Volume 121 No. 24
JANUARY 19, 2013 - JANUARY 25, 2013
Obama Agrees to Use D.C. ‘Taxation’ License Plates The Associated Press President Barack Obama’s limousine will soon carry the District of Columbia’s “Taxation Without Representation” license plate, a subtle, but some say important, protest over the city’s lack of a voting member in Congress. The White House said Tuesday that Obama has lived in D.C. for four years and has seen firsthand “how patently unfair it is for families in D.C.
to work hard, raise children and pay taxes, without having a vote in Congress.” Obama’s official vehicles will begin using the symbolic license plates during the inauguration this weekend. They will remain on White House vehicles throughout the president’s four-year term. “Attaching these plates to the presidential vehicles
home rule and budget autonomy for the District,” the White House said. The city created the license plate in 2000, and President Bill Clinton put the tags on his limousine before he left office. They were taken off when President George W. Bush was inaugurated. Obama carried the nation’s capital with more than 90 White House Photo
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demonstrates the president’s commitment to the principle of full representation for the people of the District of Columbia and his willingness to fight for voting rights,
percent of the vote in 2008 and in 2012. But some have accused him of ignoring D.C. interests and snubbing his residential neighbors. D.C. Council Chairman
See Story on B5 Phil Mendelson visited the White House last week to press the issue with Obama
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Foggy Bottom Metro Station By Jacqueline James AFRO Staff Writer It was a particularly heinous crime—an elderly woman who earned her living working as a street vendor assaulted and robbed near where she went about her work. The attack on Vasiliki Fotopoulos, who was then 83, was particularly troublesome for Metro riders who entered and exited at the Foggy Bottom station. There, she was known as “Grandma,” as she plied her wares with a ready smile to her customers and other vendors alike. The beating and robbery became the talk of the town after law enforcement officials released a videotape of the beating taken by a surveillance camera in hopes that it would help them to identify the offender. And a year later, when James A. Dorsey, then 48, a Continued on A3
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A 57th Presidential Inauguration Primer
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As the viewing stands go up and women shop for the perfect ball gowns, Washington-area businesses are gearing up for economic boosts from the activities of the 57th Presidential Inauguration. Though the economic impact will not be as significant as it was in 2009 when almost 2 million people converged on the nation’s capital for the historic swearing in of the first Black president, hotels, restaurants, souvenir vendors and others are expecting to see huge sales. “It’s still a big event in terms of D.C. tourism, but not as big as the last one,” said Max Farrow, a spokesperson for the D.C. Chamber of Commerce. Festivities in 2009 drew an estimated 1.8 million people, the largest crowd ever at the National Mall, according to authorities. This year, Washington
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The international community in Washington, D.C., will celebrate the second inauguration of President Barack Obama on Jan. 21 with the Ambassadors Inaugural Ball, “Promoting International Peace, Unity and Diplomacy,” at the Carnegie Library. More than 2,000 persons are expected to dance to the sounds of American hip-hop artist Biz Markie; multi-platinum, awardwinning South African singer/songwriter Lira; South African band Mi Casa and DJ Anané Vega. The evening will also feature a stirring tribute to President Obama and his wife, Michelle--a modern day version of “We Are The World” entitled “Change
This World Together,” led by the R&B sensation Quante Eggleston. “Ticket sales are going very, very quickly,” said the Honorable Dr. Neil Parsan, ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago and co-chair of the event, about the level of interest. “Any opportunity to bring the international community together, especially to celebrate the president of our host country is welcome,” he added. The gala--just like the inauguration itself--offers a time for the diplomatic community in Washington to let loose after the strain of the 2012 presidential elections. “There was a level of anxiety leading up to the election,” Parsan told the AFRO. “[And] there was an exhalation when it was all
Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) officials expect ridership in the 500,000 - 800,000 range, many fewer than Inauguration Day 2009, but still a very busy day. Most inaugurations draw a crowd of around 400,000, officials said. Visitors to the city typically generate “$336 in expenditures” per person, according to Farrow. By this measurement, the city would gain more than $200 million over the weekend. “It’s still a lot of money,” Farrow said. “Lodging, transportation and food and beverage will receive the bulk of the impact.” According to Destination D.C., hotel rooms are still available, unlike in 2009 when hotel occupancy “was at 98%,” said Farrow. Plans by city residents to offer up their homes for exorbitant rents for the weekend have been dashed. In 2009, medium-sized homes rented for thousands of dollars for a single week Continued on A5
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Residents in Accra, Ghana excitedly greet Obama during a 2009 visit. over.” For many in the global community, that exhalation was a sigh of relief that President Obama had been re-elected. During his first campaign and his first term in the White House, Obama was often greeted by enthusiastic,
teeming crowds in his trips overseas. Foreign leaders and citizens welcomed the U.S. president’s diplomatic, inclusive approach to solving world problems (for which he was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize). “When you were elected
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NATION & WORLD Al Roker Reveals Embarrassing White House Gastric Surprise
Everything was running smoothly for NBC weatherman Al Roker in 2002. A changed and thinner man on the inside and out, he was still getting used to his new body when he arrived at the White House on the invitation of then-President George W. Bush, one month after Roker underwent gastric bypass surgery. There was just one complication—Roker’s body was rapidly changing as a result of the surgery that reconstructed his bowels. Little did he know there would
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be quite embarrassing consequences for straying even slightly from the new, strict eating regimen he had to follow. “I probably went off and ate something I wasn’t supposed to,” Roker told Nancy Snyderman in a Jan. 6 edition of “Dateline.” “And as I’m walking Wikimedia Commons to the press room, well, I gotta pass a little gas Al Roker here.” “I’m walking by myself. Who’s gonna know?” he said. “Only a little something extra came out.” “I pooped my pants.” Roker said he immediately ducked into a bathroom and trashed the ruined underwear, choosing to continue to his destination and go the remainder of the day “commando.” Social media platforms kicked into overdrive after Roker revealed the incident, which is also recounted in his latest literary effort, “Never Goin’ Back: My Weight Loss Journey.” “I put that in the book, ‘Never Goin’ Back,’ because I wanted people to realize that there are consequences to gastric bypass surgery, or any kind of gastric surgery,” he said. “Some of them [are] embarrassing, others can be life threatening or fatal.” According to the National Library of Medicine, gastric bypass surgery can be used as a last result for people who cannot lose and keep off weight by any other means, such as revamping their lifestyles through healthier eating, dieting, or exercise. The surgery and resulting weight loss, can also help the body fight diabetes, asthma, and high blood pressure and cholesterol. Side effects of the surgery can range from blood clots to situations like Roker experienced which, according to The Los Angeles Times, can occur if a gastric bypass patient eats foods that are too sugary or too greasy.
‘Django’ Action Figures Draw Criticism
“Django Unchained,” Quentin Tarantino’s blooddrenched tale of slavery romance and vengeance is doing well at U.S. box offices, despite criticisms that it trivializes the horrors of Black enslavement. But the director’s homage to the spaghetti western is sparking new outrage over action figures related to the film.
Black activists, including the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN), are calling for a national boycott of a set of officially approved action figures, based on the movie, which recently appeared in stores. “Selling this doll is highly offensive to our ancestors and the African American community,” the Rev. K.W. Tulloss, NAN’s president in Los Angeles, told the New York Daily News on Jan. 8. “The movie is for adults, but these are action figures that appeal to children. We don’t want other individuals to utilize them for their entertainment, to make a mockery of slavery.” The 8-inch figurines, which come complete with tailored western clothing, and authentic weapons and accessories, were created by the National Entertainment Collectibles Association following consultation with the Weinstein Company, the studio behind Tarantino’s film. The 10-doll assortment depict the movie’s main characters, including Django and his wife Broomhilda, played by Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington, respectively; and “house slave” Stephen, played by Samuel L Jackson. Najee Ali, of Project Islamic Hope, joined Tulloss in decrying the figurines, telling the Associated Press that the toys are “a slap in the face of our ancestors.” The retro-style figurines, which are intended for adult collectors, will join other memorabilia from Tarantino’s films and are available via online sites such as Amazon. So far, consumer reactions have been mixed, with some defending the products and others questioning their sensitivity.
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Local Children Weigh In on Gun Control The Associated Press Three days after six teachers and 20 students were killed by a rampaging gunman at their elementary school in Newtown, Conn., an 8-year-old from Maryland pulled out a sheet of paper and wrote to President Barack Obama asking for “some changes in the laws with guns.” “It’s a free country but I recommend there needs (to) be a limit with guns,” Grant wrote in the Dec. 17 letter. “Please don’t let people own machine guns or other powerful guns like that.” In the days after the shooting, children around the country apparently had the same idea as Grant. They put their feelings about the massacre on paper and sent those letters to a receptive White House. “I am writing to ask you to STOP gun violence,” wrote Tajeah, a 10-year-old from Georgia. “I am very sad about the children who lost their lives. So, I thought I would write to you to STOP gun violence.” On Wednesday, when Obama makes his long-awaited announcement of proposals to reduce gun violence, he will be joined by Grant, Tajeah and other children from across the U.S. who expressed their concerns about gun violence and school safety to the one person they think can make a difference: the president. The White House shared three such letters with The Associated Press, from youngsters who seemed in agreement that Obama should do what’s necessary to make it harder for people to get guns. None of the writers, including Grant, who is closest in age to the 6- and 7-yearolds who were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, said they were against efforts to tighten access to guns. Obama has spoken in favor of banning assault-style weapons, limiting high-capacity ammunition magazines and requiring background checks for every gun buyer. On the other side of the issue, the National Rifle Association, the powerful lobbying group for gun owners, views any effort to limit access to guns as an infringement on the Second Amendment right to bear arms and has pledged to fight attempts by Congress to enact new restrictions. Some sportsmen and people who own guns for protection also oppose many gun control laws. Second Amendment. Right to bear arms. Lobbying group. None of that was mentioned in the letters, scribbled in the rough penmanship of children. Eleven-year-old Julia, who lives in the District of Columbia and dotted the “I’’ in her name with a heart, wrote that she has four brothers and sisters and “I know I would not be able to bear the thought of losing any of them.” She said it should be “very hard” for people to buy guns and closed by acknowledging that Obama can’t make changes by himself. “I know that laws have to be passed by Congress but I beg you to try very hard to make guns not allowed. Not just for me, but for the whole United States,” Julia wrote, signing the letter with “my love and regrets.” She will also be at the White House on Wednesday. The White House did not release last names for any of the letter writers, or hometowns for Grant and Tajeah.
Jennifer Hudson and Rela D.C. Man Says Father Died Awaiting Ambulance
By Alan King AFRO Staff Writer
Jennifer Hudson and other relatives positively identified
sport-utility vehicle sought in connection with the murder of Hudson’s mother and brother. The white, 1994 Chevrolet Suburban with Illinois license
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Washington man says his father died while he was waiting more than 40 minutes for an ambulance to arrive — on the same night that dozens of city firefighters called out sick. Durand Ford tells WRC-TV that his father went into cardiac arrest in the early morning of New Year’s Day, and his family called 911 around 1 a.m. WRC reports that at 1:47 a.m., D.C. Fire and EMS asked Prince George’s County for assistance, and an ambulance was sent from Oxon Hill, Md. — seven miles away. Around 90 District of Columbia firefighters called out sick on New Year’s Eve. The firefighters’ union has denied there was a coordinated sick-out. Courtesy Photos D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells has criticized Jennifer and her Donerson firefightersHudson and the union for mom, puttingDarnell public safety at risk.who was killed, as well as her brother, Jason.
