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James Cheek, Former HU President, Dies
By Dorothy Rowley and George Barnette AFRO Staff Writers In 1969 James Cheek ushered in what is known as the “Golden Age” at Howard University. Then 37, Cheek came to the Northwest Washington campus after it had become unsettled by years of demonstrations and unrest among students. And over the next 20 years, he saw the prestigious school through both of some of its best and most tumultuous times. “It was the golden age at Howard because that’s when there was a lot of Black culture, a lot of Black history in development and a lot of Black professors that were devoted to the African-American experience,” said Amy Billingsley, a retiree and community worker in the District, whose former husband Andy Billingsley worked closely with the Cheek administration. Many like Billingsley are sharing their memories of the leader after he died last week at a hospital in Greensboro, N.C., at the age of 77. A cause of death is unknown. Former political science professor Ron Walters said Cheek was one of the best presidents the university has ever had – despite a perceived heavy-handed, arrogant leadership style. “I came to Howard in 1971 as a faculty member and he had been president for a year. And he came in as someone who was

Parking, Surcharges Increase in District
By Dorothy Rowley AFRO Staff Writer Effective this week, there will be no more “free on Saturdays” when it comes to the city’s parking meters. And, except for Sundays, everybody—including downtown Washington residents —will have to ante up the extra $1.25 hourly fee in the city’s premium zones, while rates for standard zones will remain at 75 cents an hour. According to Karyn LeBlanc, spokeswoman for the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), the public’s response to the changes, which goes into effect Jan. 19, has generally been positive. However, “the main concern is that people will need to carry more Photo by Dorothy Rowley quarters and this is an inconvenience which we Njah Andi , seen feeding a parking meter in downtown anticipated,” LeBlanc Washington, thought the slow economy might have prevented said in comments the city from forging ahead with increased rates. e-mailed this week to the AFRO. LeBlanc said while the agency understands the anticipated frustration, officials are asking for motorists’ understanding and patience as they attempt to improve the parking meter system. She added that other changes will be made, including implementation of pilot programs which will feature a pay-by-cell program and in-car meter systems. On the other hand, Atlarge City Councilman Continued on A4

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Dr. James Cheek, president emeritus of Howard University, succumbed recently in a North Carolina hospital at age 77. sympathetic to the students’ quest for a strong sort of Black identity,” said Walters of Cheek, who was known for wearing dashikis. Of course, I appreciated that, which is one reason why I left Brandeis University to come to Howard.” Continued on A4

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Taxi Drivers, Lawmakers Vent Frustrations at Hearing
By Dorothy Rowley AFRO Staff Writer government to support the industry.” In voicing his sentiments, Barry alluded to several issues that continue to plague the city’s 8,000 licensed drivers, including their distrust of the District of Columbia Taxi Commission (DCTC) and Fenty’s alleged lack of attention. “There’s been some inequities there,” Barry said. Continued on A4 Last year’s licensing scandal coupled with the conversion from zoned to metered fares has left many of the District’s taxi drivers mired in a quagmire of uncertainty regarding their futures.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last year’s licensing scandal coupled with the conversion from zoned to metered fares has left many of the District’s taxi drivers mired in a quagmire of uncertainty regarding their futures. Not only have some drivers lost much-needed revenues to help keep them afloat, some have inadvertently fallen under scrutiny of an FBI investigation involving incidents of illegal licensing. But according to City Council members Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) and Michael Brown (D-At-large), what has most troubled the drivers is the sense that Mayor Adrian Fenty’s administration—which they blame for the fare conversion—has turned a deaf ear to their concerns. “I’ve been a strong supporter of the industry [and] Councilman Brown has been a friend to the D.C. taxi community,” Barry said during a lengthy Jan. 7 public hearing that attracted more than 100 irate drivers. “We have 22 million people visiting D.C. each year and we need [the local]

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Steele Book Raises GOP Eyebrows — Again Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele released a book during the week of Jan. 4 without the input of the party’s leaders, a move that may be the most program. I’m the chairman. Deal with it.”

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Michael Steele recent in a series of missteps for Steele. Steele’s book, Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda, came as a surprise to many GOP leaders, who didn’t learn of its existence until they saw Steele promoting the book in television interviews. According to The Washington Post, a congressional aide speaking on the condition of anonymity said, “The book came out and everybody went, ‘Whoa, what happened?’ No one in the House or Senate leadership knew he had a book contract.” The book’s release came on the heels of comments Steele made this week to a St. Louis radio station decrying his critics within the party. Steele, the former lieutenant governor of Maryland, told McGraw Milhaven of KTRS Radio that he “is in this [RNC] chair. If they want it, take it from me. Until then, shut up, step back and get in the game and help us win.” He continued later in the program, “Get with the

Use of Term ‘Negro’ in 2010 Census Causes Debate The 2010 census created a furor during the week of Jan. 4 when Black news Web site Grio.com reported that the word “Negro” appears on the census form as part of a racial identification section. The report sparked a variety of comments centered on concerns that Blacks may find the term “Negro” offensive, and should be removed. On the form, the term “Negro” appears on one line along with “Black” and “African-American” as terms to describe members of a single ethnicity. In a statement, the U.S. Census Bureau’s Public Information Office said that in the 2000 census, 56,175 people “wrote in the term ‘Negro’ in response to the question on race, even though the term was included in the category label for a checkbox.” A Census Bureau spokesperson said the organization uses the U.S. Office of Management and Budget categories, unless other input provides a better choice of categories. The Bureau urged concerned individuals to participate in the census process, even if they have a dispute with terminology, because an accurate count is critical to school funding, the development of legislative districts and for the proper allocation of federal funds to local jurisdictions.

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A group of immigrant workers march holding signs that read, “Stop Killing Blacks” and “We are persons like you,” in Rosarno, Italy, Jan. 8. African Immigrants Revolt in Italy According to a New York Times report, more than 1,000 African workers in Calabria, a southern Italian region, were shipped away to detention centers for immigrants after a series of riots. The uproar began last week in Rosarno, Italy, after an immigrant from Togo was slightly injured during a pellet gun attack in a neighboring town. The report said police were unsure who shot the man, but authorities are investigating whether an organized crime unit had initiated the anarchy. Those involved in the riots, however, pointed to racism as the impetus for the attacks. Cars were burned, windows were shattered and local residents were barraged in a hail of rocks, leaving more than 50 immigrants and police officers wounded. By Jan. 9, Italian authorities began deploying the immigrants to detention centers in various parts of southern Italy. According to the Times, race relations in Italy have gotten progressively worse as the European country’s economy has taken a nosedive. The report also said many Italians are struggling to accept foreigners in their country. “This event pulled the lid off something that we who work in the sector know well but no one talks about: That many Italian economic realities are based on the exploitation of lowcost foreign labor, living in subhuman conditions, without human rights,” Flavio Di Giacomo, spokesman for the International Organization for Migration in Italy, told the Times. The workers live in “semi-slavery,” he added. “It’s shameful that this is happening in the heart of Italy.” Republicans Slam Senator for ‘Racist’ Obama Comment Nevada Democratic Sen. Harry Reid is at the center of a contentious debate among Republicans for calling

President Barack Obama a “light-skinned African American with no Negro dialect” during a private conversation, The Associated Press reported. Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele told “FOX News Sunday,” “There is this standard where Democrats feel they can say these things and they can apologize when it…comes from the mouths of their own. But if it comes from anyone else, it’s racism. It’s either racist or it’s not. And it’s inappropriate, absolutely.” Reid’s comments were made public in the recently released book, Game Change written by authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. Reid apologized for what he called a “poor choice of words,” according to AP and the president accepted his apology. In an interview with AP, Reid’s spokesman Jon Summers said the senator was “one of the first people to encourage Obama to run for president” and that he will remain majority leader. This is not the first time Reid has drawn criticism from his peers and the public. In the past he’s referred to Alan Greenspan as a “hack,” Washington, D.C. tourists as

“smelly” and former President George W. Bush as a “liar,” according to the report. NAACP Defends Ousted US Airways Employees The NAACP has filed a lawsuit against US Airways accusing the airline of creating a hostile work environment for AfricanAmerican employees. According to BET.com, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization stepped up in defense of three former female workers in Philadelphia, whose allegations against the airline include the use of racist “code words.” “It’s against the law to have a hostile working environment for a particular minority,” NAACP attorney Brian Mildenberg told The Philadelphia Inquirer. The Tempe, Ariz.-based airline employs 6,000 workers in Philadelphia, but the percentage of Black employees was not immediately clear. The lawsuit alleges that US Airways assigned AfricanAmerican employees to smaller terminals or flights with more Black passengers. The suit also claims the three workers had been referred to as “ghetto” or “hood” and were assigned to less desirable posts with racially charged nicknames like “Compton,” “Camden” and “The Ghetto.” The NAACP has requested that the airline abolish use of all racial code words and that it reinstate employees who were unfairly terminated. The organization also wants a civil rights monitor in place at the airline to oversee its Philadelphia operations. The airline said it is committed to diversity and nondiscrimination and is investigating the complaints.

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Jennifer Hudson and other relatives positively identified
By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer

By Alan King AFRO Staff Writer

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sport-utility vehicle sought in connection with the murder of Hudson’s mother and brother. The white, 1994 Chevrolet Suburban with Illinois license from a neighbor about a suspicious vehicle. The man noticed the vehicle while walking his dog. According to the Chicago Tribune, the boy had been shot multiple times in the back seat of the vehicle. The SUV, registered to Hudson’s murdered brother, was towed with the boy’s body inside and is being processed by evidence technicians and workers. The body was later removed and taken to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. Hudson and other family members arrived at the Medical Examiner’s office mid-afternoon to identify the body. Given the choice between looking directly at the body or viewing it on a wall-mounted

After months of relative silence, the issue of violence in Darfur, Sudan, rose to the fore Jan. 9 when thousands of individuals in 15 countries across the world gathered for Sudan365: A Beat for Peace, a series of coordinated ceremonies aimed at urging governments of the world to halt violence in the region. “Urgency is what [we] would like to get across to the U.S. government,” said Jerry Fowler, Julian King, Jennnifer Hudson’s ne president of the Save Darfur Coalition. “We need A spokesman for the office the mu them to act because we’ve seen the type of violence told the newspaper that Hudson jail for that takes place if we turn our backs.” There has been a civil war raging for 20 years Courtesy Photos in Sudan, but the conflict in Darfur began in 2003 Jennifer Hudson and her mom, Darnell Donerson who when Black African rebel groups led a revolt against was killed, as well as her brother, Jason. Sudan’s Arab-centered government because they “remained strong for her famibeing c video screen, the family chose felt they were being persecuted and marginalized. ly” and was clearly its leader. murder plate X584859 was found on the latter. According to the the body of her 7-year-old In turn, the Sudanese government responded “She held hands with her fami- ing. Co Chicago’s West Side after Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes, nephew Monday, just hours by arming the Janjaweed, an Arab militia from the ly,” the spokesman said. “It that he police received a 7 a.m. call that’s him.” after his body was found in a northern region of the country, who began to raid was obviously a very emotional charge and burn down villages. By September 2004, it was moment.” convic estimated that over 70,000 people had been killed in The boy – the son of Julia sion of the conflict. Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had He wa The brief but poignant ceremonies marked the been missing since Friday, 2006 a five-year anniversary of the Comprehensive Peace when a relative found Julian’s for the Agreement (CPA) which ended the war between grandmother, Darnell car hija No wonder Obama’s campaign is Donerson, 57, and his uncle, and Dallas Cowboys players By Alan King northern and southern Sudan, as well as the oneThe trying to distance him from the Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, AFRO Staff Writer Jason Hudson, 29, shot to death throug year period before a referendum that may decide the group, saying, “Barack Obama among the names submitted to in his grandmother’s home in which future of the war-torn country. Never Organized with ACORN.” the 7000 AFRO Photos/Mikhail Hardy election officials. Presidential candidate John block of South Yale The CPA, which was signed Jan. 9, 2005, Hurd said those workers, who But Obama’s ties to ACORN run McCain’s attack on ACORN – Avenue. between the Sudanese government and the Sudan On Jan. 9, activists gathered in Washington, D.C., for Sudan365: A Beat for Peace, a series of coordinated ceremonies aimed at were doing those things without long and deep. He taught classes Associated Community An Amber Alert – a desigPeople’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), was urging governments of the world to halt violence in Sudan. ACORN’s knowledge or permis- for ACORN. They even endorsed nation for high-risk missing Organization for Reform Now – meant to halt violence in the ravaged country. Also sion, were fired. himLeonard Leo, chairperson of the U.S. Commission on for President. confirms the success ofthe agreement, violence has raged on in children – was issued Friday However, despite the included in the agreement was a referendum that “The evidence that has surBut now ACORN is in trouble. organization, thepressurethe the U.N., the U.S., and other head of from after of what he witnessed Darfur, despite International Religious Freedom spokeJulian was discovered states in 2011, the people of southern Sudan would be eligible faced so far shows they faked Reporter: There are at least group says. missing after the murders. countries around the world. on a recent trip. Among the incidents he saw was the Sudanese to vote on becoming an independent nation or remaining a part 11 investigations across the “This is testimony to the work forms to get paid for work they Police arrested William “The harm to civilians in Darfur cannot be resolved without government’s prevention of a peaceful rally. of Sudan. didn’t do, not to stuff ballot country involving thousands of we’ve done and success we’ve Balfour, the missing addressing the issues of Sudan as boxes.” ACORN, sheissuesis the potentially fraudulent ACORN a whole and …the said, of “Our commission delegation witnessed Sudanese boy’s stephad,” Maude Hurd, president of father and estranged husband Sudan as a whole cannot be resolved without addressing the army being victim of fraud, not the perpetra- security forces, police, national security and his girlfriend’s forms. ACORN, said in an interview of Julia, at issues ofAFRO. Fowler said. tor of it. Darfur,” driven into Khartoum in unmarked vehicles to suppress the Announcer: Massive voter with the Southside apartment several As recentlyattack started, we U.S.Hurd saidenvoy to things special the only Sudan demonstration,” said campaign saw streets blocked to prevent fraud. And the Obama Leo. “We hours after the murders. “When this as this week, the reiterated the need thatcurbhad ordinary citizens from assembling peacefully.” bogus are the charges thempaid more than $800,000 to an had just announced to we Sudan’s violence, especially in the Balfour’s mother, Michele, has southern part million nation. Fowler, the get out the vote rally goers to raise their selves. And factcheck. org ACORN front forlast speaker, urgedtold reporters that her son had registered 1.3 of the new vot“Violence in the just to say voices and pressure the U.S. government to do with the slayings. agrees. efforts. ers,” she said. “That’ssouth is too high,” said Scott Gration to nothing to become more reporters. “What we need to do is get out in front“Neither involved in Darfur’s plight. It concluded, and prevent Pressuring banks to issue risky that someone’s running scared Balfour remains a suspect in Jason ACORN nor its employees have loans. Nationwideavoter fraud. our voice, push our governments these problems.” “If we shine light, raise because of ACORN’s success.” been found guilty of, or even Barack Obama. Bad judgment. McCain, who is running for All of these issues led to a grassroots effort to generate to pay attention then there is the prospect of peace,” Fowler Blind ambition. Too risky for president on the Republican tick- charged with, casting fraudulent awareness around the globe. said. “What we can push for is a space for Sudanese to resolve votes.” America. et, The Washington, D.C. the lashed out at ACORN in ceremony was held at New York the issues of Sudan without the use of violence.” final debate against Barack began withThe problem came about priPresbyterian Church, and rally-goers using various Since McCain’s comments, Obama, contending the group “is marily because of the way percussion instruments. A televised display of drumming SQUARE operates. was also ACORN’s 87 offices have been on the verge of maybe perpetrat- ACORNthe worldRather than occurring at the other ceremonies around rely on volunteers, it pays peobombarded with threats and ing one shown. of the greatest frauds in ple, them poor or unem- racist mail. voter history in thisacountry, of southernmany ofand the executive Jimmy Mulla, native Sudan ployed, to sign up new voters. The day after the presidential maybe destroying the fabric of director of Voices for Sudan, and Niemat Ahmadi, a Sudan The idea was to help both those debate, vandals broke into the democracy.” native and activist,non-partisan of the conditions in the country organization’s Boston and Seattle Factcheck.org, a both spoke being registered and those doing whensite, found those claimsthe conditions that exist today. the registration. offices and stole computers. Web they lived there and to BREAD Maud explained, “We have After a Cleveland representative be “The regime in Khartoum who seized the power by force, a “exaggerated,” with “no evienabled themselves to establish the ever-existing dictatorship zero tolerance policy for deliber- appeared on TV, an e-mail was dence of any such democracyrule in our fraud.” ate “They kill people sent to the local office saying she destroying lives today,” Ahmadi said.falsification of registration.” because of their race, religion, or only for news account neglect to “is going to have her life ended.” Most speaking out for Hurd believes the McCain their rights. Obstruction and manipulation thatthe regime in A worker in Providence, R.I., charges were politically motivat- point out by ACORN is required by law to turn in to Khartoum continues today as the government is planning all reg- received a threatening call sayed. LEFT Alphonso Coles of The Rhythm Workers istration forms. And they also fail ing, “We know you get off work She people.” relocatesaid, “Because it’s lowto note that it was the organizaat 9” and uttered racial epithets. and moderate-income people, A caller to one office left a and people of color, I believe the tion, in many instances, that first brought the phony registrations message on the answering McCain campaign thinks those to the attention of authorities. machine, saying: “Hi, I was just voters are going to vote The McCain camp apparently calling to let you know that Democratic, which is not necesContinued from A1 isn’t interested in those fine Barack Obama needs to get sarily true.” points, preferring to air misleadhung. He’s a (expletive deleted) ACORN is no stranger to In the four-year period ing ads that seek to link Obama nigger, and he’s a piece of controversy. from 2005-2009, the county For 38 years, the non-partisan to ACORN, thereby undercutting (expletive deleted). You guys are saw double-figure reductions fraudulent, and you need to go to organization has fought for social his political support. in every major category McCain: I’m John McCain hell. All the niggers on oak trees. and economic justice for lowexcept burglary, which and I approve this is it seems They’re gonna get all hung honand moderate-income giving different sentences forward with the policing and fact of the matter message. saw a 2 percent increase. 1 BANANA Announcer: Who is Barack eys, they’re going to get assassiAmericans. function, ” mem- to be down everywhere,” for violent crimes and I think prosecutionWith 400,000he While many things played Obama? A man with “a political nated, they’re gonna get killed.” ber all of those have made an said.families organized into more said Gregory Graham of a part in the area’s drastic baptism performed “It seems Another message said, “You than 1,200 neighborhood chapimpact.” According to Hylton, the Mitchellville, Md.at warp drop in crime, Hylton speed.” Vast ambition. After col- liberal idiots. Dumb (expletive ters in 110 cities nationwide, The county isn’t resting feedback he’s received from like more of a national trend believes it was the county’s lege, he moved to the county deleted). Welfare bums. You ACORN has over the years on this news however; the county’s residents has seen than a somethingChicago. community policing strategy Became in particular.” guys just (expletive deleted) its share of criticism while advo- is doing a community organizer. they’ll soon unveil a been positive. which turned the tide. “Our There, Obama met Madeleine come to our country, consume cating for affordable housing, plan, in conjunction with “People are running up However, Hylton believes community policing strategy Talbot, part of the Chicago every natural resource there is, living wages, healthcare for the Montgomery County, to to me and saying ‘Chief, this the county is sending a clear encompasses and embraces branch of ACORN. He was so and make a lot of babies. That’s underserved— and while organcombat gang violence in the is the safest we’ve felt in message tothat he was asked to every single thing that we impressive criminals and all you guys do. And then suck izing voter registration drives. two jurisdictions. “We’re Prince George’s County,’” they’re taking heed to the are trying to accomplish,” train the ACORN staff. up the welfare and expect everyBut none has been as withering said baseless as this one. warning.did ACORN in Chicago one else to pay for your hospital What “Our department Hylton said. “Our community going to roll out a strategy and Hylton. “People are to address the propagation telling me that they can see a engage in? Bullying banks. bills for your kids. I jus’ say let With the presidential election made over 20,000 thousand policing strategy and just our of gangs here in the county,” difference.” weeks away, arrests in 2009,” said Hylton. Befo Intimidation tactics. Disruption your kids die. That’s the best less than two personnel are what made a said Hylton. “We’ll be setting But the detractors allege the some residents are “I think the ACORN forced of business. message being move. Just let your children die. ACORN’s difference in the county.” Fun learning opp a zero tolerance policy on not ready to has engaged in mas- sent into issue risky home loans. banks the Washington Forget about paying for hospital organization give the police However, the turnaround counting and identif gangs and their ability to department all the credit. “I’m metropolitan arealoans that bills for them. I’m not gonna do sive voter registration fraud after The same types of [is] it’s was not that simple, Prince and help them en caused the financial do it. You guys are lowlifes. And I the reported complain about finance themselves. We’re not going todiscovery of bogus zero tolerance; you crisis we’re George’s State’s Attorney founded Grow Up Grea in wrong hope you all die.” names, such down, but the going to be looking at how crime being as Mickey Mouse thetoday. thing in Prince Glenn Ivey pointed out. Ivey con Éxito, a 10-yea Hurd thinks the hate calls will we‘re going to be weakening said it was a combination of children for school an cease soon. the infrastructure for some of adding more police, using “Happy, Healthy, Re “In two weeks, I think these these organized gangs here in new technology, dealing with with all kinds of simp attacks will be over. But I think it Prince George’s County.” learn. Together, we violent crime quickly, and a will be harder for us to get our Despite the improvements, gener better coordination between name back on good graces Identification Statements officials are concerned police and prosecutors. because they really trashed us in Baltimore Afro-American — (USPS 040-800) is published weekly by The Afro-American the county’s budget crisis He especially highlighted the last few weeks.” Newspapers, 2519 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-4602. 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Leader Calls Voter Registration Fraud Charges ‘Bogus’

