The Re Opening of the Lillie Carroll Jackson Museum
The long-awaited reopening of the Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum took
place on June 11 in Baltimore with a ribbon cutting ceremony in front of a large
crowd of Jackson-Mitchell family members, Morgan State University faculty, staff,
alumni and political leaders. Dr. David Wilson, president of Morgan State University,
welcomed the community leaders and discussed the importance of the living museum
and highlighted the life and legacy of its namesake, Dr. Lillie Carroll Jackson, a
former Baltimore Chapter NAACP president and civil rights activist. “Dr. Jackson’s
participation in Baltimore’s Civil Rights Movement was vital to initiating significant
change, and we’re proud to share that history with the world, introducing her contributions
to a new generation of museum goers,” said Dr. Wilson.
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The Harlem Wizards
On June 11, children, parents, teachers, and
students came out to see the high-flying antics by
The Harlem Wizards basketball team at Coppin
State University in Baltimore.
The entertainment started with a small
introduction accompanied by jokes, and basketball
tricks. As the Harlem Wizards competed against
the “B-more All-Stars,” a team made up of faculty
and staff members from local elementary and
middle schools, they took selfies with the crowd,
did flashy dunks and entertained the kid-friendly
audience. It was a fun evening as the Harlem
Wizards also, competed against a few people from
the crowd, then later, giving away many prizes
and letting the kids show off their dances moves.
TheAFRO was one of the many sponsors of the
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19th annual Black History Month Program
The AFRO hosted its 19th annual Black History Month Program on May 16th at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. The AFRO-American Newspapers Community Heroes Contest was about recognizing the everyday people in our communities who make a difference. Students’ from the Benjamin Banneker middle school in Montgomery County participated. Each student was asked to tell the story of someone in their community who was a hero. They could write about them, make a photo collage, craft a sculpture or create a web site. No limits were imposed on creativity.The showcase finalists accepted their awards and presented their artwork about their heroes. BGE and Verizon were the sponsors.
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Dubois Circle celebrates 110 years
On May 17, supporters, educators, advocates, and community leaders
all gathered at Martin’s West in Baltimore, Md. to recognize the 110th
anniversary of Dubois Circle, one of the oldest organizations in Baltimore,
and to celebrate the legacy of empowerment for women as they continue
to advocate and fight for African Americans.
President Patricia C. Jessamy, who is leaving the organization, spoke and
following a vocal performance by Aleea Powell, a student at the Baltimore School
for the Arts, John W. Franklin addressed the group. Franklin, senior program
manager, National Museum of African American History and Culture, spoke about the upcoming opening of the museum in Washington, D.C. in September.
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The 141st Preakness Stakes took place on May 21st at
the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md. The Preakness
Stakes Race, which was first run in 1870, is the second
event in the Triple Crown (The Kentucky Derby, The
Preakness and The Belmont Stakes). In spite of the rain,
a record 135,256 people attended the race. Exaggerator
beat the Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist for the win. The
infield entertainment included The Chain Smokers, Fetty
Wap, All Time Low and others. Photos by Anderson Ward
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Ben Jealous' Book Signing
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum hosted a book talk
and signing with Ben Jealous on May 7. Jealous
was promoting his book “Reach,” a collection of
essays and stories focusing on 40 Black men who
speak on living, leading, and succeeding. Two
contributors to the book, Emmanuel Cephas Jr.,
and Rodney D. Foxworth were also in attendance.
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Coppin State University Commencement 2016
Coppin State University held its 116th
commencement ceremony for the
undergraduate class of 2016, at the
physical education complex arena on
Along with graduates and Coppin
State faculty the gym was filled
with proud family members, long
distant relatives, friends, alumni,
and supporters. The commencement
started with remarks from the
presiding university president,
followed by the Star Spangled Banner.
But before the closing of the
graduation, the entire gym was able
to take home some personal stories,
and advice from the guest speaker,
David J. Johns as he spoke on his
work in the White House with the
Black Lives Matter movement
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Morgan State University's 140th Commencement
Because of the unpredictable rainy weather, the
commencement for Morgan’s graduates was moved
inside the Talmadge Hill Field House where more
than 800 undergraduates, graduates and honor
degrees were awarded degrees.
Two Baltimore natives received honorary degrees;
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Doctor of Public Service,
who was previously Speaker of the House of
Representatives and Kevin Lyles, Doctor of Laws, an
alumnus who was previously president of Def Jam
recordings and is now a partner of 300 Entertainment,
a new record label.
