Group will focus on justice issues


May 30, 2000|By Pamela Woolford | Pamela Woolford,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Gun control, racial profiling by police and other issues of safety in America will be topics for discussion at a lecture by U.S. Deputy Attorney General Eric H. Holder 1:30 p.m. June 10 at Owen Brown Community Center.

Sponsored by the Howard County chapter of the National Political Congress of Black Women Inc. (NPCBW), the presentation, called "The Face of American Justice in the Year 2000," is the fourth in the group's Speaker Series.

"We've given him a list of issues of interest, including racial profiling, Elian Gonzales, guns and their role in our society," said Terri Hill, chairwoman of the group's speaker program and a Wilde Lake resident. "He has a particular area of interest with child abuse and how we can get better enforcement of the law and protect children more effectively."

NPCBW is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan group that addresses political concerns of the African-American community and the political status of African-American women.

Holder, who was nominated by President Clinton in 1997, is the first African-American to serve as a deputy attorney general.

Owen Brown Community Center is at 6800 Cradlerock Way. Information: 301-596-0996or Hilda Barrett, 410-992-4064.

May Daze

Phelps Luck Elementary School held its annual May Daze celebration Wednesday evening with an estimated 500 people attending. "A New Phelps Luck Celebrates the New Millennium" was the theme of this year's event.

"We are really trying to let the community see what great things we have been doing the past few years," said Dyson Williamson, a physical education teacher at the school. "We also want to show off our wonderful new technology in the building."

Williamson and fellow physical education teacher Cameron Rahnamacoordinated a Power Point presentation of the "Jeopardy" game, in which about 30 schoolchildren and their parents competed on teams to answer sports questions.

Additional activities included chorus, strings and band performances, a science fair and art displays.

As many as 300 children exhibited art and science projects for the day, Williamson said.

Gifted and Talented Program teachers Susan Hixonand Carol Ann Stevenscoordinated the event.

Service award

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services honored east Columbia resident Mae Bealethis month with the Secretary's Award for Distinguished Service - the department's highest form of recognition for civilian employees.

A federal government employee for 37 years, Beale has worked for the department's Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) in Woodlawn since 1983.

A member of HCFA's Millennium Project team, she was commended for helping to ensure "that HCFA successfully met the many challenges associated with the Y2K rollover," wrote Nancy-Ann Min DeParle, HCFA administrator.

Beale, an Owen Brown resident, has lived in Columbia for 29 years.

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