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The Afro-American, February 9, 2013 - February 15, 2013

Photos by Anderson Ward

Ravens arrive to rousing cheers of Baltimore fans at the Inner Harbor Jan. 28

Photo by J.D. Howard


rom the AFC Championship to the Super Bowl, Baltimore turned its streets, buildings and people purple to show support for and pride in our Ravens. People of all ages were doing the squirrel, Ray Lewis’

signature dance. People danced and partied in the streets when the Ravens brought home their second Lombardi trophy, a third for the city. As recently as Feb. 5, thousands packed downtown to show their pride and

appreciation for the team that surprised everyone who’d bet against them and got it done. What a send off for team leader Ray Lewis who retires after 17 seasons with the Ravens!

Cheerleaders entertained as the crowd in Baltimore waited to send Ravens off to New Orleans

Photo by J.D. Howard

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake pumps the crowd

Brigance Brigade in Purple

NBC Today Show’s Natalie Morales learning the Ray Lewis Dance with Poe and Baltimore tech guru Mario Armstrong

A victory dance

Watching the game

Denean McLoughlin​, Nikey Williams, Alexia Newman, LaToya Carmichael and Tony Hodges

Leslie Dobie and Nickey Gruber

We are # 1 The Raven and Sheila Mullen

Fans galore at Corinthians O.M.G!!

Wanda and Robert Draper of New Shiloh Baptist Church

Calvin Dotson, Dennis Fulton and Deenie Smith at New Psalmist Baptist Church

Deacon Wilmon and Shirley Barber of New Shiloh Baptist Church

We knew they would win!

Keisha Byers of New Shiloh Baptist Church

Greg and Cynthia Green New Psalmist Baptist Church

Naja Powell, Keishia Powell, Reese Powell and Jaikai Powell of New Psalmist Baptist Church

Yeah Anquan!

Doing the Ray Lewis dance

Revelers partied out of their coats

February 9, 2013 - February 15, 2013, The Afro-American

2012 Debutantes and Junior Debutantes with their fathers

Miss Cotillion 2010 Catrina Johnson

Callian F. Jenkins, Deirdre Reynolds Jones, Geraldine Jackson, Marsha Suggs Smith, Beverly Brooks Anderson, Pauline G. Johnson, Angelious Farmer president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Theta Omega Omega Chapter, Cynthia Jiles, president of Ivy Vine Charities, Virginia Boateng, 2012 Cotillion co-chairman, Frances Brock, Angela Anglin, Metrica Brown, Susan Peevy, Valerie Evans-Harrell, Norma Hutcheson


Ivy Vine Charities, the charitable foundation of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Theta Omega Junior Debutante Nia Chapter in Montgomery County, Md., held its Custis, escorted by her Debutante Cotillion Ball at Martin’s Crosswinds father, Thurman Custis in Greenbelt, Md. The cotillion capped nearly a year of training and participation in community service for the young women who were formally presented to society at the ball. An estimated $100,000 was raised by the Ivy Vine Charities event for local, national, and international service projects and to provide college tuition scholarships and book awards for high school students in the Washington, D.C. area.

2012 Debutantes dance with fathers

Miss Congeniality, Eboni-Thair Strange Lewis

Jessica Moultrie, first runner-up; Miss Cotillion 2012, Erin Gary; Melanie Hutchinson, second runner-up

2012 Debutantes and escorts Junior Debutante Elana Harris escorted by her father, David Harris

Miss Cotillion 2012 Erin Gary escorted by her father, Anthony Gary

Cynthia Jiles, president of Ivy Vine Charities; Desirea Hughes, 2012 Cotillion co-chairman; Jessica Moultrie, first runner-up; Miss Cotillion 2012, Erin Gary; and Melanie Hutchinson, second runner-up

Debutantes dancing with escorts Courtesy Photos

Emcee Christal Jackson Mayor Gray brings greetings on behalf of the city

Doxie McCoy introducing Mayor Gray

Foundation President Kimberly Spriggs

Present and past presidents of the chapter and foundation, seated; Kimberly Spriggs, Mayor Vincent Gray and Donna Davis. Standing; Pamela Carter Coleman, Mona Calhoun, Shari McCoy, Stephanie Allen, Doxie McCoy, Teresa Scott, Christal Jackson and Dianna Campbell

Rho Mu Omega Chapter and D.C. Pearls III Foundation of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority raised more than $25,000 at their Jazz Brunch Auction fundraiser at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel recently. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray addressed the gathering, applauding the chapter for their community service projects.

