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Bowser Taps Ferebee for Schools Chacellor

DC Council Approves Sports Betting on Bill’s First Read

Votes Down White’s Amendment on Mandatory Minority Inclusion

By Sam P.K. Collins WI Contributing Writer @SamPKCollins

By D. Kevin McNeir WI Editor @dkevinmcneir The District leaped giant steps forward, closer to joining eight states that have already legalized sports betting as the D.C. Council voted Tuesday, Dec. 4 to approve the bill, 11-2 – the sole opposing votes and duo of dissenting voices coming from Councilmembers David Grosso (At- Large, I) and Brianne Nadeau (D-Ward 1). The decision keeps the door open as even more states contemplate undertaking similar moves – now occurring with greater frequency since the Supreme

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Making Season’s Bright

It’s official. Angela Alsobrooks was sworn in Monday as Prince George’s County executive at Show Place Arena, becoming the first woman ever to hold the position. Alsobrooks, who joined the 11 county council members also sworn in during the inauguration ceremony, expressed optimism in the majority-Black jurisdiction that will open a new regional hospital in Largo in 2021, houses the D.C. region’s

After months of community forums and private deliberation, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Our Schools Leadership Committee have chosen Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Lewis Ferebee as the next chancellor. Some local education leaders welcomed the news, expressing a desire to hear directly from Ferebee and learn more about how he plans to address academic issues that have long plagued the school system. “I hope that we have a public process that really gains feedback about Ferebee, his qualifications,

5 Washington Informer staff members lend a helping hand for those in need. /WI photo

Alsobrooks Takes Over, Offers Optimism for Prince George’s By William J. Ford WI Staff Writer @jabariwill

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largest transportation hub in New Carrollton and the state of Maryland’s largest casino rests at MGM National Harbor. “I am so proud to declare today that we don’t need to compare ourselves to anyone,” she said before a county park and planning estimate of 1,500 people. “We are a model for other to follow and every day of the week we loan this region our workforce, our intellect, our labor.” Alsobrooks, who won the Democratic nomination this summer and ran unopposed in last month’s

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Nation Pays Tribute to George H.W. Bush, Dead at 94 Former POTUS: Negotiator, Staunch Republican, Patriarch By Hamil R. Harris WI Contributing Writer George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the U.S., made his last trip to the nation’s capital, during which hundreds of thousands paid their final respects as his body laid in state in the city where he spent much of his life as a public official at the highest levels of American government. He died Nov. 30 at 94. Bush, a Navy pilot shot down during World War II, would go on to become a member of Congress, a U.S. ambassador, the director of the CIA and vice president of the U.S. – eventually being elected as president. And while Bush

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Requirements includefor a lesslaw thanenforcement 30-day-old drivwith law enforcement's handling Davis-Nickens said anyone agencies, a Child's Life Protecing record, no more than three points in a 10-year driving history and of the situation, she decided to who reads Marlow's book will tion Act and mandatory counselthe ability to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and meet spestart the Saving Promise cam- “get it.” She said she “puts the ing for batterers. cial training and qualifications determined by PGCPS. According to the paign. case in such a way, the average “If we are ever going to eradischool system, bus drivers earn $18.41 per hour with an opportunity “It seems to be a vicious cycle person can get it.” She said at the cate domestic violence, we must to receive $35.17 hour. For will more information, callsides the Human that won't turn my 5 Prince George’s County schoolfamily bus. end of the day, anthe book look at both of the Resources coin. Customer Service Center at 301-780-2191. loose,” Marlow said. Marlow help people begin to have a dia- We need to address both the vic/Photo courtesy of PGCPS shared her story with the audi- logue about domestic violence. tim and the batterer,” Marlow ence at the District Heights Also present at the event was said. Domestic Violence Symposium Mildred Muhammad, the exMarlow would also like to see on May 7 at the District Heights wife of John Allen Muhammad, programs designed to raise The Prince George’s Department Municipal Center. TheCounty sympo-Health who was sentenced to six consec- awareness among children in sium wasa job sponsored will host fair Dec. by 12 atthe the Cheverly Health utive life terms without parole public and private schools. She Family andCheverly. Youth The Services Center in Department sever- jury for his role in feels children need to be educatby acites Maryland Center of for the joining city oftheir District al reasons team: sick annualSniper attacks in ed about domestic violence. the and Beltway Heights and the National Hook- and2002. leave, alternative work schedules healthMildred and a Muhammad is “We have to stop being pasUp of Black Women. founder of After the Trauma, sive-aggressive with poor chilwellness program with on-site Zumbathe classes. While written book,already an been organization allMarlow on-site has interview slotsa have filled, that helps the dren about domestic violence,” “Color Me Butterfly,” which of domestic violence Marlow said. interested candidates can still isfilla outsurvivors an application story about four generations of and their11:59 children. Marlow has worked to break at Job postings expire domestic violence. The book is “I lived in fear for six years. Six the cycle of abuse in her family, p.m., Dec. 12. inspired by her own experiences, years in fear is a long time. It is and is confident the policies she and those of her grandmother, not an easy thing to come out is pushing for will start that her mother and her daughter. of,” she said. process. She said every time she reads Mildred Muhammad said “I plan to take these policies to excerpts from her book, she still people who want to help a Congress and implore them to Marcus Goodwin, (left) a candidate for the Democratic nomination can not believe the words came domestic violence victim must change our laws,” Marlow said. for the at-large position on the D.C. Council earlier this year, says he’s from her. “Color Me Butterfly” be careful of how they go into “I will not stop until these polibeen appointed to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board by Mayor won the 2007 National “Best the victim's life, and understand cies are passed.” Muriel Bowser (D). Books” Award. that she may be in “survival Tia Carol Jones can be reached mayor on how I can become more en“I was just 16-years-old when mode”.“I had a conversation with theat gaged in the community,” Goodwin told the Informer on Dec. 1. “She my eye first blackened and my “Before you get to 'I'm going said she’dit consider one of the boards or commissions lips bled,” Marlow said. to kill you,' started asappointing a verbal me to WI that have vacancies; one of her aides recently told me of my selection Elaine Davis-Nickens, presito the board.” dent of the National Hook-Up The ABC Board is an agency independent of the executive office of of Black Women, said there is no the mayor that meets once each week to adjudicate, administer and consistency in the way domestic enforce the District of Columbia’s alcoholic beverage laws. Board memviolence issues are dealt with by bers have to be confirmed by the D.C. Council for a four-year term and are compensated for their service. 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We have to stop being passive-aggressive with poor about Cummings to Lead Marylandchildren Democratic Partydomestic violence. I plan to take these Former Maryland gubernatorial candidate and wife of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) will serve as chairwoman of the state’s Democratic Party. Cummings’s policies to Congress and selection took place during a meeting Saturday, Dec. 1 with the state’s Central Committee. She comes in after implore Republican Gov. Larry Hogan won a second, four-year them to change our term, but Democrats will lead the state’s top five largest counties: Prince George’s and Montgomery counties in I will not stop until laws. the D.C. suburbs and Anne Arundel, Howard and Baltimore counties in the Baltimore region. Cummings will these policies are passed. replace Kathleen Matthews who led the party for two

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Increase in Hunger and Food Insecurities Rise During Holidays By Stacy M. Brown WI Senior Writer @StacyBrownMedia With the holiday season in full swing with annual parties and celebrations, there’s another tradition that’s always quite sobering: widespread hunger. One in nine households in America struggle to put food on the table and 220,111 people live in census tracts with poverty rates of 20 percent or more while 3,555 veterans live below the poverty line, according to the nonprofit Bread for the World. The United States and the world have made substantial progress against hunger and poverty over the past 50 years, but too many people are still being left behind, the nonprofit said. In the District, which ranks 32nd for hunger in the nation according to a new hunger and poverty snapshot provided by Bread for the World, food access counts as a problem for many. A 2017 published report noted that those working on food access equity in D.C. use words such as “crime,” “absurdity” and “injustice” to describe the disparity between Wards 7 and 8, areas east of the Anacostia River and the rest of the city. The USDA characterizes these low-income communities starved for places to purchase fresh produce as “food deserts.” And between 2010 and 2016, the situation reportedly only worsened. Eight years ago, the local organization D.C. Hunger Solutions released a “Grocery Gap” report showing Ward 7 had four full-service grocery stores for 73,856 residents and Ward 8 had three full-service grocery stores for 69,047 residents. Data from 2016 reveal Ward 7 is down to two for all 70,064 residents and Ward 8 is down to one for all 78,686 residents. Roughly one in seven households in the District is food insecure, the group said. Worse yet, 26.6 percent of D.C. households with children can’t afford enough food – a disproportionate number of these families live east of the river. “With the Hunger Heat Map, we’re able to see not only where the need is, but also what our impact is in the community,” Michael Hollister, who designed a “Hunger Heat Map” for the Capital Area Food Bank, told WAMU last year. “And we’re able to assess

after our impact, what is left to do.” In the year or so that the heat map has been around, the food bank has used it to determine where to locate services, and to design new programs. Cecelia Vergaretti, the food bank’s Northern Virginia director, said that’s how her staff came up with the Kids Food Bus. “We looked at the Hunger Heat Map and we said, ‘Wow, look at all the spots that have high poverty and high food insecurity,’” she said. “And we challenged them and we said tell us how you would feed these kids down in Prince William County. It’s a whole lot different than Fairfax County.” The Capital Area Food Bank is the largest nonprofit hunger and nutrition education resource in the Washington metropolitan area. Since its founding in 1980, the food bank has annually distributed 23 million pounds of food to more than 383,000 people through its invaluable network of over 700 partner agencies. In addition to food distribution, the food bank offers many programs that equip those at risk of hunger with skills to more efficiently meet their current and long-term food and nutrition needs, such as nutrition education and food stamp outreach. “There are many reasons why people find themselves at risk of hunger. Poverty and hunger are directly related – those living in poverty are often at risk of or suffering from hunger,” Food Bank officials said in a statement posted on its website. “The recent downturn in the economy has taken its toll on the working poor, and more recently those who once considered themselves middle-class are in need of food assistance. “In the Washington, D.C. area, housing costs are soaring and low-income housing is difficult to find,” the officials said. “Utility and transportation costs also continue to increase, leaving little room in household budgets for food.” Earlier this month, Wells Fargo launched its second annual Holiday Food Bank program to help feed people and families in need this holiday season. The banking giant kicked off the program with a $4 million donation to Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the U.S. The company also will match


up to an additional $1 million in consumer monetary donations to Feeding America, potentially bringing Wells Fargo’s total contribution up to $5 million. The organization estimates that, with every $1 contribution to Feeding America providing 10 meals, Wells Fargo will help secure more than 40 million meals for people in need. “Food insecurity is a very real issue in too many communities, and it feels even more urgent during the holidays,” said Jon Campbell, president of the Wells Fargo Foundation. “Wells Fargo believes we’re in a position to help move people and families out of poverty and build financial stability. And it starts with ensuring that all people have access to basic human needs — stable housing, food, education and steady employment.” WI

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DEC. 6 1932 – Richard B. Spikes patents the automatic gearshift. 1936 – Richard Francis Jones becomes first African American certified in urology. 1949 – Blues legend Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter dies in New York City at 60. 1967 – Madame Lillian Evanti, famed African-American opera singer, dies in Washington, D.C., at 77.

DEC. 7 1942 – Reginald Lewis, the first African-American business owner to build a billion-dollar company, is born in Baltimore.


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DEC. 8 1868 – Henry Hugh Proctor, a minister, author and lecturer who formed the basis for the Atlanta Music Festival, is born outside Fayetteville, Tenn. 1925 – Famed singer and entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. is born in New York City.

DEC. 11 1926 – R&B singer/songwriter Big Mama Thorn­ ton of “Hound Dog” fame is born in Ariton, Ala­bama. 1938 – Jazz pianist McCoy Tyner is born in Phil­ adelphia. 1964 – Soul singer Sam Cooke is fatally shot by a motel manager in Los Angeles. He was 33.

DEC. 12 1899 – George Grant patents an improved golf tee. 1940 – Grammy-winning singer Dionne Warwick born in East Orange, New Jersey. 1963 – East African country Kenya gains its independence from the United Kingdom. 1975 – The National Association of Black Journalists is founded in Washington, D.C. 1995 – Willie Brown wins a runoff election to become the first Black mayor of San Francisco. WI

DEC. 9 1872 – Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchhack becomes the governor of Louisiana, the first Afri­canAmerican to serve as governor of a U. S. state. 1922 – Comic legend Redd Foxx is born in St. Louis. 1972 – Ralph Bunche, the first African American to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, dies in New York City at 68.

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1963 – The East African territory of Zanzibar gains its independence from the United Kingdom. 1964 – Civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. receives the Nobel Peace Prize. 1967 – Soul singer Otis Redding dies in a plane crash near Madison, Wisconsin, along with four members of the Bar-Kays. Redding was 26. 2005 – Seminal comedian Richard Pryor dies in Los Angeles at 65 after a longtime battle with multiple sclerosis.



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Classes had just resumed for the winter semester on the campus of the University of Michigan when just minutes before midnight on Jan. 6, 1979 I joined 11 other anxious young Black men, mostly freshmen, at a popular meeting place, “The Cube,” for what would become a 13-week journey of madness, mayhem and mind-blowing experiences. Facing mounds of snow, freezing temperatures, swirling winds and of course both uncertainty and lingering doubts, we were about to embark upon an historic path which only eight of us would successfully complete – one that included step shows, physical, mental and emotional tests of endurance, far-too-frequent butt-warming visits from “the Wood” and moonlit “workouts” in the tree-laden outdoor garden that stretched for miles, “the Arb.” Looking back, I could never have imagined the things I would see, the people I would meet, the memories I would make, the road trips I would take or the countless moments of joy, love and celebration that would be cherished moments of my life. But I would eventually discover the magic – and I have been the better for it. On April 7, at 11:39:13 p.m., I


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would “cross the burning sands” at Epsilon Chapter – joining thousands of other college-educated men before me to become a brother in the nation’s first African-American intercollegiate Greek-letter organization – Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Since then, hundreds of thousands of brothers like me pause on Founders Day, Dec. 4, honoring the brave men, the “Seven Jewels,” who founded the study and support group for minority students who faced racial prejudice, both educationally and socially, at Cornell University in 1906, recognizing the need for an organization grounded on the bonds of strong brotherhood. Pledging has faced its criticisms, often rightly so, because of undue violence – “hazing” – that has left many young men, scarred, injured and on rare occasions, even dead. By God’s grace, I would not be subjected to undue pain and suffering – well, not too much anyway. Did I sometimes want to quit? Of course, but you’d have to know my departed father, C.B. McNeir, to understand why quitting was never a viable option. If could change one thing from those wild days, I wouldn’t alter one moment. We partied every New Year’s Eve at Jimmy D’s house in Highland Park, chanting, stomping and sipping on “pluck.” We tutored children in schools in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Detroit. We raised money for the needy, delivered dinners, toys and coats. We held smokers for inquiring minds, partnered with Ques,

Kappas, Deltas and AKAs as leaders on the Panhellenic Council. We helped each other pass classes, hitting the mark together on difficult exams, helping with tough term papers and wearing our colors with pride on graduation day when we received our diplomas. I, along with my sands, Tony Jones, Edward Nwokedi, Cyril Mayes, Terrence Haugabook, Gary Hardwick, James Hamilton and Kevin Brown as part of “Pharaoh’s Finest,” will forever be the only eight who can lay claim to moving, memorable moments: chasing our one reliable vehicle down a hill on Central Campus after leaping out without engaging the brakes; eating meals for eight hungry souls on less than $20 bucks; sneaking into dorm cafeterias begging for food from Alpha Angels and other soul sisters (love you Joy M., Candace Jenkins, Tanya B. and Fish); woofing down mounds of prunes at Denny’s as the brothers looked on and laughed. Those were the days! I always felt safe though because of big brothers from the Brothership Connection and Ego One; men (and women) of color who I’d grow to respect and love: Waldo, Mouse (and Mrs. Mouse), Micah, C.B., David “the dentist,” Brother Armstrong, Tony C., Mike White (and his soulmate Denise, a godsend for hundreds of Black students), B.C. and Marcus (my young personal who I’d take across the sands) and of course my best buddy, Kevin Grant (A-Phi from Motown) and my college roommate Russell Robert Richey on whose shoulder I cried on, who loaned me money in the clutch and who never let me walk alone. Last, I continue to pray for the spirits of those who have gone on to glory: Bruce (the Daddy), DP (Kenneth Maurice Jones), Ervin (my big personal) and Earl (whose smile could light up a room). I would not be who I am today without each of you. Pledging Alpha was indeed, magic! Check out the brothers in the black and gold – too cold, too cold! PsychoALPHAdiscobetabioaquadoloop! WI


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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, along with 40 members of her executive team and community leaders, recently took a stroll through a Ward 8 neighborhood that has been revitalized and transformed. The “Ward 8 Community Walk,” a proactive move by the administration, serves as a way to inform the Bowser Administration about the challenges facing citizens as the city looks for solutions to remedy ongoing problems. “It’s good to see the mayor and her team walk through communities so they can see those that are in crisis and see what needs to be done,” said Troy Donte Prestwood, the advisory neighborhood commissioner for single-member district 8A04 and chairman of commission 8A. While locations vary, Bowser conducts similar walks once a month and has visited each of the city’s eight wards. The walk began along Good Hope Road and 16th Street S.E. as the mayor chatted with others traveling by foot and visited businesses before making a stop at DCFD Fire Engine Company #15. There, Bowser engaged on-duty personnel and Seventh District Police Commander Andre Wright, eventually inviting D.C. Deputy Mayor of Public Safety and Justice Kevin Donahue to join the conversation. After the fire engine company visit, Bowser and her entourage walked two blocks west on V Street, stopping at a rundown boarded-up house that evoked a look of dismay. “That doesn’t look good,” the mayor said. “Could somebody

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more frequently and not when it’s all about her.” The final stop on the community walk would be Cheers, a restaurant in clear sight of the Big Chair owned by former D.C. Council candidate Dionne Bussey-Reeder. Before entering, Bowser led a wrap-up of the walk, instructing department heads to work on cleaning up the streets and any dilapidated buildings. She asked D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham about Good Hope Laundromat that has been the center of several complaints who shared that officers continue to monitor the surrounding area. Prestwood, who accompanied the mayor throughout the walk, said it’s time for long-awaited change to come. “We are waiting for action,” he said. “We want to see ideas translated into results.” WI

