'Super Stars' presents biographies of the Navy's 15 black admirals

NEIGHBORS

July 18, 1994|By LYN BACKE

An exhibition that has been seen at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington and the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum is on view in Annapolis through Oct. 18.

"Super Stars: The Navy's Black Admirals," presents a biographical sketch of the 15 black naval officers who have risen to the rank of admiral. It is on display at the Banneker-Douglass Museum, at 84 Franklin St.

The exhibit was created by Commander Jim Jackson, of Annapolis and a graduate of the Naval Academy, and his father, Dr. James T. Jackson, a former professor at Howard University.

Samuel L. Gravely, a native of Virginia and the first black admiral, was promoted to rear admiral in 1971 and to vice admiral in 1976. The most recent in the group to reach that rank was David L. Brewer III, also a Virginia native, who did it this year.

Others featured in the exhibit come from Massachusetts, Michigan, the District of Columbia, Louisiana, Indiana, North Carolina, Georgia and Illinois.

The highest-ranking black naval officer is J. Paul Reason, promoted to vice admiral in 1991. He is pictured with the guided missile cruiser USS Bainbridge.

"Super Stars" is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For information, call 974-2893.

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History in another form will be presented Aug. 2 at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum in Shady Side, when living history interpreter Mary Ann Jung presents "Margaret Brent of Maryland."

This presentation, the fifth of six Summer Educational Series for children age 7 to 11, will begin at 9 a.m.

Jung, who lives in Arnold, combines her study of British history and acting to re-create exciting women in history. She researches and writes her own shows, designs her costumes from period patterns and portraits, and holds a special charm for children because she involves them actively in her performances.

Other programs in the series, partly funded by a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust, include a representative of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation tomorrow and a presentation by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources July 26.

The final program, on Aug. 9, is a field trip on the Java Trail at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

Admission to each program is $4. Reservations may be made by calling Program Director Jennifer Musgrove at 867-3149. High school students who wish to earn community service credit may also contact Ms. Musgrove.

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In fund-raising circles there's a phrase, "pay to play," a catchall for the benefit dances, theater performances, dinners and auctions that lure our eleemosynary funds throughout the year.

Maybe there's a "strain to gain" phrase, too, which, as a nonathlete, I'm not familiar with. It would cover those who race and ride and otherwise challenge themselves and potential donors for a cause.

Two great opportunities to help are scheduled in the Annapolis area in August: the multiple sclerosis 15-30-50 mile "Bike the Bay" on the 13th, and the Annapolis Striders' 10-mile run on the 28th, which will benefit the American Heart Association and Cardiac Rehab Programs.

Riders in the MS challenge solicit pledges from their friends and colleagues for miles biked.

One enterprising woman (preferring to remain anonymous) has in the last three years committed to 15, then 30, then 50 miles. Since the course no longer has challenge this year, she has created her own: 49 miles on a bike and the last mile on a unicycle. I'm sure there are many other creative challenges, and I'd love to plug them here.

"Bike the Bay" sponsors include Chaney Enterprises, Farmers National Bank, American Legion Post 226, Adam's Ribs, Bike Doctor, Elliott's Amazing Juices, Little Caesar's, Historic Inns of Annapolis, WHFS Radio, Diehl's Produce and Katcef Brothers/Bud Light.

Equally important are the hundreds of sponsors for the anticipated 600 riders. For more information on the Aug. 13 race, to register or to pledge, call 987-3902 or (301) 884-4001.

An Aug. 1 postmark and a $20 entry fee are required for the Annapolis Striders' race, listed by Runner's World as one of America's top 100 races.

It starts and ends at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, with the starting gun at 7:50 a.m.

Registration is limited to 4,000 racers. There is a wheelchair division, which starts five minutes before the run. A free 1-mile fun run begins at 8:05.

The race is underwritten by Nationwide Insurance, First National Bank of Maryland, Snow Valley Mountain Spring Water, Koons Ford of Annapolis, Anne Arundel Medical Center and Bud Light.

For information about volunteer opportunities, call Julie Lane, 987-6291.

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