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More Children Living in High-Poverty Communities Than 10 Years Ago By Maria Morales Special to the AFRO BALTIMORE — Nearly 8 million of America’s children live in high-poverty areas, about 1.6 million more since 2000, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The Baltimore-based organization does research and funding to programs nationally that focus on disadvantaged children and families. About 7.9 million, or 11 percent, of the nation’s children are growing up in areas where at least 30 percent of residents live below the federal poverty level of $22,000 per year for a family of four, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS), which covers 2006 through 2010. African American, American Indian and Latino children are six to nine times more likely to live in highpoverty communities than their white counterparts.

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Washington, D.C. ranks 10th out of the top 10 U.S. cities, with 32 percent of its children living in impoverished neighborhoods, a decrease since 2000. Baltimore falls toward the

or 9 percent, were living in areas of concentrated poverty. Such communities often lack access to resources that are critical to healthy growth and development, including quality education, medical

generation and their families realize their potential.” Not all children living in these high-poverty neighborhoods are poor themselves, Speer clarified. “Nearly half of the kids living in these neighborhoods are in families above the poverty line, although they may be just above the line.” But the outcomes for children in those communities are relatively the same, despite income, Speer said. The study found children of all income levels that lived in poor communities had higher stress levels, more social and emotional problems, struggle in school or drop out, especially children of color. “Kids living in a poor neighborhood are more affected,” she said. “It really is double jeopardy.” Speer said that children Continued on A3

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“Transforming disadvantaged communities into better places to raise children is vital to ensuring the next generation and their families realize their potential.” middle of the top 50 cities, listed at 22nd place, with 25 percent of its children living in poor neighborhoods. The state of Maryland has one of the lowest numbers of poor children in the country, with just three percent of its children reportedly living in high-poverty areas. According to the ACS, almost all states saw the number of children in high-poverty neighborhoods climb. In 2000, 6.3 million kids,

care and safe outdoor spaces, said Laura Speer, associate director for policy reform and data at the Casey Foundation. “Kids in these highpoverty areas are at risk for health and developmental challenges in almost every aspect of their lives, to their chances for economic success as adults,” Speer said. “Transforming disadvantaged communities into better places to raise children is vital to ensuring the next

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Whitney Houston fans, like this young man, found creative ways to express their grief on the day of her funeral. See story on B4.

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Dies After Falling from Vehicle

Addresses Druid Hill YMCA Breakfast By Alexis Taylor AFRO Staff Writer Donna Brazile’s passion, evidenced in her numerous blogs, has garnered for her countless opportunities to make the case for civility. “With the right leaders, both movements should try to find a path forward: They can work to change public policy,” Brazile says on her website. “With the right leaders in office next year, we can summon the will to compromise for the common good. But, it is up to us to remain engaged, involved and not just passive participants in the governing aspects of our country.” This is reason she was chosen recently to be keynote speaker for the Y of Central Maryland’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast. Her topic was “Inspiring Civility in the National Political Discourse.” “If you look at the political climate Continued on A3

By Alexis Taylor AFRO Staff Writer

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Donna Brazile began her political activism at a young age.

Underage drinking played a major hand in the death of Baltimore teen, Michael Truluck over the weekend. The minor was riding in a car with his stepfather on Saturday when he suddenly felt the urge to vomit. Truluck fell out of the vehicle after opening the car door while in motion, and was then struck by an oncoming vehicle. He died from his injuries at Franklin Square Hospital. He was only 13 years old. Truluck’s mother, Kris Keys, claims that her son was intoxicated from drinking Four Loko, an alcoholic beverage he consumed while he was out with friends. Those with Truluck say he became sick twice before getting into the car. Keys hopes her son’s death will be a lesson to all those who knew him and still think underage drinking is worth the risk. She is also speaking out against the neighborhood resident

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Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance Backs Senator Ben Cardin for Re-Election By Alexis Taylor AFRO Staff Writer Sen. Ben Cardin, (D-Md), has added an endorsement from the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (IMA), a group of clergy from around the city, to the growing list of those supporting his re-election to the U.S. Senate. “Senator Cardin has the background and the experience to handle the crucial problems that are facing us today,” said the Rev. Dr. Alvin Gwynn Sr., IMA president since 2009 and pastor of Friendship Baptist Church. A crowd of both IMA and Cardin supporters gathered Feb. 20 for the announcement. To date, Cardin has been endorsed for re-election by President Barack Obama, Gov. Martin O’Malley and Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance shares the same priorities that I do. They fight hard Continued on A3

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The Rev. Dr. Alvin Gwynn Sr. gives his endorsement statement from his church, Friendship Baptist Church.

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Producers of the upcoming remake of the 1976 movie Sparkle say the film will premiere this summer as planned, despite the recent death of its top star Whitney Houston. “Like all those who knew and loved her, we are shocked and saddened and the world has lost an incomparable talent,” Sony spokesman Steve Elzer said in a statement. “Right now our thoughts are with her daughter, her family and her friends.” According to the Wall Street Journal, Sony’s Tristar Pictures will release the film on Aug. 17. Sparkle marks Houston’s first movie role since her 1996 film The Preacher’s Wife. Former “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks is playing the title role in the movie, which chronicles the rise of a singing trio loosely based on the Supremes. The film also stars actors Derek Luke, Mike Epps and singer/rapper Cee-Lo Green. According to EUR Web, Mara Brock Akil who executive produces BET’s “The Game,” wrote the script. It was directed by her husband Salim Akil, who also directed the 2011 romance comedy Jumping the Broom. Houston, who plays Sparks’ characters’ mother, also executive produced the film and contributed to its soundtrack. Billboard magazine reported that the late singer performs the gospel song “Eyes on the Sparrow” in the film and duets with Sparks on a new song that was penned by R. Kelly. “This would have been a big, big comeback, she is so brilliant in it,” Howard Rosenman, an executive producer of the film told the Hollywood Reporter. “I was just raving about her performance, she was so great in it. I’m just in shock.”

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New York City Police Infiltrate Sharpton’s Organization, Reporter Says The National Action Network (NAN) is considering legal action against the New York Police Department in response to allegations that the department spied on the civil rights group and its leader, Rev. Al Sharpton. The NYPD allegedly planted a confidential informant in NAN’s Harlem headquarters to report on any large-scale protests planned in response to the acquittal of the officers who massacred Sean Bell, an unarmed Black man whom police riddled with bullets and killed right before his wedding in November 2006, veteran police reporter and author Len Levitt reported on HuffingtonPost.com Feb. 13.Citing secret police documents he said he obtained, Levitt also alleged that the NYPD tried to malign NAN leader, the Rev. Al Sharpton, by spreading rumors that he is a homosexual. “The confidential informant infiltrated a NAN meeting on May 3, 2008, and reported back to the NYPD’s Intelligence Division,” Levitt wrote. “…According to the police document, the informant, who was identified not by name but by a five-digit number given to him by the department, provided the NYPD with a detailed description of NAN’s protest plans, including the names of prominent African-Americans set to participate, the locations where protesters would gather and the number of demonstrators who would offer themselves up for arrest.” Since Levitt’s article was published, Black leaders have rallied behind Sharpton. Many said the situation bears shades of the FBI’s Counter Intelligence Program, called COINTELPRO, that was initiated by then-FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. From 1956 through 1971, the agency spied on Black leaders and tried to undermine civil rights and Black activism.

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sport-utility vehicle sought in from a neighbor about a suspiposted connection with the murder of cious vehicle. The man noticed graph a Hudson’s mother and brother. the vehicle while walking his Sunday The white, 1994 Chevrolet dog. According to the Chicago for the Jennifer Hudson and other Suburban with Illinois license Tribune, the boy had been shot her nep relatives positively identified By Sean Yoes The closing reception for the from several aspects, but specifically “Transcending Integration,” a major multiple times in the back seat blog, sh Special to the AFRO exhibit will be Feb. 28 from 6:30 to in terms of Zimbabwe sculpture, and exhibit of contemporary Black of the vehicle. The SUV, regisporters 9 p.m. at WEAA and is sponsored in the broader context art,” murdered American ceramic artwork presented teredAfrican to Hudson’s offered As Black History Month winds by AXA Advisors, which provides Hudnell added. brother, was towed with by theBaltimore Clayworks in 2011. anyone down so do the final days of the financial services and products for its Hudnell has been involved in and is being The sculptures are provided boy’s body inside alive. Zimbabwe Shona Stone Sculpture clients. fine art for more than 40 years as by Colin Thompson, a native of processed by evidence techniSinc Exhibition on the campus of Morgan “AXA is helping to present this art a gallery owner, collector, Zimbabwe and founder of Zimbabwe cians andprivate workers. The body Hudson State University. to the broader community and at the art dealer and broker. 1974, he and taken Gallery, was In later removed to one of the leading suppliers after ap The exhibit at the studios of same time facilitating an opportunity founded the Bradford LewisCounty Gallery of Shona Sculpture throughout the the Cook Medical Idol,” a WEAA 88.9 FM at 4905 Perring to invest in it,” said Lewis Hudnell, in Washington, D.C., the first office. Black United States. Examiner’s Academ the mo Parkway on the third floor of the one of the Shona exhibition’s gallery in the AdamsHudson Morgan,and other family“It’s an important art form and arrivedofat the Medical stayed Communications building is part of curators. “It will be a different type Columbia Heightsmembers neighborhood I’m honored to be in the position to Examiner’s office mid-afterThe the ongoing WEAA Artists Gallery, of gallery talk, which will include the city. come from Zimbabwe and bring it to Julian King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. noon to identify the body. ed that which showcases outstanding local members of Morgan’s history Beverly Carter, who is also a the United States where it has been Given the choice between lookslowly and international artists. department who will talk about the art curator of the Shona exhibition, received withAsuch a tremendous spokesman for the office the murders but is being held in Monda ing the body or hasdirectly workedatwith response,”told Thompson said. that Hudson jail for parole violation after the newspaper viewing onseveral a wall-mounted news v Hudnelliton “People are very attracted to the Courtesy Photos cultural endeavors art form and the message the art Jennifer Hudson and her mom, Darnell Donerson who over the years. conveys. It’s a unique art form only was killed, as well as her brother, Jason. They both worked to Zimbabwe and nowhere else in the Continued from A1 Photo Alexis Taylor on the exhibit, “remainedadded. strong for her famibeing convicted of by attempted video screen, the family world,” chose Thompson violenc Administration first moved that Truluck’s friends say popular among youth and ly” and was clearly its leader. murder and vehicular hijackplate X584859 was found on the latter. According to the In fr the body of her 7-year-old to put an end alcoholic “She held hands with her fami- ing. Cook County records show home, purchased the liquor. are regularly consumed by Chicago’s WesttoSide after Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes, nephew Monday, just hours ly,” the spokesman said. “It that he pleaded guilty to both beverages with acaffeine in Baltimore County Police 31 percent of 1217-yearpolice received 7 a.m. call that’s him.” and hoo after his body was to found in a was obviously a very emotional charges in 1999. He was also 2010 after college students are still waiting on toxicology olds and 34 percent of 18- to kiss the moment.” convicted in 1998 for possesacross the nation became ill reports to confirm whether the 24-year-olds.” The CDC ing the The boy – the son of Julia sion of a stolen motor vehicle. from the drink. The caffeine is Continued from A1 boy was drunk. Police also has also documented that Jason. Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had He was released from prison in said to essentially “mask” the say that the driver of the Ford in 2008 alone, there were “Ev today it’s obvious that we’re having a capital that many rarely see, Brazile was the been missing since Friday, 2006 after serving seven years true level of alcohol in one’s Explorer that struck Truluck nearly 190,000 emergency harder and harder time with having a civil first African-American woman to ever oversee through when a relative found Julian’s for the attempted murder and West, a system, leaving the consumer after he fell will not face any room patients under the legal conversation about the direction of this an American presidential election campaign. grandmother, Darnell car hijacking charges. area tol more intoxicated than can be charges. drinking age being treated country,” Sara campaign Milstein,ischiefDonerson, marketing57, andBeginning Brazile every No wondersaid Obama’s and Dallas Cowboys players By Alan King his uncle, in 1976,The boy worked remainedonmissing have to accurately judged. “I’ve lost the only son I’m for injuries and conditions officertoofdistance the Y of untila 2000. trying himCentral from theMaryland. Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, AFRO Staff Writer Jason“Donna Hudson, 29,presidential shot to deathelection through long weekend in young These statistics are all too ever going to have because dealing with alcohol. Brazilesaying, seemed like the perfect person help Brazile vice chair of Voter group, “Barack Obama among the names submitted to in his to grandmother’s home inis currently which police and volunteers for wha real for the students, friends, they wanted to party. And Phusion refuses to accept us with this. Shewith gave a really inspiring speech Never Organized ACORN.” election officials. Presidential candidate John the 7000 block of Registration South Yale and Participation of the and family who now only it’s sad, it’s just really sad. any wrong doing even though tiesappropriate to ACORN run Hurd said those workers, who But thatObama’s was really to Dr. Avenue. King’s Democratic National Committee, and former McCain’s attack on ACORN – have teddythose bears,things burning And I don’t want to have Truluck’s says he were doing without long and deep. He taught classes Associatedmother Community message.” chair of the Democratic National Committee’s An Amber Alert – a desigcandles, and balloons to see another family go was intoxicated with their ACORN’scards, knowledge or permis- for ACORN. Theyhow even the endorsed Organization for Reform Now – When asked Y of Central Maryland Voting Rights Institute. nation for high-risk missing sion, werethe fired. him fortoPresident. to mark block of Harford confirmsatthethe success through this,” said Keys to product time of the his children was issuedAs Friday came the decision to choose Brazile as –key an adjunct professor at Georgetown “The evidence that has But now ACORN in trouble. organization, the head of the Road where another life surBaltimore’s CBS affiliate, death. The company claims after Julian speaker, Milsteinis said, “Her background as awas discovered University, Brazile continues to invest in facedhas so far shows they faked Reporter: There are least group says. that ended in senseless WJZ. Truluck was an eighth alcohol-caffeine combination missing after the murders. political activist, CNNatcommentator and high the future by sharing her knowledge and forms to get paid for work they 11 investigations “This is testimony to the work tragedy. Police grader at Parkville. Four is no longer part of the items profile political across mediathe pundit seemed toarrested make William experiences with generations of future leaders. didn’t do, not Middle to stuff ballot involving thousands of we’veondone and success we’ve step- named one of the 100 most Parkville School is country Loko is an energy drink that sold shelves intended for her the perfect person for this.” Balfour, the missing Sheboy’s has been boxes.” ACORN, shecounseling said, is the potentially fraudulent ACORN had,” Maude Hurd, president of father and estranged husband now offering grief contains enough liquor to adults. Milstein was also impressed with the way Powerful Women by Washingtonian Magazine victim of fraud,dealing not the perpetraforms. ACORN, said in an interview of Julia, at an his girlfriend’s for it students with equal three to four beers. The “On November 16, 2010, Brazile showed her zeal for politics even at and her memoir, Cooking with Grease: Stirring tor of it. Announcer: Massive voter with the AFRO. Southside apartment several Truluck’s loss. drink is made by Phusion prior to the FDA’s letter, we early age. “She was somebody that even as a the Pots in American Politics, has been named Hurd said the only things fraud. And the Obama campaign hours after the murders. “When this attack started, we Projects, a company based voluntarily reformulated Four 9-year-old was$800,000 going door to campaign a best seller. bogus are the charges thempaid more than to anto doorBalfour’s had just announced that we had mother, Michele, has in Chicago,Ill. The company Loko by removing caffeine, for a city councilman in her town.” selves. And factcheck. org ACORN front for get out the vote registered 1.3 million new vottold reporters that herFor sonthe hadpast 37 years the Y of Central has been the center of much guarana, or taurine,” saidto say At a time where Congress has nothing proven to to do be withMaryland has dedicated an annual event to agrees. efforts. ers,” she said. “That’s just the slayings. controversy in the last three the response to anything but willing to risky cooperate in Balfour the better the work of rights advocate who It concluded, “Neither Pressuring banks to issue thatcompany someone’sinrunning scared remains a suspect inthe civil Jason Hudson years with its products. In the reports Truluck’s success.” death. ACORN nor its employees have loans. Nationwide voter fraud. interest of the American people, Milstein said ultimately gave his life for his cause. becauseon of ACORN’s Continued from A1 state of Washington, the drink “WeMcCain, began producing the for been found guilty of, or even Barack Obama. Bad was judgment. who is running Brazile’s message a call to action and an All proceeds from the event are funneled charged with, casting fraudulent Blind ambition. Too for attended. led to legislation that forced reformulated version of Four president on the Republican tickencouragement to risky all who right back into positive programming for youth in low-income families votes.” America. et, lashed out at ACORN the leaders of the industry to Loko on November 18, in 2010.  Experiencing a longevity in the nation’s who are vulnerable in urban settings. liveproblem in higher income came about prifinalshipments debate against Barack reshape their products. No of our products thatThe marily because ofhave the way Since McCain’s comments, Obama, contending group “is neighborhoods a greater Reports from the containing caffeinethe from SQUARE HIGH ACORNofoperates. than ACORN’s 87 offices have been on the vergeproduction of maybe perpetratsuccess.Rather “When Center for Disease Control Phusion’s facilities chance on volunteers, it pays bombarded with threats and ing one of the greatest frauds in arely low-income child goespeoto on caffeinated alcoholic were made after November ple, many of them poor or unemracist mail. voter history in this country, school in a higher income beverages (CABs) say 17, 2010.” ployed, to sign up new voters. The day after the presidential maybe destroying the fabric of area, they do better for the that the drinks are “very The Federal Drug The idea was to help both those debate, vandals broke into the democracy.” most part,” she said. registered and those doing organization’s Boston and Seattle Factcheck.org, a non-partisan being The survey also showed the registration. offices and stole computers. Web site, found those claims to that three out of four children NOT ON TH BREAD Maud explained, “We have a After a Cleveland representative be “exaggerated,” with “no eviin these neighborhoods have zero tolerance policy for deliberappeared on TV, an e-mail was dence of any such democracyat one parent in the ateleast falsification of registration.” sent to the local office saying she destroying fraud.” Continued from A1 home who works. “Most Most news account neglect to “is going to have her life ended.” Hurd believes the McCain people incorrectly point outthink that ACORN is that A worker in Providence, R.I., charges were politically for the community, speak Sen. C. Anthony Musemotivatand these are families where required by law to turn in allnoreg- received a threatening call sayed. for the voiceless, and they Daniel Bongino, a former LEFT RIGH one is working,” said.fail ing, “We know you get off work istration forms. AndSpeer they also Sheservice said, “Because are known as individuals secret agent. it’s lowto notewhat that we it was the organizaat 9” and uttered racial epithets. “But found is that andCardin moderate-income that make a difference,” said began his people, tion,adults in many instances, that first A caller to one office left a and people of color, I believe the the in the home may be Cardin of the group that has expansive political career brought the phony registrations message on the answering McCain campaign thinks those working and need a better job, been in existence for more with 20 years in the Maryland to the authorities. voters are going to vote or are attention activelyoflooking. These machine, saying: “Hi, I was just than 50 years. “I’m honored House of Delegates; he The McCain camp apparently calling to let you know that Democratic, which is not necescommunities need to create to have their endorsement.” was isn’t interested in those fine Barack Obama needs to get sarilyspeaker true.” for eight of economic opportunities that Cardin has fought hard them. He served another to 20 points, preferring to air misleadhung. He’s a (expletive deleted) ACORN is no stranger parents and children can take for Pell Grants, Medicare and years in the U.S. House of ing ads that seek to link Obama nigger, and he’s a piece of controversy. advantage of, from schools to small businesses. Representatives, and in 2006 to ACORN, thereby undercutting (expletive deleted). You guys are For 38 years, the non-partisan jobs.” “He’s not one that went to was elected has to the Senate. fraudulent, and you need to go to organization fought for social his political support. McCain: I’m John McCain hell. All the niggers on oak trees. D.C. and sat around and did and economic justice for lowand I approve this message. They’re gonna get all hung honand moderate-income nothing. He’s been involved 1 BANANA Announcer: Who is Barack eys, they’re going to get assassiAmericans. 400,000 mem- Boddie DavidWith Nathaniel in all the issues that affect nated, they’re gonna get killed.” ber(Former familiesEmployee organizedofinto the more BaltimoreObama? Afro) A man with “a political our community, especially baptism at warp Another message said, “You than 1,200 neighborhood chap- February the African-American On Thursday, 16, performed beloved husband of Kim speed.” Vast ambition. After colliberal idiots. Dumb (expletive ters in 110 cities nationwide, Dagner Boddie, loving father of Monica Boddie, also community,” said Dr.Gwynn. lege, he moved to Chicago. deleted). Welfare bums. You ACORN has over the years seen survived by dear granddaughter Madison, three sisters, “We keep records on Became a community organizer. guys just (expletive deleted) Alice L. Russell of Owings Mill, Maryland; Mary its share of criticism while advohow they vote on issues Senora Frazier (Joseph) of Baltimore, Maryland; Betty There, Obama met Madeleine come to our country, consume cating for affordable housing, that are important to M, Cutchin (Claude)Talbot, of Connecticut; one Chicago brother, part of the every natural resource there is, living wages, healthcare for the working people,” said Ernie Boddie ofbranch Baltimore, Maryland and a hostso of ACORN. He was and make a lot of babies. That’s underserved— andRoland while L. organof other relatives and friends. Grecco, president of the impressive that he was asked to all you guys do. And then suck izing voter registration drives. On today, Friday February 24, visitation will be local American Federation a home? There’s never been a better time to check out train the ACORN staff. up the welfare andBuying expect everyBut none has been as withering held from 9:30 am until hour of service 11 am at the Largo Community of Labor and Congress of did ACORN in Chicago one else to pay Rosedale for your hospital and baseless this one.Rd., Mitchellville,What Church 1701asEnterprise MD. Interment Monday Federal. We’re offering some of our lowest mortgage rates Industrial Organizations engage in? Bullying banks. bills for your kids. I jus’ say let With the27,presidential electionNational February 11 am at Arlington Cemetery. in years. rightage here, Before five, every room is a cla (AFL-CIO), a coalition of 57 Intimidation tactics. Disruption your kids die. That’s the bestAnd you can rest assured, your loan will stay In lieutwo of flowers to the David N. Boddie less than weeks donations away, may be made Memorial detractors Scholarshipallege at The the George Washington University of business. ACORNSchool forcedof move. Just let yourbecause children die. labor unions, both national ACORN’s we’ll never sell your home loanFun to learning out-of-town lenders. are everywhere. Simple opportunities Medicine, 2300 Street,inNW, Ross Hall, Room 615, risky Washington, DC banks to issue home loans. Forget about paying for hospital organization has Eye engaged masand international. “We’ve got counting and identifying activate a child’s learn 20037. visit do us today, and let us be the first to say, “Welcomeshapes home.” bills for them.So I’mcall notorgonna sive voter registration fraud after The same types of loans that the two best senators here in and help them enter school more prepared. That’s Arrangements by Pridgen Funeral Service 202-437-3692 caused the financial crisis we’re it. You guys are lowlifes. 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The Afro-American, February 25, 2012 - March 2, 2012

