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ollege scholarships totaling more than $75,000 were awarded to 24 students at the 38th Annual Scholarship Benefit Fashion Show and Luncheon hosted by the Prince George’s County DELTA Alumnae Foundation (PGCDAF) and Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter (PGCAC), led by Norma Hatot-King and

Luncheon-Fashion Show committee

Same basic colors with these three ensembles

Chapter members strutting the runway in RED!

These models sashaying the runway Scholarship committee, Greta Wiggins-Lewis, chair

Charter members; Joanna M. Smith, Eva Tildon, Hazel Lewis, Margaret Montague, Ethel Rogers Grundy, First President PGCAC, Mildred C. Thompson, Billie Faye Nobles, Edna Becton Pittmon, Mary Ford


Carol Moses respectively at Martins’ Crosswinds, Greenbelt, Md. Sinthea Myrick Kelly chaired the fashion show committee that provided an afternoon of fine cuisine , a market-place of vendors, door prizes and raffling Laney, Alexandra of a mink coat provided by Alsobrooks, and Angela Miller’s Furs to over 1300 guests. Alsobrooks (grandThe Foundation and the Chapter, daughter, grand-mother whose goals are intricately and mother), Prince intertwined with a focus on George’s County State’s life-long learning and through Attorney this benefit, represents an ongoing successful partnership. The theme for the benefit was, Couture 1913: “Celebrating 40 years of Rubies and Pearls” as they honored the legacy of the Ambassador and Mrs. Teddy Taylor charter members. Special thanks was extended to corporate sponsors, fashion show producer, Ron Cooke and emcee, Peebles Hodge, Shannon Cross, of Luncheon-Fashion Sinthea Myrick Kelly, TV One. Show committee chair, center, front; members; Elizabeth Dr. Katina January“Beth” Peterson, Deborah Vance and Tawanda Rooney

Scholarship recipients

Julius Riddick, standing, Rodney Charles, Cecily Morgan and Alece Morgan. Janet Reid, seated, Sheryl Bourke, Little Ms. Journey and Tanya Reid

Carol A. Moses, chapter president, seated and Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre, former national president, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Little Miss Jabberwock 2013, Niyah Ikumi Brown, standing and her mother, Barbara Brown

Edgar Brookins, Washington AFRO and Rushern Baker, Prince George’s county executive

Photos by Rob Roberts

Shannon Cross, TV One on-air personality, the emcee Carolyn J.B. Howard, deputy Speaker Pro Tem, Maryland House of Delegates, 24th Legislative District and Karen Toles, Prince Georges County Council member

The Honorable Angela Alsobrooks, State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County; The Honorable Carolyn J.B. Howard, Maryland House of Delegates, District 24; Dr. Katina January-Vance, co-chair; Sinthea Myrick Kelly, chair, Fashion Show committee; Elizabeth “Beth” Peterson, co-chair; Tawanda Rooney, co-chair and Robin Jacobs, Eastern regional director, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

A tribute to the charter members by the singing group Halo

Norma Hatot-King, chair, PGCDAF; Carol Moses, chapter president; Shannon Cross, emcee; Greta Wiggins-Lewis and Ethel M. Rogers Grundy, past chapter president, 1974-1976

Norma Hatot-King with foundation members and friends

Edgar Brookins, Sinthea Myrick Kelly, Shannon Cross and Faye Hyslop


or the past 74 years, the National Newspapers Publishers Association (NNPA) has convened in Washington, D.C. as part of Black Press Week to meet with key policy and decision makers, including the White House, and conduct meaningful dialogue on the way the NNPA communicates with our communities. Two deceased publishers, Charles Tisdale, the Jackson Advocate and M. Paul Redd Sr., the Westchester County Press were enshrined at a ceremony at Howard University. A highlight of Black Press Week was the presentation of the Newsmaker of the Year Award to the parents of slain Florida teen Jordan Davis and the parents of slain Chicago teen Hadiya Pendleton along with the awarding the Torch Award to Mel Watts, director, Federal Housing Finance Agency. Mary Denson, chair, NNPA Foundation and Cloves Campbell, chair, NNPA led the Black Press Week, celebrating having been the voice of the Black community for the past 182 years. George Curry , Editor-in-Chief, NNPA News Service and Ann Ragland

Cloves Campbell, President, NNPA speak to the dinner guests

Wash Allen, Michael McCall, Judy Foston, John Stanford, Dirck Hargraves, Esq., and John B. Smith

Dirck Hargraves (left), Vox Global and Jackie Hampton (right), Mississippi Link presents the Newsmaker of the Year Award to Ron Davis and Lucy McBath, Parents of slain Florida Teen, Jordan Davis

Cloves Campbell, President, NNPA, Shannon Cross, TV One on-air personality, Dr. Willie Jolley, emcee and Ron Busby, US Black Chamber of Commerce

Ben (President, Afro American Newspaper) and Felecia Phillips speaking with John Stanford and Judy Foston

LaFleur Paysour, Pluria Marshall, Vice Chair, NNPA Fundation and Erika Laws

Mollie Finch Belt, Dallas Examiner (left), receiving her official results from Gina Page of African

