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Alternative School Reduces Truancy By Dorothy Rowley WI Staff Writer Three years ago, Makia Baugh had practically given up on school. She rarely attended classes, and when she did, her attention span proved to be next to nothing and she had absolutely no interest in learning.

The entire time she was enrolled at Cardozo Senior High School in Northwest, her nonchalant attitude toward education eventually led to other issues, and brought a screeching halt to her childhood. But then one day, Baugh experienced an epiphany. “I wanted to change my life,”

said Baugh, 20. “I realized that because I had a child, I had to do something to better her life and mine.” She soon learned about Luke C. Moore (LCM) High School in Northeast, which affords truant and other troubled youth an alternative solution to completing their high school education and

earning a diploma. She liked what LCM had to offer, especially its Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program or JROTC – which Baugh said she felt might help her to become more disciplined. Meanwhile, Kendra Hall had already dropped out of Spingarn Senior High School in Northeast

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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. paign. case in such a way, the average “If we are ever going to eradi“It seems to be a vicious cycle person can get it.” She said at the cate domestic violence, we must that won't turn my family end of the day, the book will look at both sides of the coin. loose,” Marlow said. Marlow help people begin to have a dia- We need to address both the vicshared her story with the audi- logue about domestic violence. tim and the batterer,” Marlow Construction clear theHeights land on Jan. 30 for present Fort Totten Square, a new ence at thecrews District Also at the event wasmixed-use said. development coming to Domestic Violence Symposium Northeast. /Photo by Roy Lewis 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 utive life terms without parole public and private schools. She Family and Youth Services by a Maryland jury for his role in feels children need to be educatCenter of the city of District the Beltway Sniper attacks in ed about domestic violence. Heights and the National Hook- 2002. Mildred Muhammad is “We have to stop being pasUp of Black Women. the founder of After the Trauma, sive-aggressive with poor chilMarlow has written a book, an organization that helps the dren about domestic violence,” “Color Me Butterfly,” which is a survivors of domestic violence Marlow said. story about four generations of member and theirMuriel children. Marlow worked to break Bowser (D-Ward fore the starthas of the groundbreaking By Sam P.K. Collins domestic violence. The book is 4) “I lived incolleague fear for six years. Six ceremony, the cycle ofseveral abuse passers-by in her family, and her D.C. Council exWI Contributing inspired by her ownWriter experiences, member years in Kenyan fear is McDuffie a long time. It is pressed and is confident the policies she (D-Ward their skepticism about Fort and those of her grandmother, 5), not Victor an easy thing to comemayor out Totten is pushing will startas itthat Hoskins, deputy Square’sfor affordability renot uncommon for residents her It’s mother and her daughter. for Planning and Economic Develof,” she said. process. lated to housing. who live in the Riggs Park commuShe said every time she reads opment, alongMuhammad with representatives Mildred said “IRonnie plan toEdwards, take these54,policies to chair of nity of Northeast to jump into their from the JBG Companies Lowea Advisory excerpts from her book, she still people who want to and help Congress Neighborhood and implore them to Commiscars, and drive five minutes into a Enterprises. can not believe the words came domestic violence victim must change our laws,” Marlow said. neighboring jurisdiction to shop, sion 5A, said that more can be done “One of our visions is to end “I will not stop until these polifrom her.over “Color Me it’s Butterfly” however, the years, become be careful of how they go into to residents in the planning leakage. We rather spend ciesinclude won thepoint 2007 “Best retail the victim's life,would and understand are passed.” a sticking for National some. process. our money here in the District of Books” Award. Tia Carolresidents Jones can be reached As other parts of the District that she may be in “survival “When make recom“I was just 16-years-oldAlbrette when Columbia mode”. than in the state of Mary- mendations, at experience a renaissance, they ought to be listened land,” said Hoskins. my eye wondered first blackened and my “Before you get to 'I'm going Ransom why she’s forced The development of Fort Totten to,” said Edwards. “Developers don’t lipsseek bled,” said. such as to kill to out Marlow basic amenities you,' started as aofverbal up to the promises that they Square comes itafter a series con- liveWI ElaineandDavis-Nickens, presi- versations between council members, make on these projects. In order for grocery other retail establishments in the Prince George’sHook-Up County – developers, and the Lamond-Riggs dent of National us to get anything out of these projamenities that she believes should be Development Task Force about what of Black Women, said there is no ects, we have to fight for them.” located in her in neighborhood. consistency the way domestic was to become of the busy but unMcDuffie, 37, who joined the “Thereissues is a are feeling thatwith comes violence dealt by developed area, located four blocks WI Staff Writer

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over you especially when you know what’s going on,” said Ransom, 50, in reference to the lack of retail options in her immediate area. “Why do I have to go to Maryland to spend my money? We don’t get respect out there and we definitely do not get respect here.” But change is on the way and Ransom couldn’t be happier. Ransom counted among a small group of Riggs Park residents who gathered under a white tent last month to witness the groundbreaking of Fort Totten Square, the newmixed use development that will be located at the intersection of Third Street and Riggs Road in Northeast. When it opens in late 2014, it will boast 345 apartments that sit above 130,000-square-feet of street level shops, including a new Walmart. District officials and developers showed up for the groundbreaking ceremony and included Council

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We have stop being D.C. to Council in May, acknowledged that economic development is a “loaded term” that often poor scares respassive-aggressive with idents. He said that his brother and sister still live in Riggs Park, and he children about wants to ensuredomestic that housing remains affordable. to strike that delicate violence. I plan“Wetohavetake these balance of building quality apartwith guaranteeing affordable policies toments Congress and housing,” said McDuffie. “Mixed-use development is a good equation but implore themweto have change to diligently ensureour that the market is conducive to bringing peoto this location.” laws. I willple not stop until While Ransom realizes that some are uncomfortable about the ecothese policies are passed. nomic development in Riggs Park,

from the Fort Totten Metro Station. The large parcel of land, seen as a bridge between Wards 4 and 5, caught the attention of both Bowser and McDuffie, who worked together to ensure that use of the land provided residents with nearby amenities. This particular project resonated with Bowser, chair of the Committee on Economic Development and a former advisory neighborhood commissioner, who heralded the retail and residential space as a symbol of community involvement. “This is a reflection of how to do community development with the community behind you,” said Bowser, 40. “We’ve transformed a very suburban part of the ward into an urban square with great residences and retail, just walking distance of the Fort Totten Metro.” But not everyone supports the economic development soon to come to the area. Less than 30 minutes be-

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she said that Fort Totten Square’s L.Y. Marlow presence will benefit everyone. “We’re in a new century,” said Ransom. “Things can’t be as they once were. Once residents see this, they will embrace it.” wi

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Settles Wants to Make the District a Model City John F. Settles II, a resident of Logan Circle in Northwest, said that he is running in the at-large D.C. Council special election on April 23 because he’s fed up with the general tenor of the council. “I am annoyed with the ethical cloud that hangs over our city government,” said Settles, 42. “I am angry with the school closings that are about to take place. I question some of the decisions our city leaders are making with regards to education because education is the pathway out of poverty.” Settles, a businessman who deals primarily with real estate and community development projects, said that he wants “to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.” “I know that Washington, D.C. can be a model city and a model for other cities,” he said. Settles is a native of the District and received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Howard University in Northwest. He said that his platform can be articulated by the acronym, HELPS. “H stands for housing and we need affordable housing for seniors and those who are disabled,” he said. “We want our seniors to live in dignity and housing should be affordable to police officers, fire fighters and teachers.” Education, Settles said, should not be a competition between the traditional public schools and charter schools but both

ties should work collaboratively. He said that more trade courses should be offered in the school system curriculum “so that people who do not want to go to college can learn [a skill] so they can make a living.” Settles said that companies and industries that come to the District should be “job creators” and special incentives from the District government are needed for small businesses “because they employ the bulk of the city’s workforce.” As a member of the D.C. Council, he said, he would work to set up small business development centers in each ward. Settles would support programs for returning citizens and recruit police officers within the communities they grew up in. He would also work to expand activities for seniors. When asked why he didn’t start his political career by running as an advisory neighborhood commissioner, he said “I am not running to climb the political ladder.” “I have an at-large commitment to the city,” he said. “I have either lived or worked in all of the wards and I can do more as an at-large member of the D.C. Council. I am not looking for a job I am looking to be part of the solution.” Shapiro Accepts Position in Prince George’s Former D.C. Council member at-large candidate Peter Shapiro has been appointed as the executive director of the Prince George’s County Revenue Authority. Shapiro, 49, ran in the April 4, 2012 at-large Democratic

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Viewp int Douglas Carrington Silver Spring, Md. My opinion, in general, about team names that represent a particular group of people, is that if that specific group does not have majority ownership in the franchise, then it does becomes offensive. Names [such as the Redskins] subconsciously perpetuate many stereotypes from the past to the present. I think it would be better for the team to get a name that better represents the city, or give a larger ownership of the franchise to [Native Americans].

Crosby Treadwell Oxon Hill, Md. I do believe that some thought should be given to the sensitivity of people as it pertains to team names. But with the [Native American] population being so small in North America, and more specifically in Washington, D.C., and the fact that the Redskins are a top grossing franchise, I don’t see where there is enough force from that community to exact that change.


Walter Brown Washington, D.C. I don’t really find the name offensive, and I don’t think the team should go through all of the trouble that goes with changing their name. [We know the team by that name and] I don’t believe that there’s really a reason to change it. Changing the name would be like changing the team completely. [The name change] would affect its history and things such as the significance of the rivalry with the Cowboys.

Michael Miller Washington, D.C. I’ve lived in D.C. my whole life and grew up with the Redskins. It’s just a name and I don’t think people should be offended. It would be costly to rebrand the entire franchise and it just wouldn’t feel like the same team. It would take time for people to get used to the change. While I personally don’t see the need to change the team’s name, I wouldn’t be opposed if it were to happen.

Derek Gadsden Washington, D.C. I’m conflicted about the topic. On one hand, it’s just the name of a sports team and it shouldn’t have any racial or political meaning behind it. The Redskins aren’t promoting the name with negative racial connotations. But there’s a race of people who find it offensive and I can understand why Native Americans would want the named changed. Maybe the team can compromise and just shorten the name to the ’Skins.

