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Chris Brown Charged in Alleged Altercation in D.C.

Jail Demonstrators Pray

‘Breaking Every Chain’ By Blair Adams AFRO Staff Writer

By Gregory Dale AFRO News Editor

As part of his drive to improve the quality of life in Baltimore, Rev. Jamal Bryant, pastor of Empowerment Temple, led what he called a “Breaking Every Chain” demonstration around the Baltimore City Detention Center Oct. 27 before going inside the jail to pray for those incarcerated. For several blocks on a brilliant Sunday afternoon hundreds of people, many of them members of the Empowerment Temple congregation, surrounded the Continued on A4


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What began as a weekend of fun quickly turned into two days of disaster for R&B singer Chris Brown. The Grammy Award winner, who was visiting D.C. to host an event held in conjunction with this year’s Howard University’s homecoming festivities, was charged with misdemeanor assault Oct. 28 in connection with an alleged altercation that officials said took place the previous day. Brown, 24, and his body guard Christopher Hollosy, 35, appeared at a court hearing after spending 36 hours in jail. The pair was released without bail following the hearing and Brown had to report to a probation officer in California within 48 hours. A sea of fans and members of the media packed around the rear door of the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse as the singer exited the building. After pushing through the crowd with his attorney, Danny Onorato, deputy marshals, and D.C. police, Brown made his escape to a waiting vehicle and was whisked Continued on A4

Guns: Who’s Buying Them? By Sean Yoes AFRO Contributing Writer

A record number of Maryland residents purchased firearms before the state’s gun reform law, one of the most prohibitive in the nation, took effect Oct. 1. So far in 2013, according to Sgt. Marc Black of the Maryland State Police Pikesville Barracks, 117,943 applications for firearms have been received, 63,567 applications have been processed and there is a current backlog of 54,037 applications. In the first nine months of 2013, Maryland gun dealers sold more firearms than in 2011 and 2012 combined. “There are people who are purchasing [guns] who probably never even thought about it, but their fear is that it’s now or never,” said Dr. Tyrone Powers, director of the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute at Anne Arundel Community College. “They feel that these new gun laws are so draconian that if they didn’t apply

now, then their choice is completely taken away from them.” In general, the new law bans the sale of certain semi-automatic firearms and requires handgun purchasers to be fingerprinted and pass a training class in order to obtain a handgun license. The training classes are conducted by certified gun organizations sanctioned by the state police. Information on the racial breakdown of gun purchasers was not available. According to Black, the state police do not publish detailed information about gun purchasers. However, there is some consensus about the torrent of gun purchasers. “There’s no doubt the vast majority are White. But, there is a significant increase in the purchase of weapons by African Americans and Hispanics,” Powers said. Several Baltimore area gun dealers who were

contacted by the AFRO refused to comment on the record about firearm sales. But they did convey tremendous frustration with the gun law, despite the record spike in gun sales prior to its implementation. Several prosecutors, on the other hand, praised the law for its potential to keep guns away from people who may use them to harm. Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks testified in favor of the bill when it came up for consideration in Annapolis early this year. Alsobrooks “also was supportive of the background check, firearms training,” etc., required by the measure, according to her spokesman, John Erzen. “The biggest thing that she was interested in was the aspect about keeping guns out of the hands, not only of criminals, but of the mentally ill to keep them from hurting themselves or anyone Continued on A5

Sign-up Woes Deepen Obamacare Opposition By Zenitha Prince AFRO Correspondent

Chirlane, Bill, Chiara and Dante de Blasio, N.Y.C.’s first family?

N.Y.C.’s First Mixed-Race First Couple? By Zenitha Prince AFRO Correspondent

When New York Public Advocate Bill de Blasio first met Chirlane McCray, he was instantly intrigued. He was a popular mayoral aide. She was an older woman—36 to his 30—who was working as a speech writer in then-Mayor David Dinkins’ press office. She was also gay. “The first time I met her, I remember it very vividly, and it was partly look, partly style, and partly just the vibe,” de Blasio, a candidate for mayor, told the New York Daily News in an interview about their romance. “I was totally struck because she just presented herself entirely differently than everyone around us at

The recent crash of, the portal for Americans to access the new health insurance marketplace, has further empowered opponents of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature legislative initiative. Republicans on Capitol Hill are demanding that the law’s individual mandate to be postponed in light of the bumpy rollout of the website, which facilitates insurance marketplaces in 36 states, since its launch on Oct. 1. “Over the last year, we have become all too familiar with the troubled rollout of the law with its broken promises, missed deadlines, delays, special waivers, and now website crashes,” said Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, in the weekly Republican address on Oct. 26. “Despite hundreds of millions of taxpayers dollars invested, the website

City Hall. Especially wearing a nose ring 22 years ago in a place like City Hall, you had to be really different to do that!” The same sense of self, character and uniqueness that drew de Blasio to McCray 22 years ago is winning over New Yorkers, helping to fuel voters’ overwhelming support for the Democratic candidate, political analysts said. “Having a person like her will bring in a lot of people who were really not interested in the race,” said Jasmyne Cannick, a lesbian civil rights activist and political commentator. “A lot of times people get elected with a small majority of vote…But having a person like Continued on A5

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Three African-American women were among those featured in Fortune magazine’s annual “50 Most Powerful Women in Business,” released in late October. Ursula Burns, CEO and president of Xerox; Rosalind Brewer, CEO and president of Sam’s Club; and Shonda Rhimes, creator of the hit shows “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” are among the top movers and shakers in business, according to the magazine. The 55-year-old Burns ranked 13th for having “successfully transformed” Xerox, according to her Fortune profile. Burns’ ranking was a drop from her No. 7 ranking last year, perhaps because of Xerox’s failing fortunes—the traditional document business saw an 8 percent fall in profits last year. Brewer, 51, came in at No. 15. As head of Wal-Mart’s warehouse Sam’s Club, which boasts $56.4 billion in revenue, Brewer runs a major segment of the retail giant’s business. Rhimes, 43, is a newcomer to the roundup of female power players, and was chosen because Shonda Rhimes of her profound impact on popular culture. And for the first time ever, one woman who has always made Fortune’s MPW list dropped off: Oprah Winfrey.

Black Hooters Waitress Fired by Baltimore Restaurant Over Blonde Highlights

A Baltimore waitress was fired after managers told her she wasn’t able to have blonde highlights because “African-American women don’t have blonde hair.” Farryn Johnson, 25, worked as a waitress at Hooters in downtown Baltimore for a year prior to her dismissal. But Johnson said she faced discrimination from her managers, who were White, between June 30 and Aug. 30 after she decided to color her hair. “They gave me write-ups, and they told me I need to take the color out of my hair. And they said I couldn’t have blond in my hair because I’m Black. They specifically said, ‘Black women don’t have blond in their hair, so you need to take it out,” Johnson said in an interview with Baltimore CBS affiliate WJZ. Farryn Johnson Johnson’s attorney, Jessica Weber, told the AFRO on Oct. 21 that her client has filed a racial discrimination complaint with the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights. “She never had any problems, until she added the blonde highlights to her hair in June,” Weber said. According to the complaint, Johnson began working as a “Hooters Girl” at the Baltimore Harborplace Hooters restaurant in September 2012. In June, she arrived at work with blonde highlights in her hair. Her manager then told her she could not have blonde highlights because it did not look “natural” on an African-American woman. “Unfortunately, she couldn’t afford to get her hair color changed,” Weber said Johnson continued working, and the managers continued confronting her about the issue. “She was fired and issued a letter stating that she violated employee image standards,” Weber said.

Jesse Jackson Jr. Reports Early to Begin Prison Sentence

Former congressman Jesse L. Jackson Jr. reported to a low-security federal correctional facility in Butner, N.C. Oct. 28 to begin serving a 30-month for misusing campaign funds. Jackson surrendered to federal prison officials three days earlier than the Nov. 1 reporting date he was issued. He became inmate number 32451-016 after being escorted to the facility 260 miles from his Washington, D.C. home by C.K. Hoffler, his attorney from the Atlanta law firm of Edmond, Lindsay & Hoffler, and Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), a close Capitol Hill friend in whose district the prison is located. When he surrendered to prison officials, Jackson “apologized again and expressed sincere regret for causing so much pain and sadness to his family, his constituents and his friends,” Hoffler said in a statement to the media. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. Hoffler said Jackson reported ahead of his reporting time. “He was ready to pay his debt and that’s why he wanted to report to Butner. Nothing more, nothing less,” Hoffler said. The prison, located about an hour north of Raleigh, N.C., and is officially named FCI Butner Medium I Satellite Camp. It is regarded as 1,375 inmates and includes a federal medical center. Jackson is expected to be treated there for a bipolar disorder. He and his wife Sandi pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance law. After he is released, possibly as early as mid-2015, his wife Sandi is to begin serving a shorter sentence. His visitor list is to include Rev. Rick Warren and Rev. Anthony Miller, Minister Louis Farrakhan, Congressional Black Caucus Chair Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) and public relations executive Judy Smith.

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Jennifer Hudson and Relatives Identify Body of Her Slain N Why HBCUs are Hanging by a Thread

By Michael Steele

Commentary Reprinted with permission –and originally appears at– With so many of the civil rights battles behind us, and the satisfaction that comes from the success of African Americans in business, politics, sports and entertainment, it is no surprise that the assault upon the integrity and historic purpose of our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) has been little noticed by mainstream media and, more sadly, the Black community itself. Not only do our HBCUs stand as a testament to the challenges that lie in the future but they are an important reminder of the proud history of AfricanAmerican education in America and its unlimited potential. Across America, HBCUs are giving African Americans the tools and the knowledge they need to fully participate in our society, to build a solid economic foundation on which to raise their families and their businesses, and to become leaders of the future. However, many of those

sport-utility vehicle sought in By Alan King connection with the murder of AFRO Staff Writer tools had begun to be stripped of so manymother to do just a Hudson’s and brother. away and much of that little to white, help our state’s The 1994 Chevrolet Jennifer Hudson and other SuburbanBut withthe Illinois license relatives positively foundation began toidentified crumble HBCUs. supposed under the weight of neglect innocuousness of program and institutional bias. duplication only masked Maryland HBCUs (Bowie the knife cutting away the State University, Coppin State ability to improve access to University, Morgan State University and University of Maryland Eastern Shore) were treated no differently. In October 1999, the State of Maryland and the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), entered into a partnership for the purposes of improving the educational opportunities for African Courtesy Photos Americans in Maryland’s Jennifer Hudson and her mom, Darnell Donerson who public institutions of higher was killed, as well as her brother, Jason. education and of ensuring compliance with the state’s plate X584859 was found on the body of under her 7-year-old obligations federal law. nephew Monday,agreement just hours set Chicago’s West Side after The partnership policefine received a 7 a.m. callto after his was foundthat in a forth the body commitments these institutions and

from a neighbor about a suspicious vehicle. The man noticed those schools, thewalking backlash the vehicle while his was dog.enormous. According to the Chicago Tribune, the boy had been shot The in-your-face multiple for times the back seat moment meincame when of the vehicle. The SUV, registwo traditionally White tered to Hudson’s murdered institutions decided to brother, was towed with the create a joint MBA program boy’s body inside and is being processed by evidence technicians and workers. The body was later removed and taken to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. Hudson and other family members arrived at the Medical Examiner’s office mid-afternoon to identify the body. Given the choice between looking directly at the body or viewing it on a wall-mounted

