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HBCU Duplication Bill Doomed…Again By Sean Yoes Special to the AFRO Despite some raucous Senate hearings and tough votes during the 2014 legislative session, Sen. Joan Carter Conway (D- Baltimore City ) believes her bill aimed at preventing duplication of state university programs could make it out of the Senate this year. Unfortunately, however, Conway also believes the bill would meet the fate of other

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similar pieces of legislation she has crafted over the years—certain death in the House of Delegates. “I can get it passed out of the Senate, but there’s no need for me to expend all that energy…for the bill to die in the House,” Conway said during a phone interview this week. She said her colleagues in the House have made it clear the measure would never make it out of the House Appropriations Committee chaired by Del. Norman Conway (D-Wicomico and Worcester counties). “He has never let that bill go since I’ve had it,” Joan Carter Conway said. The venerable senator seems resigned to the fact that SB 169 will sit in the Senate’s Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, which she chairs. For about a decade she has been introducing

essentially the same bill in the Senate. If it becomes law, the measure would allow for judicial review of the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). She initially crafted the legislation following the 2005 decision of MHEC Secretary Calvin Burnett to allow the creation of a joint MBA program at the University of Baltimore and Towson University, despite the existence of MBA programs at Morgan State University and other Baltimore area schools. However, this year the duplication bill was introduced against the backdrop of the October 2013 ruling of U.S. District Court Judge Catherine Blake, who declared Maryland’s treatment of HBCU’s—specifically in reference to duplication and its segregative effects—is a Continued on A3

BWI Workers Arrested While Demanding Equal Pay By AFRO Staff Several concession workers at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and some of their supporters were arrested March 13 while protesting for a pay hike on the steps of the Maryland State House in Annapolis. The workers went to Annapolis to ask for support in their effort to get BWI Thurgood Marshall concessions developer, AirMall USA, to ensure that the 800 plus men and

women – many of them African American – who work in the airport’s food and retail outlets receive a pay upgrade. They want their wages to equal those of the lowest paid state employees who work at the airport. “For over a year, my co-workers at the airport and I have been sharing our stories with our elected officials here in Annapolis,” said Evelyne Diadhiou, a server at BWI Thurgood Marshall’s Silver Diner. “We’ve Continued on A3

BWI Marshall protesters from left: Elder C.D. Witherspoon, Faith Church Baltimore; the Rev. Carletta Allen, Asbury UMC, Annapolis; Mike Hachey, UNITE HERE Local 7 and Kevin Wheeler (being arrested), bartender at Sam Adams Brewhouse at BWI.

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Sojourner-Douglass College’s very existence hangs in the balance as the school faces a “historic” challenge that can only be weathered with the community’s support, officials say. “My appeal is to the public, we need their support—both financial and spiritual,” said founder and president, Charles Simmons. Birthed during the Civil Rights Movement and based on the Freedom School model of Black self-

determination, the community-based college has always faced an upward battle in carrying out its mission. “We’ve been through struggle before,” Simmons, a former civil rights activist, said. “We’re not the school that has all the state money and corporate money and rich donor money. We started as a grassroots movement to educate and empower our community.” But the school’s current financial

troubles, which has endangered its accreditation, is unlike any other challenge he has seen in his 41-year tenure, the 75-year-old said. On March 6, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the accrediting body for colleges in states such as Maryland, told the institution it had to “show cause” by Sept. 1, why its accreditation should not be revoked. The college would need to show

how it planned to fix its dismal finances, which was brought about by a “perfect storm” of circumstances, Simmons said. Two years ago, the Department of Education reduced the Pell Grant disbursement to two semesters annually—Sojourner-Douglass offers three semesters a year to help its adult student population graduate faster— resulting in decreased enrollment and a loss of about $2 million. The next year, the department put a lifetime cap on Pell Grants, which further negatively Continued on A3

Sgt. McNeil continues to fight Ministerial Alliance Endorses Gansler-Ivey Police Arrest Suspect Ticket in Md. Gov. Race in Officer Shooting By Blair Adams AFRO Staff Writer

By Roberto Alejandro Special to the AFRO On March 13, the Maryland Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (IMA) endorsed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Attorney General Doug Gansler and Del. Jolene Ivey, candidate for lieutenant governor, in the Democratic primary. The IMA is a religious and civil rights organization whose membership includes dozens of churches that represent more than 20,000 congregants in the Baltimore area. According to a statement from the Rev. Alvin Gwynn Sr., president of IMA and pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in Baltimore, the group endorsed a full slate of candidates, led by Gansler and Ivey. “The IMA proudly endorses Doug because of his long career serving Maryland and his commitment to fighting for the people of Maryland, particularly those who are struggling or disenfranchised. Doug and Jolene

Attorney General Doug Gansler are deeply sensitive to the needs of minority Marylanders across the state and the challenges they often face. The IMA believes the GanslerIvey ticket will get the job done in Maryland.” Continued on A4

Running an errand turned bad for a Baltimore City Police officer on March 14. According to authorities, Sgt. Keith McNeil was sitting in his black Toyota Tundra on the 1900 block of Belair Rd., outside a friend’s garage. Before he was able to exit his vehicle, a gunman approached, raised a handgun, and fired several times. Several bullets pieced the car, striking McNeil in the chest. McNeil, a 19-year veteran, was transported to Shock Trauma. While doctors worked, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts amassed a team to search for the suspect who had attacked the officer. Within hours, a suspect was identified: Gregg Thomas, 34, an ex-convict released from prison in January 2013. Police tagged Thomas “Public Enemy No. 1” at a March 15 news conference. Batts showed Thomas’ picture and called him a “coward,”

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Connecticut Pastor Suffers Fatal Heart Attack After Confessing Adultery to Church By Zachary Lester AFRO Staff Writer It is often said in religious circles that confession is good for the soul. But for the long-time pastor of a Bridgeport, Conn. church, confession proved deadly. Bishop Bobby Davis was the pastor of the Miracle of Faith World Outreach Church. On March 9, Davis allegedly spoke to members of his congregation about cheating on his wife, Christine Davis, the church’s first lady, according to According to some reports, his wife asked him to talk to the congregation about the alleged indiscretion that he had confessed to her earlier that day. “After the service on Sunday, the bishop’s family asked us to remain in the church and the bishop confessed to us something that happened a long time ago,” church elder Judy Stovall told “He wanted to come clean with all of us. He wanted to ask our forgiveness.” As Bishop Davis spoke, members of the church are reported to have been very vocal, some even raising their voices. Church members have reported to media outlets that they were shouting affirmations as a sign of support, not criticizing the pastor as he spoke.

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made it clear that many of us are unable to provide for ourselves and our families because of insufficient wages, and we’ve asked for them to take action. Diadhiou said the workers did not receive a positive response from their legislators. “We’ve heard over and over that ‘Something needs to be done,’ and we’re marching today in Annapolis to demand that it finally happens,” she said during the march. “We need change

at BWI. Not tomorrow, not ‘someday.’ Right now.” During the march, a group of workers and supporters – including members of Interfaith Workers Justice of Maryland – donned signs reading “I Am Equal” in homage to the iconic “I Am A Man” signs carried by men seeking equality during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. Following the march and rally on Lawyer’s Mall, some of the workers and

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violation of the Constitution. Joan Carter Conway and other supporters of the duplication legislation believed Blake’s ruling could have provided some much-needed momentum for SB 169. The state is currently in mediation with lawyers representing Maryland’s historically Black institutions at Blake’s urging. But, according to the Baltimore City senator, the court’s decision may have generally had the opposite effect. “The state has every intention of appealing Judge Blake’s ruling. They don’t care what the court says. It appears to me…that they are dead set on not abiding by federal law,” she said, referencing the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. “It’s going to be another two to three years (of appeals).” This year marks the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling of 1954 and Conway recognizes the irony given the fate of her bill. “The governor will ultimately make the decision based on the recommendation from the [attorney general’s] office and they will appeal” the Blake ruling,” Conway said. “They are all in the same boat, rowing together…in the same direction,” she said.

