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By Alexis Taylor AFRO Staff Writer

The vote of no confidence is an unwanted blemish on any record meant to reflect leadership. Yet, over the past two years, Maryland colleges and universities have had some difficulty maintaining the faith of faculty.

Most recently, the Faculty Senate of Coppin State University (CSU) delivered a vote of no confidence to President Reginald Avery. The resolution was passed late last month by 55 full time faculty members eligible to vote; only 13 members voted against the measure. The no confidence

The Faculty Senate of Coppin State University (CSU) delivered a vote of no confidence to President Reginald Avery.

vote at an institution of higher learning is usually a last resort after multiple attempts to address concerns have gone unanswered or unsatisfactorily resolved by administration. “How else are we going to be taken seriously? I think it was the last course of action and this has been brewing for a while,” said Dr. Nicholas Eugene, Faculty Senate president at CSU. “We have serious issues with retention and enrollment. We’ve asked for direction in terms of retention over and over again.” In 2010, Bowie State University (BSU) faculty told President Mickey Burnim and Continued on A3

‘Black And Missing’ In the GOP By AFRO Staff

As the Republican presidential campaign trail ensues, there is something obviously missing from GOP campaign activities and primaries—Black people. A look at last month’s GOP presidential primaries reveals that older Whites dominated the electorate. According to an analysis by the National Journal, 89 percent of voters in Arizona were White, while Blacks represented just 1 percent. Meanwhile, Hispanics made up about 8 percent of the vote. The findings are a stark increase compared to the numbers found in the same state during the 2008 general election. That year, 75 percent of voters were White, while 4 percent were Black and 16 percent were Hispanic. A similar increase was shown in this year’s Ohio primary. In the Buckeye state, a whopping 96 percent of voters were White, compared to 83 percent in the general election four years ago. Continued on A6

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More Limbaugh… More Problems When it was first suggested I examine the overwhelmingly vitriolic comments generated by the “Don’t Let Limbaugh Off the Hook,” commentary I wasn’t 100 percent sold on the idea. Then I began re-reading those comments and it seemed like a really bad idea; attempting to reason with the obstinate is almost always futile, attempting to reason with the ignorant is virtually impossible. Case in point… “Where’s your outrage when Maher called Palin a c--t and a tw--? You’re a moron, Fluke et al want free abortions on demand TO GET RID OF THE EXCESS BLACKS,” wrote someone identified as, “jpeditor.” And, there’s more… “You’re such a jackass, you’d vote for a Dem if he was wearing KKK robes as long as he gave you free stuff. HEY SCHMUCK, BUY YOUR OWN GD CONDOMS,” they said. So… Jpeditor assumes – among other things – because I’m Black I inherently want “free stuff.” As I said, how do you reason with the unreasonable? But, there is a cogent point to be extracted from jpeditor’s vile rhetoric;

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By Alexis Taylor AFRO Staff Writer “I was one of those kids who got in trouble,” said Sen. C. Anthony Muse, standing in front of the fenced cite proposed to be the home of an $80 million dollar effort to help city youth: a juvenile detention center. A product of 11 foster homes and a student expelled from three schools as a child, Muse says he more than likely would have been in prison had more resources and energy been focused on locking youth up during his adolescent years. “Today instead of sitting in a

Tuskegee Love Letters By Kam Williams “My father was a pilot with the all-Negro Tuskegee Airmen; my mother a steno-typist… Separated by war and duty, they shared the events of their lives through letters. They wrote about their Tuskegee Love Letters joys, their dreams and their By Kim Russell individual struggles. 702 Entertainment Thankfully, each Paperback, $8.00 preserved their letters…. 38 pages, Illustrated This collection is a glimpse ISBN: 978-0-615591544 of their lives between 1942 and 1956… These letters are my parents’ legacy. They tell about a difficult but wondrous journey filled with obstacles and opportunities… [and] remind us that all young Americans begin their lives with dreams.” — Excerpted from the Introduction (pg. 5)

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the reader also assumes I side with television host Bill Maher I suspect because Maher is a “Progressive.” On the contrary, what the comedian said about Palin was reprehensible. Although, I agree with him on some issues – and I’m certainly no fan of the former governor of Alaska – he’ll never get a pass from me on misogyny. Jpeditor’s views were pretty much an amalgam of the sentiments in response to the Limbaugh commentary, but the overarching theme seemed to be how I somehow injected race into the conversation. First, my defense of Sandra Fluke obviously had nothing to do with race. But, the analogy of her situation to that of the Rutgers women’s basketball team is a ten-strike. You have Imus, another big-shot media bloviator who decided to objectify and diminish young women from his powerful platform. I didn’t make Imus call those young Black women, “nappy headed hos;” he injected race into that equation not me. But, the truth is race is almost always a part of the American conversation – implicit or explicit – whether some people want to admit it or not. And of course the 800-pound elephant in the room is…well, Limbaugh. Rush Limbaugh has been a racial arsonist

If you saw the recent World War II film Red Tails, you were treated to a riveting reenactment of the heroic exploits of the Tuskegee Airmen over the skies of Europe. But a glaring omission from the movie was any mention of the African-American pilots’ pining for their loved ones back in the States. In fact, the only romance featured in the film revolved around an ill-fated, interracial liaison between an airman and a local girl he met while stationed in Italy. For that reason, a book like Tuskegee Love Letters

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jail cell, I sit in a senate seat so that I can support persons and help them know that jail is not the alternative for our young people,” said Sen. Muse, who credits mentorship and youth programming for saving his life. Support to stop the building of the new facility to house Baltimore youth charged as adults continues to gain momentum with the help of an alliance, nearly 30 organizations strong, that includes the Maryland Education Coalition and the Justice Policy Institute. Gov. Martin O’Malley green-lighted Continued on A6 couldn’t have come along at a more timely moment. This bittersweet memoir is essentially conceived as a play constructed from the notes which Bernard and Luana Knighten exchanged by mail while he was serving his country as a member of the Tuskegee Airmen. The passages were culled by their daughter, Kim, from a collection of over 400 missives she found after her father passed away in 2000 at the age of 79. The initial entries were written when the Knightens were still newlyweds in Continued on A6


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Disney Criticized for Featuring Black Princess on Watermelon Candy Package

Critics are taking aim at the Walt Disney Company for its “Dig ‘n Dips” candy, which features its only Black princess on the package of the treat’s watermelon flavor. According to BET News, the Fun Dip-style candy was released for Valentine’s Day and also features other Disney heroines such as Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. The latter is used on the package for the vanilla flavor. But critics argue that linking Tiana from the movie Princess and the Frog to the watermelon flavor is racially insensitive. In American history, it has been a common stereotype to tie Blacks to eating watermelons.

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“As usual, it’s hard to believe that anyone would intentionally make this kind of insensitive mistake, but pairing the White girl with vanilla and the Black girl with watermelon should have set off an alarm in someone’s mind,” writer Thembi Ford wrote on ClutchMagazine.com. “Perhaps the stereotype linking Black folks with watermelon is too antiquated for most people to recall, but this is the kind of eyeroll-worthy mistake that happens when companies don’t go that Courtesy Images extra step to make sure they’re not forgetting something,” Ford wrote. Meanwhile, Brande Victorian, writer for Black lifestyle publication Madame Noire, didn’t believe the issue was that serious. “Sure, it may make you pause for a second, but ‘racist’ can’t be the default response every time something that deals with Black people catches our eye—and incites our racial hypersensitivity,” she wrote. Disney has not commented on the issue. The company came under fire in the past for their portrayal of Native Americans in the film Red Man. Also, many criticized the use of Blacks as monkeys in The Jungle Book.

New UMES Prexy First in Family to Attend College

The University of Maryland’s Eastern Shore (UMES) campus has ended its national search for a president, officially naming Dr. Juliette Bell to the position this week. Bell joins UMES from Wilberforce, Ohio, where she is currently serving as provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at Central State University. “It’s a wonderful opportunity and one that I am very excited about,” Bell said. “I’ll be spending my initial time learning the new environment, meeting and talking with people and getting to know Dr. Juliette Bell the community and the institution.” Bell takes over the position from Dr. Mortimer Neufville, who began serving the university as interim president in May 2011 following the retirement of President Thelma B. Thompson. Bell hails from Talladega, Ala., and has long had a passion for pushing students to reach their full potential by way of the classroom. Bell is a biochemist by trade, and a staunch believer in increasing the number of African Americans graduating with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematic (STEM) degrees. She was the first of her family to attend college, earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Bell went on to earn a Ph.D in chemistry from Atlanta University, now Atlanta Clark University, and a post-doctorate degree in biochemistry from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “Dr. Bell is the right person to lead UMES at this time. I am thrilled that she has accepted the position,” said Dr. William E. Kirwan, Chancellor of the University of Maryland System UMS. “I think she’s going to be an outstanding president for us at UMES.” Bell has worn several hats within the education system, serving as Winston-Salem State University’s interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs and Fayetteville State University’s director of biomedical research. In 2001, Bell received the Minority Access, Inc. National Role Model Citation. She is also a recipient of the 2000 Millennium Award for Excellence in Teaching in Mathematics, Science, Engineering and Technology at Historically Black Colleges, an honor bestowed by the White House Initiative on HBCUs. Dr. Bell’s appointment will become final on July 1.

NAACP Takes Voting Rights Campaign to UN

If ongoing attempts by various states in the U. S. to restrict voting rights prevail, many minority and poor voters may be disenfranchised in this year’s presidential election, according to the NAACP—a concern the organization is taking to the world. The civil rights organization will send a delegation to the meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland this month. An issue paper has already been distributed to council members, and NAACP President and CEO Benjamin T. Jealous said they expect to be “well-

received.” “It’s clear that the intention of many of these states is to have an impact on the next presidential election and we want to make sure that the world community is on notice about the impact of these laws,” Jealous said in a March 8 teleconference. “The UN is the world’s forum for both promoting and defending democracy and in these hyper-partisan times in the U.S. we believe it is important for them to weigh in about what is happening here in our democracy.” This is the first time in decades that the civil rights organization has approached the UN body with a specific complaint. The last time was in 1947 when W.E.B. DuBois delivered an appeal to the world. “Now like then the principal concern is voting rights. In the past year, more states in this county have passed more laws pushing more voters out of the ballot box than at any point since the rise of Jim Crow,” Jealous said. According to a recent report by the National Urban League, another civil rights organization, in the past year 34 states attempted to pass legislation that would require a government-issued photo ID, shorten voting hours, curtail early voting, and/or impose penalties limiting the registration process. Jealous said in that same time, about 5 million voters were blocked from the polls. The NAACP is hoping the intervention will prompt UN officials to come to America and observe the impact of the laws then make recommendations about the actions that should be taken and how they should be treated globally. “What we are seeking to do is to frankly make sure that the world understands what these laws do, that their impact is, clearly, to diminish access to the polls amongst poor people, and specifically amongst minority groups,” Jealous told reporters. “The power of the UN relative to state governments in the U.S. historically, is primarily to shame them and to put pressure on the U.S. government to bring them into line with global standards for democracy.” Voting rights infractions in the U.S. have to be addressed on a worldwide stage because of this nation’s role as the “gold standard” of democracy, the Black leader added. “Whenever our government, or specific state governments here take an action that is contrary to the ideals of U.S. democracy, let alone to the ideals of the UN, it is important that we quickly get over there and make clear what the actual impact is so that folks who try to replicate the law can’t pretend that they’re doing a service to their country,” he said. “One thing that history has taught us is that any tear in the fabric of human rights protection here in the U.S., because we are historically that great ‘beacon on the hill,’ becomes a gaping hole somewhere else in the world.” In addition to Jealous, the delegation will include Roslyn Brock, chairman of the NAACP Board; Hilary Shelton, director of the NAACP’s Washington, D.C. office; and senior vice president for advocacy and policy Ryan Haygood.

NABJ to Honor Founder DeWayne Wickham With Lifetime Achievement Award

DeWayne Wickham, veteran journalist and past president/ founder of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will be honored with the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award during their 37th annual Convention and Career Fair in June. “DeWayne has had an impressive career in journalism and he has achieved distinction at the highest levels. He is a true giant in our profession,” NABJ President Gregory Lee Jr. said in a statement. “Founder Wickham has touched our organization on so many levels, and we have all benefited from his commitment and dedication. He is most deserving of this honor.” While studying at the University of Maryland, Wickham launched his career in journalism in 1973 after he obtained an internship at Baltimore’s Evening Sun newspaper. He later went on to work as a Capitol Hill correspondent for U.S. News & World Report, a reporter for the Baltimore Sun and a correspondent for Black Enterprise magazine. Wickham is currently a columnist for USA Today. “I am humbled by NABJ’s judgment that the work I’ve done as a journalist over the past 39 years merits this special honor,” Wickham said in a statement. “Since its founding in 1975, NABJ has been a second family for me. And so, I can think of no greater capstone to my career than to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from an organization I love so deeply.” After helping to launch NABJ, Wickham founded the Association of Black Media Workers in Baltimore and helped establish NABJ chapters in Greensboro, N.C. and Norfolk, Va. He also launched student chapters at Delaware State University and North Carolina A&T State University. At the latter university, he is a journalism professor and chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication. “DeWayne continues to be an insightful columnist looking at issues that impact African Americans. He continues to offer support to fellow journalists as they navigate the difficult times in our industry,” NABJ Founder Sandra Long said in a statement. “Through his vision as a founder of NABJ and of the Trotter Group, his legacy will continue to be felt for decades to come.” Wickham will be honored with others at NABJ’s Salute to Excellence Gala on June 23 during the organization’s 37th Annual Convention and Career Fair in New Orleans, La. For more information, visit: NABJ.Com.

