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Deltas Come to D.C. to Celebrate Centennial By Stacy M. Brown WI Contributing Writer Delta Sigma Theta is coming home to Washington, D.C. The 100-year-old organization and the largest African-American Greek-lettered sorority in the world, is scheduled to kick off its Founders Weekend here

Friday, Jan. 11 to help celebrate the centennial of the organization. “As we were celebrating our history, we were making history in California at the Rose Parade,” said past president Gwendolyn Boyd. “We knew we had a lot to celebrate and we wanted the celebration to include an

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WI Staff Writer political activists who used her moment on the national stage to When L.Y. Marlow's 23-yearhighlight her support for stateold daughter told her the father hood and to protest the disrespect of her daughter threatened her meted outthe to the Congress, life, and lifecity of by their child, recently died. she knew something had to be Barbara a politidone. OutLettofSimmons, her frustration cal and formerhandling member withoperative law enforcement's of the situation, D.C. Boardshe of decided Education of the to passed on Saving Dec. 22Promise at the age of start the cam85. Her funeral was held at Shiloh paign. “It seems to be vicious cycle Baptist Church in aNorthwest on that won't turn my family Thursday, Jan. 3. loose,” Marlow said. asMarlow Simmons was known an outshared her story with the audispoken yet articulate champion of ence at the District Heights D.C. statehood and the education Domestic of the city’sViolence children. Symposium on“Barbara May 7 atLett the District SimmonsHeights was a Municipal Center. The sympofriend of mine and of many othsium was sponsored by the ers, but she was a friend of the Family and Youth Services city to whom gave much Center of theshe city of soDistrict passionate devotion,” D.C. Del. Heights and the National HookEleanor Holmes Norton said. Up of Black Women. “She had anhas instinct to serve and Marlow written a book, a“Color focused to serve Medetermination Butterfly,” which is a those who needed service the story about four generations of most.” domestic violence. The book is inspired by her Norton, 75, own andexperiences, Simmons and those were rivals offorherthegrandmother, Democratic her mother and for her delegate daughter. Party nomination in She said every September 1990.time Aftershe thereads priexcerpts from herbecame book, she mary, Simmons one still of can not believe the words Norton’s staunchest allies came and from her. “Color support Me Butterfly” had the delegate’s for her won the 2007 National most controversial political “Best stand Books” Award. in 2000, when as a District elec“I was just 16-years-old when tor candidate Al my for eye presidential first blackened and my Gore, she opted not to vote for lips bled,” Marlow said. theElaine Democratic ticket. Davis-Nickens, presi“I will never forget Hook-Up her gutsy dent of the National protest one of said the there three isD.C. of BlackasWomen, no presidential electors in 2000 when consistency in the way domestic she abstained the exviolence issuesfrom are casting dealt with by pected vote for Albert Gore Jr.,” Norton said. “Barbara used the city’s one national right – its electoral vote – to stand up for her city and to amplify its protest against the denial of Congressional voting rights and statehood.” Eugene Kinlow, public affairs director for DC Vote, a Northwest non-government organization dedicated to full D.C. political rights, agreed with Norton. “Many people thought that she should not have done that,” said Kinlow, 50. “But Barbara Simmons played the situation like a true politician and played that card and many people said later that she was right to do that.” Strong political stands were a part of Simmons’ makeup. While on the Board of Education, to

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law enforcement. She said they threat,” she said. had come together to bring a Among the programs Marlow sense of uniformity in the way wants to see implemented are domestic violence victims and stricter restraining order policies, survivors are treated. more rights for victim's families “She's using her own personal to intervene on behalf of a vicstory, her own personal pain to tim, a domestic violence assesspush forward,” Davis-Nickens ment unit coupled with further said about Marlow. training for law enforcement Davis-Nickens said anyone agencies, a Child's Life Protecwho reads Marlow's book will tion Act and mandatory counsel“get it.” She said she “puts the ing for batterers. case in such a way, the average “If we are ever going to eradiperson can get it.” She said at the cate domestic violence, we must end of the day, the book will look at both sides of the coin. help people begin to have a dia- We need to address both the viclogue about domestic violence. tim and the batterer,” Marlow Also present at the event was said. Mildred Muhammad, the exMarlow would also like to see wife of John Allen Muhammad, programs designed to raise who was sentenced to six consec- awareness among children in utive life terms without parole public and private schools. She by a Maryland jury for his role in feels children need to be educatthe Beltway Sniper attacks in ed about domestic violence. 2002. Mildred Muhammad is “We have to stop being pasthe founder of After the Trauma, sive-aggressive with poor chilan organization that helps the dren about domestic violence,” survivors of domestic violence Marlow said. and their children. Marlow has worked to break “I lived in fear for six years. Six the cycle of abuse in her family, Barbara Lett Simmons. /Courtesy Photo years in fear is a long time. It is and is confident the policies she not an easy thing to come out is pushing for will start that of,” sheshe said. process. which was elected to in 1973 organization was established after Muhammad said “I plan to take these policies to andMildred was defeated for re-election in former presidential candidate and peopleshewho help a Congress and implore them to 1985, was awant strongtosupporter Walter Mondale domestic violence victim must Vice changePresident our laws,” Marlow said. of D.C. Schools Superintendent failed to consider a black female as be careful of how they go into “I will not stop until these poliBarbara Sizemore who thought his vice presidential running mate. the victim's life, and understand cies are passed.” that District children deserved to E. Williams, president of that she may be in “survival TiaFaye Carol Jones can be reached know the organization, described Simmode”.the many contributions of at blacks in allyou fields – a mons as “honest and assertive” “Before getoftoendeavor 'I'm going controversial view at that to kill you,' it started as time. a verbal even WIthough some of her ideas Simmons also launched a piano didn’t meet the approval of its competition for District youth. members. Ethel Delaney Lee, a longtime po“She was right there with us litical activist in Ward 4, said Simwhen we got started,” said Wilmons had a way of mixing educaliams who lives in Southwest. tion and politics effectively. “I remember when I first was “Barbara spoke her mind and was in her presence and that was at a honest and assertive. She truly meeting at Shepherd Elementary cared about the causes she esSchool,” said Lee, 85. “She was poused and did not worry about speaking about issues that were the consequences.” Simmons was a graduate of going on in the school and I was impressed with her command of Western Michigan University in the English language. That day, Kalamazoo, Mich., and taught I knew that she was going to be in the Montgomery County, Md. and District of Columbia somebody.” The Ward 4 Democrats annual school systems. A native of Batcelebration is named in honor of tle Creek, Mich., Simmons also Lee and she noted that Simmons served as president of the Diswas honored recently by the orga- trict’s chapter of the American Lung Association. nization at the event. A mother of two sons and the Simmons also had a passion for national politics outside of D.C. wife of the late Samuel L.Y.Simmons, Marlow voting rights. She was a founding Barbara Simmons was known as member in 1984 of the organiza- one who fought the good fight. tion now known as the National “She was a giant in the city and Congress of Black Women. The she will be missed,” Lee said.wi

We have to stop being passive-aggressive with poor children about domestic violence. I plan to take these policies to Congress and implore them to change our laws. I will not stop until these policies are passed.

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each quadrant and it consists of residents who are low-income, middle class and affluent. Campbell said that he can represent them all. “I think that we have members of the city council who, not intentionally, worry too much about the upper echelon in the city and not working-class residents,” he said. “As a member of the council, I will work to see that the new residents make contributions to the city but respect the people who have been here.” Brown Launches Bid, Biddle’s Out Former D.C. Council member Michael Brown has launched a bid to get back on the city’s legislative body. Brown, 47, picked up petitions on Jan. 2 to get his name on the ballot for the April 23 special election to permanently fill the at-large seat of Phil Mendelson, the newly-elected D.C. Council Chairman. He has also changed his party affiliation from “independent” to “Democrat.” Brown lost his bid for re-elec-

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January 10 1924 – Legendary Jazz drummer and composer Max Roach is born in New York City. He was perhaps the greatest drummer-composer of the Jazz era performing with some of America’s best-known Jazz musicians and singers. He formed Debut Records in 1952 with bassist Charles Mingus. 1957 – The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is founded in New Orleans, Louisiana by a group of black ministers. The SCLC goes on to become one of the premier leadership organizations of the Civil Rights Movement. January 11 1965 – The extraordinarily talented author and dramatist Lorraine Hansberry dies. Deeply committed to the black struggle, Hansberry’s brilliant career was cut short by cancer. She was only 35. Her primary works included “A Raisin In the Sun” and “To Be Young, Gifted and Black.” “A Raisin In The Sun” became the first play written by a young black woman to be produced on Broadway. 1988 – Scientists (paleo-anthropologists) announce the discovery of the “African Eve” – the mother of all humankind. Based on research in East 3.5"

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January 15 1929 – Martin Luther King, Jr., the man who was to become America’s greatest civil rights hero, was born on this day in 1929. He first rose to national prominence as the country’s premier civil rights leader when he successfully led the Montgomery bus boycott. 1961 – One of the original super groups – The Supremes – signs with black record company Motown on this day in 1961. The name was later changed to Diana Ross and the Supremes and the R&B singers rocked to international fame.

January 13 1966 – Robert C. Weaver becomes the first black member of a presidential cabinet. Lyndon B. Johnson appoints him Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. 1987 – In what many considered a racist decision, Arizona Governor Even Mecham rescinds the gubernatorial decree which had established the birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. as a state holiday. The

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Jasmine Mickens Washington, D.C. No, I haven’t lost faith in our elected officials. I still believe in my president. I feel as if it’s some members in the House of Representatives who have caused the fiscal cliff debacle and who are unwilling to make the necessary changes. That’s why I believe it took so long for both sides to reach an agreement. I still have faith in most elected officials.

Jonathan Takang Hyattsville, Md. Not really, I believe that they’re just playing politics. What [elected officials] need to realize is that [voters] put a lot at stake by electing them and sending them to congress. I don’t think they would [have] let the country go over the fiscal cliff, but they have their own interests, which each side is trying to use against the other. I haven’t lost faith in them just yet, but I may rethink my position if this continues to happen.

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Phoebe Magino Germantown, Md. It has for me because I’m constantly thinking about the potential for higher tax rates and how it will affect me. I feel this way because congress won’t come together to reach a unified decision. And because of that, people no longer have any faith in it and I’m not so sure that it will really change. But yes, I’ve recently lost faith in elected officials.

Charles Stanley Washington, D.C. Yes, I’ve lost faith. Elected officials are more concerned about their party’s ideologies, than with what the country wants and needs. Instead of them looking at what’s best for the country, they’re looking at their own interests. I’m a government contractor and their decisions could affect me. Holding the country hostage, because of their own ideology, just isn’t good business.

Clinton Dunn Arlington, Va. It really hasn’t caused me to lose faith. [Elected officials] do need to come together to accomplish what’s in the best interest of the country to keep it moving forward. Both sides have to come together. Personally, I haven’t lost faith, because I feel that the issues being debated with the fiscal cliff will work themselves out. At the same time, elected officials need to decide in the best interest of the [American] people, not just Republicans and Democrats. Both parties need to compromise.

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AROUND THE REGION DELTAS continued from Page 1 east and back home to Washington D.C., where more than 13,000 of its members will unite to celebrate the organization’s history with events in D.C. planned from Jan. 11 to the 13th. “In many cultures, each new year is assigned a theme to represent the promise of a new beginning,” said current President Cynthia Butler-McIntyre, 59. “This is a year that we have anticipated with much excitement. The Delta caravan will soon be pulling into Washington, D.C., the birthplace of our sorority for our Centennial Founders Day Weekend. This will be a celebration unlike any that our nation’s capital has seen,” she said. Delta Sigma Theta was founded on Jan. 13, 1913 and has blazed a trail of community service and empowerment, Boyd said. The sorority was founded by 22 students who were disenchanted at what they said was a lack of progress, the group’s political activism started almost immediately as they participated in what became the historic

Women’s Suffrage March in D.C. in March of 1913. “We were the only black women’s group that was organized to walk in the march and this was long before black people in general had gained the right to vote,” Boyd said. The Deltas count among its more than 300,000 members such distinguished black women as the late Lena Horne, Ruby Dee Davis, Shirley Chisholm, Dorothy Height, and Barbara Jordan. Many of the more prominent Deltas who include Natalie Cole, Soledad O’Brien, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Daphne Maxwell Reid and U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin are expected to attend, Boyd said. During Founders Day Weekend, Delta plans to honor their founding members by descending upon the campus of Howard University in Northwest, where the sorority originated. A daylong event at the school on Jan. 11 will include a 22 Impact project in which various community service oriented deeds will be carried out by

Delta Sigma Theta President Cynthia Butler-McIntyre, along with other national leaders, smiled for the cameras last week during their stay in Los Angeles, Calif. Thirteen thousand Deltas will descend upon the nation’s capital on Thursday, Jan. 10 to kick off their Founders Day Weekend celebration. /Photo courtesy of Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated.

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Delta Sigma Theta President Cynthia Butler-McIntyre leads 12 Delta Sigma Theta leaders into the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 1. /Photo courtesy of Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated.


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Delta Sigma Theta President Cynthia Butler-McIntyre. /Photo courtesy of Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated.

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Delta members perform work during Howard University Day last year. /Photo courtesy of Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated.