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YMCA Celebrates 100 Years of Service
On June 4 the YMCA celebrated its 100th year in Baltimore’s Druid Hill community with a special reception and block party. The program and reception started with a warm welcome and opening remarks. The room, full of community leaders, residents, sponsors and employees was shown video detailing the history of the YMCA in Druid Hill. President and CEO, John Hoey, then discussed the future of the YMCA in Druid Hill as it approaches its next hundred years.
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Dunbar Class of 1966 Celebrates 50 Years
DouglassPaul Laurence Dunbar High School class of 1966 celebrated its 50th anniversary Reunion on June 4. The sold out event was held at the Forest Park Golf Course Club House in Baltimore, Md. Championship football coach Stan Mitchell, Bishop Douglass Miles and Mrs.Joyce Hill Turnipseed were among the members of the class of 1966. DJ Wiz kept the feet tapping and dancing to classic “Old School” tunes. This Graduating class was among the first to use the Baltimore Civic Center (now Royal Farms Arena) for the graduation ceremony.
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Afro Shoot CBCF 2015 Phoenix Award Gala,
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Be A Hero
The Baltimore Child Abuse Center held its’ Be A Hero fundraiser at the Pazo Restaurant in Harbor East on May 13. It was well attended by supporters, sponsors and city officials. Awards were presented to Monica Haskins, Det. Maynard Johnson (BCPD), Kelly DeCunha, Maryland State Senator Susan Lee (D), Del. Brooke Lierman (D) and Del. Eric Luedtke (D). The Baltimore City Police Commissioner, Kevin Davis, was a special guest. Adam Rosenberg (Exec. Dir. BCAC) and Jennifer Sachs (BCAC Bd.) were the co-hosts.
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19th annual Black History Month Program
recognitionThe AFRO hosted its 19th annual Black History Month Program on May 16th at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. The AFRO-American Newspapers Community Heroes Contest was about recognizing the everyday people in our communities who make a difference. Students’ from the Benjamin Banneker middle school in Montgomery County participated. Each student was asked to tell the story of someone in their community who was a hero. They could write about them, make a photo collage, craft a sculpture or create a web site. No limits were imposed on creativity.The showcase finalists accepted their awards and presented their artwork about their heroes. BGE and Verizon were the sponsors.
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Pratt Library Annual Gala
On April 9, the Central Library of Enoch Pratt in Baltimore, MD was transformed into a banquet hall for the Pratt Library Annual Gala with a big band playing music, as the crowd of partygoers enjoyed an evening of fun, and a delicious assortment of dishes from several stations. The guests were also treated to interactive exhibitions and a rare look in the Pratt Library’s special collections.The event chairs were Allan and Clare Jensen. Dr. Carla Hayden is CEO of Enoch Pratt Free Library and was nominated by President Barack Obama to be the Librarian of Congress in Feb.
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Men Who Cook
The Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter National Coalition of 100 Black Women hosted their 24th annual Tasting Event “Men Who Cook” on May 1 at Martin’s West in Baltimore, MD. Many came out to taste an array of signature dishes cooked by men in the Baltimore community.
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Honoring Lillie Jackson Carroll at Morgan State University
An all day Civil Rights Symposium was held at the Earl G. Graves School Of Business at Morgan State University on April 21. A short film was shown highlighting the life of Lillie Carroll Jackson, the former president of the Baltimore chapter of the NAACP from 1935 to 1970. The keynote speaker was Dr. Prudence D. Cumberbatch. Pace J. McConkie was the master of ceremonies. The Curator of the Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum, Iris Barnes, spoke about the Museum Opening The panelist were Michael Coard, David J. Burton, president of the Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Maryland Higher Education, Edward A. Hailes, Jr., The Advancement Project, Danielle Davis, The Advancement Project, Khyla D. Craine, assistant counsel, NAACP National Legal Department, A. Dwight Pettit, Prof. Larry Gibson, Judge Robert M. Bell, Dr. Tracy Rone and Adam J. Jackson, CEO, Leaders Of A Beautiful Struggle. The discussion topics include segregation in Maryland’s system of higher education, voter suppression, racial justice and transforming Baltimore.
