Fish Smith­son and ‘East­side Pride’

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Nathaniel McFad­den The writer rep­re­sents Bal­ti­more City in the Mary­land Se­nate.

It was won­der­ful to awaken on La­bor Day and read a heart-warm­ing ar­ti­cle about some­one from our com­mu­nity who serves others, and es­pe­cially so since it was com­ing from a part of the city of­ten seen in a neg­a­tive light (“Molded by Bal­ti­more up­bring­ing, Kansas safety Fish Smith­son gives back ’as much as I can,’” Sept. 5).

Mr. Smith­son is an ex­am­ple of some­thing we have at­tempted to in­still in our East Bal­ti­more young peo­ple for many years, es­pe­cially those with aca­demic or ath­letic abil­ity. We call it “East­side Pride.”

We en­cour­age them to make the most of their God-given tal­ents, to do well, to not for­get where they came from and to give back.

Mr. Smith­son’s story is ex­hibit Aof many of our sto­ries of young peo­ple com­ing out of East Bal­ti­more without many of the ma­te­rial things others take for granted but nev­er­the­less do­ing the best they can with what lit­tle they had.

Thank you Mr. Fish for con­tin­u­ing the tra­di­tion and we look for­ward to watch­ing you on Sun­days next year as a fel­low “poor boy from East Bal­ti­more.”

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