the body of her 7-year-old nephew Monday, just hours after his body was found in a Continued from A1
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vagabond whose criminal past included convictions for everything from burglary to assault with a deadly weapon, was convicted By Alan King of the attack, no one felt AFRO Staffmuch Writersympathy for him. The judge who Presidential John sentenced himcandidate to 14 years McCain’s attack ACORN – in 2006 cited theon“deliberate Associated Community Organization for Reform Now – confirms the success of the organization, the head of the group says. “This is testimony to the work we’ve done and success we’ve had,” Maude Hurd, president of ACORN, said in an interview with the AFRO. “When this attack started, we had just announced that we had registered 1.3 million new voters,” she said. “That’s just to say that someone’s running scared because of ACORN’s success.” McCain, who is running for president on the Republican ticket, lashed out at ACORN in the final debate against Barack Obama, contending the group “is on theCourt verge of of maybe perpetratD.C. Appeals ing one of the greatest frauds in voter history in this country, maybe destroying the fabric of democracy.” Factcheck.org, a non-partisan Web site, found those claims to be “exaggerated,” with “no evidence of any such democracydestroying fraud.” Hurd believes the McCain charges were politically motivated. She said, “Because it’s lowand moderate-income people, cruelty and gratuitous and people of color, I believe the violence” Dorsey thinks had visited McCain campaign those upon Fotopoulos. voters are going to vote Now, however, Democratic, which isDorsey’s not necesconviction has been sarily true.” overturned. The Court ACORN is no D.C. stranger to controversy. of Appeals issued a 123-page For saying 38 years, theDorsey’s non-partisan ruling that organization has foughtwhen for social rights were violated andwas economic justice for lowhe kept handcuffed in and moderate-income isolation for 13 hours while Americans. With 400,000 memhe questioned in into the more case. berwas families organized The judges noted that Dorsey than 1,200 neighborhood chapdenied anycities wrongdoing and ters in 110 nationwide, asked for an attorney several ACORN has over the years seen its share of criticism while advotimes during the lengthy cating for affordable housing, interrogation session. He living wages, healthcare the confessed after severalfor hours. underserved— organProsecutorsand arewhile examining izingappellate voter registration drives. the court’s finding But none has been as withering and must decide whether to and baseless as this one. retry Dorsey. With the presidential election “The caseweeks remains under less than two away, review,” said William Miller, ACORN’s detractors allege the the spokesman the U.S. organization has for engaged in massive voter registration Attorney’s Office in fraud the after the reported bogus District. “Nodiscovery decisionofhas names, such as Mickey Mouse
been made at this point.” Miller said Dorsey remains in prison awaiting further proceedings. He said he expects prosecutors to make a and Dallas Cowboys players decision within a few weeks. Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, At the his among the time namesofsubmitted to election officials. sentencing, Dorsey’s lawyer said those saidHurd he used drugsworkers, and who were doing those things without ACORN’s knowledge or permission, were fired. “The evidence that has surfaced so far shows they faked forms to get paid for work they didn’t do, not to stuff ballot boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the victim of fraud, not the perpetrator of it. Hurd said the only things bogus are the charges themselves. And factcheck. org agrees. It concluded, “Neither ACORN nor its employees have been found guilty of, or even charged with, casting fraudulent votes.” The problem came about primarily because of the way ACORN operates. Rather than Wikimedia Commons rely on volunteers, it pays people, many of them poor or unemployed, to sign up new voters. The idea was to help both those being registered and those doing the registration. Maud explained, “We have a zero tolerance policy for deliberate falsification of registration.” Most news account neglect to point out that ACORN is required by law to turn in all registration forms. And they also fail to note that it was the organizasuffered from depression. tion, in many instances, that first Attorney brought theLarry phonyKupers registrations asked a judge a lenient to the attention for of authorities. sentence, saying Dorsey had The McCain camp apparently acted because of his mental isn’t interested in those fine points, preferring to air misleaddisorder. ing Police ads thatidentified seek to link Obama Dorsey to ACORN, thereby undercutting after witnesses came his political support. forward to name him as the McCain: I’m John and McCain man seen assaulting and I approve this message. robbing Fotopoulous on the Announcer: Who is Barack surveillance video. Obama? A man with Besides “a political being seriously injured, baptism performed at warpthe vendor in the attack, speed.” lost Vast $300 ambition. After colauthorities said. lege, he moved to Chicago. Became a community organizer. Fotopoulos required a There, Obama metaround Madeleine walker to move and Talbot, part of thetoChicago became fearful leave her branch of ACORN. was so apartment after theHe attack. impressive that he was asked During a sentencing in the to train the ACORN staff. case, shedid shook and in cried. What ACORN Chicago Fotopoulous, who is now engage in? Bullying banks. 91, could nottactics. be reached for Intimidation Disruption comment. of business. ACORN forced banks to issue risky home loans. The same types of loans that caused the financial crisis we’re in today.
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These letters, provided by the White House, from children, from top, Julia, 11, of Washington; Grant, 8, of Maryland, and Taejah, 10 of Georgia; ask President Barack Obama to change gun laws.
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advisers. “It’s a small step, but it’s significant,” he said. “Our goal is full voting rights, to have the same rights and privileges that every citizen has. The license plates don’t give us that.” There are 632,000 residents in the city, more than two states, Vermont and Wyoming, according to census figures. Mayor Vincent Gray thanked Obama for turning a spotlight on the city. “I appreciate the president agreeing to bring attention to this important issue during the inauguration festivities,” Gray said. The first two years of Obama’s presidency were the best opportunity to gain representation for D.C. with Democrats controlling Congress. In 2009, the Senate passed a bill to give
D.C. a vote on the House floor. But Republican senators added an amendment to dismantle the city’s tight gun control laws. The bill ultimately died in the House. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, the district’s nonvoting member of Congress who has fought for full voting rights for decades, also cheered Obama’s move. “Kudos to the president for agreeing to a small but larger than life sign of his commitment to the district and its residents,” she said. “Each step must be counted as bringing us closer to our full entitlement as American citizens who pay more than our fair share of federal taxes and have served in all the nation’s wars, always without the rights those obligations demand.”
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America’s Inaugurations – The AFRO Coverage
Franklin D. Roosevelt –1937
‘Jim Crow’ You Know it When You See it
oosevelt won the 1936 presidential election by a landslide capturing 523 electoral votes (until then the largest in history) and winning every state in the union except Maine and Vermont. The national popularity of his New Deal programs caused him to benefit from a diverse coalition of a cross section of the American voting population never before seen, all seeking relief from the miseries of the Great Depression. All these divergent New Deal coalition segments (Southern Whites, Northern Blacks, Jewish, Catholics, unions, small farmers etc.) were suffering and desperately seeking the same relief—JOBS. Indeed the impact of the Roosevelt first term New Deal programs was so great on the Black population that the Republican party of Lincoln witnessed its largest loss of Black support in this election with 71 percent of the Black votes being cast in support of the Democratic Roosevelt. The migration of the Black vote over to the Democratic side did not necessarily mean the American racial intolerance environment had changed. By today’s (AFRO cartoon/Romare Bearden 1937) standards, it was still incredibly insufferable. The ‘Southern Block” was still solid, still Democrat, effectively preventing any federal anti-lynching legislation from being enacted, and most Blacks in the South were still precluded from voting. In the AFRO coverage of the 1937 Roosevelt inauguration, the debate surrounding the existence of “Jim Crow” segregation restrictions that emerged in the 1933 inauguration appeared once again. The inclusion of Black dignitaries in the inaugural viewing stands while being a point of pride, nevertheless became a point of contentious debate when individuals such as Mary McLeod Bethune, were seen to be “restricted” to a specifically reserved section of the viewing stand (in the back) in comparison to White spectators who were free to sit anywhere in that same viewing stand. The “Jim Crow” debate in the 1937 inauguration once again involved Roosevelt’s Black Harvard classmate, G. David Houston as chairman of the inauguration’s Special Entertainment Committee. Houston and others in a series of AFRO articles presented arguments as to why the Special Entertainment Committee’s actions should not be viewed as a tool for segregated Black involvement in the inaugural activities. There were eyewitnesses, however, who claimed otherwise.
January 2, 1937 Houston to Head Inaugural Group for Second Time The committee on special entertainment of visitors to President Roosevelt’s second inauguration, next month, will be headed by G. David Houston, principal of Armstrong High School, who was chairman of a similar group four years ago. Although the committee has not been completed, Mr. Houston, a former Harvard classmate of the President, was appointed last week by Admiral Cary T. Grayson, white, who is again chairman of the general inaugural committee. “Not a Jim Crow Group” Mr. Houston insisted that his committee is not a jim crow organization. Recalling some unfavorable reaction to the separate ball held in connection with the last inauguration, he said: “If the colored people want a dance, the committee will see to it that a dance is held. If they do not want a separate dance, and a general dance is sponsored by the general committee, we will see that colored people attend that dance.” He said his committee will consist of approximately fifty leaders of civic, religious, social and political organizations. The price of grand seats for the parade, according to his announcement, will range from $3.50 to $10.
January 9, 1937 A Real First Lady
The President’s wife has done it again. Leaving the comfort and the cheer of the White House, Christmas Eve, she made an excursion into Navy Place in Washington, to sing carols with the alley dwellers around their open air tree and cheer them with the hope that “some day these alleys will be a better place to live in.” There is something tremendously fine and noble in the example of culture which Mrs. Roosevelt sets for the nation. Her passionate devotion to the cause of the lowly, her zeal in seeing to it that the benefits of the New Deal shall reach down into their humble lives and become real to them, constitute that kind of high, unselfish service which has made her in fact, as well as in theory, the First Lady of our country.
January 23, 1937 Inaugural Marchers Few and Far Between A cavalry regiment, a machine gun troop, a company of CCC boys, and a small band of youth were the only colored units in the second inaugural parade of President Roosevelt, held here Wednesday. Considerable applause greeted the Tenth Cavalry machine gun troop, as it passed the White House reviewing stand, mounted on bay horses. It was sandwiched in between two white cavalry regiments. The other units brought up the rear of all the contingents. The guidon bearer with the Tenth Cavalry marched with the massed colors, which preceded the regiments immediately behind the command.
Black participation in the 1937 inaugural parade was reported as being sparse. But more so than in past inaugural parade coverage, considerable attention appeared to be focused on where Black groups appeared in the parade in comparison to similar White groups, and articles often pointed out when Black groups were the last of similar groups marching in the parade, or when the leadership of a Black group was made up of all White leaders. These types of obervations had not been apparent in past presidential inaugural parade coverage. The AFRO’s coverage of the 1937 Roosevelt inauguration is a reflection of the various ways “Jim Crow” discrimination was existing in an American society that at certain levels did not appear to be willing to admit to its presence. As the Great Depression continues and Nazi Germany expands its power grab in Europe, America’s White racial intolerance looks as if it is about to intersect a growing Black intolerance of “Jim Crow.” The clash of these forces will define Black involvement in the looming global events and be important factors in how Roosevelt will be viewed in faciltating the future civil rights progress of the entire Black community. Sixty CCC Youths Approximately sixty youths marched in the CCC unit, which was composed of Company A-2 of the District, stationed at Twenty-fifth and M Streets, Northeast. This company marched behind three white CCC units. All the units were led by white officers. The boys were dressed in khaki suits with overseas caps. About a dozen youths, all from the District, appeared in the NYA contingent, which marched in the rear of the white also. It had been expected that about a hundred youths from the high schools and Howard University would take part in the parade, but it was thought that the rainy weather probably cut this number down. Midshipman James Johnson Jr., a Washington youth, marched with his unit from the Naval Academy at Annapolis.
January 23, 1937 LEFT WING SPLITS NAACP ROOSEVELT INAUGURATED Mrs. Bethune Questions Seating Houstons at White House Luncheon Party Heads Among Ritzy Hotel Diners President Roosevelt was inaugurated for his second term, Wednesday, in a blaze of glory. Democratic leaders, who flocked here from every State in the Union, included three Presidential electors: Dr. William Worthy of Boston, Dr. Godfrey Nurse of New York, and Harold E. Bledsoe of Detroit. The first person, other than a few whites, to make an appearance in the grandstand was Mrs. Ga Lena A. French of Topeka, Kansas. Buttoned up tightly in a brown fur coat and carrying a small silk umbrella, she was ushered to one of the “reserved” seats in Section A, where she held out against the driving and chilly rain for more than a half hour before leaving to seek shelter. Following her, at 11:15, was Mrs. Mary McLeod Bethune, whose ticket number, 1739, also took her to the reserved row in Section A. There was some speculation as to whether these “reserved” rows of seats were not intended for colored people when it was noted that upon the tickets both Mrs. Bethune and Mrs. French had was type written the word “reserved.” An AFRO-AMERICAN reporter, checking up on the matter, found that tickets held by a number of whites in Section A did not have this designation written thereon.
Mrs. Bethune Comments Mrs. Bethune made the comment that she did know whether she would stay under the circumstances. She stated that she had come determined to hear the President make his inaugural address and was trying to stay despite the rain. She left Section A., however, before the Chief Executive began to speak. Section A was the first group of seats on the left of the large grandstand, located about 150 feet from where the President took the oath and made his address. It comprised a railed-in square of some 400 seats, the last three rows of which were stenciled with the word “reserved.” There were about 50 of such designated seats. No whites in Section A were ushered to these reserved seats. They took seats at random anywhere else in the section.
