Youth Services leader named director of Stanton Center

February 21, 2000

Kirby J. McKinney, director of the Annapolis Youth Services Bureau, was named Friday to fill the new position of director of the Stanton Center on West Washington Street -- a facility long at the heart of the city's black community and undergoing a major renovation.

The building has also been a part of McKinney's life, since his childhood years living two doors away in the Greater Clay Street community and since 1987 working in the Youth Services Bureau housed there until the $2.5 million renovation began.

McKinney, 52, accepted the job offer from Annapolis Mayor Dean L. Johnson on Friday -- with one concern unresolved. The $52,000-a-year job is a contractual position with the city and would require approval from the city council and the mayor to become a permanent municipal post.

The community center building has been an integral part of the historically African-American neighborhood for more than a century, having housed the county's first high school for black students.

It was being used as a school while McKinney was a child -- residing for his first 14 years two doors away, he noted. McKinney said he attended seventh grade there, when the building was used as an annex for Bates Junior High School. He is a 1980 graduate of Bowie State.

As director of the Stanton Center -- a division of the city's Recreation and Parks Department -- McKinney will be responsible for operations of the facility and coordination of the community services agencies serving the public there.

Among the agencies is the Youth Services Bureau, a subsidiary of the county's nonprofit Community Action Agency.

"We are delighted that someone with Kirby's knowledge of the community will fill this important post," the mayor said in announcing the appointment. "The city has made a commitment to the community through the extensive renovation of the Stanton Center; the addition of Mr. McKinney further demonstrates our commitment and should serve our citizens well."

The Stanton Center building has been closed during the overhaul, which is behind schedule. A date for its reopening has not been announced.

Historical tour, production offered at Carroll House

The third annual lantern-light production of "Dreams of my Soul: In Search of the Slave Family Voice" will be presented Friday and Saturday at Charles Carroll House in Annapolis.

Featuring historical interpreters and actors in roles as slaves in the household of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and a script based on archival research, the program allows the audience on a tour through the house to experience the tension and fears as they respond to unfolding daily news in revolutionary Maryland.

The lantern tours begin on the half-hour, from 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m., and light refreshments will be served after each performance. Reservations are required. Tickets are $9, and $7 for children and Charles Carroll House members. Reservations and information: 410-269-1737.

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