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Mondawmin Community Strives For Peace By Alexis Taylor Special to the AFRO It is more peaceful in the Mondawmin community these days, even as a wave of shootings and senseless homicides tied to what police are calling a gang war has pushed killings over 200 in Baltimore. While victims are falling prey to violence in troubled areas of the city,

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in Mondawmin, where five homicides were reported in 2007 and only a single murder was investigated last year, residents are celebrating that this year’s tally stands at three, many fewer than in some previous years. “We are a peaceful community that is made up of many seniors, homeowners and tax payers,” said Jacqueline Caldwell, president of the Greater Mondawmin Coordinating Council. Caldwell says that her neighborhood’s image was tarnished as a result of a half-century of bad press fueled by crimes committed by outsiders. “Whenever something bad happens, it just sheds a bad light on the entire community and it’s just not justified,” she said. Owned in the 1800s by city councilman and physician Patrick Macaulay, according to Live Baltimore’s neighborhood profile for Mondawmin, the area was named after a Native American god of corn, which was widely cultivated in the region three centuries ago. In the post-World War II era, Mondawmin became associated with theft and violent crime. Residents are elated that

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the community’s image is picking up. “This area was pretty dangerous,” said Rev. Carvin Cook, 71, pastor of Emmanuel United Baptist Church, located near Mondawmin Mall. “When we first moved to this area in 1999, we would find used needles around the church”

“Whenever something bad happens, it just sheds a bad light on the entire community and it’s just not justified.” – Jacqueline Caldwell and gunfire could be heard regularly. Cook believes that the alcohol and drug abuse that plagued some residents, as well as a low marriage rate that resulted in fewer men living in the community, made it susceptible to crime. But that is changing, he said. “The neighborhood associations have been very effective and the partnerships

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Leaders Set a ‘Black Agenda’ By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – After a four-hour meeting of some the best minds in civil rights, business, education and the media, dozens of Black

leaders from across the nation outlined a “Black agenda” that would be presented to President Barack Obama and Congress early next year. The leadership group was assembled by Marc Morial, president and chief executive officer of the National

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Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, and Rev. Jamal Bryant

Baltimore residents gathered at Mount Vernon Place Dec. 6 to witness the 41st annual lighting of the Washington Monument. The evening included musical performances by the Morgan State University Choir, the Baltimore City High School Choir, the Heart of Maryland Chorus. The event concluded with fireworks and a laser finale. Photo by J.D. Howard

Urban League; Al Sharpton, founder and president of the National Action Network; Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and Melanie Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. Morial was quick to say that the meeting did not represent the formation of another group, but a collaborative effort to send a clear message to the White House during President Obama’s second term.

Crafting the Fabric of Michele Obama’s American Tapestry By Jannette J. Witmyer Special to the AFRO

After covering Michelle Obama during her first year in the White House, New York Times reporter Rachel L. Swarns said she jumped at the opportunity to chronicle the first lady’s family history. “As the first African American first lady, people

were enormously interested,” Swarns said. And, Obama, a descendant of the South, proved an interesting subject to research and write about. In the two years that she spent on the book, American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama, Continued on A7

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Morgan Prez Not Renewed By Alexis Taylor Special to the AFRO

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The Morgan State University campus continues to buzz about the decision by the school’s board of regents to end Dr. David Wilson’s term as MSU president. In a Dec. 11 statement,

the board said it would not renew Wilson’s contract as president two and a half years into his term at the helm of one of Maryland’s four historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). As of next June, the board said, “Dr. Wilson is Continued on A3

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Allegations of improprieties by Michigan Circuit Court Judge Wade McCree Jr., already under censure for emailing shirtless pictures to various people, have been referred to the state’s Judicial Tenure Commission (JTC) for review and possible action. McCree, the son of a legendary Black lawyer who served as U.S. solicitor general under President Jimmy Carter, is now facing allegations that he impregnated a woman who says she had sex with him in his courthouse chambers, according to the Detroit News Dec. 8. The judge initially filed a complaint with the Detroit prosecutors claiming that the woman was stalking him. The woman, Geniene La’Shay Mott, told reporters she met McCree

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Jay-Z, Beyonce, Frank Ocean Lead Grammy Nominee List

The Recording Academy has released its official list of nominees for the 2013 Grammy Awards this week, with seasoned artists such as Anita Baker, SWV, and Beyonce mixed in with newcomers like Frank Ocean. Elle Varner could take the prize for Best R&B Song for her hit “Refill.” Robert Glasper’s name showed up in the Best R&B Album hat for his “Black Radio” project. Frank Ocean “I am so extremely honored to have received a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Performance,” said London-bred artist Estelle in a Facebook status update. “I couldn’t have done it without all of you.” Rappers Drake and Lil’ Wayne will go against Jay-Z and Kanye West as “HYFR” and “N****s In Paris” duke it out in the Best Rap Performance category along with Nas, for “Daughters.” Both Jay-Z and Kanye have two nominations in this category for their performances of “I Do” and “Mercy,” respectively.

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JET Showcases Male Same-Sex Wedding

In a historic move, JET Magazine, a leading bi-weekly Black publication, featured a male couple in its wedding section for the first time. In the “JET Love” section of the Dec. 10 issue, the magazine tells the love story of Ravi Perry and Paris Prince, who married at their Worcester, Mass., home in August. Perry, who recently joined the Mississippi State University political science department as an assistant professor, and Prince, a licensed real estate broker and anti-discrimination compliance expert, said they were honored by their inclusion. “We are excited and honored to have our wedding featured in the historic yet ever-current JET Magazine,” the couple said in a statement. “Long the hallmark in publishing news, culture,

and events pertaining to the Black American experience, JET’s publishing of our union is historic.” While JET’s wedding section traditionally showcases malefemale couples, this is not the first time it has featured a samesex couple. Last year, the magazine featured its first lesbian wedding when it chronicled the marriage in California of Nyema Vernon and Dr. Tenika Jackson. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) worked with JET to create the feature. The advocacy group praised the magazine for its coverage of issues important to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. “JET Magazine has an extensive legacy of covering the lives of LGBT African-Americans,” said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. “This is yet another opportunity to applaud JET Magazine for continuing to highlight the diversity of the African-American community and to urge other media outlets to recognize that it’s these stories that help grow acceptance of our community and give a voice to LGBT people of color who are too often invisible in the media.”


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International Action to Stem Global Warming Stalls

have not been significant global actions that recognize individual innovations and scale those up.” Twelve years after the industrialized nations Under the UN mandate, which was adopted agreed, under the United Nation-sanctioned in Kyoto, Japan, in 1997, 37 industrialized Kyoto Protocol, to reduce man-made emissions countries and the European Union agreed to that threaten to destabilize the planet’s climate, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by an greenhouse gas emissions and global warming average of 5 percent of 1990 levels between continue to grow apace, exposing the Earth, 1998 and 2012. especially the poor, to potential calamity, A build-up of methane and other harmful according to environmental scientists and policy- gases could cause global temperatures to rise by watchers. almost 6 degrees centigrade by 2100 if no action “I wish I could be more positive about it is taken, the IPCC warned. But even a fast(Kyoto),” said Dan Kammen, member of the approaching 2-degree C temperature increase sport-utility sought in catastrophic, from a neighbor By Alan King Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change vehicle could prove they say.about a suspiconnection with the murder of cious vehicle. The man noticed AFRO Staff Writer (IPCC), the body created by the UN to assess “We’re playing Russian roulette,” said Hudson’s mother and brother. the vehicle while walking his climate change. “Despite lots of conversations, Kammen, a professor of energy and resources, The white, 1994 Chevrolet dog. According to the Chicago Jennifer Hudson and other so far, wepositively have not identified been very successful at with Illinois publiclicense policy andTribune, nuclear engineering theshot Suburban the boy had at been relatives multiple times in the back seat meaningful action on climate protection. University of Berkeley, California. “Models are of the vehicle. regis“There has been progress in reaching mild not good at forecasting. So everyThe bit SUV, of increase tered to Hudson’s murdered [individual] goals. The problem is that there over 2 degrees increases the likelihood of By Zenitha Prince Special to the AFRO

surprising events that we could not forecast.” But threats of dire consequences were not According to Alden Meyer, director of embraced by participants in recently concluded strategy and policy for the Union of Concerned international talks to advance the Kyoto Scientists, global warming is already wreaking Protocol, said Meyer, who attended the meeting. havoc. “We’re seeing extreme weather events— “Leaders are more concerned about the shortcyclones, tsunamis, tropical storms, etc.—all term impacts on trade and their economies; over the world,” he said. they’re not really thinking about our children “Just look at the U.S. We’ve had some of the and grandchildren and what this will mean for most extensive droughts in our history, wildfires them,” he said. throughout the November country, Hurricane which 7, 2008, TheThe world’s leading industrialized nations 1, 2008Sandy, - November Washington Afro-American not only caused extensive damage in New York contend that the Kyoto mandate is unfair and and New Jersey, but also travelled down into the ineffective—it only addresses 15 percent of Caribbean and swept over Haiti, which is still global emissions—because it doesn’t hold fasttrying to recover from the earthquake.” Meyer developing and heavily-polluting nations such posted fliers bearing photosaid. as China, India and Brazil to the samehis emission graph around the city. On Melting glaciers and ice caps are also standards. Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked causing the sea level to rise, threatening to flood “But we can’tfor wait yearshelp justintwiddling theeight public’s finding small island states and coastline communities, our thumbs,” Meyer said. “WeInneed to take her nephew. her MySpace blog,in she fansemission and supaccording to environmental scientists who action now [because] thethanked meantime, porters their prayers and say extreme weather threatens the viability of of greenhouse gases and for other emissions offered a $100,000 reward to farming, particularly in poorer countries. continue to soar through the roof.”


Jennifer Hudson and Relatives Identify Body of Her Slain Nephew brother, was towed with the 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. closer to parity and equality, Hudson and other family and fulfills the promises of these milestones.” members arrived at the Medical Examiner’s office mid-afterMorial summarized five priorities that would be fleshed out Julian King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. noon to identify the body. in the new agenda: Given the choice between lookAchieve A spokesman for the office the murders but is being held in ing •directly at economic the body orparity for African-Americans told the newspaper that Hudson jail for parole violation after • Promote in educational opportunity viewing it on aequity wall-mounted

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More than three dozen leaders attended, including National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Chairman Cloves Campbell, Southern Christian Leadership President Charles Steele and grassroots activist Ron Daniels, president of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century. “We seek not to create a new organization, we seek to turn a corner towards a direction of being collective and proactive in Courtesy Photos the pursuitHudson of the challenges nation faces,Donerson said Morial. Jennifer and her our mom, Darnell who was killed, as well as her brother, Jason. Many of those challenges such as unemployment, poverty and health care disparities are far greater among Blacks, a X584859 was found group that Obama withplate 93 percent of their votes on in the body ofsupported her 7-year-old Chicago’s West Side after nephew Monday, just hours November. police received a 7 a.m. call afterInhis bodystatement was foundfollowing in a a joint the meeting, the group wrote: “As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Great March on Washington and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, we must have a seat at the table to fully leverage the talents, intellectual capital and contributions of our leaders to craft a domestic agenda that brings African-Americans

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“We can’t wait and sit back and expect any elected official to write an agenda. We have to do it.”

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• Promote healthier with nation her by eliminating “She heldahands It was obviously a very emotional moment.”


