Snowden Corrects Hopkins

May 16, 1991|By Staff report

When Annapolis Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins said recently that the city should retain its two black wards, he neglected to mention that the City Council had only one black member from 1972 until 1985.

"Ever since I have been on the council, since 1961, the council has always had two black members, and that should continue," Hopkins said in Tuesday's Anne Arundel County Sun.

The story was about a Hopkins-appointed redistricting committee that will recommend adjustments to ward lines based on 1990 Census data.

Alderman Carl O. Snowden, D-Ward 5, one of the council's two black members, corrected the mayor in a news release issued late Tuesday.

Hopkins said he made a mistake and didn't see why Snowden made such a fuss over it. "I don't dispute it," the mayor said. "It's a fact."

There were two black aldermen, Norwood Brown and Roscoe Parker, when Hopkins first served on the council in 1961. One black ward was lost in the redistricting of 1972 and regained in a court challenge in 1985.

Hopkins wasn't the only one who made a mistake in the story.

The committee has two black members, not one as The Anne Arundel County Sun reported. The second black member was absent from thecommittee's first meeting last week.

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