After his confession, Davis collapsed. He had apparently suffered a massive heart attack. He was taken to Bridgeport Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. reported that Bishop Davis, who had been married to his wife for 50 years and who had started the church in 1967, was a certified Bishop Bobby Davis and his marriage and family therapist. wife, Christine Davis The Christian website also quoted an anonymous source who knew the bishop who said it was actually the church’s first lady who told the members about the alleged affair. Davis later entered the sanctuary and was surprised that the news had been revealed. The source said it was Bishop Davis’ family, not the congregants, who reacted angrily. Church officials could not be reached by the AFRO. The church’s website contained no reference to the bishop’s death. The site said Bishop Davis was saved at 22, has a doctorate in ministry and a master’s in theological studies

and is certified through the American Society of Christian Therapists. He was a regular guest on Trinity Broadcasting and also was featured at Promise Keepers, Christian seminars for men. He was ordained a bishop of the Eastern Connecticut Diocese, Higher Ground Always Abounding Ministries in June 2010 at The Potter’s House in Dallas, the church pastored by the world-renowned Bishop T.J. Jakes. His wife, known as Chris, is an ordained elder who has assisted him for 45 years. “She is a woman of prayer and the Word who believes that her first obligation of ministry is not to the local church or to the world, but to her husband and family,” the church website said. The Davises had six children and eight grandchildren as of February 2013. According to Facebook posts, a viewing is scheduled for March 20 and the funeral services will be held the next day at Mount Airy Baptist Church in Bridgeport. On Facebook, one mourner called the bishop “a forerunner” who laid a “spiritual foundation” that still guides her many years later. “You weren’t perfect, none of us are,” posted Sylvia Jones. “But you were a man of God. We will uphold your legacy. My condolences to everyone who loved him.”

supporters took part in a civil disobedience action on the State House steps. Police took 14 into custody. “For too long those of us who have lived a comfortable middle-class life, including clergy, have acted as if the Civil Rights Movement was over; as if the hard fought battles were ‘won and done.’ They’re not,” said the Rev. Carletta Allen of Asbury United Methodist Church in Annapolis, who participated in the civil disobedience. “My willingness to be arrested is my attempt to stand with those upon whose shoulders my comfort has been won – those who faced the dogs, the

employees’ wages have not. According to a survey of 180 workers—of an estimated 830—conducted by the union between December 2013 and January 2014, non-tipped concessions workers at the airport earn a median wage of $8.50 per hour. That is the same rate found in 2011 from a similar union survey of 198 BWI concessions workers. Marchers urged the state to pass a law that would require it to exercise a 2017 opt-out option included in AirMall’s contract. The state’s contract runs through 2022, but if the state is unhappy with the company’s performance, they can end the contract early,

fire hoses, the beatings, and yes, arrest and imprisonment. I mean it literally when I say, ‘It’s the least I can do.’ My brothers and sisters who are STILL waiting for equity and justice deserve it.” In 2004, the state of Maryland contracted with for-profit developer AirMall USA to manage the airport’s concessions program. AirMall contracts with concessionaires, who employ the workers. Under AirMall’s direction, passenger traffic and spending at the airport have increased, but according to successive surveys by Baltimore-based UNITE HERE Local 7, concessions

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impacted the college’s student body— many of whom had staggered college matriculation—and cost the school another couple million. “When these students drop out, not only do we lose the Pell money, we also lose supplemental funds, we lose any money the students pay out of pocket, we lose the money they pay for books…and so we accrued $5 million-$6 million in deficit over a couple of years,” Simmons explained. And the burden of debt only grew heavier. “All of that happened at the same time that a balloon payment became due on a mortgage on our academic building at 200 N. Charles Street. And the loan became due just when auditors were evaluating the books at the bank. They saw our financial statement, and the fact that we had lost all this money, and told the bank it couldn’t renew our loan,” the university president said. “And, as a result of losing all of that money, we found ourselves behind on our taxes.” The school owes the Internal Revenue Service about $5 million in tax liens, 40 percent of which is penalty and interest. Simmons said it would take about $14 million-$16 million to pull the school out of the red, and the school had already implemented a plan to rescue its finances.

To contain costs, the school has eliminated 10 non-mission-critical positions, instituted across-the-board salary cuts and cut other expenditures, for example, the bookstore has been outsourced. To enhance revenue, the school has put more resources and talent toward recruiting new and former students, is looking for investors to support the college and searching for a financial institution to consolidate and refinance its loans at a lower interest rate. More importantly, Simmons said, the school is reaching out to the community for support. “We’re a small, private school and we really have not asked for a lot of support; we’ve just been focused on serving our community,” Simmons said. “So this is the first time we’re asking for help.” Raymond Winbush, director, Institute of Urban Research at Morgan State University, said the financial troubles facing Sojourner-Douglass are all too familiar in the current post-recession period, particularly for schools that serve the underserved. “Sojourner Douglass plays an incredibly important role in the Baltimore community, in Maryland, and communities around the world,” Winbush said. “It has a history and strong tradition of teaching those students who did not go

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officials said. Supporters traveled from as far away as Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City to support the workers’ effort. The workers were arrested, detained with plastic zip ties and taken to a police station where they were charged with obstruction of the public way for blocking the stairs. They were issued citations and released. The protesters had not been given a court date or fined as of March 18. UNITE HERE Local 7 is a union representing more than 250,000 hospitality workers in Baltimore and across the country.

to college at the expected age of 18.” The institution, which has campuses throughout Maryland and in the Bahamas, serves working adults, usually with families. The average age of the student body—which currently stands at 1,339 undergraduate and 56 graduate students— is 36-38 and it comprises 80 percent female heads-of-households. Alumni say not only did the school boost them professionally—59 percent go on to graduate school and many serve in managerial positions, Simmons said—but also personally, as the school encourages its students to give back to the community. “Nowhere else could I get the knowledge and awakening experience of self-determination and self-empowerment other than my college experience at SDC,” said graduate Anton Conaway, West Coast Division manager for A&A Global Industries, one of the nation’s largest merchandise suppliers, in a written testimonial. “Not only was I able to get an excellent education at SDC, I was able to volunteer and give back at the same time.” Given that rich history of service, Winbush said, he believes SojournerDouglass will get the support it needs. “Sojourner-Douglass has such an inestimable value to communities in Baltimore, Maryland and around the world that it would be an educational tragedy if it were to fail,” Winbush said. “But I have every confidence that the community will rally to its aid.”

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Maryland House Votes to Expand Medical Marijuana By Sean Yoes Special to the AFRO The Maryland House of Delegates has voted to expand the use of medical marijuana. Use of marijuana for medical purposes in the state is already legal, but the infrastructure established last year to distribute it isn’t viable in the eyes of most. Patients can only receive the drug at state supervised academic medical centers, but none of those facilities has agreed to participate. The new legislation would allow specially licensed physicians to provide prescriptions for marijuana to patients with chronic debilitating medical conditions. The bill now goes to the Senate. “This is not recreational use. This

is strictly for medical marijuana only,” said Del. Cheryl Glenn (D-Baltimore City), one of the bill’s main sponsors. “You have to have an ongoing bonafide relationship with a doctor. And in the bill we describe the types of conditions that would make a patient eligible for medical marijuana…So, you can’t just say I have a headache. I want marijuana.” According to Glenn the state’s Medical Marijuana Commission would enforce regulations established last year and be responsible for issuing the licenses for growers. “Those licensed growers would then have treatment… dispensaries where the patients or caregivers would be able to get their prescription filled,” said Glenn,

who is also one of the co-sponsors of the recreational marijuana use legislation introduced during the session. “I always believed it was more important for us to first and foremost get our medical marijuana program up and running,” she said. Other marijuana advocates don’t see the pending forms of legislation as either/or propositions.

“For medical marijuana, we’re really talking about seriously ill patients who need access to that medicine to treat their condition and for decriminalization, we’re talking much more about the racial disparity in communities of color being targeted by law enforcement for possessing marijuana,” said Rachelle Yeung, legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project. Yeung said legislation for recreational use in Maryland may not get passed this session, but the decriminalization bill still has a chance of passing in 2014. “So, its two different issues and I don’t think just because there is a lot of support for both medical

marijuana and decriminalization legislators should have to feel like they have to choose one or the other,” Yeung added. According to a poll by the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College released last week, 50 percent of Marylanders support decriminalizing marijuana while 89.6 percent support the drug’s use for medical purposes. “Let’s also learn from what Colorado is doing and Washington State,” Glenn said. “It’s always good to be able to look at best practices, so when you’re starting something that’s very controversial…it’s better to take your time. I look at it kind of similar to prohibition with alcohol. I think that eventually we’re going to get there, but I don’t think that we’re there yet.”

