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Bowser Trumps Gray in Primary By Dorothy Rowley WI Staff Writer Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser scored a big upset in the District Tuesday night by defeating incumbent Mayor Vincent C. Gray in the Democratic mayoral primary. Having done so, Bowser, 42, a

protégé of former Mayor Adrian Fenty and fifth-generation Washingtonian, will likely face Council member David Catania (I-At-Large) in the November general election. “Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers out there,” said Bowser who, during a dead heat battle with Gray, tapped into a

share of the population that had grown weary of the cloud of suspicion that has continued to hang over the embattled mayor. “Today is resounding affirmation of values that we share, and that the status quo is not good enough,” Bowser told a crowded room of family, friends and supporters at Imagine Public Char-

ter School in Southeast. “We know that we can do better if we have a fresh start,” she said, having explained earlier in the day that since January, her campaign has been one of the fastest-moving in the District. “You lay out a plan and you work hard to get the job done,” said Bowser, whose energetic

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Diana Mayhew President & CEO National Cherry Blossom Festival at the 2014 Pink Tie Party

The National Cherry Blossom Festival held their fabulous Pink Tie Party at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center in Washington, DC . This year’s theme “Step Into Spring” held true as there was Blossom Buzz, Bud Burst (Sponsored by Macy’s) Petal Pitch (Sponsored by Kirin Brewery) and Spring Fling (Macy’s toss a ring) with Bubbles (A penny throw game) , & the Chevy Chase Fashion Pedestals -All the men (only a few non conformers) wore PINK TIES and many of us ladies wore pink too!.This party was the BEST!

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law enforcement. She said they threat,” she said. had come together to bring a Among the programs Marlow sense of uniformity in the way wants to see implemented are domestic violence victims and stricter restraining order policies, survivors are treated. more rights for victim's families “She's using her own personal to intervene on behalf of a vicstory, her own personal pain to tim, a domestic violence assesspush forward,” Davis-Nickens ment unit coupled with further said about Marlow. training for law enforcement Davis-Nickens said anyone agencies, a Child's Life Protecwho reads Marlow's book will tion Act and mandatory counsel“get it.” She said she “puts the ing for batterers. case in such a way, the average “If we are ever going to eradiperson can get it.” She said at the cate domestic violence, we must end of the day, the book will look at both sides of the coin. help people begin to have a dia- We need to address both the viclogue about domestic violence. tim and the batterer,” Marlow Also present at the event was said. Mildred Muhammad, the exMarlow would also like to see wife of John Allen Muhammad, programs designed to raise who was sentenced to six consec- awareness among children in utive life terms without parole public and private schools. She by a Maryland jury for his role in feels children need to be educatthe Beltway Sniper attacks in ed about domestic violence. 2002. Mildred Muhammad is “We have to stop being pasthe founder of After the Trauma, sive-aggressive with poor chilan organization that helps the dren about domestic violence,” survivors of domestic violence Marlow said. and their children. worked to break First Book-DC awarded grants that totaledMarlow thousandshas of dollars to 25 “I lived fear foron sixMarch years.26 Sixduring theitscycle abuse in Celebration. her family, schools and in nonprofits fifth of Book Grant years in is aNaji-Allah long time. It is and is confident the policies she /Photo by fear Khalid not an easy thing to come out is pushing for will start that of,” she said. process. Mildred Muhammad rector at NCFC, considered said the in “Ibook plan to take these to grants, the policies equivalent peoplethewho want to that helpthea of Congress and implore them to grant, second award 24,000 books, since its 2011 domestic has violence victim change Funds our laws,” Marlow said. nonprofit received from must First launch. for the grants come be careful aofvaluable how they go into “I will not stop until these poliBook-DC, resource in from corporate the victim's life, understand cies are passed.”and private conhelping it fulfill its and mission. tributors. The Jones nonprofit that she been may able be in “survival Tia Carol can distributes be reached “We’ve to give 120 mode”. the money during fall and spring at books to our students and we would “Before you get to 'I'm going grant cycles, often encouraging lohave notyou,' beenitable to do as it [without to kill started a verbal WI these grants],” said McCrary. “I’ve cal nonprofits and schools to apply. worked in education for almost 10 Grant winners in the spring cycle years. Our youth need people that demonstrated a commitment to look like them that will put time education and outlined how their and effort into their development,” services increased literacy among said McCrary, a Southeast resident. children living in low-income comGenghis X. Shakhan accept- munities. The funds distributed by ed a $1,150 grant on behalf of First Book-DC will purchase nearly Friendship Tech Prep Academy in 10,000 books. Southeast that will go toward the Teresa Perry, a patent paralegal purchase of books that students for an intellectual property firm, can take home. The instructional attended the event with a friend. specialist said students will benefit She said that she enjoyed supportfrom their immersion in literature ing what she considered an importbeyond the classroom. “We wanted the students to start ant cause while spending time with a personal library,” said Shakhan, other young professionals. 39. “Our job is to make them fall in “Gatherings like this are always love with print and explain to them successful because of the positive that no matter what [medium], energy that we give one another,” whether it’s a television show or said Perry, 29. “I like supporting movie, a writer is involved. The stulike-minded people L.Y. that give back Marlow dents will write about the concepts to the community. It’s rare that you they learn in their journals. The are around that. First Book-DC albooks we purchase with this grant ways gives these grants to up-andwill help facilitate the process,” said coming organizations. This allows Shakhan who lives in Northwest. First Book-DC, managed by an me to not take my education for advisory board of 15 volunteers, granted,” said Perry, a Bowie, Md. has doled out more than $60,000 resident. WI

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Dr. James Lyons had little doubt about what the partnership between the University of the District of Columbia and the National Cherry Blossom Festival meant to the Northwest-based higher learning institution and its neighbors. However, when Lyons, the university’s president, overheard a conversation between a father and his young son, the partnership’s meaning resonated all the more. “When I walked to the gym to greet [festival goers], I walked behind a family and a young son turned to his father and said that this is the greatest place in the world,” Lyons said regarding a conversation that took place about a year ago. “I said to the young person, ‘excuse me, young man, and would you like to work for [the University of the District of Columbia]?’ The father, who grew up not too far from here, said he’d never been to UDC before and he loved it. There’s no better testament than that,” Lyons said. Residents and school officials said the National Cherry Blossom Festival has brought new found recognition to the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) and its participation has served to bolster its status inside the District, where universities such as Georgetown, George Washington, Howard and American command the bulk of attention. UDC has continued to play an important role in the National Cherry Blossom Festival. In previous years, the university grew the trees at its farm in Beltsville, Md., and this year officials are using the campus as a staging ground for parade participants. Two years ago, when the festival enjoyed its centennial, UDC celebrated its “160th year of scholarship and achievement.” Festival officials donated more than 40 cherry trees to the university’s new Dr. Cleveland Dennard Plaza on campus and along the Connecticut Avenue streetscape in Northwest. Since the partnership’s inception, festival organizers have provided educational and internship opportunities to UDC students. For the 2013 festival, UDC served as host to the annual parade by providing rehearsal space



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in the sports complex at the Van Ness Campus for an 800-member tap dance team and a 900-member parade youth choir. “We’re seeking to expand that partnership as part of our outreach and community involvement,” said Lee Brian Reba, the executive director of corporate relations and special events at UDC. “This partnership is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the university to over 1,500 kids, plus their parents,” Reba said. The showcase hasn’t been lost on local residents, either. Nichelle Benton, who attends nearby Georgetown University, called UDC a hidden treasure that’s out in the open. Benton, 24, said the cherry trees will serve the landscape of the university all the more once the construction projects the school’s undergoing are completed. “I think UDC finally has found appreciation in the District and I think its participation with the National Cherry Blossom Festival is working out to UDC’s advantage,” Benton said. Benton’s friend, Roland Simpson, who works at a law firm near Georgetown, agreed with her assessment. “It’s lovely,” said Simpson, 28. “As someone who lives in the District and not too far from UDC’s campus, it’s exciting to know that they are working hard to be a vital part of the community,” he said. As the only urban land-grant institution in the country, UDC officials said they pride themselves on supporting a broad mission of education, research and community service across all its member colleges and schools,

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Black Facts April 3 1888 – Ma Rainey (Gertrude Bridget) was born on this date in 1888. Known as the “Mother of the Blues,” Rainey made first recording in 1923. 1962 - In retaliation against a Black Boycott of downtown stores, the Birmingham, Alabama City Commission voted not to pay the city’s $45,000 share of a $100,000 county program which supplied surplus food to the needy. More than 90 percent of the recipients of aid were Black. When the NAACP protested the Commission decisions, Birmingham Mayor Arthur J. Hanes dismissed their complaint as a “typical reaction from New York Socialist radicals.”


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April 4 1915 – Muddy Walters is born McKinley Morganfield in Rolling Fork, Mississippi. Walters would go on to become one of the primary shapers of that genre of music known as the Blues. Indeed, he was easily one of the most influential musicians of the first half of the 20th century. 1928 – Poet Maya Angelou is born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri. Angelou now ranks as one of the greatest poets in America. But her talents have also been expressed as a playwright, author, producer, historian and civil rights activist. 1968 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated while standing on a hotel balcony in Memphis. Urban rebellions break out in over 100 U.S. cities and at least 50 people are killed as more than 20,000 federal troops and 34,000 National Guardsmen are mobilized to put down the disturbances. April 5 1976 – The infamous COINTELPRO documents are released. In response to an accidental discovery at a warehouse and a freedom of information lawsuit, the FBI is forced to release documents detailing an intensive and extensive campaign to disrupt and destroy civil rights and anti-war orga-

nizations and their leaders. 1990 – Jazz great Sarah Vaughn dies. Vaughn was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1924 and went on to become what many considered “the world’s greatest singing talent.” She was known as the “incomparable Sarah Vaughn.” April 6 1798 – One of the nation’s most famous and accomplished early Black pioneers, James Beckwourth, is born. The product of a white slave owner and a Black slave mother, Beckwourth acquired his freedom and became a successful fur trader. He would later become a scout for the Rocky Mount Fur Company. However, in 1824, he joined the Crow Indian nation and married a Crow woman. He would later move west where he discovered an important passageway through the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The passage was named “Beckwourth Pass” after him. April 7 1915 – Billie Holiday is born. She would go on to become the greatest blues and jazz singers ever with songs like “The Man I Love” and “God Bless the Child Whose Got His Own.” Motown legend Diana Ross portrayed Holiday in the biopic Lady Sings the

Blues in 1977, immortalizing her life and music for future generations. April 8 1974 – Hammering Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves breaks the homerun record of the legendary Babe Ruth when he hit his 715th homer during a game at Atlanta Stadium. 1990 – Scientist Percy Julian, who developed drugs to combat glaucoma and methods to mass produce cortisone, is admitted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. April 9 1933 - Dr. Nathan Hare, publisher and educator is born in Slick, Oklahoma. Often called “the father of black studies.” On February 1, 1968, Hare was hired at San Francisco State, as the first coordinator of a black studies program in the United States, to write a proposal for the first department of black studies. He is the founding publisher of The Black Scholar. 1950 - Juanita Hall becomes the first African American to win a Tony award for her role as Bloody Mary in the musical South Pacific.

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VIEWP INT Victor Akosile Washington, D.C.    A lot of people use mass transit systems because they’re supposed to be much cheaper than driving. But as Metro continues to frequently raise rates, it almost doesn’t make sense to use it as an option. To travel one stop on the train at peak hours costs $1.80, and they now want to charge even more. It’s starting to make me consider whether buying a gallon of gas for my car is the better option. It’s getting to the point where it doesn’t make much sense to continue using Metro.                 

Brenda Johnson Washington, D.C. I don’t think it’s fair to continue raising Metro rates. I think they should set a limit and cap it at that, as it’s unfair to the people who don’t have jobs and money to continue paying expensive rates. Traveling by Metro has become such an inconvenience because service is unreliable and spotty at times. I’m not in agreement with the increase in fares.        

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Jackie Snowden Washington, D.C. I think Metro has people over a barrel as many depend on it for transportation, and it’s not like they’ll stop riding the buses and trains just because they’ve raised rates. Hopefully the rate hikes will improve service and make the ride more enjoyable for the people who do use it regularly. Public transportation is such an important part of people’s lives in the area that they’ll continue to use it, even if there is an increase in fares.       

Carrie Henderson Washington, D.C. Now is not the time to raise rates for public transportation; there are a lot of people who are unemployed. Metro continues to have mix-ups with the scheduling of their buses and trains and the Silver Spring Metro station has been under construction for ages. The rate hike is unfair to the people who use Metro because they have no choice but to pay the increased fares.      

