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September 8, 2012 - September 14, 2012, The Afro-American

Thousands converged at the Inner Harbor on Sept. 2 for the second annual Grand Prix of Baltimore. Families from across the region poured downtown to see who would capture the coveted IndyCar Series penultimate crown. Hunter-Reay, a 28-year-old driver for DHL and the Andretti Autosport team won first place after stealing the lead from Australian driver Ryan Briscoe. The 2012 Baltimore Grand Prix weekend zoomed off to a strong start with a few practice runs on Friday Aug. 31 and several American Le Mans Series races presented by Tequila Patron Racing on Sept. 1.


2011 Grand Prix winner Will Power

Batmobile (replica)

Photos by Anderson Ward

Ralph Giles (Chrysler SRT Div. Dir.)

Michael Andretti (Andretti Sports Marketing)

Indy racer Ryan Hunter-Reay 2012 Grand Prix winner Chris Miles, left, with protégé Chase Austin (who will attempt to qualify for the Indy 500 race 2013)

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-B​lake and J.P. Grant, Race On, LLC

Col. Greg Gadson U.S. Army (Grand Prix Grand Marshal)

Spectators attended from far and near Greg Marshall, Esther and Caleb from Wash., D.C.

The Cannon and Hill families from Wash., D.C. The Harris family from Baltimore, MD.

Vendors enjoyed the festivities also.

Top INDYCAR drivers for this season with the championsh​ip cup

Race fans!

September 8, 2012 - September 14, 2012, The Afro-American


Reception attendees view “Growing Up AFRO” exhibit

Conference attendees

Sam Rogers, Visit Baltimore and Marsha Jews, Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park

Samuel W. Black, Senator John Heinz History Center, national president of AAAM

(l to r) Lisa Woods, Erica Holmes, Terry Taylor (Reginald F. Lewis Museum staff),Nona Martin, secretary AAAM, A. Skipp Sanders, and John B. Gartrell

(l to r) Joy Bailey, AAAM council member and consultant Lordculture Resources, Prisca Barnes, The Kansas African American Museum, Beverly C. Robertson, National Civil Rights Museum

A. Skipp Sanders, director Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture

The Reginald Lewis Museum recently hosted the AAAM annual conference, a 4-day event that includes nearly every Black history museum in this country. This year’s theme was “Commemorating Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Congressman Struggles: Claiming Elijah Cummings (MD) Freedom.” Photos by John Moore

(l to r) Wayne Coleman, head of archives, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and AAAM council members

l to r) Dr. Leslie King Hammond (chair, board of directors, RFL museum), Dr. Michelle Joan Wilkinson (head of collections and exhibition, RFL museum), Nona Martin, secretary AAAM


n an effort to uplift and encourage voters to get out during election day, Empowerment Temple, led by Pastor Jamal Bryant, hosted a three-day conference August 16-18 entitled “Code Red: It’s a State of Emergency.” The conference featured a host of guest panelists including the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, former Rep. John Conyers, BET commentator Jeff Johnson, Bishop Vashti McKenzie among several others. Among many other topics, the panelists discussed the troubles that are currently plaguing the Black community. After several standing ovations and heated debated between the panelists, the evening ended with a couple of selections from a choir and a benediction from Bryant.

Panelists, Bishop Vashti McKenzie, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Pastor Matthew Whatley, Stephen Green, Rahiel Tesfamaria​m and Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd

Courtesy photos

Mediator, Roland Martin

Rev. Jesse Jackson

Soloist for Empowermen​t Temple

Panelist, Stephen Green

Bishop John R. Bryant and Pastor Jamal Bryant Pastor Matthew Whatley

Panelists, Rahiel Tesfamaria​m, Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, past President of Delta and Jeffrey Johnson

Empowermen​t Temple Choir performing during Code Red Program

September 8, 2012 - September 14, 2012, The Afro-American



Dick Gregory and Dr. E. Fay Williams Robert G. Staton, Park director of the National Park Service/senior advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of the Interior

Harry E. Johnson, president and CEO of the Washington DC Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation

Mayor Vincent Gray

Denice Rolark Barnes

Harry E. Johnson; John McCaskill, P ​ ark Ranger and Dr. Ed Jackson, Jr., executive architect for The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project

The Washington DC Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation hosted a special ceremony on August 28 in commemoration of the first anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. The program, which was free and open to the public, included remarks from Harry E. Johnson,

Sr. President of the Foundation and Mayor Vincent Gray, among other dignitaries. Following the event, there was a special film screening of The Long Walk Home, a movie that documents two women’s lives during the famous 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott that was led by King.

Richard W. Marshall, Harry E. Johnson and Robert R. Hagans,Jr. EVP & Chief Financial Officer AARP

Attendees during the special film screening

Dr. Ed Jackson; Jr., Robert Stanton and Richard W. Marshall, Chief Financial Officer, Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation

Photos by Rob Roberts

Sophisticated Settings - Lifestyle September 08, 2012  

Sophisticated Settings - Lifestyle September 08, 2012