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China Emerges from U.S. Shadow

By Teria Rogers AFRO Staff Writer

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief (First in a series) BEIJING (NNPA) – When Americans think of China, it is usually a faded image frozen in time, an old film, shot in what could pass as the beginning of time, of dour, high-stepping soldiers bouncing past a review stand in unison with a rifle resting on one shoulder and both eyes fixed on the box of dignitaries sitting to the side. But China is more than outdated military footage. The People’s Republic of China sits on an area of land slightly smaller than the United States, but its population of 1.3 billion people is four times larger than the U.S. population of 315 million. Students in China, like those in other counties, tend to know

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State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks was a panelist for the meeting.

Conservative Justices Strike at Voting Rights Law By Mark Sherman Associated Press

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More than 200 Prince George’s County residents and officials gathered at the Suitland Recreation Center to discuss how to halt a spate of killings that has left six high school youths dead since the beginning of the school year. The Feb. 25 meeting was convened in the wake of back-to-back killings of two Suitland High School students—Charles Walker Jr., 15, and Aaron Kidd, 18. The two-hour event was broadcast live on 93.9 WKYS and featured Radio One air personalities Angie Ange and Ralph Anwar “Big G” Glover as moderators. A panel of county leaders, including

State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, Police Chief Mark Magaw and County Councilmember Karen Toles (District 7), addressed solutions to youth violence. Police attributed the spate of violence among young people to the availability of guns. “A lot of the guns we investigate are legally purchased and owned,” said Maj. George Nader, commander of Police District III. “If you choose to be a gun owner, make sure that the gun is locked up and no child has access. Many times when we make these arrests, parents don’t even notice that their gun is missing.” Four other students have died this school year: Amber Stanley, 17; Continued on A6

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court’s conservative justices voiced deep skepticism Wednesday about a section of a landmark civil rights law that has helped millions of Americans exercise their right to vote. In an ominous note for supporters of the key provision of the Voting Rights Act, Justice Anthony Kennedy both acknowledged the measure’s vital role in fighting discrimination and suggested that other important laws in U.S. history had run their course. “Times change,” Kennedy said during the fast-paced, 70-minute argument. Kennedy’s views are likely to prevail on the closely divided court, and he tends to side with his more

conservative colleagues on matters of race. The court’s liberals and conservatives engaged in a sometimes tense back-and-forth over whether there is an ongoing need in 2013 for the part of the voting rights law that requires states with a history of discrimination, mainly in the Deep South, to get approval before making changes in the way elections are held. Justice Antonin Scalia called the law a “perpetuation of racial entitlement.” Chief Justice John Roberts, a vocal skeptic of the use of race in all areas of public life, cited a variety of statistics that showed starker racial disparities in some aspects of voting in Massachusetts than in Mississippi. Then he asked the government’s top Supreme Court lawyer whether the Continued on A3

Black Offspring Underscores Thurmond Hypocrisy By Zenitha Prince Special to the AFRO Essie Mae WashingtonWilliams died this month without ever publicly being acknowledged by her father, the infamous South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond. Yet, after his death in 2003, she became the embodiment of his legacy—as one of America’s greatest political hypocrites. That a politician who had built his career on

claims of Black inferiority and the condemnation of miscegenation had fathered a daughter with his family’s 16-year-old Black servant was, for some, the ultimate irony. “If your public face is that you believe in a racially hierarchal environment in which sexual relationships between Black men and White women are forbidden but privately sexual relationships between White men and Black women are

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Essie Mae Washington-Williams, the African-American daughter of segregationist senator Strom Thurmond. accepted it represents a great deal of hypocrisy and psychological contradiction,” said Dianne Pinderhughes, professor of Africana studies at University of Notre Dame. For people in Edgefield, S.C., however, it was a

simple matter of fact, and Washington-Williams was, perhaps, one of the worstkept secrets of Southern political folklore. Children like her were scattered throughout the American South, a revelation

highlighted by the AFRO in 1948 when it revealed Thurmond’s other Black relatives. At the time, then Gov. Thurmond was running for president under the Dixiecrat (States’ Rights Democratic Party) banner on a segregationist platform— the party was formed by deserters of the Democratic Party, which had, under President Harry Truman, begun to advance civil rights legislation. Thurmond represented the “massa resistance… a powerful planter community that were strong advocates of White supremacy,” Pinderhughes said. During his campaign, the candidate once declared that there were not enough troops in the Army to force White Southerners to “admit the Continued on A3

Rock Newman Takes to the Airwaves By Yolanda Woodlee Special to the AFRO

Rock Newman, one of the major political players in Washington during the 1990s, is back in town and attracted a powerful group of elected officials to the launch of his new radio program Feb. 23 at a small studio in Southeast Washington. Those who took to the microphone to participate in the first Rock Newman Show included former D.C. mayors Marion Barry, now a council member in Ward 8, and Anthony Williams; D.C. Shadow Senator Paul Strauss; Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker IV; and one of his predecessors, Wayne

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K. Curry, the first African-American elected county executive in Prince George’s County. Former Mayor Sharon Pratt phoned in. Current Mayor Vincent Gray pre-recorded a message to Newman’s listeners. “You are the only person I know who can get us all together,” Barry said, as the panelists gathered at the We Act Radio studio in Anacostia. Newman, a millionaire, lived in Las Vegas for eight years before returning to the District. He grew up in Prince George’s County and has been an influential figure in D.C. politics. In the mid-1990s, he was instrumental in organizing Barry’s comeback to the mayor’s office after Continued on A3

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Lou Myers, Mr. Gaines on “A Different World,” Dies

U.S. Secretary of State Phones Kenyan President Kibaki, Urges Fair Poll

Tia Norfleet, the first African-American woman to earn her NASCAR license, has returned to the track for a new season of racing in pursuit of a place at the sport’s highest levels. Norfleet, 24, is the daughter of former motorcycle, drag racer, and NASCAR truck series Wikimedia Commons driver Bobby Norfleet. She made her NASCAR Tia Norfleet debut in a Late-Model series event at the Motor Mile Speedway in Virginia in August before starting the new season of the ARCA Racing Series, a stepping stone to the major NASCAR series events, in early February. Norfleet plans to find a major business sponsor and run a full NASCAR schedule in 2013 between a mix of ARCA, Nationwide and Late-Model Stocks series events, according to The Augusta Chronicle. She races in the no. 34 car, a tribute to Wendell Scott, the first African-American NASCAR driver and a mentor to Norfleet’s father.

Actor Lou Myers, best known for his role as ornery restaurant owner Mr. Gaines on the television series “A Different World,” has died. Tonia McDonald of Myers’ nonprofit, Global Business Incubation Inc., said Myers died Feb. 19 at Charleston Area Medical Center in West Wikimedia Commons Virginia. She said he was Lou Myers 76. McDonald said Feb. 20 that Myers had been in and out of the hospital since before Christmas and collapsed recently. An autopsy was planned.

Family of Emmett Till Speaks Out Against Lil’ Wayne Lyric

New Orleans born rapper Lil’ Wayne has never shied away from controversial lyrics, but a recent line he contributed to rapper Future’s

Secretary of State John Kerry urged Kenyans to conduct credible elections devoid of violence during a recent phone call to Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki. Kerry is the latest high-ranking U.S. official to comment on the Kenyan elections slated for March 4. Three weeks ago, President Obama said Wikimedia Commons the United States will not John Kerry take sides in the elections but will support the outcome of a free and fair vote. “The choice of who will lead Kenya is up to the Kenyan people. The United States does not endorse any candidate for office, but we do support an election that is peaceful and reflects the will of the people,” said Obama in a video message. The president urged dissatisfied politicians to resolve disputes arising from the elections through the courts rather than on the streets. “Kenya must reject intimidation and violence, and allow a free and fair vote. Kenyans must resolve disputes in the courts, not in the streets,” he said.

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Obama administration thinks “the citizens in the South are more racist than citizens in the North?” The answer from Solicitor General Donald Verrilli was no. The question, and others like it from the conservative justices, largely echoed the doubts they first expressed four years ago in a similar case that ended without resolving the constitutionality of the latest renewal of the voting rights law, in 2006. They questioned whether there remain appreciable differences between the locations covered by the law and those that are not. They also wondered whether there was any end in sight for a provision that intrudes on states’ rights to conduct elections and which was regarded as an emergency response to decades of statesponsored discrimination in voting, despite the Fifteenth Amendment’s guarantee of the vote for black Americans. The provision shifted the legal burden and required governments that were covered to demonstrate that their proposed changes would not discriminate. Another part of the voting rights law, not being challenged, allows for traditional, after-the-fact claims of discrimination in voting and applies across the country. As his administration was defending the voting rights law, President Barack Obama was across the street at the Capitol unveiling a statue of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, who in 1955 famously refused to give up her seat on a city bus in Montgomery, Ala., to a white man. The court will have to decide whether the conditions that gave rise to that seminal event are, like the statue, a part of history, or whether they persist in parts of the nation. The court’s four liberal justices, including Obama appointees Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, appeared uniformly to be willing to defer to the decision by Congress that more progress needs to be made before freeing states from the special federal monitoring. Those justices aggressively questioned Bert Rein, the lawyer representing Shelby County, Ala., in its challenge to the law. Sotomayor acknowledged some parts of the South had changed, but she asserted that recent voting rights lawsuits in Alabama suggested that Shelby County, near Birmingham, has not made sufficient progress.

“Why would we vote in favor of a county whose record is the epitome of what caused the passage of this law to start with?” Sotomayor asked. Kagan chimed in that any formula devised by Congress “would capture Alabama,” where she said certain discriminatory voting practices have persisted. But Rein said the issue was whether the formula in place, using statistics that are at least 40 years old, remains a valid way to determine which locations have to ask for permission to make voting changes. Debo Adegbile, a lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, argued to the court on behalf of local Alabama elected officials and civil rights leaders. He sought to show the justices that there is a current need for the law, an effort to counter the court’s admonition four years ago that current conditions, not history alone, must justify the continuing application of the law. In 2011, Adegbile said, a judge in Alabama cited state lawmakers’ derogatory references to AfricanAmericans as a reason to continue to protect minority voters through the Voting Rights Act. But Roberts challenged the lawyer. “Have there been episodes, egregious episodes of the kind you are talking about in states that are not covered?” the chief justice asked. Absolutely, Adegbile replied. “Well, then it doesn’t seem to help you make the point that the differential between covered and noncovered continues to be justified,” Roberts said. The requirement currently applies to the states of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia. It also covers certain counties in California, Florida, New York, North Carolina and South Dakota, and some local jurisdictions in Michigan and New Hampshire. Coverage has been triggered by past discrimination not only against blacks, but also against American Indians, Asian-Americans, Alaska Natives and Hispanics. Among the covered states, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, South Carolina, South Dakota and Texas are siding with Shelby County, while California, Mississippi, New York and North Carolina

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Barry was jailed in connection with an FBI investigation into his drug use. In 1998, Newman endorsed Williams, then the city’s chief financial officer, for mayor. At the time, residents viewed Williams as a numbers cruncher who lacked passion for working people. Newman’s endorsement offered a strong boost to the campaign. Now, Newman is returning with a radio show. He promised his audience to use his “energy and voice” to offer insight and information that will improve the quality of life for District residents. The show is scheduled to air on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon on WPWC 1480 AM. Besides politicians, Saturday’s show featured civil rights activist Dick Gregory, Lorenzo Creighton of MGM Resorts International, the first African American to be named president of a major Las Vegas casino resort and Judge Greg Mathis, of television fame, who talked to Newman by phone. “This is going to be the best three hours of radio,” Newman said repeatedly during the Feb. 23 broadcast. “The name of the radio station is ‘We Act.’ My voice is intended to get people to act.” Those who passed through the studio were treated to fried chicken, macaroni and cheese and green beans, which were served up with tough questions and friendly debate. Among Newman’s questions: Will the Redskins move from Prince George’s County back to the District? Will District

