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April 30, 2006|By NICOLE FULLER

Marvin "Doc" Cheatham

Occupation

President of the Baltimore City branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

In the news

The city branch of the NAACP has called for the majority of the school board, which is currently appointed by the mayor and the governor, to be elected. The organization also presented a 10-point improvement plan, which included a halt to several impending school closures and a class-size cap of 20 students.

Career highlights

Cheatham has worked for 35 years as an elections specialist for the Baltimore office of the National Labor Relations Board. He was the president of the city elections board for 16 years. He founded the Maryland Voting Rights Restoration Coalition in 2001, and was successful the following year in regaining voting rights for those convicted of two nonviolent felonies. Cheatham also served as a regional director for the Million Man March.

Personal

Cheatham, 55, grew up in the Easterwood area of West Baltimore and now lives in Bolton Hill. He graduated from Coppin State University in 1971. He has a 14-year-old son, and a daughter and another son who are in their 30s. His nickname refers to Doc Cheatham, a famed jazz trumpeter, singer and bandleader who began performing in the 1920s. He is a member of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.

Philosophy

"My role is really to direct concerns of the community. We try to help everybody in every aspect of their life -- housing, education, transportation, discrimination. Just about every aspect in life is what the NAACP addresses. We just try to help anyone in every way, shape or form."

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