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D.C. Council member Christopher Barry? In what took many by surprise, Christopher Barry, the son of D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), made an appearance with his father, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) and Bishop C. Matthew Hudson on March 19 at Matthews Memorial Baptist Church in Southeast. While Marion Barry’s endorsement of Gray dominated the event, some in the audience speculated that the younger Barry’s presence had a purpose. There’s been chatter  in Ward 8  on who will succeed Marion Barry and his son’s name has come up repeatedly, along with that of former D.C. State Board of Education member Trayon White, Ward 8 Democrats President Natalie Williams and Historic Anacostia neighborhood leader Charles Wilson. Christopher Barry said that he has another agenda, for now. “I am interested in helping small businesses and supporting entrepreneurship,” said Christopher  Barry, 33. “I also want to help our returning citizens. Politics is not a priority right now.” Christopher Barry is remembered for his eloquent eulogy of his mother, Effi, in 2007 and making spirited speeches on behalf of his father during campaign  events. He served as the treasurer for his father’s  2008 re-election campaign.  A story circulated in the press in 2011 that quoted Ward 8 political activist Jacque Patterson as saying that Marion Barry told him that he wanted his son to succeed him as council member. Patterson said recently that as far as he knows, Marion Barry hasn’t changed his mind. Also, in a recent interview with the Informer, White pointed out that being the council member for Ward 8 is an anointment. Christopher Barry, who owns a small construction business in Ward 8, has long said that he’s not interested in a political career, but lately it appears that he may have had a change of heart. “I have my own ambitions in life and a son is loyal to his father,” he said. “I am now focusing on making sure that people are not left out of the city’s growth and people should be able to afford to live here. When The Washington Informer

Christopher Barry is the son of D.C. Council member Marion Barry and the late Effi Barry. /Courtesy Photo

Elissa Silverman is a former journalist and an analyst at the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute. /Courtesy Photo

and if that times comes for me to serve on the city council, I may step up and do it.” Silverman Eyes At-Large Run Elissa Silverman, a  former journalist and a budget  analyst at the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute in Northeast, may run for an atlarge D.C. Council seat again. D.C. Council member David Catania (I-At Large) hopes to be city’s next mayor and will run in the November general election. Silverman, who had an impressive electoral debut in the April 2011 special election to fill the seat of Phil Mendelson, confirmed that she may run for Catania’s spot. “I am strongly considering it,” said Silverman, 41. Catania may decide to pull out of the mayor’s race and run for re-election but chances are slim that will happen. If he wants to

keep his council seat, Silverman will likely not challenge him. Silverman came in second to D.C. Council member Anita Bonds (D-At Large)  during the 2011  special election and  she won points from political observers for running a focused, issue-driven campaign that had supporters from all walks of life throughout the city. Some of  Silverman’s supporters wanted her to take on Bonds for a rematch in the Tuesday, April 1 Democratic Party primary while others wanted her to run for  D.C. Council member Tommy Wells’ seat in Ward 6. Silverman  declined to  run in both contests but may not pass up the chance to run as an independent in the general election. “I will let everyone know soon what I will do,” she said.WI

AROUND THE REGION who turned out at both Bowser’s and Gray’s camps in hopes of finding out much earlier, which candidate prevailed. Although all 143 polls opened at 7 a.m. and closed

promptly at 8 p.m., it wasn’t until two hours after closing that one percent of the tallies were announced. Just before midnight, election officials were still waiting

for results from wards 7 and 8. At one point, a volunteer for Gray’s campaign announced that the District Board of

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D.C. Council member Murial Bowser defeated incumbent Mayor Vincent Gray in the Tuesday, April 1 Democratic primary. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

PRIMARY continued from Page 1 about being honest,” said Stevens who works as a social worker. “D.C. already has a shadow cast over it with all of the criminal activity from politicians. Bowser will show some integrity.” During her victory speech, Bowser also talked about the city’s need for clean, safe and affordable housing and health care for all in a sustainable D.C. “It’s our job to let our friends on other campaigns know that I’m their mayor, too,” Bowser said. “We’re going to earn their support and hear their vision so that we’ll win in November.” On the other side of town, at the Hyatt Regency Washington Hotel on New Jersey Avenue in Northwest, Gray gracefully conceded, around 11:30 p.m. “We congratulate Council member Bowser for having 44 percent of the vote” compared to [my] 33 percent,” said Gray, 71, who depended on voters in Ward 7 where he’s lived for years, to win. “And I want to thank everyone who worked with us to get us where we are,” he said to resounding applause. Noting that there is still much work his administration has to do over the next nine months of his term, Gray rattled off a list of accomplishments that he said have served the city and its 647,000 residents well. Among his achievements, he cited an expanded economy, plans for more affordable housing, re-

duced unemployment, and an increase in student test scores. “I will work extremely hard for residents over the next nine months,” Gray told the group of staunch supporters who chanted “Gray, Gray, Gray!” throughout his speech. But it was the mayor’s inability to shake the allegations of corruption that have haunted him and his administration for the past few years, surrounding a $667,000 shadow campaign. While five people involved in the campaign have pleaded guilty to felonies, U.S. Attorney Ron Machen Jr., insists that Gray was knowledgeable about what was going on within his 2009 campaign. Gray categorically denies any wrongdoing, and has not been charged in the matter. Meanwhile, despite warm temperatures and sunny skies, voter turnout throughout the District was abysmally low for the April 1 primary. In addition, with voter registration in the District having significantly increased in recent years, early voting which decreased by one-third for this year’s primary, was attributed to a lack of interest. “If it wasn’t for that, I believe Mayor Gray would have been a shoo-in because the city is really booming,” said Grant Pappas, 36, of Northwest. However, because of the slow pace at which the voting results began to trickle in late Tuesday night, there was plenty of frustration among voters

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Elections was having challenges counting votes. Bowser and Gray competed with several candidates, including Council members Tommy Wells, Jack Evans and Vincent Orange. “I think [Evans] ran his race well, but I think the level of discussion in the media distorted the race somewhat,” said Robert Maffin, 85, who lives in the District. And, while Evans, 60 the longest serving member of the council, appeared to remain true to his promise of hosting the best election night party at Stoney’s in Northwest, the primary marked his second run for mayor. Because Evans ran in the 1998 Democratic primary against Anthony Williams, who won and went on to become mayor, many Evans volunteers like Melanie Alston, 40 of Alexandria, Va., said they expected him to win based on his experience. “I think [Evans] was truthful about what he could do for the city,” said Alston. “He’s trustworthy, he has been a council member for many years, so his reputation speaks for itself.” Since his term on the council extends through January 2017, Evans who chairs the powerful Committee on Finance and Revenue, will retain his council seat. Wells, 57, a former social worker, told supporters who

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gathered at Top of the Hill Bar & Restaurant in Southeast, that regardless of the primary’s outcome, it wasn’t the end. “You are progressive Democrats and I understand why you joined this campaign,” Wells told the crowd. “We proved that we can raise our own money and be accountable to people who vote,” he said, adding that he will continue to serve the public in some capacity. As Gray reminded his diehard supporters of the work that still needs to be done to achieve statehood for the District, many expressed concern that the city won’t be the same without his leadership. “I’m done. I’m not voting in the November election,” said Ward 6 resident Paul Moss. “A lot of people were not as dedicated to Mayor Gray winning this primary as they should have been . . . In 2010, we had a ground team that was nonstop and I think that this time, people just didn’t have the mayor’s best interest at heart,” said Moss, 35. “I told Mr. Gray when this race got started, that his problem would be many of the people who surround him,” he said. “People wanted the prestige that came with the job, but when it came to doing the job, it was a different matter.” WI Adjoa Adofo, Sam P. K. Collins and Margaret Summers contributed to this report.

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Minority Health Month: Standing Together for Better Health Care

April is National Minority Health month. It’s a time to draw attention to gaps in health care that affect ethnic minorities. It’s also a time to share solutions to this problem. Changes in the health care laws are bringing in a new era of equality. But other ways to fix the issue will come from all of us.

This is a time to learn more about your rights and what you have access to. It’s a time to ask questions and get answers. It’s time to get healthy. As of January 1, 2014, the District of Columbia expanded Medicaid to cover 35,000 more adults1. This is a big step. It means more people will be able to get preventative care. It means fewer trips to emergency rooms. This will result in better overall health for those who need it most. In addition to gaining new access, there are many things you can do to improve your health. It is important to have a health care provider measure your blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes (HbA1c) and body mass index (BMI). These numbers tell you your health status, and help you make a plan to get care and stay well. 5 Ways to Improve Your Health Status2 1. Eat healthy. o Watch your portions. Avoid getting large sizes of meals, especially fast foods. o Eat more fruits and vegetables for more energy. o Cut down on salt and sugar. Too much of either is not good for your body. 2. Do a skin and body check. o Check for lumps, rashes, sores and other changes on your body every month. § Check during and after bathing. If you see something that’s not right, make a note and tell your primary care provider (PCP) at your next appointment. § If you have diabetes, a family history of skin cancer or neuropathy, you should do a body check every 3 or 4 days. o Be aware of changes to your thirst, hunger, vision and weight. o If you have odd changes, call your PCP as soon as you can.

3. Make an appointment. o One of the best ways to stay healthy is to get regular exams from your PCP. o He or she can run tests to identify some diseases in their early stages. o Early detection often makes it easier for your PCP to treat an illness or chronic condition. 4. Build a trusting relationship with your PCP. o It’s okay to tell your PCP your feelings. o It’s okay to ask your PCP lots of questions. § The more he or she knows about how you feel, the better you can be treated. o If you have concerns about your health, say so. o The goal is to get the best care. o This takes sharing and trust. 5. Move more. o 3 ways to move your body more: § Walking. It’s easy on your joints, safe and easy to do for most people. Start with 10 ─ 15 minutes every other day and work your way up. § Dancing. It’s a great way to have a fun workout. Dancing can even be done if you can’t stand or walk for long. You can do it in a chair or bed. Just move your arms, hips, bounce or tap your feet.3 § Chair movements. Stretching or using light weights are also good ways to move your body more.

Be sure to ask your doctor about new workouts before trying them. This month be sure to take steps to ensure great health. Ask your PCP as many questions as you need to on your next visit. That’s the best way to take charge of your own health. (Endnotes) 1 Where the States Stand on Medicaid Expansion 2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 3 4 Workouts for People with Limited Mobility

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Allen, Nadeau Set for Council Seats By James Wright WI Staff Writer The protégé of D.C. Council member Tommy Wells will likely take his mentor’s place at the John A. Wilson Building in Northwest in early January 2015 and he will be joined by a fresh face from Ward 1. Charles Allen worked as the chief of staff for Wells and president of the Ward 6 Democrats, used those contacts to help him win the primary on Tuesday, April 1. “We won this race by neighbor connecting with neighbor, “said Allen, 37. “This speaks to the future of the ward and the city.” Christine Spencer, who lives

in Southwest, said she feels comfortable with Allen representing her. “I like him,” she said. “When I met him, we drilled him with questions and he passed the test. He was in our neighborhood knocking on doors and he will do fine on the council.” Darrel Thompson, a District native and honors graduate of Morgan State University in Baltimore and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Mass., put up a good fight but received just 42 percent of the vote to Allen’s 58 percent. Thompson, 44, has worked for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Barack Obama as a senatorial candidate.

Brianne Nadeau defeated Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) on Tuesday, April 1. /Courtesy Photo

Allen will face Libertarian Party candidate Pranav Badwhar in the Nov. 4 general election. In the Ward 1 race, former advisory neighborhood commissioner Brianne Nadeau shocked the District political establishment by defeating veteran council member Jim Graham, 58 to 41 percent.


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Nadeau will face independent Bryan Weaver in November. The race for District mayor overshadowed the council races. D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) overwhelmed perennial candidate Calvin Gurley. An at-large council member from 1999-2012, Mendelson received the support of his colleagues in taking the council’s top spot in June 2012 upon the resignation of Kwame Brown. Mendelson won a special election in November 2012 to serve

the rest of Brown’s term. If successful in November, Mendelson, 61, who currently has no party opposition, will serve his first full term as the leader of the District’s legislative body. D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5), who also serves as the council chairman pro tem and D.C. Council member Anita Bonds (D-At Large) easily won renomination to their posts. McDuffie, who many political observers believe has a bright future in District politics, had little trouble defeating veteran advisory neighborhood commissioners Kathy Henderson and Carolyn Steptoe, pulling in 80 percent of the vote. McDuffie, 38, won a May 2012 special election to replace Harry Thomas Jr. A former prosecutor, McDuffie faces no party opposition in November and he will begin his full term in January 2015. Bonds defeated opponents Nate Bennett-Fleming, John Settles and Pedro Rubio, with 55 percent of the vote. She won over voters with her years of ser-

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TOWN HALL MEETING Councilmember Muriel Bowser and DC Water General Manager George S. Hawkins are co-hosting a town hall meeting to talk about water projects and issues impacting your community. • Water Rates • Drinking Water

• Infrastructure • Clean Rivers

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D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) defeated Kathy Henderson and Carolyn Steptoe. /Courtesy Photo

COUNCIL continued from Page 12 vice in District politics. “I have known Anita very well for 40 years,” said Susan Meehan, who lives in Northwest and voted at the Foundry United Methodist Church. “She has been a terrific council member. She listens and is a thoughtful person.” Bonds received the appointment to the D.C. Council in December 2012 by the D.C. Democratic State Committee, of which she’s chairman. She won an April 2013 special election to fill the seat permanently. Meehan said Bonds’ bill that D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) signed into law, “The Senior Citizens Real Property Tax Relief Act of 2013”, only strengthened her support. “I am a senior and while that bill does not apply to me, I know a lot of seniors who are having a hard time,” said Meehan, 75. “This bill will encourage seniors to stay in their homes and I am glad that Anita figured it out.” The at-large race did not command the attention of every District voter. “In the at-large race… I did not know the candidates or their platforms,” said Joseph Jones, echoing a concern that many District voters had. However, Jones knew who he wanted to win in Ward 1. “I voted for Jim Graham,” said Jones, 63. “I think he has done a good job over the years and if you need something done,

you can reach him.” Graham, 68, won his first election to the D.C. Council in 1998 and is known for his progressive stands on many issues and his fierce protection of the ward. Jones, who voted at the Boys and Girls Club near 14th Street in Northwest, said he knew little about Graham’s challenger. “I don’t know who Brianne Nadeau is,” he said. D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) had no opposition in the primary. However, Cheh will face Libertarian Party candidate Ryan Sabot in the general election while Bonds will compete for one of the two at-large seats with Republican Marc Morgan, D.C. Statehood Green’s Eugene Puryear and Libertarian Frederick Steiner. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) had no opposition in her primary bid and neither did D.C. Shadow Representative Candidate Franklin Garcia. Norton is set to face Libertarian Sara Jane Panfil, D.C. Statehood Green’s Natale Stracuzzi and Republican Nelson F. Rimensynder in the general election. Garcia will face Libertarian Martin Moulton in the general. D.C. Statehood Senator Paul Strauss defeated challenger Pete Ross. Strauss will face D.C. Statehood Green candidate David Schwartzman and Libertarian John Daniel in November. WI


