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law enforcement. She said they threat,” she said. had come together to bring a Among the programs Marlow sense of uniformity in the way wants to see implemented are When L.Y. Marlow's 23-year- domestic violence victims and stricter restraining order policies, Visit our updated Web site old daughter told her the father survivors are treated. more rights for victim's families and give us your comments of her daughter threatened her “She's using her own personal to intervene on behalf of a vicfor a chance to win a gift from life, and the life of their child, story, her own personal pain to tim, a domestic violence assessThe Washington Informer she knew something had to be push forward,” Davis-Nickens ment unit coupled with further done. Out of her frustration said about Marlow. training for law enforcement with law enforcement's handling Davis-Nickens said anyone agencies, a Child's Life ProtecEmail comments to: of the situation, she decided to who reads Marlow's book will tion Act and mandatory counselrburke@ start the Saving Promise cam- “get it.” She said she “puts the ing for batterers. paign. case in such a way, the average “If we are ever going to eradiwashingtoninformer.com “It seems to be a vicious cycle person can get it.” She said at the cate domestic violence, we must that won't turn my family end of the day, the book will look at both sides of the coin. loose,” Marlow said. Marlow help people begin to have a dia- We need to address both the vicshared her story with the audi- logue about domestic violence. tim and the batterer,” Marlow ence at the District Heights Also present at the event was said. Domestic Violence Symposium Mildred Muhammad, the exMarlow would also like to see on May 7 at the District Heights wife of John Allen Muhammad, programs designed to raise Municipal Center. The sympo- who was sentenced to six consec- awareness among children in We represent victims of major sium was sponsored by the utive life terms without parole public and private schools. She medical malpractice such as Family and Youth Services by a Maryland jury for his role in feels children need to be educatSandra Robinson Jack Olender cerebral palsy. Center of the city of District the Beltway Sniper attacks in ed about domestic violence. All 5 lawyers were again elected Heights and the National Hook- 2002. Mildred Muhammad is “We have to stop being pas“Best Lawyers in America” 2012 President Barack Obama, Eric Holder and wife, Dr. Sharonthe Malone Holder sive-aggressive and Dianne Braddock, sister Up of Black Women. thehis founder of After Trauma, with the poor chilKaren Evans is a nurse/attorney of Carole Robertson. The president in the Oval that Officehelps on Maythe 24, designating the domestic Congressional Gold Marlow has written a book,signedana bill organization dren about violence,” Attorney/Pediatrician Harlow Case Karen Evans Melissa Rhea Medal toMe commemorate four is young killed during the 1963 violence bombing of the 16th Street “Color Butterfly,”the which a girls survivors of domestic Marlow said. Baptist Church in Robert Chabon, M.D., J.D. is Birmingham, Ala. /White House of Photo and by Mike Theiler story about four generations their children. Marlow has worked to break Of Counsel. domestic violence. The book is “I lived in fear for six years. Six the cycle of abuse in her family, inspired by her own experiences, years in fear is a long time. It is and is confident the policies she and those of her grandmother, not an easy thing to come out is pushing for will start that her mother and her daughter. of,” she said. process. She said every time she reads Mildred Muhammad said “I plan to take these policies to In Memoriam excerpts from her book, she still people who want to help a Congress and implore them to Dr. Calvin W. Rolark, Sr. can not believe the words came domestic violence victim must change our laws,” Marlow said. Wilhelmina J. Rolark from her. “Color Me Butterfly” be careful of how they go into “I will not stop until these poliThe Washington Informer Newspaper won the 2007 National “Best the victim's life, and cies are passed.” THE WASHINGTON INFORMER PUBLISHER Families Receive Congressional Medal onunderstand 50th Anniversary of Bombing Memoriam Books” Award. 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in Northwest. Written by Christina Ham, the play’s director is Tony Award-winning actress Phylicia Rashad. No admission will be charged to those interested in attending the event. Family members of the young bombing victims also received invitations to attend a special ceremony at the National Statuary Hall inside the Capitol on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Officials formally presented the distinguished Congressional Gold Medals to surviving family members. “It’s just very exciting for me,” said Lisa McNair, who was born one year after her sister, Denise McNair, died in the bombing.

“Hopefully, people now will learn not to be so hateful and remember how hate and anger harms so many,” said McNair, 48. The honor, which acknowledges heroism and bravery, counts as a profound statement in favor of civil and equal rights, said Dianne Braddock, the sister of Carole Robertson. “I think the medal brings the ‡ Please set all copy in upper and lowercase, flush left as indicated on artwork at these point sizes: Consultant name in 11-point Helvetica Neue Bo country together and makes a Helvetica Neue Light; Web site or e-mail address in 9-point Helvetica Neue Light; phone number in 9-point Helvetica Beauty Consultant in 9-point To the Independent Beauty Consultant: Only Company-approved Web sites obtained through the Mary Kay® Personal Web Site program may statement about where we are as a nation,” said Braddock, 69, who lives in Laurel, Md.wi To read this story in its entirety, go to www.washingtoninformer.com. The Washington Informer

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Church in Birmingham, Alabama is bombed by white supremacists and Ku Klux Klan members. Four little Black girls are killed. September 16 1848 – The French abolish slavery in all their territories. It would take a Civil War and another 17 years before slavery is abolished in America. 1925 – Blues great B.B. King is born on this day in Itta Bena, Mississippi. 1933 – “Emperor Jones” is released on this day by United Artists. It starred social activist Paul Robeson as Brutus Jones. It was the first Hollywood film with a Black leading man and a white supporting cast. September 17 1861 – Hampton Institute (now university) is founded. It has now become one of the nation’s leading predominately Black educational institutions. 1973 – Illinois becomes the first state to honor Civil Rights Movement icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a state holiday. September 18 1895 – Booker T. Washington delivered his famous (or infamous) “Atlanta Compromise” speech in which he promotes Black economic betterment at the expense of civil and political rights. The speech endeared him to whites opposed to the social integration of Blacks but it angered

progressive Blacks, including scholar W.E. B. DuBois, who began to portray Washington as an “Uncle Tom.” 1980 - Cuban cosmonaut Arnold Tamayo becomes the first Black person to fly on a space mission. He flew on a space craft from the then-Soviet Union. September 19 1981 – An estimated 400,000 people from various labor and civil rights organizations rally in Washington, D.C. to protest the domestic policies of President Ronald Reagan. His policies were viewed by the demonstrating groups as anti-Black and opposed to the best interests of working class people. September 20 1974 - Gail A. Cobb was the first woman District police officer to be shot and killed in the line of duty in the District. She was also the first woman officer killed in the line of duty anywhere in the country since the FBI began keeping statistics in such incidents in 1960. 1984 – “The Cosby Show” starring comedian and activist Bill Cosby debuts on NBC Television. It becomes one of the nation’s highest rated television series and was widely praised by civil rights activists because of its generally positive portrayal of a Black middle class family.

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Viewp int Isis Alexander Germantown, Md. I think having the Olympics in D.C. would be a great idea. It would also generate a lot of revenue. Attending the Olympics is something that I have on my list of things to do, so it would be awesome if the games came to the area. I think it would be a great event for the city and it’s an experience that I could share with my child. I hope to see it happen in my lifetime.

Jessica Zeiler Silver Spring, Md. I love watching the Olympics every two years and I think it’s amazing to have everyone in the world come together to celebrate international sports. It would be great to have it here. A lot of people only think of D.C. as being a political city, and putting it on the world stage by hosting the Olympics would give people worldwide the opportunity to see that D.C. has become a more [cosmopolitan] city. Traffic congestion would be my only major concern.

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Jessica Richards Washington, D.C. I think it would be a good idea for D.C. to host the Olympics. It would be a great opportunity for people from all over the world to experience the city’s culture and to see how far it has come and transitioned over the years. D.C. is such a melting pot and an international hub for many, so having the Olympics here would make a lot of sense.

Norman Murray Washington, D.C. Hosting the Olympics in D.C. would be really neat. There would be an infusion of funds into the local economy. It would cost a lot of money to host the games, but the amount of people who would come here would bring in a lot of revenue. The event would bring our fight for statehood to the forefront because all of the money used to build the facilities would come from D.C. residents who paid [substantial] taxes last year.

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Angela Diop Hyattsville, Md. I think it would [have been] a great [opportunity] to put the city on the world’s stage by hosting the Olympics. There would be some challenges with traffic congestion, so there would have to be a collaborative regional effort with Maryland and Virginia hosting events and [staging them at various] venues. I think it would [have been] a great opportunity to pull the [region] together.

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week, Obama has stepped up his rhetoric and he and others in his administration have sought to make a case to the public, Congress and the international community that Syria must be punished for its use of sarin gas against civilians. “I’m here because I’m completely against military action in Syria,” said 26-year-old Howard University graduate student Indigo Pierre at the Sept. 7 demonstration. “Any action would be premature. I protest often and I’m very encouraged by the number of people out here. I wish there were more African Americans out here. Hopefully that will change.” The demonstrators marched along Pennsylvania Avenue, detoured onto Indiana Avenue and came back out on the street not far from the Capitol complex. They were trailed by a phalanx of police vehicles and they moved under the watchful eyes of scores of D.C. Metropolitan Police and Capitol police officers. Among the signs: “Hands off Syria!” “War Against Syria

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Built on a Lie,” “Bombing Syria Doesn’t Protect People, It Kills Them,” and “Iraq, Libya, Syria – Endless War for Empire.” The group streamed past the Capitol’s House and Senate, chanting and pumping their

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fists, egged on by Eugene Puryear, Brian Becker and other activists who bellowed into bullhorns. Across from the Longworth Building on Independence Avenue in Southwest, protestors jumped down off a small ledge and filled the street. “These three buildings are where the House of Representatives has offices,” said Becker, director of the Answer Coalition which organized the protests in Washington, D.C. and 30 other U.S. cities, including New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston. “On Monday, they’ll be coming [from the Longworth Building to the Capitol] to vote. If you vote to authorize …” “At that moment, two Capitol Police officers approached Becker and told him everyone had to clear the street. The crowd booed, whistled and encircled the officers, ignored their entreaties and marched further down the street. “Whose street? Our street!” they chanted. “We’re marching with a permit so let’s tell Congress, ‘No More War!” said Becker. In response to a comment Secretary of State John Kerry made in London that Syria would be spared a military attack if it surrendered its chemical weapons stockpiles, Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov appeared to have gotten an agreement from his Syrian counterpart that Syria would comply. Obama said the Russian initiative could deter military strikes. “… Over the last few days,

we’ve seen some encouraging signs, in part because of the credible threat of U.S. military action, as well as constructive talks that I had with President Putin,” Obama said. “The Russian government has indicated a willingness to join with the international community in pushing Assad to give up his chemical weapons. The Assad regime [is now admitting] that it has these weapons and even said [it would] join the Chemical Weapons Convention, which prohibits their use,” Obama said. “It’s too early to tell whether this offer will succeed, and any agreement must verify that the Assad regime keeps its commitments, but this initiative has the potential to remove the threat of chemical weapons without the use of force, particularly because Russia is one of Assad’s strongest allies.” Obama said he’s ordered the U.S. military to maintain its current posture to keep the pressure on Assad and to be in a position to respond if diplomacy fails. A number of supporters of military strikes said Syria would not be willing to consider this move without the threat of military force. The president, Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel have increasingly argued for limited targeted airstrikes to “deter and degrade” the ability of Assad to launch more chemical attacks. And in his comments Kerry said, this is not the time to be silent spectators to slaughter. For people like Rania Mas-

