, and Dallas Cowboys players By Alan King The boy remained missing have to stick together. All these trying to distance him from the Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, AFRO Staff Writer Jason Hudson, 29, shot to death through a long weekend in young children are dying, and group, saying, “Barack Obama among the names submitted to in his grandmother’s in forwhich forAvenue what?” near the former I also home sat down a fewpolice and volunteers off of Edmondson Never Organized with ACORN.” the 7000 block of South Yale election officials. Presidential candidate John minutes with Sen. Verna Joneslocation of New Psalmist Baptist Church and Hurd said those workers, who But Obama’s ties to ACORN run McCain’s attack on ACORN – Avenue. Rodwell who represents the 44th the University of Maryland Biotech project were doing those things without long and deep. He taught classes Associated Community An Amber Alert – a desigLegislative District of Baltimore. near Martin Luther King Jr., Boulevard. ACORN’s knowledge or permisfor ACORN. They even endorsed Organization for Reform Now – nation for high-risk missing The 44th will soon be known as “The one that is most troublesome as far sion, were fired. him for President. confirms the success of the children – was issued Friday 44 A and B after Gov. O’Malley’s as the loss is the Uplands project, a project “The evidence that has surBut now ACORN is in trouble. organization, the head of the after Julian was discovered that I worked very hard on that I was told faced so far shows they faked Reporter: There are at least group says. missing afterredistricting the murders.map – unpopular with many Black legislators – is I was going to get…I just didn’t like the 11 investigations across the “This is testimony to the work forms to get paid for work they Police arrested William didn’t do, not to stuff ballot country involving thousands of adopted. process,” Jones-Rodwell said referring to the we’ve done and success we’ve Balfour, the officially missing boy’s stepboxes.” ACORN, she said, is the potentially fraudulent ACORN had,” Maude Hurd, president of The 2010 Census was not kind redistricting process. father and estranged husband victim of fraud, not the perpetra- forms. ACORN, said in an interview to the district, which lost more “And I personally don’t think that was of Julia, at his girlfriend’s tor of it. Announcer: Massive voter with the AFRO. than 25,000 people in the last 10 fair…and some of the most vulnerable Southside apartment several said the only things fraud. Obamaof campaign lesser protections thanAnd thethe children other this attack we of a Hurd I“When was sitting instarted, the office Prince hours after the murders. years more than any other district communities that were in the 44th are being bogus are them- in our state,” paid more than $800,000 to an had just announced we hadthis week families O’Malley said during George’s Countythat senator andthe charges Balfour’s mother, Michele, has in the state. connected with the county and if I don’t org ACORN front for get out the vote toldTwo-thirds registered million new votthe packed hearing. reporters that of her the son newhad district is in run…if someone does not have the interest the phone1.3was ringing off the selves. hook.And factcheck. efforts. ers,” she said. “That’s just to say agrees. Another hearing scheduled to be held nothing to do with the slayings. the Baltimore County communities of of Baltimore City is elected to represent the “It’s been like this for two days,” the It concluded, “Neither Pressuring banks to be issue risky that someone’s running scared in the House of Delegates should Balfour remains a suspect in Jason Hudson 44th District it’s a problem,” she added. Catonsville, Security, Woodlawn and senator’s scheduler informed me.ACORN Apparently, nor its employees have more loans. Nationwide voter fraud. because of ACORN’s success.” significantly raucous. Lochearn, which of course calls for a The radical reconfiguration of the 44th, the McCain, senator’s constituents – mostly Black been foundand guilty of, or even Barack Badlegislation judgment. who is running for Last year’s same-sexObama. marriage dramatically different strategy for the veteran historically one of the poorest districts in the lower income – have been calling to voice charged with, casting fraudulent Blind ambition. Too risky for president on the Republican tickpassed the Senate, but was pulled off the senator to defend her seat. city will be a problem for more than Jonestheir disapproval for thein state’s prospective votes.” America. et, lashed out at ACORN the House floor when it was feared that it would Jones-Rodwell, the leader of the Rodwell. Delegates Keith Haynes and Melvin gay law Barack to be debated again Thethis problem came about prifinalmarriage debate against notway pass. O’Malley’s billMcCain’s should make it Baltimore City Senate Delegation argues Stukes who both live in the 44th would be session. It seems all the calls gay of the marily because Since comments, Obama, contending theofgroup “is opposed SQUARE HIGH the Senate as well,87but it ishave unclear she did not fare well on the governor’s moved to the 40th and 41st respectively and marriage. Rather than ACORN’s offices been on the verge of maybe perpetrat- ACORN operates.through it will the House. the rely on volunteers,how it pays peo- fair in bombarded withDespite threats and redistricting map. would presumably have to run against each was same day Gov. ingItone of the the greatest frauds in Martin significant political capital the governor ple, many of them poor or unemracist mail. voter history in this country, “Personally, all of the areas which I spent other in 2014. O’Malley appeared before the Senate Judicial controversial the ployed, to sign up has new invested voters. in the The day after theissue, presidential maybe destroying the fabrictoofoffer his the last 13 years bringing resources to and The changes in the 44th would also impact Proceedings Committee support lines opposition to itvandals – especially in some The ideabywas bothofthose debate, broke into the democracy.” building up that I can point out different Sen. Delores Kelley, the county’s only Black for a same-sex marriage bill re-written histo help those doing Boston–and Seattle projects I’ve done there have been taken from senator. Her district would still be majority segments of the organization’s Black community seem Factcheck.org, a non-partisan being registered and office. the registration. offices and stole computers. Web site, found those claims to undeterred. me,” Jones-Rodwell said. Black, but less so. “We all want the same thing for our NOT ON THE LIST BREAD explained, “We havetwo a ofAfter a Cleveland representative be “exaggerated,” “noand evi-it is not Maud Round the battle for same-sex Some of the projects she cites are the State The changes proposed by the governor children. It is notwith right just that zero tolerance policy for deliberappeared an e-mail was dence of any such democracymarriage in Maryland is on justTV, beginning. Center Project in Upton, the Uplands project would become official on Feb. 25. the children of gay couples should have ate falsification of registration.” sent to the local office saying she destroying fraud.” Most news account neglect to “is going to have her life ended.” Hurd believes the McCain A worker in Providence, R.I., charges were politically motivat- point out that ACORN is required by law to turn in all reg- received a threatening call sayed. LEFT RIGHT istration forms. And they also fail ing, “We know you get off work She said, “Because it’s lowContinued from A1 to note that it was the organizaat 9” and uttered racial epithets. and moderate-income people, tion, in many instances, that first A caller toaone office left a and people was of color, Cornelius lyingI believe on the the getting beamed into millions syndication year later. know Cornelius well, but DeBarge, who added he was George, who now lives brought the(and) phonybefore registrations message the answering McCain campaign thinks floor, unresponsive, withthose a of homes they The teenondance show, which “my dad (singer El DeBarge) on Cornelius’ last taping in South Africa, and I to the not.” attention of authorities. machine, was just voters arewound going totovote gunshot the head. were featured saying: veteran“Hi, andI rising knew him. I met him several of “Soul Train” with actor would watch ‘Soul Train’ The McCain apparently calling to let and you professional know that Democratic, not necesCorneliuswhich was is taken to Gardner saidcamp he met R&B stars times throughout the years Shemar Moore. together almost religiously isn’t interested in those finein Barack needs to get sarily true.” Medical Center Cedar-Sinai Cornelius several times dancersObama – all of which and he always seemed like he “That’s devastating.” whenever he visited. I points, preferring to the air misleadhung. He’s a (expletive deleted) ACORN is no stranger to where he was pronounced Los Angeles over years, admired Cornelius for his ing ads that seek to link Obama nigger, and he’s a piece of controversy. dead shortly before 5 a.m. primarily at award shows, but longevity, dedication to R&B For 38 years, the non-partisan to ACORN, thereby undercutting (expletive deleted). You guys are “It was reported as a that every successful Black and the exposure he gave fraudulent, and you need to go to organization has fought for social his political support. suicide, a self-inflicted entertainer in R&B had a to entertainers as well as McCain: I’m John McCain hell. All the niggers on oak trees. and economic justice for lowwound,” Los Angeles County connection to Cornelius. has given rise, in part, to had it together and he had the “I can’t believe the those who went on to fame, and I approve this message. They’re gonna get all hung honand moderate-income 1 BANANA brother is no longer with us. assistant chief coroner Ed “Everybody alive today the current crop of talent utmost respect from everyone. however brief, after starting Announcer: Who is Barack eys, they’re going to get assassiAmericans. With 400,000 memWinter told reporters. “I have owes a debt of gratitude to reality shows – provided the “My mother (dancer Bobbi Even more shocking is the as dancers on his show. I ber families organized into more Obama? A man with “a political nated, they’re gonna get killed.” investigators at the hospital.” Mr. Cornelius,” Gardner, firstAnother opportunity forsaid, many Sanders) used to be on ‘Soul way he went out,” said Larry wish the brother ‘love, peace baptism performedsaid at warp message “You than 1,200 neighborhood chapwe really lost an who is encouraging Black idiots. entertainers to enjoy Train’ when she was 19, 20, Bivins, a veteran journalist in and soul’ in the hereafter,” speed.” Vast ambition.people After col- liberal Dumb (expletive ters“Wow, in 110 cities nationwide, lege, he moved Chicago. deleted). Welfare bums. You ACORN