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Zirkin & Brochin Argue Against Need to Protect HBCU’s

Once again Baltimore City Senator Joan Carter Conway (D-43) has introduced legislation that would allow for judicial review of the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), a bill aimed at preventing duplication of state university programs. However, Senate Bill 169 has been submitted during the 2014 legislative session with


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the benefit of a federal court decision that has declared the state of Maryland is operating a system of higher education in violation of the Constitution, specifically with respect to unnecessary duplication of programs. The bill sponsored by Sen. Conway would mandate MHEC make a determination regarding unnecessary duplication… after receipt of a request for such a determination from Bowie State University, Coppin State University, Morgan State University or the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Currently, MHEC is not subject to judicial review. Among the bill’s opponents Baltimore County Senator Bobby Zirkin

(D-11) believes judicial scrutiny of the commission is unnecessary and could even be harmful. “In general, I think it’s a horrendous public policy to have state institutions suing each other,” Zirkin said. “It’s not the way to build universities, it’s not the way to build a university system and it’s not the way to raise up the level of the components of the university system,” he added. Sen. Zirkin cited a school in his district, the University Maryland Baltimore County and its transformation over time into a nationally acclaimed STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) school. “UMBC was a tiny little, Continued on A3

Eastside Welcomes First New Public School in 20 Years By Blair Adams AFRO Staff Writer

Nearly 400 people gathered in the auditorium of Henderson Hopkins School on Feb. 10 to officially cut the ribbon on the first new public school to open in East Baltimore in more than 20 years. Among those in attendance were Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels, Governor Martin O’Malley, Congressman Elijah Cummings and several elected officials. The $43 million, K-through-8 elementary and middle public/private school represents a vision the city hasn’t seen in more than 20 years. Officials honored those who Continued on A3

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10th Annual Red Dress Sunday for Heart Health Awareness

By Alexis Taylor AFRO Staff Writer Facing a sea of red dresses, Georgetta Thomas told her story, a tale of how she filled her days to the brim with the tasks of everyday life. Thomas spent her days constantly on the go with little attention focused on her own well-being—she was simply too busy to bother with healthy living. By the time she did slow down in February 2012 for a routine physical and stress test, doctors told her she needed triple bypass surgery if she wanted to live. “The stress test showed some narrowing areas in my heart ventricles,” Thomas said. “The doctors ordered a heart catheterization as the next step. The results showed multiple blockages. I had not one, not two, but three blockages and I was told I had to have a triple bypass.” Continued on A3

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Mayor Speaks on Crime, Education, Entrepreneurship By Alexis Taylor AFRO Staff Writer City and state officials gathered at City Hall Monday afternoon for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s annual State of the City address. Though the mayor touched on a range of topics from city schools to economic growth, technology improvements, and property tax credits, at the top of the list were two subjects: homicides and violent crime. “We must continue to evaluate public safety,” she said. “I know it is on the minds of our citizens, business [owners], and communities.” The address came in the wake of a bloody

January that saw nearly one homicide a day in the city and more than two dozen murders so far this year. “These victims are more than just statistics, they are not abstract figures.” RawlingsBlake said. “These are daughters, mothers, fathers, friends, and neighbors. Every life is precious. Two years ago we were able to get our homicide rate down to its lowest [level] in a generation, but 197 murders was still 197 too many.” “Please know that I share in your pain, your loss, your grief. I will take all necessary actions to fight crime in this city,” she said. The mayor said police have seen a 300 percent increase in citizens calling with Continued on A8

Calvin Butler Jr. to BEYA Conference Honors, Inspires Become Next BGE CEO By Mia Alexander-Davis Exelon Corporation in 2012. Butler will move up from his current position as BGE’s Calvin G. senior vice Butler will president of take charge of regulatory and Baltimore Gas external affairs, and Electric effective March next month as 1. its new CEO, “I was the utility pleased that the company leadership of announced Exelon tapped Wednesday. me to be the Current CEO next CEO,” and President Butler told the Kenneth W. AFRO. Calvin G. Butler Jr. DeFontes Jr. Stephen will retire on J. Woerner, Feb. 28 after 42 years with currently BGE’s senior vice BGE, which merged with Continued on A4 By Alexis Taylor AFRO Staff Writer

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They came from all across the nation to honor STEM stalwarts and to reach out to young people considering careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. The location was the Marriott Wardman Park in Northwest Washington, where hundreds gathered for workshops and social events at the 2014 Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) Conference Feb. 6-8. The BEYA-STEM Conference, organized by Career Communications Group Inc., created a community of support and encouragement by not only showcasing the works of people of color but also by teaching others in the field how to become leaders in the physical and virtual world. In the Leadership and Management Skills track of the conference, participants were given new perspectives on how to communicate Continued on A4


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NATION & WORLD Floyd Adams Jr., First Black Mayor of Savannah, Ga., Laid to Rest at 68 Hundreds gathered Feb. 7 for the “I just want to point out Floyd funeral of Floyd Adams Jr., the first was the first Black mayor of the Black mayor of Savannah, Ga. first city of Georgia and he died In addition to his political on Feb. 1, the first day of Black career, Adams, 68, was the History Month,” Adams’ longtime publisher of The Savannah Herald, friend, Ronald Williams, told which his father founded in 1945 Savannah CBS affiliate WTOC. to cover African-American news Mary Osborne, a colleague of in the region. Adams Jr. served 13 Adams’ on the council, said the late years on the Savannah City Council mayor was a dependable friend, the before he was elected mayor in TV news station reported. 1995 in a close race against an “Floyd was…always there when incumbent. He was elected to a I needed him,” she said. “Any second term in 1999. advice, any guidance, Floyd would “Floyd Adams was a uniter,” be there for me. I love him dearly. I current Savannah Mayor Edna love his family.” Jackson said in a statement. “He Adams is survived by his wife, ignored racial, economic and social Deborah, and two children, Kenny barriers during his decades of and Khristi. public service, and in doing so became the mayor of all Obituary [of] Savannah.” In his first inaugural Eric Leewood Byrd, Educator, address, Adams made it May 18, 1947 to January 19, 2014 clear that he was a chief executive for the whole city. Eric Leewood Byrd was born the “My race, or gender for second child of Dr. Eugene D. Sr. and that matter, has no bearing Mabel Leewood Byrd on May 18, 1947 on how well I can lead in Baltimore, Md. Of the three children, Savannah,” he said. he most exemplified the hospitality and Adams was laid to rest sophistication of their mother and the singlefollowing a funeral service minded commitment to the principles of attended by more than 800 truth and justice embodied by their father. people, including childhood From a young age, Eric possessed a radiant friends and citizens he and giving spirit. He was debonair and served as an elected official. traveled the world. One of his greatest gifts St. James Catholic Church was the ease with which he would engage rocked with song and praise in meaningful conversations with strangers for the man who prided as well as family and friends. Eric was the himself in being a public consummate storyteller recalling experiences servant, according to news from his professional life and travels. A few reports. weeks before he passed, he was engaging hospital staff members with his many stories explaining that this time of year he would be traveling in warmer climates. Eric was the product of the Baltimore City School System with much of his primary education shepherded by teachers who were friends and co-workers of his parents and extended family. He graduated from Baltimore City College. He earned his undergraduate degree from Morgan State College and a master’s in criminal justice from Coppin State College. He received other post graduate study at Temple, Johns Hopkins, Yale and Loyola universities. The focus of many of his professional appointments had been in the areas of adult, continuing and community education programming. He taught in the New Careers and TRIO programs at the Baltimore City Community College where he was appointed director of three major institutional initiatives: The New Careers Program, The Training and Technical Assistance Program and Coordinator of Instruction. His last employment was at Morgan State University in the Division of Sponsored Programs as a grants specialist and later in the Academic