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Jews, Christians and military men and women across the spectrum and they all oppose this.” Masri criticized the U.S. for seeking to present the case as a binary – an either/or scenario – with America only able to pursue one or two options. “There’s so much this country could do to stop the war,” she told the crowd, her voice rising in indignation. “Saudis and Qataris are the main financiers of the terrorists in Syria. They say there can be no military solution, so what the hell are they doing trying to start a war?” “The U.S. has been intervening militarily in Syria, if not for two years, as much as 10,” Masri asserted. “We need a diplomatic solution and humanitarian aid, not war.”wi To read the story in its entirety, go to www.washingtoninformer.com. The Washington Informer

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Orange Pressures Gray to Sign LRAA D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At Large) is working feverishly to get D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray to sign the “Large Retailer Accountability Act of 2013” (LRAA) into law, requiring companies like Wal-Mart to pay its District employees a living wage. “We want to keep D.C. residents in the Nation’s Capital instead of moving out to the suburbs to live,” Orange, 56, said during a press conference at the John A. Wilson Building in Northwest on Sept. 3. “A living wage of $12.50 an hour, with two people [who] are married, comes out to about $52,000 a year and that is enough to buy a house in the District of Columbia.” The District’s minimum wage is $8.25 an hour. The LRAA would generally apply to large retail companies like Wal-Mart and Target and not to small businesses. The LRAA passed the D.C. Council, 8-5, on July 10 and the council is awaiting action by Gray. Gray, 70, said at his biweekly press conference earlier that day that he will sign or veto the bill by Sept. 16. Orange and 25 of his pro-living wage allies delivered 36, 917 messages in the form of signatures on petitions and printed emails, to the mayor’s office on Sept. 3. Joslyn Williams, the president of the Metropolitan Washington Council of the AFL-CIO, said that Gray has repeatedly supported living wage legislation since he’s been in politics. “Gray supported the living wage in 2006 when he ran for D.C. Council chairman and in 2010, when he ran for mayor,” said Williams, 63. “In 2011, he said that if Wal-Mart comes to town, it should include a living wage as a part of its community benefits package. I wonder has anything changed since then.” Orange said that Wal-Mart wants to come to the District because it’s a profitable market. “We have a large consumer base that has disposable income,” the council member said. “A living wage is a fair thing to ask for. If Wal-Mart can pay its workers $10.75 in San Francisco and $10.00 in Santa Fe, why can’t it pay $12.50 here?” Orange, in a reference to Gray, injected mayoral politics into his remarks. “I am helping to deliver 36,917 signatures to the mayor and he will need 36, 917 votes on April 1 [2014],” Orange said with a sly smile. Brown Talks about District Statehood Bills District Shadow Statehood Sen.

D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At Large) wants a living wage for D.C. workers. /Courtesy Photo

Michael D. Brown is a District shadow statehood senator. /Courtesy Photo

Michael Brown is gearing up for a busy fall, with a hearing on a District statehood bill in the U.S. Senate likely to take place and working to gain support in the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives on a companion statehood bill that’s authored by D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton. “We have two bills pending in the Congress,” said Brown, 60. “On the Senate bill, there will be a hearing in October or November and the majority leader has endorsed the bill. We do not expect to see any action in the House on ‘The New Columbia Admission Act’ but we are working with Del. Norton to get co-sponsors of her bill.” The Senate bill that Brown, who lives in Northwest, refers to is “The New Columbia Admission Act” authored by U.S. Sen. Thomas Carper (D-Del.) and is co-sponsored by 11 senators including Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) both Maryland U.S. Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Benjamin Cardin (D) and, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

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In the House, Brown said that Norton’s bill has over 50 co-sponsors, all Democrats. Brown and his Senate colleague, Shadow Sen. Paul Strauss (D) and their House colleague Shadow Rep. Nate Bennett-Fleming (D) are hoping that if they don’t get any action on statehood on Capitol Hill in the fall, they may find support in the John A. Wilson Building in Northwest. D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At Large) has authored a bill, “The District of Columbia Statehood Advocacy Act of 2013”, that would give the statehood delegation $1.1 million in salaries and administrative support to make the case for District statehood. Brown remains hopeful that the D.C. Council will take up the legislation in the fall session. “We had a hearing in July on funding the statehood delegation and I think it went well,” he said. “We have five co-introducers of the bill and we are gaining support.”wi www.washingtoninformer.com


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Chairman Phil Mendelson (D), as well as D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D), have concerns about passing a pro-marijuana bill with a Republican U.S. House of Representatives in power. D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) and a candidate for District mayor in 2014 said that she needs to see the bill before she decides to support it but has said that issues regarding medical marijuana need to be resolved before decriminalization takes place. The Rev. Anthony Motley, a longtime political activist in Southeast, said if the bill becomes law, it would help young African Americans. “I will support anything that will keep our young people from getting criminal records,” said Motley, 64. “We need to keep our young people out of the criminal justice system.” wi

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on August 28. “He talked about problems in the South and my mother wanted to support him.” Mother and daughter boarded a Greyhound bus, taking the scenic route, Lee-Payne joked, and stayed with an aunt who lived on Just Street. “I was really excited. It was my birthday,” said Lee-Payne, 62. “I was excited, a kid seeing Dr. King for the second time. It was a pleasant experience, one filled with warmth and hope.” Scherman, 76 – the photojournalist who took the photo that made Lee-Payne the icon of the 1963 March on Washington – laughed when he thought about that day 50 years ago. “I took pictures of the crowd. I was all over the place. I worked

Edith Lee-Payne holds the iconic photograph of herself in the massive crowd on Aug. 28, 1963 during the historic March on Washington. Approximately, 250,000 people converged upon the Nation’s Capital to demand equal rights. /Photo by Freddie Allen

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exist anymore – hired me as a freelancer. I was too busy to hear the speakers. Everybody was there, Marlon Brando, Odetta, James Baldwin, Bobby Darin…” Scherman said he served as a dark room apprentice at Life magazine. He was the first photographer for the nascent Peace Corps, and over the years, his photographs appeared in Life, Time magazine, National Geographic, Paris Match, Playboy and others. He captured Bob Dylan, Robert F. Kennedy, Janis Joplin, John Lennon, Peter, Paul and Mary, Joan Baez, Arthur Ashe, Woodstock and the Beatles’ first U.S. concert, while photographing many of the political, musical and cultural events that marked the 1960s. An icon in his own right, he won a Grammy award for a picture of Dylan that became the cover of his greatest hits album. A New York native who lives in Cape Cod, Mass., Scherman said he saw Lee-Payne standing by her mother and holding a banner, just to the left of King as he addressed the crowd of more than 250,000 people on the National Mall. “There were 300,000 people here that day, and I stood beside her,” Scherman said. “I was taking pictures of the crowd. I was 25 or 26 – I was a kid, a beginning freelancer. It was my first job. I got one picture of everybody. There was a lot of buzz about a month beforehand. I didn’t know that this would be one of the great historic moments in American history.” Scherman said Lee-Payne’s expression and her beauty captured his attention. Now, he acknowledges, her face represents

the 1963 March on Washington. On the 50th anniversary, Scherman was busy taking pictures, talking to colleagues, watching events unfold onstage and conversing occasionally with Lee-Payne at the second commemoration of the march. “I’m the one who made her a star and they can’t even spell my name,” he joked on Aug. 28. Scherman stayed close to Lee-Payne, bantered with and photographed her, and later they went off to do interviews. As Lee-Payne stood listening to the speakers, she was constantly approached by people who recognized her and asked by media representatives for interviews. And in an interesting twist, she turned the tables on Scherman. “I had someone take a picture of him taking a picture of me,” the Detroit native said with a laugh. Lee-Payne, a longtime activist in her hometown, said she enjoyed her time in Washington. “I was here for a week and had more than 23 interviews. It was incredible,” she said. “Those were the ones I could account for. They would see me interviewing and ask if they could interview me. Reporters from Germany, Barcelona, France News 1 and 2 interviewed me.” She said there were so many high points of her visit that she shared with her granddaughters Dejai and Destiny, who accompanied her. She visited a March on Washington exhibit at the National Archives which she said left a lasting impression. “The exhibit was just 100 yards from the Constitution,

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Edith Lee-Payne at 12 years old at the historic March on Washington in 1963. The picture was taken by an aspiring photojournalist on a hot and humid August day. Today, the little girl’s face represents the monumental March on Washington in 1963. /Photo courtesy of Rowland Scherman

PHOTOGRAPH continued from Page 14 the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. It was very humbling and brought tears to my eyes,” she said. “I saw those historic documents, the greatest writings in history so close and I was overwhelmed and humbled.” “I also remember going to Ben’s Chili Bowl and seeing my picture on the wall.” Lee-Payne said she enjoyed spending time with Scherman, who she met earlier this year when they were flown to Washington by BBC to be filmed. “We were in the same hotel, met purely by accident. He happened to walk past me,” she said. “I recognized him from the National Archives. I called out his name and followed him out the door. We just stared at each other and he said we weren’t supposed to meet this way.” Lee-Payne said it’s incredible to see so much attention paid to her because of a picture. “I consider it a blessing from God. When something good happens in your life and it has nothing to do with you, it’s really special,” she said. “I see this as the favor of God on me.” Her visit to Washington proved to be bitter-sweet, LeePayne said. “While reflecting on the day, I couldn’t not think about my mother,” she said. “I had a picture of her which was one way to keep her close to me.” Her mother, Lee-Payne said, worked as a domestic when the pair journeyed to Washington. Her mother, a native Washingtonian, left home as a young girl, seeking to pursue her desire to be a performer. Dorothy Lee was a dancer who performed www.washingtoninformer.com

“There were 300,000 people here that day, and I stood beside her. I was taking pictures of the crowd. I was 25 or 26 – I was a kid, a beginning freelancer. It was my first job. I got one picture of everybody. There was a lot of buzz about a month beforehand. I didn’t know that this would be one of the great historic moments in American history.”