TOWN HALL MEETING Councilmember Marion Barry and DC Water General Manager George S. Hawkins are co-hosting a town hall meeting to talk about water projects and issues impacting your community. • Water Rates • Drinking Water

• Infrastructure • Clean Rivers

• Billing Issues • Job Opportunities

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2014 | 6:30-8:30 P.M. UPO, Petey Greene Center 2907 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE

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VIRGINIA BRIEFS Crawley Appointed as Superintendent

The school board has appointed Alvin Crawley to lead the 116,000-student system. Crawley, 55, who had been in the post of interim superintendent since October, beat out 56 other candidates for the schools’ top post. “Since Dr. Crawley arrived in Alexandria, he impressed us with his calm, collaborative and positive style while working toward solutions that are best for all our children,” said Karen A. Graf, school board chair. “Our board

unanimously selected Dr. Crawley from a pool of top candidates and we are thrilled to have him lead ACPS.” When the veteran educator officially takes over on July 1, listed among his priorities are to ensure that all of the city’s schools are fully accredited and that they go on to rank among the nation’s highest performing schools. “I am unequivocally honored to have this opportunity,” said Crawley. “As superintendent, I plan to continue to be very visible, responsive and accountable to all ACPS stakeholders. We

have begun serious, thoughtful efforts to enhance the educational experience for our students, and I will work tirelessly to continue to move this division forward.” Crawley, who will earn $215, 000 annually, replaces Morton Sherman who abruptly resigned last summer.

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Alvin Crawley, new superintendent of Alexandria City Public Schools. /Photo courtesy ACPS

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Charles Barrett Elementary School Crossing Guard Angie Thigpen. /Photo courtesy of ACPS

The current school year calendar, which consists of 183 school days, had already factored in three potential snow make-up days. However, in January, the School Board approved scheduled snow make-up days: March 14 and April 11 for traditional calendar schools and Feb. 28 and March 21 for modified calendar schools. With the two scheduled makeup days, schools will reach the state instructional hour requirement, which means students will have an uninterrupted spring break and the school year will end as scheduled on June 20.

School Board Approves Positive Changes

In addition to naming a new superintendent, the School Board has approved a Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 budget and a plan for the new Jefferson-Houston School on Cameron Street for grades prekindergarten to eight. “This Board is committed to building a new future for Alexandria City Public Schools,” said School Board Chair Karen A.

Graf. “With Dr. [Alvin] Crawley as our superintendent, a fiscally responsible proposed budget and supports in place for our newest school of the future, we are moving toward higher achievement for our students and professional staff.”

Thigpen Honored by State

Congratulations are extended to Angie Thigpen, a crossing guard at Charles Barrett Elementary School, who’s been honored by the Virginia Department of Transportation as one of the six Most Outstanding Crossing Guards of 2013. Thigpen, who’s been at Charles Barrett since 2006, received nominations from multiple parents in the community. “She is such a positive presence,” said Seth Kennard, principal at Charles Barrett. “She often volunteers in the cafeteria each day before her afternoon shift, and is always smiling and waving at students no matter what the weather is. She makes it her mission to be sure students arrive to school safe and happy each day.” WI


Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker. /Courtesy Photot

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III Participates in “Principal for a Day” Program

​On April 1, the Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) hosted its annual “Principal for a Day” program across all 205 school locations. Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III became “Principal for a Day” at DuVal High School working alongside DuVal Principal Alice Swift-Howard and Marcus Jackson from Six Flags America. County Executive Baker also attended the “Principal for a Day” reception for all participants at Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High. “I am very excited to participate in the “Principal for a Day” program for the third time,” said County Executive Baker. “We have so many outstanding principals at our schools and this program is a fun way to showcase how critically important and challenging this job can be. I am looking forward to spending the day at DuVal High School, and I wish the best of luck to my fellow “principals” participating in the program. Principals are paramount to setting the tone and vision for a school and we train some of the state’s best right here in Prince George’s County. I am eager to meet the students, teachers and staff at DuVal and I hope they are as enthusiastic as I am about spending the day with them.” Each year, the Prince George’s County Chamber of

Commerce partners with Prince George’s County Public Schools to host Principal for a Day. The goal of the event is to introduce the business community to the rewards and challenges of education, and inspire active business partnerships within public schools. These business partnerships will help meet specific needs in schools and provide enrichment opportunities for students that go above and beyond the core curriculum. Additionally, County Executive Baker’s Education Liaison, Christian Rhodes, became “Principal for a Day” at Mary Harris “Mother” Jones Elementary School in Adelphi and County Executive Baker’s Latino Liaison, Dinora Hernandez, participated by being a “Principal” at Ceasar Chavez Elementary School in Chillum.

Council Zoning Bill CB-6-2014 Being Considered by the Council on Expedited Schedule

The Prince George’s County Council has scheduled a public hearing for Council Bill 6-2014, proposed legislation to authorize the MGM resort and video lottery facility in Prince George’s County. The special evening public hearing will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 6 p.m. in the Council Hearing Room, on the first floor of the County Administration Building, 14741 Gov. Oden Bowie Drive, in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. CB-6 has been introduced with expedited scheduling because of the potential economic

impact of the project. The proposed legislation was drafted to become effective immediately upon approval by the County Council, which is 45 days sooner than legislative process requirements. “The County Council recognizes the urgent importance of the MGM project to our residents and we are going above and beyond routine procedures to expedite the scheduling of zoning legislation for the project,” said Council Chairman Mel Franklin. “No one has facilitated the speed of this project’s timeline more than the Council. This special evening public hearing on April 15th, will allow additional members of the community to attend who are normally unable to do so.” Persons wishing to speak during the April 15th public hearing on CB-6 can sign-up in advance by contacting the Clerk of the Council via email at , or by calling 301.952.3600. Written comments may also be submitted in advance by e-mail to, or by mail to: Clerk of the Council County Administration Building (Room 2198) 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive Upper Marlboro, MD 207723050 WI The Washington Informer

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Many young voters feel their concerns are largely overlooked by politicians, despite their willingness to participate in the electoral process. /Courtesy Photo

Young Voters Fight for Political Leverage, Agency in Changing Economic Climate By Sam P.K. Collins and Shantella Y. Sherman WI Staff Writers Young voters in the District remained undecided in choosing local officials even as polls opened on Tuesday, April 1 for the Democratic Party primary. The last minute uncertainty though, can hardly be attributed to a lack of political interest or even unfamiliarity with candidates. To the contrary, D.C. voters between the ages of 18 and 29 engaged both council and mayoral hopefuls through college, community civic organization forums throughout election season. Some residents, like 19-year-old Jocelyn Bodie, admitted little of her attention focused on the character and rhetoric of the plethora of mayoral candidates in D.C. and rested instead on pinpointing a candidate who would publicly address the concerns of those just gaining the vote. “Despite the fact that I am young, I have a lot of responsibility – including helping to care for aging parents, working full-time and going to school part-time. I am not hearing many politicians discuss the ridiculously high leases for apartments or the poor job market in the city,” Bodie said. A recent supplant from Indianapolis, Bodie said that when her parents were her age (they are now both in their 60s), the financial climate of the nation allowed them to marry, work full-time, attend college, and

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begin a family because of a livable and reasonable wage. Not being able to earn as well as her parents’ generation, said Bodie, has hampered millions of Millennials from fully accessing the American dream. “It is absurd to believe a young person can enter a workforce able to manage the $2500 a month for rent, utilities, and basic expenses cities like D.C. consider average. I want to support candidates who understand that my teen status is only temporary and that my vote counts as much as my mother’s or father’s. My concerns are as valid, if not more so than my parents because I will have to live with the decisions they make now well into the future,” Bodie said. Bodie is among the millions of young Americans torn between living relatively comfortable lives with student loan debt and new families, or and entering the workforce as the working poor and remaining there. Bodie’s roommate, Nichelle Royster, 24, a graduate student at Morgan State University, said that most politicians consider young adults transient and biddable, often overlooking the complex nature of their day-to-day struggles. Born and reared in Kearney, Neb., where the cost of living was considerably less, Royster said that she felt fortunate to land a decent two-bedroom apartment in Baltimore that she shares with three girls. “We are two in a room and eating lots of cereal, ramen noodles and

bologna because even though I have two part-time jobs, and the others have part-time jobs, we barely make ends meet each month. I’d like to believe this is temporary and it will be better once I graduate in May, but the job market looks frightening,” Royster said. “Elected officials are not looking at these as disparities, but if I cannot function here as a student, I am more inclined to take what skills I acquire here somewhere else when I graduate.” According to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) young men and women of color tended to vote as much on the basis of their current economic situations as they did other issues they faced based on race and class. Their findings, published in the 2012 National Exit Poll and conducted by Edison Research, found that young voters of color tended to hold more liberal beliefs than young white voters and believed strongly that the government should do more to solve problems 70 percent compared to 49 percent among young white men and women,). Additionally, young voters of color thought that health care laws should remain as is or be expanded 75 percent compared to 53 percent for the youth electorate as a whole, while 54 percent of young white male voters thought the new health care laws should be repealed.

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YOUTH VOTES COUNT! 45% of young people age 18-29 voted in 2012, down from 51% in 2008. Read the detailed analysis of the youth vote here.

Several members of Andy Shallal’s campaign staff during his bid for mayor in 2014 was made up of Millinnials, including (l to r) Chris Robinson, age 29, Bob Schlehuber, age 28, and Karissa Barnett, age 24. /Photo by Nancy Shia

In states with sufficient samples, youth turnout in 2012 was highest in Mississippi (68.1%), Wisconsin (58.0%), Minnesota (57.7%) and Iowa (57.1%). Voter turnout in 2012 was lowest in West Virginia (23.6%), Oklahoma (27.1%), Texas (29.6%), and Arkansas (30.4%). Learn about the youth vote in your state here.

Hayile Polite, 5, puts up Jim Graham signs in her grandmother’s front yard on Euclid Street Northwest during the recent D.C. Mayoral primary, demonstrating that one is never too young to become civic minded. /Photo by Nancy Shia.

In 2012, 41.1% of single young men turned out, compared to 48.3% of young single females.

In 2012, nearly 52.5% of young married females voted, compared to 48.5% of married men. Find more detailed analysis of the youth vote by gender and marital status here. The youth vote varied greatly by gender and race. Young Black and Hispanic women were the strongest supporters of President Obama. Read more on the youth vote by race and gender here. Although 60% of U.S. Citizens between the ages of 1829 have enrolled in college, 71% of young voters have attended college, meaning that college-educated young people were overrepresented among young people who voted. Learn about the youth vote by educational attainment here. Young voters tend to vote for candidates that directly address their collective concerns. /Courtesy Photo

MILLENNIALS continued from Page 16 Though CIRCLE established white male views of the economy as more dire than their African American and Hispanic contemporaries, they reasoned it to be a result of white males feeling the U.S. system was working well before the Obama administration and that changes under his administration worsened their economic conditions. Thirty-three percent said their economic conditions were getting worse, compared to 21 percent of the youth electorate, despite the fact that white male voters were most likely to have a job (67 percent compared to 59 percent for youth overall). For Royster, who is biracial, the unwillingness of candidates to broach racism or sexism and their impact on social issues, aids in the temporal rise of stereotypical attitudes that undergird poor race relations. “There are neighborhoods all over the nation that are going through racial re-gentrifications that displace large numbers of people of

color, yet few politicians will speak about it in economic, social, or racial terms. When people lose their homes, schools, and neighborhoods to dog parks and sidewalk cafes, it is really a sign that some young people are not voting or holding elected officials accountable,” Royster said. Staying Afloat in the District Though Royster and Bodie have fared fairly well as young voters, despite their misgivings about politicians taking their votes seriously, others like Mason Binion, have all but given up on the electoral process, focusing their attentions on the seemingly intrinsic corruption of D.C. politicians or their own day-today grind to stay financially afloat. It is of bitter irony that those whose circumstances demand legislative solutions, succumb to daily frustrations and choose not to exercise their votes. “I’m always concerned about getting money because there never seems to be enough,” said Binion, an entertainer. “I have to pay for everything that I need for myself and my child. I haven’t been keeping

up with the election because I can’t devote enough mental energy to it. Right now, what I have planned for my family is more important,” said Binion, a Northwest resident. Burnetta Jenkins, a recent graduate of the University of the District of Columbia in Northwest, reached the height of her frustration last month when she could not get a D.C. government job. The mother of a seven-year-old son said that she feels that District residents aren’t given first priority for government positions. Jenkins said that she did not vote for D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray on April 1st, citing what she called a culture of corruption in the Wilson Building. Ethics, employment, housing, and education stood out among her greatest concerns. A 2012 ABC News report showed that nearly half of all D.C. leaders and/or their staffs had been federally investigated for everything from unlawful cash campaign expenditures, failure to pay taxes, theft, and bribery. The allegations and indictments have taken their toll on constituent confidence. The Washington Informer

