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been a member for many years. “It is truly a very high honor to put this celebration together,” Boyd told the AFRO. But it was also a challenge: How to do you capture 100 years of pioneering leadership, stalwart activism, scholarship and sisterhood? “Celebrating 100 years… we knew one event would not be enough. We wanted to make sure we captured the essence of the organization,” Boyd said. “It certainly gave all of us an opportunity to

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Dr. Mortimer Neufville, a veteran higher education administrator, was named president of Coppin State University president July 9 by William E. Kirwan, chancellor of University System of Maryland. Neufville, 73, has been serving as interim president of the historically Black

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institution since Jan. 23 following the resignation of Reginald Avery. Previously he served as executive vice president of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU). Neufville’s background includes 13 years at University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), where he was vice president for academic affairs, dean of agricultural science and research director before serving as UMES interim president from 2011 to 2012. “We are very fortunate that Dr. Newville has accepted this appointment,” Kirwan said in a statement. “With a history of serving higher education with distinction and effectiveness, he is well positioned to serve Coppin well during this critical transition period.” Neufville earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Tuskegee University and master’s and doctoral degrees in animal science from the University of Florida. In 2001, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Tuskegee University.


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stretch our imagination.” What emerged was a series of events, in a months-long observance. It began Jan. 1 with the launching of the Torch Tour, during which selected members of the sorority bore an Olympic-style torch to 22 cities across the United States and the world. That same day, the group also made history by becoming the first African-American women’s organization and the first Greek-letter organization to sponsor a float in the 124th Continued on A4

Cynthia M.A. ButlerMcIntyre has led the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority through a tumultuous period in U.S. and world history. It is an era of inspiring highs, such as the election and re-election of America’s first Black president and the 100th Continued on A4



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50th Anniversary: Desegregation of Gwynn Oak Amusement Park

But, it was an exciting summer for young Stuart – then age 12 – for more reasons than the thrill of a new family home. By the summer of 1963 the family of Stuart By the end of the summer in September of Hudgins took part in the American Dream of 1963, Hudgins and a group of friends crammed home ownership for the first time, when they into the back of a neighbor’s station wagon and moved into a house on Harlem Avenue in West made their first sojourn from West Baltimore Baltimore. to Gwynn Oak Amusement Park located just beyond the northwest boundary of the city in Baltimore County. “When we got to the park we rode all the rides, we got the full experience,” Hudgins said. “The big dipper, Sounds of protest, demands for justice, rang out from the busses that dropped off picketers at Gwynn Oak Park. AFRO File Photo Continued on A3 By Sean Yoes Special to the AFRO

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A 25-year-old Silver Spring man faces first-degree murder charges in connection with the stabbing death of his mother, police said. Fidel Washington was arrested June 28 and is being held without bail in the Montgomery County Detention Center after the body of Esperana Valle, 50, was discovered June 28 at about 8 a.m in the apartment she and her son shared in the 9700 block of Mt. Pisgah Road in Silver Spring. Her body was found in the apartment by police who were responding to queries about Valle’s whereabouts after she had not reported for work and friends and coworkers could not account for her absence, police said. According to law enforcement officials, she had been stabbed at least 40 times. Washington, who was cleaning his room when police arrived, told investigators initially that “someone came in and stabbed his mother,” police said. Police said he later confessed to the killing and told police that he and his mother had argued about him being unemployed. According to charging documents, Washington assaulted her as “a way to control her” and remained in the apartment for roughly 36 hours before police arrived. Washington appeared in court July 1, via a video monitor from the Montgomery County jail. District Judge Barry Hamilton delayed reviewing the terms of his bond pending a mental-health evaluation.

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The Scramble Marking The Closing Chapter of Mandela’s Life Contrasted to the South African Prayers as the World Watches

discipline, substance and generosity process, tarnishing it with the stench world. Knowing that Madiba wanted of spirit that are his trademarks. of self-centeredcommercialism and to be buried alongside his relatives, During a season when his peace, hype. While acknowledging that the they say, Mandla tried to engineer Johannesburg, S.A.--As former serenity and well-being should stars of the show, granddaughters a backdoor guarantee that the site President Nelson Mandela fights be foremost on the minds of all Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway and Swati would be on his property – a cash what will surely be one of his final who profess their love and respect Dlamini, have the right to live their cow in the making. battles, it has been incredibly moving for him, Mandela has suffered a own lives, a broad cross-section of The Washington Recently, theAfro-American High Court of theA3 November 1, 2008 - November 7, 2008, to witness as the world hastens to continuous stream of assaults – not South Africans have voiced deep Eastern Cape ruled against him, honor him - as tides of praise, tribute on his person but on his persona, the anger and resentment at what they ordering Mandla to return the graves and prayers continue to pour in from revered substance of the man that has view as crude and unbecoming to Qunu, per the former president’s every corner of the globe. made him not only a global icon, but behavior on the part of these young stated wishes. The decision paves the sport-utility sought in from a neighbor about a suspihisbe photoByFor Alan King those of us who have also avehicle goldmine of clout, influence women. way forposted what fliers manybearing hope will an connection with the murder of cious vehicle. The man noticed graph around the city. On AFRO Staff Writer been touched and inspired by the Hudson’s andmother statureand thatbrother. many seek the to bask in An embarrassingly uncomfortable end to this macabre spectacle. vehicle while walking his Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked enormity ofHudson his presence –and the Theand profit from at all costs. dog. According to the Chicago and abrupt visit to the ailing elder Thefor controversial white, 1994 Chevrolet the public’s“Being help in finding Jennifer and other Illinois Tribune, the boy had been shot her nephew. In hertoo, MySpace principles he has upheld and stoodSuburban with Mandela” reality show, has A fierce legallicense battle in which statesman by top ANC officials relatives positively identified multiple times in the back seat blog, she thanked fans and supfor- it is heartening to see his legacy many people in the Rainbow Nation some of Mandela’s family members – including President Jacob Zumaof the vehicle. The SUV, regisporters for their prayers and acknowledged and affirmed through clamoring for an end. By far, Nelson are seeking to wrest controltered of to Hudson’s murdered with television cameras in tow. In offered a $100,000 reward to such a massive and widespread his trust fund from the former Mandela is thewho mostreturned reveredthe andboy the televised footage, broadcast on brother, was towed with the anyone outpouring of love, gratitude and president’s chosen executors, belovedalive. figure in South Africa; national and international television boy’s body inside and is being processed by evidence techniSince the investigation, respect. including his friend and long-time he is a national treasure whose alike and which critics deride as an cians and workers. The body Hudson – who stardom Yet, it is disturbing to also advisor George Bizos, the lawyer dignified,regal bearinggained is legendary opportunistic photo op earmarked was later removed and taken to after appearing on “American witness, in stark contrast to the who fought for Mandela in the his Cook County Medical and a source of great to the for the upcoming elections, a Idol,” and then pride won an dignity and selflessness of that treason trial and who has been one nation’sAcademy peoples.Award Rightly wrongly, visibly confused and frail-looking Examiner’s office. fororher role in Hudson the moviedoDreamgirls – has to legacy, the unseemly scramble that of his and the Mandela family’s most and other family South Africans not take kindly Mandela appears on camera in an members arrived at theMandela Medical stayed out of the public marks the closing chapter of his life. trusted confidantes for nearly 55 prancing about eye. on TV unresponsive, almost oblivious state. his namesakes Nelson Examiner’s office mid-afterThe Chicago Tribune reportFrom bitter family feuds over where years. screens enmeshed in petty gossip, Greed and naked self-interest Julian King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. noon to identify the body. ed that a parade of cars moved Madiba will be laid to rest and who Another court battle characterized siblingslowly rivalrypast andher conspicuous appear to lie at the heart of these auntbetween exhumed from their original Given the choice lookfamily’s home spokesman for the office incursions the murders but is being held in Monday ing directly atburial the body or in Qunu,AMandela’s morning, past the will control his wealth, to shameless, by equal ferocity and mud-slinging, consumption a la the Kardashians late-stage on Madiba’s grounds told the newspaper that Hudson jail for parole violation after viewing it on a wall-mounted news vans, reporters and last-minute attempts to milk his From those who are heirs to curione pitting Mandela’s grandson and serenity. retirement homestead, and re-buried ous onlookers. Courtesy Photos name and image for political and of the greatest legacies the world has chosen successor as head of the In the case of the burial saga, inMandla’s own homestead a short Neighbors stood Jennifergain, Hudson her mom, Darnell Donerson who “She hands obviously a very personal there and are shenanigans evermoment.” known, South Africans expect family, Mandla Mandela, against a helddrive Mandla’s critics accuse him emotional of away.with her family. It was quietly and was killed, as well as her brother, Jason. at play that are unworthy of this great coterie of other clan members over more. If they will notreflected exactly on carry hijacking the family remains out the The airing of the reality TV “remained strong for her famibeing convicted of attempted video screen, show, the family chose violence. man. It grows clearer by the day his torch – they should, at the very the burial remains of the former of greed. Mandela’s burial site “Being Mandela” – widely ly” and was clearly its leader. murder and vehicular hijackwas found on the latter. According to the In front of the Hudson’s the body her claim 7-year-old least- do their best not to extinguish that manyofwho to have beenplate X584859 president’s three deceased children. expected become nationalrecords show viewed in South Africa asheld a crass, “She hands withisher fami- toing. CookaCounty Chicago’s West Side after Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes, home, men in heavy jackets nephew Monday, just hours the from spokesman said. “It site and thatone he pleaded guilty to both it. inspired by his Against the Mandla heritage of the most profit police received a 7 family’s a.m. call wishes, that’s him.” shameless attempt toly,” and hooded sweatshirts came to after his and bodyshaped was found in example a was obviously emotional in 1999. He was also Seekiss more have little interest in the selfhad the bones of his two uncles and touristcharges attractions in the the Mandela legacy while, in the a verypopular theontwin white crosses bar-

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Jennifer Hudson and Relatives Identify Body of Her Slain Nephew

ACORN Fights Back Emmett BurnsFraud Won’t Seek Fifth State House Term Leader Calls Voter Registration Charges ‘Bogus’

