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lion enslaved Africans. Afterward, Meachem reflected on bearing witness to President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. “I was on the [National] Mall and I thought it was great,” said Meachem, 70. “I missed the first inauguration and couldn’t miss this one. I have never been

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Women Break the Cycle of Domestic Violence By Tia Carol Jones

law enforcement. She said they threat,” she said. had come together to bring a Among the programs Marlow sense of uniformity in the way wants to see implemented are When L.Y. Marlow's 23-year- domestic violence victims and stricter restraining order policies, old daughter told her the father survivors are treated. more rights for victim's families of her daughter threatened her “She's using her own personal to intervene on behalf of a viclife, and the life of their child, story, her own personal pain to tim, a domestic violence assessshe knew something had to be push forward,” Davis-Nickens ment unit coupled with further done. Out of her frustration said about Marlow. training for law enforcement with law enforcement's handling Davis-Nickens said anyone agencies, a Child's Life Protecof the situation, she decided to who reads Marlow's book will tion Act and mandatory counselD.C. Council member David Grosso with about facing by Shevry Lassiter start the Saving Promise cam- talks “get it.”residents She said sheissues “puts thethe city. ing /Photo for batterers. paign. case in such a way, the average “If we are ever going to eradi“It seems to be a vicious cycle person can get it.” She said at the cate domestic violence, we must that won't turn my family end of the day, the book will look at both sides of the coin. loose,” Marlow said. Marlow help people begin to have a dia- We need to address both the vicshared her story with the audi- logue about domestic violence. tim and the batterer,” Marlow ence at the District Heights Also present at the event was said. Domestic Violence Symposium Mildred Muhammad, the exMarlow would also like to see on May 7 at the District Heights wife of John Allen Muhammad, programs designed to raise Municipal Center. The sympo- who was sentenced to six consec- awareness among children in sium was sponsored by the Iutive parole public schools. She thinklife histerms ideas without are thoughtful Cheh and saidprivate that the chat sesBy James Wright Family and Youth Services by a Maryland jury for his role in feels children need to be educatand optimistic.” keep her abreast of what is WI StaffofWriter Center the city of District the Beltway Sniper attacks in sions ed about domestic violence. Each member of the D.C. going   in thetoward. Heights and the National Hook- 2002. Mildred Muhammad is “Weonhave stop being pasand the mayor have than relying on the Council UpRather of Black Women. “They are good because get the founder of After the Trauma, sive-aggressive with poor Ichilwho addressthat concerns convenience social a media, Marlow hasofwritten book, staff an organization helps and the to dren domestic stayabout in touch with myviolence,” constitresidents violence may be Marlow said. elected officials are opting “Color Me Butterfly,” which istoa problems survivors that of domestic and stay on top of things with the D.C. gov- uents story about of experiencing interact withfour theirgenerations constituents and their children. Marlow has worked to break instead through constituent domestic violence. is ernment face-to-face about The issuesbook going “I lived in fear for six years. Six the cycleofofdealing abuse inwith her people family, through email,” she said. inspired by her own experiences, services’ offices. D.C. Council years in fear is a long time. It is and is confident the policies she on in their communities. and those of hermember grandmother, not an easy thing come out rarely gettoinvolved in is Bowser the pushingand forCheh will aren’t start that D.C. Council David members her mother and her daughter. of,” she said. process. solving individual constituent Grosso (I-At large), who held a only council members who hold She said every time8 she Mildred Muhammad said chat “I plan to take these policies to chat session in Ward at thereads Big problems. sessions with constituents excerpts from her book, she still people who wantsome to help Congress and implore them to Nevertheless, D.C.a but Chair Bar & Grill in Southeast the others tend to do so incan not believe the words came Council violencehave victim chatmust ses- change our laws,” Marlow said. on Jan. 17 with a number of res- domesticmembers council from her. “Color Me Butterfly” be careful of how they go into frequently. “I will not Some stop until thesemempoliidents, agrees personal contact is sions, with staff members on won the 2007 National “Best the victim's life, and understand bers cies are passed.” hold community meetings hand. vital. Books” Award. that she may be in “survival while Tia others Carol Jones can be reached communicate with “We have a ‘Chat with Cheh’ at tiacaroljones@sbcglobal.net “I was knowjust that16-years-old everyone cannot “I when mode”. residents through e-newsletters threeyouweeks,” said going D.C. trek overfirst to the John A.and Wilson my eye blackened my every “Before get to 'I'm social media. member MaryasCheh, 62. andWI Building,” said Grosso, lips bled,” Marlow said. 42. “I Council to kill you,' it started a verbal “Members of my staff and mygotElaine this idea of meeting people Davis-Nickens, presiMyrna Jolly, a resident of dentinofthethe National from Hook-Up out community [for- self set up at a Safeway or a Star- Northeast, said that informal of Black said there is no bucks and we put the meeting mer U.S.Women, Rep.] Gabby Giffords, chat sessions are a good idea. consistency way domestic who did thisina the lot when she was place and time on our website so “It will help them do a better violence in office.”issues are dealt with by that people can know when and Grosso talked to residents that where to come. I am there and job,” Jolly said. “It will also help day about issues that included you don’t need an appointment them get re-elected.” There is speculation that education, the District’s chang- to see me or my staff.” Bowser is considering a run for D.C. Council member Muriel ing housing market and how it affects seniors and others who Bowser (D-Ward 4) does essen- mayor in 2014 and that Cheh, if are homeowners and economic tially the same thing that Cheh re-elected in 2014, could be eyedevelopment in the ward. The does. ing the D.C. Council chair posi“We have ‘Office Hours in the conversations that took place on tion in the future. those issues and others pleased Ward.’” said Bowser, 40. “Four However, for Grosso, who him. times a year, we set up a table was sworn-in as a council mem“I did inform [D.C. Council and have one-to-one meetings ber on Jan. 2, the chat sessions member] Marion Barry that I with constituents. I am there are a means of getting to know would be here but he told me with the staff.” that no one would show up,” Bowser said that the chat ses- his constituents. Grosso said. sions are 5-10 minutes and “we “It is important that I do outHowever, Henry Gregory did follow-up immediately on the reach because I represent the show up, and thought that the problem.” whole city,” he said. “I Marlow decided L.Y. Grosso session was productive. “I do this at different places in “It was very informative and I the ward,” she said. “I have had to go to Ward 8 because it is the am glad that he is on the coun- these meetings at Peaches Kitch- best place to start and I would cil,” said Gregory, 40. “He brings en, My Little Bistro and Marino like to do this every Thursday if a new energy to the council and Brothers and they have gone well.” possible.”wi WI Staff Writer

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of Atlanta, Texas. Coleman was also the first African American (male or female) to earn an international pilot’s license. Because of the racism and sexism in America, she had to travel to France to earn the license. 1944 – Political activist Angela Davis is born in Birmingham, Alabama. She was a brilliant scholar and philosopher who made the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list because of her suspected involvement in the violent August 7, 1970 courthouse attempt to free jailed black revolutionary inmate George Jackson. January 27 1953 – One of black America’s most gifted novelists, Ralph Ellison, wins the prestigious National Book Award with his powerful novel “The Invisible Man.” The novel helped him achieve international fame. The main character constantly escapes one disaster after another. The disasters are brought on by a combination virulent racism and the character’s own naivete. Ellison was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 1961 – Opera diva Leontyne Price makes her debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. 1972 - Mahalia Jackson, considered the greatest gospel singer that ever lived, dies of heart failure on this day near Chicago (Evergreen Park) Illinois. She was born in New Orleans.

January 28 1970 - Arthur Ashe, first Black male to win Wimbledon, is denied entry to compete on the US Team for the South African Open tennis championships due to Ashe’s sentiments on South Africa’s racial policies 1986 - On this day in 1986 astronaut Ronald McNair died in the space shuttle Challenger disaster. Surviving him are his wife Cheryl McNair and children. 1989 - After 62 years, the Colgate-Palmolive Co. redesigned packaging for its Darkie Toothpaste made and sold only in Asia. The nickname for Darkie tooth paste was renamed “Darlie” and the blackface Sambo-like character was changed into a “non-racially offensive” silhouette. January 29 1913 - Black Americans celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of Emancipation Proclamation. Major celebrations were held at Jackson, Mississippi, New Orleans and Nashville. Three states--Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey--appropriated money for official celebrations of the event. 1926 - Violette Neatley Anderson is the first African American woman admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. 1991 - Nelson Mandela and Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi held the first talks for almost 30 years between predominantly Zulu Inkatha and the ethnically mixed African National Congress. January 30 1944 - Sharon Pratt Dixon, first woman Mayor of Washington, D.C., was born on this day. 1945 - U.S. Rep. Floyd Flake, D-New York, was born in Los Angeles, California. A businessman and minister, Flake established the Allen Christian School and Allen Home Care Agency. 1956 – The home of Martin Luther King Jr. Montgomery bus boycott leader was bombed.

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George Walker Washington, D.C. He really has to tackle immigration reform. We absolutely need to have a more balanced policy concerning immigrants. They’re [a large portion] of the workforce, and a lot of those in the brown and black communities are affected by it. I would also like to see new tax policies and reforms to close a lot of the current tax loopholes. I’m excited to see President Obama tackle these issues.

John Ferrell Washington, D.C. One of the biggest issues is the economy, and making sure that President Obama gets it under control. That’s the biggest issue for me, especially when dealing with the number of foreclosures in this area. I like what President Obama is doing with health care reform. I think it’s important that everyone has health care as it’s a wide safety net. Without it, a lot of people struggle financially and end up going bankrupt. Those are the two biggest issues I’d like to see him tackle.

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Nicole Madhere Decatur, Ga. I’d like to see President Obama tackle Social Security, because I am now retired, and jobs and employment. Unemployment numbers are still high and a lot of people are not working. We also cannot afford to do away with Social Security. People like me have worked all their lives and have contributed to that system, and we’d like to see [the government] fulfill its promise of giving it back to us. These are the main issues for me.

Rudolph Chandler Washington, D.C. I’d like to see the president continue to work on economic recovery. He needs to continue to find a way with the Federal Reserve and the banks, to release more money into the economic system and create more jobs. I’d also like to see the president continue to work on foreign relations and see what better alliances the country can form to tackle some of the problems with global terrorism. Climate change and global warming are also issues I’d like to see him tackle.

Temilayo Izegbu Washington, D.C. I would like to see President Obama tackle the issue of jobs for the youth. I would like to see more training programs where individuals can learn and explore, and gain the tools needed to find jobs and succeed. If there were more resources in the neighborhoods, I think it would really make a positive impact on young people. I’d like to see the president push for more funding in these areas in his second term.

