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as many individuals as possible before the Monday, March 31, cut off date. “Our philosophy is to take it to the streets, take it to places of work, where people eat, drink, and pray,” said Dr. Linda Wharton-Boyd, Ph.D., the director of External Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement at the DC Health

Benefit Exchange Authority in Northwest. “The young people, the young invincibles, we are taking it to them at the nightclubs, at the sports bars and where they go after they leave the clubs,” Wharton-Boyd said. “We feel pretty good about our outreach methods.”

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Economics Stressed during Black Press Luncheon By James Wright WI Staff Writer The economic status of African Americans and the “crisis-level” income gap between the rich and the poor took center stage at this year’s State of the Black Press luncheon Friday at the National Press Club in Northwest. The event sponsored by the National Newspaper Publishers Association, featured conversations among journalists and financial experts about the different factors affecting black economics, including the crippling recession that some said wiped out significant gains made by middle-class blacks in the 1980s and 1990s. “The recession supposedly ended in 2009 but there are still adverse effects,” said economist Valerie Wilson, who works with the D.C.-based Economic Policy Institute. “At the rate of recovery that is taking place we will not reach pre-recession employment levels possibly until 2018,” she told the audience on March 21. Wilson participated in the panel, “Access to Economic Opportunity,” moderated by NNPA Editor-in-Chief George Curry. Author Maggie Anderson and William Spriggs, chairman of

Howard University’s economics department, also provided insight as members of the panel. Spriggs said that income inequality is fast becoming an unfortunate fact of life. “The collapse of the economy in the late-2000s affected the lower 99 percent of the population but the one percent still did well,” he said. “The top 500 [Standard & Poor’s] corporations got 30 percent of the income while the middle class is increasingly on a down escalator. The growing income inequality is at a crisis level.” He said that income inequality started when President Reagan claimed that middle- and low-income Americans hampered the economic growth of the country. “Reagan told the 80 percent at the top of the economic ladder that they were being hurt by the 20 percent on the bottom because of the government,” Spriggs said. “That is an example of class warfare and there are some people now trying to recreate that Reagan moment.” Anderson, who received national attention in 2009 when she and her family decided to live for a year solely on products sold and made by black businesses, penned a book, “Our Black Year,” that chronicled the

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Black Facts March 27 1924 – The sensational Jazz singer Sarah Vaughn was born on this day in Newark, New Jersey! 1970 – One of the nation’s most popular current pop stars, Mariah Carey, was born on this day in Long Island, New York. Her parents are of Irish/African American/ Venezuelan background. She lists as her favorite singers Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder. March 28 1972 – The two surviving Soledad Brothers are found not guilty by an all white jury in the alleged killing of a white guard at the California prison. The other Soledad Brother, revolutionary writer George Jackson, was killed during an August 1971 Marin County Courthouse escape attempt, which also led to charges against college professor and communist Angela Davis. Davis was also eventually acquitted. March 29 1981 – Dr. Eric Williams, prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, dies in Port of Spain at 79. Williams was a historian and his classic work was “Capitalism and Slavery.”

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March 30 1870 – The 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified giving Blacks the right to vote. Actually, it gave Black males the right to vote. It would take the Suffrage Movement and another 50 years before women (Black and white) had full voting rights. But even in the case of black males, the “right” to vote only lasted briefly. With the end of Reconstruction, “Jim Crow” laws were passed throughout the South, which in effect took away the right of blacks to vote

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despite the Constitutional guarantee. African Americans did not achieve full voting rights in this country until the mid-1960s. March 31 1980 – Olympic legend Jesse Owens dies at 66 in Tucson, Arizona. Owens won four track and field gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany embarrassing German leader Adolph Hitler and undermining his ideology of white Aryan superiority. April 1 1868 – Hampton University is founded during Reconstruction in Hampton, Virginia. The school is now one of the leading Black educational institutions in America. 1950 – Surgeon Charles Drew dies at 45 in an automobile accident near Burlington, North Carolina. Drew developed the concept of a blood bank for storing large amounts of plasma. Anyone who has ever received a blood transfusion is indebted to Dr. Drew. He had dedicated his life to insuring that increased scientific knowledge actually led to the betterment of

human life. One of his most frequently repeated quotes: “There must always be the continuing struggle to make the increasing knowledge of the world bear fruit in [the form of] increased understanding and the production of human happiness.” April 2 1855 John Mercer Langston, considered the first African American to be elected to public office is elected clerk of Brownhelm, Ohio town ship. 1932 - World famous African American cowboy Willie “Bill” Pickett died in Ponca, Oklahoma, hospital of injuries sustained after he was kicked in the head by a horse on the Miller’s Brothers’ Fabulous 101 Ranch. 1939 – Marvin Gaye is born in Washington, D.C. He signs with Detroit’s Motown Records in 1962 and goes on to become one of the leading R&B male vocalists of the 1960’s, 1970’s and early 1980’s with hits ranging from the socially conscious “What’s Going On” to the sexy “Let’s Get It On.” Gaye was shot to death by his father during an argument in 1984.

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VIEWP INT Wabi Aboudou Washington, D.C.     The search has taken this long, and authorities have been unable to locate the airplane, so I think it’s somewhere at the bottom of the [Indian] Ocean. In 2009, Air France flight 447 went down off the coast of Brazil and it took authorities a long time to find the black box. But debris from the explosion was found a few days after it went missing. In this case, I don’t think there was an explosion, which is why no debris has been located by the advanced radar and satellite systems. I think the plane crashed and is currently at the bottom of the [Indian] Ocean.               

Andrea Chambers Washington, D.C. Since there has been zero contact with passengers’ cellphones or the airplane’s black box system, I believe it crashed. I think they’re having a difficult time locating parts of the plane simply because of the vast size of the Indian Ocean, which is where many think the airplane crashed. Without locating the plane’s black box, I think authorities will have a hard time finding the aircraft, and I’m not sure that they will find it.         

MALAYSIA AIRLINES FLIGHT 370 HAS BEEN MISSING FOR ALMOST THREE WEEKS. SEARCH CREWS HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO LOCATE THE PLANE. WHAT DO YOU THINK HAPPENED TO THE AIRCRAFT?

Kristan Lockett Washington, D.C. I think it was probably hijacked by the individuals who were at the airplane’s controls. Investigators learned that one of the pilots had deleted files from the flight simulator at his home, which makes me believe that the flight crew likely hijacked the airplane. It’s such a bizarre situation, and it’s really strange that no debris or parts of the plane have been found.        

Jacqueline Lyons Takoma Park, Md. I’ve been following the news and the updates for the past two weeks, and I’m still confused about what really happened. At first I believed that it was an unintentional accident that led to the plane’s crash, but now I’m not so sure. I think authorities will eventually find the aircraft, or parts of it, but I think it’s going to take quite some time due the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean.       

Christine Piggee Washington, D.C. I feel extremely bad for the families involved. I believe someone onboard hijacked the plane, and at this time it’s hard to know if the passengers are still alive or deceased. I hope, for their family’s sake, that they are still alive. It’s unlikely at this point in time, but I remain hopeful that they are.

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By James Wright WI Staff Writer   Gray’s Management Skills Impress Barry D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), who served four terms as mayor of the District, said that he endorsed D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) for re-election on March 19 because of Gray’s management skills. Barry said that the District’s next mayor – whoever it is – will need to move swiftly to address the city’s challenges. “There is no textbook on how to be a mayor,” said Barry, 78. “There is no time for on-the-job training.” Gray is facing seven opponents in the Tuesday, April 1 mayoral primary. The winner of the primary will face D.C. Council member David Catania (I-At Large) and others in the November general election. Barry served as mayor of the District from 1979-1991 and 1995-1999. He said that the next mayor must know how to management the city’s money properly. “The District government is an $11 billion [entity] and we don’t need an amateur trying to manage this money,” he said. Barry said that since Gray has been mayor, unemployment in communities east of the Anacostia River has dropped from 26 percent to 16 percent. He said that the District’s bond rating on Wall Street has improved and that Gray will work to make it stronger. Barry also said that Gray’s opponents have no idea of how to run a major city. “I don’t want to single anybody out but I picked Gray because of his management experience,” he said. “The people running against Vince Gray have never managed more than 10 people. You need someone who can do the job because when you are sick, you go to a surgeon, not a plumber.” Gray graciously accepted Barry’s endorsement. “I initially did not aspire to this office,” said Gray, 71. “I was happy being the chairman of the D.C. Council but I talked to Marion Barry about running and he encouraged me to do so. What I have done [since being mayor] is not for me, but for other people.” Barry said that no matter who wins the April 1 primary, he will support that candidate in November. “I will rally around the Democratic nominee,” he said. Ross Hopes to be Next District Senator Peter Ross is a wealthy man who wants to give back to the District. His way of giving back will be through public service, not writing a check to a charity.

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Marion Barry is a former four-term District mayor and now represents Ward 8 on the D.C. Council. /Courtesy Photo

Pete Ross is a candidate for District U.S. senator. /Photo courtesy of Pete Ross

Ross wants District Democrats to help him serve by making him the party’s nominee for U.S. shadow senator on Tuesday, April 1. He’s facing an 18year incumbent, Paul Strauss, and he is talking to political groups and knocking on doors all over the city in the hopes of persuading District voters that’s he’s the best person for the job. “I don’t think Strauss has done very much,” said Ross, 67. “I pledge to be a full-time senator and I realize that it is not a paid position but I will work at it. As a senator, I will pledge to be bipartisan and talk to Democrats and Republicans about D.C. statehood.” One of his goals is to see that statehood and other like-minded organizations work together instead of competing against each other. “Too many of these organizations don’t coordinate,” he said. “That is the problem with the statehood movement. They are lashing out at each other and that is not the way it should be.” Ross cites the 2012 Democratic Party national convention in Charlotte as an example of unnecessary com-

petition. He said three organizations held events at the convention and they pushed their own agendas instead of trying to put together a united front on behalf of statehood. Ross proudly counts political leaders such as Ward 8 Democrats President Natalie Williams, former Ward 8 Democrats Interim President Markus Batchelor, outgoing D.C. State Board of Education member Trayon White and political activists Jacque Patterson, the Rev. Joyce Scott and Philip Pannell as supporters. On March 15, Ross almost received the endorsement of the Ward 8 Democrats, with 59 percent of the vote while Strauss got only 29 percent. A candidate needs 60 percent of the vote to get an endorsement from the organization. “Strauss had the support of [D.C. Council member] Marion Barry and I still beat him,” he said gleefully.WI

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A DC Health Link staffer assists an individual who is signing up for health care insurance under the Affordable Care Act at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Northwest. DC Health Link staffers and volunteers continue to blanket community centers, colleges, shopping areas and churches to ensure high enrollment numbers, particularly for young people and those without insurance. /Photo courtesy of DC Health Link

INSURANCE continued from Page 1 Alonzo Mourning and others to appear in television commercials that urge enrollment while first lady Michelle Obama has joined the mothers of music stars Jonah Hill, Adam Levine, and Alicia Keys in online videos attempting to encourage signup. “I’ve enrolled,” said Nick Rajpara, a small business owner who lives in Northwest. “It’s great if you have a small business and I have told all my friends and family about it,” said Rajpara, 37, who presented a speech earlier this month during the Doctors for America 2014 Leadership Conference at the Westin Washington, D.C., City Center in Northwest. Enroll America, a Northwest-based nonprofit that informs consumers about health insurance options and helps individuals to sign up for plans, has partnered with the National Medical Association to provide information to the African-American community. The National Medical Association, which consists of 37,000 black doctors nationwide; has worked this month with numerous religious organizations in African-American neighborhoods in the District to help encourage enrollment into health insurance plans. “The churches in the African-American community play a pivotal role in informing people about the Affordable Care Act and encouraging them to enroll for health coverage,” said Dr. Michael LeNoir, president of the National Medical Association.

