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BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) —“What is our commitment as humans?” - Dr. Mae Jemison. 

 

To kick off Women's HerStory Month, Dr. Kaye interviews Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to travel into space. 

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA)—Mental health advocates, Richard Rowe and Mark Harrison join Farajii Muhammad to address destigmatizing mental illness for Black boys and men. 

Farajii also holds a conversation with actor and producer Melvin Jackson Jr. who discusses his new film that he co-produced with Spike Lee, “Son of the South”. 

Lockheed Martin plant closing means 90 years of work to end

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Defense contractor Lockheed Martin’s plans to close a plant in Maryland will mean the end of more than 90 years of company manufacturing at the site.

The firm announced on Friday it plans to shutter within two years the Middle River plant, which has 465 employees.

Workers will get the chance to relocate and to telework.

A predecessor company to Lockheed Martin began building aircraft in Middle River in 1929 and later employed tens of thousands of workers.

Lockheed Martin now employs over 3,100 people in Maryland.

Vi Ripken, mother of Cal Jr. and kidnap victim, dies at 82

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ABERDEEN, Md. (AP) — Vi Ripken, matriarch of the famed Orioles family that includes Hall of Fame son Cal Ripken Jr. and once the victim of a bizarre kidnapping, has died. She was 82.

Family spokesman John Maroon said she died Friday, a day before her birthday.

Violet and Cal Ripken Sr. married in 1957 and he managed in the late 1980s, when sons Cal Jr. and Billy played for him.

In 2012, police said Vi Ripken was kidnapped at gunpoint at her home in Aberdeen, Maryland, and driven around blindfolded by her abductor.

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Members of the Howard County Education Association join Dr. Kaye to discuss COVID-19 vaccinations and school reopening concerns. 

  In the second hour, callers weigh in on the discussion. 

  

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — On Monday, Mayor Brandon Scott, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa and members of the Baltimore City Council held a virtual ceremony to commemorate COVID-19 Memorial Day. 

Pandemic could change Maryland oyster industry for good

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The pandemic-affected oyster season has been difficult for the industry in Maryland, causing farmers and watermen to rethink how they sell their product and changing how programs conduct oyster restoration.

After restaurants reduced their capacity and a stay-at-home order was issued last spring, restaurant sales essentially went to zero within a matter of a week, said Scott Budden, founder of Orchard Point Oyster Co. headquartered in Stevensville, Maryland.

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Cristina Duncan Evans, a representative in the Baltimore Teachers Union joins Dr. Kaye to discuss the many challenges of reopening schools and the impact it could have on students and educators. 

Hyphenated last names reflect evolving gender roles

Feb 26, 2021

Meeting someone with a hyphenated name is more common than ever before. 

After interviewing three students from Morgan State University with hyphenated names, Cherish Eppes-McNeal, Telia Conway-Kenner, and Elijah Jenkins-Bundrige, it was found that many people have the same reason for having multiple last names. 

 

The three students by the way were all in the same spring semester class of 15 students.

 

Morgan State Receives $4.6 Million to Award Students in Need

Feb 26, 2021

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) —Due to federal stimulus bills, Morgan State University will receive $4.6 million in federal funds to distribute directly to students in need. 

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — WEAA and Baltimore City Public Schools held a Community Conversation Thursday to answer questions and address concerns regarding the reopening of schools. 

Post office to be named after Black suffragist, journalist

Feb 25, 2021

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A post office at in Delaware will be renamed after a Black woman who was an abolitionist, suffragist and newspaper editor in the 19th Century.

The Delaware State News reported Wednesday that the post office in Wilmington will be renamed after Mary Ann Shadd Cary.

Cary was the first Black woman to establish and edit a North American newspaper.

She helped recruit Black soldiers for the Civil War. And she later became a suffragist who helped pass the 14th and 15th amendments.

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Reverend Dr. Alvin Hathaway joins Farajii Muhammad to discuss Act Now Baltimore, a network of faith-based community hubs that connects residents with council-members and elected officials. 

The organization looks to change the direction of Baltimore City by ensuring "political leaders are accountable, credible, and transparent to the people they serve".

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA)—Teachers are protesting the decision to reopen schools before everyone is vaccinated.  Cindy Sexton, president of the Teachers Association of Baltimore County joins Dr. Kaye to discuss the many concerns educators have regarding in-person learning.

Dr. Kaye also addresses the grim milestone the United States has reached, surpassing 500,000 COVID-related deaths. 

In the second hour, Dr. Kaye is joined by Dr. Aysha Khoury as part of the Vaccination Hesitation Conversation Series. 

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