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May is Mental Health Awareness Month Taraji P. Henson, Celebs Tout Mental Health Awareness

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By Stacy M. Brown WI Senior Writer D.C.’s own Taraji P. Henson and DeWanda Wise are just a couple of the many celebrities lending their support to increase mental health awareness. Henson, star of the hit television show “Empire,” and Wise, the star of Netflix’s reprisal of Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It,” are a part of a campaign from the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI). The District-based organization has launched #CureStigma, a campaign to raise awareness for the 1 in 5 adults living with a mental health condition. “What better time to do this than during the month of May, which has been designated Mental Health Awareness Month,” said Sandra Cofield, a Northeast personal trainer who suffers from a form of mental illness. “To have celebrities — well-known celebrities — join in and support this cause is tremendous because it does kind of lessens the stigma and affords your everyday person to come forward with whatever problem they might be dealing with privately.” According to NAMI, African Americans sometimes experience more severe forms of mental  health conditions due to unmet needs and other barriers. The  Health  and Human Services office of Minority  Health  reported that African Americans are 20 percent more likely to experi-

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5 Howard University alum and actor Chadwick Boseman delivers the commencement address and a Wakanda salute on May 12. /Photo by Roy Lewis SEE PAGE 42 for complete story and more photos

Malcolm X Week Returns to D.C. after Long Hiatus

Homelessness in the District declined for a second year in a row, according to a federal report released last week. The Metropolitan Council of Governments annual report shows homelessness decreased by nearly 8 percent from last year in the D.C. However, this year’s 6,904 figure from 7,473 last year still remains higher than a previous count five years ago at 6,865.

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Organizers Hope to Reach New Generation of Activists By D. Kevin McNeir WI Editor @dkevinmcneir It’s been more than 20 years since Washington, D.C. took centerstage with a week of events commemorating the life, achievements and contributions of Malcolm X. Finally, the wait’s over with seminars, summits and a march among the many planned activities, May 14-20 in venues across the District, which organizers say will address some of the most pressing issues facing urban communities today. Charles Stephenson, Jr., a former Congressional staffer and Malcolm X

Week co-founder, says he and others committed to the celebration and its resurgence, hope that it will catch fire with today’s youth so “we can begin to work with and cultivate a new generation of activists.” “When we first began planning Malcolm X celebrations, we were focused on bringing greater unity to our community while also creating a platform for organizations concerned with social justice, civil rights and more equitable education where we could all sit down, put our heads together and work toward solutions,” said Stephenson, who has been a staunch advocate

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Actor Harry with law enforcement's handling Davis-Nickens said anyone agencies, a Child's Life ProtecLennix, who narrated a campaign television ad for Jealous ofviewed the situation, she decided to who reads Marlow's book will tion Act and mandatory counselin the Baltimore market, also plans to attend. 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By Tatyana Hopkins WI Staff Writer The appeal of the nearly $600 million redevelopment of the Brookland Manor complex in Northeast will halt the first phase of construction and force the developer to reconsider its plans for the 20-acre, 19-building housing complex at the corner of Rhode Island Avenue and 14th Street. In May 2017, the District’s zoning board approved a sizable portion of the Brookland Manor redevelopment, but legal challenges issued by residents may push the start date of the nearly 10-year redevelopment plan. On May 7, Minne Elliot, president of the Brookland Manor/ Brentwood Village Resident Association, asked the D.C. Court of Appeals to review the D.C. Zoning Commission’s April order that allowed MidCity to begin construction on the initial phase of its 200-unit senior building and a building with 131 affordable units to relocate current residents. More than 370 of the complex, which made up of 535 residential units that range in size from one bedroom to five, are currently subsidized by the government for low-income renters. Other residents hold subsidized housing vouchers that can be used at any complex that accepts them. The complex’s Bethesda-based owner, MidCity Financial Corp., has committed to keeping 373 affordable units in the complex after reconstruction, which will have a total of 1,760 units. But the redevelopment has garnered mixed feelings amongst its current residents.

Those who oppose the project say they do not oppose redevelopment, just specific aspects about the plan that they think will have an adverse impact on families and low-income residents, arguing that a complex that will triple its density should have more than 22 percent of the new construction be dedicated to affordable housing. The legal requirement for such a project is eight to 10 percent. William Merrifield, Elliot’s lawyer and a staff attorney for the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, has argued that the plan for Brookland Manor’s redevelopment would cause displacement of current residents, especially with the plan’s call for the elimination of large threeand four-bedroom units. “This developer wants to triple the number of units on site, but we’re saying if you want to triple density, [the developer needs] to return the same number of affordable units at the same bedroom size,” Merrifield said. “There would be no appeal if the plan would not eliminate overall affordably and the community has a right to fight back against gentrification and displacement.” He also said that family members who have to chose between living alone in the redevelopment’s senior building for those 62 or older or staying with family members. Thaddeus James, a 14-year resident at Brookland Manor and supporter of the redevelopment, filed a civil suit against Elliot following the appeal. “I’m pushing back,” James

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1875 – African-American jockey Oliver Lewis wins the first Kentucky Derby. 1954 – In the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that public school segregation is illegal. 1956 – Boxing great Sugar Ray Leonard is born in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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1925 – Black revolutionary Malcolm X is born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska. 1930 – Lorraine Hansberry, famed African-American playwright best known for “A Raisin in the Sun,” is born in Chicago. 1952 – Eccentric model and singer Grace Jones is born in Spanish Town, Jamaica.

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1862 – Mary Patterson becomes the first Black woman in U.S. history to be awarded a master’s degree. She earned it from Oberlin College in Ohio. 1969 – Police and National Guardsmen open fire on student demonstrators at predominantly Black North Carolina A&T University, leaving one student dead. Five policemen were injured. 2009 – A Black man — James Young — is elected mayor of Philadelphia, Mississippi — a town that, during the 1960s,

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Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle will wed Saturday.Will you be watching the royal wedding? ANNTOINETTE ANGRUM / WASHINGTON, D.C.

I am watching everything about them! Finally, something to smile about!

DEBORAH GARY / PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA

Watching the royal wedding? Why? We should be following the kings and queens in Africa. The stories of their princes and princesses are just as relevant. I watch “Coming To America” anytime I find it on TV. Long live Zamunda!

CHRIS PAHL / CLAYTON, NORTH CAROLINA

Now I am interested in watching the royal wedding. [Bishop Michael Curry, who will give the sermon,] is an amazing person and a fantastic speaker. I cannot wait to hear his words. We were extremely lucky to have had him lead the Episcopal Church in North Carolina, and now the entire Episcopal Church in America.

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The first and only time my father told me he loved me occurred just hours before his death – succumbing to lung cancer after being a longtime two-pack-a-day smoker. While he expressed his love for me in a myriad of ways, he never actually said it. I suppose because of his own upbringing in rural Alabama with a father who ruled the roost with fear and intimidation, a loving relationship with his father was something that he’d never experienced. Besides, Black fathers don’t tell their sons they love them. Such expressions are reserved for our daughters who we smother with our affection. Those closest to me would tell me that my father boasted about my accomplishments, glowed with pride over even the smallest things I did, even beating on his chest like a giddy male gorilla whenever he and other fathers began to compare and brag about their sons.

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But he never said it to me. He never said, “I love you.” And I wanted, no, I needed to hear it. In what would be his final hours of life, my mother looked my old man in the eyes and told him to “say it” and “tell him.” She would have to repeat her admonition several times before Daddy finally said what I’d been waiting to hear for my entire life. I’ve come to understand that being a Black father to a growing Black boy in a society that tends to express disdain for us, to fear us, to belittle us and to throw barriers in our way without remorse, can be an overwhelming task. But we cannot afford to shirk our responsibility. And while I have nothing but love for those sisters who find themselves raising their sons on their own, there are some things that mothers cannot pass on to their boys. Some aspects of the rite of passage from boyhood to manhood need to be handled “man to man.” These thoughts came to mind when my own son, now 24 and working in New York City in corporate America, called me a few evenings ago. He was frustrated by the way his superiors are treating him. He wants more but doesn’t know exactly what that “more” entails. And he cannot understand why the playing field remains skewed because of race. I had to pull his feelings out of

him and I did so, gently but firmly. And we talked longer than we have in a very long time. Then, as our conversation drew to a close, I said to him, “I love you.” Then, I said it again. And then, just for good measure, I said for a third time. He kind of mumbled something back which I knew equated to his own sharing of those “three words” – and I smiled to myself. I didn’t care that he hadn’t chosen to shout it out to the heavens, nor did it matter that he had not adopted the “Super Bowl shout out” that athletes tend to do, thanking their mothers with words of endearment after their gridiron victory while often saying nothing about or to their fathers. You see, I had done my job. And the next time we talk, or sit down together, I’m going to tell my man-child over and over that I love him. I’m going to remind him that I’ve got his back. I’m going to recount the reasons why I’m proud of him. Stevie Wonder said it best: “These three words, sweet and simple. These three words, short and kind, these three words always kindle an aching heart to smile inside.” The world may not encourage my little boy who’s now all grown up, but I certainly will. Words still matter! WI

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Civil Right Groups Sue Mayor for Police Data By Tatyana Hopkins WI Staff Writer A coalition of civil rights groups have filed a lawsuit against D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and two other top city officials for a delay in the legally required collection and reporting of police stop-and frisk data. Black Lives Matter D.C., Stop Police Terror Project and the American Civil Liberties Union of the District of Columbia asked a court to order Bowser, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Kevin Donahue and Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Chief Peter Newsham to comply with a provision of the Neighborhood Achieves Results Act, or NEAR Act, that requires the city’s police to collect comprehensive data on all stop-andfrisks conducted in the District beginning in October 2016. The groups filed the lawsuit May 4 but filed a motion for preliminary injunction Tuesday, May 8. The lawsuit follows a twofold demand letter sent to the mayor’s office and MPD by the coalition in late March ordering that MPD provide the legally required stop-and-frisk data collected since the passing of the NEAR Act or provide a plan and timeline for doing so if they have failed to implement the law. The groups also threatened to take legal action if their demands were not met. “The time for games is over,” said April Goggans, a core organizer of Black Lives Matter D.C. “The District’s unacceptable delay in implementing the NEAR Act’s requirement to collect data on stops and frisks suggests that Bowser and Newsham are scared of wha Goggans said the data was necessary for the community to hold D.C. police accountable. According to the groups’ letter, African Americans represented 89 percent of the reported 2,224 reported use-of-force incidents by MPD in fiscal 2017 despite making up only 47 percent of the District’s population. They said anecdotal reports indicate similar racial disparity in the use of stop-and-frisk by police in the District, but a lack of detailed data makes it impossible to back that claim. In February 2017, ACLU’s

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D.C. chapter filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the city’s stop-and-frisk data, but the mayor’s office responded that no records exist that meet the NEAR Act’s data-collection requirements. Following the demand letter, Newsham admitted during a D.C. Council oversight hearing that MPD was “guilty” of not implementing the law. Donahue also told the Council the $150,000 initially allocated to make the necessary changes to implement that law, would be insufficient to achieve full implementation. In testimony before the Council, Donahue indicated that few steps have been taken to implement the law’s data collection requirements. He said currently the city collects information about the “most intensive” police encounters in the city through its arrest record though the NEAR Act requires MPD to collect information on all stops and frisks including the date, location and time of the stop; the approximate duration of the stop; demographic information about person stopped; the alleged violation; whether a search was conducted; and whether the stop resulted in an arrest. Donahue said that though the portion of the NEAR Act that relates to collection of stop-andfrisk data does not have a reporting requirement, the data will nevertheless be publicly shared. “We are putting [the data] out there because I think that is the intention and the spirit of the NEAR Act,” he said. The coalition’s preliminary injunction is based on the power of the D.C. courts to compel action that is mandated by law but has been “unreasonably delayed” by the executive branch. “Bowser has abdicated her duty to follow the law,” said Monica Hopkins, executive director of ACLU D.C. “By stalling, then making excuses for not collecting this critical data, she has sent the message that police transparency and accountability are not D.C. values. It leaves us no choice but to ask the court to compel the mayor to enforce a law she’s sworn to uphold.” A Bowser representative said the administration does not comment on pending litigation. WI

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HOMELESS from Page 1 In the region, the total number of homeless individuals counted was 10,480. That figure represents a decrease of more than 6 percent in the number of people experiencing homelessness in the area. “It’s encouraging that we are continuing to make progress, but we clearly have more work to do as a region, said Matt Letourneau, Loudoun County supervisor and board chairman of the Metropolitan Washington Coalition of Governments. Five of nine participating jurisdictions in the metro area saw a decrease in the number of persons experiencing homelessness from 2017 to 2018. The other four jurisdictions saw minor increases over the same period. The District had the greatest reduction in homelessness recorded from 2017 to 2018 with 569 fewer homeless individuals, followed by Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties both having 54 fewer individuals counted in each county. Prince George’s county saw the largest reduction in the percentage rate of those experiencing homelessness between the 2017 and 2018 counts, with a 10 percent decrease. The largest increase in persons counted was in Fairfax County with 23 individuals more individuals than last year, while Frederick County experienced the largest percentage increase with a 19 percent jump. Eight of nine jurisdictions in the area experienced a decline in the number of person experiencing homelessness between the 2014 and 2018 counts. In the District, there was a net decrease in the overall number of unsheltered people in the city, especially in family homelessness which decreased by 20.8 percent since last year, and by nearly 40 percent since the 2016 point-in-time count. However, the number of individuals experiencing homelessness increased by 5.2 percent. “We know what it takes to make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring, and the investments and reforms we have made over the past three years are producing meaningful outcomes for families,” said Laura Zeilinger, director of the D.C. Department of Human Ser-

vices. Zeilinger said the department has made reforms to create “low-barriers” to housing assistance by providing social services and financial aid to prevent the need for shelter stays. She accounted the increase in unaccompanied adults in the city to more people entering the city’s system from surrounding areas. She said while the city continues to work with its regional neighbors, its priority in the meantime is to address the issues of those entering the system without regard for where they are from. “The mayor’s fiscal 2019 budget makes the investments needed to continue our progress with an increased prioritization of unaccompanied adults,” Zeilinger said. The upcoming budget includes $23 million in new investments to the Bowser’s administration’s long-term comprehensive plan to combat homelessness, Homeward D.C. The plan includes $40 million for the construction of a new 801 East emergency and temporary housing program for men and $9.5 million to provide permanent supportive housing and other services to single homeless adults. “We need to be able to provide residents with services regardless of where they are in the region,” said D.C. Council member Robert White, who is vice chairman on the Coalition of Governments board. “We have to figure out a way to work collectively to assist those homeless persons crossing through our jurisdictions.” Overall, the number of formerly homeless people now living in some form of permanent housing increased by 14 percent to nearly 22,000 people across the region. In D.C., the number of homeless veterans increased by 8 percent. But the increase may be part of a larger national trend as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reported that the nation saw an increase last year for the first time in seven years. But, even despite the one-year increase, the region reduced veteran homelessness by 25 percent. The annual homeless count is conducted mainly by volunteers on a night in January, so the results may vary based on factors such as weather. WI

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PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY Black Lawmakers Organize Future Black Agenda By William J. Ford WI Staff Writer @jabariwill ANNAPOLIS — Black legislators in Maryland plan to organize an agenda to help the Black community and have it ready by 2030. Delegate Darryl Barnes (D-District 25) of Upper Marlboro, who chairs the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, said Tuesday the goal will be for various organizations and young adults to formulate recommen-

dations and integrate them into law. It will focus on five pillars: housing, criminal justice reform, education, health care and economic justice. The year 2030 ensures a detailed written plan would be utilized for future lawmakers and current struggles in the Black community eradicated. “We believe everyone has a voice and everyone has an opportunity to share your ideas, share your dislikes … and how to move forward,” Barnes said. Darius Stanton, treasurer for

