February 26, 2011 - February 26, 2011, The Afro-American A1

By Shernay Williams
AFRO Staf Writer
Few showed up for a
public hearing at City Hall
Feb. 16 that would have
given residents a platform to
raise concerns about Mayor
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s
redistricting proposal. Her
plan redraws City Council
lines as mandated by the
Census, and it initially
drew criticism from Black
political observers who said it
centralizes power among the
city’s three predominately-
White districts.
Yet critics were nowhere in
sight at the hearing – the frst
of several the City Council
will hold to heed residential
response on the map. In fact,
one African-American man
lauded the mayor’s sketch.
“I commend Rawlings-
Blake ... This is a good map,”
he said, adding that those who
perceive racial injustice in the
plan have political agendas.
“Let’s not spend too much
time on political theatre when
we have murders, crime and
teacher’s contracts to worry
about,” he concluded.
Only two other city
dwellers spoke, a Washington
Village resident who
applauded Rawlings-
Blake’s plan to reinstate his
neighborhood into a single
district, and a White Reservoir
Hill woman who disdained
that her environs would shift
from Councilman William
Cole’s more affuent 11th
district to Councilwoman
Belinda Conaway’s
predominately-Black seventh
“With all due respect
... we feel we are more
historically and architecturally
connected to our members
to the south,” she said. “In
order to prosper and grow, we
would like to stay connected
to Bolton Hill.”
Conaway said she had
received several “racy calls”
from like-minded Reservoir
Hill residents and asserted
she did not wish to adopt the
neighborhood. “Maybe we
can work together and make it
happen,” she told the woman.
Many Black leaders had
disapproved portions of the
map that they say concentrates
the richest and most powerful
neighborhoods within a few
districts. “Even though I
think we will safely have
eight maybe even nine of the
districts be Black, the three
districts where the money
is, which are our waterfront
districts, will stay White,
unless they do a serious
change,” talk show host and
former state Sen. Larry Young
said in a recent interview.
“That means where the
money is in our city, below
Baltimore Street, there are no
African-American Council
persons with the present
By Melissa Jones
Special to the AFRO
Part 1 of a two-part tribute to recognize and honor
Clarence Mitchell Jr. on his 100
The year was 1933. George Armwood, a Black
man in his 20s, had been lynched in Princess Anne
County, Md., by a mob of angry White men who
served as Armwood’s judge, jury and executioner.
“When you see a fellow human with a rope around
his neck and skin coming off his body, you don’t
need to add any touches of horror,” Clarence Mitchell
Jr., a young reporter for the Baltimore Afro-American
Newspaper, testifed at an anti-lynching legislation
hearing on Capitol Hill. Though Mitchell wasn’t an
eyewitness to the murder, the incident left a lifelong
imprint that propelled a career of crusading for racial
equality in America.
Mitchell was born in Baltimore in 1911, one of seven
children, to Elsie Davis Mitchell and Clarence M.
Mitchell Sr. At the start of the Great Depression,
the family set their roots in West Baltimore’s
Harlem Park. Mitchell Sr. worked as a waiter
in hotels and the Gibson Island Club while
Elsie, a homemaker, took in boarders and
did laundry for supplemental income. As
he grew older, Mitchell worked odd jobs
to help his family and solidifed his
reputation around town as a boxer and
an honest young man who exemplifed
the values instilled by his mother.
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FEBRUARY 26, 2011 - MARCH 4, 2011
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By George Barnette
AFRO Staf Writer
House Republicans on the morning of
Feb. 19 passed a spending bill that has many
minority Congressmen crying foul and sets the
stage for a battle with Democrats and the White
House that could wind up with a shutdown of
government operations.
H.R. 1 would cut $61 billion in government
spending, including funding for key programs
according to some Democrats on Capitol Hill.
“The Continuing Resolution put forth by
House Republicans is a terrible blow to all
Americans,” Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.)
said in a statement. “The drastic cuts in this
bill would cost 55,000 teachers their jobs,
drop 218,000 students from critical Head Start
programs, eliminate life-saving health services
for 5 million low-income women, and reduce
Pell Grants for 9.4 million [college] students
across the country.”
Some of Edwards’ colleagues on the
Congressional Tri-Caucus, comprised
of Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the
Congressional Black Caucus and the
Congressional Asian Pacifc American Caucus,
joined Edwards in blasting the bill.
“Not only have Republicans failed to
introduce any job creating legislation since
Speaker Boehner has had the Speaker’s gavel,
but the Continuing Resolution they are pushing
this week, makes their real priorities absolutely
clear,” said Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Chairman Charles A. Gonzalez (D- Texas) in a
“Fiscal responsibility is every
American’s duty, but it must be
shared fairly among us, not placed
on the backs of seniors, children
and the impoverished.”
Democrats weren’t the
only ones to denounce the
bill. Charitable organizations
nationwide have spoken out about
it. Bread for the World President
David Beckmann, a Lutheran
minister, was harsh in his criticism
as well.
“Of all the cuts the House could
make to reduce the 2011 spending
bill, too many of the items they
GOP Spending Bill Devastates
Low-Income Programs
By Shernay Williams
AFRO Staf Writer
A non-proft preservation
group is urging city residents
to join in its crusade to block
downtown redevelopment
plans that would demolish
several historic edifces, most
notably, an old drug store that
was the site of a civil rights
Baltimore Heritage Inc., a
historic preservation advocacy
organization, has asked the
city to reevaluate a $150
million development project
called Lexington Square that
would bulldoze at least 17
landmarks in the blighted
West downtown area known
as Superblock.
For several years, city
offcials have sought to
revitalize the area, which was
once a bustling retail corridor.
Deepening the area’s
legacy, one of its structures,
the old Read’s Drug Store,
was the site of an impromptu
sit-in staged by Morgan
College students in 1955
that eventually led to the
desegregation of all the
company’s city stores. “We
want to preserve the amazing
stories and in order to keep
telling them these buildings
have to remain,” Eli Poisson
of Baltimore Heritage said at a
Preserving History
or Dilapidation?
Photo courtesy of Baltimore Heritage Inc.
Read’s Drug Store on Howard and Lexington Streets
is at the center of a battle between preservations and
developers as the city prepares for a $150 million
revitalization project in the area.
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Courtesy photo
Councilwoman Clark speaks with John Willis, redistricting
consultant attorney, and Councilpersons Conaway and
Reisinger, at a recent public hearing on Baltimore’s
redistricting map.
A Tribute to Clarence Mitchell Jr.
Clarence Mitchell Jr: Dedicated
to Making a Better World
Council Receives Little Input
on Redistricting
Cummings Aims
for Revenge
Big Momma is Back
Clarence Mitchell Jr., the Baltimore
icon who’d be 100 years old March 8,
is shown in this 1947 AFRO Archives
photo, taken while he served as Labor
Secretary for the NAACP.
A2 The Afro-American, February 26, 2011 - March 4, 2011
Vice President Hosts Black
Leaders in Honor of Black
History Month
In honor of Black History
Month, Vice President Joseph
Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill
Biden, recently welcomed
more than 120 elected Black
offcials and their guests at
the U.S. Naval Observatory.
Guests included members
of the Congressional Black
Caucus, state legislators,
county offcials and mayors
from across the nation.
During his speech, Biden
spoke about the importance
of Black History Month
and refected on a meeting
with pre-teen African-
American football players
at Fort Campbell, all whom
are children of deployed
Afghanistan and Iraq military
warriors. He also spoke about
being an attorney in 1968 just
after the death of civil rights
leader Dr. Martin Luther
King, the riots that followed
his murder and his train ride
with then-President-elect
Barack Obama in January
In prepared remarks that
lasted approximately eight
minutes, Vice President
Biden stayed mostly clear
of the politics of the day,
except for noting at the
outset that many of his
friends in the CBC could not
attend because they were
preparing for votes on the
Continuing Resolution to
keep the government from
shutting down, and that “they
were fghting for some key
things important to the Black
community.” He alluded to
the fact that if the Republican
controlled House of
Representatives has its way,
the next 18 months will be
a “rough ride” and that they
seek to cut many programs
that are critical to mayors,
state and county offcials
nationwide who represent
struggling communities,
which are mostly of color.
The vice president closed his
remarks by saying, “The best
way to celebrate history is to
make it.”
Booz Allen Hamilton
Executive Named Black
Engineer of the Year
Lloyd Howell, executive
vice president at Booz Allen
Hamilton, was named the
2011 Black Engineer of the
Year by U.S. Black Engineer
and Technology magazine in
the 25th anniversary of the
awards, according to a press
release. The Black Engineer
of the Year Award (BEYA)
was presented Feb. 19 in the
The award, along with
others presented during
the ceremony, recognizes
“true pioneers who have
achieved exceptional career
gains in government and
industry, who have already
merited lifetime achievement
recognition, and who have
energized their companies
and their communities alike,”
according to the sponsors.
Howell serves as Booz
Allen Hamilton’s fnancial
services’ client service offcer
for civil market clients. In
that capacity, he leads the
business in delivering the
frm’s capabilities and service
offerings to both the federal
and private sectors.
“Active with numerous
not-for-proft, educational,
and community organizations
and institutions, Lloyd
Howell is a vital force for
change,” said Booz Allen
Executive Vice President
Patrick Peck in a prepared
statement. “In addition
to an active coaching
role with area youth, he
serves on the board of the
United Negro College
Fund, has led important
pro bono engagements for
the Children’s National
Medical Center and
Lincoln University, leads
Management Leadership for
Tomorrow, and supports the
Friends of the National Zoo,
among others.”
Howell holds a bachelor’s
in electrical engineering
from the University
of Pennsylvania and a
master’s degree in business
administration from Harvard
Educational Hip-Hop
Program Killed by Budget
One of the nation’s frst
programs to bring full-time
hip-hp education to high
school students seeks new
partners after fnancial crisis
terminates its fve-year run
Since 2006, The Global
Awareness through Hip Hop
Culture program has been at
the forefront of legitimizing
the use of hip-hop culture in
mainstream education. Based
at a charter school in South
Los Angeles, it has been one
of the only educational hip-
hop programs in the nation
offered as a regular class
to middle and high school
students. Due to budget cuts,
the program will no longer
have a home as of June.
Sebastien Elkouby, the
program’s founder, created
the class to address the
educational crisis that affects
about 50 percent of inner-city
students across the U.S. “For
a variety of reasons, many
students feel completely
disconnected from the
traditional educational
process,” said Elkouby in a
press statement. “This class
uses the positive elements
of Hip Hop culture that
aren’t usually promoted
in mainstream media as a
medium to develop critical
thinking skills while teaching
them language arts, social
studies, and life skills.”
According to Elkouby, the
program experienced great
success during its run and
allowed inner city children
opportunities they’d likely
miss out on. “We’ve achieved
a lot. We’ve had Hip Hop
legends like MC Lyte and
KRS-ONE as guests. We’ve
sent kids to DJ retreats.
We’ve been awarded state-
of-the-art studio equipment.
We’ve received international
media coverage and been
featured in documentaries
... and this doesn’t even
cover a third of what we’ve
In 2007, Elkouby
began working with the
International Visitors Council
of Los Angeles, advising
educators from around the
world on how to use Hip
Hop culture as an educational
medium. The following year,
the National Society of High
School Scholars selected
Elkouby as “Educator of
He is hopeful the
program will fnd a new
“It doesn’t even have to
be offered at a school,” the
program’s founder added.
“I’m open to bringing the
program wherever the need
is. I know that there’s money
available to fund creative
programs. We just have to
fnd it. Who knows? It may
even come from someone in
the Hip Hop community.”
Learn more about
the Global Awareness
through Hip Hop Culture
Program at www.
Malcolm’s X Daughter
Arrested, Denied Bond
Malikah Shabazz, 45, the
youngest daughter of late
civil rights leaders Malcolm
X, was arrested Feb. 18 at
her Mars Hill, N.C., home
on identify theft and grand
larceny charges. In a press
release posted on his website,
Queens District Attorney
Richard A. Brown said
Shabazz defrauded 70-year-
old widow Khaula Bakr,
whose husband was one of
her father’s bodyguards,
out of more than $55,000
between August 2006 and
November 2007. Brown said
Shabazz stole the woman’s
personal identifcation
“The defendant is accused
of stealing not only a
substantial amount of money
from a close family friend
but her personal identity,
as well,” Brown said in a
statement. “The alleged
theft represents a shameful
betrayal of friendship that
existed between the two
According to Brown’s
report, Bakr discovered
something was awry when
she received a letter from
Wells Fargo claiming she
owed $28,789.38 on a credit
card she never knew existed.
Two more credit cards were
opened in her name and both
accounts showed Shabazz’s
former Columbia, S.C., home
as the address.
Shabazz’s lawyer, Sean
Devereux, said his client
denies the allegations and
considers Bakr to be a
longtime friend.
“She’s known this
woman. She shared a house
with her for a while in South
Carolina,” Devereux told
The Associated Press. “That
woman was going to be
the guardian for Malikah
Shabazz’s daughter.”
Shabazz and her
twin sister were born
several months after X’s
assassination at the Audubon
Ballroom in New York.
According to a biography
posted on a public speakers’
bureau she is a member of,
Shabazz holds a doctorate in
educational administration
and human development,
a master’s in mathematical
science and is certifed
in HIV/AIDS awareness
If convicted, Shabazz
faces up to seven years in
prison. She was awaiting
extradition to New York at
AFRO press time.
AFRO National Briefs
White House Photo
Vice President Joe Biden and African-American leaders
Courtesy Photo
Lloyd Howell
Courtesy Photo
Due to budget cuts, the Global Awareness through Hip
Hop Culture program will end in June.
A2 The Afro-American, February 26, 2011 - February 26, 2011
By AFRO Staf
Herman Cain, the frst Tea Party-
backed candidate to take the initial
steps toward a 2012 presidential
run, is already making waves.
In a Feb. 11 speech at the
Conservative Political Action
Conference (CPAC), Cain, an
African American, ruffed feathers
with his thoughts on why he
disagrees with the direction of
“The objective of liberals is
to destroy this country,” Cain
said in his speech. “The objective
of liberals is to make America
mediocre like everybody else who
aspires to be like America.”
Cain, the former chairman
and CEO of Godfather Pizza, is
an Atlanta-based radio talk show
host who formed an exploratory
committee last month to weigh a
2012 presidential bid.
An Atlanta native who holds
degrees in mathematics from
Morehouse College and in
computer science from Purdue
University, Cain rose through the
ranks frst with the Coca-Cola
Co. and later as an executive
with Burger King and its parent
company Pillsbury in the late 1970s
and early 1980s.
According to a company
history, Pillsbury appointed
Cain as president of Godfather’s
Pizza, then a subsidiary of the
food conglomerate, in 1986. But
two years later, citing weakening
profts, Pillsbury encouraged Cain
and a group of senior managers
to buy out Godfather’s and run it
After turning around that
company, Cain left to become
president of the National Restaurant
Association in 1994, according
to his presidential exploratory
committee website, during which
time he began a political career as
a lobbyist and speaker for the food
He challenged
Clinton on the
president’s health
care reform proposal
in 1994, and later
ran unsuccessfully
for U.S. Senate in
Georgia, fnishing
second in the
Republican primary to the eventual
victor of the seat, Johnny Isakson.
More recently, he took the national
stage last year to defend against
claims that the Tea Party Movement
incorporated racist elements,
according to Yahoo! News.
At CPAC, Cain detailed the
tactics he believes liberals use to
gain a political advantage.
“[Liberals] only have three
tactics: S.I.N.,” Cain said. “They
shift the subject, they ignore facts
and they name-call.”
His speech immediately drew
sharp criticism from AlterNet, a
progressive blog. The blog post
went past Cain’s politics and, in a
commentary by Black progressive
activist Chauncy DeVega, brought
race into the discussion.
“Instead, Herman Cain’s shtick
is a version of race minstrelsy
where he performs ‘authentic
negritude’ as wish fulfllment for
White Conservative fantasies,” the
posting said. “Like the fountain at
Lourdes, Cain in his designated
role as Black Conservative
mascot, absolves the White racial
reactionaries at CPAC of their sins.
“This is a refned performance
that Black Conservatives have
perfected over many decades and
centuries of practice,” it continued.
That response garnered national
attention for Cain, as many have
come to his defense. Journalist
and commentator Juan Williams,
appearing on Sean Hannity’s self-
titled show on Fox News, said the
comment was “Black-on-Black”
“It is just so insulting,” Williams
said. “It’s essentially a Black-on-
Black drive-by shooting in my
mind. It just blows your mind.