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with Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway, was a friend of Lena Horne and baby-sat for Sammy Davis Sr. She settled in Detroit where she met and married LeePayne’s father. “Whatever my mother experienced before I was born, her experiences in the South, her work as a domestic, her hearing Dr. King, for her to bring me, for me to be where I was, for that photograph to be taken at that particular time is what God orchestrated. This is all him. And because of the expression on my face.” “It was a wonderful day. I took particular pride in seeing President Obama stand where Dr. King stood. I’m sure it wasn’t even a consideration that we’d have a black president. It was good for me to be with my granddaughters to share history. The rain didn’t dampen the mood or spirit; I think everyone just took it in stride,” Lee-Payne said.wi

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Why Rent in DC When You Can Buy? DC Open Doors is Your Key to the City Many families and individuals that live and work in the District of Columbia are seeking affordable homeownership in what can be an unaffordable real estate market. With this need in mind the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency has launched DC Open Doors – Your Key to the City. The program is designed to help as many people as possible get the mortgage financing and down payment assistance they need to help make homeownership affordable in Washington, D.C. Harry D. Sewell, DCHFA Executive Director, has overseen the launch of DC Open Doors and believes the program serves a vital need in the challenging D.C. real estate market. “Expanding affordable homeownership is a core part of our mission at the DCHFA,” Sewell said. “DC Open Doors – Your Key to the City provides crucial assistance to those who want to become homeowners and those who want to remain homeowners, but need a helping hand.” DCHFA has thoroughly researched the local housing market to create a program that meets the needs of Washington’s homeowners and prospective homeowners. This process has produced mortgage products that will truly boost affordable homeownership in the District of Columbia. See the below Key Features to learn how DC Open Doors can help you.

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homeowners. There are currently four products that DC Open Doors offers. They include the following: FHA The FHA loan finances 96.5% of your home’s purchase price. FHA is typically the lowest interest rate loan product the DCHFA can offer to finance home buying in the District. It’s ideal for prospective homeowners who already have their own down payment. FHA Plus The FHA Plus also finances 96.5% of your home’s purchase price. In addition, FHA Plus provides down payment assistance in the amount of 3.5% of the purchase price, providing 100% financing. Prospective homeowners who need down payment assistance to buy a home in the District should consider this product.

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Economic Mobility Linked to Strong Middle Class Communities Since the onset of the foreclosure crisis, research reports from esteemed universities and policy institutes have documented what went wrong. A new report offers us a different perspective, one that views the creation of a strong middle class as the solution for strong economic growth. Middle-Out Mobility, published by the Center for American Progress (CAP), relates how high inequality harms the growth of prosperity. It reaches these conclusions after analyzing recent research by Alan Krueger, former chairman of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers; Stanford University, Harvard University, the University of California-Berkeley, the Pew Economic

Mobility Project and others. “Economic growth depends on ensuring that we can make full use of a precious national resource: the American workforce. That means we must cultivate individuals’ talents and make sure that every person can realize their full potential. This is not merely a moral matter, it is an economic imperative: When one person is held back, all Americans are held back,” the report states. The report also reviewed whether race was a factor in limiting the relationship between the middle class and mobility. Their findings suggest that racial inequities, both social and economic, still persist. Regions with large African-American populations were found to be linked

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to smaller increases in mobility than in other areas. “The size of the middle class is a powerful predictor of mobility, yet its reach is limited by our nation’s troubling legacy of racial inequity.” The report also states that while 97 percent of Americans believe that every person should have an equal opportunity to get ahead in life, children born to low-income parents tend to

become lower-income adults. Metro areas with small or few middle class communities also tend to have higher amounts of poverty. Conversely, children of affluent parents tend to remain affluent. But in metro areas with a strong middle class, better access to quality schools leads to improved test scores, more civic and religious engagement and the enhanced ability for greater mobility among low-income students. Noting how tremendous economic growth was shared by an expanding middle class from the late 1940s to the early 1970s, CAP identifies another important gap: incomes. While American productivity continued to grow, wages did not. As a result, nearly all of the income gains from the last 40 years have benefitted the nation’s richest 10 percent. This mismatch of high productivity against stagnant wages is at the center of America’s hopes for future prosperity, according to the report. It is also the basis for the CAP report to refute “supply-side” or “trick-

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le-down” economic theories that promote giving tax cuts to the wealthy as the way to generate economic prosperity and opportunity for all. “If supply-side theory were right, then we should expect regions with higher taxes to have lower economic mobility. But there is simply no evidence of any such relationship; to the contrary, there is a small positive correlation. In regions with higher state income tax levels, low-income children were slightly more mobile than in regions with lower state tax levels.” The report concluded, “Giving tax breaks and other benefits to the wealthy will only perpetuate the current era of diminished mobility; to reignite opportunity, policymakers must grow and strengthen a vibrant middle class.”wi Charlene Crowell is a communications manager with the Center for Responsible Lending. She can be reached at Charlene.crowell@responsiblelending.org.

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It’s Black Caucus Time Since the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) started its Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) weekend event, the “Michigan Reception” and “Motown Live Afterglow” have always been “the premier parties.”  From the first Black Caucus weekend in 1971, Motown music executive LeBaron Taylor held the record for hosting the best ALC party. Like other Detroit heavy-hitters, Taylor, a former radio DJ, stood out as an all-time pillar for the CBC’s decades of successes. For the image of the Black Caucus to be maintained, before they host any festive events celebrating the 43rd ALC, Black American leaders should use the gathering to pay homage to Detroit and analytically discuss its downfall. It’s time to take measure of Black American’s views in regard to Detroit. Before Blacks took over Detroit in 1950, the population numbered 1.85 million; as of 2011, Detroit had a population of just over 700,000. It’s time Black political leadership address: What went wrong and why? Over the years, the conferences on legislative and policy issues impacting the African-American community have been helpful, but the “top-shelf ” parties always overshadowed the hearings. Before anyone sips a cocktail at ALC 43, it’s mandatory the nation’s top Black political operatives address: What caused Detroit’s demise? Detroit has been under Black political leadership for more than four decades. Numerous factors have brought Detroit to this point, including a declining tax base but still a huge, 139-square-mile city to maintain; overwhelming health care and pension costs; repeated efforts to manage mounting debts with continued borrowing; annual deficits in the city’s operating budget since 2008; and city services crippled by outdated computer systems, abysmal record-keeping practices and widespread dysfunction. It’s time the nation’s Black leadership focus on the urgent business at hand. The caucus describes its goals as “positively influencing the course of events pertinent to African Americans … and “achieving greater equity for persons of African descent in the

By William Reed design and content of domestic and international programs and services.” Thousands will attend the four-day conference the ALC has labeled, It Starts with You. Touted as “a call to action to be and lead the positive change needed in public policy,” the sessions begin Wednesday, Sept. 18-21, 2013, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Northwest Washington, D.C. Each year, the ALC’s highlight has proven to be the Phoenix Awards Gala fundraiser, at which time, the president of the United States usually attends.  The engine behind the ALC events is the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation [CBCF], established in 1976. The CBCF is a public policy, research operation that aims to help the socioeconomic circumstances of African Americans. The CBCF bills the ALC as “providing an African-American perspective on public policy with thought-provoking and educational policy forums, community education workshops and policy briefs.”  The 2013 CBCF Weekend’s credibility is at stake, if current

leadership attempts to ignore the Detroit debacle and what transpired in the “Motor City.” The New York Times reported that between 2004 and 2008, CBC’s political and charitable wings amassed at least $55 million in corporate and union contributions. Black “Special Markets” managers and executives provided the initial support for the conference, its seminars and exhibitions. If the CBCF decided to recognize long-time supporters, who included the late Ofield Dukes, and Taylor, that group would also have to include beverage executive Henry H. Brown. This trio greatly contributed to the CBC, and its charities. These African-American executives served as the forerunners of the current Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) in supporting CBCF programs and objectives. CBC Corporate Advisory Board members sit on various caucus committees to help members of Congress decide what positions to take on issues. These traditionally included cigarette companies, automobile manufacturers, Internet poker operators, beer brewers and the rent-to-own industry, which has become a particular focus of consumer advocates for its practice of charging high monthly fees for appliances, televisions and computers. Dissenters, say that Black Caucus celebrants are lost in purpose and mission. But, Black Caucus Weekend continues to evolve. wi William Reed is publisher of “Who’s Who in Black Corporate America” and available for projects via the BaileyGroup.org

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God Almighty created man’s Soul and Spirit together as one. The importance of the Soul and Spirit has been viewed as the most important element in the life of the Individual. The Nature of Mankind, when a man and a woman come together life is created both in the spirit and the flesh. The Soulless nature of both individuals is joined together to create the soulless nature in the child. As the child develops, the blood is created in the human body, and so develops the spirit & soul of the child. As the child forms the nature of the of the humanly body that child has infinite possibilities. Pray for the human nature and the genetics of the child before it’s born. Pray that Jesus Christ will cut the genetic diseases that will affect the child later in life. On many occasion I have been asked to pray on genetic diseases and curses in peoples lives. After the birth of the child you see the prominent features of both parents. The most noticeable are the mannerism and genetics that have been carried out for generations, such as heart disease. People can do many things to destroy the flesh of the child. It’s not within the power of man to destroy the Soul and Spirit. If the child is destroyed, the Angels of the Lord will come and carry the Soul and Spirit into Heaven. Upon reaching Heaven the Soul and the Spirit will mature. The Lord spoke to me and said to pray together as family for the expectancy of the child. The power of Prayer will have profound affects when done with faith in the name of Jesus Christ. Do not pass thru this life without reading the King James Version of the Bible and thinking of forgiveness and salvation. If you would like to give a love gift, so I can continue to spread the word, please know that all gifts are tax deductible.

