Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon
(BALTIMORE - September 27, 2008) - A week ago, our city lost a powerful advocate and many of us lost a great friend when former Councilman Ken Harris was killed in a robbery. It has been a difficult week for us all, especially his family - including his wife, Annette, as well as their children - Nicole and Kenneth. Jr. They continue to be in my prayers, and I hope they are in yours as well.
Many skilled detectives from the Baltimore Police Department are working day and night to find those responsible for Ken’s murder, just as thousands of officers are on the street day and night trying to prevent these senseless acts of violence. They are doing their jobs, but each of us has a role to play as well.
One of the most profound and influential champions of nonviolence and social responsibility is the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Among his many wise public statements and calls to action is this: “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”
Dr. King’s words ring true here in Baltimore. One murder affects us all. One child who quits school for a life in the streets affects us all. And each person who comes forward to help the police keep us safe or steps into the life a child to provide mentorship can affect us all as well.
As mayor, I have stood on three strong tenets for making Baltimore a safer place: targeted enforcement, strong partnerships and community engagement.
Have we made some progress? Absolutely; but we have much work to do. The work ahead will take more than government programs and strategies. It requires everyone to exercise their duty and be a champion for our city.
Homicides are down by percentages we have not seen in decades. Nevertheless, one homicide is one too many. Life is a precious commodity. The next Ben Carson, Benjamin Carter, Oprah Winfrey or Barack Obama may be in our elementary, middle or high school classroom today. Yet, if we do not secure their success today, they may never fulfill their potential tomorrow.
Next month I will be joined by Susan Taylor, former Editor-in-Chief for Essence Magazine, to kick-off Baltimore CARES--an official partnership with the National CARES Movement. Members of Sororities, Fraternities and other civic, social and faith-based organizations will also be in attendance to commit to influence a young person‘s life one promise at a time.
Baltimore CARES is one example of how you can be proactive in “connecting the dots” and making a positive impact in our city. As Dr. King so eloquently stated, “what affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” Individually, we cannot do it all, but together we ALL can do it!
Deltas' Centennial Torch Celebration 2013 in Baltimore Amidst National Convention in DC
Reminiscent of the Olympic Torch Relay that takes place during the Olympic Games, the Centennial Torch which has traveled to twenty-one cities across the world commemorating the historic journey of our twenty-two beloved founders, will make its last stop before traveling to Washington D.C. for the National Convention on Friday, July 5th in the City of Baltimore, the home of our 16th National President, Dr. Thelma Thomas Daley.
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Black Wall Street COLUMBIA, 6.26.13; Joe Mann Black Capital Award Honorees include Susan Featherstone-Schemm, Sales Specialist KI Mid-Atlantic
: KI manufactures innovative furniture and movable wall system solutions for education, healthcare, government and corporate markets. The employee-owned global company is headquartered in Green Bay, Wis. To provide additional benefits to its global customers, KI also has sales offices and licensed manufacturing facilities throughout the world, including in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, India, China and other Asian countries. KI tailors products and service solutions to the specific needs of each customer through its unique design and manufacturing philosophy.
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Black Wall Street COLUMBIA, 6.26.13; Joe Mann Black Capital Award Honorees include Andra Cain of Cain Contracting
Founded in April 2000 by Andra Cain
, the guiding principles of integrity, safety, value, and responsiveness have led the Company to secure a valuable position in the industry. Cain has grown to perform over $12 million in construction projects each year, and maintains a stellar EMR safety rating of (.88). Cain Contracting is a Small Business Administration 8(a) Certified and Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned firm, and a Maryland certified minority-owned business.
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Black Wall Street COLUMBIA, 6.26.13; Joe Mann Black Capital Award Honorees include Entrepreneur Beverly Claiborne
Beverly Claiborne —Wife, Mother, Entrepreneur, Author of “Abiding In God’s Word” and the founder of Abide Family Blessings, LLC (AFB).
AFB was founded by Beverly Claiborne to launch the ABIDE lifestyle product brand. Her company's mission is to lead people to Christ. Her method is producing products to increase scriptures memory and knowledge. Read in Full >>
The Glover Report: Black Wall Street COLUMBIA: Wed., June 26, 2013 :: 6 to 8 pm :: Eggspectations :: 6010 University Boulevard, Ellicott City, MD 21043
The Joe Mann Black Capitol Awards Honorees on June 26th include:
*Morgan Rollins, MR Rollins Photography
*Andra Cain, Cain Contracting
*Tammy Moore, Rollins & Associates
*Tony Hill, Edwards & Hill
*Susan Featherstone-Schemm, KI Corporate
*Tabitha Rector, Premier Homes
*Author Beverly Claiborne &
*Longtime ally Dino Rodwell.
They will all receive the Joe Mann Black Capitol Award by Bmorenews.com and Sisters4Sisters Network, Inc.
The keynote for the evening is Tony Hill, a Maryland entrepreneurial success story that you’ve just got to hear. And – he’s a helluva nice guy!
To boot, KI Corporate will be doing a furniture giveaway. And that’s going to be a really nice addition for some attendee’s office.
See you then! Again, RSVP at www.blackwallstreetcolumbia.eventbrite.com. The Black Wall Street Series produced throughout 2013 by Bmorenews.com and its partners is meant to serve as a reminder of the incomparable business accomplishments of the original Black Wall Street in Tulsa that produced dozens of black millionaires until it was bombed in 1921. Read in Full >>