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150th Anniversary Habari Gani? of Emancipation Proclamation Marked by Rare Exhibit One-hundred and fifty years ago, on New Year’s Day, 1863, the Emancipation

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Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln, freeing enslaved people in states that were at war with the Union. To commemorate the anniversary, the National Archives is offering the public Habari Gani is the official greeting for families who celebrate Kwanzaa, the African-American holiday that a rare opportunity to view honors the first fruit of the harvest, Dec. 26 through Jan. 1. The response to the question that asks, “What’s the document. From Dec. 30new?” is Umoja or the designated theme for the day.. Jan. 1, the proclamation will be displayed at the National AFRO File Photo Archives Rotunda Gallery in Washington, D.C. Officials said the document is so delicate that it can only be handled rarely and exposed to light for a few hours each year. The proclamation was shown to reporters at a news conference on Dec. 22. Officials and Stephen D. Riley of the AFRO Sports Desk tackle By Perry Green and Stephen Riley explained its history and handling since it the question. became a part of the nation’s historical record. Carrying the worst record in the league (3The pages have deteriorated with time and Riley: The Wizards stink and there’s no way they’ll 22 overall at press time) the Washington Wizards the ink has faded, though the scrawling print make the playoffs this year unless they go on a shouldn’t be confused as a team in the playoff hunt or is still visible. The signatures of Lincoln serious run. We’re talking a 30-1 type of run. Another even remotely close to a solid ball club at this point. and Secretary of State William Seward high lottery pick is obviously in the cards so if I’m Instead, for the second straight year, the Wizards, the and the Great Seal of the United States are Washington I simply let Wall rest, play the NBA lottery Wizards are among the laughing stocks of the National discernible. and bring back a healthy point guard and next year’s Basketball Association (NBA). “You get the opportunity to see the top selection going into the 2013-2014 season. Their home record (2-9) is just as horrible as their document up close and personal,” said road record (1-12) and if you’re looking for a team Reginald Washington, the National Archives Green: You can’t let Wall just take off for a year while that can’t score (last in points scored, last in shooting archivist. “You get a chance to read the ticket sales and the fan base dwindles. They’re still fans percentage) then yes, that’s the Wizards, too. A document and decipher what it did and didn’t out there who bought season tickets and you still need majority of the team’s issues have revolved around the do…It’s a great thing to have it on display.” to put whatever is left in terms of excitement into the fact that their best players--center Nene and guard John According to the National Archives stands at the Verizon Center. Sitting Wall for the rest of Wall--have been on the shelf for much of the season. website, “issuance of this Proclamation Nene just returned to action a couple of weeks ago the year would tear the bottom out of another endless clarified and strengthened the position of the while Wall continues to sit with a knee injury. Wall, 21, campaign. Plus, I’ve seen this show before. I remember Union government, decreased the likelihood is clearly the most talented player on the team and his watching this city agonize over former Wizards star of European support of the Confederacy” and athleticism and speed is unheralded across the NBA. Gilbert Arenas when his knee injury kept him off the led to the enlistment of about 200,000 Blacks, And while Wall has promised to return this season, court for nearly two full seasons. Funny how, just like both formerly enslaved people and freemen, with the season already lost the Wizards staff should Wall, Gil was supposed to only miss a small portion of Continued on A3 begin to question should he even bother. Perry Green Continued on A5

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With Gambling Expansion in Mid-Atlantic, ‘Atlantic City is Dying’ By David Gutman and Maria-Pia Negro Capital News Service COLLEGE PARK When Superstorm Sandy put Atlantic City under water, it dealt another blow to a city already reeling financially from the economic downturn and recent casino expansion throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. The explosion of newly legalized casinos over the last decade in neighboring states-New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware--has eroded the monopoly that Atlantic City once held on Mid-Atlantic gambling. Now, after the passage of Question 7, Maryland will soon be home to six full-service casinos, cutting another slice from a regional gambling pie that is not expanding. “There is $6 billion in gaming for the whole region,” said Bob McDevitt, the president of Unite Here Local 54, the union representing Atlantic City

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Atlantic City boardwalk business reflects erosion from neighboring casinos.

casino workers. “The casino in Queens has had an impact, and Pennsylvania has had a devastating impact. Almost $2 billion has moved to Pennsylvania from Atlantic City in gambling revenue.” Revenue at Atlantic City casinos peaked in 2006 at $5.2 billion, according to

data from the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Around the same time, five casinos opened in Pennsylvania, which had just legalized casino gambling, and revenues in Atlantic City began to slip.   As Pennsylvania continued

to open casinos (there are currently 11), Delaware horse tracks morphed into racinos, and slot machine parlors opened in New York City, Atlantic City casino revenues fell off a cliff. From 2006 to 2011, Atlantic City casino revenues fell over 36 percent. And with the revenue has

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gone the jobs. From 2006 to 2011, Atlantic City lost 12,220 casino jobs, while Pennsylvania gained 11,850 casino jobs over the same period. “The damage that’s been done has been done; Maryland won’t have that much of an impact,” McDevitt said. “The real impact has been Delaware. When they developed the three casinos in Delaware, they gave people the opportunity to not drive the extra hour and a half to Atlantic City from the D.C. and Baltimore areas.” Tony Rodio, the president of the Tropicana Casino and Resort and head of the Casino Association of New Jersey, said the success of year-round residents in Atlantic City and the surrounding areas correlates with the casinos’ success. “When the casino industry is not doing as well, there are not as many hours to be worked, not as many jobs to be had and our local suppliers Continued on A5

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Cameron Clarke, an African-American teen from Philadelphia, attained a perfect score on this year’s Scholastic Aptitude Test, joining an elite group of 360 Wikimedia U.S. students. Commons More than 1.66 million pupils took the college preparatory test in the spring of 2011, but Clarke, a Germantown Academy senior, was among the few to score a perfect 2,400. His target college: Princeton University. It was an achievement that the teenager, in his humility, didn’t want to “brag or boast” about, said his father, Peter Clarke, in an interview with “He really didn’t want anyone to know about his score, so he didn’t tell anyone at Germantown Academy about it when he got the result in June,” said the elder Clarke, manager of the The Jamaican Reef Restaurant and Lounge in South Philadelphia’s upscale Penn’s Landing neighborhood. Clarke’s extraordinary feat began receiving public attention after Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Jenice Armstrong heard about it “through happenstance,” his father said, and published the news in her column. In an interview with the Inquirer’s Armstrong, the 18-year-old scholar said his perfect score required hard work and perseverance. This was the second time Clarke took the test—the first time he scored 2,190, which is better than 98.5 percent of all test-takers. However, the high-schooler knew it did not reflect his full potential. “I put in a lot of work,” Clarke said. “I took a prep class with some of my friends, and I did a lot of practice tests from a book. “But that only prepares you so much,” he added. “The difference between getting, like, a 2,400 and a couple of points lower is just focus. “You can screw up or mess up on the smallest of things. And I just feel like on that particular day, I was focused and I got kind of lucky, I guess, that I didn’t make any mistakes.” But Clarke had also shown extraordinary ability from an early age. His parents, Mary Jones, a Spanish teacher at Father Judge High School, and his father, the restaurant manager, took him for an IQ test at age 4. He scored a 151. And he distinguished himself during his time at Germantown Academy, which he attended since pre-school. Clarke is first cellist in the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, is also a member of Germantown Academy’s Math Club, a math tutor, writes for the school newspaper and a member of the school’s cross country team. This year’s SAT saw the largest class of test-takers in history, according to officials, and also the most diverse. Forty-five percent of test-takers were minority students (up from 44 percent in the class of 2011 and 38 percent in the class of 2008).


Newark Mayor Corey Booker Eyes Senate Run

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The much-anticipated matchup between New Jersey heavyweights Gov. Chris Christie and Newark Mayor Cory Booker is not to be. Many political observers have salivated over the possibility of a showdown between Christie and Booker in the 2013 gubernatorial election. But Booker dashed those hopes Dec. 20 when—perhaps bowing to the political reality of Christie’s overwhelming popularity—he announced his interest in running for a spot on Capitol Hill. “I will explore the possibility of running for the United State Senate in 2014,” the Stanford, Oxford and Yale graduate announced on his web site. If he does, he would likely face the popular Sen. Frank Lautenberg in the Democratic primary, and, according to recent polls, he would win. A Public Policy Polling survey in late November showed that Democrats, by a 59-22 margin, prefer Booker over Lautenberg. Booker also outpolled Lautenberg among respondents who were asked their preference between Booker and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, the likely Republican candidate for the Senate seat. If Lautenberg bows out, Booker would be a strong favorite, with a 48 percent approval rating, over Reps. Rob Andrews and Frank Pallone, two Senate hopefuls. He was preferred by 48 percent of those polled over the two members of the New Jersey delegation to the House of Representatives. In the November survey, Andrew drew a 17 percent approval rating while Pallone drew 13 percent from voters asked who they preferred for the Senate seat. One reason for the electorate’s support for Booker is their desire for a fresh face in the Senate, according to political observers. While Lautenberg’s constituents overwhelming approve of his performance, many think he is too old for re-election in 2014. The senator, now 88 years old, would be 90 come election time. The 43-year-old Booker, in comparison, is seen by many as an energetic leader and rising political star, who knows how to get things done. Since he took the helm of the beleaguered city—whose previous leadership was often steeped in corruption and dysfunction—Booker has performed miracles and jumpstarted the city’s turnaround, according to some. As the Newark Star-Ledger said in its 2010 mayoral endorsement: “Under Booker, gun violence in Newark has been cut in half. The city payroll has shrunk by 17 percent. New parks have sprouted up across the city. The Housing Authority has been brought back from the dead, and the pace of new construction of affordable housing has picked up.







