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10th Annual Alzheimer’s Association Greater Maryland Chapter’s Memory Ball

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  • 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 donation equals one vote) in front of guests and the celebrity judges. Renaye Briscoe 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 Alzheimer’s disease.
  • 4/29/2016
  • Album ID: 2042244

The “Bear Battalion” ROTC Military Ball

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  • 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
  • 4/25/2016
  • Album ID: 2040753

South Baltimore Learning Center

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  • 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.
  • 4/25/2016
  • Album ID: 2040752

Tri-State Debutante Cotillion

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  • 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.
  • 4/18/2016
  • Album ID: 2038677

The Greater Baltimore Urban League

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  • 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.
  • 4/18/2016
  • Album ID: 2038676

Go Red for Women- Love your Heart

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  • 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.
  • 4/7/2016
  • Album ID: 2035559

Dr. Ruthe Sheffey's Lecture

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  • 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.
  • 4/7/2016
  • Album ID: 2035557

Brunch with the Elephants

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  • 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.
  • 3/29/2016
  • Album ID: 2033149

16th Annual State of Maryland Harriet Ross Tubman Day

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  • 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.
  • 3/29/2016
  • Album ID: 2033147

Tuskegee Airman Honored at Maryland Live! Casino Event

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  • 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.
  • 3/28/2016
  • Album ID: 2032912

Living Women's History Maker Award Luncheon

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  • 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
  • 3/28/2016
  • Album ID: 2032911

AFRO Mayoral Debate

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  • 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.
  • 3/15/2016
  • Album ID: 2029637

CHUMS Founders’ Day Celebration 2016

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  • 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.
  • 3/15/2016
  • Album ID: 2029636

Living Makers of Black History

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  • The Kappa Chapter of the Iota Phi Lambda Sorority inducted three well known and treasured community leaders into the Society of Living Makers of Black History on Feb. 14 at the Radisson at Cross Keys in Baltimore, MD.Linda L. Singh, a major general in Maryland was appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan in January 2015, to serve as the 29th Adjutant General of the Maryland National Guard. Major General Singh is responsible for the daily operations of the Maryland Military Department. Dr. Leslie King-Hammond is Graduate Dean Emerita and Culture at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She is also the chair of the board of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of the African American History and Culture and an internationally recognized artist, curator, and scholar. Gladys B. Ball, 91, a 60-year member of the Iota Phi Lambda Sorority who was honored for her humanitarian accomplishments and dedication to the Kappa Chapter. Employed at HABC Housing Authority of Baltimore in Accounting for 37 years, Mrs. Ball left with plans for Elsinore Avenue redevelopment which was completed during her 11 years as president of the neighborhood association.
  • 3/9/2016
  • Album ID: 2028025

Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation of Metropolitan Baltimore 45th Nite at Kappa Vegas

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  • The Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation of Metropolitan Baltimore held its 45th Annual Nite in Kappa Vegas on March 4 at Martin’s West, Woodlawn. Brandon Wylie, Polemarch of the Baltimore (MD) Alumni Chapter, along with the members served as hosts in welcoming the 1,000 guests to a night of camaraderie. This fundraiser benefits the Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation to award scholarships to college bound students, and to sponsor programs such as the Guide Right/Kappa League, college tours and many other programs that serve communities in the Baltimore Metropolitan area.
  • 3/9/2016
  • Album ID: 2028024

Verizon's Black History Open House at the Lewis

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  • Hundreds of people attended the annual event sponsored by Verizon at the Reginald. F. Lewis Museum on Feb. 27. Members of Sigma Gamma Rho sorority helped kids with Arts and Crafts projects and organizations such as Verizon, 100 Black Men, NAACP, Greater Baltimore Urban League, Black Girls Vote, Minority Male Makers Program, Baltimore County African American Cultural Festival, B.U.I.L.D, the AFRO, and others were there to inform and educate. Awards were given to winners of the NAACP/Verizon Oratory contest. Verizon Community Innovators Awards were presented to Denise Barnes, Doris J. Cammack-Spencer, Judith Clark, S. Dallas Dance, PhD., Duane G. Davis, Sr., Pastor John K. Jenkins, Doris S. Mason and Rev. Stephen L. Thomas, Sr. The Morgan State University Choir wowed the crowd with a combination of Negro Spirituals and Gospel songs.
  • 3/3/2016
  • Album ID: 2026281

