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NAACP Makes Maryland Focus on Death Penalty Abolition


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NAACP President and CEO focuses on Maryland to make the state the next part of the country where the death penalty is no longer a form of punishment.

Joining key Maryland legislators with civil rights and community activists one day before the Maryland General Assembly reconvenes, national leaders of the NAACP met January 10 to position Maryland as the next state in the nation to do away with capital punishment. “We know that when you seek the death penalty instead of life without the possibility of parole you literally spend hundreds of thousands of Continued on A3

Tavis Smiley Fired as Speaker for Criticizing Obama By Afro Staff (January 10, 2012) Tavis Smiley is out as speaker for the annual Martin Luther King luncheon Jan. 16 at Peoria, Illinois Civic Center. Michael Eric Dyson is in, tentatively, according to the Journal Star newspaper. Public Employees for Community Concerns, the city of Peoria employee group that sponsors the luncheon, canceled the contract with Smiley amid growing concerns about a backlash to his appearance. Pam Adams reported that following a local book club’s public pronouncement of its decision to boycott Smiley because of his criticisms of President Barack Obama, the local NAACP and a private family group also asked for refunds on tickets purchased for tables of 10. While that totals only 30 people who requested refunds, Alma Brown, a city employee and key organizer of the luncheon, said she has received so many complaints about Smiley she is worried about ticket sales, Adams wrote. About 1,220 tickets had been sold as of Wednesday. Brown said she usually gets “tons” of calls for tickets right Continued on A3

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Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum was on his grind in Iowa and his reward was a virtual tie for first place in the Iowa Caucuses last week,

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(January 10, 2012) Maryland still operates a segregated higher education system – and those students attending the state’s four historically Black colleges and universities are not receiving as qualitative an education as if they were at Maryland’s traditionally White institutions, an expert witness testified Tuesday. “The dual education systems remain,” testified Clifton F. Conrad, a professor at the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. He testified for the Coalition for Excellence in Maryland Higher Education Inc. in its lawsuit against the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Tuesday marked the fifth day of testimony in the trial, which Continued on A6

By Alexis Taylor AFRO Staff Writer

Baltimore authorities, community leaders, and citizens alike were all able to end 2011 on a much needed low note last month. For the first time in nearly three decades, the homicide rate in Baltimore city decreased to 196 murders. While one life lost is one too many, the drop in crime has been a major win for the city, helped along in large part by the community organizations that refuse to give up on their neighborhoods. Residents of communities that have been labeled the most dangerous areas of Baltimore City, such as McElderry Park, have seen an even more drastic drop in homicides and shootings. Two time president of the McElderry Park Community Association,

Santorum’s American Narrative

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USPS to Introduce Changes in Next Day Delivery Mid-Spring

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“…students attending the state’s four historically Black colleges and universities are not receiving as qualitative an education as if they were at Maryland’s traditionally White institutions,” an expert witness testified Tuesday.

The United States Postal Service is an American institution that has simply always been there. However, after weathering a bitter recession, competition from private mail companies and deeper cuts to an already stretched budget, the age old organization is struggling to survive. This year will see the introduction of record breaking reductions in service as well as price increases for basic USPS materials such as stamps. Fighting to keep their heads above water, continue to employ its 574,000 career employees, and provide adequate health benefits to its workers, the USPS has taken major hits in the few years. “The U.S. Postal Service must reduce its operating costs by $20 billion by 2015 in order to return to profitability,” said David Williams,

a mere six or eight votes – depending on who you believe – behind former Massachusetts Gov. Willard Mitt Romney. Santorum’s finish was probably even sweeter for him because of all the Republicans in Iowa, he spent the least money and Romney spent the most and they finished essentially tied. So, this was Santorum’s moment in the sun and he did not disappoint. Just before midnight on the night of the caucuses Santorum, the grandson of a Western Pennsylvania coal miner spoke poignantly about the funeral of his grandfather. He said his grandfather worked in the mines

vice president of Network Operations in a press release. “The proposed changes to service standards will allow for significant consolidation of the postal network in terms of facilities, processing equipment, vehicles and employee workforce and will, when fully implemented, generate projected net annual savings of approximately $2 billion.” Processing on average 563 million pieces of mail a day, in 2010 alone the USPS had to cut back 75 million work hours, which is roughly the equivalent of 42,800 full-time employees. Jan. 22, Americans will see a one cent increase on first class stamps to 45 cents, and a three cent increase on postcards to 32 cents. “Mail from Baltimore to Chicago takes 2 days today and would take 2 days if the proposed changes occur, but mail from Continued on A3

until he was 72. He talked about kneeling at his casket and staring at his enormous hands and he said as a little boy that all he could think about as he stared at those hands was, `those were the hands that dug for my freedom.’ It was a powerful moment… Santorum supporters say the guy is real, he is who he appears to be; plain spoken, blue collar, solid, social conservative. But, there’s another side of Santorum, a decidedly more insidious side. “I would not make Black people’s lives better by giving them other people’s money,” Santorum said during an event on the Monday before the

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Black Teen Mistakenly Deported, Jailed Now Returned to U.S.

A 15-year-old African-American girl from Texas was released from a Colombia jail Jan. 6 where she was being held after U.S. authorities deported her in the belief that she was living in the U.S. illegally, according to the Associated Press. CBS News reported from El Paso, Texas that Jakadrien Lorece Turner arrived in the U.S. within hours of her release en route to her home in Dallas. According to Turner’s family, the teen – distraught over her parents’ divorce and other issues – ran away from her Dallas home in 2010 to Houston, where she was arrested on a petty theft charge. The teenager gave police a false name, one that turned out to be on the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) deportation list. Apparently, with no rhyme or reason, the girl was deported without any effort to verify her identity. “The rhyme and reason to me is this is a racial profiling case,” said Nicole Lee, president of TransAfrica, the nation’s oldest AfricanAmerican foreign policy organization, which is pressuring the U.S. government to become more aggressive in its efforts to bring Turner home. According to the Dallas Morning News, the teen is also pregnant. Colombia has the third-largest Black population in the hemisphere, and police appear to have assumed Turner was Colombian, even though she does not speak Spanish. “You just go by what they say?” Lee asked. “You just looked at a name in a database?” Lee told she was incredulous that police in Texas just took the teen at her word and turned her over to immigration authorities, who deported her without a hearing.

Black S.C. Church Now Owns KKK Boutique

In a bizarre court battle, a South Carolina judge has ruled that a Black church in the state is now the owner of a store that sells Ku Klux Klan paraphernalia. New Beginnings Baptist Church in Laurens, S.C. won the ruling after years of trying to gain access to the property, a former movie theater, that houses The Redneck Store, where KKK paraphernalia is sold. The property was sold to the church in 1997 by a reformed Klansman but a clause in the deed allows the store to be operated until the death of its manager, a former grand wizard of the Klan who once owned the building but sold it to the reformed Klansman. The sale occurred after the property owner, Michael Burden, had a falling out with the Klan and a personal dispute over a woman with the building’s former owner. He also “developed a spiritual relationship” with the church and sold the property to New Beginnings for $1,000, according to court documents. Still, according to Rev. David Kennedy, minister at the church, the fight for control of the property has been difficult and sometimes ugly. “They placed Confederate flags on the door I entered the church in and we found dead cats, snakes, broken windows,” Kennedy told WFAE radio in Charlotte, N.C. The store is currently operated by John Howard, a former grand

wizard of the KKK. He originally sold the land to fellow Klansman Michael Burden, but Burden left Klan after having a change of heart and sold the property to New Beginnings. Howard, who still operates the store, won’t comment on the ruling but said he doesn’t understand what the fuss is all about. “If anything turns people off, they shouldn’t come in here,” Howard told the Associated Press in 2008. “It’s not a thing in here that’s against the law.” In addition to handing over ownership of the store to New Beginnings, the judge also ordered Burden and Howard to pay the church’s legal fees.

Commercial Space Travel: To Infinity and Beyond, For a Price

Imagine out of a tiny porthole in one glance being able to see the continents of Africa, Europe, and North America--at the same time. Imagine being able to cover your eye’s view of the planet Earth with one finger. Imagine being able to see the sun rise 15 times in one day, while completely circling the globe every 80 minutes. Well, for all those who have been patiently praying to soar through the solar system, 2012 might bring an end to the wait with the first flights for tourists to the International Space Station (ISS). Going for an easy $200,000 a seat, Virgin Galactic, the same company that provides mobile phone service to millions, has already booked over 450 guests who have paid in full to explore the lower portions of the galaxy. Seats on the SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo can be reserved directly with Virgin Galactic, or with the help of any of the 28 certified space travel agencies in North America. But Virgin Galactic isn’t the only company looking to give average citizens a tour of outer space, which technically begins 62 miles above sea level. Companies such as Boeing, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch Systems, are all committed to commercial space travel. While no official date has been set for the first tourist flight to space, SpaceX and Virgin Galactic have made test flights to space, and are in the final stages of safety reviews. To date, seven civilian non-scientists have visited the suborbital space, all of them, such as American Microsoft software developer Charles Simonyi, paying $20 million dollars to catch flights on Russian crafts. “When America landed on the Moon, I believe we made a promise and gave people a dream,” said Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, in testimony before the Senate advocating commercial space travel. “It seemed then that, given the normal course of technological evolution, someone who was not a billionaire, not an astronaut made of `The Right Stuff,’ but just a normal person, might one day see Earth from space.” Virgin Galactic plans to offer one-day space trips at the end of three days of training at Spaceport America, the Sierra County, N.M.based complex recently dedicated as the world’s first spaceport for commercial space travel. But the intrepid traveler who wants a weekend in space may someday be able to consider booking space at the Galactic Suite Space Resort, the brainchild of Spanish architect Xavier Claramunt. See more on

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Jennifer Hudson and Relatives Identify Body of Her Slain NephewA3 NAACP Makes Maryland Focus on Death Penalty Abolition


The Afro-American, January 14, 2012 - January 14, 2012

By Alan King AFRO Staff Writer

Jennifer Hudson and other relatives positively Continued from A1identified

sport-utility vehicle sought in connection with the murder of Hudson’s mother and brother. The white, 1994 Chevrolet Suburban with Illinois license

dollars more that could have number of liabilities within been spent on getting more the state’s system of capital killers off the street,” said punishment in 2008, which Benjamin Jealous, National led to the Maryland death President and CEO of the penalty reforms of 2009, NAACP. “Racial bias continues to To date, 16 states have infect the Maryland death struck the death penalty from the books, with Illinois becoming the latest to adopt the legislation. Reinstated in 1978, the death penalty has continued to cause much controversy in that those who penalty system,” said Gerald are most likely to die at the Stansbury, president of the hands of this state are Black NAACP Maryland State Courtesy Photos men. Studies from 2003 Conference. Jennifer Hudson and her mom, Darnell Donerson who completed by the University With public interest in the was killed, as well as her brother, Jason. of Maryland show that even trial and execution of Troy though nearly 75 percent of Davis dying down, death X584859 was found the body of victims her 7-year-old all murder in the state plate penalty abolitionists are on Chicago’s West Sidetoafter nephew Monday, justwho hours are Black, “blacks kill working endlessly keep police received 7 a.m.alive. call after hisare body found in a whites 2.5was times more support for theaeffort likely to be sentenced to Certainly not the first man put death than whites who kill to death under questionable whites, and 3.5 times more circumstances, Davis was likely than blacks who kill executed in Georgia last year blacks.” even after seven witnesses The Maryland recanted their testimonies and Commission thatDallas placedCowboys a gun inplayers his hand By Alan Kingon Capital Tony Romobefore and Terrell Owens, AFRO Staff Writer Punishment acknowledged a moments a young among the names submitted to election officials. Presidential candidate John Hurd said those workers, who McCain’s attack on ACORN – were doing those things without Associated Community ACORN’s knowledge or permisOrganization for Reform Now – Continued A1 of the sion, were fired. confirms thefrom success “The evidence that has surorganization, the head of the “That isn’t happening this it occurs. faced so far shows they faked group says. year,” she told the Journal First came the last“This is testimony to the work forms to get paid for work they Star. “Bottom line is this is minute cancellation of actor didn’t do, not to stuff ballot we’ve done and success we’ve hurting the luncheon, and I’m Forest Whitaker, who hadis the boxes.” ACORN, she said, had,” Maude Hurd, president of not going to let anything hurt been confirmed months in victim of fraud, not the perpetraACORN, said in an interview the luncheon.” advance. Then came the tor of it. with the AFRO. The group, Adams wrote, to find Hurd saidscramble the only things “When this attack started, we last-minute still is negotiating Smiley’s a replacement, ultimately bogus are the charges themhad just announced that we had selves. And factcheck.and org cancellation according Smiley, a journalist registered 1.3 fee, million new votagrees. whose critiques ers,” she said. just to say publisher to Brown. He“That’s was supposed It concluded, “Neither thathave someone’s running scaredto to been paid $37,500 of Obama prompted a small ACORNfrom nor itspast employees have because of ACORN’s success.” speak. boycott attendees. beenInfound guilty of, or even McCain, is running for Dyson, awho sociology a letter published in charged with,Star, casting fraudulent president on Republican tick- the professor at the Georgetown Journal retired votes.” et, lashed out at ACORN in the University and commentator Bradley University professor The problem came about prifinalMSNBC, debate against Barackmore Barbara on has written Penelton, along with Obama, contending the group “is marily because of the way than 18 books, including one members of her book club, on the verge of maybe perpetrat- ACORN operates. Rather than on Luther King’s death said they preferredit to send rely on volunteers, pays peoingMartin one of the greatest frauds in and how it changed America. money to Obama’s re-election ple, many of them poor or unemvoter history in this country, He is scheduled paidof campaign rather pay to ployed, to sign up than new voters. maybe destroying to thebefabric $30,000. Brown expected to hear Smiley. The idea was to help both those democracy.” learn final arrangements for Brown said and she those did not being registered doing, a non-partisan his visit by late Wednesday or know Smiley would create the registration. Web site, found those claims to Maud explained, early Thursday. with “no evia controversy. But “We she have a be “exaggerated,” zero tolerancethat policy deliberdence any such democracyTheof20th annual King emphasized thefor luncheon ateabout falsification of registration.” destroying isfraud.” luncheon turning into a is honoring King’s Most news account neglect to Hurd believes McCain memorable eventtheeven before legacy. charges were politically motivat- point out that ACORN is required by law to turn in all reged. istration forms. And they also fail She said, “Because it’s lowto note that it was the organizaand moderate-income people, and people of color, I believe the tion, in many instances, that first Continued from A1 brought the phony registrations McCain campaign thinks those to the attention of authorities. voters are going to vote that is overnight Baltimore to Baltimore today would take 2 The McCain camp apparently Democratic, which is not necesdays if the proposed changes occur,” said Sue Brennan of the isn’t interested in those fine sarily true.” USPS Mail Processing and Mail Delivery divisions. points, preferring to air misleadACORN is no stranger to These changes, which are set to take place Spring 2012, ing ads thatinseek to link Obama controversy. have already caused a national uproar, as readers who have For 38 years, the non-partisan to ACORN, thereby undercutting not ridden the new technology are now facing major his political support. organization haswave foughtoffor social dilemmas on how to receive their news promptly, or atMcCain least McCain: I’m John and economic justice for lowwhile still relevant. and I approve this message. and moderate-income Customers newspapers such as isthe Afro Announcer: Who Barack Americans. Withof400,000 mem- and periodicals American Newspaper have already seen major changes in their ber families organized into more Obama? A man with “a political baptism performed warp the than 1,200 neighborhood service, with subscriberschapwho usually receive their at papers speed.” Vast ambition. After colters inday 110after citiesprinting nationwide, next now waiting two weeks. lege, he movedthe to elderly Chicago.and ACORN overup thefor years seen subscriptions, Slow has to sign Internet Became a access community its share of criticism while the disenfranchised with advolimited computer willorganizer. suffer cating for from affordable housing, cuts. There, Obama met Madeleine the most the proposed partbeofappointed the Chicago living wages, healthcare Highlighting a needfor forthe“a lineTalbot, of posts under branch of ACORN. He was so underserved— and while organthe direction of the Postmaster general, from Falmouth in New impressive that he was asked to izing voter registration drives. England to Savannah in Georgia, with as many cross posts as train the ACORN staff. But none has been as withering he shall think fit,” the Second Continental Congress What did ACORNof in this Chicago and baseless as this one. Country established the United States Postal Service (USPS) engage in? Bullying banks. in With the presidential election 1775. Intimidation tactics. Disruption less than two weeks away, Since then, mail allege has been by pony,ACORN steamboat, of business. forcedrail, ACORN’s detractors the moved truck, airplane, and any other effective mode of transportation organization has engaged in mas- banks to issue risky home loans. to getvoter checks, gifts, news, and unwanted where they need The samebills types of loans that sive registration fraud after caused the financial crisis we’re to go in a timely fashion. the reported discovery of bogus in today. names, such as Mickey Mouse

