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She said they threat,” she said. had come together to bring a Among the programs Marlow sense of uniformity in the way wants to see implemented are domestic violence victims and stricter restraining order policies, survivors are treated. more rights for victim's families “She's using her own personal to intervene on behalf of a vicstory, her own personal pain to tim, a domestic violence assesspush forward,” Davis-Nickens ment unit coupled with further said about Marlow. training for law enforcement Davis-Nickens said anyone agencies, a Child's Life Protecwho reads Marlow's book will tion Act and mandatory counsel“get it.” She said she “puts the ing for batterers. case in such a way, the average “If we are ever going to eradiperson can get it.” She said at the cate domestic violence, we must end of the day, the book will look at both sides of the coin. help people begin to have a dia- We need to address both the viclogue about domestic violence. tim and the batterer,” Marlow Also present at the event was said.University’s commencement at Thousands attended the recent Bowie State Mildred thePark, ex- Md., Marlow would to see the ComcastMuhammad, Center in College on May 17. Firstalso lady like Michelle wife of John Allen Muhammad, programs designed to raise Obama addressed the graduates, their family members and friends. /Photo who was sentenced to six consecawareness among children in by Khalid Naji-Allah utive life terms without parole public and private schools. She by a Maryland jury for his role in feels children need to be educat“Education means emanci- graduate students. the Beltway Sniper attacks in ed about domestic violence. th pation,” she said, quoting aboliThe 2002. Mildred Muhammad is “We 148 have annual to stopcommencebeing pastionist Frederick Douglass. “He ment activities with on May rethe founder of After the Trauma, sive-aggressive poor17chilsaid, ‘It means light and liberty.’ mained upbeat. Alum Joyce an organization that helps the dren about domestic violence,” So to the folks who showed up to Chambliss said she had to return survivors of domestic violence Marlow said. your school on that January day forMarlow and their children. the commencement. has worked to break back in 1865, meant “I lived in feareducation for six years. Six the“Icycle abuseschool,” in her family, loveof this said nothing less isthan freedom. years in fear a long time. It Itis Chambliss, and is confident the recently policies she 69, who remeant not aneconomic easy thingindependence, to come out tired is pushing willDepartment start that from theforD.C. she said. process. aof,” chance to provide for their of Mental Health. “It prepared Mildred Muhammad said “I plan to take these policies to families. It meant political emme well (to be) a clinical social people whothewant to to help powerment, chance reada Congress and implore them to worker.” domestic violence victim must the newspaper and articulate an change our laws,” Marlow said. first stop lady’s speech be carefulopinion.” of how they go into “I The will not until thesecame poliinformed less thanpassed.” a week after former theObama, victim'salife, and understand cies are graduate of Harthat Law she may be was in “survival BillJones Clinton Tia Carol can addressed be reached vard School, awarded President mode”. at tiacaroljones@sbcglobal.net Howard University graduates an honorary doctorate of laws “Before you get to 'I'm going during the university’s comfrom andasreceived to killBowie you,' itState, started a verbal WI a standing ovation after she fin- mencement exercises. They ished her speech. University of- joined an impressive lineup of ficials said that the recent com- prominent speakers at some of mencement happened to be the the country’s HBCUs, including first time that Michelle Obama journalist Ed Gordon at Virginia addressed a Bowie State Univer- State University on May 12, and sity audience. President Barack President Obama at Morehouse Obama visited the campus twice, College in Atlanta, Ga., on May once as a senator in 2006 and 19. again as president in 2010. The first lady wrapped up her The university also awarded an speech with dire statistics. honorary doctorate of humane One in five African Americans letters to Valerie Simpson and between the ages of 25 and 29 posthumously to Nickolas Ash- earned a degree, she said, and ford, the husband-wife song- one in three dropped out of high writing duo, known as Ashford school. & Simpson. A presidential med“Instead of dreaming of beal of excellence was bestowed ing a teacher or a lawyer or a upon Freeman Hrabowski III, business leader, they’re fantasizthe president of the University ing about being a baller or a rapof Maryland, Baltimore Counper,” she said. “And as my husty, and the chair of President please stand Obama’s Advisory Commission band has said often,L.Y. Marlow up and reject the slander that on Educational Excellence for says a black child with a book is African Americans. trying to act white. In short, be Located in Bowie, Md., Bowie State University is one of the 10th an example of excellence for the oldest historically black colleges next generation and do everyand universities (HBCUs), and thing you can to help them unenrolls a diverse student body of derstand the power and purpose about 5,400 undergraduate and of a good education.”wi

We have to stop being passive-aggressive with poor children about domestic violence. I plan to take these policies to Congress and implore them to change our laws. I will not stop until these policies are passed.

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Rule in 1973 and he would also be the first politician to have been elected to all levels of District government. Patterson, who lives in Southeast, said she’s impressed that he’s moved methodically through the ranks of government. When it’s mentioned that Wells would make history by becoming the first non-black mayor of the city, D.C. Council member Tommy Wells is the second Matthews, 63, be- official candidate for mayor of the District. /Courtesy comes animated Photo and vehement in his response. “People in Washington have had enough of this corruption and backdoor dealing,” he said. “I don’t care if the next mayor is pink, if he gives everyone a fair shake, then I’ll [support] him.”

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ton a free man. 1944 – Legendary singer Patti LaBelle is born Patricia Louise Holte in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. May 25 1878 – World renowned dancer Bill Bojangles Robinson is born in Richmond, Virginia. Robinson was one of the best and best-known dancers in America up until the 1940’s. He was known for his sensational footwork and speed. He once set a world record running the 75-yard-dash in backwards in 8.2 seconds. But his “Bojangles” style – designed to please white audiences – angered some Blacks. However, he became a wealthy man appearing in 15 motion pictures after the 1930’s. 1926 – Famed Jazz trumpeter and composer Miles Davis was born on this day in 1926. May 26 1799 – The famous Black Russian writer Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin is born in Moscow, Russia. Pushkin was of Russian and Ethiopian parentage. He was well educated and went on to become a prolific writer. Indeed, he is generally credited with being the “Father of Russian Literature.”

May 27 1958 – Ernest Green graduates from Little Rock, Arkansas’ Central High School becoming the first black to do so. Green was a member of the “Little Rock Nine” – the group of Black students who first integrated the high school with the aid of federal troops.

May 28 2010 – The book The Unspoken Alliance: Israel’s Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa.” is released, revealing that Israel aided the racist regime of South Africa and supported providing chemical and nuclear weapons for to them for possible use against the country’s majority-Black population. The documents were discovered by American scholar Sasha Polakow-Suransky while researching the book. May 29 1854 – Escaped slave and abolitionist Sojourner Truth delivers her famous “Ain’t I a Woman” speech at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in Akron. Truth (born Isabella Baumfree) had been physically and sexually abused by various slave owners and their wives in New York. 1973 – Thomas Bradley is elected the first Black mayor of Los Angeles, California.

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Viewp int Aisha Hassan Washington, D.C. Whether the allegations will impact President Obama’s legacy shouldn’t matter. Accusations such as the ones being leveled against the Obama administration distract the president from focusing on running the country and addressing the needs of the American people. Allegations of scandals are a distraction from the real issues the country faces.

Kwame Lawson Washington, D.C. I am certain the scandals will have some type of impact, but I don’t think these allegations of scandals are an exception. In other words, it’s rare to have a two-term president who doesn’t experience these types of scandals during his time in office. I think [allegations of scandals] are par for the course for a president, particularly given the nature of the current Congress that continues to stall out in terms of its interactions with the executive branch.

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Sonia Simpson College Park, Md. Each president will go through adversity and scandals and President Obama is no different. Personally, these allegations will not have a negative effect on my opinion of his legacy as a president. Some of the alleged claims are beyond President Obama’s control and I don’t believe he should be blamed or be made to take full responsibility for them.

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childbearing age won’t be charged more.” She said designing the best exchange for the city has been complicated because D.C.’s health insurance market is small and highly concentrated. Richard Sorian, director of Communication, Education and Outreach for the Health Benefit Exchange, said 42,000 District residents are currently uninsured and he and Kofman said open enrollment would begin Oct. 1 and extend through March 2014. The Health Benefit Exchange goes live on Jan. 1, 2014. “We’ll have a big push through the summer,” said Kofman. She said issuers of qualified health care plans will provide plans which meet federal standards. “We will not be limiting the products health care companies can sell,” she said. “One company said they’ll offer 150 products.” Consumers can input their needs and if they turn off the filters, they’ll be able to see all the policies or products that fit their needs. “This is a plan comparison tool that will help consumers compare apples and apples,” Kofman said. HBX officials are vetting potential vendors through a Request

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Mila Kofman, executive director of the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority and Dr. Mohammed Akhter, chairman of District of Columbia Health Benefit Exchange Authority testify before the Committee on Public Health on May 13 at the John A. Wilson Building in Northwest. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

EXCHANGE continued from Page 8 small group insurance to be sold over our portal,” Kofman explained. “The portal will have all insurance companies, all products and all prices – like Kayak and Expedia. I firmly believe that the only way to ensure that insurance companies compete for your business is to have it all in one place and to have reasonable premiums. Our proposal is for everything to be available through the exchange portal.” “We want to empower insurers, which doesn’t exist right now. We will have extended hours for consumers. High-quality coverage information will be on the website. We want everything in one place for their benefit. We don’t want to create a situation of haves and have-nots. We plan to have very robust, comprehensive quality information.” Kofman said that one area of concern for herself and her staff is to reach District residents who lack broadband or access to a computer. “This is a big concern,” she said. “We’re going to have an aggressive and comprehensive www.washingtoninformer.com

outreach plan which includes vigorous in-person assistors, the faith-based community and community health centers to help people enroll.” “This will include people coming to your home. We’ll have physical locators all over the city.” Sorian said people living at or under 400 percent of the federal poverty level will be eligible for tax credits, as will small businesses with employees numbering below 50. If people qualify, the federal government will pay a $200 premium to the insurance company of their choice. Small businesses will also be eligible for tax credits, he said. “We will also have tax credits for businesses with up to 25 employees. Moderate small businesses may also qualify. The largest tax credits will be available to companies with 10 or less.” Sorian and Kofman said the District’s Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking will review insurance policies and ensure that companies comply with professional standards and it will also be closely scrutinizing premiums. Creation and implementation of the exchange has not come

without pushback. Council members such as Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) and David Grosso (I-At-Large) have at different times, opposed different elements of the exchange. There have been concerns about forcing small businesses to use the exchange but recently, a group of small business owners expressed their support. In an April 8 letter, they said: “As organizations that serve, advocate for, or employ residents of the District of Columbia, we write to express our support for a DC Health Benefit Exchange that improves the affordability, accessibility, and quality of health coverage for residents, small business owners, and small business employees.” “This includes adopting strong quality and consumer protection standards for health plans sold in the DC Exchange, improving transparency and oversight of all insurance coverage in DC, and combining the individual and small group markets into a unified market within the DC Exchange.”wi The Washington Informer

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Walter Washington Convention Center Celebrates 10 Years

The Walter Washington Convention Center celebrated 10 years. It was 2003 when the $685 million structure replaced the old building. The center host 1,790 events and welcomes nearly 10 million visitors & residents.

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District Residents Consider Gray’s Political Future By James Wright WI Staff Writer District residents appear content with the mayor’s performance, and many are urging him to run for re-election next year despite the scandals that have plagued his administration. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) hasn’t indicated whether he will run in the April 2014 mayoral Democratic primary. If he does, Miles Steele III of Southeast will throw his support behind him. “The city has become a much better place under Vincent Gray,” said Steele, 74. “He is trying to unite the city and make this ‘One City.’” Jill Homan, the District’s Republican national committeewoman, begs to differ with Steele. “D.C. residents need a mayor

who will fix our troubled public schools, implement real ethics reform and help unemployed residents in all wards find work,” said Homan, 38. “Mayor Gray had a chance to do just that and he let our families down. Our city deserves better and it is time for change.” Gray, 70, was elected mayor of the District in the November 2010 general election after defeating the incumbent mayor, Adrian Fenty, comfortably in that year’s September Democratic mayoral primary. Gray’s supporters point out that the city has continued to grow economically and in population, with an estimated 55 construction cranes located throughout the city and 1,100 new residents moving into the District each month. Nonetheless, Gray’s critics insist that the District has morphed into

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a city that caters to more affluent residents and the poor and middle class are being pushed out. The critics also cite the ongoing investigation into Gray’s 2010 campaign as an example of his tolerance for corruption. Gray has yet to be charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and until he is, Ward 4 advisory neigh-

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borhood commissioner Douglass Sloan thinks that he should seek another term. “I really don’t see why he should not run,” said Sloan, 42. “The city is doing well. Washington is the No. 1 destination for tourists and it is recognized as one of the most livable cities in the country.” Sloan, who lives in Northeast, stopped short of endorsing Gray for re-election. “I am inclined to support him but I want to look at everyone in the race,” he said. “To me, he is the coach of a winning team.” However, Ward 6 advisory neighborhood commissioner Francis Campbell, a candidate for the Ward 6 D.C. Council seat in 2014, is not yet sold on supporting the mayor. “I have mixed feelings,” said Campbell, 62. “He is getting the job done but it is the controversies and allegations that are hurting him with me. If he could clear those things, it will go a long way for me to consider supporting him for re-election.” Joseph Jones, who lives in Northwest, said that the cloud hovering above Gray is a problem but it hasn’t changed his mind in terms of support. “I am staying with Vincent Gray,” said Jones, 61. “He’s done all right so far. The scandals don’t bother me because they [politicians] all have scandals.” D.C. Council members Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) and Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) are candidates for mayor in 2014. Jones said that Bowser isn’t ready yet to be mayor, and he doesn’t know much about Wells. However, one of Bowser’s biggest supporters, longtime Ward 4

Democratic political activist Ethel Delaney Lee, favors Gray. “I am going to have to stay with Vincent Gray if he chooses to run for re-election,” said Lee, 87. “My daughter was having problems getting compensated for work that she did for the city and she received no assistance from the Anthony Williams and Adrian Fenty administrations. When Vincent Gray became mayor, he straightened out the problem and my daughter is being paid regularly.” Lee said she’s fond of Bowser but made it clear that Gray is her choice in a mayoral contest between the two. Michael Fauntroy, a political scientist at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., who lives in Northwest, said that the U.S. Attorney’s Office needs to take action quickly if they want to prevent Gray from running for a second term. “It’s been two years since prosecutors have investigated him and if they had anything, they would have done something by now,” said Fauntroy, 46. “I was looking for something to happen last summer but nothing did. This is dragging on and I think Gray is being treated unfairly.” Fauntroy said that if Gray wants to run next year, he should do it. Steele said that he would be the first to volunteer for the mayor. “I would campaign for him,” he said. “Vincent Gray has done such great things for the city such as paying attention to our city’s library system. He has done well as mayor and he should seek re-election.” wi www.washingtoninformer.com

