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SEPTEMBER 22, 2012 - SEPTEMBER 28, 2012

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CBC: Gatekeepers of Freedom By Michelle B. Phipps-Evans Special to the AFRO They officially banded together in 1971, 13 AfricanAmericans who had been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. As members of Congress, they had a responsibility to defend the rights of all of their constituents. As Blacks, they felt it was their duty to make sure the legislative process was inclusive of people who looked like them, as well. The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) immediately earned a reputation as advocates for the “voiceless,” both nationally and internationally. Formed a mere six years after President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law, the members have always had as one of their major priorities preservation of the hard-earned right to vote.

This year, voting rights are again at the top of the CBC’s agenda. With the presidential election less than two months away and voting rights being threatened by measures in several states, CBC members are going into this year’s 2012 CBC annual legislative conference, which runs from Sept. 19-23, focused on the importance of fighting impediments to voting. On Sept. 18, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), joined Rep. Rick Larsen, (D-Wash.) and a dozen Democratic members of Congress in introducing a bill to combat voter suppression efforts across the country. The America Votes Act of 2012, H.R. 6419, will allow voters to sign an affidavit attesting to their identity if they do not have the identification documents required at their polling place. “Efforts to deny any voter the right to cast a Continued on A3

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Founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus. Standing L-R: Parren Mitchell, Charles Rangel, Bill Clay, Ron Dellums, George W. Collins, Louis Stokes, Ralph Metcalfe, John Conyers, and Walter Fauntroy. Seated L-R: Robert N.C. Nix, Sr., Charles Diggs, Shirley Chisholm, and Augustus F. Hawkins.

Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Celebrates Emancipation Proclamation’s 150th Anniversary By Teria Rogers Special to the AFRO

John Lewis speaks at the 150th anniversary of the the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. Photo by Rob Roberts

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Long before he came to Capitol Hill, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) was active in the fight for freedom. On Sept. 17, he paid homage to the nation’s progress in treating all of its citizens’ equally in a program that celebrated the 150th anniversary of the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. He spoke, appropriately, at the foot of the memorial to President Abraham Lincoln, the man who issued the order on Sept. 22, 1862, freeing enslaved Americans, and effective Jan. 1, 1863. “Slavery was an affront to human dignity,” Lewis told the crowd. “It was an evil, ungodly, dehumanizing system. It did not matter that it lasted over 300 years, it was bound to fail. It could never last because it violated one eternal truth. We’re one people, one family,

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She was battered, but happy to be alive. At 84, she had been unable to fend off the man who had made his way into her Suitland apartment, assaulted her, taken $50 of her money and fled. The woman, whose name was not released because she is a crime victim, was alone in her home in the 4400 block of Arnold Road on Feb. 1 when the attack occurred. She lay there for 24 hours after the attack because she had been unable to move. When police arrived, she told them she had not seen her attacker’s face and felt that she had little information to offer to help them solve the case. She was wrong. As robbery division detectives combed the apartment, they found something that the elderly woman had indeed provided for them—blood that the perpetrator had left on the balcony on his way out, Continued on A4

Local, National Leaders Rally Voters at Alexandria’s Alfred Street Baptist Church By Talib I. Karim Special to the AFRO

stated NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock, an Associate minister of Alfred Street Church. According to Brock, the

On Sept. 15, a bright Saturday morning in Alexandria, Va., a crowd estimated at five dozen or more parishioners and supporters of Alfred Street Baptist Church attended a rally organized by the church, the NAACP, and the Northern Virginia Coalition Black Civic Participation. Hear theonAFRO on The Daily The event kickedatoff the NAACP’s “16 on the 16th” voter Drum, Wednesday 7 p.m. mobilization challenge, in which Alfred Street Church members and others nationally pledged to register 16 voters each before the upcoming November general election. Coined in memory of the 1963 bombing at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, the movement is designed to inspire African-Americans to vote by creating connections to those who have sacrificed for that right. Exactly 49 years ago from the date of the rally, Sept. 15, 1963, four African-American girls–Addie Mae Collins (14), Denise McNair (age 11), Carole Robertson (age 14), and Cynthia Wesley (age 14)–were killed when the Ku Klux Klan set off explosives at a service at the 16th Street Baptist Church. “These four beautiful, innocent martyrs became a catalyst in the ongoing struggle for civil and human rights in America,”

Voters, volunteers rally outside Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Va., to hear call from the NAACP to register 16 voters before November general elections.

Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington Descendant Finds His Ancestral Calling By Avis Thomas-Lester AFRO Executive Editor From the time he was a very young child, the portrait made Kenneth B. Morris Jr. uncomfortable. The piercing

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eyes of the handsome African American man with the shock of gray hair that hung over the staircase of his greatgrandmother’s Capitol Hill townhouse seemed to follow him. “It was as if I could hear this voice booming down on me saying, ‘You will do great things, young man!’ ” Morris said. He was 5 before he knew that the man in the painting, Frederick Douglass, was his great-great-great-grandfather and he was grown before he realized the significance of the legacy he had inherited from the great abolitionist and orator. If being a male descendant of one

death of these youngsters, along with President Kennedy’s assassination, crystallized a national consciousness resulting in the 1964 Voting Rights Act. Political observers assert that President Obama’s election is a direct result of the Voting Rights Act. This point was made by Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), in his comments following Brock at the rally. Georgetown University Professor Michael Eric Dyson also addressed rally-goers, saying “[T]he price of freedom has never been free.” Dyson, reflecting on the victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, said they were “ushered into the precinct of the divine by an act of extraordinary violence. We cannot allow their memory to be erased because we now are so comfortable in our condition and in our situation that we don’t understand what they sacrificed. We’re arguing over… the accumulation of disposable wealth, and our rights are being eroded even as we make those arguments.” Dyson also assailed voter ID laws enacted under the pretext of preventing voter fraud. He observed that efforts are underway to change these “anti-voter fraud” laws, but until then, Dyson chided the audience, “Act like you’re going to a Jay-Z concert…act like you’re going to make a sacrifice in something in which you are Continued on A4

illustrious black educator and statesman. “I never found it intimidating because, when I was younger, I was so far removed from it,” said Morris, 50, of Corona,

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Booker T. Douglass Family Washington Foundation of the most respected men in American history had been be daunting, Morris would have faced twice the challenge. He is also the great-great-grandson of Booker T. Washington, the

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Calif., a public speaker who teaches a course in “liberation theology” at the University of La Verne near Los Angeles. He spent much of his adult life as an entrepreneur, specializing in travel and entertainment marketing. “I was able to go about my life and not even think about it, really.” But then he read a magazine story that lit the fire that had lain dormant in him for 45 years. It set him on a course that would link him to his famous forefathers’ work and make him a part of their legacies. Finding his passion Morris came to know his

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The Afro-American, September 22, 2012 - September 28, 2012

Afro National Briefs Less than two months before Election Day, a group of Kansas Republicans, led by a voter ID law advocate, is moving on a withdrawn challenge which may result in President Obama being removed from the ballot. Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who has embraced forcing voters to produce ID

at the polls, said Sept. 13 that he will preside over a Kansas

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Board of Objections Sept. 17 meeting where a Manhattan, Kans. communications coordinator for the Kansas University School of Veterinary Medicine Joe Montgomery, questioned Obama’s birthplace and the citizenship of his father. Kobach said that the board is obligated to do a thorough review of the questions raised by Montgomery about Obama’s birth certificate and not make “a snap decision.” However, Montgomery on Sept 14 withdrew his objections, in spite of stating that in his opinion, Obama does not satisfy the U.S. Constitution’s “natural-born citizen” requirement for the presidency because of the foreign citizenship of his father. The complaint withdrawal came after Kobach made requests to officials in Hawaii, Arizona and Mississippi for copies of the president’s birth records. The birth certificate controversy has been settled in those states and Obama is on those states’ ballots. In spite of the withdrawal, Kobach said he nevertheless doesn’t believe the matter is dead. “I don’t think it’s a frivolous objection,” according to Kobach, an unofficial advisor to GOP presidential challenger Mitt Romney’s campaign. “I do think the factual record could be supplemented.” The objections board includes Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, both Republicans. Current polls indicate that in Kansas, Romney is the current favored candidate at this point in the presidential race.Less than two months before Election Day, a group of Kansas Republicans, led by a voter ID law advocate, is moving on a withdrawn challenge which may result in President Obama being removed from the ballot. Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who has embraced forcing voters to produce ID at the polls, said Sept. 13 that he will preside over a Kansas Board of Objections Sept. 17 meeting where a Manhattan, Kans. veterinary professor

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Joe Montgomery, questioned Obama’s birthplace and the citizenship of his father. Kobach said that the board is obligated to do a thorough review of the questions raised by Montgomery about Obama’s birth certificate and not make “a snap decision.” However, Montgomery on Sept 14 withdrew his objections, stating that the Kansas roots of Obama’s mother and grandparents, apparently in his opinion, satisfies the U.S. Constitution’s “natural-born citizen” requirement for the presidency,. The president’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, and maternal grandparents, Stanley and Madelyn Dunham, were Kansas natives. In spite of the withdrawal, Kobach said he nevertheless doesn’t believe the matter is dead. “I don’t think it’s a frivolous objection,” according to Kobach, an unofficial advisor to GOP presidential challenger Mitt Romney’s campaign. “I do think the factual record could be supplemented.”

works so hard,” Williams added. “For a female, particularly, in the United States…, and AfricanAmerican, to have to deal with that is unnecessary ... Women athletes come in all different sizes and shapes and colors and everything. I think you can see that more than anywhere on the tennis tour.” Martina Navratilova and Lindsay Davenport, former No. 1 players and Grand Slam winners that struggled with

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Female tennis champions are rallying around junior tennis champion Taylor Townsend after reports last week that the U.S. Tennis Association will not pay her tournament expenses if she does not slim down. Townsend, a 16-yearold tennis prodigy, is the reigning junior Australian Open singles champion and the junior Wimbledon doubles champion. Yet, the Wall Street Journal reported last week USTA officials initially denied Townsend a slot in the U.S. Open and said she would be benched for the summer unless she got into shape. “Everyone deserves to play,” said U.S. Open winner Serena Williams in an interview with ESPN. “She’s so sweet and she

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weight issues throughout their teenage years and their careers, also decried the USTA’s stance. “I’m livid about it. Livid,” Navratilova said in an interview with the Journal. She added: “It speaks of horrible ignorance…. To throw this on her at 16? I’m trying to be nice here, but they totally blew it on this one.” The Chicago-born Townsend is part of a fouryear-old USTA-funded development program created to boost the declining fortunes of American tennis. She is one of 25 select juniors at the USTA’s full-time academy in Boca Raton, Fla. Forty-one other juniors are also trained in Carson, Calif., and at the National Tennis Center in Flushing, the Queens, N.Y. site of the U.S. Open. The initial decision to keep Townsend out of competition

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Memorial to KKK Grand Wizard Causes Uproar

Residents of Selma, Ala. are outraged that a memorial to Nathan Bedford Forrest, Confederate general and initial Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard, has been approved by the Selma City Council for re-installation and expansion in a public park. The statue is meant to replace a bronze casting in his honor that disappeared from the park in March of this year, according to the New York Times. The bust was installed in 2001 and has endured eleven years of vandalism from a community that saw the work as an emblem of bigotry and racism before it finally went missing. Members of the Selma City Council have given permission to Friends of Forrest, an organization hell-bent on upholding the general’s legacy, to build a new statue atop a high pedestal with a fence to deter petty criminals. More than 304,000 have signed their names to a petition that was begun on Change.org by Malika Fortier, of Grassroots Democracy, to stop the new statue from being installed. “People know Selma, Alabama as the city where Dr. King fought for civil rights. Selma was the launching point for historical protests that hurdled the civil rights movement into the national spotlight,” said Fortier in her petition letter, which also expresses anger at city council members for giving permission to expand the memorial. The Friends of Forrest have offered a $20,000 reward for the old statue and say they will provide video surveillance of the new bust once construction for the new statue is given a green light. In spite of the city council’s action, Selma Mayor George Patrick has currently halted the statue’s construction.


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Jennifer and Relatives IdentifySay Body of Romney Black Outreach Thin,Hudson Hollow, Political Scholars

