Volume 120 No. 35
APRIL 7, 2012 - APRIL 13, 2012
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Resurrect the Vote on Easter Sunday By Hazel Trice Edney Trice Edney News Wire
This Sunday morning, April 8, millions of people will head to Easter services to hear the Gospel on the day that some call Resurrection Sunday. But, for many, this year will be different. Pastors of dozens of congregations across the nation will not only preach the good news of a risen savior; but they will also call for their congregants to resurrect the movement for equality and justice in America by registering to
vote. A million new voters is the goal. “I really felt like I couldn’t see or hear where the Black church was becoming engaged in the national conversation relative to the politics of America,” said the Rev. Dr. JamalHarrison Bryant, pastor of the 8,000-member Empowerment Temple in Baltimore, who is leading the drive. “I couldn’t hear a voice. I really felt like there was a void and our generation was really listening to hear one. And out of that I called the churches together to see what we could
do collectively, realizing that there is strength in numbers.” He continues, “You can listen to Black Radio, Christian Radio or watch Black Christian television hours on end and not hear pastors say anything of social regard. And I think that this is a call for pastors and the people back to the front lines and to get off of the side lines.” Bryant, former NAACP National Youth and College director, has called on his pastoral colleagues to raise their prophetic voices through Continued on A8
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Rev. Jamal Harrison Bryant says the Black Church has been too quiet.
Human Rights Violation Zimmerman’s Self-Defense Claim Questionable Claim Filed Against Clark Construction By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief
By Valencia Mohammed Special to the AFRO A coalition of churches, community groups and labor organizations committed to ensure that District residents receive their fair share of construction jobs in the Disrict filed a claim with the D.C. Office of Human Rights against one of the largest contractors
in the District, alleging discriminatory hiring practices. According to the claim filed Jan. 28 by DC Jobs or Continued on A5
Few Voters in DC Primary
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This poster and several others were posted outside the 11th Street Bridge Project in Washington, D.C. to steer African Americans away from the construction jobs. Blacks claim construction contractors discriminate against them in favor of Latinos and Whites.
It was a lack luster day in the District of Columbia as voters took to the polls in the April 3 Primary Election. The results
(D-Ward 2) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) who ran unopposed. Evans has been in office 21 years while Norton successfully won her 10th term in Congress. Evans introduced the legislation to overturn a two-term limit
“Our voters must be educated on how to use their vote in such a way that you force term limits on elected officials…”
— Rev. Douglas Moore
- incumbents overwhelmingly held onto their seats. It was a great night for Jack Evans
on the mayor and council members. “Our voters must be educated on how to use their vote in
such a way that you force term limits on elected officials by not reelecting them to office over and over again, especially when they don’t work for the people they serve,” said the Rev. Douglas Moore, the first elected at-large member of the DC Council. But in this election, it would be more of the same. In other Council races, Muriel Bowser (D- Ward 4) won with 65 percent of the vote; Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) was victorious with 42 percent and Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) charismatically garnered 73 percent of the votes. “I voted for Muriel Bowser because she was not marred in controversy not because she does anything for us,” said Continued on A3
Hundreds of Military Children Gather to Kick Off Month of the Military Child April 1st marks the start of the Month of the Military Child. The Sierra Club, Armed Services YMCA, Blue Star Families, National Military
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – George Zimmerman’s claim that he killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in self-defense during a scuffle in Sanford, Fla. has continued to unravel, even as the shooter’s relatives have gone on TV to justify the killing and the city’s police department has leaked information aimed at discrediting the Black high school junior. Martin was visiting the central Florida city near Orlando on Feb. 26 when he was killed by Zimmerman, who police described as White. Martin, who was returning to a gated townhouse community after walking to a nearby 7-Eleven to purchase a bag of Skittles and a can of Arizona iced tea, was unarmed. Thanks to social networking – Trayvon’s name has been
mentioned more than 1 million times on Twitter – and Martin’s parents’ willingness to provide emotional accounts of their young son’s life, the case has sparked international attention and protests. Rap artists, many of them barely older than Trayvon, have posted tributes to Trayvon on YouTube, adding pressure on Florida officials to charge Zimmerman with Martin’s death. Even President Obama has spoken out, saying all of the facts about the case need to be known. A key element of Zimmerman’s story – that he was screaming for help shortly before killing Martin with his 9 millimeter semi-automatic handgun – has been discredited by two forensic experts consulted by the Orlando Sentinel. In one of the early calls to 911, a voice screaming for help and a single gunshot can be heard in the background. Using a computerized process that compares voice Continued on A3
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Family Association, Outdoors Alliance for Kids and the National Park Service are kicking off this month with an outdoor celebration for hundreds of military children and their families at Prince William Forest Park in Triangle, Va. Jon Jarvis, director of the National Park Service, will speak about the importance of connecting military children with the outdoors. “Military children serve too, and we’ve found that connecting these children with the outdoors allows them to not only have fun, but gives them and their families a sense of resiliency,” said Stacy Bare, Sierra Club Mission Outdoors national military representative. “The outdoors heals.” The outdoors allows children to “unplug” and connect with other military children. Military families and veterans have found that time outdoors helps them reconnect with families and friends, and regain positive aspects of their military experience. “The Celebration of the Military Child Outside event will strengthen family bonding and give our military families healthy tools to help make
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military life easier. We are proud to partner with the Sierra Club and other non-profits on this great event and year-round,” said CEO Mike Landers of the Armed Services YMCA. Children of deployed military families are twice Continued on A5
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Dwyane Wade Responds to Chicago Shootings; Nephew Wounded
A nephew of Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade was one of 13 men shot — two fatally — during a violent six-hour stretch in Chicago, another indication that violence is on the rise in the nation’s third-largest city. Wade learned of the situation with his nephew after Miami defeated Dallas on Thursday night. On Friday, Wade said he played “with a heavy heart” when the Heat visited Toronto.
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Wade scored 30 points in Miami’s 113-101 victory, and afterward said he expected his nephew to recover. Wade’s nephew was one of six males shot at a store on Chicago’s South Side about 6 p.m. Thursday by hooded men who police said fled the scene in an SUV. One man was dead at the scene and four others — ranging in age from 16 to 24 — were hospitalized in critical condition. The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the slain man as Shawndell Harris, 22. The Wade family has not released their injured relative’s name, nor has Chicago police. The eight-time NBA All-Star said his Wade’s World Foundation has made curbing violence, particularly gun violence, a top priority for several years.
Some ‘Hunger Games’ Fans Speak Out Against Film’s Black Actors
“Racial profiling has to stop,” he told his colleagues March 28. According to an AP article, he added, “Just because someone wears a hoodie, does not make them a hoodlum. Just because someone is a young Black male and wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum.” Rush was interrupted by the presiding officer, Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), who reminded him of the chamber’s rule against wearing hats while on the House floor and said “Members need to remove their hoods or leave the floor.” Trayvon Martin has become the modern-day poster child of the centuries-long practice of racial profiling. The 17-year-old AfricanAmerican was unarmed and walking from a convenience store to the home of his father’s girlfriend when he encountered George Zimmerman, a Neighborhood Watch volunteer, who told a 911 non-emergency dispatcher that the youth looked “real suspicious.”
For many whose eager embrace of the book The Hunger Games Courtesy Photo lead them to the theater when the movie was released, there is Actress Amandla Stenberg plays the character surprise and disappointment over Rue in The Hunger Games film. the casting of three Black actors in the new film. According to Jezebel, a celebrity gossip blog, several angry Black film director fans took to Twitter to voice their racist frustrations over Spike Lee apologized the casting of Amandla Stenberg, Dayo Okeniyi and Lenny March 28 and agreed Kravitz as Rue, Thresh and Cinna, respectively. The tweets to pay relocation costs were tracked by a “Hunger Games” Tumblr page. Many of for an elderly couple the comments first appeared last summer, when the cast was in Sanford, Fla. whose announced. address was incorrectly “Why did the producer make all the good characters Black? linked to the unrelated Smh,” one fan wrote. George Zimmerman, Other fans took their frustrations a step further and called Neighborhood Watch Stenberg a “Black b*tch” and the n-word. volunteer and admitted The reactions were a surprise to some, mainly because killer of 17 yearauthor Suzanne Collins described the characters Rue and old Trayvon Martin, Thresh in the book series as having dark brown skin. according to U.S. News The film, based on the “Hunger Games” book series, opened on MSNBC. in theaters March 23. After making $155 million at the box Elaine and David office its opening weekend, it became the third-best debut in McClain, who happen North American box office history. to have a son named
Congressman Bobby Rush Dons Hoodie in House of Reps. Chambers—Gets Escorted Out
Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) was escorted from the House floor March 28 after he donned a hoodie and sunglasses and delivered a speech protesting the shooting death of Trayvon Martin and decrying racial profiling. After his remarks he was escorted out by members of Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) donned a the office of the hoodie on the House floor delivering House Seargeant his speech protesting the shooting at Arms. death of Trayvon Martin.
Elderly Florida Couple Compensated, In Hiding After Wrong George Zimmerman Address Goes Viral
Spike Lee incorrectly aimed hate mail at an elderly Florida couple.
William George Zimmerman, are in hiding in fear of vigilante violence after a surge of Twitter traffic—from Black film director Spike Lee, among others— generated hate mail, media queries and even death threats, all aimed at them. Lee told the 72 year-old man and his 70 year-old wife he regretted the online blunder. He also agreed to cover the costs of them having to temporarily leave their home four blocks from the scene of the deadly encounter between Martin and Zimmerman Feb. 26. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the Twitter account of director Spike Lee, who has nearly 250,000 Twitter followers, is one of many linked to the spread of the incorrect address that many believed to be the home address of Zimmerman, who remained uncharged for shooting and killing Martin. Zimmerman traced the address tweets back to a man in California. After he told the man to stop releasing the address, he received the response, “Black power all day. No justice, no peace” and an obscenity.
