Members of the Eastern Shore's African-American community returned from Monday's Million Man March filled with a spirit of exhilaration.
But that emotional high was dampened with the news the next day that a Maryland state trooper had been shot and killed in their community, and two black men were charged in the crime.
Troubled by the violent act and its repercussions, the Wicomico County NAACP is calling on members of the African-American community, particularly those who attended the march in Washington, to assemble on the steps of Salisbury's city hall today before the funeral for the trooper, Tfc. Edward A. Plank, as a sign of respect for his family and to stand against drugs and violence.
"We want the community and the family to know we are very serious about doing something about the image of African-American males as far as drugs and violence is concerned," said Warren White, president of the Wicomico County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Private funeral services for Trooper Plank are to be held at 1 p.m. today at Wicomico Presbyterian Church in Salisbury.