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t this time over the past seven years during Black History Month, the AFRO has focused its readers’ attention on those whose contributions and efforts have pioneered noticeable improvements in the quality of life of the community. This year we recognized four individuals and an organization at the 7th Annual Legends and Pioneers Awards Ceremony held at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. It is appropriate that during Black History Month, we honor people who never expect recognition, but nevertheless do what they can in response to needs that benefit many in our community. Our honorees give thought, time and money to bridge the gap between what people have and what they need in order to progress to the next level. This year’s honorees are Eddie C. Brown, investment manager and philanthropist; Kweisi Mfume, former congressman, community leader, civil rights warrior and corporate consultant; Moses Newson, a journalism icon and former editor of the AFRO and the Pi Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, community investors and mentors. Honors also go, posthumously, to hile investment management is In 1996, Brown and his wife Sylvia Victorine Q. Adams, first African American woman to serve in the Baltimore City business tycoon Eddie Brown’s launched the Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Council and founder of the Baltimore Fuel Fund. primary passion, philanthropy is indeed a Foundation. The program sets out to Together with Miller Lite, our sponsor, we are delighted to show our appreciation of this year’s Legends and Pioneers who have contributed much to runner up. improve socioeconomic issues in indigent the improvements and progress of our community. Born to a 13-year-old mother in Apopka, communities in Baltimore. Fla. in 1940, Brown was initially reared “We decided as a family that there’s so Profiles By Gregory Dale by his grandparents and then relocated to many African Americans in need and we set Allentown, Pa. to live with his mother. out to see if we could improve and save the After graduating from Allentown High lives of those less fortunate,” Brown said. School, he attended Howard University where We focused on three areas--one is education

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ictorine Quille Adams’ keen eye for business and strong passion for philanthropy certainly left a lasting legacy in the communities she served. Born in Baltimore on April 28, 1912, she graduated from Frederick Douglass High School and continued her studies at Coppin Normal School. Shortly thereafter, she earned a degree in education and began her teaching career. Adams later went on to receive an undergraduate degree from then Morgan State College and also pursued graduate work at the New York University School of Business. In 1935, Adams married businessman William L. Adams. “Little Willie,” as he

Eddie Brown

American Honor Roll in 1949. In the 1960s, Adams was elected into the Maryland Assembly and later became the first African- American woman elected to the Baltimore City Council. In addition to her strong interest in business and politics, Adams also had an affection for community outreach. After a local family experienced a devastating tragedy as a result of lacking utility service in the winter of 1978, Adams sprung into action. She approached local leaders with an idea to help citizens with their energy bills. Partnering with the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, Adams launched

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arly on in his career, Kweisi Mfume knew he wanted to make an impact. “I’m a product of the 1960s,” he told the AFRO in a recent interview. “I think that most of us who came out of that era, came out of it with a sense of mission that we had to do something to change the state of affairs for Black people and do it without apology.“ In the face of several challenges, Mfume has indeed accomplished his goal and has received hundreds of awards, proclamations and citations in the process. Born in Baltimore in 1948, Mfume was forced to provide for himself and his siblings after his mother passed away when he was just a teen. Inner city plights and pitfalls surrounded Mfume during this period as he struggled to survive in his West Baltimore neighborhood. But he soon vied for a change. “It was just not a good time,” he said. “What got me out of that and set me back on track was the basic set of values that my mother and my sister taught me before she died. [She taught us] to work hard, play by the rules, love your country, cherish your faith, respect the elderly and believe that you could do anything.” He later earned his GED and began the process of turning his life around. After attending Baltimore Community College, he enrolled at Morgan State University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1976. While at Morgan, he was instrumental in launching the university’s radio station WEAA, where he later worked as a commentator, newscaster and on-air personality. He also

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served as the station’s program director for over a decade. A growing interest in politics spurred Mfume to run for Baltimore City Council and he was elected in 1979. While serving in local government, he worked tirelessly to improve community safety, grow business development, diversify city government and divest city funds to the apartheid government of South Africa. Also during this time, he earned a master’s degree in liberal arts with a concentration in

international studies from Johns Hopkins University. After serving in the city council for seven years, Mfume was elected to Congress in 1986. In this capacity, he fervently advocated for the community and helped pass landmark business and civil rights legislation. But a new challenge imminently awaited him. By the mid 1990s, the NAACP faced several hardships and was $4 million in debt. Feeling the pull to help, Mfume stepped

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down from Congress and became the president and chief executive officer of the organization. “For me, the possibility of being able to save an organization was more important, than keeping a comfortable seat in Congress,” he said. “I gave it my best shot to see if I could do it and we were able to do just that. Some people said it was a step down, but I don’t consider it one. You go to do service and try to make a difference.” Mfume successfully raised $90 million in outside donations for the organization and helped restore it to national prominence. Most recently in his career, Mfume headed the National Medical Association and served on the National Advisory Council of Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institute of Health. Today, he works as a corporate consultant for AT&T and is currently in the process of penning his second book. He also holds several honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities across the country. Determined to inspire a new generation of leaders, he often lectures and mentors budding politicians and public speakers. He formerly headed a national public speaking circuit that traveled to numerous colleges, universities, corporations, and medical and bar associations. But he explained that he has since terminated the circuit to be closer to a place that’s close to his heart--his hometown. “The circuit kept me away from Baltimore just too much and I wanted to make sure that I had a chance to interact with younger people here that want to make a difference,” he said. “That’s kept me quite busy.”

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he received a B.S. in electrical engineering. He later went on to receive a masters degree in the same field from New York University. Shortly thereafter, Brown landed a career at IBM’s Systems Development Division in New York designing computer circuits. But a passion for business and the stock markets would later spur him to shift gears. Brown earned an MBA from Indiana University in 1970, and later started working at the Irwin Management Co. in Columbus. After working at that firm for three years, he relocated to Baltimore and became a portfolio manager at T. Rowe Price. Nearly a decade later, Brown became an entrepreneur after he launched his own investment management firm. Today, Brown Capital Management boasts several national and international clients and manages over$4 billion in assets. But at the crux of Brown’s drive is a passion to give to the less fortunate. “I have not only been blessed to do well financially, but I’ve also focused on giving back,” Brown told the AFRO in a recent interview. Every opportunity that I get, I seek ways to encourage other African Americans to be more charitable.”

at all levels, the arts and improving health outcomes in impoverished communities.” Recipients of Brown’s contributions include the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, among many other institutions, programs and organizations. Since the Foundation’s inception, it has donated over $22 million. In the future, Brown said that he would like to see a continued growth in assets at Brown Capital. “I have spent a lot of time figuring out a succession plan to make sure that Brown Capital continues to exist and thrive even after I retire-- [though] I have no plans on retiring in the near future,” he said.”That’s been a very assertive effort.” Additionally, Brown says he would like to see an improvement in the place that he calls home. “In Baltimore, I’d like to see the city become more healthy as a people, especially in these poor neighborhoods,” he said. “I want to see Baltimore become a greater American city.”

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was commonly called, was the co-founder of the Park Sausage Company and later became the co-owner of the real estate construction firm A&R Development Corp. While “Little Willie” was indeed a major figure in Charm City, Adams did not live in the shadow of her husband’s success. She was the owner and manager of Charm Center, an upscale women’s apparel shop located on Pennsylvania Avenue. In addition to offering patrons the latest fashions at the boutique, she also offered women grooming techniques and lectures on social skills and personal development. Passionate about voter rights, Adams launched the Colored Women’s Democratic Committee in 1946. She also spearheaded a register-to-vote campaign that enrolled over 4,000 people. After achieving this feat, Adams was inducted into the Afro-

the Baltimore Fuel Fund. The venture was the first of its kind in the nation and soon served as a model for other cities across the country. Adams’ additional contributions included raising over $173,000 for the Provident Hospital Century Club and helping to plan the location of the Social Security Complex in downtown Baltimore. In 1984, the Adams’ launched the William L. and Victorine Q. Adams Foundation to help promote the undergraduate study of business among Black students in Baltimore City. Since its founding, the scholarship has afforded numerous local students the opportunity to realize their educational aspirations. Leaving behind a lifelong legacy of tremendous contributions and noteworthy achievements, Adams died on Jan. 8, 2006 at the age of 93.

ith his fearlessness and determination, veteran journalist Moses Newson can easily be labeled as one of the key voices of the African-American Civil Rights Movement. Born in Fruitland Park, Fla., Newson went to school in nearby Leesburg. The strict racial segregation present in his hometown and across the country inspired him to get involved to fight for change. “Everything was racially segregated,” Newson said. “I had access to newspapers like the Pittsburgh Courier and the AFROAmerican and it occurred to me that getting into journalism would be a way that I could have some impact and play a role in some of the changes that some people were struggling to bring about.” He spent a few semesters at Storer College in West Virginia, and later transferred to Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., where he received a B.A. in journalism. After a brief stint in the U.S. Navy, Newson was hired at the Tri-State Defender newspaper in 1952. While at the Defender, he covered a score of landmark historical events, including the 1955 Emmet Till murder trial in Mississippi. With five years experience as a writer, he relocated to Baltimore and began working for the AFRO American. Newson was instrumental in covering a bevy of major civil rights events, most notably

the 1961 Freedom Rides that challenged racial segregation in the deep south. Despite the danger he faced and his turbulent experiences on the trip, Newson pressed on. “Once you get out there and you see these young and old people fighting for equal opportunities for Black people, it wasn’t something that you would give up on,” he said. “The story needed to be told from the viewpoint of the people who were struggling out there to bring about changes.” Over the course of his career, Newson also covered the “Little Rock Nine” and the desegregation of the University of Mississippi in 1962. He also covered news abroad in Nigeria, South Africa, Jamaica, Panama and Cuba. “The commitment to try to better situations for Blacks locally, nationally and internationally was one of the greatest opportunities in my career,” he said. Newson explained that his time spent at the AFRO was a major facet in his career. He worked for the paper for over 20 years, as a reporter and later the executive editor. “My time at the AFRO gave me an opportunity to work with some of the finest journalists anywhere and some of the most respected ownership families in the business,” he said. “The paper made it possible for me to be involved.”