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And while President Trump had been critical of both the former Bush presidents, the elder Bush, in a final gesture prior to his death, made it clear that Trump would be among those invited to his private state funeral. Trump and the First Lady saluted Bush at both the US Capitol and during a service at the National Cathedral on Wednesday, Dec. 5 before the return of his body to his home state of Texas where he would finally rest beside his wife Barbara who died nine months earlier. WI


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fun-filled races against the bobblehead presidents and much more. “We drove 240 miles from Byram Township New Jersey to get here,” said Kate Swiencki as she waited in line with her son so that they could take a few candid shots with Nats outfielder Victor Robles, a new standout for the team signed in 2017 who hails from the Dominican Republic. Robles, like most Nationals of color, comes from Latin America continuing a connection that dates back several decades. For those who could give or take “America’s game,” the day provided an opportunity for them to meet players and visit the stadium adorned in Christmas trees and lights ensconced in a section of Southeast D.C. which years ago served as a venue for horse stables, gritty night-

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PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY Youth Prepared for Job Market, Combat-Style By William J. Ford WI Staff Writer @jabariwill D.J. Abdul-Rahim stood with his feet apart and knees bent, hoisting a long, wooden stick to practice various blocking techniques. Abdul-Rahim held the object to choreograph martial arts movements as part of a stage combat class through the CreativeWorks vocational program inside Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier. He joined about 11 other young Prince George’s County residents as part of a Nov. 20 session that uses the arts to formulate not only diverse forms of creativity but also learn resume writing, interviewing methods and other life skills. “One thing I enjoy is that there’s an element of family,” Abdul-Rahim, 20, of Suitland said after the

mini-workout, which lasted more than an hour. “Joe’s makes you feel welcomed. It may look laid-back, but we work.” CreativeWorks was established 10 years ago to help those ages 17 to 24 who recently graduated high school, received or are currently in pursuit of a GED, or are first-generation college students enrolled at Prince George’s Community College. It’s geared to help students of color pursue higher education and career opportunities in theater production, photography and digital media. According to program statistics, about 60 percent of the students are Black and 36 percent Latino, and the majority are from low-income families. Linda Cameron, college and career coordinator for Joe’s, said the current fall program, which runs

from September to January, allows each participant to visit the community college and the University of Maryland’s College Park campus. In addition, each has a financial incentive: a stipend every two weeks between $400 and $600. Those who complete special projects and training can earn a $25 gift card, Cameron said. Before the students are accepted, they must go through a week of intensive training in August. For about four months, each must first conduct a performance piece through verbal storytelling of a real-life event such as a parent’s divorce or their first heartbreak. Next, participants present an “elevator pitch,” speaking with local business and nonprofit officials, before conducting a dream job presentation. Finally, with the skills each gathered, they produce a stage presentation to showcase before a live audience. Cameron said each will receive a portfolio donated by Accenture. “It’s like building a house — without the foundation, that house will crumble,” she said. “You can learn all these individual things, but without the basic skills like being on time for work, how to be professional, then it won’t work.” Meanwhile, Abdul-Rahim and others listened as Patrick Mullen, theater production manager at Joe’s and a martial arts instructor, gave the five steps of stage combat: focus, distance, timing, off-the-line and

New School Board Members Sworn In By William J. Ford WI Staff Writer @jabariwill

5 Prince George’s County school board Chairman Segun Eubanks /Courtesy of PGCPS

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Prince George’s County school board will soon have new leadership after its chair recently resigned and vice chair lost in last month’s general election. However, Segun Eubanks will remain as board chairman until Jan. 1, or unless newly sworn-in Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks appoints one sooner. “We’re presented with a lot of challenges and problems, but I implore you to join us to continue to find and spread the good word of the work that we do and do it well,” Eubanks said during a board meeting via video from Dallas while attending an education conference. “I thank you on behalf of parents like myself and behalf of citizens and welcome to the board of education.”


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focus. “Focus is on the list twice because it is that important,” Mullen told the group. Mullen assisted all these students on the proper stance to move forward and backward. Eieriel McKnight, 18, had some trouble holding a wooden stick to resemble a sword in her left hand. “This feels awkward,” she said. “Don’t worry, we will switch hands,” Mullen said. As for McKnight, she graduat-

ed in May from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt and plans to attend the culinary arts school at Prince George’s Community College in January. “I do a lot of video editing, but I didn’t know how to photoshop,” she said. “There’s a lot of things we learned that school didn’t teach us like cover letters [and] resumes. When I came here, I was able to learn more about that. This place has really helped me.” WI

Eubanks, who announced his resignation late last month, spoke before five members were sworn in at the Sasscer Administration Building in Upper Marlboro. The four newest members and the districts and schools they will represent are: • Joshua Thomas – District 2 schools in the northern part of the county such as Carrollton Elementary, Charles Carroll Middle School and Parkdale High School. • Pamela Boozer-Strother – District 3 schools in northern part of the county such as Adelphi Elementary; Hyattsville Middle School and International High School at Langley Park. • Belinda Queen – District 6 schools in central Prince George’s such as Capitol Heights Elementary, Walker Mill Middle School and Central High School. • Paul Montiero – appointed by Alsobrooks and will serve as an at-large member. “As much as I love the [school] system, I think part of love is

being honest,” said Montiero, a Prince George’s Public Schools graduate who unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for county executive. “The challenges that face the system when I was a student, some of them are still with us. I’m not interested in assigning blame. I’m interested in working with everybody to … make the county the best we can be.” Dinora Hernandez, an attorney and Latino liaison in the county executive’s office, didn’t seek re-election in District 3. Sonya Williams, who represents District 9, was the only incumbent to win re-election for a second four-year term. She will help oversee schools in the southern part of Prince George’s such as Tanglewood Regional, Gwynn Park middle and high schools. “Use your skills and best judgment,” said Williams, who also works as a civil engineer. “I bring all of that to this seat to make decisions to best of Prince George’s County Public Schools.” WI



Kirwan Commission Poised to Share Final Education Report By William J. Ford WI Staff Writer @jabariwill ANNAPOLIS – Since its inception in 2016, the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education presented proposals to raise teacher salaries up to a minimum of $60,000 in six years, expand pre-k pre-kindergarten at no cost for low-income 3-year-old children and all 4-year-old children and other educational initiatives. The group, also known as the Kirwan Commission, led by former University of Maryland Chancellor William Kirwan, plans to complete a final report as early as Dec. 19. If agreed, a document would be distributed to state lawmakers to review and possibly pass into legislation when the Maryland General Assembly reconvenes Jan. 9. “This can’t be a Santa Claus stocking-stuffer,” Kirwan said during a discussion Thursday, Nov. 29 on proposals to improve governance and accountability. “We just can’t talk this to stuff. We’ve got to get to some conclusion.” Before Kirwan and others draft a final report, the commissioners

heard from dozens of officials and representatives from state, county and local government agencies and nonprofit organizations who presented their views on how the state can enhance public education. Some of the testimony inside a conference room at the House of Delegates building included a focus to recruit future teachers at HBCUs, more money for special needs students and assess racial inequity among Black and Latino students. Justin Robinson, a seventh- and eighth-grade math teacher at Samuel P. Massie Academy in Forestville, emphasized providing funds for schools to stay above a certain poverty threshold, telling a short story about how his students lost a basketball game to a team that had more resources to practice and play. “I’m just talking about a game, but in a few years my students will be adults,” he said. “I worry without equitable funding and wrap-around services, they won’t be able to compete with students blessed with rare opportunities … that [stability] provides.” Henry R. Johnson, chief of staff for Montgomery County Superintendent Jack R. Smith, agreed with


the commission’s proposals to expand early childhood education and incorporate more planning time for teachers. However, he offered a brief plea to allow local jurisdictions to maintain control. “We implore the commission to consider the negative effect of unfunded mandates,” he said. Prior to the public hearing, the commission reviewed a plan on governance and accountability that highlights a proposal to create an independent oversight board to provide comprehensive recommendations on how county and city school systems can improve. Some commissioner members agreed with Johnson, especially since the independent body could withhold money if certain goals aren’t achieved. However, the state Department of Education would also have to agree on any proposed changes. “I don’t see a lot of accountability to do much except to hold funds, which is basically what the state school board can do now,” said state Superintendent Karen Salmon, one of the 25 members on the commission. “There needs to be a lot more work done.” State Sen. Steve Waugh, a Repub-

5 Dozens of education advocates and nonprofit leaders attend a public hearing before the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education at the House of Delegates in Annapolis on Nov. 29. /Photo by William J. Ford

lican who represents Calvert and St. Mary’s counties, said there needs to be limits to empowering a separate agency. “You can’t create a whole new government in here,” he said. According to a 13-page draft, the body would comprise of seven members appointed by the governor with Senate confirmation. Joy Schaefer, who serves on the commission, not only disagrees with the proposed independent body in having some authority, but said some members should have education experience. “Unless you have done that in a real-world environment, you are lacking a really important and critical perspective,” said Schaefer, a

member of the Frederick County school board. Through further discussion on the topic, which went on for more than an hour, the commission agreed some members have knowledge of teaching in a classroom, but didn’t specify how many. After more than 90 minutes of testimony, the Rev. Marlon B. Tilghman, pastor of Ames United Methodist Church in Harford County, offered a simple prayer for the commission. “I’m going to pray you have a sound mind in the decisions you make,” he said. “Pray in any decisions you make [don’t negatively] affect our children. Give our children a stake in the United States.” WI

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BUSINESS OneUnited Bank Unveils ‘Take A Knee’ Campaign

Unique Partnership Confirms Support of Social Justice Movement By D. Kevin McNeir WI Editor @dkevinmcneir In an unprecedented move, OneUnited Bank, the largest Black owned bank in the U.S., has unveiled the “Take A Knee” Campaign with a stunning masterpiece, “Last  Man Standing,” by internationally acclaimed artist  Addonis Parker. The protest art evokes the importance and burden of activism in America, featuring three football players kneeling during the national anthem.

The Campaign gives credence to the national #TakeAKnee movement started by Colin Kaepernick  and followed  by over 180 football players including  Eric Reid  and  Kenny Stills – one in which they refused to stand during the national anthem, instead taking a knee in silent protest of police shootings of unarmed Blacks, also calling for criminal justice reform. OneUnited Bank, following the unveiling and announcing their formal support of #TakeAKnee Campaign have taken the #BankBlack and

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5 OneUnited Bank, America’s largest Black-owned bank, is “Taking a Knee” for social justice to underscore its commitment to the issue in a partnership with the ACLU and the BMe Community. The initiative includes the commissioning of a painting (pictured), “Last Man Standing,” by acclaimed artist Addonis Parker. The effort confirms their support of the controversial “Take a Knee Movement” and continues an eight-week campaign during which the bank will donate to related charities for every account opened now until year’s end. /Art work illustration courtesy OneUnited Bank.

#BuyBlack Movement to the next level. The bank will make a donation to the American Civil Liberties Union [ACLU] and the BMe Community (honoring Genius Fellow Leon Ford who survived an incident of police brutality). For each new customer who opens a checking account between  the initiative’s kickoff on Oct. 25 through Dec. 31, the bank will make a donation to the aforementioned charities. In addition, the bank will invite all OneUnited Bank customers to become an ACLU member of the ACLU and donate to the BMe Community.  “Throughout history, art has been used to raise awareness about social issues and affect positive change. We are honored to unveil ‘Last Man Standing’ and support the ACLU and

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working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the U.S. since its founding in 1920. The ACLU fights to end mass incarceration, obtain voting rights for returning citizens and reform the criminal justice system and other social justice issues. BMe Community ( is a network of innovators, leaders and champions who invest in aspiring communities.  Headquartered in  Miami, BMe has satellites in Akron, Baltimore,  Detroit, Louisville,  Philadelphia and  Pittsburgh. Its four-part model includes Asset Framing, Genius Fellows, Community Builders and Story Sharing available to its 40,000 subscribers.  WI

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SPORTS from Page 1 Court, earlier this year in May, struck down previous federal law that had previously prohibited sports betting either in casinos or online. Still, as Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) predicted several months ago, the bill will require a few more changes and nuances before the full council feels comfortable enough to vote yes on the legislation. As D.C. Council takes a more insightful review of the pros and cons, other states in the region, including both Virginia and Maryland, have already indicated that they will begin to debate the issue early next year when their legislative sessions resume. The bill in its present form, would allow private operators to apply for licenses to operate sports betting facilities throughout the District with one class of licenses reserved for the city’s five existing stadiums and arenas, another class of licenses allowing it at venues like bars and restaurants. The bill would also establish a twoblock radius around the stadiums and arenas in which no other betting facility could open.

BUSINESS Evans says revenue estimates range from $20 million to $500 million. One stumbling block recently raised had been a royalty requested by some of the sports leagues, including MLB, the NBA and the PGA who want all operators to pay 25 cents for every $100 bet – something they said would cover the cost of them providing exclusive data and trademarked content to betting operations in the city. Evans, however, opined that it was too high in addition to it making D.C. the first in the U.S. to require such a fee. Councilmember Vincent Gray (D-Ward 7) successfully led the initiative which eliminated the royalty fee from the bill citing the fact that major sports leagues didn’t need the money. Mayor Muriel Bowser, who had indicated that she backed the bill, released a statement saying she “supports Evans’ efforts to make sports betting a viable revenue source for our growing needs.” “Sports betting can help us fund critical programs, create jobs for District residents and allow visitors and commuters to further participate in our economy,” she continued.

However, debate goes on over how the money would be spent and whether the DC Lottery or outside vendors would serve as operators. White’s Amendment, Call for Minority Inclusion Stalled And while Councilmember-at-Large Robert White voted with the majority on the first reading of the Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act 2018, authorizing sports wagering in the District, he could not persuade his colleagues to likewise approve his revisionary bill, Amendment 1, which would have called for mandatory minority inclusion. White stands as an advocate for small, local, women and minority-owned businesses, as well as certified business enterprises [CBEs], and seeks more conclusive policies and procedures that give minorities a “real chance” to be part of what experts predict will unfold in D.C. within the next several months: a quickly-emerging sports betting market – and therefore the reduction of financial gaps that he insists have persisted for decades. He says his amendment would have addressed several factors that he believes can no longer be ignored:

earlier moves by several well-capitalized companies who have already placed themselves in positions to both enter and take over the multi-million dollar-anticipated industry in the District; and the alarming fact that despite the city being 47 percent Black and 52 percent female, among the city’s largest industries (banks, hotels, sports teams and development companies) Black-, Latino- or women-owned businesses, most of which are limited in options, often because of the lack of access to capital, remain underrepresented, relegated to a second-tier status. Upon the conclusion of the vote, Evans announced his willingness to work with White toward drafting a revised document that would both assuage White’s concerns and garner the approval of the Council’s majority prior to a second, final reading of the bill scheduled Tuesday, Dec. 18. If approved, the bill would advance to the mayor’s desk for her signature. White, in a statement made several days before Tuesday’s meeting, said he’ll continue to push for long-needed change that would ensure greater access and equity

5 Councilmember Robert White (I-At Large). /Courtesy photo

for minority businesses eager to get their seat at the table and their slice of the proverbial pie. “Our leaders often talk about the legacy of Mayor Marion Barry, emphasizing his efforts to put minorities and women into positions of power,” White wrote. “We now need to continue to push that legacy forward with actions. It’s easy to talk about this legacy when things are going fine but [at the present] minorities are still underrepresented in key arenas.” WI


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NATIONAL Trump Has Appointed Just One Black Judge to Federal Bench By Stacy M. Brown WI Senior Writer @StacyBrownMedia It took the only Black Republican to block Judge Thomas Farr from a lifetime appointment to the federal bench. What South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott did was step up in a way that Democrats and many Americans — particularly minorities who have felt the brunt of President Donald Trump’s court appointments — had hoped others would. “There are lingering concerns,” Scott said when announcing his decision that effectively ended Farr’s bid to sit on the bench. “Issues that could affect his decision-making process as a federal judge.” Scott referred to, in part, a Justice Department memo written under President George H.W. Bush, which shed new light on Farr’s connection to former North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms’ alleged efforts to suppress

Black voters. “This, in turn, created more concerns,” Scott said.. Weighing these important factors, this afternoon I concluded that I could not support Mr. Farr’s nomination.” However, the “concerns” aren’t too different than Trump’s Supreme Court picks, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, both controversial nominations who each went on to win confirmation despite excess baggage that sounded the alarms throughout Capitol Hill and across the United States. And while the president’s nominations to the nation’s highest court garner the most attention and often the most controversy, federal and appellate court appointments almost always fly under the radar. Alarmingly, just one of Trump’s 68 federal judge appointees count as African American. Further, Trump has already appointed 26 appeals court judges, which is more than any other president in the first two years

of a presidency, according to the Brookings Institution. None of those appointees are African American. The significance of federal and appellate court appointments is that presidents can use them to reshape the federal judiciary and seek to appoint judges they believe share their ideological leanings. According to a recent analysis by Reuters, the 13 appellate courts wield considerable power, usually providing the last word on rulings appealed from lower courts on disputes involving federal law. Their rulings can be challenged before the U.S. Supreme Court, but most such appeals are turned away because the high court typically hears fewer than 100 cases annually. Eleven of the courts handle cases from specific multi-state regions, one handles cases from D.C., while another specializes in patent cases. “President Trump has been in office for almost two years and during that time African Americans and other marginalized communities have lost a lot,” said Congressional Black Caucus Chair Cedric Richmond (D-La.). “There is no question that our community — and the country — are worse off now than they were before President Trump took office.” Other organizations like the American Bar Association and the National Bar Association — an African American group — stunningly have remained silent. Multiple messages with leaders at both organizations have gone unreturned for weeks before publication of this article. “Trump’s judicial  nominees are predominately White men,” said

Baltimore Sues Trump Admin Over Immigration Policy

State Department Changes Public Charge Rule By Sarafina Wright WI Contributing Writer The city of Baltimore has sued the Trump administration due to a rule change at the State Department that they believe is discriminatory against immigrants. In filing the suit Wednesday, Nov. 28, city officials said the State Department changed the “public charge” rules in January to deter immigrant residents from claiming benefits they’re entitled to, such as food stamps, housing vouchers and Medicaid. The city officials argue the change will scare lawful immigrants from seeking assistance and make it harder for their relatives to get visas to come to the U.S, The Baltimore Sun reported.