Shari McCoy, former chapter and foundation president

Mona Calhoun, AKA North Atlantic regional leader

Pamela Carter Coleman

Jazz group Brian Lenair and Friends Photos by Lateef Mangum

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Soloist, Dr. Gretchen Starks, House of Prayer for All People

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Diane M. Yelverton and Henry Clark, her father Baltimore welcomed the Rev. Rodney T. Morton, his wife, Rhonda Kim Nix, and their son, Rylan Alexander, to the pastorate of Central Baptist Church with an installation banquet, Jan. 11 at the BWI Hilton Hotel. The 92-year-old church’s congregation was joined by community leaders and fellow clergy as they celebrated this new season of ministry with their tenth pastor, who is from Alabama. “God has begun a good work in us and we are committed to following through with Him,” Rev. Morton said in a celebratory statement. The Rev. Dr. Harold A. Carter Sr., pastor of New Shiloh Baptist Church, was the preacher for the Jan. 13 installation worship service for which the Rev. Dr. A.C.D. Vaughn served as worship leader.

Trustee Marcia R. Tuck escorting Rev. Rodney T. Morton

Master Ryland A. Morton, First Lady Rhonda K. Morton, Rev. Morton and Dr. Winston R. Gray

Pastor Donald L. Nix

Henry and Emma Clark

Dr. Darron McKinney, Rev. Rodney T. Morton and Rev. Dr. C. Guy Robinson

Deborah Winfield, Angela S. Tate, Denise Fowler-Moot and Harriet Banks

Councilman William “Pete” Welch

Deacon Herbert Ford, Deaconess Pearl Ford, Rita Ford-Farmer, Sherika Massey Ortiz and Clarence Massey

Bishop Darneal F. Johnson III, Living Word Min. Cathedral Angela and William Tate

Photos by Anderson Ward

Dr. Alison Riddle-Fletcher. The Outstanding Soror of the Year was Janeen Jackson. The Unsung Soror of the Year was Martina Washington. For Outstanding Leadership Achievement, plaques were presented to Dana Davison and Linda Jones Coxson. Community Service award was presented to Donna S. Robinson, and the Cultured Pearl, the highest Award given to a member of Rho Xi Omega was Robin Smith Ott for her distinguished service to the chapter.

Photos by A. Lois De Laine, Ed.D

Constance R. Pizarro, NA regional director, Erma Barron, Wanda King

Members of the Rho Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, along with family members and friends celebrated their 25th Anniversary with a Prayer Breakfast at Valley Mansion in Cockeysville. After an inspirational message by Rev. Dr. Lisa Weah of New Bethlehem Baptist Church, the chapter presented plaques to its members for their outstanding dedication and contributions to the chapter. For Outstanding Professional Achievement, the awards were presented to Letitia Green Royal and

Anita Jackson, awards committee member, Dr. Gina McKnight-Smith, past Cultured Pearl recipient

Francine Stokes-McElveen, president, Epsilon Omega Chapter, Angela Gibson, past president

Golden member LaVerne Gaither

Denise Winston and Regan Farley

Golden member Sandra Frier

Donna Stevenson Robinson received the Community Service Award

Golden Members LaVerne Brooks Gaither,Dr. Norma S.C. Jones, Sandra Frier, Gwendolyn Barbour, Sheila Whitaker, Anastatia Phillips Benton, Anita Turks Hunter Golden Members JoAnn Jolivet, Myrna Jackson Cann, Lanie Hamlin, Vivian Braxton LaKeisha S. Coleman, Bettye Fitzgerald

Nichole Cameron Becketts, Dana E. Davison, Tiffany Johnson

Tracey Babour-Gillett, president, Rho Xi Omega Chapter, Hon. Joan Pratt, Baltimore City Solicitor

Mother-daughter, Kaliq Hunter Simms, Anita Turks Hunter

Robin Ott, recipient of the Cultured Pearl Award, is congratulated by sister Vanessa Ray and daughter, Saran Ott

Joanna Langston, Angela Burnett, Mary E. Langston, Michelle Davis-Adams, Deanna McCray James

Pamela Williams Scott and Chandra D. Jackson

Rev. Dr. Lisa Weah, New Bethlehem Baptist Church, gave an inspirational message

Tracey Tanner Abney, John Berkley, Yvonne Davis-Robinson

Ravens Super Bowl Celebration - Sophisticated Settings - Lifestyle  

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