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White House to Honor Elmer Huerta as a Prevention and Public Health ‘Champion of Change’ WI Staff Report On Tuesday, September 10 the White House honored eight local heroes who are “Champions of Change” for prevention and public health. These champions are inspiring healthy change at the heart of their communities by encouraging preventive screenings, reducing health disparities, promoting physical activity and healthy eating and fighting healthcare acquired infections. President Obama and his Administration have made prevention and public health a top priority, because they have lasting effects on the health of Americans. That is why the Affordable Care Act provides unprecedented resources through the Prevention and Public Health Fund to support community-based strategies to prevent chronic diseases, and to improve public health. The Affordable Care Act also created the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council, which provides federal leadership to engage states, communities, and private partners in creating a healthier America through the recommendations of the Surgeon General’s National Prevention Strategy – a blueprint for

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improving America’s health. The Prevention and Public Health Fund is supporting projects to put the National Prevention Strategy into action, helping our health care system shift from a focus on sickness and disease to one based on wellness and prevention. During the Champions of Change event, White House officials will recognize the Champions’ hard work and lead a discussion about how to advance and expand a shared vision of wellness and prevention in our

communities. The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals, businesses, and organizations doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. Elmer Huerta, MD is the Director of the Cancer Preventorium at, MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s Washington Cancer Institute in Washington, DC. Noticing that his patients with advanced cancer knew more about soap operas and soccer than cancer prevention basic knowledge, he has dedicated 27 years to promote disease prevention and early detection to the public using the media. At his Preventorium, founded in 1994, he has seen over 32,000 people, mostly poor and uninsured Latinos, for prevention and early detection. Through multiple media interventions, Dr. Huerta, author of “La Salud Hecho Fácil,” is a trusted source of health information for Spanish-speaking people in the U.S. and Latin America. Dr. Huerta is also former President of the American Cancer Society.

VA Medical Center Hosts ‘Welcome Home: A Salute to Service’ At least five hundred returning combat service members, Veterans and their family members are expected to turn out for the Washington DC VA Medical Center’s Welcome Home: A Salute to Service to be held Sept. 14 at the Nationals Park Event Tent. The event will honor recently-returned Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation New Dawn (OND) Veterans with their transition back to civilian life. This is a one-stop venue bringing together the Department of Veterans Affairs, city officials, veteran service organizations, and community partners to offer health care and benefits information, employment, education, financial counseling and housing opportunities. This is the first year the event has been held at a Major League ball park in conjunction with a National’s baseball game. “Having Welcome Home in our Nation’s Capital provides the perfect backdrop to welcome Veterans back to the metropolitan area” said Medical Center Director Brian A. Hawkins. Veterans and their families will enjoy a fun-filled afternoon in appreciation of their service. “Welcome Home offers conve-

nient access to VA programs, community services and entrepreneurial opportunities, allowing ‘Warriors’ to receive the assistance needed to propel themselves forward.” Welcome Home will be held from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at the Nationals Park Event Tent on First Street and Potomac Avenue, SE, Washington, DC. Veterans are encouraged to bring along their resumes, military IDs, VA ID, DD-214 or their 1010EZ form. Veterans can pre-register for the event and receive access to a limited number of free ticket(s) to the Nationals vs. Phillies baseball game following Welcome Home. Please visit Eventbrite. com at: http://dcvamcwelcomehome2013.eventbrite.com The Welcome Home: A Salute to Service event is free and open to all Veterans. The venue is accessible via Metro Bus and Metro Rail. For more information, visit the Washington DC VA Medical Center website: www.washingtondc.va.gov. For more information or to cover the event, contact the Public Affairs, 202-745-8000, ext. 55710.

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First lady Michelle Obama and former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal were among featured guests and speakers for the back-to-school event Friday, Sept. 6 at Orr Elementary School in Southeast. /Photo by Roy Lewis

Orr Students Set ‘Moving’ Example By Dorothy Rowley WI Staff Writer First lady Michelle Obama’s childhood anti-obesity initiative is changing the way students in schools across the country and their parents think about health and nutrition. As a result, students at Orr Elementary School in Southeast have become celebrities of sorts, having recently received White House recognition for embracing healthier lunch menus and eagerly engaging in physical education classes. “I hope that every school in America will follow D.C.’s lead,” Obama said in referencing the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) system’s revamped physical education program in an effort to get more of the city’s students on the path to a lifetime of better health and eating habits. “More than anything else, that’s what ‘Let’s Move’ has been all about,” Obama said. “That has been our goal right from the very beginning – to ensure all of our children grow up healthy and have the bright futures we all know that they deserve.” www.washingtoninformer.com

The back-to-school event Friday, Sept. 6 at the Ward 8 school was part of Obama’s four-yearold “Let’s Move” program which is putting physical education programs back into schools and significantly reducing childhood obesity rates. In addition to offering exercise activity during the regular school day, “Let’s Move” touts physical fitness periods before and after classes. In attracting the White House’s attention, Orr offers nutritional snacks in vending machines, has added physical education classes to the 2013-14 curriculum, participated in the Reebok Foundation’s exercise and nutrition program, and successfully adopted a new healthy school lunch standard. Obama was accompanied by former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, and Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes and sprinter Allyson Felix. She said that since its launch nearly four years ago, “Let’s Move” has prompted national fast-food restaurants to offer health-conscious children’s menus, as well as the introduction of less-salt and sugar-free

foods at cafeterias and diners. Obama added that while 2008 through 2011 marked the first time in decades that obesity rates among children dropped in 19 states, Mississippi, which had been the least healthy state, now boasts a significant dip in childhood obesity. “Make no mistake about it, we are changing the conversation in this country. We are creating a cultural shift in how we live and eat, and our efforts are beginning to have a real impact on our children’s lives,” Obama said, adding that parents and educators should encourage children to choose foods that are nutritious. “New school lunch standards [that were] implemented this year [will] have resounding effects on our kids,” she said. “The meals help kids feel good because they taste good.” Nevertheless, “we still have a long way to go . . . we still have to encourage children to go outside and run,” said Obama. O’Neal, who’s giving $1,000 physical activity grants to as

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ORR continued from Page 21 many as 500 schools across the country, said his mother urged him to stay fit and make healthy food choices, and that it’s incumbent upon other parents to do the same. “As a parent, there’s nothing more important than the health of my children and teaching them to [adopt] healthy lifestyles,” said O’Neal, 41. DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson also addressed parents, teachers, administrators and guests, during the hourlong program, saying DCPS is on its way to becoming the best urban school system in the country. “We have to keep our kids moving and healthy,” she said, explaining how her students are getting short activity breaks during the school day to “help keep the oxygen flowing.” Henderson stated earlier that money saved on the controversial school consolidations resulted in programs like 45 minutes of physical education every day for every student in most of the city’s elementary schools. “We just can’t have all reading and math,” Henderson said. “We have to have a rounded curriculum, so we were able to [add activities like physical education] to our buildings, which will help our kids excel.” wi

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Attaining Economic Self-Sufficiency

Those who regard communities located in Ward 8 as being the worst off in the city would be surprised to learn that the households in Anacostia have a total income of $370 million a year. A whopping $370 million annually. That’s quite an impressive figure and begs the question as to why Anacostia and Ward 8 don’t reflect this bundle of money that flows through the community. Unfortunately, economists tell us, these millions exit Anacostia and other parts of the ward as quickly as they enter. According to The State of the African-American Consumer report, released last year, by 2015, the cumulative spending power of black America will be $1.1 trillion. Yet the report – produced byNielsen and the National Newspaper Publishers Association – points out that this economic power is stifled because as researchers at the Selig Center for Economic Growth note, money in the black community only circulates zero to one time then it’s gone, poof! By comparison, a dollar circulates at least six times in the Latino community, nine times in the Asian community and as many as 36 times and more within and around the white community. We know why. A part of the issue is that blacks have become consumers not producers; there’s the “white man’s ice is colder” syndrome; and then we as a community don’t save and invest in ways that would enhance the economic prospects of the community. Blacks spend their money on groceries, cell phones, hair and nails, clothing and accessories, shoes, liquor, cars, pensions and education. The economic landscape for African Americans is complicated by social, economic, political and race factors. The average income for African-American households nationwide stands at about $47,290 with 35 percent earning $50,000 or more. The Pew Research Center, citing 2009 data, has found that the median wealth of white households is 20 times that of black households and 18 times that of Hispanic households. In dollar terms, that translates into $113,149 for white households, $6,325 for Hispanics and $5,667 for blacks. The wealth gap ratio is the most lopsided since the government began researching and publishing such data 25 years ago. Blacks and Latinos suffered a heavy toll when the housing market bubble burst in 2006 and both groups were battered even more by the subsequent recession that eroded the median wealth among Hispanic households by 66 percent and 53 percent among black households, compared with just 16 percent among white households. Yet, as the Urban Institute pointed out in a recent study, income inequality only tells a part of the story. Wealth also plays a critical role. “Wealth isn’t just money in the bank, it’s insurance against tough times, tuition to get a better education and a better job, savings to retire on, and a springboard into the middle class. In short, wealth translates into opportunity,” the researchers said. Yet with an overall aggregate household income exceeding $700 billion, black Americans remain viable consumers with growing collective buying power. While we see the need and the importance of leveraging our political clout to address institutional and structural inequities which disproportionately affect people of color, we have to do as some experts suggest and really begin to develop and/or extend an economic agenda that as The Rev. Earl Trent of Florida Avenue Baptist Church said, is focused on improving the state of the black economy. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., realized the need to do this and he spoke of economic parity, economic empowerment and the need for blacks to control their economic destiny. In 2013, we have no excuse. If black people don’t support black businesses, save and create our own commerce, we cannot expect to create long-term sustainability.

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GOP Salutes King

Your article by Barrington M. Salmon, “GOP Honors King, March,” September 5, 2013 got me to thinking. On one hand, I was very pleased to see that the GOP took the time to honor Dr. King and those who marched 50 years ago, but on the other hand, they only did it for political reasons. They say it was to show the black community that they are serious about reaching out. However, the Republican Party will never be the party of Lincoln again, so we can forget that, and blacks will never be fully accepted in the GOP, especially poor blacks. The Democrats also tried to use the occasion for political gains, highlighting past presidents and top Democratic officials. Dr. King’s message in 1963 was about social equality, justice and jobs. In 2013, we have a black man who’s the president of the United States, a black man who’s the attorney general, a black man sitting on the Supreme Court,

and countless blacks in the hallowed halls of Congress, yet we are still marching for social equality, justice and jobs. There’s a deep underlying message here that needs to be figured out, and the answer isn’t voting for someone because of his or her color. Dr. King was a prophet and he knew politics was only a short-term cure for what ails America. He knew that in order for real change to occur, America had to change its heart and soul. James Founder Washington, D.C.

Art Feeds the Soul!

