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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | September 22, 2012
African-American authors from as far away as Atlanta and Cleveland converged on the Bridge of Life church in downtown Hagerstown on Saturday to participate in the inaugural Urban Book Festival. Event organizer Ladetra Robinson said she used Facebook and other Internet sources to invite the authors to sell their books and show the community that other African-American writers exist besides Maya Angelou. “A lot of them have never been here before, but they agreed to come to showcase their books,” Robinson said.
NEWS
August 23, 1998
By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer photo: MIKE CRUPI / staff photographer [ enlarge ] CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - People crowded along Washington Street here Saturday to catch glimpses of African-American heritage spanning the centuries. Thirty young members of a Virginia Beach, Va., dance group bounced back and forth to a song called "The Drum," which symbolizes the origin of the instrument in Africa. The drum is rich in tradition and gives people the power to face anything in life, said choreographer Darlene Young, who led the group in the sixth annual African American Cultural and Heritage Festival parade.
ANTIETAM
By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | September 12, 2012
The muster rolls tell a unique story of the Civil War - one that contradicts the stereotype of a struggle between white farmers, North and South. Scan the record books and you'll find Union Shawnee and rebel Choctaws, Confederate rabbis and Arab immigrants. There were units called the Slavonian Rifles and the Irish Brigade and one individual who defied classification - Sgt. Frank Mayne from Pennsylvania, who was discovered to be a woman by the name of Frances Day. There also was a group of people who many believe were onlookers to the war - African-Americans.
NEWS
September 21, 2007
Works on metal and canvas by African-American artist Jamall Sheats. Reception noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. Continues through Sunday, Oct. 28. Just Lookin' Gallery, 40 Summit Ave., Hagerstown. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free.
NEWS
August 26, 2007
Susan Rae Hess Amount owed: $13,029 as of April 7, 2006 Bond: $12,885.36 Birthdate: Sept. 16, 1974 Height: 5 feet 2 inches Weight: 115 pounds Eyes: brown Hair: brown Race: Caucasian Last known address: 22 Winter St. in Hagerstown Children: one Joseph E. Weiss Amount owed: $7,738.61 as of July 20, 2006 Birthdate: April 13, 1967 Height: 5 feet 8 inches Weight: 128 pounds Eyes: brown Hair: brown Race: Caucasian Last known address: 125 N. Prospect St. in Hagerstown Children: four Glen Alexander Creary Jr. Amount owed: $6,119 as of May 2006 Bond: $4,000 full cash bond Birthdate: Nov. 20, 1985 Height: 5 feet 7 inches Weight: 180 pounds Eyes: brown Hair: brown Race: African-American Last known address: 357 Henry Ave., Hagerstown Children: one Harvey L. Ingram Amount owed: $3,960 as of March 30, 2006 Bond: $3,960 Birthdate: Jan. 19, 1967 Height: 5 feet 6 inches Weight: 165 pounds Eyes: brown Hair: brown Race: Caucasian Last known address: 50 Roch-ester Place in Hagerstown Children: two Ernest R. Socks Amount owed: $3,683.
NEWS
Madge Miles | Around Jonathan Street | February 9, 2012
Hagerstown YMCA plans Black History Month program The Hagerstown YMCA Black Achievers will host a community Black History Month program Sunday, Feb. 19, at 3 p.m. at Bridge of Life Church, 14 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown. For more information, call Deborah Phillips at 301-739-3990, ext. 4239. Chocolate Sunday Sunday will be Chocolate Sunday at Ebenezer AME Church, 40 W. Bethel St. in Hagerstown. The event will be a Women's Day fundraiser. Church members will sell “Everything Chocolate,” beginning at 1 p.m.    The menu includes chocolate cake, cookies, candy, muffins, brownies and chocolate pie.  There will also be chocolate-covered strawberries.
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | September 1, 2005
HAGERSTOWN andrews@herald-mail.com The City of Hagerstown is compiling a list of minority-owned businesses and the people who own and operate them. Those businesses might be eligible for grants, loans or partnerships through state programs, said Deborah Everhart, the city's economic development director. Councilwoman Alesia Parson-McBean said she suggested the idea because it was needed. Business owners who respond will be invited to a luncheon in a few months.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | February 13, 2013
Letterkenny Army Depot's first African-American commander spoke during the Chambersburg base's annual Black History Month observance. Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Robert C. Gaskill Sr. was the guest speaker at Wednesday's event held in the great room at depot headquarters. Gaskill served as depot commander from 1974 to 1975 and was the first African-American to assume command of the base. Current commander Col. Victor S. Hagan is the second African-American to hold the position.
NEWS
March 30, 2009
In October 1988, conservative newspaper columnist James J. Kilpatrick wrote a review of the movie "The Last Temptation of Christ. " Not normally a movie reviewer, Kilpatrick said that he went because Jerry Falwell and other fundamentalists made such a fuss about urging everyone to boycott it. Kilpatrick, no libertine, nevertheless had to see what all the hoop-de-doo was about. It was a very American act and that "don't tell me what to do" attitude prevalent among U.S. citizens explains, in part, the election of our first African-American president.
NEWS
by JENNIFER FITCH | December 6, 2006
Discussion became heated Tuesday when the Hagerstown City Council sat down with the manager of the Virginia Council of Churches Refugee Resettlement Program's local office, which sponsored a group of African refugees at the center of October's West Franklin Street stir. A language barrier Oct. 11 led officials to quarantine a building and set up decontamination tents in a perceived health scare. George Miller, manager of the resettlement program's Hagerstown office, did not specifically detail what happened that day when he attended the city council work session, but instead described the program and fielded pointed questions from council members.
