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Alabama Voters Need IDs or Friend-‘dentity’ By Zenitha Prince Senior AFRO Correspondent Part 6 in a series detailing states’ efforts to keep citizens
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Michael Jackson impersonator entertains at the Pep Rally for Peace in the Streets By Maria Adebola Special to the AFRO
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As Alabama voters trudged to the polls on June 3, many stepped into a new elections landscape, while for others, the view was all too familiar. In 2011, after Republicans
took control of the state Legislature, they introduced laws that, some say, harken back to the days of segregation, including laws that suppress the votes of minorities and the poor. Continued on A4
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Physicians Caught in the Middle of Medical Marijuana Debate By Valencia Mohammed Special to the AFRO
Black history-makers, local community leaders and emerging pacesetters were fêted May 31 during a celebratory ceremony held in Washington, D.C., across from the Howard Theatre on the 600 block of T St. NW. Live music, a cornucopia of enticing foods and a plethora of retail wares served as a backdrop to the ceremony, during which local nonprofit Pep Rally for Peace in the Streets (PRPIS) awarded current and future community leaders. PRPIS was founded by Garry Clark Sr. in 2005 to spotlight the positive message of African-American legacy in the community and to advocate for peace. And, the organization set aside the last Saturday of May to acknowledge those who were contributing to that legacy. “I wanted to organize an event that would celebrate Black history outside of Black History Month,” Clark said about the event. The Past, Present, and Future Black History Maker Crispus Attucks, Martin Luther King Jr. Community Civic Service Award was bestowed to Mayor Vincent Gray. “The award is given to individuals who have committed 50 or more years of community Continued on A3
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While 21 states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes, the federal government has not. The federal regulations and political debates leave hospitals, physicians, and patients vulnerable. In D.C., 3,730 patient recommendation forms were distributed to physicians, but only 113 physicians showed interest in the medical marijuana program. Of that number, according to the Department of Health media spokesperson Najma Roberts, only 56 doctors are participating. Dr. Patrick Fasusi, a pain specialist and anesthesiologist for over 35 years, said the disparity in local and federal laws is one of the impediments facing medical providers interested in participating. “My colleagues
fear clamping down by the government,” said Fasusi. “Many physicians work in hospitals. They are not going to jeopardize the hospital’s licensing or accreditation as long as the issue of medicinal marijuana is illegal with the federal government. “Those who are solo, like myself, are susceptible to federal audits. No one wants the type of scrutiny that will come with prescribing patients medicinal marijuana.” Fasusi said he knows the criteria. “I examine my patients and every supporting document very carefully to qualify them for treatment. It is also very important to obtain the patient’s oral and written history,” Fasusi said. Sometimes, the results are not what the patient wants. “If for whatever reasons, I don’t think the patient qualifies for this type of treatment, I will inform [the patient]. There may be other forms of Continued on A3
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Black Press Icon Ray H. Boone Sr., Dead at 76 By Zenitha Prince Senior AFRO Correspondent Raymond H. Boone Sr., a towering figure in the Black Press and founder, editor and publisher of the influential Richmond Free Press has died. He was 76. Boone died June 3 at his home after a months-long battle with pancreatic cancer, his family told the media. The Suffolk, Va. native obtained a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University and a master’s degree in political science from Howard University, where he later taught journalism for nine years. The majority of Boone’s career was spent in the Black Press, and Time magazine once credited him with bringing “sophistication and Continued on A3
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Michelle Obama Assails House GOP Attempt to Skirt School Meals Mandate
By Maria Adebola First lady Michelle Obama opposes a proposal advanced by House Republicans that would exempt some school districts from following federal mandated nutrition guidelines passed in 2010. The Healthy, HungerFree Kids Act of 2010 which the first lady championed during its legislative path through Congress, calls for a reduction in sodium, AP Photo fat, calories, and sugar, First lady Michelle Obama but requires an increase speaks to school leaders and in whole grains, fresh experts surrounding school fruits, and vegetables nutrition. in school lunches. The legislation allowed the U.S. Department of Agriculture to reform school lunch and breakfast program guidance with choices aimed at improving critical nutrition levels and creating a hunger safety net for children. While House Republicans claim the proposal would be a one-year waiver for schools that are having financial trouble meeting the new food standards, the first lady described the notion as “unacceptable” and accused Republicans of legislative moves that threaten the health of school children nationwide. She told a group of school nutrition experts last week “the last thing we can afford to do is play politics with our kids health,” according to the Connecticut Mirror, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news outlet. See more at afro.com.
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New and Improved AFRO.com Debuts June 9 By Talibah Chikwendu Special to the AFRO When AFRO.com went online in 1994, it became one of the first 18 newspaper websites in the country and the first from a Black publication. Since then, AFRO.com has grown and changed, while providing its audience with quality content. The last website update went live in 2008 with a new content management system, structured to help the AFRO take the next steps in the company’s online evolution. After about four years, the website system was making it hard for the AFRO to do new things. “As technology changed,” AFRO President Benjamin Phillips said, “we were not able to keep up with it at a fast pace. “It was a two year project to identify the right partner. We were fortunate to find Eminent-IT, who took our requirements and developed a custom solution using leading-edge technology.” Eminent-IT, founded by post 9/11 Marine Corps veteran
“We’re ready to fly. … Our audience is in for a royal treat.” – John “Jake” Oliver Jr. Jose Risi and Isaac Barnes with the mission to “assist their clients with implementing innovative solutions that bring them closer to their strategic vision,” conducted a comprehensive review of the AFRO. Armed with that information and the expressed needs of the AFRO’s web and management teams, Barnes said, “Our goal was to completely revamp AFRO’s digital experience with a flat design that embraces simplicity,
clarity, and flexibility.” They did. The new, improved, and ready to fly AFRO.com launches on June 9. “We are extremely excited about the possibility,” said CEO and Publisher John “Jake” Oliver Jr. “We are extremely excited about learning things we don’t know. We’re going to have fun, but that is all part of finding out and understanding what our followers want.” The new site has several features that will ultimately translate to a better user experience and exciting presentations for the AFRO’s audience. According to Phillips, these include increased responsiveness, automatic formatting to accommodate a variety of user interfaces – mobile, tablet, and a multitude of computer browsers – and the ability to change the look of the site “on the fly.” He said, “It takes the shackles off of our creativity.” Oliver added, “We are going to be able to change … any time, any day, any way we want to.” “What it means for the audience,” Phillips said, “is getting rich content quickly and a greater integration with social media. It opens the door for us to do things we haven’t thought of yet. It will allow us to continue to grow into the future.”
A big goal of this project is to improve the reader’s experience, so the AFRO is hoping for user feedback. “We welcome comments,” Phillips said, “and plan to be continually improving. I can’t wait, and what you see on the 9th is only the beginning.” Oliver said, “We’re ready to fly. … Our audience is in for a royal treat. -firstname.lastname@example.org Christian Rogers contributed to this article.
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service to our city and to the citizens,” said Clark. U.S. Rep. Eleanor Norton Holmes (D-D.C.) and Councilmember Marion Barry were also recipients of the award. “We felt that Marion Barry as well as Congresswoman Norton, who have devoted 70 years or more of Black community service to the citizens of our country and the District, needed to be recognized,” Clark said. “They are people who have made history and continue to set the pace for us to follow.” Gray briefly spoke about the importance of passing the leadership torch to African-American youth, and applauded Clark for his staunch dedication to the community. “This is a labor of love for Gary Clark,” said the mayor to the audience. “I want to thank Gary for what he does for our
city every day.” The Black History Maker Outstanding Village Member award was presented to Joe Green and Maggie Deville, the oldest living Black cowboy and cowgirl in the metropolitan area. D.C. resident Breanna Swinton, who recently graduated from Delaware State College, was acknowledged for staying focused in her education and striving to become a future history-maker in the community. PRPIS, under the umbrella of Power Jam Music Alliance (PJMA), serves the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area, advocating youth, young adult and senior citizen empowerment. “We are a grassroots nonprofit organization, who is just trying to serve the community as God wants us to do,” said
Clark. Beyond the history-makers’ awards, the organization’s signature program focuses on feeding the homeless in addition to raising awareness on the rising number of homeless youth in D.C. In addition, PRPIS helps residents, including returning citizens, with job placements and community service, working with many different agencies. Now in its ninth year, Pep Rally for Peace in the Streets Feed the Homeless has fed more than 10,000 people, including the 900 persons that were fed last year. In the District alone, according to a recent report by the Metropolitan Council of Governments, about 7,748 individuals were literally homeless in D.C., according to a January count. -email@example.com
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treatment to help them,” Fasusi said. Shawnta Hopkins, founder of the MMJ Medical Marijuana Advocates Group, said the structure and content of the law presents many challenges to their clients and physicians. Her family-owned business educates clients, refers to doctors, and assists in preparing for Department of Health approval. “Many participating doctors will only refer their established patients. Others want new clients to pay as much as $700 cash for an extensive examination to determine if they qualify. Lowincome clients don’t have that kind of money. Many physicians are not willing to take the risks associated with the program, so the high fees are a deterrent [for patient requests].” Hopkins said many physicians want the patients to stay with them for six months trying other prescriptions drugs before referring them for medical marijuana. “Physicians don’t want
to be known as the ‘marijuana doctor.’” The feds have been coming down hard on medical marijuana practice because it is still a grey area. It’s not clear what can and cannot
stories and step out of the shadows, the more politicians and citizens are going to see that they are not drug addicts, but simply people using marijuana as medicine to treat their
“My colleagues fear clamping down by the government.” – Dr. Patrick Fasusi be done. U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore) recently introduced a bill to legalize medical marijuana. It was voted down. But representatives from his office said public momentum is growing in support of the measure. “The more that those who are benefitting from medical marijuana tell their
conditions,” said Patrick Malone, media specialist for Rep. Blumenauer. In June, the African Wholistic Health Association Inc. (AWHA) and Abacus 6 are hosting an event in the District with worldrenown herbalist Dr. Sebi to discuss, among other topics, the medicinal qualities of marijuana. “Marijuana’s universal usages have
been proven through time with many cultures to heal ailments. The herb is from God’s medical pharmacy,” said Dr. Kokayi Patterson, AWHA executive director of and a detox specialist for 40 years in the field of substance abuse. “It’s time to stop holding Americans hostage to the pharmaceutical companies when there are herbal and alternative remedies that are proven more effective.” To accomplish that, changing the mindset on Capitol Hill is crucial. “We don’t expect federal marijuana prohibition to end by 2016, but it certainly will not be long after that. In the meantime, Congressman Blumenauer and his allies are going to continue making incremental progress where they can on areas of consensus like more access for medical researchers to marijuana, and more support for veterans who need medical marijuana,” Malone said. -firstname.lastname@example.org
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of issues affecting the African-American community and for its shaping of political discourse in Richmond. Black Enterprise magazine once hailed Boone’s brand of journalism as a model for the survival of Black newspapers in America, according to the newspaper’s website. For example, last year the newspaper made headlines when Boone announced it would no longer use the name “Redskins” to refer to Washington, D.C.’s professional football team, saying the name was “racist.” “We decided that because it is an insulting name, it is an outrageous name and as a city we should not become acclimated to the outrageous,” Boone said at the time. While serving as a Pulitzer Prize juror on two separate occasions, his bio
Ray Boone with some of his many awards. added, he spearheaded a successful effort that resulted in the placement of AfricanAmericans and women on the Pulitzer Board at Columbia University. Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones, a neighbor, called Boone a “crusader” and “a personality who was an integral part of our city.” “His stalwart support for the black community, for economic justice and fairness paved the way for change in so many ways,” Jones said in a statement. “Week after week,
he offered many a window into the world of black Richmond. He provided visibility for people who might otherwise be invisible to some. He voiced concerns and desires in ways that might not otherwise have gotten expressed. “It’s clear to me that Ray Boone was a giant of a personality that won’t soon be forgotten.” Congressman Bobby Scott, D-Va., called Boone a “pioneer and a fixture in the Virginia Press Corps.” “While he was my friend,
Ray was always a newsman first and never hesitated to hold my feet to the fire on issues important to the Richmond community,” Scott said in a statement. “I enjoyed our many interviews and editorial board meetings and I will miss talking politics and policy with him. I know his legacy will endure through
the countless lives he has touched and will continue to touch through the Richmond Free Press.” Boone is survived by his wife, the former Jean Patterson of Columbia, S.C.; and their two adult children, Regina Helen Boone and Raymond H. Boone Jr. -email@example.com
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A Journalist Remembers an Audience with Maya By Zenitha Prince Senior AFRO Correspondent
I called her Winston-Salem, N.C. home promptly at our scheduled interview time, but an assistant asked, politely, if I would call back in just a few minutes. I gladly acquiesced, and, in that same spirit, when I called back waited patiently for her to make it to the phone. And then I heard her voice, “Good afternoon, Ms. Prince,” and it was well worth the wait. As a reporter you’re supposed to remain objective, but I can admit to feeling a bit star-struck—Maya Angelou, world-renowned poet, author, activist, actress…conversing…with…me. And yet, somehow, she managed to convince me that for her, too, our conversation was Zenitha Prince both a pleasure and a privilege. is Senior AFRO As poet and writer Nikki Giovanni said about Angelou, “Her Correspondent. ability to speak to everyone in the same voice was what made her the force she was,” and I found that to be true. Her voice—fathomless, knowing, like that of a sage; gracious, regal, strong like that of a warrior-queen; yet, warm, welcoming like the quintessential grandmother—invited me in to sit down, relax and join her in an oral repast.
And so I did. For the next 15 minutes I gorged, listening to her speak about her writing process—sometimes organic, sometimes methodical but always from the soul. She spoke about her experiences as the wife of South African freedom fighter Vusumzi L. Make—somehow managing to maintain her voice within the passionate, boisterous, male-dominated milieu. Mostly, however, she reminisced about her decades-long friendship with world-beloved icon Nelson Mandela, his global impact and her homage, “His Day Is Done” published after his death. “We will not forget you, we will not dishonor you, we will remember and be glad that you lived among us, that you taught us, and that you loved us all,” she said of Mandela. Yet, in the wake of her death on May 28, we apply the words to her. We cannot forget the woman whose own story of struggle and triumph captured the shared experiences of so many in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. We will not dishonor the phenomenal woman who empowered us, too, to stride in self-love with our heads unbowed. We will remember the oracle, who showed us the light of hope amid the darkest clouds. We will be glad for the lessons she taught—to seek peace, pursue equality, walk with dignity and seek our best selves. Tributes to Angelou’s legacy, particularly from those who met her or knew her personally, attest to her profound impact. I, too, had an encounter with the legend that is Maya Angelou, the merest brush against her garments, really, but I know I’ll never be the same.