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Recent Memorial Service honors Rep. Mervyn Dymally By H. Carson Gardner, III Special to the AFRO Friends and loved ones of former Rep. Mervyn Dymally (D-Calif.) came together at the U.S. Capitol recently to celebrate his life and remember his ground-breaking work representing the Sunshine State. He died in Los Angeles on Oct. 7 at age 86. At a memorial service Dec. 12 in the Capitol’s Visitors Center in Washington, D.C., Dymally was eulogized by several former colleagues, including House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D-Calif.) who spoke of Dymally’s legacy as both a national and state legislator in California. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), Dymally’s former House colleague and a legislator

congressional who, like him, helped representatives. to organize the A common Congressional Black theme among Caucus (CBC), also the speakers spoke of his success. was Dymally’s Rangel and Dymally penchant for served together in opening doors Congress throughout of opportunity Dymally’s tenure, from to those he 1981-1993. employed and Dymally has been mentored, affectionately referred to on Capitol Hill as the particularly “godfather of Africanwomen of color. American politics.” A native Rep. Mervyn Dymally Congressional of Trinidad, luminaries such as Danny Davis Dymally got his start in politics in (D-Ill.), Sheila Jackson Lee the California State Assembly in (D-Texas), Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) 1963 after years of working as an and current CBC chair Emmanuel educator in the Los Angeles area. His Clever (D-Mo.) all spoke of the political career was a series of firsts. legacy Dymally left for Black In 1962, he was elected the state’s

first foreign-born assemblyman. Four years later, he was elected California’s first Black state senator. In 1974, he became the state’s first and only African American lieutenant governor. Following his stint as lieutenant governor, he was elected to represent California’s 31st District in Congress. “I had no idea he was such a political trailblazer,” said Alvincent Huston, a Howard law school student of West Indian heritage who attended the Dymally memorial service. “To have come from such humble beginnings, to have touched the lives of so many people, speaks to the character of the man.” Dymally made it a priority to meet with dignitaries of lessertraveled countries, such as Africa, to help solidify U.S. relations with

them, authorities said. “[Dymally] left an impression of what it means to be a well-rounded leader,” said former intern Edith Barley, who worked with Dymally on his efforts in Africa. She is now director of government affairs at the United Negro College Fund. Dymally’s commitment to public service spanned four decades. After leaving the House of Representatives in 1993, he returned to the California State Assembly, where he served for six additional years. The eldest of Dymally’s two daughters, Lynn, in a closing statement at the memorial service, recalled her childhood. “We spent a lot of time [in] campaigns as children,” she said. “He even helped me campaign for office in California. Of course I won.”

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“The Emancipation Proclamation linked the preservation of American constitutional government to the end of slavery, and has become one of our country’s most treasured documents,” the website said. Washington said seeing the document was especially significant to him as an African American. “The first time I saw the document was an exciting and thrilling time,” he said. “I had heard about the document and had read about it, but seeing it gave me an appreciation for what our ancestors may have endured when enslaved and then to have that change when nearly 4 million slaves in the country were freed with one stroke of Lincoln’s pen.” Washington said the most common misconception “is that it freed the slaves.” The proclamation clearly states that slavery was outlawed in the states at war with the Union, including the southern states that were fighting hard to preserve the brutal institution Washington pointed out that enslaved people in the border states—Maryland, Missouri, Kentucky and

slavery and those who were dismayed to see the cruel tradition come to an end. “The Emancipation Proclamation’s contents were sent out over the wire all around the country,” he said. “Newspapers were writing about it and contained all the provisions within it. There were celebrations about it. There was a great deal of excitement. You can imagine being enslaved and now having the opportunity to be free to do…things that had been withheld from you, how much joy that would have brought.”

The Black unemployment rate fell to 13.2 percent in November, down from 14.3 percent the previous month. The decrease of 1.1 percent was a sharper drop than for Whites (6.8 percent, from 7 percent in October) and Latinos (10 percent, the same as for the previous month), according to the monthly report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Overall, unemployment fell by two-tenths of a percent, to 7.7 percent in November from 7.9 percent in October. The drop defied predictions of many economists who believed the superstorm, combined with the shutdown of east coast financial centers and delayed fuel delivery to the region, would have a severe impact on job growth. The unemployment rate for Black men fell from 15.6

for Black mothers and fathers to realize that their children would be free and to set the stage for the13th Amendment. As we approach this second inauguration of Barack Obama, it is really amazing to see how far this country has come in 150 years.” The National Archives public entrance is located near the corner of Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue, NW. The Emancipation Proclamation will be on display Dec. 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 31 from 10 a.n. to 1 a.m., and Jan. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Emancipation Proclamation on rare public display on its 150th anniversary. Delaware—were not set freed until the 13th Amendment was passed in 1865. The 13th Amendment is the document

Black Unemployment Drops Faster Than for Whites By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent

National Archives Foundation Chair and President A’Lelia Bundles said the significance of “this document that changed the course of American history” is even more pronounced as the nation approaches President Obama’s second inauguration. “It’s true that the Emancipation Proclamation did not free all the slaves, but it did set in motion a course of action with would change the course of America,” she said. “What it did was to allow African Americans to be part of the Union army,

percent in October to 14.3 percent in November. Since June 2009, which marked the official end of the Great Recession, the rate for Black males has declined from 17.5 percent to 14.3 percent, a dip of 3.2 percent. Black women saw their unemployment rate fall from 13.3 percent in October to 12.3 percent in November. While men enjoyed a drop of 4.2 percent since June 2009, the end of the Great Recession, the rate for Black women was virtually unchanged, from 12.7 percent in November to 12.3 percent over that same period. Despite causing nearly $50 billion dollars in damages, the Labor Department said, “Hurricane Sandy did not substantively impact the national employment and unemployment estimates for November.” Although the number of jobs added roughly matches the 151,000 average for

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that effectively ended slavery. Washington said issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation caused a clamor around the country, both among those who were ecstatic about the demise of

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Attendees view the Emancipation Proclamation.


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Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Pi Omega Chapter, contributed bicycles to Mrs. Santa Michael Bell with donated bikes from Omega Psi Phi

Leon Bailey, Carver High School

Mrs. Santa’s elves, Brenda Loving and Wanda Pearson

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Faithful supporter Haleem Rahman arriving with toys

Avis Thomas-Lester, AFRO executive editor, Greg Dale, news editor and Mrs. Santa, Diane Hocker.

Malik Mosely, Omega Psi Phi Omega Santa and Mrs. Santa Ms. Maybell, Tony White and Mrs. Santa

Angela Gustus and Sheree Hobbs, state Dept. of Human Resources State Del. Talmadge Branch

Publisher Jake Oliver, center, and the AFRO family

Larry Young’s live broadcast of his WOLB 1010 morning radio show from AFRO headquarters on Charles Street provided the perfect atmosphere for holiday giving at its best. Generous members of the Baltimore community

Tessa Hill-Aston, Baltimore NAACP president and Larry Young, WOLB Radio

started coming around 6 a.m. to put their gifts under Mrs. Santa’s tree so that boys and girls around the city would wake up with joy on Christmas morning. Coats and socks. Dolls and trucks. Bicycles and wagons. AFRO halls were not only decked, but filled to capacity and AFRO professionals became Mrs. Santa’s elves and gave themselves over to the magic of the moment.

Pat Smith and Larry Young

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Toy donor with Mrs. Santa

Michael Middleton, WOLB engineer

Cheryl Cooper and toy recipient

Marvin “Doc” Cheatham and Michael Bell

Rev. Boulware (on bike) with toy recipient

Janice West, Rev. Boulware, Lady D and Mrs. Santa Tony White

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Hey Cabbie II! Showcases Baltimore Cab Driver’s Wisdom By Ronald A. Taylor Special to the AFRO The best way for a curious stranger to find out about a city is to travel its streets and boulevards, in daylight, on public transportation. Public buses are cheap, but noisy and full of distractions. But a wise and knowing cab driver can do more to tutor a newcomer than any other resource. Thaddeus Logan, author of Hey Cabbie II!, is the sort of resource that the Baltimore Chamber of Commerce ought to enshrine. A retired detective who spent years on the city’s vice squads, Logan has a finely honed sense of right, wrong, history and urban style. His latest book, a sequel to Hey Cabbie!, is another odyssey through Baltimore’s streets in which he nails the sights, sounds and even the smells (a segment about the sewage treatment plant is priceless!) of this city in a way that newspapers could only hope to convey. In 116 pages of vignettes covering 72 cab rides, Hey Cabbie II! charts the psyche

of the town, touching on events such as the Preakness and Halloween night and institutions such as Morgan State University in northeast Baltimore and Highland Beach in Annapolis. It even has a very useful map. But it is clear that Logan knows not only where places are and how to get from here to there, but also how the city ticks. He has plenty to say about street vice, local political corruption and organized religion, especially the Black church. It is wisdom gathered from his fares and filtered through the prism of a man who has chased miscreants, stared down the barrel of a gun and tracked down criminals. He knows about the city and its inhabitants because he listens. It doesn’t take much for this Black cabbie to get a 50ish Black woman to share her views of local Black politicians in the ride from Northwest Market to his old neighborhood on West Lafayette Street. The woman had unflattering remarks about both former Mayor Sheila Dixon, who she regretted voting for, and her church, which had

charged her over $2,000 for her daughter’s wedding. There are also several encounters with foreign visitors. In one instance, there was a chat with a woman in her mid-30s who had just emerged from a concert at the Meyerhoff Symphony Concert Hall. The woman, a visitor from Madrid, delivers a monologue in which she compares urban life in Europe and the U.S., wishing aloud that the two cultures would do more to learn from each other about to keep cities livable. Through another fare, just picked up from Port Covington Terminal where they had returned after an ocean cruise, he learned of the shortcomings of the U.S. health care system. Through his fare, a middle-aged married couple on their way home to Columbia, Md., he learned it might be wise to sign up for health insurance on a cruise. They told him that a couple on the cruise, whose husband suffered a heart attack, had not signed up for the cruise line’s health insurance and were suddenly confronted with huge medical bills. He also shares his conclusions about the

decline of civilization, as seen through the crowd at Pimlico Race Track for the annual Preakness Stakes. He talks about how degenerate the scene is in the track’s infield. “You name it, it was happening,” Logan writes. Readers should be cautioned that the language and scenes are graphic, salty and sometimes x-rated. For someone who grew up, as I did, the son of D.C. cab driver, it was pretty tame but provided fresh insight about the city. But when future anthropologists comb through the rubble of this civilization, let’s hope a copy of Hey Cabbie II! is still readable. Thaddeus Logan is a former Baltimore City vice detective turned taxicab owner/ operator who has chronicled his 35 years behind the wheel in Hey Cabbie! and Hey Cabbie II!. He will be the subject of a book signing at the Pratt Library main branch Jan. 27. The books are available at his web site, Hey Cabbie! is $11.99. Hey Cabbie II! is $9.99.

