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law enforcement. She said they threat,” she said. had come together to bring a Among the programs Marlow sense of uniformity in the way wants to see implemented are When L.Y. Marlow's 23-year- domestic violence victims and stricter restraining order policies, 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 counselstart the Saving Promise cam- “get it.” She said she “puts the ing for batterers. Majora thein Baird inside the National of Natural paign. Carter addresses a packed house at case suchAuditorium a way, the average “IfMuseum we are ever goingHistory to eradion “It Jan.seems 18. /Photo of David Whettstone to becourtesy a vicious cycle M.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 her utiveMaster life terms without and private development: schools. She of Fine Arts inparole 1997 public and community By David M. Whettstone Family and Youth Services by a Maryland jury for his role in feels children need to be educatfrom New York University, the One is gentrification that “plans WI Contributing Center of the cityWriter of District the Beltway Sniper attacks in ed about domestic violence. professional was forced to to make places Heights and the National Hook- young 2002. Mildred Muhammad is “We have to really stop nice, beingpushpasto her parents’ home due ing poor people out,” Carter said. woman changed the face return UpOne of Black Women. the founder of After the Trauma, sive-aggressive with poor chilWhile walking her dog of Marlow her neighborhood she to has written and a book, an debt. organization that helps the dren aboutreflects domestic violence,” The other, planning that the Bronx River waterfront urged to take control “Colorothers Me Butterfly,” which isofa along survivors of domestic violence Marlow assumes said. certain neighborhoods a large industrial area story communities about four generations of she their during a proand noticed their children. Marlow to break “will alwayshasbeworked poor and then domestic violence. book is that gram in honor of The a man who “I had livedturned in fearinto for asixdump. years. Six the cycle of abuse in her family, only issupplied inspired her own experiences, years Carter experienced epiphain fear is a long an time. It is and confidentexclusively the policieswith she stood forby change. heavily subsidized housing.” and those of her grandmother, not an easy thing to come out ny. is pushing for will start that That’s the message Majora Carher mother and her and daughter. Carter offered an alternative. said. what is the oppo- process. thought ter, eco-entrepreneur urban of,”“Ishe She said every time shestressed reads siteMildred Muhammad said “I plan towant take to these to “Parents seepolicies their own of a dump? If we can transrevitalization strategist, excerpts from her book, she still form who want help a Congress andthe implore them to we cantotransform kids doing transforming. during the Anacostia Communi- peoplea dump, can not believe ththe words came thinking violence must change our laws,” Marlow said. the victim community. ty Museum’s 28 Annual Martin domestic about People really want to know that from her. “Color Me Butterfly” be careful of how they go into “I will not stop until these poliPeople from inside our neighbor- they Luther King Jr. program on Jan. don’t have to move out of won the 2007 National “Best the victim's life, and understand cies are passed.” can believe in it as well as 18. Carter, a MacArthur Fellow, hood neighborhood have Books” Award. that she may be in “survival their Tiaown Carol Jones can be to reached implored house at the people “I was the justpacked 16-years-old when mode”. from the outside,” Carter at tiacaroljones@sbcglobal.net a better one. They want a secure Bairdeye Auditorium of the and Nationmy first blackened my said. “Before you get to 'I'm going hometown,” she said. change and al Museum of Natural History to to Carter lips bled,” Marlow said. kill you,'sought it started as a verbal WI Carter’s speech inspired Sariteamed up with neighbors – pristay in their neighborhoods and Elaine Davis-Nickens, presiane Leigh, 35, the publisher of dent of more the National become assertive.Hook-Up marily youth and busy mothers. of “I Black Women, saidKing therewould is no She said they started with $10,000 the blog, Anacostia Yogi. don’t think Dr. consistency in the way domestic “I’ve followed Majora Carter be particularly pleased with the seed money from the U.S.D.A. violence issues dealt with by Forest Service program in 1998 for years. She has given us practiway things haveareturned out recently: Communities are now and eventually secured more than cal tools [that include] building alracially segregated and not eco- $3 million in 2006. liances, and project-based develAn abundance of “green jobs” opment. If the Bronx can do it, nomically diverse,” said Carter, 46. “One of the unintended and new technology job train- so can we,” she said with a smile. consequences of the civil rights ing quickly spread throughout Others agreed. movement and integration ... is the neighborhood. For examJames Larry Frazier, 64, chair ple, storm water management, reduced economic diversity.” of Anacostia Community Muse“Big changes came in the ’70s, healthy recreation centers, green um’s advisory board applauded cities lost lots of manufacturing roofing, furniture from recycled jobs,” she said. “People and busi- materials, stores, and greenways Carter. nesses [left].” “Majora Carter’s speech is confor pedestrians and bikers lined Carter, who hails from the the streets. The efforts revitalized firmation of the existence of the South Bronx, fought the “bright the once-blighted community. museum and its mission, an affirflight” that she and other youth Carter’s community is not un- mation of its current exhibit, ‘Refaced while growing up. “We like many neighborhoods in the claiming the Edge: Urban Waterwere told to measure success by District. She calls them “hinge ways and Civic Engagement.’ It how far one could get away from areas,” neighborhoods ripe for purposes and Marlow the neighborhood we were born gentrification and targeted for helps promote the L.Y. ideals of community – that of in,” she said. development that doesn’t serve nurture and support – not only However, after graduating longtime residents. from Wesleyan University in MidWith help from neighbors, she for Anacostia but for the region dletown, Conn., and obtaining combats two types of real estate and the nation.” WI WI Staff Writer

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Abdi Bey Washington, D.C. Absolutely not. In fact, parents should take their children out of public schools if the school system cannot keep them safe. I took my children out of elementary school and homeschooled them when they told me that kids in different grades [were sexually active] and selling drugs [on school premises]. I definitely don’t think that parents should be held criminally liable. The school system should for allowing these things to continue to happen.

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Mildred Stewart Hyattsville, Md. I don’t think they should be held criminally liable, but they should be held accountable. Until a child turns 18 years old, they are still under parental supervision and can’t make adult decisions. Parents should be held responsible in some sense to make sure that their child does attend school every day. [Parents] are also responsible for whatever disciplinary action needs to be enforced. It’s a sticky situation either way, but parents shouldn’t be held criminally liable.

Stanley Morris Washington, D.C. I think that parents should be held criminally liable. They’re allowing their child to miss out on receiving an education, which is highly important. By not making their child attend school, parents are setting a bad example as role models. A child’s education not only affects their future, but ours as a community as well. It’s extremely important that parents have their children in school at all times. If they’re not, then they’ll likely get involved in [trouble].

Niquelle Allen Washington, D.C. I don’t think parents should be held criminally liable. I think that there are other incentives to help parents make sure that their children attend school. It’s hard to be a parent these days with everything that’s going on. A lot of parents are working and have other obligations in their lives that keep them from being able to fully manage truancy. Holding parents criminally liable seems a bit too harsh. I think there are other ways that the government can encourage and assist parents in getting their children to school other than criminalizing truancy.

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Adrienne Jackson Washington, D.C. Yes they should. When children miss school because their parents are irresponsible, they feel they’re able to do whatever it is they want because there is no supervision. And children will take advantage of that. When I was in school, we had truancy officers who would come to our houses to see if we skipped school. Parents today should definitely be held criminally liable if their child is not attending school.

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FUND continued from Page 1 ral UNCF Masked Ball on Feb. 12. Proceeds from this event will support the education of almost 4,000 students studying in the Washington metropolitan area and others who attend UNCF’s 38-member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Co-chairs of the ball are Ernest D. and Debbi Jarvis and Dr. Dallas A. and DeDe Lea. Jarvis is the senior vice president of First Potomac Realty, while his wife serves as vice president, Corporate Citizenship and Social Responsibility at Pepco Holdings, Inc. Dr. Lea is the director of the Outpatient Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Program at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Northwest. His wife is one of highest ranking women in corporate America as executive vice president for Viacom. “The mission of the UNCF is more important than ever. This is truly a party with purpose,” said Jarvis, a fifth-generation Washingtonian, son of former D.C. Council member Charlene Drew Jarvis and grandson of noted scientist and physician The Washington Informer

Dr. Charles Drew. “Debbi and I are very committed to this and plan to be in this long term. My grandfather did some work on blood plasma. His driving force was education for the next level of Negro doctors.” Jarvis noted that his mother is an educator, so that the push for educational excellence and seeking to expand that to young people of all types runs deep. “Ensuring that the UNCF continues its mission is personally important to us as graduates of Howard University, and we’re honored to serve as co-chairs for the Masked Ball,” said DeDe Lea. The ball, which will be held at JW Marriott Hotel in downtown D.C., is expected to attract luminaries and dignitaries from business, education, politics, entertainment and a range of other spheres in and around the city. It will open with a VIP function for sponsors, a general reception and silent auction, a Parade of Dignitaries, dinner and a Parade of Masks. Dancing will follow with musical entertainment provided by Jeffrey Osbourne. Tickets begin at $500. Lomax, a former chairman of the Fulton County Georgia