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sleepy university when I was growing up and now look at it,” Zirkin said. “It just is blossoming…computers and engineering and the sciences. They’re doing incredibly well and they did it by having a plan and funding and all the things that come with it. None of that was done by suing other schools to keep them from having things,” Zirkin added. Sen. Conway argues that for decades the state’s HBI (Historically Black Institutions) haven’t been afforded equal resources to experience the progress UMBC and other institutions have experienced. “Shouldn’t historically Black institutions be able to evolve and grow and not be stifled by the fact that you (HWI) have duplicated our programs?” Conway said. “You continue to get the money for your capital (projects) we don’t, so you have a better facility…we don’t have the library resources, we don’t have the labs because they (the state) purposely and deliberately didn’t fund HBI’s,” she added. Sen. Conway began lobbying for the duplication legislation almost 10 years ago in response to MHEC Secretary Calvin Burnett’s decision in 2005 to allow the creation of a joint MBA program at the University of Baltimore and Towson University, despite the

existence of MBA programs at Morgan State University and other Baltimore area schools. Morgan argued the new program would have an adverse affect on its MBA program and would violate the state’s agreement with the Federal Office of Civil Rights, in which Maryland agreed to encourage students to attend the state’s Black colleges and universities. After years of legal wrangling, in October 2013 U.S. District Court Judge Catherine Blake ruled Maryland’s treatment of HBI – specifically in reference to duplication and its segregative effects – is a violation of the Constitution (the state is currently in mediation with lawyers representing Maryland’s HBI at Judge Blake’s urging). During a sometimes contentious floor debate over the bill last week, Sen. James Brochin (D-42) of Baltimore County introduced an amendment that would strike the judicial review clause from SB 169, which according to its supporters would effectively gut the bill. But, that amendment was defeated 32-13. Another objection by opponents of the duplication bill alleged that circuit courts cannot interpret federal law, however Baltimore City Sen. Bill Ferguson – one of the co-sponsors of SB 169 – correctly argued circuit courts do have jurisdiction to review state agencies. The bill’s other co-sponsors

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Thomas admitted that her first thought was that she didn’t have time for a triple bypass—but she also knew she didn’t have a choice if she wanted to live much longer. By April 2012, she was on the operating table. “Since that day, I made a choice to tremendously change my life, to get healthy and to stay healthy,” Thomas told the crowd gathered inside Baltimore’s Bethel A.M.E. Church for the 10th annual Red Dress Sunday. “I look at food completely differently. I’m careful about what I eat and how much I eat. I use a saucer as opposed to a dinner plate.” Thomas said that she now exercises on a daily basis and monitors her sugar intake, all as a way to decrease her chances of succumbing to heart disease or stroke. “We started Red Dress Sunday to highlight cardiovascular disease among African American women,” said co-founder Del. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, a registered nurse who leads Maryland’s Minority Health Disparity Commission. “Many times we live stressful lives. Many of us don’t have health insurance and don’t get checked regularly.” “We have to do a better job in taking care of our own health by listening to the signs and symptoms of our own bodies,” Nathan-Pulliam told the AFRO. “Although all women are affected, African-American women have the highest mortality and morbidity rates.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for American women, resulting in approximately 292,188 deaths in 2009. Even as heart health awareness has increased, the CDC estimates that only 54

percent of women are even aware that heart disease is their leading cause of death. The symptoms of a heart attack include pain or discomfort in the upper back, upper body, and chest areas, heartburn, extreme fatigue, and shortness of breath. Palpitations, or fluttering sensations in the chest could be a sign of arrythmia, and heart failure can show signs of swelling in the ankles, feet, legs, and stomach, as well as shortness of breath. The Red Dress Sunday initiative was started in 2004 by St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore in an effort to increase awareness about heart disease and stroke. Since its inception, the national campaign has spread to more than 130 churches. The program works with members of Baltimore’s broad faith community to spread awareness, especially among women of color. “We need your help because women know how to take care of their families—but first, take care of yourself! That’s what Red Dress Sunday is about,” said Sen. Ben Cardin, garnering cheers and applause before Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake took to the podium. “It starts with changing everyday choices,” said Rawlings-Blake, whose own efforts to get fit have yielded noticeable results. “It is not easy, everybody that is on the journey alongside of me knows that it is a daily struggle, but all we have to do is look at the alternative.” “We only have today to make a decision to be heart healthy,” said RawlingsBlake. “Tomorrow isn’t promised to any of us. I hope we act in this moment to make better health choices for our families.”

Standing out amidst a room full of red, Comptroller Joan Pratt, dons her best red dress and hat.

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New Public School Continued from A1 made its opening possible, and praised the school— already in operation at another location for four years—for having increased students’ reading and math scores since opening its doors. “We started over 10 years ago working on this project and it has been a long journey,” Cummings said. “We wanted to have a world-class school for our children. We are changing the trajectory of destinies—that’s what this is all about.”

confined by classroom trailers. O’Malley said the event was the first time he’s seen leaders from all over Baltimore, both Black and White, come together for such a noble purpose. “There is nothing harder in this world than starting something new,” O’Malley said to the assembled students. “All of you have shown the courage to not only start something new but to create something better.”

buildings, working water fountains, great cafeterias and great teachers.” The enrollment process for Henderson Hopkins will be based off of five priorities, with the first priority a lottery drawing for families living in or who may have relocated from the East Baltimore Development Initiative area. The second priority is extended to siblings of children already enrolled in the school. The remaining priorities are given to students selected on a lottery basis if there are any openings remaining. The school has a band and choir, both of which performed at the ceremony and earned a standing ovation. Following the official program, guests were invited on a guided tour of the sevenacre campus that showcased the classrooms, learning centers, the gymnasium and the library. “I knew this school was a fit for my son and family once I toured the school,” said Yolanda Bailey, parent of Camren Harding, a third grader. “He has a lot of friends, there are a lot of people here to help. The teachers are great, the staff is great and it’s a wonderful experience.” The school was named after Elmer A. Henderson, the first African-American assistant superintendent of Baltimore City Public Schools, and the partnership with Johns Hopkins.