“remained strong for her fami• Achieve comprehensive of the criminal justice video screen, the family chose reform ly” and was clearly its leader. the latter. According to the system “She held hands with her famiTribune, Hudson said, “Yes, ly,” the spokesman said. “It that’s him.” “This is a first step towards developing a public policy was obviously a very emotional moment.” agenda and we pledge to cooperate and work together with The boy – the son of Julia clearly defined objectives,” said Morial. Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had NAACP Washington Bureau Director Hilary Shelton agreed. been missing since Friday, “It was important that we had when this kind of conversation a relative found Julian’s to begin utilizing our resources and coordinating even better grandmother, Darnell No wonder Obama’s campaign is Donerson, 57, and his uncle, trying to distance him from the Jason Hudson, 29, shot to death group, saying, “Barack Obama in his grandmother’s home in Never Organized with ACORN.” the 7000 block of South Yale But Obama’s ties to ACORN run Avenue. long and deep. He taught classes An Amber Alert – a desigfor ACORN. They even endorsed nation high-risk missing allegedfor cannibalism incident himNwokeafor for President.said he children – was issued Friday never believed involving former engineering But now ACORNthe is inpresident trouble. after Julian was discovered least There are hadReporter: pure intentions foratthe student and member missing afterROTC the murders. 11 investigations acrosslike the the Police arrested William university and didn’t Alex Kinyua. country involving thousands of Balfour, the missing way Wilson asked students if Campus violenceboy’s drewsteppotentially fraudulent ACORN father and estranged husband they “liked what he was doing of media attention less than forms. Julia, at his girlfriend’s Massive voter forAnnouncer: the campus,” making two weeksapartment ago with several another Southside fraud. And theheObama hours after the murders. it seem like alone campaign was daytime shooting the same paid more than $800,000 to an mother,police Michele, has responsible for the changes in Balfour’s week university ACORN front for get out the vote told reporters that her son had the campus capital plant. disclosed information about efforts. nothing to do with the slayings. Other students twoBalfour more armed robberies Pressuring banks to support issue risky remains a suspect in loans. Nationwide voter fraud. Wilson. A student-fueled reported on campus. Barack Obama. Bad judgment. petition to reverse the decision The university said Blind ambition. Too risky for was posted on security problems have America.

Leader Calls Voter Registration Fraud Charges ‘Bogus’ By Alan King AFRO Staff Writer

and Dallas Cowboys players Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, among the names submitted to election officials. Hurd said those workers, who were doing those things without ACORN’s knowledge or permissprawling along Hillen Road sion, were fired. from Argonne Drive pastsurCold “The evidence that has faced soLane. far shows they faked Spring forms to get paid for work Wilson’s legacy will they didn’t do, not to stuff ballot include a new building for the boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the business schoolnot tothe be perpetranamed victim of fraud, tor of Earl it. G. Graves, Morgan after Hurd said only things alumnus andthe founder of bogus are the charges themBlack Enterprise Magazine, selves. And factcheck. org the newly opened Center agrees. forItthe Built Environment concluded, “Neither ACORN nor its employees and Infrastructure Studieshave been found guilty of, or even (CBEIS) and technological charged with, casting fraudulent upgrades votes.” and administrative changes. The problem came about primarily of like the way Butbecause students Chinadu ACORN operates. Rather than Nwokeafor, who aren’t rely on volunteers, it pays peocrushed Wilson go,unemsay ple, manytoofsee them poor or he oftentotook ployed, sign undue up newcredit voters.for Theupgrades idea was to both those the onhelp campus and being registered and those doing criticized president’s attitude the registration. andMaud way explained, of dealing“We withhave a people. zero tolerance policy for deliberate Nwokeafor falsification of is registration.” a member Most news account of The X Assembly, aneglect to point out that ACORN is student required organization by law to turnthat in all regsays theyforms. haveAnd beenthey active istration also fail to note that issues. it was the organizain campus While they tion, in many instances,from that first received cooperation brought the phony registrations the president out to the attentionin ofspeaking authorities. about killing of Trayvon Thethe McCain camp apparently isn’t interested in those fine Martin, a Florida teenager, points, preferring to air misleadthey encountered resistance ing ads that seek to link Obama from Wilsonthereby over complaints to ACORN, undercutting about campus food service. his political support. McCain: I’msaid Johnthey McCain Nwokeafor and I approve this message. were “belittled” by Wilson Announcer: Who is Barack on the food issue when Obama? A man with “a political they metperformed with the at president baptism warp speed.” Vast ambition. After colin November. “We left lege, he moved to Chicago. that meeting with a sense Became a community organizer. of disappointment, simply There, Obama met Madeleine because of of your method Talbot, part the harsh Chicago branch of ACORN. was so of speaking to us,’’Hethe group impressive that he was asked said in a follow-up letter toto train the ACORN staff. Dr.What Wilson Nov. in 28.Chicago did on ACORN “Asin? weBullying were leaving, engage banks. you Intimidationthat tactics. mentioned we Disruption should of business. ACORN be focusing more onforced our banks to issue risky home loans. grades, insinuating that we The same types of loans that were achievers.” causedunder the financial crisis we’re in today.

Morgan Prez Not Renewed

Presidential candidate John McCain’s attack on ACORN – Continued from A1 Associated Community Organization for Reform Now – expected to become a part of confirms the success of the the Morgan State University organization, the head of the faculty as a tenured faculty group says. “This is testimony to the work member.” we’ve done and success we’ve Dallas R. Evans, chairman had,” Maude Hurd, president of of the MSU regents, ACORN, saidboard in an of interview applauded Wilson in the same with the AFRO. “When attack started, we release thatthis also announced had just announced that we had the beginning of a search to registered 1.3 million new votreplace ers,” shehim. said. “That’s just to say University that“Morgan someone’sState running scared because of ACORN’sto success.” remains committed its McCain, who is running for mission of supporting, president on the Republican tickempowering and preparing et, lashed out at ACORN in the high-quality, diverse final debate against Barack Obama, contending theworld,” group “is graduates to lead the on the verge of maybe perpetratsaid Evans. ing one of the greatest frauds in Board member, retired voter history in this country, Army Larrythe R.fabric Ellis,of maybeGen. destroying democracy.” will preside over a task force, non-partisan established by thea board to Web site, found those claims to forge a transitionwith plan“no by evithe be “exaggerated,” end ofofthe year. dence any such democracydestroying fraud.” In a letter to the members Hurd believes the McCain of the Morgan State charges were politically motivatUniversity community on ed. Dec. 10,said, Wilson reaffirmed She “Because it’s lowandlove moderate-income people, his for the institution. and“Ipeople of color, I Ibelieve love Morgan! love the McCain campaign thinks those itvoters because we take so many are going to vote students whowhich enteristhis Democratic, not necessarily true.”as freshmen with institution is no stranger raw,ACORN unrefined talent andtohave controversy. them from this special Foremerge 38 years, the non-partisan place four orhas five yearsforlater organization fought social andgems economic lowas in thejustice state’sforand the and moderate-income nation’s crown.” Americans. With 400,000 memstand organized proudly on themore ber“I families into body of work we have been than 1,200 neighborhood chapters in cities during nationwide, able to110 achieve my ACORN said has over the years tenure,” Wilson, whoseen its share of criticism while advoalso added that he will not cating for affordable housing, challenge –orhealthcare speak ill for of --the living wages, the underserved— board’s action.and while organizing voter registration drives.Dr. Wilson took over from But none has been as withering Earl S. Richardson, who led and baseless as this one. the With university for moreelection than the presidential less than two weeks away, two decades. He was the 12th ACORN’sfor detractors allege the president the historically organization has engaged in masBlack fixture in Northeast sive voter registration fraud after Baltimore, campusof bogus the reportedits discovery names, such as Mickey Mouse

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anyone who returned the boy alive. Since the investigation, Hudson – who gained stardom after appearing on “American Idol,” and then won an Academy Award for her role in the movie Dreamgirls – has stayed out of the public eye. The Chicago Tribune reported that a parade of cars moved slowly past her family’s home Monday morning, past the – Marc Morial news vans, reporters and curious of onlookers. and moving these initiatives forward through each our own Neighbors stood disciplines,” he said. quietly and Morial said that the lesson to be learned is that we have to reflected on the being convicted of attempted be proactive. violence. murder vehicular hijackIn frontany of the Hudson’s “Weand can’t wait and sit back and expect elected official ing. Cook County records show home, men in heavy jackets to write an agenda,” Morial added. “We have to do it.” that he pleaded guilty to both and hooded sweatshirts came to Sharpton echoed thatalso sentiment. charges in 1999. He was kiss the twin white crosses barconvicted in 1998 forthe posses“We can not ask president ing to write an agenda for us and the names of Donerson sion of a stolen motor vehicle. Jason. to himself,” explained Sharpton. “We need to take this from He was released from prison in “Everybody sick of to going rhetoric toserving results seven from people we need anisagenda 2006 after years saying through stuff like this,” Artisha trying sit downmurder and collectively come up with one, from just for the to attempted and West, a former resident of the car hijacking charges. complaining to convening and going areaforward.” told the Tribune. “We all The boy remained missing have to stick together. All these through a long weekend in young children are dying, and which police and volunteers for what?”

In her letter to the Board of Since McCain’s comments, Regents, Ebony Miller, who ACORN’s 87 offices have been orchestrated the petition, said bombarded with threats and that Wilson racist mail. made a significant contribution to the Morgan. The day after presidential debate, vandals broke the “The students ofinto Morgan organization’s Boston and Seattle State University have a voice offices and stole computers. and we want to keep our After a Cleveland representative president,” reads petition. appeared on TV, anthe e-mail was sent to the12, local saying By Dec. theoffice effort had she “is going to 650 havesignatures. her life ended.” more than A worker in Providence, R.I., Wilson’s supporters received a threatening call said sayhe has a positive ing, “Wehad know you get impact off work at uttered racial in 9” hisand brief tenure. Heepithets. was A caller to one office influential in increasingleft a message on the answering federal grants machine, saying:and “Hi,contract I was just work by 20 you percent. calling to let know Student that Barack Obama needs to retention at Morgan isget over hung. He’s a a(expletive 70 percent, 12-year deleted) high, nigger, and he’s a piece of accordingdeleted). to Wilson. (expletive You guys are “I’m not sure fraudulent, and youwhy needthey to go to hell. thethey niggers onto oak trees. don’tAll feel need renew They’re gonna get all hung his contract, but Morgan honState eys, they’re going to get assassiUniversity does need Dr. nated, they’re gonna get killed.” Wilson,” Bashan Anothersaid message said,Prah, “You liberal idiots. civil Dumbengineering (expletive 21, a senior deleted). major inWelfare her lastbums. year You of guys just (expletive deleted) studies. “Dr. Wilson has come to our country, consume been such a resource great help to our every natural there is, and makeHe a lot of babies. That’s school. truly cares about all guys do. And thenthe suck theyou students. We want up the welfare and expect everyBoard to overturn one elseoftoRegents pay for your hospital this decision immediately,” bills for your kids. I jus’ say let your the best Prahkids tolddie. theThat’s AFRO. move. Just let your children die. Under Wilson’s lead, they Forget about paying for hospital say, for a large campus bills them.part I’mof notthe gonna do hasYou become wireless and it. guys are lowlifes. And I hope you all die.”process for the registration Hurd thinks the hate calls will students has been streamlined. cease soon. Still, the security issues “In two weeks, I think these and violent gun related attacks will be over. But I crimes think it will harder for us to our that be have occurred onget and name back good graces around theon campus have because they really trashed us in undoubtedly left more than the last few weeks.” a few on will an otherwise Butstains ACORN not be deterred. successful presidency. “We’ve been inside fightinganforMSU a A shooting long time, for over 30 years, for Student Center bathroom the rights of low- and moderatein September further income people all across the shook a campus that had country,” Hurd said. “We’re going to continue fight for already receivedtonational economic justice in our commuattention in June for the nities.”

been exacerbated by new automated teller machines that provide instant access to cash in exchange for used cell phones and MP3 players. Wilson has fought to have the product discontinued in the area. Meant to encourage recycling, these Eco-ATMs have been a catalyst for the crimes around campus, Jason Hudson with eight machines located within a 25 mile radius of the campus.


“No one person is taking the blame but when you’re the leader of an institution where such activities are going on, parents, students, and employees all look toward someone in leadership to take responsibility,” said Dr. Max Hilaire, chairman of Morgan’s political science department, adding his belief that “the university was heading in the wrong direction” overall regarding faculty input.







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America’s Inaugurations – The AFRO Coverage 1916-17 Inauguration

For Black Folks”…Woodrow Wilson is the Worst.”

and local race riots and lynchings emerged and grew as sad and violent parts of the American culture, the quest for legal equality and protection became more and more a desperate but evaporating goal for the Black community with the advent of the second Wilson administration.