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office on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, in a year that includes the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. The president called for collective action to deal with issues such as immigration reform, climate change, gun control, equal pay for women and gay rights. Much of downtown around the Capitol, the Mall and areas along the parade route were shut down, with thousands of police, Army and other security officials manning barricades and barriers. Troop transports, Humvees and an imposing gun metal-colored SWAT vehicle sat on broad, empty streets. Large wire fences, concrete barricades, Metro buses, and helicopters overhead ensured that the day’s festivities went off without a hitch. The overwhelming presence of vendors could not be missed either. They hawked everything from caps, scarves, T-shirts, flags, key rings, calendars and buttons. Enterprising ones even took the day’s paper and had it laminated and ready for sale before the swearing in ceremony The Washington Informer

was over. A sea of humanity moved from the Mall to the parade route along Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, decked out in Obama paraphernalia, American flags and a host of other mementos. The pomp, pageantry and majesty of the day’s events engendered pride. Tens of thousands of people, standing six and eight deep on the sidewalks, sought out higher ground in an attempt to get a better view. Some climbed statues and trees, others clambered onto embankments or grabbed a spot on steps of buildings such as the National Archives. Baltimore resident Katie Runkel stood atop a trash can, armed with binoculars waiting for the parade to begin. “President Obama prompted me to come out,” the 24-yearold music major said. “I’m a grad student and he offers far better possibilities for student loans.” Runkel, who studies at the Peabody Conservatory, expressed glowing admiration for Obama. “He’s such a dignified and respectful man. I think it’s an honor to have him as president.” The California native came with her husband David, 26, and friend Mary Trotter, 27. The trio said they enjoyed their trip but

complained about not being able to hear the Jumbotron. “The TVs weren’t working and the audio was in and out. About 200,000 people started booing at the screen,” Runkel said with a laugh. “… we saw and we heard some but not too much,” Trotter interjected. She spoke of the sense of history she felt. “I will probably never do this again. Mostly, it’s because it’s MLK Day,” said Trotter referring to the national holiday set aside on the third Monday of every January to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. “I wanted to be here, feel the energy and see what it was like.” Lorenzo Matthews, a 57-yearold engineer from Philadelphia, Pa., traveled to the District at 1 a.m. with his family. He saw the swearing in from the Mall and trekked to Indiana Avenue in Northwest to watch the parade. “It seems like a lot of folks are joyous about the inauguration. I enjoyed it myself,” he said. “At the time of the last inauguration, I had young kids at home so we couldn’t come down. Now they’re older.”

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he used his office for personal gain, accepting payoffs, free trips and gratuities from contractors while the city was struggling to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. International: Algerian Hostage Crisis Results in Dozens of Deaths The death toll from the bloody terrorist siege at a natural gas plant in Algeria climbed to at least 81 over the Jan. 20 weekend. Authorities searching the refinery for explosives, found bodies so badly disfigured they could not immediately be identified. Results from last week’s Poll Question: Haven you gotten a flu shot this season? 44   percent Yes 43   percent No 13   percent I’m still considering it. New Poll Question: Are armed guards needed in the nation’s public schools? Go to Washingtoninformer.com to cast your vote!

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INAUGURATION continued from Page 8 Matthews outlined some of his hopes for Obama’s second term. “I think he did as well in the first term as I had expected him to do given the Congress he was dealing with. I’m really concerned about taxes and who gets taxed. I also think everyone should have access to health care. While I’m fortunate enough to have insurance, there are some people who are not.” “In the second term, I hope [he] pushes through the things … on his agenda but I want him to deal with education and the housing market.” Kayle Rodgers, a cashier at Starbucks in one of the court buildings downtown, left work at around 3:45 p.m. to catch a glimpse of the crowd. “It has been a really good vibe around here. Everyone is excited,” said Rodgers, a Salem, Ore., native who has lived in the District for five years. “Yesterday was very touristy so it’s good to see Washingtonians just walking around. It’s nice to see everyone

come together.” Kara Franz and Jenn Molay looked like America’s twins. The pair wore Carnival beads, sunglasses, hats and leg warmers adorned with red, white and blue. “The excitement of the city brought me out today,” said Franz, 26, with a laugh. “It’s been great so far.” Molay, 26, said they have enjoyed several inaugural events over the past nine years. “[But] we decided to dress up this year,” she said. “We had fun shopping for our beads, hats and sunglasses.” Patricia Martin, a 77-year-old retired Winston Salem State University employee, gushed about Obama and the symbolism of his presidency. “This is my first experience. I stood in line for about 2 ½ hours but missed seeing the swearing in,” said Martin. “I feel excited, so excited. It’s hard to explain. I’m sorry it took so long. I never, never thought I’d lived to see this day.” wi

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MLK Peace & Freedom Walk Draws Crowds By James Wright WI Staff Writer Hundreds of people from across the Washington region and the country participated in a march through the streets of Southwest and Southeast Washington to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., during the 35th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Peace & Freedom Walk on Saturday. Marching bands and colorful banners, coupled with a feeling of camaraderie among participants, marked the day devoted to a man who wanted individuals to be judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin. The civil rights icon

fought to overcome injustice wherever it reared its head. “There is a lot we need to do to overcome,” Trayon White, 28, the Ward 8 D.C. State Board of Education member told a crowd gathered in an area near the United Black Fund building on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue in Southeast on Jan. 19. The event celebrates the work of a person who paid the ultimate price so that others could be free, he said. “The price of freedom is death, but we have to carry the torch.” The march to honor King was started in the 1970s by Calvin and Wilhelmina Rolark, co-founders of The Washington Informer along with television and radio talk-show host Petey Greene. It

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Hundreds participated in the MLK Peace & Freedom Walk on Saturday, Jan. 19. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

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during the second phase of the Peace & Freedom Walk along Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue. “We are going to make it happen,” said Cannon, as participants prepared to march to Shepherd Park. The Hollywood celebrity marched several hundred feet with the group before

leaving the Peace Walk to attend another engagement. The Freedom & Peace Walk replaced the parade this year – which usually takes place on King’s holiday – because it happened to fall on the day of President Barack

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Obama’s inauguration. The march started as a “Freedom Walk” with dozens marching on the Frederick Douglass Bridge from Lansburg Park in Southwest. When the Freedom Walk marchers reached the area near the United Black Fund offices, the participants and passersby stopped to listen and dance to the sounds of the Cass Technical High School Marching Band from Detroit, Mich. They also heard from Lonise Bias, the mother of the late basketball great Len Bias, who addressed the crowd during the event. “We decided to participate in this program because it symbolizes the importance of Dr. King’s work,” said Sharon Allan, the director of the Cass Technical High School Marching Band. “We are here in Washington to participate in a band competition in Hyattsville and to witness

the inauguration of President Obama.” W. Philip Thomas, a black advisory neighborhood commissioner in Ward 3, said he made the trek across the city to participate in the Freedom Walk because it was important to him. He also wants to make a difference in the District. “I want to help build bridges across the city,” he said, while holding a red and white Ward 3 Democratic Committee sign. Two hundred marchers from various educational, cultural and political organizations marched 1.2 miles southeast on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue to Shepherd Park in the Peace Walk. Neighbors watched through their windows, on their front porches and on sidewalks as the group marched by. Charles Pyatt, of Southeast, liked what he saw. “This is good,” said Pyatt, 59. “This is good for the community.” D.C. Council at-large candi-

Actor Nick Cannon served as the Grand Marshal during the MLK Peace & Freedom Walk on Saturday, Jan. 19. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

dates Elissa Silverman, Patrick Mara and Perry Redd also joined in the Peace Walk. There were chants from various organizations, such as one urging D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson to resign from Empower D.C. in

Northwest to “Free D.C.” from the Stand Up for Democracy organization that’s also based in Northwest. Members of the Anacostia High School football team, led by coach and former NFL star and alumnus Cato June, picked up trash along the corri-

dor to fulfill community credit hours. At Shepherd Park, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) talked about King’s legacy and how he might feel about today’s societal ills. “Dr. King would have been 84 this year,” said Gray, 70. “He would be deeply disappointed and depressed about the gun violence in our society. It is a travesty what is going on in our country but the question is what are we going to do about it?” Gray also said that King would be in the forefront of the struggle for D.C. self-determination. Lisa Shaw, an organizer of the event, said the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace & Freedom Walk turned out well. “It was tremendous,” Shaw said. “We had great success. People should stay tuned for the 36th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade, which will take place in January 2014,” she said with a smile. WI

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Maryland Legislators, NAACP Head Push to End Death Penalty By Gale Horton Gay WI Staff Writer Putting an end to the death penalty in Maryland is a top priority for several state political and civil rights leaders. At a press conference last week in Annapolis, the governor, lieutenant governor and head of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) expressed their determination to make 2013 the year that capital punishment is repealed. Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) said he planned to file legislation within days to abolish the death penalty. “If you look over 30 or 40 years, the death penalty was on

the books, and yet Baltimore still became the most violent and addicted city in America,” said O’Malley. “Having the death penalty on the books did nothing to keep the homicides from rising.” The legislation being introduced – Death Penalty Repeal and Appropriation of Saving to Aid Survivors of Homicide Victims – would repeal the death penalty and replace it with a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. The bill reallocates $500,000 annually to aid surviving family members of murder victims with funding coming from savings in the state general fund realized by ending death penalty prosecutions.

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Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown said that while the justice system in Maryland is strong, “we know that we can be strong on justice while also protecting innocence.” He stressed that appropriate punishments must remain in place for those who are convicted of crimes.

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During the Jan. 15 press conference, Brown said that a study found that in Maryland, a black defendant who kills a white victim is two and a half times more likely to receive the death penalty than a white defendant who kills a white victim. Since 1977, 140 death row inmates in America have been exonerated due to evidence of wrongful conviction, said Brown. “In an imperfect system the only way to prevent these inequalities – these injustices; the only way to prevent the wrongful execution of an innocent defendant is to abolish the death penalty,” said Brown. Brown also said that African Americans make up slightly more than 13 percent of America’s population, yet more than 37 percent of America’s prisoners are African American and nearly 41 percent of this country’s death row inmates are black. “When I think of my sons – our sons – I think of the responsibility we have to them to build a state where fairness, truth, and justice – and not retribution or biases – are at the core of our beliefs,” he said. Brown applauded partners in the General Assembly and the Legislative Black Caucus who have insisted for years that repealing the death penalty be a priority in Maryland. He also praised the governor for “choosing to lead on one of the most important issues of our time.” O’Malley last sponsored a bill for repeal in 2009, when the legislation was amended to keep the death penalty in cases in which there was DNA evidence, a videotaped confession or a video-

tape of the crime being committed. Placing a moratorium on the death penalty is one of the National NAACP’s advocacy issues. NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous pledged to work with Maryland’s governor to end the death penalty in the state this year. “The death penalty has failed Maryland,” Jealous said at the press conference. “It does not deter crime and is used almost exclusively on the poor. The death penalty squanders millions of law enforcement dollars that could be better spent on victims’ services and catching killers still at large.” The governor said that the money spent on the death penalty could be better allocated. “Every dollar we choose to spend on an ineffective death penalty is a dollar we’re not spending on crime-fighting technologies and tools that actually work,” said O’Malley. “Investing in law enforcement, data-driven policing, performance measurement, strengthening partnerships, investing in the latest crime fighting technologies, DNA analysis – these are the ways we drive down crime.” If legislators approve the repeal, Maryland would be the sixth state to abandon the death penalty in recent years, following New York in 2004. Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and Maryland senators Brian E. Frosh and Lisa Gladden counted among the political leaders who attended the press conference. WI www.washingtoninformer.com


