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By Avis Thomas-Lester AFRO Executive Editor
They came to Washington D.C. from points all around the country, traveling by plane, train and automobile. Others came by bus, much the same way they, their parents and neighbors came 50 years ago. One goal, organizers said, was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called “the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation”—the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. But a greater goal was for the event to become a call to action. On a picture perfect day, a crowd estimated at more than 100,000 men, women
and children convened in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial—the same spot where more than 250,000 gathered on Aug. 28, 1963— for the March on Washington 2013. The event included a pre-march rally and a march from the Lincoln Memorial, Memorial, to the Washington Monument, where the group dispersed. While the audience was predominantly Black, the group also included Whites, Latinos, Asian Americans and Native Americans. Fifty years ago, King, then a young preacher who had been unofficially designated the voice of the Civil Rights Movement, spoke of segregation, racism and job discrimination and
the dream that his people would overcome them in his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. At the Aug. 24 march, whose theme was “Realize the Dream,” the same concerns
Rev. Joseph Lowery, co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, implored the crowd to “agitate” for change, the same message Frederick Douglass used as his rallying cry more than 120 years before. “Everything has changed and nothing has changed,” Lowery said. “We came to Myrlie Evers Washington to commemorate, but we are going home to were echoed by a cadre of the nation’s most respected agitate.” Speakers at the pre-march leaders, who urged the crowd to make jobs and justice rally included U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder; Martin the priority of the freedom movement going forward. Luther King, III; Myrlie
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Evers-Williams, widow of martyred civil rights activist Medgar Evers; and the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, who drew applause and cheers when he was recognized for his service to the struggle by the Rev. Al Sharpton, one of the event’s organizers. The speakers also included Simeon Wright, a cousin of Emmett Till, the Chicago teenager whose brutal lynching by racists in Money, Miss., in 1955 touched off the Civil Rights Movement and Sybrina Fulton, the mother of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, whose fatal shooting by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in 2012 sparked protests and activism around the nation. Several people in the crowd
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A bell-ringing ceremony was planned for 3 p.m. significantly higher than it is for Whites, shows that economic King III, who was a small boy when his father was freedom has not been achieved, they said. assassinated just five years after the original march, told the “My kids go to an integrated school and I live in a crowd that he was “humbled” at the notion of standing where his predominantly White neighborhood where I feel welcome, most father had stood. of the time,” said E.J. Perkins of Los Angeles. “My wife and I “Like you, I continue to feel his presence,” he said. “Like you, worry that our son may have an encounter with the police and I continue to hear his voice crying out in the wilderness.” end up hurt. I have several friends who are out of work. I am As the pre-march rally started, dozens of Washington, able to provide for my family, but I am sure that my White male D.C. residents gathered at the nearby War Memorial to coworkers make more than me. So yes, there have been some demand statehood for the nation’s capital, led by Rep. advances, but no, we are not there yet.” Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), believed to be the only person Gray (D). who addressed the 1963 march who remains alive today, told the The Rev. Al Sharpton, commentator and founder of the audience that while many of the National Action Network, one of issues that interfered with Black the organizations that presented progress have been addressed, the day’s events, gave a powerful many remain. Like several other keynote address that started off dignitaries, he criticized the U.S. with a reminder to those who Supreme Court’s decision to strike believe the struggle for civil rights down critical parts of the Voting –– Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) is no longer relevant. Rights Act of 1965 and demanded “Civil rights didn’t write your that Congress move to restore resume, but civil rights made them. someone read your resume,” he told the crowd. “Don’t act like A veteran of the Civil Rights Movement who has been on the whatever you achieved, you achieved because you were that front lines fighting for justice since the early 1960s, Lewis was smart.” injured when a bus carrying Freedom Riders was attacked with Sharpton called for stronger gun control legislation to stem a Molotov cocktail on Mother’s Day 1961 in Anniston, Ala. He the violence that victimizes so many African Americans and suffered a serious blow to his head on the Edmund Pettus Bridge challenged threats to voting rights. He told marchers when in Selma, Ala., on March 7, 1965, when peaceful protesters were confronted with a request for a photo ID at a voting poll, “take brutally assaulted by police. out a photo of Medgar Evers” or another civil rights martyr. “We cannot give up. We cannot give out. And we cannot give Then, he turned his attention to young men. in,” Lewis told the audience. “I gave a little blood on the bridge “Don’t you ever think that men like Medgar Evers died to give in Selma, Alabama, for the right to vote. I am not going to stand you the right to be a hoodlum or give you the right to be a thug,” by and let the Supreme Court take the right to vote away from he said. He added, indirectly referencing music with misogynistic us. You cannot stand by. You cannot sit down. You got to get up, messages that is part of popular culture, “I don’t care how much stand up, speak out, get in the way and make some noise!” money they give you, don’t disrespect our women. No matter Evers-Williams, who buried her husband, the Mississippi field what they promise you, make it clear that you know that Rosa secretary for the NAACP, two months and two weeks before the Parks wasn’t no ho’ and Fannie Lou Hamer wasn’t no bitch.” 1963 March, after he was ambushed by a cowardly assassin in Walking down the parade route from the Lincoln Memorial to front of his house, asked that a new meaning be applied to the the Washington Monument, led by their Black leaders, marchers “Stand Your Ground” reference, much touted since the slaying of carried signs with messages like “ Freedom,” “No Justice No Trayvon at age 17. Peace” and “We March to End Racial Profiling.” “I find myself saying, ‘What are we doing today? Where have Participants said they believe the march will revive an we come from? What has been accomplished? 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“Turnout today is great. This will go down as one of the most diverse Marches on Washington and probably the most grass-roots.”
“Now there are the economic gaps, the job gaps, the health care gap, the housing gap, the wage gap.” “We need cooperation and legislation. It’s not really motivation. We are very motivated. There are a lot of motivated speakers that inspire people. That’s a good thing.”
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“The most important thing is people will leave here committed to going home and doing the hard work. There’s plenty of things happening – whether it’s raising the minimum wage, to getting rid of stand your ground or restoring the right toposted vote –fliers people have his been bearing photoplanning and organizing for weeks and this willaround just putthe winds graph city. in Onour Jennifer Hudson back as we go into the fall and next springSunday, with very serious fightsasked we for the public’s help in finding must win.”
