Op/Ed: The Tragic Death of Dale Graham
Dale Graham, age 29, at the untimely and sudden instance he was called home to our Lord and Creator, God. A victim of homicide, at the hands of the Baltimore City Police Department (still under investigation), his premature demise was a tragedy yet a blessing for all those fortunate enough to meet his acquaintance.
He was born during the summer of 1979 on August 4th, in Baltimore, Maryland to the late Dale Graham, Sr. and Darlene Cain. During his early years of schooling, he demonstrated an accelerated academic ability of learning new skills and techniques that placed him in the gifted and talented educational department.
Building on that gift he eventually attended Loyola High school, a prestigious high school in Towson, Maryland where he excelled at another task, football. A member of the varsity team where he played linebacker, Dale learned the important philosophy of being a Man of Integrity. It is after his subsequent graduation that he began to really continue his strive to find God in all things.
Dale began a spiritual growth through his lifelong membership at Union Bethel AME Church in Randallstown, Md. And it is with that academic and religious commitment that he decided to attend Salisbury University on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
During his college years dale became interested in political science and began to participate in the school’s student law associations and clubs. While participating in these activities he began working as a student intern with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). This partnership began the rise of a political giant.
During the period of Dale’s employment with the NAACP Prison Project, a relationship with the association’s President and CEO began to formulate. It is with this friendship, with the former city councilman and seventh-district Congressman Kweisi Mfume, which furthered Dale’s ambitions and led to his desire to become further involved in the electoral and legislative process. His desire to help others lest fortunate than himself led him to his first policy fight, restoring the voting rights to those formerly incarcerated with felony convictions. It is with the passion, vigor and strategic planning engrained in his personality that drew the curiosity of the Sarbanes for Congress campaign. After just completing service with Mr. Mfume’s Senate campaign, Dale was hired a Field Director for John Sarbanes in a winning campaign that led to the congressman’s current service as the representative for Maryland’s third congressional district.
After deciding to attend law school Dale prayed on his ability to juggle his current employment as a caddie for the Suburban Golf and Country Club, be a full-time father to his two daughters (Iyana and Janae) and have the time and commitment for a strenuous law program. His prayers were answered as he signed up for admittance and was accepted to the University of Baltimore’s Law School. After the completion of his freshman year he accepted an employment opportunity at the prestigious law firm of William G. Kolodner. It was during the time of his excellent and brilliant service as a law clerk that Dale was taken from us and sent on to his Creator. The extraordinary selfless service and friendship Dale left us will always be remembered through his timely and gracious dedication to youth education and political involvement. His legacy will remain and live on through the life of his two precious daughters and by those us who will lay down our life to see that his was remembered, revered and ever-lastingly relished.
The Family of Mr. Dale Graham gratefully acknowledges the many kind and beautiful expressions of sympathy and love shown during this hour of bereavement. For all those sympathetic and giving souls who would like to assist the family in ensuring a rich future for his daughters you may give what is comfortable to the:
Iyana & Janae Graham Trust Fund
P.O. Box 27358
Baltimore, MD 21216