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“People are running up to me and saying, ‘Chief, this is the safest we’ve felt in Prince George’s County.’”

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Pr. George’s School Cuts Run Deep
By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer UPPER MARLBORO, Md.— Schools in Prince George’s County are the latest victims of the faltering economy as the county recently announced drastic cuts for several school programs. “Everyone is well aware of what’s going on around us,” said William R. Hite Jr., superintendent of Prince George’s County Public Schools. “Ninety percent of our revenue comes from either the state or the county so since both of those agencies have experienced shortfalls, then it’s no surprise that we’ll also be impacted.” Prince George’s County Public Schools released its proposed school budget for the 2010-2011 school year and it featured cuts in areas such as parent advocacy, pupil personnel and the executive level. In total, the budget will call for 490 positions to be eliminated. The county is also proposing to reduce the length of some employee contracts from 12 months to 10 months. The proposed budget is $42.5 million less than this year’s but the cuts were designed in a way to protect student performance, officials said. With the county always conscious of its Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), cuts inside the classroom were avoided as much as possible. “We’re all concerned when we have such dire budget cuts that we might run into problems in the classroom,” said Verjeana M. Jacobs, chair of the Prince George’s County Board of Education. “We have to make sure that in this budget, where the cuts do happen, that they are as far away from the classroom as possible.” Hite said that goal was reflected in the number of teachers who will be fired. “One of the reasons we did not target more individual

“We have to make sure that in this budget, where the cuts do happen, that they are as far away from the classroom as possible.”
teachers for elimination was to protect the achievement gains that we’ve made over the past several years,” said Hite. According to a press release, some of the areas in which the county has seen improvements are advancement via individual determination (AVID), high school assessment (HSA), international baccalaureate (IB) diploma program, advanced placement, summer school program, and college culture/summit. Among the changes in the classroom will be increased class sizes for the fourth through sixth grades and the ninth grade. “I think that we can protect the classroom and protect teachers by increasing by one [student],” Hite said. “At the critical areas like [kindergarten]-three and middle school, seventh and eighth, we’re trying to hold constant the class sizes that exist now.” The county is proposing increases in certain areas though. Altogether, pupil accounting, middle college, central garage services, and secondary school reform will benefit from a $2.8 million increase. Parents are showing concern as they’re wondering how the changes will affect teachers’ ability to get the most out of their students. “Parent’s send us e-mails every day with suggestions on what programs need to stay,” said Jacobs. “For example we’ve had a huge issue around parent liaisons and some parents felt like they

were very beneficial.” Weldon Brown, whose daughter attends Glassmanor Elementary in Oxon Hill, has a different concern. “They closed an elementary school around the corner from the house, tried to re-zone [my daughter] to catch a bus to Forest Heights Elementary when she can walk to Glassmanor three blocks up the street,” Brown said. “Needless to say yes I am concerned. I’m wondering how they’re cutting the budget while still opening new schools in the county.” Hite said the decisions came after lengthy consultations with department representatives and union leadership and after two public hearings. “Things that have gone on for many years that we can’t directly tie to increases in student achievement then we have to reassess and review all of the programs to determine if we can afford to continue those, but we

must continue those that have impacted our performance,” Hite said. There is now real concern that there will be even more cuts in the 2011-2012. “Unfortunately, I think the saying that it gets worse before it gets better is very true in this case,” said Jacobs. I’m really concerned about it and I think we would be doing a disservice to the public if we indicated that we weren’t. I’m pretty sure that we’re going to have some tough times and we’ll have to make some tough decisions that will not be liked by many.” While the cuts run deep, the county’s leadership is confident that schools will be able to survive the current financial woes. “I’m confident, actually, that this is going to provide an opportunity for us to make sure that we cut where cuts need to be so that we’re really dealing with waste,” said Jacobs.

James Cheek
Continued from A1 Cheeks drew censure and student protest, however, for his closeness with Republicans such as former President Ronald Reagan and then Republican National Committee chairman Lee Atwater, who Cheek named to the Howard board of trustees. Walters recalled a demonstration he led after Cheek invited President Reagan —who was largely unpopular with African Americans—to the school. “He was inviting him up because it was sort of a fundraising gesture, but at the same time, we felt that we had the right to let the people know what we felt about Reagan’s policies,” Walters said. “So there were 2,000 to 3,000 people involved in the demonstration, with people lined up all over the campus and all up and down Georgia Ave.” To Walter’s surprise, Cheek handled the situation calmly, illustrating his commitment to running “a modern campus—something that he maintained that throughout his tenure,” Walters said. The list of Cheek’s accomplishments at Howard is lengthy. In his time, Howard created what was then the nation’s only Black-owned public broadcasting station, WHMM, built the school’s

“... he came in as someone who was sympathetic to the students’ quest for a strong sort of Black identity.”
500-bed hospital and created the WHUR radio station. He’s also credited with the creation of the School of Architecture and Planning, the College of Applied Health Sciences, the School of Business and Public Administration, the School of Communications, the School of Continuing Education, the School of Education and the School of Nursing. “His program aimed to make Howard one of the toptier research universities in the United States,” said Michael R. Winston, Howard’s vice president for academic affairs from 1983 to 1990, in a letter to the Washington Post. Under his direction, the school’s student population increased by 6,000 (32 percent) and the faculty by 52 percent and the university’s budget grew from $43 million to $417 million. Additionally, according to Winston, the value of the institution’s endowment grew by 712 percent, the federal appropriation by 507 percent and the operating budget by 869 percent. Current Howard President Dr. Sidney Ribeau said it was Cheek’s foresight that helped boost the school’s image and most importantly, it’s financial lot. “Dr. Cheek’s vision and passion for the University and his view of Howard as a national treasure led to bold action, which eventually resulted in a dramatic boost in our budget with increased federal support,” Ribeau said. “The University built upon its international reputation and its legacy of social justice.” At time of his death, he held the title of president emeritus at Howard. Prior to assuming office at Howard, Cheek had also made significant strides at Shaw University, where he assumed the lead post at age 30. Cheek was born on Dec. 4, 1932, in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., and began his leadership at Howard in 1969. While making his way to the nation’s capital, Cheek earned a bachelor’s in both sociology and history in 1955 after returning from the Korean War. He received a master’s in divinity from Colgate Rochester University in 1958 and a doctoral degree from Drew University in 1962. Cheek also worked in the early ‘60s as a professor of New Testament theology at Virginia Union University. The Rev. Wilbert Talley,

who sits on the board of One Church One Child in Richmond, Va., where Virginia Union University is located, recalled being one of Cheek’s students in 1963. “He was a very demanding instructor, but we had high respect for him,” Talley said. “He was very knowledgeable and did not tolerate a lot of foolishness. He was straightforward and always

expected us to be on target in reference to our preparation.” Among his achievements, Cheek was named Washingtonian of the Year in 1980, was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom and received 19 honorary degrees. He was appointed by U.S. presidents to the Board of Foreign Scholarships, National

Advisory Council to the Peace Corps, UNESCO, the Commission on Selection of White House Fellows and the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Cheek is survived by his wife Celestine, and two children James and Janet, who both attended Howard University.

Taxi Drivers
Continued from A1 “Drivers are losing money . . . and it’s been a convenient ploy of Mayor Fenty [who] has not paid the industry much respect.” A Fenty spokesman did not respond to a request for the mayor’s response by AFRO press time. However, according to Brown, who chairs the subcommittee on taxi cabs, the recent assemblage was a fact-finding mission to get a better grasp of the local industry. Brown also wanted specifics on DCTC’s plans for improving service, its licensing process and the number of drivers who live in the District. “I’ve heard that 80 percent to 90 percent of drivers don’t live in DC,” Brown said, “and that’s a big concern.” Barry is not a member of the Council’s Subcommittee on Taxicabs, but attended the hearing because of his

“Today, with all the bills passed by the city, [it’s as if they’re] trying to bum rush independent drivers to an early grave.”
concern over high fares in his ward. The Southeast Washington ward is largely populated by low-income residents who can’t afford their own vehicles. Because of the ongoing federal investigation, DCTC chairman Leon Swain Jr. has not been allowed to speak publicly about issues surrounding the commission. As a result, he stayed away from the hearing, but was represented by board member, Scott Kluby. Faced with incessant hard-nosed queries by Brown and Barry, Kluby provided choppy responses—many of which visibly irritated the councilmen, particularly Kluby’s revelation that the commission had not met since May of last year. Barry, who was mayor when the commission launched in 1986, said the body would normally meet on a monthly basis. Brown added that the commission’s inactivity has led to misinformation among both drivers and the public. Nevertheless, Kluby responded, the commission continues to thrive and in the past three years, has significantly improved its offerings. Among them, he said, is the institution of a pilot 20-wheelchair accessibility program. In response to concerns about the residency of District drivers, he acknowledged that most of the city’s drivers live outside the city in Maryland and Virginia, respectively. Of the 2,700 applicants for licensing last year, about 1,500 passed and 389 of them were District residents, he said. Kluby further stated that drivers have continually complained about low mileage rates. But to the chagrin of Brown and Barry, he said although the commission usually sets the rates, the mayor would make the final decision. When the conversion went into effect in 2008, “a lot of drivers lost up to 30 percent” of their daily incomes,” he said. “There’s a give and take on rates. Every jurisdiction has its own unique fare structure,” Kluby said, referencing drivers in nearby Virginia and Maryland. Veteran driver Billy Ray Edwards said the Council should delve deeper into the local industry’s problems, where they would discover the licensing scandal is “just the tip of the iceberg.” As Edwards rattled off a list of concerns shared by his peers in attendance, he noted how hack laws have created a “40 percent to 50 percent loss of income for independent drivers” like himself. Edwards also said he wondered if the new mandates were intended to starve independent drivers out of business. “Something is wrong with this and [it’s] so very unfair,” said Edwards. “Today, with all the bills passed by the city, [it’s as if they’re] trying to bum rush independent drivers to an early grave.” A formal follow-up hearing will be convened within the next two months.

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King Memorial Underway as Reverence Day Nears
By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer Fourteen years later, the bill Congress authorized to permit construction of the first monument to honor an African American on the National Mall is finally coming to fruition. “We’re in what’s called the mobilization phase where we are putting up fencing right now around the site, a road is being blocked off and we’re putting a wall up to prevent any type of the erosion into the Tidal Basin,” memorial spokesperson Rica Orszag said. “The memorial is adjacent to the Tidal Basin so we’re trying to protect the water and make sure there’s no soil or erosion that goes into the water.” After aggressive fundraising efforts, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation has garnered enough funds to begin construction of the site last year. Donors from the NFL and NBA/WNBA to Tommy Hilfiger city’s tourists and honorees to see. One group that will be elated to finally view Dr. King’s memorial will be the fraternity members of Alpha Phi Alpha, Dr. King’s fraternity. It was Dr. King’s fraternity brothers who originated the idea to build the memorial over 20 years ago. Although the project has only raised $108 million so far, the Foundation announced last year that Walmart provided a $12.5 million letter of credit to the mlkmemorial.org memorial to help push the construction ahead until the foundation secures the remaining money needed. “We still need $12.5 million,” Orszag said. “Citizens need to understand that we’re still trying to raise the remaining funds.” Dr. King was affectionately known for the “I and legendary Star Wars creator George Lucas, among many Have a Dream” he delivered in 1963 on the National others have help chip away at the project’s $120 million price Mall, which inspired millions to end racism and inequality tag. in America. In 2011, when the monument is completed, the Once completed, a 28-foot statue of Dr. King will rest along message of that speech and the legacy of his life will reach a four-acre memorial overlooking the District for all of the generations to come.

“Citizens still need to understand that we’re still trying to raise the remaining funds.”

Parking, Surcharges
Continued from A1 Kwame Brown said he’s been bombarded by drivers who believe the timing is all wrong for the meter changes. “People are concerned about the increase,” said Brown. “They’ll have to carry around quarters in their pockets and the city will have to make sure that the meters actually work,” he continued. “If they don’t work, people will get a ticket and then have to spend time going down to fight it.” According to DDOT officials, who announced plans for the spike late last year, the change over is in alignment with the FY2010 Budget Support Act and will cover 100,000 parking signs and about 17,000 meters. The premium charges, which are comparable or lower than rates in cities like Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York, also involve hours of enforcement for meters in busy District areas such as the National Mall, Adams Morgan and Georgetown’s historic district. Nighttime metered parking in those and other prime areas will be extended to 10 p.m. and Sunday parking at meters across the city will remain free of charge. The mandate, which helps close a $104 million budget shortfall for this year, will also deter parking in individual spaces beyond the regular two-hour limit, officials say. DDOT reported that motorists who held up

“If they [meters] don’t work, people will get a ticket and then have to spend time going down to fight it [ticket].”
spaces for lengthy times — running back and forth to feed the meters—often spurred frustration among other drivers in search of short-term parking and curbside parking to patronize local businesses. The agency also contends that in searching for spaces, drivers have contributed to an increase in greenhouse emissions. Motorist, Njah Andi described the increase as exorbitant. He also said it was “absurd” to expect people to pay for parking on weekends. “Given the economic climate, you’d think the city was going to lower the fees for meters,” said Andi , 36, who works in District. “Things are getting hard and difficult and they shouldn’t have to increase the amount of money people already pay to use public meters.” Meanwhile, District residents’ pocketbooks are being lightened further by a handful of other surcharges such as taxes on gasoline and cigarettes that went into effect Jan. 1. However, the most ardently opposed by shoppers is the 5 cents bag tax, which

opened discussion for similar measures in Maryland and Virginia. The District’s tax, which met the City Council’s full approval last June, is currently in full swing at grocery, liquor and drug stores. Street vendor sales are also impacted and the tax is added to every bag whether they’re paper or plastic. Proponents see the tax as a much-needed funding source to clean up the Anacostia River, which has been a dumping ground for some 20,000 tons of trash each year. But the Arlington, Va.based American Chemistry Council (ACC), for example, has been long opposed to the tax. Since it went into effect,

“so many more people have come out of the woodwork in opposition,” said ACC spokeswoman Jennifer Killinger. “There’s all sort of reasons why it doesn’t make sense.” Killinger, who alluded to the slow economy, said consumers are also upset a food tax has been implemented during a recession. Cassandra Robinson, spokeswoman for the Capital Area Food Bank in Northeast Washington, said her organization has also been sensitive to the issue. As a result, “we’re doing outreach to get bags for our clients because we realize this could be an added burden at this time,” Robinson said.