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moore continued from Page 1 who had also dropped out of high school but took advantage of an opportunity. He enrolled in LCM. Hall decided to follow her brother’s lead. Through an individualized program that addresses academic, social and emotional needs, LCM provides a high-quality secondary educational setting for youth ages 17-20 who had previously dropped out of high school. Hall hit the books for the second time around in 2011. She liked the manner in which the staff and faculty reinforced the importance of completing their high school education and embarking upon a successful career path. But it could only be done by attending classes regularly. “They really help students with special needs,” Hall said. “They give us extra homework and help recover [academic] credits lost from dropping out [of our previous high schools].” Every day, some 2,000 middle and high school students in the District of Columbia Public School (DCPS) system are designated as truant. The issue The Washington Informer

however, has been a long-standing, nationwide concern that has captured the attention of President Barack Obama’s administration. But the problem in the District has become so dire that Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson referred to it as “a crisis.” For example, reports, state that truancy among students who attend Spingarn, Roosevelt, Ballou and Anacostia high schools has reached 40 percent. In an effort to encourage students like Hall and Baugh to attend school on a daily basis and eventually join their peers at commencement exercises, LCM offers through its “New Heights” program, an on-site day care that accommodates up to eight children. Only students who are enrolled at LCM can participate. Today, both young ladies not only eagerly anticipate donning their caps and gowns in June, but both have brighter visions of their futures. While Hall will enroll in a community college, Baugh has her sights set on becoming a paramedic or firefighter. LCM principal Azalia Speight – who watches over more than 300 students – was asked what she’s done differently from other

administrators to reduce truancy and instill a love of learning in her charges. She said that one of her priorities after arriving at the school in 2009, was to bring an attendance counselor on board. “I adjusted my staffing and hired Tiffany Upshaw,” Speight said. “She is gifted, in that she knows all of our students by name and their situations. She knows where they are, and why they’re not in school.” In addition, LCM follows a community intervention approach which engages staff and volunteers to conduct regular home visits to talk to both parents and students about the importance of school attendance. “We send the message that ‘we want you at school and we need you to come back to school,’” Speight said. “If students miss so many days of school we go and get them.” Speight said that when she arrived at LCM, average daily attendance was 32 percent. By the end of her first year, attendance increased to 65 percent, and then to 72 percent the following year. By the end of the 2011-12 school term, the school’s average

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(L/R) Tiffany Upshaw, Luke C. Moore principal Azalia Speight and students Makia Baugh and Kendra Hall meet in Speight’s office to discuss their classes on Feb. 14. /Photo by Roy Lewis

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Makia Baugh and her daughter Kristian, followed by Kendra Hall and her son James, arrive on time for classes at Luke C. Moore High School in Northeast. Tiffany Upshaw, the school’s attendance counselor engages Hall’s little boy on Feb. 14. The school offers the “New Heights” program, an on-site day care that accommodates up to eight children. /Photo by Roy Lewis

“We send the message that ‘we want you at school and we need you to come back to school.’ If students miss so many days of school we go and get them.” – Azalia Speight, Luke C. Moore principal moore continued from Page 8 daily attendance hovered at 75 percent. “The truancy rate dropped about 23 percent last year, and we’re currently between nine and 10 percent,” Speight said. Upshaw believes much of LCM’s success lowering truancy is because it’s an alternative school.

“We understand that there are a lot of issues our students have, like having to find transportation or arranging for child care,” Upshaw said. “In helping them, we also work with the [D.C.] Office of Youth Engagement on a weekly basis – which provides us percentages on truancy rates, and how many kids are marked tardy.” Speight added that the chancellor said that given the population LCM serves and its academ-

ic program, a goal had been set for increasing daily attendance, decreasing truancy and increasing the graduation rate. Henderson praised the school’s truancy turnaround during an August 2012 visit. “She had been very clear to us about [reducing truancy], and partnered with Luke C. Moore to make sure we had the resources necessary to make a change,” Speight said. wi The Washington Informer

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Spelling Bee Starts to Identify its Champions In what’s become a rite of passage for many school-aged children in the District, the local spelling bee identified 32 of the city’s top spellers who will move to the next level – the regional competition. This leads to the national finals in Prince George’s County, Md. Young spellers like Gregory Jones and Linnea Byrne-Kvalsvik who spelled words like gorgeous and formidable, will seek bragging rights to be named the country’s top speller in the 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Md., from May 26 to June 1. “I’m excited and glad, even though I was a little scared,” said Gregory, 10, a 5th grader from Shepherd Elementary School in Northwest, who won second place on Feb. 11. “But once I

started spelling, the words came to me.” His mother was “extremely proud of him.” “He made it to the regional spelling bee in the 4th grade,” said Patrice Jones, who lives in Northwest. “We were talking about how this was an improvement.” Linnea, a 4th grader from Lafayette Elementary School in Northwest, is a “big reader,” said her father Erik Kvalsvik. She snagged first place among her public school peers. In a rigorous two-day competition, the city sought its top spellers among D.C. Public School’s 4th through 8th graders on Feb. 11, and spellers in private, charter, parochial and home schools the following day. Donovan Rolle, an 8th grader at Howard University School of Math and Science in Northwest, gave his mother, Stenise Rolle

Sanders, her best birthday gift on Feb. 12 when he spelled his way to first place after a close round with Samuel Joyce, an 8th grader from Holy Trinity School in Northwest. “My husband usually helps him prepare,” said Rolle Sanders, 35. “He stays on top of him.” This go-around was his second, she said. These four top spellers and 28 other winners, who participated in The Washington Informer’s Scripps National Spelling Bee, will meet other top spellers from the metropolitan area at NBC4’s studios in Northwest on March 9. The top two champions will then advance to the National Spelling Bee. Overall, the children’s performance in the public, and private and charter schools seemed equitable, said pronouncer, Elizabeth Primas, who’s been involved in the spelling bee since 2004. She is the director for literacy at Friend-

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AROUND THE REGION BEE continued from Page 10 still spelling at high levels.” Since the early 1980s, The Washington Informer sponsored the local spelling bee after the weekly newspaper overcame obstacles preventing it from becoming a sponsor. Initially, dailies sponsored the spelling bee. After the original sponsor went out of business, the District’s spelling bee was without one for more than 14 years; although national and international spellers continued to visit for the annual competition. After the Washington Post turned down the opportunity, The Informer’s founder and publisher Dr. Calvin W. Rolark was approached and he agreed to become the sponsor. The first Informer-sponsored spelling bee was 31 years ago at Bertie Backus Junior High School. However, since the competition wasn’t sponsored by a daily newspaper, the District’s winner wasn’t allowed to compete at the nationals. Since the paper was the only black newspaper sponsoring a spelling bee, Rolark surmised that racial discrimination may have been behind it. He and his wife, attorney and D.C.

Council member, Wilhelmina J. Rolark, threatened to file an injunction blocking Scripps from holding the bee in the District until it allowed weeklies to become sponsors. Each year, about 2,000 children from nearly 200 public, private, charter, parochial and home schools participate in the spelling bee. Washington Informer publisher Denise Rolark Barnes, Rolark’s daughter, said her late father would be pleased to know the newspaper he started is continuing to sponsor the spelling bee. “If my dad were here, he would be overjoyed that The Washington Informer is continuing a tradition that he started. The Informer sponsorship of the bee was important to him because the District had been out of the national competition for nearly 20 years,” Rolark Barnes said. “My dad believed that education was fundamental to the success of young people and spelling is critical to that success. Our newspaper is proud to be associated with the education of our local children who truly are our future.” wi

Donovan Rolle, an 8th grader, who attends Howard University School of Math and Science in Northwest, correctly spells the last word and wins 1st place in the private, charter, parochial, and home school segment of the Spelling Bee Competition on Feb. 12 at the Capitol Hill Montessori School. /Photo by Roy Lewis

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Hundreds Board Buses for Historic Tour By Gale Horton Gay WI Staff Writer African-American historical sites that are passed by daily with little notice captured the spotlight on Feb. 16 during the third annual African-American Heritage Bus Tour. Some 220 people spent more than three hours exploring historic sites in three of Prince George’s County’s historically black townships – Fairmount Heights, Glenarden and North Brentwood – and surrounding areas. The tour was sponsored by the Washington Informer Newspaper in partnership with Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center, the DC Lottery, Pepco, Capitol

Entertainment Services, the Coca-Cola Co., Industrial Bank, Harlem Remembrance Foundation, THEARC and Southwest Airlines. “If we don’t accent our history, who will?” said Fairmount Heights Mayor Lillie Thompson Martin, who served as a tour guide on one of the six buses. Martin, a lifelong resident of Fairmount Heights which is one of the oldest and largest African-American communities in the county, tossed aside a tour script saying, “I always talk from my heart.” As the bus slowly rolled through one neighborhood, she pointed out sites such as the Pittman house on Eastern Avenue, which was the family home of architect William Sidney Pittman

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The mayor said the town has an interest in purchasing and restoring the Pittman house. Martin also pointed out houses whose historical significance were not obvious, such as one residence that once served as an elementary school and credit union and the town’s first school for African-American children. Several had received historic register recognition. “Some of these historic houses really need repair,” said Martin. “It’s not something that the

town can do.” Among other places visited on the tour: Fairmount Height’s World War II Memorial, Glenarden Community Center, Woodmore Towne Center, Ridgeley Rosenwald School and the Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center. Glenarden’s mayor, Gail Parker Carter, was also a tour guide on another bus. Glenarden, mostly farmland in the early

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TOUR continued from Page 12 1900s, was initially marketed to black rail workers. Initially, all but three of the 25 households were headed by African Americans. Carmen Robles-Inman of the District said she attended the tour as part of a personal commitment to take in five to six events during Black History Month. Sean Wilson, 18, of Cedar Heights, said his motivation in taking the tour was to learn more about other parts of the county. “I’m really in awe,” he said halfway through the tour. He said he was surprised to learn about the homes in Fairmount Heights that were ordered through Sears-Roebuck and Co.’s mail-order catalog and then assembled by individuals with the help of family and friends. At the Ridgeley Rosenwald School in Capitol Heights, adults and children explored the restored facility that was originally

constructed in 1927 to educate African-American children. LaVerne Gray, whose grandmother donated the land where the school stands, was one of several volunteers who welcomed the visitors and talked about its place in history. Gray, who attended first grade at the school, described Ridgeley Rosenwald as “built on the backs of ex-slaves” and said it reflects how a rural African-American community came together. Upon reboarding the bus, Martin said she wasn’t familiar with the school and had discovered something new. “I thought it was very informative,” said Martin. “I think it’s something we should start scheduling groups of students to come in and take a look, revisit how things were so they can appreciate what they have today.” The day kicked off at the THEARC Theater in Southeast with breakfast, video presentations about the county and the community and a riveting and at times gut-wrenching portray

of abolitionist Harriet Tubman by actress Gwendolyn Briley-Strand. She prepared the audience for an imaginary journey on the Underground Railroad telling them, “Once we get started ain’t no turning back. We have to move or die even if I have to shoot you myself.” Danielle Kittrell of Upper Marlboro was the winner of a drawing and received two roundtrip tickets from Southwest Airlines. The Washington Informer Newspaper was presented with a decree from a representative of Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker proclaiming Feb. 16 as Washington Informer African- American Heritage Day in the county. Denise Rolark Barnes, publisher of the newspaper, spoke of her pride in the area’s African-American community. “I get so emotional sometimes because I just love my people,” said Barnes. “I really do.”wi The Washington Informer

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Famed activist, author and educator Angela Davis spoke to a standing-room-only crowd at Gallaudet University in Northeast on Feb. 14. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

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If the FBI and the federal government believed that imprisoning Angela Davis would scare her into disavowing her political positions and push her into hiding, the years since her incarceration are a clear illustration that that strategy failed. Davis, a renowned author, educator and human rights activist, lectures widely in the United States and elsewhere around the world, speaking truth to power on issues of race, economic disparities, the vagaries of capitalism and the scourge of white supremacy. Last Thursday, Davis, 69, addressed a standing-room-only crowd at Gallaudet University’s Elstad Auditorium, about these issues but she returned often to the idea of intersectionalism. This is a term describing the reality that everyone belongs to one or more categories including race, gender and sexual orientation. Davis encouraged the audience to reach across artificial barriers to learn about each other and find common ground. “… As someone who has studied feminist theory, I believe that we should think together things that are often kept apart,” said Davis. “… the indivisibility of justice implies that we cannot separate different posits, different struggles. It is counter‑productive and contradictory to choose whether to support justice for people of color, for black people, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, or justice for the LGBT (lesbian, The Washington Informer

gay, bisexual and transgender) community. It is also wrong …” Davis said it’s wrong for anyone who is able-bodied to believe that justice is on their side alone. She also said that while it’s wrong to exclude deaf communities and the disabled from the “circle of justice,” the discrimination against these groups will not be corrected if they are suddenly included in the mainstream. Davis –Distinguished Professor Emerita of History and Consciousness and Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Clara and author of nine books – was at Gallaudet at the invitation of the University Office of Diversity and Inclusion as a part of Black History Month. Her lecture was titled “The Indivisibility of Justice.” The theme of her presentation, she said, came from a statement by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King that justice is indivisible. “He said injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere and as people on this campus have demonstrated through the defense of the rights of deaf people and the foraging of a vibrant deaf culture, including a black deaf culture, history reveals the expanding parameters of justice,” said Davis to thunderous applause. “We cannot [assume] that democracy can work if it is confined only to a specific group of people.” She used the 2012 election as an example. “Affluent, white, straight, hearing men used to control this country. But the recent election

showed that even though the majority of white men voted for Mitt Romney, they did not get their will,” said Davis. “Ninety-seven percent of black women, 87 percent of Latina women and the majority of white women voted for President [Barack] Obama. This means that it’s a new day in the United States of America.” The Birmingham, Ala., native said Black History Month is tied to struggles for freedom everywhere. “Black History Month is the history of the quest for liberation and belongs to all of us who cherish history and ongoing struggles,” she explained. “It’s infused with the spirit of resistance and the activist spirit of protest and transformation. It’s important to acknowledge these firsts but we celebrate black history because it’s a centuries-old struggle to achieve and expand for all. Black history is American history. Black history is world history.” Davis remains deeply involved in movements for social justice globally. She is a vocal opponent of racism, white imperialism and mass incarceration. Much of her recent work has focused on the plethora of social problems associated with the rise of the prison-industrial complex, and the criminalization of black and brown people who are already most affected by poverty and racial discrimination. She discussed the importance of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment See DAVIS on Page 15