Jan. 11-13 2013 - Founders Day Weekend

Deltas from around the globe will convene in celebration and sisterhood in the birthplace where it all started, Washington, D.C. A power-packed weekend of exciting activities are planned that will highlight and commemorate the achievements and milestones of the past 100 years and the continuously progressive movement of the sorority. Many events are geared to include the public to join in the celebration as the Deltas honor the 22 courageous visionaries, the founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

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January 11 at 8:00 pm Tickets: $25 in advance $28 at door $15 students w/ID

Howard University Day* Howard University is the birthplace of the Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority. 22 Impact Projects* The sorority will participate in 22 defined projects that will impact and uplift the sorority’s continued commitment to public service. Centennial Welcome Reception – The Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Northwest.*

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Rededication Luncheon at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Northwest (Ticketed Event). Delta Centennial Honors Gala at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Northwest (Ticketed Event).

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Delta’s 100 birthday service at the Verizon Center in Northwest.* Founders Day dinner at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Northwest (Ticketed Event). th

the group. “We gather not just to celebrate, but we gather to serve,” Boyd said. A replica of an original stained-glass window representing the 22 founders of the sorority will be unveiled on the campus as well. A rededication ceremony and a black-tie dinner are also planned. Boyd and others said it’s all

part of what will be a yearlong celebration of the Deltas. The sorority has already begun a 22-city tour of the Delta Torch, which Boyd said symbolizes the passion and commitment of Delta’s global reach. The torch was lit in Los Angeles and will reach places such as Dallas, Charlotte, New York, Tokyo, Bermuda, and Washington, D.C., some of the homes of Delta’s more than 1,000 chapters. A reenactment of the March 1913

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Women’s Suffrage March is also planned for March 3 and the Delta’s 51st national convention is set in D.C. for July 11-17. “We must make sure that we keep moving forward,” said Soror Ella McNair, 62, a graduate of North Carolina A&T University. “Our commitment is to empower women and what has made me most proud is our advocacy work for equality and civil rights.” wi The Washington Informer

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Protests of Heinous Sexual Crime Foretell Feminist Spring By Viji Sundaram Special to the Informer from New America Media As a co-founder of Narika, a Bay Area-based helpline for South Asian victims of domestic violence, I have come across many incidents of sexual assault against women in my community. It happens with numbing regularity. But few things have struck a chord in me as powerfully as the news of the 23-year-old, female medical student’s brutal gang rape on a Delhi bus Dec. 16 by six drunken men. The rape and her subsequent death last week from severe organ damage have traumatized the nation and touched off widespread outrage throughout the country. Even after her cremation on Saturday, thousands continue to take to the streets nationwide to demand the government take steps to stem violence against women. So I ask myself, is India on the verge of a Feminist Spring? For too long, women in India have been viewed as second-class citizens, always expected to walk a few proverbial steps behind their

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male partners. Not only in public, but in homes as well, violence against women is an all-too-common occurrence, both in India and among Indian communities here in the United States.

And while sexual violence against women happens everywhere, including countries like the Congo – labeled by the United Nations as the rape capital of the world – the horrific attack in India appears to

have become the tipping point for a wider, Arab-style revolt against this historic injustice, one that is now spilling beyond India’s borders. Here, in San Francisco, some 70 social rights activists from all across

the Bay Area and from every racial and ethnic stripe held a candlelight vigil outside the Indian consulate on Dec. 28 to show solidarity with protestors in India. Narika, Trikone,

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international protests continued from Page 10 ASATA (the Alliance for South Asians Taking Action) and the Asian Women’s Shelter co-sponsored what was meant to be a vigil but turned into a memorial service for the raped victim who died only hours earlier that day. A sign held by one participant summed up the demands of those gathered: “Dear Delhi Government, Do Your Job.” But as Bay Area activist and journalist Papiha Nandy observed at Friday’s event, whatever policies and laws are enacted by the Indian government to protect women, those laws must be backed by deeper cultural changes. Following the attack, the six rapists were arrested and have since been charged with murder, rape and other crimes. Sonia Gandhi, considered India’s most powerful politician, recently told protestors: “I want to assure you that your voice has been heard.” She urged the country to scale back on New Year’s Day celebrations. Still, since the Dec. 16 rape another 20 have been reported in Delhi, dubbed the rape capital of India.

is dressed in a manner that people get attracted to her. In fact, she wants them to do something to her.” A 17-year-old woman, gang-raped in Punjab in November, ingested poison and died last week after police allegedly told her to drop charges against the rapists and advised her to marry one of them. It is resentment against such crimes – and the indifference of police and politicians – that is now exploding across India. In late 2010 a Tunisian fruit vendor named Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in protest against that country’s authoritarian regime. Credited with having kick-started the Arab Spring, Bouazizi’s act was fueled by a population chafing Client: Allstate Bleed: Region: US A protester in India covers his mouth with tape to denoteTrim: the barbaric code of silence government officials have Campaign: Language: English against an oppressive government. Agency 610-ALAAMNP2001 9.6”bus x 6.1” insisted on Job since#:the brutal rape and murder of a young Live: female passenger. / Courtesy photo Notes: None AD #/AD ID: AHAA0067 That same sentiment was shared by Studio Job #: Keyline Scale: Actual Size, 100% many across the region and providDate Modified: 12-11-12 Output at: 100% CR: ed the tinder for what followed. Page: Std What is especially galling for police officer recently told a reporter LastADyear alone, 24,206 rape cases Round: Tunisians described Bouazizi’s of the from Tehelka, New Delhi-based were reported nationwide, up by women in India is the attitude NOT TO BE USED FOR the COLOR APPROVALdeath as the “drop that tipped over 10 percent from 2010. Activists say police toward rape victims. Many hard-hitting, online weekly news the vase.” For Indians everywhere, ECD: C. that Wickman CD: AD: J. Henderson/ V. Sabsay CW: D. Clark Thome and AM: O. Black law officials and politicians seem P: to D. Varichak magazine,BM: thatR.alcohol opportueven number is A.a Butts gross underestimate as victims are often either think that women who don’t wear nity are sufficient -- and just -- cause the gang rape and murder of an intoo embarrassed or too fearful to the traditional sari or the salwar ka- for rape. The reporter cites one male nocent 23-year-old woman may be meez deliberately invite rape. One police sub-inspector as saying: “She that drop. wi complain. © 2012 Allstate Insurance Co.

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Redskins’ Success Fattens County Coffers By Barrington M. Salmon WI Staff Writer Robert Griffin III’s phenomenal success in his rookie season grabbed the imagination not just of the Redskins faithful but of myriad fans across the league. Left in the rearview mirror are the years of despair; defeat piled on top of defeat; a paucity of victories in a city hungry for a winner; and a numbing game of quarterback musical chairs. Griffin, 22 – widely regarded as the team’s savior – brought a new dimension to his position with his ability to evade defenders and other formidable skills including his athleticism, worldclass speed, unerring accuracy and a bazooka for an arm.

The former Baylor University standout put up un-rookie-like numbers while leading his team to the NFC East title: 3,200 passing yards, 20 touchdowns and five interceptions which produced a 102.4 quarterback rating during the regular season. Griffin’s exploits have placed him in the running for the league’s most valuable player. Winning has been hard to come by for the team. Since 2000, the Redskins have only two winning seasons and before this year, it had only moved into the postseason once. ’Skins fans were giddy with excitement when their beloved team overcame a 3-6 start, ripped off seven straight wins and on the way to the division title trampled over perennial di-

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$500,000 windfall to Prince George’s County. County Executive Rushern Baker III noted over the weekend that the Redskins earning the right to host the playoff game translated into more than half a million dollars in additional revenues for the county from direct amusement and admissions taxes. In addition, hundreds of thousands of dollars more streamed into county coffers in indirect revenue from retail, hotel, and other economic opportunities spurred by the Redskins’ success on the field. Thomas Himler, the county’s deputy chief administrative officer said the team plays 10 games at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., per season, each game generates $500,000 in admissions and amusement taxes, and the team pays the county $5 million annually. “We know how much the ’Skins generate for a game and we added one game,” he said. Trying to arrive at the indirect financial benefits the game produced, such as retail sales, money from hotel taxes, benefits to small businesses and hotels and other economic opportunities is more difficult to gauge. “There’s not a way to get an accurate count of the number of people who stayed at hotels, for example, so we stayed away from quantifying,” Himler said. The Redskins’ tremendous fan support this season mirrors the NFL’s continued popularity. In 2011, the average attendance at games was 64,706. According to Forbes Magazine, the Redskins team is worth

$1.56 billion and ranks second as the most valuable franchise in the National Football League. Billionaire owner Daniel Snyder bought the team in 1999 for $750 million. Griffin, who the Redskins selected as their No. 2 pick in the 2012 draft made $3.8 million. The team’s crushing 24-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks and the injury to Griffin’s knee has given fans pause, but many of them see a much brighter future for their often beleaguered team because Griffin is now leading it; and some even feel confident to say out loud that there are one or more Super Bowls in the Redskins’ future. Alvon Smith, a 53-year-old Columbia Heights resident who has been following the team since he was eight is one of those fans. Success, he said, will come as Griffin carries the team to the Promised Land. “Griffin is more mobile than any quarterback we’ve ever had,” Smith said as he tailgated before Sunday’s game. “He’s more active and more youthful. We have about five or six good years in him. It’s a possibility that we’ll reach the Super Bowl.” The Prince George’s County coffers will fatten considerably if the team’s success explodes. The greater the team’s success and the deeper it goes into the playoffs, the more that will benefit the county financially. wi

Legislators Rescue Hundreds of Maryland Jobs By Gale Horton Gay WI Staff Writer For months, hundreds of federal employees working in Prince George’s County were on a roller coaster about the future of their jobs and the possibility that they may be forced to move out of state. However, several Democratic legislators stepped in and have derailed the relocation plans for several years. On Jan. 3, U.S. Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski, Ben Cardin along with Reps. Donna F. Edwards, Steny Hoyer, Chris Van Hollen, Elijah E. Cummings, and John Sarbanes announced that the U.S. Treasury Department and General Service Administration (GSA) will delay their plan to move 450 jobs out of Prince George’s County until 2019. The 450 positions are part

of the Federal Management Services (FMS) facility in Hyattsville, Md. The Treasury Department had announced intentions to move the positions to Parkersburg, W.Va., next November as part of FMS’ consolidation with the Bureau of Public Debt (BPD). The initial plan by Treasury and GSA gave employees until January 2015 to either relocate or separate. Since the announcement in August, the members of the Maryland congressional delegation have criticized the plan to move jobs out of Prince George’s County and negotiated with the Treasury Department for a delay. For the past year, the employees have dealt with rumors and briefings about the possible relocation. Some workers participated in group site visits to BPD’s Parkersburg offices in the fall.


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“Today’s announcement is good news for jobs in Prince George’s County, for Maryland and for the duty driven civil servants at the Hyattsville FMS facility dedicated to good government and public service,”said Mikulski. “We must have a more frugal government, but not one

that hangs our people out to dry. Together with Team Maryland, I fought to keep these jobs in Prince George’s County.” Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III praised the legislators for their efforts and said he hoped that a final decision would be made not just to delay the relocation but to reverse it and keep the jobs in the county. “I applaud the GSA and the Treasury Department for recognizing the value that these jobs bring to Prince George’s County, the state of Maryland and the region,” said Baker. “They clearly weighed important factors like our proximity to other government entities, access to mass transit and the impact this move would have on the current workforce.” Cardin said he and his colleagues “fought hard” to keep the jobs in Maryland and the county. “Prince George’s County is ideally situated to serve the federal government and I will continue to work with the county and its business leaders to bring more

federal facilities to the county,” said Cardin. Edwards also gave a thumbsup to FMS’ decision to “keep good-paying jobs in Hyattsville.” Cummings called the decision “great news,” adding that the FMS workforce is “an integral part of our state’s economy.” However in an email to its members, union officials told federal workers that “the fight is not over” and that issues surrounding reclassifying jobs and the impact of the move still must be resolved. “I applaud the efforts of the Maryland congressional delegation in encouraging FMS to review and amend its plans concerning relocation” said the National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen M. Kelley. “I believe this adjustment in the FMS-Bureau of the Public Debt (BPD) consolidation plan is a good step for those dedicated employees who want to continue to serve in the D.C. metro area”wi


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Smiley Calls for Coordinated Responses to Poverty By Barrington M. Salmon WI Staff Writer

With the Nov 6 election behind the United States, radio personality and poverty activist Tavis Smiley and his colleague Princeton University Professor Cornel West have redoubled their efforts to keep the issue of poverty on the nation’s radar and make it a national priority. Days before President Barack Obama’s second inauguration, Smiley and West will host a discussion entitled, “Vision for a New America: A Future Without Poverty” at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium in Northwest. The symposium will be held live and begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17. “This gives us another opportunity over the next four years to push this higher on the agenda,” said Smiley during an interview last Friday. “I’m glad Mitt Romney didn’t win because the president better understands the plight of the poor. We have four The Washington Informer

years in front of us to push.” The goal, Smiley said, is to put pressure on Obama to convene a White House conference on the eradication of poverty. “We need to draft a plan to cut poverty in half in 10 years and eliminate it in 25,” Smiley explained. “It can be done. We keep finding ourselves pushed off fiscal cliffs and bumping up against ceilings. But no one has a plan. Between the fiscal cliff fiasco and the debt ceiling coming, poverty is caught in between. Poor people are always stuck in the middle. It’s the typical place for us to be.” Even if politicians and other elected officials aren’t talking about it, poverty has a firm grip on America. According to the U.S. Census, almost 50 million men, women and children are mired in poverty. When the near-poor and new poor are added, the number of Americans who live in poverty approaches 150 million with blacks, Latinos, children and seniors being hit particularly hard.