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from a neighbor about a suspicious vehicle. The man noticed the vehicle while walking his dog. According to the Chicago Tribune, the boy had been shot multiple times in the back seat police officer The was SUV, shot and of the vehicle. regiskilled. tered to Hudson’s murdered brother, towed with the Kirkwas Noble Bloodsworth boy’s inside and knowsbody all too well theis being processed by evidence fatal consequences oftechnieye cians and workers. The body witness misidentification, was later removed and taken which accounts for nearly to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. Hudson and other family members arrived at the Medical Examiner’s office mid-afternoon to identify the body. Given the choice between look75 percent all wrongful ing directly of at the body or convictions according to The viewing it on a wall-mounted Innocence Project, a national organization working to exonerate innocent prisoners. “It was the most horrible video screen, the family feeling you could ever chose the latter. when According to thethat imagine that paper Tribune, they slipHudson kind ofsaid, floats“Yes, under that’s him.”

posted fliers bearing his photograph around the city. On Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked for the public’s help in finding her nephew. In her MySpace blog, she thanked fans and supyour door. It is the warrant the first man not only in Bureau.for“Legislators porters their prayersare and for your execution. It means Maryland, but in America, seeing athat being smart offered $100,000 rewardonto anyone who returned you will be killed by lethal to be exonerated from crime means puttingthe theboy alive. gas,” said Bloodsworth, death row by DNA testing resources on the front end thethe investigation, “I was lucky, after almost in 1993. Though paid to Since prevent crime from Hudson – who gained nine years in prison, I was $300,000-roughly $92 a dayhappening in the firststardom place after appearing on “American released. Ten years after that, by the State of Maryland for rather than the back end,” Idol,” and then won an income he would have said Shelton. Academy Award for heracross role in made while sitting in With state budgets the movie Dreamgirls – has prison Bloodsworth the nation being stretched stayed out of the public eye. can never get back paper thin, there are children The Chicago Tribune reportthe 3,247 days of life who need better education, Julian King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. ed that a parade of cars moved he spent trapped in a firehouses enough slowly past without her family’s home theAreal killer was penitentiary nightmare. funding morning, to keep communities spokesman forcaught,” the office the murders but is being held in Monday past the told newspaper that Hudson jail for parole violation after of news saidthe Bloodsworth. “We spend an average safe, vans, and recreation facing reporters and curiAn honorably discharged $700,000 to keep someone new management or closure ous onlookers. Marine and commercial in jail for the rest of their because the cities can’t stood afford Neighbors fisherman, Bloodsworth lives but up to $2.5 million to effectivelyquietly run them. and was wrongly convicted to execute them,” said Hilary Surely there are betteron things reflected the “remained for and her famibeing convicted attempted in 1985 ofstrong the rape Shelton, senior of vice president violence. to do with the millions of ly” and was clearly its leader. murder and vehicular hijackIn front of thetoHudson’s murder of 9-year-old Dawn of advocacy and director of dollars it takes end one life “She held hands with her fami- ing. Cook County records show home, men in heavy jackets Hamilton. Bloodsworth was the NAACP’s Washington by lethal injection. ly,” the spokesman said. “It that he pleaded guilty to both and hooded sweatshirts came to was obviously a very emotional charges in 1999. He was also kiss the twin white crosses barmoment.” convicted in 1998 for possesing the names of Donerson and The boy – the son of Julia sion of a stolen motor vehicle. Jason. Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had He was released from prison in “Everybody is sick of going Continued from A1 been missing since Friday, 2006 after serving seven years through stuff like this,” Artisha when a relative found Julian’s for the attempted Ernest Smith, believes that many important developments set “Persons who aremurder in theseand neighborhoods on a ground level West, a former resident of the grandmother, Darnell car hijacking charges. in place by groups like the MPCA were strong deterrents to the working hard on a daily basis not area only told address crime but“We prevent the Tribune. all No wonder is Donerson, and his uncle, Thebefore boy remained missing crime that Obama’s for yearscampaign held residents of his area57, captive. crime it arises.” Violent crimes CityAll reached have in to Baltimore stick together. these trying to distance him from thea community Jason Hudson, 29, shot a long weekend “We believe that we are of changeit’s to death through their peak in the 1990s, in when years like 1993 saware as dying, a record young children and group, saying, “Barack Obama in his grandmother’s home in which police and for what?” beginning to happen and we’re working to help save our 353 bodies hit thevolunteers morgue with homicide charted as the cause of Never Organized with ACORN.” the 7000 block of South Yale community as part of our revitalization plan,” said Smith. death. But Obama’s ties to ACORN run Avenue. Implementing neighborhood walk-throughs, collaborating Recording the second lowest point in homicides since 1977, long and deep. He taught classes An Amber Alert – a desigwith 311 for quicker response times to trash and blight Baltimore city saw a 12 percent reduction in the number of for ACORN. They even endorsed nation for high-risk missing complaints, and partnering with schools, churches, and murders within city limits. Aside from the homicide rate just him for President. children – was issued Friday organizations such Habitat for Humanities and Safe Streets falling, reports from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and But now ACORN is inastrouble. after Julian was discovered Baltimore, been instrumental stepsafter in bringing Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III also state a Reporter:have Thereallare at least missing the murders. McElderry Parkacross back to community once was. 13 percent decline in the number of murders committed with 11 investigations thethe vibrant Police arresteditWilliam country involvingled thousands of theBalfour, Community and driven, McElderry Park revitalization the missing boy’s step- firearms. potentially fraudulent plan, which focusedACORN on the area from Washington St. tohusband Linwood With the city working at a success rate of 46 percent when it father and estranged forms. Avenue and Fayette St. to Monument St., was funded by the comes to solving homicides, Baltimore saw non-fatal shootings of Julia, at his girlfriend’s Announcer: Massive voter in 2006 France-Merrick Foundation and alsoapartment played anseveral important take a 9 percent drop, as violent crime as a whole went down 6 Southside fraud. And the Obama campaign hours after the murders. aspect of the community’s comeback. percent in 2011, which is a 43 percent decrease since 2000. paid“McElderry more than $800,000 an had Balfour’s mother, Michele, has Park, into2004 just over 100 homicides,” “I would like to personally thank Commissioner Bealefeld, ACORN frontwho for get outover the vote told the reporters that her sonjust had said Smith, took the MPCA same year. Now, the men and women of the Baltimore Police Department, and our efforts. nothing to for do with the slayings. seven years later, the community accounted less than 4 of the federal and state partners for their strong and sustained efforts Pressuring banks to issue risky Balfour remains a suspect in Jason Hudson 196 homicides in 2011. Handing over his position as president to reduce crime in Baltimore,” said Mayor Rawlings-Blake in loans. Nationwide voter fraud. to Glenn Ross this year, Smith firmly believes the MPCA will a press release. “It is not a time to celebrate, but it is also not a Barack Obama. Bad judgment. continue building reputation in years to come. time to be cynical. Baltimore is making real progress. We can be Blind ambition. Too their risky positive for “Community based crime fighting tactics are the best way to a safer City by acknowledging the progress, building on it and by America. reduce crime in Baltimore City,” said the Rev. C.D. Witherspoon. doing more.” Since McCain’s comments, SQUARE HIGH ACORN’s 87 offices have been bombarded with threats and racist mail. Continued fromthe A1presidential The day after debate, vandals broke into the Iowa Caucuses. It’s the same play book that instructs his doors blown off by 17 points by organization’s Boston and Seattle Be clear, the plain spoken everyman Newton Leroy Gingrich to label former Pennsylvania Gov. Bob Casey in offices and stole computers. who spoke so eloquently about his President Obama, “the finest food stamp 2006 when lost his bid for reNOT Santorum ON THE LIST BREAD After a Cleveland representative grandfather’s hands digging for freedom, president in history.” election to the U.S. Senate. appeared on TV, an e-mail was is the guyoffice whosaying tradesshe in garden The GOP play book is filled with And he is the guy who got his grind sent to same the local variety Republican race-baiting. passages of rambling, raucous race on in Iowa visiting all 99 counties, and “is going to have her life ended.” Initially, Santorum simply denied he politics, “birther” non-sense, charges of rode his social conservative bona fides A worker in Providence, R.I., received a threatening said, “Black people.”call saySocialism, appeasement and apologist in a state receptive to his message and LEFT RIGHT ing,“I “We knowatyou getand off Iwork looked that, didn’t say leveled at President Obama. 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Dispatches From The Trail

“Be clear, the plain spoken everyman who spoke so eloquently about his grandfather’s hands digging for freedom, is the same guy who trades in garden variety Republican race-baiting.”


The Afro-American, January 14, 2012 - January 20, 2012


r. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.” When he unknowingly signed onto the fight for civil rights for “Negroes,” he had no idea the hope he brought to those who’d been down trodden so long they didn’t know where to find “up.” Without the bells and whistles, the prizes and accolades, the parades and most recently, the Memorial in his honor, a young Martin Luther King, new to the pastorate, allowed his life to count for

something. When asked to stand up, he did. When asked to speak out, he did. When asked to push against the establishment, he did. While we’re sure he’d be grateful for the admiration his name and legacy currently receive, we’re equally sure he’d advise us to look around for signs of hope in our own community, young people who make us proud. They may not even know yet what their contribution will be. They may not

be aware of the offering they bring to the table. But the community at large has a responsibility to urge them on and give them the support they need to accomplish their goals. We asked our writers and some others outside the AFRO family to tell us what young people, 30 and under, give them hope for a qualitative future.

Local R&B Singer is more than Just Vocals By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., left, shown in this 1957 photo with an unnamed assistant and his right-hand man, Dr. Ralph David Abernathy. AFRO File Photo

Preparation + the Opportunity = Success By Ernest Alexander Special to the AFRO

If you had asked Hakim Hibbert, now 27, what he would be when he grew up, a basketball coach would probably have been on the bottom of his list. But this Baltimore native turned his love of the game into an outreach effort that spans well beyond the limits of Charm City. Founder of Elite Level Sports (ELS) LLC, Hibbert started his business in 2007. Personifying his company’s motto, “Preparation + the Opportunity= Success,” Hibbert knew he needed to pass the nurturing and guidance he was given within the basketball community to the next generation of athletes. He does this by providing basketball clinics, personal training and team training sessions where he offers quality training for athletes as young as elementary age up to the professional level, especially on the weekends or “grind days” as he puts it. Besides his daily duties, he also hosts three basketball tournaments a year, the ELS Thanksgiving Weekend Tournament, the ELS Holiday Tournament during Christmas, and the ELS Best of the Best Tournament at the end of June. Kids ages 8 to 17 come from as far as Boston and New York to participate. He even provides kids who have become too old to participate an opportunity to accumulate community service hours and earn money by working at the tournaments. Giving back to the community is another thing that Hibbert takes to heart. Through his 501(c)3 nonprofit AAU Boys Basketball Program, MD Sports Scholars, Courtesy photo

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Charita Lawrence-Muhammad, Making Change through Dance By Alexis Taylor

AFRO Staff Writer Instilling a sense of purpose and self-esteem in the teen boys and girls she mentors, Charita Lawrence-Muhammad has dedicated most of her life to the study and practice of dance. Pushing students young and old past fears and insecurities, through the art of dance, Lawrence-Muhammad makes a connection deep inside each person that has been left behind and cast away, showing that anyone can accomplish what they will if they are truly determined to put out their best efforts. “Not every child has the option to experience the joy of professional dancing due to financial or just personal situations,” said Lawrence-Muhammad, who specializes in jazz, hip hop, modern, and liturgical dance. Graduating with an undergraduate degree in communications from Morgan State University in 2004, Lawrence-Muhammad is a Bloomfield, N.J. native who now lives and works in Maryland. Crafting her love of the art since the age of three, LawrenceMuhammad earned her certification as a Dance Educator of America in 2006 and has worked all over the country from South Carolina to New Jersey. Commuting three days a week from her Fort Meade home to the Lake Clifton Campus where she manages the dance section of Unchained Talent, Lawrence-Muhammad truly gives hope to everyone she comes across through the non-profit afterschool art program for inner city youth of Baltimore. “Dance helps you discover who you are. Dance is my passion, but helping my students is priority-they begin to see that they have a story to tell and the great thing is someone wants to hear it!” A vital part of programming that gives youth a positive outlet and alternative Continued on A10

his goal is to give young athletes the tools they will need to advance into high school sports and one day hopefully college. Believing that kids need young Black role models they can identify with and positive life experiences they can learn and grow from, Hibbert takes boys from Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Harford County and Anne Arundel County from ages 10 to 13 around Baltimore, Florida, Michigan, New York and beyond, and trains them to compete in tournaments. Comprised of 4 travel/AAU teams, Hibbert turns no child away and has no limit to the number of kids in the program. Beyond teaching basketball skills the program also enforces the importance of discipline hard work, team building, and self confidence to the kids. “The way the world is, especially in the Baltimore area, kids need to have a chance to bond, make life long friendships with people they probably would have never met, and grow as athletes.” Kids interested in either Elite Level Sports or MD Sports Scholar programs can sign up at

Hakim Hibbert

Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle By Shernay Williams Special to the AFRO I’m inspired by a group of young Black social activists. They call themselves Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle. I have never met a group of college students and recent college graduates as passionate about improving the welfare of the Black community in Baltimore as these men. I met three members of the group’s executive board when they were college students. Before graduation, they were compiling a proposal to revamp the curriculum in Baltimore City Public Schools. Their goal is for schools to adopt a more interactive, community-centered curriculum. For example, if a student is interested in cosmetology, they feel the school should set up an apprenticeship with a hair salon in the school’s neighborhood. That way, the community and its people benefit from that student’s education. They even talked it over with schools CEO Andres Alonso. The group leads frequent panel discussions on education, politics, health and other social issues

Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle

throughout the city to educate residents and clear a path to uplift the community. They also take the forefront on protests surrounding social injustice, including the proposed construction of the youth jail in East Baltimore. One of their newest ventures is the Bmore Mix Tape project, which uses the compilation of the Hip Hop world to get young people thinking about social issues, such as the impact of the school to prison pipeline. And this isn’t a just a hobby for the leaders. Each is committed to public service even in their professional careers. Some now work as teachers in city schools at a time when Black male teachers are so rare, but so needed in Baltimore City classrooms. Their president, Dayvon Love, at 24, ran for the City Council in the 9th district last fall. The fact that they want to grow professionally in Baltimore is so impressive, when I know so many Baltimore-area college students who study here but graduate and take their expertise elsewhere. I’ve met many inspiring activists in my day. But none were so young, vibrant, and optimistic about Baltimore’s future. Their intellectualism, dedication and engaging nature take my breath away. They give me hope, and are proof that my generation is not an apathetic, lost cause as is so often portrayed. I know they will make an impact on this city. And I just love to see a group of young Black men so passionate about change. Courtesy photo

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Carolyn Malachi could’ve left her comfort zone to achieve great success, but she didn’t. She also could have been just another musician trying to make it, but she’s not. Instead this Grammy-nominated singer has decided to blaze her own trail not only as an R&B singer, but also as a modern woman as well. Music is in Malachi’s roots as she is the great granddaughter of legendary jazz pianist John Malachi, who worked with other legends such as Sarah Vaughan and Pearl Bailey. However, it wasn’t until 2005 that the 27-year-old tapped into her talent as a musician. She would make two albums, Revenge of the Smart Chicks and Revenge of the Smart Chicks II and despite having a soulful voice and sound that few if any can mimic, those albums failed to become huge hits. Here’s where she show’s why she’s a true leader of the future. Amid financial struggles and quiet album sales, Malachi could’ve given up or compromised her artistic beliefs. However she continued to push forward and her third album entitled “Lions, Fires & Squares” would be her breakthrough. She earned a Grammy nomination for Best Urban/ Alternative Performance for the single “Orion.” This isn’t all Malachi is about though. Malachi, who affectionately calls herself a “strange bird,” co-founded Smart Chicks for women in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area to network. The group’s motto is to teach the new ABC’s, “Ambition, Brains and Candor.” Smart Chicks meets monthly for brunch to exchange ideas and to do business. In a world where women in the music business sell sex or exploit themselves through reality Carolyn Malachi television to make a quick buck, Malachi has chosen a different path. She’s staying true to herself and the music she makes while being a positive role model to young girls and also to her peers. Malachi is showing that there are ways to handle your business in a respectful way while still having the wherewithal to throw a rope back over to help others. In a world where images of women in entertainment aren’t always positive, Malachi is a breath of fresh air and a leader for tomorrow. For information visit cfm or

January 14, 2012 - January 20, 2012, The Afro-American

By Sean Yoes Special to the AFRO

First in a series “Red Tails,” a new Hollywood motion picture starring Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. and Oscar nominee Terrence Howard is scheduled to be released Jan. 20 in theaters across the nation. It tells the story of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen, the first Black aviators in the United States Armed Forces. The AFRO reported on the adventures of the iconic airmen who despite battling prodigious racism and Jim Crow in America, fought for their country during World War II with incredible courage and honor and in the process shattered myriad racial stereotypes. In the wake of Hollywood’s depiction of the mythic aviators, the AFRO has unearthed the real story of the Tuskegee Airmen told through the stellar reporting of AFRO greats like Art Carter, Ollie Stewart and Vincent Tubbs.

Fighting for the Chance to Fly Legend has it that Eugene Jacques Bullard, a Black American from Georgia fled racial oppression in the United States as a teen by stowing away upon a ship bound for Scotland. He wound up in Paris and joined the French Foreign Legion in 1914 during World War I, and eventually flew as a member of the Lafayette Flying Corps in 1917, the same year the United States entered the war. Perhaps – Bullard thought – this was his opportunity to fly for the country he fled as a teen. But, despite flying with courage and honor for the French, Bullard was not permitted to become a pilot for the United States Army because he was Black. For more than two decades after Bullard’s rejection based on race alone, Black leaders in the United States fought for the right of Black military men to fight for their country in the air even as they fought in segregated forces on the ground. Finally, in 1939 Congress passed a law that provided funding for the training of Black pilots. Further, in 1941

Latest class of twin-engine pilots to receive their commissions and the coveted “silver wings.”

A class in basic fundamentals soon finds there’s a great deal of paper work connected with the care and operation of aircraft engines.

Congress forced the Army Air Corps – kicking and screaming – to form an all-Black combat unit. But, despite Congressional mandates, segregation ruled much of the U.S. and all of the U.S. military. “Although there are six colored National Guard units and two regular Army units in the East, not a single member will participate in the war games to be engaged in by 50,000 soldiers, August 13-27, around Plattsburg, N.Y.,” read an AFRO article, “War Games Lily White: U.S. War Dept. Ignores Us in Peace-Time Maneuvers,” dated July 15, 1939. The story highlighted the frustration Black military men specifically and Black Americans in general felt over being permitted to fight and die for a country that subjected them to the indignity of Jim Crow. Clearly, the biggest obstacle between Black American aviators and the wild blue yonder was the United States Army. The military establishment – completely segregated from top to bottom – had virtually no confidence that Black men could withstand the mental and physical rigors of flying. Others argued Black pilots commissioned as officers stationed in the Deep South would never work. “Negro pilots cannot be used in our present Air Corps units since this would result in Negro officers serving over white enlisted men creating an impossible social situation,” said General Henry “Hap” Arnold, commanding officer of the Army Air Forces. The army created a testing and qualification process built purposefully to dissuade and eliminate as many Black applicants for the pilot training program as possible, but the military’s machinations failed miserably. The Air Corps was swamped by an abundance of applicants, many of which had been a part of the Civilian Pilot Training Program, which the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama had participated in since 1939. The Tuskegee program began officially in June 1941 although it had been operating since the end of 1940. And the burgeoning program got a major public relations shot in the arm by the First Lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt, when she inspected it in March of 1941. She actually flew with the Black chief civilian instructor, C. Alfred “Chief” Anderson and reportedly declared following the flight, “Well, you can fly all right.” Despite the high profile endorsement, the Tuskegee Airmen still couldn’t escape Alabama’s stifling racist mores. “Race segregation is being practiced at the Army Basic and Advanced Flying School here, despite its bad effect on the morale of colored students who are being trained for combat duty with the Army Air Forces,” read the AFRO article, “Army’s Segregation Pattern Climaxed at Tuskegee Air School,” dated Jan. 2, 1943. “The intolerant and patronizing attitude of some Southern white officers who are in command is said to be particularly irksome,” the story continued. Not withstanding the military’s overt resistance, the Tuskegee program trained 996 pilots from 1941 to 1946 and 445 of those men were deployed overseas. From this group emerged the Fighting 99th and the 332nd all under the banner of the “Red Tail Angels,” who flew more than 1,500 missions and dominated the skies during World War II with great valor and distinction.

VD Control School graduates at Tuskegee Army Air Field, April 1944.

Photos by Tuskegee Army Air Field


Newly commissioned officers plotting their course for a routine flight.

A training Command

Recent graduates look on as one of their classmates successfully solos the famous singleseated fighter.


The Afro-American, January 14, 2012 - January 20, 2012


Continued from A1 began Jan. 3 and is expected to last six weeks. “There continues to be substantial differences – severe differences – in terms of the numbers of programs and the quality of programs,” Conrad testified before U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Blake in Baltimore. “Those students who enter Maryland’s historically Black institutions – whether Black, White, or of other races – do not have an equal educational opportunity as those students who attend the state’s traditionally White institutions.” In its lawsuit, the coalition contends that the state of Maryland through MHEC has maintained a system of “de jure segregation” – racial segregation imposed by law – in violation of the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court and of Title VI of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964. The legal action, filed in 2006, seeks an estimated $2.1 billion to make Maryland’s four historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) – Bowie State University, Coppin State University, Morgan State University and the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore – “comparable and competitive” to such traditionally White institutions (TWIs) as the University of MarylandCollege Park, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Salisbury University and Towson University. MHEC, established in 1988 to oversee Maryland’s higher education system, is the leading state entity in the case. Maryland has admitted to operating a de jure segregation system, but contends that it ended with the 1954 Brown decision – and that no such policies or practices exist today. The state also contends that Maryland’s colleges and universities are open to students of all races. In 2009, 59 percent of Black students within Maryland’s public university system attended White institutions, Maryland officials contend. The coalition in the lawsuit asserts that Maryland has failed to eliminate its vestiges of segregation in

funding for operations and program duplication. It also alleges that, even as Maryland negotiated with the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education to dismantle its segregated system, MHEC and other state education officials instituted policies and programs that further separated its Black and White schools. Conrad, who holds a doctorate in higher education from the University of Michigan, was retained by the coalition to study program duplication and institutional mission within Maryland’s higher education system. He has served as a consultant to the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education in higher education desegregation cases in Maryland, Virginia, Texas and Oklahoma. He also has served as a consultant to MHEC. In addition, Conrad testified as an expert witness before the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1992 U.S. v. Fordice case, in which the justices ruled that Mississippi operated a segregated higher education system. In his testimony Tuesday, via a PowerPoint presentation, Conrad discussed the results of his research and provided an overview of de jure segregation in Maryland. Among Conrad’s major findings: De jure segregation exists in Maryland to this day – and it can be traced to past policies and practices. From 2001 to 2009, Maryland did not take sufficient action to remove the policies and practices of de jure segregation from its higher education system. The dual system of higher education continues in Maryland. The HBCUs continue to have few unique, high-demand programs that are not unnecessarily duplicated at the White institutions. Inequality remains between Maryland’s White institutions and its HBCUs – in terms of number of programs and quality of programs. In tracing Maryland’s de jure segregation history, Conrad cited a number of state reports – some dating as far back as 1937 – that detailed how HBCUs received less state support than TWIs. In the 1937 report, for

instance, Conrad highlighted: “The contrast between the amounts of money received by the two racial groups would show … an enormous differential in favor of the White race.” A 1950 study concluded, “The continuous uphill struggle on the part of the Negro colleges to secure facilities on par with White institutions is a factor which cannot be overlooked … .” And, even as late as 2005, a report from then-State Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. cited by Conrad said: “There is no doubt that Maryland operated de jure segregated public higher education programs before 1969” – the year the federal government found the state in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – “and that some policies, such a program duplication at geographically proximate schools, are traceable to that era.” Much of Conrad’s testimony focused on program duplication. He testified that his analysis found that, on a statewide basis, 60 percent of the programs at HBCUs were being duplicated at TWIs in 2010, compared with only 18 percent of those in the opposite way. “There is an absence of program uniqueness at the Black institutions that distinguishes them from the TWIs,” Conrad testified under questioning by Savaria B. Harris, an associate at the Kirkland & Ellis LLP law firm in Washington, which is representing the coalition. “They just don’t have an identity.” “The TWIs have a program uniqueness,” Conrad continued. “No wonder they have been desegregated. There are unique, high-demand programs that will attract all students, regardless of race.” ‘There is nothing that distinguishes these Black institutions, programmatically,” he said. This deficit of unique, high-demand programs have especially affected White student enrollment at HBCUs over the years, Conrad testified. For instance, in 1991, Bowie State had 585 White undergraduate students out of a total of 2,965 undergraduates at the university, according to a chart

January 14, 2012 - January 14, 2012, The Afro-American provided by Conrad and based on state enrollment data. By 2008, its White student enrollment had fallen to 135, out of a total body of 4,340. At Coppin, the 1991 figure was 107, out of a total of 2,532; by 2008, it had dropped to 27, out of a total of 3,291. As for Morgan, it had 96 White undergraduates in 1991, out of a total undergraduate body of 4,542. By 2008, it had declined to 100 versus a total population of 6,114. And, at Eastern Shore, the White student body numbered 462 in 1991, out of a total of 2,217; by 2008, the White student figure had fallen to 354, out of a total of 3,815 undergraduates. Overall, Maryland’s four HBCUs had a White undergraduate enrollment of 1,143 in 1991. That was 9.3 percent of a total undergrad population of 12,256. By 2008, the White student enrollment had dropped to a total of 589 undergraduates – but that numbered 3.3 percent of a total undergraduate enrollment that had risen to 17,560 at the Black schools. Even though the total number of undergraduate students, primarily African Americans, rose at the HBCUs over the period, the numbers of White students dropped precipitously,

Conrad found.

“A major factor that attracts White students to HBCUs is programs,” Conrad testified. “Programs, programs, programs. Unique programs.” Poor program quality also affects institutional mission, Conrad testified. “Missions matter,” he said. “It is very simple.” His research found that while Maryland’s HBCUs have “dual missions” that include serving students who are underprepared for college and who generally come from lower-income backgrounds, “they don’t have the unique and distinct missions of TWIs,” he said. “You want to have expansive missions,” Conrad continued. These encompass doctoral research and development. “If you have a more expansive mission, this unique mission, you will be able to attract world-class faculty, you will be able to attract grants and research funding. “You’ll be able to get


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Wednesday, Jan. 4: David Wilson, Morgan’s president, continued his testimony on the various issues facing the university. Morgan spends about 25 percent of its tuition per student on financial aid, he said. While the university has 15 doctoral programs, Morgan lacks sufficient numbers of research assistants and quality laboratories for a major research university. Research assistants are paid $1,400 a month, compared with as much as $3,000 at TWIs, he said. In addition, Thelma B. Thompson, who was the President of the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore from 2002 to last year, testified that – as an 1862 land-grant institution – the university’s mission includes strong research and outreach components. When she stepped down as president, UMES had nearly 4,000 undergraduate students and about 400 graduate students. “A full 90 percent of the university population qualify for financial aid,” she testified. Thursday, Jan. 5: Testimony began with Joseph J. Popovich Jr., vice president for planning and information technology at Morgan State University. He provided an overview of Maryland’s efforts to manage its higher education system. Popovich had served the State Board for Higher Education – the forerunner of MHEC – starting in 1976. MHEC was established in 1988. Popovich joined Morgan in 1990. “Maryland’s history [of higher education] was an ad hoc history,” Popovich testified. “You had a lot of campuses close to one another, because you had ad hoc commissions that handled education policy. And, there was segregation. The state wanted to provide separate facilities for the Whites and the Blacks.” In addition, Mortimer H. Neufville, Eastern Shore’s interim president since last August, also testified that Maryland is required by law to match all federal land-grant monies dollarfor-dollar. It has not done so, he testified. Mickey L. Burham, the president of Bowie State, also testified, describing the university’s continuing problem with leaking roofs, among other maintenance issues, and the challenges with providing sufficient student aid. “Students tend to stop out or drop out for lack of financial resources,” he said. “That’s why we’re always struggling when we look at a tuition increase.” Monday, Jan. 9: Reginald S. Avery, Coppin’s president, testified that, while the university collected $15.3 million in student tuition and fees, it returned $11.8 million to students via scholarship allowances. He also cited the university’s two charter schools, Rosemont Elementary School and Coppin Academy High School, reflected its broader urban mission. “We want all of our students, regardless of major, to become involved in the community,” he said. In addition, Chris A. Heidelberg III, a Morgan graduate who is a plaintiff in the case, said he spent much of his time studying at libraries at TWIs while earning his three degrees because Morgan’s library was so substandard. He also audited classes at the TWIs to use the telecommunications equipment for his coursework. “There was no comparison,” he said. “The TWIs not only had industry-standard equipment, but it had state-ofthe-art equipment – and Morgan did not.” donations,” he said. “People want to give to an institution that’s thriving. College Park and UMBC are able to get that kind of funding.” In his cross examination, Craig A. Thompson, a partner with the Venable LLP law firm in Baltimore, challenged many of Conrad’s research methods and findings. For instance, he queried Conrad on – in assessing program duplication – whether he considered if programs were of “sound educational judgment,” an evaluation basis allowed by MHEC. Conrad testified that he had not. Thompson also asked Conrad to define the missions of Bowie State and Morgan –

the researcher was able to do so generally – and questioned whether UMBC was a school from the de jure era. “That’s really a legal question,” Conrad replied. “I would think that, since it came into existence in 1966, it came in during the de jure era.” In addition, Thompson asked Conrad to define several terms used in his research – he defined the distance of “geographically proximate” as 37 miles – and questioned whether Conrad had assessed if students of other races had attended HBCUs. Conrad said most of his work had focused on why White students attended HBCUs.

