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Supreme Court to Hear Voting Rights Act Challenge By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The U. S. Supreme Court has agreed to review a challenge to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The court agreed Nov. 9 to hear a case from Shelby County, Ala., near Birmingham, that questions whether Congress exceeded its authority when it voted in 2006 to renew Section

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The place where 3-yearold Antoine Graves grows into adulthood is likely to 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires determine whether he lives jurisdictions covered by the legislation to to be very old or dies young, pre-clear any election law changes with the according to a new study. U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia in According to a new report Washington, D.C. to prevent discriminatory entitled “Place Matters voting changes. for Health in Baltimore: Oral arguments in the voting case are Ensuring Opportunities expected to be heard in February. Two for Good Health for All,” which contains research on health inequities in “The 1965 Voting Rights the city, researchers have concluded, yet again, that Act created federal oversight health disparities vary by neighborhood. The research of elections in Alabama shows that disproportionately and other jurisdictions with it is people of color and the poor who live in a history of voting neighborhoods that are likely to make them sick. discrimination.” The report was produced by the Washington D.C.-based lower courts upheld the constitutionality of Joint Center for Political the Voting Rights Act extension before the and Economic Studies, a Supreme Court decided to review the case. think tank that specializes in The Voting Rights Act was originally issues of interest to African passed in 1965 on the heels of an assault Americans and Equity on Blacks marching from Selma, Ala., to Matters. Montgomery to protest voter discrimination. “Forty to 70 percent of When Section 5 of the act was scheduled the reason people get sick is to expire, it was extended by Congress in because of where they live, 1970, 1975, 1982 and for another 25 years in work and play,” said Michael 2006 with broad bipartisan support. Former Scott, chief equity officer and Photo By Avis Thomas-Lester co-founder of Equity Matters. Continued on A4 Antoine Graves, 3, and father Eric Morton, 25 “The health disparities in Baltimore are caused by the institutional racism embedded in everything from housing to education.” According to the report, the number of years a person is expected to live varied as much as 30 years, depending on whether they lived in a poor or wealthy neighborhood. The study was conducted between 2005 and 2009 and spanned the By Ronald A. Taylor men and women assigned city. According to the data, the residents with the city’s highest AFRO Editor to his commands with life expectancy—81 to 86 years—live in the Inner Harbor/ distinction.” Federal Hill and Greater Roland Park Poplar areas. The areas U.S. Army Gen. William “While Gen. Ward is not with the lowest life expectancy include the Greenmount, “Kip” Ward, a Black fourperfect he has always been Druid Hill and Westport neighborhoods, where people are not star general, was demoted to guided by his faith in God expected to live past 63 years old, the report shows. lieutenant general Nov. 13 and the belief that there is no The Place Matters report was released to the public Nov. and fined $82,000 for lavish greater honor as a patriot than 13 at a news conference held at the Druid Heights Community and excessive spending while to lead those who choose to Development Corporation on McCulloh St., in an area where he was at the head of the U.S. serve our nation in the armed the life expectancy is 64 to 69 years. The event was attended Africa Command. forces,” spokesman Chris by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), The decision on Ward was Garrett said in a statement. Maryland State Sen. Verna Jones (D-44), Roslyn M. Brock, delivered Nov. 13 by Defense Ward was the first chairman of the national board of the NAACP and a long list of Secretary Leon Panetta after commander of AFRICOM, Continued on A3 review of the findings of an serving until April 2011. Ward inspector general report that used government vehicles to concluded Ward engaged in transport his wife on shopping excessive spending while at and spa trips. The cost of the top of AFRICOM. accommodations during an Panetta stripped Ward of a overnight refueling stop in star, meaning he will retire at Bermuda resulted in Ward and Wikimedia Commons the lower, three-star rank and his wife staying in a $750 a Gen. Kip Ward receive less in his military night hotel suite. The report A spokesman for Ward pension. cited this as an example By AFRO Staff He will lose about $30,000 said he “has never been of lavish hotel and travel annually in retirement, netting motivated by personal gain arrangements for the couple A female Maryland Transit Administration bus driver and fulfilled each and every him about $208,802 a year and Ward’s staff during his was placed on administrative leave after a cell phone video mission assigned to him and rather than $236,650 for a stint as AFRICOM chief. went viral earlier this week showing her appearing to grab served his country and the retired four-star general. Continued on A3 and wrestle with a female passenger, authorities said.

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foundation’s inspector general. According to the indictment, Morgan State professor Manoj Jha is accused of obtaining grant Kumar Jha, 45, of Severn, was funds from January 2008 to July indicted by a grand jury Nov. 14 2009 from the foundation’s Small on charges of wire fraud, mail Business Technology Transfer fraud and falsification of records, program and attempting to get authorities said. He is accused more. He is accused of using of obtaining $200,000 through the funds to pay his mortgage fraud and attempting to obtain and credit card bills, authorizing Courtesy Morgan St. University $500,000 more from the National $11,000 in salary payments to his Manoj Kumar Jha Science Foundation, according wife, who did not perform any to a statement from Rod J. Rosenstein, U.S. foundation-related work and writing a $6,000 Attorney for Maryland and Allison Lerner, the check to himself, authorities said. By Afro Staff

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An MTA spokesman said the incident is under investigation by Baltimore police and the transportation company. The driver’s name was not released. A video uploaded on the Internet on No. 13 shows the bus driver appearing to snatch an unidentified passenger out of her seat as the passenger flails her arms. The video also contains images of the bus driver pinning the passenger down. “You want to fight somebody? You want to fight somebody? You want to fight somebody?” the bus driver is heard asking the passenger. She later tells the passenger, “Get off me!” After the driver releases the passenger, who appears to be a teenager or young adult, the passenger straightens her clothes and hair. She does not appear to be injured. “You shouldn’t have jumped in my f------ face like Continued on A3

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local stakeholders. “Intuitively, we know that place matters. But this study powerfully expresses the relationship between neighborhood conditions and health outcomes,” Cummings said. “Here in Baltimore, home to great wealth and great poverty, the findings are stark…Researchers found a nearly 30-year difference Bylife Alan King in expectancy across the AFRO Staff Writer city. Think of what you could do Jennifer with another 30 and years? Hudson other Think ofpositively the birthdays and relatives identified weddings, the children and

grandchildren you could watch grow.” Factors besides the lack of educational and economic opportunity that are making people sick include the prevalence of fast food outlets, liquor stores, the availability of tobacco products and the quality of neighborhood conditions, Scott said. sport-utility vehicle with sought in Neighborhoods high connection with the murder of life expectancies offer less Hudson’s mother and brother. exposure to pollution, better The white, 1994 Chevrolet health care, healthier and Suburban with Illinoisfood license water and infrequent episodes