“Our partnership with the faith community will provide our physicians with the opportunity to help the uninsured understand the long-term ramifications of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer,” LeNoir said. Reportedly, more than any other group, participation from younger individuals will be crucial to the success of the ACA because young people tend to be healthier. It’s estimated that those between the ages of 18 and 34 will need to make up about 40 percent of enrollment in the new health care program to help balance out the higher costs of insuring the elderly and those prone to illness. About one-third of District residents fall into the 18 to 34 year old demographic, according to the most recent Census data. Officials at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Southwest said enrollment in health plans through the ACA nationwide had reach 5 million recently. In February, DC Health Link reported more than 26,000 new enrollees since Oct. 1, and 37 percent of those who enrolled were between the ages of 26 and 34. “In the four years that have passed since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, I have often thought about what the reform means to me as a young African-American woman,” said Portia Boone, a legal fellow at Young Invincibles, an organization based in Northwest that’s committed to mobilizing and exploring opportunities for young

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adults between the ages of 18 and 34 on issues like higher education, health care and jobs. “The answers I have discovered enlightened my thinking about the importance of health care, the progress we have made toward creating an equitable society in the United States, and the work that remains to make that ideal a reality,” said Boone, who once served as a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation intern for Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), and a lead congressional advocate for the Congressional Clerkship Coalition in Northwest. Meanwhile, DC Health Link officials have continued to blanket community centers, colleges and universities, shopping areas, tax offices and even places of worship to ensure high enrollment numbers, particularly for young people and those without insurance. Certified assisters and licensed insurance brokers recently staged an enrollment drive at Bar 7, an upscale lounge and saloon in Northwest, where they answered questions about the ACA and on how to enroll. “That was different,” said LaBree Ford, an arts and science student at Howard University in Northwest. “Some friends and I just happened to be there and you had these really serious people talking about [the ACA]. We did get some helpful information and I passed it on to other friends and my brother, who has a small business,” said Ford, 21. DC Health Link officials have even titled one of their insurance drive events as, “Your Body is a

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Created good paying jobs and revitalized struggling neighborhoods throughout the city. Encouraged supermarkets to move into underserved neighborhoods to create good paying jobs and improve resdients quality of life. Fought for seniors on a fixed income through introducing legislation to eliminate their property taxes so they can stay in their homes. Hired hundreds of additional police officers to keep our streets safe and allow our neighborhoods to flourish.

Temple and it Must Be Insured.” “In the spirit of President Obama’s nationwide faith effort, DC Health Link continues to partner with the faith-based community to provide opportunities for enrollment in health coverage at places of worship throughout the city,” Wharton-Boyd said. The ramped up efforts to sign up individuals under the new law also could help prevent tax penalties that will occur for those who miss the deadline, Obama administration officials said. Individuals who fail to sign up by March 31 will be hit with a $95 penalty or 1 percent of their yearly household income, whichever proves greater. A family of four could be forced to pay as much as a $285 penalty if there’s no insurance coverage selected. The penalty increases next year to $325 per person or two percent of a person’s annual income. A DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority spokeswoman said information remains available for residents to have an opportunity to avoid a tax penalty, get information about health

insurance plans, and find out if they qualify for special rates to reduce insurance premiums, and to receive assistance with the enrollment process. Residents will be able to enroll on Sunday, March 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and all day on Monday, March 31, at the DC Health Link’s faith-based event, “Final Curtain Call Enrollment,” at the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church in Northwest. “When I signed up, it was because I was sitting down at a restaurant, having a drink and I noticed these people talking about how everyone needed to sign up,” said Linda Hudnell, an executive secretary who lives in Northwest. “I thought to myself that these people are everywhere so it must be important,” said Hudnell, 33. “Really, when you stop and realize that these people are at bars, restaurants, churches, schools and other places, it makes you pay attention and it helps you to realize that this is something that will benefit everyone.”WI For additional information about the Affordable Care Act or to sign up for health insurance, visit www.dchealthlink.com, or www. HealthCare.gov.

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Jack Evans: He’s Not Just ‘Mr. Downtown’ By James Wright WI Staff Writer D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) says he’s running for mayor of the District because he is concerned about good schools and safe neighborhoods. Evans, 60, is running to lead the District so that its residents can have great economic opportunities and can live, work and play in a world-class city. However, if you really want to get Evans upset, say to his face that he knows nothing about Washington except the booming downtown area and Georgetown in Northwest, where he lives. “I have been on the council for 23 years and I have helped to revitalize our city,” the veteran council member said during a WAMU-FM mayoral candidates’ forum on Feb. 26. “In 1991, when I came on the council, the city was akin to what Detroit is now and today our city is the envy of every major city. I have been a leader in school modernization and economic development and I will continue to work as mayor to revitalize our city.” Evans, who is from Nanticoke, Pa., and holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics (cum laude) from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh, came to the District in 1978 to work for the Securities and Exchange Commission as an attorney. He got involved in Ward 2 politics – in the DuPont Circle neighborhood of Northwest as an advisory neighborhood com-

missioner – and became close to then D.C. Council member John Wilson (D). In 1990, Wilson won the November general election as the chairman of the D.C. Council and Evans won the Ward 2 council seat in a special election in 1991. As a council member, Evans worked to bring the MCI Center, now the Verizon Center, to the city from Prince George’s County and played a key role in securing the votes in the D.C. Council in 2004 to build Nationals Stadium in Southwest, which brought professional baseball back to the city. He supported building the new convention center in Mount Vernon in Northwest and trumpets the new Marriott Hotel near the convention center, saying that it will produce 600 new jobs. As the longtime chairman of the powerful Committee on Finance and Revenue, Evans has not hesitated to use his power to get what he wants from his colleagues, council observers said. During the debate over the Nationals Stadium, Evans convinced his colleagues to support building the facility despite the numerous amendments to stop or stall it by D.C. Council member David Catania (I-At Large) and then D.C. Council member Adrian Fenty. Former D.C. Council member Charlene Drew Jarvis, a Democrat who represented Ward 4 from 1979 to 2001, served with Evans and said that he focused on what he had to do to be successful legislatively. “He is impatient for results

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EVANS continued from Page 12 which is a good thing,” said Jarvis, 72. Evans recently authored legislation that would create Business Improvement Districts in Wards 7 and 8. His bill would give city money to designated business corridors to clean up the streets in terms of trash and to fight crime. East of the Anacostia River business leaders Stan Jackson of Ward 8 and Tom Brown of Ward 7 support Evans’ legislation. Evans also used his influence to help extend public library hours to seven days a week last year. Despite his role in helping to develop the city, some of Evans former constituents aren’t happy. Martin Moulton, a resident of the Shaw neighborhood that’s

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had taken control of the streets” said Mumin, 66. “With his help, we started to form an effort to fight back. But he helped not only with fighting crime; he worked with us to provide job opportunities for Shaw residents and contracting opportunities for businesses.” Mumin said that criticism of Evans being too much involved in downtown development doesn’t make sense. “Jack is the council member for Ward 2 and downtown is in his ward,” he said. “It seems to me that Jack is punished for being a good council member. In my years as his constituent, Jack has represented Shaw and Northwest One very effectively.”WI

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PRINCE GEORGE’S NEWS BRIEFS Shawn Joseph Appointed to Deputy Post Shawn Joseph has been appointed as deputy superintendent for Teaching and Learning for the Prince George’s County Public Schools system. In his new capacity, Joseph will oversee the divisions of Student Services, Performance Management, Curriculum and Instruction, Special Education, Testing, and Secondary School Reform. He will also ensure that the school district’s curriculum is aligned to state goals and outcomes and develop initiatives and strategies to improve instructional outcomes for students. “Dr. Joseph brings more than 16 years of experience to the table, and his passion and drive to improve student outcomes is impressive,” said Kevin Maxwell, schools CEO. “Having started his career as a teacher, he also understands how new initiatives such as the Common Core State Standards impact the classroom and the importance of community collaboration in moving stu-

dent achievement forward.” Joseph formerly served as superintendent for the Seaford School District in Delaware and as an administrator and educator with Montgomery County Public Schools, where he trained school leaders, developed strategies to improve school performance and collaborated with parent associations and government agencies to support student achievement. While serving as an assistant principal for Redland Middle School in Rockville, student success in algebra increased from 64 percent to 80 percent over a three-year period, and truancy rates were reduced by 80 percent. Special Programs Lottery Closes The Special Programs lottery application process for Prince George’s public schools closed on March 12 and reopens in January 2015. Through the lottery, students are offered more learning op-

portunities in programs that include Biotechnology, Creative and Performing Arts, French Immersion, Montessori, and Talented and Gifted – each of which provide students with innovative learning opportunities and creative approaches to fulfill their educational objectives. The lottery process also allows parents and students to have an opportunity to secure an available seat in one of the specialty programs established in selected schools throughout the county. Overall, the specialty programs have specific boundaries, with all school assignments through the lottery based on the student’s home address. Results of the specialty programs lottery, which is held separately from the charter schools lottery, will be posted later. Meanwhile, the results are in for seats in the county’s public charter schools lottery, with all valid applications having been assigned a place. Students looking to find their place in the lottery, can enter

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Calls for FBI Relocation to Maryland Intensify By Joshua Garner WI Staff Writer @JoshuaGarnerDC A campaign by Maryland officials to draw the FBI headquarters from Washington, D.C. to a site in Prince George’s County struck a high note this week during a rally that drummed up support for the bureau to make the move. Leaders gathered at the University of Maryland, College Park Monday to pledge their support in terms of attracting the FBI headquarters at the J. Edgar Hoover Building in Northwest to a site near the Greenbelt Metro Station. Backed by a crowd of community members, business leaders, and elected officials waving “We’re All In” signs a consortium of federal, state, and local leaders made their case for the FBI moving to the edge of the Capital Beltway. “With proximity to multiple transit options, federal assets like [the U.S.] Cyber Command and research institutions like the University of Maryland, Greenbelt offers a phenomenal strategic advantage for the FBI consolidated headquarters,” Gov. Martin O’Malley said during the event on March 24. “Our commitment to strengthening and growing the middle class has never been stronger. We’ll continue working with our partners in Prince George’s County and in Congress to bring this federal asset to Maryland – there’s no better place in the United States.” The General Services Administration (GSA), which governs administrative affairs for the federal government, is expected to announce a decision on the relocation by May, county officials said. If the FBI were to come to Prince George’s County, it would be an economic windfall for the state, generating an estimated $180 million in annual tax revenues and adding 11,000 employees to the county. During the rally, officials stressed the need for greater equity in the allotment of federal office space. While 25 percent of the region’s federal workforce lives in Prince George’s County, less than 4 percent of federal office space in the region is leased within the county. The county has more metro stations that any jurisdiction in the region and the largest inventory of land that can be developed. “That’s not fair,” said Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Dist. 5) of Mechanicsville. “We believe the federal government needs to share the [leased] spaced in the [Washington, D.C. region].”

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Gov. Martin O’ Malley implored the crowd to support the FBI relocating its headquarters to Prince George’s County during a rally which took place on March 24 in College Park. /Photo courtesy of Michael Yourishin

Though Prince George’s County is already home to the U.S. Census Bureau and Joint Base Andrews, it’s failed to attract the kind of large scale leaser that would become an economic boon. Hoyer said that officials realize that competition for the FBI is fierce and Northern Virginia is a strong competitor for the bureau. But a large plot of land near a metro station and two major highways would be beneficial to the FBI, said U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D). She complained that the J. Edgar Hoover Building is dilapidated, in need of repair, and doesn’t have enough space to hold the bureau’s workforce. “[The] FBI needs a fully consolidated central headquarters that will allow it to fulfill it modern mission, with facilities that are safe, secure, and suited to its needs,” Mikulski said. “When you consider the cost of operations, security needs, convenience of location for staff, and transportation options – the right choice is Prince George’s County.” The tone and rhetoric during the rally was familiar to county leaders. In 2011, the County Executive Rushern L. Baker’s (D) administration cam-

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paigned to have the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) relocate from its campus in Rockville to locations in the county including a site near the New Carrollton Metro Station off of Route 50 and the Capital Beltway. HHS ultimately stayed put in Rockville to the dismay of county officials. But during the rally, Baker said this time is different. Since last year, the officials have launched a savvy campaign to make the county more desirable by forming partnerships with elected leaders from the federal level down to the county level to garner support. The county is also in the midst of a development renaissance with the arrival of a $950 million resort and casino opening at the National Harbor by 2016 and another $4 billion in development deals possible over the next few years. “We know we had to make changes in Prince George’s County,” Baker said. “Getting the FBI is so important for us. We prepared ourselves to be in a position where we are attractive.”WI The Washington Informer

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“Uncle Earl” The legend of “Uncle Earl” is a lesson in Black urban politics. Businessman Jeffrey Earl Thompson is one of Washington D.C.’s “most influential Blacks.” The 58-year-old Thompson was proven to be “Uncle Earl” in court proceedings that revealed secret dealings that broke a whole host of campaign finance laws, including funneling more than $2 million to various candidates through third parties and off-the-record activities. Thompson is the most prolific political rainmaker in the nation. Thompson allegedly gave more than $600,000 to make Vincent Gray’s campaign to unseat Adrian Fenty in the 2010 D.C. mayoral election successful. Thompson funneled more than $3.3 million in unreported donations to at least 28 local and national candidates and their campaigns beginning in 2006. The recent “guilty” plea that Thompson entered to federal conspiracy charges marks a defining moment for the selfmade, immigrant businessman, who built an accounting and health care empire that gained fame and fortune. Few Black Americans can claim credit for designing, developing and propagating a $633,000 urban shadow electoral campaign. The federal court proved that Thompson was a kingmaker who delivered hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal “straw donor” campaign contributions to sway elections in the city and beyond. Election after election, the Jamaican-born Thompson huddled behind closed doors with candidates, political operatives, and businessmen, to devise schemes to funnel millions of dollars of corporate money into local and federal elections. Thompson’s reach extended to Maryland’s governments and officials. A mover and shaker without peer, Thompson was schooled well in the art of politics. He solicited relatives, friends, employees and others to make donations to designated candidates and reimbursed their “conduit contributions” with personal money and money from his companies. On his company’s books, the payments were listed as “advances” and “bonuses.” Thompson’s company also paid for in-kind gifts to candidates that included $653,000 in money for the 2010 Mayoral Campaign in D.C. and $608,750 to the 2008 Hillary Clinton candidacy for president. Many immigrants from the West Indies and African countries often far outperform American-born Blacks in business and politics. Jeffrey Earl Thompson was born in 1955 into a working-class home in Jamaica’s St.