Poverty increased among all ethnic groups, except Asians, and the poverty rate for Blacks stands at 27.4 percent and for Hispanics it’s 26.6 percent. The national poverty rate currently stands at 7.7 percent. Meanwhile, the middle class has been decimated by the 2008 economic meltdown and a lingering recession. In their wake, Americans have been left to fend for themselves as they have fought off the quagmire caused by the greed and recklessness of corporations, banks and insurance companies who gambled with taxpayers’ money and lost. “We are facing a critical time in our history that we cannot sidestep,” said Smiley in an earlier interview. “The time is now to get serious about eradicating poverty before poverty eradicates us. How is it possible to sleep at night when poverty in America is forcing our children to surrender their life chances

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NATIONAL “We are facing a critical time in our history that we cannot sidestep. The time is now to get serious about eradicating poverty before poverty eradicates us. How is it possible to sleep at night when poverty in America is forcing our children to surrender their life chances before they know their life choices?” –Tavis Smiley POVERTY continued from Page 14 before they know their life choices?” Smiley isn’t alone in his concern about the deleterious effects of poverty on the American landscape. Last September, a group of spiritual leaders representing tens of millions of congregants, called on national and local political leaders to stop ignoring the intractable poverty that faces tens of millions of Americans and realign public policy to tackle the burgeoning problem. The leaders had been meeting and advocated for a “Circle of Protection” around funding programs that are vital to the continued well-being of the poor and the hungry in the United States and the world. Stephen E. Blaire, Bishop of the Diocese of Stockton, Calif., and chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, US Conference of Catholic Bishops, characterized elected officials’ inaction as a scandal and a moral outrage. The prelates said they see poverty as they feed and clothe those in need and provide housing and other services so that poor individuals and families can sustain themselves. “We need robust debate for the poor. This is no surprise. Few of our leaders even mention the poor, much less offer strong strategy. Panelists in the debates should ask, voters should ask at every campaign stop. We need integrity, justice and honesty, and provide those in need with programs and funding,” said Galen Carey, vice

president of government affairs for the National Association of Evangelicals. Smiley said he expects very robust debate at next week’s forum. Among the participants will be former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, author John Graham, and author, economist and poverty expert Jeffery Sachs. “It’s time for a spirited debate. I want to see if we can come up with some ideas,” he said. “I’m anxious to hear what Gingrich has to say. It will be a pleasure to have him there. We need a civil and sensible conversation on what we can agree on.”wi Those seeking forum information can go to the website,

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Vinegar Key Ingredient to Preventing Cervical Cancer in India By Joanne Silberner Special to the Informer from New America Media Cervical cancer used to kill more women in the United States than any other cancer. Today, deaths in the US are almost unheard of thanks to a decades-old test called a Pap smear, which allows for early detection and treatment. In India, however, tens of thousands of women still die each year from cervical cancer. “It’s just not possible for us to provide [the Pap test] as frequently as it is done in the West,” says Dr. Surendra Shastri, a cancer specialist at Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai. The Pap test requires trained personnel and well-equipped labs, which many parts of India

do not have. “So what do we do?” Shastri asks. “We can’t let the women die.” It turns out there may be a simple answer. It’s a cheap and easy test developed by scientists at Johns Hopkins University and other institutions. And it relies on something you probably have in your kitchen. Acid Test I came to the village of Dervan in the Indian state of Maharashtra to see how the test works. Doctors had set up a temporary clinic in the shell of an empty store. A sheet hung from the ceiling to provide some privacy. There was no electricity— not even a light bulb—in the storefront.

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About a dozen Muslim women in headscarves had come for the test. One was on the exam table, her long brown skirt pushed aside. With her friends sitting nearby, she looked calm and ready. Dr. Archana Saunke took a cotton swab and applied a clear liquid to the woman’s cervix.

“We wait for one minute, and we see if there is any patch— yellowish patch,” she explained. If the liquid makes the normally pink cervix turn white or yellow, that means there are precancerous cells—cells that could become cancer. Within a minute or two, the doctor had some good news for

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CERVICAL continued from Page 18 trogen. No return trip is needed. So what is this clear liquid Dr. Saunke applied? “Acetic acid,” she says, also known as common household vinegar. Overcoming Resistance The tests being done here are part of a trial program being run by Tata Memorial Hospital and Walawalkar Hospital, where Dr. Suvarna Patil is medical director. Patil says when the vinegar test was first brought to the villages, women were not interested, even though it was free. “Whenever we used to go to their houses, they used to shut the doors. They would say, ‘No, we don’t want [it]. You go away.’” Patil says many women found testing a bother. They were embarrassed to have a vaginal exam, and for what? They didn’t think cancer could be treated. India being a country of high- and low-tech solutions, Patil sent out health workers

with computers loaded with PowerPoint presentations. They put up posters around town and performed plays. They talked to students in schools and to village leaders. Still, Patil says, the women wouldn’t come. “Muslim ladies, they will never come because it’s their culture,” she says. “Even Indian ladies, they are very shy. So first what we did is we appointed [an] all-female staff.” The staff got awareness training. They were taught to test not just for cervical cancer, but also for high blood pressure, dental problems, diabetes, and other diseases women were worried about. Men were also invited for those other screenings— and male support for the program was a key factor for the women. All that got women in the door. Then it was a matter of time for attitudes to change. Positive Results Patil says it made a big difference when women saw other women actually beat cancer. “Now they are seeing the results, because if the cancer is

picked up in early condition, the patient is doing well,” she says. “People are coming to us and telling us, ‘Please arrange a cancer screening camp for our ladies.’ But it took eight years. It was so difficult.” It is evident that those eight years have paid off. Back at the temporary testing clinic, Sojata Sanjay Kapril said she was happy she underwent the screening. Her test result was negative, but she said if an abnormality had been found, “then we can cure it.” The vinegar technique has been adopted in several countries now, and there’s another more expensive test for cervical cancer that some say may eventually prove to be even better. These tests could save the lives of tens of thousands of women in India each year—as long as women continue to be convinced to use them. This story was reported with assistance from Mahesh Savale. The series was produced with support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. wi

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Parents Develop Strategies to Keep Schools Open By Dorothy Rowley WI Staff Writer After weeks of rallying against District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson’s controversial proposal to shutter 20 under-enrolled and low-performing schools, parents and community leaders are joining ranks to develop their own strategies for keeping the schools open. If done haphazardly, school closings will make the beleaguered DCPS system more susceptible to enrollment losses, primary efforts will focus on recruiting more students to help fill vacant school buildings. Other strategies call for transforming under-utilized buildings into community schools and placing tighter deadlines on buildings targeted for renovations. “It’s just awful that they’re thinking about closing traditional public schools,” said Kim Harrison, who helped to coordinate one of the last rallies of the year in December. “In many instances, in wards 7 and 8 where many of

the schools targeted for closing are located, the children will no longer be able to walk to school.” Harrison, 49, a member of the Southeast-based Concerned Parents for Action Coalition that’s comprised of parents from across the District, also serves as education chairperson for the PTA at Malcolm X Elementary School in the Anacostia community. She said it’s imperative for parents, teachers and PTAs across the District to be engaged in the fight to retain their neighborhood schools. In addition to Malcolm X, they include Francis-Stevens Educational Campus and Garrison Elementary School in Northwest; Spingarn High, Ron Brown Middle and Kenilworth Elementary schools in Northeast; and M.C. Terrell/McGogney Elementary School in Southeast. If the chancellor prevails, her plan goes into full effect by the end of this year, and would merge many of the closed facilities with other DCPS buildings or high-performing charter schools. Combining under-performing DCPS buildings with chartered


was one of several recommendations outlined in a study the city commissioned the Chicagobased Illinois Facilities Fund to conduct in late 2010. Donna Stewart, 41, has been president of the Terrell/McGogney PTA for the past two years. She opposes shuttling displaced DCPS students to charter schools. She said that although the community is concerned about its school, they hope Henderson decides to keep Terrell/ McGogney open. “I would like to see that she finally decided to use the school in its capacity, and if enrollment is going to be a factor, we can boost it,” Stewart said. “We suggest that the smaller school merge with the larger school and utilize that space, instead of the other way around because that will require costly remodeling.” Meanwhile, for parents like Rita Jackson who are angling to keep Spingarn open in Ward 5 through public meetings that have been held at the Benning Road Library, Erika Landberg has been among those who have

taken their opposition straight to Henderson. Landberg said during testimony before the D.C. Council that as a member of the D.C. Board of Education in the 1990s, she voted on 18 proposed school closures. “I am no stranger to school closings, or to the often negative consequences that result when closings are not conducted with care and consultation with the communities affected,” Landberg said. Washington Teachers’ Union President Nathan Saunders, 48, added that while the District has a right to protect itself financially from buildings that are underenrolled, his organization is taking the side of the students and community. “We’re going to work hard to make sure that the rights of students, and their families, are taken into consideration,” said Saunders. “We expect some deep thoughts and modifications. This issue is directly linked not only to under-enrolled buildings, but to charter schools that are opening up all over the city and competing with DCPS in some ways, unfairly.” But Henderson, who is ex-

pected along with Mayor Vincent C. Gray, 70, to announce her decision next week, has also made it clear that any alternative plan must outweigh her proposal. DCPS currently boasts an enrollment of about 43,000 students, and Henderson said that before a round of closings in 2008, the system was losing 3,000 students each year. “We have learned some significant lessons from 2008 . . . that will actually assist with the [proposed] closings . . . we’re not going to waste money on this round of closings,” said Henderson. “I [have] told my team we have to figure out a way to do these consolidations and increase enrollments, and we’ve provided information on demographic trends and other information that has led to these decisions.” East of the Anacostia River in Ward 7, Kenilworth Elementary is slated for closure. But the school is in the middle of a neighborhood that just won a five-year, $25 million federal grant meant to help poor communities build networks of support, including early-childhood education, afterschool tutoring and crime prevention.wi

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Former Chancellor’s Organization Gives DCPS High Marks By WI Staff An organization that was established after former District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Michelle Rhee was given the boot, indicates in a newly-released report that when it comes to educational policy, the District ranks high on the charts. According to the report which Rhee’s nonprofit, StudentsFirst, made public on Monday, Jan. 7, D.C. which achieved ranking as having the fourth-best education policy in the country, was also noted for the school system’s controversial IMPACT teacher evaluation system. “They are pretty tough grades, but I think they are reflective of the environment,” said Eric Lerum, vice president of national policy at StudentsFirst, headquartered in Sacramento, Calif. He added that

most of the states received a D or an F. The report grades all 50 states and the District in terms of their education system for highquality teaching, and providing parents with information and choices about their children’s schools and financial management. The report also measured StudentsFirst advocates in their work toward school reform. As a result, the District which earned a C+, fell behind Louisiana as the top-performing state, having earned a B-. While Florida and Indiana ranked second and third, with a grade of Band C+, respectively. Maryland, which placed 17th, received a D+ and Virginia ranked 38th with a D-. Rhee, the iron-willed education czar who made national headlines for her aggressive school reformation mandates, served under former Mayor Adrian Fenty (D). She formed

the nonprofit StudentsFirst shortly after resigning from the District’s school system nearly three years ago. Her IMPACT system which has been questioned by local educators in regard to its effectiveness, relies on a combination of classroom observations and students’ standardized test scores to rate teachers. StudentsFirst also showered the District with accolades for giving parents access to teacher evaluation information and offering alternatives to

neighborhood schools, such as charters and providing scholarships that allow low-income students in chronically failing public schools to attend private schools. The District also received an A for giving Fenty control of the public school system in 2007, when he brought Rhee in as chancellor. Meanwhile, the report has criticized the state of Maryland for failing to decide whether to promote or fire teachers based on their effectiveness and for

placing strict limitations on the number of charter schools. The report also offers a narrow definition of state education policy, according to D.C. school board member Mary Lord. “State-level policies are a lot broader than charter-schoolenabling legislation or an individual school system’s teacherevaluation system,” Lord said. “New Hampshire, for example, flunks, according to StudentsFirst. Yet the state is a national leader in innovative education policies.”