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“We do know there have been reports of changes to polling places and alleged voter purges over the past couple months. None of that is confirmed,” said Deuel Ross, an attorney with the Political Participation Group of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund. “What we do know for sure is that in 2011, the same Alabama Legislature that passed a housing law that used discriminatory language against Latinos passed a voter ID law that is one of the most restrictive in the country.” House Bill 19, which was signed into law by Gov. Robert Bentley and went into effect beginning with this June’s primaries, requires an Alabama voter to have a specific type of photo identification at the polls in order to vote. Some would argue that the law is by no means draconian, as is Texas’ or North Carolina’s, since it actually allows the use of student IDs and employee IDs issued by federal, state or local governments. But, while voters who don’t show a photo ID will generally be allowed to cast a provisional ballot, they must then bring the required ID to an election office by 5 p.m. on Friday after Election Day. And, there are other troubling provisions reminiscent of Alabama’s discriminatory past, civic participation advocates say. “Alabama has long been recognized by Congress and the federal courts as one of the worst actors in passing discriminatory election laws,” Ross said. He added of HB 19, “This is exactly the same law Alabama used in the 1960s to prevent African Americans from voting…. It does seem as if they’re dusting off these Jim Crow laws and re-instituting
them.” Of particular concern is a stipulation that allows a voter lacking the required photo identification to vote if two election officials offer sworn statements (“vouchers”) saying they know the individual. Most poll workers in Alabama are White, Ross said. And, according to a recent Reuters poll, 71 percent of White Alabamans have fewer than five close friends of another race or ethnicity and 37 percent have none. “Which means Latinos and blacks would be less likely to be vouched for,” Ross said. The LDF, along with state branches of the NAACP, National Urban League, the 21st Century Youth Leadership Movement and other organizations, sent a letter to the office of Secretary of State Jim Bennett on March 3 warning of the potential ramifications of the voucher provision. “The SOS’s inaction in providing guidance has rendered the voucher provision itself dangerously ambiguous and discriminatory,” the letter stated, and “gives election officials ‘the arbitrary power to accept or reject any prospective elector.’” In a follow-up letter on May 29, the LDF again warned that Bennett’s current interpretation of HB19 was unconstitutional and violated the Voting Rights Act, which banned “any requirement that a person as a prerequisite for voting… prove his qualifications by the voucher of registered voters or members of any other class.” In the case of HB19, that class comprises mostly-White poll workers.
“The Secretary’s insistence on administering a prohibited device is deeply disturbing and likely unconstitutional,” the May 29 letter read. “The racially toxic legislative session in which the photo identification law was passed; the substantial burdens that the law will place on the half-a-million registered voters in Alabama who lack state-issued photo identification; and now the broad discretion that your proposed rules vest in election officials across the State, in tandem, make clear that the State intends to operate both the photo and positive identification requirements as unconstitutional devices to permit racial discrimination.” The LDF urged Bennett to ameliorate the law—or at least its implementation—to mitigate its discriminatory effects before the June 3 primaries. But, Ross said, their efforts have so far come to nil. “The secretary of state knows this interpretation of the law violates the Voting Rights Act. Unfortunately, he’s not been responsive to changing the law,” the civil rights attorney said. “He’s been aware of this problem for three months.” The old-school voucher device is something that would have likely been stopped by the Justice Department via the Section 5 provision of the Voting Rights Act. Since the Supreme Court hobbled the provision in June 2013 via its ruling in Shelby v. Holder, however, legal action is left up to individuals and organizations. Volunteers from the NAACP and other civil rights groups planned to monitor the polls on June 3. Ross said the LDF has not yet decided on a legal or any other course of action.
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Harry and Eliza Briggs’ School Bus to Opportunity As we celebrate another notable anniversary of the civil rights era – Thurgood Marshall’s 1954 victory in the five cases we know, collectively, as Brown v. Topeka Board of Education – we should take a moment to thank Harry and Eliza Briggs and their neighbors in Clarendon County, S.C. Their efforts to assure that Clarendon County’s Black children were provided a Elijah Cummings school bus, just as were Caucasian children, were the foundation for Briggs v. Elliott, one of the five Brown cases and the beginning of the end for legally-sanctioned, public school segregation in this nation. I know about Mr. and Mrs. Briggs from my own family’s history, as well as from my legal training. My parents, Robert and Ruth Cummings, grew up in Clarendon County – the very place where the White and Black doll experiments of Dr. Kenneth Clark helped to convince the United States Supreme Court that racially segregated schools could never be considered “equal” under our Constitution. My parents moved from Clarendon County to South Baltimore as a young, newly-married couple. They were determined that their own children would have the benefit of the empowering education that they had been denied. I recall these beginnings – the progress that can be traced to everyday Americans like Harry and Eliza Briggs – because of the sharp contrast in educational opportunity today, graphically portrayed by the National Education Association at http://www. nea.org. In “Still Separate, Still Unequal? Brown v. Board 60 Years Later,” we are confronted by a hard truth. Today, millions of American children remain mired back in the 1950s, both educationally and economically. Sixty years after Brown, millions of American children are still waiting by the side of the road for Harry Briggs’ school bus to take them to a better life. It is up to those of us who have survived and thrived to keep fighting for these children’s right to a ride. In this generation’s struggle for educational opportunity, our courts – and far too many of my congressional colleagues
– appear to be wearing ideological blindfolds. Confronted by human devastation of staggering proportions, they offer only abstract theories about the appropriate roles of our shared governmental institutions. To paraphrase Jonathan Kozol’s seminal work, Savage Inequalities, “There is a sense that they are skating over ice – and that the issues we must address are safely frozen underneath.” Opening their eyes to the realities of educational apartheid in our country is one level of our wider struggle for expanded support for our nation’s public schools. It is the primary field of battle for those of us entrusted by our neighbors to represent them in Washington. In the Congress, there are legitimate issues in our continuing debate over reauthorization of our nation’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Yet, the American people should not be misled. Now, as in the past, the most basic fight about the federal role in public education is not about ideology. It’s about money. Closer to home, we who live in Maryland are fortunate that the O’Malley-Brown Administration has made K-12 education funding a high priority. Nevertheless, state-level budgetary constraints heighten the continuing importance of federal funding. Even as we criticize (fairly, I believe) the ideological blinders of those who object to our call for expanded federal education funding, we who would expand that funding must also be clear-sighted. As many educators point out, more than expanded funding will be required to assure every American child the school bus ride to a better life that he or she deserves. For parents, teachers, and the general public alike, we all must have high expectations of every child – and convey those high expectations in everything we do. The trajectory of my own life would have been
Continuing the Work of Freedom Summer
Racism is still alive and well in Mississippi and throughout this country just as it was in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. This clearly suggests there is much work to be done. When we look at those in control of things in this country, we see, for the most part, things are in the hands of the same few along with their descendants, carrying out the same policies executed in different ways. For us to make sure that justice prevails in this Hollis Watkins country and that we have a system of fair dealings with one another, there is much unfinished business that we have to
attend because we are a long way from having such a system. Freedom 50 provides the opportunity to teach others how we mobilize and organize. Freedom 50 share 50 years of practical experience with today’s youth. This will help young people avoid some of the mistakes veterans made because they lacked the foundation available today. Too often, we don’t know the history of our past and because of that we lack understanding of where we came from, where we are, and where we are going. This makes it difficult to talk about where we need to go and to establish a meaningful program of work that gets us there. Freedom 50 helps us to continue this work. When we look at human rights today, we see that humans are not being treated like humans but like animals. A human rights movement is desperately needed because when people are convinced to not see themselves first as humans, they see themselves consciously and subconsciously as something else. We need a human rights movement to re-instill the dignity and pride we once had in ourselves and in one another. That pride creates brings people together to build a movement that will go
The Federal Government’s Image Problem
I think we can all agree that the federal government and federal employees have an image problem. But that wasn’t always the case. Once believed by many to be the most secure jobs to have, positions within the federal government were highly sought after. Superior retirement and health benefits, reasonable hours, and a family friendly work environment combined with the belief that you were doing Shirley A. Jones something of value to the American public was what people thought of when they considered public service. So what changed? We actually don’t have to look far to see why the federal government’s image has suffered. Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency’s global surveillance program aside, the treatment of our nation’s veterans by the Veterans Administration (VA) is the government scandal currently on everyone’s mind. CNN first reported massive delays in medical appointments for veterans across the country, with some dying while waiting for care. The worst problems have been reported in Phoenix, Ariz. where at least 40 veterans reportedly died waiting for treatment. To make matters worse, a 2010 internal VA memo disclosed at a recent congressional hearing revealed attempts to cover up excessive waits for veterans going back years. This new scandal actually came after years of
controversy over VA’s backlog of unprocessed benefits claims. Despite initial signs of lukewarm support from the president, VA Secretary General Eric Shinseki resigned on May 30, with firings vowed to follow at the highest levels within the VA across the country. The nation’s tax collector, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), has also had its share of scandals. Last year it was disclosed that for more than 18 months during the 2010 and 2012 election campaigns, IRS agents in a Cincinnati office singled out Tea Party and other conservative groups for additional scrutiny when they sought tax-exempt status, delaying their applications for an average of nearly two years and making it difficult for many of the groups to raise money. Before that was the IRS conference spending scandal in which the IRS held a $4.1 million training conference featuring luxury rooms and free drinks at its 2010 conference in Anaheim, Calif. In fact, the IRS held numerous employee conferences from 2010 through 2012 at a total taxpayer cost of $49 million. And, not to be left out, the General Services Administration (GSA) joined in with its own conference scandal by spending more than $800,000 at a 2010 Las Vegas conference featuring clowns, a mind reader, and a red-carpet party. So, it’s understandable why the federal government is taking a beating image-wise. But, most people know that many of these ill-conceived decisions were made at the highest levels of government with the hands of the everyday public servant who doesn’t dare to be a whistleblower staying far away from the fray. Why then has the everyday government worker’s image become so tarnished? That’s the question I have pondered over and over again. Putting aside the obvious misbehavior and poor judgment of Secret Service agents accused in the Columbia prostitution scandal, I now think I have the real answer and the
fundamentally different without the encouragement of an insightful elementary school teacher of mine, Mr. Hollis Posey, who believed in me and taught to my strengths. This is why I realize that, far too often, we have allowed the challenges posed by economic deprivation to affect our expectations of what lower income children can achieve – if encouraged and given the chance. As reported recently by Erica Green in the Baltimore Sun, a number of Baltimore City’s public schools, educating high percentages of low-income students, nevertheless “… have consistently outperformed their peers around Maryland.” Green cites a study by Jason Botel, executive director of the Maryland Campaign for Achievement Now (http://www.marylandcan.org/ research), that highlights eight “opportunity schools” that are teaching economically disadvantaged children. In these urban schools, most of the students in almost every grade topped the statewide proficiency rates for both reading and math in 2012 and 2013. These educators appear to have found the keys to Harry & Eliza Briggs’ school bus to opportunity. We would be wise to learn from their success. Elijah Cummings represents Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.
further into the future that we can ever imagine. Changing systems instead of looking at isolated issues is what is going to bring about this movement. We must build a solid foundation on the grassroots level in the local communities, spreading out in states and the country and eventually across the world, that will bring social justice issues like education, voting rights, workers’ rights, and healthcare to the forefront, establishing them as basic constitutional rights. That’s why it is so important that we have members of the community come to the table during the Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference June 25-29 at Tougaloo College, so that we can engage in these conversations, establish strategies that get us to where we need to be, and ensure that our present and future generations are better off than they are today. Visit www.freedom50.org for more information. Hollis Watkins is the national chair for the Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference.
true underlying culprit. Imagine the government worker who regularly brags to her favorite cafeteria worker or the mailroom worker who brags to the UPS man making deliveries to the building that they have cushy jobs with nothing to do but listen to music or watch the Soaps all day. Imagine bragging to people who work hard and who are on their feet all day about how much you make to do nothing. Now, imagine those government workers repeating the same to their family and friends and imagine the cafeteria workers and UPS man repeating the same to their family and friends. Multiply that a few more times and now you have a large-scale image problem. I believe there are employees in every industry that are lazy and that are paid far more than their effort is worth. And, yes, I absolutely believe there are some in the federal government. To say most government employees fall into that category is a gross overstatement and mischaracterization of the vast majority of public servants who take pride in what they do. Until the hard working government workers become the loudest, drowning out the bad apples who probably also bragged in high school about getting Cs and Ds without studying, only then will the reputations of hard working government employees be restored as the valuable assets they truly are. Combine that with the overall housecleaning the Obama Administration needs to do, far beyond the resignation of General Shinseki, and maybe then the federal government will return to its days of glory as a model employer with model employees. Shirley A. Jones, Esq. is president of the Region XI Council of Blacks In Government (BIG).
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NO MATTER WHO YOU ASK, OUR COVE POINT PROJECT IS A GREAT SOLUTION FOR SOUTHERN MARYLAND. “Going forward, we will promote fuel-switching from coal to gas for
electricity production and encourage the development of a global market for gas.” President Barack Obama
“Several years from now a portion of a gas
“The export of LNG can
or electric bill being paid by a customer in Japan or Europe could find its way into the paycheck of a worker right here in the United States.”
help drive additional U.S. natural gas production and support hundreds of thousands of additional U.S. jobs in engineering, manufacturing, construction, and operation of the export infrastructure.…”
Bipartisan letter to U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, cosigned by 21 members of Congress
“Restricting international trade in fossil fuels
is not an effective policy to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions or to advance domestic economic interests, and we recommend against any such restrictions.”
David Mallino, Jr., Laborers International Union of North America
Bipartisan Policy Center
“All of this underscores that
President Obama can serve U.S. strategic and economic interests by immediately approving every request to build a liquefied natural gas export terminal.”
“ The Energy Department was right to approve Cove Point, and it would be right to okay other projects like it in the future.”
The Washington Post
The Wall Street Journal
“LNG exports will foster U.S. job
creation, new tax revenues, and stronger international alliances. At issue is the freedom to export.” John Murphy, Vice President for International Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Dominion’s proposal to add export capability to its Cove Point LNG Terminal has received strong support nationwide from respected business leaders—and both sides of the political aisle. That’s because it will bring 3,000 construction jobs, 75 high-paying permanent positions, and tens of millions of dollars in new annual revenue for Southern Maryland. As Dominion continues a 40-year commitment to Calvert County and the Chesapeake Bay, we look forward to keeping the conversation going.
To learn more visit dom.com/covepoint
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Immanuel Lewis graduates summa cum laude in health science and his guest, Dr. Willie Jolley.
Sean Combs was awarded the honorary Doctor of Humanities degree.
The recipient of the Doctor of Humane Letters degree, Wolf Blitzer.