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DAVIS continued from Page 14 and generated audience laughter when she gently derided the Emancipation Proclamation. “… How many of you celebrated? Many of you didn’t because the Emancipation Proclamation [has] a fraudulent aspect,” said Davis. “It really wasn’t an act to emancipate the slaves. It was a military strategy, not a measure to free human beings from a racist, immoral sys-

tem.” Davis laments that so few Americans know about Reconstruction, the period right after the Civil War which saw blacks assume political office, introduce new laws, progressive laws for women which allowed them to own property and become deeply involved in the struggle to provide education for all children in the South. “This is the most radical era in the history of this country, and most know absolutely nothing

about this short period,” she said. “All of these efforts came during the era of radical reconstruction, Jim Crow and segregation. Everyone should be learning about this period.” Davis said the 13th Amendment, which outlawed slavery and voluntary servitude, is a critically important law which she credits Lincoln for. She said it’s fanciful to believe that by simply signing a document freeing slaves, all the attendant strains of racism, discrimination and related ills would disappear. “… In the mid-20th century, the movements for justice and freedom were necessary. There was slavery and abolition, and then there was the civil rights movement which would have been unnecessary if slavery had been fully abolished,” she explained. But what followed was a violent backlash against Reconstruction with the emergence of the Ku Klux Klan, and the intro-

duction of the punishment system in the form of massive prison plantations, the convict lease system and Jim Crow, Davis said. These practices were the precursors to the prison-industrial complex that envelopes the United States at present, Davis said. The disestablishment of the welfare state and human services, the transfer of capital to profitable sectors of the economy, the decision by the political elite to abandon everything else and the privation of education, health care and the prison system are some vital reasons for the development of the prison-industrial complex, Davis added. “It’s the need to control and manage unemployed black bodies,” she said. While the U.S. comprises five percent of the world’s population, Davis said, 25 percent of the (world’s prison) population – 2.5 million people – is incarcerated and one in every 37 people

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are under the control of criminal justice agencies. Davis said she is dedicated to dismantling the prison-industrial complex and called on the audience to form mass movements to assert their rights and bring about change. Angela McCaskill, Ph.D., a professor of American Sign Language and Deaf Studies, bubbled with excitement. “It was awesome. I’m just so inspired. It’s history happening here. I can’t describe how her being here feels,” she said. “The issues she raised were right on the money. I feel like I’m on Cloud Nine. I hope this will be a catalyst for more dialogue.” Faculty member Laurene Simms, Ph.D., agreed. “It was fabulous, just awesome. I’m elated. She’s just timeless. I feel like I’m in church … it’s a constant reminder to me that in terms of people, I have to treat everyone the same, regardless of who they are.” wi

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Isn’t it Time to Repeal the War on Drugs Why do Black Americans allow the war on drugs unfair toll on people of color to continue? Instead of putting a stop to By William Reed the racial disparities and arrests, prosecutions, imprisonments, Sales Rep: and lack of rehabilitation proFinal Visual In the 40 years since RichAT grams, Blacks unknowingly rth Tue - 12/18/2012 - 9:45:49 AMhave310503.8632 allowed the status quo to contin- ard Nixon declared the war on drugs, that war has cost over ue in their communities. $1 trillion. It has wrought the largest prison population in the world. There are 1.6 million Individual • Business • Contractors • Self-Employed adults in state and federal prisIndividual Returns ons around the country, and many experts believe the costs now vastly outweigh the bene9470 Annapolis Road, Suite 108 fits. More than half a million of Alleviate Lanham, MD 20706 the people incarcerated are there IRS Audits Business Returns Amani Ahmed for drug law violations. CPA, MS Taxation Drug arrests have swelled For FREE Tax Information visit us at since the 1970s and African • Tax Preparation & Planning • Annual & Quarterly Taxes • Late Filing/Multiple Year Filings • Bookkeeping & QuickBooks • New Business Start-Ups & Incorporations: L LC’s & S-Corporations • IRS Audits • IRS Tax Settlements • Individual & Business Tax Notices Americans make up a disproportionate percentage of those arrested. Blacks make up about 13 percent of the U.S. population and about the same percentage of all U.S. drug users, THIS IS A FINAL VISUAL OF YOUR AD. COLORS DISPLAYED HERE WILL NOT MATCH THE PRINTED AD EXACTLY. but they account for more than This is not an opportunity to make changes. Thank you for choosing Valpak® Direct Marketing Systems, Inc. (“Valpak®”). 35 percent of all drug arrests. They also represent 55 percent of all convictions for drug possession and 74 percent of all people imprisoned for drug possession.  Additionally, sentences imposed on Black people in the federal system tend to be about 10 percent longer than those given to White people convicted of the same crime. The outrageous disparity between the sentences meted out for possession of crack cocaine and those given for possession of powder cocaine is a disparity that has helped fill U.S. prisons with Blacks who are low-level drug users (80 percent of sentenced crack defendants are Black). High numbers of Black Americans’ arrests and possession charges show that although the majority of U.S. drug users are White, African Americans are the largest group being targeted as the root of the problem. There is cause for alarm. For Black Americans to allow ongoing incarceration of disproportionately high numbers of us breeds our overall de-

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struction. The problem goes beyond those arrested and sentenced. The war on drugs has destroyed Black families and created the norm that Black children grow up in single parent homes with their fathers and mothers away in prison for long periods of time. While our Black American leadership fiddles along with partisan politics, the future of our race is at risk.  African-American children are over-represented in juvenile hall and family court cases, and as a result, they are removed from their families in droves, and placed in the federal system. While those Blacks who are politically active in Main Street issues are stuck on Main Street, the high incarceration rate of Black fathers and mothers has led to the point where millions of Black families lack a parental figure. One in every 15 African Americans is incarcerated. African-American youth are highly involved in gangs to generate income for families lacking a primary breadwinner.  Isn’t it time we eliminated the racial disparities evident in our nation’s criminal justice policies and practices?  When will we wake up? Who among us can deny that the war on drugs has enabled the police to target African-American communities with high levels of surveillance and invasion of privacy rights?  It’s imperative we have criminal justice reform.  It’s time African Americans get off the wrong side of the drug trade. The facts are overwhelming: The global drug trade ranks as one of the top 20 economies in the world. The U.N. estimates the global illegal drug trade being worth more than $320 billion. Let’s be about the business of repealing genocidal drug laws and regulations. Legalizing and taxing many types of drug sales would yield U.S. governments $46.7 billion in revenue.  Legalizing drugs would save $41 billion a year in enforcement costs. We can’t continue failing strategies. Rather than continuing on the disastrous path of the war on drugs, we need to look at what works and what doesn’t.  Are there any people dedicated enough to support a real and focused movement for racial justice in America?wi William Reed is publisher of “Who’s Who in Black Corporate America” and available for projects via the

NATIONAL The State of Equality and Justice in America: ‘Let Us Not Lose Focus on the Justice Issues That Still Loom’ By Dr. Elsie L. Scott This year, we are celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. As African Americans, we are pleased that this country has progressed from the forced enslavement of our race to the removal of the Jim Crow laws and practices. We are also celebrating the reelection of a man of African descent to a second term as president of the United States. There is a lot to celebrate in 2013, but there is still much work ahead. One area that is seriously flawed and that requires the attention of more than the progressive movement is the “justice system.” It is commonly known that the U.S. incarcerates more of its citizens than any other industrialized country. The fact that a disproportionate number of the persons arrested, convicted and imprisoned are African Americans is troubling. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), in 2010, 4,347 out of every 100,000 Black males were incarcerated in a state, federal or local facility. This number is seven times higher than the number of White males incarcerated. In 2010, African Americans, at 13.1 percent of the U. S. population, made up 38 percent of the total state prison population. Hispanic-Americans, at 16.7 percent of the U. S. population, made up 21 percent of the state prison population. Compare those statistics to White Americans, at 78.1 percent of the U. S. population, made up only 34 percent of the total state prison population. When arrest data are compared to prison data, the percentage of Blacks in the total arrest numbers (27.8 percent) is found to be 10 percent lower than the percentage incarcerated. This seems to indicate that Blacks are more likely to be convicted and sentenced to time in prison than Whites. Similarly, an examination of felony conviction data shows that Black felony convictions are more likely to result in incarceration than White felony convictions. According to BJS data for 2006, 39 percent of persons convicted on felonies were Black and 60 percent were White. Conviction data show that Whites who are convicted are less likely to be incarcerated (66 percent to 72 percent Blacks). For drug offenses, 72 percent of Blacks convicted were incarcerated in 2006 compared to 61 percent of whites. Only 59 percent of Whites convicted of drug trafficking were incarcerated compared to 70

cent of Blacks. The mean maximum sentence imposed by state courts on White felons was 37 months compared to 42 months for Black felons. If violent offenses are isolated, the statistics show that the mean maximum prison sentence given to Whites was 99 months, but the mean for Blacks was 108 months. Why are such large numbers of Blacks in prison? To answer that question one needs to drill down into the issue of race, arrests and convictions. Almost any Black man can tell a story of being stopped by the police under questionable circumstances. Regarding convictions, look at the fact that DNA testing has exonerated over 300 persons and 70 percent of the exonerations have been people of color. As long as many see the image of crime as a Black man, this country will struggle with addressing race in the criminal justice system. Young Black boys will continue to be placed in the prison pipeline, beginning with childish pranks until society returns school discipline to the school system. Prisons will continue to be full of Black men until investments are made in removing the barriers that are contributing to school dropouts because two-thirds of school dropouts end up in the criminal justice system. In recent years, there has been a reduction in the number of persons incarcerated. Now, action must be taken to address the problems faced by persons released from prison. Laws and ordinances that prevent ex-inmates from securing housing and employment are impediments to them becoming productive citizens. Their paths to restoration must begin with reinstating their civil rights, especially their right to vote. So as we celebrate the freedom and equality anniversaries, let us not lose focus on the justice issues that still loom before us.  wi    

Dr. Elsie L. Scott, founding director of the Ronald W. Walters Center at Howard University, is immediate past president/CEO of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. This article

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Electronic payments provide a safer, more convenient and cost-effective way for people to get their federal benefits than paper checks.