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BY KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@heraldmail.com | July 23, 2013
Rectifying what one organizer called a “historical oversight,” a groundbreaking ceremony for a memorial to honor African-American veterans of Lyon Post No. 31 of the Grand Army of the Republic was held Tuesday at Hagerstown's Rose Hill Cemetery. The Grand Army of the Republic was a veterans organization for those who battled for the Union during the Civil War. “Hagerstown had two posts of this organization [the Grand Army of the Republic] ... Because Maryland was mostly segregated at the time we had two posts - one for white veterans and one for black veterans,” said local historian Stephen Bockmiller, who also works for Hagerstown city government as a zoning administrator and a development review planner.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | February 13, 2013
Letterkenny Army Depot's first African-American commander spoke during the Chambersburg base's annual Black History Month observance. Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Robert C. Gaskill Sr. was the guest speaker at Wednesday's event held in the great room at depot headquarters. Gaskill served as depot commander from 1974 to 1975 and was the first African-American to assume command of the base. Current commander Col. Victor S. Hagan is the second African-American to hold the position.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | September 22, 2012
African-American authors from as far away as Atlanta and Cleveland converged on the Bridge of Life church in downtown Hagerstown on Saturday to participate in the inaugural Urban Book Festival. Event organizer Ladetra Robinson said she used Facebook and other Internet sources to invite the authors to sell their books and show the community that other African-American writers exist besides Maya Angelou. “A lot of them have never been here before, but they agreed to come to showcase their books,” Robinson said.
ANTIETAM
By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | September 12, 2012
The muster rolls tell a unique story of the Civil War - one that contradicts the stereotype of a struggle between white farmers, North and South. Scan the record books and you'll find Union Shawnee and rebel Choctaws, Confederate rabbis and Arab immigrants. There were units called the Slavonian Rifles and the Irish Brigade and one individual who defied classification - Sgt. Frank Mayne from Pennsylvania, who was discovered to be a woman by the name of Frances Day. There also was a group of people who many believe were onlookers to the war - African-Americans.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | February 24, 2012
As the first African-American woman to achieve the rank of major general in the U.S. Army, Marcia M. Anderson helped inspire Letterkenny Army Depot employees Friday as they observed Black History Month. In a keynote speech focusing on “Black Women in American Culture and History,” the 30-year career soldier spoke of her personal philosophy for success. “It's not your ZIP code or your family history that determines where you end up in life so much as what's in your heart and what's in your brain,” Anderson told Letterkenny employees.
NEWS
Madge Miles | Around Jonathan Street | February 9, 2012
Hagerstown YMCA plans Black History Month program The Hagerstown YMCA Black Achievers will host a community Black History Month program Sunday, Feb. 19, at 3 p.m. at Bridge of Life Church, 14 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown. For more information, call Deborah Phillips at 301-739-3990, ext. 4239. Chocolate Sunday Sunday will be Chocolate Sunday at Ebenezer AME Church, 40 W. Bethel St. in Hagerstown. The event will be a Women's Day fundraiser. Church members will sell “Everything Chocolate,” beginning at 1 p.m.    The menu includes chocolate cake, cookies, candy, muffins, brownies and chocolate pie.  There will also be chocolate-covered strawberries.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | January 14, 2012
The new year is here, and at Just Lookin' Gallery on Summit Avenue, that means a fresh batch of original art from African American artists all over the country. The gallery is showcasing its latest pieces at a New Year - New Visions reception that began Saturday and continues through Monday, from 1 to 6 p.m. each day. "We have probably 15 artists who have sent new work for the show," gallery co-owner Eileen Berger said. Berger said some of her favorite pieces in the show are mixed-media works by Tamara Natalie Madden, a Jamaican artist living near Atlanta who recently has started incorporating photography and fabric into her paintings.
NEWS
February 15, 2011
A television program filmed last summer at Fort Frederick Sate Park will air tonight on the National Geographic Channel. "Caught by the SS: The Wereth Eleven" documents the final days of 11 African-American soldiers of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion who escaped The 18th Volksgrenadiers after their unit was overrun at the start of the Battle of the Bulge, according to a National Geographic Channel promotion. Their 10-mile trek from their battery position to Wereth, Belgium, led them to take refuge with a Belgian family until a Nazi sympathizer revealed their position to an SS reconnaissance patrol.
OPINION
By THE REV. VALERIE WILLS | February 7, 2011
We draw into this time of peace and nonviolence as a people who treasure the concept of handling life with respect and grace.   Many have written about the strength of the oratory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and about the power of his words and thoughts. He was a dynamic leader and a man of exceptional charisma. His ideas and understandings of the status of racism in the 1960s were deep and penetrating. They won a nation over from its reliance on segregation as a solution to the racial disharmony it was experiencing.
NEWS
October 27, 2009
Government health care plan is ridiculous To the editor: It never fails, after President Obama's speeches I always get that fuzzy, warm, all-is-well feeling. Then I have a cup of coffee and reality always hits me in the running lights. This health care plan is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. I am so glad to see the American people rise up with things like the Great American Tea Party. That was the most heartwarming thing I have seen in ages. Let me share with you the things that concern me the most about this health care proposal.
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