Wonderful, wonderful, and even more wonderful! That’s exactly how I felt after reading the September 5, 2013 issue of The Informer. Why did reading The Informer make me feel so wonderful? It was the coverage of the arts and artists featured in that edition. Let’s start with that stunning

front-page photograph of Larry Poncho Brown’s artwork entitled “Profiled” and the headline, “Artists Unite!” Add the two articles by Barrington Salmon, “Exhibit Spotlights Racism, Injustice,” and “KanKouran Celebrates its 30th Anniversary in Style.” And, I can’t forget the article by Margaret Summers, “Anacostia Playhouse Presents ‘Broke-ology.’” My heart literally leapt with joy. I believe art is good for the soul and that there’s nothing more positive for our minds than to read about our art and artists. Oh yes, there is one more thing: history tells us that in every important revolutionary movement in modern civilization, art and artists have played a pivotal role. Benjamin K. Thompson Washington, D.C.

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By Marian Wright Edelman

“Mentors Matter” These are the words of an 18-year-old who recently graduated from high school in a high-poverty neighborhood in the nation’s capital: “Where I live, which is Ward 7, everyone is the same . . . If you follow the crowd, you’re going to end up dead or in jail because that’s where most of them are. But if you’re a leader and you make your own decisions, then you can set your path for life.”

Mike Ruff had to make up his mind a while back that he was going to step up and become one of the leaders. That’s what he told participants at the recent symposium, “Black Male Teens: Moving to Success in the High School Years,” sponsored by the Educational Testing Service and the Children’s Defense Fund. Mike explained how he came to embrace standing out from the crowd by defying low expectations—and how he reached a key turning point when a mentor told him he couldn’t succeed.

College and career planning wasn’t a reality for the people he knew: “Ninety-five percent of the students are poor. We come from basically nothing, because our parents were in the same situations that we are.” His father had dropped out of school in 10th grade, and when Mike started high school, he seemed to be heading down a similar track: “Ninety percent of the school did the same thing I did—skipped class, left school, and no one seemed to try to find out what the problem was.” His

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grade point average freshman year was a 2.5, and at the time his main ambition was to keep up a D-average so he could graduate. But then he met with Mr. Mungin, one of the adults he’d met through an enrichment program he’d enrolled in during middle school. He asked Mike how his plans for life after high school were coming. Mike told Mr. Mungin he’d started thinking about a career in hospitality management, and Mr. Mungin asked to see his grades: “So he looked at my transcript, just for

that ninth grade year . . . saw my grades, D, D, B, D, D, A, and looked back up at me with the straightest face and said, ‘You can’t do it.’ So that kind of hurt me, for a grown man telling me that I can’t do something. So then I just got up, walked out, and [caught] the bus home.” With some uncaring and uninterested adults, that’s exactly where the story would end. Mike would have left discouraged from having a dream at all.

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By Harry C. Alford

Cheating Our Students There are very few things that are as vile and predatory than cheating young Black students out of a decent education. There are two things that quickly come to my mind when I ponder this subject. There is also a third event that has developed in the last few years. Let’s begin at the beginning. When school segregation was ending as the Civil Rights Era was beginning to yield results,

two groups got together and concocted a scheme. In order to quickly integrate schools the idea of school busing evolved. It seemed like a good idea to many who thought by having their children sit next to White people, their skills would automatically improve. Those who stood to gain from this were bus manufacturers (many more buses will be needed) and unions that would increase their membership through the numerous number of bus drivers. So,

groups such as the NAACP and others were encouraged to lead the charge for school busing. The busing was pretty much one way. Whites weren’t going to send their kids on a bus to sit with Black students. When twoway busing was being forced, the White students enrolled into private schools even if they had to quickly build the private school. Rapidly, many Black students, who enjoyed matriculating to Black schools that had great legacies, were being forced to get

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up early in the morning, get on a bus and arrive at a strange school that didn’t welcome them. It was psychologically demeaning and affected grades and equal opportunity. Eventually, great legacy schools such as “George Washington Carver,” “Booker T. Washington”, “Crispus Attucks,” etc. would close wherever busing was occurring. It was a major blow to our esteem and psyche. I learned of the next evil event while traveling through the South visiting local Black

chambers. At different times I would hear the term “Dummy Checks” or “Stupid Checks.” Both former Congressman Earl Hilliard (D-Ala.) and current Congressman Benny Thompson (D-Miss.) were vocal about this practice. White school officials developed an idea that would segregate the classrooms at the expense of Black students. Officials would talk to Black parents and show them how they

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By Dr. Wilmer J. Leon

Obama’s Irresponsible Rhetoric Exacerbates Global Tensions that a chemical weapons attack and doubts about whether Assad “We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized…That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.” President Obama August 20, 2012 It is now generally accepted as fact that on August 21, 2013 a nerve agent, probably sarin

gas was used on the Syrian civilian population. According to Dr. Bart Janssens, from Doctors Without Borders, “[T]he reported symptoms of the patients, in addition to the epidemiological pattern of the events – characterized by the massive influx of patients in a short period of time, the origin of the patients, and the contamination of medical and first aid workers – strongly indicate mass exposure to a neurotoxic agent…convulsions, excess saliva, pinpoint pupils, blurred vision and respirato-

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ry distress…” What is not known is who is responsible for the chemical attack. The United States has placed the blame on the Assad regime. President Obama stated, “…the United States (has) presented a powerful case that the Syrian government was responsible for this attack on its own people. Our intelligence shows the Assad regime and its forces preparing to use chemical weapons, launching rockets in the highly populated suburbs of Damascus, and acknowledging

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took place.” Other credible sources believe that the case against the Assad regime is not as former CIA director George Tenet said about WMD’s in Iraq, a “slam dunk”. According to the Times of Israel, “The intelligence linking Syrian President Bashar Assad or his inner circle to an alleged chemical weapons attack that killed at least 100 people is no “slam dunk,” with questions remaining about who actually controls some of Syria’s chemical weapons stores

himself ordered the strike, US intelligence officials say.” There are conflicting perceptions of reality and requisite action or response. President Obama claims that chemical weapons have been used; the US claims that it has evidence that the Assad regime used them; ergo military intervention (airstrikes) must be the response by the “International Community.” Other countries such as Ger-

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By Julianne Malveaux

Obama Selling ‘Wolf Tickets’ on Syria and the ongoing civil war may have killed as many as 100,000. President Obama announced his willingness to act on Syria’s domestic chemical intrusion before Labor Day, but he has backpedaled and asked for Congressional approval. What will he do if Congress says no? Will he face the international community conceding that he has less power than he thought, or will he go ahead and take military action without congressional approval? Reportedly, U.S. troops in

President Barack Obama stepped on a big limb when he threatened “limited action” against Syria because the country’s leaders allegedly used chemical weapons against their own people. There are international bans against the use of chemical weapons, with Syria one of few countries not supporting the ban. Chemical weapons allegedly killed more than 1,400 Syrians,

the Middle East were ready to follow the orders of the Commander-in-Chief before they got orders to slow down any action. Perhaps President Obama is finally listening to the sentiment of the American people, who, according to several polls, do not support action against Syria. Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and dozens of other members of Congress sent the president a letter urging debate on any military action against Syria. Does the urgency of a strike against Syria recede over

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time? Have we learned from the lessons of Iran, Afghanistan, and, yes, Vietnam? In the last case, “simple” military action led us into a war that lasted for nearly a decade, and the loss of tens of thousands of lives. The “end” of that war was hardly decisive, with a withdrawal that didn’t so much save the day as salvage the our nation’s bruised ego. If allegations against Syria are true, they have clearly crossed a line. Still, it is not clear that unilateral action from the United States is

the solution. While the United Nations is not always as effective as it might be, I’d prefer United Nations concurrence to United States go-it-along position in this matter. From Iraq, we must remember that verification of the use of chemical weapons is key to any action. I’ll never forget Secretary of State Colin Powell holding up a small container and saying, “This could be anthrax.” Turns out, it wasn’t. Based on

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By Askia Muhammad

What Kind of an ‘Officer and a Gentlelady’ Can She Become?

At 19, I literally burst into tears after I learned that my imperfect vision meant that I failed my physical exam, disqualifying me from admission to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. I believed then that becoming a Naval Officer was about the noblest career path a young man could follow. But now, as I look at the conduct of commissioned and non-commissioned U.S. mili-

tary officers – from Lt. William Calley in Vietnam; to the Navy “Tailhook” scandal; to the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq; to Marines urinating on corpses, and others desecrating Holy Qurans, the Muslim holy text in Afghanistan; to medical officers painfully forcing oversized feeding tubes down the noses of hunger-striking prisoners at the Guantanamo prison camp – coupled with the disgraceful behavior of their civilian commanders who order U.S. forces into unholy, and immoral, and illegal wars, over and

over again; I fail to see any honor whatsoever among them, even in the brave ones who display valor above and beyond the call of duty for this country’s wicked political objectives. What appears to be a moral vacuum among U.S. military personnel is painfully obvious in the proceedings recently at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington. There, three former Naval Academy football players faced the military equivalent of a grand jury, to determine if they should face court martial charges for al-

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legedly raping a fellow midshipman at an off-campus party in April 2012. This case is literally just the tip of an iceberg. The Pentagon revealed that there are about 26,000 sexual assaults in the uniform ranks every year, but only 3,374 of them were reported during the year of the study. What’s more, nearly half of the purported victims are males. These are the soldiers and sailors and marines this country is sending to help “improve” the lives of people in other countries.

Physician, first heal thyself! What these men – at least one of whom had had consensual intimate relations with the victim prior to the night of the assault – are accused of doing – was described in my rowdy ghetto high school as “running a train” (as in multiple train cars passing through a station) on the assault victim. That’s the kind of conduct I once dreamed of leaving behind, when I pictured myself becoming a naval officer, not

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By Ron Daniels

D.C. March Leaders Lacked Boldness I was privileged to attend the March on Washington in 1963, and count it as one of the most profound experiences of my life. The sheer outpouring of thousands of people, particularly Black people, was a testament to our aspirations and determination to win jobs, justice and freedom. The March proved to be a decisive moment in the Black Freedom Struggle and for www.washingtoninformer.com

the nation. On August 24, I was privileged to attend the commemoration of the 50thAnniversary of the March on Washington (MOW). Indeed, this commemoration was marked by scores of substantive and celebrative programs, including the Institute of the Black World 21st Century’s release of an executive summary of its Black Paper - A Deposit Was Made But the Check Still Bounced. Tens of thousands of people poured into D.C. for the massive Rally and March on the National

Mall. It was especially exhilarating to see so many young people, large numbers of them wearing Justice for Trayvon Martin T-Shirts or hoisting placards with the same theme. Whenever thousands of people are motivated to gather to demand justice, it must be judged a success. But the thousands who journeyed to D.C. came not only to demand justice; they were looking to the “leadership” to provide a blueprint/agenda, strategy and marching orders to translate their demands into vic-

tories. The agenda of issues presented by most of the speakers was closely tied to the grievances that motivated folks to attend the Rally/March: the recent Supreme Court decision that gutted the Voting Rights Act, voter suppression laws being passed in states such as North Carolina and Texas and the demand for justice, highlighted by the Trayvon Martin case. In the case of the latter, they demanded an end to the “Stand Your Ground” laws. These issues are certainly per-

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tinent and the call to address them very important. However, there were some critical omissions that may dilute the potential impact of the commemoration. Given the “State of Emergency” in urban inner-city neighborhoods across this country – America’s “dark ghettos” – President Obama’s jobs program is necessary, but woefully inadequate to repair the decades of damage done by government disinvestment, capital flight and

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American People Series #1: Between Friends, 1963. Oil on canvas. Credit: Purchase College, State University of New York; Museum purchased with funds provided by the Roy R. Neuberger Endowment Fund and the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art.

