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meeting. “This is America and we have the right to meet with A fight for more funding whoever we decide to meet for the county’s nonprofits has with. We have the right to turned into a power struggle peacefully assemble. We of just who is in control of the have the right to petition our county’s nonprofits. government,” Grant said. Sandy Pruitt, leader of “For an individual to express People for Change of Prince disdain, anger and frustration, George’s County organized a and to suggest that she should meeting for April 1 for all of get permission to come to the county’s nonprofits, under him to call such a meeting is a new umbrella organization a travesty to our democratic name of Nonprofit Coalition ideals.” of Prince George’s County, to Adams went on to say that discuss the budget and other Pruitt’s message was confusing issues, however there was a to the county’s nonprofit problem. The Human Services community. Adams said his Coalition of Prince George’s group will take a “reasoned” County didn’t approve. approach into meetings with In an e-mail sent in response county officials as opposed to to Pruitt’s call for action, HSC the method Pruitt is using. Courtesy photo Executive Director Jerry Adams “If HSC represents a Seat Pleasant Mayor Eugene Grant made it clear that if there was reasoned and tactical approach supported the meeting of county nonto be any group to organize as its voice of the nonprofit profit agencies to develop a strategy nonprofits in the county, it community, and you confuse for dealing with declining support from would be his. the issue with a second message the county government. “Where exactly do you get and style, we will have two the authority to represent your very confusing messages organization as the Nonprofit ‘representing’ nonprofits,” he Coalition of Prince George’s County?” Adams asked. said. “That is a huge disservice to nonprofits, and the “I just googled ‘Nonprofit Coalition of Prince George’s county that watches them. County’ and HSC of PGC was the four of the first ten Despite Adam’s effort to discourage attendance, choices that came up. People for Change does not ever it went on as planned with over 40 county nonprofits enter the picture.” represented according to Pruitt. Adams did not attend, However, when many leaders of nonprofits read but representatives from HSC were in attendance the e-mail, they became infuriated with its tone and though, according to Adams, they did not participate. message. Seat Pleasant Mayor Eugene Grant, who also Pruitt plans on moving forward with action from works with Community Development Corporation, the Nonprofit Coalition of Prince George’s County says the county’s nonprofits had the right to hold that Continued on A3 By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer Leaders from the National Pan-Hellenic Council along with National Urban League President Marc Morial are using the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death to reinforce his dream. The leaders want truly want to see equality for all Americans. “At a time when the needs of the Black community, the needs of poor people, and the needs of children are increasing,” Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children’s Defense Fund, said, “we’re cutting the very

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State workers wave and shout during a protest, as drivers pass by honking their horns Friday, Sept. 28, 2007, in downtown Lansing, Mich., at the Capitol Commons building. A state panel on Friday deadlocked over a rule change that would have let state workers be laid off up to 20 days if there is a government shutdown.

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By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer There aren’t many positive things coming out of the Prince George’s Department of Corrections (DOC). But its barber school, which is helping to reduce recidivism, is proving to be an exception. “We don’t blow our own horn enough,” said Mary Lou McDonough, director of DOC. “This is one of those programs where you can count on the results.” The program is directed by Phil Mazza, former president of the National Association of Barber Boards of America (NABBA). Mazza, in charge since the program’s inception in 1993, has seen it grow into DOC’s most successful vocational program. Mazza says it’s the most successful program because it’s the only one that has 100 percent job placement. The program partners with 53 shops in Prince George’s and Charles counties to provide homes for all of its graduates. In addition to that, it has 15 percent recidivism rate, which is much lower than the DOC’s overall inmate return rate of 66 percent. The 1,200 hour program is set up in two areas, classroom study and practicum. Students normally only complete 850 of the needed hours while incarcerated. The rest is done under the watchful eye of a master barber outside of the facility. Students in the program say they can see how the class is working already. Robert Davis, incarcerated on handgun possession, says you can see how different the behavior is of the men in the class versus that of the other inmates. “There’s definitely a difference,” he said. “This class gives us something to work for. When you have something to do, you tend not to want to get in trouble.” Davis’ words prove prophetic in the clinical area. The atmosphere in which the barbers train is different from the rest of the facility. Soft music plays while the barbers practice, making the facility a lot less rowdy than your typical barbershop. That was done by design to keep the students in the program on good behavior, Mazza said. In 18 years Mazza, not a corrections officer by background, says he’s never had any security breaches.

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Author, Manning Marable, Scholar and Activist, Dies before Publication
By AFRO Staff Myths about Malcolm X—his life, his beliefs and especially his death—continue to abound decades after his assassination at the age 39. Longtime Malcolm X scholar Manning Marable attempts to deconstruct the Black icon’s life and offers “explosive” new revelations into Malcolm’s death in his new Respected historian and author Manning Marable died three days before the publication of his autobiography of Malcolm X. book, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. Marable will not experience what could be the highpoint of his career, however. On April 1, just days before his book’s launch on April 4, the scholar, writer, lecturer, and civil rights activist who founded the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia

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By Alan King AFRO Staff Writer Jennifer Hudson and other relatives positively identified
By Holly Nunn Capital News Service ANNAPOLIS — In an attempt to fix the state’s most troubled agency without spending more money, lawmakers are asking the Department of Juvenile Services for reports rather than policy changes. A bill that would have mandated substantially equivalent services for girls has been amended to ask for a report from the department by December outlining how the range and quality of services for boys can be extended to include girls. In addition to asking the department to report on services for girls, other legislation is pending that would require juvenile services to explain what is necessary for the agency to stay within its budget and to report more specific numbers about juveniles who are released and re-arrested.Courtesy Photos Jennifer Hudson and her mom,the bill requiring a report Sen. Jamie Raskin presented Darnell Donerson who was killed,services for girls to the House Judiciary Committee on equal as well as her brother, Jason. Tuesday, where it is expected to be approved and sent to the plate X584859 was found on theHouse of her 7-year-old body floor. “Sometimes legislation Chicago’s West Side after nephew Monday, just hours moves in baby steps,” said Del. Kathleen Dumais, vice-chair the committee 7 a.m. lead after his body was found in a ofpolice received aand the call sponsor of the original bill, which analysts estimated would have cost more than $2 million.

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Leader Calls Voter Registration Fraud Charges ‘Bogus’ Nonprofits Fight
and Dallas Cowboys players Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, among the names submitted to and has a meeting scheduled for April 15. She is also planning election position Presidential candidate John to ask for the removal of Adams from hisofficials. within HSC Hurd her coalition. McCain’sis still a bad taste in the mouth ofsaid those workers, who attack on ACORN – as there were doing those things without Associated Community been his response is ‘I congratulate “What should have ACORN’s knowledge or permisOrganization for on bringing together nonprofits. As you know I you Ms. Pruitt Reform Now – sion, were fired. confirms the success of the represent an organization that works with nonprofits. I would “The evidence that has surorganization, the head of the like to join you in this roundtablefaced so far shows they faked discussion to see if there group says. are“This iswhere we can possibly work together tofor work they ways testimony to the work forms to get paid see that the nonprofit sector does not lose funding,’” Grant said. ballot didn’t do, not to stuff we’ve done and success we’ve boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the had,” Maude Hurd, president of victim of fraud, not the perpetraACORN, said in an interview tor of it. with the AFRO. Hurd said the only things “When this attack started, we bogus are the charges themhad just announced that we had Continued from A1 selves. And factcheck. org registered 1.3 million new votStephan Simmons, chief be incarcerated for at least ers,” she said. “That’s just to say agrees. of program services at the sixIt concluded, have enough months, to “Neither that someone’s running scared ACORNcomplete the 1,200 because said inmates in the facility, of ACORN’s success.” time to nor its employees have been found guilty of, or have McCain, who is running for program are different outside hour course. Inmates even president on the Republican of the clinical area too. tick- charged with, casting fraudulent to request placement in the votes.” but they may not et, says out at “night in the Helashedits likeACORNand program, The problem came about prifinal once against Barack day” debatethe inmates leave Obama, contending the group “is marily because of the way training, but he still marvels on the verge of maybe perpetrat- ACORN operates. Rather than at the program’s success. His rely on volunteers, it pays peoing one of the greatest frauds in only issue is why the young ple, many of them poor or unemvoter history in this country, men have to be incarcerated ployed, to sign up new voters. maybe destroying the fabric of to take advantage of such a The idea was to help both those democracy.” program. Factcheck.org, a non-partisan being registered and those doing “Why do these young to Web site, found those claimsmen the registration. have to be incarcerated toeviMaud explained, “We have a be “exaggerated,” with “no receive something like this?” zero tolerance policy for deliberdence of any such democracy– Stephan Simmons ate falsification of registration.” he asked. “Why not open destroying fraud.” Most news account or prior Hurd believes the McCain it up in high schools? We have any open cases neglect to charges were politically motivat- point out that ACORN is know everyone isn’t going to charges that are of violent requiredThose who may all reged. college so why not give them nature. by law to turn in have istration forms. And they also fail She said, “Because it’s lowsomething they can do to a violent charge may ask for to note that it was the organizaand moderate-income people, keep them out of here?” special consideration, but andTo be enrolled into the the tion, in many instances,that it people of color, I believe there is no guarantee that first brought the phony registrations McCain campaign thinks those program, inmates have to will be successful. to the attention of authorities. voters are going to vote The McCain camp apparently Democratic, which is not necesisn’t interested in those fine sarily true.” points, preferring to air misleadACORN is no stranger to ing ads that seek to link Obama controversy. For 38 years, the non-partisan to ACORN, thereby undercutting organization has fought for social his political support. McCain: I’m John McCain and economic justice for lowand I approve this message. and moderate-income Announcer: Who is Barack Americans. With 400,000 member families organized into more Obama? A man with “a political baptism performed at warp than 1,200 neighborhood chapspeed.” Vast ambition. After colters in 110 cities nationwide, ACORN has over the years seen lege, he moved to Chicago. its share of criticism while advo- Became a community organizer. There, Obama met Madeleine cating for affordable housing, Talbot, part of the Chicago living wages, healthcare for the branch of ACORN. He was so underserved— and while organimpressive that he was asked to izing voter registration drives. train the ACORN staff. But none has been as withering What did ACORN in Chicago and baseless as this one. engage in? Bullying banks. With the presidential election Intimidation tactics. Disruption less than two weeks away, of business. ACORN forced ACORN’s detractors allege the organization has engaged in mas- banks to issue risky home loans. sive voter registration fraud after The same types of loans that caused the financial crisis we’re the reported discovery of bogus in today. names, such as Mickey Mouse