The White family; Nyla, Takyah, Savannah, London, Chauncey, Jean, Monique, Adrianna the graduate, Aaron, Jordon, Marquetta, Nia, Tanysia and Diane
Nammette Betts, grandmother; DeCasis Greedage, Teyana, Dawne Young, mother; Dante and Lorraine Betts, grandmother.
A very happy family: Tamorah Hawthorne, sister; James E. Hawthorne Jr., father; Brian E. Hawthorne and Gina L. Hawthorne, aunt.
Temeka McKinney, aunt, Cory Davis and Brian Davis
Michael Johnson, Sheniqua Major, John Brown and Sonya Johnson-Brown
Darrin Johnson II, Pamela G. Hinton, Sabring Johnson, Sheila Johnson, mother, Sheâ€™Neil Johnson, Darrin N. Johnson, Sr., Dad; Marilyn L. Hinton, Tashan Johnson, the Rev. Helen Lewis-Higgins, grandmother; Destiny Foreman, Kristin Johnson. On the back, right, Keir Hinton Jr. and Keir Hinton Sr.
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Kato Mivule, who was awarded a Doctor of Science in Computer Science, sits between Dr. Hoda ElSayed and Dr. Joy Banks as he awaits receiving his degree.
Antonio Fant, Gema Howell, and Ameera Ayodeji line up for the graduates’ processional.
Alexis Thomas and Tiffany Simms Brittany Clark Darryl Adams receives his bachelor’s degree in sociology.
Bowie State University President Mickey L. Burnim
Amber Rowe and Shane McCarty
Dr. Sammye Miller, chair of the Department of History and Government, leads the commencement processional.
Bachelor’s of Science in nursing graduates Amirah Lockhart, Jasmine Moore and Rebecca Gilley celebrate their graduation.
Grads Amirah Lockhart, Jasmine Moore and Rebecca Gilley show off their decorated graduation caps.
Trina Quirindongo, the senior class president, addresses graduates and their families with a message of hope and inspiration. Thomas McMillen, secretary of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents, and John Word, president of the Bowie State University National Alumni Association, share a laugh during the commencement.
Jared Monk and Ronnie Redmon
Sugar McMillian awaits his chance to take the stage to receive his Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling degree.
President Mickey L. Burnim bestows the Presidential Medal of Excellence on commencement speaker Norman Augustine, a University System of Maryland Regent.
Jonee Dorman and Darius Gwynn
Candyce Young and Brittany Jones show off their decorated graduation caps.
Photos by Robert Eubanks
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Dr. Christopher Brittan-Powell , Dr. Hudgins and Gail Stachell CSU faculty members Dr. Ahmed El-Haggan, Dr. Judith Willner
Bria Harris ,right, and a grad friend
Gloria Kissedu, center, and fellow grads Tenia Fetters with Coppin alum
Grad Wanda Boulware, center, with her sisters, Dr. Paula Boulware Brown, left and Toni Boulware, doctoral student at Argosy University
It’s a day like no other! It’s finally here!
Nursing grad Keonna Payne, center, celebrates her special day with her mother, Carolyn Payne and her father, Earl Payne.
Markesha Fantroy (3rd from left), Keontae Kells (2nd from right) and fellow grads
Heather Josker and Brittnee Abraham
Dr. Ron Williams, Dr. Tracey Murray, Dr. James Takona, Dr. Beverly J. O’Bryant
Pewu Lavela and Bernard Reeves
Jasmine Gabriele, right, and a fellow grad
A graduation pose Courtesy Photos
Joan Stevenson ‘54, left, Elaine Brown ‘54, Bernice Dennis ‘64 and Joan Brown ‘64
Newly appointed University of Baltimore president, Kurt. L. Schmoke; Coppin President Mortimer Neufville and commencement speaker, Dr. Patricia L. Schmoke
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Bus. Adm. grads Tyrel Fuentes, Simon Mabosi, Delton Graham, Christopher Gordon
The Honorable Kweisi Mfume, chairman, Board of Regents
Dr. Tiffany Rice and Dr. Tamia Baldwin
Master’s in Music grads Shyanne Clark, Darian Peer, Restine Jackson, Evander McLean
Industrial Engineering grads Vaughn Mason, Grace Lynn Thompson, Jalessa Ross, Paola Class
Calvin G. Butler, Jr., commencement speaker
Liberal Arts grads are Ralph Jenning, Dana McCants, Adrian Lewis, Corey Sumpter, Evander McClain, Darrian Peer
Courtney Culpepper received the Exceptional Creative Achievement Award
Joseph T. Jones Jr. is hooded as he received the Doctor of Public Service
School of Architecture grads Markus Hongmanivanh, Cristal Chrispen, Iesha Lane, Brittney Everett
Honor Students Lea Uradu, Yomi Busari
Ralph Harper received the Exceptional Creative Achievement Award
Social work grads Candice Stancil, Kaylisa Gilmer, Qiana Edwards, Isaiah Rigby, Byan Black
Business administration grads Kristen Radford, Matthew Beauford, Troy Byan, Marteka Hill
Class of 1964 celebrating 50th year anniversary; front row, Julie Davidson-Randall, Laura Phillips Byrd, Sheila Whitaker, Ladonia Kimball, Cecila Kelly
Eric H. Holder Jr. is awarded the Doctor of Laws
President’s Second Mile Award was presented to Glenn George II
Electrical engineering grads Tanoni Williams, Duwane Thomas, Chay Gardiner, Ravic Miller
Morgan State University Choir sings “Hold Fast to Dreams”
Prof. Sylvester James Gates Jr. is hooded for the Doctor of Science
Biology grads Imani Lawson, Ngebui Chafeh, Gloria Jeffreys, Deon Howard
Class of 1964 members include Dr. Kit Adams, Hon. Salima Marriott, Freddie Cager, Earl M. Brown, James Scriven
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Sen. Jim Mathias and Dr. Juliette Bell, UMES president Queen Osunwa
Morgan Racquel Williams
UMES Gospel Choir
William Fulton Shockley Honorable John Lewis delivering his message to UMES grads
Tara Johnore Fatima Stith
Byron Campbell, Tiffany Henry, DelonteFooks
Neville Lloyd Hibbert
Tierra Jeannette Harcum
Dr. Juliette Bell presents an honorary degree to Rep. Lewis
Crystal Bih Tyson
Nithin Stephen Darius Ladon Thompson II
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School of Engineering graduates
Dr. Elaine Crider, chair of the Board of Trustees; William R. Spaulding, honorary degree recipient and Dr. James Lyons, interim president
School of Engineering graduates
Nova Coston, senior class president
School of Engineering Students
School of Business
Dr. Elaine Crider, chair of the Board of Trustees; Marie Johns, honorary degree recipient and Dr. James Lyons
Dr. Mary Frances Berry, commencement speaker
School of Business graduates
Donnel Jones College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences and USGA president
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
Graduate Students College of Arts and Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Mary Frances Berry, William R. Spaulding, honorary degree recipient; Nova Coston, senior class president; Marie Johns, honorary degree recipient and Mary Thompson, trustee
Arts and Sciences graduates Courtesy Photos
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U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings According to U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the trials and tribulations he experienced in his personal life ultimately led him to pursue a career in public service. “Out of my pain came my passion to find my purpose,” he told the AFRO. Born and raised in South Baltimore, Cummings, 63, said growing up, his family had very little. He attended a segregated elementary school that lacked a playground, gymnasium, auditorium and cafeteria. Meanwhile, he said there was an all-White school a short distance away that had stateof-the-art facilities. “That became my early introduction to segregation,” he said. “I was trying to understand why the Black kids had to go to a school that was in poor condition.” Subsequently, a single moment would change the course of his life forever.
Bea Gaddy Bea Gaddy, often referred to as the “Mother Theresa of Baltimore,” never forgot the many hardships she endured in her lifetime. That’s why she worked tirelessly to help improve the lives of those in her community. Born Beatrice Frankie Fowler in Wake Forest, N.C. in 1933, Gaddy, like many Americans raised during the Great Depression, was introduced to poverty at an early age. But financial struggles weren’t the only problems that her family endured. Gaddy’s alcoholic stepfather routinely abused her and the rest of her family. His violent episodes often discouraged Gaddy from going home and she and her brother would scavenge for food in the garbage bins behind local grocery stores. She later escaped her troubled home by getting married and moving to New York. While in the Big Apple, she worked as a housekeeper and earned just $50 a week.
Dr. Ruth Jones King Pratt In order to get where she wanted to go, Dr. Ruth Jones King Pratt knew she had to work hard. “Having been born when segregation was the law of the land, hard work was all that I knew,” she told the AFRO. “For as long as I can remember, my parents were an early source of encouragement.” Born and raised in Baltimore, Pratt graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in 1939. She then went on to Coppin Teachers College, a city supported school for Black students who desired to become educators. In 1943, she graduated from Coppin and passed the National Teacher’s Exam. Soon after, Pratt wanted to continue her education, but segregative laws prevented her from doing so in her home state. Fortunately, the state granted her money to attend Howard University, where she earned a master’s in 1948.
When he was about 9 years old, he joined the Baltimore Branch of the NAACP and marched to integrate South Baltimore’s Riverside Swimming Pool. The participants in the march were attacked and berated, but their efforts ultimately led to the pool’s integration. “That made me realize that I had rights and I should be able to do what the other kids should be able to do,” Cummings said. “The lady who led us to integrate the pool was Juanita Jackson Mitchell, who was a prominent lawyer. That made me want to be a lawyer.” After graduating with honors from Baltimore City College in 1969, he attended Howard University where he went on to receive a bachelor’s in political science. Shortly thereafter, Cummings enrolled in Law School at the University of Maryland. He graduated in 1976 and entered the Maryland Bar that same year. Cummings practiced law for 19 years and was then elected to the Maryland House Continued on C2
But tragedy soon followed after her husband was murdered. By the time she had reached her mid-twenties, she was a struggling single mother of five children. After the death of her first husband, she got married again, but eventually got a divorce. Gaddy’s daughter, Cynthia Davis Brooks, said in an interview that although her mother was struggling, she never divulged her hardships to her children. “I didn’t realize that we were poor until after I had grown up and moved away,” she said. “She was very successful in hiding it from us.” In 1964, Gaddy packed up her bags and moved to Baltimore. In Charm City, she held down a variety of jobs but one in particular would change the course of her life forever. While working as a crossing guard for the Baltimore City Police Department, Gaddy met Bernard Potts, a local attorney and businessman. Through his encouragement, Gaddy completed her high Continued on C2
Pratt then embarked on a career that would span over five decades. By the time she retired in 1986, she had worked as an assistant principal of two schools, a principal of three schools, a curriculum specialist, and chief educational officer to the superintendent of the Baltimore City School System. Throughout her career, she also broke many racial barriers including being one of the first curriculum specialists to work with an integrated staff and becoming the first African-American assistant principal and the first African-American principal at Westport and Dickey Hill Elementary Schools, respectively. Pratt also received over 50 awards and recognitions including the “Who’s Who of American Teachers” award, the NAACP’s “Thurgood Marshall Legacy” award and USA Honor Society’s “Educator of the Year” award. Shortly before her retirement, she went back to school to receive a Doctor of
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Through his work as a mission worker, civil rights icon and a powerful spiritual leader, the Rev. Marcus Garvey Wood’s tireless service reaches from his congregation at Baltimore’s Providence Baptist Church across the globe. Rev. Wood, 93, has served as pastor of Providence for over 60 years. The Gloucester, Va. native expressed during a 2012 interview with the AFRO how eager he was when he first got the opportunity to lead the church. “I was excited coming to Providence,” Wood said. “A larger city meant more talents available in a congregation, more people who could do more things. I see members as possibilities.” Born in 1920, Wood received his spiritual calling while still in high school. After his home church, Union Zion Baptist licensed him to preach in 1937, he was officially ordained in 1940.
Rev. Marcus Garvey Wood
David C. Driskell, renowned artist, scholar and curator is often considered one of the world’s leading authorities in AfricanAmerican art. Trained as a painter and art historian, Driskell works primarily in collage, mixed media and print making. According to Driskell, a solid upbringing and an unwavering work ethic helped him pursue his aspirations. “My parents taught me the value of education and the joy of inquiry into the nature of things,” Driskell told the AFRO. But my faith has sustained and taught me to never give in to impending hardship or adversity.” Born in 1931 in Eatonton, Ga., Driskell jumpstarted his career in art after enrolling in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. After graduating in 1953, he matriculated to Howard University and later Catholic University, where he earned a master’s degree in Fine Arts. Driskell then pursued post-graduate study in art history at The Netherlands Institute for the History of Art in the Hague. Mamie “Peanut” Johnson never let anything get in the way of her passion for playing baseball. Born Mamie Belton in 1935 in Ridgeway, S.C., she fell in love with the sport while growing up in the south. “That’s all we had to do,” Johnson said in an interview. “The more I played it, the more I liked it and the more I liked it, the better I got at it.” After her parents split up, she was reared by her grandmother while her mother went on to work in Washington, D.C. Growing up, she sharpened her skills on the field by playing with male relatives and neighbors. Without any baseball equipment, she and her cohorts often had to use makeshift bats and balls from tree limbs and rocks. When her grandmother died in 1945, Johnson went to live with an aunt and uncle in New Jersey. Although her grandmother was gone, she never forgot her words of encouragement to pursue her dreams. While in New Jersey, Johnson did a brief Dr. Nina C. Rawlings made up her mind at an early age that she wanted to be a pediatrician. When she was just six years old, her older sister developed rheumatic heart disease. Sick of watching her sister suffer, Rawlings said from that moment on, her career path was set. “I would beg to go to the hospital whenever she had to go,” she said. It made me feel so bad that she was so sick that I made my mind up early that I was going to be a doctor to help sick children get well.” Rawlings, 78, was reared in East Baltimore. She said her parents stressed the importance of education to her and her eight siblings early on. In 1953, she graduated from Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School as salutatorian. Four years later, she graduated summa cum laude from then Morgan State College. While at Morgan, she met her future husband, the late Maryland state delegate Howard “Pete” Rawlings. They got married in 1960 and had three
David C. Driskell Shortly thereafter, he began his teaching career at Talladega College in 1955. From there, he went on to teach at numerous institutions including Howard and Fisk Universities, Bowdon College, The University of Michigan and Queens College, among a host of others. Citing famous artists such as Henry O. Tanner, Lois M. Jones and Romare Bearden as early inspirations, Driskell said he considers art a “spiritual endeavor.” “I see it as a way to connect visually to nature and the everyday world around me,” he said. Driskell’s prints and paintings have been featured in numerous galleries and exhibitions throughout the globe. In 1976, he curated the groundbreaking exhibit “Two Centuries of Black American Art: 1750Continued on C2
Mamie “Peanut” Johnson stint playing girls’ softball, but eventually quit because she grew up playing hardball with the boys. Shortly thereafter, she tried out for an all-White boys’ team that was sponsored by the Long Branch Police Athletic Club. Johnson then became the only Black and the only girl on the team. Her talents helped the team win two division championships. Also during this time, she developed her strong right pitching arm and learned how to outsmart opponents who underestimated her. Johnson later moved to D.C. to live with her mother. While in the District, she played with the Alexandria All-Stars, the St. Cyprians and a host of other semi-pro teams in the area. When she was 17, she and a friend tried out for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, but were ultimately rejected because they were Black. Continued on C2
Dr. Nina C. Rawlings children—Lisa, Wendell and the Honorable Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore’ mayor. Although she had big dreams of pursuing a career in medicine, Rawlings said the road to get there was pretty challenging. “Back in the fifties when I was finishing up college, it was kind of hard to get into medical school,” she said. “I knew I couldn’t go too far because I couldn’t pay room and board. I needed to stay in Baltimore.” But, even going to medical school in her hometown was still pretty difficult, she said. “The only school that I could choose was The University of Maryland because Hopkins wasn’t admitting Black students at the time,” Rawlings said. “Maryland had a quota where they took one Black student a year.” By the time she applied to Maryland,
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Rev. Wood went on to serve as pastor at Wainwright Baptist Church in West Virginia and later Bethlehem Baptist Church in Woodbury, N.J. Also during this time, he met and married his wife, Bessie. While serving at Bethlehem Baptist, Wood and 9 other African-American ministers made civil rights history when they became the first Blacks accepted into Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pa. One of his classmates at the institution was the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with whom Wood developed a close friendship. They graduated from the seminary in 1951. That following year, Rev. Wood became pastor at Providence. Over the course of his lengthy tenure, he has implemented a host of innovative projects, activities and programs. Among these include the development of an adult day care center and the construction of a solar-heated and handicapped accessible church. He also instituted an international missionary Continued on C2
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Cummings of Delegates in 1983. In this role, he became chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus and became the first AfricanAmerican in Maryland history to be named Speaker Pro Tempore, the second highest position in the House of Delegates. In 1996, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Maryland’s 7th District--a position he currently holds. Throughout his term, Cummings has been an advocate for those facing foreclosure and holds regular foreclosure prevention seminars for people who are at-risk. He also holds regular job fairs and information sessions on paying for college.