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sport-utility vehicle sought in connection the murder ID law waswith delayed beyondof Hudson’s mother and brother. the 2012 election and then The white, 1994 Chevrolet Jennifer Hudson and other allowed takeIllinois effect only Suburbantowith license relatives positively identified after the state carved out an exception for some people who lack photo identification. Those episodes were not discussed Wednesday, although they are part of the voluminous written filings in the case. Instead, the bulk of the discussion concerned Congress’ actions in 2006, when overwhelming majorities in the Republicanled Congress approved and President George W. Bush signed a 25-year extension of the prior-approvalCourtesy measure, Photos which was first adopted in the Jennifer Hudson and her mom, Darnell Donerson who AP Photo/Evan Vucci VotingJason. Rights Act of 1965. was killed, as well as her brother, Rev. Al Sharpton, right, and Martin Luther King III meet with reporters outside the Scalia pointed to the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, after arguments in the lopsided vote as a reason to plate X584859 was found on of herarguments 7-year-old Shelby County, Ala., v. Holder voting rights case. The justices the arebody hearing question legitimacy, Chicago’sits West Side aftereven Monday, just hours in a challenge to the part of the Voting Rights Act that forces nephew places with a history of though as Kagan police received a 7said, a.m.every call after they his body wasany found in a discrimination, mainly in the Deep South, to get approval before make change senator in states covered by in the way elections are held. the law voted for it. Perhaps, he said, they decided “they’d better not vote against it, that of its cities, Calera, defied the official. argue that the law should be there’s nothing, that there’s Exit polls in November voting rights law in 2008 and upheld. none of their interests in showed Obama won only provoked intervention by the Nearly 250 of the 12,000 against it.” players 15 percent Justice Department during the about state, county and local and Dallas Cowboys By Alan King of the state’s voting Later, Scalia said he Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, AFROvoters. Staff Writer white In neighboring Bush administration. governments covered by worries that the provision among the names submitted to Mississippi, the numbers were Alabama’s statistics offer the law have used an escape election officials. Presidential candidate John will never fade away because even smaller, at 10 percent, fodder to both sides. hatch to get out from under Hurd said those workers, who McCain’s attack on ACORN – members of Congress would the surveys found. “I could tell you that the special oversight by were doing those things without Associated Community be reluctant to risk a vote in Alabama the number of The prior approval demonstrating that they and ACORN’s or permisOrganization for Reform Now – against it. knowledge “It’s a concern legislators in the Alabama requirement played a major smaller places within their sion, were fired. confirms the success of the that this is not the kind of role last yearthe in head blocking borders no longer discriminate Legislature are proportionate “The evidence that has surorganization, of theor question canthey leave to to the number of black delaying voting laws in South afaced in voting. The 10 covered so faryou shows faked group says. Congress,” he said. voters. There’s a very high Carolina Texas. to the work forms to get paid for work they towns in New Hampshire are “This isand testimony Scalia capped hisballot comment registration and turnout of Federal in we’ve poised to exit as they await didn’t do, not to stuff we’ve done judges and success with this observation: “Even boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the had,” Maude refused Hurd, president black voters in Alabama,” Washington to signof federal court approval for an victim of fraud, not the perpetrathe name of it is wonderful: ACORN, said in an interview Rein said. off on two separate Texas agreement between the state tor ofVoting it. with the The Rights Act. Who Kagan put forward plans to AFRO. institute a tough and the Justice Department. Hurd said the only things “When this attack started, we is going to vote against that in other numbers showing the photo identification law for Thousands more bogus are the charges themhad just announced that we had the future?” state at or near the top of voters and redistricting plans jurisdictions also may be selves. And factcheck. org by registered 1.3 million new votA decision is expected successful claims of voting for the state’s congressional eligible, said voting rights agrees. ers,” she said. “That’s just to say late June. discrimination. She the state delegation andrunning Legislature. expert Gerry Hebert. But that It concluded, “Neither that someone’s scared The case is Shelby County, is about 25 percent black but Also, South Carolina’s plan list probably does not include ACORN nor its employees have because of ACORN’s success.” Ala., v. Holder, 12-96. has no black elected statewide to put in place voter Shelby County, because one been found guilty of, or even McCain, whoitsis own running for president on the Republican tick- charged with, casting fraudulent votes.” et, lashed out at ACORN in the The problem came about prifinal debate against Barack Obama, contending the group “is marily because of the way ACORN operates. Rather than on the verge of maybe perpetratContinued from A1 rely on volunteers, it pays peoing one of the greatest frauds in ple, manywho of them poor became or unemhistory in this country, Brooke (R-Mass.), in 1966 always visit our home.voter My grandfather (expletive) race into our theaters, into ployed, to sign up new voters. maybe destroying the fabric of the first Black senator elected since told me they were brothers.” our swimming pools, into our homes, The idea was to help both those democracy.” Reconstruction. And there were many more Black and into our churches.” But, apparently, being registered and those doing Factcheck.org, a non-partisan Brooke said that Thurmonds littered throughout Edgefield Black women were welcome in their the registration. Web site, found those claimsIntohis biography, in January 1967, not long after“We hishave a and surrounding counties, he said, a fact beds. Maud explained, be “exaggerated,” with “no evielection, he went to the Senate pool and According to an Aug. 21, 1948 AFRO well-known. zero tolerance policy for deliberdence of any such democracyfound Thurmond and several other Jim “It is an old story and ‘everybody article, postal worker Robert Thurmond, ate falsification of registration.” destroying fraud.”in Most news account neglect to Crow defenders already swimming laps. these parts knows it,’” theHurd AFRO quoted of Morristown, N.J., revealed that the believes the McCain out thatobjections ACORN is to his were politically motivat- waspoint Brooke expecting governor’s halfgovernor was his first cousin—his father, Thomas Thurmond, thecharges required by to turn in all reged. attempt to integrate thelaw pool. Instead, the cousin, as saying. Thomas, was half-brother to James istration forms. And they also fail She said, “Because it’s lowSouthern Thurmond’s duplicity, as manifested Thurmond, the governor’s father—and note that wasjoin the them. organizapeople, lawmakers to invited himit to by his Black daughter,and wasmoderate-income evident in the relationship was well-known. and people of color, I believe the tion, in many instances, that first “There was no hesitation or ill other ways. Those inconsistencies—for “I certainly do know Strom and brought the phony registrations McCain campaign thinks those will that I could Yet these were example, his authorship of the “Southern he knows me and he knows about our to the see. attention of authorities. voters are going to vote who consistently voted against Manifesto,” which wasDemocratic, created to which is notmen relationship because we were the only The McCain camp apparently neceshave provided counter the Supreme Court’s 1954 ruling legislation that Thurmonds in Edgefield,” he said. More isn’t would interested in those fine sarily true.” equal to others to ofair mymisleadrace,” in the Brown v. Board of ACORN Education case relatives came forward. points, preferring is no stranger to opportunity ing ads thatthat seekiftoalink Obama that banned public school segregation Brooke wrote. “I felt senator In an Aug. 28 article, the Rev. controversy. to ACORN, undercutting For 38 years,tothe non-partisan and, later, his support of legislation truly believed in racialthereby separatism James R. Thurmond recalled seeing political support. has fought for sociallivehis create a holiday in Dr. organization Martin Luther I could with that, but it was the governor’s father visiting his McCain: I’msome John members McCain and aeconomic lowKing’s honor (Blacks are powerfuljustice forincreasingly evident that grandfather, the blue-eyed Thomas and I approve this message. and moderate-income Thurmond. voting bloc in South Carolina)—seemed of the Senate played on bigotry purely Announcer: Who is Barack Americans. With 400,000 mem“They used to sit and eat, and talk to suggest that his public positions were for political gain. They appealed to Obama? A man with “a political ber families organized into more for hours,” he said. “I remember asking based on political expediency, some ignorance and prejudice to entrench baptism performed at warp than 1,200said neighborhood chapmy grandfather why that ‘White’ man critics, such as former ters Sen. Edward themselves in office.” speed.” Vast ambition. After colin 110 cities nationwide, lege, he moved to Chicago. ACORN has over the years seen its share of criticism while advo- Became a community organizer. There, Obama met Madeleine cating for affordable housing, Talbot, part of the Chicago living wages, healthcare for the branch of ACORN. He was so underserved— and while organimpressive that he was asked to izing voter registration drives. supports andthe if Rome falls down, we residents get statehood? Did Barry beat Williams in tennis? ACORN staff. But none statehood. has been as “Rome witheringis D.C.train (Prince George’s County) are affected,” he said. “Ask him,” Barry quipped, as a smiling Williams sat beside What did ACORN in Chicago and baseless as this one. Afterthe thepresidential show, Curry said it was important for thebanks. guests to him. “It was a whooping.” engage in? Bullying With election participate Newman’s The more serious questions, “What about the stadium and less than twoinweeks away, program.Intimidation tactics. Disruption business. forced “It’s a wonderful opportunity of usACORN who have history statehood?” remained unanswered. ACORN’s detractors allege the forofthose to issue risky loans. organization has engaged in mas- by banks come together and symbolize our careers that wehome can do Curry told the audience the two municipalities need to work to types loans that sive voterheregistration fraud afterto seeThe things,” said. “People need thesame energy thatofwe stimulate.” together for the good of projects that create jobs for residents caused the financial crisis we’re the reported discovery of bogus of the city and the county. Pratt echoed, saying Prince George’s in today. names, such as Mickey Mouse County and the District need to form a strategic partnership; D.C. has the cash and Prince George’s has the land. Together, she said, and with a broader vision, they can create a successful economic partnership. Barry, in his trademark straight-no-chaser style, said he doubted the Redskins would return to the city. Identification Statements While Baker said much of the growth in the area is in Prince Baltimore Afro-American — (USPS 040-800) is published weekly by The Afro-American Newspapers, 2519 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-4602. Subscription Rate: George’s County, he said the goal should be to make this “a Baltimore - 1 Year - $40.00 (Price includes tax.) Checks for subscriptions should be made seamless urban area.” payable to: The Afro-American Newspaper Company, 2519 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-4602. Periodicals postage paid at Baltimore, MD. There also was some unity among Newman’s guests on POSTMASTER: Send addresses changes to: The Afro-American Newspaper Company, 2519 whether they would like to see the District as the 51st state. N. 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America’s Inaugurations – The AFRO Coverage Kennedy –1961— Young, Hopeful & Democrat A Close Victory’s Expectation & Eventual Delivery

John F. Kennedy won the 1960 election against his heightened “party” environment surrounding the Republican opponent Richard M. Nixon by one of the Kennedy inauguration. In contrast to prior presidential slimmest popular vote margins in the 20th century— inaugurations, the AFRO‘s reporting of the Jan. 20, two/tenths of one percent. A major contributing factor 1961 Kennedy inauguration was completely void of any to the victory was Kennedy ‘s receipt of more than 70 references to “Jim Crow” segregation practices. Instead percent of the Black vote, one of the largest since Harry of the usual cautious investigative reporting seeking “Jim Truman garnered 77 percent of the Black vote in his Crow” occurrences, the Kennedy inauguration coverage 1948 presidential election victory. The Black vote was was dominated by fashion, and Hollywood celebrity now and forever more in the 20th century—Democrat! sightings at the various inaugural events. Everywhere, The Black support for Kennedy was apparently Black folks were all dressed up and finally had every place the result of his taking some smart steps during the to go. campaign that caught the Black community’s attention. In the eyes of a few observers, the actual Kennedy His inclusion and pursuit of Blacks during his campaign inauguration speech did not live up to the hype generated was in stark contrast to his opponent’s visible failure to by his campaign or the inaugural celebrations. As AFRO File Photo pursue the Black vote. When coupled with Kennedy’s reflected in a Feb. 4, 1961 article, Kennedy’s failure to John F. Kennedy becomes the 35th providing assistance in securing the release of Rev. make specific reference to the domestic racial problems president on January 28, 1961 Martin Luther King Jr. from a Georgia prison a few caused many to voice deep disappointment. Across the weeks prior to the election, the Kennedy Black vote landslide literally became a “done South (including Morgan State students in Baltimore), college students were challenging deal” prior to Election Day 1960. the public accommodation laws that excluded Blacks in restaurants, hotels, bus stations The importance of post election power maneuverings was captured by Clarence and elsewhere. In many locations these challenges were met with violence. Mitchell in his Jan. 7, 1961 AFRO column about how the Black community should While, on one hand, the Kennedy inaugural celebrations heralded an exciting new take advantage of its contribution to the Kennedy victory. Mitchell points out the democratic age of leadership for the country, the Kennedy era, on the other hand, was colored community’s historic lost political opportunities and the benefits when such also the beginning of new levels of intense civil rights activity. Kennedy’s success in opportunities were properly taken advantage of by capable colored leaders like Mrs. balancing competing national, political and the Black community’s civil rights interests Mary McLeod Bethune, the NAACP’s Walter White and others. sets a direction that after his assassination in 1963, would eventually deliver in 1964 The concerns articulated by the Mitchell column did not dampen the and in 1965 the civil rights legislation the Black community had, for so long, fought for and waited to receive. The person who was to actually deliver the legislation was Kennedy’s vice president and immediate presidential successor, Lyndon B. Johnson. November 19, 1960

Mrs. Roosevelt says Kennedy is Dedicated

President-elect John Kennedy’s sense of obligation is an insurance against his neglect in any area that will help in strengthening the country, Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt declared, here, Saturday. Addressing 300 women who attended a luncheon session during which she was given an award by the National Council of Negro Women, Mrs. Roosevelt said: “We are going to have a young President, but one who, I think, is going to be a good President, because of his sense of obligation. He feels that America is great. He feels that it is a country of great people and that he is called upon to strengthen the nation. “If our President asks for the best, and you give him the opportunity to do, I think a great many good things will come out of this administration. I hope a great many people will answer this challenge.” Mrs. Roosevelt received the first Mary McLeod Bethune Award from the Council founded by the late Dr. Bethune, during the silver anniversary celebration, which held a five-day convention at Hotel Commodore, here. In her acceptance, Mrs. Roosevelt talked chiefly of Dr. Bethune, who not only founded the Council, but the BethuneCookman College, became an advisor to the late Franklin D. Roosevelt and at one time headed the National Youth Administration. Mrs. Bethune, said Mrs. Roosevelt, taught her a great many things. It was amazing what courage she had, as indicated by starting to build a college with $1.50. “It was amazing what insight she had, as inviting her (Mrs. Roosevelt) to Florida, and incidentally pointing out that the colored ministers were not allowed to use books in the library. “Up to that time it just had not occurred to me that such inequalities existed in this country,” said the speaker. “Her lack of fear, her dignity and her determination to go about the things that had to be done inspired me.”