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The nonprofit Democracy Forward, which filed the lawsuit with the city, aims to expose injustices within the federal executive branch. “These aren’t benefits that an immigrant or their family is going to rely on exclusively — these are benefits that are supposed to give families a little extra help when they need them,” said John Lewis, an attorney with the organization. The suit names President Donald Trump, the State Department and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo as defendants. It said the change violates federal laws governing administrative agencies, including the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection, The Sun reported. In its lawsuit, Baltimore asserts the U.S. State Department earlier this year quietly expanded its defini-

tion of “public charge” — someone, or an immigrant the United States deems likely to be primarily dependent on government aid. It says the change is not only frightening legally entitled immigrants from applying for public programs but impeding otherwise eligible immigrants from entering the country in the first place. Mayor Catherine Pugh said her city is “known for embracing immigrants” and that the Trump administration’s creation of “additional obstacles” is un-American and a perversion of national ideals, The Associated Press reported. “We are determined to resist this latest attempt to deprive our immigrant communities of basic services,” Pugh said. WI


5 Federal Judge Terry Fitzgerald Moorer is the only judicial appointment made by President Donald Trump who is African American. /Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Nora Demleitner, who holds the Roy L. Steinheimer Professorship at Washington and Lee University School of Law in Virginia. “The percentage of women and [all] minorities appointed, especially to the important federal appellate bench, hasn’t been as low since George H.W. Bush. “This means women generally and members of minority groups, including African Americans, will see fewer people who look like them on the federal bench,” Demleitner said. “That also amounts to fewer role models for women and minorities, at a time when more than half of all law students are female and a substantial percentage is nonWhite.” Women account for 28 percent of the 67 judges Trump has successfully appointed to the federal courts since taking office, according to an Oct. 2018 PEW Research Center report — well below the share appointed by Barack Obama, whose 324 judicial appointees were a record 42 percent female. Democratic presidents have also appointed a larger share of racial and ethnic minorities to the federal bench than Republicans. Of the 382 racial or ethnic minorities who have ever served as federal judges, 268 — or 70 percent — were appointed by Democrats. And 73 percent of the 202 currently active judges who are racial or ethnic minorities were appointed by Democrats, according to PEW. Seven of the 67 judges Trump has appointed, or 10 percent, are racial or ethnic minorities — the lowest such percentage of any president of either party since George H.W. Bush, whose appointed judges were also 10 percent non-White, accord-

ing to the PEW. Five of the seven racial or ethnic minority judges Trump has successfully appointed are Asian, one is Hispanic (Fernando Rodriguez Jr.) and one is Black (Terry Fitzgerald Moorer). It’s also noteworthy that the Republican-led Senate blocked most of Obama’s 2015 nominations, including several in the appellate courts and one on the Supreme Court. And, that Trump is quietly reshaping America’s courts isn’t lost on human rights groups “Of his 48 appellate nominations, none are African-American,” Vanita Gupta of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights told National Public Radio. “None are Latino. Only nine are women. Our nation’s great diversity should be reflected in its government institutions, especially the federal judiciary, which serves as the guardian of our rights and liberties.” It’s obvious that Trump’s picks mean fewer people who have experienced what it means to be Black or a woman will be on appellate and trial court benches, said Demleitner, a former law school dean who co-authored the casebook “Sentencing Law and Policy.” “Since being an appellate judge already makes for a somewhat cloistered existence, life experience is crucial,” Demleitner said. “Many of the appointees to the circuit courts are partners from large law firms who have relatively limited experience with criminal justice issues and a substantial number of judicial appointees have former prosecutorial experience, which is likely — though not inevitably — making them more favorably inclined toward the law-enforcement’s perspective.” WI



Brightwood Community Expresses Safety Concerns By Sam P.K. Collins WI Contributing Writer @SamPKCollins

In the aftermath of a homicide last month, members of the Brightwood community have implored neighbors and police officers to remain vigilant against illegal activity that ferments violent crime in pockets of their neighborhood. The manner in which the Fourth District Police Department in Northwest should approach potential offenders, however, remains a topic of discussion. Amid the calls for a crackdown on loiterers, some residents have recommended addressing the root causes of youth violence. “We have to continue to hold on to our young people and reach them where they are,” said Lois Cooper, 60, a lifelong resident of upper Northwest. “When you’re angry, you don’t put any value on your life.” While Cooper applauded the conspicuous police presence along Kennedy Street in Northwest, she noted the unease she felt seeing officers and young Black men arguing. The quintessential response to recent homicides, she said, involves rela-

tionships between young people and elders rooted in love and respect for one another. “I think that public safety should be the right to every citizen in this community, including the grandmother down the street and the teacher on her way from school,” Cooper said. “[But some people, young and old, feel there’s a lot of inequity in resources and services that are available, and they feel no one cares about them, which leads to reckless behavior.” Four days before Thanksgiving, Dwight Banks Jr., 26, was fatally shot when gunfire erupted on 8th and Jefferson streets, blocks away from Cooper’s residence. His death counts among the latest in the more than 150 homicides to have occurred in the District this year. The night prior, residents reported hearing gunshots near 5th and Kennedy streets. Another incident had been alleged to take place near 9th and Madison streets, according to a notable Petworth neighborhood blog. Two days later, at a monthly Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting, residents of ANC 4D filled the cafeteria of Washington Latin Public Charter School, pouring out

a range of emotions. Metropolitan Police Department Chief Peter Newsham, accompanied by a dozen uniformed officers, listened intently as part of a last-minute change the agenda. During the Nov. 20 ANC meeting, an MPD officer told residents that, immediately following the murder, officers had been knocking on doors and dispatching intelligence personnel to gather information about possible retaliation. In response to community frustration with the seemingly endless violent crime and slow police response, Newsham pointed to repeat violent offenders as the common denominator. “There are cracks in the system and communities don’t pay attention to what happens after an arrest,” Newsham said. “If an offender has been convicted, and they subsequently go out and pick up a weapon, I can tell you that’s a person who has a high probability of using a gun in our city. Ending the trauma associated with the violence we see in this city far outweighs the individual freedoms of the convicted.” Despite an influx of new residents and amenities, violence continues to grip the Brightwood community. In

5 Metropolitan Police Department Chief Peter Newsham speaks to neighborhood residents in the wake of a homicide on 8th and Jefferson streets in Northwest in November. /Courtesy photo

2015, residents petitioned Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), less than four months into her first term at the time, for a plan to address a string of murders in the area. Chaos ensued last year after a teenager died in a gunbattle on the corner of Kennedy Street and Georgia Avenue, just days after a double homicide on nearby Rittenhouse Street. ANC 4D Chair Lisa Colbert echoed Newsham’s sentiments, asking that residents continue to report suspicious activity and that the D.C. Office of Unified Communications, MPD’s hotline dispatcher, delivers caller information to police officers more efficiently.

On the evening of Nov. 18, Colbert had been returning home from a funeral when a neighbor frantically stopped her in front of her house to discuss the murder. Days after the monthly ANC meeting, Colbert expressed hope that Fourth District police and neighborhood residents would work more closely. “It’s just about finding the right approach,” Colbert said. “The police should walk the streets and talk to the neighbors to make them feel more comfortable. They should be breaking up crowds and getting residents’ complaints about loitering. It would also help to be responsive in a timely manner.” WI

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Mnangagwa Puts Stamp on New Parliament Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa officially launched the construction of the new 650-seat Parliament Building in Mt. Hampden, nearly 20 kilometers outside Harare. The building, expected to be ready no later than mid2021, is being constructed by the Shanghai Construction Group using a roughly $98 million grant from the Chinese government, the Zimbabwe Herald reported Dec. 2. The construction of the building is expected to solve the space challenges at the current location, which has become too small for the 350 legislators. The new building is part of government’s wider plans to establish a new city in Mt. Hampden, where all three arms of the State will be housed. In his address before he broke the ground and laid the foundation stone, Mnangagwa said the new Parliament

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happen at any time. This is scary to think about, but knowing the signs of a heart attack can save a life.

Every part of your body has a purpose, but your heart is one of the most important organs you have. In fact, keeping your heart healthy is vital to living a long, healthy life. This February, celebrate American Heart Month by learning how to prevent heart disease and keep your heart pumping for years to come.



You probably know generally how the heart works. It helps pump blood to all parts of your body through your arteries, sometimes called blood vessels. This provides your other organs with oxygen and nutrients. For some people, the arteries that supply blood to the heart can become clogged with a fatty material called plaque. This is a sign of the most common type of heart disease, called coronary artery disease. Over time, the plaque that clogs the arteries can harden and cause the arteries to rupture. This can reduce or block blood flow and oxygen getting to your heart. This blockage can cause serious health issues, including a heart attack. For most people, plaque buildup happens over time. Certain factors can make this worse. These include: • High cholesterol • High blood pressure • Diabetes • Poor diet • Smoking Your heart health can affect many other parts of your body. Talk to your primary care provider (PCP) if you have: • A dry and hacking cough • Trouble catching your breath doing normal activities • Swelling of your legs, feet, or ankles • Quick weight gain • Discomfort and swelling in your stomach area • Trouble sleeping


Some people with heart disease do not show any symptoms, but a heart attack can

• Chest pain or discomfort • Feeling pressure or tightness in the upper body that doesn’t go away • Shortness of breath • Nausea or vomiting • Feeling lightheaded or fainting • Getting cold sweats If you think you or someone you know is having a heart attack, call 911 right away.


No one wants to have a heart attack, and it can be extra scary since heart disease often has no symptoms. The good news is there is plenty you can do to help prevent and control heart disease. Use these tips to help keep your heart healthy: • Eat a balanced diet of hearthealthy foods • Exercise for at least 30 minutes per day • Control your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood glucose levels • Maintain a healthy weight • Quit smoking • Take your medicines as prescribed by your health care providers If you need support with any of the healthy tips listed here, AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia (DC) can help. • Visit our Member Wellness Center. We are located at 2027 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20020. This is the perfect place to start your heart-healthy journey. We have fitness programs, yoga, and cooking classes to help you cook healthier versions of your favorite foods. For a list of activities, visit Then click “Members” at the top of the website, followed by “Classes” on the left. • Sign up for care management. AmeriHealth Caritas DC has special programs for members with heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic conditions. One is our care management program. If you are interested, we will pair you with a Care Coach who can help you reach your health goals. To talk to a Care Coach for one-onone help, call 1-877-759-6224. • Talk to your PCP. Your PCP


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HEALTH Trump Extends Crucial HIV/AIDS Program PEPFAR Reauthorized for 5 Years

By Sarafina Wright WI Contributing Writer Days before World Aids Day, the Trump administration announced it would authorize a bill that would extend a government HIV/AIDS program projected to help millions in the U.S. and Africa. Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday, Nov. 29 at the White House that “it is a day to remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS. But it’s also a day to celebrate

the remarkable progress that we have made in combating this disease.” Over the past 37 years, HIV/ AIDS has infected more than 77 million people worldwide and claimed 35 million lives, devastating countless families and communities, according to the White House. “In response to this health crisis, the American people did as we always do: We mobilized the resources of the nation to fight this epidemic, not just in our own nation, in our communities, but ultimately in ev-

ery corner of the world,” Pence said. “America has been on a long journey fighting this disease since it first emerged. And much of the progress that we’ve made here at home actually began with one young man’s story. A boy from my home state of Indiana named Ryan White.” Ryan White became the poster child for HIV/AIDS when he was diagnosed with AIDS following a blood transfusion in December of 1984. He died in 1990. “Ryan’s story gained national and international attention,” Pence said. “His courage and example though helped educate — educate the

American people about the realities of HIV/AIDS and it galvanized the United States Congress to act.” Pence said the number of new HIV infections every year in the United States has fallen by more than two-thirds — from 130,000 in 1985, to 50,000 in the year 2010. The President’s Emergency Plan

for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, was extended for five years by the Senate and advanced to the White House for Trump’s signature. The House passed a similar measure in November, according to The Associated Press. In 2003, President George W. Bush signed PEPFAR into law. Since then, the United States has devoted more than $80 billion to preventing HIV infections and delivering lifesaving treatments to millions. Pence also announced that $100 million will go to religious groups working to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS. He said the investment is the largest by any nation in response to a single disease in human history. “President Trump believes this reauthorization is a critical component of our administration’s commitment to combat AIDS,” he said. “And it will build on the renewed energy and focus that the President has brought, and our entire administration have brought to this critical issue.” Wi

D.C. Council Postpones East End Hospital Vote

Approves Amendment Allowing HU Medical Students Access By James Wright WI Contributing Writer The D.C. Council postponed the vote on building a new hospital on the campus of St. Elizabeths East until the Dec. 18 legislative meeting. The decision to postpone took place on Tuesday, Dec. 4. However, Howard University scored a major victory when a

voice vote by the council passed an amendment posed by D.C. Council member Trayon White (D-Ward 8) that called for including the university’s medical school students, its students studying the health professions and professionals associated with the school to have access to the new hospital.


Discussion to Center on Black Women, Breast Cancer Survival WI Staff Report The Josephine Butler Parks Center in Northwest will open its doors to the first program to unwrap an interactive discussion on the effects and solutions of breast cancer in the African-American community while celebrating survivorship. As one of the leading forms of death among women of color, Black women in the U.S. are 40 percent more likely to die from breast cancer than any other race. “​Pink Pancakes: A Celebration and Survivors Brunch​” will gather advocates, survivors and fighters in a safe space encouraging unfiltered dialogue and truthful stories. Speakers include ​Dr. Lori Wilson and ​​Tallulah Anderson. Interactive 310346_6_x_6.5.indd 1

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components will feature free genetic cancer screenings and provide hands on experience. Upon entering the renaissance-revival style mansion, guests will be greeted to light brunch bites such as shrimp and grits with menu options ranging from a mimosa bar, omelet station, fresh fruit and sweet treats, as well as giveaways courtesy – multiple wellness packages and certificates, courtesy of 2for2Boobs. Proceeds go toward Sisters Network, Inc. A National African-American Survivorship Organization. For information about the event, which begins at 1 p.m., visit​www.​or email Just Ju Events, h​ello@justjuevents. com. Wi

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HEALTH CHANCELLOR from Page 1 and vision for the school system,” said Markus Batchelor, Ward 8 representative on the D.C. State Board of Education as he weighed in on Monday’s announcement. The decision followed the culmination of Chancellor Search Engagement Forums, public conversations between Bowser administration officials and D.C. residents about qualities sought in a chancellor. On Saturday, the Our Schools Leadership Committee narrowed the search down to Ferebee and Amanda Alexander, a 20-year DCPS veteran who has been the interim chancellor since Antwan Wilson’s February resignation. Wilson left amid fallout from his circumvention of the school lottery system to enroll his daughter in a high-performing school. Ferebee, a high-profile national education figure, counted among the finalists for the head of the Los Angeles Unified School District before turning down the opportunity. During his five-year stint as superintendent in Indianapolis, Ferebee replaced the neighborhood school system with pre-college and vocational academies. He also collaborated with charter schools to run low-performing elementary campuses in the financially struggling system of 32,000 students. Ferebee recently told reporters that he has no plans of making bold changes during the first few months of his tenure; instead he’ll speak to parents, teachers and students. “Hopefully Ferebee gets to have conversations with D.C. residents in the next few months and show a commitment to giving residents the surety that their time in office will be more transparent and honest about the problems we face and how we move the ball for all students,” Batchelor said. The chancellor selection process hasn’t been without some conflict. In June, hours before Bowser announced the start of her search, Batchelor and others publicly demanded transparency in the final decision, criticizing the manner in which Bowser chose Wilson, formerly of the Oakland Unified School District, to replace Kaya Henderson. In 2016, to the chagrin of education advocates, selection committee members received information about Wilson two hours before an emergency press conference at Eastern Senior High School in Southeast where Bowser announced that he would sit at the helm of DCPS. Washington Teachers Union President Elizabeth Davis,

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among others, decried the process as a violation of the public trust that wouldn’t start Wilson’s tenure off on good note. Weeks later, at the prodding of D.C. parents who filed a lawsuit, the Bowser administration expanded participation on the Our School Leadership Committee to two more students and teachers, and another parent.


