Men and women in my lifetime have died fighting for the right to vote; people like James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, who were murdered while registering Black voters in Mississippi in 1964, and Viola Liuzzo, who was murdered by the Ku Klux Klan in 1965 during the Selma march for voting rights.” Jeff Greenfield

They were there starting at 10 a.m. lining up to see President Barack Obama endorse Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for governor of the great state of Maryland. The get out the vote rally in Upper Marlboro brought people of all ages, race and ethnic background to a sprawling high school in a residential community. The doors opened at 2 p.m. and the crowd of about 10,000 people who stood in line for hours to be a part of the rally entered through airport like security.

The standing room only crowd waited uncomplainingly for the President and Lt. Gov. Brown to enter the auditorium after listening to rousing speeches by Gov. O’Malley, Rep. Elijah Cummings, PG County Executive Rushern Baker and Rep. Steny Hoyer, great musical selections and a prayer by the Rev. Dr. Grainger Browning Jr., pastor of Ebenezer A.M.E. Church of Fort Washington, Md. had folks “amening” and “hallelujahing” during his poignant prayer.

Mass pandemonium erupted when President Obama walked out after greeting people in the overflow room; the scream, shouts, tears and cheers reached the rafters and bounced off the bleachers praising our President. Cell phones snapped and videotaped the President’s every move and sound until we were exhausted with the excitement of the day’s event.  The sprawling high school is located in a residential area with narrow streets and only one way out due to the Presidential motorcade and security so around 6 PM, after a long day people reluctantly started leaving to avoid the traffic jam and the Sunday Redskin traffic on I- 95.

People spotted in attendance were Secretary Jean Hitchcock, Lucinda Ware, Dr. Thelma Daley, Auvea Fortune, 10th district Del. Benjamin and Teresa Brooks, Rev. Alvin Hathaway, Travis Winky, Debbie Allen, Secretary Gloria Lawler, Sen. Joanne Benson, Karen Brooks, Marsha Jews, Rev. Precious Davis, Annie Hall, Dottie Marshall, Delores Winston, Carl and Bobbie Swann, Harry Spikes, Sean Burns, Vernon Simms and Marty Resnick, CEO of Martin Caterers.

“Come on down” Sunday join the Women for Brown at the Doubletree Hilton for a Get out the Vote rally in Pikesville at 3:30 p.m. with Lt. Gov. Brown.

“God puts rainbows in the clouds so that each of us in the dreariest and most dreaded moments can see a possibility of hope.” Maya Angelou

Congratulations to the Baltimore Orioles for a winning season and a hopeful October.

“An apple a day keeps”… Get well wishes to Dr. Guy Bragg.

“Goin’ to the chapel and we’re gonna get married. Gee, I really love you and we’re, gonna get married. Bells will ring, theee sun will shine. Whooooa, I’ll be his and he’ll be mine…” The Crystals

Wedding bells rang for psychologist, Dr. Aaron Greeson and Hebbville Elementary School reading specialist Madian Forston. The festive Friday evening reception attended by 50 family and friends was held at Colin’s Seafood Restaurant and Grill was a joyous occasion.. The radiant newlyweds are avid bike riders and will be honeymooning on the historic Northern Central Railroad Trail (NCR Trail) journeying from Maryland to Pennsylvania.

“Make each day of the week like Friday and your life will take on new enthusiasm.” Byron Pulsifer

Baltimore’s newest entertainment hotspot Horseshoe Casino has Happier Hours Monday thru Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. with drink specials and half price appetizers. The perfect place for an after work party with coworkers or just hanging out with friends

 “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” Psalm 100:4

The Community Concert Choir of Baltimore under the direction of Marco Merrick, accompanied by Marcus Smith, Patrick Alston and Jocque Brown will present “Praise and Thanksgiving,” 4 p.m., Nov. 2 at Enon Baptist Church.

“Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.” Psalm100:1-2

Jump Street will be headlining Church of St Mary the Virgin annual Holiday Jazz Fest Nov. 8 contact Rebecca Johnson 410-363-2633 or RLEVENTS2013@gmail.com for tickets to this worthwhile event.

Congratulations and Prayers to The Rev. Gerald Collins formerly of the Church of St. Mary the Virgin the new rector of St. George St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Philadelphia.

“Start spreading the news” The Choice Housing Voucher for Section 8 housing waiting list is open from Oct. 22 – 30. www.JoinTheList.org

“It’s your birthday make some noise” Sheila Generette, Eugene Smalley, Damien Pulley, Leah Goldsborough Hasty, Kim Sterrette Williams, Damon Hughes, Shawon Reed and Karenthia Barber

Unless you have been very, very lucky, you have undoubtedly experienced events in your life that have made you cry.  So unless you have been very, very lucky, you know that a good, long session of weeping can often make you feel better, even if your circumstances have not changed one bit”.  ~Lemony Snicket

Sending our prayers and condolences to Linda and Smitty Smithwick on the death of his sister Phyllis Boyd to Kathryn Cooper-Nicholas on the death of her son Andre’ J. Nicholas and to Frank Thomas Jr. and family on the death of his brother Milton Thomas.

Don’t forget to VOTE and take someone with you EARLY voting is now vote early.

Valerie and the Friday Night Bunch Aleut a Continua (the struggle continues)