September 2003

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September 2003
If you have something to say
SPEAK UP!
SEPTEMPER 2003
This community newsletter is a Black publication. Subscription is free. Articles and remarks are welcomed. Contact:
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Brothers United Who Dare to Care, Inc. 131 W. North Avenue, Martin Luther King Community Center 2 Floor,
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740. Phone 301-393-9290. E-mail address: [email protected] Pager: 301-745-2000.
WORD ON THE STREET
Brothers United Who Dare To Care will be the State of Maryland MOTA Vendor for Washington County.
What is MOTA? The Minority Outreach & Technical Assistance (MOTA) office focuses on educating, enlightening and
empowering ethnic minorities to impact health care decisions in their local jurisdictions. MOTA provides funding for
service-oriented grantees and their sub-vendors (over 64 community, minority and faith based partners statewide) to
provide outreach in the African American, Asian, Native American and Hispanic/ Latino communities. MOTA has been a
component of the Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene’s Cigarette Restitution Fund Program (CRFP) since
July 2000, and operates on an annual budget of $1,500,000. Brothers United Who Dare To Care will operate as a vendor
for MOTA to enrich the fabric of minority communities. The underlying goal of the Minority Outreach and Technical
Assistance program is to increase minority participation on local health coalitions and build the capacity of minority,
community-based and faith-based organizations within the state of Maryland. In doing so, this would enable the minority
populations to have a voice in matters affecting their communities as it relates to healthcare decision making, smoking
cessation and cancer. Earlier this year Brothers United Who Dare To Care had joined the MOTA program as a subvender and through the success of the group’s “No Smoking Neighborhoods” program, was awarded the grant in August
2003 to be the Washington County vendor for the State of Maryland.
Two Black Patriarchs of Washington County pass on, Co-Founder of Doleman Black Heritage Museum and former
North Street Schoolteacher.
Charles “Popeye” Doleman 89, who co-founded the
Doleman Black Heritage Museum went on to join his late
wife Marguerite “Peggy” Doleman. Popeye had served in
the U.S. Army during World War II and was a retiree of
Mack Trucks, but never retired from serving God, his
country and his community. The Big Brothers, Garlock
Nursing Home, the Ebenezer AME Church and the Doleman
Museum were among the organizations Popeye
volunteered. He had told his family, “A man should work…
that is if he wants to take care of his family”. That strong
work ethic was matched by the life he lived and should be a
good example to all men of this community. (Photo of
Popeye Doleman attending a community event).
Nellie Mae Keys 80, taught several generations of students
in Washington County at the old North Street School, that
was formerly the Washington County school for Negroes
during the period of time when schools were segregated in
our nation. Nellie held a Masters Degree in Mathematics
from the University of Maryland and taught more than more
30 years. She was a member of the Maryland State Teacher Association, a past member of the Beaver Creek Country
Club where she played golf. As a member of the Zion Baptist Church in Hagerstown, she sang in the Senior Choir, served
for a time as church treasurer, Helping Hands Club and the Trustee Board. Their contribution to the community lives on
through those they served and given to. It is our responsibility to continue the work they started and live according to their
example.
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18 Annual Black Family Reunion event in Washington D.C.
Saturday September 6 and Sunday September 7 from noon to 8:30 PM on the Washington Monument Grounds &
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Constitution Avenue (between 14 and 15 Streets, NW). Free Concerts. Join Freddie Mac in celebrating the spirit of
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family. Together with the National Council of Negro Women, they are supporting local families by sponsoring the 18 Black
Family Reunion, the year’s biggest free family celebration. The annual Black Family Reunion is a two-day cultural event
dedicated to the history and tradition of the black family. This year’s free celebration, titled “The Spirit of Family,” includes
two concerts, arts and crafts, ethnic foods, health screenings and much more. This free festival celebrates the enduring
strengths and traditional values of the African American family and is an opportunity to help build a better life for families.
The family-centered event mirrors Freddie Mac’s commitment to community and gives them another chance to open the
doors to opportunity for children and their families. At the Freddie Mac Pavilion you’ll enjoy music, learn how to buy a
home, improve your credit, and build a better life for your children. Join more than 500,000 people celebrating the history
and tradition of the black family. September 6 at 6PM – R&B Concert featuring Herbie Hancock and Regina Belle.
September 7 at 6PM – Gospel Concert.
POWER TO THE PEOPLE
Brothers United Who Dare To Care is offering $1000 to $3000 MOTA min-grants.
Brothers United Who Dare To Care is opening the door for minority Community Based Organizations (CBOs) to have
effective impact as members of the local health department’s community health coalitions for cancer and tobacco. Grant
applications will be available Friday September 5 at 3pm. Groups that would like to participate in a workshop explaining the
application process should contact the Brothers United Who Dare To Care office as soon as possible to make appropriate
arrangements. Call 301-393-9290 for more information. Funding is made possible by the MOTA program in support of the
No Smoking Neighborhoods project.
