Emeri B. O'Brien
Sun staff member Emeri B. O'Brien wrote the cover story for this issue of UniSun on the hottest summer events in Baltimore. The Lake Charles, La., native graduated from Grambling State University in 1999 and is a graduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park. O'Brien worked as an education reporter at the News-Star in Monroe, La., before being selected as one of 11 people in the country to join the Minority Editorial Training Program at Newsday in New York. She has been a member of The Sun's copy desk for three years.
Rasheim Freeman, a native of the Bronx, N.Y., is a senior at Morgan State University. He has written for The Sun's sports and business departments and also done production work for The Sun's High School Sports Replay show on WMAR-TV. His ambition is to write stories that inspire. To that end, for this edition of UniSun he has written about an African-American nun from Cherry Hill who helps youths get off the tough streets of Baltimore. He also has a story about the top-10 cities for African-American travelers.
Dr. Gregory A. McPherson
Dr. Gregory A. McPherson premiered a new choral work at Israel Baptist Church in East Baltimore on Easter Sunday this year. McPherson has worked in music, film and television for more than three decades. He has worked as a composer, producer, arranger and performer in every genre of music, and has collaborated with Andre Crouch, the Pointer Sisters, Tramaine Hawkins, George Benson and many others. In a first-person essay, McPherson shares his thoughts about the importance of the piece he presented in the spring, which is an oratorio based on the text of Psalm 23.