Mitchell Attends Congressman Arthur W. Mitchell attended the ceremonies along with the Congressional group. Because of the very inclement weather, he told the AFRO he could not witness all the parade and did not have the satisfaction of seeing James Lee Johnson Jr., his Naval Academy appointee, march with his unit. Dr. Ernest Lyon, Liberian Consul-General, who had been designated by his government to represent it at the inauguration, was to have been in the section allotted to diplomats. Dr. Lyon stated that the weather was too inclement for him to risk the trip over. The three electors were guests at dinner in the Willard and Mayflower Hotels, as were Congressman and Mrs. Arthur W. Mitchell of Illinois and Judge Armond W. Scott of the D.C. Municipal Court. G. David Houston, former Harvard classmate of the President, who headed the committee on special entertainment, with offices in the Commerce Building attended a White House buffet luncheon, with Mrs. Houston, immediately after the inaugural address. Their daughter, Miss Ethel Houston, sat with them in the section of the reviewing stand reserved for inaugural officials. Mr. and Mrs. Houston heard the inaugural speech over the radio. For the first time in history, representatives of weekly newspapers-ten in all-were given press and photographers’ credentials admitting them freely to the Capitol Plaza, on an equality with whites. Wanton in Honor Guard The President’s honor guard included Sergeant George H.
Wanton, holder of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Seated in the grandstand as special guests of the inaugural committee were the Rev. Walter H. Brooks, veteran pastor of Nineteenth Street Baptist Church and Mrs. Brooks. Others seen included Mrs. Mary McLeod Bethune, special administrator of the National Youth Administration: State Senator Charles C. Diggs of Michigan; Mrs. Crystal Bird Fausett of Philadelphia, Mr. and Mrs. Julian D. Rainey of Boston, and many others. No official inaugural ball was held this year, although many of the visitors attended the dance of the BachelorBenedict Club at the Lincoln Colonnade, Tuesday night.
January 30, 1937
Hard to Get Rid of Insects
Just before President Roosevelt delivered his “we will carry on” inaugural address, last Wednesday, in which he said, “Overwhelmingly, we of the Republic are men and women of good will,” members of his committee had set aside three rear rows of jim crow seats in Section A for special colored guests. This only goes to show how difficult it is even for the best President we ever had to get rid of the insects whose prejudices taint everything they touch. We venture to assert that jim crow thinking aides of Mr. Roosevelt heard him say: “In every land there are forces that drive men apart and forces that draw men together… In our seeking for economic and political progress as a nation, we all go up, or else we all go down, as one people.” But those words didn’t register with them any more than the President’s proposal to end poverty registered with the economic royalists of banks and big business. President Roosevelt knows as well as anyone the great odds against which he fights in order to bring peace, security and happiness to all the people. Said he, “We must find practical controls over blind economic forces and blindly selfish men.” That last phase charitably covers even the aides who set aside the three rows of jim crow seats.
February 6, 1937 Inauguration J.C. Reports Are Called Mendacious
Committee Chairman Discusses Varied Angles of “Reserved” Seat Affair.
By G. David Houston (Chairman, Committee on Special Entertainment, Inaugural Committee, 1937)
I think it most unfortunate that your paper has been misled by loose, vicious, and mendacious reports of segregation of colored people at the inauguration of the greatest apostle of democracy. Happily, the colored people themselves are ridiculing the recent press tragic-comedy of “Much Ado About Nothing,” but, of course, they are at a disadvantage in respect to publicity. The issue of invitations for seats at any inaugural ceremony is the sole function of a joint committee of the Senate and the House. Senator M. M. Neely of West Virginia headed the committee for the 1937 inauguration. The inaugural committee has absolutely nothing to do with such tickets. It is true, however, that the chairman of this committee issues a restricted number of engraved invitations, but such invitations alone carry no seating privileges. The invited guest is requested to reply. If he accepts, he then receives another invitation enclosing a ticket. This second invitation is issued by the joint committee. Demand Always Excessive There is never any hope of accommodating all seekers for tickets. Unless a person has been singled out for this courtesy, his procedure is to ask his Senator or Congressman for a ticket. It is obvious that the demand far exceeds the supply. It occurred to me that, if the past could be taken as a prophet of the future, a number of colored visitors would be without seats, for evidently they do not know the procedure, or how to take advantage of it. The visitors whom I had primarily in mind were those whose names had been given me as untiring workers in the campaign to reassure President Roosevelt’s retention in the White House. It developed that no other agency had made provision for this group. Consequently, I wrote the following letter to Senator Neely on January 9: Dear Senator Neely: A number of outstanding colored citizens have signified their intention of coming to Washington in hope of attending the inaugural ceremonies. In order that these guests may receive cordial, democratic treatment, I am making the modest request for twenty-five invitations to be made available to them.
Cautioned Against J.C. I sincerely trust, however, that such guests may not be grouped together assigned to a block of seats. Such an arrangement will positively be offensive to these men and women of erudition. Since I have served, during these two inaugural ceremonies of President Roosevelt, in an advisory capacity, I do not hesitate to advise that it will be better to ignore entirely my request for these few seats than to place such guests in a block. Though I appreciate every possible angle of any situation involving the presence of representatives of my group. I am fully persuaded that the type of colored citizens that my committee is bringing to Washington cannot possibly incite, with any semblance of propriety, resentment on the part of any of the other guests, especially at a gathering celebrating the triumph of democracy.
Press Remembered I am, likewise, asking for ten additional invitations to seat the colored press, restricting such invitations to the largest and best known colored newspapers. In this connection, I am making the same request for democratic treatment, in order that these newspaper men may not become the agents of our own embarrassment. The President himself sets the example of democratic treatment. It will be most unfortunate if any feature of his inauguration may be construed as offensive to any group of this heterogeneous American population who will attend, in appreciable numbers, his second inauguration. Sincerely yours, G. DAVID HOUSTON Chairman, Committee on Special Entertainment
January 19, 2013 - January 25, 2013, The Afro-American
Maryland Inaugural Service Events Run From Capoeira to Canned Food By Jeremy Barr Capital News Service WASHINGTON - Skher Brown, leader of the International Capoeira Angola Foundation of Baltimore, needs just five volunteers to help his organization paint and move into its new studio. For help, he turned to the organizers of the National Day of Service, to be held Jan. 19 in conjunction with President Barack Obama’s inauguration the next day. (Obama will have two inaugural ceremonies -- a more private affair on Jan. 20 and the official public one on Jan. 21.) They asked him for more information about his organization, which, according to its website, “is dedicated to the maintenance and propagation of the martial art Capoeira Angola,” and now it’s on the service list. “I’m not actually sure what their criteria are,” Brown said. Brown’s project is one of more than 30 service events to be held across Maryland and thousands of events nationally that will make up the National Day of Service. A tradition dating back to Obama’s first inaugural in 2009, this year’s day of service coincides with Martin Luther King Day weekend, already a popular time for giving back. “The National Day of Service is an opportunity for all Americans, no matter where they are, to be a part of the Inauguration,” Vice President Joe Biden said in a news release. The Presidential Inaugural Committee, which is organizing service events nationally, is asking participants to photograph themselves with a sign reading “#iserve” and share it on social media platforms with the #iserve hashtag. A full list of volunteer opportunities in Maryland – and elsewhere – is available on the PIC’s website, www.2013pic.org. “It’s going to be one of the biggest national days of service that we’ve ever seen,” said
Jason Waskey, Maryland director of Obama for America, which is organizing and providing logistical support for many of the state’s events, including Brown’s. In Maryland, Waskey predicted that an event in Annapolis at the Banneker-Douglass Museum will rank among the biggest, with more than 100 volunteers. Volunteers will make care packages for troops serving overseas, provide services needed for seniors and assist in community beautifying projects in two shifts, 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. While Waskey said that a goal of the day is “to connect the thousands of Obama volunteers with other organizations” in the state, the service events will be nonpartisan. “We’re seeing people that were never involved with the campaign before,” he said. “They realize that this is a chance to give back to the community regardless of political affiliation.” While Maryland for Obama spearheaded many of the events, some were already planned for the weekend. In Montgomery County, for example, volunteers will collect food donations for Manna Food Center at all 27 Giant grocery stores in the county on Jan. 19 and 20. The drive, one of Manna’s three major, annual drives, was planned in mid-November and just happens to coincide with the day of service. With thousands of people heading to the area for the inauguration, though, Manna is “hoping for big returns from the weekend,” said Allison Anderson, development manager for the organization. Jim Perkins, Giant’s Montgomery County district director, is also bullish on the drive’s chances for success. “Because of the Day of Service, you get more volunteers to the store. And when you get more volunteers, you get more donations,” he said. Giant has worked with Manna on food
drives for the last few years. “It’s a natural, great partnership,” Perkins said. “There is so much need out there, even in an affluent county like Montgomery County.” For Manna, the timing of the drive will help it get through the dip in donations that normally follows the holiday season, Anderson said. “The spring is really tough around here,” she said. “Our shelves become a little less stacked.” Manna took in 32,000 pounds of food during its last major drive in October, and generally receives between 35,000 and 40,000 pounds. Anderson said Manna “will take pretty much anything,” but encourages people to donate healthy food. To help guide donations, Manna publishes a Healthy Food Drive Wish List, which includes fruits and vegetables, proteins (mostly canned meats and beans) and grains. Promoting healthy eating has been a priority of First Lady Michelle Obama and her Let’s Move! initiative, which aims to end childhood obesity. Prospective volunteers can email volunteer@mannafood. org for more information about the drive. Another Obama administration priority, immigration, will be a service project in Maryland. CASA de Maryland, an immigrant advocacy organization, will host a naturalization and deferred-action workshop at its multicultural center in Hyattsville from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In June 2012, the federal government began accepting applications for its Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
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during the inauguration. Company in Alexandria, said he is providing food for the 400 In Prince George’s, a few hotels in close proximity to the attendees of the Servant Forge Humanitarian Ball at Reagan Metro and city are sold out. National Airport on January 20. “The Clarion Inn in College Park and The Radisson Hotel “We’re a very community-minded business, so we’re very in Largo are sold out,” said Carl Smith, marketing manager for honored to have been chosen to do their event,” Manor said. the Prince George’s County Manor said fewer Conference and Visitors Bureau. merchants inquired about “A property like the Radisson providing services and may see an $80,000 increase in products this year. “We’re not revenue during January due to making history this time,” he the inauguration.” said. The local tourism industry The Gaylord National welcomes the bump. Resort and Convention Center “It’s great to have an event at National Harbor has been in January like this,” said completely booked for event Merrie Morris, spokeswoman space and hotel rooms due for the Alexandria Convention to the inauguration weekend and Visitors Association, White House Photo and another large conference, adding that local residents are The Capitol decked out for the 2009 Inauguration. officials said. The Texas State likely to come out in bigger Society will host their Black numbers during festivities. Tie and Boots Ball there for Small business owners are especially excited, officials said. the second time. The 2009 ball brought more than 10,000 “This is a boom of opportunity for small business to be people to the waterfront hotel. able to take full advantage of the festivities,” said David “It’s really good news. God bless the Texas State Society for Harrington, president and CEO of the Prince George’s Chamber spending money [with us],” said Scott Peterson, a spokesman of Commerce. “This offers tremendous opportunity for street for Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III. and food vendors to event planners because there are various Smith also predicts a slight increase in restaurant traffic in inauguration events.” pedestrian-friendly areas such as National Harbor. Business owners lucky enough to score inaugural contracts “Some properties will do much better than others but the are grateful for the work. reality is the inauguration brings guests, attention and revenue Jody Manor, owner of the Bittersweet Café and Catering that otherwise would not be there,” he said.