It’s the start of the 21st century.
He accuses Herman Cain of being
a minstrel for giving a speech at
CPAC. Now, if nobody spoke who
was Black at CPAC, then you’d say,
oh CPAC is racist.”
Cain is also a cancer survivor;
he was diagnosed with Stage IV
cancer in both his liver and colon
in 2006, but underwent surgery and
chemotherapy and has said he is
now cancer-free.
Cain has temporarily left his
radio talk show as he considers a
possible presidential campaign,
according to The Atlanta Journal-
Constitution. He plans on making
more appearances at tea party
By Maggie Clark
Capital News Service
ANNAPOLIS - Debate on
the Religious Freedom and
Civil Marriage Protection
Act, which would give full
marriage rights to same-sex
couples in Maryland, began
Feb. 23 on the Senate foor.
Debate is expected to last
several days and feature
a number of contentious
A fnal vote is expected
either Friday or possibly over
the weekend.
The act would redefne
marriage from “between a
man and woman” to “between
two individuals” and protect
churches from performing
same-sex unions if the practice
violates their religious beliefs.
The bill has 18 sponsors in
the Senate and 24 senators,
including Republican Allan
Kittleman of Howard County,
have pledged to vote in favor.
Sen. Jamie Raskin,
D-Montgomery, who is
leading the debate in support
of the bill, said Feb. 22 that
he expects opponents to
propose amendments allowing
businesses like hotels, motels,
and restaurants to deny
services to gay couples. He
also expects an amendment
exempting judges and clerks
who object to gay marriages
from having to issue licenses
to gay couples.
Senate President Thomas
V. “Mike” Miller Jr. will let
everyone have their chance
to debate the amendments
to the bill Wednesday, but
expects the debate to be kept
civil. “We’re going to expect
gentlemen-like and lady-like
behavior while debating these
amendments so we can get
through as much of the bill as
possible,” Miller said during a
Senate session.
Senate Minority Leader
Nancy Jacobs, R-Harford,
said she hadn’t seen the fnal
versions of the proposed
amendments, but she expects
Wednesday’s debate to last
into the evening. “I expect
there will be six or seven
amendments offered tomorrow
after the committee report is
accepted ... We’ll ask all our
questions to the foor leader
and get a lot of our debate out
of the way, which will prompt
some of the amendments that
we’re offering. We’ll break for
committee hearings and then
come back and continue the
debate into the evening,” said
The House Judiciary
Committee is expected to
begin debate on the issue
Friday. Gov. Martin O’Malley
has said he would sign
marriage equality legislation.
If passed, Maryland would
join fve other states and
the District of Columbia in
allowing same-sex marriage.
Maryland currently recognizes
same-sex marriages from
other states. Opponents
have already said they will
attempt to bring the issue to a
referendum next year.
Even though the subject
is contentious, Raskin
anticipates this week’s debate
will stay civil. “I don’t sense
that there’s anyone that really
wants to demagogue the issue.
I don’t think anyone is really
interested in dragging it out
... I think every member of
the Senate has made up their
minds. So people know where
they are and the debate will
be an opportunity for us to
identify the contours of the
legislation,” Raskin said. “I’m
hoping it will be an uplifting
experience for people. It is
a chance to make history for
equal rights.”
By Alan King
AFRO Staff Writer
Jennifer Hudson and other
relatives positively identified
the body of her 7-year-old
nephew Monday, just hours
after his body was found in a
sport-utility vehicle sought in
connection with the murder of
Hudson’s mother and brother.
The white, 1994 Chevrolet
Suburban with Illinois license
plate X584859 was found on
Chicago’s West Side after
police received a 7 a.m. call
from a neighbor about a suspi-
cious vehicle. The man noticed
the vehicle while walking his
dog. According to the Chicago
Tribune, the boy had been shot
multiple times in the back seat
of the vehicle. The SUV, regis-
tered to Hudson’s murdered
brother, was towed with the
boy’s body inside and is being
processed by evidence techni-
cians and workers. The body
was later removed and taken to
the Cook County Medical
Examiner’s office.
Hudson and other family
members arrived at the Medical
Examiner’s office mid-after-
noon to identify the body.
Given the choice between look-
ing directly at the body or
viewing it on a wall-mounted
video screen, the family chose
the latter. According to the
Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes,
that’s him.”
A spokesman for the office
told the newspaper that Hudson
“remained strong for her fami-
ly” and was clearly its leader.
“She held hands with her fami-
ly,” the spokesman said. “It
was obviously a very emotional
The boy – the son of Julia
Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had
been missing since Friday,
when a relative found Julian’s
grandmother, Darnell
Donerson, 57, and his uncle,
Jason Hudson, 29, shot to death
in his grandmother’s home in
the 7000 block of South Yale
An Amber Alert – a desig-
nation for high-risk missing
children – was issued Friday
after Julian was discovered
missing after the murders.
Police arrested William
Balfour, the missing boy’s step-
father and estranged husband
of Julia, at his girlfriend’s
Southside apartment several
hours after the murders.
Balfour’s mother, Michele, has
told reporters that her son had
nothing to do with the slayings.
Balfour remains a suspect in
the murders but is being held in
jail for parole violation after
being convicted of attempted
murder and vehicular hijack-
ing. Cook County records show
that he pleaded guilty to both
charges in 1999. He was also
convicted in 1998 for posses-
sion of a stolen motor vehicle.
He was released from prison in
2006 after serving seven years
for the attempted murder and
car hijacking charges.
The boy remained missing
through a long weekend in
which police and volunteers
posted fliers bearing his photo-
graph around the city. On
Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked
for the public’s help in finding
her nephew. In her MySpace
blog, she thanked fans and sup-
porters for their prayers and
offered a $100,000 reward to
anyone who returned the boy
Since the investigation,
Hudson – who gained stardom
after appearing on “American
Idol,” and then won an
Academy Award for her role in
the movie Dreamgirls – has
stayed out of the public eye.
The Chicago Tribune report-
ed that a parade of cars moved
slowly past her family’s home
Monday morning, past the
news vans, reporters and curi-
ous onlookers.
Neighbors stood
quietly and
reflected on the
In front of the Hudson’s
home, men in heavy jackets
and hooded sweatshirts came to
kiss the twin white crosses bar-
ing the names of Donerson and
“Everybody is sick of going
through stuff like this,” Artisha
West, a former resident of the
area told the Tribune. “We all
have to stick together. All these
young children are dying, and
for what?”
By Alan King
AFRO Staff Writer
Presidential candidate John
McCain’s attack on ACORN –
Associated Community
Organization for Reform Now –
confirms the success of the
organization, the head of the
group says.
“This is testimony to the work
we’ve done and success we’ve
had,” Maude Hurd, president of
ACORN, said in an interview
with the AFRO.
“When this attack started, we
had just announced that we had
registered 1.3 million new vot-
ers,” she said. “That’s just to say
that someone’s running scared
because of ACORN’s success.”
McCain, who is running for
president on the Republican tick-
et, lashed out at ACORN in the
final debate against Barack
Obama, contending the group “is
on the verge of maybe perpetrat-
ing one of the greatest frauds in
voter history in this country,
maybe destroying the fabric of
Factcheck.org, a non-partisan
Web site, found those claims to
be “exaggerated,” with “no evi-
dence of any such democracy-
destroying fraud.”
Hurd believes the McCain
charges were politically motivat-
She said, “Because it’s low-
and moderate-income people,
and people of color, I believe the
McCain campaign thinks those
voters are going to vote
Democratic, which is not neces-
sarily true.”
ACORN is no stranger to
For 38 years, the non-partisan
organization has fought for social
and economic justice for low-
and moderate-income
Americans. With 400,000 mem-
ber families organized into more
than 1,200 neighborhood chap-
ters in 110 cities nationwide,
ACORN has over the years seen
its share of criticism while advo-
cating for affordable housing,
living wages, healthcare for the
underserved— and while organ-
izing voter registration drives.
But none has been as withering
and baseless as this one.
With the presidential election
less than two weeks away,
ACORN’s detractors allege the
organization has engaged in mas-
sive voter registration fraud after
the reported discovery of bogus
names, such as Mickey Mouse
and Dallas Cowboys players
Tony Romo and Terrell Owens,
among the names submitted to
election officials.
Hurd said those workers, who
were doing those things without
ACORN’s knowledge or permis-
sion, were fired.
“The evidence that has sur-
faced so far shows they faked
forms to get paid for work they
didn’t do, not to stuff ballot
boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the
victim of fraud, not the perpetra-
tor of it.
Hurd said the only things
bogus are the charges them-
selves. And factcheck. org
It concluded, “Neither
ACORN nor its employees have
been found guilty of, or even
charged with, casting fraudulent
The problem came about pri-
marily because of the way
ACORN operates. Rather than
rely on volunteers, it pays peo-
ple, many of them poor or unem-
ployed, to sign up new voters.
The idea was to help both those
being registered and those doing
the registration.
Maud explained, “We have a
zero tolerance policy for deliber-
ate falsification of registration.”
Most news account neglect to
point out that ACORN is
required by law to turn in all reg-
istration forms. And they also fail
to note that it was the organiza-
tion, in many instances, that first
brought the phony registrations
to the attention of authorities.
The McCain camp apparently
isn’t interested in those fine
points, preferring to air mislead-
ing ads that seek to link Obama
to ACORN, thereby undercutting
his political support.
McCain: I’m John McCain
and I approve this message.
Announcer: Who is Barack
Obama? A man with “a political
baptism performed at warp
speed.” Vast ambition. After col-
lege, he moved to Chicago.
Became a community organizer.
There, Obama met Madeleine
Talbot, part of the Chicago
branch of ACORN. He was so
impressive that he was asked to
train the ACORN staff.
What did ACORN in Chicago
engage in? Bullying banks.
Intimidation tactics. Disruption
of business. ACORN forced
banks to issue risky home loans.
The same types of loans that
caused the financial crisis we’re
in today.
No wonder Obama’s campaign is
trying to distance him from the
group, saying, “Barack Obama
Never Organized with ACORN.”
But Obama’s ties to ACORN run
long and deep. He taught classes
for ACORN. They even endorsed
him for President.
But now ACORN is in trouble.
Reporter: There are at least
11 investigations across the
country involving thousands of
potentially fraudulent ACORN
Announcer: Massive voter
fraud. And the Obama campaign
paid more than $800,000 to an
ACORN front for get out the vote
Pressuring banks to issue risky
loans. Nationwide voter fraud.
Barack Obama. Bad judgment.
Blind ambition. Too risky for
Since McCain’s comments,
ACORN’s 87 offices have been
bombarded with threats and
racist mail.
The day after the presidential
debate, vandals broke into the
organization’s Boston and Seattle
offices and stole computers.
After a Cleveland representative
appeared on TV, an e-mail was
sent to the local office saying she
“is going to have her life ended.”
Aworker in Providence, R.I.,
received a threatening call say-
ing, “We know you get off work
at 9” and uttered racial epithets.
Acaller to one office left a
message on the answering
machine, saying: “Hi, I was just
calling to let you know that
Barack Obama needs to get
hung. He’s a (expletive deleted)
nigger, and he’s a piece of
(expletive deleted). You guys are
fraudulent, and you need to go to
hell. All the niggers on oak trees.
They’re gonna get all hung hon-
eys, they’re going to get assassi-
nated, they’re gonna get killed.”
Another message said, “You
liberal idiots. Dumb (expletive
deleted). Welfare bums. You
guys just (expletive deleted)
come to our country, consume
every natural resource there is,
and make a lot of babies. That’s
all you guys do. And then suck
up the welfare and expect every-
one else to pay for your hospital
bills for your kids. I jus’ say let
your kids die. That’s the best
move. Just let your children die.
Forget about paying for hospital
bills for them. I’m not gonna do
it. You guys are lowlifes. And I
hope you all die.”
Hurd thinks the hate calls will
cease soon.
“In two weeks, I think these
attacks will be over. But I think it
will be harder for us to get our
name back on good graces
because they really trashed us in
the last few weeks.”
But ACORN will not be
“We’ve been fighting for a
long time, for over 30 years, for
the rights of low- and moderate-
income people all across the
country,” Hurd said. “We’re
going to continue to fight for
economic justice in our commu-
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The Read’s store should be
an “asset not a barrier” to the
area’s revitalization, he added.
Preliminary sketches of
the development plan call for
partial or complete demolition
of several standing structures
to make way for a mix of
retail shops, apartments, hotels
and offces. Read’s is charted
for total demolition.
Dr. Helena Hicks, one of
the Morgan students involved
in the consequential sit-in, said
she doesn’t want to see the
notable structure demolished
and forgotten like the historic
Full Senate To Begin Debate on
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Preserving History?
Photo courtesy of Baltimore Heritage Inc.
Students from City Neighbors Charter School and their
teacher Peter French organized a protest, following a tour
of the West Side and the Superblock given by Baltimore
Heritage, to oppose the proposed demolition of Read’s
Drug Store, the site of Baltimore’s frst successful student-
led sit-in back in January 1955.
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By the time you read this
Maryland may have become the
seventh state to make gay marriage
legal, joining Massachusetts,
Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, Maine
and New Hampshire.
Whether it happens this week
or not, it seems inevitable. Senate
President Mike Miller – who
personally opposes it – seems to
think so, predicting a vote could
happen by the end of February.
Last week the Judicial Proceedings
Committee voted to endorse the
bill, and last Thursday Democratic
Sen. Jim Rosapepe, who represents
the 21
district that encompasses
parts of Prince George’s and Anne
Arundel counties, became the 24

vote needed for passage.
But, before Rosapepe made
his public declaration, many eyes
were on the senator from Northeast
Baltimore, Joan Carter Conway,
who by the time I caught up with
her shortly after last Wednesday’s
morning session was still undecided.
“My struggle with the bill is
that because of my fundamental
upbringing, my Christian
upbringing, in one way it’s a
religious thing to me ... and
religiously it’s wrong,” Conway
“But, I don’t impose my
religious values on other people just
like I don’t want them to impose
them on me.”
She added, “I’m struggling ...
normally I would be just a fat no.
But, I’m struggling because it is
not so much about my Christian
upbringing versus what’s fair,
what’s just. I just always believed
and have fought very hard for
people’s rights ... I just don’t think
because I’m different that you need
to treat me differently and not allow
me the benefts ... I think it is wrong
to discriminate against an individual
or to deny them benefts or to reduce
their quality of life just because I’m
different. So, that’s my struggle.”
On another tangent, I found out
about President Obama’s recent
trip to Parkville Middle School and
Center of Technology in Baltimore
County about a week before it
happened last Valentine’s Day.
So, of course I called Baltimore
County Schools’ public relations
offce in order to be in attendance.
But, I was told unequivocally that
NO local media would be present
during the president’s visit, only
a journalist from the president’s
national press pool. I was told I
would be allowed to attend an
event later that afternoon featuring
Baltimore County Executive Kevin
Kamenetz and Baltimore County
Public Schools Superintendent
Joe Hariston, as well as some of
the students who interacted with
President Obama.
So, when I saw the Baltimore
Sun had a story on their website
by Liz Bowie reporting just a little
after 10 a.m. the morning of the
event, it took me all of 30 seconds
to be on the phone with County
Schools P.R. After about 20 seconds
of stammering and stuttering
by someone in that offce, I was
directed to Charlie Herndon, a
Schools spokesman who attended
the event.
“To be honest, I’m not sure,”
Herndon replied when I asked him
why the Sun was there and I wasn’t.
“This was all handled by the White
House and I was told there would be
no local media. But, when I saw the
Sun photographer I said, ‘She’s not
part of any national White House
I don’t know who to blame for
that one, but it sure would have
been nice for one of the oldest Black
publications in America to have
had a presence during a visit by the
nation’s frst Black president.
But, speaking of blackouts, I
almost blacked out when I saw Sen.
Lisa Gladden talking about Negro
Mountain a couple of weekends ago
on WBAL-TV. It seems the West
Baltimore Democrat has received a
lot of hate mail connected to a bill
she introduced this session which
aims to rename Negro Mountain and
Polish Mountain, both in Western
“Negro is a term that often has
carried with it negative connotations
about African Americans,” Gladden
told The Associated Press. “As we
talk about inclusion and respect,
Negro Mountain doesn’t ft.”