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from a neighbor about a suspiposted fliers bearing his photocious vehicle. The man noticed graph around the city. On the vehicle while walking his Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked dog. According to the Chicago for the public’s help in finding Tribune, the boy had been shot her nephew. In her MySpace multiple times in the back seat blog, she thanked fans and supof the vehicle. The SUV, regisporters for their prayers and reconvicted. teredAdvocates ofmurdered to Hudson’s equal services for girls will likely offered a $100,000 reward to reintroduce the bill next year using the information from the Tuesday’s hearing is one of the last steps for the recidivism brother, was towed with the anyone who returned the boy report. Sam Abed, the being bill. Having passed the Senate without opposition, it is boy’s body inside and is new secretary of the department, and alive. Gov. Martin O’Malley, have expected to pass in the House. processed by evidence techni- expressed support for equal Since the investigation, services with or The body Lawmakers may also require the department gained stardom cians and workers.without legislation. Hudson – who to submit Another bill, and taken by a plan for how to fully fund the historically-underfunded was later removed sponsored to Sen. Bobby Zirkin, a vocal after appearing on “American the Cook County Medical in Maryland, requires the department Idol,” and then won an critic of juvenile justice agency. Examiner’s office. Academy Award 2012 Budget analysts say that thefor her role in Hudson and other family the movie Dreamgirls by budget underfunds juvenile services – has members arrived at the Medical stayed it does not account $7.2 million because out of the public eye. Examiner’s office mid-afterThe Chicago maintain for frequent use of overtime toTribune reportJulian King, JennniferDel. Kathleen Dumais noon to identify the body. ed that a parade of – Hudson’s nephew. required staff-to-juvenile ratios. cars moved Given the choice between lookslowly past her family’s These reports would be required home A spokesman for the the murders but is being held in Monday morning, pastin ing directly at the body or to the General Assembly by office the to report recidivism rates plan. told the newspaper that Hudson addition to the annual state comprehensive three-year and curijail for parole violation after viewing it on a wall-mounted news vans, reporters region and by individual detention or treatment facility. The The reporting requirements are indicative of the budget ous onlookers. department currently releases to the public rates by which climate. New initiatives and reforms require funding, and Neighbors stood juveniles reoffend by type of treatment undergone, but not by funding is hard to come by this session. quietly and facility. But Zirkin said that after years of attempting to fix the the reflected on “remained strong for her fami- department through legislation, reporting is all that’s left for being convicted of attempted Without the family chose video screen, information about individual programs, Zirkin violence. ly” to was clearly its leader. murder and Assembly to require of the front of the Hudson’s said, the department would the General vehicular hijackthe latter. According to the continueand “place kids into In department. environments where “Yes, we have no“She held hands with her fami- ing. Cook the last 10 years we’ve passedmen in heavy jackets knowledge of success rates. “Over County records show home, countless bills to Tribune, Hudson said, ly,” detention center, or ABC providepleaded guilty tojuvenile services, a litany of juvenile to that he a roadmap for both If you’re going to send a kid to ABCthe spokesman said. “It that’s him.” and hooded sweatshirts came was obviously a very emotional justice legislation that is also law,” said Zirkin. “They just barcharges in 1999. He was now group home, I want to know how they’re doing.” kiss the twin white crosses moment.” convicted in 1998 for possesOverall, three out of four juveniles are arrested within need to follow what we’ve done.”ing the names of Donerson and The boy – the son of Julia sion of a stolen are you going to do? Pass a law that says you Jason. three years of being released from a Department of Juvenile “What else motor vehicle. Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had He was released from prison in “Everybody is sick of going Services program, and almost half are re-adjudicated or really, really, really mean it?” been missing since Friday, 2006 after serving seven years through stuff like this,” Artisha when a relative found Julian’s for the attempted murder and West, a former resident of the grandmother, Darnell car hijacking charges. area told the Tribune. “We all No wonder Obama’s campaign is Donerson, 57, and his uncle, The boy remained missing have to stick together. All these trying to distance him from the Jason Hudson, 29, shot to death through a long weekend in young children are dying, and group, saying, “Barack Obama in his grandmother’s home in which police and volunteers for what?” Never Organized with ACORN.” the 7000 block of South Yale But Obama’s ties to ACORN run Avenue. long and deep. He taught classes An Amber Alert – a desigfor ACORN. They even endorsed nation for high-risk missing him for President. children – was issued Friday But now ACORN is in trouble. after Julian was discovered Reporter: There are at least missing after the murders. 11 investigations across the Police arrested William country involving thousands of Balfour, the missing boy’s steppotentially fraudulent ACORN father and estranged husband forms. of Julia, at his girlfriend’s Announcer: Massive voter Southside apartment several fraud. And the Obama campaign hours after the murders. paid more than $800,000 to an Balfour’s mother, Michele, has ACORN front for get out the vote told reporters that her son had efforts. nothing to do with the slayings. Pressuring banks to issue risky Balfour remains a suspect in Jason Hudson loans. Nationwide voter fraud. Barack Obama. Bad judgment. Blind ambition. Too risky for America.

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Civil Rights Leaders Asks Congress to Reconsider Cuts
has decided to balance the budget by going after non-security discretionary spending; proposing to drastically cut or completely eliminate social safety net programs that help Americans most in need,” Butler-McIntyre said. “When they target programs like Head the claims Republicans are making that the cuts will create more jobs isn’t truthful. “If [the cuts] went through they would cost the nation between 500,000 and 700,000 jobs,” Morial said. “Make no mistake about it; those that argue that cutting these programs will create nation into this deficit. He says the unending expenditures on two wars have brought the nation to the point of near bankruptcy. “Two unpaid-for wars have led to a doubling, in a 10year period, of the budget of the Department of Defense,” he said. The group is calling on Congress to fund programs that will protect education, jobs and job training programs. They say these things are what people of color, particularly African Americans, need to live the American dream. “We are here this morning to say, unequivocally, that our national priorities are in the wrong place,” said Wade Henderson, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. “We are here to call on legislators to put their money where their mouths are. The future of this nation depends on investments we make now, particularly in our young people.”

people who need help the most.” The group is upset with Congress for cutting major programs which would aid many minorities in achieving that Dr. King’s dream. They believe a line has been crossed on Capitol Hill and it’ll have negative affects on people of color. “Under the current leadership in America it appears that we are bragging about the largest cuts in domestic annual spending in this nation’s history,” said Kappa Alpha Psi Grand Polemarch Dwayne M. Murray. “We fail to mention that their cuts will cut job training for the unemployed at a time when more than 13 million Americans are out of work.” Cynthia Butler-McIntyre, president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., agreed with Murray saying that these budget cuts are being made on the backs of America’s lower-class, especially single mothers and their children. “[Congress]

“Make no mistake about it; those that argue that cutting these programs will create jobs have not one scintilla of evidence, not one report, and not one economist that has stood behind them on that point.”
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Start, which provides educational and health services to low-income children and their families, we are going to rock the boat.” The group is not only asking that the cuts not be made, but it is also calling House Republicans out on their plan. Morial says that jobs have not one scintilla of evidence, not one report, and not one economist that has stood behind them on that point.” In fact, Morial claims that the very programs Congressional leaders want to cut are not the programs that have thrown the

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New Alleged Malcolm X Assassin Fingered in New Book
be formed around 1993 that someone named ‘William Bradley’ fired the shotgun, we just didn’t know what he looked like or what his name was today,” Muhammad said. “We did what happened with Malcolm than you or I.” The autobiography is already being hailed as the definitive account of Malcolm X’s life and will add to Marable’s already towering legacy. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Marable earned his undergraduate degree at Earlham College in 1971, followed by a master’s degree in American history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Maryland. Dr. Marable taught at Cornell University, Fisk University, Colgate University, Ohio State University and the University of Colorado before coming to Columbia. Additionally, Dr. Marable for many years has been a columnist widely published in Black newspapers throughout the country. “Dr. Marable’s contributions to the struggle for freedom of African Americans will never be forgotten,” said NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “Dr. Marable brought one of the keenest know, however, that he was intellects of our age living in Newark and using to the contemporary a Muslim name. With that conversation on information, I was able to use race in America. As my contacts in the Muslim an academic he community to finally identify was never afraid Shabazz as Bradley.” to speak his mind, A mug shot provided by and as an activist East Orange Sgt. Andrew Di his words carried Elmo, confirms Bradley’s the gravitas of a alias as Al-Mustafa Shabazz. published author. Speaking to the New Jersey His life was Image Courtesy East Orange Police Department Star-Ledger, Shabazz’s wife, dedicated to the This mug shot provided by the East Carolyn Kelley Shabazz, said struggle, and he will Orange, N.Y. police department she and her husband refute be sorely missed.” confirms Al-Mustafa Shabazz and the allegations. “As God, He is survived by William Bradley are one and the Allah, is my witness, there’s his wife, Leith same. no way my husband could Mullings, two have had a negative thought stepchildren and in his head about Malcolm X,” said Carolyn three grandchildren. A memorial service is Shabazz. “My husband is no more guilty about tentatively set for May 27.