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It’s been more than 40 years and yet the words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. echo truths that still reverberate in

the open fields of Alabama and the deserts of Afghanistan; warren-like ghettoes of Los Angeles and Chicago and the scorched villages of Darfur; the marble halls of power in Washington and on Wall Street and the empty dinner tables of Main Street. Decades ago the civil rights leader spoke of the scourge of poverty and how it debilitates the soul of a nation. Today we see that truth to be self-evident in the pall of hopelessness cast by the current economic crisis— especially the high rates of unemployment in communities of color across the United States. King looked forward to a time when Blacks and the poor could live in decent, sanitary housing; when they— like their wealthier, White peers—could achieve the American dream and own their own homes. In the wake of the foreclosure crisis, in which a disproportionate share of Blacks and other minorities were caught up, oftentimes because of unfair targeting by unscrupulous lenders— King’s concerns remain relevant. If the nonviolence advocate were alive today, his voice would join the cacophony of dissent against the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. One need only look at his stance— unpopular within civil rights circles at the time—on the AFRO File Photos Vietnam War and his approach to the fight for equality to make that assessment. As he said then, he would likely say now, “We will not build a peaceful world by following a negative path…. Wisdom born of experience should tell us that war is obsolete.” If King were alive today, he’d see in President Obama the realization of a dream. The shared effort of young and old volunteers from the North and South during the elections would warm his heart. The outpouring of once-disenfranchised Black voters to the polls in 2008 would stir his soul. And the horde of humanity—Black, White, Hispanic Asian, poor, rich—that on Jan. 20, 2009, blanketed the National Mall, where he once dreamed a dream almost 47 years ago, would heal his spirit. But, he would also warn that the fight for equality was not over; that even with this giant stride in race relations, we ought to “stand with a greater determination” and “move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be.”

…On Obama/Equality
Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the
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with a new meaning, “My country, ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.” And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. —“I Have a Dream”

…On Poverty
…A second evil which plagues the modern world is that of poverty. Like a monstrous octopus, it projects its nagging, prehensile tentacles in lands and villages all over the world…. Take my own country for example. We have developed the greatest system of production that history has ever known. We have become the richest nation in the world. Our national gross product this year will reach the astounding figure of almost 650 billion dollars. Yet, at least one-fifth of our fellow citizens – some ten million families, comprising about forty million individuals – are bound to a miserable culture of poverty. In a sense the poverty of the poor in America is more frustrating than the poverty of Africa and Asia. The misery of the poor in Africa and Asia is shared misery, a fact of life for the vast majority; they are all poor together as a result of years of exploitation and underdevelopment. In sad contrast, the poor in America know that they live in the richest nation in the world, and that even though they are perishing on a lonely island of poverty they are surrounded by a vast ocean of material prosperity. Glistening towers of glass and steel easily seen from their slum dwellings spring up almost overnight. Jet liners speed over their ghettoes at 600 miles an hour; satellites streak through outer space and reveal details of the moon. President Johnson, in his State of the Union Message, emphasized this contradiction when he heralded the United States’ “highest standard of living in the world,” and deplored that it was accompanied by “dislocation; loss of jobs, and the specter of poverty in the midst of plenty.” So it is obvious that if man is to redeem his spiritual and moral “lag”, he must go all out to bridge the social and economic gulf between the “haves” and the “have nots” of the world. Poverty is one of the most urgent items on the agenda of modern life. There is nothing new about poverty. What is new, however, is that we have the resources to get rid of it….There is no deficit in human resources; the deficit is in human will. The well-off and the secure have too often become indifferent and oblivious to the poverty and deprivation in their midst. The poor in our countries have been shut out of our minds, and driven from the mainstream of our societies, because we

have allowed them to become invisible. Just as nonviolence exposed the ugliness of racial injustice, so must the infection and sickness of poverty be exposed and healed - not only its symptoms but its basic causes. This, too, will be a fierce struggle, but we must not be afraid to pursue the remedy no matter how formidable the task. The time has come for an all-out world war against poverty. The rich nations must use their vast resources of wealth to develop the underdeveloped, school the unschooled, and feed the unfed. Ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation. No individual or nation can be great if it does not have a concern for “the least of these.” …In the final analysis, the rich must not ignore the poor because both rich and poor are tied in a single garment of

“There is no deficit in human resources; the deficit is in human will.”
destiny. All life is interrelated, and all men are interdependent. The agony of the poor diminishes the rich, and the salvation of the poor enlarges the rich. We are inevitably our brothers’ keeper because of the interrelated structure of reality. —Excerpt, King’s Nobel Lecture The curse of poverty has no justification in our age. It is socially as cruel and blind as the practice of cannibalism at the dawn of civilization, when men ate each other because they had not yet learned to take food from the soil or to consume the abundant animal life around them. The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, direct and immediate abolition of poverty. — “Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?” Let us march on poverty until no American parent has to skip a meal so that their children may eat. March on poverty until no starved man walks the streets of our cities and towns in search of jobs that do not exist. Let us march on poverty until wrinkled stomachs in Mississippi are filled, and the idle industries of Appalachia are realized and revitalized, and broken lives in sweltering ghettos are mended and remolded. —“Our God Is Marching On!”

“I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
content of their character. I have a dream today. I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor’s lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little Black boys and Black girls will be able to join hands with little White boys and White girls and walk together as sisters and brothers…. This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day. This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing

President Barack Obama is seen here visiting the Dr. Martin Luther King Charter School in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, La., in October 2009. Both Obama and the Black schoolchildren seen greeting him are realizations of Dr. King’s dream. Something within has reminded the Negro of his birthright of freedom, and something without has reminded him that it can be gained…. Another indication that progress is being made was found in the recent presidential election in the United States. The American people revealed great maturity by overwhelmingly rejecting a presidential candidate who had become identified with extremism, racism, and retrogression. The voters of our nation rendered a telling blow to the radical right. They defeated those elements in our society which seek to pit white against Negro and lead the nation down a dangerous…path. … [But] let me not leave you with a false impression. The problem is far from solved. We still have a long, long way to go before the dream of freedom is a reality for the Negro in the United States. —Nobel Lecture, “The Quest for Peace and Justice”

…On War

“I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway into the hell of thermonuclear destruction. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant. I believe that even amid today’s mortar bursts and whining bullets, there is still hope for a brighter tomorrow…. I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent redemptive good will proclaim the rule of the land. —Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech A few years ago…it seemed as if there was a real promise of hope for the poor, both Black and White, through the poverty program. There were experiments, hopes, new beginnings. Then came the buildup in Vietnam, and I watched this program broken and eviscerated as if it were some idle political plaything of a society gone mad on war. And I knew that America would never invest the necessary funds or energies in rehabilitation of its poor so long as adventures like Vietnam continued to draw men and skills and money like some demonic, destructive suction tube. So I was increasingly compelled to see the war as an enemy of the poor and to attack it as such…. Somehow this madness must cease. We must stop now. I speak as a child of God and brother to the suffering poor of Vietnam. I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed, whose culture is being subverted. I speak for the poor of America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home, and death and corruption in Vietnam. I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken. I speak as one who loves America, to the leaders of our own nation: The great initiative in this war is ours; the initiative to stop it must be ours…. A true revolution of values will lay hands on the world order and say of war: “This way of settling differences is not just.” This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation’s homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice, and love. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death. — “Beyond Vietnam”

And the leaders of the world today talk eloquently about peace. Every time we drop our bombs in North Vietnam, President Johnson talks eloquently about peace. What is the problem? They are talking about peace as a distant goal, as an end we seek, but one day we must come to see that

“This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation’s homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of people normally humane…cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice and love.”

No community in this country can boast of clean hands in the area of brotherhood. Now in the North it’s different in that it doesn’t have the legal sanction that it has in the South. But it has its subtle and hidden forms and it exists in three areas: in the area of employment discrimination, in the area of housing discrimination, and in the area of de facto segregation in the public schools. And we must come to see that de facto segregation in the North is just as injurious as the actual segregation in the South…. I have a dream that one day, right down in Georgia and Mississippi and Alabama, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to live together as brothers.… I have a dream this afternoon that one day right here peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but that it is a means by which we in Detroit, Negroes will be able to buy a house or rent a house arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means. All of anywhere that their money will carry them and they will be able this is saying that, in the final analysis, means and ends must cohere because the to get a job. end is preexistent in the means, and ultimately destructive means cannot bring —“Speech at the Great March on Detroit” about constructive ends. — “A Christmas Sermon on Peace” Let us therefore continue our triumphant march to the realization of the American dream. Let us march on segregated Men, for years now, have been talking about war and peace. But now, no housing until every ghetto or social and economic depression longer can they just talk about it. It is no longer a choice between violence and dissolves, and Negroes and whites live side by side in decent, nonviolence in this world; it’s nonviolence or nonexistence. safe, and sanitary housing. —“I See the Promised Land” —“Our God Is Marching On!”

Dr. King accepts his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway.

…On Housing

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Original drawing by Thomas Stockett, date unknown.

African Americans have borne the brunt of the current foreclosure crisis. In his day Dr. King fought for a time when Blacks would be able to afford a decent home.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day — More than a Day Off
By Gregory Dale Special to the AFRO The origins of Martin Luther King Jr. Day date back to just months after the civil rights leader was assassinated. Congressman John Conyers Jr. of Michigan introduced legislation that sought to make King’s birthday, Jan. 15, a federal holiday. In 1971, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference devised a petition and presented it to Congress, garnering over 3 million supporters for a national holiday to be established. Unfortunately, the bill had not gained enough attention following its presentation to Congress and withered away for eight years. Former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter resurrected the bill after gaining presidency and vowed to be a supporter. While it appeared King’s accomplishments would be recognized nationally, Coretta Scott King, his widow, still endured many a setback before it was passed. The bill was defeated in 1979 by a mere five votes. Coretta pressed on, however, and continued to testify before Congress and rallied the support of numerous governors and City Council members. Singer Stevie Wonder also aided in her efforts, and his rendition of “Happy Birthday,” released in 1980, served as a theme for their efforts. Coretta and Wonder submitted another petition to Congress, this time garnering over 6 million supporters. Finally, the House of Representatives passed a bill with a vote of 338- 90, but the holiday had to be passed through committees and public hearings before a final vote was taken. But many non-supporters began to verbalize their opposition, saying there were still no days designated for other important figures such as Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. A senator from Georgia also denounced King as being affiliated with communists. After much more opposition, President Ronald Regan signed the bill into law in November 1983, and the first official holiday was on the third Monday of January in 1986. Still, only 27 states and Washington D.C., observed the holiday, and some states even rejected Reagan’s plea. In 2000, South Carolina became the last state to sign a bill recognizing Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a paid holiday.

Martin Luther King Jr. Timeline

1929 1948

• Born Jan. 15 • In February, ordained at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga. • Graduated from Morehouse College with a bachelor’s in sociology

1955

• Awarded a doctoral degree in theology at Boston University on June 5 • Yolanda Denise born Nov. 17 in Montgomery, Ala. • Named president of the Montgomery Improvement Association Receives a doctoral degree in philosophy from Boston University • Becomes involved with Rosa Park’s case after she refused to give up her seat to a White passenger • Kings’ home bombed by unknown assailants; no one was injured

1961 1962 1963

his life during a press conference in Washington, D.C.

• Dexter Scott born Jan. 30 in Atlanta, Ga. • Meets with President John F. Kennedy to discuss civil rights issues • Bernice Albertine born March 25 in Atlanta, Ga. • Gives eulogy at funeral of four children killed in a bombing at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. • Pens open letter called “Letter from Birmingham Jail” after being arrested during a peaceful protest • Alabama politician T. Eugene “Bull” Connor orders police and fireman to hose down hundreds of nonviolent protestors in a Birmingham, Ala., march that King was instrumental in organizing.

1968

• Delivers final speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountain Top,” on April 3 •Assassin’s bullet ends Dr. King’s life on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. on April 4 •James Earl Ray sentenced to 99 years in jail for King’s murder

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1951

• Awarded a bachelor’s of divinity degree from Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania

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1986

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• Americans observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 18, for the first time after President Ronald Regan signed the holiday into law in 1983

• Married Coretta Scott in June 18 • Begins pastorship of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala., in September.

1957

• Martin Luther III born Oct. 23 in Montgomery, Ala. • Named president of Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)

1964

2000 • For the first time

• Becomes the second African American, after Ralph Bunche, and the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize • Meets with civil rights icon Malcolm X for the first and only time in

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Prince George’s Man a Real Estate Trailblazer
By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer When people think of moving to Prince George’s County, they think of moving to areas outside of the Capitol Beltway. While affluent areas such Bowie, Upper Marlboro and Fort Washington are considered the more livable areas in the county, there’s a project in Capitol Heights that is trying to change that perception. Marcus Thomas, a local real estate investor, has decided to change the image of Capitol Heights and do something worthwhile for the community at the same time. “Capitol Heights was a place we started investing in early 2000-2001,” said Thomas. “After the market tanked, we saw an opportunity and jumped back in using our expert knowledge to do it the right way.” Toccaro Young, a local realtor who resides in Capitol Heights, agrees with Thomas. “There’s still a lot of opportunities for first time home buyers to get a great deal and for those who are looking for more than just a condo but can’t get a single family home in other areas,” said Young. “For that reason alone Capitol Heights is a very unique area.” Thomas has put his money where his mouth is, investing a little over $1 million in Capitol Heights over the past 10 years.

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Although he’s invested a large sum of money there, Thomas acknowledges the town, fairly or unfairly, has been given a stigma he’s trying to erase with his projects. “The nomenclature that the area already has [makes] people think the area is so bad,” he said. “That area as a whole has been given a bad name, but that’s really not the case.” Recent figures are beginning to support Thomas’ claims. In 2009, Prince George’s County saw its lowest homicide totals in nine years and nearby Washington, D.C., saw its rate drop 25 percent from 2008, its lowest point in 45 years. Despite those figures, Thomas knows there’s a reason for the stigma Capitol Heights has been given and that the area isn’t quite where it’ll be yet. “It’s still a bit transitional so there is still a crime element there,” said Thomas. “From what it was to where it’s going to be will be a huge difference.” Not only does Thomas talk a good game, he walks it as well. According to Young, the homes Thomas rehabilitates are

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These photos show Marcus Thomas’ work on a Capitol Heights home that was debilitated from years of neglect. all top notch. “He doesn’t cut corners,” said Young. “For that individual that’s looking for a house that’s built sound with quality material, brand new material, his work stands out.” In addition to rejuvenating Capitol Heights, Thomas is also attempting to help the community. In providing properties to the Section 8 program, including the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) voucher program and Haylo Inc., he’s creating extra housing for those who otherwise may not have anywhere to go. “You have young guys who are coming out of prison or may have come out of a drug treatment program and are working themselves back into the workforce but [need] some place to stay,” Thomas explained about Haylo. “We’ll provide properties to them and they’ll rent rooms to people, but they’re responsible for the upkeep of the property.” Thomas is hands on as well, as he likes to build working relationships with his tenants. “Those programs normally get a bad name because people think that people will tear up your house,” he said. “What we try to do is get to know the families because they won’t mess up something if they have some kind of attachment to you.” Not only do have they become attached to Thomas, but they’ve shown their appreciation as well. “It’s funny, the neighbors love us and the tenants love us,” Thomas said. “We got a lot of support from the mayor, and the City Council. Their thanks come in a variety of ways from invitations to neighborhood events and speaking opportunities.” Thomas is breaking ground in Prince George’s County. While following his passion, he’s also changing the perception of a town historically marred by crime and neglect. “With all of the blessings I have had from a financial standpoint, this business has made me value my relationships with family and friends more than anything,” Thomas said. “To be able to make a difference for the underprivileged and the families that never thought they would ever be able to afford a place that they could have and call their home gives me a great sense of accomplishment.” For more information, visit helpfulinvesting.com for more information on Thomas and his programs.

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Community Calendar
Summer Leadership
Program Seeks Applicants The Institute for Responsible Citizenship seeks applications for its summer leadership program. The program is open to African-American male college sophomores and will expose them to networking opportunities, leadership development and lifelong mentorship. The application can be found online at www.i4rc.org/application. htm. Applications must be received, not postmarked, by Jan. 29. For additional information, e-mail info@ i4rc.org or call 202-659-2831. Send applications to 1227 25th St., sixth floor, N.W., D.C. 20037. Center, 5300 Temple Hills Road, Temple Hills, Md. 7 p.m. Local dance crews duke it out for cash prizes. $5-$6. For more information: 301-894-6616. Jewelry and Accessories Expo The Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro, Md. 12-7 p.m. Vendors from around the region showcase designer jewelry, handbags, scarves, gems, other accessories and more. Free entrance. For more information: 888-700-2005 or visit cyndomevents.com. ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Arts/Harmony Regional Hall Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, Md. 11 a.m. Classic tale of Sleeping Beauty and her prince comes to life on stage. $5. For more information: 301-201-5070.

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Jan. 26

Book Discussion Martin Luther King Public Library, Room 221, 901 G St. N.W., D.C. 6:45-8 p.m. Middle Atlantic Regional Gospel Ministries presents a book discussion of …And They Yet

Speak: Historical Survey of African American PentecostalHoliness Churches in the Nation’s Capital led by the author E. Myron Noble. Free. For more information: 202-265-4603.

For more events visit afro. com.

Jan. 14

‘Plants Don’t Drink Coffee’ Inter-American Development Bank, 1330 New York Ave. N.W., D.C. 6:30 p.m. Author Unai Elorriaga reads from his novel Plants Don’t Drink Coffee on Jan. 20. RSVP by Jan 14. Reception and book signing follow. Free. For more information: 202-623-3558 or e-mail rsvp@arts.gov.

Jan. 15

Afternoon Aviators College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Drive, College Park, Md. 2-4:30 p.m. Hands-on aviation-themed activities for children 5 and older. Museum admission, $4; event admission is free. For more information: 301-864-6029.

Jan. 16

NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place, N.W., D.C., 9 a.m. Event runs through Jan. 17. Hundreds of vendors, games, food, free health tests and more at the annual expo. Free. For more information: nbcwashington.com. Relationship Red Flags Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Road, 3:30 p.m. Relationship expert shows women how to identify flaws in their romantic relationships. $20. For more information and to register: soulmatecoachcrystal.com. Remember the Times Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, Md. 2-4 p.m. Bring coats and shoes for a charity donation. $20. For more information: frankeesunshine.com. African American Heritage Day Andalo’s Clubhouse and Courthouse Galleries, Court and High streets, Portsmouth, Va. 9 a.m. Celebrate Black culture and heritage. $5. For more information: 757-393-8543 or visit childrensmuseumva.com.