January 14, 2012 - January 20, 2012, The Afro-American


Community Calendar Jan. 13 ‘Gleam’ CenterStage, 700 North Calvert St., Baltimore. 7-9 p.m. Come witness this moving retelling of Zora Neal Hurston’s novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. $10-$55. For more information: 410-332-0033.

Parkway, Baltimore. 8-11 p.m. View a moving film about a young boy’s journey to connect with his father. A variety show will be

held immediately after the film and will feature various performances and presentations. Proceeds from the event will go to

the Miracle Wellness Center for cancer survivors. $25. For more information:

Jan. 21 Dru Hill Rams Head Live, Power Plant, 20 Market Place, Baltimore. 8 p.m. Platinum-

selling recording singers Dru Hill will perform their hits in their hometown. $38.50. For more information:

School 33 Art Center 2012 Exhibition Season Premiere School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light St., Baltimore. Various times. School 33 Art Center starts their exhibition season with two engaging exhibitions. “Up in the Clouds” and “Body Magic” will be on display until March 3. For more information: www.school33. org. Jan. 14 Port Discovery Children’s Museum ‘I Have A Dream’ Port Discovery Children’s Museum, 35 Market Place, Baltimore. 12 p.m. Enjoy special performances, African-American living history presentations, drum circles and more in celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 410-727-8120. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ‘A Celebration Through Music & Poetry’ Enoch Pratt Free Library, Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave., Baltimore. 1 p.m. Celebrate the enduring legacy of Dr. King with original poetry and music from Baltimore poet, writer and social activist Ron Kipling Williams and his performing arts group. Also enjoy songs of inspiration performed by the New Antioch Church Choir. For more information: 410-3961580. Diamonds On The Rise: Fashion Forward, The Ultimate Takeover All Nations Lounge, 700 E. Lexington St., Baltimore. 3:30 p.m. Teens will model innovative fashions from local designers. $15. For more information: eventbrite. com.




Jan. 15 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: The Man & His Monument Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore. 2-3 p.m. Congressman Elijah Cummings will talk about the importance of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the significance of his newly installed memorial on the National Mall in Washington. For more information: 410-5479000. Jan. 16 The Walters Art Museum, MLK Family Festival 2012 Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. At this event, all ages will come together to pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through theatrical performances, stories, art projects and activities. For more information: Jan. 19 ‘Dark Girls’ Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mt. Royal Ave., Baltimore. 7:30 p.m. Witness a thoughtprovoking film on colorism within the Black community. A brief question and answer session will immediately follow. $25-$50. For more information: ticketmaster. com. Jan. 20 ‘Where’s Daddy’ Fundraiser Variety Show Inn at Colonnade Double Tree Hotel, Miracle Wellness Center, 4 W. University N1120300A.indd 1

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Governor Introduces Proposed Legislative Redistricting Map Gov. Martin O’Malley today presented to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Delegates his proposed map setting forth the boundaries of the legislative districts for electing members of the Senate and the House of Delegates. As required by the Constitution, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House introduced the Governor’s plan as a joint resolution to the General Assembly. The Governor’s map enhances minority voting rights, pays exceptional attention to respecting natural and political boundaries and results in districts that are compact, contiguous and protects communities. “The map submitted today directly reflects the demographics of the State and the population trends that have occurred over the past decade,” said Gov. O’Malley. “Equally important, the map reflects the extensive public comments that members of the committee and I heard from hundreds of Marylanders in public hearings across the State and in numerous written comments.” After accepting the unanimous recommendations of the GRAC on Dec. 16, 2011, the Governor received public comment on the recommendations during a public hearing on Dec. 22, 2011. GRAC based its work on the current legislative district map, drawn by the Maryland Court of Appeals in 2002. The Governor was guided by that work product, state and federal Constitutional and legal provisions, and by public input. Specifically, the Governor’s map: • Creates 12 districts that are majority African American

– an increase from the 10 districts that the Court of Appeals drew in 2002. This reflects the growth in African American population in the State, and provides a much stronger voice for the African American community. These districts are 10, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 40, 41, 43, 44, 45, 47. The Governor’s proposal increases the African American population in Districts 10, 22, 43 and 47 to enhance the voting strength of the African

American voters in those communities. • In addition to the 12 majority African American districts, the map has 4 districts (20, 21, 28, 39) that are majority minority. The Governor’s proposal increases the minority population in District 21. • For the first time in Maryland’s history, creates a singlemember Hispanic district in Prince George’s County, District 47B, which is over 62 percent Hispanic. The Governor did not create 50 percent Hispanic single-member district in Montgomery County (18A) offered as an option by GRAC

because of concerns about the ability of the sub-district to elect a Hispanic candidate and the option would also make the remainder of the district (18B), 68 percent white, both of which may have the effect of limiting minority voting strength. • Increases African American voting strength on the Eastern Shore and Baltimore City by bringing District 37A on the Eastern Shore to over 50 percent African American voting age population, and increasing the African American population in District 46 by five percentage points. • Reduces the number of county crossings from 14 in the map drawn by the Court of Appeals in 2002 to 13 crossings. The Governor’s review of the GRAC recommendations resolved minor instances of unintended splits of incorporated areas (such as Frederick, Riverdale Park, and Greenbelt), which are corrected in his map. • Takes further steps to respond to community concerns about splits of unincorporated areas. While balancing minority voting rights, municipal boundaries, and county boundaries, the Governor’s map takes steps to keep more of certain communities together. The Governor’s plan reunites a Seabrook precinct in District 22; puts more of the Lake Arbor community together in District 24; reunites more of Woodmore in District 23; reunites more of Hillcrest Heights in District 26; and puts more of Severna Park back together in District 33. • Makes changes in Baltimore County to make Districts 7, 10 and 42 more compact, and makes changes in Baltimore City to increase the neighborhoods that remain in their current district in Districts 41 and 44A.



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African Americans Lose, While Others Gain The unemployment rate is falling for the third month in a row, and in December about 200,000 private sector jobs were created. The monthly unemployment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated that unemployment has declined by six tenths of a percentage point since August. Already, some economists are saying we can expect another decline next month. I am surprised, however, at the very tepid language that the Employment Situation Julianne Malveaux Report uses to describe the increase in African-American unemployment. A rise of .3 percent among African Americans, the second rise in as many months, is described as having “changed little.” It has changed enough so that while some are celebrating gains, African Americans are losing. Indeed, the African-American unemployment rate increased from 15.5 to 15.8 percent. Black women, it turns out, are losing more than most. While the unemployment rate for adult African-American women, at 13.9 percent, is still lower than the male rate of 15.7 percent, AfricanAmerican men gained jobs this year, while African-American women lost them. Why? Nearly one in four (23 percent) AfricanAmerican women works for government, and federal, state, and local governments are releasing workers, not hiring them. And while some governments will attempt to get the economy moving by creating construction and redevelopment opportunities for men, teachers, nurses and social workers, mostly women, are walking on eggshells in fear of job losses. Even when we know that smaller classroom size gives a better yield in terms of educational results, school districts are being forced to shoehorn another student or two into already-crowded

classrooms because of cost issues. The data that comes from the Employment Situation Report is, probably much lower than the reality of African-American unemployment. When we include those marginally attached to the labor force (stopped looking, etc.), as well as those part time workers that want full time work, the unemployment rate for the total population is not 8.5 percent, but 15.2 percent. And the estimate of the African-American unemployment rate would be not 15.8 percent, but a whopping 28.3 percent. More facts — though the number of officially unemployed people is dropping, it is still high enough with 13.1 million actively looking for work and not finding it. And the average person has been out of work for 40.8 weeks, six weeks longer than a year ago. The headlines blaze optimism, the reality is different. Add to this a recent report that says that the wealth gap between Congress and their constituents is growing. In 1984, the average member of Congress had wealth of $280,000, excluding home equity. In the 20 years since 1984, Congressional wealth grew by two and a half times, to $725,000. Again, this doesn’t include home equity. In contrast, the median wealth of an American family actually dropped slightly to around $20,500, again, not including home equity. It is very likely that when home equity is added, the gap is even larger. This wealth gap perhaps explains why Congressional representatives are more interested in tax cuts than in creating jobs. It explains, perhaps, why Republicans so resisted President Obama’s plan to extend the Social Security tax cut and also to extend unemployment rate insurance. Congress is operating in its own selfinterest, it isn’t thinking about jobless and economically challenged constituents. If these members of Congress got calls from bill collectors, lived with less money than month, had to deny their children a new pair of shoes or an after-school trip because of dollars, or actually had to visit a grocery store on a budget, they might have not so hesitated before they eventually capitulated to President Obama’s determination. Still the growing wealth gap perhaps explains why so few are alarmed at some of the unemployment rate data. To be sure, it is exciting to see unemployment rates drop, even

slightly. It suggests that some of the Obama policies are working. But someone has to explain why these policies aren’t working for African Americans, especially for African-American women. If this trend continues, the Obama Administration will have to consider targeting some relief to those who aren’t benefitting from the unemployment downturn. Some analysts, myself included, have been advocating programs targeted toward the inner city, toward service employment, toward unemployed youth, for quite some time. The unemployment rate gap, the fact that there are clear winners, and also clear losers in the current changes, make targeted employment programs far more imperative. Dr. Julianne Malveaux is president of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, NC.

Maryland’s Historically Black Universities: Racial Underperformance Is Not Racial Inferiority

For more than 20 years the University System of Maryland (USM) and the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) have treated the underperformance of Maryland’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as near normal. During those 20 years none of the state’s Traditionally White Institutions (TWIs) have recorded a graduation rate of less than 50 percent, and none of the HBCUs have recorded a graduation rate of 50 percent or above. This dichotomy has been John L. Hudgins essentially accepted as normal. To assume underperformance is normal for one racial group in comparison to another racial group constitutes racism, which is an assumption of race-based inferiority or conversely racial superiority of the performing group. The continued existence of this dichotomy suggests its acceptance as normal. It appears normal for the TWIs to outperform the HBCUs, as the HBCUs are considered “not comparable” to the TWIs. This assumption can take one of two tracks; either Black students who attend HBCUs are inferior to the White students who typically attend TWIs, or the institutions themselves (HBCUs) are incapable of performing at the same level as the TWIs. The most commonly accepted explanation for the discrepancy is that many of the African-American students who attend HBCUs are under-prepared, thus their rates of failure are greater and their matriculation rates are lower. This is a common variation on the “Culture of Poverty” thesis promulgated during the late sixties as an explanation for racial differences in economic achievement (poverty). The argument suggests the students themselves are not inferior (which is racist), rather, the conditions from which they come have been disadvantaged (culture, not race). This argument would seem to suggest that efforts to remedy the disadvantages and their effects would produce comparable results between Black students and White

The Race is On

The race for the United States presidency is on. As of Jan. 4, the results of the Republican presidential primary are in. The Iowa Caucus has concluded and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney edged out Sen. Rick Santorum by eight votes. According to Iowa poll data, Romney got 30,015 (24.6 percent) votes and Santorum received 30,007 (24.5 percent), Ron Paul 26,219 (21.4 percent), Newt Gingrich 16,251 (13.3 percent) and Rick Perry 12,604 (10.3 percent). According to reliable news organizations such as Politico, each vote cost Romney $113 and Santorum $1.65. This means that even in the current economy slump, this will be one of the most expensive presidential campaigns to date. According to, in 2008, John McCain raised $370 million and Barack Obama raised $750 million. The late Dr. Ronald Walters would ask, “What does this mean for Black people?” Iowa’s population is 2.1 percent African American. Notwithstanding groups like the Black Republican Association and the Black American Political Action Committee (BAMPAC), less than 12 percent of Black people traditionally vote Republican. According to the 2010 US Census Bureau, African Americans make up roughly 13 percent of the total 308 million people in America. With the implosion of Herman Cain’s campaign, an important question is raised: Who will articulate the interest of the AfricanAmerican community from within and external to the Republican campaigns? With immediate January primaries underway the AfricanAmerican percentage of state populations tells a story of numerical

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students. Unfortunately the policy discussion stalls at this point. Funding for remediation or corrective interventions is often portrayed as unfair to White students. In other words to eliminate this “condition-produced-discrepancy” is unfair to the Traditionally White Institutions and White students. The fact is, if the discrepancies are reduced, the performances will become comparable, and the illusion of White superiority dissolves. Unfortunately USM and MHEC have perhaps inadvertently embraced the myth of White student superiority that continues to be reflected in what appears to be a “normal” White performance and an acceptable Black underperformance. Consider the following anecdote: Two men of comparable ability will compete in a race. The night before the race someone steals a shoe from one of the men. If the race continues without replacing the shoe, the man with both shoes most certainly will win. Why then, after many races, is replacing the first man’s shoe considered unfair to the second man? The unfortunate answer is that the second man becomes accustomed to running faster than the one shoe man. In fact the second man builds quite a reputation on his winning abilities and the rewards that come from continuing to win. Changing the equation by replacing the first man’s lost shoe will have the potential effect of changing the second man’s world, his identity and all the spoils that have been derived from what is objectively an unfair situation. Rectifying the imbalance of conditions affecting the AfricanAmerican students who attend HBCUs changes the race equation in state supported higher education. What happens when Morgan State University and Coppin State University graduate students at the same rate as the University of Maryland College Park and Towson University? Some of the persistent privileges and advantages historically associated with whiteness in the state become much more transparent. In fact the continued underperformance of the HBCUs assures less economic and social competition for White college graduates from Black college graduates across the state and nation. This continued underperformance in no small measure perpetuates the myth of White racial superiority which very much undergirds the current set of operating assumptions involving higher education in Maryland. The state Higher Education authorities have a responsibility

to determine the specific nature of the HBCU underperformance and to find effective remedies. The continued acceptance of the underperformance as “normal” is a disservice to the students and families who support HBCUs as well as the tax payers of the state and nation who invest in higher education. Some of this discrepancy can be related to funding and resource utilization. HBCUs have higher faculty to student ratios. HBCUs tend to have a higher proportion of part-time faculty. The full time faculty teaching loads are usually heavier (4-5 courses per semester) when compared to TWI teaching loads (3-4 courses per semester). Even though students attending HBCUs are more likely to need a greater amount of financial aid, the amount of state funding for students is relatively lower. This means that even full time HBCU students are far more likely to need (often full time) employment which affects academic progress. The lack of campus budget transparency often makes it difficult to analyze actual HBCU spending priorities. Maryland also needs to raise serious questions regarding the accountability of HBCU administrators and the bureaucracies they maintain. Students continue to complain about a myriad of problems with registration, financial aid, customer services and academic support. The latter includes inadequate support staff as well as lack of timely availability of needed courses. HBCU administrators command the highest salaries and status on their respective campuses, while productivity languishes. Two not too distantly retired HBCU presidents served a total of more than 50 years yet neither of their institutions ever reached a graduation rate of 50 percent. There is very little indication that current HBCU Administrators or the University System Administrators are under any serious pressures to close the graduation (performance) gaps. This acceptance of Black underperformance as normal forms the basis for the absence of comparable educational opportunities for the state’s AfricanAmerican students. Hopefully the current lawsuit against Maryland’s higher education establishment will force a serious analysis of HBCU underperformance and require interventions to produce comparable results between HBCUs and TWIs.