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he high hopes following the 1913 inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson were quickly and devastatingly extinguished when Wilson thereafter removed all appointed Black officials in the federal government and replaced them with White Southern Democrats. Therefore at the inception of the 1916 presidential campaign season, the Black community found itself in the unsavory position of once again having to choose between Republican or Democratic candidates that, as reflected in the Jan.1, 1916 AFRO article, “Disfranchised All Around,” represented virtually no choice at all. As the November 1916 election approached, the Black community began to visibly gravitate towards the Republican candidate, Charles Evan Hughes, the Supreme Court justice; but in a close race, to the enormous disappointment of the Black community, Woodrow Wilson won, reportedly on the strength of his campaign slogan “He kept us out of the war.” In contrast to the coverage of earlier presidential inaugurations, the AFRO had virtually no coverage of the inaugural celebrations for President Wilson’s second term,


From Political Standpoint the Colored Brother is “Dressed Up With No Place To Go.” DISFRANCHISED ALL AROUND

Offices Taken Away by Democrats and Republicans Take Away Votes in National Convention Washington, December 31 - The close of this year brings strongly to the fore the presidential campaign that will begin in full blast right after 1916 dons swaddling clothes and bids a last farewell to hoary-headed and deceased 1915. Woodrow Wilson will again head the Democratic national ticket, while it will take a seer to predict just who the Republican Richmond will be. The colored brother does not seem to know just where he is “at” with either party. The Democrats, in view of the promises of a square deal made by Woodrow Wilson in the 1912 fight, had a fine chance of permanently dividing the colored voters of the country. Some thousands of colored men would share in political preferment. Instead, not only segregation has been introduced into the departments and colored office holders seemingly harassed on account of their race, but certain Southern members of Congress have introduced “Jim-Crow” measures in Congress because their States have robbed the Negro of the right to vote-has come out courageously in favor of fair play for the race. All colored officeholders have been banished when their positions depend on presidential favor, and in other instances their jobs have been made uncomfortable. Despite the continued pleadings of Bishop Walters in behalf of the claims of colored Democrats not one has been a presidential appointment, save the two men sent as Ministers to Liberia. Indeed, many of the colored men who ardently supported the Democrats in 1912 in the belief that they would be fair to the race, have declared as did the National Independent Equal Rights League in Philadelphia several weeks ago, that they would strongly oppose the re-election of President Wilson. REPUBLICAN SHORTCOMINGS The Republican party has also become careless of the interest of the Negro during the past few years. The men in Congress that urge fair play for the race only form a negligible number nowadays. In the days following the election of McKinley the party had a chance to undo the work of disfranchisement underway in the South. The Republican National Convention of 1904 adopted a plank advocating the reduction of representation in Congress of those States that disfranchised their colored voters. Nothing ever came from it, however. Following the last Republican National Convention party leaders argued that as the Democrats of the South disfranchised colored voters in elections, the Republicans should curtail Southern representation in National conventions. The National Committee, at its meeting here a year ago, presented a plan to reduce the representation by about 80 votes. In the meantime, however, the United States Supreme Court, in a decision handed down by its Southern Democratic head, killed “grandfather clauses” in Southern election laws. Instead of planning at its recent meeting here to advise ways and means to get a much larger Republican registration in the South, it ignored the Supreme Court’s abrogation of Negro disfranchisement and voted to ratify its determination to disfranchise a large number of colored delegates who have attended Republican national conventions. In other words it practically endorsed Southern disfranchisement. Meanwhile, Mr. Colored Voter is all dressed up with no place to go it seems.

Aug, 25, 1917 THE DISGRACE OF DEMOCRACY Kelly Miller’s Open Letter to Woodrow Wilson Clarifies Present Trend of Negro Thought-The Negro the Hope of Democracy. More than the outbreaks of mob violence in Memphis and East St. Louis, more than the establishment of a Jim Crow Camp in Des Moines or discrimination in the army and navy, more than the retirement of Colonel Young, whether just or unjust, more than all the burden of oppression that the colored people have had to bear in recent years, the weight of the public indifference of Woodrow Wilson to the welfare of the race has been the most galling to bear. The directing of the attention of the President to the “Disgrace of Democracy” at a time when the country is in an avowed struggle to make this form of government world-wide, is the best indication

a possible reflection of the depth of the Black community’s disappointment. Ironically, shortly following the Wilson inauguration on March 5, 1917, the United States declared war on Germany on April, 2, and the Black community’s cry for justice and equality was once again made a remote secondary concern, as stated in the May 5 AFRO editorial. Times indeed were tough for Blacks. As World War I began, that even conservative thinkers like Kelly Miller, whom criticizes our government as a “lamentable failure,” are willing to suffer no longer in silence. NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO GOVERN NEGRO Mr. Miller says: “The Negro feels that he is not regarded as a constituent part of American democracy. This is our fundamental grievance and lies at the basis of all of the outrages inflicted upon this helpless race. It is the fundamental creed of democracy that no people are good enough to govern any other people without their consent and participation. The English are not good enough to govern the Irish. The Russians are not good enough to govern the Finns. The Germans are not good enough to govern the Belgians. The Belgians are not good enough to govern the people of the Congo. Men are not considered good enough to govern women. The white people of this country are not good enough to govern the Negro. As long as the black man is excluded from participation in the government of the nation, just so long will he be the victim of cruelty and outrage on the part of his white fellow-citizens who assume lordship over him.” These continuous outbreaks of mob violence and lawlessness, continues Mr. Miller, are only the outgrowth of the public disfavor in which the race is held. The evil is so widespread that the only remedy lies in the hands of the national government. The congressional resolutions looking to the investigation of the outrage of St. Louis are sad to be favored by the President but Mr. Miller does not expect any additional comprehensive information will result. Since East S. Louis there have already been lynchings in Georgia, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Montana. Every intelligent person knows as much about the essential cause of these conflicts as he will after an investigation of the outrage in St. Louis are said to be favored by the President but a public declaration and determination on the part of the President, speaking for the people, to put an end to lawlessness wherever found. LYNCHING NATIONAL INSTITUTION AND DISGRACE “I know that it has been steadily maintained that the Federal Government has no authority over lynchings and local race conflicts. This is not a political contention. This view was maintained under the administrations of Harrison, Cleveland, McKinley, Roosevelt and Taft. Indeed, President Cleveland, that great American democrat, came nearer recognizing Federal responsibility in such matters than any other President before his time or since. During the administration of President McKinley, an atrocious riot occurred in Wilmington, N.C., the city in which you spent your boyhood as the son of a minister of the gospel. Scores of innocent Negroes were killed and hundreds were driven from their home. But it was maintained that the President had no authority to interfere. A horrible lynching took place at Alexandria, Virginia, a few miles from the White House, which the President might possibly have observed through his field glasses. And yet it was looked upon as purely a local affair for which the Federal Government had no responsibility nor concern. You recall the atrocities of the riot in Atlanta, a city in which you spent your young manhood as a practitioner of law. But here again even President Roosevelt could find no ground to interfere. The evil is national in its range and scope. The Northern states like the Southern, have been guilty. Like slavery the evil tendency extends itself to overcome the good. Unless lawlessness is soon stamped out by the President, speaking for the people, “it is easy to prophesy that the Negro will yet be lynched not only in the shadow of Bunker Hill monument but on the campus of your beloved Princeton. As the nation could not exist half slave and half free under Abraham Lincoln, so it cannot continue half law abiding and half lawless under Woodrow Wilson.” So general has lynching become - 3,000 lynchings in the last 30 years-that it may be termed a national institution, to the eternal “disgrace of American Democracy.” Sheer “mockery,” Mr. Miller calls it for the Negro who is bruised and burned in all parts of the country and flees to the national government for asylum, to be denied relief on the ground of doubtful jurisdiction. The black man wants justice and not a theory or government. The President has sounded the trumpet of democracy thru all the earth, but “you add nothing to the civilization of the world nor to the culture of the human spirit by the technical changes in the form of government. “For forms of government let fools contestWhat’s best administered-is best.” “If democracy cannot control lawlessness, then democracy must be a pronounced failure. The nations of the world have a right to demand of us the workings of the institutions at home before they are promulgated abroad. The German press will, doubtless, gloat with foolish glee over the American atrocities against the Negro. The outrages complained of against the Belgians become merciful performances by gruesome comparison. Our frantic wail against the barbarity of Turk against Armenian. German upon Belgian. Russian upon Jews, are made of no effect. It cannot be said that these outbreaks are but the spontaneous ebullitions of popular feeling, without government sanction or approval. These outrages occur all over the nation. The nation must be responsible for what it permits. Sins of permission are as reprehensible as sins of commission. A few years ago a Turkish ambassador was handed his passports by you for calling attention to the inconsistency between our national practice and performance. The nation was compelled, with a spirit of humiliation, to accept the reproach which he hurled into our teeth: “Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine

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President Wilson speaking to a crowd from the back of a train, Jan. 1916 own eye; then shalt though see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” Every high-minded American must be touched with a tinge of shame when he contemplates that his rallying cry for the liberation of humanity is made a delusion and a snare by these racial barbarities.” Lest there be some to lay the blame on the Negro, Mr. Miller reminds the President that England has come in contact with weaker peoples all over the world, and that law and order prevails in the great British Empire. In the West Indies the Negroes outnumber the whites 20 to 1, and there is no rape and lynching there to talk about. Brazil offers a more complex racial situation, but peace and good will prevail. Even Belgium was forced to reform its severe treatment of Africans by the enlightened sentiment of other nations. “America enjoys the evil distinction among all civilized nations of the earth of taking delight in murder and burning of human beings. “The East St. Louis outbreak convinces the nation, as it has never been before, that the time for action has come. The press is not content with a single editorial ebullition, but by repeated utterances insists that the nation shall deal with its most malignant domestic evil. Reproach is cast upon your contention for the democratization of the world, in face of its lamentable failure at home. Ex-President Roosevelt, who is the greatest living voice now crying aloud for individual and national righteousness, has openly proclaimed, in dramatic declaration, that these outbreaks make our moral propaganda for the liberation of mankind but a delusion and snare. Mr. President, can this nation hope to live and to grow in favor with God and man on the basis of a lie? A nation with a stultified conscience is a nation with a stunted power.” The purpose of the present day statesman might not be to admit the Negro into this Democracy preached by the President on the basis of equality, but in spite of this there is no other goal of human democracy. A democracy of race or class, says Mr. Miller is “no democracy at all.” The Negro will endure until these “high sounding phrases” have come to a reality. Any other class of people under the stress and strain that the colored people suffer would like Job’s wife “curse God and die.” The Negro will neither curse God nor die, but “grin and live.” WILL PRESIDENT STAND BY THE NEGRO? In the present crisis, Mr. Miller states that the Negro will stand by the President and asks the President will he stand by the Negro? “As a student of public questions, I have carefully watched your attitude on the race problem. You have preserved a lukewarm aloofness from the tangled issues of this problem. In searching your writings one finds little or no reference to this troubled phase of American life. It seems that you regard it as a regrettable social malady to be treated with cautious and calculated neglect. There is observable, however, a passive solicitude. You have kept the race problem in the back part of your mind. Your letter to Bishop Walters during your first campaign for the Presidency, expressing a generous concern for the welfare of the race, though of a general and passive character, caused many Negroes to give you their political support. Under the stress and strain of other pressing issues and the partisan demands of your political supporters you have not yet translated this passive purpose into positive performance. There is, however; something of consolation in the fact that while during your entire career you have never done anything constructive for the Negro, you have never done anything destructive against him. Your constructive opportunity is now at hand.” The President is urged to make lawlessness a national issue, to ask Congress for power to prevent disturbance during the continuance of the war, or to send a “stirring message” to Congress calling attention to the lawlessness evil. As freely as Congress granted war credits, compulsory service, 8-hour day for railroads, or food administration, Mr. Miller believes Congress will grant Mr. Wilson any additional authority necessary to make America safe. THE NEGRO THE HOPE OF DEMOCRACY Mr. Miller says that nothing else will satisfy colored people. The protest parade in New York and the 6 o’clock prayer meetings in Washington where weekly “2000 humble women snatch the early hours of the morning before going to their daily tasks to resort to the house of prayer,” evidence not wild hysterics of the hours, but a determined purpose. “The weaker sex of the weaker race” are on their knees, and it may be that through them the world will come to realize the power of the Almighty. While the “professed followers of the Meek and Lowly One” are putting their trust in the aeroplane and the submarine, these people place their hope in God. They are not to be taken lightly, not to be ignored for “God uses the humbler things of life to confound the mighty. Kelly Miller’s open letter puts it squarely up to the President. In no lame, halting way, he says what radical speakers have been saying for the past decade. No white man is good enough to govern a Negro World Democracy that does not include the Negro without reservation is a failure and a mockery. If the White House has imagined that the dissatisfaction now being expressed over the treatment of colored people is the work of radicals, perhaps it will wake up to the danger and its mistake before it is too late. Kelly Miller represents that conservative opinion between the radicalism of W. M. Trotter and the reactionary policy of Booker T. Washington. His letter marks a notable departure from his views expressed at the beginning of the war. If we read alright, the new doctrine is “Democratized America first, Mr. President.”