Kare Rodney, Dr. Willie Jolley, Rev. Walter Silva Thompson and Rev. Benjamin Chavis, Hip-Hop Summit Action Network Beverly McKenna(left), New Orleans Tribune and Pluria Marshall (right), Vice Chair presenting the Torch Award for Political Achievement to former Congressman, Mel Watts, Director, Federal Housing Finance Agency

Avis Thomas Lester, Executive Editor, Afro American Newspaper, Ron Davis, Lucy Mcbath, Edgar Brookins, Afro American Newspaper and Shannon Cross

Nathaniel and Cleopatra Pendleton, Parents of slain Chicago Teen Hadiya Pendleton, receiving the Newsmaker of the Year Award from Mary Denson and Ron Busby

Jazz Fluist Sherry Winston and Band Photos by Rob Roberts

March 29, 2014 - April 4, 2014, The Afro-American


Lenora Cobb and her granddaughter Desiree Crawford Jerome C. Thomas and Morris N. Phillips

Lenora Cobb’s 100th birthday was indeed one to celebrate. So on March 8th, family and friends came to the Forum Caterers to help her observe this momentous occasion. For those who couldn’t be there, like her family from California who sent some video greetings, good wishes abounded. Greetings also came from President Barack and first lady Michelle Obama, U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.

Surrounding Ms. Lenora Cobb at her 100th birthday celebration are her children, from left, Geraldine Smith, Louise Keating, Huey Cobb and Earline Giles. On the back, Alonzo Cobb and Arthur The great grandchildren surround Ms. Cobb. Front row, from left Vincerra Cobb

Ms. Cobb with her great, great grandchild Maci Dickerson

Ms. Cobb with her best friend of 53 years Ms. Elizabeth Jones

Ms. Cobb with her great, great grandchildren Khalil and Khyretha Jackson

The South Baltimore Learning Center recently held its 2014 Gala Cirque Du Learning, March 8 at Montgomery Park Business Center. Adult learners as well as

Currie, Joy Cobb and Nicole Keating. Second row, Alexander Labeach, Sydney Keating, Khyretha Jackson, Courtney Labeach, Tashika Boone and Dominic Lee. Last row,

SBLC Learners Judith Brown, Mary Coxson,

Kate performs for the audience

community leaders and supporters enjoyed the black-tie event, emceed by Vytas Reid, Fox 45 Chief Meteorologist. Guests danced to sounds of Fifth Avenue

Sandy Arnette and Latease Lashley

and sampled dishes from Baltimore’s best restaurants and caterers. The Center provides job readiness training including functional literacy and life skills training to local residents.

Photos by Anderson Ward

Anne Heesters Schroth, president board of directors

Mayor Stephanie RawlingsBlake

Sonia Socha, executive director and honoree Barry Blumberg

SBLC graduate and awardee, Janice Williams

Dr. Leah Goldsborough Hasty, president, talked about her friend, the late Irene Vetta Bennett Reid.

Bennie M. Keene opened the program with words of inspiration.

Family members of the late Irene V. Bennett Reid are Rev. Jay Young, Karla Reid Young, Dr. Patricia Schmoke, Kurt L. Schmoke, former Mayor of Baltimore

In memory of Irene Vetta Bennett Reid, mother of Kurt Schmoke, former Baltimore Mayor and Karla Reid Young, Leah’s Book Club honors her during National Women’s History Month each year. Dr. Leah Goldsborough Hasty revealed Mrs. Reid’s passion for reading, indicating that she was an avid reader and literary genius, she edited books, was a master of pronunciation and a crossword afficionado. During each year’s celebration, club members honor and recognize women who have made and continue to make contributions to their communities and those who embody the same spirit and concern Mother-daughter for others as Irene Reid demonstrated duo, Doris Cole, throughout her career. Stephanie Cole Hill Gloria Holley, honoree with Guest author was Larry Gibson, professor at the sponsor Juanita Davis Edgerton University of Maryland School of Law who practices with the law firm Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler. Professor Gibson, author of Young Thurgood: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice, details the environment, people and events that shaped Thurgood Marshall’s attitude, work habits, and priorities in his formative years. He described Justice Thurgood Marshall as the most important American lawyer of the Diana Gibson, with Dr. Brenda Conley, century. Lorna Brice, sponsor with honoree Vera P. Hall

Beulah Wallace, sponsor, with Eleanor P. Matthews, honoree

Ernestine Dunston, sponsor with honoree Dr. Estelle Brown

Michele Brown and Paula Stephens

Vytas Reid, emcee

Tony Randall, SBLC Advisory Council; Jessie Moore, SBLC director of technology and Tabb Bishop, Verizon

Honoree Hiawatha Howard with sponsor, Alice Shelton

Khalil Jackson, John Keating, Alyssa Cobb, Taylor Cobb (holding Cory Cobb), Brandon Giles, Denzel Dickerson, St. Elmo Crawford and Khristina Crawford. (Back) Darryl Dickerson Photos (holding great, by Keith great grandchild Maci). Henry

Malia Cohen, honoree with Dorothy A. Marshall, sponsor

Judy Rainey, honoree with sponsor Claudette Edgerton Swain

Rev. Dr. Lareesa Smith Horn, honoree with sponsor Dr. Louise Blount Smith

husband, Prof. Larry Gibson, author of Young Thurgood The Making of a Supreme Court Justice

sponsor, with honoree Faye T. Ebron

Photos by Dr A. Lois De Laine

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