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A3 N Jennifer Hudson and Relatives Identify Body of Her Slain April 7, 2012 - April 13, 2012, The Afro-American
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from a neighbor about a suspicious vehicle. The man noticed the vehicle while walking his Continued from A1 to suspicious moneyand orders dog. According to the Chicago Jennifer Hudson other given to positively council members and Tribune, the boy had been shot relatives identified Hattie Pannell, an 80-year old the mayor to support their multiple times in the back seat senior activist in Ward 4. “Her campaign bids in the 2008 of the vehicle. The SUV, regisfocus seems to be on the new election. Thompson’s offices tered to Hudson’s murdered As a result of a partnership between the Afro-American White folks moving to the and home were raided by FBI brother, was towed with the Newspapers Archives and Research Johnsand Hopkins area not Black people but I and IRS agents. Grand jury boy’sCenter, body inside is being University’s Sheridan Libraries processed Center forby Educational took another chance on her.” evidence technisubpoenas were also issued to Resources and the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences’ Bernadette Tolson, cians and workers. The body elected officials. Center for Africana Studies, members of removed the general was later andpublic taken to campaign worker for Marion With only 543 votes will now have access to the newspapers’ collection, the Cook archival County Medical Barry said she was not surprised between Orange and his Examiner’s office. with the click of a mouse. about the results. “Barry is the closest competitor, Sekou and other family Funded in 2007 by a grant fromHudson the Andrew W. Mellon politician of politicians. One Biddle, the fate will be members arrived at the Medical Foundation, the collaborative project, Diaspora Pathways can talk about what they would decided on April 13 after Examiner’s office mid-afterArchival Access Project like to do. But he has shown absentee ballots, including noon to identify the body. (DPAAP), focused on over the years what he will do those cast by inmates from Given the choice between lookorganizing and describing and has done.” DC Jail and CTF; provisional ing directly at the body or the AFRO’s archives. The hottest contested ballots for voters who have viewing it on a wall-mounted This ongoing project Council race is the at–large special circumstances and Courtesy Photos seat currently held by Vincent has resulted in the a small number of curbside Jennifer Darnell Donerson who Orange (D- At Large). It and launch ballots areHudson counted. and her mom,development wasDC killed, as well as her brother, Jason. seemed to be smooth sailing of a Web site that provides Shadow Senator for the incumbent until recent Michael D. Brown (D), who access to a wealth of video screen, the family chose allegations of possible illegal is white, also held onto to his historical documentation plate X584859 was found on the latter. According to the the body of her 7-year-old activities in a special election seat withMonday, 59 percent the of the African American Chicago’s West Side after Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes, nephew justof hours held in 2011 surfaced to fill vote.his In his first bidfound for the experience (http://morgue. police received a 7 a.m. call that’s him.” after body was in a the position after Councilman seat in 2008, critics said he afro.com/AfroArchon/). Kwame Brown (D- At Large) won the popular vote because AFRO publisher, John J. Oliver, spoke at a reception became the chair of the voters believed they were heralding the Web site, expressing his appreciation and Council. casting ballots for Councilman excitement. Orange, several council Michael A. Brown. “We’re proud that this part of our dream has reached members and the mayor are “There’s nothing negative this particular stage. But again, like all dreams, this is just the subject of controversy voters could say this time. He theDallas beginning. We,players at the Afro, are proudcampaign of the is No absolutely wonder Obama’s and Cowboys By Alan King currently under investigation earned his position through partnership weTerrell have.Owens, We look forward continuing, andthe trying totodistance him from Tony Romo and AFRO Staff Writer by the attorney general. hard work and a strong we’rethe excited the black we “Barack are indeed group,that saying, Obama among namesabout submitted to history The controversy stems commitment the people. unfolding. It’s an exciting experience, and we invite you to Never Organized with ACORN.” election officials. Presidentialtocandidate John from unaccounted money Both Browns join us,” Hurd saidstated thoseOliver. workers, who But Obama’s ties to ACORN run McCain’s attackareonstaunch ACORN – orders from one of the supporters of DC Statehood. were Moira doing those thingswho without long and deep. taught in classes Hinderer, began working on theHeproject Associated Community biggest healthcare insurance Plus, we needforsomeone to – ACORN’s or permisACORN.Center They even endorsed Organization Reform Now 2007 as aknowledge postdoctoral fellow infor Hopkins’ for Africana contractors in the District. go acrossthe thesuccess country sion, were and fired.Center for Educational him Resources for President. confirms of and the Studies and now Jeffrey Thompson, CEO infiltrate intothe unknown “The evidence that has surBut now ACORN is in trouble. organization, head of the of Chartered Health, the territories faced so far shows they faked Reporter: There are at least group says.and educate others largest Medicaid contractor relinquished representative. special forms to seat get paid for work they 11 investigations The across the about ourisplight,” said Anise “This testimony to the work council didn’t not to stuff ballot country thousands of in the District with an annual by thedo, incumbent after an electioninvolving will be held on May we’ve done and success we’ve Jenkins, community activist. boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the potentially fraudulent ACORN had,” Maude Hurd, president of budget of $322 million FBI investigation uncovered 15. Also 12 candidates are victim of fraud,bynotthe the perpetra- forms. ACORN, said anWard interview from taxpayers, is linked wrongdoings Aside from the local races, competing forinthe 5 tor of it. Announcer: Massive voter with the AFRO. Hurd said the only things fraud. And the Obama campaign “When this attack started, we bogus are the charges thempaid more than $800,000 to an had just announced that we had selves. And factcheck. org ACORN front for get out the vote registered 1.3 million new votattributes, experts agrees. manslaughter.” efforts. ers,” shethe said.two “That’s justwere to say negligent ablethat to someone’s rule out Zimmerman’s Corey, the special prosecutor appointed handle ItAngela concluded, “Neither Pressuring banks toto issue risky running scared Continued from A1 assertion he was the one the case,nor tolditsthe Miami Herald: can Nationwide tell you that thefraud. police ACORN employees have “I loans. voter becausethat of ACORN’s success.” been found or evenwith Barack Obama. Bad judgment. yellingMcCain, for help. went to theguilty state of, attorney who is running for casting fraudulent president the Republican “I took all of the screams and put those on together, and cuttick- acharged capiaswith, request [a request for Blind ambition. Too risky for votes.” et, lashed out at ACORN in the out everything else,” said Tom Owen, chairman emeritus of the charges to be filed], meaning: America. The problem final debate against Barack American Board of Recorded Evidence. “…You can say with ‘We’re throughcame with about our primarily because of the way Since McCain’s comments, Obama, contending the group “is reasonable scientific certainty that it’s not Zimmerman.” investigation and here it is for ACORN operates. Rather than ACORN’s 87 offices have been on the verge of maybe perpetratA second expert, Ed Primeau, agreed. you.’” rely on volunteers, it pays peobombarded with threats and ing one of the greatest frauds in “I believe that’s Trayvon Martin in the background,” he Seminole County State ple, many of them poor or unem- racist mail. voter history in this country, said. “That’s a young man screaming.” Attorney Norm Wolfinger ployed, to sign up new voters. The day after the presidential maybe destroying the fabric of George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, has did not request The ideagrant was tothe help both those debate, vandals broke into the democracy.” gone into hiding since the incident. But his father and brother but later impaneled a grand being registered and those doing organization’s Boston and Seattle Factcheck.org, a non-partisan have assumed a more public role, Web providing what they say is his jury to determine if charges the registration. offices and stole computers. site, found those claims to account of that rainy night in Sanford. should brought “We against Maudbeexplained, have a After a Cleveland representative be “exaggerated,” with “no eviRobert Zimmerman Jr. told Piers Morgan CNN that his Zimmerman. Gov. Rick Scott appeared on TV, an e-mail was zero tolerance policy for deliberdence of anyon such democracybrother was on his way to Target when he spotted selected Coreyoftoregistration.” serve as ate falsification sent to the local office saying she destroying fraud.”someone he viewed as suspicious. He said George was special in neglect the case, Mostprosecutor news account to “is going to have her life ended.” HurdZimmerman believes the McCain point out that ACORN The is grand A worker in Providence, R.I., charges were politically reaching for his cell phone when he and Martin came tomotivatblows. replacing Wolfinger. required by law to turn in all reg- received a threatening call sayed. “He never got to make that phone call because he was attacked jury is scheduled to convene istration forms. And they also fail ing, “We know you get off work She said, “Because it’s lowby Mr. Martin,” the shooter’s brother said. April 10. to note that it was the organizaat 9” and uttered racial epithets. and moderate-income people, ABC News enhanced a video of Zimmerman taken the In secret proceedings, tion, in many instances, that first A caller to one office left a and people of color, I believe the night of his arrest showing a possible gash or injury to the back the grand jury is expected to brought the phony registrations message on the answering McCain campaign thinks those of his head. However, no blood is evident on Zimmerman or weigh whether Zimmerman to the attention of authorities. machine, saying: “Hi, I was just voters are going to vote his clothing. Zimmerman’s version of events is that he was should be charged with The McCain camp apparently calling to let you know that Democratic, which is not necesattacked by Martin when he got out of his SUV. manslaughter or murder. isn’t interested in those fine Barack Obama needs to get sarily true.” Because he is dead, Trayvon Martin is not around to tell his Expertspreferring say manslaughter points, to air misleadhung. He’s a (expletive deleted) ACORN is no stranger to side of the story. Still, that has notcontroversy. prevented police from trying ing is the likely charge. adsmore that seek to link Obama nigger, and he’s a piece of to sully his reputation. It is a crimethereby that is undercutting usually ACORN, (expletive deleted). You guys are For 38 years, the non-partisan to Through a series of departmentorganization leaks, it was committed in the heat of political support. fraudulent, and you need to go to hasrevealed fought forthat social his Trayvon had been suspended fromand school threejustice times:for forlowpassion andI’m requires proof McCain: John McCain hell. All the niggers on oak trees. economic tardiness and truancy; for markingand a school wall with graffiti that IZimmerman’s actions and approve this message. They’re gonna get all hung honmoderate-income Announcer: Whoreckless. is BarackIf eys, they’re going to get assassiand after school officials discovered traces ofWith marijuana his were wanton and Americans. 400,000inmemA man with “a political ber families organized into more Obama? book bag. He was serving the 10-day suspension for the latter convicted, Zimmerman could nated, they’re gonna get killed.” baptism performed warp Another message said, “You when he was visiting Sanford withthan his 1,200 father.neighborhood chapbe sentenced up toat30 years in speed.” Vast ambition. After colliberal idiots. Dumb (expletive ters in 110 cities nationwide, “It’s completely irrelevant to what happened Feb. 26,” said prison. The normal sentence lege, he moved to Chicago. deleted). Welfare bums. You ACORN has over the years seen Benjamin Crump, the family lawyer. is 15 years but Florida law Became a community organizer. guys just (expletive deleted) its share of criticism while advoIf everything police leaked about Trayvon’s school record provides extra time for the There, Obama met Madeleine come to our country, consume cating for affordable housing, were true, that information was not known to Zimmerman deaths of children, the elderly, Talbot, part of the Chicago every natural resource there is, living wages, healthcare for the the night he killed the Black youth. And it certainly did not the disabled and caregivers. branch of ACORN. He was so and make a lot of babies. That’s underserved— and while organgive Zimmerman the authority to act as the judge, jury and Former Florida Gov. Jeb impressive that he was asked to all you guys do. And then suck izing voter registration drives. executioner. Bush,the who signed the “Stand train ACORN staff. up the welfare and expect everyBut none has been as withering For more than a month, Bill Lee, Sanford police Your Ground” bill into law, What did ACORN in Chicago one else to pay for your hospital andthe baseless as this one. chief who has temporarily stepped aside, thatelection his says it is applicable engage in?not Bullying banks.in this bills for your kids. I jus’ say let With maintained the presidential department could not file charges against because Intimidation case. tactics. Disruption your kids die. That’s the best less thanZimmerman’s two weeks away, of the state’s “Stand Your Ground ACORN’s Law,” which provides broad “This law does not apply to move. Just let your children die. of business. ACORN forced detractors allege the protection for a person claiming toorganization be acting in this particular circumstance,” to issue risky home loans. Forget about paying for hospital hasself-defense. engaged in mas- banks The loans that bills for them. I’m not gonna do “Zimmerman provided a statement claiming he acted in after self Bushsame saidtypes afterofan education sive voter registration fraud caused the financialatcrisis it. You guys are lowlifes. And I the reported discoveryevidence of bogus defense which at the time was supported by physical panel discussion the we’re in today. hope you all die.” names, such as Mickey Mouse and testimony,” Lee wrote Hurd thinks the hate calls will in a memo posted on the cease soon. city’s website. “By Florida “In two weeks, I think these State law, enforcement was attacks will be over. 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sport-utility vehicle sought in connection with the murder of Hudson’s mother and brother. The white, 1994 Chevrolet Suburban with Illinois license By Jannette J. Witmyer Special to the AFRO
The Afro is Letting Our Archives Out of the Box
manages the university’s side of the project, feels that the Afro Archives probably hold the most extensive collection of any black newspaper in the country. “In just the past few days in the archive, I have found correspondence from Josephine Baker to the AFRO, a photo of a service honoring Emmett Till held at Sharp Street Church in 1955 and hundreds of letters from Carl Murphy challenging racially derogatory language and images in advertisements, radio programs, and newspapers,” Hinderer explains. The original archival materials, a vast collection of handwritten notes, newspaper clippings, photographs, funeral programs and much more, Julian King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. date back to the 1880s and have been contained in 2,000 A spokesman for the office the murders but is being held in boxes at the newspapers’ told the newspaper that Hudson jail for parole violation after North Charles Street offices. These delicate historical records require extremely careful handling as they are and catalogued. “remained strong for her fami- removed being convicted of attempted ly” and was clearly its leader. murder andtovehicular According AFRO hijack“She held hands with her fami- archivist, ing. CookJohn County records show Gartrell, ly,” the spokesman said. “It that he pleaded guilty both this laborious task has to been was obviously a very emotional charges in 1999. He was also handled primarily by interns. moment.” convicted in 1998 for possesWhile working on the project as an intern at Hopkins, Tom Thewas boyso – the son of Julia sion ofincredible a stolen motor vehicle. Smith impressed by the archives’ collection Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had He was released from prison of more than 1.5 million images that he spent his senior year in been missing since Friday, 2006 after serving building a machine that could autonomously digitize seven the years when a relative found Julian’s for the attempted murder and images. He estimates that the most recent model of his Gado grandmother, Darnell car hijacking charges. scanning robot is scanning at four times the speed of the Donerson, 57, and his uncle, The boy remained missing original and half cost normalthrough manuala digitalization, Jason Hudson, 29,the shot toof death long weekend and in will have scanned 20,000 of the archives’ images byvolunteers May 2012. in his grandmother’s home in which police and assistance the Even 7000 with blockthe of South Yale of a robot, there is still much work to be done, but the task is well worth the results. Avenue. As Amber Hinderer reminds us, “This is a heritage collection that An Alert – a desigreflects allhigh-risk of our experiences nation for missing - a history that we should all know and treasure.” children – was issued Friday after Julian was discovered missing after the murders. President Barack Obama the winner of the Republican Police arrested William receivedthe 51,394 votes from Balfour, missing boy’s step- presidential primary, Mitt DC Dems or 96 percent of Romney with 3, 122 votes or father and estranged husband theJulia, votesatcast, compared to 68 percent of the vote. of his girlfriend’s Southside apartment several hours after the murders. Balfour’s mother, Michele, has told reporters that her son had University of Texas at Arlington. “Stand your ground means nothing to do with the slayings. stand yourremains ground.aItsuspect doesn’tinmean chaseHudson after somebody who’s Balfour Jason turned their back.’’
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ACORN Fights Back
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NASA Administrator to be May 2012 Commencement Speaker Charles F. Bolden Jr., the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s top official, will deliver the graduation address this spring at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. A retired two-star general, Bolden will speak May 18 to graduates in the Hytche Athletic Center. He’ll receive the UMES Presidential Medal in recognition of his service as a military veteran and astronaut. Bolden, 65, became NASA’s 12th administrator when the U.S. Senate confirmed him in July 2009, marking his second tour of duty with the nation’s space agency. Fourteen of his 34 years in the U.S. Marine Corps were spent with NASA’s Astronaut Office, which enabled him to fly aboard space shuttles four times between 1986 and 1994. He commanded two of those missions. His assignments included deploying the Hubble Space Telescope in 1990 and the first joint U.S.-Russian shuttle mission, which featured a cosmonaut as a member of his crew. Bolden’s participation in UMES’ graduation program is important to the university because it is nurturing an engineering program, which includes an aviation science degree, and also collaborates on projects with NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.