“There is nothing harder in this world than starting something new.” Governor Martin O’Malley The school first opened in 2009 as the East Baltimore Community School, located in a set of modular, temporary classrooms several blocks away. Workers broke ground in June 2012 on the school’s new 90,000-square-foot facility, which opened to students in January ahead of the official ribbon-cutting. “With the determination from educators committed to its success, the school was driven on an unshakable belief that every child in this country has the fundamental right to a great education,” Daniels said. He said Henderson Hopkins is a place where educators can unleash the creativity that was once

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A minister stepped to the podium and gazed at those mourning Lavar Crawford, asking for their approval before he started the ceremony. “I have my notes in front of me, but is it OK if I speak from the heart, human to human,” Minister Brian Sessions asked. The crowd consented. Approximately 200 of Crawford’s family and friends gathered on Feb. 6 at the Joseph H. Brown Funeral Home on Fulton Ave. in Baltimore to remember the 16-year-old, who was gunned down on Jan. 25 along East 28th Street. He is the youngest of more than two dozen murder victims in the city this year. Sessions came with a positive message of reassurance in God’s greatness through the good times and the bad times. “Lavar completed his purpose and [God] is now waiting for us to complete ours,” said Sessions. “God never makes a mistake.” That statement drew a mixed reaction from the crowd. During the service, many young women sobbed, while young men sat in silence. Michael A. Crawford Jr., Lavar’s brother, wore all white, matching his brother’s outfit. He appeared greatly affected during the service, leaning over on the casket and looking at his brother as if talking to him, and appeared in disbelief. In addition to a eulogy, family members wrote poems that were showcased in the service program and read aloud. Lartasha Newton, Crawford’s mother, shared a poem entitled “A Mother’s Pain.” Her poem

Lavar Crawford displayed a tone of shock for the sudden death of her boy. Another poem came from Crawford’s grandmother, entitled “For My Meat From Your G-MA.” She expressed her grandson’s personality and talent, and remembered his singing, dancing, rapping and poems. Unique Coleman wrote a letter to Crawford entitled “Dear Lavar.” She said Crawford was her first love and she will always remember the good times they had together. She said she was upset that he was taken away, but glad he doesn’t have to be in this cruel word any longer. Before concluding, Sessions posed a striking question. “When life throws you a curve ball, what will be your response,” he asked. He urged the crowd to continue to move on in this painful time. Following a final viewing, Crawford was laid to rest at Arbutus Memorial Park on Sulphur Spring Rd.

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July 10, 1920 – February 4, 2014 On the morning of February 4, 2014, Juliette Marie Carpenter went peacefully to be with the Lord. Juliette was born on July 10, 1920; she was the third child of George and Sarah Brown. Juliette attended St. Barnabas and St. Pius Catholic schools. She graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in 1939. Juliette has always loved sports. She says she was an “adolescent tomboy.” She played baseball, basketball and even football with the boys in the neighborhood. In fact, she was a star player on the Frederick Douglass basketball team. Juliette jokingly says that Cory McNeill, her grandson and assistant basketball coach for the University of Virginia women’s basketball team, inherited his basketball skills from her. Her love for sports continued as was evident in her undying devotion to the Baltimore Colts, Baltimore’s NFL football team prior to the arrival of the Ravens. She not only attended all the home games, but also the away games. During World War II, Juliette worked at Glen L. Martin, a company that built airplanes; she was an electrician. Her job was to wire all of the pilot’s controls in the cockpit. She was the first African-American and the first female of any race to work this operation at Glen L. Martin. According to Juliette, the inspectors said that if Juliette did the job, they knew it was done correctly. How’s that for women’s power in 1943 from a 23 year old? After the war, Juliette worked for the State Department in Washington D.C. She started as a clerk and worked her way up to become a supervisor. After commuting to Washington for 25 years, she resigned. She then began to work for the State of Maryland in a supervisory position. She worked there for five years and then retired. Juliette worked hard during her adult life, but she knew how to have a good improve themselves, build solid networks and help others. Conference participants included many men and women in the military, including Lt. Col. Eartha Goban, a professor of military science at Bowie State University. She has worked there to urge young participants to consider working as a STEM professional in the military.

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time also. She loved to dress up, dance and enjoy the nightlife. The nightlife for blacks was on Baltimore’s famous Pennsylvania Avenue. Juliette and her friends frequented the Sphinx Club and the Club Casino, which was managed by her late brother, George A. Brown Jr. In fact, Juliette is featured in a video about Pennsylvania Avenue at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. In 1943, Juliette married a wonderful man, Robert “Pity” Carpenter. Four years later their daughter, Pamela, was born on her father’s birthday and their wedding anniversary. Pity and Juliette separated a few years later, but they remained friends. Juliette is fortunate to have personally experienced two outstanding historical events. She walked with Martin Luther King Jr., in the “March on Washington” in 1963, and she witnessed the inauguration of this country’s first Black President, Barack Obama. Juliette has truly lived a blessed life. Juliette is survived by her daughter, Pamela; two grandsons, Anthony and Cory; two granddaughters-in-law, Robin and Kim; five great grandchildren, Brionna, Austin, Anthony, Gabrielle and Cayden; two sisters, Augustine and Bette; two brothers, Thomas (Elroy) and Earl (Plump); one brother-inlaw, Golden (Sputs); three sisters-in-law, Shirley, Sylvia, Catherine, several nieces and nephews as well a host of other relatives and friends. Services for Juliette Carpenter begin 10 a.m., Feb. 15 with the viewing and family hour at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 3301 Windsor Ave., in Baltimore, followed by the funeral at 11 a.m. Burial is in the New Cathedral, 4300 Old Frederick Road, with a repast immediately after at St. Cecilia’s. “I [went] against the grain of my family and mother and joined the military,” Goban said. “I was supposed to study early childhood education and become a teacher.” At the Stars and Stripes Gala, which culminated the three-day event, BEYA Conference participants celebrated the lives and achievements of their own.

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mom, or large business—I want that connection. I want all customers to feel like they’re represented within the employee ranks of BGE. When I talk about our diversity and inclusion at BGE, I want our employees to be a microcosm of the communities in which we serve.” Prior to managing BGE’s legislative business and developing the company’s corporate relationships and communications, Butler, an attorney, was senior vice president of corporate affairs for Exelon. He also managed compensation and benefits for approximately 19,000 Exelon employees as the company’s senior vice president of human resources. Butler played a key role in the buyout of BGE’s former parent company, Constellation Energy by Exelon. In a 2011 interview with the AFRO, Butler said he got his start in the energy business through internships and connections he made in the environmental law field. After graduating from law school, the St. Louis native went to work as in-house legal counsel for the Central Illinois Light Company. At age 27, Butler aided in the deregulation of the Illinois energy business. His hand in the deregulation effort put him on the path to managing governmental affairs on a large scale. His work with printing company R.R. Donnelly further honed his skills in the field.