By William Reed Elizabeth Parish, the youngest of 11 children. He came to Washington in 1975, earning a high school equivalency degree and putting himself through the University of the District of Columbia by working as a bookkeeper. Not long after graduating from college and interning at top accounting firms, in 1983 he founded his own company, which would become Thompson, Cobb, Bazilio & Associates. Thompson built the firm into a $300 million enterprise. Over the next two decades, he would build it into a national powerhouse among minority-owned firms, because of its ability to win local and federal government contracts. He would go on to own D.C. Chartered Health Plan, a health care firm that managed services for 100,000 residents. By most measures Thompson would be labeled “an American success story.” So, while a number of his political cohorts are serving prison time, most Washingtonians expect that Thompson’s sentence will be reduced to six months of home confinement. Thompson moved among the highest levels of Blacks and politics in D.C. He paid $608, 750 through former White House aide Minyon Moore to hire “street teams” in four states to help boost Clinton’s campaign for the 2008 Democratic nomination. Thompson is an important man of the times. The “shout out” he received from President Bill Clinton at the podium of a 1997 Democratic National Committee dinner at the Sheraton-Carlton Hotel attests to the reach Thompson attained as he moved between City Hall and the White House. As he became “a donor of note” to D.C. and national political campaigns, Thompson cultivated close relationships with national figures, including Civil Rights icon Dorothy I. Height and former Labor Secretary Alexis Herman. Height gave Thompson instant status. Thompson met Herman through Height when the two paid an ill Height a visit. Thompson offered Herman a ride, which turned into dinner and eventually romance. Thompson escorted Herman to the 1994 state dinner for Nelson Mandela. WI William Reed is publisher of “Who’s Who in Black Corporate America” and available for projects via the BaileyGroup.org

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Senate Bill Might Evict Affordable Housing Goals By Charlene Crowell In an unconventional move, legislation designed to reshape the nation’s $10 trillion housing finance market was released on Sunday, March 16. Since then, reactions to proposed broad changes have ranged from strong support to ‘wait-and-see, and outright opposition. According to the bill’s authors, Senators Tim Johnson, Chair of Senate Banking Committee and Mike Crapo, the committee’s Ranking Member, the rare weekend release was the result of months of effort to accommodate varied input to secure bipartisan support and move the proposal forward in time for a full Senate vote by November. In a news release, Johnson said, “This proposal includes an explicit guarantee in order to add stability to the economy, keep costs reasonable for borrowers and renters, and ensure fair access to the secondary market for all lenders.” Crapo said, “There is broad support to fix our flawed housing system, and today’s actions are a strong step toward ending the status quo.” But just how much support there is for the 442-page legislation really depends on who is speaking. “Housing finance reform was too important to rush a committee deal on, and in my view, it’s also too important to rush a markup on,” said Senator Elizabeth Warren, also a member of the Senate Banking Committee. “We should have a full, open discussion before we decide to set out on a new path, and that means members of the Banking Committee should have real time to dig in and consult with people before a markup.” While the Senate Banking Committee deliberates on the proposed legislation, organizations that researched the housing crisis and others representing consumers affected by it are speaking up. In a recent radio interview, Mike Calhoun, president of the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) said, “It’s a radical surgery proposal; it’s somewhere between a complete teardown and an extreme gut rehab. The question is does that get us to a better place? And middle and moderate income families might be less served with this approach. The new model could make it harder and more expensive for a lot of people to get mortgages.” CRL research shows that the average family would need 14 years to save enough money for a 5 percent down payment. For Black families, the number of required years would double to 28 for the same 5 percent and 17 years of saving for the average Latino

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family. Further, home down payment savings do not take into account closing costs, which typically are an added 3 percent of the cost of the mortgage or mortgage insurance that is required for homes purchased with less than a 20 percent down payment. In CRL’s view, there is no wisdom in requiring these homeownership delays when so many families have successfully paid mortgages made with low down payments such as FHA loans. Despite these findings, the Johnson-Crapo legislation would still require mandatory down payments: 3.5 percent for first-time borrowers and 5.0 percent for all others. The legislation would also eliminate affordable housing goals for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs). The bill would phase out both GSEs and replace them with a new agency. Instead of affordable housing goals, market-based incentives would be developed to promote business in underserved areas for both homeownership and rental properties. Speaking on behalf of the National Council of LaRaza, Eric Rodriguez said, “Latinos have still not recovered from the housing crisis, which sent millions of homes into foreclosure and decimated our community’s wealth. In order to rebuild assets for Hispanic families, this legislation must, above all, ensure access to affordable credit for low-and-middle income families, which will help build stronger neighborhoods and support our national economy.” Rodriguez’s concerns are also true for millions of Black families who, like many Hispanic ones, were targeted and sold high-cost, predatory mortgages that resulted in foreclosures and lost wealth. Earlier CRL research found that these two communities of

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color bore the brunt of lost family wealth during the housing crisis. A new policy brief from the Urban Institute concludes that these racial disparities in mortgage lending are still continuing. The Urban Institute wrote, “While all borrowers lost household equity in the Great Recession and are now feeling the crunch of tightening credit, minority borrowers may feel it most. Many of these minority borrowers received the kind of predatory mortgages now forbidden under the Dodd-Frank Act. . . .Now, strict credit standards and lowered FICO scores due to missed payments or foreclosure prevent many of these same borrows from entering the housing market despite lower prices.” Additionally, the Institute found: After 2005, mortgages purchased by African-Americans and Hispanic borrowers dropped respectively by 76 and 78 percent; From 2005 to 2012, the drop in loans for African-Americans went from more than a half-million loans to 131,470; The decline for Hispanic consumers during these same years dropped from 986,206 to less than 250,000; and Loans to non-Hispanic White and Asian borrowers declined by only 56 and 59 percent. In short, while the overall housing market continues to improve, the consumers hit hardest by the financial decline are still being left out of the recovery. As CRL’s Calhoun has said, “With a fragile housing market, it does raise questions about whether this is the time to shake the whole thing up.”WI Charlene Crowell is a communications manager with the Center for Responsible Lending. She can be reached at Charlene. crowell@responsiblelending.org. The Washington Informer

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Fundraiser Highlights Youth Homelessness By Sam P.K. Collins WI Contributing Writer @sampkcollins Hundreds of millennials recently slept under the stars and raised thousands of dollars in an effort to bring attention to youth homelessness in the District.  The event, touted as the Young Professional Sleep Out attracted more than 100 people that work in various career fields. Volunteers known as sleepers listened to the stories of those who have experienced homelessness and later got some shut eye in the parking lot of Covenant House Washington (CHW) in Southeast. The gathering at the community center on March 21 counted among six sleep outs that took place throughout the United States and Canada. “We want the community, country, and world to understand the plight of young people and ensure that they are not forgotten,” said Madye Henson, 56, president and CEO of CHW since December 2013. “What makes this service opportunity unique is that it’s hands on. Our young people gain something of value from those who came to serve,” said Henson, a Northwest resident. Guests at CHW listened as spoken word artists, singers, and instrumentalists performed during the Mellon Street Cafe, an artist showcase named after the location of the CHW Crisis Center, a 44-bed residence for homeless youth, also located in Southeast. Jonelle Britt, a resident of the crisis center since

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January and Nia Bermudez, community liaison at CHW performed Beyoncé’s “Pretty Hurts.” Britt said CHW provided the stable environment she needed to pursue her education. The Southeast resident wants to attend college after she completes her CHW-sponsored GED program. “The staff at the crisis center understands me,” said Britt, 20. “I can go to anyone there for help. I want the people in the audience to know that if they ever hit that low point in their life, they should not give up. I want to live comfortably one day and I will go to college either this fall or next spring to make it happen.” Later in the evening, sleepers talked with youth from CHW and listened to stories of arguments with family members, financial troubles, and stints on the streets. Nia Benjamin, a management analyst in the federal government, attended the event with her friend. She said that she enjoyed hearing the residents’ stories of resilience and triumph. “Sometimes you need to hear these touching stories,” said Benjamin, 26, who lives in Bowie, Md. “It helps to get this reality check. Everyone needs to give back in some form, especially African Americans. We don’t give back very often. I would like to see a lot more action.” Hundreds of D.C.’s young people use CHW’s year-round programs and services that include transitional living apartments, workforce development training, academic classes, and child care for the infants of young parents. The Young Professional Sleep Out, in its second year,

followed a gathering of CHW board members, local business leaders and entrepreneurs last November during which they also slept in the parking lot of the community center to draw attention to a problem that’s often not addressed. This year, the millennials collected more than $30,000 in donations, engaging in conversations about youth homelessness with their peers on social networks. “We thought that this initiative would be a good fit for young professionals since it was action oriented,” said Alexis Lindsay, 30, manager of special events and communications at CHW. “It was life changing. We had people who are already involved as well as those who are doing something philanthropic for the first time,” said Lindsay, a Northwest resident. Rande Atcherson, a proposal manager for a retirement planning company, passionately recited a poem about working hard and setting goals during the Mellon Street Café. He said that he looked forward to sleeping outdoors, calling it an opportunity to show his solidarity with the less fortunate. “I really want to get involved in this movement and experience what others go through so that I can strengthen my message,” said Atcherson, 33, a Capitol Heights, Md. resident. “Sometimes we focus too much on the present instead of envisioning our future. If we work toward making our dreams come to fruition instead, we will be in a much better position.” WI

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Young, Gifted & Insured By Shantella Y. Sherman Informer Assistant Editor The last thing on Jacinta McCoy’s mind was obtaining health insurance. As a 27-year-old graduate student and part-time waitress, McCoy believed her relative good health and access to the campus health center when necessary constituted all of the oversight required to maintain good health. However, a fall down a flight of icy stair during D.C.’s recent bout with inclement weather, a fractured tailbone, and a mountain of hospital bills has disabused her of that belief. Like millions of uninsured or underinsured Americans, McCoy factored in every aspect of preventative health, except, the unexpected. And when unexpected accidents occur, few escape the consequential exorbitant bills and red tape of insurance reimbursements. “I really thought that the bill I received from the emergency room was an error – Really, you charge someone more than three hundred dollars for ‘triage’ alone. Taking my blood pressure, temperature, and being asked four or five questions about why I am there cost me half a week’s paycheck,” said McCoy, who aged out of her parents’ plans a year earlier. “I have heard people spit bullets over ObamaCare and all that it is supposed cost, but I would rather pay a few hundred a month for total coverage than

the thousands I owe now.” All Americans, including young adults, will have to obtain health coverage by March 31, if they can afford it, or get an exemption. Some quick facts to help understand what ObamaCare means for young adults include: Of the 18% of young adults who won’t qualify for cost assistance, only 15% will be left to buy unsubsidized private insurance due to employers offering coverage, student health insurance plans, and young people being able to stay on their parents plan until 26; Half of single young adults who are eligible to buy health insurance on the marketplace could get covered for $50 or less due to cost assistance; and Cost assistance is only offered through your State’s Health Insurance Marketplace. More than three million young adults who didn’t have coverage before now have stayed on their parents’ plans until age 26. Uninsured young people will also be able to gain insurance through work due to the 2015 employer mandate or being able to stay on their parents’ health plans. In a recent study of nearly 2,000 young people, only 5% said they didn’t feel they would need health coverage. The majority of young people choose to have health insurance when an affordable option is offered through school or the workplace. The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) helps young

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adults in lots of ways. The truth is the new health care law has been in effect for 3 years already and so many young adults have already benefited from the new rights and protections. If the Affordable Care Act were actual medicine, it would be good for you! However, nothing is for free and in exchange for all of your new rights and protections ObamaCare also mandates that young people (along with everyone else) obtain health coverage starting in 2014. How Does the Individual Mandate Work? The Individual Mandate works like this, most Americans who can afford health insurance either need to get coverage, get an exemption or pay a per-monthfee on their Federal tax returns. Get the details on the individual mandate here. Your tax penalty for not having insurance is paid on your taxes at the end of the year. If your taxable income is below 133% of the FPL you are exempt from this tax. 2014 = $95 per person per year or 1% of your Income; 2015 = $325 per person per year or 2% of your Income; and 2016 = $695 per person per year or 2.5% of your Income. To purchase health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace, or to obtain additional information, visit www. heathcare.gov WI The Washington Informer

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School Engaging Activities to Utilize New Funds All 111 District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) are approved for proposals to add or expand activities and programs that will help students enjoy their schools. This initiative, which will use money from the new “Proving What’s Possible” for student satisfaction award, is a key component of Chancellor Kaya Henderson’s budget priorities for the 2014-2015 school year. “Our schools have plans for engaging, enriching and exciting ways to make school more fun for students,” said Henderson. “I have been absolutely blown away by the creative ideas I’ve seen. Our principals want to invite in their communities, transform afterschool

[programs], show our students this city, the world and beyond. Next year is going to be a very fun time to be a student at DCPS.”