65th Annual Mardi Gras MasQUErade 2016

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  • Patterned after New Orleans Mardi Gras festivities, the Pi Omega Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity kicked into high gear at their 65th Annual Mardi Gras MasQUErade 2016 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Baltimore on Feb. 6. The Pi Omega Foundation, the fundraising arm of the chapter, provides scholarships, mentoring and social action programs throughout the Baltimore metropolitan
  • 3/3/2016
  • Album ID: 2026279

The Hammer of Hank Aaron

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  • Comcast, Smithsonian Channel and Major League Baseball partnered to present the premiere screening of “The Hammer of Hank Aaron.” The Black History Monthly special was held at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, Feb. 17. “The Hammer of Hank,” depicts the glorious but struggling life of famed baseball player Henry Aaron during the era of segregation. Panelists included David Royle, Executive Vice President, Programming and Production Smithsonian Channel and Damion Thomas, Sports Curator, Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
  • 3/3/2016
  • Album ID: 2026278

Baltimore Mayoral Forum Hosted by Larry Young and Lou Fields

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  • Baltimore Mayoral Forum Hosted by Larry Young and Lou Fields Residents, supporters, and upcoming voters were able to meet mayor candidates again on Feb. 4, at the Arena Players Theater in Baltimore, MD. Following opening statements, candidates all responded to questions concerning property tax, affordable housing, public transportation, charter schools and public education, and a vary of other concerns of the city. The first round of questions was done, with another round of questions and intermission. Refreshments were served as guest conversed with vendors and local officials. The Meet the Candidates Mayoral Forum was hosted by WOLB Radios’s talk show hosts Larry Young and Lou Fields, president of the African American Tourism Council.
  • 2/16/2016
  • Album ID: 2021481

Morgan Women Celebrate Black History Month

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  • Morgan State University Women (MSUW) l celebrated Black History Month on Feb. 7 at the Morgan State University Memorial Chapel. Presentations were made by panelists on the theme of “I Know Who I Am”. Panelists included Judge Robert M. Bell, who previously served as Chief Judge on the Maryland Court of Appeals, Tanya Rush, MSU Associate Vice President, Students Affairs, Dr. Pamela Scott-Johnson, Acting Dean, MSU-SLA, and Sharon Y. Blake, teacher, and past president Baltimore Teachers Union.
  • 2/16/2016
  • Album ID: 2021479

Rho Xi Omega Founders’ Day Prayer Breakfast

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  • Rho Xi Omega Founders’ Day Prayer Breakfast Rho Xi Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. celebrated their Founders’ Day with their annual prayer breakfast at the Martin’s Valley Mansion in Cockeysville. Along with the officers and members of the Chapter, the hostesses provided superb service to their guests who continue to attend this annual event. The inspirational message for the prayer breakfast was provided by Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover, International First Vice-President of AKA Sorority, who is currently serving as President of Tennessee State University. Tribute and awards were presented to members of the Chapter who celebrated 25 and 50 years of sisterhood in the sorority.
  • 2/9/2016
  • Album ID: 2019568

The 28th Booklover's Breakfast

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  • The 28th Annual Booklovers’ Breakfast, sponsored by the Enoch Pratt Library was held on February 6 at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in the Inner Harbor. More than 500 lovers of learning were in attendance as Kai Jackson FOX 45 News Anchor led the conversation with Edward Lewis, cofounder of Essence, the most popular Black Women’s magazine in history. Mr. Lewis sold the magazine to Time, Inc. in 2005, and several questions were asked of the author regarding the sale. In his book, “The Man From Essence”, Mr. Lewis tells the inspirational story of his humble beginnings in South Bronx to a media giant. Book signing took place in the lobby after the breakfast.
  • 2/9/2016
  • Album ID: 2019567

Apples for Teachers

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  • In recognition of American Education Week, the Kappa Chapter of Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. honored six (6) teachers from the Baltimore City Public School System at a luncheon held Nov. 21 at the Forum Caterers in Baltimore, MD. Each teacher was given an “Apple for the Teacher” plaque which highlighted their exemplary service to their specific school. The keynote address was given by Senator Catherine Pugh.
  • 2/5/2016
  • Album ID: 2018639

Presidents’ Roundtable Legislative Reception

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  • Delegates, local officials, and small business owners attended the 2016 Presidents’ Roundtable Legislative Reception, Jan. 28 at the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis, MD. Sheila Brooks, President of The Presidents’ Roundtable, started the reception with opening remarks. Following opening remarks, members of the Maryland General Assembly briefly spoke on minority business and economic opportunities. Delegates shared a few memories amongst each other and small business owners had the opportunity to become familiar with minority businesses and access to opportunity in the Mid- Atlantic Region.
  • 2/5/2016
  • Album ID: 2018637

Morgan State University’s December commencement.