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Search Begins for New PGCS Leaders By Gale Horton Gay WI Staff Writer The Prince George’s County School system is on the verge of getting an infusion of new blood in its top leadership. The newly appointed members of a search committee to identify candidates for the school system’s chief executive officer position are about to begin their work, and another committee is being organized to review applicants to fill four new school board seats. Gov. Martin O’Malley and State Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery have appointed three members for the search committee, which will determine three finalists for the job. “I am pleased to join Dr. Lowery in announcing these appointments to the search committee,” said O’Malley. “Dr. Charlene Dukes, Orlan Johnson and Kenneth Johnson are deeply committed to Prince George’s County, its students, and to helping continue the achievements and progress in our schools.” The appointments are the result of the state legislature’s decision in April to change the structure of the top tier of the management of the school system after a contentious fight. The change caused the county school board to disband its search for a new superintendent. Three finalists for the job withdrew from consideration during the heated debate. Once the search committee determines its three finalists, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III will select the individual to fill the job. The committee is expected to begin its work on June 1 when the new law goes into effect. The new head of the school system will no longer be a superintendent but now chief executive officer. The law also creates four new school board positions – three appointed by the county executive and one by the county council. Nearly 160 applications for the board slots were received from individuals after a “call for entries” was announced by the county. Christian Rhodes, education www.washingtoninformer.com

policy advisor to Baker, said a committee of seven or eight will be chosen to whittle down the list of applicants to a more reasonable number for Baker to review and select. Rhodes said the committee would have representatives from the community, labor, and business and would include those who were in favor of the school system structure changes and those who were opposed. “He (Baker) wants to work with everyone,” said Rhodes. For the search committee, O’Malley appointed Orlan Johnson and Kenneth Johnson, both Prince George’s County residents. Lowery selected Dukes. Dukes is president of Prince George’s Community College and has served on the Maryland State Board of Education since May 2007. She also served as an appointed member on the Prince George’s County Board of Education for five years. Kenneth Johnson, a Prince George’s County native, is an assistant general counsel at  Sodexo, Inc., a food and facilities management services company. He also served as the operations attorney for several Sodexo divisions including school services. Orlan Johnson  is a principal at TJC Consulting Group, LLC, an international business consulting firm. He is also an adjunct professor at Howard University School of Law. Lowery said all three appointees “bring a unique understanding of the needs, challenges and opportunities” of PGCS. Meanwhile Baker has been meeting with the Prince George’s Board of Education about how to and whether to appoint an interim head of public schools once Prince George’s County Public Schools Interim Superintendent Alvin L. Crawley leaves on June 3, said Rhodes. Crawley announced in late April that he would leave the school system on June 3 – 27 days before the end of his contract. wi

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Private Prisons Equal Big Business High Incarceration Rates Boosts Income for Operators and Gov’t Officials By Stacy M. Brown WI Contributing Writer While newly appointed Federal Communications Commission Acting Chair Mignon Clyburn and members of the Congressional Black Caucus continue their fight to reduce the costs for inmates to make telephone calls, a battle against privately run prisons is heating up. Officials at various civil rights and watchdog organizations claim that private prison operators are using their political clout to help increase the prison population and to deny the release of many who are eligible for parole. “For profit companies exercise their political influence to protect their market share,” said Tracy Velazquez, the former executive director of the Justice Policy Institute in Northwest

Washington, D.C. “We need to take a hard look at what the cost of this influence is, both to taxpayers and to the community as a whole, in terms of the polices being lobbied for and the outcomes for people put in private prisons,” she said. Meanwhile, Clyburn and Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), have continued their push to reduce exorbitant telephone call rates that inmates face when calling home. In most prisons a $3.95 connection fee is required for all calls and inmates pay an additional 89 cents per minute. However, in private prisons, the calls can be as much as $5 per minute, a fee required of the 2,000 prisoners at the Stewart Prison in Lumpkin, Ga. That high fee helps Correc-

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tion Corp. of America (CCA), the prison’s private operator, rake in between $30 million and $50 million a year, according to the Northwest Washington,

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D.C.-based government watchdog, Think Progress. Private prison operators have cumulatively reported profits of almost $200 million annually, according to a 2013 March edition of Bloomberg Businessweek. The operators, like CCA, average between 42 and 66 percent commissions, which result in millions of dollars in revenue for the corporations, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reported in a 2012 filing. “This is [the telephone rates] something that I’ve been advocating for years,” said Clyburn, 51. “It’s important that families have that contact with their incarcerated loved ones.” Fudge, who heads the CBC, said it’s imperative that the costs are reduced. “If (inmates) can communicate with their families, the odds are much better that they will not be repeat offenders,” said Fudge, 60, who asked the FCC to eliminate the per-call charges and establish a reasonable and permanent cap on telephone rates in all prisons. The financial windfall that privately managed prison operators reap from telephone calls is only a small fraction of their overall income, which reaches into the billions. The country has three types of lock-up facilities; local or county jail, state and federal prison. However, instead of operating specific prisons, many local,

state and federal authorities have opted to contract with various private corporations to manage the facilities. Since 2003, the number of private prisons has grown from five to 100 nationwide while prisoners in those facilities have increased from 2,000 to about 130,000. The two largest private prison operators – CCA and The Geo Group (GEO) – report revenues approaching $3 billion annually, according to financial documents posted on the New York Stock Exchange, where they are publicly traded. CCA is currently trading on the Big Board at $38.90 a share while stocks for GEO are listed at $38.81. “The emergence of CCA as a leading prison profiteer is a result of a thoughtful promulgation of laws and policies on a federal and state level,” said Seema Sadanandan, of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of the Nation’s Capital in Northwest Washington, D.C. Sadanandan, 31, organized a rally on May 7 at the Central Detention Facility on 19th Street in Southeast Washington, D.C., to protest the way CCA operates that jail and its other prison facilities. “Through tactics like pushing for minimum occupancy guarantees in its prisons, CCA has both

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PRISONS continued from Page 14 contributed to and benefited from the explosion in incarceration,” Sadanandan said. Private prison operators are also making a fortune off of prisoners, who are primarily immigrants and African Americans. About half of all immigrants detained by federal officials are held in facilities run by private companies, at an average cost per inmate of approximately $200 a night. Many prisoners are paid about $2 a day for labor. Ten years ago, more than 3,300 immigrants were sent to private prisons under two 10year contracts the Federal Bureau of Prisons signed with CCA worth $760 million. Now, more than 23,000 immigrants are housed in private prisons in the U.S. The incarceration rate for African Americans is about 3,074 per 100,000 residents, which is more than six times as high as the national average. CCA raked in $162 million in net income in 2011, in large part because of federal contracts. The Geo Group saw its net income rise from $16.9 million in 2000 to $78.6 million in 2011. Two years ago, The Geo Group finalized a merger with Cornell www.washingtoninformer.com

Companies, Inc., that was valued by Wall Street at $730 million. CCA pays its chief executive officer more than $3.2 million a year while The Geo Group’s top executive earns $3.4 million annually. “Companies that house prisoners for profit have a perverse incentive to increase the prison population … there is no motivation to rehabilitate prisoners,” said Lisa Wade, a cultural critic and associate professor at Occidental College in Los Angeles, Calif. State-run prisons are much more likely than privately-run prisons to offer programs to help prisoners, including psychological interventions, drug and alcohol counseling, and course work toward a college degree, said Wade, 38. “What is good for private prisons, in other words, is what is bad for individuals, their families, their communities, and our country,” she said. A 2011 report by the Justice Policy Institute in Northwest Washington, D.C., disclosed that private prison operators allegedly paid judges to sentence juveniles with minor offenses to disproportionately longer terms in their correctional facilities. Two Pennsylvania judges were sentenced to prison in 2011 for

illegally sending teenagers to jail in a scam that came to be known as, “Kids for Cash.” Over a five year period, at least 5,000 teenagers appeared before Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, President Judge Mark Ciavarella and the county’s Senior Judge Michael Conahan. The judges illegally sentenced many of them to prison in exchange for nearly $3 million in kickbacks, prosecutors said. Ciavarella, 58, ultimately was sentenced to 28 years in federal prison. Conahan, 56, received more than 17 years. Prosecutors said the judges created the potential for an in-

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creased number of young offenders to be sent to juvenile detention facilities. “Somebody is going to make more money by holding more kids, there is a pretty good predictable profit motive,” said criminal justice consultant Judith Greene, who heads a nonprofit group called Justice Strategies in New York. In a 2010 Securities and Exchange Commission filing, CCA officials stated that, “The demand for our facilities and services could be adversely affected by leniency in conviction or parole standards and sentencing practices.”

Private prison operators, who spend a total of $45 million annually on lobbying lawmakers for tougher and longer sentences, should be carefully scrutinized by the government, ACLU officials said. “Privatizing prisons may undermine cost effective sentencing reforms and increase recidivism rates,” said ACLU policy director, Shakyra Diaz. “Despite these well-documented concerns, private prison companies continue to promote policies that put money in their pockets and people behind bars,” Diaz said. wi

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Do You Still Believe the Story Susan Rice Told?

  Do you still believe what U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice was saying during her infamous five Sunday show appearances?  By now, we all know that these Sunday show appearances contained “inaccurate information.” Clearly, President Obama and Congressional Democrats went to great lengths to defend Rice’s role in the aftermath of the 9-11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Over the past months, Rice’s defenders claimed that her initial public assessment regarding the attack on the Consulate in Benghazi was a “spontaneous protest” in reaction to an anti-Islamic film that had aired on YouTube. The question now is about

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Blacks and their ethics. Is it acceptable that Black officials leave concepts of truth and honesty at the office door? Some say that the statements that Rice made were “just her following orders.”  In the latest iteration, about what happened in Benghazi, Gregory Hicks, a foreign service officer and former deputy chief of mission in Libya, testified in Congressional hearings that “I was stunned, my jaw dropped and I was embarrassed” in response to Rice’s series of television appearances on Sept. 16, 2012. Do you view it as “just partisan politics” when Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) said the talking points Rice used were “absolutely” altered and incorrect?  At the heart of what is being labeled “a cover-up,” is Rice, an African American, who in September 2012 conveyed what has been proven to be “false and inaccurate information” about why the four Americans were killed in Benghazi. Are you one of many who think that Republicans who signed a letter telling President Obama: “Ambassador Rice is widely viewed as having either wilfully or incompetently misled the American public” as being racist? “Racism and sexism” have been alleged toward those who oppose Rice.  Rep. Marcia Fudge, a Democrat from Ohio and chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) said, “It is a shame that anytime something goes wrong, they pick on women and minorities.”  Does that equate to racism if you criticize Rice for promulgating false information? Be you a Black Democrat or Republican, it must be some-

thing in the water at the State Department that causes Blacks associated with the position to become conveyors of deceit and subterfuge.  The lure of holding the office of secretary of state has caused Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Susan Rice to willingly step to the microphone, and subsequently be caught reciting and reading inaccurate information to go along with the wishes of their boss. Is it possible that we have engaged in another political farce with high-ranking Blacks at the core of the conflict? It would appear that Rice was part of a coordinated White House effort to downplay the terrorist aspect of the Benghazi attack, which happened on the 11th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks.  While Congressional Democrats have sought to portray the investigation into Rice’s role in the Benghazi cover-up as a “witch hunt” based on racism and sexism, some of these same Democrats harbor their own concerns about Rice. In 1997, when President Clinton sought to promote Rice to the position of assistant secretary of state for African Affairs, members of the CBC objected to the appointment based on her history of being part of Washington’s elite. This is the same CBC who in 2012 defended her failings with charges of racism and sexism. It’s much more than just following orders.  Rice’s shameful political cronyism is now covered in the blood of four Americans, so how can her loyal defenders continue to make this about her race and gender – disregarding falsehoods that have fueled the controversy?  Let’s not follow Obama off on a “racial and sexual discrimination” tangent to support the party in which Rice and politics that have gone astray.  Surely, there are Blacks who would not let the title “secretary of state” lure them into accepting the tales such as Susan Rice, Condoleezza Rice and Powell justified as “the price you have to pay” in that position.wi William Reed is publisher of “Who’s Who in Black Corporate America” and available for projects via the BaileyGroup.org www.washingtoninformer.com

business with 1,001 participants who reviewed 2,968 credit reports with a study associate who helped them identify and correct possible errors on their credit reports. Consumers in the study were selected to match the demographic and credit score information of the general public, and participants were encouraged to dispute errors that could affect their credit stand-

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Study: Five Percent of Consumers Benefit from Errors on Credit Reports By William Garth Special to the Informer from NNPA A Federal Trade Commission study of the U.S. credit reporting industry found that five percent of consumers had errors on one of their three major credit reports that could lead to them paying more for products such as auto loans and insurance. Overall, the congressionally mandated study on credit report accuracy found that one in five consumers had an error on at least one of their three credit reports. “These are eye-opening numbers for American consumers,” said Howard Shelanski, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Economics. “The results of this first-of-its-kind study make it clear that consumers should check their credit reports regularly. If they don’t, they are potentially putting their pocketbooks at risk.” The study, in which participants were encouraged to use the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) process to resolve any potential credit report errors, also found that: One in four consumers identified errors on their credit reports that might affect their credit scores; One in five consumers had an error that was corrected by a credit reporting agency (CRA) after it was disputed, on at least one of their three credit reports; www.washingtoninformer.com

Four out of five consumers who filed disputes experienced some modification to their credit report; Slightly more than one in 10 consumers saw a change in their credit score after the CRAs modified errors on their credit report; and Approximately one in 20 consumers had a maximum score change of more than 25 points and only one in 250 consumers had a maximum score change of more than 100 points. Other study results can be found in the executive summary of the report. “Your credit report has information about your finances and your bill-paying history, so it’s important to make sure it’s accurate,” said Charles Harwood, Acting Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “The good news for consumers is that credit reports are free through annualcreditreport.com, and if you find an error, you can work with the credit reporting company to fix it.” The FTC report is the first major study that looks at all the primary groups that participate in the credit reporting and scoring process: consumers; lenders/data furnishers (which include creditors, lenders, debt collection agencies, and the court system); the Fair Isaac Corporation, which develops FICO credit scores; and the national credit reporting agencies (CRAs). It is based on work

ing. Credit reports with potential errors identified by study participants were sent to Fair Isaac (FICO) for rescoring. After completing the FCRA dispute process, study participants were provided with new credit reports and credit scores. The original reports were then compared with the new reports. If any modifications were made as a result of the disputes, the impact of errors on the con-

sumer’s credit score was determined. Congress directed the FTC to conduct a study of credit report accuracy and provide interim reports every two years, starting in 2004 and continuing through 2012, with a final report in 2014. The reports are being produced under Section 319 of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, or FACT Act.wi

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HU Cancer Center Dedicates ‘Zora’s Lounge’

Advocate Remembered As a Warrior By Stacy M. Brown WI Contributing Writer To her friends, Zora Brown will always be known for her great courage. Brown, a three-time cancer survivor who became a wellknown cancer research advocate dedicated to improving breast cancer awareness among African Americans, was recognized at Howard University Hospital in Northwest on May 17 with the dedication of “Zora’s Lounge,” for patients and families at the university hospital’s Cancer Center. “This is a fitting honor because Zora was a real warrior woman,” said Irene Albritton, a longtime friend of Brown’s. “She was a very elegant woman and I’m just so blessed to have known her and to have been friends with her,” said Albritton, 57. The lounge, a waiting room in

the Cancer Center, will be maintained by the “Friends of Zora Brown Committee,” and decorated with fresh flowers and art reflecting Brown’s elegant style, hospital officials said. “The lounge is envisioned as a place that will provide peace and comfort to cancer patients, which is what she would have wanted,” said Albritton who lives in Northwest. Brown was familiar with many cancer lounges throughout her long battles with the disease, said Melanie Nix, Brown’s niece who attended the dedication ceremony last Friday, along with many other family members and friends. “She understood the value of a comforting place to spend time healing and moving forward in the treatment process,” said Nix, 42. Brown died at the age of 63 on March 3 after battling cancer for three decades.