So, in 2006, with the effects that are a result of support of Governor Bob the traceable unnecessary Ehrlich, I spearheaded a program duplication proven proactive assessment of each by the Coalition.” And while HBCU and the steps that Judge Blake deferred a final would be necessary to address, ruling in order to allow the in a real way, the inadequate State to mediate a remedy funding of these historically consistent with her findings, Black academic institutions. her ruling nonetheless In our State’s final report to exposes the lie that program the OCR, we detailed our duplication does not harm our 2007 budget increases for HBCUs and that its ultimate specific programs and capital affect is not discriminatory. improvements that would If you value the ruling begin the process toward of the District Court, then Julian King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. parity. From significant it is time for those who increases in capital budgets value the education at our A spokesman for the office the murders but is being held in to acquisition of property HBCUs to joinafter told the newspaper that Hudson nation’s jail for parole violation for campus-wide expansion with those who have silently to implementing initiatives and bravely pushed back arising out of each HBCU’s against the idea that the strategic plans, the goal was days of receiving a quality “remained forefforts her fami- education being convicted attempted to establish strong ongoing at suchofinstitutions ly” and was clearly its leader. murder and vehicular hijackto bring equality in funding are numbered. Instead, I “She held hands with her fami- ing. Cook County records show and treatment to Maryland’s believe, and have argued in ly,” the spokesman said. “It that he pleaded guilty to both HBCUs. the halls of Annapolis, that was obviously a very emotional charges in 1999. He was also However, by 2008, the our HBCUs talent moment.” convicted innurture 1998 forthe possesproblem of duplication of ourofyoung people The boy – the son of had Julia sion a stolen motorand vehicle. Hudson,so Jennifer’s sisterfor – had remain He wasdedicated, released from prison in become problematic despite been missing since Friday, 2006 after serving seven HBCUs that the Bohanan the obstacles put before years when a relative found Julian’s for thetoattempted Commission was established them, ensuring murder that theand grandmother, Darnell car hijacking charges. to “develop a statewide next generation of AfricanDonerson, 57, his uncle, The boyscientists, remainedscholars missing framework for and higher American Jason Hudson, 29, shot to death through a long weekend in education funding, and and business leaders has a in his grandmother’s home in which police and volunteers among its recommendations greater opportunity to reach the 7000 block of South Yale stated specifically that the pinnacle of American Avenue. HBCUs become comparable society than the generation An Amber Alert – a desigand competitive with other before them. nation for high-risk missing children – was issued Friday public institutions.” The students who enter after discovered ButJulian oncewas again, the those lecture halls and missing after thebemurders. progress would slow laboratories or cull the Police arrested William and the concerns of HBCU shelves of the library are well Balfour, and the missing students alumni boy’s wouldstep- on their way to maximizing father and estranged husband fall on deaf ears until finally their opportunity in this of Julia, at his girlfriend’s the Coalition for Equity and society and to realizing the Southside apartment several Excellence in Maryland full potential of their talents. hours after the murders. Higher Education was formed Balfour’s mother, Michele, has But none of that happens and lawsuit in had if they are forced to leave toldbrought reportersa that her son nothing to do with the slayings. campus because of program 2011. Balfour remains Jason Hudson Needless to say, aI suspect was in duplication. heartened by District Court Judge Catherine C. Blake’s Michael Steele is an Oct. 7th ruling that “The MSNBC commentator, State has failed to meet its former RNC Chairman and burden of demonstrating there SQUARE former lieutenant governorHIGH of are no ongoing segregative Maryland.

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the state and OCR anticipated create opportunities for them would bring Maryland into to compete with the state’s full compliance with its majority White institutions. obligation under Title VI of For example, the idea that the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Coppin State University’s But as the partnership academic offerings, physical and Dallas Cowboys players By Alan King agreement expired in plant department chairs Tony or Romo and Terrell Owens, AFRO Staff Writer December 2005, it was should be comparable to and among the names submitted to veryPresidential clear that candidate while theJohn competitive with Towson election officials. state had met theonletter of – State University not who Hurd said thosewas workers, McCain’s attack ACORN the law under Title VI (and awere far-fetched proposition doing those things without Associated Community ACORN’s knowledge or permisOrganization Reform Now – for its agreementfor with OCR); me. After all, a quality sion, were begins fired. with confirms thethe success embracing spiritofofthe education “The evidence that has surorganization, the head of the such agreements would be equality of education. But faced so far shows they faked group says. another matter. In practice, the buzz saw of resistance “This is testimony to the work forms to get paid for work they Maryland’s HBCUs had to and excuse-making didn’t do, not to stuff by ballot we’ve done and success we’ve deal with the growing reality institutional forces boxes.” ACORN, shewas said, is the had,” Maude Hurd, president of of “duplication nothing stunning. victim ofshort fraud,ofnot the perpetraACORN, said inof anspecialized interview programs” whereby certain Our was tor ofadministration it. with the AFRO. Hurd said only things resources laboratories inthe getting new “When(e.g. this attack started, we successful bogus are the themhad libraries) just announced that we had and or academic buildings andcharges other physical And factcheck. registered (e.g. 1.3 million votprograms MBA)new were plant for org the agrees. but when we tried ers,” she said. “That’s just to say HBCUs, duplicated at predominantly It concluded, “Neither that someone’s running scaredin to set white institutions, resulting up research positions ACORN nor its employees have because of ACORN’s success.” HBCU students having to go and endowed chairs, to been found guilty of, ornot even McCain, who is running for topresident those institutions to access mention increased funding for on the Republican tick- charged with, casting fraudulent them. scholarships, student services, votes.” et, lashed out at ACORN in the Asdebate Lieutenant information technologies, The problem came about prifinal againstGovernor Barack marily because of the way of Maryland, I became and other Obama, contending the group “is libraries, ACORN operates. Rather thanat on the verge of of maybe perpetrat- institutional acutely aware the failure infrastructures rely on volunteers, it pays peoing one of the greatest frauds in ple, many of them poor or unemvoter history in this country, ployed, to sign up new voters. maybe destroying the fabric of The idea was to help both those democracy.” being registered and those doing, a non-partisan the registration. Web site, found those claims to By Ansar Miller-Abdullah Maud explained, “We have a be “exaggerated,” with “no eviSpecial to the AFRO zero tolerance policy for deliberdence of any such democracyate falsification of registration.” destroying fraud.” Frederick Douglass High School’sHurd believes the McCain Most news account neglect to football can boast of more than justcharges an were politically motivat- point out that ACORN is required by law to turn in all regunblemished record of seven winsed. and istration forms. And they also fail no losses so far this season. They alsoShe said, “Because it’s lowto note that it was the organizaand moderate-income people, have a coach in place to give them a leg tion, in many instances, that first and people of color, I believe the up on other student athletes. brought the phony registrations McCain campaign thinks those With the help of the National Football to the attention of authorities. voters are going to vote League Player Engagement organization, The McCain camp apparently Democratic, which is not necesthey have a mentor program just for isn’t interested in those fine sarily true.” Douglass football players. In a pilot ACORN is no stranger to points, preferring to air misleadprogram called First and Goal, thecontroversy. players ing ads that seek to link Obama are being prepped to be true student For 38 years, the non-partisan to ACORN, thereby undercutting organization has fought for social his political support. athletes who are prepared to compete –on McCain: I’m John McCain economic justice for lowand off the field—at the collegiate and level. and I approve this message. and moderate-income “Throughout the past two years my Announcer: Who is Barack Americans. With 400,000 memstudents have believed I am not too Obama? A man with “a political ber families organized into more fond of sports,” said Douglass Principal baptism performed at warp than 1,200 neighborhood chapAntonio Hurt said at a news conference speed.” Vast ambition. After colters in 110 cities nationwide, on Sept. 26. “But, I am fond of theACORN kids has over the years seen lege, he moved to Chicago. who hit the field everyday and the its fact share of criticism while advo- Became a community organizer. The Douglass Ducks There, Obama met Madeleine that they should work to be great student cating for affordable housing, athletes, first. So as we celebrate our Talbot, part of the Chicago living wages, healthcare for the branch of ACORN. He was so underserved— and while organathletic program we celebrate student the total student impressive that heathlete,” was asked to athletes and the academic approachizing we voter registration drives. Harper said. “Also we are train the ACORN staff. But none has been as withering must take to engage our students.” What did ACORN in Chicago and baseless as this one. trying to get them aware The program has three main goals: to give academic engage in? Bullyingatbanks. With the presidential election of what is offered the support, practice testing for the HSA and monitor those who Intimidation tactics. Disruption less than two weeks away, college level, and make them have already taken it, as well as conduct SAT prep. The 85 of business. that ACORN forced ACORN’s detractors allege the understand they need to players, both varsity and JV, are required to gohas to engaged the program organization in mas- banks to issue risky home loans. get a college degree.” every Tuesday and Thursday morning class starts at after The same types of loans that sive before voter registration fraud Frederick Douglass’s 8:45am, and Wednesday from 1-4pm. caused the financial crisis we’re the reported discovery of bogus reputation as college prep The new approach the administration theasresult ofMouse a in today. names, is such Mickey partnership between Mayor Stephanie Blake-Rawling’s office, the Family League and the NFLPE. 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the latter. According to the Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes, that’s him.” between their two institutions

which could well have meant the end of Morgan State University’s vaunted MBA program (established by and named after Earl G. Graves Sr.) just six miles away. No wonder Obama’s campaign is Morgan University’s trying to State distance him from the pleas to the Maryland Higher group, saying, “Barack Obama Education Commission Never Organized with ACORN.” for integrity its own run Butthe Obama’s ties of to ACORN MBA program felltaught largely long and deep. He classes fordeaf ACORN. endorsed on ears They as theeven program him for President. duplication was approved and But now had ACORN in Morgan littleisrecourse are at least Reporter: There stop it. 11 investigations across the I wasinvolving stunnedthousands to country of have certain academic potentially fraudulent ACORN and legislative “leaders” forms. ask Announcer: me directlyMassive why ourvoter fraud. And the Obama administration wouldcampaign want paid moredollars than $800,000 to an to invest in “those ACORN front forargued get out that the vote schools.” They efforts. we should put such program Pressuring banks to issue risky dollars in the predominantly loans. Nationwide voter fraud. White the Barackschools Obama.and Badallow judgment. students from the HBCUs Blind ambition. Too risky forto visit those campuses to take a America. course or to use laboratories. Since McCain’s comments, Understand that this occurred ACORN’s offices have been not in 195587but in 2005. bombarded with threats and racist mail. The day after the presidential debate, vandals broke into the organization’s Boston and Seattle offices and stole computers. After a Cleveland representative appeared on TV, an e-mail was sent to the local office saying she “is going to have her life ended.” A worker in Providence, R.I., received a threatening call saying, “We know you get off work at 9” and uttered racial epithets. A caller to one office left a message on the answering machine, saying: “Hi, I was just calling to let you know that Barack Obama needs to get hung. He’s a (expletive deleted) nigger, and he’s a piece of (expletive deleted). You guys are fraudulent, and you need to go to hell. All the niggers on oak trees. They’re gonna get all hung honeys, they’re going to get assassinated, they’re gonna get killed.” Another message said, “You liberal idiots. Dumb (expletive deleted). Welfare bums. You guys just (expletive deleted) come to our country, consume every natural resource there is, and make a lot of babies. That’s all you guys do. And then suck up the welfare and expect everyone else to pay for your hospital bills for your kids. I jus’ say let your kids die. That’s the best move. Just let 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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NFL Starts New Partnership with Baltimore City School public school made itBREAD an easy choice for the pilot program. Students who attend earn college credits from the time they enter, thus most come in with the thought that they want to go to college. “Sports programs are an ideal way for young people to learn the skills they will need throughout their lives,” said Mayor LEFT Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “Thanks to the NFL, the Family League and Douglass High School, this program will help our young athletes to take the lessons learned on the field and apply them to life.”