Jennifer Hudson and Relatives Identify Body of Her Slain Nephew By Alan King AFRO Staff Writer
sport-utility vehicle sought in connection with the murder of “We went from beingHudson’s denied tomother vote - and to brother. white, 1994 Chevrolet Jennifer other theHudson White and House. It’s quite The a journey.” Suburban with Illinois license relatives positively identified
from a neighbor about a suspicious vehicle. The man noticed the vehicle while walking his dog. According to the Chicago Tribune, the boy had been shot her nephew. In her MySpace multiple times in the back seat blog, she thanked fans and supof the vehicle. The SUV, regisporters for their prayers and tered to Hudson’s murdered offered a $100,000 reward to ON VOTING brother, was towed with the anyone who returned the boy ON HOPE boy’s body inside and is being alive. “Eventually, the future will catch up with places “Hope is the only weapon that underprivileged processed by evidence techniSince the investigation, like North Carolina and Florida and Texas.” people have. If we give up hope, the grape will cians and workers. The body Hudson – who gained stardom Jessewas Jackson and Ben Jealous later removed and taken to after appearing on “American become the raisin. We must stand up and fight back.” with the their families Cook County Medical Idol,” and then won an Examiner’s office. Academy Award for her role in Hudson and other family the movie Dreamgirls – has members arrived at the Medical stayed out of the public eye. Examiner’s office mid-afterThe Chicago Tribune reportFormer Mayor of San Francisco Julian King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. noon to identify the body. ed that a parade of cars moved Urban League President Given the choice between National lookslowly past her family’s home A spokesman for the office the murders but is being held in Monday morning, past the ing directly at the body or ON THIS DAY told the newspaper that Hudson jail for parole violation after viewing it on a wall-mounted news vans, reporters and curi“Obviously, it’s a renewal of the struggle. “This is a commemorative event of the efforts of ous onlookers. Courtesy Photos And a reminder that the struggle continues. Neighbors stood 50 years ago, but it’s a continuation of that event. Jennifer and her mom, The sameHudson reason that brought KingDarnell and his Donerson who quietly and Because what’s on my mind are today’s challenges. was killed, as well as her brother, Jason. crowd here in 63’ exists today, except in a far reflected on the Challenges of jobsstrong and the “remained for economy. her fami- Schools being and convicted of attempted video screen, the family chose violence. more sophisticated threatening manner.” ly” and clearly its leader. murder Thewas attacks on voting rights, the needand to vehicular hijackplate X584859 was found on the latter. According to the education. In front of the Hudson’s the body of her 7-year-old held hands withsystem.” her famiing. Cook County records show home, men in heavy jackets the criminal justice Chicago’s West Side after Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes,reform “She nephew Monday, just hours ly,” the spokesman said. “It that he pleaded guilty to both police received a 7 a.m. call that’s him.” and hooded sweatshirts came to after his body was found in a was obviously a very emotional charges in 1999. He was also kiss the twin white crosses barmoment.” convicted in 1998 for possesing the names of Donerson and “Progress for me is only measurable The boy – the son of Julia sion of a stolen motor vehicle. Jason. by how few people are still suffering not Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had He was released from prison in ON CHILDREN “Everybody is sick of going by how many have gained.” been missing Friday, the children 2006 is after “The reason whysince we brought theyserving seven years through stuff like this,” Artisha when a relative found Julian’s for the attempted murder and West, a former resident of the need tograndmother, experience this. They need to understand Darnell car hijacking charges. area told the Tribune. “We all what this is about. They need to know why we are No wonder Obama’s campaign is Donerson, 57, and his uncle, and Dallas Cowboys players By Alan King The boy remained missing have to stick together. All these trying to distance him from the Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, AFRO Staff Writer COMPARING 1963 to 2013 Jason 29, shot to death through a long weekend in here and haveHudson, this experience and these memories young children are dying, and group, saying, “Barack Obama among the names submitted to grandmother’s which“police and volunteers “When you know that the unemployment etched in in his their souls for the home rest ofintheir lives. for what?” Never Organized with ACORN.” election officials. the 7000 block of South Yale Marc Morial and family is Presidential at the level candidate that it is,John when you know the Hurd said those workers, who But Obama’s ties to ACORN run McCain’s attack on ACORN – Avenue. education Community level is where it is, youwere absolutely long and deep. He taught classes doing those things without Associated An Amber Alert – a desigfor ACORN. They even endorsed ACORN’s knowledge or permisknow that you’re not doing Organization for Reform Now –any better.” nation for high-risk missing sion, were fired. Willie Brown Jr.him for President. confirms the success of the children – was Friday —Compiled byissued Byron Scott But now ACORN is in trouble. “The evidence that has surorganization, the head of the after Julian was discovered Reporter: There are at least faced so far shows they faked group says. missing after the murders. 11 investigations across the “This is testimony to the work forms to get paid for work they Police arrested William country involving thousands of didn’t do, not to stuff ballot we’ve done and success we’ve Balfour, the missing boy’s steppotentially fraudulent ACORN boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the had,” Maude Hurd, president of father and estranged husband forms. victim of fraud, not the perpetraACORN, said in an interview of Julia, at his girlfriend’s Announcer: Massive voter tor of it. with the AFRO. Southside apartment several fraud. And the Obama campaign Hurd said the only things “When this attack started, we hours after the murders. bogus are the charges thempaid more than $800,000 to an had just announced that we had Balfour’s mother, Michele, has selves. And factcheck. org ACORN front for get out the vote registered 1.3 million new vottold reporters that her son had agrees. efforts. ers,” she said. “That’s just to say nothing to do with the slayings. It concluded, “Neither Pressuring banks to issue risky that someone’s running scared Balfour remains a suspect in Jason Hudson ACORN nor its employees have loans. Nationwide voter fraud. because of ACORN’s success.” been found guilty of, or even Barack Obama. Bad judgment. McCain, who is running for By Krishana Davis charged with, casting fraudulent Blind ambition. Too riskyfrom for KASA Middle/High School’s president on the Republican tickAFRO Staffout Writer eighth grade. The school is located in votes.” America. et, lashed at ACORN in the The problem came about prifinal debate against Barack the 200 block of N. Bend Road in west marily because of the way Since McCain’s comments, Obama, contendingboy the group “is and HIGH A 15-year-old was shot Baltimore. He was scheduled to attend SQUARE ACORN operates. Rather than ACORN’s 87 offices have been on the verge of maybe perpetratkilled Aug. 24 and six other people were Frederick Douglass High School as a rely on volunteers, it pays peobombarded with threats and ing one of the greatest frauds in wounded in what said ninth-grader when school opened Aug. many of them poor or unem- racist mail. voter history in thisBaltimore country, policeple, ployed, to sign up new voters. The day after the presidential maybe the fabric of was thedestroying largest cluster shooting since 26. idea was to help both those debate, vandals broke into the democracy.” 2009. Police said shooting eruptedThe after Jasmine T. Curry, a language arts being registered and those doing organization’s Boston and Seattle Factcheck.org, a non-partisan what they called “an illegal dice game” teacher at KASA, taught Deshaun during the registration. offices and stole computers. Web site, found those claims to NOT ON THE LIST BREAD . in 1500 blockwith of W. his seventh grade year from 2011-2012 Maud explained, “We have a After a Cleveland representative bethe “exaggerated,” “noFayette evi- Street. was said Jones was “very, very bright dence of any Jones, such democracyDeshaun 15, youngest zero tolerance policy for deliber- appeared on TV, an e-mail Curry sent to the local office saying she destroying fraud.” victim of the shooting, police said,ate falsification of registration.” and respectful student.” Most news account neglect to “is going to have her life ended.” Hurd believes the McCain was pronounced dead at a local “He was a very charismatic student,” point out that ACORN is A worker in Providence, R.I., charges were politically motivathospital. Officials said he lived near the by law to turn in all reg- received a threatening call said Curry. “He cracked jokes all the LEFT required sayed. RIGHT istration forms. And they also fail ing, “We know you get off work She said, “Because it’s lowintersection of Baltimore and Fayette time and would fake pass out on the floor at 9” and uttered racial epithets. and moderate-income people,to be a to note that it was the organizastreets and was scheduled and fake seizures.” tion, in many instances, that first A caller to one office left a and people of color, I believe the freshman at Frederick Douglass High brought the phony registrations message on the answering Curry said Deshaun’s mother was McCain campaign thinks those School this school year. veryjust active and involved in ensuring to the attention of authorities. machine, saying: “Hi, I was voters are going to vote The McCain camp apparently calling to let you know that Democratic, which is not necesDet. Jeremy Silbert, a police he participated and was involved in his isn’t interested in those fine Barack Obama needs to get sarily true.” spokesperson, said police responded school work. points, preferring to air misleadhung. He’s a (expletive deleted) ACORN is no stranger to reports of a shooting at Fayette Street