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Coppin State University’s investiture of Maria Thompson
Coppin State University’s investiture ceremony was held in the James Weldon Johnson Auditorium on April 29.Maria Thompson, Ph.D., became the 7th president and the first female president of Coppin. Dr. Deborah L. Thompson, the president’s sister, was the keynote speaker. Dr. Beverly Downing was mistress of ceremony. Dr. Harold A. Carter, Jr. (New Shiloh Baptist Church) gave the invocation. U. S. Sen. Ben Cardin gave the greeting. College presidents from: University of Baltimore; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Morgan State University; Bowie State University; University of Maryland, Baltimore; University of Maryland, College Park and Towson University among others were present.
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10th Annual Alzheimer’s Association Greater Maryland Chapter’s Memory Ball
The tenth annual Alzheimer’s
Association Greater Maryland
Chapter’s Memory Ball was held on
April 16 at the Marriott Waterfront
Hotel in Baltimore, MD. The theme
was “Dancing with the Stars.”
Nine local and talented “Dancing
Stars” performed their latest dance
moves and fancy footwork to
compete for the largest amount of
“votes” ($1 of
one vote) in front
of guests and the
dazzled the judges to win the
“Judges’ Choice for Best Dance,” and
the Alzheimer’s Association awarded
Richard and Susan Sunderland
DeFelice with raising the largest
amount of “votes. “
All proceeds from the Memory
ball will fund critical research and
supportive services which will
enable the Alzheimer’s Association
to accelerate its mission to eliminate
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The “Bear Battalion” ROTC Military Ball
The “Bear Battalion” ROTC Military Ball took place on April 2 at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. The “Bear Battalion” ROTC unit was established at Morgan State University in 1948. LTC (Ret.) Michael Bell is the president and event chair. A large group of cadets, family, sponsors and ROTC were in attendance.Four people were inducted into the ROTC Hall Of Fame: LTC (Ret.) Melvin G. Smullen, Dr. Joseph R. Ponds Jr., Brig. Gen. R. Scott Dingle and LTC Samuel Chisolm. The keynote speaker was Major General Bruce T. Crawford .Photos by Anderson R. WardPhotos
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South Baltimore Learning Center
WardOn April 16, the South Baltimore Learning Center (SBLC) celebrated 25 years of providing adult education at the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore, MD. SBLC was started in 1991 as a grassroots effort to improve literary skills in South Baltimore. There are now over 30 classroom locations serving more than 1,000 learners. Annmarie Westerfield is the Executive Director and Ian Neuman is the SBLC Board Chair.There was a silent auction with over 100 items up for bid. There was also a live auction with packages ranging from a seven day trip to Paris, France to ski trips and the Mayor’s skybox for a party of 20 people at Camden Yards.Tonya Pearson, a SBLC graduate, was the keynote speaker. Susan Sachs Fleishman was the 2016 Honoree. BGE was honored for community service and monetary contributions. Vytas Reid from Fox 45 Baltimore News was the master of ceremonies.
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Tri-State Debutante Cotillion
The Tri-State Association of the Improved Benevolent and Protective Order Elks of the World held their Tri-State Debutante Cotillion on March 20 at the Sheraton Baltimore, Towson, Md.Debutantes are young women in the 11th grade through the first year of college with a 2.5 or higher grade point average. They are taught etiquette, several dances, social interaction and are encouraged to wear a full skirted gown with flat shoes.
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The Greater Baltimore Urban League
The Greater Baltimore Urban League held their Whitney M. Young, Jr. Gala event at the Marriot International Hotel in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on April 8. The theme for the event was Reflect, Recover, Rebuild. Whitney M. Young, Jr. was a civil rights pioneer with a long history of activism at the National Urban League.Roslyn M. Brock, chairman of the national board of directors for the National Association of Colored People, was the keynote speaker. Brock is the youngest person to hold this position. Entertainment was provided by The Growing Griots, a Youth Literacy Learning Program as well as the John Lamkin III And Friends Band. The Whitney M. Young, Jr. Awardees were Rev. Debra Hickman, Ronald J. Daniels, president of Johns Hopkins University and Stephanie C. Hill, vice president, Lockeed Martin.
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Go Red for Women- Love your Heart
The Baltimore Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, in partnership with Macy’s Security Square and the American Heart Association, held an afternoon of fun activities to bring attention to women’s heart issues.Macy’s department store at the Security Square Mall offered free bra fittings and facial makeovers; the American Heart Association featured nurses from the Coppin State University giving free blood pressure screenings and information about other health issues for women.Members of the Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter provided voter registration forms to mall shoppers ahead of the upcoming election.