University, died at Columbia Presbyterian the Black leader’s death, naming five alleged Hospital in New York City after a long illness. conspirators, including the alleged triggerman, He was 60. 72-year-old Al-Mustafa Shabazz, formerly “As Malcolm X died shortly before the release William Bradley, of Newark, N.J. of his [first] autobiography, Marable died The claim was first published in a blog three days before the publication of his life’s almost a year ago by District of Columbia work. And as Malcolm lived on through his historian, Abdul-Rahman Muhammad, 48, who best-selling autobiography, so will Marable, writes for the Association of African American through his unmatched body of writing, his Life and History. Marable credited Muhammad educational contributions, his illuminations on in his book for the lead, which was backed by Malcolm X’s legacy and his devoted students,” others in the Muslim community. said Maytha Alhassen, a doctoral student in “This book has finally settled the 46-yearAmerican studies and ethnicity at University of old mystery of who really killed Malcolm Southern California who worked as a research X, or at least who fired the weapon that assistant for Dr. Marable. Alhassen made those took his life,” Muhammad told the AFRO statements in a CNN.com commentary about in an e-mail. “The historical significant of her mentor. this revelation cannot be quantified. It is a Ten years in the making, A Life of stunning achievement which has written a new Reinvention tells the “never-before-told page in American history. Sad he couldn’t be true story of [Malcolm’s] assassination,” here to receive his reward.” according to publisher Viking Press. Based Regarding his stunning assertion, on years of research, including interviews, Muhammad said Shabazz’ identity was “an culled from his work with The Malcolm X open secret.” Project at Columbia University, the book “I relied heavily on the already existing Ad for Afro v2:Layout 1 3/22/11 4:59 PM scholarship, wherein a consensus had come to Page 1 offers a controversial new interpretation of

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(TriceEdneyWire.com) - As the nation marks the 43rd anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, which occurred as a result of his intervention and support of the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike, it is important for the American public to remember the historic and continuing role of protecting and maintaining workers’ rights as part of civil rights progress. We all can continue learning from Dr. King’s leadership and teachings. As he stated on March 18, 1968, in the midst of a strike of 1,200 Black sanitation workers, “all labor has dignity.” In contrast to Dr. King’s ideals, recent efforts by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and governors in other states to eliminate the gains obtained by public sector workers will have devastating consequences for racial minorities and civil rights progress. At the core of the civil and human rights movement is economic equality which is based upon civil rights enforcement and strong protections for working Americans. Indeed, the impact upon state and local government job cuts would be particularly devastating to minorities, including women, as they account for a substantial segment of unionized public employment. Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that 14.5 percent of all public sector workers in the nation are Black, and a total of 1.9 million African Americans are members of labor unions, with African-American men and women making up 14.8 percent and 12.2 percent of labor unions, respectively. Black men and women union members have significantly higher incomes than non-union workers, which is greatly attributed to union protections provided through collective bargaining. Access to union membership is an effective way to address measures to improve economic security for minority workers and collective bargaining reduces the chance of persistent poverty facing many in the African-American community. On April 4, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law stood with leaders across the country to protect the same

‘We Are One’ in the Legacy of Dr. King
Barbara Arnwine

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human rights and human dignity of working men and women for which Dr. King gave his life on this day 43 years ago. We showed politicians and their allies that “We Are One” in the fight to protect the rights of working families and we will not be silenced. Nationwide, civil and human rights activists, union members and supporters, African Americans, Latinos, Asians, immigrants, religious supporters, students, women’s groups, and many others will contact their elected officials and hold community vigils, teach-ins, public rallies and workplace gatherings to demonstrate that workers’ rights are human rights that affect everyone, and that we will not let these rights be destroyed. While we appreciate the need to address the critical shortfalls in state budgets, let us give serious consideration to the civil rights implications of current actions in Wisconsin and other states. The fight for workers’ rights is part of the larger struggle to achieve racial and gender equity in the workforce. These principles should not be summarily dismissed as simply a consequence of budget shortfalls. In fact, a failure to adequately address these disparities undoubtedly will contribute to the continued shrinkage of the middle class. For African Americans, the numbers are particularly striking. According to

“In these times of fiscal difficulties, all Americans should follow Dr. King’s example in prioritizing and supporting the critical rights of all workers to demand a fair and equitable workplace.”
the Economic Policy Institute’s “State of Working in America” report, 45 percent of those African Americans born into the middle class, were living in the bottom income level as adults. We should not forget that the existence of a strong middle class has helped spawn economic growth in this country and is important in the continued struggle for civil rights. Furthermore, one of the most significant barriers to the

progress of racial minorities is educational equity. Hence, the proposed cuts in Wisconsin and other states, especially those to teachers, who are a part of public sector labor unions, would exacerbate the already formidable fight for equal educational opportunities for all children. Our least appreciated leaders, teachers and others serving in the public sector should not shoulder the sole blame, nor the majority of the burden of the economic crisis much of this country faces. This is about ensuring that our children are taught by the best teachers, that our safety is in the hands of the best workers and that we are selecting from a well-qualified pool of candidates to serve in the public sector. In these times of fiscal difficulties, all Americans should follow Dr. King’s example in prioritizing and supporting the critical rights of all workers to demand a fair and equitable workplace. Barbara Arnwine is executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law.

On March 28, Ward 3 District Councilmember Mary Cheh convened a hearing to examine a former mayoral candidate’s allegations, which some describe as an “HR nightmare” for the new administration of Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray. I am familiar with some of these issues as I served as the chief of staff in the agency, the Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF), where the primary subject of the hearing was ultimately hired. However, I was just as caught-off-guard as any by the charges leveled by the former mayoral contender (whose campaign antics arguably took more votes from Gray than Fenty). Yet, I welcome the opportunity to discuss my involvement with the mayor’s election, my qualifications to serve in District government, and the events that led to my recent departure from local public service. I also look forward to addressing a related and more central matter—the issue of who is qualified to serve in District government. As customary in the start of new District administrations, the local press conducted a routine examination of the mayor’s cabinet selections. However, finding no issues of note with the mayor’s seasoned crop of top bureaucrats, some began a rather tabloid-like scrutiny of lower-level appointees, down to the mayor’s special assistants. And out of the dozens of such lower-level mayoral selections, a small handful netted info sufficient to equate to “political dirt.” The result was a plethora of distracting media reports including one entitled “Should Criminals and Scumbags Get D.C. Jobs.” Regrettably, I became the subject of such examination.

Who is Qualified for Public Service in the Nation’s Capital?
Talib I. Karim
One news account described me as “a Gray backer” with tax, student loan and other debts, which paved the way for marital problems, ultimately resulting in a very complicated divorce. (By the way, I also encouraged fellow Muslims to seek employment opportunities in the District government.) Notwithstanding the exaggerations in some media accounts of my case, I admit and take responsibility for the claims as summarized above. Nonetheless, the question before Councilmember Cheh is whether the “issues” raised about my personal history, which had no bearing on my work in the District’s Medicaid agency, are nonetheless sufficient to disqualify me—a lawyer with a track record of providing counsel on health and other policy matters to members of Congress, the D.C. Council, and the mayor—from appointed public service in the District. And if the answer to the above question is yes, then this begs the next question—exactly who is qualified? Well, let’s do the math. According to 2009 statistics from the D.C. court system, over 62,000 civil cases were filed involving parties with student loan and other contractual defaults, including landlord-tenant matters. In the same year, over 13,000 cases were opened in D.C. courts for those with various marital and other intrafamily disputes. And another 400 or so people in 2009 faced local court legal proceedings for tax delinquencies. Based upon these figures, there is the possibility that as many as 75,000 people with bad credit or bad personal relationships in the District could be disqualified from any level of appointment in D.C. government, despite their professional credentials or work performance. Who else can we add into the bag…how about “criminals?”

The mayor reminded us that the District has thousands of men and women, of all races, who have returned home after paying their debts to society for convictions of criminal offenses. Yet for our statistical survey, let’s simply use the number of criminal cases prosecuted in local District courts in 2009—over 25,000. That now brings the potential number of “disqualified” Washingtonians to more than 100,000, over 20 percent of the District’s adult population. And if one were to further disqualify those with similar run-ins with the court system over even a five-year period, that would bring your potentially disqualified number to 500,000, which statistically could disqualify all of the working-age adults in the nation’s capital from seeking appointed posts in District government. Thus, the question for us as a society is: Where do we draw the line? Are we saying that if you stumble—regardless of what you do to turn your life around; even if you (like me) earn mechanical engineering and law degrees, manage to secure positions of responsibility in both the private sector and the federal government, and actively contribute to civic life in the District—your “checkered” background will preclude you from appointed government service in D.C.? If this is the answer, then the District is committing gross public waste by denying itself the full value of its greatest asset—human capital. Talib Karim is the former chief of staff of the D.C. Department of Health Care Finance. He is a health finance lawyer, activist, and father of a 3-year-old in the nation’s capital.

The Invisible Institution
In the season of slavery, historians defined the Black church as the “invisible institution.” The name was given because Blacks assembled to worship under a shroud of secrecy because such gatherings were outlawed by those who had the mind to know if a slave had a filled spirit, it would be a matter of time before he/ she came into a sense of self. To clear their conscience of reducing African Americans to three-fifths of a human being, our enslavers had to claim we didn’t have a soul. But, the unquenchable passion of our fore parents to feel close to God sparked an innovative flame that produced sanctuaries in swamps, chapels in cotton fields and temples under trees far beyond earshot of their oppressors. In the 21st century, in spite of African-American churches now having seating capacities that rival stadiums, television air time in as much rotation as “Law and Order” reruns, campuses bigger than historically Black colleges and pastors having more impact than local politicians, it’s a complete mystery (with all that visibility) why we are an invisible institution…AGAIN. The Black church has, by and large, become an invisible institution with acute laryngitis in the conversation regarding gay rights, same-sex marriages/unions, and the HIV crisis that has engulfed our communities. While we seem to vote on the liberal side of the political aisle, the Black church would make the tea party blush with our overt conservatism around sexuality. The elephant in the room is making us look like “Cirque du Soleil” as we juggle around our discomfort, which fosters an environment for “down low” behavior from the choir loft, the deacon board and even from the pulpit. Homosexuals have always been a part of our ministries.

Rev. Jamal Bryant

The Black church can no longer afford to be invisible on these issues when same-sex unions and/or marriage, in a growing number of states, quite possibly will not just be administered at the courthouse, and when it’s our members who are seeking the applications. We can’t afford to be invisible when R&B artist Nikki Minaj encourages our teenage daughters to explore the benefits of being bisexual, when “don’t ask don’t tell” has just been told to be quiet or when HIV has become the millennium’s bubonic plague. Self-identified gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgendered people are here. They are not just the stereotypical hairstylists, choir directors and somebody else’s children. They are our children! If we claim that Jesus died for everyone, are they not included in that number?....YES, they are! Now, as a third-generation preacher of the nation’s oldest Black denomination the African Methodist Episcopal Church and former national youth director of the NAACP, I have both the Black church and civil rights tradition coursing through my veins. And, as such, I have a bone of contention with the gay community: Their false correlation between the gay rights struggle and the civil rights movement. Since the church has become invisible, no one seems to see this is historically and philosophically out of order and context. While homosexuals have been persecuted, they’ve never had to ride on the back of the bus, drink from separate water fountains, receive subpar education, be sold like animals or hung for looking somebody in the eye. Furthermore, African Americans aren’t granted the option of coming out of the closet; when we come out the door the march towards social justice begins. Still, we can’t remain invisible on this issue. While our doctrine, theology and faith preclude us from embracing these

unions/marriages, they don’t bar us from loving the individual. With our complexed and painful history, one would think we would operate at a greater level of compassion, but in large measure we have become the new oppressors. When Jesus healed in the New Testament, it was because he was moved with compassion. In order for us to heal the divide, we must move with compassion! Compassion is not the same as affirming. Fundamentally, we disagree whether acts within the LGBT lifestyles constitute sin or whether lifestyles are a choice, etc., but we can’t disagree with the value of somebody’s life. If we preach homophobia we have stopped preaching hope for compassion! Resolutely across denominational lines we have to agree that Jesus loves sinners but died to do away with sin. So, regardless of the fact that we believe acts within these lifestyles involve sin, the church must love as Jesus loved! As a mega pastor that had a major moral failure that led to divorce, I know what grace looks like, and I’m sure it’s available. The 8,000 persons that come to my church weekly, the 4,000 that view online and the 40,000 who follow me on social networking hate what I did but, through grace, love who I am. They love me because of their compassion. Hypocrisy would be for me or any other pastor or church to deny others compassion because we believe they sin. After all, I thought that was what the church was—a place to help people find the love of God! Let the Church say, “Amen....” The Rev. Jamal Bryant is pastor of Baltimore’s Empowerment Temple and a nationally respected preacher and youth leader.