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African-American members of the U.S. House of Representatives recently held its special inauguration ceremony with new members, a new chairman and a renewed sense of commitment to continue the fight to ensure equality for blacks. More than 300 people packed the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center’s Congressional Auditorium to witness the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s biannual “A Ceremonial Swearing-In” on January 3. The two-hour event attracted spouses and family members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), leaders of national think tanks and corporate leaders, as well. U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge (DOhio), who assumed the helm as the chairman of the CBC, said the organization will not be shut out of the national discourse on the economy and other vital issues. “As the Congressional Black Caucus, we recognize the unique role that we have to play,” said Fudge, 60. “We are not just the conscience of the Congress but of the country.” The CBC was founded in 1971 by 13 black members of Congress who believed that the national legislature needed to address issues that faced their communities. Today, there are 42 members of the CBC that represent 22 states, the District and the U.S. Virgin Islands. However, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), the only black in that body, has opted not to join the CBC even though an invitation was extended to him, Fudge said. Scott, 47, is the first black Republican to serve in The Washington Informer

the Senate since Edward Brooke of Massachusetts left in 1979 and the first black from the South since Reconstruction. The CBC has five new members: Reps. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), Steven Horsford (D-Nev.), Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), Donald Payne Jr., (D-N.J.) and Marc Veasey (D-Texas). Horsford, the first black Nevadan elected to the U.S. Congress, said he is “humbled and privileged” to be in Washington. “I am also happy to be a part of the most diverse Democratic caucus in history,” he said, referring to 56 percent of the Democratic House members who are nonwhite males. Horsford, 39, said that he will focus on jobs and improving the economy. “The Las Vegas area has 11 percent unemployment, way above the national average of 7.8 percent that the country is feeling now,” he said. “We want to find solutions to this so that people can get to work.” While they are in the political minority in the House, the CBC has members who are in influential positions in the Democratic Party. U.S. Reps. Bennie Thompson (DMiss.), John Conyers (D-Mich.), Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) are the ranking members of the Homeland Security, Judiciary, Oversight and Government Operations and Science and Technology committees, respectively. U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) is the highest ranking person of color in the 113th Congress as the House Assistant Democratic Leader. The CBC’s influence on Democratic politics was evident with House Democratic Leader Nancy

Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who serves as the chairman of the Democratic National Committee and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) in attendance during the swearing-in ceremony. David Bositis, the senior research associate at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Northwest, said that despite the CBC’s power among Democrats, they will have problems getting their agenda through Congress. “They are in the political minority in the House and the House is run on a very short rope,” Bositis said. “It is a very partisan place and the CBC will be on the losing end of most votes.” Bositis said that Scott will not be of much help to the CBC either not because he is not a member of the group, but because he has a different agenda. “Scott will likely vote just like the person who recommended him to the Senate,” he said, referring to the arch-conservative former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) “It will be interesting to see how he comports himself, given that he will have to run for election in 2014.” Fudge, who understands the odds facing the CBC in a divided, hostile Congress, said that her organization will press on. “We are fighting for our people when no one knows that we are [fighting for our people],” she said. wi

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Homeownership Still on Fiscal Cliff While President Barack Obama and the Congress remain engaged in a never-ending battle over the nation’s fiscal matters, Americans continue to struggle with their own share of fiscal turmoil. The discussion over whether to lift the nation’s debt ceiling or increase taxes on the wealthy, is only a distraction from the greater issue at hand – saving Americans from losing their homes and ending the country’s housing crisis. Millions of Americans have lost their homes over the past decade while many more are currently living in fear of the inevitable. Despite programs that local and federal legislators, along with banking institutions, have implemented in order to assist homeowners stave off a foreclosure, most have proven to be ineffective and predictions suggest a slowdown in foreclosures but not necessarily a decrease in the numbers. Within the past few months, rays of hope have shined over homeowners who were informed that banks would take a holiday from evicting people whose foreclosures may have occurred during the November and December holiday season. In addition, it was reported recently that 10 banks accused of providing deficient mortgage servicing and foreclosure practices agreed to pay $8.5 billion in cash payments and other assistance to nearly 3.8 million borrowers whose homes were in foreclosure in 2009 and 2010. Eligible borrowers are expected to receive compensation ranging from hundreds of dollars up to $125,000, depending on the type of possible servicer error. It’s a good sign, but foreclosures remain at a high and consistent rate. The Center for Responsible Lending (CLR) estimates that 8.1 million homes will have fallen into foreclosure by 2013, but the organization also sees a positive future for homeownership. “Today we have an opportunity to return to a stable lending environment with rising homeownership, providing working families a path to greater economic security and prosperity,” according to the CLR. But CLR also reminds us that “we’re at a crossroads. Policymakers face major decisions on new lending rules and the government’s role in supporting the mortgage market. A key question: How will these policies affect homeownership opportunities for lower- and middle-income families who bore the brunt of the recent crisis?” Neither President Obama, nor policymakers, should act as if the housing crisis has ended. The country’s road to recovery will only speed up when the focus is put on improving employment opportunities for lower- and middle-income families. And, their ability to purchase new homes or stay in their existing homes must also be secured and protected from predatory and unfair lenders.

Deltas Celebrate 100 Years District officials are rolling out the red carpet, literally, for more than 12,000 women of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., who will converge on the nation’s capital Jan. 10-14 for a homecoming of sorts as they celebrate Founders Day Weekend at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (WCC). It’s an historic event for the 100-year-old organization that was founded by 22 students on January 13, 1913 on the campus of Howard University. Today, there are more than 300,000 women who are members of the sisterhood who belong to one of the 1,000 chapters in the U.S. and abroad. This distinguished group of women can count among them such notables as Mary McLeod Bethune, Dr. Selma Burke, the African-American artist commissioned to design the profile of President Franklin D. Roosevelt on the U.S. dime, Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Patricia Roberts Harris, singer and actress Lena Horne, Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, Olympic track star Wilma Rudolph, Dr. Betty Shabazz, and Dr. Dorothy Height, who served as the organization’s 10th president, to name a few. It’s unquestionable that the economic impact of such a large meeting in the District will be significant. And, an even larger gathering in July when the organization returns for their centennial celebration is expected to exceed 25,000 members. EventsDC, which oversees the WCC is chaired by Delta Sigma Theta member Michele V. Hagans, who anticipates the group surpassing the Guinness Book of World records currently held by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) which hosted the largest silver service sit-down dinner in the history of conventions worldwide (16,026 members) in July 2008. Beyond economics, hosting the Delta’s in D.C. should also leave a lasting impression that the legacy belonging to these African-American women is that of service to others and to their communities. Former Delta Sigma Theta President and Congressional Black Caucus Chair Marsha Fudge said being a Delta means, “We need to make a significant impact on the lives of others; and we can have fun doing it.”

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Your Year-in-Review edition was fantastic. I just loved seeing the photographs of the writers and photographers on your staff. Now, when I read different articles and look at the photos I will have a picture in my mind of the individuals who are providing the information. That edition also reminded me of all of the excellent work your paper has done over the past year. The Washington Informer is truly a treasure in our community. Here’s wishing everyone at The Informer a very prosperous and even more exciting New Year. As most of us know there is so much good news in our community and we know that The Informer can’t cover it all, but we thank God for what you are able to bring to us each and every week. Karen Wesley Suitland, Md.

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One of my favorite sections to read in your paper is the Business Exchange by William Reed. From reading his columns I get a sense that his political leaning is somewhat to the right of center, and I just love it. He continually gives a different take on issues that are facing us in the African-American community, and personally, his columns have broadened my view on some of the things he has written about. Mr. Reed is not a fan of President Barack Obama, but he is entitled to his opinion. I think history will prove Mr. Reed’s reasoning about Mr. Obama wrong, but that’s a whole different issue. In the January 3, 2013 issue, Mr. Reed’s column, “Let’s Elect Tim Scott for President” gives a very interesting view of the Republican Party and how African Americans should view it. Let me see, a black Democratic senator ran for president and got 99 percent of the vote and won the election, so now that we have

a black Republican senator he should run for president and get 99 percent of the vote. I love it! Mr. Reed, continue to write your columns and make us all think about what the political process really means for each of us. Let everyone see that we are all not cut from the same cookie cutter and that we have different opinions and views. It’s a hard education, but it’s the right education. Stephen M. Glenn Washington, D.C.

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By Julianne Malveaux

Boehner: Intemperate, Ignorant and Out of Control Congressman John Boehner was re-elected speaker of the House of Representatives with a narrow vote. Needing 218 votes, he barely clinched it with 220. His narrow vote reflects the fact that no Democrat would vote for him and that many Republicans are disillusioned of him. Perhaps it also reflects the fact that he has so poorly comported himself that he does not deserve reelection.

Most folks who curse do it behind closed doors. In deference to their position, they attempt to parse their public statements to reflect the dignity of the office they hold. Not Mr. Boehner, who dropped the “f ” bomb at Senator Harry Reid not once, but twice, in the middle of fiscal cliff negotiations. To his credit, Senator Reid did not respond, but behaved as if he perhaps did not hear the out-of-control Boehner. The Speaker of the House of Representatives comported himself as intemperate,

ignorant and out of control. The fact that Boehner appeared out of control is no surprise to those who have observed him over these past two years. He leads with bombast and bluster then backs down into defensiveness and profanity. Last December, he refused to compromise with President Obama on fiscal matters surrounded by a defiant set of Republicans who agreed with him. When he backed down, he was surrounded by not a soul, virtually abandoned by his party.

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Déjà vu. After pontificating, and offering a nonsensical Plan B for a House vote, his party rebuked him and he had tuck tail and sit down at the negotiating table. No wonder he managed so much ire that he cursed the Senate Majority leader. You can cuss in public and you can cuss in private. The fact that Boehner chose to kick New York to the curb as a big an “F” bomb as the one he offered Senator Reid. After being promised that relief for Hurricane Sandy was forthcoming, Boehner

broke his promise and pushed the vote back to the 113th Congress. Only after Democrats and Republicans, governors and Congressional representatives excoriated him on the House floor, did he agree to vote on $9 billion plan on January 5, with another $53 billion up for vote on January 15. Meanwhile, many New Yorkers are still living in the backs of their cars, lacking electricity and other basic needs, eating in soup

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By James Clingman

Hire Yourself – and then Others In consideration of the latest shenanigans from Congress as it pertains to the economic conditions facing most Americans these days, unemployment and underemployment being the most serious, the case for entrepreneurship is more important than ever. For Black people especially, whose unemployment rate is double that of the national average and even as high as 50 percent in certain cities, the need

for entrepreneurship cannot be denied. Education and training, business startups, and firms that have the ability to grow and increase their number of employees are all essential factors for any group of people interested in economic empowerment. Black folks have an urgent imperative to revert to the days when we owned and operated not only individual businesses but entire economic enclaves in various cities across this country. The nostalgia we

feel when we remember Black Bottom in Detroit, Hayti in Durham, Harlem in New York, Greenwood in Tulsa, and Sweet Auburn in Atlanta should provide us with the incentive, well beyond the emotional side of it, to move in that direction. In my entrepreneurship classes, after teaching the glowing history of business ownership in this country by Black people, as well as our entrepreneurial skills and acumen even before we were brought here, I offer

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the following suggestion: “Make something or do something and sell it to someone.” That’s simply what entrepreneurship is all about. Of course, we need to heighten our presence and participation in manufacturing, distribution, and starting businesses that lend themselves to growth or “scale,” as some would say, in order to move to a point of being able to control projects, industries, and systems rather than always be at the mercy of those who do.

How do we accomplish that? We can start by simply hiring ourselves, individually at first and then expanding to hire others. We cannot afford to wait for the folks in Washington to provide jobs for us, nor can we sit back and think the private sector will help decrease our rate of unemployment. Even if they do finally get it together in Washington and on Wall Street, hire yourself by starting some kind

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By Marc Morial

Gun Violence in America: It’s Time to Turn our Tears into Action “These neighborhoods are our neighborhoods and these children are our children. We’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this…” President Barack Obama A movie theater in Aurora, Col. A Sikh Temple in Wisconsin. A shopping mall in Oregon. A political event in Tucson, Arizona. The weekend streets of big cities like Chicago. And

now a first grade class in Newtown, Conn. When will the madness stop? When will we take “meaningful action” to end gun violence in America? These are just the latest high-profile mass shootings that have taken the lives of too many innocent victims. And when those victims are small school children and their teachers, the weight of grief is almost too much to bear. A weight of responsibility also falls on our shoulders. Immediately after one of these mass killings, someone always says it is

too soon to talk about sensible gun control measures. We must take time to grieve first. But after the flying of flags at half-staff and the tearful memorial services, we invariably go back to business as usual. I say, not this time. As a father, a former mayor and a life-long advocate of a safe and quality education for every child, I too am in mourning. But at the same time, I call on our leaders in Washington and in states across this nation, to take immediate action to protect our children and prevent the kind

of senseless carnage we saw last week. Even before this latest tragedy, for years, the National Urban League has been calling for sensible gun control. In fact, on the day after the recent presidential election, I sent a letter to President Obama and the leaders in the House of Representatives, saying in part. “The scourge of gun violence cries out for a comprehensive approach to community safety and crime reduction. This requires stronger enforcement of existing gun laws and

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re-enactment of the assault weapons ban…” We asked the president and the Congress to make this a top priority for the next four years. Gun violence has often been associated with poor, urban neighborhoods, and it is true that urban violence is much too prevalent. But most of these mass shootings have occurred in quiet, suburban towns where crime is typically low and gun ownership is high. The point is,

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Child Watch©

By Marian Wright Edelman

New Year’s Resolutions As New Year’s Eve countdowns wound down, many people turned to the familiar ritual of taking stock of where they are now to make resolutions for what they can do better in the new year. We all measure our accomplishments and shortcomings in different ways. Some people count numbers on a scale or in a savings account. But what if we decided to take stock as a nation by measuring how we treat our children?

If we did that kind of countdown, we’d learn: Every second and a half during the school year a public school student receives an outof-school suspension. Every 8 seconds during the school year a public high school student drops out. Every 32 seconds a child is born into poverty in America. Every 47 seconds a child is abused or neglected. Every 72 seconds a baby is born without health insurance. Every 5 and a half hours a

child is killed by abuse or neglect. A majority of all American fourth and eighth grade public school students can’t read or do math at grade level, including 76 percent or more of Black and Latino students. Millions of American children start school not ready to learn and millions more lack safe, affordable, quality child care and early childhood education. If we were counting we’d see that millions of poor children are hungry, at risk of hunger, living in worst case housing, or are

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homeless in America. And we would find a child or teen is killed by a firearm about every three hours and 15 minutes — more than seven every single day. The devastation at Sandy Hook put the media spotlight on a tragedy that strikes families in communities across America daily as a result of our nation’s shameful refusal to protect children instead of guns. In 2010 2,694 children and teens died from gun violence. What do these numbers tell us about who we are and who we

hope to be? Why do we choose to let children be the poorest age group in our rich nation and to let millions of children suffer preventable sickness, neglect, abuse, mis-education, and violence? Why do we continue to mock God’s call for justice for children and the poor and our professed ideals of freedom and justice for all? It’s time for new resolutions backed by urgent and persistent action. In 2013, the United

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By George E. Curry

Wilmington Ten Pardons: Black Press at its Best When then-National Newspaper Publishers Association Chairman Danny Bakewell, Sr. asked me to emcee the Black Press Week luncheon at the National Press Club in 2011, I had no idea that I would be witnessing history. At the urging of Wilmington Journal Publisher Mary Alice Thatch, the NNPA decided to launch a national campaign to win pardons for the

Wilmington 10, a group of activists who were falsely convicted and sentenced to a combined total of 282 years. Everyone knew it would be an uphill battle, but it was a battle the NNPA was willing to wage. It established The Wilmington Ten Pardon of Innocence Project whose goal was “to generate national and worldwide support for the petition, to the state of North Carolina, and specifically the governor, to grant individual pardons of innocence to the Wilmington Ten.”