sport-utility vehicle sought in from a neighbor about a suspiBy Alan King getting moderates and Independents which features Republican standouts capability connection with Black the murder of cious vehicle. Thethe man noticed of attracting and maintaining AFRO Staff Writer who are upset about the economy and Africansuch as former Davis, the an vehicle while minorities Hudson’s motherRep. and Artur brother. walking histo your campaign,” Morris said. The white, 1994 Chevrolet dog. According Chicago Jennifer and other American and Latino votersHudson not turning Alabama Democrat-turned-Republican, Utah to theTarver, who sits on the Council, supported Suburban with candidate Illinois license the boy had been shotas a “necessary” and “timely” tool relatives positively identified Republican presidential candidate Mitt out because of voter ID laws,” the African congressional Mia LoveTribune, and Reps. the measure multiple times in that the back seat Romney’s outreach to African-American American analyst added. Tim Scott (S.C.) and Allen West (Fla.). demonstrated Romney’s dedication to the of the vehicle. The SUV, regisvoters is half-hearted at best and, at worse, a In the lead-up to the party conventions The council provides an opportunity Black community. tered to Hudson’s murdered ploy to appeal to White voters, Black political in late August, an NBC/Wall Street Journal for Black leaders to offer feedback to the “Mitt Romney wants to give us his ear and brother, was towed with the experts say. poll revealed that the Republican presidential campaign on issues impacting Africana seat at the table to discuss the issues that boy’s body inside and is being “This is one of the least visible outreach candidate had zero support among Blacks. American communities, officials processed said. affecttechniour communities. And to be able to have by evidence efforts of any Republican campaign,” said About one month before, he was booed while “I am proud to have the endorsements of a direct line to the campaign is great. It ensures cians and workers. The body Lorenzo Morris, chair of the political science addressing the NAACP convention—though so many leaders in the black community,” have a voice was later removedwe and taken to in this campaign,” she said. department at Howard University. the campaign later released a video edited said Romney in a statement. “They Not only has the GOP candidate given theknow Cookall County Medical Jason Johnson, a political analyst from to make it seem that he received a warm too well that the economic downturn that hasoffice.Black leaders an ear, but he will do for the Examiner’s family Hiram College in Ohio, added that the welcome. continued to hammer our country hasHudson been and other Black community what President Obama members arrived at the Medical Republican candidate’s efforts among the “This lack of support among Africaneven more devastating for black Americans. failed to do in the past four years, Tarver mid-afterBlack electorate is geared toward reducing the American voters does not necessarily equal his Together, we will work to end thatExaminer’s downturn,officeadded. Julian King, Jennnifer Hudson’s ne noon to identify the body. negative impact that significant Black turnout not being committed to African Americans,” and we will not rest until all Americans have “We need a leader at the national level Given the choice who between would have on his chances of winning the argued Linda Lee Tarver, who is Black and the the jobs they need, the quality education they willlookput aside politics to do what’s A spokesman for the right office the mu ing directly at the body or White House. ethnic vice chair of the Michigan Republican are owed, and the opportunities they deserve.” for African Americans. “The president too told the newspaper thatisHudson jail for viewing it on a wall-mounted “Mitt Romney does not really have any Party. “The lack of support is primarily Morris, the political analyst from Howard, polarizing and too far to the left to help the Photos interest in Black voters [nor is he] spending because we have a Black president” who is a said the move wasCourtesy designed to paint the people who support him,” she said. Jennifer Hudson and her mom, Darnell Donerson who much time and money wooing [them] because Democrat. campaign as inclusive in the eyes of White “There have been no (positive) changes was killed, as well as her brother, Jason. he knows it’s not a winning proposition,” Still, in what may be an attempt to make voters. in our condition since he’s been president,” strong for her famibeing c Johnson said. inroads into this intractably-Democratic “You have to be able to show some Tarver chose added. “I “remained have two college-age children video degree screen, the family ly” and was clearly its leader. plate X584859 was the latter. the the body ofhas hersince 7-year-old The Romney campaign’s true focus is voting bloc, the campaign launched of viability with thefound largeronelectorate, in thatAccording whotothought that hope and change was coming murde “She held hands with her fami- ing. Co Chicago’s West Side after Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes, nephew justCouncil, hours on “high turnout among Republican voters, a group called the Black Monday, Leadership you have to show some evidence that you have and it hasn’t…. He’s definitely failed us.” ly,” the spokesman said. “It that he police received a 7 a.m. call that’s him.” after his body was found in a was obviously a very emotional charge moment.” convic The boy – the son of Julia sion of Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had He wa been missing since Friday, 2006 a ballot are offensive to us all,” said to fill Obama’s seat for the remaining two years of his senate Friday, Sept. 21 when aand relative found Julian’s for the Cummings. “I am proud to join Rep. term. • Human Trafficking: The Domestic International Continued from A1 grandmother, car hij Larsen in supporting the America “CBC members never stop working on behalf of the Impact on the Well-Being of Black Women andDarnell Girls, 9 a.m. to No wonder campaign is Rep. and Dallas Cowboys players By Alanthey King Donerson, 57, and his uncle, The Votes Act of 2012 to help ensure that people serve,” said CBC Communications Director 11:50 a.m.,Obama’s Room 147-B, host, Karen Bass trying to distance him from the Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, AFRO Staff Writer Jason Hudson, 29, shot to death throug the restrictive voter ID laws on the books in 33 states will not Ayofemi Kirby, adding that they have always relied on direct • The Truth About the Green Economy: The Job Killing group, saying, “Barack Obama among the names submitted to in his grandmother’s home in which succeed in suppressing the votes of people of color and young engagement at the community level and collaboration on the Agenda and Who’s it, 10 a.m. to noon, Room Never Organized withStanding ACORN.”Behind election officials. Presidential candidate John the 7000 block of South Yale students. Extensive and credible research has shown that such federal level to on getACORN results. –“Many have stories thatwho But 143-A, host,ties Rep. Emanuelrun Cleaver II Obama’s to ACORN Hurdpersonal said those workers, McCain’s attack Avenue. voter ID laws are unnecessary and place an additional burden drive their passion and dedication to the work they do.” • The State of Fatherhood: Current Future Direction— long and deep. He taught classes were doing those things without Associated Community Anand Amber Alert – a desigon the elderly and poor who now have to 42nd Annual Legislative Where do we go even fromendorsed here? 10 a.m. to noon, Room ACORN. They ACORN’s knowledge or permis- for Organization for Reform Now – nation for high-risk202-B, missing forRep. President. sion, were fired. acquire new IDs.” Conference—Inspiring Leaders, him hosts, Hank Johnson, James children E. Clyburn, Jesse Jackson confirms the success of the – was issued FridayJr. But •now ACORN is Meeting in trouble.for Emerging “TheGenerations evidence that has surorganization, the head of the Throughout its 41-year history, the CBC Building A Town Hall Leaders Presented by after Julian was discovered least Roommissing Reporter: faced shows they faked group says. has played major roles as local and regional It is so thisfarwork that they IMPACT, 11There a.m. are to 1atp.m., 207 A after the murders. 11 investigations across the forms to get paid for work they “This is testimony to the work PoliceThe arrested activists, both legislatively and sociodo, which will be highlighted • From Registration to Celebration: RoadWilliam to Voter country involving thousands didn’t do, not to stuff42nd ballot we’ve done and success we’ve this Balfour, the missing boy’s stepeconomically. Today’s CBC membership has week’s CBCF’s Turnout, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30ofp.m., Room 144-A, host Rep. Jesse boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the potentially fraudulent ACORN had,” Maude Hurd, president of father and estranged husband grown to 42 House members—41 Democrats annual legislative conference Jackson Jr. forms. victim of fraud, not the perpetraACORN, said in an interview of Evidence-Based Julia, at his girlfriend’s and one Republican. The other Black at tor theofWalter E. Washington • The YouthMassive PROMISE Approach Announcer: voterAct: An it. with the AFRO. Southside apartment several Republican in the House did not join. Convention Center, 801 Mt. to Juvenile Crime Prevention, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Room 143-C, fraud. And the Obama campaign hours after the murders. Hurd said the only things “When this attack started, we According to Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II Vernon Place, NW, from Sept. host, Rep. Robert C. Scott bogus are the charges thempaid more than $800,000 to an had just announced that we had Balfour’s mother, Michele, has (D-Mo.), current caucus chairman, the CBC to 22.And factcheck. org ACORN front for get out the vote told reporters that her son had registered 1.3 million new vot- 19selves. agrees. efforts. “continuously strives to be a voice for the The ALC is a series of Saturday, Sept. 22 ers,” she said. “That’s just to say nothing to do with the slayings. It concluded, “Neither Pressuring to issue7:30 riskya.m. to 10 that someone’s running scared voiceless, earning the moniker, ‘the conscience of workshops, braintrusts and • Prayerbanks Breakfast, a.m., Hall D a suspect in Jason Balfour remains ACORN nor its employees loans. Nationwide voter fraud. because of ACORN’s success.” exhibit the Congress.’” showcases where have • Faith Leaders Roundtable: The Black Church and Samebeen germane found guilty of, or even Barack Obama. 10 Bada.m. judgment. McCain, who is running for issues As the Black presence in the House to the AfricanSex Marriage, to noon, Room 147-AB, hosts, Rep. charged with, casting fraudulent Blind ambition. Too risky president on the Republican tickincreased from four representatives during American experience are Emanuel Cleaver II andfor Elijah E. Cummings votes.” America. et, lashed out at ACORN in the the 86th Congress (1959-1961) to 10 during explored and discussed, with • Roundtable with Young Elected Officials, Policy The problem came about prifinal debate against Barack the 91st Congress (1969-1971), the members solutions sought. Professionals and the Obama The Rev. Since McCain’s comments, Administration, 10:30 a.m. to Obama, contending the group “is marily because of the way SQUARE decided that banding together in a caucus would ALC provides an outlet to noon, Room 143-C have been ACORN operates. Rather than ACORN’s 87 offices Photo by Rob on the verge of maybe perpetratWalter increase both visibility and political leverage on the mission of CBCF • Addressing Youthand Violence in America, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Roberts rely on volunteers, it pays peobombarded with threats ing one of the greatest frauds in highlight Fauntroy the issues and concerns of the African-American – to to inform Roommail. 146-C ple,develop many ofleaders, them poor or unem- racist voter history in this country, ployed, sign up newthe voters. The day after the presidential maybe destroying the fabric of policy community. andtoto educate public. • Phoenix Awards Dinner, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Hall D, First idea was to help both those debate, vandals broke intowill the address the audience democracy.” “From its beginning, the Congressional Black Caucus has This year, the ALC features a jazzThe concert in Ballroom A and Lady Michelle Obama being registered and those doing organization’s Boston and Seattle Factcheck.org, a non-partisan worked tirelessly to ensure that all Americans, regardless of a gospel extravaganza at the United House of Prayer For All the registration. offices andinformation stole computers. Web site,601 found claims to on Sept. race, color or creed have the chance to pursue and achieve People, M those St., NW, both 20, from 8 p.m. to 10:30 More on the ALC can be found at www.cbcfinc. BREAD Maud explained, “We have a After a Cleveland representative be “exaggerated,” with “no evithe American dream,” said Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.), p.m.; and several networking receptions. org. zero tolerance policy for deliber- appeared on TV, an e-mail was dence of any such democracyone of two original members, in a prepared statement for “The Annual Legislative Conference brings together policy- sent to the local office saying she ate falsification of registration.” destroying fraud.” the CBC’s 40th anniversary celebration. “We are at a critical makers, educators, business and industry leaders, celebrities, Most news account neglect to “is going to have her life ended.” Hurd believes the McCain point in our nation’s history where all we have accomplished media, leaders and everyday Americans to discuss point out that ACORN is A worker in Providence, R.I., charges emerging were politically motivatis being threatened. The Congressional Black Caucus has not, and solve issues that are important to all Americans,” required by law to turnsaid in allElsie reg- received a threatening call sayed. LEFT and will not compromise when it comes to the welfare of our L. Scott, Ph.D., president and chief executive for also CBCF. istration forms.officer And they fail ing, “We know you get off work She said, “Because it’s lowto note that it was the organizaat 9” and uttered racial epithets. andAmong moderate-income people, constituents and communities.” the highlights for the week: A caller to one office left a andWednesday, people of color, I believe Founded Jan. 4, 1969, the group was known as the Sept. 19 the tion, in many instances, that first brought the noon phonytoregistrations message on the answering campaign thinks those Democratic Select Committee. The name was formally changed McCain • National Youth Leadership Town Hall, 2 p.m., to the attention of authorities. machine, saying: “Hi, I was just voters are to voteby Rep. Gwen to the Congressional Black Caucus following a motion by Room 140going A, hosted Moore The McCain camp apparently calling to let you know that Democratic, which is not necesRangel in February 1971. Rep. Charles C. Diggs, Jr. (D-Mich.) • CBC Spouses 16th Annual Celebration of Leadership in isn’t interested in those fine Barack Obama needs to get sarily true.” was elected as the first chair. Fine Arts, 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., National MuseumtoofairWomen points, preferring mislead-in hung. He’s a (expletive deleted) ACORN is no stranger to The founding members were Reps. Shirley A. Chisholm the Arts, 1250 New York Ave., NW. ing ads that seek to link Obama nigger, and he’s a piece of controversy. (D-N.Y.), William L. Clay (D-Mo.), George W. 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Food Stamp Use Soars to Record Level By AFRO Staff A record 46.7 million Americans are using food stamps as of June, the U. S. Department of Agriculture reported Sept. 4. The number reflects a doubling since 2003 in the number of people who receive food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), according to the USDA. The agency’s data about government food assistance emerged less than four days ahead of the release of Labor Department data about the nation’s payrolls. The 46.7 million users are in 22.4 million households in a program that the USDA spent $6.2 billion to support in June, roughly $10 billion less than USDA spent to support food stamps in December 2011. The rise in food stamp users is the latest peak in a fouryear trend of food stamp use that reflects aggressive efforts by the Obama administration to ensure food stamp program

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famed ancestors through their images. Continued from A1 There was the portrait of Douglass and there were photos of Washington. “My grandmother, Nettie Hancock Washington, Booker T. Washington’s granddaughter, lived on Massachusetts Avenue in Bethesda, and I spent a lot of time with her,” he said. “There were all types of pictures of him at her house, but I was much older when I really started to take a look at who he was.” The Douglass connection also was forged through time he spent at his great-great-greatgrandfather’s summer home in Highland Beach on the Chesapeake Bay. “From the front yard, you looked out at the Chesapeake Bay. Across the bay, you could see land on the other side. That land was the Eastern Shore, where [Frederick Douglass] was born,” Morris said. Born in Washington in 1962, Morris was the oldest of three children of Nettie Washington Douglass III and Kenneth B. Morris Sr., an insurance broker. Though he didn’t make an issue of it, people found it incredible when Morris told them he was related to the two famous men. He was called a liar more than once — by students and teachers. “As a child, when somebody doesn’t believe you, you stop talking about it,” he said. He was a good student and athlete and lettered in football and track in high school. After a few years at California State University at Fullerton, he left to travel the world. He also worked as a singer, performing and touring with the international music outreach group the Young Americans. Once he was the star singer and dancer in a performance with Liberace. He was just Kenny Morris, and he made no fuss about his heritage. “I just didn’t know that much about it,” he said. “I remember being in high school history classes and we’d get to chapters on Booker T. Washington and Frederick Douglass, and I didn’t know exactly what they had done. I remember those chapters being very short.” It was his mother who taught him about his lineage. Frederick Douglass, she told him, was born a slave, escaped to freedom in the North

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participation by all who are eligible. The rise also reflects the state of the economy, according to Anne Sheridan, director of the Maryland No Kid Hungry campaign, who told the AFRO that the dimensions of food stamp use paint “a disturbing picture” of hunger in America. Her group provides free breakfasts to children in public school throughout Maryland. She said the rise in food stamp use is consistent with the numbers of students seeking free breakfasts. More than 350,000 of the state’s 865,000 public school students

and was still so hunted that he headed to Europe to remain free. He lobbied President Abraham Lincoln to allow blacks to fight in the Civil War. He wrote prolifically — his book Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is on almost every student reading list. He is considered one of the best orators in the history of the spoken word. Booker T. Washington, the “Wizard of Tuskegee,” also was born a slave but was freed at age 9 with the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation. He was a great champion of education and so impressive as a teacher and leader that he was tapped at age 25 to head the Alabama teaching college that would become Tuskegee University. He was the first African American to dine at the White House; another would not follow for 30 years. He drew fire from some other prominent blacks of his day for his stand that segregation was acceptable if blacks could excel in their own communities. His book, Up From Slavery, was a bestseller for decades and remains popular. His mother also told him about her parents, descendants of the two great men. Her father, Frederick Douglass III, a surgeon, had met her mother, Nettie Hancock Washington, walking across the campus at then-Tuskegee Institute one day in 1941. “It was love at first sight,” Nettie Washington Douglass III told Morris and his siblings. “They got married three months later.” They were happy, but his lineage always weighed heavily on Frederick Douglass III, Morris learned. His grandfather took his own life while his wife was pregnant with Morris’s mother. “People were always comparing him and asking what he was going to do,” Morris said. “He was a brilliant man, but he just couldn’t handle the weight of the expectations.” What happened to the father she never knew made Nettie Washington Douglass III cautious about her own children. She never compared them to their forefathers or led them to think she had expectations. Though she spoke at black history events and they accompanied her to openings and dedications of structures named for Douglass and Washington, his family was “pretty low key” about their lineage, Morris said.