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The late Zora Brown. /Courtesy Photos

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in 1997. “When she got breast cancer, she joked about how she had just developed breasts and now she was going to lose them,” Albritton said. “She made light of it because she was a fighter and she was determined to fight the good fight. Her determination and her toughness is why it hasn’t sunk in for me yet that she’s no longer with us.” A longtime District resident, Brown left a legacy of advocating for measures that might help save the lives of more women. Brown founded the Cancer Awareness Program Services and the Breast Cancer Resource Committee, both located in Northwest, which supports Black women with breast cancer and also seeks to reduce their mortality rates. She was a staunch advocate for more cancer research with an emphasis on helping more African-American women survive. Brown served as a consultant to the U.S. Conference of Mayors and was appointed by President George H.W. Bush to the National Cancer Advisory Board and the National Cancer Institute, both located in Bethesda, Md. She once appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” and “The Joan Rivers Show,” where she championed the cause of cancer survivors. “Zora relentlessly pursued her mission to achieve a 50 percent

drop in African American breast cancer deaths by the end of the 20th century,” Mayor Vincent Gray said. “Her efforts received recognition from U.S. presidents and members of Congress.” Rea Blakey, formerly of WJLA-TV, also attended the dedication ceremony. She said Brown accomplished more than most people might in three lifetimes. “More importantly, she extended her heart so much that one fell in love with her instantly,” Blakey said. “I miss Zora and her beautiful bright smile,” she said. Brown was also a gourmet cook known for throwing fabulous parties in which she served dinner on fine china in her well-appointed home, said Yolanda Fleming, a member of the “Friends of Zora Brown Committee.” “The lounge will be infused with what Zora would have envisioned for patients and their families,” Fleming said. “She worked with most of the cancer centers in Washington, D.C., but Howard (University) held a very special place in her heart.” Albritton added that her dear friend left an amazing legacy. “She reminds me so much of a saying that I heard a while back,” Albritton said. “A long life may not be good enough, but a good life will be long enough.” wi www.washingtoninformer.com

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Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation to Get New Site Special to the NNPA from The Mississippi Link A cancer center named for noted civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, has secured a site for its new headquarters and they have launched a campaign to raise the $5.5 million needed for the new state-of-the-art facility. “We’re looking at about $3.5 million to actually build the building, and the other money would be used to equip and furnish the building,” said Freddie White-Johnson, founder and president of the Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation. This rendering of the new Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Center in Ruleville was designed by architect Thomas Stewart of Architectonics in Starkville. She hopes to raise quite a bit of money in 2013. “It’s a national fundraising campaign,” said White-Johnson. “We’re trying to reach out to anybody and everybody across

the country and outside the country for support.” The foundation has already received international help, including donations from Japan and Germany. The Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation will move to Miss. Highway 8 and Floyce Street in Ruleville. Renderings for the center have been created by architect Thomas Stewart of Architectonics in Starkville. “One thing we definitely want inside the center is a cancer resource center, a computer center where people can go in and look at types of cancer,” said White-Johnson. “The center would be linked to oncologists throughout the country who could help provide some type of service to that individual at no cost.” The building will also house a museum in honor of Hamer. The civil rights activist hailed from Ruleville and was internationally known as an organizer

The late civil rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer (left) recently had a cancer center named in her honor. The future home of the Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Center (right) will be built in Ruleville, Miss. /Courtesy Photos.

for the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. Two acres of land located on the southwest corner of Highway 8 and Floyce Street near Ruleville, has been purchased as the new site of the Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Center Foundation building. (Photo by FLH Cancer Center) She died from stage four, untreated breast cancer on March 14, 1977. The foundation in her honor

was established in 2005 and is already a benefit to the Delta. “One thing I do see that the cancer center is already doing with the people who already work with the cancer foundation is identifying women who have not had breast screenings,” said White-Johnson. In 2012, the Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation identified more than 450 women who hadn’t had a mammogram in more than two years or had nev-

er had one. Among other things, the foundation helps with money for transportation and medical expenses, and its reach extends far. “Even though the cancer center sits in Ruleville, the Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation services the entire state of Mississippi,” said White-Johnson. “We have also done contributions outside of Mississippi in Tennessee and Alabama.”wi

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T.C. Williams Seniors Named $2,500 National Merit Scholars T.C. Williams High School seniors Charlotte L. Clinger and Alexander M. Eichner are among 2,500 students – including 65 in Virginia – chosen to receive $2,500 National Merit Scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in Evanston, Ill. National Merit $2,500 Scholarship recipients are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies. “Charlotte and Alexander are remarkable students whose successes go well beyond their many academic accomplishments,” said Schools Superintendent Morton Sherman. “We are proud of both of them, and wish them well as they move on from T.C.”

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Walker Mill Educator Named

Teacher of the Year Albert Lewis, a language arts teacher at Walker Mill Middle School, has been named the 2013 Prince George’s County Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made earlier this month at the school system’s annual Teacher of the Year Celebration at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt. “Mr. Lewis brings a wealth of intellect, experience, and expertise to the job,” said Nicole Clifton, principal of Walker Mill. “His dedication and passion for the craft and his community is evident in his instruction and other areas, as well.” Lewis began his career with Prince George’s County Public Schools as a substitute teacher in 2006. The Morgan State University graduate, who majored in telecommunications and journalism, earned his teaching certification through the school system’s Resident Teacher Program, and has been teaching language arts at Walker Mill since 2007.

Montgomery County Public Schools

Ten Schools Selected for New Initiative Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Superintendent Joshua P. Starr recently announced 10 schools that will participate in a new initiative to improve student performance and narrow achievement gaps. Listed among the “Innovation Schools” are Clopper Mill, Strathmore, and Watkins Mill elementary schools; Argyle, A. Mario Loiederman, and Montgomery Village middle schools; John F. Kennedy, Springbrook, and Watkins Mill high schools; and the alternative programs. “The 10 Innovation Schools have already shown a commitment to school improvement and have the staff and leadership in place to accelerate that progress,” Starr said. “These schools will serve as a model for how collaborative work, with [each other] and with central office, can lead to great outcomes for our students.” Beginning in 2013-14, the schools will receive support in designing and implementing innovative school improvement strategies and professional learning plans, with the district’s chief school improvement officer serving as the case manager for each school and ensuring that strategies and plans are put in place and supported by the central office. www.washingtoninformer.com

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Grassroots Lobbyists Descend on City Hall By Barrington M. Salmon WI Staff Writer Although the District of Columbia has a $417 million surplus, Mayor Vincent Gray has indicated that he wants to put the entire amount into the city’s Rainy Day Fund. But the Fair Budget Coalition – which is comprised of 70 grassroots organizations – wants city officials to allocate some of that money for essential programs such as Emergency Rental Assistance, housing, and the Local Rent Support Program. Last Thursday, about 120 members of the Coalition visited the John A. Wilson Building in Northwest in an effort to convince council members to support the funding they desire. “During the last five years of the recession, safety net services for city residents have been cut so badly. The need is even greater but we’re not seeing money,” said Janelle Treibitz, a Ward 1 resident and Coalition campaign organizer. “We’re in a really bad place [as it relates to] human needs and priorities.” Treibitz, 32, said she found it odd that Gray, 70, wants the entire budget surplus “to go into the bank.” “We understand the need to be fiscally responsible and to build the savings account, but if he used half of what he wants to put in the bank, we could fund all of the programs that we’re asking to be funded. It doesn’t seem prudent to put all that money into the account at this time of need.” Treibitz painted a dire picture of the challenges middle- and low-income residents face during the May 16 visit. “It’s a question of the people who are slipping out of their homes into homelessness, others who can’t get job training and a number of other issues. It’s a conversation about a city that’s not just for the haves.” Amber Harding agreed. “There are two things going on here,” said Harding, a staff attorney with the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless in www.washingtoninformer.com

Northwest. “The chief financial officer tends to make really conservative revenue estimates and with unanticipated revenues, the surplus is sky high. The mayor wants to put it all in the bank but 50 percent of any surplus should go to programs.” “There have been groups and individuals here all week. We’ve here sort of in [a last ditch effort] before next week. We have clear, discrete demands. We’re not asking for the moon.” Treibitz encouraged the group to be candid. “This is the last day of backdoor recommendations and so we wanted to make our voices heard,” she said. Nkechi Feaster knows well how easily life’s vagaries can lead to homelessness. The 37-year-old Southeast resident said she was homeless for more than a year, and lived at the D.C. General Homeless Shelter in Southeast for 11 months. Feaster, a mother of a son attending college, said she had an 11-year career as an administrative assistant. “It wasn’t fun. I dealt with three layoffs in four years,” she said. “Homelessness is not a person on the street with bags. There are many, many reasons. I didn’t have a degree or tenure. I was a victim of circumstances.” Feaster said she is undaunted. “If I can get a job in my field, I can pinch pennies and make it,” she said. “If I get a job at McDonalds, I wouldn’t be able to pay rent … this is the most difficult time I’ve ever had. I’m a viable candidate for transitional housing, I’m a hard worker and I have experience.” Armed with bowls of crunch bars, apples, bananas, letters, cards and toy houses, the group tried to meet with council members who were immersed in budget negotiations. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, 60, and his colleagues Jim Graham and Muriel Bowser addressed the group before they broke up into smaller groups to meet with other council members. Mendelson and Council

Representatives from the Fair Budget Coalition brought fruit and snacks to D.C. Council members on May 16 during their appeal to lawmakers to fund safety net programs. /Photo courtesy of Lyda Vanegas for Mary’s Center

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D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) and D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson took a break from budget negotiations to meet briefly with representatives from the Fair Budget Coalition who presented them with cards, letters and toys made by children who reside in the D.C. Homeless Shelter on May 16. /Photo courtesy of Lyda Vanegas for Mary’s Center

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ber of residents with disabilities served by the Interim Disability Assistance Program has dropped by 80 percent since 2009. “People have to work for 132 hours a week at the minimum

wage to afford market rate rents,” Treibitz explained. “Is it any wonder that people are losing their homes and having to leave the city? It’s touching people all over, the middle class too.” wi

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Tide Turns for Class of 2013

It’s graduation season and families across the country are celebrating their successful graduates. These grads make up the few who have beaten the odds that contribute to the growing numbers of students who don’t finish high school, who don’t make it into college, or who drop out of college. They represent the ones who have successfully matriculated in four years or less, as well as the increasing numbers of students who took five or more years to complete their academic program. Regardless, they finished. Let the celebrations begin. President Obama accurately shared the reality of graduation in his address last weekend to the Class of 2013 at Morehouse University in Atlanta when he opened with, “Some of you are graduating summa cum laude. Some of you are graduating magna cum laude. I know some of you are just graduating, ‘thank you, Lordy.’” His comments were followed by laughter and applause. So this is a time of celebration, if just for the moment. These graduates are the one’s who believed that a college education would ensure their chances of employment and that they would receive the top choices of jobs with higher rates of pay and that offer greater opportunities for advancement. They believed it and now they are ready to receive the benefits of their labor. The reality, however, according to a Fidelity survey, is that the average Class of 2013 grad is facing $35,200 in student loans, credit card debt and money owed to families. Additionally, studies show that while the jobless rate in the U.S. is improving, and companies report they plan to hire more college graduates, many will still find it difficult to find a job, and harder to find a good paying job. Consequently, many may take longer to invest in a home, purchase an automobile or marry. And, a significant number of parents will be converting that extra space back into the room their graduate occupied before going on to college as a host of college grads will return home. Clearly, college grads and their parents will need patience for the immediate future. Graduates will need to prove to employers that they are in fact ready for the world of work and that they are coming with the skills that employers need and are willing to pay for. Their success could hinge on something as simple but as important as submitting a resume or other documents with all of the t’s crossed, i’s dotted and no misspelled words. We offer this small bit of advice for the multitude of job seekers in the Class of 2013. But we also see the tide turning toward a more positive outlook for college grads. We remain optimistic that the future stays bright for this year’s college graduates.

Looking for Lessons from Oklahoma

It is difficult to fathom the pain, suffering and loss experienced by the citizens in Oklahoma who were hit this week by a massive tornado that killed more than 20 people, injured others and pulverized entire neighborhoods. The scenes are chilling but the resiliency of the survivors is heartening. Daily news reporters show residents of Moore, Okla., who are walking away from the remains of their homes with their most valued possessions in tow – family members, pets and a few miscellaneous items recovered from the wreckage. There are repeated stories of how massive this tornado was and what people did to try to protect themselves from its enormous impact. But it’s not as if they weren’t warned. Meteorologists predicted the tornado’s arrival days earlier, but apparently many of the residents of Moore and elsewhere thought they could weather the storm that appeared just minutes before it landed its lethal blow. Are Americans prepared for natural or man-made diasters? More importantly, what does it take for us to take note of these repeated warnings? From Katrina, the deadly 2005 hurricane that breached the levies in New Orleans, to Moore, Okla., many people heeded the warnings, but far too many who lost their lives didn’t. It’s the luck of the draw in deciding whether to hunker down or flee. The consequences are unclear until the damage is done. Our prayers go out to the communities in Oklahoma. We wish everyone the best as they work to put their lives back together again. We will be listening to you to learn what the rest of us should do to prepare for the next big disaster. www.washingtoninformer.com

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Those were some of the best photographs I have ever seen in the Informer’s sports section, May 16, 2013 edition. Washington Informer photographer John De Freitas really gave us a great look at boxer Lamont Peterson preparing for his upcoming fight in Atlantic City, N.J. Pictures can sometimes reveal things that words just can’t convey, and in this case these pictures do just that. Maybe it’s the way they are laid out on the page, or the look that’s in Peterson’s eyes. All I know is that when I turned to that page I said, “Wow.” Lamont Peterson is another bright star shining in the skies over D.C. and I wish him all the best in his upcoming fight against Lucas Matthysse. Howard Keller Washington, D.C.

John Wilson Remembered

edition is very timely and informative for everyone living in the District of Columbia, especially all of our new residents. Your paper continues to educate all of us on the important historical contributions made by some of our past city leaders. The late John A. Wilson was a hard working, tough city politician who could charm almost anyone in his presence. I can remember him on more than one occasion, being in his company at public events, watching him work the crowds and talking to his constituents. Then when I read quotes from Wilson’s colleagues in Mr. Wright’s story about how tough he was about getting things done, it just reinforced what I have always believed about him. I hope everyone takes a little time to read about John A. Wilson, and they will know why there is a building named for him.

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By Julianne Malveaux

Placing Athletics Above Academics Why do sports play such a prominent role in college education? Does it crowd out the attention we pay to other aspects of college life? Why are student athletes treated like slaves or gladiators, playing to pay colleges for the fruits of their labor? Other students enjoy “school spirit” when their team wins, and universities collect revenue from advertisers when they make it to the big leagues.