Board of Commissioners and former president of Dillard University, spoke excitedly about the ball, explaining its success in other cities, like Atlanta where former Mayor Andrew Young established it 29 years ago. “It was the brainchild of Andrew Young and Billye Aaron, Hank Aaron’s wife,” he said. “We do them all around the country and they allow us to raise unrestricted funds. We put on 150 events. We’re able to step in and make a difference with the Mayor’s Masked Ball. We can be the means of first response.” UNCF Executive Vice President Maurice Jenkins, who has worked closely on six balls, including the Los Angeles inaugural ball last month, said UNCF will be hosting Masked Balls or Mayor’s Masked Balls all over the country, including in Newark, N.J., Philadelphia, Birmingham, Ala., Columbus, Ga., and San Francisco. “The balls are very, very important for us to raise six figures up to a million dollars,” said Lomax. They’re a wonderful occasion to have, a wonderful time but they raise significant mon-

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around the region “More than any city in the country, the D.C. area’s high technology, information-age businesses and government agencies depend on a diverse pipeline of college-educated workers. Every company and organization that supports this inaugural UNCF Masked Ball is helping fill that pipeline and investing in better futures for students, the community and the economy.” – UNCF President and CEO Michael L. Lomax FUND continued from Page 8 ey for UNCF. African-American philanthropists have really stepped up to allow another generation of African Americans to get an education.” UNCF Regional Development Director Meta Renee Williams said she expects the D.C. version of the ball to be “the bomb.” “We hope our sister cities do well, but let’s be clear: Our Masked Ball can be second to no one,” she said with a laugh and mock-seriousness. Jenkins said guests should prepare to have fun. “In Atlanta, we raised $1.2 million in this recession era,” he said. “It’s dancing, it’s a party. A large number of celebrities will be coming in and we will try to get a lot of local celebrities. It’s a great big party with people of note.” Williams said the UNCF manages 400 different scholarships for students who attend 900 universities across the U.S. This includes scholarships and a campaign for emergency student assistance which since 2009 has offered $17 million in grants to graduating seniors as well as those who owed a balance to begin a new semester. “When students call us, it’s usually the last resort,” she said. Program Manager David Ray agreed. “It’s a high-stress time for managers. We hear stories,” he said. “Not only are you the manager, some of us are fathers and mothers. It’s nice to be in a pivotal position to see the impact on young people.” Lomax said a college education is more important now than ever, especially because those seeking employment no longer have the option of working in steel mills or “finding a job with Mr. Ford.” At one time, high school diplomas were the minimum entry requirement to a well-paying job, he said. That is

no more, as students now have to have a college degree to even get a foot in the door. That’s where the UNCF comes in. The organization plays a crucial role in linking low-income students to education by providing 60,000 students with the money they need to finance their educations through 400 scholarship programs. In the Washington metropolitan area, the UNCF has awarded about $100 million in scholarships and internship programs to 13,000 students at Georgetown, George Washington University and elsewhere. Over the past 70 years, Lomax said, the UNCF has raised $3 billion to fund scholarships and the organization places a lot of emphasis on raising the money needed to assist students. “We’re supporting students everywhere,” Lomax said. Lomax said he envisions the UNCF becoming the go-to organization on all things educational. He said officials plan to work closely with Mayor Vincent Gray, Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson, university officials and others who operate in the education arena in Washington. Also of importance, he noted, is being close to Congress to lobby members on issues of concern to UNCF. “More than any city in the country, the D.C. area’s high technology, information-age businesses and government agencies depend on a diverse pipeline of college-educated workers,” Lomax said. “Every company and organization that supports this inaugural UNCF Masked Ball is helping fill that pipeline and investing in better futures for students, the community and the economy.” “The work we do in Washington is so very important,” he added. “We’re making the case for a college education for African-American students. We’re going to take everything we know to make this happen.” wi

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Thousands March to Support Anti-Gun Legislation By James Wright WI Staff Writer   Thousands of people from the Washington region and the nation marched in the District to call on the U.S. Congress to adopt President Obama’s plan to stop deaths due to gun violence. The March on Washington for Gun Control, organized by Molly Smith, the artistic director for the Arena Stage in Southwest and American Indian activist Suzanne Blue Star Boy of the District, took place on Saturday, Jan. 26. Gary Perry, a resident of Northwest, joined the estimated 1,000 people at the U.S. Capitol

Reflecting Pool to walk silently to the grounds of the Washington Monument to protest what he said is an unacceptable situation in the District. “I think that it is absurd that military weapons are on the streets of Washington,” said Perry, 62. “There is a steady stream of shootings in the city but we as residents have become desensitized to it.” The murders of dozens of children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in December 2012  fueled the march, Smith said. A contingent of  parents, family members and friends of those slain in New-

Timothy Hewlin holds a poster of his slain son, Demetrius, at the March on Washington for Gun Control which was held on Saturday, Jan. 26. /Photo by Roy Lewis

town participated in the march. The Children’s Defense Fund in Northwest published statistics  on Jan. 3 that showed that a child or teen dies or is injured from guns every 30 minutes.

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“Demetrius was in school in the cafeteria at 7:30 a.m. when someone who was not a student or employed at the school came in and starting shooting,” said Hewlin, 52. He carried a sign with a picture of his son during the march.

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Hewlin said that five children were shot and three died, one being his son. “Demetrius died the next day in the hospital and he was only 16,” he said. “Demetrius was an only child and once you lose a child there is a pain that never goes away. That is a phone call you hope you never get.” Young adults are dying as a result of gun violence, something that Deborah Hill of Landover, Md., knows well. “A neighbor of mine, D’Lonte Days, was shot to death last year,” said Hill, 48. “D’Lonte was only 23. We need stiffer gun laws to protect people and to stop them from getting into the hands of our children.” Mary Silva of Silver Spring participated in the march because she has seen the devastating effects of gun violence on society in general. “I was in the city when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated in 1968,” said Silva, 69. “I was also here when [former Reagan press secretary] James Brady was shot in 1981. I believe in eliminating semi-automatic assault weapons because they are for our men and women in the military, not civilians.” The federal ban on the sale of military-style assault rifles is one of five measures that the marchers want Congress to act on. The others include: banning the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines that kill people quickly, requiring universal criminal and mental health background checks for all firearm purchasers, prohibiting the sale of bullets that explode inwww.washingtoninformer.com

side the body and requiring gun safety training for all purchasers of firearms. Earlier during the week, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), introduced legislation to ban assault weapons but it will be an uphill battle in the Senate because Republicans and some Democrats oppose the ban. Meanwhile, D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) told those who attended that the march symbolizes that the American people are becoming more aware of the reality of death from firearms but challenged the marchers to get involved in the legislative process to change the nation’s gun laws. “Gun violence has taken on a life of its own,” said Norton, 75. “There should be no more moaning. The gun lobby can be stopped and you can stop them.” U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan agreed. “This march is a starting point [to stop gun violence], not an end point,” said Duncan, 49. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) and D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) also addressed the crowd. Mendelson’s colleagues, D.C. Council members Anita Bonds (D-At Large), David Grosso (I-At Large), Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), Kenyon McDuffie (D-Ward 5) and Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) also attended the march but didn’t speak at the rally. Other speakers included U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children’s Defense Fund. Perry said that the galvanization of people for this cause reminds him of another time when children who died changed public policy.

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Pro-Life Supporters Bring Their Message to D.C. By Barrington M. Salmon and Sam P.K. Collins WI Staff Writers Tens of thousands of anti-abortion activists and supporters held a spirited and vociferous rally to show their support for the right to life on the National Mall on the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. They came despite raw and bitter cold and snow that began while they marched to the U.S. Supreme Court. The vast majority of those who marched from the Mall to the steps of the Supreme Court were young people from Catholic high schools and church organizations and other religious groups and seminarians representing the next generation poised to wage battle against a law they consider illegal and onerous.

Leading many of the young people – adorned in neon greens, reds, oranges and other bright colors to distinguish one group from another – were an assortment of priests, lay ministers and church volunteers. “I’m here to fight for life. It’s a great concern because I ask where we’re going,” said Father Adam Urbaniak, a member of a Diocesan Order based in Orchard Hills, Mich. “The nation is killing itself and unborn babies. Without the young generation, where will we go? What have we become?” “I get the sense that many people are beginning to think about it, especially young people,” said Urbaniak, a Polish native. “People are waking up, waking up and have come here to fight for children who cannot fight for or protect themselves.”

