Augusta, Georgia: Richmond County Democratic Party pays tribute to the Boston Marathon bombing victims, the community and the brave police officers as they continue road to recovery

RCDP Tribute to Boston Marathon Bombing Victims 4-17-13 by Terence Dicks (1)

Richmond County Democratic Party (RCDP) chair Dr. Lowell Greenbaum of Augusta offers words of condolence and praise during the RCDP tribute to the murder victims of the Boston Marathon bombings and those severely injured.
Augusta Democrats also offered their sympathies and respect to all Boston area residents – especially the families of those brave police officers killed and injured while capturing the terrorists.
Both terrorists were shot, one died and the other arrested.
Photo by Progressive Democrat the Rev. Terence A. Dicks of Augusta, a Democratic Party of Georgia State Committee member for the 12th Congressional District of Georgia on behalf of the RCDP

Photos of Richmond County Democratic Party (RCDP) tribute to the Boston Marathon victims of the 2013 bombing

RCDP Tribute to Boston Marathon Bombing Victims 4-17-13 by Terence Dicks (4)

RCDP chaplain the Rev. Sidney Gates offers prayers for those who were victims of the bombing and to families of the brave police officers involved in the apprehension of the Boston terrorists

The RCDP honored those who were injured and killed at the parade and the party praises the brave police officers who were killed or wounded capturing the suspects.

Showing solidarity for the terror victims and all Boston area residents, party members discussed their feelings about the terrorist bombing, press coverage and other issues.

RCDP members have friends and family who work and reside in Boston.

Two bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three people on the afternoon of April 15 and more than 260 people were injured in the attacks that shocked the world.

Murdered in the bombings were eight-year-old Martin William Richard of the Boston neighborhood of Dorcheter; Krystle Marie Campbell, 29, a restaurant manager from Medford, Massachusetts; and Lü Lingzi, 23, a Chinese national and Boston University graduate student from Shenyang, Liaoning.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police Sean Collier was gunned down by the terrorists after their identities became public.

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Transit Police Officer Richard H. Donohue, Jr. would be shot and seriously wounded by friendly fire a few hours later during a hail of gunfire in a shootout between between police and the terrorists.

Speakers at the Wed., April 17, 2013 event in Augusta, GA included RCDP Chair Dr. Lowell Greenbaum and the Rev. Sidney Gates, RCDP Chaplain.

(Photos by Progressive Democrat the Rev. Terence A. Dicks of Augusta, a Democratic Party of Georgia State Committee member for the 12th Congressional District of Georgia on behalf of the RCDP)

RCDP Tribute to Boston Marathon Bombing Victims 4-17-13 by Terence Dicks (2)Picture above, right to left, are:

Front Row: RCDP chaplain the Rev. Sidney Gates, RCDP voter registration chairperson Betty Frank, RCDP Treasurer Liz Johnson; and a guest of the of the RCDP event.

Back Row: RCDP member Frank Williams and RCDP Sgt. Of Arms Alvin Forrest

RCDP Tribute to Boston Marathon Bombing Victims 4-17-13 by Terence Dicks (3)Pictured above:

Front row: RCDP member Krishna Goel

Second Row: Augusta residents and RCDP members Barbara Stenstrom and Gloria R. Greenbaum, wife of the RCDP chair.

Third Row: Avid longtime RCDP members Marcia Brown, party assistant treasurer Hilda Phinizy, and Lydia (Alvin) Forrest

Fourth Row: RCDP member and former party secretary Michael “Mike” McCullen, a member of the Progressive Religious Coalition and co-chairman of the Augusta Mayors Blue Ribbon Commission on Race

RCDP Tribute to Boston Marathon Bombing Victims 4-17-13 by Terence Dicks (4)Speaking at the podium above is the Rev. Sidney Gates, RCDP chaplain and a member of the Augusta Progressive Religious Coalition

Boston Marathon Terrorist Attacks

Some background on those pictured – all known for their compassion for others:

With others with a big heart, Krishna Goel was named one of the 2012 volunteer Caregivers of the year representing from the Central Savannah River CARE-NET (Caregivers Network) program – a unique volunteer coalition of 12 Georgia caregiver support organizations across a broad array of illnesses and disabilities.

Goel was honored by former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and the Rosalynn Carter Institute (RCI) for Caregiving at the 2012 RCI Gala

Goel is the chair of the Augusta Chapter of the Georgia Traumatic Brain Injury Support Groups.

An active member of the Summerville Neighborhood Association, Barbara Stenstrom is a longtime Democratic Party supporter/contributor who has donated/supported worthy projects like the Lucy Craft Laney Museum, environmental clean-up and many more community efforts like the daily newspaper’s Empty Stocking Fund plus is a noted cat lover and protector.

Known for her big heart for all people and human rights, Gloria Greenbaum called out Republicans for their dirty tricks and meanness while writing letters to the editor recognizing great community causes like the Good Boys, Good Men program at Hephzibah High School and bringing culture and arts to Augusta’s (Savannah) Riverfront.