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still does not work for most.” Last week, Upton and other members of his committee grilled four of the lead contractors responsible for about the website. And, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius underwent an even more scathing interrogation on Oct. 30 when she testified only hours after the website crashed again. In his weekly address on Oct. 26, President Obama conceded that the website’s malfunctions were vexing, even as he mocked Republicans for their sudden concern with the site’s userfriendliness after years of trying to dismantle the ACA. “The site isn’t working the way it’s supposed to yet,” he said. “That’s frustrating for all of us who have worked so hard to make sure everyone who needs it gets health care. And it’s especially frustrating for the Americans who’ve been trying to get covered.” Still, he added, “The site has been visited more than 20 million times so far. [And] nearly 700,000 people have applied for coverage already. That proves just how much demand there is for these new quality, affordable health care choices. And that’s why, in the coming weeks, we are going to get it working as smoothly as it’s supposed to.” According to health care officials, the marketplace’s breakdown over the weekend stemmed from a networking failure at Verizon Terremark,

the company that operates the data center that hosts the website and the Data Services Hub. That problem was resolved by Oct. 28. And, similarly, officials are continuing to push through a “punch list” of fixes to the website, with the expectation that it will be fully functional by the end of November. “With our new management structure in place, our tech team is diagnosing problems and working with developers and vendors to analyze, troubleshoot, prioritize and resolve issues in real time,” said Julie Bataille, spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which is administering the site, during a conference call with reporters on Oct. 28. “This is a continuous process, so I anticipate that we will see incremental improvements week by week leading to November, when the vast majority of users will be able to more smoothly move through the enrollment system.” For example, Bataille said, the team has implemented new tools to monitor the site, enabling them to better gauge what is happening with the marketplace’s application and enrollment system. Recent fixes included configuring components to increase site responsiveness, so, for example, when users want to view or filter health plans during the online

Many Poor Blacks in the South Will Remain Uninsured By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent

Even if, the web portal for federal health insurance exchange, worked perfectly, more than 5 million poor, uninsured adults, many of them Black, will continue to go without coverage because they live in states that didn’t expand Medicaid, according to a recent brief by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Through the Affordable Care Act, the federal government agreed to pay 100 percent of the cost of the Medicaid expansion through 2016 and at least 90 percent through 2020. The Obama administration planned for nationwide expansion of Medicaid, the health insurance program that covers the poor and disabled, setting the Medicaid income eligibility at 138 percent of the federal poverty level, or roughly $27,000 annually for a family of three. In June 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that states could decide whether they want to expand Medicaid. According to the Kaiser Commission, more than half of the states, including many in the South, decided not to expand Medicaid. Those decisions created a coverage gap affecting 27 percent of uninsured adults. “A fifth of people in the coverage gap reside in Texas, which has both a large uninsured population and very limited Medicaid eligibility. Fifteen percent live in Florida, eight percent in Georgia, six percent live in North

“Even if…worked perfectly, more than 5 million poor, uninsured adults, many of them Black, will continue to go without coverage.”

shopping process, the pages respond in seconds, not minutes. Technicians have also resolved issues with the eligibility notices that display at the completion of the application process—some users were seeing a blank

page. The Obama administration has touted the continuing improvements and has also promoted the other means of enrollment. Interested persons can enroll by calling 1-800-318-2596 or they can

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jail, locking arms and praying to deter criminal behavior that results in jail terms and criminal prosecution and to send a message of encouragement to jail inmates. “When the prisoners look outside the window, they will see that there is a group that

is outside praying for them as well as to block another generation from coming in,” Bryant said. “We don’t want to see our sons and our nephews going to this place. We want this to be the last generation.” The demonstration is part of an initiative begun

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Community demonstrators hold hands

Carolina, and another six percent live in Ohio,” the Kaiser Commission brief said. More than half of all Blacks live in eight states: Texas, Florida, Georgia, New York, California, North Carolina, Illinois, and Maryland. According to the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, “The largest uninsured non-elderly Black populations reside in Florida (718,800), Texas (613,100), and Georgia (594,600). In addition, Blacks comprise a large share of the uninsured population in the District of Columbia (52%), Mississippi (48%), and Louisiana (42%).” Florida, Texas, Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana chose not to expand Medicaid leaving billions of dollars unspent, forcing many of their citizens to either go without health insurance or to sign up for health insurance on the federal-facilitated marketplace. Because 40 percent of all Blacks are under age 26, compared to 30 percent of Whites, the very people needed to make the health care formula work may be less inclined to participate. “With many states opting not to implement the Medicaid expansion, millions of adults will remain outside the reach of the ACA and continue to have limited, if any, option for health coverage,” the Kaiser Commission brief said. “Most do not have access to employer-based coverage through a job, few can afford coverage on their own, and most are currently ineligible for public coverage in their state.”

in August by Bryant. He has focused on Black men, especially those who are incarcerated. According to the minister, the criminal justice system and ineffective education policies keep “our people in bondage.” As people prayed, Bryant wandered through the crowd, stopping frequently to pray with the demonstrators. He said his plan is to address the high incarceration rate in the city and to let

the prisoners know that the church and the Black community haven’t forgotten them. “The American justice system needs to focus more on rehabilitation instead of incarceration,” he said. “This says a whole lot about human connection, to know that they are not in isolation, but there is a community waiting for them and cheering for them,” he said. Community activist


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this law even if the website were perfect,” Obama said. “I’ll never stop fighting to help more hardworking Americans know the economic security of health care. That’s something we should all want.”

and Maryland House of Delegate candidate Marvin “Doc” Cheatham told the AFRO: “I think this is tremendous, it will give folks a clear understanding as to what actually goes on here. Many of us have never been inside here and don’t know how many of our people are actually in here and it begins to connect us.” “I’m encouraged, I think this is a great idea, we just have to make certain we educate our young people not to do things to bring them in here,” Cheatham said. Bryant said he wants jail inmates to realize that “God has another plan for their lives.” As community members locked arms, people held signs— in hopes that those behind the bars would see Bryant said, “After they served their debt to society, they ought to be able to come back and be fathers to their children, be able to provide for their families and still be outstanding citizens because they’ve paid their debt to society.”

Chris Brown Continued from A1 away. Both Brown and Hollosy are due back in court Nov. 24. The pair had initially faced felony assault charges. They are charged in connection with an alleged assault outside of the W hotel, located in the 500 block of 15th St. N.W., that was reported to D.C. police about 4:30 a.m. on Oct. 27. According to court documents, two women asked Brown to take a picture with them outside of the hotel. One of the women told authorities that a man who was standing nearby jumped in the picture as it was being taken and took a picture with his phone. The woman said that she heard the singer say “I’m not with that gay s--- “and “I feel like boxing.” She said Brown and Hollosy then proceeded to punch the man. Brown, on the other hand, told authorities, “I was on the bus and I guess someone tried to get on and my bodyguard handled that.” The alleged victim was later identified as Isaac Adams Parker, 20, of Beltsville, Md. Brown had just hosted a party at the Park at Fourteenth nightclub in Northwest Washington to celebrate Howard’s homecoming. R&B singer Trey Songz,

who was also in town for the homecoming festivities, went to court to support Brown. He sat by his mother and near Brown’s mother. Brown’s latest trouble is the latest in a series of run-ins with the law. He was already on probation for his infamous 2009 assault against Rihanna. Long before the hearing began, a host of people gathered outside the courthouse with signs with messages such as, “LEAVE CHRIS ALONE!” and “LET CHRIS LIVE!” DJ Heat, a radio personality on WPGC 95.5 FM, said she stood outside the courthouse for hours. She believes the victim’s claims are suspicious. “The story sounds a little bit fishy to me,” she said. “The guy got punched for photo bombing? It sounds kind of weird. [Chris’] story sounds a little more believable.” Al Kedo, of N.E. Washington, said he believes the media and Brown’s detractors have been picking on him since the Rihanna incident. “He went through the right procedures to get [his crime] dealt with,” he said. “People are still slandering his name and I don’t think it’s fair. That’s why I’m out here.”

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Legendary African American Physician in Philadelphia Dies at 81 By Zenitha Prince Special to the AFRO Dr. Walter Lomax Jr. is being remembered as a pioneering African-American physician and entrepreneur after his death from a sudden stroke on Oct. 10. He was 81. “He was a phenomenal physician and a gifted healer [and] his legacy was his ability to translate all of his gifts as a healer into the business world,” said his youngest daughter Sara Lomax-Reese. “He had the vision to see the healing side of medicine but also the business side and to balance the both.” Lomax had very “humble beginnings,” as the fifth of five children born to Elizabeth Harvey Lomax and Walter Pleasant Lomax their home in South Philadelphia. And, despite his later success, Lomax-Reese said, her father “never lost touch with his roots and his community.” She added, “He could talk and connect with anyone, whether they were a multimillionaire or someone who was just released from prison.” His love for his community brought him back to South Philly after receiving a bachelor’s degree from La Salle University in 1953, a medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College in 1957 and post-graduate training at Albert Einstein Medical Center and the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Hospital. He launched his solo general medicine practice at a small private office on the 1300 block of S. 18th Street, which he purchased and renovated with the help of his father, according to his obituary. For 32 years, he practiced medicine at that site, becoming a leading physician in Philadelphia’s Black community. During that time, he expanded the practice to a 22physician group and to five sites. “He was always bringing healthcare to underserved communities in Philadelphia,” said Lomax-Reese, calling it his “niche.” “He recognized that in the Black community in particular there was not a lot of high quality care. He was able to create a model where he brought all these qualified physicians to low-income communities and provided access to quality healthcare,” she said.

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else,” Erzen said. The new law requires potential purchasers to jump through several hoops, opponents of the law said. Finding a gun training class can be challenging for city residents because the vast majority of training facilities are located outside of Baltimore. Applying by completing the statemandated application for a gun license does not guarantee that one will be granted, officials said. It also requires a background check to be conducted by the gun dealer and approved by the Maryland State Police. Some law enforcement officials are frustrated by the law’s requirements. “It’s a tremendous headache. Law enforcement is severely understaffed,” Powers said. “It’s going to be a tremendous burden on them.” Some of Powers’ concerns are echoed by a spokesperson for an organization that is suing the state over the new gun law. “This entire burden falls upon the private sector. They (the state) are not providing training. They are not providing ranges, even though there are a number of police ranges around the state that are funded by taxpayers,” said John Josselyn, legislative vice president for Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore.

Josselyn’s group is one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit that argues the state’s new law infringes on their Second Amendment right to bear arms. “Each purchase constitutes a vote on the issue. Each purchase probably costs that person in access of $500. By my estimates, something in the order of $58 million was invested in firearms in Maryland this year alone,” said Josselyn. He said people of color and the poor are adversely impacted by the law. “They generally live in higher crime areas. They have a greater need for self defense, but they have less access to it,” Josselyn said. Brett Smith, owner of Southern Maryland Pawn Brokers, a licensed gun dealer near the border of Prince George’s and Charles counties, said his customers are almost evenly divided between Black and White. He said he saw a tremendous boost in sales prior to the new law going into effect. “Gun sales quadrupled,” said Smith, who is a former D.C. police officer. “One out of three customers who bought a gun, their reason for buying a gun was because, `I won’t be able to.’ They never planned on buying a gun until they were told they won’t be allowed to or it’s going to be harder.”

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her involved in such a highprofile way, it peaks the interest of Black women, women in general, African Americans and probably the gay and lesbian community, as well.” For Black voters, especially—90 percent of whom are supporting de Blasio, according to a New York Times/Siena College poll released Oct. 28—McCray is likely someone in whom they can believe and identify. “She’s ‘authentically’ Black,” said David Bositis, a senior analyst at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a Washington, D.C.-based

think tank focused on issues affecting people of color. According to Times/Siena College poll, de Blasio holds an overwhelming 45-point lead over Republican Joe Lhota, meaning the de Blasios will likely become the next “first family” of New York City. “This would be the first time a White mayor of a major city had a selfidentified Black wife,” said Lester Spence, a political analyst who teaches at Johns Hopkins University. During the mayoral contest, de Blasio’s opponents—notably, outgoing Mayor Michael

by year’s end, said Chairman/ CEO Nicholas S. Schorsch, in a statement. “His unique ability to see clearly the strategic issues for the company, while at the same time never losing sight of the investor, made his point of view in the board room invaluable,” Schorsch stated. “As our executive leadership team moves forward, he will remain an indelible presence in the board room.” The astute businessman was also known as a compassionate philanthropist. Through the Lomax Family Foundation, he provided funding for non-profits and Dr. Lomax treats the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Walter Lomax Jr. programs that promote art, health, education and culture The expansion of his medical practice was just the in the African-American community. He and his wife also often beginning of Lomax’s entrepreneurial success. In 1982, he provided scholarships to Black students, including founding the developed Lomax Health Systems (LHS), a management Warren E. Smith scholarship for African-American students at company concentrating on health care; and, later, Correctional LaSalle. Healthcare Solutions (CHS), which provided health services to In a statement, LaSalle President Michael McGinniss, called correctional facilities around the country. Lomax a “special” person and “a dedicated LaSalle alumnus In 1989, LHS partnered with a firm in Virginia to form who helped others achieve their dreams through education.” Healthcare Management Alternatives (HMA), which More than being a gifted physician, preeminent businessman provided health care to Medicaid recipients in South and West and philanthropist, however, Lomax was a dedicated family Philadelphia. And, in September 1990, he retired from his man. He was married to his wife Beverly for more than distinguished career as a practicing physician. half a century and was the devoted father of six—Bennett, Retirement didn’t stop him, however. The Lomax Charles, Claire, Laura, Sara, and W. Thomas— as well as the Companies was formed with Lomax as its chairman. And, grandfather of 14 and the great-grandfather of one. under its umbrella, his corporate portfolio expanded into Sara said her father was “generous” and “kind” while venture capitalism, real estate, technology and more. In 2003, being a strong disciplinarian when they were growing up. But, Lomax founded WURD Radio, a local AM talk radio station, they’ve also been able to see different dimensions of him as he which was one of his more “passionate” ventures, and an became their boss, mentor and friend. His sudden loss, she said, extension of his mission to empower the Black community, has left the family stunned. said Lomax-Reese, who serves as the president and general “He was a towering figure in our family,” she said, “and manager of WURD Media. someone who was integral to our individual lives on a daily Lomax also served on the boards of several institutions, basis.” including American Realty Capital Properties, a Marylandbased corporation, where Lomax was an “integral” member of the board during its transformation from a company with a $250 million enterprise value to an estimated $10 billion value

Walter Lomax Jr. will be honored at a celebration of life on Nov. 2 at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall in Philadelphia.

