Up Front


April 03, 2005

Historical pieces

Black Camisards, a Maryland-based business, sells books and limited-edition prints depicting the role of United States Colored Troops during the Civil War. About 20 prints and an equal number of hard-to-find books are available through the company's Web sites, www.Blackcamisards.com and JMPublishers.net. Books range in price from $10 to $25. Art prints cost an average of $100.

John Gourdin of Severn and his partners, wife Gloria and cousin Marvin V. Greene, have been operating Black Camisards since November 1997. Black Camisards derived its name from French history. Camisards were Protestants who rebelled in 1702 against King Louis XIV, seeking recognition and restoration of their civil rights. Two hundred and fifty years later, soldiers of African descent fought and died for similar recognition and rights in America. Call 800-989-1170 for information on Black Camisards products or go to the Web sites listed above.

For the kids

Parents will want to get their children to check out a really cool concept: FOOTSTEPS magazine. FOOTSTEPS, which first appeared in 1998, is available at libraries and schools and focuses on giving young readers information on African-American heritage.

The magazine is meant to be used as a classroom resource, but parents can use it as a launching pad for discussions with their kids about their history. FOOTSTEPS is published by Cobblestone Publishing during the school year.

A special edition dedicated to Maryland's African-American heritage will be issued in September and distributed at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture.

For more information about FOOTSTEPS, go to www.footstepsmagazine.com.

Hit the road

Members of the National African-American RVers Association are preparing for the 13th annual NAARVA National Camp Rally scheduled for July 31-Aug. 7 at Palm Creek Golf and REV Resort in Casa Grande, Ariz. Deadline for registration is June 15. The cost starts at $185 for an RV with one adult. There are additional charges per person, but children 5 and under are free. Also, RV owners may keep track of future rallies by visiting www.naarva.com.


This photograph was published Oct. 13, 1983, and was taken by Sun staff photographer Joseph A. DiPaola. Do you know anyone in the picture? Do you know why these people were meeting? Tell us about it. Hint: They all attended the same high school. Write to UniSun Flashback, Features Department, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278 or send e-mails to unisun@baltsun.com.

Answers to February's Flashback

UniSun salutes those readers who recognized the photograph published in the last issue. The image was taken in front of Waters A.M.E. Church on Aisquith Street during the funeral of musician Chick Webb in June 1939. Webb was born William Henry Webb in Baltimore. Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington were among the entertainers who attended the funeral service.

Mark your calendar

Saturday, April 9

Louisiana's T Broussard and the Zydeco Steppers are coming to town. Bryant Keith "T" Broussard follows a long family tradition of Creole and zydeco musicians. T and his band will take the stage at the Barn Theater at the Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville campus, 800 S. Rolling Road. Show time is 9 p.m. Admission is $12 for the general public. For more information, go to www.bfms.org/events/zydecodance.html or call 410-366-0808.

Saturday, April 16

More than 100 exhibitors with black memorabilia and collectibles will gather at the Greater Washington Black Memorabilia Show. Among items to be displayed are historical documents, books, figurines, art, autographs, stamps, advertisements, toys, dolls, posters and more. Admission is $5. The show takes place 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St., Gaithersburg. For more information, go to www.johnsonshows.com or call 301-216-0876.

Friday, April 29

XXX: State of the Union is scheduled to open at area movie theaters. Its cast includes Ice Cube, Willem Dafoe, Xzibit and Samuel L. Jackson. The movie, parts of which were filmed in Baltimore, is the sequel to the 2002 movie starring Vin Diesel. In this plot, Darius Stone (Ice Cube) is recruited into the XXX program and sent to Washington to defuse a power struggle among national leaders. Area residents will want to check out the movie to see if they recognize locations where some scenes were shot.

Friday-Sunday, April 29-May 1

As part of the SuperPops Series at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, "Doo Wop!" a show whose title speaks for itself, is coming to town. Audiences may commence reminiscing at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. The program includes performances by the Drifters, Coasters, Marvelettes and Baltimore's own doo wop group, the Orioles. Note: The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will not be performing at these shows. Tickets are $27-$52 (box seats, $75) and are on sale through the BSO ticket office at 410-783-8000 or www.baltimoresymphony.org. The Meyerhoff is at 1212 Cathedral St.

Monday, May 9

At 7:30 p.m., cosmetics entrepreneur and former fashion model Iman will be at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall participating in the fourth installment of the Smart Talk Women's Lecture Series, sponsored by The Sun. Her discussion is called "The Color of Beauty." Call the Meyerhoff for ticket information at 410-783-8000. Ticket prices start at $34.

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