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o Financial institution’s routing number To sign up for the Direct Express® card, people should notify their federal benefit agency at the time of enrollment or call (800)333-1795. Once approved for federal benefits, they will receive their Direct Express® card and an information packet in the mail. If you need to e-mail your questions or comments about the Go Direct® Program, do not send your Social Security number or account numbers through e-mail. You can contact Go Direct at: Go Direct® Customer Service Monday - Friday (8 a.m. - 8 p.m. ET) (877) 874-6347 If you have questions about your individual federal payment, contact your paying agency. Below are toll-free telephone numbers for the major federal benefit agencies. o Social Security Administration: (800) 772-1213

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o Office of Personnel Management: (888)767-6738 (Washington, DC area only: (202) 6060500) If the benefit recipient has a bank or credit union account, he/she can sign up for direct deposit online, or by calling the U.S. Treasury Electronic Payment Solution Center at (800) 333-1795, or visiting their local bank/credit union branch, or federal benefit agency office. Those who prefer a prepaid debit card can sign up for the Direct Express® card by calling the U.S. Treasury Electronic Payment Solution Center toll-free at (800) 333-1795 or contacting their local federal benefit agency office. No bank account is required to sign up for the card. Whether you bank with Industrial Bank or not, if you are receiving Social Security, VA, or other benefits by paper check, please pay attention to the information provided within this article and be sure to reach out to the specified resources to have all of your questions answered BEFORE the March 1, 2013 deadline. If you do not have a banking relationship and are in the market for a bank partner, know that Industrial Bank is ready to support you as you look to invest in yourself, invest in your dreams, and invest in your future.

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Racial Disparities Linger in Disease Prevention By Ron Dellums Guest Columnist Black History Month is an opportunity to reflect on how far America and the African-American community has come, and how much more we have to accomplish. Consider the field of health care. As the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Minority Health said last year, “Although black people have continued to make strides and shape the United States, health rates on average for chronic diseases, infections and death have taken a toll on the population.” True, some health issues are linked to personal responsibility, such as diet and exercise. Yet other health issues in our community are impacted by the decisions of others – and it is these issues that we must work to correct. Everyone knows that infants are uniquely susceptible to infections, and premature babies are especially vulnerable as their lungs are still developing. In addition, many have not yet acquired all of their mothers’ antibodies. This time of year, that puts them at greater risk of catching diseases such as respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a common childhood infection, and increases the risk of serious illness and hospitalization. Take note: RSV has a disproportionate impact on the African-American community. In the words of Debra A. Toney, president of the National Black

Nurses Association, “Not only are African Americans over-represented among infants who are premature and/or low birth weight, they are also over-represented within the ranks of almost all other RSV risk factors.” Serious illness and hospitalizations are sometimes terrifying (and all too often expensive) for parents. While no vaccine exists to completely protect against RSV, preventative treatment options do exist, alleviating worry and greater expense down the road. Unfortunately, it’s become increasingly difficult for families to access these treatments due to a change by the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) in their “Red Book,” a compilation of best practices and treatment guidelines for pediatricians. Reports have indicated that since 2009, the AAP has limited both the number of infants who are eligible for RSV prophylaxis, as well as the number of treatments that babies can receive – a reduction based not on science, but on “cost.” The AAP’s guidelines are widely used by private insurance companies, as well as by Medicaid. Accordingly, what’s in there is what is covered – so when the AAP restricts coverage of RSV treatments, unintended consequence occur such as some insurance companies restricting their coverage. Families with money, of course, can pay out of pocket See RSV on Page 19


A new change in U.S. pediatrician’s best practices guidelines could put millions of minority babies and small children at risk for developing complications to the respiratory synctial virus (RSV). / Courtesy photo

RSVt continued from Page 18 for the preventative treatment if they’re turned down by their insurance company. Those without a few thousand dollars to spare, however, don’t have that luxury, and have to cross their fingers that their child’s case of RSV doesn’t become severe. In effect, we’ve created a two-tiered health care system. Think about it: we’re trying to save health care dollars on the backs of defenseless infants. Is this the kind of health care system that our premature babies deserve?

Three weeks ago, the National Medical Association, the nation’s oldest and largest organization of African-American physicians, issued a press release about the AAP guidelines, asserting “We cannot continue to experiment with our infants or support ‘off-label’ treatment via decreasing the length of treatment and dosing. The NMA will continue to advocate for increased research and demands the recommended duration of treatment be based on substantial clinical trials and thus scientific evidence.” This is not the first time the NMA has raised this issue. Two

years ago, it issued a detailed, thoroughly researched consensus report on the disease and its impact on minority communities. Still, this issue has yet to reach the level of serious dialogue. Perhaps Black History Month will remind us all to stay engaged in this issue. It would only be appropriate to consider the NMA’s recommendations as we work to improve the health of African Americans. Ron Dellums is a former U.S. Representative from California and former mayor of Oakland, Calif. wi

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A bill that would make Nov. 1 a celebratory occasion, marking official recognition of the day in 1864 when enslaved people in Maryland were declared free, has cleared Maryland House and Senate hearings and awaits votes in both houses. Maryland Delegate Jolene Ivey (D-Dist. 47), a co-sponsor of the bill, said she was pleased and encouraged that the bill made it through both hearings without any opposition. She said the bill has received “very strong bipartisan support,” and she did not foresee any amendments being made to the bill. “The time has come,” said Ivey. “It’s not controversial. People are excited about it.” Ivey noted that legislators generally are not eager to designate special dates because it can be overdone. However, this time lawmakers were “enthusiastic” and “attentive.” “We are almost at the 150th anniversary of the end of slavery in Maryland,” she said.“We have been so busy honoring and recognizing the War of 1812. The Washington Informer

For many Americans the end of slavery is certainly more relevant to their lives.” During the Civil War, Maryland was a border state that remained in the Union under military occupation but the state’s enslaved people did not receive freedom under a new state constitution until nearly two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation freed those enslaved in the Confederacy. Lincoln issued the proclamation five days following the Battle of Antietam near Sharpsburg, Md., in September 1862. Sen. Karen S. Montgomery (D-Dist.14), also a co-sponsor of the bill, said she’s inspired that Brookeville, Md., to which President James Madison fled in the War of 1812, freed its able-bodied slaves, cared for its youth and elderly and taught all residents (black and white) to read and write even before the Emancipation Proclamation was in place. “Freedom is at the core of our identities as Marylanders and Americans,” said Montgomery. “What a powerful feeling it must have been on that morning with

the horror of slavery ended. It’s fitting that we mark this turn in a struggle that continues through generations.” Ivey and Montgomery said they hope the bill will raise awareness of how each state took its own path to freedom. The bill, which has 80 delegate co-sponsors and nine in the Senate, would require Gov. Martin O’Malley’s signature to make it official. The first proclamation would take place on Nov. 1 if the bill is passed in the General Assembly this session. Bill supporters are hopeful that this official recognition will encourage Marylanders to learn more about the subject and better understand their state’s role in the expansion of freedom at the end of the Civil War. “The more we embrace the facts of our past – the good, the bad, and the uncomfortable – the stronger we become as modern citizens,” said David Taft Terry, the former executive director of the Reginald Lewis Museum in Baltimore and current director of Museum Studies at Morgan State University. w

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What’s My Name? Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Clay, is perhaps the most recognizable and charismatic sports figure in American history. In 1964, at the age of 22, Clay won the World Heavyweight Championship after defeating Sonny Liston before a sellout crowd of 8,297 in Miami. That same month, after joining the Nation of Islam (he subsequently converted to Sunni Islam in 1975), Clay changed his name to Muhammad Ali. This week in Black History1967, Ali faced the gargantuan Ernie Terrell, who stood 6 feet, 6 inches tall and boasted an 82-inch reach. While Ali was known for taunting his opponents, Terrell turned the tables on Ali, refusing to refer to him by his adopted name, publicly calling him “Clay.” Ali considered the refusal a true insult and warned Terrell “I’m gonna punish you.” By the final rounds of the fight, Ali can be seen and heard screaming at Terrell as he pummels him, “What’s My Name?” His name is Muhammad Ali.

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olkswagen put the tiny island nation of Jamaica squarely on the map with its Super Bowl commercial featuring a white man with a Jamaican accent trying to cheer co-workers. The commercial is just one clear example of the power of Jamaica’s cultural brand and the impact of the island’s music, language and other cultural idioms on people and countries around the world, said Carolyn J. Cooper, Ph.D. Cooper is one of Jamaica’s most well-known cultural experts and her lectures, books, blog posts and columns in the Jamaica Gleaner are rich with discussions about issues that sit at the nexus of color, race, status, power and language. “Jamaicans are an island people with a continental outlook who are not bound by the island,” said Cooper in a recent interview. “We’re just not limited by the sea. I also believe that the size of Jamaica, its rocky terrain and physical landscape give us a sense of being on a bigger island.” Cooper, an author and longtime lecturer at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, credits the development and explosion of reggae music, Rastafarianism, Jamaica’s success in track and field, liter-

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ature, and academic and other endeavors as the by-products of a people who won’t take no for an answer and who by their very nature have woven the African part of themselves in everything they do. “The Jamaican aesthetic is, at its root, African. The culture of the people is African and it manifests itself that way,” said Cooper, who calls Jamaica a superpower because of its cultural heft. That aesthetic is expressed, for example, in the colors of the dress of market people and the

colorful wrappings of their skirts. “We have carried ancestral memory, the bright colors, a lot of the movement, the riddims of dancehall, all this is an updating of the African aesthetic,” Cooper explained. “I see the move from gold material to gold chains as a return to the African aesthetic. The National Gallery of Art could stand up anywhere in the world.” Cooper was a special guest of the Jamaican Embassy in Wash-

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black history & Diversity JAMAICA continued from Page 23 ington, D.C. recently as a part of their Jamaica 50 Lecture series where she discussed a mélange of Jamaica’s social, political and cultural issues in a lecture titled, “Stuck in Traffic: Jamaica Culture Outta Road.” In his introduction, Ambassador Stephen Vasciannie described Cooper as a “wily, bold and frank purveyor of cultural ideas.” Cooper used the proliferation of vehicles on Jamaican roads as a metaphor for the often fractious state of affairs in the country in general, and also used it as a launching pad for deeper discussion about Jamaica, class and culture. Fifty years ago, she said, there were 43,508 motorcars, 11,710 trucks, buses and tractors registered and traveling on Jamaican roads. In 2008, there were

270,000 cars on the road and a profusion of other vehicles which represent a 600 percent increase of vehicles. “Some would say it’s a clear

sign of development in Jamaica but there are treacherous roads, potholes which stretch out before you, bad mind, malicious potholes,” Cooper said, tongue

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in cheek. In Jamaica, the car is a status symbol not just a mode of transportation and as such you can’t be a person of status and drive certain vehicles. She questioned the psychological state of drivers who more often than not, drive with reckless abandon, who all believe they have to right-of-way, and who “even when they know the rules, break the rules.” Cooper used right-of-way literally and symbolically. As a developing country, Jamaica is faced with unemployment, balance of payment problems, corruption, crime and related issues. “This is a profound sign of multiple conflicts playing out in the country,” she said. “It’s motorists vs. pedestrians, motorist vs. motorist. Sign posts are pointing to the upward signs of mobility. It’s about the rightof-way and social space seen in popular and literary domains. It’s the difficult journey on Jamaican roads … with red, green and yellow lights turned upside down.” There is always a contest between drivers and pedestrians, and the red light, Cooper said, gives motorists the power to decide if they’ll stop or not. “The only light they acknowledge is the green light,” she said with a laugh. Wrapped up within such simple actions, Cooper argues, are the precariousness of destiny and the vulnerability of pedestrians. Cooper then used lyrics of songs by musicians Bob Marley, Nas, Damien Marley and Vybz Cartel, and the words of poet Lorna Goodison and human rights crusader Marcus Garvey to illuminate the road being trav-