passages from Harriet Jacobs’ “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” and Charlotte Forten’s “Emancipation Day,” accompanied by harmonica player Sais Kamalidiin and interpretative dancer Christen Williams. Woodard was visibly moved as Howard student and saxophonist Ashton Vines performed “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” “What was running through my mind (was) 350 years of history and history in terms of bodies and relatives and people,” she said. “ The history of souls, the history of watching those children stand here. Just the fact that we’re still here and we’re still coming

1965 where police officers in Selma, Ala., attacked nonviolent marchers in what later became known as Bloody Sunday. In 2011, he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The site of the speech was the spot where Lewis, in 1963, joined with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., several other civil rights leaders and millions of Americans for the historic March on Washington. Forty-nine years later, Lewis spoke from those same steps about the freedom struggle. “If someone said nothing has changed, I would say come and walk in my shoes and I will show you change,” he said.

the American family. We live in the same house, the American house, the world house.” Hundreds of people gathered to hear Lewis speak about the hard-fought battle from slavery to freedom. The event, dubbed The Celebrating Freedom event, was co-sponsored by Howard University and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The event held in conjunction with NEH’s Emancipation Nation commemoration of the 150th anniversary and coincided with Constitution Day, which mandates that on September 17th all federally funded educational institutions study the U.S. Constitution. The hour-long ceremony featured several speakers, including Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Oscar-nominated actress Alfre Woodard Photo by Rob Roberts and Dr. Wayne Frederick, Howard’s Actress Alfre Woodard, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, provost and CAO. Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities Jim Afro Blue, the Howard Leach, Provost and Chief Academic Officer Howard University University jazz choir, Wayne A. I. Frederick, U.S. Congressman John Lewis of Georgia stirred the crowd with and actor Tyree Young song. The program was presented in three “Almost 50 years ago I came sections: Longing for Freedom, on.” It was apropos that Lewis here and stood on those steps Emancipation and Being Free. gave the keynote address. He with Martin Luther King Jr. Woodard, who is known for has served in Congress since and others. Back then we had her roles in Miss Ever’s Boys 1987. He was active in the a dream, that dream is in the and Desperate Housewives, Civil Rights Movement in process of being realized. So is a long-time activist and the1960s and was one of the we must never, ever give up member of the President’s original 13 original Freedom on our march toward complete Committee on the Arts and Riders. He led the protest in freedom.” Humanities. She recited

qualify for free or reduced price meals, she said. Virginia de los Santos, principal of White Oak Middle School in Silver Spring, said the school has a breakfast cart near classrooms to offer a meal to any student who wants one. She’s pleased with the results. “The students are happy because they’re eating,” she said. “There’s no stigma, because a lot of them are doing it. Everywhere you look, students [are] eating. It’s not just the ones that pay or just the ones that get free lunch. They’re all mixed together.” Sheridan pointed out that food stamp use is not a sign of government dependence. “The food stamp program is part of the social safety net [for] the people who use it as a temporary stop gap,” she said.

Their lack of a place on the national stage, however, provided an opportunity for imposters to step in. At least twice a year, they are alerted that someone is committing fraud in Douglass’s name. A few years ago, he and his family were successful in exposing a Maryland man, Frederick I. Douglas Jr., who traveled the nation for 20 years performing as Frederick Douglass and pretending to be his great-great-grandson. “It was out-and-out fraud,” Morris said. “Both of these men are heroes and prominent, so a lot of people named their kids for them. You will have Frederick Douglass Joneses and Booker T. Washington Smiths. Some people just took advantage of that.” The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site at Douglass’s last home, Cedar Hill in Anacostia, holds the records of the orator’s descendants. After the births of his two daughters, Jenna, now 17, and Nicole, 14, Morris and his wife of 28 years, Diana, provided documentation to show the link. Morris had recently returned from a trip to Washington to attend a birthday celebration at Cedar Hill when a close friend, Robert Benz, showed him the magazine that changed his life. “It was a National Geographic and the cover story was called ‘21st Century Slaves,’ ” Morris said. “I looked at the headline and was shocked. I thought slavery had ended with the work of Frederick Douglass and the Emancipation Proclamation.” He started to do his own research and was deeply disturbed by what he found. Human beings were being bought and sold all over the world. Girls his daughters’ ages were being sexually exploited. “I was reading one night as Diana was putting the girls to bed. They were 12 and 9 at the time,” he said. “I heard them laughing . . . I went into the room, and I wasn’t able to look them in their eyes. I realized that I had this platform that my ancestors had built through struggle and through sacrifice. I knew I could stand up and do something about this crime.” Like Frederick Douglass, he would work to abolish slavery. Like Booker T. Washington, he would use education to forge a solution to a problem. Finally, the link was made that had eluded him

Alfred Street Baptist Continued from A1 invested.” A local historical connection about what’s at stake this November came from Moran who represents the Alfred Street Baptist Church community and other neighborhoods in Congress. Moran noted the historical significance of Alfred Street Baptist Church, which according to the church’s website, was the first Baptist church formed by colored people north of Richmond, Va. Moran also reflected,

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his entire life. ‘Agitate for change’ The last words of wisdom imparted by Douglass, according to many historical accounts, were “Agitate! Agitate! Agitate!” Depending on who told the story, 77-year-old Douglass uttered the words on the day he died to a boy who asked advice on how he should live his life or to a group of suffragettes he addressed before returning to Cedar Hill and having a heart attack on Feb. 20, 1895. The words are considered Douglass’s rallying cry. In 2007, his great-great-great-grandson took up the challenge by co-founding the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation with Benz to “create awareness about modern-day slavery in an effort to expedite its demise.” Last week, the foundation, based in Atlanta, launched a national human-trafficking education program to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation called “100 Days to Freedom.” “The foundation has partnered with 10 schools across the country and the students have been asked to collaborate on creating a new proclamation of freedom addressing today’s slavery,” said Morris, who donates his time to the group. At the request of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the organization will also work with the New York City public schools this fall. The education program’s credo is “Abolition Through Education.” Its goal: “To agitate for change,” Morris said. As did Douglass and Washington. “I appreciate this ancestry now,” Morris said. “I wake up each day and pinch myself and wonder why I was chosen by God to have this incredible lineage. I feel blessed that I do because it allows me to do the work that I do. The blood of two of the greatest heroes of this country is running through my veins. I feel like my ancestors would be very proud and feel very connected to what we are doing. They guide me every day in what I do.” Reprinted with permission from the ‘Washington Post.’

“Alexandria used to be part of the District of Columbia. The people of Alexandria” took what was once Virginia land back from D.C. “over the issue of slavery.” The veteran congressman encouraged the audience to look for images of freed slaves kneeling, begging Alexandria whites not to vote to go back to Virginia. Moran’s plea was particularly felt by seniors like Margarette Peterson, a member of Alfred Street Church, whose vote is key for Democrats hoping to win Virginia for President Obama’s reelection campaign. Peterson says for her, the

blood that he had dropped after she Continued from A1 bit him during the attack. “That evidence was collected and submitted to our DNA lab and to our Combined DNA Index System,” said Captain Genia Reeves, assistant commander of the Prince George’s Police Department Criminal Investigations Division. For months police waited to see if the crime would be solved through DNA. Then, last month, a match came back identifying the suspect as Rodney William Blanton, 56. He was arrested at his home in the 3900 block of Suitland Road in Suitland. “Once we get a notice that it is a confirmation with the suspect, we in turn have to re-confirm before we will actually obtain an arrest warrant for the person,” Reeves said. “It’s not uncommon that it’s a long process, but it’s a detailed process so that we can ensure that the right person has been arrested.” The investigation was a victory for Prince George’s police in more ways than one. They

central issue is Medicare. “We have used it [Medicare]… so we have been very, very pleased to see that this president is willing to take care of all of us.” In response to Republican advertisements that claim that Medicare was cut by the president to pay for his Affordable Care Act, Peterson does not buy it. “We listen very carefully,” said Peterson of her and fellow seniors. As a result, Peterson predicts that like four years ago, seniors, African Americans, and other key constituents for Democrats in Virginia will come out in record numbers.

had been eager to solve the case. But they had also been eager to increase their use of forensic technology in solving crimes in the county, according to Assistant Chief of Police Kevin Davis. Davis said the department was pushing away from the traditional staple of crime solving—confession-based investigations and officials had created the department’s Bureau of Forensic Science and Intelligence to oversee investigations using new crime-fighting technology. “We need to prosecute people with better and more forensic evidence,” Davis told the AFRO. “A confession is certainly one thing, but we want the DNA, we want the hair, fiber. We want the fingerprints and we want all the other things that go into making a prosecution a good one and a successful one.” Blanton was charged with first and fourth degree burglary, robbery , theft and first- and second-degree assault. He is currently being held without bond at the Prince George’s County jail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 1.


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Opinion Color at the RNC Mostly Limited to the Lectern Are mainstream media outlets doing enough to expose the hypocrisy of the Republican Party with regard to people of color and issues they care about? Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and former Alabama Rep. Artur Davis were among the long list of minority politicians featured at the 2012 Republican National Nadra Kareem Convention in August. While Nittle those who spoke there were markedly diverse, the RNC delegates were overwhelmingly White. Some media outlets reported on this racial disconnect, noting that just two percent of Republican delegates were African-American. People of color expressed concern about the GOP’s array of minority speakers even as some policies that conservatives tout are widely regarded as detrimental to minorities. Political analysts said news coverage should have noted that Republicans of color featured at the convention don’t generally represent the political views of American minority groups. Also missing in the coverage, they said, was whether minorities have influential positions in Mitt Romney’s campaign. Viviana Hurtado, the nonpartisan political writer behind The

Wise Latina Club blog, covered both conventions. Her take on seeing Latino Republicans such as Rubio was that the “face doesn’t match the base.” “There in Tampa, I didn’t see Latino representation…,” Hurtado said. Latino Republicans have won gubernatorial and congressional offices, and the GOP did discuss how Romney’s economic platform would benefit Latinos. But Hurtado says the GOP failed to address the “elefante” (elephant) in the room—immigration. Latinos are reluctant to trust the GOP on immigration given that prominent Republicans like Kris Kobach of Kansas have devised controversial legislation to crack down on unauthorized immigration. Romney has urged undocumented immigrants to “self-deport.” The mainstream media hasn’t pressured Romney to spell out his plan on immigration and didn’t stress his failure to do so during coverage of the convention. If more Latinos held positions of power in mainstream media, coverage may have highlighted that fact, Hurtado said. Republican political consultant Raynard Jackson criticized both parties. He says the GOP is unlikely to attract voters of color by featuring diverse convention speakers. “It was a stupid strategy,” he says. “It’s not going to provide any dividends. It’s insulting.” Jackson says the media should have examined how many people of color hold influential positions in Romney’s campaign. The candidate has no people of color controlling his campaign budget or exercising authority over others. During the GOP convention, Republicans also featured people from different religious faiths. A Sikh was invited to deliver a prayer, a seeming show of solidarity after Wade

Michael Page, an Army veteran with White supremacist ties, killed six Sikhs at a Wisconsin temple in August. His motive remains unclear, but it has been speculated that he mistook the Sikhs for Muslims.Corey Saylor, legislative director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington, said Republicans must be held accountable for anti-Muslim legislation and rhetoric. In 2000, the media highlighted then-presidential candidate George W. Bush’s appearance at Bob Jones University, a Christian school in Greenville, S.C., that then banned interracial dating. Under political pressure because of news coverage, Bush expressed regret for not criticizing the policy, and the ban was eventually dropped. “We need journalists of color at the highest levels, not just out front anchoring and reporting but also at the management level,” Hurtado says. “When you don’t have journalists of color, what’s going to be absent is context.” Nittle writes media critiques for the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education.

Same-Sex Marriage is Not a Civil Right As executive director of the Maryland Marriage Alliance, I am compelled to address Julian Bond’s recent opinion editorial featured in the AFRO on Sept. 5. I have a great deal of respect for Mr. Bond. He holds an honored place in the Civil Rights movement. In his role as chairman emeritus of the NAACP, he continues to speak out with passion and conviction on issues of civil rights. However, by equating the same-sex marriage movement to the Derek McCoy civil rights movement, Mr. Bond is simply wrong. During the civil rights movement, thousands of Americans, both black and white, were literally being murdered in the struggle to give African Americans basic freedoms. What

were those freedoms? They were fighting for access to education, access to health care, access to jobs, access to decent housing. They were literally fighting for the freedom to be able to move around in their own country. Gays and lesbians who want to redefine marriage have no such struggle. They are protesting because they are not able to call a relationship what it is not. The definition of marriage predates me, Julian Bond, the state of Maryland and the United States of America. If we agree that it is an arbitrary definition that can change today to be a loving relationship between any pair of adults, regardless of gender, who is to say that in 10 years it cannot be arbitrarily changed again. Our work across the state shows that Marylanders do not believe that the definition of marriage should change. Even after the president and the NAACP threw their weight behind same-sex marriage, our alliance garnered over 200,000 signatures for a petition to protect the definition of marriage. This number was more than three times the number required, so many that the Maryland State Board of Elections stopped counting. In 32 states American families have considered this issue around the dinner table and in 32 states they have seen the

great value in upholding the definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman. Mr. Bond, like many who wish to redefine marriage, attempts to cast people who oppose them as homophobic and bent on forcing gays and lesbians into some sort of pre-civil rights movement second-class citizenship. Supporters of the Maryland Marriage Alliance who believe that marriage should not be redefined have no overt or covert design. Upholding marriage as a union between one man and one woman does not sanction abusive behavior toward gays and lesbians in employment, education, health care, housing or any other area. What the referendum does is affirm that “marriage,” the one relationship that transcends the ages and is critical for the very survival of human kind, is the unique relationship between one man and one woman. Like Mr. Bond, most of us have people in our family and associations for whom we care deeply who happened to be gay or lesbian. They have every right to live as they choose, but to redefine marriage for everyone is not acceptable. Mr. McCoy is chairman of the Maryland Marriage Alliance.