January 7, 1961

From the Work Bench: Wanted: A Man With Courage By Clarence Mitchell

When the colored voters of the country delivered a whopping 80 percent of their support to John Fitzgerald Kennedy they automatically became one of the important sources of political power in the United States. Knowing their leaders, being aware of their plans and being able to say what they really want can make or break persons aspiring to power in the new administration. Twenty years ago Washington was a wonderland of intrigue, black cabinets, rumors about secret visits to the White House and feverish preparation of memoranda which were supposed to be used as parts of speeches made by the President or some top government official. Much of what got played up in the press as an important gain was really just peanuts or hot air. A few colored people like Mrs. Mary McLeod Bethune, Walter White and Dr. Channing Tobias had real and effective personal influence in the White House and in government generally. Most of the day to day contact with the White House on race relations matters was in the hands of David K. Niles of Massachusetts, Jonathan Daniels of North Carolina and finally Phillco Nash of Wisconsin. Niles, Nash and Daniels were white men trying to be brokers for colored people with a problem so complicated that many of the victims could not explain it. They were also much more likely to be forced to seek ways of preventing settlements that would be satisfactory to colored people than getting the result needed to advance the cause of civil rights. Today, there is an attempt to revive the old pattern of handling race relations and civil rights. A number of people are busily trying to become the number one authority on the colored brother. They are having a little difficulty in doing this because they do not realize that no person in the United States will ever be able to say honestly that he speaks for all of the colored people. Although it is not possible for one man to be a spokesman for all colored citizens, someone on the White House staff will have the responsibility of guiding the President on civil rights

matters. No matter how much this may be denied, the chief executive must have this function performed by someone. When legislation is sent to Congress, members will want to know who can give them an authoritative word on what the President would have them do about amendments or changes in civil rights bills. When there is an invitation for the President to send a word of greetings, to receive a delegation or make a speech at a convention, someone on the White House staff will be called on to advise him. Since we know this to be a fact of life, the new administration should have the courage to identify this job and the person who will hold it. The President should also make an iron-clad guarantee that the person in the position will be directly responsible to him and will not be required to clear through a number of assistants and sub-assistants. Whoever gets the spot should be a colored person who has courage, integrity, ability and common sense enough to avoid the silly pretense that he is making the decisions and not the President. He must be colored because there are no white people in the United States who have as much expert knowledge and wide experience as the really top-notch colored person who could fill such a post. There will be no time for apprentice training on this job. If the administration faces up to its responsibility and fills such a post the person who gets it must be prepared to be most unpopular. He will be the target of Southern wrath if he is effective. He will be called a dolt by all the job seekers and influence peddlers that he turns down when they try to get him to betray the trust of his office. He will even be unpopular at times with civil rights groups because it is inevitable that the President will balk at some vitally important point and the person in office must accept the fair and stern criticism directed at the President. In the final analysis, the country and the President will fare better if there is such a post and it is filled by the right person – whether that person is a man or a woman. Much of the indignation and turmoil that exists today comes about because no one is certain that the top man in our country is getting direct information on what is happening and what is needed in the area of civil rights. As yet, no one is certain that the top man to be is getting that kind of information now before inauguration day.

January 21, 1961

Gadabouting USA: Inauguration Wardrobe, this Time, no Mere Feminine Matter By Lula Jones Garrett

Never has there been so much excitement over clothes as the presidential inauguration is bestirring. And don’t think, Sabina, the furor is all in the feminine camp. There’s even been some hassle over the wardrobe selected by Frank Sinatra…Sammy Davis avoiding the melee by bowing out. The men, bless ‘em, are lugging as many bags as any prima donnas…and this including such conservative Bostonians as Dr. Balcom S. Taylor, president of the United Democratic League, who was the first Delegate-at-Large from the Bay State; Frank W. Morris Jr., the attorney and director of the Massachusetts State Housing Board and Lemuel M. Wells, former executive secretary to the Governor’s Council and president of Veritas Cultural Records. Mr. Wells was the first to be appointed by President-elect Kennedy as consultant to his Senatorial research staff in 1957. Mrs. Henry Welcome (Maryland legislator and wife of Baltimore physician) has selected a frock of pale pink lace for the reception on Wednesday. With it she will wear matching shoes and mink. And her guest, Mrs. Ernest Johnson, also of Baltimore, will be wearing a frock of imported Chantilly lace in mauve pink, matching satin slippers, pearls and cerulean mink. And the other Maryland legislator, Mrs. William Dixon, will wear a black tunic frock, with gold accessories to the Governor’s reception and a navy silk ensemble, with intricate Bateaux neckline, self-trimmed to the reception for Vice President and Mrs. Lyndon Johnson. Mrs. Count (Catherine) Basie of St. Albans, N.Y., whose husband will be playing for one of the inaugural balls, has a magnificent white satin Harry Winston ball gown, jeweled all

over with gold bugle beads centered with stones, for that affair. A white mink stole will complete the eye-filling ensemble. And even if you just want to wear your jeans, you can stand on the corner and hold an old-home reunion. There’s sure to be a few cousins from the Hinterlands wherever you stop. Morgan State College President Martin D. Jenkins, and Mrs. Jenkins, however, were not quite sure they were going to be up to inaugural doings. They have just gotten in from Mexico and a jaunt to two conferences in Colorado Springs and Denver, and needed to do some catching up on the home front. But Baltimore’s petit and charming Jo Rogers, who is to be the guest of Washington Attorney David E. Sloan for the inaugural ball, will be there and lovely in an imported embroidered gold lame, over satin for which the designer created shoes of the same lame And with this she is going to wear heirloom jewelry, a massive gold necklace with clusters of pearls.

January 21, 1961

Disabled Vets to Attend Inaugural Gala as Guests One hundred fifty disabled veterans and ambulatory patients at Washington area military hospitals will occupy $100 seats at the Inaugural Gala Thursday night, according to producers Frank Sinatra and Peter Lawford. Fifty tickets have been set aside for both Bethesda Naval Hospital and Walter Reed Army Hospital. Twenty-five tickets will go to patients at the hospitals at both Andrews Air Force Base and Fort Belvoir. These ticket holders along with some 100 Congressional Medal of Honor men, will be the only Gala guests admitted free.

January 28, 1961

JFK Sings with Marian Anderson: Sworn in as 35th President With high hopes among colored people across the nation, John Fitzgerald Kennedy of Massachusetts was inaugurated shortly after noon Friday on the steps of the Capitol as the 35th President of the United States. Some 10,000 persons in front of the Capitol and millions who watched on television throughout the country were surprised to see President Kennedy’s lips moving as he joined in with Marian Anderson’s rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. Miss Anderson was accompanied by the Marine Band. Immediately after he took the oath, he delivered his inaugural address in which he declared: “Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans – born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a cold and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage – and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed and to which we are committed today.”

January 28, 1961

Burning Motor Vies with Miss Anderson at Inaugural Rite Concert singer Marian Anderson, a former alternate delegate to the United Nations, was one of those seated among the ultraselect group of guests on the rostrum during the inauguration of President Kennedy Friday afternoon. However, as Miss Anderson stepped forward to the lectern and began singing the National Anthem, smoke billowed from the lectern – one of the motors used to raise and lower its top to adjust it to the height of the speaker had burned out.

February 4, 1961

Leaders Hail Kennedy’s Inaugural Address President Kennedy’s inaugural address was stamped as ‘excellent, clear cut, great, tremendous by outstanding citizens interviewed by the AFRO this week. Dr. D.O.W. Holmes, a member of the Maryland State Board of Education and president emeritus of Morgan State College said, “I have heard six inaugural addresses and his was the best I’ve ever heard. It was good. It was short, clear cut and positive.” President James Nabrit of Howard University said, “It was one of our great inaugural addresses. President Kennedy’s perception of problems which confront our people and other people throughout the world is an indication of his broad knowledge in this field, and of his dedication to doing something about the problems. “It was very interesting that he did not attempt to detail the solutions to the problems…that would have been very easy. But rather, he took the unique position of calling on the American people and people everywhere to rally to a crusade for the improvement of mankind everywhere.” Dr. Martin Jenkins, president, Morgan State College said, “It was an excellent address which took very high ground. I would have preferred that he said a little more about our domestic problems, but in a brief address of this kind, the omission was understandable.” Dr. G. James Fleming, director of the Institute for Political Science at Morgan State College commented, “It was tremendous. It was certainly cast on a very high level. It is a real challenge to the nation and world. President Kennedy has set a very high standard for himself and his administration.” Calvin Banks, field secretary of the Pennsylvania NAACP said, “I thought his speech expressed great optimism and determination to cope with and solve the pressing problems of the day. I was encouraged by his promise to promote healthy international relations, help the underprivileged peoples of the world and his pledge of anti-colonialism, but I was disappointed by his failure to make any specific reference to our domestic racial problems. “In its broad aspect his speech was forthright and liberal, but he failed to make any clear and specific approach to our own racial issues at home.”


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Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana Introduced in Maryland By Gregory Dale AFRO News Editor Del. Curt Anderson (D-Baltimore City) wants Maryland to join the ranks of states that have legalized the possession of marijuana in small amounts. Anderson introduced a bill Feb. 21 that would allow people 21 and older to possess one ounce or less of marijuana and to grow three or fewer plants in their homes. An excise tax of $50 per ounce would be collected by the state under the proposal. The measure, which includes mirror language from successful 2012 ballot initiatives in Washington state and Colorado, would replace

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arrests for pot possession. Currently possession is a misdemeanor that can result in fines and jail time equivalent to those for a traffic ticket, according to the bill. Public use and intoxication would remain illegal, but violation would be a civil offense carrying a maximum fine of $150 for the first offense. If the bill, HB 1453, is enacted, Maryland would join 14 other states in decriminalizing pot and establish a system in which the drug is regulated and taxed, like alcohol. Anderson said the excise tax on wholesale sales would be used to fund tobacco, drug and alcohol abuse programs. The bill also would direct the Maryland comptroller to license marijuana sales and possession in retail stores, wholesale locations and testing facilities.

The Obama administration has voiced continued opposition to decriminalization despite a spike in efforts to legalize the drug. According to an administration website, the office of National Drug Control Policy contends legalization would cause pot prices to plummet, triggering increased use. Additionally, the department said, the drug is associated with dependence, respiratory and mental illness, poor motor performance and impaired cognitive and immune system functions. On the flip side, Dan Riffle, deputy director of government relations for the Marijuana Policy Project, believes the drug’s effects are minimal. “Our public policies should be based on the facts and it is a fact that marijuana is far safer than alcohol,”

he said in a statement. “Adults should not be made criminals simply for choosing to use the less harmful product. Our law enforcement efforts should be focused on preventing and investigating serious crimes and not on arresting and prosecuting responsible adult marijuana consumers.” He said decriminalizing marijuana would have economic benefits. “Marijuana sales are currently taking place in an underground market where they benefit criminals and drug cartels,” Riffle said. “Under the law proposed by Del. Anderson, marijuana sales would take place in tightly regulated businesses that are creating jobs and paying taxes that will benefit Maryland citizens. We hope legislators will agree that it is time to once again make prohibition a thing of the past.”