NNPA publishers saw a video about the Wilmington Ten at the luncheon and its leader, Benjamin Chavis, Jr., was interviewed by me and the publishers. When I asked Ben, a longtime friend, about his lowest point in prison, he tried to steer me away from the question by saying he preferred to focus on the future, not the past. But the past affects the future, which is why I brought him back to my original question. This time, he gave a direct, emotional answer.


“I was warned not to go into the shower,” he said, his voice barely audible. “I couldn’t take a bath for eight months.” And the reason Chavis was reluctant to take a bath was because of death threats. No one should have to live like that, especially after the criminal justice system has been manipulated to obtain a false conviction. For Chavis, the trouble began after the all-Black high school was closed as part of the courtordered desegregation of New Hanover County, N.C. schools.

The Black students were forced to attend the previously allWhite high school, where they were harassed. In February 1971, the United Church of Christ dispatched Chavis, a native of Oxford, N.C., to help organize a school boycott. During that period of unrest, someone firebombed Mike’s Grocery, a White-owned business located a block away from Gregory Congregational Church, where Chavis had set up

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By Askia Muhammad

NRA Unchained Life imitates art. In the fictional, on-screen version, “Django Unchained,” a Black former slave becomes a bounty hunter and finds happiness, because in his words, he “get(s) paid to kill White folks.” In real-life America today mass shooting rampages have swept across the country in the last several weeks. Dozens of innocent White folks have been

killed, ironically at the hands of other White folks. The in-artful response to reports of madman after madman taking automatic assault weapons and attacking innocent women and children, or ambushing police and firefighters responding to the deliberate, murderous rampages has been a clamoring – not for more controls on these anti-personnel weapons – but in fact a run to purchase all such weapons in the inventories of gun dealers all over the country. Meanwhile, the White House

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and gun-control supporters are gearing up for a monthlong push in January – before the fiscal cliff, and debt ceiling debates once again claim center stage in the political arena – their plans to pass gun-control, reform legislation before outrage over the Sandy Hook massacre in which 20 six-year-old children and six of their teachers were slaughtered, has a chance to fade from consciousness. President Barack Obama has said personally, he wants an assault weapons ban and limits on The Washington Informer

ammunition magazine size as top priorities. Other possible reforms could include background check requirements for purchases at gun shows, a loophole that’s helped create a huge market of off-record arms purchases. What the president must be smart enough to understand is that – like the fictional hero Django – he is part of the problem … at least part of the perception problem, certainly that’s so in the minds of folks who hide their true beliefs behind the mask of the rhetoric espoused

by the National Rifle Association (NRA). You see, gun sales – along with more death threats against a president than ever in U.S. history – spiked when Obama was elected in 2008. Ostensibly it was because the NRA and gun buyers feared that regulations the president might propose would make it harder for them to get more weapons and ammunition going forward. Then, Obama was re-elected

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‘Django Unchained’: A Post-racial Epic? By Hillary Crosley Special to the Informer from New America Media As all of the Django Unchained reviews hit the Internet, I’m sure plenty of African Americans will list why they hate Quentin Tarantino’s new film about a slave’s journey for revenge -- but not me. A friend and I recently attended a screening for the film, which opens on Christmas Day, followed by an awkward questionand-answer session with the director. We were two of perhaps 10 black people in the theater -- that’s what makes what happened next so awkward. In the film, Django (Jamie Foxx) is purchased by Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), a German dentist-turnedbounty hunter, and the two pair up to collect the bodies and ransoms of outlaws across the South. Because Django is such a natural, Schultz asks him to work with him through the winter in exchange for his help finding the former slave’s wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), who was sold to a different plantation. The search for Hildy leads the duo to the plantation of Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) -- which he shares with his head house slave, Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson) -- and bloody drama ensues. After the film ended, Tarantino began the interview with Peter Bogdanovich, the elderly director best known for 1971’s The Last Picture

Show, when a black woman interrupted their conversation, saying, “A lot of black people are not going to like this movie. I’m about to have a heart attack.” Then a few audience members began to heckle Tarantino from the balcony, shouting: “This is bulls--t.” (The director invited his detractors to offer their comments during the open session after the interview while admitting that Django dealt with heavy subject matter.) “That’s the thing about this film -we’re dealing with virgin territory with this kind of story and this history,” Tarantino said. “It’s a rough movie. As bad as some of the s--t is in this film, a lot worse s--t was going on. This is the nice version.” Then Bogdanovich said, in what I imagine was an effort to calm the situation, “It’s significant that we have a black president. It shows you how far we’ve come.” My friend, who is also black, and I immediately looked at each other, shook our heads and resisted the urge to scream, “What does that have to do with anything?” Herein lies the crux of the problem that many have, and probably will have, with Django Unchained: While it deals with race, the film’s mere existence is not necessarily a commentary on how far we’ve come in terms of race relations in America, which some viewers might expect from a film about slavery in 2012. At its heart, Django is a spaghetti western, and the

film, written and directed by Tarantino, showcases his wild sensibilities as he imagines America’s slaving days through the narrative of a black man. Let’s all agree up front that a film about a newly freed slave enacting revenge on those who abused him and his wife can seem problematic when the director is a white man. There is no way around this. As illustrated by the critics who disagreed with having Steven Spielberg produce and direct Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, the white-black dynamic is an odd coupling, and not every filmmaker would be able to correctly capture the characters’ speech patterns or have the appropriate racial sensitivity. (Perhaps that’s partly why the Dino De Laurentiis-produced Mandingo is so hard to watch. The 1975 film’s slavery story is shockingly atrocious.) And while I thought Tarantino made Django an easy hero, the protagonist wasn’t very nuanced. He is the strong and silent type, though Foxx’s naturally big presence makes it easy to root for him. On the other hand, DiCaprio’s character has numerous fizzy one-liners, Schultz is hilariously verbose and Jackson’s wily house Negro is despicably cunning enough to make viewers really hate him. Elsewhere, Washington’s Hildy had, perhaps, a paragraph of dialogue in the entire film. In hindsight, Django doesn’t seem to be told from Django’s perspective, and somehow I know if another director, like

Spike Lee, had made this film, it would have been much different. Though the slave trade is the backdrop for the film, Tarantino establishes early on that the racist calling cards of the mid-1800s are silly. In the beginning, Waltz’s character, after buying Django and freeing his fellow slaves, says that he doesn’t agree with slavery, but for the sake of his needs, he’s enlisting Django’s help to find his bounty marks. There, Tarantino sets the film’s tone, which seems to say, “Racism is ridiculous, but just go with me.” In another scene, Django and Schultz are chased by a Ku Klux Klan group, led by Miami Vice veteran Don Johnson, and perched on horses, the members spend 10 minutes fussing that they can’t see through their masks because one member’s wife is not the best seamstress and didn’t cut proper holes. It’s hilarious. In another scene, DiCaprio’s plantation owner, Candie, asks for his German-speaking slave, Hildy, and when he’s rebuffed because she’s busy being punished for trying to run away again, he orders her produced because “What’s the point of having a German-speaking n--ger if you can’t trot them out when you have guests?” Again, I found this funny, though the language and situation made me cringe. Tarantino is controversial because of what appears to be his fondness for

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the shock value of the n-word. Since viewing Pulp Fiction and his “Did you notice a sign in the front of my house that said, ‘Dead N--ger Storage’?” zinger, I honestly haven’t been a big fan of his. The writer-director’s casual use of a word that carries so much history for the sake of ironic flair -- in Pulp Fiction, Tarantino’s character’s wife is black -- just turned me off. This is why I was surprised that I wasn’t offended when the word was liberally used throughout Django, though I’m sure it will anger many other black viewers. Specifically, there were two scenes in Django during which I wanted to run out of the theater and curse our country’s history: during the “Mandingo fight” and later, when one fighter is torn apart by dogs. Since reading Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, which begins with a gaggle of black males boxing blindly for coins as a drunk white crowd jeers, I hate to see black men pummeling one another, let alone for the pleasure of two white men during slavery. But in the post-screening interview, Tarantino said that Candie’s character was a boy king, born into the cotton money that his forefathers had earned. He was bored with the business and enjoyed such brutal entertainment. When a hopeless brawler claims he’s too tired to fight anymore, Candie orders that he be ripped apart by dogs. These scenes were racially charged, heartbreaking and angering, but I understand that Tarantino often features bloody realism as much as possible in his films. Ultimately, Django featured several cruel traditions that were likely historically correct -- it’s not hard to imagine that blacks were branded with an “r” if they ran away, that some were torn apart by animals or that Mandingo fights had black men fighting to the death -- but that doesn’t make them any easier to watch. In the end -- spoiler alert! -- I clapped as Django blows up the house of Hildy’s former master, because in the tradition of any good movie, Foxx’s character shoots his way through hell and gets his girl. Taking the film at face value, without dipping too far into the visceral hurt of slavery, I enjoyed Django Unchained. I don’t know if I’d watch it again. But I loved Django’s victory over the American slavery system, as well as his ride into the sunset with his wife, the two now a free black couple.wi

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LIFESTYLE Robert Griffin III leaves the field with the team doctor and members of the training staff after reinjuring his knee in the fourth quarter. Griffin didn’t return to the game. Seattle defeated Washington 24-14 on Sunday, Jan. 6 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. /Photo by John E. De Freitas


By Barrington M. Salmon and Elton J. Hayes WI Staff Writers On the eve of the RedskinsSeahawks game, Lewis Buchanan stood around at an intimate gathering of friends in Upper Marlboro, Md., discussing the meteoric rise of the ’Skins during the 2012-2013 season, marveled at the team’s seven-game win streak, the first NFC Championship in 13 years and prospects for the playoff game the next day. Any success the team enjoyed in the playoff game, he theorized, would only be realized if Robert Griffin III could overcome a knee injury sustained in the Baltimore game. “My only asterisk was that we wouldn’t win if Griffin wasn’t 100 percent,” said Buchanan, the day after the team’s 24-14 defeat. “That was the problem yesterday. I feel that if Griffin was 100 percent, we’d have pulled out the game.” “I wasn’t really surprised by the team’s success because we had a veteran team with just a few gaps missing,” said Buchanan, president and CEO of LewLew Enterprises, a local energy company in Northwest. “We needed stability at the quar-


Look to the Future Redskins fans react after Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III fumbles and reinjures his right knee during NFL playoff action. Seattle defeated Washington 24-14 on Sunday, Jan. 6 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

terback position. I figured that with a half-decent quarterback we could make a run. We had a banged up defense and quarterbacks that weren’t good.” The difference, Buchanan said, most definitely was Griffin. In the first quarter of Sunday’s game, before an ecstatic crowd of 80,000, Washington raced to a 14-point lead in the first quarter. However, the team was unable to muster anymore offense in a game that saw the Seattle Seahawks reel off 24 unanswered points over the next

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three quarters. Then, in the late stages of the game, Griffin reinjured his knee when he attempted to catch the ball while the offense was in the shotgun. The stunned crowd watched in horror as Griffin, 22, writhed and grimaced in pain and he received sustained applause when he finally was able to walk off the field under his own steam. He had an MRI on Monday and traveled to Pensacola, Fla., to see eminent orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews. Published reports indicate that The Washington Informer

Griffin might have tears of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and the lateral collateral ligament (LCL). Until the playoff loss, the Redskins Nation had been riding a wave of euphoria as their beloved team embarked on a magical carpet ride. After a paltry 3-6 record, the team ripped off seven straight wins, beat division rivals the New York Giants, hated rivals the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles along the way and sat perched atop the NFC table as NFC East champs,

a feat last repeated in 1999. Griffin’s arrival at the beginning of the season heralded thoughts of the Super Bowl for devoted Redskins fans. He didn’t disappoint. He amassed 3,200 yards passing in this his rookie season, threw 20 touchdowns and five interceptions, ran for 815 yards and ended the regular season with a 102.4 quarterback rating. He was ably complemented by another rookie, running back Alfred Morris, who set a

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LIFESTYLE Redskins fans display their sadness as Sunday’s playoff game against Seattle comes to a close. Seattle defeated Washington 24-14 on Sunday, Jan. 6 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

redskins continued from Page 28 single-season franchise rushing record. But in the aftermath of the game, the Washington fans were philosophical, upset and mired in anguish, depression and sadness. Sean Hoggard, a 22-year-old Penn Branch resident and a lifelong Redskins fan praised the team’s performance. “Overall, it was a miraculous season. Even though it ended with the loss to Seattle, the team should still feel proud with what they accomplished,” said Hoggard, a journalism student at the University of the District of Columbia. “Everyone counted them out after they started 3-6 and after the tough loss to Carolina. Instead of bowing out, they did what they had to do to make the playoffs. They turned the season around and won the NFC East championship. They were no longer the laughing stock.” Going into the game Hoggard said he thought the Redskins had a really good shot at beating Seattle. “I figured that it would be a tough battle because Seattle was on the same hot streak that the

Robert Griffin III leaves the field and walks into the locker room during the Washington Redskins vs. Seattle Seahawks game on Sunday, Jan. 6 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Seattle defeated Washington 24-14. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

Redskins were and they play good defense,” he said. “Heading into the playoffs, the Redskins’ season was a miraculous story. The fact that a rookie quarterback led the team in crunch time late in the season and took them to the playoffs, could have been the highlight of 2013 if the team would have won it all.” Coach Mike Shanahan rued the loss. “It was a fun run,” he said. “[But] I’m very disappointed. You always want to play your best football during the playoffs. We probably had our best first quarter. After that first quarter, we just didn’t seem to get things done.” The spectacular season will likely take a lot of pressure off the two-time Super Bowl coach

who endured a great deal of criticism for a string of sub-par seasons. Bill Reed, a local journalist and longtime District resident, said the loss left him numb. “I’m not feeling too good,” said Reed during an interview Sunday night. “I was anticipatory. I have bought into the RG3 hype. After the game I feel real let down. He should have been gone real early and [Second-String Quarterback Kirk] Cousins given a chance. He performed real well. Fifty percent of RG3 was not enough. I hope he’s not hurt too bad. He was much more mobile in past games.” Nana Efua Badu Osundara was one of those Redskins fans who juggled sorrow with hope for the future.