Gloria Greenbaum was quoted in a 2000 news story praising Democratic Presidential candidate Al Gore for making history by naming Sen. Joe Lieberman as his running mate because he (Lieberman) was the first Jewish candidate (Lieberman) on a national ticket.

Lydia Forrest

RCDP assistant treasurer Hilda Phinizy, who serves as secretary of the fitness/recreation Kingston Club, Inc, a Non-Profit Corporation

Former RCDP secretary and avid Democrat Michael McCullen is a member of the Augusta Progressive Religious Coalition and co-chairman of the Augusta Mayors Blue Ribbon Commission on Race relations.

McCullen works at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital of Augusta

RCDP voter registration chairperson Betty Frank has been actively involved in National League of Women Voters and Georgia Council on Aging.

A retired social worker, Frank received an advocacy award from the Augusta chapter of the National Association of Social Workers for her political involvement and leadership role working with groups including the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) Agency on Aging (AAA), the League of Women Voters and the Mental Health Association.

She served as President of the Augusta Chapter of the National League of Women Voters and as a deputy registrar with the Richmond County Board of Elections.

She has been active on many levels on behalf of seniors, veterans and others including legislative advocate with the CSRA AAA and with the Coalition for Mental Health Advocacy.

In 2008, Frank was named Volunteer of the Year by the CSRA AAA.

Frank was honored for her tireless efforts to bring about positive change for seniors and their families.

She has worked on the local, state and national level to promote, support and sponsor important issues and legislation which have benefited all citizens of the CSRA.

Her ultimate goal is to ensure that seniors are comfortable and knowledgeable about how to communicate with their elected officials

RCDP Treasurer Elizabeth “Liz” A. Johnson has been actively involved in voter registration, Storyland Theatre, Jesse Norman School of the Arts, Planned Parenthood, Augusta Choral Society, Augusta Library, the Lydia Project, Augusta GreenJackets’ Diamond Club, the Sierra Club, Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy, Earth Day, and the Sacred Heart Garden Festival

RCDP member Frank Williams has been featured in the news – and is know around Augusta – or his avid support of Democratic Party