MACY’S BRINGS YOU THE GIFT OF MUSIC &THE POWER OF A DREAM
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream, Macy’s is proud to sponsor The Boston Children’s Chorus 7th Annual Martin Luther King tribute concert, “From A Child’s Mind” Monday January 18th. , For more information or to support the Boston Children’s Chorus, visit bostonchildrenschorus.org
A child’s mind holds the powerful dreams that ch child child’s the powerful d eams tha change the world. h u dreams that That’s why Macy’s and Reading Is Fundamental are helping helping to make literacy a priority across the nation. Macy’s is a proud supporter of RIF’s Multicultural Literacy Campaign. Since 2004, Macy’s customers have helped raise over $13 million to help provide free books and literary resources for children nationwide. For more information on RIF, visit RIF.org.

Jan. 18

Mavis Staples Performs Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, Md. 8 p.m. Civil rights activist and Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Famer Mavis Staples performs. $65. For more information: 410-268-4545 or visit tickets. ramsheadonstage.com.

Jan. 21

‘Art and Beauty’ WVSA ARTiculate Gallery, 1100 16th St. N.W., D.C., 5:30 p.m. SVSA continues the third Thursday series with a beauty demonstration and happy hour by LIERAC Paris Beauty and Skincare products and a viewing/sale of the WVSA exhibit, “Beauty is in the Eye.” Free. For more information: 202- 261-0204 or e-mail gallery@wvsarts.org.

Jan. 23

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Our View

Race and Harry Reid
A recently published book written by journalists Mark Halperin of Time magazine and John Heilemann of New York magazine, entitled Game Change has generated a firestorm of debates this past week. While the behind-the-scenes disclosures in this book involve many major players in the 2008 Obama-McCain presidential race, it is a segment in the book describing Sen. Harry Reid’s description of why he believed the country was ready to embrace a Black presidential candidate that has generated a political war. Sen. Reid’s description of then-candidate Barack Obama’s “light skin” and his tendency to not use a “Negro dialect unless he wanted to have one” was offered up to the American public by the major television news outlets last weekend as if it was the first feeding of the day in the lion’s den of the local zoo. Like a pride of starving meat eaters, the media pounced on the Reid statement in the chorus of Sunday morning talk shows. In discussing the “shock” of Reid’s assertion of color and diction as justification for candidate Obama’s pending acceptance, the realization that such may not necessarily be as shocking or offensive to many African Americans did not appear to be important. No small wonder when, as pointed out by Richard Prince’s “Journal-isms” blog, “there were no journalists of color in any of the discussions.” In the course of this real life drama, the view of what White Americans think African Americans perceive as a racially offensive statement was quickly converted into absurd political theatre by the Republican Party in their attempt to derail a final vote on meaningful health care legislation. The star performer in this political theatre was Republican Chairman Michael Steele, who demanded that Reid step down due his statement being “anachronistic

“Reid’s statement needs to be viewed as an open invitation to initiate a meaningful national discussion about the cultural misconceptions that continue to separate Black and White Americans.”
language that hearkens back to the 1950s and ‘60s [that] confirms … a mindset that is out of step with where America is today.” Steele recently caught the media spotlight when he used the quip “honest Injun” in a national television show, igniting a demand for an apology and a request to refrain from making “such uneducated archaic racist remarks” by the president of the Native American Journalist Association. Last year, Steele dramatized his intention to attract Blacks to the Republican Party by stating, “My plan is to say, ‘Ya’ll come …. I got the fried chicken and potato salad.” Since his ascendance to the Republican Party chairmanship, Steele has indeed become nothing if not entertaining. The archives of this newspaper are a historical monument to the denial and exclusion of African Americans based upon their differences – mainly physical – from the White majority. In viewing this protracted history of discrimination, we are not surprised when our archives disclose examples of the various methods African Americans have pursued to get around these barriers in their quest of acceptance. Cosmetic procedures such as skin lightening, hair straightening and other methods are a few, some of which today appear to be unimaginable and indeed, simply sad. Thus, to many African Americans who have endured the insult of segregation as practiced in virtually all levels of the American culture, Harry Reid’s statement was not offensive. In many respects, it is, instead, a perception of a historic standard of acceptance, vestiges of which continue to exist in the conscience of many older Blacks and Whites, unfortunately, even today. Reid’s statement needs to be viewed as an open invitation to initiate a meaningful national discussion about the cultural misconceptions that continue to separate Black and White Americans. There are many bridges of understanding which remain to be built. The process of recovery from America’s past race culture did not disappear with the election of our first African-American president. In many respects President Obama’s election, like Sen. Reid’s statement, is a catalyst to finally come to grips with the issue of race. A Commission on Race should be created by President Obama to initiate the long overdue bridge building needed to finally reduce the shadows continuously cast by these unresolved issues. And Sen. Reid is an emphatic example of why such process needs to be initiated NOW.

Commentary “From the editor’s desk”
Since 1986, when as a young adult I participated in the first national observance of the holiday honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I’ve tried to Talibah Chikwendu understand him in the context of his times. I value changes his efforts were instrumental in achieving. But it wasn’t until recently, when I read the text of his Nobel Lecture, delivered in 1964, that I truly understood the power of Dr. King. I then realized his true gift was not what he’d set in motion, but his insight

The Power of Dr. King
into our enduring flaws, his courage to point them out and his astounding vision for simple solutions. While his Nobel honor was based on his successful adoption of non-violence as a mechanism for civil disobedience and social change, his lecture and speeches toward the end of his life were more like mirrors he held up so we could see ourselves as we are and as he believed we could be. In the lecture, King cut to the heart of what is still our most enduring challenge. Along with pointing out our expanding knowledge and technological capabilities, and how our growing preoccupation with material wealth was leaving us morally bankrupt, he pointed out a basic truth. He said, “We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as

brothers.” That statement has never been as true as it is today. Dr. King never advocated erasing individual and group difference between people – in fact, in a speech to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1967 he said, “... integration is ... an opportunity to participate in the beauty of diversity” – he believed it’s the content of an individual’s character that counts. When we improve the character – by caring more about people, helping and service than things and money – then we have a chance to improve the world. It is from a lack of caring, a lack of moral maturity, according to Dr. King, that our large societal problems of “injustice, poverty and war” come. For King, the prevailing struggle was racial injustice. And amazingly enough, despite the wisdom he left us, we have managed to expand that injustice to a wide range of bigotry. As a group, we spend more time trying to find ways to separate, segregate and deny than we do finding ways to include and empower. In fact, very little in our society is inclusive. We have become so exclusive we’ve increased our country’s poverty level. By raising the educational requirements of many entry-level categories of jobs, we have guaranteed fewer people work. By makings rules to address prevailing stereotypes – that people needing assistance are not interested in working – we have disenfranchised and marginalized those most in need of the help. While the news now is not all bad, his words are still the most accurate: “Let me not leave you with a false impression,” he said in his Nobel lecture. “The problem is far from solved. We still have a long way to go before the dream of [justice] is a reality ...”

“As a group, we spend more time trying to find ways to separate, segregate and deny than we do finding ways to include and empower.”

Despite the bleak picture of his time, he never lost hope. He said, “But with patient and firm determination we will press on until every valley of despair is exalted to new peaks of hope, until every mountain of pride and irrationality is made low by the leveling process of humility and compassion; until the rough places of injustice are transformed into a smooth plan of equality of opportunity, and until the crooked places of prejudice are transformed by the straightening process of bright-eyed wisdom.” King continued to believe and so should we. He didn’t just believe, he offered ideas, solutions. One of those was non-violence, which I fear is slowly being abandoned. We know we have more people on the polar extremes of apathy and rage than in the rational middle where progress is made and real change occurs. But non-violent revolution is still a powerful tool for change if we use it. King also admonished us to do the simple things – to care for one another, to put the needs of another before our own, to strive each day to make the world within our reach a better place. These ideas are still productive today. After all this time we can find truth and hope for contemporary society in his words. That he can still address the heart of our situation and provide viable solutions for future – that is the power of Dr. King. Happy birthday, Dr. King. A luta continua ... Talibah Chikwendu is the executive editor for the AFRO-American Newspapers and a former columnist for the newspaper.

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On Reid’s Comment: Du Bois Was Right
(NNPA) - “The problem of the 20th century,” wrote scholar-activist W.E.B. DuBois in 1903, “is the problem of the color line, the relation of the darker to the lighter races in Asia and Africa, in America and the islands of the sea.” W.E.B. DuBois was right, and he was wrong. Certainly race matters were critically important in the United Julianne Malveaux States and in the world (think decolonialization) in the latter part of the 20th century, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s foolish comments about President Barack Obama suggest we are dragging 20th century problems into the 21st century. In 2008, Reid, D-Nev., and President Obama could win the presidency because he was “light skinned” with “no Negro dialect unless he wanted to have one.” The comments, somewhat demeaning and disappointing, were revealed in Game Change, the book by Mark Halperin and John Heilmann. Sen. Reid has since apologized directly to President Obama, who has accepted the apology. Sen. Dianne Feinstein says this should be the end of it. With heath care legislation on the line, Democrats are wishing this matter would go away, and Republicans are working it for all they can. At least three prominent Republicans, including RNC Chairman Michael Steele, who happens to be African American, are calling for Reid’s resignation. Steele cites the Trent Lott brouhaha, when Lott said the country would

Opinion

January 16, 2010 - January 22, 2010, The Washington Afro-American

Harry Reid and Racism
Joe Biden once remarked that Barack Obama was “clean” and “articulate.” He is now vice president. During the Democratic primaries Hillary Clinton invoked Robert Kennedy in a way that implied Barack Obama’s assassination was imminent. She is now the secretary of state. It is foolish to suggest Sen. Harry Reid should step down as Senate majority Melissa Harrisleader because of his 2008 Lacewell assessment that Barack Obama’s election was more likely because he is “lightskinned” and free from “Negro dialect.” If President Obama has demonstrated anything at all, it’s that he’s unperturbed by the racially awkward outbursts of his fellow Democrats. Republicans hope reports of Reid’s old gaffe might derail his leadership of the health care reform package. But watching Michael Steele go after Reid is more bizarre than convincing. Steel seems to pride himself on the liberal use of Black discursive patterns. It’s hard to take seriously the moral outrage of a self-professed “hip-hop Republican” who explains his tenure as GOP chairman saying “brother still here.” President Obama may be unconcerned and the GOP may be transparently race baiting, but Reid’s comments did create a legitimate queasiness among many Americans that is worth exploring. President Obama is a forgiving, beer summit kind of leader, but I’m less likely to give Democrats a free pass on issues of racial bias. As I wrote a few months ago, any implication that racism is the sole purview of the right obscures the continuing and troubling realities of racism within the Democratic Party and progressive political movements. Still, I remain entirely uninterested in a racial McCarthyism that plays “gotcha politics” with elected officials public utterances. Yes, public officials should be particularly careful when talking about race to media (on or off the record). The opportunities for misunderstanding, divisiveness and assumption of ill intent are heightened in this area of political discussion. But let’s be honest, if we weeded out every public official guilty of racial insensitivity, the halls of Congress would echo with utter emptiness. The point is not so much public gaffes as it is the creation, support and maintenance of systemic and

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“If President Obama has demonstrated anything at all, it’s that he’s unperturbed by the racially awkward outbursts of his fellow Democrats.”

“How condescending. And yet, how real and how reflective of the way many Whites feel about African-American people. “
have been better had Strom Thurmond, the Dixiecrat segregationist, been elected president, as evidence of double standards. But Lott actually said he wished that segregation had prevailed, and he said this in 2002. There’s a big difference between factually, if awkwardly, describing someone as light skinned, and wishing for segregation. In some ways this comment is not a big deal. Except beneath the description of the president as light-skinned and well spoken is a comparative disregard for those who might be darker skinned and more ebonic. Truth be told though, could a darker-skinned African-American candidate have been able to capture the hearts, minds and votes of so many Americans? I think not. “The problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line.” Harry Reid’s comment, and the reaction to it, puts to rest any notion that our nation is “post-racial.” We remain racial, and we are not above using race for political gain. Thus Republicans, who could likely care less about this comment but more about weakening Democrats, are looking for blood. The party whose renegade vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin was blatantly racial during her campaign, but never reigned in, is suddenly offended by Reid’s comments, which are mild by their standards. Michael Steele, who has implored his party to reach out to people of color, to no avail, is mired in hypocrisy when he calls for Reid’s resignation. Post-racial? We aren’t there yet. There is plenty to say about race and Democrats, as well. For all the supposed liberalism of the president’s party, many were disparaging of President Obama’s candidacy. President Bill Clinton was furious, derisive and turned South Carolina away from Sen. Hilary Clinton with his ill-advised comments about President Obama. According to the same authors who outed Harry Reid, he told Sen. Ted Kennedy, “A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.” Vice President Joe Biden, just three years ago, made comments not too different from Reid’s, “I mean, you got the first mainstream African American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.” How condescending. And yet, how real and how reflective of the way many Whites feel about African-American people. I don’t know how often an accomplished African American is described as “articulate” as if it is possible to be inarticulate and also a television commentator, a corporate leader, or an educator. This is subtle racism, but those African Americans who get along manage, like President Obama, not to appear too outraged at these comments. Biden, Clinton and Reid have gotten away with their comments because Obama is magnanimous and others are magnanimous in his stead. We say we know their intent and it is not ill. Still, the words are inappropriate and they sting. We know what is in their hearts, but we also know what came out of their mouths. Their words suggest that W.E.B. DuBois was painfully right. We are still stuck on the color line in these United States. Julianne Malveaux is president of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C.

structural inequalities. This is why Trent Lott’s wistfulness about a Strom Thurmond presidency is in a different class than Reid’s comments. Lott was longing for a bygone era when structural barriers and entrenched inequality were the norm. Reid was enthusiastic that the same barriers were lessening and that America was ready, albeit with caveats, for a new racial reality. Rather than being worked up about Reid’s awkward assessment of these barriers, we should be asking whether these structural biases actually make academic and political accomplishments easier for light-skinned African Americans. North Carolina State University historian Blair L.M. Kelley makes this argument in her piece on Salon.com. She points out skin color bias in the 21st century should alarm us. It shouldn’t be a matter of breezy acceptance, as many Sunday morning pundits seemed to suggest. “Accepting this as a matter of course degrades the quality of our democracy.” Reid’s assertions about “Negro dialect” also should raise structural justice questions far more important than his offensive use of an antiquated term for Black Americans. Because of generations of lower class status and legal barriers to quality education, Black children are far more likely than their White counterparts to be raised by parents with inadequate literacy skills. But rather than acting as a leveling ground, many public schools only reinforce these disadvantages. These are the same children relegated to schools with fewer expert teachers, larger classroom sizes, fewer educational resources and fewer literacy support tools. This is the racism that should worry us: Millions of Black American children attend and graduate from public schools that leave them utterly unqualified for public office for their entire lives. As adults these children will always be secondclass citizens, unable to participate as rule makers rather than simply rule followers in their own country. Not only does this deprive a whole group from full participation in government, it also deprives our country of the skills, talents and ideas these citizens might have offered, had we not initially deprived them of the capacity to communicate their ideas effectively in the public realm. Political theorist Nancy Fraser’s description of democracy imagines justice as “a difference-friendly world, where assimilation to majority or dominant cultural norms is no longer the price for equal respect.” Creating a world like that is an important task for combating racism. Melissa Harris-Lacewell, an associate professor of politics and African-American studies at Princeton University.

‘Avatar’: An Extension of White Supremacy
After viewing the latest box office hit Avatar, it’s obvious that themes which resonate timelessly have found expression once again. The story is set on the distant planet of Pandora, bountiful in its natural resources, in particular “unobtainium.” This precious mineral is coveted universally, and business Frederick interests from Earth seeks to Alexander Meade exploit Pandora, gathering unobtainium for its own entrepreneurial purposes. This would be easily undertaken if not for the indigenous population of Pandora, the Na’vi. This group of highly intelligent, disciplined and physicallygifted beings are a deeply spiritual people, who demonstrate complete deference for all forms of nature as they derive their sense of being and purpose from their deity Eywa, the source of all living things. Indeed, Avatar’s story line has been crafted from world history, as almost all indigenous people of color have had to contend with European colonizers determined to steal the natural resources existing in the lands of these populations. In the case of Africa, European acts of unfettered exploitation found expression in South Africa, where the British – among other European groups – for more than a century have and continue to subjugate the original peoples while simultaneously raping the region of its most precious commodities – gold, platinum, coal and diamonds. Avatar’s plot takes a page from this unfortunate segment of Africa’s history, as it places a group of foreign mercenaries, primarily composed and completely headed by those of European ancestry, in the land of the Na’vi to rob the indigenous people of their organic capital. The mercenaries, using technology, are able to mimic the appearance of the Na’vi and function as covert agents to convince them to leave their homeland. The leader, Jake, is successful in gaining the trust of the clan, but this leads to an unintended consequence – he is converted to accept and adapt the Na’vi’s high principles regarding universal respect for life and the environment. Jake warns the clan of the plot and is banished. Jake, through an ancient Na’vi spiritual occurrence, is identified as an anointed savior figure by this population. This absurd reality surfaces in the face of his role as a stealth informant working to uproot the Na’vi and make the land’s spoils vulnerable. Jake’s final display of his inherent ascendancy atop the Na’vi – African – people occurs when he demonstrates his abilities in combat, physically subduing the clan’s top warrior and future king. The defeated prince publically exposes the romantic involvement between Jake and the clan’s princess and future queen. The ethos of White superiority is consummated by Jake’s perpetual dominance over the people of Pandora, demonstrated in every conceivable manner, including his ability to capture the favor of the future Queen of the clan, an act violating the group’s sacred prearranged pairing of the rightful royal prince and princess. The overwhelming messages communicated in Avatar are disturbing on a variety of levels. The overarching theme suggests the Na’vi “Africans, Native Americans, South Americans, etc.” possess not the spiritual, physical or intellectual capacity to compete with their Caucasian counterparts and thus don’t have the ability to adequately govern or protect themselves, especially in times of adversity, ergo the need for a White savior. Such an interpretation may germinate as Jake singularly outperforms members of the Na’vi, including their most formidable warrior, to the extent he would ultimately rise to the level of a king or quasi’ God figure in securing the survival of the individuals whom civilized him. Not only is the proposition regarding the main character as a liberator of those who brought him further into the fold of humanity troubling, but even more unsettling and potentially problematic is the premise that such an arrangement was divinely inspired. This was demonstrated as Eywa recognizes Jake as more spiritually pure and courageous than his indigenous mentors, despite his less than honorable intentions regarding the people the deity governs. Lastly, Jake’s rather exclusive channel to this groups’ celestial ruler, used as he prepares for battle, further establishes the spiritual pact. Regrettably moviegoers often fail to recognize the inane and divisive ideas promoted by productions like Avatar and are subliminally compelled to accept false notions regarding the superiority or inferiority and essential value of various groups. If society is to emancipate itself from such orchestrated tapestries of confusion, those able to discern this brand of cerebral control must remain vigilant in sounding the alarm, to impel media forces to more regularly reflect truth. If this fails to emerge, those transmissions designed to maintain and reinforce existing inequitable social arrangements will continue to flourish. Frederick Alexander Meade provides analysis on social and political matters. His work appears in publications around the country. The author may be reached at meade1900@yahoo.com.

