Schmoke, Mfume invited to inaugural

May 06, 1994|By From Staff Reports

Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, whose brother was killed in an accident a month ago in South Africa, was invited by the White House yesterday to join the U.S. delegation to the inauguration of Nelson Mandela on Tuesday.

Another Baltimorean, Democratic Rep. Kweisi Mfume, also was invited by the Clinton administration to be part of the delegation, headed by Vice President Al Gore and Hilary Rodham Clinton.

"The White House indicated that in light of the recent tragedy in the mayor's family, the president thought of him and thought he would appreciate the trip even more so," said Clinton R. Coleman, the mayor's spokesman.

Mr. Coleman said Mr. Schmoke was hoping for an opportunity to meet some of the young students from the school in rural Pietersburg where his brother, 25-year-old Murray Alexender Schmoke Jr., had been teaching English. He was killed April 4 in a highway accident between Pretoria and Pietersburg.

During South Africa's election, Mr. Schmoke said he knew his brother "would have been eager to be there for this historic change." The mayor also said he hoped to encourage business cooperation between Baltimore and South Africa.

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