RCDP Sgt. Of Arms Alvin Forrest

About TerenceDicks

A three-decade community activist for the Augusta, Georgia area, Rev. Terence A. Dicks is very concerned about civil rights, the needs of inner city and moderate and low-income children, fair civil legal representation for low-income and minorities, and many other issues. Terence has fought for civil representation for the low and moderate income involving cases like domestic violence and landlord disputes. In March 2015, Terence was sworn in for a second term to represent the Richmond County Democratic Party on the Richmond County Board of Elections. Rev. Terence Dicks is "widely-acknowledged for standing up for the rights of the powerless in his community and throughout Georgia," stated a press release on the website when he was elected chair of the Augusta Human Relations Commission in July 2005. In 1986, Mr. Dicks was co-coordinator of the Mr. James Brown Appreciation Day in Augusta – the first time the town and its people earnestly expressed love and respect to the late great Godfather of Soul. About 5,000 people attended the event on the banks of the Savannah River including Mr. Robert Johnson (founder of Jet Magazine and much more), Mr. Greg Gumbel (who did story on BET), and Mr. Eldrin Bell (then asst. police chief of Atlanta). Along with Terence, the other co-coordinator was his lifelong friend and classmate Mr. Greg Peterson, an investigative journalist and outdoor environment reporter who started his career in Augusta and now lives in Ishpeming, MI in the Upper Peninsula near Lake Superior. The event broke the ice and led months later to the first concert Mr. Brown had ever performed in Augusta – ironically in the civic center that now bears his name (the renaming took another 20 years). Music Industry legends Casey Kasem and Dick Clark recorded radio PSAs to promote the free event. Mayor Charles DeVaney – a fan of Mr. Brown – prevented the celebration from being cancelled at the last minute by waiving the “mandatory” insurance requirements. Mr. Brown and Mr. DeVaney both died unexpectedly a month apart. We continue to love and honor the late great Mr. James Brown, who nearly single-handedly quelled Augusta's race riots and prevent further rioting in the 60, 70s. The "Hardest-Working Man in Show Business" Mr. James Brown made Terence Dicks the manager of his first-ever concert in Augusta, GA - about 6 months after the 1986 James Brown Appreciation Day. The concert was held on Saturday, December 27, 1986 at the civic center named in the godfather of Soul’s honor some 20 years later. Terence was the concert manager, producer and promoter. Tickets were only $15 ensuring all Augustans could afford to attend and the first 500 children under the age of 12 were admitted free in accordance with Mr. Brown’s wishes. Among those performing were Mr. Wilson Pickett, John Marshall, Buzz Clifford and Sequence 8. “Claiming A Street Named King” is an initiative Mr. Dicks started during tenure as chair of Georgia Clients Council. The project is about “taking back the street in by building businesses and homes on the crime-ridden abandoned boulevards that bear the name of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” However the project also has a wider scope. Dicks said the project would welcome claiming back streets named after other civil rights leaders and activists from all backgrounds. For example, the project would welcome groups or persons who want to revitalize streets named for late singer James Brown, the late Coretta Scott King, Muhammad Ali, Jesse Jackson, Grace Lee Boggs, Cesar Chavez and others. “All of these community leaders have messages of hope and accomplishment,” said Dicks, who hopes to hear from the centers, foundations and projects of these community leaders. “People can identify with their day to day struggles,” he said. “Above all they cared about the community they came from,” Dicks said. “They all have made a historic difference.” Reclaiming the streets and heritage of these civic leaders can reinvigorate “economic development and economic empowerment” in each community that honors their work. Rev. Dicks hopes to help others “improve the condition of boulevards named after Martin Luther King, Jr. across Georgia” and the nation. Author Jonathon Tilove “wrote the book that inspired me” entitled "Along Martin Luther King: Travels on Black America's Main Street.” Mr. Dicks hopes those interested will message him thru WordPress/Twitter/Facebook. The project is supported by East Carolina University Professor Derek H. Alderman. “Dr. Alderman is a geographer who has helped us to work on a plan for the redevelopment of the Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards,” Dicks said. “There was a lot of hope around those streets and what he did for me is he reminded me of why we name those streets for Martin Luther King, Jr.," he said. "We are heading into the second or third generation who doesn’t know about Dr. King and his achievements." “The generation that starts it doesn’t have to be the generation who built it,” he said. “We have to keep Dr. King’s work alive – keep it relevant and cogent.” Terence is a longtime member (2004-present) of the Augusta Progressive Religious Coalition. The coalition includes Christians, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, Hindus, Unitarian Universalists, pagans, and local Yoruba, who practice folk religion from West Africa. Among the many positive aspects of the coalition, Dicks developed a relationship with Omar Neal, who has been the Mayor of Tuskegee, Alabama since Nov. 3, 2008. Mr. Omar Neal was the keynote speaker of the 2011 Martin Luther King Day celebration organized by the Augusta Progressive Religious Coalition on Mon., Jan, 24, 2011 at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta. After being an independent voter for two decades, Terence joined the Richmond County Democratic Party (RCDP) in 2002. He joined the Democratic Committee of Richmond County that “has jurisdiction over Democratic Party affairs in Richmond County” and a “purpose is to help select and elect Democratic Party Candidates to office” and whose platform includes “those of the Democratic Party of Georgia.” Terence has served as chair of the RCDP Political Action Committee (PAC) and performed duties that included community outreach. Mr. Dicks is member of the Richmond County State Committee (2011-2014) representing the 12th Congressional District. He served for six years (2002-2008) as state chair of the Georgia Clients Council plus served on the council board for eight years (2000-2008). For nearly a decade, Terence has been a board member (2002-present) of Georgia Legal Services Program and served (2005-2010) on the organization’s Georgia Committee on Civil Justice and is on the state bar president advisory committee. The mission of Georgia Legal Services Program is “to provide access to justice and opportunities out of poverty for low-income Georgians.” In 2007, Mr. Dicks founded the non-profit Georgia Center for Children and Education Inc. and serves as the volunteer executive director. The goal of the organization is encouraging parent involvement in education and to support community involvement in public schools. Originally the Center for Children and Education, the project was founded 1997 by Philadelphia, PA attorney Baruch Kintisch, a former staff attorney for Georgia Legal Services After exhaustive planning, Terence helped co-write and secure a $255,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in the spring of 2008 that is being administered by Paine College for the "New Tools, New Visions 2 Augusta" Project and he serves on the project steering committee. Rev. Dicks is a longtime member of the International Leadership Association (2001-present). Mr. Dicks serves as state of Georgia Coordinator (2008-present) for the Progressive Democrats of America (PDA). He joined the national PDA in 2007. For over a decade (1998-2009), Terence served on the board of the Augusta Human Relations Commission including two-terms as chair, three terms as vice-chair. Terence served as a board member (1994-1996) and the second vice president of the Augusta Branch of the NAACP including chair of the fair housing committee. Terence graduated from Westside High School in 1980 during which time he was a member of the WJBF TV-6 Junior Achievement Company that involved filming, editing, producing and hosting 30-minute issue-oriented public service programs that aired on weekends with student-sold commercials. Terence did a summer internship in 1980 – just after graduating from high school – at the Medical College of Georgia Television Production and was taught by people who include the late TV Director Mr. Armond “Brother” Jackson , Jr. - a longtime TV production expert in Augusta including at WRDW TV-12 and WJBF TV-6. During high school and for about 7 years afterward, Terence was a radio announcer at several Augusta radio stations including disc jockey (when records were vinyl 45s), sports, features, talk show and more. The stations included WBIA and WCKJ. Terence worked in production at WAGT-TV with Mr. Frank Crotts including being a live switcher (punching proper buttons to keep shows going and inserting commercials). He also worked at several Augusta restaurants as a chef and bartender.
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