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Current & Former Councilmembers, Former County Execs to Step Forward to Support Leggett
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    Released: Nov. 8, 2005
Anticipating Emergencies
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Published here: Sept 22, 2005


Leggett takes next step on life’s road

By Chuck Lyons
The Gazette
January 15, 2003

Hundreds of people gathered last week for one of those big bashes at the Indian Spring Country Club where they paid $125 for a piece of stuffed chicken and something that resembled salmon for a salute to Ike Leggett.

Hank Boyd, a friend and neighbor who joined the effort at a good-natured roasting of Ike, quipped that he did not understand paying $125 for a chicken dinner. He asked his friend what this chicken dinner would have cost them at Popeye’s.

Of course, Hank knew that somewhere in the price of that ticket along with the sponsorship gifts was enough money to endow scholarships for two full-time students at Montgomery College in Ike Leggett’s name.

Political insiders and Ike’s colleagues are trying to figure out what his next step will be after serving 16 years on the Montgomery County Council as its only member from the African-American community.

Probably he would like to know that, too. He is 57, has a full-time job as a law professor at Howard University and has taken over as chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party following Republican Robert Ehrlich’s defeat of Kathleen Kennedy Townsend in the governor’s race.

Leading the Democrats in Maryland may be just the right job for Ike and for that party. Unlike many politicians, he is a listener and a thinker, fascinated by the intertwining of public service, governance and politics.

During the mast, he sat on stage next to the podium with a long, stoic look, breaking a smile at the right times to fit the tenor of the evening.

But, the most poignant moment of the evening was near the end when The People’s Community Baptist Church Praise Team took the stage behind Ike to sing one of his favorite songs.

If you looked closely, you could see some of the words of the song passing though Ike’s lips: “I don’t believe He brought me this far to leave me ... I’ve come too far to give up ... Nobody said the road would be easy.”

No matter how far we have traveled, no matter how much we have achieved, no matter how many accolades have come our way, we are never very far from where we began.

For Ike Leggett, his road connects to rural Louisiana, a family of 13 children, and a mother who became the heroine of his life.

He pleaded his way into Louisiana’s Southern University, took the physical abuse of leading a civil rights protest and survived a tour of Vietnam with three medals. He also was a White House Fellow and graduated with a law degree from Howard University.

Ike also got lucky along the way when he met his wife, Catherine, today a successful corporate executive and a person with like values and philosophy about life. Theirs is a love story. They clearly were meant to find each other and the world is better, happier, more thoughtful because of the energy that flows from their lives.

Before Ike’s closing remarks at the tribute, Catherine took the stage to give us her take on this man of the hour.

Even though Catherine is not a Baptist, she took a page out of Second Corinthians and another out of Romans in the Bible to show how Ike’s faith was the foundation for his humility, his stewardship, his caring and his desire to do the right thing wherever he is and to never quit in hard times.

When Ike took the podium, he thanked his wife for the spiritual lesson she had shared. He also was grateful for the scholarships and the hope that others would discover that education, hard work and faith can carry you to worthy places in life.

And then the evening ended. And Ike stepped down off the stage and back onto the road he has traveled for 57 years, not knowing necessarily where it will lead but knowing how to walk it.

Chuck Lyons is president and publisher of The Gazette.


  Authorized by Friends of Ike Leggett: Lawrence N. Rosenblum, Treasurer
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