influence; On Jan 10, New Hampshire .7 percent African American; South Carolina, Jan. 21, 28.9 percent African Americans; Jan. 31, Florida, with 14 percent African Americans. This is the time to put pressure on the political environment in America. External to the Republican campaigns, we — you and I — must email, text, tweet, Facebook and call our people in these states and encourage them to be engaged in the conversations and debates shaping the ideal agenda for these candidates. Do not let Republican presidential candidates off the hook by being silent or absent from their debate. We know that when the people speak from the heart and mind, from their experiences and desires, honest communication, that is not to be ignored, can occur. We also know that traditionally our elected officials, political advocates and pastors communicate the issues we face. We must influence the influencers, and demand that our concerns are addressed in the debates and in policy formation. Now they should direct their microphone, radio and television messages toward the candidates and political organizers. We must do this or the results will not be in our best interest. To paraphrase the Congressional Black Caucus’ motto: “There are no permanent friends and no permanent enemies ... Just Permanent Interest!” Taking a closer look at the origins and nature of the views Santorum, we see he claims to be concerned for working families after being influenced by the death of his grandfather, who worked until age 72 in Pennsylvania coal mines. According to his campaign website, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990 at the age of 32, and from 1995 to 2007, served in the US Senate. He touts that he “helped author and was floor manager of the landmark Welfare Reform Act which passed in 1996 that has empowered millions of Americans to leave the welfare rolls and enter

the workforce.” His now infamous statement, “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them someone else’s money. I want to give them an opportunity to go out and earn their own money, and to provide for themselves and their family. And the best way to do that is to get the manufacturing sector of the economy rolling again,” provides a glimpse into the heart and mind of this candidate. He recently stated, “that he would go to the NAACP and urge Blacks to demand paychecks not food stamps.” Are they unaware of the fact that African Americans have been seeking a equitable paycheck for their labor, jobs with a livable wage and justice since arriving on America’s shores, before the Emancipation Proclamation and every day since. Is Mitt Romney more attuned to the voice and message of the African-American community? To what degree did he engage African Americans as governor of Massachusetts? It is a welldocumented fact among religious leaders that there is a schism between African Americans and the Mormon church, which openly discriminated against them until 1975. Where religion and politics divide, presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s politics are the true question for the political arena. In short, regardless of the front runner status of the particular Republican presidential nominees, one thing is clear, “our permanent interest” are to be articulated by us, for us and with the complexity of us in mind. The public discourse should be influenced by us as well.


John L. Hudgins, Ph.D., is associate professor of Sociology at Coppin State University.

Dennis B. Rogers, PhD is a graduate of the Howard University, Department of Political Science where he majored in political theory and Black politics. He resides in Washington, DC and can be reached at or email

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In an era where most mainstream hip hop music glorifies materialism, sex and crime, there aren’t many young rappers or hip-hop artists who cater to the listeners who just want to hear something positive and uplifting. Sure, the “rap game” was once ruled by pioneers of positivity, such as Public Enemy or Queen Latifah. But as they aged, so did their reign on the rap industry, leaving their listeners with no other alternative but to swallow the overwhelming increase of “gansta rap” and other forms of commercialized ignorance that has dominated our conventional airwaves throughout majority of the last two decades. Fortunately, great hope for the return of the “intellectual rapper” has been restored, thanks to one particular young and extremely talented group. Acem, Truth and Powerful are three physical brothers who together created Gods’ Illa (God is illa), a rap group unlike any of its generation. The three brothers first came together as a rap group in 2004, and have served as a “breath of fresh air” with thought-provoking music that continuously challenges social injustice in both the U.S. and abroad. Natives of the Washington, D.C. area—with the exception of 26-year-old Powerful, the youngest of the group who was born in Brooklyn, N.Y—Gods’ Illa was raised up in an environment where poverty and crime dwelled. But instead of simply mirroring the negatives of their environment, they have repeatedly challenged them, calling on their listeners to take action to bring about changes for positivity. The rhyming trio reflects a heavy sense of discipline and courage with their music, reciting rap verses that encourage people to become active in their communities, whether through charity or even social protest. Since bursting onto the rap scene, the group has released “Up and Up Presents…Gods’ Illa the Album,” and “Gods’ Illa CPR Blendtape” hosted by Erykah Badu, two Courtesy Photo

When you’re constantly bombarded with news headlines about negative stories involving inner-city youths, it’s quite refreshing to see something positive. Mentoring Male Teens in the Hood, a Baltimore-based organization, headed by Charm City native Cameron Miles, takes in young inner-city males ages 8-18 and teaches them the value of working hard and making the right decisions. The young men or “kings” as they are referred to, participate in workshops, listen to various guest speakers and are awarded cash incentives for good grades. Additionally, the group also sponsors periodic trips in and out of state. In the past, the organization has taken trips to Yale, Princeton and Morehouse and has visited local sites such as the Maryland Shock Trauma facility. Thomas Good Sr., a mentor in the program, said these kinds of organizations are vital to the community. “It’s a difference between being a male and a man and this program teaches Black youth to become men and be respectful in all kinds of areas,” he said. “This program helps them to be better people.” Good, who’s been affiliated with the organization for over 10 years, said he became involved after turning his life around. He explained that he wanted to give back and be a positive role model for his son, who was also a participant. “I came from the streets,” he said. “I thought this was something that was worthwhile.” Though the organization has grown tremendously since its inception in 1996, Good says it’s in need of support and funding. “We do [a lot] for these kids and it costs money,” he said. “We need more male involvement and financial contributions from everybody.” In the wake of daunting stories about inner-city youths, the Mentoring Male Teens in the Hood program gives me hope for the future. Instead of being bred by the streets, these teens are being exposed to a multitude of positive people, places and experiences. They are also being taught vital fundamentals in morality and self-discipline. As a result, I believe the organization is building a steady army of young positive Black professionals who are surely destined to be America’s future innovators and extraordinary leaders.

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musical masterpieces that serve as political commentary to the group’s unique and growing audience. But besides just rhyming in a studio, the three help host the hottest Open Mic venue in D.C., the Up And Up Open Microphone, held every Tuesday night at Liv Nightclub in downtown D.C. There, the group uses its music to express thoughts and feelings that others may share but may be afraid to voice. For their efforts, the group has gained national respect from its hip-hop peers, including placing No. 1 in MTV’s “VMA Best Breakout DC Competition.” Gods’Illa’s music has even been featured on the “Late Night with Peter Rosenberg” show on New York City’s famous Hot 97 radio station. Gods’ Illa’s goal is to “create untampered hip-hop and be remembered as the group that spearheads a new era of respectable music.” “Hip-Hop is cool, but ultimately I’m trying to bring computers to the ‘hood,” said Acem. “I’m just a young soul whose intentions are good.”

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to falling into trouble afterschool, Lawrence-Muhammad also volunteers her time with children of area churches such as Salt Nation Church of Brooklyn, Md. “Today’s youth is our tomorrow. We need to show them that they have a purpose in life. I push my kids to be better than me,” said Lawrence-Muhammad. Getting through to those others considered “trouble makers,” Lawrence-Muhammad carefully crafts personal relationships with each student, meeting them on their level and raising them up to their full potential. Often acting as confidant, friend, mother and social worker, to those she comes into contact with, she goes the extra mile to show compassion to those who need it. Creating a safe place for her students to express themselves and let go of the family and personal issues


that plague their minds throughout the day, LawrenceMuhammad has had a significant impact not only with teens at Lake Clifton campus, but with organizations such as the Girl Scouts of America, where she encourages fun exercise and movement. Truly an inspiration and a gracious model to anyone looking to work with youth in an urban setting and make a difference in the community, Lawrence-Muhammad says her priority is to “make sure these kids make better choices so they can have a better and successful life.”

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Dance mentor Charita Lawrence-Muhammad goes beyond the stage to make a difference in her students’ lives, building character, self-esteem and work ethic in the today’s future.

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Loistene Jones Parham, ’59, Mildred Wilson Bradshaw, Therese Sandra Evans Scott, Henri Ann Daniels. Seated: Dr. Maxine Johnson Wood, Caroline Stubbs Savage, members of the Premier Class of 1959

Saundra Northington Jackson, ‘60, (co-chair), Charles R. Owens, master of ceremony, Alaina S. Allen, co-chair

Joseph Alphonso Mason, Clementine Holmes Giles, Walter Stokes Jr. Carlotta Carr,’63, Atty. Delores Couser Cooke,’60, Cathy Carr,’61

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Dan and Del Henson met at Edmondson High School.

Edmondson High School graduating classes of 1959, 1960, 1961 held a Golden Class Reunion at the Hilton Pikesville Hotel on Reisterstown Road. The June ‘59 class is the Premier class to graduate from the Edmondson High School that was newly built school in 1957 in Edmondson Village. The students started in the 9th grade and completed the 11th grade. Edmondson High School was also the first integrated co-ed high school built in Baltimore City. There was a lot of camaraderie with classmates remembering, renewing and reminiscing of their high school days.

George and Rhoda L. Williams Jones

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Dave Watts, ’61 and Pat Watts

Dorothy Carmichael Floyd, left, Jackie Hill Winkey, Eunice Creach Satchell, Janice Jenkins Gaskins, Marian Harrison Burroughs

Jeanette Brooks Garrett, ’61 and Avon Garrett

Doris Carr from Hampton, Va. sporting this unusual hair design.

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Elicia Moore, Baltimore, Md., created the winning HairGAGA look featured during the 20th Annual Golden Scissors Awards.

The 20th Annual Golden Scissors show and the 20th Anniversary Gala) Awards – “HaiRage…the Biggest were sold out. People sat on the Rage in Hair” held at the Silver edge of their seats because the night Sleek and slim Springs Civic Center, Silver Springs, was an exciting ride of fantasy and with colorful Model Givoschy Md. certainly left its mark on hair entertainment. A special highlight skin painting. wears this design by history. The stage presentations were of the evening was Glynn Jackson Platinum Design. dynamic. The costumes were fanciful being honored for his tireless efforts and intricate and the hair was to maintain an exceptional level of simply OUTRAGEOUS! excellence in everything he has Both shows done over the years including (the Salon producing the Golden Scissors Wow...Look Presentation Awards. at “Barbie” Celebrity stylist Roger “Bad Boy Roy” Brasley, left, celebrity stylist Daun Ferguson, Turning Heads Exclusive by Daun On the younger side (Owner) and Founder of For the Love of You (non-profit Model Cherie Scurry-Burns with this spiffy blue organization), Glynn Jackson, and celebrity stylist Tim wearing a sexy dress designed top and white, fan Johnson honor Glynn Jackson during the 20th Annual EnKore Dance Group gives a by Celebrity Designer Marco bottom skirt. Golden Scissors Awards. riveting performance. Black Dupree. Photos by J. Mitchell for J.Calibre Photography and Marvin Joseph

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Alpha Chapter members: Rohulamin Quander, Tamal Burise, Timothy Franas, George H. Evans, Donald G. Lucas and Anthony D. Carrell. The Association for the Study of African Life and History(ASALH), the National Park Service, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, the African American Experience Fund and Shiloh Baptist Church hosted a celebratory 136th birthday commemoration of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, founder of Black History Month The MC, Lloyd Jordan, 36th national president of at Shiloh Baptist Church in Northwest, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Washington, DC. The Honorable Jon Jarvis, director, National Park Service was the keynote speaker with special remarks coming from James Stewart, ASALH national president; Bob Stanton, special assistant to the Secretary of the Interior and Sylvia Cyrus, executive director, ASALH. A proclamation from DC Mayor Vincent Gray was presented to members of the Woodson family and the Omega Chorale provided special music for the occasion. After the formal program, audience members marched to the Woodson House where flowers were laid and a reception was held in the church fellowship hall. There is an ongoing project to restore the Woodson Home site. ASALH is in high preparation mode for the upcoming 86th Annual Black History Month Luncheon, 12:30 p.m., Feb. 25 at the DC Renaissance Hotel. For more info, go to their website:

The Honorable Robert G. Stanton, senior advisor to Secretary Salazar, U.S Department of the Interior.

Sylvia Cyrus, executive director, ASALH and Dr. Elsie Scott, president/ CEO, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

U.S. Rep. Eleanor Holmes-Norton brings greetings. Members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, who were co-sponsors of the Woodson Birthday Celebration. Woodson was an Omega Man.

Dorothy Bailey, president, Truth Branch, ASALH and Dr. Shirley A. Jackson, Truth Branch executive committee, Prince George’s County.

DC Mayoral Proclamation being presented to the Woodson Family by National Park Service (NPS) director, Jon Jarvis (left) with NPS personnel looking on.

Dr. James Stewart, national president, ASALH speaks to attendees and honored guests.

Park Rangers on duty at the celebration.

Singing an inspirational song, the Omega Chorale with Alpha Chapter members.

Keynote address being given by The Honorable Jon Jarvis, director, National Park Service.

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The Afro-American, January 14, 2012 - January 20, 2012

By Rosa Pryor

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Dr. Martin Luther King waves to supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. during the “March on Washington”. There, he delivered the “I have A Dream” speech.

A large crowd of mourners follow the casket of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through the streets of Atlanta, Ga. King was assassinated by James Earl Ray on April 4, 1968 on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.


will feature a community breakfast, speaker and music celebrating the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. It will begin at 7 a.m., Jan. 17, at J. Frank Raley Great Room in the Campus Center in St. Mary’s College of Maryland; 18952 E. Fisher Road, St. Mary’s City, Md. For more information, call 1-240-895-2000.

Hello everyone! Now you know the 17th of this month is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The King Holiday is celebrated in U.S. installations and is observed by local groups in more than 100 other nations. Trinidad and other nations have also established a holiday in honor of Dr. King. This means that the majority of businesses, local and state governments are closed. In honor of this day, different organizations are given events to support and celebrate the legacy of this great man. Ba-a-a-a-by it’s cold outside! It is definitely time to fix a hot tonic or a strong cocktail with lemon, which ever may warm your blood so you can feel warm and cozy. Honey child, it is time for the long- johns, gloves, fur boots, and earwarmers. I am not sure what the weather is going to be on Jan. 16, but if it is anything like the last few days have been, I suggest we take along a portable battery operated heater, wear layers of clothes, gloves and hat. We don’t want you to miss the parade honoring Dr. King, because it will be a lot of fun and it represents us as a community. It starts at noon. THE 7th ANNUAL SOUTHERN MARYLAND MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. PRAYER BREAKFAST

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. PARADE is presented by residents of Baltimore and surrounding areas. All are invited to take part in the 12th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade which celebrates the life of one of America’s most influential Civil Rights, political, and social icons. The parade will be held at noon, Jan. 16 at noon. I try to attend every year. It never ceases to amaze me how more beautiful, festive and heart-warming it gets every year. It is an event to honor not only Dr. King, but to pay homage to others continuing his legacy. The parade steps off at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street, proceeds south on MLK, Jr. Boulevard and disbands at Baltimore Street. REGINALD F. LEWIS MUSEUM is having a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration with music and dance performances, films, crafts and a keynote address by Sen. Larry Young of WOLB 1010 AM radio noon to 5 p.m., Jan. 16. For more information, call 443-263-1800. The museum is located on the corner of Pratt and President Streets.