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Princess Anne, Md. – A tribute rally been me — it could have been anyone at this Tuesday in memory of 17-year-old Trayvon rally.” Martin attracted 150 University of Maryland Mignon Anderson, an English and modern Eastern Shore students troubled by the Florida languages professor at UMES, was a featured teen’s shooting death and its aftermath. speaker who encouraged the students to be Many at the midday event — held when strong during a period when the country is no classes were scheduled — wore hooded questioning whether it has relapsed on civil sweatshirts and cradled Skittles and iced tea rights. in their hands — the same attire and snacks “I would like to think he would have Martin was carrying when he was shot dead by embraced good people of every complexion, of a neighborhood watch captain in late February. every race, in the cause of racial equality and Martin’s death and subsequent reaction justice,” Anderson said of Martin. by Sanford, Florida authorities has fueled a Roberta Ocran, a senior from Brooklyn, simmering national debate N.Y. attended the rally to over street justice and racial learn more details about profiling, and raised questions Martin’s death, and what has about the role both might so many people upset. have played in the tragedy. “Usually, when something UMES students listened bothers us, we just sit around to student leaders and guest and talk about it. Send speakers, including local e-mails, Tweets,” Ocran said. pastor Mark Thomas, who “We need to take action. I felt said “this is a time for us to like (coming to the rally) was come together.” something I needed to do.” Rhett Burden, a UMES Matthews said she was residence life director, encouraged by the turnout for challenged the audience to a hastily organized event just “spread the message of hope two days after spring break … of tolerance … and ... of ended. forgiveness.” Anderson agreed. She told Unlike rallies held in the crowd that some AfricanMartin’s honor around the American students in one of country, the UMES event her fall classes questioned Professor Mignon was somber. Thomas said a whether “the struggle for Anderson encouraged prayer. Students held hands, racial justice in the United students in their demand heads bowed. States is ... needed or for justice. Valarie Matthews, the relevant.” The Martin case, student government president she said, provides a stark who organized the rally with reminder. vice president Jeffrey Ekoma, lit a single “We need you to continue the tradition maroon candle that momentarily fought off of non-violent protest, using the law to cold, swirling winds. Someone whispered that outwit those who would deny us our Martin’s appreciative spirit kept it lit for a rights,” Anderson told the audience that also few inspirational moments. included faculty and staff. “ “I wanted to be out here, and be part of the “Pass this on,” she said, “so that there one cause,” said Jeremy Whichard, a sophomore day will be so small a group of racial haters … from Upper Marlboro, Md. “That could have they will be ashamed to show their faces.”
The son of educators, Bolden accepted an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, where in 1968 he earned an electrical science degree and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. After completing flight training, the Columbia, S.C. native flew more than 100 combat missions in North and South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia from 1972-to-1973. When he returned to the U.S., Bolden earned a master’s degree in systems management from the University of Southern California in 1977. While assigned to the Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., to work in aviation testing, he was named an astronaut candidate in 1980. Bolden held a number of other key positions at the agency he now heads. Courtesy photo After his final space flight, he returned to active duty as Deputy Commandant of Midshipmen at the Naval Academy. He also served in the Pacific, including as Deputy Commander of U.S. Forces in Japan, in the Middle East and as Commanding General of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego. He retired in 2003. Bolden’s military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross. The U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame inducted him in May 2006.
April 7, 2012 - April 13, 2012, The Afro-American
Some Businesses Prefer Mature Workers By Valencia Mohammed Special to the AFRO
About 400 seniors attended the first “Mature Workers Job Fair” hosted by the DC Department of Employment Services to attract resident 55 and over seeking employment opportunities. The event, held at the Martin Luther King Library on March 29, was filled with seniors, dressed in business attire, with briefcases and laptops, eagerly seeking jobs. “We don’t have to tell seniors how to act and dress for work. We don’t need to constantly talk to them about punctuality. Seniors are trustworthy and reliable. These are qualities that businesses are looking for in workers,” said David Thompson, public information officer or the Department of Employment Services (DOES). Margaret Wright, associate director for DOES special programs, coordinates senior employment programs. DOES conducted a survey to determine what types of jobs seniors were interested in and contacted employers that were looking for employees for this type of work. “We must bring mature workers to our One Stop Centers, match them with placement staff that will register them in our database, and walk them through our online process,” Wright said. Seniors at the job fair said it is extremely hard to survive on Social Security Back in the day, Charles Ford, 60, was a household name in photography. In 2006, he went out of business. “With digital cameras and cell phones now everyone’s taking their own pictures,” he said. Since then he’s worked as a courier and security guard. About a year ago, Ford landed a position with the DOES senior training program. He is hired out to companies for 15 hours a week at $8.25 per hour, paid by the District government. “It’s been rough looking for work. Especially when you make it to the last point of entry and someone asks you if you speak Spanish. If you don’t, you never get called back,” said Ford. Charles Burris, 59, has worked in many capacities for the last 30 years including security and landscaping. He became unemployed two years ago while working at Murry’s Fine Foods part time. “I need a full time job. The competition we have now is mostly from immigrants who have come to live here. Their presence sets the pace for hiring, wages, and lack of benefits,” Burris said. Barbara Fleming said competition is steep in the healthcare field with an influx of African immigrants. At 57, Fleming is a licensed certified nursing assistant looking for work in a high quality nursing home. “It seems nursing homes prefer immigrant labor because it’s cheaper but not necessarily the best. I want to be in an environment where the worker and clients are respected,” said Fleming. Larry Harper,63, retired as a Verizon computer systems contractor five years ago. He came to the job fair to if there was contract work available in his field and to sign up for training to be retooled for other types of permanent jobs. “I’ve filed online eight times to Sibley Hospital in the last four weeks and haven’t heard a thing,” he said to the human resource specialist from the hospital. “I really hope this job fair is worth my time.” “I’m really impressed with the mature workers who have come to this job fair. They are well prepared, qualified and interested in working,” said Cathleen Williams, recruiter for American University on site at the job fair. Since July 1, 2011 DOES has served 3,260 mature workers seeking employment. Currently companies showing an interested in hiring mature workers include: George Washington University, Sibley Hospital, All Team Staffing, United Medical Center, Segway, Southeast Children’s Fund, MB Staffing, Transitional Housing for Youth, Unity Healthcare, Metro Airports Authority, L’Enfant Plaza Hotel, Washington Court Hotel, Balance Gym, Dc USA, Leading Age, Clyde’s, PG County Human Resources, See Forever Foundation, Specialty Hospital, Children’s National Medical Center, Georgetown University, American University and DDOT. “I truly hope this time I get employed. It’s a shame when you can’t even get a job walking a dog,” Ford said.
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as likely as those from nonmilitary families to report elevated anxiety and experience significantly higher rates of behavior problems than their peers. “Our military children face many challenges right now,” said Mark Smith, executive director of Blue Star Families. “Between moves, school, and deployments,
“Between moves, school, and deployments, military kids really need a chance to get outside, play, and explore.” — Mark Smith, executive director of Blue Star Families military kids really need a chance to get outside, play, and explore. That’s why we’re excited to join these military-serving organizations to celebrate military children outdoors.” Hundreds of children with active-duty parents will get to enjoy a day of hiking, learn how to cast a fly rod and pitch tents. “The National Military Family Association has long shared the belief in the healing powers of the outdoors. After more than 10 years at war, events like this that bring families together outside to make new memories are so important,” Joyce Raezer, National Military Family Association executive director. Children spend an average of 7.5 hours a day connected to electronic media, and less time getting outside. “Kids aren’t getting too many opportunities to just be kids these days,” says Jacqueline Ostfeld, the chair of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids. “OAK is proud to stand with military children and their families to celebrate their service and give kids an opportunity to decompress from the daily stresses they face by getting their hands dirty and enjoying some quality family time in the great outdoors.”
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The “Living Legend Award” was presented to Dr. Helen V. Tate by the Rev. Dr. Frank D. Tucker Sr., pastor of First Baptist Church - Randolph St. NW Washington, DC for her unwavering and sustained work in the DC Metropolitan area to help the community help themselves; she is truly her brother and sister’s keeper.
Human Rights Violation Claim Continued from A1 Else, a group of Black men was sent by the organization to a Clark construction site called the CityCenterDC project located at 9th and K Streets NW to fill out applications for jobs. Latinos were allowed to fill out applications while Blacks were told there were no jobs. Weeks later, at the same site, Blacks were allowed to fill out applications that would be on file for two weeks only. Although more than 100 Black applicants filled out applications, none was called for employment, according to the complaint, while Latinos who were friends of the organization continued to be hired. “We have told the Mayor, the Council, the churches and the community about Clark’s poor track record of hiring DC residents. We will continue to voice our complaints about Clark’s hiring practices until it does the right thing. We will do whatever it takes even if that means being arrested.” said the Rev. George Gilbert Jr. Fourteen of the applicants have filed complaints with the D.C. Office of Human Rights alleging Clark discriminated against them because of race. Bethesda-based Clark Construction is a multibillion dollar firm and one of the dominant construction contractor in the Washington, D.C. area. “We will do all we can to let Clark and other companies who discriminate against our people know that we are not sitting on the sidelines to see who will win, but we are putting our shoulder pads and helmets on to help fight on the field,” Gilbert said. “Clark has profited enough from the District. Its deplorable track record of hiring African Americans and DC residents needs to be called out. Time has come for Clark to be held responsible.” “Since the CityCenterDC project started in late March 2011, of the project’s new hires, 53 percent are D.C. residents. There are currently 118 Washington, D.C. residents working on-site. At City Market at O, which started in November 2011, 50 percent of all new hires
are D.C. residents. Both projects are in their early stages and the opportunities for hiring will increase as work progresses,” Brian Abt, president and CEO, MidAtlantic Region of Clark Construction Group, LLC, said in a March 15 statement. “As we have successfully done on other D.C. projects, we are partnering with the D.C. Department of Employment Services (DOES) and Goodwill Industries to develop employment opportunities for D.C. residents.” Gilbert said that Clark’s statement did not indicate
requirements for contractors working on projects valued between $300 thousand and $5 million. Employers must report the number of employees who worked on the project; current employees transferred; new job openings created; job openings created by employee attrition; job openings listed with the DOES; total monthly direct and indirect labor costs associated with the project or contract; all District residents hired for the reporting period; cumulative total of District residents hired and each employee’s name, social security number, job title, hire
“We will do all we can to let Clark and other companies who discriminate against our people know that we are not sitting on the sidelines to see who will win…” — Rev. George Gilbert Jr. whether it had actually received an application from and hired any individual referred to it by those organizations. Further, he said, in regard to the City Market project, Clark had been telling potential job applicants that they had to apply for work through DOES, but DOES, told the applicants it had no relationship with Clark with regard to hiring on that project. David Thompson, public information officer for DOES said it has been working with all contractors to provide the necessary required data to the District to determine if laws are bring followed. He said the current apprenticeship law requires 35 percent of apprentice hours be satisfied by D.C. residents. It is being replaced by stronger regulations. “The new First Source Law requires each construction project receiving government assistance totaling $5 million or more to have the following percentage of DC residents on those projects: 20 percent of journey worker hours; 60 percent of apprentice hours; 51 percent of skilled laborer hours; and 70 percent of common laborer hours. In addition, the new First Source Law adds additional monthly reporting
date, residence, and referral source for all new hires. But claimants said one apparent problem has not been addressed. “There is no requirement to require contractors to include the race and ethnicity of its workers in its certified payroll reports to the government. Therefore, a contractor can claim that it hires DC residents with full knowledge that it is discriminating against one group of residents over another,” said Eric Carter Bey, one of the claimants in an interview. According to the Washington, D.C.
Economic Partnership, there are more than 500 commercial construction projects, between, 2005 and 2015, registered with the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA). While many African Americans are seeking employment in the construction industry, billions of dollars are pouring into the District yet according to Census monthly statistical reports, Blacks continue to have the highest unemployment rate. While DC Jobs or Else waits for a determination by the commission, it continues to organize African Americans and other District residents who desire jobs in the construction industry and plans several demonstrations, filming of crews and organized application efforts in the near future. “Remember how Blacks were sent into restaurants to be waited on and were not served or when we applied for housing and were told that none was available? This is the same premise. Racism has not changed and we don’t care if politicians are being paid to look the other way,” said Martin Sampson, a journeyman brick mason, who claims he will join the complaint if it becomes class action. Gilbert said those Blacks who want the jobs are being told, “In essence, the refusal to hire Blacks sends a signal that these jobs are for Whites and Latinos only. It’s Jim Crow all over again. It’s just not right.”
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Community Calendar April 6 Stephanie Tubbs Jones Internship Program The Delta Research and Educational Foundation are accepting applications for the 2012 Stephanie Tubbs Jones summer internship program in DC. This new program represents an innovative
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April 7 Easter Egg Hunt/Cook Out Extravaganza Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria, Va. 1-5 p.m. The Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center & Pi Nu Chapter will host an Easter egg hunt and cook out.
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Saturday Social Mixer: Day Party & Concert Melody Tavern, 3650 South Glebe Road, Arlington, Va. 2-8 p.m. Experience D.C.’s hottest band, Secret Society. $10-$15. For more information: aprilsocialmixer. eventbrite.com. Dance Theatre of Harlem Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St., N.W. D.C. 7:30
April 9 National Zoo African American Family Celebration 2012 The National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave., N.W. D.C. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy a variety of special family activities, entertainment and special opportunities in celebration of the AfricanAmerican family. For more information: 202-633-4800. April 10 The Enterprise Actors Studio The Enterprise Theatre & Jazz Lounge, 2917 Georgia Ave., N.W. D.C. 8-11 p.m. Bring your stage plays, scenes, interpretations and talent as the Enterprise Theatre puts on its search for the next actors, thespians, drama majors, directors and producers. For more information: jazzongeorgia. com.