Small Business Needs Targeted During Balto. Supplier Diversity, Inclusion Week In September the city set up a business center to facilitate collaboration efforts among minority-owned firms and Fortune 500 companies to broaden minority women owned businesses access to resources. “We are serious about inclusion and understand the business side of diversity, our goal is to progressively grow the capacity of our businesses and to see more mainstream businesses across the Baltimore region,” said Blake.

By Blair Adams AFRO Staff Writer

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake officially marked Oct. 28 through Nov. 1 as Supplier Diversity and Inclusion Week in Baltimore. The mayor, along with Horseshoe Casino General Manager Chad Barnhill and members of the mayor’s coalition on supplier and diversity inclusion, announced the goal of making sure all businesses have an opportunity to compete and succeed in Baltimore. “My goal of growing our city by 10,000 families can not happen without the growth of small businesses,” Blake said during the news conference. “We all know that small businesses are the backbone of our economy.” She said she wants to see Baltimore become a magnet for business. That will mean attracting more firms to the city and sustaining and enhancing existing enterprises. Throughout the week, the mayor visited several small Baltimore-based businesses and local colleges and attended mentoring sessions for students from the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. She also visited the Afro-American Newspapers to highlight second-generation businesses. Photo by Mark Dennis “I like to highlight what’s good in Mayor Rawlings-Blake with AFRO Publisher Jake Oliver and Sharon Baltimore and I couldn’t have a tour Pinder, director of the Mayor’s Office of Minority and Women Owned without including the AFRO,” she said. Business Development. Bloomberg—accused the Democrat of using his family’s race as a tool to draw voters. The candidate’s most famous ad features his 15-year-old son, Dante de Blasio sporting a large Afro. At a September rally in Brooklyn, de Blasio’s daughter, Chiara, chided Bloomberg and others for the accusation, media outlets reported. “Twenty years ago, my dad did not know he was running for mayor and did not seek to marry a Black woman to put on display,” the 18-year-old said, according to Ebony magazine. In fact, for someone with political aspirations to marry a darker-skinned woman— especially one who proudly

flaunts dreadlocks—was a daring move, given America’s tendency to recognize and elevate Black women who are lighter in complexion and more “mainstream” in their appearance, Spence said. In many ways, first lady Michelle Obama began to break that mold and defy those expectations with her darker skin and unabashed “Blackness.” “But Chirlane de Blasio further explodes that,” Spence added. Despite the unique background of McCray, Cannick said she doubts New Yorkers will vote based solely on issues of race or even sexual orientation, but rather on pocketbook issues. In fact, polls show that

support for de Blasio is being impelled by disillusionment with the Republican Party and the belief that he can bring about necessary change. He has emphasized issues of income equality, promising to increase taxes on the rich. He vowed to improve public education and to increase the supply of affordable housing—themes that have resonated with voters. And McCray probably helped to craft her husband’s message, Spence said. She is a published writer, poet and progressive activist, who has served as a speechwriter for several officials, including Dinkins, State Comptroller Carl McCall, and City Comptroller Bill Thompson. She also served as a political

appointee during the Clinton administration at the New York Foreign Press Center. “She actually has politics [in her background]. She’s not just someone who is hanging on his arm,” Spence said. But more than that, he added, McCray embodies what her husband’s campaign is about. “Given the theme de Blasio is running on—that there are two New Yorks, the Bloomberg New York for the wealthy and the ‘other’ New York for the working man—she and their [children] serve as powerful symbolic images of what a government would look like if it were led by someone from the ‘other’ New York.”


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COMMUNITY CONNECTION Lynchburg Seminary Confers Honorary Degrees

Eastern Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, Va. recently awarded honorary degrees to Frank M. Conaway, Loretta Foster Daniel and Archie M. Gee at its 20th Convocation on Oct. 17. Conaway, a graduate of Morgan State University, and currently Clerk of Circuit Court for Baltimore City, received the Doctor of Laws degree, as did Gee, who is a board member of the Patuxent Institution Board of

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Chairman of the board of trustees, The Rev. Dr. A.C.D. Vaughn, left, stands with honorees Dr. Loretta Daniels, retired educator and musician; Dr. Frank Conaway, Clerk of the Court of Baltimore City and Dr. Archie Gee, retired warden from Patuxent.

Review in Baltimore City. The Doctor of Sacred Music was conferred upon Daniel, director of the Kingdom Kids Choir at New Psalmist Baptist Church. The Rev. Dr. A.C.D. Vaughn is chairman of the seminary’s board of trustees. Dr. Lanksford E. Hankins Sr. is president.

New Life Inspirational Church

The 2013 Ministry Day Committee is hosting a week of services beginning with a concert by the Saint Bernadine Gospel Choir, 3 p.m., Nov. 3. at 2621 Oswego Ave. in Baltimore. A silent auction with chili and cornbread will be held noon to 3 p.m., Nov. 9 and the Rev. Dr. Alfreda Wiggins is guest preacher for the 10 a.m., Nov. 10 worship

service. The Rev. Herbert E. Sye is pastor and founder of the church. For more information please contact the Rev. Anthony E. Horsey, 443-860-1959.

Joan Wilmer-Stewart to Lead Human Resources at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

Catonsville Student Competes for Miss Jr. Teen Baltimore/Washington Title

Alayla Abernathy of Catonsville, Md. has been selected to participate in the 2014 Miss Jr. Teen Baltimore/Washington pageant on Nov. 10. An honors student in her sophomore year at Catonsville High School, Alayla is an active member of the Catonsville Comets lacrosse and cheerleading teams, and was recently crowned homecoming princess—voted by peers—for the second consecutive year. In the community, she enjoys working with children as a tutor, Alayla Abernathy babysitter, and church volunteer. of Catonsville, Md. has been selected to Her interests include spending participate in the 2014 time with family, friends, and Miss Jr. Teen Baltimore/ pets including her Russian Washington pageant tortious, Tortelli. Those interested in sponsoring on Nov. 10. Alayla Abernathy should call the Miss Jr. Teen Baltimore/ Washington Pageant Coordinator toll-free at 877-403-6678 or email

A&R President to Speak to BEST Students

Real estate developer Theo C. Rodgers will speak at a Nov. 4 event for B.E.S.T. (Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust) about his educational and professional journey, his relationship with B.E.S.T (www.besttrust. org) and ways to support the educational success of academically talented African American boys and girls in Baltimore. Rodgers and B.E.S.T. alumna Tuesday Barnes, The Bryn Mawr School (’09), will be the honored speakers to corporate and philanthropic leaders as well as over 60 B.E.S.T. students, grades 9-12, enrolled at area private schools.

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore announced that Joan Wilmer-Stewart has been named vice president of Human Resources for the $442 million full-service casino scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2014. Wilmer-Stewart has served as a senior human resources officer for multiple internationally recognized brands in Baltimore and beyond. Most recently, Wilmer-Stewart was human resources director for the American Red Cross at its national headquarters in Washington, D.C., where among other responsibilities she managed workforce strategies tied to corporate support functions and humanitarian lines of businesses. During her tenure at the American Red Cross, Wilmer-Stewart played an integral role in addressing the workforce needs relating to the organization’s Haiti relief operations. “We’re pleased to Horseshoe Casino welcome Joan to our rapidly Baltimore announced that expanding management Joan Wilmer-Stewart has team,” said Horseshoe been named vice president Baltimore Senior Vice of Human Resources. President and General Manager Chad Barnhill. “Joan’s expertise will be invaluable as we look to fill some 1,700 jobs in the next several months and institute team member policies that will make Horseshoe Baltimore an exceptional place to work.” Prior to the American Red Cross, Wilmer-Stewart served as an executive level HR consultant for Toyota and as a senior human resources officer for Morgan Stanley, both in Baltimore. “I’m looking forward to working with the entire team at Horseshoe Baltimore to make this transformational downtown project a reality,” Wilmer-Stewart said. “I am particularly pleased to have the opportunity to partner with the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development and our dedicated recruitment coordinator to identify qualified Baltimore residents to fill many of the jobs we will be creating in Charm City.”

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State Disagrees with Court Ruling, Orders A Study

The recent Federal District Court ruling blames the State of Maryland for the difficulty Historically Black Institutions have in competing with Traditionally White Institutions. State officials contend, however, that any difficulties at the HBIs are of the HBIs’ own making and they are proposing to conduct another one of their predetermined studies to prove it. Announcement of the State’s A. Dwight Pettit intention came just days after Judge Catherine C. Blake found the unconstitutional practice of unnecessary program duplication to be the compelling reason for problems experienced by the HBIs. According to the announcement, the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) wishes to retain a consultant to do an assessment of its Historically Black Institutions (HBIs) to determine if changes should be made in “institutional policies, strategic direction, campus leadership, adequacy of full-time faculty and the resources needed for long term success.” The assessment would, in my opinion, have the effect of extending the recent management study at Coppin University to all of the HBIs. That study, you may recall, deflected blame from the State and the University System of Maryland to the management of the Coppin campus. The report made no mention of any failings of the state as the court would later emphasize, and one should not expect the proposed study of HBIs as a group would be any different. Take for an example, the design of the study. The study is to be primarily an examination of several institutional factors rather than an assessment of the adverse impact of the one issue identified by the Court as unconstitutional. Even if the study was conceived before the Federal District Court ruling, one would think that any design issued after the ruling would have reflected the guidance of the court. Instead, the state completely dismisses the court. The study announcement also asserts that “the review

should be a look forward and not a look backward.” To ignore the past would be a horrible mistake since the law on which the court relied in finding the state liable for the ills of its Black colleges requires consideration of past, present and future actions. It is those past considerations that give perspective and create insight into strategies for addressing disparities at HBIs. The prescribed qualifications of the person the higher education commission wishes to hire for the study are equally interesting. “The lead consultant should have experience as the author or coauthor of educational research reports” and “have experience analyzing and interpreting quantitative and qualitative data.” As a minority voice on the University System of Maryland Board for several years, I know that requirements so narrowly written are highly suspect. It usually means that the consultant has already been identified and the solicitation process is only being used to make it official. In this case the most likely candidates would be persons who have indicated through recent studies or news articles that they either question the ruling of the Court and/or support the State in its claim that any disparities at HBIs are the result of poor leadership. Some readers may recall that the legislatively appointed Bohanan Commission sought to use similar tactics in the search for consultants for the 2008 HBI study. Luckily the chicanery was so evident that no one indicated an interest in doing the study and the State was forced to agree to a more objective and open process. As a result, the HBI study, like the Federal District Court, faulted the State for the conditions at HBI, and

not their campus leadership. The attempts of the Maryland Higher Education Commission to do yet another study of the Black universities is at best, a distraction and a delay tactic, and at worst, an effort to undermine the ruling of the Federal District Court. The Legislative Black Caucus must denounce these efforts and insist that any future study concentrate on ways to bring the State higher education system into compliance with the law. In short, Judge Black has found the Maryland practice of unnecessary duplication to be unconstitutional and MHEC should take the lead in exploring ways institutional missions and programs should be altered consistent with the Judge’s ruling on the law. A. Dwight Pettit is a former member of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents.