“I want to see the track records of the candidates,” said Jenkins, 31. “I plan on staying in D.C. for a very long time so I need to see things done correctly. The lottery process for enrollment in these top-tier schools is crazy. My seven-year-old son often gets overlooked. As a socalled middle-class woman, I can’t even get subsidies for housing. You don’t have much money left after housing expenses. The system keeps you in poverty,” said Jenkins who lives in Southeast. Not all young residents had trouble supporting a candidate. Chris Asmar, a full-time field organizer for the Andy Shallal for D.C. Mayor campaign since January expressed his disappointment that many young residents didn’t pay much attention to the primary. The community organizer and D.C. resident of three years said that Millennial participation in local politics ensures that candidates will put forth progressive agendas. “People my age really think that this is stuff that’s only relevant to older residents,” said Asmar, 24. “They’re not paying as much atten

tion to local politics as much as they should. If you want to plug into national politics and help other countries set up a democracy, you need an understanding of your own community. People here have a responsibility to affect change in the city,” said Asmar, a Northwest resident. Other young Washingtonians believed that many of the changes in the District benefit newcomers. While longtime D.C. resident Davie Yarborough struggled to make a final decision in her choice for mayor, she said that she wanted a person of integrity that would work in the interest of all residents. “The changes happening around this city were not put in place to benefit the longtime residents,” said Yarborough, 27, an educator and entrepreneur. “Gentrification is pushing people out of the city. We’re allocating funds for the wrong things. We’re building million dollar schools but paying our educators what we have always paid them,” said Yarborough, a Northeast resident. WI April 3, - April 9, 2014


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By Viji Sundaram Special to the Informer from New America Media Somehow, the dozen or so hats piled atop Brenda Washington’s wardrobe and those hanging from hooks on her apartment walls initially draw a visitor’s gaze away from all the other items that clutter her 8 x 10-foot room. Hats, some of them rather fancy, are the last things you’d expect to see in such profusion in a room where someone clearly lives in dire straits. Washington’s closet is crammed with clothes. “I paid a lot for some of them, like my London Fog,” she says of a coat. “I dress for success. Is there anything wrong with that?” But signs of better times are few for Washington, 64, who says she hates living alone in a Central City single-room occupancy (SRO) hotel room. Her room is on the third floor of the Raman Hotel, an 80-unit building, with shared hallway bathrooms.

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Senior Poverty Increasingly Common Washington’s situation of living poor and alone is becoming increasingly common in the United States. Research shows that senior poverty is not only on the rise, but, says a 2013 report by the nonpartisan Employee Benefits Research Institute, “Blacks, Hispanics, and single women face a higher poverty rate than other seniors.” The 65-plus poverty rate for Latinos was 29 percent and for blacks about 25 percent in 2009, triple the level for whites, says the study. Recently, the ordinary challenges of living solo hit Washington when she got the flu. For nearly a week she had difficulty keeping her food down. She could barely get out of bed even to go to the bathroom, let alone to the nearby drug store for medicine, she said. Washington said she couldn’t call downstairs to the front desk or the SRO’s case managers or social workers on the first floor because someone she had trusted had stolen her cell phone. Her cramped room, its twin bed covered by a faded comforter, a mini-refrigerator with a The Washington Informer

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bungee cord securing its door -“to keep it from opening”-- has been Washington’s home since things turned hard in 2010. Washington never dreamed she would one day live alone and poor. Although she was raised with 10 siblings in San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunters Point district, her mother made sure that she and her siblings never went to bed hungry. Using her high school diploma and computer skills she had picked up studying at City College to snag jobs, Washington first worked as a clerk at the Bechtel Corporation’s payroll department and then a substitute teacher for the San Francisco Unified School District. She also worked for a few years as a construction worker. “I moved as high as I could in the work world,” Washington says, tearing up as she recounts her earlier life and four failed marriages, since her first at age 18. Domestic Abuse and Depression Domestic violence has followed her since 1968, when she lost her 5½-month-old fetus following a dispute with her first husband. The loss triggered depression that has plagued her for years, but the condition wasn’t diagnosed until a dozen years ago. That allowed her to go on the federal Medicare program for seniors and people with disabilities. She also has had Medi-Cal

(California’s version of Medicaid, the health insurance plan for the poor) for as long as she can remember. Washington said she is currently waiting for her doctor to refer her to a mental health provider so she can resume taking medication and therapy for her depression. In 2010, she fled her Vallejo home of 12 years to escape her abusive marriage. Returning to her childhood stomping grounds in San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood, she lived in her car for months, always parking in front of the Southeast Health Center, which felt familiar and secure. But the city towed her car away when she couldn’t renew its registration after it failed the smog test. Washington’s clinical depression qualifies her for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), amounting to $1,015 per month this year. That enabled her to move into the SRO, which she rents for $309 a month. Washington says that aside from her rent, her grocery bills, cell phone service ($60), dental insurance ($60), and medications (about $15) eat up a good part of her monthly income. Alcohol soaks up the rest, she says, acknowledging that she has been an alcoholic for years. For now Washington is making the best of life in her tiny room. A small television sits on

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Callie House and the Struggle for Reparations Under President Barack Obama, the concept of affirmative action has fallen flat. Those who thought their fortunes would be better under a Black president are advised to support a role model such as Callie House. On the other end of the continuum, Callie House was a pioneering African-American political activist who sought to gain reparations for Blacks. Only a special kind of school will teach of House. Born into bondage in 1861 in Rutherford County, Tenn., as Callie Guy, she married William House in 1883. Hardly a mere “housewife”, House reached hundreds of thousands of people with a movement claiming government compensation for labor performed during slavery. In the years after emancipation, freedmen and women felt betrayed when they were given nothing to begin their lives in freedom. In 1890, a White Southern Democrat, Walter Vaughan, produced a pamphlet that strongly recommended that ex-slaves be awarded pensions, similar to the pensions Civil War veterans were eligible to receive. House and a former employee of Vaughan’s, Isaiah Dickerson, liked the idea. Their vision was to organize poor Blacks throughout the South on how to get pensions due them. Both Blacks and Whites found favor with the concept of giving pensions to millions of ex-slaves because it would help improve the economic conditions of the South in general. House and Dickerson formed

CASTAWAY continued from Page 18 a nightstand piled with assorted canned foods, a carton of eggs, pots, pans and a bottle of Folgers instant coffee. Cleaning supplies in a plastic container are on the floor by a tiny sink in one corner of the room. A microwave, crockpot and toaster oven allow Washington to prepare meals. Her favorite? “Gumbo with crab meat, chick-

By William Reed The National Ex-Slave Relief, Bounty and Pension Association in 1884. The two traveled throughout the South promoting the idea of reparations or “pensions” for ex-slaves. They organized and formed local affiliate groups everywhere they went. The organization sustained itself through dues from its members. At local levels, The National ExSlave, Relief, Bounty and Pension Association functioned as a mutual aid organization providing burial expenses and support for the sick and infirmed. The organization was unique in its focus and political clout and accomplishments. They agitated for reparations but also supported candidates and paid lobbyists to push for legislation on behalf of African Americans. Blacks caught up in contemporary American politics would do well to recognize, honor and celebrate America’s reparations movement. Active through the late 1880s, The National Ex-Slave, Relief, Bounty and Pension Association is an example of what today’s Blacks need. The Association was well organized. It held national and local conventions and spread the word about reparations to Blacks involved in grassroots organizations. Blacks readily took to the notion that the government should pay them for the years they labored without pay. But, the Association’s demise began when the federal Pension Bureau became alarmed by the excitement House’s movement was generat-

en, sausage, celery, onion and garlic,” she replies quickly. “Oh, and I like egg omelets, too.” Washington holds out hope some day of moving onto a decent apartment. “It doesn’t have to be big,” she says. “I just want to have my own bedroom, my own bathroom and my own kitchen. And it would be nice if the apartment had a balcony with a view.” New America Media Health Editor Viji Sundaram wrote this

ing and persuaded the U.S. Postal Service to ban the National ExSlave Relief, Bounty and Pension Association from using the mail service. The Association House and Dickerson started relied largely on the use of the post office to communicate and receive dues to fund itself and the national campaign. A logical and legal movement was doomed when the post office denied the Association use of the mail, claiming it was duping “ignorant” ex-slaves in a fraud scheme. The reparations movement has always been opposed by the government. In 1916 four Blacks sued the U.S. Treasury for $68,073,388.99 in cotton taxes traced to Texas slave labor. The suit was subsequently dismissed on the grounds of government immunity. As House and Dickerson raised the profile of the reparations movement the government countered with the Comstock Act of 1871, and claimed House was using the U.S. Postal Service to defraud the public. (A tactic they later used successfully against Marcus Garvey). In 1916 charges were brought against House claiming she defrauded ex-slaves. An all-White male jury found her guilty. Dickerson was also framed, but his conviction was later overturned. The organization dissolved when House and Dickerson became overwhelmed defending themselves against charges the government brought against them. Callie House served nine months of her one year and a day sentence and was released for good behavior. House is a reminder and impetus to Black Americans to sign up for reparations legislation with the same fervor as they are for Obamacare.WI William Reed is publisher of “Who’s Who in Black Corporate America” and available for projects via the

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New ‘Express Lane’ Links Food Stamp Recipients to Health Care By Anna Challet Special to the Informer from New America Media Californians who receive food stamps are now able to get easy access to health care. Under a program that started last month, uninsured adults and children who are enrolled in the state’s food stamp program CalFresh are now able to access Medi-Cal, the health care program for low-income families -- without having to fill out an application. Individuals must consent to the expedited enrollment, however, and advocates are working to make sure that those who are eligible are aware of the option. “As part of the Affordable Care Act, ‘express lane eligibility’ has been an opportunity to enroll many folks in an easy

way,” says Kristen Golden Testa, the California health program director of The Children’s Partnership, a national nonprofit organization. She spoke at a telebriefing today organized by The Children’s Partnership and New America Media. This new “express lane” uses information gathered during the enrollment process for one program in order to automatically enroll an individual in another program that has similar eligibility rules, she says. Crystal Haswell, chief of the outreach and enrollment unit under the Medi-Cal eligibility division of California’s Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), explains that a federal waiver now allows the department to use data on income, residency, and citizenship that is

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used to determine eligibility for CalFresh in order to enroll individuals in Medi-Cal. For now, the option will be available through the end of 2015. In February, DHCS sent out letters about express lane eligibility option to more than 570,000 adults and over 150,000 children who are currently receiving CalFresh benefits but are not enrolled in Medi-Cal. Letters were sent out in 12 languages,

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according to the languages individuals chose when they enrolled in CalFresh. As of last week, more than 147,000 adults and more than 22,000 children have been enrolled as a result of the program, says Haswell. Each letter sent by DHCS contains a PIN unique to each eligible individual, and enrollment can be completed by signing and returning the letter or by entering the PIN on the DHCS website or on the phone (1-844-

212-0003). In-person enrollment is also available at county Medi-Cal offices. Uninsured individuals enrolled in CalFresh who either did not receive letters or may have discarded them by mistake can contact their county social services office. “This project has really helped DHCS to streamline the process for thousands of people to enroll in Medi-Cal, and to get as many people into coverage as quickly and as easily as possible,” says Haswell. She says that the department will next be looking at streamlined enrollment for uninsured parents whose children are already enrolled in Medi-Cal. For more information on this enrollment option, call 1-844212-0003, or contact your county Medi-Cal office. Individuals who do not qualify for expedited enrollment can still see if they are eligible for Medi-Cal by visiting, calling 1-800-3001506, or contacting their county Medi-Cal office.WI


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Prekindergarten Learning Fair Students from H.D. Cooke Elementary and Eagle Academy and CentroNia public charter schools will be the guests of honor during the 12th annual “Jumpstart for a Day” program that takes places from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Friday, April 11 at Burr Gymnasium on the campus of Howard University. The interactive learning fair, for which Howard students will serve as mentors – will use curriculum-based group activities for about 350 children ages 3 to 5, who are expected to attend. The main goal of the Massachusetts-based, nonprofit Jumpstart program, which has offices in several cities including the District, is to help level the playing field for young children from underprivileged households as they prepare to enter school. Several businesses and organizations, that include the Howard School of Dentistry and the D.C. Fire Department, are expected to be on hand to provide presentations on fire safety and personal hygiene and nutrition for young children.

Parent Cabinet

Chancellor Kaya Henderson recently announced the 25 parents and DCPS community members who make up the new DCPS Parent Cabinet. The cabinet members, who come from diverse backgrounds and with whom Henderson will meet each month, represent all wards, elementary, middle and high schools. “We rely on parent feedback and insight to help us make important decisions,” said Henderson. “I am hopeful this new Parent Cabinet will deepen our understanding of parent concerns, foster new ideas and thoughtful solutions and inform our parent engagement efforts. Parents are our most important

audience as their children are in our care.” The cabinet members were selected from a pool of more than 200 applications. “This is a very important part of our family engagement efforts and will take our work as a district that is committed to parents as partners to the next level,” said Josephine Bias Robinson, chief of the Office of Family and Public Engagement. “As a DCPS parent, I know theirs is a critical voice to our work.”