hasmusic over the years seen to icon in the industry,” pause for a to moment of crossover success. when she first started out… Washington, D.C. and avid referring to Cornelius’ Became to a community organizer. guysInjust (expletive deleted) its share criticism an while advo- silence said PaulofGardner, honor Cornelius a 2010 interview with That’s how she actually met “Soul Train” fan. signature sign off at the There,once Obama met Madeleine come to our country, consume cating for affordable housing, entertainment and corporate and, arrangements are The Los Angeles Times, my dad,” said the younger “My brother-in-law, program’s end. Talbot, to part of the Chicago every naturalsaid resource there is, living wages, healthcare for the attorney based in Baltimore, made, send flowers or Cornelius he was branchaofdonation ACORN.toHea was so and make a lot of babies. That’s underserved— whileMya organwho representsand singer make charity developing a movie project impressive that he was asked to all you guys do. And then suck izing voter registration drives. and several rappers. of Cornelius’ choosing, if he about “Soul Train.” train the ACORN staff. up the welfare and expect everyBut“You none have has been as withering to understand had designated one. “We’ve been in What did ACORN in Chicago one else to pay for your hospital and baseless as this one. when Don was starting his Cornelius, a former discussions with several engage in? Bullying banks. bills for your kids. I jus’ say let With the presidential election thing it was the only show disc jockey,tactics. created, wrote, people getting movie Before age five, every room is a classroom. Intimidation Disruption your kidsabout die. That’s theabest less than two weeks away, where African American produced and hosted “Soul off the ground. It wouldn’t of business. ACORN forced move. Just let your children die. ACORN’s detractors allege the Fun learning opportunities are everywhere. Simple things like entertainers could be exposed Chicago in 1970. be the about ‘Soulpaying Train’for dance banks toinissue risky home loans. Forget hospital organization has engaged in mas- Train” counting and identifying shapes activate a child’s learning ability, to a mainstream audience,” showtypes was of anloans instant show, would more of do The same that bills foritthem. I’mbenot gonna sive voter registration fraud after The and help them enter school more prepared. That’s why PNC Gardner said. “Now you’re hit andthe went into national a biographical look at the caused financial crisis we’re it. You guys are lowlifes. 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February 4, 2012 - February 4, 2012, The Afro-American
HBCU ‘Equality’ Lawsuit Continued from A1
indicating that his work with national and international organizations gives him a broader perspective. “It’s not a matter of largesse, not charity, not goodwill to provide equitable treatment for Blacks.” Claiming that Maryland has perpetuated a system of segregation by underfunding and allowing program duplication by nearby traditionally White schools (TWIs) the presidents were also joined this week by the very students they’re fighting for. Following the precedent set by Black clergy members who gathered in the courtroom last week to maintain support, students could be seen lining the front row in their business attire, silently making their voices and their presence known. The case, which was filed by The Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Maryland Higher Education in October 2006, drew a crowd of more than 40, made up of university presidents, faculty, students, and concerned citizens. As students return to classes at Bowie State University, Coppin State University, Morgan State University, and University of Maryland Eastern Shore, the case continues to unfold in courtroom 7D of the Garmatz Federal Courthouse building. Testimony from Joseph Vivona, chief operating officer and vice chancellor for administration and finance for the University System of Maryland (USM) could be heard along with that of former Towson University president, Dr. Robert Caret. “When the investment made by the state in White institutions is compared to the state’s investment in historically Black colleges, there is little comparison,” said Dr. Earl S. Richardson, president of Morgan State University from 1984 to 2010. “If one were to look at the investments made in
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Attending the HBCU equality lawsuit were Wilma Roscoe, former NAFEO executive director, Dr. Samuel Myers, former president of Bowie and former NAFEO president, and Judge Tama Clark, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and daughter of Dr. Meyers. the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and then at Morgan - one can see that there is a stark difference,” said Dr. Richardson in response to Vivona’s testimony, which gave the impression that the state of Maryland has gone out of its way to fund historical Black institutions (HBIs). “The whole idea of the lawsuit by the Coalition is now to ensure that there is equity in the investment made by the state in Black institutions versus White institutions.”
National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) president and CEO, Lezli Baskerville, said “this case will directly impact the shape of the higher education debate in 2012 and beyond in the 25 states that have HBCUs and TWIs, as well as the work of NAFEO.” The organization, which was founded in 1969, is the sole association that represents the chancellors and presidents of HBCUs. “What this court decides will determine whether public higher education in America remains separate and unequal, or whether the nation moves toward a more excellence, equitable and just higher education system...” said Baskerville. Giving students special incentive to make their way down to the courtroom, some classes are even giving students extra time and credit for sitting on the proceedings. “I would definitely come down and support even if it wasn’t for class credit because I am pursuing my master’s degree in higher education administration and this is an issue in higher education,” said Bera Cotten, of Morgan State University. Encouraging students who are might be sleeping in or hanging out during their spare time before and after class, Cotton says the case allows you to “get an understanding of what’s going on” and “provides you with information dealing with your historical Black institution.” An alumnus of Coppin University, Marvin “Doc” Cheatham said he was “elated to see the students” who came out and “hoping that more will come.” A staple in the Baltimore community and beyond through his civil rights work with the National Action Network and the NAACP, Cheatham says the case is not only important to Maryland’s historical Black institutions but to those across the country as well who are dealing with issues of underfunding and program duplication.
Grayling Williams Selected to Lead New Initiatives by BCPD Commissioner By Alexis Taylor AFRO Staff Writer Intent on rebuilding confidence and instilling new faith in the Baltimore City Police Department, Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III officially announced changes within the ranks of the department last week. Introducing Grayling Williams as chief of the Internal Investigation Division, Police Commissioner Bealefeld said the new civilian commander will bring fresh eyes to a department that has fought to maintain its credibility in the community. “Baltimore is a big-city department with big-city issues, but they’re not insurmountable,” Williams said with his positive outlook on handling corruption and
crime. Williams, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent for 22 years, is a native of New York City, where he grew up on the streets of Harlem. Hand-picked by President Obama in 2009 to serve as director of the Office of Counternarcotics Enforcement for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Grayling has extensive experience handling crime on national and local levels. “I want the communities to see Chief Williams as an icon of integrity,” said Commissioner Bealefeld of the veteran law enforcement agent. As chief of the Internal Affairs Department, Williams will be in charge of handling all allegations and investigations dealing with police misconduct.
Signaling a change in the way the BCPD will operate from here on, Commissioner Bealefeld said the department will continue the same work and community engagement that led to a drop in arrests, from 100,000 to just 42,000 last year. “We do need to be better. It can’t just be catch phrases- it’s got to be real hard work.” Also new to the department, John King was announced as the director of training for the BCPD in Friday’s roundtable discussion. Heading the Diamond Standard Program, which has been completely overhauling the way officers are trained since its implementation in 2008, King has his mind set on stepping up the four week program. “As an outsider looking at it, we want to emphasize not just a standalone cultural
awareness or community policing class, but integrate four tenets in every class we teach; integrity , leadership, community policing and cultural awareness,” said King. “We know we have in some area, in some communities, and with some officers, an estranged, broken relationship,” said Commissioner Bealefeld, who is looking to the two new hires to create significant change within the department, as well as in Baltimore City as a whole. Formerly serving as a police chief in Gaithersburg, MD, and as assistant chief of the Montgomery County Police Department, where he dedicated more than 25 years, King is also a civilian, furthering hammering home Commissioner Bealfeld’s commitment to ending
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Grayling Williams recently announced by Commissioner Bealefeld as newly appointed Chief of Internal Investigation Division for the Baltimore City Police Department discusses his plans for countering officer misconduct and in house corruption.
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By Sean Yoes Special to the AFRO
Final in a series
“Red Tails,” a new Hollywood motion picture starring Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. and Oscar nominee Terence Howard was released Jan. 20 in theaters across the nation. It tells the story of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen, the first Black aviators in the United States Armed Forces. The AFRO reported on the adventures of the iconic airmen who despite battling prodigious racism and Jim Crow in America, fought for their country during World War II with incredible courage and honor and in the process shattered myriad racial stereotypes. In the wake of Hollywood’s depiction of the mythic aviators, the AFRO has unearthed the real story of the Tuskegee Airmen told through the stellar reporting of AFRO greats like Art Carter, Ollie Stewart and Vincent Tubbs.
