Photo: L to R: Nate Richardson (Annual Toy Giveaway), Inez Robb (Western District Council), Doni Glover (Sandtown-Winchester United), Elder Harris, Roxane Prettyman (Western District Council), and Roosevelt Boone (longtime community advocate.)
(SANDTOWN – March 19, 2018) – In celebration of his birthday, Sandtown’s own Elder C.W. Harris took time to recognize some community advocates in Sandtown whom have worked to make a difference in the community.
Inez Robb, Roxanne Prettyman, Nathan Richardson and Doni Glover (publisher, www.bmorenews.com) were honored Saturday night for their work in Sandtown at St. Peter Claver’s Hall on Fremont Avenue.
Sandtown-Winchester is a 72-square block, 95% African American community in Historic West Baltimore with a ton of history in culture, entertainment, politics, and business. Sandtown, as it is affectionately called in short, was the epicenter of international media attention because it is where Freddie Gray was brutally arrested. His death sparked the first riots in Baltimore in some 47 years.
Sandtown, prior to Freddie Gray, also received incredible attention during the tenure of former Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke. Then, Sandtown received a ton of assistance via the City of Baltimore and the Enterprise Foundation. Since 1999, not much has occurred. And since Freddie Gray’s death, despite millions of dollars collected and distributed, the only thing new in Sandtown is a renovated Western District police station and two shelters.
Saturday night’s celebration include food and, most loved by Elder Harris, line and hand dancing. Mrs. Amelia F. Harris, Elder’s wife, coordinated the event with Roosevelt Boone, another longtime advocate, serving as emcee. Attendees included St. Peter Claver pastor, Rev. Ray P. Bomberger, Al and Laverne Stokes, Torey Reynolds, and Antoine Bennett.
The food was presented by Linmark Pearson Catering and the decorations were provided by Teresa Richardson, the wife of honoree Nathan Richardson.