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Opinion Trayvon Martin’s Watershed Moment Trayvon Martin, 17, equally a victim of perverse vigilantism and even more perverted justice when his killer, George Zimmerman, 28, failed to be immediately arrested—finally got his Gabrielle Giffords’ moment when President Barack Obama reached out to salve national pain and fury over the shooting of the unarmed teen by speaking in exceedingly personal terms about the case. President Obama integrated Travyon into the hearts and lives of every American family when he stated: “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.” Likewise, Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum addressed the horrors and senselessness of Trayvon’s death, with Romney calling the incident “tragic” and Santorum expressing disbelief that the matter hadn’t been prosecuted. In the black community, Trayvon’s homicide is part of a long and painful legacy of vigilantism, lynching and intimidation against black men that has not been fully reconciled or cured, even with Barack Obama in office, our nation’s first black president. Just recently, Kendrec McDade, a 19-year-old college student and promising football player, unarmed, was gunned down by police in Pasadena, California. In February Ramarley Graham, 18 years old, again unarmed, was shot dead in the Bronx by police during a chase. It begs the question that why in the 21st century, such excessive deadly force is still being disproportionately meted out in the black community most often against black men and teens. What does this say about the value of black life in American society? As the Hoodie has now become an international symbol of protest and solidarity against racial profiling and injustice, Trayvon has come to symbolize the continued struggle of African Americans, particularly black men, to be free from stereotyping and discrimination by law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Trayvon’s Gabrielle Giffords’ moment—an outpouring of public sympathy and support, a public recognition of wrongs—should be just the beginning of a very long and
intense national dialogue about race and racial disparities in this country. The righteous indignation fueled by Trayvon’s case, should result in a sustained call for justice and equality. A great place to start in righting wrongs would be to have Zimmerman arrested. According to Natalie Jackson, founder of the Orlando, Florida Women’s Trial Group and an attorney for Trayvon Martin’s family: “The stand your ground law doesn’t apply to this case because George Zimmerman gave up any right to claim ‘justifiable use of force’ when he ceased to be a lawful person . . . Zimmerman stalked and assaulted Trayvon. The two Republican writers of the law have said that Zimmerman should be arrested. Jeb Bush, who was our Republican Governor in 2005, also said that this law does not apply for Zimmerman’s defense.” Siam Joseph, a seasoned criminal defense attorney in West Palm Beach, Florida, who formally worked for the public defender’s office in a county that neighbors Sanford, agrees that “the stand your ground law is not be applicable in Trayvon Martin’s case.” According to Joseph the controversial Florida law: “encourages vigilantism and violent encounters rather than enabling self-defense . . . The stand your ground law is not a legitimate defense given that Zimmerman hunted and gunned down the unarmed teen. Stand your ground only takes away the obligation to retreat if met with deadly force. In this instance, Zimmerman was the aggressor.” So with such seemingly cut and dry facts, why is this case in some kind of peculiar legal limbo? According to Joseph, by sending the case to a secret grand jury, instead of immediately “charging with information” and prosecuting—which would have been public—the Florida prosecutor has in some regards hampered a full and transparent resolution. For instance, “in a secret grand jury, the public will never know what key evidence was admitted or omitted that could have been most favorable to the victim’s case,” says Joseph. If an indictment fails to be obtained, the prosecutor could then blame the grand jury; the case would be lost.”
Why has Sanford County left the homicide of an unarmed black youth unresolved? “From my experience working as a public defender in Orlando—a neighboring county— Sanford unfortunately, in my observation, has a racial dynamic and climate where such a tragedy and injustice could unfold,” says Joseph. In my capacity as a writer and lawyer, I was recently on the Geraldo Rivera Show, 77 WABC Radio, speaking against racial profiling and stereotyping in law enforcement when the issue of the “menacing hoodie” as a contributory factor in racial profiling and ultimately Trayvon’s death was made an issue. The hoodie, a popular fashion accessory among athletes and people of all ages, is not the problem. Clearly the problem in this country is the “racial dynamic and climate” referred to by Joseph, where the senseless killing and persecution of black men continues and is even rationalized. For Trayvon Martin, and all of the Trayvons in our nation’s sordid racial history, this moment of self-reflection and contrition needs to continue.
Joy Freeman-Coulbary, a graduate of the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law, is a Washingtonian, pacifist, lawyer and blogger. You can reach her at email@example.com and follow her on Twitter @enJOYJFC.
Maryland Has a Historic Opportunity to Improve the State’s Health and Reduce Health Inequities Maryland ranks near the bottom third among states in health, in large part because of significant inequities among our state’s racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. African Americans in Maryland, for example, face infant mortality rates that are nearly three times higher than White Maryland residents. Latinos are over four times more likely than Whites to not have health insurance. And low-income residents of the state’s Western and Eastern Shore counties, as well as our urban communities, face higher rates of chronic disease but have less access to primary care and other health care services than residents of higher-income Maryland communities. A growing body of research argues for a focus on neighborhoods and communities—the spaces and places where people are born, grow, live, work, and age—as a key factor in predicting health and health care access. Neighborhoods powerfully and negatively shape health directly through things like environmental degradation and the stress that comes from living in a high-crime area. They also indirectly influence health in that they shape behavior, such as diet and exercise, based on what’s bought and sold, and whether people feel safe outdoors. As a result, policymakers are increasingly considering place-based strategies to improve health and reduce health inequities. Recently, a bill was passed in the Maryland State Legislature that attempts to address some of these needs, which disproportionately hurt minority and low-income rural communities, but affect all Marylanders because they are unfair and dampen our economic recovery. The Maryland Health Improvement and Disparities Reduction Act of 2012 seeks to reduce health inequities among Maryland’s racial and ethnic groups and low-income rural communities. It would establish a Health Enterprise Zones
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(HEZs) pilot program that will improve health care access and health outcomes in underserved communities. Such an effort would be vitally important to improve health care for those who need it most. But HEZs have the greatest potential to reduce health inequities and improve population health to the extent that they focus on community-level health promotion and disease prevention by reducing the concentration of health risk and improving access to health-enhancing resources. Under this legislation, some of Maryland’s communities that have the poorest health status can receive special incentives and funds to create healthier neighborhoods. HEZs create an array of financial incentives for primary care providers and other health care resources to practice in underserved communities. Beyond access to health care, HEZs have great potential to address the root causes of poor health, which are often found in neighborhood conditions. For example, too many lowincome and minority Maryland communities lack access to healthy food because they don’t have grocery stores or other vendors selling fresh, low-cost produce. In contrast, many are overrun with fast food, carryout, and convenience stores that sell inexpensive but high-fat, high-sodium products. HEZs can provide communities with tax incentives to attract healthy food vendors, and the tools to enact land use policies that limit unhealthy foods. If structured properly, HEZs also have the potential to address other health risks that are more common in lowincome and minority communities, such as unhealthy housing, transportation patterns that increase risk for accidents, and concentrated environmental health risks from sources such as polluting industries. For example, they can support funding more Health Impact Assessments, which are increasingly being used by jurisdictions across the country to estimate the health consequences of any new policy, program, or project in sectors such as education, criminal justice, and others not generally viewed as health-related. Another promising aspect of the bill lies in the use of
technological innovation which could help expand in public health practice, the connection to an already large body of research that documents the relationships between the social determinants of health, well-being, and health equity outcomes. A small technology investment in the evaluation of intervention effectiveness would also greatly empower the role of communities by strengthening civil society’s contribution to policy-making and implementation via more effective and timely participation in public decision-making, as well as create greater potential leverage to attract outside of state resources. In other US jurisdictions place-based strategies are being implemented that help people in communities that suffer from disinvestment develop the tools and strategies needed to make every neighborhood a healthy one. Perhaps the most famous is the Harlem Children’s Zone, which provides an array of services and community supports to help some of Upper Manhattan’s most vulnerable children survive and thrive. As a result, children and their families in this community have better educational outcomes and are able to harness the best of the community’s resources to help them achieve their educational goals. But the program has also demonstrated that it supports healthy development among children whose health risks at the community level are multiple and systemic. It’s time Maryland asserted its leadership in addressing health inequities by establishing a strong focus on the places and spaces where Marylanders live. Doing so will make ours a fairer and more equitable state. But, given the significant share of the state’s population that doesn’t enjoy good health and can’t be productive as a result, it also makes us a smarter and more competitive state. Brian D. Smedley is from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and Michael P. Scott of Equity Matters Inc., Chief Equity Officer / Baltimore Place Matters Collaborative for Health Equity, Chair.
Letters to the Editor Dear Senators Mikulski and Cardin and Rep. Sarbanes I am writing to you as a native son, citizen and resident of the State of Maryland, and your constituent; and, as an African American who is the father of two young men who were born and raised in Baltimore. I am asking you and your staff to demand that the Justice Department file federal criminal charges immediately against George Zimmerman, the killer of Trayvon Martin, and take him into custody. There is probable cause to believe he committed the crimes. His socalled defenses are irrelevant at this stage of the criminal process. My request is based upon my personal experience as a former assistant U.S. attorney who as a trial attorney for the Baltimore Regional DEA Task Force charged,
prosecuted and convicted over 100 defendants involved in drug cases. Those cases included: United States v. Charles Burman, et al., 584 F.2d 1354 (4th Cir. 1978) [international heroin drug organization which smuggled raw heroin from Mexico and distributed hundreds of pounds of heroin in Baltimore, Maryland, Miami, Florida and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania/23 Co-Defendants]; United States v. Alfred David Crowell, et al., 586 F.2d 1020 (4th Cir. 1978) [regional drug organization based in Montgomery County, Maryland headed by a millionaire which manufactured and distributed several thousand gallons of PCP in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia/6 Co-Defendants]; and, United States v. Roy Glenn Snipes, 538 F.2d 326 (4th Cir. 1976) [drug dealer and cocaine addict who
distributed cocaine in Baltimore County, Maryland]. In addition to hate crimes, Zimmerman can be charged with what is called a “Telephone Count,” for his use of a telephone to make a 911 call which for prosecution purposes arguably was used in connection with the commission and cover-up of a crime, that is, the shooting and killing of Martin; what is called a “Gun Count” if his gun was not manufactured in Florida or was shipped in interstate commerce in Florida, which for prosecution purposes applies because he used a firearm in the commission of a crime; and, any number of federal criminal civil rights statutes including the Civil Rights Act of 1871, also known as “The Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871.” Why Zimmerman’s defense attorney
would take to the airwaves to talk about his client’s purported defenses is nothing short of stunning. Those defenses, even if they have arguable merit, have nothing to do with the charging process. Those are matters he can present in court in the trial of the case. I have had numerous cases in which defense lawyers proffered to me prior to indictment a host of so-called defenses which at the end of the day meant nothing. Their clients were still charged, prosecuted and convicted. As far as I am concerned, there is ample probable cause to arrest the killer now. There is no need to wait. Neal M. Janey Baltimore
The Afro-American, April 7, 2012 - April 13, 2012 The “plan” he was speaking of is the Republican budget authored by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and passed by the House, but is headed to almost certain defeat in the Senate. “He said that he’s “very supportive” of this new budget, and even called it “marvelous” – which is a word you don’t often hear when it comes to describing a budget,” Obama said. His observation was greeted with laughter by many in attendance. “It’s a word you don’t often hear generally,” the president added, followed by more laughter. However, for the people who will be most adversely impacted by the Ryan Plan – the vast majority, poor and lower income – it’s no laughing matter. According to The Washington Post, about 62 percent of the budget’s tax cuts would come on the back of lower income Americans. There would be drastic cuts in food stamps, Medicare and Medicaid. And millionaires would get an average tax cut of about $265,000. Haven’t we seen this movie before? “It makes the Contract with America look like the New Deal,” President Obama argued before he outlined what he characterized as the stark contrasts between his vision for America and the GOP’s. “This congressional Republican budget is something different altogether. It is a Trojan Horse. Disguised as deficit reduction plans, it is really an attempt to impose a radical vision on our country,” he said. “It is thinly veiled social Darwinism. It is antithetical to our entire history as a land of opportunity and upward mobility for everybody who’s willing to work for it…,” President Obama added. After his fiery speech the president answered questions and at one point invoked the name of perhaps the most revered Republican of them all, Ronald Reagan to suggest just how far to the Right the 2012 GOP has lurched. “Ronald Reagan, who, as I recall, is not accused of being a tax-and-spend socialist, understood repeatedly that when the deficit started to get out of control, that for him to make a deal he would have to propose both spending cuts and tax increases,” Obama said. “Did it multiple times. He could not get through a Republican primary today,” he added. Indeed, the Maryland, D.C. and Wisconsin primaries took place this week but, they were badly overshadowed by President Obama emphatically throwing down the gauntlet for the 2012 General Election.
GOP Clown Car Rambles Through Md., D.C. There was little drama on GOP Primary night this week in general; a little before 10 p.m. NBC News declared Willard Mitt Romney the winner in Wisconsin the state with the most delegates up for grabs. It was also the state that was supposed to be the most hotly contested between Romney and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. But, in Maryland and Washington D.C. the night was downright anticlimactic. Moments after the polls closed at 8 p.m. in Maryland, Romney was declared the winner followed shortly by a declaration of victory for the former Massachusetts governor in D.C. Romney actually made a campaign stop in Arbutus late last month and Santorum allegedly skipped through Maryland on Election Day, on his way to the town of Mars, Pa. in the Southwestern part of the state in Butler County. It was appropriate Santorum made his speech that evening from Mars because his chances for becoming the Republican nominee are about as remote as the red planet itself after getting swept by Romney. Santorum wasn’t even on the ballot in Washington, D.C., the town where he spent almost two decades of his professional life. We found out last week that Newton Leroy Gingrich, the man who has ignorantly referred to President Obama as, “the food stamp president,” is actually charging $50 to have a picture taken with him on the campaign trail. Perhaps, we should refer to him as the, “food stamp candidate,” as he continues his rapid descent into political oblivion. But, ultimately no surprises came out of the GOP Primary on Tuesday. The real action Tuesday came during a blistering speech delivered by President Obama before the annual meeting of the Associated Press in Washington, D.C. In that speech the president took direct aim at Romney, name-checking him for the first time during the 2012 campaign cycle. “One of my potential opponents, Governor Romney, has said that he hoped a similar version of this plan from last year would be introduced as a bill on day one of his presidency,” President Obama said.
