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July 24, 2005|By David Nitkin

William Wingo

Occupation: Pastor of Chestnut Grove African Methodist Episcopal Church in Street, Harford County.

In the news: Wingo organized demonstrations on street corners near the exclusive Elkridge Club, which straddles the Baltimore city-county line, every morning last week. He hired the homeless to display signs demanding that the club accept black members, which it has not done in its 127-year history, and has created a Web log, www.powerspeaks.blogspot.com, to discuss the issue. The club has been in the news because Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. held a $100,000 golf fundraiser there last month, drawing criticism from black leaders.

Career highlights: Wingo has been a minister for 15 years and has been at Chestnut Grove since 2002. He is the publisher of Power magazine, which seeks to empower the faith community. A 49-year Baltimore resident, Wingo is a 1967 graduate of City College. He holds a bachelor's degree from Sojourner-Douglass College in Baltimore.

Personal: Wingo, 56, is married with four children, and lives in Mount Washington.

Philosophy: "I'm an African-American. It's astounding to me that a country club right in Baltimore City doesn't have any African-American membership. It is beyond my comprehension in 2005. ... I felt that this was something God showed me that needed to be addressed."

- David Nitkin

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