of violence, researchers found. Baltimore city officials are analyzing results of a 2011 study that focused on health disparities between neighborhoods. State health officials are expected to try November 1, 2008 - November 7, 2008, The Washington Afro-American A3 to equalize health conditions between the poor and wealthy by implementing enterprise zones to provide better from a care neighbor about a suspiposted fliers bearing his photohealth in areas with cious vehicle. The man noticed graph around the city. On high minority populations. the vehicle while walking his Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked The included a map dog. study According to the Chicago for the public’s help in finding that showed evidence of how Tribune, the boy had been shot her nephew. In her MySpace multiple times in the back seat blog, she thanked fans and supdiscriminatory policies like of the vehicle. The SUV, regisporters for their prayers and redlining had segregated tered to Hudson’s murdered offered a $100,000 reward to Baltimore. brother, was towed with the anyone who returned the boy Thebody Rev.inside Andreand Newsome, boy’s is being alive. processed byminister evidenceattechniSince the investigation, an associate St. cians and workers. The body Hudson – who gained stardom John’s Transformation was later removed and taken to after appearing on “American Church, lives in the Baptist Cook County Medical Idol,” and then won an Sandtown, Midtown, Examiner’s near office. Academy Award for her role in Hudson andexpectancy other familyis the movie Dreamgirls – has where the life members arrived at the Medical stayed out of the public eye. lower, but works in Federal Examiner’s office mid-afterThe Chicago Tribune reportHill, the highest life Julian King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. noon with to identify the body. ed that a parade of cars moved expectancy in thebetween city. lookGiven the choice slowly past her family’s home A spokesman for the office the murders but is being held in Monday morning, past the ing A directly at Newsome, the body or47, laborer, told the newspaper that Hudson jail for parole violation after viewing onfour a wall-mounted news vans, reporters and curithe fatherit of children, ous onlookers. said there are 20 liquor stores stood “Sheaheld hands her family. It was obviously a very emotional moment.” Neighbors within 10-block radius with of quietly and his home. He said the grocery reflected on the “remained strong for her famibeing convicted of attempted video screen, the family violence. stores and services in hischose ly” and was clearly its leader. murder and vehicular hijackthe latter. According to the In front of the Hudson’s neighborhood are lacking “She held hands with her famiing. Cook County records show home, men in heavy jackets Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes, compared ly,” the spokesman said. “It that he pleaded guilty to both that’s him.”to those near his and hooded sweatshirts came to was obviously a very emotional charges in 1999. He was also job. kiss the twin white crosses barmoment.” convicted in 1998 for possesing the names of Donerson and “The government needs The boy – the son of Julia sion of a stolen motor vehicle. Jason. to work towards a solution,” Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had He was released from prison in “Everybody is sick of going he said. “There need to be been missing since Friday, 2006 after serving seven years through stuff like In this,” Artisha Source: Place Matters For Health Baltimore when a relative found Julian’s for the attempted murder and changes made so that people West, a former resident of the grandmother, Darnell car hijacking charges. area told the “We all nutrition, better economic to be an emphasis on helping healthier so Tribune. that things can in those areas get access No wonder Obama’s campaign is Donerson, 57, and his uncle, The boy remained missing have to stick together. All these opportunity. are to needs Black families to learn in to live change. to better education, trying to distance himbetter from the Jason Hudson,There 29, shot death through a long weekend

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Leader Calls Voter Registration Fraud Charges ‘Bogus’

Average No.are Copies No. Copies of Single bogus the charges themhad just announced that we had Each Issue During Issue Published selves. And factcheck. org registered 1.3 million new vot12 Months Nearest to Filing Date agrees. ers,” she said. “That’s just to say Preceding It concluded, “Neither that someone’s running scared a. Total Number of Copies 7,789 7,196 ACORN nor its employees have because of ACORN’s success.” (Net press run) been found guilty of, or even who (By is running for b.McCain, Paid Circulation Mail charged with, casting fraudulent president on the Republican tickand Outside the Mail) votes.” et,(1) lashed at ACORN in the Mailedout Outside-County Paid The problem came about prifinal debate against Subscriptions Stated onBarack PS Form 3541 (Include paid distribution marily because of the way Obama, contending the group “is nominalof rate, advertiser’s ACORN operates. Rather than onabove the verge maybe perpetratand, and exchange rely on volunteers, it pays peoingproof onecopies, of the greatest frauds in copies) 1,513 1,398 ple, many of them poor or unemvoter history in this country, (2) Mailed In-County Paid ployed, to sign up new voters. maybe destroying the fabric of Subscriptions Stated on PS Form The idea was to help both those democracy.” 3541 (Include paid distribution being registered and those doing, a non-partisan above nominal rate, advertiser’s the registration. Web site, found those claims proof copies, and exchange copies) to 1,453 1,342 Maud explained, “We have a be(3) “exaggerated,” “no Paid Distribution with Outside the eviMailsof Including SalesdemocracyThrough zero tolerance policy for deliberdence any such Dealers andfraud.” Carriers, Street Vendors, ate falsification of registration.” destroying Counter and Other Paid Most news account neglect to Hurd Sales, believes the McCain Distribution Outside USPS®motivat4,307out that ACORN 4,010 point is charges were politically (4) Paid Distribution by Other required by law to turn in all reged.Classes of Mail Through the USPS istration forms. And they also fail She said, “Because it’s low(e.g. First-Class Mail®) 22 6 to note that it was the organizaand moderate-income people, c. Total Paid Distribution (Sum of tion, in many instances, that first and 15bpeople (1), (2), of (3),color, and (4)I believe the 7,295 6,756 brought the phony registrations McCain thinks those d. Free orcampaign Nominal Rate to the attention of authorities. Distribution (By Mail and Outside voters are going to vote the Mail) The McCain camp apparently Democratic, which is not neces(1) Free or Nominal Rate Outsideisn’t interested in those fine sarily true.” County. Copies on points, preferring to air misleadACORN isincluded no stranger to POS Form 3541 ing ads that seek to link Obama controversy. (2) Free or Nominal Rate In-County to ACORN, thereby undercutting For 38 years, the non-partisan Copies Included on PS Form 3541 organization has fought for social his political support. (3) Free or Nominal Rate Copies McCain: I’m John McCain and economic justiceThrough for lowMailed at other Classes and I approve this message. and themoderate-income USPS (e.g. First-Class Mail) Announcer: Who is Barack (4) Free or Nominal Rate Americans. With 400,000 memthe Mail Obama? A man with “a political berDistribution familiesOutside organized into more (Carriers other means) 270 performed at warp 270 baptism than 1,200or neighborhood chape. Total Freecities or Nominal Rate speed.” Vast ambition. After colters in 110 nationwide, Distribution (Sum of 15d (1(, (2), lege, he moved to Chicago. ACORN has over the years seen (3) and (4) 270 270 Became a community organizer. itsf.share of criticism while advoTotal Distribution (Sum of 15c There, cating for affordable housing, and 15e) 7,565 Obama met Madeleine 7,026 Talbot, part of the Chicago living wages, healthcare g. Copies not Distributed (Seefor the branch of ACORN. He was so underserved— and while Instructions to Publishers #4 organimpressive that he was 170 asked to izing (pagevoter #3) registration drives. 224 h. Total 15f and 7,789 7,196 train the ACORN staff. But none(Sum hasofbeen as g) withering i. Percent Paidas this one. What did ACORN in Chicago and baseless (15c divided 15f times 100) 96.4%in? Bullying banks. 96.2% engage With the by presidential election Intimidation tactics. Disruption less than two weeks away, 10. I certify that the statements above areACORN correct forced business. ACORN’s detractors allege themade byofme and complete. organization has engaged in mas- banks to issue risky home loans. (Signed) J. Oliver The same types John of loans that Jr. sive voter registration fraud after Publisher caused the financial crisis we’re the reported discovery of bogus in today. names, such as Mickey Mouse

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group, saying, “Barack Obama in his grandmother’s home in Never Organized with ACORN.” the 7000 block of South Yale But Obama’s ties to ACORN run Avenue. long and deep. He taught classes An Amber Alert – a desigfor ACORN.from TheyA1 even endorsed nation for high-risk missing Continued him for President. children – was issued Friday ButIn now ACORNWard is in trouble. addition, and his wifeafter also Julian accepted and wasdinner discovered are at aleast Reporter:tickets There from after murders. Broadway defense missing contractor in the violation 11 investigations across the Police arrested William of government rules. The couple met Denzel Washington country involving thousands of Balfour, the missing boy’s stepbackstage after the play and stayed at the Waldorf Astoria hotel potentially fraudulent ACORN father and estranged husband forms.their staff. with of Julia, at his girlfriend’s Announcer: Massive voterthe otherwise Southside apartment several The allegations tarnish illustrious career of fraud. And the Obama campaign hoursgenerals after theand murders. Ward, one of a few African-American the first paid more than $800,000 to an Balfour’s mother, Michele, has U.S. commander ofout AFRICOM. ACORN front for get the vote told reporters that her son had efforts. nothing to do with the slayings. Pressuring banks to issue risky Balfour remains a suspect in loans. Nationwide voter fraud. Barack Obama. Bad judgment. Blind ambition. Continued fromToo A1risky for America.