“The overwhelming messages communicated in ‘Avatar’ are disturbing on a variety of levels.”

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My Equation for Success.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed that all men are created equal. He had a dream that when faced with problems, we could all work together to find solutions. I know there is a formula for success in everyone. I am working on my personal solution everyday – with the help of parents, teachers, and people like you. Part of the equation for my success was written by others who came before me. I am the dream come true!
Safeway celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream.

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By Andrea L. "Aunni" Young Special to the AFRO R&B stars LeToya Luckett and Raheem DeVaughn celebrated the new year at BWX Lounge in Hanover, Md. “Lady Love” and “Regret” songstress LeToya sang her latest hits before a mixed crowd of celebrities, Washingtonians and Baltimoreans. DeVaughn, a Jive Records artist and a District native, sang

songs from his latest album. Baltimore Ravens players Ray Rice and Terrell Suggs attended and enjoyed the venue and performances. Late night 92 Q dee jay Kelson played hits all night long between LeToya’s performances. General Manager Shelly Edison regularly hosts celebrity filled events at this luxury location strategically located between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.

LeToya Luckett performs

A happy couple counts down to the new year.

DJ Jay Claxton, DJ Rod, General Manager Shelly Edison and DJ Kelson of 92 Q radio

Young adults from the BaltimoreWashington metropolitan area enjoy dance, music and drinks. R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn

NFL football star Terrell Suggs of the Baltimore Ravens

Attendees enjoy the jovial atmosphere.
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Baltimore Raven Ray Rice (right) and friend

Forty years ago, a small group of women started a local graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in Montgomery County, Md. Theta Omega Omega Chapter was chartered in Silver Spring, Md., in November 1969. Theta Omega Omega, formed by 32 charter members, now Charters members (seated): Beulah Jackson, Catherine has a strong and vibrant membership of McKenzie, Carol Harris and Lois Hoston. Standing: Louise Brown, Nadine Williams, Marjorie Coleman, Savannah close to 200 women, many who serve Gibson, Sherene Webb, Katie Hatchel and Shirley Catalan as prominent leaders in Montgomery County, and is led by Valerie D. EvansChapter members Harrell, president. Susan Peevy, left, Recently, Theta Omega Omega Beverly Anderson members gathered to reminisce and and Bernice Bennett celebrate the chapter’s 40th anniversary and numerous accomplishments. The theme of the luncheon was “Embracing Our Sisterhood: Past and Present.” It was held at the Hilton Hotel & Executive Meeting Center in Rockville, Md., and over 250 guests were in attendance. The chapter provides a wide range of community Current and former chapter presidents (seated): Deloris Willis, 1986-‘88; Valeria service programs including Ford, 1991-‘92; Valerie D. Evans-Harrell, 2007-present; Claudine McDonald, 2003workshops, seminars and mentoring ‘04; Frances Brock, 1980 and Johnnie C. Searcy, 1989-’90. Standing: Laura A. activities; health fairs and health Wilkerson, 1999-2000; Sharlyn Grigsby-Queen, 2001-‘02; Kimberly E. McLurkineducation seminars and senior citizen Harris, 1993-‘94; Marion Hayes Hull, 1981-‘85 and Donna Chatman Owens, 1995-‘98 outreach initiatives. Together, Theta Omega Omega Chapter and Ivy Vine Charities Members of the 40th Anniversary annually award several thousand Committee and guests dollars in scholarships to high school students, donate funds and volunteer support to civic organizations and sponsor a biennial debutante cotillion, which provides scholarships to young women for college.

Theta Omega Omega chapter member Claudine McDonald presents an award to Sharon Burrell, the first appointed female African-American judge in Montgomery County, Md.

The 40th Anniversary Committee members

Charter member Dr.Freddye Davy, luncheon guest speaker; Dr. Marilyn Gaston and chapter President Valerie Evans-Harrell

Valerie Evans-Harrell receives a plaque from Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett

Photos by Vernon Henderson

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Artsnotes
concertgoers, the Garden Café remains open until 6 p.m. on Sunday. Call 202-712-7458 for more information or to request group reservations for 10 persons or more.

The major characters in life he will lead with Carmen. this dramatic play are: Frasquita and Mercédès, Don José, a military Carmen’s friends. corporal. At first he is a Dance Place decent, respectable soldier The KanKouran West Concerts at the NGA in love with a peasant girl African Dance Company The National Gallery named Micaela, but he is returns to Dance Place at 8 of Art Vocal Ensemble and seduced by Carmen and soon p.m. on Jan. 16 and 4 p.m. on the ARTEK Early Music leads the life of an outlaw. Jan. 17 at 3225 8th St. N.E. Ensemble will perform music Zuniga, Don José’s for their performance in honor of Claudio Monteverdi at 6:30 of Martin Luther King Jr. Call commanding officer. p.m. on Jan. 17 in the West Although he arrests Carmen 202-269-1600 or visit online Building Main Floor, West for stabbing another woman, at www.danceplace.org for Garden Court of the National he, too, falls under her spell. tickets and other information. Gallery of Art, located at Escamillo, a toreador or An integral part of the Sixth Street and Constitution bull fighter, District dance Avenue N.W. is also community Concerts at the gallery infatuated for more than are open to the public free with Carmen. of charge and admittance is 25 years, Carmen, KanKouran’s on a first-come, first-seated a gypsy dancers basis, beginning at one half who uses possess hour before each concert. her dancing “astounding The entrance remains open and singing strength and on Sunday until 6:30 p.m. talents to athleticism Families with small children bewitch [that] makes may be asked to sit in and seduce this troupe designated areas. Please note various such a that late entry or reentry of the Courtesy Photo men. She pleasure West Building after 6:30 p.m. A member of the KanKouran is ruthless, to watch,” is not permitted. Call 202-842West African Dance according to Company practices before a resourceful 6941 or visit online at www. and fickle. a Washington performance. nga.gov/programs/music/ for Carmen Post report. additional information. manages to be Led by For the convenience of both wicked natives of Senegal—founder and admirable and artistic director Assane at the same Konte and master drummer time, an Medoune Yacine “Dame” uncommon Gueye—the company has mix for an captivated audiences around operatic the globe since 1983. heroine. Micaela, WETA Opera House a peasant The Metropolitan Opera girl who is continues its live broadcast in love with from New York City at 1 Don José. p.m. on Jan. 16 with Georges She is loyal Bizet’s Carmen. It can be artekearlymusic.org and kind. heard over Classical WETA She tries to The ARTEK Early Music Ensemble and the Opera House 90.9 FM. Call rescue Don National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble 703-998-2600 or visit online José from the will perform on Jan. 17, 6:30 p.m., at the at www.classicalweta.org for destructive National Gallery of Art. additional information. Compiled by Herb Quarles AFRO Arts Editor

Bridge in D.C.

Photo by Herb Quarles

Clarice Reid and Reginald Chapman, members of the WBU, are grand masters in the American Bridge Association. They are among the few top players to achieve this level with distinction. Reginald ranks second among the 3,000-plus players in the association. Compiled By Herb Quarles Y-Bridgettes – City Open Pairs (1-510) NS 1. Helen McCormick-Clementine Brown, 2/3. Elizabeth Wilson, 2/3. Daisy Smith-Linda Lindsay. EW 1. Reginald Chapman-Louis Garner, 2. Bertha WilliamsLillian Howard, 3. Irene Thomas-Naomi Millet. Eastern – Open Pairs “C” Regional (16-10) 1. Reginald Chapman-Louis Garner, 2. Irene Thomas-Theodore Austin, 3. Clara Berryhill-Carrothers Moore. Bridgemasters – Open Pairs “C” Regional (1-7-10) 1. Faye Burke-Reginald Chapman, 2. Robert Catlett-M. Cassandra Smith, 3. Daisy Smith-Betty Spencer.

Tournament Calendar

Overtricks – Open Pairs “C” Regional (1-19-10) 7 p.m. 202-723-4407 Kings & Queens – Open Pairs “C” Regional (1-22-10) 11 a.m. 202-723-4407 Dubridgettes – Open Pairs “C” Regional (1-25-10) 202-723-4407 ABA/WBU – Nationwide Super Open Pairs (12-18-09) Flight A 1. Clara BerryhillCharles Carrington, 2. Jerrie Thomas-Harold Minus, 3. Clarice Reid-Reginald Chapman. Flight B Clayven Smith-Daisy Smith, 2. Linda Lindsay-Wilma Bonner

Tournament Results

January 16, 2010 - January 22, 2010, The Washington Afro-American www.afro.com

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See more at afro.com: ‘The Lovely Bones’ Film Review

Chewing the Fat with Golden Globe-Nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor
By Kam Williams Special to the AFRO Chiwetel Ejiofor was born in London on July 10, 1977, to Nigerian immigrants, Arinze, a doctor, and Obiajulu Ejiofor, a pharmacist. By the age of 13, he was already appearing in numerous school and National Youth Theatre productions, and he subsequently attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, as well as Dulwich College. In 1996, the versatile stage thespian caught the attention of Stephen Spielberg who cast him in Amistad. Chiwetel returned to the stage before making another big splash onscreen in the critically acclaimed thriller Dirty Pretty Things. He went on to co-star in Love Actually, Slow Burn and Melinda and Melinda. His more recent film credits include 2012, American Gangster, Talk to Me, Kinky Boots, Four Brothers Inside Man, Redbelt and Children of Men. Here, he talks about his life, his career, and his powerful performance in Endgame, for which he just landed a Golden Globe nomination. Kam Williams: Hi Chiwitel, thanks for the time. What brings you to New York? Chiwetel Ejiofor: I’m just finishing up shooting Salt. KW: Let me start by congratulating you on the Golden Globe nomination for “Endgame.” CE: Thank you very much. KW: What interested you in the film? CE: There were a number of things that excited me, starting with the historical context of what was happening in South Africa at the time. I remember being very affected by what was going on there towards the end of Apartheid. And the subject is still very pertinent, politically, to what’s happening around the world today, in terms of negotiating peace talks. I had always been interested in this period of change in South Africa, generally, for a variety of reasons. And I specifically became fascinated by Endgame’s taking you behind the curtain, and telling the story of the behind the scenes machinations between Thabo Mbeki and the Afrikaner government. That was incredibly eye-opening, and a story that I hadn’t heard before. And Mbeki himself is such an interesting character. He played an instrumental role in changing the direction of the country, in putting the ANC [African National Congress] in a position to effectively govern. KW: How did you like working with Pete Travis as a director? I loved his super-realistic docudrama “Omagh” about a terrorist bombing in a town in Northern Ireland. CE: Great. He’s a very engaging guy to work with. He has an amazing “b.s.” detector. His style is very different from anything I’ve ever done before. He really pushes for authenticity. He’s very keen to get to the essence and the truth of the matter. KW: Three of your films have made my top 10 lists: “Dirty Pretty Things,” “Love Actually” and “Kinky Boots.” What is it about your acting style that enables you to help elevate a project to be among the best? CE: I don’t know. When I read a script, I try to get right down to what I feel is the heart of it. In a sense, it doesn’t matter what the subject is, and it doesn’t have to be universal, as long as the story has something meaningful to say. Conversely, I’ve often had the fortune to work on projects with a small theme I find very interesting enough to pursue and to be passionate about in the context of the story, then it may turn out there’s a universality about my character which still resonates with many people as well. KW: Aspiring actor Tommy Russell asks: Did your success as an actor build on itself, or has it been one thing here, one thing there and then boom you were suddenly

getting good, consistent work? CE: That’s a good question. I started working as an actor, semiprofessionally, when I was 16, and got my first professional gig at 19. I guess I’ve kind of worked pretty consistently since then. I started off doing plays as a theater actor. But I never thought of Chiwetel Ejiofor recently landed it in terms of it leading a Golden Globe nomination for anywhere. I was just his performance in Endgame. trying to be the best actor that I could be in the doctor. Nobody’s ever asked context of what I was doing. me about that combination and what growing up in that KW: Is there any question environment was like. no one ever asks you, that you wish someone would? KW: So, what was it like? CE: Interesting, I was just CE: [Laughs] It was great, thinking about that today, It was great. We had a very because reporters tend to solid, practical, scientific launch on what seems to upbringing. Yet because he be the clearest, most stark was a fairly famous guitarist aspects of someone’s life in in Nigeria, we also had a terms of an interview. And in palpable sense of a creative my case, a lot of people ask and cultural synthesis. me about my father’s passing Working in this industry, I do when I was young, which feel that science and creativity I’m never comfortable with. I turned out to be a very useful invariably move around that combination for me. subject. KW: How do you want to KW: Would you like to be remembered? share a little about your CE: I don’t know. I’m not father’s life in celebration going to think about that. I’ll instead? have to get back to you in a CE: My father, Arinze few decades. Ejiofor, was a musician and a

Barry Reality Show Stalled
By Dorothy Rowley AFRO Staff Writer Fans of Ward 8 Councilman Marion Barry will have to wait a while longer to see what becomes of plans for his reality TV show. According to the debonair and often controversial Barry, who is the picture of health these days following a life-saving kidney operation last year, he’s trying to create a fair financial deal. “The contract for the show is on hold for now,” Barry told the AFRO. “I’m holding out for my fair share,” he added, hinting that AFRO File Photo he’d like Councilman Marion Barry says his to receive reality show is on hold pending contract more than negotiations. 50 percent of the show’s profit. But otherwise, Barry, 73, said the show will remain in the works. Meanwhile, film crews have been seen around town trailing the notorious mayor-turned-councilman, who seems to have a knack for attracting the camera. Last summer, HBO released the The Nine Lives of Marion Barry, a critically acclaimed documentary that detailed the civil rights leader’s public downfall in the 1990s and resurgence to the local political scene in 2004.

Trinidad’s Calypso Legends Celebrated in Colorful, Cultural Documentary
By Kam Williams Special to the AFRO When most people think of calypso music, the first person who comes to mind is Harry Belafonte and the first place that comes to mind is Jamaica. After all, it was Belafonte who ushered in the calypso craze of the ‘50s with such popular hits as “Day-O,” “Matilda,” “Mama Look a’ Boo-Boo” and “Jamaica Farewell.” In fact, his debut album, Calypso, was the first LP in history to sell more than a million copies. Truth be told, however, Belafonte was a bit of a poser, as he was born and raised in Harlem and only stayed in Jamaica briefly, when his struggling, single mom sent him down there to live with his grandmother. But he dropped out of high school. And after a stint in the Navy, Harry ended up back in New York City, working as a janitor by day and trying to make it in Greenwich Village as a folk singer by night. After his agent suggested that he stop imitating Burl Ives, what Belafonte came up with was a watered down version of kaiso, a relatively sophisticated sound with a rich tradition in its native Trinidad and Tobago. The word “kaiso” was derived from a West African exclamation of approval, the functional audience equivalent of “bravo!” Trinis turned kaiso into calypso, so, the music Belafonte would one day be crowned “king” of, actually emanated from an island in the Caribbean he’d never visited. Finally, in Calypso Dreams, a documentary which is as much a joyous celebration of the music as it is a belated testament to its legitimate greats both dead and alive, we have a laudable effort to set the record straight. Directed by filmmakers Michael Horne and Geoffrey Dunn, the movie pays tribute to the late Lord Kitchener via archival footage, while simultaneously providing impromptu performances and running commentary by dozens of the music’s legends like The Mighty Sparrow, David Rudder, Calypso Rose, The Mighty Chalkdust, Lord Blakie, Brigo, Lord Pretender, Mighty Prowler and Lord Relator. What a treat it is to hear these wise old elders ruminate about their roots, and right on location in Port-of-Spain, whether while strolling through the town square on Frederick Street or while just hanging out in a crowded bistro. For instance, dreadlocked Brother Valentino explains that kaiso began as a subtle form of rebellion relied upon by plantation slaves as a means of commenting on their predicament. spirited rendition of a number which superficially seems to be a silly song about rum and Coca-Cola. But that’s before The Mighty Chalkdust, who holds a doctorate in history and ethnomusicology, explains the deeper meaning of the bouncy ditty. The eloquent educator/entertainer shows how easy it is for many to overlook the underlying message about how “Americanism is breaking up the family life of our people.” After recounting the line, “Both mother and daughter working for the Yankee dollar,” Chalkdust points out that the lyrics are a lament about prostitution. As David Rudder summarizes, “Under the laugh is a blade, always a blade.” Calypso Dreams relies on modest settings all around Trinidad to serve as a fitting backdrop for the country’s unpretentious troubadours. This is a movie so chock full of colorful characters, so informative, and so much fun that you never want it to end. Each new performer outdoes the last, though none appears to have a competitive bone in his or her body, or a bad word to say about anyone besides Belafonte. Even Harry makes a couple of brief, but telling appearances in the film, in which he wistfully owns up to misdeeds a half-century old. He acknowledges, “[When] I became the king of Calypso, the Trinidadians went crazy. Boy, they went nuts.” He recalls being confronted by some for stealing the music and for then never even coming to Trinidad to participate in the annual Carnival competition. And how did the indicted monarch respond to his accusers? Humbly. “You’re absolutely right. I’ve never competed, because I never thought I could... Those who possess the calypsonian arts are men of remarkable gifts that I’m not privileged to embrace. The fact that I’ve been called ‘the King of Calypso’ was not my manufacturing. Deal with those who market and sell you goods that you buy every day. If I have offended you, then I beg your forgiveness.” Hear! Hear! At long last, a heartfelt homage from the person most indebted to the island’s gifted greats. In all, Calypso Dreams is Trinidad’s answer to Cuba’s Buena Vista Social Club, only much more satisfying.