Pro-Life supporters displayed signs that showed their displeasure during the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade on Jan. 25. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

Demonstrators carried large and small banners, crosses, flags and placards saying “I’m the Pro-Life Generation,”; “Defend Life,”; “Michigan Loves Life: Protect the Unborn,”; and “Defund Planned Parenthood.” Marchers chanted as well, saying “Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, Roe v. Wade has got to go!” among

other mantras. Speakers included former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J) and Jeanne Monahan, the newly appointed head of March for Life. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) fired up the crowd via video and vowed to work tirelessly to pass a bill that bans abortions paid by taxpayers. SuvedaThiagaraj, a 40-yearold Rochester, N.Y. resident and a native of India, traveled to the District with a group of 10 adults and children. “We have to defend life through prayer, action and fasting,” she said. “Together we’re praying for the president, like St. Paul, to experience a conversion. When a leader leads, it will move the nation. This is a very import-

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ant cause: to have and defend life. We can’t turn away from God and expect blessings.” Cheryl Vignola also accompanied a group of 10 high schoolaged girls from St. William Catholic Church in Naples, Fla., to the rally and march. In all, she said, 50 girls made the trip. “We’re here to say that we believe in the dignity and value of every human life regardless of their age, or color. I believe we live in a culture of death and God calls us to be His disciples. It’s the 40th anniversary … and we pray that the law will be overturned. Fifty-five million babies have been aborted in the last 40 years. I imagine that some of them might have made great medical discoveries, for example, made great contributions.” “People do this [have abortions] out of fear but we hope that people understand that there are a lot of other alternatives.” The abortion debate has raged on unabated for the past four decades. It is an issue that stirs deep and heartfelt emotions, rancor and is divisive in a manner akin to the political divide that has torn this country asunder. President Barack Obama, in a statement released on Friday, Jan. 25, restated his position. “On the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we reaffirm the historic commitment to protect the health and reproductive freedom of women across the country and stand by its guiding principle: that the government should not intrude on our most private family matters, and womSee PRO-LIFE on Page 15

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Dinia Minniua of Berlin, N.J., holds a cross during the Pro-Life rally on the National Mall on Jan. 25. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

PRO-LIFE continued from Page 14 en should be able to make their own choices about their bodies and health care.” Several surveys indicate a noticeable shift in support for the right to have an abortion, with support for the legal right to end a pregnancy increasing. That shift has come largely from Latinos and blacks. In addition, a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found that for the first time a majority of Americans support abortions in all or most cases. Nine percent of pro-life supporters believe that abortions should be illegal without exception and 35 percent said they should be illegal with some exceptions. By a 70-24 percent margin, those asked said they would oppose Roe v. Wade being overturned, while 57 percent said they feel strongly that the law shouldn’t be overturned. Also, a new poll by the Pew Research Center documents that 63 percent of Americans are opposed to overturning the law. Some marchers spoke of their concern that Planned Parenthood and abortion supporters target black and Latino women so that the numbers of these women who have abortions is disproportionately higher. But reproductive justice advocates have fought back saying that while the abortion rate for black women is almost five times that for white women, that disparity can be traced to a range of social, economic and health disparities. “Black women are not alone in having disproportionately www.washingtoninformer.com

high unintended pregnancy and abortion rates. The abortion rate among Hispanic women, for example, although not as high as the rate among black women, is double the rate among whites,” said Susan A. Cohen of the Guttmacher Institute headquartered in New York. “Hispanics also have a higher level of unintended pregnancies than white women. Black women’s unintended pregnancy rates are the highest of all.” “These higher unintended pregnancy rates reflect the particular difficulties that many women in minority communities face in accessing high-quality contraceptive services and in using their chosen method of birth control consistently and effectively over long periods of time,” according to a report that was originally published in the Guttmacher Policy Review in 2008. Cohen said the issue is framed within the “larger context in which significant racial and ethnic disparities persist for a wide range of health outcomes …” Jose Funes, an 18-year-old teacher’s assistant at Capitol City Middle School in Northwest, said he and a group of teenagers waited outside the doors of the Verizon Center at 6 a.m., where they attended Mass and a concert, and then staged a protest at Gallery Place, blocks from the Mall. “I feel really strongly about this issue. I saw what happened in Newtown,” said Funes. “Our president talked about defending the life of children. I see innocent kids dying with no ability to defend themselves.” wi

Bound and Gagged Stage play

Bound by Fear, Gagged by Love – Bound and Gagged is a story that unfolds the life of a prestigious family well loved and respected in the community and church. Mr. Chase Alexander, a highly respected business man, owning one of the largest leading architect firms in Washington, D.C. Chase Alexander not only is the son of legendary Pastor Joel Alexander, but the husband of playwright Tatum Alexander. UPDATE: Just added to the phenomenal cast! As we journey through the seemingly happy 2012 Stellar Award winner for best new artist couples life, we will soon realize that the smile on and 2009 BET’s Sunday’s Best Winner, Gospel Recording Artist Y’Anna Crawley! Tatum’s face is not that of happiness, but rather covered hurt, a mask that so many of us wear from day to day. A women that seems to be at the height of her career and is married into the most prominent family is secretly holding onto a vow that even God can’t break without permission. Bound and Gagged exposes the very depth of how a woman so powerful allows a man to abuse and tear her entire being into shreds. Tatum goes through life covering for a husband that people on the outside don’t really know. Bound and Gagged reveals how children that are not validated or told who they are in the home by their parents fall prey to some form of abuse. Raising children in an abusive environment causes them to repeat or allow the same violent behavior throughout their life. Bound and Gagged has taken an up close and personal endeavor to bring information, knowledge, awareness, support, self worth and most of all freedom to those that NEED to be BOUND and GAGGED NOMORE!!! Get tickets here: http://shannonwhren.com/

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School Officials Consider Proposed Graduation Requirements By Dorothy Rowley WI Staff Writer A proposal to increase the number of credits from 24 to 26 – including the expansion of requirements for the fine arts and physical education curriculums – for students attending District public high schools in order to graduate, is up for approval. However, the plan which was presented in December by the D.C. State Board of Education, requires public input, and probably will not get the nod until later this year. D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson has voiced her disapproval regarding additional credits. “Most specifically, we object to the increase of overall credit requirements and the addition of a senior thesis,” Henderson said. She added that several “comprehensive” revisions should be made to the proposal. The chancellor listed among them elimination of the antiquated Carnegie Unit that was used initially in 1906 by colleges to gauge student eligibility; clarity in language aligned with requirements for the Algebra I course; and the reduction in the Social Studies course work from 2.0 to 1.0 credits. Henderson, 43, further noted that clarifications are warranted in the areas of World History and Foreign Language requirements. Her comments were made amid reports that indiThe Washington Informer

cate less than two-thirds of high school students in the District graduate on time. D.C. State Board of Education President Laura Slover said in testimony last fall before the board that a long-standing mandate which has yet to be acknowledged, states that District high school students should complete a community-based thesis project in order to graduate. The board adopted the thesis idea years ago as a requirement for students entering high school during the 2007-08 school term. But because the thesis never received full approval, students were put at risk of learning to late that they might not meet graduation requirements. “This is not a new idea: The board adopted it years ago as a requirement for students beginning with the Class of 2011,”Slover said. “But the requirement [has either been] ignored or overlooked.” Nathan Saunders, Washington Teachers’ Union president, said his organization isn’t opposed to the board’s recommendations. “It’s clear that students need as many arts and P.E. electives as possible,” said Saunders, 48. “But in testimony he offered on Jan. 23 to the board, Saunders said that before any action is taken to increase graduation requirements, there must be a strategic plan to counteract any harm the changes might cause students. “The first foreseeable harm

may come in the form of lower graduation rates,” Saunders said. “According to U.S. Department of Education school statistics for the 2010-2011 school year, the District of Columbia Schools has a graduation rate of 59 percent, placing it next to last place in the country. Our students will need additional academic and [other supports] in order to meet increased graduation standards.” Saunders said a plan must also be developed that ensures students with disabilities can graduate with all the special education supports they are entitled to. “This means that D.C. Public Schools must fully comply with the requirements of student Individualized Education Plans,” said Saunders . . . “and that they should not be forced to endure a general education classroom with 20 or more other students.” Ward 7 School Board representative Dorothy Douglas, 64, concurred, but also expressed concern over the additional credits involving the fine arts and physical education curriculums. “I know it’s going to be somewhat complicated [for the board] to attach two more credits,” said Douglas. “But [in the long run] although it will make the school day longer, it’s about making sure students are prepared for the job force or college.” wi www.washingtoninformer.com

education learning disabilities. “It’s been incredibly successful with schools across the country, and we launched the partnership with D.C. public schools this school year,” said Daniels. She added that MRI’s ongoing partnerships with corporations, schools and philanthropic and community organizations conWhere did you hear about that?