The Tuskegee Airmen: The Living Legacy When they were young men in their 20’s, Dr. Cyril O. Byron Sr. and Lemuel Lewie couldn’t have been farther apart geographically and in some ways culturally. Byron grew up in New York City, the world’s greatest metropolis, while Lewie was born and raised in Columbia, S.C. under smothering Jim Crow. Today Byron, 91 and Lewie, 92 live just a few minutes from each other in Baltimore County. However, fate originally brought them together decades earlier and they forged a seemingly unbreakable bond in Tuskegee, Ala. as they prepared to fight for their country and defend the world against the rise of Nazism and Fascism during World War II as the military’s first Black aviators. Lewie’s earliest dreams were dreams of flight. “I wanted to fly all my life. I saw airplanes flying above me when I was a kid and I wanted to fly. I didn’t know anybody in my race that was flying at that particular time when I was a child and Blacks were prohibited from flying in South Carolina anyway.” But, like most Black men who were bold enough to dream of flight, Lewie’s path to the skies was obscured and delayed by overt racism. “It didn’t work out so fine,” Lewie remembered about his application to the Army Air Corps. “I applied in 1941 when I finished at Allen University in Columbia, S.C. with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in chemistry. So, I applied and took the examination…We all passed the examination and I made a very high score on it. But, the application had a statute of limitations on it,” Lewie explained. “So, if they didn’t call you within one-year’s time in South Carolina in Columbia where they were very prejudice down there. So, anyway they put the application on the back shelf and I didn’t hear from them,” He added. But, about a year after Lewie took the examination for flight school, an army officer in Jackson, S.C. encouraged him to re-submit his test results and a year after that he was finally approved to attend the aviation school in Tuskegee. Although Lewie never saw action overseas he finally realized his dream of flight in 1945. “I was sent to Midland Army air field
in Texas to become a bombardier and navigator,” Lewie said. “I was happy to get the opportunity to do something for the nation. We fought the battle on two fronts; we fought in the states and fought over there,” he added. Lewie’s fellow airman and long-time friend, Byron, wasn’t technically an aviator, but his role in World War II was essential to their success. “I was in the supporting staff…our motto was, ‘we keep them flying,’” Byron said. “Each airplane had a ground crew. There were eight different guys who were experts at different facets of keeping an airplane flying,” he added. The camaraderie that bound these men – ridiculed and belittled by the military establishment – buoyed them individually and collectively. “It was fantastic, we all worked together, we had to work together,” Byron explained. “Our whole outfit was AfricanAmerican…all our officers were Black. The 99th Flying Squadron – at that time – in the early 40’s we were the only African-American or Black air force unit in the United States Army Air Corps. We were known as the 99th Flying Pursuit Squadron,” he added. But, for Byron getting “over there” was almost as harrowing as the war itself. “The 99th Fighter Squadron we were the first to go overseas. We went from Tuskegee to New York City took a ship called the Mariposa and sailed across the Atlantic Ocean. We were eight days
so they knew about the segregation. ‘You’re fighting for the kind of freedom that you do not have at home,’ they would say and we realized we were fighting two wars,” Byron said. And of course there were many ugly episodes, which would have caused lesser men to crumble or blindly strike out. “We had several incidents…we were in Naples and the kids use to run up to us and ask for candy. And we’d give them candy and they run on up the right side and then on the left side and we’d say they don’t think we’re too bright,” Byron said. “But, one day an Italian policeman was chasing them (children) and we said they’re not bothering us, and he said, ‘you don’t know why their running around?’ We said no… ‘they’re running behind you because the White soldiers told them that all Black soldiers had tails,’” Byron revealed remembering the Italian officer’s explanation. “We tried to laugh it off, but we took it. It was a culture shock but, then again we stuck it out, took a deep breath and did a lot of praying and hoping that we would get out of this,” Byron added. It took two
“Journey of a Tuskegee Airman,” a book about Lewie’s Tuskegee experience was compiled by his wife of 63 years, Reva Lewie.
more tumultuous decades after the end of World War II for Lewie, Byron and their Tuskegee brothers to witness the fall of legal Jim Crow in America and so much
Two of the remaining Tuskegee Airmen Lemuel Lewie, 92 and Dr. Cyril O. Byron Sr., 91 met in Tuskegee, Ala. in the 1940’s and decades later now live just a few minutes from each other in Baltimore County. more. The Tuskegee Airmen in the face of blistering racism rebuked it with excellence. The military establishment attempted to cast them as cowardly, intellectually inferior and therefore unfit to fly. But the Black Aviators made liars of them all by performing with valor, skill and intelligence. Despite being reduced to second class citizenship in the country they fought so valiantly for they refused to bow under the weight of oppression; on the contrary the airmen thrived. They carried the burden of an entire race with grace and dignity and indeed they soared. The Tuskegee Airmen were truly the greatest of, “The Great Generation,” who made unparalleled sacrifices for their country and community. And now, more than six decades after their towering triumph they were the living stars of what must have been a surreal evening last month in the nation’s capital. Lewie and Byron and their remaining Tuskegee brothers were honored at the White House by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama during a screening of, “Red Tails,” the story of their epic lives played out on the big screen; a movie written by a Black man and directed by a Black man. With a wry grin Byron revealed he received a kiss from the First Lady that magical night. “I didn’t wash my cheek for three weeks,” he said with a laugh. “I was fortunate to see our president at his inauguration in Washington,” Byron added. “It was a fascinating experience I thought I’d never see. But, hey I’m here I’ve been blessed.” Photos by Sean Yoes
on the water by ourselves…and of those eight days on the water I was seasick six of those eight days,” Byron said. They initially landed in Casablanca in North Africa and eventually made it to the Mediterranean theater and specifically Italy where they were once again confronted with the reality of American Jim Crow. “A lot of Italians had been to the United States
The coin on the left was presented to Dr. Byron by President Barack Obama and the coin on the right was given to him by President George W. Bush.
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Feb. 3 ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ Spotlighters Theatre, 817 Saint Paul St., Baltimore. 8-10 p.m. Witness this musical revue that pays
tribute to the Black musicians that were a part of the Harlem Renaissance. The show will play from Feb. 3 to Feb. 12. $20. For more information: spotlighters.org.
‘Health First! The Black Woman’s Wellness Guide’ Book Tour Enoch Pratt Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore. 7-9 p.m.
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We Create the ‘History’ Our Children Will Remember This month, as America celebrates African Americans who most influenced our nation’s history, it is worth remembering that our “history” as a people has a very personal aspect. For the young people of our community, the adults who help them to learn and grow as human beings are the leaders they will most remember. An object lesson from our Congressman own time and community illustrates this truth. Elijah Cummings When I was young, the librarians at my local branch of the Enoch Pratt Library helped me realize my learning potential — transforming my life. Recently, this memory came back to me while the Pratt’s Dr. Carla Hayden and I joined some community leaders to pass the gift of learning on to some children of our own time. In 2001, Baltimore City’s budget constraints forced the closing of the Pratt’s Pimlico Branch Library. Another branch located on the far side of Northern Parkway became the closest place that young people from Pimlico could find free books to read and enjoy. Since that local closure, parents have been doing their best to pass on their love of reading to the children of Lower Park Heights. However, local community leaders decided that the children of their Baltimore neighborhood deserve something more. They decided to make some constructive Black History of their own. Working with the Park Heights Community Health Alliance (PHCHA) and its executive director, Mr. Willie Flowers, they agreed to create a book sharing and community reading center in the Weinberg AFYA Center located at 4151 Park Heights Ave. They named their planned learning center the “Mother Henrietta Lacks Reading Room and Community Book Share” for the local African-American woman whose “HeLa” cells
became the backbone of genetic research. Their development plan was both straightforward and comprehensive. PHCHA and the Weinberg AFYA Center would provide the space and supervision for the reading center — and their “community partners” would help them obtain the initial books and other publications that would make the Center a reality. With substantial help and other donations from the Library of Congress, the Lacks Family, Baltimore Reads, the Book Thing and Chesapeake Urology — as well as some books of my own — we were able to stock the Reading and Book-Share Room and open it for use by the community. This was the event last Nov. 5 that brought Dr. Hayden, Councilwoman Sharon Green Middleton and me to join other supporters of the Henrietta Lacks initiative at their opening. I share this story about a local reading and book sharing initiative for an important reason. The librarians and books that helped me at the Pratt Library as a child did something more than teach me history and
With the release of Red Tails, the nation’s attention has focused once again on the courageous African American pilots of World War II who battled German aces while enduring countless racial indignities in the U.S. military. But as the Tuskegee Airmen have finally begun to receive longoverdue recognition and honor, it is equally important for us to remember a freedom fighter who vigorously opposed the initial plan to train black pilots under segregated conditions. Thurgood Marshall, the top NAACP attorney during the Great War, was incensed when he first learned about the possibility of a segregated air squadron to be trained at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, and in January 1941 he asked his good friend William Hastie – an esteemed black attorney serving as the civilian aide to Secretary of War Henry Stimson – to help kill the plan. Hastie was sympathetic but powerless, and the War Department sped ahead in spite of Marshall’s protests. That was no surprise. Although Stimson and top generals had publicly stated that black soldiers were inferior to whites in their ability to handle the modern weapons of war, they were also pragmatists who needed more pilots in the fight for democracy abroad. Marshall and the NAACP continued their own fight by releasing a press statement characterizing the Tuskegee plan as a blatant example of the “undemocratic and un-American