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“Raise your head, Mr. African,” Brother Akil subsequently sings to the accompaniment of a chorus of impassioned voices and a lightly strummed acoustic guitar, the Calypsonian’s instrument of choice. Paying close attention to the lyrics reveals this catchy tune to be an antiapartheid anthem about martyred student leader Steve Biko. The political subtext turns out to be typical. An Ice-T look-a-like named Crazy croons about Saddam Hussein, while Lord Relator does a

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NAACP Announces 2010 Image Award Nominees
By AFRO Staff The 2010 NAACP Image Awards will feature a cross-section of the Black entertainment industry’s finest and most diverse stars, including rapper Jay-Z, singer Maxwell and Whitney Houston, who all have multiple nominations. The 41st annual production will be held Feb. 26. Houston’s nomination is particularly significant, as she received no Grammy recognition this year for her new album, I Look to You. Nominees for the top

Chris Rock’s popular show “Everybody Hates Chris” has been nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series. awards include: Outstanding Comedy Series “30 Rock” “Everybody Hates Chris” “Glee”

Actress and comedienne Sherri Shepherd is nominated for her breakout TV sitcom “Sherri.”

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Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Daryl “Chill” Mitchell “Brothers” Donald Faison - “Scrubs” Dulé Hill - “Psych” LaVan Davis - “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” Tyler James Williams “Everybody Hates Chris” Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series America Ferrera - “Ugly Betty” Cassi Davis - “Tyler

Perry’s House of Payne” CCH Pounder - “Brothers” Sherri Shepherd - “Sherri” Tichina Arnold “Everybody Hates Chris” Outstanding Drama Series “Cold Case” “Grey’s Anatomy” “HawthoRNe” “Lincoln Heights” “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” Outstanding Talk Series “Lopez Tonight” “The Mo’Nique Show”

Singer Mary J. Blige is among the nominees for the 2010 NAACP Image Awards. “The Tyra Banks Show” “The View” “The Wanda Sykes Show” Best New Artist Keri Hilson Jeremih K’Jon Kristina DeBarge Melanie Fiona Outstanding Female Artist India Arie Mary J. Blige Rihanna Whitney Houston Alicia Keys

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Buju Banton Pleads Not Guilty to Drug Charge

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Jamaican reggae superstar Buju Banton pleaded not guilty to drug charges in a Florida Federal court, The Associated Press reported. Banton, born Mark Myrie, was arraigned last week for conspiring to purchase more than five kilograms of cocaine from a member of law enforcement in Sarasota, Fla. The 36-year-old artist chose not to seek bail. Banton’s attorney told AP his client is innocent and will not strike a deal with the Florida court. The singer was arrested Dec. 10, 2009, just days after police say he met with an informant to talk about a drug purchase. Banton has been nominated for his latest album, Rasta Got Soul, but will likely miss the Jan. 31 Grammy Awards due to his

Keyshia Cole ‘Clears the Air’ About Rift with Mom, Sister
Singer Keyshia Cole, famous for her chart-topping R&B hits and ever-changing hair styles, released a statement discussing her troubled relationship with mom, Frankie, and sisters, Neffe and Elite, blackvoices. com reported. “It’s time that I clear the air. It’s not a secret that I haven’t been in contact with my mother Frankie, and my sisters, Neffe and Elite, and I never wanted to air out our differences to the public,” Cole said in a statement. “While I won’t go into detail here, I find it necessary to let you guys know I decided to stop communication with them because I was at a point in my life where I needed serenity and peace to move forward. “Please know I love my family very much, but it was time to let it go,” she said. “You guys are a witness to a lot of what was happening from watching on air and online.” Cole, who recently announced she was pregnant

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Keyshia Cole by basketball star Daniel Gibson, said she has new priorities in her life and is looking forward to a more promising future. “Now that I am becoming a mom, my passion for having a loving and peaceful home for my child is my number one priority. It’s very important to both Daniel [Gibson] and I. My plate is very full; I have a new baby coming, we are planning our wedding and I am working in the studio on a new album that I am close to completing. “The stress that my family is giving me with their constant false reports is not healthy and it’s not what I need at this time in my life,” she added. Cole’s daughter, her first child, is due in March.

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2010 Reentry Reflection Events
Sunday, January 17: Justice Sunday Related services at several area faith institutions. See www.csosa.gov for time and location information. The Justice Sunday National Observance Site is Peace Baptist Church, located at 712 18th Street, NE Service begins at 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 18: MLK Peace Walk Assembly at Bethlehem Baptist Church 2458 MLK Jr., Avenue, SE 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Join Us!
The Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) and the Faith-Based Initiative invite you to join us again this year to raise awareness of the issues and challenges surrounding reentry. Over 2,000 men and women return to Washington, DC. from prison each year. This annual period of reflection, dialogue and outreach is aimed at building partnerships to support them as they attempt to rebuild their lives. CSOSA collaborates with Washington, DC’s faith community to provide mentoring and support programs to returning citizens. We are always looking for new partners in this work. Please contact us at one of our Reentry Reflection events, or call our Office of Community Justice Programs at (202) 220-5300 for more information.

Saturday, January 23: Returning Citizen’s United: The Impact of Incarceration & Reentry on the Family Shiloh Family Life Center - 1510 Ninth Street, NW 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Saturday, February 6: Women’s Reentry Forum: Building Blocks for Relationships Temple of Praise - 700 Southern Avenue, SE 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Thursday, February 18: Citywide Reentry Assembly St. Luke Center - 4923 East Capitol Street, SE 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. For most recent updates and details, visit www.csosa.gov, or call (202) 220-5300.

Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia

January 16, 2010 - January 22, 2010, The Washington Afro-American

Faith In Action
Church Briefs
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HU Chapel Services

A South African Adventure

The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. will be the guest preacher during the 11 a.m. worship service at Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium on Jan. 17. He is the pastor emeritus at Trinity UCC in Chicago. On Jan. 24, the Rev. Dr. Michael Louis Pfleger will be the guest pastor. Cramton Auditorium is Courtesy Photo located at 2455 The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright will Sixth St. N.W., D.C. preach at Howard University on Jan. Sermons are 17. broadcast the following Sunday Years Eve Praize Café” from at 11 a.m. on 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Jan. 22 in WHUR-FM 96.3 radio. the A.J. Edwards Fellowship Call 202-806-7194 or visit Hall at the church, 4850 online at chapel.howard.edu/ Blagden Ave. N.W. The Rev. Worship/ChapelServices/ Keith W. Byrd Sr. invites the SpeakersSchedule for more community to join the young information. adults for an evening of laughs, the spoken word, food ZBC Presents and fun. Featured will be Sean ViZion’s Young Adult Sarvis, a professional standup Ministry of Zion Baptist Christian comedian. Call Church will present “New Kevia Richmond at 240-462-

As a prelude to her March

South African Adventure, Bettye Yates encourages the public to see the movie Invictus featuring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon.

“You will be motivated to sign up for my March 2010 adventure in South Africa where it all happened,” said Yates, tour leader. The dates

are March 3-14. Call her at 202-554-0395 and ask her about the special spring rates and other information.

Wanted: Church News
Area churches are invited to share their schedule of events with AFRO readers. Send your releases and pictures to Church Editor Washington AFRO 1917 Benning Road, N.E. Washington, D.C. 20002 The releases may also be sent to the church editor at dubiosquarles@ yahoo.com or by fax to 202-723-7461. All releases should be sent at least two weeks prior to the date of the event to ensure publication. Call 202-723-4407 for additional information.

Obituary

Carl Horace Gipson, 83 Vocalist
At 83, scholarship Carl Horace student at Gipson, a Hunter College noted dramatic and appeared tenor, died of in college and congestive professional heart failure on stage plays Dec. 20, 2009, such as Fly at Veterans Blackbird, Lost Administration in the Stars Hospital in and Sacco Washington, and Vanzetti. D.C. Over His operatic much of Mr. roles included Gipson’s more the leading than 30 years tenor roles in CARL HORACE GIPSON in Washington, Il Tabarro, he divided his Cavalleria time between recitals, cultural Rusticana, and I Pagliacci. enrichment programs, dramatic From 1970 to 1973, Gipson musical presentations and studied at the University of his “Kosmopolitan Dinner Vienna (Austria) and toured Theatre Project,” which he throughout Europe, appearing brought to clubs, churches in many musical productions, and organizations along the most notably Porgy and Bess. East Coast. He appeared Upon his return to the U. S., regularly with “Concerts in the he spent time in New York, Schools,” under the auspices Philadelphia and Atlantic of the Washington Performing City, N.J., before moving Arts Society, where he would permanently to Washington, perform a medley of opera, D.C., in the mid 1970s. show tunes and spirituals. This Gipson also had a lifelong allowed him to indulge his love interest in writing poetry of teaching and training young and a love of language, two people with his music. passions sparked at Wiley Born and raised in College, where he studied Beaumont, Texas, Gipson under professor Melvin Tolson, attended Wiley College in the brilliant debate team coach Marshall, Texas, where he who became the subject of The began his studies as a classical Great Debaters starring Denzel singer. He served in the United Washington. States Army Air Forces from In 1996, Karl received a 1945 to 1947 and was sent Mainline to Stardom award. to Japan. Upon his return, He had become a frequent he continued his musical presenter at Black History training at the Los Angeles Month and Martin Luther King Conservatory of Music and celebrations for civic groups Arts. During his stay in Los and U.S. government agencies, Angeles, he became interested including Fort Myer, Fort in motion pictures, appearing Belvoir, the Army Research in Otto Preminger’s film Porgy Center, the Office of Equal and Bess starring Sidney Opportunity, the F.B.I., the Poitier, Sammy Davis Jr. and Pentagon and the Department Dorothy Dandridge, as well of Justice, where he shared the as the films Putney Swope and podium with then-Attorney Cotton Comes to Harlem. General John Ashcroft. In 1965, he moved to New Gipson was never married York City where he was a and left no survivors.

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The Washington Afro-American, January 16, 2010 - January 22, 2010

Real Estate Briefs
By AFRO Staff West End Development Battle Continues West End Development has released more information about what may replace the deteriorating city-owned sites, DCmud.com reports. Eastbanc-W.D.C. Partners are fighting for the parcels in which it shortly had possession over two years ago. Also in competition is the team comprised of the Toll Brothers, Paramount Development and Torti Gallas. The two aforementioned groups presented their intended goals for the sites which include a fire station, the West End Library, and a special operations police unit. Residents of the area have been told to expect a final decision about what the site will ultimately become. EastBanc’s plans for Square 37, the present site of the library, call for a 20,765-square- foot ground floor library with a 10-story residence above it. The site,

designed by LeMay Erickson Wilcox Architects, is intended to include approximately 153 market rate residential units on the second through 10th floors and 9,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor. Convention Center Hotel Delayed Efforts to build a convention center hotel in the city continue to be held up by legal constraints, washingtonbusinessjournal. com reported. D.C. Superior Court Judge Natalia Combs Greene has denied a request by the city to dismiss a lawsuit by a

subsidiary of the JBG Cos. for the second time. The suit calls for the court to postpone construction of the hotel while JBG disputes the contracting procedure for the $537 million hotel, which they deemed an “invalid sole source procurement.” Greene refuted the city’s motion in a two-page order on Jan. 6, stating there were no new points since its first request for dismissal which was rejected on Nov. 18. While the judge has not ruled on the suit itself, the existence of the lawsuit has prevented the city from selling bonds, thus delaying

groundbreaking. First Potomac Realty Trust Purchases Ashburn Business Park First Potomac Realty Trust recently purchased a business park in Ashburn for $14 million from MRP Realty, washingtonbusinessjournal. com reported. Located off the Dulles Greenway, The Corporate Campus at Ashburn Center is a three-building, 194,183-square-foot campus. It has been partially designed as a data center and is 45 percent leased to Odin Technologies, MCW

Solutions and PullThePlug Technologies. The recent purchase accompanies the Bethesdabased real estate company’s nearby property in Loudoun County, named Sterling Park Business Center. “We especially like the property’s location in this growing market for technology companies and its proximity to George Mason University’s future, Loudoun campus and a future Metro station,” said Nicholas Smith, chief investment officer of First Potomac, in an interview with the Washington Business Journal.

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Agent-Zero Erased Without a Trace
By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor Wizards star Gilbert Arenas has dominated recent news headlines after violating federal law and NBA policy by bringing four pistols onto league property at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The 28-year-old Los Angeles native is being invested by federal authorities and was suspended indefinitely without pay by NBA commissioner David Stern after joking about the charges before a game on Jan. 5. The discussion on most blogs now focus on exactly how much prison time, if any, Arenas will receive if he is indicted and convicted of what appears to be an obvious breach of federal gun law. But while the world can’t stop talking about Arenas and his trouble, the Wizards organization has taken the opposite approach, casting a disappearing spell on a player who may have played the jokester role too well during his tenure. Shortly after Commissioner Stern pulled the plug on Arenas’ season, Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld began severing his own ties by telling the three-time All Star not to attend practices, games or any other team functions. The team also removed a banner featuring his photograph from the side of the Verizon Center and edited him out of the team’s pregame video. Arenas’ jerseys are also no longer sold at the Verizon Center, nor can they be purchased from any NBA product distributors online. The popular shoe brand Adidas released a statement to the media on Jan. 11 stating they’re examining their relationship with the ball player, suggesting the possibility he could soon lose his endorsement deal. “We are evaluating our relationship with Gilbert Arenas based on his recent conduct and subsequent suspension from the NBA,” Adidas spokeswoman Lyn Famiglietti said in a statement. “We echo the Commissioner’s concern for such a serious incident and will continue to follow the investigation by the league and law enforcement.” In less than a 24-hour span, Arenas went from one of the league’s most marketable players to a ghost with a haunted past. But unnamed sources close to the Wizards organization have told local reporters that the suspension may be a blessing According to the report, Gilbert once defecated in the shoes of his teammate Andray Blatche during his rookie season. Two years later, he allegedly stole the car keys of former teammate Awvee Storey, made a copy and mailed them back to the District, where his friend then removed the tires from Storey’s car which was parked in the Wizards garage. When Storey told the team his tires were stolen, Arenas rolled one of his rims across the locker room. Wizards third-year guard Nick Young told reporters on Jan. 8 that Gil played the same trick on him during his rookie season. “I pleaded with him to give me my wheels back,” Young told the media following a recent win against the Orlando Magic. “That’s just Gilbert. You have to know him. He’s not a malicious guy; he’s a good guy that just does some crazy things.” But Arenas’ latest joke on Dec. 21 crossed the line into a dangerous territory after he placed four pistols in the locker of his 22-year-old teammate Javaris Crittenton along with a note that read, “Pick One.” Crittenton, who’d reportedly argued with Arenas over a card game the previous night, didn’t take the joke lightly and according to unnamed sources, he flashed his own pistol. Now Arenas’ greatest accomplishment may be figuring out how to make himself reappear on a team that wants nothing to do with him. Meanwhile, the Wizards will need some if its younger stars to help fill the offensive void left by Arenas’ absence. Fans have been expecting the young and talented forward Andray Blatche to step up his game, but lately he’s done the opposite and was even suspended for one game on Jan. 10 for conduct detrimental the team (the Wizards have declined to discuss details of the team charge). Along with the young stars, the veterans on the team are also expected to help fill Gil’s void. But rumors have begun to circulate around the NBA that Grunfeld may trade team captain Antawn Jamison to the Cleveland Cavaliers and could possibly break up the rest of the team in a rebuilding process. “[Arenas’ actions] are going to affect not only the people’s lives involved, but our lives as well,” Jamison told the media. “We don’t have one of the best players in the league...changes might happen, that’s affecting everybody.”

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Wizards suspended star Gilbert Arenas was told not to attend practices, games or any other team function. Any apparel with his name on it has been pulled from all NBA stores. in disguise and that Gilbert has often haunted the team long before he became a ghost. In a Washington Post article, sources who spoke on condition of anonymity said Arenas often played embarrassing practical jokes on his teammates, but was rarely punished by the team’s operation staff.