“My heart is broken. But I still don’t feel so bad,” said Osundara, who became a Redskins fan after watching games on television with her mother. “I didn’t expect to get this far. I knew Seattle was tough. I was nervous when I heard we were going to play them. I thought the buck might stop there. It may have been a closer game and we may have won if RG3 was healthy. Next season, next season. They’ll be back strong. I’m happy we beat the Giants, shut Dallas down and clipped the Eagles’ wings so it’s all good. None of them are going. They’re sitting home too,” said Osundara who lives in Lanham, Md. Accompanying the predictable emotions of loss and questions of what might have been, were two other salient questions that only time will answer: Will Griffin make a full recovery and did Coach Mike Shanahan and the team sacrifice Griffin’s future health and well-being by allowing him to continue to play? Sidney Smith, a 47-year-old Northeast resident, criticized Shanahan’s decision. “You were just waiting for the coaching staff to tag Kirk Cousins and bring him in early enough in the game so that he could be a factor,” he said. “He came in when it was too late and

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the conditions were too dire. If he was able to come in earlier in the second half where they had the luxury of trying to establish the run, then they would have been able to run bootlegs and the play-action more effectively.” “I thought, and I hate to say this, but the Redskins were putting Robert Griffin III’s health and longevity at risk. As a coaching staff, knowing that you have a guy who was capable waiting in the wings, and your franchise quarterback clearly not himself and at risk of being injured, they did what was expedient and in their best interest, and those chickens came home to roost in this particular game today.” Griffin told reporters that the extent of damage to his knee was up in the air. After the game however, both player and coach defended the decision to leave Griffin in the game. “I wanted to be in there, I deserved to be there,” said Griffin, who completed 10 of 19 passes for 84 yards and who also threw 2 touchdowns and an interception. “I don’t feel like me being out there hurt the team in any way. I’m the best option for this team, and that’s why I’m the starter ... I sat at the dinner table and experienced success. We’ll be back next year…”wi

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The 2013 model takes Infiniti and Maxima design cues in the flowing, full-length shoulder line, and the angled, arrowed cues of the headlamps. /Photo courtesy of Nissan North America, Inc.

New Model Gives Altima a Boost in Crowded Segment By Njuguna Kabugi WI Contributing Writer When the Nissan Altima launched 20 years ago, not many would have guessed how quickly it would muscle itself into the ranks of the best-selling family sedans. The original Altima was smaller than its competitors, a bit rough around the edges in its handling and it came bearing a completely unknown name. However, none of that mattered to eager customers. Its pricing started at just a little above $13,000 and Nissan sold 120,000 Altimas that first year, 20 percent more than planned. Today, it is one of the top three sellers in the ever competitive family sedan class. With each new generation (the 2013 is the 5th so far), Nissan continues to fine tune a formula popular in the fashion world where affordable products often model the look and feel of more expensive offerings to enhance their appeal. This “democratization of design” subliminally works wonders for those of us with lighter pocketbooks. For Altima’s case, success is guaranteed because Nissan freely borrowed from more substantial cars in the Nissan family. Without a touch of self-doubt, many of us will gladly take home a base Altima that costs $22,280 while believing that we’ve acquired the uncannily familiar $48,595 Infiniti M37 from Nissan’s luxury division. Consider also the Maxima conundrum. The Nissan Maxima The Washington Informer

is, by most standards, a more luxurious and substantial car than Altima. But, unlike the sharp differences between Honda’s Civic and Accord or Toyota’s Corolla and Camry, Maxima is almost identical in size to Altima. Though its dimensions haven’t increased tremendously since the last model, the Altima is within an inch or two of the Maxima (or larger) in headroom, legroom, hip-room and overall interior volume. Outside, the two cars share practically the same measurements, including front and rear track. The 2.5-liter 16-valve fourcylinder that we tested delivers 182 horsepower and 180 pound-feet to its front wheel drive system – enough to make it one of the quickest four-cylinder sedans in its class. The new sedan also has updated safety and infotainment features and is roomy enough to hold the average family with little fuss. The Altima’s restyled interior features functionally arranged controls, but the overall design is notably conservative at a time when competitors are getting bolder with their interiors.The trunk, hood, and roof are now aluminum, and the body uses more high-strength steel to cancel out the modest increase in size; the added width makes for extra shoulder room in the larger cabin. The fuel economy is one of the best-in-segment – 38 mpg highway (for the 2.5-liter engine). It rivals many competitors hybrid output. In tests conduct-

ed by Nissan, the Altima clocked the lowest gasoline costs ($532) on a 5350 mile trip from D.C. to L.A. This was better than its main competitors: Toyota Camry ($577 at 35 mpg), the Ford Fusion and Honda Accord tied at ($594) and the VW Passat (31 mpg) at $652. There’s no manual, conventional automatic, or dual-clutch transmission. Every 2013 Altima comes with a CVT which keeps the engine loping along lazily to help the Altima return the mpg highway rating. I am not a fun of this system; it is loud and whines even when the engine is not really struggling, taking away the thrill one gets from the engine’s quick acceleration. The trunk space is rather generous, but I do, however, pick a nit with its design because it does not open fully upright, as in the Camry. I am still nursing a bump and a cut on my forehead incurred during a trip to the grocery store. The Altima sedan is priced from $21,500 for the bare bones model. Expect to pay up to $30,000 for top of the line model. Our test car was priced at just under $29,000. Though well loaded, I am still puzzled why Nissan left out a navigation system which is included in many Kias and Hyundais under $18,000. wi


Life Pieces to Masterpieces’ Selvon M. Waldron, left, and Lorenzo McDonald, talk about the organization’s curriculum. Life Pieces to Masterpieces is an art-based, after-school youth program that meets at the Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary School in Northeast. /Photo by Roy Lewis.

dents have returned as mentors and apprentices. In addition to his journalism broadcast coursework at Bowie State, McDonald spends roughly 25-30 hours a week at Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary School with the Life Pieces to Masterpieces’ young-

sters, who like himself, have found stability and brotherhood within the program. “I’ve seen a lot of transformations with Life Pieces,” said McDonald, whose two-year-old son is now involved with the program. “I’ve even

seen it with the mentors who have settled down and assumed responsibilities. Life Pieces taught me how to raise my standards and grow as a person and showed me that if I really want to succeed, I have to invest in myself first.” wi

Art-Based Program Helps Groom Young Males By Elton Hayes WI Staff Writer There’s very little about Lorenzo McDonald’s childhood that allowed him to enjoy the carefree experiences of others his age. There weren’t any weekend trips to Six Flags or to Washington Redskins or Wizards games with his dad, or summer family vacations. By age 13, he spent what little free time he had cleaning, cooking and ensuring that his eight brothers and sisters made it to school safely each day on a full stomach. Life only became tougher for the teenager when his older brother Jeffrey was arrested and sent to jail. The teenager’s duties and role as the head of the household weighed heavily on his small shoulders. “Once he had to go away, I had to assume the responsibilities,” said McDonald, now 21, who lives in Southeast. “I looked up to him, he was my best friend. So when he left, it was pretty hard.” But McDonald’s brother gave him a gift before he left. He introduced him to Life Pieces to Masterpieces, an after-school program in Northeast, focused on instilling integrity, building character and developing leadership skills among young males. The program also gave the teen an opportunity to be a child once again. “It allowed me to regain my childhood,” said McDonald, a broadcast journalism student at Bowie State University in Bowie, Md. “People were taking care of me, instead of me taking care of everyone in my house. People in the program were concerned about me. They made sure that my homework was done and that I was fed.” Mary Brown and Larry Quick founded Life Pieces to Masterpieces 17 years ago. The arts-based program that started with seven boys has since grown to currently accommodate more than 70, ages 3-17, who have created more than 1,000 works of art. Five days a week, apprentices and mentors meet on the fourth floor of Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary

School in Northeast and spend threeand-a-half hours teaching youngsters about leadership, meditation, yoga and nutrition, along with a host of other life skills. “We try to have our young men understand what their purpose is,” said Selvon M. Waldron, the program’s development and grants manager. “That may sound like an abstract concept for us adults, but having children as young as three recite to you their purpose for the future, allows them to broaden their perspective.” Life Pieces to Masterpieces also offers a Saturday Academy for high school students. Two Saturdays a month, the program’s 25 juniors and seniors meet on the campus of George Washington University in Northwest for several hours to learn professional development skills and attend courses that prepare them for college. William Pitts is Life Pieces to Masterpieces’ director of operations and programs. Pitts retired from work in the juvenile justice arena and joined Life Pieces to Masterpieces five years ago. “The program gives the young brothers a sense of self,” said Pitts, 70, who lives in Bowie, Md. “It shows them that they’re not what they see and hear every day. They do have a purpose and the ability to make decisions for self that’s in their best interest. The general love that Life Pieces has for them lets them know that they’re valued.” While Life Pieces to Masterpieces’ curriculum touches on a vast array of subjects, art remains a cornerstone of the program’s mission. Under the guidance of apprentice Seneca Wells, young artists create colorful, acrylicon-canvas collage paintings. Bright shades of blue, red, yellow and green paint are splashed across blank canvases. The youngsters’ creations have been displayed for all to see. Courage on Canvas 2012 was featured at Pepco’s Edison Place Gallery in Northwest where more than 100 of the students’ paintings were showcased during an exhibit. Many of the program’s former stuThe Washington Informer

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ARIES An unexpected piece of excellent advice comes from an old friend. Heed well what is said. Follow your intuition concerning matters at work. Your gut feelings are wiser than your brain this week. Trust you feelings more than your thoughts. Soul Affirmation: I let my instincts light my way this week. Lucky Numbers: 11, 45, 55 TAURUS This is a good time for personal inventory. Dust off old ideas. They will shine brighter than any new ideas this week. You are primed for success in an agreement about a money matter. Soul Affirmation: I find many things about myself that I really love. Lucky Numbers: 3, 20, 28 GEMINI Socially your positive vibes can take you a long way this week. Your intuition serves you well in business. A new move is favored. Open yourself up to financial flow. It’s coming. Soul Affirmation: I open myself up to the wealth of the universe. Lucky Numbers: 6, 44, 48 CANCER Your home can be your best profit center this week. Expand your concept of what profit is. Boost your attention to your lover’s personal needs. Invest time in being considerate. Put other people first this week. Soul Affirmation: By rewarding others I reward myself. Lucky Numbers: 5, 21, 29 LEO Begin working to improve the quality of life in your community. Don’t hang back. Do it. Joy comes from what you give this week. This week your charm will open doors that were previously closed. Soul Affirmation: I look for the good in all that comes to me this week. Lucky Numbers: 41, 52, 55 VIRGO Be open and honest in your dealings with a coworker. Deception will double back on you, if you try it. This is a bad week for being sly. Your true intentions show on your face. Be thorough don’t cut corners. Soul Affirmation: I let my words reveal the not-so-hidden truth about my being. Lucky Numbers: 18, 29, 30 LIBRA The boss is depending on you at work this week. The reward is buried in the gifts you give to whoever crosses your path. Don’t look for payment for the good you do. Time will send it surging out at you. Soul Affirmation: I give thanks for the chance to give. Lucky Numbers: 7, 26, 35 SCORPIO You’ve always had the ability to take the slow and easy route to getting things done. This week is an excellent week for practicing that method to the maximum. Friends are not going to help you with the problem you face, but go slow and easy and you can handle it alone. Soul Affirmation: Slow and easy is the best way for me to travel this week. Lucky Numbers: 12, 24, 31 SAGITTARIUS Use your tried and true formula for a successful week. Remember the things that worked for you in the past. Now is not the time to try anything new. Forget about a minor irritation that comes from someone you love. Soul Affirmation: I find comfort in the familiar. Lucky Numbers: 4, 26, 29 CAPRICORN Give yourself a chance to grow, and not by eating more. Eating good is alright but for true growth expand your horizons. Look at life a little bit differently. Take a walk on the other side of the question. Soul Affirmation: I look to distant horizons to find truth this week. Lucky Numbers: 8, 23, 31


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AQUARIUS Just start talking. What you need to say next will come to you. You’ve got some explaining to do and silence will get you nowhere. Love can be yours at this time but you’re going to have to use your gift for gab to get it. Soul Affirmation: Charm is my middle name this week. Lucky Numbers: 17, 26, 29 PISCES This is just the kind of time you like so enjoy it. Family members are not busy. You can get into their heads and see what’s going on. Open up your own head and let someone in. You are at your best, socially, so have some fun. A Romantic bond becomes stronger. Soul Affirmation: I love charming, positive head games. Lucky Numbers: 33, 43, 52



“Time to Shine” by Nikki Carter c.2012, Dafina Teen $9.95 / $10.95 Canada 240 pages By Terri Schlichenmeyer WI Contributing Writer Your friends all know better. They know they’re wasting their breath when they try to tell you to do something. They know it won’t work. They can make suggestions, offer opinions, or say how they’d act in your situation, but tell you what to do?  Uh-uh-uh. They know better. And in the new book “Time to Shine” by Nikki Carter, pushiness can backfire for a boy, too. No drama for the rest of the school year. That’s what Sunday Tolliver said and it was a great idea, except it didn’t work. Drama started with the Atlanta wedding of Sunday’s mentor, Mystique and the rapper Zac, but when Zac’s baby-mama dropped his son off at the reception, that didn’t make Mystique very happy. And then there was Sam, who was Sunday’s ex. When she caught him in a lie a few months before, Sunday told Sam that she couldn’t tolerate an unfaithful man but he kept saying it was all a mistake. He wanted Sunday back and everybody thought she should give him a second chance, but there was no such thing. Even though she had to work with him, she simply didn’t want any lying man around. She didn’t want Sam around, partly because of DeShawn, who was Sunday’s buddy. Seriously, just friends, except that DeShawn was cute and funny, and he totally understood Sunday. She wasn’t ready for another man in her life – freshman year at Spellman College was too much fun to tie herself down – but she wasn’t ready to let DeShawn go, either.