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Ambassadors Highlight Obama’s Global Commitment By Stacy M. Brown WI Contributing Writer Ambassadors, foreign dignitaries, business people, and others have continued to embrace President Barack Obama’s initiative that focuses on global peace, health and unity. “President Obama has a mission of global peace and unity and it is one we support and we hope to use this time to bring much needed attention to the pressing issues plaguing our world,” said Neil Parsan, ambassador of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Obama is seeking to foster global cooperation on several fronts, including peace, unity and the fight against HIV/ AIDS. During an address to the United Nations in September, Obama said there must be a fo-

cus on patients with the highest HIV disparities. Specifically, the president said, focus must begin with African Americans, Latinos and gay men. “These actions are bringing us closer to an AIDSfree generation at home and abroad,” Obama said. “While the goal is ambitious, it is within sight,” he said. Later, at former President Bill Clinton’s annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York, Obama said world leaders in government, business, philanthropy, and civil society must unite to help create solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. “The initiative is an extraordinary concept and the ambassadors are the foot soldiers of this global work,” said Treavion Davenport, communications

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uniting,” Parsan said. “We are rallying around that initiative.” Ambassadors to Suriname, Gambia, Cameroon, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Kosovo, Morocco, Republic of Panama, Republic of Botswana, Republic of Slovenia, Bangladesh, Guyana, Oman, Bahrain, Congo, Macedonia, Albania, Cote d’Ivoire, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Liechtenstein all partnered to host the ball at the Carnegie Library in Northwest. Each country has expressed their cooperation and participation in Obama’s initiative. In keeping with the president’s global plan, the ambassadors also are trying to raise money and awareness for causes such as AIDS, poverty, human trafficking, global warming, lack of medical care for many, and starvation. “Obama has an inclusive approach to his initiative of solving the world’s problems and many countries are looking for the president to help economically because if the economy in the United States is weak, the impact affects overall production around the world,” Parsan said. “We welcome the support of corporate and philanthropic interests willing to invest in these worthwhile causes,” said Robert Shumake, the honorary Consul General of the Republic of Botswana. America and Botswana share a tradition of democracy and the two nations have provided a foundation to solidify mutual desires to establish a closer relationship, Shumake said. “And, because of the plethora of today’s trans-Atlantic ties

from trade and investment and groundbreaking scientific cooperation, to study abroad and tourism, we are constantly finding ways to share and learn from each other, and the relationship between us is continually being renewed,” Shumake said. The U.S. relationship with Botswana is similar to the one developing between America and Zambia, another byproduct of Obama’s global initiative. Earlier this month, the president pledged to expand economic ties with Zambia through increased bilateral trade and investment. The United States is committed to assisting Zambia improve productivity in the agriculture sector and the administration is impressed with the African nation’s dedication to democracy, peace, health and the welfare of its citizens and those around the world, Obama said on Jan. 15. “We laud the Zambian government’s growing leadership in addressing public health challenges and we pledge to continue our investment through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and other initiatives to combat infectious diseases and improve maternal and child health,” Obama said. Zambia benefits from the U.S. through Obama’s initiative, which include a global fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, said Palan Mulonda, Zambia’s ambassador to the U.S. “I shall seek to explore trade and investment opportunities between our two countries in See AMBASSADORS on Page 15 www.washingtoninformer.com


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AMBASSADORS continued from Page 14 order to enhance economic development,” Mulonda said. Also last week, Obama moved to strengthen ties with Liberia. Following a U.S.-Liberia signing dialogue at the White House that included Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Obama said the meeting was another important step in strengthening the partnership between the two nations and to support Liberia as it continues down the path of democratic and economic reform. The nations have agreed to establish working groups in agriculture and food security, energy and power infrastructure, and human development with an emphasis on creating more economic opportunities for the people of Liberia to expand access to education and employment. Liberian Ambassador Jeremiah Sulunteh said he was grateful to Obama for the Liberian-U.S. relationship. “The ambassador thanked and informed the distinguished gathering of (Liberia’s) efforts to build a strong and united country, and his desire to further strengthen the strong bonds of friendship and cooperation between the United States and Liberia,” said Gabriel I.H. Williams, minister counselor for press and public affairs for the Liberian Embassy in D.C. Nana Meriwether, a two-time NCAA All-American who was crowned Miss USA last year, is also working with various ambassadors to help further www.washingtoninformer.com

Obama’s initiative. “As the newly crowned Miss USA, I hope to use my title to raise awareness for the Meriwether Foundation, which focuses on improving the health and well-being of people living in rural villages in five countries in South Africa,” Meriwether said. “Our mission is to build financial support and awareness for several deserving non-profit beneficiaries, with the Meriwether Foundation being central among them,” said Tebelelo Seretse, ambassador of the Republic of Botswana to the United States and Canada.wi

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IRS Announces Simplified Option for Claiming Home Office Deduction Starting This Year Eligible Home-Based Businesses May Deduct up to $1,500; Saves Taxpayers 1.6 Million Hours A Year

The Internal Revenue Service announced on January 15, 2013 a simplified option that many owners of home-based businesses and some home-based workers may use to figure their deductions for the business use of their homes. In tax year 2010, the most recent year for which figures are available, nearly 3.4 million taxpayers claimed deductions for business use of a home (commonly referred to as the home office deduction). The new optional deduction, capped at $1,500 per year based on $5 a square foot for up to 300 square feet, will reduce the paperwork and recordkeeping burden on small businesses by an estimated 1.6 million hours annually. “This is a common-sense rule to provide taxpayers an easier way to calculate and claim the home office deduction,” said Acting IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller. “The IRS continues to look for similar ways to combat complexity and encourages people to look at this option as they consider tax planning in 2013.” The new option provides eligible taxpayers an easier path to claiming the home office deduction. Currently, they are generally required to fill out a 43-line form (Form 8829) often with complex calculations of allocated expenses, depreciation and carryovers of unused deductions. Taxpayers claiming the optional deduction will complete a significantly simplified form. Though homeowners using the new option cannot depreciate the portion of their home used in a trade or business, they can claim allowable mortgage interest, real estate taxes and casualty losses on the home as itemized deductions on Schedule A. These deductions need not be allocated between personal and business use, as is required under the regular method. Business expenses unrelated to the home, such as advertising, supplies and wages paid to employees are still fully deductible. Current restrictions on the home office deduction, such as the requirement that a home office must be used regularly and exclusively for business and the limit tied to the income derived from the particular business, still apply under the new option. The new simplified option is available starting with the 2013 return most taxpayers file early in 2014. Further details on the new option can be found in Revenue Procedure 2013-13, posted today on IRS.gov. Revenue Procedure 2013-13 is effective for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2013, and the IRS welcomes public comment on this new option to improve it for tax year 2014 and later years. We provide tax preparation, audit representation, tax planning, and CPA services. Please call our office to schedule your appointment at (240) 264-5293. Amani S. Ahmed is a local CPA and tax advisor for business owners and individuals. She has successfully defended clients against IRS and state tax authorities on audits and other tax related matters. She is a frequent speaker as a tax expert on IRS tax webinars for individual and business income taxes. AGA Group Customized Solutions To Meet All of Your Accounting Needs 9470 Annapolis Road, Suite 108 Lanham, MD 20706 Please visit us online at www.agagroupllc.com

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business City’s term limit law to run for and win his third term as mayor. Black environments breed career politicians, who across the board are more loyal to their party’s interests than those of their constituents.  “Mainstream America” is heavily entrenched in partisan politics, resulting in gridlock, at any level, when trying to pass legislation.  If term limits were enacted, towing the party line would be less important at all political levels. The way things are in establishment politics, most legislation is written By William Reed by a committee that handles a specific duty or topic. Committee apmake a decision as to whether they pointments can be prized positions should be “movin’ on.”  The Black for the power, influence financial Political Empowerment Creed backing that can be attained. These should be: If you keep doing what positions are often assigned based you’ve always done, you’ll keep on political favors and a willinggetting what you’ve always got.  ness to support specific causes or You’ll never get change until you projects. Therefore, career politimake it. Change requires recon- cians who have formed the most sidering things of importance to self-serving relationships can often you and then approaching them be given the most power in Condifferently. gress. Term limits would work to Something you may want to stop this cycle of political reward consider in your approach to pol- and power abuse. Committee asitics is term limits and statutory re- signments would be determined strictions on the number of terms by merit and expertise. an official or officeholder may Historically, in predominateserve in a public office.  Across ly-Black districts, we continue America term limits are taking electing the incumbent because of hold and have been put in place name recognition and party affiliain 15 state legislatures; eight of tion rather than a proven track rethe 10 largest cities in America adcord.  Among African Americans, opted them for their city councils incumbents are re-elected 90 perand or mayor, and 37 states placed term limits on their constitutional cent of the time. Although, Black members of Congress wield great officers. Blacks should be aware that personal and committee power, some of our entrenched politi- little of it accrues for their precians and parties are attempting to dominately-Black districts as they declare term limits “racist” to con- adhere to racist institutional policvince voters that “they would harm es to keep their place in the power Black special interests.”  They say structure.   The political playing that “terms limits threaten Black field is not level between incumpolitical power” and if imposed bents and challenging candidates “will negatively affect Blacks who because of the ability to raise monhave reached positions of power ey. In 2010, the average incumbent in state and federal government.” in the House raised around $1.4 But, if the view outside your million, while the challengers avwindow is no better than it was eraged $166,000.  With that ineight years ago, you should be sus- credible discrepancy, incumbents picious that the current circle of usually prevail. officials probably isn’t representing If the view outside your winyour interests. Term limits break dow is not changing, isn’t it time to ties to special interests, lobbyists make changes at City Hall, the State and destroys seniority and enhancHouse and or your representatives es meritocracy.  Term limits underto Congress?  Take heed that term mine the threat of lobbyists being limits reduce the power of outdatlegislation’s primary influencers. Traditionally, Black inhabitants ed and outmoded entrenched staff comprise what are known as “po- and bureaucracy.  Change is likely litically safe” districts.  Once in of- to bring new people and ideas into fice, Black brothers and sisters stay government. wi William Reed is publisher of “Who’s there with impunity.  But, they aren’t the only ones.  America’s 10th Who in Black Corporate America” richest man, Michael Bloomberg, and available for projects via the Baicampaigned to change New York leyGroup.org)

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Now that the New Year has passed, a lot of people are preparing to shed the effects of what the holidays