Members of the Jamaican Track team celebrate setting a new world’s record during the Summer 2012 Olympics in London. Below, Jamaican schoolchildren pose for tourists on their way home from school. / Courtesy photos

eled by the poor, dispossessed and other marginalized people. In Jamaica, while the majority of its people are of African origin, there are Jamaicans who are of European, Chinese, Lebanese, Syrian, Jewish and East Indian extraction. As with other countries in the Caribbean, Jamaicans continue to wrestle with the legacy of slavery and issues of race, caste, position and power relationships. “There are new ways of looking at social relationships, the high and low, the powerful and not,” she said. “People are contesting the usual power relationships between themselves and others. It is at the crosswalk where the masquerades of power are grandly shown.” bhm

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black history & Diversity Constructing Black Selves: Caribbean American Narratives and the Second Generation By Lisa Diane McGill

In 1965, the Hart-Cellar Immigration Reform Act ushered in a huge wave of immigrants from across the Caribbean—Jamaicans, Cubans, Haitians, and Dominicans, among others. How have these immigrants and their children negotiated languages of race and ethnicity in American social and cultural politics? As black immigrants, to which America do they assimilate? Constructing Black Selves explores the cultural production of second-generation Caribbean immigrants in the United States after World War II as a prism for understanding the formation of Caribbean American identity. Lisa D. McGill pays particular attention to music, literature, and film, centering her study around the figures of singer-actor Harry Belafonte, writers Paule Marshall, Audre Lorde, and Piri Thomas, and meringuehip-hop group Proyecto Uno. Illuminating the ways in which Caribbean identity has been transformed by mass migration to urban landscapes, as well as the dynamic and sometimes conflicted relationship between Caribbean American and African American cultural politics, Constructing Black Selves is an important contribution to studies of twentieth century U.S. immigration, African American and Afro-Caribbean history and literature, and theories of ethnicity and race.

Read More about Them The Other America: Caribbean Literature in a New World Context By J. Michael Dash

A wide-ranging work that explores two centuries of Caribbean literature from a comparative perspective. While haunted by the need to establish cultural difference and authenticity, Caribbean thought is inherently modernist in its recognition of the interplay between cultures, brought about by centuries of contact, domination, and consent.

The Repeating Island: The Caribbean and the Postmodern By Antonio Benitez-Rojo

In The Repeating Island, Antonio Benítez-Rojo, a master of the historical novel, short story, and critical essay, continues to confront the legacy and myths of colonialism. This co-winner of the 1993 MLA Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize has been expanded to include three entirely new chapters that add a Lacanian perspective and a view of the carnivalesque to an already brilliant interpretive study of Caribbean culture. As he did in the first edition, Benítez-Rojo redefines the Caribbean by drawing on history, economics, sociology, cultural anthropology, psychoanalysis, literary theory, and nonlinear mathematics. His point of departure is chaos theory, which holds that order and disorder are not the antithesis of each other in nature but function as mutually generative phenomena. Benítez-Rojo argues that within the apparent disorder of the Caribbean—the area’s discontinuous landmasses, its different colonial histories, ethnic groups, languages, traditions, and politics—there emerges an “island” of paradoxes that repeats itself and gives shape to an unexpected and complex sociocultural archipelago. Benítez-Rojo illustrates this unique form of identity with powerful readings of texts by Las Casas, Guillén, Carpentier, García Márquez, Walcott, Harris, Buitrago, and Rodríguez Juliá.

Among Our Top Picks

B. Doyle Mitchell, Jr. and Patricia Mitchell have collaborated to produce the History of Industrial Bank in a new illustrated book. As part of the critically acclaimed Images of America Series, the book chronicles the history of this prestigious black owned institution from its founding in 1934 by Jesse H. Mitchell with images from the Industrial Bank archives and the Scurlock Studio Records. The Bank’s story is vividly brought to life celebrating the celebrities, politicians, community activists, employees, and valued customers that have played such an important role in the history of the Bank, the city, and the nation.

Highlights of Industrial Bank: Rising from the Depression Building the Bank Celebrating milestones and successes Connecting to the community and customers Continuing the legacy

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Ella Maria Ray’s Art Say To You?

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he Art Exhibition “Us Just” Sankofa – Heritage Revealed Opens at the Marlboro Gallery on the campus of Prince George’s Community College – 301 Largo Road, Upper Marlboro , MD on Tuesday March 5, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. The exhibition will is free and open to the public and runs through April 11, 2013. More than 50 original pieces of art from Dr. Ray’s four (4) ongoing series. This is a must see exhibition. Dr. Ella Maria Ray’s students quickly find the connection between her ceramic sculptors and their lessons. This is because Dr. Ray uses literature and art interchangeably when she is teaching her students in African American Studies to have a better understanding of both the African and African American cultures at Metropolitan State University in Denver, CO. Dr. Ray earned a B.A. from Colorado College and

a M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Johns Hopkins University in Maryland. At first glance, her work feels, deep, dynamic, and familiar. Dr. Ella Maria Ray’s work encourages her audience to view her art as one of many tools that are used throughout the world to express history and culture. “I want people to see and respect the multitude of ways we can and should document our history to reveal our heritage,” says Dr. Ray. Her creations are fired-clay ceramic visions designed in masks and figurines. Bold and intriguing in style, her ceramic sculptures include Africana signs, symbols, shells, and colors in unique textural style that allow one’s mind to move into their own personal space of understanding the Africana experience. They create emotions that can erupt our known reality and consciousness to reveal our heritage through surreal awareness.

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“I give viewers the opportunity to look at my art and ponder, what the piece is saying to them at a ‘soulular’ level, because it is that ‘soulular’ level that makes the profound difference for each of us,” Ray says. Dr. Ray approaches her passion for art and anthropology in a very thorough and committed manner. “My love for anthropology and art has allowed me to delve deeper into exploring African and African American history and culture in ways that broaden the understanding of humanity for myself and others. Through the experiences that displaced African Americans have had and continue to have, it is important to know that we are not alone.” Dr. Ray has re-created patterns of Africana ancestors with her intellectual and aesthetic energy to teach us how to reflect on:


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“Ask Me” About Washington

Today, D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) will host about 50 members of Congress for her annual “Ask Me About DC” Fair. She invites them to meet with vendors from the local tourism industry to learn all they need to know about the District’s historic sites, along with tourist attractions, night life, lodging, dining, culture, entertainment, sports activities and transportation. It’s well worth the time and effort to attend due to the fact that many members of Congress end up spending more time in the District than they do in their own home congressional districts. The fair also marks what will soon be the launch of the tourist season in the District. With the Cherry Blossoms scheduled to make their annual appearance in March and the annual Cherry Blossom Parade that follows, hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world will converge on the nation’s capital and bring with them cash to spend which contributes significantly to the city’s coffers. But it’s the local residents who too often miss out on all of the fun. The national and local museums, the downtown festivals, the local historic landmarks and the other major attractions that the tourists seem to enjoy remain a mystery to the area’s locals. It’s disappointing to realize that the hundreds of buses that traverse the city all summer long, including the one’s with students who fill up yellow school buses, are not filled with residents who are taking in all of the sights and enjoying all of the fun. This is why The Washington Informer established the annual African American Heritage Tour three years ago. It’s our way of emulating Congresswoman Norton’s “Ask Me About DC” Fair, and to get local residents asking and learning more about the city and the metropolitan area they call home. There is so much history and culture, fun events and learning adventures in and around the nation’s capital that it could take almost a lifetime to see it all. And inevitably, people who attend the African American Heritage Tour always say they learned many new things about the D.C. area when the tour is completed. We encourage our readers to establish “Discover DC Days” of their own and take a day or a week to visit places and learn what you can about this great city we live in. Grab a child, or several of them, and take them on a treasure hunt for landmarks great and small. Better yet, take a course on D.C. tourism and discover how you can earn extra income by becoming a tour guide. The demand for tour guides is great but the supply is lacking. Who can tell the D.C. story better than a native Washingtonian? It is a tradition for the member of Congress from the District of Columbia to welcome new members to the District. But the job is not exclusively hers, and there is so much that can be learned about this great region that must be told by those who live, feel and breathe it.

Save a Live; Become a Mentor

Five teens have been murdered this year in Prince George’s County. If these senseless killings don’t raise a red flag of a crisis of unbridled violence, what will? On the afternoon of Monday, Feb. 18, Charles Michael Walker, a 15-year old freshman at Suitland High School, was reportedly shot and killed around 4 p.m. on his way to deliver a pair of Timberland boots to his girlfriend. An associate told reporters that Charles was approached by someone who demanded the boots. When Charles resisted, the assailant shot him but there is still no known motive for the shooting. What is known is that a young life was taken leaving his family and friends grieving. It’s senseless and inexplicable. On January 20, Marcus Jones, 16, of Ft. Washington, was reportedly gunned down after leaving a birthday party in Prince George’s County. His friends and family said he was well-liked, but someone who probably didn’t even know the teen decided that his life was dispensable, so they killed him and walked way. The deaths of three other Prince George’s teens, along with reports of other senseless killings of teens and young adults all across the country, leaves the public sighing and asking, “Here we go again,” or “What can be done?” There are solutions to this violence, and prevention is achievable. And, thanks to a host of organizations that understand the value and power of mentors, the call for more men and women to get involved in the lives of young people is reverberating. If the loss of these young lives is upsetting to you, then make a difference and become a mentor. An organization is waiting to hear from you right now. By press time on Wednesday, Feb. 20, a sixth teen was murdered in Prince George’s County.

Fulfilling a Mission!

As a consistent reader of the Washington Informer Newspaper, I wish to commend you, Ms. Rolark Barnes and staff for publishing an outstanding newspaper! Specifically, the excellent pictures, the outstanding Black Facts section, the informative advertising, the Character Education Section, the Religious Corner section, your informative updated website and other presentations all combine to give this newspaper a rating of A+.  My wish list includes additional machine locations throughout the D.C. area where you can reach our citizens in all four quadrants of this city.  Thank you again and God Bless!   Geraldine Scott Jackson Washington, D.C.

The Picture Tells the Story

I want to commend you on your February 14, 2013 frontpage photograph by Khalid Naji-Allah. Mr. Naji-Allah was able to capture the emotional contrasts exhibited by Anne Beers Elementary School teacher, Jacqueline Simms, who was just awarded a $25,000 prize, and of the students and other teachers who surrounded her. You can just feel the overwhelming and tearful joy expressed in the face of Ms. Simms, and the pure joy of those around her. It’s something special when a photograph can catch your eye, draw you into it, and then have you respond emotionally to it. I can only imagine what Ms. Simms felt when she found out that she had won the prize, but after viewing the front-page photograph of her expression, it had to be something very, very rewarding.

