Issuu on Google+ Volume 122 No. 40 May 10, 2014 - May 10, 2014, The Afro-American A1 $1.00 MAY 10, 2014 - MAY 16, 2014 Paulette Brown, America’s Top Lawyer Baltimore Native, Howard Graduate to Head ABA By Roberto Alejandro AFRO Staff Writer This August, another glass ceiling will be shattered when Paulette Brown begins her term as president-elect of the American Bar Association and becomes the first Register to Vote! Deadline June 3 INSIDE A6 Character Education Essay Winners B3 Taraji P. Henson’s Mother’s Day Tribute INSERTS • Walmart Listen to “First Edition” Black woman to at Howard, however, ever ascend to the she realized law, not position. social work, was Brown will serve her true vocation. as president-elect After graduating for one year before from Howard, Brown taking over as received her law president in August degree from the 2015. Seton Hall University Brown was School of Law, and raised in northwest has been practicing Courtesy Photo Baltimore as the law since 1976. Paulette Brown takes office daughter of two She is a partner in a in August 2015. working parents, New Jersey law firm Wilbur and Thelma where she specializes Brown, who protected her and kept in labor law, employment law and her so focused on her school work that commercial litigation. she said she had never even heard of “When I first started going to court marijuana until she reached college. and so forth,” said Brown, “I had Brown entered Howard University the usual experiences. ‘Are you the as a freshman with the intention of defendant? Are you the court reporter? becoming a social worker, knowing Are you the plaintiff? No? Well then, that she wanted to help people. Far who are you then?’ It never occurred from her mind was the possibility of to them that I could be the lawyer.” leading the 400,000-member ABA, Despite her election to the ABA’s which sets standards for lawyers and top post, she said she still faces such law schools throughout the country. assumptions. “It never occurred to me,” said “I’m still asked whether I’m Brown. a flight attendant,” she said. “As Over the course of that first year Continued on A3 Your History • Your Community • Your News As Coppin State University prepares to host a town hall style meeting to discuss the plight of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the West Baltimore institution embodies the mission of the HBCU and the systemic challenges they face. The event, scheduled for 6:30 p.m., May 13, will examine the implications of the Coalition for Excellence and Equity in Higher Education’s lawsuit against the state of Maryland. A subsequent ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Catherine Blake found the state in violation of the U.S. Constitution for operating a system of higher education still rooted in segregation. “The Coalition lawsuit gives us an opportunity to revisit an issue that has been a part of education from … Brown ( – An unprecedented surge of gatherings and rallies across the U.S. and abroad sparked by the kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian boarding school girls have made plain the growing anger and frustration of Nigerian and other women over inaction by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and his administration. After three weeks, little more than a call this week for an investigative committee has been accomplished. Since the rallies, May 3, photos of the impromptu events have appeared on Facebook and on blogs, widely exposing a story that received little press attention when the crime in the town of Chibot in the state of Borno, was initially reported. From Union Square in New York City to Oakland, Calif., women filled public plazas with hand-written signs that read “Bring Back Our Girls” “Nigeria the World is Watching” “200 Too Many” among others. Most of the Continued on A3 #BringBackOurGirls Courtesy Photo Incoming MSU student government association president, Kia Smith, addresses the students at Morgan State University’s protest rally. v. Board and before and we’re still dealing with that now the disparities that exist in higher education,” said Virletta Bryant, associate professor of social work at Coppin. Bryant is also the school’s faculty senate president, which has taken a leadership role in organizing the HBCU town hall meeting. “There still has not been enough done to close the gap between HBCU and traditionally White institutions. HBCU are still not at parity … whether you look at it from a capital perspective, whether you’re looking at it from a resource perspective whether you’re looking at it from a programmatic perspective,” Bryant said. “Understanding the lawsuit and the needs of Coppin requires one to understand the broader context and the history that shapes this current lawsuit.” Bryant argues the Coalition Continued on A4 Governor and Attorney General’s Housing Counselors Say Races Still Tumultuous ‘There’s Life After Foreclosure’ By Sean Yoes Special to the AFRO Perhaps the two races garnering the most attention statewide are the June 24th Democratic primaries for governor and attorney general. The environment, the minimum wage, education, the Maryland health exchange, and marijuana are among the issues of great interest in the 2014 race for governor, with three major candidates, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Del. Heather Mizeur, and Attorney General Doug Gansler. With less than a month before the primary, the general consensus seems to be that the race is Brown’s to lose; however, the inaugural Maryland Poll by St. Mary’s College of Maryland suggests the race still remains unsettled. The poll has Brown with 27 “With less than a month before the primary the general consensus seems to be that the race is Brown’s to lose …” Join the AFRO on Twitter and Facebook Special to Trice Edney News from Global Information Network HBCU Town Hall: What’s At Stake? By Sean Yoes Special to the AFRO Join Host Sean Yoes  Sunday @ 8 p.m. on 88.9 WEAA FM, the Voice of the Community. Nigerian Women Lead Rallies for Their ‘Missing Girls’ Worldwide percent support, followed by Gansler at 11 percent and Mizeur with 8 percent. However, a majority 54 percent expressed no preference. Gansler has dogged Brown over the failed implementation of the Continued on A4 By Roz Hamlett Special to the AFRO The last of a three-part series on foreclosures. For many sick, unemployed, and otherwise cash-strapped homeowners, the prospect of losing one’s home feels like the end of the world. But there is light at the end of the tunnel say housing counselors, and in most instances, a much better life can come after the foreclosure. “I think the emotional and mental aspects of foreclosure are the hardest for people to bounce back from because their sense of self is tied to their home,” said Meredith Mishaga, coordinator, Baltimore Homeownership Preservation Coalition (BHPC). BHPC is a group of more than Copyright © 2014 by the Afro-American Company 50 non-profit, governmental and professional associations working to prevent or mitigate the effects of foreclosure on Baltimore families and neighborhoods through a variety of proactive and data-driven strategies. “Most housing counselors will do whatever they can to avoid a situation Continued on A4

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