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China. In 1912, Yuan Shikai was elected by the Senate as the second president. Yuan died in 1916 after his failure in restoring monarchy in China. From 1911 to 1928, China had a democratic form of government, but lacked the essence of democracy. The system was unstable in nature: its government form shifted frequently from parliamentary democracy to presidency even to military government. Its functioning fell into chaos.” Photo by Ann Ragland/NNPA Yan added, “In 1928 after First grade students in Xi'an, China eagerly practice their English on NNPA Chairman Chiang Kai-shek militarily Cloves Campbell, Jr. defeated all warlords and united (This series resulted from an African American Media China in formality, Chiang reintroduced a dictatorship form of Leaders Mission to China sponsored by the China-United government in China…” States Exchange Foundation, whose goal is to foster a better Today, China has undergone dramatic change. understanding between the people of China and the United “Since the late 1970s, China has moved from a closed, States.) centrally planned system to a more market-oriented one that plays a major global role…,” notes the CIA World Factbook. T:7.466” NEXT: Life in China

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American history better than most Americans. Americans, in general, know little about their past and even less about China, an ancient civilization that dates back more than 5,000 years. “Many Americans see China as a Third World, underdeveloped, cheap and poor country,” said Carl Humphrey, an African American who has lived in Shanghai for five years. “In my opinion, this thought process goes back to education or mis-education. Media…can also be partly blamed.” Many Americans were introduced to China through those outdated newsreels, Charlie Chan movies that stereotype Chinese as smart and sneaky as well as martial arts movies. Blacks were drawn to martial arts movies because they could see Black actors, such as Jim Kelly, kicking it with Bruce Lee. But knowledge of China needs to extend beyond cinema. By 2027, according to projections by Goldman Sachs, China will overtake the United States as the world’s largest economy. That will have profound implications not only for the America, but also for western society in general. “The West has thought itself to be universal, the unquestioned model and example for all to follow,” Martin Jacques wrote in When China Rules the World. “In the future it will be only one of several possibilities….” If China becomes the dominant economic superpower, it will be a different world. China has benefited from globalization perhaps more than any other country; even in the formerly closed society, there are abundant signs that artificial geographical boundaries have been removed. In this capital city, for example, you don’t have to go far to see a Starbucks or a McDonald’s. If you’re looking for a place to lay your head, there’s the luxurious Ritz Carlton or the less expensive Hilton, Grand Hyatt, Courtyard and Radisson. In November 2009, President Obama announced the “100,000 Strong” initiative, a private-sector philanthropic effort to expand the number of U.S. students studying in China. In the United States, not many students learn that modern day China is home to one of the world’s earliest civilizations. During the early 1920s, excavators discovered what became known as the Peking Man, skeleton bones believed to date back 750,000 years. Ironically, Africans and African-Americans may have stronger ties to China than most Whites. The first trade exchanges between China and Africa are believed to have taken place during the Tang Danasty [618907], but reached its height during the Ming Dynasty [13681644]. Zheng He, a famous Chinese navigator, visited East Africa seven times between 1405 and 1433. China established diplomatic relations with Egypt in 1956 and supported many African liberation movements in the 1960s and 1970s. It established formalized diplomatic and economic relations with 51 African countries and still maintains ties with 45 of them. Because of those relationships, China was able to finally join the United Nations General Assembly when, led by African nations, the U.N. voted in 1971 to expel Taiwan and replace it with the People’s Republic of China. To align itself with the struggle against imperialism in the 1930s and 1940s, China courted numerous Black activists. Scholar/activist W.E.B. DuBois met Mao Tse-tung and at one point, his birthday was celebrated as a national holiday in China. Paul Robeson and Langston Hughes visited China. Malcolm X, Huey P. Newton, Eldridge Cleaver, Angela Davis, and H. Rap Brown visited in the 1960s. Black leaders showed an appreciation for China on the home front as well. The first sizable Chinese immigration to America coincided with the California Gold Rush in the early 1850s. In 1882, Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act to block further Chinese immigration. Abolitionist Frederick Douglass opposed the act and Blanche K. Bruce, a Black U.S. senator from Mississippi, voted against it. The law was not repealed until 1943. Until President Richard M. Nixon’s historic visit to China 41 years ago, the U.S. and China did not enjoy diplomatic relations. Even after they were established, Americans kept a distance. China was lumped in with communists in the Soviet Union. In fact, China has not always been ruled by communists. “The 1911 Revolution overthrew the monarchy and China established the first parliamentary democracy in Asia,” explained Yan Jian, assistant to the director of the China Center for Comparative Politics and Economics in Beijing. “The new regime was based on the temporary Constitution, which drew heavily on European and American experiences. Sun-Yat-Sen was nominated to be the first president of [the] Republic of

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Former Patients of OB/GYN Nikita Levy Seek Legal Advice By Krishana Davis AFRO Staff Writer

More than one of the women reported that Dr. Nikita Levy made them feel uneasy, an attorney representing some of the doctor’s former patients said. Then there are allegations from others. Sometimes he was too rough. Sometimes he examined them with no assistant present. Sometimes he asked women to come back long before they were due for their annual exams, said David Hayes, an attorney with the Cochran Firm in Baltimore. “It’s a clear and gross violation of patient privacy rights, at the bare minimum,” Hayes said. “Exams were done for pure perversion and his own personal satisfaction.” More than 2,000 former clients of Levy, an obstetrician and gynecologist based at Johns Hopkins East Baltimore Medical Center who is accused of recording images of his clients via hidden videotape and camera equipment when they came into his office for examinations, have come forward to report contact with the physician, officials said. The women were all patients of Levy, who was dismissed from Johns Hopkins in early February after a co-worker alleged that he was behaving improperly. The allegation first arose Feb. 4, when the co-worker tipped off hospital officials. Four days later, Levy was fired. Ten days after that, on Feb. 18, he committed suicide at his home in Baltimore County. The women came forward in recent weeks as attorneys around the area appealed for them to call their offices. At least one class action lawsuit has been filed. Local authorities said they expect that dozens of Levy’s clients, if not hundreds, will eventually file claims against

him and the hospital. “He was administering pelvic exams and vaginal exams frequently,” Hayes said. “He got too close to them physically and he made them feel uncomfortable.” More than 80 women affected by the Levy scandal gathered Feb. 23 for an informational meeting on patient’s rights held by the Cochran Law Firm. Hayes said Levy’s actions violated the women’s “right to privacy.” The hospital might also be liable for not preventing the events alleged, Hayes said. The firm is actively investigating a claim that a complaint was made by a patient to another physician about Levy’s behavior many years ago, he said. AFRO’s request for an interview with the communications office at Johns Hopkins was not granted. Instead, a hospital employee, Audrey Huang, emailed a statement that was dated Feb. 24, a Sunday. The statement said Levy was “escorted off the property” Feb. 5. He never returned. “We understand there is still a lot of shock and confusion surrounding the dismissal, criminal investigation and subsequent death of obstetrician/ gynecologist, Nikita Levy, M.D.,” the statement said. “It is a situation that is deeply disturbing for our patients and for the entire Hopkins community. We want to assure our patients that their privacy, safety and wellbeing is always our priority. We acted quickly, and we reported this information with as much detail as our partners in law enforcement would allow.” In an email, Huang said, “patients privacy and comfort is a key concern, which is why we have a practice that

a chaperone be present for all pelvic exams.” Huang was not answering the telephone at her office when a reporter attempted to ask if Levy always used a nurse assistant when performing an exam. According to Baltimore City police spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi, the department began its investigation Feb. 7 after being notified of the allegations against Levy. Authorities searched Levy’s home and secured computer materials such as hard drives and computer servers with an extraordinary amount of evidence. The department’s investigation continues, but Guglielmi confirmed that a pen was among a series of cameras and recording devices found. “We owe it to these patients to determine who is involved and if there is anyone else who assisted in criminal activity. We have an obligation to go after these people,” said Guglielmi. On Feb. 27 the Cochran Firm is set to file an action against Johns Hopkins and the Baltimore City police department demanding they produce information on the case. Of particular concern to the women, Hayes said, are the six servers and 10 hard drives authorities seized from Levy’s home. Hayes said, “Servers are used for disseminating and sharing of materials.” They fear that he may have shared images on the Internet or emailed them to other people, he said. Hayes said the women were “shocked,” “concerned” and “upset” over the tapes. Lowell Duckett, vice president of A&D Security Consultants, said every purchaser of hi-tech spy equipment, as in the pen

camera Levy allegedly used, is pre-screened with a questionnaire and forms. More than $4.5 billion is spent in the private sector annually on spyware. “Why does he need it? What does he need it for? What was his objective? The worst guy out there is the Peeping Tom who hasn’t developed into a rapist yet,” said Duckett. “We have a tendency in our society to classify people based on their position.” Jamison White, an attorney at Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White, said his firm has received more than 100 calls from patients of Levy who are concerned about their patient rights and seeking direction for their next course of action. The firm filed a Notice of Preparation of Evidence to Johns Hopkins and the Baltimore City and county police departments, authorizing notification of any evidence involving any of their clients. It also asks Johns Hopkins to preserve all employee files, e-mails, etc. in association with Levy. Depending on the outcome of the investigation, White said filing a case against the Levy estate and Johns Hopkins is warranted as the hospital had responsibility to supervise Levy’s and direct liability as an institution. “We are hearing from our clients that there was sort of a culture surrounding Dr. Levy’s practice and he was known to be in the examination rooms and conducting examinations without any other female nurse in the room and that should have been a red flag that something else with Dr. Levy was going on,” said White. According to the notice filed by the firm, one of their clients was 14 when she first became Levy’s patient in 2004.

Maryland Legislative Black Caucus Holds First Law and Justice Day By Massimo A. Delogu Jr. Special to the AFRO Members of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland convened on Feb. 25 in Annapolis to discuss various citizen concerns about law enforcement, including community policing, police use of force and prison and reentry at their first Law and Justice Day event. The open discussion was comprised of two panels— Policing in Maryland and Prison and Reentry. The event was headed by Del. Aisha N. Braveboy (D-Prince George’s), chair of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland and Del. Jill P. Carter, chair, LBCM Law & Justice Committee. As the hearing commenced on the topic of “Policing in Maryland,” panelists discussed issues such as police use of force and community policing. Members of the panel included Baltimore City Police Lt. Col. Melvin Russell, who told the audience that he grew up in East Baltimore; Maryland State Police Col. Marcus Brown; and Ricardo Flores, government relations director for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. Russell told the

audience that he makes himself “accessible” to the community he serves in an effort to be more proactive in reaching out to the people his officers work with. He said the philosophy that has police working more closely

Del. Aisha N. Braveboy with citizens is paying off in reduced crime. “It’s because of what we were doing differently,” he said. “We were talking to the community. We were building bridges. We gave the community a voice because the community is the voice.” The three-hour event

drew few citizens. However, the legislators and law enforcement personnel interacted extensively, discussing during the first panel ways to improve communications between officers and in the second panel, an effort to “Ban the Box,” to remove from job applications the box that requires men and women convicted of crimes to tell employers that before they are interviewed. But the discussion was not always positive. Dominique Stevenson, director of the “Friend of a Friend” program, which helps men and women who are returning offenders to find jobs, said she has witnessed police misconduct and questions whether an element of trust can be established between police and the community. “Riding through Baltimore, I don’t see community-based police. I see young men walking down their steps and the police in an unmarked car and they pause,” she said. “He’s immediately a suspect coming out of the house.” Dr. Marvin L. “Doc” Cheatham, Sr., the political action chair for the Maryland State Conference of NAACP branches, said community leaders need to find more

ways “to connect with the police.” He added, “Then, we have to use our organizations to hold them accountable.” The focus of the second panel was providing access to job opportunities for exoffenders and providing them the resources to sustain themselves once they leave prison. Walter M. Lomax, founder and executive director of Mandala Enterprise, which advocates for offenders and ex-offenders, told those gathered that there is little assistance available for men and women leaving prison. “The reality is your son or your daughter can be arrested at anytime and find themselves in the criminal justice system and they will find themselves locked out economically, politically, and socially,” he said. Mark P. Matthews Sr., founder of Clean Slate America, which specializes in criminal record expongement and policy, advocacy and changing laws regarding exoffenders, said he regularly interacts with men and women who have returned home with good intentions only to lose hope when they are shut out because of their criminal history. “No matter how much

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Marckel Ross, 18; Eliezer Reyes, 14; and Marcus Jones, 16. Magaw on Feb. 25 announced an arrest in Ross’ killing. The first student slain this school year, Ross, was fatally shot just before 7 a.m. on Sept. 11 in the 6100 block of Old Central Avenue as he walked to Central High School. Police arrested Travon Bennett, 20, of Bryans Road, Md. Authorities believe the motive was robbery. However, discussions at the meeting focused on Walker’s death. According to police, Walker, a freshman at Suitland High School, was walking on 28th Avenue in Hillcrest Heights carrying a new pair of Timberland boots in a shopping bag when a van carrying five men approached. Someone asked him for the shoes, but he refused and began Erica Proctor spoke at the meeting. to run, authorities said. At some point, shots were fired from the van and Walker fell, mortally wounded. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died. All five men in the van were charged with firstdegree murder: Derryck Antonio Green, 20, of Alexandria; Jermani Maurice Whitner, 18, of Temple Hills; Glenn Cornell Leach, 23, of Southeast Washington; Tayvon Delonte Williams, 21, of Oxon Hill; and Kevin J. Smith, 21, of Temple Hills. “A young man who was shot in his back over a pair of shoes says that we are transferring the wrong values to our children,” Alsobrooks said. “And that has to be addressed.” Walker’s father, Charles Walker, attended the meeting, but did not speak. The victim’s cousin, Thaddeus Walker, 23, of Waldorf, told the audience that he hopes others will learn from the death. “For a pair of shoes, for a jacket, give it up,” he said. “It’s not worth your life.” Glover, whose son was injured in a robbery attempt in 2011, agreed. “I tell my kids and all the kids in my neighborhood, ‘You can always get a new pair of shoes, but we can’t get a new life,’” Glover said. “If they want it, give it to them. Please give those shoes up.” Some said improved parenting, more youth jobs, increased support from the faith community, better government support for community groups and more male role models would help curb violence. “Children need to see stronger male figures in their life,” said Walter Kirkland, president of 100 Black Men of Prince George’s County. “Brothers, I need you to…stand up and be accountable.” Police investigations into the killings continue.

experience one has, no matter how much training, no matter how much education, a criminal record is a detriment,” he said. “When is enough, enough? When do you get that promise to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?” Panelists said ex-offenders going through the reentry process are at risk of being homeless. They struggle with re-assimilation. The inability to find jobs can lead them to reoffend, Stevens said. Members of the Maryland Black Legislative Caucus discussed creating initiatives to urge major corporations such as Johns Hopkins to employ ex-offenders. Russell said companies should consider bringing in workers who have served their time, instead of outsiders because

they would be more vested in the community. The “Ban the Box” bill, which would restrict access and inquiries into the criminal history of an applicant for employment until the applicant has been provided an opportunity for an interview, has been approved by the Senate, but has stalled in a House of Delegates Appropriations Committee. House Bill 1006, which is Bill 70 in the Senate, sponsored by Del. Curt Anderson (D-Baltimore) and Sen. Verna Jones Rodwell (D-Baltimore), would allow individuals to petition the courts to shield certain non-violent misdemeanor convictions. The measure is scheduled to be discussed in the House Judiciary Committee on March 7.