Women’s sports don’t reap the same benefits that men’s sports do. Still, Spelman’s President Beverly Daniels Tatum deserves kudos for eliminating the college’s basketball program in favor of providing physical education for all of Spelman’s students. She made the important calculation that organized sports activity costs hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars, and just a few students benefit from the athletic training. To be sure, school spirit is elevated when Spelman students cheer

against opponents; yet a burst of school spirit, however, is worth a lot less than graduating a cadre of physically aware, if not fit, young women. At Bennett College for Women, our goal was to educate the “whole” woman – academically, intellectually, spiritually, physically, and socially. Yes, people come to college to be prepared academically, but colleges are more than four-year matriculation experiences. This is why so many colleges attempt to offer a holistic experience for students.

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Unfortunately, too many schools place athletics above other aspects of student development. At Penn State University, the football team was such a moneymaking machine that the fabled coach Joe Paterno jeopardized his legacy by allegedly covering up a sex abuse scandal. At Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University (FAMU), the revered marching band found its glitter not only tarnished but also corroded by the death of one of the band members as a result of his hazing. At Duke University,

lacrosse players were accused of enticing, then abusing strippers at their apartments. While the allegations were disputed, the university earned a black eye for the bad behavior of its athletes. At nearby University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, departing Chancellor Holden Thorp spent nearly half of his time dealing with athletic scandals that included no-show classes for football players, the firing of a coach, and the possibility of

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By George E. Curry

Obama’s Troubles Aren’t Comparable to ‘Watergate’ The Obama administration deserves to be richly criticized for surreptitiously obtaining the telephone records of reporters for the Associated Press, especially for bypassing court proceedings that would have allowed executives of the news organizations an opportunity to at least argue against releasing the documents. It was also wrong to single out conservative organizations for

special IRS scrutiny. In case you haven’t noticed, the names of practically all Black professional organizations begin with the word “National.” That’s because most organizations bearing the name “American” – such as the American Bar Association and the American Dental Association – are professional groups that once barred Blacks from membership. That’s why we had to start our “National” organizations. If it’s okay to target conservative groups today, there is

nothing to prevent a future president or IRS commissioner from targeting organizations with the word “National” in their name. Still, the actions of some Obama administration officials should not be compared to Watergate, as was the case on last Sunday’s talk shows. To refresh your recollection, as many of the Watergate witnesses would say, Watergate is a reference to a series of scandals that began with the June 17, 1972 break-in at the Democratic

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knowledge about what his Press Secretary Ron Ziegler labeled “a third-rate burglary” and had attempted to cover-up his involvement. Nixon’s fought to keep the tapes private, but the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that he had to turn them over to government investigators. Nixon resigned in disgrace and 43 people, including his top White House aides, were sent to prison. Nixon’s successor, Ger-

National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C. and ended with President Richard M. Nixon resigning on August 9, 1974 rather than face certain impeachment. The five men arrested in connection with the Watergate burglary were linked to Nixon’s Committee for the Re-Election of the President. It was later revealed that Nixon had recorded many conversations in the Oval Office that showed that he had

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By Julian Bond

Racists Don’t Like Being Called Racists I have always suspected that racists didn’t like being called out for their racism. Now I have proof. When I told MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts on May 14 that the Tea Party was “the Taliban wing of American politics,” a firestorm erupted. Arguing the IRS was correct to target them for extra scrutiny, I also said “Here are a group of people who are admittedly racist, who

are overtly political” and therefore worthy of IRS concern. I was not prepared for the slew of angry emails, including two from self-identified Black people (your worst nightmare, one said) I received. Many of them suggested I leave the country, reminiscent of the “Go back to Africa” chants racist crowds of Whites shouted at Black protestors in my youth. One said my advanced age – I am 73 – meant I would not be around to make such mischief much longer, and I should pre-

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pare for that quick eventuality. A few suggested my employer fire me, not knowing that I retired from that job a year ago. Several of the messages were badly written with misspelled words, including one from a relative by marriage – you can’t choose your in-laws – reading “Your calling folks Talabans borders on Traitorism.” This same correspondent noted I had been “head of the most classic Racist group in our country,” referring to the NAACP, whose board I chaired for 11 The Washington Informer

years. Others characterized the NAACP, the nation’s oldest civil rights group, interracial in membership and dedicated to racial integration since 1909, in the same way. After an exchange of messages with some of them, trying to convince them that while I opposed it, I didn’t condemn every member of the Tea Party, the interactions became more civil and less hostile. Some even wished me well. But to a person they rejected the labels “racism” and “racist,”

even as I thought I had proved that the Tea Party has had racist, anti-Semitic and nativist elements from its beginning until today. One source is a study conducted for the NAACP by the Institute for Research and Education for Human Rights. Their study, called Tea Party Nationalism, found “Tea Party ranks to be permeated with concerns about race and national identify and other so-called social issues.

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By Harry C. Alford

President Obama Should Embrace an Energy Future broadly about whether or not we export liquefied natural gas. But I can assure you that once I make that decision, then factoring in how we can use that to facilitate lower costs in the hemisphere and in Central America will be on my agenda.” Why is this important to communities across the country? In simplistic terms, it means job creation and economic growth in the U.S., including in predominantly African American communities. Many Americans are already

Over the past few weeks, President Obama has made comments that seemed to signal his support for expanding LNG exports, a welcomed gesture delineating a business forward attitude that will boost our economy and make our nation more energy secure. During a meeting with business leaders in Costa Rica, the president said “I’ve got to make…an executive decision

familiar with the abbreviation LNG. For those that aren’t, LNG stands for Liquefied Natural Gas that is basically natural gas put into liquid form through a cooling process. This process allows for the safe and efficient transportation of natural gas to and from terminals around the world. LNG is popular because natural gas is the cleanest of all the fossil fuels and it’s a highly abundant resource. In the energy industry, LNG is viewed as a game changer because this energy resource al-

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lows for economic growth and huge opportunities for job creation. Natural gas has already been credited with creating a large number of American jobs, and experts forecast that by expanding LNG exports this job growth trend can continue well into the future. A new study by ICF International looked specifically at this issue. Across all the scenarios examined, it found there to be significant net job creation from allowing the export of LNG. In its most optimistic case, net job

creation from exporting LNG could reach as many as 452,000 new jobs by 2035 – 76,800 of which would come in manufacturing alone. In our stalled American economic recovery, those numbers are nothing to sneeze at. Natural gas production has hit a small speed bump recently because of extremely low natural gas prices. This deceleration in production levels comes as no surprise however as natural gas

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By Lee A. Daniels

Protecting Black Americans’ Right to Compete students at and Black graduates of elite White colleges – such as Barack and Michelle Obama – have proven they match their White counterparts in intelligence, ambition, and determination to contribute to the nation. But, still, the anti-affirmative action propaganda is saturated with thinly-disguised assertions of Black inferiority. And for nearly half a century, Blacks of voting age have shown an expert understanding of how to play the political game and a profound faith in it. They have

It’s no coincidence that in the next few weeks the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on a challenge to affirmative action in higher education and also a challenge to the most important provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Historically speaking, such challenges are what’s to be expected when Black Americans prove they are more than fit for American citizenship. For nearly half a century substantial numbers of Black

not indulged in loony conspiracy theories about the presidents whose policies they oppose, nor supported politicians who spout extremist fantasies about the federal government. Instead, they’ve become a bedrock of the Democratic Party coalition and are increasingly ratcheting up the rate at which they turn out to vote. But this commitment to the American political tradition has provoked conservatives to increasingly tawdry neo-Jim Crow schemes in the political arena and contin-

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ual challenges in the courts in order to limit blacks’ access to the ballot box. The part of the Act under challenge is its Section 5, which requires certain jurisdictions to get permission from the Justice Department or a special federal court before changing voting procedures. Congress re-authorized this “pre-clearance” provision along with the entire act in 2006 after extensive testimony showed many of the jurisdictions were still using such tactics as denying petitions for early

voting, or reducing the hours for early voting, or moving polling stations to locations likely to reduce the Black turnout. The challenges to both affirmative action and the Voting Rights Act contend they discriminate against Whites. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia bluntly previewed his opinion during the Court’s oral arguments over the latter when he characterized the part of the Act under challenge as “the per-

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By Askia Muhammad

Who’s the Real Public Enemy? Let me begin by saying I have never been convicted of a crime. Never. I was arrested once. In downtown D.C. I talked back to a White man. I complained to a bank president (who, unbeknownst to me was literally looting his bank’s assets just weeks before the bank declared bankruptcy when I encountered him) that he had parked his limousine www.washingtoninformer.com

in a bus zone next to a construction site during rush hour, making it very difficult for passengers to board an approaching bus. The bank’s off-duty police officer working security, along with a hot dog vendor jumped me, beat me up and the cop arrested me. When it was all said and done, the D.C. government paid me thousands of dollars to settle a lawsuit I filed against the city. I don’t believe that those of us who want to see the oppressive force of white supremacy and

racism, which enslaved Black people in America for 310 years and which committed genocide against the Native Americans, I believe that those struggling to free our people from bondage should obey all of America’s laws which don’t conflict with their religion. I don’t believe Freedom Fighters should so much as jaywalk. But some “Freedom Fighters” do manage to get into trouble. Mumia Abu Jamal is one, but I also don’t believe he murdered Philadelphia police officer Dan-

iel Faulkner back in 1981. I believe that Mumia was framed and convicted by a racist police force and prosecutor, in the courtroom of a so-called “hanging judge” by an all-White jury based on testimony coerced by the cops from vulnerable witnesses – many of whom coincidentally have recanted their testimony and admitted they were forced to lie by the cops; cops who wanted to “get” Mumia because he was a Black Panther Party member. Nor do I believe that Assata Shakur is a terrorist who belongs

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on the FBI’s “10 Most Wanted” list. Even though her “Black Liberation Army” (BLA) has been accused of some terrible crimes, I don’t believe Assata and her comrades are anywhere near the “menace to society” that Maryland state inmate Tayvon White and his so-called “Black Guerilla Family” poses. I believe Assata, the Black Liberation Army, and other like minded individuals, and group members, first set out to in fact

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Bowie State University

Honors Ashford & Simpson

Valerie Simpson joins Freddie Jackson, Jean Carne, Maysa Leak, and Jeff Majors on stage during the finale at the Fine and Performing Arts Center at Bowie State University in Bowie, Md., on Friday May 17. /Photo by Roy Lewis

By Barrington M. Salmon WI Staff Writer When she arrived at Bowie State University for the second time on the evening of May 17, singer and songwriter Valerie Simpson said she wasn’t sure what to expect. That night, Simpson was a special guest of the university at a musical tribute to her and her late husband Nickolas Ashford to benefit the Ashford & Simpson Endowed Music Scholarship Fund at the university. Earlier that day, at the Spring Commencement ceremony, President Mickey L. Burnim conferred honorary degrees – the 2013 Doctor of Humane Letters – on the husband and wife songwriting duo who for decades produced a range of rich, powerful and memorable music that became the soundtrack of so many people’s lives. “I know nothing about what’s happening. I’m just going with the flow,” Simpson told a room of VIPs at a pre-event reception moments after arriving at the

Ashford & Simpson. /Courtesy Photo

Fine and Performing Arts Center in Bowie, Md. “I appreciate everyone who has made this a

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ship fund is important because it gives young, aspiring musicians and those in the fine arts a leg up. “I see the need to give young people an opportunity,” she said. “That chance has to be there for someone. Events like this offer the ways and means. I didn’t have it. I lucked up. You can’t be careless. I’m thrilled for this for some young person.” “I know that Bowie State is an African-American institution. It thrilled me because many of the students are attending university for the first time. The scholarship increases opportunities. What I did was hard to do. I want to matter and this makes it a little easier – we offer them a cushion.” Burnim praised the musical icons, who over the course of 50 years wrote hits for Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Smokey Robinson, The Fifth Dimension, The Supremes and Diana Ross. “It’s a delight to have you here at what is the concluding portion of what has been an amazing

day,” he said prior to the start of the tribute concert. “We honor the life, accomplishment, musical performance, writing and lives of Ashford & Simpson. They’re acclaimed and accomplished writing for Motown, Ray Charles, producing romantic duets of the most dramatic kind … They are, indeed, an inspiration to us all…” Mistress of Ceremonies Sheila Stewart, of Radio One, captured the depth of feeling people have for the songwriting team who also made a mark as singers and producers. “This is a tribute to Ashford & Simpson, celebrating two individuals who transformed the musical landscape. They’ve demonstrated the power and impact of well-written music.” The performers at the tribute concert included jazz and gospel harpist/producer Jeff Majors; legendary pop and jazz singer-songwriter Jean Carne; Al Johnson of the Unifics; surprise See SCHOLARSHIPS on Page 27

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The Clarence Knight Orchestra performed during a tribute to the late Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson to benefit the Ashford & Simpson Endowed Music Scholarship Fund at Bowie State University on May 17. /Photo by Roy Lewis

SCHOLARSHIPS continued from Page 26 guest Freddie Jackson; and Baltimore-based jazz singer/songwriter Maysa Leak, backed up by the Clarence Knight Orchestra. All paid a special musical tribute to Simpson and her husband who died in 2011 from throat cancer. The music was soulful and soared, singers caressed the notes, scatting at times a la Ella Fitzgerald, and moved up and down the musical scale with ease. Simpson appeared genuinely surprised when Jackson walked on stage. She held a hand over her mouth as he strutted out, bowed from the waist and began crooning. The performers’ renditions of several of Ashford & Simpson’s signature tunes excited the audience and Simpson alike. Simpson was seated in a place of honor, swaying to the vocals, mouthing the words of some songs, moving in her chair and nodding her appreciation to her colleagues. “Isn’t it good for us to come together on a happy note?” Carne asked. “You are more than deserving, my sister, because after all, you taught us to be solid as a rock. Ain’t no mountain www.washingtoninformer.com

high enough and as Maysa reminded us, it’s still good.” “I honor you, I pay tribute to you,” said Carne, a longtime friend. “We’re here to rally to lift you up, pay homage if we may. You are our shero, the wind beneath our wings.” Earlier in the evening, as Simpson talked about her husband, the loss was palpable. “It’s been one year and eight months. Now, I’m like a newborn baby finding its way,” she said. “Nothing is the same. I have to keep singing. I’m so used to waiting for someone to come in. It’s a learning experience. I didn’t get goose bumps before [coming on stage], now I do. If God has a purpose for you, you have to meet it head on.” The performers ended the evening with a rousing rendition of “Reach Out and Touch Someone,” and taking her cues from the other performers, Simpson walked onstage and belted out the song in her own inimitable fashion. Before the concert’s conclusion, Simpson made some impromptu remarks after Stewart asked the crowd to rise and give Simpson a standing ovation and then invited her to speak. “I feel like I’ve said so much already,” she said softly. “You’ve

overwhelmed me. My heart is bursting. Some days are better than other days and this is one of the greatest days.” As she thanked Burnim, Simpson recalled the genesis of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” “When Nick Ashford hit New York City so many years ago, he struggled and wondered if he was going to make it,” Simpson said. “As he walked on New York’s West Side, he looked up at the tall buildings and said ‘ain’t no mountain high enough’ to stop him from being successful. We wrote it as a love song but it was about overcoming all odds.” “I don’t know where you’ll end up or who you’ll affect but give it your best. Give it you’re all. Surely, if I’m left here, there must be something I can do.” Detra Rouse walked out of the Recital Hall wearing a beatific smile. “I thought the event was amazing,” said the 43-year-old native Washingtonian. “People were overwhelmed with the commencement. There’s a great feeling in the air. I’d never seen her [Simpson] perform, but my sisters were huge fans and of course, I’m a huge fan of Maysa’s.” Carne, who has known Simp-