O’Malley’s March Backwards: Governor Refuses to Lead on Youth Jail During the recent Democratic National Convention before a raucous crowd and a national audience, Maryland Governor and Democratic Governors Association President, Martin O’Malley stood to deliver his best argument as to why President Barack Obama deserved a second presidential term. As O’Malley touted the president’s activities and accomplishments, his speech Rev. Heber Brown, took on a cadence that invited III a call-and-response chant throughout the convention center in Charlotte. He peppered his prepared remarks with the line: “Together with President Obama, we are moving America forward, not back!” The crowd caught the hint and joined in with O’Malley time and time again as the moment took on a pep-rally character. The irony of this scene, however, was not lost on those of us in Maryland who have been working relentlessly to halt the construction of a multi-million dollar youth jail in East Baltimore. It was befuddling to hear the governor’s pitch for progressive, forward-thinking politics when his own plans as it relates to juvenile justice in Maryland are draconian and backward-looking. Since the Ehrlich administration, the state has been working to expand the Prison Industrial Complex by building what was initially slated to be a 230-bed capacity jail for youth charged as adults in Baltimore. Currently, youth in this category are housed in their own section of the Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC) – a facility designed for adult inmates. There is little disagreement that youth at BCDC have no business there. Having witnessed first-hand the deplorable conditions of the juvenile wing of this facility while serving in a mentoring program, I’m a witness that a new plan is needed. However, there is much debate on which direction should

be taken to rectify this situation. While O’Malley administration officials have committed to the knee-jerk public safety response of proposing the construction of a new jail as the ultimate solution to current conditions, I and many others have urged elected officials to give attention to other potential indicators of where we can go from here. According to the Campaign for Youth Justice, states across the country, including neighboring states like Pennsylvania and Virginia are successfully housing youth charged as adults in juvenile detention facilities with no increase in crime or delinquency. National trends are pointing the way for Governor O’Malley and a bevy of research-based reports against the Youth Jail are piling up on his desk. The Just Kids Partnership “Baltimore Youth In The Adult Criminal Justice System” Report (October 2010), the National Council on Crime and Delinquency “Bed Space Forecast For Baltimore Youth Detention Facility” Report (May 2011), and the Stop The Youth Jail Alliance’s “Proposed Alternative Action Plan For The Construction Of A Youth Jail In Baltimore City” (August 2011) all indicate that new policies and not a multi-million dollar youth jail is needed. It has become more and more difficult to ignore the red flags flapping in the wind in relation to the youth jail proposal, but somehow Gov. O’Malley is finding a way to do it. Multiple alternative avenues have been proposed and countless ideas have been offered up as to how the capital and operating funds slated for youth incarceration can be used for positive youth and community development. There are no more viable excuses as to why these options cannot be explored in earnest. All that is needed is some gubernatorial leadership and the community is waiting and if need be willing to push the governor to provide it. With few notable exceptions, most democratic lawmakers both in Annapolis and in Baltimore are following the script of the governor. They are regurgitating rational-sounding defenses for the youth jail project that only make sense in the minds of those who have not been paying attention. Most of the lawmakers at City Hall and in the State Legislature will be obedient to O’Malley. He provides their talking points. He tells them what “we” think. Using his “bully pulpit,” he

defines state priorities and creates a sense of urgency on issues that he wants to saturate local media and to dominate public discourse. Concerning the youth jail plan, academics have had their say. Nonprofit leaders have contributed their insightful resources. Grassroots activists have made their point with clarity. Clergy have weighed in with profound moral arguments. Youth have spoken out with passion and all we’re waiting on now is for Gov. Martin O’Malley to join in and provide the leadership unique to his office. A posture of convenient silence is not acceptable even when building platforms for higher office. A broad coalition of residents and even national stakeholders has spoken. We don’t want the state of Maryland to finance another multi-million dollar youth jail in Baltimore City! In a day when schools, recreation centers, and pools are on the edge of closure because of alleged state and municipal funding restrictions, it’s time for Gov. Martin O’Malley to work with us to move Maryland forward not back! In a day when the criminalization of youth runs rampant and they are regularly framed as “problems to be solved” rather than gifts to be nurtured and heeded, it’s time for Gov. Martin O’Malley to work with us to move Maryland forward not back! In a day when the Black Community is demanding the right to control the politics of their own communities and courageously confronting the vestiges of institutional racism that have for far too long enslaved them, it’s time for Gov. Martin O’Malley to work with us to move Maryland forward not back! Our resolve and convictions are unwavering. We are marching toward a future for Maryland’s youth – and particularly Baltimore’s Black youth that invests more energy and resources to lifting them up and not locking them up. The only question that remains now is in which direction will O’Malley march? Rev. Heber Brown, III is an activist, writer, and pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in North Baltimore City. For more information on the campaign to stop the Youth Jail or to get involved email Rev. Brown at pastor@pleasanthope.org.


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Tea—and More—as Seniors Enhance Lives at Neighborhood Learning Place `The More We Come, The More We Learn,’ Says a 70 Year-Old

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The seniors of the Village Learning Place’s senior tea listen closely to Dr. Joanne Martin, co-founder and president of The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, Inc., at this month’s session focused on African American history in Baltimore.

By Alexis Taylor Special to the AFRO Surrounding a table of fresh fruit, crackers, cheese, and raspberry lemonade, quiet chatter is exchanged in the heart of the Village Learning Place (VLP) library and community center. Discussing everything from history to money matters, the group that is gathered socializes before the September session of their monthly meeting begins. Present, in all their wisdom, are the lively seniors of Baltimore’s Charles Village and surrounding

session featured the cofounder and president of The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, Dr. Joanne Martin. Video presentations were made and attendees took time to remember the history, now on display in the museum, as they passed around a real set of metal chains used to shackle the necks and wrists of African slaves during the 1700s. “It was an honor for me to be invited by the Village Learning Place to speak and be a part of this activity,” said Martin, who established the museum with her late husband, Dr. Elmer Martin in 1983. “To be able to share our history

“We try to serve everyone and it’s important to have something for our community,” said Delores Lee, a librarian at the VLP. neighborhoods, and this is Senior Tea. “This is important because the more we come the more we learn and the more we can leave to younger generations,” said Marion Jackson, 70. “We have the time now because we’re retired and we can get together with people in our age group and share ideas.” September’s Senior Tea

with an audience is always a blessing.” The Village Learning Place was originally an Enoch Pratt Free Library Branch of Baltimore until it closed in 1997. Unwilling to let their oasis of knowledge dry up, the leaders and residents of Charles Village pulled together to take back the building, renovate the space, and

put programming in place. The building, originally built in 1896, reopened three years later as a nonprofit organization for the community. “We try to serve everyone and it’s important to have something for our community,” said Delores Lee, a librarian at the VLP. “The senior teas started in 2001 and attendance has increased so it’s something special. Some people know each other and some people don’t,” said Lee. “It’s educational and the seniors have a place to meet each other. It’s a good multi-racial group and we have diverse speakers.” Each assembly brings in speakers to inform and create much needed dialogue. Last month’s topic was Social Security and what it means for seniors in 2012. “We cater to our audience,” said Lesley Noll, service coordinator for the VLP for the past three years. “From month to month we poll them to see what their interests are.” “Our mission is to promote literacy, cultural awareness, and life-long learning. This is a key element to our adult programming and it’s one of our longest running programs.” Other past subjects have included education on understanding food labels, instruction on nutrition,

Members of the Village Learning Place’s monthly Senior Tea talk about the history inside The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum and examine chains meant for African slaves from the 18th century.

and intimate interviews with local business owners. Aside from Senior Tea days, the VLP also offers

programming for children, teens, and young adults. A city-wide afterschool program for elementary

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Dance Legend Candi Staton Hits #1 with Gospco Beat, “Hallelujah Anyway” Back in the ’70s Candi Staton was a dancing queen with hits like “Young Hearts Run Free” and “Victim.” She left all of that behind and embarked on a new career in gospel music in 1982 but the European dance world’s thirst for another Staton club hit pushed her 1986 gospel track “You Got the Love” to be remixed multiple times, causing the multi-platinum track to hit the British Top Ten in 1991, 1997 and again in 2006 (Florence & the Machine also hit with it in 2010). Now, London-based Defected Records and Staton have teamed up for “Hallelujah Anyway” - her first big dance hit since 2008’s Top 10 Groove Armada collaboration, “Love Sweet Sound.” Staton originally released “Hallelujah” on her 2002 Proverbs 31 Woman CD. At the time, it was only played on Radio One’s gospel format. “Because of my disco roots, I always called my mix of gospel with a disco beat - gospco,” Staton laughs. “It was too much of a club track for most gospel radio stations at that time but Jeff Majors and Jerry Smith at Radio One pushed it on their stations.” Two years ago, Staton added it to her European concert list. “We were looking for an encore song that could follow ‘You Got the Love,’” she explains. “It’s really the same beat. I played ‘Hallelujah’ to the band and they loved it, so we made that the encore song and people started asking how could they could buy it so Defected Records decided to do some new remixes.” Defected recruited one of House music’s top young musical minds, Larse, to create a loose, mellow mix of “Hallelujah Anyway.” The German DJ says, “I’m a fan of Candi Staton and Frankie Knuckles for a long time it’s kind of unreal to be named with those legends. With my mix I tried to built it all around Ms. Staton’s Voice which is incredible, unique and gorgeous. I used to listen

to the a cappella file 1634 times and it gets me goose bumps every single time!” The Larse Vocal mix has topped two of the most respected DJ surveys, Beatport’s Deep House chart and Traxsource’s Top 100 chart. Frankie Knuckles and Staton have history. He produced Jamie Principle’s “Your Love” that served as the musical foundation for DJ Eren Abdullah bootleg mix of “You Got the Love” that reached #4 on the British pop chart in 1991. Later, Staton recorded Knuckles’ 1995 classic “Whadda U Want” for her 1999 dance CD,

“I’m so blessed that my music is jumping across generations,” Staton says. “It seems like I always have some new or old song out every few years that just connects me with a new audience and a new age group and I couldn’t be happier that Defected has pushed Hallelujah Anyway to the top. I’m so honored to be with Defected and I’m so thrilled at how they are promoting and placing this record and giving me another dance hit after so many years. I’m simply overjoyed and hope and pray that the song continues to resonate with the dance world.” The “Hallelujah Anyway” remixes are available on iTunes, Amazon mp3, Beatport.com, Traxsource.com and dozens of other online music portals.

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“Outside In.” Now, Knuckles has put his stamp on the high-energy mix of “Hallelujah.” DJ Pete Tong of BBC Radio 1 says that the mixes are, “Already turning into a real end of the night anthem in Ibiza.” “Candi Staton’s distinctive voice and her positive lyrical messages have frequently punctuated my time in the music industry,” says Defected Records co-founder, Simon Dunmore. “I have bought, played, collected, sung & danced my ass off to many of her recordings. Defected is truly proud to be associated with an artist that has positively impacted discerning music lovers & DJ’s spanning several generations. Candi Staton absolutely deserves her legendary status.”

(NewsUSA) - More than 1.5 million people in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer this year. Of the many critical decisions they will have to make, none is more important than the type of treatment that will be used to fight their cancer – especially when patient response rates aren’t very promising. First line or standard therapies for cancer fail, on average, at least 70 percent of the time, and, when they do, studies show that as few as 5 percent of cancer patients respond to the second standard treatment plan they are given. However, a recent study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology showed that when molecular profiling was used to guide the selection of cancer therapy, a drug known to target the specific biomarkers of a tumor was found in 98 percent of advanced cancer patients studied. “With molecular profiling, a newly diagnosed cancer patient does not have to go down treatment paths that are not a good match or will not work for them,” explains oncologist Sandeep Reddy, a clinical associate professor of medicine at the Geffen/UCLA School of Medicine. “Molecular profiling also can help in the treatment of advanced cancers, when standard therapies have been exhausted and new

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“With molecular profiling, a newly diagnosed cancer patient does not have to go down treatment paths that are not a good match or will not work for them.” — oncologist Sandeep Reddy treatment options are needed. Molecular profiling is truly transforming cancer care today.” According to Dr. Reddy, the earlier the most appropriate cancer treatment can be identified and used, the better it is for the patient. Today, molecular tumor profiling technology called Caris Target Now is helping doctors like Reddy make these critical decisions and treat cancer smarter. Caris Target Now molecular tumor profiling identifies the genetic and molecular structure of a tumor -; its biomarkers -; and then matches this complex information with information about how these biomarkers respond to different cancer drugs. The service provides a list of available cancer drug options that may be more likely to work, including perhaps some that might not have even been considered, as well as drugs that may be less likely to work. Also, based on a patient’s specific tumor biomarkers, it can identify open clinical trials that might provide patients with additional options to consider. Personalized cancer treatment like this can also increase quality of life for cancer patients and cut healthcare costs for patients and the system. To get more information about this new technology, and whether it can be useful for you, talk with your doctor or visit www.mycancer.com.


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Elderly Baltimore Woman Battles to Keep Her Home By Alexis Taylor Special to the AFRO Any day now a Fanny Mae representative could padlock Sharon Marie Smith out of the house she’s called ‘home’ for 37 years. The 67-year-old has become frazzled at the thought of having to move off the property in the 1400 block of Winston Ave., which also happens to be the last place she shared with her late husband, Charles James Smith. The 80-year-old died on Feb. 17, 2011, leaving behind a wife, two children from a previous relationship, and taking with him the deed to the house Smith said she alone paid “cash money” for almost four decades ago. This is one reality of using a reverse mortgage, or a loan agreement where a borrower receives money from a mortgage company instead of doling out cash in a traditional forward mortgage. Like other non-borrowing spouses around the country, Smith is facing eviction from her property because she is not listed on any of the mortgage paperwork with the loan-holding company. “I’m losing weight and I can’t hardly think,” Smith told the AFRO. “I’m stressed out because I don’t know when they might come and tell me I have to go.” Back in 1975 Smith lived in the 600 block of Mosher Street. That property was bought by the City of Baltimore, Smith said, adding that she used the money paid to her, $21,000, to relocate to her current residence, a three-bedroom house complete with a front and back yard. Smith later married, and the couple lived on the property together. In 2008 the two decided to look at using a reverse mortgage to help get rid of debt. A reverse mortgage allows borrowers to pull funds from the equity of a house, or the amount of money left over after subtracting the amount owed on a home from the market value. “You convert the equity that you’ve built in your home over the course of many years,” said Brian Sullivan, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). “You don’t make a payment every month, the bank essentially pays you, and you draw on that equity to stay in your house.”

