Parham backed for schools job Group wants status made permanent

November 01, 1993|By Jody Roesler | Jody Roesler,Staff Writer

The first black woman to serve as Anne Arundel County school superintendent should retain the job when the school board hires a permanent replacement for C. Berry Carter, who resigned last week, a black women's group said Saturday.

Dr. Carol Parham took over as acting superintendent on July 31 )) after Mr. Carter was put on administrative leave.

The Glen Burnie Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, along with District 32 Dels. Victor A. Sulin, Mary Ann Love and Theodore J. Sophocleus, and Annapolis Alderman Carl O. Snowden, announced their support for Dr. Parham to hold the position of superintendent on a permanent basis.

"Carol Parham has shown her ability to deal with controversy and keep people at ease and do the job," said Mr. Snowden.

"But the best reason she should keep the job is that she is the best qualified."

The Glen Burnie chapter of the coalition met Saturday to honor Dr. Parham and two other black women, Sarah Carter, the first black county councilwoman, and Nancy Gist, the first black woman to serve as county school board president.

Chapter President Christine Davenport said the three are "pioneers who symbolize firsts for black women."

The awards ceremony was part of the group's first anniversary celebration.

Delegats Sulin, Love and Sophocleus presented outstanding service awards to Dr. Parham, Ms. Carter and Ms. Gist.

Dr. Parham accepted the award and told how black women can get ahead.

She said they must take advantage of opportunities and gain support of friends and families by supporting them.

"When all else is gone, they will be there for you," she said.

She also said that black women cannot put things off and must try to motivate themselves and everybody around them.

"Even if you work for and motivate just one person, think of what a difference you've made," Dr. Parham said.

The delegates also presented awards to Ms. Carter and Ms. Gist, two women who "know how to handle the county and be true friends," said Del. Sulin.

The Glen Burnie chapter of the coalition was formed last October to develop the economic, personal and professional lives of black women in the county.

The chapter tries to influence public and private policy concerning black women by keeping in contact with other organizations in the county "to make the African-American woman more visible," said Ms. Davenport.

Ms. Davenport welcomed the members and guests, saying, "For us, to be united is our strength."

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