practice of segregation of the Negro.” Marshall also dared to suggest that black pilots trained under segregated conditions would never be adequately trained for battle. It was a hard sell. The chance to see young African American men climb out of trenches and into cockpits was a dream come true for those who had witnessed the brutal and dehumanizing treatment of black soldiers in World War I. Leading African Americans were also far from supportive. Charles Hamilton Houston, Thurgood’s mentor and former boss at the NAACP, had long thought that “asking for integration in the Army without segregation” would accomplish “little more than pointing out the ideal.” Far more effective, he said, would be to ensure the incorporation of black soldiers “into all branches of the armed forces, whether we have to accept segregated units or not.” Houston’s advice: Deal with reality, Thurgood. But Marshall – who had lobbied Secretary Stimson to admit blacks into an integrated Army Air Corps as early as August 1940 – could not even stomach the thought of supporting a segregated training facility, especially one based at Tuskegee, whose founder, Booker T. Washington, had once suggested that blacks could best pursue their rights not by seeking redress through the courts but by working hard, becoming educated, and strengthening personal character within the system of segregation. Marshall ridiculed the argument that separate could be equal, and he also claimed that those who accommodated to
“…we should recognize that the women and men who are lifting up our children today are just as important to those children as the heroes and heroines of our historical past.” English and math. They helped me define myself as a human being. This is why, as we celebrate our history this month, we should recognize that the women and men who are lifting up our children today are just as important to those children as the heroes and heroines of our historical past. I still remember the academic lessons that I learned at the Pratt Library so long ago. I also remember the people who helped me. They became role models for my life. That is why I am so hopeful that this new chapter in Park Heights’ history will offer the same inspiration to the
neighborhood’s children that I received as a child — the same, life-long love of learning. This month, the Mother Henrietta Lacks Reading Room and Book Share will begin an expanded program of book clubs, readings by local authors, after-school tutoring and “movies with a message.” Interested parents should call 410-542-8190. In other Baltimore neighborhoods that also lack a nearby library branch, community leaders may wish to consider adopting the Park Heights model for their own children. They should know that the Surplus Book Program of the Library of Congress (the same program that provided nearly 600 books to the Park Heights initiative) is open to all Section 501(c) non-profit organizations, as well as to existing libraries and schools. I urge interested non-profit organizations to contact my special assistant, Hope Williams, at 410-685-9199 for more information. The Black History that we are celebrating this month is not limited to the heroes and heroines of our past. It should also be about those who are lifting us up today. As filmmaker Ken Burns once observed, our history is about the essential “...question of survival. Without any past, we will deprive ourselves of the defining impression of our being.” Congressman Elijah Cummings represents Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Red Tails and Black Justice: Thurgood Marshall’s Battle against Tuskegee Michael Long
Grant Marriage Rights, Not Rites When Governor O’Malley introduced the Civil Marriage Protection Act of 2012, faith leaders from many denominations enthusiastically stood by him in support. As ordained ministers, we do as well. Under the Governor’s proposal, no church or religious institution would have to marry a gay couple. In other words, nothing changes from the way things are now. We have refused to marry straight couples in the past, and will continue to do so in the future even if same-sex marriage becomes law. So, we say to our concerned congregants: Your church isn’t going to be forced to perform gay nuptials. Our gay and lesbian people are not asking to marry in a church that does not embrace their belief or culture. They’re asking for the right to go down to the courthouse and obtain
Rev. Angela Shepherd and Rev. Starlene Burns
a marriage license. This right is the only thing the Governor’s proposed legislation creates, nothing more and nothing less. But what happens in church is not really what this debate is all about. Gays and lesbians are asking to be able to go down to the courthouse for a marriage license, which is the only thing the Governor’s legislation calls for. Committed and loving gay and lesbian couples want to give their kids the legal protections that marriage offers. Currently, children in straight households live under one set of laws while
“We are all children of God, and every child deserves to be protected equally in the eyes of the law.” the children of gay families live under another set of laws. That’s wrong. We are all children of God, and every child deserves to be protected equally in the eyes of the law. People understand that marriage builds a family, but they
segregation – as the Tuskegee Institute did when it contracted with the U.S. Army Air Corps to help train black pilots in its segregated setting – simply perpetuated a system that routinely denied equal justice under law to any and all African Americans. Marshall lost the Tuskegee battle, of course, but he did not stop fighting the war for racial justice. He avoided the draft with all his might, but the NAACP attorney tirelessly protested the murders of black soldiers in the South, defended blacks unjustly court-martialed, called for the integration of the blood supply for wounded soldiers, demanded the integration of convalescent hospitals run by the Army Air Corps, and continued to lobby for the desegregation of the entire U.S. military. There is no movie about Marshall’s purist resistance; nor is he mentioned anywhere in Red Tails. That’s a shame, especially given the overwhelming evidence that Marshall’s principled refusal to accommodate to segregation – as witnessed in his successful legal campaigns against discrimination in housing, education, and the voting booth – has done more to pilot this country toward racial justice than any accommodating tactics ever have. Michael G. Long teaches at Elizabethtown College and is the editor of ‘Marshalling Justice: The Early Civil Rights Letters of Thurgood Marshall’ (Amistad/Harper Collins).
also comprehend that couples don’t decide to get married for the rights and benefits. Straight, gay and lesbian couples choose to marry because they value commitment, love and companionship. Marriage is about two loving individuals standing up and making a public promise of lifelong commitment and responsibility. This is why the government should make way for stronger families through marriage. Our understanding of scripture is that God loves and embraces us all. We are called by this compassionate God to ensure the promise of love and equality under the law for all families. Let’s do right by our gay and lesbian neighbors, friends, family and co-workers - and their kids. It’s time for all families to be treated equally under the law. It’s time for marriage equality. The Rev Canon Angela Shepherd of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org. The Rev. Starlene Joyner-Burns, SJB Ministries, can be reached at email@example.com.
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During the fall of 1961, several young mothers met to discuss the possibility of forming a chapter of the Child Study Association. The group decided to form Spockettes, Child Study Group and elected officers. The goals of the organization were centered on the development of the child. During the 70’s, the group changed its focus and currently the group’s activities focus on current events and the members’ interests. The Spockettes celebrated the Golden Chain of Friendship with a Jazz Brunch at the Forum with mothers and their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren catching up with activities and achievements of their friends and enjoying each others’ company with laughter, smiles and fond recollections. Many photos were taken to capture the moments of the special closeness that permeated throughout the room. Bettye Fitzgerald, Judith Fitzgerald, Betty Fitzgerald is president of the Spockettes; Audrey Davis, Kay Davis Cardrienne Griffin is vice president. Photos by A. Lois De Laine, Ed.D.
Memories, reflections, sincere cordiality and well wishes courted each alumni “DUCK,” enthusiastic friends, teachers, administration, civic and community leaders and dignitaries as the Historic Frederick Douglass High School Alumni Association presented its annual Alumni Honors and Recognitions Benefit Gala. The festive spirit was evident through conversation, reminiscing, dancing and enjoying the scrumptious cuisine at The Forum Caters. Engrossed in the theme, “Lest We Forget,” and remembering the motto, “Pride, Dignity and Excellence,” many alumni and classes were honored and remembered as they listened to outstanding accomplishments of alumni and the music of the FDHS Alumni Jazz combo and vocalist Toyanna Earl. Among those honored were Mable Janet Smith, 1924; Coach Class of June 1951 graduates, Lester Marsden Rawlings, 1944; Dr. Kenneth Mosley, 1966 and all Buster, Frances Gill, and Jo Ellen Lofton classes ending in “1.” Mrs. Mabel Janet Smith is 106 years old and was recognized for being the oldest living graduate living in Baltimore. The proceeds from this event will provide scholarships for Douglass graduates.
Imani Utsey, Richard Utsey, Stephanie Shelton, Alice Shelton, Teryal Shelton, Ethan Shelton, Peggy Moore, Daryl Shelton
Betty Dorsey, William A. Dorsey, June ‘1956
Lindsay Cox, Judge Sylvester Cox, Iris Reeves, Joy Carter, Judith Cox, Erin Cox
Officers Bettye Fitzgerald, Cardrienne Griffin, Shirley Robinson, Shirley Montgomery, Cherry Blackwell, Juanita Morton
Class of 1941 graduates are Edna Ruff, Alice Clash, Thelma Kelley, and Jacqueline Owings
Dr. Kenneth D. Mosely, 1966, honoree
Rev. Dr. Richard T. Adams, ‘50 gave the invocation
Ruth B. Hunt, Monica Hunt, Dr. Edward Hunt
Rose Hillery Jones, F’47 conducted the memorial to the late graduates
Drs. Calvin and Gretta Burnett
Wendy Ghant Dukes, Shirley Swafford, Dr. Jacqueline Williams
William Brent ‘44
Marie Bessicks with son Clyde Bessicks
Former YMCA instructor, Wilbur Cooke is congratulated by former students, Dr. J. Laws Nickens and E. Gaines Lansey Sherrill Campbell, Eugenia Douglass, Glenn Blackwell, Wayne Stewart, Shirley Stewart, Phil Stewart, Karen Stewart
The Martin Luther King Jr. D.C. Support Group, founded in 1972, held its 40th Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Md. Under the leadership of its president, Beverly Griggs and the planning committee, guests were treated to an afternoon of celebration, fine cuisine and various recognitions, all topped off with a high energy, high tempo fashion show that wowed the audience as the models sashayed Members of the MLK DC Support Group. up and down the runway. Using as a theme, “In the spirit of Unity and Service, Remember! Celebrate! Act!” the hundreds of guests were able pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and celebrate the October opening of the MLK MOM’ N’ EM step team, Helen Lee, director; Recycled teenagers! Memorial.
Presentation of Humanitarian Award to the Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery, SCLC, accepted by Nathan A. Saunders, president, Washington, Teachers Union.
Humanitarian Awards given to Harry Johnson, president & CEO, King Memorial accepted by James Simmons, finance manager, King Foundation executive staff.