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Black History Month 2014: “Civil Rights in America”

To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Dr. Carter G. Woodson’s Association for the Study of African Life and History has chosen “Civil Rights in America” as its overarching theme for Black History Month 2014. At a time when voter suppression, gerrymandered congressional districts and Senate filibusters continue to thwart the civic will of the American people, a renewed focus upon our civil rights Congressman history is both timely and Elijah E. profound. Cummings During Black History Month, we do well to recall and applaud the struggles, sacrifices and successes of civil rights heroes like Frederick Douglas, W.E.B. Du Bois, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Fanny Lou Hamer. Yet, we also should focus sharply upon the economic elements of our civil rights struggles—and especially upon the union leaders who did so much to foster the African-American middle class of our time. Consider, for example, the legacy of A. Philip Randolph and his lifetime of commitment to the proposition that AfricanAmericans, by organizing and joining unions, could build the economic foundation for full participation in this society. Randolph’s 12-year struggle to sustain the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters in its fight to gain recognition, first by the Pullman Company and ultimately by the AFL-CIO, was a historic achievement in itself. Later, during the early 1940s, his organization of 100,000 Americans expressed determination to march on Washington and demand an end to segregation, and convinced President Franklin Roosevelt to issue Executive Order 8802, which desegregated America’s defense industries. My own family was among the Americans of color who benefitted from that expansion of opportunity. Before my parents had a union to stand by them, they were forced to work as share croppers for 15 cents an hour near Manning, S.C. They moved to South Baltimore in the hope

of forging a better life for their family. Here, my father worked as a laborer at Davison Chemical Company. Although his work life was not free from prejudice or pain, his membership in the Chemical Workers’ Union assured his family of a dollar an hour, overtime pay and a health care plan. That same union card helped my parents make the down payment on the home where my mother lives to this day, and allowed their children to attend the better schools that would transform our lives. During my early teenage years, Randolph helped convince President Truman to end segregation in our armed forces and federal civil service jobs. In 1963, he was a major force in creating the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom where an outpouring of 250,000 Americans laid the foundation for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Today, in large part because of civil rights leaders such as Randolph, African American unionized workers earn, on average, $8,000 more per year than workers who are without a union. Union families are significantly more likely to enjoy health insurance coverage, defined-benefit pensions and paid personal leave. We should not minimize the contributions of organized labor to civil rights. Political empowerment and economic opportunity are two sides of the same coin. This year begins the sixth decade since Americans gathered at the Lincoln Memorial for the 1963 March on Washington. Yet, more than 50 years after that historic march, we still are marching for both freedom and jobs. To paraphrase Dr. King: we cannot be satisfied while any American cannot vote; nor can we be satisfied when far too many Americans believe that they have no reason to vote.

Dr. Anthony Jones has been an AIDS Specialist for more than 15 years. During that time he has become increasingly discouraged as he watched the AIDS epidemic in the San Francisco Bay Area grow among its African-American community. “We’re really at a crossroads with HIV in the Black community,” said Jones. “We have the knowledge and the tools to dramatically impact the spread of HIV and extremely effective medications that can fully suppress the virus. People can have a normal life expectancy. But a lack of understanding about perceived risk, lack of access to care, fear and stigma are some of the greatest barriers to improving outcomes among my patients with HIV disease.” The statistics support Jones’s perception of the disease. HIV has disproportionately affected Black Americans since the beginning of the epidemic, a disparity which continues now. There are currently more than 1.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States, including more than 510,000 Black Americans. Although Black Americans represent only 12 percent of the U.S. population, they accounted for 44 percent of new HIV infections in 2010, and an estimated 44 percent of those living with HIV in 2009. The rate of new HIV infections among Blacks was nearly

eight times that of Whites and more than twice that of Latinos in 2010. The rate for Black men was the highest of any group, more than twice that of Latino men. African-American communities continue to experience higher rates of other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) compared with other racial/ethnic communities in the United States. Having an STI can significantly increase the chance of getting or transmitting HIV. The AIDS epidemic has had its most significant impact on Black women, who have the third highest rate of infection overall and the highest rate of HIV infection among female groups. Black women account for the largest share of new HIV infections, and the incidence rate is 20 times the rate among White women. Like other experts, Jones believes that more needs to be done to reach out to the African-American community, especially young gay Black men. Along with most physicians and experts in the field treating AIDS, he believes that outreach efforts have decreased significantly since the pattern of infection began increasingly involving the African-American community. More than 25 percent of Blacks ages 18 to 64 have never been tested for HIV. Approximately one in five Blacks living with HIV does not know they are infected. Diagnosis late in the course of HIV infection is common, which results in missed opportunities to get early medical care and prevent

transmission to others. The National Medical Association and its physician membership are committed to changing the conversation around HIV within the Black community. As AfricanAmericans, we must do more to reduce the impact that this disease has on our community. The message must be that while treatment options have improved the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS, we still need to be diligent with safe sex, regular testing and aggressive treatment when a diagnosis is made. HIV prevention projects for community-based organizations must be expanded to provide effective HIV prevention services to gay, bisexual, and transgender youth of color and their partners. Support and technical assistance to health departments and community-based organizations should be encouraged to deliver effective prevention interventions for African Americans. Our community, working together, must create an environment where living comfortably with AIDS is better than any alternative.

With the Super Bowl over, the fantasy football season has ended. But it turns out there is a fantasy league for economists. So, sorry to those of you with Paul Krugman on your team, but I am siding with Joseph Stiglitz in his argument that income inequality is slowing the recovery. Both Stiglitz and Krugman are Nobel laureates in economics. Both agree that inequality hurts the William Spriggs economy in the long run, Special to the AFRO because in a market-based economy, high levels of income inequality lead to too many talented and smart poor children being prevented by low income from investments in schooling, enriching life experiences and opportunities to become the leaders we need to grow as a nation. Where Stiglitz and Krugman disagree is on how inequality shapes the market in the present. Krugman argues against the idea that income growth that favors the rich hurts the demand for goods and services that make employers hire more people, because the rich save rather than consume. Krugman points

to the evidence showing that despite rising income inequality, aggregate consumption has been quite healthy. But, while consumption by the rich is helping the sale of goods and services and keeping the Gross Domestic Product (the value of all goods and services produced in the country) growing, a rich person spending means a poor person is not spending. Stiglitz believes that inequality is slowing the current recovery. Economists Steven Fazzari and Barry Cynamon point out that consumption by the top 1 percent has grown by 17 percent since 2009 when the “recovery” began, but just 1 percent for the bottom 95 percent. Businesses know that spending patterns are different, as a New York Times article explained this week. Darden, a chain of sit-down restaurants, grew thanks to its middle-class restaurants, Olive Garden and Red Lobster. Those brands now sag in sales, while their upscale brand, The Capital Grille, is growing fast. But it is more than restaurants that differ. If more is spent at The Capital Grille than Red Lobster, Kruger argues, then presumably the wages and number of workers Darden would allocate to Red Lobster would fall but rise at The Capital Grille, so employment and income for the bottom 95 percent also would grow. But something else happens with inequality: a rising share of all consumption takes place at the top. There are two problems when a high share of consumption is concentrated at the top. First, for things like housing and education, where the rich

consume the bulk of private consumption, that trend tilts prices toward their income levels. Just as Darden chases the dollars by changing its mix of restaurants, home builders will chase the dollars and tastes of the rich in building homes. Elite institutions favored by the rich, like Harvard and Stanford, will raise tuition to capture the ability and willingness to pay of the rich, and in turn use those resources to bid for the best faculties in business and engineering. That ups the ante for those in the middle who want to become homeowners or send their children to college. Fazzari and Cynamon document that indeed the middle class kept up with those rising prices by borrowing heavily— too heavily, as it led to a collapse in middle-class demand when debt levels rose too high. The housing collapse froze middleclass homeowners, but families have continued to chase quality education and increase student loan debt. Also, middle-class incomes lead to purchases of things that lead to more jobs, including automobiles. Increase income at the top instead leads to production of items with higher profit margins and prices—luxury automobiles and high-end appliances, not more cars and more appliances. The collapse of incomes in the middle mean that consumption isn’t translating into more people being hired, just higher profits and higher prices for luxury items.