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Dump Trump Drive Gains Momentum By Zenitha Prince Special to the AFRO Millionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump, already considered by many Republicans to be more burden than asset, has become a target of opposition for his role as an icon for Macy’s Department Store. A campaign orchestrated by the same forces that targeted conservative activist Glenn Beck is urging the store to dump the Trump line of apparel and accessories being marketed by the retail giant.

“I am a cardholder and I need to use this card for my family members. But I will cut it up if Macy’s does not listen!!”

– Pam Brooks

The Dump Trump Effort, a denunciation of the controversial positions taken by the real estate tycoon, was initiated in early November by Angelo Carusone, who led a similar campaign against right-wing provocateur Glenn Beck. The initiative quickly gained momentum at the start of the holiday shopping season. At a pre-Thanksgiving event, Carusone was joined by dozens of protestors at the Macy’s Herald Square store in New York City to deliver a

petition urging the store to remove the Trump line. Two weeks before Christmas, the online petition had 678,439 signatures. “Macy’s: Donald Trump does not reflect the ‘magic of Macy’s.’ We urge you to sever ties with him,” the petition, located at, states. “Macy’s says it has a strong obligation to be ‘socially responsible’ and that ‘actions speak louder than words.’ Indeed. It’s time to act.” Among the criticisms lobbed against Trump is his perpetuation of what Carusone called the “racially charged birther conspiracy” that accuses President Barack Obama of lying about his birthplace. He’s also been vilified for his denial of climate change. Soon after Hurricane Sandy ravaged parts of New Jersey and New York, Trump asserted on his Twitter page: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” The petition also characterizes Trump as a “sexist,” who personally attacks women he disagrees with by calling them “unattractive,” ugly or fat; and as a hypocrite, who complains about jobs being shipped overseas to Asian countries, even though his clothing line is made in China. The CEO of Macy’s defended his company’s partnership with Trump in a Nov. 11 email to Carusone, architect of the petition drive. Meanwhile, current and would-be Macy’s customers have registered their complaints with the company. On Macy’s Facebook page, user Sharon Watson wrote on Dec. 11: “Dear Macy’s CEO. Your store was the topic while standing in

What’s New & Next in Tech By Tabb Bishop Special to the AFRO When was the last time you opened a White Pages phone directory or dialed 411 for a phone listing? How often do you bounce between book stores or libraries to locate information? If the answer is “not recently,” “not much” or “never,” then you are among the masses who take advantage of the nearly endless resources now available in large part on the Internet. The Internet–as one of modern day’s most intriguing innovations--has impacted us on individual, community and

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Donald Trump a long line to attend a concert recently. The crowd expressed their displeasure that Macy’s would be affiliated with someone as racist as Donald Trump, and I agree with them. I will not shop at your stores this Christmas season,

global scales. While our attention frequently is on the gadgets that link us to the Internet, the Internet itself, while frequently taken for granted, is a bona fide technological marvel. And even though the Internet is decades old, there is still much to learn about this tech tool and those of us who use it. The search engine Bing describes the Internet as a “global computer network: a network that links computer networks all over the world by satellite and telephone, connecting

and if there is no change in your policy, I will destroy my credit card from your store.” And at the Dump Trump site, petitioner No. 678431, identified as Pam Brooks, of Oberlin, Ohio, warned: “I am a cardholder and I need to use this card for my family members. But I will cut it up if Macy’s does not listen!!” So far, the department store seemed to have blocked its ears. There have been no apparent moves to remove Trump from the company’s advertising campaigns and his brands are still in the stores. In the only statement addressing the matter, a company spokesperson stated, “Macy’s marketing and merchandise offerings are not representative of any political position. Many of the individuals associated with products sold at Macy’s -- or at any retailer, for that matter -- express personal opinions that are not related to the merchandise we sell or to the philosophies of our company.” Macy’s recalcitrance may cause an adverse effect during this year’s largest shopping season. According to YouGov’s BrandIndex, a gauge of companies’ popularity among consumers, Macy’s has declined to its lowest brand loyalty levels since the first week of November in 2011. “Brand loyalty” was measured using a “Recommend Score,” which asks respondents “Would you recommend the brand to a friend?” Before Nov. 19, the store’s score was 31 compared to an average score of 19 for the department and discount store sector. As the Dump Trump Effort gained publicity and support, however, Macy’s shed 14 points to its current 17 score, putting it behind many of its major competitors, including Target, J.C. Penney, Wal-Mart, Kohls, Sears, Kmart and TJ Maxx.

users with service networks such as email and the World Wide Web.” (Of course, I used the Internet to look this up.) In short, the Internet allows millions of users to share information. In a recent technology survey that Harris Interactive conducted on behalf of Verizon, 52 percent of respondents named Internet service as one of their most important household utilities. Think about it. Internet service is considered by a majority of participants in the same vein as electric, gas, telephone or water service. If you carry an Internet-connectable device like a smartphone, then you are probably one of the 40 percent of Americans the survey identified as “borderless consumers.” The borderless lifestyle is about empowerment. Old technologies are being eliminated. Wireline and wireless broadband networks are converging. We can now connect and accomplish what we want or need to do whenever we wish, wherever we are, using whichever device we choose. Borderless consumers are found in every racial, ethnic and age group – including millennials, Gen-Xers, baby boomers and the mature generation. To no surprise, 18- to 34-year-olds constitute the largest number. Diving deeper into the survey’s data reveals that women outnumber men 53 to 47 percent. Also, 82 percent of the respondents are interested in using network services such as cloud-based data storage to access data files from any device. Ninety percent look forward to having every connectable device in their home seamlessly link and work together via their in-home network or online. In addition, 60 percent of borderless and 40 percent of nonborderless respondents consider wired Internet service as their most important home utility. The Internet is an expanding gateway to information and services, where public and private sector organizations are preparing for increased usage. For example, the Maryland Access Point website (see was created to benefit senior citizens–a group not traditionally viewed as techies, but recognized as wanting to stay at home to maintain their independence – by allowing them to “assess, learn and search for long-term support information and services” over the Internet. The borderless lifestyle survey shows that consumers want the benefits, convenience and intuitiveness of a connected life and a “smart home,” where machines communicating with each other are possible (the latter will be my topic next month). This means that the near future should be full with new products, applications and services that will enrich our experiences – and in particular, those fostered by the borderless lifestyle. And that should provide plenty of future content for What’s New & Next in Tech and, more importantly, a better life for us all. Tabb Bishop is Verizon’s vice president for state government affairs for the mid-Atlantic region.

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Many Black Families Still Go Hungry By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent As millions of families gather for marathon eating sessions across the nation this holiday season, Black families will worry about where their next meal is coming from at a rate that is twice that of Whites, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. While the national rate for food insecurity – defined as “disrupted eating patterns, reduced food intake and skipping meals entirely” – was 14.9 percent, Black households experienced food insecurity at a 25.1 percent rate, compared with White households with a rate of 11.4 percent. A recent report by the United States Department of Agriculture found that one in four Black households will be forced to choose between paying bills or paying for food and 1 in 10 will be forced to skip meals. Black children living in food insecure homes also fared worse than other groups. According to Department of Agriculture figures released in September, the national average for children living with food insecurity was 10 percent. For Black children, however, the rate was 14.6 percent – more than twice the rate for White children at 6.7 percent. Brian Banks, director of Public Policy and Community Outreach for the Capital Area Food Bank, said that he was stunned to see one of his neighbors looking for help at a food pantry in Prince George’s County, Md., the wealthiest Black county in the nation, hit hard with foreclosures during the recession. Banks said that his neighbor told him after paying all of his other bills, there was simply nothing left to put food on the table. “You talk about how [food insecurity] can happen to anybody you read these reports that say, ‘It can happen to anybody’ and then you see it happen to a person that you know and it really hits home,” Banks said. The USDA study reported that only 57 percent of food-insecure families accessed

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Brian Banks, Director of Public Policy and Community Outreach at the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C. stands in one of their largest food warehouses as workers sort food in the background. one of the most-used federally funded food programs (WIC, SNAP and free or reducedprice school lunch) and only 56 percent of the families that were forced to skip meals entirely received aid. “People think the program is for someone else,” Banks said. As the Prince George’s County, Md. example illustrates, the face of hunger is changing as more middle-class families with luxury cars and expensive mortgages scramble to meet their basic necessities. Bread for the World, a Christian group that fights hunger in the United States and around the world, often leans on lawmakers to craft policies that reduce poverty and provide support to families in need. Derek Boykins, the associate for African American Outreach at Bread for the World, said that it’s important to realize the power of advocacy. And he said that will become increasingly important as Congress weights making cuts in social programs to avoid going off what is called a fiscal cliff. “We do have power in terms of using our

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Swarns traveled to graveyards in Alabama, courthouses in South Carolina, libraries in Illinois and a myriad of other places, poring over any information available about Obama’s relatives, deceased or alive. “What was most compelling to me was that you can really see the story of this country through the lens of her family,” Swarns said. “You have slavery, emancipation, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the rise of Jim Crow, migration… It’s the first lady’s story, but so many people see their own stories in it.” Swarns appeared Dec. 8 at Prince George’s Community College in an event that was organized by four local chapters of the AfroAmerican Historical and Genealogical Society. As researchers and genealogy buffs, they were eager to learn about Swarns’ experiences researching Obama’s life and to share theirs. Charles Howard, president of the James Dent Walker chapter in Washington, D.C. and immediate past president of the national organization, said he felt Swarns did an admirable job tracing the first lady’s history. “For a nongenealogist, she was able to review a wide variety of source materials, including the ones we most often use--vital records, census documents, land records, news articles and court records,” Howard said. “One of things I was most impressed with was how she was able to uncover so much in such a short period of time.” What emerged from Swarns’ research is a story that traces Obama’s lineage starting with her four grandparents and moving backwards through their family history. On her maternal side, a central figure was her great-great-great grandmother Melvinia, the Georgia slave girl who bore the sons of a White man that she chose never to identify. Melvinia never left Georgia, even after freedom came her way. On Obama’s paternal side, the book details her greatgrandmother Phoebe, who dreamed of a better life and struck out from Villa Ridge, Ill., a small farming town, just before her 20th birthday. The author readily admits that she is not a genealogist but says that she found herself completely drawn into the process of researching Obama’s family history. “I’d never done this kind of historical research in terms of records as a journalist before or as an individual, and I just loved, loved, loved it. I never imagined that I would find myself so mesmerized by it,” Swarns said. Because the first lady will not give interviews for book projects, her thoughts are not reflected in Swarns’ work, though the author did interview several relatives. Swarns said some White relatives found discomfort in discussing or even thinking of an ancestor as a slaveholder, especially with a Black woman writer. Others, both Black and White, preferred to embrace a “culture of silence,” and had no interest in dredging up the past. Some chose

not to discuss the past as a way “to protect and shield their children from the difficulties of the past.” Even though those encounters created a few problems, Swarns said she forged ahead, recovering information from as many sources as possible, including records and historical documents. The fact that some of the information will never be made available and that many questions will remain unanswered served more as a revelation for her than a deterrent. “It just made me more keenly aware of how important it is for us to talk to the older people in our families before it’s too late,” Swarns said, “and also for us to share what we know with our children and grandchildren.” The publication of Swarns’ book, which

voice to urge our members of Congress to protect certain programs,” Boykins said. Banks also urges residents to talk to their legislators and to share their personal stories and struggles with poverty and hunger. Banks said that lawmakers campaign on the promise to help people. And they need to keep that promise now more than ever. According to their Web site, the Capital Area Food Bank “distributes 30 million pounds of food annually, half of which is fresh produce; 84,000 pounds of food daily and 500,000 pounds each week.” CAFB also works with local food pantries throughout the Washington Metropolitan area to offer an array of services including healthy eating courses and help navigating the thorny process of applying for federal food and nutrition assistance programs. Bread for the World, the Capital Area Food Bank and similar groups push lawmakers to fund programs such as Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as essential in the fight against hunger. Boykins of Bread for the World said: “It’s

important to remember the grandmother, the grandchildren our brothers and sisters that have fallen on hard times and need our support to help keep them out of poverty, support that will ensure that they have food on their tables and support that will ensure that they are food secure not insecure.”