National Walk for Epilepsy Expected to Draw Thousands to D.C. Fundraiser for Cure Set for March 22 By Zachary Lester AFRO Staff Writer Little Eric “Deuce” Eaddy was 14 months old when his eyes rolled to the back of his head and he grew still one Saturday morning, two years ago. “When paramedics got here and put him in the [ambulance] they were trying to put an IV line in him…His body, from having the seizure, was clenched so tight, that they couldn’t get an IV into his vein,” said Deuce’s mother, Tamikko, 39. “He was almost lifeless. They were poking him to get a response out of him. He wouldn’t cry. There was nothing.” After a harrowing ride to Children’s Hospital, his parents were told that doctors found no immediate cause for the seizure Deuce had suffered. Two months later, the day before he was scheduled to head back to the hospital for tests, the same scenario played out. Deuce had awakened, taken a bottle, and then fallen asleep on his father’s chest. Just like before, he lost consciousness. Emergency medical personnel who responded to a 911 call placed by his father, Eric Eaddy Sr., could not revive him in

the ambulance. This time, doctors diagnosed Deuce with complex partial seizures, a form of epilepsy that affects the right temporal area of the brain. On Saturday, March 22, the Epilepsy Foundation of America will sponsor its annual National Walk for Epilepsy on the grounds of the Washington Monument. The event will serve as a fundraiser to support epilepsy research to help find a cure for sufferers like Deuce, now 3. There will be a pre-walk rally at 8:30 a.m. The walk is scheduled from 9 a.m. to about 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by post-walk activities for children, families and adults. “It’s one of the things we’re doing to get the word out, so that the general public is aware of epilepsy and won’t stigmatize those with the condition,” said Jonese Holloway, a spokeswoman for the Epilepsy Foundation of America, based in Landover. “We’re doing the walk to spread general awareness, as well as raise the funds to find a cure for the condition.” About 65 million people are affected by epilepsy around the world, including 3 million in the United States. About 350,000 African

“Deuce” Eaddy is 2 years seizure free. Americans have been diagnosed with the condition, but physicians believe many more may suffer undiagnosed. “There is no particular demographic that has a higher risk of epilepsy,” Holloway said. “It can get anyone anywhere anytime and at any age.” According to experts, epilepsy is a group of many types of longterm neurological disorders that are characterized by seizure activity. Types of epilepsy include benign focal epilepsy, which develops in infants and toddlers; juvenile absence epilepsy, which also most often affects children; and temporal lobe epilepsy, which is the most common

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At a fundraising event in the tony gated community of Woodmore in central Prince George’s County on March 18, Gansler and Ivey told the group that they celebrate the endorsement, one of few they have received. “Jolene and I are so proud to accept the IMA’s endorsement and really humbled by their support,” Gansler said in a statement. “When we are governor and lieutenant governor, we pledge to continue standing side-by-side with the IMA in fighting to ensure all our

children go to good schools, fighting to bring more jobs to places with sky-high unemployment like Baltimore City and fighting for the people’s interests instead of special interests.” The IMA endorsed the Gansler-Ivey ticket over that of Lt. Governor Anthony Brown (D), an African-American, and his running mate Ken Ulman. If he should prevail, Brown would become the first Black governor in the state’s history. If Gansler and Ivey win, Ivey, would become

the first African American woman Democrat to serve as lieutenant governor in the nation, according to their camp. According to the news release, the Alliance “is a federation of clergy who advocate for the good of all.” The group advocates for the voiceless to fight crime, improve schools, secure fair housing for local residents and ensure that all have a seat at the table of power. The Alliance came of age during the 1950’s and 1960’s and became engaged

form of epilepsy in adults. Research shows that one in 10 people in the United States will have a seizure at some point. Seizures are unpredictable and often occur without warning. There are factors, however, that can contribute: head trauma, concussions, tumors and strokes. Lights and sudden noises can set off seizures in people with certain types of epilepsy. People who have witnessed a friend or loved one seizing often feel fear and helplessness. Once, people with someone who was seizing were encouraged to place a spoon or other object in their mouth to prevent them from biting their tongue. Doctors now say to call 911, clear away anything that may injure the seizing person should they bump into it, gently protect their head if necessary but let the seizure run its course. Tamikko Eaddy described the terror she felt watching her son. Deuce reached “status epilepticus,” meaning that he seized for upward of 15 minutes. “I’m sitting there with my husband and the one thing that I know to do when you can’t do anything else is pray,” she said. “So

in electoral politics in the 1970’s, the news release said. It founded the Maryland Food Committee and Baltimore United in Leadership Development, the faith-based community organization known as BUILD. The group members

I lay my head on [Deuce’s] chest and put my hand on his head. I put in a prayer and at that moment I got a little ‘Wah’ out of him. That let me know life was still there.” According to Holloway, people come from around the country to support the epilepsy walk. Local music acts, as well as school bands, will be playing to pep up the walkers at the start and finish lines. “I would encourage people to join the fight, get involved and support families, caregivers, or those taking care of loved ones who are impacted by this condition” Holloway said. “Knowing that this will impact one in every 26 Americans says that this is something that we all need to get behind—helping to control and stop epilepsy.” Late registration for the National Walk or Epilepsy is available through March 21. For more information, visit, sign on to #EpilepsyWalk@EpilepsyFdn on Twitter, check out the Epilepsy Foundation’s Facebook page or call 1-866-433-9255. For information about epilepsy and seizures, including doctors and medications to treat the condition, visit

pastor churches where many members are devoted voters. Asked via text message what separated her ticket from that of Brown’s, Ivey cited Gansler’s founding of the first civil rights office in the attorney general’s office, his wrangling $1.5 billion

in foreclosure assistance for Maryland and his commitment to closing the minority achievement gap. Gansler, she said, “has a record of being more than willing to be a partner with the faith community to get things done.”

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urging citizens to contact police if they saw him. “We are going to track him down ... it may be better if you turn yourself in,” Batts said during the news conference. “Whether you need to contact your attorney, contact a news reporter ... turn yourself in to a local police department or police station right away.” He added, “We are not going to stop, we are not going to back off.” Thomas contacted local television news station, WJZ. On March 16, two days after the shooting, Thomas turned himself in – with the news station in tow. Before turning himself in, he told a reporter for the station of his innocence. “Because I ain’t do nothing. I mean I’m not going to run away from nothing,” Thomas told the reporter. “I got two daughters that I really love. And I promised them I wouldn’t go back to jail. I just came home.” Thomas is being held without bail at the Baltimore City Detention Center. According to Mark Vernarelli, director of public information for the Maryland Dept. of Public Safety and Correctional Services, Thomas was released from prison last year after serving 10 years of a 30-year prison sentence, with 15 years suspended, for seconddegree murder. Vernarelli explained Thomas was released under the state’s mandatory supervision and release statute, Correctional Services Article 3-704. These regulations allow for “a diminution of the period of commitment or total sentence length, up to a maximum allowable deduction of 15 days per calendar

month.” An inmate, who consistently earns all 15 days of the available deduction per month, could have five years deducted from his sentence after serving 10. Having served 10 years of his 15-year sentence, Thomas was to serve the remaining five years in the community under the terms of mandatory supervision. This requires he report monthly to his community supervision agent, a requirement with which he had been compliant. Meanwhile friends, family, and a community of police officers are continuing to hold a prayerful vigil at the bedside of McNeil, who is, according to the charging documents, currently on life support, in a coma, fighting for his life. “I want to thank everyone for their concern for our officer who is currently in critical condition,” Lt. Eric Kowalczyk said in a statement to the AFRO. “We take comfort in the knowledge that he is receiving the best medical care anyone in the world could hope for. I’d also like to thank everyone for their patience.” In a second news conference, Batts thanked law enforcement agencies that were involved in the search for Thomas. He also acknowledged the three officers who took Thomas into custody. Batts said, “Once less suspect, one less killer on the streets of Baltimore.” Roberto Alejandro contributed to this report.

March 22, 2014 - March 28, 2014, The Afro-American


COMMUNITY CONNECTION Owings Mills Track Star Breaks Her Own Record Prince George’s County Sports Complex held the USATF National Championship track meet, March 7-9. Among the thousands of athletes from across the country was Reisterstown’s own, 13 year old Nyjari McNeil, representing Owings Mills Track Club. On Friday, she broke the meet record in the 400m semifinals with 58.63. Saturday she Nyjari McNeil won the 800m with 2:23.73 and Sunday she broke her own record in the 400m finals with 58.58. McNeil is now Baltimore’s National All-American 400m/800m Champion.