Confronted by unacceptable levels of unemployment, inequality and voter suppression, far too many of our fellow Americans remain trapped by the most crippling segregation of all: the segregation from hope as a result of poverty. President Obama has challenged each of us to join him in overcoming this “defining challenge of our time—the dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility that has jeopardized middle-class America’s basic bargain: that if you work hard, you have a chance to get ahead.” Even as we celebrate our history, we would do well to act on Randolph’s legacy and advice. Our nation’s civil rights struggles are not limited to our history. Now, we are the Americans who must organize, mobilize and fight the good fight. Congressman Elijah Cummings represents Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.

Additional AIDS Outreach Needed in African-American Communities Michael A. LeNoir, M.D.

Michael A. LeNoir, M.D. is president of the National Medical Association, the nation’s oldest and largest medical association, representing the interests of more than 35,000 African-American physicians and their patients.

Why Inequality Matters: Or, Why Joseph Stiglitz Hits it and Paul Krugman Misses

William Spriggs serves as chief economist to the AFL-CIO, and is a professor and former Chair of the Department of Economics at Howard University.

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Mayor Speaks Continued from A1

helpful tips to solve crimes, and that bringing down crime in the city “hinges on the ability to work together, promote the value of every

human life.” Standing before council members, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, and a host of state delegates, Rawlings-Blake

detailed how she was “not immune” to the violence that has gripped the city. Last year, Rawlings-Blake’s cousin was murdered, and in 2002 her brother was viciously attacked. On Monday, the

mayor announced that an anti-violence program, Operation CeaseFire, could be instrumental in bringing down crime in designated zones. “There is a small percent of the population causing a

large percent of the violence in our communities,” said Councilman Nick Mosby of District 7. “The program, CeaseFire, has been successful in many other major cities and I’m looking forward to seeing results for

the City of Baltimore.” Blake said that technology upgrades for the Baltimore Police Department will allow officers to be more “nimble” and more responsive. Police patrols will be increased, and curfews for minors will be enforced by way of yearround youth connection centers. Minors caught without a guardian during hours with strict curfew enforcement will be taken to the connection centers. “While there, the young people and their families will have the opportunity to be connected with services that support and promote positive development for our young people,” Rawlings-Blake said. “There will be severe and swift consequences for any future acts of violence. If you’re genuinely sincere about wanting to change your life, we’re here with the resources and support to assist you in that endeavor.” As for Baltimore City Public Schools, the mayor said that major improvements are in the works. “We are building 15 new schools and significantly renovating at least 30 additional schools,” she said. “Our children deserve much better. Providing quality education for our young people is key to attracting families and keeping families in Baltimore.” The mayor also announced plans for a 10-year apartment credit to entice families to stay in the city, and said she is continuing her efforts to bring property taxes down 20 percent by the year 2020. Homeowners last year saved an average of $220 on their property tax bills, and automated systems will help prevent tax bill errors. The mayor also announced a plan to increase entrepreneurship within city limits by way of a business center focused on minority and women-owned businesses. “We want companies that are built to last and here to stay,” she said. “We won a $900,000 threeyear grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to create a minority business development center right here in Baltimore.” “Our business center will focus on increasing the size, the scale, and the capacity of successful minority business enterprises,” said RawlingsBlake. The center is set to open in March. Councilman Carl A. Stokes of the city’s 12th District told the AFRO that he believed a minority business center would be good for the city. “I think if we can put into place incentives to encourage development and growth of the residential population in the city there could be great economic impact,” he said. “The more folks who are living in the city, the more they will buy locally, use the local grocery store, use the local cleaners, and the local hair salon.” Rawlings-Blake said she has been working with police and fire department unions in an effort to provide more competitive salaries. She also announced that $400 million of the more than $700 million budget deficit she took on when she first took office has been closed. The mayor also talked about the “Vacants to Value” program that has helped turn over dilapidated properties. More than 1,000 homeowners have been forced into courtmandated auctions as a result of letting their properties fall into ruin.

February 15, 2014 - February 21, 2014, The Afro-American


Photos by Anderson Ward

Wanda Wickham with new PRT members, Hans Edwards and Tony Hill

PRT member, Calvin Mims

Del. Barbara Robinson

The Presidents’ RoundTable held its 2014 Legislative Reception – The Valencia Politics of Minority McClure, Business: Access and BGE Opportunities in Maryland – Jan. 28 at the Historic Inns of Annapolis – The Maryland Inn. Following opening remarks by RoundTable president, Sheila Brooks, area senators and delegates Cora Williams, Ideal addressed issues of interest to Electric Supply participants and made them aware of the agenda for the current session.

PRT member, Q. C. Jones

Del. Jill Carter Carla Thomas, BGE, volunteer

Sen. Verna JonesRodwell

Herman Taylor, Sheila Brooks, PRT president and Larry McKenney PRT member, Robert Wallace

AFRO publisher Jake Oliver chats with Arnold Williams

Del. Adrienne A. Jones and Wanda Wickham, PRT executive director Sen. Cathy Pugh

PRT member, Donna Stevenson

PRT member, Arnold Williams

Sen. Delores G. Kelley

PRT member, Stanley Tucker

PRT member, Armentha “Mike” Cruise


The Afro-American, February 15, 2014 - February 21, 2014 LEGAL NOTICES




Proposed Substantial Amendment To Maryland’s Annual Action Plan As a result of Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee, and the Derecho

Petitions have been filed by the following applicants for licenses to sell alcoholic beverages at the premises set opposite their respective names. The real property for these applications will be posted on Monday, February 10, 2014. Written protests concerning any application will be accepted until and including the time of the hearing. Public hearings will be held on or after February 27, 2014. Interested parties should contact the office of the Board, 231 E. Baltimore Street, 6th Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 or by calling (410) 396-4380 to determine the exact time and date that a particular application will be considered by the Board. Written protests will be acknowledged by the Board and such protestants will be notified as to the date, time and place of the hearing.

Under the guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), notice is hereby given that the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is amending its Consolidated Plan Annual Action Plan in response to funding received as a result of Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee, and the Derecho.