Freddie Jackson, left, and Valerie Simpson with Bowie State University President Mickey L. Burnim, following the musical tribute to benefit the Ashford & Simpson Endowed Music Scholarship Fund at Bowie State University in Bowie, Md., on May 17. /Photo by Roy Lewis

son for decades, said she appreciated being a part of the tribute. “It was a rare opportunity that friends got together to celebrate with another dear, dear friend,” she said. “We share her grief and wanted to lift her up.” Majors said he was glad to be

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able to lift up his friend of more than 20 years. “I’m just honored she’s able to get her flowers now and to get her due and that we were able to honor her the Bowie State University way,” the native Washingtonian said. wi

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Sheila E

Wows Smithsonian Crowd By Barrington M. Salmon WI Staff Writer Sheila E’s life is a blur, she said, with tours, tour dates, an upcoming album, autobiography – and a movie in the works. One of the few indications that she’s slowing down, she joked, can be found in some of the selections on her upcoming album which have a slower tempo than her usual musical fare. The acclaimed drummer, singer and percussionist spoke of her continued excitement at doing what she loves but noted the price she’s paid. “I’m 56 this year and it does take a toll. I’ve had procedures done on my arm, elbow and wrist. But I love what I do and when I go on stage, I get crazy,” she said with a laugh. Born Sheila Escovedo in Oakland, Calif., Sheila E was in town May 16 to perform at a tribute

concert celebrating the life of the late Chuck Brown, the Godfather of Go-Go. She recalled meeting Brown years ago, said she was a huge admirer, but added that she’d never gotten a chance to play with him. “I’m a fan of his and his great music,” she said. “It will be high-energy even though I didn’t bring my full band with me tonight.” Sheila E stopped by the Smithsonian Museum of African Art Thursday afternoon to spend some time with youngsters from Studio Africa, an educational program offered by the museum to teach the next generation about African history, culture and art. The Farafina Kan Youth Troupe performed for her and she treated the crowd of several dozen drawn to the alcove of the museum to a brief flurry of drumming with the young men. She took off her rings, watch

Sheila Escovedo. /Courtesy Photo

and bracelet as she was invited to play with the drummers and they gave visitors a high-powered and energetic musical performance. “If I break a nail before tonight!” she warned in mock ire.

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Smithsonian Director Johnnetta Cole was effusive. “No words, no words. Just deep feelings from what we all just experienced,” she said, shaking her head. “This is what we here at the museum work so hard to promote. The creativity, the vibrancy, the joy of African and African Diaspora Arts.” Cole’s friend Camille Cosby agreed. “Well first of all, isn’t it appropriate to have these wonderful people play and Sheila E join them?” asked Cosby, wife of actor and comedian Bill Cosby and herself a noted philanthropist. “It was wonderful. Wonderful proof of the commonality we share throughout the Diaspora.” Sheila E’s demeanor softened more as she talked about young people. “Youth are very important to me,” said Escovedo, daughter of legendary Latin Jazz percussionist Peter Escovedo. “I want to encourage kids. It’s never too late. We need to start now, not wait. I want them to play from the heart and know that even in playing, there’s no right or wrong way to do anything.” Escovedo, who was sexually abused by a babysitter when she was five, said she wanted to provide a safe haven for children around the country who are dis-

carded or forgotten. She uses music and art as therapy through her own Elevate Hope Foundation, headquartered in California. There, children with a range of challenges learn to express themselves and heal. “The breakdown for kids is communication. Often, they don’t know how to express themselves,” she said. The foundation provides the means for young people to articulate their feelings, and music is the conduit, she said. Despite her years in the business, Sheila E said she learns every time she hears someone perform and she spoke of Africa’s considerable cultural and musical sway. “The influence of African beats, djembe drums – everything kind of comes from Africa,” she said. “[This is] the heartbeat of the drums, [and] people communicating from village-to-village. I bought instruments from Brazil, Cuba, Africa. We’re playing their instruments. Paul Simon and a lot of artists use African instruments.” “It’s been a huge influence on me, my life and my singing.” Sheila E said she had other plans for her life when she was

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ESCOVEDO continued from Page 28 a child. “I didn’t know that music would be my purpose,” she said. “I wanted to be the first little girl on the moon and I wanted to win a gold medal in track and field. But I began playing at 15 and that was it. God puts you in a place very different from what you expected.” When she began playing, she said, there were few women percussionists. “Growing up it was a little bit challenging because I was one of the few female percussion players,” she said. “I wasn’t aware of the low numbers. I thought playing was the norm. I’d go to my friends’ homes and they didn’t play because girls didn’t do that … I’ve heard girls say this is a man’s instrument but music isn’t attached to gender. It’s a dialogue, a conversation, a way to communicate.” Escovedo said when she started performing and recording with other artists, many of them hadn’t heard of her. “They tried to talk bad, to disrespect me and I spoke to my dad about it. He told me to be prepared and walk in with confidence,” she said. “It has been a challenge but the music induswww.washingtoninformer.com

try has changed. Women have always had to prove themselves more than men. I don’t have to prove myself. It’s just about the music.” Sheila E, an Emmy and Grammy nominee, who has performed with the likes of Prince, Herbie Hancock, Lionel Richie and her father, said she’s been busy in the studio wrapping up her album, which will feature funk, jazz and some country tunes. She worked on Chaka Khan’s latest album and told her they needed to trade so Khan will be on hers. In between tours, Escovedo is immersed in her autobiography, “Pain to Purpose,” and said a movie is also in the works. When she’s performing, Escovedo said she enjoys the giveand-take during her shows. “Interacting with the audience is the best part for me. I like to give but also to get. I want the audience to know that I’m approachable. I don’t want them to think they can’t touch me. To me, the stage is like my living room, or my home, and when you come over to my house, I have to be a hostess and invite you in so that we can have a great time,” she said. wi

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Griot “Father Groppi: Marching for Civil Rights” by Stuart Stotts c.2013, Wisconsin Historical Society Press         $12.95 / $13.50 Canada    144 pages By Terri Schlichenmeyer WI Contributing Writer You’re a kid who knows right from wrong. When you were little, your parents helped you understand what was good and what was not. Once you got bigger, you could see when something wasn’t fair and you remember how much you hated that. These days, you’re old enough (and strong enough) to speak up when you see things that are wrong. In the new book “Father Groppi: Marching for Civil Rights” by Stuart Stotts, you’ll read about one peace-loving man who did, too. James Groppi didn’t know much about civil rights when he was a kid, but he knew what discrimination felt like. Born in 1930, Groppi was the second-youngest child of parents who came from Italy – and in segregated Milwaukee that meant a lot of teasing and prejudice. But the Groppi family was close, the parents taught tolerance, and James was a good scholar. Teachers also noticed that he was a natural leader and he became captain of his basketball team. It was during a game that he had one of his most memorable moments: James blocked another player who happened to be black, and accidentally knocked him down. The boy kicked James and when they both apologized later, James understood that it was an example of respect. In 1952, James went into the Seminary to study for the Catholic priesthood. He worked at a Milwaukee youth center, where he got to know many African-American children and he saw how much racism hurt

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them. When he graduated from Seminary and was ordained in 1959, he preached against discrimination at an all-white church before he was sent to a parish in which the congregation was almost all black. That move gave him an early understanding of Civil Rights. Starting in 1961, Father James Groppi got involved in the civil rights movement. He made several trips to the South, where segregation was nearly everywhere. He worked to integrate restaurants, and he supported Dr. King’s third March on Selma. He was arrested for peaceful protests, and he kept supporters safe on many marches. And then, in action that would put him in the national news, Father Groppi took on the entire city of Milwaukee over unfair housing practices. I’m always a little surprised when the work of an influential person is lost to history. Why don’t more people know this story? Fortunately for your child, “Father Groppi: Marching for Civil Rights” corrects that omission. But author Stuart Stotts doesn’t just tell the tale of James Groppi, his work, and his disappointments. Stotts also writes about how Catholic higher-ups viewed civil rights, where racism came from and what happened, and he tells the story of a city that he claims is still “deeply segregated.”  This is a fascinating biography, made better for kids because of a glossary, index, and pronunciation guide. If your child loves history, or if you want him to know more about the hard work done for equality, here’s a book to find. For your 7-to-12-year-old, reading “Father Groppi: Marching for Civil Rights” seems just right. wi www.washingtoninformer.com

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Little Retro Styled Hatchback Crowns Fiat’s U.S. Comeback By Njuguna Kabugi WI Contributing Writer

Fiat is a very lucky automaker. It is not only generating great buzz in the United States auto market with the introduction of one of the hottest vehicles in the mini car segment – the 500, but the Italian automaker has also gained a controlling interest in Chrysler Motors, the smallest of Detroit’s “big three” whose Jeep, Dodge and Chrysler vehicles have been selling quite well lately. Car buyers with long memories may remember another phase of Fiat’s life in the United States during the late 1970s. The company, whose name is an acronym for Fabrica Italiana Automobili Torino (Italian Car Factory of Turin), was often panned in comedy circles as one that really stood for “Fix It Again Tony.” Plagued by low quality lackluster products and chronic breakdowns, the manufacturer’s sales plunged from a high of 100,511 in 1975 to 14,113 in 1982. The next year, Fiat would leave the U.S. market. Today’s Fiat has undergone a sweeping transformation under Sergio Marchionne, an Italian-born Canadian who became CEO of the automaker in 2004. He has ushered in new talent and technology, pushing Fiat to a firmer footing in European and South American markets. www.washingtoninformer.com

Now Fiat is using its Chrysler foothold in the United States to sell one of its own cars – the Fiat 500. The tiny, retro-styled mini car is designed by Frank Stephenson, the man behind BMW’s transatlantic success with the MINI. Thanks to high gasoline prices, Americans have re-discovered small cars and Fiat is lucky to have re-entered the U.S. with the 500. It competes well in a segment that is not only exciting but also growing fast. Some of the most daring bodies in the business are among the smallest – the Nissan Juke and Cube, the Smart Fortwo and Chevrolet Sonic ooze personality in a way few larger vehicles do. And, of course, the Fiat 500 matches and sometimes exceeds each of the competitors in many ways. It is cute, easy to get in and out of and is easy to park. I drove the car for a week, primarily within a 60 mile radius of Washington. Whether driving in rural Fairfax County in Virginia or the crowded Baltimore-Washington corridor, the little Fiat was often greeted with smiles from pedestrians and commuters alike. How can you not smile back at a car smiling at you? The 500 drives with as much personality as its shape boasts; which boosts the driver’s confidence in turn. This is a car that gives the driver an immediate feeling that it’s a solid, substantial and sporty car. The steering

is quick, and considering the Fiat does not carry much girth, the 101 hp engine is quite adequate for most uses. I loved the five speed manual transmission. It is the smoothest shifter in a car this size. The clutch pedal helps launch the car smoothly without over revving the engine. The gas mileage is good at 31 City / 40 Hwy but not the highest for this segment. The Fiat 500 seats four people, though the second-row seats have limited knee- and legroom for adults. I have to admit that given the car’s small size, the 500 is not a car for the masses; you are going to have to hold onto your Toyota Camry or the Honda Accord if you have big kids and carry a lot of stuff. The 500 is ideally a car for running errands around town. The 500 is available in base and 500c Abarth models. The base model comes in Pop, Sport, Lounge and Turbo trims. The 500c, which is a convertible, comes in Pop and Lounge models. All models have a four-cylinder engine, but the 500 Turbo and 500 Abarth have turbocharged engines. Prices stretch from just about $16,000 for the base model to $22,500 for the Lounge premium models.wi The Washington Informer

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ARIES Rev up your engines. This is a fine week for making progress with projects that you’ve got in the works. Your energy is high and your mind is clear. Use every advantage this week to finish up your works. Look for love in the right places. Know the difference between love and lust. Soul Affirmation: I forgive and set myself free. Lucky Numbers: 19, 26, 39

Your Home.

TAURUS Educate those around you in the area of personal growth. Their improvement will bring benefits to you. Hu‑ mor in communication is the key. Humor in introspection is a must. Soul Affirmation: Success that has been following me is trying to catch up. Lucky Numbers: 16, 30, 39 GEMINI This week romance is begins to percolate. Enjoy your feelings and let your brain relax. Suspend all judg‑ ments of others. Being stern won’t work for you this week. Soul Affirmation: I go along to get along. Lucky Numbers: 1, 6, 19

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CANCER Romance will find you this week. Don’t be look‑ ing the other way. Your “rap” is especially strong. Make as many of those important phone calls as possible. People will respond. They are waiting to be receptive. Soul Affirmation: Friendships are shock absorbers on the bumpy roads of life. Lucky Numbers: 11, 13, 20 LEO This week should bring an opportunity to further your education, don’t pass it up. Pay special attention to details at work. A friend needs your support. Find joy in giving it. Soul Affirmation: All things work together for good. Lucky Numbers: 26, 35, 43

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VIRGO You and your mate should increase your saving for the future this week. Future plans should be spotlighted. A relationship is likely to take a serious turn. Be open to making an unusual purchase. Soul Affirmation: I can see clearly now the rain is gone. There are no obstacles in my way. Lucky Numbers: 10, 30, 50 LIBRA Don’t take any big gambles this week, the time is not right for a flight into the unknown. A newfound harmo‑ ny is in store for you and your mate. Your mate will under‑ stand your fears. Soul Affirmation: New insights create new directions and a new cast of characters. Lucky Numbers: 6, 48, 51 SCORPIO The air can be cleared easily. Admit your need for help. Seek understanding. You’ll help another by seek‑ ing help from them. Communication problems will smooth themselves out. Soul Affirmation: Moving slowly might be the fastest way. Lucky Numbers: 33, 52, 54 SAGITTARIUS You and your partner are on the same wavelength. If you are presented with a contract this week, it’s an ideal week to reach an agreement. Make the import‑ ant phone call to set things up. Soul Affirmation: What I’ve been waiting for has been here all along. Lucky Numbers: 4, 6, 33 CAPRICORN Beware of financial pitfalls that you’ve set for yourself. Strengthen all your relationships by under‑ standing motivations of others. Spend time at home. Enjoy what you already have. Soul Affirmation: Often it’s not what I say but the way I say it that gets the message across. Lucky Numbers: 4, 6, 47 AQUARIUS Don’t expect to win every battle, especially with your lover. This week winning is losing. Backing down is winning. Shyness produces a bold result. It’s easy to col‑ lect that long-standing debt. Soul Affirmation: I keep money on my mind this week. Lucky Numbers: 18, 25, 39 PISCES Possibilities of hearing good news about home are greatly expanded. Savor the news rather than thinking about other annoyances. Travel is on the horizon. Plan the trip this week. Soul Affirmation: Jewelry reflects the beauty of my feelings about myself. Lucky Numbers: 26, 44, 52

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Thousands Marched Across Metro D.C. and Raised More Than $1.6 Million to Help Babies

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t was truly a feelgood moment when thousands gathered across the metro area in support of their smallest neighbors—babies—by participating in March for Babies walks. Individuals, families and corporate teams participated in six walks around the D.C. region in April and May. In total, 6,120 people covered 137,700 miles at these fundraising events, which equates to 24 round trips from Washington, D.C. to San Francisco. Now in its 44th year, March for Babies continues to join communities to celebrate children and to show support in honor of the babies we’ve lost. Donations directly fund March of Dimes research, education and community programs that help women have full-term pregnancies and have healthy babies. The Mama & Baby Bus is one of these community programs. It provides medical care to women in D.C. and Prince George’s County who otherwise would not receive the care. This year, $1,638,000 was raised at the six local March for Babies events. Watkins Park was full of strollers, wagons and 375 walkers who raised $176,000. As a March for Babies media partner, The Washington Informer’s own Denise Rolark-Barnes emceed the opening ceremony there. Over in the District, 1,642 participants contributed $424,000. They were shown on the Jumbotron as they crossed home plate. Event photos can be viewed in the March of Dimes Facebook photo gallery. Washington Redskins defensive end Stephen Bowen and his family served as the March of Dimes 2013 National Capital Area Ambassadors. The Bowens tragically lost one

of their twin boys to premature birth. They joined walkers at March for Babies in Fairfax County and spoke during the opening ceremonies there and in Washington, D.C. “The March of Dimes has provided 75 years of support for research and community programs that have saved lives and improved the quality of life for countless children and the parents who love them,” said Stephen Bowen. “We appreciate those who marched to support such an important cause, because their steps make a difference for babies and families like ours.” Premature birth is the most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. One in nine babies in America will be born prematurely. It affects nearly half a million babies each year. In November, the March of Dimes issued its annual Premature Birth Report Card, giving the nation and Maryland a “C” grade and the District a “D.” Babies born too soon are more likely to die or have lifelong disabilities. The March of Dimes is committed to reducing this toll by funding research to find the answers to premature birth and providing comfort and information to affected families. The local chapter has invested more than $3 million to fight premature birth. But much remains unknown. Money raised helps give every baby a healthy start. Donations are still being collected and can be mailed to: March of Dimes Maryland-National Capital Area Chapter, PO Box 62770, Baltimore, MD 212642770 before June 30, 2013.