Women’s Day at Greater Campher Temple
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September 5 through the 7 Greater Campher Temple church will be hosting their annual Women’s Day celebration.
Husband and Wife team from the Healing & Deliverance Ministries in Wilson, N.C. will be directing services. Pastor
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Toyneshia Everett will lead services on Saturday September 6 at 7:30pm and Sunday September 8 at 11:00am. CoPastor Everett will lead the Friday service at 7:30pm. Contact Elder Darlene Cooper at 301-797-5355 for more information.
Community Enrichment Coalition (CEC) is partnering with Brothers United Who Dare To Care (BUWDTC).
CEC will be temporarily relocating their administrative and correspondence operations to the BUWDTC office in the Martin
Luther King Jr. Community Center/ North Street School building. CEC is currently located on the corner of Jonathan &
Church Streets. The CEC motto is, “Working TOGETHER to serve the JONATHAN STREET Community”. BUWDTC
operates a Culture and Resource Center offering technical assistance to Community Based Organizations serving
minorities. Future correspondence and calls for the Community Enrichment Coalition will be received in care of BUWDTC
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Resource Center 131 W. North Avenue, 2 floor, Hagerstown MD 21740. 301-393-9290.
SPEAK UP!
Black Men Who Care?
Brothers United Who Dare To
Care (BUWDTC) is a non-profit
community improvement
organization, serving Hagerstown
Maryland and Washington County.
BUWDTC focuses on Culture,
Education and Career to help
improve the community for Blacks
in our area. BUWDTC was
established in 1996 as an
organization working to give black
men an opportunity to take
responsibility in the community as
well as their lives and families.
BUWDTC has several community
outreach programs and activities:
Advocacy; Black Talk Sessions;
No Smoking Neighborhoods; Black
Culture & Resource Center;
Computer Training and our Speak
Up community newsletter.
BUWDTC is a voice and a watch
group for the black community in
the Hagerstown, Maryland area.
BUWDTC is currently bringing
together 500 black men from
throughout the state of Maryland
who are willing to march through
the cities of Maryland together to
symbolically demonstrate that
there are "Black Men Who Care".
Our hope is to have these 500 men
march through the black
communities of each of the major
cities in Maryland and rally and
announce the issues and concerns
for the black communities of
Maryland. When we successfully
put together this "Future 500"
group of black men who can help
improve the future of these
communities, the citizens of those
communities will see that there are
"Black Men Who Care". Will you be
one of 500 black men who care?
-Andy Smith, Editor
Youth News
R&B Stars dine at Hagerstown Denny’s restaurant after concert performance in Baltimore, MD.
B2K singers stopped at the Hagerstown Denny’s
restaurant for a late night meal after their performance
at the Baltimore Arena and spent about two hours dining
before heading to an Ohio tour engagement. Two large
tour buses filled the parking lot and fans filled the
restaurant. The stars of B2K were surrounded by their
bodyguards and entourage. Raz B, one of the four singers
in the group had taken time to have a photograph with a
fan, including a fan in a yellow Lamborghini sports car that
followed B2K from the concert. Raz B took a seat behind
the wheel for a photograph with the car’s owner. Speak
Up photographer Josie Smith, age 9, got a photo of her
sister Toni E and Raz B) and dig the big shiny Rolex
hanging on Toni’s shoulder. Pictured below are publicity
photos (Courtesy of MTV) Raz B is forth on right.
Drugs and Abuse by Josie Smith
Today is not a good day to play. Today is not a good day to sing. Today is not a good day to do anything because
today is the end of a little girl’s world. It all started out in a small town down south. A young girl about nine years
old, tall blond hair, a nice girl. She never got in trouble, but she had family problems, her mom, Mary, did drugs.
And when she did drugs she was all mad and she would always hit her daughter Eleanor. Mary participated in drug
classes but only when she felt like it. Eleanor never told anybody about her mom, she only told her best friend. But
her best friend was sworn to secrecy. One night Mary went to the bar, she got drunk and came home and saw her
daughter Eleanor asleep. She woke her up and started to hit her. The next day Eleanor got up, got dressed and
walked to school, but she did not realize her mom made a hand print on her face. Her best friend said, “What’s
that on your face, I don’t know what you think it is, it looks like a hand print”. Eleanor said, ”Please, just act normal”.
So they went to the first class and Eleanor’s teacher asked her what happened and Eleanor said, “my mom and me
were playing and she hit me with her hand when she was trying to grab her drink”. But the teacher knew that was
not the truth, so about two weeks later her mom Mary got a notice from the school board and from the cops about
Eleanor’s mark and she was taken to court and they did not do anything. Five months later her daughter had a
birthday and Eleanor was so “low”, Eleanor got nothing on her birthday. One night Mary got so mad, she got crazy
and started hitting Eleanor, she hit her so hard she was rushed to the hospital, but she did not make it. Two days
after her death, Eleanor’s friend told the school board about Eleanor’s mom so then she was sent to jail for the
abuse and death of Eleanor J. Walker.
