Association of Black Media Workers


January 06, 2002|By Sloane Brown

Warmth and good cheer filled the Forum ballroom. So did some 300 members and guests of the Association of Black Media Workers -- the Baltimore affiliate chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists -- gathered for the group's "2001 Annual Kwanzaa Celebration." The evening began with the traditional Kwanzaa libation ceremony, honoring several local community leaders for representing the different principles of Kwanzaa.

One of the most heartfelt moments came when Joanne Martin accepted the plaque for Kugichagulia (self-determination) on behalf of herself and her late husband, Elmer, with whom she co-founded the Great Blacks In Wax Museum.

Joanne told the gathering how honored her husband would have been, recalling an incident years ago when she was offended that someone referred to her as an idealist, rather than an realist.

"Elmer said, 'Realists can only see things as they are, [whereas] idealists see things as they can be,' " Joanne related. "Then he told me 'When you stop being an idealist, you can find another husband.' "

Among the evening's guests: Penny McCrimmon, event chair; Stephanie Dunn-Hunt, Jannette Witmyer, Matthew Lyles, Vernon Simms and Sandra Arnette, event committee members; Barry Simms, Association of Black Media Workers board president; Keith Reed, Sandi Mallory, Linda Taggart, Roberta Lyles and Terry Owens, ABMW board members; Glenard Middleton, AFSCME Union 93 executive director; Raymond V. Haysbert Sr.; Baltimore Urban League president; the Rev. Jamal Harrison Bryant, the Empowerment Temple A.M.E. Church pastor; Robert Cromwell, Sojourner-Douglass College institutional advancement director; Daniel Coleman, Baltimore Cable Access Corp. chairman; Keith Brooks, VISICU, Inc. database administrator; Dora Daniel, Combined Properties, Inc. vice president; Judson Kerr, Applied System Engineering, Inc. CEO; Simmone Wainwright, Towson University academic program specialist; and Everett Marshburn, MPT-TV vice president.

The Kwanzaa celebration raised about $12,000 for ABMW's scholarship fund.

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