ing ads that seek to link Obama nigger, and he’s a piece of “She was very active and serious controversy. around 9:15 p.m.theHe said they found a aboutarehis education,” said Curry. “She to ACORN, thereby undercutting (expletive deleted). You guys For 38 years, non-partisan Courtesy Photo his political support. fraudulent, and you needdidn’t to go to organization fought for social teenage boy,has later identified as Deshaun, tolerate any disrespect.” Deshaun Jones , 15 hell. All the niggers on oak McCain: I’m John McCain trees. and economic for lowsuffering fromjustice a gunshot wound to the Deshaun was pursuing a career as and I approve this message. They’re gonna get all hung honand moderate-income 1 BANANA head. SilbertWith said400,000 he wasmemtransportedAnnouncer: to rap artist and performed under the Anthony Batts arrived the scene eys, at they’re going to get aassassiWho isW. Barack Americans. aber local area hospital, where he was later moniker Lor D’shaun. He had uploaded just after the shooting. nated, they’re gonna get killed.” Obama? A man with “a political families organized into more said,several “You songs on YouTube garnering baptism performed warp than 1,200 neighborhood chappronounced dead. “Toathear seven peopleAnother shot in message a liberal Dumb speed.” Vastcluster ambition. After col- for tersAinpolice 110 cities nationwide, officer was flagged down thousands of views of his music. His is outrageous this idiots. city and it’s (expletive deleted). Welfare bums. You lege, he moved to Chicago. ACORN has over the years seen aitsblock away from the shooting byBecame two a community most popular song “My Life” has nearly unacceptable for this city a whole,” guysasjust (expletive deleted) organizer. share of criticism while advomen suffering from non-life threatening 10,000 plays on the video hosting said Batts. “We’ve had hundreds of come to our country, consume There, Obama met Madeleine cating for affordable housing, natural resource there is, Talbot, of the Chicago living wages, healthcare forfour the other injuries. Within the hour, men,part officers platform. out here on theevery last several and night.” make a lot of babies. That’s branch wasout so here last underserved— while organwho were shotand at the scene, walked into of ACORN. “He was very serious about his nights. He I was all you guys do. And then suck impressive that he was asked to izing voter registration drives. local area hospitals suffering fromtrain non-the ACORN Batts “aexpectmusic,” the welfare and every- said Curry. “All the students staff.said the city isupexperiencing But none has been as withering life threatening injuries. knew rash in clusters, multiple people being one else to pay for your hospitalhe was a rapper. I didn’t even What did ACORN in Chicago and baseless as this one. bills the for your kids. I jus’ know. say let At first he didn’t want to give me engage in? Bullying banks. With thesaid presidential election Silbert the six adult men who shot at one time.” He said number Before age five, every room is a classroom. your kids die. That’s the his bestmixtape. He said it would be too Intimidationof tactics. Disruption less than two weeks were injured on theaway, scene all had arrest shooting incidents is, however, move. Just let your children die. of business. ACORN forced ACORN’s detractors allege the Fun learning opportunities are everywhere. Simple things like records. Juvenile arrest records are not much for me.” comparable the number ofabout incidents infor hospital Forget paying risky hometo loans. organization has engaged in mas- banks to issue counting and identifying shapes activate a child’s learning ability, released to the public. Curry said she persuaded the teenager previous years. bills for them. I’m not gonna do The same types of loans that sive voter registration fraud after and help them enter school more prepared. That’s why PNC it. Youincluding guys are lowlifes. And caused the financial crisis we’re Police Commissioner to let Iher listen to his music. After theBaltimore reported discovery of bogus In July 2009, 12 people, a founded Grow Up Great and its Spanish-language equivalent Crezca hope you all die.” in today. names, such as Mickey Mouse discovering his CD in her car a few days pregnant woman, con Éxito, a 10-year, $100 million program to help prepare young Hurd thinks the hate calls will children it. for school and life. Pick up a free bilingual Sesame Street™ ago, she said she listened and enjoyed were shot during cease soon. “Happy, Healthy, Ready for School” kit at a PNC branch. It’s filled Curry said Deshaun is the first student a Memorial “In two weeks, I think these with all kinds of simple, everyday things you can do to help a child attacks will be over. I think hersitto be shot and killed in Baltimore. Day cookout on But of learn. 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They Worked to Conquer Jim Crow
50 Years Later, Civil Rights Activist Dorie Ladner Reflects on Freedom’s Struggle By Zachary Lester AFRO Staff Writer Dorie Ladner was a 21-year-old SNCC volunteer who had been among a group of students who had attended a meeting with Medgar Evers the night before he was assassinated. John Lewis was an activist who had been raised in a small Alabama town. Frank Smith had faced death threats registering voters in Mississippi. Eleanor Holmes Norton was a young lawyer who had gained a reputation for demonstrating sharp intellect and steely courage standing toe to toe with corrupt law enforcement officials as she went to bat for wrongly arrested activists. They spent time during their young years working on the front lines in the war against oppression—lobbying for passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, the Voting Rights Act in 1965 and the abolition of a bevy of discriminatory policies—they headed to the nation’s capital to become activists of different sorts. Ladner became a social worker who championed those who were mentally disabled and faced
Library of Congress Unveils ‘A Day Like No Other’ Photo Exhibit
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A young man stands in front of the Washington Monument during the 1963 March on Washington holding a copy of the Washington AfroAmerican newspaper. By AFRO Staff In commemoration of the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) recently unveiled a photo exhibition at the Library of Congress complete with snapshots from the historic event. Lewis, who is the last living speaker from the 1963 march program, opened the photo exhibition Aug. 28. The collection, titled “A Day Like No Other: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington,” features 40 black-and-white photographs from newspapers and independent photographers who participated in the march. The library also made available for one day only a display of treasured documents and materials related to the march on Aug. 28. The artifacts included a copy of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, two versions of John Lewis’ speech and chief organizer Bayard Rustin’s original planning notes for the march, among many other documents. The exhibit, located in the library’s Graphic Arts Gallery, is free and open to the public. It’s scheduled to run through March 1, 2014.
other health considerations. Lewis became a congressman. Frank Smith served on the D.C. Council, then founded and now runs the African American Civil War Museum. Norton was elected to the House of Representatives, where she has fought for a vote for her constituents, among a myriad of other causes. As the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington has been celebrated, their contributions have been highlighted. Several were involved in the commemoration. Lewis spoke at the 2013 March on Washington on Aug. 24. Norton led a rally for D.C. statehood at the War Memorial, with Barry in attendance. Smith held a reception for members of the movement. Ladner shared her experiences on MSNBC on the Rev. Al Sharpson’s program. Ladner, of Northwest Washington, remembers being at the Lincoln Memorial on the day of the march. It was a heady time for the Hattiesburg, Miss., native and Tougaloo College student who cut her teeth on the movement attending NAACP meetings in Jackson. She attended with her sister Joyce Ladner, who Dorie Ladner went on to become education administrator. There are photographs of the sisters standing in the speakers’ area. “I came to the march in 1963 because I was sick of it,” Ladner said. “Medgar Evers had been killed. We had gotten Fannie Lou Hamer off the plantation. We couldn’t vote. I had been arrested in 1962 for picketing a Woolworth’s [variety]. I wanted something to be done.” Ladner worked in Atlanta gathering material for the King Center before heading to D.C. “After getting fired, I went to work for the Fulton County [Ga.] Health Department working with people with disabilities and substance abuse [issues],” she said. “I got married. My husband, who was Ethiopian, wanted to move here because he wanted to live around more Ethiopians. Plus, I wanted to go to grad school.” Ladner earned a master’s in social work from Howard before embarking on a career as a social worker and health activist. She chose to work at the grassroots level to allow her the freedom to continue to protest. “If I had been a bureaucrat, I would not have had the ability to get out and demonstrate,” she said. Barry, who was working on his doctorate in chemistry at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, was the first president of SNCC. He said he was asked by James Forman, an African American civil rights leader , to move to D.C. to be the first head of SNCC and open a local SNCC chapter in the District, which was then 70% Black. “I was with SNCC,” he said. “We were the revolutionary arm of the movement. And we had some skepticism about the march initially. We had been hearing about it. But once we found out what was going on, and who was sponsoring it, and what the issues were, we joined right in. I had never been to Washington before. So I got here on [Aug.] 27. I found Washington to be sleepy, southern town. And we met that morning and made it to the march.” He and Ladner remembered that march organizers were concerned that Lewis, known for straight talk, might say something that would offend the less militant people in the audience. “We fought that battle,” Barry said. “We got them to understand, that if he didn’t speak nobody would speak. And it worked out.”
