“Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season. It is today that our best work can be done and not some future day or future year. It is today that we fit ourselves for the greater usefulness of tomorrow. Today is the seed time, now are the hours of work, and tomorrow comes the harvest and the playtime.” W. E. B. Du Bois

The 112th annual closing of The DuBois Circle at Martin’s West was an exciting evening as guests enjoyed celebrated author Margot Lee Shetterly, author of Hidden Figures. The closing event included a timeline of the life of W E B DuBois created by circle member Helena Hairston. Guests who enjoyed the educational evening were John and Beverly Carter, Nanette Mitchell, Judge Marcella Holland, Pam McNeill, Michael Settles, Aran Shetterly, Denese and Leonard Powell, Jennifer Carter Jones, Sofie Jones, Madelyn Jones, and Pastor Fraces M. Toni Draper, Publisher of the AFRO.

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” Rabindranath Tagore

A rainy, spring day did not deter Councilwoman Sharon Green Middleton, Michele Emery, Luwanda Jenkins (candidate for Maryland Lt. Gov.), Kathy Madeleno, Diane Hocker of the AFRO, Marcine Britton and retired Councilwoman Agnes Welch, from attending The Women’s Civic League annual spring luncheon at The Capital Grille. The Hon. Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore City State’s Attorney, was the guest speaker. Neighborhood groups represented were Metropolitan, Mt. Washington and Southwest groups. Denise DeLeaver, Celeste Scott, Joy Savage, Trish MacDonald, Amy Snyder, Amelia Campbell and Val Beads, all members of The Women’s Civic League attended. Guests had a choice of grilled salmon, grilled shrimp, or filet mignon sliders. Naturally, I selected the filet mignon since The Capital Grille steaks are legendary.

“Begin each day as if it were on purpose.” Mary Anne Radmacher

The overcast skies did not dampen the surprise 80th birthday party for Club Climax owner Ann Butler hosted by her children Kim Butler Bennett, Deryl Butler and Rodney Butler at Diamonz Event Center in Randallstown. Ann, escorted by her husband of 49 years, Ray Butler was in total amazement when she entered Diamonz where her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and other family members and friends greeted her. Everyone was amazed that they were able to surprise Ann, because she knows everything that is happening. Ann held court at Club Climax where friends, family and her patrons stopped by to wish my beautiful friend a happy 80th birthday. Ann you are wearing 80 years well.

Sending happy birthday greetings to Bertha Dixon, Sen. Shirley Nathan Pulliam, Teddy Coates, Stacey Duncan Grace, Denise Dobson McDonald, Del. Cheryl Glenn, Dr. Marie Washington, Kendra Sykes, Danielle Hill and Juanita Rollins. A special 80th birthday wish to Virginia Stanford.

“No one else can make me feel the colors that you bring. Stay with me while we grow old and we will live each day in springtime. ‘Cause lovin’ you has made my life so beautiful and every day of my life is filled with lovin’ you.” Minnie Riperton

Wishing love and happiness for Rep. Anthony Brown and

and Pastor Donte and Danielle Hickman, as they celebrate their wedding anniversaries.

“One cannot reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.” Lao Tzu

Please keep our friend Bill Goodin in your prayers as he mourns the death of his wife, Yetty Goodin.

Iota Phi Theta Fraternity are mourning the death of one of their founders John Slade. Many remember John, who was born and raised in East Baltimore, as the first Black person to have his own TV show in Baltimore, “North Star” on WBAL. He retired as an Army Lt. Col. and the Prof. of Military Science and Tactics at Howard University.

“My greatest service to others is living happily, and radiating happiness and joy to those around me.” Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The death of our longtime friend and prominent dentist Dr. Lawrence Bell and his engaging smile has left a void in the community. His office located at the corner of Gwynns Falls Parkway and Auchentoroly Terrace was a welcoming oasis for low-income people, who just stopped in when they needed dental care knowing that Bell and his wife Eleanor would not refuse them service. To meet Lawrence Bell was an introduction to the entire Bell family including his sons Lawrence and Marshall.

“A hero is someone who has given his life to something bigger than himself or something other than himself.” Joseph Campbell

Remembering retired Air Force veteran Eddison “Eddie” Hermond the National Guard sergeant who died in the Ellicott City flood saving the life of a woman in distress.

“No struggle can ever succeed without women participating side by side with men.” Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Congratulations Shirley Jada Hudson, daughter of Sherry Scipio and Jay Hudson and granddaughter of Shirley Belton on receiving her master’s degree in Marketing Intelligence from Towson University.

The graduate is marketing her own line of clothing for full figured women.

Proud momma Barbara Banks was glowing when her son Charles Banks Jr., took command of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Northland in Portsmouth, Va. Living for the Weekend wishes smooth sailing for Commander Banks and the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Northland.

What’s happening?

June 1, the unveiling of the 20th anniversary commemorative plaque for the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum. Contact Cynthia deJesus 443-831-6827 for tickets.

June 23, Gerald Alston, Howard Hewitt and Russell Thompkins Jr. will perform at Morgan State University to benefit “concerts for a cause” a nonprofit organization raising money to purchase musical instruments for under privileged children. Contact Tanya Williams at 443-562-5203 or www. concertsforcausesinc.org. for tickets or information on how to donate to this worthy cause.

July 14-15, Baltimore/Washington One Carnival at Lake Clifton park for more information contact Dr. Elaine Simon 410-362-2957