The "short program" is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Brad Gerick
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The City of Bowie is scheduled Saturday to honor Martin Luther King Jr. in what it describes as a brief event. From the city website: The City of Bowie will honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a short program on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 10 a.m. at City Hall. The program will feature the artwork of local students who have been selected as finalists in the City's Martin Luther King Art Contest. The contest is organized annually be the City's Diversity Committee to help teach school children about the life and legacy of Dr. King. There are three categories in the contest: a coloring contest for grades K-2, a poster contest for grades 3-5, and a photography contest for grades 6-12. The theme for this year's contest was "Act of Service …
Despite low voter turnouts, Bowie residents and officials are enthusiastic about the results of the recent primaries.
There appears to be a cautious air of optimism permeating the political atmosphere of Bowie after the recent primary election and victory of Rushern Baker, the former head of the county's state legislative delegation, in the race for county executive. Although the turnout at the polls was a mere 18 percent of registered voters, even non-voters in the city have now begun to show interest in what the election bodes for their community. Veteran political observer and former state delegate and judge Gerard Devlin says: "We have a revised legislative team representing Bowie. In District 23-B we will have quiet unassuming Marvin Holmes representing the southern part of the city. He adds, "In District 23-A we have the new star in Bowie politics, …