Wickwire to receive Gilman Award for human rights work


The Rev. Chester L. Wickwire, chaplain emeritus of the Johns Hopkins University and longtime activist in human rights causes locally and nationally, will be honored Nov. 8 with the seventh annual Elisabeth Gilman Award of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland.

The presentation will be made during an ACLU program beginning with a reception at 6 p.m. at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. An address by author and newspaper columnist Barbara Reynolds is scheduled at 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Wickwire was university chaplain and head of the YMCA on the Homewood campus for 31 years, beginning in 1953. His early civil-rights initiatives at Hopkins included founding a tutorial program for inner-city children and starting a series of jazz concerts for racially integrated audiences in the 1950s.

In 1962, he led a student exchange group to the former Soviet Union, Poland and Czechoslovakia, and the following year he was a member of the Civil Rights Committee to Desegregate Gwynn Oak Park and Baltimore County's Human Relations Housing Committee.

He spoke on behalf of dissidents and political prisoners at a conference in Moscow in 1973. And since 1979, he has visited Central America about twice a year to encourage peace, respect for human rights and support for higher education.

He has been a member of the Governor's Commission on Migratory and Seasonal Farm Workers and the State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.

Dr. Wickwire, a Nebraska native who received his doctorate in religion from Yale, is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ.

Other winners of the Gilman award, named for a co-founder of the Maryland ACLU in 1931, have been former Maryland Rep. Parren J. Mitchell, Annapolis Alderman Carl O. Snowden, former Evening Sun editor Ray Jenkins, businessman Jack Levin, former U.S. Sen. Charles McC. Mathias Jr., and lawyers Juanita Jackson Mitchell and Jeanette Wolman.

Ms. Reynolds, a columnist for USA Today and biographer of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, is a graduate of the Howard University School of Divinity.

The program is open to the public. For ticket information and reservations: 889-8558.

Jewish liturgy:

Jewish liturgy: Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, who has been active in the liturgical renewal of American Reform Judaism and is professor of liturgy at New York's Hebrew Union College-Institute of Religion, will lecture and lead discussions about worship tomorrow and Saturday at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave.

His appearances are part of the synagogue's Rabbi Morris Lieberman Memorial Scholar-in-Residence program. They are free to the public without advance registration.

Rabbi Hoffman was co-editor of a five-volume series on Christian and Jewish worship and is a past president of the North American Academy of Liturgy, with members from most Christian and Jewish denominations.

"Who We Are is How We Pray, or How We Got Here From There" is the title of his address during the 8:15 p.m. service tomorrow..

Following a 45-minute service that begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Rabbi Hoffman will lead a discussion titled, "The New Spirituality: Looking for God in Baltimore."

His subject at 12:30 p.m., following a break for refreshments, will be "Why Be Jewish in the World of Tomorrow? Judaism's Answer to the Anxious Quest for Meaning."

Information: 764-1587.

Black children:

Black children: Pastors in Unity for Park Heights, the Agape Family Life Center, the Baltimore public schools, the Baltimore Department of Social Services and the American Institute for Urban Psychological Services are among the sponsors of the third annual Conference on Self-Esteem and the Black Child to be held Nov. 5.

The 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. program at Forum Caterers Inc., 4210 Primrose Ave., will include addresses by author and filmmaker Jawanza Kunjufu and by author Jack Canfield.

Dr. Kunjufu, president of a Chicago communications company called African American Images, was executive producer of a recently released full-length movie about peer pressure, "Up Against the Wall," starring Marla Gibbs.

Mr. Canfield, a former high school social studies teacher, is president of the Foundation for Self-Esteem.

For information about fees and registration: 426-3154.

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