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Guest Columnist

By Julianne Malveaux

State of the Union on Point I was among the 33.5 million people who sat riveted to their televisions, parsing every second of the State of the Union address. I was stunned to learn, through a Washington Post article by Lisa De Moraes, that viewership was less substantial for this address than last year’s 38 million, and even lower than the 48 million that watched in 2010. Are people less interested in what our president has to

say? Or is there something else going on? In any case, this was an important and significant SOTU address. Unleashed from the pressure of re-election, and able to set forth a progressive and aggressive agenda, President Obama dealt with some of the key issues that face our nation. He was able to utter the word “poverty” without his tongue freezing up. Unfortunately, he is still unable to utter the words “Black” or “African American.. Still, President Obama laid out

an agenda that will ultimately have a positive effect on the African American community, especially if some of his efforts are targeted. In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “The curse of poverty has no justification in our age. It is socially as cruel and blind as the practice of cannibalism at the dawn of civilization, when men ate each other because they had not yet learned to take from soil or to consume the abundant animal life around them. The time has come for us

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to civilize ourselves by the total, direct and immediate abolition of poverty.” President Obama was not so direct, nor so cutting. But he offered important clarity to an issue his administration has ignored heretofore. While focusing on the middle class, he also noted that people should not work full time and still earn a wage that puts them beneath the poverty line. His advocacy for a minimum wage of $9 per hour, or about $18,000 a year for a single worker who might support

a family, was a significant move forward for the poor. Missing was a conversation about poor people and health benefits, and about the employers who refuse to employ people full time so that they can avoid paying benefits. Obamacare will cover many of these employees, but the fact that profitable companies would rather offer a worker 22 hours than 30 to save money is reprehensible. The State of the Union address

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By Lee A. Daniels

Whitney M. Young, Jr.: The Powerbroker of the Civil Rights Movement He was one of the great civil rights leaders of his time—so influential that he graced the cover of an issue of Time magazine. He was on easy social terms with some of America’s leading corporate titans and a president of the United States. He was the last person to speak at the landmark 1963 March on Washington before Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was responsible for the

employment of tens of thousands of Black Americans during the 1960s – and, it can be said, for the employment of millions in the decades afterward. More than any other individual, he opened the upper reaches of corporate America to Black men and women. His ideas for improving the lot of Black Americans – expanding their educational and employment opportunity, and fortifying their physical and social well-being – influenced President Lyndon B.

Johnson’s crafting of his Great Society legislation. He helped steer Black America through the social and political cauldron of the late 1960s and negotiated, in effect, a peace treaty with the Nixon administration for Black America that produced more federal funding for programs intended to bolster Black Americans than ever before. And, his tragic death cut short a life much too soon. His name was Whitney M.

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Young, Jr. He was the powerbroker of the Civil Rights Movement. He was That word is the foundation of the title of a documentary on Young’s life and work being shown this week on Public Broadcasting Service stations. “The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights” captures the importance of a man who was at the center of the enormous effort in the 1960s to transform the United States from a de facto apartheid state to

a true democracy, but who, since his death in 1971 while swimming at an ocean beach in Nigeria, seemed to rapidly disappear from the public consciousness. The documentary, produced by Young’s niece, Bonnie Boswell, is the first substantial treatment of him since a biography by scholar Dennis Dickerson (who is included in the documentary) 15 years ago. The superb effort is both long

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By Bill Fletcher, Jr.

It’s Time for Us to Deliver for the Postal Service

I have written about this previously but I am getting more and more concerned that the Postal Service will go the way of the dodo bird. Like virtually every other part of the legitimate role of government, the Postal Service is and has been under attack by conservatives. The perpetrators of the assault are the same crew that have been trying to privatize everything that is standing. Organizations such as

the right-wing Cato Institute and their allies in Congress wish to see the U.S. Postal Service weakened to the point that it ceases to exist. Then they would have the mail handled through privately owned operations. There are many reasons that we should be concerned about this attack. First, postal delivery is actually a Constitutional right. It is there in the Constitution. Now, our conservative friends will throw their hands in the air and exclaim that they are not challenging the Constitution.

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Rather, they will argue, mail delivery can, allegedly, be handled more efficiently by private outfits. There is no particular reason to believe that private companies can handle the mail more efficiently than the USPS. With the USPS we are guaranteed that everything of a certain weight gets delivered to specific sites in the U.S.A. for a given price. In other words, a letter weighing one ounce does not cost more if it is mailed from Baltimore to Spokane or from Baltimore to New York. With The Washington Informer

privatization we can be guaranteed that the cost of mail would vary according to where the mail is being sent. A second reason for concern has to do with the workforce. The Postal Service has been an important employer of African Americans and, especially since the unionization of the Postal Service in the early 1970s, it has provided employment at good wages with good benefits. In a situation where good jobs are vanishing as quickly as one can say ‘Jack be nimble…,’ the Post-

al Service jobs cannot be easily dismissed. There is a ripple effect with good jobs. With good paying jobs people have more money to spend in their neighborhoods. With poorly paying jobs—or no jobs at all—the neighborhood suffers. Thus, each time you hear about the closing of a post office or a bulk mail center, it is not only an inconvenience to you but it probably is having a net negative impact on that community.

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Child Watch©

By Marian Wright Edelman

Protecting Our Most Precious Resource vote, he continued: “In the two months since Newtown, more than a thousand birthdays, graduations, anniversaries have been stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun. One of those we lost was a young girl named Hadiya Pendleton. She was 15 years old. She loved Fig Newtons and lip gloss. She was a majorette. She was so good to her friends, they all thought they were her best friend. Just three weeks ago, she was here, in Washington, with her classmates, performing for her country at my inauguration.

As President Obama closed his State of the Union speech on February 12, after listing all of his other policy proposals for the nation’s future, he said: “Of course, what I’ve said tonight matters little if we don’t come together to protect our most precious resource—our children.” As he urged the members of Congress in the audience to bring upcoming proposals for common sense gun reform to a

And a week later, she was shot and killed in a Chicago park after school, just a mile away from my house. Hadiya’s parents, Nate and Cleo, are in this chamber tonight, along with more than two dozen Americans whose lives have been torn apart by gun violence. They deserve a vote.” Like the 20 beautiful young faces of Newtown 5- and 6-yearolds massacred with guns two months ago, Hadiya’s story and beautiful smile have become sadly familiar to many Americans over the last two weeks. As

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a sixth grader Hadiya had appeared in an anti-gang video to encourage other young people to avoid gang violence, saying, “It’s your job as students to say ‘no’ to gangs and ‘yes’ to a great future.” She could have meant a future like her own: as a high school sophomore, she was an honors student at a college preparatory school—doing everything right, with the world ahead of her. But all that changed because of a gun. Gun violence has left our nation littered with broken hearts,

decade after decade. Since 1968, more than 1.3 million Americans have been killed with guns, including children and teens, that would fill 7,815 classrooms of 20 children each. On Valentine’s Day, two months to the day after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, Hadiya’s mother Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton joined the Children’s Defense Fund and One Million Moms for Gun Control to deliver a powerful message to all members of

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By Raynard Jackson

Minimum Wage Plan Should Spark Maximum Rage The one thing that stood out with me from his speech was his wanting to increase the federal minimum wage from $ 7.25 an hour to $ 9 an hour. With a weak economy, you want to increase the cost of labor? Are you kidding me? This is like asking someone who just had a root canal to have a steak dinner or someone with a broken leg to play basketball— it’s painful. I am philosophically opposed to a minimum wage because it is very detrimental to the very people it’s supposed to help

Last week, President Obama gave his annual State of the Union speech before a joint session of Congress. I am stunned at how far left he has moved politically. He wants more government spending, more programs, and more government regulations. Ted Kennedy, the late senator from Massachusetts, would be very proud of Obama’s continued lurch to the left.

– low and under-skilled workers. I know why a minimum wage was created. Its creation flowed out of the Great Depression of the 1930s. Workers were routinely exploited in factories and sweatshops and worked in unimaginably horrible conditions. Like many government programs, good often intensions lead to mission creep. Mission creep is when you create a program to solve a very specific problem and then the solution is expanded to address an additional problem that had nothing to


do with the original problem. It’s like going to the grocery store to buy food and walking out with a new pair of shoes along with the food. There is nothing wrong with buying a new pair of shoes, but it has absolutely nothing to do with feeding your family. Minimum wage started out as a way of protecting mostly women and children from being exploited. But, it has now led to the notion of livable wage. I live in Virginia where the livable wage is in excess of $ 10 an hour (well above the federal minimum

wage of $ 7.25 an hour). Local politicians determine what the livable wage is (but it is always higher than the federal minimum wage). Even the most radical of liberals must admit that workplace protections have improved drastically since the 1930s; so worker protection is no longer a valid argument for minimum wage laws. Thus, the pro-minimum wage crowd has morphed into the pro-livable wage crowd.

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By Askia Muhammad

‘Creature Comforts’ Trap Many Politicians AI don’t get it. Politicians, especially members of Congress legislate for themselves the best of everything, even if everyone else in the society is suffering. Members of Congress – after just one term in office – are entitled to retirement benefits which equal their full salary while in Congress. They continue to receive health insurance coverage, which is like Medicare with no

co-pay costs, even after their service to the public good has long ended. Similarly, state and locally elected politicians in most jurisdictions get similar golden parachutes to glide their fall from power into a cushy life of patronage and privilege. So why do they then turn around and steal? In the DMV (District, Maryland and Virginia) the cases are rife, Annapolis, Baltimore, Prince George’s County, D.C., touch a place on the map and you’re likely to find a scandal, of-

ten motivated by nothing more than lust or avarice for what I’ll call “mere trinkets.” They prove themselves to be “cheap dates,” easily compromised. One of my favorite politicians – whose grandfather actually built the segregated hospital in the Mississippi Delta where I was born – lost his good government job as a Clinton Administration cabinet secretary, over some illicit football game tickets. The mayor of Detroit was torn down from office, and the aftershocks caused his mother –

a former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus – to lose her seat over a cheap sex scandal which was exposed by thousands of illicit and sometimes explicit text messages between His Nibs and his “honey.” Let’s not forget the former Louisiana congressman – a Harvard Law School grad – who tried to hide his illegitimate loot in his home chest freezer in a package labeled vegetarian “Boca Burgers.” In P.G. County, a disgraced county executive embarrassed

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himself and even shamed his wife when he told her to flush an incriminating check down the toilet and for her to hide some ill-gotten cash in her underwear, as criminal investigators were entering his residence. The D.C. Council has seen a handful of greedy politicians – who earn salaries of more than $150,000 per year for what is considered “part-time” work – stealing from the public coffers, stealing from their campaign

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Nationals’ Minority

Hope Team Exceeds 2012’s Success

Revel in Team’s Success

By Barrington M. Salmon WI Staff Writer The 2012 baseball season was the Washington Nationals’ most successful in team history. The team tallied a 98-64 record, clinched the National League East title and stormed into the postseason. The Nats eventually fell to the St. Louis Cardinals in a heartbreaking loss in the division playoffs, but its often gutsy play only endeared the team more to its fans. Perhaps no supporters cheered louder during the Nats’ magical postseason run than minority owners Alphonso Maldon, Jr., Paxton K. Baker and B. Doyle Mitchell, Jr. “They have been absolutely phenomenal. I was totally thrilled by the success of this young team,” said Maldon, a retired Army Colonel and founder, president and CEO of Partnership Strategies Consulting. “I’ve seen this team grow in leaps and bounds. I think people will see this for years to come – the taste of victory, the close playoffs –

B. Doyle Mitchell, Jr. talks with Randy Knorr of the Washington Nationals during Black Heritage Night at Nationals Park in Southeast. /Photo courtesy of B. Doyle Mitchell, Jr.

now the thirst is there and the team will come back to contend …” “We couldn’t have hoped for and anticipated a better fan base than we have. Our fans are extraordinary. They love and are

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dedicated to the team. The seats are filled up every night. They say ‘if you build it, they will come …’” Mitchell, president and CEO of Industrial Bank NA, agreed. “Everybody is thrilled about The Washington Informer

this season,” said Mitchell. “This was a franchise which wasn’t doing very well at all. Everyone knows the story. This is the first time in 80 years that [our] team has made the playoffs and last year, we played .500 ball. Being at

the top of the division and having the best record in baseball, I don’t think anyone expected that.” “It exceeded all expectations. It’s exciting to the players and the See OWNERS on Page 33

“The criteria for choosing minority owners was to find people who wanted to be a part of ownership and who had credibility and visibility in the community. That was the biggest thing. They had to be interested in the city and wanted to grow African-American ownership. That was the thought process behind it, for some people to serve as role models.” – Alphonso Maldon, Jr. OWNERS