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Forming a Network of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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Organization Seeks East of the River Home By Michelle Phipps-Evans WI Staff Writer The love for black hair products prompted two young chemists to create a hair care product line designed to meet the needs of ethnic hair. Dr. Tiffani Bailey Lash and Dr. Tashni-Ann Dubroy, who earned their doctorates at North Carolina State University, launched the company, Tea and Honey Blends in 2009, to formulate products to keep hair healthy and strong. “This has been an amazing journey,” said Bailey Lash, 32, during an opening reception for the Museum for Black Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MBIE) in its temporary space at THEARC in Southeast earlier this spring. “Our product is unique as we don’t use harsh chemicals; only natural ingredients.” Based in North Carolina, Tea and Honey Blends employs 10 people. Bailey Lash and Dubroy embody the spirit of innovation and invention, which leads to entrepreneurship and wealth building, said Patricia Carter Sluby, a registered patent agent and author. She’s also on MBIE’s board. “They’re my favorite enterprising young ladies,” said Sluby, curator for MBIE’s maiden exhibit on March 16. Although the women weren’t featured in the exhibit, Sluby invited them to discuss their entrepreneurial journey, along with other innovators. “The reception and exhibit were both a great success,” said John Whitman, 64, an MBIE co-founder and executive director recently. “Many people learned about the museum and shared their stories with us.” The history of black creativity and the spirit of entrepreneurship are the reasons for MBIE, Whitman said. “The museum isn’t just a showcase for modern and historical black inventors, it’s also a catalyst to create a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the community,” said Whitman. “Its purpose is to inspire people to spark the impulse of innovation and entrepreneurship.”

Black Americans have contributed to the character of this country, he said, through music, dance, the church, language, sports, entertainment, science, and a nonviolent inclusive leadership that repudiates the oppressors who’ve blocked the efforts of African Americans for 200 years. Incorporated as a nonprofit in 2011 by seven innovators, MBIE doesn’t yet have a physical space, but is seeking one in the east of the river neighborhoods. The museum celebrates the contributions by those who’ve persevered despite the odds. The focus on creativity is not the end, said Whitman. It’s only an instrument that allows individuals to take ownership of their creations, which can build wealth beyond income. “We want to create a demand-driven market for services, to work with the Department of Employment Services to help people work within co-operatives, where they own a piece of the business,” said Whitman who added that MBIE is seeking to increase its partners and volunteers. MBIE’s goal is to build wealth through asset ownership and income. Therefore, last spring, the organization hosted Saturday seminars at THEARC, which focused on intellectual property and community resources for innovators. “This is our first modest effort to highlight entrepreneurs from yesterday and today,” said Sluby, a former U.S. primary patent examiner. The exhibit’s 14 pieces of artwork were loaned by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. “I focused on inventors who turned around industries and made an impact on the world economy.” Among the exhibit pieces borrowed from the patent office were photographs of Thomas Jennings, the first black to receive a patent in U.S. history to build his dry cleaning business; Granville Woods who turned around the transportation industry; and Annie Malone who revolutionized black hair care, and trained inventor Madam C.J. Walker.

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John R. Whitman is one of seven co-founders and the executive director of the Museum for Black Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which is seeking a permanent space either in Ward 7 or Ward 8. /Photos by Roy Lewis

Since the spring reception, Whitman said several people gave donations to add to MBIE’s permanent collection. Whitman, a professor of social entrepreneurship at Georgetown University in Northwest, was himself an entrepreneur. Years ago, he started a software company, which he later sold. Later, he met the Rev. Kendrick Curry, senior pastor at the Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church in Southeast with whom he shared his vision for creating a museum for entrepreneurship in the District of Columbia.

Curry suggested the idea of extending it to black inventors, and locating it east of the river. The partnership eventually increased to others driven by their passion for innovation. They are investment advisor Leticia Stallworth, lawyers April Tabor and Malik Drake, child psychiatrist and inventor Kevin Williams and patent attorney Derek Richmond. Whitman said he wants businesses to pursue the concept of social entrepreneurship, which is the pursuit of solutions to societal problems.

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“It’s having the ability to meet social needs unmet by government or the market,” Whitman explained. “How can you be entrepreneurial in meeting these needs? It’s about tying social and life lessons to help the so-called losers and not the winners.”wi For more information about MBIE, contact executive director and co-founder John Whitman at jwhitman@mbiedc.org or call (781) 708-2764. Visit the website at http://www.mbiedc. org/.

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Champion Class Boxing Event Hits UDC

Referee Sharon Sands raises the hand of Palmer Park, Md., featherweight Kevin “K-Smoov” Rivers, Jr., as ring announcer Henry Jones announces that he’s the winner of his bout against Jason Rorie of Winston-Salem, N.C., during a boxing event on Saturday, May, 18 at the UDC Sports Complex in Northwest. Rivers (7-0, five KOs) won a four-round unanimous decision. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

Lakewood, Calif., heavyweight Natu “The Samoan Truth” Visinia pummels “Big” Phill Brown of Upper Marlboro, Md., as referee Dave Braslow watches during a boxing event on Saturday, May 18 at the UDC Sports Complex in Northwest. The undefeated Visinia stopped Brown at 2:49 of the first round to raise his record to 9-0 with eight KOs. Brown, who competed for the first time in almost six years, is now 6-2 with three KOs. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

Referee Billy Johnson puts the count on Eddie Soto after Soto received a brutal right hand from Dusty Hernandez Harrison in the fifth round of a boxing event on Saturday, May 18 at the UDC Sports Complex in Northwest. Soto wouldn’t recover as Harrison went on to win a fifth-round technical knockout. Harrison, a native Washingtonian, raised his record to 15-0 with nine KOs, while Soto, of Pawtucket, R.I., fell to 12-7. Nineteen-year-old Harrison said he intends to enroll at UDC next semester. He was cheered on by the crowd at UDC’s Sports Complex. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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Mystics forward Crystal Langhorne is defended by Brazil center Damiris Dantas De Amaral during a WNBA preseason basketball exhibition game on May 15 at the Verizon Center in Northwest. The Mystics defeated Brazil 71-56. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

Mystics guard Shey Peddy introduces herself to Mystics fans during preseason WNBA basketball action on May 15 at the Verizon Center in Northwest. The Mystics defeated Brazil 71-56. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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at: Newly acquired center Emma Meesseman goes to the basket around Brazil forward Jaqueline De Paula Silvestre during WNBA preseason basketball action on May 15 at the Verizon Center in Northwest. The Mystics defeated Brazil 71-56. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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Redskins’ Training Camp Moves to Richmond By Dorothy Rowley WI Staff Writer Lush green grass covers the vast playing field, the locker room needs just a little sprucing up, and the training area is almost ready at the new Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Va. And, when the $10 million facility opens in July, it’ll be touted as a world-class epicenter where a variety ofservices, programs and activities – including health clinics and children’s workshops – will be held whenever D.C.’s legendary football team isn’t in training. “This will be a big boost for the city of Richmond,” said Mayor Dwight Jones. “It will make a major economic impact on the city,” he said of the project which occupies 17 acres behind the Science Museum of Virginia, and boasts more than half of the projected number of minority contractors designated for involvement in its construction. “We had a 40 percent goal of minority participation and we’ve reached 33 percent,” said Jones, 65. “We’re looking at an $8 million impact from the training camp, [and] Bon Secours is going to be here throughout the year, [making this a] major economic impact for the city yearround.” While there had been concerns about the facility’s construction going over budget by as much as $1 million, Jones assured the large turnout of reporters and other officials who were invited to tour the site on Monday, May 20, that all is well. “I’m pleasantly relieved that everything’s on time,” Jones said, as work crews diligently added finishing touches inside and outside the center. “I think the construction company has done a tremendous job to get us here . . . The building’s on schedule and it’s what the city expects.” Training camp is an annual ritual in the NFL that provides fans across the country a chance to see their favorite Redskins players in action. From 2003 until 2012, the camp which is open to the public free of charge, was located in Ashburn, a city in Northern Va. They also practiced in Ashburn The Washington Informer

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for one season in 2000, after a four-year stint in Frostburg, Md. However, the last time the team trained in the District was in 1945 at Georgetown University in Northwest. The Redskins’ first training period in Richmond takes place July 25 through Aug. 16, with about 100,000 fans expected to come out and watch from a three-tiered amphitheater, take photos of the players and coaches – and even bring along coolers full of beverages and snacks to enjoy. Jones said he foresees no problem with District-area fans following their team to Richmond. “I think the Washington [fans] are still going to come,” said Jones. “But I also think that by the team being in Richmond, it’s a more central location to a larger geographic area . . . and people from North Carolina or Baltimore are going to be really anxious to come and see RG III.” Die-hard Redskins fans Hasan Nasim of Upper Marlboro, Md., and District resident Gayle Hinton, agreed, saying it won’t matter that they’ll have to travel a couple hours to the practice sessions. “That’s what we’d do every so often when the Skins [trained] in

Ashburn,” said Nasim, 43. “We’d load up the car with the kids and go see them workout because it was a fun thing to do. We’ll be heading to Richmond, too.” Hinton, 38, said she’s excited about seeing quarterback Robert Griffin III on the field. “He’s become my favorite on the team, so any chance I get to see him for free, I’ll try to grab,” she said. “It’ll be worth every cent of the gas money to go down to Richmond.” But Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen said during the tour that it’s too soon to say when Griffin might be involved in the practice games. “It’s great to hear the building is on schedule, ahead of schedule, and I’ve heard all those same phrases [about] our quarterback,” said Allen. “It’s too early to determine his medical condition [and] he’s doing everything the doctors want him to do. I think that’s why there’s so much optimism that he’ll be ready at the beginning [of training camp]. But it’s really premature to speculate on where his medical condition is until we give him a physical when training camp starts.” wi www.washingtoninformer.com

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Who Rules Your Spirit? and the devastation caused by her late diagnosis of diabetes. Please mark your calendar now, as a reminder to join us on Saturday, June 15, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m., as we celebrate how the Lord has blessed me to keep the show on the air for a full year! The Community Health Fair will be held at my church, All Nations Baptist Church, located at 2001 North Capitol Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002, Rev. Dr. James Coleman is pastor. You’re all warmly invited, to this important Health Fair designed to accommodate all ages. Pastor Coleman and other ministers will facilitate a series of panel discussions made up of guest presenters dealing with a variety of contemporary health issues. Participate in our workshops and learn more about proper diet and exercise; about President Obama’s Plan B legislation; discussion on medical marijuana; and greetings from elected officials. Some exciting health organizations are coming. Take a look at the list: American Diabetes Association; NIH National Digestive Disease & Kidney Center has agreed to provide literature plus a radio interview; the District’s Department of Health will conduct HIV/AIDS testing; MedStar confirmed two departments, both the hearing and trauma centers are coming; Howard University Hospital is checking on what it will do; and D.C. Fire and EMS will be there to provide free blood pressure and diabetes testing. To keep our health in tip-top shape requires much discipline. We must learn to believe in the way of life we’ve chosen to live,

What? Know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have of God, and you are not your own? 1 Corinthians 6:19 It has been nearly a year since God enabled me to keep my radio talk show going, which airs each Friday at 6 p.m., on Radio One’s, WYCB AM, 1340 on your radio dial. The show shares good news about health, inspirational stories and politics. Our on-going show scripture is taken from Philippians 8:4, which says, “ Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.� On my radio show, I have interviewed lawyers like one of my sponsors, attorney Jack H. Olender, business owners, doctors, including the very doctor who cared for my mother from Greenville, N.C.; musicians, educators, high-achieving students, and national figures like the Rev. Jesse Jackson and actress Della Reese. This past year has truly been a blessed year! To celebrate this first year, the Lord put in my spirit many months ago, in consultation with my pastor to host an exciting community health fair, which will be held in memory of my mother Evangelist Fannie Estelle Hill Grant, and others who suffer from diabetes like she did. I’ve written about mother in this column many times. Remember the highly requested, five-part series on “Stop Fanning the Flames of the Diabetes Epidemic� well, that was the story about my mother

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with Lyndia Grant and put it into practice by exercising, eating healthy, eliminating junk foods and eating sweets in moderation; taking in green leafy vegetables, and drinking super food vitamins and minerals. We must help others to believe in God’s word, and to learn to maintain good health which requires good stewardship responsibility. My pastor is teaching a stewardship series at Wednesday night bible study. Join us weekly and hear how the Lord holds each of us accountable. Proverbs 25:28 KJV says – He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.wi Lyndia Grant is a radio talk show host on WYCB 1340 AM, Fridays at 6 p.m., a Radio-One Station; Religious Columnist; Media Coordinator and Special Events Coordinator. Visit her website at www.lyndiagrant.com; call 202-518-3192; send emails to fanniestelle@yahoo.com

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Historic St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Rev. James Manion Supply Priest Foggy Bottom • Founded in 1867 728 23rd Street, NW • Washington, DC 20037 Church office: 202-333-3985 • Fax : 202-338-4958 Worship Services Sundays: 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Music and Hymns Wednesdays: 12:10 p.m. - Holy Eucharist www.stmarysfoggybottom.org Email: stmarysoffice@stmarysfoggybottom.org All are welcome to St. Mary’s to Learn, Worship, and Grow.