Borrowers can receive their money all at once or in monthly increments until they can no longer live in the home or they die. At that time, the house is sold and all monies advanced on the equity are paid back to the mortgage company. Smith said she was on the deed before the loan was made and met the minimum age requirement of 62 at the time, but was told in counseling that the loan could be secured much faster if her husband were to do the paperwork in his name. One week later the couple received $7,000 in one lump

“A reverse mortgage allows borrowers to pull funds from the equity of a house, or the amount of money left over after subtracting the amount owed on a home from the market value.”

sum, and according to Smith, Fannie Mae is also claiming to have paid off upwards of $100,000 in bills, an amount she disputes. “Reverse mortgages can enable some people to stay in their homes and age in place, but it’s an expensive way to borrow money,” said Lori Trawinski, a senior strategic policy advisor in the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Public Policy Institute. There are no regulations on how a borrower uses the money, but Trawinski said most seniors use their funds to “supplement monthly income, complete home repairs or modifications such as adding a handicap ramp or bathroom.” Seeking to give nonborrowing spouses more protection, AARP took their fight up with HUD in court a year and a half ago on behalf of one non-borrowing spouse in Maryland, and two from Indiana and New York. The case challenges a 2008 change in HUD policy that now excludes spouses in the term “homeowner”

for reverse mortgages. This is a direct contradiction with the definition stated in the regulations that established the reverse mortgage program in 1989, according to Jean Constantine-Davis, senior attorney with the AARP Foundation Litigation (AFL). “HUD adopted regulations that do not provide protections as required in the statute,” said ConstantineDavis. “It’s become a big problem and if we’re successful it will be quite significant.” According to Davis, other issues with reverse mortgages include situations where a spouse is unprotected because they are not 62 years old at the time of signing. Problems have also arisen in cases where spouses have been talked into coming off the property deed, or completely unaware they had been taken off by shady mortgage brokers looking to get the higher commission that comes with a loan in the name of an older borrower. As with some private contracts and with all Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insured loans, the Smiths underwent financial counseling before signing their paperwork. But the process was “very confusing” said Smith, who thought she was adding her husband’s name to the property deed- not taking her name off. “We require housing counseling not only for the borrowing spouse, but for the non-borrowing spouse as well,” said Sullivan, speaking solely about loans backed by the FHA through the HUD home equity conversion mortgage (HECM) program. “We do this so that everybody clearly understands what happens when one spouse pre-deceases the other, and what that could mean to the other spouse’s ability to remain in the home.” Sullivan further explained that aside from the borrowing spouse passing away before the nonStock Photo borrower, families also run into trouble when it comes to property taxes and home insurance. “Often times when you pay your mortgage every month the bank will collect a little more money from you and put it in an escrow account to pay your taxes and your home owner insurance,” said Sullivan, adding that companies do this only to protect the house which is their main interest. “In a reverse mortgage situation, the borrower has to make these payments because there is no mortgage.” According to Trawinski, as of February 2012, “9.4 percent of all HECM loans are in technical default” as a direct result of not paying property taxes or securing home insurance. Fannie Mae declined to make a general statement on the pros and cons of reverse mortgages due to the fact that they stopped taking on that type of loan in 2010, according to Andrew J. Wilson, director of External and Media Relations at Fannie Mae. They refused repeated requests for comment on the case of Sharon Smith. “Everyone is upset about it, but we haven’t found anything that we can do about it,” said Jack Brown, Smith’s brother. “She’s not the only one, there are others going through the same thing.” “I want people to see what this reverse mortgage thing is doing to a lot of older people. It’s causing them to lose their homes. It’s not the same as owing a mortgage and not paying, but it’s similar in that you lose your home,” said Brown. AARP will appeal, in November, a previous decision that found their case had no standing before a federal district judge in the D.C. Circuit Court.

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African American “The Biggest Loser,” Pete Thomas, Challenges America to Lose the Weight and Keep It Off Nationwide (BlackNews. com)

Pete Thomas, the Season 2-At-Home Winner of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” and author of the new book, Lose It Fast, Lose It Forever: A 4-Step Permanent Weight Loss Plan from the Most Successful “Biggest Loser” of All Time (Avery Books, September 17, 2012, Hardcover, eBook) is on a mission to change the conversation on weight-loss in America. Provocative and engaging, Pete Thomas has a

very unique perspective on weight-loss. Thomas’ new book reveals the secrets to maintaining his 185 pound weight-loss for over seven years, and answers the question every overweight person is asking; “How do I lose weight and keep it off – forever?” In an interview, Pete can discuss his revolutionary four-part program, which includes Your Power, Your Plan, Your Pursuit, and Your Purpose, strategies for developing the perfect personalized forever workout and meal plans, the three “Fs” that Pete consumes at each meal, and much more. In addition, in Pete’s engaging and interactive way, he can demonstrate: • The stark difference between activity and exercise • How to understand how much fuel one’s body needs each day (and what happens when we over-

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Keys to Better Customer Service (NewsUSA) Ever had to wade through scores of automated voice prompts without any way to reach a live customer service representative? Tired of enduring decade-long hold times? Sick of being asked for your account number umpteen times after multiple transfers, only to be accidentally disconnected? Most of us can relate to these customer service experiences. These experiences frustrate consumers, and vendors lose

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Headtable guests: Nieces of Booker Moore: Jannie Goldston, N. Dorothy McKenney, Cora Moore and Elizabeth White Booker Conway Silas Moore

Peter L. Moore, Sr. (nephew), Booker Moore and Brielle Wheeler (great niece) escorting Mr. Moore down aisle for birthday celebration.

Delegate Joseph F.Vallario, Md. State Senator Thomas “Mike” Miller, Booker Moore and Delegate James E. Proctor (Delegates and Senator of Prince George’s County, Md.).

Booker Conway Silas Moore, born Aug. 22, 1912 near Piscataway, Md., was the youngest of Joseph and Priscilla Moore’s 14 children. At the Aug. 25 celebration of his 100th birthday at the Greater Waldorf Jaycee Community Center in Waldorf, Md. Maryland State Senate President Thomas “Mike” Miller declared Aug. 22 as Mr. Booker C.S. Moore Day in the state of Maryland. Mr. Moore was acknowledged as the oldest living member of the Moore family Booker Moore being pinned and can look back at being the first with a boutonniere by niece son to graduate from high school as a Shirley W. Brown. member of the first graduating class of the Upper Marlboro Colored Elementary and High School (now known as Frederick Douglass High School). Five generations of the Moore family were present at the birthday party. Delegate Joseph Vallario presented Prince George’s County, Md. Mr. Moore with a U.S. flag District 9 Councilman Melvin that was flown over the Lora Harper and Kermian Franklin congratulates Booker Capitol in Annapolis, Hawkins, Mr. Moore’s oldest living Moore. Md. on his birthday. nieces, both are age 92.

Mistress of Ceremony, Margaret Dukes Neale (niece in-law) and Pastor Kermit C.C. Moore (nephew) at the headtable. AFRO photos/ Rob Roberts

Front row of nieces sitting on both sides of Booker Moore: Roberta Burroughs, Iola Mary Stemley, Tyese Sims, Cora Moore, Booker Moore, Kermian Hawkins, Jannie Goldston, Elizabeth White, Lora Harper, Mildred Wooten, Janie Colbert. Others include several generations of family members.

The Old School Hang Suite –Volume V party was held at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel Ballroom, in Southwest Washington, D.C. on Sept 2. This monthly party is being held at various hotels in the metropolitan area. This was an All White Everything party with DJ Biz Markie, comedian Terry Carpenter and a live performance by Doug E. Fresh. The partygoers danced to live music being spun by the DJ which included tunes from the 80’S and 90’S, hip-hop and reggae. Michelle Wright and Marc Clark of WHUR Radio were the co-hosts. Social Architects and WHUR Radio with Fever Energy Drink were the sponsors.

Party goers…

I just want to party down on the dance floor! Tatian Nobva, Rhea Shariati, and Kasey Shelton

Let’s dance…

Terry Carpenter and Michelle Wright, cohost for the Old School Hang Suite

Simone Sophia, holistic nutritionist; Tracey Spivey White, ambassador of health and wellness and Tamala Reynolds, educator AFRO photos/ Rob Roberts

WHUR DJ Marc Clark, co-host for the Old School Hang Suite

Bela Lewis, comedian Terry Carpenter, Rita Boston and Dina Robertson

WHUR Radio personality, Joe Gorham and Deane Bullock

Joe Gorham, WHUR FM Radio with DJ Biz Markie

Lisa Bolds, Yolanda Meaders, Valerie Brown and Dawn Williams

Michelle Wright (center), WHUR Radio personality with some friends

Edward Sims, Kimberly Sims, Lori Ayers and Ron Ayers

Rapper Dougie Fresh performing for the party goers


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Mint Condition Still Fresh After 20 Years By Kimberly C. Roberts Special to the NNPA from The Philadelphia Tribune As Mint Condition perseveres in its noble efforts to preserve the legacy of true R&B, the group has released “Music @ the Speed of Life,” now available in stores and online outlets. The self-contained band, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011 with the critically acclaimed album titled “7,” lives up to its usual high standard on its new 13-track disc, and Stokley’s recognizable lead vocals are as clear and compelling as ever. “In the Moment,” the opening track, is reminiscent of the R&B/Rock fusion that became so popular with true audiophiles in the 70s through artists such as the Chambers Brothers, Santana, Sly & the Family Stone and Buddy Miles. Mint Condition is comprised of superb instrumentalists, and their material is quite sophisticated musically. Unfortunately, such excellence is not routinely awarded in today’s cloned, auto-tuned musical landscape, and I applaud their adventurous spirit as far as employing the captivating instrumental grooves and rhythms heard in “Blessed” and “Girl of My Life,” although their tracks are missing the strong hooks present in their captivating hits, “Breakin’ My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)” and “What Kind of Man Would I Be,” which demanded radio airplay and seduced you into singing along. Even so Mint Condition never disappoints, and you can hear live renditions of the new material from “Music @ the Speed of Life” when the band comes to the Keswick Theatre, for one show only, on October 7 at 7:30 p.m. Their special guest will be singer/songwriter Vivian Green. Of their latest collection, the band says, “Life was our inspiration; fast-paced, multi-faceted,

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adventurous and ever-changing. Our music is drawn from various sources, and the lyrics speak to the hard knocks as well as the triumphs of life.”

HBCU News African National Congress Celebrates Centennial at Howard University By Kamrel Eppinger SHF Wire WASHINGTON - The nation’s oldest African liberation organization kicked off its centennial celebration Monday with a look back on the historic importance of freedom during the anti-apartheid movement. Howard University hosted the inaugural commemorative African National Congress Conference 2012, a three-day conference geared toward educating participants on the history, legacy and the movement to build on the African National Congress’s slogan “Unity in Diversity.” Day one consisted of a panel discussion that educated participants about the African National Congress’ centurylong struggle for African liberation, the anti-apartheid movement and the role of Americans in the liberation struggle as the committee marked its 100th anniversary. The panel was composed of three faculty members from Howard University.   Greg Carr, chair of Afro-American Studies at Howard, talked about the important link between South Africans and African-Americans in the African Diaspora, specifically related to the anti-apartheid movement. Carr said he hoped to gain more awareness about what is going on in South Africa and the U.S., “particularly in education for me, as well as ways that we can partner to gain awareness of each other.”  Carr holds a doctorate in AfricanAmerican Studies and has been a professor at Howard for 11 years. The African National Congress is the oldest liberation organization that has spearheaded the struggle against racism and oppression by organizing mass resistance, mobilizing the international community and taking up the armed struggle against apartheid. Nelson Mandela, the most visible symbol of the ANC fight, was released from prison after more than 27 years in 1990. He was elected president of South Africa in 1994. The purpose of the conference is to  review contributions made by historically black colleges and universities and historically disadvantaged institutions to the human rights struggle in the U.S. and South Africa. It will also examine how to address inequities that still exist because of past discrimination, develop solutions and cooperative research programs between African-Americans and South Africans in education and economic and social achievement. The conference ends Wednesday and was to feature keynote speakers Ebrahim Rasool, South African ambassador to the U.S., and Mduduzi Manana, South African deputy minister of higher education and training. The conference will also include discussions about educational policies, roles of arts and culture, racism and mental health, women in sciences and constitutional reform in South Africa.


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AFRO Sports Desk Faceoff

Is RGIII Already Better than Vick and Cam? By Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley AFRO Sports Desk Long before Robert Griffin III even took his first snap with the Washington Redskins, comparisons to other notable Black quarterbacks in the NFL had already begun. From being the face of the Baylor University’s program to the shadows of Carolina Panthers star signal caller Cam Newton and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, Griffin’s transition into the NFL was already written. The only thing Griffin had to do was live up to the hype. But Griffin did more than just live up to the hype as he recorded 362 total yards and twotouchdowns in his debut pro game on Sept. 9 in a surprising 40-32 road win over the New Orleans Saints. His performance was so stellar that some folks have begun to argue that RGIII may already be better than Cam or Vick. But is he truly the better Black quarterback of the bunch? Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley face off. Green: Neither Vick or Newton are as accurate as RGIII is already as a rookie right now. The thing that separates Griffin is that he still has all the athleticism that those two share, from the speed to the quickness to the agility but he

combines laser surgery precision to go along with arm strength in the passing game. Newton and Vick can both fling it from anywhere on the field but their accuracy isn’t even close in comparison to Griffin’s. RGIII is like Aaron Rodgers with Vick speed. Dangerous!

Riley: Griffin throws an accurate ball but let’s not act like Newton and Vick can’t spin it either. Griffin is consistently more precise with a football and I can admit that but personally, no quarterback is as difficult to gameplan against as Newton. We can both agree that Vick is the most erratic out of the bunch but Newton completed 60 percent of his passes last season as a rookie which is extremely impressive for a newbie signal caller. And keep in mind Newton is playing with less talent in Carolina than Griffin is in D.C. Newton provides a physical intimidation that few if any quarterbacks can match in the league. Total that with agility, athleticism, arm strength and character and Newton is an obvious choice. Green: Carolina still has quality players from veteran Pro Bowl wide-out Steve Smith to two Pro Bowl caliber running backs in DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, along with solid pieces along the offensive line. Washington doesn’t even have a clear cut

Bowie State Pulls Off an OT Comeback Win over Fairmont State College Football—Bowie State University By Greg Goings Special to the AFRO The Bowie State University Bulldogs scored 24-unanswered points to beat the Fairmont State Falcons, 24-17 in overtime on Sept. 15 in Bowie, Md. The Falcons led 17-0 with 11:46 to play in the game before the Bulldogs scored the next 24 points of the game. The Falcons scored the only points of the opening half when Johnny Dearstine made a 22-yard field goal after Fairmont State recovered a Bowie State fumble at the Bulldogs’ 12-yard line. Fairmont State extended the lead after Scott Davidson blocked a Bulldog field goal attempt that was scooped up by Ryland Newman and retuned for the FSU touchdown. The Falcons took a 17-0 advantage after Vega capped off a four-play, 42 yard drive with a touchdown pass to sophomore running back Collin Alford. The Bulldogs responded with a five-play, 51 yard drive that ended with Reid finding Acker for the score. Bowie State redshirt sophomore Mario Diaz-Aviles added a 24-yard field goal with 6:06 to play in the game to cut the Fairmont State lead to 17-10 Reid found McNeil on a 31-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 17-17 with just 2:15 to play in regulation. The Falcons got in position for a 29-yard field goal attempt as time expired, however the kick sailed wide right and the game headed into overtime On the opening drive of overtime, Reid again found Acker from 12 yards out to finish an 11-play drive to open the overtime period. The Falcons were unable to answer as Vega’s pass went through the hands of Chris St. Hilaire and Bowie State wrapped up the victory. “Defensively we played

well all game and our offense picked it up late, however, we definitely have to fix some things on special teams”, said a very happy Bowie State head coach Damon Wilson Fairmont State (0-3) was led offensively by junior quarterback Bobby Vega who passed for 166 yards on 14-of-27 attempts. He also threw for a touchdown and was intercepted twice. Junior wide receiver Mark Sampson

caught three passes for 87 yards. Sophomore running back Daniel Monroe tallied 79 yards on 17 carries for the Falcons. Defensively the Falcons were led by junior linebacker Garrett Davis with nine tackles. Redshirt freshman linebacker Matt Larrubia and junior defensive back Ronnie Lockhart also recorded eight tackles for the Fairmont State defense. See more on afro.com

wearing the single arm sleeve, or even his long hair flowing out the back of his helmet, makes him the better image to sell to the public. I saw him throw a deep ball last week and started posing with his arm extended as if he was a sharp-shooting star in the NBA nailing a gamewinning three-pointer. I’ve never seen anything like this in the NFL before. And even if you don’t think he’s the best Black quarterback, he’s still one of the most talked about and his image is light years cleaner than Vick’s or Newton’s. If Griffin isn’t the best quarterback then show me one better. He’s got all of the talent and all of the intangibles to take the image of Black quarterbacks to the next level. Pretty soon, he won’t just be the best Black quarterback; he could end up being the best of all races in the NFL, period.