5Maryland Delegate Jazz Lewis (right) speaks with community and business leaders in Annapolis about health care topics during a May 15 meeting of Black lawmakers to prepare an agenda for the Black community in the state. /Photo by William J. Ford

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tatives from the Baltimore state’s attorney’s office, Baltimore City Community College, nonprofit organizations and other businesses presented their views on what lawmakers should asses. Kym Taylor, vice president of marketing and strategic solutions for Family Choice Healthcare in Lanham, expressed concern about whether seniors will be addressed in the proposal. So, Taylor joined a committee to address health care. Delegate Jazz Lewis (D-District 24) of Landover assisted in organizing the group. The Rev. Kobi Little, a member of the NAACP Maryland State Conference in Baltimore, said Blacks in the state’s jails and prisons must be constantly talked about and pushed to the masses. He said the state’s Black population stands at 30 percent, but 80 percent of Blacks are incarcerated. “By the time 2030 comes, we ought to never say, ‘There are more African Americans in pris-

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on than the population of this state,’” he said. “That has got to be our number one issue. It is slavery in the worst sense.” Little jumped on the criminal justice committee chaired by Delegate Erek Barron (D-District 24) of Mitchellville. Delegate Edith Patterson of Charles County, first vice chair of the Black caucus, led an education discussion for Blacks to receive more financial literacy, incorporate reading programs and restructure the system when it comes to student achievement. Tina Dove, a former teacher who now works as an organizational specialist with the state Education Association, said teachers want more instructional time as opposed to months of preparation for students to take the PARCC exam. In terms of economics, Delegate Benjamin Brooks of Baltimore County said a person with a bad driving record can still succeed with good credit. “It just shows how important credit is,” he said to a group he will chair on labor, employment and training. Committees will meet periodically to prepare a draft of the plan by November 2019. Barnes asked for those who attended Tuesday’s discussion to not stray away and support a July 7 unity breakfast at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt.  “You guys have committed to what we are trying to do,” Barnes said. “In order to make change, you have to be involved in the change process. I am begging for your support. We cannot do this by ourselves.” WI

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District 24 Candidates Highlight Discussion with Homeowners Association By William J. Ford WI Staff Writer @jabariwill Twenty candidates running for various state and Prince George’s County offices presented their platforms on education, criminal justice and other topics that affect the central region of the county. The Balk Hill Village Homeowners Association, a group that represents a single-family and townhouse residential community near the Woodmore Towne Centre in Glenarden, hosted a candidate’s forum Saturday, May 12. Two gubernatorial candidates, James Hugh Jones II, a Democratic from Baltimore City, and Shawn Hill, a Libertarian candidate from Calvert County, spoke first to address a few dozen residents. One of the homeowners, Mike Mitchell, had a stern message for both men. “I’m deeply disappointed that both of you gentlemen don’t know about the issues in Prince George’s County,” he said. “That is deeply alarming to me.” The other candidates seeking the Democratic nomination in the June 26 primary included former Rep. Donna Edwards and Billy Bridges running for county executive; Aisha Braveboy, Mike Lyles and state Sen. Victor Ramirez for state’s attorney; state senatorial District 24 candidate Tiffany Alston. Her opponent, Everett Browning Sr., left for a family emergency. Incumbent state Sen. Joanne C. Benson wasn’t in attendance. Two County Council candidates for District 5 — former state Delegate Jolene Ivey and former Bladensburg Mayor Walter Lee James Jr. — had a spirited discussion that included a proposal for Ernest Maier Inc. to open a concrete batching plant in Bladensburg to produce cement. James approves of the plan and Ivey doesn’t. After they finished, Ivey and James smiled and embraced as several people in the audience clapped. The biggest contingent featured 10 of the 11 candidates who seek three open seats for state delegate in District 24, which includes the towns of Capitol Heights and Fairmount Heights and unincorporated communities of Lake Arbor and portions of Mitchellville. Without a person keeping track of time, it took about 35 minutes to complete introductions. With the retirement of longtime state Delegate Carolyn J.B. How-

ard, at least one new person could represent District 24. Incumbents Erek Barron and Jazz Lewis seek re-election. The other candidates they will face are County Councilwoman Andrea Harrison (D-District 5) of Springdale; Capitol Heights Mayor Marnitta King; former Glenarden Mayor Donjuan Williams; Maurice Simpson Jr., president of the county’s Young Democrats; LaTasha Ward; Sia Finoh; Delaneo Miller; and Michelle Wright. The other candidate, Joyce Starks, didn’t attend. One of the main topics throughout the forum focused on the county’s school system, which featured a question from Balk Hill resident Elijah N. Gross Jr. one who supports a fully elected school board.

“I’m deeply disappointed that both of you gentlemen don’t know about the issues in Prince George’s County. That is deeply alarming to me.” Mike Mitchell Homeowner “We need to support the school board back to the way it was,” he said. If elected, Simpson, a legislative aide for County Council, said he would propose legislation for that to happen. He also said residents must elect the right people to the school board who will challenge school officials and hold them accountable. Lewis also supports a fully elected board, but said “shared governance” for the county executive to manage the selection of the school system’s CEO, or superintendent, and the school board members to fire that person. Because the school board doesn’t have taxing authority, Williams said the state and county governments fund the school system “giving [schools] what they think they should have.” When asked about ways to improve Prince George’s from a state perspective, Harrison said she would change some of the state formulas in how money gets dis-

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5Delegate Erek Barron introduces himself during a May 12 candidates’ forum hosted by the Balk Hill Village Homeowners Association. /Photo by William J. Ford

tributed to schools. Barron, who voted against the more than $6 billion incentive package for Amazon to build a second headquarters in Montgomery County, said that money can benefit school construction and health care. Finoh, who runs a nonprofit organization called Education for Africans that works with teenage girls, would push for legislation to ensure affordable day care would be provided for single mothers like herself. Ward, a member of the county’s Democratic Central Committee, said she would implement tougher sentences for those who commit vehicular homicides, especially to pedestrians. Ward owns a business across the street from the Addison Road-Seat Pleasant Metro station. More high-profile businesses such as The Cheesecake Factory will move into the county once the education system improves and county’s stigma changes, said Miller, a youth football coach and political neophyte. Wright, a licensed realtor and former member of the county’s community college center for minority business, said the state must make college more affordable by bridging the gap between community colleges to four-year institutions. In regard to transportation, King, the mayor of Capitol Heights since 2014, said more planning and oversight of State Highway Administration is necessary to maintain roads. Marvin Taylor, a Balk Hill resident who moderated the forum, said voters should pay attention to what the state delegate candidates say and information they present. “Please read their literature,” he said. “You can vote for up to three. It’s important.” WI

What Next? With Dr. Kevin Maxell CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools, ceding the request of several major County Executive candidates and Board Members to step down, what’s next? The school system is the bell weather of the Prince George’s community – a determinate for housing values, the County’s economy and overall growth. The achromous debate citing failure must change to a strategic conversation on building a first rate institution. The core of this debate must focus on preparing our children for a complex and nuanced economy. It’s essential that our children are able to excel in a shifting economy that will demand multiple skills of analysis, comprehension and reason. Our school system, then must offer multiple innovative pathways to success including middle college programs, technical workforce and other subject concentrations. In the ensuing days, candidates must be compelled to lay out their insights on building a first rate system. Based on their experiences and promising practices, what systemic changes are required? What alignments (higher education institutions, community groups & businesses) are required to forge collaborative success? Most importantly, what is success and how do we get there? For the sake of our children, end the debate on failure and replace it with a pathway of hope. Not a member? Please visit our website, www.pgcoc.org or drop by for a visit to get started! Membership is good for a full calendar year, so it’s always a good time to join! David C. Harrington President & CEO Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce www.pgcoc.org

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BUSINESS Car-Sharing Service Plans to Expand in D.C. By William J. Ford WI Staff Writer @jabariwill As Metro continues constant maintenance work at its rail stations, a car-sharing service owned by General Motors plans to add 75 vehicles in the District by Memorial Day weekend. Maven, which moved into the city nearly two years ago, plans to have a total of 170 vehicles that range from compact cars such as the Chevy Spark to lavish SUVs such as the Cadillac Escalade. Some of the 50 locations Maven vehicles are available for residents and visitors in neighborhoods and public garages include Columbia Heights in Northwest, the Waterfront in Southwest, Navy Yard in Southeast and Dupont Circle in Northwest. Vehicle rates start at $8 an hour, or $80 per day with no membership fee. Riders can access the Maven app through smartphones and iPhones. The company also provides OnStar services with keyless entry, Wi-Fi and roadside assistance.

Scott Hall, Maven’s East Coast region manager, said the company rents additional parking spaces from residents to park vehicles in proximity to a Metrorail station or bus stop. “Our hope is to grow in every nook and cranny in the city,” Hall said in an interview Friday, May 12. According to an interactive map and confirmed by Hall, no vehicles are currently available east of the Anacostia River. “As we continue to evolve and expand into other areas of the city, [the company wants] folks that may not be in a five-minute or seven-minute walk of our vehicles to easily jump on a bus [and] to jump on a Metro line to get where our vehicles happen to be and let them take advantage of our service,” he said. The company launch for more vehicles will happen May 26-27, the same weekend when Metro will complete final repairs on portions of the Red Line between the Dupont Circle and Van Ness stations in Northwest. The transit agency will provide

5A look at the Maven ride-sharing service app /Courtesy of Maven

free shuttle bus service from those stations with stops in Woodley Park, Cleveland Park and the National Zoo. Zoo travelers who commute on the shuttle can receive a 20 percent discount on retail purchases at the zoo, according to Metro. The shuttle buses can take free shuttle buses from the zoo entrance and travel back to a Red Line station. “Our message to the region is, don’t let a little track work discourage you from taking a trip to the National Zoo during this great time of year to visit,” said Lynn Bowersox, Metro’s assistant general manager. Metro also will prepare for a three-year, $300 million capital project to renovate outdoor platforms at 20 Metrorail stations. The project would begin next year in Northern Virginia that will affect the Blue and Yellow lines at Braddock Road, King Street and Eisenhower Avenue stations. In the process, rail service south of Reagan National Airport will be

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“What these women have described in their accounts is domestic violence, plain and simple.”

D.C. Organization Calls Out Eric Schneiderman By Stacy M. Brown WI Senior Writer The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a women’s rights organization in northwest D.C., said its members were appalled to learn of the allegations of intimate partner violence, including physical assault and strangulation, against New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman by four women. The group said in a news release that it was particularly angry

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with Schneiderman’s oft-characterization of himself as one of the “leading supportive male voices in the #MeToo movement,” when he himself is an abuser of women, is rank hypocrisy. “He engaged in the same behaviors he decried in others,” said Ruth Glenn, president and CEO of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a group that was founded in 1983 to be the voice of victims and survivors and catalyze change that leads to zero tolerance of do-

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mestic violence. “Despite authoring and shepherding a bill criminalizing strangulation to passage in New York state while serving as a New York state senator, he strangled his victims.” Four women have come for-

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ward accusing Schneiderman of subjecting them to nonconsensual physical violence. All have been reluctant to speak out, fearing reprisal, according to a bombshell report in The New Yorker, which also broke the story about Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual abuse. But two of the women, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, talked to The New Yorker  on the record, because they said they felt by doing so they could protect other women. They allege that he repeatedly hit them, often after drinking, frequently in bed and never with their consent. The two categorize the abuse he inflicted upon them as “assault,” according to The New Yorker. They did not report their allegations to the police at the time, but both said they eventually sought medical attention after having been slapped hard across the ear and face, and also choked. Selvaratnam said Schneiderman warned her he could have her followed and her phones tapped, and both said that he threatened to kill them if they broke up with him. Schneiderman’s spokesperson said that he “never made any of these threats.” A third former romantic partner of Schneiderman’s told Manning Barish and Selvaratnam that he also repeatedly subjected her to nonconsensual physical violence, but she told them that she is too frightened of him to come forward. A fourth woman, an attorney who has held prominent positions in the New York legal

community, said Schneiderman made an advance toward her. When she rebuffed him, he slapped her across the face with such force that it left a mark that lingered the next day. In a statement, Schneiderman said, “In the privacy of intimate relationships, I have engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity. I have not assaulted anyone. I have never engaged in nonconsensual sex, which is a line I would not cross.” However, Glenn’s organization noted that the former attorney general’s public statements do not respond to the allegations of emotional and psychological abuse, nor do they address his threats, including death threats and threats to misuse his power as an officer of the law to monitor and to punish them. Blaming the assaults on role-playing and other consensual sexual activity is a transparent attempt to deny all culpability and to shift blame elsewhere, and the words of Michelle Manning Barish, Tanya Selvaratnam and his other unnamed and verified accusers strongly contradicts his narrative, Glenn said. “What these women have described in their accounts is domestic violence, plain and simple,” she said. “Physical and sexual abuse often are intertwined as tools to exert power and control by an abuser over the victim “Schneiderman’s attempts to use his position as an office of the law to intimidate his victims and circumvent the law are especially abhorrent.” WI

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Kamenetz Death Opens Up Gubernatorial Primary By William J. Ford WI Staff Writer @jabariwill The shocking death of Baltimore County Executive and gubernatorial candidate Kevin Kamenetz left a crowded Democratic field wide open. Kamenetz, who stood as one of the top three frontrunners in the Democratic race, suffered a heart attack Thursday, May 10 after participating in a forum at Bowie State University hours earlier. He was 60. Although Kamenetz sharply criticized Gov. Larry Hogan on statewide policies, Hogan ordered flags flown at half-staff. Donna Duncan, assistant deputy administrator at Maryland Board of Elections, said the campaign has until Thursday, May 17 to make a decision on who will replace Kamenetz. State law allows his running

mate Valerie Ervin to either drop out of the race, become the gubernatorial candidate, or remain as a lieutenant governor hopeful and choose a person as a substitute for Kamenetz. His campaign reported earlier this year it had raised slightly more than $2 million, the most among his Democratic challengers in the June 26 primary. Dozens of Democratic and Republican officials at the federal, state and local level, including former Rep. Donna Edwards, a longtime friend of Ervin, attended Kamenetz’ funeral Friday, May 11 at the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation. “Our dads joined the Air Force together before we were born and before they were married to our mothers,” Edwards said of Ervin after a candidates’ forum Saturday, May 12. “Valerie and I are not political allies. We are friends. It would be great for someone to

be in the governor’s office who understands education.” As for the Kamenetz campaign, it pushed several proposals including an education plan to return control of school calendars to local school systems, an increase of the state’s annual allocation for school construction projects, and the appointment of

a similar Thornton Commission to analyze and eliminate inequities against the state’s four historically Black colleges and universities. Kamenetz led a county of 838,000, a population larger than at least four other states, ranks as the third-largest jurisdiction in the state behind Mont-

gomery and Prince George’s. In an interview in January, Kamenetz proclaimed the county as “a statewide leader” that requires all 1,400 police officers to wear body cameras. He also pushed for a $1.3 billion plan to renovate or build 90 schools in the county. WI

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South Africa’s labor-employee relations rank among the worst in the world and this is chasing investors away, The Sunday Tribune reported May 13. The World Economic Forum’s World Competitiveness report, which was released last week, ranked South Africa last out of 137 countries. Economist Dawie Roodt (left) of the Efficiency Group said South Africans should be alarmed. “Who would throw his money into a country which has the worst labor-employee relationship?” he said, adding that the poor ranking was likely affected by the political uncertainty during former President Jacob Zuma’s tenure. The ranking is directly linked to the low levels of trust between employers and employees in the country — a mistrust that has been cultivated over many years. Cosatu, South Africa’s largest labor federation, said it was “shocked” by the report. Cosatu President S’dumo Dlamini said he had not expected the WEF to paint such a grim picture and that he hoped President Cyril Ramaphosa uses his skills to redeem labor-employee relations.

