Member, Governor's Commission on Adoption, 1995; Governor's Task Force on Judicial Nominating Commissions, 1995. Maryland Delegate, White House Conference on Aging, 1995. Member, Family Violence Council, 1995-2006 (co-chair, legislative action team, 1996-2006); Maryland Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy, 1996-99; Task Force to Study Anti-Asian Violence, 1997-99; Adoption Oversight Team, Department of Human Resources, 1997-2000; Governor's Council on Adolescent Pregnancy, 1998-2005; Maryland Medicaid Advisory Committee, 1998-2017; State Commission on Infant Mortality Prevention, 1999-2005; State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy, 1999-2020; Task Force to Study College Readiness for Disadvantaged and Capable Students, 2000-01; Task Force to Study the Licensing and Monitoring of Community-Based Homes for Children, 2000-01; Task Force to Study Repealing the Disenfranchisement of Convicted Felons in Maryland, 2001; Task Force on Access to Mental Health Services, 2003-04; Unemployment Insurance Funding Task Force, 2003-04; Oversight Committee on Quality of Care in Nursing Homes, 2003-05; Maryland Education Council, Education Commission of the States, 2003-15. Presidential Elector, Maryland, 2004, 2008. Member, Task Force on Common Ownership Communities, 2005-06; Committee on Unemployment Insurance Oversight, 2005-06; State Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Board, 2005-10; Aging Work Group, Governor-elect's Transition Team, 2006-07. Vice-Chair, Legislative Committee, Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Commission, 2006-. Co-Chair, Task Force to Study Identity Theft, 2007. Member, Task Force to Study the Developmental Disabilities Administration Rate-Payment System, 2007-08; Work Group on Cultural Competency and Workforce Development for Mental Health Professionals, 2007-08. Co-Chair, Commission to Study the Title Insurance Industry in Maryland, 2008-10. Member, Continuing Care Advisory Committee, Department of Aging, 2009-10; Alzheimer's Work Group, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 2010; Maryland Council for Educator Effectiveness, 2010-13; Task Force on the Membership and Operation of the Baltimore County Board of Education, 2011; Maryland Foreclosure Task Force, 2011-12; Special Review Committee on Coppin State University, 2012-13; Task Force to Study Economic Development and Apprenticeships, 2012-13; Foster Care Court-Improvement Implementation Committee, 2012-15; [Secretary of State Police] Superintendent's Council of Advisors on Diversity and Inclusion, 2012-. Chair, Legislative Committee, Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Commission, 2013-. Member, Task Force to Study Access to Pharmacy Services in Maryland, 2014-15. Co-Chair, Task Force on Family Caregiving and Long-Term Supports, 2015-16. Board of Visitors, Coppin State University. Member, Task Force to Study Erroneous Conviction and Imprisonment, 2017-18; Maryland Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Policy and Funding Committee, 2017-18; Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission, 2017-; Maryland Violence Intervention and Prevention Advisory Council, 2018-19.
Member, House of Delegates, January 9, 1991 to January 11, 1995, representing District 42 (Baltimore City & Baltimore County). Member, Environmental Matters Committee, 1991-94; Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, 1993-94.
Member, State Commission on Hereditary and Congenital Disorders, 1991-95.
Member, Mayor's Mental Health Advisory Council, Baltimore City, 1980-88. Member, Values Education Commission, 1981-85.
Born in Norfolk, Virginia, May 1, 1936. Attended Booker T. Washington High School, Norfolk, Virginia; Virginia State College, B.A. (philosophy), 1956; New York University, M.A. (education), 1958; Purdue University, M.A. (speech communication), 1972; University of Maryland College Park, Ph.D. (American studies), 1977. Professor, Coppin State College, 1973-2004 (former dean). Member, Democratic State Central Committee, 1982-86. Secretary, Maryland Democratic Party, 1986-90. Delegate, National Democratic Party Convention, 1988 (platform committee), 2012. Member, Baltimore County Democratic Central Committee, 1995-. President, Tenth District Democratic Club, 1995-. Panelist, reviewer, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1978-82. Fellow (academic administration), American Council on Education, 1982-83. Baltimore Urban League Board, 1986-89. Board of Directors (vice-chair), Harbor Bank of Maryland, 1987-. Board of Trustees, Institute for Christian-Jewish Studies, 1988-94. President, Black-Jewish Forum of Baltimore (BLEWS), 1990-92. Member, Baltimore Chapter, National Coalition of 100 Black Women. Legislative Leader Award, Maryland Commission for Women, 1995. Champion for Children Award, Maryland Foster Care Review Board, 1996. First Annual Racial Justice Award, YWCA of Greater Baltimore, 1996. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 1996, 1999, 2004 (Circle of Excellence). Dorothy Beatty Memorial Award, Women's Law Center of Maryland, 1997. Legislator of the Year Award, Domestic Violence Network of Maryland, 1998. Municipal Super Star, Maryland Municipal League, 2008 (certificate of appreciation, 2009, 2010, 2011). Defender of the Defender Award, Office of Public Defender, 2009. First Citizen Award, Maryland Senate, 2017. Past chair, Trustee Board, Union Baptist Church. Married; three children.
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