moment.” convicted in 1998 for possesing the names of Donerson and The boy – the son of Julia sion of a stolen motor vehicle. Jason. Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had He was released from prison in “Everybody is sick of going been missing since Friday, 2006 after serving seven years through stuff like this,” Artisha when a relative found Julian’s for the attempted murder and West, a former resident of the grandmother, Darnell car hijacking charges. area told the Tribune. “We all No wonder Obama’s campaign is isDonerson, and Dallas Cowboys players By King 57, and his uncle, The boy remained missing Still,have the Burns nothing Pulliam. that’s enough. I have accomplished Woodlawn, Burns also a member ByAlan Alexis Taylor to sticksaid together. Allhas these trying to distance him from the Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, AFRO Jason Hudson, 29, shot to death throughmiss a long weekend in shaken his young children arebeliefs. dying, and resolve or his “I will personally him all there is all to accomplish.” of the United Baptist Convention SpecialStaff to theWriter AFRO group, saying, “Barack Obama among the names submitted to in his grandmother’s home in which police and volunteers forunalterably what?” “I am opposed to because Born Aug. 26, 1940 to Emmett andwith chair of the organization’s Never Organized ACORN.” election officials. Presidential candidate John the 7000 block of South Yale I’m so used to sitting next to same sex marriage,” he said, adding him and conversing with him.” and Clara Burns, a minister and Social Action Committee. He The Maryland House of But Obama’s ties to ACORN run Hurd said those workers, who McCain’s attack on ACORN – Avenue. longthe and deep. succeeded He taught classes those things without Associated Anas Amber Alert – a desigDuring his time in the statehouse, that when it came to angry LGBT a school-teaching seamstress, Medgar Evers head of DelegatesCommunity will lose one of the were doing for ACORN. They even endorsed ACORN’s knowledge or permisOrganization for Reform – nation for high-risk missing supporters he was “more afraid of Burns has often been the source delegate is the second eldest of four Mississippi’s NAACP operation. chamber’s more vocal Now veteran him for President. sion, were fired. confirms the success of the children – was issued Friday those folk” than when he was the of verbal fireworks over sexual boys. The 72-year-old was a key members at the end of this term. But now ACORN is in trouble. “The evidence that has surorganization, the head of the after Julian was discovered dealing with the “Ku Klux Klan in preference. In 2012, the legislator Burns earned his degree player on several different House Del. Emmett C. Burns Reporter: There are at least faced so far shows they faked group says. missing after the murders. the committees 11 investigations get paid for work they “This is testimony to theannounced work forms tofrom Policeand arrested William Mississippi.” said he opposed President Obama’s Jackson State University in ofacross Delegates (D-Baltimore County), country of didn’t do, not to stuff ballot we’ve success Balfour, the missing support boy’s stepBurns will remain active in of same-sex marriage and 1962, followed by a Masters of involving wasthousands deputy majority whip from July 8done thatand he will notwe’ve be seek a fifth potentially fraudulent ACORN boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the had,” Maude Hurd, president of father and estranged husband politics through the Northwestwould abstain from voting for any Divinity in 1968 from Virginia 2003 to 2007. Burns was also a term in Annapolis. forms. victim of fraud, not the perpetraACORN, said in an interview of Julia, at his girlfriend’s Catonsville Democratic Club, of presidential candidate who endorsed Union University. He completed member of the Joint Committee on The Jackson, Miss., native has Announcer: Massive voter tor of it. with the AFRO. Southside apartment several saiddoctoral the onlycoursework things campaignInsurance “When this in attack started, we which he is president. gay or lesbian marriages. atfraud. the And the Obama Unemployment Oversight been active government since Hurdhis hours after the murders. the charges more thanin $800,000 to an had justand announced that we had Michele, has made headlines when When asked about what’s next in He also University ofthemPittsburgh inpaid 1974, 2011, and played Balfour’s a key rolemother, in 1995, has seen more than hisbogus are selves. And factcheck. org ACORN front for get out the vote registered 1.3 million new vottold reporters that herheson had Ravens’ franchise his life, the father of three sons, said scolded before serving three years in the U.S. changing regulations to protect share of accomplishments and agrees. efforts. ers,” she said. “That’s just to say nothing to do with the slayings. he plans to indulge in “family, travel, owners Steve Bisciotti, for allowing Air Force and rising to the rank of constituents from losing their controversy. It concluded, “Neither Pressuring banks to issue risky that someone’s running scared Balfour remains a suspect in Jason Hudson ACORN nor its employees have loans. Nationwide voter fraud. because of ACORN’s success.” writings, pasturing, and enjoying linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo to “I have no intentions to run for an captain. insurance without notice. guilty of, orand even Barack judgment. McCain, whoever is running life,” because it was never his plan “I’ve been his seatmate for 19 speak publicly as a proponent for elected office again,”forBurns been told found As pastor founder of the Obama. Bad charged with, casting fraudulent Blind ambition. Too risky for president on the Republican ticksame-sex marriage. to die in office. years,” said Del. Shirley Nathanthe AFRO. “After 20 years I think Rising Sun First Baptist Church in votes.” America. et, lashed out at ACORN in the The problem came about prifinal debate against Barack marily because of the way Since McCain’s comments, Obama, contending the group “is SQUARE HIGH and somebody screamed, ‘Oh my God, the niggers got ACORN operates. Rather than ACORN’s 87 offices have been on the verge of maybe perpetratin from the back!’ rely on volunteers, it pays peobombarded with threats and ing one of the greatest frauds in ple, many of them poor or unem- racist mail. voter historyfrom in this For his efforts, Roemer was beaten, bloodied and Continued A1country, ployed, to sign up new voters. The day after the presidential maybe destroying the fabric of tossed in jail along with nearly 400 other protesters ideaclicking was to help both those debate, vandals broke into the democracy.” the little dipper…The sound of theThe chains as we during the demonstrations against the segregated park being registered and those doing organization’s Boston and Seattle, a non-partisan were slowly going upclaims the rollercoaster, man that was the on July 4th and 7th. the registration. offices and stole computers. Web site, found those to NOT ONmanaging THE LIST editor BREAD scariest ride of mywith life,” added with a laugh.“We have a Maud explained, After a Cleveland representative be “exaggerated,” “noHudgins eviFormer AFRO assistant zero tolerance policyinfor deliberappeared on TV, an e-mail was dence any such owned democracyTheofprivately idyllic 64-acre park opened Jimmy Williams didn’t just report on the efforts to ate falsification registration.” sent to the local office saying she destroying 1893. But, fraud.” before the summer of 1963 Black kids,ofBlack desegregate Gwynn Oak Amusement Park he joined Most news account neglect to “is going to have her life ended.” Hurd believes the McCain people barredmotivatfrom segregated Gwynn Oak foris the battle to open the park to all. point out that ACORN A worker in Providence, R.I., chargeshad werebeen politically 70 required by law to turn in all reg- received a threatening call sayed.years. “There comes a time inRIGHT life when one can no LEFT And they also fail ing, “We know you get off work She said, low- Oakistration “We used“Because to go byit’s Gwynn Park onforms. the streetcar, longer sit on the sidelines while others fight his note that it was the organizaat 9” and uttered racial epithets. andyou moderate-income people,get in,”toremembered but knew you couldn’t Hudgins, battles. For a number of us that time came on Sunday tion, in many instances, that first A caller to one office left a and people of color, I believe the aMcCain graphiccampaign designerthinks and curator now resides in registrations afternoon under a warm and almost cloudless sky and the phony message on the answering those whobrought Annapolis. “Youtocould to thehaving attentionfun… of authorities. machine, saying: “Hi, I was just voters are going vote hear the people the dark glances and darker words of a mob, we went McCain camp apparently calling to let you know that Democratic, which is not neceswe knew segregation was wrong, we The knew it,” Hudgins to jail for entering Gwynn Oak Park,” Williams wrote isn’t interested in those fine Barack Obama needs to get sarily true.” added. July 20, 1963, recalling his arrest during those July points, preferring to air misleadhung. He’s a (expletive deleted) ACORN is no stranger to On August 28, 1963 – the sameing dayadsMartin Luther protests. that seek to link Obama nigger, and he’s a piece of controversy. King “I Have a Dream,”thereby speechundercutting (expletive deleted). You guys are to ACORN, Fordelivered 38 years,his the seminal, non-partisan “The lead up to the Gwynn Oak experience was political support. fraudulent, and you need to go to organization has fought for social –his during the March on Washington Black children and like the summer of the youth rebellion,” Hudgins said. McCain: I’m John hell. All the niggers on oak trees. and economic low- Oak Amusement adults legally justice enteredforGwynn Park forMcCain “We saw on the TV and read it in the papers what and I approve this message. They’re gonna get all hung honand moderate-income 1 BANANA the first time. African-American kids in Mississippi and Alabama eys, they’re going to get assassiAnnouncer: Who is Barack Americans. With 400,000 memin orderinto for Hudgins, his friends andwith scores nated, they’re gonna get killed.” Obama? A man “a political berHowever, families organized more were doing…in a town like Baltimore you had some Another message said, “You baptism childhood performed at warp than 1,200 neighborhood chap-that innocent of other Black kids to enjoy of the big players (of the Movement); Thurgood speed.” Vast ters in 110 cities nationwide,rollercoaster experience of a harrowing ride atambition. Gwynn After col- liberal idiots. Dumb (expletive Marshall, Lillie Mae Jackson. Even though I was 12, deleted). Welfare bums. You lege, he moved to Chicago. ACORN has over the years seen Oak, hundreds of mostly young people – Black and organizer. we got the AFRO we got the news,” added Hudgins. guys just (expletive deleted) Became a community its share of criticism while advoWhite, of affordable different ethnicities religions traveling from come to our country, consume Obama met Madeleine On July 20, 1963, legendary AFRO editor Carl cating for housing, and There, every natural resource there is, part of the Chicago living wages, healthcare forNew the YorkTalbot, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and other cities and Murphy himself weighed in on the landmark year in and make a lot of babies. That’s branch of ACORN. He was so underserved— organtowns – had toand facewhile the very real peril of an enormous the American Civil Rights Movement, 1963 and the all you guys do. And then suck impressive that he was asked to izing voter registration drives. mob determined to keep the park all-White. Gwynn Oak demonstrations specifically. up the welfare and expect everytrain the ACORN staff. But none has been as withering had as to this go over and they were in Chicago one else to pay for your hospital did ACORN “The entire nation is alive to a new movement and“We baseless one. there that day What bills for your kids. I jus’ say let engage in? With theus, presidential election expecting a bunch of us from CORE” saidBullying John banks. of Civil Disobedience – protests, picketing, Before age five, every room is a classroom. your kids die. That’s the best less than two weeksof away, Roemer, a veteran the BaltimoreIntimidation chapter of tactics. the Disruption demonstrators filling up jails – mass action to end move. Just let your children die. of business. ACORN forced ACORN’s detractors allege the Fun learning opportunities are everywhere. Simple things likewrote Murphy, Congress of Racial Equality during an interview for discrimination against colored people,” Forget about paying for hospital organization has engaged in mas- banks to issue risky home loans. counting and identifying shapes activate a child’s learning ability, asive documentary, “All the King’s Horses: The Story of mostprepared. as “Mr. Carl.” bills for them. I’m not gonna do The same types of loans that voter registration fraud after and help them enterknown schoolby more That’s why PNC it. You guys are lowlifes. And I caused and the financial the reported of bogus Gwynn Oakdiscovery Amusement Park.” Roemer other crisis we’re “THE NEW WORDequivalent is INVOLVEMENT. If founded Grow Up Great and its Spanish-language Crezca hope you all die.” in today. 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‘More Like A Family Reunion’

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 51st National Convention July 11-17, 2013 Washington, DC

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Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif. The sorority also held a Hollywood Gala, a media blitz of the major morning shows in New York and a Founders Day Weekend in Washington, D.C., among other activities. And, the celebration will culminate at the sorority’s 51st Annual Convention, which convenes in Washington, D.C., July 11-17. While the gathering is a business meeting, where new leaders will be elected, it will also feature the penultimate commemorative festivities. On July 11, the city will rename the street where the Deltas’ headquarters is located, New Hampshire Avenue, NW, in the sorority’s honor. “We are honored that we have such tremendous support from the city’s leadership,” Boyd said.

The sorority will also dedicate a stained-glass window in the Howard University Chapel and other projects on the campus, the birthplace of the sorority. Other events include a step show at Verizon Center; a revival service at the Convention Center, where Pastor Frederick Haynes, of the Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas, will preach; a Sunday morning worship service, at which Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, the first female bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal denomination and descendant of Delta Sorority founder Vashti Turley Murphy, will give the word and a gospel concert featuring Yolanda Adams and Byron Cage on Sunday evening. For many, however, it is the fellowship with other sorors that will bring the most reward. “It’s more like a family

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State Sen. Nathaniel McFadden presents a certificate to Dr. Thelma Daley at a recent reception. See more in next week’s AFRO.

reunion,” said Boyd. Such sisterhood has defined the Deltas for 100 years, as has its fierce dedication to scholarship and service. “The ... character of the organization and the vision of our founders is to give back to the community,” she said. And that is what has made the organization thrive over so many decades. “The women who join come with the intention to serve,” she said. That kind of servantleadership has defined her personal experience, said Boyd, who is emblematic of the organization’s membership, which include women who are welleducated, earn competitive incomes and maintain positions of influence and respect within the greater community. Orphaned at 13, Boyd was raised by her godmother and nurtured by her community in Montgomery, Ala. She was one of five Black students to integrate Jefferson Davis High School, where she helped establish a student interracial council, was a member of the math honor society, and performed in the choir before graduating as valedictorian in 1973. “There were many who encouraged me and pushed me to continue my education and to reach my potential,” she said. “I am that product that we want to see coming out of our communities.” Boyd graduated summa cum laude from the historically Black Alabama State University in Montgomery with a degree in mathematics and minors in music and physics in 1977. She received a fellowship to attend Yale University’s School of Engineering, becoming the school’s first African- American woman


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• 6 PM - 8 PM - REVIVAL — Washington Convention Center • 801 Mt Vernon Pl, NW Reverend Fred Haines, Jonathan Nelson SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2013 • 9 AM - NOON ECUMENICAL — Washington Convention Center — OVERFLOW I - Washington Convention Center — OVERFLOW II - Verizon Center, 601 F Street, NW to receive a master’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1979. Following her graduation, Boyd worked briefly as an engineer at IBM in Kingston, N.Y. In 1980, she was offered a position as a submarine navigation systems analyst at the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University, and later filled several administrative positions, including her current job as the executive assistant to the chief of staff. But Boyd’s passion is for

service, and she said she has been “very intentional about rolling up [her] sleeve and being willing to give back.” In 2000, Boyd was elected for a four-year term as the national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority after rising through the ranks since her college days. Boyd also serves on the board of directors of Leadership Greater Washington, the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Bennett College and

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anniversary of the organization’s founding; and of debilitating lows, such as the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010, the rise of obstructionist conservative politics on Capitol Hill and in state legislatures across the country and the rolling back of civil rights victories, such as the recent gutting of Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act by the Supreme Court. Through it all, Butler-McIntyre has led “with a servant’s heart,” as she often describes her approach, which is informed by her faith. A native of New Orleans, La., Butler-McIntyre was elected as the 24th president of the 200,000-member Delta Sigma Theta Sorority by a unanimous vote of over 800 voting delegates at the organization’s 49th National Convention in Orlando, Fla., on Aug. 18, 2008. Butler-McIntyre has been a member of the sorority for 35 years and held several local, regional and national offices. A 1976 Dillard University alum, Butler-McIntyre is an educator who has impacted the lives of countless young people for over 30 years as a teacher, assistant principal, summer school principal and now a director of human resources for the Jefferson Parish Public School System in Harvey, La. In addition to her bachelor’s degree, Butler-McIntyre earned a master of education degree from the University of New Orleans at the age of 20 and also holds an honorary doctorate of divinity degree from the Christian Bible College of Louisiana. The sorority president has received numerous recognitions for her service, which includes membership on the boards of several

other organizations, including national board member of the National Council of Negro Women; a past national board member of the National Alliance of Black School Educators; the state secretary of the Louisiana Association of School Personnel Administrators; and founding president of AlgiersGretna Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation, to which President Barack Obama appointed her in 2011. In an interview with the AFRO, Butler-McIntyre reflected on the organization’s legacy and centennial celebrations, including the 51st National Convention in Washington, D.C., where a new president and other officers will be elected. 1. Why the choice of Washington, D.C., for the Centennial Celebration? Washington, D.C., was the most appropriate place to have our 51st National Convention, culminating our Centennial Celebration, as it is the birthplace city of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. We could not have aptly celebrated 100 years of sisterhood, scholarship and service and honor the courage of our 22 founders without coming back “home” to where it all began. We also wanted to give our members the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of our founders and visit Howard University, where our founders collectively decided that this organization would be dedicated to serving the community and addressing needs and issues that pertain to the African-American community.