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entire city.” Players began reporting for spring training last week and talk is bubbling about the Nationals playing in the World Series. These men in addition to the rest of the fans eagerly await the start of the new season slated to begin Sunday, March 31. The men are founding partners and have a financial stake in the team. Others in the group include CBS and Showtime sportscaster James Brown; Faye F. Fields, president and CEO of Integrated Resource Technologies, Inc.; former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater; and businessman/lobbyist Jarvis C. Stewart. The trio declined to elaborate on the dollar amount each person invested but Baker, a Black Entertainment Television executive said “certainly from the client perspective, it’s overwhelmingly positive now that we’re actually winning. That’s the progressive part.” Maldon, a Fairfax County resident, said his love of baseball was inspired by his father – who he said pitched with Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige. He and his father would watch New York Yankees games on TV and he played ball in high school and in the military. Mitchell ran track, played other sports and remembers his father teaching him to pitch. Billionaire Theodore N. Lerner, a native Washingtonian and founder of Lerner Enterprises, is also the managing principal owner of the Nationals. Lerner Enterprises is the largest private real estate developer in the Washington, D.C. area. Lerner founded the company, based in Rockville, Md., in 1952. The Lerner family bought the team in May 2006 for $450 million from Major League Baseball and partnered with D.C.

officials to build the stadium in Southwest. Maldon said Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig was adamant that any of the groups chosen to operate a team in Washington have significant minority partners. Following the sale of the team to the Lerners, Selig said, “diversity is important to me. It’s critical to our sport. I think it’s certainly critical in Washington, D.C., to have good minority ownership.” Mitchell, head of the largest black-owned commercial bank in the Washington area, said there clearly were reasons for Selig’s mandate. “Major League Baseball traditionally has not been terribly diversified, particularly at the ownership level,” he said. “One of the reasons is that [the number] of African Americans in the sport has declined over the years. There’s been an all-around effort to increase the sport in the inner cities and among blacks.” “The criteria for choosing minority owners was to find people who wanted to be a part of ownership and who had credibility and visibility in the community. That was the biggest thing,” said Maldon. “They had to be interested in the city and wanted to grow African-American ownership. That was the thought process behind it, for some people to serve as role models.” Mitchell, who said he walked away from the first opportunity to become part-owner, said he and his colleagues meet at least once a year to hear how the team is doing. “They [the owners] listen to the founding partners quite a bit. We encourage senior management to bring in minority vendor contracts,” he said. “We have not felt [as if] we’ve been treated like outsiders. If we ask a question, we get answers. I like being a partner, I really do. Being in the room with these individuals is important. [But] the main perk is

the value of your investment increasing.” The men talked about the bonds that are forged among members. “This has been great for us to get to know each other,” Maldon said. “We have great respect for each other. We all have busy lives. We don’t drink every week but whenever we see each other, we have a great time.” Maldon, who led and managed the group of investors who eventually made a bid to purchase the franchise, said the entire group had “the right recipe.” “I think this group had everything. The Lerners, a family-owned business who had that reputation, the right credibility, the right visibility and people who knew our way around the city,” he said. “We could be the voice for the team and influence the process.” Baker, a 51-year-old who runs BET’s Centric TV, said he happened upon the opportunity to become a minority owner and in retrospect is glad he joined the venture. “Well, I wasn’t approached. My dentist Ronnie Rosenberg told me of the opportunity in March 2006,” said Baker, a Pittsburgh native. “He approached the Lerners on my behalf. From my side, I’m such a fan of baseball. I played shortstop, collected baseball cards and loved Charlie Finley and the Oakland A’s.” Baker, who grew up in Compton, Calif., said he used to always look to see the number of blacks on teams and called it “a wonderful opportunity to be a part of this which for a million years I never dreamed I’d be a part of.” He said he came in with no pre-conceived notions and so far, everything has played out as he envisioned. “The Lerners said I could be as involved or un-involved as I wanted to be,” said the married father of three. “I participated in some things, observed others. I did the deal to bring Ben’s [Chili Bowl] to the stadium. I worked with all parties to make this happen. It took time, effort, energy. It is a landmark to have one of our pre-eminent Washington businesses there. It showed the general public that we were welcome there and we made sure Ben’s was in the best location in the park.” wi

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The fact that Cullen Jones and Lia Neal aren’t usually mentioned when discussing professional swimmers, while Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte are, only draws attention to the line drawn in the sand between African American and Caucasian swimmers. Jones and Neal, who are both African American, each earned medals in the 2012 London Olympic Games and count among the short list of accomplished African-American swimmers in the country. While swimming still remains a non-traditional sport to some in the black community, interest is quickly growing. That’s why the United Black Fund, Inc. (UBF) partners with the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to host a competition that attracts young swimmers from across the nation each year. “The fact that USA Swimming is a part of this event, let’s you know the quality of the competition,” said UBF president Barry LeNoir. “In USA Swimming’s words, this is the biggest and most important meet of its kind. We’re motivating kids to swim and combining it with knowledge about Black history.” Participants in the 27th Annual Black History Invitational Swim Meet made quite a splash at the Takoma Aquatic Center last weekend. The event, which is the brainchild of UBF founder Dr. Calvin Rolark and former DPR director Dr. William H. Rumsey, never fails to bring together many of the nation’s best athletes. Swimmers, coaches, parents and spectators filled the aquatic center, located in Northwest, to participate in the three-day competition. Vehicles emblazoned with various swim club decals lined Van Buren Street and more than 900 individuals attended the event. “My granddaughter’s down from Newark, N.J., and she’s competing in a few events,” said Frederick Matthews, 79. “I was talking to a friend of mine who is also here and said that he’d never seen this many people at something like this before. A lot of blacks didn’t have this opportunity; we couldn’t go to the pool to swim, when I was coming up. It’s just amazing at how much better things [with swimming] are now,” the Northeast resident said.

John Stokes, the District’s Department of Parks and Recreation chief of staff, congratulates 2013 honoree John Tatum at the 27th Annual Black History Invitational Swim Meet on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Takoma Aquatic Center in Northwest. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

From Start to Finish was the theme of this year’s competition, so it was only fitting that UBF and DPR honor a District swimmer who dared to dive into a national memorial after being prohibited from swimming in District public pools. Ninety-three-year-old John Tatum stood before a crowd in one of the center’s rooms and entertained guests as he reminisced about learning to swim at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool because African Americans were prohibited from using public swimming facilities at the time. “We were around six or seven years old and we’d go down there to swim,” said Tatum, who lives in the District. “We’d stick our feet in the water and try to stand up, but we’d fall because the bottom of the pool was so slippery. That’s the kind of swimming we did.” Tatum, a nine-time medal winner in the National Senior Olympic games, was selected as this year’s honoree. Tatum is a member of the D.C. Water Wizards, a competitive senior swim team. His affiliation with the swim club has allowed him to participate in competitions across the country. He said last weekend’s events shouldn’t just serve as inspiration to its young participants. “The main thing is to get other people my age to [be active in sports],” he said. “If what I do inspires somebody else, then that is what is important… Seniors need to know that you can accept your age, be proud and still be active.” Carmen Holassie, 44, lives in

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the District and spent most of the weekend cheering on her nineyear-old son Richard who participated in the butterfly, freestyle and backstroke events. Richard is a member of the DPR’s D.C. Wave; the city’s lone national competitive public youth swim team. Founded in 1983 with just eight swimmers, the team now boasts a roster of more than 120. “All of the kids we have in the club are my kids,” said D.C. Wave swim coach Rodger McCoy, a Northwest resident, who’s been with the club since its inception. Holassie said that while swimming has kept her young son physically active and healthy, the sport has had an even bigger impact on his life outside of the pool. “Swimming has also helped him a lot in school. It’s increased his mental focus,” she said. “I’ve noticed that if he stops swimming for a period of time for whatever reason, I can see the difference. He’ll get into trouble or will act very irritable. When he’s swimming, there’s less confusion. He’s more focused and he gets his homework done on time.” Tatum said he hopes last weekend’s events will help to bolster interest in the sport and ultimately produce future Olympians. “Out of all of the kids who are out here swimming today, we have to have some future stars,” he said with a laugh. “We make up 13 percent of the population; we should make up at least 13 percent of the swimmers who represent the country in the Olympics.”wi

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John Tatum (center), a nine-time medal winner in the National Senior Olympic games who was recently featured in the documentary film Age of Champions, is surrounded by fellow swimmers on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Takoma Aquatic Center in Northwest. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

Two young swimmers hit the water under the watchful eye of volunteers during a warm-up session for girls 10 & over who participated in the District’s Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and United Black Fund, Inc.’s (UBF) Annual Black History Invitational Swim Meet on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Takoma Aquatic Center in Northwest. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

Ten-year-old swimmer Shatae White of Baltimore, Md., warms up before participating in the 10 & under girls’ swim heat. “DPR continues to highlight the benefits of swimming to our youth, particularly among minorities,” said DPR Director Jesus Aguirre on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Takoma Aquatic Center in Northwest. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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Lamont Peterson is finally ready to defend the championship he took from Britain’s Amir Khan in a controversial decision 14 months ago. Peterson won a split decision in the District over Khan after the Englishman was twice penalized a point for pushing. On December 10, 2011, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Northwest, Peterson defeated Khan to earn the world championship at 140 pounds. Five months after the victory, during his preparation for the rematch, a routine prefight drug test showed Peterson had an abnormally high level of testosterone. Ironically, this drug test was part of a testing process Peterson requested in his agreement to fight Khan again. The result of the drug test caused the fight to be cancelled. The world’s perception of Peterson had been altered, and from Peterson’s perspective, the perception was mutual. “I could go on to be the greatest fighter ever,” Peterson said. “And somebody’s still going to think, ‘he’s just a cheater.’” The World Boxing Association (WBA) restored its light-welterweight title to Khan but the International Boxing Federation accepted an appeal by Peterson. Khan went on to lose by knockout to Danny Garcia in a fight to unify the WBA and World Boxing Council belts on July 14. When Zab Judah bowed out as mandatory challenger for another bout, Kendall Holt had his opportunity and Peterson finally had an opponent. “Lamont has endured a lot of things in his life, especially this last year. The average man probably would have broken down by now,” said mentor and trainer Barry Hunter. “But he manages to thrive in situations like this.” Friday night at the D.C. Armory in Southeast, Peterson (30-1-1) will fight former World Boxing Organization junior welterweight champion Holt (28-5). It will mark Peterson’s first bout since he became champion, since the drug test, and since public opinion began to distance itself from him. Peterson’s guaranteed purse for the second Khan fight would have been $1.5 million. His guarantee for Friday’s fight against Holt will be a mere $37,500. “It means nothing to me,” Peterson said referring to the money. “I can’t control what people say, what people think. Don’t care. A lot of times we try to take control over our



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life and do certain things, but when stuff ’s meant for you, it’s meant for you.” Over the past 14 months, Peterson’s career has been in a holding pattern; however, he’s remained focused on preparing for his next bout. He is now a mature 29-year-old. As it turns out, he can now teach his mentor and trainer about what it means to be strong and focused. “Lamont held me up,” said Hunter, 50. “He held everyone up. He taught me something. Yes, he did.” Today, Peterson and Hunter conduct their training sessions at the new Bald Eagle Recreation Center in Southeast. The state-of-the-art $5.3 million facility that was funded by the District and opened last fall serves as a flagship training center for local boxers. The gym is, in many respects, the culmination of everything Peterson and Hunter have worked for over the years. Bald Eagle Recreation Center represents a new era in training opportunities for boxers including Peterson who embarked upon his career in rodent and bug infested gyms. Peterson and Hunter intend to salvage their reputations. Hunter said he’s determined to continue to promote and preserve Peterson’s career. Flyers and posters can be seen throughout the D.C metropolitan area promoting the upcoming fight between Peterson and Holt and the fight will be broadcast live on ESPN2. The flyers and posters are emblazoned with bold letters that read: “Redemption.” However, redemption isn’t something Peterson feels that he needs. “To be honest, redemption is necessary for the moves we’re trying to make,” Peterson said. “We want to change boxing. Clean up the sport. Do things the right way. Who wants to follow a cheat? Who’s going to listen to a cheat?” wi

