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August 17, 2013 - August 23, 2013, The Afro-American


Pageant contestants Edgar Brookins surrounded by the pageant contestants

Photos by Rob Roberts Karen Arrington and Yvette Johnson

Former pageant contestant giving encouraging remarks to 2013 contestants

The 2013 Miss Black USA (MBUSA) Scholarship Pageant competition formally kicked off with a Red Dress reception on Aug 7 at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, Arlington, Va. as scores of contestants vie to become next Miss Black USA.

Representatives from the Heart Truth Campaign of the National Institute of Health (NIH) were in attendance as a partner (with MBUSA) for the reception and to promote Heart Disease Awareness.

Pageant producer Anthony Vann, Yvette Johnson and Miss Black Alabama 2008 Andretta Rhone

Cara Crosby, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, NIH and Monique Ndenecho, The Heart Truth Campaign, NIH

Pageant organizers with the 2013 contestants

Miss Black Oklahoma, Danelle Payne; Nneka Igbokwe and Lisa Matthews, PhD

The Silver Fox Yvette Johnson with Miss Black Georgia USA Jordan Riles

Monica Valdiviez-Wiley, Edgar Brookins and Lisa Mathews, PhD

Yvette Johnson and contestants

Miss Black Louisiana USA, Chante Rice; Nakia Nelson, Louisiana State Director and Talented Teen Sarette Wilson

Photos by Rob Roberts

The Brookins Family: Edgar Brookins; Linda Brookins; Dexter Brookins, the Promotee; Ciera Brookins and Javier Brookins

Yvonne Thomas Jackson, a careerist in the Senior Executive Service of the Federal Government congratulates Dexter

Pamela Alexander, USAF; Karen Chisolm, USAF; Lt. Col. Priscilla Smalls and Faye Hyslop, BET Networks

Flavius Galiber (cousin); Linda Brookins; Dexter Brookins, Linord Moudou , The Voice of America; Gloria Sawyers, Government Contractor and Edgar Brookins

The Reaffirmation of the Oath of Office being administered by Col. Matt Coleman

Dexter’s son, Javier, helps his Dad don his headgear with the new rank insignia

Lt. Gen. (Ret) William Ward and wife Joyce during the singing of the National Anthem; in the foreground, Lt. Col. (Ret) Alvin Phillips and Col. Tia Johnson

Brookins’ family members, some of whom travelled from Wisconsin to attend the ceremony

Dexter’s mother and father, Linda and Edgar, place the Lt. Col. shoulder boards on his uniform

Cutting the cake

Dexter’s first cousin, Flavius Galiber, congratulates him

Col. (Ret) Dorene Hurt, Maj. Gen. (Ret) George Alexander, M.D., Gabriele Tyler, Joyce Ward, Lt. Gen. (Ret) Julius Becton, Brig. Gen. Henry Huntley, Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd and Lt. Gen. (Ret) William Ward

Brig. Gen. Henry L. Huntley, director of human resources policy for the U.S. Army, conducted a ceremony in honor of Dexter M. Brookins’ promotion to lieutenant colonel Aug. 10 at the Women in Military Service to America Memorial in Arlington, Va. Before family, friends and a host of other guests, the Army Promotion Orders were read and shoulder boards for the rank of lieutenant colonel were placed on the epaulettes of Brookins’ shirt and service dress uniform by his parents, Edgar and Linda Brookins. The military Brig. Gen. ceremony Huntley presents included: the the official arrival of the official party, promotion orders to Lt. Col. the singing of the “Star Brookins Spangled Banner,” the reading of the promotion orders, a reaffirmation of the oath of office and the singing of the “Army Goes Rolling Along,” the Army Song. Special guests included retired Lt. Gens. Julius Becton and William Ward, along with retired Maj. Gens. Dorian Anderson, George Alexander and John Hawkins. A receiving line and reception followed the ceremony.