2. What factors have distinguished the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority from other sororities/fraternities/social groups? I am proud to say that all the sororities and fraternities of the National Pan-Hellenic Council have programs and initiatives geared towards the betterment of our communities. I think what sets Delta Sigma Theta apart from them and other organizations is the fact that we are the single largest predominately African-American women’s organization in the country. Not to imply that the others do not, but we also make social action a top priority – as we commit to staying abreast of key legislation that dramatically affects the AfricanAmerican community and relay the necessary information to our respective communities. During our Delta Days in the Nation’s Capital and Delta Days at the UN, we make our presence known and our voices heard. 3. What factors were responsible for the sorority’s ability to survive and thrive throughout the past century? As an organization founded on Christian principles, I can say with confidence that it was God’s neverending grace that has allowed us to survive. The tenacious spirit of our founders; the awesome leadership of the 23 women that came before me to serve as the national president of this dynamic organization; the commitment of our members to be public servants have definitely propelled us forward over the past century and allowed us to thrive. 4. How has the sorority been involved or influenced by some of

the defining moments in U.S/Black history? Delta Sigma Theta and its members have been and remain in the forefront of some of this country’s most world-changing events. U.S. history, Black history and Delta history are all intertwined, as Delta Sigma Theta has incited change, demanded equality, and fought injustice since its creation. The first public act of social advocacy Delta Sigma Theta participated in – two months after its founding – was the 1913 Women’s Suffrage March. As the only AfricanAmerican organization present, our

the National Partnership for Community Leadership. She is a member of The Links, Inc., the National Council of Negro Women and Ebenezer A.M.E Church in Fort Washington, Md., where she serves on the ministerial staff. “Congressman Shirley Chisholm [a Delta soror] said service is the rent you pay for being here,” Boyd said. “I want to make sure my rent is paid in full.”

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founders made the determination in that very moment that Delta Sigma Theta would not sit idly by while any group of individuals were denied their basic human freedoms. And since then, we have not strayed from that fighting stalwart spirit that has been engrained in every Delta woman.

Stella Seubert, Longtime Legal Assistant

Stella K. Seubert, for 18 years secretary and administrative assistant for Jones and Associates law firm in Baltimore, passed July 7. Seubert has been living with kidney cancer for several years, although until recently under control by various chemotherapy medications. The latest problem unexpectedly flared up a few weeks ago. Her doctors were unsuccessful in getting it under control. Stella was in good spirits the last few weeks, as she always has been, and passed peacefully, surrounded by family and friends.  Seubert is known for her good spirits, dedication, hard work, and being the glue that made everyone’s lives much easier and happier. “Stella truly had and practiced a shepherd’s heart,” according to William Jones. “We will miss her dearly.” Stella is survived by her father, Joseph Seubert; her son, Joshua Anderson; her partner, Jan Kerns; her sister, Lisa Maffei, and a host of other family members and friends. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, if you should so choose, a contribution should be made in Stella’s name to the National Kidney Foundation. Services begin with viewing 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., July 10 and 11 at Connelly Funeral Home, 300 Mace Avenue in Essex, Md. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m., July 12 at the same location and interment immediately following at Highview Memorial Gardens, 3433 Fallston Road in Fallston, Md. The family can be addressed at 361 Nicholson Road, Baltimore, Md. 21221.

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Stress BeyondYour-Control Linked to Heart Disease By Alexis Taylor Special to the AFRO

CDC: Women Prescription Drug Deaths Soaring By Alexis Taylor Special to the AFRO Prescription drug abuse and misuse is killing women in record-breaking numbers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In a study conducted from 1999 to 2010, the CDC said that almost 48,000 American women died of prescription painkiller overdoses- 6,600 of that number- or 18 women a day- died in 2010. “Our concern is that daughters, sisters, wives, and mothers are dying at overdose rates never seen before,” said Gail Hayes, a senior CDC Injury Center representative. “Women do so much to take care of their families and keep them healthy- but they also need to keep themselves healthy.” According to Hayes, part of the issue arises from the fact that women are more likely than men to be prescribed painkillers by physicians—and they are being told to take these medicines at higher doses for longer periods of time. Hayes also told the AFRO that every doctor needs to actively screen and monitor patients for possible prescription painkiller abuse or misuse, and that “states can help by increasing access [to] substance abuse programs.” Conversing in detail about medications already prescribed, medical history, and pregnancy plans is a must, too. “Physicians need to talk with their patients about the risks and the benefits of taking prescription pain killers,” she said. “especially if they have a patient that is pregnant or thinking about having children.” Hayes added that another issue coming into play is the fact that Americans hold on to drugs they no longer need for possible later use or, even worse, for sharing with family or friends. According to Maryland Poison Control, 74 percent of calls about overdoses and poisonings in 2011 were drug related. Of that figure, cardiovascular prescriptions accounted for 5.2 percent of poisonings or overdoses, with antidepressants making up 5.9 percent. Antipsychotics, hypnotics, and sedatives made up 10.4 percent of all the calls in Maryland for that same year.

Stress- real or imagined-could be playing a significant role in the development of heart disease, say doctors in a recently published study. According to the European Heart Journal, published by the European Society of Cardiology, stressing about life events both within and beyond our control can negatively impact health by increasing the chances of myocardial infarction (MI). The study looked at 7,268 men and women over a period of 18 years, and questioned the subjects on how much of an impact they thought stress had on their health. “Stress is experienced when a person feels that ‘environmental demands tax or exceed his or her adaptive capacity, resulting in psychological and biological changes that may place him or her at risk for disease,’” said the report. “Participants who reported at baseline that stress has affected their health ‘a lot or extremely’ had a 2.12 times higher risk of coronary death or incident non-fatal MI when compared with those who reported no effect of stress on their health.” Of the more than 7,200 people included, “there were 352 coronary deaths or first non-fatal MI events.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) puts heart disease as the number one killer of Americans, claiming at least

HHS Seeds Children’s Health Insurance Enrollment with $32 Million in Grants

By Zenitha Prince Special to the AFRO The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has unveiled the award of nearly $32 million in grants to boost the number of eligible children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Grants were awarded to 41 state agencies, community health centers, school-based organizations and non-profit groups in 22 states. Two of the grant recipients are multistate organizations. The grants reflect the goals of the Affordable Care Act—to make health care universally accessible—and are part of the $140 million included in that legislation for enrollment and renewal outreach. “Today’s grants will ensure that more children across the nation have access to the quality health care they need,” said Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a statement July 2. “We are drawing from successful children’s health coverage

outreach and enrollment efforts to help promote enrollment this fall in Medicaid and the new Health Insurance Marketplace.” Though eligibility requirements vary from state to state, in most jurisdictions, uninsured children 18 years old and younger whose family incomes are up to $45,000 per year (for a family of four) can qualify for either Medicaid or CHIP.

The programs cover a range of benefits including doctor visits, emergency care, prescriptions, vision, vaccinations, dental, hearing and more. Officials say that efforts to streamline Medicaid and CHIP enrollment and renewal practices, combined with robust outreach activities, have helped reduce the

number of uninsured children. Since 2008, 1.7 million children have gained coverage and the rate of uninsured children has dropped to 6.6 percent in 2012. This latest set of grants marked the third round of awards made in five focus areas: Engaging schools in outreach, enrollment and retention activities (nine awards); reducing health coverage disparities by reaching out to subgroups of children that are less likely to have health coverage (eight awards); streamlining enrollment for individuals participating in other public benefit programs such as nutritional or other assistance programs (three awards); improving application assistance resources to provide high quality, reliable Medicaid and CHIP enrollment and renewal services in local communities (13 awards); and training communities to help families understand the new application and enrollment system and to deliver effective assistance to families with children eligible for Medicaid or CHIP (eight awards). Grant amounts range from $190,000 to $1 million.

600,000 lives- or one in four deaths- every year. Coronary heart disease, or COH, accounts for 385,000 of those deaths as the most widespread heart-related illness. Statistics published by the CDC show that heart disease was the root cause of 24.5 percent of African American deaths in 2008. “Stress can be harmful to us if we don’t handle it appropriately,” said Davida I. Arnold, a licensed life coach and counselor in the Baltimore area. “I tell my clients that we can control our responses to stressful situations- I call it ‘ABCD.’” Arnold told the AFRO the first step to cutting down stress is to “Avoid” stressful circumstances when possible, and recognize when a situation can and cannot be side-stepped. She also encourages those dealing with stress to “Be gentle” with their mind, body, and soul. Smoking, sedentary lifestyles, and carelessness about what foods are put into the body can contribute to developing COH. “Sometimes we need to just take the pressure off ourselves, stop beating up

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“Stress- real or imagined-- could be playing a significant role in the development of heart disease…” ourselves for situations or mistakes that we’ve made,” said Arnold. “ ‘C’ is for choosing wisely- we can choose how we respond to things even though we may not be able to control situations or what happens to us.” “Pain is inevitable, but suffering is a choice-the way that I say it.” Arnold said the “D” is

for designing a plan for stress before it arrives when possible. “Exercise, music, breathing -whatever it is- if you plan for stress and know in advance what your tools are- you have a toolbox that is ready for you.” For more information about life coaching visit

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PEOPLE National Kidney Foundation of Maryland Honors Local Volunteers The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland (NKF-MD) recently held its annual Volunteer Awards Reception at The Baltimore Museum of Industry. Sponsored by Mid-Atlantic Nephrology Associates, the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland and Johns Hopkins Medicine Comprehensive Transplant Center, the event recognized individuals and organizations for their time and hard work on behalf of the Foundation. “Our volunteers truly are the lifeline of this lifesaving organization,” Cassie Shafer, NKF-MD’s president and CEO said in a statement. “We thank them for all their time and hard work in helping us in our fight against kidney disease, which remains #9 in the top 10 causes of death.” NKF-MD honored 25 individuals, including two to AfricanAmerican volunteers. Dr. Deidra Crews received the “Greater Baltimore Community and Patients Service Committee All-Star Award.” An assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Associate Faculty at the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, nephrologist and speaker, Crews has shared her time and expertise with NKF-MD in many ways. She has served at screenings, presented a well-received Lunch & Learn at Lockheed Martin entitled, “Let’s Talk About Kidney Disease,” promoted screenings for kidney disease to the public and represented the Foundation through media interviews, served on the health awareness committee, and

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From left to right: Deidra Crews, M.D., Emcee Ron Matz (WJZ-TV reporter) and Christopher Simon, LCSW (NKF-MD board chairman). volunteered to serve on the patient & community services committee’s advocacy subcommittee.

A Laurel, Md. resident, Crews also was a poster prize winner at NKF’s 2013 Scientific Session. “Whether consulting with screening participants, presenting to an audience, or working behind the scenes, Dr. Deidra Crews is a faithful, motivating and enthusiastic volunteer,” NKF-MD stated. Zeke Ayele received the “Baltimore Kidney Walk Planning Committee All-Star Award.” Ayele serves as director of IT at Independent Dialysis Foundation. NKF-MD said in a statement, “Zeke Ayele is always exceeding expectations. The 11th annual Baltimore Kidney Walk was held in May and was the most successful Walk to date! He has been a part of the volunteer planning committee since the inception of the walk. His passion for the cause and his drive to ensure the event is seamless is reflected in the smiles of participants at the Walk. His contributions range from recruiting teams and volunteers, setting up for the kickoff, securing in-kind donations and picking them up in a large moving truck he also gets donated. This year, he topped it all, after tirelessly helping with Walk day set up and clean-up, he assisted in transporting and delivering 25 sheets of plywood up to the roof of the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott Hotel for the 2013 Rappel for Kidney Health event. That’s 32 floors – 25 sheets of plywood up 32 floors after setting up and tearing down a Kidney Walk for more than 3,000 people.”