Photos by Andrea “Aunni” Young
Dorie Ladner, former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, Dr. Frank Smith, Bob Zellner and guests at the African American Civil War Memorial & Museum Reception for veterans of the movement.
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Marching Orders for the Future
Now that we’ve had two events at the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, it is important to remember a few things about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. beyond his “I Have a Dream” speech. The question is always asked: What happens after the marches are over? Demonstrators left Washington, D.C. in 1963 determined to change George E. Curry the American landscape. Consequently, we had passage of the 1965 Civil Rights Act, the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the 1968 Fair Housing Act. Those laws were passed not because of a speech in the nation’s capital, but because of the hard work and dedication of people at the local, state and national level to bring about change. While the “I Have a Dream” speech might have been Dr. King’s most popular oration, it was not his most substantive one. In 1963, Dr. King etched a prosaic picture of what America should look like in the future. But a far more important one was his “Mountaintop” speech, delivered in Memphis the night before he was assassinated. In that speech, Dr. King outlined a plan for economic empowerment and told us how to strengthen our institutions to accomplish that goal. He reminded us, “Always anchor our external direct action with the power of economic withdrawal.” Dr. King explained, “We don’t have to argue with anybody. We don’t have to curse and go around acting bad with our words. We don’t need any bricks and bottles, we don’t need any Molotov cocktails. We just need to go around to these stores, and to these massive industries in our country, and say, ‘God sent us by here, to say to you that you’re not treating his children right. And we’ve come by here to ask you to make the first item on your agenda—fair treatment, where God’s children are concerned. Now, if you are not prepared to do that, we do have an agenda that we must follow. And our
agenda calls for withdrawing economic support from you.” He urged us to “strengthen our Black institutions” by patronizing them. Instead of placing so much emphasis on what Dr. King said in 1963, we should look at what he was doing at the time of his death. He was organizing a Poor Peoples Campaign, a trek to Washington, D.C. to dramatize the urgent need to help the least among us. After President Lyndon B. Johnson shifted his focus from the War on Poverty to the war in Vietnam, Dr. King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) launched an effort in 1968 to seek economic justice for poor Blacks, Whites, Latinos and Native Americans. The idea was to have another March on Washington that would force political leaders to address the issue of poverty. “We ought to come in mule carts, in old trucks, any kind of transportation people can get their hands on,” King said. “People ought to come to Washington, sit down if necessary in the middle of the street and say, ‘We are here; we are poor; we don’t have any money; you have made us this way… and we’ve come to stay until you do something about it.” SCLC continued the Poor People’s March after King’s death, erecting a tent city on the Mall. After six weeks, demonstrators were evicted. Today, the poor are still suffering. Poverty is defined as a family of four being able to live on $23,021 a year. Today, a record 46.2 million people –15 percent of the U.S. population – are living in poverty. One of the goals of the 1963 March on Washington was a minimum wage that could lift a family of four out of poverty. They demanded that the minimum wage of $1.15 an hour be increased to $2 an hour. As a report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) titled, “The Unfinished March: An Overview,”
‘Where Do We Go From Here?’ As the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, many are discussing what Dr. King would say to the nation and world today. But his message to us today is as clear as it was 50 years ago if only we could hear, heed, and follow his warnings about what we need to do to make America America. Just as Biblical prophets were rejected, scorned, and Marian Wright dishonored in their own land Edelman in their times, so was Dr. King by many when he walked and worked among us. Now that he is dead, many Americans remember him warmly but have sanitized and trivialized his message and life. They recite the “I Have a Dream” part of his August 1963 speech but ignore its main metaphor of the promissory note still bouncing at America’s bank of justice, waiting to be cashed by millions of poor and minority citizens. He worried that we were missing God’s opportunity to become a great and just nation by sharing our enormous riches with the poor and overcoming what he called the “giant triplets” of racism, materialism, and militarism. In his last Sunday sermon at Washington National
Cathedral, Dr. King retold the parable of the rich man Dives who ignored the poor and sick man Lazarus who came every day seeking crumbs from Dives’ table. Dives went to hell, Dr. King said, not because he was rich but because he did not realize his wealth was his opportunity to bridge the gulf separating him from his brother and allowed Lazarus to become invisible. He warned this could happen to rich America, “if we don’t use her vast resources to end poverty and make it possible for all of God’s children to have the basic necessities of life.” At Dr. King’s death in 1968 when he was calling for a Poor People’s Campaign, there were 25.4 million poor Americans, including 11 million poor children, and our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was $4.13 trillion. Now, national wealth and income inequality are at near record levels while hunger, homelessness, illiteracy, fear, and hopelessness stalk millions of children and adults across our land. Isn’t it time to ask ourselves again with urgency whether America is missing once again the great opportunity to be a beacon of hope and justice for the least among us, beginning with our children, who are the poorest Americans? The day he was assassinated in Memphis Dr. King stated that America hadn’t yet committed to paying the real price—in actual dollars and cents—of equality: “There are no expenses, and no taxes required, for Negroes to share lunch counters, libraries, parks, hotels, and other facilities with whites. But, he said, “the real cost lies ahead . . . Jobs are harder and costlier to create than voting rolls. The eradication
Dr. King Would Criticize Obama
As America commemorates the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom I am compelled to ask the following question: Would Dr. King be invited to speak at upcoming events to commemorate the March? If you get past the marketed “Dream” reference in the “I Have a Dream” speech and understand that it was an indictment of America or read Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence or Dr. King’s last book Where Wilmer Leon Do We Go From Here, Chaos or Community? you can rest assured that today Dr. King would be in opposition to America’s backing of the assassination of Muammar Gaddafi, drone attacks, indefinite detention at Guantanamo Bay, NSA wiretapping, mass incarceration, and the Obama administration’s failure to speak forcefully about poverty in America. From that premise one can only conclude that if Dr. King were alive today, those within the African-American community who are engaged in stifling honest, critical analysis of the administration’s policies would not allow Dr. King on the dais. On Aug. 28, 1963, Dr. King stated, “Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today,
signed the Emancipation Proclamation…One hundred years later, the colored American lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity.” Today according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national unemployment rate stands at 7.6 percent and 15 percent in the African-American community. Today, “in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity,” according to Bread for the World, “14.5 percent of U.S. households—nearly 49 million Americans, including 16.2 million children—struggle to put food on the table” and “more than one in five children is at risk of hunger. Among African-Americans and Latinos, nearly one in three children is at risk of hunger.” President Obama has claimed to be a champion of the middle class but rarely speaks to the plight of the poor in America. Dr. King would not stand idly by and allow this to go unchallenged. As America spends billions of dollars on its drone program, children continue to go hungry. In his 1967 speech Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence, Dr. King stated: “A few years ago…it seemed as if there was a real promise of hope for the poor, both Black and White, through the poverty program…Then came the buildup in Vietnam, and I watched this program broken and eviscerated as if it were some idle political plaything on a society gone mad on war. And I knew that America would never invest the necessary funds or energies in rehabilitation of its poor so long as adventures like Vietnam continued to draw men and skills and money like some demonic, destructive suction tube.” If you replace Vietnam with Afghanistan and the War on Terror I believe Dr. King would say the same thing today. Dr. King said that the people of Vietnam must see, “Americans as strange liberators…What do the peasants think
noted, “The inflation-adjusted value of the minimum wage today is about $2.00 less than it was at its peak value in 1968.” Worse than living on below-poverty wages is to have no job at all. “Even when the national unemployment rate has been low, the African American unemployment rate has been high,” the EPI report stated, adding “…even when the economy was booming in 2000, the black unemployment rate was still higher than the national unemployment rate during recessions.” When he was assassinated, Dr. King was helping organize garbage workers in Memphis. We honor him by continuing his work, not by merely continuing to recite his “I Have a Dream” speech. George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA).