Then, to this personal drama, add the little spat between Sunday’s roomie, Gia, and her boo, Ricky. They were being celibate but Ricky hated that and Gia wasn’t sure she could live without him. In the meantime, besties Piper and Meagan learned that they were dating the same man and that caused other ugliness. Sunday’s “entourage,” in other words, was breaking up. Above all, though, Sunday had to keep her eye on her career. She was an award-winning singer-songwriter and was up for more awards. Life would’ve been good, if only her cousin Dreya stopped scheming and Sam stopped dreaming of reconciliation. Yep, Sunday Tolliver wanted to keep drama out of her life for awhile. Too bad it wouldn’t be possible … Want a teen novel that snaps with energy and crackles with sass? Then you want this latest book in the Fab Life series. Just like the other books featuring Sunday Tolliver, author Nikki Carter takes a little bit of normal teen life and sprinkles it with fame, paparazzi, and fortune. I’ve always liked the good mix of characters that Carter offers: black and white, adult and almost-adult, completely without violence and with relatively tame boy-girl interaction. That all makes this book darn-near perfect for teens ages 14-to-17. Yes, this is the next installment in a series, but I really think Carter makes it easy to start here. If you’re up for a fun teen novel, grab “Time to Shine” and read it. Then tell your friends they’d better, too. wi

Corey Holcomb Corey Holcomb will perform a stand-up comedy at a funeral if they’re serving drinks. And he’ll kill. A native of inner city Chicago, Corey’s distinctive voice of what it means to be “ghetto” and what it takes to be a player makes him one the most engaging and appealing acts in comedy. No matter how cold his stories of poverty, street life, and women may be, he always warms you with his charming smile, and he certainly leaves you rolling with laughter. Corey hit his first open mic in 1992 when Adele Givens called him to the stage. He was a smashing success and has been a full-time comedian ever since. He has taken top honors at the Miller Genuine Draft Comedy Search, Budweiser Comedy Competition, Chicago Home Jam, and Laffapalooza. He has appeared at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival and the Chicago Comedy Festival. Corey’s film and television credits include MTV’s “Wild ‘N Out,” NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” 20th Century Fox’s “Like Mike,” a recurring role on UPN’s “Half & Half,” NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” BET’s “Comic View,” Fox’s “Mad TV,” Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend,” HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam,” “It’s Showtime at the Apollo,” Showtime’s “Shaq’s All Star Comedy Jam,” Tyler Perry’s “House of Pain,” and plays recurring character Robert Tubbs on Fox’s “The Cleveland Show”! He has appeared in three comedy specials of his own, Corey Holcomb: The Problem Is You, Comedy Central Presents: Corey Holcomb, and Corey Holcomb: Your Way Ain’t Working. The Washington Informer

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DeMatha graduate, and current Michigan State linebacker, Darien Harris, makes his bowl experience a family affair at the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in Tempe, Ariz. /Photos courtesy of Michigan State Athletic Communications

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Darien Harris’ family members are racking up frequent flyer mileage these days. Last January, the Harrises made the 900-mile trek from the Washington area to Tampa, Fla., for the Outback Bowl. This past December they traded the beaches and ocean of Florida for the mountains and palm trees of Arizona. “The weather’s fantastic, we’re having a great time and everybody’s enjoying themselves. This is just excellent,” said Harris’ father Alan, 50, who lives in Silver Spring, Md., and owns a publishing company. In what is quickly becoming a yearly tradition, the Harris family has spent the last two holiday seasons on the road in whatever bowl city Michigan State lands in for the college football postseason. The 2011 DeMatha Catholic High School graduate, played in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in Tempe, Ariz., on Dec. 29. And while his trip to Arizona revolved around football, the 6-foot, 210-pound linebacker still enjoyed the unique opportunity and his team’s 17-16 victory over Texas Christian University located in Fort Worth, Texas. “It feels great. I’m always happy for the opportunity to keep on playing and to keep our season going,” said the journalism major and Silver Spring, Md., native. “This is a great bowl and it’s been The Washington Informer

a great bowl experience so far. It’s family building time and everyone enjoys it. It’s just a really fun time,” said Darien Harris. Six members of the Harris family, that spanned several generations, traveled to the Phoenix area for the highly-anticipated bowl matchups. Lucinda Harris, Darien’s grandmother, gushed with pride as she talked about her grandson. “It feels fantastic to be able to come out to Arizona to watch my grandson’s football game,” said the Richmond, Va., resident. “I’m one proud grandmother.” A redshirt freshman, Harris, 19, played in every game last season and is expected to make a greater contribution next year with the departure of several linebackers on Michigan State’s roster. Junior Spartan linebacker, Max Bullough, earned First-Team All-Big Ten honors for his menacing play on the gridiron last season. He said his teammate has the talent and potential to become one of the better players on defense. “He’s an explosive football player who makes plays,” said Bullough, 20. “He’s really become a dominant factor on our twodeep [roster] and I think he’s a guy who we are confident with putting into a game at any time. He’s a great guy and definitely stands out as someone who you can trust. He’s the kind of guy you want on your football team.” Although football is a priority for the young athlete, academics remain at the forefront of his

agenda. Education trumps football. “[Darien] has known that while football is his passion, education has to always come first,” said his mother, Lisa Harris, 51, an attorney who works at the U.S. Department of Education in Southwest. “He has that foundation; we started it when he was really young. And when we talk to him about being at Michigan State, we ask how football is going and how things are going in the classroom. We keep up with his grades and his GPA.” While the lack of free time prevents their son from coming home as often as he would like, his parents attend all of his games and remain involved in his life. “They’re really dedicated,” said Darien Harris of his parents. “I’m really blessed to have them.” For the charismatic student-athlete, the opportunity to represent his Hyattsville, Md., high school at the collegiate level is an experience that he relishes. “It feels great to be able to add another legacy to DeMatha,” he noted. “You kind of feel a bond with the guys from [high school] who were able to play Division 1 football. I’m really close with my old teammates. We’re able to talk, relate and share our bowl game experiences. Everything so far has just really been great,” he said with a smile. wi

Seattle Defeats Washington 24-14

Washington running back Alfred Morris makes his way toward the goal line early in the first quarter to set up Washington’s first score of the game. Seattle defeated Washington 24-14 on Sunday, Jan. 6 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. /Photo by John E. De Freitas


Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III passes to Washington running back Alfred Morris in the first quarter of NFL playoff action. Seattle defeated Washington 24-14 on Sunday, Jan. 6 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

Washington wide receiver Santana Moss is tackled by Seattle cornerback Marcus Trufant during Sunday’s playoff game against the Seahawks. Seattle defeated Washington 24-14 on Sunday, Jan. 6 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

Seattle wide receiver Sidney Rice hauls in a catch as Redskins cornerbacks Cedric Griffin and DeAngelo Hall pursue during NFL playoff action. Seattle defeated Washington 24-14 on Sunday, Jan. 6 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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Wizards 101, Oklahoma 99


NBA Olympic star and Seat Pleasant, Md. native Kevin Durant drives against Wizards forward Kevin Seraphin as Durant scores two of his 29 points on Monday, Jan. 7 at the Verizon Center in Northwest. The Wizards defeated Oklahoma City 101-99. “We were playing against a team that’s playing hard every game. They’ve got nothing to lose, and [they] won’t be beat,” Durant said. “We weren’t disciplined at all. We can’t have lapses like that.”/Photo by John E. De Freitas

Wizards forward Kevin Seraphin shoots over Oklahoma City forward Serge Ibaka to score two of his 19 points on Monday, Jan 7 at the Verizon Center in Northwest. The Wizards defeated Oklahoma City 101-99. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

Wizards guard Bradley Beal takes aim at the basket as Oklahoma City forward Serge Ibaka defends in the fourth quarter of NBA basketball action on Monday, Jan.7 at the Verizon Center in Northwest. Beal scored 22 points, including the winning basket, against Oklahoma City in the Wizards’ 101-99 win. The Wizards have defeated Miami and Oklahoma City this season, teams that played in the 2012 NBA Finals. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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Memorial Tribute to The Honorable Barbara Lett Simmons I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7 Barbara Lett Simmons was eulogized on Thursday, Jan. 3. She passed away on Dec. 22, 2012. She was 85 years old, and a very good friend of mine. I’ve sat in her living room on many occasions, and we would talk for hours about politics; and business; she would give me advice about my columns; she told me how proud she was of me, and that she read my columns. She said they were very good. However, the most important exchange between the two of us occurred when her husband, Samuel Simmons died in 2003. A longtime friend of hers and mine, Mrs. Lillian Huff wanted me to give her a ride over to see Barbara since her husband had passed. She wanted to go to pay her respects. Well, it presented a dilemma for me, because I was scheduled for training – a telephone conference call with the Les Brown Speakers Bureau – Mr. Brown, is a well-known motivational speaker. To work with Mr. Brown was very exciting – I was learning so much about motivational/ public speaking that I really didn’t want to miss this opportunity. I took Mrs. Huff anyway; what a blessing. I participated in my conference call from my cell phone; and during the course of the evening, Mrs. Huff asked Barbara Lett what she would do about her radio show. So Barbara answered, “well, I hadn’t thought about it.” Having had a dream to be a radio show host, I immediately said, “I will do your show for you Mrs. Simmons!” She was pleased, and then

she gave me her headset and some instructions. My first show was a memorial tribute to her late husband. Afterward, I served as one of her primary substitutes; she varied between me and Valencia Mohammed. When she had her stroke, one of her sons called me, and said, “My mother would like you to take over her show until she gets better.” It was an entire year! I learned so much. Now for her background: Barbara Lett Simmons was born on June 4, 1927, in Battle Creek, Mich.; raised in a traditional Seventh Day Adventist household, her mother worked as a homemaker and father a lumberjack and coal contractor. In 1945, Simmons earned her high school diploma from Battle Creek Central High School. In 1949, Simmons earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology/education from Western Michigan University. From 1949 until 1962, Simmons taught in Detroit public schools, until her family relocated to Washington, D.C. From 1962 until 1965, Simmons taught in Montgomery County public schools and was one of the first African-American teachers to integrate its public school system. From 1967 until 1968 Simmons served as education coordinator for the Washington, D.C., Poverty Program. From there, Simmons worked for the Department of Education, training instructors to teach adult students until 1972; her work would become a national training module for 14 states. In 1972, Simmons formed BLS and Associates, a staff development and training consulting firm; the following year she was elected to the Washington, D.C. Board of

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with Lyndia Grant Education, where she served until 1986. As a school board member, Simmons vigorously fought for the rights of poor and disabled students. In 1977 Simmons created and hosted a cable television and radio program entitled, “Educationally Speaking.” Active in the political process as well, during the 2000 presidential race Simmons made headlines when she, as a Democratic elector from the District of Columbia, abstained from voting for Al Gore in the Electoral College, going against expectations; this act was in protest of the District’s lack of a voting representative in Congress. In 2004, Simmons was the recipient of numerous awards and honors for her civic leadership and work in education. A special thank you to Barbara Lett Simmonswi Lyndia Grant is host of WYCB’s Think on These Things which airs Fridays at 6 p.m. Call 202-518-3192 or email

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african methodist episcopal

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 Email: 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 e-mail:

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

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

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: 8:00 AM and 10:45 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: 9:45 AM – Hour of Power “An inclusive ministry where all are welcomed and affirmed.”