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Achieving ‘Balance’ in the Federal Budget It now appears that, beginning March 1, Republican resistance to the President’s strategy for getting our economic house in order could well take our economy on a painful toboggan ride. We can avoid this dangerous slide - but only if the will of the American people makes itself felt on Capitol Hill. On March 1, the devastating, across-theboard cuts in government Elijah Cummings spending (the “sequester” enacted in 2011 to avoid the Republicans’ threat to America’s “full faith and credit”) are scheduled to begin.  Unless a prompt alterative is approved, at least $85 billion will be slashed from federal expenditures this fiscal year.  Except for Social Security recipients, Medicare patients, the disabled and our men and women in uniform, nearly every American will be affected.  Nearly 100,000 jobs could be lost as a result in Maryland alone. The “sequester,” however, is only the first of three major collisions that we must overcome this year if we are to avoid the downward slide that threatens our economy and our way of life. By March 27, our President and the Congress must reach agreement on a continuing resolution to fund the federal government.  Our failure to meet this second challenge could shut down the federal government.  The impact of this second potential blow on most Americans might be deferred until August, but, sooner rather than later, it would be felt in almost every household.  Finally, the short-term “fix” that we just enacted to defer our fight over raising the federal debt limit runs its course on or about May 19.  According to most experts, the consequences of the United States’ reneging on the obligations that we already have incurred are almost too dire to contemplate. It is important to emphasize that our nation is facing these three tests in the coming days – not just one – and to

understand the deepening consequences of failure. Failing the first test, the sequester, could cost our nation 700,000 jobs and slow our continued growth out of the Bush recession. Failing the second, the threatened government shutdown, could push us back into recession. Failing the third test, on the U.S. government’s full faith and credit, could well lead to a prolonged depression that would harm every American, as well as our world.  When I speak of every American being seriously harmed, I include those moderately conservative and relatively affluent Republicans nationwide who have the most persuasive influence with the Republicans whom they have elected. To them, and to all of us, I suggest that they take another look at the balanced solutions to our budgetary cul-de-sac that President Obama and congressional Democrats have proposed.  As a starting point, we Democrats agree with Republicans that our long-term budgetary shortfalls cannot be sustained.  We also agree that many government programs can be made more efficient, if we do so carefully – and that some can and should be eliminated.  Where we do not yet agree is how to bridge the gap between the cost of necessary expenditures such as spending on defense, social security, public health and education and the revenues that our current tax system provides.  So, stripped of all the political posturing, the budgetary issues come down to a straightforward question:  “Who can and should pay a little more to avoid our economic crisis?”  Affordability for taxpayers is the single, unavoidable fact that we must address in balancing the federal budget.  We simply cannot avoid the fact that everyday Americans who rely totally upon salaries, wages or Social Security and pensions for their livelihood cannot afford to pay significantly more in taxes than they do today.  We should reexamine the huge subsidies that our tax code currently provides to Big Oil and other industries.

Nor should we dismiss the reality that the stock markets have demonstrated substantial growth since the Bush recession – growth that has been affected, but only modestly, by the preferred income tax treatment we afford to dividends and capital gains compared to taxes upon wages and salaries.   As a result, according to the conclusions of a respected Congressional Research Service expert, Thomas Hungerford, “The single greatest driver of income inequality over a recent 15 year period was runaway income from capital gains and dividends.”  These gains in income and wealth, according to Mr. Hungerford in a Feb. 20 interview with Greg Sargent of the Washington Post, account for most of the rising income of the top one percent.  If we are to successfully bridge the gap between government revenues and expenditures, we must reexamine that preferred tax treatment for this most fortunate one percent.  Balance in our budget can only be achieved by more balance in our system of taxation.  This is the core principle that our budget negotiations must enforce.  The alternative is economic disaster for us all. Congressman Elijah Cummings represents Maryland’s seventh congressional district in the House of Representatives.

Bayard Rustin: An Unsung Hero for Equality A decade before Rosa Parks’ arrest for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus, police dragged Bayard Rustin off a bus in Tennessee for the same act of protest. When pressed about why he was resisting segregation, Rustin gestured to a young White boy seated at the front of the bus. “If I sit in the back,” Rustin said, “I am depriving that child of the knowledge that there is injustice here, which I believe is his right to know.” Rustin, an often unsung hero of the Civil Rights Movement, spent his entire life exposing injustice in our nation. Even before he served as lead organizer of the 1963 March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. declared his dream, Rustin was labeled a Communist and a radical by the government. When he traveled to the segregated South during the first-ever Freedom Rides, he experienced a barrage of racial slurs and violence. But in America, in the 1950s and 60s, no label stuck to Rustin quite like “homosexual.” As an openly gay man, Rustin was attacked by everyone - Black and White. Yet, at a time when few others would, Rustin proudly wore that label.

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To Rustin, fighting for his equality as a Black man, while leaving his identity as a gay man unspoken, would have been an unthinkable betrayal. It was his firm belief that silence about either identity meant he accepted the system of discrimination that allowed hatred about both to persist. Long before it was easy or safe, Rustin was motivated to live openly. He could have hidden the fact that he was gay. When confronted about it, he could have lied - that’s what everyone did in those days. But Rustin lived openly because to do otherwise would be a missed opportunity in exposing the injustice and intolerance that he, along with other members of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender communities experienced. Despite a lifetime lived in service to justice and nonviolence, Rustin’s legacy was marginalized by his sexuality. His 1987 New York Times obituary demonstrated the evasive language about LGBT people that was common in the media just a few years ago. The obituary skirted the topic of his being gay and referred to his longtime partner by euphemism only. Even today, his name is not nearly as well known as the other greats of the Civil Rights Movement. As we visit the state of equality and justice in America during this historic anniversary year for the fight for

The Wisdom of Dr. Ben Carson Dr. Ben Carson, Presidential Medal of Freedom winner and legendary neurosurgeon, is now in the spotlight for his keynote address to the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 7. It’s not brain surgery to figure out why. Most notable was his criticism of Obamacare, one of the worst federal laws in decades, and one which, before its complete implementation, is already destroying our economy on a massive scale. Dr. Carson, relying on decades of medical experience, proposed health savings accounts for every American, which would fix two enormous problems in our system today: (1) regressive intergenerational transfers of wealth, and (2) half of our country not having a skin in the game, not having invested in their own futures. HSAs would incentivize efficiency, which is completely lacking in today’s broken health care system. Our country is being bankrupted by the health care industry and Dr. Carson has a solution that needs to be taken seriously. Dr. Carson came under fire for these remarks. What is wrong with a physician sharing his perspective on health policy? Is it partisan just because this is President Obama we’re dealing with, whom the media has seemingly vowed to

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protect at any cost? Dr. Carson’s wisdom should be heeded by policymakers in Washington on both sides of the aisle. Rush Limbaugh, in his typically bombastic style, warned that, “The Obama campaign team is gonna get into gear if this guy keeps talking, and they’re gonna try to find ways to smear him and ruin his life and do to him what they did to Romney.” It is a shame that Dr. Carson’s speech was considered only for its public policy content. The speech is full of wisdom on other topics, such as education, speech codes and the importance of tithing. I was intrigued by his discussion of tithing and its relation to our 70,000-page tax code. Tithing is such a fair way to tax people because it’s proportional.  As soon as you move away from proportional taxing, ideology takes over.  Ideology is, quite frankly, arbitrary and depends upon the latest trendy or fashionable prejudices.  A growing number of people seriously think that the rich should pay more, while some feel they should pay less.  One could legitimately make the argument that if the top one percent pay 37% of the income taxes and the top five percent pay 59%, this clearly demonstrates their tax base should be lower. The top five percent don’t make 59% of the income and yet they pay 59% of the taxes. Therefore it is simple and fair to make the argument that they are being over

equality, we should not forget trailblazers like Rustin. Let us uplift the stories of LGBT African Americans who felt and still feel the burdens of discrimination, those whose very lives illustrate the insistent fact that the fight to treat all people equally is both this country’s greatest accomplishment and its greatest unfinished obligation. Today, the NAACP, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, and the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, are proud to work together toward equality. And we’re proud that President Obama, in his second inaugural address, linked the Civil Rights Movement and the LGBT equality movement. But long before a president like Obama was even possible, Rustin was preaching an equal future. We shouldn’t forget his sacrifice and the greatest tribute to his legacy would be to finish his work. Benjamin Todd Jealous is president/CEO of the NAACP. Chad Griffin is president of the Human Rights Council. This article is the seventh of a 20-part series written in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

taxed. If you pay God ten percent of your wealth, why should you pay the government more than that? Unlike our tax code, tithing is simple. And it is fair. Tithing represents ten percent of one’s income. A proportional tax system does not have to reside at ten percent.  It can be higher or lower depending on the needs of the government. Because it would be applied proportionally to the entire population, the government would be unlikely to raise taxes to a very high level, for it would affect everyone and not just a small group of voters. This is a clear advantage of a proportional tax rate, that everyone participates. A country where half of the population pay no income taxes, but are allowed to vote to make the other people pay more taxes, makes absolutely no sense. Dr. Carson says that he has not ruled out a run for office. Whether or not he does, I think that our leaders in Washington need to listen to this man and at least take a half hour to listen to his prayer breakfast speech. It is a large dose of common sense, something that has been lacking in Washington for many years. Armstrong Williams is a columnist and radio talk show host.


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Tecoya Gordon, Miss Black D.C. USA, Edgar Brookins and Gloria Sawyer, the Queen’s chaperone

Alpha Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Bro. Phillip W. Thomas, Inc. hosted its 56th Annual Mardi Gras on Feb 8 at basileus, Alpha Omega the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. Lee and Ethel Walker Chapter, with the 2013 Guests at the event, organized Mardi Gras Queen, Krystal by chapter Basileus Phillip W. Jenkins Thomas and Charles Briggs, chair of Mardi Gras committee, included D.C. Mayor Bro. Lloyd Jordan, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Vincent Gray and Dr. Andrew A. Ray, 39th Grand Basileus, Omega Psi Phi Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Grand Basileus Dr. Andrew Ray.

Brothers singing the Omega hymn

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We are just having a soulful time at the Mardi Gras.

Deltas: Denise Mitchell, Burnelle Herring, Venida Hamilton, Rosie Allen Herring and Mary Grant

Standing: Carolyn Gordon; Charles Briggs; Shirley Briggs- Seated: Abraham Gordon; Gina Hicks; Lawrence Harris and Olivia Harris

Kent Amos and A’Lelia Bundles Wobble Baby Wobble

Standing: Bob Howard, Barney Barnwell, Jackie Howard, Jimmi Barnwell and Joe Briggs; Seated - Dorothy Edmonds and Sue Briggs

The winning costume couple Photos by Rob Roberts

Julian Weaver, artist, playing banjo he made from a cigar box Judge Rohulamin Quander presenting artistic achievement award to Carmen Torruella Quander, his wife

Elva Anderson, emcee addressing the guests

Willette Seaword, Brian Vaughn and Carmen Torruella Quander

Michael Holiday, M.D., with Gregory Scott, curator and featured artist

Two of the featured artists: Ann Williams and Gregory Scott

Karl Graham, Francis Washington, unidentified guest and Al Burts, some of the featured artists at the exhibit

Omega brothers sounding off

2013 Mardi Gras Court: seated - Ashley McPherson; Rachael Radley; 2012 Mardi Gras Queen, Leila M. Meliani; Krystal Jenkins and Nicole Thomas; Standing - Denville Myrie; Scott Thomas; Anthony Miller; DeAngelo Moody and Christopher Coy

In honor of Black History Month, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Southwest, Washington DC hosted the grand opening reception of BLACK POP CULTURE: Legends & Visionaries of Color, a group exhibition featuring the works of internationally and nationally known artists from diverse backgrounds celebrating the aesthetic visions of a new black pop culture. Exhibit artists included: Al Burts, Michael Cummings, Karl Graham, Betty Murchison, Carmen Torruella-Quander, Greg Scott, artist and curator of the exhibit, Kenya Scott, Alec Simpson, Francis Washington, Julian Weaver and Ann Marie Williams. This exhibition explores the transitions artists go through finding their voice and understanding their life experiences by exploring their own creativity in the arts. These artists take the viewer on a journey leading to different visual explosions of dynamism. During the reception, a special award was presented to Carmen Torruella-Quander, artist, curator and educator by her husband, Judge Rohulamin Victoria Quander. The reception was enjoyed by all; Paytonwebber guests were able to meet the featured artists. playing the harp

Linda Beltran, communications director, Oriental Mandarin Hotel and Elva Anderson, emcee

Cynthia Greene, Rohulamin Quander and Richard Washington, Jr.