Grambling’s Football Strike: A Wake Up Call for the Nation The strike of football players at the legendary Grambling State University received attention across the world. GSU President Frank Pogue praised the players for providing the “creative tension” needed to bring attention to the plight of Grambling and historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in general. The players were Jesse L. Jackson protesting poor practice and Sr. dilapidated locker room facilities as well as the firing of their coach Doug Williams early in the season, but their protest exposed the broader reality facing Grambling and HBCUs: they face a brutal and increasing financial crisis. At Grambling, President Pogue reports, aid from the state of Louisiana has been cut by nearly 60 percent over the last six years. The school has gone, as its Office of Finance and Administration reports, from a state “funded” institution to a state “assisted” institution – and the assistance isn’t nearly enough. Trying to operate on a budget lower than it was six years ago, Grambling has cut full-time employees by more than one-fourth over five years. The state cutbacks have forced increases in tuition and fees of about 60 percent over the last five years. At the same

time, the state has forced closure of summer school, and raised admission requirements to make the school harder to get into. Like most HBCUs, Grambling’s students come largely from lower income families, and are often the first in their families to go to college. They cobble together their tuition from financial aid, part-time work and parental loans. And to add to the misery, the Department of Education decided to tighten eligibility requirements for parental PLUS loans, denying applicants with even minor credit blemishes, such as overdue parking tickets or cell phone bills – exactly the kind of difficulties that low income families often run into. The inevitable result is that Grambling and other HBCUs are losing students, as qualified students increasingly can’t get Parental PLUS loans - an estimated 28,000 were denied Parental PLUS loans over the past year- and can’t afford to pay their way. This is an historic reversal. Historically Black Colleges and Universities have provided real opportunity to underserved communities, particularly African Americans. These colleges were founded in the ashes of slavery with a mission – to take the rejected stones and turn them into cornerstones of a freed people. Education, it was assumed, was key to reconstruction. Now, states are constricting access to college even as they expand entrance to private prisons and jails. They are moving from education and reconstruction to incarceration and separation. Instead of opening paths from poverty, they are locking more young people out by locking them up. This takes place despite the remarkable success of HBCUs. As Lezli Baskerville, the president and CEO of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education

reported in 2008, the 103 HCBUs confer 24 percent of all doctoral degrees awarded to African Americans. They represent 4 percent of all colleges and universities in number, but enroll 16 percent of African Americans in four-year colleges, graduate 30 percent of all African Americans receiving bachelor’s degrees, 40 percent of those granted degrees in science and math, 50 percent of those graduating in engineering and 50 percent of those granted teaching degrees. Grambling State President Pogue notes that HBCUs “have never been equally funded in this country, and we’re not equally funded today.” He praises the football players for calling attention to the broader crisis facing Grambling State and other HBCUs, while redoubling his efforts to raise support from the school’s loyal alumni. But neither Pogue nor the alumni can carry this load alone. In many ways, historically Black colleges and universities are the proverbial canaries in the mines of college education. What endangered them threatens public colleges across the land. State cutbacks are forcing higher tuition and fees. More and more students are priced out of the very education they need. We all have a stake in educating the next generation. Only with Washington fixated on cutting spending back to levels not seen since the 1950s, and states facing continued budget squeezes, we are asking the young to bear the burden that should be widely shared. Perhaps the strike by the football team of a legendary program will begin to wake us up. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. is founder and president of the Chicago-based Rainbow PUSH Coalition. You can keep up with his work at

Let’s Serve Veterans as Well as They Have Served Us

During the recent government shutdown many Daniel M. Dillinger numbers were thrown around. But there is one number that stands out and it has nothing to do with the debate over the federal budget. More than one a day. That is how many members of our active-duty military, National Guard and Reserve forces have committed suicide over the last year. Simply put, we are losing more service members by their own hands than we are by the enemy in Afghanistan. Only those who experienced firsthand the horrors of combat can understand why most of these young men and women feel compelled to take such drastic and permanent measures. As Veterans Day ceremonies and parades occur throughout the country, it is important that we commit ourselves to do everything possible to prevent these needless and tragic deaths. We are their friends, their family, their co-workers and their neighbors. It is up to us to ensure that every veteran feels that his or her service to this country is appreciated by their fellow Americans. There are many tangible ways that we can acknowledge their sacrifice, but the easiest is to simply say,

“Thank you for what you have done for our country.” If he is showing signs of unhappiness or depression, encourage him to seek help through the VA immediately. If she has had difficulty obtaining the benefits that she is entitled to, let her know that The American Legion has thousands of trained service officers nationwide that will help her navigate the bureaucracy free of charge. And if that veteran has made the Supreme Sacrifice, remember the price that has been paid for our freedom and offer your support to the loved ones left behind. While we should all be grateful for the remarkable advancements made in military medicine and prosthetics, the fighting spirit and inspirational stories of our veterans are not due to technology. These traits come from the heart. And many of these veterans are women, such as Army Chief Warrant Officer Lori Hill. While piloting her helicopter over Iraq in 2006, she maneuvered her chopper to draw enemy gunfire away from another helicopter and provide suppressive fire for troops on the ground. Despite flying a damaged aircraft and suffering injuries, she landed the helicopter safely, saving her crew. For her actions, she became the first woman to

receive the Distinguished Flying Cross. Women are major contributors to our military presence in Afghanistan and many have given their lives in the War on Terrorism. America is home to more than 1.2 million women veterans and they deserve our support. In the poem “Tommy,” the great writer Rudyard Kipling lamented over the rude treatment a British soldier received at a pub. Writing in classical old English, Kipling compared the abuse with the more favorable treatment that “Tommy” receives by the public during war. “For it’s Tommy this, an ‘ Tommy that, an’ ‘Chuck him out, the brute!’ But it’s ‘Savior of ‘is country’ when the guns begin to shoot; An’ it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ anything you please; An’ Tommy ain’t a bloomin’ fool – you bet that Tommy sees!” Let us always treat our 23 million veterans as the saviors of our country that they are. Even when the guns are no longer shooting. Daniel M. Dellinger is national commander of the 2.4 million-member American Legion. 


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Evangelist Gretchen The Reverends Veney welcoming Stephen A. Jones the worshippers and Lazarus Jones

The Rev. Stephen and Tracey Jones, pastor and first lady of Greater Hope Church of God in Christ

Mary Dixon, worship leader, presiding

Life-long members

The Rev. Duane Simmons, pastor of Simmons Memorial Baptist Church, is guest preacher for the Sunday evening service.

Pastor’s son, Jerrel Jones, assistant drummer

Church Mother, Mary Faust giving invocation

Rev. Jones extends membership invitation along with his wife, Tracey Jones and Evangelist Brewer.

Greater Hope Church of God in Christ, formerly on Gilmor Street, cut the ribbon on its new home at Carrollton Avenue and Lanvale Street in West Baltimore, Oct. 19, with the preaching of the Rev. Carl Pierce, pastor of Carter Memorial COGIC. The Rev. Dr. Duane Simmons, pastor of Simmons Memorial Baptist Church, preached for the evening service in the ongoing celebration on Oct. 20. The Rev. Stephen A. Jones Sr. has been pastor of Greater Hope for seven of its 50 years of ministry, and does so along with the First Lady, Tracey Jones. For more years than most can count, their new building stood as the The Rev. Carl Pierce of Carter home of the storied Emmanuel Christian Community Church, a strong Memorial Church delivers the member of Lafayette Square’s team of churches. The story goes forth sermon for the ribbon cutting with new beginnings and Greater Hope. Photos by J.D. Howard ceremony..

The ribbon cutting

Sarah Holley, Marsha Reeves-Jews and Pat Tunstall

Yvonne West and Queen Carr

Reginald Haysbert, The Forum president, and Mary Haysbert

George Wallace and Victor Holliday

Odyssey and Myra White-Gray, left, with friends Libby Massey and Lonnie Spruill Jr. Once again Black October hosted its 3rd annual exclusive VIP event on the waterfront of the Frederick Douglass Maritime Museum. Hundreds arrived dressed in elegant black attire with accents of pink, ready to wine, dine and socialize. Among the guests enjoying the party under the full moon were Herb and Deanna Brown, Doris Cole, Harry Peaker, Auvea Fortune, Berice Bogan, Everene Johnson, Gwen Wright, Reggie and Mary Haysbert, Marcy Crump, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake, Karenthia Barber, City Council President “Jack” Young, Carolyn Blakeney, Zach McDaniels, City Councilwoman Sharon Middleton Green, Eric Booker, Eric Bryant, Cynthia Jackson, Former Mayor Sheila Dixon, Libby Massey, Judge Yvonne Holt Stone, Sam and Lydia Redd, Bonita and Theron Whitaker, Lynn and Calvin Drummond, Linda and Ken James, Takiea Hinton, Wanda Pearson, Leah Jones and J. Wyndal Gordon. Entertainment was provided by DJ 5 Starr aka Kendrick Tilghman. He gave the crowd what they wanted as guests danced and spectators stood on the “outside looking in,” enjoying the beauty of the event. Black October is an invitational party hosted by Debbie Allen, Edie Green, Brenda Baker, Stephanie Kinder, Sara Gray, Tiffany Tate, Marsha Jews and Valerie Fraling. This year’s guests were asked to make an optional donation to Blink Pink Inc. in honor of Breast Cancer. As well as showing off Baltimore’s elite venues, this spectacular annual event celebrates friendships and breast cancer survivors. L-R Cassandra Johnson, Laura Pressimome, Michael Valeika, Dawn Greene, Tom Greene, Anita Kelly, Anita Sherrod, Andrea Lockett and Michelle Blackledge, Standing: James Johnson

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Archive Preservation: Saving History By Ja-Zette Marshburn AFRO Archivist October is National Archives Month and here at the Afro-American Newspaper Archives and Research Center, we make a point to celebrate it every day. From the publisher, the editorial and advertising departments, we at the AFRO make a point to utilize and Ja-Zette Marshburn spread the importance about our archives as evidenced in the pages of our publication, our community outreach and foray into museum exhibitions. Exactly one year ago, it was my good fortune to be named the archivist for the Afro- American Newspaper. I am custodian of the memories of the AFRO American Newspaper as an information institution, an agent for societal change and a voice of the African American community. Our archives documents the rich history of our 121 years of being a reflection of the news the African American community wants and needs to see. From our matchless photography to our correspondence with some notable history makers such as A. Philip Randolph, Mary Church Terrell, Lillie Mae Carroll Jackson, Langston Hughes and Thurgood Marshall among many others, we have been established as one of the go-to establishments for historians, writers and filmmakers documenting African American history. Prior to my work here at the AFRO, I served as the Walter Hill Fellow for Archives for the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) in Annapolis, Maryland. Walter Hill was a senior archivist and subject-area specialist in African American history at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. An author


relax a little bit and get ready for the next fundraiser.

Hello, hello, hello! To all my good friends and fans, how are you? Before I go any further, I want to personally thank each and every one of you for your love and support at my 22nd Annual Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund Scholarship and Award Banquet. It was successful and thanks to you we were able to give five little children scholarships to pursue their dreams. But, honey child, thank God it is over, now I can

We’ve got a helluva week coming up and I don’t want you to miss nothing. Now that I got your attention, let’s get started. First of all, a new musical stage play is coming to the Forest Park Senior Center, 4801 Liberty Heights on Nov. 2. Dinner starts at 5 p.m. The play, called A Typical Journey, will start at 6 p.m. starring Larry Lancaster and Meloni Harris Barber.


and scholar, Hill served as history consultant on the film Glory starring Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman. Hill served as the first African American history specialist, as well as a professor at Howard University until his death in 2008. As the Walter Hill Fellow, I was responsible for creating a comprehensive inventory and history of the MCAAHC since its inception in 1969 then headed by Morgan University professor and scholar Dr. Benjamin Quarles. While serving as the Walter Hill Fellow, I also served as assistant archivist for the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora on the University of Maryland, College Park. I was responsible for inventorying and doing research about the Driskell collection that documented every facet of the evolution of African American art. Seemingly, these paths all led me to the AFRO and the opportunity to utilize all the tools afforded to me through my Master of Library Science degree and the institutions that were serendipitously connected the AFRO. As a native Marylander, I found the AFRO a valuable asset in my community and through my work and research in archives. I understood the great importance and influence the AFRO would have my life. AFRO columnist and former editor Elizabeth Oliver served on the MCAAHC for some time and was instrumental in several community programs including the preservation and transformation of the Mt. Moriah AME Church into the Banneker-Douglass Museum in Annapolis, Md. It was at the Banneker-Douglass Museum, the home of the MCAAHC, that I focused my passion for the preservation of documentation of African American history. I wanted to be able to be in a position to tell as many people as possible about the importance of archives and there is no better place than the voice of the African American community for over 120 years. Throughout many events and occasions over the course of my first year as the AFRO archivist, I was able to do just that but the event that I deemed near and dear to my heart was the “Importance of Archives” held at the Banneker Douglass

The “Hand Dance Queen”, Shirley Duncan, founder of Charm City Dancers and CEO of the new Baltimore Hand Dance Association, is still doing her thing, teaching professional ballroom dancing, hand-dancing and line dancing every Monday at the Long Reach High School in Columbia, Md., 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and every Tuesday at Shirley’s Place, 2270 Park Hill Avenue. For more information, call 410-5330675. Also on this same day is the 10th anniversary of the Chic Boutique “Royal Style” Vendor Awards Dinner & Fashion Show, where the owners will bestow awards and certificates

