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THIS BROWN'S FOR YOU

Maryland is buzzing about the upcoming election for governor, and Anthony Brown is the odds on favorite. In his manifesto this Brown's vision includes a cleaner environment, safer neighborhoods, and above all, creating a better future for Marylanders with an updated school system.

Chelsea Hill and Ona Ichoku, recipients of 2014 Brown scholarships.
Oswald S. Copeland

I hear a echo of sorts, though slightly different from another Anthony Brown, assistant pastor, Morning Star Baptist Church, Catonsville, Maryland.

Politician Brown got his tutelage and taste for leadership from interracial parents, the military, higher education, with political feeding in Prince George's County, Maryland.

Minister Brown took a different path that also included higher education, and got caught up with service to his fellow man, inspired by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Civil Rights Icon). He formed the DREAM 4 IT FOUNDATION, to sing and encourage under achieving black youth to "dream" about their ambitions.

Minister Brown, who grew up in Baltimore, attended Woodlawn High, and later obtaining Masters degrees, is a recording artiste. His song "DREAM" released in 2007, motivated the forming of his foundation, and the "endeavor" to give back to the "youth" of Baltimore. Since 2008 he has been staging benefit concerts with some of the proceeds going to students who need assistance attending colleges to realize their dreams.

Past winners of scholarships included Andrea Chase ((University of Maryland, College Park); Symone Harcum (Norfolk State University); Tony Mack (Mercyhurst North East College, Pennsylvania) and Kimberly Jackson (Wilberforce University, Ohio).

On Friday August 29th, at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills Maryland, another Brown gospel extravaganza is planned, and more scholarships will be given out, with CHELSEA HILL, and ONA ICHOKU, among the recipients. (See video).

This August and later in November, Marylanders can "no doubt" say this BROWN's...for "YOU!!!"