Maya Angelou to lead MLK tribute
25th annual event will include a remembrance of Coretta
The featured guest and keynote speaker for Johns
Hopkins' 25th annual Martin Luther King Jr. birthday
remembrance, an event that takes place this week, will be
Maya Angelou. The celebrated poet, playwright and civil
rights activist joins an impressive list of past speakers
that includes Harry Belafonte Jr., the Rev. Ralph
Abernathy, James Earl Jones, Jesse Jackson, Danny Glover,
Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King.
University introduces its green
Hopkins shuttles that run on biodiesel fuels, "green"
roofs, the use of recycled storm water and training in the
use of organic fertilizers are just some of the practices
that will be proposed and championed by the new Johns
Hopkins University Sustainability Committee.
Abandonment issues: JHU policy students get handle on
Baltimore City's vacant property
In 1950, Baltimore was the sixth largest city in
America, with a population approaching 1 million. Today,
Baltimore is the nation's 18th largest, with a population
just over 600,000. The good news for residents and city
officials is that the city's decades-long population
decline has recently abated; the bad news is that the
physical scars of this exodus — boarded-up homes,
shuttered commercial buildings and junk-strewn vacant lots
— still pockmark the city.