1. CLASS “A” BEER & WINE LICENSE Peace Grocery, Inc. Transfer of ownership Kumfang Xing, QiuGuo Wang & Kyu Chang CLASS “A” BEER, WINE & LIQUOR RESTAURANT LICENSE Roshnisuri, LLC Transfer of ownership Poonam Suri

The Consolidated Plan is a five-year planning document required by HUD that sets out overall State wide goals and priorities for housing, community development, and economic development activities. Special emphasis is given under the Plan to provide assistance for extremely low, low, and moderate-income persons. The Plan is updated annually with one year goals (Annual Action Plans) that provide specific goals in meeting the priorities set in the Five Year Plan. A substantial amendment is made to the Consolidated Plan and/or Annual Action Plan when certain conditions are met, including the award of disaster relief funding. As a result of the above storms, the State of Maryland has been awarded $20 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to undertake disaster relief efforts to address unmet needs related to the storms, hence the Substantial Amendment to the Annual Action Plan. (Note that the Plan was amended last year as well when the State received $8.6 million in funding to address disaster related damage in Somerset County – only – due to Hurricane Sandy. This is new funding related to all of the above major disaster declarations in Maryland).

2. CLASS “B” BEER, WINE & LIQUOR LICENSE Baltimore Katana, Inc. Jason Chang & Henry Deford

Under a typical Consolidated Plan or Annual Action Plan, the funding the State receives is used primarily in the State’s rural areas, as many communities, including Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties, as well as the Cities of Annapolis, Baltimore, Bowie, Cumberland, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Hagerstown and Salisbury receive their own funding directly from HUD. However, in the case of this funding, and per guidance under a Federal Register Notice from HUD, since all counties in Maryland were declared major disaster areas under at least one of the above listed storms, all counties were deemed eligible by HUD for State assistance. As part of the Amendment process, the State held a public hearing, held training, and then solicited applications for this funding in December 2013 (applications were due January 28, 2014). This draft Action Plan Amendment for CDBG funds was then developed using information received by applicants related to their needs and specifically identified projects. As required, the State has selected and identified all projects to be funded but elects, as allowed under the regulations, to submit a Partial Action Plan at this time. This course of action is being proposed to ensure that all projects are implemented and completed. This plan will be amended in 2015 to include the remaining funds and projects. DHCD proposing to allocate the disaster funding as follows: Grantee/Use Somerset County

Number of Projects 16 Projects



Garrett County

9 Projects



Dorchester County

1 Project



Allegany County

3 Projects



Charles County

2 Projects





State Administration


3600 Belair Road

Transfer of ownership from contract purchaser

843-45 S. Montford Avenue

Bread & Butter, LLC Edward Atwater & Caitlin Whitney-Gallagher

Request to add outdoor table service

529 E. Belvedere Avenue

Parts & Labor, LLC Corey Polyoka

New restaurant license

2600 N. Howard Street

DTI Baltimore, LLC Lambros Grigoropoulas Theodore Xenohristos & Dimitri Mashouitis

New restaurant license with off-premises catering

1010 Fleet Street

Bagel Boys of Baltimore, LLC Transfer of ownership, request for live 900 Cathedral Street Lee Cohen & Steve Moorman entertainment 3. CLASS “BD7” BEER, WINE & LIQUOR LICENSE BDU Nepal, LLC Transfer of ownership & location from 507 S. Broadway Dhruba Raj Onta & Daoud Faddoul secured creditor at 300 S. Oldham Street to 507 S. Broadway El Palacio Latino, Inc. Transfer of ownership & location from 35 N. Potomac Street Alfredo Vazquez 105 S. Conkling Street to 35 N. Potomac St



1713 E. Federal Street

Total 31 Projects $20,000,000 100% Full details of the projects DHCD is proposing to fund and their implementation schedule can be found in the draft Action Plan Amendment which is available on DHCD’s website – - under the “CDBG Disaster” section. Copies of the draft Amendment are also available at the State’s regional lending libraries, including the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Blackwell Library in Salisbury, Washington County Free Library in Hagerstown, Lewis J. Ort Library in Frostburg, Frederick Douglas Library in Princess Anne, and the Southern Maryland Regional Library in Charlotte Hall. A large print version of the draft Amendment is available at the Maryland Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in Baltimore. Interested persons may also request a free copy of the Plan be sent to them by contacting John M. Greiner at the phone number and address listed below. In addition, in order to gain additional public input on the draft Action Plan Amendment, the State will hold a public hearing on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at the following location: Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development 100 Community Place Crownsville, MD 21032 Main Conference Room - Side A Note that this facility is fully accessible. Persons requiring a translator should request one at least three days prior to the hearing. Written comments on the draft Amendment to the Action Plan will be accepted via regular mail or email through 5:00 p.m., Monday, March 17, 2014. Comments and questions about the proposed Substantial Amendment, or requests for copies of the amendment should be addressed to:

M.M & T, Inc. Lois Finifter

Transfer of ownership from personal representative

6200 Reisterstown Road

1700 East Fort Avenue, LLC Richard Soucy & Ronal Prochoren

Request for outdoor table service

1700 E. Fort Avenue

Chesapeake Shakespeare Co. Lesley Helm, Scott Helm & Robin Hough

Transfer of ownership, request for live entertainment

7 S. Calvert Street

J H Choo, Inc. Jae Ho Choo & Sung Soo Kim

Transfer of ownership

1801-03 E. North Avenue

Hunter’s Hide Out, Inc. Von Hunter

Transfer of ownership

291 S. Pulaski Street

Jacob and Jones Enterprises, LLC Leandra Jones

Transfer of ownership

322 N. Franklintown Road

Annoula Two Enterprises, LLC James Glick & Wayne Haskell

Transfer of ownership

13 E. Randall Street

Industrial Holdings, LLC Lorraine Parrish

Transfer of ownership & location from 438 E. Biddle Street

33 W. North Avenue

25 Cross Street Business Ventures, LLC Scott Schleupner

Transfer of ownership, request for outdoor 25 E. Cross Street table service

Charm City Swing, LLC Michael Seguin & Nina Gilkenson

Transfer of ownership & location from 4219-21 Curtis Avenue, request for live entertainment

861 Washington Blvd

4. CLASS “D” BEER, WINE & LIQUOR LICENSE JBENG, LLC Joseph Gardella & Joanne Mandato

Transfer of ownership

313 S. High Street

Transfer of ownership from secured creditor request for outdoor table service

1401 Decatur Street

Thundersnow, LLC Geoffrey Ott, Kelly Scott & Sandra Ott

John M. Greiner Housing Policy Officer Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development 100 Community Place Crownsville, Maryland 21032 (410) 514-7191 TTY: 1-800-735-2258 (Maryland Relay)

Lobo, LLC Transfer of ownership James Hubbard, III

1900 Aliceanna Street

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South Baltimore Learning Center

If you’re HIV+ and think you can’t afford the medication you need, there’s something you should know.

MADAP CAN HELP. The Maryland AIDS Drug Assistance Program (MADAP) helps cover the cost of many medications for low to moderate income people in Maryland who are living with HIV/AIDS. There are exciting, new drugs in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Don’t miss out because you can’t afford them. Call MADAP today. 410-767-6535 Baltimore Area 1-800-205-6308 Toll Free in Maryland 410-333-4800 tdd MADAP is a program of the AIDS Administration Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene


6:30 to 11:30 p.m.