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the vehicle of a new nonpartisan organization - The Empowerment Movement. The initiative is being birthed amidst tenuous political and social circumstances, including national debates over issues such as same sex unions, President Obama’s health care initiative and the horrendous shooting of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. Bryant, who led a Justice for Trayvon rally in Sanford last month, was elected by pastors from at least 30 different denominations as president/CEO of the new
Bryant says in a telephone interview. “Since the assassination of Dr. King we’ve seen a real slump in activism in consciousness in the Black church and moreover in the Black pulpit.” Dr. King was assassinated April 4, 1968, 44 years ago this week. He was founder of the now 57-year-old Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization now getting its footing back after several years of turmoil in leadership. “All of the churches had been making statements singularly, but not collectively,” says the 40-year-old Bryant. “And the
Photo by Hazel Trice Edney
Rev. Jamal Bryant locks arms with the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. during “Justice for Trayvon” rally last month. National Urban League President Marc Morial locks arms on the other side. Bryant has started new organization to address civil and social inequality - The Empowerment Movement. organization. They have all agreed to use their pulpits this Sunday to preach both spiritual and political empowerment. “’Resurrect the movement’ is the name of this weekend,���
Black church really has not moved in a collective arm on a national level since Dr. King’s SCLC initiative. So, I think when you do something positive many times the press doesn’t pick it up. But, I think
that if all of us would come together and beat the drums somebody will hear it.” On Sunday, pastors across the nation will not only appeal for voter registration, but people will also be instructed how they can register on their cell phones and lap tops. Facebook and Twitter will also be engaged in the movement with more information found at www. Empowermentmovement.org. Still, convincing an apathetic people to register and then actually go to the polls and vote will be a major challenge that Bryant readily acknowledges: “I think a lot of us African-Americans think they’ve arrived into equality with a Black President and with the beacon light of billionaires like Bob Johnson or Magic Johnson or Oprah Winfrey. It gives us a false sense of security. In instances like Trayvon Martin, our wake up call, we’ve still got miles to go.” Among the 25-30 congregations participating in the drive are AME, CME, AME Zion, Baptist, Bible Way, Church of God in Christ, Full Gospel, Gospel Music Workshop of America, United Covenant Churches, Harvest Churches, Fellowship of international Word of Faith, Church of God, according to a release. Bryant concludes, “It is my prayer that just as the religious right has been very strategic in lifting their voice and speaking to their issues and concerns that The Empowerment Movement will really be the epicenter of social-spiritual consciousness for this generation of African Americans.”
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Honoree Robert J. Brown and his wife Lavern ChatmanBrown
Michael Golden, president, Wells Fargo, honoree Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, former Janice E. Smith, CEO, GWUL and president, George Washington University Karen Price-Ward, Southwest and Stephanie R. Jones, Wells Fargo Airlines and GWUL board member
Some of the young contestants who participated in the Kiddie Katwalk.
Isaiah Lemons, a young guitarist with skills.
Honoree Aisha Karimah, director of Community Affairs, NBC4-TV Ashley Boalch, Miss District of Columbia; co-emcees and presenter, Beverly L. Perry, Danella Sealock, traffic reporter, NBC4-TV and Jim SVP, External Affairs, PEPCO Handly, NBC4-TV News Anchor and Edgar Brookins, Afro American Newspaper Washington, D.C.
Amina Gilyard, Miss Black DC USA with event organizer, Khadijah Bronson
Miss DC Teen USA, Sierra Hadley (center) strolling down the katwalk with two contestants.
Washington, D.C. Hundreds of aspiring child models answered the call to become America’s Next Top Kid Model during the Kiddie Katwalk model search and reality show auditions on March 17. The Kiddie Katwalk was presented by Spoiled and Rotten Kids Spa and hosted by Fox 5 News Anchor Allison Seymour, with on-air correspondence by Marcus A. Williams. At the end of the 8-hour day 35 models became finalists in an enrichment program that will be filmed for a reality show called the Kiddie Katwalk. Contestants also participated in a workshop about runway modeling led by Child Supermodel Diva Davanna (as seen on America’s Next Top Model), Donne’ Bennet from Up With Purpose Agency and Lyle Sylva, contestant from Donald Trump presents The Ultimate Merger. Performances included Apollo Champion Reesa Renee, child prodigy, guitarist Isaiah Lemons and Studio DMV Hip-hop Dancers. Music was provided by 7-year-old DJ Lil Amp C, with special guest appearances by Ms. Maryland US 2011-2012 Tiffany Parker, Miss Black DC USA Amina Gilyard and Miss DC Teen USA Sierra Hadley.
Queens with some of the cutest contestants Photos by Rob Roberts
Under the dynamic leadership of Jerry A. Moore lll, chair, board of directors and Maudine R. Cooper, president and CEO, the Greater Washington Urban League(GWUL) hosted the 40th Annual Whitney M. Young Jr. Gala at the luxurious Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Northwest, Washington, D.C.; Todd Heaver, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Walter Oliver, General Dynamics served as the general co-chairs. After the Maudine Cooper, honoree Ray Wilson, freelance presentation of the 2012 scholarship recipients, the photographer with his wife and Jerry A. Moore III, Whitney M. Young, Jr. Community Service Awards chair, GWUL board of directors were presented to; Aisha Karimah, NBC4-TV; Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, President Emeritus, George Washington University; Rynthia Rost, GEICO; Robert J. “Bob” Brown and Ray Wilson, freelance photographer. Musical entertainment was provided by Leonard, Coleman and Blunt; emcees were Danella Sealock and Jim Handly of NBC4TV. GWUL was founded in 1938 Maudine Cooper, center, president/CEO, GWUL with and is a major social services scholarship recipients; Safe’ Lewis, Yamarie Cham, Leandra and civil rights organization with Peters, Ahalah Shabaz, Derick Brown, Calvin Allen-Crawford offices in D.C. and Prince George’s and Christopher Brew County, Md.
Terri Copeland, PNC Bank; Amina Gilyard, Miss Black DC USA; Ebony Andrews, Miss Black MD USA and Mitria Wilson, Legislative and Policy Advisor, National Community Reinvestment Coalition
Donald D. and Sally Hogan Dr. Carlessia Hussein and Sen. Shirley Nathan Pulliam
Jay and Whitney Karimah, Jamel Jackson and Alayna Santiago
Photos by Rob Roberts
The couple cuts the cake.
Baltimore, MD Amid reflections memories, eloquent stories and expressions of family and friends, Wilbert and Doris Starks celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the Turf Valley Club with over 150 well wishers in attendance. The theme that permeated the event was “The Village” and expressions by the Rev. Sandra Gray, the mistress of ceremonies; James Jenkins, best man; Dr. Amy Reynolds, matron of honor, siblings, close friends and the beautiful musical sounds sung by Renee K. Harris, accompanied by Andre Briscoe set the tone for a beautiful experience. Personal expressions by the bride and groom sealed the atmosphere of “the village” and cohesion. Dr. Starks said, “Each and every one of you is very special to us. Our friends and relatives are a part of our village. We are happy to share this moment with you”, she declared. Further, Mr. Starks concluded by saying, “Every one in this room has touched our lives in some way.” Other personal expressions by the couple revealed genuine love for each other over the years. Throughout the evening the prevailing “village” theme was evident as attendees mingled, danced, feasted and congratulated the couple.
Joseph and Catherine Dorsey Photos by A. Lois De Laine, Ed.D.
Barbara Carter Smith
Margaret Jenkins and James Jenkins, best man
Mistress of ceremonies Rev. Sandra T. Gray and Dr. Vernon Gray
Sons Wilbert Jr and Garrick Starks with parents
Dr. Francine Higgs-Shipman
Dr. Oatis and Gwendolyn Thomas
Drs. Calvin and Gretta Burnett
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Bowie State Pickup Wins at Winston-Salem Track and Field Invitational By Greg Goings Special to the AFRO
Bowie State University athletes continued their solid outdoor track and field campaign at the Winston Salem State University Collegiate Invitational to open the month of April. The Bulldogs won three events combined as junior William Bailey won the men’s Long Jump, sophomore Brelyn Finley won the women’s Shot Put and the team of Alonzo Williams, Dana Smothers, Johnathan Harper and Bailey won the men’s 400 Meter Relay. Bailey won the men’s Long Jump with a leap of 7.29 meters while also finishing third in the 200 Meter Dash (21.59 seconds). Finley captured the women’s Shot
Put with a throw of 12.79 meters. Williams, Bailey, Smothers and Harper teamed to win the 400 relay with a time of 41.49 seconds. In one of the more impressive women’s performances, sophomore Vernesse Thomas-Quickley finished second in the women’s Heptathlon (a combined seven events) with 4,366 points. Thomas-Quickley won the High Jump (1.62 meters) while finishing second in four other segments of the Heptathlon. Senior Collin Cumberbatch finished second in the men’s Shot Put with a throw of 14.53 meters while Williams finished second in the men’s 110 Hurdles (14.45 seconds). Harper finished second to Bailey in the men’s Long Jump with a 7.02-meter performance.
The team of Wendell Felder, Bailey, Williams and Smothers finished second in the men’s 4 X 400 Meter Relay with a time of 3:13.94, just three-hundredths of a second off the winning time. Sophomore Oluwatobi Owolabi finished third in the men’s Decathlon (10 combined events) with 4,509 points including victories in the 400 meters segment (52.22 seconds) and the 1,500-meter segment (5:03.51). Smothers finished third in the 400 meters (48.42 seconds) and senior Demetrius Barkley finished third in the 400 hurdles (55.64 seconds). On the women’s side, freshman Kayla Watson finished third in the long jump (5.38 meters). BSU will get back on the track on the April 13 in an invitational hosted by Norfolk State University.
Bowie State Softball has Three Players Honored by CIAA Clayborne, sophomore Adria Lewis and junior Amanda Ray as Player of the Week, Defensive Player of the Week and Offensive Player of Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association the Week respectively by the league’s sports (CIAA) honored Bowie State freshman Cassandra information directors, as announced on April 2. Clayborne hit 4-for-4 at bat for four runs in a sweep over Lincoln University to close out March. She currently leads the team with a .393 batting average, runs scored (26), hits (24) and stolen bases (11). Lewis ranked third on the team in batting average (.500) during Bowie State’s undefeated (4-0) week and recorded four putouts and seven assists. Ray, the conference’s Defensive Player of the Week back on March 12th, averaged a sizzling .778 at the plate over four games to end March, going 7-for-9, including two doubles and eight RBI. The Lady Bulldogs swept Shaw University 10-2 and 13-5 (March 30th) and Lincoln University of Pennsylvania 4-2 and 15-0 (March 31st), improving the Bowie State conference record to 9-1. Bowie State fell to Morgan State on April 1 but looks to bounce back BSU Photo with a series against Washington Bowie State freshman Cassandra Clayborne named CIAA Adventist on April 6. Player of the Week, as announced on April 2, 2012. By Greg Goings Special to the AFRO
Junior William Bailey is one of several Bowie State athletes to place at the Winston-Salem State invitational. BSU Photo
Kentucky Brings National Title back to ‘Big Blue Nation’ By AFRO Staff Sophomore Doron Lamb scored 22 points and freshman Anthony Davis grabbed 16 rebounds with six blocks as No. 1 seed Kentucky held off a scary comeback attempt from Kansas, 67-59, to claim the NCAA Men’s Basketball championship on April 2 in New Orleans, La. Kentucky (38-2 overall) led by double-digits in points at halftime, and pushed their lead up to 16 points in the second half. But Kansas (327 overall) made a strong run late in the game, closing the lead down to five points with less than three minutes remaining. But with stout defense, Kentucky held “the other KU” off, winning its first National title since 1998, and eight overall. The win also marked legendary head coach John Calipari his first National title in 30-years of college basketball coaching. “They did it with defense; they did it with unbelievable defense,” Calipari told CBS after the game, passing on the credit to his players. “It’s not about me, it’s about these players. It’s about the big blue nation. I don’t know of any team that has sacrificed themselves as much as this team. And this moment is for them.” Davis, the National Player of the Year, was held scoreless throughout most of the game, making just 1-of-10 shots for six points. But his presence suffocated Kansas defensively, as he dominated with 16 boards and six blocked shots. Meanwhile, Lamb shot the ball well from the outside, making 3-of-6 trey balls. Freshman Marquis Teague followed Lamb in points with 14, making 2-of-3 three-pointers. Kansas senior Tyshawn Taylor led his team with 19 points, while junior Thomas Robinson scored 18 in the loss.
Wizards Weekly-14: Road Woes and Crawford’s Emergence Washington Wizards Weekly Analysis By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer A five-game losing streak haunted the Washington Wizards for most of the week. Until a dominating performance against a Philadelphia team that has beaten the Wizards three times—often in embarrassing fashion—refueled the team as they headed into the last month of the National Basketball Association regular season. There will be no NBA playoffs for the Wizards this season so the month of April will give fans and player evaluators one last chance to critique the team. After the way the team handled the 76ers, a playoff challenger, the Wizards may just be ready to make one last push. March 25: Wizards, 76 - Boston, 88— This one was over before it started. The Wizards fell behind 27-
12 after the first quarter and never recovered from the knockout blow it was dealt early by an energized Boston team playing in front of its fans. Despite a short-handed Celtics club, shooting guard Ray Allen missed the game with a sore ankle, seldom-used guard Avery Bradley gave Boston a spark with 23 points in place of Allen. Wizards guard Jordan Crawford has emerged as the team’s go-to scorer since the trade of guard Nick Young, Crawford found himself in his usual position, leading the Wizards with 20 points.
March 26: Wizards, 77 - Detroit, 79—Another low scoring affair for Washington saw them head back to the Verizon Center on the second night of a back-to-back to face the Pistons. The Wizards led by 13 points in the second half before giving way to Detroit guard Rodney Stuckey (24 points) who helped sting
the Wizards with 12 points in the final quarter. Despite holding Detroit to a woeful 36 percent shooting night, Washington just couldn’t muster any offense as it scored just 15 points in the final quarter. Crawford led the team again with 20 points.