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By Edgar Brookins AFRO Staff The Northern Virginia Alumnae chapter (NoVAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the Northern Virginia Delta Education and Community Service Foundation (NVDECS) recently hosted the “Catwalk for a Cause: Style and Scholarship” fundraiser at the Waterford at Springfield. Under the leadership of chapter President Antoinette Mann and foundation President Linda Byrd-Johnson, guests enjoyed an evening of fun, networking, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, a silent auction, shopping suite

Christina Lyons sings “And I Am Telling You”

variety of vendors were on hand to accommodate early spring shopping. Saxophonist and New York-style couture fashion show. Brian Lennair provided The showcase included fashions from smooth jazz music during the VIP reception Bloomingdale’s, Cantoire Couture, Couture and singers Jay Hayden and Christina Lysons Miss Bridal, Studio D’Maxsi, Kustom Looks, provided musical treats during the fashion Metamorphosis and J.S. Furs. show. Many door prizes were given out and a Radio personality Anji Corley was the emcee, with Ronald and Bessie Johnson and State Farm Insurance sponsoring the event. The program’s fundraising cochairwomen were Gladys FitzhughPemberton and Jiitu Abraham, Lynadria Ware and Gladys FitzhughLynadria Ware. Pemberton, co-chairwomen, Fundraising Committee
and Carole Stephens, chairwoman, Fashion Show Committee

Radio personality and event emcee Anji Corley

Cheron Burns, first vice president, NOVA Alumnae Chapter; Antoinette Mann, president; and Linda Byrd-Johnson, president, NVDECS

State Farm agents Rodney Louis (far left) and Yvette Schuler (far right) with raffle winners.

Chapter sorority members on the catwalk. Linda Byrd-Johnson and Antionette Mann give remarks and hand out door prizes.

Red and blue couture dresses with hats to match. Event co-chairwomen walk the runway.

Olukemi Are, Cheron Burns, Antionette Mann, Anya Alexander (volunteer) and Melodi Pemberton

Model strut down the runway. Mature model Bill Madison hands roses out to guests from the catwalk.
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John and Hattie Higgins-Greene and Wilett and Joseph Bunton

Sheila Stewart-Russell and Bill Russell with Walter Kirkland, president, Greater Beltway Coalition

Senior Pastor Bill and first lady Sheila Stewart-Russell recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of the International Worship Center (IWC) with two days of celebratory services at the church headquarters. A cross-section of community residents came out to lend their support. The event also honored those who’ve supporter IWC since its inception, including attorney Michael Melton, president, 100 Black Men of D.C.; Peggy Morris, president, Sisters 4 Sisters Network, and Walter Kirkland, president, Greater Beltway Coalition. IWC is located at 4451 Parliament Place in Lanham, Md. To learn more about the church visit www.theiwc.org.

Ola Willoughby, Jimmi Barnwell and Tia James

First lady Sheila Stewart-Russell, Pastor Bill Russell and 100 Black Men of D.C. President Michael Melton

Bernice Dawson, Linda Delaine, Beverly Nance and Brenda Lambert

The IWC anniversary cake

Keith Jarrell, fur consultant and Clara Baines-Love (second from right), personal shopper, from Bloomingdale’s of Chevy Chase, Md., with models showcasing furs. IWC award winners: Attorney Michael Melton (honoree), Sheila Stewart-Russell, Pastor Bill Russell, Peggy Morris (honoree) and Walter Kirkland (honoree) Picture collage presented to Pastor Bill Russell

Phylicia Foreman, Dr. Deborah Foreman, Bryce Green, Lynadria Ware, (standing) co-chairwoman, Fundraising Committee; Carole Stephens (standing), chairwoman, Fashion Show Committee and Donna Hill

Sheila Stewart-Russell, IWC Partner Award winner Peggy Morris, president of Sisters 4 Sisters Network and Pastor Bill Stewart Sisters 4 Sisters Network celebrates IWC’s one- year anniversary.
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Autism Advocates Urge Early Detection for Fast-Growing Disability
By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer The researchers for the Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation (EARLI) team aren’t trying to pry into people’s personal lives; they’re merely trying to help slow the fastest growing developmental disability in the world. EARLI, a four-member crew that works out of the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Epidemiology (CADDE) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in East Baltimore, is the most comprehensive effort to figure out what causes Autism Spectrum Disorder, which affects one out of every 110 children. EARLI works with families before conception then follows them through a child’s birth and the early stages of a child’s development. “It’s a very comprehensive effort looking at genetics, environmental exposures [and bringing in] clinical experts who are leaders in early diagnosis and detection,” says Michelle Landrum, outreach coordinator for the EARLI autism pregnancy study. “We’re hoping to find clues when we follow these families that may lead to a diagnosis down the line. Early intervention for these children leads to the best outcome.” Research by EARLI is conducted in stages. After enrolling mothers, either pre-expecting or recently impregnated, EARLI then sends its researchers on two home visits to collect dust samples and conduct a home walkthrough, which records collection of the placenta, breast milk and the baby’s urine and meconium after birth. Since recording its first mother in 2009, EARLI has worked with 20 families, who are either currently pregnant or have had a baby, and are now working with 40 other families who are planning to conceive within the next few years. Programs such as EARLI are considered a sign of hope for families affected by autism, especially those in the African-American community. “One of the biggest issues that African Americans face is the timing of the diagnosis and interventions,” says Areva Martin, nationally recognized autism advocacy expert and author of the book, The Everyday Advocate: Standing Up For Your Autistic Child, which releases later this month. “Statistics show that African-American children are diagnosed two to four years later than their White counterparts. Once diagnosed, intervention services start later and are more difficult to access. Because our kids get diagnosed late, the chances of positive outcomes are decreased.” Delayed language, lack of eye contact and repetitive activities are a few of the early warning signs for autism. Without a known cure for the disorder, behavioral therapy is the best treatment, but such therapy can vary in time ranging from 10 to 40 hours a week. Due to the high number of single-parent homes in the African-American community, trying to work a full-time schedule and treat a child with autism can be especially trying for parents. Despite the task, Martin, also the mother of an autistic child, believes such difficulties can be overcome. “This is not a journey you want to take alone and the best way to balance your job and raise a child with autism is you’ve got to get help,” she said. “You may not have a spouse, you may not have a partner but everybody has someone. Build a community.” April is National Autism Awareness Month, for more information on autism and EARLI, visit www.earlistudy. org. For more information on Areva Martin and her book, “The Everyday Advocate: Standing Up For Your Autistic Child,” visit www. arevamartin.com

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Areva Martin, an attorney, speaker and author of The Everyday Advocate: Standing Up for Your Autistic Child, helps her young son overcome the challenges of autism.

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Talented Teen Beats the Odds, Heads for Johns Hopkins
By Marc Tyler Special to the AFRO In Newark, N.J., a city riddled with poverty and crime, one individual has fought to keep his dreams alive. Stanley W. Guthrie III, currently a senior at Saint Benedict’s Prep in Newark, has been accepted to the world famous Johns Hopkins University to begin his studies toward becoming a neurosurgeon. Getting accepted into John Hopkins University isn’t an easy feat. In fall 2010, 18,459 people applied, only 3,799 were admitted, and out of that 1,241 people enrolled. And Guthrie will be among the school’s meager Black population of 5 percent. Despite the challenges, however, Guthrie is confident he will thrive. “My greatest academic strength is my determination and ability to always learn new things, and even find new ways of doing things I already know,” he said in a statement. “I know that I will always be able face my academic and intellectual path.” Stanley has and still does many extra-curricular activities for the school, including serving as the school newspaper’s staff writer, copy editor, opinion editor, online edition editor and senior editor. But his busy social life did not impede his academic success. During his junior year, Stanley graduated with honors from the PreMedical Honors Program for high school students at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Stanley is also a member of the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). In May of 2010, Stanley was inducted into the Quill and Scroll Society, an international high school journalism society that recognizes and encourages both individual and group achievements in journalism. Stanley will enroll in John Hopkins University in the fall of 2011. He says he plans to be an example to other youths in his community. “Once I become a neurologist, I want to give back to my community so other underprivileged kids can do something special with their lives and overcome the obstacles thrown in their paths,” he said.

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Poet Brings Home $2,000 in Poetry Slam Contest
By Erica Butler AFRO Staff Writer More than 300 people lined the walls of U Street’s Liv nightclub recently to see participants compete for $2,000 in Graffiti DC’s first-ever poetry slam contest. The group, a brainchild of Benny Blaq and Benny Blaq Entertainment, consists of main “slammers” Drew Law, Ya Ya, Rasheed and Pages, with many more poets across the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia region. Attendees young and old, sat everywhere they could—including the stage itself —to see the next generation of grios. “There’s no other poetry event pulling this many people,” Law said, as he watched patrons line up at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. event. The group’s promotion tactics are original and “in-your-face.” “We’ve almost been arrested sometimes,” Law said. “On a whim, we just go spit poems at Metro stops.” Law broke down the definition of slamming with two simple words, “competitive poetry.”