With the death of Trayvon Martin nearly a year ago, many wondered whether there could be any justice in America. The indictment of George Zimmerman and the subsequent focus on the shooting death of Martin has set the legal process to take its course in the near future. In looking at the overall state of race and justice in America, clearly a lot of progress has been made. On November 4, 2008, the United States elected its first African-American President Barack Obama, who is just beginning his second term. Clearly, the job of equality and justice is not the job of one man. But, since his election, President Obama has taken a number of steps that make the state of race and justice a positive one. If we simply look at the Supreme Court, which decides much of our legal issues that impact us greatly, the president has had the opportunity to appoint two people. And on both occasions, he appointed women; including a woman of color. When we look at the United States Circuit Courts, which are one step away from the United States Supreme Court, President Obama has appointed the first African American for Mississippi to the Fifth Circuit, an African American with Haitian connections to the Second Circuit, the first woman in Massachusetts to the First Circuit, and an African American woman to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. This only begins to show the diversity and quality of his appointments. More importantly, the president - in his first term - persuaded Congress to support a $787 billion stimulus package, has had health care approved, and prevailed in the Supreme Court on protection of rights of immigrants. These successes reveal the commitment to the state of justice, equality, and progress in our country. Despite the progress of the past four years, there is still much work to be done. We still have a problem in terms of employment, housing, www.washingtoninformer.com

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have wrought. As many of us look in the mirror and see what all of that home cooking and family recipes have left us with, we find there is now a little bit more of us to love. At the same time there are others who, when we open our charge or credit card statements, find much to our surprise, there is a whole lot more to

and an increasing negative reflection on the African-American presence in the criminal justice system. While many of these issues are influenced by local and state legislation, they are still troubling when you see the African-American unemployment rates in double digits, housing foreclosures increasing, and the state of equality in our criminal justice system leaves all of us at peril. The good news, of course, is that under the leadership of Attorney General Eric Holder, the first African-American attorney general, the disparity between powder cocaine and crack cocaine has been reduced from 100 to 1 to 18 to 1. This is a step in the right direction. But leveling the playing field to a 1 to 1 ratio is still necessary. And we hope will be accomplished in the coming years. President Obama has made clear his views on the kinds of justices he wants for the courts, what kinds of tax cuts he wants, as well as his views on a woman’s right to choose, immigration, and now, stricter gun laws. Voters carefully assessed and made their decision for themselves and for their children and grandchildren for generations to come. In conclusion, it is the best of times and the worst of times. We have made a lot of progress on many issues, but the job is not done. wi Charles Ogletree, Jr. is the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and executive director and founder, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice. This article - the second of a 20-part series - is written in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The Lawyers’ Committee is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to enlist the private bar’s leadership and resources in combating racial discrimination and the resulting inequality of opportunity - work that continues to be vital today. For more information, please visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.

pay for all the holiday cheer we exchanged. Unfortunately, this is a natural pattern of behavior many of us follow every year. A pattern we must often work to address through a number of New Year’s resolutions that include: a disciplined commitment to better eating, the pledge to include exercise as part of our daily routine, a vow to adopt better spending habits or, if we are lucky, a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow that comes in the form of a bonus check or a tax return, which helps to address that new debt. For the purpose of this article, I am going to focus on the financial implications associated with that new debt. What happens if that rainbow never materializes after the storm? What happens if that pot of gold, that gift, that bonus, that tax return, does not come for some reason? What do you do then? Where do you turn to get the trustworthy help you need to successfully navigate your financially troubled waters? That is the question everyone should answer, BEFORE trouble comes knocking. This year, Industrial Bank will be continuing its efforts of working to meet the needs of the communities we serve by connecting you with the critical resources that are sorely needed and are available, in many cases, FREE of charge. Throughout 2013, under the banner of its Money Matters campaign, Industrial Bank will be providing information on a number of critical money matters and financial service related issues. When these issues are understood and acted upon responsibly, they will help to establish a foundation for long-term economic empowerment. These topics will include banking basics, the importance of budgeting, managing credit, identity theft prevention, and retirement planning, as well as buying and owning a home. We will also be highlighting and providing the contact information of qualified resources to connect the residents of the D.C. Metropolitan area with appropriate solutions to meet their short-term and long-term financial goals. To follow the Industrial Bank Money Matters campaign you can: •

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Spelman Partners with AJ Johnson to Tackle Obesity By Nicole Williams Special to the Informer from NNPA Actress, health and fitness guru AJ Johnson Obesity-related diseases are some of the leading causes of death according to the Center for Disease Control. It’s a worsening problem in the U.S. and schools like Spelman College are putting their foot down. After feeling the heartbreak of losing a professor and a student to diabetes, some of the staff at the college realized there needed to be a lifestyle change in their community. A graduate of Spelman, actress and fitness coach AJ Johnson, decided to bring a wellness campaign to the school called “21 Days to Fit.” According to Johnson, the title comes from the scientific fact that it takes 21 days to embark on a

new behavior. The campaign is a part of Spelman’s Wellness Revolution, which it’s president, Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum launched late last year after school officials decided to opt out of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA.) “When we learned about the health disparities that African American women are facing on an increasing basis, that gave us an opportunity to take time out and to really look at how could we redirect our resources and our energies to benefit more of our 2,000 students on a health and wellness standpoint,” explained Spelman director of communications, Tomika DePriest. “So getting out of the NCAA and putting our investment in that initiative is our way to go.” Only 80 students out of those 2,000 were participating in sports and almost a million dollars was

being spent on the sports program. DePriest and Johnson spoke to women who stopped playing college sports and when asked if they still play outside of school, most say they don’t. Instead of focusing on the small number of participants, Spelman wants to give an opportunity for young women to get involved in activities they will carry on for a lifetime. Director of Physical Education and Wellness for Spelman, Germaine McAuley, says there will always be intramural sports available for students. She also has had a number of conversations with sports teams and specifically with the basketball team at the beginning of their season. “I told them, you all have not heard me talk a lot about this, the wellness initiative, but I think I need to just let you know, you all are going to be okay,” McAuley said. “I said I know you can’t see it now, but later on in your lives you will all be able to say, I was a basketball player, a college basketball player, and I played maybe one additional year after college, but I wanted to learn how to play tennis. I wanted to learn how to play golf,

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you know, getting involved with fitness and wellness classes. You all are going to look more to that than possibly wanting to continue to play ball and many of you will want to continue to play ball recreationally. The focus is very different; understand that there is a bigger picture, a bigger vision.” Johnson says the same as she urges the time is now to make this “bigger vision” a reality. “There’s a start for everything. When Rosa Parks sat down, she was just tired. That’s it. She wasn’t trying to be famous; wasn’t trying to stir any mud. She was just tired and didn’t feel like getting up again and look what happened. What we’re doing is saying there’s a better we can be, “she said. 21 Days to Fit was introduced to alumnae December 10, 2012. The women will be able to follow along with several online programs and staff members will be available to instruct students using the programs. Co-curricular activities such as golf, tennis, swimming, yoga, pilates, running and walking are some emphasized physical activities Spelman will encourage their students to participate in. The Presidential Wellness Schol-

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ars program was also launched to help students identify and alter their behaviors that contribute to negative lifestyle habits. Campus officials are also making changes to their athletic center, Read Hall, which will be home to a new and improved fitness center. Renovations are set to start in summer of 2013 and be completed in 2014. McAuley says they have been in contact with architects and some time during this month they should have a more concrete idea of what the building will look like. Those interested in Spelman’s wellness advice and news can follow their Twitter @SpelmanWellness where they’ve already been offering tons of advice and motivation. “Many are watching because they feel we are on the cusp of offering a model that other institutions, not just HBCU’s, but even mainstream higher education organizations will be able to implement,” said DePriest “Spelman is really in the position to offer higher education a new model for dealing with the nation’s health epidemic,” she said. wi

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UDC’s Application for Branch Campus Status Approved By Dorothy Rowley WI Staff Writer   The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) has been given the nod to begin a process that – if approved – would allow it to relocate part of its threeyear-old community college to the flagship campus on Connecticut Avenue in Northwest. UDC is currently undergoing a change in leadership following the recent firing of President Allen Sessoms, who’d led efforts for the community college’s relocation. However, officials moved forward and announced on Jan. 16 that the community college site at 801 North Capitol St. in Northeast was on its way to possibly becoming a branch of the sprawling Van Ness campus, after the Middle States Commission on Higher Education approved an application submitted by the university in October. “We are very pleased that Middle States recognizes the tremendous progress of our community college,” said Rachel Petty, UDC chief operating officer. “This symbolizes the great resource UDC-CC has become for our students and our city.” With the application process completed, action taken by Middle States requires that accrediting officials make a site visit to the Van Ness campus within six months in accordance with accreditation standards. The community college also www.washingtoninformer.com

operates from locations at the Patricia Roberts Harris Building on Livingston Road in Southeast and the former Bertie Backus Elementary School on South Dakota Avenue in Northeast. Nothing has been said on whether those locations will be moved, but students and faculty voiced opposition to relocation attempts this past summer during a public hearing at the John A. Wilson Building in Northwest.   At that time, students from neighborhoods such as Congress Heights in Southeast and Kenilworth in Northeast said that traveling to the flagship campus to attend classes would pose transportation hardships and other inconveniences. The community college, which opened in August 2009, is an academic division of UDC – the District’s only public university – and had initially cost about $12 million each year to operate. However, university officials led by Sessoms, complained that over the past few years the District, which funds UDC’s operational costs, had not increased funding for the community college. In the wake of other long-standing financial issues, university officials began to consider relocating the community college to the main campus in order to help resolve UDC’s countless cash flow problems. In that event, UDC officials hoped that the city would kick in additional funding for the community col-

lege to operate on the Van Ness campus. In April 2011 during lengthy testimony before the D.C. Council Committee on Housing and Workforce Development, the plan that would enable the community college to become a branch campus of UDC in Fiscal Year 2013 was discussed. Testimony was also provided that stated once the community college gained campus status it could become an independent institution or remain part of the university system. But the plan also noted that the final step toward full independence would be left up to the mayor and the D.C. Council as well as the UDC Board of Trustees. However, Paul Bachman, a UDC management professor, said it needs to be made clear that the university still must meet Middle State’s approval in order to achieve branch campus status. “The university needs to make known that they still have to prove that it’s financially sound, that they have sufficient physical facilities and that all the classrooms are sufficient, and they’re about to get all of that examined,” Bachman said. “The accrediting agency is going to want to know where is the funding stream that’s going to support this community college and what facilities will be used to establish it.” wi The Washington Informer

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Henderson Unveils School Closings By Dorothy Rowley WI Staff Writer After weeks of community meetings, protests and conversations among parents, PTAs and neighborhood leaders, District of Columbia Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson finally announced on Thursday, Jan. 17, her decision on which of the 20 under-enrolled and under-performing schools will be closed. The closings and consolida-

tions outlined in Henderson’s controversial proposal that was introduced this past fall, and that will impact some 2,500 students, also calls for a 10 percent reduction in Central Office personnel and other cuts totaling more than $8 million. However, upon introduction, the plan sought to improve school buildings usage from 72 percent to 84 percent, and to reduce the number of elementary schools from 41 to 26. “The proposal we put out in early November evoked strong

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reactions from the community,” Henderson, 42, said, in announcing the closings. “We heard from people across the city [who] have never reached out or offered feedback before. People spoke up at meetings, they sent emails, they called, and we made sure to track everything they said.” Henderson’s plan, which is slated for initiation this school year, will have consolidated 15 schools by the end of the 201314 term. Five other schools listed in the initial plan – including