March 29: Wizards, 89 Indiana, 93—Payback was on the minds of the upset-seeking Wizards as they traveled to Indiana in search of avenging a difficult loss that the Pacers issued them the previous week. Indiana returned from 22 points down the prior week on the road in Washington to steal a win and although Washington held tough for four quarters, a more talented Pacers squad was able to ring up another one against the Wizards. The Pacers sidestepped another 20-point game from Crawford to close the contest on a 13-7 run. Center Nene was
also efficient, adding 16 points, 13 rebounds, one steal and one block. Indiana forward Danny Granger led all scorers with 25 points. The loss was Washington’s fifth straight.
March 30: Wizards, 97Philadelphia, 76—The Wizards’ losing streak had to end somewhere so what better team to end it against than the team Washington hasn’t beaten all season Washington exploded to a 19-point halftime lead but this time never relinquished it, stomping the 76ers at the Verizon Center despite losing two-thirds of its starting front court to similar injuries. Both Nene and power forward Trevor Booker left the contest early with pulled ligaments in their left feet. However, with Booker and Nene ailing, reserve forward Kevin Seraphin (14 points, seven rebounds), center Jan Vesely (11 rebounds, six points) and resigned
swingman Cartier Martin (team-high 20 points) were there to pick up the missing slack. It’s unclear how long both Booker and Nene will be out but their pain threshold will go a long way toward determining their status for the upcoming week, according to head coach Randy Wittman. Weekly Observations: Jordan Crawford has secured the shooting guard role left by Young and is running the position as well, if not better, than his predecessor. Crawford’s ability to handle the ball and run the offense already makes him a better set-up man than Young. The sophomore guard out of Xavier still takes a large number of bad shots but maturity should help him make better decisions. Crawford’s emergence now gives Washington a solid pairing to go with guard John Wall in the backcourt.
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Memories of Howard Theater Surface as Opening Nears By Brooke Kelly, Scripps Howard Foundation Wire WASHINGTON - Gregory “Guitar Greg” Gaskins has performed around the world with the Manhattans, Elvis, Regina Bell, Al Green and others. But his first big gig was at the Howard Theatre during the mid 1960s. Playing his guitar, the D.C. native took the stage with another District native, Billy Stewart. And when they had their first break, Gaskins said he came outside and thought, “Wow, I just played at the Howard Theatre.” He recalled walking across the street to a pool room where his dad used to hang out. “He was so proud. He said, ‘Yea, that’s my son. He’s playing over there at the Howard Theatre.’” The 1968 riots, in response to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., negatively impacted the theater’s surrounding neighborhood, and shortly after the riots the theater closed. After partial renovations and unsuccessful reopenings in the 1970s and 1980s, the theater remained vacant, but with a new $29 million renovation, the theater is aiming to set the stage for a successful re-opening. It was at the Howard where Gaskins, now 66, first met up with the Manhattans, the group famous for hits such as “Kiss and Say Goodbye” and “Shining Star.” “They had a song called ‘Searching for my Baby,’ and it had a very important guitar part, but they didn’t have a guitar player with them,” Gaskins said. “That’s how I got the gig with the Manhattans, three notes.” Sandra Butler-Truesdale also worked with the Howard. At the Poro Beauty School, now an Ethiopian restaurant, Truesdale pressed and curled the manes of many of the female performers. It cost them a dollar to get their hair done. “I’ve done everybody’s hair from Tina Turner to Gladys Knight to the Raelettes,” she said. Between 1962 and 1966, Truesdale, now 70, traveled for two years with Ray Charles and the Raelettes and two years with James Brown as his comb-out girl. After the barber, who went by “Square John,” processed Brown’s hair, Truesdale did the rest. “The first person I saw perform at the theater was Lena Horne,” Truesdale said. Horne, not yet a star singer; she was a dancer with the chorus line. Truesdale was 5 years
old. “Historically, families came to the Howard Theatre. They brought their children there, and their children learned how to appreciate performances.” On Thursdays, when Truesdale was in high school, if she got there by 5 p.m. a ticket was 90 cents for the rest of the night. After her travelling beautician days, Truesdale got her theology degree and preached for a while as associate pastor of Rock Creek Baptist Church before choosing street ministry as her method of evangelism. She joined the Howard Theatre Restoration Community Committee during its early days and is the vice chair of the committee and its vice president of public relations. The committee now consists of about 40 members. Ron Hillyer is also a member of the growing committee. He is co-chair of the public relations committee. Hillyer, a 57 year old former D.C. public school janitor and current education advocate, credits his parents and the Howard
for inspiring him to pursue the arts in addition to his day job. When he was 5 years old, Hillyer’s father took his family to the Howard. Comedian Clay Tyson was the emcee. “They always showed a movie first, then there would be a small intermission … then the lights would come on behind stage. The band would start up. The curtains would open up,” Hillyer said. The part he liked most as a kid was when the microphone rose from beneath the stage. “When I saw that, I was hooked,” he said. Segregation prevented Blacks from going downtown to certain theaters, but anyone could come to the Howard, considered by some as the people’s theater. Hillyer said a senior member of the committee who lived near the Howard told him it was not uncommon to see a line around the corner “with nothing but White folk coming to see Ella Fitzgerald.” “I hope that the community as a whole will support the theater. In that support people learn how to care for and about each other,” Truesdale said. Truesdale said what made the Ellis Development Group stand out compared to other contractors is the company’s care about what the community committee thought. Developing ideas to make the theater a continued success is a work in progress. “We’re still working,” she said. The Howard Theatre’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Community Day is 10 a.m., April 9; a Celebration Concert is Apri1 10 and the Grand Opening Gala is April 12.
DVD Chronicles Whistleblower’s Effort to Expose Madoff Ponzi Scheme By Kam Williams Special to the AFRO By the time Bernie Madoff was arrested in December 2008, Harry Markopolos had been trying for years to expose his investment firm as a billion-dollar Ponzi scheme. Starting in the spring of 2000, the Boston-based securities analyst began approaching the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with proof that the former NASDAQ chairman
was perpetrating a mammoth fraud on investors. It took mathematical brainiac Markopolos less than five minutes of statistical analysis to figure out there was something fishy about Madoff’s astronomical performance charts. Yet, the federal watchdog agency charged with protecting the public declined to investigate, ostensibly because Bernie was such a prominent and well-respected figure in the financial services industry. Not one to be dissuaded
easily, Markopolos reiterated his request to the SEC the following year, and again in 2003, with each inquiry falling on deaf ears. Because the incriminating evidence he provided essentially amounted to an open and shut case, he realized the government might be deliberately looking the other way. He then tried to interest business-oriented media outlets, like Forbes magazine and The Wall Street Journal, into taking a look at the file, but the incendiary
story was killed in every case. Even hand-delivering a copy to then New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, a fearless, Wall Street white-collar crime-fighter, proved futile. Meanwhile Madoff was well aware he had a formidable enemy in this lone whistleblower whose testimony, if believed, would bring down his illegal operation. Thus, it gradually dawned on an increasinglyparanoid Markopolos that his life was in danger, since
L.A. Teens Come of Age in Millennial Generation Morality Play By Kam Williams Special to the AFRO Whether by design or merely by coincidence, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that We the Party is being released the same day as American Reunion, the 4th installment in the American Pie series. After all, the original American Pie revolved around a quartet of horny, high school students competing to lose their virginity before graduation, and we find the testosterone-driven quintet at the center of We the Party in pursuit of the same rite of passage shortly before their senior prom. Despite sharing that deceptively-identical point of departure, We the Party actually proceeds to morph into something far more substantial than males merely bonding around the attempt to mate indiscriminately. For, this inner-city dramedy seamlessly blends that rather raunchy theme with a timely cautionary tale about the pitfalls of failing to plan for one’s future. Plus, it has some inspired comedy and a cutting-edge score, featuring performances by a number of emerging hip-hop acts, including Pink Dollaz, The New Boyz and The Rej3ctz. Unfolding like a 21st Century update of African-American cinematic classics such as House Party (1990) and Love Jones (1997), We the Party might very well come to serve as the seminal adventure capturing the angst and aspirations of the Millennial Generation. Written and directed by Mario Van Peebles, the film stars his son, Mandela, as Hendrix Sutton, a kid more concerned with buying a flashy automobile and finding a girlfriend than with getting good grades and going on to college. This unfortunate focus frustrates his divorced parents to no
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end. After all, Hendrix’s father (Mario Van Peebles) teaches at his high school and his mom (Salli Richardson) is the principal. So, the slick slacker has to listen to endless lectures about the consequences of not applying himself academically. Still, Hendrix’s dad’s warning that “Minimum effort now means minimum wage later,” falls on deaf ears since the recipient is a teenager with raging hormones. After all, his head has been hopelessly turned by cute classmate Cheyenne (Simone Battle). Yet to land the girl of his dreams, he not only has to compete for her hand, so to speak, with a handsome jock, but he has to convince her “Robro-cop” of a father (Michael Jai White) that his intentions are honorable. Meanwhile Hendrix’s motley posse, Quicktime (Moises Arias), Chowder (Patrick Cage II), Que (Ryan Vigil) and Obama (Makaylo Van Peebles) are experiencing their own unique relationship drama during their separate searches for sexual satisfaction. Be forewarned, much of the R-rated humor here ventures to the crude, like when the boys mount a tiny camera on a shoe in order to look up girls’ dresses; and the language is both profane and peppered with the N-word. Look for Snoop Dogg, Tiny Lister and the director’s legendary father, Melvin Van Peebles, in supporting roles, although they’re not the reason to see We the Party. What makes the movie worth its while is its anti-materialistic message that your character, what you are, is of far more import than where you live, what kind of car you drive, and your sexual conquests. The African-American answer to American Pie! Very Good (HHH) Rated R for profanity, sexuality, ethnic slurs and teen drug use. Running time: 105 minutes Distributor: Arc Entertainment
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Reader’s Corner Desert Rose: The Life and Legacy of Coretta Scott King By Edythe Scott Bagley with Joe Hilley
Trade Cloth, $34.95, 336 pages, 48 illus, ISBN: 978081731765-2 “Coretta was determined — through education, art, faith, and social activism — to do all she could to create a better life for herself, her family and people around the world. In doing so, her life was like a rose pushing up from the parched, dry ground, and springing forth in a beautiful blossom.” Coretta Scott did not become a public figure until she became Coretta Scott King, but her identity, her ideals and her story started long before that time. Desert Rose: The Life and Legacy of Coretta Scott King paints a picture of exactly how
great a woman she was on her own. King’s older sister Edythe Scott Bagley pens the biography that spans from their early years growing up in rural Alabama all the way to the years of her younger sister’s twilight. Black and white photos of captured memories are woven throughout the book, telling their own story of Coretta Scott King’s illustrious life. “Planted in fertile soil and blessed to have come from strong and hardy stock, she was well on her way to changing the world before she ever set foot out of our house.” Beginning at slavery, Bagley travels through time, chronicling not only her sister’s story, but the story of an entire race. This book traces a journey that’s spans from the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation to the signing of the legislation
for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday. Coretta Scott King served as an unwavering partner and supporter to her husband during the Civil Rights movement. She exuded strength after his untimely death and she showed resolve by continuing her husband’s legacy. All of this is outlined in this carefully thought out work. Author, Edythe Scott Bagley was the first African American to enroll in Antioch College, where she and her sister, Coretta Scott King both studied. She went on to earn master’s degrees from both Columbia University and Boston University. She was an educator at Albany State College, Norfolk State University and Cheyney State College. Bagley also sat on the board of directors for the King Center. Edythe Scott Bagley passed on June 11, 2011, before Desert Rose was published. Compiled by Tiffany Minor
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Howard Divinity School Faculty to Study Best Practices By Mobosola Asanpaola Special to the AFRO
Dean A.B. Pollard III, Ph.D.
The Howard University School of Divinity has received a $1 million, threeyear research grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc., to study African-American churches in three cities and one rural location and document the best practices in those communities that lead to the spiritual, physical, social and mental health of
black congregations. Divinity school faculty and doctoral students and other researchers will work in Atlanta, Detroit, Tuskegee, Ala., and Washington, where they will explore a broad range of subjects that affect or are affected by black spiritual worship and practice,” said School of Divinity Dean A. B. Pollard III, Ph.D., the principal investigator for the grant. “We will be looking at everything from youth, economic development and the worship experience to mental health, HIV/AIDS and the formerly incarcerated.” Research in each community will be overseen by a Divinity faculty member who will work with local researchers, such as doctoral students and professors at local universities and colleges. The researchers will examine at least two churches in each community. Professor Kenyatta Gilbert will oversee Atlanta, Professor Harold Dean Trulear will coordinate Detroit, Pollard will
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lead Tuskegee and Professor Cheryl Sanders will supervise Washington. The project is called “Equipping the Saints: Promising Practices in Black Congregational Life.” Howard received the grant after an extensive application process that spanned more than 18 months and included visits to the Lilly Endowment, an Indianapolis-based, philanthropic organization created in 1937. The foundation gives religious grants to “enrich the religious lives of American Christians, primarily by helping to strengthen their congregations.”
“This is a milestone for the School of Divinity. We have not customarily been the recipients of major research grants.” –A.B. Pollard III, Ph.D.