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ince its inception, the Pi Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. has been a stalwart in its community and a breeding ground for America’s next generation of leaders. Shortly after the founding of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity on Howard University’s campus in 1911, local attorney and Alpha Chapter member Linwood Koger recognized a need for a graduate chapter in the Baltimore region. After teaming with fellow brothers George W. Evans, J. Steward Davis, Harry Pratt and a host of others, the group received a charter and founded the Pi Omega Chapter. For nearly a century, Pi Omega has touched the lives of numerous families throughout the region through social action programs, community service and scholarships. Through their endeavors, the chapter has fulfilled the four cardinal principles of the fraternity--manhood, scholarship, perseverance and [to] uplift. “Ever since the beginning, there’s always been a commitment to the community,” Ben Phillips, member of Pi Omega and the AFRO’s director of Global Markets said in an

interview. “Pi Omega, which is one of the oldest chapters of the fraternity has always stressed that in its activities.” Each week, Pi Omega mentors tutor students at the Matthew Henson Elementary School. The chapter also helms the Kelvin J. O’Neal Memorial Talent Hunt Program, which provides talented Baltimore area high school students with the opportunity to win cash prizes, trips, savings bonds, trophies and certificates. Annually, the chapter awards scholarships to high school students who wish to attend historically Black institutions. During the holiday season, the chapter hosts its annual Thanksgiving Dinner and Christmas Basket Program to help feed needy families. Additionally, Pi Omega also helps support the AFRO’s Mrs. Santa program to provide gifts and toys for needy families in the area. In an effort to increase health awareness throughout the community, Pi Omega has hosted numerous health events including its “Staying Alive” health festival which provides free fitness and nutrition information, HIV/AIDS testing and prostate and blood pressure screenings.

The year 2011 was a monumental year for Pi Omega. Last April, it launched the Omega Baltimore Foundation, a nonprofit organization that assists the men of Omega Psi Phi in servicing the Baltimore community. Nearly eight months later, the Baltimore City Board of Estimates granted the Omega Baltimore Foundation with a seed money award of $50,000 to re-establish the Easterwood Recreation Center with the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks (BCRP). Addressing the needs of residents in the Coppin Heights/ Ash-Co-East Community, the Easterwood Center is in alignment with Pi Omega’s “Omega’s Uplifting Baltimore” project that focuses on youth development and healthy active aging for older adults. Philips explained that in retrospect, he believes Pi Omega has had a “significant impact” on the greater Baltimore community because of its vast number of talented individuals. “[Pi Omega] is brothers who have had a lot of individual accomplishments coming together to form something greater,” he said.


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The Afro-American, February 25, 2012 - March 2, 2012

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t this time over the past seven years during Black History Month, the AFRO has focused its readers’ attention on those whose contributions and efforts have pioneered noticeable improvements in the quality of life of the community. This year we recognized four individuals and an organization at the 7th Annual Legends and Pioneers Awards Ceremony held at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. It is appropriate that during Black History Month, we honor people who never expect recognition, but nevertheless do what they can in response to needs that benefit many in our community. Our honorees give thought, time and money to bridge the gap between what people have and what they need in order to progress to the next level. This year’s honorees are Eddie C. Brown, investment manager and philanthropist; Kweisi Mfume, former congressman, community leader, civil rights warrior and corporate consultant; Moses Newson, a journalism icon and former editor of the AFRO and the Pi Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, community investors and mentors. Honors also go, posthumously, to hile investment management is In 1996, Brown and his wife Sylvia Victorine Q. Adams, first African American woman to serve in the Baltimore City business tycoon Eddie Brown’s launched the Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Council and founder of the Baltimore Fuel Fund. primary passion, philanthropy is indeed a Foundation. The program sets out to Together with Miller Lite, our sponsor, we are delighted to show our appreciation of this year’s Legends and Pioneers who have contributed much to runner up. improve socioeconomic issues in indigent the improvements and progress of our community. Born to a 13-year-old mother in Apopka, communities in Baltimore. Fla. in 1940, Brown was initially reared “We decided as a family that there’s so Profiles By Gregory Dale by his grandparents and then relocated to many African Americans in need and we set Allentown, Pa. to live with his mother. out to see if we could improve and save the After graduating from Allentown High lives of those less fortunate,” Brown said. School, he attended Howard University where We focused on three areas--one is education

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ictorine Quille Adams’ keen eye for business and strong passion for philanthropy certainly left a lasting legacy in the communities she served. Born in Baltimore on April 28, 1912, she graduated from Frederick Douglass High School and continued her studies at Coppin Normal School. Shortly thereafter, she earned a degree in education and began her teaching career. Adams later went on to receive an undergraduate degree from then Morgan State College and also pursued graduate work at the New York University School of Business. In 1935, Adams married businessman William L. Adams. “Little Willie,” as he

Eddie Brown

American Honor Roll in 1949. In the 1960s, Adams was elected into the Maryland Assembly and later became the first African- American woman elected to the Baltimore City Council. In addition to her strong interest in business and politics, Adams also had an affection for community outreach. After a local family experienced a devastating tragedy as a result of lacking utility service in the winter of 1978, Adams sprung into action. She approached local leaders with an idea to help citizens with their energy bills. Partnering with the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, Adams launched

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arly on in his career, Kweisi Mfume knew he wanted to make an impact. “I’m a product of the 1960s,” he told the AFRO in a recent interview. “I think that most of us who came out of that era, came out of it with a sense of mission that we had to do something to change the state of affairs for Black people and do it without apology.“ In the face of several challenges, Mfume has indeed accomplished his goal and has received hundreds of awards, proclamations and citations in the process. Born in Baltimore in 1948, Mfume was forced to provide for himself and his siblings after his mother passed away when he was just a teen. Inner city plights and pitfalls surrounded Mfume during this period as he struggled to survive in his West Baltimore neighborhood. But he soon vied for a change. “It was just not a good time,” he said. “What got me out of that and set me back on track was the basic set of values that my mother and my sister taught me before she died. [She taught us] to work hard, play by the rules, love your country, cherish your faith, respect the elderly and believe that you could do anything.” He later earned his GED and began the process of turning his life around. After attending Baltimore Community College, he enrolled at Morgan State University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1976. While at Morgan, he was instrumental in launching the university’s radio station WEAA, where he later worked as a commentator, newscaster and on-air personality. He also

Photo by Alexis Taylor

served as the station’s program director for over a decade. A growing interest in politics spurred Mfume to run for Baltimore City Council and he was elected in 1979. While serving in local government, he worked tirelessly to improve community safety, grow business development, diversify city government and divest city funds to the apartheid government of South Africa. Also during this time, he earned a master’s degree in liberal arts with a concentration in

international studies from Johns Hopkins University. After serving in the city council for seven years, Mfume was elected to Congress in 1986. In this capacity, he fervently advocated for the community and helped pass landmark business and civil rights legislation. But a new challenge imminently awaited him. By the mid 1990s, the NAACP faced several hardships and was $4 million in debt. Feeling the pull to help, Mfume stepped

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down from Congress and became the president and chief executive officer of the organization. “For me, the possibility of being able to save an organization was more important, than keeping a comfortable seat in Congress,” he said. “I gave it my best shot to see if I could do it and we were able to do just that. Some people said it was a step down, but I don’t consider it one. You go to do service and try to make a difference.” Mfume successfully raised $90 million in outside donations for the organization and helped restore it to national prominence. Most recently in his career, Mfume headed the National Medical Association and served on the National Advisory Council of Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institute of Health. Today, he works as a corporate consultant for AT&T and is currently in the process of penning his second book. He also holds several honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities across the country. Determined to inspire a new generation of leaders, he often lectures and mentors budding politicians and public speakers. He formerly headed a national public speaking circuit that traveled to numerous colleges, universities, corporations, and medical and bar associations. But he explained that he has since terminated the circuit to be closer to a place that’s close to his heart--his hometown. “The circuit kept me away from Baltimore just too much and I wanted to make sure that I had a chance to interact with younger people here that want to make a difference,” he said. “That’s kept me quite busy.”

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he received a B.S. in electrical engineering. He later went on to receive a masters degree in the same field from New York University. Shortly thereafter, Brown landed a career at IBM’s Systems Development Division in New York designing computer circuits. But a passion for business and the stock markets would later spur him to shift gears. Brown earned an MBA from Indiana University in 1970, and later started working at the Irwin Management Co. in Columbus. After working at that firm for three years, he relocated to Baltimore and became a portfolio manager at T. Rowe Price. Nearly a decade later, Brown became an entrepreneur after he launched his own investment management firm. Today, Brown Capital Management boasts several national and international clients and manages over$4 billion in assets. But at the crux of Brown’s drive is a passion to give to the less fortunate. “I have not only been blessed to do well financially, but I’ve also focused on giving back,” Brown told the AFRO in a recent interview. Every opportunity that I get, I seek ways to encourage other African Americans to be more charitable.”

at all levels, the arts and improving health outcomes in impoverished communities.” Recipients of Brown’s contributions include the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, among many other institutions, programs and organizations. Since the Foundation’s inception, it has donated over $22 million. In the future, Brown said that he would like to see a continued growth in assets at Brown Capital. “I have spent a lot of time figuring out a succession plan to make sure that Brown Capital continues to exist and thrive even after I retire-- [though] I have no plans on retiring in the near future,” he said.”That’s been a very assertive effort.” Additionally, Brown says he would like to see an improvement in the place that he calls home. “In Baltimore, I’d like to see the city become more healthy as a people, especially in these poor neighborhoods,” he said. “I want to see Baltimore become a greater American city.”

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was commonly called, was the co-founder of the Park Sausage Company and later became the co-owner of the real estate construction firm A&R Development Corp. While “Little Willie” was indeed a major figure in Charm City, Adams did not live in the shadow of her husband’s success. She was the owner and manager of Charm Center, an upscale women’s apparel shop located on Pennsylvania Avenue. In addition to offering patrons the latest fashions at the boutique, she also offered women grooming techniques and lectures on social skills and personal development. Passionate about voter rights, Adams launched the Colored Women’s Democratic Committee in 1946. She also spearheaded a register-to-vote campaign that enrolled over 4,000 people. After achieving this feat, Adams was inducted into the Afro-

the Baltimore Fuel Fund. The venture was the first of its kind in the nation and soon served as a model for other cities across the country. Adams’ additional contributions included raising over $173,000 for the Provident Hospital Century Club and helping to plan the location of the Social Security Complex in downtown Baltimore. In 1984, the Adams’ launched the William L. and Victorine Q. Adams Foundation to help promote the undergraduate study of business among Black students in Baltimore City. Since its founding, the scholarship has afforded numerous local students the opportunity to realize their educational aspirations. Leaving behind a lifelong legacy of tremendous contributions and noteworthy achievements, Adams died on Jan. 8, 2006 at the age of 93.

ith his fearlessness and determination, veteran journalist Moses Newson can easily be labeled as one of the key voices of the African-American Civil Rights Movement. Born in Fruitland Park, Fla., Newson went to school in nearby Leesburg. The strict racial segregation present in his hometown and across the country inspired him to get involved to fight for change. “Everything was racially segregated,” Newson said. “I had access to newspapers like the Pittsburgh Courier and the AFROAmerican and it occurred to me that getting into journalism would be a way that I could have some impact and play a role in some of the changes that some people were struggling to bring about.” He spent a few semesters at Storer College in West Virginia, and later transferred to Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., where he received a B.A. in journalism. After a brief stint in the U.S. Navy, Newson was hired at the Tri-State Defender newspaper in 1952. While at the Defender, he covered a score of landmark historical events, including the 1955 Emmet Till murder trial in Mississippi. With five years experience as a writer, he relocated to Baltimore and began working for the AFRO American. Newson was instrumental in covering a bevy of major civil rights events, most notably

the 1961 Freedom Rides that challenged racial segregation in the deep south. Despite the danger he faced and his turbulent experiences on the trip, Newson pressed on. “Once you get out there and you see these young and old people fighting for equal opportunities for Black people, it wasn’t something that you would give up on,” he said. “The story needed to be told from the viewpoint of the people who were struggling out there to bring about changes.” Over the course of his career, Newson also covered the “Little Rock Nine” and the desegregation of the University of Mississippi in 1962. He also covered news abroad in Nigeria, South Africa, Jamaica, Panama and Cuba. “The commitment to try to better situations for Blacks locally, nationally and internationally was one of the greatest opportunities in my career,” he said. Newson explained that his time spent at the AFRO was a major facet in his career. He worked for the paper for over 20 years, as a reporter and later the executive editor. “My time at the AFRO gave me an opportunity to work with some of the finest journalists anywhere and some of the most respected ownership families in the business,” he said. “The paper made it possible for me to be involved.”

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ince its inception, the Pi Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. has been a stalwart in its community and a breeding ground for America’s next generation of leaders. Shortly after the founding of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity on Howard University’s campus in 1911, local attorney and Alpha Chapter member Linwood Koger recognized a need for a graduate chapter in the Baltimore region. After teaming with fellow brothers George W. Evans, J. Steward Davis, Harry Pratt and a host of others, the group received a charter and founded the Pi Omega Chapter. For nearly a century, Pi Omega has touched the lives of numerous families throughout the region through social action programs, community service and scholarships. Through their endeavors, the chapter has fulfilled the four cardinal principles of the fraternity--manhood, scholarship, perseverance and [to] uplift. “Ever since the beginning, there’s always been a commitment to the community,” Ben Phillips, member of Pi Omega and the AFRO’s director of Global Markets said in an

interview. “Pi Omega, which is one of the oldest chapters of the fraternity has always stressed that in its activities.” Each week, Pi Omega mentors tutor students at the Matthew Henson Elementary School. The chapter also helms the Kelvin J. O’Neal Memorial Talent Hunt Program, which provides talented Baltimore area high school students with the opportunity to win cash prizes, trips, savings bonds, trophies and certificates. Annually, the chapter awards scholarships to high school students who wish to attend historically Black institutions. During the holiday season, the chapter hosts its annual Thanksgiving Dinner and Christmas Basket Program to help feed needy families. Additionally, Pi Omega also helps support the AFRO’s Mrs. Santa program to provide gifts and toys for needy families in the area. In an effort to increase health awareness throughout the community, Pi Omega has hosted numerous health events including its “Staying Alive” health festival which provides free fitness and nutrition information, HIV/AIDS testing and prostate and blood pressure screenings.