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Garrison Elementary School in Ward 1, were spared. Overall, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, 70, expressed confidence in the chancellor’s plan, saying that while school consolidations are difficult, they boost reform efforts. “I am confident that the decisions the chancellor announced will ultimately help strengthen D.C. public schools, speed education reform and – most importantly – guarantee our children are getting the resources they need for the world-class education they deserve,” said Gray. “From Day One, the chancellor said this would be an open and inclusive process and that she would listen with an open mind. [Her] decisions demonstrate that she was true to her word.” Among the schools across the District scheduled for closing are: MacFarland, Ron Brown Middle and Shaw Middle School at Garnet-Patterson; Marshall, Davis, Kenilworth, Ferebee-Hope, and M.C. Terrell-McGogney elementaries; Spingarn Senior High School; Spingarn STAY; CHOICE at Hamilton; and the Prospect and Winston Learning campuses. In Ward 8, where Henderson was steadfastly taken to task, school board representative Trayon White said it didn’t make sense to merge large school populations into smaller buildings. “I think that what the chancellor is doing is a trend that’s happening across the country,” said White, 28. “As a result, schools are being unnecessarily closed. If the consolidations happen, the schools will be even more [crowded] and under-resourced.” Chauncey Evers, 41, of Southeast said closings in his community have caused parents like him and his son’s mother to consider charter schools. “We have a child at McGogney, but we are seriously leaning toward a charter school next year because there’s no guarantee of stability in the public schools system,” Evers said. “With all that’s going on – and there’s always one issue or another with [DCPS] –that makes it hard to gauge its future.” White, who turned his attention to recent rounds of staff layoffs and previous school closings, agreed. He said Henderson’s plan lacks sustainability. “Last year, Ballou High School had to let go of 23 staff people

– so they’re decreasing staff, but with the consolidations at certain schools, they’re also increasing the student population at others, and that’s not an adequate solution,” White said. In addition, “there weren’t significant gains [either financial or otherwise] in the school closings that occurred in 2008, so closing others now won’t necessarily work either.” Ward 5 activist Kathy Henderson, 58, said parents in her community think it’s “absolutely reprehensible” that Spingarn High – which was recently designated an historic landmark – has been marked for closure. She said students who oppose the closing have begun a petition drive to reverse the chancellor’s decision. “We find this whole closure argument to be very disingenuous, and at a time when we are about to celebrate the second term in office of our first African-American president, it seems like a systematic dismantling of our public schools here in the nation’s capital,” Kathy Henderson said. “I’m disappointed that our mayor is touting his ‘One City’ mantra, but at the same time shutting down schools in wards 5, 7 and 8.” “This is so unacceptable and shameful,” she said. Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham – whose community was successful in preventing the closure of Garrison, was on the same bandwagon as Kathy Henderson. He said he’d hoped Spingarn would have been allowed to continue serving its Northeast community, where several neighborhood and business revitalization projects are either ongoing or about to begin. “Closing Spingarn was a very major decision and I’m sorry to see it come to that,” Graham said. “Although we’re spending $100 million to make Cardozo a very nice place to go to school, it wasn’t the correct time to put CHOICE there,” said Graham. “That leads to my concern about the decision to close Garnet-Patterson, the first African-American junior high school in America,” he said. “It’s an historic and important building, and the notion that that building becomes empty is of great concern.” wi www.washingtoninformer.com


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Is “Race” the Issue? The topic of race has been an unwelcome and unacceptable topic of conversation for far too long. Some would argue that it is President Barack Obama’s fault; that he has shown a reluctance to discuss race and its impact on the nation and therefore he is the one who has influenced this national silence on race. But most Americans know better and they know that in America, race remains the elephant in the room. As the president outlined his vision for America in his Inaugural speech on Monday, Jan. 21, it’s clear that he is passionate about equality. “Through blood drawn by lash and blood drawn by sword, we learned that no union founded on the principles of liberty and equality could survive half-slave and half-free. We made ourselves anew, and vowed to move forward together,” President Obama said drawing on the history of America’s “peculiar institution” and the unlawful and inhumane treatment of African Americans during that time. “And we must be a source of hope to the poor, the sick, the marginalized, the victims of prejudice – not out of mere charity, but because peace in our time requires the constant advance of those principles that our common creed describes: tolerance and opportunity, human dignity and justice.” These are but a few of the strong words President Obama weaved into his 18-minute speech that addressed his commitment to create a nation that acknowledges race but more importantly, strives for equality. But were they strong enough and do they satisfy the critics who have been patiently waiting for the president to specifically talk about race? Four years of the Obama presidency should confirm that this will never happen. Not in the White House but it can also be said that few, if any, conversations about race are taking place in state or county houses. We give credit to President Obama for using the occasion of the 57th Inauguration to appropriately highlight the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for associating his presidency with several renowned civil rights leaders and African American entertainers, and for acknowledging his own race, as well as his wife and his daughters, as characteristics that makes him most proud. Race aside, it’s the inequality, intolerance and injustice that define acts of racism. We expect President Obama will lead a fearless fight against racism, even if he decides to calls it something else.

The Battle Continues for D.C. Democracy The District’s elected officials are declaring victory as they take offense on the matter of Statehood and budget autonomy for the District of Columbia. They delivered a consistent message throughout the 57th Presidential Inaugural that democracy is a right for all Americans, including District residents. It began just weeks ago when the D.C. Council unanimously approved a resolution calling on President Obama to use D.C. license plates that state, “Taxation Without Representation” on the presidential limousines, just as President Bill Clinton did when he was in the White House. Then, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) personally delivered the license plates to the White House along with a copy of the resolution and a request to put the license plates on presidential limousines. The president agreed in time for the Inaugural. As celebrants fanned out across the city to parties, balls, religious services and other events, where they encountered D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and a microphone in the same room, they received a fiery and passionate message to take back to their respective states, that D.C. deserves to be a state and that it’s undemocratic for others to decide our fate. During the Inaugural Parade on Monday as President Obama passed 13th and Pennsylvania Avenue in Northwest, the District’s protest banner greeted him. It was prominently displayed on the reviewing stand in front of the John A. Wilson Building and read: “A More Perfect Union Must Include Full Democracy in D.C.” With a new Congress and a new legislative session, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) introduced the D.C. Budget Autonomy Act of 2013 on Tuesday, Jan. 22, which follows the New Columbia Admission Act that would make the District the 51st state. It’s yet another 1-2-3 punch by Norton, Gray and the D.C. Council to assure self-governance in the District of Columbia. However, the final blow to end the District’s fight for full democracy must come from District

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We Need Black History Taught in D.C. Schools!

Hats off to The Washington Informer newspaper for your weekly Black history lesson – the “Black Facts” column. Thank you also for the editorial on “Django Unchained” and why Jamie Foxx deserves high honors for his role in the film. Indeed, he should be nominated for an Oscar for his role as a man determined to free his wife from the horrors of slavery. In actuality, his story was not just a one-time, dramatic episode. It was a recurring pattern of courage and victory of runaway slaves, resistance and rebellion of Black men and women over the horrors of that “peculiar institution.” The Informer goes on the say that “the American slavery story needs to be told, over and over again, so that every American is familiar with its horrific details.” True again. But may I suggest a few further steps. Readers should be aware that Black history and culture are not taught in D.C. public schools. Understandably, the D.C. school system is concentrating on the basics of

reading, ’riting and ’rithmetic (the three R’s) to bring our students up to proficiency in these skills. But what about educating our students’ selfworth and pride on who they really are as individuals and a people. What about educating them on the courageous history of Black people over the institution that tried to deny their soul and their self-worth? I celebrate Black History Month too, but Black history (and culture) is much more extensive and uplifting than devoting a few hours a year in February to listening to Dr. King’s speeches. For over 346 years, Black people won victories over slavery (16191865) and Jim Crow (1866-1965), yet very few of our students have ever learned about the courage, strength, creativity and tenacity it took to go from slavery to freedom and from Django to Barack Obama. This knowledge of one’s history builds self-worth and self-esteem. D.C.’s own Carter G. Woodson taught us long ago that not to know one’s history and roots is to lose one’s soul. Our children are struggling with the three R’s today partly because they do not know their own soul, their own glorious history and

their innate strengths and historic accomplishments. Each of our youth has a keen mind. But do they also know their historic brilliance? Slavery and Jim Crow should not be a shameful history. It should be taught from the opposite perspective: How Black people overcame a system that tried to deny their personhood and how they went from a system that tried to deny their history and culture to a history and culture today that is admired worldwide, except in our D.C. public schools. Dr. Bernard Demczuk is a scholar of African American history and culture who teaches at The School Without Walls in Northwest. He is also chair of The Spirit of Black DC, an online website devoted to preserving and celebrating the extensive Black history and culture of Washington, D.C. For more information, visit the website at www.thespiritofblackdc.com.

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By Julianne Malveaux

Lance Armstrong was Following an American Tradition Who is surprised that Lance Armstrong was doping? Who thinks he was the only one? Who is surprised that he used the Oprah Winfrey show as his platform to “come clean”? We are a nation of cheaters and Armstrong is one in a long line of our nation’s cheaters. Indeed the very foundation of our country is the result of cheating. The Pilgrims cheated the Native Americans that

befriended them out of their land. Later, the United States Army continued that cheating by slaughtering Native people, kicking them off their land, and consigning them to reservations. As a result of this thievery and chicanery Native American people have the shortest life expectancy of any ethnicity in these United States. Enslaved people were cheated with the fruit of their labor, not to mention their lives and liberty, by our nation’s “peculiar institution.” After slavery was

abolished, the cheating continued. The sharecropper system was nothing but an official method of cheating. Land owned by African Americans was stolen. Those African Americans who managed to amass wealth had to pretend they had less because economic envy sparked the wholesale appropriation of land and communities. Examples include the destruction of Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the 1898 destruction of property (and life) in Wilmington, N.C. Some historians esti-

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mate that there were more 200 of these kinds of incidents. We cheated Mexico by appropriating half their land in a murky “trade” through the Louisiana Purchase. Now we have the nerve to talk about “illegal immigration” because people are returning to land that was once stolen from them. And daily, employers cheat undocumented people because without legal documents, they have no bargaining power against unscrupulous employers. Cheating? George W. Bush

and his minions cheated Al Gore of the presidency in 2000, and the Supreme Court aided and abetted him in this cheating. Imagine the course of history had we a kinder, gentler president who might not read a children’s book upside down in the moments before September 11? Let’s not even talk about the theft implicit in the banking bailout. These banks were lent money to aid in economic recovery by lending money, but