“This is a milestone for the School of Divinity,” Pollard said. “We have not customarily been the recipients of major research grants.” Throughout the project, the School of Divinity will be developing internet and written material so congregations, religious and scholars and others churches nationally can
look at the best ways other churches are doing things andpossibly learn from those practices, Pollard said. “We will have a webbased resource bank through our website, and we’ll also have brochures and pamphlets,” he said. “In the third year, we’ll have a major conference here at the school examining promising Professor Cheryl practices.” Sanders Finally, Pollard said, the school will publish an edited volume with contributions from faculty, researchers,and leading scholars familiar with the subject. “We’re making several layers of commitments to get the word out about some of the good things that are happening in Black congregational life,” he said. The four communities where researchers will be working were chosen because each represents a different aspect of the African-American religious experience today, he said. Atlanta, the economic and political hub of the South, has long been the center of Black economic empowerment and political leadership. Tuskegee, anchored by Tuskegee University and once the home of Booker T. Washington and scientist George Washington Carver, offers a rich heritage in a rural environment. In Detroit, African-American congregations are working through deep economic challenges in a city with double-digit unemployment rates. Washington, the seat of the nation’s Capital, representsthe nexus between the political and the religious. The study will be looking for diversity as it chooses congregations to study, Pollard said. “They can be of any denomination, heritage, small or large,” he said. “They can be store fronts or mega churches. None of them is out of bounds.”
Delores B. Poulson, 80
Robert S. Hammond, 88
Delores Bailey Poulson, the third child of three children, was born on August 22, 1932 to the late Earl Frank and Maryl Alma Winslow Bailey. She was born and reared in Worcester County, Maryland in the city of Pocomoke. Delores was called to her eternal reward on Sun., March 4 at United Medical Center in Washington. “Dee,” as she was affectionately known, received her education in the Worcester County Public schools, graduating from the former Worcester High School in Snow Hill, Md. She was the first of her siblings to attend college, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Junior High education from Maryland State Teachers’ College, now known as Bowie State University. Delores was reared in a Christian home, and embraced her religious principles at Mt. Zion United Method¬ist Church in Pocomoke City, where she became a member as a child and remained loyal until her passing. Delores was a dedicated communion steward at Mt. Zion for over 20 years and was a member of the United Methodist Women. On Feb. 20, 1994, she became a member of Jones Memorial in Washington, D.C. While there she served as a member at the Davis School, as a communion steward, greeter, bulletin board aide, a bible study participant, and a United Methodist Woman. She was totally committed to her church and her sororities. Delores was employed by the Anne Arundel County Board of Education in Annapolis, Md. She began her teach¬ing career at Bristol Elementary School in Bristol, Md. When integration began she was transferred to David¬sonville Elementary. She was later transferred to the new Central Middle School in Edgewater and in 1989 was honored
Robert Simms Hammond, devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother-inlaw, uncle and friend, at 88, was ushered into heaven on Feb. 24, surrounded by his loving family. Interestingly, if asked about his accomplish¬ments, he would say, he lived his life for his family. A native Washingtonian, he graduated from Cardozo High School in 1942, was drafted in the U.S. Army and served in World War II. After returning home, he married Jeanne Trammel King and successfully raised four children. They were married for 33 years. Jeanne, his loving wife passed in 1980. He promised her, no matter what, he would take care of their children and he did. Robert was hired by GSA as a GS2 level guard. He taught himself how to become an electrician, passing the ex¬ams needed, and progressed to become a GS11, managing audio and visual requirements for GSA auditoriums. Robert entertained movie theatre audiences in D.C. for more than 40 years, as a motion picture projectionist at the Booker T., Broadway Central Avenue Drive-in and others. Over the years, his many talents emerged. He was a wonderful artist, drawing charcoal sketches of the chil¬dren. One of his oil paintings still hangs on the wall at his home. He was a dedicated member of the Frost Ste¬vens Senior Citizens Center. At this center and the Model Cities Senior Citizens Center he became a line dancer extraordinaire,
at the Capitol Centre for 37 years of dedicated service to the education of her people. Delores was a life member of the Worcester Junior and Senior Joint Association, Life Member of Ladies Auxiliary to the Foreign Wars, a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Delta Zeta Chapter, National Educa¬tion Association-Retired and Maryland School Personnel AssociationRetired. She enjoyed reading, travelling and sending greeting cards of any occasion to people when they least expected to receive a card; sending cards became her ministry. Her favorite scripture was Philippians 4:13— “I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.” Delores was devoted to her teaching career and her wonderful marriage of 43 years to the late Claude Edward Poulson. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a sister, Bertha Bailey Spence, and a brother, Stanley Earle Bailey. Left to cherish her beautiful memory are: a loving niece and her husband, Gloria and Edgar H. Cohen of Harrisburg, Pa.; adopted daughters, Paula Griffin of Seattle, Wa. and Dianne Newlin and husband Donald Sr. of Willingboro, N.J.; two grand-nephews, Edgar H. Cohen III, of Millersburg, Pa. and Zachary T. Cohen of New Castle, De.; two greatnieces, Ashley and Elon Cohen,; one greatnephew, Matthew Cohen; aunt, Rose King of Colorado; uncle, Herbert King of Philadelphia; an adopted sister, Jean Allen of Pocomoke, godson, Prentiss Ginn of Pocomoke; three goddaughters, Joy M. Vess of Baltimore, Mernita Hinmon of Va. and Dorothy Martin of Washington, D.C.; devoted friends, Dale Harger and Mary Issac; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, devoted neighbors and friends.
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In accordance with D.C. Official Code §47-1375 (2001), the object of this proceeding LEGAL NOTICES TYPESET: Tue Apr 03 is to quiet title through adLEGAL NOTICES verse possession the following real property located in the District of Columbia, with Superior Court of a street address of 417 U the District of Street, N.W. and described District of Columbia as: PROBATE DIVISION Lot number six (6) in block numbered fourteen (14) in A. Washington, D.C. L. Barger´s subdivision 20001-2131 known as “Le Droit Park”, as Administration No. per plat recorded in the Office 2012ADM205 of the Surveyor for the DisCalvin Coolidge trict of Columbia in Liber Powell Governor Shephard at folio 18. Decedent Pursuant to the Chief Olekanma Ekekwe Eq Judge´s Administration Or2426 Lenfant SQ SE der Number 02-11, it is this Suite 100 22nd day of February, 2012, Washington DC 20020 ORDEREDEDT by the Superior 12:30:30 2012 Attorney Court of the District of Columbia, that notice be given by NOTICE OF the insertion of a copy of this APPOINTMENT, order in The Afro-American NOTICE TO Newspaper (Washington), CREDITORS having a general circulation AND NOTICE TO in the District of Columbia, UNKNOWN HEIRS once a week for three (3) Kellie Newby Gibson and successive weeks, notifying Dorethia Newby, whose adnotifying all unknown owners dress(es) are 1309 North of the Property, their heirs, Carolina Avenue NE devisees, personal repreWashington DC 20002 and sentatives, and executors, 200 Rhode Island Ave NE administrators, grantees, asApt 514, Washington DC signs or successors in right, 20002, were appointed pertitle, interest, and any and all sonal representative(s) of the other persons having or estate of Calvin Coolidge claiming to have any interest Powell, who died on Febin the leasehold of fee simple ruary 6, 2012 with a Will, and in the Property and premises will serve without Court sudescribed above to appear in pervision. All unknown heirs this Court by the 30th day of a n d h e i r s w h o s e April, 2012 and to show whereabouts are unknown cause, if any, they may have shall enter their appearance as to why a judgment should in this proceeding. Objecnot be passed or prayed. tions to such appointment (or By: to the probate of decedent´s /s/ Hon. Curtis E. von Kann TYPESET: Tue Apr 03 12:28:56 2012 will) shall EDT be filed with the District of Columbia Register of Wills, D.C., 515 3/30, 4/6, 4/13 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on Superior Court of or before September 23, the District of 2012. Claims against the deColumbia cedent shall be presented to Civil Division the undersigned with a copy Case No. 000274012 to the Register of Wills or filed IN RE: with the Register of Wills with Timothy Bowler a copy to the undersigned, on Applicant or before September 23, ORDER OF 2012, or be forever barred. PUBLICATION Persons believed to be heirs CHANGE OF NAME or legatees of the decedent Timothy Bowler having filed a complaint for judgment who do not receive a copy of changing Timothy Bowler this notice by mail within 25 name to Timothy Jones and days of its first publication having applied to the court for shall so inform the Register an Order of Publication of the of Wills, including name, adnotice required by law in such dress and relationship. cases; it is by the Court this 26th day of March 2012 Date of Publication: hereby. March 23, 2012 ORDERED, that all persons Name of newspaper: concerned show cause, if Afro-American any there be, on or before the Washington 30th day of April 2012, why Law Reporter the prayers of said complaint Kellie Newby Gibson should not be granted; provided that a copy of this order Dorethia Newby be published once a week for Personal three consecutive weeks beRepresentative fore said day in the Afro202-696-4634 American. TRUE TEST COPY JUDGE REGISTER OF WILLS A TRUE COPY TEST: 3/23, 3/30, 4/6 4/6, 4/13, 4/20
LEGALEDT NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES LEGALEDT NOTICES 12:34:18 TYPESET: Tue Apr 03 12:26:57 2012 TYPESET: Tue2012 Apr 03 12:31:20 EDT 2012 TYPESET: Tue Apr 03 12:35:41 LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM242 Mary Dunbar Sobolewski Decedent John M. Bixler 2001 L Street NW Suite 400 Washington DC 20036 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Margaret Esterle Sobolewski, whose address is 155 Shuqhart Road, Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17015 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Mary Dunbar Sobolewski, who died on March 7 2012 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before September 30, 2012. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before September 30, 2012, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: September 30, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Margaret Esterle Sobolewski Personal Representative 717-385-1910 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 3/30, 4/6, 4/13
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM250 Eloise Green aka Eloise C. Green Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Regina M Gray and Miriam L. Maloney, whose address(es) are 1122 Galloway Street NE Washington DC 20011 and 9303 Allentown Road, Ft. Washington MD 20746were appointed personal representative(s) of the estate of Eloise Green aka Eloise C. Green, who died on November 11, 2004 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before October 6, 2012. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before October 6, 2012, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: April 6, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Regina M. Gray Miriam L. Maloney Personal Representative 202-832-0043 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 4/6, 4/13, 4/20
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM201 Katie K. White aka Katie Katherine White Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Shelly T. Mitchell, whose address is 5719 Walcott Ave., Fairfax VA. 22030 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Katie K. White aka Katie Katherine White, who died on January 29, 2011 with, a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before September 23, 2012. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before September 23, 2012, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: March 23, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Shelly T. Mitchell Personal Representative 703-968-0737 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 3/23, 3/30, 4/6
April 7, 2012 - April 13, 2012, The Afro-American LEGAL NOTICES
Superior Court of Superior Court of Superior Court of Superior Court of the District of the District of the District of the District of District of Columbia District of Columbia District of Columbia Columbia PROBATE DIVISION PROBATE DIVISION PROBATE DIVISION Civil Division Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Case No. 0002405-12 20001-2131 20001-2131 20001-2131 IN RE: Administration No. Administration No. Administration No. ANNA DAVIS HILL 2012ADM275 2012ADM202 2012ADM191 Applicant Bernice Rachel Jean Edny Louis Gaurav Gopalan ORDER OF Berry PUBLICATION Decedent Decedent Decedent CHANGE OF NAME Troy W. Poole, Esq. David B. Lamb Anna Davis Hill having filed a NOTICE OF 1629 K Street NW 1740 N Street NW complaint for judgment APPOINTMENT, Suite 300 Suite One changing Anna Davis Hill NOTICE TO Washington DC 20006 Washington DC 20036 name to Anna Marie Felder CREDITORS Attorney Attorney Davis and having applied to AND NOTICE TO NOTICE OF NOTICE OF the court for an Order of PubUNKNOWN HEIRS APPOINTMENT, APPOINTMENT, lication of the notice required Raymond E. Wiggins, whose by law in such cases; it is by NOTICE TO NOTICE TO address is 302 Stevenson the Court this 14th day of CREDITORS CREDITORS Lane, Hyattsville MD 20785 March 2011, hereby. AND NOTICE TO AND NOTICE TO was appointed personal reORDERED, that all persons UNKNOWN HEIRS UNKNOWN HEIRS presentative of the estate of concerned show cause, if Jean Alix Louis, whose Sanjay Khatri, whose ad- any there be, on or before the Bernice Rachel Berry, who dress is 5481 Tesoro Court, died on February 17, 2012 address is 13207 Arctic 18th day of April 2012, why Jose, CA 95124 was apwithout a Will, and will serve the prayers of said complaint Avenue, Rockville MD San pointed personal representawithout Court supervision. All 20853 was appointed tive of the estate of Gaurav should not be granted; prounknown heirs and heirs vided that a copy of this order personal representative Gopalan, who died on whose whereabouts are unbe published once a week for of the estate of Jean September 10, 2011 without three consecutive weeks beknown shall enter their Edny Louis, who died on a Will, and will serve without fore said day in the Afroappearance in this proceeding. Objections to such June 14, 2011 without a Court supervision. All un- American newspaper. appointment shall be filed Will, and will serve with- known heirs and heirs whose 0 that pursuant to SCRwhereabouts are unknown with the Register of Wills, 12:28:32 EDT 2012 out Court supervision. All shall enter their appearance 205(b) notice be sent to the D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., unknown heirs and heirs in this proceeding. Objec- applicant’s creditors by regis3rd Floor Washington, D.C. tered or certified mail and whose whereabouts are tions to such appointment that proof of service of mail20001, on or before October unknown shall enter their shall be filed with the Regis- ing be made in the manner SUPERIOR COURT OF 6, 2012. Claims against the ter of Wills, D.C., 515 5th THE DISTRICT OF appearance in this decedent shall be presented provided in SCR Probate to the undersigned with a COLUMBIA proceeding. Objections Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Rule 19(b). D.C. 20001, on copy to the Register of Wills JUDGE PROBATE DIVISION to such appointment Washington, or before September 23, TYPESET: Tue Apr 03 12:31:00 EDT 2012 or filed with the Register of A TRUE COPY TEST: Washington, D.C. shall be filed with the 2012. Claims against the deWills with a copy to the 3/30, 4/6, 4/13 20001-2131 Register of Wills, D.C., cedent shall be presented to undersigned, on or before Administration No. 