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Howard University Middle School Students, Faculty Honored Mayor Vincent C. Gray reaffirmed his commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education on Monday, March 24, when he recognized students and faculty at Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science Public Charter School in Northwest for outstanding academic achievement and overall contribution in the STEM disciplines. During the ceremony, students and educators received “Striving for STEM Excellence” awards. The event

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MCPS Graduates Lead the Way in AP Testing A newly-released national report shows that while students at Montgomery County Public Schools have continued to maintain high rates of participation and performance on the Advanced Placement test, more than half of the Class of 2013 earned a college-ready score on at least one Advanced Placement (AP) test, far outperforming their peers across the state and the nation. The county also saw growth in student participation and performance on International Baccalaureate (IB) exams. “MCPS students continue to take challenging AP and IB courses and perform very well on the exams,” said Superintendent Joshua Starr. “We want all of our students to graduate ready for college and the workplace and we will continue to offer them the opportunities and resources they need to be successful.” WI

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Resources Focus of New DCPS Budget By Dorothy Rowley WI Staff Writer District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson will use nearly half of $116 million earmarked for school investment projects, to focus on improving middle schools, raise achievement levels at 40 of the lowest-performing schools, and increase student satisfaction. Overall, the school system has been allotted more than $700 million for school operations next year, which equates to an 8.5 percent increase over the current school term. “This is a major step forward for everyone, everywhere in DCPS and in this city,” said Henderson, 44. “I feel so lucky to have the resources we need to deliver to our families everywhere in this city, the kind of education that all of our students deserve. We still have work to do, but this budget takes us to a very different place for our students, our teachers and our families.” DCPS, which has been in reform mode for the past few years, has an enrollment of about 45,000 students and is expected to accommodate 1,200 more in 2014-15. To get the new budget process underway last month, Henderson began earlier than usual, holding a series of meetings with administrators, teachers and parents to craft the best possible expenditure guidelines. With that behind her, Henderson is ready to move forward, using $5 million for the “Proving What’s Possible (PWP) for Students Satisfaction,” initiative – an extension of a program launched in 2012 – that will help school leaders and their teams create or expand programs to get students excited about school. Henderson said in announcing the project last month, that while a 2013 poll revealed 78 percent of District students liked their schools, her goal is to boost those responses to 90 percent by 2017. Henderson also has plans to use her new budget to continually focus on other prevailing issues that include the redrawing of school boundaries and addressing graduation and truancy rates. To that end, she’s moving forward with the Extended Day Program, which now involves nine of DCPS’ lowest-performing schools.

With several more schools tapped to extend their day next year, Henderson noted the additional attention that’s already been placed on reading and mathematics among students at schools with longer days. At those buildings, students’ math scores increased by 10.6 percent and 7.2 percent in reading on standardized tests administered in 2013. Other significant points of Henderson’s Fiscal Year ’15 budget surround investments at elementary schools to ensure that all students receive weekly art, music, physical education, foreign language and regular library services. Budget considerations also allude to establishment of a STEM academy at Woodson High School in Northwest, investing in a plan to reopen Spingarn High School and the creation of a selective middle school east of the river. Ward 5 activist Kathy Henderson, who’s hopeful of representing her community on the D.C. Council, said that while she’s happy with the chancellor’s focus on extended-day programs, she’d like to see more emphasis placed on the educational needs of older students who’ve been forced to attend evening classes. “We need resources to support those students, because in many cases most are still minors who have been tossed from school because of low performance,” said Henderson, 54. “The school system has a horrible policy that needs to be changed to a more child-focused plan.” Libbie Buchele, who lives in Ward 1 and has a child who attends Bancroft Elementary School, added there’s definite need for aftercare programs. “We’re pretty happy with our school and its programs,” Buchele said. “But our main concern would be cuts in the aftercare program, which needs to be more fully enriched.” Buchele said that although she wasn’t sure if Bancroft’s budget for next year would significantly increase, if the last few years have been any indication, it will probably remain the same. “The budgets haven’t really increased enough to keep track of cost-of-living increases,” she said. “Therefore, schools have had to make cuts in staff, which is really a shame when you look at buildings dealing with both reductions in staff and resources.”WI

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Can Obama Initiatives Elevate Black Achievement in Age of Higher Education Standards? By George White Special to the Informer from New America Media If President Obama’s new initiatives for boys and young men of color are to succeed, educators must find ways to help underperforming students thrive under Common Core, the new and more rigorous academic standards that schools in 45 states are beginning to implement. That’s the assessment of Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltiit’s more County (UMBC) and chair of a new commission working on behalf of the White House Initiative on Educational ExDC residents are cellence for African Americans. stepping up The commission and the initiaand making smart tive’s managers will launch their energy choices. efforts at an education summit Are you? in Atlanta on March 28-29. Leaders from Government, Academia and Corporations to Speak at Black Education Summit White House officials, univerConnect at www.dcseu.com sity presidents, corporate lead#REPRESENTDC ers, local elected officials and scholars are expected to attend the first White House Summit on Educational Excellence for African Americans at Morehouse College March 28-29. DCSEUWashInformerAd.indd Urgent1 news for DIABETICS with2/4/14 9:20 AM The participants at the summit, to be co-hosted by Ebony magazine, will discuss ways to improve the academic perforThe diabetes drug, ACTOS®, has been linked to an mance and life prospects of increased risk of bladder cancer. If you or a loved one black students. has been diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking ACTOS®, ACTOplus met®, ACTOplus met® XR or David Johns, executive diduetact®, call us now about making a claim for rector of President Obama’s substantial monetary compensation. No fees or costs African-American educational until your case settles. We practice law only in Arizona, excellence initiative, and Ivobut associate with lawyers throughout the U.S. ry Toldson, deputy director of GOLDBERG & OSBORNE 915 W. Camelback Rd. 1-800-THE-EAGLE the White House Initiative on Phoenix, AZ 85013 (1-800-843-3245) Historically Black Colleges and www.1800theeagle.com Universities, will be among those representing the federal government. Morehouse College President John Wilson and Beverly Tatum, president of Spellman College, will be among the higher education leaders scheduled to speak at the event. Speaker panels will also include John Eaves, chair of the Fulton County Commission, Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell, Atlanta Board of Education Chair Courtney English and executives from Coca Cola, Deloitte Consulting and Netflix.

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“Common Core has the potential to have a very a positive impact on learning but we have to think about implementation,” Hrabowski says. “We need to give teachers the professional development they need to implement these new standards. Some schools may need to provide additional time and instruction to help [underperforming] students adjust – more after-school and summer programs.” Hrabowski is widely credited for making UMBC a top national source of African-American postgraduate degrees in science and engineering. He supports the more challenging Common Core standards but says educators must also address the lingering achievement gap. Data from the 2013 National Assessment of Education Progress, dubbed the nation’s report card, found that nationwide, just 18 percent of African American students were proficient in 4th grade reading compared to 46 percent for whites. Similar gaps exist for math. Obama in January appointed the members who will join Hrabowski on the African-American education commission. The commission includes Dr. Robert Ross, president of the California Endowment and leaders in the fields of education and law. Originally announced in 2012, the initiative is being launched as President Obama also seeks to rally support for his “My Brother’s Keeper” campaign. The two campaigns are part of a dual push to improve the education and life prospects of young Latinos and African Americans. A recently announced summit is slated for March 28 in Atlanta, the first stop of a multi-city listening tour to identify projects that are elevating black academic achievement. A number of prominent scholars, meanwhile, are urging the commission to consider new proposals on ways to help black students who are performing below grade level in reading and math, subjects that are being overhauled under Common Core. Hrabowski says the new standards can make it easier to learn math-related subjects because Common Core requires students to engage in more project-based learning, as opposed to simply mastering abstract concepts. As

an example, he points to the success of Civil Rights activist and educator Robert Moses, who created the Algebra Project. The program has provided curriculum and teacher training that has helped schools improve the math performance of students in many low-income communities. “The Algebra Project has been advocating for more real-world [math] applications for years,” says Hrabowski, who led a 2011 National Academy of Sciences study on increasing minority participation in science and technology. “There are many ways to help students connect to the real world. We can get companies involved by asking them to provide math-related projects to schools.” While some education initiatives at public and charter schools have boosted the math performance of students of color, school districts have not found a model for elevating the reading and writing skills of underperforming African American males, says Alfred Tatum, interim dean of the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and director of a UIC reading research clinic that examines factors in black achievement. For example, he says efforts to improve black male reading by providing culturally relevant texts have been used to boost self-esteem. “However, this has not translated to improvements in reading and writing … A lot of teachers can select texts but they can’t teach reading and writing well.” Researchers and educators with ideas on how to reduce or eliminate achievement gaps will be sought, says David Johns, executive director of the White House initiative on African American education. Johns plans to work closely with Cabinet Secretary Broderick Johnson, who will direct a task force that will spearhead the “Brother’s Keeper” campaign. “We need as many conversations as possible that focus on how to improve education,” says Johns, citing the upcoming March 28 White House summit in Atlanta. “We want to let people know that this isn’t just a Washington conversation.”WI

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Mayor Gray is Our Choice The District of Columbia is a markedly different city from the one Mayor Vincent Gray inherited in 2010. The city is awash in cranes, construction and other signs of a place on the move. While building on the progress of his predecessors, Gray has ushered in a period of growth and development that is pushing Washington, D.C. to the forefront as one of the premier destination cities in the country. The city is a mecca for young people and young families, is now considered the No. 7 hippest city in America, and is fast becoming the technology hub on the East Coast. The Nation’s Capital is burgeoning with revitalized neighborhoods, an explosion of new apartments and condos, expanding retail space, bars, restaurants and a bustling nightlife along with long awaited projects Mayor Gray has steered east of the Anacostia River, including Skyland Town Center, a new DOES headquarters on Minnesota Avenue and St. Elizabeths East. The District proved to be a safe harbor from the storms created by the recession, twin spectres of the housing bubble and the economic downturn that still has the national economy in the doldrums. And while the presence of the federal government provided some cushion, Mayor Gray boldly defied Congress against a government shutdown in order to protect thousands of District workers. In 2010-2011, the District’s unemployment rate stood at around 11 percent. In February, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, the city’s unemployment rate fell to 7.6 percent, the lowest unemployment rate enjoyed by the District in more than five years. Of note, the unemployment rate which once peaked at 26.9 percent in Ward 8 is now 16.2 percent; and in Ward 7, the rate is 14 percent. Despite growing concerns and tremendous pushback from residents about the direction of school reform, the viability of core competencies and less-than-stellar graduation rates, our public schools continue to improve and new school buildings have been rebuilt including Dunbar and Ballou. President Barack Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan have sung the District’s plaudits, and Gray recently announced at his State of the District Address that he is allocating $116 million to D.C. schools to pay for quality early childhood education programs, bolster programs that target at-risk youth and develop projects designed to enhance the school experience. Gray is being credited with building on education reforms resulting in D.C. public schools outperforming the rest of the country in the improvement of math and reading test scores. And his health care initiatives have included the completion of four new neighborhood medical homes in Wards 7 and 8, and plans to build a brand new full-service hospital at St. Elizabeths. And, his proposed tax relief for seniors is welcomed across the city. Gray is running for a second term, despite a cloud of uncertainty over alleged campaign irregularities during his 2010 mayoral election bid. Gray continues to proclaim his innocence, and frankly, we believe he is innocent until proven guilty and that the due process he is owed will not interfere with his ability to continue to provide great leadership. There are certainly more issues Gray, as mayor, still needs to address, including homelessness, affordable housing, and joblessness, particularly in Wards 7 and 8. The Washington Informer believes Mayor Gray has a plan, the experience and vision. He deserves a second term to continue his legacy of service he has unselfishly given to the residents of the District of Columbia. For other Washington Informer candidate endorsements visit www.washingtoninformer.com.

A Vote for Bowser

I was pleasantly surprised to read such a well-written article about D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser, who is running for mayor of the District of Columbia. Barrington Salmon’s article, “Bowser’s on a Future Quest for the City,” [March 20, 2014] sheds light on some very interesting facts that I didn’t know about Ms. Bowser, mainly that both of her parents are Washingtonians. So, I would like to know why there is such a negative feeling about her in the community. I have read that she received campaign help from former mayor Adrian Fenty; do you think that would cause it? Muriel Bowser is black, female, a native Washingtonian, and seems to be very intelligent, so why wouldn’t we want her as our mayor? There must be some other issues out there that no one is addressing, or perhaps the issues are with us. Candice Simmons Washington, D.C.