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sport-utility vehicle sought in from a neighbor about a suspiposted fliers bearing his photoconnection with the murder of cious vehicle. The man noticed graph around the city. On Hudson’s mother and brother. the vehicle while walking his Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked The white, 1994 Chevrolet dog. According to the Chicago for the public’s help in finding Jennifer Hudson and other By Alexispositively Taylor identified “What sets Bishop the Peace Corps working in Liberia, has been very spiritual in the Suburban with Illinois license Bryant Tribune, the boy had been shot heranephew. In her force MySpace relatives AFRO Staff Writer apart is that he is Christ centered West Africa. Upon returning to lives ofblog, so many people,fans not and onlysupmultiple times in the back seat she thanked with a commitment to Black America, Bishop Bryant went on to with the workfor he their did inprayers Baltimore of the vehicle. The SUV, regisporters and Bishop John Bryant has been empowerment,” said the Rev. City atoffered Bethel aAME Church, but to tered to Hudson’s murdered $100,000 reward brother, was towed with the anyone the boy a major figurehead for clergy, Dr. Frank Reid III, pastor of worldwide. Hewho is areturned global minister,” boy’s body inside and is being alive.who also worked as a lay congregations in this country and Bethel AME Church. “Because said Clark, processed by evidence techniSince her the then investigation, well beyond for 50 years. This he is unashamedly Black, and member under pastor. Hudson – who gained noteworthy accomplishment will unapologetically Christian,cians he and workers. The body Bishop Bryant earned hisstardom was later removed and taken to after appearing on “American be recognized with appropriate has been able to have a universal prestigious title in 1988, after he was the Cook Idol,” and thenWest won African an festivities at 9:30 a.m. and noon, influence.” Dr. Reid first came into County Medical given charge of 101 Examiner’s office. Academy Award for her roleinin March 18, at Bethel AME Church, contact with Bishop Bryant in 1974 AME pastors and their churches Hudson and other family the movie Dreamgirls has followed by a 6 p.m. service when Dr. Reid was set to enter the the 14th Episcopal District in– 1988. members arrived at the Medical stayed out of the public eye. specifically to honor the bishop. Yale School of Divinity. But after This position would later lead him Examiner’s office mid-afterThe Chicago Tribune report“I am very appreciative to spending much time with Bishop to the 10th Episcopal District in Julian King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. noon to identify the body. ed that a parade of cars moved Dr. Reid for honoring my father Bryant in Cambridge, Mass., Dr. the choice between look-Photo by J.D. Howard earn a master’s at Boston University Texas, slowly where past Bishop Given her Bryant family’swould home in such a way,” said the Rev. Dr. Reid took up studies at the ing Harvard School of Divinity in 1970 and a be responsible for more 250 A spokesman for the office the murders but is being held in directly at the body or Monday morning, than past the told the newspaper that Hudsondegree jail for parole violation aftercongregations. Jamal Harrison Bryant, son of School of Divinity instead,viewing where it on spiritual, doctorate from the Colgate mental or physical,” said a wall-mounted news vans, reporters and curiBishop Bryant and pastor of the he was closer to his mentor, then Rochester Divinity School. Ebony magazine ous has onlookers. listed First Lady Marlaa’ Reid, on the Photos Empowerment Temple. “He actually Rev. Bryant,Courtesy and the St. Paul AME “His sermons are liberating and Bishop Bryant among the “100stood Most holistic approach Bishop Bryant Neighbors Jennifer Hudson and her mom, Darnell Donerson who walked the life that he talked about. Church where Bryant was pastor. force us to look beyond ourselves Influential Black Americans,” and introduced to many AME leaders. quietly and was killed, as well as her brother, Jason. All that I am that is positive I give “He brought a new meaning and our needs and do more for other he has also garneredreflected much praise on the The Baltimore native is a 1965 strong for people,” her fami-said being of was attemptedfor theviolence. videoofscreen, the familyofchose him credit for,” said Dr. Bryant, to ministry- meeting the needs Betty convicted Clark, who book, Healing for Wounded graduate Morgan “remained State University ly” and was clearly its leader. andleadership vehicular hijack-Vows, coauthored wasaddressing found on the specific the latter. According to the In front ofwith the his Hudson’s theregards body oftoher 7-year-old in how his father has plate X584859 people and under Bishopmurder Bryant’s wife, the and began to make change on an “She held hands with her famiing. Cook County records show Chicago’s West Side after Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes,level as a member of home, menWilliams in heavy Bryant. jackets nephew Monday, justthehours impacted him over years. needs whether it was financial, from 1976 to 1988. “Bishop Bryant Rev. Dr. Cecilia international ly,” the spokesman said. “It that he pleaded guilty to both police received a 7 a.m. call that’s him.” and hooded sweatshirts came to after his body was found in a was obviously a very emotional charges in 1999. He was also kiss the twin white crosses barmoment.” convicted in 1998 for possesing the names of Donerson and The boy – the son of Julia sion of a stolen motor vehicle. Jason. Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had He was released from prison in “Everybody is sick of going been missing since Friday, 2006 after serving seven years through stuff like this,” By Alexis Taylor Limansky, commenting on the enough people to make it to national time. We are very grateful to those to calls reporting shouting in a Artisha when a relative found Julian’s for the attempted murder and West, a former resident of the AFRO Staff Writer quick reaction time of the university news.” Some of the grandmother, comments also individuals who came forward with dormitory room. Darnell car hijacking charges. areaknown told thewhether Tribune.or“We all police department. showed up on Omegle.com, information.” No wonder Obama’s campaign is Donerson,where and Dallas Cowboys players By Alan King 57, and his uncle, The boy remained missing It is not have to stick A Staff University police had Song Song unmoved by 29, shot Song has officially had actuallytogether. plannedAll to these trying to distance himwas fromapparently the and Terrell Owens, AFRO Writer of Maryland, Tony Romo University Jason Hudson, to death through abeen longcharged weekend innot Songyoung children are dying, and College Park (UMCP) student among the under surveillance other users’ threats to police, with the police orderlyand conduct carry out his threats or not, but group, saying, “Barack Obama names submitted toafter taking in call his grandmother’s home“disturbing in which volunteers for what?” was arrested,candidate March 11, after election officials. immediate action to identify theOrganized taunting them with the fact that of the activities, administration he is currently suspended from Never with ACORN.” Presidential John the 7000 block of South Yale But Obama’s ties ACORN run said those workers, McCain’s attack on ACORN allegedly making various–threats Hurd computer that waswho the source of hetohadn’t disclosed the school or classes of UMCP,” said the university and was ordered to Avenue. things without He taught Associated Community on the Internet to shoot studentswere doing thethose comments. An alumnilong and and deep. name and classes posts on thatAn website University of Maryland, undergo emergency psychiatric Amberare Alert –the a desigACORN’s knowledge or permisfor ACORN. even endorsed nation for high-risk missing Organization for area Reform – The in a common on Now campus. former university police student aid They anonymous. Department of Public Safety in an evaluation. No guns or weapons fired. for President. The comments were confirms success of the children Fridaystatement. The charge is student,the19-year-old Alexander sion, were first spotted the posts and him alerted so – was issuedofficial were found on Song, in his dorm evidence thatOfficials has sur- had to Butwait nowfor ACORN is in trouble. organization, head of the by police “The authorities. after Julian was discovered Song, was the apprehended suspicious that concerned citizens considered a misdemeanor crime room or at the home of his parents. far shows they faked Reporter: There at least group missing after the murders. aftersays. several calls were made to faced so Song to come back onto campus as farareaway as Montana called into and carries a possible fine up to Song is a native of Fulton, Md. get paid for work they 11 investigations across the “This them is testimony the work onforms to before arrested William notify of the to comments taking him into custody for the university policePolice station to $2500 and/or a maximum of half a and was an honors student at UMCP didn’t do, not to stuff ballot country involving thousands of we’ve done and success we’ve Balfour,threat. the missing year boy’sinstepsites such as the UMD section of the threats. notify them of the possible jail. where he is in his sophomore year boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the potentially fraudulent ACORN had,” Maude Hurd, president of father and estranged husband Reddit.com. According to the University of “Without the help of the public This was the second time of studies. Members of the science victim of fraud, not the perpetra- forms. ACORN, said in an interview ofunnoticed,” Julia, at his girlfriend’s “We were notified at 9:30 Maryland Department of Safety, the this could have gone police had to respond to a situation and technology research program tor of it. Announcer: Massive voter with the AFRO. Southside apartment several p.m. on Saturday night and we posts included the statements “I will said Capt. Limansky. “The world surrounding Song. A little over a Song was a part of, as well as the Hurd said the only things fraud. And the Obama campaign hours after the murders. “When this attack started, we took him into custody about 10 be on a shooting rampage tomorrow wide web is huge, and there’s no week ago he told police that he was UMCP community as a whole, are bogus are the charges thempaid more than $800,000 to an had just announced that we had Balfour’s mother, Michele, has a.m. on Sunday,” said Capt. Marc on campus,” and “hopefully I kill way to be able see everything all the “stressed out” when they responded stunned by the alleged plot. selves. And factcheck. org ACORN front for get out the vote told reporters that her son had registered 1.3 million new votagrees. efforts. ers,” she said. “That’s just to say nothing to do with the slayings. It concluded, “Neither Pressuring banks to issue risky that someone’s running scared Balfour remains a suspect in Jason Hudson ACORN nor its employees have loans. Nationwide voter fraud. because of ACORN’s success.” been found guilty of, or even Barack Obama. Bad judgment. McCain, who is running for Blind ambition. Too risky for president on the Republican tick- charged with, casting fraudulent Continued from A1 votes.” America. et, lashed out at ACORN in the The problem came about pri- William Kirwan. final debate against BarackJones there was Provost Stacey Franklin no confidence in their carefully outlines six areas of major concern for CSU faculty. marily because of the way Since comments, Obama, contending the grouphiring “is practices leadership due to unsound and the installation WhenMcCain’s asked whether or not a lack of funding exacerbates SQUARE Dr. Avery became the fifth HIGHpresident to lead Coppin in 2008. ACORN operates. Rather ACORN’s 87 offices have been the verge of maybe perpetrat- for ofonnew mandatory programming first and second year than issues brought up during some votes of no confidence, such Prior to presiding over CSU, Dr. Avery served at the University rely on volunteers, it pays peobombarded andsaid “all of our campuses need ing one ofwithout the greatest frauds in students faculty input. as retention,with Dr.threats Kirwan of South Carolina, as executive vice chancellor for academic ple, many of them poor or unem- racist mail. voter history in this country, Similar to BSU, Baltimore City Community College additional resources and we’re all working hard to generate affairs and vice president for academic affairs at Kentucky ployed, to sign up new voters. The day after the presidential maybe destroying the fabric of (BCCC) has also faced challengesThe within its administrative additional resources. Unfortunately, the nation’s economy, the State University. idea was to help both those debate, vandals broke into the democracy.” team. The college is 79 percent African American although it state’s economy is such that the state is not able to provide the While Dr. Avery is not the first, nor the last president of an organization’s Boston and Seattle Factcheck.org, a non-partisan being registered and those doing isWeb made up of over 100 unique cultures. The school has faced resources that we all need at this time.” institution of higher learning to receive a vote of no confidence, the registration. offices and stole computers. site, found those claims to serious problems with its accreditation in the past and faculty Coppin State University is part of the current lawsuit whether he will survive the vote will be seen in time. NOT ON only THE LIST BREAD Maud explained, “We have a After a Cleveland representative be “exaggerated,” with “no evimembers cited a lack of communication and retention issues against the Maryland Higher Education Commission that “In order for a president to survive something like this, a zero tolerance policy for deliberappeared on TV, an e-mail was dence of any such democracywhen in 2010, President Carolane ate Williams was of given a vote of claims thelocal stateoffice has engaged president needs the strong support of the governing board and falsification registration.” sent to the saying shein crippling underfunding destroying fraud.” no confidence, after takingMost the position. forhave Maryland’s HBIs. the chief executive,” said Bowie president, Mickey Burnim, news account neglect to practices “is going to her life ended.” Hurd believesfour the years McCain point out ACORN is A worker in isProvidence, charges motivat“Youwere can’tpolitically change things overnight, butthat working together Coppin an urban R.I., school in West Baltimore that caters to on what is needed to survive a vote of no confidence. “I required by law to that turn we in all reg- non-traditional received a threatening call and say- currently has one of the lowest LEFT was blessed to have the support of the ed. with each other I am convinced and and confident students board of regents and RIGHT they also fail retention ing, “We know get member off work colleges and universities in the said, “Because it’s low- theistration can She be successful in addressing needs forms. of ourAnd students,” rates you of the Chancellor Kirwan.” to noteDr. thatReginald it was theAvery, organizaat 9” and uttered racial and Coppin moderate-income people, President, said State University University System ofepithets. Maryland. “This is the lowest graduation Dr. Avery recently held a town hall meeting to address the tion, in many instances, that first A caller to one office and people of color, I believe the in discussing the recent vote. “I took this job as president rate in the last 20 yearsleft at aCSU,” according to the list that concerns of his students, faculty, and staff. the phony registrations message on the answering McCain campaign primarily because thinks I lovethose students. brought We’re going to do what we to the attention of authorities. machine, saying: “Hi, I was just voters are going to vote can to make sure we are addressing the needs of our studentsThe McCain camp apparently calling to let you know that Democratic, which is not necesretaining them, and also that they are graduating in a timely isn’t interested in those fine Barack Obama needs to get sarily true.” manner,” said Dr. Avery, a firm believer “moretoeffective points, that preferring air mislead- Continued hung. He’s afrom (expletive ACORN is no stranger to A1 deleted) communication between the president’s andtoall ing adsoffice that seek linkaspects Obama nigger, and he’s a piece of controversy. of the solve a fewtoofACORN, the issues brought up in thereby undercutting (expletive deleted). guys are Foruniversity” 38 years, thewill non-partisan for more than twoYou decades My concern is for young the letter sent to him by faculty. fraudulent, and hundreds you need toofgo to organization has fought for social his political support. and has made ambitious women who have letter by Coppin faculty expressed displeasure with McCain: I’m John McCain hell. All the oakthe trees. andThe economic justice for lowmillions of niggers dollars on over the right to thrive in this the of the university’s cabinet from four full-time and I approve this message. They’re gonna get all hung andexpansion moderate-income years for being an expert honat world and be heard without 1 BANANA Announcer: Who is Barack eys, they’re going to get assassiand one partWith time400,000 position to ten positions, all with pay above Americans. memhis craft. But, his success being dismissed as prostitutes Obama? A man with ber familiesPrior organized more tenure, $125,000. to Dr.into Avery’s the cabinet had“a a political nated, they’re gonna get killed.” perfect sense. has been around for thousands and sluts with impunity is only possible because baptism performed at warp Another message said, “You than 1,200 salary neighborhood chap-$705,000. combined of roughly Today’s cabinet costs But, back to Sandra Fluke. of years and is in no way America is built on race; it is because we disagree with ambition. After tersuniversity in 110 citiesabout nationwide, the $1,570,000 inspeed.” salary Vast dollars, putting a col- liberal idiots. Dumb (expletive I’m not concerned with imperiled. I’m certainly not ubiquitous in our history. So, them. lege, he moved to Chicago. deleted). Welfare bums. You ACORN has budget over the and yearsonseen strain on the administration-faculty relationship. the politics of contraception concerned with the thoughts for Limbaugh, racism might What are Limbaugh and Became a community organizer. guys just (expletive deleted) its share of criticism while advoThe faculty also found fault with the $800,000 in need-based or the Catholic Church which of recalcitrant racists. be personal but it’s always a his followers so afraid of? met Madeleine come to our country, consume cating foraid affordable housing, financial that never made it to There, studentObama accounts and business decision. Talbot, part of the Chicago every natural resource there is, living wages,ofhealthcare for deans the for the absence permanent the School of Arts and didn’ta lot make Limbaugh branch of ACORN. He was so andImake of babies. That’s underserved— and while organSciences and the School of Education. impressive that he was asked to all youtoguys do. And thenofsuck refer the First Lady the izing voter registration drives. included the train fact that the Office the ACORN staff.of the up the welfare expect everyButOther none complaints has been as withering United States and of America as Provost has been just Whatadministrators did ACORN inin Chicago one else toLimbaugh pay for yourdid hospital and baseless as thisfilled one. by four different “uppity.” that fourWith years. with BSU, questions aboutin? hiring practices engage Bullying banks.at bills for your kids. I jus’ let theAs presidential election because that’s what he say does. Coppin have been raised, citing the use of improper selection Before age five, every room is a classroom. Intimidation tactics. Disruption yourIt’s kids die. That’s the best less than two weeks away, just business… processes filling positions asbusiness. vice president ACORNfor forced move. Just let your children die. ACORN’sindetractors allege the such of Fun learning opportunities are everywhere. Simple things like But, speaking of ignorance institutional advancement. Forget about for hospital organization has engaged in mas- banks to issue risky home loans. counting and identifying shapes activate a child’s learning ability, and race (in paying this instance The sameto types of loans bills for them. I’m not gonna do The group attached a list of grievances a letter alsothat sive voter registration fraud after and help them enter school more prepared. That’s why PNC disguised as religion) a poll the financial crisisDr. we’re it. You guys are lowlifes. 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Faith Community Honors Bishop John Bryant for 50 Years of Ministry “What sets Bishop Bryant apart is that he is Christ centered with a commitment to Black empowerment.”

“She held hands with her family. It was obviously a very emotional moment.”