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tinue to impact ST Math’s success. “The program supplements the traditional math program,” Daniels said, “with the kids going to the lab during the school day – or for about 90 minutes a week.” She further explained that in using the game software, the goal

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is to solve a puzzle by getting the penguin to cross the screen. “Basically, Hyundai has paid for the program to be licensed, implemented and to be expanded next year at Leckie,” Wright said. “At that time, it will involve kindergarten through second-graders . . . it’s individually based and it’s a great program.” wi

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Leckie Math Program Promotes Conceptual Learning By Dorothy Rowley WI Staff Writer Jermall Wright believes that in order for students to develop a conceptual understanding of math, they need a better grasp of the fundamentals that include addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. However, school officials like Wright, the principal at M.V. Leckie Elementary School in Southwest have discovered the reason many students struggle with math is because there are too many procedures involved. “One of the reasons kids are struggling with math is because we tried to teach too many concepts and skills at each grade level, and they have walked away without a deep understanding of foundational skills,” Wright said. “We’ve been teaching a whole bunch of stuff that the kids [don’t necessarily understand]. The standards have now been [condensed], which means that each grade level concentrates on concepts to build upon their knowledge, so that when they get to the next grade they can connect what they’ve previously learned.” Wright’s comments refer to a new partnership District public schools have with Hyundai Motor America and the MIND Research Institute (MRI), a nonprofit based in Irvine, Calif., that helps students across the country increase their math aptitude. The cutting-edge digital program provides research-proven tools for teaching and learning math through non-language based, visual instructional softwww.washingtoninformer.com

ware. As a result, Leckie has opened an “ST (Spatial and Temporal) Math Lab,” where students have access to a blended learning math program. “ST Math is a game that features ‘Jiji the Penguin,’ and what makes it unique is that it’s all concept- based,” Wright said. “Kids directly apply what they’re learning in a game approach which gives them a visual and a conceptual way of working with math standards.” Overall, the innovative program, which has been launched locally as the DC Math Initiative, is offered at 30 other low-performing District elementary schools. During presentations on Jan. 22, Hearst Elementary School in Northwest was also celebrated along with Leckie as new participants in the program, which also aims to put students on track to become the next generation of highly-skilled workers. The copyrighted ST Math programs were created by MRI, and are credited with changing the way math is learned. The programs reach more than 475,000 students in hundreds of schools in 26 states. During the Leckie presentation, Hyundai awarded a $46,000 grant to help cover costs of students in 3rd through 5th-grades. Abby Daniels, MRI director of Brand Management, said another feature of the innovative software program entails the absence of language or symbols. She said that makes participation easy for both English-speaking and non-English-speaking students, as well as students with The Washington Informer

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MPD Officers Make the Difference

Temperatures rose to nearly 70 degrees on Tuesday and D.C. police, dressed in blue khaki pants and vests emblazoned with the words: “Police” on their backs, swarmed the streets like gnats. It’s what happens in the city during the spring, although it’s still January, when the streets fill with idle people, young and old, who allow the warm temperatures to tempt them to break the law. But clearly MPD Chief Cathy Lanier has told her troops that they must control the streets. To see so many MPD officers gathered on street corners where kids hang out after school generates a certain level of trepidation. However, given the backdrop of a nation concerned about individuals’ unlawful possession of weapons and the mayhem that it has created reminds us of how necessary it’s for law enforcement to be on guard. There have only been four homicides in the District as of Tuesday, Jan. 29, compared to six during the same last year. City officials and violence prevention advocates celebrated the District’s all-time low murder rate in 2012, but they all agree that one murder is one too many. And the challenge is clear, how do you keep unlawful weapons off the streets and out of the hands of those who seek to harm innocent people, especially children? The thousands of gun law advocates who protested in the nation’s capital last week understand why stricter gun laws are needed to keep the streets safe and innocent people alive. While D.C. has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, the need for an observant team of law enforcement officials is also essential. The fight against the gun lobby will be a tough one. Despite the deaths of 20 young children in a school in Newtown, Conn., along with dozens of mass slayings across the country, including the District, the National Rifle Association (NRA) and other gun advocates have deceived members of Congress and other legislators in their efforts to get a handle on the gun laws. They see it as a violation of their Second Amendment rights. We strongly support legislation introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and others who would renew a ban on semi-automatic weapons and limit ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. What makes it necessary for anyone in America to possess such weapons of mass destruction? We don’t know, but in the meantime, we appreciate the keen eyes of MPD officers who are working to keep our neighborhood streets safe. Their presence is a reminder that only they stand between us and others, who wish to do harm with weapons that are considered safe and legal.

A Landmark Year

On August 28, 1963, thousands of Americans – Black and White – joined Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders on the National Mall in front of the Lincoln Memorial for the March on Washington. They marched for justice, freedom and jobs. Now, just 50 years later, civil rights and religious leaders, most who weren’t even born, are considering ways to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic occasion and remind America that the struggle for justice, freedom and jobs continues. The occasion also reminds us of Rosa Parks, whose 100th birthday will be celebrated on Feb. 4. Parks died in 2005, but she will always be remembered for her defiant act in 1955 when she refused to give up her seat to a White person and move to the “colored section” at the back of a bus in Montgomery, Ala. That act led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Parks, who served as secretary of the Montgomery Chapter of the NAACP at the time, earned the title of “mother of the civil rights movement.” But it was one month after the March on Washington, on September 15, 1963, that jolted the civil rights movement all across the country when a bomb exploded in the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. Four little girls died that day: Addie Mae Collins, 14, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and 11-year-old Denise McNair. Justice moved slowly in the case of the church bombing and it wasn’t until 2000 when several men connected with the Ku Klux Klan were finally convicted. In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of this tragic event, Reps. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.), and Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.), along with Birmingham Mayor William Bell are trying to secure a Congressional Medal of Honor for the four African-American girls. They’re requesting letters of support for this effort. This is a landmark year because of the many significant anniversaries pertaining to the civil rights movement in America. No experience should be overlooked despite the painful memories they invoke. It’s important to remember them, to discuss their impact on our lives today and to tell the stories to the next generation. It’s vital that they know who paved the way for them.

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Extend Library Hours!

One of the best teachers my daughters ever had in elementary school some years ago required her 5th grade students find answers to a monthly list of questions. To do most of this work, the students had to go to the library. By successfully completing these assignments, the students became more and more familiar with how to navigate the reference resources and how to work the various search engines as they found the answers. These activities at the library helped students develop life-long skills, which followed them to university and professional research projects. Therefore, I praise the D.C. City Council for its consideration of extended library hours and days, “Bill to Expand D.C. Library Hours Garners Support” by James Wright, which appeared in the January 17, 2013 edition. This consideration is long overdue in the nation’s capital, where literacy and intellect are so revered.

Truthfully, investment in public schools should always be tied to commensurate consideration of our city’s libraries. If not, the library system will surely fade away. Lauren K. Godfrey Washington, D.C.

Support D.C. Libraries!

Thank goodness one of my favorite institutions, the D.C. Public Library system, is finally getting some long overdue attention [“Bill to Expand D.C. Library Hours Garners Support” by James Wright, January 17, 2013]. The D.C. Council is wisely considering extended hours for many of the neighborhood branches, and rightly so. Libraries serve so many purposes, including, of course, circulation of great books. Residents of the city use library computers for job searches as well as honing their computer skills. Students need the libraries for research that the Internet

doesn’t completely satisfy, and story hours for children remain quite popular. Bringing the D.C. Library system into the 21st century [at last] is certainly the right thing to do! Carmen Forrester Washington, D.C.

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By Julianne Malveaux

Obama Slights his Loyal Following President Barack Obama has the opportunity, in this second term, to put his feet on history. He won an election that his opponent had essentially claimed, he has been firm about that which he would negotiate on, and he has offered a progressive inauguration speech that offers up a liberal agenda, embracing Social Security and Medicare, uplifting immigrants and gay rights, and embracing ways to

address inequality. One could not help but applaud the strong direction of President Obama’s speech. But those of us in the African American community wonder why we could not get a shout out about high unemployment and poverty rates, inner city challenges, and income, economic and unemployment disparities. Failing to address the community that offered him 97 percent of their vote indicates that there is a reckless disregard of his strongest supporters.