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HEALTH The Art of Aging By Brittany E. Tillman, CHES “I want to look that good when I grow up.” No need to fantasize about the state of your health as you grow older. Stay on top of it in your younger days and you too can age gracefully by looking and feeling good. While the World Health Organization (WHO) projects that by the year 2050 our elderly population will increase from 524 million in 2010 to nearly 1.5 billion in 2050, we must learn how to age and not ail.

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The three leading chronic diseases that affect our aging population are heart disease, stroke and cancer. The burden of managing chronic diseases can be taxing, especially to the pocket due to the financial load of health care costs. The doctors’ visits, pharmacy expenses, urgent care and ambulatory expenses can be burdensome on top of the chronic disease or illness. Dementia, decrease in bone density, obesity and diabetes are other conditions that chal-

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lenge the aging population. It has been projected that in the next few decades, 115 million individuals will live with Alzheimer’s disease. Regular exercise can reduce the risk and early onset of the disease by 50 percent with a consistent fitness

regimen. Exercises like yoga are great for flexibility, balance and coordination. Be social and avoid constant isolation with social gatherings, join an organization or group, do volunteer work, go on dates with friends and engage in social activities. A healthy diet can help reduce the risks of Alzheimer’s disease by eating foods like

fruits and vegetables, especially papayas, dark green leafy vegetables, such as kale, amaranth, turnip greens, okra, dandelion greens, romaine and arugula lettuce and watercress. Indulge in salmon, Atlantic/ Pacific mackerel, lake trout and seaweed. Keep the brain active and stimulated by reading, cross-

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AGING from Page 20 word puzzles, and memory games with the grand or great-grandchildren, learn a new subject or pick up a new hobby. Grandparents tend to love to knit, sew or cook. In today’s society use phones or tablet games and applications to connect with others. CBD oil is great for reducing inflammation of the brain tissue; in which brain inflammation occurs in the degenerative process of Alzheimer’s disease, combats memory loss, cognitive functioning and behavior changes. CBD is the non-psychoactive ingredient in the marijuana plant. So yes, get yourself a medical marijuana prescription. Check your state laws and enroll in the available programs. In Washington, D.C., a patient can receive a medical marijuana prescription with the recommendation of a licensed D.C. physician. The number one cause of injuries to the aging population is falls. American Hospital Association (AHA) outlines that more than one-third of adults 65 and older fall each year. Out of that number, 20-30 percent suffer modest injuries, such as hip fractures. As you age and around post-menopause, you lose bone density. During this period the arches to the foot become less prom-

inent and resultant of height decreases. Due to mineral loss, the bones of the arms and legs become fragile; the joints grow stiffer and less flexible; hip and knee joints lose cartilage and lean body mass decreases due to the loss of muscle tissue. As a result, you will observe falls, fractures, bone breaks, reduction in mobility and flexibility and loss of balance. Bone density loss is inevitable but we can strengthen our bones to the best of our ability. Calcium and Magnesium are essential for healthy bones, teeth, proper function of the heart, muscles and nerves. Since our bodies can’t produce these minerals we must consume them in our diets. Not just any food, but diligent selections from alkaline foods, like dark green leafy vegetables and nuts, such as hemp seeds, Brazil nuts and walnuts. A supplemental hidden gem is Glucosamine/Chondroitin/ MSM.

This supplement will aid in stimulating the body to produce more cartilage and ward off pains of arthritis and osteoarthritis. Be cautious when taking Glucosamine because it may increase blood sugar and along with chondroitin it may interfere with blood thinning medications. Exercise on a routine basis, because exercise can slow or prevent problems with bones, joints and muscles. Again, yoga is a great exercise, walking, very light weight lifting in the beginning, swimming, arm raises, squatting, leg raises, toe stands using a chair and stretching to name a few. A healthy balanced diet is super important in slowing down or preventing the degeneration of the mind and the body. Eat more alkaline foods, lessen and eliminate high acidic foods from your diet. Couple that with exercise and you can start to age more gracefully. WI

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HEALTH HEALTH from Page 1 ence mental health problems than the general population. Several public service announcements this month include NAMI’s celebrity ambassadors such as actors Andrea Barber, Jamie Gray Hyder, Clark Gregg, Maurice Benard and Utkarsh Ambudkar, former WWE star AJ Mendez, sports commentator Mauro Ranallo and singer-songwriter Stolar. Throughout the month, NAMI expects that more celebrity ambassadors will post their own “cures” for stigma on social media, encouraging their followers to visit www. curestigma.org and see if they’re “infected” themselves. “In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, join me in finding a cure for stigma,” Mendez says in her public service announcement. “Stigma is a virus that prevents people from seeking help. So

get tested at CureStigma.org and help save lives.” From a public service announcement promoting the involvement of Wise: “When a loved one is diagnosed with a mental health condition, many of us wonder what we may have done to cause their diagnosis. The lovely DeWanda Wise reminds us that we shouldn’t play the blame game. Help #CureStigma today at curestigma.org.” In another announcement from champion MMA fighter Frank Shamrock, the fighter offers a blunt assessment of stigma and what others should do: “Stigma promotes an environment of shame, fear and silence. This Mental Health Month, help #CureStigma.” For more information about the campaign, go to curestigma.org. For more information about NAMI, go to nami.org. WI

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The restored throne boasted McDaniel’s beloved Georgia Tech logo in the center of the back, chrome and porcelain details, and hydraulics that worked like new. “It was the best thing I could have done,” McDaniel said. “He [his father in law] meant so much to me and did so much for the country. His chair is probably better now than it ever was. When people come to my ‘man cave’ downstairs, it is a showstopper.” McDaniel paid $5,200 to restore his father-in-law’s legacy. “Worth every penny,” he said. “When [Stringer’s son], who didn’t want the chair, saw it, he almost had a fit. It’s beautiful.” McDaniel’s is just one of many, as Custom Barber Chairs has flourished in its unique business niche. The business began eight years ago when Kwame Innis noticed a photo of an antique chair in an obscure magazine. Impulsively, he bought a 1930s model for his home but found it difficult to find someone to refurbish it. Exasperated, he called friends Tutani in Atlanta and Rohan Balgobin in Houston, fellow photographers and website designers. He hoped they would see his vision and be willing to learn how to teach themselves — through trial and error — to restore vintage barber chairs. “Friends I could really trust because I knew this could take off,” Innis said. Tutani and Balgobin quickly came onboard. “I was open to the idea because at the time, I had moved from New York to Texas and things had slowed down,” Balgobin said. “And I was always good with my hands, fixing things and working with my Dad at his mechanics shop. And I liked the idea of us black men doing something with antiques. We carved a space.” Tutani, however, did not see it that way. Not at first. “I was Discover the world’s best walk-in bathtub from

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Facility Named After Thurgood Marshall By Brenda C. Siler WI Contributing Writer The Howard University School of Law has an illustrious civil rights history, evidenced by portraits of well-known judges, politicians and business people who are alumni along the school walls. One such alumnus, Thurgood Marshall, was head of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and chief attorney for plaintiffs in the landmark Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka case. Now the law school has created the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center, headed by Justin Hansford, an as-

sociate professor at the school who will serve as the center’s executive director. Hansford, a native Washingtonian, Howard University and Georgetown University Law School alumnus, came home to Howard to start the Civil Rights Center after spending time in St. Louis and Ferguson, Mo. He was an associate professor at Saint Louis University Law School, but he also was protesting and representing protesters in Ferguson, including the family of Michael Brown, a Black teen who was fatally shot in 2014 during an altercation with a police officer. His death led to protests in Ferguson and in other cities.

Hansford said his protests and advocacy role in the Michael Brown incident did not sit well with the higher-ups at Saint Louis Law School. “That was unpopular in St. Louis,” Hansford said. “Some of the people at the law school felt I was taking Mike Brown’s side. I was supposed to be neutral as a professor.” The tense work environment at Saint Louis Law School took a positive turn for Hansford. He left that law school for a teaching position at the Harvard University Law School, which led to a teaching position at Georgetown University Law School, then to the Civil Rights Center at Howard. Hansford described the center as a working blend of civil and human rights. “I’m not someone who believes litigation is the answer,” he said about the direction of the center. “I believe that to create social change, you have to go beyond the courtroom. You have to engage in organizing, policy approaches, and you have to change public opinion.” Danielle Holley-Walker, dean of the Howard law school, said she wants to ensure the center functions as a community-based operation that recognizes Howard’s past and future work. “Howard is the home of civil rights laws,” she said. “All of the

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major civil rights cases ever decided by the U.S. Supreme Court started with lawyers that graduated from this law school. If you don’t talk about your legacy and how you’re building on that legacy, pretty soon that legacy may die.” By engaging in community-based work, the center plans to expand the law school’s clinics on civil rights, fair housing, child welfare/family justice, investor justice and education, and intellectual property and trademark. The center has three components: litigation to represent citizens on legal actions, public policy work where law students research and testify for legislative change, and a think tank where academics and thought leaders come to the law school to discuss civil and human rights topics. Howard law students are actively involved in the center’s work on current civil rights issues. Second-year law student Kaisha Penn is a clinic staffer working directly on human and civil rights issues. One current clinic project, research of successful reparations cases in the U.S., will link with another clinic initiative in which Howard law students are contributing to a resource toolkit to help others work on securing reparations from institutions or individuals. Elijah Porter, another second-year law student at Howard, is editor-in-chief of the universi-

ty’s Human and Civil Rights Law Review. The review publishes the HCR Forum, a series of blogs posted throughout the year with real-time analyses of civil and human rights legal proceedings that the public can access. Law students will visit schools to conduct “Know Your Rights” sessions. Through the center, Howard law students also will use social media as a whistleblower tool to inform the public about activities that can infringe on civil liberties. Hansford said he desires to bring the resources of the center to neighborhoods in the District and suburban communities, particularly high school students in Ward 8. Some of his ideas for the center are to educate high school students about their human rights so that they have a sense of empowerment. He also wants to bring public and charter school students to the Howard campus to meet law students at the center. “We want to engage Washington, D.C., and the entire area in our work of trying to create social change,” Hansford said. “We want to bring in scholars, advocates, local and national lawyers, nonprofit legal organizations and other groups to see [Howard’s law school] is breaking new ground. That’s our agenda. I want us to get big wins that are tangible and that open people’s minds.” WI

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EDUCATION Maxwell Severance Talk Tabled Until at Least Summer By William J. Ford WI Staff Writer @jabariwill

Discussions on whether Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell will receive a severance package may take place after the school year ends June 20. Maxwell, who announced May 1 he will “transition” from the position next month, still has three years left on his four-year, $290,000 contract, in addition to health and other benefits. School board President Segun Eubanks said the school system’s current focus is on student testing and preparation for graduation ceremonies and getting the budget approved. “Right now, the focus should be on the students,” he said after a school board meeting Thursday, May 10. “When we have an employee under contract, we go through our negotiated process and don’t want to distract from the work we have to do now. We’ll deal with that at the end of the school year.” Board member Raaheela Ahmed said discussions on Maxwell must take place now. “I think once the resignation

intent has been announced, we need to start the work,” she said. “It’s our responsibility to do that as a board.” According to Maxwell’s contract, the board doesn’t have to grant him a severance package. “If the parties mutually agree to terminate this contract prior to the expiration date, they also may agree (but are not required to agree) to a severance payment for the CEO,” the contract states. “The board and CEO agree that to the extent practicable, either party will provide 90 days prior written notice to the other party of the intent to terminate this contract.” Ahmed is among three board members who’ve opposed Maxwell. They wrote at least two letters to County Executive Rushern L. Baker III this year questioning Maxwell’s alleged improper authorization of salary increases for central office staff. Although state law allows Maxwell to hire and set salaries, Ahmed and board members Edward Burroughs III and David Murray have said certain salaries were designated for employees outside his office. In the past two years in the county schools, a former school

employee was convicted of child molestation, the school board voted to relinquish control of the Head Start program after a federal agency pulled $6 million in funds amid abuse claims, and the state Department of Education audit found that staffers had changed grades for some high school seniors who were ineligible to graduate. There are some significant accomplishments also under Maxwell’s tenure, such as student enrollment increasing since 2012 from 125,000 to more than 132,000; the opening of new schools such as Fairmount Heights High School; the establishment of the Junior Achievement Finance Park in Landover, and the only designated arts integration office in the D.C. region.

Maxwell also became the first county schools chief to be reappointed in about 25 years. Baker said in a recent interview that Maxwell has been “the best superintendent we’ve seen in almost 40 years.” “The question is whether in fact the school system is making progress,” said Baker, who’s seeking the Democratic nomination for governor. “The answer to that is quite obviously, ‘Yes.’ At no point in Dr. Maxwell’s tenure did teachers, parents and principals come to me in bulk and say, ‘He has to go.’” Still, the top three candidates running for county executive wanted Maxwell to resign. Although state lawmakers sought to revamp some of the school board structure this year, it didn’t happen. State law allows

the county executive to appoint not only the superintendent, but also the chair and vice chair of the school board. Theresa Mitchell Dudley, president of the county’s Educators’ Association, said Maxwell doesn’t deserve a severance package while educators remain several steps behind on the pay scale. “We do not believe Dr. Maxwell should be provided a golden parachute in the form of an expensive severance payment beyond what is specified in the contract,” she said. “We strongly urge [the school board] to honor our request that when it comes to selecting new leadership at PGCPS in the days ahead, teachers, parents and students be given a seat at the table.” WI

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EDITORIAL Evictions with Dignity in D.C. It’s an all too frequent and common scene in the Nation’s Capital of furniture and other personal effects strewn along sidewalks or curbsides signaling an eviction. It’s the inhumane way the District has allowed landlords and the U.S. Marshall to deal with renters who have fallen egregiously behind on their rent. It is also ironic that the majority of these evictions are carried out by men and occasionally women who may be homeless themselves and are eager to work for a day for a few bucks paid to them by the eviction companies. The process has been carried out for many years and it once met the ire of the late Mayor Marion Barry who spoke of the embarrassing and dehumanizing impact of evictions but didn’t do anything to change it. Last week, Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White and AtLarge Member Anita Bonds introduced the Eviction with Dignity Act of 2018 to change how evictions are carried out in the District. With the support of the majority of the council, the new law will require landlords to “exercise reasonable care in the storage of the personal property of a tenant who has vacated the premises voluntarily or by eviction for a period of 10 days.” Instead of piling the contents of the premises on the sidewalk, the law requires the property to be stored in the unit allowing the property owner to recover their property without paying a storage fee. Notice and contact information must also be provided to allow the tenant an opportunity to retrieve their property, but after 10 more days, the landlord is allowed to dispose of the property (and we hope not on the street) without further notice. As gentrification has spread across the city, there seems little empathy for those who unfortunately are removed from their homes. To make matters worse, there are tenants who suffer evictions when payments are made but not in time for the landlord to inform the marshals. The insensitivity is further displayed by gleaners who use someone’s unfortunate situation to enhance their own as they pick through and carry away property that does not belong to them. This action is long overdue. Not everyone who falls behind in paying their bills, including their rent, is a deadbeat, nor do they deserve to be treated as such. This is an issue with which the council and all parties impacted seem to concur. There’s got to be a more dignified way to address such an unfortunate situation. WI

Fairy Tales: White Picket Fences and Two-Car Garages One of the great American dreams for generations has been homeownership. The size of the house and the extras within were of little consequence. What mattered was the fact that a family or a hardworking individual had been able to put aside enough cash, had secured a loan from their local bank and had purchased a home – a place that they could call their own. Some of you may remember that day, the day you moved into your first house and how proud it made you feel. You savored using your key to enter your personal mansion and savored those times when you entertained friends and loved ones, pointing out the new furniture, the new patio you’d built in the backyard or the larger than life HD TV that you’d recently setup in your den. But as District residents as well as citizens in other towns, cities and states across the country come face to face with the ever-growing crisis of the lack of affordable housing, the dream of homeownership – that white picket fence and two-car garage – is becoming less of an achievable reality and more like a fairy tale. Even those fortunate enough to luck up on finding a home they can actually afford often find the application process so confusing and disheartening that they throw up their hands and abandon their dream. These and other realities have us wondering why we continue to see WWW.WASHINGTONINFORMER.COM

TO THE EDITOR Housing Crisis Hits Home The article on the cover of last week’s paper “Affordable Housing Crisis Plagues D.C. Residents,” by Jonathan Franklin really spoke to me because I, too, feel priced out of my neighborhood and city. It’s a shame that over 47,000 Washingtonians are on the DC Housing Authority waiting list! It doesn’t even seem like a problem that can or will be fixed. Where are these people going to stay? Where is the housing going to come from? I appreciate this being covered because we can’t let this issue die. Sheila Brown Washington, D.C.