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the American public. I believe you have been re-elected now in recognition of that effort,” the Dalai Lama said in a Nov. 7 letter to the president, congratulating him on his re-election. Obama’s steady, inclusive approach will be necessary given the pressing economic, political and social issues facing many nations across the globe, leaders and other stakeholders said. “There’s just a sense of great foreboding about the direction the world is taking,” said Martin Indyk, Brookings Institution vice president and director of foreign policy, in a video posted on the organization’s website. “You get a sense that on any particular day that you wake up that the whole world is in turmoil; you feel like the tectonic plates are shifting. Certainly the Middle East is in upheaval.... Iran is moving toward nuclear weapons capability; the rising tensions in Asia--China and Japan are competing over some uninhabited rocks; and overall, the global economy is sputtering.” Parsan, the Trinidad and Tobago ambassador, said many countries are looking for Obama to shore up a still-weak U.S. economy given its widespread impact on the world’s economy. “There is a saying that when the U.S. sneezes some of us catch a cold and in fact, some countries caught pneumonia,” said Parsan of the impact of the U.S. recession. The weakness of the U.S. economy, he added, “affects overall consumption, which affects overall production, which in turn affects import/ export, which affects its balance of trade with certain countries, including Trinidad and Tobago.” In Europe, where the economic downturn wreaked havoc
like a plague, Obama will be expected to work with his peers to boost growth--despite the lessening of the U.S.’ strategic interests in Europe and Obama’s re-concentration on the Asian Pacific as the source of future economic opportunity. “I am convinced that, during your new mandate, you will continue to strengthen our partnership by favouring the return of economic growth in our countries [and] fighting against unemployment...,” said French President Francois Hollande in a congratulatory statement after the election. Global leaders are also looking for America to lead in addressing the maelstrom that is the Middle East--ending the bloodshed in Syria, containing the nuclear threat posed by Iran, nurturing the fledgling governments in Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt and Libya and finding a peaceful resolution to the IsraeliPalestinian conflict among several challenges. “One of the first things I want to talk to Barack about is how we must do more to try and solve this crisis (in Syria),”said British Prime Minister David Cameron, on a visit to Syrian refugees on the Jordanian border. “We need the United States to engage on these issues,” said M. Laurent Fabius, French minister of foreign affairs, in a Nov. 7 interview posted on the French Embassy’s website. “It’s true of Syria, where the Americans have recently been in the background a little. It’s true of Iran, where we absolutely need to put pressure on the Iranians so that they don’t head towards a nuclear weapon, and on the Israeli-Palestinian issue, where the Americans must help us gain recognition for the rights of the Palestinians.”
program, under which it plans to “exercise prosecutorial discretion” for “individuals who came to the United States as children and meet other key guidelines.” Volunteers will assist community members in “screening eligible applicants, providing information about the citizenship and deferred-action process, (and) completing and reviewing citizenship and deferred action applications,” according to the CASA event’s National Day of Service webpage. “Just bring the documents required and we’ll do the rest!” the organization said on its Twitter feed. Brown, of the International Capoeira Angola Foundation of Baltimore, is still playing a waiting game. After speaking to a reporter, he planned to call his event’s organizers to see if he will get his crew of five.
The Afro-American, January 19, 2013 - January 25, 2013
COMMUNITY CONNECTION Jan. 17
NABJ Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Presidential Inauguration Gala Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.E. 6:30 p.m. The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will host this event that will induct six legendary journalists into their Hall of Fame. $150-$250. For more information: Nprakash@ nabj.org.
Pre-Inaugural Celebration Ball The Carlyle Club, 411 John Carlyle St., Alexandria, Va. 7 p.m.1 a.m. Come out and celebrate with friends and family in honor of the President Obama’s reelection. $125. For more information: thecarlyleclub. com.
Omegas for Obama Inaugural Ball Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington, Va. 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Enjoy a live band, dinner, and dancing to honor Omegamen and other prominent individuals that worked on the Obama Campaign. $140-$150. For information, call Willie Williams 703.300.7298, Tim Worley 831.261.1456.
- Dr. martin luther king, jr.
macy’s is proud to salute the legacy of
The Kids’ Inaugural for America’s Children Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place N.W. D.C. First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden will welcome military children and families. The event will include appearances by Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Far East Movement, members of the cast of “Glee,” John Legend, Katy Perry, Marc Anthony, Mindless Behavior, Nick Cannon, Smokey Robinson, Soul Children of Chicago, Stevie Wonder, and Usher. For more information: 2013pic. org.
dr. martin luther king, jr.
we honor the man who taught the world that faith in each other is our greatest strength.
The Believer’s Inaugural Ball Location to be announced. 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Enjoy an elegant evening of prayer and praise with various types of Christian entertainment and music. For more information: eventsforbelievers.com.
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January 19, 2013 - January 25, 2013, The Afro-American
Don’t drop the baton
On Jan. 21, Barack Obama will place his hand on the Bible and take the oath of office for his second term as our President. For most Americans, it will be a moment of celebration. A growing, multi-ethnic coalition, dedicated to progress and greater equity in our society, rose up to overcome a massive effort by the President’s enemies to steal the presidency through voter suppression and deceit. The President’s opponents were so confident that they had disenfranchised enough of us – or sufficiently deterred us by long lines at our voting booths – that Barack Obama’s victory stunned them into momentary incoherence. I would have smiled at their befuddlement had I not realized that struggle for government of, by and for all Americans is not over. Indeed, our 21st century civil rights movement to expand and preserve the voting rights of our new majority has just begun. As outlined in Voting Law Changes: Election Update produced Congressman last year by The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Elijah Cummings School of Law [http://www.brennancenter.org], Republicandominated state legislatures in 19 states adopted 25 new, more restrictive voting laws in 2011 and 2012. These states represented 231 electoral votes [85 percent of the total needed to win the presidency]. The Brennan Center’s legal analysts concluded that these onerous “Voter ID” laws, restrictions upon voter registration drives, purges of registered voters and limitations on early voting “amounted to the biggest threat to voting rights in decades.” I would have to agree. Led by the civil rights legend, Rep. John Lewis, and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, we Democrats in the last Congress fashioned a response that would have substantially overruled the worst of these anti-democratic state laws, while Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison proposed federal legislation that would have outlawed the state Voter ID requirements. Republican control of the House of Representatives prevented either of these reform bills from making it out of committee. However, national outrage, swift action by the U.S. Department of Justice, and decisions by federal and state courts prevented these politically-motivated voter suppression laws from denying President Obama the second term that he had earned. It was our victory as well. Progressive Americans of every ethnic background fought for our right to vote, enduring hardships at our election registrars and polls. In so doing, we made a clear and unmistakable statement of our commitment to our most fundamental constitutional right. “We are the emerging majority in this Democratic Republic,” we proclaimed, “and we will be invisible no more.” We have earned the right to be joyful on Inauguration Day. Yet, the struggle to defend and perfect our voting rights continues. As the Brennan Center correctly observes, reactionary legislators will continue their schemes to limit the voting power of America’s new multi-racial majority. Courts will be compelled to examine and rule upon restrictive laws in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and elsewhere. The U.S. Supreme Court will be presented with challenges to the legal protections that voters have fought so hard to achieve, including an Arizona challenge and another attack upon Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. In a more hopeful vein, Democrats in the new 113th Congress will re-introduce and fight for Rep. Lewis’ Voter Empowerment Act that I was so proud to co-sponsor in the 112th Congress [HR 5799]. Starting with a public forum that I am holding this week in Prince William County, Va., we will bring together voting rights experts (like the Brennan Center and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under Law) with voters who faced long lines and unforgivable hardships in heavily minority precincts on Election Day 2012.
The story of their experience and a vision of what we need to do to improve the integrity of our election system will be documented for the Congress and the American people at http://democrats. oversight.house.gov/. We must remind those who, explicitly or implicitly, have supported voter suppression that Americans are better than this. We in the Congress have a constitutional duty to reform our election laws. As citizens, we all have a comparable duty (and interest) to assure that every American is registered to vote in 2014. We should live up to the determination and courage of an elderly woman I met at our polling place last November. Anyone who wishes can hear my reflections about that inspiring meeting on the Internet at http://www.storyofamerica.org/polling_station -- but, for now, I will share this. The lady (close to 90 years of age, barely able to walk, and knowing that she may have been voting for the last time in her life) was brimming with pride. Yet, as I listened to her thoughts, I knew she would have faced great difficulties voting in states like Pennsylvania had the imposition of its strict Voter ID law not been delayed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Like so many of our senior citizens, this wonderful woman must have felt that she had been running in a marathon – and now, she wanted to pass on the baton to the next generation. We are that generation, and I believe that what she would tell us is this: “Don’t drop the baton.” Congressman Elijah Cummings represents Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.
Praying for Inspiration on Inauguration Day Mr. President, you have been described as our most literary president since Mr. Lincoln. Your prose inspires and paints the possible. I know that you are preparing for your second inaugural address. I have read that you have excellent speechwriters with whom you partner to craft the messages for the nation. As you decide what you will say to an anxious world-wide audience on Jan. 21, I am praying for you. You, sir, have the potential to bequeath to posterity an William H. address as beautiful as President Lamar IV Lincoln’s second inaugural address, delivered on March 4, 1865. I wrestle mightily with Lincoln’s legacy as the so-called “Great Emancipator,” but his command of language is indisputable. Lincoln’s second inaugural was essentially public theology. “Fondly do we hope—fervently do we pray—that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away,” he said. “Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondman’s  years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said [3,000] years ago, so still it must be said.”
These were difficult words for a nation torn by the evils of human bondage and civil war. But what if they had not been uttered? President Kennedy called speechwriter Ted Sorensen his “intellectual blood bank” and found in him a trusted aide who understood his politics and his hopes for the nation. Sorensen helped Kennedy to craft this memorable exhortation for his inaugural address: “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” These words have been credited with calling many into public service. But what if they had not been uttered? So, Mr. President, yours is a huge rhetorical dilemma. You must speak hard truths, like Mr. Lincoln, while inspiring the citizenry, like Mr. Kennedy. There are some words that I pray you will speak. I know you have legions of people offering you unsolicited advice on your speech. Please allow this preacher to be numbered among them. Mr. President, poverty in America is a disgrace. And the number of children living in poverty is abhorrent. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 46.2 million Americans live in poverty—15 percent of the population. May I suggest the following words? “The number of poor people in America is unacceptable. They struggle to find jobs and to buy food for their families in red states and blue states. Their children look like mine and yours. As president, I will not be satisfied with Sasha and Malia having food to eat while other American children go hungry. Let us resolve to fight poverty with the same determination with which we have fought terror for the last decade!”
Mr. President, education in America is not what it ought to be. Teachers are blamed, instead of encouraged. Those with means send their children to private schools or move to neighborhoods where public schools are indistinguishable from private ones. Many policymakers have essentially abandoned public education, causing many public schools to become ineffective. May I suggest this, Mr. President? “American public education has produced many of our greatest citizens, though it is at a crossroads in the 21st century. Will we continue to use methods developed in the agrarian age in the information age? Will we be satisfied with children of means having the best opportunities while other children grasp in vain for a quality education? I propose that we work together to ensure that every public school in every city in every state has sufficient financial resources for America to lead the world again in educating the next generation!” What is important, Mr. President, is that you speak words that challenge us like Lincoln and inspire us like Kennedy. And when unborn historians cast a critical gaze upon your rhetoric and your work, may it be said that the words of your second inaugural address were beautiful, but the work of your second administration made America a more just nation and the world a more peaceful place. God bless you, Mr. President. William H. Lamar IV is pastor of Turner Memorial A.M.E. Church in Hyattsville, Md.
“All My Babies Mamas” and other Insults
The latest negative programming coming from the dominant media is a ridiculous show about a Black guy who has 11 children by 10 different women. “All My Babies Mamas” was planned for the coming season, but now it may be completely scrubbed, mainly because a sister, Sabrina Lamb, sent out a petition protesting the show in the most serious manner. I say kudos to Ms. Lamb and others who have spoken out against this nonsensical and degrading show; I wish the same James Clingman fate for some of those other socalled reality shows. You can do your own research on the content and intent of the show if you are interested in that sort of thing. For now, I want to talk about the economic implications of it. As you should well know, beneath everything lies economics. First off, we know that no profitminded business person would intentionally insult its customers by doing something to drive them away, right? So why would Oxygen Media even attempt to put this show on the air? For that matter, why do any of the other networks put the same kind of insulting and demeaning shows on the air? That answer is quite simply: “Profit.” If we were not watching
these stupid shows and not salivating for more and more outlandish depictions of Black folks on TV, they’d all be gone tomorrow. We love this stuff, and the producers are staying up at night trying to develop more. While we may complain about how they disrespect us (Or is it really how we disrespect ourselves?) we will jump on whatever bandwagon that comes along, no matter the content. So it’s certainly no surprise that Oxygen decided to put “Babies Mamas” on the air because they think it’s what we want to watch. I recently read about two Black radio stations, one that’s been around for more than 42 years, that were bought by Koreans and the stations went from soul music to Seoul music overnight. Remember, it’s all about the money, and as Nino Brown once said, “It’s not personal, it’s business.” The Black consumer market is a veritable goldmine, and it seems everyone knows that but Black folks, at least everyone profits from it except Black folks. This latest insult by the media reminds me of an article I wrote a few years ago, “The Answer to Media Bias is Media By Us.” Until we decide to do what Sabrina Lamb and others are doing, and until we mount a concerted and sustained effort against our own “ignant” brothers and sisters who perpetuate the “baby mama” and “baby daddy” nonsense, we will always be nothing more than profit margins for the latest fads and any stupid TV show that comes along. Ownership is the key. Media owned by us, and by “us” I mean conscious brothers and sisters who will not stoop to producing the trash we see now, is the appropriate response to the trash we see and hear in the media today. If you don’t own anything, you are always at the mercy – and the whims – of those who do.