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Robert Griffin III number one wide receiver at this point and a coin flip could easily pick the starting running back next weekend. The Redskins have a bit of work to do before turning this organization into a top-tier program but with the arrival of Griffin, the battle back to the top is halfway there. Riley: You’re making it sound like Newton and Vick are chopped liver or something. Both of these guys have become instant franchise faces early into their careers. And say what you will about Newton, he’s already become legendary across the league. Green: See, it’s about the whole package, Riley. Griffin’s style whether it’s him wearing his trademark “crazy looking” socks, or

Riley: I understand how great an image RGIII offers, but the same can be said about Cam. Cam’s image is pretty clean, too, and he has a signature smile that will make everyone in America fall in love with him. You talk about RGIII posing but Cam poses for the fans, too! You can catch him posing after every touchdown scored as he famously pretends to rip his suit off as if he’s Clark Kent transitioning into Super Man. Fans love that about him, but even more, fans love his skills and game. At 6-foot-6, 260 pounds, he has the size and strength to completely bully opposing defenders. He bullied defenders on the college level as he won a national championship in his final year at Auburn University, something RGIII didn’t accomplish. Cam and RGIII are going to be compared for years and years to come, and one day Griffin may actually be considered better. But for now, the edge goes to Cam.

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Obituaries Paul E. Smith, 71

Alma J. Johnson, 85

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Paul Everett Smith to a 21-6 record and was born in Baltimore, the Baltimore City Maryland on July 3, Championships, 1941 to Bernice Smith as well as a third and the late Paul Wesley consecutive state Smith. He took his title. He was also heavenly flight home the basketball coach to be with the Lord on at Western Tech Monday, September and Pikesville High 3, 2012 at Maryland Schools in Baltimore General Hospital. County. Paul graduated Paul was honored from Douglass High as the Coach of the School where he was Year in the Baltimore the captain of the area four times. In basketball and baseball his 21 years as a high teams in his senior year. school coach, Paul Upon graduation he compiled a 329-168 attended then Baltimore record. For two Junior College, where seasons Paul also he earned first team served as the assistant all regional honors on their coach for Towson PAUL E. SMITH basketball team. A 1964 University’s women’s graduate of Virginia Union University, he basketball team. was highly recruited by them. He was an all In addition to his professional career, CIAA selection in his junior year and served Paul was a very active member at Douglas as the team captain in his senior year. After Memorial Community Church where he graduating from Virginia Union he became a served on the usher board. Paul was also the physical education teacher in the Baltimore camp director for Douglas’ summer camp City Public Schools. program, Camp Farthest Out for five years. From 1974-1990 Paul was the head of He was also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi the physical education staff at McDonogh Fraternity and the Virginia Union University School. During his 16 seasons at McDonogh, Miles W. Connor Alumni Chapter. he compiled a record of 236-135 and won He leaves to mourn his loss, his 97 yearsix league championships. In 2001 he was old mother, Bernice Smith; two daughters, inducted into the McDonogh Hall of Fame Ann Lynn Parker of Fremont, California; for service to the school. He later assumed the Kristen Elizabeth Smith of Atlanta, Georgia; position of head basketball coach at Sidwell a son, Shawn Strickland of Jacksonville, Friends School in Washington, DC. In his Florida; three grand children (Kailyn, two years at Sidwell Friends, he posted a 25Elizabeth and Naomi); an aunt, Maxine 23 record. Gaskins of Baltimore, Maryland; former wife, Paul later became the head basketball Brenda Goburn Smith of Baltimore; former coach for the Dunbar Poets that had a wife, Racquel Bernadette Dotson Smith of 69-10 record, a mark that included two Baltimore; step-son, Rev. Todd R. Smith, Sr. Maryland Class 2A championships and one of Hampton, VA, and a host of other relatives Class 3A title. In 1996 he guided Dunbar and friends.

Alma Jean was friends. She provided born on March 24, love and kindness to 1927 in Washington, many all her life. Mimi D.C. to the late was very close to her William and Katherine sisters Sarah and Pat. Gaskins, and baby Her sister, Margaret, sister to Charles once commented that “Jack”, Frank, the families were Barbara, Edward, together so often that Margaret, Sarah and sometimes it was hard Patricia. to tell which children She was raised in belonged to whom. the Catholic Church Mimi became a and attended Saints member and lifelong Paul and Augustine supporters of Imani School as a child. She Temple on Capitol also attended Cardozo Hill even after failing and Armstrong Public health prevented Schools. her attendance. She ALMA J. JOHNSON Alma met and showed no desire to married Robert attend mass elsewhere. “Boones” Eugene Johnson, of Glenarden, When Mimi departed tis life she was Md. Together they raised seven children: surrounded by family and friends. She was Norma Bell (Tyrone Sr., deceased), K. preceded in death by her husband, Robert, Darlene Holmes (Theodore Sr.), Anna, son, Michael, daughter, Darlene, her parents Robert Jr., Michael, Denise Johnson Mathews and all of her siblings. Although she never (Charles) and Andrea, who were also wanted to remarry, for a time she had a close educated in Catholic schools. friend in Cleve Glenn, deceased. She leaves Alma Jean, became known as Mimi, was to cherish her memory, sister-in-law, Rose, a stay at home mom until Andrea entered daughters, Norma, Anna, Denise and Andrea, Holy Name School. AT that time she began and son, Robert; grandchildren, Tyrone Jr., working for the Marriott Corporation and Daniel (Amber), Trina-Renee Bell-Rhone later Howard Johnson’s. While working these (Kilinia), Robin (Shane), Jean, Theodore jobs, she also taught Sunday school at Satin Jr., Kyle, Anthony, Aleksei (Jeanne), Opal Luke’s Catholic Church in S.E. Washington. (Francisco), Demaris (Robin), Amber (Jay), In 1966, following her daughter, Norma, Rhashad (Shenalla), Courtney, Krissy, Khary, Naomi, Mutima, Adam, Zaire and she began her U.S. Postal Service career. Robert; great-grandchildren, Anastasia The love of her life, Robert died in 1979 but Regina, Patrick, Raven, Casey, Christopher, she continued to work tirelessly until her Tia-Renee, Aniya, Shaniyah, Amaziah, retirement in 1992. Anthony, Tony, Shane, Maddox, Sharika, Mimi was outgoing and fun loving. She Tatiana, Symone, Ksach, Vaughn, Nico, and Robert began cruising and travelling Kierra, Kenneth, Kylie, Rhashad Jr., Jordan., to visit family members across the country. Thaddeus, Zoey, Gregory, Ivory, Christopher, Her home was always the venue for family Amiyah, Isaiah and Jaron; and great-great get togethers. In face, one would be hard grandchildren, Ava, Ayden, Mariah, Zahra pressed to recall a time when the house and Zymir; hosts of nieces, nephews, cousins, was not a home to additional family and/or extended family and friends.

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September 22, 2012 - September 28, 2012, The Afro-American

Community Calendar Sept. 19-22

Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, N.W. D.C. Various times. The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation will host its annual legislative conference, a four-day event in the District. Thousands of elected officials, business and industry leaders, celebrities and more will participate in conference’s workshops, general sessions, forums and more. For more information: Cbcfinc.org.

Sept. 25

Remembering Whitney: The Harlem Gospel Choir Sings Whitney Houston

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Pearls of the Patuxent River Youth Program Kick Off

Germantown Elementary School, 19110 Liberty Mill Road, Germantown, Md. The Pearls of the Patuxent River, a local nonprofit organization will host a kick-off event for their youth program. Through this organization, the Pearls provide multiple workshops, activities and field trips aimed at combating bullying, teaching healthy living and promoting self awareness. For more information: 301-4214446.

2012 Black Blog Awards Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, N.W. D.C. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. This Awards ceremony will honor Black-owned blogs. $40. For more information: Blackblogawards.eventbrite. com.

105 Voices of History: HBCU National Concert Choir

Andrew Mellon Stage, 1301 Constitution Ave., N.W. D.C. 7 p.m. Talented singers from 105 historically Black colleges and universities will perform. $85-$125. For more information: hbcuchoirs-105. org.

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Faith Calendar Faith Shepherd Baptist Church Oct. 3-5, 7 p.m. The Rev. Dr. George Gilbert Sr., pastor of Holy Trinity United Baptist Church is the preacher for the upcoming Revival at Faith Shepherd Baptist Church, 4645 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave, N.E. Suite 100B. Oct. 20, 7 p.m. The Fall Gospel Concert will be held at Upper Room Baptist Church, 60 Burns Street, N.E. Featured singers are the Spiritual Brothers of Waldorf, Md.; Grozelia Herring, Virgil Crawford and The Mass Choir and Barbara Looper of Washington, D.C., the Johnson Sisters of Virginia, the Rev. William Johnson of South Carolina and others. For more information call 202-997-2213 or 202-679-4843. The Rev. Dr. Alton L. Haynes Jr. is pastor of Faith Shepherd Baptist Church. New Abundant Life Missionary Baptist Church Sept. 23, 10 a.m. Family and Friends Day – a fellowship service of current and former members and friends.

Sept. 30, 10 a.m. Worshiping with the Rev. Earl D. Simmons, Maple Springs Missionary Baptist Church, Greer, S.C. Sept. 30, 3:30 p.m. Worshiping with the Rev. Donald C. Hayes, Oakland Baptist Church, Alexandria, Va., with anniversary reception immediately following. For more information or questions concerning the celebration of the pastor’s anniversary, please call 202-438-4909. The Rev. Kenneth L. Hilliard is pastor of the church, 331 15th Street, N.E. Union Wesley AME Zion Church Oct. 28, 1 p.m. The church is hosting a Ministry Fair immediately following morning worship service at 10 a.m. This is an opportunity for the church’s more than 40 ministries to share the work they have done in the past, are currently doing and their goals for the annual conference year. For more information call 202-526-1242. The Rev. Dr. Alvin T. Durant is pastor of the church, 1860 Michigan Ave., N.E. Or visit unionwesleyamez.org.


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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM861 Louisa DeLeonibus Jones Decedent Barbara Betsock 5225 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 500 Washington, DC 20015 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Rosemary J. Crump and Robert Gerard Jones, whose addresses are 14306 Great Oak Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20905; 6813 Patterson Street, Riverdale, MD 20737 were appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of Louisa Deleonibus Jones, who died on July 28, 2012 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedents’s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before March 14, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before March 14, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: September 14, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Rosemary J. Crump 301.236.9386 Personal Representative Robert Gerard Jones 301.731.4419 Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 09/14, 09/21 & 09/28

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Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 0007187-12 IN RE: Mareg Kedane Mariam Neges AKA Mareg K. Neges Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM355 Marvell B. Salley AKA Marvell Beatrice Salley Decedent Ara D. Parker 616 H Street, NW, Suite 500 Washington, DC 20001 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Muriel Howell Jackson, whose address is 5912 Oxen Run Parkway, Forestville, MD 20747 was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Marvell B. Salley AKA Marvell Beatrice Salley, who died on February 1, 2010, with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before March 14, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before March 14, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.

Mareg Kadane Mariam Neges AKA Mareg K. Neges having filed a complaint for judgment changing Mareg Kadane Mariam Neges AKA Mareg K. Neges name to Amen Neges and having applied to the court for an Order of Publication of the notice required by law in such cases; it is by the Court this 4th day of September, 2012 hereby. ORDERED, that a copy of this order be published once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks, in Afro American Newspapers, a newspaper of general circulation of the District of Columbia; and it is further ORDERED, that publication must begin no later than 12 days after the filling of the application; and it is further ORDERED, that the FINAL HEARING on this application to change name will be held in Judge-in-Chambers, Room 4220 In the District of Columbia at 500 Indiana Avenue NW Washington DC 20001, on the 24th day of October, 2012 at 3:00 pm. If any person desires to oppose this application, that person or his or her attorney must be present at the hearing or file written detailed objections five (5) days in advance of the hearing with Judge-in-Chambers and mail a copy to the applicant or applicant’s counsel; and it is further ORDERED, that: (Check all that apply) o the applicant must send the application for change of name and notice of final hearing to the applicant’s creditors personally or by registered or certified mail and show proof or service be made by filing the affidavit/ declaration of service. o the applicant must send the application for change of name and notice of final hearing to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, Washington Field Office, 2675 Prosperity Avenue, Fairfax, Virginia 22031 personally or by registered or certified mail and show proof or service be made by filing the affidavit/declaration of service. SO ORDERED JUDGE A TRUE COPY TEST: CLERK, SUPERIOR COURT THE TYPESET: Tue Sep 18 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 09/14, 09/21 & 09/28

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION 09:16:57 EDT 2012 Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM833 Robert Earl Jordan AKA Robert E. Jordan Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Tana Jordan Smith, whose address is 17713 Smokewood Drive, Germantown, MD 20874 was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Robert Earl Jones AKA Robert E. Jones, who died on July 23, 2012 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before March 14, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before March 14, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: September 14, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Tana Jordan Smith 301.353.8289 Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 09/14, 09/21 & 09/28

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Date of Publication: September 14, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law a. Name Changes Reporter b. Real Property Muriel Howell Jackson 240.601.6905 09:17:19 PersonalEDT 2012 Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS TYPESET: Tue &Sep 18 09:18:24 EDT 2012 09/14, 09/21 09/28 Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM838 James Michael Spencer Decedent Bonita Jones-Moon, Esquire, Guardian for Ellen Spencer 730 24th Street, NW, Suite 15 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Bonita Jones-Moon, Guardian for Ellen Spencer, whose address is 730 24th Street, NW, Suite 15, Washington, DC 20037 was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of James Michael Spencer, who died on April 3, 2012, without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before March 14, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before March 14, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.

