Black nurses in Maryland celebrate their legacy

March 01, 1998|By Jennifer E. Mabry | Jennifer E. Mabry,SUN STAFF

The members of four black nursing organizations in Maryland -- Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc., Gamma Chapter; Provident Hospital Nurses Alumni Association; Black Nurses Association-Baltimore Chapter; and Coppin State College Nurses Alumni Association -- gathered recently to celebrate the rich legacy of black nurses in Maryland and the service that they have provided for more than 100 years.

The program was held at Coppin State College, and it honored Gail D. Marshall, a registered nurse with Self Pride Inc., a residential program for developmentally disabled adults, and second vice president of the Maryland Nurses Association.

A tribute was also made to Harriet Tubman, who is best known as the leader of the Underground Railroad, but also was an untrained nurse. Tubman, who volunteered her skills during the Civil War, is considered one of the first black nurses in the state.

The event was chaired by Dr. Rosetta Sands and Pamela Ambush. Committee members were Crystal Day-Black, Denyce Daniels, Julia Thompson, Gail Marshall and Alice Wright.

Black Professional Men

Fun and funds were the order of the evening at the Black Tie, Red Dress Ball given by the Black Professional Men Inc. of Baltimore at the Baltimore Grand banquet hall. Proceeds from the party go to support the activities and events that BPM sponsors.

Established in 1992, the 60-member organization mentors students at Greenspring and Lombard middle schools and has raised more than $25,000 in scholarship money over the past six years.

Among the attendees at the gala were the organization's officers: Edwin Avent, president; Phillip Gilliam, vice president, and an engineer with Bell Atlantic, who was with his wife, Lori, a flight attendant with Northwest Airlines; Anthony Williams, vice president; Omar Muhammad, treasurer; Brad Redd, secretary, and vice president of D&S Transportation Services, who was with his wife, Nicole Miller, an engineering student at Morgan State University.

Other members in attendance included Karl Hunt, a radio marketing executive, with his wife, Stephanie Dunn-Hunt, owner of Dunn & Associates; Ron Curry, owner of Neotechnologies, with his wife, Gretchen Curry, a government employee; James Camphor, a retired school principal, with his wife, Peaches; and the Rev. David Kennedy, a substitute teacher with Baltimore County public schools, with his wife, Rosalind Kennedy.

Multiple Sclerosis

The Baltimore Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society recently held its 11th annual Dinner of Champions, themed E "Race" MS (as in erase MS) at Martin's West. This year the gala raised more than $350,000 for research and other services provided by the Baltimore Chapter for people with MS and their families.

Dori DiVenti, president of the Maryland Chapter of the society, told me she found this year's race-centered theme "energizing," especially since one of the honorees was race-car driver Bobby Allison. Diane Alsid, who has had MS for five years, was honored as the MS individual of the year. Alsid serves as a peer counselor within the Maryland chapter. The third honoree was Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke. Honorees were chosen for their civic contributions to their communities.

More than 800 people attended the event, including Wayne Resnick, president of Martin's West and co-chairman of the event, and his wife, Kim; J. R. Paterakis, co-chairman of the event and owner of H&S Bakery, and his wife, Emily; Martin Resnick, CEO of Martin's West; John Ryder, chairman of the board of the Maryland Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; Mayor Schmoke's wife, Patricia, and his mother, Irene Reid; and Prince George's County Executive Wayne Curry.

Maryland Historical Society

The Maryland Historical Society threw itself a party to mark the opening of its newest exhibition, "Facing the New World: Jewish Portraits and Decorative Arts in Colonial and Federal America." Held in the society's new Heritage Gallery, the party attracted 300 people, including former U.S. ambassador to Denmark John Loeb Jr., whose ancestors are featured in 13 of the portraits on display.

Other guests on hand to view the exquisite objects belonging to early Jewish families of Baltimore included Karen McGregor, chairman of the education committee at MHS; Stan Klinefelter, president of the board of trustees for MHS; Dennis Fiori, executive director of MHS; Gregory Weidman, furnishings consultant at Hampton Mansion; Cecilia Meisner, deputy director for advancement at MHS; Pat and Paul Sluby, certified genealogists and MHS members; and Anne Verplanck and Nancy Davis, exhibit curators.

"Facing the New World" continues through May 24 at the bTC Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St.

Sylvia Badger is on vacation. Her column will resume this month.

Pub Date: 3/01/98

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