Allegedly some of the hate mail
Gladden received contained the
words “nigger” and “bi—h.” To
be clear, the word Negro certainly
doesn’t make me all warm and
fuzzy inside and I certainly don’t
feel good about technically aligning
myself with a bunch of racist and
sexist idiots. But, for us to be
tripping over Negro Mountain ...
Negro, please.
I’ve traveled on Spooks Hill
Road in Parkton, Md., many times
and I know a Black dude who
actually lives up there, but he
kind of laughs it off. The point is
I believe, I hope the vast majority
of us are a lot tougher than to be
spooked – if you will – by Negro
Mountain or any number of
“politically incorrect” monikers
sprinkled throughout the country.
I’m a Black man born and raised
in West Baltimore, very close to
the district the senator represents.
And although I may not technically
live in Baltimore City anymore,
I still consider West Baltimore
“home.” And I think we, Black
people, in West Baltimore have a
lot bigger fsh to fry – murder, teen
pregnancy, high school dropout
rate, unemployment, crack, heron,
etc. – than to be worried about the
name of some mountain way out
in Western Maryland. Now, if it
was called “Nigger Mountain,”
then I would be ready to march too,
Seriously, Gladden has been
in the Senate for nearly a decade.
She is intelligent. And she is
conscientious, but maybe a little too
much so.
She was personally mentored by
the late Howard “Pete” Rawlings
and whether you loved him or
hated him it is undeniable that the
man made a major impact that still
resonates in many ways to this day.
Perhaps it’s time for his protégé to
step up and assert herself a bit more
in Annapolis.
Sean Yoes is a former staff
reporter and contributing writer to
the AFRO.
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On Gay Marriage, an Obama ‘
Blackout’ and Negro Mountain ...
strip in Oldtown, the frst
Baltimore locale to boost
Black-owned businesses.
That area’s buildings were
razed in 1997. “Now it is a
cement block,” she said. “All
that Black history has been
demolished for no reason
... for ‘revitalization,’ that’s
always the magic word.
“Read’s drugstore is
an opportunity to at least
recognize the African-
American community or at
least recognize civil rights.”
Nevertheless, Read’s
has been inhabitable for
over a decade as its interior
has deteriorated, posing
a major hurdle in its full
restoration. The historic lunch
table, where Hicks and her
classmates once sat, no longer
The Lexington Square
Partners, Superblock’s
developers, say they want
input from the public on
how to create a feasible
commemoration for Read’s.
“This is a great opportunity
to do some important work
here,” said John Majors of
Dawson Co., the development
arm of Lexington Square
Partners. He says his team,
which is Black-owned, has
close ties to the civil rights
movement and are committed
to honoring the store.
Bailey Pope, who leads the
company’s design efforts, said
the preservation concerns have
foiled plans to move forward
with the project, which was
set to break ground this
summer and open for business
next year. “We are very eager
to bring jobs and opportunities
to live and work here,” Pope
He says the company
searched public records before
drafting a project proposal and
found no documents refecting
the historic nature of the
Superblock’s edifces.
Read’s store has garnered
widespread attention in
recent weeks, even making
national headlines. The city’s
Commission for Historical
and Architectural Preservation
recommended that Baltimore
offcials revoke its agreement
with Lexington Square in
order to keep the buildings
intact and dozens of city
middle-schoolers picketed
outside the historic drugstore
in protest of its demolition last
The Mayor is reportedly
searching for a compromise
between preservationists
and developers and has
formed a taskforce chaired
by Jay Perman, president of
the University of Maryland
Baltimore, to examine the
Poisson said Baltimore
Heritage will schedule another
public presentation on Read’s
in coming weeks.
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chose neither contribute to
the defcit nor would help
reduce it,” said Beckmann in
a statement. “The unfortunate
truth is that these cuts stand to
hurt people in need the most.”
The bill, pushed by Tea
Party-backed freshmen
Congressmen, deepens the
rift between Democrats and
Republicans in Congress. If
passed by the Senate, the bill
would block the health care
reform law passed last year,
remove regulation for Internet
providers, cut food assistance
to the poor and slash money
for community health centers.
In the mid-Atlantic region,
Edwards said the bill would
cut $80 million from the
federal payment to D.C., slash
$150 million from the federal
payment to the regional transit
system, reduce the federal
workforce and reduce funding
for environmental efforts in
the Chesapeake Bay.
“Although we recognize
that every dollar we cut has
a constituency of support –
an association, an industry
and individual citizens –
who will disagree with our
decision, these cuts are the
result of diffcult work by
our subcommittees to make
the smartest and fairest
reductions possible,” House
Appropriations Chairman
Hal Rogers (R- Ky.), said in
a statement. “No stones were
left unturned and no programs
were held sacred.”
Some programs are sacred
according to Congressional
Asian Pacifc American
Chairwoman Judy Chu (D-
Calif.). She said some service
are necessary to help Asian
American and Pacifc Islander
Americans (AAPI).
“The Republican spending
bill only makes it harder to
survive by slashing programs
that are critical to the well-
being and economic future
of AAPIs and this nation,”
Chu said in an email to the
AFRO. “Neighborhoods with
large pockets of low-income
AAPIs will struggle to climb
out of the recession without
the Community Development
Block grant funding
designed to help revitalize
economically distressed
The Tri-Caucus is vowing
to fght the bill, saying it
doesn’t want its constituents
handcuffed by what they
believe is a conservative
agenda. “As we leave
behind the worst recession
in generations, we remain
committed to working with
President Barack Obama to
rebuild our economy and win
the future for generations to
come,” Congressional Black
Caucus Chairman Emanuel
Cleaver II (D-Mo.) said in a
statement. “The Congressional
Black Caucus is also
committed to responsibly
reducing the defcit by
working to eliminate waste,
while ensuring that we
continue to invest in our
children’s future, American
innovation, and rebuilding this
great nation.”
The odds of the bill
being signed into law as
it is currently constructed
are virtually nonexistent. It
has to pass the Democratic-
controlled Senate before it
gets to President Obama,
who has warned of vetoing
a bill with severe cuts. The
two sides have until Mar.
4 to reach a consensus on
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a temporary bill to fund
government-wide operations
runs out. If that does not
happen, another temporary
measure will be needed, or
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February 26, 2011 - March 4, 2011, The Afro-American A5
High School, Mitchell
pursued further studies
at Lincoln University
in Pennsylvania and the
University of Minnesota.
He became the executive
secretary for the Urban
League in St. Paul in 1937.
While in Minnesota, the
young civil rights worker led
a successful campaign to end
employment discrimination
practices against African-
American municipal workers
and impacted legislation that
would end discriminatory
practices in the sale of
automotive insurance.
Shortly after, he returned
to Baltimore and married
Juanita Jackson in 1938. At
the time Jackson worked
as an activist for the
Baltimore branch of the
National Association for the
Advancement of Colored
People, where her mother
Dr. Lillie Jackson led the
efforts of the civil rights
organization. The two began
a legacy of fghting racial
discrimination wherever
it was encountered and
wherever they were needed.
Clarence Davis, former
Maryland state legislator and
family friend recalls a driven,
hard working man who
stood up for his beliefs and
values. “He was a tall, rangy,
no nonsense kind of guy,”
said Davis, who represented
Baltimore’s 45th District in
the General Assembly until
2007. “He never failed.”
Davis remembers a direct
confrontation with Mitchell
that he now recalls fondly. “I
thought he was going to hit
me,” laughed Davis. “I made
a statement, which I won’t
repeat, and Clarence thought
it was a derogatory comment.
He confronted me and we’re
standing there face to face
when he shifts the books he
was carrying to his other hand
and I thought, ‘This is it, he
is going to hit me.’ He was
The couple had four sons,
Clarence III, Keiffer, Michael
and George, who would later
join their parent’s crusade
against racial injustice.
“Juanita was a marvelous
lady, full of energy and life.
You would see her in court
moving about so much she
could barely keep her hat on,”
said Davis of the frst African-
American female admitted
to practice law in Maryland.
“You put those two together
and they were unstoppable.
They set standards of
confrontation and protest that
none of us can compare to.”
Mitchell’s work and
tireless campaign continued in
Washington when he became
the assistant director of Negro
Manpower Service for the
U.S. War Commission in
1942. Under the direction of
President Franklin Roosevelt,
the Manpower Commission
was created during World
War II to determine the
most effcient use of labor in
various industries that would
most effectively support the
war effort.
It is there that Davis
said Mitchell made a
signifcant impact on African-
American soldiers who faced
discrimination in the Armed
Forces both on U.S. soil and
overseas. “He represented
our interests when no one
else would,” said Davis, who
is also an Air Force veteran.
“By the time Clarence was
appointed to the head of the
Washington Bureau of the
NAACP [in 1950], whenever
you had a problem with racial
discrimination all you had to
do was mention NAACP and
everyone, generals, soldiers,
knew what that meant. I
benefted greatly from his
presence in Washington.”
The man that never ran
for elected offce, became
known as the “101st Senator”
due to his infuence on more
legislation to end segregation
in housing, employment,
education and the military
than most lawmakers on
Capitol Hill. “I always try
hard to see the other fellow’s
point of view,” Mitchell said
in a 1964 interview. “If I can’t
win them over, then I try to
neutralize them. I have found
that there are many members
of Congress who can’t be
written off as hopeless on
civil rights. It’s true some
Southern members show
some hostility, but there are
also many who see the justice
and necessity of civil rights
See the concluding part
of this tribute to Clarence
Mitchell Jr. in the next edition
of the Baltimore AFRO-
American Newspaper.
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If the proposal is approved,
Cole would solidify his
reign over central Baltimore,
ditching Reservoir Hill
and the majority-Black
Harlem Park and Poppleton
neighborhoods to add Federal
Hill, Riverside and Locust
Point to his district, which
already includes downtown
and the Inner Harbor.
In an interview after the
public hearing, Cole said the
complaints “seem to be a
decade late.”
“I’ve heard the arguments
that one person should not
have downtown. That’s not
new. Why didn’t they care
about that eight years ago
when the map was drawn?
That’s what baffes me,” he
said. The city’s standing map
was drafted in 2003.
“We have 10
predominately African-
American districts out of 14,”
he added.
Council President Bernard
C. “Jack” Young asserted that
the map “is not done deal.”
“I don’t want anyone to think
these maps are set without
input from the public,” he
Other potential changes
to city council lines include
combining Southwest
neighborhoods Violetville,
Gwynns Falls and Washington
Village, and shifting
Poppleton and Harlem Park
into Councilman Pete Welch’s
9th district. Butcher’s Hill and
Highlandtown would be split
between two districts and Carl
Stokes’ District 12 would gain
lower Remington.
City Council members
will hold a public work
session to assess the map Feb.
28 following the regularly
scheduled city council
meeting. Several additional
hearings will follow on
March 2, 9, and 16 at various
educational institutions until a
fnal district map is approved
by the April 1 deadline.
The day of the hearing,
Rawlings-Blake released
minor amendments to the
map’s frst version in light of
newly released census fgures
that showed the city lost an
estimated 30,000 residents
between 2000 and 2010.
Baltimore City now
has 620,961 inhabitants,
a 4.6 percent loss and at
least 10,000 fewer than city
offcials had anticipated.
The city’s Black and White
populations decreased almost
proportionally, but census
offcials counted about 23,000
fewer Blacks and 22,000
fewer Whites.
City leaders noted that
the population has steadily
declined – at
higher rates – for
generations. In the
previous decade,
Baltimore lost
nearly 85,000
residents. Observers
the decline to
substandard housing, the
economic downturn, public
safety and unpopular schools.
“The numbers are obviously
directly related to the housing
stock,” John Willis, consulting
attorney for redistricting, said.
With slightly fewer Blacks
and a ballooning quantity
of Asians, Hispanics and
multiple-raced residents, the
city’s racial composition is
becoming more diverse.
To see the City Council’s
full redistricting hearing
schedule, visit http://www.
Continued from A1 Continued from A1
Clarence Mitchell Jr.
“That means where the money
is in our city, below Baltimore
Street, there are no African-
American council persons with
the present map.”
AFRO Archives Photo/Mark Gail
Clarence Mitchell Jr. and his wife, Juanita, celebrate
Mitchell’s 70th birthday at a dinner party.
AFRO Archives Photo
Clarence Mitchell Jr. is shown shaking hands with
President Jimmy Carter after receiving the Hubert
Humphrey Award at the Leadership Conference on Civil
Rights in March 1980.
A6 The Afro-American, February 26, 2011 - March 4, 2011
In an upcoming program, the Boy Scouts of America, Baltimore Area Council (BAC,
BSA) will collect food for the hungry and homeless in Central Maryland. Scouts will distribute
food collection bags to homes in area neighborhoods on Feb. 26 and Feb. 27.
As part of a national program recognizing youth for their community service, local Scouts
will collect donations of non-perishable food items that will be used to replenish the empty
shelves of local food pantries and feeding programs. Residents are asked to fll the collection
bags with non-perishable food items and to leave the flled bags outside their doors for the
Scouts to collect on March 5.
The BAC, BSA partners with Mars Super Markets, FPC Solutions, and Fox45 and the CW
Baltimore on this critical initiative.
Food donations will be delivered to more than 70 food pantries in Baltimore City, Anne
Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, and Howard County.
Last year, this effort by over 12,000 individuals provided more than 420,000 pounds of food
to pantries that service hungry families throughout Central Maryland. This year, those pantries
are serving a record number of clients. Through this initiative, Scouts plan to collect even
more food to help our neighbors in need.
All donations are gratefully accepted, however there is a special need for: hearty soup, stew
or chili, tuna, chicken, salmon or luncheon meat (e.g., Spam), canned fruit, pure fruit juice,
canned vegetables, canned tomato or pasta sauce, canned beans, and evaporated milk.
Additional information can be found at www.baltimorebsa.org/SFF.
By AFRO Staf
In celebration of
Black History Month, the
Maryland Historical Society
(MdHS) is extending
the release of exclusive
photos taken by African
American photographer Paul
Henderson during the height
of the civil rights movement.
With Baltimore being one
of the focal points of the
20th century struggle for
civil rights, the organization
is calling the photos an
amazing collection.
The Henderson Collection
is flled with images from
local businesses, protest,
leaders and various street
scenes along Pennsylvania
Avenue and Morgan State
University. Henderson
captured the everyday
moments in Baltimore
City’s African -American
community from the 1940s
through 1960s. The MdHS
will add additional photos
from Henderson to the
Tumblr site in upcoming
weeks as well as other
great historic photos from
the Special Collections
Henderson was a
photographer for the
Richmond Afro-American
Newspaper until moving
to Baltimore in the Druid
Park neighborhood in
1940. After he died in
1966, his works became a
collection of art gathered
by the Baltimore City Life
Museum Collection, Special
Collections Department at
the Maryland Historical
The Maryland Historical
Society (MdHS) was founded
in 1844 and is the world’s
largest museum and library
dedicated to the history of
Maryland. It occupies an
entire city block in Baltimore
located in the Mount Vernon
district. The society’s
mission is to “collect,
preserve, and interpret the
objects and materials that
refect Maryland’s diverse
cultural heritage,” according
to its website. Along with
the museum, the MdHS
has a library and publishes
a quarterly magazine the
“Maryland Historical
For more information
online go to http://www.
mdhs.org/ .
Historical Society Debuts Web Exhibit
Featuring Black Photographer’s Work

By Marc Tyler
Special to the AFRO
President George Washington’s name
is on numerous schools, buildings, streets,
monuments, bridges and people, but is also
borne by Black individuals more than any
other race.
A project using the 2000 U.S. Census
data counted 163,036 people with the
surname Washington. Ninety percent of
those were African American, a far higher
percentage of Blacks than for any other
common name.
How Washington became the “Blackest
name” in America is unknown, but
conventional wisdom suggests it began
with slavery, becoming very common
after the Civil War when Blacks were
allowed to select a surname for the frst
time. Washington’s name may have been
selected because of his widely-known
gesture of freeing his slaves in his will.
Some who carry the last name believe
it’s an honor. Tre’von Washington of
Baltimore, Md., said, “I don’t know how
I got my last name… but I’m glad Blacks
have something to claim as ours, even if
it’s just a name.”
The last name of Washington was listed
138th when the Census Bureau published
a list of the 1,000 most common American
surnames from the 2000 survey, and while
90 percent of those named Washington
were Black, only 5 percent were White.
“I had no idea that I had the most
common Black last name in America.
