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September 7, 2013 - September 13, 2013, The Afro-American

Members of the 75th Airborne Rangers

Army Veteran Edgar Brookins and Col. La’Tonya Lynn with some of the famed Tuskegee Airmen

Lt. Col. Wendy Rivers, Col. Anita Dixon, Chap. (Lt. Col.) Myrtle Bowen, Col. La’Tonya Lynn and Lt. Col. Priscilla Smalls

Cadets from Bowie State University

Dr. Bernard Watson, coexecutive producer of the documentary and Marine Corps Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Clifford Stanley, MD


WUSA9 News Noonday Anchor, JC Hayward interviewing Tuskegee Airmen

Marines in attendance

One Solution Founder Cathy Hughes and Walmart hosted a special reception and film screening of the documentary Veterans of Color on Aug 21, at the AFI Theater in Silver James Winbush and Mel Forbes, National Col. Fern Sumpter, Spring, Md. Over 300 veterans including members of the Chairman, Army Commander, Advisory Board and famed Tuskegee Airmen, active duty service members Joint Base Myerhis daughter with and national and local dignitaries came to witness the Henderson Hall Darnell Lee screening of the documentary chronicling the oftenuntold patriotic stories of Blacks in the military during World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. Guests included Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.); Dr. Bernard Watson, the film’s coSharonda Britton of Wal-Mart, Dr. AKAs: Dr. Allena Willis, Col. Tia executive producer; Bernard Watson and Alfred Liggins Johnson and Stacey Mangham Sharonda Britton III, CEO/President, Radio One of Walmart; Tanya Bradshers of the White House; Sylvia Cyrus of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History and Dr. Bernard Watson, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Cathy Hughes, Sylvia Cyrus and Tanya Marine Corps retired Maj. Bradshers Gen. Clifford Stanley, MD.

Robert and Jackie Griffin, Joe and Gwen Howze, Renee Allen and Walter Kirkland with Lt. Col. (Ret.) Tyree Webster in the back row

Tanya Henman, Chap(Lt. Col.), Myrtle Bowen, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, Col. La’Tonya Lynn and Lt. Col. Priscilla Smalls

A standing room only retirement ceremony July 26 heard high praise for Col. M. Tia Johnson, the first AfricanAmerican female to attain the rank of colonel in the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Much of the praise of Johnson came from Robert S. Taylor, Defense Department acting general counsel and former general counsel Jeh C. Johnson. “Tia was the lawyer advising the top lawyer in the Department of Defense,” Johnson said, praising her intellect and moral courage. The retiree thanked “those who came before, on whose shoulders l stand,” and concluded her remarks by presenting to her mother the Congressional Gold Medal awarded posthumously to her father, Russell W. Johnson, recognizing his service as an “original Montford Point Marine.”

Col. Johnson’s family members, who came to celebrate her retirement

Cathy Hughes (center) with friends and guests

Col. Johnson presents her mother, Mrs. Edith W. Johnson, the Certificate of Recognition from the U.S. Congress awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to her father, Russell W. Johnson (posthumously) identifying him as an Original Montford Point Marine.

Photos by Rob Roberts

Col. Tia Johnson provides remarks

Jeh C. Johnson, former General Counsel, Department of Defense, provided comments summarizing Col. Johnson’s illustrious career

Lt. Gen. Dana Chipman, the Judge Advocate General, U.S. Army, and Vice Adm. Nanette DeRenzi, the Judge Advocate General, U.S. Navy, congratulate Mrs. Edith Johnson after the presentation. Lt. Col C. Wayne Brittian (Chaplain) gave the Invocation

Edgar Brookins, Brig. Gen. (Ret) Belinda Pinckney and her husband, Lt. Col. (Ret) Quinn Pinckney

Joanne Adetayo (center) congratulates Col. Johnson and her husband, Alvin K. Phillips

Robert S. Taylor, acting general counsel, Department of Defense, hosted the ceremony Photos by Rob Roberts

September 7, 2013 - September 13, 2013, The Afro-American


Soloist Tymeka Howard

Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen

Many were on hand for the Aug. 28 official unveiling of the Civil Rights Foot Soldiers Memorial at the Whitmore Park in Annapolis. The event, hosted by the Dr. Martin

Sen. Ben Cardin

Luther King Jr. Committee, commemorated the golden anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington by honoring the “Foot Soldiers” who attended the original March fifty years ago.

The Civil Rights Foot Soldiers Memorial lists the names of over 500 foot soldiers from around the nation and is the first memorial in the nation to the participants who attended the March.