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the 2008 season but somehow his recovery and return to the court just kept getting delayed and delayed. Gil missed so much playing time that his actions off the court began to outweigh any contribution he every made in a Wizards uniform. Not to say that’s how Wall’s situation will turn out, but the sooner he makes his return, the better the chance of avoiding what could potentially be a very dramatic encore. Riley: It’s way too early in Wall’s career to dare make that comparison with Gilbert. And bringing back Wall from a knee injury just to show face would be one of the craziest moves this team has ever done. A knee injury on a player who’s known primarily for his

athleticism and speed rather than his skill could become disastrous should he hurt his leg. What is this team playing for right now? They’re nearly 20 games below .500. The only thing this team is playing for right now is the right to not get fined for not showing up. And at 3-22, you might as well fine them because they haven’t shown up all season.

program if Wall wants to tune up with some guys who’ll be on next year’s team. Asking him to rush back just to get a few “practice” time in with his colleagues would be insane. Don’t throw Wall into this mess. Keep him clean and fresh for a new battle next year, because obviously this season’s battle is already lost.

Sure, we all want Wall to be out there competing with his team, but let’s be real: There is no team at this point, just a bunch of guys running around tossing up shots. I know you’re going to argue that he should be building chemistry with his teammates but there’s a whole offseason and summer

Green: If all Wall has is his athleticism, rather than skilled talent, then maybe he’s not franchise star material, after all. I personally disagree because I think he’s a very skilled player. But you’re forgetting about Nene and the rest of the holdovers that will be going into next season with the young star. Like you

said, Wall still needs to get out there so we can see how he meshes with the players most likely to return next year. Rookie guard Brad Beal has been playing decent without him but how much better would he be with Wall orchestrating the show? This team doesn’t have the luxury of sitting its attention-attractive players unfortunately. If Wall can walk then he’s playing for me and my team. He was drafted to replace Gil, not turn out just like him. I’m afraid that if you keep him away from the fans for too long, he won’t just be an injured player; he may end up being a disliked player in the eyes of the Wizards fan base, and ultimately replaced, just like his predecessor.

With Gambling Expansion, ‘Atlantic City is Dying’

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don’t get as much service requests,” Rodio the underlying problems. said. “No one is coming to the casinos because As casino jobs disappeared, the half our market is underwater,” McDevitt said. unemployment rate soared. It was 12.9 percent “Half our members haven’t worked since the in October, ranking Atlantic City 362 out of storm.” the 372 metropolitan areas that the Bureau of The struggles of workers deepen when the Labor and Statistics tracks. While tax revenue has obviously fallen as the casinos draw in less money, demand for social services has spiked. In the last five years, food stamp recipients in Atlantic County, N.J., (home to Atlantic City) have doubled, according to the New Jersey Department of Human Services. “People asking for help are usually families that are underemployed. They might work in the casino industry, in the kitchens or housekeeping-type jobs,” said Tom Davidson, director of development at Atlantic Courtesy Wikimedia Commons City Rescue Mission, a local Casinos such as the Trump Taj Mahal will suffer from the shelter and food pantry. Davidson has seen a steady Mid-Atlantic gambling expansion. increase of people asking for help—including families Howard L. Cornish Metropolitan Baltimore Chapter in crisis who receive one of Morgan State University National Alumni Association 250 emergency food baskets Invites You To Attend The 28th Celebration of The every month. Over the last six years, families receiving assistance from the Community FoodBank of New Jersey At Martin’s West on nearly doubled, said Margie Saturday, January 12, 2013 Barham, the food bank’s From 9 A.M. – 12 Noon southern Jersey executive director. GUEST SPEAKER The rise in families S. Dallas Dance, Ph.D applying for charitable Superintendent, assistance mirrors the rise Baltimore County Public Schools of unemployment and underemployment in the Musical performances by state, said Diane Riley, Morgan Choir S. Dallas Dance, Ph.D the food bank’s director of and Morgan Jazz Ensemble advocacy. HONOREES “People are not making O NAACP-Baltimore Chapter O Professor Ken Royster enough. They have to pay O Dr. Ernest Silversmith O Professor Larry Gibson their rent first and then O “Big Jim” Stanton O Professor Melvin Miles perhaps supplementing DOOR PRIZES their food,” Barham said. $5,000 Fur Coat By Kent Fisher Furs “They get on food stamps, Morgan Memorabilia go to food pantries, try to do Admission: $50.00 ($18.00 Tax Deductible) whatever they can.” For ticket information please call 410-461-3931. Sandy has just exacerbated

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Writers' Reflections 2012 AFRO writers Alexis Taylor and Teria Rogers reflect on the stories that had the most impact on them this year.

There have been several life-changing moments etched into my memory from 2012, but by far one of the most ingrained would be meeting and interviewing Rep. John R. Lewis (D-Ga.). So often the legends and game changers that still walk this Earth are long-forgotten by my generation, only to have the memory of their deeds resurface after death. This is not the case with Lewis, who is still as passionate about advancing the human race as he was when he was knocked unconscious leading marchers in Selma, Ala. across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965. Words can hardly describe the wide array of emotions felt in meeting and interviewing the Alexis Taylor Troy, Ala. sharecropper’s son who would play a huge role in my ability to vote, to receive equal education and job opportunities, or simply to drink from the water fountain of my choosing in a public space. Because of his sacrifice- made in blood- a nation had no choice but to acknowledge the brutality and sheer hate fueling segregation. It was nothing short of an honor to hear him tell his own life story in his own words. Because of his actions, and willingness to exchange his life for my future, I will be forever indebted to Lewis.

Teria Rogers

My favorite story that I wrote this year was the “Many Blacks in D.C. Still Worried Despite Steep Drop in Killings” piece. This was my favorite because as a student in DC Public Schools I remember the years/stories/tales of D.C. being the murder capital. It was very heartwarming to know that, even though some bad crime still exists particularly in Wards 7 & 8, the area is much safer than it ever was when I was younger.

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Asthma, Diabetes and Other Conditions Bring Greater Flu Risks If you are one of the millions of Americans with a long-term health condition like asthma, diabetes, stroke, heart or lung disease, this important information about the flu applies to you. When combined with your existing health condition, the flu increases your risk of becoming seriously sick, which could result in an unexpected and expensive trip to the hospital—or even death. Local health officials and advocates are recognized National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 2-8, 2012. Vaccination clinics are being sponsored by Walgreens and health departments throughout the country. “We are committed to protecting all people by encouraging those who are medically vulnerable to protect themselves,” asserts Ray Michael Bridgewater, President/CEO of the Assembly of Petworth in Washington, D.C. “We have known for years that the flu is a serious disease, especially for people with certain chronic health conditions,” says Dr. Anne Schuchat, assistant surgeon general of the U.S. Public Health Service and CDC’s director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. Last season, nearly 90 percent of adults hospitalized from flu complications had a long-term health condition; as did about 50 percent of hospitalized children. Health conditions that put people at greater risk of flu-related complications include asthma (even if controlled by medication), lung disease, endocrine disorders (including type 1 and type 2 diabetes), and heart disease. Other conditions that confer greater risk of serious complications are neurologic conditions (like stroke and other conditions related to the nervous system, brain or spinal cord), blood disorders, kidney disorders, liver disorders or a weakened immune system. The burden of flu on people with these conditions is demonstrated each flu season. During the 2010-2011 flu season, the most frequently-occurring underlying conditions of adults hospitalized with flu were cardiovascular disease, metabolic disorders such as diabetes, chronic lung disease and asthma. In a study of 1,400 children hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza, almost half had an underlying condition, and nearly 1 in 5 had asthma or reactive airway disease. Millions of Americans are impacted by long-term health conditions, although many people don’t know that they have one of these conditions. For example, diabetes impacts an estimated 25.8 million Americans, but 7 million people (27 percent of those who have the disease in the United States) don’t even know they have it. Heart disease affects an estimated 26.8 million Americans, and asthma affects 24.5 million Americans. Ask your doctor whether you have a health condition that makes you more vulnerable to the flu. The message is clear: people with long-term health conditions should take action to protect themselves against the flu by getting a flu vaccine. Like last season, the 2012-2013 season’s vaccine will protect against the 2009 H1N1 flu strain and two other flu viruses. Flu vaccines have been given for decades. They are safe, and cannot give you the flu. For more information, visit,, or call 1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).