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Eating Well To Stay Well By Blake Bryson and Courtney A. Bonaparte Special to the AFRO There are many advertising gimmicks, heard daily on TV and radio, stating how quickly their “miracle” products can help one lose weight. But instead of focusing on losing weight, Americans should learn which foods are healthiest, according to Eating Well To Stay Well author J. McNair-Gaffney. The pocket-sized book teaches those seeking a healthier lifestyle which foods to consume and how to exercise properly. McNair-Gaffney, a practicing nurse in cardiology, has conducted multiple health fairs and workshops to help people become more health conscious through better diet and exercise. Eating Well To Stay Well helps reader’s translate difficult-to-read food labels and provides a weekly menu. Final word: Pocket-sized nutritional guide that packs a powerful punch. Beating Heart By Anna El-Eini There have been quite a few tales of how living within Washington, D.C., can be like living in two different worlds. The lofty government offices and luxury condominiums are a stark contrast to the nearby communities, which are stricken with joblessness and poverty. In her novel, Beating Heart, Anna ElEini crosses over into parts of the District often forgotten about. The fictional work follows a young community organizer named Linda Thurston, who lives in one of D.C.’s poorest neighborhoods, as she SPECIAL fights to prevent the construction of a new jail in the middle of a neighborhood and keep over 800 residents from being evicted. Final word: A heartfelt tale of courage and redemption. The Bed Bug Survival Guide By Jeff Eisenberg Although the growing problem of bed bugs seems to be a recent trend in the news, they have been an issue in America dating back to the 18th century. An estimate states that the incidence of bed bug infestations has risen more than 70 percent since 2007. With these little critters continuing to persevere in mattresses, couches and car seats, it is a relief to know that there is a way to alleviate this issue. Jeff Eisenberg has written a book titled The Bed Bug Survival Guide to assist with keeping the people more knowledgeable on how to handle this epidemic. Eisenberg and his New York-based company, Pest Away, have treated and cured over 100,000 homes and other living areas for bed bugs. For the past 15 years, he has had clients of all kinds, ranging from the rich to the poor, and he gives them all the same advice on how bed bugs can be prevented after he treats their homes. In The Bed Bug Survival Guide, Eisenberg shares tips and advice for keeping those troublesome creatures out of your life, including how to: Prevent them from being in the home, what not to pack when taking a trip so they don’t travel back, how to treat an infested an area, and hiring the right exterminator. Final word: A helpful guide to a pesky problem. Dutch III By Teri Woods “It’s the night before the ruling in Dutch’s trial for what the media has deemed ‘the Month of Murder.’ Roc and Angel are locked up and Craze is now the commander in charge. Dutch is in custody . . . but after a courtroom shootout, Dutch is nowhere to be found.” – Excerpt from Dutch III After much anticipation, New York Times bestselling author Teri Wood’s delivers the final installment of Dutch III: International Gangster. Woods’ writing career began with her selling books from the trunk of her car and has since catapulted into success with urban tales that uncover the gripping underbelly of the inner city. Woods has been described as a pioneer of street literature and began the Dutch series in 2003. The series follows James Bernard Jr., a.k.a. Dutch, who has become the most dangerous criminal in New Jersey. This trilogy chronicles Dutch’s rise to ruler of the streets and his colossal fall. Final Word: Realistic, raw and risky.
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Patrons packed Liv nightclub to see next generation grios perform to compete for $2,000 at Graffiti DC’s first-ever poetry competition. One of the few older patrons, who was persuaded by her son who lives in Virginia to come, admitted that she thought there was going to be older people in attendance. “I haven’t been to one in a long time. I think it’s catered to the younger people,” said Marilyn Corpening, a native of Washington State. But as the show progressed, Corpening began making a connection to the performers. “Now that was good,” she said. “I can relate to that.” During the slam, poets going by stage names such as 13 of Nazareth, Joseph LMS Green, ItsRealLight, Gray the Poet, Epidemic, Kane Mayfield, Megan Rickman and Jinahie, spouted lines that, at times, grew gasps from the audience: “Daddy knew the art of war all too well,” “Same steps different legs,” “I’d die before I rhyme like Gucci,” “You were my continent and I was your Columbus.” “I’m never writing again,” one girl shouted in praise of one of the poets. The 19-year-old Jinahie won the competition with poems focused on a confused, sick dad who was deployed to Iraq and finally came back. Jinanhie saturated her poem with different voices, swinging arms and distinct messages about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. “My poems are actually inspired by people,” the University of Maryland student said. “I’ve been doing poetry for three years.” Benny Blaq said he was pleased with the turnout for the event. “The kids worked hard to get all these people in this building,” he said. Other members of Graffiti DC had big plans for the group’s future, and looked to spread poetry slams outside the District. “We want to bring that energy we have everywhere,” Law said. “We want haiku slams, youth slam, we would like to travel. We would like it to be around forever.” The group is on twitter at @GraffitiDC.

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The Afro-American, April 9, 2011 - April 15, 2011

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Woman of Faith Celebrates 100th Birthday
On April 23, Fannie M. Goldston, a member of Tenth Street Baptist Church since 1946, will celebrate her 100th birthday at the Navy Yard Conference Center, in Washington, D.C., surrounded by family, friends and church family. Born April 20, 1911, in Liberty, N.C., Goldston, in 1945, moved to D.C., where she enrolled in Madame CJ Walker Beauty College and won several awards for outstanding hairstyles. She and her sister-in-law co-owned Gales and Goldston Beauty Salon for many years. She retired in 1981 from the salon, located at 2300 Rhode Island Ave. N.E. She still has one customer, her daughter Elrtia James. Goldston joined Tenth Street Baptist under the leadership of Rev. Dr. J L Henry. She is actively involved in her church, where she serves as church mother and a faithful member of Adult Sunday School Class No. 1. She has also participated in the Outreach Ministry service at the Washington Home on Upton Street, N.W. every third Sunday for more than 30 years. Goldston’s favorite scripture is Psalms 91:1 and her favorite song is “I Will Not Complain.” Her secret for longevity is attributed to her daily study of the scriptures and prayer. Her motto is, “treat others how they would like to be treated.”.

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Fannie Goldston turns 100 on April 20.

Zion Baptist Church presents “A People’s Forum, Mentoring Through Discipleship,” April 29- 30 at Bolger Center. The event is sponsored by the Women’s Ministry and the Mighty Men of Zion Men’s Club. The keynote speaker will be the Rev. Patricia H. Fears, assistant to the pastor at Fellowship Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.

Zion Baptist Presents ‘A People’s Forum’
The presenters will be Dr. Leslie C. Cooper, senior nurse advisor in the Division of Research Infrastructure (DRI) at National Institute of Health and her daughter, Kami Cooper, a neonatal nurse practitioner and lieutenant in the U.S. Public Health Service, and Dr. Alfonso Campbell Jr., chairman of Howard University’s psychology

department and his son, the Rev. Alfonso Campbell III, a recent psychology graduate of Howard University . Registration has already begun. To make your reservation, call 202-4343118 or 202-330-1389. Bolger Center is located at 9600 New Bridge Drive in Potomac, Md.

Original ‘Dream Girl’ Jennifer Holliday and Rev. Raphael G. Warnock to Release Inspirational CD
Jennifer Holliday, the original “dream girl” and two-time Grammy Awardwinning recording artist, and her pastor, the Rev. Raphael G. Warnock, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, have collaborated on a new inspirational CD featuring Warnock’s sermonettes and Holliday’s dynamic singing. The 10-track project, Goodness and Mercy (Euphonic Records), releases via Holliday’s own Euphonic Records label on April 19 with national distribution by New Day Christian Distribution in Nashville, Tenn. “What and honor and privilege it is to partner with the legendary Ms. Jennifer Holliday,” said New Day’s director of artist relations Thomas Rollins in a press release. “All of the staff at New Day is excited about the endless possibilities and opportunities distributing an artist of this caliber provides us. We look forward to a long relationship.”

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The Rev. Raphael G. Warnock and Jennifer Holliday The new radio single, “God is Faithful,” is currently available as a digital download on CDBaby.com and will hit radio airwaves in upcoming weeks. Holliday is best known for creating and portraying the dramatic role of Effie White in the original Broadway production of “Dream Girls” and her show-stopping signature song, “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going.” Holliday has since recorded five solo CDs and two Broadway and movie soundtrack recordings. She has also made numerous guest TV appearances as an actress, most notably for playing the role of Lisa Knowles for five seasons on the hit Fox TV show, “Ally McBeal.” Today, she continues to perform around the world in concerts and Symphony Pops Orchestra engagements, as well as guest Broadway appearances. While Holliday’s venture into the inspirational and gospel realm is still new, her pastor has been ministering to others for years. Since 2005, Warnock has served as pastor of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church. A graduate of Morehouse College, Warnock later earned a master of divinity, master of philosophy, and doctorate of philosophy degrees from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He interned at the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church where he eventually became a youth pastor prior to holding pastoral positions at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City and Douglas Memorial Community Church in Baltimore.

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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM217 Rosie A. McCray Decedent Joseph J. Gigliotti 5707 East West Highway Riverdale, MD 20737 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Letita McCray, whose address is 5007 Illinois Avenue NW, Washington DC 20001 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Rosie A. McCray, who died on December 22, 2007 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before September 25, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before September 25, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: March 25, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Letita McCray Personal Representative 202-882-2392 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 3/25, 4/1, 4/8
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2010ADM1197 Fannie P. Singletary Decedent Brenda L. Hopkins, Esq 3724 12th Street NE Washington DC 20017 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Ryan L. Singletary, whose address is 1391 Pennsylvania Avenue SE Apt No 356 Washington DC 20003, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Fannie P. Singletary, who died on November 1, 2010 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before September 25, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before September 25, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: March 25, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Ryan L. Singletary Personal Representative 202-669-4945 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 3/25, 4/1, 4/8

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM200 Samuel L. Davis Decedent Willie Faye Garrett Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Carol A. Hooks and Sandra D. Dunaway, whose address(es) are 3136 Berry Road, NE Washington DC 20018 and 1271 Goldmine Ct. Landover, MD 20785 were appointed personal representative(s) of the estate of Samuel L. Davis, who died on November 9, 2010 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before September 25, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before September 25, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: March 25, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Carol A. Hooks Sandra D. Dunaway Personal Representative 292-403-4606 240-691-1901 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 3/25, 4/1, 4/8

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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM197 Edrie B. Davis aka Edrie Belle Davis Decedent Thomas L. Campbell, Esq 3807 Minnesota Ave NE Washington DC 20019 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Belinda Stroman, whose address is 591 Bainbridge Street, Brooklyn, NY 11233 was appointed personal representative(s) of the estate of Edrie B. Davis aka Edrie Belle Davis, who died on January 26, 2011 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s will) shall be cedent¬s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before September 25, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before September 25, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: March 25, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Belinda Stroman Personal Representative 202-388-7794 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 3/25, 4/1, 4/8