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Fanning the Flames of the Diabetes Epidemic Part 2 This is a six-part series, published in 2003. Since its online debut, this article has appeared on thousands of health websites around the world. It’s posted in Africa, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Canada, Europe, Asia, and has been translated into various languages. To ensure that my mother’s life was not in vain; I posted this story on her life and what she endured as a result of diabetes in order to help others. Last week, you read Part One. Those of you who have followed this column will be able to witness the devastation, and you will learn how to avoid the horrors of this disease. My mother suffered for 12 years with diabetes along with all the complications that result from the disease. Here is the continuation of her story: This campaign kicked off after the loss of my mother who succumbed to Type 2 diabetes on December 25, 2000. Last week, I shared how mother lost both of her legs, had to have kidney dialysis for the last few years of her life; and she had at least seven strokes. She was my age, 61 when she had a major stroke that caused paralysis. She ended up in Howard University Hospital, and it was during that time that her diabetes was discovered; now for the continuation of her story. Throughout our lives, my sisters and I have been blessed – we are successful business women – doing exactly what mother encouraged us to do. We have enjoyed a lot of success in publicizing several major events such as: We coordinated a major festival which attracted more than 200,000 people, major corporate sponsors and celebrities. We

worked for two Presidential Inaugural Committees, both Republican and Democratic; we worked for two D.C. mayors and three D.C. Council members; and I was appointed project director for the Spirit of Freedom Memorial, a new national African American Civil War Memorial located in Washington, D.C. After learning how to publicize an issue on a massive scale for all of these politicians, there was no way I could see the devastation caused in the life of my mother by diabetes, fully understand this disease, and do nothing about it. Initially, I didn’t understand, and I wanted to know what happened to my mother, how did this happen to her and what could we have done differently? If only we had known how an improved diet without sugar and reduced carbohydrates, along with regular physical exercise could have made a difference in her life. Now that I’ve learned from her doctor, I must share this with you! What exactly is diabetes? Diabetes mellitus is a group of diseases characterized by high levels of blood glucose. It results from defects in insulin secretion, insulin action, or both. For those of you who refuse to follow the rules, diabetes can be associated with serious complications and premature death, as in the case of my mom. On the other hand, people with diabetes can take measures to reduce the likelihood of serious complications, according to recent studies by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). According to the NIH study, some researchers believe that African Americans, (Hispanic Ameri-

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

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

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

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

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

Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ Drs. Dennis W. and Christine Y. Wiley, Pastors 3845 South Capitol Street Washington, DC 20032 (202) 562-5576 (Office) (202) 562-4219 (Fax) SERVICES AND TIMES: SUNDAYS: 8:00 AM and 10:45 AM Worship Services BIBLE STUDY: Wonderful Wednesdays in Worship and the Word Bible Study Wednesdays 12:00 Noon; 6:30 PM (dinner @ 5:30 PM) SUNDAY SCHOOL: 9:45 AM – Hour of Power “An inclusive ministry where all are welcomed and affirmed.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“God is Love”

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

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

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

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

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

Mount Carmel Baptist Church

52 Years of Expert Engraving Services

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

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All Nations Baptist Church

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

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

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

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

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

Website: All Nations Baptist Church – A Church of Standards

“Where Jesus is the King”

Zion Baptist Church

Israel Baptist Church

Full Gospel Baptist Church

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

Sermon On The Mount Temple Of Joy Apostolic Faith

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

Rev. Dr. George C. Gilbert SR. Pastor

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

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

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

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

Matthews Memorial Baptist Church

Rev. Keith W. Byrd, Sr. Pastor

Rev. Dr. Morris L Shearin, Sr. Pastor

Rev. Charles Y. Davis, Jr. Sr. Pastor

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

Dr. C. Matthew Hudson, Jr, 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

Elder Herman L. Simms, Pastor

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

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

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

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


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

Mount Moriah Baptist Church

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

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

Rehoboth Baptist Church

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

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church

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

New Commandment Baptist Church

Rev. 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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Holy Trinity United Baptist Church

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

Peace Baptist Church

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

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

Mt. Bethel Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Bobby L. Livingston, Sr. Pastor 75 Rhode Island Ave. NW • Washington, DC 20001 (202) 667-4448

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

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

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

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CLASSIFIEDS legal notice SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013 ADM 000047 Mary L. Gardner aka Mary Louise Gardner Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Barbara Ann Williams, whose address is 4 Latimer Lane, Bloomfield, CT 06002, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Mary L. Gardner aka Mary Louise Gardner, who died on August 16, 2012 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before August 7, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before August 7, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of first publication: February 7, 2013 Barbara Ann Williams Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY

legal notice SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012 ADM 255 Leon Wilbert Hill Decedent Deborah D. Boddie, Esq. 1308 Ninth Street, NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20001 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Deborah D. Boddie, Esq., whose address is 1308 Ninth Street, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20001, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Leon Wilbert Hill, who died on April 9, 2011 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before August 7, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before August 7, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of first publication: February 7, 2013 Deborah D. Boddie, Esq. Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY

legal notice SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012 ADM 1059 Mary Catherine Willoby Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Mary Bennett, whose address is 819 Yuma Street, SE, Washington, DC 20032, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Mary Catherine Willoby, who died on March 28, 1989 without a Will. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before August 7, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before August 7, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of first publication: February 7, 2013 Mary Bennett Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY

Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

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



Administration No. 2013 ADM 54

Administration No. 2012 SEB 313

Carolyn C. Gray Decedent

George Tisdale, Sr. Decedent

Applicant’s Full Name: Muhsin Muhammad Abdulhalim



Civil Action No. 0000671-13

Johnnie P. Gray, whose address is 4203 Hayes Street, NE, Washington, DC 20019, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Carolyn C. Gray, who died on December 22, 2012 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before August 7, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before August 7, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.

Gwendolyn W. Tisdale, whose address is 3201

Date of first publication: February 7, 2013

Date of first publication:

Johnnie P. Gray Personal Representative

Gwendolyn W. Tisdale



Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131


Park Drive, SE, Washington, DC 20020, was appointed personal representative of the estate of George Tisdale, Sr., who died on January 27, 2012 with a Will. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before March 9, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before March 9, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.

February 7, 2013

Personal Representative

Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

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legal notice SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012 ADM 1094 Mary E. Edwards Decedent Deborah D. Boddie, Esq. 1308 Ninth Street, NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20001 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Terry Mitchell, whose address is7604 Camelia Court, Clinton, MD 20735, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Mary E. Edwards, who died on September 22, 2008 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before August 21, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before August 21, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of first publication: February 21, 2013 Terry Mitchell Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer



Muhsin Muhammad Abdulhalim, having filed a application for judgment changing the name from Muhsin Muhammad Abdulhalim to Anthony Muhsin Abdulhalim Driver and having applied to the Court for an order of publication of the notice required by law in such cases, it is by the Court, this 29th day of January 2013, hereby ORDERED, that a copy of this Order be published once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks, in The Washington Informer, a newspaper of general circulation of the District of Columbia; and it is further ORDERED, that publication must begin no later than 12 days after the filling of the application; and it is further ORDERED, that the FINAL HEARING on this application to change name will be held in Judgein-Chambers, Rm 4220 in the District of Columbia at 500 Indiana Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001, on the 22nd day of March, 2013 at 3:15 pm. If any person desires to oppose this application, that person or his or her attorney must be present at the hearing or file written detailed objections five (5) business days in advance of the hearing with Judge-in-Chambers and mail a copy to the applicant or applicant’s counsel; and it is further the applicant must send the application for change of name and notice of final hearing to the applicant’s creditors personally or by registered or certified mail and show proof of service by filing the affidavit/ declaration of service. R. Wertheim Judge First Date of Publication: February 7, 2013

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some of America’s social needs in his State of the Union speech. For another, look here at how easily and confidently Young mixes with some of the leading figures of American business. One can almost feel his own ease and comfort and supreme confidence in his ability to put these men at ease with him. These glimpses of Young at work with corporate titans may seem business-as-usual today, when Black men and women, and other people of color, occupy the top offices of Fortune 500 companies, law firms, and powerful commercial and investment banks. But, until Whitney Young, White Americans had never seen a Black person like him: a Black person who was a civil rights leader but who moved with ease among them and spoke their business-oriented, bottom-line-results lingo as if he were one of them. That’s because Whitney Young was one of them — just as he was a Black and a civil rights leader. Both as a matter of his civil rights work and as a matter of his personal operating style, Young expanded the vision, the model, of how a Black American could navigate

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school. The people who want employers to pay them so they can raise their children (a private matter) are the same people who tell their employers to stay out of their private lives—they should be able to smoke away from the job, be overweight (even if it make the cost of health insurance more expensive for all employees), watch pornography at home, or be a member of the KKK during their hours away from the job. So, I am somewhat confused that employees want privacy when it comes to certain personal behavior, but when it comes to pay, they want to use their personal behavior (having a family) as the basis for increased pay. You can’t have it both ways. My point is that the market place should determine the cost of labor based on value added to the business, not some politician

who doesn’t understand business or has never had to meet a payroll. Am I cold and heartless? Not at all. But rest assured that if I mistreat my employees, it eventually will affect my business and I won’t be around very long. Most business owners understand the value of having satisfied employees. But either your private life is off limits or it’s not. Make a choice. After hearing Obama’s speech about the minimum wage, I am amazed that more Americans haven’t responded with maximum rage. wi

thief who lures a young woman to a clandestine, middle of the night meeting arranged on a social media Internet site, in order to steal the woman’s smart phone? Who is the savage? And who is it who’s entitled to cast the first stone at the sinner we would condemn? According to church teaching dating back to the dawn of Christianity, “The Seven Deadly Sins,” are: 1. Lechery and lust (got to have a chick on the side); 2. Gluttony (the more you eat, the more you get hungry); 3. Greed (Wall Street and the bankers would be nothing without greed); 4, 5, 6, and 7 are sloth, wrath, envy and pride.

But people who lack those “qualities,” rarely have what it takes to get out in front of the pack and do what it takes to seize public office. Alas, what’s a society to do? Maybe only the wealthy should be able to serve in public office, those who are ostensibly immune to the temptations of wanting mere “creature comforts.” I don’t think that’s the answer, because how did most of those characters get rich in the first place, if not (at least) by exploiting the labor of the poor unwashed masses? Or we’re left with role models like “Diogenes the Cynic,” who lived in a bathtub, or a jar, and

who spent his life searching for an honest man. He’s still searching I’m sure. Comedian Redd Foxx accurately described how I view our modern, brazen body of political leaders who seem to inhabit the American councils of power. He tells the story of a drunk who passed out in a cemetery one night. The next morning the drunk woke up next to a tombstone which read: “Here lies a politician and an honest man.” “Well I’ll be darned,” the drunk said. “They buried two people in the same grave.” Creature comforts indeed. wi

Congress. One Million Moms for Gun Control is a non-partisan grassroots movement of American mothers created after the Sandy Hook tragedy to demand action on common-sense gun legislation. In just two months it has gained tens of thousands of members in nearly 80 chapters across the United States. In the days leading up to Valentine’s Day, mothers around the country and their children made more than a thousand homemade valentines for their members of Congress with messages similar to this: “Have a heart. Moms demand action on common sense gun safety laws. I’m a Mom, and I vote.” On Thursday, the valentines were hand-delivered to each member of Congress along with

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