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New Study Shows Trauma Caused by Bullying Could Affect Adult Life By Alexis Taylor Special to the AFRO There are very real effects of bullying that can last well past the days of recess and gym class, according to a new report published Feb. 20 in the Journal of American Medical Association, Psychiatry. As part of a study, more than 1,400 Western North Carolina children between the ages of 9 and 16 in 11 different counties were asked on average four to six times about their experiences with bulling. From the data, researches created categories based on whether the participants were solely bullies, solely victims, neither, or a combination of both, identified as “bullies/ victims.” The report showed that children who were both bullies and victims had a higher chance of developing depression and panic disorders, and were at an increased risk when it came to suicide later in young adulthood. Children who only acted as bullies—not victims, had an increased risk of antisocial personality disorder. “Victims and bullies/victims had elevated rates of young adult psychiatric disorders, but also elevated rates of childhood psychiatric disorders and family hardships,” the study stated. “After controlling for childhood psychiatric problems or family hardships, we found that victims continued to have a higher prevalence of agoraphobia, generalized anxiety, and panic disorder.” Bullying is defined as “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that

involves a real or perceived power imbalance,” according to information released by the Department of Health and Human Services. The behavior is considered to be repeated actions that carry “the potential to be repeated, over time.” “The effects of being bullied are direct, pleiotropic, and long-lasting, with the worst effects for those who are both victims and bullies,” the report stated. Bullying can take three different forms, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, which include verbal, social, and physical torment, which includes everything from hitting and punching to breaking another person’s personal belongings and making “mean or rude hand gestures.” Verbal bullying consists of “teasing,” “inappropriate sexual comments, taunting, threatening to cause harm,” while social bullying can include “leaving someone out on purpose” or actively spreading rumors. The CDC estimates that 20 percent of high school students deal with some type of bullying that can have far reaching effects with the help of social media. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends that all bullying be addressed immediately when noticed with a calm and collected attitude. Adults are also encouraged to not try to make bullies or victims explain their actions in a public forum, and time should be taken with each child individually before making all parties involved apologize or come to an agreement after an altercation.


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Soulful Symphony, Hippodrome Celebrate Partnership By Zachary Lester Special to the AFRO It happened in a concert hall on a Saturday night, not in a sanctuary on Sunday, but Darin Atwater and his Soulful Symphony took their audience to church during a Feb. 23 performance at Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre. Featuring more than 50 instrumentalists and vocalists, and a handful of independent artists who made guest appearances, the show was a compilation of old and new Soulful Symphony compositions and arrangements melded with new takes entitled “Best of Soulful Symphony.” Six months after the conclusion of their last season, the African-American orchestra took the audience from Kirk Franklin’s “My Life is in Your Hands” to Kurt Carr’s “For Every Mounain.” Then, as the audience was shouting praises, the lights went up for intermission. After the break, the gospel was replaced by R&B. “Can’t Help Myself,” by the Four Tops, got them rocking in their chairs again. Four male singers that accompanied the symphony drew laughter with their 70s-style dance steps. “Sugar pie, honey bunch! You know that I LOVE you!” the lead singer crooned. “Love you!” the three backups chimed in, stepping in unison. “Can’t help myself! I love you and nobody else!” Then, from the audience, “Dunh, dunh, dunh, dunhhhhh!” Soulful Symphony performances are always fun. Though many of the musicians are classically trained, the concerts cross the boundaries of classical music and combine it with genres that are more movable, such as soul, jazz and hip-hop. Six years ago, Atwater, the symphony’s founder, composer and musical director, presented “Paint Factory,” a collection of songs he wrote and arranged sauced with a heavy dose of hiphop and jazz. Some of those songs found their way into the Feb. 23 program. “Blue” took Atwater from the conductor’s perch to the piano, where he served as the featured soloist on the uplifting song. But it wasn’t all about having a good time. The concert served was a benefit for education and outreach programs for the Hippodrome Foundation and Soulful Symphony, officials said. Atwater, who made his orchestra debut with the National Symphony Orchestra in 1995 and founded the Soulful Symphony five years later, told the AFRO that after ending his partnership with the Baltimore Symphony, he sat down with officials from the Hippodrome and discussed joining forces with them. The symphony is currently in the process of partnering with the Hippodrome Foundation, as well. “The mission of the Hippodrome Foundation is to increase access to the theater and all of its assets,” said foundation director Olive Waxter. One of the foundation’s most impacting charitable programs is Camp Hippodrome, a free theater camp that is offered at the venue itself. The foundation hosts three one-week camps each summer for rising eighth graders, including a two-day tech camp for those interested in production. The students at the camp learn selected plays or musicals. At the end of the week,

Photo by Avis Thomas-Lester Aspiring actor Marcia Washington, 16, a sophomore at the Baltimore School for the Arts, sang a rendition of “Good Morning, Baltimore,” during intermission. they perform the production in front of their families at the Hippodrome Theatre. Camp Hippodrome also does several oneday camps over the course of the year for bigger crowds, such as school and church groups. Waxter says the camp has even hosted the Maryland School for the Blind. “The purpose of Camp Hippodrome is to help indulge middle school students who don’t quite know what they want to do yet in theater,” said Markia Washington, 16, of Baltimore, who has been involved with Camp Hippodrome, both as an intern and as a camper, since she was 11. She credits

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Male soloists

The audience A soloist sings a captivating selection Outside the Hippodrome Theatre

Conductor Darin Atwater

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the program with inspiring her to get into musical theater. Washington drew thunderous applause and cheers on Feb. 23 when she sang “Good Morning, Baltimore,” from the musical “Hairspray” during the concert. Officials said the camp has made a big difference in the lives of countless budding artists by kindling an interest in the arts that has turned into a passion for most. The Hippodrome Theatre has even hired a few of the Camp Hippodrome alumni, both as interns and actual employees, once they turn 18. The Soulful Symphony and the Hippodrome Foundation adopted Lansdowne High School in Baltimore County. Atwater worked with the students in the choir program as they prepared for their spring concert and local and state choral competitions. With his help, the Lansdowne choir received superior ratings at the state festival for the first time since 1980, officials said. Atwater has been helping young musicians in schools across Maryland and Washington, D.C. for years, and all the students in the programs he’s worked with are invited to sit in on the Soulful Symphony’s concert-day rehearsals. Atwater said he is concerned about cuts in school arts funding. He plans to meet with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-

Blake about the budget cuts affecting the arts programs in Baltimore schools. Cutting school arts funding is “taking the creative impulse away from the kids,” he said. Atwater said he also plans to film a second live recording of the Soulful Symphony with PBS. They will be performing and recording “Paint Factory,” an audience favorite. “The next season of performances will be announced within the next six weeks,” he said.


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BUSINESS Kenneth J. Parker –From Groundskeeper to Pepco Senior V.P. By Krishana Davis AFRO Staff Writer Men all over the country were searching for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift on a midweek day in February, but Kenneth J. Parker was on a different mission. While other men were trying to secure dinner reservations at the hottest new spots or ordering expensive dark chocolates and flowers, he was planning the meal he would prepare at home with his wife. “Just being able to sit down and quietly talk and laugh, that’ll be good,” said Parker, 50, of Rockville. Almost six months after his promotion to senior vice president of government affairs and corporate citizenship at Pepco Holdings, Parker’s hectic work week and long hours are already making time with his wife, Sheri, and their two children, Kenneth Jr., 17, and Lauren, 13, more limited. That makes family time even more special, he said. Family has always been important to Parker. He was born the ninth of 10 children and is still close to his brothers and sisters. His mother, Ella Parker, died when he was 2 years old. His father, Willie Lee Parker, distraught over the loss of

his wife, ran off to Florida, leaving Parker and his siblings in Winslow Township in Camden County, N.J., just outside Philadelphia. While in Florida, his father was shot and killed. The death of his mother and the departure of his father “pretty much shifted our whole life circumstances,” Parker said. “My oldest sister Patricia tried to raise us,” said Parker. But the state of New Jersey put Parker and his other siblings in foster homes where they lived for seven years. “Once you leave your parents, the state has jurisdiction,” he said. “My older sister tried to maintain a connection with [us]. I never felt like I was alone because I always knew she would be visiting.” Eventually, Patricia became a teacher and was able to bring her brothers and sisters to live with her, Parker said. His strong connection to family led him to get married young. He and Sheri were married in 1990, long before he became a corporate success story. “She didn’t marry me for how much money I made,” said Parker with a chuckle. “She married me for the person I am and that’s the

greatest thing... That’s true love. She has always been a true champion of mine and a

become Pepco Holdings at Atlantic City Electric, a New Jersey subsidiary of the

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Kenneth J. Parker rose from entry level to the executive suite at Pepco.

supporter.” Parker started his career with the company that would

utility, in the landscaping department in 1986. He cut the lawns and maintained

the grounds and he did it so well that he was eventually promoted to building manager. In that capacity, he worked the overnight shift dispatching crews working in the field to address customer concerns. Besides a willingness to work hard, Parker had an affinity for helping people, something he came by because of his own background, he said. He remembers his brothers and sisters teaching him to be kind and helpful to those who are suffering. “Don’t down the one that is down today. Help them in their sorrow,” Parker said they told him, quoting their mother. “This old world is a funny old world. You might be down tomorrow.” Parker, years earlier, had earned his bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Delaware State University. As he began to climb higher on the corporate ladder, he ran for the Winslow Township School District, he said. “I lost my first election,” said Parker. “Being young and naive, I thought I could just change the world. I learned you have to have support. I learned about policy and politics from other members who were 15 or 20 years older

than me.” Parker won his next election and served as a board member for seven years. He used what he learned about interpersonal relationships while on the school board to help him navigate his way through the ranks of Pepco, he said. Other corporate positions at Pepco have included director of government affairs for New Jersey; vice president for the Atlantic region for Pepco; region president for Atlantic City; and vice president of public policy, the position he held before his promotion in September to his current post. As senior vice president of government affairs and corporate citizenship, Parker is in charge of community development and making sure that Pepco’s name stays before governmental entities and nonprofits. He establishes and maintains ties between Pepco and federal, state, county and local officials from Washington, D.C., Maryland, Delaware and parts of New Jersey. “I feel blessed that I have come so far,” Parker told the AFRO. “[The promotion] made me reflect on my journey—when I started with the company and my personal life as well.”

PEOPLE Dr. Lisa Cooper Receives Heart Association’s Watkins-Saunders Award The American Heart Association (AHA) recently honored Lisa Cooper, MD, MPH, FACP, principal investigator and director of the Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities, with the 2013 Watkins-Saunders Award. The annual award, which honors the groundbreaking clinical, medical, and community work of Dr. Levi Watkins and Dr. Elijah Saunders, recognizes individuals whose work exemplifies excellence in their endeavors to diminish healthcare disparities in Maryland.

Cooper received the honor on Feb. 23 at the AHA’s 29th Annual Baltimore Heart Ball. The event, chaired by Brown Advisory investment management firm, was held at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. Cooper is an internationally recognized expert on the effectiveness of patient-centered interventions for improving health outcomes and overcoming racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare. Additionally, she has demonstrated her selfless commitment to community through service to numerous community organizations, institutions and foundations. Having worked under the tutelage of doctors Watkins and Saunders, Cooper is ecstatic to have been chosen for an award honoring their work. “I am deeply honored and humbled to receive the WatkinsSaunders Award,” she said in a statement. “Both Dr. Watkins and Saunders have been mentors and role models for me, from my early years as a medical resident at University of Maryland to my years as a faculty member at Johns Hopkins. While training with Dr. Saunders, I saw firsthand how he engendered trust from his patients and the community by his superb clinical care and commitment to patients and their families. In my interactions with Dr. Watkins, I experienced his

Dr. Lisa Cooper ability to courageously speak up when he saw injustice based on race, social standing, or any other reason, in the academic environment and in care delivery.”

UDC’s Shauna-Kay Creary Named Division II Indoor Track & Field Championship Participant Shauna-Kay Creary, a student of the University of the District of Columbia was recently selected as a participant for the 2013 NCAA Division II Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championships in the Long Jump event. Student -athletes qualified for the championships by reaching the automatic and provisional standards established for each event. “I’m elated with the announcement that Shauna-

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Shauna-Kay Creary Kay is part of the Long Jump field for the NCAA Championships,” head coach Alton McKenzie said in

a statement. “She’s had a fantastic indoor season on the track and in the field, and the Long Jump will be the perfect event for her to show the nation what she can do.” Creary, a junior from Kingston, Jamaica, was just named USTFCCCA Division II Female Athlete of the Week after leading UDC to a historic inaugural East Coast Conference Championship victory. She was chosen to participate for high national ranking and season best

5.77M jump on Feb. 23. The championships will be held March 7 through March 9 in Birmingham, Ala. at the Birmingham Crossplex as part of the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championships Festival. The Gulf South Conference and the City of Birmingham will serve as cohosts of the championships. “We are looking forward to Shauna-Kay going to Alabama and continuing to perform at a high level,” McKenzie said. “She’s ready.”