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By Lee A. Daniels

King’s Greatest Legacy: Seeing Polarization as Progress I’ve always disliked the way Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday is often celebrated. The reasons why became even clearer to me these past few days, as the importance of considering King’s life and work was juxtaposed against three other developments: the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation; the celebration of Barack Obama’s second inaugural as president of the United States;

and the splenetic, knee-jerk resistance of the National Rifle Association and other conservatives to the president’s efforts to devise sensible gun-regulation proposals. Those events tell me I’m right in thinking too many King ceremonies indulge too much in the simplistic, feel-good rhetoric of “Can we all just get along?” and ponder too little why he was so widely criticized in the last years of his life – not just by the overt racists but by White liberals and

more than a few Black politicians and colleagues in the civil rights leadership as well. The reason is that King refused to temper his increasingly sharp criticism of America’s flaws. Instead, he became more provocative in identifying those flaws existence in the North and West as well as the South. Those were the years that the Apostle of Nonviolence fully took on the mantle of, as Rev. Hosea Williams, one of his trusted aides, described him, “the militant of

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the century.” So, I’m sure that, while many in pulpits and auditoriums these past few days bemoaned the “racial divide” and the “partisan gridlock” that are roiling American society, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would have been pleased. Not pleased as in “happy” or “delighted,” but because he’d understand that the polarization itself is a sign that the nation’s “outsider groups” are making progress in gaining a full mea-

sure of their American citizenship. For example, recall the furious response to and the ratcheting up of polarization over the Massachusetts Supreme Court’s 2003 ruling legalizing gay marriage. Who would have predicted that by 2013, albeit still-heated opposition from conservatives, public acceptance of gay marriage would have come so far so fast? So it was for the 13 brief years

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By Marc Morial

President Obama Stands on the Shoulders of 50 Years of History “You can kill a man, but you can’t kill an idea.” - Slain Civil Rights leader, Medgar Evers When President Obama took the oath of office on Monday, he was surrounded by an extraordinary legacy of 50-year civil rights milestones that helped make possible his first and second inauguration. It was fitting that the inaugural invocation was delivered on the steps of the U.S. Capitol by Myrlie Evers-Wil-

liams, the widow of civil rights hero, Medgar Evers. After years of risking his life to end discrimination against Black Mississippians, Evers was felled by an assassin’s bullet in the driveway of his home 50 years ago on June 12, 1963. Whether serving his country as a soldier in World War II, or leading the fight to desegregate the University of Mississippi, or working to end Jim Crow as the state’s first NAACP field director, Medgar Evers was a fearless, peaceful warrior who paved

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the way for President Obama and countless others who have been inspired by his example. An assassin cut short his life in 1963, but Myrlie Evers-Williams went on to devote her life, as an NAACP leader and civil rights activist, to the ideas he fought and died for. Medgar Evers, ironically was killed on June 12, just hours after President John F. Kennedy delivered a nationally televised speech in support of civil rights. President Kennedy, himself, was assassinated only five months later, 50 years ago, The Washington Informer

on November 22, 1963. President Obama took the oath of office holding a Bible belonging to another champion of civil rights and American democracy – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fifty years ago, on August 28, 1963, Dr. King inspired America and the entire world with his “I Have a Dream Speech” delivered at the Lincoln Memorial in front of more than 250,000 people during the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The March was organized by

Dr. King with help from the National Urban League’s Whitney M. Young, along with A. Philip Randolph of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, James Farmer of the Congress of Racial Equality, John Lewis of the Southern Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, and Roy Wilkins of the NAACP. The March on Washington was instrumental in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of

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Child Watch©

By Marian Wright Edelman

How We Can Truly Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr this could happen to rich America, “If we don’t use her vast resources to end poverty and make it possible for all of God’s children to have the basic necessities of life.” At his death in 1968, when he was calling with urgency for an end to poverty in our nation, there were 25.4 million poor Americans, including 11 million poor children, and our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was $4.13 trillion. Today, there are 46.2 million poor people including 16.1 million poor children

In his last Sunday sermon at Washington National Cathedral, Dr. King retold the parable of the rich man Dives who ignored the poor and sick man Lazarus who came every day seeking crumbs from Dives’ table. Dives went to hell, Dr. King said, not because he was rich but because he did not realize his wealth was his opportunity to bridge the gulf separating him from his brother and allowed Lazarus to become invisible. He warned

and our GDP is three times larger. Twenty million of our neighbors are living in extreme poverty, including 7.3 million children. Disgracefully, children are the poorest age group in America and the younger they are, the poorer they are and one in four preschool children is poor. More than one in three Black children and the same proportion of Latino children are poor. Children have suffered most since the recession began. Let’s honor and follow Dr. King by speaking truth to power

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and demanding justice for poor and vulnerable children with urgency and persistence and effective nonviolent direct actions to bring our nation back from the brink of self-destruction fueled by the unbridled greed of the few and a military budget that dwarfs our early childhood development budget where the real security of our nation lies. Let’s honor and follow Dr. King by building a beloved community in America where all have enough to eat, a place to sleep, enough work at decent wages to

support a family, buy a home, raise children, and send them to public schools that empower children with hope, confidence and skills for the future. Let’s truly honor Dr. King by transforming our education system that sentences millions of children to social and economic death by failing to prepare them and our country for the future. That a majority of all children in all income and racial groups and 76 percent of Black and His-

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By George E. Curry

Hands off Malia and Sasha Obama checks. “Are the president’s kids more important than yours? Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools when his kids are protected by armed guards at their school? Mr. Obama demands the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes. But he’s just another elitist hypocrite when it comes to a fair share of security. Protection for their kids. And gun-free zones for ours.” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was correct when

Just when you think leaders of the National Rifle Association can’t stoop any lower, they keep managing to plunge even deeper. This time, they have strayed way over the line of respectability by using Malia and Sasha’s enrollment in Sidwell Friends, a private Quaker school, to malign President Obama over his proposal to place limits on the sale of assault rifles and expand background

he said in a statement: “Most Americans agree that a president’s children should not be used as pawns in a political fight. But to go so far as to make the safety of the president’s children the subject of an attack ad is repugnant and cowardly.” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, said: “To talk about the president’s children or any public officer’s children who have – not by their own choice, but by requirement – to have protection and use that somehow to make a political point I

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think is reprehensible.” I am tempted to call NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre and his comrades scum. But I’m going to resist the temptation. Not because they don’t fit that description. I’m restraining myself because to call them scum would be an insult to scum. A second NRA ad, running four-and-a-half-minutes, tossed in an image of NBC newsman David Gregory – whose children also attend Sidwell Friends School – for good measure. The narrator in the ad says “Armed

Guards — Good enough for the David Gregory’s kids’ school, not for the rest of us. …[The] school Obama’s daughters attend has 11 armed guards.” Not surprisingly, the ad conveniently ignores the fact that the Secret Service is required to protect the president’s children. They protected Chelsea Clinton and Julie Nixon when they attended the school, known as “the Harvard of Washington’s private schools.”

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By Askia Muhammad

Barack Unchained: President Obama Starts a Second Term

When Barack Hussein Obama came to Washington eight years ago as the junior U.S. Senator from Illinois, he was a self-described “skinny guy with a funny name.” Just look at him now. He’s going where only 15 of his 43 predecessors as president of the United States have gone, into his second elected term. He incidentally joins Franklin Delano Roosevelt as the only www.washingtoninformer.com

president to take the oath of office four times. President Roosevelt was elected four times, but President Obama was led to recite the oath incorrectly by Chief Justice John Roberts who flubbed the line, so Obama had to take the correct oath again later, after the public swearing in. And this year he took the oath twice again, the first time on Sunday Jan. 20 as prescribed by the Constitution, and then again in public on Monday Jan. 21, the day the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday was celebrated.

He took the oath with his hand on Holy Bibles once owned by President Abraham Lincoln and by Dr. King. Like Lincoln, like King, like other second-term presidents, Obama’s path into the future is fraught with peril. President Lincoln was assassinated just a month after taking the oath, and Dr. King never lived to see his 40th birthday. Richard Nixon never completed his second term in office. It was said that the aging Ronald Reagan may have been diminished toward the end of his days

in the White House, possibly even nodding off to sleep during Cabinet meetings in his second term. President Bill Clinton was impeached during his second term, and President George W. (for worst in history) Bush left office with the economy on the brink of collapse – driven there by his ruinous policies which favored the super-rich and the greedy rich. And he led the nation into an immoral and more than likely also an illegal war in Iraq. Early in his White House

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tenure (wa-a-ay too early in my humble opinion) this president was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Now he has the distinction of being the only former Nobel Peace Laureate with his very own “kill list.” Every Tuesday or so, he and his security advisers meet to decide who will be wiped out during the next seven days. Despite the similarities this president has tried to affirm, he should be remembered for “I have a drone,” and not for “I

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Left to right, George Farrell and the Rev. Benjamin Chavis celebrate the Grand Opening of their new business in Bethesda and the recent pardon signed by outgoing North Carolina Gov. Beverly Purdue. /Photo provided by Thomas Aaron, TA Visuals

Ben Chavis Celebrates Wilmington 10 Pardon Also Marks Opening of New Business in Bethesda

By Barrington M. Salmon WI Staff Writer The Rev. Benjamin L. Chavis and fellow Wilmington 10 member Wayne Moore numbered among more than 40 guests at the former Box Sports Bar and Restaurant in Bethesda, Md., Friday. They were there to celebrate two seminal events: the grand opening of a new business Chavis co-founded and also a salute to the Wilmington 10 who are celebrating the recent pardon signed by outgoing North Carolina Gov. Beverly Purdue. Among the guests were former Maryland Lt. Governor and Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, as well as political, civil rights, entertainment, business and sports leaders in the Washington, D.C. area. Chavis, 64, the acknowledged leader of the Wilmington 10, said he felt vindicated to finally be pardoned for a crime neither he nor any of the other activists committed. “I was very joyous but I also wished that the four members who’re deceased were alive to have knowledge of this victory, but they’re here in spirit,” he said. “When something historic

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happens, we have to use the issue to push for more change.” “We tried to preserve our educational institutions and that struggle continues in 2013.” On Dec. 31, Perdue issued the pardon for Chavis, Moore, Ann Shepard, Jerry Jacobs, Willie Earl Vereen, William Wright, Reginald Epps, Connie Tindall, James McKoy and Marvin Patrick. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) as well as Chavis and others had stepped up calls for the pardon last year.