of slums housing millions is far beyond integrating lunch counters.” He said the price would be great but so would the rewards. It would all come down to our will. That is the overarching issue our nation and every citizen must face today as we leave millions of children unprepared to become the competitive workers and military, education, economic, and diplomatic leaders of tomorrow. In his last week of life, Dr. King said to a group of close friends that “what deeply troubles me now is that for all the steps we’ve taken toward integration, I’ve come to believe that we are integrating into a burning house.” “What would you have us do?” one shocked friend asked. Dr. King answered: “I guess we’re just going to have to become firemen.” Fifty years later, we must not give up on building a just America for every child and person. We must not let anyone tell us that our rich nation’s vaults of justice and opportunity are bankrupt. And we must not tolerate any longer any resistance to creating jobs, jobs, jobs which pay enough to escape poverty, public and private sector, and providing the education and early childhood development supports every human being needs to survive and thrive. I hope we will commit ourselves on this fiftieth anniversary to building and sustaining a powerful transforming nonviolent movement to help America live up to its promises and forge the will to translate America’s dream into reality for all. Marian Wright Edelman is president of the Children’s Defense Fund.
as we ally ourselves with the landlords and as we refuse to put any action into our many words concerning land reform? What do they think as we test out our latest weapons on them...?” Today, Dr. King would be asking the same questions about America’s actions in Libya, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, and the continued U.S. support for the Zionist government in Israel as it continues to build settlements on Palestinian land in violation of international law. Let’s be very clear. I have used actions of the Obama administration to demonstrate how Dr. King would not be invited to speak. That’s the symptom of a greater problem. To gain great insight into the real problem you have to examine the work of Edward Bernays and the rise of the propaganda industry in the 1920’s. The business community uses propaganda to co-opt the American political landscape and has contributed to the decline of the American political left. The politics and policies of the Obama administration are examples of that decline, not responsible for it. Today Dr. King would be critical of the current administration, and as such, great efforts would be made to shut him out of the national debate since many in the AfricanAmerican community see honest, fact-based criticism of Obama administration policy as antithetical to the interests of the African-American community. Dr. King’s “Dream” was significant because of its juxtaposition against the reality of the Negros’ nightmare but Bernaysian propaganda keeps the focus on the “Dream”. Dr. Wilmer Leon is the Producer/ Host of the Sirisu/XM Satellite radio channel 110 call-in talk radio program “Inside the Issues with Leon.”
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NAACP Freedom Fighter Breakfast
President Obama’s Meeting with African-American Faith Leaders
President Barack Obama met with faith leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Aug. 28 to discuss the anniversary of the March on Washington and how civil rights and equality are closely tied to voting rights and closing the gap on education, unemployment, and access to health care.
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The Newseum in D.C. played host to the United States Postal Service Aug. 23 for the first-day-of-issue public ceremony for a new Forever stamp commemorating the 1963 March on Washington. Rep. John Lewis and Gabrielle Union were among the celebrities on hand to unveil the new stamp, which was officially dedicated by Lewis and Deputy Postmaster General Ronald A. Stroman.
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Members of the Iota Phi Theta Fraternity recently celebrated their legacy with a Founders’ Day Banquet. Aug. 14, at the Baltimore Hilton. The organization was founded, Sept. 19, 1963 on the campus of Morgan State University and currently encompasses more than 30,000 members on campuses nationwide. Karl Price serves as the Grand Polaris.
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This Is the Day
The March on Washington Photos by Leonard Freed Foreword by Julian Bond Essay by Michael Eric Dyson Afterword by Paul Farber J. Paul Getty Museum Publications Hardcover, $29.95 120 pages ISBN: 978-1-60606-121-3 Book Review by Kam Williams “There have been many marches since, and several before, but no other march to the nation’s capital captured our collective imagination like the March on Washington of August 28, 1963… The momentous pilgrimage showcased an inspired… Martin Luther King Jr., the celebrated leader of black America who hadn’t yet delivered an entire speech that the nation had listened to… Gospel legend Mahalia Jackson… encouraged her friend to depart from paper… “Tell ‘em about the dream, Martin,” she bellowed from the background. And respond to her call King did… King cast aside his prepared speech… to weave the dream metaphor into the tapestry of the nation’s self-image, and in the process he grafted black folk to the heart of American democracy.” –– Excerpted from the Essay by Michael Eric Dyson (pgs. 1-5) “Leonard Freed’s photographs of the March on Washington depict both the march and the marchers… For the participants, this was both a serious and a happy occasion, a chance to exercise their rights and to petition their government for a redress of ancient grievances. The marchers are at once sober, somber, and gleeful—proud to be present as they sense history is being made.” –– Excerpted from the Foreword by Julian Bond (page ix) When you think of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, what automatically comes to mind for most people is Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. And while Dr. King’s remarks certainly deserve every bit of recognition they have garnered over the years, it is also important to remember that hundreds of thousands of ordinary American citizens committed to civil rights had descended on the National Mall to attend the event. I was only a child at the time, but I can still readily recall the palpable concern in the air about the folks from the neighborhood boarding buses for DC. After all, the press had been speculating about the prospect of rioting and arrests if the crowd were unruly, so those participating were doing so with the prospect of considerable personal risk in mind. Fortunately, the glorious gathering went off without a hitch and came to represent a watershed moment in U.S. history. Now, a half-century later, we are lucky to have an opus like “This Is the Day” available to remind us of that high point in the nation’s nonviolence movement. The book is essentially
a photographic essay chronicled by Leonard Freed (1929-2006) before, during and after the March. His beautiful black & white images are rarely of the leaders (only one of Dr. King), but rather are evocative portraits of the movement’s hopeful foot soldiers who’d trudged from all over the country to petition the government for equal rights. A few of the photos captured are wideangle panoramas which give a sense of the mammoth scale of the demonstration. But most are intimate snapshots which afford you an opportunity to read each of the earnest subject’s faces. Besides the timeless stills, the tome is devoted to the reflections of civil rights leader Julian Bond, who was at the March, as well as to a very colorful essay recounting the day by Michael Eric Dyson, written with a profusion
of the popular professor’s trademark rhetorical flourishes. It also features a postscript by Paul Farber analyzing the gifted Freed’s approach to his craft.
Overall, this timely tome is a perfect way to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of one of the most important landmarks in AfricanAmerican history.
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Grand Prix of Baltimore Starts This Weekend By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor The third annual Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT is scheduled to start on Aug. 30 and will end on Sept. 1. Just as in the past two years, the races of the Grand Prix of Baltimore will be driven on a temporary street circuit located at the inner harbor area; the circuit runs just more than two miles long in a clock-wise direction with the start and finish line located on Pratt Street. Avid race car fans will be treated to one of only two events in the United States to feature the IZOD IndyCar Series and the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) presented by Tequila Patron in the same weekend event. The ALMS race is a timed competition; the racecar that completes the most laps during a span of 2 hours and 45 minutes wins the race. This race will start 3:45 p.m., Aug. 31. The IZOD IndyCar Series—considered the main event of the Grand Prix of Baltimore - runs 75 laps around the Inner Harbor circuit. This race is the final event of the weekend and will start 2:40 p.m., Sept. 1 and end approximately 4:45 p.m.
There will also be the Firestone Indy Lights race, a 35-lap race, scheduled on Sunday at 12:35 p.m., and the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama scheduled on Saturday at 1:40 p.m. The weekend event also offers fun and entertainment beyond just watching the race, such as live musical entertainment from multi-platinum recording American rock band LIVE. There will also be the Esskay Family Fun Zone, which offers interactive video games for children of all ages, and the Budweiser Party Zone, which offers food, beverages and music for visitors of the age 21-and-older. Drivers to Look For – The top five IndyCar drivers heading into the weekend are Brazilian driver Helio Castroneves, New Zealand driver Scott Dixon, American driver Ryan Hunter-Reay, American driver Marco Andretti and French driver Simon Pagenaud.Hunter-Reay won the 2012 Grand Prix of Baltimore IndyCar race. No African-American or any other drivers of minority descent have been qualified to compete in the race.