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  • The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr, noted civil rights leader and human rights activist, was the keynote speaker as more than 345 individuals celebrated their graduation at Morgan State University’s December commencement. The graduation exercises in the Talmadge Hill Field House marked the University’s 50th anniversary commemoration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.“Fifty years ago, this important legislation made it possible for all people in this country, particularly African Americans, to exercise their right to vote…’ said Dr. David Wilson, president of Morgan State University. “And as we pause to celebrate 50 years since enactment of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, we are fortunate that our students were able to share in this milestone with a longtime champion of civil rights.” Honorary doctorates were also presented to Autherine Lucy Foster, another civil rights pioneer who helped to desegregate the University of Alabama, and Morgan State’s civil rights pioneers from 1947-1963 who were responsible for desegregating theaters and lunch counters in Baltimore.
  • 1/27/2016
  • Album ID: 2015732

MLK Parade

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  • Baltimore City honored the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with regional marching bands, color guards, steppers, equestrian units, dance squads, civic organizations, and floats. The parade stepped off at Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street, continuing south on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard on Jan. 18. Thousands came out in the frigid temperatures to support the parade.
  • 1/27/2016
  • Album ID: 2015731

Strong City Baltimore 2016

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  • Strong City Baltimore 2016 By Chanet Wallace Just the first of many anticipated events, Strong City Baltimore Americorps VISTA Impact Taskforce held a panel, Jan. 19th, about its initiative to expand employment opportunities for the youth and preventing violence in Baltimore's communities. Each panelist had ten minutes to speak about making their organization and resources more effective and improving collaboration among youth-services providers, while the audience took notes. Shortly after the last panelist spoke, the audience were able to ask questions, concerning jobs, financial stability, and the future of youth of Baltimore. The Vista Program was launched 50 years ago as a key component of President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty. As the largest sponsor of Americorps VISTA members in Maryland, Strong City's influence extends to dozen more nonprofits and government agencies.
  • 1/27/2016
  • Album ID: 2015727

31st MLK Jr Scholarship Breakfast, Photos by Dr. A. Lois De Laine

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  • Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast 2016 The Howard L. Cornish Metropolitan Baltimore Alumni Chapter of The Morgan State University Alumni Association held its 31st Dr. Martin Luther Jr. Scholarship Breakfast on Jan. 9 at the Morgan’s Student Center in Baltimore, MD. The Scholarship Breakfast, the Chapter’s premier scholarship fundraising mechanism, commemorates the birthday of Dr. King, and provides financial assistance to deserving students. More than $50,000 in scholarships and 8 laptop computers were awarded to Morgan students. Scholar Niraje’ Medley-Bacon was recognized for acquiring a 4.0 GPA, and Scholar Stanley Gross was awarded $500 for designing the MLK souvenir journal cover design. The Cornish Alumni Chapter gave its first time $10,000 Endowed Scholarship to the Morgan State University Foundation. Major General Linda L. Singh, Commander, Maryland National Guard was the keynote speaker who encouraged the scholars “not to give up their dreams…surround yourself with people who are positive and those who want to make a change in the world.”
  • 1/27/2016
  • Album ID: 2015724

Tri-Chapter Links party celebrate the holiday season

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  • Tri-Chapter Links party celebrate the holiday season The Baltimore, Harbor City and Patapsco River Chapters of The Links, Inc. and their friends gathered at the Forum for an evening of holiday cheer, laughter, good food and dancing. In the spirit of sisterhood and service, the Baltimore area Links held a silent auction to benefit scholarships and programs for the Baltimore community.
  • 1/5/2016
  • Album ID: 2009014

Penn North Senior Holiday Celebration with the AKA Sorority and Ms. Santa

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  • Penn North Senior Holiday Celebration with the AKA Sorority and Ms. Santa Residents of the Penn North Senior Center were the guests of the Epsilon Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority at a luncheon held at the Senior Center on December 15, 2015. The center is located next to the CVS that was totally burned down during the looting in April. The Epsilon Omega Chapter members made a promise to continue working closely with the residents, making sure they were able to get their prescriptions from other pharmacies since the CVS was closed until it was rebuilt. Another project which the chapter members were involved in was collecting toys for the community children, and Ms. Santa (Diane Hocker) arrived with her vehicle to transport toys for all age group of children. The sorority is an organization which provides public service throughout the Baltimore community and surrounding areas. Photos by Lois DeLanie
  • 1/5/2016
  • Album ID: 2009009
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