Time to Reduce Unfair Sentences

I applaud the president and his staff for their attempt to reduce mandatory minimum sentences for minor drug offenses [“Reforming Mandatory Minimum Sentences,” March 20, 2014, by Stacy Brown]. Everyone knows that these laws were enacted to get young black males off the streets during the crack epidemic that was taking place in most urban areas in the U.S. The laws were racist from the beginning; whites whose choice of drug was powder cocaine were not given the same sentences as blacks caught with crack. At the same time the government spent billions of dollars to build new prisons around the country in rural communities where there was high unemployment to house these new prisoners. The pipeline of young black males going to prison continues to this day. I know this effort will not dry up the pipeline, but hopefully it will give some a second chance.

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By Raynard Jackson

Democrats Can Be Racists, Too Two weeks ago, Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) set off a firestorm of controversy by saying on the syndicated radio talk show of Bill Bennett: “…we have got this tailspin of culture in our inner cities, in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work; and so there’s a real culture problem here that has to be dealt

with…” This made up controversy about Ryan is a bunch of garbage. People need to be much more judicious in labeling someone as a “racist.” It is a very damning term that should only be used under the most extreme of circumstances. What Ryan said was stupid, but not racist. In the 80s, Jesse Jackson referred to New York City as “Hymietown.” Like Ryan, it was stupid but doesn’t make Jackson anti-Semitic. Professional athletes using the word fa**ot in the

locker room doesn’t necessarily make them homophobic, but it may be stupid to use in today’s PC climate. We, who are in public life or have a media platform, all say stupid things at some point in our lives. But our lives should not be destroyed by the mistakes we make. Rather, our lives should be affirmed by the totality of the contributions we make to society. By this standard, Ryan is definitely a good guy. Not surprisingly, members of the Congressional Black Caucus

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(CBC) sharply criticized Ryan. Strangely, they never direct similar anger at President Obama, even after he for willfully disrespected them and ignored them for five years and counting. Republicans are constantly accused of ignoring the Black community because they are racists. So does that also make Obama a racist? Just asking. U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), former head of the CBC, called Ryan’s comments a “thinly veiled racial attack.” House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi’s

(D-Calif.) spokesman called his remarks “shameful and wrong.” If you only go by the media coverage, a person can only be a racist if they are a White Republican. So, allow me to give you a little Democratic history. During the Democratic primary of 2008, our “real” first Black president, Bill Clinton had this to say about Obama’s campaign, “Give me a break. This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I’ve ever seen.” The response from

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By Julianne Malveaux

Proud Black Feminist In a world that is dominated by men, especially White men, feminism is, for me, an empowering concept. It is a movement, which in the United States, according to Wikipedia, is aimed at “defining, establishing and defending equal social, economic and political rights for women.” It is certainly possible to argue that women have come a long way, but while we out-enroll men in college attendance, we

don’t out earn them, no matter our level of education. We don’t out-represent them in elected office, or even in the higher echelons of employment, such as the Fortune 500 corporations. Women are doing better than we ever did and we still have a long way to go. The feminist movement shows up differently in the African American community. Our nation’s antipathy toward Black men suggests that men of African descent are not the

same oppressors that White men are, bearing the burden of oppression themselves. At the same time, who rapes and beats and Black women. Dare I say that the oppressors of African American women are likely to be African American men? Do I dare say that sisters need to step up and raise their voices without risking the inevitable backlash that comes from Black men? When African American women embrace the title “feminist” we are somehow seen as attacking

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Black men. Actually, we are simply standing up for ourselves and for our communities. African American people can’t fight the war against racism if half of the army is disabled. We can’t fight for our boys and, yes, our girls unless more of us speak up, stand up, and surround our babies with tender loving care. We can’t build whole and healthy communities unless the needs of both women and men are addressed. President Obama has addressed “My Brother’s Keeper.

Who will be my sister’s keeper? When African America women, and especially our young girls, see attention focused on Black men, won’t they wonder, “What about me?” All of our young people are under attack, but while Black men explode into riveting headlines, Black women implode eating too much (obesity among us is nearly 50 percent), giving too much, and not taking care of self at all.

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By Lee A. Daniels

Rand Paul Tries to Recast His Racial Views Question: What do you call someone who believes White shopkeepers and owners of other large and small businesses have the “right” to discriminate against Black people. Answer: Rand Paul. That answer, of course, came from the Kentucky Republican senator’s own lips during his 2010 campaign for the office when in an interview MSNBC. com talk-show host Rachel Maddow asked him his views on the

Civil Rights Act of 1964. Paul did not say he approved of discriminating against anyone. Nonetheless, he asserted, it was wrong for the landmark civil rights act to prevent owners of private businesses from barring certain people as customers. This was a matter of principle, and besides, the way America’s free-market economy operated, all Blacks and others who encountered such discrimination had to do was to find another similar business that would accept them.

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The scorching blowback to that hypocrisy has subsequently forced Paul ever since to try to obscure the meaning of his remarks to Maddow. When he appeared before Howard University students last year, he declared to the predominantly Black audience, “I’ve never wavered in my support for civil rights or the Civil Rights Act.” But the fact that he appended a critical “out” – “The dispute, if there is one, has always been about how much of that remedy should come under federal or state or The Washington Informer

private purview.” – did not go unnoticed. Paul’s need to continue to cast his true racial views and recent hiring practices in shadow are part of the relevant framework for considering his speech March 19 to students at the University of California at Berkeley that garnered so much attention. The speech came as Paul is locked in an increasingly bitter battle with Texas Senator Ted Cruz for front-runner contender status for the GOP 2016 presidential nomination. It was billed

by his staff as showing Paul marching bravely into a hotbed of liberalism, carrying his campaign against unwarranted government spying on American citizens, and appealing to a non-traditional (for a Republican candidate) audience. But the real attention-getting part – which Paul’s staff the day before made sure the media knew was coming – was Paul’s assertion that President Obama had a particular racial duty to rein

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By Marian Wright Edelman

The Invisible Leaders of Social Change Women’s History Month is a reminder that in every major American social reform movement, women have always played a critical role. Many people know Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. first rose to national prominence as a civil rights leader by serving as a spokesperson in Montgomery, Ala. during the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955-1956. And behind that bus boycott was an unknown community leader

named Jo Ann Robinson who had been pushing for change in Montgomery buses and had been putting the community infrastructure in place long before Rosa Parks was arrested. Jo Ann Robinson, an English professor at Alabama State College, was president of the Women’s Political Council (WPC), a group of Black women civic leaders in Montgomery. She had been thrown off a city bus in 1949 for sitting too close to the front, although the bus was nearly empty. This infuriating experi-

ence was all too common among Montgomery’s Black residents – and the WPC had already chosen to make changing the bus system one of their priorities. Their 1954 letter to Montgomery Mayor W.A. Gayle raised the possibility of a city-wide bus boycott: “More and more of our people are already arranging with neighbors and friends to ride to keep from being insulted and humiliated by bus drivers . . . We, the Council, believe that when this matter has been put before you and the Commis-

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sioners, that agreeable terms can be met in a quiet and ostensible manner to the satisfaction of all concerned.” But when the women’s requests for “agreeable terms” went unanswered, their plans for a boycott went forward. They just needed the right moment and face – and when that moment came Jo Ann Robinson knew what to do. She and other women did not wait for male leaders to decide on a response before acting. She later wrote about the night after

Parks was arrested: “Some of the [Women’s Political Council] officers previously had discussed plans for distributing thousands of notices announcing a bus boycott. Now the time had come for me to write just such a notice.” She called her colleague John Cannon, chair of Alabama State College’s business department, and two trusted students, who immediately agreed to meet her at the college where Cannon had

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By George Curry

Obama Worse than George W. Bush on SBA Loans When I interviewed Marie Johns, then the outgoing deputy secretary of the Small Business Administration, a year ago, she said the SBA does not separate figures by race, though it hopes to do so at some point. Technically, she was correct in saying the SBA does not separate agency-wide figures by race. But the SBA’s 8 (a) program figures can be broken down by race and that’s where she was being disin-

genuous. I specifically asked her twice about the status of Black businesses under Obama and twice she was less than forthcoming. Now, I know why: The Obama administration’s record of guaranteeing loans to Black businesses is worse than it was under George W. Bush. Yes, that was documented recently by the Wall Street Journal in its analysis of data for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. “Black borrowers received 1.7% of the $23.09 billion in

total SBA loans. The percentage is down sharply from 8.2% of overall SBA loan volume in fiscal 2008. By number of loans, black-owned small businesses got 2.3% of the federal agency’s roughly 54,000 loans last year, down from 11% in 2008,” the newspaper reported. Major banks are encouraged to make SBA loans to small businesses for up to $5 million, with the federal agency agreeing to cover as much as 85 percent of any loss. Financial institutions share re-

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sponsibility for the drop in loans to African Americans. According to the Wall Street Journal, Bank of America made 1,400 SBA loans in fiscal 2007. For the latest fiscal year, however, that figure fell to just 247 borrowers. But the total loan amounts remain relatively unchanged, reaching $40.2 million in 2007 to $40.7 million for the last fiscal year. That’s part of a larger trend by banks coming out of a recession to favor larger deals over smaller ones. According to the SBA,

their average loan is $426,796, more than double the average of $192,919 in 2005. That’s problematic for African Americans because 80 percent of the loans to fund Black business are for $150,000 or less. The housing market decline has also had an adverse impact on African Americans. Of course, everyone acknowledges that the Great Recession was a drag on business, both big and small. Other ethnic groups

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By Askia Muhammad

Three Generations, Four Beautiful Women Tour China I have often joked that if I was in President Barack Obama’s shoes, I would join the National Rifle Association. Not to send a macho-message to Russian President Vladimir Putin, no, but to state my intentions to all the future wannabe suitors, about the lengths to which I might consider in order to protect the honor of his two, coming of age daughters, 15-year-old Malia and 12-year-old Sasha.

During this year’s spring break season, the girls and their mother – Michelle Obama, first lady of the United States – and their mother’s mother, Mrs. Marian Shields Robinson, took a trip to China for discussions with Chinese leaders about education. The visit is historic because it’s the first independent trip by a U.S. president’s wife to China. Mrs. Obama has won compliments for her elegant clothing and her interactions with ordinary people in a country where it is rare to see leaders’ spouses or

children in public. “I have had a wonderful first few days here in Beijing,” Mrs. Obama said at a reception hosted by former Sen. Max Baucus, now U.S. Ambassador to China.  “And, as the ambassador said, one of the reasons I have come to China is to learn more about education around the world. “Education is an important focus for me. It’s personal, because I wouldn’t be where I am today without my parents investing and pushing me to get a good education.” Mrs. Obama

attended Princeton University, where her first roommate’s mother would not permit her daughter to share a college dormitory room with a Black girl. I wonder what became of that Princeton student? Michelle Robinson then went on to Harvard Law school, where Professor Charles Ogletree – who taught both Barack and Michelle in his classes, told me in an interview that he thought then, that the first lady was the more formidable student of the two.

“And my parents were not educated themselves,” Mrs. Obama continued, “but one of the things they understood was that my brother and I needed that foundation. So the president and I have made education a key focus of our work over the coming years because we want to make sure that as many young people in the United States and around the world, quite frankly, have access to education.” The brother to whom she re-

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t least once a month Destiny Wright, Michelle Morris and Andrea Clark, don their best apparel, grab a bite to eat and head out for a night on the town. The best friends, who each live and work in Northeast, usually cap off their girls night out at one of the many dance clubs located in Northwest. However, on Saturday, March 29, the ladies said their destination will be on another side of town, Southwest. “We’re enjoying the Cherry Blossom Festival, so we decided to take in some of what it has to offer on the club side of things,” said Wright, 38, who will join her friends at the Blind Whino, a former church turned visual and performance arts venue, where musicians such as Congo Sanchez and Nappy Riddem will headline the festival’s popular, “Cherry Blast: Art & Music Dance Party.” “Our feeling is that we are

Festival Features Music, Art and Tastings Residents, Others Find Variety at Cherry Blossom Events By Stacy M. Brown WI Contributing Writer D.C.-born and we love D.C. and this is a D.C. event, so we’re supporting it,” said Morris, 36. “We’ve heard Congo Sanchez before and he’s great and so are Nappy Riddem,” Morris said, adding that she and her friends are particularly looking forward to Nappy Riddem. While Sanchez has carved out quite the niche for himself on the local music scene, the local reggae sensations, Nappy Riddem, have released a string of remixes and they’ve transformed themselves into a conscientious

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band who’s become one of the District’s biggest musical attractions. “The ‘Cherry Blast: Art & Music Dance Party’ is one of our more popular events and we usually sell out,” said Danielle Davis, the communication’s manager for the Cherry Blossom Festival, which the Washington Informer serves as a partner. The event, which begins at 7 p.m., is open to adults 21 years and older and tickets are $15. Davis said the “Cherry Blast” also features an enormous colThe Washington Informer

lection of over 300 cherry blossom-inspired art pieces, all available for purchase. The event will also include a special Washington Project for the Arts exhibit, which showcases work inspired by the annual festival. “I love art and the fact that there are so many pieces to choose from makes the night all the more interesting,” said Clark, 38. “So, my friends and I can dance, party and buy some art for inspiration,” she said. The “Cherry Blast” event became a staple of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in 2009 when dance performances, fashion shows and live music took place inside an empty Anacostia warehouse in Southeast. “It’s an eclectic multi-media event with DJ’s, bands and others,” Davis said. In addition to music, dance and artwork, another festival staple will take place on Thursday, April 3 at the Carnegie Library in Northwest.

