Candlelight vigil held for victims of Maryland newsroom shooting

first_imgWJLA(ANNAPOLIS, Md.) — Members of the tight-knit community of Annapolis, Maryland, gathered to mourn the loss of five people who were shot and killed Thursday in the newsroom of its local newspaper, the Capital Gazette.A candlelight vigil was held in the states’s capital, where hundreds of attendees said prayers and held up copies of the Capital Gazette’s front page on Friday, which reads, “5 shot dead at The Capital.”Wendi Winters, Rob Hiaasen, Gerald Fischman, John McNamara and Rebecca Smith died in the shooting. All were journalists but Smith, who worked as a sales assistant for the newspaper.“They don’t get to go home to their families,” one mourner said during the walking vigil. “The families don’t get to have them.”Winters’ daughters were seen embracing each other at the vigil, just one day after their mother was killed.A lone bagpiper played “Amazing Grace” as people somberly walked through the city. Three women sang “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” as they walked, crying once the song was over.Earlier, another vigil was held at the Annapolis mall, across the street from the Capital Gazette, where first responders had set up a reunification center the day before during the active shooting event.Despite the tragedy, employees of the Capital Gazette are continuing to put together a newspaper for the next few days, working Friday out of the offices of the Baltimore Sun, which owns the Capital Gazette, family members told ABC News.The newspaper staff is expected to be back in Annapolis tomorrow.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Hutchins Center announces first class of Du Bois Research Institute fellows

first_imgHenry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the newly launched Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, has welcomed 16 fellows for the 2013-14 academic year.“We are delighted to welcome one of our most prestigious, exciting, and diverse classes of fellows of the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute, housed in the Hutchins Center,” said Gates. “A Nobel Prize-winning writer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a scholar of science education and hip-hop, an expert in both African-American studies and twitter,  an eminent scholar of the history of photography who is also an artist, and a distinguished philosopher of African politics and society are only a few of the 16 fellows in residence this year. Mining in Ghana, democracy in the age of animism, academic law in South Africa, the Indian Ocean and postcolonial Africa, and feminism in West Africa are some of the topics which are being pursued,” added Gates. The Hutchins Center remains at the forefront of the discovery and expansion of scholarship in African, African-American, and African diasporic cultures. Our incoming fellows—from the U.S., Europe, and Africa—reflect our commitment to exploring the vast reach of research in the field.Originally created in 1975 as the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, the Du Bois Research Institute has annually appointed scholars who conduct individual research for a period of up to one academic year in a variety of fields within African and African-American studies. The institute accepts established and emerging scholars from both the humanities and social sciences and occasionally from fields such as engineering and the medical sciences.last_img read more