Killing the Whipping Man

 

Black History month is not for consideration in the month of October, for it is Halloween season, to be followed by THANKSGIVING, CHRISTMAS, then Rev. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday.

But amongst all of that, are some significant undercurrents of consideration. The country’s first black President, is about to leave office. He Barack

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The Cast for THE WHIPPING MAN, Simon, (Percy Thomas); Caleb (Michael Joseph Donlan; John (Ian Smith)

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Heralds of Hope Theater’s upcoming presentation of THE WHIPPING MAN, Directed by Barry Feinstein.

 Obama is considered by some the greatest since Abraham Lincoln, who, without argument, was the liberator of slaves in the United States

This is the time of year, when Jews celebrate their liberation from slavery to the Egyptians. The Jews were whipped by the Egyptians, and neither side has forgotten. Almost 150 years later, a metaphoric Egyptian, Hitler, did the same thing, before the enslaved emerged as Holocaust survivors.

To be liberated, both the African and the Jew had to flee “the whipping man” .

To sit through this play, could be troubling for many, however the outcome may leave you with a resolution of peace; with an urge to ask, “who really am I” ?

In this climate of color consciousness, of religious demarcations, sexual preferences, you may walk home gasping for air, at the plays conclusion, and probably shout out loud as any millennial, “shut up!” “Nooh!”

(This play concludes at the Fells Point Corner Theatre, Baltimore October 30, 2016; then moves to Howard County Md. November 11th, and 12th, Howard County Cultural Arts Center. Contact 410-997-3997)

Is Under Armor Rescuing Westport

 

The Westport area, located off the Baltimore Washington Parkway, was once the pride of many middle-class blacks, earning above average income from the industrial complexes in the area. What was once the “Georgia plantation” in Maryland fell into hard times, when many of such industries “left town” as the Baltimore Colts football team did.

Westport, Mount Winans, Lakeland, suffered for almost 40 years, with politicians, not even panhandling to save the communities. Then Martin O’Malley in 1999 (a white man)  succeeded Kurt Schmoke, (a black Rhodes Scholar, and 2 terms elected,) became mayor of Baltimore City.In 2004, he launched a revitalizing program, to bring Westport et

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Melody Locke, principal the new Westport Academy, in South Baltimore MD.

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Dressed up for he big event.

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New Westport Academy Gym.

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Assistant Principal at the new Westport Academy, Katurrah Garrett..

 back to life.

O’Malley, though no longer in the political game, and vilified by many, is seeing his seeds begin to bear fruit. Arm and Armor, a Maryland athletic shoe and clothing company has made a philanthropic gesture to Westport, beginning with one of the oldest schools in the country, Westport Elementary, now Westport Academy.

The current Mayor, an African American, admitted her budget could not help the struggling students, who were without a proper library, or gym, with fresh paint. Residents wanted a school that inspired learning, and not one that looked like a neglected shack, waiting for the demolition crew.

Very few parents were in attendance at the morning cutting ceremony, and at the subsequent community meetings. Where were they. Is it that they do not believe it’s going to last and grow into a place that it once was, or have the residents lost pride and fight, after being down for so many years?

If that be the case, a rescue could take more than a gift to the elementary school attendees.