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Gen. Kip Ward Demoted

young children are dying, and for what?”

According to a Department of Defense Inspector General’s released in August after a 17-month investigation, Ward “engaged in multiple forms of misconduct related to official and unofficial travel,” including using military aircraft and allowing his wife, Joyce, to travel on military aircraft and vehicles without authorization or reimbursement; and received travel reimbursement when “the predominant purpose of the travel was personal.” The case against Ward, a career Army veteran and graduate of Morgan State University, surfaces during a spasm of civilian Jason Hudson disciplinary proceedings against U.S. top military commanders. Also in the administrative crosshairs are: *Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair for multiple sexual misconduct drivers has demanded that charges. The counts include forcible sodomy on five women, buses be outfitted with shields SQUARE HIGHserved with him. Pending is a including female officers who to protect bus operators decision on whether to proceed to a court-martial; after three were attacked by *Former Central Intelligence Agency director and former passengers. four-star Gen. David H. Petraeus for adultery with his one-time Several cities are now biographer; using shields to protect bus * Gen. John Allen, top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, drivers, including New York NOT ON THE LISTwith Florida BREAD for potentially inappropriate communications City and Boston, news reports socialite Jill Kelley, whose name surfaced during the Petraeus show. investigation. Allen says he has done nothing wrong and In the Baltimore incident, *Adm. James Stavridis, Supreme Allied Commander the video starts after the of NATO, was cautioned by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus to RIGHT driver has left her seat and LEFT exercise better oversight of his staff after an investigation into is grabbing the passenger. travel and expense questions, including a trip to a wine dinner It does not show what in France. Stavridis was cleared of any misconduct. precipitated the incident. A man’s voice can be heard in the background criticizing the driver for being “dead wrong” for her part in the incident. Earlier, passengers could be heard talking about the 1 BANANA incident—“The driver and a girl fighting! and “Oh, my God! Are you serious!”—but nobody attempts to intervene. Witnesses told MVA officials that the passenger “was playing her music too loud” and was being “disrespectful” to the bus driver, Owens said. Before age five, every room is a classroom. Ashley Cox contributed to

MTA Driver on Leave

you was [unintellible],” the passenger can be heard telling Since McCain’s comments, ACORN’s the driver. 87 offices have been bombarded with threats and MTA spokesperson Terry racist mail. Owens said the agency is The day after the presidential currently reviewing debate, vandals broke the into the organization’s and Seattle Internet videoBoston and the bus offices and stole computers. operator will remain on leave After a Cleveland representative until the investigation is was appeared on TV, an e-mail complete. sent to the local office saying she “is “The going safety to haveof herour life ended.” A worker in is Providence, R.I., passengers a high priority” received a threatening call sayhe ing,said. “We know you get off work The is theepithets. at 9” andincident uttered racial A caller to many one office left a second in as months message on thewere answering where videos uploaded machine, saying: “Hi, I was just on the Internet calling to let youshowing know that altercations between Barack Obama needs todrivers get hung.passengers. He’s a (expletive deleted) and On Sept. 18, nigger, and bus he’s driver a pieceArtis of Cleveland (expletive deleted). You guys are Hughes made national news fraudulent, and you need to go to when hethe was depicted on trees. a hell. All niggers on oak They’re gonna get aallstunning hung honvideo delivering eys, they’re to getofassassiupper cut togoing the face a nated, they’re gonna get killed.” woman passenger who had Another message said, “You been him out and liberalcursing idiots. Dumb (expletive deleted). Welfare You to challenging him,bums. according guysvideo just (expletive the footage. deleted) According come to our country, consume to the Cleveland Plain every natural resource there is, Dealer, 59, was and makeHughes, a lot of babies. That’s fired last week by the Greater all you guys do. And then suck up the welfare and expect everyCleveland Regional Transit one else to pay for your hospital Authority. The Plain Dealer bills for your kids. I jus’ say let also that a the union your reported kids die. That’s best representing bus move. Just let Cleveland your children die.

Forget about paying for hospital bills for them. I’m not gonna do it. You guys are lowlifes. And I hope you all die.” Hurd thinks the hate calls will cease soon. “In two weeks, I think these attacks will be over. But I think it will be harder for us to get our name back on good graces because they really trashed us in the last few weeks.” But ACORN will not be deterred. “We’ve been fighting for a long time, for over 30 years, for the rights of low- and moderateincome people all across the country,” Hurd said. “We’re going to continue to fight for economic justice in our communities.”

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NAACP Poll Details Massive Black Voter Turnout What Enthusiasm Can the Democrats and Republicans Expect in 2016? were no longer enthusiastic about an Obama White House. Ninety-three percent Exclusive polling by the of the survey’s respondents NAACP on election eve said they remained examined the role of Black enthusiastic about President voters in the 2012 presidential Obama while 79 percent said election and offered a glimpse they are “very enthusiastic.” 

 into the political mindset and However, in 2016, when future of African-American Obama is out of the picture, voters.

 Black support enthusiasm “This data underscores for a Democratic candidate the decisive role we played is less certain. Only 47 of Photo by Alexis Taylor in key battleground states,” respondents were “very 2012 election voters in Baltimore said Benjamin Todd Jealous, enthusiastic” for a Democrat president and CEO of the NAACP in a statement. 

 candidacy and 14 percent said they are more likely to vote for a In the key states of Florida, Georgia, Ohio and Virginia, Republican in the future if the candidate has civil rights issues African-American support for President Obama ranged from on their agenda.
 92-99 percent. And Black voters comprised between 12 percent 
“It reveals opportunities for the GOP to improve its to 33 percent of the vote in the respective states. “We turned relationship with our community, and suggests the Democratic out in every place that mattered,” Jealous told the AFRO in a Party should not assume it will see the 2008 and 2012 levels of post-election interview.

 Black turnout in 2016,” Jealous stated.
 The polls also belied the pre-election narrative that Blacks 
Still, if the GOP is to gain a stronger foothold within the By Zenitha Prince Special to the AFRO

Black electorate, it would need to revise or better communicate its stance on key issues, particularly civil rights concerns. Fiftyfour percent of respondents said Republicans “don’t care at all about civil rights,” while another 32 percent think the party “just says what minorities want to hear.”

 The Democratic Party got higher ratings on civil rights advancement and on other items on the Black agenda. African

“We turned out in every place that mattered.” —Benjamin Todd Jealous, president/CEO NAACP Americans seem to trust Democrats more than Republicans to address issues such as jobs, education and economic opportunity, including poverty, public education, healthcare, and creating jobs.