NOTICE OF EVENING HEARINGS FOR PUBLIC COMMENT Evening hearings for the purpose of receiving public comment in connection with the application of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company for revisions in its electric and gas base rates are scheduled as follows:


Joint Hearing Room Legislative Services Building 90 State Circle Annapolis, Maryland 21401


Wohlman Assembly Hall War Memorial Building, 1st Floor 101 N. Gay Street Baltimore, Maryland 21202

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Merrick Lecture Hall Goucher College 1021 Dulaney Valley Road Towson, Maryland 21204

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America’s Inaugurations – The AFRO Coverage Calvin Coolidge –1925


“…like ‘Br’er Fox, lays low, says nothing.” Ole Timer’s Wife and President Deny Access

hen Vice President Calvin Coolidge stepped into the oval office following the untimely death of Republican President Warren G. Harding in 1923, the Black community’s perpetual hope of improved civil rights became uncertain. While President Harding had been vocal in his support of the need to recognize equal political, educational and economic rights for the colored community; Coolidge was, in contrast, an unknown political personality. Coolidge’s “silent Cal” reputation, no doubt added to the Black community’s apprehension as it approached the March 4, 1925 Coolidge inauguration. The AFRO’s coverage of the Black community’s perception of Coolidge is in part reflected by the “Ole Timer”(OT), a feisty self-proclaimed ‘old soldier’ who appears to have had an opinion on virtually everything impacting his community. By 1925, OT had achieved the status of a columnist for the AFRO. His entertaining populist views included the pros and cons held by the Black community about the Coolidge presidency. The inclusion of Black troops in the Coolidge inaugural parade was a major focus for the Black community. Following their involvement in World War 1, the appearance of Black soldiers in the national celebration surrounding the swearing-in of the country’s president was clearly an important point of pride to America’s Black citizens. Typical of the time, road-blocks were initiated to reduce Black involvement and, as the AFRO reports, Maryland’s Gov. Ritchie elected not to include any Maryland Black troops in the celebration. The AFRO analysis of the Coolidge inaugural speech contains the ever present optimism that the incoming president might be a ‘champion’ for civil

October 3, 1924 Coolidge Won’t See Old Timer

Wet through from driving in his open Ford car all the way from Washington and too mad to put the curtains up, Old Timer stomped into the AFRO office Monday afternoon. Ignoring the smiles of the employees and workers, he made his way to the editorial rooms and stopped before the Reporter’s desk, where a small puddle of water dripped from his rain coat. “Glad to see you, old scout, where have you been,” remarked the Reporter genially. “Have a seat and a smoke.” “I’m too mad to sit and too durn cussed to smoke,” replied O.T. “Here I been all the way to Washington to see the President, and Slemp wouldn’t even let me get a peek at him!” “Turned you down, did he?” interrupted the Reporter. “Nothing different,” scowled the old man. “Said the President could see me jes’ as he got throo talkin’ with some Mexican diligation. Then he axed me what I wanted to see mister Coolidge about. I told him the AFRO wanted to know if he was gwine to say anything fer or against the Koo Klux Klaners. “He said, ‘Uh, huh,’ and went away and then he cum back again, and said the President was writin’ some speech he is gwine to deliver sommers, and couldn’t see no more visitors. I axed him to put me down fer Tuesday and then Mr. Slemp he up and says the President can’t see me atall untwill after election, and so I comes home.” “Well, what are you going to do about it?” asked the Reporter. “Do!” screeched O.T. brandishing his cane excitedly. “Do nothin’. Ef the Presidunt won’t tell me where he stan’s on the koo-koos, ‘tain’t no skin offen my elbow. Jes’ tell yore editor what I said, an ax him pleas don’t send me on no more wild goose chases, ‘case I ain’t a goin’.”

October 31, 1924 O.T. Family Splits On Election

“Where is your wife,” the Reporter asked Old Timer at the La Follette Rally at the Fifth Regiment Armory last Monday night. “She wouldn’t come,” answered the old fellow sadly. “You see,” he went on, “I’se fer these Progressives and the old woman is fer Coolidge. I done had her won over to my side untwill some of them wimmin politicianers met her at sewin’ circle the other night. When she come back home, she’d hardly speak to me and went to bed in the spare room. “Yestiddy, when we went up to Rev. Jordon’s church to hear Bishop Johnson and see the new roof and the other fixin’s, I axed her was she comin’ over wid me and she vowed she didn’t want to hear no reds and radicals, and was gwine to vote few Coolidge and the ‘Publicans like her folks allus done. So here I is.” “Why didn’t you offer her a box of candy,” suggested the Reporter. “Candy nothin’,” responded O.T. “She is jes as sot on votin’ fer the ‘Publicans as she is goin’ to heaven outen the Baptis’ church.” “Well, try a fur coat then or a silk dress,” advised the Reporter. “Gosh, I never thot of that,” yelled O.T. “Well, I’ll be durned. Who’d ever thot a jack leg reporter had idears.” With that he was gone. People in the same aisle hid to make way for the old man with his cane in one hand and umbrella in the other. He was going home to buy his wife’s vote with the offer of a silk dress or a fur coat and judging from the way one man yelled out and grabbed his foot in his hand, O.T. wasn’t watching which way he was going.

rights—particularly with respect to southern states where Blacks had virtually none of the rights guaranteed by the 14th and 15th Amendments of the Constitution. Disappointment, however, was soon to appear with the uncertainty relating to the failure of “silent Cal” to give any vocal support for the ‘Negro’ cause or his Library of Congress Prints & Photographs LC-USZ62-111385 hesitation to take any positive action President Coolidge making in connection with any appointments his speech of acceptance, or inclusion of Blacks in his 1924 administration. With the continued existence of a solid congressional southern Democratic political block, the racially intolerant environment (i.e. lynchings) surrounding the post-World War 1 Black community was an ever-present violent threat. In spite of economic improvements, the country in 1925 was nevertheless grappling with the complicated realities flowing from its approval of the Prohibition (18th) Amendment, a quest to reduce federal income tax rates, and tighter restrictions

January 17, 1925 Four Military Units Suggested for Coolidge Inaugural

Washington, D.C., Jan. 16 - As a member of the Advisory Committee of the Republican National Executive Committee, which functioned during the recent presidential campaign, Dr. Emmett J. Scott has suggested to Honorable William M. Butler, chairman of the Republican National Executive Committee, and Honorable W. T. Galliher, chairman of the Inaugural Committee, that invitations be extended to four (4) colored military organizations, of which the colored people of the United States are very proud to be present and take part in the Inaugural Parade on March 4th. Included in this number are the “Old fifteenth,” of New York, now known as the 369th Infantry; the Eighth Illinois, of Chicago; the First Separate Batallion of the District of Columbia; and Company L, of Massachusetts, the latter two of which were units of the 372nd Regiment of Infantry overseas. The First Separate Company of Maryland is not included. Doctor Scott states that he feels quite sure that the Governors of the States of New York, Illinois, and Massachusetts will gladly cooperate in the matter of sending these particular military units to Washington for President Coolidge’s inauguration. Colonel Arthur Little, commanding officer of the 369th Infantry, the “Old Fifteenth,” of New York, has written a very cordial letter in which he states that he has already formally applied through military channels for official designation to be among those military units of the organization to represent the State of New York at the inauguration.

February 14, 1925 Governors Alone Able to Bring Troops to the Coolidge Inaugural

Washington, D.C. - Governors of the several States alone may bring troops to the Coolidge inaugural March 4th, according to Colonel F. A. Fenning, chairman of the Inaugural Committee. This statement was the reply to the request of Dr. Emmett J. Scott, to include units of the Maryland, Massachusetts, Chicago and New York National Guards in the parade. Colonel Fenning suggested that the organization get in touch with the governors of their respective states.

March 7, 1925 PRESIDENT COOLIDGE TAKES OATH NO MENTION OF NEGRO IN THE INAUGURAL Coolidge Confines Address to Law Enforcement, Economy, Americanism

RITCHIE IN PARADE None of Race in Unit Which Represents State of Maryland Washington, D.C. - In his inaugural address today, President Coolidge made no declaration of policy toward the Negro. Rather his keynote was Americanism. He dwelt largely upon law enforcement, international understandings, greater economy and lower taxes. Law Obedience He declared that in a republic the first rule for the guidance of the citizens is obedience to law. “Those who want their rights respected under the Constitution and the law,” he said. Ought to set the example themselves of observing the Constitution and the law.” He said that “we could, with profit, be less sectional and more national in our thought. It would be well if we could replace much that is only a false and ignorant prejudice with a true and enlightened pride of race. But the last election showed that appeals to class and nationality had little effect. We were all found loyal to a common citizenship. The fundamental precept of liberty is toleration. We can not permit any inquisition either within or without the law or apply any religious test to the holding of office. The mind of America must be forever free.” Here Stands America In an eloquent peroration he declared that “Here stands our country, an example of tranquility at home, a patron of tranquility abroad. Here stands its Government, aware of its

on immigration. Thus there appeared to be little or no appetite to address the Black community’s plight. However, as the country unknowingly made its approach towards the economic cliffs of the Great Depression, hope continuously abounded in the Black community for the recognition and legal protection it so terribly wanted and indeed needed. might but obedient to its conscience. Here it will continue to stand, seeking peace and prosperity, solicitously for the welfare of the wage earner, promoting enterprise, developing waterways and natural resources, attentive to the intuitive counsel of womanhood, encouraging education, desire the advancement of religion, supporting the cause of justice and honor among the nations. “America seeks no earthly empire built on blood and force. No ambition, no temptation, lures her to thought of foreign dominions. The legions which she sends forth are armed, not with the sword, but with the cross. The higher state to which she seeks the allegiance of all mankind is not of human, but of divine origin. She cherishes no purpose save to merit the favor of Almighty God.”

Starts Out at Eleven Setting out from the White House shortly after 11 o’clock Wednesday morning. President Coolidge rode down Pennsylvania Avenue with Mrs. Coolidge to the Capitol. He attended the swearing in of Charles Dawes as Vice President at the Senate at noon, repaired to the East front of the Capitol where he took the oath of office. The presidential party then returned to the White House for luncheon and 2:30 in the afternoon occupied the reviewing stand on the side walk directly opposite the White House where the parade was viewed. Race in Parade Members of the race were in the units from New York, Pennsylvania and several other states. None were in the Maryland unit, headed by Governor Ritchie.