By Stacy M. Brown WI Contributing Writer Throughout her illustrious career, artist Faith Ringgold has been told that men rule the world. Some had even encouraged the famous quiltmaker not to bother putting her name on some of her own work. Those who offered that misguided advice simply didn’t know much about the determined Ringgold, a painter, writer, speaker, mixed-media sculptor, performance artist, civil rights activist and feminist who lives and works in Englewood, N.J., and whose work, “American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960s,” is currently on display through Nov. 10, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), in Northwest. “In the 1960s, we did a lot of political posters and we’d give them away. People would say not to bother putting your name on it and I thought, wait a minute, those people are crazy,” said Ringgold, 83. However, in the 1960s, the art world proved to be silent on the

political issues of the day, including civil rights, Ringgold said. “Everyone else had come together to see how they could make things better, but not the art world because I think they realized they wouldn’t be able to sell the art,” she said. Still, Ringgold created artwork that proved controversial but are now among the most sought after and legendary pieces of art. The works on exhibit at the museum include Ringgold’s 1963 oil on canvas, “American People Series #1: Between Friends.” That year, Ringgold and her daughters, Barbara and Michele, stayed with family friends Dr. John and Mrs. Bernice Brown Goldsberry at their summer home on Martha’s Vineyard. It was on the Goldsberry’s front lawn, that Ringgold set up her easel and produced five paintings that would become the first works in her “American People” series. “The paintings depict an uneasy meeting between a black and a white woman and was inspired by the women who came to weekday poker parties at the Goldsberry’s house while their husbands were in their offices in

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American People Series #17: The Artist and His Model, 1966. Courtesy of Faith Ringgold and ACA Galleries, New York. /Photo by Jim Frank

town,” she said. Ringgold said she thought the white women were simply representing their husbands, and she could sense a lack of genuine friendship between the women. “As an artist, I was looking for a way to document what I was seeing. I had been painting landscapes and flowers, still life pictures because nobody ever taught anything about black art,” she said. Ringgold primarily turned to painting landscapes, which depicted various interactions and confrontations between blacks and whites. The paintings included work that featured people of all ages, races and genders struggling through rampant violence and bloodshed. Ringgold said the work, which she titled, “Die,” represented her reaction to the race riots of the 1960s. Art galleries, however, showed no interest in the work. When Ringgold decided to visit the Ruth White Gallery in New York and pitch her paintings to White personally, the overture met quick dismissal. “She said a black woman simply couldn’t paint those landscapes during such a tumultuous The Washington Informer

Committee to Defend the Panthers, 1970. “American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960s.” Cut paper poster. Courtesy of Faith Ringgold and ACA Galleries, New York

time,” Ringgold said. “But, I said that I’d take that negative and turn it into a positive, I’m an artist, so I know how to do that.” She later included in her work, “the Artist and his Model,”

which depicts a white male artist painting a nude female subject, a prevalent motif in historical western art.

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Ringgold, however, subverted the subject by depicting a black male artist painting a nude white female model, something unprecedented for a black female artist, during a time when African Americans continued to struggle for equality and justice. The painting challenged both social norms and conventional narratives in art history. “It was an emotional time and there were contentious issues,” she said. Ringgold plans to visit the museum on Oct. 28 to discuss the exhibit, which showcases many of her bold and provocative paintings that she created in response to the civil rights and feminist movements. “In this important anniversary year for the civil rights movement, the museum is proud to show these little known but important early paintings by Faith Ringgold,” said museum director, Susan Fisher Sterling. “This engaging and challenging exhibition reflects the depth of Ringgold’s work and the compelling issues she addresses. Art and activism in the 1960s broadened opportunities within the art world for women artists, a goal we continue to strive for at the National Museum of Women in www.washingtoninformer.com

the Arts,” Fisher Sterling said. The exhibit includes 49 works from, “American People,” and “Black Light,” another provocative series by Ringgold, along with related murals and political posters. A professor emeritus at the University of California, San Diego, Ringgold has received more than 75 awards, including 23 honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees. She has received fellowships and grants that include the National Endowment for the Arts for sculpture and for painting; the La Napoule Foundation Award for painting in France; the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for painting, and many others. Ringgold’s art also has been exhibited in museums and galleries in America, Europe, Asia, South America, the Middle East, and Africa. “This is extraordinarily exciting to have an exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, because it’s the only women’s museum in the world,” said Ringgold, who also has published 16 children’s books. She plans to release her next book in 2014 about the Harlem Renaissance. She said she still champions the rights of women in a male

dominated society and Ringgold noted that the civil rights and feminist struggles continue today. “A lot of the issues, and I’ve stated this before, still haven’t been addressed. This is typical, kind of when there is a problem, the group that has the issue rises to the occasion and speaks out and there are some parts that are addressed and then when you look around, we’re right back where we started,” she said.wi Faith Ringgold’s pointed political paintings of the 1960s are the focus of, “American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960s,” an exhibition on view at the National Museum of Women in the Arts through Nov. 10. The museum is located at 1250 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., in a landmark building near the White House. It is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.5 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. For information, call 202-783-5000 or visit  www.nmwa.org. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for visitors 65 and over and students, and free for NMWA members and youth 18 and under. Free Community Days are on the first Sunday of the month. For more information about NMWA, visit www.nmwa.org. The Washington Informer

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Howard University quarterback Greg McGhee scrambles for 22 of his 54 yards rushing in HU’s 27-16 victory over Morehouse in the third annual AT&T Nation’s Football Classic at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Southeast on Saturday, Sept. 7. McGhee also threw for 242 yards and three touchdowns as Howard continued its dominance over the Maroon Tigers. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

Howard Defeats Morehouse in Football Classic By Stacy M. Brown and Sam P.K. Collins WI Contributing Writers A chip on the shoulder of Greg McGhee didn’t prevent the third year quarterback from carrying the Howard Bisons to another victory over the Morehouse Maroon Tigers in the third annual AT&T Classic at RFK Stadium in Southeast on Saturday, Sept. 7. McGhee did most of his damage to the Tigers in the first half, racking up the majority of his three touchdowns and 242 passing yards in the Bisons 27-16 win before a primarily partisan crowd of 17,000 spectators. “I had a chip on my shoulder coming into the game,” McGhee said, noting that a suspension forced him to miss last year’s classic. “I wanted to come out and show why I should have been on the field last year.” For the second time in the three years of the classic, McGhee, 21, earned Most Valuable Player honors. “Greg did an outstanding job,” Howard head coach Ray Petty said. “[However], we looked good on defense and we were able to take advantage of that.” Howard has now defeated

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Howard University quarterback Greg McGhee accepts the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic’s Most Valuable Player Award from officials after leading his team to victory over the Morehouse Maroon Tigers at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Southeast on Saturday, Sept. 7. McGhee earned his second MVP award in three years after completing 21 of 27 passes for three touchdowns. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

Morehouse in 16 of 18 contests between the rivals. “This game was an early season test. Unfortunately, we didn’t measure up today,” Morehouse head coach Rich Freeman said. “We’re only going to improve.” Each school, which counts among the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), opened in 1867 and their football teams began playing each other

annually in 1923. After a break in the 1960s, Howard and Morehouse renewed their rivalry on the gridiron in the 1980s before taking another break following the 1997 season and, finally, resuming again three years ago. The meetings have been highlighted not only by hard-fought

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Howard University Bison Defeat Morehouse Maroon Tigers 27-16

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at: Howard players display three fingers, an indication as to how many times the Bison intend to win the Nation’s Football Classic, on Saturday, Sept. 7 at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Southeast. Howard defeated Morehouse 27-16. /Photo by John E. De Freitas Howard Bison wide receiver Matthew Colvin protects the football from Morehouse defensive back Lance Bennett in the second quarter and scores a touchdown on Saturday, Sept. 7 at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Southeast. Howard defeated Morehouse 27-16 to win the Nation’s Football Classic for a third time. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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Morehouse quarterback Joshua Harris protects the ball from Howard defensive back Kenneth Russ and carries the ball for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Nation’s Football Classic on Saturday, Sept. 7 at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Southeast. Howard defeated Morehouse 27-16 to win the Classic for a third time. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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Work as a Team – It’s Biblical Nehemiah 4: When the Israelites were rebuilding the wall in Jerusalem, the work got tough and they became discouraged. Finally, they just gave up. So Nehemiah reorganized the work into teams. Half would stand guard with their spears and swords and protect everyone. The other half worked. Then they’d alternate their positions. He posted everyone by groups and families, so they could encourage and support each other. Mark 6:7: When Jesus sent people out in ministry; he sent them out in twos. He did not expect them to minister alone. Acts 24: Paul specifically mentions seven people who were part of his ministry team. He brought others along, not only to train them, but also to keep him encouraged. Have you noticed how much easier it is to when your group works together in harmony? Things are always much smoother! It’s scriptural. When the scripture says “iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another� it’s referring to how much sharper one man will be when he or she has help from others. Barbara Streisand wrote about it this way, she said, “People, people who need people, are the luckiest people in the world.� I believe the Christian life is something that requires teamwork. We need to watch out for one another if we’re going be all that we can be for the Lord. We need one another. Are you aware of the “one an-

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17 None of us are strong in every area. Some of us are gifted as preachers but not gifted as counselors. Some of us are strong leaders but not great at details. Some of us are good at building relationships yet we’re not strong managers. And that’s actually good. If you were good at everything, you wouldn’t need the rest of the Body of Christ. Your church needs every member involved in ministry – not just you. Good teamwork is necessary in all areas of life – our families, our businesses, our communities. Paul reminds us in Romans 12 that bodies don’t function well unless they work together. Neither do churches. Your congregation needs to work together as a team. Here are some specific passages to remind us as church members to work together with one another: Ecclesiastes 4:9-12: “Two are better off than one, because together they can work more effectively. If one of them falls down, the other can help him up. But if someone is alone and falls, it’s just too bad, because there is no one to help him. If it’s cold, two can sleep together and stay warm but how can you keep warm by yourself. Two men can resist an attack that would defeat one man alone. A rope of three cords is hard to break.� (TEV) We are better together than we are on our own.