 The NAACP battleground poll, conducted by Pacific Market Research, interviewed 1,600 African American voters who had already voted, or were certain to vote in the Nov. 6 election. The margin of error was 2.5 percent overall and 4.9 percent in each state.

Supreme Court to Hear Voting Rights Act Challenge

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President George W. Bush signed the extension in a Rose Garden ceremony attended by members of the Congressional Black Caucus. In its petition, Shelby County argued that the pre-clearance provision of Section 5 violates the Tenth Amendment and Article IV of the Constitution, which empower states to regulate their elections. In passing the law, Congress relied on the 15th Amendment which prohibits states from denying a citizen the right to vote based on race, color, or previous condition of servitude. Shelby County went to court after the Justice Department rejected a redistricting plan that

apparently played a role in the defeat of Ernest Montgomery, the only Black member of the Calera (Ala.) City Council, a community of 12,000 people. Montgomery was elected to the council in 2004 from a district that was nearly 71 percent Black. The district was redrawn two years later, reducing the Black presence to 23 percent. Montgomery narrowly lost in 2008 to a White challenger and the Justice Department invalidated the election because district changes had not been pre-cleared. Shelby County went to court. The 1965 Voting Rights Act created federal oversight of elections in Alabama and other jurisdictions with a history of voting

discrimination. “Things have changed in the South,” the Shelby County petition argued. “Voter turnout and registration rate now approach parity. Blatantly discriminatory evasions of federal decrees are rare. And minority candidates hold office at unprecedented levels.” Attorneys general in six states covered by Section 5 – Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, South Carolina, South Dakota and Texas – filed a joint brief in support of Shelby County. Surprisingly, the National Black Chamber of Commerce, which describes itself as “a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the economic empowerment of African American communities through

entrepreneurship,” filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting Shelby County’s position. By taking that position, the Black business group, headed by Harry C. Alford, aligned itself with right-wing antiaffirmative action groups such as the Mountain States Legal Foundation and the Pacific Legal Foundation. “…Section 5 is no longer necessary to combat widespread and persistent discrimination in voting…” the National Black Chamber said in its brief. “The Chamber rejects the assumption underlying Congress’s reauthorization of Section 5…that the exceptional circumstances which justified close federal oversight…in 1965 and 1975 persist today. They do not.” The U. S. Justice Department responded to the challenge to the law by reciting the long history of Black voter disenfranchisement. “Although the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments have since 1870 guaranteed United States citizens’ right to vote free of discrimination on the basis of race, ‘the blight of racial discrimination in voting…infected the electoral process in parts of our country for nearly a century,’” the U.S. brief stated, quoting a 1966 Supreme Court decision involving South Carolina. “Beginning in 1890, some States – located mostly in the South – undertook a systematic campaign to disenfranchise minority voters. After many decades of inaction, Congress eventually

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responded, first by enacting the Civil Rights Act of 1957, which authorized the Attorney General to seek injunctions against public and private interference with voting on racial grounds.” It added, “When that measure proved insufficient, Congress enacted the Civil Rights Act of 1960, which expanded the Attorney General’s litigation power by authorizing him to join States as party defendants, giving him access to local voting records, and empowering courts to register voters in areas where there had been systematic discrimination. “That legislative response also proved insufficient, prompting Congress to enact Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which provided for expedited treatment of voting cases before threejudge courts and made illegal some of the tactics that had been used to disenfranchise African-Americans in federal courts.” Still, the Justice Department said, “…each measure ‘proved ineffective for a number of reasons.’” Consequently, another approach was finally adopted. “Faced with the fact that a serious and invidiously discriminatory obstacle to the proper functioning of our democracy had proven nearly impervious to traditional legislative remedies, Congress enacted more aggressive and unusual measures as part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965,” the federal brief stated. Chief among the new measures was the preclearance provision that applies to eight states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas. It also applies to certain counties in Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, New York, California and South Dakota as well as specific townships in Michigan and New Hampshire. Section 5 contains a “bail out” component that allows jurisdictions to avoid the preclearance requirement if they can demonstrate they have complied with specified nondiscrimination requirements for 10 years. Forty-six jurisdictions have successfully bailed out of the pre-clearance requirement and two cases are pending. Before reauthorizing the Voting Rights Act extension in 2006, Congress considered the arguments later advanced by Shelby County and the NBCC that there is no need for continued federal oversight of select

jurisdictions. In its brief, the Justice Department quoted findings by Congress that showed while blatant voter discrimination had been reduced, “vestiges of discrimination in voting continue to exist.” The Justice Department noted that, “Congress had found ample evidence of a history and ongoing pattern of purposeful, state-sponsored voting discrimination in covered jurisdictions.” For example: • In Kilmichael, Miss., the all-White governing body tried to cancel an election after Blacks became a majority in the city; • Congress found that the school board in Webster County, Ga. sought to “intentionally decrease the opportunity of minority voters to participate in the electoral process” after a majority Black school board was elected; and • A three-judge court found that Texas engaged in intentional discrimination against its Black and Latino citizens in the redrawing of boundaries for congressional and state senate districts. The court found the congressional districts were redrawn to remove the home office of numerous minority legislators from their districts without doing the same to any White officeholders. The court ruled in Arlington Heights v. Metropolitan Housing Development Corp. that the action was “unexplainable on grounds other than race.” In its joint friend-of-thecourt brief, four civil rights groups – the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the NAACP – rebutted the assertion that things have improved to the point that Section 5 is no longer needed. Since 1982, there were approximately 800 court rulings that were favorable to voters of color, according to the groups’ petition. “Of these, approximately 81 percent were brought against Section 5 covered jurisdictions.”

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By Gregory Dale AFRO News Editor

said in answer to a question about the Marxist influence in Washington, D.C.

Since taking office in January 2011, Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), a Tea Party darling, has spurred controversy and made his way onto headlines for his often incendiary and irresponsible comments.

July 8, 2012 During an appearance on the “Fox and Friends” television show, West criticized President Obama’s policies that assist unemployed citizens. “Once again we are creating the sense of economic dependence which, to me, is a form of modern 21stcentury slavery.” In the face of media criticism about his use of the word slavery, he defended his remarks in a Facebook posting. “What the liberal media machine wants to hide from you, and distort with my comments, is that the policies of President Courtes y Photo Obama are making our nation a nation based on economic dependency and I call this a form of modern 21st century slavery,” West wrote. “Let’s get the facts straight.”

Jan. 22, 2011 When asked on “The Shalom Show,” featuring host Richard Peritz, how he was going to deal with members of Congress he disagreed with, especially Rep. Keith Ellison (DMinn.), a practicing Muslim, West responded: “Well, I think it’s most important that I stand upon the principles [of the] people that elected me to go to Washington, D.C. and represent them on Capitol Hill. So that when you run into someone that is counter or someone that really does represent the antithesis of the principles upon which this country was established, you’ve got to be able to defeat them intellectually in debate and discourse, and you have to be able Allen West on “The to challenge each and Shalom Show” every one of their assery photo Courtes tions very wisely and very forthright.”

Aug. 7, 2012

Feb. 18, 2011 In his keynote speech at the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference, West touched on topics such as health care reform, conservatism and the budget crisis, raising eyebrows when he said that while we should celebrate diversity, “We should never allow multiculturalism to grow on steroids and define itself as making American culture subservient because yes, there is a definitive American culture.”