Officials said this year’s “Grand Sake Tasting” event will feature master brewers from Japan and their products, including sake, shochu, and beer. Sake, an alcoholic beverage of Japanese origin that’s made from fermented rice, has often been referred to as rice wine, but festival officials said the brewing process is similar to beer in which starch gets converted to sugar for the fermentation process. Shochu counts as a traditional spirit that’s produced mainly in Southern Japan. It’s typically distilled from barley, sweet potatoes, buckwheat, or rice, and can contain other ingredients such as sesame seeds or carrots. “These are things that you’d never know, or at least I’d never know, if I didn’t go to the National Cherry Blossom Festival,” said Delores Venable of Southeast. “Some people think it’s too

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Top Japanese restaurants throughout the District will complement the “Grand Sake Tasting” event on Thursday, April 3 at the Carnegie Library in Northwest with samples of their cuisine. /Courtesy Photo /Artwork provided by the Blind Whino

“The parade is always a high point. There’s a great lineup with Regina Bell, Sheena Easton and ‘American Idol’ winner Candice Glover.”

– Danielle Davis, Communication’s Manager for the Cherry Blossom Festival

ACTIVITIES continued from Page 28 expensive, but considering everything that you get out of it and the good Japanese beer, I’m all for it,” she said of the $100 admission fee, which is open to adults only. Top Japanese restaurants throughout the District also have agreed to complement the beverages at the grand sake tasting event with samples of their cuisine while traditional Japanese performers are scheduled to provide entertainment. Davis said tasters who find something they like will also have the opportunity to bid on bottles of sake, beer and shochu, in an auction that will benefit the festival, which began in 1912 when Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo gifted 3,000 cherry trees to Washington, D.C. officials. Davis said while all of the events are exciting, the parade continues to stand out as a favorite. The annual parade draws about 100,000 spectators each year and includes decorative floats, helium balloons, marching bands, a youth tap team, a choir and other attractions.

The parade steps off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 12 along Constitution Avenue in Northwest beginning at 7th Street and ending at 17th Street. Passing such landmarks as the National Archives, Department of Justice building, Smithsonian Museums, the Washington Monument and the White House, the parade will feature singers Aaron Carter, Sheena Easton and Regina Bell and Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri. “The parade is always a high point,” Davis said. “There’s a great lineup with Regina Bell, Sheena Easton and ‘American Idol’ winner Candice Glover,” Davis said. The parade will also be televised on a delayed telecast by WUSA, Channel 9 at noon. CBS This Morning anchor Norah O’Donnell, WUSA anchors Andrea Roane and Mike Hydeck will serve as hosts. For the first time, the parade will feature five winners from the festival’s local talent competition, including a cappella groups, “The GW Vibes,” and “Reverb,” pop artist and Mount Rainier, Md. resident Ashley Brown, soloist Alan Gendreau, and 8-yearold youth choir performer, Kelvin Dukes.

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“I guess it’s everybody’s hope that, after all of this snow and cold, the weather will hold up so that even those who will watch on television will see the best of the District,” Venable said.WI The National Cherry Blossom Festival, which includes more than three weeks of diverse events and creative programming that promotes traditional and contemporary arts and culture, and community spirit, will also feature a Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival on Saturday, April 5, and a Sakura Matsuri- Japanese Street Festival produced by the Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C., on Saturday, April 12. The 2014 festival commemorates the 102nd anniversary of the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the long-lasting friendship between the United States and Japan. More than 40 participating organizations are offering programs throughout the festival, including rare and renowned arts and culture at various institutions around the District. For a listing of all events and for additional information about the festival, dates, times, admission and other details, visit www. nationalcherryblossomfestival. org. The Washington Informer

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Stateswomen Honored by News Service By James Wright WI Staff Writer A group of African-American female leaders involved in the struggle for civil and human rights insist that blacks must continue to be vigilant in the areas of voting rights and strive to improve the lives of black males. That message took root in the minds of the hundreds who attended a recent luncheon, “Stateswomen for Justice: How to Move from Chaos to Community: Our Response to My Brother’s Keeper” sponsored by Trice Edney Communications Inc. and its companion wire service. The event on March 20 at the National Press Club in Northwest featured Barbara Arnwine, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; E. Faye Williams, national chair of the National Congress of Black Women; the Rev. Barbara Reynolds, a syndicated columnist; Julianne Malveaux, president emeritus of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C., and Melanie Campbell, president and chief executive officer of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. The Rev. Omarosa Manigault served as moderator. “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

wrote a book in 1967 ‘Where Do We Go From Here: Community or Chaos’”, journalist Hazel Trice Edney said, “and we have to decide what will we do as a people.” Edney is a former editor-in-chief with the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and blackpressusa. com and a former interim executive director of the NNPA Foundation. She serves as an adjunct professor of journalism at Howard University and has received national attention for her views and commentary on the viability of the black press. Edney said that she chose the brother’s keeper theme for the luncheon because of the attention Obama received for launching the initiative. The president has asked private and corporate foundations and federal agencies to team up to look into solving the problems of young black males, an unprecedented request. The honorees agreed that President Obama’s recently announced proposal to help black males was well intentioned but some wanted more. “Our brother’s keeper needs to be our people’s keeper,” Malveaux said. “Black women have always had to pick up the slack. As Dr. Dorothy Height said once ‘we [black women] don’t do what we want to, we do what we

The Rev. Barbara Reynolds, a syndicated columnist, was one of five women honored by journalist Hazel Trice Edney during a luncheon at the National Press Club in Northwest on Thursday, March 20. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

have to.’” However, Williams commended the president. “President Obama is not a magic man,” Williams said. “It is we that must do what is needed to help the black man. Just the idea that we are going to help our brothers is very good.” It’s interesting to note that Malveaux and Williams have disagreed on issues dealing with black males in the past. Malveaux criticized the Oct. 16, 1995 Million Man March – that consisted primarily of black men – and took place on the National Mall as being ineffective and somewhat sexist while Williams

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helped to organize the march. All of the honorees, however, agreed that passing legislation to restore gutted portions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 remains critical. Voting in record numbers in the general election will help move that legislation along, the panelists said. “In November 2014, we [as blacks] must storm the polls,”Arnwine said. “We must claim the Congress and we must claim the Senate. We have the power to elect presidents and to determine what state and local governments look like.” Arnwine said that she wants to eliminate strategies and tactics

designed to discourage voting by people of color, young adults and the elderly. She noted that 51 million eligible Americans aren’t registered to vote and measures must be taken to remedy the situation. Campbell agreed, saying Obama needs a U.S. Congress that will work with him. “It is time to get serious about our movement,” Campbell said. “The Republicans only need six seats to make Obama a lame duck. We need a turnout this year like it is a presidential election year.”WI

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by Katherine L. House, c.2014, Chicago Review Press $16.95 / $18.95 Canada 139 pages By Terri Schlichenmeyer WI Contributing Writer Your parents grumble a lot about politics. They don’t like who’s in charge of certain departments.

They’re upset about laws and regulations, and they worry about taxes and the economy. You want to be a good citizen, too, so you remind them to vote. If you lived in the White House, you’d change those things your parents grumble about. And in the new book, “The White House for Kids” by Katherine L. House, you’ll see what it’s like at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Throughout the 238-year history of the U.S. Presidency, a lot of people have called the White House home – and they usually brought their kids along, too. Our second President, John Adams, was the first to live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue when he and his wife Abigail moved into the unfinished building. Later, Thomas Jefferson added East and West wings; John Quincy Adams planted gardens; central heating was added in the Van Buren era; a telephone was installed during the Hayes administration; and in the late 1940s, the entire White House was renovated down to the ground. But what’s it like to be a kid in the White House? It’s interesting, that’s for sure. One day, when the Cleveland’s nurse took their baby out for fresh air, people crowded around to “kiss and pet Ruth.” Ruth’s mom wasn’t happy, and closed the White House gates. Susan

Ford’s senior prom was held in the White House (with permission from Dad, but not with taxpayer dollars). Malia and Sasha Obama have chores to do around the (White) House. And then there’s the fun! First Kid Quentin Roosevelt was a mischief-maker, and once shot spitballs at a hallway portrait of Andrew Jackson. Quentin’s father, President Theodore Roosevelt, got Quentin out of bed to clean things up. Tad Lincoln had a “fort” on the roof of the White House. Alice Roosevelt had a pet snake named Emily Spinach. Charlie Taft’s hand-me-down clothes went to the children of White House employees. Amy Carter had a treehouse that her father designed. And LBJ’s daughter, Lynda Johnson, came up with a “unique solution to avoid attention”: she wore a disguise! There’s a lot to like about “The White House for Kids.” But

then, there’s much to grit your teeth over, too. Kids who are interested in our President’s home will learn plenty here. Author Katherine L. House shares tales from many generations of First Kids, as well as the good and bad of White House life. She offers photos, history of the building, and a broad overview of the important things that happened there. On the flipside, I found errors in this book, and lengthy sections on government that were too off-topic. I also thought that the “Activities” here were, to borrow a phrase from its target audience, lame. And yet, I can’t get over the kid-friendliness of this book, or the plethora of photos, or the abundance of sidebars, and I think children will like it. For curious 10-to-15-year-olds, “The White House for Kids” is a book they’ll elect to read.WI

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GWUL Gala Showcases Civic Leadership By Dorothy Rowley WI Staff Writer Hundreds of guests who attended the Greater Washington Urban League’s (GWUL) 42nd annual Whitney M. Young Jr. Memorial Gala took the liberty of mixing the ordinary with the extraordinary. Men and women alike, donned glittering black formal wear and all sorts of name brand, colorful sneakers, the crowd which read like a “Who’s Who” in District circles, networked or caught up on old times as they celebrated the League’s mission surrounding the economic and political empowerment of African Americans and other minorities. “I think that as long as people need jobs, as long as people need housing, as long as people need education, there will always be an important place in D.C. for the Urban League,” said Mayor Vincent C. Gray, who also took the opportunity to announce that this administration has earmarked $287 million to make housing affordable for first-time home buyers. The theme for this year’s gathering at the Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel in Northwest on March 19, touted “GWUL on the Move (in Black Tie and Sneakers).” The fundraising event, which paid tribute to the League’s “forward-moving” leadership team, included a reception and silent auction. NBC4 news anchor Jim Vance served as master of ceremonies. “To get all dressed up just to dress down in sneakers was a fantastic idea,” said Patrice Allen, who attended with her husband, Charles. “We jumped at the idea, which was for a worthy cause and so much fun.” During the four-hour celebration, former GWUL president Maudine Cooper, who retired in November after more than two decades of service, was praised for her accomplishments. And, for many, the occasion provided a formal introduction of her successor, George Lambert, who assumed the helm in January. “It’s not easy to fill Maudine Cooper’s shoes,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, as he congratulated Lambert and commended Cooper. In his brief remarks, Baker went on to applaud GWUL’s nearly 80 years of public service to the District, as well

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George Lambert, who succeeds Maudine Cooper, took over as GWUL president and CEO in January. /Photo by Mark Mahoney

GWUL Board members are acknowledged during the 42nd annual Whitney M. Young Jr. Memorial Gala on March 19. /Photo by Mark Mahoney

as to the Prince George’s and Montgomery County communities. Later, in quoting the late Whitney Young, National Urban League executive and civil rights activist, Baker reminded the crowd that, “it’s better to have an opportunity and be prepared than to have one and not be prepared.” In addition to announcing scholarships to 10 District-area students, Katie Ledecky, Olympic championship swimmer, Catana Sparks, men’s golf coach and Joel Ward, a hockey player, were recognized for their civic contributions. The trio was respectively honored with the Youth Inspiration, Trailblazer and Pioneer

awards. Gregory McCarthy, Washington Nationals’ vice president for external affairs, was among several guests who represented key area businesses and corporations. “We attended the celebration in the role of cheerleader for the GWUL,” said McCarthy. “While it’s obviously important for the Nationals to do well on the field, it’s also our role to give back to the community – and in doing so, to pair-up with strong partners like the Urban League.” McCarthy said one of the first steps this year along that course, takes place on Tuesday, May 27 with a “Night at the Ballpark.”WI

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Marc Bamuthi Joseph

Maryland Crab Ball Classic 8th Grade North Defeats 8th Grade South 59-55

Sherwyn Devonish-Prince Jr., representing 8th Grade South team, shoots above his North team opponents in the first half of boys youth basketball action during the Inaugural Maryland Crab Ball Classic held on Friday, March 21 at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md. The North Team defeated the South Team 59-55. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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D’Angelo Dee Tull, representing the 8th Grade South team, prevents the basketball from going out-of-bounds in the first half of boys youth basketball action during the Inaugural Maryland Crab Ball Classic held on Friday, March 21 at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md. The North team defeated the South team 5955. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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Hosted by Jonzi D, hip-hop artist, educator, and Director of Breakin’ Convention in England, this showcase of hip-hop dance features gravity-defying and quick-fire moves by Project Soul Collective from South Korea, Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang from France, and Companhia Urbana de Dança from Brazil presented in cooperation with Dance Place. APRIL 6 Eisenhower Theater, 8 p.m.