Paul of Baltimore that provide services to those in the throes of hunger, homelessness and poverty. For more information, visit Social Media for Ministry Purposes For those who want to energize their ministry with 21st century technology, Eboni Green says “The Great Commission has gone Digital.” She offers ways to multiply the message and extend outreach at a workshop, 10 a.m., March 22 at Triumphant Baptist Church, 6509 Riggs Road, Hyattsville, Md. Green has lectured at Duke Divinity School and Howard and Southern New Hampshire universities. Her “passion is ministry and her gifting is media.” For more information visit Leadership in Aging Nominations Deadline March 28 is the last day for nominations for the Governor’s Leadership in Aging Awards to be given May 15 at the Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville, Md. Persons suggested should have shown excellence in visual arts or performing arts, or demonstrated a strong commitment to healthy living. The Trailblazer award is for the individual, community group, business or organization demonstrating leadership in advocacy, development of an innovative program, research or training for seniors. For more information call 410-767-2075 or email

8th Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser to Benefit Hungry and Homeless Taste a variety of delicious soups from top restaurants including: Atwater’s, Café Troia, Mamas On the Half Shell, Miss Shirley’s, Linwood’s and more at the Empty Bowls Fundraiser, noon to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 5 to 7:30 p.m. for dinner, March 22 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, 4-H Building, 2200 York Road. Soup, ceramic bowls and a silent auction in addition to face painting and arts and crafts for the children. Plenty of space and opportunity for selfies. The Empty Bowls Empty Bowls benefits the Fundraiser is Mar. 22. programs of St. Vincent de

Mondawmin Mall Gets Dolled Up Concert Series, 5 p.m., for Prom Jam April 27, at The Other Barn, Mondawmin Mall is putting its 5851 Robert Oliver Place fanciest foot forward with Prom Jam, in Columbia. Tickets can be a fun, interactive event that gives purchased at The Other Barn teen shoppers up-to-date trends on in advance or at the door or the most talked-about dance of the at school season. From the latest looks events/569396. For more in apparel, accessories, shoes, hair information call 410-730and make-up, Mondawmin Mall has Lavenia Nesmith 4610 or email manager@ all the must-have retailers under one roof. Mondawmin will entertain shoppers, 3 to Bowie State Series Brings Sonia Sanchez 7 p.m., March 29, with music, entertainment, World-renowned poet, activist, and scholar giveaways, and special retailer offers. Plus, Sonia Sanchez will discuss their literary works teens can mark the occasion by taking a and professional experiences with Bowie State special, free photo with their friends in the University students in two free public lectures, Prom Jam photo booth. In addition, customers as part of the Global Woman Project Lecture can participate in the Prom Jam Photo Series. Both events feature open question-andSweepstakes for a chance to win one of five answer forums and book signings immediately $100 Shop Etc. Gift Cards. following the programs. “We want to provide teens with the latest “An Evening with Sonia Sanchez” will take prom tips and trends in an entertaining, stressplace 7 p.m., April 18 in the Martin Luther free way. Prom Jam combines all the elements King Jr. Communication Arts Center, Myers important to teens – fashion, retailer deals, Auditorium. Before the public lecture, Sanchez music and fun with friends – and it’s all free,” will lead a small group of selected Bowie said Romaine Smallwood-Smoot, general State students in a creative writing workshop. manager, Mondawmin Mall. English composition students are also reading Mondawmin Mall is located in Baltimore at Sanchez’s work before the evening event. 2401 Liberty Heights Avenue. For information, Author of more than 15 books, Sanchez is call (410) 523-1534 or visit www.mondawmin. a recipient of a National Endowment for the com. Arts Award. She has lectured at more than 500 universities and colleges in the United States Baltimore Youth Lead Change Addressing and has presented her poetry to audiences in Homelessness On Global Youth Service Africa, Europe, Australia and the Caribbean. Day She was the first Presidential Fellow at Temple Public Allies MD, an AmeriCorps program University and held the Laura Carnell Chair in of the University of Maryland School of Social English at Temple University. Work, will lead students in a service activity for Global Youth Service Day, Baltimore City NAACP to Host Annual April 11. Prayer Breakfast Over 600 students from several Baltimore City NAACP President Tessa different Baltimore City public and Hill-Aston recently announced the branch’s private schools will help create lunch Annual Prayer Breakfast, 9 a.m. to noon, June and toiletry bags for the homeless. 7, at New All Saints Church, 4408 Liberty Heights Ave. in Baltimore. Jazz in the Mills For more information or to purchase Lavenia Nesmith will appear tickets, call Joe Aston @ 410-366-3300 or in a second of the Jazz in the Mills email











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Nikki Giovanni Visits Bowie State University

her book, The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni: 1968-1998. World-renowned poet, activist, Before the public event, and scholar Nikki Giovanni Giovanni led an interactive writing discussed her literary works and workshop with about 40 sixth grade professional experiences with students from the Robert Goddard Bowie State University students Montessori School in nearby in a public lecture as part of the Seabrook, Md. university’s Global Woman Project Known for her fiery activism in Lecture Series. the pursuit of justice and equality, At “An Afternoon with Nikki Giovanni has published 30 books Giovanni,” Giovanni shared for adults and children and has been Nikki Giovanni selections of her poetry with awarded more than 20 honorary English composition students and the public degrees. She is a University Distinguished on March 14 on the Main Stage in the Fine and Professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Performing Arts Center. The students are reading State University in Blacksburg, Va. By AFRO Staff


“It is more than fitting that we celebrate the life and journey of Mr. Chenault,” stated Michael A. Mallory, RBSP President who leads the Program’s successful support Kenneth I. Chenault, chairman and chief and mentoring activities. “He has been executive officer of the American Express an inspiration to young people across the Company, will be honored at the Ron Brown nation fostering hope, urging action and Scholar Program’s American demonstrating achievement Journey Awards March 28 at the in the African American J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington community, as well as D.C. continuing to encourage others The event honors outstanding to challenge themselves and take Americans who exemplify the initiative. His life embodies the vision and transformative ideals spirit of the mission of the Ron of Ronald H. Brown, whose Brown Scholar Program and dedication to public service, serves as a model to which Ron community involvement and Brown Scholars can aspire.” Kenneth I. Chenault global leadership inspired Chenault joins an exclusive generations of young African list of distinguished leaders Americans to pursue higher education to reach honored since the inaugural American Journey their career goals and personal dreams. Awards event in 2010. Dr. Wanda M. Austin, Brown, who died in 1996, served as Dr. Regina M. Benjamin, Julian Bond, Earl G. the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and the Graves, Sr., and Anthony M. Pilaro are among Chairman of the Democratic National those motivating change and inspiring dreams Committee. though education, leadership and service.

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Nikki Giovanni leads a writing workshop with sixth graders from Robert Goddard Montessori School in Seabrook, Md. Connie Jones (standing) is the students’ teacher.


the full service window at Legion Avenue, retiring after 30 years. As a youth she attended Chews Memorial United Methodist Church in Harwood. She then moved to Annapolis and joined First Baptist Church, and belonged to the church’s Nurses unit. Curly was a devoted member of Pride of Annapolis Temple #76, Elizabeth A. Carter Council, American Legion Auxiliary-Cook Pinkney #141 and the Red Hat Society. She is survived by her children: Corrie Flannigan, Greta Wilson and Terrence Wilson of Annapolis; Andrea Wilson and Derek Wilson of Baltimore; Rory Wilson of Washington, D.C., Anja “Arnie” Wilson of Los Angeles; 18 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and many other loved ones.

Hazel Evangeline Wilson Flannigan April 19, 1938 to March 12, 2014

Hazel Evangeline Wilson Flannigan, 75, of Annapolis, died of heart failure, March 12, at the Heritage Harbour Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born on April 19, 1938 to the late Myrtle Chapman Wilson and John Wesley Wilson, Hazel was lovingly known to family and friends as “Curly.” Curly was educated in the Anne Arundel County School system. In her early years, she worked at Crownsville Hospital as a nursing assistant. She also worked at the U.S. Naval Academy, Social Security in Woodlawn and Fort Meade. As a clerk for the United States Postal Service, she helped open


a comfortable place for families to gather, and one of the most successful fast food chains. Always determined to help other, his community service affiliations included the American Red Cross, March of Dimes, Salvation Army, Philadelphia Police Athletic League and the Catholic Community Relations Council, for which he received numerous awards. His loves extended beyond his family to his faith and fishing. Thomas leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 60 years, Pearline (nee Bell); his children, Robert M. Jr., Richard M. Randall M., Reynald M. and Ariane M and five grandchildren. Services were held March 17 at The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Philadelphia.

