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Editor's note

The Baltimore Sun

Several years ago, I was fascinated by Michael Cottman's presentation at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture about diving to see the wreck of the Henrietta Marie, a sunken slave ship off the coast of Florida.

Cottman's discussion, timed with an exhibit at the museum, made me proud to see someone who looked like me talking about scuba diving and seeing the the ocean's underworld.

It was after Cottman's talk that I got the idea that there must be other African-Americans who have an adventuresome spirit.

That's how the idea of this issue's cover story germinated.

Writer Stephen G. Henderson talked to Cottman and others in a story (Page 10) about African-American outdoors clubs. The groups discover the outdoors -- hiking, biking, scuba diving and sailing -- while discovering history.

I've never been scuba diving (and probably never will), but I do bike ride from time to time. I'll definitely have to add hiking and sailing to my list of things to try.

Also in this edition of UniSun, check out a story (Page 13) by Sun reporter John-John Williams IV, who loves soul food and shares the highlights of some of the soul food restaurants he has visited.

Williams, who came to Baltimore after living in New Orleans, knows of which he writes. He can cook better than most women I know. You should try his pecan pie.

If you're not looking to tease your taste buds, then maybe you want to read about a DVD that touches on issues of the soul. Writer Daamon Speller (Page 8) tells us about Soulmate, which showcases the struggles of single Christian women -- particularly with the shortage of black men -- and their desire to meet men of the same faith.

And for those of you who read comic strips, turn to Page 14, and learn about an exhibit on black heroes. The story focuses on two artists who are trying to renew the public's interest in African-American comics figures.

There's much more to read in the pages of this issue. Keep turning and enjoy!


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