UMd. College Park Student Arrested for Allegedly Plotting Campus Shooting ACORN Fights Back Leader Calls Voter Registration Fraud Charges ‘Bogus’

HBCU No Confidence Votes

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The Afro-American, March 17, 2012 - March 23, 2012

March 17, 2012 - March 23, 2012, The Afro-American

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History of Social Organizations in the African American Community Greeks with a Cause Freemasons: The First Black Organization By Zenitha Prince Special to the AFRO

By Zenitha Prince Special to the AFRO Devil worshippers. The Illuminati. Secret society. Freemasonry in the minds of many Americans is a group cloaked in myth, mystery, even malevolence. But that public perception is somewhat skewed, members say. “Outside of religion, the Masons is the most well-known organization,” said the Right Worshipful Seymour E. Chambers, of the Baltimore Lodge, disputing the idea of the Masons as a secret society. “Just because one has secrets doesn’t mean it is negative. It’s just not meant for the public to know…those secrets that bind us in a brotherhood in common knowledge and common experience.” In Black America, however, there are more solid truths that define this enigmatic group. Among them, that Prince Hall Freemasons—the Black Masons—created the first Black organization in the U.S., putting their stamp on this society even before this nation evolved. “Prince Hall Freemasonry is the oldest Black social organization in America. It is older than the United States,” said Alton G. Roundtree, worshipful grand editor of the Prince Hall Masonic Digest. Like many Black groups, the Prince Hall Freemasons arose out of adversity. In 1775, Prince Hall, a successful preacher originally from Barbados, became the first Black Freemason on American soil. Fifteen other free Blacks joined him forming a lodge in Cambridge, Mass., under the aegis of a dispensation British army lodge. Seeking the full benefits of membership, however, Hall petitioned the Massachusetts Masons for a charter and was denied on the basis of race. In 1782, after returning from the Revolutionary War, Hall submitted a petition to the Grand Lodge in England. And, on May 6, 1787, the African Lodge No. 459 —the first of its kind in the U.S.—was formed. From the beginning, Black freemasons—like their White brothers—were held to certain standards: they had to believe in God, had to be financially secure, had to have good character. “We do not take thugs and other miscreants,” Chambers said. Members also have to be dedicated to the improvement of the Black community, a factor that has distinguished this group from the very start. “That sense of doing right by your community was refined in the Masonry,” Chambers said. And the founder, Prince Hall, set the standard. According to the Official History of Freemasonry Among the Colored People in North Americaby William H. Grimshaw, Hall was an avid abolitionist. In 1775, Hall applied to Congress’ Committee of Safety to enlist the slaves in the British colonies in the Revolutionary War, thinking it would pave the way to their freedom. But Congress denied the request, saying it would “reflect dishonor on the Colony. And that no slaves be admitted into the army upon any consideration whatever.” Though denied, Prince Hall made frequent petitions to the General Court against slavery

Freemasons and Black Leadership The leaders of Prince Hall Freemasonry who also became leaders in Black society included: Ralph David Abernathy – Civil Rights leader, president and chairman of Southern Christian Leadership Conference Julian Bond – Civil rights leader, elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1965, chairman of NAACP Thomas Bradley – Mayor of Los Angeles Samuel T. Daniels – Grand Master of Maryland, Labor Leader W. E. B. Dubois – Educator/author/historian/ civil rights advocate/co-founder NAACP William Gray – Congressman, president and chief executive officer United Negro College Fund Amos T. Hall – Civil Rights lawyer, Grand Master of Oklahoma, associate District Judge Benjamin Hooks – Executive Director of the NAACP Jesse Jackson, Sr. – Civil Rights activist, two-time presidential candidate Martin Luther King, Sr. – Pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church Thurgood Marshall – Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, lawyer in the Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka Kweisi Mfume – Executive Director of the NAACP, U.S. Representative Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. – Congressman, author Phillip Randolph – Founder and president of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, civil rights activist Charles Rangel – U.S. Congressman Rev. Al Sharpton – Civil rights activist Carl B. Stokes – First Black mayor of Cleveland, Ohio Booker T. Washington – Educator, founder of Tuskegee Institute, Negro Spokesman Harold Washington – Mayor of Chicago Walter Edward Washington – Mayor of Washington, D.C. Lawrence Douglas Wilder – Governor of Virginia and first elected Black governor in the U.S. Carter G. Woodson – Director and Editor of the Journal of Negro History; father of Black History Andrew Young – Mayor of Atlanta and U.N. Ambassador Coleman Young – Mayor of Detroit Whitney Moore Young – Executive Director of National Urban League

For the seven Black freshmen who entered Cornell University in the 1905-1906 school year, Ithaca, N.Y., was a cold place—and not just because of the weather. They were seven Black corks bobbing in a sea of White, but they were determined to overcome the social isolation that had driven previous Black students off the campus. On Dec. 4, 1906, the students formed a brotherhood, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the first intercollegiate Black Greek letter organization in the country. They were soon followed by Alpha Kappa Alpha (Howard University), Kappa Alpha Psi (Indiana University), Omega Psi Phi (Howard University), Delta Sigma Theta (Howard University), Phi Beta Sigma (Howard University), Zeta Phi Beta (Howard University), Sigma Gamma Rho (Butler University) and Iota Phi Theta (Morgan State University). “Fraternities and sororities provided some sense of protection for Blacks in White schools,” said Walter Kimbrough, president of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark., and author of Black Greek 101: The Customs, Cultures and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities. “It was pretty much a hostile environment in many college campuses.” Though founded create meaning and belonging in their campus experience, Black Greek organizations were planted solidly on the grounds of scholarship and service. With many of the early students just a generation or two removed from slavery, many felt the need to “give back.” And so these nine groups, who together form the Pan-Hellenic Council, would serve the Black community in small and great ways for decades to come. “The mission of most Black social organizations is public service. Indeed, an evaluation of the programs and initiatives of respective groups reveals that communities benefit significantly from the dedicated activities of these groups,” said A. Lois DeLaine, a member of Delta Sigma Theta and a fixture on the Maryland Black social scene. “I dare say that the stability of most communities and community projects in need of assistance rely heavily on the annual philanthropic generosity of Black social organizations.” In an AFRO Black History Month article in February 2007, the late Frances Murphy, publisher emerita of the Washington AFRO-American Newspaper and a member of the Deltas—which was cofounded by her mother, Vashti Turley Murphy—said even membership in the Black Greek organizations is determined by community service. “One of the requirements before you even come into the sorority is that you have to have performed two community service tasks. You must get two letters saying that you’ve done community service,” she said. “Most of the meetings are devoted to what they can do to help others — strictly outreach.” While fraternities and sororities are known for their direct social outreach, they are not as well known for their contributions to social causes such as the Civil Rights Movement. But their contributions were invaluable, beginning with the grooming of Black leaders, Kimbrough said. “These weren’t just social groups; these were leadership factories,” he told the AFRO. “[Black leaders] learned to organize with each other in the fraternities and sororities and took that to the civil rights movement. The membership gave them a ready platform and gave them immediate connections with members all across the country. They had a built-in constituency.” Major Black leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy and Dr. Dorothy Height were all products of the Greek organizations. And the fraternities and sororities aided the movement in other real ways, including providing financial support, bolstering civil rights groups such as the NAACP and National Urban League; manning student sit-ins, picket lines and voter registration drives and otherwise infusing youthful energy into the movement. These days, Kimbrough said, the impact of these Greek organizations has waned. “They had more impact earlier on. The times were different. It’s easier to see the impact, say, during the civil rights movement. But today the challenges are more nuanced.” Today’s challenges include fighting persistent economic inequality, indifferent education systems, health care disparities and judicial injustice. Black fraternities and sororities undertake some advocacy on Capitol Hill and offer programs such as student mentoring and scholarships, financial literacy, health screenings, food and clothing giveaways and more. In the 2004 elections, the Pan-Hellenic organizations registered almost a million voters and launched a similar campaign in 2008 when America elected its first Black president, borne on the votes of the Black electorate. And Black Greek organizations provided financial and other relief when Hurricanes Katrina and Rita wrecked the Gulf Coast, leaving many families—the majority of whom were Black—homeless and in dire straits. But, critics say the organizations’ current initiatives are not nearly enough—especially given their history. “They’ve become much more social. Nothing’s wrong with being social, but they are vehicles to be much more than that,” Kimbrough said. “Everybody says they’re doing something to help the community but a lot of it is still a lot of rhetoric…they’re not maximizing the impact they can have.”

and the slave trade, 1773-1778—especially, since one of the African Lodge’s members was snatched and traded back into slavery. Other Black Masons also made emancipation their cause. “Social Lodge No. 1 in Washington, D.C., was a station on the Underground Railroad,” Roundtree said. The District and Baltimore lodges were organized around 1825. The Civil Rights Movement was also “birthed” by the Freemasonry, Chambers said, and meetings often took place in lodges before churches became the center of activism. The Freemasons also contribute with their checkbooks. Thurgood Marshall said that the NAACP could not have won the 1954 Board vs. Board of Education Supreme Court Case without the financial support of Prince Hall Masons. The organization was particularly influential, however, in molding Black leadership. “Some of the greatest Black leaders were Prince Hall Masons,” Roundtree said, including Ralph David Abernathy, civil rights leader and former chairman and president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; Julian Bond, civil rights leader, former lawmaker and former chairman of NAACP Board, and W.E.B. Dubois, educator/author/historian/ civil rights advocate/co-founder NAACP. The Masons also made on-the-ground contributions to the Black community. For example, in 1807 the “colored” population of Washington, D.C., was 1,498, of whom 494 were free. That year Freemasons George Hall, Nicholas Franklin and Moses Liverpool, all freemen, came to the city from Maryland and Virginia, and found no schools for colored children. They erected a schoolhouse on the grounds now occupied by Providence Hospital in Northeast. “There are few organizations that contribute to the welfare of the community to the extent of Prince Hall Freemasonry,” Roundtree said. “Some of the programs are mentoring, school adoption, needy family adoption, donations to service organizations, scholarship programs, youth programs, support of NAACP, volunteer services, health fairs, blood drives, clothing collections, etc.” In this new century, Freemasonry continues to thrive, members say. “Today, Prince Hall Freemasonry is prosperous and doing well. Prince Hall Freemasonry is still working hard in efforts to uplift the community and support the youth,” Roundtree said. “Still, Prince Hall Freemasonry, like other fraternal organizations, is confronted with the challenge of declining membership.” Prince Hall Freemasons number about 1 million nationwide, Chambers said. But despite the challenges the organization continues to do what it does best, he added. “It still takes great men and makes them better.”

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March 17, 2012 - March 23, 2012, The Afro-American

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History of Social Organizations in the African American Community Greeks with a Cause Freemasons: The First Black Organization By Zenitha Prince Special to the AFRO

By Zenitha Prince Special to the AFRO Devil worshippers. The Illuminati. Secret society. Freemasonry in the minds of many Americans is a group cloaked in myth, mystery, even malevolence. But that public perception is somewhat skewed, members say. “Outside of religion, the Masons is the most well-known organization,” said the Right Worshipful Seymour E. Chambers, of the Baltimore Lodge, disputing the idea of the Masons as a secret society. “Just because one has secrets doesn’t mean it is negative. It’s just not meant for the public to know…those secrets that bind us in a brotherhood in common knowledge and common experience.” In Black America, however, there are more solid truths that define this enigmatic group. Among them, that Prince Hall Freemasons—the Black Masons—created the first Black organization in the U.S., putting their stamp on this society even before this nation evolved. “Prince Hall Freemasonry is the oldest Black social organization in America. It is older than the United States,” said Alton G. Roundtree, worshipful grand editor of the Prince Hall Masonic Digest. Like many Black groups, the Prince Hall Freemasons arose out of adversity. In 1775, Prince Hall, a successful preacher originally from Barbados, became the first Black Freemason on American soil. Fifteen other free Blacks joined him forming a lodge in Cambridge, Mass., under the aegis of a dispensation British army lodge. Seeking the full benefits of membership, however, Hall petitioned the Massachusetts Masons for a charter and was denied on the basis of race. In 1782, after returning from the Revolutionary War, Hall submitted a petition to the Grand Lodge in England. And, on May 6, 1787, the African Lodge No. 459 —the first of its kind in the U.S.—was formed. From the beginning, Black freemasons—like their White brothers—were held to certain standards: they had to believe in God, had to be financially secure, had to have good character. “We do not take thugs and other miscreants,” Chambers said. Members also have to be dedicated to the improvement of the Black community, a factor that has distinguished this group from the very start. “That sense of doing right by your community was refined in the Masonry,” Chambers said. And the founder, Prince Hall, set the standard. According to the Official History of Freemasonry Among the Colored People in North Americaby William H. Grimshaw, Hall was an avid abolitionist. In 1775, Hall applied to Congress’ Committee of Safety to enlist the slaves in the British colonies in the Revolutionary War, thinking it would pave the way to their freedom. But Congress denied the request, saying it would “reflect dishonor on the Colony. And that no slaves be admitted into the army upon any consideration whatever.” Though denied, Prince Hall made frequent petitions to the General Court against slavery

Freemasons and Black Leadership The leaders of Prince Hall Freemasonry who also became leaders in Black society included: Ralph David Abernathy – Civil Rights leader, president and chairman of Southern Christian Leadership Conference Julian Bond – Civil rights leader, elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1965, chairman of NAACP Thomas Bradley – Mayor of Los Angeles Samuel T. Daniels – Grand Master of Maryland, Labor Leader W. E. B. Dubois – Educator/author/historian/ civil rights advocate/co-founder NAACP William Gray – Congressman, president and chief executive officer United Negro College Fund Amos T. Hall – Civil Rights lawyer, Grand Master of Oklahoma, associate District Judge Benjamin Hooks – Executive Director of the NAACP Jesse Jackson, Sr. – Civil Rights activist, two-time presidential candidate Martin Luther King, Sr. – Pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church Thurgood Marshall – Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, lawyer in the Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka Kweisi Mfume – Executive Director of the NAACP, U.S. Representative Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. – Congressman, author Phillip Randolph – Founder and president of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, civil rights activist Charles Rangel – U.S. Congressman Rev. Al Sharpton – Civil rights activist Carl B. Stokes – First Black mayor of Cleveland, Ohio Booker T. Washington – Educator, founder of Tuskegee Institute, Negro Spokesman Harold Washington – Mayor of Chicago Walter Edward Washington – Mayor of Washington, D.C. Lawrence Douglas Wilder – Governor of Virginia and first elected Black governor in the U.S. Carter G. Woodson – Director and Editor of the Journal of Negro History; father of Black History Andrew Young – Mayor of Atlanta and U.N. Ambassador Coleman Young – Mayor of Detroit Whitney Moore Young – Executive Director of National Urban League

For the seven Black freshmen who entered Cornell University in the 1905-1906 school year, Ithaca, N.Y., was a cold place—and not just because of the weather. They were seven Black corks bobbing in a sea of White, but they were determined to overcome the social isolation that had driven previous Black students off the campus. On Dec. 4, 1906, the students formed a brotherhood, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the first intercollegiate Black Greek letter organization in the country. They were soon followed by Alpha Kappa Alpha (Howard University), Kappa Alpha Psi (Indiana University), Omega Psi Phi (Howard University), Delta Sigma Theta (Howard University), Phi Beta Sigma (Howard University), Zeta Phi Beta (Howard University), Sigma Gamma Rho (Butler University) and Iota Phi Theta (Morgan State University). “Fraternities and sororities provided some sense of protection for Blacks in White schools,” said Walter Kimbrough, president of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark., and author of Black Greek 101: The Customs, Cultures and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities. “It was pretty much a hostile environment in many college campuses.” Though founded create meaning and belonging in their campus experience, Black Greek organizations were planted solidly on the grounds of scholarship and service. With many of the early students just a generation or two removed from slavery, many felt the need to “give back.” And so these nine groups, who together form the Pan-Hellenic Council, would serve the Black community in small and great ways for decades to come. “The mission of most Black social organizations is public service. Indeed, an evaluation of the programs and initiatives of respective groups reveals that communities benefit significantly from the dedicated activities of these groups,” said A. Lois DeLaine, a member of Delta Sigma Theta and a fixture on the Maryland Black social scene. “I dare say that the stability of most communities and community projects in need of assistance rely heavily on the annual philanthropic generosity of Black social organizations.” In an AFRO Black History Month article in February 2007, the late Frances Murphy, publisher emerita of the Washington AFRO-American Newspaper and a member of the Deltas—which was cofounded by her mother, Vashti Turley Murphy—said even membership in the Black Greek organizations is determined by community service. “One of the requirements before you even come into the sorority is that you have to have performed two community service tasks. You must get two letters saying that you’ve done community service,” she said. “Most of the meetings are devoted to what they can do to help others — strictly outreach.” While fraternities and sororities are known for their direct social outreach, they are not as well known for their contributions to social causes such as the Civil Rights Movement. But their contributions were invaluable, beginning with the grooming of Black leaders, Kimbrough said. “These weren’t just social groups; these were leadership factories,” he told the AFRO. “[Black leaders] learned to organize with each other in the fraternities and sororities and took that to the civil rights movement. The membership gave them a ready platform and gave them immediate connections with members all across the country. They had a built-in constituency.” Major Black leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy and Dr. Dorothy Height were all products of the Greek organizations. And the fraternities and sororities aided the movement in other real ways, including providing financial support, bolstering civil rights groups such as the NAACP and National Urban League; manning student sit-ins, picket lines and voter registration drives and otherwise infusing youthful energy into the movement. These days, Kimbrough said, the impact of these Greek organizations has waned. “They had more impact earlier on. The times were different. It’s easier to see the impact, say, during the civil rights movement. But today the challenges are more nuanced.” Today’s challenges include fighting persistent economic inequality, indifferent education systems, health care disparities and judicial injustice. Black fraternities and sororities undertake some advocacy on Capitol Hill and offer programs such as student mentoring and scholarships, financial literacy, health screenings, food and clothing giveaways and more. In the 2004 elections, the Pan-Hellenic organizations registered almost a million voters and launched a similar campaign in 2008 when America elected its first Black president, borne on the votes of the Black electorate. And Black Greek organizations provided financial and other relief when Hurricanes Katrina and Rita wrecked the Gulf Coast, leaving many families—the majority of whom were Black—homeless and in dire straits. But, critics say the organizations’ current initiatives are not nearly enough—especially given their history. “They’ve become much more social. Nothing’s wrong with being social, but they are vehicles to be much more than that,” Kimbrough said. “Everybody says they’re doing something to help the community but a lot of it is still a lot of rhetoric…they’re not maximizing the impact they can have.”

and the slave trade, 1773-1778—especially, since one of the African Lodge’s members was snatched and traded back into slavery. Other Black Masons also made emancipation their cause. “Social Lodge No. 1 in Washington, D.C., was a station on the Underground Railroad,” Roundtree said. The District and Baltimore lodges were organized around 1825. The Civil Rights Movement was also “birthed” by the Freemasonry, Chambers said, and meetings often took place in lodges before churches became the center of activism. The Freemasons also contribute with their checkbooks. Thurgood Marshall said that the NAACP could not have won the 1954 Board vs. Board of Education Supreme Court Case without the financial support of Prince Hall Masons. The organization was particularly influential, however, in molding Black leadership. “Some of the greatest Black leaders were Prince Hall Masons,” Roundtree said, including Ralph David Abernathy, civil rights leader and former chairman and president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; Julian Bond, civil rights leader, former lawmaker and former chairman of NAACP Board, and W.E.B. Dubois, educator/author/historian/ civil rights advocate/co-founder NAACP. The Masons also made on-the-ground contributions to the Black community. For example, in 1807 the “colored” population of Washington, D.C., was 1,498, of whom 494 were free. That year Freemasons George Hall, Nicholas Franklin and Moses Liverpool, all freemen, came to the city from Maryland and Virginia, and found no schools for colored children. They erected a schoolhouse on the grounds now occupied by Providence Hospital in Northeast. “There are few organizations that contribute to the welfare of the community to the extent of Prince Hall Freemasonry,” Roundtree said. “Some of the programs are mentoring, school adoption, needy family adoption, donations to service organizations, scholarship programs, youth programs, support of NAACP, volunteer services, health fairs, blood drives, clothing collections, etc.” In this new century, Freemasonry continues to thrive, members say. “Today, Prince Hall Freemasonry is prosperous and doing well. Prince Hall Freemasonry is still working hard in efforts to uplift the community and support the youth,” Roundtree said. “Still, Prince Hall Freemasonry, like other fraternal organizations, is confronted with the challenge of declining membership.” Prince Hall Freemasons number about 1 million nationwide, Chambers said. But despite the challenges the organization continues to do what it does best, he added. “It still takes great men and makes them better.”