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One Down, Two Rounds to Go
Call to the Hall for Jerry Rice
A few weeks ago I was in the company of a group of friends I don’t get to see on a day-to-day basis. Whenever I am around these guys I have to solve all of the sports arguments they have been saving up, waiting for me to put in an appearance. As the resident “sports expert,” I am hit with questions ranging from the Olympics in ancient Greece to a marble tournament in Iowa two weeks ago. On this particular occasion the subject was Jerry Rice and the reason he isn’t in the Hall of Fame. My first reaction was relief that the question didn’t concern the Washington Wizards and the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. While collecting myself for an intelligent answer to the Jerry Rice question, it occurred to me that there may be a few other people out there with the same question. And, since I spent so much time on the soap box pleading the case of Art Monk, I thought it would be a good idea to clear the air on this subject. The criteria for eligibility to enter the Hall of Fame starts with the player being retired from the sport for five years. In the case of Rice, he has just become eligible. Rice was drafted in 1985 and played for 21 years. Before we touch on his accomplishments, I would like to make a case for how amazing 21 years is for a wide receiver. People make a big deal over the fact that Brett Favre is 40 years old and still playing, but Rice retired at age 42. The big difference can be found in the fact that Favre sits in a pocket with 300-pound gorillas around him for protection. If he leaves that pocket, it is his choice. Rice had to put his 42-year-old legs in motion on every play. He was also assigned to catch passes thrown over the middle of the field making him a target for those 220-pound safeties with bad attitudes. With this in mind, remember that Rice played 21 seasons and was only plagued with injury in the 1997 season. The fact that Rice found a place in pro football is a story within itself. He attended Mississippi Valley State, and to be honest, I bet there aren’t more than a few of you who have ever heard of this school, myself once included. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers and helped Joe Montana and Steve Young build Hall of Fame careers. After 16 years with the 49ers, he found himself on a bus for Oakland. This was no big deal because Oakland is right across the bay from San Francisco. The only major decision he had to make was which gas card he would use to make the trip across the bridge every day. After four years with the Raiders, he spent one season with the Seattle Seahawks. I have been to Seattle and to live there you have to be waterproof or related to a duck. At age 42, this isn’t the place to start a new life. Jerry was probably thinking the same thing so he started getting his Social Security in order and turned in his retirement papers. During his 21-year career he amassed quite a record. He was selected to the Pro Bowl 13 times. While active he suited up for 303 games, had 1,549 receptions with 197 of them resulting in touchdowns. When the chips were down, Jerry was called upon to carry the mail from the backfield. With 645 yards rushing resulting in 10 touchdowns, he earned the nickname “Mr. Dependable.” Just to let you know that his athletic ability didn’t take a hiatus when he left the gridiron, Jerry showed up on “Dancing with the Stars,” and acquitted himself very nicely. So, I hope this answers all of the questions about Jerry Rice and punctuates the fact that he is ready to answer the “call to the Hall.” By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer Ravens Fly High to Indy to Face Colts After beating the New England Patriots for the first time in franchise history last week, the Baltimore Ravens will look to dispatch another arch nemesis when they visit the top-seeded Indianapolis Colts (14-2 overall record) on Jan. 16 at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Ravens (10-7) haven’t beaten the Colts since 2001 and are 2-7 alltime against Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning. Manning became the first player in NFL history to win the Most Valuable Player award four times when he took home this year’s honors on Jan. 9. Manning and company have had a notoriously difficult history when facing pressure defenses in the postseason and they’ll face one of the best against Baltimore. The Ravens pressured Patriots quarterback Tom Brady into four turnovers and limited the three-time Super Bowl winner to just 154 passing yards. The Colts are 0-2 in their last two playoff outings while the Ravens are 3-1 in theirs. Baltimore’s takedown of the Patriots last week continued a two-year theme for the Ravens of eliminating higher seeds on the road in the playoffs. Baltimore upset last year’s top AFC seed, the Tennessee Titans, 13-10, in the second round. Jets Prep for Red Hot Chargers The New York Jets (10-7) finished as the top overall defense during the NFL’s regular season, and they’ll need every ounce of that ranking when they visit the AFC’s No. 2 seed San Diego Chargers (13-3) on Jan. 17. The Chargers have averaged 30 points per game throughout the course of a league-high, 11-game win streak. While New York didn’t qualify for the playoffs until the final week of the regular season, they’ve been equally as impressive on defense during the last two months of their campaign. Including last week’s 2414 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, the Jets have allowed just 8.7 points per game in their last seven matchups. Jets rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez will be making his second career playoff start. But, on a team that topped the NFL in both defense and rushing yards, Sanchez won’t be asked to do much. The first-round pick from the University of Southern California has averaged just 117 passing yards in his last three games while the Jets have rushed for a total of 630 yards during that span, an average of 210 rushing yards per game. San Diego is 20th in the league against the run but will try to put pressure on the Jets with a relentless offensive attack. San Diego has proven troublesome for opposing secondaries all season with a receiving corps that doesn’t have a wide receiver shorter than 6-foot1-inch tall. New York will try to counter with standout cover corner Darrelle Revis, who was allowed only two touchdown receptions all season, but San Diego’s offensive weapons are talented and plentiful. Cowboys to Face Brett Favre and Vikings Before their 34-14 win against the Philadelphia Eagles, the 12-5 Dallas Cowboys’ last playoff win came 13 years earlier in a 4015 wipeout of the Minnesota Vikings in 1996. The Cowboys will try to duplicate memories of years past when they take on the NFC’s second-seeded Vikings (124) this Sunday. The past few weeks have been a period for redemption for Dallas, who has tried to shake their label as a team that fades down the stretch with wins against the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles during the last month of the season. Although Minnesota’s playoff history hasn’t been as futile as the Cowboys, the Vikings haven’t won a postseason game since 2004. But Minnesota hasn’t had a quarterback as decorated as Continued on B11

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The Washington Afro-American, January 16, 2010 - January 22, 2010

Black Civil War Museum Unveils More History
By Pharoh Martin NNPA Washington Correspondent    WASHINGTON (NNPA)  - Every year, an estimated  100,000 people pour into  Washington, D.C., and make  their way to see the striking  Spirit of Freedom sculpture  and the etched names of over  209,000 African Americans  who served in the U.S.  Colored Troops during the  Civil War. And yet, the  associated museum where  tourists learn about the story  of how these heroic souls  turned the tide of the war is  the size of a very small one-  bedroom apartment.  “It’s not so much that we  don’t have much on display,”  said Dr. Frank Smith,  founder and director of the  African-American Civil War  Memorial at 1200 U St. “It’s  that we have such a small  space that they can’t enjoy it  the way they would like it.” With only 700 square feet,  Smith needs more room. And  he‘s finally getting it. The  former D. C. city councilman  plans to relocate the museum  to a bigger building in  September, using a $5 million  grant he has been awarded  from the District of Columbia  city government. The foundation that  oversees the museum aims to  relocate into the city-owned  Archibald Grimke Building,  which has 2,500 square feet  of potential display space  and is directly adjacent  to the memorial statue in  Washington’s historic Shaw  neighborhood.  The proposed site gives  Smith the ability to expand  exhibits and programs as well  as take advantage of modern  presentation technology such  as touch screens and high-end  audio-visual equipment. The  museum currently has only  700 square feet of display  space, which is only enough  room to hold 10 percent  of the museum’s elaborate  collection of Civil War and  Antebellum-related artifacts,  documents, letters, photos  and other historic keepsakes.  When a bus load of students  come to visit, the museum  is unable to accommodate  everybody, some are forced  to wait outside. The memorial, museum  and namesake Metro subway  station anchors the historic U  Courtesy Photos Street corridor, Washington’s  Former D.C.  Councilman Frank Smith in front of the Spirit longtime epicenter of Black  of Freedom Statue adjacent to the African-American Civil arts and culture. P.B.S.  War Museum. Pinchback, the most wellknown Black soldier to fight  people weren’t even aware  completely wiped out and  in the Civil War, went on  that Black soldiers fought for  that the fort was never taken.  to live an affluent life after  the Union army,” Smith said.  That couldn’t be further from  a brief stint in Louisiana  Harry Jones, the museum’s  the truth. The regiment lost  as America’s first Black  curator, is more critical of  10 percent of its men in that  governor and then as a  Glory’s glaring  inaccurate  battle and the fort was taken  philanthropist in Washington  portrayal of dates, events and  seven weeks later.” where he earned the moniker,  the regiment itself.  He calls the movie  “Mayor of U Street.” For instance, the 54th  an advertisement, not a  Ironically, the Shaw  Massachusetts was depicted  documentary, on the subject.  neighborhood that U Street  as a regiment of uneducated  Academia and the general  is a part of is named after  runaways when in reality  public were operating out of  Robert Gould Shaw, the  a majority of the soldiers  ignorance, he says. White Civil War general  were free-born men, some  “I tell them the story that’s  that the all-Black 54th  who came from independent  quite different than what  Massachusetts regiment made  militias. they’ve been hearing,” Jones  famous by the 1989 movie,  “Glory was completely  said. Glory. The Academy Awardfalse,” Jones said. “In the  A typical belief is that  winning war drama ignited  movie’s final battle at Fort  African Americans in this  public interest in the topic of  Wagner, the producers  time period were agents  Blacks in the Civil War.  claimed that the 54th  rather than just victims. But,  “Before that movie most  Massachusetts regiment was  an 1865 sketch titled “Federal  Army Entering Richmond”  by White artist Joseph  Becker depicts the fall of  the Confederate capital and  the Union troops entering  Richmond — all with dark  faces. The museum uses primary  source pictorials to share  that experience, a variety of  photographs and documents.  It also uses first-hand  accounts from artists and  journalists through artistic  renditions and news articles. A stand out in the  collection is an actual 1834  bill of sale for a young  Alabama girl. An original  Abraham Lincoln-signed  Emancipation Proclamation  was also displayed at the  museum for five days at  one point. That document  was essential to nationally  outlawing slavery.  Blacks who fought in  the Civil War have been a  long time passion for the  16-year city politician. He  first learned about the U.S.  Colored Troops four decades  ago as a civil rights organizer. As a student at Morehouse  College in Atlanta, Smith  became a leader of Atlanta’s  student movement and  a founding member of  the Student Nonviolent  Coordinating Committee,  known as SNCC. He dropped  out of school his junior year  in college so that he could  do civil rights activism in  Mississippi and Alabama. While registering voters in  the Magnolia state, Smith met  an NAACP worker whose  great-grandfather served in  the U.S. Colored Troops. That 

was a revelation for Smith.  At that point, Smith had no  idea that Blacks fought for  the Union army. He spent  the next 40 years studying  the subject intensely and  collecting Civil War-related  memorabilia with the idea  that a museum would come  along one day. The Georgia native  made his mark on the Civil  Rights movement until  1968 when he moved to the  nation’s capitol to become a  researcher on education and  planning issues. His work led  him into community politics  where he served on his  neighborhood advisory board,  and later, a term on the city’s  board of education in 1979,  which came after a failed  run for the City Council. In  1982, Smith again ran and  won a seat on City Council.  He remained a councilman  for four consecutive terms.  He got his chance to start the  museum in the mid-1990s  when the Council needed  something to compliment  U Street’s then-proposed  subway station.  Today, the AfricanAmerican Civil War  Museum’s founder works  the phones to get funding to  keep the museum’s lights on  and educating curious patrons  about Blacks fighting in the  Civil War.  “Most of the tourists we  get are young people,” Smith  said. “They are college and  high school students and  they knew it took this. War is  brutal. But on the other hand,  fighting to save your family 
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Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 0009480-09 IN RE: Nicole Portis Fife Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME Nicole Portis Fife having filed a complaint for judgment changing Nicole Portis Fife name to Nicole Portis Muhammad 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 23rd day of December 2009. ORDERED, that all persons concerned show cause, if any there be, on or before the 29th day of January 2010, 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 Afro-American. JUDGE A TRUE COPY TEST: 1/1, 1/8, 1/15 Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 0009480-09 IN RE: Nicole Portis Fife Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME Major Leroy Fife having filed a complaint for judgment changing Major Leroy Fife name to Major Akbar Muhammad 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 23rd day of December 2009. ORDERED, that all persons concerned show cause, if any there be, on or before the 29th day of January 2010, 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 Afro-American. JUDGE A TRUE COPY TEST: 1/1, 1/8, 1/15 Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 0009480-09 IN RE: Ibn Major Fife Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME Nicole Portis Fife having filed a complaint for judgment changing Ibn Major Fife name to Ibn Major Muhammad 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 23rd day of December 2009. ORDERED, that all persons concerned show cause, if any there be, on or before the 29th day of January 2010, 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 Afro-American. JUDGE A TRUE COPY TEST: 1/1, 1/8, 1/15 SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 0001307-09 Estate of Graldine Dalzell Payne Deceased NOTICE OF STANDARD PROBATE Notice is hereby given that a petition has been filed in this Court by Kenneth Rosenau, Esq for standard probate, including the appointment of one or more personal representative. Unless a comp

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plaint or an objection in accordance with Superior Court 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 in the absence of a will or proof satisfactory to the Court of due execution, enter an order determining that the decedent died intestate. 0 appoint a supervised personal representative Register of Wills Clerk of the Probate Div. Date of First Publication January 8, 2010 Names of Newspapers: Washington Law Reporter Washington AFRO-AMERICAN Kenneth Rosenau, Esq 1304 Rhode Island Ave. NW WDC 20005 Signature of Petitioners/Attorney 1/8, 1/15 SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2008ADM951 Estate of Douglas F Johnson aka Douglas Fairbanks Johnson Deceased NOTICE OF STANDARD PROBATE Notice is hereby given that a petition has been filed in this Court by Theresa Rosser and Annette Johnson for standard probate, including the appointment of one or more personal representative. Unless a complaint or an objection in accordance with Superior Court 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 October 20, 1984 exhibited with the petition upon proof satisfactory to the Court of due execution by affidavit of witnesses 0 Appoint an unsupervised personal representative. 0 Other-Determine the applicability of D.C. Code Section 18-308, Anti-lapse statute. Register of Wills Clerk of the Probate Div. Date of First Publication January 8, 2010 Names of Newspapers: Washington Law Reporter Washington AFRO-AMERICAN Cherly C. Henderson 4920 Niagara Road Suite 200 College Park, MD. 20740 Signature of Petitioners/Attorney 1/8, 1/15 Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 0000926-09 Arsula C. Brown Decedent Frazer Walton, Jr 920 Burns Street, SE Washington DC 20019 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Andrei Brown, whose address is 1906 D Street, NE Washington DC 20002 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Arsula C. Brown, who died on July 28, 2009 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor W

Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before July 8, 2010. 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 July 8, 2010, 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: January 8, 2010 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Andrei Brown Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/8, 1/15, 1/22

Date of Publication: January 8, 2010 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Ronald Lee Lott Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/8, 1/15, 1/22

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 0001308-09 DeSadra Banks Decedent Jay B Dorsey 146 Tennessee Ave NE Washington, DC 20002 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Mikeya L. Welcher, whose address is 320 Emerson Street NW, Washington DC 20011 was appointed personal representative of the estate of DeSadra M. Banks, who died on November 2, 2009 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 July 8, 2010. 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 July 8, 2010, 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: January 8, 2010 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Mikeya L. Welcher Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/8, 1/15, 1/22 Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 0001304-09 Vernell M. Lott Decedent Larry H. Kirsch, Esq 5101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Suite 302 Washington DC 20016 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Ronald Lee Lott, whose address is 2920 Nelson Place, SE, #3 Washington DC 20019 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Vernell M.. Lott, who died on December 1, 2009 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 July 8, 2010. 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 July 8, 2010, 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. D

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 801-09 Clyde M Turner Decedent Thomas H. Queen Esq 530 Eighth Street SE Washington DC 20003 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Shirley A. Holmes, whose address is 2012 10th Street, NW Washington DC 20001 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Clyde M. Turner, who died on June 4, 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 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 July 8, 2010. 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 July 8, 2010, 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: January 8, 2010 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Shirley A. Holmes Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/8, 1/15, 1/22 Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 0001275-09 James Lloyd Decedent Milton E Mciver Esq 7339 Hanover Parkway Suite C Greenbelt, MD 20770 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Ella C. Lloyd, whose address is 4702 Kane Place, NE, Washington DC 20019 was appointed personal representative of the estate of James Lloyd, who died on May 25, 2009 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and h e i r s w h o s e whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before July 8, 2010. 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 July 8, 2010, 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: January 8, 2010 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Ella C. Lloyd Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/8, 1/15, 1/22 Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 0001276-09 Vernetta R. Perry D

Decedent Thomas H. Queen Esq 530 Eighth Street, SE Washington DC 20008 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Vernon W. Henderson, whose address is 881 Bellevue Street SE #1, Washington DC 20032 was, appointed personal representative of the estate of Vernetta R Perry, who died on November 11, 2009 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before July 8, 2010. 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 July 8, 2010, 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: January 8, 2010 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Vernon W. Henderson Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/8, 1/15, 1/22

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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2009ADM1261 Mary Lee Jefferson Decedent W. Alton Lewis 1450 Mercantile Lane Suite 155 Largo, MD 20774 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Tonya Denise Durham, whose address is 1514 Madison Street, Hyattsville, MD 20782 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Mary Lee Jefferson, who died on November 16, 2009 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before July 8, 2010. 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 July 8, 2010, 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: January 8, 2010 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Tonya Denise Durham Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/8, 1/15, 1/22 Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 09ADM1248 Pennie Lee Hopkins Decedent Claude O. Barrington 1212 Emerson Street, NW Washington DC 20011 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Jacqueline Hopkins, whose address is 1672 Kramer Street NE, Washington DC 20002 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Pennie Lee Hopkins, who died on J l ih

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July 5, 2000 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and h e i r s w h o s e whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before July 8, 2010. 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 July 8, 2010 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: January 8, 2010 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Jacqueline Hopkins Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/8, 1/15, 1/22 Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 0001263-09 Calvin Cade Decedent Brian W. Thompson Esq 4530 Wisconsin Ave NW Suite 200 Washington DC 20016 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO U

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UNKNOWN HEIRS Clarence Cade, whose address is 5329 D Street SE, Washington DC 20019 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Calvin Cade, who died on January 20, 2008 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 (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before July 8, 2010. 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 July 8, 2010, 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: January 8, 2010 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Clarence Cade Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/8, 1/15, 1/22 Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 1262-09 Jeanette A. Michael Decedent W. Alton Lewis 1450 Mercantile Lane Suite 155 L

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Largo, MD 20774 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Carolyn Michael-Banks, whose address is 4811 Harvest Knoll Lane, Memphis, Tenn 38125 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Jeanette A. Michael, who died on November 29, 2009 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before July 8, 2010. 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 July 8, 2010, 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: January 8, 2010 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Carolyn Michael Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/8, 1/15, 1/22 Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION W

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Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 0001318-09 Frank Arrington Jr Decedent William A. Bland Esq 1140 Connecticut Ave NW #1100 Washington DC 20036 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Daisy Marie Arrington, whose address is 4411 Alabama Avenue, SE Washington DC 20019 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Frank Arrington Jr, who died on August 27, 2009 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 (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before July 8, 2010. 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 July 8, 2010, 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: January 8, 2010 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Daisy Marie Arrington Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/8, 1/15, 1/22

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dresses are 3028 Porter St NW #204, Washington DC 20008 & 333 E 79th Street, #9T, New York NY 10021 were appointed personal representative(s) of the estate of Shirley Bellsey aka Shirley R. Bellsey, who died on September 25, 2009 with a will, and will serve with Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before July 8, 2010. 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 July 8, 2010, 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: January 8, 2010 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Joan Bellsey Leslie Bellsey Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/8, 1/15, 1/22 SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA FAMILY COURT DOMESTIC RELATIONS BRANCH Docket No. 2009DRB2476 Judge Dalton Tigist Tessema Plaintiff, v. Meseret Bezabih Defendant. ORDER This case is before the Court upon consideration of the Plaintiff´s Motion to Serve By Publication. The plaintiff filed a complaint for Absolute Divorce on August 19, 2009, by which she is seeking an absolute an absolute divorce from the defendant, Meseret Bezabih. The plaintiff states that she and the defendant were married on June 20, 1994 in Gondar Ethiopia and they have continuously lived separate and apart since January 1996. She Claims to not know the defendant’s current whereabouts. In her current Motion to Serve By Publication, the plaintiff has filed an affidavit, which specifically sets forth the efforts that have been made to ascertain the defendant’s present address. Before an Order allowing Service by Publication may be issued, the plaintiff must demonstrate that he made a diligent but futile effort to locate the defendant, and must furnish the court with the following:
(1) the time and place at which the parties last resided together; (2) the last time the were in contact with each other; (3) the and address of the last employer of the either during the time the parties resided or at a later time if known to the Plaintiff; (4) the names and addresses of those known to be close to the Defendant; and (5) any other information which could a fruitful basis for further inquiry by one bent on learning the present whereabout the Defendant. From such basic information, the Plaintiff should then detail for the Court the particular efforts which have been made in the effort to ascertain the Defendant´s present address. Bearstop v.Bearstop, 377 A.2d 405, 408 (D.C. 1977).