During a post-Election Day press conference following her re-election last month, Bowser predicted the coming of an announcement “very soon,” saying that the Our Schools Leadership Committee compiled qualities they sought in the next chancellor. But some DCPS teachers said that they have been kept in the dark about a decision that will dictate their career trajectory. For one native Washingtonian and instructor of nearly a decade, who requested anonymity out of contractual obligations, too much is on the line to choose someone who doesn’t understand the effects of poverty on student performance and teacher success. “Whoever becomes chancellor will become responsible for contract negotiations with teachers, so they should have a good understanding of the District,” the instructor said. “There has been a lot of emphasis on standardized tests. It’s hard to be a good teacher when you have to worry about test scores and people evaluating you based on a 30-min-


ute ‘snapshot’ of your observation. A large percentage of students in the D.C. school system come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Test scores aren’t indicative of how well someone teaches in a socioeconomically deprived setting.” Despite steady enrollment gains, DCPS student academic achievement remains a point of contention. Earlier this year, some people questioned Bowser’s assertion of overall gains on the PARCC exam for the third consecutive year. In September, the D.C. Council Committee on Education recommended passage of legislation that would establish an advisory board and collaborative, independent of the Executive Office of the Mayor, to measure long-term student progress and audit data collection. Former DCPS teacher Robert Blandford said he wants to see a similar enthusiasm for the truth from the next DCPS chancellor, but that might not be likely. “The folks involved in the process just decided the priorities — they didn’t come from the community. Otherwise, [DCPS] would’ve come up with a different strategic plan,” said Blandford, 71, a lifelong D.C. resident who lives in Southeast, as he reflected on his participation in a Chancellor Search Engagement Forum at Savoy Elementary School in Southeast in September. “They don’t have knowledge of the historical nature of the problem,” Blandford said. “I sat in that meeting and there wasn’t much leeway. No one was going to change anything. The new chancellor will have their marching orders, so I don’t think they’ll buck the system.” Wi

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EDUCATION Students Coalition Ramps Up Interest in Md. HBCU By Stacy M. Brown WI Senior Writer @StacyBrownMedia For the past month, Marvin “Doc” Cheatham has been working the telephones – and emails. Cheatham, chairman of HBCU Matters, has been drumming up media attention and continued to help rally students ahead of a major court hearing involving a years-old lawsuit over inequality in public higher education. At the direction of Cheatham and others, a coalition of students and alumni of historically Black colleges

and universities is planning to pack the Fourth District Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, on Tuesday, Dec. 11 during a hearing about HBCUs and the funding equity problems in the state of Maryland. Coalition members argue that Maryland has underfunded Morgan State University, Coppin State University, Bowie State University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, while allowing other state schools to duplicate their programs, placing pressure on enrollment. “The students are very actively advocating on behalf of all four of the

HBCUs in Maryland,” said Zattura Sims-El, one of many advocates for HBCUs in the state. “The students from all four universities are communicating with each other for one purpose and that is the have Gov. Hogan withdraw the appeal, he and only he has the power and authority to do so.” The coalition has chartered buses to leave from each of the four HBCU campuses in Maryland on the morning of the arguments. Lately, Cheatham and others have ramped up the media, even lobbying the Rev. Al Sharpton for an appearance on his MSNBC television show. “The HBCU coalition leading the lawsuit on behalf our HBCUs is doing a great service for our institutions and we, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore students, alumni and faculty were in Baltimore for trial hearings in the lower court,” said Deborah Powell-Hayman, president of the university’s alumni association. “That court ruled in our favor and we intend to travel to Richmond, Virginia, to support the coalition as the case is argued before the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals,” Powell-Hayman said. “This case holds more promise than anything I know, for getting the number and mix of

5 For little over a decade, the alumni from Morgan State University, Coppin State University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Bowie State University have been locked in litigation with the state to dismantle what they say is racial segregation. /Photo courtesy AFRO

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The suit originally was filed in 2006. Published reports suggest that over the years, the coalition has called for increased funding and merging the University of Baltimore with Morgan State, the state’s largest public HBCU, to achieve parity. A year ago, a federal judge asked the state to remedy the lack of investment in Maryland’s HBCUs, ordering the state to establish a set of new, unique and high-demand programs at each historically black institution. Despite that court order, settlement talks have stalled and Maryland hasn’t accepted the court-ordered remedies for HBCUs. For the full version of this story, go to WI


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Yo-Yo Ma Visits Anacostia


Famed Cellist Tours Ward 8 neighborhood By Ra-Jah S. Kelly WI Contributing Writer @Ra_jahDC As part of his “Bach Project,” internationally renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma spent Friday, Nov. 30 in Anacostia, performing live at WeAct Radio, co-hosting an assembly at Anacostia High School and participating in an artist talk at The Anacostia Arts Center — all in conjunction with the Kennedy Center’s Arts Across America project. The Bach Project aims to have Ma perform the famed composer’s six cello suites in locations around the world, tied to community action events. The daylong series of activities throughout D.C. also featured singer, bassist and composer Esperanza Spalding, who joined Yo-Yo Ma and an entourage of Kennedy Center staffers at the various locations. D.C. was fifth stop so far for the project, which began in August in Denver. Prior to Ma’s performance at WeAct Radio, station founder

Kymone Freeman asked the cellist what brought him to the Anacostia neighborhood. “What brings me here today is what I hear about Anacostia,” Ma said. “I don’t know about Anacostia being poor or rich. I feel that there is an energy in this community and voices that need to be heard, that are beautiful voices, energetic voices, [and] talented voices. What’s amazing is everywhere I go I find people working in culture, in music, in spirituality, in the dramatic arts, and painting and words. For what purpose? To actually strengthen their communities.” For the standing-room-only crowd, Ma performed from Bach’s solo cello suite, which he said was some of the earliest music he learned at the age of 4. “It’s actually not painful to learn something if you do it incrementally, and so I’ve lived with this music for 58 years,” Ma said during a recent performance for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts series.

The group’s next stop was Anacostia High School for an assembly which featured hip-hop and R&B performances by students, a panel featuring successful professional artists and community leaders including NBA player development director Alexys Feaster and R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn, and another performance by Ma and Spalding. Kicking off the assembly, Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter said Ma “is an inspiration to all of us.” “He says we can be more than who we are as an individual by using our superpowers and each of us has superpowers to give back, so that’s what we’re doing here with Arts Across America,” Rutter said of the Kennedy Center project that aims to use art to provide connection and inspiration in all 50 states and D.C. For more information on the Arts Across America project, go to https:// arts-across-america. WI

5 Cellist Yo-Yo Ma returns a greeting from Turner Elementary School students by stretching out on the steps at Anacostia High School during a special visit on Friday, Nov. 30. /Photo by Shevry Lassiter



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EDITORIAL Hanukkah: Eight Days to Bridge the Gap between Black and White

Recent conversations about the lack of understanding between Black and Jewish communities in the District have unopened sores which some say have festered for far too long. So what’s holding us back? One thing that few would dispute is how little those living east or west of the river really know about one another. We have allowed ourselves to become far too provincial, xenophobic and reluctant to reach across the table, travel across the Anacostia or sit down to earnestly discuss our collective challenges. But we need to. And in the eight days during which those from the Jewish faith celebrate the miracle that undergirds Hanukkah, we would be wise to step out on faith and engage neighbors who we have unfortunately allowed to become more like strangers than fellow citizens each hoping for the same things: safe communities, schools with equal opportunities, nearby centers for healthcare and places that provide healthy food at reasonable prices. Like other metropolitan areas across the U.S., we are a diverse collective – Christians, Muslims and Jews – and despite our differences we are, at the beginning, middle and end of the day, as Toni Morrison often noted, “more alike than unalike.” During the height of the Civil Rights Movement, Blacks and Jews worked, walked and fought hand in hand, shoulder to shoulder, in triumph or failure, in order to make America a country that treated everyone the same – no matter what one’s faith, skin color, economic status or educational achievements may be. One thing about Hanukkah that we can all appreciate is the emphasis on family that is part and parcel of the eight-day celebration. Families toast to life and health. Families break bread together – children join in the traditional game of dreidel. Love is shared. And the past is honored, retold by the old to the young, while the ancestors from Abraham to Sarah are given their fair due and respect. Follow the instructions of the Torah or the Bible and be charitable to those in need. Why not make this Hanukkah one that we’ll never forget? Let’s talk about things that matter, moving beyond the mundane to the serious, with members of the Jewish community. Be bold and invite yourself as our Jewish brothers and sisters gather around a menorah, strike a match, light the flame and . . . remember. WI

Mayor Bowser Announces Pick for DCPS Chancellor The votes have been cast, the 2018 elections have ended and now the work must begin on the issue nearly every local politician campaigned and promised would be their most important priority when elected – education. Consequently, we would urge that if there’s anything by which their political success should be measured, it’s the impact their legislative and policy agendas will have on improving educational outcomes for all students, but mainly for the D.C. area’s lowest-performing students and schools. In addition, we assert that increasing secondary educational opportunities leading to careers in the vastly growing new job sectors must be factored in as well. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser can feel encouraged that incremental improvements in school performance and student achievement occurred under her first administration. She retained Kaya Henderson as chancellor – move that offered some sorely-needed stability in the system after the tumultuous tenure of Michelle Rhee who turned DCPS topsy-turvy but with little success in improving reading and math scores or graduation rates. Henderson resigned on her own accord but under a cloud following a reprimand by the D.C. Inspector General for giving city officials priority in the WWW.WASHINGTONINFORMER.COM

TO THE EDITOR Don’t Let Up in AIDS Fight

Arts Center a Beacon in Congress Heights

What a beautiful picture on the cover of the latest edition of The Washington Informer! It really captured the beauty and the togetherness of everyone in the walk to fight HIV/AIDS. I’m glad that this issue is still getting the attention and the coverage it deserves, because it is still a major issue globally. I pray and I know that one day there will be a cure.

I was so happy to see the WI Bridge spotlighting nonprofits in the area, especially the Congress Heights Arts and Cultural Center. This place is amazing and it really is a hidden gem. Yoga, art, specialty soaps and more is what I love about the center right in my backyard. It’s important that Black millennials support places like this because it’s positive energy and can be a stabilizer for the youth in the area.

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school lottery system and for ignoring a large-scale problem of retaining teachers and principals throughout the system. There’s little to be said of Bowser’s appointment of Henderson’s successor except one day Antwon Wilson was here, then sooner than you could say, “Back to School,” he was gone. His departure opened the door for Interim Chancellor Amanda Alexander who began her career in DCPS in 1998 as a kinder-

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garten teacher, turned principal, turned deputy chief of schools turned chief of elementary schools under Henderson and who some favored for becoming the next chancellor. But Bowser chose to pass the ring to an outsider – Indianapolis Superintendent Lewis Ferebee. But he must first be vetted by principals, administrators, teachers, parents, students and, most important, the D.C. Council.

Voters surely hope that this time Bowser has made a better choice than her last – one which has unquestionably left an indelible mark on her record. She cannot strike out again. The children of the District are too important, and their futures are too fragile not to score runs especially if, as so many of our elected leaders profess, education is truly among our top concerns. WI



By Julianne Malveaux

Barbara Skinner and Intergenerational Leadership

Barbara Williams Skinner, at 75, looks at least two decades younger than her birth certificate suggests. Much of her youthful energy is due to her discipline, which includes a mindful prayer practice, a vegetarian diet, and a focused mind. But as much of her youthfulness, I think, can be attributed to her engagement with

emerging leaders, the younger people who are poised to lead and learn. On Nov. 29, she celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Skinner Leadership Institute (, the organization she founded to offer leadership lessons to both emerging and established leaders. While well-known in Washington political circles, as the founder (with her now-deceased husband Tom Skinner) of the Prayer Breakfast at the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference, Skinner is not

the household word that she should be. She has been a spiritual adviser to many members of Congress and to President Barack Obama, and she has done the “bridge building” work of bringing together African-American leaders who have sometimes had contentious relationships. For more than a decade, she pulled corporate, political, and community people together for a retreat that involved both learning time and bonding time. Coretta Scott King, Dr. Betty Shabazz, Dr. Maya Angelou and Dick Gregory

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were among those who attended the retreat. Barbara Skinner was the first executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus. Although she was raised by a hard-working, God-fearing mother, Skinner spent much of her young adult life mad at God. She writes movingly of her journey in her new book, “I Prayed, Now What?: My Journey from No Faith to Deep Faith” (Fortune Publishing Group: 2018). Barbara writes about her struggle to embrace God, her relationship

and marriage to Tom Skinner, who had been a spiritual adviser to, among others, the Washington Redskins about ways to pray for enemies. She spoke of these things and many more at the celebration of the Skinner Leadership Institute, an event that not only celebrated Skinner and her leadership, but also lifted up some of the women around her. The intergenerational group she lifted up included Melanie Campbell,


By E. Faye Williams

The Devastation of Voter Suppression

As we’ve looked at the Senate and gubernatorial races during the midterms, many of us are absolutely certain the wrong person was credited with the victory. Looking at all the voter suppression that so brazenly took place in the last Presidential race and the races mentioned in the most recent election, I am absolutely certain that these races don’t represent the majority of the people who voted. No matter who was wrongful-

ly given credit for the victories, we know the victories belonged to Stacy Abrams, Andrew Gillum, Beto O’Rourke, Mike Espy. There’s nothing else they could’ve done to get credit for being victorious. We believe there are bigger and better things just waiting for them. They were skillful, brilliant, positive and made us proud with the races they ran. Having been through a congressional race that was stolen from my campaign for Congress years ago, I can relate to how they feel knowing they were the best candidates in their races, but were not given proper credit for the races they ran. Let us wrap our arms around

them long past Election Day. They’re our heroes/sheroes. Why? Even though the word WINNER does not stand by their names, they remain in our hearts for their effort. Having been through it, I can tell you those few weeks following an election experience like theirs, knowing that against the greatest of odds, you’ve done everything you should’ve done even though you weren’t allowed to step across the winner’s line, there’s a lot of pain. It takes time to regroup and figure out what you’ll do next. All the people who were by your side every day, are no longer there. After the race, you often have campaign

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debts to pay, and no longer are campaign donations coming in as they did during the campaign. You have the work of closing out your campaign office, settling the bills, filing the required reports and it’s not easy. If you supported those candidates those candidates mentioned, continue to support them; but remember the less well known, too. Many of them still have campaign debts — so they continue to need your financial support. They also need your emotional support. Call them. Send them notes. Encourage them. Let them know you appreciate their efforts, their time

spent, personal funds and effort they’ve put into working to make their campaigns succeed. To the candidates who didn’t quite make it across the finish line this time, I would just say that I, as well as many others, appreciate your valiant effort. Don’t give up if you want to try it again. If you want to run for public office again, many of us would still support your efforts. On the other hand, running for office can be a major sacrifice, so don’t just run again because others want you to run. You must be the judge of whether you want to


By Marian Wright Edelman

A New Moral and Human Low

It has come to this: tear-gassing toddlers. Heartbreaking images of the American government’s attacks on asylum-seekers at the border have emerged over the past several days. In one photo a barefoot child in a diaper sobs, clutching her mother with one hand and a plastic ball — a lone prized possession — with the other. Her mother, who was pictured in a second photo desperately trying to flee from the tear gas with her two young children, told an interviewer: “I felt sad, I was scared. I wanted to cry.

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That’s when I grabbed my daughters and ran. I thought my kids were going to die with me because of the gas we inhaled.” When I saw those pictures I was instantly transported back to Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963, to segregationist police Chief Bull Connor’s use of vicious police dogs and powerful firehoses to attack Black children marching for their freedom. I often say that I do this work because I don’t want my grandchildren fighting the same fights we did back then. And yet here we find ourselves, with my grandchildren and young people across the country witnessing our government attacking small children for daring to dream of a better life.

President Trump and administration officials act as if gassing babies at the border is business as usual, just as they did when the public cried out about our government ripping children from the arms of their parents and putting them in indefinite detention in cages and tent cities. But nothing about this is “usual,” and we must not allow ourselves to become inured to cruelty and injustice. This is not who we should be as a nation. We must continue to come together, speak out at every turn and take a stand against the outrageous atrocities being committed by President Trump under the guise of keeping Americans “safe.” The Children’s Defense Fund is


working at the heart of this issue. When too few were paying attention to the incarceration of asylum-seeking women and children in harmful for-profit detention centers, our Texas office fought to stop these detention centers from receiving state-issued child care licenses that would have allowed more children to be incarcerated there for even longer periods of time. CDF-Texas was one of the first organizations to report the shameful practice of separating children and babies from their parents on the border. We must never ever give up, and we must keep fighting these evil acts. This administration’s attacks aren’t limited to small children and families

outside our borders; they are taking action to harm immigrant families already in America, too. The administration has proposed changes to the “public charge” rule that have the potential to plunge millions of children and their immigrant families into poverty, hunger, and homelessness. When parents and other adults apply for lawful permanent residency or entry into the United States immigration officials currently consider whether that person is, or is likely to become, reliant on the government, or a “public charge.” The longstanding federal policy is to consider whether an individual will




By Marc H. Morial

Early Voting and Expanded Absentee Voting are Key to Fair Elections

“Georgia elections officials deployed a known strategy of voter suppression: closing and relocating polling places. Despite projections of record turnout, elections officials closed or moved approximately 305 locations, many in neighborhoods with numerous voters of color. Fewer polling places meant that the remaining locations strained to accommodate an influx of voters. Yet elections officials failed to supply sufficient, functioning voting

machines and enough provisional ballots … Depriving polling places of basic tools needed for voting meant that voters who arrived at polling places anxious and excited to express their patriotism through the basic, fundamental act of voting were met with hours-long lines. Some lines were four hours long. Georgians who could not wait — because of disability, health, or work or family obligations — effectively lost the right to vote.” — Fair Fight Action and Care in Action, plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit against Georgia election officials Voter turnout in the 2018

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midterms hit a 50-year high, with more than 47 percent of the voting-eligible population casting a ballot. Across multiple media platforms, images of voters standing in long lines were used to illustrate voter enthusiasm. While voter enthusiasm is great news, long lines at the polls are not. They are a sign of voter suppression, and immediate action must be taken at the state and federal level to expand early voting, voting my mail and other measures to reduce voter wait times and end voter suppression. Georgia was among the most egregious examples. In suburban

Gwinnett County, voters waited four hours when officials opened the polls to discover that their voting machines were not working. In downtown Atlanta, just three voting machines were provided for more than 3,000 registered voters, leading to wait times of three hours. In many cases, long wait times at the polls are not the result of innocent mistakes, but part of a deliberate campaign to discourage voting, particularly in communities of color. According to a University of Pennsylvania study, minority voters are six times as likely as Whites to wait longer

than an hour to vote, even within the same town or county. The study found that at least 200,000 people didn’t vote in 2014 because of the lines they encountered in 2012. In crafting North Carolina’s notoriously racist “monster” voter suppression law, lawmakers researched which of the 17 days of early voting Black voters were most likely to use, then eliminated those particular seven days. Fortunately, North Carolina’s law was overturned. But 13 states — even supposedly progressive

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By Bill Fletcher Jr.