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd the undersigned with a copy October 6, 2012, or be forSuperior Court of 2012ADM286 Floor Washington, D.C. to the Register of Wills or filed ever barred. Persons bewith the Register of Wills with the District of lieved to be heirs or legatees Estate of 20001, on or before copy to the undersigned, on of the decedent who do not District of Columbia Lawrence Clarke September 23, 2012. a or before September 23, receive a copy of this notice PROBATE DIVISION Deceased Claims against the de- 2012, or be forever barred. by mail within 25 days of its Washington, D.C. NOTICE OF cedent shall be pre- Persons believed to be heirs first publication shall so in20001-2131 STANDARD sented to the under- or legatees of the decedent form the Register of Wills, Administration No. PROBATE signed with a copy to the who do not receive a copy of including name, address and 2012ADM230 Notice is hereby given that a relationship. Register of Wills or filed this notice by mail within 25 of its first publication petition has been filed in this John F. Middleton Date of Publication: with the Register of Wills days shall so inform the Register Court by Monica V. Jones for April 6, 2012 with a copy to the under- of Wills, including name, ad- Decedent standard probate, including Name of newspaper: Thomas H. Queen signed, on or before dress and relationship. the appointment of one or Afro-American 530 Eighth Street SE September 23, 2012, or Date of Publication: more personal representaWashington Washington DC 20003 be forever barred. Per- March 23, 2012 tive. Unless a complaint or an Law Reporter Attorney objection in accordance with sons believed to be heirs Name of newspaper: Raymond E. Wiggins Superior Court Probate DiNOTICE OF Personal or legatees of the de- Afro-American Washington vision Rule 407 is filed in this Representative APPOINTMENT, cedent who do not re- Law Reporter Court within 30 days from the 301-499-3230 NOTICE TO ceive a copy of this notice Sanjay Khatri date of first publication of this TRUE TEST COPY CREDITORS by mail within 25 days of Personal notice, the Court may take REGISTER OFTue WILLS TYPESET: Apr 03 AND NOTICE TO Representative its first publication shall the action hereinafter set 4/6, 4/13, 4/20 UNKNOWN HEIRS 408-410-3331 forth. so inform the Register of 0 Thomas H. Queen, whose Ordered any interested perWills, including name, TRUE TEST COPY address isEDT 530 Eighth WILLS TYPESET:OFTue Apr 03 12:32:55 2012Street son to show cause why the Superior Court of address and relation- REGISTER SE Washington DC 20003, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6 provisions of the lost or dethe District of ship. was appointed personal restroyed will dated March 27, District of Columbia Date of Publication: presentative of the estate of 2008 should not be admitted PROBATE DIVISION Superior Court of John F. Middleton, who died March 23, 2012 to probate as expressed in Washington, D.C. the District of on February 13, 2012 with a the petition Name of newspaper: 0 20001-2131 Will, and will serve without District of Columbia Appoint an unsupervised Afro-American Court supervision. All unAdministration No. personal representative PROBATE DIVISION Washington known heirs and heirs whose Register of Wills 2012ADM241 Washington, D.C. Law Reporter whereabouts are unknown Clerk of the Probate Division Quintin Harold 20001-2131 Jean Alix Louis shall enter their appearance Date of First Publication Hilliard Administration No. Personal in this proceeding. ObjecApril 6, 2012 Decedent 2012ADM207 tions to such appointment (or Names of Newspapers: Representative NOTICE OF to the probate of decedent´s Washington 301-933-7857 Christine Elizabeth APPOINTMENT, will) shall be filed with the Law Reporter McNair TRUE TEST COPY Register of Wills, D.C., 515 Washington NOTICE TO Decedent REGISTER OF TYPESET: TueWILLS Apr 03 12:34:39 EDT 2012 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor AFRO-AMERICAN CREDITORS NOTICE OF 3/23, 3/30, 4/6 Washington, D.C. 20001, on William A. Bland AND NOTICE TO APPOINTMENT, or before September 30, 1140 Connecticut Ave UNKNOWN HEIRS NOTICE TO 2012. Claims against the deNW #1100 Superior Court of Alfonzo Hilliard, whose adCREDITORS cedent shall be presented to Washington DC 20036 dress is 12227 Kingswell the District of the undersigned with a copy Signature of AND NOTICE TO Street, Mitchellville, TYPESET: Tue Apr 03 12:25:04 EDT 2012 MD District of Columbia to the Register of Wills or filed Petitioners/Attorney UNKNOWN HEIRS 20721 was appointed perwith the Register of Wills with PROBATE DIVISION 4/6, 4/13 Christine S. Farmer, whose sonal representative of the a copy to the undersigned, on Washington, D.C. address is 3111 Lyndale estate of Quintin Harold Hilor before September 30, Place SE, Washington DC 20001-2131 Superior Court of liard, who died on February 2012, or be forever barred. 20019 was appointed perAdministration No. the District of 21, 2012 with a Will, and will Persons believed to be heirs sonal representative of the serve without Court supervi2012ADM195 District of Columbia or legatees of the decedent estate of Christine Elizabeth sion. All unknown heirs and Joyce Ann Douglas PROBATE DIVISION who do not receive a copy of M c N a i r, w h o d i e d o n heirs whose whereabouts Decedent this notice by mail within 25 Washington, D.C. September 7, 1999 without a are unknown shall enter their days of its first publication NOTICE OF 20001-2131 Will, and will serve without appearance in this proceedshall so inform the Register APPOINTMENT, Court supervision. All unAdministration No. ing. Objections to such of Wills, including name, adknown heirs and heirs whose NOTICE TO 2012ADM257 appointment (or to the prodress and relationship. whereabouts are unknown CREDITORS bate of decedent´s will) shall Barbara Ann Brown Date of Publication: shall enter their appearance be filed with the Register of AND NOTICE TO Decedent March 30, 2012 in this proceeding. ObjecWills, D.C., 515 5th Street, UNKNOWN HEIRS NOTICE OF Name of newspaper: tions to such appointment N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, Angele Robinson-Gaylord, Afro-American APPOINTMENT, shall be filed with the RegisD.C. 20001, on or before whose address is 140 MidWashington NOTICE TO ter of Wills, D.C., 515 5th October 6, 2012. Claims land Ct. Conshohocken, PA Law Reporter Street, N.W., 3rd Floor CREDITORS against the decedent shall be 19428, was appointed perThomas H. Queen Washington, D.C. 20001, on AND NOTICE TO presented to the undersonal representative of the Personal or before September 23, signed with a copy to the UNKNOWN HEIRS estate of Joyce Ann Douglas, Representative 2012. Claims against the de-
who died on February 18, 2012 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before September 23, 2012. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before September 23, 2012, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: March 23, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Angele Robinson Douglas Personal Representative 847-287-8142 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS TYPESET: Tue Apr 03 3/23, 3/30, 4/6
Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 0002145-12 IN RE: THOMAS STEPHEN TROY Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME
Thomas Stephen Troy having filed a complaint for judgment changing birth nameThomas Stephen Troy name to Marcus Stringer Troy and having applied to the court for an Order of Publication of the notice required by law in such cases; it is by the Court this 6th day of March 2012 hereby. ORDERED, that all persons concerned show cause, if any there be, on or before the 15th day of April 2012, why the prayers of said complaint should not be granted; provided that a copy of this order be published once a week for three consecutive weeks before said day in the AfroAmerican. 0 that pursuant to SCR205(b) notice be sent to the applicant’s creditors by registered or certified mail and that proof of service of mailing be made in the manner provided in SCR Probate Rule 19(b). JUDGE A TRUE COPY TEST: 3/23, 3/30, 4/6
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cedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before September 23, 2012, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: March 23, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Christine S. Farmer Personal Representative 202-581-1915 TRUE TEST COPY TYPESET: Apr 03 REGISTER OFTue WILLS 3/23, 3/30, 4/6
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM208 ANN KING Decedent Kent Rackett, 12:33:57 EDT Esq 2012 1350 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 850 Washington DC 20036 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Joseph King, whose address is 13107 Crutchfield Ave., Bowie Maryland 20720, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Ann King, who died on March 16, 2007 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before September 23, 2012. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before September 23, 2012, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: March 23, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Joseph King Personal Representative 240-305-9022 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 3/23, 3/30, 4/6
202-544-4200 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS TYPESET: Tue Apr 03 3/30, 4/6, 4/13
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM235 Laura E. McMillan Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Catherine Jones, whose address is 5418 8th Street, NW was appointed personal representative of the estate of Laura E. McMillan, who died on December 12, 2011 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before September 30, 2012. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before September 30, 2012, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: March 30, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Catherine Jones Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS TYPESET: Tue Apr 03 3/30, 4/6, 4/13
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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM261 Mary Lee Sanders Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Beverly Renee Sanders, whose address is 4354 D Street, SE Washington DC 20019 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Mary Lee Sanders, who died on February 1, 2012 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington,
Janet Oakley Huggins, whose address is 1107 Fern Street NW Washington DC 20012, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Exie Lee Oakley, who died on August 7, 2012 12:27:54 EDTand2012 without a Will, will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before October 6, 2012. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before October 6, 2012, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: April 6, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Janet Oakley Huggins Personal Representative 202-509-7513 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 4/6, 4/13, 4/20
COLUMBIA PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM256 Estate of Robert Dixon Deceased NOTICE OF STANDARD PROBATE
Notice is hereby given that a petition has been filed in this Court by Ann Sykes Dixon for standard probate, including the appointment of one or more personal representative. Unless a complaint or an objection in accordance with Superior Court Probate Division Rule 407 is filed in this Court within 30 days from the date of first publication of this notice, the Court may take the action hereinafter set forth. 0 Admit to probate the will dated July 25, 1992 exhibited with the petition upon proof satisfactory to the Court of due execution by affidavit of witnesses or otherwise 0 Ordered any interested person to show cause why the provisions of the lost or destroyed will dated July 25, 1992 should not be admitted to probate as expressed in the petition. Register of Wills Clerk of the Probate Division Date of First Publication April 6, 2012 Names of Newspapers: Washington Law Reporter Washington AFRO-AMERICAN Peter N. Mann Esq 1350 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 202 Washington DC 20036 Signature of Petitioners/Attorney 4/6, 4/13
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM149 Hyacinth McMorris Decedent Robert M. McCarthy 4405 East West Highway, Suite 201 Bethesda, MD 20814 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Laurel Howell, whose address is 13971 Dominion Place, Davie, FL 33325 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Hyacinth McMorris, who died on December 17, 2011 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before October 6, 2012. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before October 6, 2012, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: April 6, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Laurel Howell Personal 12:24:25 EDT 2012 Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 4/6, 4/13, 4/20
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TYPESET: Tue Apr 03 12:23:32 EDT 2012 Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM244 Charles Junior Lewis Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Nannette C. Lewis, whose address is 3012 Marshall Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Charles Junior Lewis, who died on January 27, 2012 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before October 6, 2012. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before October 6, 2012, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: April 6, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Nannette C. Lewis Personal Representative 757-256-9744 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 4/6, 4/13, 4/20
Register of Wills or filed with Erick Brown, whose address the Register of Wills with a is 10482 Baltimore Ave #238, copy to the undersigned, on Beltsville MD 20705, was ap12:29:57 EDT 2012 or before October 6, 2012, or pointed personal representabe forever barred. Persons tive of the estate of Barbara believed to be heirs or Ann Brown, who died on legatees of the decedent who June 18, 2011 without a Will, do not receive a copy of this and will serve without Court notice by mail within 25 days supervision. All unknown of its first publication shall so heirs and heirs whose inform the Register of Wills, whereabouts are unknown including name, address and shall enter their appearance relationship. in this proceeding. ObjecDate of Publication: tions to such appointment April 6, 2012 shall be filed with the RegisName of newspaper: ter of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Afro-American Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington Washington, D.C. 20001, on Law Reporter or before October 6, 2012. Alfonzo Hilliard Claims against the decedent Personal shall be presented to the Representative undersigned with a copy to 301-390-8475 the Register of Wills or filed TRUE TEST COPY with the Register of Wills with REGISTER OF WILLS a copy to the undersigned, on 4/6, 4/13, 4/20 or before October 6, 2012, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or Concrete General, Inc. is seeking MBE legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this subcontractors & suppliers who perform notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so various types of work relating to highinform the Register of Wills, including name, address and way, bridge, & utility construction in the relationship. Maryland area. Call Mark Miller 301-948Date of Publication: April 6, 2012 4450. EEO Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Erick Brown Personal TYPESET: Wed Apr 04 09:17:07 EDT 2012 Representative 202-509-7513 TRUE TEST COPY TYPESET: Tue Apr 03 12:25:26 EDT 2012 SUPERIOR COURT OF REGISTER OF WILLS 4/6, 4/13, 4/20 THE DISTRICT OF Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM260 Exie Lee Oakley Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
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Beverly Renee Sanders, whose address is 4354 D Street, SE Washington DC 20019 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Mary Lee Sanders, who died on February 1, 2012 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose 12:31:45 EDTwhereabouts 2012 LEGAL are unknownNOTICES shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before October 6, 2012. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before October 6, 2012, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: April 6, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Beverly Renee Sanders Personal Representative 202-581-8317 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER WILLS TYPESET:OFTue Apr 03 4/6, 4/13, 4/20
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