App Shines Light on Black Moms’ Needs I was really happy to see the story about the new app “Irth” that will help women of color who are moms or expecting. I personally feel that this is a piece of technology that us Black women have been missing. We all know that Black people are treated harsher than Whites in the health care industry and Black women are not the exception. This app is on time with all of the studies and even people like Serena Williams, whose famous and rich, but still not treated with dignity while giving birth. I am proud of the Black women who are bringing this to the forefront. We need to know the real deal about doctors and hospitals from trusted sources. Eileen Marr Washington, D.C.

a slew of beautiful homes being built across the DMV that cost far more than the average citizen can afford. What kind of city will the District be in the coming years and who will be the residents who dwell here? It’s not that we’re wedded to the District being able to one day reclaim its nickname

of “Chocolate City.” We just fear that if things remain the same, the amount of “chocolate” will be barely noticeable. Something’s wrong with this picture but it doesn’t have to be that way, does it? If we can send men and women to the moon, build cars that drive themselves and enter a new,

exciting world dominated by Star Wars-like technology, surely we can tackle the problem of affordable housing. The people of D.C. don’t need any more lip service or promises that will inevitably be broken. We need more affordable housing – now. WI

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS Guest Columnist

By Julianne Malveaux

Blacks Can’t Afford to Ignore Dental Health While Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide a safety net, access to dental care is a big issue, especially for children of color. According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, “tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children in the United States, five times as prevalent as asthma, and dental care is one of the nation’s greatest unmet children’s health needs.”

Why? Sometimes children’s parents simply did not arrange for them to see a dentist. Sometimes, dental services were not available in particular areas, for example, dental needs are sometimes more likely to be addressed in emergency rooms than dental clinics. And a 2016 report from the Department of Health and Human Services said that dental provider shortages were at least part of the reason some children, especially low-income Black and Hispanic children, lack dental care. Children pay a big price when

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their dental needs are unmet. In the worst and most extreme cases, as in that of Maryland’s Deamonte Driver, children can die because they do not have access to basic dental services. “Childhood dental decay can lead to pain, difficulty eating, speaking and sleeping, and more serious infections, some of which can be life-threatening,” said Dr. Diane Earle, the managing dental director for Kool Smiles. To address some of the need, Kool Smiles is offering free dental care to children in need on Sunday, May 20. Forty-nine offices in

13 states plus Washington, D.C., will be open to provide dental exams, extractions, fillings, sealants and other emergency services. The free day is open to children who either lack insurance or are underinsured. To be sure, Kool Smiles can’t possibly provide a smile for every child, but they are taking a step in the right direction. This year represents the fourth year that the organization has offered the free service. It’s first come, first served, so if you are interested, check out mykoolsmiles.com/ sharing smiles, where you can

register for a free appointment. In the past three years, more than 1,400 children have received free dental care, with more than 500 being treated last year. Kool Smiles hopes to serve even more children this year. Access to safe and affordable health care has been part of my portfolio for some years. In 2015, I had the privilege of spending a week at Meharry Medical College, lecturing on health policy. The challenges that people of color face around health care can be

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By Marc H. Morial

CBC’s Bill Based on Main Street Marshall Plan

“Every man is our brother, and every man’s burden is our own. Where poverty exists, all are poorer. Where hate flourishes, all are corrupted. Where injustice reins, all are unequal.” -- Whitney M. Young The Main Street Marshall Plan, the National Urban League’s comprehensive blueprint for addressing lack of opportunity and

economic inequality in America’s urban communities, has been introduced as federal legislation by members of the Congressional Black Caucus. The National Urban League long has advocated for a major national commitment to alleviate poverty and expand economic opportunities in America’s most neglected communities, modeled on the Marshall Plan that eliminated widespread poverty in Western Europe following World War II. Then-Executive

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Director Whitney M. Young first proposed a “Domestic Marshall Plan” in the 1960s; elements of that proposal were incorporated into President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. In 1990, National Urban League President John E. Jacob urged Congress to shift $50 billion in defense spending -- part of the so-called “peace dividend” resulting from the end of the Cold War -- into an “Urban Marshall Plan.” The Congressional Black Cau-

cus’ Jobs and Justice Act, unveiled at a May 10 news conference at the U.S. Capitol, represents the most inclusive legislation of the Main Street Marshall Plan, first proposed as part of the 2016 State of Black America and finalized in detailed form last year. Among the provisions of the bill based on the Main Street Marshall Plan, the Jobs and Justice Act: • Increases funding for programs that promote minority-owned businesses (MBDA

and SBA). • Creates incentives for infrastructure spending bills to include development programs that recruit and train individuals from communities with high unemployment rates. • Authorizes states to establish local hiring bid specifications or consider the hiring of local workers in the evaluation of bids and proposals for federal-aid highway projects.

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By Raynard Jackson

Memo to Republicans: I Was Kanye, Before Kanye

Why do Republicans continue to be obsessed with shiny new objects when it comes to the Black community as opposed to being willing to keep their eyes on the prize with the “hard” work of coalition building? I have had enough of the Kanye West-Donald Trump “bromance.” KANYE WEST IS NOT A REPUBLICAN NOR IS HE A CONSERVATIVE! In my almost 20 years of being a columnist, I have said ad nauseum what Kanye has said, but my words seem to fall on deaf ears,

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whereas Kanye’s words are celebrated like he’s the second coming of Christ. I have written columns, made speeches, appeared on TV all over the world and discussed how Blacks are not monolithic in their political views, that Blacks are open to the Republican Party and the conservative message, and that Blacks are not opposed to Trump’s policies, just his drama. I have criticized Obama vociferously over his neglect of the Black community during his eight years in the White House, especially in regards to the murder rate in his hometown of Chicago. The Republican Party reminds me of the child who can’t wait to

get his new toys every Christmas, only to find them boring and unattractive within a week because he is now looking for a new, shiny toy to keep his attention. This is repeated every year. Every year, the party unofficially designates someone as their flavor of the month. People like former RNC Chairman Michael Steele (before he became the powerhouse that he now is), former Rep. J.C. Watts, conservative pundit Armstrong Williams and Starr Parker. Unlike the more recent flavors of the month, at least those listed above arguably have some connections with the Black community. I don’t mean in terms of them all

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being Black, but in terms of their ability to stand before the Black community with some modicum of gravitas and credibility. The more recent flavors of the month have been people like actress Stacey Dash, faux entertainers Diamond and Silk, and the latest, Candace Owens. What do all these flavors have in common? They all appeal to an overwhelmingly White audience. None of them have any standing in the Black community, nor would they be able to fill a room with Blacks. This does not mean they are not good people — they simply do not have any appeal in the Black community, especially in moving Blacks into the Repub-

lican Party or conservative movement. As a matter of fact, most Blacks are repulsed that the Republican Party would even think to try to push people like Candace Owens and Diamond and Silk onto our community. Stacey Dash is a walking gaffe machine. She has talked about the need to get rid of Black media like BET and awards like the NAACP’s Image Awards, because of their emphasis on the Black community. She advocated for the elimination of these platforms, even though she has made millions of dollars in movies with

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By Vincent C. Gray

Cigarette Tax Increase is the Smart Choice for D.C.

When the D.C. Council meets on Tuesday, May 15, one of the District’s biggest public health issues will hang in the balance. At that meeting, I plan to offer an amendment to the 2019 budget support act that would increase the District’s cigarette tax by $2 per pack; direct at least 10 percent of the revenue to tobacco cessation and

prevention efforts; and, provide necessary dollars for other critical needs in the city. It may surprise some that a simple, common-sense proposal like this has the potential to forever alter the public health landscape in the District, but it most assuredly does. Research has proven that significantly increasing the price of cigarettes and using a portion of that revenue to fund tobacco prevention and cessation programs can help break the cycle of tobacco de-

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pendence. This is especially important when one considers the District currently spends $26.70 on smoking-related health costs and lost productivity for every pack of cigarette sold. However, the problem of tobacco addiction goes well beyond the financial burden that the District faces. There are moral reasons as well: • About 12.5 percent of dc high school students smoke, and each year 100 D.C. kids under age 18 become new daily smok-

ers. • Smoking kills 800 D.C. adults each year. Moreover, at today’s rate, 7,000 dc kids alive today will die prematurely from smoking. • Tobacco use perpetuates health disparities, as evidenced by the smoking rates among African Americans (20.3 percent) and LGBTQ (34 percent) residents. Smoking rates also vary widely by ward. The rates in Ward 7 (27.2 percent) and Ward 8 (28.4 percent) are much

higher than elsewhere in D.C., especially Wards 2 and 3 where less than 10 percent of residents’ smoke. If passed, this proposal will prevent 2,400 of our youth from becoming adults who smoke and help 5,300 adults quit smoking. Moreover, it will reduce the rates of cancer and heart disease and countless other smoking-related diseases. Because a tobacco-specific tax

en’s Forum. “Nearly half a million more black workers are employed compared to one year ago. This is a significant achievement. … Black women, who enjoy the highest labor participation rates among women in the labor force, made great strides as well. Some 246,000 Black women gained jobs over the past year. The unemployment rate among Black women fell from 7 percent to 5.8 percent.” Fiat Chrysler announced it is moving an auto factory to Michigan with 2,500 jobs. After decades of outsourcing jobs from America,

companies are creating jobs here. We’ve had similar announcements of worker bonuses or new hiring from Disney, Home Depot, JPMorgan Chase and FedEx. African Americans should put more emphasis on economics than politics. “You have to take encouragement from what’s happening in the labor force and the job market,” Johnson said. “We’ve not had African-American unemployment this low and the spread between unemployment among Whites and African Americans narrowing as it is.” WI

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By William Reed

Time Blacks Gave Trump His Just Due

America’s first Black billionaire, BET founder Robert L. Johnson, says that Black Americans should be encouraged by the growing economy under President Trump. If African Americans put aside for a moment their opinion of Donald Trump’s words and actions and be perfectly honest, they’d see: From the East to the West Coast, the nation is experiencing good economic news.

The Dow continues to break records. Unemployment is down and Black unemployment, at 6.8 percent, is the lowest it’s been since the Bureau of Labor Statistics started keeping such records. Layoffs are down. Spending on capital goods is way up. Growth in the GDP is likely to top 3 percent. Businesses are raising wages, paying bonuses and announcing expansion plans. These stats are probably news to most, but that’s no surprise — there’s a conspiracy of silence to ensure no one gives President Donald Trump credit for the economic climb.

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The economy grew at a rate of about 3 percent in past quarters. The more than 40 percent increase in the Dow Jones industrial average means a nearly $7 trillion jump in wealth. That has benefited the rich, yes, but every one of the 55 million Americans with a 401(k) plan, the 20 million with IRAs and the millions more with public and private pension plans have benefited, too. “Unemployment for Blacks declined from 7.9 percent in December 2016 to 6.8 percent at the end of last year,” said Patrice Lee Onwuka of the Independent Wom-

By Askia Muhammad

White People Truly Despise Us

White people truly despise Black people. Not all White people, but the reservoir of hate for us that seems peculiar to Caucasian tribes is ever present in our lives, from Jim Crow to James Crow, Esq. And in the end, it directs the flow of Western Civilization. We keep hoping for signs that it’s not true. But we can’t find them. Michael Jackson said it so artistically: “All I want to say is that they don’t really care about us.” No matter. Street corners, cell

blocks, Starbucks, Yale, AirBnB, Ferguson, Waffle House, White House — they don’t really care about us. My only confusion is, why don’t all our “woke” Black folks recognize this reality and stop trying to be the leaders of the futile attempt to lead our people to integrate into this White man’s house that’s on fire? Oh, life continues to get better for the few of us who get to display their God-given talents. Their success, despite overwhelming odds, entertains and distracts the rest of us. “See. If we just hold on a little longer. Give them a little more time…”

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Meanwhile, this Trump Revolution/Reagan Revolution/Goldwater Revolution is succeeding in freezing the United States in a modern “Twilight Zone”/”Back to the Future” land in which everyone in this country and around the world — from Pyongyang to Tehran — goes along with the notion that “White privilege/ American exceptionalism is the norm — get used to it, darkies.” So at prestigious Yale University, this White lady with multiple advanced degrees is a self-appointed posse of one, who feels it’s her duty (more than once) to call the police to report the “suspicious” presence of a Black

person in her dorm. Wow. All the dorms, at all the colleges, in the entire world should have a devoted Mensa-member, Big Bang-deputy like that woman making it safe for White folks to get advanced degrees. So you live in a ritzy neighborhood and there’s this AirBnB on the corner, and you notice three Black females taking luggage out to a car. You panic. You call the cops. Never mind that the trio is removing suitcases, not flatscreen TVs and computers or other valuables. Never mind that these supposed perpetrators are women, not the picture of your typical burglar. But they are all

Black, so that’s reason enough to call The Fuzz. So you work at Starbucks, Waffle House, Nordstrom or any number of other retail joints which have quickly established a separate canon for addressing customers based on race. Black folks get the most harassment, the worst service. Not everywhere, of course, but the pattern, the hatred persists, generation after generation, trailer park to trailer park, campus to campus, fraternity to fraternity, Black faces to nooses. For no good reason, the hatred

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LIFESTYLE Book Showcases Blacks’ Encounters with ‘Honest Abe’

Historian Kate Masur’s ‘They Knew Lincoln’ – A Must Read By D. Kevin McNeir WI Editor @dkevinmcneir Ford’s Theatre recently hosted a standing-room-only conversation with Peabody Award-win-

ning journalist Michele Norris and noted historian Kate Masur on the book “They Knew Lincoln,” written by a Black Washingtonian, John E. Washington, first published in 1942.