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that exist between them and the police department [have] been effective,” he said. “A few years ago the police began to have an intense presence. They made this a major target area. You don’t see as many people on the corners or walking up and down the streets anymore and there’s less drug dealing.” He credited local churches with helping. “If the churches continue to do what they’re doing in growing outreach and working with the police we can change things.” Typical of the change is the J-Man Supermarket, located near Cook’s church. The multi-floor business has walls that are covered in bright African prints and shelves of neatly

folded pants, shirts, suit coats and jackets. According to owner KqlmStrqng, pronounced “calm-strong,” less than ten thefts occur a year and they are usually committed by young teens shoplifting small items like earrings, or older people trying to steal coats. Local resident Timothy White, 49, said driving out the drug dealers has helped the community to improve. “Guys would be on the corners selling drugs all day, even on Sundays,” said White, who’s been a resident of the community for 49 years. “I’ve had to ask them to move before and they respect it. The merchants make them move now and tell them they can’t sell narcotics in their stores.”

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has received positive reviews, has stoked an already white-hot interest among African Americans in researching their genealogy. The publication of Alex Haley’s Roots, in 1976, stirred the pot, generating curiosity about family lines that created a rebirth of family reunions and like gatherings. Swarns learned something about herself during her research. During a trip to the Newberry Library in Chicago, the author was looking through a book of voter registration records from North Carolina in the 1860s. She was attempting to trace the first of Obama’s relatives in that state to have registered to vote. “Unfortunately, I didn’t find any of her relatives listed there, but I did find my greatgreat-great-grandfather, who registered to vote in [North Carolina] in 1867, two years after slavery ended,” she said. “And, it is the oldest record that I have now for that side of the family, my father’s side of the family.” As Swarns reflects on her journey through Obama’s family’s past, she hopes that her book will inspire people to talk more openly about slavery and its legacy and to look into their own family stories. “I wrapped up this research feeling that we all have amazing stories in our families. All we have to do is start digging to find them.” To view additional family photos and obtain tips for tracing your family’s history, visit the author’s website at

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December 15, 2012 - December 21, 2012, The Afro-American



Gifts of the Heart

I am writing this holiday message as many of our neighbors remain homeless and suffering, while others are filled with anxiety about what the future will bring. If you are among them, please know that you are in my prayers as I offer this small story of hope. Those who know me well are aware of my family’s humble beginnings. My parents began their married life together as share croppers in Manning, S.C. Then they moved to Baltimore to build a better life. Dad worked as a laborer. Two parents and seven children lived in a rented, four-room house with one bathroom that was so damp that, whenever it rained, we thought we were outside. Our rented house in South Baltimore was so small that we children often had to go to the local library to do our homework. We could not have friends visit because we had Elijah Cummings nowhere for them to sleep. Now, here is the hope-filled part of my story. One day, when I was about ten years old, when my parents told us that there would be no money for Christmas presents that year. They had saved just enough money for a down payment – and we were going to move into our own home. Rather than feeling disappointed about our gift-less Christmas, we children were excited and, in the months that followed, secretly saved up all our money from doing chores in the community and purchased household gifts for the new house. To keep our gifts a surprise, our next door neighbor, Ms. Westbrooks, allowed us to hide the trash cans, curtains, soap dishes, and towels in her house. Moving into our own home was a transformative event in my life. I still can remember the name of the seller (Mr. Bracken) and the real estate agent (Mr. Bevard). Even more vividly, I recall how, on Christmas day, we surprised our parents with our gifts. We were laughing and filled with excitement - and, as they looked at the gifts that we had purchased, Mother and Dad had tears of joy in their eyes. At that moment, they realized that they were succeeding in life. They were providing a home for their family, and, even more important, they were raising children who had learned what is truly important in life. I share this personal memory with you, especially those of you who are worried and disappointed during the holiday season. Please know that, even in times of hardship, you have it within your power to create better lives. I will never forget the first day that we moved into our home. We suddenly had 2 baths and 4 bedrooms. (When you grow up in a family with sisters, you remember things like that quite clearly.) For the first time in my life, I could feel the grass growing under my feet in a yard that we owned.

My father could do his gardening. He was excellent at it, and took such pride in his front yard that we thought it was the prettiest yard in the block. Since his death, my family and our neighbors on Lyndhurst Street have continued to plant flowers there every spring - just the way that Dad would have done it. By moving to Edmondson Village when we did, we children had the opportunity to attend better schools - and every child of Robert and Ruth Cummings, once South Carolina share croppers, has been able to succeed in life. So, for those reading these words at a time of disappointment, please know that you have within you the power to persevere. Better days are ahead as long as we remember that we all are on journeys of hope. Our most important gifts to each other are not to be found in the shopping centers. Your family needs you more than they need material gifts purchased on a credit card. Our greatest gifts to each other are gifts of the heart. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D) represents Maryland’s seventh congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Good News -- Victory Over Vampire Christianity! On Nov. 28 the AFRO published a thought provoking article by clergy person and political leader Kevin Slayton, “The Resurrection of The Black Church in Local Politics.” It should be read as part of a disturbing trend to deconstruct and betray the liberating roots of local Black Churches in the name of “progressivism.”  This so called “new Frank M. Reid III progressivism” has created the myth of a dead Black church that needs to be resurrected.  This myth is an attempt to birth a vampire spirituality that creates a vampire church whose disciples sleep in caskets during the light and rise in the darkness.  Vampire Christianity sucks the life-blood of self-determination, self-development, self-discipline, selfempowerment, self-reliance and self-esteem out of the Black church and community! The purpose of this vampire system of spiritual, political, social and economic darkness is to create more vampires and zombies. The myth of a dead black church that is resurrected by our identification with either political party and their priorities is the real horror story of the 21st century.  In the liberating words of a letter written to the church at Ephesus Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead,                  And Christ will give you

light. Will somebody please wake us up from this nightmare? Let me ask some relevant questions to those who want to believe the promoters of vampire Christianity and those who believe the “Black church is dead!” Perhaps these questions will start a great Black church awakening? When did local Black churches in local communities die? Who killed or crucified them? Who resurrected them? Was the Black church in Baltimore “resurrected” because it voted for two political questions that were at the top of the Maryland and national Democratic agenda? Would you really call that resurrection? The Black church survived and succeeds in spite of 400 years of American bondage and enslavement because it refused to be dominated by the Vampires system of social darkness, spiritual death, political division and financial destruction. Today’s Black church has built on the  miraculous legacy, mission and calling of Jesus Christ to make a difference and change the world.  Where do state and local politicians come during political campaigns?  Where do more Black people gather en masse more consistently than any other place in the national Black community? Where are the hungry fed, the naked clothed, homes for the homeless built, single mothers and fathers healed and helped, public schools adopted, charter schools organized, Black colleges and universities built, prisoners visited and their families served and  mentoring groups established,  financial empowerment taught and practiced and real-estate owned and controlled?

The Black church Lives! It was the Black church that mobilized in the 1950s and 60s against racist Dixiecrats. During the political counterrevolution generated by Richard Nixon, George Wallace, and Ronald Reagan, it was the Black church that kept hope alive and supported Bill Clinton.  After eight years of George W. Bush the Black church and community opened a way for the nomination, election and  re-election of President Barak Hussein Obama. Whoever thinks they are in political power in America knows the Black church lives. The Black Church lives because we know the power of the Lord’s  resurrection and that all power is in the hands of Jesus who came that we might live the victorious life! Are there areas where the Black Church needs to do things differently?  Yes!  But at the end of the day it is when the Black Church is faithful to its resurrecting mission of Jesus that the America and our global society will discover His Good News-- I am the resurrection and the life.  He that believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.  Do you believe this? We believe the Lord gave us the gift of the Black Church to challenge and overcome vampire spirituality and its social/ political manifestations.  Yes Lord, we believe, and because we believe we will not be conformed to this world but we will be transformed by the renewing of out minds, that we may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God----that’s Good News from the Graveyard!  We are no longer the victims of the Vampires. We are victorious conquerors in Christ Jesus—THE BLACK CHURCH LIVES! Dr. Frank M. Reid III is pastor of Bethel Baltimore and Owings Mills, Md., “Two Churches in One location.”

Republicans Are Driving in the Wrong Direction

I am constantly amazed by the lack of any meaningful, insightful post-election analysis on the various media outlets (radio, TV, newspapers). You would think that everyone is hanging out at the same places because all the analysis seems to be the same: “Republicans have to find a way to garner more of the Hispanic vote.” So, if I am to believe these so-called analysts, Raynard Jackson the Black vote is irrelevant and non-existent. The Black vote is rarely mentioned as being important to either party. Democratic analysts treat the Black vote as just a given – Blacks will vote Democratic. Therefore, there is no need to discuss them. In other words, they are taken for granted. On the Republican side, the Black vote is simply ignored and considered a waste of time as I was told in no uncertain terms by some in the Mitt Romney camp. This is what the so called experts are missing: According to the Census Bureau, there are about 50 million Hispanics in the U.S. Approximately 12 million are believed to be in the country illegally. So, that leaves 38 million Hispanics who are

Americans. Of the 38 million, approximately 40 percent are voting age population (VAP). Therefore there are about 15 million Hispanics that are eligible to vote. Hispanics are approximately 16 percent of the nation’s population, but only 10 percent of eligible voters. Even worse, only 7 percent vote. The Hispanic population of eligible voter is smaller than any other group (VAP). The VAP for Whites is more than 77 percent, for Blacks 67 percent, and for Asians 52 percent. Approximately 69 percent of Black VAP and 58 percent of Hispanic VAP are registered to vote; there are more than 7 million people in each group of VAP who are not registered to vote. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, more than 25 million Blacks were eligible to vote in November. For Whites, the figure was 152 million. Each group alone was larger than the Hispanic electorate. As you know, Hispanics are an ethnic group, not a race. And they can self-identify as either Black or White. Even in reaching out to Hispanics, some GOP handlers are ignoring the fact that there are Black Hispanics So, all the hype about the power of the Hispanic vote is just that – hype. But, the bigger message to the Republican Party is: Stop picking various demographic groups to be your flavor of the month. Go after all the votes in earnest. And while they are at it, pay more attention to the Black vote. It’s simple arithmetic. When you understand the story of the Cadillac car, you will then understand the opportunity the Republican Party is in

danger of blowing. If Republicans continue to have leadership that views the Black vote as a waste of time, then the party will go down the path the Cadillac was on. What saved Cadillac was new leadership that busted down the door to the corporate suite and basically demanded a change in policy toward the Black community. That change of policy saved Cadillac from extinction just as a change of policy can save for the Republican Party from walking down a similar path. But who is that leader? Who is willing to kick the door down and demand a change in policy? Is it current party chairman, Reince Preibus? Is it New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie? Is it Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal? Or is it us? Is it that man in the mirror? What are we Black Republicans willing to do to force change upon our party? I have tried but I can’t do it alone. Who is prepared to join me? Who is willing to stop looking for validation from Whites within the party? Who is willing to forego being invited to “the Christmas party” just for the photoop? These questions will be answered by early next year. Time is not on the side of the Republican Party. The car is in the mechanic’s shop; but what Republican mechanic (i.e. leader, consultant, or operative) can take a 20th century car and convert it into a 21st century Cadillac? Raynard Jackson is president & CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC., a Washington, D.C.-based public relations/ government affairs firm. He can be reached through his Web site,

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December 15, 2012 - December 21, 2012, The Afro-American

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President Freddie Vaughn, Kappa Silhouette​s and Dr. Vallen Emory Jr.

Kappa Silhouettes Give Education Dollars The Baltimore Kappa Silhouettes recently held their annual Scholarship and Jazz Brunch at The Forum Caterers, on Nov. 17. The Silhouettes are the wives and widows of the Men of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Baltimore alumni chapter. This was just one of the events to support their community outreach and service projects.