As you read this, Bob Law, noted radio talk show host and one of the most informed brothers in the industry, is mounting a campaign to bring Black radio back up to the level of respect and intelligence it once knew. He writes, “In our initiative there are two levels of responsibility, holding corporations responsible for the inequality that contributes to the conditions in Black communities, and the Black community’s responsibility to change and correct those conditions.” So always remind yourself of the role we play in the media, especially on the negative side. If we would not accept the trash they throw at us, it would not be thrown at us. If we stand up and let corporations and media outlets know that we will use our collective economic leverage against them by withdrawing our money from their products and refusing to watch and listen to their nonsense, we would at least have a fighting chance to change things in our favor. You can start by signing Sabrina Lamb’s petition and the online petition that change.org is circulating. Then you can turn all that mess off your TV’s and radios. You will notice that I have not even mentioned the guy’s name that has all the babies by all the “mamas.” That’s another step we can take. Don’t even give the recognition of calling their names. And always remember, “It’s not personal, it’s just business.” Jim Clingman, founder of the Greater Cincinnati African American Chamber of Commerce, is the nation’s most prolific writer on economic empowerment for Black people. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati and can be reached through his Web site, blackonomics.com.
The Afro-American, January 19, 2013 - January 25, 2013
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January 19, 2013 - January 25, 2013, The Afro-American
Delta Sigma Theta National President Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre, presents seven Past National Presidents with personalized Delta Sigma Theta Past National President’s pendants at the Founder’s Day Dinner.
A Centennial Gala, Rededication Luncheon and Founder’s Dinner Tim and Daphne Reid with their highlighted Delta Sigma Theta (DST)Sorority’s Founder’s weekend escort; they were the MCs. as they celebrated 100 years of sisterhood, scholarship and service at Howard University where the sorority was founded in 1913 and the DC Convention Center. Over 12,000 members and friends rolled into D.C. to the celebration led by the current national president, Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre and the Fox 5 morning news national centennial chair, the Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn anchor, Allison Seymour Boyd. Gala honorees included Bill and Camille and Micheline Bowman, Cynthia M.A. Butler -McIntyre Cosby, Tom and Donna Joyner, the NAACP; the Fox 5 community/news presents award to NCNW; coordinator and news accepting on behalf of the National Urban League and more. NCNW is Ingrid Saunders Jones, chair, NCNW.
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Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre, national president (5th from the left) with executive board members and honorees.
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Honorees; Ingrid Saunders Jones, Ambassador Andrew Young and guest, Dr. Regina Benjamin, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson , guest , Dr. Johnnetta Cole
Mona Humphries Bailey, Honoree Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Dr. Thelma Daly, Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, AME Church Bishop Vashti McKenzie, Honoree Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole and spouse and Dr. Louise Rice
Dr. Andrew Ray, Grand Basileus, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, (2nd from right) with some of his fraternity brothers.
Current national president (center) with former national presidents. 1913 reenactment of the founders at the first meeting of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority performed during the Rededication Luncheon.
National President Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre presents award to Benjamin Jealous, accepting on behalf of the NAACP.
The Duke Ellington School of the Arts dancers perform.
Joi-Marie Murphy McKenzie, Carlita Candace Murphy Jones Perkins, Vashti Murphy McKenzie, the Rev. Frances “Toni” Draper, Rachael Murphy Phillips Humphrey and Marie Murphy Phillips Braxton
The Murphy Legacy which includes family members who are details, are carrying on the legacy of Vashti Turley Murphy, one of the founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
The Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, Chair, Centennial Planning Committee and Terry Spicer, centennial publicity co-chair
Vashti Turley Murphy was one of the 22 founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. The Murphy legacy of Delta Sigma Theta, which includes four of her daughters, six granddaughters and seven great-granddaughters, recently hosted a reception at the GoetheInstitute Washington Art Gallery to celebrate their history as well as the contributions of the other founders of the sisterhood. The event produced by The Fab Empire and KNPR + Marketing, featured the music of DJ Heat, celebrity deejay and producer of the Pablo & Free Morning Show on WPGC-FM 95.5.
Mother/daughter: Rev. Frances “Toni” Draper and daughter, Andrea Jamel Draper Evans
Vashti-Jasmine Murphy Saint Jean, GianaMarie Murphy Humphrey with Rachael Murphy Phillips Humphrey looking at “Be Strong”, a book that honors Vashti Turley Murphy written by daughter Elizabeth Murphy Moss.
Vashti Turley Murphy, one of 22 founders who founded Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Laura Phillips Byrd, Shaiah McLean, Giana-Marie Murphy Humphrey, Leni Murphy Phillips, Joi-Marie Murphy McKenzie, Vashti-Jasmine Murphy Saint Jean, Shannon Braxton, Andrea Evans, Qiana Murphy Gabriel, Renee Peck and Sharetha Crawford
Stan and Bishop Vashti McKenzie, Dr. Julienne Malveaux and Cora Barry
Models pose as living images of the founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority during the Founders Day Weekend Rededication Luncheon.
Renee Peck, Patricia Payne, Rev. Draper, Andrea Jamel Draper Evans and Shiah McLean
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Leni Phillips , grand-daughter; Laura Byrd, god-daught er, Shannon Braxton, grand-daughter, Marie P. Braxton, daughter, Rachael M Humphrey, daughter, and Giana Humphrey, grand-daughter of the author Bettye Murphy Moss who wrote the original book about her mother Delta co-founder Vashti Turley Murphy. Rachael Humphrey spearheaded the family's efforts with her sister to update and re-publish in honor of the Sorority's Centennial celebration.
Sarah Smalley, Karen Jacocks Thompson, Nancy Cooke
Amber O'Donaghue, Cheisea Straughn, Alyssa Battle and Giana Humphrey
Sandra Mason, Laura Byrd, Leni Phillips, Johnnie Booker
Rachael Murphy Humphrey hosted a book signing for “Be Strong! The Life and Times of Vashti Turley Murphy,” which details the life of one of the founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. The revised edition is in honor of the author, Dr. Elizabeth “Bettye” Murphy Moss, a former AFRO publisher.
Pam Straughn, Chelsea Straughn, Sandra Mason
Proceeds from book sales will go to the Vashti Turley Murphy Scholarship Fund. The Jan. 11 event was held at the Howard University bookstore.
The Afro-American, January 19, 2013 - January 25, 2013
A 57th Presidential Inauguration Day Primer By Teria Rogers Special to the AFRO
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METRO AND TRAINS The most efficient means of travel will be Metrorail. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is expecting more than 500,000 people to ride the rail to inaugural events downtown. Metrorail will run from 4 a.m. on Jan. 21 to 2 a.m. on Jan. 22 and regular parking rates are in effect for Metro parking lots. The Smithsonian, Archives and Mount Vernon Square stations will be closed. WMATA spokesperson Phillip Stewart suggested that riders “charge up their Smart Cards” prior to Jan. 21 to avoid travel delays. Metrobus will run on a normal morning rush hour service and early afternoon rush hour schedule but routes will have several detours due to inaugural events. Metroaccess will service riders with the same schedules of Metrorail and Metrobus. For MARC train riders, the Penn and Brunswick lines will run starting at 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., respectively, with the Penn line’s last train at 7 p.m. and the Brunswick line’s last
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You’ve got the day off. You’ve dug out the heavy socks, sweaters and jackets for the kids. You’ve mapped out the perfect spot to watch the swearing-in ceremony. But where will you enter the National Mall? Where will you grab a bottle of water if little Zachary gets thirsty or take him to the restroom? We’ve compiled some information essential for a successful outing.
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train at 5 p.m. Both trains will have reserved ticketing and cost $25 per round trip. ACCESSING THE NATIONAL MALL AND PARADE ROUTES Access points for the parade will open at 6:30 a.m. and security checkpoints along the National Mall will open at 8 a.m. The Secret Service
suggested that visitors dress warmly, comfortably and practice patience because lines may be long. The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) suggested bringing beverages and food to stay hydrated, but refrain from bringing prohibited items. Aerosols, backpacks, large bags, balloons, bicycles, coolers, glass or thermal containers,
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horns, laser pointers, mace/ pepper spray, packages, structures, sign supports, umbrellas and any items deemed dangerous will not be permitted. No animals will be allowed except guide dogs. CELL PHONE SERVICE All of the major cell phone carriers—AT&T, Sprint/Nextel, T- Mobile and Verizon—have added cell towers on the National Mall to prevent overload of the wireless system, however access may be limited in some areas. ASSISTANCE AND INFORMATION Anyone requiring assistance downtown can
contact 311 to get help. Tech savvy inaugural visitors seeking information at the touch of a button can use the Presidential Inauguration App for smartphones. The app, released by the PIC on Jan. 14, provides information such as how to access the swearingin ceremony and parade, the nearest Metro stops, restrooms and food vendors and a list of prohibited items. FOOD, WATER AND RESTROOMS A limited number of vendors will provide food on the National Mall, but several nearby museums will be the best options for food, water, warming-up, resting and restrooms. Museum entrances on the National Mall side
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will be closed; most can be accessed via Independence Avenue. ROAD CLOSURES Driving near downtown Washington is not suggested, especially during morning hours. Those who decide to brave the streets will find some major routes into the city and some major thoroughfares closed. The Third Street Tunnel will be closed to all pedestrian and vehicle traffic. The Memorial Bridge will be open to pedestrians and authorized vehicles only. Roosevelt Bridge traffic will be directed to the northbound I-66 or the Whitehurst Freeway. Starting at 5:30 a.m., 14th Street Bridge traffic will be diverted to the SoutheastSouthwest Freeway. Streets within the security perimeter will be limited to pedestrian traffic and authorized vehicles. The security zone includes a wide swath of downtown from 18th Street NW to the west, K Street NW to the north, Massachusetts Avenue NW to the northeast, 2nd Street NE to the east and E Street SW to the south. These areas will be closed from 3a.m.-7 p.m. on Jan. 21. For information about routes into the city and road closures, go to http://tinyurl. com/cvx9qgl
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January 19, 2013 - January 25, 2013, The Afro-American
Crazy about Nazie! KW: A lot of scenes were shot on the bayou and around animals like alligators, pigs and chickens. Were you ever afraid, Nazie? QW: Yes, I was afraid of the pig. KW: What was it like seeing yourself on the big screen for the first time, after the film was finished? QW: I was like: “Wow! There is actually a bigger me, but I can handle it.” It was something you wouldn’t get used to, but I felt smaller, and my voice was smaller, too. So, there was like a bigger me with a smaller voice, and a smaller me with a big voice. It was something I would never have thought would happen that way. KW: You are the youngest of four kids. Do your sister and big brothers treat you any differently now that you’re a movie star? QW: Nope, they treat me the same way. KW: Nazie, are you anything like your character, Hushpuppy? QW: In some ways I am, in some ways I’m not. We both like to go outside and do some things that you wouldn’t even think about. Quvenzhané Wallis The “Beasts of the Southern Wild” Interview with Kam Williams Quvenzhané “Nazie“ Wallis was born on August 28, 2003, in Houma, Louisiana where she attends Honduras Elementary School. She is the daughter of Venjie and Qulyndreia Wallis, and sister to Qunyquekya, Vejon and Venjie Jr. Nazie loves reading, singing, dancing, acting and playing her iPod and Nintendo DS. She’s a big fan of China McClain, Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus, and her favorite sports are basketball, volleyball, dance and cheerleading. Here, she talks about the performance that garnered an Oscar nomination as Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild, a visually-enchanting modern parable issuing a dire warning about the threat to the planet posed by civilization and corporations if left unchecked. KW: What type of name is Quvenzhané? I thought it was French, especially since you’re from Louisiana, where there are a lot of people with French ancestry. QW: It’s Swahili. KW: My name is Swahili, too. Kam is short for Kamau. QW: [To her mother, excitedly] His name is Swahili, too! [To me] What does Kamau mean? KW: “Quiet warrior.” What does your name mean? QW: My name means “fairy.” KW: May I call you by your nickname, Nazie? QW: Yes, but it’s pronounced “Nay-zee.” KW: Sorry, “Nay-zee.” You were only 5, when you auditioned for the role of Hushpuppy. Had you acted or taken acting lessons before? QW: No.
