|Bro. James Riley, Jr.|
Brothers Rushern Baker, who served as the former Prince George’s County Executive and was a Democratic candidate for Maryland Governor during the 2018 campaign, along with Prince George's County State Del. Nick Charles, set the tone for the year with informative and interesting talks about the importance of civics.
“The students out of this program have gone on to do some terrific things,” said Baker, who gave the opening program key remarks. “We need good young people to follow in our footsteps.” He challenged young people to think about public service and civic engagement with particular focus on local and state office. Bro. Baker also evoked the name of Gamma Pi Chapter’s Bro. Ulysses Currie, who became the highest ranking African American legislator in Maryland as a State Senator and who entered Omega Chapter in 2019 after a long illness. Hoping ti stir interest in the students, Bro. Del. Charles shared his story of how he began working in his neighborhood homeowner's association at a very young age looking to make a difference, turning that into the desire to serve in an elected capacity. The theme of the opening program was civics.
In addition to hearing from Bro. Baker and Bro. Charles, Project ENRICH students heard from Gamma Pi Basileus Steven Walls, who encouraged them to remain focused on their success despite the unsettling events in the world.
|Bro. Rushern Baker|
During the two-hour session, students were also introduced to Bro. William “Bill” Reese, who for the second year in a row will lead the Young Men’s Professional Etiquette initiative called MPSU (Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift). Mrs. Kaila Randolph, a training official for the federal government, will lead the second-year Young Ladies Professional Etiquette started last year by Ms. Rita Reese. Team leads this year are Bros. Andrew Clarke and Anthony Smith (freshmen); Bros. Jason Crump and Marlin Godfrey (sophomores); Bros. James Riley and Andrew Gibson (juniors) and Bro. John Howard has the graduating seniors. Bro. Gibson was a Project ENRICH student in the late 1990s while in high school.
Missing through it all was Bro. Willie Hines, the longtime
Project ENRICH director who turned the reins over to Bro. Riley this summer after
nearly 10 years at the helm. Bro. Hines, who introduced a lot of innovations to
Project ENRICH including the parents’ club and the emphasis on the “30-second
elevator speech” and public speaking, is taking a much-deserved break to consider some
other education-associated projects for the chapter and Fraternity. Bro. Roland
Byrd founded the program for Gamma Pi more than three decades ago.
Del. Nick Charles
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