From, left, seated, James Massey, Jack Cunningham​, John Groomes, Harry Bruce. Standing, Bill Addams, Kirk Hemphill and Raymond Teasdell Jr.

From left, seated, Rose Amanuel, John Ward, Judy Rainey. Standing Marsha Owens, Charles Owens and Dollie Owens

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Carol Rogers, opening speaker From left, seated, Jackie Brock, Chris Jackson, Harold Darded, Sybal Boone, Donna Galmore. Standing, Wanda Tucker, Yvonne West, Queen Carr, Walker Carr Photos by J.D. Howard

From left, seated, Icelene Basooe, Alberta Fenney, Illianna Darner Standing, Angela Burnett, Cassandra Burnett, Joyce Estes, Faye Burnett

Twenty Years of Ministry Members of the faith community and beyond gathered Nov. 16 for the celebration of 20 years in ministry of the Rev. Dr. Frances “Toni” Draper, pastor of Freedom Temple AME Zion Church, formerly John Wesley AMEZ in Baltimore. Twenty years of ministry, more than 30 years of marriage to Andre Draper and countless hours of service in various arenas in the metropolitan area. Pastor Toni, as she is called, continues to share her life and faith with one of her favorite verses, “I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

Dave Campbell, brother

Brenda Taylor Letitia Smoot, Rev. Draper and Timothy Smoot

Pastor Ben Abell

Min. Kennita Riddick, Rev. Draper and Paris Riddick

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Ben and Felicia Phillips, cousin

Bruce Henderson, brother , Councilman Carl Stokes and Minister Robert Brantley Frank Hocker and Dr. James E. Wood, Jr., brother Jeanne Hitchcock and Jake Oliver, AFRO publisher, cousin

Rev. Leslie Barnett-Da​vis Andrea J. Evans, daughter

Ashia Bello

Rev. Allison Lightner

Presiding Elder Lowell A. Williams

Rev. Dr. Leah E. White

Dallas Evans, chairman of the board, Morgan State University

Rev Dr. Frances Toni Draper and husband, Andre Draper Michele Brown

Sean Evans, son-in-law; Renee Peck, daughter-i​n-law Vincent S. McCall Rev. Gwanda L. Wallace

Vanessa Davenport, Brenda Taylor, Rev. Draper and Charlene Cowan Photos by J.D. Howard


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December 15, 2012 - December 21, 2012, The Afro-American



Spike Lee’s ‘Malcolm X’ Turns 20 By Adam Howard Special to the NNPA from the S.C. Black News Twenty years ago, Spike Lee made movie history. His epic biopic of the controversial and complex Malcolm X became a cultural touchstone, made Denzel Washington an A-list superstar and cemented his status as a true auteur to be reckoned with. Yet the film’s path to the big screen was far from smooth and movie’s eventual success was anything but guaranteed. Hollywood had sought to adapt Malcolm X’s story since not long after his assassination in 1965. Legendary author James Baldwin even wrote a draft of the screenplay in 1968. But the subject matter and political climate during the ensuing decades prevented a Malcolm X movie from being made. Eventually Norman Jewison, who directed one of Sidney Poitier’s greatest films, In the Heat of the Night, was tapped to helm Malcolm X’s story. Rising star Denzel Washington, who co-starred in Jewison’s A Soldier’s Story, was cast in the lead. Although Jewison was a highlyrespected, socially conscious filmmaker, there was widespread concern about a white director bringing the life of a black nationalist to the big screen. After a loud, growing chorus, led by Spike Lee, called for his removal from the project, Jewison stepped aside.


“If Norman actually thought he could do it, he would have really fought me. But he bowed out gracefully,” Lee said. Once Spike Lee was installed as the director by producers he made no bones about the fact that this would be his “vision.” “I’m directing this movie and I rewrote the script, and I’m an artist and there’s just no two ways around it,” Lee said. “But it’s not like I’m sitting atop a mountain saying, ‘Screw everyone, this is the Malcolm I see.’ I’ve done the research, I’ve talked to the people who were there.” Yet Lee, no stranger to controversy himself, was also a polarizing choice for some. An anti-Spike Lee rally was even held in Harlem led by black radical poet Amiri Baraka.

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“We will not let Malcolm X’s life be trashed to make middle-class Negroes sleep easier,” said Baraka. “Based on the movies I’ve seen,” he said in an interview with Newsweek, “I’m horrified of seeing Spike Lee make Malcolm X. I think Eddie Murphy’s films are better.” Although Washington had portrayed Malcolm in an off-Broadway production to

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considerable critical acclaim, there were many who objected to him winning the big screen role because of his lack of resemblance to the real-life icon. “In real life, Washington, who is about 6 feet tall and the color of mocha, bears little resemblance to

the reddish-brown, 6-foot-4-inch Malcolm — a fact that has not gone unnoticed by many who knew the Muslim leader,” the New York Times reported in 1992. It turns out complaints about the director and star were the least of the production’s problems. Lee sought to make a truly epic film in the style of the previous year’s JFK or David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia. This meant a threehour plus running time, elaborate period 542-2530. sets and international Terry Battle and Jumpstreet will perform at the Eubie Blake National jazz Institute and Cultural Center with a “Holiday Jazz location shooting —

Hello everyone! Happy holidays to you all! Everything is beginning to look so beautiful with the lights glittering on Concert” on Dec. 15 from 8-11 p.m. The ticket price covers the homes and front lawns. Many folks with social clubs and a light fare with a cash bar available for wine and beer. For organizations are taking advantage of the holidays by having reservations, call 410-225-3130. events to help you celebrate this festive season. I LOVE IT! By the way, ladies and gentlemen, my “Boo-Boo” (Shorty Enjoy the holiday season at Maceo’s Restaurant and Lounge Trusty) and I are celebrating our anniversary of 53 years of on Monroe Street every Thursday and Friday nights for the rest dating and 12 years of marriage on Dec. 15. I am still on my of December. Dante Daniels and his partners are such wonder honeymoon! hosts and owners. They have outstanding personality and much Just received a note saying that there will be a “Tribute to love for their patrons. To put this club in a number one spot the Left Bank Jazz Society” from organizations called “Last for me is not only the way they treat their patrons. They offer Chance Entertainment and Unique Ventures Unlimited. Now the best in live entertainment, but the food is to die for. While I have a question; Does this tribute means that the historical you are sitting and relaxing enjoying your favorite cocktail at a organization “Left Bank Jazz Society” is coming back? If so, reasonable price, but you can see great entertainment and have it is about time! If not, then why not? I and my readers want a full course meal or a sandwich. Take my word for it. Check it to know. Now according to the information I received; these out. two organizations are hosting a super smooth Sunday Jazz Now here is something for your holiday cheers; it is a wheel Cabaret on Dec. 16 from 5-9 p.m. at the Forest Park Senior barrow  of liquor including; case of Barefoot Moscato, case of Center, 4801 Liberty Heights Avenue in Baltimore. You will Sutter Home Merlot, case of Corona, case of Heineken; fifths of be entertained by the original “Wolf-Pack” jazz with a twist. Hennessey, Absolut, White Label, Wild Turkey, Chivas Regal, Okay……They will serve dinner, which is included with your Bombay, Barcardi Select, Christian Brothers, ticket. I do believe it is BYOB. It seems Jim Beam, Malibu Rum, Courvoiser, Grey like it is very much sit-up like the old “Left Goose, Crown Royal, VO Gold, 1800 Bank Jazz Society thing, but who in the Tequila, E&J VSOP, Jose Cuevo, Jack duck-plucking is Wolf-Pack Jazz Band? Daniels, Ciroc Peach and more. My lands of Give them a call at 410-532-2274. It might Mercy! If you win this raffle you and your be something you will enjoy. Call me and let friends can stay drunk for the next couple me know. of years. All of this is available hosted by FYI: Ladies and Gentlemen, help stop the the Sons of American Legion Post #263 in a rumor, the historical Arch Social Club on the fundraiser for the Loch Raven Rehabilitation corner of Pennsylvania and North Avenues Center on Dec. 19, 9 p.m. at 151 Winters did not have a fire. I know when you drive Lane, Post #263. The cover for this event is by, it seems that way, but the interior of the to bring an unwrapped new toy for kids. For club is as beautiful as ever, but soon will be more information, call 443-963-5711. remodeled, too. The outside of the building The Historical Arch Social Here is a holiday event for the mature only looks this way because contractors are Club located on the corner of partygoers! That means leave the children stripping the  facing to bring it back as it Pennsylvania and North Avenues originally looked in its heydays. The club is at home, folks. This is an event given by is getting a facelift. Looking the Fullwood Travel Unlimited and friends still open for business as usual. Spread the every year. Every year, they have over 1,200 damaged and rusty now, but it is word, spread the truth. all for a good cause. Contractors guests. The attire is dress to impress in the Well, my dear friends, keep in touch, be and the men or Arch Social Club very careful out there shopping in the malls colors of red, green, black, purple, blue or are in process of restoring this gold. You will be able to join in a “Special and shopping center for the holidays. Always Presentation”, called “Baltimore Got Talent,” historical building the way it carry someone with you. If you need me, call BYOB, and bring your own dishes. It will be looked in its heyday. During this me at 410-833-9474 or you can email me held at the Patapsco Arena, 3301 Annapolis time the club is still open for at Read me on line and business as usual. Stop by and Road in Baltimore on Dec. 15, from 9 p.m. leave your comments. Happy holidays to you have a cocktail and dance to the to 2 a.m. For ticket information, call 410and your family. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, oldies.

which would include footage from the holy sites in Mecca. However Warner Brothers, the studio financing the movie, was only willing to commit to a budget of roughly $30 million. When Lee began to go over budget there was a legitimate threat that creditors would shut the entire production down. “The budget that we had for Malcolm X… everybody knew it was not adequate. We knew it, the bond company knew it. And Warner Brothers knew it,” Lee said during an appearance on Inside the Actor’s Studio. Desperate, Lee sought out a who’s who of black America’s rich and famous to donate funds to save Malcolm X. Bill Cosby, Janet Jackson, Oprah Winfrey and Prince are just a few of the illustrious names who kept the film afloat. “I called Magic [Johnson], he wrote a check. Then I called Michael Jordan, told him how much Magic gave,” quipped Lee. With the movie production now solvent again, Lee was able to complete the film as he saw fit and it hit theaters on Nov. 18, 1992. The movie performed solidly at the box office, earning $48 million domestically, and scored widespread critical acclaim. The Washington Post’s critic called Malcolm X “Spike Lee’s most universally appealing film. An engrossing mosaic of history, myth and sheer conjecture.” In a rave review, film critic Roger Ebert wrote, “Watching the film, I understood more clearly how we do have the power to change our own lives, how fate doesn’t deal all of the cards. The film is inspirational and educational — and it is also entertaining, as movies must be before they can be anything else.” Ebert would name it the best film of the year and one of the best films of the 1990s.


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Virginia Dems Choose Black Woman as Chair By AFRO Staff The Democratic Party of Virginia recently unanimously selected Charniele L. Herring as chair, the first time an African American has held the post. Herring (D-Alexandria) was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2009 in a special election to fill a vacant 46th District seat. She was chosen the state Democrats’ chair at a meeting Dec. 8 in Williamsburg. The news was announced on the organization’s website. “I am humbled by the strength and diversity of Virginia Democrats,” Herring said in a statement. “I look forward to fighting every day to ensure we continue to elect Democrats here in this great Commonwealth.”

Charniele L. Herring

Herring, the House of Delegates Democratic Whip, was praised by Brian Moran, who left the post the day Herring was selected. He said he is taking some time off to consider what he might do next, according to news reports. “I couldn’t be more pleased to hand over the reins of State Party Chair to Delegate Herring,” Moran said in a statement. “Delegate Herring is a strong advocate for Democrats across the Commonwealth and will work tirelessly to continue the progress we made in 2012 and bring us to victory in 2013.” Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman who is running for governor, credited Herring with having

“vision, experience and priorities that represent the future” of Virginia Democrats. “Charniele’s compelling life story and dedication to public service enable her to be the strong leader and effective communicator our party needs,” he said. “Her historic election is representative of the strength and diversity of our party and our Commonwealth.” According to her House website, Herring was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on Sept. 25, 1969. She earned a B.A. in economics from George Mason in 1993 and a law degree from Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law in 1997. She is a member of the Alexandria Rotary Club.