I understand that President Obama is the president of the whole United States, not the president of Black America. At the same time some of the evils that affect African Americans are issues that any president would address. To be sure, some of the gaps that are recorded and experienced have not changed since the 60s. Imagine the impact this president could have if he made a minor attempt in closing the gaps. The inauguration speech spoke to all of us when it offered

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a progressive agenda. It spoke to some when it called out other communities and offered advancement some of them, but it spoke to none of us in the African American community unless we chose to parse the subtleties, the Bible, the references to Detroit, and the acknowledgement of inequalities. Hundreds of thousands of people thronged to the site of the inauguration speech. Many of them were parents and grandparents who were determined that their children and grand-

children had the opportunity to witness history. A second term for President Obama is actually more exciting than a first term because now this president is freed from the shackles of reelection possibilities and free to do his thing. Will his thing improve the lot of all of us, some of us, or none of us. In the African American community, many think we won’t get a thing but an amazing and uplifting symbolism. There

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By Lee A. Daniels

History in the Making: Black Americans and Obama’s Re-election What was it that made watching the ceremonies of President Obama’s second inauguration more satisfying than even the thrilling spectacle of four years ago? Certainly, part of it was its occurring the same day as the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday and amid the month-long commemoration of the Emancipation Proclamation – underscoring the direct line of

descent from Black Americans’ longtime freedom struggle to the present. Certainly, part of it was also savoring Obama’s success in making history the second time around – knowing that he had endured the extraordinary test of staunching a wrenching economic crisis; extricating the U.S. from the Bush administration’s tragic misadventure in Iraq; maneuvering around the obstructionist tactics of the Congressional Republicans; and beating

back the fat-cat power grab the atrocious Supreme Court Citizens United decision, which approved unlimited corporate donations to political campaigns, was supposed to further. Barack Obama has been wreathed in “making history” since he gained the presidency of the Harvard Law Review 23 years ago. But voluminous evidence exists that the foundation for his current history-making lies in the astutely-waged, post1960s political gamesmanship

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of the Democratic Party’s most sustaining voting bloc: African-American voters. That point was driven home most recently by a report the Pew Research Center released in late December. Its title tells the tale: “The Growing Electoral Clout of Blacks Is Driven by Turnout, Not Demographics.” The study’s preliminary analysis of the 129 million votes cast November 6 indicates that Blacks not only voted at a substantially higher rate than Hispanic-Amer-

ican and Asian-American voters – who also voted massively for Obama – but may have voted at a higher rate than Whites as well. If so, it would be a “first” in the history of the presidential-election vote. But the mere fact that it’s a possibility underscores several powerful recent developments about the political participation of Black voters and other voters of color. For one thing, even as Blacks’

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By Marc Morial

Sensible Gun Reform Advances

No one hunts with an assault rifle. No one needs 10 bullets to kill a deer and too many innocent people have died already. End the madness, now!”- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Last week, one month after the shooting deaths of 20 first-graders and six adults in a school in Newtown, Conn., New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law the most comprehensive gun legislation in the

nation. Passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, the New York SAFE Act strengthens the state’s assault weapons ban, reduces gun magazine capacity from 10 to seven bullets, increases penalties for purchasing illegal guns and using guns on school grounds, mandates universal background checks, and takes guns out of the hands of mental health patients deemed likely to commit violent acts. Two days later at the White House, President Obama unveiled the most sweeping federal

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gun control proposals in a generation. In addition to calling on Congress to reinstate the assault weapons ban and close background check loopholes, the President signed 23 executive actions to immediately strengthen background checks, make schools safer, increase access to mental health services and reduce gun violence. We applaud the actions of Gov. Cuomo and President Obama to finally address the plague of senseless gun violence and we are encouraged by their commitment to increase

resources for mental health counseling and programs that help create safer communities. As a long-time advocate of sensible gun control measures, the National Urban League stands ready to work with the governor, the president and others to end the epidemic of gun violence in America. Each year on average, more than 100,000 people are shot or killed with a gun in this country. The American people have had enough. A Siena College survey shows that 73 percent of New Yorkers

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support the state’s expanded assault weapons ban and new limits on high capacity magazines. Recent national polls also show that the American people believe sensible gun control measures are more important than protecting gun rights. Clearly, it is time for state legislatures and Congress to put the safety of our children and the wishes of the people before the demands of the gun lobby which has used extremist rhetoric to promote a

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By Marian Wright Edelman

Children Must Stop Dying from Gun Violence On Saturday, January 26, I was part of the March on Washington for Gun Control. We called on members of Congress and state legislators to pass common sense gun safety laws to stop the epidemic of preventable child and adult gun deaths. Others were marching in Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, San Antonio, Jersey City, and in communities across the country. Grassroots groups came together in the wake of the mas-

sacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Mothers and fathers, grandparents, pastors, gun violence survivors, law enforcement officers, elected officials, child advocates, and everyone who believes that our children’s right to live, learn and grow up safely must be protected before guns, must not stop marching, calling, writing, and visiting and holding our political leaders accountable. We must vote them out if they do not act to end the preventable and immoral loss of child

and human lives and honor what most Americans want and our children need. A new Gallup poll shows that most Americans support universal background checks for gun buyers, a ban on assault weapons, limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds or less, and other proposals in President Obama’s plan to reduce gun violence. It will be a formidable fight to achieve these essential steps but we can and will succeed if all of us raise an irresistible and unrelenting voice in every state in the

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weeks and months to come, and for as long as it takes. Don’t let anyone tell you current gun safety regulations are working just fine. They aren’t. The massacre at Sandy Hook woke up many Americans to the epidemic of gun violence which has snuffed out the lives of 148,000 children since 1968 – this is the equivalent of 7,400 classrooms of 20 children and teens. Every 30 minutes a child or teen is shot in the United States. Every 3 hours and 15 minutes a child dies from gun violence. It’s

time to say “no more.” Epidemic gun violence against children—and its toll on all who live in the United States—is a uniquely American phenomenon. In 2010, the U.S. gun death rate— homicides, suicides, and accidents—for children and teens was nearly 65 times higher than the rates in the United Kingdom and Germany and 108 times higher than in Spain. The U.S. gun homicide rate for children and teens was 106 times higher

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By James Clingman

Borrowing? Read the Fine Print Have you noticed the television commercials that offer loans of various kinds or another enticements such as auto leases and insurance policies for the elderly? These commercials are laden with information that appears on the screen for a few seconds and is too small to read. On the radio, these kinds of ads have a spokesperson who gives you the details of such offers so

fast that you can’t understand a word he is saying. Like me, you have probably wondered why they bother giving the details at all. Of course, by law, they have to disclose this information but I guess no one said how long it should be, how large a font to use, or how slowly the spokesperson had to speak. What does this all mean to us, the consumers? Most of us probably know someone who has fallen prey to these commercials and gone out and made purchases they ultimately regret-

ted because of the high prices they ended up paying. As the saying goes, “The devil is in the details.” Indeed. The genesis of this article is from the commercial that offers a loan of $10,000 with little or no red tape. It says the company is owned and operated by Native Americans, and it features a phenotypically looking Native American female as spokesperson who lauds the opportunity to get $10,000 to pay all your bills and the convenience of having just one fixed monthly

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payment. The problem is she doesn’t say what that monthly payment will be. Instead, it is flashed on the screen just before the commercial ends, embedded in a paragraph that is too long to read in the time allotted. A $10,000 loan, without hassles, can go a long way to help someone who is in dire financial straits, so I would imagine some people would jump at the opportunity to take advantage of the offer. The problem is that it is taking advantage of the consumer. This is not like the $1,000

Montel is offering to put into your checking account “in 24 hours.” Sit down while I tell you what the fine print says on the $10,000 commercial. The convenient fixed monthly payments are $743.49. So far so good, right? Well, I had to watch the commercial several times before I could make out how many payments that would be. After at least four viewings, because I did not believe what I thought I had seen the first, sec-

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By Askia Muhammad

Let Slip the Dogs of War Scientists conduct experiments that are intended to confirm predicted outcomes. When that happens the experiments are considered successful. Lawyers are taught they should never ask a question for which they don’t already know the answer. But U.S. foreign policy? Not so much. Time and time again we see this country’s foreign affairs

falling victim to the law of unintended consequences. The so-called “Red Scare,” which made mortal enemies of all things “Communist” led America into Afghanistan, supporting those – including Osama bin Laden – who were willing to fight to oust a Communist government which was supported by the country’s neighbor Russia, which was then known as the Soviet Union. The United States armed and trained the Mujahideen rebels because they were fighting

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against the dreaded Commies. That’s all they needed to know at the State Department and the Pentagon. Then, the Taliban government rose up and they sheltered Al Qaeda, and those very fighters this country trained and armed turned their guns on America. America “let slip the dogs of war.” In William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar: the line is “Cry ‘Havoc!’ and let slip the dogs of war.” Indeed, time after time, this country has unleashed the dogs of war, only to the peril of The Washington Informer

this country in the end. Now, it’s happening again in North Africa. The United States, with the “permission” of the United Nations Security Council, unleashed the dogs on supposed “allies” Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, and then on Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi. “Good riddance,” many foreign policy “experts” proclaimed and so it appeared to be, only the law of unintended consequences kicked in, and the weapons that were pumped into Libya, and the weapons the Libyan govern-

ment had stored for itself were unleashed and turned over to all manner of insurgents. Now, some of those weapons have been used to topple formerly stable and friendly governments like the one in Mali. In the 1990s Mali’s democratically elected President Alpha Oumar Konare was America’s “hail fellow well met.” He was pals with President Bill Clinton and was received at the White House. Now, his country has