AFRO Sports Desk Faceoff
Who Will be Better in 2013 – The Washington Redskins or The Baltimore Ravens? By Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley AFRO Sports Desk For the first time ever, both Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens reached the NFL playoffs last season. Their success in 2012 breathed life into an 18-year “Battle of the Beltways” between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. Baltimore won that round, capping off the season with a Super Bowl title. But Redskins fans would be quick to say that last season is in the past, and a whole new year is upon us. So who will win the battle of the Beltway in 2013, the Ravens or the Redskins? Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley of the AFRO Sports Desk debate the question: Riley: I’m going with the Redskins. And before you say anything, Perry, no, this has nothing to do with my lack of love for the Ravens. Sure, I’m a diehard Pittsburgh Steelers fan, but I’m a professional sports analyst first, and all signs point to a Redskins team that is trending up and a Ravens team that’s trending down. This is clearly evident in how the starting units have played in the preseason. Washington’s best player, quarterback Robert Griffin III, hasn’t even taken the field, yet their offense has still looked better than that of the Ravens. It’s easy to imagine how good this team will look once RGIII is let loose. The young quarterback led the ‘Skins to the playoffs for the first time since 2007 as a rookie last season, and he probably would have led them to a championship had he stayed healthy. I expect him to be even better following his knee injury, and a healthy RGIII will make the Redskins better than the Ravens. Green: I don’t care how much you try to deny it, Riley, your personal bias for the Steelers will always cloud your judgment when it comes to the Ravens. It’s only natural for you to hate the Ravens, which is why I forgive you for failing to acknowledge what is clearly the better of the two teams, and ultimately the best team in the AFC: the Ravens. This group didn’t win a Super Bowl last season because their team colors are pretty. They won because they had a top-flight quarterback in Joe Flacco and one-of-a-kind head coach in John Harbaugh who simply knows how to lead a winning team. Harbaugh and Flacco have made a winning combination since they first came to Baltimore together in 2008. They’ve won a league-high 63 games, including five
straight playoff appearance since then. As long as they’re together in Baltimore, the Ravens will always be winners. I’ll take that winning formula over an injury-prone RGIII any year. Riley: Let’s keep in mind that legends like Ray Lewis and Ed Reed were also apart of that winning formula too, and they’re both gone from Baltimore now. You don’t think that’s going to have a negative effect on the team’s chances of winning? What about veteran receiver Anquan Boldin, who was a pure beast for the Ravens during the playoffs? He’s gone too, and so is Flacco’s favorite target, Dennis Pitta, who suffered a season ending injury. Without Boldin and Pitta, the Ravens’ offense will be worse, and the defense will also suffer without Reed and Lewis. Washington, on the other hand, has all-pro linebacker Brian Orakpo returning from an injury early last season, and just welcomed a slew full of young rookie playmakers that will only help their defense improve. Add that to the magic of RGIII on offense and the ‘Skins will be one of the best teams in the NFL this season—I guarantee it. Green: The absence of Ray Lewis and Ed Reed won’t hurt the Ravens’ defense; it will actually make them better. Both players are legendary, indeed. But they both were also well past their prime. They now have younger, faster, more effective players replacing them, which will only improve a Ravens’ defense that actually slipped to be the 16th best in the NFL last season under Ray and Ed, something hardly worth bragging about. Not to mention, the Ravens’ defense still has former NFL MVP Terrell Suggs at linebacker and NFL MVP candidate Haloti Ngata at defensive tackle; they also added premier pass-rusher Elvis Dumervil. The entire defensive unit looks fast, strong and nasty. As for the offense, losing Pitta will definitely hurt, but Boldin not so much. Without Boldin, young receiver Torrey Smith will have an opportunity to show off his elite skills. Boldin was great in the slot, but they just picked up veteran receiver Brandon Stokely, who plays the slot position as well as anyone in the league. They also recently signed veteran tight end Dallas Clark, one of the best pass-catching tight ends in recent NFL history, to fill the void of the injured Pitta. This Ravens team still has plenty of weapons so don’t be surprised if you might see them in the Super Bowl again. I can’t say the same for the ‘Skins.
Bowie State’s Wilson Spends Summer as NFL Coaching Intern By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor Bowie State University head football coach Damon Wilson, long regarded as one of the sharpest and best-respected Central Interscholastic Athletic Association coaches, has taken another step on the coaching ladder. Winner of several CIAA coach of the week honors for leading his teams to several recordbreaking performances since taking the job in 2009, his professional future was brightened this summer with some hands-on experience as a National Football League coach. According to Bowie State’s Greg Goings, Wilson spent the summer completing a summer internship with the St. Louis Rams through an internship program offered through the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship and administered by the NFL Management Council. As Goings explained, the purpose of the internship is to allow gifted minority coaches like Wilson the opportunity to use NFL resources to “observe, participate and gain experience” in a pro sports environment, which will ultimately aid them in their pursuit of joining an NFL fulltime coaching staff. Every team in the NFL participates in the league’s Minority Coaching Fellowship program as it serves as a tool to boost the number of minority coaches in the leagues; teams are even encouraged to hire at least four of the minority coaches that take part in the internship. Wilson said working with the Rams really improved his coaching. “The Rams are a first class organization and [Rams head coach] Jeff Fisher and his staff really continued to improve my development as a head coach and the CEO of Bowie State
University football program,” said Wilson, who spent most of the internship working directly on the offensive side of the ball under Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. “Coach Schottenheimer along with his offensive staff has a wealth of knowledge and has an excellent way of teaching their players.” Wilson believes working with the Rams in St. Louis was the most ideal place for him to be this summer. “I believe this was the best possible organization for me to land an internship with because of the youth on their roster and the experience of the coaching staff, said Wilson. “The Rams have one of the youngest rosters in the NFL, which for me was great because it reminded me of a college atmosphere at practice and in meetings. “I was also afforded the opportunity to meet with the Pro and College scouting department. This was great because it gave me the opportunity to confirm that what we are teaching and telling our student-athletes at Bowie State University is in line with what’s being taught at the highest level.” Wilson has two of his former Bowie State players that are now NFL players, including Pittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman and Houston Texans linebacker Delano Johnson. “We are very fortunate with graduating our players and to have two players from BSU in the last four years remain on NFL rosters,” Wilson said. “In order to continue to prepare our players for the possible opportunity to play at the highest level, I believe that my coaching staff and I must take advantage of every opportunity that we receive to experience an internship like this one.”
August 31, 2013 - September 6, 2013, The Afro-American
CASA Elects Anderson to Board of Directors Coppin Prof. Takes Second Elkins Award
Maryland CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Association has elected Charmayne Anderson to its board of directors. With 20 years industry experience, Anderson is a partner with The Ferguson Group, LLC in Washington D.C. She earned both a bachelor’s degree and an MPA from George Mason University. “I was motivated to serve on the Maryland CASA board in memory of my younger sister who was adopted into my family after living in foster care for years due to abuse and neglect by her biological mother,” Anderson said. With memberships in Women in Government Relations and the Women’s Transportation Seminar, Anderson also volunteers at Stop Child Abuse Now of Northern Virginia and is active in the Washington Redskins Cheerleader Alumni Association. She resides in Laurel with her husband, Brent, and their four children. Maryland CASA Association is a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to ensuring the rights of all victims of child abuse and neglect to grow up in safe, permanent homes. For more information, visit www.marylandcasa.org.