Improving Student Satisfaction

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) will infuse more than $50 million in new, local funds to schools in the 2014-2015 school year, with a focus on middle-grade students, struggling schools, and improving student satisfaction. This increase, provided in Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s FY 2015 budget, will allow all DCPS middle schools, as well as the District’s lowest performing elementary schools, to have the opportunity for a longer school day next year. DCPS will also provide $5 million in funds to help schools improve student satisfaction, another key priority for Henderson. Schools received their budget allocations on Wednesday. Regardless of enrollment, no schools’ budget decreased significantly, and most schools received an increase. “This is a major step forward for everyone, everywhere in DCPS and in this city,” said Chancellor Henderson. “I feel so lucky to have the resources we need to deliver to our families everywhere in this city the kind of education that all of our students deserve. We still have work to do, but this budget takes us to a very different place for our students, our teachers and our families. I am thrilled about the work ahead.”WI

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Relisha’s Young Face Tells More It’s been a month now since Relisha Rudd went missing. The 8-year-old girl was reportedly given away by her mother to a man she trusted, 51-year-old Kahlil Malik Tatum, the janitor who worked at the DC General Hospital homeless shelter in Southeast where Relisha was staying with her mother and siblings. On Tuesday, the body of a man found dead in Kenilworth Park from an apparent suicide was positively identified as Tatum. He was also being sought for the murder of his wife who was found dead in a hotel room in Prince George’s County just days after Relisha went missing. Still, no one knows where Relisha is, and while Metropolitan police officers and the FBI continue to search  for her body in Kenilworth Park, Relisha’s family, along with her neighbors at the shelter and others throughout the community are hoping, and praying, that she is safe and will be found soon. The facts of this case are difficult to understand. Many observers are asking how a mother could give her child away to a strange man; and, why she didn’t report her missing child to police much earlier. As days go by, more people who had contact with Relisha and her family are eager to tell what they knew about this family in distress. Relisha’s mother is described in terms related to her long-term homelessness and desperate need to get help, from anyone willing to take over the care of her children. Former Ferebee Hope Elementary School Principal Jeffrey Grant warns that Relisha is just the face of a crisis that impacts many children in the District. “It’s not the time to point fingers,” Grant told a gathering of supporters attending a candlelight ceremony for Relisha last Monday. Too many children, he said, are at risk and are living in conditions where they are not protected by their parents or caretakers; where many people observe what’s happening in the lives of these children but feel helpless or just do nothing about it. So, a recent report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation is not news to those who live near or serve families like Relisha’s. They have known that African-American children fare worse than other racial groups when it comes to achieving milestones from birth to adulthood and that these children face greater barriers toward overcoming the disadvantages. In recognition of April as Child Abuse and Neglect Month, President Obama reminds Americans that “raising a healthy next generation is both a moral obligation and a national imperative,” and that “we all have a role to play in preventing child abuse and neglect and in helping young victims recover.” At eight years old, Relisha should be enjoying another year of cheerleading, reading great books, socializing with her friends and learning from great teachers. It is a time when her greatest need is love and understanding from her mother. We have witnessed the long embraces between Relisha’s great-grandmother and her grandmother. Let’s hope when Relisha is found that she and her mother will complete the circle.

Gay Rights Are Our Rights

It’s hard to find a better example of black self-hatred than William Reed’s recent column, “Out of the Closet Onto the Altar” which appeared in the March 13 edition of the Washington Informer. Reed is actually happy that more of our African brothers and sisters will be tortured and jailed in Uganda and Nigeria simply for being honest about being gay. Reed is not the only black rushing to assure conservatives that their prejudices are legitimate. Neurosurgeon Ben Carson violated his Hippocratic oath to, “First, do no harm” by spouting a paranoid conspiracy theory that gays are forcing the rest of us to change the one, traditional, definition of marriage. Wrong. There has never ever been just one religious or legal definition of marriage. Old Testament prophets and some contemporary Moslems and Mormons, have all embraced polygamy. And, as Professor William N. Eskridge Jr. of Yale Law School documented in “A History of Same Sex Marriage,” in the 18th century, a few Native American, African and other “traditional” societies both recognized and respected marriages between people of the same gender. For example, Ifeyinwa Olinke a wealthy woman of the Igbo tribe, situated in what is now Eastern Nigeria, had nine different wives. America’s states have had many different definitions of marriage. Deaf people were sometimes refused The Washington Informer

the right to wed. Virginia criminalized interracial unions. Today, some states still recognize common law marriages. Reed and Carson believe in a conspiracy to undermine, “our own traditions.” Wrong again. Homosexuals are less than 10 percent of the population. They changed hearts, minds and laws because even more straight American voters, legislatures and judges support their Constitutional argument for equal rights. In fairness to Dr. Carson, at least he, like former D.C. Mayor, Marion Barry, acknowledges gay equality under law before contradicting himself and rejecting gay equality in personal relationships. Reed goes much further into hatred, actually welcoming new violence against black gays by pointing out that, “Homosexuality was already illegal in Uganda under a colonial era law that criminalized sexual acts against, the order of nature.” In desperately trying to leverage the intolerance of a few African politicians to prove that “Gay marriage is not a black thing,” Reed blindly ignores his own evidence that it was the white Colonial powers that passed the original law, not black Ugandans. Many traditional African cultures were much more accepting of all types of sexual variety before outsiders forced European and Middle Eastern religious prejudices upon them. Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Bishop Desmond Tutu, and others risked their lives for the Freedom

Charter which guarantees homosexual’s human rights. Under black democratic rule, South Africa legalized gay marriage. Reed and Carson reject the oldest, and deepest, black religious moral value: justice and equal rights for all. Sure some black people are as prejudiced as whites. But, more and more African Americans are realizing how homophobia has spread aids, justified police brutality, and deprived black children of loving adoptive parents. National research surveys prove that African-American churchgoers are much more likely to support gay rights and marriage than every other group of conservative evangelical Protestants. If conservatives think African Americans won’t fight to protect their gay neighbors, they need to review their black history. Washington, D.C. led this fight by passing gay and human rights legislation in 1977, long before New York, Chicago, Atlanta or Los Angeles. Human rights cannot be determined by a popularity contest, but we must face the facts. More African Americans have voted for gay marriage, and candidates who supported it, than ever voted for a conservative. Paul Ruffins Mt. Rainier, Md. April 3, - April 9, 2014



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By Bill Fletcher

Russia is Not the Only Aggressor I have found myself getting a bit nervous as I hear various U.S. politicians rattling their swords in response to the Russian aggression in the Crimea. Before we lose our minds in this crisis let’s consider a few things. First, there was a revolution in the Ukraine that, no matter how justifiable, put into office a new government that from the beginning was quite hostile to Russia and to ethnic Russians in the

Ukraine. Second, ever since the final years of the Soviet Union, the USSR and later Russia have pulled back militarily from Eastern Europe, only to see an expansion of NATO that the U.S.A. promised would not happen. An expansion, it should be added, that has been pressing up against Russia’s borders. Third, Western Europe has a demonstrated history of provoking or encouraging secessionist movements, as it did in the former Yugoslavia, and/or

encouraging smaller nations to provoke Russia, as it did in the case of the Georgian Republic. Now, none of this excuses Russian aggression. None of this lets Russian President Putin off the hook for inflaming ethnic nationalism in Russia and the Ukraine. But what this does help us to understand are the conditions in which this aggression took place and that the West, specifically Western Europe and the U.S. are not blameless. The United States has been willing to engage in all sorts of

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military aggression within the Western Hemisphere when the ruling elite believed that its interests were in danger, whether that was against Haiti in the 19th century through today; Cuba; or the countless interventions in the Caribbean and Central America. Despite this history, U.S. politicians have been acting as if they have never even heard the word “aggression” in the context of U.S. foreign policy. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), for example, has offered rhetoric that would lead

the uninformed to believe that U.S. foreign policy has been guided by nothing but sweetness in comparison to the policies of the Russians. I believe that Senator McCain, and the Obama administration for that matter, need to re-read a bit of the history of U.S. foreign policy. Before we hear any more discussion of sanctions and military force in connection with the Russian/Ukrainian crisis, it is instead time for a different

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By Julianne Malveaux

An Attention Span beyond Flight 370 If you missed the news about the disappearance of Malaysian Flight 370 over the Indian Ocean, you must have been buried in sand. For three weeks, we have been bombarded with theories – was it terrorism? Pilot error? Something else? Now the story has evolved. Were pieces of the plane found? Is everyone dead? How do the families of the presumed dead feeling? (This is a really stupid question.

How does the clueless reporter asking such a question think the people feel?) CNN may well have been called MPN – the Missing Plane Network. An evening of watching covered the same angle with a different host and guests. Some of the focus was certainly understandable, but other networks managed to find news of things going on that did not involve Flight 370. Still, the prevalent and relentless emphasis on the missing plane was excessive.

Couldn’t some of the airtime granted Flight 370 have been used for equally critical matter? There were 239 people on that plane, and there were more than 300 killed in 2013. I’m not suggesting an equivalency in the two types of tragedies, but I am suggesting that the media might focus more on gun violence, its sources and possible solutions to end senseless violence. Of course, that might anger the National Rifle Association whose specious slogan – guns don’t kill,

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people do – ignores the harm done by the proliferation of guns in our nation. President Obama has challenged our nation’s educators to increase the percentage of young people attending and graduating from college, so that we might better compete with other industrialized countries. People applaud at these sentiments, but these educational goals get little media attention. Yet, such coverage would raise an important issue and, perhaps, push us to-

ward solutions. I do not begrudge the extensive coverage of Flight 370. The disappearance of a plane is both a mystery and a tragedy. But the excessive coverage of Flight 370 reminds us of the power of the media. If something is repeated enough, and repeatedly enough, it wiggles its way into our consciousness. Thus, the pilots have been tried and convicted by media speculation, without

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By James Clingman

When Elephants and Donkeys Fight The Kenyan Proverb, “When elephants fight, the grass suffers,” is apropos to us, the grassroots. Only in our case, we are fighting over elephants and donkeys, but we are still the ones suffering. We watch the two parties fight every day, and then we take sides and jump in. Who is hurt by that? Certainly not them; it’s always us who are hurt, us who are left behind, and us who are ignored and taken for

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granted. They get rich while the grassroots suffer. Is the term “political hypocrisy” redundant? Don’t worry, that’s a rhetorical question; I know the answer, and I am sure you do as well. In follow up to my previous article on voting, I could not help but stay on the political subject a little while longer. After all, the mid-terms are coming up and, as usual, Black pundits are telling us this will be the “most important election of our time,” – again. How many times have you heard that?

I must reemphasize, don’t mistreat your precious vote by giving it away to someone or some issue that is not in your best interests. Don’t be swayed by the talking heads that would have you walk lock-step with one political party or the other and vote a “straight” Democrat or Republican ticket. Protect your vote by being informed and casting it wisely. The road to political power is paved with hypocrisy—on both sides of the aisle. We can look back and recall many things The Washington Informer

that have been said relative to a position taken and later that position was switched to the complete opposite side of the argument. One egregious example is the continued insistence by the warmongers to “get to the bottom” of the Benghazi situation. They use the four lives that were lost to justify their ire and outrage against Hillary Clinton. However, the same crowd, led by Chaney, Rumsfeld, and Condoleezza Rice, was responsible for some 5,500 lives lost in that unnecessary war in Iraq. What

hypocrites! All life is sacred, but politicians only value the lives of our soldiers when it’s convenient for them and fits their agenda for reelection. A similar example of hypocrisy is the president’s use of drones that have killed innocent people. Railing against the killing of innocents in Iraq and then killing more innocents in Afghanistan and Pakistan is hypocrisy. How about raising the debt ceiling? Many politicians are for it when

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By Marian Wright Edelman

Ella Baker: My Civil Rights Heroine Until the killing of Black men, Black mothers’ sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a White mother’s son—we who believe in freedom cannot rest until this happens. –Ella Baker The quote above is from Ella Baker 50 years ago, and like so much about this visionary civil rights leader it is still just as relevant today. She was talking

about the murders of Civil Rights Movement workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, who disappeared together in Mississippi in June 1964. Chaney was Black, and Goodman and Schwerner were White. Ella Baker was an outspoken warrior against injustice and inequality her entire life, and always, always unwilling to rest. Her words continue to be a rallying cry for all of us who believe our nation still does not see and value Black and White children’s

lives the same way. I first met Mrs. Baker during my senior year at Spelman College in Atlanta. She was a staff member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and was often a powerful behind-the-scenes adviser to close colleagues like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ella Baker believed in servant leadership and shared leadership rather than charismatic leadership and encouraged young people like me to find and lift our own voices and join them with others.

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She was instrumental in founding the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and fought to make sure we retained our own independent organization as students rather than simply becoming the youth arm of the Dr. King-led SCLC. Julian Bond, Diane Nash, Bob Moses, and many other fellow student activists and young activists were all influenced by her example, counsel and convening and share a special debt of reverence and gratitude. Ella Baker was born in 1903

in Norfolk, Va. She had a strict mother, a warm and caring father, and a large extended family of grandparents, uncles, and aunts who shared what they had with the poor. She was a fighter and as a child beat up White children who called her names. Since there was no schooling for Black children beyond elementary years in her area, she went off to boarding school at Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C. and was valedictorian of her high school

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By Harry C. Alford

‘Gainful Employment’ Rule Throws Black Students for a Loss Last week, the Obama Administration declared war on 1 million underserved students pursuing higher education throughout the United States. While the president and first lady launched their campaign to make it easier for low-income minority students to access college, the Department of Education has launched an unprecedented assault on this same community through a new proposal that will

cut thousands of college programs that disproportionately serve poor communities, single working mothers, veterans and other at-risk populations. At a time when American employers desperately need an educated, skilled workforce to sustain economic recovery, a confused and conflicted White House is hurting the underserved communities it claims to support. On March 14, the Department of Education published its new proposed “Gainful Em-

ployment” rule. The rule is a rehashed patchwork of regulations concocted several years ago in an attempt to prevent abuse of the federal financial aid system. Rejected through legislative process and shot down in federal court only a few years ago, the administration has nonetheless resurrected the policy and repackaged it in an 841-page proposal that will decimate college programs and career-focused vocational training currently serving one million students.