Maj. John Ransom and wife, childhood friends of Dexter

Lt. Col C. Wayne Brittian (chaplain) and Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd gave the invocation and Renee Allen sang the National Anthem

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Toya Renee Robertson, 15, an 11th grader at Wilde Lake High School, received several awards for her dancing

The Baltimore County Chapter of the Pierians held an exhilarating Saturday afternoon event with various artists of the visual and performing arts. Students from the public schools of Baltimore County, high school graduates, and colleges entertained Bennett Ketter, native Liberian, reads from the attendees at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Museum in Catonsville, Md. his autobiography,My Scholarship recipient Jordan Alia Garlic, a graduate of the George Washington Center for Arts and Technology, Life Story, Histoire de impressed the guests with her work in painting and art media. Jordan will attend The Pennsylvania Academy of the ma vie Fine Arts (PAFA) and plans to obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting. Graduating in the top 20 percent of her class, Jordan received the Carver Center Senior Award for drawing and painting. The Pierians’ national theme, “Survival of the Arts: A Way of Life” is the focus for recognizing individuals in the community for their contributions to the arts, and to encourage further study of the arts by awarding scholarships to students of music, art, the theatre and dance. Merlene Adair, president, Pierians presents a check Native Baltimorean Rachel

Adia Hill, 12, who's been dancing at Baltimore Dance Tech for eight years, receives accolades from the audience

Pierians Lydia James, Reva Lewie, Alice Sue Cooper Lee

to scholarship winner, Jordan Alia Garlic with Pierians Rose Wiggins, Scholarship Chair and Beverly Booth Brown, Vice President

Pierians Doris Holmes, Shirley T. Hill, Flossie Johnson Pierians Bernardine Johnson, Fanny Goodwin, Shirley Kane

Performers Jordan A. Garlic, Shayla Conaway, Adia Hill, Toya Renee Robertson, Rachel Winder, Justin J. Taylor

Winder is an up and coming saxophonist at Peabody Conservatory

Pierians Anne West Clark, Frances Armstrong, Dr. Felicia Armstrong, Peggy C. Drayton

Jordan Alia Garlic, recent graduate of the George Washington Carver

Center for Arts and Technology explains her painting to the audience, assisted by Pierian Rose Wiggins

Justin J. Taylor, a piano player since the age of 8, performs all over the East Coast

Photos by Dr. A. Lois De Laine talents should be shared with others—for people all over the world.” She continued, “Doing whatever we are able to do, no matter how small should be our goal.” She concluded by indicating to the guests that “You are a blessing to me, I love you all.”

Jimmie Gittings, president, PSASA

Colleagues Patricia Pender and Deveial Foster

Carolyn Bryant with Leola Bryant and James Tomlison

Colleague Rachel Slacum and her husband Earl Slacum

Nelson Parker, cousin, Isaac Jackson, brother, Gregory Powell

Accolades for Dr. Jamie M. Brown continue to pour in from teachers, principals, church members, relatives and friends who spoke of her integrity and friendship, and called her “a wonderful coach and teacher.” Members of Dr. Brown’s church, Beth-el Temple Church of God, spoke of the retiree’s service to the church in many capacities. “She is a prayer warrior”, “I can see God all over her,” they said. Others added that “she provides inspiration to everyone, provides spiritual uplifting, that she has a welcoming smile, and a quiet spirit.” Speaking of her attributes as principal, colleagues said, “You give it your all.” Betty Carter and Betty Mills Moore, Dr. Brown began her teaching career friends from church in Baltimore City Public Schools, rising through the ranks to administrator. Colleagues praised her ability to “not only touch the lives of the children, but she touched our lives as well.” After the singing of “There is a Hero in You” by her relative, Barbara Jones, Bernard Jack Young, City Council the honoree spoke president, presents certificate Colleagues Joyce Buchanan, Margaret Diggs, lovingly of her first Marjorie Wade teacher...her Mom. Photos by Dr. A. Lois De Laine Dr. Brown emphasized that “our gifts and

Family members Sylvia McCann, Helen Edison, Valerie Brown, James Williamson, Dr. Leola Washington, Kevin Brown, Kurt Brown, Cynthia Crowder, and Helen Williamson, mother, seated next to honoree Dr. Jamie Brown

Neighbors Jacqueline Ford and Sheila Green

Honoree Brown with grandsons Kris Brown and Devin Arrington

Kevin Brown gives his Mom a hug

Wahsee Evans, Barbara Griffin, Fannie McCullough, standing

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