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Jacoby Jones Steps from End Zone to ‘Dancing With The Stars’ By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor Baltimore Ravens receiver Jacoby Jones, who capped his two-touchdown Super Bowl XLVII performance with slick post-score end-zone moves, gets another chance to dazzle a national audience on ABC-TV’s “Dancing With The Stars.” Jones, the latest high-profile pro athlete to appear on the popular reality show, is to make his debut March 18. In its 16 seasons on the air, “Dancing With The Stars” has featured several pro football players, including former Pittsburgh Steelers star receiver Hines Ward and former Cincinnati Bengals star receiver Chad Johnson, once known as Chad Ocho Cinco. But none of those athletes matched the steps Jones has become famous for, especially during his tenure with the Ravens. After each touchdown during the 2012-13 season, he showcased a new routine. While some critics have suggested that Jones’ end-zone celebrations amount to showboating, the six-year pro insists that’s far from the case. He has told reporters that he simply does it to stay loose from the tension that builds up during big games and to provide more entertainment for Ravens fans. “When I first came to Baltimore, [Ravens head coach] John Harbaugh told me to just do me,” Jones told NFL Network. “He said no matter what, just be me. And I said, ‘Say no more!’”

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During a recent interview with NFL Network, Jones was asked if he was more deserving of the Super Bowl MVP trophy than Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who took the honor after throwing three touchdowns with no turnovers in the Feb. 4 championship game. Many NFL analysts have argued in favor of Jones because of his huge impact in the game, but a humble Jones quickly dismissed the notion. “No [I shouldn’t have been named Super Bowl MVP],” Jones said. “I just played my role. I did my job like I’m supposed to do. When they call your number, you have to show up and play your role.” Jones also knows that those high moments of triumph are the other side of dark times. He still remembers his despair as a Houston Texan in the 2011-12 season when he fumbled on a punt return against the Baltimore Ravens during a playoff game. The turnover was a factor in the Texans’ season-ending loss to the Ravens and probably why the Houston team released him. Jones, 28, was a three-sport letterman at Marion Abramson High School in New Orleans before graduating from Lane College in Jackson, Tenn. He was a 2007 third round draft pick of the Houston Texans. He played with Houston five years before signing with the Ravens in 2012. “I’m taking this moment all in stride because last year, I was one of the most hated people in football,” Jones said. “People were burning my jersey, and sending me death threats on Twitter. But then this year, I win the Super Bowl. So I love every bit of it and it makes me just want to do it again.”

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University of Baltimore Celebrates City’s ‘Goon Squad’ By Alexis Taylor Special to the AFRO Born of a need for change in a city worn down by prejudice and racism, the members of Baltimore’s Goon Squad had just one goal: to replace discrimination with equality. What began as an 11-man group during the turbulent late 20th century is down to three. But the survivors reflected recently, they succeeded more than they failed--even though the city still grapples with some of the issues that brought them together. This week at the University of Baltimore professors, students, members of the religious community and leaders of community organizations celebrated the work of the Goon Squad, more than four decades after the civil and human rights organization began. The afternoon of conversations came just weeks after the deaths of the Rev. Vernon N. Dobson, a founding member who passed away on Jan. 26 and the Rev. Marion C. Bascom, who died at age 87 last May. “We wanted to see if we could make the world a little better than how we found it,” said Homer Favor, former director of urban studies at Morgan State University, as he sat between fellow founding members Lalit H. Gadhia and O. Patrick Scott. Favor told those gathered that the Goon Squad was an informal group of determined and dedicated men without a formal charter or elected officers. “None of this was planned- it was a spontaneous coming together of wills,” he said. “There was never a meeting called- never a reading of minutes- no bylaws- it was understood that once you were on the Goon Squad you were always a Goon Squad memberyour chair would be there.” For roughly an hour and a half the three men laughed, recollected, and shared some of the more somber moments of the group’s creation, their work in the community and the uphill battles they faced. “We stood for freedom, equality, and justice,” said Gadhia to the audience on Sunday as he sat on a panel led by Raymond A. Winbush, author and director of Morgan State University’s Institute of Urban Research, and Mark Steiner, a talk show host on radio station WEAA-FM. The group became known for their fights for equal employment, education, and justice and at least one of the surviving members recalls that the name –the Goon Squad—grew from a newspaper article that accused them of being thugs rather than forward-thinking activists. Gadhia, a lawyer and statistician, helped form the group after emigrating from India. Once in Baltimore, he said he became involved in local politics in 1961 with the help of Favor. At the time, the group reflected Black Baltimore’s best and brightest social thinkers and advocates, including Joseph C. Howard, a judge who served on the Supreme Bench of Baltimore City from 1968 to 1979, and later as a U.S. District Court judge for the District of Maryland, 1979 to 2000; Parren J. Mitchell, the first Black member of Maryland’s congressional delegation; Morgan State professor Augustus “Gus” Adair and several influential local faith leaders, such as the Revs. Frank L. Williams, Wendell H. Phillips, and Harold L. Dobson Sr. “Each one had peculiar strengths and shared those willingly with each other, almost like a social group going bowling, but somewhere along the lines the questions came up pertaining to our times and our situations,” said Favor, an economist and Morgan faculty member. The men agreed that they were successful in helping desegregate Baltimore, but some of the issues they faced in the mid- to late 1960s are still prevalent today.

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Lalita Ghadia, Dr. Homer Favor, and O. Patrick Scott, the last three surviving members of the Good Squad, speak at the University of Baltimore. “The city looks like a Third World place and it’s something that didn’t happen suddenly- it’s been doing that for about 50 years,” said Scott, an artist who became involved with the Goon Squad after answering a request to photograph members Howard and Mitchell. “It’s hard to say exactly what that means.” Gadhia paralleled Martin Luther King Jr.’s last stand in Memphis, Tenn. to advance the plight of sanitation workers with Baltimore sanitation workers and their unions fighting the privatization of their industry, which could reduce their wages. “Most definitely a lot of the issues are the same- especially with voter registration,” said Brion Gill, 22, a teacher at Lakeland Elementary and Middle School. Gill said many of the voter identification laws passed in recent years have, like past tactics, resulted in suppressing voter turnout. “That’s the work that we cut out for us- These issues are still prevalent because we haven’t found a way to institutionalize the change that we make instead of letting it change back over time,” she said. Gill joined other members of the local youth organization and political action committee, Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, as they and others participated in a question-and-answer period with the founders. “These men, all of them, have stayed true to the cause to this day, and at their dying breaths,” said Steiner, who at age 14 met members of the Goon Squad and was quickly taken under their wings. “They were all huge men in their own right, but they understood what it meant to work as a collective,” said Steiner. “They were leaders in the truest sense of the word.”

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Garron Dandridge, whose address is 40 Bristol Street, Canandalgua, NY 14424 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Doris Dandridge, who died on August 6, 2012 without a Will, and will serve with 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 August 22, 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 August 22, 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: February 22, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Garron Dandridge Personal Representative 571-221-0366 TRUE TEST COPY TYPESET:OFTue Feb 19 REGISTER WILLS 2/22, 3/1, 3/8

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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM38 Assenath A. Benjamin Decedent Elton F. Norman, Esq The Norman Law Firm PLLC 8720 Georgia Ave. Suite 906 Silver Spring, MD 20910 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Maxine Benjamin, whose address is 1715 Staley Manor Dr. Silver Spring MD 20904 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Assenath A. Benjamin, who died on June 27, 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 August 22, 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 August 22, 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: February 22, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Maxine Benjamin Personal Representative 301-625-9432 10:01:10 EST 2013 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 2/22, 3/1, 3/8

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM100 Emerson Williams Jr aka Emerson A Williams Jr Decedent Anthony P. Interdonato 12604 Glen Road Potomac MD 20854 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Dorothea Marietta Williams and Anthony P. Interdonato, whose address(es) are 6721 16th Street, NW, Washington DC 20012 and 12604 Glen Road, Potomac MD. 20854 were appointed personal representative(s) of the estate of Emerson Williams Jr. aka Emerson A. Williams Jr., who died on December 1, 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 September 1, 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 September 1, 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: March 1, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Dorothea Marietta Williams Anthony P. Interdonato Personal Representatives 301-948-3993 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS TYPESET: Tue Feb 26 3/1, 3/8, 3/15

TYPESET: Tue Feb 19 09:59:05 EST 2013 Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM88 William S. Grooms Decedent Winfred R. Mundle Sr. Esq 901 6th Street SW 314A Washington DC 20024 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Virginia Grooms Wingo, whose address is 3502 Halloway North, Upper Marlboro MD 20772 was appointed personal representative of the estate of William S. Grooms, who died on January 3, 1983 without a Will. 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 August 22, 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, or before 12:14:46 ESTon2013 August 22, 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: February 22, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Virginia Grooms Wingo Personal Representative 202-797-3675 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS TYPESET: Tue 26 2/22, Feb 3/1, 3/8

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM137 Katherine N. Williams Decedent Wesley L. Clarke 1629 K Street Suite 300 Washington DC 20006 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Aletha Moore, whose address is 6805 Chillum Road, Hyattsville MD 20783, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Katherine N. Williams, who died on December 30, 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 September 1, 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 September 1, 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: March 1, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Aletha Moore Personal Representative 202-257-9730 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 12:18:21 EST3/1, 2013 3/8, 3/15

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Victor James, whose address is 1400 18th Place, SE. Washington DC 20020 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Erbedine Sowers James, who died on July 27, 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 August 22, 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 August 22, 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: February 22, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Victor James Personal Representative 202-368-9749 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 2/22, 3/1, 3/8

Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 2013ADM110 IN RE: Marion Sanders Jones Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME

Marion Sanders Jones having filed a complaint for judgment changing Marion Sanders Jones name to Marian Sanders Jones 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 5th day of February 2013, hereby ORDERED, that a copy of this Order be published once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks, in The AfroAmerican Newspapers, a newspaper of general circulation of the District of Columbia; and it is further ORDERED, that the publication must began no later than 12 days after the filing of the application; and 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 26th day of March, 2013 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 of the applicant or applicant’s counsel; and it is further ORDERED that 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 of service by filing the affidavit/declaration or service. SO ORDERED JUDGE 2/22, 3/1, 3/8

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM77 Margaret Catherine Coates aka Margaret C. Coates Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Donald G. Coates, whose address is 1328 Girard Street NE, Washington DC 20017 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Margaret Catherine Coates aka Margaret C. Coates, who died on December 10, 2011 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 August 22, 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 August 22, 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: February 22, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Donald G. Coates Personal Representative 202-529-1707 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 2/22, 3/1, 3/8

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM73 Monica Guyot aka Monica R. Guyot Decedent John C. Hendricks 7101 Wisconsin Ave Suite 1011 Bethesda MD 20814 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Julie Guyot-Diangone, whose address is 507 U Street NW Washington DC 20001 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Monica Guyot aka Monica R. Guyot, who died on December 27, 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 August 15, 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 August 15, 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: February 15, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Julie Guyot-Diangone Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 2/15, 2/22, 3/1


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Caryl B. Askins, whose address is 11604 Old Baltimore Pike, Beltsville MD 20705 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Irma P. Bowman, who died on January 21, 2013 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 August 22, 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 August 22, 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: February 22, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Caryl B. Askins Personal Representative 301-937-6583 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OFTue WILLS TYPESET: Feb 19 2/22, 3/1, 3/8

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM106 Bernard Joseph Brawner Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Gladys Marable, whose address is 1217 Carrollsburg Place, SW, Washington DC 20024 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Bernard Joseph Brawner, who died on April 7, 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 August 22, 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 August 22, 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: February 22, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Gladys Marable Personal Representative 202-479-9288 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER WILLS TYPESET:OFTue Feb 19 2/22, 3/1, 3/8

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM110 Annie Mae Jones Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Darlene Jones and Lynell Marsh, whose address are 5620 Lansing Drive, Temple Hills, MD 20748 were appointed personal representatives of the estate of Annie Mae Jones, who died on August 21, 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 (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 August 22, 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 August 22, 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: February 22, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Darlene Jones Lynell Marsh Personal Representatives 301-455-1945 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 2/22, 3/1, 3/8

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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM99 Doris Irene Alston Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM90 Nalan Ross Jr. Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Aaron Alston, whose address is 5635 Prescott Court, Capitol Heights, MD 20743 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Doris Irene Alston, who died on January 20, 2013 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 August 22, 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 August 22, 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: February 22, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Aaron Alston Personal Representative 202-469-1728 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 09:54:33 ESTTue 2013 2/22, 3/1, 3/8 TYPESET: Feb 19

Nalan Ross, whose address is 3500 Commodore Joshua Barney Drive, NE Washington DC 20018 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Nalan Ross, Jr., who died on March 15, 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 August 15, 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 August 15, 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: February 15, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Nalan Ross Personal Representative 202-716-0653 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS TYPESET: Tue Feb3/1 12 2/22, 09:56:05 EST2/15, 2013

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM95 Betty Johnson Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM48 Stonewall Jackson Jr. Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Jamese Hilliard, whose address is 5824 Broad Branch Way, Frederick MD 21704 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Betty Johnson, who died on December 15, 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 August 22, 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 August 22, 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: February 22, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Jamese Hilliard Personal Representative 301-663-1569 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 2/22, Feb 3/1, 3/8 TYPESET: Tue 12

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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM59 Ulysses Grant Lyon Decedent Larry C. Williams 7600 Georgia Ave. NW Suite 405 Washington DC 20012 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Jenise Patterson, whose address is 1881 3rd Street NW #203, Washington DC 20001 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Ulysses Grant Lyon, who died on November 6, 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 August 15, 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 August 15, 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: February 15, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Jenise Patterson Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 2/15, 2/22, 3/1

