By Bmorenews Staff
(BALTIMORE – March 8, 2016) – It is with great joy that Bmorenews.com announces that our beloved Barry Powell will receive the coveted Joe Manns Black Wall Street Award on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at the Ultimate Concierge, 300 W. 23rd Street, 630-830p. Former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon is delivering the keynote.
This event is a part of a 5-year old business networking series founded in Washington, D.C. in 2011. Named the ORIGINAL Black Wall Street SERIES *NYC *MD *DC *ATL *NOLA, we celebrate black entrepreneurs and professionals as well as the people who support them regardless of race. We have honored hundreds in 5 US cities.
With one trillion dollars in annual disposable income and given the accomplishments in the realm of black business historically as in Tulsa back in 1921, we are of the belief that the African American community has everything it needs in order to be successful and that we simply need return to the fundamental values of our ancestors – heavily rooted in common sense.
Who is Barry Powell?
Barry W. Powell is a lawyer and an adjunct professor of Criminal Justice at Stevenson University. His former career was law enforcement officer. Mr. Powell retired as a Deputy Commissioner while serving thirty years with the Baltimore City Police Department. After retiring from the BPD he was appointed the Chief Deputy of the Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office; holding that position for three years until resigning to pursue other career and business opportunities.
Retired Deputy Commissioner Powell began his law enforcement career as a police cadet at the age of eighteen. He was promoted through the ranks after graduating from the police academy and spent the majority of his career in the Operations Bureau – Patrol Division. He commanded two patrol districts – the Western District and the Northwestern District. One of his famous statements to his officers was “Patrol is where it’s at”.
Mr. Powell also spent two tours as Major of the Special Investigations Section of the Criminal Investigations Bureau and was briefly assigned as Colonel of that bureau until his appointment to Deputy Commissioner of the Operations Bureau in 2000.
In 2000, a year prior to his retirement, then Deputy Commissioner Powell was tasked with resurrecting “Foxtrot”; the Baltimore Police Helicopter Unit that had been out of service for several years. He assembled a team of officers, several with aviation experience, and “Foxtrot” was reborn. The unit was officially dedicated in 2001, the year of his retirement. This is just one of his many achievements as a leader within the Baltimore Police Department.
He is a graduate of the 182nd Session of the FBI National Academy and has four college degrees to include his law degree. He also possesses various professional and educational certificates related to law enforcement and the legal profession.
Professor Powell has served as an expert in police operational procedures and management. Notably he has been presented as an expert witness on civil cases bound for the Circuit Court for Baltimore City in the use of force and duties and responsibilities of the class designation of Special Police Officer.
Finally, Barry is a family man and has been married to Sylvia Stewart Powell (School Social Worker and Attorney) for twenty-nine years. They reside in Baltimore County and both have active roles in their church, Colonial Baptist Church in Randallstown, MD.