March 14, 1925 Go to it, Mr. Coolidge

For the past nineteen months, Mr. Calvin Coolidge has been president of the United States, filling out the unexpired term of the late President Warren G. Harding. Today he occupies the White House in his own right. In his inaugural address Wednesday of last week, he said: In a republic the first rule for the guidance of the citizen is obedience to law. Under a despotism the law may be imposed upon the subject. He has no voice in its making, no influence in its administration, it does not represent him. Under a free government the citizen makes his own laws, chooses his own administrators, which do represent him. Those who want their rights respected under the Constitution and the law ought to set the example themselves of observing the Constitution and the law. While there may be those of high intelligence who violate the law at times, the barbarian and the defective always violate it. Those who disregard the rules of society are not exhibiting a superior intelligence, are not promoting freedom and independence, are not following the path of civilization, but are displaying the traits of ignorance, of servitude, of savagery, and treading the way that leads back to the jungle To whatever else this straightforward and strong language of the new president applies, it certainly refers to the situation in the Southern States, where the 14th and 15th Amendments to the constitution are fragrantly and constantly violated. A number of daily newspapers under the influence of the “wet” forces suggest to the President that he should not insist too strongly upon the enforcement of the prohibition amendment (the 18th), unless he means likewise to put the machinery of the government behind the strict enforcement of the 14th and 15th, which guarantee the Negro the right to vote and provide for decrease in congressional representation in case he doesn’t. These same “wet” newspapers are probably opposed to the enforcement of the 14th and 15th amendments as much as they are to the 18th, which would make the United States dry. In their contention, there, they are not acting from any love of the constitution as the law of the land, or from any desire to see the Negro treated as a citizen. To the contrary, they are convinced that the President lacks the courage to face the South and declare it must obey the constitution as it affects the right of the Negro to vote and so long as he does, their arguments will weaken any justification for the enforcement of the prohibition amendment. “Cal the silent” is not of necessity “Cal the weak.” Last Wednesday he took the oath upon his old family Bible to defend the whole constitution and to enforce it, which includes all the amendments. It may prove that Mr. Coolidge is aware of the binding force of his new obligation, that he is fully conscious of his duty to the whole people, and that he will be as quick to enforce one amendment as the other. Certainly at the beginning of his administration, no well-wisher of his should think otherwise. Mr. Coolidge, you’re the confidence of millions who voted against you as well as the millions who voted for you. You are the pilot of the ship of state for the next four years. Now go ahead and run it.

April 18, 1925 “Silent Cal” Coolidge

To would-be race office holders, President Coolidge is the same “Silent Cal” he was before election. Men and women who took the stump during the campaign and declared the country would go to the bow-wows unless LaFollette and Davis were defeated have left Washington on the long trail back home convinced that the Coolidge plums are as scarce as those of Harding and Taft. It’s a pretty bitter dose for the politicians to swallow. They imagined Mr. Coolidge would be more loquacious, that he would establish other records besides the handshaking record. And so the job seekers are disappointed. They say the President receives them as graciously as ever, and in answer to requests for jobs drawls, “I’ll bear that in mind.” If he would only say “yes” or “no,” politicians would know what to do, but the President, like Br’er Fox, “lays low and says nothing.”


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Book Discussion Enoch Pratt Free Library, Edmonson Ave. Branch, 4330 Edmondson Ave., Baltimore. 2 p.m. Read and discuss If I Can’t Have You by Mary B. Morrison. For more information: 410-3960996.

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The Maryland of Thurgood Marshall

In a year when volunteers from Maryland played a major role in re-electing America’s first Black President, it is worthwhile recalling the lasting civil rights legacy of our State. This has been University of Maryland Law School Professor Larry Gibson’s mission for nearly four decades. I know this because he has been my mentor since high school. Congressman I was Larry Gibson’s law Elijah Cummings clerk in 1975 when Professor Gibson, a skilled civil rights advocate himself, first met Thurgood Marshall late one August night. He and a colleague were seeking an emergency order in the case of former Baltimore City Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Roland N. Patterson. For a couple of hours, Justice Marshall regaled the young lawyers with his obvious affection for his home town of Baltimore This truth about Baltimore and the man whom many consider Maryland’s greatest gift to America set my teacher and friend off on a journey to discover Justice Marshall’s beginnings. In his resulting biography, Young Thurgood: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice, which had its public debut at the Pratt Library on Dec. 13, Professor Gibson brought that odyssey to a remarkable conclusion. Larry Gibson thoroughly and brilliantly illustrates how, during the first three decades of the 20th Century, the creative tension between Maryland’s border state culture and our tradition of advocacy by the largest “Free Black” population outside the Old South called young Thurgood Marshall to the Civil Rights Movement. Professor Gibson traces Thurgood Marshall’s unrelenting efforts to prepare himself for a life of advocacy – and how the civil rights lawyers of his youth became his role models and colleagues. He reveals how our own Baltimore AFRO American and the Oliver and Mitchell families, in particular, earned special commendation by their dedicated efforts during the struggles for justice, economic opportunity, fair housing and our other civil rights. In a very real sense, he allows us to view Thurgood Marshall in double exposure because he reveals the Justice through our lense. By recounting his life of our community, he allows us all to see ourselves in this real and often heroic chapter of our history. I commend Young Thurgood, however, not only to African Americans but to every American of every ethnic background who wishes to better understand our nation’s ongoing struggle for universal civil rights. We are living in a time when callous efforts at voter suppression continue to plague our civic and political life. Those attacks, as well as the ongoing struggle for economic opportunity, better education, affordable healthcare and decent housing, reveal a hard but necessary truth. The Civil Rights Movement in America, far from being over, is just beginning. This reality, as much as our profound admiration for a giant in America’s legal evolution toward a more just society, is why Young Thurgood should have a honored place on the bookshelves of every home where it can touch our hearts and

minds and those of our children. For myself, both as an American of Color, and as a lawyer, I can’t help having a special place in my heart for Justice Thurgood Marshall, who once lived on Druid Hill Avenue not far from where I live today. In 1935, two years after he began his law practice here in Baltimore, the young lawyer took up the cause of Donald Murray in what, ultimately, was a successful legal effort to integrate the University of Maryland School of Law. On Murray’s behalf, Marshall & Charles Hamilton Houston challenged Maryland’s racially exclusionary policy in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Circuit Court Judge Eugene O’Dunne agreed, and the Maryland Court of Appeals affirmed in Murray v. Pearson. As a result, I could attend the University of Maryland School of Law in 1973. Juan Williams, in his 1990 Washington Post article on Marshall, reported the recollection of another of my mentors, NAACP lawyer Juanita Jackson Mitchell: “The colored people in Baltimore were on fire when Thurgood did that....They were euphoric with victory. . . . We didn’t know about the Constitution. He brought us the Constitution as a document like Moses brought his people the Ten Commandments.” Thurgood Marshall had embarked on a 18-year journey

which would take him through Chambers v. Florida, Smith v. Allwright, Shelley v. Kraemer and Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. It was a journey that, ultimately, would make him Solicitor General of the United States and an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. In Young Thurgood, Professor Gibson’s exhaustive research tells us the beginnings of that historic effort. As Americans, we need to know this story. We need to know why and how Thurgood Marshall and others helped us to become a better nation. As we reflect upon Professor Gibson’s answer to those questions, we, ourselves, will be better prepared to continue the Civil Rights Movement of our own time. We must never forget Juanita Jackson Mitchell’s words: We didn’t know about the Constitution. He brought us the Constitution as a document like Moses brought his people the Ten Commandments. Moving forward with that legacy remains our challenge today – and for reminding us of this calling, Professor Larry Gibson deserves our commendation and applause. Congressman Elijah Cummings represents Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.

The Real ‘First Black President’ “Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, what they did was William Reed hard. It takes time. It takes more than a single term. It takes more than a single president … and more than a single individual.” – Barack Obama Barack Obama became America’s first Black president in 2009. Nelson Rohihlahia Mandela preceded Obama to the top of his government, being inaugurated as South Africa’s first Black president on May 10, 1994. Both presidents will be remembered in history but the 94-year-old Mandela holds higher “street cred.” He commands a level of respect that grew out of issues that are 40 years ahead of Obama. Born July 18, 1918 in the Transkei region of South Africa, Mandela was steeped in Black culture. Mandela’s life and works represent a vision and values that demonstrate new levels of achievement and life’s possibilities for Blacks. Mandela’s father was Tembu Tribe Chief Henry Mandela. Nelson was groomed to become the next chief to rule his tribe. He attended the prestigious all-Black Fort Hare College, a key institution in higher education for Black Africans from 1916-1959. Fort Hare created an African elite that was part of many movements and governments of newly independent African countries. Not to be confused with Obama’s post-racial ideology, Mandela represents real Black power. He is the movement’s uncompromising force and figure. When he realized that non-violence would not suffice, Mandela resorted to guerilla warfare to achieve his means. The U.S. government still considers Mandela and the ANC as terrorists. Mandela still needs to get a special waiver to enter the U.S. The iconic struggle between the apartheid regime of South Africa and those who resisted it has a complex timeline that begins with

the founding of Cape Town in 1652 by the Dutch East India Company as a way station between the Netherlands and the East Indies. As it developed into a settlement, it was populated by the European ancestors of the Afrikaners, who eventually were the White minority comprising less than 20 percent of the population but who had nearly complete control of the nation’s government and economy. November 1962, the United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution 1761, establishing the United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid and imposing economic sanctions on South Africa. Through campus demonstrations,

“The iconic struggle between the apartheid regime of South Africa and those who resisted it has a complex timeline…” corporate boycotts, media and music campaigns, the U.S.based activists helped galvanize efforts against apartheid. The international movement of solidarity with the South African struggle was arguably the biggest social movement the world has seen. In his lifetime, Mandela went from anti-apartheid activist to prisoner to South Africa’s first Black president from 1994

to 1999. It’s important to note Mandela’s militant activism. In 1962 he was arrested, convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. He served 27 years, many of these on Robben Island. Following his Feb. 11, 1990 release, Mandela used reconciliation between Whites and Blacks as the bedrock of the “Rainbow Nation.” Mandela became the globe’s symbol of resistance to racism. But, as we enter 2013, an overwhelming majority of South Africans now see him as a figure firmly rooted in the past with limited impact on their future. Democratic South Africa, the “Rainbow Nation” is just 18 years old. Most of the nation’s people were children or not even born when Mandela was released from prison in 1990. A whole generation has been “born free” since racial segregation ended with the country’s first democratic elections in 1994. Almost 60 percent of South Africans are under 35 years old – 29 percent are younger than 15. With this country’s Blacks’ adoration of Obama, it’s important to point out that both their Black presidencies have left some wanting and illustrate the “fool’s gold” Blacks have about “political empowerment.” In both places, the races remain bitterly divided by economics: White households’ incomes in both countries are six times higher than that of their Black counterparts. Mandela calls Israel’s structure of political and cultural relationship with Palestinians, an “apartheid system.” Obama baits Palestinians with the possibility of resumption of U.S. aid on condition they “renounce terrorism.” William Reed is head of the Business Exchange Network and available for speaking/seminar projects through the Bailey

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Black Unemployment Continued from A3

the year, the number of adults working and looking for work, reflected in the

labor participation rate, fell 0.2 points. The Black labor force also contracted

(from 62.4 percent in October to 61.3 percent in November), despite a

dramatic 1.1 percent drop in the unemployment rate to 13.2 percent in November. Economists often cite the small sample size for the month-to-month fluctuations in the unemployment rate for Blacks.