UMES’ Clifton Harcum Pugh Named President-Elect wins 2013 Jefferson Award of the National Black

Clifton H. Harcum, a University of Maryland Eastern Shore employee and alumnus was recently named the 2013 winner of the Jefferson Award, an honor bestowed across the country on “ordinary people doing extraordinary things without expectation of recognition or reward.” Harcum learned he won the honor during a motivational talk he recently gave to eighthgraders at Washington High School in Princess Anne where a television crew from Salisbury, Md.’s WBOC showed up. “I was shocked at the whole thing,” Harcum, 29, said in a statement. “I didn’t know what was happening. My first thought was they were there to do a story about the kids.” The Salisbury TV station is a local partner with the American Institute for Public Service, which has been handing out awards named for President Thomas Jefferson since 1972. The late Jackie Kennedy was instrumental in forming the organization to recognize selfless people Clifton H. Harcum on the frontline of community service. Beginning the week of Jan. 6, a segment capturing a surprised Harcum being told he is a Jefferson winner will air on WBOC news programs and will continue through Jan. 12. Past Jefferson Award winners include Gen. Colin Powell, President Jimmy Carter, Arthur Ashe, Paul Newman and Walter Cronkite. Harcum is among 16 people in the WBOC viewing area chosen to receive the local honor and is a candidate to represent Delmarva when the national-level Jefferson Award is announced in 2013. In November, Harcum and a residence life colleague, Phillip Thomas, spearheaded the collection of food that provided 900 needy families on the lower Eastern Shore with a Thanksgiving meal. It was the food drive’s fourth year. He and Thomas also are the energy behind Generating Realistic Achievement of Success and Possibilities, more commonly known

as G.R.A.S.P. They describe its mission as a community outreach and development organization that they work on in their spare time. G.R.A.S.P. organized college fairs promoting UMES this fall for parents and students at Somerset County’s two public high schools, and it also mobilized studentvolunteers to participate in a town-gown community clean-up project in September. “I feel it’s important to encourage development,” Harcum said statement. “No matter where you come from, you can always push yourself to the limit. (G.R.A.S.P.) is about challenging ourselves.” While honored by the Jefferson recognition, Harcum also said “it’s a bittersweet thing for me.” “Phil and I really work hard equally on our projects,” he said. “He deserves credit, too.” In the past year, Harcum has written a motivational book – “Passion: Making the Impossible Possible,” and he and his wife have welcomed a son – UMES News Service Clifton Harvey Harcum Jr. The couple also has a daughter, Trinity. Harcum is a 2005 UMES graduate with a degree in sociology. He was a member of the UMES track team, competing in shot put, javelin and discus. Karen Helmick Taylor, a former assistant track coach now living Florida with whom Harcum has remained in touch, nominated him for the award. He works as a Resident Director responsible for Arden’s Run and Talon’s Square North, two privately developed apartment complexes where the university has arranged for student housing. Harcum also helped found the UMES student group, Men of Distinction, and as a member of the Rotary Club of Salisbury is advisor to a new campus chapter of Rotaract, a service club geared to young adults.. “I’m not anybody special,” Harcum said. “I like to tell people you can achieve anything in life. Just be yourself and develop yourself into being the best you can be.”

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On Dec. 2, DC-CAP, a local nonprofit organization hosted their annual Senior/Parent Luncheon at the JW Marriott Hotel in the District. At the event, three students were named winners of the organization’s “Why I Want to Go to College Contest.” The winners received cash prizes courtesy of the D.C. College Savings Plan.

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Peoples Congregational Hosts Revival By Herb Quarles Special to the AFRO The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III will be the evangelist during the revival on Dec. 13 and 14 at Peoples Congregational UCC, 4704 13th St., NW. He is pastor of Trinity UCC in Chicago, Ill. and is part of a new generation of ministers committed to preaching prophetically that the message of love and justice are inseparable companions, forming the foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He has a unique gift to communicate across generations. His creative Bible-based messages have inspired young and old alike.

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Did Marquez Victory Torpedo a Pacquiao-Mayweather Matchup? By Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley For years fans have been scratching, clawing and practically begging for a showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. As the prospects of a bout settled on the back burner, both champions have steadily continued their boxing careers with fights other qualified boxers. But after Saturday’s embarrassing defeat by Juan Manuel Marquez, leaving Pacquiao face down on the canvass late in round six, is Mayweather/Pacquiao still worth the wait? Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley debate. Riley: Of course. Why wouldn’t it be? Pacquiao is still one of the top prize fighters around and Mayweather is still the best-selling ticket out. A defeat by Marquez does take a little steam off the possible bout but it would still remain as the top attraction of the 21st century should it ever occur. Green: Did you see the fight against Marquez, Riley? Pacquiao was already knocked down once before visiting la la land with his face planted strongly into the floor. I’m not saying that Pacquiao has lost a step but clearly he’s not the same fighter that he was a few years ago when the debate of whether Mayweather and Pacquiao should fight was at its highest peak. Maybe Mayweather was right about Pac-Man being on performance enhancement drugs because since he made the claim, Pac hasn’t looked like the same fighter. Maybe he ditched the drugs finally and is starting to look like any other ordinary boxer. Pacquiao’s loss definitely puts a fight--that probably wasn’t going to happen anytime soon no way--into further jeopardy. Riley: Before we just bury Pacquiao we have to give credit to Marquez and understand the dynamics of what we just saw. This was the fourth bout between the two fighters and, although the series arrived with Pacquiao leading 2-0-1, it was widely believed

that Marquez should’ve at least won one, and possibly two, of those fights so him beating Pacquiao wasn’t too much of a shocker to me. Now, Marquez knocking Pacquiao cold raises some flags but when you fight a guy three times without winning you should arrive to that fourth fight with a direct blueprint of your opponent and Marquez took advantage. Green: That should work both ways then because it’s not like Pacquiao didn’t have film on Marquez, either. So trying to dust off Pacquiao’s fall off to the fact that he fought his opponent three previous times just isn’t going to do it for me. Truth be told, Marquez won the last two fights against Pacquiao but the judges cheated him and gave the decisions to Manny. But if we’re on the subject of Mayweather/Pacquiao then there’s just simply no way we can still be charging hard to see that fight after the performance we saw out of Pacquiao on Saturday.

Now if it had come down to a decision and Pacquiao lost, then fine. But since he was decisively knocked out in the sixth round, can we honestly sit here and say he has a great chance of beating Mayweather? And if we can’t say that then why are you still sitting around hoping he fights Mayweather? If they fight then great but I won’t be rushing out to preorder for a guy I just saw fall flat on his face because I already know who will win the fight with ease and that is Floyd “Money” Mayweather.

Riley: There aren’t too many great fighters in the history of the sport who haven’t suffered some kind of embarrassing defeat. It happens all the time. A knock-out at the hands of Marquez doesn’t just derail everything Pacquiao has accomplished. And ticket sales wouldn’t slow down for a bout with Mayweather simply because he lost to Marquez. Green: Mayweather must be the exception to that theory because he doesn’t have any embarrassing losses on his resume. He doesn’t have any losses at all, as a matter of fact. And it wasn’t just a loss though, Riley, it was a crushing knockout that left him on the floor for a few minutes while Marquez danced around the ring. It’s no different than college sports where you wait all season for two undefeated teams to meet up and then one of them losses, or in this case, gets blown out before we get a chance to see what we’ve been waiting for. It definitely zaps the hoopla for what we’ve been hyping no matter how you slice it.

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Juan Manuel Marquez, right, lands a right to the head of Manny Pacquiao, during their WBO world welterweight fight Dec. 8, in Las Vegas. Marquez won by a knockout.

Hill-Eley Odyssey Underscores Challenges of Coaching By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor Coaching college athletics team is an extremely challenging job for anybody. On average, a college football coach holds his job only four years before being fired, according to a USA Today report. The average tenure for a college basketball coach is even lower at only three years, as reported by the New York Times. But as recent news reports suggests, the smaller Don Hill-Eley college football coaches who don’t make millions per year or lack the expansive budgets to fund and support a team perhaps face an even greater challenge than Alabama football coach Nick Saban who is reportedly earning $5 million a year. The Baltimore Sun recently broke news that Morgan State University officials accidentally forwarded an email to their head football coach, Don Hill-Eley at the end of a 3-8 season, detailing their plans of dismissing him from his position by January 2013. Hill-Eley had just suffered his third straight losing season, something university President David Wilson deemed unacceptable. Hill-Eley told the Sun he knew expectations had been raised since he was hired by MSU President-Emeritus Earl Richardson two years ago. But, with spending unchanged, higher expectations for success became unrealistic. “He said the expectations had changed,” Hill-Eley told the Sun. “But the input didn’t change, so how do you expect things to change on Saturday? It’s about resources, bottom line. “They think that just because they have a stadium, that’s enough. But you look at a place like Towson [State University], and they’ve significantly increased their investment in their program. I’m doing everything I can here, and the administration sits back and says I’m already getting enough.” According to USA Today’s NCAA athletics budget database, Morgan State University spent $9,4 million on athletics from 2006-2011, which was $10 million less than Towson University spent on its athletics budget during the same period. Morgan State’s football team has faced Towson’s football team almost annually during that span, losing all but one

matchup against their neighbors school. But Towson isn’t the only opposing school that spends more on athletics than Morgan. USA Today’s database shows that Morgan was outspent by many Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) schools during that period. Norfolk State University, which claimed the MEAC Football title in 2011, spent $11. 9 million between 2006 and 2011. Delaware State (DSU) spent $12. 4 million and South Carolina State (SCSU) spent $9.9 million. Both DSU and SCSU each won MEAC football championships during that period. Coppin State University, also a member of the MEAC, had the lowest reported athletics budget at $4, 088, 874, but they don’t have a football team. Coppin State’s Athletic Director Derrick Ramsey is keenly aware of the challenge of working with a low budget. But he also knows how green the grass is on the other side of the fence. Long before his days as as adminiustrator, he saw how a major college runs—and spends on—an athletic program. He played quarterback at the University of Kentucky, where the athletic budget was $80 million between 2006 and 2011, according to USA Today’s database. Ramsey said more money allows pays for state-of-the art training facilities. It also covers the pay for staff to run hose facilities, along with nutritionists to manage the diets of its athletes, tutors to keep the student-athletes in good academic standing, state of the art equipment and protective gear and even money for transporting teams by air instead of vans and buses. “Here at Coppin, our basketball team takes a van for our road schedule, while at Kentucky they take planes or trains to visit their opponents,” Ramsey said. “They can offer their student athletes fully paid scholarships, while we can only offer as much as a partially paid scholarship.” Ramsey said that’s why he could never hold Coppin State’s head men’s basketball coach Fang Mitchell to the exact same expectations that UK AD Mitch Barnhart would attempt to apply to Wildcats head men’s basketball coach John Calipari. “It’s a matter of apples and oranges,” Ramsey said. “Coach Cal (Calipiri) has unlimited resources to his advantage. If they want a player, Coach Cal can fly in to that person’s home, offer him a full ride and tell him about Kentucky’s world class physical trainers at their disposal, or the best medical staff on payroll. “By no surprise, we simply don’t have that type of budget at our disposal at Coppin so I wouldn’t dare hold the two at the same expectations. I would still want us to be winners, but I know the challenges of winning with a lower budget and take that into full consideration upon my evaluation.”