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KW: What do you like to do to have fun? QW: Ride my bike. KW: What is your favorite movie? QW: Happy Feet 2. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B004EPZ0AC/ref=nosim/ thslfofire-20 KW: What is your favorite book? QW: Judy Moody. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0763654116/ref=nosim/ thslfofire-20 KW: Have you seen the Judy Moody movie? QW: No, I don’t think so, but I might have seen it at school. KW: I think you’d remember it if you’d seen it. It’s really cool! What do you like to watch on TV? QW: The Disney Channel. KW: Which Disney show is your favorite, Nazie? QW: Jessie. KW: I heard that you got along with Dwight Henry, who plays your father in Beasts of the Southern Wild, because he gave you a lot of brownies and cupcakes from his bakery the day he had to audition with you. See more on Afro.com
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KW: What do you think people will learn from this movie? QW: That when you’re a little kid, you might have to take care of your parents as much as they take care of you. Otherwise, they might get sick, and that’s something you don’t want to happen.
The Afro-American, January 19, 2013 - January 25, 2013
ARTS & CULTURE
Beyoncé to Perform at Obama Inauguration President Barack Obama can expect some sweet serenades at his inauguration ceremony, with hitmakers Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor on tap to perform some of the country’s most patriotic songs. From Hollywood to Music Row, celebrities have been a staple of Obama’s candidacy and presidency, so it was with little surprise that some of the biggest names in entertainment are helping him celebrate his Jan. 21 swearing-in Planners said Jan. 9 that Obama picked Beyoncé to sing the national anthem, Clarkson to perform “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” and Taylor to sing “America the Beautiful.” Beyoncé and Taylor have been devoted Obama supporters. Beyoncé sang the Etta James classic “At Last” for the president and first lady’s dance at the inaugural balls four years ago and hosted a $4 million fundraiser for his re-election. Taylor sang at the White House in Obama’s first term and at the Democratic
National Convention last summer Clarkson, however, once said she was a fan of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul for the 2012 race, although she said she voted Obama in 2008. She said on Twitter Jan. Beyoncé 9 that she is “excited & honored” to be performing at the inaugural. Richard Blanco, the son of Cuban exiles, is the 2013 inaugural poet, joining a select group that includes Maya Angelou and the late Robert Frost. Blanco”s works explore his family’s exile from Cuba and “the intersection of his cultural identities as a Cuban-American gay man,” inauguration planners announced. They said Blanco, 44, will be the youngest-ever inaugural poet and the first Hispanic or gay to recite a poem at the ceremonial swearing-in.
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“His contributions to the fields of poetry and the arts have already paved a path forward for future generations of writers,” Obama said in a statement. “Richard’s writing will be wonderfully fitting for an inaugural Courtesy Photo that will celebrate the strength of the American people and our nation’s great diversity.” Obama also gave a nod to the diversity of styles and backgrounds of the musical performers, saying that “their music is often at the heart of the American story and speaks to folks across the country.” Blanco said in the statement that he was “brimming over with excitement, awe, and gratitude” at being selected. “In many ways, this is the very ‘stuff’ of the American Dream,
which underlies so much of my work and my life’s story — America’s story, really,” he said. Paperbacks of Blanco’s books are out of stock on Amazon.com. They, along with virtually all works of poetry, are not available at e-books because publishers have not figured out how to format poetry properly for a digital device, so the only way to buy them is to find a used print copy. The announcements are part of the specifics beginning to emerge for the festivities planned over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. The swearing-in ceremony is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 21, because inaugurations aren’t traditionally held on Sundays. The president will have a private swearing-in ceremony at the White House at noon on Jan. 20, the time the Constitution says his second term begins. The official celebration will include the swearing-in on the Capitol’s west front, followed by a luncheon inside the building’s
Statuary Hall for 200 including congressional leaders, Cabinet members and Supreme Court justices. Planners said the lunch menu will feature steamed lobster, New England chowder, hickory grilled bison with wild huckleberry reduction and red potato horseradish cake and a dessert of apple pie, ice cream, cheese and honey. Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, chairman of the congressional committee overseeing events at the Capitol, said wines will be served with each course from his home state. Planners say they are decorating the tables with orange flowers in silver cachepots, “a geometric patterned tablecloth that picks up the copper and bronze tones of Statuary Hall,” while the head table will be draped in blue velvet. Schumer’s committee plans to present Obama with a custom hand-cut crystal Lenox vase with an etching of the White House. Vice President Joe Biden will be given one etched with an image of the Capitol.
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Should the Wizards Trade for Rudy Gay?
By Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley
Rumors have circled in recent days of a possible trade between the Washington Wizards and Memphis Grizzlies for small forward Rudy
Gay, with NBA analyst Ric Bucher reporting “The Wizards have made a ‘good’ offer for Gay.” Though John Wall has returned from a knee injury, the Wizards still lack explosive talent in
the front court with the oft-injured Nene, well, but often injured. Meanwhile, the Grizzlies owe Gay $18 million over the next few seasons and are looking to dump an overpriced salary. Though desperate for talent, should the Wizards make a play for the expensive Gay? Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley of the AFRO Sports Desk debate the question. Green: The Wizards are in the middle of a youth movement so adding the overpriced 26-year-old doesn’t really appease me. If Gay were the performer that he’s paid to be, it would be a little different, but the underachieving Gay has never lived up to expectations since being drafted. Washington has had its fair share of underperforming and overpaid players, and I really don’t want another one here in the District.
Riley: For a team short on talent it’s safe to say that beggars can’t be choosers. If Memphis is willing to unload that type of talent, then Washington should jump all over it. You never know what type of player Gay could become if he’s running the break with Wall and Beal. Washington would immediately change its colors with high-paced athletic trio. Add in the fact that the Wizards are likely to earn top-5 pick next year, and I’m in on a trade for Gay
Green: Acquiring Gay would likely mean trading away a slew of players, primarily Jordan Crawford, who I’m high on. I can’t see why Washington can’t add a similar talent in next year’s draft and still keep young prospects such as Crawford or Kevin Seraphin. Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor’s deals come off the books in another season, so the cap space would be cleared for Washington to get a big time talent in the free agent pool at that time. They don’t have to pay the bounty for a forward whose averaged just 20 points one
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Memphis Grizzlies’ Rudy Gay (22) drives the ball past Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green. time in his seven-year career.
Riley: You don’t have average 20 points to be an All-Star talent. Gay’s an athlete, a scorer and a capable defender, everything Washington needs as they slowly reassemble their team. A 6-foot, 8-inch wing player who can play close to three positions between shooting guard and power forward? Sign me up. Green: You’re also signing yourself up for a guy who has a history of not finishing seasons. He hasn’t played a full slate since the 2009-2010 season, when he played in 81 games. He’s played 153 games over the last three seasons, and considering that an NBA schedule is 82 games, that’s pretty weak. So not only is he overpaid, but he’s injury prone. Don’t let the bigger name fool you Riley, this would be another in a long line of Wizards mistakes if Washington goes after this deal
Riley: What do they have to lose? Gay only has two years left on his deal, so why not? If it doesn’t work out, then it doesn’t work out, but Wizards fans need to see the team at least trying to get better—and adding a talent like Gay shows just that. The team is 6-28, Green, they need to go all in on whatever deal they can.
January 19, 2013 - January 25, 2013, The Afro-American
Michelle Obama: A Change Agent for American Style
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March 2012 Obama donned an off-the-shoulder deep blue gown by Georgina Chapman at an official dinner in honor of Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron. AP Photo
September 2012 The First Lady sported a pink Tracy Reese dress at the Democratic National Convention. By Krishana Davis and Jacqueline James Special to the AFRO
(right) At the 2009 Inaugural Ball, Obama wore a custom-made, oneshoulder floor length white chiffon gown by Jason Wu.
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January 2011 Wearing a fire-red Alexander McQueen gown, the First lady and President Obama welcomed President Hu Jintao of China to the White House for the 2011 State Dinner.
Mixologists are creating new cocktails at the swankiest nightspots. s Hotel managers are Wikimedia Common preparing to welcome guests from all over the world. Event planners are shoring up last minute arrangements for private soirees. Politicians are dispensing coveted ball tickets. Floats are being readied for the parade. Washington is in full inauguration mode. The air is heavy with anticipation. How many visitors will converge on the National Mall? What will President Obama say in his Wikimedia Commons inaugural speech? And more importantly, what January 2009 will First Lady Michelle For Inauguration Day, Obama sported an Isabel Toledo lemongrass Obama wear? dress and coat. Jan. 21 will absolutely be about Barack Obama. That the including Jackie Kennedy,” Givhan, like the rest nation’s first Black president said Pulitzer-prize winning of the world, is anxiously is returning to the Capitol for fashion writer Robin Givhan. waiting to find out what his second swearing in has “She has raised the profile of the first lady will wear for special significance to the so many fashion designers in Inauguration Day 2013. She nation and the world. The the industry…” guessed that Michelle Obama event will go down in history Besides looking may select for its importance. fabulous, Michelle So will the first lady’s Obama has helped to Inauguration Day outfits. forge an evolution of While Obama will create the fashion industry, buzz with what is likely to experts said. In be an eloquent and inspiring 2009, she selected message to lead the nation two contemporary forward, Michelle Obama American-based will cause as great a stir designers for her with her choice of couture. inauguration choices. The image of the first lady The lemongrasssmiling and waving as she yellow dress strolled the parade route with suit by Cubanthe president in 2009 in the born designer elegant light green dress suit Isabel Toledo, remains engrained in our accessorized with minds. The president’s words, sage-colored for most, are a vague—if gloves and lownot forgotten—memory, heeled patent spectacular as they were at the pumps, launched time. Toledo to AP Photo October 2009 Four years later, the another level Obama in a bright gold Rodarte dress first lady is our nation’s in her career. chatting with Prince Albert of Monaco at a most famous fashion icon. Her impact on reception in Copenhagen. She’s the darling of Fifth the career of Avenue, sought for the cover Taiwan native of fashion magazines. Her Jason Wu, then appearance on a television 26, whose oneprogram in a frock from shoulder white chiffon gown another up-and-coming White House Black Market she wore in the evening, was designer, like Wu, or another led to a run on the stores. The even more profound. She American-based one, perhaps mention that she favors J. helped to skyrocket him from Michael Kors. Crew led women to converge near obscurity to astounding Local fashion watchers are on the retailer’s website in popularity. eager to see what she’ll select record numbers. Michelle Obama’s choices as well. Designers clamor to for the first inauguration, “I went out and purchased get her into their clothes, Givhan said, showcased the several pieces similar to knowing that one opportunity “American dream”—that ones I saw the first lady wear to dress Michelle Obama small businesses operated after the last inauguration,” could mean the difference by tenacious entrepreneurs said Carlee Hudson, 36, between tremendous success can be successful. Toledo of Bethesda. “She has and continuing struggle. and Wu’s companies are tremendous style. She made it “She has elevated the the epitome of the “small okay for us to pair a $250 pair American fashion industry business model politicians are of slacks with a $40 T-shirt, into the spotlight in a way quick to lavish praise on,” she then top that with a $25 that no other first lady has, told the AFRO. cardigan from Target. With
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Obama donned a black Michael Kors gown for her official White House portrait. money being so tight in recent suit by Marc Jacobs or years, that was a great help create a “Jackie O moment” to women who want to look by donning a matching stylish.” bubblegum pink dress and A Baltimore Michelle short-sleeved jacket by Obama fan said she launched Michael Kors. a fashion and fitness revolution at the same time. “She’s got women wearing dresses without sleeves in the wintertime! You never saw this many women in sleeveless dresses and tops in the cold weather before. We couldn’t wait for the temperature to drop so we could hide our arms, which we hated. Now, we’re all working out and going sleeveless.” W magazine suggested that Michelle Obama, for daytime festivities, might choose something like an animal-print coat and White House Photo skirt
Essence offered several designers an opportunity to showcase their ideas. Tsemaye Binitie drew a beautiful beaded strapless snugfitting evening gown with a “sandwashed silk” train and “chiffon frill” overlays from the waist to the hemline in the front. Project Runway season 9 designer Kimberly Goldson created a lace body-caressing gown. “I think the romance of lace is so befitting for this moment,” Goldson told the magazine. “The strapless [style] accentuates her toned arms, and the peplum into the fit-and-flare skirt just skims her gorgeous figure.” Whatever she chooses will make headlines, just like the president’s speech.