In high school I thought it was just a
coincidence but I guess it wasn’t,” said
Shayna Washington of Temple Hills, Md.
While those with the last name
Washington are most likely African
American, there are several other last
names which are held by a high percentage
of African Americans. Jefferson was the
second-bbackest last name, with 75 percent
of those with that name being African
American. Jackson was third with 53
percent, and Williams was 16th, with 46
Black Surnames in America
Actor Denzel Washington is one of many
African Americans with the surname.
By Jessica Macleod
Capital News Service
Maryland State Board
of Education approved a
statewide model policy
Tuesday afternoon in
Baltimore to help prevent
and deal with gang activity in
The policy states that
local school systems must set
standard consequences and
remedial actions for gang
involvement, put in place
procedures for reporting and
investigating gang activity,
provide information for those
involved about how to get
help, and develop prevention
The state’s 24 school
systems are responsible for
developing policies of their
own and submitting them
to the board for approval by
Sept. 1. If approved, the local
policies would go into effect
this fall.
“When you actually have
gang activity spilling over
into the school, and students,
some vulnerable students,
being recruited into gangs,
I think that’s a very serious
issue. And that’s what we’re
trying to do here is make
schools safer,” said Charles
Buckler, executive director
of the Maryland State
Department of Education’s
Division of Student, Family
and School Support.
In Buckler’s experience
meeting with local school
system representatives, gang
activity is widespread. “It’s
evident all over the good state
of Maryland, in rural areas, as
well as the metropolitan and
urban areas,” Buckler said.
A diverse workgroup of
45 members put together the
proposed policy. “I was so
impressed that on the one
hand you have safety offcers,
but you also brought in ACLU
representatives ... it just gave
me some confdence that
we as a board as we have to
approve these policies, that
it’s based on a really solid
analysis that was done by a
dedicated group of people,”
board member James Gates
Jr. said.
Some board members
were concerned with the
policy’s seemingly heavy
focus on dealing with gang-
related issues after the fact,
instead of focusing more on
taking preventative steps.
“Those types of things only
get at the symptom and don’t
really go to the root,” Board
of Education President James
DeGraffenreidt Jr. said.
School systems also have
to name someone at each
school serving grades 6 to
12 to act as the designated
security offcer.
Although there are still
some issues to consider,
Buckler thinks Maryland may
be a leader in developing a
statewide gang prevention
and activity policy. “When
we were putting together our
policy, we did some research
as far as what exists in other
states, and we found very,
very little. And we didn’t
fnd any policy that was as
comprehensive as this one,”
Buckler said.
Board of Education Approves Model
Gang Activity Policy
By AFRO Staf
On March 1 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., all
IHOP restaurants will celebrate National
Pancake Day, offering a free short stack of
its famous buttermilk pancakes
to each guest in return
for a donation to the
Children’s Miracle
Network. Donations
made at IHOP’s in the
Baltimore area will
beneft the Make-A-
Wish Foundation.
IHOP served 4 million
free pancakes on National Pancake Day
in 2010 and pancake lovers donated more
than $2.1 million to children’s charities, far
exceeding the fundraising goal. All of the
free pancakes served on National Pancake
Day 2010 would have created a stack more
than 31.5 miles high with loads of syrup.
Pancake Day 2010 was IHOP’s largest one-
day event in the company’s 52-year history
with the most guests ever documented. IHOP
has 35 restaurants
in the Baltimore-
Washington, D.C.
metro area within
50 miles of each
Pancake Day
is a tradition that
dates back several
centuries to when
the English prepped
for fasting during
Lent. Strict rules prohibited the eating of all
dairy products during Lent, so pancakes were
made to use up the supply of eggs, milk, butter
and other dairy products, hence the name
“Pancake Tuesday,” or “Shrove Tuesday.”
Pancake Paradise Returns March 1
Local Scouts to Collect Food for Hungry in
Central Maryland
Thurgood Marshall (left)
was born in Baltimore and
became president of the
N.A.A.C.P. in 1940. He later
became the frst African-
American appointed to
the US Supreme Court by
President Johnson on June
13, 1967. He died in 1993.
This photo was taken by
Henderson in Baltimore.
Maryland is poised
to become a leader in
developing statewide gang
prevention and activity
February 26, 2011 - March 4, 2011, The Afro-American A7
House Republicans last
week introduced a spending
measure to fund the federal
government for the rest of fscal year. And, perhaps not
surprisingly, it is an extreme and indiscriminate assault on
African Americans and other populations who have historically
borne the brunt of budget cuts in the name of fscal austerity:
women, children, students, veterans, the poor, the homeless,
communities of color, it goes on.
I rose on the House foor, in press conferences, and in
meetings with my colleagues many times over the last week
to make my position known, and in one instance I spoke about
something that many of my colleagues don’t like to talk about:
the urban, suburban, and rural poor. “Poor” is a four-letter
word in Congress. We see the rhetoric about preserving the
middle class. Of course we want to preserve the middle class:
the gap between the haves and have-nots continues to grow,
leaving no room for the middle class that makes this country
strong. African Americans are expected to lose $193 billion
through 2012 because of the housing crisis, and lending for
homeownership, the bedrock of wealth creation in this country,
was down 60 percent to African Americans between 2004 and
But what about Americans from low-income backgrounds,
many of whom we represent, and proudly so?
Maybe like you, I was shocked to recently read that the
poorest county in America was not in an urban area. It was in
rural South Dakota of all places – where the unemployment rate
is as high as 60 percent and the majority of the residents are
Native American. I point this out to say that there are serious
problems facing not just urban areas but all of America’s cities
and states. And the common theme is that these problems
impact people of color. Sadly, the Republicans in the House of
Representatives seem completely disengaged from the struggle
of so many communities, and have a proposed a budget plan
that would jeopardize the health, safety, economic security and
well-being of so many. Let me give you a snapshot:
• Housing: Community Development Block Grants
improve and revitalize homes and other infrastructure in
our cities and towns, attract private capital to underserved
communities, and most importantly, create jobs. Republicans
want to cut this vital investment by 66 percent to $1.5 billion,
down from $4.45 annually when the Democrats controlled the
House. In my district in South Los
Angeles – where last year $187 million
in Housing and Urban Development
funds supported rental, homeless, and
community improvements – cuts to
CDBG would result in over 350 jobs
lost. And the Republicans say they’re
the party of job creation.
• Education: The Head Start
program, where I started my career
in public service and where millions
of young children get the services
and attention they need to become
good students, would lose over $1
billion, preventing over 200,000 from
participating. Of the 1 million-plus
students who enrolled in Head Start
nationwide, over two-thirds are African
American and Hispanic.
• Health and Wellness: $1.3 billion would be cut
from Community Health Centers, where thousands of my
constituents and millions of Americans access health care
services. And the Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) program
would experience a 10 percent reduction. That’s right: Poor
women trying to make ends meet for their children would
have access to fewer services under the Republican vision for

The Republicans seem to have a case of amnesia when it
comes to the budget. They shrug and say there’s simply not
enough to go around when it comes to economic development,
education and health care, forgetting that just a few weeks ago,
they passed $80 billion in tax cuts for the richest 2 percent of
Americans, plus another $25 billion in estate tax cuts. And
Rep. Maxine Waters
Republican Budget Cuts: Lost Jobs, Lagging
Community Investment, Less Help for the Poor
“...the gap between the haves and have-nots continues to grow,
leaving no room for the middle class that makes this country
that’s not to mention our $2 billion-a-week spending binge in
I believe that our budget is a refection of our priorities. And
to me, the Republican plan says that in the richest nation in the
world, it is acceptable to leave millions of Americans hungry,
cold, under- or unemployed,
and left to the whims of the
same frms that are foreclosing
on families and shipping jobs
I believe that our budget
challenges can be solved
without breaking the backs of low- and middle-income
Americans. Practical, real-world solutions exist. We only need
to summon the courage to take on the powerful interests that
stand in the way of change. As the Congress works to address
our economic and budget future, I will continue to advocate for
solutions that ensure that our communities have the resources
they need to thrive.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters is a Democrat
that represents the state of California in the House of
There has been much recent press about
the Superblock and the possible demolition
of the historic Read’s drugstore. The Board
of Directors of the Maryland Historical Trust
and the Baltimore Commission for Historical
and Architectural Preservation have expressed
their strong objections to the current proposal
of the Liberty Square Partnership LLC. As
the only person on both MHT and CHAP, I
thought it might be helpful to list the reasons
the LSP proposal is so unacceptable.
1. The Market Center Urban Renewal
Plan, the Westside Strategic Plan and the 2001
Memorandum of Understanding designate
fve historic buildings on the Superblock as
Category A “Purple” buildings that “will be
preserved.” The LSP proposal would demolish
three of these buildings. That alone should
have disqualifed their proposal.
2. The Westside Urban Renewal Plan,
the Westside Strategic Plan and the 2001
Memorandum of Understanding designate
12 historic buildings on the Superblock as
Category B “Yellow” buildings and require
that “reasonable efforts be made to preserve”
them. The LSP proposal would demolish 11 of
these buildings.
3. The Westside Urban Renewal Plan,
the Westside Strategic Plan, and the 2001
Memorandum of Agreement give priority to
“preservation of whole contributing buildings,
not just facades or portions of buildings.” The
LSP plan would preserve only three whole
buildings, of about 17.
4. The Westside Urban Renewal Plan,
the Westside Strategic Plan, and the 2001
Memorandum of Agreement require that “the
highest priority will be given to buildings
which contribute to intact, facing, historic,
street walls.” The LSP plan would demolish
buildings that contribute to the historic street
wall in the 200 block of West Lexington Street
and the street wall in the 100 block of North
Howard Street..
5. The Westside Urban Renewal Plan,
the Westside Strategic Plan, and the 2001
Memorandum of Agreement require that
priority be given to preserving “signifcant
contiguous groups” of historic buildings.
The Superblock contains four such groups,
each with three or more contiguous historic
buildings. The LSP plan would not preserve
any of these contiguous groups.
6. The Westside Urban Renewal Plan,
the Westside Strategic Plan, and the 2001
Memorandum of Agreement require that
priority be given to preserving “contributing
historic corner buildings.” The LSP plan
would demolish the most signifcant historic
corner building on the Superblock, the former
Read’s drugstore.
7. The Westside Urban Renewal Plan,
the Westside Strategic Plan, and the 2001
Memorandum of Agreement state require
that “primary uses along Lexington Street
should consist of medium-density residential
apartments above street front shops.” In other
words, the south side of Lexington Street
is planned to become a neighborhood with
residence-oriented retail. Under the LSP
proposal, the south side of Lexington Street
would become a shopping mall with a few
large stores and no apartments.
8. The Westside Urban Renewal Plan,
the Westside Strategic Plan, and the 2001
Memorandum of Agreement require that plans
“target new parking structures to blocks with
the fewest historic structures.” Even though
most of the buildings in the Superblock are
historic, the LSP proposal would demolish
historic buildings to construct a seven level
parking garage.
9. The Westside Urban Renewal Plan,
the Westside Strategic Plan, and the 2001
Memorandum of Agreement require the
preservation of all buildings that are “eligible
for the National Register listing.” The LSP
plan would demolish 121 North Howard St.,
which is individually listed in the National
Register of Historic Places.
10. The Westside Urban Renewal Plan,
the Westside Strategic Plan, and the 2001
Memorandum of Agreement require that plans
“preserve all important individual landmark
structures.” CHAP has identifed nine
structures in the Superblock that are eligible
for landmark designation. Under the LSP
proposal, seven of these buildings would be
The bottom line is that the LSP proposal
is grossly inconsistent with the planning
and historic preservation guidelines that
were clearly spelled out in the Request for
Proposals for this block. The consensus
plans call for the south side of Lexington
Street, at the very heart of historic downtown
Baltimore, to become a neighborhood. LSP
instead proposes a mall with “big box” stores.
The LSP project would be more suitable
for the cleared land on the north side of
Lexington Street after the Stewart’s building.

Larry S. Gibson
Baltimore, Md.
Mr. Hopkins:
I am in receipt of you letter dated Jan. 25,
2011 to Mr. Donald Kann, Chairman of the
Commission for Historical and Architectural
Preservation (CHAP), requesting that CHAP
special-list and landmark 17 buildings in
the Westside Superblock. Redevelopment
of the Westside into a successful, mixed-
use Downtown community is one of my
Administration’s top development priorities
and I have closely followed the progress and
the debate surrounding redevelopment of the
For various reasons, including litigation,
the Westside has languished as a detriment
to the City’s renaissance. In order to break
the cycle of inaction and disinvestment,
it was necessary for the City and key area
stake holders demonstrate a renewed focus
on the Westside. Accordingly, I asked the
Urban Land Institute (ULI) to utilize an
independent national panel of experts to offer
new strategies for attracting investment,
renovation, residents and activity tot the
Westside. While we await the fnal ULI
Westside study, there are immediate steps the
City will take to start the revitalization.
I will for the Westside Task Force, which
will be jointly chaired by myself and by
Dr. Jay Perman, President of the University
of Maryland Baltimore. I will also hire a
Westside Coordinator, who will report directly
to the Deputy Mayor for Economic and
Neighborhood Development. The Westside
Coordinator will focus on all aspects of the
Westside and will staff the task force, bringing
all parties together to embrace and implement
the redevelopment vision for the Westside.
The Superblock development’s progress
is vital to the success of the Westside.
The Lexington Square Partners, LLC
(LSP) was selected and announced by
BDC as the developer of the Superblock
on February 1, 2005. I have reviewed the
proposed development plans and believe this
development project, with its mix of retail and
residential use, is exactly the type of catalyst
project needed to bring Lexington, Howard
and surrounding Westside streets back to
life. I have also reviewed the Memorandum
of Agreement (MOA) with the Maryland
Historical Trust entered into with the city
in 2001. The MOA was in place prior to the
Superblock Request for Proposal (RFP),
which was issued on Oct 27, 2003. The MHT
has reviewed the Superblock development
with the City and the developer for several
I am sensitive to the historic preservation
concerns surrounding this project. In my frst
meeting with LSP as mayor, I advised LSP
that they should revise the development plan
for the next meeting with MHT. LSP refned
their proposal at my suggestion. In December
2010, MHT approved the development plan
with specifc conditions. MHT recognized
that requiring more preservation would not
serve the City’s economic model for the
revitalization of downtown. At this point
in time, I am not willing to return to square
one on the Superblock. It is time that we
embark on a genuine and lasting revitalization
of Downtown’s Westside that achieves the
right balance between preserving the old and
creating the new.
The sit-in demonstration that occurred
at Read’s drugstore in 1955 was a moment
in Baltimore City history that deserves
to be commemorated. I want the Read’s
demonstration to be properly recognized,
and I know that LSP has the same goal. I
would welcome any input from Baltimore
Heritage on how best to make that happen.
However, I do not want to see the developer,
after fnally attaining MHT approval for the
project in late December, suddenly forced to
deal with the additional layers of local historic
preservation review that special-listing or land
marking would require. This would hinder
the work that the City and the developer have
completed to date in working in good faith to
reach an agreement with MHT.
Our goals for historic preservation and
economic development do not need to be
mutually exclusive. I see the Superblock as
a vital economic development driver for the
rest of the Westside revitalization- one that
respects the past and has an eye toward the
future of Baltimore and the Westside. We
must fnd common ground and move the
Westside forward. The best way for people
to understand our shared history is to work
together toward a vibrant development project
and a vibrant city.
I thank you for your dedication and your
passion in promoting the ongoing preservation
and revitalization of Baltimore City’s
historic assets. I look forward to working
constructively with Baltimore Heritage on the
Westside and across the entire city.
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
Baltimore Mayor
Letters to the Editor
LSP Plan Wrong for Lexington Street Reply to Letter from Johns Hopkins, Baltimore Heritage, Inc.
A8 The Afro-American, February 26, 2011 - March 4, 2011
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Feb. 25
Black History Month
Celebration of Black
Randallstown Community
Center, 3505 Resource
Drive, Randallstown,
Md. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Celebrate the history
and legacy of America’s
Historically Black Colleges
and Universities (HBCUs).
For more information:
J. Anthony Brown, George
Wilburn, Tommy Davidson
Modell Performing Arts
Center at the Lyric, 140 W.
Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore.