Robert M. ‘Mitch’ Thomas September 24, 1922 – March 11, 2014 Former AFRO copy editor, Robert M. “Mitch” Thomas, who also worked for other publications as a reporter and circulation manager, died of natural causes in Bryn Mawr, Penn. After being honorably discharged from the military in 1943, he earned an English degree with honors in journalism at the University of Pennsylvania and went on to complete certification in advertising and public relations. His work with Gino’s Restaurants – a business established by Colts teammates Alan Ameche and Gino Marchetti – facilitated Gino’s becoming

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More than 100,000 Black Parents are Homeschooling Their Children We hear so much about the plight of Black children and their low test scores. We have not heard that African-American children who are homeschooled are scoring at the 82 percent in reading and 77 percent in math. This is 30-40 percent above their counterparts who are being taught in school. There is a 30 percent racial gap in schools, but there is no racial gap in reading if taught in the home and only a 5 percent gap in math. What explains the success of African-American students being taught by their parents? I believe that it’s love and high expectations. I am reminded of Booker T. Washington High School. They were honored several years ago for producing the greatest turnaround as a Recovery school. The principal had the opportunity to pick and choose her staff and emphatically stated, “If you want to teach in this school you must love the students.” Researchers love promoting that the racial gap is based on income, marital status, and the educational background of the parents. Seldom, if ever, do they research the impact of love and high expectations. Since the landmark decision, Brown vs. Topeka in 1954, there has been a 66 percent decline in African-American teachers. Many African-American students are in classrooms where they are not loved, liked, or respected. Their culture is not honored and bonding is not considered. They are given low expectations – which helps to explain how students can be promoted from one grade to another without mastery of the content. There are so many benefits to homeschooling beyond

Jawanza Kunjufu

academics. Most schools spend more than 33 percent of the day disciplining students. And bullying has become a significant issue. One of every six Black males is suspended and large numbers are given Ritalin and placed in special education. These problems seldom, if ever, exist in the homeschool environment. Another major benefit is the summer months. Research shows that there is a 3-year-gap between White and Black students. Some students do not read nor are involved in any academic endeavor during the summer. Those students lose 36 months or three years if you multiply three months times 12 years (grades first -12). Homeschool parents do not allow academics to be forsaken for three months. Finally, in the homeschool environment, parents are allowed to teach their children values. Large numbers of parents are teaching their children faith-based morals and principals. And many are teaching their children with the Africentric curriculum SETCLAE. These children are being taught truths like, Columbus did not discover America; Abraham Lincoln did not free the slaves; Hippocrates was not the father of medicine and that African history did not begin

on a plantation, but on a pyramid. Until public schools give more love, higher expectations, better classroom management, greater time on task throughout the entire year, values, and the SETCLAE curriculum, we can expect to continue to see an increase in African-American parents homeschooling their children. Jawanza Kunjufu is a Chicago-based educational consultant, mentor, author and lecturer.

My Son’s Keeper I must admit, being a single father of two Black boys isn’t easy, especially since my wife passed away 12 years ago. From breaking up fights, to discussing college and career choices, I’ve learned that being a good father means more than just “being there.” Decisions are made, things happen, but despite the inevitable bumps in the road of parenthood, I am always proud to see how my two sons have grown into Ron Busby bright young men. Recently, you have heard lots about President Obama’s laudable effort to ensure bright futures for America’s young men of color. We agree it makes sense to use his bully pulpit to highlight the challenges faced by Black and Latino males and to galvanize solution providers around a common work plan. What makes a lot less sense to us is how – in the face of dwindling contract awards to Black-owned businesses – we are to remain hopeful that equitable opportunity is within the grasp of Black businesses. For sure, there is lots of happy talk in the president’s proposed budget about commitments to SBA loan guarantees, certified development companies (CDCs), small business investment companies (SBICs), millions to infrastructure rehab and surface transportation projects, millions to the Minority Business Development Agency for technical assistance and money for expansion of Promise

Zones, designed to focus federal resources in targeted areas, both urban and rural. Against the backdrop of these huge outlays across education, healthcare/social services, infrastructure and transportation, let’s suppose that the targeted young Black and Latino males successfully scale all the hurdles facing them – that they graduate from high school, matriculate to a community college, four-year institution or trade school, and set out to pursue their career aspirations. What awaits them? Shrinking federal contract awards to Black and Hispanic-owned businesses seem to preclude any opportunity at supplying their goods/services to government agencies. Kauffman Foundation researcher Alicia Robb, said in her study of SBA lending that minority borrowers are “turning to mainstream lenders less because they have a fear of denial, which is warranted.” So, it appears that even commitments of loan guarantees won’t be enough to open access to capital. Tuition costs are skyrocketing while low-income students face cuts in the availability of tuition assistance. Therefore, repayment without improved employment/entrepreneurial prospects will exacerbate the challenge. To compound matters, within minutes of President Obama’s announcement, his political opponents cranked up their “antianything-Obama” screed and pronounced “My Brother’s Keeper” not only socialist, but racist, as well. While the program is decidedly neither, it may serve to distract from more immediate, short term fixes. Growing businesses need employees. Black (and Brown) businesses, given access to the tools that fuel expansion, are far more likely to extend job opportunities to young minority males. Hence, it makes at least as much sense to expend effort to ensure that federal, state and local contracts are awarded

Ben Carson’s Political Malpractice

By any measure Ben Carson is at the top of his field. The renowned surgeon has established a clear and irrefutable legacy in medicine. His lifealtering surgical procedures are the stuff of legend, and the fact that he is an African-American male in a profession where Blacks comprise just 4 percent of practitioners is all the more impressive. I first became aware of Carson during my Walter L. Fields Jr. years in Baltimore as he made news at the Mecca of medical research, Johns Hopkins Hospital. Now, Carson is making news not for his medical exploits but for his foray into the world of partisan politics. The surgeon has declared himself an unabashed conservative and has become the latest Black darling of the political right. Every so often, we hear a Black voice being elevated by the far right in an attempt to neutralize racial claims in political discourse while actually inflaming the passions of the overwhelming majority of Blacks who see through the charade. We’ve seen the likes of Alan Keyes emerge, as he ran for every office with the exception of dogcatcher and seemed to appear everywhere when race was at the center of the debate. Even the left-leaning cable TV outpost MSNBC got in on the fun and gave Keyes a show to promote his idiocy on the airwaves. Then there was Florida congressman and Tea Party darling Allan West who was so far on the extreme right that

he became a caricature of a Black conservative caricature. And who can forget Herman Cain, the former corporate pizza pusher, a political simpleton whose ignorance convinced the former CEO that he could run for the presidency and made thinking Republicans blush. The dark side of the far right is truly an intellectual wasteland. What makes Carson stand out is his professional pedigree. He was seen as the epitome of Black success, a true rags-toriches story, having overcome challenges in his youth to rise to a place of prominence through hard work, determination, and sheer brilliance. He might not have earned a place on the wall in Black households beside John, Martin, and Jesus (and soon Obama), but his name was certainly held in great esteem by Black parents who wanted to provide their children with a role model to emulate. At least until Carson voices his political beliefs. The famed surgeon has become a stalker, attacking the Affordable Health Care Act every chance he gets to stand behind a podium or make a television appearance. Carson uses his credibility in the medical profession to assault Obamacare and by effect, disparage the nation’s first African-American president. His vitriol has earned him the admiration of the GOP’s right flank and given him ‘most favored Black son’ status with the conservative propagandist tool, the Fox News Network. Carson gives conservatives a convenient race-shield, a Black person who can carry their water and deliver messages that are racially codified but cannot be charged with being a racist due to his race. And unlike the silent assassin on the United States Supreme Court, Ben Carson usually doesn’t look like a buffoon when he engages in buffoonery. It’s not just Carson’s critique of health care reform that is earning him rave reviews from the political right. At the

fairly. And, as always, we will contend that healthy, growing, vibrant Black-owned businesses are the best cure for Black unemployment. Among the more hopeful signs of support for “My Brother’s Keeper” is the announcement from The Opportunity Finance Network (OFN). OFN, which represents more than 225 community development financial institutions, will pledge $1 billion to expand financing for organizations and initiatives working to help young minority men. While Opportunity Finance Network CEO Mark Pinsky has yet to define how his organization will allocate dollars raised from network members, we will engage his organization to encourage more business lending rather than program development. There absolutely is room in the national marketplace for a program such as “My Brother’s Keeper.” The challenges faced by young, ethnic minority males are well documented. The futures of these young men – and the future well-being of the nation – deserve the kind of focused, solution searching described in the blueprint for the effort. In the meantime, Black business owners – males and females – face the daunting task of building and sustaining enterprises without the safety net implicit in “My Brother’s Keeper.” If we, as a nation, continue to fall short of fostering the healthy economic environment that we know is essential to long-term prosperity for all Americans, then the work of “My Brother’s Keeper” shall be in vain. Let’s put our actions – and dollars – where our economic futures are, for James 1:22 (KJV) says, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” Ron Busby Sr. is president and CEO of U.S. Black Chambers Inc. For more information about the U.S. Black Chambers, go to

Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), he gave the salivating crowd something to devour. He played upon the pseudo-religiosity of the CPAC audience when he declared, “I hate political correctness. I will continue to defy the p.c. police when they try and shut me up. I still believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.” That’s good stuff for that crowd. By attacking the president and gay marriage, Carson solidified his conservative credentials. The mistake Carson and his fans make, as has others before him, is confusing his fame in his chosen field with competency in public policy. And they fool themselves into believing that most Blacks and thinking other folks don’t know the difference. The reason why the likes of Ben Carson, Allan West, Clarence Thomas, and Alan Keyes never gain traction among Black voters and mainstream White voters, Republican or Democrat, is that they’re too easy to deconstruct. There is no intellectual depth, no substance when they share their thoughts on matters of policy. We know the difference between real and pretend because we have experience with Black Republicans who gained our respect with their thoughtful analysis. Whether it was E. Frederic Morrow in the Eisenhower White House; former Massachusetts Sen. Ed Brooke; Arthur Fletcher; or William Coleman Jr., the first Black Secretary of Transportation, we have witnessed Black Republicans who put the interest of their community before the extreme views of the fringe of their party. History informs us that Blacks like Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Hiram Revels, and Sojourner Truth only allied with the Republican Party because it stood on the side of Black liberation and has nothing to do with the present day iteration of the GOP. What we see today in the Republican Party is nothing short of minstrelsy, Black faces in Black face. Walter L. Fields Jr. is executive editor of NorthStar


The Afro-American, March 22, 2014 - March 28, 2014

Power Up! Exhibit Opens at Maryland Science Center On March 14, the Maryland Science

Center and Constellation celebrated the opening

of the center’s newest permanent exhibit, Power

Up!. The $1.8 million exhibit, sponsored by

Representatives from the Baltimore Ravens were on hand to celebrate the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Constellation and parent company Exelon, gives visitors an interactive look at the science of electricity. The 4,000-square-foot, multi-lingual (English, Spanish and Braille) exhibit features more than 12 interactive stations that allow visitors to participate in the process of generating, measuring, monitoring and distributing electricity. Power Up! is the first major permanent to exhibit to open at the Maryland Science Center in four years. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the Maryland Science Center to commemorate the exhibit’s opening. The event included representatives from the Maryland Science Center and Constellation, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, and 20 first-grade students from Federal Hill Prep. The students are among 1,700 Baltimore-area students who will receive bus transportation to the Maryland Science Center this year through Constellation’s Sacks for Science program with the Baltimore Ravens. In addition to the science of electricity generation, Power Up! allows visitors to explore renewable energy resources, energy conservation and energy career choices. Power Up! is located on the third floor of the Maryland Science Center. All exhibit activities are free with paid admission to the Maryland Science Center. For dates of specific activities, more information and ticket prices, visit www. marylandsciencecenter. org or call the 24-hour information line at 410685-5225.

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Jean E. Merrick and Dr. Marco Merrick The 43rd Annual Nite in Kappa Vegas was hosted by the Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation of Metropolitan Baltimore, March 7, at Martin’s West, Baltimore. Recognized as one of the most popular fundraising events in Baltimore and the Chapter’s premiere social event, the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity brothers were on hand to greet their supportive guests for a wonderful evening of dancing, delectable cuisine, and a memorable chance at the gaming tables. The fraternity celebrated the 93rd anniversary of the founding of the Baltimore Alumni Chapter and the historic centennial founding of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

The Annual ”Nite in Kappa Vegas” fundraising events supports programs such as The Guide Right Mentoring program, the awarding of scholarships, Feed the Needy initiative and many other worthwhile programs and services for the youth and the Baltimore community.

Joan Brown, Dr. S. Dallas Dance, Eloise Coles

Photos by Dr. A. Lois De Laine

Dr. Brenda Bowe Johnson and Sheila Rolack Sen. Nathaniel McFadden and Rachel McFadden

Essence Fisher-Hobson and Turner Roscoe

Carolyn Tutman, Howard Tutman Jr., Sheila Jessup, Darolyn Milburn Angela Gibson, Herb Brown, Deanna Brown, Michael Day

Braxton Street and Raianna Davis Robert and Gladys Rice

Loretta Byers, Alex and Joan Brown

Robert and Darlean Williams Dr. Mabel Murray and Teddy Murray

Owen and Barbara Lee

Lydia McCargo Redd, Sam Redd, Elizabeth Williams Kirk Hemphill, polemarch, Baltimore Chapter, Darrel Walker, Charles Thomas, Christine Jenkins, Ken Bradley

George Jackson and Ada Bacetty Cynthia Dukes and John Dukes

Darryl Day and Amy Smith

Ray Bowen III, Pat Bowen, Ray Bowen IV, Joan Bowen, Dr. Raymond Bowen II

Seated, Carolyn Cunningham, Diane Hardison, Roz Mitchell. Standing, James E. Thomas, Dr. J. Laws Nickens Jr, George Mitchell Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Senator Nathaniel McFadden, Alice Pinderhughes

Arica Ferguson, Pamela Brown, Jessi Parks, Crystal Powell Russell Neverdon Sr, Dr. Charlene Cooper Boston, Stanley Mitchell

Yvonne Wynn, Vernard Wynn, Chevauyn Whitman, Carol Spencer Carter

Sara Bragg Gray, Dr. M. Guy Bragg, Gladys Wade Bragg

Schanbette Smith, Sheila C. Bennett, Carolyn Blakeney, Linda Hopkins

Susie Smith and Faye Burnett


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Hello everyone! Now that the weather has gotten just a little bit better and it is daylight-saving time, many of our local organizations are opening up and presenting some dynamite events. I want to talk about a couple of them if you don’t mine.

The 100 Black Men of Maryland is having their 23rd Annual Brunch on Saturday, March 22 at Martin’s West. The event features music by Panama Band and DJ Mike Jones, cocktails, open bar, brunch, dancing, door prizes, vendors on site, and the auction of a fur coat from Mano Swartz. 100 Black Men is a non-profit organization and the purpose of the brunch is to support child mentorship initiatives. The theme for the day is “Honing Distinguished Women in Maryland, Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment” and how their careers relate to the “Four for The Future” which represents the four areas in which 100 Black Men delivers their core programmatic initiatives. The program focus areas are designed to inspire youth, their families, and members from the communities in which they live to develop self-reliance to achieve immediate and long-term goals and to strive for excellence.

Ursula V. Battle, journalist, photographer, and playwright is back by popular demand with “The New Teachers’ Lounge”, a hit production that will The Afro American tickle your funny bone and Newspapers is having leave you with a powerful “An Evening at the message. It’s coming to the Archives” which is open stage of the Randallstown to the community. You Community Center March can experience up close 22-23 at 3505 Resource the historic, one-of-a-kind Dr., Randallstown, Md. collection documenting For ticket information, African-American culture for call 443-531-2787 or go over a century at the “Afro to www.battlestageplays. AfroAmerican_2014_Layout 1 3/12/14 11:30 AM Page 1 Archives Open House” 5-8 com.

haven’t yet purchased my one-of-a-kind photography book about Baltimore, this is your opportunity to get your autographed copy while you have a cocktail, and wine and dine in a beautiful restaurant setting. The book is $25.00. I will see you there.

100 Black Men of Maryland’s Annual Brunch Fundraiser is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at Martin’s West, 6817 Dogwood Rd, Baltimore. The theme is “Honoring Distinguished Women in Maryland.” Rosa “Rambling Rose” Pryor-Trusty is honored to be one of those women. For more information, contact 410-664-6726.

Iota Chapter, Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority’s Annual Founder’s Day Awards Luncheon takes place noon – 4 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at Forum Caterers, 4210 Primrose Ave., Baltimore. For more information, call Dorothy Stone 410-254-3087. p.m. Monday, March 24 at 2519 N. Charles St. On display will be information and photos you will never see anywhere else. I encourage you to take time out of your

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busy schedule and check this out. Another good thing being done for the community is Ms. Maybelle & Company is hosting a free “Health Expo” from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at the Positive Expression School 201 N. Bentalou St. Along with high blood pressure screening, HIV screening, and information from the Heart Association and the Baltimore Health Association, there will be Zumba Classes by Daphne Hicks (I have no idea what that is), Ms. Maybelle’s “Full Figured Fashion Show,” and a comedy show with Baltimore female comedians Strawberry and Ms. Maybelle. The Carter Family will present their 7th Annual Spring Fling 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. on March 22 at the New All Saints Hall, 4408 Liberty Rd., Baltimore. DJ Mike Jones will provide music, and there will be an open bar, free food, and prizes. My dear friend and colleague, Valerie Fraling is hosting a book signing party for

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I want to thank all who supported the Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund Gospel Prayer Breakfast fundraiser last week. It was a complete success. I want to give a special thanks to Jim Baker the owner of the Normandy Room on East Lombard Street for donating the hall; Carlton and Darlene Douglass for being a fantastic host and hostess; my pastor, the Rev. Henry Turner for giving a powerful sermonette; The Golden Voices of South New Jersey, gospel vocalist, Geraldine Barksdale; and “Grandma G” Gaskins and Ms. Maybelle,” comedians who kept the guests laughing until tears came from their eyes. We raised enough money to give at least two children scholarships.

