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As another Christmas holiday-giving season is nearly upon us, random acts of kindness never go out of style. This time of year, people are often in search of the perfect gift to give to friends and loved ones. However, a kind gesture exhibited by Dr. Otis Williams and his fellow Temptations members reminds us that giving time to someone is one of the most precious gifts of all.
More growth is on the horizon for the well-known Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival in Annapolis. At the end of September, reportedly nearly 9,000 people attended the 30th annual festival and over 100 vendors participated from a variety of states participated in the annual festival this year.
Even though Annapolis is well known for celebrating African-American heritage and historic neighborhoods, there are many stories of historical significance that remain untold. One local man, James Diggs’ military story is just one those gems that should be firmly cemented in historical repositories.
The “No Dead Beats Club Back To School Bash” was held at the Pip Moyer Recreation Center on August 25, 2019. Haircuts, fun, and games were enjoyed by approximately 70 elementary and middle school students who all received two new uniforms per person. Cory McGhee founded the “No Dead Beats Club.” The father assembled a team of volunteers in Annapolis who will continue to help local youth and families. Uniform donations are still being accepted. Photo: Alderman DaJuan Gay, Ashley Trusty, Kennedy Trusty, Michael Kelly, Dashawn Thomas volunteered to participate in the NoDeadBeatsClub, which was created by Cory McGhee (lower, middle). The team received citations from the City of Annapolis, for their efforts.
Inspiring people like Daniel McGhee represent the hope that getting clean from opioids is achievable. McGhee grew up in the Baltimore area and resides in Harford County. Despite life-threatening encounters with drugs and alcohol, McGhee was determined to rise about it all. Against the odds he won the battle, and even became a community leader who managed to make a local and international impact through philanthropy.
Miguel Coppedge won Ellio’s 2018 Phenomenal Kids Scholarship Contest, which recognizes phenomenal kids in its second year of existence. Several months ago, Miguel participated in The Holiday Market Place that was held at Coppin State University’s Talon Center Lobby, sponsored by Times Community Services, Inc., which allowed the social change-maker to spread his message about community policing and other superhero adventures to Baltimore, City. The young trailblazer has also been previously featured in The Baltimore Times while celebrating the joys of adoption.
Fourteen-year-old Kalimah McKeaver is the CEO of her own company that makes clay key chains, bow ties, African activity tubes, African greeting cards, and hair beads throughout the year. The mission of her company, Dinkra Stylez, LLC is to educate clients about African heritage through the creation of fun, colorful, and engaging products. Kalimah is a homeschooled student from Prince George’s County, Maryland.
After working as a registered nurse for 13 years but feeling unfulfilled, the domestic violence survivor left the nursing profession to pursue her dream of opening a hair salon and developing hair care products. Back in 2003, even though Tawiah was denied many bank loans and locations to lease, the determined Owings Mills, Maryland, resident kept pressing forward until doors opened for her business venture, “Diva By Cindy.”
Mallory’s Crownsville-based nonprofit, “Truckin 4 Troops” was incorporated in January 2011 and since that time, the nonprofit has been supporting wounded veterans from all branches with numerous needs, such as picking them up from the hospital for the first time with their family members after being discharged— in addition to helping with other requested tasks. Additionally, more feats have been accomplished.