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November 21, 2013
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. apparently just doesn't get it. He wants the NAACP ("An open letter to the NAACP," Nov. 17) to support government funding of a few young people so they can escape their communities like the Arbutus he used to call home. Some of us want to help all the residents of struggling communities, finding ways to enable those with "athletic and academic prowess" to stay and strengthen their neighborhoods, including their siblings who might not be offered an escape. I don't doubt Mr. Ehrlich's appreciation of the opportunity he was given.
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NEWS
November 20, 2013
The use of vouchers makes so much sense, but The Sun and other liberal organizations will never fully back them since they give the poor an opportunity to become "haves" and diminishes the government's control of the "have nots" ( "An open letter to the NAACP," Nov. 17). Too bad for the folks, but good for big government. Lyle Rescott, Marriottsville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | November 17, 2013
Those familiar with my life story understand my emotional approach to educational opportunity - particularly where the story line ends in opportunity denied. Simply put, I got lucky at a tender age. Enough athletic and academic prowess, in addition to scholarship aid, gave me the opportunity to attend excellent schools. These institutions set me on a successful path; each afforded me unlimited opportunities and important relationships that I have taken advantage of throughout my life.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | October 24, 2013
The Harford County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will host a countywide Affordable Care Act health forum on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 2-4 p.m. at Union United Methodist Church, 700 N. Post Road in Aberdeen. The NAACP said it hopes to reach out to approximately 20,000 uninsured Harford County residents under the age of 65 who do not have health insurance. Guest speakers will include: • Marilyn Johnson, Harford County's lead navigator from the Maryland Health Connection, http://www.marylandhealthconnection.gov •Representatives from SEEDCO, a partner for Maryland's Health Benefit Exchange that manages health insurance access programs in the region; • Representatives from the Harford Community Action Agency, Inc. and the Harford County Health Department; • Cheri Wilson from the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Single individuals, those already covered through Medicaid, a families and small business owners are urged to attend.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2013
The NAACP last week named former U.S. House of Representatives clerk Lorraine Miller as its interim president and CEO while it begins a permanent replacement for outgoing leader Benjamin Todd Jealous. The Baltimore-based 104-year-old civil rights organization said in a prepared statement that Miller, an NAACP national board member and former president of its Washington branch, will take over as interim president on Nov. 1. Jealous, who announced his resignation in September, is expected to remain with the organization through Dec. 31. NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock announced Miller's appointment on Saturday at the board's final meeting of the year in Las Vegas.
NEWS
September 9, 2013
When Benjamin Jealous, at 35, became the youngest person ever to lead the NAACP in 2008, he took over an institution with a venerable name but whose greatest triumphs appeared to lie in the past. Mr. Jealous, who announced last week that he will step down from his post as president of the nation's oldest civil rights organization in January, quickly set about changing that, working to attract a younger generation of members with a more expansive vision of civil rights that addresses contemporary concerns.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2013
The resignation of NAACP President Benjamin Jealous left the nation's most influential advocacy group for equality in search of a new leader at a particularly sensitive time in U.S. race relations, setting off a debate Monday about his potential successor. Jealous announced over the weekend that he will step down in December, sparking a flurry of analysis about his legacy and who could sustain his efforts to expand the group's reach, social media savvy and financial growth. The transition comes as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, headquartered in Baltimore, is working to blunt the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in June to invalidate a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Emotions, meanwhile, are still smoldering from last year's shooting death of Trayvon Martin — a case that Jealous repeatedly sought to highlight as an example of injustice against African-Americans.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2013
Credited with reenergizing and modernizing the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization, NAACP president Benjamin Jealous announced Sunday he will step down from his position at the end of the year. In a statement, Jealous said he wanted to spend more time with his family and will go into a new career in teaching. The resignation will be effective Dec. 31. Jealous, 40, took the helm of the 104-year-old organization in 2008, at a time when members openly lamented their inability to attract a younger generation to the group.
NEWS
August 22, 2013
Thousands of people are expected to descend on Washington this weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington civil rights event. Several events are planned for the weekend and on Wednesday, Aug. 28, the anniversary of the day of the march. Baltimore-area civil rights groups are scrambling to keep up with the demand for bus reservations. Tessa Hill-Aston, president of the Baltimore chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said that "the phones are jumping off the hook" with requests for transportation to Washington.
EXPLORE
August 22, 2013
Harford County Government Public Information Officer Sherrie Johnson received the John H. Murphy Award for excellence in journalism. Johnson was honored Saturday during the 2013 NAACP Freedom Fighter Awards Breakfast. Johnson and several others received the awards for service and leadership in the community. The NAACP Baltimore branch recognized the award recipients for commitment to social and racial equality as the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington.
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