UMES’ Art Shell Inducted Into College Football Hall Of Fame ATLANTA—University of Maryland Eastern Shore alumnus and Hall of Famer, Art Shell, was recently inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame in a ceremony held in Atlanta. Shell, an alumnus of then Maryland State College in 1968, is already an NFL Hall of Famer and the modern era’s first African-American NFL head coach. The event, emceed by awardwinning broadcaster Wes Durham, in addition to the enshrinement ceremonies, featured a preview of the 2013 college football season by a panel of top television analysts, including Tony Barnhart, Desmond Howard (a 2010 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame), Mark Schlabach and Matt Stinchcomb (the 1998 recipient of the NFF William V. Campbell Trophy). Hosted by the Atlanta Hall Management and the Atlanta Sports Council, in partnership with the NFF,
Art Shell the event marks the first time Atlanta presided over the Enshrinement Ceremony. The celebration builds on the significant progress made on the
construction of the new 94,256-squarefoot home for the Hall, which will open in the fall of 2014 in the heart of Atlanta’s sports, tourism and entertainment district surrounding Centennial Olympic Park. Shell is being inducted as part of the Division College Football Hall of Fame, which, according to its mission statement, honors players and coaches from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III and NAIA. In the 1960s, UMES competed in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, a Division II conference. “This is a truly exceptional group of College Football Hall of Fame inductees from the divisional ranks,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning in the official press release. “We look forward to celebrating their accomplishments, and we applaud them for reaching the pinnacle of recognition in our great sport.”
“As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm. Today I call it SELF-CONFIDENCE. ” Charlie Chaplin “Up in the sky; it‘s a bird it’s a plane…” it’s President Obama and his airborne entourage zooming over our heads as we sat poolside at our vacation house in Oak Bluff. The president had just arrived in Martha’s Vineyard enroute to his vacation house in Chilmark. From that moment, it was a week of presidential sightings. Sunday as we left a party hosted by the Wright family, Blanette, Patrice, Tracey, Marshall and Joanne Scroggins, Brenda, Ralph and Willard; we spotted the presidential caravan on Circuit Avenue, the president and Mrs. Obama were arriving for dinner at Sweet Life, a quaint non-descript restaurant serving American and French cuisine. The crowd grew as word spread that the president was on Circuit Avenue. “You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-goround will wave at his parents every time around… and why his parents will always wave back.” William D. Tammeus On Wednesday as we drove to the tiny fishing village of Menemsha to watch the most gorgeous sunset and dine on lobster straight from the lobster pots we passed through Chilmark. The checkpoint set-up to protect our president blocking the road to Menemsha was like a fortress reminiscent of Checkpoint Charlie. The secret service directed us to a detour up a winding dirt road. Naturally, heading back to Oak Bluff we hit the same checkpoint, laughingly the secret service guided us out as we thanked them for protecting our president. Enjoying the lobster, champagne, sunset and the adventures were our housemates Marylanders Brenda Baker, Debbie Taylor, Laverne Naesea, Eliza Johnson, Pat Thomas, Dot Douglas, Darlene Miller, Claudia McKee and Toni Johnson celebrating her birthday in Martha’s Vineyard. Marylanders Doris Cutler, Dr. Lenora and Gerald Talley, Amanda Faucette, Wendy and Spencer Alexander, Bobby and Vicky Van Wright saw the president at the Farm Neck Golf and Country Club were the President wished them a great vacation. “My esteem in this country has gone up substantially. It is very nice now. When people wave at me they use all their fingers.” President Jimmy Carter We were sitting on Nancy’s deck Friday evening, and noticed a crowd growing; standing in front of us were Malia and Sasha typical teenagers trying to be oblivious to the growing crowd as they sipped a cool drink. Lookout Tavern, overlooking the Nantucket Sound was an idyllic place to dine and watch the ships sail past. Located near the Inkwell, we frequented this spot daily for sushi, seafood or a cold drink. We decided early in the week that we would watch Friday’s fireworks from their deck. As word spread that the president was at the house next door to watch the fireworks, I didn’t think the Secret Service would let us through. They scanned us and allowed us to go into Lookout Tavern for dinner and president watching (I mean, firework watching.) The staff remembered us and immediately escorted us through the crowd to the outside picnic tables. Amazement etched the faces of Ralph and Brenda Wright, Brenda Baker and Eliza Johnson when we realized that less than two car lengths away stood the president of the United States on the porch talking to Valerie Jarrett, White House senior adviser. “Like a good neighbor…” State Farm With cameras flashing and the secret service smiling the President looked over, waved and walked back into the house. As the fireworks started, he came back out, waved again and watched the fireworks on the porch. This summer’s hottest song is Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” our theme song as we travelled throughout Martha’ Vineyard. A picture is worth a thousand words as we watched people from eight to 88 moving to the infectious beat of the popular song. One evening, as we sat on the Island Inn porch eating maple walnut ice cream, a young man ran over to us and said, “You ladies are awesome; you have been playing that song over the island all week. We wait for you to drive by and we start dancing.” Nancy’s on the harbor is a great place to meet new friends. The night we arrived, we met inspiring writers, actors and directors showcasing their works at the Martha’s Vineyard AfricanAmerican Film Festival. Congratulations to writer/producer Deon Hayman of Glendale,
Jamal Uddin, associate professor of natural sciences at Coppin State University, is the recipient of the 2014 Wilson H. Elkins Professorship Award. Founder and director of Coppin’s Center for Nanotechnology, Dr. Uddin plans to use the funds to Jamal Uddin continue supporting Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) research, especially solar research. This is Dr. Uddin’s second consecutive year receiving the prestigious recognition. The award is for academic year 2013-2014. “We did it again,” Dr. Uddin joyfully stated. “This is good for Coppin. As a professor, I am really happy and plan to pursue the award next year. This is really, very, very good news for us.” The Wilson H. Elkins Professorship Award is the highest honor the Board of Regents’ bestows to recognize exemplary faculty achievement. As stated in the award letter, the nominee pool was extremely strong but Dr. Uddin’s commitment to Coppin’s STEM research and “excellent work with undergraduate students and his research of multijunction and dye-sensitized solar cells” led to the awarding of $40,000. “This is yet another stellar success which simply validates your excellence in the field of Nano sciences,” said Dr. Mintesinot Jiru, associate professor of natural sciences. “You make our department shine year after year and we celebrate you for being an inspiration to us and our students. Keep up the momentum!” Dr. John L. Hudgins, associate professor of sociology added, “Your unwavering support of our students and greater opportunities for them is outstanding. This award is a timely recognition of that. Keep up the good work.”
Calif. on his film entry “Bathroom Attendant.” It reminded me of the bathroom attendant we encountered at the Palace of Versailles in France. Fried chicken, waffles and homemade biscuits is the dish at Biscuits, the family owned restaurant in Martha’s Vineyard. Owner Christopher Acrudi encourages you to arrive early to avoid the lines. We enjoyed talking to Bostonians Beverly Ross, Joan Cromwell, Maureen Lee and Mary Alice as we waited in line for breakfast. “God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.” Voltaire Join Virgos Dante Daniels owner of Maceo’s Lounge and Virgo Valerie (that’s me) at Maceo’s for the Virgo Party Sept. 8, at 12 noon for brunch, dancing and friendship. Happy birthday Carol Hilton, Frances Tilghman, Tina Jolivet, Rosa Barber, Delores Chambers, Beta Dotson, Freddie Vaughn, Dr. James Wood, Yvonne Furris, Miss Shirley Ball, Walter Carr and my son-in-law Ret.Col. Gregory Packer Sr. Congratulations Bonnie Matthews Butler, on your retirement from the federal government. Way to go! Valerie & the Friday Night Bunch
Stewart Family Reunion The descendants of Abraham and Hannah, Troy and Miley, Hillery and Larcenia Stewart
will gather in Baltimore this Labor Day weekend to celebrate the 85th documented Stewart Family Reunion and share their rich spiritual heritage. In their gathering they will remember an aunt, Minnie S. Evans, who died, Aug. 25 at the age of 105. The first woman president of the family reunion, she formed the Genealogy Lineup Committee that now includes eight generations and is constantly growing. And together, the family can’t help but echo the salvo of their cousin, Gardner Jefferson Bryant, who always said, “To do everything decent by always keeping God in the midst.” Those who want to connect should contact Sharon and Hubert Leach at 410-206-5979.