The book chronicles the lives of Blacks who lived in the District and who had personal encounters with President Abraham Lincoln. Masur, a research professor at Northwestern University and an historian of the Civil War and Reconstruction, has written a new introduction that details Washington’s own life and includes her assessment on why the book, its first reprinting since its initial release, remains historically significant to 21st-century citizens. We asked Masur to talk about her research, the book and to share what she learned along the way. Washington Informer: This book, reprinted for the first time since its original publication date in 1942, has been referred to as a classic in African-American history and Lincoln studies. Still, it’s a book that remains fairly unknown. Why do so few people, Black or white, know very much about how Black people viewed Lincoln? Kate Masur: They Knew Lin-

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coln was never reprinted until now, and as a consequence, original editions became rare and very valuable. Used book dealers often sell it for $300 or more, and it was definitely not available in regular bookstores. I wanted to get They Knew Lincoln back in print precisely because I wanted people to be able to read and engage with African Americans’ stories about Lincoln and to know more about John E. Washington, the author of the book, and his motivations for writing it. More generally, historians have tended to focus much more on what Lincoln thought of Blacks than what they thought of him. The work of Benjamin Quarles is one major exception to that, and I definitely recommend his 1962 book, Lincoln and the Negro. WI: Explain how, in your introduction to the book, you accomplish place Dr. John Washington’s book in its own context and explain its contents in light of both emancipation and Washington’s time when D.C. was a place of great opportunity and creativity for those from the Black elite. Masur: I really enjoyed writing the introduction to the book. It was a kind of detective hunt – trying to track drown bits and pieces of John Washington’s life as a child, a student at M Street High School and Howard University, a teacher at Cardozo

High School and a practicing dentist. He was an interesting and multi-dimensional person. The introduction also allowed me to cover a lot of ground in the history of Black Washington, D.C. I wrote about Washington’s grandmother’s generation and the Civil War. I discussed about how upwardly mobile African Americans like Washington had many opportunities in D.C. in that era – particularly through terrific educational institutions. But I also covered how life in D.C. was complex, even for members of the elite like John Washington. In the first two decades of the twentieth century, government leaders and private citizens increasingly demanded segregation in leisure activities and housing. White soldiers attacked Blacks in the “riot” of 1919. And so, although a person like John Washington could make his way quite successfully, he and his generation also faced a great deal of marginalization and discrimination. WI: They Knew Lincoln reminds us of forms of communication that now seem antiquated, including letters or testimonials. Now we have faster, shorter, methods of messaging (as seen in social media). Is there a place for

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Judge Mary Terrell and The High Tea Society is excited to announce the Fifth Annual Civili-Tea City-wide Creative Expression Contest. This year’s theme is “The Face of Your Neighborhood: Envisioning A Safe Community.” Students in the District of Columbia in grades 2 -12 may create and submit artwork that illustrates how civility positively impacts their community as well as ways they would like to see their communities improved. Contest winners will receive monetary prizes, and be invited to an Awards Reception located at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery on June 15, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. In addition to this, winning art pieces will be displayed on a local D.C. Metrobus. Entries are due by Wednesday, May 25, 2018 at 5 p.m. All Submissions will be judged for adherence to the theme, creativity, and originality by a panel of judges.1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize winners will be chosen in the following categories: •

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THE MISSION of the High Tea Society (HTS) is to work with girls ages 8-18 from economically challenged communities to bridge the gap between the family and the civil and global communities and prepare our girls with social, life and critical thinking skills for successful passage into the civil and global communities. For more information, please e-mail Mr. James Stephen Terrell at jstephent@gmail.com and cc’ Judge Mary Terrell at Tea4two1997@gmail.com.

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LIFESTYLE Two D.C. High School Students Named Presidential Scholars By Stacy M. Brown WI Senior Writer Two D.C. high school students, Michael Adeyi and Samantha O’Sullivan, are among 161 other students nationwide named 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars. Adeyi, who attends Sidwell Friends School of Northwest, and O’Sullivan from School Without Walls also in Northwest, received the recognition after U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the 54th class this week. The award recognizes high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields. “I want to congratulate this year’s class of Presidential Scholars  on their achievement and also thank their parents, teachers and other academic advisors who have helped guide them along the way,” DeVos said in a news release. “These students have pushed themselves to be the best they can be, and I am certain that devotion will serve them well as they continue their individual learning journeys.” The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership and demonstrated commitment to high ideals. Of the 3.6 million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 5,200 candidates qualified for the 2018 awards determined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT and ACT exams, through nominations made by Chief State School Officers, other partner recognition organizations  or the National YoungArts Foundation’s nationwide YoungArts competition. The 2018 U.S.  Presidential  Scholars  are comprised of one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and from U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at large, 20 U.S.  Presidential Scholars in the Arts and 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education.  Michael, a soccer standout, authored the 2015 book, “In It to Lose It: A Story of Soccer and

Deception.” The book recounted the tale of Chris Sterling and how his life was turned upside down when he was caught drinking at a summer party. One of the top soccer prospects, Sterling had to work to clear his name as he began his senior year in high school. Suspended for the first week of preseason because of the suspension and struggling academically, Sterling needs to impress both on and off the field to keep his college dreams alive. Michael wrote that, with the corruption of college recruiting, staying out of trouble can become a perilous task, and the players are not the only ones breaking the rules. A senior at School Without Walls Senior High School, Samantha started and leads an after-school club that engages African-American middle school students in fun and educational science activities, to promote their interest and self-confidence in STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math. “As an African-American girl pursuing math and physics, I have often found that professionals in my field of interest do not look like me,” she said in a previously published interview. She recalls walking into a physics lab for her first internship and “feeling immediately out of place,” Samantha told television station Cleveland 19. Determined that “no student should doubt their own ability or face any kind of hardship because of their race or gender,” Samantha launched her “STEM Up!” club. After meeting with principals and the heads of science departments at several middle schools, Samantha found support and a sponsoring science teacher at Stuart Hobson Middle School. She assembled materials and planned activities for her club, and then began holding club meetings after school every Tuesday and Thursday. About 15 middle schoolers attend each two-hour meeting, engaging in hands-on activities such as robot-building and chemistry and biology experiments. “By creating a space where African-American girls feel confident to ask questions and explore STEM amongst other students that look like them, I have seen their self-confidence increase,

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and their ability and skills in science flourish,” she said. Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential  Scholars  Program has honored almost 7,500 of the nation’s top-performing students with the prestigious award given to honorees during the annual ceremony in Washington. The program was expanded in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, literary and performing arts.  In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. The 2018 ceremony will be held June 24, when each student will receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion. WI

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Discovering the Best of Black America in 2018 Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.

There is an old African proverb that says, “What you seek, you will surely find.” We live in a world where the news cycle continues to decrease because of innovations in communications technology. Yes, we are living in the fast-paced digital age. The high velocity delivery and transmission of news and information, however, may or may not produce authentic or accurate facts or simply the truth. Yet, for more than 47 million Black Americans the reality of life’s multiple challenges and opportunities are not the primary concerns and focus of what is popularly known as “mainstream media.” Thus, the value and mission of the Black Press of Amer-

ica today is more strategically important than ever before, for Black Americans and others who embrace the trend-setting cultural, academic, technological and game-changing achievements that are accomplished daily in Black America. This is why the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) is pleased with the continued partnership between the General Motor’s Chevrolet Division and the NNPA to sponsor the 2018 Discover the Unexpected (DTU) Journalism Scholarship and Fellowship Program. We are identifying and mentoring the next generation of young, gifted, talented and committed journalists and publishers who will rise to take their rightful place as our future community leaders and

business owners. Seeking out the best of Black America not only in the field of journalism, but also in the overall context of the long-protracted struggle for freedom, justice, equality and empowerment is of the utmost importance. This summer in Georgia, Virginia, New York and in Washington, DC, six NNPA journalism scholars selected from Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) located across the nation will have the opportunity to work in Black-owned newspapers. These outstanding NNPA DTU Fellows will also journey together to highlight and file news reports about real life stories that are occurring in our communities. In the current national media climate where allegations of “fake news” are routinely propagated, we will welcome receipt of the news and inspirations from the writings, videos and social media postings of our young aspiring journalists. We are also grateful to the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) for assisting Chevrolet and the NNPA to notify and reach HBCU students attending the 120 HBCUs about the DTU fellowship opportunities. In fact, over 23,000 online responses were made by students who were interested in the DTU program. Reviewing and evaluating the numerous applications that were submitted revealed the tremendous academic achievements and commitments of HBCU students who fervently desire to serve the empowerment interests of Black

communities via their respective journalism skills and talents. This is itself a good news story. Too often we only learn or hear about the tragic injustices and systematic racial discriminations that are in fact facets of the realities that are all too prevalent in Black America. We need, however, more balance and truth-telling in the media when it comes to the struggles and plight as well as the resilience and transformation of Black America. For more than 191 years, since the first publication of Freedom Journal in March 1827, the Black Press of America has continued to be on the frontlines reporting our triumphs, defeats and our successful resistance to oppression, injustice and inequality. Each generation has a responsibility to help prepare the next generation to take the baton of history and to run to win by breaking and setting new records of achievement and excellence of all fields of endeavor. Again, we publicly thank General Motors – Chevrolet for enabling the NNPA to award this group of young freedom-fighting scholars to sharpen their pens and commitments to become champions of the freedom and responsibilities of the press. The Black community will benefit. All of America will benefit. The DTU Fellows will seek and they will find. They will also exemplify the good news. Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. is President and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and can be reached at dr.bchavis@nnpa.org.

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use as a weapon against oppression and discrimination, which all leads them to a destination of higher success. This is a hybrid course we teach as shared and adapted from the Search Institute, complete with rites of passage training and indoctrination into manhood with Rev. Gillis Tripett and the Kwanza principals from the African diaspora. First, ensure proper initiation into manhood through a rite of passage strategy that touches on his history and reflects on sound principles for living. Second,  ensure that the young man has proper male role models. Boys will mirror what is closest. Stand up real men with powerful character and great leadership. Third, instill in them great respect for their fellow man. It must be evident in how they communi-

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cate to the world. “Yes, sir,” “No ma’am,” “Excuse me,” “Please” and “Thank you” are mandatory vernacular for this to take place. Fourth, instill in them the value of marriage and family unity to counter the culture of low martial value, extended liaisons living with women, birthing children out of wedlock, calling females hoes, acting like pimps and hustlers and living on the misogynistic demonically inspired rap music. Fifth, instill in them the value and impact of education: teach that education “is” the power, introduce the genius of the Black contribution to society and the world with mathematics, engineering, religion, music, warfare and interplanetary navigation for early world discovery expeditions. Sixth, instill civic and political responsibility; you must serve to lead, give back to your community, hold leaders and other men accountable and support your community economically. Seventh, our young African-American men need rock-solid faith: teach about our diverse rich spiritual heritage, give them an eternal roadmap to overcome dire circumstances and hopelessness. Finally, instill in them by example the faith to challenge all insurmountable circumstances with a faith that will reign victorious. The Truth is now the only thing that can save our generations in the age of fake news. If not us then who? If not now then when? If not here in modern-day Rome … then where? The Truth has arrived on the internet and we teach with the cellphone on and say look it up now! WI

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LIFESTYLE Some U.S. soldiers carried pocket-sized copies of the Emancipation Proclamation as they moved through the southern countryside. The army’s new mandate to destroy slavery helped empower enslaved people, who from the beginning of the war had been helping to destroy slavery by refusing to work and by running away. In short, the Proclamation did not “free the slaves,” but it was an important part of the process of bringing about slavery’s abolition. WI: They Knew Lincoln features a number of people of color who knew the Lincolns, including William de Fleurville and Elizabeth Keckly. How and why did they emerge to be considered so influential in the lives of the Lincolns? Masur: Fleurville and Keckly are among the better-known people John Washington wrote about. Born in Haiti, Fleurville was a prosperous barber in Springfield. He owned quite a bit of property, and Lincoln was his lawyer for property transactions. Keckly was a fine dress-designer who worked for Mary Lincoln and became her confidant. She wrote a book called Behind the Scenes, which was published in 1868. A 1935 controversy about Keckly and Behind the Scenes was what originally spurred John Washington to do research and write a book. WI: Why should those in the 21st century, Black and/or white, still care about Abraham Lincoln? Masur: Not everyone needs to care about Lincoln. But Lincoln is interesting in a lot of ways and presided over the nation during a hugely important period. He was a complex person and, in the end, a very skilled political leader. His presidency intersected with the destruction of slavery in this country and debates about what the United States would be going forward. Many of the issues that continue to concern us

this book and its contents in the 21st century? Masur: I hope so! While letters may be outdated, I don’t think that testimonials are. I hope the book reminds people of the importance of listening to and recording stories told by our elders. John Washington described how even as a child, he was fascinating by the storytelling of his grandmother’s friends. Later in life, he conducted oral histories in an effort to record voices and perspectives that would otherwise disappear from the historical record. Washington believed that everyone’s history was important – not just Lincoln’s, but everyone’s. I hope maybe the book will inspire people to sit down with older people and ask them questions about their lives and experiences. They might even want to record those interviews to future generations will know their stories. WI: What exactly did the Emancipation Proclamation do? Many people are confused about whether Lincoln really “freed the slaves.” Masur: The Emancipation Proclamation, issued Jan. 1, 1863, was a war measure and was not even intended to apply to all slaves everywhere. It declared the freedom of slaves living in the Confederacy, but it excepted people living in areas that were already occupied by the US army. The Proclamation was also not relevant for enslaved people in slaveholding states that had not joined the Confederacy: Maryland, Kentucky, Missouri, and Delaware. People sometimes say the Proclamation did absolutely nothing, since Lincoln did not have authority in the places where it was supposed to operate. That’s really not the case. The Proclamation authorized the U.S. army – as it moved through the Confederacy – to become an agent of liberation, and it authorized the enlisted men of black men as soldiers.

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today – about race, citizenship, inequality, voting rights, and regional identities – were critically important during Lincoln’s presidency. I think we can all learn quite a bit by studying him and the period in which he lived. I also think looking at Lincoln in connection with African-American history – as John Washington did – makes the crucial point that Black history is central to American history. Black history not something that should be cordoned off and discussed once a year. It’s integral to the American narrative. WI

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eight months to restore that first chair. It was trial and error. I probably spent $7,000 on that chair. Knowing what I know now, it probably should have cost about $2,000. But I love the chair.” Innis explained his motivation. “It took me back to my childhood when my grandfather would take me to the barbershop.” Now, they have customers from across the globe. They have restored and shipped chairs to Africa, Australia, Canada, Europe and South America as well as many of these United States. CBC’s restored chairs have been featured in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, the film Barbershop III, and countless photo sessions. They said, ironically, most of their clients are collectors who desire to have an antique chair in their home or “man cave” instead of the traditional recliner.