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Stephen Cannady, representing the 8th Grade North team, shoots over Raymond Boone in the second half of youth basketball action during the Inaugural Maryland Crab Ball Classic held on Friday, March 21 at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md. The North team defeated the South team 59-55. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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Tarig Owens, representing Baltimore, attempts to block Quadree Smith who represented Washington D.C. in the first half of senior youth basketball action during the Inaugural Maryland Crab Ball Classic held on Friday, March 21 at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md. Baltimore defeated Washington D.C. 135-132. /Photo by John E. De Freitas Aaron Robinson, representing Washington D.C., displays his dunking skills in the first half of senior youth basketball action during the Inaugural Maryland Crab Ball Classic held on Friday, March 21 at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md. Robinson scored 11 points as Baltimore defeated Washington D.C. 135-132. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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Mike Morsel, representing Washington D.C., shields the ball from Baltimore’s Zach Thomas in the first half of senior youth basketball action during the Inaugural Maryland Crab Ball Classic held on Friday, March 21 at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md. Baltimore defeated Washington D.C. 135-132. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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HBCU SPORTS STRONG OPEN TO OUTDOOR SEASON AT VIRGINIA CUP

Hampton Men’s and Women’s Track Indoor/Outdoor Kicks Off The Hampton University men’s and women’s track & field teams had a strong open to the 2014 outdoor season on Saturday, combining to win five event titles at the Virginia Cup at Lannigan Field. The Lady Pirates won three events, while the Pirates took home two titles. Junior Le’Quisha Parker (Silver Spring, Md.) won the women’s 200-meter dash after running a 23.72, while sophomore Ce’aira Brown (Philadelphia, Pa.) ran a 2:11.45 to take gold in the 800-meter run. Senior Breana Norman (Virginia Beach, Va.) won the 100-meter hurdles with a 13.60. Norman and Parker were each on the 4x100-meter relay team – along with freshman J’Niyah Knox-Wilson (Hampton, Va.) and sophomore Tanisha Greene (Virginia Beach, Va.) – that came in second with a 47.46. Parker, Greene, and Brown were on the 4x400-meter relay squad – along with senior Malekah Holland (Brooklyn, N.Y.) – that took silver with a 3:43.24. Senior Cydney Robinson (Portsmouth, Va.) ran a 56.60 in the 400-me-

ter dash to finish second. Norman was also fourth in the 100-meter dash with a 24.45. The Pirates won gold in the men’s 4x400-meter relay, as freshman Rayon Black (Kingston, Jamaica), junior Chidi Okezie (Philadelphia, Pa.), junior Edose Ibadin (Glendale, Md.), and senior Je’Von Hutchison (Boynton, Fla.) running a 3:12.40. Ibadin also won the 400-meter dash with a 48.48. Sophomore Trey Holloway (Chesapeake, Va.) turned in a pair of second-place finishes, running a 10.61 in the 100-meter dash and a 14.12 in the 110-meter hurdles. Okezie was fourth in the 100-meter dash with a 10.76, while Ibadin ran a 22.12 in the 200-meter dash to come in fifth. The Pirates and Lady Pirates will be in Raleigh, N.C. on Friday and Saturday to compete in the Raleigh Relays. For more information on Hampton University track & field, please call the Office of Sports Information at (757) 727-5811, or visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.

LADY TIGERS OPEN CONFERENCE SLATE UNDEFEATED

The Jackson State University softball team went undefeated (5-0) during

batting average, including nine runs, seven hits, seven RBI, two homeruns, and a double. Sophomore Chelsea Smith added a 7-for-14 performance, tallying 10 RBI, seven runs scored, and two homeruns. The Lady Tigers had a combined five homeruns against Grambling State University. Jackson State returns to action Tuesday, March 25, when the University of Arkansas comes to town. Game one of the doubleheader is set for 4 p.m. at the JSU Softball Complex. Follow the Lady Tigers on facebook @/JStateTigers, on twitter @/ JStateTigers and on our official website atwww.jsutigers.com.

Le’Quisha Parker / Photo by Mark Sutton for Hampton University

the Southwestern Athletic Conference Round-up this weekend at Lear Softball Complex. With the streak, the Lady Tigers improved to 12-22 overall and 5-0 in conference play. As a team, Jackson State went 53for-126, averaging .421 at the plate. JSU had a combined 56 runs scored, 52 RBI, seven home runs, and six doubles. Freshman Denisha Knight led the Lady Tigers recording a .636 weekend

McGOWAN LEADS LADY TIGERS ON FINAL DAY OF TSU RELAYS

Tierra McGowan led the Texas Southern Lady Tigers with the best finish on the final day of the TSU Relays. McGowan finished second in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:10.04. Terralyn Johnson took 3rd place in the triple jump with a distance of 39 feet 10.5 inches. Trisha Williams finished 6th in the same event (38-01.25). Freshman Breana Dockery took

4th place in the 200 meter dash with a 24.98. Asia Roberts was 8th (25.26) in the 200 meter dash while Jeressa Mathis was 5th (25.01) in the 200 meter dash and 4th in the 100 meter hurdles. The TSU women’s 4x100m and 4x200m relay teams both took 4th place. The 4x100m relay team finished with 47.09 while the 4x200m relay team (Adriana Berkhalter, Breana Dockery, Whitney McDonald, and Asia Roberts) had a time of 1:37.88. The 4x200m relay “B” team finished 8th with a time of 1:40.87. Shamiya Blake was 11th (41-01.75) in the shot put and Katrina was 22nd (36-07.75). Kelsey Phillips was 19th in the 1500 meter run (5:04.42) while Andrea Brown finished 24th (5:12.29) in the event. Texas Southern also honored their outgoing seniors for their hardwork and dedication. The seniors are Brian Alvarado, George Alvarado, Gregory Brady, Michael Holmes, Jeff Lacroix, Jeffry Lacroix, Kenneth Pryor, Trish Williams and Derric Ramsey. The Lady Tigers’ next outdoor track and field meet is the Texas Relays on March 27th-29th in Austin, Texas.WI

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SOLICITATION NO.: 0028-2014 Partnership Program for Affordable Housing for Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) The District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) is seeking proposals from owners/developers who will commit to house homeless veterans who will receive assistance through project-based VASH vouchers. SOLICITATION DOCUMENTS will be available at the Issuing Office at 1133 North Capitol Street, NE, Suite 300, Administrative Services/ Contracts and Procurement, Washington, DC 20002-7599, between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm, Monday through Friday, beginning on Monday, March 24, 2014. SEALED PROPOSAL RESPONSES are due to the Issuing Office by 11:00am on Thursday, April 24, 2014.

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12 Things That Makes Men Rich Last week, we began a series to share research by Napoleon Hill, who was commissioned to study the reasons why one man is successful and another one is not. Hill studied hundreds of men all across America, close up and in person.  Over and over again, he discovered the same formula utilized by each and every person interviewed.  This series is to share those 12 Things That Make Men Rich. Money is the 12th and least important principle.  The first way that makes men rich, is for them to have a “positive mental attitude.” Notice that it heads the list.  You cannot achieve anything if you don’t have faith and believe. When you walk around thinking negative thoughts, it causes you to have doubts; you feel down, not lifted up and ready to get the job done at all.   Scripture reminds us, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  Therefore, we must be of good courage, and when things are looking bad, repeat scriptures such as “God wouldn’t see his seed begging bread.” On my radio show last week, it was my pleasure to interview Mrs. Victorianne Russell Walton, someone who suffered the ills of breast cancer, yet she is a prime example of what makes men rich! Vicki has such a positive mental attitude that it helped her up from her sick bed as she experienced chemo and radiation; yet she continues fighting for her own life and for the lives of thousands of others.

Misdiagnosed four times with questionable doubt for survival, but because of what happened to her grandmother, who died from breast cancer back in the early days in such an atrocious manner, Vicki is like a bird who instinctively flies south during winter. Her grandmother had to be helped to an ambulance that refused to drive up her lane due to racism; she left a trail of blood on the path. What a story! Genes do play a major role. Vickie Walton knows firsthand, the challenges to make ends meet while enduring chemo and radiation. Job cuts caused her to be laid off for a year with no pay; deciding how to be able to afford the medications became a challenge. Doctor visits were a challenge. She had little money for gas to make the trip, let alone the money needed for the co-payment. It was agonizing: yet she went anyway. With all these trials and tribulations, Vicki and her husband decided to respond with a positive mental attitude. They were led by God to create “It’s In the Genes Breast Cancer Advocates” an organization that fights against breast cancer. She rose above her pain to think of others. Vicki and Russell Walton’s faith in God; her positive mental attitude along with major lifestyle changes helped keep her alive; seen especially well in her willingness to help others. Imagine the difference in what would have happened if Vicki decided to have a pity party. She would likely have been gone by now.

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  She fought back, got up and got going again. Today she speaks all across America, hosts Pink Parties – a fun event she hosts to get women in the door to get a mammogram. She actually has someone attend her parties to administer free mammograms, the main point of her parties. Vicki entices folk to come out, especially women, by using entertainment, DJ’s, prizes, free gifts, pamper ideas for the women, shopping opportunities, just a variety of exciting and festive things women enjoy. “Am I tricking them into coming? Yes, but as long as they get a mammogram, I’m delighted,” she said. That’s a positive mental attitude at its best! We salute you Vicki Russell Walton. Keep up the good work!WI Lyndia Grant is a radio talk show host on WYCB-AM, 1340, Think on These Things, Fridays at 6 p.m. Contact her by calling 202-5183192, send emails to lyndiagrant@ gmail.com.

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RELIGION RELIGION BAPTIST

AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL

Pilgrim Baptist Church

Historic St. Mary’s Episcopal Church

Pilgrim Baptist Church

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

Rev. Louis B. Jones II Pastor

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

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

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

www.pilgrimbaptistdc.org

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

Twelfth Street Christian Church

Reverend Daryl K. Kearney, Pastor

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

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

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

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

“We are one in the Spirit” www.ssbc5757.org e-mail: ssbc5757@verizon.net

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

Crusader Baptist Church

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

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

“God is Love”

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

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

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

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

Third Street Church of God

Isle of Patmos Baptist Church

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

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

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

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Reverend Dr. Paul H. Saddler Senior Pastor Service and Times Sunday Worship Service 11:00 a.m. Communion every Sunday 11:00 a.m. Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Bible Study Tuesday 12Noon Pastor’s Bible Study Tuesday 6:30 p.m. Motto; “Discover Something Wonderful.” Website: 12thscc.org Email: Twelfthstcc@aol.com

Mount Carmel Baptist Church

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Rev. John W. Davis, Pastor

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

Campbell AME Church

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

Rev. Paul Carrette Senior Pastor Harold Andrew, Assistant Pastor

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

Blessed Word of Life Church Dr. Dekontee L. & Dr. Ayele A. Johnson Pastors

Church of Living Waters

52 Years of Expert Engraving Services

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

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RELIGION BAPTIST

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202-561-4100 or email rburke@washingtoninformer.com Zion Baptist Church

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

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

“Where Jesus is the King”

Israel Baptist Church

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

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

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

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

Rev. Dr. Morris L Shearin, Sr. Pastor

St. Luke Baptist Church

Rev. Daryl F. Bell Pastor

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

Rev. Keith W. Byrd, Sr. Pastor

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

King Emmanuel Baptist Church

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

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

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Advertise Your Church services here: call Ron Burke at

202-561-4100 or email rburke@washingtoninformer.com

Web: www.mountmoriahchurch.org Email: mtmoriah@mountmoriahchurch.org

Rehoboth Baptist Church

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

Salem Baptist Church

Emmanuel Baptist Church

Florida Avenue Baptist Church

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

Dr. Earl D. Trent Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. George C. Gilbert SR. Pastor

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

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

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

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

Matthews Memorial Baptist Church

Sermon On The Mount Temple Of Joy Apostolic Faith

Dr. C. Matthew Hudson, Jr, Pastor

Elder Herman L. Simms, Pastor

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

Kelechi Ajieren Coordinator

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

Sunday Worship Service 10:00 A.M.