The proposed regulation, which applies primarily to proprietary (for-profit) colleges and universities, would make academic programs ineligible for federal Title IV financial aid if they fail to meet arbitrary formulas primarily related to student debt and earnings a few years out after graduation. Put more simply, students who don’t command high enough starting salaries relative to their student loans will find their programs eliminated without any solution for continuing their educational

career. If the rule is enacted as proposed, thousands of vocational training and educational programs will disappear, creating an $8 billion shortage in the higher education market and many aspiring students left out in the cold. Students pursuing careers in public service, which often pay lower starting salaries, like teachers, social workers, nurses and other allied health careers will be barred from receiving the

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By Askia Muhammad

On Playing, and Winning … and Winning Athletic competition has a lot in common with military combat. For one thing they are both absolute meritocracies – that is there is no favor given to a competitor’s skin color, or religion, or even gender. Another similarity is that in either sports or combat, it’s generally always preferable to win. I prefer athletic competition over war, because in most sports, no one has to die in order to de-

termine the winner. Despite the meritocracy, I attended predominantly Black schools and all of my athlete friends just happen to be Black. Throughout my educational career I’ve had the good fortune of always being around champion athletes. Even at John Muir Jr. High School in Los Angeles, I remember playing with the great Paul Blair. Blair went on to play for the Baltimore Orioles and his name is among other immortals in the team’s “Ring of Fame.” At John C. Fremont Sr. High

School I often experienced the sweet taste of victory. I also felt the great agony of defeat. I was not myself an athlete. I was a team manager (water-boy), and later a sports journalist. When I was manager of the basketball team we were undefeated City Champions. Then one day we went to play arch rival Thomas Jefferson High School and they beat us, 78-77. We did not lose another game that season and went on to repeat as City Champs, but I still remember that somber heart-

break we all felt coming home after that loss to Jeff. Our football teams were equally invincible, as was our track team, City Champs in both sports. Our quarterback Ricky Harris went on and eventually had a successful career as a defensive back for the Washington NFL franchise. My friend and classmate Richard Stebbins went on to win a Gold Medal in the 4x100 relay at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. My friends Tommy Smith and John Carlos won the 200 meter

Gold and Bronze medals at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, and they earned immortality in another way, off the field, when they raised a black-gloved, fisted salute during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner as they stood on the medal stand. Their rare immortality went beyond their triumph during the meritocracy of the competition. In high school I also learned a bitter lesson about the foolishness of having to win at all costs.

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“I am sitting here wanting memories to teach me, to see the beauty in the world through my own eyes. I am sitting here wanting memories to teach me, to see the beauty in the world through my own eyes. You used to rock me...” -Wanting Memories, Sweet Honey in the Rock, 1993

When presented the invitation to join forces with the Washington, D.C.-based a capella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock, Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, a native New Yorker, said a music career wasn’t exactly something she had in mind. “I am a violinist by training, my father taught me, but I had no intention of being in music,” Barnwell said. However, despite initial uncertainty, Barnwell didn’t decline the 1979 invitation. “I was in a totally different profession, but I was conducting a choir and studying sign language. [Sweet Honey in the Rock Founder] Bernice Johnson Reagon happened to have got-

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Ysaye Barnwell to Honor Marian Anderson

Former ‘Sweet Honey in the Rock’ Member Writes Musical Composition By Stacy M. Brown WI Contributing Writer ten up one morning and came to the church where I was singing solo. Afterward, she told me she was with the group and that they were looking for a new member,” Barnwell said. After a month-long audition where Barnwell learned as many as 40 songs, she became a member of the internationally-acclaimed, multiple Grammy Award-winning, all-African-American woman ensemble who’s recorded and produced more than two dozen albums over four decades.

“I had the best time ever,” said Barnwell, 67, who retired from the group in 2013 and continues to teach – she holds several degrees, including a Master of Science in Public Health from Howard University – and she creates musical compositions for others. Barnwell has been commissioned to write a new choral piece to pay tribute to Marian Anderson, an internationally renowned concert contralto in a concert at Constitution Hall in Northwest. The Saturday, April 12 event, The Washington Informer

which is titled, “Of Thee We Sing,” and presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS), will be hosted by renowned opera singer Jessye Norman and it marks the 75th anniversary of the famous 1939 concert Anderson performed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in front of 75,000 people. “What’s interesting is that the Daughters of the American Revolution wouldn’t let her perform on the stage at Constitution Hall because she was black,” Barnwell said. “But, it worked out so well because, instead of performing for 4,000 people inside, she went outside and 75,000 people got to hear her and that changed everything for Marian Anderson.” The WPAS concert, in which the Washington Informer counts as one of the media partners, also marks the 50th anniversary of Anderson’s final District appearance in 1964. Nearly 300 singers from WPAS’s Men and Women of the Gospel and several other local groups are scheduled to perform during the event, highlighted by Barnwell’s choral piece. “I think I was about nine when I saw Marian Anderson at the Metropolitan Opera and I still have the program and the newspaper from the next day,” said Barnwell, whose music will be directed by Stanley Thurston. “I have always been inspired by the fact that she sang both European and African-American classical repertoire, and her dignified heroism.” Anderson had a lasting impact upon so many in ways that transcended age, race, and cultural background, said WPAS president and chief executive Jenny Bilfield. “With ‘Of Thee We Sing,’ we honor these qualities by gathering together generations of performers and audience members whose lives she touched with her exceptional humanity, and by introducing the youngest generation to her enduring spirit,” Bilfield said, while also noting that WPAS is proud to have Barnwell’s work included in the celebration. The only child to her mother, a registered nurse, and her father, a classical violinist, Barnwell be-

gan studying violin at age two. She majored in music throughout high school and went on to earn a bachelor and a master of science degree in Speech Pathology from the State University of New York, Geneseo; a Doctor of Philosophy in Speech Pathology from the University of Pittsburgh; and a Master of Science in Public Health from Howard University in Northwest. In 1998, Barnwell received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Geneseo and, later, she earned the same degree from the Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary in Chicago and the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Va. For more than 10 years, Barnwell served as a professor at the College of Dentistry at Howard University. She conducted community-based projects in computer technology and the arts, and she administered health programs at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center and at Gallaudet University in Northeast. “I feel like I’m a Washingtonian,” Barnwell said. “I lived here since 1968. My first apartment was in Anacostia, and then I moved to Adams Morgan, then to Northeast and Glover Park.” Barnwell has spent much of her non-stage time working as a master teacher and choral clinician in African-American cultural performance. Her workshop, “Building a Vocal Community: Singing in the African American Tradition,” has been conducted on three continents over the past 28 years. She’s also been commissioned to compose numerous choral, film, video, dance and theatrical projects including Sesame Street, Dance Alloy of Pittsburgh, and David Rousseve’s Reality Dance Company. “Now, I’ve been commissioned to and have written a major requiem for the University of Maryland,” Barnwell said of her seemingly endless schedule. “It’s all very exciting.”WI

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Pioneering Singer Remembered on 75th Anniversary of Iconic Performance By Stacy M. Brown WI Contributing Writer Nearly a decade prior to Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color line and more than two decades before Martin Luther King Jr. helped to lead the civil rights movement, an Easter concert in 1939 by Marian Anderson proved to be the historic turning point in the movement to end Jim Crow segregation. Seventy-five years later, few have forgotten. “Celebrating Marian Anderson in our nation’s capital highlights the enormous political impact her career had for black artists in America,” said Paxton Baker, the executive vice president of Centric Television and a board member of the Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS) in Northwest, which will present, “Of Thee We Sing: The Marian Anderson 75th Anniversary Celebration,” at DAR Constitution Hall in Northwest on Saturday, April 12. “Her exceptional artistry and unwavering determination to effect change continues to give us the courage to face seemingly insurmountable personal and political obstacles with grace and resolve,” said Baker, 53. “In her own right, Marian Anderson’s life, courage and conduct were as significant as Rosa Parks. And as Harold Ickes said when he introduced her on that Easter Sunday, ‘Genius draws no color lines.’” Anderson, who died at the age of 96 in 1993, counted as an internationally renowned concert contralto. Despite her talent and fame, in 1939, the Daughters of the American Revolution, a lineage-based service organization for women who are direct descendants of individuals involved in America’s independence and who once advocated segregation and discrimination, refused to allow Anderson to perform a concert at Constitution Hall because of her race. The refusal triggered an immediate response from then-first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Ickes, the secretary of the interior, who planned an outdoor concert featuring Anderson at the Lincoln Memorial in which 75,000 people attended. “The legacy of that concert and Marian Anderson’s music opened the doors for people of color,” said Stanley Thurston, a conductor and artistic director with WPAS who has also served as guest conductor, collaborator, and performer with the Choral Arts Society of Washington, and who’s performed at venues like New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, the U.S. Capitol, and the Washington National Cathedral.

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“What’s interesting is that after they refused to let her perform at Constitution Hall, America rallied around Marian Anderson and really, if they hadn’t refused her, none of this may ever have happened,” said Thurston, who will direct a composition written by former Sweet Honey in the Rock member, Dr. Ysaye Barnwell. The composition will feature a choir of nearly 300 voices led by Thurston that will tell Anderson’s story through music, words and images, tied together with a narrative by Tony Award-winning playwright Murray Horwitz. “Dr. Barnwell sat in recently on a rehearsal and she just loved how it has all turned out,” Thurston said. “This is such an extremely significant performance for me because I remember sitting in music class as a little boy when Marian Anderson’s video was played. This is really important and it fits right into the music I studied growing up.” The 7 p.m. concert celebration will be hosted by one of the world’s most celebrated artists, American soprano Jessye Norman, a Grammy Award-winning opera singer and recitalist. Norman, 68, has performed in a wide range of leading roles with the world’s top opera companies, in solo recitals and in concerts of her cherished classical repertoire with preeminent orchestras all over the globe. “We are all looking forward to this because Marian Anderson meant so much,” said Barnwell, 67. Additionally, the celebration will include performances and appearances by singer Dionne Warwick, the vocal group 3WB, actor Malcolm Jamal Warner, CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer, opera singers Solomon Howard and Alyson Cambridge, American Idol winner Candice Glover, vocalist Annisse Murrillo and others. Twenty District-area choirs will also be featured.

During a recent television program about Anderson’s life that was broadcast on the Biography Channel, producers noted that she grew up in Philadelphia as the oldest of three girls and, as a six year old, Anderson became a choir member at her church. Her father, a coal and ice dealer, supported Anderson’s musical interests and, when she turned eight years old, he purchased a piano for her. With the family unable to afford lessons, Anderson taught herself how to play. She earned an opportunity to sing at the Lewisohn Stadium, a popular former amphitheater in New York, after entering a contest organized by the New York Philharmonic Society. In 1928, Anderson performed at Carnegie Hall in New York and eventually embarked on a tour of Europe. She became the first African American to be invited to perform at the White House. Anderson also became the first African American selected as a member of the New York Metropolitan Opera. Thurston said Anderson’s music and her life have inspired many. Others agreed. “A culminating event in WPAS’s ongoing cultural and educational outreach program, that among other things, has introduced 10,000 D.C. school children to Ms. Anderson’s artistry and activism, ‘Of Thee We Sing’ is already being heralded as a vital cultural event for the D.C. area,” said Jenny Bilfield, president and CEO of WPAS. “We honor [Anderson’s] qualities by gathering together generations of performers and audience members whose lives she touched with her exceptional humanity, and by introducing the youngest generation to her enduring spirit,” Bilfield said.WI The Washington Informer

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BUIKA continued from Page 29 ka which are actually credited to her. In the past, to her own admission, she has been so consumed with the artistry of singing those songs, that she allowed the business side of her work to go unchecked. By the time she reached her fourth recording – the first in 2007 was Mi Nina Lola (also a Grammy contender), followed by Nina de Fuego, and her essential 2-CD set En Mi Piel in 2011 – she learned enough of the industry to claim authorship of her own work. Music came naturally to her, but she faced a childhood of hardship before she finally brought it out in public. “I think I began singing before I could talk,” she claims in her thick, Spanish-inflected accent. “My family all have musical capacity, but they chose other ways to make their living. But I heard music all day and all night at home. We are Africans.”

Born to parents from Equatorial Guinea, Buika’s father soon left the family and her mother had to raise Buika and her five siblings as a single mother. It was the advice of an aunt, who was looking for someone to take her place singing in clubs that catapulted Buika from singing around the house, to singing for audiences worldwide. “It was tough,” she said. “Those were hard times.” “I was around 15 or 16 years old. In my mama’s house as a teenager, my aunt came over. She was a singer in hotels and resorts, and she said ‘I think I am too old to sing in the clubs. Do any of your daughters sing?’ And I saw that I could make a few bucks, so I was there,” she adds. “I went out there, after always singing at home, and I started to invent and style my blues. It was too much money to say no. And the magic began. It was the first time in my life people listened to me and I got addicted. From then until now, I never stopped.”