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Wiper Corporation 17962 Foxborough Lane Boca Raton, FL 334961321 PLAINTIFF v. The ESTATE OF THEODOSIA MURRISH Serve: The Estate of William E. Murrish c/o Gary Murrish Executor 4747 Maytime Lane Culver City, California 90230 GARY MURRISH 4747 Maytime Lane Culver City, California 92584 MELINDA MURRISH KAY 30213 Calle Pompeii Menifee, California 92584 AFRO Classified minimum DAGMAR is $26.74 per col. inch ESTATE OF ad rate MARIE MCNELLY (an inch consists Serve: Dagmar Marie of up to 20 words). Mail in your ad on McNelly CHECK or form below along with Ross, Personal MONEY ORDER to: Rep. 2069 Springbrook Road WASHINGTON AFRO-AMERICAN CO., 1917 Benning Medford, Oregon 97504 Road, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002-4723, Attn: Clsf. Adv. And David Thomas McNelly, Dept. Personal Rep. 2089 Springbrook Road Medford, Oregon 97504 DAGMAR MARIE MCNELLY ROSS 2069 Springbrook Road 5 1 2 3 4 Medford, Oregon 97504 GREGG CONROY MCNELLY 9 10 6 7 8 6976 W. 85th Street Los Angeles, California 90045 DAVID THOMAS 15 11 12 13 MCNELLY 14 2089 Springbrook Road Medford, Oregon 97504 MICHAEL BEECH 19 18 20 16 17 MCNELLY 603 Glendon Road Kerby, Oregon 97531 District of Columbia Serve: Mayor of the District of Columbia Adrian M. Fenty Attn: Tabatha Braxton Office of the Secretary 1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Ste 419 Washington, DC 20005 Serve: Office of the Attorney General Attn: Peter J. Nickles One Judiciary Square 441 4th Street, NW, Ste 11458 Washington, DC 20001 IN THE SUPERIOR Any and all persons having COURT OF THE or claiming to have any inDISTRICT OF terest or fee simple in the COLUMBIA property and premises situate, lying and being in CIVIL DIVISION the District of Columbia deCivil Action No. scribed as: 2008CA005223L(RP) The property known for Magistrate Judge assessment and taxation J.B. Beshouri purposes as Square 4140, Next Event: Lot 0007, in the subdivision known as Brookland and Status Hearing situated on vacant lot at the May 4, 2011 at 10:00am southwest corner of 17th Wiper Corporation and Jackson Streets, NE 17962 Foxborough Lane across the street from housBoca Raton, FL 33496ing units located at 1700 1321 Jackson Street NW (Square PLAINTIFF 4128, Lot 0008) and 1701 v. Jackson Street NE, (Square The ESTATE OF 4142, Lot 0019), beside THEODOSIA MURRISH property located at 1611 Serve: The Estate of William Jackson Street NE (Square E. Murrish 4140, Lot 0011), and directly c/o Gary Murrish Executor behind properties located at 4747 Maytime Lane 1604 Ft. Place NE (Square a. Order Nisi Culver City, California $ 60 per insertion 3180 $180.00 per 3 weeks 4140, Lot 0004) and 90230 b. Small Estates (single publication) $ 50 per insertion 17th Street NE., (Concord GARY MURRISH Baptist Church) (Square 4747 c. Notice to Creditors Maytime Lane 4140, Lot 0001). Culver City, California Defendants. 92584 1. Domestic $ 60 AMENDED ORDER $ 180.00 per 3 weeks per insertion MELINDA MURRISH KAY 2. Foreign OF insertion 30213 Calle Pompeii $ 60 accordance with D.C. perPUBLICATION $ 180.00 per 3 weeks In Menifee, California d. Escheated Estates Code ß47-1375, the $ 60 per insertion object $ 360.00 per 6 weeks 92584 of this proceeding is to seESTATE OF DAGMAR e. Standard Probates cure the foreclosure of $ 125.00 the MARIE MCNELLY right of redemption in the Serve: Dagmar Marie following real property, loMcNelly Ross, Personal cated in the District of Rep. Columbia, and sold by the 2069 Springbrook Road Mayor of the District of Medford, Oregon 97504 Columbia to the Plaintiff(s) 80.00 And $ a. Name Changes 202-879-1133 in this action, described as David Thomas McNelly, lot number 0007 in Square 200.00 $ b. Real Property Personal Rep. 4140, in the subdivision 2089 Springbrook Road known as Brookland, Medford, Oregon 97504 situated on a vacant lot at DAGMAR MARIE the southwest corner of 17th MCNELLY ROSS and Jackson Streets, NE, 2069 Springbrook Road across the street from housMedford, Oregon 97504 ing units located at 1700 GREGG CONROY Jackson Street NE. (Square MCNELLY 4128, Lot 0008) and 1701 6976 W. 85th Street Jackson Street NE, (Square Los Angeles, California 4142, Lot 0019), beside 90045 property located at 1611 DAVID THOMAS Jackson Street, NE (Square MCNELLY 4140, Lot 0011) and directly 2089 Road a. Absent Defendant Springbrook 97504 $ 150.00 properties located at 1604 Medford, Oregon Ft. Place, NE. (Square MICHAEL BEECH b. Absolute Divorce MCNELLY $ 150.00 4140, Lot 0004) and 3180 17th Street, NE (Concord c. Custody Divorce 603 Glendon Road $ 150.00 Baptist Church) (Square Kerby, Oregon 97531 4140, Lot 0001). The comDistrict of Columbia plaint states, among other Serve: Mayor of the things, that the of ToDistrict M.your ad, call 1-800-237-6892,amounts place Columbia ext. 262 necessary for redemption Adrian Fenty have depending on size Attn: Notices $50.00 & up not been paid. PublicTabatha Braxton Pursuant to the Chief Office of the Secretary Baltimore Legal Notices are $24.15 per inch. Judge¬s Administration Or1350 Pennsylvania Ave, der Number 02-11, it NW, Ste 419 no flat rate — 1-800 (AFRO) is this There is DC 20005 892 10th day of March, 2011.. Washington, ORDERED by the Superior For Proof Serve: Office of the please call 1-800-237-6892, ext. 244 of Publication, Court of the District of Attorney General Columbia, that notice be Attn: Peter J. Nickles LEGAL NOTICES given by theNOTICESa LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL insertion of LEGAL NOTICES One Judiciary Square LEGAL NOTICES 441 4th Street, NW, LEGAL NOTICES copy of thisNOTICES LEGAL order in The LEGAL NOTICES Afro-American Newspaper, Ste 11458 having a general circulation Washington, DC 20001 IN THE SUPERIOR Superior Court of in the District of Columbia, Any and all persons having COURT OF THE the District of once a week for three (3) or claiming to have any inDISTRICT OF Columbia successive weeks, notifying terest or fee simple in the COLUMBIA Civil Division all person(s) interested in property and premises the real property described CIVIL DIVISION Case No. 0001961-11 situate, lying and being in above to appear in this the District of Columbia deCivil Action No. IN RE: Court by the 1st day of June, scribed as: 2008CA005223L(RP) Eshetu Ayalew 2011, and redeem the real The property known for Magistrate Judge Bogale property by payment of assessment and taxation J.B. Beshouri Applicant $1,073.60 together with real purposes as Square 4140, Next Event: ORDER OF estate taxes assessed and Lot 0007, in the subdivision interest and penalties PUBLICATION Status Hearing known as Brookland and CHANGE OF NAME May 4, 2011 at 10:00am situated on vacant lot at the thereon from the date the real property tax certificate Wiper Corporation southwest corner of 17th Eshetu Ayalew Bogale was purchased; court costs, 17962 Foxborough Lane and Jackson Streets, NE having filed a complaint and reasonable attorney's Boca Raton, FL 33496across the street from housfor judgment changing fees, expenses incurred in 1321 ing units located at 1700 Deborah Eshetu Ayalew the publication and service PLAINTIFF Jackson Street NW (Square name to Deborah of process by publication v. 4128, Lot 0008) and 1701 and for reasonable fees for Ayalew Eshetu and havThe ESTATE OF Jackson Street NE, (Square the title search, all other THEODOSIA MURRISH 4142, Lot 0019), beside ing applied to the court amounts paid by the petiServe: The Estate of William property located at 1611 for an Order of Publicationer in accordance with the E. Murrish Jackson Street NE (Square tion of the notice reprovisions of D.C. Code c/o Gary Murrish Executor 4140, Lot 0011), and directly quired by law in such §47-1361 through 1377 ß47-1361 through 1377 et.et. 4747 Maytime Lane behind properties located at cases; it is by the Court seq., (2001 ed.),or answer Culver City, California 1604 Ft. Place NE (Square the complaint, or thereafter, this 16 day of March 90230 4140, Lot 0004) and 3180 a final judgment will be enGARY MURRISH 17th Street NE., (Concord 2011 hereby. tered foreclosing the right of 4747 Maytime Lane Baptist Church) (Square ORDERED, that all perredemption in the real propCulver City, California 4140, Lot 0001). sons concerned show erty and vesting in the 92584 Defendants. cause, if any there be, plaintiff title in fee simple. MELINDA MURRISH KAY AMENDED ORDER on or before the 27th /s/ Joseph I Beshouri 30213 Calle Pompeii OF PUBLICATION Magistrate Judge day of April 2011, why Menifee, California In accordance with D.C. 3/25/, 4/1, 4/8 Code ß47-1375, the object 92584 the prayers of said comCode §47-1375, the object ESTATE OF DAGMAR of this proceeding is to seplaint should not be Superior Court of MARIE MCNELLY cure the foreclosure of the granted; provided that a the District of Serve: Dagmar Marie right of redemption in the copy of this order be Columbia McNelly Ross, Personal following real property, lopublished once a week Civil Division Rep. cated in the District of for three consecutive Case No. 2011-122 2069 Springbrook Road Columbia, and sold by the IN RE: weeks before said day Medford, Oregon 97504 Mayor of the District of And Lila Mae Young in c/o Columbia to the Plaintiff(s) in the Afro-American David Thomas McNelly, in this action, described as Sheba Jonah Young newspapers. Personal Rep. lot number 0007 in Square Applicant JUDGE 2089 Springbrook Road 4140, in the subdivision ORDER OF A TRUE COPY TEST: Medford, Oregon 97504 known as Brookland, PUBLICATION 4/1, 4/8, 4/15 DAGMAR MARIE situated on a vacant lot at CHANGE OF NAME MCNELLY ROSS the southwest corner of 17th Lila Mae Young having SUPERIOR COURT OF 2069 Springbrook Road and Jackson Streets, NE, filed a complaint for THE DISTRICT OF Medford, Oregon 97504 across the street from housjudgment changing COLUMBIA GREGG CONROY ing units located at 1700 Sheba Jonah Young MCNELLY Jackson Street NE. (Square PROBATE DIVISION name to Monaé La'Sh6976 W. 85th Street 4128, Lot 0008) and 1701 Washington, D.C. aun Young and having Los Angeles, California Jackson Street NE, (Square 20001-2131 applied to the court for 90045 4142, Lot 0019), beside Administration No. an Order of Publication DAVID THOMAS property located at 1611 2011ADM235 of the notice required by MCNELLY Jackson Street, NE (Square Estate of law in such cases; it is 2089 Springbrook Road 4140, Lot 0011) and directly Medford, Oregon 97504 by the Court this 8 day Mary H. Austin properties located at 1604 MICHAEL BEECH Ft. Place, NE. (Square of March 2011 hereby. Deceased MCNELLY 4140, Lot 0004) and 3180 ORDERED, that all perNOTICE OF 603 Glendon Road 17th Street, NE (Concord sons concerned show STANDARD Kerby, Oregon 97531 Baptist Church) (Square cause, if any there be, PROBATE District of Columbia 4140, Lot 0001). The comon or before the 18 day Notice is hereby given Serve: Mayor of the plaint states, among other of April 2011, why the District of Columbia that a petition has been things, that the amounts prayers of said comAdrian M. Fenty necessary for redemption filed in this Court by plaint should not be Attn: Tabatha Braxton have not been paid. Jose C. Proctor for stangranted; provided that a Office of the Secretary Pursuant to the Chief dard probate, including Judge’s Administration Or1350 Pennsylvania Ave, Judge¬s Administration Or- copy of this order be the appointment of one published once a week NW, Ste 419 der Number 02-11, it is this for three consecutive or more personal repreWashington, DC 20005 10th day of March, 2011.. weeks before said day sentative. Unless a comServe: Office of the ORDERED by the Superior in the Afro-American Attorney General Court of the District of plaint or an objection in newspaper. Attn: Peter J. Nickles Columbia, that notice be accordance with SuperOne Judiciary Square JUDGE given by the insertion of a ior Court Probate Di441 4th Street, NW, copy of this order in The A TRUE COPY TEST: vision Rule 407 is filed Ste 11458 Afro-American Newspaper, 4/1, 4/8, 4/15 in this Court within 30 Washington, DC 20001 having a general circulation days from the date of Any and all persons having in the District of Columbia, or claiming to have any infirst publication of this once a week for three (3) terest or fee simple in the successive weeks, notifying notice, the Court may property and premises all person(s) interested in take the action heresituate, lying and being in the real property described