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Perdue said her action was prompted by the racism and racial bias that suffused the case. “These convictions were tainted by naked racism and represent an ugly stain on North Carolina’s criminal justice system that cannot be allowed to stand any longer,” she said. “Justice demands that this stain finally be removed.” In 1976, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the group’s appeal. Then later that year, Allen Hall, who claimed to have actually seen the defenThe Washington Informer

dants burn the grocery store, reversed his testimony saying that he was pressured by police to lie or he would have been hurt or imprisoned. In 1978, then-Gov. Jim Hunt reduced the group’s sentences, allowing eight of them to become eligible for parole and in 1980 the convictions were overturned by a federal court which found prosecutors had engaged in misconduct. At the time she issued the pardon Perdue said she felt compelled to take that action because

the court ruled that the prosecutor knew that his star witness lied on the witness stand. That person and other witnesses later recanted. She also was moved by recently discovered notes from the prosecutor that indicated a preference for white jurors who might be members of the Ku Klux Klan. The prosecutor is also alleged to have scribbled a derogatory racial description of a black juror as an “Uncle Tom” type. Perdue also pointed to the See PARDON on Page25

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federal court’s ruling that the prosecutor knew his star witness had lied. He and others later recanted their testimonies. Moore, 60, said segregation had a stranglehold on education for black students in Wilmington, located in New Hanover County. The federal government threatened to take money from the county unless officials increased the quota of black students. Instead, they closed down the only black school and bused Moore and other students to white schools. He said he was punished for standing up and demanding a quality education for blacks. He described a community wracked by racial tension, unrest and deep distrust. “We weren’t able to participate comfortably; it was hard,” Moore recalled of the forced busing. “We developed a list of grievances, including calls for a Martin Luther King observance, more cheerleaders and greater representation on the student government. In order to press them, we organized a boycott.” Moore said he attended a meeting one night at Gregory Congregational Church where Chavis – who was dispatched by the United Church of Christ Commission for Racial Justice to assist – was instructing students on how best to develop a non-violent but forceful response to school and county officials. “Vigilantes attacked us and a riot ensued,” he said. “One year later, police arrested 16 people for causing the riot. I was overwhelmed, stunned shocked. My world was turned upside down. All we wanted to do was to develop a conducive educational environment.” In February 1971, someone firebombed a grocery store located a block from the church. Chavis was arrested, charged with conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to firebomb the store and sentenced to 34 years in prison. Moore was originally sentenced to 29 years in prison and said he served four and ½ years in Central Prison. Moore, an author and electrician by trade, said he was angry and bitter initially but realized that “bitterness only eats at you.” On a website that details the experiences of the group, Moore wrote: “Although I can only imagine what it was like to be a slave chained to the bowels of a slave ship, my experience www.washingtoninformer.com

with the Wilmington 10 allowed me to somewhat sample physical bondage with no ability for self-reliance or self-determination. Once freed from physical bondage one may either become careless or carefree, mean or desensitized, or fragile or unable to cope. Or one may become a courageous warrior triumphant in many of their endeavors.” Moore said he has struggled tremendously to overcome the psychological and social effects of being imprisoned for crimes he didn’t commit. His self-confidence and self-esteem were shattered and the long separation from family and friends irreparably affected those relationships. “Repairing those wounded relationships has been my most difficult challenge to date,” he said. Moore, who was forced to move to Michigan to find work, said he’s elated every time he thinks about the pardon. “I’m still on Cloud Nine about that,” he said with a laugh. “A friend called and said congrats, I asked him what for and he told me. I immediately went online and they had an issuance of pardon.” Chavis, who served as executive director of the NAACP and who played an influential role in developing the Million Man March, was paroled in 1979. He addressed the gathering about The Dry Fry Wing Company that he co-founded with partner George Farrell, as music spun by DJ James the Great played softly in the background. As Chavis spoke, patrons from other parts of the restaurant moved in closer to hear him. “Sisters and brothers, before we have an opportunity to taste the wings I want to set the tone,” said Chavis on Jan. 18. “The grand opening takes place on the eve of the second inauguration of President Obama and on the eve of Dr. King’s holiday. Young people will learn about business and the stock market, dividends and liquidity.” “On the eve of the great celebration of Obama and the living legacy of Dr. King, I can think of no better place to be.” After luminaries cut a large red ribbon outside of the building, Chavis, Steele and Farrell each spoke about the economic benefits that come from owning and operating a business. The Florida-based company – The Dry Fried Wing Bar and Grille – is entering the Washington met-

ro area market and will operate at 7525 Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda. There are plans to spread across the country. “We stand on the shoulders of the Kings, mommies and

daddies who didn’t have the opportunity,” Steele said. “I hope we understand what this business means to the state and the conversations we must have about empowerment, power

and ownership. Our mommies and daddies fought for the right to sit at lunch counters and this generation has the opportunity to own the diner where the lunch counter was.” wi

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TAURUS Opportunity knocks this week, be ready and waiting. An old love may resurface. Take a good look. This week is good for you financially. Look for a special opportunity at work. Families matters, spend time with yours. Soul Affirmation: Old love? New love? The most important thing is true love! Lucky Numbers: 12, 43, 51 GEMINI They get on your nerves but you’ll profit from joining with them in a common effort. Pull close to an annoying buddy. Joint adventures will pay ten-fold. Household projects call. You and a lover can finally reach the same page. Soul Affirmation: I am patient with all that comes my way this week. Lucky Numbers: 18, 29, 50 CANCER This week begins three weeks during which success and romance are closely related. Kill two birds with one stone. Enjoy your feelings and let your brain relax. Suspend all judgments of others. Being stern won’t work for you this week. Soul Affirmation: I judge no one, especially myself this week. Lucky Numbers: 9, 29, 53

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Girls Inc. Leads Daughters to Greatness By Michelle Phipps-Evans WI Staff Writer S. Bianca Bailey’s life could have been forever defined by her mother’s murder when she was two years old. Instead, the Texas native beat the odds in 2011 after being named a White House Champion of Change for Women and Girls in STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. “You don’t have to be a product of your environment,” said Bailey, 23, who graduated in May 2012 with a chemical engineering degree from Howard University, and is working on a master’s in civil engineering in Illinois. “Whatever negative situation you’re faced with, make sure you have something to focus on, to put your energy into, so you’ll be successful. Don’t let anybody say you can’t do something.” Raised by her single father, Bailey, a former president of Engineers without Borders-HU, received the award as part of the Obama administration’s Winning the Future Initiative, which aims

to accomplish President Barack Obama’s plan to “out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world.” Through Borders, Bailey volunteered in Kenya, Brazil and Haiti, and served as an operational manager for Girls Incorporated of the Washington, DC Metro Area on Howard’s campus. It was her relationship to Girls Inc. that Bailey credits for her success.

“It’s a requirement that girls need someone who pioneered the way to show they can be anything they want to be,” said Bailey. “Girls Inc. did that for me.” She attended after-school programs in Dallas, and attributed hands-on STEM exposure to women scientist mentors as key in her selecting a STEM career. She received scholarships from Girls Inc. to attend college. Girls Inc. recognized Bailey during a fundraising benefit in late November at the Atlas in Northeast. Dr. Roselyn Payne Epps, a leader in pediatrics and women’s health, and a found-

ing member; and Artis Hampshire-Cowan, a senior vice president at Howard, were praised for contributions to the organization. “I’m honored to be recognized, however, we want the country more involved in these girls’ lives,” said Epps, the first African-American president of the American Medical Women’s Association, the D.C. Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Medical Society of the District of Columbia. “We want our girls to be strong, smart and bold, and to make a difference.” Girls Inc., a national nonprofit dating back to 1864, inspires girls to be strong, smart and bold, through life-changing programs and experiences that help them navigate gender, economic and social barriers. The network of local Girls Inc. serves 125,000 girls, ages 6 to 18, annually around the country. It tackles issues such as false beauty standards, teen pregnancies, victimization and depression. The other honoree, Hampshire-Cowan serves on the board of Girls Inc. DC. “My being honored is a way

to bring attention to Girls Inc., and highlight girls like Bianca,” Hampshire-Cowan added. The elegant evening benefit featured silent and live auctions, and raised more than $40,000 to fund programs. “I’m so thrilled,” said Denese Lombardi, executive director since 2006. “I’m happy with the turnout; that so many people believe in what Girls Inc. does for the community.” Headlining the event was Rain Pryor, who performed her 70-minute autobiographical solo Off-Broadway show, “Fried Chicken and Latkes.” Pryor, daughter of comic genius, Richard Pryor, grew up in Beverly Hills, Calif., in the 1970s and ’80s in a biracial household with her mother, Shelly Bonis, a Jewish one-time go-go dancer. Her show featured portraits from her life, including her attempted suicide, her father’s suicide attempts, his womanizing, drug abuse and paternal concern. “I got to a place where I understood their struggle,” said Pryor, 43, about her parents’ tumultuous life. “Something happens when you have a child. The history makes you a bet-

ter person.” Pryor, who now lives in Baltimore, Md., and New York, has a three-year-old daughter. “He’s always on my mind, especially around his birthday (in December),” said Pryor. She was spot-on with profiles such as her hard-headed mother (Joan Crawford of the ’hood), her maternal grandmother and paternal great-grandmother. Pryor transformed as she effortlessly spat out Jewish idioms, and described how her white mother eased the pain of her African-American daughter when she was called the “N” word. Pryor wove some blues into her portraits, much to the delight of the audience as it made the journey with her – including her father’s funeral in 2005. She did it with raw emotion. “It’s really great to hear about Rain’s life and see her father in her, and her support for the cause of Girls Inc. is so positive,” said Margaret Dureke during the event. “There are many women empowering these girls to let them dream what’s possible. It’s good to pass on the baton to the next generation.” wi

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size luxury vehicles to earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) inaugural Top Safety Pick plus award. Of special note is Volvo’s City Safety system, which can automatically apply the brakes to help lessen the severity of a low-speed collision. Also included is Pedes-

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Congratulations, President Barack Obama Though this column is written to say “Congratulations” to President Barack H. Obama and his family, it’s also written to remind us how Romans 8:28 is a scripture that is truly at work, which reads: “And I know that all things work together for good, to them who love God, and who are called according to His purpose.” Many say they aren’t sure if God called President Obama because he supports gay rights; and he supports abortions; but the Bible reminds us, “He without sin cast the first stone.” Scripture tells us, none could throw a stone, so they all left the scene. I found this article written by Drew Zahn, a former pastor who cut his editing teeth as a member of the award-winning staff of Leadership, Christianity Today’s professional journal for church leaders, who wrote this synopsis. It’s food for thought. Think about this with me, as we wish President Obama much success, and blessings over the next four years. Did God play a role in the election of Barack Obama, and could the Democrat even be God’s sovereign choice for the next president? The answers to those questions vary, depending on who answers them. Among those praising the heavens for President Obama’s victory was a gentleman from suburban Atlanta, who the Chicago Tribune reported knelt inside of his church and prayed the day after Obama’s victory. He said … “Lord, we have again come to you, and you have heard our cries from heaven, and you have sent us again from the state called Illinois a man called Barack to heal our land.”