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CBC Chair Marcia L. Fudge of Ohio is joined on stage by other CBC members during the CBCF Inaugural Gala at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Northwest on Jan. 21. /Photos courtesy of Earl Gibson III/CBCF

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By Barrington M. Salmon WI Staff Writer As the nation celebrated the re-election of President Barack Obama last week, members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) promised to continue advancing a progressive agenda that serves the interests and needs of minority communities nationally. Reps. Emanuel Cleaver (DMo.) and Barbara J. Lee (D-Calif.) counted among the estimated 1,100 guests who enjoyed a sumptuous meal, entertainment and dancing into the night at an inaugural gala hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) on Jan. 21. Members basked in the glow of the event and even in the midst of the festivities have eyes cast on the work ahead. Cleaver, 68, said the relevance of organizations such as the CBC is borne out by the need to respond and act against the constant threat to African Americans, Latinos, the middle class and the poor by those who seek to exploit, marginalize and manipulate them. And he expressed exasperation when asked about those who label the CBC, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Na-

CBCF guests listen intently as various speakers address the crowd.

tional Urban League as out of touch and null and void. “That’s a very thoughtful statement of someone who’s ignorant,” he intoned. “It’s frustrating that we’ve won so many victories and people say that the CBC is irrelevant. We helped black farmers and the voting rights extension wouldn’t happen but for us. We’ve provided the margin for every major piece of progressive legislation recently.” Lee concurred. “Irrelevant? They’re down-

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right wrong,” she said. “Where would we be in America? We make sure that there’s justice and equal opportunity. Where would we be without the NAACP not fighting to end the death penalty and gun violence?” They and others cited the CBC’s considerable work to blunt the Republicans’ voter suppression efforts as proof of their effectiveness. In the coming days and months, the Obama administration will wrangle with issues such as the debt ceiling, immigration,

CBCF Board Chair A. Shuanise Washington greets guests at the CBCF Inaugural Gala.

gun control and finding ways to control spending with the president’s Republican opponents poised to continue their spirited opposition to just about every proposal he puts forward. But on this inauguration Monday, revelry and good cheer was high on the agenda at the blacktie affair. In the foyer and first and second floors of the Capital Hilton Hotel – a stone’s throw from the White House – a wide cross-section of Washington’s political and social elite, businesspeople,

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members of the clergy and other well-heeled guests stood around conversing, reconnected with old friends, and strolled in and out of a reception room where they noshed on sushi, shrimp, fruits, an assortment of cheeses and sipped various wines and liquor.. Later, during dinner, guests watched a video detailing Obama’s road to re-election, the Civil Rights struggle and the symbolic and other ties that See GALA on Page 24

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Rep. Charles and Mrs. Alma Rangel and Rep. James and Mrs. Emily Clyburn during the CBCF Inaugural Gala at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Northwest on Jan. 21. /Photos courtesy of Earl Gibson III/CBCF

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Obama’s journey had in common with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose national holiday coincided with the 57th inauguration. “I thought that it was very fitting that the president gave a speech on Martin Luther King’s day. It’s what King dreamed about,” said Ralph B. Everett, president and CEO of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Northwest. “There was excitement and I felt the energy of the president in his speech. It was good to hear him talking about working together and the degree of confidence he expressed. People felt it.” Despite the comity that Obama desires, Everett said it remains to be seen if Republicans and Democrats can find ways to work together for the good of the country. “I think the jury is still out on whether they’ll compromise,” he said. “Obama has put out the olive branch. When I worked on the Hill 20 years ago, lawmakers would look at bills and then try to work things out. Now, things have changed.” He cited the fact that members of Congress spend so much time in their districts raising money for the next election cycle that they barely have time to socialize with their Democratic colleagues away from the halls where they fashion legislation. “Twenty years ago, they socialized, knew each other’s families. I don’t expect people to agree on all things but the public is tired and wants to see problems fixed. The public is all about them getting together and getting something done.” Cleaver exulted about the inauguration. “I think this was a fabulous day but part of the greatness of the day was the absence of bad weather which made this a more enjoyable experience,” said Cleaver, the CBC’s immediate past president. “A lot of people are saying this wasn’t as enjoyable as the first inauguration, that if we do anything significant, it’s not as good the second time around.” “But the second election is far more important when you are ‘a first.’ If you fail to make a second term, that makes your enemies see you as a failure.” Cleaver, former mayor of Kansas City, Mo., said he visited the White House about a year

ago and told staffers there that Obama’s run for re-election was of great importance. “[Winning] put down the marker that this is a legitimate presidency,” he said. “For people who’re honest, a year ago we had questions. We wondered about African American and Latino turnout and if the power of the Tea Party was as potent as the sounds we heard. All in all, it worked out well.” During his invocation later in the program, Cleaver, a Methodist pastor said “it’s only fitting that we come for joyous reflection at the confluence of what President Obama and Dr. King represent. These men have a message of hope, opportunity and equality …” Freshman Rep. Marc Veasey (D-Texas) said if the Tea Party has learned anything from the most recent election, the relationship between both parties should be easier. “With regards to the economy, guns and other things of that nature, they [the public] like what we have to offer,” he said. “I think that will lead to having our voices heard more. The CBC and Democratic Congress is in line with public thinking.” Cleaver and his colleagues said the next big battle on the horizon comes in February when the U.S. Supreme Court considers Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. “I’m sure, very confident that everyone in here will be watching,” said Shuanise Washington, board chairman of the CBCF to the audience. “The CBC is relentless as it stands guard over gains made by African Americans. It has been speaking out when others have been silent. Ours is a country that needs you more than ever …” Lee said she and her colleagues will remain vigilant, adding that she relishes the fight. Lee, 66, who entered Congress in 1998, said she was encouraged by the late Rep. Shirley Chisholm (D-N.Y.) to become involved in politics. “We’ve been fighting all along. It started when we couldn’t go to public schools and when we were turned down in restaurants,” Lee said. “Regardless of the Tea Party Congress, we’ll fight and we’ll win, no matter how hard they oppose us. She [Chisholm] said I had to get involved and make a difference and she said I shouldn’t go along to get along.” wi www.washingtoninformer.com

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Young Gymnasts Keep Eyes on the Prize By Michelle Phipps-Evans WI Staff Writer Gymnastics traditionally hasn’t been the sport of choice for many young African-American children. However, with the emergence last year of the African-American Olympic champion, Gabrielle Douglas, who snagged the all-around individual gold medal for gymnastics, several athletes from the Washington, D.C., area can see Olympic gold in their future. This is a goal of 12-year-old Christian Manning from Clinton, Md. “I want to travel the world and I want to be an Olympian,” said Christian, a gymnast for 10 years, who qualified in 2010 to the USA Gymnastics (USAG) Future Stars National Development Team, an elite athlete and education program that puts him on track to the U.S. men’s gymnastics team. To prepare for competitions, he goes through routines in his head and “I usually pray,” he added. Christian, a Level 8 gymnast with the Sportsplex Gymnastics USAG Girls and Boys Team of Prince George’s County, won the finals for floor exercises, and snagged third on the horizontal bars and the parallel bars at a recent competition at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Md. Christopher Manning said his son could definitely become an Olympian. “He has a heart and a passion for the sport,” said Manning, 46, a Metro Transit Police officer. “Christian is very focused.”

