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The Urban Village Voice T h e n e w s pap e r o f t h e S P RIN G 2 0 1 1 U r b a n J o u r n a l i s m W o r k s h o p | Sp o n s o r e d b y t h e W a s h i n g t o n A s s o c i a t i o n o f B l a c k J o u r n a l i s t s a n d t h e W a s h i n g t o n P o s T AP PHOTOS LEFT: Black soldiers who served with the Union Army are shown in this reproduction from the collections of the Library of Congress. RIGHT: A servant to Maj. Raleigh Spinks Camp of the 40th Georgia Infantry of the Army of Tennessee, identified only as Marlboro. he planned to escape by sailing the Confederate ship he worked on, which was loaded with important equipment for two Confederate forts.  He succeeded, and provided the Union Army with valuable information about the Confederate Army. Smalls was considered a hero and used the recognition to win political WA SHINGTON – Fra nk Smit h, founding director of the AfricanAmerican Civil War Memorial and Museum, tells a story about Robert Smalls, an African-American soldier who became a congressman.  Smalls was a slave who worked on ships for the Confederate Army;  “America wouldn’t be America without the Civil War” — Fr ank Smith , director of the AfricanAmerican Civil War Memorial and Museum BY ARIANNA POINDEXTER UJW STAFF WALDORF, Md. — Kareeba Gabri- BY ISAIAH GLENN UJW STAFF See 2012 Page 5 EDUCATION | Joshua Roberts/Getty Images Mitchellville, Md. – First-time vot- ers are expected to play a major role in the 2012 presidential election – perhaps just as they did in the 2008 contest. Voters between the ages of 18-29 account for 21 percent of the electorate, according to CIRCLE, a political thinktank that engages young voters. First-time voter Andrea Williams, 18, said she believes that most young voters support the same party as their parents. Her mother is a lifelong Democrat but has recently considered President Obama will need to appeal to issues affecting young voters to win 2012. Local Teens Say They Have Been Bullied By Their Peers On the Internet 3 el has always dreamed of a fairytale prom. Inside her closet awaits her one-shoulder, navy-blue dream dress. A reservation for a Hummer limousine has been placed, and her makeup is ready to go. But one detail still lingers about the May 7 prom as pressure mounts from her friends: the burden of deciding if she will drink alcohol. “I hate feeling the pressure because I know it’s wrong to drink. I just don’t want to put a damper on everyone’s night,” said Gabriel, a senior at Westlake High School here. ROCK V ILLE , Md. — Cat her i ne See SADD page 5 See DRUGS Page 4 positions, starting with the South Carolina House of Representatives. He served there from 1865 to 1870, then was elected to  the South Carolina state Senate from 1871 to 1874. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and served from 1875 to 1879. Smith, an authority on Civil See LEGACY page 2 Promises Not to Drink First-Time Voters Targeting 2012 Presidential Contest UJW STAFF The constant increase in underage drinking and driving has sparked numerous school-level campaigns to put an end to this dangerous practice, especially on prom night. Westlake High School is participating in a nationwide campaign known as the Prom Promise. Founded in 1990 by Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD), this movement provides students with prevention tools to deal with issues of underage drinking on prom night and in their everyday lives. Alcohol use remains widespread among today’s teenagers. Nearly 72 percent of students have consumed CIVIL WAR 150TH ANNIVERSARY UJW STAFF BY SELINA DUDLEY O’Connell, 17, says she never thought she was breaking the law. As a senior at Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville, she often shared bottles of Adderall, a treatment drug for Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), with classmates.  What O’Connell thought was an innocent gesture actually was against the law and led to her expulsion from school. It was exam week and a friend of O’Connell’s had gone to the senior for moral support and comfort. A sixpage forensics paper was due and it wasn’t going to write itself, her friend explained to her. O’Connell saw that her friend needed a quick fix and time was running out, and figured, “Why not give it to her?” The “it” was Adderall. The prescribed drug helps adolescents combat ADHD. According to the ADHD website, it can help improve focus and enhance ability. “It was a huge mistake and I regret it,” O’Connell said about sharing the drug. “I didn’t think it would go as far as me being expelled, though.”  O’Connell is a part of a growing number of students who engage in sharing ADHD medication. The risks can span from expulsion to the most extreme case of landing in jail. But despite the risks, abuse of Adderall is common among high school students because it enables users to get a high that increases their attentiveness and endurance. So some students say it’s essential to their academic achievement. “I need to do whatever it takes to A Legacy Lives On BY CORYNN JOHNSON Students Fighting Stimulant Use BUSINESS | TOMS Pushes Shoes, But Markets for a Cause 5 SPORTS | Black Crew Members Hope to See More Minorities 8

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