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Dr. Ruthe Sheffey's Lecture
Dr. Ruthe T. Sheffey, a 1947 graduate of Morgan State College, and Professor of English Emerita celebrated the inaugural Ruthe T. Sheffey Lecture in African-American Female Studies at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD.
The purpose of this annual event is to preserve the literary legacy of African Americans and enrich the learning environment on the Morgan State University campus by bringing notable African-American female scholars, such as Dr. Cheryl A. Wall, Board of Governors, Zora Neale Hurston professor of English at Rutgers University.
Guests were invited to a luncheon where Dr. Sheffey was lauded by her former students, colleagues, family and friends for her outstanding teaching, exceptional service and generosity to the University.
In 2014, Dr. Sheffey established the first endowed lectureship at Morgan State University to benefit African American youth. Dr. Sheffey served on the faculty of Morgan for 62 years.
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Brunch with the Elephants
WallaceThe elephants from the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus paraded past Baltimore’s Lexington Market on March 23. This was the 33rd, and final, annual ‘Brunch with the Elephants.’ The elephants dined on the world’s largest stand up vegetarian buffet of red & yellow apples, bananas, carrots, loaves of fresh Italian bread and watermelon. In addition to brunch, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Ring Master and silly clowns were on site bringing smiles of joy to children of all ages. Good time music performances were by Norm & Friends. The Circus is moving the elephants to Florida to retire them. This was the last show for them to work as circus animals.
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16th Annual State of Maryland Harriet Ross Tubman Day
Local officials, military personnel, and citizens gathered together March 10, as the Capitol remembered Harriet Tubman with its 16th Annual State of Maryland Harriet Ross Tubman Day of Remembrance and Underground Railroad Programs.The program was dedicated to the legacy of Harriet Tubman but also, recognition of Harriet Ross Tubman Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Janice Curtis Greene. Janice is an accomplished storyteller who has been telling African American and multicultural stories for over 20 years.The afternoon was very eventful with a Harriet Tubman reenactment by Janice Curtis Greene, who sang spirituals and told the story of Harriet Tubman during her life as a slave. Tubman Day programs were also held in Baltimore, Annapolis, Cambridge, Randallstown, and throughout Maryland.
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Tuskegee Airman Honored at Maryland Live! Casino Event
On Feb. 25 Maryland Live! Casino hosted the Maryland Washington Contractors’ third annual Black History Month Celebration honoring the region’s Black heroes, such as small businesses and government officials. The keynote speaker, and award recipient, was Sgt.Harry Quinton, a Tuskegee Airman.
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Living Women's History Maker Award Luncheon
The Baltimore City Club, a chapter of the National Association of Negro Business, and the Professional Women’s Club hosted their annual Living Women’s History Maker Award luncheon on March 19 at The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Walbrook Junction, Baltimore.
Both clubs were formed in 1941.
Award winners are Chelsea Corpening, Veris R. Lee, Pastor Gwendolyn E. Brooks, Dr. Ruthe T. Sheffey and Margret Garland
The guest were treated to
vocal selections by Dr. Marcia
Henson-Coakley and music
by Ernie McNair
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AFRO Mayoral Debate
One of the biggest mayoral debates of the current election season was held at the Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center at Morgan State University on March 10 in Baltimore, MD.
The AFRO, WEAA-AM radio, The City Paper, and The MSU Spokesman newspaper were sponsors of the event.
The diverse audience grew quickly before the debated started. Vendors like Black Girls Vote and others kept the attendees busy while waiting for the debate to start.
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CHUMS Founders’ Day Celebration 2016
Founders’ Day Celebration 2016
Officers and chapter members of the Philadelphia and Washington DC chapters of the CHUMS were hosted by the Baltimore Chapter members at the Johns Hopkins Club, part of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.
Benjamin Murphy Phillips IV, president of the AFRO American, spoke to the guests and members about the impactful work and history of Mrs. Santa. Mr. Phillips said that both Betty Murphy Phillips Moss, his mother, and Frances Murphy were charter members of the CHUMS. The CHUMS celebrated their 63rd year of providing enrichment of the lives of the local community, with a focus on mentorship, scholarship and development of children.
Special guest, Erica Alston, director of public relations, marketing and business development at Maryland Community Health Initiatives spoke about how neighborhood kids were provided a safe place to “stay alive” in the Penn-North Kids Safe Zone, a project which was established with the help of Kaiser Permanente, the Governor’s office and private donors to provide book bags, school supplies and summer field trips for the community kids.