Monday, Jan. 18 is Day On Not A Day Off, a day of service to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center along with Church On The Rock and their partners invite all citizens of Anne Arundel County to help celebrate this holiday by coming together and volunteering their time for several nonprofit organizations at one central location.
On Thursday, Jan. 7, Meltzer will appear at the Carroll Arts Center to discuss his latest release "I Am Martin Luther King, Jr." the latest in his line of "Ordinary People Change the World" children's books.
I'm fearful that if the officer in the Freddie Gray case is not convicted on all counts against him, Baltimore City will explode into violence on a large scale with the community "leadership" calling the trial a sham and a travesty and a miscarriage of justice simply because the result wasn't the one that they desired.
That the Jewish Museum of Maryland, located in a predominantly black area of Baltimore, would host a Paul Simon exhibit makes sense. As one of many Jewish-American artists deeply immersed in African-American art, sometimes problematically eclipsing their influences, it is an ideal location to explore his tangled iconography, even if the exhibit itself, "Paul Simon: Words + Music" curated by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and on view through Jan. 16, is reminiscent of a themed bedroom at the
We have serious work to do in the black community across this nation, to arrest the misdirected and senseless killings that plague our neighborhoods; no other group of men and women in America are subject to the same level of unjust profiling and fatal actions by the police.
Leadership isn't just the ability to attract followers. Otherwise some of the worst tyrants in history would be considered great leaders. They weren't leaders; they were demagogues. There's a difference.
Since this summer, when crime spiked following the rioting, looting and arson that broke out after the April death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray from injuries sustained while in police custody, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has made "crime and grime" walks a regular part of her routine — an effort to reconnect with residents and take the pulse of the city post-unrest and amid the stubborn crime increase. That pulse — and the factors setting its rhythm — can be felt in Druid
Jed Dietz, founding director of the Maryland Film Festival, has long been impressed with one of Baltimore's most storied former theaters, the Parkway at 5 W. North Ave., in the city's Station North arts and entertainment district. He is leading an $18.2 million effort to restore and expand the vacant, deteriorating theater, which turns 100 this week, as a three-screen, 600-seat multiplex to be called the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Film Center.
Nominees are being accepted for the Howard County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission's "Living the Dream" award, which recognizes an individual's and organization's involvement in the community based on King's legacy.
I fear that the national debate is being too narrowly framed; that race is overshadowing economic class as we seek to address the complex causes and cures for black grievances. A focus on economic class — on the poverty and inequality that affects a majority of white people as well as black people and other minorities — is the political path that offers the most hope.
Pope Francis' address to Congress was an inspirational one, but one carefully crafted to preserve surface comity, while leaving a wide breach between the Obama administration policy and the pope's church on this central issue.
As Pope Francis prepares to visit to the U.S. this week, it is a safe bet he is getting cautionary advice to stick to platitudes and avoid confronting controversial issues head on. Let's hope he ignores it.
Some Democratic groups in Maryland are joining others across the country in rethinking whether to continue a tradition of naming their big annual dinners after Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson.
It seems when an issue comes to a head in the black community, we derive resolutions based on historical figures and the dialogical self. It seems like you have to choose between Marcus Garvey's black-nationalist and separatist ideals, W.E.B. DuBois' elitist talented tenth and assimilative ideals, and Booker T. Washington's bootstrap reasoning. At some point sociological issues intersect with your blackness. You have to believe in something and you have to do something, even though the
ARIES (March 21-April 19): You like to run ahead of the pack. You prefer to show people the way, to set the pace. It's cleaner that way, right? There's less risk you will be caught up in the messy details of everyday compromise
In addition to free music and other entertainment, there will be several food trucks in attendance to balance out those bottomless drink passes, which entitle guests to unlimited beers, wine and crushes.
In the middle of a rousing sermon at his Southern Baptist Church on Sunday, Pastor Donte Hickman asked congregants to raise a hand if they had personally been affected by gun violence. Hickman spoke as part of an organized, nationwide effort to engage black church communities in the country's gun control debate following the fatal shooting on June 17 of nine black church members in Charleston.
About 400 people in Maryland and 15,000 in the nation have been trained and certified by the National United Church Ushers Association of America, a historically black education and service group that has preserved and passed along a "universal method" of church ushering for 96 years.