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July 19, 2011 After Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) questioned West’s stance on a


Republican bill to make steep cuts in Medicare, West responded with a scathing email. “Look Debbie, I understand that after I departed the House floor you directed your floor speech comments directly towards me,” he wrote. “Let me make myself perfectly clear. You want a personal fight, I am happy to oblige. You are the most vile, unprofessional and despicable member of the U.S. House of Representatives. If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face. Otherwise shut the heck up.” West initially refused to apologize, but in an interview with the Huffington Post, he admitted to a reporter that he had apologized.

July 19, 2011 West slammed Obama supporters on a blog. “I must confess, when I see anyone with an Obama 2012 bumper sticker, I recognize them as a threat to the gene pool.”

Aug. 17, 2011 “So I’m here as the modern-day Harriet Tubman to kind of lead people on the Underground Railroad away from that plantation into a sense of sensibility,” West said on “Fox News.” He called the Democratic Party the “21st century plantation.”

April 11, 2012 “I believe there’s about 78 to 81 members of the Democratic Party that are members of the Communist Party,” he

West stood by the president of fast food chain Chickfil-A after the businessman drew fire for voicing Allen West speaking at his disapproval the 2011 Conservative of same-sex y Photo Political Action Courtes marriage. Conference After West voiced his support of the restaurant, Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) told the Huffington Post that the Republican congressman had ordered Chick-fil-A chicken and biscuits for Congressional Black Caucus members during a meeting a few months earlier to insult them. “We have a rotation in the CBC where every member provides the lunch one of the weeks when we meet,” Hastings said. “But West sent Chickfil-A with biscuits. Ok? That was an ‘In your face.’ Every member of the CBC that was there was offended. He did it deliberately…[to say] ‘You know, that’s what I think of you all.’”

Nov. 10, 2012 Although election officials declared that Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy had unseated West by 2,456 votes in the race for Florida’s 18th District congressional seat, West refused to concede. The campaign has asked to review sign-in books from the polls to ensure the number of voters matches the ballot count.

Nov. 13, 2012 West still refused to concede, even as his Murphy arrived for orientation. “West for Congress will pursue every legal means necessary to ensure a fair election,” his campaign said in a statement.

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Tears of Joy

If you are like me, you shed a few tears of joy late Election Night. Despite America’s (justifiable) fears about what the future may bring, President Barack Obama will continue to lead us forward for a second term. Despite the rancor, deceit and suppression hurled against this very good man who has guided our nation during the past four years, more Americans than not decided that President Obama is the person we can trust to hold us together through the Elijah Cummings storms that our nation must now confront and overcome. This brilliant and caring Black man with an unusual name and an unusually beautiful family has now been elected president of our United States of America twice. Our tears on Election Night were the manifestation of a diverse nation’s determination--and our hope. The power of love and strong minds has allowed us, once again, to triumph over the forces of fear. We must not forget to give thanks to the source of those gifts. In addition to thanking our Creator, we must never forget those who lifted us up on our journey. We shall not forget the wizened seniors, holding each other upright as they trudged through the rain in Virginia and Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida and here in Maryland. Once again, they reaffirmed the strength of a truly great generation. We shall not forget our young people, who first earned their well-deserved mantle as America’s “Democracy Generation” in the snows and sleet of Iowa four years past, and who, once again, made their parents proud of them this year. Nor, as our president gratefully acknowledged, shall we ever forget the Rainbow Coalition that, once again, restored our faith in the greatest and most blessed nation on earth. Historically, the diversity of the coalition that once again elected Barack Obama as our president is as important as President Obama’s victory, perhaps more so. There will be those who will point out that our president received only forty-one percent of the Caucasian vote. More significantly, however, the millions upon millions of white voters who continue to support President Obama and our

progressive vision for America constitute a huge voting bloc that is forward-thinking, inclusive, compassionate, and economically critical for our cause. We know that, whatever our differing ethnic heritages may be, America’s working families can create better lives only by forging an even stronger and long-lasting coalition. For now, we can take some comfort in the knowledge that the American majority has spoken. The grand bargain that will balance our national books must include both a more efficient federal government and truly shared opportunity and sacrifice. Minorities in a freeenterprise society simply cannot afford to fight each other for subsistence-level jobs. However, Americans can join together to support the public policies that will create good jobs. A consumer-driven economy requires that working families earn a living wage so that we can afford to purchase the improved goods and necessary services that America can provide. Equally important for our national prosperity, all Americans must have access to affordable education. No society in history has succeeded through ignorance, and ours is no exception to that rule. Furthermore, as the hundreds of millions of Americans compete internationally against the billions of equally capable and hard working people throughout our increasingly closeknit world, immigration to America by highly motivated human beings is good for us, not bad. Our immigration laws should reflect this reality. The growing diversity of America is our strength, not our weakness. It is America’s promise, not our problem. The task for government in the days and years to come is to fashion the practical and moral application of these realities. This is why our emotions now must be driven by hope and

determination, as well as by gratitude. Ours is the realized vision of the abolitionist poet, John Greenleaf Whittier, nearly 150-years ago: “O black boy of Atlanta!” (Whitter penned in 1868) But half was spoken; The slave’s chains and the master’s alike are broken;” “The one curse of the races held both in tether; They are rising - all are rising the black and white together.” In 2012, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, and progressive European Americans have joined us in building the shared political and social destiny that 19th century visionaries like the Quaker, J.G.Whittier, foresaw. For two presidential elections in succession, we have witnessed the strength of these bonds. Now, we must apply that strength and unity as we address the civil rights challenges of our time. Our tears of joy are far too valuable to waste. Congressman Elijah Cummings represents Maryland’s seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives

GOP’s Self-Hate Strategy Leading up to Nov. 6, I found myself focused on the matter of voter suppression and electoral shenanigans committed by the Republicans. This concern was not for nothing. Prior to and on Election Day, there were myriad attempts to subvert the vote, particularly the vote of people of color. On Election Day in Pennsylvania, for instance, there was a voting machine that would convert an Obama Bill Fletcher Jr. vote into a Romney vote (and this was captured on film). Frivolous voter challenges started well before Election Day itself, again targeting African-American and Latino voters. What was most striking about the 2012 election, then, was that in the face of this attack on our right to vote, there was something akin to a popular revolt by the African-American

and Latino electorate. Latinos voted more than 70 percent for Obama and African Americans 93 percent. But those figures do not tell enough. It was the turnout that was so significant. Despite efforts by the political right to dampen African-American enthusiasm for Obama using the issue of same-sex marriage, this tactic failed dismally. And Romney’s cynical anti-Latino approach, as evidenced during his primary campaign, came back to bite him in the rear. It was more than this, however. It was something that you had to feel if you waited in line to vote. I went three times to try to engage in early voting. The first two times the line was out the building and I decided to return at a later date. On the third time, I thought that I had arrived early enough only to discover that the line started well within the building. I was on line for two hours, and this was early voting. Around the U.S. there were stories like that one. People standing in line for seven hours in order to vote. In effect what we saw was a counter-attack by the AfricanAmerican and Latino electorate against those who would attempt to disenfranchise us. The obvious intent to eliminate African-American and Latino voters, rather than scaring us into submission and docility, energized us to turn out in record

numbers. There are many lessons there and one is that we can actually overwhelm the other side by sheer numbers and audacity. There were many other things about the election which I have reflected upon, but one is a question that I must pose to African-American and Latino Republicans. It is simple: How can you associate with a party that quite consciously set out to disenfranchise African-American and Latino voters? I must ask, what level of self-hatred must one have to actively support a party that purged voter lists to eliminate potential Democratic Party supporters, many of who were AfricanAmerican and Latino? I must ask, what level of self-hatred must one have to actively support a party that regularly used coded language in order to appeal to a racist impulse among many white voters? Get back with me on that, okay? Bill Fletcher, Jr. is the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum and the author of “They’re Bankrupting Us” – And Twenty Other Myths about Unions. He can be reached at

