On the Move, 12/13: Cheatham, Gordon among first winners of Baldwin Medals for Civil Rights

Marvin Cheatham

Marvin Cheatham

Fifteen Marylanders have been chosen to receive the first James Baldwin Medals for Civil Rights at a ceremony Jan. 27 at Baltimore City Hall: Marvin Cheatham will receive the James Baldwin Civil Rights Award for Lifetime Achievement and attorney J. Wyndal Gordon will receive the James Baldwin Beacon of Justice Award. Also receiving medals will be: George W. Johnston, partner, Venable; David Rocah, staff attorney, Maryland ACLU; Gita Deane and Lisa M. Polyak, plantiffs in a Maryland civil marriage lawsuit; Lea Gilmore, program director, Maryland Black Family Alliance; Del. Maggie McIntosh, House of Delegates; Mark McLaurin, political director, Service Employees International Union, Local 500; Sen. Catherine E. Pugh, Maryland Senate; Sandy Rawls, transgender activist and founder of Trans United; Y. Maria Welch, chair, Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs; the Rev. Mother Meredith Moises, priest, North American Old Catholic Church; the Rev. Kevin Andre Brooks, pastor, Gethsemane AME Church; Dana Owens, founder and chairman emeritus, Baltimore Black Gay Pride. Anthony McCarthy, a talk show host on WEAA 88.9 FM, has created the awards to honor Marylanders who have exemplified public service and have worked for civil and human rights for all.


The Children’s Guild will honor former state Sen. Francis X. Kelly Jr. and his wife, Janet Kelly, for their commitment to faith, family and community at the 2011 Cabaret for Kids gala May 7 benefitting The Children’s Guild. The couple launched Kelly & Associates Insurance Group, where Francis Kelly serves as founder and chairman. Among his accomplishments during his 12 years as a Maryland state senator for 12 years was his co-sponsorship of legislation that created the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. His peers named Kelly one of the Senate’s most effective members.


Frank Kaul, a senior associate/senior structural engineer from Dewberry’s Baltimore office, has been elected president of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Maryland chapter. He has been active in the ASCE chapter since graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1988 and has held a number of positions within the organization, including serving on the hospitality committee, program chair, newsletter editor, board member, treasurer, and vice president.

Health care

Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment recently presented Anne Arundel Medical Center with the Maryland Trailblazer Award, which recognizes hospitals that lead the way with sustainable practices and philosophies that others can replicate. The organization acknowledged AAMC’s commitment to pollution prevention and its demonstration of environmental leadership. Since 2001, AAMC has lowered energy costs 14 percent by conservation efforts that save electricity and water use. The hospital has recycled 30,000 batteries, provided sustainably produced food for patient and staff meals, and is working to keep potentially harmful chemicals like mercury out of the environment. Also, AMMC is building an eight-story “green” tower that emphasizes the well-being of its patients, staff, community, and surrounding eco-system.