NABJ Honors Boston University’s Michelle Johnson The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) recently named Boston University professor Michelle Johnson as its 2013 Journalism Educator of the Year. The NABJ Board of Directors selected Johnson, an associate professor of practice in mulitmedia journalism at Boston University, to be recognized along with other top honorees this Michelle Johnson summer at NABJ’s 38th Annual Convention and Career Fair in Orlando, FL, the largest gathering of minority journalists in the world. “Michelle is an exceptional journalist, a gifted teacher, a natural mentor, and an innovative thinker. All of which make her a valued resource for students and faculty alike,” NABJ President Gregory Lee, Jr. said in a statement. “We are proud to honor her for her work in the classroom and for her continued work with NABJ Student Projects.” “I appreciate being recognized for doing work that means so much to me. I’d like to thank NABJ, my home organization,

for your support over the years, and in particular my colleagues and the students who rock the student newsroom every year,” Johnson said. “I’m so proud and honored to be a part of such a great team.” Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. She began her professional journalism career as a copy editor with The Evening Press (Binghamton, NY). After that stint, she joined The Boston Globe starting as a copy editor on the night desk, then moved up to layout, assistant political editor to senior assistant night editor and then to copy desk supervisor. While in this position she was one of 12 journalists chosen for the John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University in 1993. This opportunity opened the door to her fascination with personal computers and marrying it with reporting. Upon returning to the Globe as assistant business editor, Johnson jumped at the opportunity to be on the team to launch, an award-winning regional website. Johnson has a legacy of being an effective team member and team leader. During her professional growth, Johnson reached back into the classroom to “teach” as a NABJ Student Project mentor. “NABJ has been a touchstone for me since I began my first newspaper job about a million years ago. NABJ was there for me as I transitioned from print to digital to freelancer to educator. In fact, I credit my work on the Student Projects with

leading me toward a career as a journalism professor,” Johnson said. And her higher education career remains on the track of embracing technology and online dissemination. Along with her NABJ Student Project dedication, she took on the role of technology manager at the School of Communication at Emerson College, serving as an adjunct professor at Boston University, and guest faculty at Maynard Institute Multimedia Editing Program. After three years as journalist-in-residence at Emerson, Boston University brought Johnson—and her multimedia and print experience—back to its campus, not as an adjunct, but as an associate professor. “Because I didn’t get to where I am alone, I strive to honor my mentors by giving back by helping to prepare the next generation of journalists of color to excel and innovate,” Johnson said. “But truthfully, it’s also a lot of fun! It’s tough to get too jaded working around enthusiastic, energetic young people every day.” Johnson’s commitment extends to journalism organizations such as NABJ, including as past editor of the NABJ Journal; member of Boston Association of Black Journalists; founding national board member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and co-founder of its New England chapter; and a member of the Online News Association. NABJ’s 38th Annual Convention and Career Fair will take place July 31–August 4, at the
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg--the New Thurgood Marshall If you’re looking for the justice on the Supreme Court who mirrors Thurgood Marshall’s tenure on the bench, it is not Sonia Sotomayor, the “Wise Latina.” And it certainly isn’t Clarence Thomas. It is Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman to serve on the nation’s highest court. This became clear in the Fisher v. University of Texas affirmative action case. With Elena Kagan recusing herself, the court voted 7-1 to send the case back to court of appeals for additional review. The lone dissenter was Ginsburg. “The University of Texas at Austin (University) … has steered clear of a quota system like the one struck down in Bakke, which excluded all nonminority candidates from competition for a fixed number of seats….” she said. “Justice Powell’s majority opinion in Bakke ‘rules out a racial quota or set-aside, in which race is the sole fact of eligibility for certain places in a class.’ And, like so many educational institutions George E. Curry across the nation, the University has taken care to follow the model approved by the Court in Grutter v. Bollinger.” In sending Fisher back to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, the 7-1 majority emphasized that the lower court should apply a standard of strict scrutiny, meaning the university must prove that it has tried all available race-neutral approaches before allowing race to be considered a factor in admissions. Ginsburg wrote in her dissent, “I have said before and reiterate here that only an ostrich could regard the supposedly neutral alternatives as race unconscious.” Continuing to address the issue of race directly, Ginsburg said, “I have several times explained why government actors, including state universities, need not be blind to the lingering effects of ‘an overtly discriminatory past,’ the legacy of ‘centuries of law-sanctioned inequality.’ Among constitutionally permissible options, I remain convinced, ‘those that candidly disclose their consideration of race [are] preferable to those that conceal it.’” In Shelby County v. Holder, the Voting Rights Act challenge, Ginsburg filed a dissenting opinion that was joined by Stephen G. Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan. The conservative majority struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, effectively gutting one of the nation’s most effective tools to curb discrimination against Black voters. “In the Court’s view, the very success of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act demands its dormancy,” Ginsburg said. “Congress was of another mind. Recognizing that large progress has been made, Congress determined, based on a voluminous record, that the scourge of discrimination was not yet extirpated.” She explained, “The Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) has worked to combat voting discrimination where other remedies had been tried and failed. Particularly effective is the

VRA’s requirement of federal preclearance for all changes to voting laws in the regions of the country with the most aggravated records of rank discrimination against minority voting rights.” Quoting a 1966 decision in South Carolina v. Katzenbach, Ginsburg said, “A century after the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments guaranteed citizens the right to vote free of discrimination on the basis of race, the ‘blight of racial discrimination in voting’ continued to “infec[t] the electoral process in parts of our country.” The Voting Rights Act directly addressed that infection, Ginsburg stated. “Although the VRA wrought dramatic changes in the realization of minority voting rights, the Act, to date, surely has not eliminated all vestiges of discrimination against the exercise of the franchise by minority citizens,” she said. “Jurisdictions covered by the preclearance requirement continued to submit, in large numbers, proposed changes to voting laws that the Attorney General declined to approve, auguring that barriers to minority voting would quickly resurface were the preclearance remedy eliminated.” Ginsburg noted, “After considering the full legislative record, Congress made the following findings: The VRA has directly caused significant progress in eliminating first-generation barriers to ballot access, leading to a marked increase in minority voter registration and turnout and the number of minority elected officials. But despite this progress, “second generation barriers constructed to prevent minority voters from fully participating in the electoral process” continued to exist, as well as racially polarized voting in the covered jurisdictions, which increased the political vulnerability of racial and language minorities in those jurisdictions.” She noted that Congress, not the judiciary, should have the final say on voting matters. “The Constitution uses the words ‘right to vote’ in five separate places: the Fourteenth, Fifteenth, Nineteenth, Twenty-Fourth, and Twenty-Sixth Amendments. Each of these Amendments contains the same broad empowerment of Congress to enact ‘appropriate legislation’ to enforce the protected right. The implication is unmistakable: Under our constitutional structure, Congress holds the lead rein in making the right to vote equally real for all U. S. citizens. These Amendments are in line with the special role assigned to Congress in protecting the integrity of the democratic process in federal elections.” That’s language that would make Thurgood Marshall proud. George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA).

Guns Have Changed Our Lives Forever

Marian Wright Edelman

“My heart was shattered while I was working at 60 Minutes when my only sister was shot and killed by her husband. There was a restraining order that stopped nothing. “She called me and told me she was worried he was watching her. The next night, April 15, he invaded the house. Her children, my beautiful 11-year-old niece and 9-year-old nephew, witnessed their mother being shot in the head and in the stomach by their father. The murder was recorded on 911 because my little niece somehow had the strength and courage when her father was threatening her mother to call 911 and say, ‘You need to come right away because someone is going to get shot here.’ My big sister was buried on my 28th birthday. “My niece could not save her mother’s life, nor could she keep her father in her life. He serves a life sentence in prison in Pennsylvania. My niece lives with memories and loss every day and through every milestone in her life with grace and profound humility. With a deep and abiding faith, she has forgiven her father and given her husband and two sons a life full of faith and hope . . . She lives with the memory of her father pulling the trigger. We all live with how that gun

changed our lives forever. “There are many days when she still aches to be folded in her mother’s arms. There are days when she aches because her sons have never known their grandparents. Some wounds never heal.” Patti Hassler, the Children’s Defense Fund’s vice president of communications, shared this story of her own family’s heartbreak when a gun changed their lives forever. Pamela Jean Hassler Groff was a beloved sister, daughter, and mother. Now her children have grown up without her and her entire family has been left to wonder what might have been if her husband—still serving his life sentence in prison—had not gotten his hands on a gun.

They are not alone. For the past 30 years, more intimate partner homicides have been committed with a gun than with all other weapons combined; more than two-thirds of victims murdered by a spouse or ex-spouse were killed by guns. Anger and jealousy do not last forever, but a gunshot fired in an impulsive rage often does. Easy accessibility to lethal guns makes a fatal difference over and over again. Pamela Jean Hassler Groff did exactly what she was supposed to when her estranged husband became a threat: she sought and obtained a restraining order. It didn’t make a difference. In fact, in many states people who already have court orders against them because they are considered a danger are never required to surrender their access to firearms because the gun lobby has fought tirelessly in favor of them keeping their guns. As a recent New York Times article explained:  “Advocates for domestic violence victims have long called for stricter laws governing firearms and protective orders. Their argument is rooted in a grim statistic: when women die at the hand of an intimate partner, that hand is more often than not holding a gun. In these most volatile of human dramas, they contend, the right to bear arms must give ground to the need to protect a woman’s life. In statehouses across the country, though, the NRA [National Rifle Association] and other gun-rights groups have beaten back legislation mandating the surrender of firearms in domestic violence situations. They argue that gun ownership, as a fundamental constitutional right, should not be stripped away for anything less serious than a felony conviction — and certainly not, as an NRA lobbyist in Washington State put it to legislators, for the ‘mere issuance of court orders.’” We can do better. We must do better.    Too many American families have had their lives changed forever by guns because too many Americans have easy, impulsive access to firearms, including hundreds of thousands of Americans who should never be allowed to have them. Now is the time to join thousands of supporters of common sense gun safety laws and demand the right to live free of the fear that your family could be the next to be devastated by gun violence.   Marian Wright Edelman is president of the Children’s Defense Fund. For more information go to

Obama Should Lead Fight to Revive Voting Rights Act President Barack Obama should lead a forceful drive to revive the Voting Rights Act, which was effectively disemboweled by the Supreme Court’s recent decision. All celebrate the 1965act as the most consequential civil rights legislation of the past century. Its passage was central to the building of the New South, opening the way to attracting foreign investment in auto factories, creating CNN, hosting the Super Bowl, even electing presidents. One afflicted with a poisoned heart is often blind to its effects. The South learned only after the civil rights legislation that segregation was blighting its own potential. In 2006, the Congress, after weeks of hearings and thousands of pages of testimony and evidence, overwhelmingly reauthorized the law by a vote of 98-0 in the Senate and 390-33 in the House. Legislators chose to sustain Section 4 that identified which counties and states a history of discrimination sufficient that changes in Jesse L. Jackson had voting rights would be subject to prior approval by the Justice Sr. Department or a federal court under Section 5. Preclearance not only blocked laws with discriminatory effect, but it also inhibited efforts to suppress the right to vote. But Justice John Roberts, writing for the court in a 5-4 decision, argued that “our country has changed.” He and the activist reactionaries on the court substituted their judgment for that of elected officials and struck down Section 4. Yet, the decision came after an election in which Republicans, particularly in Section 4 states, had pushed harsh restrictions on voting that would make it harder for minorities to vote. When the Miami Heat played the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals series, the games were rough, but proactive referees kept them from becoming

brawls. Justice Roberts’ decision, in essence, would pull the referees off the court. With Republican office holders increasingly worried by the growing numbers of AfricanAmerican, Latino, Asian-American and other minority voters, measures to curtail voting rights have spread. It is perverse that the chief justice thought this was the time to overrule the congressional judgment. Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) defended the court’s decision, saying that his state had witnessed “tremendous progress” in voting rights. Progress, no doubt, but in 2012 South Carolina passed a discriminatory voting act that was struck down by the courts. David Gergen said he was from North Carolina and “times have changed.” Change, yes, but in 2012, North Carolina pushed an aggressive agenda to curtail voting rights, including restrictive voting ID, elimination of early voting on Sunday, a ban on same-day voter registration and more. Similar reforms in Texas, blocked by a Section 5 preclearance review, were immediately taken up again when the court’s decision came down. We need to keep the referees on the court. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has already pledged hearings to begin reformulating Section 4. Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said that he hoped the House would find a “responsible way forward.” The president should elevate this issue so that Americans can see who stands for voting rights, and who stands in the way. Over the past years, the new South has made progress, but that is in large part because the Voting Rights Act put referees on the field to enforce the law. Will Republicans join Democrats in reviving bipartisan support for remedying the Supreme Court’s wrong-headed decision? Or will they use the court’s decision to intensify their efforts to suppress the vote? By pushing hard for action, the president can help re-create the bipartisan support that is vital for our progress as one nation. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. is founder and president of the Chicago-based Rainbow PUSH Coalition. You can keep up with his work at



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Lash Love Business By Ashley D. Diggs AFRO Style and Trends Writer April Nelson and Kristyl Nelson may not pose a threat, just yet, to television mogul Oprah Winfrey’s position on Forbes Magazine’s 2013 list of billionaire entrepreneurs, but the two Upper Marlboro, Md. women are no strangers to the world of successful business owners. And, given enough time, skill and luck, Lash Love, the firm the two AfricanAmerican entrepreneurs launched could be the start of a climb up the financial ladder. But don’t bother to tell the two sisters--April, 29, and Kristyl, 27-- that a beauty supply line built around eyelashes can’t make it. “The most successful people in the world are successful doing what they love to do. We love fashion. It’s every girl’s dream. We

Lash Love Co-Founder Kristyl Nelson demonstrates lash application using mink faux lashes to women at an expo


Lash Love Co-Founder Kristyl Nelson, 27, applying radio personality Sunni’s mink lashes at WPGC’s 95.5 Birthday Bash