A Post-Election Mobilization Agenda After savoring the feeling of sweet success of President Barack Obama’s re-election, there is work to do. Most of us got the outcome that we worked and hoped for, but we have to resist the temptation to exhale and get on with our work. Before the president takes the oath of office for a second time, African Americans should mobilize around: Sequestration. Unless a deal is cut during the lameduck session of Congress, our budget will be cut Julianne Malveaux automatically. While House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has softened his tone just a bit and indicated his willingness to compromise, he still has to herd his Tea Party colleagues into also agreeing on ways to avoid sequestration. Cutting expenditures at a

time of slow economic growth makes no sense. Neither does sequestration, a desperate move to avoid a compromise. Instead, address the deficit with a long-term plan that takes economic cycles into account. Poverty. It would be great if the president would form a task force to reduce or eradicate poverty, and he might do so if he were urged to. Meanwhile, as the holidays approach, keep the poor in your community in mind, and find a local charity to sponsor. State and Local Elections. Presidential elections seem to suck all of the air out of the political landscape, and rightly so. We elect a president only every four years, and his (maybe one day her) focus has long-term implications. But so do local elections. Consider running. Failing to engage in full civic participation cedes your choices to others who are engaged. It’s a great time to get involved. Housing Crisis. Despite action at the national level, many banks are dragging their feet on modifications for under water mortgages. The problem: Too many of us are ashamed to talk about our financial status, thinking it’s a personal problem instead of a structural problem. The solution: Get a state legislator or local leader to develop a workshop for underwater homeowners. Get bankers there to explain why

so many have not been offered loan mortifications. Take the results to your congressperson and ask them to act on it. Parent Plus Loans and Higher Education. While the federal government provides an opportunity for parents to borrow for their offspring’s tuition, the requirements are now so tight that nearly half of those who qualified last year don’t qualify now. Thousands of students, especially at HBCUs, have to either pay up or get out. Colleges could “carry” these students, but that’s a bad idea when regulators judge (historically Black colleges and universities) by fiscal stability. In a second Obama term, issues affecting especially HBCUs should be high on his watch list. The African American Community. African Americans have been the president’s most loyal supporters. When will we get the attention we deserve? We can’t meekly ask for it. We have to demand it. With high unemployment rates, few employment possibilities and high dropout rates, our community is in desperate need of attention. Julianne Malveaux is a Washington, D.C.-based economist and writer. She is president emerita of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C.


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Baltimore Guardsmen Zed Smith, Marcellous Frye and Aaron Burnett

Los Angeles’ Stella and Cliff Albright

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Although it was not their first weekend meeting outside the U.S, the most recent Guardsmen gathering was definitely an offshore affair. Monte Carlo, an elegant Mediterranean principality, was the scene Oct. 12-14 as 450 Guardsmen and their partners from throughout the 18 national chapters of the men’s social group that was founded nearly 80 years ago gathered at the Fairmount Hotel to romp for four days in a setting most often associated with the global jet-set. Baltimore’s chapter was represented by seven Guardsmen and their wives, or significant others, in what was labeled “Manhattan Royale,” a nod to the 007 spy thriller Casino Royale by the hosting chapter from Brooklyn, N.Y. The fellowship group was created in 1933 by men from Howard and Lincoln universities and Morgan State College and, three times a year, one of the 18 chapters hosts a social weekend. There are chapters in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., New York Baltimore’s City (Manhattan and Brooklyn), Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, Marcellous and Connecticut, Detroit, Florida, Myra Frye Los Angeles, New Jersey, Norfolk, Va., North Carolina, Richmond, Va., Savannah, Ga. Streets along the and St. Louis, Mo. Monte Carlo coast

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Groove Phi Groove Social By Alexis Taylor Special to the AFRO The year was 1962. Not afraid to buck the system and agitate the authority figures in their lives, fourteen college students came together for the purpose of promoting academics, ethical soundness, and the bonds of brotherhood between Black men. They called themselves Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship. And though many would refuse to recognize them at their start, few can ignore the accomplishments that have come from what began that year on Oct. 12. Five decades later, those same men, and hundreds of the thousands that have come after them, now prepare to converge on their fraternity’s birthplace, Morgan State University, then Morgan State College, to celebrate and give back to the community that helped shape their founding. Thirteen of the 14 men are still living and some of them will admit they never could have imagined seeing fifty years. “We had no idea in 1962 that something like this would develop and go on 50 years,” said Barry H. Hampton, one of the co-founders from New Jersey. The men came up with the name of the organization from a combination of definitions for the word “groove,” which was a slang term among young Black men and women at the time to describe a smooth vibe or a good time. With Webster’s Dictionary defining the noun “groove” as “a fixed routine in the affairs of life,” the founders decided they would be the group to go against the norms of society- and they would do it with the upmost pride. “In every society it is essential to have people who aren’t going to be told what to do and just do it,” said Victor P. Henderson, current national president of Groove, explaining what type of man is usually interested in the organization. Henderson said that much like the first line of Grooves, the men who pledge today aren’t men just accept what comes to them. “We tend to attract college educated men who are more inclined to go against the grain and less inclined to accept authority and the status quo,” said Henderson. Like many Morgan students of the day, the Grooves were a part of the civil rights movement and the racial advancements being made in Baltimore and in surrounding neighborhoods near the campus. Hampton vividly remembers integrating the neighborhood surrounding Morgan State College when he and four other Grooves

moved into a house on Edgecombe Circle. The men of Groove were very prevalent and popular leaders throughout campus lifenot just activists. “Jimmy Hill and David Nesbit were basketball stars, Harry Payne was a wrestler, and I had a singing group,” said Hampton. “Raymond Clarke and myself won all the talent shows on the campus.” Though they were successful, the Grooves were always met with hesitation from the student body, something the men say made them stronger. “The organization was not welcomed at Morgan when we were founded,” Henderson. “We had a lot of naysayers in terms of our arrival so the fact that we have managed to not only survive, but prosper over the years, makes the occasion all the more special.” The founders said that because they didn’t have three Greek letters in their name and because they went against social norms, many traditional organizations were slow to recognize them. With the exception of the Alpha Delta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the founders were not respected by many of the historic black fraternities and sororities. Campus officials weren’t too fond of them either, Hampton said recalling – but not revealing the details of – an antic that landed him and others in the dean’s office. It didn’t take them long before the first Grooves, know as “The 14 Pearls,” soon discovered they wanted more than just a Baltimore-based Groove. They learned the process of starting new chapters of their organization on other college and university campuses and then hit the road on a mission to become national. “It just took off. It went to Delaware State and then on and on and on,” said co-founder Nathaniel Parham, who remembers the initial growing pains of the Groove. From Delaware the Grooves moved through Virginia to North Carolina. They began chapters all along the way at institutions such as North Carolina Central and Johnson C. Smith universities. In South Carolina they recruited at Allen University, Benedict College, Claflin College, and South Carolina State University. The journey continued, much as it still does today, with a total of 135 chapters across the country. Noted members of the organization include former Maryland House of Delegates member Clarence Davis (D), and Douglas Palmer, former mayor of Trenton, N.J. Hampton said that Groove has improved over time as the men matured and their professions sharpened their leadership and organization skills. The men in turn brought these abilities back to their brothers, and in turn set high standards for the men interested