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the project last year, despite strong objections and protests from the community. The juvenile detention center is set to open in roughly three years, with construction beginning as early as 2013. The center was originally supposed to cost $104 million and house up to 230 minors, but Gov. O’Malley reduced the number to 120 beds after a report done by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) was released, saying the proposed jail was larger than necessary and would more than likely never accommodate more than 117 youth. That same report by the NCCD, the Bed Space Forecast for Baltimore Youth Detention Facility, showed that juvenile crime in Baltimore is predicted to continue on the path of decline begun in 2003. The report offered five recommendations that included shortening the stay of youth who will be eventually released on bail, and placing nonviolent offenders on house arrest or electric monitoring. Opponents of the detention center say the money should be spent preventing more youth from entering the system with money

reallocated for parks and recreation and youth jobs. Those against the new facility also believe funds should be set aside to put non-violent offenders in special rehabilitation programs, which in turn would free space for more violent juvenile criminals to be put in juvenile detention- separate from adults. This is not currently the case. Proponents for the building say the new space will give children that have committed heinous adult crimes the specifically tailored programming and structure needed to rehabilitate and educate youth. The Baltimore City Department of Corrections, which deals with adult criminals, is currently neither mandated nor prepared to provide the care and extra safety measures needed for accused adolescents in adult general populations. “Imagine being 15 years old and you are in a prison setting with adults,” said the Rev. Kinji Scott, whose 15-year-old son was charged as an adult nine months ago. “Every child has the ability to be rehabilitated, but they cannot be rehabilitated with adults.” Rev. Scott now visits his son at

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least twice a week at the downtown Baltimore detention center where he is being held. Parents in situations similar to that of Rev. Scott have children who spend all day with “hardened criminals” who enjoy indoctrinating young, malleable minds. Though Rev. Scott is very active in the community and is a mentor himself to young men, he says that a newer and safer facility is needed because “no matter how many preventative measures you take you are still going to have young people who commit crimes.” Those in opposition to the new facility say there are plenty of detention centers and buildings in the city that could be used to house the relatively few children being held with adults. “We bare some of the responsibility too for not providing the kinds of alternatives we should be providing. The money could be and should be used to help lift up lives, not to

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simply incarcerate people,” said Sen. Muse. Though African American youth make up 76 percent of the population in the Baltimore, studies from the Advocates for Children and Youth show Black children make up 94 percent of adolescents in detention centers. Baltimore City will be forced to close recreation centers, consolidate others and contract out even more to private companies in the next year. Schools across the city are lacking the funds to operate at their maximum potential, and after-school programs and engaging initiatives for student improvement are being starved bone thin. “All youth are born to succeed and with opportunity we can do that- but no one can succeed without opportunity,” said Antonio Ellis, a sophomore at Reginald F. Lewis High School. “Where I live there are no recreation centers, there are no jobs for youth and no opportunities.”

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the full bloom of youth, and exhibiting an endearing combination of bravado, exuberance and vulnerability. Though their subjects ranged from safety to racism to ambitious plans for making their mark on the world upon reuniting, every message invariably included a passionate reaffirmation of their love. For instance, Luana signs one note with a heartfelt, “Please, please, please be careful and come back to me,” well aware that some members of her hubby’s squadron had already perished in action. Bernard, in turn was just as ardent, not only naming his plane after his wife, but admitting that “I dream of you all night long.” He also describes his reaction to Nazi POWs enjoying better accommodations than Black GIs. “It is really disgusting. It makes my blood boil to see how nice they treat the German prisoners… It really hurts.” But discrimination didn’t discourage him after the war from publishing with the help of “a talented young writer named Alex Haley” the debut issue of Essence magazine, a short-lived precursor of the popular periodical for Black females. Meanwhile, equally-talented Luana started pursuing her acting career, only to die of a heart attack two days before she was set to make her Broadway debut co-starring in Take a Giant Step opposite a teenager named Lou Gossett Jr. Because Kim was only a couple months old at the time, she never really got to know her mother. That makes her all the more grateful to her parents for having the inclination to save their intimate love letters and to her long-widowed dad for preserving them for posterity, knowing just how much they might mean to his darling daughter the day she discovered them in a dusty trunk in the attic after he was no longer around. A priceless slice of AfricanAmerican history that can’t be read without crying and which undoubtedly deserves to be on display in the Smithsonian.

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Aside from the primary elections, it is also apparent that Blacks are considerably absent from many GOP campaign activities. While it is no secret that African Americans have long voted Democrat, the question at hand is whether the GOP is concerned with the obvious racial disconnect. Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee said in a recent interview with writer Kam Williams that there are a couple of things that the party can do to attract more African Americans. “One is to own up to our own failures as a party, when it comes to

making investments in the Black community when it counted, like the Civil Rights Movement,” Steele said during the interview. He explained that while Republicans had been the architects of landmark civil rights legislation during the Reconstruction Era, the party hesitated when it really mattered in the 1950s and ‘60s, resulting in a longstanding riff between the GOP and Blacks. Steele added that Republicans should also, “Show up in the community prepared to have meaningful discussions about issues that actually matter to [Blacks] like job creation, in way that

makes sense.” “That’s why my very first official act as Chairman was to host a town hall meeting in Harlem. To me, that was a very important step to take,” he said. The National Black Republican Association (NBRA) has also continuously worked to close the gap. Their organization aims to return Blacks to their Republican roots and enlighten them on GOP ideals and values. In the meantime, the AFRO wants to know if you spot more than one Black person at a GOP event. Email your submissions to blackfolksspotted@afro.com.


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Opinion Bread and Roses

Congressman Elijah Cummings

The 1912 Lawrence Textile Strike is not widely remembered, nor often discussed, in the American History classes of our time – but it should be. This month is the 100th anniversary of that defining moment in our history (January-March, 1912) when some courageous American women stood up for themselves and for us all. We should remember and learn from their example, a Women’s History lesson from 1912 that will help us understand all that is at stake in this very important election

year of 2012. In 1912, as today, technology was producing a “mechanization of labor.” Contrary to the popular image of a more gentle age when women were placed upon pedestals, the textile workers in the Lawrence, Mass. of 1912 were most often women. Many were 14-16 years of age. Their factory work was brutal, and we are told that nearly 36 out of every 100 died before reaching the age of 25. The factories’ weekly pay for these workers was desperately low, averaging only $9.00 for a 56 hour work week. As a result, the Lawrence women and their families had to survive on a diet of bread, molasses and beans. They lived in a constant state of hunger. Nevertheless, in early January 1912, the mill owners reduced the women’s weekly pay by 32 cents, the price of several loaves of bread. Within a week, galvanized by the mothers among them, more than 20,000 workers were on strike. The mill owners and their political allies retaliated, turning fire hoses on the striking women as they marched the picket lines. Then, when the picketing workers responded by throwing ice at the plants, mass arrests followed, and a local court sentenced 36 workers to a year in jail.

The women suffered, but their courage and determination would prevail. The heartless, unfair actions against working mothers and children reached the ears of Congress — and the resulting national attention led to resolution of the textile workers’ strike on terms favorable to the mill workers (including pay increases, time-and-a-quarter for overtime and a promise of non-retaliation). The women’s labor victory in Lawrence 100 years ago this month was not the first time in our history that women had stood up for fair treatment in their work. They had learned from the success of an earlier, 1881, demand for greater pay by 3,000 African-American female laundry workers in Atlanta. Confronted by poverty and almost unendurable working conditions, the working women of Lawrence demonstrated to the nation and organized labor that women could successfully lead a mass demand for better and more humane treatment. Universal suffrage for American women would soon follow, and, during the century that followed, the American labor movement would increasingly focus upon the abilities, determination and empowerment of women. Sadly, however, many of the challenges faced by the women of 1912 still confront America’s working women today. The same reactionary forces that are challenging women’s reproductive health rights are also seeking to diminish their other human rights. This is why, even as we fight for women’s right to control the health of their bodies, we should also stand with them — strong and steadfast — in their struggle to feed their families, hold on to their homes and protect themselves from harm in the workplace. In 2012, as in 1912, the collective bargaining strength offered to women by labor unions can make a difference in their lives and the lives of their families. Today, women make up 45 percent of this nation’s union workers, including the women who educate our children, care for our health and undertake other government or public service jobs. By 2020, women may constitute a majority of all unionized workers.

These unionized women make, on average, $2.00 per hour more than their non-union working sisters; they are 19 percent more likely to receive employer-paid health insurance; and they are 25 percent more likely to have a “defined benefit” pension for their senior years. I remind you of their struggle because most Americans (if they remember the women workers of Lawrence, Mass. at all) may recall only the “Bread and Roses” anthem penned by James Oppenheim —words that captured the harsh conditions that gave rise to that historic 1912 strike. This month, in honor of all of the women who have worked so hard to create a better world, I recall for you one stanza of Mr. Oppenheim’s inspiring words: As we come marching, marching, unnumbered women dead, Go crying through our singing their ancient cry for bread. Small art and love and beauty their drudging spirits knew. Yes, it is bread we fight for - but we fight for roses, too! We shall not forget - and we shall never give in. Congressman Elijah Cummings represents Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.

Urban Students Need A College Degree Recently, a U.S. presidential candidate dismissed President Obama’s call for higher education for high-school graduates as “snobbery.” Plainly, the candidate has not spent much time in urban America where, unlike in middle class suburban, affluent exurban and rural communities, further education is the key to preventing poverty from being handed down from one generation to the next. As the head of our region’s largest network of public charter schools, I operate five high schools in inner city Washington D.C. and Baltimore. From experience I know that urban students are capable of becoming highly educated. Unfortunately, low expectations—in our public schools and society at large—too often prevent them from realizing the benefits that higher education provides. Earning a college degree offers urban youth opportunities that would be denied them without one. Adults with a bachelor’s degree earn over 60 percent more than those with only a high school diploma, on average, according to the U.S. census. Over a lifetime, that gap can be as high as $1 million. Unemployment statistics tell the same story. High school dropouts who are 25 or older are more than three times as likely to be jobless than college graduates. Their peers with only a high-school diploma are twice as likely not to have a job as those who have a college degree, the U.S. Department of Labor reports. More than money and jobs, adults with only a high-school diploma are 12 times more likely to serve time in prison than

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their college-educated peers. Adults who fail to graduate high school are 19 times more likely to be incarcerated than college graduates, according to U.S. Department of Justice and College Board statistics. I know the difference earning a college degree can make. Running Friendship House, a community based nonprofit that served low-income families in Northeast D.C., I came to believe that the children in our community were destined to become our clients, unless they could access a high-quality public education. In 1997 I founded Friendship Public Charter School, which operates six public charter school campuses and manages five traditional public schools. We specialize in providing students from our most vulnerable and underserved communities the education they need to be prepared for college, beginning at pre-K through the 12th grade. Friendship believes in providing opportunities to our students that typically are available only to students at private and suburban public schools. One example of this is the Advanced Placement and Early College courses that we offer our high school students. These help prepare students for college, and offer them a more rigorous academic environment than typically available at neighborhood schools. They also enable students to earn college credit for college-level work in high school, for example with our partners at the University of Maryland. Unlike some presidential candidates, we understand that going to college in America is not simply about academic ability. To this end, we also invest heavily in providing the necessary financial and emotional support that the journey to college demands—support that middle class students have the luxury of

being able to take for granted. This year, 124 Friendship high school students—89 at Friendship Collegiate Academy and 35 at the Academies at Anacostia—earned D.C. Achievers Scholarships, helping them pay for college. The D.C. Achievers Scholarship Program, ably led by Herb Tillery, is worth $6.2 million to our students, but that figure does not convey the world of opportunities that this support will open up for our young men and women. By providing a comprehensive range of support, which ensures that our students are accepted to college and are successful there, we have raised expectations. Our flagship charter high school, Friendship Collegiate Academy, has a 95 percent graduate rate—22 percentage points higher than D.C.’s traditional school system. And 100 percent of its graduating class is accepted to college. At Anacostia, a turnaround public school that Friendship runs in partnership with District of Columbia Public Schools, 90 percent of graduates are accepted to college. In the second year of the turnaround process, the highschool graduation rate was 79 percent, up from 57 percent since before our partnership at Anacostia began. We have raised the awareness of our young people—and the communities and society in which they live—of what they can achieve. Sadly, it seems we still need public figures to realize the urgency and importance of attending college as a goal for urban youth. Our young people’s lives and futures depend on it, as do our communities. Donald Hense is chairman and founder of Friendship Public Charter School.

Letters to the Editor Congress: Agent Orange Act Of 1991 Someone once said people are tired about hearing of the Vietnam War. This may be so. It is not so much about the war. That war is in the past. It is now about those veterans who were engaged in that war who can not get help and care. The Agent Orange Act of 1991 was passed by the Congress to afford medical assistance and disability to all Vietnam veterans. There was no difference whether they served on land, at sea or in the air. It was presumed these veterans were in fact exposed to Agent Orange poisoning. Many diseases were realized by presumptive exposure to this deadly herbicide. Thousands upon thousands of those who served in the armed forces suffered. Many died due to this herbicide exposure. Many still survive who are sick. The Act of 1991 was adjusted. This allowed the VA to distinguish between boots-on-ground and not having boots-on-ground, Vietnam. Consequently, due to this adjustment, Blue Water Navy and some Air Force who were receiving disability suddenly were taken away. Why can’t our Congress see the harm that was caused by action of a past administration? Congress can provide Vietnam veterans who have Veterans Affairs (VA) disability claims pending for the assistance they need for better quality of life and for their legacy. It is shameful, and a national disgrace that the United States of America has turned its face away from those who fought for freedom and who now suffer decades after

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that terrible War. Both houses of our legislative body must become bipartisan and act on House Bill HR-3612 and Senate Bill S.1629. These bills will restore what was taken away from Vietnam Veterans by the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA). The majority of the American people, no doubt, are unaware of what was and what is now when it comes to caring for those who served in time of war. It is time to stand up and be counted. Do we who served our country with pride and honor have to beg for help in our time of need? Are we just pawns and sacrificial lambs to be toyed with? Are veterans in need to be sacrificed? Is our country broken? To help our veterans is not a hand-out; it is an obligation. “We must care for those who have fought the nation’s battles.” “Fulfill America’s promise to care for those who have borne the battle.” –Abe Lincoln “A nation that forgot its fighters and defenders will itself be forgotten.” –Calvin Coolidge If we truly believe in these quotations of honorable men, then stand up America. Write or call your congressman and senator; urge them to sponsor and pass the mentioned legislative bills. John J. Bury, US Navy/retired. Vietnam War Veteran Media, Pa.