Cummings has advocated for affordable healthcare, reducing student loan costs and preserving Medicare and Medicaid. Cummings explained that an increase in affordable housing is one of the things he’d like to see in Baltimore and around the country in the future. He added that he would like to implement more recreational activities for inner-city children and equalize funding for education. “Our children are the living messages we send to a future we will never see,” Cummings said. “The question is, will they have developed all the skills for thinking and problem solving? All of these things are very important. “I want to make sure that young people have an opportunity to get an education to become what God meant for them to be.”
Driskell field of African American Art History. He’s lectured across the globe and has authored numerous books on African-American art. He’s also been the recipient of numerous
Gaddy school education and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in human services from Antioch University. As Gaddy’s life began to turn around, she became committed to helping others. In 1981, a winning lottery ticket worth $291 jumpstarted her efforts. Shortly thereafter, she founded the Patterson Park Emergency Food Center, which later became the Bea Gaddy Family Center. She went to local churches collecting food in a shopping cart and passed it out to neighborhood residents. Eventually, long lines formed outside of her door on a daily basis. Gaddy also expanded the center to donate clothing and provide shelter to women
fellowships, awards and prizes. After joining the Faculty of Art at the University of Maryland, College Park, Driskell worked at the institution for over 20 years as a practicing artist, teacher, curator, art consult and art collector. Shortly after his retirement, the institution honored him with the President’s Medal, the highest honor the university bestows on a member of its faculty. The university also founded the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the African Diaspora in his honor. Additionally, in 2000, he received a Presidential Medal from President Bill Clinton as one of 12 recipients of the National Humanities Medal. Driskell hopes his many accomplishments will inspire future generations to pursue their goals. “I believe that my greatest accomplishment has been winning the confidence of people, beginning with my own family,” he said. “[I want them] to see me as a role model, a teacher and a person who offers a positive outlook on life regardless of the circumstances.”
and children. On Thanksgiving, Gaddy would pass out dinners to the community on a sidewalk near her home. The annual event eventually drew so many people that it had to be held in a local middle school. Gaddy is also credited for starting a furniture bank and helming a host of summer youth programs. She was elected to the Baltimore City Council in 1999. Her work in Baltimore spawned a host of honors including the Baltimore’s Best Award, the AFRO Woman of the Year, the National
Council of Negro Women Humanitarian Award and the Baltimore City Council Award. After enduring a bout with breast cancer, she died in 2001 at the age of 68. After Gaddy’s death, her daughters, Brooks and Sandra E. Chandler continued their mothers outreach and charitable efforts. Today, the Bea Gaddy Center provides thousands of people with food annually. Additionally, the center’s nowhallmark Thanksgiving event often draws more than 70,000. While Chandler died earlier this year, Brooks still operates
Johnson While the experience would have devastated most people, Johnson just used it as a stepping stone to keep pushing. “It really didn’t bother me at all,” she said. “They ignored us. It wasn’t a big thing.” In 1953, at the age of 19, she went on to play with the Indianapolis Clowns and became one of the three women on the team. Also during this time, she married Charles Johnson and had a son named Charlie. First season road games took the team to Atlanta, Nashville, Little Rock, Memphis, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chicago, Brooklyn, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Birmingham and Little Rock. Johnson quickly proved herself on the field. As a pitcher, she finished the season with an 11-3 record. An opponent, who was shocked by her skill, questioned how she was able to
Pratt Education degree from the University of Maryland, a school that once shunned her. After being in retirement for nearly 13 years, the teaching bug bit Pratt once again in 1999 and she went back to work as an English, reading and psychology adjunct professor at Coppin State University. She retired again in 2011. Pratt said faith and the
the center as executive director. She explained that although her mother is no longer living, her legacy is alive and well and thanks to volunteers, she’s able to carry on the torch. “People want to help other people and they come out in droves to help make it possible,” she said. “The fact that her work is still being acknowledged says a lot about the impact she had on our city.” Information compiled from the Bea Gaddy Center and the Maryland Archives
strike anybody out because she was “no bigger than a peanut.” Thus, her nickname was born. Johnson played professional baseball for three seasons, from 1953 to 1955. During her tenure, she won thirty-three games and lost eight and became one of the top pitchers in league history. She also got a chance to play alongside baseball legends Satchel Paige and Hank Aaron. “It was a beautiful experience,” she said. “I enjoyed it tremendously and met some of the nicest people you could ever know.” After retiring, Johnson worked as a licensed nurse for 30 years. She also coached youth baseball and spent some time working at a Negro League Memorabilia Shop in Capitol Heights, Md. She’s been honored across the country and was invited to dinner at the White House by President Bill Clinton. In 2003, her life became the subject of the children’s book A Strong Right Arm, written by Michelle Green.
strong teachers that she had were her inspiration to keep pushing in her career over the years in the face of adversity. “Dedicated professional teachers and administrators were there for educational issues and problems, providing the foundation required to face the world and all of its challenges,” she said. “Faith and confidence provided me the strength required to keep going. I live by the motto, ‘If at first you don’t succeed try, try again.’” She also said Sharon Baptist Church and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority have both been impactful entities in her life. Even though there have
Rawlings the university had already accepted their only Black student. Still determined, Rawlings did graduate studies in biochemistry at the University of Pittsburgh and subsequently worked as a biochemist research associate at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda. “I wouldn’t be happy doing anything else besides being a physician for children,” she said. I just couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else. That’s what kept pushing me to keep on going.” Nearly four years later, Maryland’s quota had increased to three. Soon after, she applied and got in. In 1966, she became one of the first African Americans to graduate from the university’s medical school. Thereafter, she completed a rotating internship at Maryland General Hospital and her pediatric residency at
Wood program that provides homeless, food and HIV/AIDS ministries. Throughout the years, Wood has served in many agencies boards and organizations including the Baltimore Urban League, the United Baptist Missionary Convention and the Kidney Foundation of Maryland, among a host of others.
been numerous strides in education since she began her career, Pratt believes a lot of work still needs to be done. “The educational system should elevate its standards to meet the needs of teachers, students, the community and the country,” she said.” Only qualified teachers and administrators should be hired in permanent positions.” She added that it would be educationally beneficial if all schools were equally funded for books, equipment, supplies and technology. “I was fortunate to receive a strong, rich education,” She said. “Overall, the educational setting today leaves a lot to be desired.” Sinai Hospital in Baltimore in 1970. After working in community pediatrics at SinaiDruid Children and Youth Center, Rawlings did over 20 years in private practice from her home office on Sequoia Avenue. She later returned to working in community pediatrics at the University of Maryland Medical Systems before ultimately retiring. Throughout her 36year career, Rawlings has maintained a close relationship with many of her former patients. She said serving as a physician and a role model was always a strong part of her practice. “People always keep in touch with me to tell me their children’s good news,” she said. “In fact, I just got an invitation to a graduation from one of my patients who graduated from Towson University. The fact that the patients keep in touch with me, to me is a tribute that I made a difference in their lives.” At his 60th pastoral anniversary celebration, Rev. Wood was asked what he wanted to do next. Rev. Wood joked, “I’ll think I’ll become a lay person.” Jeanette James, one of Wood’s four children, said her dad is a commendable man, all around. “He’s a fantastic father and he’s a fantastic minister at Providence,” she said. “He’s done so much for the area and the community. He’s just a great person. “
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AFRO Sports Desk Faceoff
Should the Indiana Pacers Re-Sign Lance Stephenson? By Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley AFRO Sports Desk
He’s edgy, controversial and a tad annoying, but combo guard Lance Stephenson means everything to the Indiana Pacers. Now that they have been jettisoned by the Miami Heat four games to two in a best of seven series, the Pacers will begin a summer full of questions as they look to tweak their roster in attempt to finally dispose of the Heat, the same team that has bounced them from postseason play the last three years. Stephenson tried a pesky, nuisance strategy against the Heat that failed miserably but turned him, within a two-week period, into one of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) most controversial players. From blowing in LeBron James’ ear to directing
a constant stream of trash-talk at the twotime defending champion Heat, Stephenson overshadowed what was otherwise a solid season with his on-court and off-court antics. Now, with the Pacers securely among the top four Eastern Conference teams, Indiana’s fourth-year guard is set to become an unrestricted free agent. Should he be resigned? Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley of the AFRO Sports Desk debate the question.
Riley: Stephenson’s 2013-2014 numbers don’t explode off the paper but when you examine the impact he had on the Pacers’ playing attitude, he’s everything that Indiana could ask for--minus the antics. With averages of nearly 14 points, seven rebounds and almost five assists a game, Stephenson’s growth helped pushed the Pacers into the status of a
Before I get started, I would like to thank the folks who were following “He Made a Difference,” and I promise I will get back on task in my next effort. If you caught my venting in our last installment, you probably picked up on the hint that I have been in the hospital. My doctor showed up wearing an apron and carrying a knife and the last words I heard were, “Count backwards from 100, 000 to zzz….” While recuperating, I have had to listen to some issues that threaten to keep my blood pressure in the upper 10,000s and this is a convenient way to vent. Does anybody remember the story of “Catch 22”? Basically the whole story drives us in the direction of “Damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.” When the football powers grin at me through my TV and start talking about the new near-death package that is going to be inserted for my entertainment and leave me believing that it is all for the good of the game, I start to wonder about the fate of American entertainment. In the event that you have been hung up on the NBA Playoffs and the Women’s College Softball Championship, you may have missed the proposal to expand the NFL playoff picture. This is exactly what we need. There are enough NFL standouts lying in bed to fill the average VA Hospital. I was under the impression that the NFL was looking for a solution to the injury problem. They can’t fix that dilemma, and I guarantee this will only add fuel to the fire. I don’t know about you, but it is clear to me that there is a world of violence attached to pro football that is not going to be cured by adding more games. That is like discovering guns in a neighborhood and trying to solve the problem by bringing in more guns. Just in case the NFL is being run by a group of insomniacs, there is a letter on your desk informing you that a group of old vets is suing you for masking injuries with pain killers. There is an ongoing search for helmets that can cut down, if not eliminate concussions. After a few years researching the problem from that angle, the threat still looms over the game. Recently, a rumble has been heard from middle-schoolers over the concussion problem. Somewhere in there is the message that we haven’t found a solution yet. So before we buy better ammunition for the guns, we need to look for another solution.
“I start to wonder about the fate of American entertainment.”
regular season powerhouse before an unexplained team slump doomed their championship campaign. His playoff numbers stayed nearly identical to his regular season stats but his aggressiveness and fearlessness was an attitude that probably would’ve pushed the whole team over the top had it been transplanted in every player on the roster. Forget the antics. He’s going to get a fat contract from some team this summer and the team should definitely be the Pacers.
Green: We talk about Stephenson’s aggressiveness but it may have cost the Pacers big time against Miami. He constantly poked and pulled at James’ coattails, upsetting the King and providing bulletin board material that the two-time defending champs used to simply overwhelm the Pacers following an Indiana victory in Game One of the Eastern Conference championship series. Sometimes you just have to know when to be quiet and apparently Stephenson just doesn’t know. Pacers President Larry Bird even had to intervene after his player’s embarrassing – and creepy--blow-in-the-ear tactic against James was caught on camera --and went viral online. A talented and tough-as-nails player, Stephenson’s penchant for making bonehead decisions, followed by erratic play at times, is reason enough for anyone to be hesitant about buying into him long-term. Still, I love the kid and his fiery style on the court. It’s entertaining to watch. I even found his blowing in LeBron’s ear-- and the King’s reaction-- entertaining. If I was Larry Bird, I’d make sure Stevenson stays put.
Riley: In Indiana’s case they may not have much choice. This is a classic example of a player meaning more to one team than to any other franchise. Stephenson’s worth and value is twice as much as a Pacer than elsewhere. He can operate well as either a point guard or a shooting guard and he is a stout defender. When he’s on, he electrifies the team and gets the Pacers’ home crowd into the game. There isn’t much superior talent at the shooting guard position in the NBA; given the shortage, Stephenson is about as safe as you can get. He’s not Kobe Bryant or Dwyane Wade but he’s a solid plugand-play defender who could go to most teams and command major minutes. Green: Indiana’s problems lay in the exorbitant contracts already handed to Paul George and Roy Hibbert, leaving money scarce to sweeten the pot for Stephenson. Indiana also acquired former 2010 No. 2 overall draft pick Evan Turner and they have the team option to retain him next season, as well. The Pacers may elect to just pay Turner, a classic small forward, and insert him into the starting lineup while moving George from his three position into Stephenson’s spot. The Pacers have options and don’t merely have to just pay Stephenson in fear of losing him. Indiana’s already saddled with a bunch of hefty contracts and re-signing their combo guard will push them dangerously close to the luxury tax. For a team that doesn’t have a league championship banner yet and continues to get bounced out of the playoffs by the Heat, paying that tax doesn’t seem like a wise strategy. But if I’m Bird, I would find a way to overcome Stevenson’s shortcomings and get a long-term deal done. Trust me, Stevenson would be worth it.