Morning Star Baptist Church Pastor Gerald L Martin Senior Minister 3204 Brothers Place S.E. Washington, D.C. 20032 202-373-5566 or 202-373-5567

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

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” e-mail:

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 • 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:

“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”

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

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

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

We are proud to provide the trophies for the Washington Informer Spelling Bee

Service & Time Sunday Worship 7:45A.M & 11A.M Communion Service 2nd Sunday 11A.M Prayer Service Tuesday 7:00 P.M Bible Study Tuesday 8:00 P.M Sunday Church School 10:00 A.M Sunday “A church reaching and winning our community for Christ”

Mount Carmel Baptist Church

52 Years of Expert Engraving Services

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

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All Nations Baptist Church

Friendship Baptist Church 900 Delaware Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20020 (202) 488-7417 (202) 484-2242 Rev. Dr. J. Michael Little Pastor Sunrise Prayer: 6:00 AM Sunday School: 9:30 AM Morning Worship 11:00 AM Holy Communion: 3rd Sunday-11:00AM Email:

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

King Emmanuel Baptist Church Rev. Daryl F. Bell Pastor 2324 Ontario Road, NW Washington, DC 20009 (202) 232-1730

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

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

Website: All Nations Baptist Church – A Church of Standards

“Where Jesus is the King”

Zion Baptist Church

Israel Baptist Church

Full Gospel Baptist Church

Rev. Keith W. Byrd, Sr. Pastor

Rev. Dr. Morris L Shearin, Sr. Pastor

Rev. Charles Y. Davis, Jr. 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

14350 Frederick Rd. Cooksville, MD 21723 (410) 489-5069

Sunday Worship Service: 10:00 A.M. Sunday School: 8:30 A.M. Holy Communion1st Sunday: 10:00 A.M.

Sunday Worship Service: 11:00 am Sunday School: 9:30 am Wed. Bible Study/Prayer: 6:30-8:00 pm Holy Communion 2nd Sunday Pre-Marital Counseling/Venue for Weddings Prison Ministry Knowledge Base

Prayer Service: Wednesday at 6:30 P.M. Bible Study: Wednesday at 7:00 P.M.


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)

Mount Moriah Baptist Church

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

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 Web: Email:

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: Website:

Mount Pleasant 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

Advertise your church services here call Ron Burke at 202-561-4100 or email

New Commandment Baptist Church

Rev. Terry D. Streeter Pastor

Rev. Stephen E. Tucker Pastor and Overseer

215 Rhode Island Ave. N.W. • WD.C. 20001 (202) 332-5748

625 Park Rd, NW • WDC 20010 P: 202 291-5711 • F: 202 291-5666

Early Morning Worship: 7:45 a.m. Sunday School: 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship: 10:45 a.m. Holy Communion: 4th Sunday 7:45 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. C.T.U. Sunday: 2:45 p.m. Bible Study: Wednesday 11:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. Prayer Service: Wednesday 8:00 p.m. Noon Day Prayer Service: Mondays 12 p.m.

Sunday Worship Service - 11 am Sunday School - 9:45 am Bible Study & Prayer Wed. - 7 pm Substance Abuse Counseling 7 pm (Mon & Fri) Jobs Partnership - 7 pm (Mon & Wed) Sat. Enrichment Experience - 9:30 am

Salem Baptist Church

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

Shiloh Baptist Church

Rev. R. Vincent Palmer Pastor

Rev. Alonzo Hart Pastor

Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith 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

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

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

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

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

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

Motto: God First

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Florida Avenue Baptist Church

Holy Trinity United Baptist Church

Dr. Earl D. Trent Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. George C. Gilbert SR. Pastor

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

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

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

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

Matthews Memorial Baptist Church

Mt. Bethel Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Bobby L. Livingston, Sr. Pastor

Dr. C. Matthew Hudson, Jr, Pastor

75 Rhode Island Ave. NW • Washington, DC 20001 (202) 667-4448

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

First Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church 602 N Street NW • Washington, D.C. 20001 Office:(202) 289-4480 Fax: (202) 289-4595 Sunday Worship Services: 7:45am & 11:00am Sunday school For All Ages 9:30am Prayer Services Wednesday 11:30am & 6:45pm Bible Institute Wednesday at Noon & 7:45pm “Changing Lives On Purpose “ Email: Website:

Sunrise Prayer Service 6:00 A.M. Sunday Church School 8:30 A.M. Pre-Worship Devotionals 9:45 A.M. Morning Worship Services 10:00 A.M. Holy Communion 1st Sunday Worship Services Bible Study Tuesdays, 6:00 P.M. Thursdays, 1:00 P.M. Prayer Meetings Tuesdays, 7:00 P.M. Thursdays, 12:00 P.M.

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

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

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

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

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

Administration No. 2012 ADM 1006

Administration No. 2012 ADM 1245

Administration No. 2012 ADM 1264

Ethelene Pratt Decedent

Hattie P. Jefferson Decedent

Charles Edward McCoy Decedent Talib I. Karim, Attorney at Law TEC Law Group, 1629 K Street, NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20006 Attorney

Johnny M. Howard, Houston & Howard 1001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 402 Washington, DC 20036 Attorney

Johnny M. Howard, Houston & Howard 1001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 402 Washington, DC 20036 Attorney



Traci E. Pratt, whose address is 1333 Maple View Place, SE, Washington, DC 20020, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Ethelene Pratt, who died on March 26, 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. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before June 27, 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 June 27, 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.

Marsha J. Barnes, whose address is 9850 Royal Commerce Place Upper Marlboro, MD 20074, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Hattie P. Jefferson, who died on July 13, 2011 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. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before July 3, 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 July 3, 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.

Renetta McCoy Hutchins, whose address is 1111 Palmer Road, Apartment 11, Fort Washington, MD 20744, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Charles Edward McCoy, who died on October 24, 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. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before July 10, 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 July 10, 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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Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012 ADM 1236 Ada Mayberry Smith Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Hazel W. Mosby, whose address is 899 Bellevue Street, SE, Washington, DC 20032, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Ada Mayberry Smith, who died on April 30, 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. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before June 27, 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 June 27, 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. Date of first publication: December 27, 2013 Hazel W. Mosby Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

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Marsha J. Barnes, whose address is 9850 Royal Commerce Place Upper Marlboro, MD 20074, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Laura E. Steele aka Laura Estelle Steele, who died on October 27, 2012 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. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before July 3, 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 July 3, 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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MALVEAUX continued from Page 25 kitchens, bathing in shelters, no better off than they were when the hurricane hit. Have we not learned lessons from Hurricane Katrina? Can we not get relief to people just a bit sooner? Must New Yorkers be treated as pawns in this partisan nonsense? Should Boehner have the right to metaphorically fling the “f ” bomb at them? New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Republican, have expressed their righteous rage at Congressional chicanery. This has not moved a Congress that bootstrapped fiscal cliff legislation with goodies for Puerto Rican rum producers, some Hollywood moguls, and other assorted pork. The day of the earmark has supposedly

in a car, he might care more. I am sure he wouldn’t bristle and use profanity (or behave profanely) with those who presumably vote for him. But Boehner has abdicated all claims to decency in the past year or so. He has led a nonproductive and incompetent Congress, and tainted fiscal cliff negotiations with earmarks and set-asides. Why not an earmark for hurricane victims? Why not pure decency for his peer, Senator Harry Reid? Why not pretend to have good sense, even if you don’t. Can Boehner stoop any lower? Let’s see what other stunts he pulls as House Majority Leader of the 113th Congress.wi Julianne Malveaux is a Washington, D.C.-based economist and writer. She is President Emerita of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C.

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or recreated as they once could have been.” Bridges also says, “The disappearance of jobs, with every passing month, is more and more a change that has already happened. It is also a change that can be exploited by individuals and organizations that know how to do so.” You can find more information on this subject in William Julius Wilson’s seminal work, When Work Disappears, which should be a staple in your personal libraries. Another writer, James Brown, also known as the Godfather of Soul, put the following words of advice to music when he said, “Let’s get together and get some land; raise our food like the man; save our money like the mob; put up a factory and own the jobs.” How are we ever going to be economically empowered if we do not own our jobs?

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morial continued from Page 25 gun violence can happen anywhere. The one common denominator is easy access to guns. In a nation of 314 million, there are 270 million privately held firearms. It is no coincidence that America has the highest gun-related murder rate of any developed country. And it’s not

just criminal gun violence. There are a substantial number of gunrelated suicides and accidental deaths. Just last week, a 3-yearold Oklahoma boy found a gun in a relative’s home, shot himself in the head and died. Clearly, fewer guns in America and none in the wrong hands must be part of the solution. We are pleased that two weeks ago on “Meet the Press” Senator Dianne Feinstein [D-Calif.]

pledged to introduce a gun control bill on the first day of the next Congress that would limit the sale, transfer and possession of assault weapons, along with high capacity magazines. She expects the president to offer his support for the law. We hope so. It’s time to turn our tears into action.wi Marc H. Morial, former mayor of New Orleans, is president and CEO of the National Urban League. The Washington Informer

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Muhammad continued from Page 26 and the same thing happened, only worse. What is not being said by this crude “posse” of gun rights advocates is that a lot of these gun owners resent the fact that the president of the United States is a Black man. Their morbid hatred of the government and all the bad

things the folks “in Washington” are doing to the country is made worse when they look at the president and his family, and they see Black people, whom they silently loathe. “We want our country back!” So here on the screen, the Black dude Django, is doing what any self-respecting White guy would do in a similar situation – exact revenge against his

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claimed to a world, organized politically and spiritually around the concept of the inequality of man, that the dignity of human personality was inherent in man as a living being. The Emancipation Proclamation was the offspring of the Declaration of Independence . . . Our pride and progress could be unqualified if the story might end here. But history reveals that America has been a schizophrenic personality where these two documents are concerned. On the one hand she has proudly professed the basic principles inherent in both documents. On the other hand she has sadly practiced the antithesis of these principles.” He concluded: “There is but one way to commemorate the Emancipation Proclamation. That is to make its declarations of freedom real; to reach back to the origins of our nation

when our message of equality electrified an unfree world, and reaffirm democracy by deeds as bold and daring as the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation.” Let’s match the history of this 2013 moment with bold and daring steps to close the gap between what every child needs to grow to productive adulthood, what we know works, and what we do to ensure their healthy development. It must begin with safety from guns. If the child is safe all of us are safe.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

headquarters. When fire fighters and police officers arrived, they were attacked by snipers. Chavis and nine others were charged and convicted of arson and conspiracy in connection with the incident. Most of the defendants received a 29-year sentence, with Ann Shepard, the White woman from Auburn, N.Y., receiving the lightest sentence of 15 years and Chavis, then only 24 years old, getting 34 years, the longest sentence. In 1980, a federal appeals court overturned the convictions of the Wilmington Ten. The court ruled that the trial judge had wrongly restricted defense attorneys from crossexamining witnesses who had received special treatment in exchange for their testimony and that the prosecutor violated due process rights by failing to turn over evidence that would have

impeached the testimony of its chief witness, Allen Hall. In addition, the prosecutor refused to turn over a second statement made by Hall that directly contradicted at least 15 of his allegations. After taking up the cause of the Wilmington Ten, NNPA newspapers gave prominent display to stories written about the case by Cash Michaels, editor of the Wilmington Journal, and distributed to member papers by the NNPA News Service. Through talent and dogged persistence, neither Cash nor his publisher, Mary Alice Thatch, would let the campaign for pardons stall. One blockbuster story began: “In an extraordinary discovery, the 40-year-old case files of the prosecuting attorney in the two 1972 Wilmington Ten criminal trials not only document how he sought to impanel, according to his own written jury selection notes, mostly White ‘KKK’

juries to guarantee convictions, but also to keep Black men from serving on both juries.” Michaels story continued, “The prosecutor chose, in his own words, ‘Uncle Tom’ types to serve on the jury, it was disclosed. The files of Assistant New Hanover County District Attorney James ‘Jay’ Stroud Jr. also document how he plotted to cause a mistrial in the first June 1972 Wilmington Ten trial because there were 10 Blacks and two Whites on the jury, his star false witness against the Ten was not cooperating, and it looked very unlikely that he could win the case, given the lack of evidence.” Without Michaels’ exceptional reporting and the national exposure, many of the facts about the Wilmington Ten injustice would still remain unknown – and Gov. Perdue would not have pardoned the civil rights activists. This was the Black Press at its best.wi

tormentors, punish the guilty! And who are the guilty? The same folks who look at the head of the government they say they despise, and see a hated Black guy who does not look like them, in charge, that’s who. Understand one thing; this upcoming gun-control fight has nothing to do with sporting weapons, or anything legitimate at all. The gun owners want these terribly dangerous weapons for one reason and one reason only: these automatic assault rifles and pistols are the most efficient tools available for killing human beings. Period.

And just what people do these gun enthusiasts have in mind for the coming slaughter? Black people, that’s who. And so we have a fictional Black man thrilling audiences nationwide, taking guns and murdering White people almost for sport, and then we have this reallife Black man telling these rabid, froth-mouthed White “gun enthusiasts” that this country has too many guns, more than 300-some-odd-million, as many guns as there are people. Only thing is, some people – mainly Black – don’t have these huge weapons caches all over the

country, waiting for the American “race war” to erupt. The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught his followers to not carry weapons of any kind. He said by carrying a gun you demonstrate that you believe that the gun’s power is superior to the power and protection of Almighty God (Allah). While White Americans and the NRA say out loud, “In God We Trust,” under their breath they are really saying something more like, “Sure, pray. But pass the ammunition.”wi

States celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and of the Birmingham movement. Our first African-American president will be inaugurated for a second term, in a public ceremony that will take place the same day as our national holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., our prophet of nonviolence. How will we honor and carry forth our long struggle towards freedom and equality? Let’s resolve not to make this another year of platitudes and remembering the dream but make this a year of action to end child poverty and violence as Dr. King called for. Dr. King said: “The Declaration of Independence pro-

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