TCAnn Marie Scott to pursue N.M. passion in...


June 20, 1993|By Wayne Hardin


Ann Marie Scott to pursue N.M. passion in 'retirement'

Nineteen years ago this summer, Ann Marie Scott took a trip west with some other Baltimore County teachers. It changed her life.

"I fell in love with New Mexico," Ms. Scott says. "The stars were big and bright. The air was so crisp and clean and smelled so good. I said then I'm going to move out here when I retire."

Now the time has come. Ms. Scott, 50, librarian at Parkville High School, is retiring after 26 years in county schools. In September, she will move out of her Timonium apartment and set a course west to the Land of Enchantment.

"I've gone back to New Mexico every summer, for two weeks to a month," she says. "When I got a sabbatical in 1975-'76, I scrapped plans to go back to my native Kentucky to work on a master's in library science."

Instead, she spent a semester at the College of Santa Fe and one at the University of Arizona, studying anthropology and Indian arts and culture, working with Hopi and Navajo Indians in Arizona and the Pueblos in New Mexico.

She returned each summer to the Pueblos on the Santa Clara Reservation, 25 miles north of Santa Fe. Fascinated with her travels, the tribe named her Bootsi Povi, which in the Pueblos' Tewa language means Wandering Flower.

Because her background is in secondary schools, Ms. Scott first will take elementary education courses at the University of New Mexico and then apply through the Bureau of Indian Affairs to teach in a reservation school -- Santa Clara, she hopes.

"I know I'll be starting all over again," she says. "But I couldn't be happier."

Wandering Flower may finally put down roots.

What does someone raised in suburban New York City, educated at Harvard and Yale and living in Silver Spring know about "Black Baltimore"?

Harold A. McDougall, 48, author of the just-published "Black Baltimore: A New Theory of Community" (Temple University Press, $34.95), isn't the literary carpetbagger he initially may seem: His great-grandfather, William McDougall, emigrated from St. Croix to the United States through the Port of Baltimore in the late 1870s, almost immediately running into a man who offered him a dollar -- his first American wages -- to vote for his candidate for mayor.

A law professor and director of Catholic University's Law and Public Policy Program, Mr. McDougall for years had been developing an academic theory of "the new community," in which residents take a grass-roots, self-help approach to

revitalizing their neighborhoods rather than relying on private wealth or government subsidies. His attempt to find real-life grounding for his theory led him from the classroom to the streets of such West Baltimore neighborhoods as Sandtown, Upton and Harlem Park.

Mr. McDougall, who will spend part of this Father's Day signing copies of his book at Vintage Bookstore, 6642 Reisterstown Road, has long been torn between what he calls "the trenches and the ivory tower." As a college student, for example, he spent summers registering voters in the South and fighting for housing rights in the North. Researching and writing the book, his first, allowed him to feel he finally had blended the two worlds.

"I just started listening to people," Mr. McDougall says simply.

"And while some portion of the book

is social science analysis, it is really a story about what is happening in these communities."

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