Kenneth H. Jackson, whose address is 703 Castlewood Place, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Stonewall Jackson Jr., who died on December 13, 2012 without 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 August 15, 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 August 15, 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: February 15, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Kenneth H. Jackson Personal Representative 301-222-3393 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS TYPESET: Feb 12 10:00:10 ESTTue 2013 2/15, 2/22, 3/1

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM71 Michael A. Harris, Sr. Decedent Peggy A. Miller 5130-7th Street NE Washington DC 20011 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

To w a n n a G r i ff i n - H a r r i s , whose address is 2621 North Capitol Street, NE. Washington DC 20002 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Michael A. Harris, Sr., who died on June 5, 2003 without a Will, and will serve with 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 August 22, 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 August 22, 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: February 22, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Towanna Griffin-Harris Personal 10:01:34 EST 2013 Representative 202-797-3675 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER WILLS TYPESET:OFTue Feb 19 2/22, 3/1, 3/8

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM112 Aaron C. Brown, Jr. Decedent Wesley L. Clarke, Esq 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, Washington DC 20006 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Aaron C. Brown, Jr., who died on December 16, 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 August 22, 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 August 22, 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: February 22, 2013 10:01:56 EST 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington TYPESET: Mon Oct 29 11:18:45 EDT 2012 Law Reporter Superior Court of February 22, 2013 the District of Personal Representative District of Columbia Superior Court of 202-257-9730 the District of PROBATE DIVISION TRUE TEST COPY District of Columbia REGISTER OF WILLS Washington, D.C. TYPESET: Tue 19 2/22,Feb 3/1, 3/8 PROBATE DIVISION 20001-2131

Washington, D.C. Administration No. 20001-2131 2013ADM72 No. Administration Eugene Dodson2012ADM994 Peguese, Sr. Melvin Rudolph Decedent Johnson Decedent NOTICE OF Wesley L. Clarke APPOINTMENT, 1629 KNOTICE Street NW TO Suite CREDITORS 300 Washington DC 20006 AND NOTICE TO Attorney UNKNOWN NOTICE HEIRS OF

Susan Peguese Herring, APPOINTMENT, whose address is 7121 NOTICE TO Georgia Ave. NW., Washington CREDITORS DC AND 20012NOTICE was appointed TO personal representative UNKNOWN HEIRS of the estateL.ofSexcius, Eugene Dodson Sheriel whose Peguese,is Sr., died on address 229 who Quackenbos December 19, 2012 without a Street NW, Washington DC Will, and willappointed serve without 20011 was, personal of unthe Court representative supervision. All estate of Melvin Rudolph known heirs and heirs whose Johnson, who died on Febwhereabouts are unknown ruary 23, 2012 a Will, shall enter theirwithout appearance and will serve without Court in this proceeding. Objecsupervision. All unknown tions h e i r s toa nsuch d h eappointment irs whose shall be filed with Regiswhereabouts are the unknown ter ofenter Wills,their D.C., 515 5th shall appearance in this proceeding. Street, N.W., 3rd ObjecFloor tions to such appointment Washington, D.C. 20001, on shall be filed with the Regisor before August 15, 2013. ter of Wills, 515 5th Claims againstD.C., the decedent Street, N.W., 3rd Floor shall be presented to the Washington, D.C. 20001, on undersigned with 19, a copy to or before April 2013. the Register of the Wills or filed Claims against decedent with the of Wills shall beRegister presented to with the undersigned with a copy on to a copy to the undersigned, the Register of Wills or filed or before August 15, 2013, or with the Register of Wills with be forever barred. Persons a copy to thetoundersigned, believed be heirs on or or before April 19, 2013, or be legatees of the decedent forever barred. Personswho bedo not to receive a copy of this lieved be heirs or legatees notice mail within of the by decedent who25 dodays not of its first publication shall so receive a copy of this notice by mailthe within 25 days of its inform Register of Wills, first publication shall soand inincluding name, address form the Register of Wills, relationship. including name, address and Date of Publication: relationship. February 15, 2013 Date of Publication: Name of 19, newspaper: October 2012 Afro-American Name of newspaper: Washington Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Law Reporter Susan P. Herring Sheriel L.Personal Sexcius Personal Representative Representative 202-723-2764 202-257-9730 TRUE TEST TEST COPY COPY TRUE REGISTER OF OF WILLS WILLS REGISTER 2/15, 2/22,11/2 3/1 10/19, 10/26,

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM117 Pandora Maria Bell Decedent Robert M. Price 6259 Executive Blvd Rockville MD 20852 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Stacy Gilfilian, whose address is 616 Jefferson Street, NW. Washington DC 20011 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Pandora Maria Bell, who died on September 14, 2012 without a Will, and will serve with 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 August 22, 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 August 22, 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: February 22, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter February 22, 2013 Personal Representative 202-384-4244 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 2/22, 3/1, 3/8

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM107 Margaret L. Williams Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Rodney Williams, whose address is 13403 Saint Simons Chapel Court, Bowie, MD 20720 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Margaret L. Williams, who died on December 13, 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 August 22, 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 August 22, 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: February 22, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Rodney Williams Personal Representative 202-549-0861 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OFTue WILLS TYPESET: Feb 19 2/22, 3/1, 3/8

09:57:08 ESTCOURT 2013 OF SUPERIOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Foreign No. 2013FEP13 Date of Death September 30, 2012 Irving Gwynn, Sr. Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS

Irving Gwynn, Jr. whose address is 7505 Foxcroft Place, Clinton MD 20735 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Irving Gwynn, Sr, deceased, by the Orphans Court for Prince George’s, State of Maryland. Service of process may be made upon Elois Jones/521 Lamont Street NW, Washington DC 20010 whose designation as District of Columbia agent has been filed with the Register of Wills, D.C. The decedent owned the following District of Colombia real property: 517 Buchanan Street, NW. Washington DC; 722 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW Washington DC and 3661-63 George Ave. NW Washington DC. Claims against the decedent may be presented to the undersigned and filed with the Register of Wills for the District of Columbia, 515 51th Street NW. 3rd Floor, Building A, Washington, D.C. 20001 within 6 months from the date of first publication of this notice. (Strike preceding sentence if no real estate.) Irving Gwynn Jr. Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS Date of first publication: February 22, 2013 301-292-8357 Name of newspapers and/or periodical: The Daily Washington Law Reporter The Afro-American TYPESET: Tue Feb 19 2/22, 3/1, 3/8

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 09:58:04 EST 2013 PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM128 Estate of Frank J. Mikisits Deceased NOTICE OF STANDARD PROBATE

Notice is hereby given that a petition has been filed in this Court by Jay Sushelsky for standard probate, including the appointment of one or more personal representative. Unless a complaint or an objection in accordance with Superior Court Probate Division Rule 407 is filed in this Court within 30 days from the date of first publication of this notice, the Court may take the action hereinafter set forth. 0 in the absence of a will or proof satisfactory to the Court of due execution, enter an order determining that the decedent died intestate. 0 appoint an unsupervised personal representative. Register of Wills Clerk of the Probate Division Date of First Publication February 22, 2013 Names of Newspapers: Washington Law Reporter Washington AFRO-AMERICAN Alan B. Frankle 751 Rockville Pike Suite 7 Rockville MD 20852 301-217-0505 Signature of Petitioners/Attorney 2/22, 3/1

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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM123 Loretta Jones Decedent Clarence Connelly 3017 15th Street NE Washington DC 20017 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Donte Jones-Pitts, whose address is 1247 Farragut Place, NE Washington DC 20017, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Loretta Jones, who died on November 11, 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 September 1, 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 September 1, 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: March 1, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Donte Jones-Pitts Personal 10:00:31 EST 2013 Representative 202-445-0561 TRUE TEST COPY TYPESET:OFTue Feb 26 REGISTER WILLS 3/1, 3/8, 3/15

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM143 Steven S. Segears Sr 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 Suite 300 Washington DC 20006, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Steven S. Segears, Sr., who died on December 18, 1998 without a Will, and will serve with 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 September 1, 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 September 1, 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: March 1, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter 10:01:44 EST 2013 Wesley L. Clarke Personal Representative 202-257-9730 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 3/1, 3/8, TYPESET: Tue Feb3/15 26

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM135 Robert A. Holbrook aka Robert Aaron Holbrook Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Robert T. Holbrook, whose address is 4604 Gage Road, Alexandria VA. 22309, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Robert A. Holbrook aka Robert Aaron Holbrook, who died on October 18, 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 September 1, 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 September 1, 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: March 1, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Robert T. Holbrook Personal Representative 703-975-4174 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 3/1, 3/8, 3/15

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM136 Rezelia Strawder Decedent Reginald Harris 1425 K Street, NW Suite 350 Washington DC 20005 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Robert Stancil, whose address is 3005 Bladensburg Road NE Washington DC 20017, Apt. 902, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Rezelia Strawder, who died on December 15, 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 September 1, 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 September 1, 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: March 1, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Robert Stancil Personal Representative 12:16:26 EST 2013 202-529-1594 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 3/1, 3/8, 3/15

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Foreign No. 2013FEP14 Date of Death August 26, 2010 Gurtha T. Wooten Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS

Donna P. Brown whose address is 7309 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 117, College Park MD 20740 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Gurtha T. Woodten, deceased, by the Orphan’s Court for Prince George’s County, State of Maryland on November 18, 2010. Service of process may be made upon Manuel Geraldo, Esq. Robinson & Gerald, 1316 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Capitol Hill, Washington DC 20003 whose designation as District of Columbia agent has been filed with the Register of Wills, D.C. The decedent owned the following District of Colombia real property: 514 Ridge Road, Unit 212, Washington DC 20019 Claims against the decedent may be presented to the undersigned and filed with the Register of Wills for the District of Columbia, 500 Ind i a n a A v e n u e , N . W. , Washington, D.C. 20001 within 6 months from the date of first publication of this notice. (Strike preceding sentence if no real estate.) Donna P. Brown Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS Date of first publication: March 1, 2013 Name of newspapers and/or periodical: The Daily Washington Law Reporter The Afro-American 3/1, 3/8, 3/15

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IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CIVIL DIVISION Case Number: 2012CA002115R(RP) Action Involving Real Property Honorable Michael L. Rankin Next Event: Status Hearing December 21, 2012 10:00 AM

DAVID CREECH 510 Underwood Street NW Washington DC 20012 and GLORIA C. KIRK 514 Underwood Street NW Washington DC 20012 PLAINTIFFS v. All Unknown owners of the property described below, their heirs, devisees, grantees, assigns or successors in right, title, interest, and any and all persons having or claiming to have any interest in leasehold or fee simple in the property and premises situate, lying and being in the District of Columbia Real Property: Lot 26, Square 939 (242 10th St. NE, Washington DC.)

Defendants. ORDER OF PUBLICATION

The object of this proceeding is to remove the cloud on the title in the following real property located in the District of Columbia and to vest title of record in the Plaintiffs in this action: Lot 26, Square 939 located at 242 10th Street, NE, Washington, D.C. (the ”Property”). Harvie Jackson, now deceased, would, if living, be a proper party to this action. The plaintiff has been unable to identify or locate any defendants. On motion of the plaintiff, it is this 27th day of November, 2012, hereby ORDERED, that all unknown owners of the Property, their heirs, devisees, personal representatives, executors, administrators, grantees, assigns or successors in right, title, or interest; Harvie Jackson’s unknown heirs, devisees, personal, representatives, andexecutors, administrators, grantees, assigns or successors in right, title, and/or interest; and any and all persons having or claiming to have any interest in the leasehold or fee simple in the Property, shall hereby cause their appearances to be entered herein on or before the fortieth day, exclusive of Sundays and legal holidays, occurring after the day of the first publication of this order; otherwise the case will proceed to final judgment on account of such default; provided a copy of this Order of Publication be published twice a month for three (3) consecutive months in the National Law Journal, the Daily Washington Law Reporter, and the Washington Afro-American Newspaper. SO ORDERED. Michael L. Rankin Associate Judge 1/4, 1/11, 2/1, 2/8, 3/1, 3/8

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STAFF PSYCHOLOGIST SEXUAL ASSAULT/TRAUMA University Counseling Services Division of Student Affairs Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) seeks a senior Staff Psychologist to join the staff of University Counseling Services (UCS) in the Division of Student Affairs. This position entails a strong emphasis on sexual assault/trauma concerns. General duties also include intake assessment, individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, crisis work, trainee supervision, and consultation with university faculty and staff. Please visit http://www.pubinfo.vcu.edu/facjobs/facjobNew.asp?Item=4949 for more information. 12:17:21 EST 2013 Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU. Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal employment/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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STAFF PSYCHOLOGIST GENERALIST University Counseling Services Division of Student Affairs

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) seeks a senior Staff Psychologist to join the staff of University Counseling Services (UCS) in the Division of Student Affairs. This position entails a strong emphasis on developing and implementing various outreach programs. General duties also include intake assessment,individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, crisis work, trainee supervision, and consultation with university faculty and staff. Please visit http://www.pubinfo.vcu.edu/facjobs/facjobNew.asp?Item=4950 for more information. Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU. Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal employment/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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