It can take up to six months to complete a thorough job and cost up to $12,000 to restore a chair, Innis said, making it a luxury item, not a need. “We take the chair apart, fix the upholstery, sandblast the porcelain, polish the metal and rebuild the hydraulics,” he explained. “It’s almost like [the TV show] “Pimp My Ride.” The work we do depends on what the customer wants.” They have produced chairs with the Sistine Chapel emblazoned on it, company logos, “just about anything you could want,” Tutani said. “With the right budget, we can do anything imaginable.” Seventy percent of their clients, Innis said, are individuals, including athletes and artists, who simply want a chair because it is unique. A conversation piece. A nostalgic memen-

to. A comfortable place to the game. It was startling at first to learn there was a demand for antique barber chairs for home use. But then Innis remembered that was how he ultimately was attracted to the business. “The people who can afford it and who appreciate the work put into it get them,” Innis said. “It’s not a bargain item. It’s a luxury item, a want, not a need. So, we find ourselves doing less work for barbershop owners and more for collectors.” The team finds chairs to restore at estate sales, barns, old lots, people’s attics while clients find them through Internet searches. “There are not many out there doing what we do,” Innis said. “But there are a lot of men with disposable income who appreciate the craftsmanship and want our chairs.” WI

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HU’s Hansford Talks Civil Rights

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Justin Hansford: We oppose sensitivity training. Police who brutalize Black youth in Ward 8 would never brutalize a kid in Chevy Chase, Bethesda, or Capitol Hill. They already know how to be sensitive when the citizen is White and rich, so training is worse than useless because it is a waste of taxpayer dollars that could be invested in the schools, hospitals, or underfunded social services for the homeless. The city should divest from police and invest in the people — schools, hospitals, shelters for the homeless and other social services that actually help people instead of harming them. WI: How is the center working on civil and human rights with the D.C. Council? JH: We experienced progress

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WI: Who will the center partner with to carry out its civil and human rights work? JH: We are open to working with all city agencies, but the type of agency we are most concerned with is a citizen agency. We must exercise our own independent vision unchained by narrow electoral political mechanisms. We primarily want to work with citizens organized in the form of nonprofit organizations, community organizers, and the youth of the district in the public schools. WI

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in our meeting with Ward 5 City Council member Kenyan McDuffie, a Howard University alumnus and friend of the center’s human rights work. We spoke to Ward 8 City Council member Trayon White, who pledged to help in any way he can. I am on the board of the Mike O.D. Brown We Love Our Sons and Daughters Foundation, a national advocacy organization. We will continue to support relief in the form of mental health care for families of those victimized by police violence. Regardless of who is at fault, families in the District deserve to be healed when the government hurts families through the mechanism of the police.

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of Malcolm X who, had he not been killed at the age of 39, would have been 93 on Saturday, May 19. “We had great support from the United Black Fund, the DC Commission for the Arts, DC government and many others during our yearly

events from 1972 to 1995,” he said. “But the federal government began to ask us for more resources from our own coffers, they began to raise user fees and even tried to convince us to change our focus – if we wanted to continue.” “We met among ourselves and just could not come to any agreement

with the parks services. We could not afford the rising costs of putting on the events nor could we abide with their rules that would have drastically changed the flavor of our Malcolm X commemoration.” And so, the week of events that started small on church grounds in Southeast, moving to other venues as the

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crowds began to swell and more room was required, eventually reached a high of more than 50,000 participants in the Southeast-based celebrations. Why now? Stephenson says the answer lies in the challenges Blacks face each day. “Timing could not be better, given the obstacles our community must handle,” he said. “What we’re doing is essential given the increase of violence aimed at Blacks, the hard work and serious goals of the Black Lives Matter movement, those issues begging for our attention that find us at the bottom of most lists or the top, and rarely as they relate to positive outcomes or statuses. “We have to begin to work toward our own solutions, seek our own answers and respond to the issues that are holding us back, tearing up our families and destroying so many lives. We need to include our youth and they’ve shown that they are ready, able and interested. We just hope that this Malcolm X celebration will resonate with them. If so, we’ll be able to get a new, younger generation of grassroots activists working toward equality for all people – and our people.” “If Malcolm X were alive today, and

he could witness the daily assaults on Black communities and other people of color, he would not be sitting down; he would not be watching from the sidelines. He would be out there educating and mobilizing. He would be about the business of inspiring the masses to get woke, to stay informed and to work for positive change and justice. So, yes, his messages are as important and relevant today as they ever were.” The events include a community health and wellness seminar, May 15, Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, NE, 6-8 p.m.; a youth summit, “Gun Violence, Police Brutality and the Importance of the BLM Movement,” May 17, hosted by the Marion Barry Youth Leadership Institute, 4850 Minnesota Avenue NE, 5-8 p.m.,; a panel discussion on the Legacy of Malcolm X and our community development today, May 18, 1430 L St., SE; and a cadre of entertainers and speakers who will be part of the Malcolm X Walk, May 20, beginning at 3 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, ending at Malcolm X Park (Meridian Hill Park). For more information, visit www.malcolmxday.org or call 202-621-8549. WI

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GEMINI With a new moon in your spiritual sector on Tuesday, you have an opportunity to begin a practice that can help you live to your full potential. However, limiting ideas could be shattered by the movement of electric Uranus into this same zone on the same day. It could bring original insights and ideas that alter your perspective on life. Lucky Numbers: 14, 33, 37 CANCER New influences could give extra sizzle to your social life from this week on. The new moon in this sector on Tuesday can be a great opportunity to make changes that bring more satisfaction in this area. However, with lively Uranus moving into this same zone on the same day for a long stay of many years, your taste in friends and groups could alter dramatically. Lucky Numbers: 6, 23, 25

The Sun Does Shine By Terri Schlichenmeyer WI Contributing Writer You always keep your eyes on the prize. You’ve given yourself no other options and your steadfastness is your compass. What you believe will happen. What you know is truth. Say it enough, and everybody else will know, too — especially when, as in the new book “The Sun Does Shine” by Anthony Ray Hinton with Lara Love Hardin, the truth is one of innocence. On a night in the summer of 1985, 29-year-old Ray Hinton checked in with the security guard at his workplace, just as he’d been told to always do. He hadn’t been at the job long, but that had become his routine every night before getting assignments for his shift, doing work he liked. Reaching that point hadn’t been easy. The youngest of 10 children, Hinton was his mother’s “baby,” and he continued to live with her after high school. Though he’d thought about college, there was no money or scholarship for it. Instead, he found work at an Alabama coal mine, hating the work, loving the paycheck, still wanting what he couldn’t afford. He took a car he never paid for, and it cost him a few months in jail. By that evening in the summer of 1985, though, Hinton had resolved to make his Mama proud. He was again employed, sober, living on the straight-and-narrow, had checked in with the guard as he was told, and worked until it was time to go home. And that was where he was arrested five days later, accused of a robbery and murder committed while he was at work, miles from the crime scene. His trial was short. The jury was all White, as were the judge, prosecutor, defense attorney and a ballistics “expert” that was no expert. During the trial, Hinton “knew” he’d be convicted, knew it in his heart, even though he clearly had an alibi. He was innocent. And he was sent to death row. Because there’s a book about this, you’ve probably already figured out that author Anthony Ray Hardin is a free man now. You already know of his innocence. The shocker is that that took 30 years for exoneration, and when you read “The Sun Does Shine” (with Lara Love Hardin), be prepared to be shocked some more. Or maybe you won’t be: at times, Hardin himself seems to expect many of the things that happened to him, which leads to a whole host of emotions for a reader. You shouldn’t, in fact, be at all surprised to feel frustration, sadness, white-hot anger and crushing despair — sometimes from the same page. And yet, despite moments that’ll make you cringe inside, Hardin also makes readers’ souls soar with words that reveal small beauties between horrors, and kindness where you don’t expect it. That’s like taking an amusement park ride with no seat belts: hang on tight, because it might hurt. What’s left to say, then, about this book? Nothing, except that you’ll like it for everything it wrings from you. “The Sun Does Shine” could be the most impressive book you’ll lay eyes on. WI WWW.WASHINGTONINFORMER.COM

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LEO There is a lively new influence showing up this week that could change your business or career focus. The entrance of rebellious Uranus into your sector of goals could inspire a more independent approach to goals and plans. And with chatty Mercury accompanying eccentric Uranus, you could receive some interesting news or even an unexpected offer. Lucky Numbers: 5, 17, 30 VIRGO The start of the week could see you faced with a number of distractions. With convivial Venus angling toward ethereal Neptune, you could find it difficult to concentrate on a task if someone is trying to get your attention. If the work is important, you might have to be firm with this person. On Tuesday, the sun links with positive Jupiter, which should make the day quite positive. Some words of advice or a potential opportunity could boost your spirits considerably. Lucky Numbers: 3, 7, 30 LIBRA There will be a lot of new activity in an intense sector of your chart, which could have quite an impact over the months and years ahead. A new moon in Taurus and this sector on Tuesday is swiftly followed by the entrance of rebellious Uranus, which will remain in Taurus until 2026. This new influence could encourage you to view deep-seated issues, such as money, sex, and business, from a different and perhaps more enlightened perspective, and this could be very liberating. Lucky Numbers: 1, 26, 56 SCORPIO Your sector of relating looks busy for some time to come. With a new moon in this zone on Tuesday, the coming days could be your opportunity to take a relationship to a new level. However, with restless Uranus moving into the same zone on that same day, your relationships and love life could be revolutionized over the months and years ahead. And with expressive Mercury nearby, news or an opportunity could come your way out of the blue. Lucky Numbers: 3, 27, 42 SAGITTARIUS Your work and lifestyle zone may be about to undergo a change. Tuesday brings the opportunity for a fresh start. However, this may be just the tip of the iceberg. With revolutionary Uranus moving into the same zone on the same day, your whole mindset could change, especially concerning the way you work and your approach to health and wellness matters. You might prefer a job where you have more independence, and you may even consider self-employment. Lucky Numbers: 10, 16, 46 CAPRICORN The new moon in your relationship sector on Tuesday paves the way for a fresh start. However, lively Uranus enters this zone later the same day, and its presence here until 2026 could bring about a whole new mindset. Your understanding of what it means to be authentic and true to yourself could be revolutionized. Also on the same day, powerful Mars leaves your sign and moves into Aquarius and your money zone. It will be here for quite some time, encouraging you to face up to any difficulties and take back control. Lucky Numbers: 23, 29, 45 AQUARIUS The new moon in your home zone on Tuesday prepares the way for revolutionary ideas and possibilities. With restless Uranus moving into this zone later in the day, you may find over time that you’re eager to relinquish past conditioning in order to discover and free your authentic self. Over the months and years ahead, you’ll also have many chances to discover more about your roots and where you really belong. Lucky Numbers: 15, 36, 49 PISCES Starting this week, the cosmos is encouraging you to revolutionize your mindset. To help you with this major task, innovative Uranus moves into your sector of talk and thought on Tuesday, where it will remain until 2026. On the same day, a new moon in this same sector could encourage you to embrace change with a willingness to move outside your comfort zone. Your perception and perspective on life could begin to shift in remarkable ways as a result. Lucky Numbers: 6, 17, 52

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‘Black Panther’s’ Boseman Speaks at HU Commencement: ‘Howard Forever’ is the Message By Tatyana Hopkins WI Staff Writer Howard University, one of the nation’s premier institutions of higher learning, honored four groundbreaking members of its community including alumni and former staff, most notably, the star of Marvel’s “Black Panther.” Actor Chadwick Boseman, former National Institutes of Health Associate Director Vivian W. Pinn and alumni Colbert I. King and his wife Gwendolyn Stewart King received honorary doctorate degrees at the university’s 150th commencement on May 11. “Our 2018 honorary degree recipients are individuals who have reached success in their respective professional fields. Each honoree embodies the spirit and aspiration that guides Howard’s mission of excellence in truth and service,” said Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick. Boseman, who graduated from Howard in 2000, was conferred with the university’s highest honor, an honorary degree, a Doctorate of Humane Letters. Boseman has played several iconic African Americans on film including

Jackie Robinson, James Brown and fellow Howard University alumni Thurgood Marshall. He recently starred as lead character T’Challa in this year’s blockbuster “Black Panther,” one of the highest-grossing films of all time. The Kings, both alumni who met at Howard, received the same honor as Boseman for work in their respective fields. Colbert, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post, also is also a former deputy editor of The Post’s editorial page. Gwendolyn, the business owner of a speechwriting firm, also held high-level federal government appointments under Presidents Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. They have endowed a chair in public policy at Howard University. Pinn, a former department chair at Howard’s medical school, was the first full-time director of the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Research on Women’s Heath. “They have dedicated their talents and lives to improving the world around them—and for that we honor them,” Frederick said of the honorees. Boseman told graduates at

5 Howard University commencement speaker Chadwick Boseman greets graduates on May 12. /Photo by Roy Lewis

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5 Howard University graduates cheer during Chadwick Boseman’s speech during the commencement exercise on May 12. /Photo by Roy Lewis

5 Commencement speaker Chadwick Boseman receives an honorary doctorate of humane letters during the Howard University graduation on May 12. /Photo by Roy Lewis

his alma mater that they should always be fueled by a sense of purpose and that the campus represents “the culmination of the intellectual and spiritual journey you undergo while you were here.” “That is the magic of this place,” Boseman said. “Anything can happen here.” After graduating from Howard, Boseman attended the British American Dramatic Academy at Oxford. He quickly landed the lead of a New York City play and, later, a role on a soap opera. While on the television show, Boseman said he encountered a conflict between his professional ambitions and his personal values and beliefs. On the show, he played a young man with a drug-addict-

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ed mother and absent father who was being lured in by a gang. Boseman felt the role was stereotypical and voiced his concerns to executives, after which, he said, he was fired from the show. He urged graduates to “take the harder way, the more complicated one, the one with more failures at first than successes” to avoid regrets. “What do you do when the principles and standards that were instilled in you here at Howard close the doors in front of you? Sometimes you need to get knocked down before you can really figure out what your fight is,” Boseman said. Both Boseman and Frederick praised students who protested in the April sit-in demonstration over a financial aid scandal, an

inefficient campus housing system and tuition increases which shut down the university’s administration building for eight days. Boseman also said he will lead a campaign to create a separate college of fine arts at the university, as the major is currently just a division within the university’s college of arts and sciences. He wrapped up his speech with the famous “Wakanda salute,” but instead of saying “Wakanda forever,” he ended saying “Howard forever.” The university awarded more than 2,200 degrees, including 343 master’s degrees and 90 doctorates. More than 380 students received professional degrees in law, medicine, pharmacy and dentistry. WI

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5 Caribbean Carnival was well represented in the Funk Parade on U Street in Northwest, May 12. /Photo by Shevry Lassiter

5 A skateboarder shows a few moves during the Funk parade held on U Street in Northwest on May 12. /Photo by Shevry Lassiter

5 The host of the Funk Parade leads participants in a big dance party on U Street in Northwest on May 12. /Photo by Shevry Lassiter

5 Former WI Bridge editor, Sam P.K. Collins with a friend attending the Funk Parade on U Street in Northwest on May 12. /Photo by Shevry Lassiter 4 The all-female go-go band Bela Dona brings out the funk on one of the show case stages during the Funk festival in Northwest on May 12. /Photo by Shevry Lassiter

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SPORTS Bryce Harper Field Dedicated in Takoma Park By Shevry Lassiter WI Contributing Writer

On Saturday, May 5, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, Mayor Muriel Bowser, and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation dedicated the Bryce Harper Field in Takoma Park as part of their Legacy Field program to renovate a baseball field in the D.C. area each year. Bryce Harper Field is the second Legacy Field in the District. Ryan Zimmerman Field, located at the Randall Recreation Center, was the first field completed in

April 2016. “If we can give back, doing the things that we can for the community, it’s for that next generation of young kids that’s playing. I’m very excited for Harper Field,” said Harper who spoke during the dedication, threw out the first ball and posed for photos with some of the Senators Satchel Paige little league teams. Harper said the field adds to the community and achieves his goal of making sure the game continues to grow and is left in a better place than when he first entered. WI

5 One of the Satchel Paige Little League teams poses with Mayor Bowser and Bryce Harper at the field named in his honor near the Takoma Park Community Center in Northwest. /Photo by Shevry Lassiter

5 Bryce Harper prepares to sign the first baseball thrown at the new field named in his honor for a little league catcher in Northwest. /Photo by Shevry Lassiter

5 Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper stands beside the marker noting the new field named after him in Takoma Park. /Photo by Shevry Lassiter

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5 One of the Satchel Paige Little League teams poses with Mayor Bowser and Bryce Harper at the field named in his honor near the Takoma Park Community Center in Northwest. /Photo by Shevry Lassiter

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Empire Topples Valor in AFL Action 3Washington Valor wide receiver Josh Reese evades Albany Empire defensive back Varmah Sonie during Albany’s 53-42 win at Capital One Arena in Northwest on May 11. /Photo by John E. De Freitas 6Washington Valor wide receiver Rod Windsor prepared to stiffarm a tackle attempt by Albany Empire defensive back Marrio Norman during Albany’s 53-42 win at Capital One Arena in Northwest on May 11. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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5 Washington Valor defensive back Dominic Addison attempts to break up a pass to Albany Empire wide receiver Malachi Jones during Albany’s 53-42 win at Capital One Arena in Northwest on May 11. / Photo by John E. De Freitas. 4 Washington Valor wide receiver Reggie Gray is tackled by Albany Empire defensive back Varmah Sonie during Albany’s 53-42 win at Capital One Arena in Northwest on May 11. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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distilled to the 3 A’s: Access, Assets, and Attitudes. All too often, access is limited because people live in the wrong areas, providers are unavailable or other reasons people can’t physically get to the care they need. Assets determine almost everything — if you don’t have the dollars, no matter what the proximity, you won’t likely have the care you need. Finally, the attitudes of both providers and patients make a difference in who seeks care and in what kind of care is provided. Recent work on maternal mortality among African-American women, regardless of race, suggests that racial attitudes in treatment make a difference. Consider the case of superstar tennis player Serena Williams, who almost died giving birth to her precious Alexis Olympia, partly because of some preconceived notions about Black folks on the part of misguided medical professionals.