Mistress of ceremonies, Micheline Bowman, Fox 5 News (1st row, far left) ; Andrew Finein, George Mason High School; Geovonye Parker, DuVal High School; Edwin Musibira, Woodrow Wilson, Senior High School; Joan Douglas Jordan, recording sec.; Yvonne Howerton , treasurer; Beverly Griggs, president; Yvonne Brown, financial sec; Ron Magnus, chairman of the board and Joyce Feaster, board member.
Podium participants: Wyonette Brown, 1st vice president;
Mabel Janet Smith, ‘1924, is 106 years old and the oldest graduate February 4, 2012 living in Baltimore City
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The Afro American Newspaper along with WKYS Radio station hosted an advance screening of Red Tails, the historic saga of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. An over flow crowd of movie goers came to the Regal Gallery Place theater in northwest, Washington, DC to view this epic movie and have a chance to meet two Tuskegee Airmen, Ciscero Satterfield and William Fauntroy Jr. who were in attendance along with Tuskegee Airmen, Jerry “Hawk” Burton. The Tuskegee Airmen were dedicated, committed individuals who enlisted to become America’s first Black military “airmen”… who came from all parts of the country.
Everyone wanted to get into a photo with a Tuskegee Airman.
Tanya Henman, Yvonne Goldeen and Angela Tindle
Army ROTC cadets from Howard University connecting with the Tuskegee Airmen.
Yvonne Howerton, treasurer; Gwen Johnson, president CWA Union and CBTU; Carmen Johnson, president, Katie Able Foundation; Joyce Feaster, Local 639 Retiree; Joan Douglas Jordan, recording sec.; Dr. Dorothy Shaw, chair, NCNW and Beverly Griggs, president, MLK DC Support Group.
Debbie DuCrea, Miss Senior Classic DC; Kenneth Hamilton, vice president, Teamster Local 639 Retirees Chapter and guest; Dr. Helen V. Tate, founder, past president; Julia Marshall, Marshall Mark Funeral Home; Randall Eley, president, Edgar Lomax Co. Courtesy photos
Ciscero Satterfield, an original Tuskegee Airman with his daughter (far right) and grand children.
Tuskegee Airmen Ciscero Satterfield and William Fauntroy Jr.
Sierra Hadley, Miss DC Teen USA, Monique Thompkins, Miss DC USA, and Russ Parr/ Russ Parr Morning Show, WKYS FM Radio and Amina Gilyard.
DC Policeman meeting Edgar Brookins, Afro American Newspaper and Jerry “Hawk” Burton, East Coast Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen. Photo by Rob Roberts
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“The potential of the average person is like a huge ocean un-sailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities waiting to be released and channeled toward some great good.” Brian Tracy I asked is this the beginning of the 2012 holiday season or the end of the 2011 holiday parties as I attended another January holiday party. Que-ettes Karen Berkley, Rosemary Duchess Atkinson, Ivy Smith, Leah Hasty, Carolyn Jones, Yvonne Archer, Mary Ervin, Donyelle Best and members, hosted the party at the Omega Psi Phi house. The beautifully decorated room with Christmas themed tables and the scrumptious holiday menu with all the trimmings was a wonderful accent for line dancing and mingling with friends. “I see the lights, I see the party lights” We arrived dressed to the nines in evening gowns, tuxedos, cocktail suits and beautiful smiles at the Eutaw Street mansion of George and Sarah Wallace. Guests came from DC, New Jersey and New York creating a lively discussion about the annual January “last holiday” party for 2011 or the first party of 2012. Everyone agreed it’s one of the grandest parties of the season. The twinkling lights encouraged guests to dance, eat and chat until the “wee small hours” Enjoying the festive evening where Comptroller Joan Pratt, Audrey Quarles, Susan Parker, Jackie Robinson, Bill Brown, Errol & Debbie Taylor, Gaines Lansey, Pat Tunstall, Brenda Baker, Claudia McKee, Leroy Jackson, Pat Thomas, Yvonne West, Victor Green, Robert White, Michelle Burroughs, Victor Holliday and Jimmy Jones. “Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” Henry Van Dyke “Get on the bus Gus” The two busloads travelling to New York to see the Broadway production of Lion King with beaming granny Yvonne Archer where grandson, Baltimorean Judah Bellamy was making his debut as Young Simba. “The poor man is not he who is without a cent, but he who is without a dream.” Harry Kemp Proud parents Avon and Bernita Bellamy said Judah realized his longtime dream with his Broadway debut. He has starred in The Wiz, A Raisin in the Sun and performed with Johns Hopkins’ Unified Voices. “We are what we repeatedly do; excellence then is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle Certified bridge instructor, director Regena Edwards will have more time to finesse her game now that she has retired from her successful career at SSA. “You go into the disease as one person and come out of it as a different person. It has changed my perspective on everything. Things that used to upset me no longer do.” Grete Waitz Christopher Lyles’ jubilant arrival at BWI airport where family and friends anxiously awaited to greet him as he returned from Stockholm, Sweden after a successful stem cell operation to remove cancerous tumors from his trachea was a celebration of a new lease on
life for Christopher. Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain. Vivian Green Christopher said the reason he had this procedure, which is not authorized in the United States, using synthetic material and his own stem cells was that “I wanted to see my fouryear-old-daughter Erin get married, have kids. I want to be there for all of that. It’s not for me, it’s for her.” A person who performs good karma (deeds) is always held in high esteem.”Rig Veda “If I can help somebody” The continuous monetary support from family, friends and strangers made this journey a reality. Please make a donation in Christopher’s name at www.helphopelive.org to help defray his medical bills. “What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” Pericles Our condolences to Marshall Booze on the death of his mom Dorothy Booze; Daphne Clash on the death of her husband Clarence “Sonny” Clash; Beryl Johnson on the death of her aunt Vickie Johnson and Wendell ‘Pete’ France and family on the death of mom Kathleen France. “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.” Erma Bombeck The beautiful celebration of the life of my friend Barbara Davis, wife of Dr. Billy Davis, mom of Candace and Mark and sister of Laura Knight represented the sweet spirit that permeated Barbara’s life. “There’s a sweet, sweet spirit in this place and I know it’s the spirit of the Lord” Conway Twitty The memorial tribute and Indian song performed by Chief Lance Gumbs, vice president of the National Congress of American Indians and Chief of the Shinnecock Reservation told of Barbara’s visits to the reservation and how she encouraged him to run for chief, representing 555 tribes. “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” Albert Einstein Duda’s tavern is sponsoring Save Lady Maryland Day Feb. 18, featuring beer specials. Proceeds will benefit the Living Classrooms Foundation. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing, that’s why we recommend it daily.” Zig Ziglar Happy birthday to community activist, the Rev. Willie Ray, celebrating Feb. 4 at Conehead on Howard Street, Dorothy Williams mother of Diane Hocker Afro director of Community and Public Relations, Father Gerald Collins, Reggie Haysbert and Carolyn Stepney. It’s your birthday make some noise! I’ll be seeing you! Valerie and the Friday Night Bunch
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Lea Gilmore: Cultivating “Baltimore Voices” at Franklin Square Elementary and Middle School Gospel and Blues Singer to Perform in Upcoming Baltimore Concert For the past 15 years, Lea Gilmore has been sharing her voice with the world as a gospel and blues singer, African American music authority, and civil and human rights lecturer, while balancing the duties of working mom, wife and civic activist in Baltimore. Now, fresh off of a tour of concerts and lectures in Siberia, the internationally acclaimed songstress is back home preparing to launch a music program she developed for middle-schoolers and for a rare performance before a hometown audience. “After taking music to children around the world, I decided it was time to bring it to the kids at home,” Gilmore reflects. Having conducted a feasibility study, gained the support of friends at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center, Creative Alliance and Arts Every Day, and selected Franklin Square Elementary and Middle School as the pilot school, Gilmore is ready to unveil Baltimore Voices. She describes the project as a vocal arts, choral and spoken word program that’s designed to engage students looking for the opportunity to make a difference through the arts.