(top left) November 2009 At the Obama Administration’s first state dinner, The First Lady sported a chic gold strapless gown by Naeem Khan.
(left) November 2012 Obama celebrated her husband’s second election victory in a burgundy metallic Michael Kors Dress. AP Photo
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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM523 Chauncey Lane Morse Decedent Jonathan M. Lanyi 110 N. Washington St #403 Rockville, MD 20850 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Jonathan M. Lanyi, whose address is 110 N. Washington Street #403, Rockville MD 20850, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Chauncey Lane Morse, who died on October 11, 2011 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 (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before July 18, 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 July 18, 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 Publication: January 18, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Jonathan M. Lanyi Personal Representative 301-309-0160 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS TYPESET: 1/18, Mon1/25, Dec2/131
Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 12-0009170 IN RE: Telegan Neglokpe’ Mensah Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME
Telegan Neglokpe’ Mensah having filed a complaint for judgment changing Telegan Neglokpe’ Mensah name to Melchizedeck Lebanon Deborah and having applied to the court for an Order of Publication of the notice required by law in such cases; it is by the Court this 7th day of December 2012, hereby ORDERED, that a copy of this Order be published once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks, in The AfroAmerican Newspapers, a newspaper of general circulation of the District of Columbia; and it is further ORDERED, that the publication must began no later than two weeks after the filing of the application; and is further ORDERED, that the FINAL HEARING on this application to change name will be held in Judge-in-Chambers, Room 4220 in the District of Columbia at 500 Indiana Avenue NW Washington DC 20001, on the 28th day of January, 2013 at 2:30 pm.If any person desires to oppose this application, that person or his or her attorney must be present at the hearing or file written detailed objections five (5) days in advance of the hearing with Judge-in-Chambers and mail a copy of the applicant or applicant’s counsel; and it is further SO ORDERED JUDGE 1/4, 1/11, 1/18
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Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 2013FSP33 IN RE: Myla Sally SternthalReich Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME
Ezekiel W. Reich having filed a complaint for judgment changing Myla Sally Sternthal-Reich name to Myla Sally Sternreich and having applied to the court for an Order of Publication of the notice required by law in such cases; it is by the Court this 11th day of January 2013, hereby ORDERED, that all persons concerned show cause, if any there be, on or before the 15th day of February 2013, why the prayers of said complaint should not be granted; provided that a copy of this Order be published once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks, before said day in T h e Wa s h i n g t o n A f r o American Newspapers. SO ORDERED JUDGE 1/18, 1/25, 2/1
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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM1270 Fanny Viola Young aka Fanny V. Young Decedent Glenda M. WheelerAllen, Esq 808 E Street NE Suite A. Washington DC 20002 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Kevin R. Wheeler, Sr., whose address is 11712 Amer Court, Fort Washington, MD 20744, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Fanny Viola Young aka Fanny V. Young, who died on December 5, 2012 with 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 (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before July, 11, 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 July, 11, 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 Publication: January 11, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Kevin R. Wheeler, Sr. Personal Representative 202-327-0546 11:27:12 TRUE TESTEST COPY2012 REGISTER OF WILLS 1/11, 1/18, 1/25
TYPESET: Mon Dec 24 Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM814 Wilhemena Alexander Decedent Wesley L. Clarke 1629 K Street Suite 300 Washington DC 20006 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Wesley L. Clarke, whose address is 1629 K Street Suite 300, Washington DC 20006 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Wilhemena Alexander, who died on February 9, 2002 without a Will, and will service with 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., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before June 28, 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 June 28, 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 Publication: December 28, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Wesley L. Clarke Personal Representative 202-257-9730 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 12/28, 1/4, 1/11
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM1294 Constance J. Lee Decedent Venoia M. Rolle Esq 1629 K. Street NW Suite 300 Washington DC 20006 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Brenda D. Lee and Walker Lee, whose addresses are 3291 Abilene Road, Farmville, VA 23901-5954, were appointed personal representatives of the estate of Constance J. Lee, who died on August 31, 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., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before July 18, 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 July 18, 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 Publication: January 18, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Brenda D. Lee Walker Lee Personal Representatives 434-223-7781 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OFTue WILLS TYPESET: Jan 15 1/18, 1/25, 2/1 SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT COLUMBIA 09:54:47 OF EST 2012 CIVIL DIVISION Case No. 2012 CA 007998 R(RP) Judge Erik P. Christian Calendar 12 ESTATE OF ANNIE B. PHARR, Plaintiff, v. ESTATE OF FRANK C. DANCY, et al., Defendants. ORDER Upon consideration of Plaintiffs’ Request for Authorization of Alternative Service and Issuance of Order of Publication, the Motion is granted. In actions for the establishment of title to real estate by possession, ”publication may be substituted for personal service of process upon a defendant who can not be found and... against the unknown heirs or devisees of deceased persons.” D.C. Code § 13336(a) (2012). The instant matter is an action for quiet title, for which Plaintiffs seek to serve unknown heirs and devisees of the deceased Defendant, Frank C. Dancy. Plaintiffs seek to establish their rights, titles, and interest to the ownership of Lot 32 in Square 3253, commonly known as 413 Farragut Street, NW, Washington, D.C. While the Court grants Plaintiffs’ Motion as it relates to unknown heirs and devisees, at this time the Court does not grant this alternative service as it relates to Elsie L. Dancy, the surviving spouse of Frank C. Dancy. Plaintiffs’ motion only seeks to authorize alternative service on the Estate of Frank C. Dancy,and his heirs and successors. Elsie L. Dancy, a named Defendant,is not mentioned. WHEREFORE, it is this 5th day of December, 2012, ORDERED, that the Motion is GRANTED; and it is FURTHER ORDERED, that Defendants Heirs, Descendants, Successors, and Assigns of Addresses Unknown of the Deceased Frank C. Dancy shall cause his appearance to be entered herein on or before the fortieth day, exclusive of Sundays and legal holidays, occurring after the day of the first publication of this Order; otherwise the cause will be proceeded with as in cause of default, PROVIDED, a copy of this Order is published in the Daily Washington Law Reporter and in a newspaper with general circulation in the District of Columbia once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks; and it is FURTHER ORDERED, that the January 11, 2012 Scheduling Conference is hereby continued to Friday, March 15, 2013, at 10:00 a.m.; and it is FURTHER ORDERED, that for each Motion filed, the parties shall e-mail a copy of the proposed order in Microsoft Word Format to the following e-mail addresses pursuant to this Court’s General Order: Christiane2@dcsc.gov and Christiane3@dcsc.gov. SO ORDERED. Erik P. Christian Judge (Signed-in-Chambers) 1/18, 1/25, 2/1
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TYPESET: Mon Dec 31 11:24:37 EST TYPESET: Tue2012 Jan 08 13:43:35 ESTMon 2013Dec 31 11:25:15 EST 2012 TYPESET: LEGAL NOTICES Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM945 Abbie C. Johnson Decedent Johnny M. Howard 1001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 402 Washington DC 20036 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Ozella P. Mitcell, whose address is 142 Michigan Avenue, NE Apt 23U, Washington DC 20017-1067 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Abbie C. Johnson, who died on September 7, 1996 without a Will, and will serve with 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., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before July 4, 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 July 4, 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 Publication: January 4, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Ozella P. Mitchell Personal Representative 202-628-7058 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/4, 1/11, 1/18
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM1266 Sarah Jane Douglas Decedent Tony Graham, Sr. 9701 Apollo Drive Suite 495 Largo, MD 20774 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
India Brown, whose address is 3001 Bladensburg Road NE, #206, Washington DC 20018, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Sarah Jane Douglas, who died on August 23, 2008 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., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before July, 11, 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 July, 11, 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 Publication: January 11, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter India Brown Personal Representative 240-281-3828 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/11, 1/18, 1/25
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM1250 Patricia Ann Wright Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Pamela Brown, whose address is 1533 K Street, SE, Washington DC 20003 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Patricia Ann Wright, who died on October 18, 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., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before July 4, 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 July 4, 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 Publication: January 4, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Pamela Brown Personal Representative 202-718-8266 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/4, 1/11, 1/18
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Aldrich A. Robinson (name of deceased settlor) whose address was 322 Gallatin Street, NW. Washington DC 20011 created a revocable trust on January 7, 2012, which remained in existence on the date of his/her death on October 28, 2012 and Katherine R. Marshall, whose address is 1520 Portal Drive, Washington DC 20012 is the currently acting trustee, hereinafter the Trustee. Communications to the trust should be mailed or directed to Dr. Katherine R. Marshall at 1520 Portal Drive, Washington DC 20012 for the Aldrich A. Robinson Trust Dated January 7, 2004. The Trust is subject to claims of the deceased settlor’s creditors, costs of administration of the settlor ’s estate, the expenses of the deceased settlor’s funeral and disposal of remains, and statutory allowances to a surviving spouse and children to the extent the deceased settlor’s residuary probate estate is inadequate to satisfy those claims, costs, expenses, and allowances. Claims of the deceased settlor’s creditors are barred as against the Trustee and the trust property unless presented to the Trustee at the address provided herein on or before July 4, 2013 6 months after the date of the first publication of this notice). An action to contest the validity of this trust must be commenced by the earliest of (1) October 28, 2013 (one year from date of death of the deceased settler) or (2) July 4, 2013 (6 months from the date of first publication of this notice) or (3) ninety days after the Trustee sends the person a copy of the trust instrument and a notice informing the person of the trust’s existence, the Trustee’s name and address, and the time allowed for commencing a proceeding. The Trustee may proceed to distribute the trust property in accordance with the terms of the trust before the expiration of the time within which an action must be commenced unless the Trustee knows of a pending judicial proceeding contesting the validity of the trust or the Trustee has received notice from a potential contestant who thereafter commences a judicial proceeding within sixty days after notification. This Notice must be mailed postmarked within 15 days of its first publication to each heir and qualified beneficiary of the trust and any other person who would be an interested person within the meaning of D.C. Code, sec. 20-101(d) Date of Publication: January 4, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Dr. Katherine R. Marshall 11:26:28 EST 2012 To be signed by Trustee 301-390-2222 Attorney Gloria Johnson TRUE TEST COPY TYPESET: Mon Dec 31 REGISTER OF WILLS 1/4, 1/11, 1/18
IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CIVIL DIVISION Case Number: 2012CA002115R(RP) Action Involving Real Property Honorable Michael L. Rankin Next Event: Status Hearing December 21, 2012 10:00 AM
DAVID CREECH 510 Underwood Street NW Washington DC 20012 and GLORIA C. KIRK 514 Underwood Street NW Washington DC 20012 PLAINTIFFS v. All Unknown owners of the property described below, their heirs, devisees, grantees, assigns or successors in right, title, interest, and any and all persons having or claiming to have any interest in leasehold or fee simple in the property and premises situate, lying and being in the District of Columbia Real Property: Lot 26, Square 939 (242 10th St. NE, Washington DC.)
