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.
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Living Makers of Black History
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,
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
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Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation of Metropolitan Baltimore 45th Nite at Kappa Vegas
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
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.
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Verizon's Black History Open House at the Lewis
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.
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65th Annual Mardi Gras MasQUErade 2016
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
The Pi Omega Foundation, the fundraising arm of the chapter, provides scholarships,
mentoring and social action programs throughout the Baltimore metropolitan
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The Hammer of Hank Aaron
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.
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Baltimore Mayoral Forum Hosted by Larry Young and Lou Fields
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.
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Morgan Women Celebrate Black History Month
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.
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Rho Xi Omega Founders’ Day Prayer Breakfast
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.
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The 28th Booklover's Breakfast
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.
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Apples for Teachers
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,
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.
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Presidents’ Roundtable Legislative Reception
Delegates, local officials, and small business
owners attended the 2016 Presidents’
Roundtable Legislative Reception, Jan. 28 at
the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis,
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
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.