It was a memorable day at the Spirit of the Triple Crown event, sponsored by The Harbor City (MD) Chapter of The Links, on May 15.
On this sunny day at the Turf Valley Country Club ladies showcased their finest spring dresses with boldly colored hats and pastel fascinators of flowers and feathers, donned with ribbons, jewels and bows. Men topped off their seer sucker blazers, busy plaids and bowties with 1920s-styled fedoras and bowler hats.
The elegant event also included a celebration representing 30 years of Friendship and Service of the Harbor City Links in the Baltimore community with charter members being recognized.
“Dreamers and Achievers”, a seven-year award-winning STEM program at Dunbar High School was presented to the guests along with 6 graduates who attended the event. These students are now enrolled in colleges such as NC A&T, Morgan, Coppin, with majors of architecture and engineering, computer sciences carrying GPAs as high as 4.0.
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Baltimore’s largest arts event drew over 350,000 people to the annual Artscape festival. Nationally known entertainers such as Wyclef Jean, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Burning Spear appeared on stage throughout the weekend. Even the threat of rain on Saturday didn’t deter the crowds. There were huge displays, interactive play areas for kids, art exhibits, fashion shows, organ recitals, dance events, tours and plenty of food options.
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Cedar Morris Hill
The Cedar and Morris Hill Community
Day was held on June 11 at the Cedar
Morris Hill Community Center in Glen
Burnie, Md. The festivities included
good food, family fun and a parade
through the community. Music was
provided by the Cedar Morris Hill
Youth Choir. The celebration has
continued for over 30 years under the
direction of the Cedar and Morris Hill
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Kyle Anderson Scholarship Fund
On June 25 the Kyle Anderson Scholarship Fund hosted its
13th year of remembrance luncheon at the Forum Caterers
in Baltimore. Kyle Anderson died from Osteoscarcoma, a
rare form of bone cancer. In 2003 Kyle’s dad, Earl Anderson,
now deceased, establishes a fund to celebrate his life and to
give back to the community. Today more than 100 students,
both undergraduate and graduate, from Rising Sun Baptist
Church in Baltimore County have
received assistance in fulfilling their
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Legislative Black Caucus Executive Leadership
Delegates, local officials, retired and active judges
and supporters gathered in the Lowe House Office
Building in Annapolis, Md. on July 6 to celebrate the
new Legislative Black Caucus Executive Leadership. Cheryl D. Glenn, the new Black Caucus chair, shared
new and improved
plans of the Black
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40th African American Festival
This was the 40th year for the African American Festival in Baltimore. Over 250,000 people attended the two day African American Festival at M&T Bank Stadium. A series of interviews and speakers, including author Zane, Alfred Edmond Jr. of Black Enterprise Magazine, Rev. Jamal H. Bryant, Matthew Knowles, Tara Wallace, Jonathan Slocumb, Nicola Jackson and others were held at the Empowerment Pavilion from July 2-3. There were interactive displays by the U.S. Army. Entertainers included Goapele, Joe, Angie Stone, Mary Mary, Anthony Brown and Group Therapy, Estelle, Ruff Endz, Common and others. Lil Black was the emcee July 2 and Vivica A. Fox was a celebrity host July 3.
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AFRO's 125 VIP Reception
A VIP Reception was held at the beautiful home of Andre and Rev. Dr. Frances “Toni” Draper in the community of Morgan Park in Baltimore, Maryland June 30. Entertainment was provided by the Guy Bragg Duo. The food was provided by Class Act Catering. Hostess Dr. Draper talked about the history of Morgan Park and AFRO Publisher Jake Oliver spoke about the 125 year history of the AFRO-American Newspapers.
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BGE Honors Community Partners
A reception honoring community partners was hosted by BGE (Baltimore Gas and Electric) on June 24 at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore. The event was a celebration of BGE’s bicentennial. Calvin G. Butler Jr., BGE’s Chief Executive Officer, expressed appreciation to the many partners who were present to share this milestone of BGE’s 200th anniversary.Entertainment, among others, was provided by the Baltimore School for the Arts, the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, the Muse 360 Arts, and the Young Audiences of Maryland.
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Taste of Life
The American Cancer Society sponsored a fundraiser event on June 26 at the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore to highlight the significant support that the organization provides in making a difference in saving lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back against cancer.The program included live and silent auctions, entertainment by the Secret Society Band, and red and white wine tasting stations throughout the room.Dr. Jelani Zarif, postdoctoral Research Fellow from Johns Hopkins Brady Urological Institute, discussed the importance of men making doctor visits regularly to check their prostate. Cecil Flamer was eventchair
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Celebration of Black Artistry
The annual Black Music Month celebrated its homecoming, June 7, at Peju’s Lounge. This year’s celebration honored April Watts and Celebrity DJ, DJ Lady Mysterious. Also this year featured special musical tributes to Prince, Fantasia and Erykah Badu. The evening started with the artist meet and greet, followed by the red carpet event. The rendition began and the tributes ended the night as this annual homecoming was celebrated in style.
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ABC Black and White Gala
Martin’s West ballroom in Baltimore was packed with men and women wearing black and white fashions who gathered to celebrate and honor the businesses, corporations and individuals who partnered with and invested in the Associated Black Charities.Among the awards presented included Johns Hopkins University and Medicine, The President’s Round Table, BGE, Brown Advisory, Choptank Community Health and the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce. The prestigious 2016 Legacy Award was presented to Jake Oliver, chairman/CEO, Afro American Newspapers.
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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