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2012 NFL Most Valuable Player Adrian Peterson Launches Allergy Education Program By Barry Wilner AThe Associated Press His face swollen, breathing becoming difficult, Adrian Peterson didn’t panic. Maybe it was his resourcefulness as an elite athlete, or his ability to focus even in the most dire circumstances. But Peterson knew what to do two years ago when a severe allergy attack hit at Vikings training camp. Now, he wants to make sure everyone else knows how to react.
Peterson has helped launch an educational program called Ready2Go for people with severe allergies. “It breaks down to two things,” the 2012 NFL Most Valuable Player said Monday. “First thing is being prepared and knowing your allergic triggers and symptoms. Then, having access to injections and using the epi pens.” That’s how Peterson dealt with the reaction called anaphylaxis. He immediately called his athletic trainer, Eric
Sugarman — the man who oversaw Peterson’s incredibly quick and productive return from torn knee ligaments — and was fortunate that Sugarman was familiar with such symptoms and had the equipment to deal with them. “Being an athlete played a role in dealing with it,” said Peterson, whose allergic reaction was to shellfish in gumbo — something he’d been eating his entire life. “You have to have an action plan.” Peterson has teamed with the pharmaceutical
company Mylan Specialty on the project. As part of the campaign, three youngsters who have such health issues can win a trip to Minnesota’s training camp this summer. Termed the Ready2GoDraft, Mylan will conduct a nationwide search for kids aged 5 through 18 who have severe allergies. The youngsters will share their tips for being prepared in a 30-second video, each of which must mention how the child manages an anaphylaxis action plan. The three winners will
participate in a video/photo shoot with the star running back, and will get a trip to Minnesota’s training camp. Peterson, a paid spokesman for Mylan, chuckled when asked if he’d prefer the winners be Vikings or Oklahoma Sooners fans. “They talked me out of it,” he said with a laugh. “It’s nationwide.” And it’s important to Peterson, who related a story about when he was 7 years old and his brother was hit by a car. Peterson held his brother’s head, surveyed the
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situation, then gently placed his sibling’s head down and sprinted to his aunt’s house to get someone to call 911. He showed focus then in a stressful health situation, and he encourages others to do the same, to learn from him. His Vikings teammates and others in the NFL already are doing so. “When I had my episode, I was able to learn a lesson and be more knowledgeable, and so were they,” he said. “I can give them information based on my experiences and how they can be prepared.”
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ARTS & CULTURE
Tom Cruise Stars in Action Film ‘Edge of Night’
By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic Day after day. Over and over again. He can see his demise. But no one else can see theirs. Until…. In Hiroshi Sakurazak’s 2004 military science-fiction novel All You Need Is Kill, Mimics (vicious, crustacean-looking aliens) invade Japan. Keiji Kiriya, the book’s protagonist, is a young recruit who is suited up in gunnery armor called a “Jacket” and thrust out on to a battlefield to kill the evil extraterrestrials. Keiji dies. He’s reborn each morning to fight and die again. On his 158th trip into déjà vu combat, a mysterious female soldier named “Full Metal Bitch” gives him a clue to his salvation. “For Edge of Tomorrow,” the screen adaptation of Sakurazak’s book, screenwriter
Christopher McQuarrie, who is quite adept at writing brain-twisting scripts “The Usual Suspects”, and co-writers Jez and John-Henry Butterworth “Fair Game, CIA operative Valarie Plame’s story” change the locale from Japan to a French beach (ala the Invasion of Normandy), sometime in the future. Keiji becomes public relations expert Major William Cage (Tom Cruise), a paper-pushing pretty boy spin-doctor who has never seen a day of combat. In London, he glibly mouths off to a commanding officer, Gen. Brigham (Brendan Gleeson) and quickly finds himself shanghaied and shoved onto the front lines battling aliens who massacre the troops. Cage, a poser not a fighter, gets annihilated. But when he dies, the day starts again. He’s stuck in a cycle of eternal warfare, until he meets Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) who sends him a lifeline, “Find me when you wake up.” The ambitious script is very smartly directed by Doug Liman, who knows how to wring the last drop of sweat and fear out of action films “The Bourne Identity” and is pretty sly when it comes to making tempestuous male/female thrillers “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”. With the help of editor James Herbert “Sherlock Holmes”, Oscar-winning cinematographer Dion Beebe “Memoirs of a Geisha” and set decorator Elli Griff “Gladiator” what you see, ad nauseum, is an incessant, fastpaced and graphic nightmare, filled with loud predatory demons (the sound and visual effects are more realistic than those in the recent “Godzilla”). This is a near-perfect setting for a candyass anti-hero who has to man-up. Back in 1981 when Tom Cruise played Cadet Captain David Shawn in “Taps,” he stole the movie from Timothy Hutton and Sean Penn with a steely swagger. Thirty odd years later, after Top Gun, A Few Good Men, Mission: Impossible… he’s still on top of his game. He can shine in any movie—even one with a dour, tough-to-watch Groundhog’s Day scenario that may not appeal to everyone. His performance is riveting. And, though they never make love and only steal a kiss in an awkward moment, the unrequited sexual tension between Cruise and Emily Blunt is as tangible as their suicide missions. Gleeson and other cast members like Bill Paxton “Titanic” support the main performances, but their contributions are grossly overshadowed. What will stick with you, as you ponder what you’ve just witnessed, is this stinging feeling that you were trapped in a barrage of psychological terror. You were brutalized against your will. You know what is coming, but you’re completely helpless as the devil holds his finger on the reset button of your life and smiles while you squirm. Credit a smart script, smarter direction, excellent production elements and an unflappable leading man for taking you to hell and back—over and over again. Visit NNPA Film Critic Dwight Brown at DwightBrownInk.com.
‘Let’s Talk About It’ Author: Dr. Tara Doaty-Mundell Release Date: April 9, 2014 Dr. Tara Doaty-Mundell holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Howard University, and has obtained certifications in evidencedbased practices for parent and child attachment and has worked with parents and families for 15 years. She has developed curricula on family dynamics, parenting, and recovery from addiction. In 2012, she founded Sage Wellness Group, and provides program and staff professional development, and clinical groups for clients and families. She has partnerships with corporate businesses, non-profit organizations, churches, hospitals/medical centers, and institutions of higher learning. Dr. Doaty-Mundell has been the keynote speaker and facilitator of trainings on Mindfulness, Trauma, Parenting, Client Engagement, and Bereavement and currently Dr. Tara Doaty-Mundell works as an adjunct professor at Notre Dame of Maryland University. She serves on the board of directors for Mosaic Community Services and on the Advisory Board of The Carpenter’s House. Dr. Doaty-Mundell resides in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband and three children. What was the impetus for writing this book? I wrote this book as a way to begin the conversation between parents, caregivers, and teachers and children about their emotional well-being. One of the things I have learned from my work with parents is that there is a strong desire to connect with our children emotionally, however, sometimes we don’t know how. This book is a way to get the conversation about our children and their feelings started. A lot of children’s books place emphasis on physical activity, and academic achievement and while those issues are of great importance, this is a way that lets us know that their mental health is just as important. What’s the overall theme? The overall theme is exploring our feelings. The book contains five short stories, covering Mindfulness meditation, bullying, peer pressure, feeling shy, and self-esteem, and in each
of these stories, the goal is to allow children to understand that their feelings, along with the feelings of others should be recognized and validated. What surprised you about the development of the book? I was surprised to learn that there is much more material to cover as it relates to providing children with images and storylines that they can relate to, especially as it pertains to their emotional well-being. From this observation, I made the decision to take each of the themes presented in ‘Let’s Talk About It’ and turn them into their own separate books, which is exciting! For what audience is your book written? My audience is children up to age 11/12…and the adults who love them! I feel as though we can all learn to express our feelings, and by having our children express how they feel about certain situations, we, as adults have the opportunity to create a safe space by relating to those shared emotions. What one thing do you most want the reader to learn? I want readers to learn that their feelings are important—they matter. I also want them to learn the connection between their bodies and their emotions. In the Mindful of Me story, I introduce readers to the practice of Mindful meditation, which calls for us to become in tune with our bodies and notice and honor those “butterflies” we may feel in our stomachs which signal anxiety or feeling nervous, and different techniques we can use to calm ourselves. What did you learn during the writing process? A lot! I learned that done is better than perfect. A lot of time we delay the process because we want it to be perfect. If it is done, we can then re-submit it and make the necessary changes. Any advice for aspiring writers? Do it….people need to read your work and get lost in your words.
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INTERNATIONAL The Little Girl Left in Forest in C. African Republic War 10-Yr-Old in Midst of Violent Christian/Muslim Bloodbath—Who Helped
CARNOT, Central African in forests, according to Republic (AP) — When UNICEF. Hundreds have gunfire rang out through the become separated from their village just after dawn, when families, lost or simply too neighbors dropped their slow to keep up. coffee to flee, even when That’s what left her mother grabbed three Hamamatou and her brother younger children and ran for trudging along the red dirt her life, the 10-year-old girl path on an unlikely journey did not move. that would reflect a world It was not terror that turned upside down by the pinned Hamamatou Harouna complexities of war. The to the ground, although she AP pieced together the story was terrified. It was that from interviews with the polio had left her unable to girl over two weeks and walk. information from witnesses, So all she could do was health workers, priests and wait and watch, paralyzed, medical records. as the vicious war between Hamamatou, a Muslim Muslims and Christians in girl, grew up in Guen, a Central African Republic village so remote that it can came to her village. The hardly be reached during Christian fighters were going the rainy season. Before the from door to door, and she conflict, it was home to about wondered if she would die. 2,500 Muslims, a quarter That’s when her 12-yearof the population, many of old brother came to her whom worked as diamond rescue. Barely bigger than miners. Today only three his sister, Souleymane remain. struggled to hoist her, all 40 Life had not been kind AP Photo/Jerome Delay pounds of her, onto his back. to Hamamatou. She lost In this April 16 photo, 10-year-old Hamamatou Harouna smiles as she sits in a tent with other Muslim refugees on the Around his neck she clasped her father at age 7. A year grounds of the Catholic Church in Carnot, Central African Republic. Hammamatou, who had lost the use of her legs to her calloused hands, dirty polio, fled Anti-Balaka violence in her village, carried on the back of her 12-year-old brother Souleymane. She spent 10 later, her limbs withered from pulling herself over the from polio, a disease that days alone in the forest. ground. had almost died worldwide They set off, barefoot, but is now coming back in Christians has killed thousands of people in the Central disappearing into the dense tropical forest as fast as they could African Republic, a nation of about 4.6 million that sits almost countries torn by war and poverty. manage. Her legs could not hook onto her brother’s back, and The pain started in her toes, and a traditional healer could precisely at the heart of Africa. As families flee, it is often her body drooped like a dead weight. do little for her. Within a month, she could no longer walk. children who carry the weight of the crisis on their backs. Hamamatou had never felt so heavy in her life. Soon she had to crawl across the dirt. Nearly half a million children have been displaced by Over the past year, conflict between Muslims and violence in the country last year, with many hiding out Continued on D2
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Lincoln Board Chair Hosts Garden Party To Benefit $10 Million Scholarship Campaign The Lincoln University Board of Trustees Chair Kimberly Lloyd ‘94 is hosting The Chairlady’s Garden Party to benefit the university’s first-ever $10 million Students First Campaign for student scholarships, June 21, on the lawn of its historic Alumni House. The Students First Campaign, which is an endowment campaign for merit and need-based scholarship support, is chaired by Hollywood legend and philanthropist Dr. William “Bill” Cosby Jr., who has been encouraging support from corporations, foundations, churches, the general public as well as alumni, faculty and staff of The Lincoln University. The campaign ends June 30. “The concept of the Chairlady’s Garden Party is two-fold, first the opportunity to raise scholarship funds for our students at The Lincoln University and to secondly display the southern charm of our main campus,” said Lloyd, who is asking ladies
in attendance to adorn themselves with hats, gloves and pearls while the gentlemen to don seersucker and linen suits or cool breeze shirts and slacks. Currently, Lincoln lacks the funds of wealthier institutions to compete for the best and brightest students, who typically chose the university. In addition, more than 96 percent of Lincoln’s students depend on financial assistance. Over the past several months, the university has enlisted the support of alumni, faculty & staff as well as corporate, foundation and faith-based community leadership to also encourage support while
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didn’t know how far they had walked, only that they had not yet reached the next town, 6 miles (10 kilometers) away. It was clear they would never make it to safety this way. Exhausted, Souleymane placed his sister down on the ground and told her he was heading for help. If he didn’t come back, he said, she should make as much noise as possible so someone would find her. Hamamatou told her brother she would wait for him in the grass, in the shade of a large tree. As evening fell, hunger set in. Hamamatou had nothing to eat or drink. She talked aloud to her brother and mother as though they were still beside her. But with each sound of
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Most days she helped her mother sell tiny plastic bags of salt and okra, each one tied firmly with a knot. Hamamatou had never been to school a day in her life, but she spoke two African languages and knew how to make change. Her brother, Souleymane, doted on her like a parent, helping her get around as best he could. With what little money he had, he bought her stunning silver earrings, with chains that swayed from a ball in each ear. On the day of the attack, Christian militia fighters burst out of the forest with
machetes and rifles to seek revenge on the civilians they accused of supporting Muslim rebels. Hamamatou’s mother scooped up her baby, grabbed the hands of two other children and disappeared into the masses. Souleymane was left carrying his sister. He headed deeper and deeper into the forest on paths used by local cattle herders. His back hunched forward from his sister’s weight. The cacophony of insects drowned out the sound of his labored breathing. The crisp morning air gave way to an unforgiving afternoon sun. Hamamatou
the grass moving, she feared wild boars would come to eat her. She cried until her eyelids were swollen. She said aloud: “I have been abandoned.” Despite decades of near anarchy, Central African Republic had little history of overt sectarian violence until 2013, when Muslim rebels from the north invaded the capital and overthrew the president. The rebels, known as the Seleka, looted and killed Christians but largely spared Muslims. The hatred toward them mounted, fuelled by longstanding resentment that a Muslim minority of about 15 percent still made up most of the merchant class in a desperately poor country. And so when the Seleka were pushed out in January, Christian fighters within minutes descended upon Muslim shops and claimed Muslim homes. The backlash turned into a blood bath, and hundreds of thousands fled their homes. Among them was Hamamatou’s family. As Hamamatou sat on the same patch of forest, her stomach rumbled. She dragged herself toward the grass she had seen the cattle eat. That night, when it rained, she sipped from the puddles. She was growing weaker by the day. And Souleymane was wrong - no matter how much noise she made, no one could hear her.