CBC Needs to Get to Work on Western Sahara

The transition towards a new Congress is underway. Democrats are beginning to assume leadership positions as a result of their gaining a House majority. The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) should now have many issues to bring forward and one of them needs to be the Western Sahara. Once upon a time the CBC

was one of the most significant so-called mainstream players in the realm of U.S. foreign policy. In the 1970s and 1980s, the CBC was central to work against white minority rule in Southern Africa. Some of its members also pushed the envelope on the U.S. blockade of Cuba. Yet, over the years the voice of the CBC on U.S. foreign policy has become far more distant. Yes, they have paid attention to matters such as U.S. trade policy with Africa, but they have shied away from addressing conflicts in Africa, let

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alone other major international issues. The question of the Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony illegally occupied by the Moroccan government, is one such conflict site that the CBC has spent precious little time addressing. It is not that they don’t care, at least from what I can tell. Former Congressman John Conyers, for instance, was the co-chair of a congressional committee on the Western Sahara. Yet, what has been missing is the passion and engagement that should be asso-

ciated with resolving Africa’s last remaining colonial question. The Western Sahara is not a matter on the tip of everyone’s tongue. In part because there has been a long-term truce between the Moroccan occupation forces and the national liberation movement known as POLISARIO, Morocco’s litany of human rights abuses and its denial of national self-determination to the Sahrawi population rarely gets into the headlines. Yet the potential for regional destabilization is ever present, particularly as Morocco

ignores United Nations and African Union calls for the respect of national self-determination. Quite obviously, the conflict in the Western Sahara is an inner-African struggle. This colonialism is carried out by one African country against another, rather than a struggle against European colonialism. Nevertheless, it represents a struggle over the future of Africa not only because it may explode once again but because it calls into question


By Wayne Dawkins

George H.W. Bush’s Complicated History with Blacks George Herbert Walker Bush, who died Saturday at age 94, had a complex and mixed record with Black America during his service as the 41st U.S. president from 1989-1993. He promised his administration would be less oppressive for African Americans after eight years of Reaganism, arguably the most racist presidency since the Jim Crow era. Bush, a moderately conservative Republican and Ronald Reagan’s vice president, promised a “kinder, gentler” style of governing that suggested a retreat

from mean-spirited rhetoric and policies of 1981-1989. Yet Bush’s 1988 campaign for president was accused of making racist appeals. Campaign advertisements displayed images of the convicted rapist and murderer Willie Horton, a Black man released on parole by Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, Bush’s Democratic opponent. Bush was elected handily. In a 1990 deathbed confession, Bush campaign manager Lee Atwater apologized for launching the racially inflammatory


advertisements. Bush chose Louis Sullivan of Morehouse College for the Health and Human Services Cabinet post. Months later in 1989, Gen. Colin Powell was promoted to commander of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a first for an African American. By 1991, Condoleezza Rice appeared on America’s radar — the Black woman was Bush’s expert on Russia (the former Soviet Union) and nuclear arms control. Bush’s rhetoric and gestures indeed were less hostile than

Reagan’s had been, however he still pushed policies that a number of Black leaders said were harmful. Bush called a civil rights bill debated in Congress a “quota bill” even though the legislation forbade use of fixed numbers or percentages for affirmative action hiring. Congress passed the bill, but Bush vetoed it in 1990. In 1992, Bush signed a compromise civil rights bill. In 1990, Bush unsuccessfully attempted to place Black conservative William Lucas as assistant attorney general for civil rights in the Justice De-

partment. Bush’s lasting decision was his nomination of Clarence Thomas in July 1991 to fill the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy created by the retirement of Thurgood Marshall, the first and at the time only African American on the high court. Thomas was presented as a poor Black boy from Georgia who overcame poverty and discrimination to excel in America. Thomas was an undistinguished federal judge — appointed by



LIFESTYLE Ford’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ – An Essential for the Holiday Season DMV’s Craig Wallace Returns as Scrooge for Third Consecutive Year By D. Kevin McNeir WI Editor @dkevinmcneir Countless numbers of actors have chomped at the bit, hoping and waiting for the chance to portray the iconic protagonist Ebenezer Scrooge featured in the Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol.” And while versions abound, from films in black and white

to HD color with musical additions, the best way to encounter this tale of redemption is live, on stage. Perhaps that’s why theater patrons swarm to Ford’s Theatre in Northwest every Christmas season for its superb, annual production – one which defies traditional norms including a multi-racial cast, a greater emphasis on its child actors, energetic dancing and the singing of ageless car-

5 Yesenia Iglesias and Gregory Maheu as the Cratchits and (children) Aidan Fuller, Vaughn Mussmon, Madison K. Fields and Ariel Russell in Ford’s Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol,” now thru Dec. 30. /Photo by Scott Suchman

ols that evoke joyful memories of the past. This year’s production, directed by Michael Baron which runs through Dec. 30, celebrates 175 years since Dickens first published the story and features D.C.’s own Craig

Wallace as Scrooge for the third consecutive year. What’s more, Wallace, a Black man, illustrates why the role bears so much richness that it cannot be contained simply because of the color of the actor’s skin. “Part of why I love doing it

is because I’m able to watch people discover the play’s essential message of friendship, compassion, giving to those in need and being thankful,” Wallace said. “It’s easy to for-





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HOLIDAYS from Page 28 get amidst the daily hustle and bustle, dog-eat-dog world in which we live. This play offers us a refresher – one that we all welcome, maybe because we’ve forgotten what Christmas really means.” “It’s something that’s hard to explain but people come back again and again, year after year, eager to experience the timeless message of this story,” Wallace said, adding that he also enjoys working with the children and showing them that he’s not really as frightening as the character that he portrays. “In our production, Scrooge is no longer just a white man – that’s important as both the story and the character transcend race. I hope everyone can see themselves through me and realize that there’s a much better way to live than being mean, selfish and isolated from the rest of the world,” he said. Fourteen children number the rotating cast of youth featured this year including two enthusiastic thespians both marking their debuts on Ford’s stage: Madison K. Fields, 10 from Upper Marlboro and Ariel Russell, 12 from Burke in the roles of Belinda and Martha Cratchit, respectively – two of the large brood of Scrooge’s clerk Bob Cratchit. Both say that despite being a little nervous they’ve become increasingly comfortable in tackling their first time on a major stage. “This is the biggest thing I’ve ever done and it’s so much fun. I have to greet the audience before the show begins and that’s helping me get used to what being an actor is all about. An older cousin who’s an actor got me interested in acting. Now, it’s all I can think about. There’s something special about being on stage and performing before a live audience. And the message of this play – that’s really what I like most,” said Ariel, who laughed when reminded that she has the most important role of all of the Cratchit children. Madison, who first started singing at age three before adding both dancing and acting to her quiver of skills, said she feels the emotions of the characters “intensely” as well as the emotional response from the audience. “I feel a sense of joy when

I’m on stage. It’s fun and it makes me happy. I can’t wait to do this play again next year. There’s something really special about ‘A Christmas Carol’ that I never realized until I got the chance to be a part of it. It makes people feel good about life and themselves – you can see it on the faces of those in the audience. That’s what being an actor is all about,” Madison said. For the 10th year in a row, the Ford’s company of “A Christmas  Carol” will devote time and energy to  raising money for a Washington charity. Their efforts, coupled with the generosity of their audiences, have raised more than $735,822 since 2009 for local charities including: House of Ruth, N Street Village, Bread for the City, Covenant House Washington, Food and Friends, Martha’s Table, Miriam’s Kitchen, So Others Might Eat and Thrive DC. This year, D.C.’s Homeless Children’s Playtime Project has been chosen as the recipient of funds raised during the donation drive – an organization that partners with homeless shelters in the District to create safe and fun play spaces for the children where they live. Their trauma-informed programs help restore normalcy by providing opportunities for children to learn and heal through play, and empower children to make choices, express themselves, build friendships and find support. Specially-enhanced performances include: audio-described, Dec. 29, 2 p.m.; sign-interpreted, Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m.; and captioned, Dec. 22, 2 p.m. The Ford’s tradition of presenting “A Christmas Carol” began in 1979 which marked 35 years during its previous season. For tickets, visit www.fords. org; for information, call 202347-4833. WI

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5 Craig Wallace returns for the third year as Ebenezer Scrooge in Ford’s Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol,” now thru Dec. 30. /Photo by Scott Suchman


D.C. Council member Vincent Gray (D-Ward 8) offered the postponement to his “East End Health Equity Act of 2018” because of mounting concerns voiced by residents and community leaders from the Foggy Bottom neighborhood in Northwest regarding details of his bill. Gray’s legislation mandates that the George Washington University Hospital [GRUH] will run the St. Elizabeths East facility and its clinics in Wards 7 and 8. Also, and what has raised the ire of those in the Northwest community, is the additional mandate that GWUH will gain an additional facility at its flagship base that will include 270 beds in a tower-like structure. In a seven-minute speech, White talked about the health problems that people east of the Anacostia River face as opposed to other areas of the city and that Howard medical students should have access to the St. Elizabeths facility because Howard specializes in dealing with

the ailments of African Americans. Gray signed onto White’s amendment as did all of the voting members of the council. D.C. Council members Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) and Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) didn’t vote because Cheh teaches at George Washington’s law school and McDuffie was absent. D.C. Council member Elissa Silverman (I-At Large) passed an amendment allowing workers at the St. Elizabeths facility to unionize and Gray passed amendments increasing the number of beds at the East End facility from 150 to 200 and decreasing the George Washington Hospital from 270 to 200. The Howard University community initially opposed Gray’s bill with the school’s communications staff recently issuing a letter to alumni stating its position on the East End hospital. In summary, it indicated that Howard University Hospital would be adversely affected by the new hospital because Howard phy-






‘Indecent’ Tackles Standing Up to Cultural Resistance Arena Stage Production Explores Staying True to a Vision anism, religion and authority. Lead character Lemml, who does not have a theater background, loves the play and becomes the stage manager for the run of “God of Vengeance” throughout Europe, then to the New York City opening. The play enjoys a positive and enthusiastic response during its European run, but receives a different reception in the states. This is where “Indecent” brings forth themes of censorship, obscenity, immigration, anti-Semitism and power that fed the struggles depicted by the characters. The small troupe of actors in “Indecent” are seen in multiple roles except for Lemml, played by Ben Cherry. Lemml is the moral center in this production and functions as a narrator-type role. Further, Cherry’s role as Lemml serves as a connector between the characters and the scenes. “In his love for this piece of art, he is transformed and becomes the torchbearer,” Cherry about said

By Brenda C. Siler WI Contributing Writer Inspired by real events, “Indecent” explores how theater producers and audiences responded to the 1923 Broadway debut of the Yiddish play “God of Vengeance.” I admit that when going to see this play-within-a-play at Arena Stage, I questioned whether I would be able to relate to this production from playwright Paula Vogel. I came away with an understanding that the key messages throughout are applicable to any art that is challenged by traditional cultural norms. Running until Dec. 30 at Arena Stage, “Indecent” takes audiences on a journey about public reaction to Jewish and LGBTQ culture in the U.S. during the early 20th century, as an enthusiastic young Jewish writer named Avram pens his first play, weaving together layers that include prostitution, lesbi-

of the character in a post-performance interview. “He carries the torch until he dies.” Playwright Vogel is known for delivering thought-provoking content in a manner that opens minds to different ideas. The Arena Stage production is directed by Eric Rosen who recently concluded his tenure at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre where he was the artistic director. “Paula Vogel is one of America’s best living playwrights,” said Molly Smith, artistic director at Arena Stage. “She tackles difficult subjects, challenging her audiences to question, confront and learn.” At the end of “Indecent,” I thought about a few controversies in recent decades within the cultural arts world. Non-traditional casting where women and people of color are given roles originally written for male or White characters, the 1989 Robert Mapplethorpe photography exhibit that had homoerotic and sadomas-

ochistic themes, and the AIDS/ HIV play “A Torch Song Trilogy” that brought out explored fears about the virus and the disease. These were artistic presentations that shocked audiences and made leaders inside of institutions a bit skittish. “Indecent” is an important piece of art, as it reminds audiences to be open and accepting of different points of view. Cherry offered thoughts on what he feels audiences will take away from “Indecent.” “I hope they gain that resilient spirit and hope in humanity,” Cherry said. “If we bond together and fight for what’s right, we will prevail. I also hope people will understand that they are not alone.” “Indecent” is at Arena Stage until Dec. 30. For information, go to savings-programs. WI

5 Ben Cherry stars as Lemml in the Arena Stage production “Indecent.” /Photo by C. Stanley Photography via Arena Stage

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5 In one of several of their roles, Emily Shackelford portrays Chana and Max Wolkowitz portrays Avram in the Arena Stage production “Indecent.” /Photo by C. Stanley Photography via Arena Stage


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LIFESTYLE WINTERFEST from Page 11 of Northeast, says he made the journey along with his five-yearold son Yusef because he knew it would be a day to remember. “I thought it was something that he and I would both enjoy,” he said. Michelle Wright noted that she came to Nationals Park from Alexandria because it would mark her first time in the celebrated ballpark. “I have never been here before as I was once a diehard Orioles fan,” she said. Jessica Stephenson said she came with her husband to Winterfest as a means of teaching their two sons about the importance of giving to others. The Nationals co-sponsored the toy drive with Washington Informer Charities, a non-profit extension of the Black-owned weekly newspaper that promotes literacy among youth and

adults in the D.C. area. Stephenson said bringing a toy to the event paid off because in exchange for the toy she received a ticket allowing them to meet one of the team’s players. The publisher of the Washington Informer and chairperson of the publication’s Charities explained the significance of the ongoing partnership. “Washington Informer Charities is proud to partner with the Nationals for a third year and the fans are extremely generous,” she said. “They’ve donated over 1,000 toys to help local children enjoy a more joyous Christmas,” Denise Rolark Barnes said. “We will pay it forward through our partnership with Events DC and provide these toys to non-profit organizations that serve D.C.’s underprivileged children, particularly in Wards 6, 7 and 8. Once again, the Nationals have demonstrated their commitment to making

baseball accessible and partnering in the community yearround,” she said. Was the day worth venturing out into the inclement weather and standing in long lines? Just ask one Nationals fan in training. “I got to shake hands with pitcher Justin Miller and infielder Wilmer Difo,” said Kalub Stephenson, 5, whose big moment came when he stood face-to-face with the team’s allstar pitcher Max Scherzer who said following their encounter, “This time of the year, you want to give because it is more blessed to give than to receive,” confirming the sentiments of a spokesperson from the Nationals front office who added, “We had all hands-on deck because it was our opportunity to give back to a community that has consistently supported us in major ways.” WI

5 Councilmember Vincent Gray (left) and Councilmember Trayon White /Courtesy photos

HOSPITAL from Page 29 sicians and medical residents won’t have a fair shot to practice and train there “and it will decrease revenue and volume at [Howard Hospital], disrupt the pipeline of 750 minority physicians in training and threaten the viability of the College of Medicine and Howard Medical Center.” The letter ended with the names and contact numbers for the members of the D.C. Council and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D). However, Gray told members of the Anacostia Coordinating Council at its Nov. 28 meeting that Howard medical professionals and students will have access to the East End Hospital. “The new hospital will be available to Howard doctors; they will have privileges there,” Gray said. “The real issue that Howard has is that it isn’t the operator, but we will work to engage them.” The St. Elizabeths facility will have 150 beds and the latest stateof-the-art medical technology. The hospital has been scheduled to open in 2023. Gray envisions the St. Elizabeths facility to open in December 2021 and helped insure that by legislatively waiving the Certificate of Need – a process by which a health facility builder must prove that there’s substantial public need which generally takes months to complete. The council voted 10-2 to support Gray’s bill on its first reading in November, with D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) and

D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) in opposition. Both Mendelson and Evans support a new hospital in the East End of the city but don’t like Gray’s bill because of the opposition from Foggy Bottom residents. Amos Jackson III, president of the Howard University Student Association, told the Informer that having access to the St. Elizabeths hospital is critical to the development of Black doctors. “As the president of HUSA, I serve and represent Howard medical students and undergraduate students who want to attend the medical school. Having access to the East End hospital will help Howard continue its mission of training Black doctors,” he said. Brandon Wheatley, a fourth-year Howard medical school student points to the significant role the university plays in training future physicians of color says they should be allowed to work in the St. Elizabeths facility. “We at Howard serve disadvantaged communities,” he said. “The city has to remember Howard’s legacy in that it would take patients that others didn’t want to serve. To not have Howard students at the East End Hospital is an affront to us.” The Informer worked with the Howard University communications staff but could not reach Howard Medical College Dean Dr. Hugh Mighty for an interview. WI Discover the world’s best walk-in bathtub from 5 Reasons American Standard Walk-In Tubs are Your Best Choice 1 2

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Galbraith AME Zion Church Marks 175 Years of Service: Vows to Remain in Northwest tion so that we could flourish,” said Gloria D. Owens, chair of the anniversary committee that Led by a line of African drum- has been hosting events for the mers and dancers, Rev. Pharaad past year. “We celebrate the trustees, B. Massah El, pastor of the Galbraith African Methodist Epis- the Sunday School teachers, the copal Zion Church, led a joyful choir directors and the congreprocession Friday in the 175th gation who kept us in the right anniversary of one of D.C.’s old- direction,” Owens said. “We celebrate our parents and our est and proudest congregations. During the three-hour event at grandparents who chose this the Camelot in Upper Marlboro, house of Zion for their children Maryland, the presiding prelate and grandchildren to get rooted of the AME Zion Church and in the Word and pointed in the other leaders made it clear that right direction for life.” Bishop W. Darin Moore, pretheir branch of Zion, started by slaves and freedmen before the siding prelate of the MId-AtCivil War, will remain a spiritual lantic Episcopal District of the beacon at 1114 Sixth Street NW. AME Zion Church, used Isaiah “This church has been a bas- 42 in the Old Testament to retion of salvation for hundreds of mind the several hundred people thousands of people over a peri- in attendance that no matter how od of 175 years,” Mesah El said. hard things are today, it is noth“The church is located on 6th ing compared to the journey that and L streets. L is the name of the founders of the church had in God, 6th is the number of man, 1843 when a group of slaves and that’s where man meets God and freedmen gathered in the home we don’t intend to leave. We in- of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Payne to tend to pass what the last gener- begin a church mission. “God is in the past, the present ation has given us to the generaand he is standing in the future tion following.” The church leader’s sentiments operating right now,” Moore said were clearly on display Friday during his keynote speech, titled night as seasoned saints, the “A Backward Glance at the Fugrandchildren of founding mem- ture.” Moore also referenced Isaiah bers and a dais of female church elders spoke, sang and offered 42:2 — “I will put my spirit on prayers of thanks that God had him and will bring justice to the nations” — to compare the conbrought them so far by faith. “One-hundred and seven- duct of President Trump to that ty-five years. We celebrate all of of an unjust king in the Old Testhe pastors and assistant min- tament. SU_Press AssoAD_Pass_2015_Layout 1 At 8/20/15 11:23 AM slavery Page 1 was a time when isters who not only gave us the still the law of the land, the Colword of God but set the direcBy Hamil R. Harris WI Contributing Writer

ored Masons of Washington laid the cornerstone for the L Street Mission church building in 1853 and the next year the church was named after the late Bishop George Galbraith. In 1885, the church moved to 1114 Sixth Street, where it has been since that time. In its history, Galbraith has been at the epicenter of the battle for social justice in the city and has hosted and participated in events such as the March on Washington and the District’s first Kwanza celebration. Its congregation has included many prominent community leaders such J. Raymond Murray, past Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia. During the celebration, church leaders also honored its senior congregants, including 90-year-

old Marie Feeling Neville. “I have been a member of Galbraith Church for 90 years,” Neville said. “I was christened when I was two months old and I have been here ever since. I would not have missed this event for the world.” Brittny Gartrell, who sang several songs during the program, sat at a table with her sister and other relatives because her grandparents, Alexander and Bertice Hamer, were longtime members of the church and the family doesn’t plan to move. One of the most touching moments during the program came when Lynettra Artis, a local lawyer, thanked church members for giving her a college scholarship to attend Amherst College in Massachusetts. She said the money allowed her to finish school and pay back a

student loan, adding that she plans to help other young people at Galbraith get their education. “My parents joined the church in 1929 and I have been here ever since,” said Owens, adding that despite the blessings there are still challenges the church faces. “We have done a lot in the community. They have tried to purchase our church, placed parking restrictions, but we come right back and God gives us strength to fight. “We have tried to work with the community,” she said. “We are planning something for Christmas to open the doors [to] the community. We have had so many wonderful occasions in helping the community and there is more joy than trials to keep us there.” WI


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The Manns Unite for ‘Us Against the World’

Lenny White Releases New Single ‘Fine’ By Eunice Moseley Special to the Washington Informer “Us Against the World” is the name of the new album, tour and book from David and Tamela Mann, the couple known best for their roles on the TBS comedy series “Meet the Browns.” They have now surpassed that achievement with a holiday movie, “Merry Wish-Mas,” which premiered Sunday, Dec. 2 on TV One. As I listened to the couple talk to other journalists while waiting for my turn, I could see my own experiences with love reflected in them and I immediately wanted to know the details behind their love story. Their union would provide the path toward superstardom – something I’m sure neither of them could have imagined. Still, Tamela had already

begun maneuvering her way to the top, touring with Kirk Franklin and the Family when they met for the first time. “My group was local famous,” David laughed when telling me how they met. As he shared more, he reminded me of times when my late husband and I would lament feeling like it was “us against the world.” Perhaps that’s why I found myself anxious to hear so much more about their story of “Us Against the World” and the reasons behind their choosing that title for their first album together, their book on their love union and their tour featuring their children David, Jr. as DJ and Tia with vocal assistance. Things have moved in quick fashion lately for the talented twosome: the book was published Nov. 3, the album released Nov. 9, the

tour ended Nov. 11 with the movie premiering just in time for the holidays Dec. 2 on TV One. “My best friend from church went to school with David,” Tamela said about how she met her husband of 30 years. “She took me to the school to meet him; he was singing.” “We had never met before,” David added. “After we met, we kept running into each other. Then I kissed her, and she got pregnant. The story of what happened in between the kiss and the pregnancy is in the book.” The album is a soundtrack of the book. Meanwhile, the husband/ wife team also star in the Bounce TV reality show “Mann and Wife.”


