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Seven to be honored at King Awards banquet Md. high court's chief judge to be the keynote speaker


Seven people, including the recently re-elected president of the county NAACP, will be honored next month for outstanding community service at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards banquet.

Chief Judge Robert M. Bell of the Maryland Court of Appeals will be the keynote speaker at this year's dinner on Jan. 15 at Buddy's Late Night in Annapolis. Bell is the first African-American to lead Maryland's highest court.

The seven honorees and their awards are:

Gerald Stansbury, president of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; Angela Graham Haste, a community activist in Annapolis' 3rd Ward; Sheryl Banks, former chair of the Black Political Forum; and Willie Nixon, president of the Nixon Bus Co., will receive the Drum Major Award for Community Service.

Beth Eubanks, the former minority recruiting and retention coordinator at Anne Arundel Community College, will receive the Zeitgeist Award for promoting affirmative action goals at the college in Arnold.

Joseph "Zastrow" Simms, a longtime community activist, will receive the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Maker Award for promoting nonviolence.

George Phelps Jr., a prominent Annapolis businessman, will receive the Morris H. Blum Humanitarian Award for promoting civil and human rights.

The winner of a special recognition award for promoting racial equality will be announced at the dinner, committee officials said.

To purchase tickets to the dinner, call (410) 269-1524 or make checks payable to Keeping The Dream Alive, P.O. Box 371, Annapolis 21404.

Pub Date: 12/18/96

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