Shelley Foote-McDuffie and her sister, Keyah White Span pose with their mother, Marlene Foote White. The sisters are sponsoring “chic Boutique 2013” Nov. 2, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Womens’ Club of Catonsville on St. Timothys Lane in Catonsville, Md. For ticket information, call 443-415-4777. upon vendors and businesses. The event will be held at the Catonsville Women’s Club, 10 Saint Timothys Lane in Catonsville, Md. I believe it will be a fun afternoon with not only with fashion and dinner, but the evening will also includes food, door prizes, “Rambling Rose” Pryor doing a book signing for her new book, African-American Community, History and Entertainment in Maryland. There will be door prizes, gift bags, speakers, live performers and give-away. For

Photos courtesy Banneker-Douglass Museum

Marshburn discusses techniques with interested participant. Museum on Oct. 19. To a captivated and attentive crowd, I was able to communicate how important it is to be proactive in documenting your life. Audience members were treated to a 30-minute presentation, with a question-and-answer period. The lively discussion included understanding archival work and tips in caring your family treasures and business records. The event participants walked away with a better understanding of the necessity in preserving their legacies so that individual’s families, business associates and successors will have a roadmap on which follow. It can be overwhelming to decipher what to keep and what to throw away, especially in the information age, where we are creating information about who we are and what we do every day. The key is to think about preservation from the moment the press “save” or “send.” Think, in that instant, if the information you created will paint the picture about who you are and what you did in the future. Keep your mission about your life’s work and progression at the forefront of mind. Just remember to sometimes get from behind the camera; your grandchildren will thank you. (See more on

“Signature Live” a HOT R&B, oldies girls group from the Washington, D.C. area are now Rosa Pryor’s girls. They will perform at the Identity ULTRA Lounge, 8521 Liberty Road in Randallstown on Nov. 7, 8-12 p.m. For ticket information, call 410-833-9474. more information, call 443-4154777. Alright folks, don’t forget my show that I am presenting at the Identity ULTRA Lounge, (formerly Sista’s Place) 8512 Liberty Road in Randallstown on Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. I do expect to see all your faces in the place. I am coming out of retirement to bring you my group, Signature Live. It is a hot, female 10-piece R&B and blues group from out of D.C. Honey Child! Take my word for it; this will be a show you don’t want to miss. G &G Productions (Victor Green & LaJoie Grimes) will



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RECYCLE YOUR SCRAP TIRES SATURDAY, November 9 FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM AT THE Southwestern Citizens’ Convenience Center 701 Reedbird Ave. Baltimore, MD 21230 For more information contact: Department of Public Works, Bureau of Solid Waste at 410-396-4511 CITIZEN SCRAP TIRE DROP-OFF DAY IS SPONSORED BY THE MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND MARYLAND ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICE

host a “Back in the Day Cocktail Sip” on Nov. 10, 5-9 p.m. at the Identity Ultra Lounge featuring Carlos Johnson & Zone One Band. Get your tickets in advance from Victor by calling 443-756-5893. Baltimore City Branch of NAACP will have their Freedom Fund Banquet at the Hilton Hotel Baltimore on Nov. 7, 6 p.m. The honorees this year are: Anthony Lewis, Mid-Atlantic Regional Vice President, Verizon; Mary Pat Clark, Baltimore City Council, 14th District; Jerome Stephens, Office of Senator Benjamin Cardin; William “Billy” Murphy, Murphy Falcon & Murphy Law Firm; Hassan Murphy, Murphy Falcon & Murphy Law Firm; Michele Brown, Office of Senator Barbara Mikulski; Michael Sarbanes, Baltimore City Public Schools; Grand Master Melvin Thorpe, Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Mason, Md.; Sharon Pinder, director, Mayor’s Office of Minority and Women Owned Business Development; Lt. Colonel Melvin Russell, Baltimore City Police Department and Stu Simms, Brown Goldstein & Levy Law Firm. Well, my dear friends, I am out of space, I have to go. Remember if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me atrosapryor@aol. com<mailto:rosapryor@aol. com>. Check out my book website:<http://www.>. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.

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The Night Watcher, a Compelling One-Woman Show at Studio Theater By Edith Billups Special to the AFRO In 2008, actress and writer Charlayne Woodard was searching for a new stage piece to mount and found a story in her own backyard. The Night Watcher, Woodward’s onewoman show now playing at D.C.’s Studio Theatre, is a powerful and well-acted piece. Woodward sizzles as a best friend, advisor, confidant and sage to the many young people who call her “Auntie.” Engrossing, funny, and often poignant and disturbing, Woodard defines the delicate line that godparents, aunts and others must walk when mentoring children who are biologically not their own. Raised in a family of storytellers, Woodward is a gifted actress who has woven together ten vignettes that movingly tell the complexities that arise when children are sometimes neglected, or abused, by parents who are so busy or going through their own pain, that they often drop the ball. In the play, the childless Woodard tells how she and her husband, Harris, step in over the years, but the result, many times, turns out to be more painful than rewarding. For example, Woodard almost loses a lifelong friend when the woman’s 14-year-old daughter confides to the actress that she is pregnant and does not want Woodard to tell her biological mother. The girl wants an abortion, but Woodard, her godmother, comes up with a plan for the baby to be adopted by a family member. Later, all hell breaks loose when the biological mother reads Woodard the riot act, telling her to get her own kid and to mind her own business. In another scene, Woodard scoops up her biracial niece for a week in L.A. for what Woodward hopes will be the time of the girl’s life. She soon learns that her small charge is materialistic,

Charlayne Woodard in The Night Watcher

Photo by Igor Dmitry

selfish, and cringes at the thought of being referred to as “Black.” In one of the play’s most disturbing moments, Woodard relates the story of another teen who confides over the phone that she is in love with a guy, but we are shocked to learn that it is an uncle. When the wife becomes enraged after listening in secretly on the line, the resulting violence is gut-wrenching. Equally disturbing is the scene in which Woodward’s nineyear-old nephew confides that he stays awake all night because his absentee father has threatened to burn down Woodard’s parent’s house. He becomes the “night watcher” because he will feel it will be his fault if the threat is carried out. It is a moment that is gripping and terrifying, and one can literally feel the boy’s fear. If there is a happier part to this tale, it is that despite the challenges these children face, they persevere, and all receive a voice by having their stories played out on stage. As an artist, Woodard has beautifully portrayed an intimate part of her life and used it as fodder for all parents, and custodians, of children to consider. A major plus of this production is Woodard’s magnetic ability to capture the innocence and childlike qualities of the children that she embraces. The downside is the lack of positive African American resources that Woodard seems to draw on, other than her own parents, to assist her mostly African American charges. She takes them to theme parks and shopping, and for one child who has difficulty reading, Woodard selects To Kill a Mockingbird as a reading selection. I love the story, but one never senses that any black authors, or other positive aspects of African American culture, are introduced to Woodard’s kids. Still, to Woodard’s credit, this is a compelling piece that brings up a topic not often discussed. The Night Watcher plays Wed.-Sun. through Nov. 17.

AFRO Interview with Michael K. Williams

From Omar Little to Chalky White, a Young Actor Reflects By Ansar Miller-Abdullah Special to the AFRO As season four of the critically acclaimed HBO series “Boardwalk Empire” rolled into its ninth episode, the AFRO sat down with actor Michael K. Williams and talks life, past present, and future. AFRO: Can you tell me a little about yourself? Williams: Well I grew up in Flatbush, Brooklyn. I was raised by my mother. My mother is the reason I am here. She kept me in line. I feared and respected my mother more than anyone. But I was far from a tough guy. I was not known for fighting or being a “gangster” of any sort. In fact the kids around my way used to call [explicit] Mike. That was my nickname all through my youth. I was known for dancing, that was how I made friends. AFRO: Interesting. You would never guess that by your portrayal of Omar Little. Williams: Playing that character I was getting all my frustrations out. All the pain I went through I used in order to deliver an accurate depiction of how I thought Omar was, but I am not that character. AFRO: Who is Chalky White in “Boardwalk Empire” and how did you get the part? Williams: Chalkie White is the unofficial mayor of the black community in Atlantic City which back in the 1920s was known as Chicken Bone Beach. He is a businessman and a gangster. He wants a

slice of the American Pie. AFRO: Did you have trouble with law as a youth? Williams: It wasn’t too many major things because, again, I told you how much I feared my mother so I wouldn’t do anything to serious to hurt her. But I did start using drugs at that age and drinking. This would be something I battled with up until nine months ago. Actually this is the anniversary of my sobriety. AFRO: Why did you start using? Williams: Low selfesteem. I had a huge need to be accepted. AFRO: How did you get your start in the entertainment industry? Williams: Well I started off doing music videos for a few artist and background dancing. And as my face started to get out there, I started to get more recognition for playing certain characters in the videos. One thing led to another and I caught the attention of Tupac Shakur. He saw my picture and decided he wanted me to play his brother in this movie he was doing with Mickey Rouke called Bullet. After that I started getting into Broadway theatre to sort hone my skills and it took off from there. AFRO: So, you got recognition after receiving the scar on your face? Williams: Yes. AFRO: Can you tell me about how you got the scar or is that a sensitive issue?

Williams: Sure. It happened on my 25th birthday. I was acting immaturely because I was on that “liquid courage” [alcohol], and some words were exchanged between me and a group of gentlemen. I

Michael K. Williams was drunk so I fought and ended up getting jumped. They cut me with a razor from the top of my head to my neck. I nearly lost my life that night. That was my first wake-up call. AFRO: You quit your job with the pharmaceutical company Pfizer and left for Hollywood? Williams: Yes. I was working there when I was 22 and I was working there for like a year. This was around the time that Janet Jackson released her video “Rhythm Nation,” The video spoke to something inside of me. It told a story of this little black boy, who is lost in this dark, dreary factory. Janet Jackson helped the boy through dancing. The little black boy reminded me of me, and it inspired me to go on a quest to find Janet Jackson. Although I never found her,

I did get the opportunity to travel around the world, and meet a lot of good people. AFRO: How did you get the Omar Little role? Williams: One day I was watching TV and saw one of my friends dancing. I was working in my mother’s day care center. I told my mom that I had to give Hollywood one last shot. I left New York and landed in L.A with $10 in my pocket and auditioned to do this music video. I didn’t get the part for the video but someone sent me a fax that said “Male actor wanted for new TV series; 30 years old, black robber, and openly gay.” I went to the audition and got it. AFRO: What was it like to work on “The Wire”? Williams: Well the first season was great. I was at an all-time high, getting more money than I ever seen. But I was careless. I blew all my money. See, I am from Brooklyn and when we get money we love to spread it around. I even bought me a crib on Baltimore Hill. I was out in the streets getting into a lot of trouble. I ended up getting evicted from my crib and having to stay with my baby mother until the next season. You only got paid for the episodes you were in and there wasn’t any Omar in season two, so I was basically broke until season three. But I loved playing Omar. AFRO: Do characters like Omar only glorify violence in the Black community? Williams: Everybody is entitled to their own opinion and I respect them but I do

my work and I go home. If they only see Omar as a onedimensional character then they don’t understand “The Wire” as a whole. What I will

say about Omar is he helped the Black community by breaking this stereotype we have about homosexuals. I’m actually proud about that.