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Mental health and dental health are the two parts of health care that are most frequently ignored. It is not enough to simply get an annual checkup. Increasing research shows that mental health and physical health are inextricably intertwined. Dental health all too frequently is ignored. Even those with “good” health insurance may have limited dental insurance. And lower-income folks rely on Medicaid and CHIP, but may not have anywhere to go to get the help they need. Dental practitioners like Dr. Diane Earle, a second-generation, Meharry-trained dentist, stand in the gap for those who may not have access to health care. In her role as managing dental director for Kool Smiles, Earle said, “Sharing Smiles Day is an opportunity for our dentists and staff to put a smile back on the faces of children who need dental care but whose families cannot afford it.” Pew says that more than 18

million low-income children had no access to health care in 2014. Kool Smile’s effort to see 500 or more children on May 20 doesn’t begin to deal with the enormity of the challenge, but it’s an effort that will make a big difference for the children who are treated. And it’s an opportunity for us to reflect on the importance of dental health that the role that organizations such as Kool Smiles can play in closing the dental health gap. Full disclosure: I’ve worked with Kool Smiles and their dental service organization, Benevis, on a program called Watch Yo’ Mouth, featuring Dr. Diane Earle and healthy-living author Debra Peek-Haynes. We plan to offer more of these programs in coming months. Meanwhile, though, I am excited about Sharing Smiles Day and about developing ways more low-income children can have access to dental care, so that there can be a healthy smile for every child in our nation. WI

teaching certifications. • Makes the work opportunity tax credit permanent. • Allows states to assist, through Title XX Block Grants, low-income and long-term unemployed individuals with developing their own businesses and self-employment opportunities. • Incentivizes businesses to create apprenticeship programs. • Creates a grant program to subsidize summer jobs for inand out-of-school youth ages 14 to 24 and year-round jobs for youth ages 16 to 24 who are out of school and work. • Raises the federal minimum wage to $15. • Urges businesses contracted to rebuild infrastructure, to actively recruit, hire, and pro-

vide on-the-job training to African-American men ages 18 to 39 through existing jobs, apprenticeships and “earn while you learn” programs. As I said when we introduced the detailed Main Street Marshall plan a year ago, it is time for the nation to treat its urban communities and cities as the jewels that they are. This comprehensive plan to rebuilt and accelerate the growth of America’s urban communities will accelerate the growth and progress of the nation as a whole. I urge you to contact your member of Congress and urge him or her to support the Jobs & Justice Act. WI

Note to Republicans: If the goal is to appeal to the White community, then continue doing what you are doing. But if the goal is to move the needle in the Black community towards the party, this is all a waste of time. Unlike Republican leadership in Washington, Blacks are not attracted to these shiny, bright objects you are placing under our Christmas trees. If the Republican Party was serious about the Black vote, they would highlight John Campbell Jr., a real estate entrepreneur from New Jersey. Not only is he very successful, he also has a national network of Blacks with whom he has a great deal of standing and will listen to his arguments about

conservatism. He, indeed, can help move the needle. You also have former Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, a Black woman entrepreneur from Trinidad who is a 20-year Navy veteran and former elected official. She is a dynamic speaker with a very compelling personal narrative. My point is, the party has shown how lazy they tend to be when it comes to the Black community. They need to stop it with all the bright, shiny objects and focus on building relationships with and through those who have real influence within the Black community. After all, politics is all about relationships. WI

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Let Go of Resentments

with Lyndia Grant “So watch yourselves. If your brother or sisters sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” Luke 17:3-4 What causes annoyance and anger after a dispute? The generic response would be a laundry list detailing why the other person was wrong and how illogically and unreasonably they behaved, concluding with something like, “I have a right to be upset when someone speaks to me that way!” But if you’re interested in living a Tao-filled life, it’s imperative that you reverse this kind of thinking. Resentments don’t come from the conduct of the other party in an altercation; no, they survive and thrive because you’re unwilling to end that altercation with an offering of kindness, love and authentic forgiveness. Someone must risk returning injury with kindness, or hostility will never turn to goodwill. So when all of the yelling, screaming and threatening words have been expressed, the time for calm has arrived. Remember that no storm lasts forever, and that hidden within are always seeds of tranquility. There is a time for hostility and a time for peace. Have you ever been treated un-

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Reverend John W. Davis Pastor 5101 14th Street, NW Washington, DC 20011 Phone: 202-726-2220 Fax: 202-726-9089 Service and Times Sunday Worship Service - 8:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Children’s Church - 11:00 a.m. (1st & 3rd Sundays) Communion - 10 a.m. 4th Sunday Sunday School - 9:15 a.m. (4th Sunday 8:15 a.m.) Prayer Meeting & Bible Study - Wednesday 7:00 p.m. “A Church with a past to remember – and a future to mold”

fairly? When mistreatment spans over a long period of time, we may find your selves struggling with resentment. It is our fleshy response to indignities, insults and injustice. Yet unresolved resentment can hover over our lives causing havoc on us internally and those who live with us — even if they aren’t the cause of our pain. We must look to the word of God for help to overcome resentment and focus on God. It’s incredibly tempting to focus our attentions on those who actually caused us this hurt and pain. Yet we must intentionally look to God for help. He knows what we are going through and will supply the strength for us to overcome resentment. As we set our eyes on His grace, love and mercy — we will find the peace we need. Get busy about God’s work. Hebrews 6:11 says, “We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized.” Too much time talking and thinking about how we were wronged only builds a strong foothold for Satan to step into our lives. We must keep ourselves busy about doing God’s work in our homes, jobs, schools and communities. Licking our wounds can only suffice for a short season. We must continue to press forward in God’s work in building the kingdom. At age 17, Joseph became a slave in Egypt, then a prisoner in a rank dungeon for a crime he did not commit. The situation provided Joseph with plenty of time to think about his life and what he had done. Somewhere along the way,

Joseph made a choice. He decided to forgive his brothers who had sold him into slavery. Eventually God fulfilled the promise he had conveyed through dreams to the brash young man, but not before refining Joseph’s character through forgiveness. In closing, let me just remind you that letting go of resentments caused by others is extremely difficult! It is truly easier said than done. There are many people in my life that I have had to forgive, and it was not an easy thing to do. Forgiveness really showed up with my growth from attending bible study, Sunday School, reading and studying the word on a regular basis. Once we get that word in our hearts, do what this scripture tells us, in Matthew 6:14-15, which says, “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” WI Historic St. Mary’s Episcopal Church The Rev. E. Bernard Anderson Priest Foggy Bottom - Founded in 1867 728 23rd Street, NW - Washington, DC 20037 Church office: 202-333-3985 - Fax : 202-338-4958 Service and Times Sundays: 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Music and Hymns Wednesdays: 12:10 p.m. - Holy Eucharist www.stmarysfoggybottom.org Email: stmarysoffice@stmarysfoggybottom.org All are welcome to St. Mary’s to Learn, Worship, and Grow.

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RELIGION The Miracle Center of Faith Missionary Baptist Church Bishop Michael C. Turner, Sr. Senior Pastor 9161 Hampton Overlook Capitol Heights, MD 20743 Phone: 301-350-2200 Fax: 301-499-8724

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

Pilgrim Baptist Church Rev. Louis B. Jones II Pastor 700 I Street, N.E. Washington, D.C. 20002 (202) 547-8849 Service and Times Worship Sundays: 7:30 & 11:00am 5th Sundays: 9:30am 3rd Sundays: Baptism & Holy Communion Prayer & Praise: Wednesdays @ Noon & 6:30pm www.pilgrimbaptistdc.org

Church of Living Waters

Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church

Rev. Paul Carrette Senior Pastor

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

Rev. Dr. Alton W. Jordan Pastor

Reverend Dr. Calvin L. Matthews Senior Pastor

Harold Andrew Assistant Pastor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Crusader Baptist Church

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St. Stephen Baptist Church

Third Street Church of God

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

Drs. Dennis W. & Christine Y. Wiley Pastors

Bishop Lanier C. Twyman, Sr. Senior Pastor

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

Bishop Alfred A. Owens, Jr.; Senior Bishop & Evangelist Susie C. Owens – Co-Pastor

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

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

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

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

610 Rhode Island Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002 (202) 529-4547 office • (202) 529-4495 fax

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

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

Blessed Word of Life Church

www.blessedwordoflifechurch.org E-mail: church@blessedwordoflifechurch.org

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

Turning Hearts Church Virgil K. Thomas, Sr. Senior Pastor/ Teacher 4275 4th Street, S.E. Washington, DC 20034 Phone: 202-746-0113 Fax: 301-843-2445 Service and Times Sunday School 8 – 9 AM Worship Service 9 – 11 AM Tuesday Night Bible Study 6:30 – 8:00 PM Wednesday Daytime Bible Study 11 AM – 12:30 PM Motto : “A Great Commitment to the Great Commandment” Website: www.turningheartschurchdc.org Email: faithdefender@verizon.net

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

Services and Times Sunday Early Morning Worship: 7:45am Church School: 9:30am Sunday Morning Worship: 10:45am Tuesday: 7:00pm/Kingdom Building Bible Institute Wednesday: Prayer/Praise/Bible Study-7:30 pm Baptism & Communion Service: 4th Sunday – 10:30am “We are one in the Spirit” www.ssbc5757.org E-mail: ssbc5757@verizon.net

Services and Times Sunday School: 9:30am Sunday Worship: 11:00am Sunday Community Worship Service: 8:30 am “Ambassadors for Christ to the Nation’s Capital” www.thirdstreet.org Live Stream Sunday Worship Service begins @ 12:00 noon www.thirdstreet.org

Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church

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

Isle of Patmos Baptist Church

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

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

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

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

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RELIGION Shabbath Commandment Church

All Nations Baptist Church

King Emmanuel Baptist Church

Bishop Adrian A. Taylor, Sr. Pastor

Rev. Dr. James Coleman Pastor

Rev. Daryl F. Bell Pastor

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

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

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

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

Zion Baptist Church Rev. Keith W. Byrd, Sr. Pastor 4850 Blagdon Ave, NW - Washington D.C 20011 Phone (202) 722-4940 - Fax (202) 291-3773 Service and Times Sunday Worship Service: 10:15AM Sunday School: 9:00am Monday: Noon Bible School Wednesday: Noon & 7PM: Pastor’s Bible Study Ordinance of Baptism 2nd Holy Communion 4th Sunday Mission Zion Baptist Church Shall; Enlist Sinners, Educate Students, Empower the Suffering, Encourage the Saints, and Exalt Our Savior. (Acts 2:41-47) www.zionbaptistchurchdc.org

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

Service and Times Sunday Church School – 9:30 AM Sunday Worship Service – 11:00 AM Holy Communion – 1st Sunday at 11:00 AM Prayer – Wednesdays, 6:00 PM Bible Study – Wednesdays, 7:00 PM Christian Education School of Biblical Knowledge Saturdays, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM, Call for Registration Website: www.allnationsbaptistchurch.com All Nations Baptist Church – A Church of Standards

Israel Baptist Church

Dr. Earl D. Trent Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. George C. Gilbert Senior Pastor

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

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

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

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

“Where Jesus is the King”

Lincoln Park United Methodist Church

Sermon On The Mount Temple Of Joy Apostolic Faith

Rev. Richard B. Black Pastor

Elder Herman L. Simms Pastor

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

1301 North Carolina Ave. N E Washington, D C 20002 202 543 1318 - lincolnpark@lpumcdc.org www.lpumcdc.org

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

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

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

Mount Moriah Baptist Church

Eastern Community Baptist Church

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

New Commandment Baptist Church

Dr. Lucius M. Dalton Senior Pastor

Damion M. Briggs Pastor

Rev. Stephen E. Tucker Senior Pastor

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rehoboth Baptist Church

“Real Worship for Real People” Website: www.easterncommunity.org Email: ecc@easterncommunity.org

Salem Baptist Church

Holy Trinity United Baptist Church

Florida Avenue Baptist Church

Reverend Christopher L. Nichols Pastor

Rev. Dr. Morris L Shearin, Sr. Pastor

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

St. Matthews Baptist Church

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

Emmanuel Baptist Church

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

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

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

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

Christ Embassy DC

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

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

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

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

“The Loving Church of the living lord “ Email Address: admin@pbc712.org

Shiloh Baptist Church

First Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Mt. Horeb Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. Maxwell M. Washington Pastor

Rev. Curtis l. Staley Pastor

Rev. Alonzo Hart Pastor

Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith Pastor

Rev. Oran W. Young Pastor

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

Worshiping Location Knights of Columbus - 1633 Tucker Road Fort Washington, MD 20744 (240) 838-7074

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

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

9th & P Street, N.W. - W. D.C. 20001 (202) 232-4288

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

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

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

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

2914 Bladensburg Road, NE Wash., DC 20018 Office: (202) 529-3180 - Fax: (202) 529-7738 Service and Times Worship Service: 7:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:00 a.m. Worship Service: 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion: 4th Sunday 7:30 a.m. & 10:30a.m. Prayer Services:Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Wednesday 12 Noon

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

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

Service and Times Sunday Worship Services: 10:00 am Sunday School: 9:00 am Holy Communion 3rd Sunday Morning Prayer / Bible Study: 6:15 pm - 7:20 pm (Tuesday) Theme: “The Kingdom Focused Church” Matthew 6:33 and Mathew 28:18-20, KJV Email: stmatthewsbaptist@msn.com Website: www.stmatthewsbaptist.org

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Email: sbc@shilohbaptist.org Website: shilohbaptist.org

Service and Times Sunday School for All Ages: 8:00 a.m. Sunday Worship Services: 9:30 a.m. Midday Prayer & Bible Study: Wednesday 11:30 a.m. Evening Prayer & Bible Study: Wednesday 7:00 p.m. Laymen's League: Thursday 7:00 p.m. Email: Froffice@firstrising.org Website: www.firstrising.org “Changing Lives On Purpose “

Email:mthoreb@mthoreb.org Website:www.mthoreb.org For further information, please contact me at (202) 529-3180.