Since then, Buika has traveled the world, performing everywhere from Japan to Europe. And, she says, she has also lived in most of those places from Las Vegas to Spain. In 2011, she relocated to Miami, where she hopes to one day begin producing other singers. Until that dream materializes, she is content to spend her down time in the studio, and the rest on the road. “To me, it has been an amazing discovery. I don’t think language makes a difference. I think it is all music and it is all the same sound. Every song has its own secrets, and every song communicates what it should. You can understand everything that you need to.”WI Buika kicks off her North American tour on Sunday, April 6th at the Music Center at Strathmore before going on to New York, Philadelphia and Mexico City. For tickets and more information, visit

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Howard University’s award-winning vocal jazz ensemble Afro Blue. /Courtesy Photo

HU Celebrates Centennial of Music Department


Jazz Concert and Events Mark Milestone Anniversary By Stacy M. Brown WI Contributing Writer Hugh Masekela recently proclaimed that a classical people deserve a classical art. The South African-born trumpeter, composer, singer and human rights activist made it a point to note that he was referring to jazz – particularly Howard University’s brand of jazz. Masekela, 75, who last performed at Howard during a tribute to the late South African president and civil rights advocate Nelson Mandela in February, will return to the school to help celebrate a major milestone. He will join composer, pianist and educator Geri Allen, Howard University’s award-winning vocal jazz ensemble Afro Blue and former NBC television’s “Sing Off ” contestants, Faces of Blue, in an alumni concert at Cramton Auditorium in Northwest on Monday, April 7. “Masekela will perform with the university’s Jazz Ensemble and the Alumni Jazz Ensemble and it’s an exciting night because everyone involved has a Howard connection,” said Connaitre Miller, an associate professor of music and coordinator of Jazz Vocal Studies at Howard where she also directs, “Afro Blue,” and teaches vocal jazz improvisation, vocal jazz arranging, and she provides voice lessons. Miller will conduct the 7 p.m. concert that will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Howard University Music Department. Part of the university’s seventh annual “Jazz Week,” the concert will also serve as a prelude

to a week of jazz-related celebrations and performances in and around campus. “It’s the first time we’ve done an alumni concert like this,” Miller said. “And to have Geri Allen who we do a lot with and she’s an alumni who really does know how to give back with performances, time, and in so many other ways.” The week of activities celebrating the centennial of the university’s music program will also include a panel discussion on the history of jazz at the school, a workshop on alternative jobs in the music industry, a vocal ensemble master class, a “Legend of Charlie Parker” concert, and a retirement appreciation concert for Charles Covington, a professor of jazz piano at Howard. Covington, a widely recognized figure in the music world, has performed at the White House for former President Jimmy Carter, on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, and he’s worked with such music and entertainment greats as B.B. King, the late Sammy Davis Jr., Eartha Kitt, Flip Wilson, Redd Foxx, and Morey Amsterdam. “The concert should be great and I know a lot of us are looking forward to it, but we also can’t wait for Dr. Covington’s performance and seeing all of the alumni who should be here as well,” said Monica Withers, a sophomore at Howard. Miller said Covington’s concert should also prove to be a treat and there’s a buzz around campus for the entire week of activities. She said the emphasis will be


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squarely on the 100th anniversary of the music department at the university whose history can be traced to 1870, when only a few courses were offered at Howard. In 1914, school officials established the music program as an independent conservatory, thus the music department was born. “We’re simply excited about the week of jazz and to have all of this going on, including all those in the lineup and Masekela in town from South Africa is great,” Miller said. Masekela first arrived in the U.S. in the 1960s and within a few years he began working on an album that he said lacked one last track before it could be pressed. Eventually, he included the song, “Grazing in the Grass,” which went on to become a chart-topping hit that sold more than 4 million copies. “I was told that I should put in flavors of the music where I came from,” Masekela said in a previously published interview. “So, that’s what I came up with. What I do is a lot of whatever comes from swing or whatever and I flavor it with South African music. I became an aspect of the African Diaspora of music,” he said.WI Howard University’s 7th annual Jazz Week begins Monday, April 7 and will include a full week of performances, lectures, films and master classes, celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month, America’s Jazz Heritage and the university’s jazz alumni. For information, tickets and a complete calendar of events, visit The Washington Informer


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Washington Wizards Defeat Indiana Pacers 91-78

Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson attempts to drive on Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal during Eastern Conference NBA action on Friday, March 28 at the Verizon Center in Northwest. The Wizards defeated the Pacers 9178. /Photo by John E. De Freitas Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert looks for help from a teammate as Washington Wizards guard Drew Gooden tries to block his path to the basket during Eastern Conference NBA action on Friday, March 28 at the Verizon Center in Northwest. The Wizards defeated the Pacers 91-78. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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Gambling State University Track Team Honored by University President

SWAC champions share a lunch in their honor as family with president, coaches and others Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue recently honored the members of its track and field team following a championship season. “It has done my heart justice to hear the brotherhood, respect and love you have said (you have) about yourself, your coaches and Grambling,” said Pogue, who sat attentively listening to each team member. The president said there are things “that many people do not get to hear,” Pogue said. Pogue honored the team for winning the 2014 Southwestern Athletic men’s indoor track & field championship with a luncheon in his private, presidential dining room in McCall Dining Hall Wed., March 26. This winning season was the third consecutive SWAC men’s indoor title and the fourth in the last five years for head coach Bertram Lovell, who won SWAC coach of the year honors. Athletic Director Aaron James joined the group. The

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23 young men honored during Wednesday’s luncheon were appreciative, respectful and deeply rooted in Grambling State tradition, showing a clear “brother’s keeper” commitment to their teammates and parent-like respect for their coaches, Lovell and assistant coach Ashley Curry, who graduated from GSU with a bachelor’s in biology in 2007 and a master’s in sports administration in 2013. The team has established strong bonds of camaraderie, a great love and respect for each other as brothers and a desire to help each other with academics, studying and generally bettering their lives. Each of the young men credited Lovell and GSU for giving them a chance when other universities had given up on them or made it obvious that they were only concerned about what they did on the field and the track. After dining on smothered chicken, sautéed vegetables and peach cobbler, each team member took a turn to say a few words to their teammates, and the coach who has meant so much to them. “Coach Lovell teaches his vision through us,” said senior Jamael McTear, 21, a criminal

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justice major from Detroit. “He cares more about academics than track, asks what is going on in our lives and he’s just very supportive of us as individuals.”

Alcorn Beats Jackson State in Weekend Series After last night’s walk-off home run by Edgardo Salas, the Braves came into Sunday with tons of momentum looking to sweep Jackson State this afternoon. Jackson State took game one 12-9 and the Braves rallied late once again to defeat the Tigers in game two 7-6. The Braves held the Tigers to one hit and no runs in the top of the ninth. After Charles grounded out to first, Burl reached base on a walk. Peavey was the hero of the day hitting a shot to right center and Burl raced all the way from first to home giving the Braves their second come from behind victory of the weekend. The Braves move to 5-7 in SWAC play and 5-24 overall. They face Southeastern Louisiana on Wednesday night in Hammond, La. before returning home with another SWAC weekend series as they welcome Alabama A & M to the reservation.WI

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12 Things That Make Men Rich No. 2 – Sound Physical Health We began a series recently to share research by Napoleon Hill, a young man commissioned to study lifestyles of successful people. Hill studied 20 years, working one-on-one studying success patterns. The purpose of this series is to share what Hill discovered. He lists 12 Things That Make Men Rich; with money in last place.  Last week, we shared the first principle that makes men rich – and that’s having a “positive mental attitude” (PMA). Although PMA heads the list, the next principle Hill shares is sound physical health, which he noted as being just as important as PMA. Let us examine the second item Hill discovered; “Sound Physical Health.” This one is self-evident and should be No. 1. In my humble opinion, without health, you cannot create anything. Health is the ultimate gift because with it, everything else is possible. Let’s look at my own health; remember, back in November of 2012, I learned I had diabetes. With no health insurance at the time, I didn’t even know my health had spiraled out-of-control. But I knew there was something going on with my body. I could hardly walk, and felt very weak; my energy and enthusiasm for life was no longer present. Praise God, I was still able to share positive articles with those of you who continued to read my column. Just because I wasn’t feeling well, didn’t mean you all should go down with me. That was my problem, not yours. I felt an obligation to continue to share

the magical combination of what the Bible says with what Napoleon Hill learned; a magical combination. So I kept hearing the voice of the Lord, and continued to write my column each week. My breakthrough came when I finally got health insurance; went to a marvelous female doctor, her name is Dr. Muriel Vemury; my A1C was 7.5 , with normal blood sugar in the range of 4.0-6.0; it hit me like a ton of bricks! Heartbroken because of how my own mother died with both legs amputated, kidney failure, seven strokes, high blood pressure; I felt a determination within myself to change my lifestyle immediately. Without hesitation, I went into my kitchen and discarded foods I knew may be bad for my health. During mother’s illness I had studied causes and effects of diabetes, and had learned that a change of diet and exercise would make a difference. In fact, mother died on Dec. 25, 2000, and in 2005 when I was completing my Communications Program for my Master’s Degree at Trinity University, my public relations campaign was “Stop Fanning the Flames of the Diabetes Epidemic” in memory of her. Research from NIH, from the American Diabetes Association and other medical journals had been included in my research, so when my own life became affected by this horrific disease, I knew what steps to take and what had to be done. It worked! Within 90 days, my blood glucose had gone down to A1C of 6.2; and eight months lat-

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er I was 40 pounds thinner. Dr. Vemury said “You’re like my poster child, I’m so proud of your progress!” She didn’t understand how strongly I felt about the topic of diabetes! The Lord knew I would share mine and mother’s story with others so they too would know what to do. So if you’re reading this column, and if you have diabetes, change your lifestyle too. Others of you who may have heart disease or cancer, lupus or whatever the condition, diet and exercise will help each and every one of you; then you too will be able to get on with the business of living your life to the fullest, achieving those goals the Lord sent you to earth to accomplish. I promise!WI

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Pilgrim Baptist Church

The Reverend Lyndon Shakespeare Interim Priest Foggy Bottom • Founded in 1867 728 23rd Street, NW • Washington, DC 20037 Church office: 202-333-3985 • Fax : 202-338-4958 Worship Services Sundays: 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Music and Hymns Wednesdays: 12:10 p.m. - Holy Eucharist Email:

Rev. Louis B. Jones II Pastor

Schedule of Services: Sunday School – 9:30 AM Sunday Morning Worship Service – 11:00 AM Communion Service – First Sunday Prayer Service/Bible Study – Tuesday, 6:30 PM e-mail:

Worship Sundays @ 7:30 & 11:00 A.M. 5th Sundays @ 9:30 A.M. 3rd Sundays: Baptism & Holy Communion Prayer & Praise: Wednesdays @ Noon & 6:30 P.M.

Schedule of Service Sunday Service: 8:30 AM & 11:00 AM Bible Study: Wednesday 7:30 PM Communion Service: First Sunday

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

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Campbell AME Church Reverend Daryl K. Kearney, Pastor

(Disciples of Christ) 1812 12th Street, NW Washington, DC 20009 Phone: 202-265-4494 Fax: 202 265 4340

2562 MLK Jr. Ave., S E Washington, DC 20020 Adm. Office 202-678-2263 Sunday Worship Service 10: am Sunday Church School 8: 45 am Bible Study Wednesday 12:00 Noon Wednesday 7:00 pm Thursday 7: pm “Reaching Up To Reach Out”

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

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2498 Alabama Ave., SE • Washington D.C. 20020 Office: (202) 889-7296 Fax: (202) 889-2198 • 2008: The Year of New Beginnings “Expect the Extraordinary”

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

“The Amazing, Awesome, Audacious Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church”

“God is Love”

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

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

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

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

Third Street Church of God

Isle of Patmos Baptist Church

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

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

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

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Mount Carmel Baptist Church

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Joseph N. Evans, Ph.D Senior Pastor 901 Third Street N.W. Washington, DC. 20001 Phone (202) 842-3411 Fax (202) 682-9423

Rev. John W. Davis, Pastor 5101 14th Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20011 202-726-2220/ 202-726-9089

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Crusader Baptist Church

Service and Times Sunday Worship Service 11:00 a.m. Communion every Sunday 11:00 a.m. Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Bible Study Tuesday 12Noon Pastor’s Bible Study Tuesday 6:30 p.m. Motto; “Discover Something Wonderful.” Website: Email:

Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Holy Communion 4th Sunday 10:00am Prayer and Bible Study Wednesday 7;00pm

St. Stephen Baptist Church

Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church

Reverend Dr. Paul H. Saddler Senior Pastor

Mailing Address Campbell AME Church 2502 Stanton Road SE Washington, DC 20020

Sunday Worship Service 8:00am and 11:00am Sunday School 9:15am

4915 Wheeler Road Oxon Hill, MD 20745 301-894-6464

Blessed Word of Life Church

4001 14th Street, NW Washington, DC 20011 (202) 265-6147 Office 1-800 576-1047 Voicemail/Fax

Rev. Paul Carrette Senior Pastor Harold Andrew, Assistant Pastor

700 I Street, N.E. Washington, D.C. 20002 (202) 547-8849

All are welcome to St. Mary’s to Learn, Worship, and Grow.