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5 David and Tamela Mann /Courtesy photo

popular group Tower of Power, then you should also recall Lenny Williams and his silky voice since he served as the group’s lead singer on a number of their hits such as “What Is Hip.” Now Williams has returned, recently releasing a single, “Fine,” titled he says due to a chance meet he had with a friend. The single also comes in the form of an inspiring music video that will make you get up and dance around, even singing about how you feel fine, too. The single is produced by Levi Seacer, former guitarist of Prince’s New Power Generation band. “I was over at Levi’s who then played for Prince,” Williams said. “I would go see his uncle’s band and his aunt Dorothy – a singer on ‘Oh Happy Days’ with The Hawkins. We went to the same church,” Lenny added, continuing with his recount about the day he and Levi created the “Fine” single.” “The single, co-written by Lenny and Levi, is really nice and uplifting so I asked if he was going to follow up with an album to which he replied, ‘My initial action was to do a single, but then the success of the single and Levi,’ before then drifting off with words I could not hear,” Williams said.

“Well, I think that means an album is on the way. The music video to the “Fine” single is very festive and right on time for the holiday season. My nephew is a choreographer and I called him,” Williams said, as the moved to thoughts more appropriate to the development of the music video. “He had just completed Beyoncé’s Coachella choreography, her Greek Stepping so I asked him to show me some steps. He did, and he gave me a good price too. He did an excellent job.” Raised in Oakland, Williams began his long career as a vocalist for the likes of Sly Stone, Andre’ Crouch and Billy Preston. In 1972, he joined the Power of Power band, leaving three years later to sign a solo deal with Motown Records, switching labels again in 1977 to ABC Records (MCA Records). There he scored 10 chart-topping hits many of which continue to be sampled today by artists including Mobb Deep’s Havoc, Kanye West, Scarface and Young Jeezy. Williams has also starred in several stage-plays with credits that include: “Love On Lay-Away” with Deborah Cox and “What Men Don’t Know” with Kenny Lattimore. WI

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ARIES Despite an adventurous theme and a strong desire for new experiences and opportunities, a more spiritual and dreamy tendency could prevail. The issue of beliefs might be on the agenda, which could affect how you approach an idea or project. Should you have faith that it will go as expected, or should you get help from a mentor with prior experience? A more practical focus suggests that you make a start that involves both options. Lucky Numbers: 1, 4, 21

“Thanks a Thousand: A Gratitude Journey”

TAURUS While you might be embracing more intense issues with a view toward making key changes, your social life sparkles, too. You might need to balance your inner and outer lives if you’re going to be productive this week. However, this could be difficult midweek, when a social event that seems particularly alluring takes you away from more pressing issues. Lucky Numbers: 13, 20, 51

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GEMINI There could be a lot going on regarding certain relationships, team projects, and your social life. Early in the week, you might be torn between leisure activities and attending to your goals and responsibilities. If you feel really stuck, taking a little time out to consider your priorities could help you be more productive. Lucky Numbers: 3, 23, 38

Thanks a Thousand: A Gratitude Journey By Terri Schlichenmeyer WI Contributing Writer A great big bear. That’s what you’ve sounded like all week: a growl here, a snort there, grump, grump, snarl. Everything that could go wrong did — spectacularly. But what went right? Hmm. Grab a mug, take a seat, and turn your frown around with “Thanks a Thousand” by A.J. Jacobs. Ever have one of those days where everything goes off-kilter? Yep, A.J. Jacobs has them, just like the rest of us. And like most of us, he’s “ridiculously lucky” overall, something he recognizes even when “daily irritations hijack my brain.” Sadly, that happens about half the time he’s awake. He tries to be cognizant of his grumpiness; in fact, while making a point about gratitude to one of his sons, Jacobs began to think. Maybe we treat gratitude too superficially. He decided to take thankfulness to the next level by thanking every person who had a role in bringing him his daily cup of coffee. He started easy, with the coffeehouse barista whose bubbly personality reminded him to “affirm and recognize” everyone who serves him. Then he visited the coffeehouse’s coffee buyer, who taught Jacobs to slow down because “it’s hard to be grateful if we’re speeding.” He thanked the designer of the cup lid, the designer of a coffeehouse logo, and the people who developed the cup sleeve. At this point, with no end in sight — how far back, how deep should he go here? — Jacobs switched his goal. Rather than making his project “a lifetime job,” he’d thank a thousand people for his coffee. That included roasters, who ready the beans for sale. It included a trip to the Catskills, to thank those who bring water to New York City homes. Jacobs thanked the people who make coffee safe to drink, the folks who warehouse the beans, truckers who transport it, pallet-makers, scientists and the Colombian farmers who own coffee bean trees passed down for generations, and who invited Jacobs to visit them again. “I won’t take them up on the invitation,” he says, “but I’m grateful to have it.” One thing goes wrong in the course of your day, and it’s like falling into the mud on the banks of a rapid river — whoosh, and everything goes downstream. “Thanks a Thousand” reminds you that there are a million reasons not to let it go. But don’t think this is a self-help book filled with sunny platitudes; quite the contrary, author A.J. Jacobs actually dissects gratitude with the help of science and research. Yes, as it turns out, being thankful is good for us and offers benefits that you may not realize. Add to that an appealingly puppyish sense of purpose in finding people to thank, and you’ve got a book that educates, informs, and charms the socks off you. If the phrase “thank you” is perfunctory, you need this book. If it’s an impossible-to-say phrase in your world, you really need this book. For anyone who’s grateful, appreciative, and in a thanksgiving mood, “Thanks a Thousand” is a book to bear in mind. WI WWW.WASHINGTONINFORMER.COM

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CANCER Work beckons, but so do more enticing aspects of life, such as the chance to travel, explore subjects of interest, or lose yourself in new ideas or fascinating books. You’ll need to find a balance between getting your daily tasks completed and indulging a fascination with new interests. Thursday’s new moon in your sector of work and lifestyle brings an opportunity to make a fresh start. Lucky Numbers: 24, 28, 56 LEO You might want to explore new ideas and creative opportunities, but there could be a matter to attend to first. This might involve sorting out a confusing or frustrating issue that seems hopelessly entangled. Take your time because this could take a little while to resolve. If you can detach from it, you might find that some clarity is possible. Lucky Numbers: 19, 39, 41 VIRGO You might have things to do at home, but other people could have demands as well. If they really want something out of you, they could try all sorts of tricks to get your attention. To keep the peace, you might need to find a balance between your needs and theirs. It could be difficult to understand someone’s motives, and if you sense that they’re not being quite truthful, postpone forging any agreements or making any commitments. Lucky Numbers: 13, 34, 45 LIBRA Getting your priorities in order could be difficult this week because others might be demanding and perhaps even needy at times. You may have to strengthen your boundaries if you are to get everything done as intended. Still, your compassionate side can win out, and you may find yourself lending a helping hand even if you do have to sacrifice your own agenda. Lucky Numbers: 3, 6, 27 SCORPIO Creative and romantic opportunities are plentiful this week, but they will require money. Think very carefully about the cost of a creative project or new relationship. While this can seem materialistic, the cosmos is urging you to trust your instincts. You have an inborn ability to know when something isn’t as it should be, and the coming days are a chance to use it. Lucky Numbers: 5, 30, 40 SAGITTARIUS While you might feel full of vim and vigor, the domestic scene and members of your family may require support over the week ahead. Someone could be feeling a little bit lonely and in need some attention, and if so, this is something to deal with gently, without compromising your own agenda. Lucky Numbers: 11, 17, 33 CAPRICORN You could feel like retiring from the world and keeping yourself to yourself, but you might be dragged into an issue that has nothing much to do with you. A detached perspective would be very helpful here, enabling you to understand the truth of the matter. Still, this could rumble on for some time, so patience may be necessary. Lucky Numbers: 3, 35, 58 AQUARIUS You might be wondering if someone is taking advantage of you, particularly over the days ahead when the sun in your social sector squares off with ethereal Neptune. In this instance, trust your gut and you won’t go far wrong. Cosmic forces are encouraging you to take extra care when making purchases or dealing with paperwork or processes that involve a lot of money. It’s vital to read the fine print and check that everything is to your satisfaction. Lucky Numbers: 4, 8, 45 PISCES Responsibilities and ambitions could be very much on your mind, yet you might feel complacent about them and have to push yourself to get anything done. And with the sun angling toward nebulous Neptune in your sign on Wednesday, you might experience tension in this regard. Sorting out your priorities and making a to-do list could certainly help. Lucky Numbers: 30, 31, 35


SPORTS Nelson Shuts Out Turunen, Regains Middleweight Title By Gary Williams Special to The Informer For her first time competing in D.C., multi-time world champion Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson seemed to have a very simple game plan: hit her opponent, Sanna Turunen, as hard as she could for as long as she needed to. If that was the plan, then Nelson, a middleweight from Ashburn, Va., executed it to perfection, winning a relatively easy 10-round unanimous decision over Turunen of Tuusulam, Finland, to regain her Universal Boxing Federation middleweight title during the main event at the Tricky Entertainment/D.C.

Fight Night card at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. Nelson landed numerous shots on both sides of Turunen’s head throughout the contest, causing Turunen to develop a welt over her right eye and another on the left side of her face. Nelson, who won the bout by shutout (100-90) on all three judge’s scorecards, is now 19-2-3 with three KOs, while Turunen falls to 4-2-1, one KO. In the co-feature, Greenbelt, Md., cruiserweight “The Vanilla Gorilla” Sam Crossed won a disputed six-round split decision over a very game Twon “The Truth” Smith of Oklahoma City. Crossed seemed to have a tough time finding his distance early,

and with seconds remaining in the second round, Smith landed a big right hand that dropped Crossed to the canvas. Once Crossed recovered, he seemed to have difficulty landing shots and when he did, Smith was able to shake the punches off. However, Crossed was able to land enough punches to get the win on judges Steve Rados and Wayne Smith’s cards, 57-56. Paul Wallace saw the bout for Smith by the same score. Crossed remained undefeated (8-0, five KOs) while Smith falls to 3-2 with two KOs. D.C. welterweight Kareem “Reemo” Martin won a six-round unanimous decision over Andrew Rodgers of Elkhart, Ind. Both boxers had a tough time landing quality shots in this bout. Rodgers spent the bulk of his time in the match holding Martin, who landed a good portion of body shots in the bout. All three judges scored the bout 59-55 for Martin, who is now 11-2 with three KOs. Rodgers falls to 4-5-1 with two KOs. D.C. featherweight Jordan “Shortdog” White made short work of Ndira Spearman of Lavergne, Tenn., by way of Hagerstown, Md. White was able to knock down Spearman with body shots twice in the contest. After the second knockdown, Spearman told referee Brent Bovell that he had had enough.

5 Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson (19-2-3, 3 KOs) of Ashburn, VA defends her UBF Middleweight world championship in a 10-round unanimous decision against Sanna Turunen (4-2-1, 1 KO) of Tuusulam, Finaland. /Photo by Jordan Barnes

The bout was stopped at 2:02 of the first round. White is now 7-1 with five KOs while Spearman’s record dropped to 1-4. Two boxers made returns to the ring after lengthy absences. D.C. junior welterweight Antonio “Teflon” Magruder, competing for the first time since September 2016, battled Matt Murphy of St. Louis to a four-round majority draw. Magruder is now 5-0-1,

Hoyas Douse Flames 6 Liberty Flames forward Myo Baxter-Bell is defended by Georgetown Hoyas forward Josh LeBlanc during Georgetown’s 88-78 win at Capital One Arena in D.C. on Monday, Dec. 3. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

5 Georgetown Hoyas center Jessie Govan is defended by Liberty Flames forward Myo Baxter-Bell during Georgetown’s 88-78 win at Capital One Arena in D.C. on Monday, Dec. 3. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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four KOs while Murphy is now 3-30-4, two KOs. Meanwhile D.C. light heavyweight Alexander “The Great” Johnson returned to action for the first time since August 2016 and won a six-round unanimous decision over “The Dynamic Warrior” Mengistu Zarzar of Palmer Park, Md., by way of Liberia. Johnson is now 17-4-1 with seven KOs while Zarzar falls to 6-6-1 with five KOs. Kiante Irving, a super middleweight from Beaver Falls, Pa., scored a second-round TKO over George Sheppard of Virginia. Irving, a 2018 National Golden Gloves champion, dominated the bout from start to finish, knocking down Sheppard twice before the bout was stopped at 1:06 of the second. Irving is now 3-0, all KOs while Sheppard falls to 1-5-1. In the opening contest, Silver Spring, Md., heavyweight George Harris won by thirdround TKO over Lamar Lewis of Conway, Ark. Harris was very patient in the bout and worked his way to the eventual knockout. Eventually, the punishment was too much for Lewis and referee Michelle Myers stopped the bout at 2:00 of the third round for Harris, who is now 2-0, both KOs. Lewis dropped to 0-4. Renowned ring announcer Henry “Discombobulating” Jones was on hand for the card, which was spearheaded by Erwin Pendergrast of Tricky Entertainment and Sean Magruder, father of boxer Antonio Magruder and head of D.C. Fight Night. WI




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5Incoming Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks speaks during her inaugural ceremony at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro on Dec. 3. /Photo by Robert Roberts

of Prince George’s, especially when it comes to education. Some infighting took place amongst the school board after a state audit concluded some seniors received inflated grades and incorrect attendance figures. Some board members blamed former schools CEO Kevin Maxwell for not being a stronger leader, particularly regarding his oversight of unauthorized pay raises for certain staffers. During a brief press conference after the ceremony, Alsobrooks reiterated that the county shouldn’t include politics when it involves children. “We have to de-politicize education in this county,” she said. “It has hurt us so gravely. We have talked so much about adults and their positions and their power that we have forgotten to talk about our children. Schools are about kids. The conversation … has to return to the best interest of students, their teachers and their family members.” Alsobrooks pledges for strong constituent services and take care of seniors, including those who “linedanced with me at so many events.” Whenever music comes on at certain functions, sometimes Alsobrooks will dance which she has said helps keep people in physical shape and relaxed mentality. Besides complimenting Alsobrooks’ intelligence, compassion

and her work as the county’s state’s attorney, Baker said in an interview last week she “will be the first county executive with rhythm.” As for the county council, six new members took the oath of office to join the now-11-member group: Thomas Dernoga (District 1), Jolene Ivey (District 5), Rodney Streeter (District 7), Monique Anderson Walker (District 8), Sydney Harrison (District 9) and Calvin Hawkins (at-large). Voters chose County Councilman Mel Franklin to fill the second at-large seat to represent the entire jurisdiction. “I know there will be some adjustment being on council, but I feel I’m prepared and will do a good job,” said Streeter, a Hillcrest Heights resident who worked for former Councilwoman Andrea Harrison. Walker — the first Black woman chosen to represent District 8, which includes Fort Washington, Camp Springs and Oxon Hill — said Monday she understands the significance of Alsobrooks being Prince George’s first female executive. “We can’t wait to start working together,” Walker said from the stage while her husband, state Delegate Jay Walker (D-District 24), dabbed tears from his eyes. “We think she’s a phenomenal leader. We look forward to collaborating with her and prioritizing how we want to make this wonderful county even better.” WI

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general election, will lead the state’s second-largest jurisdiction of slightly more than 910,000 residents. During her 20-minute speech, she thanked dozens in attendance such as her parents, her daughter, outgoing County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford and Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland). The loudest applause came when Alsobrooks expressed gratitude for D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. However, she had a polite message for the mayor. “Mayor Bowser, I love you like a sister and I am grateful for your friends … and your devotion to all eight wards in the District of Columbia and to the region,” she said. “So I know you won’t take this personally. Prince Georgians, write this down: we are not Ward 9.” As executive-elect, Alsobrooks announced the appointment of several new administrators, including George L. Askew, who will become the deputy chief administrative officer for Health and Human Services. Askew, a former chief medical officer under the Obama administration, previously served as deputy commissioner of health in New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Terry Bellamy moved from Durham, North Carolina, as the city’s director of transportation to now work as the county’s director for the Department of Public Works and Transportation. He held similar positions in D.C., Arlington, Virginia, and San Antonio. Most of the public safety leadership will remain in tact such as Mark Magaw, deputy chief administrative officer for public safety and homeland security. One change will be Tiffany Green as deputy fire chief, which the county touts as the highest-ranking female fire official in the D.C. area. Green has worked with the county’s Fire/Emergency Services Department since 1999. In the meantime, Alsobrooks ensures she will change the perception

Emmanuel Johnson Roberts Sr. “Bruiser” Great Trombone Leader of “THE Madison Livelystones” August 10, 1983 - November 24, 2018 Emmanuel “Bruiser” Roberts Sr. made his earthly departure on November 24, 2018. Left with cherished memories are his Wife of eight years, Remel Roberts; Son, Emmanuel “EJ” Roberts Jr.; Daughter, Ryleigh Roberts; Mother: Mary Roberts; Mother-in-Law, Jacqueline Delaney; Father-in-Law: Leon Thomas Jr (Michielle); Brothers, Charles Pope & Phil Roberts; Brother-in-Law, Leon Thomas III; and a host of family and friends. The Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2018 @ The United House of Prayer, 601 M Street NW, Washington, DC. Viewing - 9am. Service - 10am.