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KINGS LANDING WOMEN’S SERVICE CLUB is hosting its 37th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast to be held 8-10 a.m., Jan. 16, at Martin’s West, Woodlawn. This event is Maryland’s oldest celebration of its kind on the east coast and was founded over three decades ago to celebrate the life and teachings of Dr. King. For more information, call Marge Green, president at 410-6633199 or 410-602-1841.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birth home still stands in Atlanta Georgia today.

Bobby McFerrin will perform at the Kennedy Center with the “Let Freedom Ring Choir” in a musical tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 6 p.m., Jan. 16. THE KENNEDY CENTER AND GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY will host a musical celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. The concert featuring Grammy Award-winning vocalist Bobby McFerrin and the “Let Freedom Ring Choir” in a musical tribute to Dr. King. 6 p.m., Jan. 16. in the Concert Hall of the Kennedy Center; also Grammy Award-winning, platinum-selling vocalist Patti LaBelle will perform on Jan. 17, including the “Let Freedom Ring Choir” with music director, Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. Georgetown University will award the Ninth Annual John Thompson Legacy of a Dream Award to Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery, a leader in the American Civil Rights Movement. This event will be at the Kennedy Center 2700 F. Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. For more information, call 1-800-444-1324 or 1-202-467-4600. FYI: On a sad note; “Duck” Wallace, former owner of the Bird Cage on North and Chester Avenue and Club 2300 on Baltimore Street, passed away on Dec. 26, 2011. His funeral was Jan. 3, at Brown’s Funeral Home on North Avenue. More about this famous night club owner in my next column. Well, folks! It is about that ‘time for the fat lady to sing”. I am out of time and space. If you need me, just call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at Or you can read me on line at Don’t forget to renew your subscription for the Afro. HAPPY NEW YEAR, UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.

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Tank Heats Up Baltimore’s Soundstage By Alexis Taylor Special to the AFRO Award-winning entertainer Tank took to Baltimore’s Soundstage Dec. 15, working hard to keep up his 10-year tradition of crooning the ladies into sweet submission. With four albums and eight Grammy nominations to his name, Tank has emerged as one of the heavy hitters of the music industry, not only writing his own material, but producing himself and others. “I love making music,” said Tank in a phone interview. At a point where he is no longer under the pressure of making music to provide for himself and his family, Tank has been so successful that he says he enjoys a type of freedom that allows him to really put his all into every area of art he enjoys with less stress. “There is no urgency outside of wanting to be competitive and the best at what I do,” said the singer who says he enjoys watching his children on stage and expressing interest in music. The voice behind timeless songs such as Maybe I Deserve and Emergency off his last studio album, Now or Never, Tank has only gained influence and fans with his latest effort, Diary of A Mad Man, a new mix tape released on Black Friday. “I had some ideas of some music and different styles that I wanted to try and what better way to do it than on a mix tape? There wasn’t a lot of pressure to it, but at the same time they’re still good songs,” said Tank, who

admits the mix tape, which is essential to hip-hop and rap artists, is not traditionally the route most singers take to distribute product. Aside from releasing Diary, which he completed in two weeks, Tank is also prepping to release and tour with his fifth studio album, Savior, which is set to be released in 2012. “My idea for this album was to create the picture that there is a savior for every woman,” said Tank, in discussing the direction of the 2012 album. Inspired by the likes of Marvin Gaye and Al Green, Tank has written for and collaborated with artists such as Jamie Fox, Chris Brown and Keri Hilson. Born in Wisconsin and raised in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Clinton, M.D., Tank has not only had a successful R&B career, but has branched out to thrive in other forms of entertainment as well. With television and more films in the works for 2012, Tank has proved that he cannot be stopped even after a decade in the game. Born Durrell Babbs, Tank made his acting debut in 2010 with Preacher’s Kid, which featured the artist side by side with singers LeToya Luckett and Kierra Sheard. A modern version of the prodigal son parable, the movie, directed by Stan Foster, received positive revues from audiences and critics.

“There is no urgency outside of wanting to be competitive and the best at what I do…”

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For those who can’t get enough of the singer, the Tank 2012 Calendar, the first of its kind, is currently available for order at www.

Streep Delivers Oscar-Quality Performance Impersonating Brit PM The Iron Lady

Film Review by Kam Williams Over the course of her illustrious career, Meryl Streep has landed more Academy Award nominations (16 and counting) than any other thespian in history. Blessed not only with an enviable emotional range but a knack for feigning foreign accents and regional dialects, the versatile actress has repeatedly demonstrated an uncanny ability to disappear into whatever role she’s been asked to play. Such is again the case

with The Iron Lady, a comprehensive biopic about Margaret Thatcher, who served as prime minister of Great Britain from 1979 to 1990. The movie was directed by Phyllida Lloyd who previously collaborated with Streep in 2008 on Mamma Mia! Meryl will undoubtedly garner another well-deserved Oscar nomination for her spot-on impersonation of the imperious icon’s public persona, from the pursed lips to the steely demeanor to the haughty tone of voice. She further rose to the challenge of a demanding assignment that also called for her to

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Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher.

capture the character’s recent descent into dementia, a dotage which has ostensibly been marked by hallucinations and semi-lucid ramblings. Unfortunately, Streep’s sterling performance here has been squandered in service of an overambitious screenplay by Abi Morgan which attempts to bite off more than it could possibly chew in less than two hours. As a result, the film fails to do justice to the touchstones in Thatcher’s life and career, tending to tease rather than address the material in depth. Constructed as a series of flashbacks, it takes superficial looks at everything from her coming of age during World War II to her college days at Oxford to her marriage to Denis Thatcher (Jim Broadbent) to their starting a family to her developing a feminist consciousness to her entering politics. The bulk of the film’s focus is devoted to her tempestuous tenure at Number 10 Downing Street, a period marked by both domestic and international unrest courtesy of the Irish Republican Army and a war in the Falkland Islands, respectively. Overall, this empathetic portrait paints the Prime Minister as a headstrong conservative as dedicated to her family as to her country. But by the film’s end, we really haven’t learned much memorably about Maggie beyond her enduring love for the devoted husband who died before her. A potentiallyunderwhelming production elevated singlehandedly by another tour de force turned in by the ever-astounding Meryl Streep.

Very Good (HHH) Rated PG-13 for violent images and brief nudity.

Running time: 105 minutes Distributor: The Weinstein Company

Billy Beane Bio-Pic Released on DVD selling the strategy to his skeptical, hard-boiled manager, Art Howe (Philip DVD Review by Kam Williams Seymour Hoffman), who initially refused to cooperate with what he considered a Brad Pitt has positioned himself as a patently ridiculous innovation. But Howe serious contender for an Academy Award would grudgingly embrace the rag-tag by virtue of his engaging performance in assortment of misfits he was handed, and this delightful bio-pic. For he is simply eventually lead the team to victory. sensational as Billy Beane here, in an Directed by Bennett Miller, Moneyball emotionally-uplifting, David vs. Goliath was adapted by Academy Award-winner saga revolving around the amazing run Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network), a of the Oakland Athletics during the 2002 gifted storyteller with a knack for both season. inspired dialogue and compelling character The iconoclastic, A’s general manager development. He deserves accolades for revolutionized baseball that year by fielding the way he humanizes his protagonist by a team of lowly-touted underdogs who having Billy exhibit a sincere regret over somehow managed to beat the odds by his failed marriage and the toll the divorce overachieving and reaching the playoffs. is taking on his But Billy knew their emotionallyfeat was no fluke distant, 12 yearsince there had been a old daughter, mathematical method Casey (Kerris to his madness. Dorsey). Based on Michael Consequently, Lewis’ best-seller we care as of the same name, much about Moneyball chronicles the resolution how Beane came to of the strained make roster moves Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill in Moneyball. father-daughter relying on statistics relationship as alone in lieu of listening about the outcome of Oakland’s historic to scouts like the other major league baseball season. How long can the A’s franchises. Truth be told, the beleaguered computer-assisted miracle season last? Will GM had adopted the unorthodox approach Billy and Casey ever reconcile? almost out of desperation because he’d just A tender reminder that the heart lost three of his best players to free agency: sometimes still matters even if we now live Jason Giambi, Johnny Damon and Jason in a technology-driven, Digital Age where Isringhausen. machines lead and humans follow. And as a small market team with modest revenues, the A’s simply couldn’t afford Excellent (HHHH) to match the mega-salaries being offered Rated PG-13 for profanity. by perennial World Series contenders like Running time: 133 minutes the Yankees, Dodgers and Red Sox. So, on Distributor: Sony Pictures Home the advice of his nerdy, young assistant, Entertainment Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), an Ivy-educated Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Extras: economist he’d hired away from the Deleted scenes; blooper; Billy Beane: ReCleveland Indians, Beane began to employ a Inventing the Game; Moneyball: Playing state-of-the-art system of computer analysis the Game; Drafting the Team; Adapting known as Sabermetrics. Moneyball; and preview trailer. However, he still had a hard time



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Savannah State Sends Lady Bears to Tenth Straight Loss

Morgan State’s Bozeman Suspended for Striking Player

HBCU Women’s Basketball – Morgan State University

Coach, Student Say Allegations Untrue

By Kevin Paige Special to the AFRO

By AFRO Staff

Savannah State, the newest member of the MidEastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) was not about to let Morgan State end its losing ways against them. Ezinne Kalu scored a gamehigh 27 points and Zadous Pollard added 24 points to lead the host the Lady Tigers to their first MEAC win in school history, (MSU Media Relations Photo) following a 69-60 victory Amarah Williams talled 10 points, six rebounds and had a on Jan. 9 at Tiger Arena in career-high four blocked shots in loss to Savannah State. Savannah, Ga. Savannah State (6-9 overall, 1-3 MEAC) also received a game-high 14-rebound performance from Jasmine Kirkland, as the Tiger's extended Morgan State's losing skid to a season-long 10 games. The 10 consecutive losses are the most in head coach Donald Beasley's career at Morgan State, surpassing the nine straight losses to begin the 2005-06 season, his first year at Morgan. The victory also helped the Tigers even the all-time series against Morgan State at 2-2. The two teams last met during the 2005 season. The Lady Bears (2-12, 0-2 MEAC) were led by DeKeisha Mathis (13 points), while Whitney Southerland came off the bench and scored 11 on 3-of-4 shooting from three-point range. Amaraha Williams, who earlier in the day was named MEAC Rookie of the Week, finished with 10 points, six rebounds and a career-high four blocked shots. Both teams committed 21 turnovers. Savannah State recorded 12 steals, while Morgan State had eight. The Lady Bears kept up with their trend of outscoring their opponents in bench points (19-9) and for a change out rebounded an opponent, this time holding a slim 3837 advantage over the Tigers in rebounds. Morgan State will see more MEAC action on Jan. 14 with a home game against Norfolk State at Hill Field House in Baltimore, Md.

Howard's Frazier Named MEAC Rookie of the Week for Second Straight Week

HBCU Men’s Basketball – Howard University By Ed Hill Jr. Special to the AFRO Howard freshman Simuel Frazier has been named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week for the second straight week after averaging 11.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.0 steals in losses to Coppin State and to Hampton. A 5-foot-11, 175-pound freshman from Norfolk, Va., Frazier grabbed a career-high eight rebounds along with 11 points in the game against Hampton (6-9 overall, 2-1 in the MEAC) on Jan. 7. Frazier leads the Bison in assists and in steals on the (Howard Sports Information Photo) season. Howard freshman Simuel Frazier scored 11 points during Howard senior guard Glenn Andrews received honorable a 57-55 loss to Hampton University on Jan. 7 2012. mention recognition after averaging 24.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in those two contests. Andrews added six rebounds to his gamehigh 23 points against Hampton. "We started four freshmen and we are bringing upperclassmen off the bench," Howard coach Kevin Nickelberry said. "We are starting to come together and this effort may be a defining point for us. On the one hand, it was a very disappointing to lose. But I was proud of the way we competed. “We re-established how we want to play,” Nickelberry continued. “We want to be known as a defensive team that is very physical. We were doing that early in the season, but since the Georgetown game, we have gotten away from that. I think that as we move forward, this game helps us reestablish our style. We do have to cut down on our fouls, though."

Morgan State University head men’s basketball coach Todd Bozeman has been suspended indefinitely with pay after what was described as “accidental contact” with one of his players in a game against South Carolina State University on Jan. 7, The Associated Press reported. Assistant Coach Kevin McClain will assume coaching responsibilities for the team in the interim, MSU Media Relations announced. (Courtesy Photo) According to AP and Bears coach Todd Bozeman hugs former player Reggie ESPN reports, Bozeman Holmes. said he was informed of his suspension by MSU Athletics Director Floyd Kerr on Jan. 8. The Baltimore Sun reported that Kerr told the coach he was prohibited from contacting any of his players until university officials conclude investigation. Bears senior guard Larry Bastfield is the player who was allegedly struck by Bozeman; the coach told reporters he “didn’t hit him.” "I love my players," Bozeman told AP. "I'm an emotional coach, but I don't get physical with my players in that way. I hug them; I kiss them on the forehead." Bozeman said he was scheduled to meet with Kerr on Jan. 11 "My attorney made numerous attempts to get them to wait until [the meeting] before deciding to take any action," said Bozeman, according to AP. "They chose to do it now. I am confident when the facts come out, they will speak for themselves." According to, the only reason Kerr was even aware of the incident was because SCSU president George E. Cooper claimed he witnessed Bozeman allegedly punch Bastfield in the face. Cooper then chased Bozeman down to demand the contact information of his athletic director, then summoned SCSU police to stop and question the coach and his players, reports. Bozeman told The Sun that he asked Bastfield in front of witnesses if he punched him; Bastfield said “no” and didn’t know it was a big deal until campus police asked him if he wanted to press charges against the coach,. "They said they were told he hit me in the face," Bastfield said, according to The Sun. "I told him that he accidently bumped me in the chest. It was something that happens in the heat of the game." Bozeman has served as MSU’s basketball coach since 2006, leading the school to more than 100 victories and two NCAA Tournaments; he was hired by Morgan after being banned from the NCAA for eight years following recruitment violations during his tenure as head coach of the University of California-Berkley.