8 p.m. Enjoy an of evening
of laughs with comedic
heavyweights. $27-$52. For
more information: 410-685-
Feb. 26
African American Patriots
War Memorial Building,
101 N. Gay St., Baltimore.
11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Join in
on the 25th celebration of
African American Patriots
Day, commemorating the 60th
anniversary of the Korean
War. For more information:
‘Lil’ Dan the Drummer Boy,
A Civil War Story’
The Reginald F. Lewis
Museum, 830 E. Pratt St.,
Baltimore. 11 a.m. Hear a
story of a young drummer
who participated in the Civil
War and helped save his
friends in battle. Museum
admission is required. For
more information: 443-263-
Brothers in Blue:
Uncovering Civil War
Ancestors with Leslie
The Reginald F. Lewis
Museum, 830 E. Pratt
St., Baltimore. 10:30 a.m.
Genealogist Leslie Anderson
will discuss her methodology
in fnding her maternal and
paternal ancestors who
served in the U.S. Colored
Troops in Pennsylvania and
the U.S. Colored Calvary in
Virginia. Museum admission
is required. For more
information: 443-263-1816.
We Dance In Colors!
Baltimore City College
Auditorium, 3220 The
Alameda, Baltimore. 3
p.m. The Baltimore City
College Dancers will present
their unique talents to the
community to help raise funds
for the people of Haiti. $10.
For more information: 410-
The Walter Art Museum
African American Family
Festival 2011
The Walters Art Museum,
600 N. Charles St., Baltimore.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Celebrate the
African American heritage
with communities from
around the globe. Also, enjoy
a marketplace of art, fabrics,
instruments and spices. For
more information: 410-547-
March 1-30
Children’s Grief Awareness
Citywide. Raise awareness
that there are over 6000
grieving children/teens in
Baltimore by partnering with
Roberta’s House Family Grief
Support Center to help raise
funds to sustain free support
programs for children and
their families. A telethon
fnale will be held on March
30. For more information and
to pledge: 410-889-5437.
March 1
Expressions: Poetic Verse
Enoch Pratt Library,
Cherry Hill Branch, 606
Cherry Hill Road, Baltimore.
5 p.m. Unlock your inner
poet by using your thoughts,
feelings and emotions to
create poetry. For more
information: 410-396-1168.
March 5
Sex, Lies and the Ugly
Truth 2
Sheraton Baltimore
City Center Hotel, 101
W. Fayette St., Baltimore.
8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Join in
on this free conference
focusing on body image,
sexual health, HIV/STD’s,
relationships and more.
Also enjoy entertainment
and refreshments. For more
information: 410-383-1903.
Career Beliefs & Goals
Enoch Pratt Free Library,
Central Branch, 400 Cathedral
St., Baltimore. 10 a.m.-12
p.m. Initiate an exploration
of your career beliefs and
re-evaluate the way they
are headed. For more
information: 410-396-5430.
Community Calendar
February 26, 2011 - March 4, 2011, The Afro-American B1
The Baltimore Chapter of Delicados, Inc.
held their annual Western Night dance at the
Pikesville Community Hall in Pikesville, Md.
The proceeds from the dance will beneft
the Scholarship Fund of the Delicados.
Nikie Boyd, Ella Holland, Thelma Brooks
and Gwen Scott
Elsie Robinson, Beverly
Barber and Liz Dorsey
Toba Baten-King; Carveretta Parker,
president; Barbara Bess, founder
Mary Goode, Kristen Baten, Helen
Robinson and Ruby Jackson
Ruth Horried, Eileen McGruder, Mary
Howard and Sheila Richburg Shirley Baker, Lisa Parker, Denir
Haskens and Annie Mountain
Photos by John Moore
On Feb. 10, students from Morgan State University
showcased research initiatives taking place at their East
Baltimore School in the Miller Senate Ofce Building -
Presidential Conference Center in Annapolis.
According to a press release issued by the celebrated HBCU,
the program highlighted “research initiatives currently on-
going at Morgan, and highlight the value-added benefts that
these initiatives have in promoting economic development,
public safety and efective schools in the State of Maryland.”
Morgan State President Dr. David Wilson was on hand for
the day’s activities.
MSU civil engineering
professor Dr. Manoj K. Jha,
right, chats with a guest.
Andre Shonubi, Theophilus Somoye and Dr. Richard
Pitts Jr. were among the many presenters. Their
project involved teaching robots in K-12 classrooms.
Corey Harper, student; Dr. Min-Wook Kang, MSU
faculty; Charles Miles IV, Shaghayegh Shari and Dr.
Manoj K. Jha, professor of civil engineering
Jordan Brooks, Triston R. Young
and Donald M. Schuler Jr.
MSU student Charles
Miles; Dallas R. Evans,
Morgan Board of Regents;
Dr. David Wilson,
president of Morgan State
University; Dr. Manoj
K. Jha and Cory Harper,
Morgan student
Morgan State supporters in Annapolis
for the school’s Innovation Day
Morgan State President Dr. David Wilson, Senate
President Mike Miller, D-Md., and logtime
advocate for HBCU educational funding Sen.
Joan Carter Conway
Student helper
dishes up a
Donald M. Schuler
Jr. with the Mileone
Sen. Catherine Pugh
Morgan engineering and
technology students greet many
of Maryland’s elected ofcials
when they stop by the exhibit at
the Miller Senate Ofce Building
in Annapolis
Morgan student
Andre Shonubi
delivers a brief
explanation of his
current project.
Photos by A. Lois De Laine
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Oil prices have risen to their highest level since 2008 and some experts
predict gasoline prices of $5 per gallon will soon follow. According to a
report released by CNN.com last December, gas prices were expected to
reach $5 per gallon by 2012 but a rapid increase at the pump has several
experts thinking this will happen sooner than later.
To help consumers prepare for the rising surge, Kiplinger, a
Washington, D.C.-based publisher of business forecasts and personal
fnance advice, recently released its top-10 list of cheapest cars to own.
The company’s list incorporates an expected total cost of payment over
the duration of a fve-year ownership of cars according to the following
criteria: fuel, service and repairs, and the lowest market rate down
payment. The list is mostly comprised of compact cars featuring brands
from Honda to Ford.
According to Kiplinger, the top three most cost-friendly cars to own are
the Nissan Versa ($26,233), the Hyundai Accent coup ($26,715) and the
Chevrolet Aveo ($26,958). The company factored in each car’s market price
and fve year costs of insurance and fuel. Motor companies Ford and Kia
each placed two cars in the top 10 list with the popular Ford Focus rounding
out the list at No. 10 with a total ownership cost of $30, 290
Information from yahoo.com was used in this report.
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Libya Crisis
Causes Spike
in Oil Prices
By AFRO Staf
Oil prices have risen to
their highest price since 2008
and a higher price on Feb.
22 plummeted stock in New
York City. The recent crisis
in Libya has increased fears
that the price of gasoline
could rise to over $5.00
per barrel—a sooner than
expected arrival date for
pump prices. According to a
report released by CNN.com
last December, gas prices
were expected to reach $5
by 2012 but that was before
protests erupted in recent
weeks in attempt to end the
42-year rule of Moammar
Gadhaf, the country’s ruler.
“Everybody is looking
right now at Libya because
it’s a signifcant oil producer,”
global oil analyst Christophe
Barret told Marketwatch.
com. “That is the main
factor supporting prices and
then you have the unrest
continuing in other countries
in the region.”
Oil prices checked in
higher around the world on
Feb. 22. Prices in New York
checked in close to $95 per
barrel according to msnbc.
com, the highest oil has been
since Oct. 1, 2008, when it
was priced at $97.92.
Kiplinger named the
Nissan Versa one of the
most cost-friendly cars.
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DETROIT – Buick and the
General Motors Foundation
on Feb. 16 announced the
$4.5 million-a-year Buick
Achievers Scholarship
Program to recognize and
reward 1,100 college-bound
students nationwide who
excel both in the classroom
and in the community.
What distinguishes the
Buick Achievers scholarships
is that they are renewable
for four years, which could
bring the total individual
scholarship to as much
as $100,000. The GM
Foundation plans to start a
new group of 100 students on
renewable scholarships of up
to $25,000 each year.
Buick Achievers, designed
to inspire, celebrate, and
enable human achievement,
also will provide 1,000
students with $2,000
scholarships renewable for up
to four years. Majors covered
include science, technology,
engineering, mathematics,
design, marketing and
business administration.
The foundation’s annual
funding could reach $18
million annually after four
“As a company, and
as a nation, we have a
responsibility to support
opportunities for higher
education,” said Dan Akerson,
GM chairman and CEO in
a statement. “The Buick
Achievers scholarship will
help foster the next generation
of leaders destined to develop
future innovative solutions to
global issues.”
According to the College
Board, college tuitions
rose at least 6 percent last
year, making it increasingly
diffcult for students to pay
for their education. The
Buick Achievers Scholarship
Program was developed to
help address this need.
“The Buick Achievers
Scholarship Program is one
of the premiere scholarship
programs in the country,” said
Donald E. Lassere, senior
vice president, Scholarship
America, the nation’s largest
nonproft, private sector
scholarship and educational
support organization. “The
high-dollar value and
renewability of the awards
will provide recipients
with a tremendous beneft
throughout their college
To be eligible for the
Buick Achievers scholarship,
applicants must be high
school seniors or high school
graduates entering college
for the frst time in the fall of
2011; plan to enroll in full-
time undergraduate study
at an accredited four-year
college or university for the
entire 2011-12 academic year;
and demonstrate an interest
in the automotive industry.
Applicants must be U.S.
citizens and have permanent
residence in the United
States. Other criteria include
being a frst-generation
college student, female,
minority, military veteran
or a dependent of military
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applications are available
at www.buickachievers.com.
Applications will be accepted
through March 31, 2011, and
scholarships will be awarded
for the 2011-2012 academic
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February 26, 2011 - March 4, 2011, The Afro-American B3
By AFRO Staf
Joe Willie “Pinetop”
Perkins made history on Feb.
13 when the 97-year-old blues
pianist won his third Grammy,
becoming the oldest person
ever to snag the award.
Perkins topped the
previous record-holder,
beating out the late comedian
George Burns who won a
statue at 95 in the early 1990s.
Perkins and his harmonica-
playing collaborator Willie
“Big Eyes” Smith” won the
award for Best Traditional
Blues Album for their 2010
collection Joined at the Hip:
Pinetop Perkins & Willie ‘Big
Eyes’ Smith.
“After we won, they
took us to the media tent
and Pinetop took photos,
did television. It was a lot
of excitement. He was very
excited about winning,”
Patricia Morgan, Perkins’
manager, told The Associated
The bluesman won the
award for Best Traditional
Blues Album in 2007 for
his part in the Last of the
Great Mississippi Delta
Bluesmen: Live in Dallas and
received the Grammy lifetime
achievement accolade in
Perkins began his 80-year
career playing guitar and
piano at house parties and
“honky-tonk” bars throughout
the Mississippi Delta in the
late 1920s. He spent the bulk
of his career as a sideman for
groups like the Muddy Waters
Band. A late bloomer, Perkins
came into his own as a soloist
in the 1990s, his seventh
decade as an artist. Since
1992, he’s released more than
15 solo sessions.
In the midst of recording,
Perkins launched a foundation
in his name, which trains
aspiring Mississippi
musicians in his instruments
of choice, the piano and
guitar, according to Perkins’
offcial website.
Honors keep pouring in
for the veteran musician.
Mississippi Gov. Haley
Barbour will present Perkins
with a Lifetime Achievement
Award on Feb. 24 for his
legacy in the arts.
His music partner says
the duo might generate more
music soon.
“We’re talking about
another CD together now,”
Smith told the AP.
Joe Willie ‘Pinetop’
Perkins Becomes Oldest
Grammy Winner
97-Year-Old Bluesman Keeps
on Giving Great Music
Martin Lawrence Back in
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By Bobby Marvin
Special to the AFRO
Mark Cottman understands
what it takes for Baltimore
youth to succeed and he is
determined help them. As a
visual artist and comedian, he
has made his way in and out
of many circles, so it was a
no-brainer when he decided to
host a series of art shows from
his gallery with a portion of
the proceeds going to local
programs and organizations.
Given his love for comedy
and the legendary funnyman
Richard Pryor, Cottman
decided to partner with
comedienne and actress Rain
Pryor, daughter of the late
funnyman, to raise money
for her upcoming theatre
production featuring students
from ConneXions Leadership
Arts Academy. The academy
is a small charter middle/
high school housed in the
once troubled Lemmel
Middle School building in
West Baltimore. On Feb.
25, Cottman will host an
open reception at his gallery
featuring Pryor, comedian
Koli Tengella along with
acoustic guitarist and former
member of revered R&B
singer Teddy Pendergrass’
band Karter Jaymes.
“It’s very flling to be
able to, in any small way, do
something positive for these
young people,” said Cottman
during a visit to ConneXions.
“Just to be able to create art
is wonderful, just to be able
to do something for young
people is wonderful.”
Cottman took the time
to sit in on one of Pryor’s
theatre classes to observe the
young thespians in action.
For clarifcation, Pryor briefy
interjects between readings
to explain passages as her
handful of students take turns
reading August Wilson’s stage
play Gem of the Ocean. “I
really wanted to teach them
[the students] about themselves
and the Diaspora. His [August
Wilson] other plays are great,
but I think this really depicts
our ancestral journey really
well,” said Pryor.
ConneXions aims to
empower Baltimore youth
and cultivate arts awareness
and culture. The school
engages youth with diverse
forms expression including
dance and visual art. Just by
walking down the hallways
of the school, their mission
is evident as the sound of
African drums permeate the
walls of Pryor’s class room.
The noise doesn’t bother the
students. They are at ease.
For some students, this
learning environment has
improved their self-awareness
and a sense of personal
“I’m very proud of myself.
I take an extra step forward
into pushing myself, so that
way…when I get older I can
know what to do,” said student
Terry Benson Jr. “Because we
need to stand together, that’s
what we’re not realizing.
Cottman looks on and is
pleased with what the youth
in the performing arts class
have shared. He only hopes
that more adults would take
heed to their efforts.
“You can’t grow a strong
tree from the branches down;
you have to grow it from the
roots up. So it starts with the
people, said Cottman. “We
have to take this into our own
hands and make a change to
care for these children and not
let these children go into life
Local Artist Hosts Fundraiser for Arts School
“If someone had told me that one day I would be standing
in the White House and an African-American president would
be presenting me the Medal of Freedom I would say, are
you crazy? Are you out of your mind? It’s just an impossible
dream.”- Rep. John Lewis
In honor of Black History month, we salute the Rev.
Pauline Wilkins, the frst woman director of the Morgan
Christian Center and retired united Methodist pastor. “That’s
My Mama!” This dynamic woman of God epitomizes the
spirit of dignity and humility. Her peaceful and charismatic
approach has deemed her worthy of praise from her
parishioners and students. Proverbs 31:28-29: “Her children
arise and call her blessed; many women do noble things, but
you surpass them”
“Baby it’s cold outside.” On a cold Saturday night we
were “putting on the Ritz” at The Mansion on Eutaw Place,
the home of Sarah Holley and George Wallace. “The way you
look tonight.” Guests arrived elegantly dressed in tuxedos,
gowns and evening attires.
We were “doin what comes natur’lly,” dancing the
night away. It was a perfect merge of strangers and friends
mingling in the majestic stairwell, the foyer or leaning “over
the banister” dancing and chatting. Among the guests
“partying with a purpose” were professor Larry Gibson, Pat
Roselle, Michele Burroughs, Sheila Turner, Rene Alexander,
Gaines Lansey, Victor Holliday, Claudia McKee, Howard
and Samirah Holley, Fariba and Nasser Khonsari, Audrey
Quarles, Sen. Catherine Pugh, Comptroller Joan Pratt, Pat
Tunstall, John Wesley, Faenita Dilworth, Brenda Baker,
Jackie Robinson, Bill Brown, Leroy Jackson, and Jesse
Murphy. Susan Parker graciously thanked the guests for their
generous donation to Sophie’s Voice Foundation, founded by
Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe.
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who
mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” - Dr.
The older I get the more I embrace the spontaneity of a
new day, so imagine my excitement at The Peppermill on
York Road when I stopped for a supposedly brief lunch on
Valentine’s Day. This restaurant and lounge could be the
backdrop for Cheers, where everyone knows your name.
“Happy people,” most of them retirees, were enjoying their
lunch and a cocktail or two. The Peppermill serves great
oyster stew, crab cakes and old-fashioned comfort foods.