The year 2011 was a monumental year for Pi Omega. Last April, it launched the Omega Baltimore Foundation, a nonprofit organization that assists the men of Omega Psi Phi in servicing the Baltimore community. Nearly eight months later, the Baltimore City Board of Estimates granted the Omega Baltimore Foundation with a seed money award of $50,000 to re-establish the Easterwood Recreation Center with the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks (BCRP). Addressing the needs of residents in the Coppin Heights/ Ash-Co-East Community, the Easterwood Center is in alignment with Pi Omega’s “Omega’s Uplifting Baltimore” project that focuses on youth development and healthy active aging for older adults. Philips explained that in retrospect, he believes Pi Omega has had a “significant impact” on the greater Baltimore community because of its vast number of talented individuals. “[Pi Omega] is brothers who have had a lot of individual accomplishments coming together to form something greater,” he said.


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Black Church Key to Discovering the Past The Orchard Street AME Church (exterior) became the site of the Baltimore Urban League in 1992, continuing its tradition of serving the community.

The Mt. Auburn Cemetery, located on Annapolis Road in Cherry Hill is owned by the Sharp Street Methodist Episcopal Church. Efforts to revive the grounds have been set in place in recent years. The Cemetery was founded in 1868 and for decades offered the only ground for African Americans to be buried. Founded in 1837, the Orchard Street AME Church (interior) was an important stop on the Underground Railroad. The church also assisted freed men and women in their pursuit of employment and housing.

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Mt. Auburn Cemetery holds the remains of African American greats such as the first black lightweight boxing champion, Joseph Gains, and John Henry Murphy, founder of the Afro American Newspaper. Secret passageways were found underneath the Orchard Street AME Church while the building was under construction in the 1970s.

First Baptist Church, located at 525 N. Caroline St., was the first African American Baptist Church in the state of Maryland.

Slave quarters (left) pale in comparison to the overseer’s home (right) where chattel slavery was a way of life on the Hampton Mansion. By Alexis Taylor AFRO Staff Writer Often overshadowed by reports of crime and blight, Charm City’s historical landmarks are still crown jewels of the nation, attracting visitors from all points of the

United States and beyond. When it comes to African-American history, Baltimoreans don’t have to go far to visit designated national historic sites and places where important “firsts” have taken place. For African Americans,

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Society was formed in 1785 when members of the Methodist Episcopal Church took a stand against segregated seating in the meeting house. The Rev. Daniel Coker was the first to pastor the African Methodist Bethel Church of Baltimore City in 1811. By 1816, the congregation had joined with other churches that disagreed with racism within the Methodist Episcopal Church and launched the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Now led by the Rev. Dr. Frank Madison Reid III, the Bethel AME Church is just one stop on the path to discovering Baltimore’s rich past. Similar to Bethel AME

places like St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in East Baltimore, the first Catholic Church for African Americans in the country, also holds significance. For those wishing to get a first hand look at the cost of freedom in a time of bondage, Orchard Street AME Church offers the reality of the Underground Railroad. The church was founded by Truman Le Pratt, who was born into slavery in the Caribbean. Slaves and freed men toiled day and night to see their dream realized. The building now serves as home to the Baltimore Urban League, however; its original edifice was built in 1837 and oral history places

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the structure as a stop on the Underground Baltimore. A hidden tunnel leading beneath the structure was discovered during construction in the 1970s. “We need something tangible because just reading about something or someone telling you something isn’t enough. You don’t feel it’s real until you actually see and experience first hand.” said Angela Roberts-Burton, Park Ranger for the National Parks Service (NPS). The organization is dedicated to keeping historic sites, like the Hampton Mansion in Baltimore County, in pristine condition. Located just minutes from Towson Mall, the Hampton Mansion gives insight to the way slave families were forced to live in one room shacks. Guided and unguided tours are offered to show newer generations how far a people and a nation have come. “This is a tangible reminder of what occurred in the past,” said RobertsBurton, who has worked with the NPS for five years. While Black History Month is quickly coming to a close, all are encouraged to get out and see what Baltimore and Maryland have to offer in the way of Black history year round. “Our history should say to the youth that they can do great things too like our people of the past,” said Wooden. “Black History Month and the rest of the year is an opportunity for the churches to tell the story of the greatness of our people and the hardships that we have endured to get where we are today.”


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Veterans Honored at Buffalo Soldiers Memorial Banquet The National Association of Black Veterans (NABVETS) and the 9th & 10th (Horse) Calvary Association, Baltimore, held its 12th Annual Awards Ceremony, Feb. 18, at The Forum Caterers. Ten veterans and retired personnel received honors for their work in the military community.

Two Sergeants: Sgt. Carroll Durham author of The Forgotten Solider poses with a Buffalo Soldier. MSG Richard Lane (USAF Ret) and SG Herculano Diaz 2nd Ranger Company (Airborne) were presented the Jacqueline Lanier Service award and the John M. Craig Lifetime Achievement award.

From left to right: BG Gary Maynard, Secretary, Maryland Department of Public Safety and Corrections; MSG Gail BakerWatts; Herculano Diaz; MG James Adkins Photos by J. A. Lewis, Jr.

Black History Month Honorees Thomas H. Wynn Award — Husher L. Harris, Sr. Jeffries Carey National Achievement Medal — Lemuel Arthur Lewie, Tuskegee Airman John M. Craig Lifetime Achievement Award — LTCMDR Deborah D. Randolf USN, Ret. Ronald Hutchins, Sr., Medal of Valor — LTC James E. Betts USAR, Ret Robinson Leadership Award — LTG H. Steven Blum, USA Ret. James F. Workman Service Medal — Hon. Walter Dean, USAF Sen. Decatur W. Trotter Humanitarian Award — Charles Slappy, Veteran Brown/Bell “Save the Children, Save the Nation Award” — Beverly C. NelsonBarnett WAC Legacy Award — Original Montford Point Marines

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February 25, 2012 - February 25, 2012, The Afro-American

Mocha Moms Visit White House By Maria Morales Special to the AFRO More than 150 leaders of Mocha Moms, the national organization for stay-at-home mothers of color, visited the White House, Feb.16, 17, for a “Moms Briefing” and tour. Actress and mother Karyn Parsons also took part in the event. The program is among the events hosted by the White House in celebration of this year’s theme for National African American History Month, “Black Women in American Culture and History.” Officials from several agencies within the Obama Administration participated in a series of panels, including Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. Jackson, a mother of two sons, is the first African American to head the country’s top agency for environmental concerns. She also serves on President

Obama’s cabinet. Kuae Mattox, national president of Mocha Moms, moderated the forum, which included a Twitter party from the West Wing of the White House with members online and White House Director of Public Engagement Jon Carson. She said the moms posed “very thoughtful questions” regarding work-life balance, obesity, affordable health care, mortgage refinancing, entrepreneurship and education. “Our mothers are working hard to raise children with strong values and a firm educational foundation while making important decisions about their own lives that will affect their families, particularly in these challenging economic times,” Mattox said. “We were thrilled to have the opportunity to hear, up close and personal, how this administration is addressing some of the issues that matter most to us.” “The White House had a built-

The “Authentic” Santorum A couple of days ago I was watching, “Hardball,” with Chris Matthews and the hot subject that evening was the GOP’s man of the hour or bum of the month, depending on your perspective, Rick Santorum. Since his rather improbable caucus victory in Iowa last month the pervasive media narrative on the former Pennsylvania Senator has

been, “authentic.” Juxtaposed to the wooden Willard Romney the tag becomes that much more demonstrative. “You gotta give him points for being who he is,” said Susan Milligan of U.S. News and World Report. Well, it is abundantly clear now – if it wasn’t before – where Santorum stands, but he certainly doesn’t earn any points from me for, “being

in audience in the Mocha Moms with highly educated and highly motivated women who are eager to learn about policies and resources that can help them and their communities” Mattox continued. “They also wanted to hear our opinion on issues.” On Friday, 350 Mocha Moms and their families from around the country toured the East Wing of the White House. African-American history was the tour’s focus, Mattox said, which culminated with a performance by the North Carolina A&T State University Choir. “It was an historic milestone for our organization,” said Mattox. “The invitation from the White House helped to validate us, as mothers of color and particularly mothers of color who stay home. It was a humbling experience.” Mocha Moms was founded in 1997 by four African-American

who he is.” “Who” Santorum is has been on display since he first emerged on the national scene in the early 90’s as a Congressman representing the 18th Congressional District of Western Pennsylvania. However, his bid for the GOP nomination for president has provided him a much broader national platform and since his triple win in Missouri, Colorado and Minnesota earlier this month the media spotlight on him has become exponentially brighter and hotter. Now, everybody can see and hear for themselves just “who” Rick Santorum is. “It’s not about you,” Santorum said Saturday as he defined the Obama agenda for a Tea Party crowd in

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mothers of color at home and in the workplace. The group, which welcomes moms of all backgrounds, focuses on strengthening marriages and families, promoting self-care, education, advocacy and community service. While many members do not work outside the home, Mattox said a growing number of Mocha Moms are exploring familyCourtesy photo friendly work Mocha Moms enjoying their White House tour. options. “The primary mothers in Prince George’s County. mission of Mocha Currently, the organization has Moms is to support and encourage 100 chapters with more than 3,000 women of color who are making members in 29 states, and continues parenting a priority in this season in to address the changing needs of their lives,” she said.

Columbus, Ohio. “It’s not about your quality of life. It’s not about your job. It’s about some phony ideal, some phony theology. Oh, not a theology based on the Bible, a different theology, but no less a theology,” Santorum explained as the crowd erupted with applause and yelps of satisfaction. But, the next day Santorum went further and threw in a thinly veiled Obama-Hitler analogy for good measure. “Remember the greatest generation for a year and a half sat on the sidelines while Europe was under darkness,” Santorum said Sunday at a mega church in Georgia. “We’re a hopeful people. We think, ‘Well, you know, it’ll get better. Yeah, he’s a nice guy…This will be okay. I mean, yeah, maybe he’s not the best guy after a while, after a while you find out some things about this guy over in Europe who’s not so good of a guy after all…” he added. Then on Monday night, Santorum tossed in good ol’ Rev. Jeremiah Wright, just for old time sake. “Look, he went to Rev. Wright’s church for 20 years,” Santorum barked on the “Hannity” show on Fox. “I mean, now you can question what kind of theology Rev. Wright has, but it’s a Christian

church,” he said. Authentic Santorum… The subtext to the authenticity narrative put forth by media is, ‘this is not contrived this is who Santorum really is and who he has always been.’ Indeed. Santorum was born in Virginia, but grew up in Berkeley County, W. Va. and Butler County, in Western Pennsylvania. He spoke eloquently about the region last month in Iowa when he talked about his grandfather, a coalminer and how he, “dug for my freedom.” Well, it seems the consensus of many familiar with Western Pennsylvania is “freedom” is a much scarcer commodity for people of color in that part of the Keystone State. “There’s no question Western Pennsylvania is a racist area,” said the late Rep. John Murtha, a Democrat who represented Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District in the state’s southwest corner from 1974 to 2010. Murtha caught a lot of flack when he made the comment about his home region in the heat of the 2008 Democratic Primary between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in reference to his view that Whites would be very reluctant to vote for Obama based on

his race. However, Murtha wasn’t hypothesizing; he was raised early on in Western Pennsylvania and served the region for most of his adult life until he died in 2010. He clearly knew what he was talking about. Veteran Democratic political strategist James Carville once described Pennsylvania as, ‘Pittsburgh to the west, Philadelphia to the east and Alabama in the middle.’ That wide swath of “Alabama” has consumed more and more of the western portion of the state literally and figuratively it seems. This is where Santorum is from; it is in his blood and has contributed greatly to forming and informing his worldview, this place that Murtha proclaimed, “There is no question Western Pennsylvania is a racist area.” Santorum is “authentically” Western Pennsylvania and proud of it. But, authenticity is not inherently a virtue. Hitler (since the former Pennsylvania Senator fancies Hitler analogies) authentically believed in the concept of Aryan racial supremacy just as Santorum seems to believe in the inherent inadequacy of Blacks, women and gays. “The radical feminists succeeded in undermining the traditional family and convincing women that professional accomplishments are the key to happiness,” Santorum wrote in his 2005 book, It Takes a Family, in response to Hillary Clinton’s 1996 book, It Takes a Village. In 2003, Santorum said this to an Associated Press reporter about same sex marriage. “In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That’s not to pick on homosexuality. It’s not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be,” Santorum said. Last October, he spoke about his aversion to contraception of any kind, in any context. “It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be,” Santorum said. And in January, on the stump in Iowa who can forget Santorum’s homage to welfare. “I don’t want to make “blah” (Black) people’s lives better by giving them other (White) people’s money,” he said. This is who Rick Santorum is; paternalistic, paranoid, a religious zealot, racist, sexist and homophobic. Authentically speaking…


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Opinion Human Tragedy and Triumph = Ratings Magic I am always fascinated by the impact of human emotions on our consumer behavior – whether those emotions are inspired by tragedy or triumph. Two television broadcasts made ratings history recently, one because of a tragedy and one because of a triumph: the 54th Annual Grammy Awards on CBS and the contest between the Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks, February 10, on ESPN. Nielsen research has proven Cheryl PearsonAmericans love sports and McNeil music programming. African Americans are typically wellrepresented in both. The Grammy Awards have been a viewing favorite. Research backs up the common sense notion that Blacks tend to gravitate to programming where there are larger numbers of people who look like us – but this year, the number of us who watched the Grammys was almost off the charts (no pun intended). The recent 54th Annual Grammy Awards attracted nearly 40 million viewers (39.9 million), which made it the largest Grammy audience since 1984 and the second largest in the history of the broadcast. Of those 39.9 million viewers, African-Americans made up 6.21 million. That means a whopping 60 percent more Black folks watched the Grammys this year than last (3.7 million out of a total viewership of 24.7 million in 2011). Some people like me may tune in to see who’s wearing what. How fabulous will our favorites be, or how outrageous? Others are true music aficionados. While the why for this year’s phenomenal

success of the Grammys has not yet been officially analyzed, I suspect that the tragic news of the sudden death of beloved music icon Whitney Houston the night before piqued the increased interest. If you were like me and my friends, we were reeling with disbelief. Tuning into the Grammys seemed to offer a kind of solace and camaraderie in our collective desire to pay homage to a musical phenomenon who was one of our own. Now, in the interest of full disclosure, the show didn’t hold my attention for long beyond the luscious LL’s prayer for “our fallen sister” (a very nice touch). But after his intro and having glimpsed the outrageous outfits of Nicki Minaj, Gaga and the sweet acknowledgements from Alicia Keys and Bruno Mars, I begged my Facebook friends to wake me up when they got to the Whitney tribute. Someone from Ft. Wayne, Ind. (my hometown) actually alerted me when Glen Campbell’s tribute came on. (You couldn’t grow up in the Fort without being inundated with his music back in the day). So I loudly and proudly sang along to the tribute. My son watched me with his mouth hanging open in disbelief. “Really, mom?! Seriously, you LIKE this country music?” (If he reacted like this to my Glen Campbell tribute, he does NOT want to be around when my sister, his Aunt Natalie, goes berserk over Kenny Rogers). Following Jennifer Hudson’s moving tribute of “I Will Always Love You,” and after fighting back tears, I clicked off. On the flip side, Americans love to cheer on an underdog, a “Rocky,” a champion who rises from the ashes of obscurity to achieve victory. In two words: Jeremy Lin. It was my basketballplaying son who turned me onto the phenomenon that was taking place with the undrafted 23-year old, Harvard-educated AsianAmerican from California and his fortuitous match-up against the New Jersey Nets. Lin has averaged 27 points per game – launching him from bench warmer to global superstar. In addition to a 73 percent increase in viewership of Knicks games on MSG and

ESPN in New York, nationally the February 10 game between the Knicks and the Lakers on ESPN was the most-watched Friday night regular season NBA game on the network, so far this season – with just over three million viewers. On top of that, NM Incite (a Nielsen McKinsey company) reports that social media buzz has also hit a frenzied pitch around the world since the first February 4 game. Even the phrase “LinSanity” has been coined. The online chatter about Lin has surpassed conversations about the Knicks, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant combined. Now, that’s powerful. And so are you. Because, if you follow these ratings stories, you know these surges in increased viewership are a result of people just like you and me tuning in. It’s great news for the networks as well as the advertisers. Those advertisers are dedicated to reaching us – the consumers. Which brings me to my mantra, “Knowledge is power.” The power is in your hands, and so is the remote control. Cheryl Pearson-McNeil is senior vice president of public affairs and government relations for Nielsen. For more information and studies go to www.nielsenwire.com.

