Rally supports Brown, principal of Northern High

November 25, 1997|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

About 45 people rallied outside the city Department of Education building on East North Avenue yesterday afternoon in support of Alice Morgan Brown, principal of Northern High School who made national news last week when she suspended two-thirds of 1,800 students after they refused orders to return to their homerooms.

A handful of people carried signs that read "We support Dr. Brown." Others prayed and chanted to passing motorists, "Don't give up the fight because Dr. Brown is right."

Several members of the United Baptist Missionary Convention and a staff member at Northern participated in the rally at 5: 30 p.m.

"We need to tell the school board, 'We didn't put you up there to play no games,' " said the Rev. James McEachim of the Baptist Convention. "We ask that [Brown] not be disciplined."

Also yesterday, the Rev. John L. Wright and the Rev. Arnold Howard, representing the Clergy Coalition of Baltimore City, reaffirmed their support for Brown at a news conference at 7 a.m.

Wright, who is also president of the Baptist Convention, defined at least some of Brown's troubles in racial terms.

"We don't want another African-American woman, who did the right thing, to be left high and dry by this administration," he said. "We know about them stacking portfolios and putting things in files to get rid of an African-American woman. We will not tolerate any move against Dr. Brown."

Pub Date: 11/25/97

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