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just wanted to do something we love doing,” said Nelson sisters. Since February 2013 when Lash Love debuted at an Orlando, Fla. trade show, the company that specializes in mink fur and faux mink strip eyelashes. has expanded across the nation , showcasing its product of Shecky’s Night Out in New York, PHAME Expo in Los Angeles, Calif. and recently partnering with Their parents are entrepreneurs. The family has once owned childcare centers, private schools, the Palms hotel in Jamaica, a restaurant in Jamaica named after daughter Kristyl, and an art business. Their father John, a self-taught sketch artist, grew up very poor in Northeast Washington, D.C. Their mother Cassandra grew up in a middle-class family in Florida. “My dad is a mastermind when it comes to branding. He will make [your company] look like a million-dollar company without even making a dollar,” Kristyl Nelson explained. “Women-owned businesses are thriving,” said Anie Borja, executive director of the National Women’s Business Council. They can be successful, but their businesses do face different struggles than their male counterparts with regards to business performance, revenue distribution and industry participation.” Becoming a makeup artist at age 15, younger sister Kristyl landed the opportunity to dress the faces of R&B songstress Mary J. Blige, gospel sensation Shirley Ceasar and gospel duo Mary Mary. It only seemed appropriate to turn this skill into Lash Love, with older sister and business partner, April. selling mink and fake mink eyelashes. At one time, the limited yet high-quality hair was only available to celebrities, but

now mink lashes are available to the average consumer at an affordable price, courtesy of Lash Love. The Nelsons’ animal cruelty-free company uses Siberian mink shed seasonally by animals in Russia, collected, and used as waste. Lash Love also educates women on proper lash application and usage. Melinda “Small Biz Lady” Emerson, author of Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months, told Black Enterprise that aspiring small business owners should, “write up a life plan before writing up a business plan.” Emerson listed steps to succeed that included identifying the consumer, developing the business plan, and launching the business while you are still working to survive. Ironically, Lash Love Founders April and Kristyl launched their business while they were not working a full-time job to support themselves, yet simply supporting their parents’ businesses and used their savings to begin their business. “Black-owned businesses continue to be one of the fastest growing segments of our economy, showing rapid growth in both the number of businesses and total sales,” said Census Bureau Deputy Director Thomas Mesenbourg in a 2011 report. However, in a newly released June 2013 analysis by the National Women’s Business Council, businesses that earn less than $100,000 were more likely to die than those earning more than $100,000. The study noted that all racial groups struggle with low revenue, but AfricanAmerican women business growth rates are even less. The Nelson sisters are to appear on WTTG/FOX 5 Morning News in Washington, D.C., to promote their brand. Lash Love will host a Beauty Pop Up vending booth at various hotels in the D.C. area during the Delta Sigma Theta Centennial gathering on July 11-17. • Your History • Your Community • Your News © 2013 Comcast. All rights reserved.

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DJ Lady Mysterious keeps it flowing


Travon Anthony and Kevin Branch

Honoree DJ Boobie

Paula Campbell, DJ Boobie, Joy and Y’Anna Crawley were among the artists who were recognized at The Platform: Black Music Month Awards, June 27, at Eden’s Lounge. The event was hosted by national author and poet, Sheri Booker, along with recording artist James Murphy. Other artists performing included Jared Shanklin, Artist Freedom Imani, Cameron April Hall Washington, Brittanie Thomas and hip-hop rapper, Jay Flame.

Dustin Evans, Louis Spencer and K’Nard Jackson

Artist Freedom Imani

Artist James Murphy and cohost Sheri Booker

Gospel artist Jessica Green

Paula Campbell accepts Award from Kevin Branch

Artist Brittanie Davis

Model Marissa Bellitz, Joy and Mel Buck, UpNComin’ magazine

Eva Branch, Kevin Branch and Rosena Branch

Lia Songbird Michele

Photos by Anderson Ward

Back row L-R: Demetria Brannon, Raymond Boyce and Tiffany Austin. Front: Dymond Askew, Rylee Boyce and Taylor Austin

Jenneaka Holiday and Justus Holiday

L-R: Timera Loftin, Staci Loftin-Roberts, Adienne Watson Carver, Ayana Watson and Madison Spriggs Young ladies of distinction celebrated the season with a Spring Dance Recital, June 13 at Woodlawn Senior High School. They are students of Adrienne Watson Carver, former Mrs. Maryland, and founder and director of Studio A in Randallstown.

Photos by Anderson Ward


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Hello, hello, hello my dear friends! This month is really heating up, and I am not talking about just the weather. My goodness! There is so much going on, as far as entertainment, I can barely keep up. So, I need your help. Get out your pad and pen; gas up your car; put on something comfortable, but chic and take your bathing suit and dancing shoes. Oh, that’s right, you might as well throw in a dress down outfit, too, because before it is all over, we are going to eat some crabs. So let’s ride. Nadine Rae & The All Stars will present you with the baddest blues show you can imagine on July 13, 9 p.m. with free admission at the Barebones Grill & Brewery, 9150 Old Baltimore National Pike in Ellicott City, Md. A show, I promise, you will enjoy, plus the food is very good and the atmosphere is lovely. It is always great when people get together and try to improve the community and neighborhood; well this gentleman is doing just that. James “Jim” Hamlin, the owner and head baker of The Avenue Bakery, located at 2229 Pennsylvania Ave., and the Royal Theater & Community Heritage Corporation will present “The Courtyard Summer Music Series” (a fundraising campaign to rebuild The Royal). A Taste of Jazz at the Avenue Bakery will feature live entertainment, plus Spoken Word artist Cherrie Amour and others on July 13 from 4-8 p.m. It is free all summer to help rebuild the Royal Theatre, with your donation, “One Brick @ A Time.” For more information go to John Lamkin’s jazz quintet, with vocalist Sheila Ford, will be doing their thing at the Historic Grand Venue, 225 N. Charles Street on July 14, 4-7 p.m. You will be treated to an afternoon of straight ahead and “hard bop” jazz featuring Craig Alston on sax, Romier Mendez on bass, John Lamkin III on drums and John Lamkin II on trumpet and flugelhorn. Now to put the icing on the cake, yours truly will be there to sign my new book, African-American Community, History & Entertainment in Maryland (Remembering the yesterday’s 1940-1980).You can also enjoy an a la carte menu and cash bar. For more information call 443-982-1091. I will see you there. Time for the bathing suit! The Harambee Splash Party is July 13, 7-11 p.m. at Druid Hill Park Swimming Pool (near Safety City, the basketball and tennis courts). It’s a family affair with live entertainment featuring: BiBi Fatimah; Lady A; The Bleu Lights; About My Father’s Business; “Napty Nick,” Zow Gong Sound; The Harambee Trio with drummer William

Goffigan, Dennis Fisher on piano and Jackie Blake on sax; The Saturday Band; lots of vendors and swimming, of course; an African Marketplace and games The Bleu Lights will be performing at the for the youth. 21st Annual Harambee Splash Party on For more July 13, 7-11 p.m. at the Druid Hill Park information, Swimming Pool. call 410-3851801. My goodness! Same day, different place, but you are already dressed for the occasion. The Faisonian Club and CH Productions is back again with their popular “DipNic Festival and Splash Partee” on July 13, noon until 8 p.m. at Elk’s Camp Barrett, 1001 Chesterfield Road in Crownsville, Md. Live entertainment featuring the Spindles, D.C. hot female band “Signature Live” will perform for you all evening and DJ Tony T. This event is for adults only, so get a babysitter for the little ones. They are not allowed at this one. Bring your own concert gear, such as umbrella stands, chairs, Rodney Kelly, Jr., a gifted tables, canopy, BYOB & musician, and keyboardist BYOF, your BBQ grill, will perform with Next Level cooler, etc. They will Band at the Vincent Street provide a master BBQ Entertainment Mid-Summer Pit, charcoal; table cloths, Musical Extravaganza at ice, an indoor dance hall Coppin State University on and vendors (including July 19, 8-11 p.m.



Rambling Rose with her new book too). For ticket information, call Rudy at 443-801-1100 or Carlos at 443-963-5711. I will see you there. The Baltimore/D.C. Caribbean Carnival is this weekend, too. On July 13-14 the Annual Caribbean Carnival Festival will kick off at Lake Clifton Park with a parade that will blow your mind with colorful costumes, music and floats on July 13 starting at noon from 900 E. 33rd Street, travel along The Alameda to St. Lo Drive. The parade Grand Marshal is Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown. The festival activities will continue at Lake Clifton Park until 10 p.m. On July 14, the festival continues at Lake Clifton Park from noon to 9 p.m. with live entertainment, food and craft. For more information, call 410362-2957. Honey Child, I am not finished yet. “Your Girl Cheryl,” as she The Rosa Pryor Music is affectionately known on Scholarship Fund, is the social network, will host presenting its “16th the Mid-Summer Musical Annual Deluxe Oldies, Extravaganza at Coppin State But Goodies Crab University on July 19. Feast” (fundraiser for the children) on July 20 2-6 p.m. at the VFW Post #6506, 8779 Philadelphia Road in Rosedale, Md. They need your support. All the big juicy crabs you can eat on the premises, a full hot dinner buffet, free draft beer, cash bar and dancing to the music of “Sugar Chris.” Call Rosa Pryor at 410-8339474 or go to the website; www. rosapryormusic. com. Well, honey child, I believe I am out of space. Terrible situation! Until the next time if you need me, Brittney Pugh, Sedria Perry and Jennifer Kee are the dancers included I am at 410-8339474 or email me in the entertainment for the Vincent at rosapryor@ Street Entertainment Mid-Summer Musical Extravaganza at Coppin State I AM MUSICALLY University. For more information, YOURS! contact Vincent at 443-848-4797.





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Fruitvale Station

Martyr? Or Accidental Victim? Oscar Grant’s Tragic Story Film Review By Kam Williams Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan) and his girlfriend, Sophina (Melonie Diaz), were returning to Oakland in the wee hours of the morning after attending a New Year’s Eve 2009 celebration when their crowded train was stopped by police in response to a report of a disturbance. Oscar was among a number of male passengers ordered onto the platform at Fruitvale Station, where he was initially allowed to sit quietly with his back against the wall. However, he was subsequently ordered to lie on his stomach so that he could be handcuffed and placed Michael B. Jordan in “Fruitvale Station.” under arrest. When he resisted, a struggle ensued during which Oscar could be heard begging not to be tasered as a cop forced him to the ground. Another officer pulled out a pistol and proceeded seasoned veteran here, crafting a character-driven tale that’s touching and emotionallyto shoot unarmed Oscar in the back, prompting the mortally-wounded young father engaging without resort to either sentimentality or melodrama. to exclaim, “I got a 4 year-old daughter!” The entire incident was captured on a cell Some of the credit must also go to Michael B. Jordan for his compelling, wartsphone by a fellow straphanger who posted the video on YouTube, thereby instantly and-all portrayal of Oscar, a complicated soul with perhaps as many positive attributes turning the controversial slaying into an international cause célèbre. as faults. The support cast deserves a share of accolades, too, for ensuring that the Had Oscar been callously executed or accidentally killed by a cop who had merely palpable production, one well grounded in a sobering, inner-city reality, never hits a mistaken his .40 caliber weapon for his stun gun? This bittersweet biopic seeks to false note. humanize the very colorful Oscar Grant by chronicling the events leading up to his Whether Oscar Grant deserves to be remembered as a martyr or a provocateur, this death. In the last day of the charming 22 year-old’s life, we see Oscar inform his poignant portrait of him as a flawed free-spirit is moving enough to be remembered disappointed girlfriend that he’s lost his job as a clerk at the local supermarket. Later, come Academy Awards season. he tucks daughter Tatiana into bed and promises to take her to Chuck E. Cheese the next day. And he ominously takes to heart his mom’s erroneous presumption that riding Excellent HHHH the train would be a lot safer than driving to San Francisco that fateful night. Unrated Already winning awards at the Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals, Fruitvale Running time: 85 minutes Station marks the remarkable writing and directorial debut of Ryan Coogler. A recent Distributor: The Weinstein Company USC School of Cinematic Arts grad, the gifted 27 year-old exhibits the talents of a









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Meet the Pastor


Name: Rev. Stephen E. Tucker Church: New Commandment Baptist Church,

Bowie, Md., 23 years Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana Education: Ball State University, BS, History Saint Mary’s Seminary, MTh Determined Biblical Institute, DD How did you hear your call to ministry?

I was called to the ministry under the leadership of the late Dr. Harold A. Carter Sr. at the New Shiloh Baptist Church. While serving as a deacon and the superintendent of New Shiloh’s Saturday Church School, I was stunned to receive two phone calls on the same day with news that two very influential men in my life had been called home to be with the Lord. They were from Atlanta, indicating that my former pastor, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Sr. (Daddy King as he was affectionately called) and from Indianapolis, indicating that my father-in-law, the Rev. C. C. Cornell (a pastor for over 60 years) had both passed. When the dust settled I began to experience a fierce tugging within my spirit on a daily basis. I couldn’t serve enough or go to church enough to handle the tugging. I couldn’t hear enough sermons or be in enough places where ministry was taking place. I finally compelled myself to talk with my pastor, Dr. Carter, who sort of laughed and said, “I’ve been observing you and I thought we would be having this conversation much held out a long time!”