“Ms. Maybelle” Baltimore’s own comedian and “Fullfigured Fashion Show producer, will host “Time to Get Healthy” 2-6 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at the Positive Expression School, 201 N. Bentalou St., Baltimore, Md. 21223. Admission for the event is FREE! my new book “AfricanAmerican Community, History & Entertainment in Maryland” (Remembering the Yesterday’s, 1940-1980) from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, March 23 at Colin’s Seafood and Grill, 3653 Offutt Rd., Randallstown, Md. (off Liberty Road). So if you

Well, it is about that time, I am out of space and out of time. If you need me, feel free to call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at rosapryor@aol. com. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.

March 22, 2014 - March 28, 2014, The Afro-American



Dating Again for the First Time By Zenitha Prince AFRO Senior Correspondent For many maturing Americans, 50 is the new 30. People are living longer and healthier. No longer is 50 looked upon as the “beginning of the end,” but as a time of new adventures. And, many 50-plusses are ferociously living life to the fullest—traveling, wining and dining, pursuing new careers, re-imagining their styles and, yes, dating. “There are many 50-plus persons that date and are part of the social scene, but it doesn’t look like a scene from a retirement home,” said Marcy Crump, creator of FlyWire, Baltimore’s premiere social magazine and party network. Several studies show that those 50 and older are dating for a range of reasons—they’re looking for love and marriage, companionship or friendship with “benefits,” that is, sex. And they are searching for those partners online—several websites, such as, are devoted to single seniors looking for relationships; social events; through involvement in philanthropic and hobby-related groups; at church and on cruises. As with younger relationship-seekers, they approach and react to the dating scene with different attitudes and expectations and experience different degrees of success. “I know a 50+ woman who has no problems meeting men and have an active dating life. I know a couple dating for a long period of time, 15+ years, and they live separately, they’re travel companions and publicly are a couple—not sure if either were interested in marriage or if they are monogamous. I have girlfriends older than 50 that are single and haven’t found anyone they really like, but they’re not too stressed about being single,” Crump said. Her transition was easier, though, since her husband made finding love—and marriage—again with a friend of 39 years, One woman told the AFRO she hasn’t dated in two years her promise to move on with her life. who she rediscovered four months ago on Facebook. and doesn’t care to share her negative feelings with the world. “He said, ‘Donna you must promise me you will love again, Sounding giddy as a school girl, she explained, “We see Some of the challenges—particularly for those who are I know you have a lot of love in you and you deserve to be each other quite frequently and talk or text each other every divorced or widowed after a longtime relationship—are happy. Please share that love with someone after I’m gone!’” day. JC is gentle, considerate, thoughtful (Boy, flowers when singular. the 64-year-old recalled. “What a gift to leave me and I plan on you least expect it! What woman would not like that!)…. He Some tend to rush into another relationship or a unwrapping it happily and deliberately.” watches me [with] ‘dove eyes,’ like when the male dove fixes commitment because that’s what they are accustomed to, and But older daters also have some advantages. By age 50, his eyes on the one he wants to mate with…. that can make them more vulnerable to scams and to heartache, most people would have been married, widowed or divorced; “Dating him has given me back my smile, my laughter, my said expert April Braswell. undergone the highs and lows of parenthood; pursued a career; joy.” “Building a midlife romance is more like planting a rose made and lost friends— garden than a weekend project. Give yourselves plenty of time they’ve lived and discovered to prepare, plant and cultivate your love. Savor it,” she said in much about themselves and one advice column. For Donna Stewart-Moore, a retired police officer from Glenn Dale, Md., the prospect of dating again after losing her husband of 27 years, was daunting. “I wanted to know if or when I dated [that] the person would or could love me with the tender passion, understanding and – Donna Stewart-Moore unconditional manner which I had experienced,” she said. what they want out of a “Since it had been 35 years since I had been in the dating relationship. arena, I found it to be a little scary. Things have changed in the Donald Byrd, a financial world since I’ve dated,” she added. “My first date was an eye planner from Washington, opener for me. The ‘gentleman,’ and I use this term loosely, D.C., said after his divorce wanted to know ‘Will I lose my pension if I remarry?’ I, with a 10 years ago, it took a while quickness, responded without any facial expression or tone in before he started dating again. my voice, ‘I don’t know. I don’t plan on marrying you!’” “I needed to recover and gain a different perspective about what to expect from women,” he said. And he also had some growing up to do. Many older daters, especially those who have had families and have had to live selflessly, may be more likely to consider how A rousing game of bocce ball in a lush courtyard. A heart-pumping swim in the heated their actions impact others. indoor pool. Or a relaxing happy hour in the pub filled with the sounds of fun and “When I was younger I was laughter. All moments to be enjoyed and cherished...all moments possible at Mercy very impatient and I didn’t Ridge. try to understand someone else’s perspective. My [dating] experiences…were You deserve a lifestyle of comfort, convenience and, most importantly, peace of mind unpredictable and uncertain about your future. Mercy Ridge delivers all that and more, in a community framed by and I had many insecurities,” casual elegance in a friendly neighborhood atmosphere. 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Frazzled Mothers Join Forces in Tyler Perry Tale of Female Empowerment

They grudgingly agree to organize the soiree. However, can these Black, White and Latino women get past their considerable class and cultural differences? That is the concern established at the outset of The Single Moms Club, a humor-driven tale of female empowerment played more for laughs than for serious enlightenment. Written, produced, directed by, and co-starring Tyler Perry, the picture first pits the protagonists against one another before having them gradually see their similarities as overburdened sole providers. At that point, they create an informal association which basically functions as a babysitting support group as well as an excuse to share a weekly girls’ night to decompress by singing karaoke, watching hunky men strip, and trading relationship advice about the battle-of-the-sexes. Tyler tweaks his familiar, morality play formula here by toning down the sermonizing this go-round in favor of going more for laughs. Of course, before the closing credits outtakes roll, he makes sure his heroines conveniently bond into a tight-knit band of sisters whose lovers and little monsters are all behaving again. An unabashedly sentimental salute to single-moms from all walks of life!

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May (Nia Long), left, Jan (Wendi McLendon-Covey), Esperanza (Zulay Henao) and Cocoa Brown in Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club

Very Good MMM Rated PG-13 for sexuality and mature themes Running time: 111 minutes Distributor: Lionsgate Films

By Kam Williams Fast-food waitress Lytia (Cocoa Brown) survives paycheck to paycheck and has to rely on public transportation to get around. By contrast, Jan (Wendi McLendon-Covey), an ambitious executive at a prominent publishing company, has many modern amenities and a luxury automobile at her disposal. May (Nia Long) is unemployed but dreams of a career in journalism. Then there’s Hillary (Amy Smart), a recent divorcee who’s a bit overwhelmed by the prospect of raising her kids alone in suburbia. Finally, frightened Esperanza (Zulay Henao), has been reduced to cowering and hiding from an abusive ex-husband (Eddie Cibrian) who has continued to threaten her long after their separation. At first blush, it sounds like these five women would have little in common, let alone a reason to cross paths. But that’s exactly what transpires when they’re all summoned to the principal’s office at West Merryville Prep where they each have a child who has just been put on probation for disciplinary reasons. At the meeting, Principal Walters (Carrie L. Walrond) leaves the parents no choice but to co-chair the school’s annual fundraising dance. However, this is easier said than done, given that the five, frazzled single-moms are not only bordering on burnout, but are unaccustomed to interacting with folks from the other side of the tracks.