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

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

Campbell AME Church Reverend Daryl K. Kearney, Pastor 2562 MLK Jr. Ave., S E Washington, DC 20020 Adm. Office 202-678-2263 Email:Campbell@mycame.org Sunday Worship Service 10: am Sunday Church School 8: 45 am Bible Study Wednesday 12:00 Noon Wednesday 7:00 pm Thursday 7: pm “Reaching Up To Reach Out” Mailing Address Campbell AME Church 2502 Stanton Road SE Washington, DC 20020

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

Pilgrim Baptist Church

700 I. Street, NE Washington, D.C. 20002 Pastor Louis B. Jones, II and Pilgrim invite you to join us during our July and August Summer schedule! Attire is Christian casual. Worship: Sundays@ 7:30 A.M. & 10:00 A.M. 3rd Sunday Holy Communion/Baptism/Consecration Prayer & Praise: Wednesdays @12:00 Noon @ 6:30 P.M. – One Hour of Power! (202) 547-8849 www.pilgrimbaptistdc.org

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

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

Church of Living Waters

Rev. Paul Carrette Senior Pastor Harold Andrew, Assistant Pastor 4915 Wheeler Road Oxon Hill, MD 20745 301-894-6464 Schedule of Service Sunday Service: 8:30 AM & 11:00 AM Bible Study: Wednesday 7:30 PM Communion Service: First Sunday www.livingwatersmd.org

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

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

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

Crusader Baptist Church

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

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

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

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

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

“God is Love”

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

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

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

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

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

Mount Carmel Baptist Church

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

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All Nations Baptist Church

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

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

“Where Jesus is the King”

Israel Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Morris L Shearin, Sr. Pastor

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

1251 Saratoga Ave., NE Washington, DC 20018 (202) 269-0288 Sunday Worship Service: 10:00 A.M. Sunday School: 8:30 A.M. Holy Communion1st Sunday: 10:00 A.M. Prayer Service: Wednesday at 6:30 P.M. Bible Study: Wednesday at 7:00 P.M.

Mount Moriah Baptist Church

St. Luke Baptist Church

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

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

Rev. Keith W. Byrd, Sr. Pastor

Rev. Aubrey C. Lewis Pastor

Rev. Daryl F. Bell Pastor

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

Zion Baptist Church

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

King Emmanuel Baptist Church

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

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

Rehoboth Baptist Church

St. Matthews Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Maxwell M. Washington Pastor 1105 New Jersey Ave, S.E • Washington, DC 20003 202 488-7298 Order of Services Sunday Worship Services: 9:05 A.M. Sunday School: 8:00 A.M. Holy Communion 3rd Sunday Morning Prayer Meeting: 7:00 P.M. (Tuesday) Bible Study: 7:30 P.M. (Tuesday) Theme: “Striving to be more like Jesus “Stewardship”. Philippians 3:12-14; Malachi 3:8-10 and 2 Corinthians 9:7 Email: stmatthewbaptist@msn.com Website: www.stmatthewsbaptist.com

Salem Baptist Church

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

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Florida Avenue Baptist Church Dr. Earl D. Trent Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. George C. Gilbert SR. Pastor

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

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

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

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

Matthews Memorial Baptist Church

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

Dr. C. Matthew Hudson, Jr, Pastor

Elder Herman L. Simms, Pastor

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

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 Rev. Stephen E. Tucker Senior Pastor 13701 Old Jericho Park Road Bowie, MD. 20720 (301) 262-0560 Services: Sunday Worship 11 AM Sunday School 10 AM Wednesday Mid-Week Worship, Prayer & Bible Study - Wed. 7 PM “A Church Where Love Is Essential and Praise is Intentional”

Shiloh Baptist Church

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

Peace Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. Michael T. Bell 712 18th Street, NE Washington, DC 20002 Phone 202-399-3450/ Fax 202-398-8836 Sunday Morning Worship Service 7:15 am & 10:50 am Sunday School 9:30am Sunday Morning Worship Service 10:50am Wednesday Prayer & Testimonies Service 7:30pm Wednesday School of the Bible 8:00pm Wednesday - Midweek Prayer Service 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm “The Loving Church of the living lord “ Email Address pbcexec@verizon.net

First Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Rev. R. Vincent Palmer Pastor

Rev. Alonzo Hart Pastor

Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith Pastor

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

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

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

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

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Administration No. 2013 ADM 830

Foreign No. 2013 FEP 88

Neamer P. Connelly Decedent

August 23, 1998 Date of Death

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

Delores A. Jones Name of Decedent

Marcia C. Hooks, whose address is 517 Quincy Street, NW, Washington, DC 20011-5931, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Neamer P. Connelly, who died on July 17, 2013 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before February 28, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before February 28, 2104, 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: August 29, 2013 Marcia C. Hooks Personal Representative

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS Monica V. Jones whose address is 7814 Berry Place District Heights, MD 20747 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Delores A. Jones, deceased, by the Orphans Court for Prince Georges County, State of Maryland, on January 15, 1999. Service of process may be made upon Michael A. Douglas, 1596 – 42nd St., SE, Washington, DC 20020 whose designation as District of Columbia agent has been filed with the Register of Wills, D.C. The decedent owned the following District of Columbia real estate property: 1837 Swann Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009. The decedent owned District of Columbia personal property. Claims against the decedent may be presented to the undersigned and filed with the Register of Wills of the District of Columbia, Building A, 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: August 29, 2013

Administration No. 2013 ADM 853 Charles C. Gaither, Sr. Decedent Jennifer E. Loud, Esquire The Loud Law Firm 7826 Eastern Ave., NW, Suite 410 Washington, DC 20012 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Alyce Gaither and Charles C. Gaither, Jr., whose addresses are 7519 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20012 and 1422 Van Buren St. NW, Washington, DC 20012, were appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of Charles C. Gaither, Sr., who died on November 3, 2012 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before March 5, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before March 5, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.

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Margaret Johnson Decedent

Arthur E. Rice Decedent

Barbara L. Shaw Decedent

Crogher D. Butler Decedent

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

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Eric Wilson, whose address is 12604 King Arthur Court, Glenn Dale, MD 20769, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Margaret Johnson, who died on June 7, 2013 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before March 5, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before March 5, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.

Lisa D. T. Rice, whose address is 634 Morton Place, NE, Washington, DC 20002, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Arthur E. Rice, who died on August 17, 2011 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before March 5, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before March 5, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.

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Elizabeth D. Dyson Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Benjamin H. Dyson, whose address is 2800 Quebec St., NW, Apt. 1046, Washington, DC 20008, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Elizabeth D. Dyson, who died on July 29, 2013 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before March 5, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before March 5, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of first publication: September 5, 2013

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NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Brian N. Shaw and Michael A. Shaw, whose addresses are 237 12th Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 & 4620 Hunt Place NE, Washington, DC 20019, were appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of Barbara L. Shaw, who died on April 21, 2013 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before March 5, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before March 5, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of first publication: September 5, 2013

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Deborah D. Boddie, Esq. 1308 Ninth Street, NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20001 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Anthony Butler, whose address is 4346 Gorman Terrace, SE, Washington, DC 20019, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Crogher D. Butler, who died on November 5, 20006 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before March 12, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before March 12, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of first publication: September 12, 2013 Anthony Butler Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

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William Suiter a/k/a William Karl Dennis Suiter Decedent

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Majorie G. Suiter, whose address is 7 Elmira Street, SE, Apt. 2, Washington, DC 20032, was appointed personal representative of the estate of William Suiter a/k/a William Karl Dennis Suiter, who died on October 4, 2012 without a Will. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before October 12, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before October 12, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.

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gee University, a historically Black university in Alabama founded by Booker T. Washington. It is the alma mater of the brilliant scientist George Washington Carver and many other scholars and leaders. Mike plans to double major in hospitality management and psychology. Mike knows that in his graduating class, he is one of the lucky ones: “We started off in this 12th grade with at least 300 students . . . but only 130 12th graders graduated.” Mr. Mungin helped Mike realize he needed to change, and every one of the other young Black male leaders on the panel—all college students and recent college graduates—agreed on the importance of the mentors in their lives. But what happens to the students who never know a Mr.

Mungin? What will happen to the other students in Mike’s high school class who didn’t graduate at all or were content to get out with mostly Ds? Far too many young Black boys are only hearing the first part of the message—“You can’t do it.” We need supports in place to show them that they can choose a different path—and even if no one else they know has done it, they can decide to be the ones to step up and lead the way. wi Marian Wright Edelman is president of the Children’s Defense Fund whose Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. For more information go to www.childrensdefense.org.

harm to young Black students and perpetuated segregation. When Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner (R-Ohio) and former Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) announced that the Education Department had agreed to fully implement the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program for low-income D.C. students, we all became excited. The parents of these scholars would be given up to $12,000 annually to place their children into charter schools. However, the teacher unions were not excited. They pressed the White House to eliminate this. Soon, in 2009, the Democratic caucus of Congress brought the scholarship program to a halt. According to the Washington Post, “Mr. Obama has proposed letting the 1,700 students now in the program continue their schooling while admitting no new students and letting the program die by attrition.” The majority of D.C. parents favored the voucher program and was sad to see President Obama reverse his funding for the program. Now President Obama is

going national with his assault on charter schools and voucher programs – all at the behest of teachers’ unions. Attorney General Eric Holder has filed a lawsuit against Louisiana for its voucher program. According to the Associated Press, “Louisiana lawmakers approved a voucher program in 2008 for low-income New Orleans students who were in failing schools. The Louisiana Scholarship Program was later expanded statewide. It allows children in school districts graded C, D or F to receive public money to attend private schools.” Holder first got the courts to stop state education money from going into the fund. However, Louisiana Gov. Jindal found $48 million from elsewhere to keep the program going. Nine of every 10 students in the Louisiana program are Black. We shouldn’t deny opportunity to our children because unions choose money over good education.wi Harry C. Alford is the President/ CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce®. Website: www. nationalbcc.org. Email: halford@ nationalbcc.org.