“We are each of us angels with only one wing; and we can
only fy by embracing one another.” - Luciano de Crescenzo
While engaging in conversation we noticed four
gentlemen entering the lounge area in tuxedos. After
questioning by the regulars and me ( by now, I’m with “the
in-crowd”), we learned that John Myers, Bud Laumann,
Tim Long and Cliff Meekins were members of the Dundalk
Avenue Barbershop Quartet. Since 8 a.m., they had been
serenading at private homes and parties. With a little coaxing,
they sang several songs, which brought tears to our eyes. Go
to www.dundalkavenue.org for information.
“You are my friend.” After leaving The Peppermill,
on to Keswick Multi-care Center to spend the rest of the
afternoon with two perennial lovebirds, Mildred and Dickie
Harris. When I arrived at Keswick, the Valentine’s party
sponsored by the staff, complete with appetizers and spirits,
was in full swing with Dickie in the midst. “I get lifted.” I
saw several residents at Keswick that I had known for quite
some time and was able to share the love with them. What
a lively afternoon with Dickie, Mildred and their nephew
Bobby Blount, we laughed when the staff joined in the
merriment. Send cards to James “Dickie” Harris, don’t wait
too long. Dickie said he’s walking out of there in two weeks.
“You say there’s a lesson that you want to teach. Well here
I am baby, practice what you preach.”
Not too late to check out Janora Winkler’s hit gospel
comedy play “Practice What You Preach.” The play is
performed at 510 Harwood Ave. With characters like Bubba,
Thelma Lou, Deacons Frye and Perry Ellis, Brother Huckle
Buck, Sister Maybelle, Sister Anita Banker and Reverend
R. Kelly, I laughed so long my eyelids hurt. The club scene
with Libby and the Tequila Sunset dancers made you holla.
The stellar performance by Richard Mallory as Jesus left
us “spellbound.” The cast members are local pastors and
musicians. If you love to laugh and feel the spirit, don’t miss
“Baby I’m back.” McCabe’s a quaint restaurant in
Hampden on Falls Road has reopened with the same warm
inviting atmosphere. Bernice Bradford Lewis and I went to
McCabe’s for their world-renowned crab cakes. The looks on
our face when our server Brittany, appeared with this jumbo
crab cake perched high on a hot buttered bun leaving little
room for the hot potato chips and coleslaw was priceless.
“Every child begins the world again.”- Henry David
“Lullaby of Birdland” Larry and Diana Gibson have
put down the law books and started singing lullabies to new
grandson Gavin Larry Gibson.
“Live as you would have wished to live when you are
dying” - Christian Furchtegott Gellert
Condolences to Larry Poncho Brown on the death of his
father, famed artist Larry O’Neill Brown. Mourners received
a print of remembrance by the late artist at his memorial
services. Prayers to Donnice Brown and family on the death
of her mom Peggy Brown.
“I could not at any age be content to take my place in
a corner by the freside and simply look on.” - Eleanor
Happy Birthday Gwen Pinder, Wanda Muir Oliver, Cori
Ramos, Bosede Olaogun, Edna Smith, Sam Redd, Lydia
McCargo- Redd, Kim Mason and Mickey Shields and happy
21st Paris Johnson.
“I’ll be seeing you”
- Valerie & the Friday Night Bunch
Rain Pryor
AFRO File Photo
Kam Williams’ review of ‘Big Mommas:
Like Father, Like Son’ on Afro.com
B4 The Afro-American, February 26, 2011 - March 4, 2011
George Bevans and
Minerva Gaskins both
migrated from Accomac
County, Va., to Baltimore.
They arrived in Baltimore at
separate times, but they met
and united in holy matrimony
and that union produced six
children. The third child,
Fannie, entered this life on
May 25, 1923. She was
raised in a loving and God-
fearing family along with
her brother Harold Bevans,
sister Golden Burke, sister
Catherine, all of whom have
passed away; and her younger
siblings George Bevans and
Ruby Lee with whom she shared a close
family relationship for over eight decades.
Christian service, community service,
education, energy, encouragement and
enthusiasm were key characteristics of
Fannie. She attended the Baltimore City
public schools and excelled in her academic
pursuits. She often spoke fondly of her days
and friends at Booker T. Washington School
130, and was a proud graduate of Frederick
Douglass High School. She was thrilled to
have the opportunity to attend college, but
illness delayed her for a time. She contracted
pleurisy and was hospitalized for a year at the
Henryton Sanatarium. Fannie took advantage
of that period to read the Bible cover to cover
and draw even closer to the Lord. People
who know her can truly say that the Lord was
always frst in her life.
The love of her life was her husband,
Philip L. Poulson. He also relocated from
Accomack (spelling changed in 1940)
to Baltimore where they met. They
corresponded in writing for four years while
he was serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps.
Philip and Fannie married, July 26, 1946.
They shared love and a devoted life together
for 55 years until his passing in 2001. Added
to their family was a son Alan V. Poulson,
who they raised to love and serve the Lord.
Fannie held several jobs in her early
years, and her energy and ambition kept
moving her forward. She attended Cortez
Peters Business School and gained skills that
lasted a lifetime. She commuted for a time
to Washington, D.C., and worked for the
Department of Labor. Fannie took advantage
of an opportunity to work at Douglass High
where she worked as the school secretary.
College classes were conveniently held at
night at Douglass High,
so she ended her work day
and went directly to class.
Finally, after a 10-year delay,
Fannie had a chance to get
that college education that
she always wanted. She
couldn’t stop, she received
her teaching certifcation
from Coppin State Teachers
College, she graduated
from Morgan College (now
Morgan State University) in
1954, she studied at Temple
University in Philadelphia,
Loyola College in Baltimore,
and she earned her master’s in
education from the University
of Maryland, College Park.
Mrs. Poulson’s career as an educator in
Baltimore City started as a teacher at school
No. 181, then on to Dunbar High School
where she taught and was the sponsor for the
senior class. She taught at and Western High
School and served as a guidance counselor
at Roland Park Junior High. She headed the
guidance department at Forest Park High
School where she retired in 1982, after 36
years in the school system. Retirement gave
her time to really get active.
“Fannie B.” was a dedicated worker
in many organizations. She was an early
member of the Kappa Chapter of Iota Phi
Lambda Sorority, where she held many
offces on the local, regional and national
levels. She was the organizer of the Baltimore
chapter of the Top Ladies of Distinction.
Among others, Fannie was also quite active in
the Maryland League of Women, the National
Council of Negro Women, the Morgan
Alumni Association and a life member
of the NAACP. Because of her extensive
commitment to community service, she was
recognized by the mayor, governor and the
president of the United States.
.Sister Poulson served the Lord with
gladness. The Poulsons were members of
the Morning Star Baptist Church, where they
served in Christian education and served on
the deacon board. Sister Poulson moved her
membership and joined her mother, brother
and sister at the Macedonia Baptist Church.
Her relationship with the Morning Star pastor
and church family remained amicable. At
Macedonia, she became a deaconess and was
quite active in the Ladies Guild. Deaconess
Poulson also continued her work with youth
and adults in Christian education.
Fannie V.B. Poulson, 87
Otto Ungar, 84, died
Jan. 1 in Washington,
D.C. He was born Feb. 27,
1927, to the late Gertrude
and Herman Ungar in
Vienna, Austria. His parents
divorced before he departed
for America. his father,
stepmother, brother and
sister were killed by Hitler.
Otto was a 1945 graduate
of Warren Seipp Vocational
School. He worked for
the United States Federal
Government in the Patent
Offce, retiring after 34 years
of service.
He also volunteered for the United Sates
Congress, the council of the District of
Columbia, churches, charities, professional
organizations, the Federal Trade Commission,
the Department of Justice and the United
States Postal Inspection Service.
A member of All Souls Church, Unitarian,
Washington, D.C., Otto served as an usher
and was a greeter-host during
coffee hour.
A previous marriage
ended in divorce, and in 1991
he met Genevieve Knowles,
marrying her in 1993. He
enjoyed music concerts at the
Kennedy Center, traveling
to conferences, conventions
and seminars in various cities
across the United States.
He is one of the original
contributors to the Holocaust
Museum in Washington, D.C.
Otto is survived
by his beloved wife,
Genevieve Knowles-Ungar,
god-daughters Olivia Nwosu of North
Carolina and Cassandra Fleming Hayes of
Hackettstown, N.J., two grandchildren, three
sister-in-laws –Carolyn Colvin, Sharon Hall
and Valerie Watts – one brother-in-law Floyd
Watts, special friends John Fleming III, John
and Joyce Fleming and a host of nieces and
Otto Ungar, 84
Patent Ofce Worker
Ruth P. Baynes, daughter
of the late Emmett and Lucy
Pugh, was born on Sept. 22,
1933, in Charlotte Court
House, Va. She departed this
life suddenly after 77 years
on Dec. 31, 2010.
Ruth was educated in the
Charlotte Court House
Public School System and
she graduated from Central
High School in 1950. She
matriculated to Virginia State
University but after one year
of attendance, transferred to
the then-Morgan State College,
where she earned a bachelor’s
of science degree in 1956. While a student at
Morgan she was inducted into the Promethean
Kappa Tau Freshman Honor Society.
Ruth met Holice, the love of her life,
while they were students at Central High
School in Charlotte Court House. Their love
of sports brought them together. During their
time at Central, Ruth played volleyball and
basketball. At one point, they were each
captain of their respective basketball team.
In 1951, Holice was drafted into the
United States Army. After completing his tour
of duty, he joined Ruth in Baltimore, Md., and
they were married on June 12, 1954. From
this union, one daughter, Terri, was born.
From the day they met until her untimely
passing, Ruth and Holice spent 60 years
loving each other. They were truly soul mates
who enjoyed watching sports, traveling, and
worshiping together.
Ruth began her teaching career in the
Baltimore City Public Schools in 1957, one
year after the birth of daughter. For more than
three decades she taught physical education
at Frederick Douglass High School, School
181, and Harlem Park Middle School, where
she fnished her teaching career. Both she
and Holice retired in 1990. At her retirement
party, she was saluted by
the Baltimore City Public
Schools System for 33 years
of excellent service. She
also received a Certifcate
of Merit from former Mayor
Kurt L. Schmoke for her
many years of dedicated
service to the children of
Baltimore City.
Ruth received her early
Christian education from
Beautiful Plains Baptist
Church in Charlotte Court
House. In 1965, Ruth
joined Trinity Presbyterian
Church, where she served
as a faithful member until her passing. She
was very involved with Trinity Presbyterian
Women (TPW), serving as moderator on
more than one occasion. Ruth took great
pleasure in serving as chair or co-chair
of the Women’s Day Brunch Committee
and especially delighted in coordinating
the annual fashion show that took place
during the brunch. In 1994 she received an
Honorary Life Membership from TPW in
recognition of her outstanding service to the
church and to the women of Trinity. A strong
advocate for Christian education, she taught
Sunday school, led the Presbyterian Youth
Fellowship, helped coordinate Vacation Bible
School each summer, and co-led the Thomas
P. Fraser III Bible Study Circle which met on
Saturday each month. An ordained elder, Ruth
also served as Trinity’s clerk of session for 11
Ruth’s commitment to service was not
limited to Trinity. She was a member of the
Charlotte High Alumni Association, serving
as its president for eight years. She was a
member of the Howard L. Cornish Chapter
of the Morgan State University Alumni
Association and she was a life member of the
National Association for the Advancement of
Colored People.
Ruth P. Baynes, 77
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Richard Stanley Harris,
son of the late James and
Lucille Draper, was born in
Baltimore on May 11, 1944.
He went home to be with his
heavenly father Jan. 4.
Richard was raised by
his maternal grandparents,
the late Fleming and Lula
Moore in Halethorpe, Md.,
and attended Banneker High
School in Catonsville. He
enjoyed singing Motown
classics and playing baseball.
He and his brother, Donald,
were the frst Blacks to play
for the Arbutus Little League, where Richard
was a star centerfelder. After high school, he
briefy served in the U.S. Army.
In 1958, Richard met his soulmate Josie
Johnson and the two wed April 27, 1962.
Together they provided a loving home for
three sons and a daughter. Richard was a
family man who cared deeply for his children
and grandchildren. His children knew him
as the calm voice of reason who was both
a friend to them and their friends. He was
also known as the king of the barbecued pig
and prided himself on his special “secret”
barbecue sauce.
A lover of westerns,
cars, dogs and sports,
Richard enjoyed helping
others. He was especially in
demand around Christmas,
as he went from house
to house putting together
toys. Anyone who needed
something fxed knew they
could call on Richard day or
Richard was also an
outdoorsman who enjoyed
traveling to Atlanta and other
places to visit with family and
friends. He worked for Maryland Housing,
drove a cab for a while and was a machinist
for General Motors for more than 20 years.
He retired from General Motors in 1998.
Richard was baptized at the Pennsylvania
Avenue AME Zion Church where he received
his early Christian training. He also attended
Macedonia Baptist Church when the Rev.
Marvis P. May was pastor. He recommitted
his life to Christ in August 2009 and faithfully
attended the Freedom Temple AME Zion
Church until he became ill in October 2010.
Richard S. Harris, 66
General Motors Machinist
Alvin Anderson Parson,
son of the late Alvin Parson
and Mary Monger, was
born on July 4, 1947, at
Johns Hopkins Hospital
in Baltimore.. In 1961, he
joined the Nation of Islam.
Alvin known to all as “Al”
received his education
at Douglas High school
in Baltimore City. While
in school, Al excelled in
wrestling as well as cross
Al made numerous friends
wherever he went. In 1968 he developed his
interest in martial art under the guidance of
Master Riley Hawkins. The friend he met at
the Sharpe Street Dojo, notably known as the
“Avenger,” extended into a brotherly bond
that collectively made a positive impact on
more than 5,000 youngsters in the inner-city.
AlL had a love for two things: karate and
teaching young people. Al
began teaching karate at the
Department of Recreation
in Baltimore City and later
Druid Hill YMCA and this
continued throughout the
years at various locations
throughout the city .
Later in life he cultivated
his passion for music which
positioned him to become
one of Baltimore’s best
Al departed suddenly on
Jan. 1, 2011.He is preceded
in death by his son Alvin Anderson, Jr. Al
leaves to cherish his memory: his loving
children Nena A. Parson-McLeod, Lamar
Z. Haskins, Mia J. Parson and Rico Parson;
six grandchildren Lamar, Sh`mar and Dylan
Askin ; Alvin A. Parson III, Miauna Parson
and G`mera Lanae Butler.
Alvin A. Parson, 63
Martial arts instructor
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February 26, 2011 - March 4, 2011, The Afro-American B5
By Stephen D. Riley
AFRO Staf Writer
A move to “The Mecca of Basketball” is always headline
news for any NBA player, but when it involves a four-time
NBA All Star it’s an even bigger story. The New York Knicks
forged ahead with the much expected deal to land former
Denver Nuggets superstar Carmelo Anthony in a 12-player,
three-team trade on Feb. 21. After months of anticipation
and debate, New York traded
forwards Danilo Gallinari,
Anthony Randolph and Wilson
Chandler, starting point guard
Raymond Felton and backup
center Timofey Mozgov to
Denver for guards Chauncey
Billups and Anthony Carter and
forwards Shelden Williams and
Renaldo Balkman. New York
also swapped little-used center
Eddy Curry with the Minnesota
Timberwolves for forward Corey
The Knicks and Nuggets
ramped up talks over the past
weekend after news leaked out
that the New Jersey Nets were
trying to position themselves to make a deal for Anthony,
but the 26 year old’s reluctance to sign an extension with the
Nets spurned any trade. Anthony, however, did sign a three-
year, $65 million extension with the Knicks before the deal
was completed and will team with six-time All Star Amar’e
Stoudemire to give New York one of the best one-two punches
in the league.
Stoudemire appeared at a Knicks press conference on Feb.
22 to answer questions about his new teammate, saying: “Every
team needs a 1, 1A punch,” Stoudemire said. “And so with the
ways that we both can score…we’re very versatile, so it’s hard
to guard us.”
Anthony, a Baltimore native, will play his frst game as a
Knick in the famous Madison Square Garden on Feb. 23 against
the Milwaukee Bucks.
By Stephen D. Riley
AFRO Staf Writer
It’s about time the District
showed well. Currently
engulfed in a forgettable
season (yes, another one),
Washington, D.C., actually
showed some promise in
the NBA this past weekend.