AFRO Sports Desk Faceoff: Making a MVP Case-- Brees vs. Rogers By Perry Green and Stephen D Riley AFRO sports Desk It’s been a heavenly season for the National Football League’s record-setting Saint, Drew Brees. In addition to breaking a 27-year-old record, New Orleans’ starting quarterback managed to throw for 46 touchdowns in addition to a whopping 5,476 yards. Brees’ heroics were enough to pilot New Orleans to a 13-3 record and the NFC’s three seed. The precision with which Brees has operated over the past few weeks has properly started some Most Valuable Player debates around local bars everywhere. But while Brees has been smooth this season, the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers has been making his case for most valuable player since he guided the Packers to a Super Bowl trophy last winter. The owner of the top record in the NFL at 14-1, Rodgers didn’t even have to play in the season finale while Green Bay ran their record to an impressive 15-1. For what Rodgers lacks in passing yards to Brees, he makes up for in touchdowns, having tossed 45 touchdowns to just six interceptions and adding another three scores via the ground. A 48 total touchdown campaign is typically good for the MVP award outright, but Brees didn’t have a typical year for a signal caller. So who’s the most valuable player in the NFL? Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley of the AFRO Sports Desk debate.



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Green: Even the great Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino had to sit and pay respects to what Brees did to his long-standing single-season passing record. While he nearly broke it just a few years ago, Brees shattered it this year, leaving no doubt about his place in history. He’s played phenomenal football all year and considering he broke Marino’s record in Week 16 of the season, how can you not crown him the best of the 2011 NFL regular season? Riley: Easy, consider that Rodgers not only bested him in the season opener in a 42-34 shootout, guiding his team Advertiser: BGE to the top record in the league and setting team records as well as a record of hisAmerican own. Rodgers finished the year Publication: Afro with the highest quarterback rating (122.5) in NFL history. His touchdown-interception Insertion Date: Jan. 14, ratio 2012(45-6) is ridiculous and again, he outdueled Brees already once this year. Throwing for Size: a lot of yards is 7.28” a greatxfeat Ad 4” but when it comes to effectiveness, nobody had more of an impact this season than the reigning Super MVP. natural gas? Title: Gas Bowl leak/Smell If you haveRodgers’ receivedseason this publication Green: was special material but the fact that his in error, or have any questions about please backup, Matt Flynn, came into the seasonit finale and tossed contact the traffic dept. at Weber Shandwick six touchdowns and put up nearly 500 aerial yards tells me at (410) 558 2100. Continued on B5

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Nuclear Cowboyz,® Freestyle Motocross to Detonate Baltimore Nuclear Cowboyz®, the only theatrical freestyle motocross touring production in North America, is coming to Baltimore on Jan. 13-14. Nuclear Cowboyz is an action-packed narrative of two powerful freestyle motocross tribes whose survival in a futuristic world is told through fearless freestyle aerials, gravity defying stunts, and outrageous pyrotechnic displays – all synchronized to hard rock music. The 2012 Nuclear Cowboyz tour returns with the greatest cast of freestyle motocross, trials and quad riders ever assembled, including recent X Games 17 medalists Mike Mason, Ronnie Faisst and Adam Jones. The riders take their

apocalyptic power to the massive ramps with choreographed awe-inspiring tricks alongside the sizzling Nuclear Cowgirlz® dancers. Tickets are now available at 1st Mariner Arena box office and through Ticketmaster for the 2012 Nuclear Cowboyz tour. The Nuclear Cowboyz 2012 Tour is affordably priced with seats starting at just $15 for kids ages two through 12. A limited number of tickets is set aside for the biggest Nuclear Cowboyz fans. Each VIP Fallout Zone ticket includes: Premium seating, admission to a private meet and greet with the stars of Nuclear Cowboyz where you will be presented

AFRO Sports Desk Faceoff: Making a MVP Case-- Brees vs. Rogers Continued from B4

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a little bit more about the system and the talent that surrounds Rodgers. Flynn’s efforts (six touchdowns, 480 yards against the Detroit Lions) proves to me that Rodgers isn’t really the MVP of his team but is instead just the architect of that offensive system. Head coach Mike McCarthy obviously has a flawless system in place and Rodgers has run it well but when it comes to Quarterbacking-101, Brees has been writing the book on that subject for the past few years. Riley: So you want to discredit a guy because his backup had a nice game against one of the worst defenses in the league? Crazy. So I guess we might as well sweep away everything San Francisco 49er Joe Montana did since Steve Young, his successor at quarterback there, became one of the most efficient quarterbacks in league history once he entered the fray? Brees has a lot of things working in his favor as well--great system; great skill guys; great talent--so don’t water down Rodgers’ accomplishments without identifying Brees’ riches. Show me a quarterback who can post nearly an 8-to-1 touchdown/interception ratio, the league’s best record and nearly tie for the lead in touchdown throws-all and still sit out the final game of the year and I’ll show you an MVP caliber season.


Green: Rodgers’ numbers are spectacular, no doubt. But I just think when you wipe away a passing record you deserve something. Whether it’s MVP or a Super Bowl crown, Brees has had a championship season. Flynn stepping in and throwing an NFL-high six touchdowns in a game taints Rodgers’ season. There’s no other way to look at it. Had Brees sat out the last game and seen his backup come in and post better numbers in a game than he did all season, like what happened to Rodgers, then I would have to question Brees as well. Fortunately, or unfortunately, that didn’t happen to Brees so we didn’t have to look at him under a different light. It did however, happen to Rodgers, which makes my selection of Brees for MVP an easy one.

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The GlamourLESS Side of Entrepreneurship Likewise, tell the older women to be reverent in their behavior, teaching what is good, rather than being gossips or addicted to heavy drinking. That way they can mentor young women to love. —Titus 2:3-4. Cheryl Wood is a living testament to this scripture. In both publications, How I FlatLined and Woke Up in 45 Days her first book and the upcoming book, The GlamourLESS Side of Entrepreneurship, Wood shares her trials and victories of balancing life and entrepreneurship. As an award winning author and speaker Wood’s focal point is to help and teach women how to achieve and maintain success. What inspired you to write your first book?

“The first book I was just at that phase in my life where I felt so disconnected from life. Because like so many women, I was just ripping and running and living a routine instead of living life. So I was rushing back and forth to corporate America trying to balance that with being a wife, a mother of three and I really felt like I flat lined in life. I felt like I lost my heartbeat in life. I was like a robot. You could just wind me up and send me off for the day and it was the same routine day in and day out. It made me feel completely disconnected from what life really ought to be. So I said I wanted to share my journey of going from that person to the person who decided to take control. I want to share that with other women because I

Corman Construction, Inc. Bid Opportunities Bid: Mayo WRF Phase I Improvements Mayo Road & Pure Water Way Near Selby–On–The Bay, Anne Arundel County, MD Anne Arundel County Dept. of Public Works Bid Due: February 7, 2012 @ 1:30 pm Description of Work: Contract S769712 Mayo WRF Phase I Improvements generally consists of improvements to existing Wastewater Reclamation Facility. Primary elements of work are: new 3,487 SF - 42ft by 57 ft x 37 ft CIP concrete Main Pumping Station, (2) new 570,000 gallon pre-stressed concrete equalization tanks, new CIP Concrete UV disinfection facility. Additional work involves: partial demo & remodeling of existing pumping station into an electrical bldg. and wet well, extensive yard piping & flow diversions and new electrical and instrumentation. Corman Construction, Inc. is soliciting quotes for the above referenced project from all subcontractors, suppliers, and service providers. In particular, Corman is seeking quotes from certified MBE and WBE subcontractors and suppliers for the following types of work: sitework, erosion control, excavation, SOE, dewatering, cast in place concrete, reinforcing steel, Pre-stressed Concrete Tanks, concrete demolition, masonry, precast planks, steel roof trusses, roofing, plumbing, drywall, membrane waterproofing, painting, HVAC, electrical, instrumentation, asphalt paving, concrete flatwork, hauling, materials testing, piping, and equipment suppliers. Please contact Bonnie Hulme at 301-953-0900 or at with questions or to schedule an appt to view bid documents and plans. Quotes may be faxed to 301-953-2611. Corman Construction, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F MBE WBE DBE SBE.


BALTIMORE HEART BALL Diminishing Healthcare Disparities

Event Chair: Dr. Richard G. Bennett, President Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center


700 Aliceanna Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 For more information call Crystal Herring at 410.637.4524 or The Watkins-Saunders Award: In the Greater Baltimore Region, we have a legacy of cardiovascular excellence. The American Heart Association is pleased to celebrate this legacy and honor those trailblazers that we have in our community. At the 28th Annual Baltimore Heart Ball we will continue this celebration through honoring two heroes in cardiovascular excellence- Dr. Levi Watkins and Dr. Elijah Saunders. These gentlemen have offered numerous contributions to cardiovascular care over the years and continue to serve our community today. The theme of the 2012 Heart Ball is “Diminishing Healthcare Disparities”. One of the many highlights of the evening will include a presentation of the Inaugural WatkinsSaunders Award. This award will be given to individuals in the Greater Baltimore Region who champion the fight against health disparities through clinical/research work or through making community improvements.




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know there are other women out there who are going through the same thing and need that encouragement or empowerment that they can change their life whenever they choose too.” How did you come up with the title “The GlamourLESS Side of Entrepreneurship”? “When I became an entrepreneur, I really came in with the glamour view. I only heard people say I am an entrepreneur, like it was so wonderful like the heavens opened up when they said it like this is the thing you want to be; you would have time freedom, financial freedom and all these clients. That is what I imagined it to be. And it was completely the opposite. In the past three years I had truly seen what it means to be an entrepreneur who refuses to give up on your dreams. It means working very long hours. Longer than I ever worked in corporate America. It means being the ‘go to’ person for everything in your business during those initial years because you don’t have a staff or certain systems in place that come with being an entrepreneur over time so those are the things I never heard anyone talk about. I never heard anyone forth rightly express what it is to really be an entrepreneur. It’s not just saying that word, hearing a glamorous sound or saying I have my time to myself, I can do what I want when I want or I have a long list of clients. It is hard work to become that person who just wants a successful and sustainable business. So

again wanting to help other women to be able to claim their finical independence I decided to write this book and put it out there.” Is there a message in this that you want readers to grasp? “I want readers to have the knowledge that yes it is challenging and there will be struggles and difficulties along the road of becoming a successful entrepreneur, but you can do it. You can succeed. Just as many

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women in business who are not making it past that first five years there are just as many who are and who are becoming very successful very wealthy and accomplishing their goals. It’s a message really of inspiration and enlightenment. I’m going to show you the glamorous side but also inspire you to work through the glamourless challenge to come out successful on the other side.” How did you choose the co writers for “The GlamourLESS Side of Entrepreneurship?” Or what was your motivation for choosing them? “Actually I had put out a call to women who I knew who had become successful entrepreneurs. I got an overwhelming response to the call. I selected women who I felt really had a story to tell and who had been through struggles and challenges and had come out on the other side. What I like about it in fact is that it’s very diverse. There are some women in the book who have been in business for 10 or 12 years and there are others who’ve been in business for maybe three or four years and are still experiencing the glamourless side. It never really ends; you just find ways to make it

through it. The book is very diverse and it’s going to speak to a lot of different women at different levels and different stages in their own journey of entrepreneurship.” If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? (She laughs) “That’s so hard I cannot say just one. I would have to say my four spotlight authors. All four mentors of mine, Doreen Rainey, Dr. Joy Ohayia, Ann Quasman, Lucinda Cross- all four of those women have been instrumental in my growth and have made an impact in my life through their own story. Willy Jolly is not a woman but I am really inspired by his writings and books. I consider him to be one of my mentors. He is always positive, positive, and positive! It’s always that tone you can do anything you want to do, you can do anything you work hard for or set your mind to.” Do you see writing as a career? “Wow, ironically writing is probably the thing I never imagined myself doing. Even now I have to pinch myself and say I cannot believe I am writing. I write now more than I ever have before and I never thought it would be a place I would go. But I look at it as stretching myself. I write more articles, more blogs and books now then I would have ever imagined. So I don’t know if it’s considered a career yet.” The release date for “The GlamourLESS Side of Entrepreneurship” is March 3 at the Aloft National Harbor. For more information visit www.cherylwoodempowers. com.

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‘Find Our Missing’ Hopes to Bring Home Absent Loved Ones By AFRO Staff (January 5, 2012) Nearly one-third of the people in the United States who have been reported missing are AfricanAmericans, although Blacks are only about 12 percent of the nation’s population, according to Wonya Lucas, president and CEO of TV One in a network press release. To improve the media coverage about Blacks who are missing, the network is launching a new 10-episode television series beginning 10 p.m. Jan. 18. With award-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson—known for her 16-year portrayal of New York Police Department Detective Lt. Anita Van Buren—as host, TV One’s ‘Find Our Missing’ will feature, in each episode, the stories of two missing persons of color. The show will tell, in the words of the people who knew them best and loved them the most, the stories of the missing. Using social media and an Internet tie-in, the show is designed to generate information that could lead to finding the missing. The first show will highlight two people who disappeared in 2009: Pamela Butler, 47, who disappeared from her Washington, D.C. home without a trace and Hasanni Campbell, 5, who vanished when he was left alone in the car for only a moment outside a shoe store

in Oakland, Calif.. “Though these victims may be gone, through this show we want to say they are no longer forgotten,” said Merkerson in the press release. “I am honored to host ‘Find Our Missing’ and hope

that my participation not only can help shine the spotlight on the plight of missing people of color, but that we can help uncover some answers and ultimately find justice for the sake of those missing and their families and friends.”