In comparison, the labor participation rate for Whites was 63.7 percent and the unemployment rate was 6.8 percent roughly half the rate for Blacks. As President Obama and Speaker of the House John

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Boehner, war over 2 percent of the population, economists recommend actions that could bring peace of mind to the 98 percent this holiday season. In a statement on the November jobs report, Chad Stone, chief economist at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a non-partisan economic research group wrote: “Policymakers could create a much rosier outlook for jobless workers and the economy generally if they would swiftly negotiate a deal that avoids the ‘fiscal cliff’ and raises the debt limit at the same time. The deal should include a set of measures, including an extension of federal emergency unemployment insurance (UI) for another year, that help the recovery gain strength while deficitreduction measures phase in.” Stone added that, “A deal that does not include an extension of federal emergency UI and provide other shorter-term stimulus measures would not just be cruel to jobless workers, it would make the recovery slower than it has to be.” Stone joins a chorus of economists urging lawmakers to cut a deal that includes extending the unemployment insurance benefits. Almost 2 million Americans get $1,200 a month in UI benefits. Nearly 1 million African Americans benefit from the program. “That’s not a complete dead weight,” said Margaret Simms, director of Urban Institute’s Low-Income Working Families project. “People will have more money to buy groceries and pay their rent and their utilities all of which feed back into the economy.” In a post titled, “Resilient Jobs Market Needs More Policy Help,” Adam Hersh, an economist at the Center for American Progress, said that President Obama’s plan will not only help families keep food on the dinner table, but also “strengthen recovery today and economic competitiveness tomorrow. “ Hersh added: “President Barack Obama offers this in his proposal to resolve the fiscal showdown, with $200 billion proposed for a payroll tax cut, expanded infrastructure investment, incentives for business investment, and renewed unemployment insurance, among other policies.” Hersh said, that if politicians don’t act to jumpstart job growth, at the current 3-month trend, it would take nearly 20 years for our economy to return to “full employment.”

December 29, 2012 - January 4, 2013, The Afro-American

Mark and Janet Hobbs

From left, Anthony L. Jones, Debbie Allen, Gary Gray, Valerie Fraling, Mike Stokes, Freddi Vaughn and Sheilah Davenport


Freddi Vaughn and Susan Smallwood

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown greeting Hassan Murphy

Mike Miguel Stokes, A. Rod Womack and Atty. Paul Gardner Karenthia Barber, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Erica Jenerette

D. J. Kid Capri

From left, Laura Green, George T. Wilson, Harold Hayley, Sonja Sohm and Hassan Murphy

Pat Grier and Fitzhugh Alford

Victor Green and State Sen. Catherine Pugh

From left, Anthony Ilkhan, Don Trunk, Mike Stokes and Wm. Billy Murphy Jr.

John Cain, Kathy Cain and Stephanie Cain, Ronald McDonald House volunteers

Philanthropik, an exclusive holiday reception led by Zac McDaniels, was held Dec. 13 at the Mirage, 401 W. Baltimore St. The event provided the opportunity for many of Baltimore’s Black professionals to donate toys while having a good time together. The legendary DJ KID CAPRI rocked the party. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown was the honorary host and the Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Rice the special guest host. The toy drive benefits the Ronald McDonald House. Photos by Anderson Ward

Gary Gray and Brandi Proctor, Fox45

Khandi Leakes and Steve Ayers

Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice

Avis Payne, Janet Hobbs and Chez Phillips

Local McDonald’s owner Denitra Bell, white dress, and friends

Owners of EvillaHarold and Helen Edwards

The PGCAC 3d’s performing

Kimberly McCamey and Nicole Ebb

Fran Jackson, Chris Hicks and SharayOsborne

Dancing to the DJ’s grooving sounds

The Delta Sigma Theta Prince George’s County Alumnae Foundation turned Camelot by Martin’s in Upper Marlboro, Md. into “A Winter Wonderland” for its 2012 Holiday Splendor event. A special dance presentation was performed by the Marcellus Dance Group. Photos by Rob Roberts

Shawon Reed, MarcyCrump, SaritaMurray and Kendra Phipps

DeJuan DHov and Shalanda Moody Marcellus Dance Team performs

Guests at the casino table

Ayanna Nelson, Marcy Crump and Trinity Brown

Bianca Williams, Medeisa Hatton, Tilisha Queen and Meneisa Hatton

The Blessing by Minister Frenchettia C. Payne

George RayIII and Tarsha Fitzgerald

Special Delivery 2012 was hosted, Dec. 13, by Brandi Procter, Carpenter’s House, DeJuan DHov Events, Eden’s Lounge and Evilla Family, George Ray Agency, Hair Couture Salon, Moody Creations, The Echelon Life, The Flywire and TOPKATS. Life Skills Center is shipping over 1000 books to Baltimore for kids in need with more to come! The Carpenter’s House adopted 200 Baltimore City children who are really in need. They are all from single parent households or from Alternative Directions a program that serves children with incarcerated parents.

Joan Brown, Delores McClain, Co-Chair, Holiday Splendor, June James and Tawanda Rooney

Guests going though the buffet line

RobertScott, SeanNelson, GarrySmith, Rashidi Scott and Travis Blackston Photography Will Cunningham, BMofH Photography

Seated - Delores Frazer, Delores McClain and Norma Hatot; Standing - Richard Brown, Charlotte Brown, Monsie Brandon, Elma Brandon and James McClain

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In Memoriam Baltimore 2012

Joseph Russ, 98

Clarence Mitchell III, 72

Benjamin Whitten, 89

Laura M. Phillips, 92

Marilyn Pickett, 65

Robert L. Carter, 94

Ernest L. Simms, 70

Bernard M. Thompson Sr., 64

Pearl E.B. Leggett, 100

Emanuel Dean Sr., 65

Stephanie L.D. Hunt, 49

Myrtle L.A.A. Roselle, 94

Frank Phillips III, 61

Cecelia D. Washington, 80

Willie B. Peete, 89

Doris E. McKinney, 82

Gwendolyn W. Mickle, 91

Barbara J.B. Martin, 66

Mary E.J. Pryor, 101

Paul E. Smith, 93

Palestine R.W. Anderson, 93

Gwendolyn E.S. Hillen, 91

William F. Leach, 88

James E. Murchison, 87

Ricky Spain, 63

Rudolph J. Redd Sr., 88

Dennis T. Taylor Jr., 68

John D. Paylor, 55

Mildred J. Moody, 61

Janette E. Aska, 60

Willie A. Harry, 81

Mildred Ford-Hyde, 59

Osborne A. Payne, 87

Kenneth Steele, 75

Melvin Moore Jr., 85

Vera W. Hall, 86

Alice G. T. Lynch, 92

Alice L.H. Gilliam, 93

Arrie M. Long, 86

Ty’Onna M. Jackson, 1

Myrtle L.T. Koger, 86

Winifred Craine, 87

December 29, 2012 - January 4, 2013, The Afro-American



Blacktrospective 2012

Kam’s Annual Assessment of the Best in Black Cinema By Kam Williams

Best Big Budget Black Films

 est Actor (Supporting B Role)

1. Think Like a Man 2. Sparkle

1. Dwight Henry (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

3. Thandie Newton (Good Deeds) 4. Queen Latifah (Joyful Noise) 5. Viola Davis (Won’t Back Down) 6. Zoe Kravitz(Yelling to the Sky) 7. Gabrielle Union (Good Deeds) 8. Jordin Sparks (Sparkle) 9. Halle Berry (Cloud Atlas) 10. Zoe Saldana (The Words)

Best Director (Feature Film)

1. Tim Story (Think Like a Man) 2. Salim Akil (Sparkle) 3. Tyler Perry (Good Deeds) 4. Peter Ramsey (Rise of the Guardians) 5. Anthony Hemingway (Red Tails)

Best Director (Independent Film)

The Central Park Five Think Like a Man

Beasts of the Southern Wild

1. Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere) 2. Andrew Dosunmu (Restless City) 3. Rel Dowdell (Changing the Game) 4. Victoria Mahoney (Yelling to the Sky) 5. Mario Van Peebles (We the Party)

Best Actress (Supporting Role)

Sparkle 2. Kevin Hart (Think Like a Man) 3. David Oyelowo (Middle of Nowhere) 4. Derek Luke (Sparkle) 5. Ice Cube (21 Jump Street) 6. Mike Epps (Sparkle) 7. Don Cheadle (Flight) 8. Keith David (Christmas in Compton) 9. Chris Tucker (Silver Linings Playbook) 10. Cuba Gooding, Jr. (Red Tails)

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3. Good Deeds 4. Flight 5. Won’t Back Down 6. Men in Black III 7. Safe House 8. Madea’s Witness Protection 9. Red Tails 10. Red Hook Summer

Best Independent Films 1. Beasts of the Southern Wild 2. Middle of Nowhere 3. Restless City 4. Changing the Game 5. Yelling to the Sky 6. Unconditional 7. We the Party 8. The Intouchables 9. Christmas in Compton 10. A Beautiful Soul

Best Actress (Lead Role) 1. Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) 2. Emayatzy Corinealdi (Middle of Nowhere)

1. Janks Morton (Hoodwinked) 2. Spike Lee (Bad 25) 3. Soul Food Junkies (Byron Hunt) 4. D. Channsin Berry and Bill Duke (Dark Girls) 5. Ice-T (Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap)




best actor best supporting actress best original song

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Best Documentaries

“One Of The BesT films Of The Year .”