Carl Snowden, emcee and chairman, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee Rev. Lewis Boston, pastor of First Baptist Church, Annapolis

Honorees and Foot Soldiers

Josiah Robert Anthony Fisher, Germantown Elementary School

Gerald Stansbury, president State NAACP

Del. Michael E. Busch, speaker of the Md. House of Delegates

Beatrice P. Smith

Doug Gansler, attorney general; Gerald Stansbury, president State NAACP and Sen. Ben Cardin

Josiah Fisher and his mother Annapolis Drum and Bugle Corps, John Bryant trumpet soloist

Photos by J.D. Howard

George Arnold Honoree Crystal Berger

Equality Maryland is also recognized as a Freedom Fighter

Hassan Giordano, emcee

In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, the Baltimore branch of the NAACP held its awards breakfast, Passing the Torch, Aug. 17, to honor the “old and the new” in the community. Author, activist, also honoree, Wes Moore served as the keynote speaker. Tessa Hill-Aston is president of the award-winning branch.

Wanda Watts, honoree Kweisi Mfume and Tessa Aston-Hill, NAACP president

Honoree Ellsworth Johnson-Bey with family members and friends

Honoree, State Sen. Allan Kittleman Honoree Sheryl Wood Honoree, Rep. Donna Edwards

Wesley Wood, honoree Sheryl Wood, Wesley Wood Jr. and Chandler Wood

Honoree, Judge Wanda KeyesHeard, Tessa Hill-Aston, NAACP president and Doug Gansler, Md. State's Attorney Mother of honoree Chris Brown and Tessa Hill-Aston Honorees Adam Jackson and Dayvon Love with Hill-Aston Nylyn Mosby, Councilman Nick Mosby, Marilyn Mosby and Aniyah Mosby

Honoree Thomas Mike Miller, president Md. State Senate, Barbara Pettit and A. Dwight Pettit, also honored

Wes Moore, keynote speaker

Tessa Hill-Aston and Dr. Salima Siler Marriott

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority members, from left, Karen Wynn-Diouf, Paulete McCoy, Judge Wanda Keyes-Heard, Natalie and Tezhra Tucker Photos by Anderson Ward

August 31, 2013 - September 6, 2013, The Afro-American


Thomas “Tex” Dean


Members of the Iota Phi Theta Fraternity recently celebrated their legacy with a Founders’ Day Banquet. Aug. 14, at the Baltimore Hilton. The organization was founded, Sept. 19, 1963 on the campus of Morgan State University and currently encompasses more than 30,000 members on campuses nationwide. Karl Price serves as the Grand Polaris.

Barron Willis and Janet Wong Daniel and Del Henson

Jerry Pittman

Standing: Frank Coakley, Barron Willis, Lonnie Spruill Jr., Seated: Deborah Slade and John  Slade

Applause for the speaker

A proud pose of brotherhood.

Dan Henson, Prof. Larry Gibson, Lonnie Spruill Jr., Karl Price, Thomas “Tex” Dean, Gary “Bird” Burgess and Frank Coakley

Karen Wyatt, Lonnie Spruill Jr. and Pat Roselle

Dr. Paula Burgess and Gary “Bird” Burgess

Kevin Briscoe and Prof. Larry Gibson

Thelma Wainwright, Dr. Charlene CooperBoston and Steven Wainwright

Mildred Long-Harper and Barbara Banks

Frank Coakley, Marcia Coakley, Humphrey White, Joan Stokes, Rod Armstrong and Gloria Armstrong

Marsha Taylor, Lonnie Spruill Jr. and Renee Spruill

Karl Price, Grand Polaris Photos by Anderson Ward

Yvonne Butler recently celebrated her retirement from Internal Revenue Services with family, friends and former co-workers at Chef Paolino Restaurant.

Butler and her brother, Rodger Matthews

Betty Schuler and James Holding

Yvonne Butler and Henry Powell

Butler with IRS co-workers

Getting it going Dancing with family members Yvonne Butler and Paula Brooks

Yvonne Butler with James and Margret Hedges

Yvonne Butler and Kathleen M. Matthew

Michelle Blackledge, Fred Baier and Mary Bailey

Crystal Curtis, Lisa Richard, Lavonne Smith, Sandra Hamilton, Cynthia Bolden and Andrea Forrester Photos by Anderson Ward

August 31, 2013 - September 6, 2013, The Afro-American


U.S. Rep. John Lewis

Washington Wizards player Etan Thomas and his family Trayvon Martin’s father Tracy Martin and mother, Sybrina Fulton

Dick Gregory

Photos by Alexis Taylor, Zack Lester, Avis Thomas-Lester, Gregory Dale, Blair Adams and Imani Dennison

Sophisticated Settings Lifestyle wk Aug 31 and Sep 7  

AFRO B1 -- Sophisticated Settings & Lifestyle for August 31 and September 7 publications dates

Sophisticated Settings Lifestyle wk Aug 31 and Sep 7  

AFRO B1 -- Sophisticated Settings & Lifestyle for August 31 and September 7 publications dates