Mrs. Santa Donation Form The Afro-American Newspaper family is helping to grant a wish for the area’s most vulnerable. Would you like to help a child or family and create memories that will last a lifetime? For many disadvantaged families, you can turn dreams into reality by participating in the Mrs. Santa Campaign. o I want to join the AFRO’s spirit of giving. Please accept my contribution of $___________ to benefit a less fortunate family. Name_______________________________ Address_____________________________ Organization_________________________ City________________________________ State___________________ Zip_________ Phone_______________________________ E-mail_______________________________ Please send all contributions and adoption requests to:

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Mt. Calvary Honors Its Own Trailblazers As the country celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Mt. Calvary African Methodist Episcopal Church in Towson, Maryland honored its own civil rights pioneers who helped steer the church through 124 years of physical growth, spiritual stability and community service. During a special ceremony that marked the one year anniversary of the opening of the church’s Family Life Center, the congregation, led by the Rev. Dr. Ann Lightner Fuller, paid tribute to three trailblazers who were instrumental in the preservation of the church and its ministries. “Honoring Attorney Iglehart, Dr. Byrd and Mrs. Doris Jackson was the fulfillment of a dream I’ve carried for many years. Attorney Iglehart and Dr. Byrd stepped into the life of Mt. Calvary at a crucial time, Rev. Lightner Fuller said. “In 1996, as were preparing to build our new sanctuary, they The Rev. Dr. Ann F. attended a trustee board meeting and asked me to share my Lightner-Fuller, Pastor, vision for the Church with them. After telling them our desire Mount Calvary AME and need for more space for our growing congregation and our Church in Towson, MD. desire to serve East Towson in a greater capacity, they offered to give us the lots adjacent to our church and a monetary gift of $50,000.” She said the whole congregation was overcome with excitement and thankful to God for opening such a wide door of opportunity. Rev. Lightner Fuller said Sister Doris Jackson’s life was poured out as a love offering to the people of Mt. Calvary and beyond. “When I was young and had very little finances and the church could only afford a meager salary, Sis. Doris and her husband made the difference with personal gifts to me and my son. She was really like a mother to me and made sure I lacked nothing as I attended A.M.E. Conferences.” Iglehart and Byrd, both noted civil rights activist in the Baltimore area, joined forces through the Metropolitan Housing Incorporated to create better living conditions for African Americans living in East Towson. Jackson, a lifelong member of Mt. Calvary AME Church served as

a lifelong missionary, reaching out to the local community to help educate children and to provide food and shelter to those in need. The three, including Rev. Fuller, had rooms in the Family Life Center dedicated in their names in honor of their commitment and personal sacrifice in helping to improve the East Towson Community. One of the rooms includes a food pantry that is open to the Mount Calvary AME Church Family Life Center surrounding community. The Iglehart-Byrd Visioning Center (Pastor’s Board Room), is the place where leaders continue to “write the vision and make it plain upon tablets” (Habakkuk 2:2). As the congregation celebrated the milestone of 124 years of continuous service, the dedication of the Family Life Center was made even more significant as the church continues to build its future in the growing East Towson community, keeping the legacy of Iglehart, Byrd and Jackson alive. With an eye towards that goal, Rev. Fuller says the “the Family Life Center will set out to reach even more souls for the Lord through service ministries like the Doris Jackson Food Pantry, Saving Our Sons Ministry (S.O.S), Daughters of Destiny (tween ministry), 20Something (mentoring program for young women), Campus Ministry reaching out to students at surrounding colleges, and many more ministries that serve to make Mount Calvary the HUB of the East Towson Community.” (For more information about the Mt. Calvary AME Church Family Life Center please call 410-296-9474.)

Churches Bring Health to the Community Central Baptist Church and neighboring West Baltimore ministry, Jones Tabernacle, hosted a community health fair in partnership with Bon Secours Hospital. Community members and leaders came out, Sept. 14, in the W. Baltimore and Pulaski Streets intersection, for screenings of all kinds, for food and for fun and fellowship. The Rev. Rodney T. Morton is senior pastor of Central Baptist Church, 2035 W. Baltimore St. The Rev. Guy Robinson is pastor of Jones Tabernacle, 2100 W. Baltimore St. Photos by Bernice Diggs/Central Baptist Church

Everybody loves Ravens! The Rev. Guy Robinson, pastor of Jones Tabernacle; City Councilman William “Pete” Welch and the Rev. Rodney T. Morton, pastor of Central Baptist Church.

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SPORTS AFRO Sports Desk Faceoff

This week I’ll present another chapter in the young life of Sam Lacy, my pop. Sam grew up in the U Street corridor of Washington, D.C., the mecca for colored people of the day. One of his buddies was Otto Hardwick, who later became a saxophonist for the Duke Ellington Band. On occasion, Sam would tag along to some of the gigs where Otto and his group of neighborhood band mates played. On one such occasion, the drummer went missing. At the encouragement of Otto, Sam sat in as guest drummer— anything for a buck. Having never held a pair of drumsticks in his life, this endeavor lasted until the first

Joe Louis, Sam Lacy and Jackie Robinson

break when the band decided they would be better off with no drummer at all. Another career opportunity down the tubes. Being a good high school athlete, however, Sam decided to take on a job he knew best. He joined the LeDroit Tigers, a local semi pro team, as a pitcher. His notoriety on the mound led White teams to recruit him, though they billed him as an Algonquin Indian. He had a drop pitch that would fall off a table, and he could break a curve ball three feet. Unfortunately, his fastball couldn’t break carbon paper. This weakness was exposed in a game in Newport, R.I. during which a wind was blowing towards the mound. His junk pitches just hung over the plate, inviting hitters to tee off. After he was touched up for 11 runs in the first inning, he was given directions to the bus station. Being a non-drinker and non-smoker, Sam decided he was a little tender for life on the road, so he turned his attention in another direction. His older brother, Erskine, would pick up some extra cash as a caddy at Argyle Country Club. With Sam showing some interest, Erskine pulled a few strings and got him a spot at the Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, Md. In 1921, the U.S. Open was held at Columbia. As a rookie caddy, Sam wasn’t among those assigned to the better golfers. Instead, he was given the bag of “Long” Jim Barnes, a golfer from England. “Long” Jim won the Open, and paid Sam $200. Sam was quite fond of saying he found himself standing on the corner of 11th & U Streets as an 18-year-old kid with more cash in his pocket than any colored man in Washington. His joy was short-lived, however, when he went home and encountered his mother. She maintained that the only way a colored man could get that kind of cash all at one time was at the point of a gun. Fortunately, Erskine came to the rescue. Shortly thereafter, Sam entered Howard University, and during summer breaks ran an elevator in a downtown apartment building, ever on the lookout for a buck. The ups and downs of the life of an elevator operator didn’t appeal to him, and he sought part-time employment at the Washington Tribune Newspaper. Since his forte was sports, he was given the local sports beat. He proved to be quite adept at this vocation, and in 1936 he was invited to join the staff of The Afro-American Newspaper. This was just the beginning.

By Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley AFRO Sports Desk

With starting center Emeka Okafor sidelined by a neck injury and facing a subpar performance so far in the preseason, the Washington Wizards attempted to solidify their center position in an Oct. 25 trade with the Phoenix Suns for center Marcin Gortat. The move dealt Okafor and Washington’s 2014 firstround draft pick—protected if Washington misses the postseason—to Phoenix in exchange for Gortat and guards Shannon Brown, Kendall Marshall and Malcolm Lee. Washington replaced an aging defensive center with an equally aged but more offensively skilled substitute in Gortat. Though Gortat’s scoring ability is a plus, Washington surrendered a valuable trade asset in Okafor’s expiring $14.5 million salary, as well as a potential pick in what’s projected to be a deep and talent-filled 2014 NBA draft. Was the move a good one? Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley of the AFRO Sports Desk debate the question. Riley: When you have $14.5 million in-cap-space and you can’t pull in a major piece to your puzzle, then it’s a failed move. The worst case scenario is Washington barely makes the playoffs, forcing them to surrender a pick in a valuable draft, and loses Gortat when his deal expires at the end of this season. It’s too much of a gamble and too much of a waste of such cap room. Washington could have easily packaged Okafor’s expiring contract and Trevor Ariza’s expiring deal and gained $21 million in breathing room. But now that option is gone and Washington is left with just Ariza’s contract—which might only give general manager Ernie Grunfield the

chance to get outwitted again.

Green: The move is solid. As we saw in the preseason, Washington was nowhere close to being the playoff team some expect them to be. No Okafor meant no enforcer in the middle, and forced the talented but oft-injured Nene to slide over from his power forward spot and play out of position at center. Gortat can score, is a serviceable player, and is rarely injured or heard complaining. This was a good move, and the ideal scenario for this team is to find a big man in free agency next summer. The perimeter spots on the roster are already

There’s no question that going into the season without an established center would have been a major issue for the roster, and a move needed to be made. I just don’t agree with the Gortat trade when there had to have been a better way to handle as much as $21 million of expiring, Wikimedia Commons

Sam Lacy – ‘He Made a Difference’ Part II

Was the Wizards’ Trade for Marcin Gortat a Good Move?

Marcin Gortat

“Washington replaced an aging defensive center with an equally aged but more offensively skilled substitute in Gortat.” secured by John Wall, Bradley Beal and rookie Otto Porter alongside highly paid backup in Martell Webster. The need next summer is not for a rookie big in the draft, but an experienced frontcourt star. Now the Wizards have the option of going for a big fish or resigning Gortat to a smaller deal and using the other cap space to land another piece. A perfect scenario, if you ask me. Riley: The problem with that strategy is that NBA free agents don’t necessarily flock to Washington, D.C. Neither the team nor the city has exactly been a big draw for top-flight free agents. By using that cap space to land a player with a matching salary, Washington could have secured another talent without the competition in free agency of potentially better options and bigger markets. Does anybody see Washington winning a war of free agency against any of the more established teams in the league? I know I can’t.

Howard Handles Morgan State at Homecoming By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor Freshman running back Anthony Philyaw rushed for three touchdowns as the Howard University Bison celebrated homecoming with a 28-14 win over the Morgan State Bears on Oct. 26 at Greene Stadium in Washington, D.C. Howard scored the first points of the game when Philyaw ran for a one-yard touchdown, followed by a successful twopoint conversion to give the Bison a 8-0 lead in the first quarter. Morgan State returned a punt for an 89-yard touchdown in the second quarter to cut that lead to 8-7. But Howard scored its own special teams touchdown on a fake punt play which led to a 52-yard touchdown run to push the lead to 15-7 at halftime. Philyaw scored two more rushing touchdowns in the second half to secure the win. Philyaw racked up an impressive 98 yards, but it was junior quarterback Greg McGhee who led the running game with 122 yards on the ground. Morgan State freshman running back Lamont Brown III led his team with 88 rushing yards. The Bears struggled offensively throughout the game as starting junior quarterback Robert Council completed just three of eight passes for 32 yards and an interception before being replaced by freshman quarterback Moses Skillon, who completed four of his 10 passes for 72 yards and two interceptions. Howard advanced to 3-5 this season with a 2-3 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) record, while Morgan State sits at 2-6 overall, 2-2 MEAC. Howard will face Delaware State at Alumni Stadium in Dover, Del. on Nov. 2, while Morgan State takes on Hampton University at Hughes Stadium in Baltimore on the same date.

tradable contracts. Green: Why can’t you see Washington winning a war of free agency? This is D.C., one of the most attractive cities in the world. With John Wall here, attracting a co-star to run the franchise shouldn’t be too difficult. I think you’ve totally misinterpreted the trade for Gortat. It’s essentially a low-risk, medium-reward move. Not only is Gortat’s deal expiring after this season, but so are the deals of the three guards they also acquired in the trade. They’ll still have plenty of cap space following this season. As for the draft pick they gave up, this Wizards team probably won’t make the playoffs anyway and won’t

have to give up the pick. The trade makes Washington a better team, if not exactly a winning team. Either way, they’ll be looking to land a star through free agency or another trade in 2014.