The Rev. Stephen E. Tucker

Of what aspect of your ministry are you most proud? I am most proud that God allowed me to organize a church, plant it on the number one drug-trafficking block in the District of Columbia, and watch it grow. We began with 18 members and in less than two years had grown to 300. I am also most proud of the fact that we had literally nothing when we started. Yet the Lord provided every need, allowed us to purchase a 100-year-old building directly across the street from public housing. In 1997, we were blessed to found Jobs Partnership along with a White Presbyterian businessman and a Catholic entrepreneur. More than 3,000 have received employment since its inception. More than 120 churches have participated in the program at some level.

I could easily rattle off the names of Mary Hawes, who works with our HIV-Aids ministry; Bevenell Robinson, who works with battered women and domestic violence. Or, Patricia Derricott, who helped to organize our “New & Living Way” Substance Abuse Program. Or, I could mention Tina Buggs, who drives into our community all the way from Waldorf, Md. Or, Joyce Milton, our church clerk who although she does not have her own transportation, almost never misses a church service. I could mention my own wife, Roberta, who works in Baltimore, but presses her way to Washington, D.C. to serve in various capacities. I could mention all of our faithful financial contributors, but the fact of the matter is that my entire community and congregation have inspired me. Speaking of community, we are presently re-locating our ministry due to government restraints, new legislation on parking, and a general atmosphere of pushing churches out of the District. For the past several years there has been a hidden agenda by the government to go after church property through the use of laws and fines and schemes. Therefore, after several “run-ins” with the government we have relocated our ministry to Bowie right off Route 197 near Bowie State. What’s your favorite form of recreation? Self care? At this stage of my life, that’s easy! My favorite form of recreation is spending quality time with my grandchildren, Kayden, 4, and Jordyn, 2, McDaniel. They are so precious, bright and fun to be around. I like to see the way they absorb church and blossom before my very eyes. I play an occasional game of golf when I can. Of course, time with my lovely wife is always great. However, the grandchildren for both of us are sort of a joint venture project. We both love them immensely.

What was the biggest surprise when you started ministry? The biggest surprise for me when I started ministry was what I didn’t know. I discovered quickly that being around ministry was vastly different from being in ministry. I quickly enrolled in seminary in order to learn what I didn’t know and to be able to talk intelligently with other ministers and seasoned members of the church. I was surprised at how much time was required to serve God in a ministerial capacity, but completely satisfied that my pastor required excellence and demonstrated excellence with the call. Finally, I learned that seminary does not teach you or prepare you for the great challenges that come with leading “our people.”

Who in your community most inspires you?

Worship with New Commandment Baptist Church at 13701 Old Jericho Road, Bowie, Md. 20720. The dedication of New Commandment’s new facility will be 12 noon, Sept. 14. For more information call 301-262-0560. Rev. Tucker with his family; wife, Roberta, daughter, Steffani McDaniel and her husband, Joel, and their children, Jordyn and Kayden (center). What’s the most exciting thing about your ministry? The most exciting thing about our ministry is witnessing the miracles of God among the laborers in His vineyard. We have no lawyers or doctors or politicians or professional athletes or rich people in our congregation. Yet God uses who we have to accomplish great and marvelous things! When we started I was the only college graduate in the church. Twelve have received degrees since then. Many have been delivered from drugs and alcohol. Fifteen persons have been called into the ministry, two of whom are pastoring their own churches. How does social media enhance your ministry, or not? Coming from a sales background, I have been blessed to learn such things as marketing, advertising and selling. We promote our ministry via radio, website and Facebook.

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Youth ushers with their directors.

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Deltas Light the Globe in a Torch Relay By Zenitha Prince Special to the AFRO


hroughout the past six months, an Olympic-style torch has been making its way across the United States— and even parts of the world beyond. The ultimate destination is Howard University in Washington, D.C., where its arrival will mark the launch of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s 51st Convention from July 11-17. The District is the ultimate stop of the multi-city Torch Tour, a symbolic relay that is among a slew of commemorations meant to honor the centennial anniversary of the sorority’s founding.

“Our motto is: Intelligence is the torch of wisdom. Our founders lit the torch 100 years ago [and] what they started here has impacted the world. So we wanted to carry on that torch,” said centennial chairwoman, the Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd, in an interview with the AFRO. The Delta Torch is a “burning symbol of the passion and commitment of the organization’s global reach;” and, beginning Jan. 1, selected members of the sorority have carried the Torch to 22 cities, representing the 22 founders of the organization. The tour was launched in Los Angeles, Calif., and wended its way through scheduled stops, including: Seattle; Denver; St. Louis;

Oklahoma City; Dallas; Little Rock, Ark.; Chicago; Detroit; Cleveland; Mobile, Ala.; Atlanta and Augusta, Ga.; Tampa, Fla.; Greensboro and Charlotte, N.C.; New York; Baltimore; and New Orleans. It also went to Tokyo, Japan, and the Caribbean island of Bermuda.

The chosen cities are the hometowns of the organization’s living past-presidents and current Executive Committee members and the sites of two international chapters. “The connection that the 22 selected cities on the torch tour have with Delta Continued on C6

The Delta Dears Steppers made a hit with the enthusiastic crowd.

Finally the TORCH has arrived in honor of Dr. Thelma Thomas Daley

The Rev. Dr. Tamara England, left, Hattie Jones Penn, Monica Watkins, Eleanor Peter Matthews, Robin Jacobs Photo by J.D. Howard

Photos by A. Lois DeLaine

The 22 TORCH Celebration Cities: Atlanta

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Los Angeles, California • Cleveland, Ohio • Tokyo, Japan • Mobile, Alabama • Seattle, Washington Atlanta, Georgia Denver, Colorado Augusta, Georgia St. Louis, Missouri Tampa, Florida Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Bermuda Dallas, Texas Greensboro, North Carolina Little Rock, Arkansas Charlotte, North Carolina New Orleans, Louisiana New York, New York

Chicago, Illinois Baltimore, Maryland Detroit, Michigan Washington, D.C.


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Inextricably Linked Legacies

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The Murphy Legacy O

n behalf of the Afro American family of newspapers and the family of Founder Vashti Turley Murphy, we welcome Sorors, family and friends to the Centennial Celebration of Deltas Sigma Theta Sorority during the 51st National Convention. This is a historic gathering that honors the founding and the founders of our great sisterhood founded on Christian principles by 22 bold, brave and beautiful women. It is amazing that what these college students started in 1913 at Howard University has now grown to become the largest predominantly African American public service sorority. Collegiate and alumnae chapters are located all over the world from Tennessee to Tokyo, Germany to Georgia and the Caribbean to California. Founder Murphy’s legacy is rich. She was a community activist, mentor, and institution builder and was known for her oratory. She was one of the charter members of what is now the Baltimore Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She was also one of two founders of the Philomathians an organization of women who are lovers of learning in Baltimore, Maryland. Following in her Delta footsteps

were four Delta daughters and now six Delta granddaughters and seven Delta great granddaughters. Delta Sigma Theta has been able to break through ordinary patterns of service to challenge the cultural pecking order that is often unfair, oppressive, and unjust with a consistent strategy of sisterhood, scholarship and public service. Members have dared to be innovative even when public policy and praxis were prohibitive. The sorority will celebrate its rich heritage in the upcoming days. Sorors also look towards a bright future following in the footsteps of 22 brave, bold and beautiful founders who led the Women’s Suffragette March as their first public act in 1913. Congratulations to National President Cynthia Butler McIntyre for providing the leadership and innovation to mount a convention with a historic record attendance in the nation’s capital. Congratulations also to Past National President Gwendolyn Boyd, and the host chapters for excellence in planning and execution. The AFRO is honored to be a part of this historic occasion. We will help you paint the town red and white! Sisterly, Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie

Photo by Jay Baker

Wreath and Torch Ceremony honoring Founder Vashti Turley Murphy: 
Laura Morris Knight, Michele McNeil Emery, Beverly Boston, Gwendolyn A. Lindsay, Laura Phillips Byrd, all past presidents Baltimore Alumnae; Dr. Thelma Thomas Daley, 16th National President; Rita A. Cooper, Past President; Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, National Chaplain; Roslyn L. Smith, Dr. Charlene Cooper Boston, Sara H. Smalley, Mary J. Demory, Ruth J. Pratt, all past presidents; and Eleanor P. Matthews, President, Baltimore Alumnae

Rev Dr. Frances Murphy Drapher, grand-daughter; Dr. Thelma T. Daley, 16th National President; Rev Dr Marie Murphy Braxton, grand-daughter; and Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, grand-daughter

Procession to gravesite of Vashti Turley Murphy

Photo by Jay Baker

Great-great granddaughters Blake Alese Murphy Evans and Paige Colae Murphy Evans

Great-grand daughters of Vashti Turley Murphy, the Rev. Vashti Jasmine Murphy McKenzie SaintJean and Qiana Jihan Smith Gabriel

All Other Photos By Phillips Photography

Robin Jacobs, Eastern Regional Director; Dr. Thelma Thomas Daley, 16th National President, Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, National Chaplain; and Thais Ridgeway, Eastern Regional Representative

Photo by Jay Baker

Roz Smith, Rita Cooper, Laura Byrd Phillips

Monica Watkins, Torch Tour Baltimore-Annapolis ,Chair; Bernadette Adams, Torch Custodian; Thelma Thomas Daley, 16th National President; 
Hattie Penn President Annapolis Alumnae; Eleanor Matthews, President Baltimore Alumnae; and Cimmon Burris, Immediate Past President Baltimore Metropolitan Alumnae


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AFRO Coverage Historically Red


Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, since its inception, has created a footprint of service, advocacy and mentoring that is only enhanced with today’s technology and the use of social media. This collection is a mere sampling of AFRO coverage to date.


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16 1. Always a group to remember the less fortunate at Christmas time, members of the Epsilon Sigma Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority, wrapped gifts for Crownsville State Hospital. They are, from left, Darlean Cager, Bernice B. Brandon, Mary Spellman, Delores Jessup and Josephine Brown. Behind the mask is Mary Pool. The club also supported the AFRO’s musical festival to realize funds for the Mrs. Santa project.

2. Visiting sorors of the Delta Sigma Theta and AKA were feted by Lether Daniels at her home on Blaine Street

N.E. during the recent conventions. They are, front, 1st Lt. Juanita Graham, Alabama; Daniels, Loretta Watson; second row, Mable McGowen, Texas; Yvonne Jones, Mrs. Francis Austin, Texas; Alma M. Curry and Mrs. Clauses Clinton; back row, Oliver Clinton, William Watson, Milton Johnson, James Curry and Linwood Jones.

3. Deltas and consultants. Members of Delta Sigma Theta who have finalized plans for their Founders’ Luncheon are shown with their consultants who will hold a panel discussion on Black youth. They are, from left, Laura Knight, Judge Robert Bell, Elise Jude Mason, Attorney William “Billy” Murphy, Thelma T. Daley, Dr. James F. Cooper and Leah G. Hasty. In the back row are Karen D. Artis, Kathie McLaughlin, Martha Bradford, Frances Lucas, Alice Shelton, Mary Umphrey, Georgie M. Diggins and Delores Jessup.

4. On the March. Richmond Deltas probation line.

5. North Carolina Deltas study job opportunities, 1952 6. Dorothy Height is recognized by sorors. June 2, 1956 7. Among guests at the Mother-Daughter luncheon in Baltimore were, from left, Sandra Lamont and her mother Gwendolyn Lamont; Helen Cox and her mother. Ida Banks of Philadelphia; Elsie Dotson, her mother Estelle Tilghman and her daughter, Carolyn Ann Dotson and Ferne Johnson, great granddaughter of Estelle Tilghman. 8. A January, 1957 cotillion. 9. Bernice McDaniels, center rear, poses with her guests at the Delta Sigma Theta Christmas Ball. They are

Geraldine Griner, Trudy Luck, Ada Woodland, Palestine Anderson; rear, Blanche Beckham, Vashti Christmas, McDaniels, Helen Gaddis and Lillie Branch. January 13, 1961

10. Delta Founders’ Day supper group, from left, Doris R. Nash, Frances Gaines, Harriet P. Trader and Vendetta T. Wagner, 1962 11. Newly inducted Delta sorors of Alpha Mu chapter, A&T College, Greensboro, N.C., are from left,



Shirley Cherry, Orlando, Fla.; Renee Edgerton, Louisburg, N.C.; Lillie Cotton, Rochester, N.Y.; Thelma Feaster, Greensboro, N.C.; Cockenham of Winston Salem, N.C., and Mary Tyson; back row: Barbara Shaw, Joan Vaughtor of Crewe, Va., Maxine Murrey, Newark, N.J. and Allegray Wilder, Belhaven, N.C. December, 1962

Winners in the Junior Class were, first row: Emery Tooney, Ricardo Kimbers and George Cure. Intermediate Class members were Phillip Clash, Nathaniel Rollings and Jenerette Dixon. Senior Class winners were Darrell Gray, George Forbes and Ronald McKnight, 1968