Defendants. ORDER OF PUBLICATION
The object of this proceeding is to remove the cloud on the title in the following real property located in the District of Columbia and to vest title of record in the Plaintiffs in this action: Lot 26, Square 939 located at 242 10th Street, NE, Washington, D.C. (the ”Property”). Harvie Jackson, now deceased, would, if living, be a proper party to this action. The plaintiff has been unable to identify or locate any defendants. On motion of the plaintiff, it is this 27th day of November, 2012, hereby ORDERED, that all unknown owners of the Property, their heirs, devisees, personal representatives, executors, administrators, grantees, assigns or successors in right, title, or interest; Harvie Jackson’s unknown heirs, devisees, personal, representatives, andexecutors, administrators, grantees, assigns or successors in right, title, and/or interest; and any and all persons having or claiming to have any interest in the leasehold or fee simple in the Property, shall hereby cause their appearances to be entered herein on or before the fortieth day, exclusive of Sundays and legal holidays, occurring after the day of the first publication of this order; otherwise the case will proceed to final judgment on account of such default; provided a copy of this Order of Publication be published twice a month for three (3) consecutive months in the National Law Journal, the Daily Washington Law Reporter, and the Washington Afro-American Newspaper. SO ORDERED. Michael L. Rankin Associate Judge 1/4, 1/11, 2/1, 2/8, 3/1, 3/8
301-390-2222 Attorney Gloria Johnson Superior Court of TRUE TEST COPY the District of REGISTER OF WILLS District of Columbia 1/4, 1/11, 1/18
PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM1258 Darrell Michael Williams Decedent Angela M. Williams, Pro Se and Gregory A. Williams, ProSe 3310 Oxon Run Rd. SE Washington DC 20032 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Angela M. Williams and Gregory A. Williams, whose address are 3310 Oxon Run Road, SE, Washington DC 20032, were appointed personal representatives of the estate of Darrell Michael Williams, who died on November 27, 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., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before July, 11, 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 July, 11, 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 Publication: January 11, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Angela M. Williams Gregory A. Williams Personal Representative 202-562-4366 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS TYPESET:1/11, Tue1/18, Jan1/25 15
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM1287 Helen Evelyn Allen Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Richard M. Allen, whose address is 6112 Richmanor Terrace, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Helen Evelyn Allen, who died on July 31, 2012 with 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 (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall 11:37:26 EST 2012 be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before July 18, 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 July 18, 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 Publication: January 18, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Richard M. Allen Personal Representative 301-599-6668 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER WILLS TYPESET:OF1/18, Tue Jan 15 1/25, 2/1
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM1288 Carl Gorham Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
George William Gorham, whose address is 843 Hilltop Terrace, SE., Washington DC 20019 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Carl Gorham, who died on April 27, 1996 without a Will, and will serve with 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., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before July 18, 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 July 18, 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 Publication: January 18, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter George William Gorham Personal Representative 202-494-7847 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/18, 1/25, 2/1
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PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR THE WASHINGTON REGION´S PROPOSED SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2013 UPDATE TO THE CONSTRAINED LONG-RANGE PLAN (CLRP), FY 2013-2018 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (TIP), AND AIR QUALITY CONFORMITY ANALYSIS The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) will initiate a 30-day public comment period for the proposed submissions for the 2013 update to the Constrained Long-Range Plan (CLRP) and FY2013-2018 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), including a scope of work for the air quality conformity analysis, on January 17 at the TPB Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting. The CAC meets from 6 pm to 8 pm in the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) first floor conference center, 777 N. Capitol St. NE, Washington, DC 20002. This public comment period will extend through Saturday February 16, 2013. The TPB is scheduled to approve these submissions at its February 20, 2013 meeting. Members of the public are invited to review these draft documents on the COG website, www.mwcog.org/transportation/. These materials may also be reviewed at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), 777 N. Capitol St. NE, Washington, DC 20002. The CLRP shows the road, bridge, high-occupancy vehicle (HOV), transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects funded through the year 2040. The six-year TIP includes all projects, programs, and strategies that state and local transportation agencies plan to implement between 2013 and 2018. The air quality conformity analysis assesses the plan amendments and program with respect to the air quality requirements under the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. Members of the public are invited to submit comments on the draft documents on-line at www.mwcog.org/tpbpubliccomment/. Written comments can also be mailed to TPB Chairman Scott York, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), 777 N. Capitol St. NE, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20002.
TYPESET: Jan 15 or10:24:37 EST 2013 please call (202) 962-3311 or For additionalTue information for special assistance, (202) 962-3213 (TDD). NVTC is seeking public comment on its proposed 2012-2014 DBE program and its goal of 10.3%. The program and goal are available for the next 45 days at www.thinkoutsidethecar.org or by visiting NVTC at 2300 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 620, Arlington, VA 22201. Public comments will be accepted for the next 45 days. Send comments to: Mariela GarciaColberg. Tue Jan 08 13:45:05 EST 2013 TYPESET: Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 0009576-12 IN RE: Stephon Deandre Wood Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME
Stephon Deandre Wood having filed a complaint for judgment changing Stephon Deandre Wood name to Alicia Saharie Wood and having applied to the court for an Order of Publication of the notice required by law in such cases; it is by the Court this 27th day of December 2012, 10:20:51 hereby EST 2013 ORDERED, that a copy of this Order be published once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks, in The AfroAmerican Newspapers, a newspaper of general circulation of the District of Columbia; and it is further ORDERED, that the publication must began no later than two weeks after the filing of the application; and is further ORDERED, that the FINAL HEARING on this application to change name will be held in Judge-in-Chambers, Room 4220 in the District of Columbia at 500 Indiana Avenue NW Washington DC 20001, on the 15th day of February, 2013 at 3:15 pm.If any person desires to oppose this application, that person or his or her attorney must be present at the hearing or file written detailed objections five (5) days in advance of the hearing with Judge-in-Chambers and mail a copy of the applicant or applicant’s counsel; and it is further 0 the applicant must send the application for change of name and notice of final hearing to the DC Chief of Police, 300 Indiana Avenue, NW Room 5080, Washington DC 20001, the Department of Corrections and Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency personally or by registered or certified mail and show proof of service by filling the affidavit/declaration of service. SO ORDERED JUDGE TYPESET: Tue Jan 08 1/11, 1/18, 1/25
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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM1167 Lawrence McKenzie TYPESET: TYPESET: Mon Oct Oct 29 29 11:18:45 11:18:45 EDT EDT 2012 2012 Decedent Mon Gloria McKenzie Attorney Superior Superior Court Court of NOTICE OF of the theDistrict Districtof of APPOINTMENT, District District of ofColumbia Columbia NOTICE TO CREDITORS PROBATE PROBATE DIVISION DIVISION 10:21:18 EST 2013 AND NOTICE TO Washington, Washington,D.C. D.C. UNKNOWN HEIRS 20001-2131 20001-2131 Gloria McKenzie, whose Administration Administration No. No.address is 231 Peabody Street, 2012ADM994 2012ADM994 NE. Washington DC 20011, Melvin Melvin Rudolph Rudolph was appointed personal reJohnson Johnson of the estate of presentative Lawrence Decedent DecedentMcKenzie, who died on August 11, 2005 withWesley Wesley L. L.Clarke Clarke out a Will, and will serve with 1629 1629KKsupervision. Street StreetNW NWAll unCourt Suite Suite300 300 and heirs whose known heirs Washington Washingtonare DC DC20006 20006 whereabouts unknown shall enter their appearance Attorney Attorney in thisNOTICE proceeding. NOTICE OF OF Objections to such appointment APPOINTMENT, shallAPPOINTMENT, be filed with the RegisNOTICE TO TO515 5th ter of NOTICE Wills, D.C., CREDITORS CREDITORS Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, AND ANDNOTICE NOTICE TO TO on or UNKNOWN before July, HEIRS 11, 2013. UNKNOWN HEIRS Claims the decedent Sheriel Sheriel against L. L. Sexcius, Sexcius, whose whose shall beisispresented to the address address 229 229 Quackenbos Quackenbos undersigned with a copy to Street Street NW, NW, Washington Washington DC DC the Register of Wills or filed 20011 20011 was, appointed appointed perwith thewas, Register of Willsperwith sonal sonal representative representative of of the a copy to the undersigned,the on estate estate of ofJuly, Melvin Melvin Rudolph Rudolph or before 11, 2013, or be Johnson, Johnson, who who died died on on FebFebforever barred. Persons beruary ruary23, 23, 2012 without without aaWill, Will, lieved to 2012 be heirs or legatees and andthe will willdecedent serve serve without without Court Court of who do not supervision. supervision. All unknown unknown receive a copyAll of this notice hby heei irmail rss aawithin nndd hhe25 ei irrsdays s wwhhof oossits ee whereabouts whereabouts are are unknown unknown first publication shall so inshall shall enter enter their their appearance appearance form the Register of Wills, in in this this proceeding. proceeding. ObjecObjecincluding name, address and tions tions to to such such appointment appointment relationship. Date of shall shallbe bePublication: filed filedwith withthe theRegisRegisJanuary 11, 2013 ter ter of of Wills, Wills, D.C., D.C., 515 515 5th 5th Name of N.W., newspaper: Street, Street, N.W., 3rd 3rd Floor Floor Afro-American Washington, Washington,D.C. D.C.20001, 20001,on on Washington or or before before April April 19, 19, 2013. 2013. Law Reporter Claims Claims against againstthe thedecedent decedent Gloria McKenzie shall shall be be presented presented to to the the undersigned undersigned with with aaPersonal copy copy to to Representative the the Register Register of of Wills Wills or or filed filed 202-264-6229 with withthe theRegister Registerof ofWills Willswith with TEST COPY aTRUE acopy copyto tothe theundersigned, undersigned, on on REGISTER OF WILLS or orbefore beforeApril April 19, 19, 2013, 2013,or orbe be 1/11, 1/18, 1/25 forever forever barred. barred. Persons Persons bebelieved lievedto tobe beheirs heirsor orlegatees legatees of of the the decedent decedent who who do do not not receive receiveaacopy copyof ofthis thisnotice notice by by mail mail within within 25 25 days days of of its its first first publication publication shall shall so so ininform form the the Register Register of of Wills, Wills, including includingname, name,address addressand and relationship. relationship. Date Dateof ofPublication: Publication: October October19, 19,2012 2012 Name Nameof ofnewspaper: newspaper: Afro-American Afro-American Washington Washington Law LawReporter Reporter Sheriel SherielL. L.Sexcius Sexcius Personal Personal Representative Representative 202-257-9730 202-257-9730 TRUE TRUETEST TESTCOPY COPY REGISTER REGISTEROF OFWILLS WILLS 10/19, 10/19,10/26, 10/26,11/2 11/2
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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WATER AND SEWER AUTHORITY (DC WATER) REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ) FORDC CLEAN RIVERS PROJECT DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION (DESIGN-BUILD) SERVICES CONTRACT NO. 120230 - FIRST STREET TUNNEL The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) requests the submittal of a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) for design-build services in connection with the First Street Tunnel (FST), a part of the DC Clean Rivers Project (DCCR) for control of Combined Sewer Overflows (CSO) to the Anacostia River. Detailed information on the scope of work, procurement process, required content of the SOQ, submittal requirements, and evaluation process are contained in the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) document. Firms wishing to submit SOQ´s should contact Ms. Kimberly Isom by e-mail at email@example.com to obtain the RFQ document. Requests must refer to Contract No. 120230. The construction for the FST contract includes, but is not limited to, the following: A large diameter tunnel excavated in soft ground, four shafts, three adit connections, three diversion structures, one inlet structure, internal hydraulic structures, passive odor control system, utility relocations and a pumping station. The tunnel is 18-feet minimum diameter (inside), 2,800 feet (±) long, and ranges in depth from 160 feet to 80 feet (±). The four shafts range from 20 to 55 feet (±) in diameter (inside) with invert depths ranging from 100 feet to 160 feet (±) below the ground surface. The three adits range from 20 to 400 feet (±) in length and are 6.5 to 10 feet in diameter (inside). The invert depths for the diversion structures are 25 to 35 feet (±) below the ground surface. The construction also includes the start-up of the tunnel system north of Rhode Island Avenue and coordination with the tunnel pumping station. After review of the SOQ´s received, DC Water will shortlist a maximum of three teams in accordance with the evaluation criteria listed in the RFQ. DC Water will then provide a Request for Proposals (RFP) package to the shortlisted firms, who will be invited to submit a proposal. Selection of the Design-Builder will be based upon both technical and price elements in accordance with the selection criteria specified in the RFP. The contract resulting from the RFP will be subject to Fair Share Objectives for Minority and Women Business Enterprises (MBE and WBE). MBE and WBE objectives for professional services are 28 percent and 4 percent, respectively. MBE and WBE objectives for construction services are 32 percent and 6 percent, respectively. The program requirements are fully defined in the U.S. EPA´s Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in Procurement Under EPA Financial Assistance Agreements - May 25, 2008. No pre-SOQ meeting will be held for the FST contract. SOQs will be accepted until February 27, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. local time by DC Water´s Kimberly Isom located on the 2nd floor of the Central Maintenance Facility (CMF) at the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant, 5000 Overlook Ave SW, Washington, DC 20032. Persons submitting SOQs must obtain a visitor´s pass at the security building located at the plant´s entrance. Please allow 30 to 60 minutes to complete this process. Parking will be available in designated areas.
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