Duke Ellington School of the Arts The legendary Smokey Robinson visited the school in hopes of encouraging young performers to follow their passion for music and the arts. Smokey Robinson grew up in the Detroit area surrounded by gangsters, yet he remained focused on his desire in pursing music. Smokey started singing since he first “opened his mouth” according to his mother. He was always in glee clubs, and choirs in school. The song “Shop Around” sung by Robinson and his group, the Miracles, was number 1 on the charts in the 1960’s. Legends like Robinson have not only encouraged students but concerts launched by the school raised over $2 million and it has been a critical supplemental resource for the school led by Principal Pullens. As a Washingtonian, I believe that the Duke Ellington School of Arts is worthy of praise. Although, the school is located on R Street I enjoy each time I take a walk down 14th and U Street, just to look at the beautiful decorative arts in memory of the late Duke Ellington. The school is known for its great efforts in helping young people to pursue their dreams in the arts and education. I remember when my cousin attended Duke Ellington years ago; it was one of the best experiences in his life. He grew up with a lack of guidance from his father and my aunt did the best she could to raise him. He was born to be an artist. Whatever you’d describe to him he could sketch beyond your imagination, which made his drawings unique. It was hard for him to maintain

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his passion since “thugs” had persuaded him to help them make “fast money” and he believed that was the way of life. It was the admission to the Duke Ellington School of Arts that drew him away from the street life. My cousin wasn’t only talented at drawing sketches; he had a love for music and making music. He had such a poetic way of writing; it motivated him to express it through song. Today my cousin has produced his own songs and helped others do the same. Duke Ellington School of Arts is worthy of praise because it was an opportunity to prevent my cousin from heading down a wrong path. I commend the staff and the principal for what they have done for the students and the community. If more R&B legends like Smokey Robinson would help raise funding and share their personal experiences more young people would be motivated to follow their dreams for the arts. If Mr. Ellington were alive today I can imagine him smiling upon those who achieve their goals. It’s like catching that “A Train” to your destiny. The love and history still brings excitement to all those who walked down 14 & U Streets to adore the artistry and to hear some of his music in the local restaurants. A visit to the school makes you to appreciate the hard work of the staff and their love for education and the arts. Leaving the school makes you want to support the school just like Legendary Smokey Robinson and others who followed Duke’s passion and love for music. Tynisha Brown

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“Surrender control to the supreme wisdom and authority of God and to the Divine in your soul. Step into the void with courage. Learn to say, ‘I don’t know.’ That’s not blind faith. It’s pure faith that will allow God and your spirit to lead you wherever your soul wants and needs to go.” —Melody Beattie The opening reception for the inaugural Women of the World (WOW) festival at the Meyerhof Symphony Hall included a cocktail- supper reception with Baltimore Symphony conductor Marin Alsop who mingled throughout the reception talking to the guests about her excitement with WOW in Baltimore and her experiences at the London WOW festival. “I assumed there would be an influx of women on the podium, but there are not many more at my level than there were 20 years ago. Maybe boards don’t want to hire women because they don’t meet the archetypal image of the maestro.” —Marin Alsop The evening included Fulbright Scholar Dr. Anita Nahal sharing her thoughts on the “Global woman.” After the discussion, Alsop and members of the symphony joined us for dessert in the lobby before we joined them for an exclusive BSO rehearsal of Voices of Light, combining Richard Einhorn’s score with silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc. Among the guests enjoying the evening were Judge Marcella Holland, Beverly Carter, Sheilah Davenport, Wayne & Pat Frazier, David Hodnett, Brenda Bake, Karenthia Barber, Takiea Hinton, Irvina Mallory, Annette March-Grier and Barbara Armstrong. “A singer starts by having his instrument as a gift from God. When you have been given something in a moment of grace, it is sacrilegious to be greedy.” —Marian Anderson Congratulations to Karenthia Barber, recipient of the Dr. Flossie Dedmond Spirit Award at the AKA Epsilon Omega Founders Day luncheon. We remember Dean Dedmond from Coppin as an exceptional educator, community advocate and woman of faith. Karenthia possess the qualities that Dean Dedmond instilled in us. “I decided blacks should not have to experience the difficulties I had faced, so I decided to open a flying school and

teach other black women to fly.” —Bessie Coleman The Air Force District of Washington at Andrews Air Force Base is hosting a Meet & Greet on April 17 to increase its Small Business contracts. Visit www.fbo.gov to register by March 23. “We all need to start making some changes to how our families eat. Now, everyone loves a good Sunday dinner, me included; and there’s nothing wrong with that. The problem is when we eat Sunday dinner Monday through Saturday.” — Michelle Obama

“I am not satisfied in making money for myself. I endeavor to provide employment for hundreds of the women of my race.” —Madame C.J. Walker

Condolences to Stafford Sutton and family on the death of his mother First Lady Bertha Sutton of Maryland Church of God in Christ; Cynthia Jackson on the death of her mother Marie Hinton; Dominic & Rorye Jordan on the death of his grandmother Hermia Jordan and Candace & Dante Daniels on the death of her grandmother Artis Williams.

Tiffany Tate said the farmer’s market soup lady has opened The Big Bean Theory in Owings Mills’ mall, with creative and traditional dishes using beans. “Beans and cornbread had a fight, beans knocked cornbread outta sight.” —Louis Jordan Items on the menu include chicken salad with black beans, Maryland crab soup with lima beans, chicken vegetable lasagna with black beans and fried fish on Fridays. Other items include

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“Women in particular need to keep an eye on their physical and mental health, because if we’re scurrying to and from appointments and errands, we don’t have a lot of time to take care of ourselves. We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.” —Michelle Obama Aleuta Continua —Valerie & the Friday Night Bunch

Singing, The Lord’s Song In A Strange Land is an important story that will take you on a journey through the past and into the present, through the eyes of a man who was there for it all. He reflects on where we have

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“The way you do the things you do,” as a husband, father, grandfather, lawyer, professor, historian, advocate, and friend we salute Larry on his 70th birthday March 22 and his 50 years as a Kappa Man. “Whatever with the past has gone, the best is always yet to come.” —Lucy Larcom

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This column was to be about women and their impact on the structuring of our country but we changed our course to salute Larry Gibson, a person who has influenced our society and women during his lifetime.

The feast at the Impressions’ Round Robin Tuesday Night, hosted by owner Libby at Tequila Sunset had us licking our fingers while devouring smothered pork chops, cabbage and more. “You got that magic touch” Libby called me Tuesday afternoon and said, “We’re having pork chops tonight”; like “Jumping Jack Flash,” I sent an email to the Friday Night Bunch to meet on the Avenue. Libby knows I like smothered pork chops; the center cut chops were smothered in caramel colored gravy, so tender you could cut with a plastic knife. I wish I had eaten two but I remember what Mama said.

Reader’s Corner The Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowry has not only been a witness to the transformation of America, from a land of oppression to one that is run by an African-American president, he has been a righteous participant. His

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Yes Ma’am, No Sir: The 12 Essential Steps for Success in Life By Ken Carter Hardcover, $24.99 • 256 pages • ISBN: 9781455502349 Ken Carter, the title character of the 2005 hit movie, Coach Carter, offers advice on how to be successful in life in Yes Ma’am, No Sir: The 12 Essential Steps for Success in Life. In 1999 Carter drew harsh criticism from some and praise from others when he locked out the Richmond High School Boys basketball team he coached, for failing to perform to the academic standards he mandated. At the time the team was undefeated. Forcing the team to focus on their education instead of solely on basketball garnered national attention. Twelve chapters indentify the elements Carter deems necessary for success. Each chapter focuses on a different step. Filled with accounts from his life, Ken Carter uses each story as an opportunity to teach a lesson. Carter, who prefers to think of himself as a teacher rather than a coach, provides encouragement throughout the text, along with a road

map to victory. Just when you think Coach Carter has given all of the gems he has to give he closes the book with an additional chapter that offers 12 more tips for success. His methods are straightforward and his tone is that of a father earnestly trying to impart wisdom. There is a refreshing honesty in the way he speaks to the reader. He actually seems to care about the success of others. Carter doesn’t just spout phrases and tell you to believe them because he is “Coach Carter”. He explains why each step is important and how it has impacted his success and the success of his players. “These steps, worked together, promote a life of achievement and honor and business practices that will maximize you and your company’s success and growth. My life is living proof of it.”


A Thousand Words

Eddie Murphy Gives Audience the Silent Treatment in Ill-Conceived Sitcom By Kam Williams Whether starring in a buddy comedy (like Trading Places and 48 Hours), a kiddie flick (ala Nutty Professor and Dr. Dolittle), a standup concert (such as Raw and Delirious), or in an animated adventure as a donkey (Shrek) or a dragon (Mulan), Eddie Murphy’s best movies have invariably featured him talking trash. Even his only Oscar-nomination (for Dreamgirls) came for playing a jive motor-mouth, a character ostensibly inspired by the equallyirrepressible James Brown. Given the readily-identifiable thread running through that string of box-office hits, you really have to wonder how a project like A Thousand Words ever got off the ground. For, not only does the film fail to take advantage of Mr. Murphy’s trademark loquacious tendencies, it actually goes to the opposite extreme by buttoning up his lips for most of the movie. The studio might have suspected it had a lemon on its hands, since it let the picture sit on the shelf for four years before finally releasing it. In any case, the movie marks the third collaboration between Eddie and director Brian Robbins, along with Norbit and Meet Dave. A Thousand Words revolves around a familiar anti-hero archetype, the backstabbing, corporate conniver sorely in need of an attitude readjustment. When we’re introduced to Jack McCall (Murphy) at the point of departure, he’s still a high-powered, Hollywood agent smugly sitting atop the showbiz food chain and living in the lap of luxury in a sprawling, mountaintop mansion with a pool and a view. The insufferable bully takes pleasure in intimidating everyone he encounters: his sycophantic assistant (Clark Duke), his deferential spouse, Caroline (Kerry Washington), and perfect strangers to

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boot. But karma catches up with the Machiavellian manipulator the day he lies to land his latest client, a popular New Age guru (Cliff Curtis) who has just written a self-help book. Abracadabra! A magical tree that sheds a leaf for every word Jack speaks suddenly materializes in his backyard. And so few leaves are left by the time he figures out that he will die when the last one hits the ground that he is left with no choice but to take a vow of silence. Mute Jack is soon beset by a host of woes of Biblical proportions, including the loss of his job and the love of his wife and toddler Tyler (Emanuel Ragsdale). At this juncture, the picture turns to heavyhanded sermonizing in lieu of humor, as

Tré Thomas: Inspiring Everyone to Love

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our humbled protagonist learns a big lesson about what really matters most in this world while on the road to redemption. You know you’re in trouble when an Eddie Murphy comedy’s only funny line (“White people sho’ is nice!”) was spoiled by the trailer and isn’t even delivered by Eddie, but by an aging vaudevillian (John Witherspoon) doing a cringe-inducing impersonation of Stepin Fetchit. Makes The Adventures of Pluto Nash look like Beverly Hills Cop. Poor Rated PG-13 for PG-13 for profanity, sexuality and drug-related humor. Running time: 91 minutes Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Inspirational singer Tré Thomas is ready to return to the world of gospel music and continue his quest to bring everyone to a state of love with his sophomore album, Finally. Tré is an honorary Washingtonian. After completing his undergraduate degree at Howard University, he decided to call DC home; 12 years later he is still here, establishing himself as a breakout force to be reckoned with in gospel music. His style of gospel is undefined; some may classify it as contemporary or inspirational but Tré’s focus is not on labels, but rather getting people’s attention and motivating them to love. “Everyone can relate to the music, but I’m trying to target young adults because I feel like those are the people who don’t go to church or are turned off by church – they are the ones who can relate to who I am and get something from it,” said Tré.

Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?

Wall Street Expose’ Chronicles Systematic Dismantling of Financial Protections By Kam Williams Prior to the 1930s, the American economy had been marked by alternating cycles of boom and bust. Therefore, during the Great Depression, Congress passed landmark legislation designed to insulate ordinary citizens from the vagaries of the stock market. Most significantly, these statutes (1)

Film Review created the FDIC to insure bank account deposits; (2) established the SEC as an enforcement agency to regulate stock trading and to prosecute white collar securities criminals; and (3) separated investment and community banks under the Glass-Steagall Act. As a result of the implementation of these measures, the United States enjoyed an unparalleled period of continuous prosperity which lasted for a half-century. That was because

the government prevented the commercial banks from gambling with working-class people’s savings in risky ways inconsistent with the public good. However, the financial industry eventually began lobbying for the dismantling of the restrictive reforms, first finding success during the Reagan administration, and continuing to press until President Clinton signed a repeal of the Glass-Steagall in 1999. At that point, it was just a matter of time before the economic collapse experienced in 2008 would transpire. That carefully-orchestrated fleecing of the country is the subject of Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?, an eyeopening documentary co-directed by Frances Causey and Donald Goldmacher. The film features the sage insights of some of the nation’s most outspoken consumer advocates, such as Harvard Professor Elizabeth Warren,

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U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Obama Administration Green Czar Van Jones, historian David Cay Johnson and Congresswoman Donna Edwards. This film is a persuasive case for the swift reinstatement of watchdog laws to prevent bailed-out Wall Street from turning the America Dream into a neverending nightmare for folks on Main Street. Excellent HHHH Unrated Running time: 83 minutes Distributor: Connecting the Dots Productions

The “My First Love” crooner has something extra special for fans this time around, vowing to give them more of the smooth and sensuous sounds that have earned the respect of industry powerhouses like Richard Smallwood and Dr. Bobby Jones. He pulled from his teenage years of listening to his favorites like Blackstreet, 112, Whitney Houston, R. Kelly and Teddy Riley to polish off his latest work. “The album is heavy in R&B style. While I am a Christian artist I wanted to make sure I stayed true to what I know. I really wanted to use the 90’s persona of R&B music for this project [because] I think 90’s music just had a really good feel to it,” said Tré. “The message is trying to get people to a place of love - loving ourselves and ultimately loving God.” Tré is also leveraging his influence as a staunch advocate for building

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awareness of the HIV/ AIDS epidemic among the youth, having partnered with the Black Leadership Commission on AIDS of Washington. “I use my platform to make sure I am giving back to the community,” said Tré. “Because HIV/AIDS is a main issue in this area I thought that would be something great to tackle. My plight in life is love so that corresponds with that as well.” Tré’s lead single “Finally” can be heard on his website at www.trethomas. com, and downloaded on iTunes and Spotify and his sophomore album, of the same title, is slated for a March 20 release. On March 24, at the Northwestern High School Auditorium (7000 Adelphi Rd. Hyattsville, Md.), he will be joining the traveling play, “Through the Rain” alongside fellow DC bred artist, Raheem DeVaughn.


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Obituaries

Melineé Yerrell, 97

Community Activist, Devoted Church Member, Model

Melineé Yerrell departed this life at noonday on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, after living a full and beautiful life. She was born February 21, 1914 in Newport News, Va. to the Rev. James “B.C.” Edward and Mrs. Pinky Ellen Harrod. Having been raised in a Christian home, Melineé lived a life with love at its center. Melineé moved to Baltimore in 1950 and graduated from Cortez W. Peters Business School, the first Black-owned school in its field. She was Miss Cortez Peters of 1951. Melineé is especially remembered as one of the most elegant models of the modeling troupe formed by Pauline Brooks, The Fashionable Ones, modeling fashions from Pauline Brooks Boutique throughout the East Coast and Caribbean. Melineé was known for her beautiful silver hair, beautiful smile, and elegant style – with clients buying clothes that she modeled right off of her back. In 1965 Melineé began employment with Hutzler’s Department Store, specializing in the exclusive Dress Salon, Coat Salon, and Fur Salon. She took her modeling experience to Hutzler’s, becoming its first African-American model. Unlike the White models, who obtained their jobs through the regular hiring

process, she had to be interviewed and approved by the store’s three owners and the board of directors. All of her modeling had to be done on her lunch hour, at night, or on the weekend. While modeling for Hutzler’s, she met top designers Bill Blass, Halston, and Pauline Trigere. Also while working at Hutzler’s, she directed weddings and set up a charm clinic. Melineé was actively involved in community and civic affairs. She was at one time an active member of Iota Phi Lambda Sorority – Kappa Chapter. She held the offices of president and treasurer of The Clever Kiquejays, a social and civic organization that raised money to help the disabled and those in need. It functioned for many years until its work was supplanted by city, state, and federal programs. Melineé was also a member of the Rosemont Neighborhood Association, serving as block captain, chairperson of the Annual Prayer Breakfast Committee, and a member of the Beautification Committee. At Weinberg Village, where she most recently lived, she was actively involved in the residents’ association, helping to organize community activities and organizing trips to Bible Study at Douglas Memorial Community Church.