Thanks, John Wall for setting
the Rookie/Sophomore
Challenge record with 22
assists (special thanks for
that bounce-pass alley-oop
to Blake Griffn). Thanks,
JaVale McGee for the most
creative dunks we’ve seen
in a dunk contest in years,
possibly ever (special thanks
for him bringing his mother
out to greet the judges).
The two most energetic
stars of the Washington
Wizards actually made
their hometown fans proud
this weekend and gave the
Wizards their frst signature
win of the season, even
bigger than their road win in
Cleveland a few weeks ago.
The Wall and McGee duo
has had the D.C. spotlight
since the two showed off in
the Summer League last year.
Their athleticism, however,
was on full national broadcast
as millions tuned in for NBA
All Star Weekend. When
you dish the ball around for
22 assists, you’re a special
point guard. When you dunk
two basketballs in two rims
then follow that up with
three balls in one, you’re just
special, period. Now, if there
was only someway to parlay
those skills into a winning
team. But that’s another
story—different time;
different place.
Wall, 20, and McGee, 23,
have offcially put Wizards
basketball on the map for all
the right reasons. It didn’t
take a practical joke or a gun
charge this time around to put
the Wizards in the headlines.
Talent and athleticism have
perhaps earned Washington
a few extra television slots
next year, and if not for a
new 2011 Kia car (special
thanks to that Griffn guy for
jumping over it, wow), D.C.
could’ve been home to the
Sprite Slam Dunk champion
and the Rookie/Sophomore
game MVP. I can’t remember
the last time two Washington
players (Bullets or Wizards)
excelled at an All Star
weekend in such fashion,
stealing the show for much
of the night on back-to-back
Considering what we
just saw, Washington may
actually have two of the
premier athletes at their
position, which doesn’t
necessarily equal a lot
of wins, but it’s a hell of
an advantage point. Wall
belongs to the elite trio of
Derrick Rose and Russell
Westbrook—point guards
with incredible speed,
quickness and crazy
athleticism. Besides Dwight
Howard, there probably isn’t
a center in the league with
enough bounce to match
McGee who, quiet as it’s
kept, may be a better athlete
than Howard anyway.
All Star fashes don’t
equal great NBA teams and
jaw-dropping athleticism
doesn’t equate to NBA
championships. But, they’re
both great excellent places to
start when you’re trying to
rebuild a franchise and they
do serve as good cooler talk
when you’re trying to argue
how the Wizards are the
league’s next big thing.
3 x 5.0
By Stephen D. Riley
AFRO Staf Writer
Baltimore, Md. native boxer Cory “Black Ice” Cummings
doesn’t back down from anyone. It’s a policy that’s served
him well since birth, served him well throughout his life and
that’s serving him well in his current occupation. It’s also the
reason why he’s preparing for a rematch with former three-
time middleweight world champion and Washington, D.C.
native William Joppy. On March 12 at George Washington
University’s Patriot Center, Cummings is aiming for a little
revenge after a controversial draw in his frst bout with Joppy
last November dashed his hopes of a signature win. This
time around, however, Cummings wants to make sure he
doesn’t leave the outcome in the hands of the judges. His frst
fght with Joppy didn’t make headline news, but it did put
Cummings on the radar as an up-and-coming fghter.
“He’s Joe Frazier; he’s a brawler; he’ll crack you if you
sleep for one second,” Joppy said of his opponent immediately
after their November clash.
With quick jabs and punishing hooks, Cummings had the
look of a clear-cut winner in the boxers’ frst meeting, and
the announcement of a draw sent a packed Patriot Center
into an uproar. Although most fghters would be hesitant
about returning to the scene of a controversial decision, the
Baltimore local didn’t think twice about it.
“I didn’t have a problem taking the fght,” Cummings said.
“I’m not going to force a knockout; I’m going to just let the
knockout come to me. If I see something I’m going to take it
but I’m not going to force it.”
With a current record of 17 wins, four losses and one tie,
the 31-year-old Cummings has a long way to go to match the
iconic status Joppy enjoyed during his prime. At 39-7-2, the
40-year-old Joppy’s career is slowly winding down, but his
name can still draw a crowd. His frst match with Cummings
drew a respectable turnout and his second could force an even
larger crowd. Despite the expected audience and important
opportunity to advance his career, Cummings is handling his
upcoming bout by applying his lifelong mantra.
“I just think of it as another fght,” Cummings said.
“Somebody’s going to get hurt, that’s all.”
Baltimore’s Cummings Aims for Revenge in Boxing Rematch
Against D.C.’s Joppy
Courtesy Photo
Local Baltimore boxer Cory “Black Ice”Cummings is
preparing for his March 12 rematch with former three-
time middleweight world champion William Joppy.
The Pro Bowl is done. The Super Bowl is
done, but the NFL is still in the spotlight. The
owners and the NFL Players Association are
behind closed doors negotiating for a bigger bite
of the pie. What is on the table at present is a
renege on the part of the owners because both
parties have negotiated this issue in good faith.
Now the owners want to back out of the revenue-
sharing portion of the agreement.
Granted they are paying salaries and bonuses
to the players, but you better believe any bonus or
incentive clause in a player’s contract will be well
earned before the said player sees a dime of the
When the players won the battle over free
agency, the owners went to work to fnd a
loophole to beneft their pocketbooks. When a
player reaches free agency status, he can be kept
from accepting a job from another team when the
owners slap the “franchise player” tag on him.
This means that a player’s salary is dictated by the
standards of his present team, and he can’t move.
The back door side of this is the fact that a
team can freeze a player with this tag, and then cut
him the next season and not pay him the full value
of his contract.
The overall deal of this current scuffe between
the two parties is revenue sharing where after
the owners earn the frst billion, the players then
begin to share in the profts. Now the owners
are stretching out their greedy hands for another
billion before the players can get a taste.
In the meantime, the owners are sitting back
in their luxury boxes entertaining celebrities in
72-degree room temperature and drinking single
malt scotch, while the players are being knocked
around on cement masquerading as grass and
getting concussions.
Fifteen years down the road, some of the
players will be hobbling into a banquet hall to
give a speech to some Kiwanis Club members for
$3 grand. Meanwhile the owners will be behind
closed doors trying to fgure out a way to get
another slice of the pizza.
However, I’m not sure this current tact by
the owners is going to work. The threat to shut
out the players for this upcoming season may
backfre if the players see the total picture. Some
of the players are not making grand theft money
like the superstars, but they are making a hell of
a lot more than us 9-to-5 stiffs. A little money
management, and the owners are going to be so
out of luck.
For those of us who spend days staring out
of the window, looking for the mail carrier who
might be toting our Social Security checks,
remember the last time a season was on the verge
of collapse because of a strike. That time it was
the players who struck. The owners scraped
together a bunch of scabs (affectionately known
as replacement players) and entertained us with
a little sandlot football. But, the memory of the
strain on their pocketbooks has to be dancing
around in their heads at the moment.
Let’s take a look at the big picture. To do that,
we have to ask the question, “Can the owners
afford to lock out the players?” With a lockout,
the stadiums are dark and the only life wandering
around in the luxury boxes are the rodents
looking for a taste of that caviar they came to like
last season. On this subject, the average revenue
for luxury suites is $45 million. Factor in the
concessions where it costs $8 bucks for a hot
dog, the price of a house payment for a couple
NFL Players Should Wait for Owners to Cave
of tickets, and TV revenue, and you can bet there are more than a few ulcers being cultivated among the
Remember, quite a few of the owners are billionaires on paper. They are extended to the max, and
every dollar they have invested had better be working for them at every moment.
Let’s take Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones as a case in point. Jerry just built a new state of the art
stadium to the tune of $1.5 billion. You can bet Jerry didn’t have that kind of cash laying around under a
mattress. Jerry had to go to the bank for a loan, and the bank is looking for a payment on a timely basis.
Believe me these payments are a bit more than most of us are paying on the Honda Civic sitting in the
So, I suggest the players hang on for a bit, because the owners have got to cave. But, that’s just my
Pro Sports Commentary
Wizards Win at NBA All Star Weekend
AP Photo/Jae C. Hong
Rookie John Wall, of the
Washington Wizards, holds
up the MVP trophy after
the rookie team beat the
sophomores 148-140 in the
Rookie Challenge game
during the NBA basketball
All-Star Weekend, Feb. 18
in Los Angeles.
Courtesy Photo
Carmelo Anthony
Knicks Get Carmelo in
Blockbuster Deal
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I, Menelik Ahaz
Yeha El, being duly
Affrmed, standing
squarely, Declare, and
Proclaim, upon Divine
Law; Nature’s Law;
Universal Law, Moorish
Birthrights; International
Law; and Constitutional
Law; Declare and say:
I, being previously
Identifed by the Union
States Society of North
America – U.S.A. under
the colorable, Ward-ship
do hereby refute the
Fraud, make Public and
Publish my Corrected
National Name, Declare
and Affrm my true,
‘Proper Person Status’,
and reclaim my Rightful
Social and Cultural Life
of the State, in accord
with my Moorish Nation
of Northwest Amexem/
North America - ac-
knowledging my Birth-
rights. I have Lawfully
and Legally Obtained
and Proclaimed my
Moorish Nationality and
Birthright ‘Name and
Title’, in harmony with,
an association with, and
in accord with Divine
Law and Customs, and
the Laws, Rules, and
Usages of The Moorish
Divine and National
Movement, being Ab-
original and Indigenous,
and bound to the North
American Continent by
Heritage, by Primo-
geniture, by Birthright,
by Natural Birth, by
Freehold, and by In-
heritance. Declared for
the Public Record, I am
returning the European
cognomen and fctitious
misnomer back to the
Colonial possessors of
its pedigree. I am now
Rightfully Declaring,
Publishing, and Pro-
claiming, my own Free
National Name; Affrm-
ing my Actual, Rightful,
and Civil ‘In Full Life’
Status conjoined to
my Moorish American
Consanguine Pedigree
and National Honor. Let
it be Declared, Known,
Published, and Resolved
that: I am Menelik Ahaz
Yeha El, ‘In Propria Per-
sona Sui Juris’ (being in
my own proper person),
by birthright; an Inheri-
PROCESS of the Union
States Society; pursuant
to, but not limited to:
(Zodiac Constitution
and Birthrights of the
Moorish Americans)
being Ali, Bey, El,
Dey and Al), Article
two (2), Paragraph
two (2).
JUSTICE: Moorish
American Creden-
tials: AA 222141 -
Acts of State
Article III (3), Section
two (2), Amendment
V (5) (Liberty clause)
and Amendment IX
(9) (Reservation of the
Rights of the People).
TY-FIVE (75): Date
April 17, 1933 A.D.
[Article Fifteen (15)].
ASSEMBLY - Part 1,
Article 4.
Wherefore, I, Menelik
Ahaz Yeha El, being
‘Part and Parcel’ named
herein, and by Birth-
right, Primogeniture,
and Inheritance, make a
Lawful and Legal Entry
of Affdavit and Public
Notifcation of National-
ity Proclamation; Name
Correction Claim;
Declaration, Affrma-
tion, and Application;
Herewith Published for
the Public Record.
State of Maryland,
Baltimore County,
Clerk of the Circuit
Court for Baltimore
County, Maryland, a
court of record, do
hereby certify that
and qualifed a Notary
Public commencing on
9/14/2010. In testimony
Whereof, I have here-
unto set my hand and
affxed the seal of the
Court this 10th day of
February, 2011.
City of Baltimore
Department of Finance
Bureau of Purchases
Sealed proposals addressed to the Board of
Estimates of Baltimore, will be received until,
but not later than 11:00 a.m. local time on
the following date(s) for the stated
MARCH 2, 2011
2011 SPRING TREES B50001828
MARCH 9, 2011
SYSTEM B50001833
MARCH 23, 2011
C O N C R E T E , S I D E W A L K A N D
RFP NUMBER: B-1646-11 / HAE-2521
The Housing Authority of Baltimore City
(∫HABC∫) is requesting proposals from
interested and qualified firms in order to
select a consultant to provide professional
services for supplying and managing a fully
functional Job Order Contracting Program.
The Responder may be a joint venture or
other collaboration of two or more non-
governmental entities.
2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday,
March 31, 2011.
A non-mandatory pre-proposal conference
will be held on Wednesday, March 9, 2011,
at 10:00 a.m., at 417 E. Fayette Street, Room
416, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202.
HABC has established a minimum goal of
twenty percent (20%) of the total dollar
amount of the proposed contract for Minority
Business Enterprise (∫MBE∫) utilization, ap-
plicable to all minority and non-minority
businesses proposing to provide the re-
quested services as the prime contractor. No
goal has been established for participation of
Women-owned businesses (∫WBEs∫), how-
ever, HABC strongly encourages and affir-
matively promotes the use of WBEs in all
HABC contracts.
Responders shall also comply with all ap-
plicable requirements of Section 3 of the
Housing and Urban Development Act of
1968, 12 U.S.C. Section 1701u.
The RFP may be obtained on or after Mon-
day, February 28, 2011, at the following
Housing Authority of Baltimore City
Division of Fiscal Operations,
Purchasing Department
417 E. Fayette Street, Room 414
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Attention: John Airey,
Chief of Contracting Services
Tel: (410) 396-3261 Fax: (410) 962-1586
Questions regarding the RFP should be di-
rected in writing to the address and individual
indicated above, and must include the refer-
ence: HABC RFP Number B-1646-11 / HAE-
RFP NUMBER: B-1649-11
The Housing Authority of Baltimore City
(∫HABC∫) is requesting proposals from qual-
ified and interested individuals or firms to
provide comprehensive e-business services
including but not limited to internet and in-
tranet site design, web hosting, site and
server maintenance, 24/7 on-site technical
support, database development and admin-
istration, e-business writing, proofing, and
2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, March
25, 2011.
A non-mandatory pre-proposal conference
will be held on Thursday, March 10, 2011, at
10:00 a.m., at 417 E. Fayette Street, Room
416, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202.
HABC has established a minimum goal of
twenty percent (20%) of the total dollar
amount of the proposed contract for Minority
Business Enterprise (∫MBE∫) utilization, ap-
plicable to all minority and non-minority
businesses proposing to provide the re-
quested services as the prime contractor. No
goal has been established for participation of
Women-owned businesses (∫WBEs∫), how-
ever, HABC strongly encourages and affir-
matively promotes the use of WBEs in all
HABC contracts.
Responders shall also comply with all ap-
plicable requirements of Section 3 of the
Housing and Urban Development Act of
1968, 12 U.S.C. Section 1701u.
The RFP may be obtained on or after Tues-
day, March 1, 2011, at the following location:
Housing Authority of Baltimore City
Division of Fiscal Operations,
Purchasing Department
417 E. Fayette Street, Room 414
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Attention: John Airey,
Chief of Contracting Services
Tel: (410) 396-3261 Fax: (410) 962-1586
Questions regarding the RFP should be di-
rected in writing to the address and individual
indicated above, and must include the refer-
ence: HABC RFP Number B-1649-11.
IFB NUMBER: B-1650-11
The Housing Authority of Baltimore City
(∫HABC∫) will issue an Invitation for Bids
(∫IFB∫) for qualified and interested vendors
to submit sealed bids to provide Crime, Boiler
and Machinery, and Workers Compensation
insurance coverage.
BIDS WILL BE DUE no later than 2:00 p.m.
Eastern Time on Friday, April 1, 2011.
A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held
on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, 11:00 a.m.,
at the Charles L. Benton Building, 417 E.
Fayette Street, Room 416, Baltimore,
Maryland, 21202.
HABC has established a minimum goal of
twenty percent (20%) of the total dollar
amount of the proposed contract for Minority
Business Enterprise (MBE) utilization, ap-
plicable to all minority and non-minority
businesses proposing to provide the re-
quested services as the prime contractor. No
goal has been established for participation of
Women-owned businesses (∫WBEs∫), how-
ever, HABC strongly encourages and affir-
matively promotes the use of WBEs in all
HABC contracts.
Responders shall also comply with all ap-
plicable requirements of Section 3 of the
Housing and Urban Development Act of
1968, 12 U.S.C. Section 1701u.
The IFB may be obtained on or after Monday,
February 28, 2011, at the following location:
Housing Authority of Baltimore City
Division of Fiscal Operations,
Purchasing Department
417 E. Fayette Street, Room 414
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Attention: John Airey,
Chief of Contracting Services
Tel: (410) 396-3261 Fax: (410) 962-1586
Questions regarding the IFB should be di-
rected in writing to the address and individual
indicated above, and must include the refer-
ence: HABC IFB Number B-1650-11.