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Back to Black History & Culture
“Do not merely be a hearer of the word, do what it says!”
- James.
Last month Contest Questions:
$100 Prize: Where in Maryland was Harriet Tubman born? How far is Harriet Tubman’s birthplace from Washington
County? What part of Africa were Tubman’s parents from? Did Harriet Tubman use tobacco?
Answered by Traci Crew:
Harriet Ross was born in Dorchester County, Maryland in 1820 to Benjamin Ross and Harriet Green. Harriet Tubman’s
birthplace is two hours and forty-eight minutes from Washington County. Tubman’s parents were from the Ashanti tribe in
West Africa. Her parents worked as slaves on the Broudas plantation. Harriet Tubman used tobacco and liquor they were
considered a gift to god in many cultures.
$100 Prize: What Black performer’s show aired November 5, 1956 on NBC out of the network’s own pockets because no
sponsors, at that time would support a show headlined by a black performer? The show started as a 15-minute spot and
expanded to a half hour in July 1957 and end on December 17, 1957.The performer remarked when the show ended,
“Madison Avenue is afraid of the dark. The performer was a three-packs-a-day smoker, and died from lung cancer. What
day did the performer die and at what age?
No “complete” correct answer was given for this question, no one submitted the correct age of the performer at
death. The question will run again for September. All previous responses to this question must be resubmitted
in writing and at least 50 words or more. Thank you.
This month's contributions to the Black Culture & Resource Center. The Resource Center is located in the
Brothers United Who Dare To Care office. Resource Center hours are currently 4pm to 6pm Monday thru
Thursday; Fridays 2-4pm or by appointment call 301-393-9290.
BOOKS:
“Achievement Matters” by Hugh B. Price (President of the National Urban League)
“The Conspiracy of Ignorance” by Martin L. Gross
“Darwinism – Under the Microscope” by James P. Gills, MD & Tom Woodward, Ph.D.
“Finding God – My Journey to Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba” by Charles Penn
“Like A Mighty Stream – The March On Washington” by Patrick Henry Bass
“They Stole It, But You Must Return It” by Dr. Richard William, Ed. D.
MAGAZINES: Black Voices Quarterly Summer 2003; Caribbean Beat JUL, AUG 2003; Ebony AUG, SEP 2003; ESPN
AUG 2003; Essence AUG, SEP 2003; For Him Magazine SEP 2003, GQ AUG 2003; Heart & Soul JUN, JUL 2003; Oprah
JUL, AUG, SEP 2003; People AUG 2003; Sports Illustrated AUG 2003; U.S. News AUG 2003; Working Women AUG,
SEP 2003; Your Magazine AUG 2003
VIDEO:
“Love One Another” documentary by Food For The Poor
“Asthma Wellness” by Sigma Healthcare
Editors Choice:
Book “Finding God” by Charles Penn. (page 113 Baba talks about Jesus)
Magazine “Prevent Reading Problems” by Laura Hilgers (Child SEP 2003).
Video “Love One Another” documentary by the Food For The Poor.
There is a box outside of the BUWDTC office with past issues of magazines free to keep, please help yourself.
THANK YOU
Thanks to Arnetta Doleman, Ann V. Doleman, Jiggs Dotson, Marguerite Smith and Minnie Mae Johnson for their monthly
contribution of magazines and books. Thanks to Mwamba Raheem and Rosalin Cook for the books. Thank you to Bill and
Hedi Ballwebber of Boonsboro for the computer and printer donated to our training program. Thanks to Cathy Dotson and
Bethel Gardens Corporation for hosting the National Night Out event this year at Bethel Gardens. Thanks to Gary
Washington and Family for Limo Rides and the Margaret Washington Basketball Tournament. Thanks to Gateway
Ministries for leading the praise at the Night Out. Thanks to Ruth Monroe for helping our Children. Thanks to all the people
who volunteers and serve our community. Thanks and we will miss you Uncle Popeye and Ms. Nellie Keys.
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National Night Out at Bethel Gardens had over 400 participants pass through to support the event.
Elks Parade spectators and Judges look on as the Drum and Dance group performs
Limo Rides, a pool party and trophies for Memorial Recreation Center Summer League Basketball players.
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Jamaican Festival display tables of community organizations, health agencies and vendors.
Music and Fun was also the order of the day at the Jamaican Fest 2003 on Wheaton Park in Hagerstown, Maryland.
Calendar Of Events
September 5,6,7
Sept 22
Greater Campher Temple Women’s Day
Brothers United Who Dare To Care meet at MLK 5pm
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Day of Fun September 27 on Bethel Street. Block Party, Yard Sale, Food Sale, Dunking Booth and a guest speaker
will be part of the Block Party on a closed Bethel Street between Jonathan & Prospect Streets. Contact Bishop Derek Kee
for more information 301-797-5355.
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