Aaron Milton Jenkins, 63 Teacher, Coach, Friend

Aaron Milton Jenkins, son of the late Norvice Jenkins Penny and Dr. Aaron W. Jenkins was born on January 23, 1948 in Baltimore, Md. God in His infinite wisdom granted peace to Aaron on January 10, 2012. Aaron attended Baltimore City Public Schools and graduated from Edmondson High School in 1966. He attended University of Maryland Eastern Shore then later graduated from Coppin State University with an undergraduate degree in biology in 1977. After graduating, Aaron taught science in Baltimore. He retired as a chief engineer of the Baltimore County Public Schools System, after 29 years of service. He was an entrepreneur and engaged in several business ventures. Aaron was known for his great sense of humor and quick wit. He was liked by everyone. He was given his nickname “Butch” by his grandfather, William Milton Goodwin, when he reached for the doctor’s scissors at birth. Aaron embraced people easily and saw well in everyone. He knew no strangers. Butch loved sports, especially baseball. He played baseball as a youngster in the James Mosher Little League

in Baltimore. His Wildcats team was the first team to step into the Pony League. At Edmondson High School, he was the starting and star third baseman, as well as a member of the football team. He was awarded a full athletic scholarship to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where he played baseball. It was his pleasure to mentor and coach others in baseball. Butch was also a lifeguard and swimming coach for the City of Baltimore Department of Parks and Recreation. In addition to his enjoyment of sports, he had a passion for cars. He is survived by his son, Aaron Milton Jenkins Jr. (Marissa); dedicated companion and friend, Camille L. Smith; his devoted aunt and godmother, Reva Goodwin Lewie (Lemuel Arthur); and other aunts, Edith Goodwin Gibson (Joseph), Danese Goodwin Moore and Enolia D. Goodwin; first cousins, George Lemuel Givens, Dr. Marcia Lewie Thompson (Troy), Attorney Julie D. Goodwin, Angela Moore Rivers (Kevin) and Andrea Moore Evans (David). His paternal siblings include Dr. Dolly Jenkins-Mullen, Donna Jenkins Wages, Tiffany Jenkins White and Joshua Jenkins. He is also survived by many other relatives, friends and neighbors.

Melineé joined Douglas Memorial Community Church in 1950 under the pastorate of the Rev. Dr. Marion Bascom, where she remained an active member, attending regularly until August 2011 when health issues no longer permitted her attendance. During the 61 years of her membership she was in various church circles, and was most recently a member of the Steering Committee for the J.O.Y. Seniors Ministry, produced an elegant fashion show, and generously shared her arts and crafts skills. Melineé’s love for God, and love of life and beauty were evident in everything she did – the meals and desserts she prepared tasted like heaven, and her artistic and creative flair reflected classic beauty. Although she had no children of her own, she was a godmother and aunt who loved unconditionally. She had the most generous and loving spirit that was spread throughout the children in her neighborhood. She leaves to cherish her memory her loving and devoted goddaughters - Chris Cephas (Charles), Maria Stokes, and Brenda Mott; nieces – Melineé Allen, Lydia Newman, and Sia Jefferson; nephews – Delmar Harrod (Sarah), Lawrence Harrod (Joyce), Dr. Theodore Allen (Carolyn), Frederick Harrod III (Ruth), Harvey Harrod (Myra), and Shaun Harrod; grandgodsons, Brandon Burke, Christopher Burke, Jonathan Burke, and Charles Wesley Cephas III; a special niece, Paula Brooks; a sister-friend, Cynthia Stokes; grand nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Joseph Anthony Boyce, Sr., 73 Librarian, Father, Brother A memorial service was held at St. Agnes Anglican Church, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad on February 24th 2012 for Joseph Anthony Boyce Sr. A graduate of Morris Brown College and Atlanta University, he was reference librarian at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore and Director of Libraries at Coppin State University, Baltimore, Maryland working there from 19702000 before retiring to

Trinidad and Tobago. Joseph A. Boyce was born on April 12, 1938, the son of Mary Boyce Joseph and George V. Osborne (both deceased) and exited this world in Baltimore, Maryland on December 13, 2011. He was the father of three sons: Joseph A. (Tony) Boyce II (Washington, D.C.); Jevaughn Boyce (Atlanta); Joseph Boyce Jr. (Joey) (Baltimore) and three grandsons Joseph Boyce III and twins Christian and Chace Boyce; the brother of Dr. Carole Boyce Davies (Cornell University).

Mildred Byers Riggs, 89 Federal Employee

Mildred Jean Byers Riggs, the second daughter of George and Eloise Byers, was born in the summer of 1922 in Clifton, S.C. She and her sister Modestyne spent their formative years in Cowpens, S.C. attending school in nearby Spartanburg. Education was important in the Byers family. Mildred followed her sister to South Carolina State University, eventually earning her undergraduate degree at Howard University and continuing her graduate education at American University. While at S.C. State, Mildred was initiated into the Beta Sigma chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. After graduating from Howard University with a degree in business, Mildred joined the many young women in Washington who worked for the federal government. While working in the Office of the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, she and a good friend accepted transfers to Germany as Army employees. This was such a brave step for

a young Black woman from Cowpens. Photos show clearly that this was an exciting time in her life. She traveled extensively, skied in the Swiss Alps and dined in French cafes. For the rest of her life, her conversations were filled with splashes of German, French and Italian, though not always grammatically correct. When she returned to the States, she continued her career with the government and settled into life in the District. She soon met a young photographer, James Riggs. They fell in love and married. From this union, three children were born: Camille, James Jr. “Giaco” and Derek. Her children were the light of her life. They were a source of great joy and pride. Her children’s light was dimmed, though, upon the arrival of her grandchildren. Lauren quickly became her running buddy and the others soon followed. Ambryice, Kyle, Whitney, Elan and Marcus showed her a level of joy she didn’t know possible. Every Thanksgiving she had the requisite sofa

Beverly Scott Hurst, 79

Roland Cothorne,

Employment Specialist

Beverly Scott Hurst passed away peacefully from the arms of her loving family on Feb. 3, 2012 at her home in Kensington, Md. after a courageous battle with multiple illnesses. Beverly was born and raised in Oberlin, Ohio to Janie (Burgess) and Alvin Scott Sr. on Jan. 16, 1933, and was a graduate of Oberlin High School. She attended Howard University in Washington earning undergraduate and graduate degrees. She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist church in Oberlin, where she had been a member as a child and where she married Charles G. Hurst Jr. on Feb. 22, 1963. Beverly was an avid reader and also enjoyed jig saw puzzles and most of all playing bridge. She was devoted to her family and was a good friend to many. Beverly and her husband lived in Chicago where she worked for the Chicago Urban League; the Railroad Retirement Board as EEO Officer and with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District. She returned to the Washington, D.C. area and worked for and retired from the U.S. Army Military District of Washington where she was an Equal Employment Opportunity

photo with all the grandkids lined up. Each enjoyed a special relationship with her grandma, and each has special stories about her to share. Each even had their own name for her: Grandma, Little Grandma, Grammy and Abuela. Her retirement time provided her with an even greater opportunity to explore new hobbies and share the gift of her generous spirit. Days began with the crossword puzzle. She swam regularly, took golf lessons and always ended her day with Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. Her interest in nutrition grew and her vitamin bag was almost as large as her suitcase when she travel on family vacations. She became a regular volunteer at the People’s Congregational Church Food Pantry. Her time at the Food Pantry gave her an opportunity for Christian fellowship and service. Feeding people was central to who she was. Mildred Riggs lived a full life and provided her whole family with stories and memories to share with generations to come. She is survived by her sister, Modestyne Byers Simpson; children Camille (Mosley), James Jr. and Derek; grandchildren Lauren and Kyle Mosley, Whitney and Marcus Riggs and Ambryice and Elan Riggs; niece Thomasina Chagois and nephew Jeff Simpson.

Specialist. Beverly retired in 1995. Beverly was preceded in death by her parents Janie and Alvin Scott Sr., sisters Barbara Jean Scott and Janice A. Waite and brother, Alvin Scott Jr. and his wife Priscilla. Beverly is survived by her beloved husband of 49 years, Dr. Charles G. Hurst Jr., a daughter Chaverly Osborne (Larry); a grandson, Larry Osborne III (Trey), granddaughter Allantra Osborne and great granddaughter Kylar. Beverly was also a motherly influence to her husband’s children, Carolyn McDonald (nee Hurst), Fredrick Hurst (Margie), Robert Hurst, James Hurst, Christopher Hurst (Bobbie) and Carolyn McDaniel (nee Hurst) and their children. Also left to mourn her passing and remember her life are her sisters: Patricia Knight (nee Scott) of Oberlin, Ohio, Robin Rudolf (Walter) and Rosalyn Sunahara, both of Nevada; her brothers Donald Scott of Canton, Ohio, William Scott of Oberlin, Ohio, Charles Scott of Sullivan, Ohio, Alvin L. and Everett Scott both of Nevada. She leaves one uncle, Wayman

Beloved Husband, Friend

Roland Cothorne, the beloved husband of Sylvia Cothorne was funeralized Feb. 14, 2012 at the St. Phillips Baptist Church in Woodlawn, Md. He leaves to cherish his memory many relatives and friends including Pierre Francois, brother-inlaw; Pierre I. Francois, godson/nephew and Carlyns Francois, nephew.

Scott, one aunt, Elaine Scott, two brothers-in-law, Roscoe J Hurst (Carolyn) and Calvin Waite and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.


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Hampton Draws Top Seeded Stanford in NCAA Women’s Tournament By Jeff Cunningham Special to the AFRO Hampton University women’s basketball team, fresh off its

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third straight conference tournament championship, will square off against Stanford in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on March 17 at 1:40 p.m. at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. The game will be televised live on ESPN2. The Lady Pirates (26-4 overall record), winners of 11 straight, were given a No. 16 seed in the Fresno Region after beating Howard 54-53 on March 10 for their third straight MEAC Tournament crown – to go along with their second straight MEAC regular-season championship. Stanford (311 overall record) picked up the top seed in the region after sweeping the Pac-12 regular season and tournament titles. This will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools. This will be the Lady Pirates’ sixth overall appearance in the NCAA Division I Tournament; last season, Hampton traveled to Albuquerque, N.M. as a No. 13 seed, the best seed for a MEAC team in the 64-team era, and took No. 4 Kentucky into overtime before falling 66-62. In 2010, Hampton was a No. 15

seed, falling at Duke 72-37. Stanford is ranked second in the nation in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls, with its only loss of the season coming on Nov. 21 at Connecticut. The Cardinal have won 28 straight games, including a 77-62 win over Cal in Saturday’s Pac-12 title game. Senior forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike leads Stanford in both scoring (21.8 ppg) and rebounding (10.5 rpg), while younger sister Chiney Ogwumike, a sophomore forward, is second in both categories – averaging 15.8 points a contest and 10.3 rebounds per night. Stanford is averaging 76.9 points per game on offense, while giving up 54.7 points a night. No. 8 seed West Virginia and No. 9 seed Texas will also be in Norfolk, playing their first-round match-up at 11:10 a.m. The winner of that game will face either Stanford or Hampton in the second round on March 19.

Norfolk State Takes on No. 2 Seed Missouri in ‘Big Dance’ By Matt Michalec Special to the AFRO

Norfolk State has earned the No. 15 seed in the West Region and will face No. 2 seed Missouri in the second round of the NCAA

Tournament on Friday March 16 in Omaha, Neb. The game will be televised live on TNT and will tip-off at approximately 4:40 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. CT), or 30 minutes following the conclusion of the Florida-

Virginia game that tips off at 2:10 p.m. (1:10 p.m. CT). NSU (25-9 overall record) won its first-ever MidEastern Athletic Conference championship on March 10 with a 73-70 win over Bethune-Cookman. The

By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor Patterson Clippers star guard Aquille Carr had one priority heading into the 2011-’12 high school basketball season: win the Maryland state championship. It was the only thing he focused on ever since his team fell just short last season. This year, Carr wasn’t going to let that happen again as he scored 28 points to push the reigning Baltimore City champs to a 86-75 victory over the Thomas Stone Cougars of Waldorf, Md. in the 3A state championship on March 10 at the Comcast Center in College Park, Md. “I think I sat right here in the same chair when I cried here last year, “Carr told reporters after the game. “So it feels great to know I don’t have to cry now.” The win didn’t come easy at all for Patterson; Thomas Stone led, 43-34, at halftime; the Cougars had four different players score double digits and took advantage when Carr got into foul trouble in the second half. Fortunately, Patterson leaned on its other teammates to contribute when Carr sat on the bench. Senior guard Devin Hebron scored all 23 of his total points in the second half for Patterson; Clippers senior forward Shakir Brown also contributed well, scoring a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Senior center Leonard Livingston added eight points and 11 blocked shots to Patterson’s team total. “I’m speechless,” Carr continued telling reporters after the game. “It hasn’t hit me yet, but I know we worked hard, we deserved it. Guys on our team didn’t come all this way to lose. They came to win a state championship and make school history.” The Clippers weren’t the only team to bring a title back to Baltimore, Md. The Dunbar Poets made their own history, blasting the New Town, 60-36, on March 10 for their third straight 1A Maryland state title. Dunbar now has 14 state titles in school

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history, tying Albany for the most of any school in Maryland. Dunbar was led by senior guard Evan Singletary with 19 points; no other Poet scored more than 10 points but they wouldn’t need many points because New Town was completely strapped by Dunbar’s defense. After the game, former Dunbar player and NBA legend Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues handed out the championship trophy and awards. “When you first come to Dunbar and hear about the tradition and the history and you learn about everything that happened, that’s motivation for us to keep it alive because we know what’s expected,” said Dunbar senior guard Donte Pretlow, who told the

Shaw Downs Edinboro to Reach Elite Eight of D-II Tournament By Sherri Fillingham Special to the AFRO The timing may have been slightly different - last year the two met in the first round of the NCAA Division II Tournament - but the ending was the same: Shaw downing nationally ranked Edinboro on their way to an NCAA Atlantic Region title. This year, the two met in the regional finals, but the Lady Bears still sent the home fans home unhappy as they defeated third-ranked and top seed Edinboro 70-53 at McComb Field House on the Edinboro campus. With the win, Shaw (26-6 overall record) advances to the Elite Eight for the second straight year. Last year, the team advanced to the Final Four for the first time in program history. “It was a heck of a game,” said Shaw head coach Jacques Curtis. “We know they liked to get up and down. The key was not turning the ball over. I’m just glad to be advancing.” Senior guard Allyssa Lane, who led all scorers with 17 points, said this year’s win was different. “Last year it was important to win. But as a senior, this year it means everything.” With Crystal Harris - one of Shaw’s key “bigs” - home for the funeral of her grandmother, the Bears were forced to play Kyria Buford and Aslea Williams for longer minutes, and to go smaller, with point guards Lane and Brittney Spencer sharing more time on the floor together. All four wound up scoring in double digits with Buford

being named to the All-Tournament team and Williams being named MVP. “This group is a team,” said Curtis. “You don’t know on any given night who will step up. Without Crystal, our rotation got screwed up. Normally no one plays over 25 minutes, but tonight Aslea played 34. And Allyssa had 17 points. We knew our guards had to step up Shaw Sports Information Photo tonight.” Kiara Brown was the only Edinboro player in double digits with 14 points; she was also named to the all-tournament team. Raven Metz had 11 rebounds and three assists to lead the Lady Fighting Scots in both categories. Edinboro ends its season with a 30-2 record. Shaw now advances to play Pittsburg State of Kansas (27-5 overall record) at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 20 at Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio, Tex.

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Spartans are making their first-ever NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament appearance since moving up to Division I for the 1997-98 school year. The Spartans made 15 Division II Tournament appearances, with the last coming in 1995. That squad advanced to the D-II Final Four and won 27 games. This year’s team has won 25 games, most since that 1994-95 team. The Tigers (30-4 overall record) won the Big 12 Tournament championship with a 90-75 win over Baylor on March 10. “We’re excited to be playing Missouri in our firstever NCAA Tournament appearance,” NSU head coach Anthony Evans said. “They represent a big challenge for us, but one we will embrace. We hope to represent NSU and the MEAC well.”