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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM811 Willet Rose Moore Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Rosita Cary, whose address is 3926 Ames Street, NE, Washington, D.C., 20019 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Willet Rose Moore, who died on June 01, 2012 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before March 07, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before March 07, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: September 07, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Rosita Cary Personal Representative 202.397.7694 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 09/07, 09/14 & 09/21

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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM825 Linda Diane Daye Decedent Bradley A. Thomas, Esq. 4201 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 400 Washington DC 20008 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Alexis J. Daye, whose address is 163 Uhland Terrace, NE, Washington,D.C. 20002 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Linda Diane Daye, who died on June 8, 2012 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before March 07, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before March 07,2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: September 07, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Alexis J. Daye Personal Representative 202.465.2018 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 09/07, 09/14 & 09/21

Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 0006965-12 IN RE: Eddie Scott Polonio Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME

Eddie Scott Polonio having filed a complaint for judgment changing Eddie Scott Polonio name to Eddie Don’e Polonio and having applied to the court for an Order of Publication of the notice required by law in such cases; it is by the Court this 23rd day of August, 2012 hereby. ORDERED, that a copy of this order be published once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks, in Afro American Newspapers, a newspaper of general circulation of the District of Columbia; and it is further ORDERED, that publication must begin no later than 12 days after the filling of the application; and it is further ORDERED, that the FINAL HEARING on this application to change name will be held in Judge-in-Chambers, Room 4220 In the District of Columbia at 500 Indiana Avenue NW Washington DC 20001, on the 12th day of October, 2012 at 3:30 pm. If any person desires to oppose this application, that person or his or her attorney must be present at the hearing or file written detailed objections five (5) days in advance of the hearing with Judge-in-Chambers and mail a copy to the applicant or applicant’s counsel; and it is further ORDERED, that: (Check all that apply) o the applicant must send the application for change of name and notice of final hearing to the applicant’s creditors personally or by registered or certified mail and show proof or service be made by filing the affidavit/ declaration of service. SO ORDERED JUDGE A TRUE COPY TEST: CLERK, SUPERIOR COURT THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 09/07, 09/14 & 09/21

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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM862 Elizabeth Johnson aka Elizabeth B. Johnson Decedent Pro SE Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

William Barbour and Beatrice Elizabeth Mason, whose addresses are 224 R Street NW, #301 Washington DC 20001, and 455 Lebaum Street, SE Washington DC 20032 were appointed personal representative of the estate of Elizabeth Johnson aka Elizabeth B. Johnson, who died on July 09, 2012 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before March 21, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before March 21, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: September 21, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter William Barbour Beatrice Elizabeth Mason Personal Representatives TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 9/21, 9/28, 10/5

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Sherry M. Adamson having filed a complaint for judgment changing Sherry Masume Adamson name to Sherry Adamson and having applied to the court for an Order of Publication of the notice required by law in such cases; it is by the Court this 31st day of August, 2012 hereby. ORDERED, that a copy of this order be published once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks, in Afro American Newspapers, a newspaper of general circulation of the District of Columbia; and it is further ORDERED, that publication must begin no later than 12 days after the filling of the application; and it is further ORDERED, that the FINAL HEARING on this application to change name will be held in Judge-in-Chambers, Room 4220 In the District of Columbia at 500 Indiana Avenue NW Washington DC 20001, on the 19th day of October, 2012 at 3:30 pm. If any person desires to oppose this application, that person or his or her attorney must be present at the hearing or file written detailed objections five (5) days in advance of the hearing with Judge-in-Chambers and mail a copy to the applicant or applicant’s counsel; and it is further ORDERED, that: (Check all that apply) o the applicant must send the application for change of name and notice of final hearing to the Bankruptcy Court personally or by registered or certified mail and show proof or service be made by filing the affidavit/ declaration of service. o the applicant must send the application for change of name and notice of final hearing to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, Washington Field Office, 2675 Prosperity Avenue, Fairfax, Virginia 22031 personally or by registered or certified mail and show proof or service be made by filing the affidavit/declaration of service. SO ORDERED JUDGE A TRUE COPY TEST: CLERK, SUPERIOR COURT THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 09/07, 09/14 & 09/21

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM822 Lawrence James, JR Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Natasha James-Waldon, whose address is 621 Lee Street, Perth Amboy, New Jersey, 08861 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Lawrence James, JR, who died on July 26th, 2012 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs a n d h e i r s w h o s e whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before March 07, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before March 07,2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: September 07, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Natasha James-Waldon Personal Representative 732-826-8186 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS TYPESET: 18 09/07, Tue 09/14Sep & 09/21

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2010ADM41 Harmon Bethea Decedent Anita Isicson 4616 Fessenden Street, NW Washington DC 20016 Attorney NOTICE OF AFTER DISCOVERED WILL AND NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT,

Anita Isicson, whose address is 4616 Fessenden Street, NW, Washington,D.C. 20016 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Harmon Bethea, who died on December 18, 2009 with a Will. Objections to such appointment or to the probate of decedent’s Will shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before October 7, 2012. Date of Publication: September 07, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Anita Isicson Personal Representative 202.237.7400 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 09/07, 09/14 & 09/21

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM815 Irene Purchas Decedent Wesley L. Clarke 1629 K Street Suite 300 Washington DC 20006 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Wesley L. Clarke, whose address is 1629 K Street, NW, # 3 0 0 , Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20006 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Irene Purchas, who died on August 23rd, 2010 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before March 07, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before March 07,2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: September 07, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Wesley L. Clarke Personal Representative 202-257-9730 TRUE TEST COPY TYPESET: Sep 18 REGISTER OFTue WILLS 09/07, 09/14 & 09/21

Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 0006958-12 IN RE: Donna Maria Harris Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME

Donna Maria Harris having

filed a complaint for judgment 09:19:41 EDT 2012 changing Donna Maria Har-

ris name to Doña Maria Harris and having applied to the court for an Order of Publication of the notice required by law in such cases; it is by the Court this 24th day of August, 2012 hereby. ORDERED, that a copy of this order be published once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks, in Afro American Newspapers, a newspaper of general circulation of the District of Columbia; and it is further ORDERED, that publication must begin no later than 12 days after the filling of the application; and it is further ORDERED, that the FINAL HEARING on this application to change name will be held in Judge-in-Chambers, Room 4220 In the District of Columbia at 500 Indiana Avenue NW Washington DC 20001, on the 12th day of October, 2012 at 3:30 pm. If any person desires to oppose this application, that person or his or her attorney must be present at the hearing or file written detailed objections five (5) days in advance of the hearing with Judge-in-Chambers and mail a copy to the applicant or applicant’s counsel; and it is further ORDERED, that: (Check all that apply) o the applicant must send the application for change of name and notice of final hearing to the applicant’s creditors personally or by registered or certified mail and show proof or service be made by filing the affidavit/ declaration of service. SO ORDERED JUDGE A TRUE COPY TEST: CLERK, SUPERIOR COURT THE DISTRICT OF Tue COLUMBIA TYPESET: Sep 18 09/07, 09/14 & 09/21

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM855 Walter Jones 09:22:50 EDT 2012 Decedent Ronald C. Hill Esq 10905 Ft Washington Rd, Suite 201 Ft Washington MD 20744 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Luctria Maxwell, whose address is 11213 F. Heron Place, Waldorf, MD 20603was appointed personal representative of the estate of Walter Jones, who died on January 10, 2012 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before March 21, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before March 21, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: September 21, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Luctria Maxwell Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 9/21, 9/28, 10/5

Superior Court of Superior Court of the District of the District of District of Columbia Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Civil Division Washington, D.C. Case No. 2012CA5718 20001-2131 IN RE: Administration No. Anita Rushan Armant 2012ADM116 Applicant Ray Blackburn ORDER OF Decedent PUBLICATION NOTICE OF CHANGE OF NAME Anita Rushan Armant having APPOINTMENT, filed a complaint for judgment NOTICE TO changing Anita Rushan CREDITORS Armant name to Alexis Sierra AND NOTICE TO Bates and having applied to UNKNOWN HEIRS the court for an Order of PubTanya LaNice, whose ad- lication of the notice required dress is 2706 Lorring by law in such cases; it is by Drive, #304, Forestville, the Court this 28th day of August, 2012 hereby. MD 20747 was apORDERED, that a copy of pointed personal repre- this Order be published once sentative of the estate of a week for three (3) consecuRay Blackburn, who died tive weeks, in The Afro on April 22, 2011 with a American Newspapers, a will, and will serve with- newspaper of general cirout Court supervision. All culation of the District of and it is further unknown heirs and heirs Columbia; ORDERED, that publication whose whereabouts are must begin no later than 12 unknown shall enter their days after the filling of the application; and it is further appearance in this proceeding. Objections ORDERED, that the FINAL to such appointment HEARING on this application change name will be held shall be filed with the to in Judge-in-Chambers, Register of Wills, D.C., Room 4220 In the District of 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Columbia at 500 Indiana Floor Washington, D.C. Avenue NW Washington DC 20001, on or before 20001, on the 16th day of March 07, 2013. Claims October, 2012 at 3:30 pm. If person desires to opagainst the decedent any pose this application, that shall be presented to the person or his or her attorney undersigned with a copy must be present at the hearto the Register of Wills or ing or file written detailed filed with the Register of objections five (5) days in adWills with a copy to the vance of the hearing with undersigned, on or be- Judge-in-Chambers and mail a copy to the applicant or apfore March 07, 2013, or plicant’s counsel; and it is furbe forever barred. Per- ther sons believed to be heirs ORDERED, that: (Check all or legatees of the de- that apply) cedent who do not re- SO ORDERED JUDGE ceive a copy of this notice A TRUE COPY TEST: by mail within 25 days of CLERK, its first publication shall SUPERIOR COURT THE so inform the Register of TYPESET: DISTRICT OF Tue COLUMBIA Sep 18 Wills, including name, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5 address and relationship. Superior Court of Date of Publication: the District of September 07, 2012 District of Columbia Name of newspaper: PROBATE DIVISION Afro-American Washington, D.C. Washington 09:21:42 EDTLaw 2012 20001-2131 Reporter Administration No. Tanya LaNice 2012ADM869 Personal Betty L. Cheatham Representative aka 301-793-6393 Betty Louise TRUE TEST COPY Cheatham REGISTER OF TYPESET: TueWILLS Sep 18 09:25:43 EDT 2012 Decedent 09/07, 09/14 & 09/21 Webster Barnes 9001 Brae Brooke Dr. Superior Court of Lanham, MD 20706 the District of Attorney District of Columbia NOTICE OF PROBATE DIVISION APPOINTMENT, Washington, D.C. NOTICE TO 20001-2131 CREDITORS Administration No. AND NOTICE TO 2012ADM856 UNKNOWN HEIRS Helen B. Dutch Thomas Marshall, whose address is 11515 Lockhart aka Place, Silver Spring, MD Helen Broadhurst 20902 was appointed perDutch sonal representative of the Decedent estate of Betty L. Cheatham NOTICE OF aka Betty Louise Cheatham, APPOINTMENT, who died on August 7, 2012 NOTICE TO with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All CREDITORS unknown heirs and heirs AND NOTICE TO whose whereabouts are unUNKNOWN HEIRS known shall enter their

Wandra D. McManus, whose address is 104 Rittenhouse Street, NW Washington DC 20011 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Helen B. Dutch aka Helen Broadhurst Dutch, who died on July 20, 2012 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before March 21, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before March 21, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: September 21, 2012 Name of newspaper: 09:26:27 EDT 2012 Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Wandra D. McManus Personal Representative 2/663-7266 (w) TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OFTue WILLS TYPESET: Sep 18 9/21, 9/28, 10/5

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM873 Robert Chambers Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Amber Mayberry, whose address is 4450 South Park Ave, #901, Chevy Chase, MD 20815 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Robert Chambers, who died on June 17, 2012 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before March 21, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before March 21, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: September 21, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Amber Mayberry Personal Representative 202-378-4442 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 9/21, 9/28, 10/5

DC WATER DC CLEAN RIVERS PROJECT INVITATION FOR BID/PRE-BID MEETING INVITATION NO. 120140 LOW IMPACT DEVELOPMENT RETROFIT AT DC WATER FACILITIES (CONTRACT DIVISION N) The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) is soliciting bids for Invitation No. 120140: Division N, Low Impact Development Retrofit at DC Water Facilities. This is part of the DC Clean Rivers (DCCR) Project for controlling combined sewer overflows (CSOs) to the District´s receiving waters. The Division N - Low Impact Development Retrofit at DC Water Facilities Project is intended to address Consent Decree requirements for the incorporation of Low Impact Development Retrofit (LlDR) techniques into three existing DC Water facilities for demonstration purposes. The LlDR facilities are designed to reduce runoff volumes currently discharged to the collection system by storing, infiltrating, evaporating and detaining stormwater. The proposed facilities include the following major components: Two (2) Bioretention Areas totaling approximately 1,300 square feet Two (2) Green Roofs totaling approximately 48,000 square feet Permeable Pavers totaling approximately 9,800 square feet Bid documents are available September 17, 2012. The date for receipt of bids is October 16, 2012. The project requires completion within 365 consecutive calendar days. For more procurement information, contact Mr. Carlo Enciso at Carlo.Enciso@ dcwater.com or 202-787-2029. For technical information contact DETSConstruction.Bid.Inquiry@dcwater.com. DC Water will hold a Pre-Bid Meeting for prospective bidders on September 28, 2012, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, at the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant, Central Operations Facility, 4th Floor Board Room, 5000 Overlook Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20032. Bidders are encouraged to attend. The estimated cost of this work is in the range of $2,000,000 to $3,000,000. DC Water has determined that the contract for services will be subject to a Fair Share Objective for Minority and Women Business Enterprises (MBE and WBE) participation of 32 percent and 6 percent, respectively. The program requirements are defined in the U.S. EPA´s Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in Procurement Under EPA Financial Assistance Agreement - May 27, 2008. A Davis Bacon wage determination shall apply. Bid documents are available at the Department of Procurement, Central Operations Facility at Blue Plains. Sets of Bidding Documents may be purchased for a nonrefundable $50 each purchase price, payable to DC Water. Payment must be in the form of a money order, certified check or a company check. Documents can be shipped to Bidders providing a Federal Express account number. Bid Document Pickup and Pre-Bid Meeting Reservations: Blue Plains is a secured facility. To make reservations for the Pre-Bid meeting, contact Ms. Kimberly Isom directly by e-mail at Kimberly.Isom@dcwater.com. Reservations should be made no later than Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 10:00 AM. Persons intending to pick-up Bid Documents must contact the Department of 09:26:46 EDT at2012 Procurement 202-787-2020 for access authorization. Persons attending the Pre-Bid Meeting or picking up documents must obtain a visitor´s pass at the Visitor´s Center located at the plant´s entrance. Please TYPESET: 04 EDT 2012 TYPESET: Tue Tue Sep Sep 04 15:24:08 15:24:08 EDT 2012allow 30 minutes to complete this process. IN INTHE THESUPERIOR SUPERIOR COURT COURTOF OFTHE THE DISTRICT DISTRICTOF OF COLUMBIA COLUMBIA CIVIL CIVILDIVISION DIVISION Civil CivilAction ActionNo. No. 2005 2005CA CA2912 2912LL(RP) (RP)