Kennedy Krieger’s Festival of Trees: A Black Friday Alternative By AFRO Staff Once again Kennedy Krieger’s annual Festival of Trees, the largest holiday-themed festival on the East Coast, offers a cheerful alternative to the post-Thanksgiving shopping mall mob scene. The Maryland State Fairgrounds will be transformed into a winter wonderland with more than 600 decorated trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses to transport guests directly to Santa’s North Pole. A family tradition since 1990, the fairyland forest on display is the Kennedy-Krieger Institute’s major fundraiser and is a one-stop-shop for the holiday season. Attendees and Institute supporters can start their own online Happy Holidays Fundraising page to raise money for Kennedy Krieger. For every $10 raised to support the children and families of Kennedy Krieger Institute, supporters will receive one free ticket to Festival of Trees. The raffle at this year’s Festival of Trees features a three-night Disney vacation for four including airfare and hotel accommodations. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $2 at the event or online at www.festivaloftrees. More information is available at

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Members of Groove Phi Groove in 1969. in Groove today. The fellowship returned to Baltimore Oct. 10-14 for the 50th Anniversary Conclave and Delegates Metting at the Baltimore Hunt Valley Inn. After a get-together with Swing Phi Swing, a sister organization, a golf tournament and attendance at the Morgan State homecoming football game, there was a dance cruise. A scholarship donation in the amount of $50,000 will be awarded to the institution as part of this year’s conclave that has a theme of “Celebrating the Past...While Charting the Future.” The money will be the first to be deposited into the Groove Fund, which will be used solely to further the education of African American men at the university. “It’s less about who we are and more about

what we do for others,” said Henderson, speaking about the endowment, and other initiates by Groove to serve the community. Careful not to leave out the ladies, the Grooves recently even took on breast cancer. With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, Groove Phi Cares, a side program of the organization, hopes to spread awareness and provide funding for the cancer research that could affected many of the wives, daughters, and mothers of Groove men. The founders say that they believe that as long as the mission is bigger than the individual, their group of roughly 40,000 members will continue to thrive. “Long after I’m gone I hope that the organization will continue to be in existence and take its’ place among the many service organizations from around the world,” said Parham.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                


The object of this suit is to officially change the name of the petitioner from Wendell Lamont Peals aka Wendell DavisPeals to Wendell Davis It is this 25th day of October, 2012 by the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, ORDERED, that publication be given one time in a newspaper of general circulation in Baltimore City on or before the 25th day o f N o v e m b e r, 2 0 1 2 , which shall warn all interested persons to file an affidavit in opposition to the relief requested on or before the 10 day of December, 2012. Frank M. Conaway Clerk 11/17

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1. CLASS “B” BEER, WINE & LIQUOR LICENSE The Capital Grille of Maryland, LLC Convert class BD7-BWL license to class 500 E. Pratt Street Michael Green, Joseph Kern B-BWL Colleen Hunter 2. CLASS “BD7” BEER, WINE & LIQUOR LICENSE Catherine Sterling, LLC Change ownership from a corporation 1515 E. Clement Street Catherine Sterling to a limited liability company Baltimore Eagle, LLC Transfer of ownership from personal 2022 N. Charles Street Ian Parrish, Charles Parrish representative Whiskey Jacks, LLC Transfer of ownership & location from 5625 O´Donnell Street Louis Principio, Dudley Taylor 2312-16 Boston Street to an area within Martin Manescu 5625 O´Donnell Street Exile on Broadway, LLC Transfer of ownership & location from 702 S. Broadway Stephanie Kuzma, Andrea Burkert 404 E. Baltimore Street S & G Brown, LLC Transfer of ownership from secured 1601 Union Avenue George Brown, Sandra Brown creditor Mystic T&M, Inc. Transfer of ownership 2949 Frederick Avenue Tonya Williams-Kosh


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BOARD OF LIQUOR LICENSE COMMISSIONERS FOR BALTIMORE CITY NOTICE Petitions have been filed by the following applicants for licenses to sell alcoholic beverages at the premises set opposite their respective names. The real property for these applications will be posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. Written protests concerning any application will be accepted until and including the time of the conference or hearing. Conferences and public hearings will be held on or after November 29, 2012. Interested parties should contact the office of the Board, 231 E. Baltimore Street, 6th Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 or by calling (410) 396-4385 to determine the exact time and date that a particular application will be considered by the Board. Written protests will be acknowledged by the Board and such protestants will be notified as to the date, time and place of the hearing and/or conference.



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BALTIMORE COUNTY, MARYLAND INVITATION FOR BIDS CONTRACT NO. 11026 SX0 MONTROSE AVENUE PUMPING STATION IMPROVEMENTS CONSENT DECREE 98 MONTROSE AVENUE, OWINGS MILLS, MARYLAND 21117 OWINGS MILLS - DISTRICT 3 c 2 CONTRACT COST GROUP “C ($500,000 to $1,000,000)” WORK CLASSIFICATION: G-2 with Pre-Qualified G-3 Sub-Contractor BID DATE: THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2013 AT 10:30 A.M. LOCAL TIME On or after MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2012, the above contract documents (See Note *) may be inspected and purchased from the Division of Construction Contracts Administration, Department of Public Works, Room 300B, County Office Building (COB), 111 W. Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, upon receipt of payment of $25.00 (TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS) per contract. All checks should be made payable to BALTIMORE COUNTY MD. NO REFUNDS will be made to anyone. Direct any questions to 410-887-3531. Bidders obtaining documents from another source other than Baltimore County WILL NOT be allowed to submit proposals to Baltimore County. *Note: Contract Documents will consist of One (1) Paper Copy Proposal Book and One (1) CD with all of the required drawings. Contractors and Sub-Contractors can purchase paper copies of the drawings from Baltimore County - OIT - Central Printing located in the Basement of the COB, RM G-9 for $1.50 a copy. The proposed work consists of: Upgrade existing station. Renovate station to increase reliability. A pre-bid meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. local time at the station. A second site visit will be held on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 9.00 a.m. at the station. A third site visit will be held on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at the station.This will be the last chance to visit the station. No questions will be answered at this time. THE PROJECT IS SUBJECT TO A MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE UTILIZATION GOAL AND FEMALE CONTRACTORS UTILIZATION GOALS. THESE GOAL REQUIREMENTS ARE MORE FULLY EXPLAINED IN THE SPECIFICATIONS. THE MBE/WBE FORMS IN THE PROPOSAL BOOKLET MUST BE COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED AT THE TIME OF BID OPENING. Sealed proposals (the entire book) addressed to Baltimore County, Maryland for this contract will be received in the Baltimore County Purchasing Division, Room 148, Old Courthouse, 400 Washington Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, until the time specified on the contract at which time they will be publicly opened and read. ONLY CONTRACTORS WHO HAVE BEEN PREQUALIFIED BY BALTIMORE COUNTY AT LEAST TEN (10) DAYS PRIOR TO THE OPENING OF BIDS WILL BE ALLOWED TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS. All proposals must be accompanied by a Bid Bond, on the approved form provided, in the amount as set forth in the “Information for Bidders”. No other form of proposal guaranty is acceptable. The Purchasing Agent reserves the right to reject any or all proposals or bids or parts of bids and to waive technicalities as may be deemed best for the interest of the County. Keith Dorsey, Director Office of Budget & Finance