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR BALTIMORE CITY Case Number 24-C-11-007600/FR SEDONA INVESTMENTS, LLC c/o Allen C. Tochterman, Esq. 11411 Cedar Lane Kingsville, Maryland 21087 Plaintiff

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LAURA ROBERTSON DANIEL ROBERTSON HUBERT PANKEY ESTHER PANKEY MONROE ROBERTSON SARAH MOSELEY Unknown Tenants of the Subject Property The Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, Maryland And all Persons having or claiming to have An interest in the property listed below; Their respective heirs, devisees, executors, administrators, grantees, assigns, or successors in right title and interest


The object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the property in the City of Baltimore, sold by the Collector of Taxes for the City of Baltimore and the State of Maryland to the Plaintiff in this proceeding: Ward 08, Section 22, Block 1574, Lot 048 Known as 2642 Beryl Avenue Baltimore Maryland (Lot Size 13-8 x 100) The Complaint states, among other things, that the amount necessary for redemption has not been paid. Retirement and FuIt is thereupon this 6th day of December, 2011 by the Cirture move? cuit Court of Baltimore City, Discover Delaware and ORDERED, that notice be given by the insertion of a coy our gated community. of this order in THE AFRO Manufactured homes AMERICAN, a newspaper of general circulation in the City from the mid $30’s! of Baltimore once a week for three (3) successive weeks, Brochures available warning all persons 1-866-629-0770 or interested in the property to search www.coolbranch. appear in this Court by the 4th day of February, 2012 and recom deem the subject property and answer the Complaint or TYPESET: Wed Jan 11 09:02:36 thereafter EST a final2012 judgment LEGAL NOTICES will be entered foreclosing all rights of redemption in the property, and vesting in the IN THE CIRCUIT Plaintiff leasehold title to the COURT FOR property, free and clear of all BALTIMORE CITY encumbrances. Case Number TRUE COPY TEST 24-C-11-007611/FR Edward R.K. Hargadon, SEDONA INVESTMENTS. Judge LLC Clerk of the Circuit Court Frank M. Conaway, Clerk c/o Allen C. Tochterman, Circuit Court for Esq. TYPESET: Wed JanCity 11 Baltimore 11411 Cedar Lane 1/6, 1/13, 1/20 Kingsville, Maryland 21087




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The object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the property in the City of Baltimore, sold by the Collector of Taxes for the City of Baltimore and the State of Maryland to the Plaintiff in this proceeding: Ward 15, Section 06, Block 3011, Lot 005A Known as 2013 North Dukeland Street, Baltimore Maryland (Lot Size 14x97) The Complaint states, among other things, that the amount necessary for redemption has not been paid. It is thereupon this 7th day of December, 2011 by the Circuit Court of Baltimore City, ORDERED, that notice be given by the insertion of a coy of this order in THE AFRO AMERICAN, a newspaper of general circulation in the City of Baltimore once a week for three (3) successive weeks, warning all persons interested in the property to appear in this Court by the 5th day of February, 2012 and redeem the subject property and answer the Complaint or thereafter a final judgment will be entered foreclosing all rights of redemption in the property, and vesting in the Plaintiff leasehold title to the property, free and clear of all encumbrances. TRUE COPY TEST Timothy Doory Judge Clerk of the Circuit Court Frank M. Conaway, Clerk Circuit Court for Baltimore City 1/6, 1/13, 1/20


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SHANELL WASHINGTON STATE EMPLOYEES CREDIT UNION OF MARYLAND, INCORPORATED Unknown Tenants of the Subject Property The Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, Maryland And all Persons having or claiming to have An interest in the property listed below; Their respective heirs, devisees, executors, administrators, grantees, assigns, or successors in right title and interest


The object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the property in the City of Baltimore, sold by the Collector of Taxes for the City of Baltimore and the State of Maryland to the Plaintiff in this proceeding: Ward 20, Section 03, Block 2297, Lot 016 Known as 4005 Franklin Street, Baltimore Maryland (Lot Size 18 x 75) The Complaint states, among other things, that the amount necessary for redemption has not been paid. It is thereupon this 6th day of December, 2011 by the Circuit Court of Baltimore City, ORDERED, that notice be given by the insertion of a coy of this order in THE AFRO AMERICAN, a newspaper of general circulation in the City of Baltimore once a week for three (3) successive weeks, warning all persons interested in the property to appear in this Court by the 4th day of February, 2012 and redeem the subject property and answer the Complaint or thereafter a final judgment will be entered foreclosing all rights of redemption in the property, and vesting in the Plaintiff leasehold title to the property, free and clear of all encumbrances. TRUE COPY TEST Edward R.K. Hargadon, Judge Clerk of the Circuit Court Frank M. Conaway, Clerk Circuit Court for Baltimore City 1/6, 1/13, 1/20


Unknown Tenants of the Subject Property The Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, Maryland And all Persons having or claiming to have An interest in the property listed below; Their respective heirs, devisees, executors, administrators, grantees, assigns, or successors in right title and interest


The object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the property in the City of Baltimore, sold by the Collector of Taxes for the City of Baltimore and the State of Maryland to the Plaintiff in this proceeding: Ward 13, Section 07, Block 3414, Lot 012 Known as 1334 West North Avenue, Baltimore Maryland Lot Size 16-6 x 100 The Complaint states, among other things, that the amount necessary for redemption has not been paid. It is thereupon this 6th day of December, 2011 by the Circuit Court of Baltimore City, ORDERED, that notice be given by the insertion of a coy of this order in THE AFRO AMERICAN, a newspaper of general circulation in the City of Baltimore once a week for three (3) successive weeks, warning all persons interested in the property to appear in this Court by the 4th day of February, 2012 and redeem the subject property and answer the Complaint or thereafter a final judgment will be entered foreclosing all rights of redemption in the property, and vesting in the Plaintiff leasehold title to the property, free and clear of all encumbrances. TRUE COPY TEST Edward R.K. Hargadon, Judge Clerk of the Circuit Court Frank M. Conaway, Clerk Court TYPESET:Circuit Wed Jan for 11 Baltimore City 1/6, 1/13, 1/20

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The object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the property in the City of Baltimore, sold by the Collector of Taxes for the City of Baltimore and the State of Maryland to the Plaintiff in this proceeding: Ward 16, Section 22, Block 2332C, Lot 056 Known as 1410 North Dukeland Street, Baltimore Maryland Lot Size 23 x 85 The Complaint states, among other things, that the amount necessary for redemption has not been paid. It is thereupon this 9th day of December, 2011 by the Circuit Court of Baltimore City, ORDERED, that notice be given by the insertion of a coy of this order in THE AFRO AMERICAN, a newspaper of general circulation in the City of Baltimore once a week for three (3) successive weeks, warning all persons interested in the property to appear in this Court by the 7th day of February, 2012 and redeem the subject property and answer the Complaint or thereafter a final judgment will be entered foreclosing all rights of redemption in the property, and vesting in the Plaintiff fee simple title to the property, free and clear of all encumbrances. TRUE COPY TEST Timothy J. Doory, Judge Clerk of the Circuit Court Frank M. Conaway, Clerk Circuit Court for Baltimore City 1/6, 1/13, 1/20

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TYPESET: Wed Jan 11 09:01:44 EST 2012 LEGAL NOTICES BALTIMORE COUNTY, MARYLAND INVITATION FOR BIDS CONTRACT NO. 11186 PO0 BALTIMORE COUNTY OFFICE BUILDING BOILER REPLACEMENT 111 WEST CHESAPEAKE AVENUE, TOWSON, MD 21204 TOWSON - DISTRICT 9 c 5 CONTRACT COST GROUP “C ($500,000 to $1,000,000)” WORK CLASSIFICATION: I-5 BID DATE: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2012 AT 2:00 P.M. LOCAL TIME On or after TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2012, the above contract documents may be inspected and purchased from the Division of Construction Contracts Administration, Department of Public Works, Room 300B, County Office Building (COB), 111 W. Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, upon receipt of payment of $40.00 (FORTY DOLLARS) per contract. All checks should be made payable to BALTIMORE COUNTY MD. NO REFUNDS will be made to anyone. Direct any questions to 410-887-3531. Bidders obtaining documents from another source other than Baltimore County WILL NOT be allowed to submit proposals to Baltimore County. The proposed work consists of: Provide labor and materials to replace boilers, including demolition and disposal, new steam and hot water boiler systems, testing balancing and commissioning. Completion date of September 28, 2012. A. U.S. Department of Energy Requirements: The Contractor shall possess a valid Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, which indicates good standing with the United States Government. The Contractor shall not be listed on the United States Government´s Excluded Parties Lists System (EPLS). A bidders shall submit its DUNS number with its bid and prior to bid opening. FAILURE TO SUBMIT A DUNS NUMBER, OR INCLUSION OF THE CONTRACTOR ON THE EPLS, SHALL RESULT IN THE COUTNY´S REJECTION FO THAT BID. A pre-bid meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. local time in Room 215 of the County Office Building located at 111 West Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, MD 21204. A site visit will follow immediately after the meeting. THE PROJECT IS SUBJECT TO A MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE UTILIZATION GOAL AND FEMALE CONTRACTORS UTILIZATION GOALS. THESE GOAL REQUIREMENTS ARE MORE FULLY EXPLAINED IN THE SPECIFICATIONS. THE MBE/WBE FORMS IN THE PROPOSAL BOOKLET MUST BE COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED AT THE TIME OF BID OPENING. Sealed proposals (the entire book) addressed to Baltimore County, Maryland for this contract will be received in the Baltimore County Purchasing Division, Room 148, Old Courthouse, 400 Washington Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, until the time specified on the contract at which time they will be publicly opened and read. ONLY CONTRACTORS WHO HAVE BEEN PREQUALIFIED BY BALTIMORE COUNTY AT LEAST TEN (10) DAYS PRIOR TO THE OPENING OF BIDS WILL BE ALLOWED TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS. All proposals must be accompanied by a Bid Bond, on the approved form provided, in the amount as set forth in the “Information for Bidders”. No other form of proposal guaranty is acceptable. The Purchasing Agent reserves the right to reject any or all proposals or bids or parts of bids and to waive technicalities as may be deemed best for the interest of the County. Keith Dorsey, Director Office of Budget & Finance



Ernest L. Simms, 70 Photographer, Jack of All Trades Ernest Leon Simms was born in Baltimore on July 24, 1941 to the late Serena Clark Simms Sturvidant and the late George Edward Simms. He was one of four children. His brother; Thomas Simms and his stepfather, Herbert Sturvidant preceded him in death. Ernest, known to friends and family as Leon or Ernie, received his education in the Baltimore City Public School System, having graduated from Dunbar Senior High School in June, 1960. He was a great artist while in high school and excelled in business. His beautiful drawings still grace his home. In addition to having many talents, Leon had time for his many hobbies including: fishing, home improvements, and photography. He furthered his knowledge of photography by taking a class at Bowie State University taught by his cousin, the late Rev. Dr. Lorenzo Long. With this skill, he was often requested to “shoot” weddings. As a younger teenager, Leon learned the value of work. Having learned to be dependable, he never missed a day of work. His work experience included positions at the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Chrysler Automotive in Ohio, U.S. Postal Service, and others where he worked as a cook mechanic, and general laborer. Leon was known as a “Jack of all trades.” He didn’t mind sharing his skills with all who requested his help. To add to the family funds, he had a small hauling business whereby he charged little to nothing for hauling services. As a faithful husband, Leon brought all of his checks home to his wife who he affectionately called “the

throughout the city. He assisted with transporting musical equipment for several of the local groups. Leon regularly attended The Central Baptist Church’s worship services, programs, and activities in support of his wife and family. He was always encouraged by the messages preached by his pastor and those given by the late Rev. Dr. Montague J. Brackett and the late Rev. Dr. Lorenzo Long, pastor emeritus and pastor, respectively. Whenever possible, he served the membership by helping the men of the church with various projects. The “joy of the Lord” was truly his strength. On Saturday, Dec. 24, Leon was called home from life’s labor to his heavenly reward after 15 years of congestive heart failure and a massive stroke in July. Leon leaves to cherish fond memories: His devoted wife, Wynoina; two sons, Johnny and Eddie Simms (Terry); three daughters, Viviane Thompson (Bryan), Tamika Simms and Dennelle Simms; six grandchildren, Jamal, Jordan, Isaiah, London, Arrie, and Kenny; two sisters; Alice Powell, and Joyce Edwards, two aunts; Laura Johnson, and Gertrude Watson; god sister, Carolyn Lucas; mother-in-law, Arrie M. Long; sister-in-law, Margaree Long Lee, Jannett L. Ward, Terry E. Long, Selby Long, and Adelaide Davis; brothers-in-law, Frank E. Long Sr., Northern Long Jr., Joenathan Long and Marion Davis; uncles-in-law, Ervine Foreman, and Fred Bell; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

ERNEST L. SIMMS Boss.” Leon’s closely knitted relationship with his wife Wynoina included 3 years of dating and almost 32 years of marriage. This union was blessed by the Lord with five lovely children: Eddie, Viviane, Tamika, Dennelle, and Johnny. The love he had for his family was shown as he encouraged his children to do their best. He, truly had a heart for all children. Leon’s Christian journey started very early in his life when he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior. He loved gospel music, especially the quartets. He was a member of the Fountain Baptist Church, but later joined the Ray of Hope Baptist Church under the pastorate of Rev. Charles Franklin Sr., pastor emeritus. He loved his church and particularly the Male Chorus of which he was a long-time member. The Male Chorus loved him so much that they sang at his 70th birthday party even though he had been rushed to the hospital. Leon was well known at gospel music concerts

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ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Detention Officer Facilities Maintenance Mechanic II Forensic Chemist II Pension Analyst Polygraph Examiner Support Services Manager Technical Trainer Utility Lines Superintendent Visit our website at for additional information and to apply on-line. You may use the Internet at any Anne Arundel County library, or visit our office at 2660 Riva Road in Annapolis. Deadlines to apply posted on website. TYPESET: Wed Jan 11 09:00:57 EST 2012 AEO/DF/SFE Social Worker Therapist case manager to provide services as part of a Housing First team; Master´s degree in Social Work, Counseling or Psychology; Licensed as an LGSW, LCSW, LCSWC or LPC required. Experience working with homeless and/or low income individuals in outreach and shelter settings preferred, excellent verbal and written communication skills. Bi-lingual English/Spanish preferred. Possess a valid Maryland driver´s license with no more than 2 points. Send resume to Ms. C. Berry, 421 Fallsway., Baltimore, MD 21202 by 01/19/12. FAX to (410) 837-8020. Email: hrresumes@ No phone calls. EOE

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CARROLL COMMUNITY COLLEGE seeks Adjunct faculty to teach Accounting evening classes for the Spring 2012 Semester. Additional information may be obtained at EOE/M/F


William C. Brown Community Funeral Homes Employee Dorothy B. Dixon, was born on May 9, 1945 to the late Dorothy Brown Cooper and Henry Cooper. She departed this life after a brief illness on Dec. 12 at Sinai Hospital. Dorothy received her education in the Baltimore Public School System. She was a bright and friendly person and made friends wherever she went. She worked and managed Bonaparte Florist alongside her dear brother, Robert Bonaparte for over 50 years. She was also the hair stylist for William C. Brown Community Funeral Homes for over 30 years. Dorothy was baptized as a small child under the late Junious Gray. She always loved going to church. Her sister, Irene would carry her and her other sister Loretta to the Old New LEGAL NOTICES

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ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES SPECIALIST II CARROLL COMMUNITY COLLEGE seeks a full-time Environmental Services Specialist II for Tuesday through Friday, 2:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Saturday, 8:30am to 4:30pm (schedule will vary slightly for the winter and summer sessions). Ability to lift heavy items is required. Prior work experience in housekeeping is preferred. Minimum starting salary is $19,556. Position also includes excellent benefit package, including health/dental/vision insurance, life insurance, employerpaid pension plan, tuition waiver/reimbursement for employees and dependents, and paid time off (including vacation/sick leave and winter/spring recess periods).

25 years for the Wednesday noonday service alongside Deacon James Alston Jr. Her favorite topic was talking about her pastor and place of worship. Dorothy was also a dedicated organist for Strawbridge United Methodist Church and Homestead United Methodist. She was also a member of Myrtle Court #11 Order of Calanthe, Knights of Pythias and Order of Odd Fellows Marion Household of Ruth #6. One of her favorite past times was to travel to Gloucester, Va. every summer to spend time with her cousins and attend Homecoming. She also loved kids, you could always find her taking kids to area parks and out of town amusement parks. To know her was to love her. Dorothy leaves to cherish: two sisters, Irene Halsey and Loretta Highsmith; nephew, Mark Brown (Darlene); niece, Loretta Paylor (Todd); great nephew, Mark Brown (Cherry); great great twin boys nephews, Teneil and Tilak; sisters-in law, adopted daughters, Marion and Yvonne Jackson; 2 grandsons, Lamont and Mark; many nieces, nephews, cousins family and friends.

DOROTHY B. DIXON Psalmist Church which was located on Riggs Ave. and Woodyear St. when they were younger, but as she got older she went on her own. She had been a member of New Psalmist Church for over 50 years. She was a member of the Floral Circle, Grays Memorial and the Cathedral Choir. Dorothy learned to play the piano and organ as a child. She was the auxiliary organist for the Wednesday noonday and evening prayer service, the Baby’s Blessing and Baptisms for 30 years. One of her proudest moments was when her beloved pastor Bishop Walter S. Thomas Sr. honored her for playing for

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Call (410) 386-8030 to request an employment application. Completed application materials must be postmarked by January 20, 2012. EOE/M/F

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