1. The Central Park Five 2. The Loving Story 3. Hoodwinked 4. Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story 5. Soul Food Junkies 6. Marley 7. Brooklyn Castle 8. Dark Girls 9. Bad 25 10. Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap

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“a specTacular achievemenT.” Adam Green

“The mOsT JOYOus, epic experience

Best Actor (Lead Role)

1. Michael Ealy (Think Like a Man/Unconditional) 2. Denzel Washington (Safe House/Flight) 3. Will Smith (Men in Black III) 4. Tyler Perry (Good Deeds/Madea’s Witness Protection) 5. Alassane Sy (Restless City) 6. Sean Riggs (Changing the Game) 7. Nate Parker (Red Tails) 8. Mandela Van Peebles (We the Party) 9. Kirk Ponton (Velvet Elvis) 10. Omar Sy (The Intouchables)

Best Director (Documentary)

musical or comedy

Middle of Nowhere

1. Carmen Ejogo (Sparkle) 2. Naomie Harris (Skyfall) 3. Whitney Houston (Sparkle) 4. Meagan Good (Think Like a Man) 5. Irma P. Hall (Changing the Game) 6. Keke Palmer (Joyful Noise) 7. Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) 8. Jasmine Guy (October Baby) 9. Gloria Reuben (Lincoln) 10. Gabrielle Union (Think Like a Man)

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Meet the Pastor Rev. Dr. Alvin C. Hathaway Sr., 61 Union Baptist Church of Baltimore Grew up within the fellowship; associate minister, five years; assistant pastor, three years; senior pastor for 5 years. How did you hear your call to ministry? My call to ministry came during my twenties. I was a computer operator for the B & O Railroad Company. I worked the 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. shift at their Camden Yards office. During one evening shift a light appears that seemed to challenge me by asking why I was spending all my time working with machines, when God wanted me to work with His people. From that

moment on, I began a career that has evolved into my ministry as it is today. What was the biggest surprise when you started ministry? The Rev. Dr. Baxter L. Matthews, the eighth pastor of Union Baptist Church, said to me in 1981, “In ministry always remember the world is your pulpit.” As a product of the AfricanAmerican religious experience, we have a mandate to operate in a very wide context while staying grounded within our local community. What aspect are you most proud of? I’m particularly proud of the people of Union Baptist Church who are very proud, faithful and strategic in their service to the community. I’m able to carry on the rich tradition of providing

Rev. Hathaway and his wife, Kathleen Brice

Men’s Day at Union Baptist

Rev. Hathaway with Bishop Dennis Proctor

Holiday Worship Services

Celebrations of Faith for the Season

Welcome to the Greater Church of The Risen Savior

Greater Church and Ministries 5615 The Alameda Baltimore, MD 21239 410-323-4175

Founding Senior Pastors Dr. Victor Folks Dr. Denise L. Folks

Sunday Meditation in the WORD 9:30 a.m. Sunday Pastor Class 10:00 a.m. Sunday Morning Glory 11:00 a.m. Wednesday evening Prayer and Bible Class 7 p.m. 3rd Saturdays - Kingdom Classes 8:30 a.m.

Head Start services to families of need. I serve as the president/ CEO of the Harvey Johnson/Union Baptist Head Start program. It was begun by the Rev. Vernon N. Dobson, Dorothy P. Mapp and Lavern Stewart over 44 years ago. Since that time, we have served over 7,000 children with early childhood educational enrichment and training. Many have gone on to do wonderful things. In fact the current director, Gayle Headen, is a product of our program. I am also proud of Union Baptist Church embracing the use of technology. We developed a Cyber Center which has high speed Internet service and over 40 computer terminals. Youth participate in our Cyber Center Club and receive tutoring, mentoring and academic and career advice. What’s the most exciting thing about your ministry? The collaboration that is developing among my ministry colleagues: Rev. Dr. S. Todd Yeary, Douglas Memorial Community Church, Rev. Dr. Arnold Howard, Enon Baptist Church, Rev. Dr. Lester A. McCorn, Pennsylvania Avenue A.M.E. Zion Church, Rev. Dr. Darron McKinney, Macedonia Baptist Church and Rev. Dr. J. L. Carter, The Ark Church. We are affectionately known as “The Doctors.” Through that collaboration we have created a non-profit organization: Community Churches for Community Development, and a Certified Community Development Entity: Trinity Development Enterprises, L.L.C. We sponsor a program in collaboration with The University of Maryland Baltimore called Promise Heights. How does social media enhance your ministry, or not? Social Media is a fantastic tool. I regularly post activities, meditations and announcements for my 5,000 Facebook followers. I have a blog: which is entitled, “Daily Walking, Working and Winning by God’s Word.” I regularly tweet at twitter@PastorHathaway. I post on Instagram as URBANMINISTER. Through social media I’m able to maintain regular contact with friends, associates, family and church members regardless of where they may be and live. I encourage every ministry member to learn the many ways we can communicate and to master aspects of the technology. Who in your community most inspires you? My father in the ministry, the Rev. Dr. A.C.D. Vaughn, Sharon Baptist Church would be the person who most inspires me in ministry. He has the unique ability to maintain relationships across time, geography and age. He is always encouraging, thoughtful and confidential. He is committed to the struggle for empowerment and represents our people very well. He inspires me by his wit, his intellect, and his love of God, family, church and community. I love to sit at his feet and be blessed, to hear the stories of people of faith, and to be challenged by his mind to do and be more. What’s your favorite form of recreation? Self care? My favorite form of recreation is my regular exercise routine at Coppin State University’s Fitness Center. Next would be travel within the States, as well as internationally. In terms of self care, I read regularly and widely. I have a team of doctors I regularly see. I eat moderately and I monitor what I eat. I spent my mornings in prayer and meditation.

December 29, 2012 - January 4, 2013, The Afro-American

Baltimore Native Returns Home for ‘Harlem Globetrotter Day’ By Alexis Taylor Special to the AFRO Jonte “Too Tall” Hall is a long way from the commodes he used to scrub before he became a professional basketball player with the Harlem Globetrotters. Even then he stayed focused. The five-foottwo athlete always knew he would be more than a custodian from Baltimore. Now, 30 years after his childhood began in downtown Baltimore’s McCulloh Homes projects, the star has returned to celebrate not only his own success, but the recent naming of Dec. 29 as “Harlem Globetrotter Day” in his hometown. “It’s a blessing,” Hall told the AFRO, speaking about how it feels to return to Baltimore. “I was told I would never be a professional basketball player but this has been a dream come true.” Hall is the shortest man to ever don the red, white, and blue uniform, complete with its’ signature striped red and white shorts. He joined the Globetrotters in 2010 after a short stint with rival team, The Generals, and says he plans to stay as long as possible. Muggsy Bogues, Earl Boykins, and Too Tall’s uncle, Ernest Hall, who also had a career in professional basketball overseas, all served as icons and role models for the young athlete. “He was the type of child that always had that dream and never gave up on it. People would say ‘you’re too short,’ or ‘you’re getting to old’ but he always went to the camps and continued trying out for different teams,” said Melvina N. Christian, mother of the basketball prodigy. “I brought him a basketball at the age of four. He would sleep with it and take it everywhere we’d go,” she said. Hall first began playing basketball on a team at age 6. The jokes and episodes of ridicule soon followed. “Why are you so short? Why are you so tiny?,” Hall remembers other children asking, verbal bullying he said did nothing to deter him. “All my life I had to work on my jump shots. I would stay in the gym extra hours to perfect the tougher shots so I could be successful.” Hall said his belief in persistence is a main message for youth and others striving for a dream. “You can do anything you put your mind to but it starts at home and in the classroom. If you respect your parents and your teachers, the sky is the limit, but you have to be mentally focused and mentally ready for all the challenges.” Begun in 1926 with only five players, according to

(Courtesy/Harlem Globetrotters)

Jonte “Too Tall” Hall will return to his hometown to play a double-header game with the Harlem Globetrotters at 1st Mariner Arena.

a timeline of events on the official Globetrotters website, the team has become most famous for the hundreds of tricks and turns displayed in each exhibition game

in which the focus these days is not on winning. The 30-member team has become known for infusing a heightened level of artistry when it comes to ball

handling, comedy and the excitement of the game itself. Aside from wowing fans on the court, the Harlem Globetrotters also engage in a wealth of community

activities that include special visits and programming for schools and children’s hospitals. The team has also taken a special interest in putting an end to bullying.


The team will donate 100 free tickets to the Dec. 29 game, which will be a double-header at the 1st Mariner Arena in downtown Baltimore.


The Afro-American, December 29, 2012 - January 4, 2013

“MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR !” “PICTURES SPEAK A THOUSAND WORDS” Happy holidays to you, my friends. May God bless each and every one of you and your families and loved ones. This is such a wonderful time of the year. This week my column is a

collage of pictures that will help you decide what to do for the New Year’s weekend and New Year’s Eve. Believe me pictures do speak a thousand words. I want to thank The Afro-

American Newspaper and its staff for giving me this year with you, for allowing me the space in their newspaper so I can keep you informed of the local entertainment news. I want to thank you,

my fans for reading me, “Rambling Rose.” I want to thank you for buying the newspaper, keeping up on your subscriptions and reading me on line. My heart is heavy with much love for

you all. It has been 17 years since I began making my words come alive with you in the columns of the Afro. Let’s make it 18 years. Please enjoy the holidays. Happy Kwanzaa! Happy New

Year! Be safe. If you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at rosapryor@aol. com. UNTIL NEXT YEAR, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.

Charles “Rudy” Faison is hosting his ultimate New Year’s Eve Black Tie Affair on Dec. 31, at the Hampton Conference Center, located 207 W. Hampton Place in Capital Heights, Md. The live entertainment includes the group “Lakeside and The Dramatics. For ticket information, call 443-8011100.