12. The following young women were presented by the Fayetteville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta in its annual Jabberwock and Sweetheart Ball in the Lilly Gymnasium at Fayetteville State College. They are, from left, Robertha Gibson, Annette Brown, Ida Feemster, Rozita Bullock, Carolyn McKoy, Carolyn McIver, Patricia Carver. On the second row are Deborah Beckett, Evelyn McCoy, Ida McCallum, Juanita Graham, Elmerene Davis, Peggy Mack, Wilma Baldwin, Lucille Elliott, Joann Harris. Third row, Pauline Jones, Cathine Williams, Rozzell Crossling, Paris Ann Moore, Delois Purdie, Olga Prince, Ella Knight and Carolyn Walton. Feb. 22, 1964

15. Delta Sigma Theta sorority rolled out the red carpet for its Founders’ Day luncheon in Washington at the Mayflower Hotel. Feb. 8, 1969

13. Zeta Epsilon, a new chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, was established on Coppin State College

campus. Members are, from left, Lynda Mathis, Margaret Walkins, Lorraine Breaux, Dannette Christmas, Rosemary Bachus, Peggy Moore; second row, Deborah Chavis, Kendall Vaughn, Shirley Hunter; third row, Jacqueline Blackwell, Jean Adams and Georgia Goslee. 1968

14. Winners in the Delta Sons’ oratorical contest were cited at a luncheon held at the Statler Hilton Hotel.

16. These 66 Miami debutantes sponsored by the Miami Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

visited Bethune-Cookman College. June 3, 1969

17. The Baltimore Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority observed the 58th anniversary of its founding at an “Honor-In” luncheon, January 16 at the Emerald Gardens. The Planning Committee committee included, from left, Gloria Marrow, Sue Miles, Doris Nash, Louis Jackson and Lydia Mussenden. Standing are, Delores Baden, Frances Gaines, Minnie Cesar and Helen Bellamy. President of the chapter is Thelma B. Cox. 1971 18. The Rev. Agnes Alston, who gave the invocation at the 65th Founders’ Day luncheon, is chatting with

Aloha McCullough, president of the Baltimore Alumnae Chapter. 1978


19. Recording artist Bill Withers served as emcee for the first Delta Black Renaissance in the Arts, a showcase of new talent in the performing, visual and literary arts, premiering at the national convention in Dallas. With Withers are Josie Johnson, chairperson of the gala; Hortense Canady, Delta national president; Nikki Giovanni, award presenter; Jeanne Noble, award presenter; LeBaron Taylor, vice president/general manager, divisional affairs, CBS Records and Micki Grant. 20. Elnora B. Fullwood, chairperson of the 23rd Annual Honor’s Day program and Roslyn L. Smith, president of the Baltimore Alumnae Chapter, DST, welcome guest speaker, the Honorable Judge Robert M. bell, Court of Appeals, Maryland. May 27, 1995 21. This refurbished home in northwest Baltimore enables the Delta Living Project to provide a residence

for single mothers 18-21 and their children. Delta sorors Cynthia Thomas, vice president of the board, left, and Sylvia Wooden, member of the open house committee, pose with year-old Tabby.

22. Mayor Marion Barry presents the key to the city. 23. Dr. Dorothy Height, president National Council of Negro Women; Yvonne Kennedy, national Delta president and Dr. Camille Cosby receive a check from the Rice Hosiery Corporation in this 1992 photo.


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Delta Outreach – Exceeded Only by Its Vision By Zenitha Prince Special to the AFRO On March 3, 1913, the day before the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson, 5,000 women marched along the streets of Washington, D.C. “in a spirit of protest against the [then] present political organization of society, from which women [were] excluded,” particularly at the ballot box. At the very back of the procession was a conspicuous group: the 22 founders of the newly-minted Delta Sigma Theta sorority and their supporters. It was the first public act of the sorority, the only African-American women’s organization involved in the Women’s Suffrage Parade. Taking a stand against the status quo demanded bravery—the parade was often impeded by gangs of drunken men who shoved, kicked, tripped, jeered, manhandled and spat upon the marchers with impunity from attendant police, who did nothing to protect the parade and often joined in the abuse. But those Black women bore even greater burdens along that route from the Capitol to the Treasury—the weight of the rampant racism that permeated American society and even disapproval from White suffragists, who didn’t believe the right to vote should extend to Black women. And, yet, the Deltas marched. “Our founders made the determination in that very moment that Delta Sigma Theta would not sit idly by while any group of individuals were denied their basic human freedoms,” said National President Cynthia Butler-McIntyre. “And since then, we have not strayed from that fighting stalwart spirit that has been engrained in every Delta woman.” Even after 100 years of existence, social and political activism has been, and continues to be, a hallmark of the organization, leaders and other observers say. “We are social activists; that is our mission and our calling,” said the Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, co-chair of its Social Action Commission. “We try to be change agents in every generation, just like our founders were.” The Deltas’ activism began, and continues to be, in the political sphere. “We have a voice in everything. We have thousands of members and we let our voices be heard loudly and clearly,” Rev. Boyd said. “We have documented responses to almost every issue that impacts our communities.” The sorority encourages participation in the political process through nonpartisan voter registration and mobilization drives. And every year, the sorority engages in a Delta Days in the Nation’s Capital, a legislative conference during which delegates attend legislative briefings and issue forums, and receive training on developing advocacy skills, navigating the legislative process, legislative letter writing, congressional testimony, resolution writing, and coalition building. Sorors also swarm Capitol Hill, and meet with legislators to advocate on behalf of particularly issues. “You stand on the shoulders of giants! Sorors like Shirley Chisholm, Carrie Meek and Carol Mosely-

D.C. students enjoy STEM workshops.

Courtesy Photos

Students learn how to put together Turbo Boxes.

These students participated in the Delta STEM event at Morgan State University, July 7. They solve the mystery of which marker was used from the Master Chromatogram of an ink sample. Photos by A. Lois DeLaine Ed.D.

Students received scholarships totaling more than $11,000 through the Dr. Thelma Thomas Daley. Braun have fought the battles, but it is our time to win the war on poverty, racism, sexism classism, violence against women, violence against our young men, and the abuse of our children,” Butler-McIntyre admonished sorority members during this year’s Delta Days in March. The sorority’s activism does not only manifest in places of power, however, but also in direct outreach and service to the community. “Outreach is why we exist; we exist to serve,” said Boyd, the organization’s 22nd president. “And we not only talk about it but we do it.” The sorority runs several programs as part of its community outreach. “Our programs are the lifeblood of our organization,” Butler-McIntyre told the AFRO. “We strive to educate and mentor our youth, stimulate our communities and make them economically viable, provide much needed resources to underdeveloped countries, promote health and healthy living; and ensure our members and communities are aware of legislative decisions that dictate the well-being of their day-to-day lives.” The programs fall within the group’s Five-Point Programmatic Thrusts: Economic development, educational development, international awareness and involvement, physical and mental health and political

awareness and involvement. A major focus has been on education. Youth initiatives include: The Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy, which was created with an eye toward boosting the self-esteem and academic and overall success of 11- to 14-year-old girls. Chapters engage in a range of activities to attain those goals, such as computer training, self-esteem and etiquette workshops, field trips for science experiences and for college exposure, and special outings to cultural events, fancy dinners, museums, plays, and concerts. Delta GEMS targets African-American at-risk, 14- to 18-year-old adolescent girls and help them develop a roadmap for college and career success and for individual growth and leadership. And the EMBODI (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence) program attempts to achieve the same goals with young men. The Financial Fortitude Initiative is another program in which the group provides information from a variety of financial institutions to help members of the sorority spread financial education throughout communities in order to build wealth and financial security. The Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund was the answer to the global call to aid those affected by the 2010

earthquake. Delta Sigma Theta joined with Water Education International and provided funds to rebuild an elementary school that was destroyed in the earthquake. It is named the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Elementary School – The Cynthia M. A. ButlerMcIntyre Campus. The Journey to Wellness initiative promotes healthy habits and lifestyles and encourages the spiritual wellbeing of African-American families. The sorority also promotes clean water though its water tanks and wells initiative, raising the awareness of thousands of people who die each year due to “water-borne illnesses.” Water wells are

Students watch the Marshmallow Man expand and discover what happens when air is removed. scheduled to be installed in the Delta sponsored schools in Ghana and Kenya. The organization has also sponsored a hospital maternity wing in Kenya, a group home for orphans and another for the disabled in South Africa. The group has received international recognition for its efforts. In 2003, the Deltas became a non-governmental organization (NGO) with special consultative status at the United Nations, one of only two African-American organizations to hold that status. Rev. Boyd, under whose leadership that status was attained, said the honor reflected the breadth of the sorority’s outreach.

“Our impact has been strong and wide and broad and deep in all these areas and we intend to continue,” she said. The group has also been hailed by President Obama for their century-long dedication to service. “Delta Sigma Theta has always stood for opportunity, knowledge and power. In the early days, the founding Deltas marched for women’s suffrage on the streets of this city, and today, you are still living up to that legacy,” said President Obama in a message to the sorority during their Founders Day Weekend in January. “Thank you for everything you’ve done in the last century and all you will do in the new one.”

Deltas Light the Globe Continued from C1

Sigma Theta is infused into the history of this organization,” said Delta National President Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre, who hails from New Orleans, in a statement. “We honor our founders and past national presidents as we bring the flame they ignited in us so many decades ago back to their cities.” At each stop, there were regionally and culturally appropriate celebrations – such as a Mardi Gras-type fête in New Orleans and a waterfront event in Seattle – that included historical reflections, music, acknowledgments from officials and more. “The response in each city was tremendous,” said Boyd, who led in the arrangements of the events. “Our organization worked very hard to ensure the publicity was

there and that the events were appropriate and timely.” And beyond attendance, the events produced the outcomes that were expected, she added. “It (the tour) was meant to celebrate but there’s always a programmatic angle to what we do,” Boyd said. “We were also using it to electrify young people to pursue their education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).” For example, at one stop, 1,200 young people were invited to a local HBCU, where representatives from 50 companies in the STEM fields came to talk to them and offer information; one student also received a $22,000 scholarship for college.

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Honoring Civil Rights Pioneers

Photos of Reads Drug Store and Demonstrators

The street becomes Vashti T. Murphy Way

Congratulations to Dr. Neverdon

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Baltimore Area Chapters recognized the efforts of Civil Rights Pioneers in Baltimore during the 1955 and 1963 sit-ins at Read’s Drug Store, Northwood Theatre and the Hecht Company’s Rooftop Restaurant. This day was part of the Maryland activities commemorating the 100th anniversary of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and to recognize the Deltas and activists who took part in the Civil Rights Movement in the Baltimore area. The program was held near the historic Read’s Drug Store at the corner of Lexington Street and Park Avenue, the location of one of the first sit-ins held to desegregate lunch counters in 1955 by courageous students from Morgan State University. Invited guests included members of the NAACP, the National Council of Negro Women, civil rights activists, local officials and other organizations. Dr. Thelma T. Daley and Vashti Turley Murphy, founder of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority were honored. Dr. Daley is a Maryland native and Baltimore area resident, a prominent educator and advocate of women’s rights. The culminating activity concluded with naming the corner of Park Avenue and Lexington Street Vashti Turley Murphy Way. Photos by A. Lois DeLaine Ed.D.

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AFRO Sports Desk Faceoff

Permission for Liftoff? What to Expect from Houston Rockets Next Season towers together, should Asik stick around, would be a steel fortress. We keep hearing about Harden and Parsons but what Asik did last year from a defensive and rebounding perspective was simply impressive as he averaged 11 rebounds per game. An aggressive shooting guard combined with two legitimate big men in the paint proved to be a working formula for the Lakers for a few seasons. I don’t see why it couldn’t work in Houston.

by Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley Free agency in the National Basketball Association has gotten off to a roaring start just one week into the summer madness. A few big names changed teams and a few stayed close to home. But obviously the biggest fish in the market was snagged on July 5 with reports surfacing around mid-afternoon. The Houston Rockets got their man. After a nearly three-year circus surrounding the future of all-star center Dwight Howard, “Superman” has finally landed in Houston with the services of all-star guard James Harden and rising prospect Chandler Parsons at his side. Is Houston ready for takeoff? Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley of the AFRO Sports Desk debate the question. Riley: I’ve mentioned this before live on-air and I’ll reference it again: When Dwight Howard is one of your top two players, your team won’t win. I have nothing against Howard or what’s grown into a regular headache circling around his behavior and waffling, but his offensive game still isn’t where it needs to be to power a team to a championship. Making the NBA Finals a few seasons ago as a member of the Orlando Magic had more to do with a bevy of shooters and an out-of-body playoff Dwight Howard performance from the former hot-shooting forward Hedo Turkoglu than it did Howard. The big man did score 40 points in a closeout Game 6 that summer against the heavily favored Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James but once Orlando took to the big stage against the Los Angeles Lakers in the Finals, Howard’s offensive repertoire, or lack thereof, really took center stage. Sadly, he’s still the same offensive player that he was five years ago and that won’t be good enough in what’s now a tougher Western conference. Green: Howard and Harden together should make magic whether it’s on the pick and roll or whether it’s just Howard cleaning the glass for put-backs. This Houston team is basically the same team Howard had in Orlando except for a dominant and dynamite wing in “the Beard” Harden. We don’t know if current center Omer Asik will be traded but those two defensive

Are there Any Blacks in IndyCar Racing? In a recent conversation, it came to my attention that my boss was interested in knowing if there are any African-American drivers racing in the Indianapolis 500. After pondering this for a minute, it occurred to me that there are very few Black motor racing fans in comparison to other spectator sports. Soccer, hockey and auto racing seem to be the step-children of Black American’s interest in sports. To answer the question, there is some interest among Black drivers towards motor racing. As far as I can remember, back in the 80’s comedian Bill Cosby joined a few other investors in the sponsorship of Willy T. Ribbs. Ribbs was the first Black

driver in modern times to make the field at Indianapolis. His best finish was 21st. As an Indy car racer, Ribbs success was limited and he walked away to find a real job. But, after a 20-year vacation, Ribbs came back to participate in the first Baltimore Grand Prix. In 2002, George Mack strapped himself into one of these land rockets, but his success was so limited he is no more than a footnote. I have always viewed IndyCar racing as a sport I should put on a suit to watch. The open wheel cars are equipped with so much technology that an astronaut should be driving. If I am going to spend an afternoon

Riley: The formula wouldn’t work in Houston because both of those seven-footers in L.A., Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, had skilled post moves and Gasol had the ability to hit jumpers from far out, opening up space for Bynum and Kobe Bryant to operate. I like what Golden State did in acquiring veteran forward Andre Iguodala. That was a power move and if their big men David Lee and Andrew Bogut come back healthy next season then you have to pencil in the Warriors for a toptwo team next year. And don’t forget about Oklahoma City or San Antonio. I just can’t get into Howard’s offense. We praise him as this dominating center but when the postseason comes around, he’s just a 20 points-per-game scorer, which has never been enough for a title and won’t be unless he improves. Maybe Kevin McHale or Hakeem Olajuwon can teach him some tricks but at age 28 as of this December, when is he going to learn those tricks?

