Greater Baltimore Community Housing Resource Board, Inc. (GBCHRB) February, 2002 / Vol. 8, No. 1


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Rosa Parks was honored February 4th at an event celebrating her 89th birthday and the premiere of a movie about her life. The stars of the made-for-TV movie, "Ride to Freedom: The Rosa Parks Story" (which will air on CBS February 24), spoke briefly before the event, then surrounded Parks as she was presented with a birthday cake. Parks, then a seamstress in Montgomery, was headed home when she was arrested for refusing to give her bus seat to a white person; her arrest led to the Montgomery bus boycott. ( (Wash. Post, Feb. 8, 2002)


HUD Has Published a Report on Faith-Based Organizations in Community Development. The report has a literature review and interviews with key figures. Get a copy for $5.00 from HUD User at 800-245-2691 or

TV Worth Watching!?! Local! Community, Improvements, Housing, Neighborhoods, Living, People, Rights! The GBCHRB's Neighborhood Beat is on various cable-TV stations. The 30-minute interview show runs on Channel 21 & 8 in Baltimore City, 99 in Anne Arundel County, 71 in Baltimore County, 3 in Carroll, and 3 & 7 in Harford! Call us at 410-453-9500 or the stations for the show's days and times!


Semites and Anti-Semites: An Inquiry into Conflict and Prejudice. by Bernard Lewis. New York: W. W. Norton, 1999. 295 pp. $14.00. pbk. Lewis writes a persuasive and detailed account of the rise of anti-Semitism in the Arab world. He credits its emergence to European influences, charts the collaboration between Arab nationalism and Nazism and the growth of anti-Semitic tracts following 1948.

Koreans in the Hood: Conflict with African Americans. Kwang Chung Kim, ed. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ., 1999. 250 pp. $48. cloth. This analysis of Black-Korean conflict in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, shows Koreans & Blacks are caught in a cycle of race-based competition, misunderstanding, and often violence.

Shouting Fire: Civil Liberties in a Turbulent Age. by Alan M. Dershowitz. Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 2002. 550 pp. $26.95. Interesting, wide-ranging essays by the Harvard Law prof, including censorship, death penalty, judges, & national emergencies.

Readings for Diversity and Social Justice: An Anthology on Racism, Sexism, Anti-Semitism, Heterosexism, Classism, and Ableism. by Maurianne Adams (editor), et. al. RoutledgeFalmer, 2000. 496 pp. $29.95. pbk. A reader, Readings for Diversity and Social Justice covers racism, sexism, Anti-Semitism, heterosexism, classism and ableism. Each thematic section has three divisions: Contexts; Personal Voices; and Next Steps and Action.

Social Psychology of Prejudice. by Melinda Jones. Prentice-Hall, 2001. 240 pp. $44.67. pbk. An examination of prejudice and discrimination against various stigmatized groups, it reviews what is currently known about how their members respond to prejudice, & examines strategies at the individual, group, and societal levels for reducing prejudice. Chapter topics treat racism, sexism, and anti-gay prejudice; values; stereotyping and categorization; individual differences in prejudice; inter-group relations; and stigma and identity.


Theodore M. Alexander, Sr., Activist, 92. During the Montgomery bus boycott, Alexander got Lloyd's of London insurance for the cars used to drive Blacks who boycotted the city buses. White business owners had canceled the auto insurance policies; Alexander is credited with keeping the boycott alive. (Crisis, January/February, 2002:14)

Ellen Pinter, Activist, 85. A life-long worker for "the underdog & world peace," Mrs. Pinter was secretary to the Congress of Industrial Organizations in the late 1930s when steel workers fought to unionize. Her social activism included the Women's International League for Peace & Freedom, the Southeast Community Organization, and anti-war protests. She also marched for civil rights and women's rights. As a long-time friend said, "She was the salt of the earth, and a dear, dear person. (Balt. Sun, January 8, 2002:4B)