Trinity Chapter #5 of the Order of the Eastern Star of the Prince Hall Masons invites you to their annual Family and Friends Holiday Party on Dec. 29, 6-9 p.m. at the Tokyo Seafood Buffet Hibachi Grill, 6901 #B Security Blvd, in Windsor Mill. RSVP to Sis. Monique Lewis at or call 443939-1556. The M C Booze Band will perform at the Five Mile House, 5302 Reisterstown Rd., Dec. 29, 6-9 p.m. for the club’s After Christmas Holiday Party.

Frank Washington, former lead singer of the legendary Spinners is performing at the Arch Social Club on Dec. 30, 5-10 p.m. For ticket information, call 410-294-7244. Maceo’s Lounge presents a “New Year’s Eve Live Show and Party” featuring The Slagz Band on Dec. 31, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. 1926 N. Monroe Street. They will have a cash bar and food for sale. For information, call 410523-3117.

Winfield Parker is headlining the pre-New Year’s show at the Arch Social Club, 2426 Pennsylvania Ave. on Dec. 30, 5-10 p.m. For ticket information, call 410-358-9661.

The Winstons, known for their song {Color Him Father} will perform at the Arch Social Club on Dec. 30, 5-10 p.m., for a pre-New Year’s Eve show.

The Intruders will perform at the “Annual New Year’s Eve Old School Party” at the Champagne Ballroom, 2701 W. Patapsco Avenue. Ticket prices will include a hot and cold buffet, open bar, party hats and favors and a champagne toast. For ticket information, call 410644-3434.

December 29, 2012 - January 4, 2013, The Afro-American

In Memoriam D.C. 2012

Aubrey S. Nash, 62

Bernie McCain, 75

Chuck Brown, 75

Adrian Morris, 23

Janice Brown, 55

Frances L. Powell, 75


Harold Brooks Jr., 91

Mervyn Dymally, 86

Bertha M. Bell, 77

John Payton, 65

Maria H. Cole, 89

Melvin Hoes, 86

Rufus D. Wells III, 71

Elizabeth Gibbs, 106

RoseAnn W. Elliott, 90

Brenda W. Gibbs, 55

Lucille N. Polk, 93

Aubrey W. Carter, 87

Lawrence Guyot, 73

Josephine S. Wade, 94

Alma J. Johnson, 95

Paul E. Smith, 71

Tommie W. Gray, 79

Michael C. Duncan, 54

Donna Summer, 63

Rodney King, 47

Don Cornelius, 75

Mary Smith, 92

King I. James Sr., 73

Lindy F. Baucum, 45

Edward M. Winslow Jr., 72

Patrick C. Onwuachi, 83

Isaac S. Smith Jr., 68

Robert Merritt Jr., 86

Mattie I.J. Darden, 83

Whitney Houston, 48

Donald Payne, 77

Etta James, 73

Hattie D. Hicks, 77

Sherman Hemsley, 74

Clarence S. Wallace, 78

Dennis N. Logan, 87


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The City of Hagerstown (”City”) is issuing this Request for Proposal (”RFP”) for Construction Management Services for the R.C. Willson Water Treatment Plant Phase IV Improvements, per the attached instructions & specifications to bidders. A copy of the RFP can be downloaded and printed from the City’s website at All inquires should be directed, in writing, to Erica Bonilla, Accountant, 1 East Franklin Street, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740. Telephone 301-739-8577, ext. 188 or by email atebonilla@

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Sealed bids will be received at the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 1 East Franklin Street, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740, until 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at which time they will be opened and publicly read. All bids must be sealed and marked: ”Bid P1535.12 Construction Management Services - R.C. Willson Water Treatment Plant, Phase IV Improvements.” The City of Hagerstown will not assume the responsibility for any bids mailed or delivered to any address other than: Office of the City Clerk, 1 East Franklin Street, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740. The City of Hagerstown shall make positive efforts to utilize Disadvantaged Business Enterprises for its supplies and services and shall allow these sources the maximum feasible opportunity to compete for contracts. The City of Hagerstown does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age and disability in employment or provision of services. The City of Hagerstown reserves the right to accept proposals individually or collectively, to accept or reject any or all proposals, waive any informalities, and take whatever action is to the best interest of the City of Hagerstown. CITY OF HAGERSTOWN

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TYPESET: Mon DecCity 24Clerk 11:53:21 EST 2012 cc: Donna Spickler, PUBLIC NOTICE Hearing scheduled for proposed new elementary school on Mays Chapel site What: The Board of Education of Baltimore County will hold a public hearing concerning the construction of a new elementary school on the Mays Chapel site as required by the Education Article, Section 4-116. The Board is expected to vote on the matter at its February 5, 2013, meeting. When: Monday, January 14, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. Sign-up for those members of the public wishing to speak begins at 5:00 p.m. at Loch Raven High School on the day of the hearing. Each speaker will be allotted three minutes. Where: Loch Raven High School, 1212 Cowpens Avenue, in Towson. (From the Beltway, take exit 29A (Cromwell Bridge Road), turn left onto Cromwell Bridge Road, turn left onto Cowpens Avenue to the school entrance on the right.)



CITY OF BALTIMORE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS BUREAU OF WATER AND WASTEWATER NOTICE OF LETTING Sealed Bids or Proposals, in duplicate addressed to the Board of Estimates of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and marked for Water Contract 1239-Water Appurtenance Installations will be received at the Office of the Comptroller, Room 204, City Hall, Baltimore, Maryland until 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, January 23, 2013. Positively no bids will be received after 11:00 A.M. Bids will be publicly opened by the Board of Estimates in Room 215, City Hall at Noon. The Contract Documents may be examined, without charge, at the Department of Public Works Service Center located on the first floor of the Abel Wolman Municipal Building, 200 N. Holliday Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 as of Friday, December 21, 2012 and copies may be purchased for a non-refundable cost of $50.00. Conditions and requirements of the Bid are found in the bid package. All contractors bidding on this Contract must first be prequalified by the City of Baltimore Contractors Qualification Committee. Interested parties should call 410-396-6883 or contact the Committee at 751 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. If a bid is submitted by a joint venture (JV), then in that event, the document that established the JV shall be submitted with the bid for verification purposes. The Prequalification Category required for bidding on this project is B02551 Water MainsCost Qualification Range for this work shall be $4,000,000.01 to $5,000,000.00 A ”Pre-Bidding Information” session will be conducted on the 3rd Floor Conference Room of the Bureau of Water & Wastewater, Abel Wolman Municipal Building on December 27, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. Principal Item of work for this project are: Replacement/installation of fire hydrants, valves, and appurtenances, 12” thru 6” Ductile Iron pipe and fittings, water supply services, water meters and vaults, sidewalk restoration, curb & gutter, and roadway paving as required. The MBE goal is 10% The WBE goal is 6% WATER CONTRACT 1239 APPROVED: Bernice H. Taylor Clerk, Board of Estimates APPROVED: Alfred H. Foxx Director of Public Works

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CITY OF BALTIMORE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS BUREAU OF WATER AND WASTEWATER NOTICE OF LETTING Sealed Bids or Proposals, in duplicate addressed to the Board of Estimates of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and marked for Water Contract 1261-On-Call/Urgent Need Infrastructure Rehabilitation will be received at the Office of the Comptroller, Room 204, City Hall, Baltimore, Maryland until 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, January 23, 2013. Positively no bids will be received after 11:00 A.M. Bids will be publicly opened by the Board of Estimates in Room 215, City Hall at Noon. The Contract Documents may be examined, without charge, at the Department of Public Works Service Center located on the first floor of the Abel TYPESET: Mon Dec 24 11:52:55 EST 2012 Wolman Municipal Building, 200 N. Holliday Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 as of Friday, December 21, 2012 and copies may be purchased for a non-refundable cost of $50.00. Maryland Department of Housing Conditions and requirements of the Bid are found in the bid package. All contractors bidding on this Contract must first be prequalified by the City and Community Development (DHCD) of Baltimore Contractors Qualification Committee. Interested parties Loan/Insurance Underwriter II Contractual should call 410-396-6883 or contact the Committee at 751 Eastern Avenue, ”Be SMART” Baltimore, Maryland 21202. If a bid is submitted by a joint venture Underwriter (”JV”), then in that event, the document that established the JV shall be submitted with the bid for verification purposes. The Prequalification Category required for bidding on this project is B02551 Recruitment#: 12-999999-701 Water Mains Filing Deadline: January 9, 2013, 11:59 pm Cost Qualification Range for this work shall be $5,000,000.01 to Salary: $19.69 - $25.50 per hour $10,000,000.00 (Grade 16/base - step 9) A ”Pre-Bidding Information” session will be conducted on the 3rd Floor DHCD seeks an underwriter to process complex single family Conference Room of the Bureau of Water & Wastewater, Abel Wolman special loans projects, perform compliance review on closed Municipal Building on December 27, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. Principal Item of work for this project are: loans, and develop correspondence as necessary to support Installation of various size new ductile iron pipe, fittings, and appurthe Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant tenances, cleaning & cement mortar lining of various size water mains, (EECBG) Better Buildings Program. Single family loan/ replacement of various size valves and fire hydrants, renew and remortgage experience required. Please visit the link above for placement of water house connections. Installation of corrosion control and more information and to apply monitoring system, abandonment of existing water mains and various water TYPESET: Mon Dec 24 11:54:37 ESTonline. 2012 EOE appurtenances. The MBE goal is 16% The WBE goal is 6% WATER CONTRACT 1261 ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY CAREER OPPORTUNITIES APPROVED: Bernice H. Taylor Clerk, Board of Estimates APPROVED: Alfred H. Foxx TYPESET: Mon Dec 24 11:56:22 EST 2012 Director of Public Works CITY OF BALTIMORE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION PUBLIC NOTICE COMMUNITY MEETING Park Circle Intersection Improvement Project In an effort to educate the community about the upcoming project, a community meeting will be held. January 31, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Zeta Community Center 4501 Reisterstown Road Baltimore, Maryland 21215 If you have any questions, comments or need special accommodations please contact: Ms. Kohl Fallin Northwest Transportation Liaison 443-984-4095 Or email Receive regular updates via Facebook At Baltimore City, Department of Transportation Or on Twitter at Baltimore City, Department of Transportation KHALIL ZAIED, DIRECTOR DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION


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