“I called it Baltimore Voices because I want them to sing, but I also wanted them to learn to develop their own ‘voice’… There are some pockets of wonderful opportunities, like OrchKids, but there’s no real vocal music, except at the high school level, like City College Choir. I wanted to work with middle school students who are the most at danger – most at risk for retention and other things,” says Gilmore. She says there will be no audition process. Instead, those students who express an enthusiasm for music and have the desire to participate will become “the voices.” If all goes as planned, students will experience their first session of Baltimore Voices before the end of January. As if launching Baltimore Voices, working as a non-profit consultant and contributing as cultural correspondent for the Marc Steiner Radio Show are not enough to keep her busy, Gilmore is also preparing for an upcoming Baltimore concert – a concert about which she is extremely excited. “I hardly ever get to perform at
Morgan State to Premiere August Wilson’s ‘Jitney’ By AFRO Staff The emotional trials and tribulations of Black taxi cab drivers during the post civil rights era will come alive on Feb. 9 as Morgan State University’s Theatre Morgan presents Jitney. The play explores the lives of several AfricanAmerican taxi drivers living in Pittsburgh during the 1970s. Dwelling in an era fresh off the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam war, the “jitneys,” or unlicensed chauffeurs chiefly served the Hill District – a Black neighborhood where traditional taxis would not travel. The production was directed by Theatre Morgan’s Shirley Basfield Dunlap. Penned by late playwright August Wilson, Jitney was a part of Wilson’s series of 10 plays that was entitled the “Pittsburgh Cycle.” Each was set in a different decade and depicted the comic and tragic aspects of the African American experience in the 20th century. Wilson ultimately received two Pulitzer Prizes for the series. “Sesame Street” star Roscoe Orman portrays Becker, the cab company boss in the production. In addition to appearing on
the PBS series for over 35 years, Orman has also appeared on “All My Children,” “Law and Order,” “Sex and the City” and “The Wire,” among many other T.V. shows and films. “Having Mr. Orman work with our students and alumni as a guest artist in residence for four weeks represents an awesome opportunity for them to participate in a signature production with an actor of his caliber,” Dunlap said in a statement. Dunlap previously directed Orman in the production of FENCES at the Madison Repertory Theatre in Wisconsin. Seven performances are scheduled including a discounted morning matinee on Feb. 9 and an evening preview at 7:30 p.m. Each matinee will be followed by a post performance discussion. Additionally, Theatre Morgan will also provide study guides for teachers to use before and after their students view the play. ‘Jitney’ will premiere on Feb. 9 at the Gilliam Concert Hall in the Murphy Arts Center and will run through Feb. 12. Tickets are $10-$25. For more information and to purchase tickets, call: 443-885-4440.
home. So, I’m very excited about the concert. It will be the first time that I’ve sung before a home crowd, in a very long time,” she exclaims. She will perform Friday, February 3, at Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church, 6200 North Charles Street, in The Common Ground on the Hill Baltimore Concert Series. For ticket information, go to http:// www.commongroundonthehill.org/ concertticketsList.html.
Music Community to Celebrate Rambling Rose By Valerie Fraling Special to the AFRO Native Baltimorean Rosa “Rambling Rose” Pryor-Trusty is being honored for 53 years in the entertainment business at a star-studded event sponsored by international musician Winfield Parker. I contacted Winfield to ask why he decided to honor our friend Rosa Pryor Trusty, a legend both locally and nationally in the music industry for more than four decades. He said, “I thought someone should step up to the plate and do something for Rosa who has helped me over the years. I wanted to do something for her; she has helped a lot of people and she deserves to be honored.” Rosa started her musical career as a singer, songwriter and musician, playing saxophone and piano with Little Johnny and the Twilights, a group she founded. On tour, Rosa and the Twilight’s were the opening acts for great performers such as The Shirelles, The Chantels, Ruby & the Romantics, Jimi Hendrix and Sam Cooke. “Ramblin’ rose, ramblin’ rose why you ramble, no one knows. Wild and wind-blown, that’s how you’ve grown. Who can cling to a ramblin’ rose?” In the late ‘50’s Rosa was the opening act for the great Nat King Cole, who called her “Rambling Rose” because of the exotic sexy red gowns she wore and the long stem red roses she gave her audience. She later adopted Rambling Rose as her trade name. I asked Rosa why she got into the entertainment industry. She said “to tell you the truth, I don’t know; it was like a calling. I just started out singing with records that my father would play on the RCA Victor record player; you know the one that you would wind up with a handle and put the arm over on the record, placing the needle just so on the edge of these gigantic records 78s.” She said she learned, from five years old, to sing every record her father played. “As a teenager, I stood on the corner with friends like, Cadillac Tank, Bryce Peterson and other guys and we did doo wop and harmonized songs from the 50’s. It was as if it were in my blood. I couldn’t help myself. I just love to sing.” She said, as a promoter with the help of friends in the radio industry, Kelson “Chop-
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Chop” Fisher, Al Jefferson, Dell Edwards, Rockin’ Robin, Fat Daddy, Bob Dockins, Larry Dean, Sir Johnny O and “Hoppy” Adams, she was able to book her bands along the east coast. She recorded a song entitled “Thank you Mr. DJ” that she wrote in honor of those who helped her get started. Since the 60’s Rosa has managed and produced musicians Winfield Parker, The Vandals, The Fabulous Friends, The Jewel Box Review, First Class, The Soft Tones, Julius Brockington Trio, Bobby Star, Benny Johnson, Lady Rebecca, Nikki Cooper, Mickey Fields, Andy Ennis, Sir Thomas Hurley, Carlos Johnson, Bobby Ward, Tiny Tim Harris and Dennis Chambers and others throughout her career. Rosa, said after she received her entertainment license she was able to book national and international entertainers Sir Walter Jackson, Joe Tex, Sonny Till and the Orioles, The Clovers, Richard “Groove” Holmes, Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes, The Drifters, The Swallows, Philippe Wynn, Wild Man Steve, Millie Jackson, Stanley Turrentine, Jimmy McGriff, Peg Leg Bates and Jack McDuff. “Give me my flowers while I yet live” I asked Rambling Rose how she felt being recognized by her peers and she said; “Well, Valerie, I am truly grateful, surprised and humble. I never thought after all these years, that my peers would remember me this way. I figured that a lot of them, who are still alive, would show up at my funeral, but to give me my roses while I can still smell them, the thought has never cross my mind. But Damn! It is a great feeling!” She said, “Who would of thought that after six husbands, four children, eight sisters and brothers,15 grandchildren and 22 great-grand’s, that I would be honored by my musician friends. I never thought my musician family loved me this much.” Having known of Rosa and her philanthropic endeavors over the years, it was no surprise that when most people are thinking of retiring, she didn’t rest on her accomplishments but established the Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund in 1991, to provide money for aspiring musicians, ages 5-17, recognizing that these students not only needed her love and guidance to tone their vocal and instrumental talents, but also some dollars. The event in Rambling Rose’s honor will be held 5-9 p.m., Feb. 12 at The Forum Caterers, 4510 Primrose Ave. Call Parker’s Barbershop, 410-358-9661 or William “Shorty” Trusty at 410-833-9474 for more information and for tickets.
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The unseasonably mild temperatures have lulled many into wishing for an early spring, but forecasters predict harsher temperatures are just ahead. This has presented the perfect opportunity for one Northwest Baltimore church to help warm the hearts and shoulders of Baltimore citizens. “Our lives are enriched by the blessings we share in helping others,” said Billie Jo McKinney, first lady of Macedonia Baptist Church of Baltimore City, as she helped pass out blankets to Baltimore’s most vulnerable citizens, children and families who are homeless. It was only the week before that the Rev. Darron McKinney urged church congregants to bring new blankets to be donated, as part of their on-going community outreach service. The following Sunday they collected over 150 blankets and all were given away to anyone who needed them. “Churches are entrusted to ensure our spiritual health, but in these tough economic times, we must also help those who are struggling to meet even their basic needs,” said Rev. McKinney. The effort drew large crowds at the corner of Centre Street and Fallsway as people gathered to meet Macedonia members and receive their warm gifts. Macedonia is planning a very active schedule of outreach initiatives to include youth focused outreach, family engagement
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activities and a series of economic empowerment workshops. The Rev. Tyrone Queen, associate minister commented, “My heart was overjoyed to see the outpouring of support from Macedonia members, and to witness the profound gratitude of those who received these acts of kindness. We look forward to doing more in and around our community.” Macedonia Baptist Church of Baltimore City which stands on the corner of Lafayette and Freemont Avenue has been serving the community for more than 137 years. Among its many outreach services, the church also provides Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings every Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The church also provides a food pantry service and it’s Clothes Closet, which provides free clothing on the second and third Wednesdays of each month, and bible studies are held weekly at noon and at 7pm on Wednesdays. All are welcome to take advantage of any of these services. For more information, contact Macedonia Baptist Church at 410-669-5776.
Singing Sensations Provide a ‘Diverse Experience With Music’ By Felecia Diggs Special to the AFRO
Members of the Doorkeeper Ministry of Emmanuel Church are, from left, Robin Gibson, Cora Shird, Diane Hocker, Sheron Thomas, Patricia Mathis, Leola Atkinson, Sindy Jenkins, Antoinette Douglas, Sheilah Fields and Elizabeth Johnson. AFRO Staff The Doorkeeper Ministry of Emmanuel Church has recently celebrated 77 years of service and delight in what they do. They understand that they are the first line of love so hospitality is their ministry and their 10 active members greet members and visitors in just that way. They also keep order so worship can proceed without distraction. Their goal is to know everyone by name. In addition to in-house ministry, they take on outreach. One of their annual projects is partnership with the AFRO’s Mrs. Santa campaign which encompasses adopting a family and supplying gifts and needs in an abundant way. Sheilah Fields is president and Antoinette Douglas is vice president.