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TYPESET: Wed Aug 28 13:48:04 EDT 2013 MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION MARYLAND AVIATION ADMINISTRATION REQUEST FOR INFORMATION NEW HOTEL The Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA) seeks information from hotel developers and operators (Respondents) to determine interest in and gather feedback concerning a proposed hotel development opportunity at Baltimore/ Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI Marshall). The MAA is interested in identifying Respondents with the capacity to plan, design, finance, construct, operate and manage a new hotel at BWI Marshall. All interested parties are invited to submit their responses to the RFI, the details of which are available to prospective Respondents as set forth herein below. Respondent’s information in response to the RFI must be received by MAA no later than 4:00 p.m. (EST), October 11, 2013. Please contact Mr. Morris E. Williams, III, Manager, Division of Commercial Business Activities, Office of Commercial Management, at 410-859-7036 to arrange for pickup of the RFI in person. The RFI also can be mailed to interested parties via regular mail or may be downloaded from the MAA website at:http:// www.marylandaviation.com/rfi.html. Except for contacting Mr. Williams for pickup information, Respondents are not permitted to contact any other MAA or any MDOT related agency regarding this RFI. Contacting staff may result in disqualification of a Respondent in any future request for qualifications (RFQ) or request for proposals (RFP) concerning this opportunity. Responses will be received on behalf of MAA by the Director, Office of Commercial Management, Maryland Aviation Administration. Respondents should prepare responses in accordance with the requirements for submission set forth in the RFI under the section titled, INSTRUCTIONS & FORMAT OF RFI SUBMISSION. RFI responses delivered in person, regular mail or by express mail will be received by: Ms. Helen M. Tremont, C.M. Director, Office of Commercial Management Maryland Aviation Administration P.O. Box 8766 Third Floor, Terminal Building BWI Airport, MD 21240-0766 Note:For RFI responses sent by overnight mail (e.g. FedEx, UPS, etc.), omit the P.O. Box in the above address. All responses must be received by no later than 4:00 p.m. (EST), October 11, 2013. RFI responses received after 4:00 p.m. on October 11, 2013 may not become part of the RFI process. Helen M. Tremont, C. M. Director TYPESET: Wed Aug 28 13:49:01 EDT 2013 Office of Commercial Management HOUSING AUTHORITY OF BALTIMORE CITY INVITATION FOR A ”MEET AND GREET” FOR FUTURE HABC MECHANICAL JOC CONTRACTS The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (”HABC”) would like to invite interested and qualified Mechanical Contractors to participate in a ”Meet and Greet” to discuss future Mechanical Contract(s) that HABC plans to award as part of HABC’s Job Order Contracting (”JOC”) Program.
EXPERIENCE is PRICELESS! The AFRO AMERICAN Newspaper is seeking a college student with an interest in journalism, graphic design or marketing to serve in a non-paid intern position in the AFRO’s Baltimore, MD. office at 2519 N. Charles Street. Flexible weekday hours to accommodate class schedule. • Enhance your resume with an internship at the longest running African-American family-owned newspaper in the nation. • Learn first hand, on-the-job training & transferable career skills Call 410-554-8200 x1243 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about an experience that can make the difference in your future job search. Like education, EXPERIENCE is PRICELESS! AFRO READERS, please pass along this unique opportunity TYPESET: Wed Aug 28 13:50:55 EDT 2013 to college students in your network. Employment The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) has an Executive Service opportunity for a Claims Manager who will be responsible for managing personal injury and property damage claims against the MTA. Requires a Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university in Business Administration, Business law or Risk Management; plus six (6) years of experience in administrative or professional work in a related filed.Salary: $57,626 - $ 92,521 (Grade 21) Closing Date; September 10, 2013.
Down Home Single Lady, Brown skinned lady; 5’6”, full-figure, hazel eyes, 50 years old. My hobbies are cooking for tow, listening to music, DVD’s, good conversation and quiet evenings. I would like to meet someone with similar interests. Age 50-65 years old. He must be sober and anti-drug addict and free from incarceration. He must have a house, transportation and employment or retirement. Send photo and phone number, or box number. Brenda Johnson, 120 Terragon Road, Reisterstown, Maryland 21136.
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During the ”Meet and Greet”, HABC will provide information regarding HABC’s JOC Program and HABC’s plans for accomplishing mechanical projects over the next 5-years using the JOC Program. HABC will also provide information regarding the bidding process HABC plans to use for awarding Mechanical JOC Contract(s). A JOC Contract is a competitively awarded, firm, fixed priced, indefinite quantity contract for a collection of tasks and related specifications that have established unit prices. The JOC Contract is to be used for the accomplishment of repair, alteration, modernization, maintenance, rehabilitation, demolition and construction of infrastructure, buildings and structures by means of Job Orders issued under the master JOC Contract. The Proposed Contract(s) to be awarded are listed below: Contract Number - TDB Trade - Mechinical Maximum Contract Term Value - $5,000,000 Maximum Number of Contract Terms - 5 M a x i m u m To t a l C o n t r a c t Va l u e $25,000,000 The Authority reserves the right to award multiple contracts under a single Contract Number. If more than one award is made, each contract will be at the Maximum Contract Term Value. If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact:
Pen Pal Handsome male, incarcerated. Looking for a Pen Pal! Write: Bruce Wise 126284, 954 Forrest St., Baltimore, Maryland 21202.
The ”Meet and Greet” will be held on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 2:00 p.m., at the Charles L. Benton Building, 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 346, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202.
Housing Authority of Baltimore City Division of Fiscal Operations, Procurement Department 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 414 Baltimore, Maryland 21202 Attention: John Airey, Chief of Contracting Services Tel: (410) 396-3261 Fax: (410) 962-1586 firstname.lastname@example.org
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COMMUNITY CONNECTION September 7 Get ready to laugh!
The Music Ministry of Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, 2110 Madison Ave., Baltimore, is proud to present comedian Joe Recca for an afternoon of comedy, 4 p.m., Sept. 7 in the church sanctuary. Refreshments will be served immediately following the performance. Joe Recca is a nationallyknown comedian who has worked with some of the best in comedy today. His TV credits include: BET Comic View, HBO Def Comedy Jam, Apollo Comedy Hour and The Monique Show among others. The show and food are yours to experience for $25. For more information call 410-525-5554.
September 12 Faith & Justice Discussion
Associated Black Charities CEO Diane BellMcKoy recently announced a Faith & Justice discussion commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington. The Rev. Raphael Warnock, senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta will deliver the keynote address followed by a panel discussion about the commitment of the faith community to the ongoing fight for economic justice and civil rights facilitated by the Rev. Dr. Sheridan Todd Yeary with Bishop Dwayne C. Debnam, Imam Earl El-Amin and talk show host Marc Steiner. The commemoration event will take place, 6-8 p.m., Sept. 12, at The Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Museum, 1417 Thames St., Baltimore. “The civil rights movement was born and nurtured in churches and places of worship of various faiths across the country,” said Bell-McKoy. “As the world pauses to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the life-changing March on Washington, ABC wanted to facilitate a discussion about where the faith community stands in the fight for economic justice and civil rights.” Ebenezer Baptist Church is where Dr. King gave his first sermon and where he served as co-pastor with his father until his assassination in 1968. Rev. Warnock is a well-known national speaker on faith and social justice and served as a pastor in Baltimore prior to his appointment in Atlanta. Tickets are $30 per person and seating is limited. To register visit www.abc-md.org