The Stakes Are Too High To Sit This Election Out As a student of history, I am struck by a statement that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made in which he said, “that the most revolutionary thing that any citizen can do is to be an active and engaged citizen.” It is amazing to me that we have just commemorated the 44th anniversary of Dr. King’s death and nothing has changed. This is an election year and our President is up for re-election. Racial insults are being spewed as he attempts to lead our nation out of the Adrion Howell worst economic recession since the great Depression and he fights to keep our nation secure after capturing public enemy #1 Osama Bin Laden. Despite his efforts, the Republican field of candidates vying to replace him continuously engage in race baiting disrespectful behavior, the likes of which have never been seen before. All of this begs the question- what can people of color do to ensure that their interests will continue to be protected? Issues such as unemployment, access to quality health care, education and affordable tuition and stopping the high foreclosure rates are at the top of the list. Simply put, folks need to get mad as hell and ORGANIZE to stop these radical Republicans from taking the White House back and implementing their oppressive agenda! Make no mistake about the fact that Republicans understand and appreciate power and they will stop at nothing to get it back. They are very clear about their agenda and organizing desperately to implement their agenda. What I fear most is that many of the people that came out so strong in 2008 for the President will stay at home and have lost their enthusiasm for the political process. States like: Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Indiana, Michigan, and New Mexico are critical to the

President’s re-election. These states have large populations of people of color (i.e., Hispanics and African-Americans). We need to register to vote and mobilize our communities to ensure a strong turnout on Election Day! The stakes are too high! It sickens me to hear folks make the statement: “I’m not voting because it won’t make a difference.” What a slap in the face to civil rights martyrs such as: Medgar Evers, A. Phillip Randolph, Justice Thurgood Marshall, and Fannie Lou Hamer. These fearless warriors dedicated their lives to eradicating injustice by ensuring that ALL Americans had the right to vote. On March 7, 1965, Dr. King led a civil rights march in Selma, Ala. across the Edmund Pettus Bridge with activists including: John Lewis, Andy Young, Ralph Abernathy and Hosea Williams. Dr. King was leading the marchers to Montgomery to galvanize the Black vote. Alabama Governor George Wallace lined the bridge with state troopers to prevent the march. This historic day

One day I was touring Robben Island, where my personal hero, Nelson Mandela, spent 27 years in exile. One of the guides told me that he was imprisoned with Mr. Mandela and that he only had one opportunity to vote in his lifetime because of apartheid. He told me that when an election is held it evokes a tremendous sense of pride and that it is an all-day event. He recalled standing in line all day to cast his vote for South Africa’s first democratically elected President “Madiba” as Nelson Mandela is affectionately referred to. Consider this fact: according to the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance in 1999 South Africa had a turnout of 89.3 percent and in 2004 a turnout of 98.4 percent. I personally do not consider voting to be a right or a privilege but a Duty! Anyone who does not fulfill this obligation is disgracing the legacy of Dr. King. A non-vote ultimately is a vote. It signals a lack of interest in how your local tax dollars are being allocated. It signals a lack of interest in the education of our county’s children and the construction of new schools. It signals a lack of interest in developing innovative methods to combat violent crime. Yes, I adamantly believe that Dr. King’s legacy will be disgraced as long as we don’t become active and engaged citizens. We must become active and engaged on all levels whether it is your local PTA, homeowners’ association, mentoring in the school system, writing to your local newspaper or elected official about what is going on in your community. Hopefully, we won’t lose talented leaders who are willing to serve the community because the community isn’t interested in the political process. Dr. King led a movement 50 years ago and I believe our nation desperately needs a renewed movement. Hopefully all of Dr. King’s works won’t be in vain. Dr. King often said, “The vote is not the ball game, but it gets you inside the ballpark.” Primary elections will be held April 3 for Baltimore and the District of Columbia.

“…what can people of color do to ensure that their interests will continue to be protected?” is commonly known as “Bloody Sunday” because of the violence that was inflicted upon the demonstrators. They were viciously attacked with clubs and tear gas. John Lewis’ head was cracked open and he suffered a concussion. The television coverage that resulted led President Johnson to send the Voting Rights Act to Congress for approval the same year. This landmark legislation theoretically opened the door of political power to Blacks. While I was a student at Howard Law School, I had the privilege of participating in our study abroad program in Capetown, South Africa. While studying at the University of the Western Cape (which has a similar history of social and political activism such as Howard University), I had the occasion to meet some of the most fascinating people that I have ever encountered. What made the folks so amazing was their resilience and determination in overcoming the oppression of government sanctioned apartheid. There was a kindred spirit and connection between our struggles here in the US, especially the Civil Rights Movement, and their quest to attain full citizenship.

Adrion Howell is founder and CEO of Howell & Associates, a government relations firm in Washington, DC. He has worked for former President Bill Clinton, Reps Charles Rangel (D-NY) and Maxine Waters (D-CA) and the House Ways & Means Committee. He is a graduate of the Howard University School of Law. He may be reached at HowellAssociate1@aol.com.

Obama Steps Up for Communities of Color

President Barack Obama’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2013 sets a responsible course for rebuilding the economy so that it works for everyone, not just the privileged few. Our middle class is the engine of economic growth, but is threatened by dwindling public investments, a tax system increasingly rigged to benefit the wealthy, a fraying safety net, and assaults on what should be the bedrock guarantees of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. The president’s budget protects those guarantees, boosts critical investments, and takes steps toward rebalancing the tax code so that all pay their fair share. And it does this in a fiscally responsible way, charting a path that nurtures the economic recovery while reducing the federal deficit, all without asking the middle class to shoulder a disproportionate share of the burden. The president’s annual budget is an opportunity for the American people to clearly see what the goals and priorities of the administration are. Judging by the fiscal year 2013 budget released by President Barack Obama today, this administration is focused on growing the middle class and continuing the fragile economic recovery in this tough budget environment. That means there is a lot for communities of color to cheer about. People of color have been hit hardest by the current economic recession, both on the employment and housing fronts. And while there have been some recent bright spots in the employment numbers, there is still much work to be done. Let’s begin with higher education. The president’s FY 2013 budget makes many investments that will directly benefit people of

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color. For the kids of color who rely on Pell Grants to help get to college, they will be happy to know that President Obama’s budget maintains the recent increases through the 2014-2015 award year. And for them and their parents, the president is proposing to make permanent the American Opportunity Tax Credit, a partially refunded credit that’s worth up to $10,000 per student over four years of college. At the primary and secondary school level, the president’s budget also invests money into grant programs that will help improve teacher programs at minority-serving institutions. Given the current lack of teacher diversity as noted in a recent Center for American Progress paper, this is a well-timed program. This budget also delivers in the housing sector. To many Americans, owning a home was a basic part of the American Dream, and much of their personal wealth was tied up in their houses. This is especially true of people of color. And as Pew pointed out last year, the housing crisis helped cause some of the biggest wealth gaps ever seen. President Obama’s plan to help responsible homeowners stay in their homes will help not only individual homeowners but also the communities they live in by slowing down or reversing the neighborhood destabilizations that happen through multiple foreclosures. And for those for whom the dream of owning a home remains far out of reach, the president put forth $19.1 billion to help extremely low to low-income families with rental assistance to help them live in better neighborhoods of their choosing. Youth jobs are also a prime focus of the president’s budget, which is good news for people of color. Youth unemployment is a big problem in our country, and it’s an even bigger problem among

communities of color. Recognizing that the only way to ensure a bright future is to prepare our youth, the administration is investing in a series of programs to help low-income and at-risk youth connect to the labor market. Proposals include a $12.5 billion Pathways Back to Work Fund and a Workforce Innovation Fund aimed at incentivizing states to either come up with new ideas or replicate proven strategies for delivering better employment results. The president also calls for extending the payroll tax cut through the end of the year. As CAP pointed out earlier, not extending the payroll tax cut would take money away from the communities who can least afford it. Communities of color suffer from greater economic insecurity than the population at large, evidenced by higher unemployment rates and significant disparities in wealth. Fifteen million African Americans and 21 million Hispanics would see their paychecks maintain their increase from last year if a full extension is passed. These are just some of the items in the 2013 budget that will continue to charge a path to prosperity. It’s important to point out and recognize the policies that will specifically help communities of color because of the changing demographics of our nation. By 2042 there will be no ethnic or racial majority in the United States. If we want to ensure a healthy and thriving country and economy in the future, we need to focus efforts today to close the racial disparities that currently exist. This budget is a step in the right direction. Daniella Gibbs Leger is vice president for New Community Initiatives at the Center for American Progress.


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A mockup of the symbolic AAA membership card that AAA presented to Nannie Helen Burroughs posthumously.

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AAA Communications Executive Yolanda Cade, Burroughs historian Dr. Traki Taylor--Webb (who was presented the membership card as a stand-in) and Col. (Ret.) James Wyatt gather during the program.

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A young Project ENRICH student addresses the Nannie Helen Burroughs program.

Gamma Pi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity held its Project ENRICH College Preparatory Program, Feb 11, at the Charles Herbert Flowers Sr. High School, Springdale, Md. Col. (Ret) James Wyatt led the day’s activities that included an overview of Project ENRICH given by Brother Willie Hines, chairman with comments also provided by parent, Najmah Bass and students Alexis McNeil, Makyla Massie, Mia Giles and Caprice Green. After a musical selection by Tynia Canada who sang a fusion of the Negro National Anthem and America, a highlight of the program was the presentation of a AAA Membership Card to Civil Rights Advocate/Religious and Educational leader, Nannie Helen Burroughs, posthumously for being denied it back in 1930…Dr. Traki Taylor-Webb acted as a standin for her. Remarks about Burroughs were provided by Sylvia Cyrus, executive director, ASALH; Dr. Webb; Rita Johnson, principal, NHB and the Rev. James Coates, pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church. Col. (Ret) Wyatt gave the closing ceremony epilogue.

Bro .Willie Hines, director of Project ENRICH, speaks to the audience from the podium. Photos by Thaddeus Turner

Washington, DC

District of Columbia Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Cora Masters Barry, CEO/founder, Recreation Wish List Committee held a press conference to announce the 6th Annual Blacks in Wax Program with two scheduled performances on Feb 24, 1 pm and 7pm at the

DC Mayor Vincent Gray enters the room for the press conference

Ben Ali Jr. and DC Councilman, Tommy Wells Photos by Rob Roberts

Steven Lambert, director of Benjamin Banneker Museum

Mrs. Ben Ali and Dr. Julienne Malveaux

Bryner Baxter, Melanie Harris, Shanae Fant

Southeast Tennis and Learning Malveaux. All performances are Center (SETLC) and Mar 3, 5 p.m., free but donations to support the at The John F. Kennedy Center for event will be appreciated. For Regg Van Lee, Chair, the Performing Arts. The Blacks in more information, Washington Performing Wax Program includes portrayals call 202-645Arts Society and producer of over 70 influential figures 6242/6221. of Blacks in Wax from Black History, brought to life through preparation from the SETLC Scholars, parents and staff. The portrayals will be presented under the theme, “Movement to Monument” showcasing African Americans who have played significant roles in the Civil Rights Movement. DC Council Chairman, Kwame Brown, along with several members DC Historical characters portrayed by youth: Kaylah Bias as Mayor of the City Council, was in Eartha Kitt, Everett Evans-Kearney as Dr. Martin Luther King Vincent attendance including Mrs. Jr., Ravyn Bias as Rosa Parks; 1st row - David Patterson as Gray Ben Ali and Dr. Julianne Mayor Vincent Gray and Da’rian Mallory as Ben Ali

Phil Thompson, Robert Wongus, William Powell, president, Dumisani Solwazi, Duane Johnson Robin M. Jacobs, regional director, EA

Dr. Neverdon-Morton, Dr. Gaither, LaFrance Muldrow

Nancy and George Barrick, former art teacher of Dr. Gaither

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Ronald Hawkins, Anthony Williams, Keith Harvey, Robert Blake Franklin Beard, Arlene Wongus, Jerna Jacques

Zetas Lashelle Tatum, Kimberly Whitaker, Wanda Calvin Claiborne, president, Lisa Hudley, Vanessa Arnold Baltimore, MD

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Undergrads Torrence Taylor, William Dixon II, David Wade, Robert Rinehardt III

The brothers of Nu Sigma Sigma Alumni Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity held their Founders Day celebrating their 2nd Annual Founders Day banquet at Morgan State University Student Center. The theme for the event was “Living the Legacy.” The speaker for the banquet was Jeff Johnson, a Washington, DCbased award-winning investigative journalist, social activist, and political commentator who discussed his first book—

Madison and father Jeff Johnson, guest speaker

Bennie Williams, Franklin Beard, Jerna Jacques

Everything I’m Not Made Me Everything I Am: Discovering Your Personal Best. Nu Sigma Sigma Chapter was chartered in 2007 and has been actively involved in their main social action programs: Project Vote, Sigma Wellness, Sigma Presence on Capitol Hill and projects with a strong emphasis on early detection and prevention of prostate and colorectal cancer and addressing the alarming rise in teenage pregnancy.

Raymond Coleman, Darryl Richardson, Maynard Minor, Bernard Maiden

Tina Maria Jolivet, Esq., Danyell Smith, Carla Chase Zeta Sisters Cheryl Harrison Murray, Tequilla Knight, Consquella Carey, Josephine Barton

Dr. Jacqueline Williams, Rita B. Whiting, Sheila Bennett, Judge Vicki Ballou-Watts Baltimore, MD

The Baltimore County Chapter members of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. held a reception at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum to display their Delta Quilt Project and publication, From the Heart of a Delta Girl. The Arts and Letters Committee, chaired by Dr. Cynthia Neverdon-Morton introduced Baltimorean documentary story quilter, Dr. Joan Ellis Gaither,

Photos by A. Lois De Laine Gail Edmonds, Gloria Herndon, Valerie Richardson Carol Rogers, Ernestine Jolivet, Henrietta Wallace, Carolyn Vaughan who discussed how quilting can provide positive interactions and bonding relationships among the quilters, thus helping to seal the Delta bonds of sisterhood. Each participating sorority member developed swatches with exquisite patterns, revealing their personalities and experiences that told “sisterhood stories” in this unique manner and swatches were placed on the quilt

judiciously to form significant designs. As if emotionally communicating through textiles and exquisitely developed patterns, many positive interactions and relationships were indelibly “stitched” through this exciting Delta Quilt Project. Each participating member contributed a page to the book, From the Heart of a Delta Girl.


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THIS IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH! Honey child, just look at these pictures! Do you remember this time in Baltimore? I bet these pictures bring back memories; if not, you better find someone who does. This is some of our history right here folks. We should never forget the people, places and things that gave us so much joy and fun in the old days. We should pass it on to our children, grandchildren, friends and relatives who were not there.