Baltimore Sun he will play for Morgan State University next fall. “That means us playing hard every game. And when you actually see the people that laid the foundation, that’s a thrill for us and that makes us feel good.”


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The object of this suit is to officially change the name of the petitioner from Amanda Lynne Johnson to Ashley Marie Parker 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 16th day of March, 2012, which shall warn all interested persons to file an affidavit in opposition to the relief requested on or before the 31st day of March, 2012. Frank M. Conaway Clerk 3/16

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR BALTIMORE CITY Case No.: 24D12000524 IN THE MATTER OF PATRICIA TAYLOR FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO WAFIYYAH SABREEN MUHAMMAD ORDER FOR NOTICE BY PUBLICATION

The object of this suit is to officially change the name of the petitioner from Patricia Taylor to WaFiyyah Sabreen Muhammad It is this 21st 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 21st day of March, 2012, which shall warn all interested persons to file an affidavit in opposition to the relief requested on or before the 2nd day of April, 2012. Frank M. Conaway Clerk 3/16

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR BALTIMORE CITY Case No.: 24D12000643 IN THE MATTER OF ELIYAHU ROSTANNEJAD FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ELIYAHU COHEN ORDER FOR NOTICE BY PUBLICATION

The object of this suit is to officially change the name of the petitioner from Eliyahu Rostannejad to Eliyahu Cohen It is this 8th day of March, 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 April, 2012 which shall warn all interested persons to file an affidavit in opposition to the relief requested on or before the 23rd day of April, 2012. Frank M. Conaway Clerk 3/16

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FAMILY COURT NOTICE OF LETTING Sealed Bids or Proposals, in duplicate addressed to the Board of Estimates 202-879-1212 of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and marked for Water Contract 1231-Meter Setting Installations and Replacements, South-East BalDOMESTIC RELATIONS timore will be received at the Office of the Comptroller, Room 204, City Hall, Baltimore, Maryland until 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, March 28, 2012. 202-879-0157 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. a. Absent Defendant $ 150.00 The Contract Documents may be examined, without charge, at the Departb. Absolute Divorce $ 150.00 ment of Public Works Service Center located on the first floor of the Abel Wolman Municipal Building, 200 Holliday Street, Baltimore, Maryland c. Custody Divorce $ 150.00 21202 as of Friday, March 9, 2012 and copies may be purchased for a non-refundable cost of $50.00. Conditions and requirements of the Bid are found in the bid package. To place your ad, call 1-800-237-6892, ext. 262 All contractors bidding on this Contract must first be prequalified by the City Public Notices $50.00 & up depending on size of Baltimore Contractors Qualification Committee. Interested parties should call 410-396-6883 or contact the Committee at 751 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore Legal Notices are $24.15 per inch. Baltimore, Maryland 21202. If a bid is submitted by a joint venture There is no flat rate — 1-800 (AFRO) 892 (“JV”), then in that event, the document that established the JV shall For Proof of Publication, please call 1-800-237-6892, ext. 244 be submitted with the bid for verification purposes. The Prequalification Category required for bidding on this project is B02551Water Mains LEGALEDT NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES LEGALEDT NOTICES Mar 14 10:24:49 2012 TYPESET: Wed Mar 14 10:24:12 2012 Cost Qualification Range for this work shall be $2,000,000.01 to TYPESET: Wed LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES $3,000,000.00 A “Pre-Bidding Information” session will be conducted at 3rd Floor Conference Room of the Bureau of Water and Wastewater, Abel Wolman HOUSING AUTHORITY OF BALTIMORE CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY OF BALTIMORE CITY Municipal Building on March 13, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS E-BUSINESS SERVICES NETWORK MONITORING Principal Items of work for this project are: Installation of new meter settings and meter vaults at remote read RFP NUMBER: B-1693-12 RFP NUMBER: B-1692-12 meters (ARBs), replacement of existing galvanized service leads with new copper piping, sidewalk restorations, curb & gutter, and roadway The Housing Authority of Baltimore City The Housing Authority of Baltimore City paving, as required (“HABC”) is requesting proposals from qual(“HABC”) is requesting proposals from qualThe MBE goal is 13% ified and interested individuals or firms to proified and interested individuals or firms to proThe WBE goal is 3% vide comprehensive e-business services vide network management, network WATER CONTRACT 1231 including but not limited to internet and intranet monitoring, server monitoring, and IP TelephAPPROVED: site design, web hosting, site and server mainony management services. Bernice H. Taylor tenance, 24/7 on-site technical support, Clerk, Board of Estimates database development and administration, ePROPOSALS WILL BE DUE no later than APPROVED: TYPESET: Wed Mar 14 10:21:56 EDT 2012 business writing, proofing, and editing. 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, April 9, Alfred H. Foxx 2012. Director of Public Works PROPOSALS WILL BE DUE no later than CITY OF BALTIMORE 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, April 9, A non-mandatory pre-proposal conference will DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS 2012. be held on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at BUREAU OF WATER AND WASTEWATER 10:00 a.m., at 417 E. Fayette Street, Room A non-mandatory pre-proposal conference will 416, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202. NOTICE OF LETTING be held on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at Sealed Bids or Proposals, in duplicate addressed to the Board of Estimates 11:00 a.m., at 417 E. Fayette Street, Room HABC has established a minimum goal of of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and marked for Water Contract 416, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202. twenty percent (20%) of the total dollar amount 1235-Meter Setting Installation and Replacements, South-West Balof the proposed contract for Minority Business timore will be received at the Office of the Comptroller, Room 204, City Hall, HABC has established a minimum goal of Enterprise (“MBE”) utilization, applicable to all Baltimore, Maryland until 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, March 28, 2012. twenty percent (20%) of the total dollar amount minority and non-minority businesses proposPositively no bids will be received after 11:00 A.M. Bids will be publicly of the proposed contract for Minority Business ing to provide the requested services as the opened by the Board of Estimates in Room 215, City Hall at Noon. Enterprise (“MBE”) utilization, applicable to all prime contractor. No goal has been estabThe Contract Documents may be examined, without charge, at the Depart- minority and non-minority businesses proposlished for participation of Women-owned ment of Public Works Service Center located on the first floor of the Abel ing to provide the requested services as the businesses (“WBEs”), however, HABC Wolman Municipal Building, 200 Holliday Street, Baltimore, Maryland prime contractor. No goal has been estabstrongly encourages and affirmatively pro21202 as of Friday, March 9, 2012 and copies may be purchased for a lished for participation of Women-owned motes the use of WBEs in all HABC contracts. non-refundable cost of $50.00. businesses (“WBEs”), however, HABC Conditions and requirements of the Bid are found in the bid package. strongly encourages and affirmatively proResponders shall also comply with all apAll contractors bidding on this Contract must first be prequalified by the City motes the use of WBEs in all HABC contracts. plicable requirements of Section 3 of the Housof Baltimore Contractors Qualification Committee. Interested parties ing and Urban Development Act of 1968, 12 should call 410-396-6883 or contact the Committee at 751 Eastern Avenue, Responders shall also comply with all apU.S.C. Section 1701u. Baltimore, Maryland 21202. If a bid is submitted by a joint venture plicable requirements of Section 3 of the Hous(“JV”), then in that event, the document that established the JV shall ing and Urban Development Act of 1968, 12 The RFP may be obtained on or after Monday, be submitted with the bid for verification purposes. The U.S.C. Section 1701u. March 12, 2012, at the following location: Prequalification Category required for bidding on this project is B02551Water Mains The RFP may be obtained on or after Monday, Housing Authority of Baltimore City Cost Qualification Range for this work shall be $3,000,000.01 to March 12, 2012, at the following location: Division of Fiscal Operations, $4,000,000.00 Purchasing Department A “Pre-Bidding Information” session will be conducted at 3rd Floor ConHousing Authority of Baltimore City 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 414 ference Room of the Bureau of Water and Wastewater, Abel Wolman Division of Fiscal Operations, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 Municipal Building on March 13, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. Purchasing Department Attention: John Airey, Principal Items of work for this project are: 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 414 Chief of Contracting Services Installation of new meter settings and meter vaults at remote read Baltimore, Maryland 21202 Tel: (410)396-3261 Fax: (410)962-1586 meters (ARBs), replacement of existing galvanized service leads with Attention: John Airey, new copper piping, sidewalk restorations, curb & gutter, and roadway Chief of Contracting Services Questions regarding the RFP should be dipaving, as required Tel: (410)396-3261 Fax: (410)962-1586 rected in writing to the address and individual The MBE goal is 13% indicated above, and must include the referThe WBE goal is 3% Questions regarding the RFP should be dience: HABC RFP Number B-1692-12. WATER CONTRACT 1235 rected in writing to the address and individual indicated above, and must include the referAPPROVED: ence: HABC RFP Number B-1693-12. Bernice H. Taylor Clerk, Board of Estimates APPROVED: Alfred H. Foxx Director of Public Works


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Baltimore City Public Schools INVITATION FOR BIDS: BCS-12069 Frozen Refrigerated, Dry/Canned Goods and USDA Commodity Products

City of Baltimore Department of Finance Bureau of Purchases Sealed proposals addressed to the Board of Estimates of Baltimore, will be received until, but not later than 11:00 a.m. local time on the following date(s) for the stated requirements:

The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners invites interested companies to submit bids to: Provide Frozen Refrigerated, Dry/ Canned Goods and USDA Commodity Products to designated City Schools.

MARCH 28, 2012 CRAWLER DOZER, CRAWLER TRACTOR AND MULTI TERRAIN LOADER B50002338 APRIL 4, 2012 INSPECTION AND CODE DEFICIENCY REPAIRS FOR CRANES & HOISTS B50002037

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.

APRIL 11, 2012 POLICE EXAM CONSULTANT SERVICES B50002313

Solicitation BCS-12069 will be available for review commencing, Tuesday, March 13, 2012.

THE ENTIRE SOLICITATION DOCUMENT CAN BE VIEWED AND DOWN LOADED BY VISITING THE CITYS WEB SITE:

A pre-bid conference will be held on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 11:00am at 200 East North Avenue, Room 301.

www.baltimorecitibuy.org TYPESET: Wed Mar 14 10:23:16 EDT 2012 BOARD OF LIQUOR LICENSE COMMISSIONERS FOR BALTIMORE CITY NOTICE

The Bid Due Date is Thursday, April 12, 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, Shabray Stanfield at sstanfield@bcps. k12.md.us.Wed Mar 14 10:13:59 EDT 2012 TYPESET:

Petitions have been filed by the following applicants for licenses to sell alcoholic beverages at the premises set opposite their respective names. The real property for these applications will be posted on Monday, March 12, 2012. Written protests concerning any application will be accepted until and including the time of the conference or hearing. Conferences and public hearings will be held after March 29, 2012. Interested parties should contact the office of the Board, 231 E. Baltimore Street, 6th Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 or by calling (410) 396-4385 to determine the exact time and date that the Board will consider a particular application. Written protests will be acknowledged by the Board and such protestants will be notified as to the date, time and place of the hearing or conference. 1. CLASS “B” BEER, WINE & RESTAURANT LICENSE Hilltop Wing Bling, LLC New license 5451 Reisterstown Road Rahim Kurji, Bidjaan Kassam, Mary Uttenreither

The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners invites interested companies to submit bids to: Provide Special Education Long Term Substitute services to designated City School students. In order to participate, interested bidders need to register with eMaryland Marktplace by visiting their website at https://ebidmarketplace.com and clicking the Registration button. Solicitation BCS-12057 will be available for review commencing Thursday, March 8, 2012. A pre-bid conference will be held on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 12:00pm at 200 East North Avenue, Room 301.

Teavolve 2, LLC New license with request for 855 N. Wolfe Street, Suite B Mondel Powell, Ernst Valery live entertainment, outdoor table service & off-premises catering

Pirog and Marshall Inc. Request for live entertainment 1024 S. Charles Street Nicholas Marshall, Daniel Pirog, Ericka Wodka

The Bid Due Date is Thursday, March 22, 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, Shabray Stanfield at sstanfield@bcps. k12.md.us

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Opposite Sidewalk Saloon, Inc. Transfer of ownership 132 S. Carey Street Yosief Tesfazion, J.Dereck Heald Casa Luna Sports Bar, Inc. Transfer of ownership with request 500 S. Lehigh Street Jose Luna for live entertainment

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS STUDENT HOUSING DEVELOPERS Coppin Heights Community Development Corporation is seeking qualified Developers in connection with the development of Student Housing in the 2700 block of W. North Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21216. For additional information please contact: Wendy Blair, 301 W. Franklin Street, Suite 100, Baltimore, Maryland, 21201, (410)244-8334 voice, (410)244-8335 fax, wlblairdev@juno.com, email. TYPESET: Wed Mar 14 10:17:11 EDT 2012 Baltimore City Public Schools INVITATION FOR BID BCS-12074 CALCULATORS The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners invites interested companies to submit bids to provide calculators. 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 BCS-12074 will be available for review commencing Thursday, March 8, 2012. The Bid Due Date is Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 11:00am. No bids will be accepted after that time. Any questions related to this solicitation should be directed to the Buyer, Suzanne Addington at saddington@bcps.k12. md.us TYPESET: Wed Mar 14 10:17:34 EDT 2012 Baltimore City Public Schools. INVITATION FOR BIDS: BCS-12078 Provide HVAC Roof Top Unit Replacement Services at Bay Brook Elementary Schools #124A The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners is inviting interested companies to submit bids to: BCS-12078. In order to participate, interested bidders need to visit eMaryland Marketplace website at https://emaryland.buyspeed.com/bso/login. jsp Solicitation BCS-12078 will be available for review commencing Friday, March 16, 2012. The Bid Due Date is Thursday, April 12, 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 “Certified Minority Business Enterprises are encouraged to respond to this solicitation.”

LEGAL NOTICES

Baltimore City Public Schools INVITATION FOR BIDS: BCS-12058 Special Education Short Term Substitutes

The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners invites interested companies to submit bids to: Provide Social Work Services to designated City School students.

The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners invites interested companies to submit bids to: Provide Special Education Short Term Substitute services to designated City School students.

In order to participate, interested bidders need to register with eMaryland Marktplace by visiting their website at https://ebidmarketplace.com and clicking the Registration button. Solicitation BCS-12061 will be available for review commencing Thursday, March 8, 2012.

In order to participate, interested bidders need to register with eMaryland Marktplace by visiting their website at https://ebidmarketplace.com and clicking the Registration button. Solicitation BCS-12058 will be available for review commencing Thursday, March 8, 2012.

A pre-bid conference will be held on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 11:00am at 200 East North Avenue, Room 301.

A pre-bid conference will be held on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 12:00pm at 200 East North Avenue, Room 301.

The Bid Due Date is Thursday, March 22, 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, Shabray Stanfield at sstanfield@bcps. k12.md.us

The Bid Due Date is Thursday, March 22, 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, Shabray Stanfield at sstanfield@bcps. k12.md.us

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Social Worker

Mental Health therapist case manager able to function as part of interdisciplinary team. MSW or Masters in Counseling or Psychology. Licensed as an LGSW, LCSW, LCSW-C, LGPC, LCPC or licensed eligible at the time of hire. Experience working with homeless and/or low income individuals preferred, excellent verbal and written communication skills. Send resume to Sage Johnson, 421 Fallsway, Baltimore, MD 21202 by 03/28/12. FAX to (410) 837-8020. Email: No phone calls. EOE hrresumes@hchmd.org. TYPESET: Wed Mar 14 10:17:59 EDT 2012

HELP WANTED MAN FOR SPRING CLEAN UP IN CATONSVILLE. MEDIUM YARD. ALSO NEED MAN TO MOW GRASS ALL SEASON. SALARY NEGOTIABLE 410-744-7859

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NUTRITION PROGRAM COMPLIANCE SPECIALISTS These are professional positions responsible for providing technical assistance to Local Education Authorities (LEAs), schools, agencies & sites, where children & adults participate in Maryland Nutrition Programs, for improving program performance & assuring compliance to Federal & State regulations.

www.marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE/aboutmsde/jobs MSDE´s Nutrition Branch works to administer programs such as The National School Breakfast & Lunch Programs, the Special Milk Program & Child & Adult Food Care Program to students & residents of Maryland. Annual salary range: $41,074-$59,609 & Full State Benefits.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor´s Degree in Food Service Admin, Consumer Sci, Dietetics, Nutrition, Public Health or related area & two yrs prof exp in nutrition program coordin. or mang´t. Exp in Child Nutrition Programs pref; Registered Dietitian desired.