is aghast at the use of chemical weapons. He called the Syrian attack a “challenge to the world”. He is also claiming that he did not set the “red-line.” In Sweden he stated, ‘‘I didn’t set a red line, the world set a red line…‘The world set a red line when governments representing 98 percent of world population said the use of chemical weapons are abhorrent.’’ First question, when did the American government, when did President Obama become the spokesperson for the world? Second question, if the world is so

aghast at this attack why is most Assad regime have given access DovellWilliamsMDDC3.79x2.indd 1 of the “world” against Amerito chemical stockpiles to certain can intervention into the Syrian rebel forces. It is possible that Civil War? Is it possible that the al Qaeda affiliated forces have “world” does not equate their in- used chemical weapons with the terests with American interests? hope of drawing the US into the It is important to understand conflict. With US intervention in that the Syrian “rebels” are not a the conflict it becomes an easier monolith. There are a number of recruiting tool for al Qaeda affilfactors, some political, religious, iated forces. These are just a few and cultural that are motivating examples of why the “world” is different groups to engage in war. not so quick to cast their lots with Also, within those factors are var- US action. ious actors that have different if One of the factors driving not conflicting motivations. It is President Obama is the fact that possible that defectors from the he has backed himself into a cor-

edelman continued from Page 24 But that wasn’t Mike’s story: “By the time I arrived home, there is Mr. Mungin already there. I was wondering, why is this man at my house after he told me that I can’t do something?” Mike had been lucky enough to find a true mentor on a mission. As Mr. Mungin talked to Mike and his mother that day he was able to show Mike that of course he believed he could succeed, but he also knew the path Mike was on so far wasn’t going to get him there. Mike took the message to heart. Other mentors stepped in along the way to support him. By 11th grade Mike had brought his GPA up to a 3.0, and by the 12th grade, a 3.75. Now Mike is attending Tuske-

alford continued from Page 24 could qualify for Social Security disability benefits. All they had to do was declare their children very slow learners. For this, they would be assisted in applying to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for financial assistance. Some single mothers would make serious money from the monthly checks as the minds of their children wasted away. Unfortunately for the declared slow learners, they were put into special education classes and taught very little. Many of the accelerated classes of the rural schools would become almost 100 percent White students while most of the Black students would be wasting away in these special education classes. Again, segregation returned in a vicious way, thanks to fraud assisted by school officials and meddling White parents. A lot of this is still going on. We, the National Black Chamber of Commerce, have voiced our concern about this but little has been done. Through fraud they brought

leon continued from Page 24 many, Russia, China, and Britain agree that chemical weapons have been used but don’t agree that the US “evidence” that Assad used them is as conclusive as the US claims. Also, other countries don’t agree that even if Assad used chemical weapons a military response is the best response. A military response could actually exacerbate the situation not make it better. President Obama has stated a number of times that the “world” www.washingtoninformer.com

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ner with his own irresponsible 5/21/13 1:22 PM rhetoric. He never should have used the term “red- line” to begin with. Just as the adage is “don’t pull a gun on a person unless you are prepared to use it” there is also an adage in diplomatic circles, “don’t draw a line in the sand unless you are prepared to take action if it is crossed.” Now that President Obama has injected the “red-line” into the Syrian Civil War; if he fails to act; what does that say about

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It was also irresponsible for President Obama to say, “I have decided that the United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets… But having made my decision as Commander-in-Chief based on what I am convinced is our national security interests… I’ve made a second decision: I will seek authorization for the use of force from the American people’s representatives in Congress.” That’s not a “decision” that’s inconsistent muttering and doublespeak. The Syrian Civil War is a perilous situation. This is not the time for inconsistent and dangerous

rhetoric. President Obama continues to talk in the “world” context but the longer this plays out the more it looks like he’s going to have to go it alone. He has indicated that he is prepared to do that, the problem is he will go it alone at our expense. wi Dr. Wilmer Leon is the Producer/ Host of the Sirisu/XM Satellite radio channel 110 call-in talk radio program “Inside the Issues with Leon” Go to www.wilmerleon.com or email:wjl3us@yahoo.com.  www.twitter.com/ drwleon and Dr. Leon’s Prescription at Facebook.com © 2013 InfoWave Communications, LLC

and command others in battle, if he or she knows that other officer candidates are “running a train” on a classmate and he or she failed to try to stop it, or at least report the offense to academy authorities later! Where is their moral compass if these future officers ignore a gang rape as if nothing happened, even if they didn’t participate in it personally? And, as to the victim – who like, two of the men she reluctantly accused of raping her, is still a student at the academy – what kind of an officer and a gentlelady will she ever be? She testified in the so-called Article 32 hearing that she initially tried to stop authorities from investigating because she was petrified. Even after she reluctantly filed a complaint, she withheld information from investigators. Rumors had shamed her all over the acad-

that vivid display, we stepped up our action against Iraq, and a decade later we are still there. General Powell said that if we broke it, we have to fix it. We’ve not fixed it – we are withdrawing, and billions of dollars and thousands of lives later, the situation is almost as murky as it was when we entered that country. What will we do if Syria chooses to respond to our “limited” military action? Action and counteraction are the first steps to war. We aren’t ready for that. We’ve got existing military commitments, and an already-challenged budget, something not often mentioned in the face of this impending crisis. Military experts say Syrian action could cost about $100 million. Depending on escalation, we could easily end up in billion-dollar territory. Meanwhile Congress and the

president are on a budget brink. Government could actually shut down at the end of the fiscal year unless unlikely compromises are made. Will President Obama be forced to offer budget concessions in order to get Republican votes to support limited action against Syria? If he does, what implications will that have on the domestic budget, especially in the face of budget austerity? Will the money to cover a Syria strike come from the already-cut food stamps program, from sparsely funded education programs, from already-embattled health care? Former President Bill Clinton reportedly supports military action against Syria, and regrets that the United States did not get involved in the massacre in Rwanda that claimed nearly 1 million lives. With Rwanda, though, a bipartisan group of legislators pushed Clinton to take the case against Rwanda to the United Nations and he did not. President Obama has not

suggested United Nations cooperation but instead insisted that it is time to take action. Where is the peace movement? Are they shying away from their traditional anti-war stance because President Obama, not President Bush, is in the White House? Once, you could count on groups like Code Pink to lift their voices against military action. Now their silence speaks volumes. There are alternatives to “limited military action” in Syria. Yet, those alternatives have yet to be explored. We shouldn’t involve ourselves in what might be a multi-billion dollar action just so President Obama can sell wolf tickets (or bragging rights) and count on Congress to cash them wi Julianne Malveaux is a Washington, D.C.-based economist and writer. She is President Emerita of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C.

emy and via social media. But she testified that she didn’t want her mother to find out. If rumors about this incident spread throughout the Naval Academy, what will be said of her when she goes into the fleet as an ensign? Will her

“rap sheet” of “being easy” follow her when she graduates into “real” military life? After all, she testified, she had sex with another midshipman who wasn’t accused of the rape, the day after the alleged assault. Maybe the young woman has

in Iraq and Afghanistan and refuse to do “community-building” on behalf of her long-suffering sons and daughters of Africa in America? Moreover, picking up on the mission King was embarking on prior to being gunned down in Memphis, someone might have thought to restate the call for the enactment of an Economic Bill of Rights to ensure that every American is guaranteed a basic quality of life in terms of employment/income, housing, education and health care. The final glaring omission was the absence of a call to utilize boycotts as a non-violent means to change the hearts and minds of obstructionists

who refuse to respond to moral appeals to do the right thing. It is useful to recall that Dr. King rose to prominence because he successfully led the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Black passengers refused to ride buses, withdrew their patronage, exacted economic sanctions, until the segregationist city fathers relented. In his final speech in Memphis, Dr. King challenged Black people to use boycotts to “redistribute the pain” to pursue and achieve our righteous quest for social, economic and political justice. In the face of Stevie Wonder’s courageous decision not to perform in Florida until the Stand Your

Ground law is abolished, and calls by the Institute of the Black World 21st Century and numerous organizations and individuals to boycott Florida, it was astonishing that not a single national civil rights leader endorsed the boycott Florida campaign. Clearly, the boycott is a people-based effort that can inflict the kind of economic pain on the tourist industry that can lead to repeal the state’s Stand Your Ground law. One wonders whether corporate contributions to our major civil rights organizations are restraining them from vigorously embracing and advocating a time-tested means of mobilizing our people to achieve victories. The commemoration of the 50th

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muhammad continued from Page 25 joining. Apparently, drunken bacchanals, where lewd and lascivious conduct such as happened that night at the so-called “Toga and Yoga” party, along with rampant under-age binge drinking, a practice, which remains commonplace among midshipmen at the Naval Academy. Is it safe to imagine that such behavior also takes place at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point? Let’s talk about the Air Force Academy in Colorado? Not to mention, the Merchant Marine Academy, as well? The fruit rarely falls far from the tree. Whether these Navy men will be court-martialed or eventually convicted remains to be seen. But I wonder if any U.S. military “officer and gentleman” should get to wear bars or stars on his or her shoulder

daniels continued from Page 25 deindustrialization. Therefore, it would have been a source of inspiration if Rev. Al Sharpton as the keynote speaker had boldly reissued the call for a ”Domestic Marshall Plan“ to rebuild America’s dark ghettos. After the billions of dollars squandered in Viet Nam, Iraq and Afghanistan, the gauntlet should have been thrown down for America to make a huge deposit on the “promissory note” King referenced in his speech a half century ago. How can the U.S. justify “nation-building”

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his “red-line” with Iran? The Israeli newspaper Haaretz has laid this out very clearly, “A president cannot commit his nation to a red line if he is also committed to securing congressional approval before responding to the crossing of that red line. What if Congress denies approval? Must the president still keep his red line commitment? If he does not, what does this say about other red line commitments, such as that made regarding Iran’s efforts to secure nuclear weapons?”

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learned her lesson. Maybe she’s discovered her true identity and will rise to the high moral standard that’s required for leading armed men and women in the uniform services. Maybe.wi anniversary of the March on Washington was a success, but it lacked a bold vision/mission to inspire Black people and the “beloved community” to move from a reactive to pro-active mode in the struggle to finish the unfinished civil rights/human rights agenda. And, one of the most potent non-violent weapons for achieving justice was left off the table – economic sanctions. However, rather than simply complain, it remains for those who make the critique to fill in the blanks by articulating a broader vision and educating, mobilizing/organizing Black people to utilize Black dollars as a weapon in the Black freedom struggle. Boycott Florida! wi www.washingtoninformer.com


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