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

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Administration No. 2018 ADM 000402

Administration No. 2018 ADM 399

Administration No. 2018 ADM 000412

Administration No. 2018 ADM 000374

Woodrow Lincoln Dews, Sr. Decedent

William Jerome Hill Decedent

Harold Brown Sr. Decedent

Gregory M. Brown aka Gregory Maurice Brown Decedent

Nakia V. Gray, Esq. Gray Legal, P.C. 9701 Apollo Dr., Suite 100 Largo, MD 20774 Attorney

Paul T. Mensah 5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 440 Washington, DC 20015 Attorney

COLUMBIA

Probate Division

Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration Number 2018 ADM 000460 Estate of

James Arkie Griffin NOTICE OF STANDARD PROBATE Notice is hereby given that a petition has been

filed in this Court by Deborah Cason Daniel for

standard probate, including the appointment of

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

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

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

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Sonora Conaway, whose address is 539 Park Road, NW, Washington, DC 20010, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Gregory M. Brown aka Gregory Maurice Brown who died on February 10, 2018 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 11/3/2018. 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 11/3/2018, 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.

Deborah Cason Daniel

Maggie B. Dews, whose address is 4030 Grant Street, NE, Washington, DC 20019, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Woodrow Lincoln Dews, Sr. who died on December 27, 2017 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 11/3/2018. 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 11/3/2018, 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.

Monica P. Cook, whose address is 8216 S. Oglesby Avenue, Chicago, IL 60617, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of William Jerome Hill who died on July 20, 1997 without a Will, and will serve with Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 11/3/2018. 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 11/3/2018, 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.

Harold Brown, Jr., whose address is 684 Oglethorpe Street, NE, Washington, DC 20011, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Harold Brown Sr. who died on May 17, 2017 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 11/3/2018. 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 11/3/2018, 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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Monica P. Cook Personal Representative

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Administration No. 2018 ADM 000394

Administration No. 2018 ADM 000390

Administration No. 2018 ADM 000411

Administration No. 2018 ADM 000370

Administration No. 2018 ADM 000456

Edward Eugene Swailes Decedent

Betty J. Dodds aka Betty Jean Dodds Decedent

Bennie Watson, Jr. Decedent

Bernice A. Smith aka Bernice Amanda Singleton Smith Decedent

Ronald Austin Decedent

one or more personal representatives. Unless a responsive pleading in the form of a complaint or an objection in accordance with Superior

Court Probate Division Rule 407 is filed in this Court within 30 days from the date of first

publication of this notice, the Court may take the action hereinafter set forth.

In the absence of a will or proof satisfactory

to the Court of due execution, enter an order determining that the decedent died intestate appoint an unsupervised personal representative.

Date of first publication: 5/3/2018

503 D Street, NW #200 Petitioner/Attorney:

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Edward G. Varrone, Esq. 910 17th Street, NW, Suite 800 Washington, DC 20006 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Harold Brown, Jr. Personal Representative

Aimee D. Griffin 5335 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Suite 440 Washington, DC 20015 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Alfred D Swailes and Winnifred L. Mobolurin, whose addresses are 5661 3rd Street, NE #233 Washington, DC 20011 and 5810 Mentana St., New Carrolton, MD 20784, were appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of Edward Eugene Swailes who died on March 1, 2018 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 11/3/2018. 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 11/3/2018, 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.

Sonia M. Dockery and Bobbie J. Oliver, whose addresses are 3503 Stewart Rd., Forestville, MD 20747 and 4151 Garrett Park Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20906, were appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of Betty J. Dodds aka Betty Jean Dodds who died on February 16, 2018 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 11/3/2018. 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 11/3/2018, 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: 5/3/2018

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Gary A. Smith, whose address is 10413 Boswell Lane, Potomac, MD 20854, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Bernice A. Smith aka Bernice Amanda Singleton Smith who died on August 12, 2016 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 11/10/2018. 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 11/10/2018, 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.

Alfred D. Swailes Winnifred L. Mobolurin Personal Representative

Sonia M. Dockery Bobbie J. Oliver Personal Representative

Alma D. Wiggins Personal Representative

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Alma D. Wiggins, whose address is 717 Sheridan Street, NW, Washington, DC 20011, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Bennie Watson, Jr. who died on October 19, 2017 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 11/3/2018. 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 11/3/2018, 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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Date of first publication: 5/3/2018 Sonora Conaway Personal Representative

Larry C. Williams, Esq. and Howard Haley, Esq. 7600 Georgia Ave., NW, Suite 405 Washington, DC 20012 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Tiffany M. Austin, whose address is 7058 Eastern Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20012, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Ronald Austin who died on March 30, 2018 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 11/10/2018. 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 11/10/2018, 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: 5/10/2018 Tiffany M. Austin Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

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Administration No. 2018 ADM 000407

Administration No. 2018 ADM 000448

Administration No. 2018 ADM 000430

Administration No. 2017 ADM 1101

Administration No. 2018 ADM 000451

Mary Lois Williams Decedent

Lucy B. Stores Decedent

Lounza Suggs Decedent

Gloria E. Ragland aka Gloria E. Rascoe Decedent

Frances W. Redmond Decedent

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Nellie A. Taylor, whose address is 732 Newton Pl., NW, Washington, DC 20010, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Lounza Suggs who died on February 25, 2005 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 11/10/2018. 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 11/10/2018, 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.

Tyrone Anthony Ragland, whose address is 12903 Trumbull Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Gloria E. Ragland aka Gloria E Rascoe who died on April 1, 2017 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 11/10/2018. 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 11/10/2018, 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.

Jesse R. Redmond, whose address is 1424 4th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Frances W. Redmond who died on January 11, 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., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 11/10/2018. 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 11/10/2018, 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: 5/10/2018

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Nellie A. Taylor Personal Representative

Tyrone Anthony Ragland Personal Representative

Jesse R. Redmond Personal Representative

Kisha L. Woolen, Esq. 5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, #700 Washington, DC 20015 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Stephen J. O’Connor, whose address is 5335 Wisconsin Ave., NW, #700, Washington, DC 20015, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Mary Lois Williams who died on March 17, 2018 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 11/10/2018. 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 11/10/2018, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address, and relationship.

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Dawn Marie Naylor, whose address is 10024 Vanderbilt Circle, #12, Rockville, MD 20850, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Lucy B. Stores who died on January 19, 2018 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 11/10/2018. 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 11/10/2018, 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: 5/10/2018

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Dawn Marie Naylor Personal Representative

Stephen J. O’Connor Personal Representative

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Administration No. 2018 ADM 000408

Administration No. 2018 ADM 000403

Administration No. 2001 ADM 1680

Administration No. 2018 ADM 000466

Administration No. 2018 ADM 453

Fared Talat M. Wafa Decedent

Dorretta Brooks Decedent

Donald W. Young Decedent

Cleo W. Davis Decedent

Anthony Sansbury Decedent

Kisha L. Woolen, Esq. 5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW #700 Washington, DC 20015 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Talah Wafa, whose address is 4601 N. Park Avenue, #908, Chevy Chase, MD 20815, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Fared Talat M. Wafa who died on July 20, 2012 without a Will, and will serve with Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 11/10/2018. 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 11/10/2018, 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: 5/10/2018 Talah Wafa Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Donald Langley, whose address is 508 Lebaum Street, SE, Washington, DC 20032, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Dorretta Brooks who died on March 4, 2018 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 11/10/2018. 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 11/10/2018, 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.

Patrick J. Tangney 2308 14th Street, NW Washington, DC 20009 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Jordan Davis Jr., whose address is 53 Longfellow St. NW, Washington, DC 20011, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Cleo W. Davis who died on November 23, 2017 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 11/10/2018. 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 11/10/2018, 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: 5/10/2018

Florence Young, whose address is 1330 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Apt. 521, Washington, DC 20005, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Donald W. Young who died on August 31, 2001 with a Will, and will serve with Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 11/10/2018. 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 11/10/2018, 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.

Donald Langley Personal Representative

Date of first publication: 5/10/2018

Jordan Davis Jr. Personal Representative

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Peggy A. Miller, Esq. 5130 7th Street, NE Washington, DC 20011-2625 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Steven O. Sansbury, whose address is 2205 1st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Anthony Sansbury who died on December 17, 2017 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 11/10/2018. 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 11/10/2018, 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: 5/10/2018 Steven O. Sansbury Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

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Administration No. 2018 ADM 000409

Foreign No. 2018 FEP 000061

Administration No. 2017 ADM 001342

Administration No. 2018 ADM 000457

Talaat Farid Talat Wafa Decedent

January 25, 2018 Date of Death

Esther N. Miranda Decedent

Lois L. Cooper Decedent

Kisha L. Woolen, Esq. 5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW #700 Washington, DC 20015 Attorney

Mary Briggs Shuford Name of Decedent

Craig A. Butler, Esq. 1455 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 400 Washington, DC 20004 Attorney

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

Administration No. 2018 ADM 000445 Agnes R. Price Decedent

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Mary Price, whose address is 535 21st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Agnes R. Price who died on November 16, 2017 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 11/10/2018. 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 11/10/2018, 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: 5/10/2018 Mary Price Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Talah Wafa, whose address is 4601 N. Park Avenue, #908, Chevy Chase, MD 20815, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Talaat Farid Talat Wafa who died on January 5, 2009 without a Will, and will serve with Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 11/10/2018. 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 11/10/2018, 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: 5/10/2018 Talah Wafa Personal Representative

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS Richard L. Reese whose address is 585 Big Indian Loop, Mooresville, NC 28117, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Mary Briggs Shuford, deceased, by the General Court of Justice, Superior Court Division Court for Watuaga County, State of North Carolina, on February 28, 2018. Service of process may be made upon Robert P. Newman, Esq., 6629 13th Place, NW, Washington, DC 20012 whose designation as District of Columbia agent has been filed with the Register of Wills, D.C. The decedent owned the following District of Columbia real property: 3701 Connecticut Avenue, Unit 9111, NW, Washington, DC 20008. Claims against the decedent may be presented to the undersigned and filed with the Register of Wills of the District of Columbia, 515 5th Street, NW, Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001 within 6 months from the date of first publication of this notice. Date of first publication: 5/10/2018 Richard L. Reese Personal Representative

Date of first publication: 5/17/2018

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Administration No. 2018 ADM 486

Foreign No. 2018 FEP 000067

Inez M. Logan Decedent

August 6, 2007 Date of Death

Nakia V. Gray, Esq. 9701 Apollo Dr., Suite 100 Largo, MD 20774 Attorney

Christopher T. Neiberger Name of Decedent

Sharon M. Logan and Anthony D. Logan, whose addresses are 310 Etna Dr. Upper Marlboro, MD 20774 & 2405 Foster Place, Temple Hills, MD 20748, were appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of Inez M. Logan who died on August 26, 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., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 11/17/2018. 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 11/17/2018, 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: 5/17/2018 Sharon M. Logan Anthony D. Logan Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS Eric Neiberger, whose address is 951 NW 50th Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32605 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Christopher T. Neiberger, deceased, by the Circuit Court for Alachua County, State of Florida, on March 20, 2018. Service of process may be made upon Joshua Branson 1615 M Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036 whose designation as District of Columbia agent has been filed with the Register of Wills, D.C. Decedent has cause of action in DC. Claims against the decedent may be presented to the undersigned and filed with the Register of Wills of the District of Columbia, 515 5th Street, NW, Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001 within 6 months from the date of first publication of this notice. Date of first publication: 5/17/2018 Eric Neiberger Personal Representative Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

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Vallaria A. McGowan, whose address is 1802 M Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Lois L. Cooper who died on March 8, 2018 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 11/17/2018. 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 11/17/2018, 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.

Diana Miranda, whose address is 809 Tewkesbury Place, NW, Washington, DC 20012, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Esther N. Miranda who died on November 17, 2015 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 11/17/2018. 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 11/17/2018, 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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Foreign No. 2018 FEP 000068

Foreign No. 2018 FEP 000066

September 2, 2007 Date of Death

June 27, 2005 Date of Death

Delmar White Name of Decedent

Deborah Dawn Klecker Name of Decedent

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Michele R. White, whose address is 4256 Southmoor Park, Lexington, KY 405141816 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Delmar White, deceased, by the District Court for Fayette County, State of Kentucky, on March 23, 2018. Service of process may be made upon Joshua Branson, 1615 M Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036 whose designation as District of Columbia agent has been filed with the Register of Wills, D.C. Decedent has cause of action in D.C. Claims against the decedent may be presented to the undersigned and filed with the Register of Wills of the District of Columbia, 515 5th Street, NW, Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001 within 6 months from the date of first publication of this notice.

Gregory L. Klecker, whose address is 19638 Sunshine Way, Bend, OR 97702 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Deborah Dawn Klecker, deceased, by the Circuit Court for Deschutes County, State of Oregon, on February 8, 2018. Service of process may be made upon Joshua Branson 1615 M Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036 whose designation as District of Columbia agent has been filed with the Register of Wills, D.C. Decedent has cause of action in D.C. Claims against the decedent may be presented to the undersigned and filed with the Register of Wills of the District of Columbia, 515 5th Street, NW, Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001 within 6 months from the date of first publication of this notice.

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SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2018 ADM 000481 Shelia Jean Butler Decedent Valerie J. Edwards, Esq. 1725 DeSales Street, NW, Suite 600 Washington, DC 20036 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Jerome Butler, whose address is 801 R Street, NW #102, Washington, DC 20001, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Shelia Jean Butler who died on March 10, 2018 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 11/17/2018. 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 11/17/2018, 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: 5/17/2018 Jerome Butler Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

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organized sporting events in the District. We also passed a law prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to those under 21, but that policy was never enacted due to lack of funding. So, the passage of this cigarette tax increase could provide the funding necessary for implementing the tobacco 21 law, enforcing tobacco control laws, and further cementing the district as a nationwide leader in efforts to protect kids from tobacco and helping adults who smoke to quit. To its credit, on Oct. 1, 2014, CVS, one of the larger retailers both locally and nationally, made the decision to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco

products and has suffered no negative consequences as a result. I have heard no complaints about the CVS decision. It’s time for the D.C. Council to take another modest, common-sense step to help boost the health of our constituents as well as our economic well-being. We could be doing a better job creating the conditions that will protect kids from a lifetime of guilt and regret while helping adults get the tools they need to improve their security and their productivity. Continuing to invest in simple and proven ways to reduce the toll of the tobacco epidemic makes sense for the District. WI

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is destined for Donald J. Trump’s White America. And even as the Trump Revolution delivers benefits to his tribe, Black folks are told in every Starbucks, Waffle House, AirBnB, Yale University dorm, college frat house, and anywhere else you can think of, that “They don’t really care about us.” But we had better never stop caring about them and their well-being. That would be unpatriotic. WI

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full-service grocery store. They said more than 70 percent of the complex’s current residents have signed a declaration in support of the redevelopment. “On behalf of the overwhelming majority of Brookland Manor residents in support of the project and the greater Brentwood community, we are disappointed that a single individual has chosen to delay much needed new and affordable housing for Brookland Manor families,” said Robert Johns, MidCity Development’s director of community relations.  “The reality is that RIA is for everyone: all current Brookland Manor residents will have a guaranteed home in the redevelopment  —  a home with modern amenities and enhanced services.” WI

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