Parren Mitchell receives award


March 19, 2000|By Sloane Brown

Parren J. Mitchell enthusiastically greeted the crowd at the Public Justice Center's 15th anniversary celebration as he was honored with the organization's Thurgood Marshall Award. Adding to the honor, NAACP president Kweisi Mfume presented Maryland's first African-American congressman with a portrait of the first Congressional Black Caucus, of which Mitchell was a founding member.

Others in the Hyatt Regency ballroom: Nancy Paige, Public Justice Center president; Michael Higginbotham, PJC vice president; George Beall, Mindy Mintz, Jan Wilson and J. P. Sarbanes, PJC board members; Monica Henderson, event chair; Jan Houbolt, event committee member; Jonathan Smith, PJC executive director; Julian Bond, NAACP board chair and the evening's featured speaker; Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Kathleen O'Ferrall Friedman; Herb Garten, Maryland Legal Services Corp. chairman; Chief Judge Robert M. Bell, Maryland Court of Appeals; Nancy Grasmick, Maryland superintendent of schools; and Walter Sondheim, senior adviser to Greater Baltimore Committee.

The event netted about $55,000 for PJC services protecting the rights of Maryland's poor.

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