Though they’ve been around for about nine years, many Baltimoreans have not experienced this “pearl” of a musical group called the Singing Sensations Youth Choir. One wonders why that is since they have sung up and down the east coast and Canada, including having appeared with the melodious Melba Moore in Delaware, in the church of gospel’s great – Shirley Caesar, and before President Barack Obama. Most recently, this great aggregation of Courtesy photo approximately 63 children, ages 4-18, appeared at the inauguration Young singers are taking their music to Trinidad in May. of Mayor Stephanie RawlingsBlake. Under the direction of Dr. Hollie Hood-Mincey, who founded the group when she was a music instructor in the Baltimore City School System, they are not simply another gospel choir, since their repertoire consists of such themes as the “Evolution of Black Music,” “Motown,” as well as choral, patriotic and pop songs. Not that the choir shies away from gospel tunes, but the children are having a diverse experience with music, which is one of the goals of Dr. Hood-Mincey, a Morgan University classmate of Darin Atwater, founder and conductor of the Soulful Symphony. She created this group with those considered “at-risk” youth to give them “the opportunity to see the world through music,” according to Dr. Hood-Mincey. And they are well on their way to fulfilling that dream. During their annual spring break tour (March 31 – April 9 this year), the children will be singing throughout a number of southern states, to include a stop at Universal Studios and culminating in a trip to Trinidad in May. How does a singing group like this get to sing in so many places? Well, it hasn’t been easy for them, since besides a few fund raisers like selling candy, Dr. Hood-Mincey has given of her means, as well as skill and love to these children. Many times, she has provided a safe place to sleep and healthy meals in her own home for her young members. This is not just a singing group to Dr. Hood-Mincey, who is grateful to the parents who volunteer and her husband. “We have all kinds of kids with all kinds of problems,” Dr. Hood-Mincey said, “who are positively changed through their experience traveling around singing. Music continues to strengthen many areas of these children’s development, such as memory and concentration, physical coordination, language skills, self-confidence and self-discipline, to name a few.” The Sensations founder said the needs grow, as do the children, as they stretch their professional muscles with more travel. “There are traveling expenses for a group of young people this size along with our assistants; Patrick Brown, a New Jersey elementary school teacher and musician; and Howard “Buddy” Lakins, a well known musician. The Singing Sensations will be in concert for Black History Month, 5 p.m., Feb. 26 at the First apostolic Faith Church, 27 S. Caroline St. For more information and for tickets call 443-622-4994. If you would like to be a financial supporter, please contact Dr. Hollie Hood-Mincey firstname.lastname@example.org or 443-622-4994.
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AFRO Sports Desk Faceoff: Who Will Win Super Bowl XLVI? By Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley AFRO Sports Desk How could anyone forget the classic Super Bowl XLII matchup between the underdog New York Giants and the then-undefeated New England Patriots? A true thriller resulted in a 17-14 Giants victory, as New York turned Vegas upside down with perhaps the biggest upset in the Super Bowl since Joe Namath’s 1969 Jets topped the Baltimore Colts. Lucky for football fans, the Patriots and Giants are set to duel for the championship for the second time in five seasons. The AFRO’s Perry Green believes it’s New England’s Super Bowl to lose. His colleague, Stephen D. Riley, thinks the opposite, in favor of the Giants. Who’ll win Super Bowl XLVI? The AFRO Sports Desk debates. Green: With a chance to match Joe Montana’s record for Super Bowl wins, Tom Brady won’t flinch. He wants to get to four titles just to guarantee he’ll never be left out of the “greatest quarterback ever” talk,
and to sprinkle in a little revenge against the Giants. I can’t see Brady not being prepared to dissect and dismember the Giants defense. New York’s pass rush is fierce, no doubt, but they have an extremely generous secondary if the opposing quarterback has time to throw. This opposing quarterback is Brady, a guy who rarely, if ever, gets touched. I like the Pats by at least 10 points. Riley: New England’s offensive line does a masterful job at protecting Brady and he, in turn, does an equally impressive job of showing patience and precision as he can attack a defense with both short and long passes. But New York’s pass rush is one of the most feared in the NFL, and for good reason. The Giants defensive front is deep enough to rotate eight equally talented players, allowing New York to never miss a beat. The Giants have guys sitting on their bench that would be star sack artists on other clubs. No team in the league can bring to the table what New York does in terms of rushing the passer. And that’s the reason why they’ll
top New England. Green: I’m not so much concerned with New York’s pass rush, especially considering that New England just escaped Denver and Baltimore, two defenses that had strong regular seasons. Brady isn’t just a quarterback, he’s a chess player and he’ll counter the Giants rush with audible run plays. What Brady does offensively, puts so much pressure on opposing teams psychologically that they often find themselves exerting everything they have to match the Patriots’ offensive production. Giants quarterback Eli Manning knows he is going to have to engineer some scoring drives and the league knows Manning can be prone to mistakes when trying to force things. Riley: To me, if Manning forces anything it’s really not going to matter anyway. New England’s defense is one of the least impressive in the NFL and Manning has been having a career year. With all this talk about Brady, it’s about time you mentioned Eli. New England couldn’t stop anything that
Baltimore ran against them, especially in the second half of the AFC Championship. Now pitted against Manning and a terrific band of receivers, New England could be walking into a shootout. The Giants pass rush combined with the Patriots lack of a pass rush is going to be New England’s undoing. Green: New England’s defense has been bad all year, yet they’re still representing the AFC in the Super Bowl. They know how to compensate for an average unit. New York’s offense is good, but let’s not mistake them for the record-setting 2007 Patriots. They can be tempered. The Pats have a defense that’s good enough to slow the Giants and most importantly, they have Brady. Riley: When it comes to picking a Super Bowl winner, I like to go with the more balanced team. The Giants have an elite defense—or at least they’ve been playing like it the last few weeks—and an elite quarterback. Easy pick for me: expect the Giants to dethrone the favored Patriots, again.
Ravens Hire Jim Caldwell, 4th Black to Reach Super Bowl By AFRO Staff
Jim Caldwell, the fourth African-American head coach to appear in an NFL Super Bowl, has made Baltimore, Md. his new home after recently joining the coaching staff of the Baltimore Ravens. Caldwell was named the new quarterbacks coach for the Ravens, the team announced on Jan. 30. The Ravens made the hire after Caldwell was fired from his head coaching position with the Indianapolis Colts. He had served as head coach for the Colts from the 2009 season through 2011, leading Indy to the Super Bowl during his first year. But Colts’ ownership decided to clean house and rebuild after longtime franchise star Peyton Manning went down with a seasonending neck injury last year, causing the team to win only two games during the 2011 season. Caldwell told reporters he’s excited about the new coaching opportunity in Baltimore. “I am really excited to work with [Ravens head coach John] Harbaugh, [Ravens offensive coordinator ] Cam [Cameron] and the rest of the coaching staff,” said Caldwell, the only Black
head coach to reach the Super Bowl besides Tony Dungy, Lovie Smith and Mike Tomlin. “It’s a great fit for me, and I’m happy they saw it that way. I can’t wait to get started with the Ravens, an organization that from top to bottom is one of the NFL’s best. I’m looking forward to coming to Baltimore.” Before taking over as head coach in 2009, Caldwell had served as the Colts quarterbacks coach from 2002-’08, helping develop Manning into an elite passer. He’ll now focus on helping Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco advance to a higher level of efficiency. “After spending considerable time with Jim over the last week, we think he will be an excellent fit with our team, coaching the quarterbacks and helping with our offense,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said in a statement. “We believe he enhances our staff. Jim has a tremendous history coaching at the college and pro level, especially working with quarterbacks and providing help with offenses. The timing is right to add a quarterbacks coach after (offensive coordinator) Cam (Cameron) and Joe (Flacco) worked so closely and well together this year. It’s the right step for us now.”
Jenkins, Warner Lead Lady Pirates Past Morgan State HBCU Women’s Basketball – Hampton University vs. Morgan State University By Kevin Paige Special to the AFRO Jericka Jenkins scored a game-high 25 points and added a game-high eight assists, while Melanie Warner finished with 20 points to lead host Hampton to a 74-60 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) victory over Morgan State on Jan. 30 in an ESPNU televised game at the HU Convocation Center in Hampton, Va. Warner, who scored the Lady Pirates’ first eight points of the game, shot 7-of-12 from the floor, including 3-for-6 from three-point range and added six rebounds and three steals. Meanwhile, DeKeisha Mathis and Kierah Hicks provided the Lady Bears’ first 16 points. Mathis hit the game’s first three-pointer and after Hicks knocked down back-toback treys, Mathis followed with her second to bring the Lady Bears within 12-13 with 12:52 to play. Morgan State (6-15 overall, 3-5 MEAC) finally got scoring from someone else when Omara Parker’s basket capped off a 6-2 run by the Lady Bears to pull within 20-18 at the 7:02 mark. The hosts then responded with a 16-5 spurt the remainder of the half to take a 36-23 lead into the locker room. Hampton (16-4 overall, 8-1 MEAC) extended its lead to 16 points (50-34) with a 14-11 run to start the second stanza. The Lady Bears would respond with an 11-2 run, capped off by a three-pointer from Mathis to pull Morgan within seven points at 52-45 with 10:23 left to play. But Morgan State ran out of gas, as Hampton would held the Lady Bears scoreless for the next three and a half minutes, while going on a 10-0 spurt to up the deficit to 72-56 with a minute to play.
Hampton guard Jericka Jenkins scored a game-high 25 points as the Lady Pirates beat Morgan State on Jan. 30 before ESPNU televised audience.