MontgoMery Park Business Center Honorees: Barry Blumberg & Bank of America

• Cirque-style entertainment • Live & Silent Auctions • Live Music by Fifth Avenue • Food & Beverages by Baltimore’s Best Restaurants 410-625-4215 SBLC programs are partially supported by grant funding from Maryland Literacy Works & U.S. Department of Education

February 15, 2014 - February 21, 2014, The Afro-American

“How can I say thanks for the things you have done for me? Things so undeserved, yet you gave to prove your love for me; the voices of a million angels could not express my gratitude. All that I am and ever hope to be, I owe it all to Thee. To God be the glory.” Fanny Crosby I want to give a special thanks to Jake Oliver, Diane Hocker and the Afro family, Dan Henson and the Friday Night Bunch, my Wednesday Golf Buddies and my beloved sisters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Your love and support made a difference. “Give and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken

Unsolved Mystery: High Tech Racism is about a woman who was unknowingly involved in a medical experiment. During an operation, Joyce Smith was injected with transmitter receivers or microchips that enable her to pick up conversation from a group of racist no one else can hear. Apparently, these people needed a guinea pig for their research. For years these racists stalked Joyce 24/7. They would position themselves about fifty feet from her and turn on satellite equipment that would activate the receivers in her body, causing her many medical problems over the years. They arranged a conspiracy of lies in her community in order to discredit her story and her character. They wanted doctors and the public to believe she had a mental illness, which is what people usually believe when you say you hear voices no one else hears. The police and FBI told Joyce she needed solid proof, but gathering medical evidence is difficult when doctors do not believe you. The author feels it is important for everyone to know that this kind of crime exists, because it could happen to you! Written by: Joyce Smith To purchase a book, contact:

Ukazoo Book Store 730 Dulaney Valley Road Towson, Maryland 21204 410.832.2665 or

Wisdom Book Center 5116 Liberty Heights Avenue Baltimore, MD 21207 410.664.1946

together and running over; for by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” Luke 6:38 The remarkable show of love following the death of my father, Benjamin Scott Johnson, was overwhelming. The Baltimore delegation, as my stepmom Jean called them, that drove to DC for Daddy’s home-going lifted my family more than you’ll ever know. Some of you knew my father, had dinner with him, or have gone to Nationals baseball games with him. Others knew of him because I talked about him. “So with you; now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” John 16:22 The following day, Dr. Charlene Cooper Boston, Brenda Sykes, Sara Smalley and Rosemary “Duchess” Atkinson said they would bring dinner to my home. They walked in the house loaded with everything for a gathering, including food catered by Colin’s Seafood Restaurant and Grill. It was the best-kept secret planned during Friday’s funeral; more than fifty people showed up at my home as I sat “bewitched, bothered and bewildered” watching everything unfold, wondering how they pulled it off in one day without my knowledge—after all, I am the event coordinator. “That’s what friends are for” Our personal DJ (have music, will travel) Charlene started the music, then Brenda searched my oldies collection. They pushed the furniture back and everyone began dancing; an old-school house party in full effect is just what I needed. “Seeing death as the end of life is like seeing the ocean as the end of the horizon.” David Searls My daddy and I loved each other unconditionally; we shared “joy and pain.” We laughed together, we dined together, we worshipped together, and we enjoyed going to the ball games and discussing current events and politics. I will miss these things, but I am so grateful that I was able to thank him for being my daddy. “The truth is the Super Bowl long ago became more than just a football game. It’s part of our culture, like turkey at Thanksgiving and lights at Christmas, and like those holidays beyond their meaning, a factor in our economy.” Bob Schieffer More than 100 folks gathered at the fabulous Club House


in Owings Mills to attend the Super Bowl XLVIII party hosted by Tyrese “Tony” Jones. Food, drinks and desserts dominated the group of mostly Seattle Seahawks supporters, with a few Denver Bronco fans sprinkled throughout the massive clubhouse. With the Ravens not in the game, I was initially clueless as to which team I would root for in what I thought would be a lackluster Super Bowl, after last year’s Ravens victory. “We kept believing in ourselves.” Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawk Quarterback Thanks to the media’s negative blitz, I decided on the Seattle Seahawks. The joshing I received from die-hard Peyton Manning fans Candes Daniels and my 17-year-old grandson Matthew Packer, a Peyton Manning fan since first grade, was heartless. The bets were on with Candes and Matthew. Candes made it easy—we would do a monetary agreement. But Matthew wanted me to buy a Peyton Manning shirt and wear it to work; what he forgot was he would have to wear a Seahawks shirt to school, where most of his classmates are Peyton Manning fans. I cannot wait to see the pictures. The students at South County High School love Peyton Manning so much that they didn’t watch the second half. “Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance, the lasting perfume.” Jean de Boufflers Condolences to Pam McNeil on the death of her husband Dr. Clayton “Pete” McNeil, my longtime friend and fellow Coppin State Alumnus, and on the death of her mother Juliette Brown Carpenter, who died the day after Pete. Prayers to Marty Glaze, Ryan McNeil, Tyrone McNeil and Toni Brown Green as you celebrate the life and memories of family members Pete and Juliette. Our prayers to Millie Hall and family on the death of her daughter Pam Hall; Osborne Dixon on the death of his wife Veronica “Ronnie” Dixon, and to Rita Rogers and family on the death of their mother Isabelle ”Ducey” Henderson. “Other things may change us, but we start and end with family” Anthony Brandt Sending Happy Birthday greetings to Deacon Sam Redd, Arthur Peterson, Audrey Minor, Gwen Pinder and Shay Sharpe—it’s celebration time. “In the long run, there is not much discrimination against superior talent.” Carter G. Woodson Congratulations to renowned artist Larry Poncho Brown on the unveiling of his Black History Month poster “With These Hands,” commissioned by the D.C. lottery. “I wonder why you can always read a doctor’s bill and can never read his prescription.”  Finley Peter Dunne Sending get-well wishes to Charles “Chuck” Thomas, Rambling Rosa Pryor and Claude Parker. “Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place” Zora Neale Hurston Happy Valentine’s Day!

Kam’s Kapsules: By Kam Williams

About Last Night (PG-13 for profanity, sexuality and brief drug use) A modern reimagining of the 1986 romantic comedy based on “Sexual Perversity in Chicago,” the David Mamet play following two couples (Kevin Hart and Regina Hall, and Michael Ealy and Joy Bryant) whose relationships are put to the test as they venture from the bar to the bedroom. With Paula Patton, Christopher McDonald and Terrell Owens.


Endless Love (PG-13 for sexuality, profanity, partying and partial nudity) Remake of the romance drama about the starcrossed love affair between teens (Gabriella Wilde and Alex Pettyfer) from opposite sides of the tracks. With Bruce Greenwood, Joely Richardson, Robert Patrick, Emma Rigby and Dayo Okeniyi.


The Afro-American, February 15, 2014 - February 21, 2014

COMMUNITY CONNECTION Armstrong Family Matriarch Turns 98 Celebrating Margaret DeMan Armstrong’s 98th birthday with her at her home at Emeritus in Towson, were son Rod and wife Gloria with sons Mario and Sean; daughter-in-law Barbara Blount Armstrong with her sister Brenda Saddler; Margaret’s sister Frances Ashby, her niece Cleo Ashby Kendall, and her cousin Kim McCalla. Margaret is being featured in a video production for her role in the founding of the Baltimore School for the Arts.  

and prose of prominent African-American writers will also be featured.