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that a petition has been filed in this Court by Jose C. Proctor for standard probate, including the appointment of one or more personal representative. Unless a complaint or an objection in accordance with Superior Court NOTICES LEGAL Probate Division Rule 407 is filed in this Court within 30 days from the date of first publication of this notice, the Court may take the action hereinafter set forth. 0 Admit to probate the will dated March 4, 2005 exhibited with the petition upon proof satisfactory to the Court of due execution by affidavit of witnesses or otherwise. Register of Wills Clerk of the Probate Division Date of First Publication April 1, 2011 Names of Newspapers: Washington Law Reporter Washington AFRO-AMERICAN Raymond M. Hertz, Esq 7307 A Hanover Parkway, Greenbelt, MD 20770 301-982-7600 Signature of Petitioners/Attorney 4/1, 4/8, 4/15
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2010ADM174 Lora C. Paige Decedent DeAnna L. Jackson Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS DeAnna L. Jackson, whose address is 4217 Foote Street NE, Washington DC 20019, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Lora C. Paige, who died on April 16, 2006 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent¬s will) shall be cedent’s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before October 1, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before October 1, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: April 1, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter DeAnna L. Jackson Personal Representative 517-435-3929 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 4/1, 4/8, 4/15

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Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 0002253-11 IN RE: Larry Newel, Junior Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME Larry Newell, Junior having filed a complaint for judgment changing Larry Newell, Junior name to Jahi Ethan Laurence Bashir and having applied to the court for an Order of Publication of the notice required by law in such cases; it is by the Court this 25 day of March 2011. ORDERED, that all persons concerned show cause, if any there be, on or before the 29 day of April 2011, why the prayers of said complaint should not be granted; provided that a copy of this order be published once a week for three consecutive weeks before said day in the AfroAmerican. 0 that pursuant to SCR-205(b) notice be sent to the applicant's creditors by registered or certified mail and that proof of service of mailing be made in the manner provided in SCR Probate Rule 19(b). JUDGE A TRUE COPY TEST: 4/8, 4/15, 4/22
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM000189 Herbert Brown, Jr. Decedent Thomas L. Campbell 3807 Minnesota Ave NE, Washington DC 20019 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Saundra R. Buchanan, whose address is 16704 Holly Way, Accokeek, MD 20607 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Herbert Brown Jr., who died on February 23, 2011 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent¬s will) shall be cedent’s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before October 8, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before October 8, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: April 8, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Saundra R. Buchanan Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 4/8, 4/15, 4/22 Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM253 John E. Mebane aka John Elmon Mebane Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Daniel Mckinley Mebane, whose address is 1801 Schooner Court Annapolis, MD 21401 was appointed personal representative of the estate of John E. Mebane aka John Elmon Mebane, who died on June 1, 2007 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s will) shall be cedent¬s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before October 8, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before October 8, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25

20001, on or before October 8, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before October 8, 2011, LEGAL NOTICES or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: April 8, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Daniel Mckinley Mebane Personal Representative 410-269-0999 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 4/8, 4/15, 4/22
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM269 Julian S. Robinson Decedent W.Alton Lewis 1450 Mercantile Lane Suite 155 Largo, Maryland 20774 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Shahida S. Robinson, whose address is 6572 West 51st Street, Mission, KS 66202 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Julian H. Robinson, who died on January 14, 2011 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent¬s will) shall be cedent’s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before October 8, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before October 8, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: April 8, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Shahida S. Robinson Personal Representative 816-668-7550 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 4/8, 4/15, 4/22

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IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CIVIL DIVISION 2011 CA 002249 L(RP) Action Involving Real Property Wolcott, LLC 2885 Sanford Ave SW #16558 Grandville, MI 49418 Plaintiff, v. Paul Hester 4840 Pisgah Road Cumming, GA 30028-3696 and GreenPoint Mortgage Funding, Inc. 100 Wood Hollow Drive Novato, CA 94945 and Suellen Wohlfarth Green Point Mortgage 5032 Parkway Plaza Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28217 and Salta Group, Inc. c/o CT Corporation System 1015 15TH Street NW, Suite 1000 Washington, DC 20005 and Maximum Developers Investments, L.L.C. c/o Rose Reeder 631 Atlantic Street SE Washington, D.C. 20032 and Estate of Jane T. Norris Serve: Ray M. Norris, Personal Representative 14929 Chelsea Circle Mount Airy, MD 217718423 and Patricia Sweeney 21772 Watson Road Leesburg, VA 20175 and The District of Columbia Serve: Attorney General of the District of Columbia Attn: Darlene Fields 441 4TH Street NW Washington, DC 20001 and All unknown owners of the Property described below, their heirs, devisees, personal representatives, and executors, administrators, grantees, assigns or successors in right, title, interest, and any and all persons having or claiming to have any leasehold or any other interest in the Property and premise situate, described as: Square/Lot 4560/0216, Address of 304 19TH Street NE, Washington, DC 20002. Defendants. ORDER OF PUBLICATION In accordance with D.C. Official Code 47-1375 Official Code ß §47-1375 (2001), the object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of the right of redemption in the following real property located in the District of Columbia, and sold by the Mayor of the District of Columbia to the Plaintiff(s) in this action: Square 4560, Lot 0216, Address of 304 19TH Street NE, Washington, DC 20002, in the subdivision known as KingmanRosedale in North East Washington, D.C., and more particularly described as: Lot numbered Two Hundred Sixteen (216) in Jacob S. Gruvners subdivision of lots numbered One Hundred NinetyEight (198) and Two Hundred Seven (207) in Square Numbered FortyFive Hundred Sixty (4560), as per plat recorded in the Office of the Surveyor for the District of Columbia in Liber 111 at folio 12, Subject to the sewer easement granted to the District of Columbia by Deeds recorded in Liber 2497 at folio 287 and Liber 2497 at folio 289, and as condemned by proceedings in the District Court Cause numbered 595, in the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia, Address of 304 19TH Street NE, Washington, DC 20002. The Complaint states, among other things, that the amounts necessary for redemption have not been paid. Pursuant to the Chief Judge’s Administration Judge¬s Administration Order Number 02-11, it is this 25th day of March, 2011, ORDERED by the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, that notice be given by the insertion of a copy of this order in the Afro American, having a general circulation in the District of Columbia, once a week for three (3) successive weeks, notifying all persons interested in the real property described above to appear in this Court by the 27th day of July, 2011, and redeem the real property by payment of $51,985.33, together with interest from the date of the Certificate of Delinquency; court costs and attorney’s exattorneys¬ fees; fees; expenses incurred in the publication and service of process by publication and for reasonable fees for the title search; all other amounts paid by the petitioner in accordance with the provisions of D.C. Code §47-1361 of D.C. Code ß47-1361 and all outstanding municipal lien amounts due and owing on the aforementioned real property, or answer the complaint or, thereafter, a final judgment will be enacted foreclosing the right of redemption in the real property and vesting in the plaintiff a title in fee simple. BY Duane B. Delaney By: 4/8, 4/15, 4/22 4/8, 4/15, 4/22

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WATER AND SEWER AUTHORITY REQUEST FOR BIDS INVITATION NO. 110060 CONSTITUTION AVENUE STORM SEWER CLEANING The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority is soliciting bids for Invitation No. 110060: Constitution Avenue Storm Sewer Cleaning. The following listing enumerates the major items of work included in this contract: Cleaning and disposal of sediment/debris from approximately 4,600 linear feet of 53” to 108” diameter andand rectangular sectionssewers. sewers. of 53∫ to 108∫diameter rectangular sections storm storm
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The Davis-Bacon wage determinations shall apply. DC Water Owner Controlled Insurance Program will provide insurance. Bid documents are available at the Department of Procurement, 5000 Overlook Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20032. Sets of Bidding Documents can be procured for a non-refundable $100 purchase price each, payable to DC Water. Payment must be in the form of a money order, certified check or a company check. Documents can be shipped to Bidders providing a Federal Express account number. The DC Water Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant is a secured facility. Persons intending to pick-up Bidding Documents are to contact the Department of Procurement at 202-787-2020 for access authorization. For procurement information contact Mr. Carlo Enciso; email carlo.enciso@ dcwater.com, (voice 202-787-2029). For technical information contact: DETS-Construction.Bid.Inquiry@dcwater.com View DC Water website at www.dcwater.com for current and up coming solicitations.