Despite the outcome, the Lady Bears played pretty well on the road against a Hampton squad that was coming off its first MEAC loss of the season on Jan. 28 to Coppin State. Morgan State fought back from numerous double-digit deficits in the game, but settled for jump shots instead of attacking the basket, something that Coppin found helpful in going to the free throw line a stunning 44 times against the Lady Pirates in their own building. The Lady Bears went to the line just six times against Hampton, converting four of them, while Hampton had 20 attempts and knocked down 16 of them, which made the difference in the game. Morgan State also didn’t receive the bench production that it has throughout the season. Of the six reserves to play, only Parker, who finished with a team-high 20 points scored. Her 20 points helped the Lady Bears hold a slim 20-19 advantage in bench points. Turnovers didn’t help either, as the Lady Pirates forced 20 Morgan State turnovers, converting those into 32 points. Morgan State forced 11 Hampton turnovers and scored just nine points. Mathis, who entered the contest second in the MEAC in three-pointers made (53) behind Hampton’s McMillian (60), won the three-point battle, knocking down four three-pointers to finish with 16 points. McMillian finished with six points and hit one three-pointer. Mathis (57) now trails McMillian (61) by four three-pointers. Hicks finished with 12 points, 10 in the first half, while Monehsia Davis and Parker led Morgan State with seven rebounds apiece. Davis also recorded a team-high two steals, giving her 101 for her career. Behind a game-high 13 rebounds by McMillian and Keiara Avant, who came off the bench and grabbed 10 rebounds the Lady Pirates outrebounded Morgan State, 45-38. The Lady Bears return home for their second and final four-game homestand of the season. Morgan State will begin it with a Saturday match-up against cross-town rival Coppin State on Feb. 4th. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. at Hill Field House. It will be just the fifth home game this season for the Lady Bears.
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ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS TOWN OF OAKLAND GARRETT COUNTY, MARYLAND PROPOSED UPGRADES AT THE BROADFORD LAKE AND BRADLEY RUN WATER TREATMENT PLANTS
The selected low bidder will be required to submit complete DBE information as required in section MDE (1-32), to the Engineer within five (5) calendar days after Bid opening.
Sealed bids for the Upgrades at the Broadford Lake and Bradley Run Water Treatment Plants Project will be received by the Town of Oakland at their office located at 15 South Third Street, Oakland, Garrett County, Maryland, until 2:00 P.M., L.P.T., on March 1, 2012, for furnishing labor and materials and performing all Work set forth in the Contract Documents prepared by Thrasher Engineering, Inc. Immediately following the scheduled closing time for the reception of Bids, all proposals which have been submitted in accordance with the conditions of the Contract Documents will be publicly opened and read aloud. The main components of the project consists of the following: 1. Broadford Lake Water Treatment Plant: A. Addition of Baffles to the existing clearwell. B. Proposed Precast concrete baffled clearwell. C. Relocation of backwash outfall pipe. D. Pole Building over clarifiers. E. PH monitoring and chemical feed system. F. Backwash Retention Tanks and Building 2. Bradley Run Water Treatment Plant: A. Addition of Baffles to the existing clearwell. B. pH monitoring and chemical feed upgrades. The Work will be substantially completed within 180 calendar days after the date when the Contract Time commences to run, and completed and ready for final payment within 60 days after the date when the Contract Time commences to run. Liquidated damages shall be $1,500.00 per day. Contract Documents may be examined at the following places: Town of Oakland 15 South Third Street Oakland, MD 21550
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University of Maryland College Park, Maryland The Town of Oakland reserves the right to reject any and all bids. Bids received after the scheduled closing time for the reception of bids will be returned unopened to the bidders.
A pre-bid conference will be held atdireCtor the Town of Oakland located at 15 South assistant for CoMPlianCe Third Street, Oakland, Garrett County, Maryland, on Wednesday, February Position #117904 8, 2012 at 10:00 A.M., L. P. T.
The University of Maryland, College Park is currently seeking an Assistant Director (A.D.) for Compliance PEGGY JAMISON, MAYOR TOWN OF$580 OAKLAND to provide oversight and direction associated with approximately million of contracts and grants Thrasher Engineering, Inc. awarded for sponsored research funding. 3000 Thayer Center RESPONSIBILITIES: Oakland, MD 21550 In this role, you will provide guidance on financial compliance issues; recommend policy and procedure updates in accordance with relevant Federal2/3, and2/10 State regulations; perform periodic reviews of high-risk department processes and transactions; coordinate pertinent external audit and review requests; and partner with subject-matter experts for the development and delivery of compliance-related training. Additional information on responsibilities is available at jobs.umd.edu. QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree with five years of progressively responsible leadership in relevant functional areas in a complex organization; University setting is a plus. CPA certificate and/or an advanced degree are strongly preferred. Extensive understanding of regulations, policies and accounting principles related to federal contract and grant accounting, including concepts of cost allocation, allowability, and reasonableness are required. The ability to interact with all levels of campus administrators and external personnel, while working collaboratively in a decentralized environment, is critical. The candidate should show a history of “rolling up sleeves” to get the job done, particularly with respect to developing and delivering training programs. Effective communication, both orally and in writing, with a level of style, grammar, organization, and technical construction expected at a management level in a major research University is expected. TO APPLY: For best consideration, apply online at https://jobs.umd.edu by February 10, 2012. The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities and Women Are Encouraged to Apply.
Envelope No. 1 must have the following information presented on the front: Name and address of Bidder Bid on Upgrades at the Broadford Lake and Bradley Run Water Treatment Plants Received by the Town Oakland. Envelope No. 2 labeled “Bid Proposal” shall also be placed inside of Envelope #1. Envelope No. 1 will be opened first and the Bid Opening Requirement items checked for compliance as outlined on the Bid Opening Checklist on page BOR - 1 of these contract documents. If such documents are found to be in order, Envelope No. 2 “Bid Proposal”, will then be opened and will be publicly read aloud. If the documents required to be contained in Envelope No. 1 are not in order, Envelope No. 2 “Bid Proposal” will not be opened and the Bid will be considered non-responsive and will be returned to the Bidder. A Bidder may not withdraw his bid for a period of ninety (90) days after the date set for the opening of bids. Bids shall be accompanied by a certified check or Bid Bond payable to Town of Oakland, in an amount equal to five percent (5%) of the base Bid. Nondiscrimination in Employment - Bidders on this work will be required to comply with the President´s Executive Order Number 11246 and the provisions of Executive Order No. 10925 as included therein. The requirements for bidders and contractors under this order are explained in the specifications. Bidders must comply with the requirements for Affirmative Action and Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) participation as described in the Federal Specifications insert to the Contract Documents. Special provisions must be made by the Bidder to show what portions of the Bid within each
Bids received after the scheduled closing time for the reception of bids will be returned unopened to the bidders. The Town of Oakland reserves the right to reject any and all bids. A pre-bid conference will be held at the Town of Oakland located at 15 South Third Street, Oakland, Garrett County, Maryland, on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 10:00 A.M., L. P. T. PEGGY JAMISON, MAYOR TOWN OF OAKLAND
Thrasher Engineering, Inc. 3000 Thayer Center Oakland, MD 21550
SECTION AB ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Sealed bids will be received by the Town of Denton (herein called the “OWNER”) at the office of the Department of Public Works, 650 Legion Road, Denton, Maryland, until 2:00 p.m., local time, on March 8, 2012 and then at said location publicly opened and read aloud. DENTON WELL NO. 6 TOWN OF DENTON, MARYLAN DCONTRACT DURATION: 180 CALENDAR DAYS The work under this contract consists of construction of one (1) production well with a 75HP submersible pump, and associated electrical controls, approximately 38 feet of 8 diameter and 33 feet of 6 diameter DI water main, valves and appurtenances, site work, flow meters, chemical injection and new SCADA controls. A pre-bid meeting will be held at 10 a.m., local time, on February 23, 2012 at the Town of Denton Police Department, 100 North Third Street, Denton, Maryland to allow Contractors an opportunity to obtain information on the project from the Engineer and the Owner. Contract Documents may be examined, at the following locations: Denton Public Works 650 Legion Road Denton, Maryland 21629
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MD/Washington Minority Contractor´s Association 107 North Point Boulevard Suite 220 Baltimore, MD 21215 Copies of the Contract Documents may be obtained at the office of George, Miles and Buhr, LLC, 400 High Street , Seaford, DE 19973, upon payment of Sixty-five ($65.00) for each set, non-refundable. Checks made payable to George, Miles & Buhr, LLC. No Bidder may withdraw his bid within sixty (60) days after the actual date of the opening thereof. Each bid must be accompanied by a BID BOND payable to the “OWNER” for five (5) percent of the total amount of the bid. The right is reserved, as the interest of the Town of Denton may appear, to reject any and all bids, to waive any informalities in bids received, and to accept or reject any items of any bid. Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms, including Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) and Women Business Enterprises (WBE) are encouraged to respond. Contractors are required to provide a good faith effort in seeking DBE, MBE, and WBE Subcontractors. Certified Minority Business Enterprises are encouraged to respond to this solicitation notice. For additional information visit the MWQFA website: www.mde.state.md. us/wqfa. Any contract or contracts awarded under this Advertisement for Bids are expected to be funded in part by a loan and/or grant from the Maryland Department of the Environment. TOWN OF DENTON, E.O.E. SCOTT GETCHELL Dierctor of Public Works
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Complete sets of Drawings and Specifications may be obtained from the office of Thrasher Engineering, Inc., 3000 Thayer Center, Oakland, Maryland 21550 for the following cost of $150.00 per set. Amounts paid are not subject to refund. A two envelope system will be used.
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