Congratulations go to the eight winners of the Martin Luther King Jr. awards

NEIGHBOR

January 03, 1995|By LYN BACKE

Some people start the new year with regrets. I'm starting it with kudos to the winners of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. awards, which will be presented at 6 p.m., Jan. 12, during a dinner at Buddy's Crabs and Ribs. According to Annapolis Alderman Carl O. Snowden, there are four awards and eight recipients.

The Morris H. Blum Humanitarian Award to an individual who has been a pioneer in the field of civil rights will go to Annapolis Police Chief Joseph Johnson, the first black police chief in the city's history.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Zeitgeist (Spirit of the Times) Award, given by the Black Student Union of Anne Arundel Community College to an individual who has helped the college toward its affirmative action goals, will go to Alfred Blackstone. Mr. Blackstone recently retired from the college, after 22 years of service.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Peacemaker Award, given by the Anne Arundel County chapter of Peace Action to an individual who has used nonviolent means to bring about social change, will be given to Margie Bryce, founder and director of the Anne Arundel Conflict Resolution Center.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major Award is given by the Community Action Agency to individuals who have been actively involved in the civil rights movement. The Rev. Robert M. Powell, rector of St. Phillip's Episcopal Church, will be rewarded for his work in the schools and community. David J. Harris, president of the Robinwood Tenant Council, will be honored for his work fighting drug abuse. Rhonda Pindell Charles will be honored for her efforts in reopening Adams Park Elementary School and for her work at Walter S. Mills-Parole Elementary School. G. Rico McGowan and Tavon Johnson will receive awards for defying the odds: Mr. McGowan overcame extraordinary obstacles to get through law school and become an attorney, and Mr. Johnson, 18, has fought for and won custody of his younger brother. Diane Goforth, president of the AIDS Network, also will receive an award.

If your life has been touched by any of these people and you want to be among those saying thank you Jan. 12, call 269-1524 for tickets.

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The deadline for the Maryland State Arts Council's mini-grants is Jan. 20. If you have an event or project scheduled to occur between March 1 and June 30, you could receive additional funding.

Organizations eligible to apply include arts organizations, after-school programs, civic groups, libraries, museums, religious organizations, schools, social clubs, or any other community-based group that presents arts programs for the public. Special consideration is given to proposals aimed at under-served audiences and artists.

For more information, call (410) 333-8232, or TDD/TTY (410) 333-4519.

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I've often talked with people who have time to volunteer but have no particular skills (at least in their eyes) and no idea of how they could be useful. For these people, the Home Health Department of Anne Arundel Medical Center has a new volunteer opportunity. The department needs volunteers to provide support services to homebound, handicapped, frail or elderly patients.

Volunteers would run simple errands for people in need -- take clothes to the cleaner, pick up a prescription, help someone in a wheelchair while he does his shopping. Volunteers are needed to visit people a couple of times a week to read aloud, write letters, or maybe just listen.

Orientation and training is available. For more information, call Sandra Porterfield at 280-6578. She's also the source for information on volunteer opportunities with Hospice of Anne Arundel Medical Center, which provides services for the terminally ill and their families.

For information on volunteer opportunities with AAMC's Lifeline program, call 280-6584.

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The Hammond-Harwood House has come up with a great series of free workshops on American art, architecture and decorative arts, based on the museum's collection. Though the workshops are designed to encourage people to volunteer at the museum, no commitment is required.

The workshop schedule is: Jan. 11, paintings and prints; Jan. 18, architecture; Feb. 1, Early American furniture; Feb. 23, metals and textiles; March 8, ceramics and glass.

For more information or to register, call the museum at 269-1714.

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If you have an event you would like to see mentioned in this column, call Lyn Backe at 626-0273.

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