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To reach Level 8, a gymnast must attain specific all-around scores and maintain a competitive standard. USAG, the governing body for the sport, established 10 levels of gymnastics –1 is the lowest, 10 the highest. Levels 1 to 6 are compulsory, where gymnasts compete on the same routine and have the same floor music. Levels 7-10 are optional where routines and music differ among athletes. Manning said whenever Christian competed nationally, there are probably a handful of African Americans in his division. “Out of 80 to 100 kids, there are 10 black kids,” said Manning, who added that younger gymnasts tended to drop off as they aged because of fear. “Routines become more difficult and less fun as they progress up the levels.” However, Sportsplex’s gymnasts enjoyed dominating the competition at the 7th Annual Sportsplex Classic during the weekend of Jan. 25 to 27. The team stood out as a predominately African-American team in its home gym. That didn’t stymie Taatiana Boyd, an 11-year-old Level 8 Junior from Greenbelt, Md., who grabbed second place on vault and beam and third on bars in the finals. It certainly didn’t hold back Audrey Barber, a 13-year-old Temple Hills, Md., Level 9 Junior who was first place in all her final events – vault, bars, beam and floor. Hours before she competed,

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Member of the USAG Optional Girls team, Lena Gillis, competes on the vault at the 7th Annual Sportsplex Team Classic at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Maryland. /Photos by Mark Mahoney

GYMNASTs continued from Page 26 Audrey, an 8th grader at Browne Academy in Alexandria, Va., admitted she maintains a routine before entering competitions. “I get lots of rest and prayers. I focus and remember all the corrections my coach gave me,” said Audrey with a child-like grin. Later on the floor, her visage changed as she executed the winning routines. Like her teammates, she started gymnastics at 3. Taatiana, Audrey and Christian were three of seven upper level Sportsplex gymnasts in the finals, all of whom won many awards. Kaymon Gerald, 14, a Level 8, earned third on floor and vault; Lena Gillis, a Level 9 Senior was first on vault, beam and floor, and second to Dominique Baker on bars. Dominique, a Level 9 Senior, was second on vault and beam behind Lena; and Tailor Clay, a Level 8 Junior, took fourth on vault and bars. They maintain rigorous weekly schedules of four-hour practices, five days a week, said Alex Brown, president of Sportsplex Booster Club, the nonprofit comprising Sportsplex families to support all-round leadership development of the gymnasts, and support competitions financially. www.washingtoninformer.com

“This is an expensive sport,” said Brown, 45, an executive at Booz Allen Hamilton. With the number of meets athletes must attend to move to the next level, the finances can be difficult on one family. So, the nonprofit raises funds by hosting meets to help defray costs; coaches focus on winning. Established fall 2004, Sportsplex USAG Girls Gymnastics Team has excelled, winning state meets at all levels. Gymnasts, ranging from 6 to 18, have been on the state team and competed at the regional level. The USAG girls’ current competitive teams are levels 4 to 9. The boys’ team, established 2006, has not only won a state title, but has sent gymnasts to regional and national championships. The boys’ current competitive teams are levels 4 to 10. The Sportsplex Mason Dixon team, established 2006, is a growing competitive team with gymnasts who enjoy competing at meets throughout the season. “Although gymnasts compete individually,” said Karen Price-Ward, vice president of the booster club, “this is a team sport with lots of dedication and tough love from the Sportsplex coaches and booster club to see these young women and men excel in this competitive sport.” wi

Members of the USAG Boys team, Kaymon Gerald (R) and Christian Manning (L), as they receive advice from their coach during warm- ups before competing in the floor finals at the 7th Annual Sportsplex Team Classic at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Md.

Member of the USAG Boys team, Kaymon Geraldi, warms- up before competing in the floor finals at the 7th Annual Sportsplex Team Classic at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Maryland.

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Louisville guard Peyton Siva and Georgetown forward Nate Lubick grapple on the court as they fight for possession of a loose ball in the first half of Big East basketball action on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Verizon Center in Northwest. Georgetown defeated Louisville 53-51. /Photo by John E. De Freitas Georgetown forward Otto Porter scores two of his 17 points in the second half of Big East basketball action on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Verizon Center in Northwest. Georgetown defeated Louisville 53-51. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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Washington Defeats Chicago 86-73

Wizards forward Kevin Seraphin goes one-on-one with Chicago forward Carlos Boozer in the first quarter of NBA action on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Verizon Center in Northwest. It was the fifth straight win at home for the Wizards since the return of John Wall. “[I] couldn’t be any more proud of these guys. These guys defensively tonight were in tune. I mean that’s what won the game,” said Wizards head coach Randy Wittman at the end of the game. Washington defeated Chicago 86-73. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

Wizards forward Nene fights his opponent’s pressure in the second half to score two of his 16 points. “What I can say is that is the kind of potential we have. Now we’ve started proving a point. Now we’ve started playing our game, have back all the players,” said Nene on holding the Bulls to 73 points. Washington defeated Chicago 86-73. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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Wizards forward Trevor Ariza stares down Chicago guard Daequan Cook in NBA action on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Verizon Center in Northwest. Washington defeated Chicago 86-73. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

Wizards center Emeka Okafor creates a block for teammate John Wall as Wall drives by Chicago guard Nate Robinson. Wall scored 15 points and said at the end of the game, “It’s not just me, never just me. It’s my team. I just wanted to come in and be a spark for my team.” Washington defeated Chicago 86-73. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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IN MEMORIAM

Actor Robert Chew Remembered by Many

Chew Played “Proposition Joe” on HBO’s “The Wire” By Stacy M. Brown WI Contributing Writer Tommy Taylor Jr., a Washington D.C. born actor and comedian, remembers all too well the first time he walked onto the set of HBO’s hit drama, “The Wire,” and meeting the cast. “[Robert Chew], stood out,” Taylor said. “He was down to earth and he was genuine.” For three seasons, Taylor, 31, was regularly cast as an extra opposite Chew on the set of the show. Chew played drug lord, “Proposition Joe,” on the series and won praise for how he delivered on the set of what many critics called one of the most authentic dramas to have ever aired on television. There’s also little argument about the authenticity of one of

its central characters. “Proposition Joe,” was no ordinary gangster. He was a negotiator when he had to be, a politician when called for, and a cold-hearted killer when a rival infringed on his turf. Chew, a character actor and teacher from Baltimore, it seemed was born to play that role. “Robert’s depiction of ‘Proposition Joe’ was so fixed and complete, from the very earliest scenes, that the writers took for granted that anything we sent him would be finely executed,” show creator and D.C. native, David Simon told the Baltimore Sun. Chew’s skills were never more evident than when he, seemingly with ease, delivered his lines that kept many viewers eagerly anticipating “The Wire” each week.

“Businessmen, such as myself, does not believe in bad blood with a man such as yourself. Disturbs the sleep,” Joe deadpans in one of the many lines that made the character so unforgettable. The character, perhaps had more versatility than any, and could also be political. “Gotta say, I’m proud of y’all for putting aside petty grievances and putting this thing together,” Joe tells his crew during a meeting of a Democratic association of drug dealers in which he runs the meeting using the government’s standard Robert’s Rules of Order. “For a cold … crew of gangsters, y’all carried it like Republicans …,” he tells cartel members. Chew’s character was noted for often saying, “I’ve got a proposition for you.” A signa-

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ture phrase that endeared viewers to the imposing character. When Chew, 52, died Jan. 17 of apparent heart failure, Taylor and others heaped praise on the late actor and the show, which aired from 2004 to 2008. “I was addicted and what captured me was probably the fact that the show peeled back a lot of different layers of society,” said Timothy Linden, 31, an avowed “Wire” fan, who lives in Northwest. Washington D.C. resident and aspiring actor Craig Montgomery said the show ultimately gave him a different view of Hollywood and filmmaking. “It let me know that things could be depicted on television the right way,” Montgomery, 44, said. “The way the writers and producers did this, there was no fake set or no back lot studio.” Chew, a Baltimore native, broke into television in 1997 by appearing in the police drama, “Homicide: Life on the Streets,” as drug dealer Wilkie Collins. Chew also appeared as a shoe salesman on, “The Corner,” a 2000 HBO miniseries based on the book, “The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood.” Four years later, Chew played a janitor in another HBO and Baltimore-based drama, “Something the Lord Made.” However, it was “The Wire” that brought Chew critical acclaim and the fame that never seemed to affect his love for his hometown. His portrayal of “Proposition Joe,” garnered rave

reviews inside and outside of the TV and film industries. “The feeling is, it ain’t right for you to be at the head of our table, when you can’t call off your dog. Call it a crisis of leadership,” Joe sternly tells fellow gangster Stringer Bell, portrayed by Idris Elba, in one episode. One writer described the show’s Emmy snub this way: “The Emmys said goodbye to “The Wire” with the same lack of respect that it showed the HBO drama during its acclaimed five-season run. Call it the final nail in the row house.” “It’s like them never giving a Nobel Prize to Tolstoy,” said Jacob Weisberg, editor-in-chief of the Slate Group and a correspondent for Slate.com. “It doesn’t make Tolstoy look bad, it makes the Nobel Prize look bad.” Meanwhile, Chew’s co-stars and many in the acting community filled social media with expressions of sadness as they paid tribute to the fallen star earlier this month. “I don’t want to believe this #RIP Robert F. Chew,” Jamie Hector, Chew’s “Wire” co-star, who portrayed the ruthless kingpin Marlo Stanfield, wrote on Twitter. “‘Prop Joe’ will always be remembered. Robert Chew will always be loved and missed,” Hector wrote. wi www.washingtoninformer.com