Blessed Word of Life Church Dr. Dekontee L. & Dr. Ayele A. Johnson Pastors 4001 14th Street, NW Washington, DC 20011 (202) 265-6147 Office 1-800 576-1047 Voicemail/Fax Schedule of Services: Sunday School – 9:30 AM Sunday Morning Worship Service – 11:00 AM Communion Service – First Sunday Prayer Service/Bible Study – Tuesday, 6:30 PM www.blessedwordoflifechurch.org e-mail: church@blessedwordoflifechurch.org

Campbell AME Church Reverend Daryl K. Kearney, Pastor 2562 MLK Jr. Ave., S E Washington, DC 20020 Adm. Office 202-678-2263 Email:Campbell@mycame.org Sunday Worship Service 10: am Sunday Church School 8: 45 am Bible Study Wednesday 12:00 Noon Wednesday 7:00 pm Thursday 7: pm “Reaching Up To Reach Out” Mailing Address Campbell AME Church 2502 Stanton Road SE Washington, DC 20020

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Rev. John W. Davis, Pastor 5101 14th Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20011 202-726-2220/ 202-726-9089 Sunday Worship Service 8:00am and 11:00am Sunday School 9:15am Holy Communion 4th Sunday 10:00am Prayer and Bible Study Wednesday 7;00pm TV Ministry –Channel 6 Wednesday 10:00pm gsccm.administration@verizon.net

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700 I. Street, NE Washington, D.C. 20002 Pastor Louis B. Jones, II and Pilgrim invite you to join us during our July and August Summer schedule! Attire is Christian casual. Worship: Sundays@ 7:30 A.M. & 10:00 A.M. 3rd Sunday Holy Communion/Baptism/Consecration Prayer & Praise: Wednesdays @12:00 Noon @ 6:30 P.M. – One Hour of Power! (202) 547-8849 www.pilgrimbaptistdc.org

Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ Drs. Dennis W. and Christine Y. Wiley, Pastors 3845 South Capitol Street Washington, DC 20032 (202) 562-5576 (Office) (202) 562-4219 (Fax) SERVICES AND TIMES: SUNDAYS: 8:00 AM and 10:45 AM Worship Services BIBLE STUDY: Wonderful Wednesdays in Worship and the Word Bible Study Wednesdays 12:00 Noon; 6:30 PM (dinner @ 5:30 PM) SUNDAY SCHOOL: 9:45 AM – Hour of Power “An inclusive ministry where all are welcomed and affirmed.” www.covenantbaptistdc.org

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Rev. Paul Carrette Senior Pastor Harold Andrew, Assistant Pastor 4915 Wheeler Road Oxon Hill, MD 20745 301-894-6464 Schedule of Service Sunday Service: 8:30 AM & 11:00 AM Bible Study: Wednesday 7:30 PM Communion Service: First Sunday www.livingwatersmd.org

St. Stephen Baptist Church Lanier C. Twyman, Sr. State Overseer 5757 Temple Hill Road, Temple Hills, MD 20748 Office 301-899-8885 – fax 301-899-2555 Sunday Early Morning Worship - 7:45 a.m. Church School - 9:30 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship – 10:45 a.m. Tuesday – Thursday - Kingdom Building Bible Institute – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday – Prayer/Praise/Bible Study – 7:30 p.m. Baptism & Communion Service- 4th Sunday – 10:30am Radio Broadcast WYCB -1340 AM-Sunday -6:00pm T.V. Broadcast - Channel 190 – Sunday -4:00pm/Tuesday 7:00am

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Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church Rev. Dr. Michael E. Bell, Sr., • Pastor 2498 Alabama Ave., SE • Washington D.C. 20020 Office: (202) 889-7296 Fax: (202) 889-2198 • www.acamec.org 2008: The Year of New Beginnings “Expect the Extraordinary”

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Isle of Patmos Baptist Church Reverend Dr. Calvin L. Matthews • Senior Pastor 1200 Isle of Patmos Plaza, Northeast Washington, DC 20018 Office: (202) 529-6767 Fax: (202) 526-1661

Rev. Dr. Alton W. Jordan, Pastor 800 I Street, NE Washington, DC 20002 202-548-0707 Fax No. 202-548-0703

Sunday Worship Services: 8:00a.m. and 11:00a.m. Sunday Church School - 9:15a.m. & Sunday Adult Forum Bible Study - 10:30a.m. 2nd & 4th Monday Women’s Bible Study - 6:30p.m. Tuesday Jr./Sr. Bible Study - 10:00a.m. Tuesday Topical Bible Study - 6:30p.m. Tuesday New Beginnings Bible Study - 6:30p.m. Wednesday Pastoral Bible Study - 6:30p.m. Wednesday Children’s Bible Study - 6:30p.m. Thursday Men’s Bible Study - 6:30p.m. Friday before 1st Sunday Praise & Worship Service - 6:30p.m. Saturday Adult Bible Study - 10:00a.m.

Sunday Morning Worship 11:00am Holy Communion – 1st Sunday Sunday School-9:45am Men’s Monday Bible Study – 7:00pm Wednesday Night Bible Study – 7:00pm Women’s Ministry Bible Study 3rd Friday -7:00pm Computer Classes- Announced Family and Marital Counseling by appointment E-mail: Crusadersbaptistchurch@verizon.net www.CrusadersBaptistChurch.org

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Third Street Church of God Rev. Cheryl J. Sanders, Th.D. Senior Pastor 1204 Third Street, NW Washington, DC 20001 202.347.5889 office 202.638.1803 fax Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11:00 a.m. Prayer Meeting and Bible Study: Wed. 7:30 p.m. “Ambassadors for Christ to the Nation’s Capital” www.thirdstreet.org

Sunday Worship Services: 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion: 2nd Sunday at 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday Church School: 9:20 a.m. Seniors Bible Study: Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Noon Day Prayer Service: Tuesdays at Noon Bible Study: Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Motto: “A Ministry of Reconciliation Where Everybody is Somebody!” Website: http://isleofpatmosbc.org Church Email: ipbcsecretary@verizon.net

Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church Bishop Alfred A. Owens, Jr.; Senior Bishop & Evangelist Susie C. Owens – Co-Pastor 610 Rhode Island Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002 (202) 529-4547 office • (202) 529-4495 fax Sunday Worship Service: 8 AM and 10:45 AM Sunday Youth Worship Services: 1st & 4th 10:45 AM; 804 R.I. Ave., NE 5th 8 AM & 10:45 AM; Main Church Prayer Services Tuesday – Noon, Wednesday 6 AM & 6:30 PM Calvary Bible Institute: Year-Round Contact Church Communion Every 3rd Sunday The Church in The Hood that will do you Good! www.gmchc.org emailus@gmchc.org

ST Marks Baptist Come Worship with us... St. Mark's Baptist Church 624 Underwood Street, NW Washington, dc 20011 Dr. Raymond T. Matthews, Pastor and First Lady Marcia Matthews Sunday School 9:am Worship Service 10:am Wed. Noon Day prayer service Thur. Prayer service 6:45 pm Thur. Bible Study 7:15 pm

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Joseph N. Evans, Ph.D Senior Pastor 901 Third Street N.W. Washington, DC. 20001 Phone (202) 842-3411 Fax (202) 682-9423 Sunday Church School : 9: 30am Sunday Morning Worship: 10: 45am Bible Study Tuesday: 6: 00pm Prayer Service Tuesday: 7:00pm Holy Communion: 3rd Sunday 10: 45am themcbc.org

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All Nations Baptist Church

Friendship Baptist Church 900 Delaware Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20020 (202) 488-7417 (202) 484-2242 Rev. Dr. J. Michael Little Pastor Sunrise Prayer: 6:00 AM Sunday School: 9:30 AM Morning Worship 11:00 AM Holy Communion: 3rd Sunday-11:00AM www.friendshipbaptistdc.org Email: frienshipde1900@verizon.net

Rev. Dr. James Coleman Pastor 2001 North Capitol St, N.E. • Washington, DC 20002 Phone (202) 832-9591

King Emmanuel Baptist Church Rev. Daryl F. Bell Pastor 2324 Ontario Road, NW Washington, DC 20009 (202) 232-1730

Sunday Church School – 9:30 AM Sunday Worship Service – 11:00 AM Holy Communion – 1st Sunday at 11:00 AM Prayer – Wednesdays, 6:00 PM Bible Study – Wednesdays, 7:00 PM Christian Education School of Biblical Knowledge Saturdays, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM, Call for Registration

Sunday School – 9:30 am Sunday Worship Service – 11:00 am Baptismal Service – 1st Sunday – 9:30 am Holy Communion – 1st Sunday – 11:00 am Prayer Meeting & Bible Study – Wednesday -7:30 pm

Website: www.allnationsbaptistchurch.com All Nations Baptist Church – A Church of Standards

“Where Jesus is the King”

Zion Baptist Church

Israel Baptist Church

Full Gospel Baptist Church

Emmanuel Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Clinton W. Austin Pastor 2409 Ainger Pl.,SE – WDC 20020 (202) 678-0884 – Office (202) 678-0885 – Fax “Come Grow With Us and Establish a Blessed Family” Sunday Worship 7:30am & 10:45am Baptism/Holy Communion 3rd Sunday Family Bible Study Tuesdays – 6:30pm Prayer Service Tuesdays – 8:00pm www.emmanuelbaptistchurchdc.org

Sermon On The Mount Temple Of Joy Apostolic Faith

Florida Avenue Baptist Church Dr. Earl D. Trent Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. George C. Gilbert SR. Pastor

623 Florida Ave.. NW • WDC. 20001 Church (202) 667-3409 • Study (202) 265-0836 Home Study (301) 464-8211 • Fax (202) 483-4009

4504 Gault Place, N.E. Washington, D.C 20019 202-397-7775 – 7184

Sunday Worship Services: 10:00 a.m. Sunday Church School: 8:45 – 9:45 a.m. Holy Communion: Every First Sunday Intercessory Prayer: Monday – 7:00-8:00 p.m. Pastor’s Bible Study: Wednesday –7:45 p.m. Midweek Prayer: Wednesday – 7:00 p.m. Noonday Prayer Every Thursday

9:30AM. Sunday Church School 11:00 Am. Sunday Worship Service The Lord’s Supper 1st Sunday Wednesday 7:00pm Prayer & Praise Services 7:30pm. Bible Study Saturday before 4th Sunday Men, Women, Youth Discipleship Ministries 10:30am A Christ Centered Church htubc@comcast.net

Matthews Memorial Baptist Church

Rev. Keith W. Byrd, Sr. Pastor

Rev. Dr. Morris L Shearin, Sr. Pastor

Rev. Charles Y. Davis, Jr. Sr. Pastor

5606 Marlboro Pike District Heights, MD 20747 301-735-6005

Dr. C. Matthew Hudson, Jr, Pastor

4850 Blagdon Ave, NW • Washington D.C 20011 Phone (202) 722-4940 • Fax (202) 291-3773

1251 Saratoga Ave., NE Washington, DC 20018 (202) 269-0288

14350 Frederick Rd. Cooksville, MD 21723 (410) 489-5069

Elder Herman L. Simms, Pastor

2616 MLK Ave., SE • Washington, DC 20020 Office 202-889-3709 • Fax 202-678-3304

Sunday Worship Service: 10:00 A.M. Sunday School: 8:30 A.M. Holy Communion1st Sunday: 10:00 A.M.

Sunday Worship Service: 11:00 am Sunday School: 9:30 am Wed. Bible Study/Prayer: 6:30-8:00 pm Holy Communion 2nd Sunday Pre-Marital Counseling/Venue for Weddings Prison Ministry Knowledge Base

Prayer Service: Wednesday at 6:30 P.M. Bible Study: Wednesday at 7:00 P.M.

Web: www.FullGospelBC.org Email: fullgospelbc1946@verizon.net “IF YOU NEED REST, THIS HOUSE IS OPEN”

Sunday Worship Service 10:15AM- Praise and Worship Services Sunday School 9:00am Monday: Noon Bible School Wednesday: Noon & 7PM: Pastor’s Bible Study Ordinance of Baptism 2nd Holy Communion 4th Sunday Mission Zion Baptist Church Shall; Enlist Sinners, Educate Students, Empower the Suffering, Encourage the Saints, and Exalt Our Savior. (Acts 2:41-47) www.zionbaptistchurchdc.org

Mount Moriah Baptist Church

St. Luke Baptist Church Rev. Aubrey C. Lewis Pastor 1415 Gallatin Street, NW Washington, DC 20011-3851 P: (202) 726-5940 Sunday Worship: 11:00 a.m. Sunday School: 9:15 a.m. Holy Communion: 11:00 a.m., 3rd Sun. Bible Study: Monday - 7:00 p.m. Prayer Meeting: Thursday - 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Lucius M. Dalton, Senior Pastor 1636 East Capitol Street, NE Washington, DC 20003 Telephone: 202-544-5588 Fax: 202-544-2964 Sunday Worship Services: 7:45 am and 10:45 am Holy Communion: 1st Sundays at 7:45 am and 10:45 am Sunday School: 9:30 am Prayer & Praise Service: Tuesdays at 12 noon and 6:30 pm Bible Study: Tuesdays at 1 pm and 7 pm Youth Bible Study: Fridays at 7 pm Web: www.mountmoriahchurch.org Email: mtmoriah@mountmoriahchurch.org

Rehoboth Baptist Church

St. Matthews Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Maxwell M. Washington Pastor 1105 New Jersey Ave, S.E • Washington, DC 20003 202 488-7298 Order of Services Sunday Worship Services: 9:05 A.M. Sunday School: 8:00 A.M. Holy Communion 3rd Sunday Morning Prayer Meeting: 7:00 P.M. (Tuesday) Bible Study: 7:30 P.M. (Tuesday) Theme: “Striving to be more like Jesus “Stewardship”. Philippians 3:12-14; Malachi 3:8-10 and 2 Corinthians 9:7 Email: stmatthewbaptist@msn.com Website: www.stmatthewsbaptist.com

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church

Sunday Apostolic Worship Services 11:00 A.M and 5:00 P.M Communion and Feet Wash 4th Sunday at 5:00 P.M Prayer/Seeking Wednesday at 8:00 P.M. Apostolic in Doctrine, Pentecostal in Experience, Holiness in Living, Uncompromised and Unchanged. The Apostolic Faith is still alive –Acts 2:42

New Commandment Baptist Church

Rev. Terry D. Streeter Pastor

Rev. Stephen E. Tucker Pastor and Overseer

215 Rhode Island Ave. N.W. • WD.C. 20001 (202) 332-5748

625 Park Rd, NW • WDC 20010 P: 202 291-5711 • F: 202 291-5666

Early Morning Worship: 7:45 a.m. Sunday School: 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship: 10:45 a.m. Holy Communion: 4th Sunday 7:45 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. C.T.U. Sunday: 2:45 p.m. Bible Study: Wednesday 11:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. Prayer Service: Wednesday 8:00 p.m. Noon Day Prayer Service: Mondays 12 p.m.