By Rosa Pryor

I am just about to complete my second book on “African-American Entertainment in Baltimore,” and hopefully to have it Photo by Rosa Pryor published by the end of this Barbara Ann and Vivian year, so I thought I will give Turner at Red Rooster’s you a sneak preview of some Lounge in the early ‘80s. of the fantastic photos that I have collected, that will be in this one. I want to show that our history was not just on “The Avenue,” but all over Baltimore. I have collected almost 500 personal photos to prove it. I so enjoy sharing this with you. You know I love pictures, I have always believed that pictures speak a thousand words. Each photo tells a story. I have been taking pictures ever since I was able to hold a camera. After becoming professional, the late John Murphy III taught me how to develop black Courtesy Photo and white film, and with his help we Benjamin Louis King built a darkroom. “Damn they were became the 1st Black some good-old-days!” It will be a joy for the second time around to put person to pass the CPA test in the state these photos in a book, so our local of Maryland in 1957. history will not be lost or forgotten. There are a couple of events going on the end of this month to help celebrate Black History Month that I want you to check out. Black History Month is celebrated at the Reginald R. Lewis Museum from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Feb. 25 with an Open House. Entertainment and educational activities will be offered all day, with a special program from 12-1 p.m.. Admission is free.

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Eddie Miles, Carolyn Collins, and Ben Turner posing at the Arch Social Club on Pennsylvania and North Avenue in the late ‘70s. A Prayer Breakfast Fundraiser will be held from 8-10 a.m. Feb. 25 at the Greater Harvest Baptist Community Church Hall, 1611 W. Saratoga St., Baltimore, MD 21223. This event, called “A Voice for The Voiceless” is given by friends of Sen. C. Anthony Muse. The speaker is the Rev. James Johnson. For more information, call Elaine C. Simon at 410362-2957 and she will hook you right up.

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Joe Gordon and his wife, Ellen, owners of the G&G Bar & Lounge in the Edmondson Village Shopping Center in the early ‘70s.

This next thing I found to be quite interesting and want to share it with you. I know, the publisher is having a fit, but I got to include this FYI.

of fifteen letters. Now hang on to your seat! Lincoln was shot at the theater named ‘Ford.’ Kennedy was shot in a car called ‘Lincoln’ made by ‘Ford.’ Lincoln was shot in a theater and his assassin ran and hid in a warehouse. Kennedy was shot from a warehouse and his assassin ran and hid in a theater. Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials. Hum, hum, what you think?

Well, my dear friends, I have to get out of here. Enjoy the Courtesy Photo pictures, enjoy the Juanita Jackson Mitchell, Virginia, history. Don’t forget to get your subscription Marion and Bowen Jackson from for the AFRO so you the good old days. can keep up with me or go on line, www. afro.com to read me and see all the pictures in my column you couldn’t see in the hard copy. If you need me, call me at 410Photo by Rosa Pryor 833-9474 or Liddy Jones, Edwina Witherspoon, Ison and email me at Rosa Pryor hanging out at a cabaret at the 5th Regiment Armory in 1978. rosaprpyor@aol.com. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.

HISTORY MYSTERY! Maybe a history teacher or someone very strong in history or politics can explain this one: Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846. John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946. Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860. John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960. Both were particularly concerned with civil rights; both wives lost their husbands while living in the White House. Both Presidents were shot on a Friday. Both Presidents were shot in the head. Now it gets Photo by Rosa Pryor really weird! Ruby Glover in concert at the Sportsmen Lounge in 1981. Lincoln’s secretary was named Kennedy. Kennedy’s secretary was named Lincoln. Both were assassinated by southerners. Both were succeeded by Southerners named Johnson. Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808. Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908. John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1839. Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939. This is just unbelievable, now keep reading. Both assassins were Courtesy Photo known by their three names. Miss CSPAC_AfroAmerican_021012:Layout“Hattie” 1 1/25/12 (center) 6:16 PM is Page 1 30 Flat in 1972. Both names are composed

As part of its 10th anniversary season, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center presents a series of events inspired by the compelling story of a man — Fortune — whose life as an enslaved African did not end when he died in 1798. These events will bring the community together to consider Fortune's story, to sing, to talk, to listen, to learn — and — celebrate.

FILM: Monday, February 20 . 7PM

TRACES OF THE TRADE: A STORY FROM THE DEEP NORTH LECTURE: Friday, February 24 . 7PM

SLAVERY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND TAKE FIVE: Tuesday, March 6 . 5:30PM

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FORTUNE’S BONES: THE MANUMISSION REQUIEM Saturday, February 25 . 8PM . $40 / Sunday, February 26 . 3PM . $40

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SWV Returns By Marcus A. Williams Feature and Entertainment Reporter One of the most successful female R&B groups of the 1990’s, who gave us timeless hits like “Right Here”, “I’m so Into You” and a personal favorite, “Weak” is back to do it all over again. Sisters With Voices better known as SWV have put aside their differences, reunited and are ready to reintroduce real R&B to a new generation of music lovers. On very short notice, Cheryl “Coko”, Tamara “Taj” and Leanne “Lelee” all stopped what they were doing to call in and chat with me about their return to the music world. The songbirds opened up about their relationships with one another, the sound of the new album, reconnecting with their fans and gave an update on their family lives. The ladies recently dropped their lead single, “Co-Sign” from their upcoming album I Missed Us slated for release some time this April. With Brandy, Monica, Usher and now the soulful and always relatable ladies of SWV added to the list of 2012 album releases, we can definitely say R&B has returned to the forefront. Marcus: The obvious question that everyone wants to know is what’s taken so long for you guys to get back together and working on a new project? Taj: We all have been living and growing and doing the motherly thing. We all have kids now and marriage and the usual things that everyone does when they have time off and enjoy life. Marcus: Tell us, what was the moment when you ladies said “it’s time to get back together and get in the study to make some more music” when did you have the realization? Taj: Probably bout the second we broke up. Coko and Leelee: (laughs) Marcus: Are there any unresolved issues that you guys had to work through in order to get back in the “let’s be a group” mode? Taj: Every day is a learning process, it’s a growing process; it’s a working process. We are women, we are emotional, we have

Marcus: So what are you doing this time around to make the chemistry hold? Taj: Oh God, what are we doing differently this time? Leelee: I think we have been doing more…. Taj: Wait did she say “eating more”? Girls: (laughs) Leelee: I lost my train of thought now, what was the question? Marcus: What are you guys doing differently this time around that’s going to make the chemistry endure? Leelee: We’ve been together so long and we have gone through so much that we know each other now. We know when to stay out of each other’s way and at the end of the day it is about respecting one another. We have mastered that now and like Taj said it’s still a work in progress because every day you grow and you know life happens. You have to adapt with the times I guess and at the end of the day it’s about respecting each other and that’s what we do to make it work. Marcus: Speaking of adapting to the times, everyone that I know loves your first single, but what was the thought process before recording. Were you thinking you would be true to yourself but do the production that Rhianna and everyone else is doing nowadays to be current or just do what you have been doing and good at for all these years? Coko: We wanted to be ourselves regardless. A lot of people out right now are sampling our music and things that we have done in the past so it really didn’t make any sense to try and come out and be like everybody else. SWV is classic and we want to stay classic and make the music that everybody loves. I think if we would have done something that’s different and current I don’t think the fans would have appreciated that. We stay true to SWV, the fans and everyone’s going to love this record. Marcus: What was your reaction when you heard Chris Brown’s sample of your song? When I first heard it I was like that’s not even that old for him to be sampling that, but it really grew on me – how did you ladies feel when you heard it? Coko: Well that’s not even our song; that’s Michael Jackson’s song. We sample him, so it’s all love.

Gabrielle’s Got It Going On! By Kam Williams

One of today’s hottest stars, Gabrielle Union continues to shine. She will soon be seen in Screen Gems’ Think Like a Man, based on Steve Harvey’s book Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man, which is slated for release on March 9. Gabrielle’s impressive film credits include the critically-acclaimed Cadillac Records, The Perfect Holiday, Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls, Bad Boys II, Breakin’ All the Rules, Deliver Us From Eva, Bring It On, Two Can Play That Game, Love & Basketball, Cradle to the Grave, Ten Things I Hate About You, The Brothers, The Honeymooners, Meet Dave and She’s All That. She made her television debut on the hit sitcom “Moesha,” before going on to guest-star on such series as “ER,” “Dave’s World” and “The Steve Harvey Show.” Shortly thereafter, Gabrielle had a recurring role on two WB hit shows, “Sister, Sister” and “7th Heaven.” Gabrielle’s passion for acting is rivaled by her involvement as an ambassador for the Susan G. Komen Foundation as well as her support for the Young Survivor Coalition (YSC) and the Rape Treatment Center (RTC) at UCLA. She also helped found a program called “A Step for Success” which helps to raise funds for the economically-challenged Kelso Elementary School located in Los Angeles. She currently serves as a brand ambassador for Neutrogena, and is featured in its national television and print campaigns. A native of Omaha, Neb. Gabrielle currently resides in Los Angeles. Here, she talks about her new movie, Good Deeds, a romance drama where she co-stars opposite Tyler Perry and Thandie Newton.

Gabrielle Union: The “Good Deeds” Interview

Kam Williams: What interested you in collaborating with Tyler again and in playing Natalie in “Good Deeds?” Gabrielle Union: Once I read the script, the biggest thing was that I loved how he didn’t make her a bitch. My character’s usually the villain in this sort of romantic drama. I was very happy that Tyler made her a normal person who has a great career, great friends and who comes from a great family. So, in this case, maybe the relationship’s just not working instead of my character’s being an evil shrew. KW: It’s definitely a much more modulated film for Tyler, and less given to melodrama and the extremes. GU: I would agree. KW: How was it working with this cast? GU: Phylicia [Rashad] is

Sharing the Teachings of the Black Panthers By Marcus A. Williams Feature and Entertainment Reporter Former Black Panther member turned author, Jamal Joseph, is hoping to mobilize a generation to find their love for community and humanity in his latest release, PANTHER BABY: A Life of Rebellion & Reinvention. The 59-year-old author has a unique story. At a very young age he was rocked by the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and joined the NYC chapter of the Black Panther Party at 15, he was imprisoned on Riker’s Island for being part of the “Panther 21” at 16, and now is the chair of Columbia University’s School of the Arts film division. “Right after Dr. King was killed I was angry and outraged, like many Black teens were, and wanted to join the most militant organization on this scene. The energy of the Black Panthers just knocked me out, so I found my way to

a [Black Panther] office in Brooklyn,” remembered Jamal. “I went with two of my friends, because there was a lot of misconceptions and fear around the Black Panther party. My older friends told me they would give you a gun and you had to kill a white guy to prove yourself.” But, what his friends forget to tell him was - they were just kidding. “I went into the meeting and jumped up saying ‘give me a gun I’m ready to go now’,” laughed Jamal. “They called me into the office and the brother reached down – I thought he was getting a gun to give me but he handed me a stack of books. I asked, ‘I thought you were going to arm me’ he looked at me and said ‘young brother I just did.’” That moment foreshadowed the most significant lessons Jamal would ever learn from the Black Panthers and set the tone and vision for his book. He was taught that the Black Panthers was about a class struggle for all colors not just Black-Americans and from that

day forward he knew that it would be about education and “having an undying love for the people – mind, body and soul.” “For many years people have told me that I have a fascinating story and I should write a book, but what really inspires me [to write] is when I speak at colleges around the country and young people ask ‘what was it like?’” confessed Jamal. “So I wanted to write a story that appealed to them. It’s written from the voice of a young man trying to figure out how to be a man.” Jamal believes that love for family and community is the key to keep kids on the straight and narrow. He says teenagers get love from gang members in the community and they gravitate to that because there is a disconnect between their families and true friends. “I hope [this book] creates a discussion amongst young people to understand what they

an icon, and amazing. Just being able to watch her work up close is like taking a master class in acting. Thandie was great, and having Beverly Johnson play my mother was huge, and a nice ego boost. The whole experience felt like being in a big, happy, well-functioning family.

KW: Harriet Pakula Teweles says: “Good Deeds” is a film about a “defining moment.” Has there been such a moment in your life or career you’d like to share? GU: In my life, when I got divorced. I sort of realized that I hadn’t been making sound choices which were the best for me to pursue my hopes and dreams and aspirations and passions. I had been living the life that society tends to dictate for women of a certain age. You marry the person who asks you, even though he may or may not be the best one for you. Around the time that I got divorced, I had an epiphany that there is no blue ribbon or gold medal for living someone else’s life, for fulfilling someone else’s dreams. It’s doesn’t make you happy. You just end up with a life that’s not yours. So, I decided to follow my dreams and my passions and to always have an adventure, no matter what it is. KW: What is your guiltiest pleasure? GU: Twitter. KW: What is your favorite dish to cook? GU: Collard greens. KW: When you look in the mirror, what do you see? GU: My mom. KW: How often do you get back to Nebraska to see her? GU: Pretty often. I go back quite a bit, although I don’t announce my visits in order to protect our privacy. KW: What’s it like to lose your anonymity? Can you go to the mall or a movie theater? GU: I can go, but you go with the understanding that people are going to know who you are, and may or may not respect your privacy. The time when I most want privacy and my anonymity is to do things like buying tampons. KW: If you could have one wish instantly granted, what would that be for? GU: My wish for the world would be to end violence against women. My wish for myself would be for peace of mind. Read the entire interview on afro.com.

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Whitney Houston Still Remembered By Fans Following Burial By AFRO Staff

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This fan’s tee shirt was one of many worn to show their devotion to Whitney Houston.

Though fans weren’t permitted to attend Whitney Houston’s star-studded funeral last weekend, many locals still found a way to pay their respects and bid a final farewell to the late singer. Houston was buried the day after her private ceremony in Newark at a cemetery in nearby Westfield. According to the Associated Press, a mixture of locals and outof-towners gathered along the route the motorcade took from the Newark funeral home to the cemetery and some ran alongside the hearse as it traveled to Houston’s gravesite. Houston was buried next to her father, who died in 2003. While the cemetery remained opened to grieving fans the following day, authorities closed the site following a surge in vehicular traffic, according to USA Today. Throughout the weekend, fans

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commemorated Houston’s life with homemade t-shirts, makeshift monuments and hordes of flowers and balloons. Some drew photos of the late singer and danced and sang her songs. Stars including Alicia Keys, Tyler Perry, R. Kelly and Stevie Wonder attended Houston’s funeral on Feb. 18, but the singer’s ex-husband Bobby Brown made an appearance and quickly left. He later released a statement citing an altercation with security as his reason for his early departure, according to CNN. “My children and I were invited to the funeral of my ex-wife,” the statement read. “We were seated by security and then subsequently asked to move on three separate occasions. I fail to understand why security treated my family this way and continued to ask us and no one else to move. Security then prevented me from attempting to see my daughter Bobbi

Kristina.” “In light of the events, I gave a kiss to the casket of my ex-wife and departed as I refused to create a scene...I will continue to pay my respects to my ex-wife the best way I know how,” he said. A cause of death still has not been determined for the 48-year-old singer. She died on Feb. 11 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California just hours before she was scheduled to attend record executive Clive Davis’ preGrammy Awards party. With many still reeling from the unexpected tragedy, auctioneers are selling off the singer’s items so fans can hold on to a piece of the singer forever. According to Fox News, a collection of Houston’s belongings including a black velvet dress and a pair of earrings she wore in The Bodyguard will be sold to the highest bidder next month.

Fans who could get close enough showed their respect with balloons, flowers and posters.


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Feb. 24 Ultimate Black History Presentation Concert Sojourner Douglass College, 200 North Central

Ave., Baltimore. 7 p.m. Bring the whole family out to this Black History celebration featuring ancestral re-enactments, musical

performances and more. $10$15. For more information: 443-257-2491.

