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The Tuskegee News, March 17, 2011, Page B'3 7- Marine marching to all state capitols makes special stop in Tuskegee By JEFF THOMPSON Managing Editor Marine veteran Lance Robinson, above right, receives a proclamation from Tuskegee Mayor Omar Neal noting the city's commitment tohonor Sept. 10 as Brother to Brother Day. Robinson is walking across the country on a mission to secure proclamations from all state capitols recognizing the day as a time to honor men and women in uniform. He made a special trip to Tuskegee on foot this week to visit the University and Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site. Marine Corps veteran Lance Robinson didn't have .to travel to Tuskegee. The journey put him miles off course -- a sizeable dis- tance of any measure when con- sidering he made it on foot. . However, to Robinson, the walk was and will always be worth the reason. Robinson is on a mission of im" mense proportions. His quest to get each state in the Union to rec- ognize a new day honoring veter- ans and emergency service workers will take him to every state capitol. And he intends to walk the whole way, joined only by a cart bearing six flags and police department patches from cities he's visited. "Tuskegee was a city I had to come to," Robinson, 53, said while sitting in Tuskegee Mayor Omar Neal's office on Monday, March 14. "Because of its African American military heritage and African American university, I came here for personal reasons and I believe my lord wants me here as well." When Robinson came through Tuskegee he was on his way Mont- gomery to meet with Gov. Robert Bentley. Alabama will be the 15th state capitol he's stopped at m an attempt to have the entire nation recognize Sept. 10 as Brother to Brother Day. He hopes to receive a proclamation from each state rec- ognizing the day. Monday, March 14, he received just such a proclamation from the City of Tuskegee. Mayor Neal said Tuskegee would recognize Brother to Brother Day from this day for- ward. According to Robinson's website,, the day of recognition will be about veterans honoring veterans. Sept. 10 was selected because it is the "eve of destruction," Robinson said, referencing the terrorist at- tacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Robinson, who began his cross- country trek August 1, 2010 from his home in Delmont, Pa hopes to conclude his mission in Harris- burg, Pa. before Brother to Brother Day 2011. After that, he intends to deliver his collected proclamations from each state to the U.S. Congress. 9 The Symphonic Band of Booker T. Washington High School recently took home a near-perfect rating in the Al- abama Music Educators Association (AMEA) music per- formance assessment, held at Opelika High School on March 10. Most people remember and call this assessment the "state competition." The name of the assessment may have changed but it did not change the challenge or com- mitment of the band students and band director to be the best. The band was rated as "Superior" in 27 categories and received an "Excellent" rating in only one category. Earn- ing an overall score of "Superior" only adds to another stellar year for the program. With such a young and in- experienced band (mostly freshman and sophomores), some thought it would be difficult this year if not impos- sible to achieve such high honors. The band was accompanied to their performance by Macon County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jacqueline A. Brooks andAssistant PrincipalA. J. Nelson. Judges said they ,were pleased both came to offer support and men- tioned more support state-wide from administrators would be welcomed. BTW band director Jeffrey D. Hughley said without the dedication of his band students and the emotional an4 physical support from the BTW administration, the su- perintendent and board members, parents, teachers, community stakeholders and band boosters, it would have been impossible. He extended his appreciation for their efforts to Jatoria Washington- Ellis, Dance Line Coordinator, and her staff, Clifton Pace Jr "voice of the Aristocrat band," and James E. Cooper, official photographer for the BTW Band Boosters. The band is headed on its spring tour to Dallas for na- tional competitions with other bands from across the U.S. from March 31-April 3. Individuals, groups or organizations that would like to volunteer their time, effort or financial support should contact Hughley or any BTW Band Booster member. -- Editor's note: Information submitted by Linda Har- ris Daniel, BTW Band Booster. Library events during Black History Month Members of Alpha KappaAIpha Sorority, Inc. show off their hats during the library's event titled "Hatitude." The Macon County-Tuskegee Public Library observed Black History:Month with several events. Local au- thors from Macon County discussed their published works at the Brown Bag Lunch Series. The authors who presented were Mrs. Mercedes Blackman, Ms. Bernice King and Reverend Bill Lenard. A coloring and essay contest were held for grades K-12. The celebra- tion culminated with a Sunday Hat Extravaganza en- titled "Hatitude" with the ladies of Beta Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. modeling beautiful hats. This event was coordinated by Dandy Maxwell.