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‘HOLLA’ POINTS & Sinbad talks about his life, influences and new show. B-1 Gazette-Star SERVING SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY COMMUNITIES DAILY UPDATES ONLINE Thursday, August 22, 2013 Unkept state roads cramp Bowie’s style Marching Reflections of a monumental day in history ON Overgrown grass along highways falls short of city officials’ appearance standards n (Top) Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. speaks to crowds gathered during the 1963 March on Washington. BY SOPHIE PETIT STAFF WRITER Bowie officials value keeping city roads looking neat and aren’t happy the state doesn’t seem to share the same priorities, which they said became especially evident this summer when grass along some stretches of state roads grew more than three feet tall. The City Council sent a letter on Aug. 13 to the Maryland State Highway Administration complaining of untimely maintenance of state roads that run through Bowie, especially Md. 197 and Md. 214, according to city documents. The state schedules routine grass cutting about every four to six weeks, while the city trims its roads once a week, state and city officials said. Bowie City Manager David Deutsch said the city has called SHA to complain from time to time, but overgrown grass has been more noticeable this summer and warranted a letter. The letter noted that before a recent July mowing, grass and weeds on the Md. 197 median were more than three feet tall. PHOTOS FROM NATIONAL ARCHIVES A n estimated 300,000 people participated in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on Aug. 28, 1963. Among the crowd were many Prince George’s County residents. Here are the accounts of some of the county participants, who recalled what stood out most to them in taking part in such a historic event and how they feel the county has changed since civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about his dream. See ROADS, Page A-9 OBIE PATTERSON County residents called to rally again One leader says top concerns are ‘updated versions’ of battles of 50 years ago n BY SOPHIE PETIT STAFF WRITER GREG DOHLER/THE GAZETTE n Age: 76 n Profession: Prince George’s County Councilman n City of residence: Fort Washington n Most significant memory from the march: I was a college student at the time. I was so impressed with the mission, that we need to unite and come together as a people. It was breathtaking to see so many people there. People from all walks of life were there in the spirit of folks helping each other. Even now, I just sit back and think about it and chills run through my body. To be a part of that setting, I honestly believe helped shape me to understand we’re not here forever and we need to maximize our time and serve people. n County changes since the march: We don’t have as much subtle discrimination as we did then. Nowadays, you can live in any community you want to, so that’s an improvement. The quality of education is approaching a level playing field, but we still have a lot of work to do in that area. You don’t hear about all the brutality as we used to, in spite of that we still have some today. If you look around, there’s a significant numbers of African-Americans holding elected positions. We have made some progress, but we’ve got a lot of work to do. NEWS WALK THE WALK Upper Marlboro women stay in step with summer walking group. A-4 SPORTS COUNTY GRAD ON THE GO Flowers graduate expected to start at linebacker for the Terps this fall. B-7 Automotive ANFENSON-COMEAU STAFF WRITER See RALLY, Page A-8 More residents share their memories, thoughts on county progress. Page A-8 Blended services, programs in the works for 2013-2014 n BY JAMIE Prince George’s County religious, human rights and community leaders are calling all residents to stand together this month against obstacles minorities still face — 50 years after the March on Washington, when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. Close to half a million people are expected to attend an Aug. 28 march, said Bob Ross, president of the Prince George’s County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. That’s twice the number of people who attended the Aug. 28, 1963 march. Keneth Clark Sr., 42, a retired Prince George’s County public school teacher who lives in Fort Washington, said he plans to attend the march with his two teenage sons. “[The march] is pertinent to the state of America as a whole. Not white America, not black America, all of America,” Clark said. “If you don’t stand for something, you fall for everything.” Community leaders and residents said the anniversary comes at a “critical time,” during a year that has spotlighted “To be a part of that setting, I honestly believe helped shape me to understand we’re not here forever and we need to maximize our time and serve people,” Prince George’s County Councilman Obie Patterson (D-Dist. 8) of Fort Washington said of the March on Washington. New county schools leader shares vision Prince George’s County’s new school system leader spent the first day of the new school year doing what he said he loves best — sitting in classrooms with students and teachers. “Getting out, visiting the schools, seeing what class sizes look like, seeing what instructional delivery looks like,” said new school system CEO Kevin Maxwell, adding that he intends to visit all 204 Prince George’s County Public Schools before the school year’s conclusion. Maxwell, Board of Education chairman Segun Eubanks and County Executive Rushern Baker III (D) started their day welcoming Bladensburg Elementary School students to their first day of class Monday. Both Eubanks and Maxwell owe their current positions to legislation passed by the General Assembly last spring that gives the county executive an increased role in school system governance. Baker said the change was needed to better integrate school services with other government services. Each of the five schools visited Monday serve communities that are the focus of Baker’s Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative, or TNI. TNI focuses on improving cross-governmental services to six highpoverty regions, with the stated goal of reducing crime and improving the quality of life, Baker said. “Having that last big piece, our education sys- See LEADER, Page A-9 B-12 Calendar A-2 Classified B-10 Community News A-4 Entertainment B-1 Opinion A-11 Sports B-7 Please RECYCLE Check out our Services Directory ADVERTISING INSIDE B SECTION 1906605

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