Sunday Worship Service - 11 am Sunday School - 9:45 am Bible Study & Prayer Wed. - 7 pm Substance Abuse Counseling 7 pm (Mon & Fri) Jobs Partnership - 7 pm (Mon & Wed) Sat. Enrichment Experience - 9:30 am

Salem Baptist Church

“A Church Where Love Is Essential and Praise is Intentional”

Shiloh Baptist Church

Early Worship Service 7:30a.m Worship Service 10:45a.m. New Members Class 9:30a.m. Holy Communion : 1st Sunday -10:45a.m Church School 9:30a.m. Prayer, Praise and Bible Study: Wednesday 7p.m Bible Study : Saturday: 11a.m. Baptism: 4th Sunday – 10:45a.m “Empowered to love and Challenged to Lead a Multitude of Souls to Christ”

Peace Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. Michael T. Bell 712 18th Street, NE Washington, DC 20002 Phone 202-399-3450/ Fax 202-398-8836 Sunday Morning Worship Service 7:15 am & 10:50 am Sunday School 9:30am Sunday Morning Worship Service 10:50am Wednesday Prayer & Testimonies Service 7:30pm Wednesday School of the Bible 8:00pm Wednesday - Midweek Prayer Service 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm “The Loving Church of the living lord “ Email Address pbcexec@verizon.net

First Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Rev. R. Vincent Palmer Pastor

Rev. Alonzo Hart Pastor

Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith Pastor

Rev. Reginald M. Green, Sr., Interim Pastor

621 Alabama Avenue, S.E. • Washington, D.C. 20032 P: (202) 561-1111 F: (202) 561-1112

917 N St. NW • Washington, DC 20001 (202) 232-4294

9th & P Street, N.W. • W. D.C. 20001 (202) 232-4200

602 N Street NW • Washington, D.C. 20001 Office:(202) 289-4480 Fax: (202) 289-4595

The Church Where GOD Is Working.... And We Are Working With GOD

Sunrise Prayer Services - Sunday 7:00 a.m.

Sunday Morning Prayer Service: 8:00 a.m. Sunday Church School: 9:15 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship: 10:40 a.m. Third Sunday Baptismal & Holy Communion:10:30 a.m. Tuesday Church At Study Prayer & Praise: 6:30 p.m.

Morning Worship: 8:00 a.m Church School : 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship: 10:55 a.m. Bible Study, Thursday: 6:30 p.m. Prayer Meeting,Thursday : 7:30 p.m.

Sunday Service: 10 am Sunday School for all ages: 8:30 am 1st Sunday Baptism: 10: am 2nd Sunday Holy Communion: 10 am Tuesday: Bible Study: 6:30 pm Prayer Meeting: 7:45 pm

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Sunday Worship Services: 7:45am & 11:00am Sunday school For All Ages 9:30am Prayer Services Wednesday 11:30am & 6:45pm Bible Institute Wednesday at Noon & 7:45pm “Changing Lives On Purpose “ Email: Froffice@firstrising.org Website: www.firstrising.org

Mt. Bethel Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Bobby L. Livingston, Sr. Pastor 75 Rhode Island Ave. NW • Washington, DC 20001 (202) 667-4448

Sunrise Prayer Service 6:00 A.M. Sunday Church School 8:30 A.M. Pre-Worship Devotionals 9:45 A.M. Morning Worship Services 10:00 A.M. Holy Communion 1st Sunday Worship Services Bible Study Tuesdays, 6:00 P.M. Thursdays, 1:00 P.M. Prayer Meetings Tuesdays, 7:00 P.M. Thursdays, 12:00 P.M.

Pennsylvania Ave. Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Kendrick E. Curry Pastor 3000 Pennsylvania Ave.. S.E Washington, DC 20020 202 581-1500 Sunday Church School: 9:30 A.M. Sunday Worship Service: 11:00 A.M. Monday Adult Bible Study: 7:00 P.M. Wednesday Youth & Adult Activities: 6:30 P.M. Prayer Service Bible Study

Mt. Horeb Baptist Church Rev. Dr. H. B. Sampson, III Pastor 2914 Bladensburg Road, NE Wash., DC 20018 Office: (202) 529-3180 Fax: (202) 529-7738 Order of Services Worship Service: 7:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:00 a.m. Worship Service: 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion: 4th Sunday 7:30 a.m. & 10:30a.m. Prayer Services: Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Wednesday 12 Noon Email:mthoreb@mthoreb.org Website:www.mthoreb.org For further information, please contact me at (202) 529-3180.

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SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013 ADM 444 Peter Christian Brown Decedent Angela V. Henderson 1629 K Street NW, #300 Washington, DC 20008 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Asa Brown, Tyler Brown, Bristol Brown, whose addresses are 40 Florida Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001, were appointed personal representatives of the estate of Peter Christian Brown, who died on March 10, 2013 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before November 23, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before November 23, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of first publication: May 23, 2013 Asa Brown Tyler Brown Bristol Brown Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131

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Marialice B. Williams 1922 First St., NW Washington, DC 20001 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Jeanne Sinkford, whose address is 3507 Tarkington Ln. Silver Spring, MD 20906, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Lawrence Craig Graves, who died on November 23, 2012 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before November 9, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before November 9, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.

James Larry Frazier, Esq. 918 Maryland Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Dosall Waiss, whose address is 1906 James Street, Durham, NC 27707, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Marcia Waiss, who died on January 11, 1987 without a Will. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before November 9, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before November 9, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.

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academics, not athletics. This proposal is as likely to be implement as ice cubes are likely to survive 10 seconds in hell. Yet college leaders must grapple with the many ways that sports dollars and energy distort the educational experience. There are stadiums full of fans clapping for the last 3-pointer, or the winning touchdown, but little applause for the Phi Beta Kappa graduate, or the best poet on campus. These are societal values that have, unfortunately, penetrated the ivory tower. My interest in this issue is the fact that many of the athletes are African Americans who often come from low- and moderate-income families. Many are student athletes who combine their athletic prowess with academic ability. Too many others have been recruited for their athletic prowess, notwithstanding athletic ability. Classes that do require little – not even attendance — do not advance the long-term interests of students. When student-athletes get hurt, what happens to them?

Some colleges will continue their scholarships, others will not. Further, the likelihood of moving from the college basketball court or gridiron to a professional one is something like 1 percent. Those who aren’t drafted and don’t make it to an athletic career often languish without even basic skills to market. If I had my way, I’d ask that every college spend more on physical fitness than on student athletics. If I had my way, fitness would be as required a course as literature or history. Truly, if I had my way I would consider putting exploitive college athletics on the back burner. I’m not going to have my way. On too many of our nation’s college campuses the sports mission has overshadowed the education mission. Kudos President Beverly Tatum for choosing the road less travelled.wi Julianne Malveaux is a Washington, D.C.-based economist and writer. She is President Emerita of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C.

to compare this in any way to Watergate. I do not think this is Watergate by any stretch…but I have to tell you that is exactly the approach that the Nixon administration took. They said, ‘These are all second-rate things, we don’t have time for this, we have to devote our time to the people’s business.’ You’re taking exactly the same line that they did.” Schieffer, who covered Watergate for CBS, should know better. And so should Peggy Noonan, a former White House speechwriter for Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. On NBC’s Meet The Press, Peggy Noonan defended her May 17 Wall Street Journal column in which she claimed that we “are in the midst of the worst Washington scandal since Watergate.” When host David Gregory pressed her, Noonan said, “This IRS thing is something I’ve never seen in my lifetime.” But the Boston Globe noted last Friday, “As startling as the reports have been in recent days – from the IRS targeting of conservative groups to the Justice Department seizing phone records of the Associated Press – one Nixonian

element so far is missing: There has been no evidence that Obama himself ordered or knew about the actions.” John Dean, White House counsel during the Nixon administration, told the newspaper, “I find the comparison – that whoever is making the analysis is challenged in their understanding of history.” He said, “There are no comparisons. They’re not comparable with any of the burgeoning scandals.” The Globe observed, “And Dean is in a position to know. Nearly 41 years ago, Dean was with Nixon in the Oval Office on a Friday afternoon when the president wondered aloud about utilizing the powers of the IRS to target his political opponents.” Carl Bernstein, one of the Washington Post reporters who broke the Watergate story, told Politico: “In the Nixon White House, we heard the president of the United States on tape saying ‘Use the IRS to get back on our enemies.’ We know a lot about President Obama, and I think the idea that he would want the IRS used for retribution – we have no evidence of any such thing.” wi

“real American.” It says Tea Party organizations have given platforms to anti-Semites, racists and bigots and “hardcore white nationalists have been attracted” to Tea Party protests. The link between the Tea Party and the Taliban was made by

a prominent Republican office holder. In 2008, the Washington Post reported that former chairman of the Republican Congressional Committee and present day Congressman Pete Sessions likened the GOP House minority to the

MALVEAUX continued from Page 24 academic sanctions against the university. Basketball and football at top athletic universities (as distinguished from top academic universities) generate millions of dollars for their institutions. Athletes may be rewarded with scholarships, but with full time academic and training schedules, have to hustle for money to buy a phone, travel home, and pay for other incidentals. If a generous alumnus chooses to subsidize a student for these expenses, both the student and the school will be sanctioned. Why not pay these athletes at least some of the money they are generating for their colleges? Or why not take college athletics down a notch, putting the millions of dollars of advertising money aside in favor of the purpose of college – education. This would probably shatter a student-pimping industry. It would also remind students that their tenure in college is about

curry continued from Page 24 ald R. Ford, pardoned Nixon, the only U.S. president to resign from office. Unlike Nixon, President Obama said – and there’s been no evidence presented to contradict him – that he didn’t know about the IRS impropriety until after it had been disclosed in a report by the Treasury Department’s inspector general. Obama said, “I have now had the opportunity to review the Treasury Department watchdog’s report on its investigation of IRS personnel who improperly targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. And the report’s findings are intolerable and inexcusable. The federal government must conduct itself in a way that’s worthy of the public’s trust, and that’s especially true for the IRS.” Instead of noting the distinction between Nixon’s role in Watergate and Obama’s non-role in the latest scandals, CBS’ Face The Nation host Bob Schieffer told Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffe on Sunday, “You know, I don’t want

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My Black correspondents even claimed that their race prohibited them from being racists, as if skin color was a proscription against ignorance. And many of my presumably non-Black correspondents accused me of being a racist, so my race apparently offered me no protection from this evil. What is the lesson here? That the label “racist” has become so toxic almost everyone rejects it? That the toxicity makes the label unacceptable but its actual practice is still tolerable for many? Or that it is a defense against itself? As the relative-I-try-notto-claim wrote, “I don’t know any white people who hate blacks like you advocate blacks should hate whites.” Or only that while the United States has made much progress in race relations, we still have a long, long way to go? wi Julian Bond is Chairman Emeritus of the NAACP and a Professor at American University in Washington.

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and employment in the U.S. energy sector look bright due to increased natural gas demand, including in international markets.” Another recent report, this one from Moody’s Investor Service, shows the U.S. is in a good position to become a top exporter of LNG in just a few years, thanks to new facilities that can transport natural gas shipments to Asia. It’s believed that between now and 2020, the U.S. will be competing with countries such as Canada and Australia that are also focused on Asia’s appetite for cheap and plentiful natural gas. So what does this all mean for families and communities here in America? Much needed jobs and economic growth. These reports from SBE Council and Moody’s on natural gas come as good news particularly in the wake of the Labor Department’s April jobs report. The April job numbers showed a small drop in the overall U.S. unemployment rate, down to 7.5 from 7.6 percent, yet the

African-American rate remained unchanged at 13.2 percent. Fortunately, three of the four American LNG terminals expected to come online in the not too distant future are located in Louisiana and Maryland, both states with significant African American populations. These states will benefit from new investment, new jobs and increased tax revenue as a result of the construction and operation of new LNG export terminals. With an anemic economy, America needs to grab this opportunity to promote a real economic recovery and put people back to work. Public policies that support natural gas production and LNG exports will be vital to putting our economy on the right path. So let’s move forward on LNG exports. wi Harry C. Alford is the co-founder and President/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce. Website: www. nationalbcc.org. Email: halford@nationalbcc.org.

petuation of a racial entitlement” that victimizes Whites. What both Supreme Court challenges – and Justice Scalia’s remark – in their negative way affirm is the fundamental importance of both the policy of affirmative action and the pre-clearance provision of the Voting Rights Act. They protect Black Americans’ right to compete. Depriving Black Americans of that right was the major purpose of the Supreme Court’s 1896 decision in Plessy v Ferguson. That ruling stamped the court’s imprimatur on the burgeoning laws and customs stripping Blacks – 90 percent of whom then lived in the South – in ways large and small of their status as American citizens. It directly concerned segregation on public transportation in New Orleans. However, its most powerful impact was to validate depriving Blacks of their access to education and the right to vote. But there are two things about the

Plessy decision even more important than realizing what it did. One is understanding that the ruling came when American society was in turmoil from the wrenching demands of industrial capitalism and a floodtide of immigration from southern and Eastern Europe of White peoples whom most native-born White Americans considered a lower species of human being. The second is understanding that Plessy’s reasoning was built on pretense – the pretense of the doctrine of “separate but equal.” Its main points were: That separation of the races was the “natural order” of human relations. That Blacks and Whites could prosper under it because Whites, who had used violence to prevent Blacks from voting and seize control of the Southern state governments, would provide Blacks an equitable share of the governmental resources they gave to Whites. And that it was only the rogue Southern Blacks and Black and White “outside agitators” who were unhappy with segregation. Of course, this was nonsensical thinking. But Plessy took hold

among Northern as well as Southern Whites because it was rooted in a vicious anti-Black bigotry – and a fear of competition from Blacks, who had in the decades since the Civil War shown how capable they were of contending for the resources of the society. To return to the present, a combination of bigotry and pretense and fear of competition is what animates the challenges to both affirmative action and the Voting Rights Act. Both challenges are rooted in the 19thand 20th-centuries racist pathology that, as far as Blacks and Whites are concerned, the “rights” of American citizenship and the resources of American society are a zero-sum game: any exercise by Blacks of their rights as Americans is a threat to the rights – and the privileges which have masqueraded as rights – whites have always enjoyed. Will the U.S. Supreme Court affirm once again how backward a notion that is? wi Lee A. Daniels is a columnist for the National Newspaper Publishers Association. His most recent book is Last Chance: The Political Threat to Black America.

have been a “bad actor” she – like Mumia – was framed for killing the cop. Tayvon, on the other hand, was confined in the Baltimore City Detention Center for more than three years while he faced trial and re-trial for murdering a witness against him in one of his alleged criminal endeavors. During his stay in the lockup, he managed to become the defacto warden of the jail, managing to father five children by four separate female prison guards. A total of 13 prison guards were recently indicted following a federal probe of the jail, charged with all

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the Black Liberation Army. On the other hand, mobs like the Black Guerilla Family started out as ruthless criminals, willing to prey on the elderly, the sick, and showed no concern about the welfare of even innocent children. So, Assata Shakur is in exile in Cuba, wanted after escaping from prison and for being convicted of murdering a police officer. There is ample evidence that while she may

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production increased a staggering 27 percent from 2005 to 2011 according to a new study on natural gas from the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council). So how does America get back to the days of robust natural gas production and job creation that were seen from 2005-2011? Simple. Encourage LNG exports. By increasing exports of natural gas, the U.S. will create a market for excess supply. Domestic natural gas prices will remain affordable and job growth in the energy industry will continue higher. The author of SBE Council’s natural gas study, economist Raymond J. Keating, explains the natural gas situation best: “The tremendous increase in domestic natural gas production has been a boon for small business and job growth in the energy sector in recent years. Looking ahead, growth opportunities for small businesses

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