Take Care of Your Bodies

with Lyndia Grant Scripture says in the book of Ephesians 5:29, “For no one has ever hated his own body, but he nourishes and tenderly cares for it, as the Messiah does the church.” Let’s dig into this a bit. When a woman prostitutes herself, is she tenderly caring for her body? When folk abuse their bodies by shooting drugs into their veins, are they tenderly caring for their bodies? Therefore, I’m taking this opportunity to remind us that even when we overeat, causing our bodies to become overweight, we are not loving and caring for our bodies, in the way this Scripture describes. Most of us overeat for the wrong reasons. When my late mother baked those homemade chocolate layer cakes, I would eat slice after slice! Why did I do that? One, because it tasted so good, and secondly, because I didn’t have joy and fulfillment. My husband had Mt. Zion Baptist Church Reverend John W. Davis Pastor 5101 14th Street, NW Washington, DC 20011 Phone: 202-726-2220 Fax: 202-726-9089 Service and Times Sunday Worship Service - 8:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Children’s Church - 11:00 a.m. (1st & 3rd Sundays) Communion - 10 a.m. 4th Sunday Sunday School - 9:15 a.m. (4th Sunday 8:15 a.m.) Prayer Meeting & Bible Study - Wednesday 7:00 p.m. “A Church with a past to remember – and a future to mold”

abandoned me and our three children, I was working triple time to make ends meet, so when I would walk in the door and my mother had made such a scrumptious meal — fried chicken, cabbage, some type of beans, or maybe it was collard greens, but they had smoked turkey in them — and everything was delicious, topped off with the chocolate cake, it was tough to ignore. It was a sin to eat that much food at once. Not only did I make myself fat and overweight, I also gave myself several health conditions that would hit me later. I didn’t get Type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure until more than 20 years later, but it was a direct result of me having overeaten back in the day! My poor body decided, “You have given me entirely too much sugar to process, and you are interfering with my regular routine. Therefore, I’m going to quit doing what I do, and I will just let some of this sugar run rampant in your blood stream.” That’s what happens when our blood sugar level is high. Our systems just can’t handle any more. This article is written to remind us to love our bodies, and then we will know how to love others. Begin to exercise and you can encourage others to do the same. Select healthier food choices, such as more green, leafy vegetables, and select fresh fruit that isn’t extremely sweet, such as strawberries, blueberries, apples and low sugar-type fruits. I’m there finally! I’m eating good every day, I’ve lost more than 50

pounds, and I run every morning as soon as I get up, sometimes as early as 3 a.m. I will go to get water, and remember how bad things were for my mother, who suffered from Type 2 diabetes, and I will stop what I’m doing and run a path that I have created inside my home. Today is Sunday, and my column is due every Sunday, but when I got up this morning, I ran 25 rounds to kick off my day. I will run another 25 rounds before I leave for church. Dr. Calvin W. Rolark said it best when he said, “If it’s to be, it’s up to me!” It was me who ate all of that cake and ruined my system. Now, it must be me who corrects this problem. Every round of running that I do eliminates sugar from my blood. Manually removing blood sugar from my body with exercise, until one day, my body recognizes that it can consume sugar again. WI Historic St. Mary’s Episcopal Church The Rev. E. Bernard Anderson Priest Foggy Bottom - Founded in 1867 728 23rd Street, NW - Washington, DC 20037 Church office: 202-333-3985 - Fax : 202-338-4958 Service and Times Sundays: 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Music and Hymns Wednesdays: 12:10 p.m. - Holy Eucharist Email: All are welcome to St. Mary’s to Learn, Worship, and Grow.

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Mount Olivet Lutheran Church

John F. Johnson Reverend Dr. 1306 Vermont Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20005 Service and Times Divine Worship, Sunday 10:00 a.m. Communion 1st and 3rd Sunday “Friendliest Church in the City” Website: Email:



RELIGION The Miracle Center of Faith Missionary Baptist Church

Pilgrim Baptist Church Rev. Louis B. Jones II Pastor

Bishop Michael C. Turner, Sr. Senior Pastor 9161 Hampton Overlook Capitol Heights, MD 20743 Phone: 301-350-2200 Fax: 301-499-8724

Service and Times Sunday Worship Times : 7:30 a.m. 7 10:00 a.m. Communion: 1st Sunday Sunday School: 9:00 a.m. Bible Study: Wednesday, 12 Noon Bible Study in homes: Tuesday 7:00 p.m. Website: Email: Motto: “We Walk by Faith, Not by Sight”

700 I Street, N.E. Washington, D.C. 20002 (202) 547-8849 Service and Times Worship Sundays: 7:30 & 11:00am 5th Sundays: 9:30am 3rd Sundays: Baptism & Holy Communion Prayer & Praise: Wednesdays @ Noon & 6:30pm

Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ

Blessed Word of Life Church

Church of Living Waters

Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church

Rev. Paul Carrette Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. Michael E. Bell, Sr., Pastor

Rev. Dr. Alton W. Jordan Pastor

Reverend Dr. Calvin L. Matthews Senior Pastor

Harold Andrew Assistant Pastor

2498 Alabama Ave., SE - Washington D.C. 20020 Office: (202) 889-7296 Fax: (202) 889-2198 -

800 I Street, NE - Washington, DC 20002 202-548-0707 - Fax No. 202-548-0703

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

Service and Times Sunday Worship Services: 8:00am and 11:00am Sunday Church School - 9:15am & Sunday Adult Forum Bible Study - 10:30am 2nd & 4th Monday Women’s Bible Study: 6:30pm Tuesday Jr./Sr. Bible Study: 10:00am Tuesday Topical Bible Study: 6:30pm Tuesday New Beginnings Bible Study: 6:30pm Wednesday Pastoral Bible Study: 6:30pm Wednesday Children’s Bible Study: 6:30pm Thursday Men’s Bible Study: 6:30pm Friday before 1st Sunday Praise & Worship Service: 6:30pm Saturday Adult Bible Study: 10:00am “The Amazing, Awesome, Audacious Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church”

Service and Times 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

1200 Isle of Patmos Plaza, Northeast Washington, DC 20018 Office: (202) 529-6767 - Fax: (202) 526-1661

Service and Times Sunday Service: 8:30am& 11:00am Bible Study: Wednesday 7:30pm Communion Service: First Sunday

St. Stephen Baptist Church

Third Street Church of God

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

Rev. Dr. Alice Greene Interim Pastor

Bishop Lanier C. Twyman, Sr. Senior Pastor

Rev. Cheryl J. Sanders, Th.D. Senior Pastor

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

3845 South Capitol Street Washington, DC 20032 (202) 562-5576 (Office) (202) 562-4219 (Fax)

5757 Temple Hill Road, Temple Hills, MD 20748 Office 301-899-8885 – fax 301-899-2555

1204 Third Street, NW Washington, DC 20001 202-347-5889 office 202-638-1803 fax

Service and Times Sunday School: 9:30am Sunday Morning Worship Service: 11:00am Communion Service: First Sunday Prayer Service/Bible Study: Tuesday, 6:30pm

Services and Times Sundays: 10:00am Worship Services Bible Study: Wonderful Wednesdays in Worship and the Word Bible Study Wednesdays 12:00 Noon; 6:30pm (dinner @ 5:30pm) Sunday School: 9:00am – Hour of Power E-mail:

“An inclusive ministry where all are welcomed and affirmed.”

Campbell AME Church Rev. Dr. Henry Y. White 2562 MLK Jr. Ave., SE - Washington, DC 20020 Adm. Office 202-678-2263 Email: Service and Times Sunday Worship Service: 10:00 am Sunday Church School: 8:45 am Bible Study Wednesday: 12:00 Noon Wednesday: 7:00 pm Thursday: 7: pm “Reaching Up To Reach Out” Mailing Address Campbell AME Church 2502 Stanton Road SE - Washington, DC 20020

Motto : “A Great Commitment to the Great Commandment” Website: Email:

“Ambassadors for Christ to the Nation’s Capital” Live Stream Sunday Worship Service begins @ 12:00 noon

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 10:45am Sunday Youth Worship Services: 1st & 4th 10:45am; 804 R.I. Ave., NE 5th 8 AM & 10:45am; Main Church Prayer Services Tuesday – Noon, Wednesday 6am & 6:30pm Calvary Bible Institute: Year-Round Contact Church Communion Every 3rd Sunday The Church in The Hood that will do you Good!

Service and Times 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:

St Marks Baptist Come Worship with us... Dr. Raymond T. Matthews Pastor and First Lady Marcia Matthews St. Mark's Baptist Church 624 Underwood Street, NW Washington, dc 20011 Services and Times Sunday School: 9:00am Worship Service: 10:00am Wed. Noon Day prayer service Thur. Prayer service: 6:45pm Thur. Bible Study: 7:15pm

Reverend Dr. Paul H. Saddler Senior Pastor (Disciples of Christ) 1812 12th Street, NW - Washington, DC 20009 Phone: 202-265-4494 Fax: 202 265 4340 Service and Times Sunday Worship Service: 11:00 am Communion every Sunday: 11:00 am Sunday School: 10:00 am Bible Study Tuesday: 12 Noon Pastor’s Bible Study Tuesday: 6:30 pm Motto: “Discover Something Wonderful” Website: Email:

Mount Carmel Baptist Church Reverend Gerald H. Hesson Interim Pastor

Virgil K. Thomas, Sr. Senior Pastor/ Teacher

Service and Times Sunday School 8 – 9 AM Worship Service 9 – 11 AM Tuesday Night Bible Study 6:30 – 8:00 PM Wednesday Daytime Bible Study 11 AM – 12:30 PM

“We are one in the Spirit” E-mail:

Services and Times Sunday School: 9:30am Sunday Worship: 11:00am Sunday Community Worship Service: 8:30 am

E-mail: “God is Love”

Isle of Patmos Baptist Church

Twelfth Street Christian Church

Turning Hearts Church

4275 4th Street, S.E. Washington, DC 20034 Phone: 202-746-0113 Fax: 301-843-2445

Services and Times Sunday Early Morning Worship: 7:45am Church School: 9:30am Sunday Morning Worship: 10:45am Tuesday: 7:00pm/Kingdom Building Bible Institute Wednesday: Prayer/Praise/Bible Study-7:30 pm Baptism & Communion Service: 4th Sunday – 10:30am

Crusader Baptist Church

901 Third Street N.W. Washington, DC. 20001 Phone (202) 842-3411 Fax (202) 682-9423 Service and Times Sunday Church School : 9:00am Sunday Morning Worship: 10:10am Bible Study Tuesday: 6: 00pm Prayer Service Tuesday: 7:00pm Holy Communion: 3rd Sunday 10:10am

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RELIGION Shabbath Commandment Church

All Nations Baptist Church

King Emmanuel Baptist Church

Bishop Adrian A. Taylor, Sr. Pastor

Rev. Dr. James Coleman Pastor

Rev. Daryl F. Bell Pastor

7801 Livingston Road Oxon Hill, MD 20745 301-534-5471

2001 North Capitol St, N.E. - Washington, DC 20002 Phone (202) 832-9591

2324 Ontario Road, NW Washington, DC 20009 (202) 232-1730

Service and Times Sabbath School 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Service 11:00 a.m. Praise & Worship Preaching 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Motto: “A Church Keeping It Real for Real.” Website: Email:

Zion Baptist Church Rev. Keith W. Byrd, Sr. Pastor 4850 Blagdon Ave, NW - Washington D.C 20011 Phone (202) 722-4940 - Fax (202) 291-3773 Service and Times Sunday Worship Service: 10:15AM 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)

St. Luke Baptist Church Rev. Aubrey C. Lewis Pastor 1415 Gallatin Street, NW Washington, DC 20011-3851 P: (202) 726-5940 Service and Times Sunday Worship: 11:00 a.m. Sunday School: 9:15 a.m. Holy Communion: 11:00 a.m., 3rd Sun. Bible Institute: Wednesday - 1:30 pm Prayer Meeting: Wednesday - 12:00 Noon

Service and Times 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 Website: All Nations Baptist Church – A Church of Standards

Israel Baptist Church

Dr. Earl D. Trent Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. George C. Gilbert Senior Pastor

2409 Ainger Pl.,SE – WDC 20020 (202) 678-0884 – Office • (202) 678-0885 – Fax “Moving Faith Forward” 0% Perfect . . . 100% Forgiven!

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

Service and Times Sunday Worship: 8:00am & 10:45am Baptism/Holy Communion: 3rd Sunday Family Bible Study Tuesdays – 6:30pm Prayer Service: Tuesdays – 8:00pm

“Where Jesus is the King”

Lincoln Park United Methodist Church

Sermon On The Mount Temple Of Joy Apostolic Faith

Rev. Richard B. Black Pastor

Elder Herman L. Simms Pastor

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

1301 North Carolina Ave. N E Washington, D C 20002 202 543 1318 -

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

Service and Times 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.

Service and Times Sunday Worship: 10: am Holy Communion: First Sunday 10: am Sunday School: 9: am Bible Study: Wednesday @ 12 noon and 6:30pm Motto: "Faith On The Hill"

Mount Moriah Baptist Church

Eastern Community Baptist Church

Service and Times 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

Dr. Lucius M. Dalton Senior Pastor

Damion M. Briggs Pastor

Rev. Stephen E. Tucker Senior Pastor

1636 East Capitol Street, NE Washington, DC 20003 Telephone: 202-544-5588 - Fax: 202-544-2964

8213 Manson Street Landover, MD 20785 Tel: (301) 322-9787 Fax: (301) 322-9240

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

Service and Times Sunday Worship Services: 7:45 am and 10:45 am Holy Communion: 1st Sundays at 7:45 am & 10:45 am Sunday School: 9:30 am Prayer & Praise Service: Tuesdays at 12 noon & 6:30 pm Bible Study: Tuesdays at 1 pm and 7 pm Youth Bible Study: Fridays at 7 pm

Service and Times Early Morning Message: 7:30 AM Sunday Morning Worship Service: 10:00 AM Sunday Church School: 9:00 AM Holy Communion: 1st Sunday 7:30 AM & 10:00 AM Prayer, Praise and Testimony: Wednesday 7:00 PM Bible Study: Wednesday 7:30 PM

Service and Times Sunday Worship: 11 AM Sunday School: 10 AM Wednesday Mid-Week Worship, Prayer & Bible Study: Wed. 7 PM

Rehoboth Baptist Church

“Real Worship for Real People” Website: Email:

Salem Baptist Church

Holy Trinity United Baptist Church

Florida Avenue Baptist Church

Reverend Christopher L. Nichols Pastor

Rev. Dr. Morris L Shearin, Sr. Pastor

Web: Email:

St. Matthews Baptist Church

Service and Times 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

Emmanuel Baptist Church

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

Service and Times 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

Matthews Memorial Baptist Church Rev. Joan E. Buchanan Executive Pastor 2616 MLK Ave., SE - Washington, DC 20020 Office 202-889-3709 - Fax 202-678-3304 Service and Times Early Worship Service: 7:30am Worship Service: 11:00am New Member’s Class: 9:45am Holy Communion: 1st Sunday, 11:00am Church School: 9:45am Wednesday 12:00pm Bible Study Prayer, Praise and Bible Study: 7:00pm Saturday Bible Study: 11:00am Baptism 4th Sunday: 11:00am

Service and Times 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

Christ Embassy DC

Kelechi Ajieren Coordinator 6839 Eastern Avenue, R1 Takoma Park, MD 20912 (202) 556-7065 Service and Times Sunday Worship Service: 10:00 A.M. Wednesday Bible Study: 7:00 P.M. Friday Evening Service: 7:00 P.M. ; Last Friday “…Giving Your Life a Meaning”

“Empowered to love and Challenged to Lead a Multitude of Souls to Christ”

Peace Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Michael T. Bell 712 18th Street, NE Washington, DC 20002 Phone 202-399-3450/ Fax 202-398-8836 Service and Times Sunday Early Morning Prayer & Bible Study Class 8:00 am Sunday School 9:00 am Sunday Morning Worship Service 10:00 am Wednesday Service 12:00 pm

Pennsylvania Ave. Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Kendrick E. Curry Pastor 3000 Pennsylvania Ave.. S.E Washington, DC 20020 202 581-1500 Service and Times 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

“The Loving Church of the living lord “ Email Address:

Shiloh Baptist Church

First Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Mt. Horeb Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. Maxwell M. Washington Pastor

Rev. Curtis l. Staley Pastor

Rev. David McIntosh-Peters Pastor

Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith Pastor

Rev. Oran W. Young Pastor

Rev. Dr. H. B. Sampson, III Pastor

2001 Brooks Drive District Heights, MD 20744 (240) 838-7074

621 Alabama Ave., 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) 232-4288

Service and Times 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

Service and Times 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.

Service and Times First Sunday Worship Service (one service):   10:00 a.m. Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Sunday Worship service:  7:45 a.m. and 10:55 a.m. Sunday Church School/Bible Study:  9:30 a.m. Thursday Prayer Service:  6:30 p.m.

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

2914 Bladensburg Road, NE Wash., DC 20018 Office: (202) 529-3180 - Fax: (202) 529-7738 Service and Times 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

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

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

Service and Times Sunday Worship Service: 10:15 am Sunday School: 9:00 am Holy Communion: 3rd Sunday Morning Prayer Meeting / Bible Study: Tuesday at 7 pm Theme: “The Kingdom Focused Church with an Emphasis on “Evangelism and Discipleship” Email: Website:


Email: Website:

Service and Times Sunday School for All Ages: 8:00 a.m. Sunday Worship Services: 9:30 a.m. Midday Prayer & Bible Study: Wednesday 11:30 a.m. Evening Prayer & Bible Study: Wednesday 7:00 p.m. Laymen's League: Thursday 7:00 p.m. Email: Website: “Changing Lives On Purpose “ For further information, please contact me at (202) 529-3180.