Dr. Dekontee L. & Dr. Ayele A. Johnson Pastors

Church of Living Waters

Sunday Church School : 9: 30am Sunday Morning Worship: 10: 45am Bible Study Tuesday: 6: 00pm Prayer Service Tuesday: 7:00pm Holy Communion: 3rd Sunday 10: 45am

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Advertise Your Church services here: call Ron Burke at

202-561-4100 or email Zion Baptist Church

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

Website: All Nations Baptist Church – A Church of Standards

“Where Jesus is the King”

Israel Baptist Church

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

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

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

2324 Ontario Road, NW Washington, DC 20009 (202) 232-1730 Sunday School – 9:30 am Sunday Worship Service – 11:00 am Baptismal Service – 1st Sunday – 9:30 am Holy Communion – 1st Sunday – 11:00 am Prayer Meeting & Bible Study – Wednesday -7:30 pm

Rev. Dr. Morris L Shearin, Sr. Pastor

St. Luke Baptist Church

Rev. Daryl F. Bell Pastor

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

Rev. Keith W. Byrd, Sr. Pastor

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

King Emmanuel Baptist Church

Sunday Worship Service: 10:00 A.M. Sunday School: 8:30 A.M. Holy Communion1st Sunday: 10:00 A.M. Prayer Service: Wednesday at 6:30 P.M. Bible Study: Wednesday at 7:00 P.M.

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

Advertise Your Church services here: call Ron Burke at

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Advertise Your Church services here: call Ron Burke at

202-561-4100 or email

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Rehoboth Baptist Church

St. Matthews Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Maxwell M. Washington Pastor Worshiping Location Knights of Columbus - 1633 Tucker Road Fort Washington, MD 20744 (240) 838-7074 Order of Services Sunday Worship Services: 10:00 am Sunday School: 9:00 am Holy Communion 3rd Sunday Morning Prayer / Bible Study: 6:15 pm - 7:20 pm (Tuesday)

Salem Baptist Church

Emmanuel Baptist Church

Florida Avenue Baptist Church

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

Holy Trinity United Baptist Church

Dr. Earl D. Trent Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. George C. Gilbert SR. Pastor

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

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

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

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

Matthews Memorial Baptist Church

Sermon On The Mount Temple Of Joy Apostolic Faith

Christ Embassy DC

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

Dr. C. Matthew Hudson, Jr, Pastor

6839 Eastern Avenue, R1 Takoma Park, MD 20912 (202) 556-7065

Elder Herman L. Simms, Pastor

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

Kelechi Ajieren Coordinator

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

Sunday Worship Service 10:00 A.M.

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

New Commandment Baptist Church

Peace Baptist Church

Rev. Stephen E. Tucker Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. Michael T. Bell 712 18th Street, NE Washington, DC 20002 Phone 202-399-3450/ Fax 202-398-8836

13701 Old Jericho Park Road Bowie, MD. 20720 (301) 262-0560

Sunday Morning Worship Service 7:15 am & 10:50 am Sunday School 9:30am Sunday Morning Worship Service 10:50am Wednesday Prayer & Testimonies Service 7:30pm Wednesday School of the Bible 8:00pm Wednesday - Midweek Prayer Service 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Services: Sunday Worship 11 AM Sunday School 10 AM Wednesday Mid-Week Worship, Prayer & Bible Study - Wed. 7 PM “A Church Where Love Is Essential and Praise is Intentional”

“The Loving Church of the living lord “ Email Address

Shiloh Baptist Church

First Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church


Rev. Alonzo Hart Pastor

Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith Pastor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

150 Years of Service

Theme: “The Kingdom Focused Church” Matthew 6:33 and Mathew 28:18-20, KJV

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

Email: Website:

Motto: : “Where God is First and Where Friendly People Worship”

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

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Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 P.M. Friday Evening Service 7:00 P.M. ; Last Friday “…Giving Your Life a Meaning”

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

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

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SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131

Administration No. 2014 ADM 266

Administration No. 2014 ADM 268

Administration No. 2014 ADM 212

Administration No. 2014 ADM 182

William M. Callaghan, Jr. Decedent

Richard Hilton Decedent

Joseph A. Lynott, III 11 N. Washington Street, Suite 220 Rockville, MD 20850 Attorney

Deborah D. Boddie 1308 Ninth Street, NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20001 Attorney



Andrew Carey Callaghan, whose address is 16 Olcott Road, Norwich, VT 05055, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of William M. Callaghan, Jr., who died on December 22, 2013 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., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before September 20, 2014. 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 September 20, 2014, 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.

Jeffrey Hilton and Cheryl Hilton-Gibson, whose address is 1257 Delafield Place, NE, Washington, DC 20017, was appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of Richard Hilton, who died on October 25, 1990 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 (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before September 20, 2014. 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 September 20, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.

Date of first publication: March 20, 2014

Date of first publication: March 20, 2014

Herbert L. Smith III Personal Representative

Andrew Carey Callaghan Personal Representative

Jeffrey Hilton Cheryl Hilton-Gibson Personal Representatives



Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131

Marie K. Little Young Johnson Decedent James Larry Frazier, Esquire 918 Maryland Ave., NE Washington, DC 20002 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Barbara Opuni-Bediako, whose address is 9200 Edwards Way, #812, Hyattsville, MD 20783, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Marie K. Little Young Johnson, who died on September 4, 2013 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., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before October 3, 2014. 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 October 3, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of first publication: April 3, 2014 Barbara Opuni-Bediako Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY

Administration No. 2014 ADM 222 Emma E. Parrish aka Emma E. Parrish Evans Decedent James Larry Frazier, Esq. 918 Maryland Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Ingrid R. Parrish, whose address is 17001 Village Drive West, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Emma E. Parrish aka Emma E. Parrish Evans, who died on September 13, 2013 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., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before September 20, 2014. 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 September 20, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of first publication: March 20, 2014 Ingrid R. Parrish Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

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Claretha F. Smith Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Herbert L. Smith III, whose address is, 107 Wheeler Lane, Frederick, MD 21702was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Claretha F. Smith, who died on October 24, 2013 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before October 3, 2014. 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 October 3, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of first publication: April 3, 2014


CLASSIFIEDS SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013 SEB 508 Daniel Walter Battle aka Daniel W. Battle Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Shameeka Joy Burnette, whose address is PO Box 1183 Lanham, MD 20703, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Daniel Walter Battle aka Daniel W. Battle, who died on March 23, 2003 with a Will. 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., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before September 27, 2014. 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 September 27, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of first publication: March 27, 2014 Shameeka Joy Burnette Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY

TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131

Administration No. 2014 ADM 170

Administration No. 2014 ADM 232

Administration No. 2014 ADM 239

Administration No. 2014 ADM 285

Cassie Lou Williams aka Cassie L. Williams Decedent

Buffington E. Falls Decedent

Frances C. Howard Decedent

David Selkirk Wilson Decedent




Tinley Joan Falls, whose address is 7123 Halleck Street, District heights, MD 20745, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Buffington E. Falls, who died on February 20, 2014 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., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before September 27, 2014. 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 September 27, 2014, 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.

Edwina Howard-Agu, whose address is 9015 Miles Street, Silver Spring, MD 20901, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Frances C. Howard, who died on December 13, 2013 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before September 27, 2014. 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 September 27, 2014, 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.

Sara Procacci Wilson, whose address is 329 F Street, NE Washington, DC 20002, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of David Selkirk Wilson, who died on February 5, 2014 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., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before October 3, 2014. 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 October 3, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.

Date of first publication: March 27, 2014

Date of first publication: March 27, 2014

Date of first publication: April 3, 2014

Carlette D. Prince Personal Representative

Tinley Joan Falls Personal Representative

Edwina Howard-Agu Personal Representative

Sara Procacci Wilson Personal Representative





Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Carlette D. Prince, whose address is 340 Madison St., NW, Washington, DC 20011, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Cassie Lou Williams aka Cassie L. Williams, who died on December 17, 2013 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., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before September 20, 2014. 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 September 20, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of first publication: March 20, 2014

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May I have your attention about the importance of getting out the vote? I want your attention about the effectiveness of standardized tests. I need your attention on the automobile manufacturers who sell defective cars and take a whole three years to recall them. In the wake of the Flight 370 tragedy we will learn, undoubtedly, about those who lost their lives because of the tragedy. Only rarely, however, will we learn about the most recent victim of gun violence. May I have your attention? Please. WI Julianne Malveaux is a Washington, D.C.-based economist and writer. She is President Emerita of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C.

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the NAACP. She rapidly rose through NAACP ranks. “Wherever she went,” her biographer and friend Joanne Grant wrote in Ella Baker: Freedom Bound, “she created a whirlwind, leaving a scatter of papers, notes, leaflets, church programs, and phone numbers in her wake. . . She never let up her struggle to increase the role of the rank and file.” Ella Baker pushed for organizational structure and rules in the NAACP just as she did later at SCLC and

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sit-in protests to open up lunch counters around the South to a meeting at her alma mater, Shaw University. My first plane ride ever was from Atlanta to Raleigh for that meeting. SNCC was the meeting’s result. Ella Baker was fully aware of but unintimidated by the men she worked with who devalued the advice of women and sometimes resented her forcefulness, prodding, and “mothering.” She made no special effort to be ingratiating. She labored at SCLC as she had at the NAACP to raise money, conduct voter registration drives, speak to citizens groups (sometimes ten times a day), and travel to commu-

nity after community to help people help themselves. I remember her counsel as I think about sustaining and strengthening the Children’s Defense Fund’s mission today and future tomorrow for the long haul struggle to create and maintain a level playing field for every child. I learned from her the crucial importance of training a successor generation of young servant-leaders which has been a strong priority of CDF’s since its inception. We all honor Ella Baker by keeping her belief in freedom and equality alive until it becomes reality for every mother’s child.WI

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while applying completely different standards for private non-profit schools with the exact same curriculum. At the same time, the schools who serve more affluent populations of traditional suburban teenagers are protected from the president’s biased standards. Not only is the Department of Education proposing an unprecedented program that discriminates against certain types of schools, the Obama administration has not produced any plan to compensate for the loss of 6 million students who will be displaced and dejected before the decade is over. No regulation of this type and this complexity has ever been enacted in higher education. The collateral damage of this proposed rule is great and the risk to these communities and to our fragile economy is very real. Another reality is the plight of ex-felons. Finding full time employment is a very difficult thing to accomplish when you have a record. The only professional license an ex-offender can earn is that of a barber or beauty license. With this a person can find work or even become an entrepreneur by way of owning his/

her own establishment. It can be a lifetime of progress. But no, this rule will end any chance of that happening anymore. As the United States continues its slow economic recovery, it’s critical that the public and private sectors collaborate closely to provide all individuals with the resources they need to get the education and training required to participate in our modern workforce. As we have seen time and again, aggressive, ambitious policies designed to improve social programs for the underserved should be applied fairly and pursued carefully after thorough due diligence. The Obama administration’s current rule will immediately and unfairly targets 1 million underserved, at-risk college students throughout the nation, and ultimately discriminates against the communities it proposes to serve. This will hurt employers, vulnerable students and our economy. If the president truly seeks to protect and expand low income access to college while addressing the issue of student debt, he needs to start by rethinking his misguided Gainful Employment crusade.WI

from the league in all sports for one year. We lost much, much more than a game and a chance for another championship that day. We lost our dignity, our soul, our very humanity. Then later, I was living in Chicago and I learned another important lesson about playing your heart out, without “winning.” On the Southside we had a great Congress member named Ralph Metcalfe who became a real hero in our eyes when he stood up to Mayor and Chicago Boss Richard Daley. The Chicago police and FBI, in cahoots with a snitch on the inside, drugged Black Panther Party leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark, then attacked them while they lay drugged and defenseless, murdering both men, and because of course there were guns inside the police claimed the shooting was justified. As a loyal member of the Daley political machine, all Black politicians were expected to toe the line and defend the defenseless murder of those innocent men. Congressman Metcalfe

did not. He condemned the murders and the murderers, and Boss Daley tried to slap Metcalfe down, but the people rallied to his defense and despite what political bosses and precinct captains told the voters and city employees who were all part of the patronage system, the people stood with Metcalfe! It was only after those heroics on his part that I learned that Ralph Metcalfe had been a star athlete. He was the Silver Medalist behind the great Jesse Owens in the 100 meter and 200 meter races in the 1936 Olympics. Of course everyone knew about Owens’s four Gold Medal victories in the 1936 Berlin Games, defeating in his face, Adolf Hitler’s Aryan racial supremacy myth, and proclaiming the meritocracy of sports. But who knew that just like in 1968 in Mexico, there were two champions in Berlin, Jesse Owens who won, and Ralph Metcalfe who finished in second place, but who was also a victor. There’s winning, and then there’s Winning.WI

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INDUSTRIAL BANK BELIEVED IN ME When the original Carolina Kitchen’s leased building burned down, owner Lance London had trouble getting bankers to finance a new restaurant…Until he met Doug Dillon. Doug heads Industrial Bank’s Commercial Lending department. When Doug first met Lance, he recognized Lance’s solid character, his past success and the potential for his next location in Largo. When other bankers would not, Doug drew on his experience making business loans to extend a critical SBA loan to Lance. What no one knew back then is that Carolina Kitchen would one day be a two-time winner of Steve Harvey’s Neighborhood Award (“Hoodie”) for Best Soul Food restaurant in the country. Lance now has several credit facilities with Industrial Bank (including one for the Carolina Kitchen and TKO Burger restaurants coming soon to DC, near the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station). Whether it’s through a conventional loan or a loan supported by SBA, DC’s Collateral Support Program, or the US-DOT Short Term Lending Program, if you have the know-how, all of our loan officers have the products, knowledge and depth of lending experience to make your business dreams come true! Lance London, Owner

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