Esperanza Zulay Henao, Lytia (Cocoa Brown) and May (Nia Long) in Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club. •Your History • Your Community • Your News

March 22, 2014 - March 28, 2014, The Afro-American



AFRO Sports Desk Faceoff

Could Phil Jackson Keep Carmelo in New York? By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor The New York Knicks have been struggling all season, in desperate need of a life preserver. They got one over the weekend when former Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson signed on to become the president of the ball club. Clearly the circumstances would’ve flowed differently had the future Hall of Fame coach signed on to repeat the duties as coach, that saw him collect 11 NBA titles, but the addition of an acclaimed face like Jackson should help stabilize an organization that’s in free-fall. The talent on the Knicks roster might not compare to the assortment that Jackson has coached through the years, including Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, but Carmelo Anthony does happen to reside on the current lineup. But he’s also a pending free agent trapped in the middle of a disastrous season. Could Jackson’s hire be enough to entice Anthony to stay? Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley of the AFRO Sports Desk debate the question. Green: It’s a start. Jackson certainly brings some credentials to the table, which should entice Anthony to certainly entertain Jackson’s plans for a rebuild. Jackson’s effect on the Knicks could be like what Pat Riley has done for the Miami Heat or even what Larry Bird (Indiana) and Danny Ainge (Boston) have been able to do. The idea of leaving the executive booth too would probably float around for a while but just having Jackson as a part of the organization should be enough for a successful resurgence. There aren’t too many places where Anthony could go that would have a front office figure similar to Jackson, which would probably help drive other free agents to New York as well. The talent really isn’t bad in New York anyway. A new

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UMES Drops Frankie Allen as Men’s Head Basketball Coach By AFRO Staff Frankie Allen, men’s head basketball coach at Maryland Eastern-Shore (UMES) for six seasons, will not return next year, the school announced March 12. Allen was hired in 2008 at UMES and has compiled an overall record of 42-139. He had previously served as a head coach at Virginia Tech, Tennessee State, and Howard. “We thank Coach Allen for the time he dedicated to UMES,” director of athletics Keith Davidson said, as the school announced it would not renew his contract. “We appreciate his service and wish him well in his future endeavors.” Allen will turn 65 on April 7 and in addition to his head coaching experience had also served as first assistant coach at the University of Maryland Baltimore County for two seasons and at Radford University for one season. UMES will immediately begin a national search to name Allen’s successor.

head coach and a piece or two should be enough to get them back into the top half of the NBA Eastern Conference, should Anthony stay put. Riley: New York needs somebody who’s either going to coach or play. Not somebody sitting behind a desk in a leather chair, talking on the phone. As accomplished as Jackson is, the Knicks are a disaster right now and can Anthony afford to wait for Jackson to develop a rebuild/reload plan with his prime years hanging in the balance? If I’m Anthony, you have to look around at the other teams in the league with structure and talent already in place. Not wait for it to come to fruition under a firsttime team president. Green: Whether Anthony leaves or not, he would still have to wait on a team’s development either way. There would still be a transition period for cohesion to develop if he left for another team the same way it took the Heat a year before they won the title. Teams nowadays can pretty much make over their whole roster in a year or two so it wouldn’t take New York long to get some reinforcements in place. Unless Anthony’s joining the Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Clippers, Pacers or the Heat as the teams are currently constructed, is there really any scenario that Anthony could walk into and win a title immediately? He might be better off giving Jackson some time while still playing in Madison Square Garden and sleeping in his own bed in his hometown city. Excluding what it would take to resign Anthony, New York will have around $50 million to play with in the summer of 2015 and if Anthony can just wait out next season, the Knicks could be in business once again. Riley: Jackson’s “resign pitch” to Anthony is going to be based on nothing but pure hope, patience and speculation. That same sales pitch from another team is going to be predicated off current talent, current success and Anthony being the final piece to a potential Finals team. Should any other franchise with the talent and the coach already in place such as Chicago show interest, then Anthony would definitely have to listen.

Tennessee State to Replace Head Basketball Coach Travis Williams By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor

Travis Williams is being replaced as Tennessee State University men’s basketball head coach, school officials said in a statement March 16. According to Tennessee State Athletics, Williams was relieved of his coaching duties after two seasons as head coach. A “nationwide search” to replace Williams will begin immediately, according to Tennessee Athletics. Tennessee State finished with this season with a 5-25 record, after losing the first 10 games of the 2013-14 schedule. “We thank Coach Williams for his hard work both as an assistant and as a head coach, and we wish him the best in all future endeavors,” said Tennessee State Director of Athletics Teresa Phillips, in a statement released by the university. “We want to move in a different direction and believe that this decision is in the best interest of Tennessee State and our men’s basketball program.” Williams will leave Tennessee State with a 23-40 overall record at the school as head coach. He served as an assistant coach under former Tennessee State head coach John Cooper from 2009 to 2012. Tennessee State went 20-13 under Cooper in 2012, their first winning record since 1996.

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Phil Jackson signed on to become the president of the New York Knicks.

Chicago’s already steps ahead of where the Knicks want to be so why wouldn’t a 30-year old All Star at the peak of his career weigh that scenario versus a rebuild? Anthony’s going to have his options this summer. Jackson’s hiring was a great add but unless he’s coaching I can’t see what he would offer outside of drawing up plays that would have the Knicks do a 180 and be able to contend immediately. Especially when there could be several other options awaiting Carmelo that could produce quicker results for a player short on time.

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Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Contractual HCD Community Program Administrator I Community Investment Tax Credit (CITC) Project Manager Recruitment#: 14-999999-253 Filing Deadline: March 24, 2014, 11:59 pm Salary: $20.69-$26.79 per hour (Grade 16/base - step 9) Work that matters. DHCD is a national leader in the financing and development of affordable housing and community development lending. We now have a Contractual HCD Community Program Administrator I position available. This position will manage activities associated with the CITC Program in the Division of Neighborhood Revitalization. Responsibilities include grants administration from application to award, responding to client inquiries and processing tax contributions. Candidate must possess strong interpersonal skills to work with high level public and private sector officials. Please visit to read more about this position and to submit an online application. Please note that minimumWed and Mar selective qualifications TYPESET: 19 13:00:32 EDT 2014ARE REQUIRED. EOE City of Baltimore Department of Finance Bureau of Purchases Sealed proposals addressed to the Board of Estimates of Baltimore, will be received until, but not later than 11:00 a.m. local time on the following date(s) for the stated requirements: MARCH 26, 2014 *AUDIO V IDEO UPGRADE EQUIPMENT FOR THE CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS B50003309 TV25 MASTER CONTROL UPGRADE EQUIPMENT B50003392 APRIL 2, 2014 *ZAMBONI ICE RESURFACING MACHINE B50003406 *ON SITE PERVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE FOR HEAVY DUTY VEHICLES B50003417 *AUTOMOTIVE PAINT AND SUPPLIES B50003420 THE ENTIRE SOLICITATION DOCUMENT CAN BE VIEWED AND DOWN LOADED BY VISITING THE CITYS WEB SITE:


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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 1244-Patterson Place Neighborhood & Vicinity, Water Main Replacements will be received at the Office of the Comptroller, Room 204, City Hall, Baltimore, Maryland until 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. 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, March 21, 2014 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 3000 Druid Park Drive, Baltimore, Maryland 21215. 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 B02551Water Mains Cost Qualification Range for this work shall be $3,000,000.01 to $4,000,000.00 A ”Pre-Bidding Information” session will be conducted at 3rd Floor Conference Room of the Bureau of Water & Wastewater, Abel Wolman Municipal Building on March 28, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. Principal Item of work for this project are:Replacement/Installation of 12-inch, 10-inch, 8-inch, 6-inch & 4-inch Ductile Iron pipe, fittings, appurtenances and various size valves and fire hydrants. Installation of corrosion control and monitoring system. Replacement of existing galvanized service leads with new copper piping, existing water services, small (residential) meter settings and meter vaults, sidewalk restorations, curb & gutter, and roadway paving, as required. The MBE goal is 12% The WBE goal is 2% WATER CONTRACT 1244 APPROVED: Bernice H. Taylor Clerk, Board of Estimates APPROVED: Rudolph S. Chow, P.E. Director of Public Works TYPESET: Wed Feb 12 12:50:35 EST 2014

NOTICE TAXPAYERS NIGHT A HEARING ON THE FISCAL 2015 PROPOSED BALTIMORE CITY OPERATING AND CAPITAL BUDGETS WILL BE HELD TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2014 AT 6:00PM in the War Memorial Building located at Gay & Fayette Streets. At 5:30pm, citizens may begin signing the registration list to address their views on the budget to the Members of the Board of Estimates. City employees will be available from 5:30pm to assist any citizen into the building.

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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 1268-Water Main Replacements-Various Locations will be received at the Office of the Comptroller, Room 204, City Hall, Baltimore, Maryland until 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. 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, March 21, 2014 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 3000 Druid Park Drive, Baltimore, Maryland 21215. 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 B02551Water Mains Cost Qualification Range for this work shall be $3,000,000.01 to $4,000,000.00 A ”Pre-Bidding Information” session will be conducted at 3rd Floor Conference Room of the Bureau of Water & Wastewater, Abel Wolman Municipal Building on March 28, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. Principal Item of work for this project are: Replacement/Installation of 12-inch, 10-inch, 8-inch, 6-inch Ductile Iron pipe, fittings, appurtenances and various size valves and fire hydrants. Installation of corrosion control and monitoring system. Replacement of existing galvanized service leads with new copper piping, existing water services, small (residential) meter settings and meter vaults, sidewalk restorations, curb & gutter, and roadway paving, as required. The MBE goal is 12% The WBE goal is 2% WATER CONTRACT 1268 APPROVED: Bernice H. Taylor Clerk, of Board of Estimates APPROVED: Rudolph S. Chow, P.E. Director of Public Works


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