Administration No. 2018 ADM 001302

Administration No. 2018 ADM 000085

Ylice Rosenette Spears Decedent

Theresa V. Abel Decedent

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Nishika Spears, whose address is 212B North Glebe Rd #31, Arlington, VA 22203, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Ylice Rosenette Spears who died on February 22, 2010 without a Will, and will serve with Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 5/29/2019. 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 5/29/2019, 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: 11/29/2018 Nishika Spears Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills

LEGAL NOTICES SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration Number 2018 ADM 001322 Estate of Savannah G. Gibson Deceased

Donald Abel 428 Felicita Ave. Spring Valley, CA 91977 Attorney


NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Donald Abel, whose address is 428 Felicita Ave., Spring Valley, CA 91977, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Theresa V. Abel who died on December 31, 2000 with 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., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 5/29/2019. 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 5/29/2019, 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: 11/29/2018 Donald Abel Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY

Notice is hereby given that a petition has been filed in this Court by Yendis L. Gibson and LaRue R. Gibson Jr. for standard probate, including the appointment of one or more personal representatives. Unless a responsive pleading in the form of a complaint or an objection in accordance with Superior Court Probate Division Rule 407 is filed in this Court within 30 days from the date of first publication of this notice, the Court may take the action hereinafter set forth. Admit to probate the will dated July 2, 2014 exhibited with the petition upon proof satisfactory to the Court of due execution by affidavit of the witnesses or otherwise Date of first publication: 11/29/2018 Joan M. Wilbon, Esq. 1120 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 1020 Washington, DC 20036 Petitioner/Attorney:



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. 2018 ADM 001284

Administration No. 2018 ADM 000591

Richard Henry Bennett Decedent

Mary W. Callen Decedent

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Jasmine Bennett and Jamaal Bennett, whose address is 1100 Varney Street, SE, Washington, DC 20032, was appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of Richard Henry Bennett who died on August 20, 2018 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., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 5/29/2019. 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 5/29/2019, 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: 11/29/2018 Jasmine Bennett Jamaal Bennett Personal Representative

Marquita Moye, Esquire 504 Brummel Court, NW Washington, DC 20012 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Marquita Moye, whose address is 504 Brummel Court, NW, Washington, DC 20012, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Mary W. Callen who died on November 7, 2017 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., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 5/29/2019. 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 5/29/2019, 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: 11/29/2018 Marquita Moye, Esquire Personal Representative



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Administration No. 2018 ADM 001311

Administration No. 2018 ADM 000924

Administration No. 2018 ADM 000398

Foreign No. 2018 FEP 000155

Foreign No. 2018 FEP 000144

Ernestine W. Hilliard Decedent

Delores Lee Matthews Decedent

Lois Bellamy Decedent

February 20, 2006 Date of Death

August 21, 2018 Date of Death

Daniel Joseph Kuhlmeier Name of Decedent

Andrew M. Heiss aka Andrew Minor Heiss Name of Decedent



Tanja Reeves Kuhlmeier whose address is 9288 Bailey Lane, Fairfax, VA 22301 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Daniel Joseph Kuhlmeier, deceased, by the County Court for Sarpy County, State of Nebraska, on October 11, 2018. Service of process may be made upon Joshua Branson, 1615 M Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036, whose designation as District of Columbia agent has been filed with the Register of Wills, D.C. The decedent owned the following District of Columbia personal property. Claims against the decedent may be presented to the undersigned and filed with the Register of Wills of the District of Columbia, 515 5th Street, NW, Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001 within 6 months from the date of first publication of this notice. Date of first publication: 11/29/2018

Joan E. Heiss whose address is 28700 Edgemere Road, Easton, Maryland 21601 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Andrew M. Heiss aka Andrew Minor Heiss, deceased, by the Orphans Court for Talbot County, State of Maryland, on October 12, 2018. Service of process may be made upon Jennifer C. Concino, Esq. 5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW #700, Washington, DC 20015, whose designation as District of Columbia agent has been filed with the Register of Wills, D.C. The decedent owned the following District of Columbia real estate. 3326 Prospect Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007. Claims against the decedent may be presented to the undersigned and filed with the Register of Wills of the District of Columbia, 515 5th Street, NW, Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001 within 6 months from the date of first publication of this notice.

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Date of first publication: 11/29/2018

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NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Oscar Hilliard, Jr., whose address is 4502 Myles Court, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Ernestine W. Hilliard who died on October 24, 2018 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., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 5/29/2019. 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 5/29/2019, 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: 11/29/2018 Oscar Hilliard, Jr. Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

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


NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Katie Bernice Matthews, whose address is 125 57th Street, SE, Washington, DC 20019, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Delores Lee Matthews who died on January 24, 2018 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., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 5/29/2019. 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 5/29/2019, 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: 11/29/2018 Katie Bernice Matthews Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY

Johnny Bellamy, whose address is 5414 85th Ave., Apt. T1 New Carrolton, MD 20784, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Lois Bellamy who died on August 14, 1999 without a Will, and will serve with Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 5/29/2019. 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 5/29/2019, 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: 11/29/2018 Johnny Bellamy Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

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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

Administration No. 2018 ADM 001328

Administration No. 2018 ADM 001350

Sybil Ryan Decedent

Robert Killey Davids Decedent



Verlene Grier, whose address is 86 Brandywine Place, SW, Washington, DC 20032, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Sybil Ryan who died on April 2, 2016 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., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 6/6/2019. 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 6/6/2019, 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.

Monina Basco Davids, whose address is 731 Quebec Place, NW, Washington, DC 20010, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Robert Killey Davids who died on July 30, 2018 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., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 6/6/2019. 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 6/6/2019, 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: 12/6/2018 Verlene Grier Personal Representative

Date of first publication: 12/6/2018



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

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Administration No. 2018 ADM 001353

Administration No. 2018 ADM 001355

Mary L. Reaves aka Mary Lee Reaves Name of Deceased Settlor

Richard Hovey Decedent

Mollie Covington Decedent

Valerie J. Edwards, Esq. 1725 DeSales Street, NW, Suite 600 Washington, DC 20036 Attorney


NOTICE OF EXISTENCE OF REVOCABLE TRUST Mary L. Reaves aka Mary Lee Reaves whose address was 7141 8th St., NW, Washington, DC 20012 created a revocable trust on October 29, 2014, which remained in existence on the date of her death on April 10, 2018, and Inez Thomas, Joycie Faison and Jewell Elliott, whose addresses are 7141 8th St., NW WDC 20012; 926 Dogwood Rd., Burkeville, VA 23922 and 3819 Walters Ln., Forestville, MD 20747, are the currently acting trustees, hereinafter the Trustee. Communications to the Trust should be mailed or directed to: Jocie Faison at 7141 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20012.

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS John Edward Butsch, whose address is 942 O Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Richard Hovey who died on November 2, 2018 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., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 6/6/2019. 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 6/6/2019, 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: 12/6/2018

Monina Basco Davids Personal Representative


Raymond Keith Covington, Cassandra Joy Baines and Henri Kyle Covington, whose addresses are 14353 Comans Well Rd, Stoney Creek, VA 23882, 1741 Burning Tree Dr., Vienna VA 22182 and 4478 West 62th St., Los Angeles, CA 90043, were appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of Mollie Covington who died on November 10, 2017 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., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 6/6/2019. 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 6/6/2019, 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: 12/6/2018

John Edward Butsch Personal Representative

Raymond Keith Covington Cassandra Joy Baines Henri Kyle Covington Personal Representatives



Trust No. 2018 NRT 000045

The Trust is subject to claims of the deceased settlor’s creditors, costs of administration of the settlor’s estate, the expense of the deceased settlor’s funeral and disposal of remains, and statutory allowances to a surviving spouse and children to the extent the deceased settlor’s residuary probate estate is inadequate to satisfy those claims, costs, expenses, and allowances. Claims of the deceased settlor’s creditors are barred as against the Trustee and the trust property unless presented to the Trustee at the address provided herein on or before 6/6/2019 (6 month after the date of the first publication of this notice.) An action to contest the validity of this trust must be commenced by the earliest of (1) 4/10/2019, (One year from date of death of deceased settlor) (2) 6/6/2019, 6 months from the date of first publication of this notice) or (3) Ninety days after the Trustee sends the person a copy of the trust instrument and a notice informing the person of the trust’s existence, of the Trustee’s name and address, and of the time allowed for commencing a proceeding. The Trustee may proceed to distribute the trust property in accordance with the terms of the trust before the expiration of the time within which an action must be commenced unless the Trustee knows of a pending judicial proceeding contesting the validity of the trust or the Trustee has received notice from a potential contestant who thereafter commences a judicial proceeding within sixty days after notification. This Notice must be mailed postmarked within 15 days of its first publication to each heir and qualified beneficiary of the trust and any other person who would be an interested person within the meaning of D.C. Code 20-101(d). Date of First Publication: 12/6/2018 Inez Thomas Jocie Faison Jewell Elliott Signature of Trustee



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

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Administration Number 2018 ADM 001401

Administration No. 2018 ADM 001356

Administration No. 2018 ADM 001351

Administration No. 2018 ADM 001343

Administration Number 2018 ADM 001380

Estate of Joseph Shelton

Lucile S. Stark aka Lucile Seidler Stark Decedent

Joan Irabor Decedent

Elnora D. Robinson Decedent

Estate of Kobra-Mandan Amin-Tehrani


James S. Bubar, Attorney 1776 K Street, NW, Suite 800 Washington, DC 20006 Attorney

Talib I. Karim TEC Law Firm 1629 K Street, NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20006 Attorney

Notice is hereby given that a petition has been filed in this Court by Delarue Shelton for standard probate, including the appointment of one or more personal representatives. Unless a responsive pleading in the form of a complaint or an objection in accordance with Superior Court Probate Division Rule 407 is filed in this Court within 30 days from the date of first publication of this notice, the Court may take the action hereinafter set forth. In the absence of a will or proof satisfactory to the Court of due execution, enter an order determining that the decedent died intestate appoint an unsupervised personal representative Date of first publication: 12/6/2018 Delarue Shelton 7708 Hanover Parkway, #201 Greenbelt, MD 20770 Petitioner/Attorney: TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Paul Seidler Stark, whose address is 380 Primrose Dr., Upper Gwynedd, PA 19446, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Lucile S. Stark aka Lucile Seidler Stark who died on October 29, 2018 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., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 6/6/2019. 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 6/6/2019, 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.

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Esohe Irabor, whose address is 5212 Queen’s Stroll Pl. SE, Washington, DC 20019, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Joan Irabor who died on July 17, 2018 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., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 6/6/2019. 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 6/6/2019, 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: 12/6/2018

Date of first publication: 12/6/2018

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NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Andre Robinson and Cynthia High, whose addresses are 2119 Parkside Drive, Bowie, MD 20721 and 10909 Spyglass Hill, Bowie, MD 20721, were appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of Elnora D. Robinson who died on May 3, 2018 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., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 6/6/2019. 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 6/6/2019, 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: 12/6/2018

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NOTICE OF STANDARD PROBATE Notice is hereby given that a petition has been filed in this Court by Iraj M. Amin-Tehrani for standard probate, including the appointment of one or more personal representatives. Unless a responsive pleading in the form of a complaint or an objection in accordance with Superior Court Probate Division Rule 407 is filed in this Court within 30 days from the date of first publication of this notice, the Court may take the action hereinafter set forth. In the absence of a will or proof satisfactory to the Court of due execution, enter an order determining that the decedent died intestate appoint a supervised personal representative Date of first publication: 12/6/2018 Saeid B. Amini 730 24th Street, NW, Suite One Washington, DC 20037 Petitioner/Attorney: TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

Andre Robinson Cynthia High Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

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of the National Coalition for Black Civic Participation and Chanelle Hardy, who holds a leadership role at Google and is an alumna of the Skinner Leadership Master Series for Distinguished Leaders. Elders such as Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, former president of both Bennett and Spellman Colleges, Constance Berry Newman, perhaps the only Black woman to have served under seven presidents, Alexis Herman, 23rd U.S. secretary of labor, and Susan Taylor, former Essence editor-in-chief and founder of National Cares Mentoring Inc. Former D.C. first lady Cora Masters Barry was among the other elders lifted up. It was characteristic of Barbara to share her celebration with women who have made a difference in her life and in the lives of others. Barbara Skinner has always embraced emerging leadership and provided a bridge for younger leaders to connect with seasoned ones. I’ve had the pleasure of mentoring young women through her Master Series for Distinguished Leadership for more than a decade and have enjoyed the energy and ideas that these young sisters have brought into my life. But with Rep. Barbara Lee “in the house” after her stinging defeat to be Demo-

cratic Caucus Chair, there were angry whispers among some of us gathered about the meaning of intergenerational leadership. Was New York Rep. Hakeem Jefferies disrespectful and opportunistic (yes) in going after a position for which Lee had been campaigning for more than eight months? (Full disclosure: I helped with her campaign.) What does it mean that there is no Black woman in the formal leadership of the House of Representatives, even though Black women are the backbone of the Democratic Party? Does intergenerational leadership mean that seasoned leaders have to step aside, or does it suggest that emerging leaders need to pull a chair (not a treacherous knife) up to the table? Even as we enjoyed a loving tribute to someone who has been a bridge (a word used frequently, and a word that Skinner’s pastor, Dr. David Anderson, used to describe her), there was appreciation of Rep. Barbara Lee and anger about Hakeem Jeffries. African-American millennials may be justifiably impatient when baby boomers and those even older dominate African-American leadership. With the top three Congressional Democrats, Pelosi, Steny Hoyer and James Clyburn, as well as Barbara Lee all older than 70, there is a compel-


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EDELMAN from Page 26 rely on the government by examining whether he or she receives cash assistance or will need long-term care benefits. But the change proposed by the Trump administration would allow immigration officials to deny green cards and visas to a much broader group of immigrants who use public benefits including non-emergency Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), housing assistance, and the Medicare Part D low-income subsidy. With this change, the Department threatens to shut down legal paths to citizenship for families that use these safety net programs — including those to which they are legally entitled — to feed their children, put a roof over their heads and keep them healthy. Even people who haven’t used these programs in the past can be denied a green card or visa if there is a suspected risk they are “likely” to use them in the future. Nearly 1 in 4 children in America has at least one immigrant parent, and nearly 90 percent of those children are citizens. By making legal use of safety net

than six weeks to move on to the next phase of my life. Many of those affected by voter suppression need our support most. It’s a characteristic of the so-called American democratic system to accept the results of whatever happened, and do

nothing in between elections to deal with the problem. Let’s commit to change that and put voter suppression on our must-resolve list. I’m sure Rep. Marcia Fudge will be looking for ways to resolve this problem, so offer her your best thinking. WI

programs one of several new heavily weighted factors in determining whether an individual qualifies as a public charge, millions of immigrants will be subject to this expanded definition of public charge, which is likely to cause both immigrants and their children to forego crucial food assistance, health coverage, and safe housing for fear of the consequences. But there is a light in all this darkness: the government is required by law to review public comments on these proposed changes and there is still time to make your voice heard. Comments must be submitted by Monday, Dec. 10. To take a stand against this attack on immigrant

families and children go to https:// protectingimmigrantfamilies. org/#take-action and submit a comment opposing the proposed change to the “public charge” rule. This is one more way to stand up and say this is not who we are or want to be as Americans. Our inhumane treatment of families and children who come to America seeking a better life is degrading and diminishing us as a nation. It is not protecting us or making us great. Let us show immigrant children and families both inside and outside our borders who we really are by standing up for their safety, their lives and their right to pursue a better future. WI

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states like Connecticut, New Hampshire and New York — have have no form of early voting at all. In fact, New York is widely considered to have some of the worst voting laws in the country, holding its federal and state primaries on different days and establishing arbitrary deadlines for registration and party-switching. After Florida’s chaotic 2000 presidential recount, a wave of states adopted early voting in order

to relieve pressure on election officials on Election Day. It worked. According to Demos in 2013, “Early voting has recently surged among traditionally underrepresented voters. The 2008 election marked a dramatic increase in early in-person voting among African-American and Latino voters. And in Florida, where approximately 50% of ballots were cast early in 2012, African-American usage of early in-person voting has exceeded White usage in four of the five most recent federal elec-

tions.” It’s easy to see why early voting became a prime target for legislators determined to suppress the Black vote. There’s simply no excuse for any state not to allow early voting. Control of the New York State Senate changes parties with the January session. There is no better way for the Empire State to demonstrate its commitment to its motto, “Excelsior,” or “Ever upward,” than to establish early voting and set an example for the remaining states. WI

“The CBC truly needs its own foreign policy platform within which the Western Sahara should play a prominent role.”

ern Sahara. This can begin by the CBC making the Western Sahara a very public issue and showing the world the manner in which the Moroccan government is permitting the people of the Western Sahara to be robbed by foreign corporations in search of cheap natural resources. The CBC truly needs its own foreign policy platform within which the Western Sahara should play a prominent role. WI

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Bush to the Court of Appeals in 1990 — and former head of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Thomas’ nomination appeared secure until Anita Hill, a former EEOC employee, charged that Thomas sexually harassed her and that he was therefore unfit for the lifetime appointment. After bruising Senate confirmation hearings, Thomas was nevertheless elevated to the high court. Black support in the old-time civil-rights community was deeply divided over Thomas. One side appealed for the ad-

dition of a Black, any Black, to the bench to replace the only one — Marshall — who as now departed. The other side argued that color was not good enough if the person’s ideas were harmful. Ever since his appointment, Thomas has been regarded as a reactionary, anti-civil rights justice. Regarding foreign policy, Powell, Bush’s joint chief of the four military branches, was a confident and resolute leader, whether he was extracting the strongman Manuel Noriega from Panama or punishing Saddam Hussein after the Iraqi leader invaded Kuwait in late 1990 and allied forces retaliat-

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ed in 1991. The first Iraq War lasted less than two months and resulted in minimal U.S. casualties. Sullivan, Bush’s Health and Human Services secretary, campaigned successfully to ban Uptown cigarettes, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company’s high-nicotine tobacco targeted to urban African-American consumers. Bush’s last major challenge was managing the boatlift of thousands of Haitian refugees to South Florida. The Caribbean Blacks were intercepted by authorities and imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, the U.S. naval base in Cuba. The Haitians said that they sought asylum from a murderous regime; the Bush administration insisted that the immigrants were economic refugees. Bush’s successor, Democrat Bill Clinton, inherited the problem and initially followed Bush’s policy. Compared to the bizarre Trump World Americans live in now, George H.W. Bush memorialized seems angelic. Clear-eyed analysts reflexively note that the 41st president had a long, racially nuanced record: darts for the Clarence Thomas appointment and the Willie Horton smear campaign, laurels for elevating Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Louis Sullivan and others to key administration posts. Overall, the modest patrician from Texas by way of New England fostered a kinder, gentler U.S. civic climate. WI




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