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Carroll Digest


Activist to speak at McDaniel for Black History Month

Kevin Powell, an author, activist and alumnus of MTV's The Real World, will present a lecture for Black History Month at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the Forum at McDaniel College.

His topic will be "History is a People's Memory: The Importance of Black History Month."

Powell studied political science and English at Rutgers University, where he became a student activist. He has been a social worker in Newark, N.J., and an English instructor at New York University.

His writings have been published in Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Code, Essence, The Washington Post and Vibe.

He wrote and was host of the MTV special Straight From the Hood, a documentary on youths in Los Angeles before and after the 1992 riots.

Powell also has published three books, In the Tradition: An Anthology of Young Black Writers; Keepin' It Real: Post-MTV Reflections on Race, Sex and Politics; and Step Into a World: A Global Anthology of The New Black Generation.

Information: 410-857-2294.

Duncan to give address at Democratic banquet

Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan will speak at the Carroll County Democratic Party's annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday at Martin's Westminster.

Del. Galen R. Clagett, a Frederick County Democrat and former county commissioner, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Tickets for the dinner -- which includes a silent auction, a raffle and a straw poll -- cost $35 in advance and $40 at the door. For tickets, call Elizabeth Fowble at 410-374-4062.

Information: 410-833-5620.

Commissioners hold informal open forums

The Carroll County commissioners are holding community meetings around the county to hear comments and listen to residents' concerns in a casual setting.

The next meeting will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Pleasant Valley fire hall, 2030 S. Pleasant Valley Road.

Information: 410-386-2043.

Black Student Union plans annual Soul Food Dinner

The Black Student Union at McDaniel College will hold its annual Soul Food Dinner at 6 p.m. Feb. 29 in the Forum in Decker College Center.

General admission is $7. Admission for the McDaniel community is $5.

Information: 410-857-2791.

Economic seminar set in Westminster next month

The Carroll County Department of Economic Development will hold its third annual economic outlook seminar March 18 at Wilhelm Ltd. Caterers in Westminster.

The seminar will begin with a buffet breakfast at 8 a.m.

Anirban Basu, chairman and chief executive officer of Optimal Solutions Group LLC, will review economic conditions from a Carroll County and Maryland perspective and will give an outlook for national and local economic growth for the year ahead.

The cost is $15 a person. Registration deadline is March 12.

Information: 410-386-2070.

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