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BALTIMORE COUNTY, MARYLAND INVITATION FOR BIDS CONTRACT NO. 11135 RX0 LANDINGTON AVENUE ROAD IMPROVEMENTS CATONSVILLE - DISTRICT 1 c 1 CONTRACT COST GROUP ”C ($500,000 to $1,000,000)” WORK CLASSIFICATION: A-2, B & E with Pre-qualified F-2 & F-3 Sub-Contractors BID DATE: TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2013 AT 10:30 A.M. LOCAL TIME On or after MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2012 the above contract documents (See Note *) may be inspected and purchased from the Division of Construction Contracts Administration, Department of Public Works, Room 300B, County Office Building (COB), 111 W. Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, upon receipt of payment of $20.00 (TWENTY DOLLARS) per contract. All checks should be made payable to BALTIMORE COUNTY MD. NO REFUNDS will be made to anyone. Direct any questions to 410-887-3531. Bidders obtaining documents from another source other than Baltimore County WILL NOT be allowed to submit proposals to Baltimore County. *Note: Contract Documents will consist of One (1) Paper Copy Proposal Book and One (1) Compact Disk (CD) with all of the required drawings. The CD will be in PDF format. Contractors and Sub-Contractors can purchase paper copies of the drawings from Baltimore County - OIT - Central Printing located in the Basement of the COB, RM G-9 for $1.50 a copy. The proposed work consists of: Surfacing, milling and overlaying, combination of curb and gutter, sidewalks, drainage, erosion and sediment control improvements. Catonsville - District 1 c 1. A pre-bid meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. local time in Room 300 B of the County Office Building. Located at 111 West Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, Maryland 21204. THE PROJECT IS SUBJECT TO A MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE UTILIZATION GOAL AND FEMALE CONTRACTORS UTILIZATION GOALS. THESE GOAL REQUIREMENTS ARE MORE FULLY EXPLAINED IN THE SPECIFICATIONS. THE MBE/WBE FORMS IN THE PROPOSAL BOOKLET MUST BE COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED AT THE TIME OF BID OPENING. Sealed proposals (the entire book) addressed to Baltimore County, Maryland for this contract will be received in the Baltimore County Purchasing Division, Room 148, Old Courthouse, 400 Washington Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, until the time specified on the contract at which time they will be publicly opened and read. ONLY CONTRACTORS WHO HAVE BEEN PREQUALIFIED BY BALTIMORE COUNTY AT LEAST TEN (10) DAYS PRIOR TO THE OPENING OF BIDS WILL BE ALLOWED TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS. All proposals must be accompanied by a Bid Bond, on the approved form provided, in the amount as set forth in the ”Information for Bidders”. No other form of proposal guaranty is acceptable. The Purchasing Agent reserves the right to reject any or all proposals or bids or parts of bids and to waive technicalities as may be deemed best for the interest of the County. Keith Dorsey, Director Office of Budget & Finance


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BALTIMORE COUNTY, MARYLAND INVITATION FOR BIDS CONTRACT NO. 11021 SX0 WYE ROAD PUMPING STATION IMPROVEMENTS - CONSENT DECREE STATE REVOLVING LOAN, 320 WYE ROAD, ESSEX, MARYLAND 21221 ESSEX - DISTRICT 15 c 7 CONTRACT COST GROUP ”D ($1,000,000 to $2,500,000)” WORK CLASSIFICATION: G-2 with Pre-Qualified G-3 Sub-Contractor BID DATE: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2013 AT 10:30 A.M. LOCAL TIME On or after MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2012, the above contract documents (See Note *) may be inspected and purchased from the Division of Construction Contracts Administration, Department of Public Works, Room 300B, County Office Building (COB), 111 W. Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, upon receipt of payment of $20.00 (TWENTY DOLLARS) per contract. All checks should be made payable to BALTIMORE COUNTY MD. NO REFUNDS will be made to anyone. Direct any questions to 410-887-3531. Bidders obtaining documents from another source other than Baltimore County WILL NOT be allowed to submit proposals to Baltimore County. *Note: Contract Documents will consist of One (1) Paper Copy Proposal Book and One (1) CD with all of the required drawings. Contractors and Sub-Contractors can purchase paper copies of the drawings from Baltimore County - OIT - Central Printing located in the Basement of the COB, RM G-9 for $1.50 a copy. The proposed work consists of: Upgrade existing station. Renovate station to increase reliability. A pre-bid meeting will be held on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. local time at the station. A second site visit will be held on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 9.00 a.m. at the station. A third site visit will be held on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at the station. This will be the last chance to visit the station. No questions will be answered at this time. THE PROJECT IS SUBJECT TO A MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE UTILIZATION GOAL AND FEMALE CONTRACTORS UTILIZATION GOALS. THESE GOAL REQUIREMENTS ARE MORE FULLY EXPLAINED IN THE SPECIFICATIONS. THE MBE/WBE FORMS IN THE PROPOSAL BOOKLET MUST BE COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED AT THE TIME OF BID OPENING. Sealed proposals (the entire book) addressed to Baltimore County, Maryland for this contract will be received in the Baltimore County Purchasing Division, Room 148, Old Courthouse, 400 Washington Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, until the time specified on the contract at which time they will be publicly opened and read. ONLY CONTRACTORS WHO HAVE BEEN PREQUALIFIED BY BALTIMORE COUNTY AT LEAST TEN (10) DAYS PRIOR TO THE OPENING OF BIDS WILL BE ALLOWED TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS. All proposals must be accompanied by a Bid Bond, on the approved form provided, in the amount as set forth in the ”Information for Bidders”. No other form of proposal guaranty is acceptable. The Purchasing Agent reserves the right to reject any or all proposals or bids or parts of bids and to waive technicalities as may be deemed best for the interest of

TYPESET: WedDorsey, Dec 12Director 11:53:46 EST 2012 & Finance the County.Keith Office of Budget

Baltimore City Department of Transportation Design-Build Project Notice of Intent CENTRAL AVENUE STREETSCAPE AND HARBOR POINT CONNECTOR BRIDGE (TR12317; STP-3057(6)N; BC410005) The Baltimore City Department of Transportation (BCDOT) previously announced its intent to enter into a Design-Build contract with a Design-Build Team, possessing both professional engineering design capability and qualified construction contracting capability for the Central Avenue Streetscape and Harbor Point Connector Bridge in Southeast Baltimore City. The proposed project consists of reconstructing Central Avenue between Baltimore Street and Lancaster Street (approximately 8 blocks) into an urban boulevard and extending Central Avenue onto Harbor Point via a +/- 260´ bridge. The rehabilitation of subsurface bridges carrying Lancaster Street, Aliceanna Street and Fleet Street will also be required, as will the rehabilitation of culverts under Central Avenue. This project is critical to the redevelopment of a former Allied Signal chemical plant now known as Harbor Point. Refer to the previous Notice of Intent for more detail about the scope of this project. This Notice of Intent serves as an update to the schedule. BCDOT was expected to issue the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for this project in the Fall of 2012. This RFQ is now expected to be issued in the first quarter of calendar year 2013.

Baltimore Red Line Final Environmental Impact Statement Available for 45-Day Public Review Period The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) have prepared the Baltimore Red Line Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation for public availability and review. The FEIS summarizes the transportation and environmental impacts related to the implementation of a new east-west light rail transit line in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. The FEIS will be available on December 14th. The public can provide comments during a 45-day review period, ending January 28, 2013. The document will be available at area libraries, the MTA Transit Development and Delivery office and other select community locations. The FEIS will also be available online at www.baltimoreredline. com. The public can provide comments on the findings of the FEIS, Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation and Section 106 Effects Assessment. The procedures for providing comments, as well as a complete listing of document availability locations are available on the website.


No submittals are required at this time and no questions will be responded TYPESET: Tue is Dec 11 14:09:42 EST to until the RFQ issued. The RFQ will2012 be issued in local newspapers, on the City´s website, and on emarylandmarketplace.


Services of Remembrance Bernard

M. Thompson Sr., 64, died Dec. 11 following an ongoing illness. Services begin with viewing, 3 to 6 p.m., Dec. 16 at Howell Funeral Home, Courtesy photo 3331 Brehms Lane, Baltimore. Family hour will be held 10 to 11 a.m., Dec. 17 at New Creation Christian Church, 5401 Frankford Ave. where Apostle A. Bryant Claxton is pastor. The Rev. Derren A. Thompson Sr., pastor of More Than Conquerors Worship Center in Edgewood, Md., will be the celebrant at the services for his father.


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ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Administrative Secretary Automotive Service Worker Correctional Records Clerk Deputy Sheriff I, Lateral Detention Officer Engineer II Facility Superintendent Maintenance Worker II Office Support Assistant II Office Support Specialist Police Officer, Lateral Police Officer Utilities Line Marking Technician Utilities Team Manager Warehouse Manager Visit our website at for additional information and to apply on-line. You may use the Internet at any Anne Arundel County library, or visit our office at 2660 Riva Road in Annapolis. Deadlines to apply on-line. AEO/DF/SFE

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Carroll Community College is seeking Criminal Justice Adjunct Faculty members to teach Day classes for the Spring 2013 Semester. Master’s Degree in appropriate discipline generally required. (Need for advanced degree may be waived in some disciplines.) Prior teaching experience at secondary or college level preferred. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to LIBRARY -

LIBRARY CIRCULATION ASSISTANT CARROLL COMMUNITY COLLEGE has a full-time, 12 month position available as a Library Circulation Assistant in the Library. Additional information may be obtained at EOE/M/F


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December 15, 2012 - December 21, 2012, The Afro-American

OBITUARY Alice G. T. Lynch, 92 Teacher Alice Gwendolyn Thomas Lynch’s The couple dedicated themselves to favorite quotation was “God does not developing the property in West Cape measure life by length. He measures it by May, working hand-in-hand since 1959. depth.” Her life exemplifies that assertion. Firm believers in advancing the status of A resident of Lochearn, Md., she made her Blacks, they worked to enhance life in the transition into The Lord’s Kingdom at Good Baltimore community and were stalwart and Samaritan Hospital on Oct. 24 at age 92 and dependable within their extended families. one month after a sustained, valiant eighteen He departed on Palm Sunday in 2003 after years as a kidney dialysis patient who years of being a business education teacher suffered from arthritis. It is rare for someone and administrator in the Baltimore public at her advanced age to endure such rigorous schools system. They are survived by sons treatments. Everyone who knew her admired Dr. Charles Henry Lynch III, who resides her physical courage, emotional resilience, in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Thomas Lee Lynch, intelligent monitoring of ailments, and who lives in Foxridge, Md. strong belief in her Saviour. Her advice for Gwen began school at Murphy living was “Keep your hand in God’s hand Elementary School, attended Booker and ask for His guidance.” Mrs. Lynch T. Washington Junior High School and gave her body to science. As “Mamaw,” Douglass Senior High School, graduating in a nickname created by her grandson and 1937 at sixteen. She was a dedicated worker ALICE G.T. LYNCH adopted by others, she proudly carried the since girlhood, scrubbing the white marble legacy of her maternal great-grandmother, Rebecca Maxfield, steps every Saturday of her home on McCulloh Street. In her who lived until she was 103, her maternal grandmother, first paid job, at seventeen, she worked with children in the Alice Peck Sampson (102), and her mother (99 years and ten Baltimore Parks Division at the Cloverdale Road playground months). Gwen’s long life is now a gift to the many people near Druid Hill Park. Then she attended Fannie Coppin who loved her dearly. She was born in Baltimore at home in Normal School, graduating in 1940 with a three-year teaching the 1400 block of Etting Street on Sept. 15, 1920, to George certificate. She wanted to attend a four-year college, but her Bernard Thomas and Agnes May Sampson Thomas. Her older father felt after high school she should get a job as soon as siblings were Ellen Celestine Thomas Hilliard and George possible. She liked younger children and chose kindergarten. Bernard Thomas, Jr. As a congregant at St. James’ Episcopal She taught in Baltimore’s elementary schools for 28 years, Church, she received the sacrament of holy confirmation from beginning in 1946 in the third grade at Public School #116 and Rev. George Bragg in 1931. fifth grade at #101. From 1948 to 1958 she taught kindergarten She married Charles Henry “Buck” Lynch, who began at Henry Highland Garnet Public School. She desired a great “courting” after a party at her friend Elaine Swan’s house challenge and became interested in clinical studies and helping when he was a junior at Virginia State and she was in her children with disabilities. first year in normal school. They had an active social life, Immediate survivors who will cherish her memory are especially every New Year’s Eve when The Guardsmen held sons Charles and Thomas and their wives Gayle Marshall an elaborate dance. And also engaged in disco era dancing. Lynch and Sandra Campbell Lynch; grandson Cameron Peter Lynch; granddaughter Candice Dixon of Elmont, N.Y.; greatgranddaughters Azha Lynch, Bliss Lynch and Camryn Lynch; sister-in-law, Annie Thomas, grand-niece, Myra Thomas (Evan), and their daughters, Chloe and Maia of Fanwood, N.J.; dear friends, Patricia Koger, George and Ryna Johnson, her companions and caregivers Carolyn Shoulders and Clarice Bryant.

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