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM226 Birdie M. Hayes aka Birdie Mae Hayes Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Theresa Carter and Loretta Singleton, whose address(es) are 1006 Park Road NW Washington DC 20010 and 5228 5th Street NW Washington DC 20011, were appointed personal representative(s) of the estate of Birdie M. Hayes aka Birdie Mae Hayes, who died on February 26, 2008 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s will) shall be cedent¬s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before October 1, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before October 1, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: April 1, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Theresa Carter Loretta Singleton Personal Representative 202-265-9227 202-722-5907 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 4/1, 4/8, 4/15

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM249 Gloria Jeanette Rogers Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS William Edward Johnson and Dennis Alphonso Johnson, whose address are 804 Randolph Street, NE #3, Washington DC 20001 and 2471 Rushland Ct. Waldorf MD 20603 were appointed personal representative(s) of the estate of Gloria Jeanette Rogers, who died on January 12, 2011 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before October 8, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before October 8, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: April 8, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Willliam Edward Johnson Dennis Alphonson Johnson Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 4/8, 4/15, 4/22

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MARYLAND TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY 2310 Broening Highway Baltimore, MD 21224 The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) is seeking qualified applicants for permits to perform vehicle towing, road service and storage of disabled, impounded, or unattended vehicles for facilities owned and operated by the MDTA. Only those companies that comply with the dictates as specified in COMAR 11.07.03.00 will be permitted to perform towing and related automotive services. MDTA Permit Zones are as follows: John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) Zone A - Beginning at mile marker 61 and ending at Cowenton Avenue. Zone B - Beginning at Cowenton Avenue and ending at Abingdon Road. Zone C - Beginning at Abingdon Road and ending at Maxa Road. Zone D - Beginning at Maxa Road and ending at Red Toad Road. Zone E - Beginning at Red Toad Road and ending at the Maryland/ Delaware state line. Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95, I-395) Zone A - South side of the Fort McHenry Tunnel, beginning at the south Fort McHenry Tunnel portal at mile marker 54.4 and ending at mile marker 49.8. Zone B - North side of the Fort McHenry Tunnel, beginning at the north portal at mile marker 56.0 and ending at mile marker 61.2. Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895) Zone A - North side Baltimore Harbor Tunnel, beginning at the north Baltimore Harbor Tunnel portal at mile marker M94 and ending at mile marker M138. Zone B - South side Baltimore Harbor Tunnel, beginning at the south Baltimore Harbor Tunnel portal and ending at the exit 18 ramp and entrance ramp at I-95 in Howard County, and the I-895 spur from Ritchie Highway and ending at the I-895 mainline in Anne Arundel County. Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695) Zone A - Mile marker K437 to K492 Crossover. Zone B - Mile marker K018 to K470 to the Toll Plaza. William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial (Bay) Bridge (US 50/301) Zone A - Mile marker 31.6 to mile marker 37.0 east and westbound. Gov. Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301) Zone A - Maryland/Virginia shoreline to Route 257. Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) Zone A - Maryland Route 222 to Ontario Street east and westbound. Applications for permits may be obtained by mailing a request to: Captain L. Lyles Maryland Transportation Authority Police Commercial Vehicle Safety Unit 15 Turnpike Drive Perryville, MD 21903 llyles@mdta.maryland.gov Each submitted application must be accompanied by a $500.00 nonrefundable application fee made payable to the Maryland Transportation Authority. The application and fee must be received on or before May 15, 2011. All interested applicants are invited to attend an informational meeting on the MDTA´s Permit Towing Program on April 25, 2011, 12:00-2:00 p.m. at the Fort McHenry Tunnel Maintenance Building, 2nd Floor, 4000 Leland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224.

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Meet Henry Jones, First Known Black Ring Announcer
By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor “It takes a lot of guts to go after goals even when most folks tell you they’re impossible to accomplish.” Washington, D.C. native Henry Jones said he learned that a long time ago when he first set out to be a boxing ring announcer back during the late 1980s. At the time, Jones said there were only three gentlemen that dominated the ring announcing business: Ed Derian, Jimmy Lennon Jr. and Michael Buffer, none who were African American. But after more than 20 years in the game, the DC Boxing Hall of Fame inductee is undeniably one of the best announcers in the history of the sport. Jones, 55, told the AFRO it still feels surreal whenever he reflects back on his long journey of a career. “I still remember when I first started in 1988 after I had tried and failed at a lot of things that didn’t work out,” he said. “I tried work as an actor, play-by-play commentator and even as a comedian and had eggs thrown at me one night, man.” Jones said he didn’t even consider ring announcing at the time because he had never seen a Black man famous for it. “But a friend of mines told me, ‘that’s why you need to go for it and become the first African American to break through that barrier,’” said Jones, who admitted that most of his early years in the business came without any pay. “I started out doing it for free, because I knew it was valuable to get the experience and the exposure, and I knew the money would come in the end. A lot of young guys just want the money right now, but you have to develop a passion for what you do and once you do it how you love it, it eventually pays off.” Jones says he sees pretty good paydays now as he frequently tours around the country. He’ll be traveling to Buffalo, N.Y. to announce a fight on April 22, and will be returning the following night for a local match hosted at the DC Star Nightclub, both events paying thousands of dollars. “But that’s still a far cry from the $25,000 that Michael Buffer gets each fight he calls,” said Jones, who claims Buffer, perhaps the most legendary ring announcer ever, served as his mentor early in his career. Jones said learning from Buffer – known for the popular phrase “Let’s get ready to rumble!” – helped him develop his own unique style. By 1995, Jones had stamped his own official announcing phrase, “Are you ready to do this? Well, let’s step to this!” But unlike Buffer, Jones faced discrimination in the business because of his skin color. Jones said he didn’t get the shot he deserved to announce a major fight until ’98 when Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson, the first Black World Flyweight Champion, demanded in his contract that Jones serve as his announcer for a fight aired on ESPN. “I have a ton of respect for Mark, the best flyweight champion ever. He put his career on the line for me and I will forever be grateful for such a gesture,” Jones said. The discrimination didn’t stop there for Jones, but he persevered. That perseverance led to an opportunity for Jones to announce on HBO’s “KO Nation” in 2001, a program series that targeted Black boxing fans. The series initially hired famous DJ Ed Lover as the ring announcer, but “Ed wasn’t that good,” Jones claims. “He would mispronounce names and screw up terms. They were missing a real professional ring announcer.” Jones said it’s amazing how things turned out, however, because he eventually replaced Ed Lover on the show, thanks to his son, Rasaan. “Rasaan is diagnosed with autism, but he’s incredibly intelligent and he noticed while watching a ‘KO Nation’ fight that Ed was doing the job I usually do. So he said, ‘Let’s pray that the right man gets the job, daddy.’ I said, ‘OK’ and sure enough, they replaced Ed with me just days later.” Jones said that was one of the most inspiring moments of his life and keeps him pushing forward in his career as an announcer. “I’ll be doing this until the wheels fall off,” he said. “It’s not like a job to me. This is a passion for me, something I’ve studied and mastered so much that I couldn’t imagine life without it.”

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season last weekend, splitting a doubleheader against the Howard University’s top-ranked Delaware State women’s softball team played University Lady Hornets (18its first home games of the 10 overall record). The Lady Bison lost the first game, 4-1, before bouncing back to win the second game, 6-1, to advance to a 9-16 overall record, 1-1 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Nearly 10 Howard players recorded hits for the Lady Bison Courtesy Photo with senior pitcher Montrose Christian junior Michael Emily Johnson Carrera leading the way with three. The Jacksonville, Fla. native had just come off perhaps her best performance of the season when she tossed 10 strikeouts in a 13-10 win against Bowie State on March 30. But with senior Carly Martin pitching for the day, Johnson contributed from the batting plate, sparking a hitting run for her squad in the second game. Junior shortstop Rebecca Kirshner also batted well, adding two hits, including a leadoff single in the bottom of the second inning that pushed the Lady Bison ahead. While Johnson and Kirshner helped run up the scoreboard, Martin held DSU nearly scoreless throughout the second game. Martin, a Hanover, Md. native, recorded two strikeouts, while allowing one walk and seven hits. In the first game of the double-header, both Howard and Delaware State evened recorded eight hits, but HU pitcher Samantha Gatson tossed two straight walks in the third inning, allowing the Lady Hornets to produce two runs in the inning, eventually running away with the win. A third game of the series was canceled due to rain and postponed until April 8.

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By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer About 15 minutes into the second half of the NCAA championship game between Butler and Connecticut, a friend turned to me and moaned, “This is the worst championship game I’ve ever

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seen in my life.” He wasn’t joking; he wasn’t playing; he wasn’t just saying it because he picked Butler to win it all. He was legitimately upset, angry and frustrated. Clang after clang after clang. Almost every ball Butler put up bounced off the back and the front of the rim with gutwrenching rhythm. The Bulldogs sputtered to 22 first-half points then fell off the map with 19 in the second half. They shot a horrifying 18 percent from the field for the game and their bench? Yikes. Two points between five players and 0-for-6 from the field. As

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for their starters? They were even worse when you break down their 12-for-58 shooting performance. But as Connecticut hoisted their trophy from their 5341 win, I couldn’t even find the room to complain. The Huskies weren’t really tested but what were people really expecting? For weeks, Butler and Virginia Commonwealth have been the feel good stories of the tourney. They’ve become adopted sons and the favorites even though they were both made up of heavy underdogs. Connecticut didn’t play great by any means but in the end you saw what happens when you pit a team stacked with top Division I talent against a team mixed with mid-major stars and walk-ons. Butler wasn’t “supposed” to be in the final game but somehow they made it for a second year in a row. And for the second year in a row, they came up short against a prominent power. Coincidence? No, not all. Last week I wrote that the mid-major phenomenon could become more fact than fluke in terms of seeing lesser seeds advance through the tourney. A team comprised of mostly juniors and seniors have the experience and the cohesion to surprise teams in late March. But when it comes to the grandest of stages, I’ll take talent over experience every time.

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