numerous solicitations on Dr. Cosby’s behalf have been made to support the campaign. “The Students First Campaign is an important effort and we look forward to our guests’ support as well as hope they take the opportunity to tour the campus and visit the newly-established Danjuma African Art Center, the Langston Hughes Memorial Library, our International Cultural Center and the many other historical or significant sites on campus,” said Lloyd. Guest reservations for The Chairlady’s Garden Party are $20 per person. To make reservations, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 1–800-726-3014. She counted the number of times the sun rose and set. On the third day, she heard voices, and her heart began to race. A group of Christians from town passed her lying on the ground, and laughed. She begged for water. “If you leave me here, I will die here,” she cried. They kept walking. Hamamatou began to lose hope of ever leaving the forest alive. Two more times it rained at night, leaving her wet and cold. She lay down her head and waited to die. On the tenth day, a man with a rifle and a machete turned up on the footpath along with his wife. She knew right away this was the enemy: He wore the necklaces and amulets the Christian fighters claimed would protect them from attack. “What are you doing here?” he asked. “Where are your parents?” He suspected she might be part of a trap to ambush him. Hamamatou was too tired to lift up her head. “My father is already dead, my mother has abandoned me because I cannot walk,” she told him. “You are lying,” he said. He threatened to kill her. “What have I done to you? Nothing,” she replied in resignation. As he approached her, Hamamatou closed her eyes. She did not know which weapon he would kill her with, his machete or his rifle. As she awaited her fate, she
did not even have the energy to cry. Instead, the man picked the child up like a baby and carried her to a creek. There he ordered his wife to wash Hamamatou’s red and black cotton top and her filthy skirt. The woman bathed her in the stream as the laundry dried in the sun. Then the person she least expected to save her carried her for several hours all the way back to town, where he brought her into his own home. His wife tried to serve her broth, but after days of starving Hamamatou could no longer swallow. They took her to the home of one of the last remaining Muslim families in town. The Christian militiaman never told her his name. She never saw him again Hamamatou was brought to a church in the nearby town of Djomo, and then to another church about 130 kilometers (80 miles) away. She now lives inside a large tent at a church compound with more than 800 other trapped Muslims, guarded by armed peacekeepers. There are three other girls with polio here, only one of whom has a mother to look after her. Hamamatou has been diagnosed with malaria, and her braids were shaved off because of lice. Just to go to the toilet, she must crawl past a maze of shelters until the red mud, still wet from showers, cakes her forearms and feet. But she is alive. She seems older than her years, with large eyes that reflect the intensity of her short life. She does not blame her brother for leaving her behind, and hopes he has made it to a refugee camp in neighboring Cameroon. “It’s not his fault he couldn’t carry me all that way,” she says. “He’s only 12 and he’s small for his age. He’s not very strong.” All Hamamatou will say of her mother is that she abandoned her. There are no tears, just the same matterof-factness with which she relates her story. Her only ties to her old life are the shirt she uses as a pillow and the earrings from her brother. She is among hundreds of children registered by UNICEF who await reunification with families that may or may not be alive. “If you find my brother,” she says, “tell him I am stuck here with no way to leave.” “I am waiting.” Follow Krista Larson at https://www.twitter.com/ klarsonafrica
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Sinnott Offers One-Woman ‘SNAPSHOT’
WHUT TV [http://www.whut.org/whut/] will present the television premiere of SNAPSHOT: A true story of love and invasion on June 10. An award-winning, one-woman play written and performed by Mitzi Sinnott, SNAPSHOT shares her literal and figurative journey to find her father, a veteran haunted by his experience in Vietnam. It is a poignant, autobiographical pilgrimage shaped by race, war, and mental illness. Through SNAPSHOT, Sinnott tells a story that is both intensely personal and tragically common. Portraying a variety of characters, Sinnott, the daughter of a Black man and White woman from Central Appalachia, evokes the singular places and personalities that make her story so compelling and unique. At the same time, she remains mindful that her father’s story is just one of hundreds of thousands of veterans, whose lives and families were similarly devastated by war and the failure to treat their invisible, but nonetheless crippling, wounds. SNAPSHOT was born in 2003, when Sinnott was invited to perform at an anti-war event in New York City. After agreeing to participate, Sinnott asked herself, “What do I know about war?” This question led her to a family photo album, and as she looked at the snapshots of her estranged father, who was drafted and sent to Vietnam before her birth, Sinnott realized that war had shaped the course of her entire life. She resolved to make sense of this painful legacy, and to reconnect with her father, Lorenzo Batts, Jr., whom she had not seen since 1978.
Third Street Church Marks 104th Year
commitment to the needs of the District of Columbia,” said the Rev. Dr. Cheryl J. Sanders, the third pastor to lead the church in 104 years. “We faced a lot of challenges in this project, from restrictive historic preservation requires to changes in project management and design. We’re rebuilding the foundations of antiquated buildings and continuing our vital witness to restore the soul of the city.” The annex features the Pansy M. Brown Christian Education Center, a music and fine arts studio for choral and dance rehearsals, office and meeting space, and a kitchen. The administrative lobby is named after the Rev. Dr. Samuel G. Hines, whose 25-year pastorate brought global attention to reconciliation and urban outreach. The first phase of the project, completed in April 2007, included renovation of the existing fellowship hall and sanctuary. The renovation required the church to hold services at Howard University School of Divinity for nearly four years. “With all this work done, we’re really coming home,” Sanders said. “The Third Street Church of God remains committed to our mission identity as ‘Ambassadors for Christ in the Nation’s capital.’ “ The weekend’s festivities begin with a free dedication concert at 7 p.m., June 13, featuring music, dance and drama, and special guest Steve Key and Co., a local contemporary Gospel ensemble. The anniversary and award banquet will be at 7 p.m., June 14. The ticketed black-tie event will be at Camelot by Martin’s in Upper Marlboro with Dr. H. Beecher Hicks of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington as the guest speaker. Music will be performed by Handel and Vickey Smith of Celebration Church in Columbia. Three services are scheduled for Sunday, June 15: The Rev. Hervin D. Green of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Hollywood, Fla., will preach at the 8 a.m. Community Worship Service. Co-Pastor Susie Owens of Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church in Washington will preach at 11 a.m. The 3 p.m. dedication Service will be preached by the Rev. John K. Jenkins Sr. of First Baptist Church of Glenarden, following a parade on New Jersey Avenue and a ribbon cutting ceremony. For more information contact Pastor Cheryl Sanders at 202.347.5889 or visit www.thirdstreet.org.
Women Celebrate at First Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church June 22 is Women’s Day at First Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church! Three dynamic speakers are scheduled to minister. At 7:45 a.m., the Rev. Agnes Taylor of the Soul Saving Center of Christ located in northwest, D.C. will deliver the message. At the 11 a.m. worship service, Dr. Rita Twiggs, CEO of Rita Twiggs Ministry in Dallas, will share a word. And at the 3 p.m. service, the Rev. Dr. Regretta Ruffin, pastor of Greater New Paul Baptist Church of northwest. D.C. will speak. Additionally, register for their June 28 Christian Education Conference for adults and youth, planned to enhance outreach and prepare the family of faith for God’s will and purpose. The conference is free and includes continental breakfast and lunch. Register by calling the church at 202-289-4480 or faxing 202-289-4595 so that workshop packages and proper accommodations can be made. First Rising is located on the corner of Sixth and N Streets, Northwest. The Rev. Reginald Green Sr. is the Interim Pastor.
Carver Alumni Plan Celebration Dr. Cheryl J. Sanders The Third Street Church of God will celebrate its 104th anniversary, June 13-15, with the dedication of a new annex. The dedication will mark the end of a 12-year, two-phase, $2 million building project designed to meet the needs of the church in its second century. The church is located at 1204 Third Street, N.W. in Washington’s Mount Vernon Square Historic District. “The theme of the dedication, and our anniversary, ‘Rebuild the Foundations, Restore the Soul of the City,’ underscores the amount of work that went into this project, and celebrates our
The George Washington Carver Alumni Association (GWCAA) represents men and women who attended Carver High in Culpeper, Va. The school, now known as the George Washington Carver - Piedmont Technical Education Center served Black students from Culpeper, Orange, Madison and Rappahannock counties from 1948 through 1968. In observation of Dr. Carver’s 150th Memorial Birthday celebration, alumni from Carver named schools nationwide will gather at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, in Arlington, Va, to commemorate this event and support a national campaign to restore the first school that Dr. Carver attended, in Neosho, Mo. Events begin July 11 with greetings and meetings. July 12, the National alumni meeting will feature guest speaker the Rev. Dr. Albert Sampson, founder and director of G.W. Carver F.A.R.M.S. of Chicago, IL. A bal1, with entertainment by The
Smooth Sensation Band will end the evening. Tickets are $75 per person. For special GWCAA hotel rates, available until June 20, call 1-800-229-9290. Contact Les Daniel on 301-7046138 for additional information, or send check to GWCAA, PO Box 547, Lanham, Md. 20703-0547.
James Ingram to Perform for MCCA Diversity Gala
Music icon, multi-Grammy award-winner and back-toback Oscar nominee, James Ingram will sing at the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) Diversity Gala on July 25, 2014, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, Music icon, multi-grammy winner D.C. The Gala is James Ingram to perform at MCCA’s premier Minority Corporate Counsel awards program Association (MCCA) Diversity Gala honoring leaders in the legal profession for diversity and inclusion. From funk and soul to R&B, pop, adult contemporary and inspirational, Ingram’s multi-faceted talents have dazzled the American music scene since the early ‘80s. The Akron, Ohio native went from playing local bars with Revelation Funk to Los Angeles, where he landed the types of gigs that most aspiring musicians only dream about: singing background vocals and playing piano for Ray Charles’ recording studio sessions; and recording studio sessions and playing keyboards behind the Coasters for Dick Clark. His early success led to a relationship with Quincy Jones, who invited Ingram to record both “Just Once” and “One Hundred Ways” on Jones’ upcoming album, The Dude. Released in 1980, The Dude was a multi-platinum international success and resulted in three Grammy nominations for Ingram: Best New Artist, Best Pop Male Vocal, and Best R&B Vocal for “One Hundred Ways,” for which he won his first Grammy. Ingram also made Grammy history when, in his first live performance ever as a singer, he performed “Just Once” as the telecast’s opening act, became the first artist to open a Grammy ceremony with a ballad and the only artist to win a Grammy without having his own album in release. The Dude remains the most Grammy-nominated album in history and marked the first of 15 nominations Ingram has received to date. After this stunning debut, Ingram’s much-anticipated 1983 solo album, It’s Your Night, surpassed industry expectations. The album was the debut for the Michael McDonald collaboration “Yah Mo Be There,” (Ingram’s 2nd Grammy) which was honored with the Grammy for Best R&B Performance for a Group or Duo. It’s Your Night sold nearly one million copies; secured an unprecedented achievement by appearing simultaneously on both The Top 20 Pop and The Top 5 R&B Charts. Ultimately, “Yah Mo Be There” became the most-played song of the year. The blessings of success also have allowed Ingram to pursue two of his personal passions: humanitarian work and composition for live theater. In 1987, Ingram was handpicked by Quincy Jones to perform in “We Are the World,” the universal gift and legendary singing and fund-raising effort from the recording industry, which raised more than $100 million in aid for those suffering from famine in Africa. Ingram also continues to work with long-time collaborator, choreographer/producer Debbie Allen on a number of musical projects. Most recently, they partnered on Stand (In the Light) and several musical theater works including “Brothers of the Night, “The Legend” and “Alex in Wonderland.” To learn more about the MCCA Diversity Gala and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.mcca.com/gala.