Martin Luther King Jr.’s sister, Christine King Farris affirmed her belief that God has a purpose and plan for the president-elect, now that he has won. “I can’t speak for God, but I believe there was something for Mr. Obama to do, and he was called to do it,” said Farris, 81. The idea that Obama has been heaven sent made national headlines even before he was elected. Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, for example, declared that in Obama “The Messiah is absolutely speaking.” The McCain campaign mocked the religious zeal of Obamamania, releasing an Internet ad that declared of the Democrat, “It shall be known that in 2008, the world shall be blessed. They will call him: The One.” A billion plus dollars spent by the Republican Party, and with all of the disparaging rhetoric, and Tea Party mania, the people prevailed. In closing, let me, the writer of this column remind readers of how much racism our president has had to endure. When a member of my home church spoke up in Sunday Enrichment School to tell us how she was in a meeting four years ago, only to hear our president spoken of in such negative terms, as if she and another African American were not even present. It may not be discussed very much in the mainstream media, but members of Congress refuse to allow an African-American president to get credit for making our country a better place to live. They would rather assault weapons be available and they would rather see the poor get poorer. Some have decided, “no mat-

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

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

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

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

Pilgrim Baptist Church

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

Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ Drs. Dennis W. and Christine Y. Wiley, Pastors 3845 South Capitol Street Washington, DC 20032 (202) 562-5576 (Office) (202) 562-4219 (Fax) SERVICES AND TIMES: SUNDAYS: 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.” www.covenantbaptistdc.org

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 www.livingwatersmd.org

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

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

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

Crusader Baptist Church

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

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

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

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

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

“God is Love”

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

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

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

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

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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” morningstarbaptistchurch@verizon.net www.morningstarchurch-dc.org

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 themcbc.org

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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 www.friendshipbaptistdc.org Email: frienshipde1900@verizon.net

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: www.allnationsbaptistchurch.com 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.

Web: www.FullGospelBC.org Email: fullgospelbc1946@verizon.net “IF YOU NEED REST, THIS HOUSE IS OPEN”

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

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

Rehoboth Baptist Church

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

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 www.emmanuelbaptistchurchdc.org

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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

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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 htubc@comcast.net

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 pbcexec@verizon.net

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: Froffice@firstrising.org Website: www.firstrising.org

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

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agree with the decisions to pull his titles and banish him from biking. Yet there is much irony in the way people are handling this. The Today Show had cheater Pete Rose commenting on Lance Armstrong’s cheating. That’s like asking the fox to comment when his brother breaks into the henhouse, or like asking George W. Bush to comment on an election. And not to play the “race” game, but don’t you think all hell would break loose if this were an African American athlete? We send young people mixed messages when we both say “play fair” and “winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” We live in a win at any cost, winner take all, society. Lance Armstrong wanted to win so he doped up, and some of those around him probably did the same. No excuses. But in a winner take all

MALVEAUX continued from Page 22 instead of lending, they’ve tightened up credit requirements, making it more difficult for some people to borrow. And figuring out ways to cheat on one’s taxes may be one of the great American pastimes. There are more ways to cheat that putting your sticky fingers on things that don’t belong to you. African American men are cheated of their dignity and freedom of mobility, whenever empty taxis speed by them. African American women are cheated of the ability to see themselves reflected in the public space when advertisers treat us as stereotypes. And racism cheats us of the ability to have equality of opportunity. I’m not at all condoning Lance Armstrong’s doping, and I fully

Daniels continued from Page 22 Martin Luther King, Jr. flashed across the American landscape. Even a cursory reading of media headlines from the mid-1950s to the late 1960s illuminates how widespread the racial polarization was. Yet, it’s now clear the opposition to the Movement was so fierce precisely because overt, legalized racism was about to fall. The polarization was one of the “rainbow signs” that a change was going to come far more quickly than most White Americans expected. Indeed, the Civil Rights Movement underscored that there are two different kinds of polarization. One results from the oppression that confines its targets to second-class status. Before the mid-1960s Black Americans (and other Americans of color) had been locked in that physical and psychological ghetto for, literally, centuries. The other kind of polarization, however, comes into being when the targets of oppression start challenging the status quo in significant ways. King and the Movement’s other leaders and rank-and-file activists understood that securing

equal rights for Blacks required relentlessly, nonviolently upsetting the White majority’s comfort with the country’s racist laws and customs. Their actions compelled the nation, and the world, to juxtapose America’s soaring ideals and rhetorical commitment to freedom for all with its tawdry reality. The ensuing polarization led straight to the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Today’s political chatter is saturated with gloomy descriptions of and predictions about the fierce polarization in the political arena. Yes, it’s evident that in the wake of Obama’s re-election, conservatives have re-committed themselves to flooding the state legislatures with reactionary measures and fomenting chaos in the Congress. Yes, it’s critically important to not lose sight of the magnitude of the challenge: the callous proposals to restrict women’s right to determine what reproductive choices are best for them that conservatives are yet again trying to push through state legislatures; their resistance to pursuing reasonable solutions to the crisis of undocumented immigration; their continuing to

morial continued from Page 22 1965. Finally, President Obama will be sworn-in 50 years after one of the most horrific events of the civil rights era, the 1963 bombing of Birmingham, Alabama’s 16th Street Baptist Church, which resulted in the deaths of four little Black girls – Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley, all 14 years old, and www.washingtoninformer.com

11-year-old Denise McNair. The Birmingham church bombing galvanized the conscience of the nation and led many Whites to denounce racism and its brutal consequences. Those four young Black girls did not die in vain. As Dr. King said in his eulogy, their deaths, “…say to each of us, Black and White alike, that we must substitute courage for caution. They say to us that we must be concerned not merely about who murdered them, but about

culture, what do we expect? Now Armstrong has humbled himself by admitting he was wrong after adamantly denied he was doping. Why now… to clean up his name, to get back in the game, to keep raising money for his cancer-fighting organization? Like the foundation of our nation’s culture, though, Armstrong is both a liar and a cheat. It is a shame that Lance Armstrong chose to cheat during his biking career. If we had to recite a litany of cheaters, we’d have to start with the Pilgrims, the Founding Fathers that condoned slavery, and move on from there. 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. try to find ways to undermine Blacks’ right to vote, to mention just a few. But we should also realize that the president’s re-election not only cemented in history his individual importance. It also underscored the rise of multicultural America as a powerful, progressive voting force which enabled Obama to overcome the most dangerous reactionary threat to democracy the country has faced since the Civil War. In that regard, America’s current polarization is a stark, and welcome, reminder that we’re still fighting for the full measure of our rights as Americans – and that at this moment we’re winning. So, if you happened to be at a celebration marking Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, or an event marking the second inauguration of President Barack Obama, and some of the 1960s civil rights freedom songs were sung, you should realize that wasn’t an indulgence in nostalgia but an acknowledgment of our present reality – and responsibility. wi Lee A. Daniels is a longtime journalist based in New York City. His latest book is, Last Chance: The Political Threat to Black America.

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Muhammad continued from Page 23 have a Dream.” But this is one leader who has had the hand of providence on him throughout his political career. He won his Senate seat after his Republican opponent was humiliated by his wife during a messy divorce in which it was revealed he took his wife

to wife-swapping, freaky sex dens. When it looked like Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) might be closing Obama’s lead in the public opinion polls, whoops, the economy careened over the brink in mid-September 2008, and the clueless McCain called for a two week suspension of the election campaign. The same thing happened in the 2012 election, just when the

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panic children cannot read or compute at grade level in fourth and eighth grades is a threat to America’s future economic and military strength. Let’s honor Dr. King by ensuring every child’s safety and right to live by ending the epidemic gun violence in our nation that has snuffed out more than 1.3 million American lives since he and Robert Kennedy were killed by guns in 1968 – including the lives of approximately 148,000 children and teens. That is 7,400 classrooms of 20 children. Let’s honor Dr. King by standing up and doing

CURRY continued from Page 23 Although the original NRA ad leaves the impression that it is referring to Secret Service agents, the longer version makes it clear that NRA is referencing security guards at the school, which has a lower school campus in Bethesda, Md. and middle and upper schools in northwest Washington, D.C. The Washington Post’s Fact Checker column awarded the NRA ad four Pinocchios, representing a “whopper” of a lie. The newspaper noted, “…the online directory for Sidwell Friends lists 11 people as working in the Security Department. Five are listed as ‘special police officer,’ while two are listed as ‘on call special police officer,’ which presumably means they do not work full-time. The directory also lists two weekend shift supervisors, one security officer and the chief of security.“ “… But we spoke to parents who said they had never seen a guard on campus with a weapon. And Ellis Turner, associate head of Sidwell Friends, told us emphatically: ‘Sidwell Friends security officers do not carry guns.’” hopelessly flawed campaign of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney refused to die a natural death and go away, all of a sudden Superstorm Sandy devastated New York, and the president just did his job, appearing to be very presidential, then coasting to a landslide victory in the Electoral College, and a comfortable 55 percent majority in the national popular vote, erasing all doubts about his second-term victory. The president faces challenges all over the globe, at a time when this country’s power and influence is being irreversibly curThe Washington Informer

whatever is required for as long as needed to break the political grip of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and their allies who seek to add more guns to the approximately 300 million in circulation and continuing production and sales of assault weapons and high volume ammunition magazines that should not be in the hands of civilians. The day after Dr. King was shot, I went into riot torn Washington, D.C. neighborhoods and schools urging children not to loot, get arrested and ruin their futures. A young Black boy about 12 looked me squarely in the eyes and said, “Lady, what future? I ain’t got no future. I

The NRA’s ad claiming that President Obama is “skeptical about putting armed security in our schools” misrepresents his position. The clip was taken out of context from this exchange between the president and David Gregory on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” GREGORY: Should we have an armed guard at every school in the country? That’s what the NRA believes. They told me last week that that could work. OBAMA: I’m not going to prejudge the recommendations that are given to me. I am skeptical that the only answer is putting more guns in schools. And I think the vast majority of the American people are skeptical that that somehow is going to solve our problem. Clearly, the president did not say he was skeptical about placing armed security guards in schools. Instead, he said that is not “the only answer.” Even more insane, at a press conference, Wayne LaPierre of the NRA asserted that the answer to preventing future incidents like tailed. Israel wants to goad the United States into fighting a war with Iran, a war that suits the imperialistic interests of the Zionist state and not the interests of the United States. In every stable country in Africa, China has rushed in with investments and has cornered the market on raw materials from that continent. It looks like everywhere else, Muslims – emboldened by wrong-headed U.S. policies – are on the warpath. They are using weapons turned loose by the U.S.-supported overthrow of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, and his for-

ain’t got nothing to lose.” Let us follow Dr. King by proving that boy’s truth wrong in our militarily powerful, materially rich, but too spiritually poor nation. Dr. King is not coming back. It’s up to us to redeem the soul of America. He told us what to do. Let’s do it. wi Marian Wright Edelman is president of the Children’s Defense Fund whose Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. For more information go to www.childrensdefense.org. the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. is the placement of armed guards in every school. Among the proposals presented by President Obama is providing federal funds to place more officers in schools, if the school requests them. After acting on a specific proposal made by NRA, the gun lobbying organization denounced Obama yet again. After coming under attack by even some conservatives, NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said: “If anyone thinks we’re talking specifically about someone’s children, they’re missing the point completely…”No, that’s exactly the point. Leave those beautiful Obama girls out of your degenerate ad campaigns. wi George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA.) He is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. Curry can be reached through his Web site, www.georgecurry.com. You can also follow him at www.twitter.com/ currygeorge. mer allies have no restraining force on them any longer. This country’s budget problems and other limitations may forever prevent this country from ever being able to strategically “walk and chew gum” at the same time and thus have its way on the world stage. And while President Obama is freed – unchained – from ever having to run another political campaign, he may still be bogged down in his second term, unable to soar like he might want. Barack unchained? Maybe not so much … wi www.washingtoninformer.com


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