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n the Bible, the book of Genesis, chapter 37, there’s an interesting story about Joseph and how his brothers were jealous of him and the love his father showed him by making Joseph an elaborate colorful coat; read the story. For many reasons, envy got the best of them, so they sold him to the Ishmeelites for 20 pieces of silver. Here’s how they did it. They take Joseph to Egypt and sell him to Potiphar, captain of the guard; and because of Joseph’s faithfulness and his gift of interpreting dreams; Joseph was able to help the king to understand an extremely worrisome vision. Because of this one spiritual act, which worked, the king rewarded Joseph by making him second in command. Eventually, due to a drought throughout the land, Joseph’s brothers had to flee their homeland and go to the Ishmeelites for help. Not knowing it was their brother Joseph, who they appeared before, they were shown mercy. Joseph forgave his brothers, and he helped them. God is with us when life seems unfair – he sees our struggles – He didn’t leave Joseph. We must remember that He is always with us, as we pray, as we rely on Him, and as we do our level best. We are serving the Lord, not man. God doesn’t guarantee that we will never, ever be treated unfairly, but He does guarantee that, no matter what happens, He will be there to help us and to guide us. If we practice praying without ceasing, and always do our best and stay connected to Him, and maintain a clear conscience about our actions, God will help

us to endure – we will see the light at the end of the tunnel. We will definitely be victorious, just like Joseph. What unfair treatment are you experiencing right now? Pray about it, and stay connected to God – no matter how dire the situation appears. We are shaped into the person we become from the moment of our conception. Jeremiah 1:5 says it best. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” You’ve probably read the butterfly story, and how its wings got clipped. But, let me share this popular story with you again. One day, a man found a cocoon of a butterfly. He watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through a little hole. When, it appeared as if the butterfly could go no further – the man intervened. The man decided to help the butterfly, so he took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time. Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It was never able to fly. What the man in his kindness and haste didn’t understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required by the butterfly to get through the tiny opening happened to be God’s

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Pilgrim Baptist Church

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

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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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

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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”

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MALVEAUX continued from Page 21 are still those who cheer simply because we have an African American president. Can we put our cheer on for results? In the next 18 months, President Obama has the opportunity to do whatever he wants to do. He can target resources and opportunities to any community he chooses to embrace his targets. For example, more than $500 million was directed to a failed wind experiment in California. What about offering the same opportunity to inner cities? Liberal agenda we heard

gain? All of us, some of us, or none of us? Our president will leave a legacy when he decides that African Americans deserve the same focus that other communities do. We need our President to target disparate unemployment, unequal wages and wealth, and differential access to education and opportunity. Immigration and marriage equality addresses some of us. Why can’t we address the inequality that faces all of us? wi Julianne Malveaux is a Washington, D.C.-based economist and writer. She is President Emerita of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C.

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the 18-to-29 voting bloc. That support, along with gaining 39 percent of White voters, gave him his 4.7 million popular-vote margin and 332-to-206 Electoral-College margin over Mitt Romney. To try to blunt these groups’ rising voting power, Republican Party officials – whose efforts at using voter-identification measures to limit the electoral power of Blacks and other Democratic-leaning voters clearly backfired in November – are now boosting a variety of legislative schemes in such states as Virginia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Those measures seek to split up the state’s total Electoral-College votes according to which presidential candidate wins what congressional districts in that state. Only Maine and Nebraska do it that way now. If such a scheme, which favors rural – and thus, overwhelmingly Republican — districts over the more heavily-populated, diverse and Democratic-leaning urban districts, had been in place in November, it would have enabled Romney to eke out a win over Obama.

Donald A. McEachin, a Virginia Democratic state legislator, interviewed about such measures by the Washington Post, called them “sore-loser bills.” Progressive advocacy groups must now do some doubling-down of their own on these policies that come straight from the tawdry playbook of the Jim Crow South. They must mobilize to defeat these anti-democracy measures and intensify efforts to increase both the registration of new voters among white progressives and Americans of color – and to ensure that they turn out at the polls in coming elections in ever-increasing numbers. History is repeating itself, yes. The forces of progress need to make sure that for today’s neo-racists, in 2014 and 2016 as in 2012, history repeats itself not only as farce, but also as defeat. Lee A. Daniels is a journalist based in New York City who was most recently Founding Editor of TheDefendersOnline.com. His book, Last Chance: The Political Threat to Black America was published in 2008. wi

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Columbine, Aurora, Oak Creek and now Newtown. But as Americans, we should be equally heartbroken and outraged by the daily gun violence occurring in cities throughout the country. Since the Newtown massacre, there have been more than 1,000 additional gun deaths in this country, and several more school shooting incidents. The time for half-measures is over. As the president said last week, “I will put everything I’ve got

into this and so will Joe Biden… but this will not happen unless the American people demand it.” We urge you to join the National Urban League in calling on Congress to work with the President to enact common-sense gun reforms. Our goal should be to make America the safest big country in the world.wi Marc H. Morial, former mayor of New Orleans, is president and CEO of the National Urban League. The Washington Informer

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Muhammad continued from Page 22 been overrun, first by Tuareg rebels from the north who deposed Konare’s successor, and then again by another group of rebels affiliated with Al Qaeda. What’s a country to do? Call in the French, that’s what. While the U.S. was bogged down in election-year politics, and

weariness from its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the French wasted no time in mustering a garrison of troops to rush in to beat back the rebel bad guys, who were unleashed when their patron Qaddafi was overthrown. “Cry ‘Havoc!’ and let slip the dogs of war.” In Shakespearean English, the term “havoc” is a military order permitting the plunder of the

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than the rate in Germany and 213 times higher than the rates in Spain and the United Kingdom. The reason gun deaths are a huge epidemic in the United States is simple: it’s the guns and the permissive gun laws that protect them. In a 2007 study of 178 countries by the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, the U.S. ranked number one in the number of guns per person (88.8 per 100), far ahead of all the other countries in the study. Yemen was

CLINGMAN continued from Page 22 ond, and third times, I confirmed the number of payments to be 84. “Okay,” I said; let’s see what the total amount of the loan would be. For 84 months, which is seven years, at $743.49 per month, the total amount to be repaid is a whopping $62,453! I still keep going back to the calculator to check my math. Please, someone, if I am wrong in my calculations, let me know. I still can’t believe this. Maybe because of its limited time on the screen I made a mistake and did not read it correctly. I hope so. But I also hope that anyone who is considering accepting this “loan” will stop and read all the fine print. Some may opt for a lower amount, say, $5,000. Well, for that amount you

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a distant runner-up with 55 guns per 100 people, 40 percent less than the U.S. rate. Although the U.S. accounts for less than five percent of the global population, Americans own an estimated 35 to 50 percent of all civilian-owned guns in the world. Between 270-300 million guns are in civilian hands in the U.S. – nearly one gun for every man, woman, and child. Our nation is saturated with guns and the National Rifle Association wants more and more. We can free our nation of this scourge of gun violence. No external enemy ever took the lives of so many children and adults.

We can and must change this. I am confident that most Americans value children’s safety and right to live more than they value the right of anyone to have assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines. If America can’t stand up for its children, it doesn’t stand for anything. 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.

make 84 payments of $486.58, or a total of $40,872! Sound better? If your credit is bad and you need a car there is always someone who will sell one to you. Here’s the catch though. Your interest rate will be much higher than normal. The dealer may even drastically reduce the sticker price of a used car, but he will recoup that in high 15 percent – 25 percent interest rates in conjunction with the finance company. I don’t know for sure but I would guess the dealer gets a cut from the finance company for doing the deal. Please look for alternative ways to raise money when you have problems – legal ways, of course. And, if the situation calls for it, there is always bankruptcy. I know that comes with a high cost as well, but a least you will not have the burden of trying to pay

bills with borrowed money, that is, if you don’t go out after filing bankruptcy and run up debt again. The bankruptcy laws were written to relieve you of that burden and have been used for years by millions of people. Unfortunately, many Black people view bankruptcy as a stigma; other folks view it as a strategy. Read the fine print, folks. And then make good choices when it comes to borrowing money and buying cars. wi Jim Clingman, founder of the Greater Cincinnati African American Chamber of Commerce, is the nation’s most prolific writer on economic empowerment for Black people. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati and can be reached through his Web site, blackonomics. com.

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spoils of war after a victory, and “let slip” is to release from the leash. Time and time again, this country has unleashed the dogs of war on hapless countries in Africa and Asia and Latin America, as if there would never be any consequences for such hostile behavior. Like the days when the French Foreign Legion began in 1831, composed of nationals – misfits generally trying to leave behind their lives and families – from any number of countries outside of France, the French in this case The Washington Informer

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have assembled a band of African soldiers to go into Mali and fight those they now call “terrorists.” The United States apparently has no stomach for such an adventure at this time. But the U.S. is glad that the French are intervening, and is supplying some logistical support. But what can this county expect when its foreign policy is one which only threatens mayhem –as in Shakespeare’s prologue to Henry V, where that warlike king is described as having at his heels, waiting to be un-

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