Vocabulary Olympics

Maryland Boychoir Sings at Whitestone Baptist Church

The Maryland State Boychoir will be in concert, 3 p.m., Feb. 23 at Whitestone Baptist Church, 3001 Baker Street in Baltimore. A showcase of African-American culture, the free concert will offer traditional hymns, spirituals, gospel selections and music from Africa. It recognizes talented composers of African-American music—Moses Hogan, Rollo Dilworth, William Dawson, Keith Hampton and Glenn Burleigh. In addition, excerpts from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech, and poetry

basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Brown is the son of Carrie Fortney of Baltimore. He is a 2013 graduate of Patterson High School, Baltimore.

The Catonsville Middle School is currently conducting its annual Vocabulary Olympics, a way to reinforce vocabulary through the use of athletic competition during physical education classes. Air Force Airman 1st Class Twice a week the national Junior Honor Society students Fernando R. Brown give students in PE classes vocabulary words to define after completing an event. With a correct answer the Obituary student earns a ticket for their Veronica Blanche Bess Dixon, Educator home room bucket. The home room that May 19, 1943 to January 30, 2014 earns the most tickets from A memorial mass was held Feb. 12 at She began teaching history at the old each grade will choose eight St. Matthew Catholic Church for Veronica Francis M. Wood School in 1967. For 39 students to represent it in the Blanche Bess Dixon, who departed her years, she served as a dedicated frontline school wide competition for earthly life suddenly on Jan. 30. Born May educator who received consistent promotions trophies and prizes. 19, 1943 in Baltimore, Md. to the late Floyd including department head at Pimlico, head The home room with and Mildred Bess, she was the eldest of six of the Department of Exceptional Children the most points wins the girls often tasked at a young age with taking at Walbrook High School, assistant principal championship trophy. The her siblings for back-to-school shopping and at Hampstead Hill Middle School, managing competition will take place bringing home groceries. assistant principal at Lemel, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Feb.21. Inspired by the exemplary principal at Greenspring and skill and kindness of teachers Highlandtown middle schools. like the late Mabel Byrd, she Following her retirement, she was determined to become worked another two years a teacher herself. After assisting in the organization graduating from Edmondson of the Buford-Drew-Jemison High School in June 1961, Charter Middle School. Air Force Airman 1st she entered then-Morgan She is survived by her Class Fernando R. Brown State College that fall in husband of 39 years, Osborne graduated from basic military pursuit of her goal. Ronnie B. Dixon Jr.; daughter, training at Joint Base San contributed significantly to her Carol D. Croxton; son-inAntonio-Lackland, San college education by working law, Brandon R. Croxton; Antonio, Texas. summers at the Maryland Glass Company. grandson, Ryan B.J. Croxton; sisters Linda the airman completed She also attended Baltimore Junior College Milton (Thomas), Paula Fleet, Sharon an intensive, eight-week and then Maryland State College in Princess Bess, Eleanora Johnson, and Machele Bess; program that included Anne. In June 1967, she received a bachelor’s nieces Sage Johnson, Tasha Milton, Kisha training in military discipline in education with a concentration in history Fleet Hendrick (Sean), Nikita Artis, and and studies, Air Force core from that institution, becoming the first Jennifer Ashley; nephews, Kirk R. Fleet, Jr. values, physical fitness, and college graduate in her family. In 1972 she (LaTisha) and Joseph Johnson, and a host basic warfare principles and received her master’s in administration and of grandnieces, grandnephews, relatives and skills. supervision from then Coppin State College. friends. Airmen who complete

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The Afro-American, February 15, 2014 - February 21, 2014

7 Facts About the Cove Point LNG Project Dominion’s proposal to add export capability to its Cove Point Liquefied Natural Gas facility in Calvert County will be Southern Maryland’s largest private investment in at least a generation. So it’s no surprise the project has received broad and strong support. Still, we believe we have a responsibility to make sure everyone knows the facts about this project.


The project will deliver substantial and far-reaching economic benefits.


The project’s economic benefits include strong job growth.


By using clean-burning natural gas, the project will protect the environment.


Dominion is continuing a 40-year record as a trusted neighbor.


We’ve done our homework, and made it public.


We’re designing to have the smallest local impact possible.


The facility will be built somewhere. Calvert County should be able to enjoy its benefits.

Calvert County will initially receive more than $40 million in new revenue each year from the project. That’s in addition to the $15 million being paid now. To put it in perspective, that’s almost 15% of the county’s current $274 million operating budget. This new revenue could be used for tax relief; sewer, water, recreation or road improvements; support for schools; aid to senior citizens; or any combination of worthy projects.

3,000 construction jobs will be created over the course of the project. Most of those are expected to go to local residents. Another 75 high-paying permanent positions will also be created. And that’s not to mention the opportunities for local businesses to participate in the project, as well as the spending increases other local businesses will enjoy.

The facility’s new equipment will use natural gas, the cleanest-burning fossil fuel. It meets the most stringent environmental limits to protect air quality. It has been carefully designed to optimize efficiency while minimizing impacts. And it will also be zero-discharge—no water used will disturb the bay.

In all, Dominion has provided more than $2.3 million in charitable grants and donations in Maryland since 2002. One example is the Dominion Reef at the Gooses—one of the largest efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay’s oyster population. Beyond that, Dominion led an initiative to save the largest freshwater marsh on the bay’s western shore when it was damaged by a storm. And for nearly four decades, the facility’s daily operations have gone largely—and pleasantly—unnoticed.

Over the past 20 months, Dominion has filed more than 20,000 pages of documents as part of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s review of the project. And that’s just one of about 50 federal, state and local government permits and approvals needed. As a result, the project is being given a thorough review to minimize potential impacts on the bay and other water resources, residential areas, wildlife, vegetation, air, soil, noise, public safety, traffic and visual quality.

The LNG facility will be built entirely within the existing fenced industrial area. The surrounding 800 acres Dominion owns will remain a woodlands and wetlands preserve. The heat generated by the natural gas-fired turbines used in the liquefaction process will be reclaimed to generate clean electricity for the facility. A sound wall to shield neighbors from noise will be concealed by 350 feet of tall trees. And road improvements and other initiatives will minimize traffic disruptions.

If this project does not go forward, our customers may choose to either export gas from other competing projects in the United States, or import gas from the Middle East, Russia or other parts of the world. In the end, global demand will be met. But without this project, Southern Maryland will get none of the benefits.

Despite these facts, we know some people will still have questions. And we’re committed to answering each and every one. So far we’ve held 39 meetings with local residents, and have many more planned. The government approval process is open, and we encourage our neighbors to participate. Our website, (keyword: Cove Point), offers even more background about this project, a regularly updated list of FAQs and a place to ask questions and sign up for our e-newsletter. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We’ve been neighbors for four decades. And we believe we’ve been good neighbors. Our goal is to continue working together to improve Calvert County and all of Southern Maryland. We firmly believe the plans we have for Cove Point will do just that.

Thank you.

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