Feb. 25 The Walters Art Museum African American Family Festival 2012 The Walters Art Museum,

600 N. Charles St., Baltimore. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Celebrate the African influence on cultures from Cuba to Brazil and beyond through artwork,

dance workshops and exciting performances. For more information: 410-547-9000. 35 & Older Reunion: ‘Oh Baby, Oh Baby Jam’ Pikesville Armory, 610 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore. 9 p.m. Celebrate the “good ol’ days” at this old school party. Also enjoy special musical guest V.I.C. as he performs his dance hit “Wobble.” $25. For more information: 410-790-9333. Feb. 26 Brothers In Blue: Uncovering Civil War Ancestors With Leslie Anderson Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. 10:30 a.m. Genealogist Leslie Anderson will discuss the methodology for identifying and researching her maternal and paternal ancestors who served in the U.S. Colored Troops in Pennsylvania and the U.S. Colored Calvary in Virginia. For more information: 443263-1816. ‘Lil Dan the Drummer Boy, A Civil War Story’ Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. 11 a.m. Listen to the story of a young drummer who participated in the Civil War and saved his friends in battle, learn about the role of drummers in the Civil War and create a drum. $8. For more information: africanamericanculture.org. Ira Aldridge: African American Theater Pioneer The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore. 2 p.m. Join Kwame Kwei Armah, British playwright, actor, director and new artistic director of Center Stage Baltimore in this lively discussion about Ira Aldridge. For more information: 410547-9000. Feb. 28 The Financial Sweet Spot: A Financial Series for Women Teavolve, 1401 Aliceanna St., Baltimore. 7-9 p.m. The Financial Sweet Spot is a free informative and interactive chat session where women can learn the truth about financial management and the options available to help them meet their individual goals. For more information: thefinancialsweetspotfeb. eventbrite.com. March 3 The Pink Event 2012 Holiday Inn Hotel, Laurel West, 15101 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, Md. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. This expo will showcase female-owned businesses and organizations that serve the needs of women. $15. For more information: www. thepinkevent.net. Poetry Out Loud Finals 2012 Baltimore Museum of Art, North Charles & 31st Streets, Baltimore. 1 p.m. Nine regional winners compete for the Maryland State Poetry Out Loud champion title at this event hosted by WYPR’S Aaron Henkin. For more information: artbma.org. Jazz for Motown: The Second Edition Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills, Md. 8 p.m. National jazz recording artists will perform numerous Motown hits. $34.50. For more information: Chamcityjazz. com.


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HBCU Indoor Track and Field By Brandon Walker Special to the AFRO The Lady Bears ended their final day of the 2012 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Indoor Track and Field championships on Feb. 18 with a sixth-place finish and a total of 42 points. The Lady Pirates of Hampton once again took home the title, scoring 161.50 points. Maryland Eastern Shore took second with 121 points, while North Carolina A&T placed third with 67 points. Monae Waller performed strong for the Lady Bears, capturing gold in the high jump with a jump of 5-feet7.75 inches. Her performance in the high jump resulted in

the five quad Baker matches. Morgan State defeated Bethune-Cookman (749654), North Carolina A&T (760-682) The 2012 James Brown Bowling and earned a bye (687-0, before falling Invitational hosted by Morgan State to Kutztown (642-711). The team then University came to an end on Feb. 19 defeated Fayetteville State (768-626). with Fairleigh Dickinson claiming the In Saturday’s traditional team games crown at the AMF Towson Morgan State went Lanes. The Knights 3-2. Morgan started captured the out by losing to tournament Maryland Eastern title with a Shore (962-846) 4-2 win over and Nebraska Nebraska in (1,016-982). The the best-ofLady Bears then seven Baker defeated Delaware title match. State (911-865), Nebraska Fairleigh Dickinson placed second, (1,000-938) and while the Florida A&M (921MSU Media Relations Photo 781). University of Central Missouri MSU’s Atoya Leatherbury scored 979 The Lady total pins to help the Lady Bears place finished third. Bears concluded 14th overall in event. Vanderbilt and the tournament New Jersey City on Sunday with rounded out the top five. Host Morgan the best-of-seven Baker format in State placed 14th out of the 23 team field. bracket play and went 1-1. Morgan State The Lady Bears began the defeated Elmhurts 4-0 and lost to North competition going 3-1 on the day during Carolina A&T in a tie breaker, 3-4 in a By Kevin Paige Special to the AFRO

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dash. Emmanuel Robinson finished seventh in the 60 meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 8.19. Morgan State will be back in action on March 3, where they will be competing in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC)/

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a spot on the All-MEAC first team. Waller also finished fifth in the pentathlon with 3,255 points and came in seventh in the 60-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 9.05. In the track events, the Lady Bears’ 4x400 ‘A’ team placed fourth in a time of 3:49.87. The distance Medley team placed sixth in a time of 12:35.92. Britney Wattley placed fourth in the 60-meter dash in a time of 7.61. Teyanna Green was not too far behind Wattley, placing seventh in a time of 7.68. Wattley and Green, who both had personal-best TYPESET: Wed Feb 22 10:05:20 EST 2012 times in the 60 meter dash, will join Waller at Facilities and Construction Contracting the ECAC championships next month. Meanwhile, Morgan men’s track & University of Maryland Medical State System 29field S. Greene St., 6th Floor team finished sixth place this year with a Baltimore, MD 21201 construction@umm.edu total of 44 points at the MEAC championships. REQUEST for QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ) Construction Management Services In the are fielddue events Emmanuel Stewart Responses Friday, March 9, 2012 no set a later 2pm. and school record for the weight To whom it may concern: newthan MEAC The University of Maryland Medical Center throw with a toss of 59-feet-1.25-inches. The (UMMC), a discovery-driven 650+ bed tertiary and quaternary care and level 1 trauma academic previous record, 54-feet-9.5-inches, was set by medical center, provides innovative care for the entire state and region. UMMC is building a state of Morgan State alum Tyron Benjamin in 2010. the art NICU in the North Hospital section of the Stewart also made first-team All-MEAC for his main campus on the 4th floor. The expansion encompasses approximately 37,000 GSF. weight throw performance. Stewart also finished fourth in the shot put UMMC invites CM firms with documented successful experience in the construction and renovation of with a personal-best throw of 51-feet-7.25health care facilities to submit their qualifications. CM firms that meet the qualifications will be invited inches, while Jefferson Butler took third in to respond to a formal Request for Proposal (RFP). the shot put throwing for 51-feet-8.5-inches. Qualified firms will have significant experience in the renovation and construction of occupied Butler’s shot put performance landed him on healthcare facilities, in an academic medical center, as a CM at Risk. Experience must include third team All-MEAC. projects of similar scope and size within the last 5 Simpson Penn tied fourth in the high jump years. (6-feet-7-inches), and Lewis Shirima placed UMMC and its parent the University of Maryland fourth in the pole vault (12-feet-.5-inch). Medical System are equal opportunity employers and seek to have a supplier base which reflects the In the track events Calvin Descent finished diversity of the Medical Center´s staff, the area, region and nation. third in the 400-meter dash in a time of 47.97. In the 200-meter dash Calvin placed eighth in Toward this end UMMC: a time of 47.89. Descent also made third-team Encourages minority business enterprises compete for UMMS business. All-MEAC for his performance in the 400-meter

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battle of 13th-place. Morgan State sophomore Atoya Leatherbury was the top performer for the Lady Bears with a total pinfall of 979. Leatherbury, who led the team with a 195.8 average in five games, rolled three 200-plus games, including a highgame of 224 against Nebraska. Junior Sagirah Wheeler was second on the team with a total of 972 pins and an average of 194.4. Senior Keisheena Waldon competed in her final James Brown Bowling Invitational, formerly known as the Morgan State Bowling Invitational and rolled two 200-plus games, including a high of 205 against Delaware State. Fellow Baltimore-based school Coppin State picked up two victories of its own at the James Brown Invitational. CSU defeated Cheyney during team play and beat Virginia State in baker system play. Coppin went on to finish 22nd in the event. Both Coppin State and Morgan State return to action on March 3rd-4th as they compete in the final Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) North Division competition of the season in Dover, Del.

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The object of this suit is to officially change the name of the petitioner from Hamanda Jones to Amanda Jones It is this 6th day of February, 2012 by the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, ORDERED, that publication be given one time in a newspaper of general circulation in Baltimore City on or before the 6th day of March, 2012, which shall warn all interested persons to file an affidavit in opposition to the relief requested on or before the 16th day of March, 2012. Frank M. Conaway Clerk TYPESET: Wed Feb 22 2/24

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The object of this suit is to officially change the name of the petitioner from Yihe Guan to Yao Yao Guan It is this 6th day of February, 2012 by the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, ORDERED, that publication be given one time in a newspaper of general circulation in Baltimore City on or before the 6th day of March, 2012, which shall warn all interested persons to file an affidavit in opposition to the relief requested on or before the 16th day of March, 2012. Frank M. Conaway Clerk TYPESET: Wed Feb 22 2/24

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR BALTIMORE CITY Case No.: 24D11003129 IN THE MATTER OF DASSAU SHADAWN WOODARD FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO SHADAWN AHMAD TORRENCE ORDER FOR NOTICE BY PUBLICATION

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The object of this suit is to officially change the name of the petitioner from Raymondo Matthews, Jr. to Raymondo Meir Zaquen It is this 1st day of February, 2012 by the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, ORDERED, that publication be given one time in a newspaper of general circulation in Baltimore City on or before the 2nd day of March, 2012, which shall warn all interested persons to file an affidavit in opposition to the relief requested on or before the 12th day of March, 2012. Frank M. Conaway Clerk 2/24

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v. Kamila Jagdeo 608 Allison Street NE Washington DC and George Nilson, City Solicitor BALTIMORE CITY 100 North Holiday Street Room 101, Baltimore, MD 21202 All unknown Heirs, devisees, personal representatives and executors, administrators, grantees, assignees or successors in right, title, interest and any and all persons having or claiming to have interest in the property and premises sitates in the city of Baltimore, known as 2805 W. Cold Spring Lane and described as Lot Size 22x106-4 known as Ward 15 Section 350 Block 3185 Lot 13 on the Tax Roll of the Director of Finance.

v. Royster L. Leach 2438 Callow Ave Baltimore MD 21217 and Kathy Wells 2438 Callow Ave Baltimore MD 21217 George Nilson, City Solicitor BALTIMORE CITY 100 North Holiday Street Room 101, Baltimore, MD 21202 All unknown Heirs, devisees, personal representatives and executors, administrators, grantees, assignees or successors in right, title, interest and any and all persons having or claiming to have interest in the property and premises sitates in the city of Baltimore, known as 2438 Callow Avenue and described as Lot Size 317X125-2 being known as Ward 13 Section 100 Block 3457 Lot 0291 on the Tax Roll of the Director of Finance.

The object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the herein above described property sold, either directly or via assignment, by the Collector of Taxes for the State of Maryland and Baltimore 11:08:44 EST 2012 City to the Plaintiff in the proceeding. The Complaint states, among other things, that the amount necessary for the redemption for the subject property has not been paid, although more than sixty (60) days from the date of the sale have expired. It is thereupon this 13th day of February, 2012 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, on or before the 14th day of March 2012, warning all persons having or claiming to have any interest in the property described above to appear in this Court by the 13th day of April, 2012, warning all persons having or claiming to have any interest in the property described above to appear in this Court by the 13th day of April 2012, and redeem their respective property or answer the Complaint, or thereafter a Final Decree will be entered foreclosing all rights of redemption in and as to the property, and vesting in the Plaintiff a title in fee simple or leasehold, free and clear of all encumbrances. 11:06:23 EST 2012 The Defendants are hereby informed or the latest date to file a written Answer or Petition to Redeem the property mentioned in the Complaint described above, and that failure to file a response on or before the date specified may result in a Default Judgment foreclosing all rights of redemption in and as to the property being rendered by this Court against them. TRUE COPY TEST EDWARD R. K. HARGADON JUDGE, CIRCUIT COURT FOR BALTIMORE CITY 2/24, Feb 3/2, 3/9 TYPESET: Wed 22

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The object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the herein above described property sold, either directly or via assignment, by the Collector of Taxes for the State of Maryland and Baltimore City to the Plaintiff in the proceeding. The Complaint states, among other things, that the amount necessary for the redemption for the subject property has not been paid, although more than sixty (60) days from the date of the sale have expired. It is thereupon this 13th day of February, 2012 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, on or before the 14th day of March 2012, warning all persons having or claiming to have any interest in the property described above to appear in this Court by the 13th day of April, 2012, warning all persons having or claiming to have any interest in the property described above to appear in this Court by the 13th day of April 2012, and redeem their respective property or answer the Complaint, or thereafter a Final Decree will be entered foreclosing all rights of redemption in and as to the property, and vesting in the Plaintiff a title in fee simple or leasehold, free and clear of all encumbrances. The Defendants are hereby informed or the latest date to file a written Answer or Petition to Redeem the property mentioned in the Complaint described above, and that failure to file a response on or before the date specified may result in a Default Judgment foreclosing all rights of redemption in and as to the property being rendered by this Court against them. TRUE COPY TEST EDWARD R. K. HARGADON JUDGE, CIRCUIT COURT FOR 11:09:08 BALTIMORE EST 2012 CITY 2/24, 3/2, 3/9

Baltimore City Public Schools REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: RFP-12068 Financial & Compliance Audits Fiscal Years 2012-2016 The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners invites interested and qualified vendors to submit proposals in response to RFP12068. In order to participate, interested prospective offerors need to register with eMaryland Marketplace by visiting its website at https:// ebidmarketplace.com and clicking the Registration button. The solicitation RFP-12068 will be available for review commencing Thursday, February 16, 2012. A Pre-Proposal Conference is scheduled for Thursday, February 23, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. local time, 200 E. North Avenue, Room 301. The Proposal Due Date is Thursday, March 15, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. local time. No proposals will be accepted after that time. Any questions related to this solicitation should be directed to the Buyer.

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The object of this suit is to officially change the name of the petitioner City of Baltimore from Department of Finance Dassau Shadawn Bureau of Purchases Woodard to Sealed proposals addressed to the Board of Shadawn Ahmad Estimates of Baltimore, will be received until, Torrence but not later than 11:00 a.m. local time on the It is this 26th day of following date(s) for the stated requirements: January, 2012 by the Circuit Court for Baltimore MARCH 14, 2012 City, RECYCLE CONTAINERS B50002308 ORDERED, that publication be given one time in a 15% SODIUM HYPOCHLORITE SOLUTION newspaper of general cirB50002309 culation in Baltimore City CHEVROLET SUBURBAN (FIRE DEPT) on or before the 27th day B50002317 of February, 2012, which CEMENTS, MORTARS & CONCRETE shall warn all interested MIXES B50002318 persons to file an affidavit in opposition to the relief THE ENTIRE SOLICITATION DOCUMENT requested on or before CAN BE VIEWED AND DOWN LOADED BY the 8th day of March, VISITING THE CITYS WEB SITE: 2012. Frank M. Conaway Clerk TYPESET: Wed Feb 22 11:04:05 EST 2012 www.baltimorecitibuy.org TYPESET: Wed Feb 22 11:00:43 EST 2012 2/24

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Baltimore City Public Schools REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS RFP-12066 Parent Notification System

Baltimore City Public Schools. INVITATION FOR BIDS: BCS-12072 Provide Window Replacement Services at William H. Lemmel Building #79.