February 26, 2011 - March 4, 2011, The Afro-American B7
The Housing Authority of Baltimore City
(∫HABC∫) will hold a public meeting on Mon-
day, March 28th 2011 in the Auditorium at
Pleasant View Gardens, 201 N. Aisquith
Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 at 6:00
pm. This address is handicapped-accessible
and American Sign Language interpreters
will be present.
The purpose of the meeting is to receive
comments from HABC residents, community
leaders, government officials, and interested
members of the public on HABC¬s proposed
Annual Plan for fiscal year 2012. The pro-
posed 2012 Annual Plan is available for
review and inspection by the public at
HABC¬s Main Office located at 417 E.
Fayette Street, Suite 1301, Baltimore, MD
21202. Please call Ms. Joyce Stewart at
410-396-1810 to make arrangements to re-
view the proposed plan. Copies of the pro-
posed 2012 Annual Plan are also available
for review on the HABC website at www.
baltimorehousing.org and at the following
HABC Rental & Assisted Housing Office
1225 West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21223
The Enoch Pratt Free Public Library
Main Branch,
The Maryland Room
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
All HABC Public Housing Development Manage-
ment Offices
RFP NUMBER: B-1651-11
The Housing Authority of Baltimore City
(∫HABC∫) will accept proposals from
interested and qualified not for profit entities
to provide youth development services at the
Youth Development Center located at 1100
East Fayette Street.
2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, April
4, 2011.
A non-mandatory pre-proposals conference
will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2011,
at 10:00 a.m., at 417 E. Fayette Street, Room
416, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202.
HABC has established a minimum goal of
twenty percent (20%) of the total dollar
amount of the proposed contract for Minority
Business Enterprise (∫MBE∫) utilization, ap-
plicable to all minority and non-minority
businesses proposing to provide the re-
quested services as the prime contractor. No
goal has been established for participation of
Women-owned businesses (∫WBEs∫), how-
ever, HABC strongly encourages and affir-
matively promotes the use of WBEs in all
HABC contracts.
Responders shall also comply with all ap-
plicable requirements of Section 3 of the
Housing and Urban Development Act of
1968, 12 U.S.C. Section 1701u.
The RFP may be obtained on or after Mon-
day, March 7, 2011, at the following location:
Housing Authority of Baltimore City
Division of Fiscal Operations,
Purchasing Department
417 E. Fayette Street, Room 414
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Attention: John Airey,
Chief of Contracting Services
Tel: (410)396-3261 Fax: (410)962-1586
State of Maryland
Request for Proposals
R.F.P. WSN 2-12
The Department of General Services, Office
of Real Estate, invites Offerors interested in
providing real estate title, settlement and
related services on land acquisitions and
dispositions for various departments and
agencies for our Southern and Upper East-
ern Shore Regions. Completed copies of the
request for proposals package, including
forms and instructions for submission, may
be found on the DGS web page at www.dgs.
maryland.gov, then click on Office of Real
Estate or obtained from the Office of Real
Estate, 300 W. Preston Street, Rm: 601,
Baltimore, MD 21201, or by contacting
Wendy Scott-Napier at 410-767-4088; email:
wendy.scott-napier@dgs.state.md.us Minor-
ity Business Enterprises are encouraged to
respond to this solicitation notice.
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company and
CM Partner, Commercial Interiors, Inc is seeking
to prequalify subcontractors for the Expansion of
the Ocean City Convention Center.
Subcontractor Packages include: Site Demolition,
Building Demolition, Earthwork, Storm Water
Management, Site Utilities, Site Concrete, As-
phalt Paving, Landscaping, Concrete Founda-
tions, Concrete, Masonry, Structural Steel, Mis-
cellaneous Metals, Rough and Finish Carpentry,
Waterproofing, Roofing, EIFS, Fireproofing,
Storefront/Curtainwall, Doors/Hardware, OH
Doors, Drywall and Acoustical, Paint, Flooring,
Window Coverings, Fire Suppression, Plumbing,
Mechanical, Electrical
Interested firms should submit a letter of interest,
company resume and similar project references
to the address listed below by Friday, March 4th,
5:00 PM. All questions regarding this adver-
tisement should be submitted in writing to Tige
Sheehan at tige.sheehan@whiting-turner.com.
R.F.P. WSN 2-12
The Department of General Services, Office of Real Estate, invites
Offerors interested in providing real estate title, settlement and related
services on land acquisitions and dispositions for various departments
and agencies for our Lower Eastern Shore Region. Completed copies
of the request for proposals package, including forms and instructions
for submission, may be found on the DGS web page at www.dgs.
maryland.gov, then click on Office of Real Estate or obtained from the
Office of Real Estate, 300 W. Preston Street, Rm: 601, Baltimore, MD
21201, or by contacting Wendy Scott-Napier at 410-767-4088; email:
wendy.scott-napier@dgs.state.md.us Minority Business Enterprises are
encouraged to respond to this solicitation notice.
The City of Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC), on behalf of the
Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, through this Request for Proposals
(RFP), is seeking written proposals from qualified Respondents for the
operation of a new attraction(s) meant to provide high quality amusement,
entertainment, educational, cultural and other positive experiences-
outdoors at Baltimore¬s Inner Harbor-for visitors of all ages, incomes
abilities, and disabilities.
A detailed RFP will be available for download on February 25, 2011 on
the Baltimore Development Corporation website
Proposals must be submitted with a $250 non-refundable fee and are
due by 12:00 Noon (EST) on April 8, 2011.
For further information, email Arlisa Anderson at
Holders of Alcoholic Beverage Licenses in Baltimore City
and Community Residents
All holders of alcoholic beverage licenses in Baltimore City must file their
renewal application between March 1 and March 31, 2011 at the Board¬s
office at 231 E. Baltimore Street, 6th Floor. There is a $50 processing
fee that must be submitted with the renewal application, and applications
filed after March 31st will be subject to a $50 per day penalty. Even if
a licensee has been notified of a hold on his or her renewal license,
the renewal application must still be filed by March 31, 2011.
By law, a protest against the renewal of a license must be filed at least
30 days before the license expires on April 30th. All protests must be
received at the Board¬s office by March 31, 2011, and must be signed
by not less than ten residents, commercial tenants (who are not holders
or applicants for any liquor license), or real estate owners in the
immediate vicinity where the licensed place of business is located.
Protests must be based on specific complaints as to the operation
of the establishment.
Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City
231 E. Baltimore Street 6th floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Stephan W. Fogleman, Chairman
Elizabeth C. Smith and Harvey E. Jones, Commissioners
Samuel T. Daniels, Jr., Executive Secretary
Transfer Piping, Contract FM-01-10
Separate sealed BIDS for the construction of the Town of Berlin Transfer
Piping, Contract FM-01-10, will be received by 3:30 p.m. local time, on
March 16, 2011 at the Town Hall Building, located at 10 William St,
Berlin, MD 21811, and then at said office publicly opened and read aloud.
The project generally comprises the construction of force main piping,
pipe drilling, appurtenances, and site work.
The CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be examined at the following
Town of Berlin
10 William St
Berlin, MD 21811
URS Corporation
4051 Ogletown Road, Suite 300
Newark, DE 19713
Copies of the CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be purchased at the
Engineer¬s office (Issuing Office) for $200.00 (non-refundable). There
will be an additional $30.00 fee if you wish to have the Bidding
Documents mailed. Checks should be made payable to URS Corpora-
Bidders shall request materials and/or equipment to be recognized as
∫or equal∫ before 15 days of bid opening.
A pre-bid meeting will be held on March 10, 2011 at 1:00 pm at the
Town Hall in Berlin. If there are questions about the CONTRACT
DOCUMENTS, please contact the Engineer.
This project is funded, in part, by the Maryland Water Quality Revolving
Loan Fund and the USDA Rural Development. Contractors are directed
to the requirements reflected in the Supplementary Conditions regarding
compliance with construction utilizing these funds and to the following:
1. The terms and conditions of the six (6) affirmative action steps as
well as other requirements described in the State Insert entitled
∫Requirements and Contract Provisions For The Project Financed
Through The Maryland Water Quality Revolving Loan Fund And The
Maryland Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund.∫ The requirements for
bidders and contractors as described in the State Insert are explained
2. The Federal requirements made part of the Contract Documents by
the insert entitled ∫Federal Requirements and Contract Provisions for
Special Appropriation Act Projects, US Environmental Protection Agency,
Region III∫.
3. The requirements made part of the Contract Documents by the insert
entitled ∫Requirements and Contract Provisions for Projects Financed
through the American Recovery and Reinstatement Act of 2009 (ARRA),
Maryland Department of the Environment∫.
The Owner reserves the right to waive any informalities and to reject
any or all bids. All bids must be accompanied by a bid bond or certified
check in the amount of a least 5% of the base bid total for proposal
payable to the Town of Berlin.
Clarence Cleon
Butler, son of the late
Deacon and Deaconess
Harrison and Mary
Simms-Butler was
born on Nov. 1, 1932,
at University Hospital,
Baltimore, Md. He
died 2:30 a.m. Dec.
30, 2010 at his earthly
residence on Chase
Street in Baltimore.
Butler was third in
the birth order of fve siblings, the only
son of Mary Simms and Harrison Butler,
who were themselves descendants of
four of the founders of Unity Baptist
Church. He attended grade school in
Elkridge and Harriet Tubman High
School in Howard County. His religious
training was provided by his parents,
grandparents and Unity Baptist Church.
He was married to Sylvia Hale in
1949, from this union one son, Arthur
C. (Jimmy) Butler, was born. In 1952 he
was drafted into the U.S. Army, where
he served in the Korean Confict as a
demolition expert.
He was captured for 18 days while
serving in the war. This
traumatic event would
have a devastating effect
on the rest of his life. He
tried courageously to live
and carry on as normal as
he could afterwards, but he
could not do so.
He worked for a while
at the Bel-Air Road Brick
and Supply Company, after
which he was employed
by the United States Post
Offce. His work status ended there. He
then became homebound for more than
50 years. His parents lovingly took care
of him, until their deaths. He devotedly
cared for them to the best of his ability.
After his father died, Butler devoted
himself completely to the care of his
He loved children, especially his
nieces and nephews, who helped care
for him when they became adults.
However, he had a special rapport
with his nephews, Thomas Williams,
Anthony Butler and the late Michael
Butler, who grew up in the household
with him. Anthony resided with him
until his death.
Clarance Butler
Former POW, USPS Worker
Percy R. Brent
Cherry Jr. died Jan. 6
in Baltimore. His love
of life and the joy and
laughter he brought his
family and friend will
be cherished. He was
memorable to all that
met him. He is survived
by his mother, Shirley
Holloway; stepfather,
the Rev. Benjamin
Holloway; beloved sisters,
Carole Jefferys-El, Ivory
Ellis, Dovough White
and brother, John Cherry
Jr., along with nieces and
nephews, Sheree White,
David Budd Jr., Tomeka
Allen, Sundiata White
and Anthony Allen. His
family will announce the
memorial service at a later
Percy R.B. Cherry, Jr., 63
TYPESET: Wed Feb 23 16:34:41 EST 2011
Spray Site Addition, Contract IRR-01-10
Separate sealed BIDS for the construction of the Town of Berlin Spray Site
Addition, Contract IRR-01-10, will be received by 3:00 p.m. local time, on
March 16, 2011, at the Town Hall Building, located at 10 William St, Berlin,
MD 21811, and then at said office publicly opened and read aloud.
The project generally comprises the construction a storage lagoon, an
irrigation pump station, a solid set irrigation system, a control building,
related equipment, piping, and site work.
The CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be examined at the following loca-
Town of Berlin
10 William St
Berlin, MD 21811
URS Corporation
4051 Ogletown Road, Suite 300
Newark, DE 19713
Copies of the CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be purchased at the En-
gineer´s office (Issuing Office) for $250.00 (non-refundable). There will be
an additional $30.00 fee if you wish to have the Bidding Documents mailed.
Checks should be made payable to URS Corporation.
Bidders shall request materials and/or equipment to be recognized as ”or
equal” before 15 days of bid opening.
A pre-bid meeting will be held on March 10, 2011 at 10.30 AM at the Town
Hall in Berlin. If there are questions about the CONTRACT DOCUMENTS,
please contact the Engineer.
This project is funded, in part, by the Maryland Water Quality Revolving
Loan Fund and the USDA Rural Development. Contractors are directed to
the requirements reflected in the Supplementary Conditions regarding
compliance with construction utilizing these funds and to the following:
1. The terms and conditions of the six (6) affirmative action steps as well as
other requirements describedintheStateInsert entitled”Requirements and
Contract Provisions For The Project Financed Through The Maryland
Water Quality Revolving Loan Fund And The Maryland Drinking Water
Revolving Loan Fund.” The requirements for bidders and contractors as
described in the State Insert are explained in the CONTRACT
2. The Federal requirements made part of the Contract Documents by the
insert entitled ”Federal Requirements and Contract Provisions for Special
Appropriation Act Projects, US Environmental Protection Agency, Region
3. The requirements made part of the Contract Documents by the insert
entitled ”Requirements and Contract Provisions for Projects Financed
through the American Recovery and Reinstatement Act of 2009 (ARRA),
Maryland Department of the Environment”.
The Owner reserves the right to waive any informalities and to reject any or
all bids. All bids must be accompanied by a bid bond or certified check in
the amount of a least 5% of the base bid total for proposal payable to the
Town of Berlin.
“or equal”
Region III”.
B8 The Afro-American, February 26, 2011 - March 4, 2011
Feb. 27
Don’t miss the Homecoming, Family and Friends Day, 9
a.m., at First Mt. Olive Freewill Baptist Church worshipping
at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights
Ave. For more information, visit frstmtolive.com or call the
church offce at 410-728-4383. Bishop Oscar E. Brown is
pastor of the church.
Douglas Memorial Community Church, 1325 Madison
Ave., is celebrating 86 years of ministry with Founders’ Day
2011, 10 a.m., with guest preacher, the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson
Sr., president, Rainbow PUSH. For more information, visit
douglaschurch.org or call 410-523-1700. The Rev. Dr. S.
Todd Yeary is senior pastor of the church.
It’s Brothers’ Emphasis Day, 8:30 a.m., at Alive Again
Baptist Ministries, 2122 E. Fairmount Ave. The Rev.
Roderick McClannahan, Lexington Park, Md., is the guest
preacher. For more information, call the church at 410-276-
3292 or e-mail wwbjr27@yahoo.com. The Rev. Walter W.
Brown Jr. is senior pastor of the church.
March 6
Gillis Memorial Christian Community Church celebrates
Unity Day with 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. services. The
Rev. Errol D. Gilliard, pastor of Greater Harvest Baptist
Church, is the afternoon preacher. For more information
visit gillismemorial.org or call the church at 410-466-2800.
The Rev. Dr. Theodore C. Jackson Jr. and the Rev. Melvin
Jackson pastor the church located at 4016 Park Heights Ave.
March 13
The Nathan Carter School of Music of New Shiloh
Baptist Church is holding its Annual Beneft Dinner Concert,
3 p.m., at 2100 N. Monroe St. Featured artists are the
Rev. Dr. Harold A. Carter, Issachah Savage, the Rev. Dr.
Haywood Robinson, Melanie Peters, the Rev. Raiza Rahim,
Rachele Sills, Lorne Matthews and Elizabeth Day. For more
information, visit newshilohbaptist.org or call the church
at 410-523-5306. Alethia B. Starke is executive director of
the Nathan Carter School of Music. The Rev. Dr. Harold A.
Carter Sr. and the Rev. Dr. Harold A. Carter Jr. pastor the
March 19
The Divine Cathedral, 219 N. Chester St., is celebrating
its fourth church anniversary with a prayer breakfast, 9:30
a.m. For more information, visit thedivinecathedralchurch.
org of call the church at 410-675-
3288, ext. 13. The Rev. Antoine O.
McClurkin is founding pastor of the
March 20
The Rev. Dr. Charles E. Booth is
guest preacher for the 90th church
anniversary of Calvary Baptist Church,
3911 Garrison Blvd. “Celebrating Our
Past, Envisioning Our Future” is the
theme for the event to be observed
at 8 and 11 a.m. services. For more
information, visit calvarybaltimore.
com or call the church at 410-664-
2111. The Rev. Dr. Steven J. Russell Jr.
is pastor of the church.

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