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


LEGAL TYPESET: Wed Nov 14 09:31:10 ESTNOTICES 2012 REQUESTING SUB-BIDS ALL TRADES Minority Business Enterprises for the following project: JOHNS HOPKINS BAYVIEW MEDICAL CENTER (JHMBC) EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT EXPANSION AND RENOVATION PROJECT BID DATE: November 27, 2012 @ 2:00 PM For additional bid information please call: Clark Construction Group, LLC 7500 Old Georgetown Road Bethesda, MD 20814 Phone: 301-272-8100 Fax: 301-272-1922 AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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MD Motor Vehicle Administration Division Manager, Driver Services (Program Manager II) Location: Glen Burnie, MD Closing Date: 11/26/12 TYPESET: Wed Nov 14 09:35:19 EEO EST 2012 Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Division of Finance Administration Agency Procurement Specialist Supervisor Recruitment#: 12-000851-002 Filing Deadline: November 23, 2012 , 11:59 pm Salary: $43,725.00 - $56,750.00/year (Grade 17/base - step 9) This is a permanent position with full State of Maryland benefits. The Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) is a national leader in financing affordable housing and community development lending. The DHCD is seeking a qualified enthusiastic candidate to fill a Procurement Administrator position in its Finance Division. This position will administer and supervise the Department´s procurement, purchasing, contract management and reporting activities and act as the Procurement Officer for certain solicitations. Please go to the link above for more info and to apply. EOE

“HAPPY AND SAD TIMES THIS WEEK” Hello everyone! I am just getting back from my vacation. My cruise was wonderful, thank you for asking. But I was ready to get back to work. The first thing I saw when I returned was that 2 friends have passed away. TERRIBLE SITUATION! Byron of the Softones and John, the former owner of John’s Bar. To the family of each individual; you have my deepest condolences for the loss of your love one. We share your sorrow. I want to share that because I am most sure that many of you knew these two wonderful people and did not know they had passed away. Recently I received a book from Bill Hennick, that was written by his daughter, Rachel. I became interested in the book because thru our conversation, I discovered it was about Baltimore in its heyday and her father who was a Baltimore city firefighter and paramedic. It is a heart-warming story of how her father in 1945 was burned from head to toe when he was a little boy but survived and later became a firefighter in the two-story red brick station, Engine 52 or E-52, that stood at 3235 Woodbrook Avenue. The book covers the race riots in the sixties, the history of Mondawmin Mall, old Provident Hospital and Pennsylvania Avenue. I found this book to be filled with very passionate, but true, stories as seen through the eyes of a dedicated firefighter and medic. I give this book two thumbs up. To learn more about the book and the author, go to Here lately, the folks at the Arch Social Club on the corner of Pennsylvania and North Avenues are showing off; they are jumping up and down doing the “James Brown” with a lot of activities and entertainment. I am so proud of them. Phil Butts’ Big Band is rehearsing every second and fourth Tuesday from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. and the public is invited to watch and enjoy. On Nov. 18 from 6-9, Larry Washington will present a Thanksgiving show at the club featuring Nevitta and Ron Pinder. Tickets include a Thanksgiving dinner as well. For more information, call 410-230-4634. Every Sunday, except when there are special shows, Judson Hughes plays “Old School, Back in the Day” music for your pleasures while you relax with a cocktail and socialize from 5-9 p.m. It’s free. The Poets Athletic Club is still celebrating their “Poets Week” at 918 E. North Avenue with Karaoke on Friday nights and the “Class Reunion Cabaret” at the Fifth Regiment Armory on Saturdays. For more information, call Carl Beasley at 410-9162605. Charles “Big Daddy” Stallings, Baltimore’s renowned blues recording artist and his band will perform at Chef ( Photo by Tyrone Peoples) Mac’s and All That Blues, 4709 Harford Road in Baltimore. The Byron Summerville of buffet dinner is to die for, which is the Softones, Baltimore’s included with your cover charge. renowned national Call 410-319-6227. recording group, passed away and his funeral “RAMBLING ROSE GOSPEL services was last week at First Christian Church & CHURCH CALENDAR” on Roland Avenue. Put your shouting shoes on for Summerville was one of the big anniversary celebration the original four members of Larry Goodwin and the in the early 70’s with Devine Shepherds. The program Marvin Brown, Elton Lynch and Steve Jackson. includes Kenny Davis and the Melodyaires; United Boyd Gospel

Calvin Lee Tolbert is celebrating his 88th birthday on Nov. 25 at Melbas Bar & Lounge 3226 Greenmount Avenue in Baltimore from 5-9 p.m. Tiger Lil’ and The Wild Girls are the hostesses. For more information, call 410-366-6536. Shown in this photo is Mr. Tolbert with the late Elizabeth Day.

(Photo by Rosa Pryor)

John Manning, who used to own “John’s Bar & Lounge” in the 1500 Block of Riggs Avenue passed away. His funeral was Nov. 15. Manning was also a Mason, a member of Morgan’s Varsity M Club and Treasurer for the Baltimore Chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers. This photo shows John in his club with his barmaids.

Singers, The Extension of Faith, CC Carroll Male Chorus, Minister Joyce Freeland and many more at the Empowering Believers Church, 7566 E. Howard Road in Glen Burnie, Md., 6 p.m., Nov. 17. For more information, contact Larry Goodwin at 410-977-8864. Manifest Wonders Christian Center, 3600 Edmondson Avenue and Pastor Lee Michaels invite you to their free Thanksgiving dinner with all the (Photo by Katya Chillingiri) trimmings, 3-7 p.m., Nov. Rachel Hennick, author of book: Ghetto Medic: A 21. A pre-Thanksgiving service immediately follows Father in the ‘Hood is a must read. dinner. Rosedale Volunteer Fire Company is sponsoring a Bull Roast and Shrimp Feast, 8 p.m. to midnight, Nov. 17 at Rosedale Gardens, 8037 Philadelphia Road. For more information, call 410-8662598. First Apostolic Faith Gospel Tabernacle Church, 206 Balnew Avenue in Turners Station, Md., invites Dr. Willie Barber and you to the “Annual Youth Friends will feature a Celebration,” 11:30 a.m. and gospel/jazz concert at 4 p.m., Nov. 18. The guest the Providence Baptist speaker is Minister Jonathan Church, 1401 Pennsylvania Finger from The Way Back Avenue for their Unity Day to Pentecost Church of Celebration on Nov. 18, 3 Washington, D.C. p.m. Feature musicians are; Wear your Ravens gear to Lisa Johnson Hankerson as the youth and young adults’ vocalist, Dr. Jerry West on Ravens vs. the Steelers piano, Harold Adams on sax, “Viewing Party” at St. Corenthia Cromwell on sax, Phillips Baptist Church, 2136 Clint Stanley on bass and Woodlawn Drive, 8 p.m., Dr. Barber on drums. Nov. 18. Enjoy game food and fellowship. Bazil AME Church and pastor, the Rev. Benita Keene invite you to a Pre-Thanksgiving Day Service at 3 p.m., Nov. 18 at Gethsemane A.M.E. Church, 3702 Rogers Avenue. The guest speaker is the Rev. Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant of Empowerment Temple A.M.E. Church. It is Men’s Choir anniversary day at Jesus is Our Rock Ministries, 5521 Gist Avenue, 3:30 p.m., Nov. 18. Enjoy the music of “Rebirth” and other musical guests. Your “Thanksgiving Day Feast” is free at Mt. Hebron Memorial Church of God in Christ, 2231 W. North Avenue. Join them and bring a friend for dinner, 2-6 p.m., Nov. 21. Well my dear friends, I am out of space, if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.


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

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