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EXHIBIT I (A) NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CONCERNING ISSUANCE OF BONDS OR OTHER OBLIGATIONS TO FINANCE SINGLE FAMILY MORTGAGE LOANS Notice is hereby given that the Community Development Administration (the Administration), a unit of the Division of Development Finance of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, will conduct a public hearing at 10:00 a.m. on November 18, 2013, at the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, 100 Community Place, Room 1.300, Crownsville, Maryland 21032, concerning a plan of financing for the issuance of additional Single Family Program bonds and notes to make funds available to finance the acquisition of Single Family Program loans for calendar year 2014 together in an amount not to exceed $800,000,000 (eight hundred million dollars). The funds made available from the issuance of bonds will: (1) provide financing for single family residences located within the State, principally by first-time homebuyers who meet income limits established by the Administration and satisfy certain other criteria; or (2) refund bonds previously issued for such purpose. The bonds may be issued by the Administration in one or more series at various times during the calendar year 2014. Additional information relating to the bonds to be issued is available by calling Lorrie Love, telephone number (410) 514-7438 or by writing to the address given below. All interested parties are invited to submit written comments and/or present oral comments at the public hearing regarding issuance of bonds for single family mortgages. Written comments or notice of intent to present oral comments should be received by the Administration on or before November 11, 2013, and should be submitted to Lorrie Love, Single Family Housing, Community Development Administration, 100 Community Place, Room 4.314, Crownsville, Maryland 21032. Oral comments will be limited to presentations TYPESET: 16:03:14 2013 of no moreTue thanOct ten29 (10) minutesEDT per person. CITY OF BALTIMORE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NOTICE OF LETTING Sealed Bids or Proposals, in duplicate addressed to the Board of Estimates of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and marked for FAP NO. HP-1571(2)E; SHA NO. BC318-024815; BALTIMORE CITY NO. TR07309; REHABILITATION OF ROADWAYS AROUND EAST BALTIMORE LIFE SCIENCE PARK, PHASE 1C will be received at the Office of the Comptroller, Room 204 City Hall, Baltimore, Maryland until 11:00 A.M. November 27, 2013. Positively no bids will be received after 11:00 A.M. Bids will be publicly opened by the Board of Estimates in Room 215, City Hall at Noon. The Contract Documents may be examined, without charge, at the Department of Public Works Service Center located on the first floor of the Abel Wolman Municipal Building, 200 N. Holliday Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 as of November 1, 2013 and copies may be purchased for a non-refundable cost of $250.00. Conditions and requirements of the Bid are found in the bid package. All contractors bidding on this Contract must first be prerequalified by the City of Baltimore Contractors Qualification Committee, 3000 Druid Park Drive, Baltimore, Maryland 21215. Interested parties should call (410) 396-6883. If a bid is submitted by a joint venture (JV), then in that event, the document that established the JV shall be submitted with the bid for verification purposes. The Prequalification Category required for bidding on this project is (A02602 Bituminous Concrete Paving & D02620 Curb, Gutters and Sidewalks).Cost Qualification Range for this work shall be $2,000,000.00 to $3,000,000.00 A PreBidding Information session will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. on November 13, 2013 at 417 E. Fayette Street, 7th Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. Principal Items of work for this project are: HMA Super pave 19.0 MM PG-64-22 for Surface, Level 2 - 2,200 Ton; 10 Water Line, Ductile Iron Pipe - 1,602 LF; 5 Concrete sidewalk - 18,960 SF. The DBE goal is 24% APPROVED: Bernice H. Taylor, Clerk - Board of TYPESET: Estimates Tue Oct 29 16:03:31 EDT 2013 City of Baltimore Department of Finance Bureau of Purchases Sealed proposals addressed to the Board of Estimates of Baltimore, will be received until, but not later than 11:00 a.m. local time on the following date(s) for the stated requirements:












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In accordance with the provisions of Article VIII, Section 6-Franchises, of the Baltimore Charter (1996 Edition), Notice is hereby given that application has been made by Petroleum Fuel & Terminal Company to construct, use, and maintain private pipelines under and across or over and across portions of the 1600 block of South Clinton Street, the 1600 block of South Highland Avenue, the 1400 block of South Haven Street, the 4100 block of Boston Street, the 1400 block of O’Donnell Street, the 4400 block of Eastern Avenue, the 4500 block of East Lombard Street, and the 1500 block of Pulaski Highway rights-of-way, connecting the Company’s North Terminal at 1501 Erdman Avenue to the Company’s South Terminal at 1622 South Clinton Street, subject to certain terms, conditions, and reservations; repealing Ordinance 55-1462, Ordinance 79-1157, and Ordinance 82-851;and providing for a special effective date. Bernice H. Taylor, Deputy Comptroller Clerk Board of Estimates


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CITY OF BALTIMORE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NOTICE OF LETTING Sealed Bids or Proposals, in duplicate addressed to the Board of Estimates of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and marked for FAP NO. HP-1571(2)E; SHA NO. BC318024-815; BALTIMORE CITY NO. TR07309; R E H A B I L I TAT I O N O F R O A D WAY S AROUND EAST BALTIMORE LIFE SCIENCE PARK, PHASE 1C will be received at the Office of the Comptroller, Room 204 City Hall, Baltimore, Maryland until 11:00 A.M. November 27, 2013. Positively no bids will be received after 11:00 A.M. Bids will be publicly opened by the Board of Estimates in Room 215, City Hall at Noon. The Contract Documents may be examined, without charge, at the Department of Public Works Service Center located on the first floor of the Abel Wolman Municipal Building, 200 N. Holliday Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 as of November 1, 2013 and copies may be purchased for a non-refundable cost of $250.00. Conditions and requirements of the Bid are found in the bid package. All contractors bidding on this Contract must first be prerequalified by the City of Baltimore Contractors Qualification Committee, 3000 Druid Park Drive, Baltimore, Maryland 21215. Interested parties should call (410) 396-6883. If a bid is submitted by a joint venture (JV), then in that event, the document that established the JV shall be submitted with the bid for verification purposes. The Prequalification Category required for bidding on this project is (A02602 Bituminous Concrete Paving & D02620 Curb, Gutters and Sidewalks).Cost Qualification Range for this work shall be $2,000,000.00 to $3,000,000.00 A Pre-Bidding Information session will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. on November 13, 2013 at 417 E. Fayette Street, 7th Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. Principal Items of work for this project are: HMA Super pave 19.0 MM PG-64-22 for Surface, Level 2 - 2,200 Ton; 10 Water Line, Ductile Iron Pipe - 1,602 LF; 5 Concrete sidewalk - 18,960 SF. The DBE goal is 24% APPROVED: Bernice H. Taylor, Clerk - Board of Estimates

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CITY OF BALTIMORE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NOTICE OF LETTING Sealed Bids or Proposals, in duplicate addressed to the Board of Estimates of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and marked for FAP NO. HP-1571(2)E; SHA NO. BC318024-815; BALTIMORE CITY NO. TR07309; R E H A B I L I TAT I O N O F R O A D WAY S AROUND EAST BALTIMORE LIFE SCIENCE PARK, PHASE 1C will be received at the Office of the Comptroller, Room 204 City Hall, Baltimore, Maryland until 11:00 A.M. November 27, 2013. Positively no bids will be received after 11:00 A.M. Bids will be publicly opened by the Board of Estimates in Room 215, City Hall at Noon. The Contract Documents may be examined, without charge, at the Department of Public Works Service Center located on the first floor of the Abel Wolman Municipal Building, 200 N. Holliday Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 as of November 1, 2013 and copies may be purchased for a non-refundable cost of $250.00. Conditions and requirements of the Bid are found in the bid package. All contractors bidding on this Contract must first be prerequalified by the City of Baltimore Contractors Qualification Committee, 3000 Druid Park Drive, Baltimore, Maryland 21215. Interested parties should call (410) 396-6883. If a bid is submitted by a joint venture (JV), then in that event, the document that established the JV shall be submitted with the bid for verification purposes. The Prequalification Category required for bidding on this project is (A02602 Bituminous Concrete Paving & D02620 Curb, Gutters and Sidewalks).Cost Qualification Range for this work shall be $2,000,000.00 to $3,000,000.00 A Pre-Bidding Information session will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. on November 13, 2013 at 417 E. Fayette Street, 7th Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. Principal Items of work for this project are: HMA Super pave 19.0 MM PG-64-22 for Surface, Level 2 - 2,200 Ton; 10 Water Line, Ductile Iron Pipe - 1,602 LF; 5 Concrete sidewalk - 18,960 SF. The DBE goal is 24% APPROVED: Bernice H. Taylor, Clerk - Board of Estimates

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INSIDE SALES ADVERTISING ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Entry-Level Advertising Sales Rep needed for the AFRO-American Newspapers, Baltimore, M.D. Position provides: • • • •

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Please email your resume to: or mail to AFRO-American Newspapers, Diane W. Hocker, Director of Human Resources, 2519 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218

HCH has an immediate opening for a full time experienced Outreach Worker with our Community Health Outreach Team. Responsibilities include identifying and engaging homeless individuals in outreach settings, conducting health education and risk reduction interventions, and Referral services. High school Diploma, GED, or equivalent experience. Experience working with homeless and/or low income individuals preferred; excellent verbal and written communication skills. May also include, evening hours and travel to different areas in the Baltimore Metropolitan area.


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Samuel Turner Sr., 94

Please email your resume to: or mail to AFRO-American Newspapers, Diane W. Hocker, Director of Human Resources, and friends was a warm, faithful, 2519 N. Charles Street, Samuel Turner Sr., affectionately loving and caring person to all Baltimore, known as MD “Pop21218 Pop” was born on Feb.

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Priscilla Margaret Boyd McAdory “Tillie” was born on July 22, who knew her. Tillie loved to 1941 to the late John show off her skills as an expert Boyd and John and chef and baker. Margaret Tindall in Priscilla had many other Baltimore, Md. hobbies like going to the Priscilla received movies with her children and her education from the grandchildren. Her favorite place Baltimore City Public to eat out was Olive Garden and School System. She she always wanted to go to a confessed Christ as her movie afterward. Any one of her personal Savior at an children could tell you that she early age. loved to watch QVC and HSN. Priscilla worked She was always watching to find for the Baltimore City new items for Christmas which Public School System for was her favorite holiday. twenty-nine years before Priscilla leaves behind her retirement. to cherish her memory: five Priscilla met and children, Michael (Carla), married the love of Tangela (Tyrone), Sharon her life, Melvin Lee (Hubert), Kimberly (Thomas) PRISCILLA M. McAdory at sixteen years and Monta (Portia); five sisters, MCADORY of age and to this union, Marcella, Joan, Sonja, Anna and three daughters and two Dessa; one brother, John Jr.; ten sons were born. grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren; Priscilla also known as “Tillie” to her family and a host of other relatives and friends.

Paul W.Scott Sr., 78 MTA Bus Driver

Paul Wesley Scott Sr. family and friends, but his passion made his first appearance on was music, and the sounds of the stage of life on Aug. 30, Motown. 1935 to George and Ruth Paul was also a devoted MTA Scott. Paul was baptized bus driver for over 30 years. Paul at Zion Baptist Church on was recognized by the MTA many Nov. 12, 1946. Paul made a times for his exemplary service to peaceful transition from our his patrons. He was honored by the lives on Sept. 20 afterr a brief National Federation of the Blind and illness. by the Governor of Maryland for his Paul attended Dunbar dedication. High School and traveled Missing Paul with all their the world as he served in the hearts are: his wife, Jean Scott; Korean War. Paul married daughter, Sheila Peterkin (Charles); his best friend, Jean Harper mother, Ruth Tyree; sister, Ella on June 30, 1956. From Frazier (Robert); sisters-in-law, that point on Paul took Jean Juanita Scott and Essie Mae Stancil; along with him on his grandchildren, Sherrell Claiborne, PAUL W. SCOTT SR. Nikia Peterkin, Kinny Peterkin, journey through the world of music. It wasn’t long Danielle Taylor and Dominece before their first child, Sheila Lanae was born and Taylor; great-grandchildren, Isis Trusty, Tiye Claiborne, Kirah Claiborn, Daneah Skipwith, their late son, Paul Wesley Jr., followed shortly Riocari Polk and Laela Polk; and great-great thereafter. granddaughter, Bailyn. Paul is also preceded by his Paul, affectionately known as “Mr. Motown,” late granddaughter, Michella Oglesby; and greatdevoted an entire floor to their home to his love grandduaghter, India. Paul will also be missed by of music. Paul was also an avid boxing fan and his god-given brother, Phillip Randolph Sr.; close enjoyed hosting sports parties and events. friends, Marvin Hall and Lee Sessions; and a host Paul adored his wife, children, grandchildren, of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Carpenter, Plumber and Builder 14, 1919 to the late Nannie Davis and Samuel Turner-Hoyt. He went home to be with his Lord on Sept. 23. He was the last surviving child of five siblings. Pop Pop was always working and held many jobs to support his family. He was an outstanding carpenter, exceptional plumber and builder. He also worked for the U.S. Coast Guard at a young age. Pop Pop was the first Black foreman at Columbian Construction Company. He frequently shared stories of his construction of the Bay Bridge and other monuments in Baltimore City. Pop Pop’s pride and joy was his family. He had a loving marriage in excess of 75 years to Bessie Edwards Turner until her death in 1998. He met the love of his life at a social gathering. They married shortly after this meeting and from this union they were blessed and multiplied and raised eleven children together. Anyone that knew “Deacon Turner” knew he was a man of distinction, a man full of the word of God, and an impeccable man of character; a man after God’s own heart. He always provided biblically

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SAMUEL TURNER SR. based family counselling. He leaves to celebrate his life ten children: Christina Pittman (David); Bessie Anderson; Betty Smith; Samuel Turner (Evelyn); Marjorie McCall (Andrew); Archie Turner (Beverly); Barbara Turner; Sylvia Macer (Michael); Deborah Boone (Karl); Earnest Turner (Pearl); one deceased son, Avon Turner; 43 grandchildren; 95 great-grandchildren; and 36 great-greatgrandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.


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