To Apply: Reference position # 040151 & Send/FAX (410-333-8950) resume to Office of Human Resources, 200 W. Baltimore Street, Balto. MD. 21201. Applications/ resumes should be received by March 23, 2012. AA/EOE

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Conkling Street, LLC Transfer of ownership from 1028 S. Conkling Street Brenda Strumke secured creditor, request for outdoor table service

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Baltimore City Public Schools INVITATION FOR BIDS: BCS-12061 Social Work Services

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Pub Dog of Federal Hill, Inc. Transfer of ownership 20 E. Cross Street Stephen Osmond, Dana Galinus

4. CLASS “D” BEER WINE & LIQUOR LICENSE SunLight Lounge, Inc. Request for live entertainment 1713-15 Eastern Avenue Ahmed, Suad Ahmed TYPESET: Kassin Wed M. Mar 14 10:19:28 EDT

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Baltimore City Public Schools INVITATION FOR BIDS: BCS-12057 Special Education Long Term Substitutes

2. CLASS “B” BEER WINE & LIQUOR RESTAURANT LICENSE Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Inc. New license with request for 301 Light Street, Suite# 1405 Scott Tarwater, James Kramer, live entertainment & outdoor table service Kristin Zissel

3. CLASS BD7 BEER WINE & LIQUOR LICENSE Daily Grind Cafe, LLC Transfer of Ownership with request 1725-27 E. Lombard Street Vishal Patel, Marichu Basil live entertainment Shamir Patel

TYPESET: Wed Mar 14 10:14:30 EDT 2012

To advertise in the AFRO call 410-544-8200

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Project Projectfees feeshave havebeen beenestimated estimatedatat$900,000.00 $900,000.00per peryear. year.IfIffurther furtherininformation formationisisrequired requiredregarding regardingthis thisrequest, request,please pleasecontact contactMr. Mr.John JohnFriesFriesner neratat410-396-3671. 410-396-3671. Firms Firmsintending intendingtotosubmit submitaaproposal proposalas asaaprime primeconsultant consultantfor forthis thisproject project should shouldsubmit submitaa”Letter ”LetterofofInterest” Interest”totothe theOffice OfficeofofBoards Boardsand andCommisCommissions, sions,751 751Eastern EasternAve., Ave.,Baltimore, Baltimore,Maryland Maryland21202 21202(FAX: (FAX:410-625-4667). 410-625-4667). Since Sincethese theseletters lettersare areutilized utilizedtotoassist assistsmall, small,minority minorityand andwomen womenbusiness business enterprises enterprisesininidentifying identifyingpotential potentialteaming teamingpartners, partners,the theletters lettersshould shouldbe be submitted submittedwithin withinfive five(5) (5)days daysofofthe thedate dateofofthe theproject´s project´sadvertisement. advertisement.The The letter lettershould shouldcontain containaacontact contactperson. person.Failure Failuretotosubmit submitaa”Letter ”LetterofofInterest” Interest” will willnot notdisqualify disqualifyaafirm firmsubmitting submittingaaproposal proposalfor forthe theproject. project. Each Eachprime primeconsultant consultantapplying applyingfor forthis thisProject Projectwill willbe berequired requiredtotocomplete complete and copies,totothe the andsubmit submitan anoriginal originalFederal FederalForm Form255, 255,along alongwith withfive five(5) (5)copies, Office OfficeofofBoards Boardsand andCommissions. Commissions.The TheFederal FederalForm Form255 255and andthe thefive five copies copiesmust mustbe besubmitted submittedon onororbefore before12:00 12:00P.M. P.M.(Noon) (Noon)on onMonday MondayApril April 9,9,2012. 2012.Submittals Submittalsmay maynot notbe beaccepted acceptedafter afterthis thisdeadline. deadline. Insurance InsuranceRequirements Requirements The TheConsultant Consultantshall shallprocure procureand andmaintain maintainduring duringthe thelife lifeofofthis thisagreement, agreement, the thefollowing followingrequired requiredinsurance insurancecoverage. coverage. a.a.Worker’s Worker’sCompensation Compensationcoverage coverageas asrequired requiredby bythe theState StateofofMaryland, Maryland, as aswell wellas asany anysimilar similarcoverage coveragerequired requiredfor forthis thiswork workby byapplicable applicableFederal Federal ororother otherStates StatesState StateLaw. Law. b.b.Professional ProfessionalLiability, Liability,Errors, Errors,and andOmissions OmissionsInsurance Insuranceatataalimit limitofofnot not less lessthan thanOne OneMillion MillionDollars Dollars($1,000,000) ($1,000,000)ininthe theevent eventthat thatservices servicesdelivdelivered eredpursuant pursuanttotothis thisAgreement, Agreement,either eitherdirectly directlyororindirectly, indirectly,involves involvesoror requires requiresprofessional professionalservices, services,Professional ProfessionalLiability, Liability,Errors, Errors,and andOmisOmissions sionscoverage coverageshall shallbe beprovided. provided.“Professional “ProfessionalServices” Services”for forthe thepurpose purposeofof this thisAgreement Agreementshall shallmean meanany anyservices servicesprovided providedby byaalicensed licensedCONSULCONSULTANT TANTprofessional. professional. c.c.The TheCITY, CITY,its itselected/ elected/appointed appointedofficials, officials,employees, employees,and andagents agentsshall shallbe be covered, covered, by by endorsement, endorsement, when when applicable, applicable, as as additional additional insureds insureds as as respects respectsto; to;liability liabilityarising arisingout outofofactivities activitiesperformed performedby byororon onbehalf behalfofofthe the CONSULTANT CONSULTANTininconnection connectionwith withthis thisAgreement. Agreement. d.d.To Tothe theextent extentofofthe theCONSULTANT´s CONSULTANT´snegligence, negligence,the theCONSULTANT´s CONSULTANT´s insurance insurancecoverage coverageshall shallbe beprimary primaryinsurance insuranceas asrespects respectsthe theCITY, CITY,its its elected/appointed elected/appointedemployees employeesand andagents. agents.Any Anyinsurance insuranceand/or and/orself selfinsurinsurance ancemaintained maintainedby bythe theCITY, CITY,its itselected electedappointed appointedofficials, officials,employees employeesand and agents, agents,shall shallnot notcontribute contributewith withCONSULTANT´s CONSULTANT´sinsurance insuranceororbenefit benefitthe the CONSULTANT CONSULTANTininany anyway. way. e.e.Coverage Coverageshall shallnot notbe besuspended, suspended,voided, voided,cancelled, cancelled,reduced reducedinincovcoverage, erage,ororininlimits, limits,except exceptby bythe thereduction reductionofofapplicable applicableaggregate aggregatelimit limitby by claims claimspaid, paid,until untilafter afterforty-five forty-five(45) (45)days daysprior priorwritten writtennotice noticehas hasbeen beengiven given totothe theCITY. CITY.There Therewill willbe bean anexception exceptionfor fornon-payment non-paymentofofpremium, premium,which which isisten ten(10) (10)days daysnotice noticeofofcancellation. cancellation. f.f.Insurance Insuranceisistotobe beplaced placedwith withinsurers insurerswith withaaBest´s Best´srating ratingofofno noless lessthan than A:VII, A:VII,or, or,ififnot notrated ratedwith withBest’s Best’swith withminimum minimumsurpluses surplusesthe theequivalent equivalentofof Best’s Best’ssurplus surplussize sizeVII VIIand andmust mustbe belicensed/approved licensed/approvedtotodo dobusiness businessininthe the State StateofofMaryland. Maryland.

g.g.The TheCONSULTANT CONSULTANTshall shallfurnish furnishthe theCITY CITYaa“Certificate “CertificateofofInsurance” Insurance” with withaacopy copyofofthe theadditional additionalinsured insuredendorsement, endorsement,when whenapplicable, applicable,as as verification verificationthat thatthe thecoverage coverageisisininforce. force.The TheCITY CITYreserves reservesthe theright righttoto require requirecomplete completecopies copiesofofinsurance insurancepolicies policiesatatany anytime. time. Prequalification PrequalificationCertification Certification All Allarchitectural, architectural,engineering, engineering,and andsurveying surveyingfirms firmslisted listedininthe thespecific specific proposal proposalfor forthe theProject Projectmust mustbe beprequalified prequalifiedby bythe theOffice OfficeofofBoards Boardsand and Commissions Commissionsfor foreach eachapplicable applicablediscipline disciplineatattime timeofofsubmittal submittalfor forthis this Project. Project.AAcopy copyofofthe theprime primeand andsub subconsultant´s consultant´scurrent currentPrequalification Prequalification Certificate Certificateshould shouldbe beincluded includedininthe thebid bidsubmittal submittalpackage. package.IfIfyou youneed need information informationon onthe theCity´s City´sPrequalification PrequalificationCertification Certificationprocess processplease pleasecall call the theOffice OfficeofofBoards Boardsand andCommissions Commissionsatat410-396-6883. 410-396-6883. MBE/WBE MBE/WBECertification Certification ItItisisthe thepolicy policyofofthe theCity CityofofBaltimore Baltimoretotopromote promoteequal equalbusiness businessopportunity opportunity inin the the City´s City´s contracting contracting process. process. Pursuant Pursuant toto Article Article 5,5, Subtitle Subtitle 28 28 ofof Baltimore Baltimore City City Code Code (2000 (2000 Edition) Edition) - - Minority Minority and and Women´s Women´s Business Business Program, Program, Minority Minority Business Business Enterprise Enterprise (MBE) (MBE) and and Women´s Women´s Business Business Enterprise Enterprise(WBE) (WBE)participation participationgoals goalsapply applytotothis thiscontract. contract. The TheMBE MBEgoal goalisis21% 21% The TheWBE WBEgoal goalisis7% 7% Both Boththe theproposed proposedMinority Minorityand andWomen´s Women´sBusiness BusinessEnterprise Enterprisefirms firmsmust must be benamed namedand andidentified identifiedas asan anMBE MBEororWBE WBEwithin withinItem Item66ofofthe theStandard Standard Form Form (SF) (SF) 255 255 inin the the spaces spaces provided provided for for identifying identifying outside outside key key consultants/associates consultants/associatesanticipated anticipatedfor forutilization utilizationfor forthis thisproject. project. Any Anysubmittals submittalsthat thatdo donot notinclude includethe theproper properMBE/WBE MBE/WBE(in (insome someinstances instances DBE) DBE)participation participationwill willbe bedisapproved disapprovedfor forfurther furtherconsideration considerationfor forthis this project. project. Verifying VerifyingCertification Certification Each Eachfirm firmsubmitting submittingaaSF SF255 255for forconsideration considerationfor foraaproject projectisisresponsible responsible for forverifying verifyingthat thatall allMBEs MBEsand andWBEs WBEstotobe beutilized utilizedon onthe theproject projectare are certified certified by by the the Minority Minority and and Women´s Women´s Business Business Opportunity Opportunity Office Office (MWBOO) (MWBOO)prior priortotosubmitting submittingthe theproposal. proposal.AAdirectory directoryofofcertified certifiedMBEs MBEs and andWBEs WBEsisisavailable availablefrom fromMWBOO. MWBOO.Since Sincechanges changestotothe thedirectory directoryoccur occur daily, daily,firms firmssubmitting submittingSF SF255s 255sshould shouldcall callMWBOO MWBOOatat(410)396-4355 (410)396-4355toto verify verifycertification, certification,expiration expirationdates datesand andservices servicesthat thatthe theMBE MBEororWBE WBEisis certified certifiedtotoprovide. provide. Non-Affiliation Non-Affiliation AAfirm firmsubmitting submittingaaproposal proposalmay maynot notuse usean anMBE MBEororWBE WBEtotomeet meetaacontract contract goal goalif:if: 1.1.The Thefirm firmhas hasaafinancial financialinterest interestininthe theMBE MBEororWBE WBE 2.2.The Thefirm firmhas hasan aninterest interestininthe theownership ownershipororcontrol controlofofthe theMBE MBEororWBE WBE 3.3.The Thefirm firmisissignificantly significantlyinvolved involvedininthe theoperation operationofofthe theMBE MBEororWBE WBE (Article (Article5,5,Subtitle Subtitle28-41). 28-41). AA firm firm submitting submitting as as aa prime prime consultant consultant that that fails fails toto comply comply with with the the requirements requirementsofofArticle Article5,5,Subtitle Subtitle28 28ofofBaltimore BaltimoreCity CityCode Codewhen whenexecuting executing aacontract contractisissubject subjecttotothe thefollowing followingpenalties: penalties:suspension suspensionofofaacontract; contract; withholding withholding ofof funds; funds; recession recession ofof contract contract based based on on material material breach; breach; disqualification disqualificationas asaaconsultant consultantfrom fromeligibility eligibilitytotoprovide provideservices servicestotothe theCity City for foraaperiod periodnot nottotoexceed exceed22years; years;and andpayment paymentfor fordamages damagesincurred incurredby bythe the City. City. Additional AdditionalRequirements Requirements AAresume resumefor foreach eachperson personlisted listedas askey keypersonnel personneland/or and/orspecialist, specialist,includincluding ingthose thosefrom fromMBE MBEand andWBE WBEmust mustbe beshown shownon onthe thepage pageprovided providedwithin within the theapplication. application. Please Pleasebe beadvised advisedthat thatfor forthe thepurpose purposeofofreviewing reviewingprice priceproposals proposalsand and invoices, invoices,the theCity CityofofBaltimore Baltimoredefines definesaaprincipal principalofofaafirm firmas asfollows: follows: AAprincipal principalisisany anyindividual individualowner, owner,partner partnerofofaapartnership, partnership,shareholder shareholderofofaa Sub-Chapter Sub-Chapter’S’ ’S’Corporation, Corporation,ororan anofficer/director officer/directorofofany anyCorporation. Corporation. Out-of-State Out-of-State Corporations Corporations must must identify identify their their corporate corporate resident resident agent agent within withinthe theapplication. application. Firms Firmswill willnot notbe beconsidered consideredfor foraaspecific specificproject projectififthey theyapply applyas asboth bothaa sub-consultant sub-consultantand andprime primeconsultant. consultant. The Theapplications applicationsfor forthis thisProject Project(Form (Form255) 255)cannot cannotbe besupplemented supplementedwith with any any additional additional information information such such as as graphs, graphs, photographs, photographs, organization organization chart, chart,etc. etc.All Allsuch suchinformation informationshould shouldbe beincorporated incorporatedinto intothe theappropriate appropriate pages. pages.Applications Applicationsshould shouldnot notbe bebound. bound.Applications Applicationsshould shouldsimply simplybe be stapled stapledininthe theupper upperleft-hand left-handcorner. corner.Cover Coversheets sheetsshould shouldnot notbe beincluded. included. Inclusion Inclusionand/or and/orsubmittal submittalofofadditional additionalmaterial materialmay mayresult resultininthe theapplicant applicant being beingdisqualified disqualifiedfrom fromconsideration considerationfor forthis thisproject. project. Failure Failuretotofollow followdirections directionsofofthis thisadvertisement advertisementororthe theapplication applicationwill willcause cause disqualification disqualificationofofthe thesubmittal. submittal. Michael L. Augins, Acting Chief

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March 15 Queen Aishah Baltimore Comedy Factory, 6 Market Place, Baltimore. 8 p.m. Hysterical comedian Queen Aishah will bring her talents to the

Baltimore Comedy Factory. $17. For more information: 410-547-7798. Stephanie Tubbs Jones Internship Program The Delta Research and

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Educational Foundation are accepting applications for the 2012 Stephanie Tubbs Jones summer internship program. This new program represents an innovative collaboration between the Delta Foundation

and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation that’s designed to increase the number of minority women in public service. Instructions for submitting applications are available at: www.

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March 24 From Slavery to the White House: Defining Our Role As Black Women Muhammad Mosque No. 6, 3306 Garrison Blvd., Baltimore. 6:30 p.m. Encourage women to develop, nurture and maintain healthy sister relationships. For more information: womensmonth. eventbrite.com.

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March 17 Cupcake & Cocktails: ‘A Diva Soiree’ Upscale Ballroom, 3900 Bexley Place, Suitland, Md. 3-8 p.m. This event will showcase women businesses/ organizations, while benefiting women charities. $10. For more information: majesticdivas.org. The Black Wall Street Awards Frederick Douglass Maritime Museum, 1417 Thames St., Baltimore. 6-9 p.m. Author and actor Darrin Henson will be the special guest at this event. $10-$20. For more information: 443858-2684.

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