Action ActionInvolving InvolvingProperty Property VICKI VICKIJEFFRIES JEFFRIES 11805 11805 Brookeville Brookeville Landing Landing Court Court Mitchellville, Mitchellville,MD MD20721 20721 PLAINTIFF PLAINTIFF vs. vs. THE THE ESTATE ESTATE OF OF ESTHER ESTHER MAY MAYWIRE WIRE Serve: Serve: ESTHA ESTHA WIRE WIRE WALWALPER, PER,Execturix Execturix P.O. P.O.Box Box1086 1086 Pinehurst, Pinehurst,NC NC28370 28370 and and THE THEESTATE ESTATEOF OFCHARLES CHARLES E. E.WIRE WIRE Serve: Serve: MARVIN MARVIN M. M. WIRE, WIRE, Executor Executor P.O. P.O.Box Box1086 1086 Pinehurst, Pinehurst,NC NC28370 28370 and and THE THE ESTATE ESTATE OF OF ESTHER ESTHER MAY MAYWIRE WIRE Serve: Serve: MARVIN MARVIN M. M. WIRE, WIRE, Executor Executor 105 105North NorthForth ForthStreet Street Lakeside, Lakeside,Oregon Oregon97449 97449 and and THE THEESTATE ESTATEOF OFCHARLES CHARLES appearance in this proceed- WIRE, WIRE,JR. JR. ing. Objections to such Serve: Serve:C. C.RAYMOND RAYMONDWIRE, WIRE, appointment (or to the pro- Executor Executor bate of decedent´s will) shall 3911 3911Bradley BradleyLane Lane be filed with the Register of Chevy ChevyChase, Chase,MD MD20815 20815 Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, and and N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, THE THE ESTATE ESTATE OF OF ESTHA ESTHA D.C. 20001, on or before WIRE WIREWALPER WALPER March 21, 2013. Claims Serve: Serve: PRESTON PRESTON E. E. WIRE, WIRE, against the decedent shall be SR, SR,Executor Executor presented to the under- P.O. P.O.Box Box1086 1086 signed with a copy to the Pinehurst, Pinehurst,NC NC28370 28370 Register of Wills or filed with and and the Register of Wills with a THE THEESTATE ESTATEOF OFPRESTON PRESTON copy to the undersigned, on E. E.WIRE, WIRE,SR SR or before March 21, 2013, or PRESTON PRESTON W. W. WIRE, WIRE, SR, SR, be forever barred. Persons Executor Executor believed to be heirs or 4925 4925Loughboro LoughboroRoad, Road,NW NW legatees of the decedent who Washington, Washington,DC DC20016 20016 do not receive a copy of this and and notice by mail within 25 days THE THEESTATE ESTATEOF OFPRESTON PRESTON of its first publication shall so W. W.WIRE WIRE inform the Register of Wills, 4925 4925Loughboro LoughboroRoad, Road,NW NW including name, address and Washington,DC Washington,DC20016 20016 relationship. and and Date of Publication: THE THE ESTATE ESTATE OF OF JEAN JEAN September 21, 2012 WIRE WIREMURPHY MURPHY Name of newspaper: JEAN JEANWIRE WIREMURPHY MURPHY Afro-American 3069 3069University UniversityTerrace, Terrace,NW NW Washington Law Washington, Washington,DC DC20016 20016 Reporter and and Thomas Marshall THE THE ESTATE ESTATE OF OF JOAN JOAN Personal MYRL MYRLWIRE WIREWOOD WOOD Representative JOAN MYRL WIRE WOOD JOAN MYRL WIRE WOOD 301-754-0360 5500 5500Stewart StewartStreet Street TRUE TEST COPY Milton, Milton,Florida Florida32570 32570 REGISTER OF WILLS and and TYPESET: 9/21, Tue9/28, Sep10/5 18 09:28:05 EDTOF2012 THE MARVIN THE ESTATE ESTATE OF MARVIN M. M.WIRE WIRE Serve: Serve: MARVIN MARVIN WIRE, WIRE, JR., JR., Executor Executor Superior Court of 105 North Forth Street 105 North Forth Street the District of Lakeside, Lakeside,Oregon Oregon97449 97449 Columbia and and Civil Division M MAARRVVIINN W WIIRREE,, JJRR..,, Case No.0007309-12 EXECUTOR EXECUTOR 105 105North NorthForth ForthStreet Street IN RE: Lakeside,Oregon Oregon97449 97449 DeOndre Tamel Walker Lakeside, and and Applicant 09:26:02 EDT 2012 THE THE ESTATE ESTATE OF OF RAYRAYORDER OF MOND MONDWIRE WIRE PUBLICATION 3911 3911Bradley BradleyLane Lane CHANGE OF NAME Chevy ChevyChase, Chase,MD MD20815 20815 DeOndre Tamel Walker hav- and and ing filed a complaint for judg- THE THE ESTATE ESTATE OF OF MINNIE MINNIE ment changing DeOndre LEE LEEWIRE WIRE Tamel Walker name to Ny- Serve: Serve: MARVIN MARVIN WIRE, WIRE, JR., JR., Tina Tamel Walker and hav- Executor Executor ing applied to the court for an 105 105North NorthForth ForthStreet Street Order of Publication of the Lakeside, Lakeside,Oregon Oregon97449 97449 notice required by law in such and and cases; it is by the Court this THE THE ESTATE ESTATE OF OF MARMAR10th day of September, 2012 GARET GARETWIRE WIRE hereby. Serve: Serve: MARVIN MARVIN WIRE, WIRE, JR., JR., ORDERED, that a copy of Executor Executor this Order be published once THE THEDISTRICT DISTRICTOF OFCOLUMCOLUMa week for three (3) consecu- BIA BIA tive weeks, in The Afro Serve: Serve:Vincent VincentGray, Gray,Mayor Mayor American Newspapers, a 1350 1350 Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Avenue, Avenue, newspaper of general cir- NW NW culation of the District of Washington, Washington,DC DC20004 20004 Columbia; and it is further and and TYPESET: Tuepublication Sep 04 15:24:08 EDT OF 2012 ORDERED, that THE COLUMTHEDISTRICT DISTRICT OF COLUMmust begin no later than 12 BIA BIA days after the filling of the apServe: Office of Attorney plication; and it is further General for the District of IN THE SUPERIOR ORDERED, that the FINAL Columbia COURT THE HEARING on OF this application Attn: Darlene Fields DISTRICT OFbe held 441 4th Street NW, Suite to change name will i n J uCOLUMBIA dge-in-Chambers, 1060N Room 4220DIVISION In the District of CIVIL Washington, DC 20001 Columbia at 500 Indiana and Civil Action No. Avenue NW Washington DC All Unknown owners of the 2005 CA 2912 L (RP) 20001, on the 30th day of property described below, Action Involving Property October, 2012 at 3:00 pm. If their heirs, devisees, perVICKI JEFFRIES any person desires to opsonal representatives, and 11805 Brookeville Landing pose this application, that executors, administrators, Court person or his or her attorney grantees, assigns or succesMitchellville, MD 20721 must be present at the hearsors in right, title, interest, PLAINTIFF ing or file written detailed and all persons having or vs. objections five (5) days in adclaiming to have any interest THE ESTATE OF ESTHER vance of the hearing with in the leasehold or fee MAY WIRE Judge-in-Chambers and mail simplein the property and Serve: ESTHA WIRE WALa copy to the applicant or appremisis in the District of PER, Execturix plicant’s counsel; and it is furColumbia described as folP.O. Box 1086 ther lows: Pinehurst, NCthat: 28370 ORDERED, (Check all Square 4065, LOT 0801: and that apply) With cross streets at Neal THE ESTATE OF CHARLES SO ORDERED Street to the north, West VirE. WIRE JUDGE ginia Avenue to the west, Serve: A MARVIN M. WIRE, TRUE COPY TEST: Montello Avenue to the east, Executor CLERK, and Morse Avenue to the P.O. Box 1086 SUPERIOR COURT THE south and adjacent to and Pinehurst, DISTRICTNC OF28370 COLUMBIA abutting the east of 1167 and 9/21, 9/28, 10/5 Neal Street in NE, WashingTHE ESTATE OF ESTHER ton, D.C. MAY WIRE Defendants. Serve: MARVIN M. WIRE, ORDER OF Executor PUBLICATION 105 North Forth Street In accordance with D.C. OfLakeside, Oregon 97449 ficial Code §47-1375, the and object of this proceeding is to THE ESTATE OF CHARLES secure the foreclosure of the WIRE, JR. right of redemption in the folServe: C. RAYMOND WIRE, lowing real property located Executor in the District of Columbia, 3911 Bradley Lane and sold by the Mayor of the Chevy Chase, MD 20815 District of Columbia to the and Plaintiff in this action and asTHE ESTATE OF ESTHA sessed to THE ESTATE OF WIRE WALPER ESTHER MAY WIRE, THE Serve: PRESTON E. WIRE,

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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM837 Helen M. Harris Decedent David W. Kestner 5849 Allentown Road Camp Springs, MD 20746 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Lauren Prince, whose address is 6160 Ivy Hill Court, Hughesville, MD 20637 was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Helen M. Harris, who died on June 26, 2012, with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before March 14, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before March 14, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.

Serve: Serve: Office Office of of Attorney Attorney General General for for the the District District of of Columbia Columbia Attn: Attn:Darlene DarleneFields Fields 441 441 4th 4th Street Street NW, NW, Suite Suite 1060N 1060N Washington, Washington,DC DC20001 20001 and and All All Unknown Unknown owners owners of of the the property property described described below, below, their their heirs, heirs, devisees, devisees, perpersonal sonal representatives, representatives, and and executors, executors, administrators, administrators, grantees, grantees,assigns assignsor orsuccessuccessors sors in in right, right, title, title, interest, interest, and and all all persons persons having having or or claiming claimingto tohave haveany anyinterest interest in in the the leasehold leasehold or or fee fee simplein simplein the the property property and and premisis premisis in in the the District District of of Columbia Columbia described described as as folfollows: lows: Square Square 4065, 4065, LOT LOT 0801: 0801: With With cross cross streets streets at at Neal Neal Street Streetto tothe thenorth, north,West WestVirVirginia ginia Avenue Avenue to to the the west, west, Montello MontelloAvenue Avenueto tothe theeast, east, and and Morse Morse Avenue Avenue to to the the south south and and adjacent adjacent to to and and abutting abutting the the east east of of 1167 1167 Neal Neal Street Street in in NE, NE, WashingWashington, ton,D.C. D.C. Defendants. Defendants. ORDER ORDEROF OF PUBLICATION PUBLICATION In accordance with In accordance with D.C. D.C. OfOfficial ficial Code Code §47-1375, §47-1375, the the object objectof ofthis thisproceeding proceedingisisto to secure securethe theforeclosure foreclosureof ofthe the right rightof ofredemption redemptionin inthe thefolfollowing lowing real real property property located located in in the the District District of of Columbia, Columbia, and sold by the Mayor and sold by the Mayorof ofthe the District District of of Columbia Columbia to to the the Plaintiff Plaintiffin inthis thisaction actionand andasassessed sessed to to THE THE ESTATE ESTATE OF OF ESTHER ESTHER MAY MAY WIRE, WIRE, THE THE ESTATE ESTATE OF OF CHARLES CHARLES EDEDWIN WIN WITH WITH and/or and/or their their known and unknown heirs, known and unknown heirs, which which property property isis described described as as Square Square 4065, 4065, Lot Lot 0801, 0801, located located between between Morse Morse Street Streetto tothe thesouth, south,West WestVirVirginia ginia Avenue Avenue to to the the west, west, Montello MontelloAvenue Avenueto tothe theeast, east, and and Neal Neal Street Street to to the the north north in in NE NE adjacent adjacent to to and and abutting abuttingthe theeast eastside sideof of1167 1167 Neal NealStreet. Street. The Thecomplaint complaintstates, states,among among ootthheerr tthhi innggss,, tthhaatt tthhee amounts amounts necessary necessary for for reredemption demption have have not not been been paid. paid. PPuurrssuuaanntt ttoo tthhee CChhi ieeff Judge´s Judge´s Administration Administration OrOrder der Number Number 02-11, 02-11, itit isis this this 27th 27thday dayof ofAugust August2012. 2012. ORDERED ORDERED by by the the Superior Superior Court Courtof ofthe theDistrict Districtof ofColumColumbia, bia, that that notice notice be be given given by by the theinsertion insertionof ofaacopy copyof ofthis this order order in in The The Afro-American Afro-American Newspaper, Newspaper,having havingaageneral general circulation circulation in in the the District District of of Columbia, Columbia, once once aa week week for for three three (3) (3) successive successive weeks, weeks, nnootti iffyyi inngg aal ll l ppeerrssoonnss interested interestedin inthe thereal realproperty property described describedabove aboveto toappear appearin in this thisCourt Courtby bythe the12th 12thday dayof of December 2012, and reDecember 2012, and redeem deem the the real real property property by by payment payment of of $65,530.95, $65,530.95, totogether gether with with interest interest from from the the date dateof ofreal realproperty propertytax taxcercertificate tificatewas waspurchased; purchased;court court costs costsand andattorney’s attorney’sfees, fees,exexpenses penses incurred incurred in in the the pubpublication lication and and service service of of procprocess ess by by publication publication and and for for reasonable reasonable fees fees for for the the title title search, search, all all other other amounts amounts paid paid by by the the petitioner petitioner in in accordance accordance with with the the proviprovisions sionsof ofD.C. D.C.Code Code§47-1361 §47-1361 through through 1377 1377 (2001 (2001 ed), ed), et et seq., seq.,or oranswer answerthe thecomplaint complaint or, or, thereafter, thereafter, aa final final judgjudgment mentwill willbe beentered enteredforeclosforeclosing ingthe theright rightof ofredemption redemptionin in the thereal realproperty propertyand andvesting vesting in inthe theplaintiff plaintiffaatitle titlein infee feesimsimple. ple. Magistate MagistateJudge Judge J.E. J.E.Beshouri Beshouri AATRUE TRUETEST TESTCOPY: COPY: 09/07, 09/07,09/14 09/14&&09/21 09/21

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The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) is seeking applicants to fill an active member vacancy and an alternate member vacancy on its Board of Ethics (Board). The Board is comprised of three public members and an alternate member. Each member is appointed by the WSSC Commissioners for a three-year term. The Board administers the WSSC Code of Ethics (Code), issues advisory opinions, responds to requests for waivers of Code prohibitions, and acts on Code-related Complaints. A background in workplace ethics is preferred. The Board generally meets from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Commissioners´ Conference Room, Laurel, Maryland 20707. Each Board member receives a $200 stipend for each standard monthly meeting attended. Please send letters of interest and resumes to the Internal Audit Office, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Lobby Level, Laurel, Maryland, 20707 by the close of business October 15, 2012.


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The Afro-American, September 22, 2012 - September 22, 2012

Prince George's County Afro-American Newspaper, September 22, 2012  

Prince George's County Afro-American Newspaper, September 22, 2012

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