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

New Commandment Baptist Church

Peace Baptist Church

Rev. Stephen E. Tucker Senior Pastor

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

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

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

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

“The Loving Church of the living lord “ Email Address pbcexec@verizon.net

Shiloh Baptist Church

First Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith Pastor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Theme: “The Kingdom Focused Church” Matthew 6:33 and Mathew 28:18-20, KJV Email: stmatthewsbaptist@msn.com Website: www.stmatthewsbaptist.org

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

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

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

Rev. Alonzo Hart Pastor

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

Christ Embassy DC

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

1864-2014

150 Years of Service

Holy Trinity United Baptist Church

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Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 P.M. Friday Evening Service 7:00 P.M. ; Last Friday “…Giving Your Life a Meaning” www.Christembassydc.org Christ.embassy.dc@hotmail.com

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

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

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LEGAL NOTICES

LEGAL NOTICES

LEGAL NOTICES

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

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

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

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

Administration No. 2014 ADM 179

Administration No. 2014 ADM 159

Administration No. 2014 ADM 212

Administration No. 2014 ADM 182

Dorothy K. Smith aka Dorothy Kendall Smith Decedent

Elizabeth Chandler Yancey aka Regina Elizabeth Margaret Chandler Yancey Decedent

William M. Callaghan, Jr. Decedent

Richard Hilton Decedent

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

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

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Andrew Carey Callaghan, whose address is 16 Olcott Road, Norwich, VT 05055, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of William M. Callaghan, Jr., who died on December 22, 2013 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before September 20, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before September 20, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.

Jeffrey Hilton and Cheryl Hilton-Gibson, whose address is 1257 Delafield Place, NE, Washington, DC 20017, was appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of Richard Hilton, who died on October 25, 1990 without a Will, and will serve with Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before September 20, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before September 20, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.

Date of first publication: March 20, 2014

Date of first publication: March 20, 2014

Andrew Carey Callaghan Personal Representative

Jeffrey Hilton Cheryl Hilton-Gibson Personal Representatives

James Larry Frazier 918 Maryland Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Ernest H. Kelly and Ida F. Smith, whose addresses are 1305 Fairfield Dr., District Hghts, MD 20747; 9007 Bradford Rd. Silver Spring, MD 20901, were appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of Dorothy K. Smith aka Dorothy Kendall Smith, who died on November 6, 2013 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before September 13, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before September 13, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of first publication: March 13, 2014

Tami L. Taylor, Esq. 4634 Governor Kent Court Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS James Forbes Williams, III, whose address is 1762 Redwood Terrace, NW, Washington, DC 20012, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Elizabeth Chandler Yancey aka Regina Elizabeth Margaret Chandler Yancey, who died on December 24, 2013 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before September 13, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before September 13, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of first publication: March 13, 2014

Ernest H. Kelly Ida F. Smith Personal Representative

James Forbes Williams, III Personal Representative

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Administration No. 2014 ADM 222 Emma E. Parrish aka Emma E. Parrish Evans Decedent James Larry Frazier, Esq. 918 Maryland Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Ingrid R. Parrish, whose address is 17001 Village Drive West, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Emma E. Parrish aka Emma E. Parrish Evans, who died on September 13, 2013 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before September 20, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before September 20, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of first publication: March 20, 2014 Ingrid R. Parrish Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

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CLASSIFIEDS SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013 SEB 508 Daniel Walter Battle aka Daniel W. Battle Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Shameeka Joy Burnette, whose address is PO Box 1183 Lanham, MD 20703, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Daniel Walter Battle aka Daniel W. Battle, who died on March 23, 2003 with a Will. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before September 27, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before September 27, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of first publication: March 27, 2014 Shameeka Joy Burnette Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY

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

Administration No. 2014 ADM 170

Administration No. 2014 ADM 232

Administration No. 2014 ADM 239

Piano student(adult) is looking for a musician who plays by ear to tutor me once a week please call Richard, 301-4341719

Cassie Lou Williams aka Cassie L. Williams Decedent

Buffington E. Falls Decedent

Frances C. Howard Decedent

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Tinley Joan Falls, whose address is 7123 Halleck Street, District heights, MD 20745, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Buffington E. Falls, who died on February 20, 2014 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before September 27, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before September 27, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.

Edwina Howard-Agu, whose address is 9015 Miles Street, Silver Spring, MD 20901, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Frances C. Howard, who died on December 13, 2013 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before September 27, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before September 27, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.

Date of first publication: March 20, 2014

Date of first publication: March 27, 2014

Date of first publication: March 27, 2014

Carlette D. Prince Personal Representative

Tinley Joan Falls Personal Representative

Edwina Howard-Agu Personal Representative

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NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Carlette D. Prince, whose address is 340 Madison St., NW, Washington, DC 20011, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Cassie Lou Williams aka Cassie L. Williams, who died on December 17, 2013 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before September 20, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before September 20, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.

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Who takes care of these women and reminds them that it is ok to stand up for themselves? That’s why through it all, I stand firm on my feminism. I want women to know that they are enough. I tell young women that men are like icing, and women like cake. You can have cake without icing, but not icing without cake. Nobody is kicking our brothers to the curb, and women need the affirmation that they are okay, partner or not, child or not. And that we, women, can lean on our sisters, and ourselves when other support is not there. Of course, we are inextricably intertwined, the women and the men and the children who must support each other and live out our dreams in tandem. These

DANIELS continued from Page 26 in illegal spying. Paul declared he found it “ironic that the first African-American president has, without compunction, allowed this vast exercise of raw power by the [National Security Agency]. Certainly J. Edgar Hoover’s [Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from the 1920s to the 1960s] illegal spying on Martin Luther King and others in the civil rights movement should give us all pause.” Paul, sliding away from history’s messy complexities, said nothing about the fact that all of Obama’s White presidential predecessors had either directly approved or allowed to continue domestic intelligence programs that put White citizens under surveillance, too. And because, according to the strictures Paul himself had set, all the questions he was asked had to be sub-

possible policy solutions to deal with some of the issues they deem important. Ryan refused to do any media surrounding this personal initiative with him and Woodson because he’s doing it because he cares, not because he wants media attention.” Paul, they are not mutually exclusive; it’s not either or, but both and. This is what I call “white Republicanitis:” doing the right thing but in the wrong way. If Ryan had followed my counsel, then he would have some goodwill in the bank to draw down from during his moment of crises. I have done several media interviews about this Ryan flap and in every instance the comment was made that maybe Ryan needs to go into the Black community and talk with a few Blacks before he opens his mouth. When I shared with the interviewer/ host what Woodson was doing with

Ryan, they all indicated that they had no knowledge of this. Most looked shocked, as though they couldn’t reconcile the idea of a White Republican going into the Black community because that is the antithesis of their view of a Republican. Maybe now Ryan will start engaging with the Black media. But, it’s not just Ryan. I have had similar conversations with the House and Senate leadership about this same issue to no avail. As far as this feigned outrage from members of the CBC and Pelosi, weak people take strong positions on weak issues.WI Raynard Jackson is president & CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC., a Washington, D.C.based public relations/government affairs firm. He can be reached through his Web site, www.raynardjackson. com. You can also follow him on Twitter at raynard1223.

dreams only work in tandem when the dreamers consider themselves equal partners in this game called life. The same patriarchy that allows White men to oppress women shows up in a twisted form when Black men, with much less power than White men, oppress women. During this Women’s History Month, I write in the name of Maria Stewart, a sister who, in the early 19th century, spoke about women’s rights and supported the anti-slavery movement. She was the first American woman who spoke to a mixed audience of men and women (according to Wiki and other Internet sources) and the first African American woman to speak about women’s rights. She started her professional life as a maid, and ended it in Wash-

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Today’s government surveillance efforts – set in place by the Bush administration, which Paul, true to form, did not mention – are by contrast the direct product of what the terrible events of September 2001 made manifest – that America, like all nations, are vulnerable to mass-destructive attacks by rogue terrorist groups and so-called lone-wolf operatives. The discussion about how far such domestic surveillance efforts should go in the face of that clear danger is, given America’s Constitution, truly a matter of national security. But that’s not what Rand Paul is interested in. He’s just playing the political equivalent of three-card-monte, hoping he can entice enough prospective voters to not catch the verbal sleights of hand that are his stock in trade.WI Lee A. Daniels is a longtime journalist based in New York City. His latest book is Last Chance: The Political Threat to Black America.

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EDELMAN continued from Page 27 access to the copying machines. They worked together until four in the morning making copies of the leaflet Jo Ann Robinson had prepared: “Another Negro woman has been arrested and thrown in jail because she refused to get up out of her seat on the bus for a white person to sit down . . . This has to be stopped. Negroes have

rights, too, for if Negroes did not ride the buses, they could not operate. Three-fourths of the riders are Negroes, yet we are arrested, or have to stand over empty seats. If we do not do something to stop these arrests, they will continue. The next time it may be you, or your daughter, or mother. This woman’s case will come up on Monday. We are, therefore, asking every Negro to stay off the buses

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Monday in protest of the arrest and trial. Don’t ride the buses to work, to town, to school, or anywhere on Monday. You can afford to stay out of school for one day if you have no other way to go except by bus. You can also afford to stay out of town for one day. If you work, take a cab, or walk. But please, children and grownups, don’t ride the bus at all on Monday.” She and her two students worked for three more hours mapping out distribution routes, and as soon as she finished teaching her 8 o’clock class that morning Jo

Ann Robinson began calling other members of the WPC and driving around the city to meet them at strategic drop-off locations with bundles of leaflets. She said: “By 2 o’clock, thousands of the mimeographed handbills had changed hands many times. Practically every black man, woman, and child in Montgomery knew the plan and was passing the word along. No one knew where the notices had come from or who had arranged for their circulation, and no one cared. Those who passed them on did so efficiently, quietly, and without comment.

But deep within the heart of every black person was a joy he or she dared not reveal.” Jo Ann Robinson continued to work quietly behind the scenes, but was known well enough to become a target of violence like Dr. King and many others: one police officer threw a rock through her home’s window and another poured acid on her car. That did not stop her. As Dr. King put it, “Apparently indefatigable, she, perhaps more than any other person, was active on every level of the protest.”WI

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number of black-owned businesses increased by 60.5 percent to 1.9 million, more than triple the national rate of 18.0 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners. Over the same period, receipts generated by blackowned businesses increased 55.1 percent to $137.5 billion. “’Black-owned businesses continued to be one of the fastest growing segments of our economy, showing rapid growth in both the number of businesses and total sales during this time period,’ said Census Bureau Deputy Director Thomas Mesenbourg.” The variation of home ownership can also be a factor. “Home ownership may provide an important catalyst to small business growth, but it may also serve as a barrier to entry for prospective entrepreneurs,” the SBA said. “For instance, business growth can bridge the wealth gap between minorities and non-minorities

across geneder. Among existing businesses, home ownership significantly decreases the probability of loan denials and can be critical to such growth.” According to Census data, 78.2 percent of business owners owned homes in 2012. Research shows that 72.6 percent of Whites own homes, 58.7 percent of Asians, 47.2 percent of Hispanics and 43.8 percent of Blacks. Clearly, a number of factors contribute to whether Blacks own their own businesses. The SBA must play of stronger role in opening the doors for Blacks, not just “minorities.”WI George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA.) He is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. Curry can be reached through his Web site, www.georgecurry.com. You can also follow him at www.twitter.com/currygeorge and George E. Curry Fan Page on Facebook.

finish their homework, or eat their vegetables when she is busy doing first lady-like things. On this trip Mrs. Obama apparently won praise from ordinary Chinese people who met her, just as she does from ordinary American people who meet her. They said she is a conscientious and attentive listener. Her elegant fashion choices were also a big hit in China, according to the reports I read, but looking good in nice clothes should be (and obviously is) easy for anyone who is as fine as strained-talcum-powder, as she is. While I’m on the subject, President Obama is kind-of “easy on the eyes” himself, which brings me back to his really pretty daughters and the importance of their grandmother in their lives. I once visited the home of a girl named Joyce I met when I was a college student. Her grandmother met me and interrogated me when I en-

tered the house, as to my intentions, before her granddaughter was even permitted to come downstairs for our visit. For the remainder of that school year I was always careful to conduct myself in the manner I had been taught by my own mother, lest some report of bad behavior on my part get back to Joyce’s grandmother. And so if Mrs. Marian Robinson and her daughter, the first lady Michelle Robinson Obama, work this the way I suspect they will, then daughters Malia and Sasha will grow up to be as beautiful from the inside-out, as they are too look at. And if they are as good at judging and choosing the character of their male companions as their mother and grandmother were, then there won’t be any need for a membership in any gun clubs for First Dad, Barack Obama.WI

had a hard time obtaining business loans in a depressed economy, but they are recovering at a faster rate than Blacks. “This is the fallout from the recession and housing bust,” J. Patrick Kelley, a deputy associate administrator of the SBA, told the Wall Street Journal. “The borrowers hardest hit… are the last to see a recovery come to them.” According to the SBA Office of Advocacy, Black business owners made up 49.9 percent of all minority owners in 2012. Asians made up 29.6 percent and Hispanics 10.3 percent. Overall, Blacks own 14.6 percent of U.S. businesses and women own 36 percent. When it comes to Black businesses, there is good news and bad news. A Census Bureau press release, dated Feb. 8, 2011 stated: “From 2002 to 2007, the

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