THIS IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH! Honey child, just look at these pictures! Do you remember this time in Baltimore? I bet these pictures bring back memories; if not, you better find someone who does. This is some of our history right here folks. We should never forget the people, places and things that gave us so much joy and fun in the old days. We should pass it on to our children, grandchildren, friends and relatives who were not there.

I am just about to complete my second book on “African-American Entertainment in Baltimore,” and hopefully to have it published by the end of this year, so I thought I will give you a sneak preview of some of the fantastic photos that I have collected, that will be in this one. I want to show that our history was not just on “The Avenue”, but all over Baltimore. I have collected almost 500 personal photos to prove it. I so enjoy sharing this with you. You know I love pictures, I have always believed that pictures speak a thousand words. Each photo tells a story. I have been taking pictures ever since I was able to hold a camera. After becoming professional, the late John Murphy III taught me how to develop black and white film, and with his help we built a darkroom. “Damn they were some good-old-days!” It will be a joy for the second time around to put these photos in a book, so our local history will not be lost or forgotten.

There are a couple of events going on the end of this month to help celebrate Black History Month that I want you to check out.

Black History Month is celebrated at the Reginald R. Lewis Museum from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Feb. 25 with an Open House. Entertainment and educational activities will be offered all day, with a special program from 12-1 p.m.. Admission is free.

A Prayer Breakfast Fundraiser will be held from 8-10 a.m. Feb. 25 at the Greater Harvest Baptist Community Church Hall, 1611 W. Saratoga St., Baltimore, MD 21223. This event, called “A Voice for The Voiceless” is given by friends of Sen. C. Anthony Muse. The speaker is the Rev. James Johnson. For more information, call Elaine C. Simon at 410-362-2957 and she will hook you right up.

This next thing I found to be quite interesting and want to share it with you. I know, the publisher is having a fit, but I got to include this FYI.

HISTORY MYSTERY! Maybe a history teacher or someone very strong in history or politics can explain this one: Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.

John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946. Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860. John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960. Both were particularly concerned with civil rights; both wives lost their husbands while living in the White House. Both Presidents were shot on a Friday. Both Presidents were shot in the head. Now it gets really weird!

Lincoln’s secretary was named Kennedy. Kennedy’s secretary was named Lincoln.

Both were assassinated by southerners. Both were succeeded by Southerners named Johnson.

Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808. Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.

John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1839. Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939. This is just unbelievable, now keep reading. Both assassins were known by their three names. Both names are composed of fifteen letters. Now hang on to your seat! Lincoln was shot at the theater named ‘Ford.’ Kennedy was shot in a car called ‘Lincoln’ made by ‘Ford.’

Lincoln was shot in a theater and his assassin ran and hid in a warehouse. Kennedy was shot from a warehouse and his assassin ran and hid in a theater. Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials. Hum, hum, what you think?

Well, my dear friends, I have to get out of here. Enjoy the pictures, enjoy the history.

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