Green: In Howard’s last few playoff series he’s averaged 17 and 10, 27 and 15 and 18 and 11 with just over two blocks per game in his last three postseasons. I say that’s enough to get it done in today’s age where perimeter players are the ones pushing teams to titles. Look, I agree with you on the premise that Howard will never be an elite scorer. I don’t think he has the skills or mentality to become a great offensive player. But he doesn’t need to be one in Houston. A team may not be able to win a ring if Howard is one of their top two scorers but that won’t be the case with the Rockets. Houston knows its money player is Harden and I expect Howard to understand that and fall off his demand for the basketball in critical situations. All Howard needs to do is rebound and protect the rim on defense, and he can do both very well. If he does that and allows the shooters around him to do their thing, Houston will prosper.

watching cars running around in circles, I prefer NASCAR. I am aware that NASCAR was born in the bowels of the “Good Ole Boy” mentality, and I am still a fan. Back in the day, drivers were running moonshine in fast cars to stay a few steps ahead of the law. This led to bragging on the speed of their vehicles, which led to Saturday races. Some entrepreneur came up with the idea to put them on an oval track and charge admission to spectators. Often the first prize was no more than a steak dinner. In Danville, Va., during the heat of this new form of entertainment, young Wendell Scott was learning at the knee of his mechanic father. Soon he learned how to drive and drive fast. Not wanting to waste his life in the cotton fields, he opted for a stint in the Army. When he returned home, he adopted the cloak of a moonshiner. He made and delivered his own white lightning. It was necessary to have a fast car and the driving skills to evade the police. He soon realized that he was as good, or better, than the White drivers he had been watching at these Saturday contests. Through some trickery, he managed to

gain entry in one of the races. This was like donning a deer costume and walking through the woods during hunting season. Through perseverance and a lot of skill he managed to carve a niche in this previously all-white sport. He was the Jackie Robinson of what became NASCAR. In 1952 he acquired a license to compete in what had become a sport of national interest. He had a career of wins and crashes. In 1963 he won the Grand National which at the time was the Super Bowl of Sprint Car Racing. Scott continued to race for another 10 years, often competing in repurposed equipment and retread tires. After Scott retired, there was quite a lapse until NFL running back Joe Washington and NBA legend Julius “Dr. J” Erving sponsored a team. Although the pair were stars in their respective sports, their effort to put together a winner on the racing circuit bombed. The latest news comes from former MLB legend Reggie Jackson who is showing interest in sponsorship. I wish him luck, because the sport could really use more diversity.

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TYPESET: Wed Jul 10 12:17:10 EDT 2013 LEGAL NOTICES CITY OF BALTIMORE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS BUREAU OF WATER AND WASTEWATER NOTICE OF LETTING Sealed Bids or Proposals, in duplicate addressed to the Board of Estimates of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and marked for Water Contract 1251R-Repaving Utility Cuts at Various Locations will be received at the Office of the Comptroller, Room 204, City Hall, Baltimore, Maryland until 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Positively no bids will be received after 11:00 A.M. Bids will be publicly opened by the Board of Estimates in Room 215, City Hall at Noon. The Contract Documents may be examined, without charge, at the Department of Public Works Service Center located on the first floor of the Abel Wolman Municipal Building, 200 N. Holliday Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 as of Friday, July 5, 2013 and copies may be purchased for a non-refundable cost of $50.00. Conditions and requirements of the Bid are found in the bid package. All contractors bidding on this Contract must first be prequalified by the City of Baltimore Contractors Qualification Committee. Interested parties should call 410-396-6883 or contact the Committee at 751 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. If a bid is submitted by a joint venture (JV), then in that event, the document that established the JV shall be submitted with the bid for verification purposes. The Prequalification Category required for bidding on this project is A02602-Bituminous Concrete Paving. Cost Qualification Range for this work shall be $5,000,000.01 to $10,000,000.00 A Pre-Bidding Information session will be conducted on the 3rd Floor Conference Room of the Bureau of Water & Wastewater, Abel Wolman Municipal Building on July 11, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. Principal Item of work for this project are: Prepare as required and repave, utility cuts performed by others, with bituminous concrete or portland cement concrete, milling and resurfacing, and installation of pavement markings, within Baltimore City streets, alleys, and roadways. The MBE goal is 20% The WBE goal is 5% WATER CONTRACT 1251R APPROVED: Bernice H. Taylor Clerk, Board of Estimates APPROVED: Alfred H. Foxx Director of Public Works

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Mental Health Therapist Health Care for the Homeless is looking to add a Mental Health Therapist who is able to function as part of an interdisciplinary team. MSW is required. Full time hours needed. (Licensed as an LGSW or LCSW-C). Experience working with homeless and/or low income individuals preferred, excellent verbal and written communication skills. Send resume to Sage Johnson to HCH 421 Fallsway, Baltimore, MD 21202 . FAX to (410) 837-8020. Email: hrresumes@hchmd. org. No phone calls. EOE TYPESET: Wed Jul 10 12:30:46 EDT 2013

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July 13, 2013 - July 19, 2013, The Afro-American LEGAL NOTICES

BOARD OF LIQUORLICENSE COMMISSIONERS FOR BALTIMORE CITY NOTICE Petitions have been filed by the following applicants for licenses to sell alcoholic beverages at the premises set opposite their respective names. The real property for these applications will be posted on Monday, July 8, 2013. Written protests concerning any application will be accepted until and including the time of the hearing. Public hearings will be held on or after July 25, 2013. 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. 1. CLASS “B” BEER, WINE & LIQUOR LICENSE Holy Frijoles, Inc. New license with outdoor table service, Geoffrey Danek live entertainment and off-premises catering

908-12 W. 36th Street

Harbor East Venture, LLC Georgios Aligeorgas

Transfer of location 1010 Aliceanna Street from Harborplace-301 Light Street Request for outdoor table service and change Class BD7 to Class B BWL

2933 O’Donnell St., LLC Paul Ernst & Tim Ernst

Expansion-request to add live entertainment 2933 O’Donnell Street and outdoor table service

SARJG, Inc. Shannon Wood

New license with live entertainment

2. CLASS “BD7” BEER, WINE & LIQUOR LICENSE D & R Enterprises, Inc . Expansion-request to add live David Makarovich entertainment

911 W. 36th Street

1453-55 Light Street

MK Liquors, LLC Byung In Min & Leroy Henry

Transfer of ownership

3716 W. Belvedere Ave

Darkside Lounge, LLC Lisa Harvey

Transfer of ownership & request for live entertainment

6826 Harford Road

N-Zone Bar and Grill, LLC Freddie Williams, Jr. & Frankie Senegal

Transfer of ownership from secured creditor 6589-91 St. Helena Avenue request for live entertainment and offpremises catering

3. CLASS “D” BEER- BREWERY LICENSE Union Craft Brewing Company, LLC New brewery license Adam Benesch, Jonathon Zerivitz & Robert Kemmey, III 4. CLASS “D” BEER, WINE & LIQUOR LICENSE Elite Lounge, LLC Transfer of ownership from secured Kenrick Goden & Jacqueline Smoot creditor, request for live entertainment and outdoor table service The Sobo Taco Spot, LLC Michael White & Bruce Richardson

Expansion-request for live entertainment

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Talking, Tasting and Testifying Knowing that silence can foster sickness, Akeda Pearson came up with the idea to promote conversation to bring about healing and that was the seed for 3rd Sundays Tea, Tastings and Testimonials. July is the end of the first series which originated through prayer and supplication, Pearson said. “I feel my mission is to spark conversation, which is the initial step to overcoming domestic violence because silence hides violence,” she said. “Often times than not, we remain silent while our loved ones, someone’s daughter, son, brother, sister, relative or friend experience abuse or even die as a result of domestic violence. Our society has literally become desensitized to violence.” Domestic violence spans all cultures, races and regions throughout the world. Courtesy photos The monthly gatherings were Rochelle Johnson, left, Akeda Pearson and Carole Campbell. established to: • spark conversation about some of the factors that manifest into domestic abuse • facilitate educational presentations for attendees to gain knowledge • distribute information about local, state and national resources • encourage sharing of information with families, friends, colleagues, neighbors, co-workers and communities and  • provide an atmosphere of rich history with delicious tastings.   “When the idea was presented to Julia Faye Briggs, the owner of Tea by Julia Faye, she did not hesitate to support the idea,” Pearson said Previous events have been well attended by females 15 and older; The Bailey family attended a recent book signing. however, more males are encouraged to attend. Due to limited seating, RSVPs are requested. Representation from DHMH, faith based organizations, safe havens and advocacy agencies is expected. 3rd Sundays Tea, Tastings and Testimonials will be held 4 p.m., July 21 at The Historic Stone Mansion, 4901 Spring Garden Drive, Baltimore, Md. RSVP to or call 410-367-8253.


OBITUARY Apprentice

Charles Nelson Wells, Margaret through letters affectionately called Charles, and on one Mother’s Day, Charlie, Buck, Mr. Wells, Charles, the charmer, Mr. Charlie, Uncle Charlie, wired flowers to Margaret Mr. Charles Wells and Uncle and her mother from Charles, was born on January overseas. In 1946, Charles 10, 1926 in Baltimore, was honorably discharged Maryland. His siblings, Lloyd and returned home to E., Lillian Jones, and Ella the waiting arms of his welcomed Charles to the sweetheart. They were family as the youngest child of married on November 15, parents Anna Nelson Wells and 1947. Shortly thereafter, Charles Elliott Wells. the two moved into the Charles was educated in the home of Margaret’s Baltimore City Public Schools. parents, Rev. Walter and A 1944 graduate of Frederick Mrs. Margaret Sewell. Douglass High School, he was Later Charles whisked an enterprising young man Margaret off to the who helped his father with his suburbs where they made vision to provide the “Negro a cozy abode in Lochearn. community an access to the Over the years Charles printed medium.” Under the and Margaret opened CHARLES N. WELLS tutelage of his dad, Charles their home to countless became an apprentice at the Watkins and Wells friends and family. The Sunday before he married Printers, a business his uncle Ernest started in 1922 Margaret in 1947, Charles joined Mt. Zion United in partnership with Marion Watkins. Later Charles Methodist Church. Since that time Charles and worked in the trenches as printing consultant and Margaret have worshipped together at Mt. Zion designer to build the business, together with his where he served in many capacities. brother Lloyd and other family members who also Charles legacy will live on in the memory of joined the staff. However, one of the most loyal, his family, his church, his community and his dedicated, and supportive employees was Barbara many friends. He is survived by his devoted wife, Wells Childs. In 1955, with mutual consent, Wells Margaret; brothers-in-law, Eugene, William and separated from Watkins and formed Wells Printers. Rev. Ernest Maurice Sewell; sisters-in-law, Mary The new enterprise grew to become a key business Allen, Jessie Thomas, Elaine and Rev. Brenda within the Black community. In 1982, Charles Sewell; godchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, and became the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), where other relatives and friends. he continued in this capacity until his retirement in 2000 after more than 60 years in the printing business. Charles was discovered by the love of his life, the beautiful Margaret Beatrice Sewell, in 1943, Obituaries are printed for free by the while he was sitting on his front steps as she skated AFRO-American Newspapers. Send by. The two courted briefly before Charles was funeral program and picture to: drafted into the United States Marine Corps. He did Obituaries his basic training at the segregated Montford Point, The Baltimore Afro-American North Carolina Marine base in 1944, after which 2519 N. Charles Street he served in the Pacific Theatre and Occupational Baltimore, Maryland 212118 Forces of Japan. Charles corresponded with

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