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The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners invites interested companies to submit proposals to supply a Parent Notification System to Baltimore City Public Schools. In order to participate, interested bidders need to register with eMaryland Marketplace by visiting their website at https:// ebidmarketplace.com and clicking the Registration button. Solicitation RFP-12066 will be available for review commencing Thursday, February 16, 2012. A pre-proposal meeting will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 10:00am in room 301 at 200 East North Avenue. The Proposal Due Date is Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 11:00am. No proposals will be accepted after that time. Any questions related to this solicitation should be directed to the Buyer, John Egerton at jegerton@bcps.k12. md.us TYPESET: Wed Feb 22 10:58:23 EST 2012 Baltimore City Public School System INVITATION FOR BIDS: BCS-12055 Provide Drain Cleaning Service and Related Work at Various Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools). The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners is inviting interested companies to submit bids to: BCS-12055. In order to participate, interested bidders need to visit eMaryland Marketplace website at https://emaryland.buyspeed.com/bso/login. jsp Solicitation BCS-12055 will be available for review commencing Friday, February 24, 2012. The Bid Due Date is Thursday, March 22, 2012at 11:00 a.m. local time. No bids will be acceptedafter that time. Any questions related to this solicitation should be directed to the Buyer, Lonnie McKenzey at LMcKenzey@ bcps.k12.md.us

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The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners is inviting interested companies to submit bids to: BCS-12072. In order to participate, interested bidders need to visit eMaryland Marketplace website at https://emaryland.buyspeed.com/bso/login. jsp Solicitation BCS-12072 will be available for review commencing Friday, February 24, 2012. The Bid Due Date is Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. local time. No bids will be accepted after that time. Any questions related to this solicitation should be directed to the Buyer, Mike Krupnik at MKrupnick@bcps.k12. md.us TYPESET: Wed Feb 22 10:59:15 EST 2012 Baltimore City Public Schools. INVITATION FOR BIDS: BCS-12071 Provide Boiler Replacement Services at Lombard Building #57 The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners is inviting interested companies to submit bids to: BCS-12071. In order to participate, interested bidders need to visit eMaryland Marketplace website at https://emaryland.buyspeed.com/bso/login. jsp Solicitation BCS-12071 will be available for review commencing Friday, February 24, 2012. The Bid Due Date is Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. local time. No bids will be accepted after that time. Any questions related to this solicitation should be directed to the Buyer, Mike Krupnik at MKrupnick@bcps.k12. md.us

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Section 1701u. The IFB and all supporting documents may be obtained on or after Monday, March 5, 2012 from the following location: TYPESET: Wed Feb 22 11:04:52 EST 2012

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HOUSING AUTHORITY OF BALTIMORE CITY INVITATION FOR BIDS INSURANCE COVERAGE IFB NUMBER: B-1687-12

The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (“HABC”) will issue an Invitation for Bids (“IFB”) for qualified and interested vendors to submit sealed bids to provide General Liability, Property, Comprehensive Automotive, Electronic Data and Media, Crime, Boiler and Machinery, and Workers Compensation insurance coverage. BIDS WILL BE DUE no later than 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, March 30, 2012. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., at the Charles L. Benton Building, 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 416, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202. HABC has established a minimum goal of twenty percent (20%) of the total dollar amount of the proposed contract for Minority Business Enterprise (“MBE”) utilization, applicable to all minority and non-minority businesses proposing to provide the requested services as the prime contractor. No goal has been established for participation of Women-owned businesses (“WBEs”), however, HABC strongly encourages and affirmatively promotes the use of WBEs in all HABC contracts. Responders shall also comply with all applicable requirements of Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, 12 U.S.C. Section 1701u. The IFB may be obtained on or after Monday, February 27, 2012, at the following location: Housing Authority of Baltimore City Division of Fiscal Operations, Purchasing Department 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 414 Baltimore, Maryland 21202 Attention: John Airey, Chief of Contracting Services Tel: (410) 396-3261 Fax: (410) 962-1586 Questions regarding the IFB should be directed in writing to the address and individual indicated above, and must include the reference: HABC IFB Number B-1687-12. TYPESET: Wed Feb 22 11:05:13 EST 2012 HOUSING AUTHORITY OF BALTIMORE CITY INVITATION FOR BIDS ASPHALT PAVING AND REPAIR SERVICES IFB NUMBER: B-1688-12

The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (“HABC”) will issue an Invitation for Bids (“IFB”) for qualified and interested vendors to submit sealed bids to provide asphalt paving and repair services at various HABC properties. BIDS WILL BE DUE no later than 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., at the Charles L. Benton Building, 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 416, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202. HABC has established a minimum goal of twenty percent (20%) of the total dollar amount of the proposed contract for Minority Business Enterprise (“MBE”) utilization, applicable to all minority and non-minority businesses proposing to provide the requested services as the prime contractor. No goal has been established for participation of Women-owned businesses (“WBEs”), however, HABC strongly encourages and affirmatively promotes the use of WBEs in all HABC contracts. Responders shall also comply with all applicable requirements of Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, 12 U.S.C. Section 1701u. The IFB may be obtained on or after Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at the following location: Housing Authority of Baltimore City Division of Fiscal Operations, Purchasing Department 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 414 Baltimore, Maryland 21202 Attention: John Airey, Chief of Contracting Services Tel: (410) 396-3261 Fax: (410) 962-1586 Questions regarding the IFB should be directed in writing to the address and individual indicated above, and must include the reference: HABC IFB Number B-1688-12. TYPESET: Wed Feb 22 11:05:33 EST 2012 HOUSING AUTHORITY OF BALTIMORE CITY INVITATION FOR BIDS BED BUG THERMAL TREATMENT EQUIPMENT IFB NUMBER: B-1689-12

The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (“HABC”) will issue an Invitation for Bids (“IFB”) for qualified and interested vendors to submit sealed bids to supply two (2) selfcontained bed bug thermal treatment units complete with trailer containing a power generator and all accessories. BIDS WILL BE DUE no later than 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 11:00 a.m., at the Charles L. Benton Building, 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 416, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202. HABC has established a minimum goal of twenty percent (20%) of the total dollar amount of the proposed contract for Minority Business Enterprise (“MBE”) utilization, applicable to all minority and non-minority businesses proposing to provide the requested services as the prime contractor. No goal has been established for participation of Women-owned businesses (“WBEs”), however, HABC strongly encourages and affirmatively promotes the use of WBEs in all HABC contracts. The IFB may be obtained on or after Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at the following location: Housing Authority of Baltimore City Division of Fiscal Operations, Purchasing Department 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 414 Baltimore, Maryland 21202 Attention: John Airey, Chief of Contracting Services Tel: (410) 396-3261 Fax: (410) 962-1586 Questions regarding the IFB should be directed in writing to the address and individual indicated above, and must include the reference: HABC IFB Number B-1689-12.

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Baltimore City Public Schools. INVITATION FOR BIDS: BCS-12073 Provide Window Replacement Services at Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle #133. The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners is inviting interested companies to submit bids to: BCS-12073.

February Housing Authority of Baltimore City Office of the Comptroller, Procurement Section 417 E.LEGAL Fayette Street, Room 414 NOTICES Baltimore, Maryland 21202 Attention: John Airey, Chief of Contracting Services Tel: (410) 396-3261 Fax: (410) 962-1586

Questions regarding the IFB should be directed in writing to the address and individual indicated above, and must include the referTYPESET: Wed 11:02:01 EST 2012 ence: HABC BidFeb No.22 B-1690-12. HOUSING AUTHORITY OF BALTIMORE CITY INVITATION FOR BIDS JANITORIAL SERVICES AT VARIOUS HABC PROPERTIES IFB NUMBER: B-1691-12

In order to participate, interested bidders need to visit eMaryland Marketplace website at https://emaryland.buyspeed.com/bso/login. jsp Solicitation BCS-12073 will be available for review commencing Friday, February 24, 2012. The Bid Due Date is Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. local time. No bids will be accepted after that time. Any questions related to this solicitation should be directed to the Buyer, Mike Krupnik at MKrupnick@bcps.k12. md.us TYPESET: Wed Feb 22 11:01:31 EST 2012 HOUSING AUTHORITY OF BALTIMORE CITY INVITATION FOR BIDS GROUNDS CLEANING SERVICES AT VARIOUS HABC DEVELOPMENTS IFB NUMBER: B-1690-12

The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (“HABC”) will issue an Invitation for Bids (“IFB”) for qualified and interested vendors to submit sealed bids to provide grounds cleaning services at various HABC housing developments. BIDS WILL BE DUE no later than 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, March 23, 2012. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., at the Charles L. Benton Building, 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 416, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202. HABC has established a minimum threshold of twenty percent (20%) of the total dollar amount of the proposed contract for Minority Business Enterprise (“MBE”) utilization, applicable to all minority and non-minority businesses proposing to provide the requested services as the prime contractor. No threshold has been established for participation of Women-owned businesses (“WBEs”), however, HABC strongly encourages and affirmatively promotes the use of WBEs in all HABC contracts. Bidders shall also comply with all applicable requirements of Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, 12 U.S.C. Section 1701u. The IFB and all supporting documents may be obtained on or after Monday, March 5, 2012 from the following location:

The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (“HABC”) will issue an Invitation for Bids (“IFB”) for qualified and interested vendors to submit sealed bids to provide janitorial services at various HABC properties. BIDS WILL BE DUE no later than 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, March 23, 2012. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 11:00 a.m., at the Charles L. Benton Building, 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 416, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202. HABC has established a minimum threshold of twenty percent (20%) of the total dollar amount of the proposed contract for Minority Business Enterprise (“MBE”) utilization, applicable to all minority and non-minority businesses proposing to provide the requested services as the prime contractor. No threshold has been established for participation of Women-owned businesses (“WBEs”), however, HABC strongly encourages and affirmatively promotes the use of WBEs in all HABC contracts. Bidders shall also comply with all applicable requirements of Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, 12 U.S.C. Section 1701u. The IFB and all supporting documents may be obtained on or after Monday, March 5, 2012 from the following location: Housing Authority of Baltimore City Office of the Comptroller, Procurement Section 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 414 Baltimore, Maryland 21202 Attention: John Airey, Chief of Contracting Services Tel: (410) 396-3261 Fax: (410) 962-1586 Questions regarding the IFB should be directed in writing to the address and individual indicated above, and must include the reference: HABC Bid No. B-1691-12.

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Housing Authority of Baltimore City Office of the Comptroller, Procurement Section 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 414 TYPESET:Baltimore, Wed Feb Maryland 22 11:00:09 EST 2012 21202 Attention: John Airey, Chief of Contracting Services AUTHORITY OF BALTIMORE CITY Tel: (410)HOUSING 396-3261 Fax: (410) 962-1586 THE FY 2013 ANNUAL PLAN MEETING Questions regarding the IFB should be diThe Housing Authority Baltimore City (“HABC”) will hold a public meeting rected in writing to theofaddress and individual on Monday,above, March and 26thmust 2012include in the Auditorium indicated the refer- at Pleasant View Gardens, 201 N. Aisquith Street, at 6:00 pm. This address is handicapped-accessible ence: HABC Bid No. B-1690-12. and American Sign Language interpreters will be present. The purpose of the meeting is to receive comments from HABC residents, community leaders, government officials, and interested members of the public on HABC´s proposed Annual Plan for fiscal year 2013. The proposed 2013 Annual Plan is available for review and inspection by the public at HABC´s Main Office located at 417 E. Fayette Street, Suite 1301, Baltimore, MD 21202. Please call Ms. Joyce Stewart at 410-396-1810 to make arrangements to review the proposed plan. Copies of the proposed 2013 Annual Plan are also available for review on the HABC website at www. baltimorehousing.org and at the following locations: HABC Rental & Assisted Housing Office 1225 West Pratt Street Baltimore, MD 21223 The Enoch Pratt Free Public Library Main Branch, The Maryland Room 400 Cathedral Street Baltimore, MD 21201 All HABC Public Housing Development Management Offices TYPESET: Wed Feb 22 11:09:33 EST 2012 CITY OF BALTIMORE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS BUREAU OF WATER AND WASTEWATER NOTICE OF LETTING Sealed Bids or Proposals, in duplicate addressed to the Board of Estimates of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and marked for Sanitary Contract 917-On Call Television Inspection, Cleaning and Lining Sanitary Sewers using Cured-In-Place Pipe will be received at the Office of the Comptroller, Room 204, City Hall, Baltimore, Maryland until 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. Positively no bids will be received after 11:00 A.M. Bids will be publicly opened by the Board of Estimates in Room 215, City Hall at Noon. The Contract Documents may be examined, without charge, at the Department of Public Works Service Center located on the first floor of the Abel Wolman Municipal Building, 200 N. Holliday Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 as of Friday, February 17, 2012 and copies may be purchased for a non-refundable cost of $30.00. Conditions and requirements of the Bid are found in the bid package. All contractors bidding on this Contract must first be prequalified by the City of Baltimore Contractors Qualification Committee. Interested parties should call 410-396-6883 or contact the Committee at 751 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. If a bid is submitted by a joint venture (“JV”), then in that event, the document that established the JV shall be submitted with the bid for verification purposes. The Prequalification Category required for bidding on this project is G90099Cured-In-Place Pipe Cost Qualification Range for this work shall be $2,500,000.00 to $3,500,000.00 A “Pre-Bidding Information” session will be conducted at 300 Abel Wolman Municipal Building, Large Conference Room, 200 Holliday Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 on March 2, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. 1. Rehabilitation-All work necessary for the rehabilitation of approximately 63,000 linear feet of existing sanitary sewers using Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP). The work generally involves cleaning, lining, pre and post TV inspection and all incidentals to install the CIPP. 2. Condition Assessment-All work necessary to provide an assessment of the condition of approximately 69,000 linear feet of existing sanitary sewers through TV inspection. The work generally involves cleaning, TV inspection and providing the City with video analysis of the condition of the sanitary sewer. Generally, this is a requirements type contract, and work assignments are on an urgent, as-needed basis. The contractor must be able to proceed with the work within two (2) weeks of receipt of direction from the Engineer. The MBE goal is 7% The WBE goal is 0% SANITARY CONTRACT 917 APPROVED: Bernice H. Taylor Clerk, Board of Estimates APPROVED: Alfred H. Foxx Director of Public Works

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TYPESET: Wed Feb 22 11:03:44 2012 LEGALEST NOTICES BALTIMORE COUNTY, MARYLAND INVITATION FOR BIDS CONTRACT NO. 11113 SX0 MARLYN AVENUE PUMPING STATION IMPROVEMENTS CONSENT DECREE 520 SOUTH MARLYN AVENUE, ESSEX, MARYLAND 21221 ESSEX - DISTRICT 15 c 7 CONTRACT COST GROUP “D ($1,000,000 to $2,500,000)” WORK CLASSIFICATION: G-2 WITH PRE-QUALIFIED G-3 SUB-CONTRACTORS BID DATE: THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012 AT 10:30 A.M. LOCAL TIME

On or after MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2012, the above contract documents (See Note *) 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 $25.00 (TWENTY-FIVE 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. *Note: Contract Documents will consist of One (1) Paper Copy Proposal Book and One (1) Compact Disk (CD) with all of the required drawings. The CD will be in PDF format. Contractors and Sub-Contractors can purchase paper copies of the drawings from Baltimore County - OIT - Central Printing located in the Basement of the COB, RM G-9 for $1.50 a copy. The proposed work consists of: Upgrade existing station. Renovate station to increase reliability. A pre-bid meeting will be held on Wednsday, March 7, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. local time at the station. A second site visit will be held on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 9.00 a.m. at the station. A third site visit will be held on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. at the station. This will be the last chance to visit the station. No questions will be answered at this time. 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

MARYLAND TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION (MTA)

NOTICE OF MOBILITY SERVICE INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS The MTA will conduct a series of Informational Open House sessions where Mobility staff will be available to discuss the No-Show and Conditional Eligibility policies, Travel Training, and adjustments to Mobility Service. Maps will be on display showing the realignment of the Mobility service area that will become effective on or about May 7, 2012 to comply with federal regulations. The informational meeting schedule follows: Monday, March 5, 2012 Towson Library 320 York Road Towson, MD 21204 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Monday, March 19, 2012 North Point Library 1716 Merritt Boulevard Dundalk, MD 21222 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 Randallstown Library 8604 Liberty Road Randallstown, MD 21133 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 Timber Grove Elementary School Cafeteria 701 Academy Ave. Owings Mills, MD 21117 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 MAA, Martin State Airport Hanger 4, Lower Level Classroom 701 Wilson Point Road Middle River, MD 21220 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Thursday, March 15, 2012 Catonsville Senior Center 501 N. Rolling Road Catonsville, MD 21228 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Thursday, March 22, 2012 State Center Auditorium 300 West Preston Street Baltimore, MD 21201 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Tuesday, March 27, 2012 Pascal Senior Center 125 Dorsey Road Glen Burnie, MD 21061 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

All locations are accessible for people with disabilities. For more information and for anyone who requires special assistance or additional accommodations, or who requires printed material in an alternate format should contact MTA, Mobility Customer Service one week in advance at 410-764-8186, 410-764-8004, or MD Relay Service: 711; or mobilitycomments@mta.maryland.gov.


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