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January 05, 2003|By Sloane Brown

Association of Black Media Workers

The Association of Black Media Workers' "Kwanzaa Celebration 2002" had a delicious beginning. Folks browsed The Forum's dinner buffet of chicken, beef with mushrooms, seafood pasta, sweet potatoes and greens. But the evening's highlight was yet to come. After the libation ceremony, seven outstanding members of the community were to be honored. Each honoree was chosen by ABMW as representing one of the Kwanzaa principles; Umoja -- unity, Kujichagulia -- self determination, Ujima -- collective work and responsibility, Ujamaa -- cooperative economics, Nia -- purpose, Kuumba -- creativity, and Imani -- faith. Not all the honorees were able to attend. But those who did included Dr. Rosetta Stith (Nia), the Rev. Ann Lightner-Fuller (Imani) and John "Kinderman" Taylor (Kuumba).

Others among the crowd of 250 guests included: Erika Murray, event chairwoman; Stephanie L. Dunn-Hunt, event committee member; Barry Simms, ABMW president; Linda Taggart and Matthew Lyles, ABMW board members; Audrey June, The Chronicle of Higher Education reporter; Keith Henry, Coppin State College student; Latease Hewlett, College of Notre Dame of Maryland admissions counselor; Enoch Cook, U. S. Justice Department immigration court clerk; Patricia Millin, Morgan State University student; Pam Watts, Maryland Transit Authority special events and promotions specialist; Kim Moir, Baltimore-based filmmaker; Kevin Wade, Yellow Transportation automotive technician; Rosanna Demps, Gryphon House art director; April Smith, Columbia College student; Dr. Errol Kellum, Baltimore dentist; Jerry Stamper, JLS Development president; Carol Powers Warren, Maryland Committee for Children technical assistance coordinator; Rosalind Russell, Maryland department of juvenile justice juvenile counselor; Drew Berry, WMAR-TV vice president / general manager, and Susan Ellerbee, Howard County government channel senior producer.

"Kwanzaa Celebration 2002" raised at least $3,000 for the Association of Black Media Workers Scholarship Fund.

Great Blacks In Wax

The Great Blacks In Wax Museum's Alberta Cason Room was full of people full of the holiday spirit for the museum's annual Kwanzaa celebration. Some 150 folks gathered to participate in the traditional libation ceremony, led by Sankofa Dance Theatre's Kibibi Ajanku and Kauna Mujamal. A variety of musical and dance performances followed. The Bill Byrd Trio, Mythbuster, Northwood Elementary Choir, and Forest Park Senior Center's Golden Rockettes were among the performers. But there was plenty of time to greet friends and exchange warm wishes for the new year.

Among those celebrating the season: Liz Byrd, event coordinator; John Jones, event master of ceremonies; Deborah Pierce-Fakunle and Mary Carter Smith, Great Blacks In Wax Museum board members; Jerene DeShields, Golden Rockettes creator / choreographer; Gwen Chester, Mary B. Harris, Juanita Freeman, Gaynelle Mullen, Helen Washington, Oyida Bowe and Dora Royster, Golden Rockettes members; Lee Williams, Baltimore City Public Schools retired sheet metal supervisor; Clarence Mollock, Griot Circle of Maryland vice president; Julia Hemmid, WYPR Radio associate producer; Garry Cochrane, Maryland Transit Authority technician; Ben Thornton, Century service technician; Ethel Eldridge, Uniquely Yours owner; Frederic Sykes, The Cosmic Collection marketing director; Johnnie Batty, Sandtown-Winchester Nursing Home nurse; Dawn Pressley, North Bend Elementary School third-grade teacher; Denise Kato, Maryland State department of human resources communications specialist, and Sacie McClenon, First Student bus driver.

This year's Kwanzaa event raised more than $800 for the Great Blacks In Wax Museum.

Social Calendar

Jan. 9: "Networking Event." Benefits Women in Film & Video of Maryland. Snacks, networking, guest speaker Susan Hadary, producer of Oscar- winning "King Gimp." Flite 3 Studios, 1130 E. Cold Spring Lane. 6 p.m. Tickets $10 non-members at the door, free WIFV / MD members. Call 443-562-4310.

Jan. 11: "For Arts Sake." Benefits Chesapeake Arts Center. Beer, wine, dinner buffet, musical performances, dessert. Chesa-peake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. 6:30 p.m. Tickets $75. Call 410-636-6597.

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