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 0001298-09 Oscar Harrison Parham Jr. Decedent Kathy Brissette-Minus, LLC 9900 Greenbelt Road Ste E-215 Lanham MD 20706 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Gary C. Anderson, whose address is 1208 Parham Road, Apt 3, Fort Washington MD 20744 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Oscar Harrison Parham, Jr, who died on November 28, 2009 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 (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before July 8, 2010. 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 July 8, 2010, 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: January 8, 2010 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Gary C. Anderson Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/8, 1/15, 1/22 Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 0001291-09 Elaine D. Harris Decedent W. Alton Lewis 1450 Mercantile Lane Suite 155 Largo, MD 20774 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS George L. Harris Jr, and Patricia E. Croxton whose addresses are 9685 Bergamont Ct. Waldorf MD 20603 and 3015 Great Oak Drive, Forestville MD 20747, were appointed personal representative(s) of the estate of Elaine D. Harris, who died on November 28, 2009 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before July 8, 2010. 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 July 8, 2010, 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: January 8, 2010 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter George L Harris Jr Patricia E. Croxton Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/8, 1/15, 1/22 Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 0001278-09 Shirley Bellsey aka Shirley M. Bellsey Decedent Sherri M. Stahl Krauthamer & Stahl, Chartered 5530 Wisconsin Ave Suite 801 Chevy Chase Md 20815 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Joan Bellsey and Leslie Bellsey, whose add

the DC area without any success. Plaintiff has also traveled to Ethiopia, but could still not ascertain the defendant’s whereabouts. In accordance with DC Code §13-338, the plaintiff has provided the court with proof of a summons being issued or a certified letter being sent and returned. Based on the foregoing, the court finds that the plaintiff has made diligent efforts to locate the defendants. Accordingly, it is this 18th day of November, 2009, hereby; ORDERED that the Plaintiff´s Motion to Serve By Publication is hereby GRANTED. It is further ORDERED that a status hearing in this matter is shall be held on January 29, 2010 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 103. SO ORDERED. Carol Ann Dalton Associate Judge Signed in Chambers 1/8, 1/16, 1/22 Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 0001328-09 Georgianna L. Marshall Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Betty L. Stevenson, whose address is 1907 Maryland Ave., Apt 106, Washington DC 20002 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Georgianna L. Marshall, who died on June 18, 2009 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and w h o s e h e i r s 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 July 15, 2010. 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 July 15, 2010, 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: January 15, 2010 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Betty L. Stevenson Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/15, 1/22, 1/29 Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2009ADM1322 John Edward Wesley Decedent Kiran Hassan Rosenau & Rosenau 1304 Rhode Island Ave NW WDC 20005 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Marjorie Harvey, whose address is 3600 B Street SE, #317, Washington DC 20019, was appointed personal representative of the estate of John Edward Wesley, who died on November 18, 2004 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 July 15, 2010. 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 July 15, 2010, 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: January 15, 2010 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Marjorie Harvey Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/15, 1/22, 1/29 Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 2

g 20001-2131 Administration No. 2009ADM1321 Harold J. Gordon Decedent Kiran Hassan Rosenau & Rosenau 1304 Rhode Island Ave NW WDC 20005 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Janice M DeSasso, whose address is 347 11th Street SE Washington DC 20003, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Harold J. Gordon, who died on August 12, 2008 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 July 15, 2010. 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 July 15, 2010 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: January 15, 2010 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Janice M. DeSasso Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/15, 1/22, 1/29 SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Foreign No. 2009FEP119 Date of Death August 27, 2007 Muhammad Saleh Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS Rahim A. Saleh whose address is 14508 Homecrest Road, Apt. 323, Silver Spring, MD 20910 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Muhammad Saleh, deceased, by the Orphans Court for PG County, State of Maryland, on May 7, 2009. Service of process may be made upon Edmond Charles, 3503 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20010 whose designation as District of Columbia agent has been filed with the Register of Wills, D.C. The decedent owned the following District of Colombia real property: 7600 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington DC 20012. The decedent owned District of Columbia personal property. Claims against the decedent may be presented to the undersigned and filed with the Register of Wills for the District of Columbia, 515 5th Street, NW, 3rd Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001 within 6 months from the date of first publication of this notice. (Strike preceding sentence if no real estate.) Rahim A. Saleh Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS Date of first publication: January 15, 2010 Name of newspapers and/or periodical: The Daily Washington Law Reporter The Afro-American 1/15, 1/22, 1/29 Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 00013335-09 Theresa Bassard Taylor Decedent Donata L. Edwards 1629 K Street NW Suite 300 Washington DC 20006 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Phyllis Taylor White, whose address is 16815 Lehigh Drive, Sandy Spring, MD 20860 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Theresa Bassard Taylor, who died on September 13, 2009 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th S

Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before July 15, 2010. 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 July 15, 2010, 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: January 15, 2010 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Phyllis Taylor White Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/15, 1/22, 1/29

The Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) hereby invites sealed proposals from interested parties for Proposal No. P30-135 Energy Management Services in accordance with specifications to be furnished by the Purchasing Division, 6611 Kenilworth Ave., Suite 300 Riverdale, MD 20737. A pre-proposal meeting is being held Monday, January 25, 2010, Parks and Recreation Administration (PRA), 6600 Kenilworth Avenue, First Floor, Riverdale, MD 20737. Each proposal must be submitted to the Purchasing Office at the above address. Proposals must be received before 11:00 AM, Friday, February 5, 2010. Questions regarding this proposal may be directed to Mechelle T. Myers, CPPB at (301)454 1604, TTY (301)454-1493 or Mechelle.Myers@ mncppc.org. All proposals and associated documents will become the property of the MNCPPC and will be considered public information. The Commission is an E.O.E. with special procurement rules for Minorities, Females, and the Disabled. Nancy J. Keogh Purchasing Manager URS CORPORATION REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS FOR ENGINEERING & CONSTRUCTION RELATED SERVICES URS Corporation is a provider of Engineering Services and is requesting subcontractors from qualified Minority and Women´s Business Enterprise businesses. The following services are requested for projects that are projected for design and construction during the next two years in the States of Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania. In Maryland, the Counties of Cecil, Kent, Talbot, Somerset, Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Harford, Caroline, Queen Anne´s, Wicomico, Worcester, Washington, and Allegany; and more specifically, the Towns of Perryville, Port Deposit, Ridgely, Centreville, Berlin, Havre de Grace, Cumberland, Rising Sun, Charlestown, and Chesapeake City are specific areas that have potential ongoing engineering needs. Geotechnical and Field Testing Services Inspection of Landscaping Construction Erosion and Sediment Control Inspections Elevated Water Tower Painting Inspections Road Paving Inspections Water & Sewer Pipe Inspections Surveying Services Civil & Structural Services Electrical and Mechanical Services Architectural Services Additional information for specific projects can be obtained by contacting Donna Bolender, URS Corporation, 4051 Ogletown Road, Newark, Delaware 19713. Telephone: 302-781-5876. Qualifications will be due by January 25, 2010. These projects are, in part, funded by the Water Revolving Loan Fund and other Federal funding sources. All subcontractors will be required to follow all pertinent guidelines as related to specific funding sources.

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INVITATION FOR SEALED BIDS (IFB) IFB BID NO.: B30-151 January 11, 2010 The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (”Commission”) hereby invites the submission of sealed bids by interested and qualified parties for the furnishing of all labor, supervision, equipment and materials, and the performance of all work necessary for the Supply and Installation of New Site/Security Lighting at Existing Parking Lot and Tennis Court at Birchwood City Community Recreation Center, 1331 Fenwood Avenue, Oxon Hill, Prince George’s County, Maryland, including associated work, all to be performed pursuant to and in accordance with the specifications and drawings. Copies of the Bid Documents for the project can be obtained from the Director of Parks and Recreation’s Office, 6600 Kenilworth Avenue, Room 205/207, Riverdale, Maryland 20737, after 9:00 am on January 11, 2010. The cost per set of these documents is $25.00 and is non-refundable checks and/or money orders only will be accepted. Documents will not be mailed. There will be a pre-bid meeting held at the site on January 28, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. Sealed bids must be received by the Commission’s Park Planning & Development Division’s Procurement Unit, do the Director of Parks and Recreation at 6600 Kenilworth Avenue, Room 205, Riverdale, MD 20737, no later than 3:00 P.M. on February 11, 2010. Bids timely received will be publicly opened and read immediately thereafter. The envelope containing the bid should be marked in the lower left-hand corner, ”Sealed Bid for Supply and Installation of New Site/Security Lighting at Existing Parking Lot and Tennis Court at Birchwood City Community Recreation Center”. The Commission reserves the right to reject any and all bids received, and to waive irregularities. Concerns and questions regarding this project should be directed to Pamela Graves at 301-699-2569. THE MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL PARK AND PLANNING COMMISSION Michael G. Terry, Jr., P.E. Engineering Supervisor Park Planning and Development Division

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Ex-NBA Star Pleads Guilty for Killing Limo Driver Former NBA star Jayson Williams pleaded guilty on Jan. 11 for accidentally shooting his limousine driver to death in 2002. According to The Associated Press, Williams was waiting for a retrial on a reckless manslaughter charge but decided to plead guilty to the lesser aggravated assault charge for the death of Costas Christofi. Williams will now serve at least 18 months in jail. AP reported that Williams told the judge he was showing friends a shotgun and had not fully checked to see if it was loaded before he snapped it closed and accidentally shot Christofi. “I didn’t look in the direction the muzzle of the gun was pointed,” Williams reportedly said. By agreeing to take the aggravated assault charge, Williams’ sentence was cut to only 18 months in state prison as opposed to a maximum 10-year sentence he would have received for the reckless manslaughter charge. He can still face up to five years in jail for a prior conviction for attempting to cover up the murder, but according to AP, the sentences will be concurrent so he’ll be eligible for parole after 18 months. “Today is the first step in moving toward closure,” said Williams’ attorney, Joseph Hayden, who declined to speak further about the case. For more details on Jayson Williams’ case, visit our online library at afro.com. Two Arrested for Deadly Attack on Togo Soccer Team Authorities have arrested two separatists in the Cabinda region of Angola in connection with the shooting attack on the Togolese national soccer team that killed three people, The Associated Press reported on Jan 11. According to AP, a brief statement was released from Antonio Nito, the prosecutor in charge of Cabinda province, saying two unidentified members of the Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda forces (FLEC) were found near the site of the Jan. 8 shooting which killed Togo’s assistant coach and team spokesman, as well as the Angolan bus driver. Eight other people were wounded, including a goalkeeper who was flown to South Africa for treatment. “Our boys went to Angola to celebrate the best in African football (soccer) but they came back with dead bodies and bullet wounds,” said Togbe Aklassou, a traditional ruler from the Be area of Lome. AP reported that FLEC leader Rodrigues Mingas—reportedly in exile in France—told France-Info radio that he’s responsible for the shooting, but claimed his group was targeting the Angolan troops escorting the Togolese team. “In war, anything can happen, this is only the beginning,” Mingas said, according to AP. Andre Puango, coordinator of the Cabinda forum for dialogue (an organization that unites former FLEC members who began a peace bond with the Angolan government four years ago) told AP that the attack had came from rebellious FLEC members. “This attack has been committed by armed gangsters who just want to sabotage the peace process,” Puango said. NFL Player Arrested for Choking Wife Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Jermaine Phillips was recently charged with choking his wife during an argument. A Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office press release said Phillips was charged with domestic battery by strangulation and prison records show the football player was released on his own recognizance on Jan. 11. According to The Associated Press, Tampa Bay police say Phillips’ wife dialed 911 on Jan. 10 and claimed Phillips grabbed her around the neck. She also said an argument escalated after she confronted Phillips about a number in his cell phone. The Buccaneers released a statement saying they are closely monitoring the situation. AP reported that a public defender appeared in court for Phillips on Jan. 11, but Phillips is expected to hire a private attorney for future proceedings. Donovan McNabb to Return in 2010 Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb is one of only four African-American starting quarterbacks currently in the NFL, and his head coach Andy Reid recently assured the media that McNabb will remain in the group of few for at least another season. During a press conference on Jan.11, Reid dismissed any rumors that his 12-year veteran quarterback wouldn’t be back in Philly in 2010, stating that the five-time Pro Bowler will be starting for the Eagles next season. “That’s my call,” Reid told reporters. “I think he’s a great player. His work over the last 11 years has proven that. I truly believe it’s a team sport; it’s not one guy.” McNabb’s job status came in question following the team’s elimination from the NFL Playoff as the Eagles fell badly to the Dallas Cowboys in the first round on Jan. 10. McNabb has been one of the best quarterbacks in the league during his career, but he has also failed to win a Super Bowl despite being very close in five separate seasons. He finished this season with 3,553 passing yards, 22 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 14 games. He also recorded a passer rating of 92.9, the third highest in his career. Rep. Cummings Speaks on Mark McGwire Debacle Rep. Elijah E. Cummings spoke Jan. 12 about former baseball slugger Mark McGwire, who recently admitted using steroids during his career. McGwire, who was hired as the hitting coach for the St. Louis Cardinals this season, recently told reporters he realized he would eventually have to speak about steroid use and particularly about the testimony he gave to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Congressman Cummings had challenged McGwire on potential steroid use but the former slugger refused to discuss the allegations. “I am happy that Mr. McGwire has finally admitted what has been speculated about for so long,” said Cummings. “His playing career was tainted with the scourge of steroids, as indicated by the recent Hall of Fame voting, but it was further marred by his refusal to admit wrongdoing and failure to try to rebuild his credibility. Now, after apologizing and admitting wrongdoing, he can do exactly that. “New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez admitted using performance-enhancing drugs and has shown contrition. Now, he is working to educate future ballplayers about the dangers of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. I would invite Mr. McGwire to use his new position, and the fame he earned as a player, to help ensure future generations do not fall into the same trap that he did.” McGwire received as much criticism from baseball pundits and fans as former MLB star Barry Bonds, who set the all-time home-run record with 762 in 2007. Unlike McGwire, Bonds never tested positive for steroid use, but he was he was indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice in 2007 and a federal investigation of BALCO drugs. DNA evidence of Bonds links him to performance-enhancing drugs and the BALCO labs, but a federal jury selection has been postponed indefinitely.

One Down, Two Rounds to Go
Continued from B7 newly acquired Brett Favre, who earned his 11th Pro Bowl invite this year at the age of 40. Dallas is currently riding a four-game winning streak while the Vikings have won just two of their last five games. The Cowboys last beat the Vikings, 24-14, in 2007 but will face a different team this time around. Favre has given Minnesota a competent passing attack to go along with dangerous runner Adrian Peterson. Dallas will counter with a defense that has given up just 51 points in its last five contests. Cardinals’ Kurt Warner vs. Saints’ Drew Brees One week after an offensive shootout, the Arizona Cardinals (11-6) could be in line for another when they visit the NFC’s top-ranked New Orleans Saints (13-3) this Saturday. The Saints finished as the regular season’s top scoring team with 31.9 points an outing but the Cardinals’ 51 points against the Packers last week currently leads all playoff teams. Things may only get better for Arizona if starting receiver Anquan Boldin returns to the lineup after sitting out last week’s contest with knee and ankle injuries. New Orleans started the season 13-0 but lost three

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consecutive games, including their last two home games. The Saints will look to reestablish themselves as a dominant home team but could have some difficulty with last year’s NFC champion. Arizona’s play will be inspired by starting quarterback Kurt Warner’s recent announcement that he plans to retire after the season. Warner will have to quickly recharge his batteries after battling Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers to the finish last week. Saints quarterback Drew Brees is regarded as one of the top quarterbacks in the league and will be looking to improve a 1-2 career playoff record.

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Black Civil War Museum Unveils More History
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and fighting to save your community that’s something that you can hold on to. Three

out of four people listed on that wall were slaves.” The memorial’s 9-foot-1/2 inch bronze statue, Spirit of Freedom, was sculpted by Ed

Hamilton. The award-winning sculptor also designed renowned monuments such as the Amistad Memorial in New Haven, Conn., and Joe Louis

Memorial statue in Detroit, Mich. The front side of the statue shows three armed Black Civil War infantry soldiers and a sailor. The back

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Dr. Frank Smith shows artifacts that reveal truths about the role Black soldiers played in the Civil War. side shows a family seeing a soldier off to war. The 209,145 names on the memorial’s wall come from the official records of the Bureau of US Colored Troops at the National Archives. The names also include 7,200 White officers who commanded Black troops. “People naturally just associate the major important monuments with the National Mall,” Smith said. “People ask,” Why isn’t this on the Mall?” And we took that into account when we built it. But our job was to put something up here that was valuable enough to be on the Mall but not be on the Mall.”

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2 p.m.

Yinka Shonibare Reinterpreted

Holly Bass Performance Projects performs the new piece African Futures: DC. Dancers Andile Ndlovu and Ayano Kimura of the Washington Ballet respond to Shonibare’s Odile and Odette through dance. Play African instruments and learn about African polyrhythms and syncopation with Ugandan musician Daniel Ssuuna.

Feb. 12, 19
10:30–11:30 a.m.

Sounds of Africa

Feb. 23
7 p.m.

Artist Talk

French-Algerian contemporary artist Kader Attia talks about recent installations and current projects.
950 Independence Ave., SW Open daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Take Metro to Smithsonian station

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art