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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2014ADM502 Mary E. Battle Decedent Christopher M. Guest 888 16th SSt. NW Suite 800 Washington DC Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Catherine G. Hawkings, whose addressis 3636 16th Street, NW Apt 1240, Washington DC 20010, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Mary E. Battle, who died on December 21, 2013 without a Will and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before November 23, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before November 23, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: May 23, 2014 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Catherine G. Hawkins Personal Representative
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2014ADM498 Rachel Inez Estep Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Deborah McCoy-Lewis and Sheila Hinton, whose addresses are 3200 Apple Green Ln, Bowie, MD 20716 and 12009 Wimbleton St. Upper Marlboro MD 20774 were appointed personal representatives of the estate of Rachel Inez Estep, who died on December 4, 2013 without a Will and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before November 30, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before November 30, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: May 30, 2014 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter
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05/23, 05/30,Tue 06/06/14 TYPESET: May 27 14:01:58 EDT 2014 Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2014ADM511 Albert Melvin Valentine Decedent William R. Voltz 2120 L. Street NW Suite 700 Washington, DC 20037 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Lorretta A. Valentine, whose address is 3361 Martin Luther King Avenue, SE Washington DC 20032, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Albert Melvin Valentine, who died on December 31, 2013 withouta Will and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before November 30, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before November 30, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: May 30, 2014 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Lorretta A. Valentine Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 05/30, 06/06, 06/13/14
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2014ADM387 Mary L. Irving Decedent Thomas H. Queen Esq 530 Eighth Street SE Washington, DC 20003 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Carroll M. Duvall, whose address is 415 I Street N E , Wa s h i n g t o n D C 20003 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Mary L. Irving, who died on April 11, 2009 with a Will and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before November 30, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before November 30, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: May 30, 2014 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2014ADM465 Melba L. Watkins AKA Melba Lynne Robinson-Watkins Decedent William A. Bland Esq 1140 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20036 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Barbara A. Robinson, whose address is 6216 District Heights Parkway, District Heights MD 20747 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Melba L. Watkins, who died on December 18, 2013 without a Will and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before November 30, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before November 30, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: May 30, 2014 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter
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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2014ADM164 Schuyler T. Eldridge III Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Hallie M. Eldridge, whose address is 1720 Michigan Ave NE Washington DC 20017 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Schuyler T. Eldridge III, who died on December 16, 2013 withouta Will and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before December 6, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before December 6, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: June 6, 2014 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter
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All unknown copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first Claims against the de- heirs and heirs whose publication shall so in- cedent shall be pre- whereabouts are unsented to the under- known shall enter their form the Register of Wills, including name, signed with a copy to the a p p e a r a n c e i n t h i s address and relation- Register of Wills or filed proceeding. Objections with the Register of Wills to such appointment (or ship. with a copy to the under- to the probate of deDate of Publication: NOTICES TYPESET: Tue Jun 03 12:43:53 EDT LEGAL 2014 signed, on or before cedent´s will) shall be June 6, 2014 December 6, 2014, or be filed with the Register of Name of newspaper: forever barred. Persons Wills, D.C., 515 5th Afro-American Superior Court of believed to be heirs or Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington the District of legatees of the decedent W a s h i n g t o n , D . C . Law Reporter District of Columbia who do not receive a 20001, on or before PROBATE DIVISION Kacie Cumberlander III copy of this notice by mail D e c e m b e r 6 , 2 0 1 4 . Washington, D.C. Personal within 25 days of its first Claims against the de20001-2131 Representative publication shall so in- cedent shall be preAdministration No. form the Register of sented to the under2014ADM529 Wills, including name, signed with a copy to the Shirley A. Cumberlan- TRUE TEST COPY address and relationRegister of Wills or filed REGISTER OF WILLS der ship. with the Register of Wills Decedent TYPESET: Tue Jun 03 12:43:35 EDT 2014 Date of Publication: with a copy to the under06/06, 06/13, 06/20/14 NOTICE OF June 6, 2014 signed, on or before APPOINTMENT, Name of newspaper: December 6, 2014, or be NOTICE TO Superior Court of Afro-American forever barred. Persons CREDITORS the District of Washington believed to be heirs or AND NOTICE TO District of Columbia Law Reporter legatees of the decedent UNKNOWN HEIRS PROBATE DIVISION who do not receive a Kacie Cumberlander III, Washington, D.C. Sherry Demetrius Dunn copy of this notice by mail whose address is 7801 20001-2131 Personal within 25 days of its first Mike Shapiro Drive, ClinAdministration No. Representative publication shall so inton MD 20735 was ap2014ADM536 form the Register of pointed personal repre- S h e r r y D e m e t r i u s TRUE TEST COPY Wills, including name, sentative of the estate of Dunn REGISTER OF WILLS address and relationShirley A. Cumberlander, Decedent ship. TYPESET: Tue Jun 03 12:43:14 EDT 2014 who died on December NOTICE OF 06/06, 06/13, 06/20/14 Date of Publication: 25, 2013 without a Will, APPOINTMENT, June 6, 2014 and will serve without NOTICE TO Name of newspaper: Court supervision. All unSuperior Court of CREDITORS Afro-American known heirs and heirs the District of AND NOTICE TO Washington whose whereabouts are District of Columbia UNKNOWN HEIRS Law Reporter unknown shall enter their Mary Catherine BlackPROBATE DIVISION appearance in this Washington, D.C. well, whose address is Nathan A. Neal Esq proceeding. Objections 600 Barnes Street, NE 20001-2131 Personal to such appointment Washington DC 20019 Administration No. Representative shall be filed with the was appointed personal 2013ADM422 Register of Wills, D.C., representative of the Dora Rhone TRUE TEST COPY 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd estate of Sherry Deme- Decedent REGISTER OF WILLS Floor Washington, D.C. trius Dunn, who died on NOTICE OF 20001, on or before January 29, 2014 withAPPOINTMENT, 6/06, 06/13, 06/20/14 D e c e m b e r 6 , 2 0 1 4 . outa Will, and will serve NOTICE TO Claims against the de- without Court superviCREDITORS cedent shall be pre- sion. All unknown heirs AND NOTICE TO sented to the under- and heirs whose whereUNKNOWN HEIRS signed with a copy to the abouts are unknown Nathan A. Neal Esq, Register of Wills or filed shall enter their appear- whose address is 209 with the Register of Wills ance in this proceeding. Kennedy Street NW with a copy to the under- O b j e c t i o n s t o s u c h Washington DC 20011 signed, on or before appointment shall be was appointed personal December 6, 2014, or be filed with the Register of representative of the forever barred. Persons Wills, D.C., 515 5th estate of Dora Rhone, believed to be heirs or Street, N.W., 3rd Floor who died on June 28, legatees of the decedent W a s h i n g t o n , D . C . 2009 without a Will, and who do not receive a 20001, on or before will serve with Court sucopy of this notice by mail D e c e m b e r 6 , 2 0 1 4 . pervision. All unknown within 25 days of its first Claims against the de- heirs and heirs whose publication shall so in- cedent shall be pre- whereabouts are unform the Register of sented to the under- known shall enter their Wills, including name, signed with a copy to the a p p e a r a n c e i n t h i s address and relation- Register of Wills or filed proceeding. Objections ship. with the Register of Wills to such appointment (or Date of Publication: with a copy to the under- to the probate of deJune 6, 2014 signed, on or before cedent´s will) shall be Name of newspaper: December 6, 2014, or be filed with the Register of Afro-American forever barred. Persons Wills, D.C., 515 5th Washington believed to be heirs or Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Law Reporter legatees of the decedent W a s h i n g t o n , D . C . who do not receive a 20001, on or before Kacie Cumberlander III December 6, 2014.
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supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., TYPESET: Tue Jun 03 12:42:52 EDT 2014 TYPESET: Tue May 20 14:22:49 EDT 2014 3rd 5th Street, N.W., TYPESET: Tue May 20 17:31:05 2014 LEGAL NOTICES LEGALEDT NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES 515 LEGAL NOTICES Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before November 23, 2014. Superior Court of Superior Court of SUPERIOR COURT OF Claims against the dethe District of the District of THE DISTRICT OF cedent shall be preDistrict of Columbia District of Columbia COLUMBIA sented to the underPROBATE DIVISION PROBATE DIVISION PROBATE DIVISION signed with a copy to the Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Register of Wills or filed 20001-2131 20001-2131 20001-2131 with the Register of Wills Administration No. Administration No. Foreign No. with a copy to the under2013ADM980 2014ADM494 2014FEP67 signed, on or before Joseph Greene Melvina E. Thompson Date of Death November 23, 2014, or Decedent Decedent June 8, 2013 be forever barred. PerNOTICE OF NOTICE OF Benjamin W. Edwards sons believed to be heirs APPOINTMENT, APPOINTMENT, Decedent or legatees of the deNOTICE TO NOTICE TO NOTICE OF cedent who do not reCREDITORS CREDITORS APPOINTMENT ceive a copy of this notice AND NOTICE TO AND NOTICE TO OF FOREIGN by mail within 25 days of UNKNOWN HEIRS UNKNOWN HEIRS PERSONAL Regina Brennon, whose Antoinette W. Alexander its first publication shall REPRESENTATIVE so inform the Register of address is 3352 Baker whose address is AND Street NE Washington 12 Hawthorne Court NE Wills, including name, NOTICE TO DC 20019 was appointed Washington DC 20017 address and relationCREDITORS personal representative was appointed personal ship. Kim Edwards whose adof the estate of Joseph representative of the Date of Publication: dress is 11005 Birch Way May 23, 2014 Greene, who died on Au- estate of Melvina E. Clinton Maryland 20735 gust 17, 2013 with a Will, Thompson, who died on Name of newspaper: was appointed personal and will serve without February 25, 2014 with a Afro-American representative of the Court supervision. All un- Will and will serve with- Washington estate of Benjamin W. known heirs and heirs out Court supervision. All Law Reporter Edwards, deceased, on whose whereabouts are unknown heirs and heirs February 27, 2014, by Stephen King unknown shall enter their whose where-abouts are the Orphans’ Court for Personal appearance in this unknown shall enter their Prince George’s County, Representative proceeding. Objections a p p e a r a n c e i n t h i s State of Maryland. to such appointment (or proceeding. Objections Service of process may to the probate of de- to such appointment (or TRUE TEST COPY be made upon Serena cedent´s will) shall be to the probate of de- REGISTER OF WILLS Hayes, 1532 Gallatin filed with the Register of cedent´s will) shall be TYPESET: Tue May 20 Place, NE Washington, Wills, D.C., 515 5th filed with the Register of 05/23, 05/30, 06/06/14 DC 20017 whose desStreet, N.W., 3rd Floor Wills, D.C., 515 5th ignation as District of Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Columbia agent has Superior Court of 20001, on or before W a s h i n g t o n , D . C . been filed with the Registhe District of D e c e m b e r 6 , 2 0 1 4 . 20001, on or before ter of Wills, D.C. District of Columbia Claims against the de- November 23, 2014. The decedent owned the PROBATE DIVISION cedent shall be pre- Claims against the defollowing District of Washington, D.C. sented to the under- cedent shall be preColombia real property: 20001-2131 signed with a copy to the sented to the under101 56th Street SE, Administration No. Register of Wills or filed signed with a copy to the Washington DC 20019 2014ADM489 with the Register of Wills Register of Wills or filed Claims against the deQueen E. Brown with a copy to the under- with the Register of Wills cedent may be preDecedent signed, on or before with a copy to the undersented to the underNOTICE OF December 6, 2014, or be signed, on or before signed and filed with the APPOINTMENT, forever barred. Persons November 23, 2014, or Register of Wills for the NOTICE TO believed to be heirs or be forever barred. PerDistrict of Columbia, 500 CREDITORS legatees of the decedent sons believed to be heirs Indiana Avenue, N.W., AND NOTICE TO who do not receive a or legatees of the deWashington, D.C. 20001 UNKNOWN HEIRS copy of this notice by mail cedent who do not rewithin 6 months from the Christine E. Brown and within 25 days of its first ceive a copy of this notice date of first publication of June E. B. Simms whose publication shall so in- by mail within 25 days of this notice. addressesare 6738 form the Register of its first publication shall Mountain Lake Place MD Wills, including name, so inform the Register of Kim Edwards 20743 and 9302 Eldon address and relation- Wills, including name, Personal Drive, MD 20735 were ship. address and relation- appointed personal reRepresentative(s) Date of Publication: ship. TRUE TEST COPY presentatives of the June 6, 2014 Date of Publication: REGISTER OF WILLS estate of Queen E. Name of newspaper: May 23, 2014 Date of first publication: Brown, who died on Afro-American Name of newspaper: May 23, 2014 September 19, 2013 Washington Afro-American Name of newspapers without a Will and will Law Reporter Washington and/or periodical: serve without Court suLaw Reporter The Daily Washington pervision. All unknown Regina Brennon Law Reporter heirs and heirs whose Personal Antionette W. Alexander The Afro-American whereabouts are unRepresentative Personal TYPESET: Tue May 20 14:21:22 EDT 2014 known shall enter their Representative a p p e a r a n c e i n t h i s 05/23, 05/30, 06/06/14 TRUE TEST COPY proceeding. Objections REGISTER OF WILLS TRUE TEST COPY to such appointment Superior Court of REGISTER OF WILLS shall be filed with the the District of 06/06, 06/13, 06/20/14 TYPESET: Tue May 20 14:23:58 EDT 2014 Register of Wills, D.C., District of Columbia 05/23, 05/30, 06/06/14 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd PROBATE DIVISION Floor Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. TYPESET: Tue May 20 14:21:02 EDT 2014of Superior Court 20001, on or before 20001-2131 the District of November 23, 2014. Administration No. District of Columbia Claims against the de2013ADM001050 PROBATE DIVISION Superior Court of cedent shall be preHelen Veronica Ryan Washington, D.C. sented to the underDecedent the District of 20001-2131 signed with a copy to the Alan B. Frankie Esq District of Columbia Administration No. Register of Wills or filed 751 Rockville Pike PROBATE DIVISION 2014ADM461 with the Register of Wills Suite 7 Washington, D.C. Cashmere L. Hardy with a copy to the underRockville, MD 20852 20001-2131 Decedent signed, on or before Attorney Administration No. NOTICE OF November 23, 2014, or NOTICE OF 2014ADM336 APPOINTMENT, be forever barred. PerAPPOINTMENT, Burneatta E. Floyd NOTICE TO sons believed to be heirs NOTICE TO Decedent CREDITORS or legatees of the deCREDITORS Matthew P. Maloney AND NOTICE TO cedent who do not reAND NOTICE TO Esq UNKNOWN HEIRS ceive a copy of this notice UNKNOWN HEIRS 10400 Connecticut Ave Faithe Hardy, whose ad- by mail within 25 days of Patricia Ryan Stahl, Ste. 602 dress is 633 Hamilton its first publication shall whose address is 201 Kensington, MD 20895 Street, NW Washington so inform the Register of East Dewart Street, DC 20011 was appointed Wills, including name, Shamokin, PA 17872 Attorney NOTICE OF personal representative address and relationwas appointed personal APPOINTMENT, of the estate of Cash- ship. representative of the NOTICE TO mere L. Hardy, who died Date of Publication: estate of Helen Veronica CREDITORS on January 2, 2014 with- May 23, 2014 Ryan, who died on FebAND NOTICE TO out a Will and will serve Name of newspaper: ruary 26, 2000 without a without Court supervi- Afro-American Will and will serve with UNKNOWN HEIRS Court supervision. All un- Reginald W. Galloway Jr. sion. All unknown heirs Washington known heirs and heirs whose address is 4217 a n d h e i r s w h o s e Law Reporter whereabouts are unwhose whereabouts are W h e e l e r R d . S E Christine E. Brown unknown shall enter their Washington DC 20032 known shall enter their June E. B. Simms appearance in this was appointed personal a p p e a r a n c e i n t h i s Personal proceeding. Objections representative of the proceeding. Objections Representatives to such appointment (or estate of Burneatta E. to such appointment to the probate of de- Floyd, who died on shall be filed with the cedent´s will) shall be January 17, 2013 without Register of Wills, D.C., TRUE TEST COPY filed with the Register of a Will and will serve with- 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd REGISTER OF WILLS Floor Washington, D.C. TYPESET: Tue May 20 Wills, D.C., 515 5th out Court supervision. All 20001, on or before 05/23, 05/30, 06/06/14 Street, N.W., 3rd Floor unknown heirs and heirs November 23, 2014. Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . whose where-abouts are Claims against the de20001, on or before Superior Court of November 23, 2014. unknown shall enter their cedent shall be prethe District of sented to the underDistrict of Columbia Claims against the de- a p p e a r a n c e i n t h i s PROBATE DIVISION cedent shall be pre- proceeding. Objections signed with a copy to the Washington, D.C. sented to the under- to such appointment Register of Wills or filed 20001-2131 signed with a copy to the shall be filed with the with the Register of Wills Administration No. Register of Wills, D.C., with a copy to the underRegister of Wills or filed 2014ADM457 with the Register of Wills 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd signed, on or before with a copy to the under- Floor Washington, D.C. November 23, 2014, or Adam C. Turner III signed, on or before 20001, on or before be forever barred. Per- Decedent NOTICE OF November 23, 2014, or November 23, 2014. sons believed to be heirs APPOINTMENT, be forever barred. Per- Claims against the de- or legatees of the deNOTICE TO sons believed to be heirs cedent shall be pre- cedent who do not reCREDITORS or legatees of the de- sented to the under- ceive a copy of this notice AND NOTICE TO cedent who do not re- signed with a copy to the by mail within 25 days of UNKNOWN HEIRS ceive a copy of this notice Register of Wills or filed its first publication shall Brenda L. Turner whose by mail within 25 days of with the Register of Wills so inform the Register of address is 2723 Knox its first publication shall with a copy to the under- Wills, including name, Terrace SE Washington so inform the Register of signed, on or before address and relation- DC 20020, was appointed personal repreship. Wills, including name, November 23, 2014, or Date of Publication: sentative of the estate of address and relationbe forever barred. PerAdam C. Turner III who May 23, 2014 ship. sons believed to be heirs died on August 25, Name of newspaper: Date of Publication: 2012without a Will and or legatees of the deAfro-American May 23, 2014 will serve without Court cedent who do not re- Washington Name of newspaper: supervision. All unknown ceive a copy of this notice Law Reporter Afro-American heirs and heirs whose by mail within 25 days of Washington where-abouts are units first publication shall Cashmere L. Hardy known shall enter their Law Reporter so inform the Register of Personal a p p e a r a n c e i n t h i s Representative proceeding. Objections Patricia Ryan Stahl Wills, including name, Personal address and relationto such appointment (or TRUE TEST COPY Representative ship. to the probate of deREGISTER OF WILLS cedent´s will) shall be Date of Publication: TRUE TEST COPY filed with EDT the Register TYPESET: Tue May 20 14:23:39 2014 of May 23, 2014 Wills, D.C., 515 5th 05/23, 05/30, 06/06/14 REGISTER OF WILLS Name of newspaper: Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Afro-American Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 05/23, 05/30, 06/06/14 Superior Court of Washington 20001, on or before the District of Law Reporter November 23, 2014 District of Columbia Claims against the dePROBATE DIVISION Burneatta E. Floyd cedent shall be preW a s h i n g t o n , D . C . Personal sented to the under20001-2131 signed with a copy to the Representative Administration No. Register of Wills or filed 2014ADM499 with the Register of Wills TRUE TEST COPY Elizabeth Johnson with a copy to the underREGISTER OF WILLS signed, on or before Decedent November 23, 2014 or be NOTICE OF 05/23, 05/30, 06/06/14 forever barred. Persons APPOINTMENT, believed to be heirs or NOTICE TO legatees of the decedent CREDITORS who do not receive a AND NOTICE TO copy of this notice by mail UNKNOWN HEIRS • Your Stephen King whose ad- within 25 days of its first publication shall so indress is 11654 Plaza form the Register of America Drive #337 Res- Wills, including name, History ton VA 20190 was ap- address and relationpointed personal repre- ship. • Your sentative of the estate of Date of Publication: Elizabeth Johnson who May 23, 2014 Community died on February 13, Name of newspaper: 2014 without a Will and Afro-American will serve without Court Washington • Your supervision. All unknown Law Reporter heirs and heirs whose Adam C. Turner III News whereabouts are unPersonal known shall enter their Representative appearance in this proceeding. Objections TEST COPY to such appointment TRUE REGISTER OF WILLS shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd 05/23, 05/30, 06/06/14 Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before November 23, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the under-
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South Building sented to the underWashington DC 20004 signed with a copy to the Attorney Register of Wills or filed NOTICE OF with the Register of Wills APPOINTMENT, with a copy to the underNOTICE TO signed, on or before CREDITORS December 6, 2014, or be AND NOTICE TO forever barred. Persons UNKNOWN HEIRS believed to be heirs or TYPESET: Tue May 20 17:28:24 EDT 2014 Angelique P. Woodson, the decedent LEGAL NOTICES LEGALof NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES legatees whose address is 3701 who do not receive a Melrose Ave, Forestville, copy of this notice by mail MD 20747 was apSuperior Court of within 25 days of its first pointed personal repre- publication shall so inthe District of sentative of the estate of form the Register of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION B T h r e e F e a t h e r s Wills, including name, Washington, D.C. Kazemi, who died on address and relation20001-2131 December 17, 2013 with- ship. Administration No. out a Will and will serve Date of Publication: 2014ADM478 without Court supervi- June 6, 2014 Earnestine Ervin sion. All unknown heirs Name of newspaper: AKA a n d h e i r s w h o s e Afro-American Earnestine M. Ervin whereabouts are un- Washington Decedent known shall enter their Law Reporter NOTICE OF appearance in this APPOINTMENT, proceeding. Objections Leroy K. Baker NOTICE TO to such appointment Personal CREDITORS shall be filed with the Representative AND NOTICE TO Register of Wills, D.C., UNKNOWN HEIRS 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd TRUE TEST COPY Linda E. Graves and Cal- Floor Washington, D.C. REGISTER OF WILLS lestine E. Adams whose 20001, on or before addresses are 2503 November 23, 2014. 06/06, 06/13, Tue 06/20/14 TYPESET: Jun 03 12:42:02 EDT 2014 Wash Overlook Dr. Ft Claims against the deWashington MD 20744 cedent shall be preand 5610 Prescott Ct., sented to the underDISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WATER AND SEWER AUTHORITY Capitol Heights MD signed with a copy to the 20743, were appointed Register of Wills or filed INVITATION TO BID personal representatives with the Register of Wills of the estate of Ear- with a copy to the underINVITATION NO. 130060 nestine Ervin AKA Ear- signed, on or before nestine M. Ervin, who November 23, 2014, or POTOMAC PUMPING STATION REHABILITATION PHASE III died on January 29, 2013 be forever barred. Perwith a Will and will serve sons believed to be heirs The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DCWater) is soliciting bids for without Court supervi- or legatees of the deInvitation No.130060: Potomac Pumping Station Rehabilitation Phase III. sion. All unknown heirs cedent who do not reand heirs whose where- ceive a copy of this notice The following listing enumerates the major items of work included in the contract: 14:21:58 EDT unknown 2014 abouts are *Demolition and replacement of instrumentation and control systems, equipment, by mail within 25 days of shall enter their appear- its first publication shall piping and valves and general building construction.. ance in this proceeding. so inform the Register of Objections to such The project requires completion within 730 consecutive calendar days.This project is Wills, including name, appointment (or to the estimated to cost between $10,000,000.00 and $15,000,000.00. address and relationprobate of decedent´s ship. will) shall be filed with the DCWater will receive Bids until 2:00 p.m., local standard time on July 2, 2014. Register of Wills, D.C., Date of Publication: A Pre-Bid Conference will be conducted on June 17, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at the May 23, 2014 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Potomac Pumping Station site. Floor Washington, D.C. Name of newspaper: Bid for this project will be procured in the open market with preference given for the 20001, on or before Afro-American utilization of local and local small business enterprises. See Instructions to Bidders November 11, 2014. Washington Law Reporter for additional information. Claims against the decedent shall be preAngelique P. Woodson The Davis-Bacon wage determinations shall apply. sented to the underPersonal signed with a copy to the Representative DCWater Owner Controlled Insurance Program will provide insurance. Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills TRUE TEST COPY Bid documents are available at the Department of Procurement, 5000 Overlook with a copy to the underAvenue, SW, Washington, DC 20032. Sets of Bidding Documents can be procured signed, on or before REGISTER OF WILLS for a non-refundable $50.00 purchase price each, payable to DCWater. Payment November 23, 2014, or TYPESET: Tue Jun 03 12:42:52 2014 must beEDT in the form of a money order, certified check or a company check. be forever barred. Per- 05/23, 05/30/ 06/06/14 Documents can be shipped to Bidders providing a Federal Express account number. sons believed to be heirs or legatees of the deThe DCWater Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant is a secured Superior Court of cedent who do not refacility. Persons intending to pick-up Bidding Documents are to contact the Departthe District of ceive a copy of this notice ment of Procurement at 202 787 2020 for access authorization. District of Columbia by mail within 25 days of PROBATE DIVISION its first publication shall For procurement information contact Mrs. DeNerika Johnson; email denerika. Washington, D.C. so inform the Register of email@example.com, (voice 202 787 2113). 20001-2131 Wills, including name, Administration No. address and relationFor technical information contact: DETS-Construction.Bid.Inquiry@dcwater.com 2013ADM980 ship. Joseph Greene Date of Publication: View DCWater website at www.dcwater.com for current and upcoming solicitations. Decedent May 23, 2014 NOTICE OF Name of newspaper: APPOINTMENT, Afro-American NOTICE TO Washington CREDITORS Law Reporter AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Linda E. Graves Callestine E. Adams Regina Brennon, whose Personal address is 3352 Baker Representative Street NE Washington DC 20019 was appointed personal representative TRUE TEST COPY of the estate of Joseph REGISTER OF WILLS Greene, who died on Au17, 2013 a Will, TYPESET: Tue May 20 gust 14:21:40 EDTwith 2014 and will serve without 05/23, 05/30, 06/06/14 Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs Superior Court of whose whereabouts are the District of unknown shall enter their District of Columbia appearance in this PROBATE DIVISION proceeding. Objections Washington, D.C. to such appointment (or 20001-2131 to the probate of deAdministration No. cedent´s will) shall be 2014ADM475 filed with the Register of Milton Leroy Jones Wills, D.C., 515 5th Decedent Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Jamison Taylor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 1218 11th Street NW Washington, DC 20001 20001, on or before December 6, 2014. Attorney Claims against the deNOTICE OF cedent shall be preAPPOINTMENT, sented to the underNOTICE TO signed with a copy to the CREDITORS Register of Wills or filed AND NOTICE TO with the Register of Wills UNKNOWN HEIRS Violet Jones Robertson, with a copy to the underwhose address is 5148 signed, on or before North Lake Drive NW December 6, 2014, or be Roanoke Virginia 24019 forever barred. Persons was appointed personal believed to be heirs or representative of the legatees of the decedent estate of Milton Leroy who do not receive a Jones, who died on copy of this notice by mail December 2, 2013 with- within 25 days of its first out a WillEDT and will serve publication shall so in14:23:21 2014 with Court supervision. form the Register of All unknown heirs and Wills, including name, heirs whose where- address and relationabouts are unknown ship. shall enter their appear- Date of Publication: ance in this proceeding. June 6, 2014 Name of newspaper: Objections to such appointment shall be Afro-American filed with the Register of Washington Law Reporter Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Regina Brennon Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . Personal 20001, on or before Representative November 23, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be pre- TRUE TEST COPY sented to the under- REGISTER OF WILLS signed with a copy to the TYPESET: Tue Jun 03 12:42:29 EDT 2014 Register of Wills or filed 06/06, 06/13, 06/20/14 with the Register of Wills Superior Court of with a copy to the underthe District of signed, on or before District of Columbia November 23, 2014, or PROBATE DIVISION be forever barred. PerWashington, D.C. sons believed to be heirs 20001-2131 or legatees of the deAdministration No. cedent who do not re2014ADM292 ceive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of Margaret Idella Baker its first publication shall Decedent so inform the Register of Wesley L. Clarke Wills, including name, 1629 K. Street Ste 300 address and relation- NW Washington, DC 20006 ship. Attorney Date of Publication: NOTICE OF May 23, 2014 APPOINTMENT, Name of newspaper: NOTICE TO Afro-American CREDITORS Washington AND NOTICE TO Law Reporter UNKNOWN HEIRS Violet Jones Robertson Leroy K. Baker, whose Personal address is 4845 Bass Representative Place SE Washington TYPESET: Tue Jun 03 14:12:33 EDT 2014 DC 20019 was appointed personal representative TRUE TEST COPY of the estate of Margaret REGISTER OF WILLS Idella Baker, who died on Maryland Department of TYPESET: Tue May 20 17:27:27 EDT 2014 January 25, 2014 without 05/23, 05/30, 06/06/14 Housing and Community Development (DHCD) a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All Superior Court of unknown heirs and heirs Contractual Administrative Officer III the District of whose whereabouts are District of Columbia Neighborhood Revitalization Grants Manager unknown shall enter their PROBATE DIVISION Recruitment#: 14-999999-413 appearance in this Washington, D.C. proceeding. Objections Filing Deadline: June 30, 2014, 11:59 pm 20001-2131 to such appointment Salary: $19.44 - $25.12/hour Administration No. shall be filed with the 2014ADM259 Register of Wills, D.C., B Three Feathers Work that matters. DHCD is a national leader in community 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Kazemi Floor Washington, D.C. development and affordable housing. The Division of Decedent 20001, on or before Michelle Lanchester Neighborhood Revitalization (NR) seeks a positive individual D e c e m b e r 6 , 2 0 1 4 . 601 Pennsylvania Ave. experienced with financial management in the public sector. Claims against the deNW, Suite 900 cedent shall be preServing as the Grants Manager in NR, this position will priSouth Building sented to the underWashington DC 20004 marily maintain financial records and process requests for signed with a copy to the Attorney payment for the Division’s grant and loan programs. IncumRegister of Wills or filed NOTICE OF with the Register of Wills bent will assist in the preparation of grant/loan agreements, APPOINTMENT, with a copy to the underNOTICE TO oversee financial coding, maintain HUD’s federal financial signed, on or before CREDITORS assistance information, prepare monthly reports, verify and December 6, 2014, or be AND NOTICE TO reconcile grant balances and oversee the Division’s purforever barred. Persons UNKNOWN HEIRS chases. Please visit www.jobaps.com/md to submit an online Angelique P. Woodson, believed to be heirs or whose address is 3701 legatees of the decedent application. EOE Melrose Ave, Forestville, who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail MD 20747 was appointed personal repre- within 25 days of its first sentative of the estate of publication shall so inB T h r e e F e a t h e r s form the Register of Kazemi, who died on Wills, including name,
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ADVERTISING ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Advertising Sales Professional needed for the AFRO-American Newspapers, Entry-Level D.C. Advertising Salesoffice. Rep Washington, or Baltimore
needed for the AFRO-American Position provides: Newspapers, Baltimore, M.D.
• Competitive compensation package • Salary and commission plan provides: • Position Full benefits after trial period • Competitive compensation package • Opportunity for fast track advancement
• Salary and commission plan • Full benefits after trial period Candidates should be: • • Self starters Opportunity for fast track • Money motivated advancement
• Goal-oriented • Experienced in online/digital sales should possess: • Candidates Confident in ability to build strong territory • Good typing/data entry skills • Previous sales experience preferred
• Excellent customer service skills Please email your resume to: • Previous telephone sales experience firstname.lastname@example.org • Excellent written and verbal or mail to communication skills
Afro-American Newspapers Diane W. Hocker, Please email your Resources resume to: Director of Human email@example.com or mail to 2519 N. Charles Street AFRO-American Newspapers, Baltimore, MD 21218 Diane W.
Hocker, Director of Human Resources, 2519 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
The Afro-American, June 7, 2014 - June 13, 2014